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Delaware County was est. from the Delaware New Purchase in 1818. Descendant Counties: 1835, Jay from Delaware and Randolph, and Wells from Allen, Delaware and Randolph. Except where otherwise noted, source for marriages is Index to Combs Marriages of Indiana

1820-1830 US Census Index

No Combs

12 Jan 1837 (Delaware Co., IN (Muncie area) Clerk's office Vol.C1 pg. 140) Samuel Combs Rachel BARRETT Jan.12,1837 by William________, J.P. (Combs Researcher Bob Combs)

30 Oct 1839 Delaware Co, IN Marriages. Robert A. Combs & Lucy CASE

1840 Delaware Co, IN Census Index

No Twp

p. 275/277

Samuel Combs 20001 0001
2 m< 10; 1 m20-39
1 f15-20

Note: Samuel Combs married Rachel BARRETT on 12 Jan. 1837. The two young males would be Job and William. Is this Samuel a son of the old Job Combs who appears in the 1850 census (age 80) living close to Robert A. Combs and John NEELY and wife Sarah Combs? The juxtraposition of Samuel Combs (with son named Job) to Sarah Combs NEELY in 1840, and then with Sarah Combs NEELY living close to Robert A. Combs and Old Job Combs in 1850, would seem to indicate a connection.

Living Next Door to Samuel Combs

John NEELY 11001 11001
1 m< 5; 1 m5-10; 1 m20-30;
1 f< 5; 1 f5-10; 1 f20-30

Note: John NEELY and wife Sarah lived close to Robert A. Combs in 1850. The marriage record of their daughter Hannah defines her mother as Sarah Combs.

Living next door to John NEELY was James M. Van Metre

(Source: Original image from Heritage Quest, submitted by Sue Elfving)

19 Nov 1848 NEELY Hannah B f=John m=Sarah Combs F W Nov 19 1848 C-3 211

(Delaware Co, IN Supplemental Marriage Applictions 1905-1911; the records do not include date applied nor Marriage Date, however does include date of birth of applicant. Delaware Co INGenWeb)

1850 Delaware Co, IN Census Index

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Debi Houser)

Dist. No. 24 Mt. Pleasant Township

pg 363

482/482 Robert COMBZ [sic] 27 M OH
Louisa COMBZ [sic] 27 F OH
Samuel P. Combs 9 M IN
Michael Combs 7 M IN
Nancy Ann COMBZ [sic] 6 F IN
Sarah Combs 4 F Iowa
Matilda Combs 8/12 F IN

Note: 30 Oct 1839 Delaware Co, IN Marriages. Robert A. Combs & Lucy CASE. Is Louisa another wife? Robert and Lucy Combs next found in 1860 in Union Co, IA. Samuel P. Combs' Worth Co, MO death notice states the family removed to Johnson Co., Iowa in 1852 and then to Ringold Co., IA in 1859. Robert and Lucy are in Fremont Co, IA by 1870.

pg 365

500/500 Job Combs 80 M farmer $400 VA

Notes: Who is this Job Combs?

501/501 NEELY John 44 M Farmer 2,000 VA
Sally 38 F KY
Thomas J 17 M IN
Sophia 19 F IN
Isaac 15 M IN
Eliza J 12 F IN
Rachel 8 F IN

Note: See 1848 birth (from Marriage Application) of Hannah B. NEELY. Is Sarah “Sally” Combs daughter (or grand-daughter considering Job's age) of Job Combs in hh#500 next door? Also Next.

548/548 NEELY John 43 M Farmer 2,000 VA
Sally 37 F KY
Sophiah 18 F IN
Thomas J 17 M IN
Isaac 14 M IN
Eliza Jane 12 F IN
Rachel 7 F IN

Note: Appears to be same as HH#501 above only one year younger, confusing to say the least.

Harrison Township

pg 384 (17 Sep 1850)

777/777 Samuel Combs 29 M OH
Rachel 28 F OH cannot read or write
Job 12 M IN
William 10 M IN
James 4 M IN
Joseph 2 M IN
Samuel 1/12 M IN

Notes: Samuel & Rachel BARRETT Combs m 1837.

1880 Delaware Co, IN Census

( Free 1880 Census Index)


Eliza Combs 60 head IN OH --
William 28 son IN
Micagh 26 son IN -- TN
Thomas 20 son IN
Samuel S. 18 son MO
Eliza 13 dau IL
Sarah E. 11 dau MO
Ellen 16 dau-in-law IN -- IN
Lincohn 4M other IN

1887 Biography of Zadok T. WILLIAMS

One of the prominent men of Blackford County [Indiana], is a native of Indiana, born in Delaware County, December 2, 1836, a son of William Y. and Sarah (TOMLINSON) Williams. His father was born in Preble County, Ohio, May 17, 1812, where he was reared, and was there married to Miss Sarah TOMLINSON, who was also a native of Preble County, her parents coming from North Carolina in an early day. In February, 1834, he came with his wife and one child by team to Indiana, and located on a tract of eighty acres of wild land in Delaware County, Center Township, which he has previously entered, they being among the early settlers of that county. At the time, Muncie, the county seat, was a mere trading post, consisting of one grocery and a log jail, no court house. Game of all kinds was abundant, but Mr. WILLIAMS was no hunter. He has resided on the land on which he first located for over half a century, and has witnessed the entire transformation of the county from a wilderness to its present position among the most prosperous communities of Indiana. He has advanced with the county, and has accumulated large property interests, becoming one of the wealthy men of Delaware County. His wife died June 29, 1856, and in April, 1857, he was married to Miss Esther MARONEY, who was born in Preble County, Ohio about the year 1817. Zadok WILLIAMS, whose name heads this sketch, grew to manhood in Delaware County, where he was reared to the avocation of a farmer on the home farm. He was married August 21, 1858, to Miss Lydia D. DOUGHERTY, who was born in Mount Pleasant Township, Delaware County, a daughter of William and Deborah (Combs) Dougherty, her father born in Clinton County, Ohio, and her mother a native of Virginia. They were among the early pioneers of Delaware county, and on coming to the county settled on the river some six miles below Muncie. Mr. and Mrs. WILLIAMS are the parents of five children - William A., a farmer of Licking Township, Blackford County; Sarah, wife of Eaton C. ATKINSON; Alonzo M., also engaged in farming in Licking Township; Amanda J. and Emma. Mr. WILLIAMS remained at his father's homestead until October 26, 1858, when he moved to Blackford County, and settled on his present farm on section 19, Licking Township, which had been bought into the family some years before. When Mr. WILLIAMS came to the township he found his land right in the woods, with no improvements save the erection of small log cabin, and here he and his wife commenced keeping house. He has had all the improvements made on the farm as well as on the other property, and now has 230 acres of land, of which 180 acres at least is cleared and under cultivation. He at one time owned considerable real estate, but with the exception of the 230 acres mentioned above, he has divided among his children, giving them a good farm apiece to start in life. In politics Mr. WILLIAMS is a Republican. October 9, 1886, he received the Republican nomination at Hartford City for county commissioner, and although the county is strongly Democratic, he gained the election by a majority of fifty-six votes, which clearly indicates his popularity in the county, and in securing the election he did no lose a half day from his regular work. Mr. WILLIAMS has never been an office seeker, this being the first time he has made the race for office, although he has been supervisor of his township more than once. He is one of the substantial and most respected men of Licking Township. His land is among the best in the county, well improved, and underdrained throughout. His residence is beautifully situated and commands an excellent view of the surrounding country.

BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL RECORD OF JAY AND BLACKFORD COUNTIES, INDIANA The Lewis Publishing Company, 1887, page 820-821, Preble Co, OH Biographies, US GenWeb Archives - See Copyright Restrictions

Notes: No Indiana marriage record located for William DOUGHERTY (or DAUGHERTY) & Deborah Combs; however, according to the Indiana State On-Line Marriage Index, one William DOUGHERTY m 22 Apr 1833, Henry Co, IN, Deborah KOONTZ . See also the 11 Jun 1799 Jefferson Co TN Marriage of Deborah Combs and Joseph COONS [a.k.a. COONZ, KOONTZ, etc.]. Deborah Combs Coons is thought to have been the daughter of Job Combs by his first wife, Deborah (d 1786, Shenandoah Co, VA). See also Job Combs of 1850 above as well as Job of Preble Co, OH

21 Mar 1908. Delaware County Death Record (H9-2) died Mar. 21, 1908 aged 79 years [b ca 1829], white female Eliza E. Combs at Center Twp. (Combs Researcher Bob Combs)

17 May 1908 Delaware County Death Record (H9-5) died May 17, 1908 aged 54 years [b ca 1854], white male McCage Combs at Muncie. (Combs Researcher Bob Combs who adds: This is probably actually another Micajah Combs, related to the Micajah Combs of Randolph Co., IN, etc.)

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