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Livingston County

1870 Livingston Co, IL Census

(Source: Heritage Quest Original images abstract)

Indian Grove Twp

p. 147, 6 Aug. 1870, Fairbury PO

102/102 Coomes, Henry, 45, m, w, farmer, RE=$5600, PP=$780, b. OH
Tabith, 39, f, w, b. ditto
Hortensa, 18, f, w, Keeping House, b. ditto
John Wm, 17, m, w, At home, b. ditto
Henry W, 12, m, w, b. IL
Edgar L, 7, m, w, b. IL

SE Note: This family in McLean Co, IL 1860 census, enumerated as Combs but obituary of Edgar Coomes of Phillips Co, KS show family name was Coomes. See marriages of some of the children below. Tabitha died in Livingston Co. on 31 July 1870 (see family information below) and the family moved to Phillips Co, KS by 1880.

Fairbury Town

p. 166, 17 Aug. 1870, Fairbury PO

17/17 Combs, Wm H (or K), 28, m, w, Merchant, RE=$5000, PP=$1000, b. ME
Euphronia, 24, f, w, Keeping House, b. OH

Waldo Township

p. 402, 17 June 1870

Combs, Selia, 17, f, w, Domestic servant, b. OH,
living in hh of Lee and Sarah CAMPBELL

Combs/Coomes Marriages in Livingston Co, IL

(Source: Illinois Marriage Database Index)

SPENCE, Josiah, Coomes Mary C, 03/28/1869 D /423

CUNNINGHAM, James W, Coomes, Hortensa A, 10/25/1871 E /170

Coomes, Henry DAVIS, Elizabeth 11/06/1871 E /166

Coomes, William DARNALL, Sarah 11/23/1874 F /45

Coomes, Henry S, MOORE, Mary S 10/07/1877 / 332

WILSON, Horace L, Combs, Julia E 10/23/1887 I / 2959

1910 Livingston Co, IL Census

Indian Grove Twp, Fairbury City

(p. 168-B, lines 95-98)

# 277 COMBS, Frank head 54 M1 25yrs IL OH OH carpenter - building
Clara B. wife 44 M1 25yrs IL OH OH 3 ch - 2 living
Rosco son age 20 S IL OH OH salesman - groceries
Ester dau age 16 S IL IL IL

(Source: 1910 Livingston Co, IL abstract from original images by Dennise Heironymous)

Henry Coomes Sr. Family Information

(Source: Darnall Spence Steers Spangler Stuckey Sill and brief accounts of families into which some members married. Compiled by Erma D.Stuckey, 1983. This genealogy provides information on four children of Henry Coomes Sr. and his wife Tabitha A. They were: Henry Coomes Jr., John William Coomes, Hortensia Coomes, and Mary Catherine Coomes. Provided to Sue Elfving by Dennis Hieronymous)


Henry Coomes Jr. and Mary Samantha Moore

Mary Samantha Moore, b. 17 Oct. 1859, Indian Grove Twp., Livingston Co, IL, d. 9 July 1944 Agra, Phillips Co, KS.

Married 7 Oct. 1877 to Henry COOMES, Jr., who was b. 1858 in Indian GroveTwp., Livingston Co, IL Henry died 2 July 1908 on his farm in ArcadaTwp., Agra, Kansas.

Both are buried in Dubois Cemetery, north of Agra, Kansas. There is a note by the author that states the Dubois Cemetery is officially the West Cedar Cemetery per a Mr. Davis.

Henry Coomes Jr. was the son of Henry and Tabitha A. Coomes. Henry Jr. also had a brother John William Coomes. Henry Coomes Sr. is buried in Greenwood Twp., and his wife Tabitha died in Indian Grove Twp., Livingston Co, IL before the Coomes family moved west.Tabitha is buried in the Cooper Cemetery, south and west of Fairbury, IL. Her cemetery marker states Tabitha A., wife of Henry Coomes, d. 31July 1870, age 29 yrs., 3mos. & 10 days.

Two children are listed for Henry Coomes Jr.

  1. Infant - Adolphus Coomes b. 1879
  2. George Henry Coomes b. 22 Feb. 1883, Phillips Co, KS; d. 10 May 1923,Agra, Kansas. Married 26 April 1905 to Lillie Jensen at her mother's home. Both George and Lillie are buried in the DuBois Cemetery, 4 miles north of Agra.

George Henry and Lillie Coomes had ch:

  1. Vivian Irene Coomes, b. 1908, Arcada Twp., Phillips Co, KS, d.1929
  2. Letha Coomes, md. Eugene Whitney. No issue. Resided Beatrice,Nebraska
  3. Rex Coomes, resided Pasadena, Texas
  4. Infant


John William Coomes and Sarah Ann Darnell

Sarah Ann DARNALL was the 9th child of Henry and Polly M.Powell-Darnell). She was b. 13 April, 1852 in Indian Grove Twp., Livingston Co, IL. Sarah d. 16 Sept. 1898, Wood River, Nebraska, buried Wood River Cemetery on 18 Sep. 1898. Married 23 Nov. 1874 Indian Grove Twp., Liv. Co, IL, John William Coomes who was a son of Henry Coomes Sr. John William's brother Henry Coomes Jr. married Mary Samantha Moore.

John William Coomes lived at Wood River, Nebraska, after he left Illinois. He married secondly Mary Taylor and left no issue, married third to Carrie Parker, again no issue.

Children from marriage to Sarah Darnell:

  1. Pearl Rachel Coomes b. 26 Dec. 1879 near Strawn, Livingston Co, IL. She married first to Jesse T. WILCOX of Tama City, Iowa. They divorced with no issue. Pearl married secondly to William P. Mankin. Their children were: John Richard Mankin and Charles J. Mankin.


  2. Jesse Charles Coomes b. 15 March 1882, Indian Grove Twp., Livingston Co, IL. Married twice. Died and buried at Thermopolis, Wyoming. Jesse had a store at one time near Scottsbluff.
  3. Edna Alice Coomes b. 6 Oct. 1884 Indian Grove Twp., Liv. Co, IL; died 18 Oct. 1954 Grants Pass, Oregon; buried Grand Island Cemetery, Nebraska. Married 25 Nov. 1903 Wood River, Nebraska, to John Allen Mankin who was a brother to Pearl's husband William P. Mankin.


Hortensia A. Coomes and James William Cunningham.

Hortensia, daughter of Henry Coomes Sr. and Tabitha A. Coomes. Hortensia and husband James W. Cunningham moved from Fairbury, IL to Agra, Kansas, then to Wood River, Nebraska (source was Nathan Davis of Agra,Kansas).


Mary Catherine Coomes, daughter of Henry Coomes Sr. and wife Tabitha A. Mary Catherine married Josiah SPENCE.

SE Note: The above family information from the DARNALL SPENCE genealogy does not mention the youngest child of Henry Coomes Sr. and Tabitha. His name was Edgar Lewis Combs. See Phillips Co, KS for his obituary.

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