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Bureau County was established from Putnam Co IL in 1837. Putnam Co IL was established in 1825 from non-county area. No Combs have been located on the 1830 Putnam Co, IL Census.

Note: Much more to come on Bureau Co IL, but in the meantime, see also the Carlton Combs Letter of 1885 and Joyce Winter Kahre's John & Sarah MABRY Combs Family.

1840 Bureau Co, IL Census Index

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Cutler W. Combs

Notes: Probably Carlton W. rather than Cutler W. (See Below)

Jan. 26, 1848 (Federal Sale Bureau) Bureau Co, IL. Combs, Carlton W. (IL Land Sales)

12-14-1848 (Bureau Co IL Marriage Book A:174) Combs, L. M. Jane & SHORT, Martin O. (Index to Combs Marriages of IL)

12-13-1849 (Bureau Co IL Marriage Book B:2) Combs, J. W. Tilford & PIPER, Mary Ann (Index to Combs Marriages of IL)

Notes: John Winford Tilford Combs (s/o John and Jean JACKSON Combs), b 19 Apr 1821, Tennessee, d 9 Jan 1808, Vinton, Benton Co, IA.

1850 Census, Bureau Co, IL

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre)

511/560 Carlton W. COMB 40 Farmer 1414 AL
Elizabeth 36 DE
Mary J. 15 IN
Leroy B. 13 IL
Atlanta P. 8 F IL
Iris Juan 4 IL
Ilo W. 2 IL
Elijah PICKET 23 Farmer OH

JWK Notes: Carlton Combs, s/o John and Jean JACKSON Combs, and gs/o John & Sarah MABRY Combs, was b 17 Apr 1915, Madison Co, AL; married 30 Jun 1833, Elizabeth TICHENOR (d/o Moses). Carlton was a school teacher, a farmer, a County Clerk and Tax Collector of Bureau Co, IL. He was a Democrat, but in 1858 his name was placed on the Republican ticket for Lt. Governor, but he lost. The family moved to Nemaha Co. NE in early 1880's.

513/562 Jefferson L. COMB 36 Farmer TN
Jane G. 28 TN
Martha M. 7 IL
Monroe J. 6 IL
Mary M. 5 IL
William F. 3 IL
Sarah J. 3/12 IL
Absalom WALKER 37 Farmer unknown.

JWK Notes: Jefferson Lee Combs (s/o John and Jean JACKSON Combs), h/o Jane G. SWAN according to Minnie Jane COMBS (See below) although no marriage record has been located as yet. Also on the 1850 Bureau Co, IL Census was Litel COMBS, s/o John & Delilah APPLEGATE Combs, was living with Lewis APPLEGATE'S family in 1850 Bureau Co IL Census. I believe these APPLEGATES are relatives through Litel's mother, Delilah, but have not been able to prove it yet. By 1860, Jefferson was in Nemaha Co, NE.

Provided to JWK by Combs Researcher Pauline Bauer Combs for the Combs Group, excerpts from a letter written by Minnie Jane COMBS and given to Pauline Bauer Combs by Lawrence and Ellen PRIEST Combs of Peru, Nemaha Co, NE in July 1983 (I, Joyce Kahre have not included the opening paragraph or the final paragraphs as they are oral history passed along and to my knowledge not proven, in fact, some say disproven). Capitalization of surnames added:

"Minnie Jane COMBS was born September 23, 1874 in Corning, Holt Co, MO to Monroe Jackson COMBS and Julie ROBERTS Combs. Monroe J. COMBS' parents were Jefferson Lee COMBS and Jane SWAN Combs. Who with a group (all related) from Peru [LaSalle Co], Illinois. Came in 1853 by wagon train to Fort Kearney (now Nebraska City [Otoe Co]) Nebraska. Where soldiers told them Nebraska Territory was not open to white settlement yet, but would be soon. 160 acres of good land at $1.25 an acres brought James SWAN and family, his sister Ann SWAN, Monroe Jackson COMBS, Jefferson Lee COMBS & family, Wilson SWAN, his son and daughter Jane, Rev. W. S. HORN & family, Rev. John HALL and the Tate family. The group journeyed down the east bank of the Missouri River to Sonora Island just east of where Peru [Nemaha Co] Neb. now stands. Here they built log cabins and settled in for the winter. During the winter the men crossed the river and preempted claims. Wilson SWAN settled on land south of Peru College, Rev. HALL on Honey Creek, Rev. HORN southeast of Peru and the others near by. John Winfred Tilford COMBS and Jean JACKSON, who were born in 1789 & 1787 are the parents of Jefferson Lee COMBS."

516/565 John T. COMB 29 Farmer TN
Mary Ann 19 b Oh
May BARBARA 9 Germany
George W. COMB 32 Tenn.

JWK Notes: John Winford Tilford COMBS (s/o John and Jean JACKSON Combs) m 13 Dec 1849, Bureau Co, IL, Mary Ann PIPER. George W. COMBS has not yet been identified.

03-19-1854 (Bureau Co IL Marriage Book B:115) COMBS, Mary Jane married MUNSON, William (Index to Combs Marriages of IL)

JWK Notes: Mary Jane COMBS (d/o Carlton Wilbur & Elizabeth TICHENOR), b 27 Aug 1834, Harbinson, Dubois Co, IN, d 9 Aug 1928, Ft. Scott, KS, bur. Sheridan Cemetery, Auburn, Nehama Co, NE; m William Sage MUNSON (s/o Alamson Rosanna SAGE Munson), b 22 Jun 1831, d 6 May 1897, Hebron, NE.

1860 Bureau Co, IL Census

Not Yet Extracted

1870 Bureau Co, IL Census

Ottville, Hall Twp. #112

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COMBS, John 45 m b TN
Howard 17 m b IL
Amelia 15 f b IL
Oscar 11 m b IL
William 6 m b IL
George 19 m b IL

(Transcribed by Pauline Combs and provided to Combs Researcher Joyce W. Kahre for Combs Research)

12 Jan 1882 (Bureau Co, IL Marriage Records) Macon Twp. George Weeks COMBS & Sarah Anne GIRVIN m by W. D. ATCHISON. Witnesses: W. F. & K. D. ATCHISON. Parents of groom: John Tilford COMBS & Mary Ann PIPER. Parents of bride: Charles GIRVIN & Sarah Ann GUNNING. Recorded at Princeton, Bureau County, Illinois, January 12, 1882. (Transcribed by Combs Researcher Dale Wilson)

Notes: See Also the Carlton Combs Letter of 1885.

Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives