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Perry County was established in 1814 from Warrick and Gibson. In 1817, Pike was est. from Perry and Gibson, and in 1818, Crawford from Orange, Harrison and Perry (with Crawford gaining more from Perry in 1827). Also in 1818, Spencer was created from Perry and Warrick.

Note: Except where otherwise indicated, source for all marriages is Index to Combs Marriages of Indiana; and source for all BLM Land Patents is Index to Combs BLM Land of Indiana.

1820 US Census Index, Perry Co, IN

p. 150

William COMBES

Notes: William COMBES not identified. Moses TICHENOR'S daughter, Elizabeth, m 30 Jun 1833, Carlton Combs (1809-), s/o John & Jean JACKSON Combs of Grainger Co, TN and Posey Co, IN. The same?

1830 US Census Index, Perry Co, IN

No Combs

1832/05/13 Joseph H. SHEPHERD to Catherine STEPHENS by Cath. Priest Chas. COOMES in Perry Co, IN (Researcher Jane Klotz)

1840 US Census Index, Perry Co, IN

No Combs

10 Apr 1849 Perry Co, IN BLM Land Patent. COMBS, Matthew (of Dubois Co, IN) Y N Indiana 34409 Y April 10, 1849 Vincennes 1 SESE 32/ 3 S 2 W N 2nd Principal 36 Perry IN2510_.407

1850 Perry Co, IN Census

Clark Twp

pg 345

45/45 Lewis COMBS 32 M farmer $200 Ky cannot read or write
Mary 34 F IN cannot read or write
Jane 9 F IN
Henry 7 M IN
John W. 5 M IN
Elizabeth 1 F IN

Notes: Lewis and Mary HADDOCK Combs m in 1841 in Dubois Co, IN. By 1860, Lewis had married Telitha (and var. sp.) and they were on the 1860 Marion Co, IL census. See also 1867 Dubois Co, IN guardianship records for children.

30 Aug 1858 Perry Co, IN BLM Land Patent. COMBS, William Y N Indiana 39646 Y August 30, 1858 Vincennes 1 E1/2SW 29/ 3 S 3 W N 2nd Principal 80 Perry IN2610_.188

01 Apr 1859 Perry Co, IN BLM Land Patent. COMBS, William Y N Indiana 39066 Y April 1, 1859 Vincennes 1 SWNE 29/ 3 S 3 W N 2nd Principal 40 Perry IN2610_.394

1860 Perry Co, IN Census

Not yet extracted

19 Apr 1862 William D. COMBS, age 21y 11m 2d [b 4/19/1862] died 21 Mar 1884, single, Born Perry Co., IN, died Jasper Co., MO (Extracted by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin from "MISSOURI PIONEERS", Volumes 1 thru 30 and Volume 1 of "MARRIAGE RECORDS OF MISSOURI")

1861-1865 (range) COMBS, Thomas J., Cpl, from Troy, Co K 81st Reg Ind Inf (Military Persons who served from Perry Co, IN, Perry Co, IN GenWeb)


Extracted by Combs Researcher Joyce Winter Kahre from "Perry County IN History," 1880 Biographical Sketches Page 756:

"James M. COMBS, treasurer of Perry County, was born October 22, 1835. John and Susan (KLEGHORN) Combs, his parents, raised a family of nine children. His grandfather, Jonathan KLEGHORN, was the original settler at the town of Clarksville [Hamilton Co, IN]. Mr. COMBS parents were among the early settlers of his native county, coming from Pennsylvania. In early life he received a good common school education, and was raised on the farm. At the age of eighteen years he began clerking in a store at Corydon and remained about six months. From there he went to Jeffersonville, and continued clerking until twenty-one years old. He then leased fifty State convicts and began the manufacture of chairs. At the outbreak of the war chairs were given place to camp equipage until 1863. At that time he moved to Louisville and engaged in the retail furniture business. In May 1864, he moved to Tell City, and in company with P. LUDWIG began making chairs. In December, 1869, the firm became the Combs and HARTMAN, and has remained such ever since. On October 29, 1860, he was united in marriage to Mary E. BRINER, who has borne him ten children, these seven now living: Florence, Blanche, Ada, John B., Clarence, Stanley and Walter. Mr. COMBS belongs to the Blue Lodge in Masonry, and has always been a Democrat. In 1870 he was elected county commissioner, and in 1880 and 1882 elected treasurer. He has for several years been president of the Perry County Fair Association."

Notes: John & Susan KLEGHORN Combs m 19 Aug 1812, Clark Co, IN.

1885 Perry Co, IN Biography

William T. CHEWNING was born in Spencer County, Ind., December 15, 1846, being the tenth in a family of thirteen, viz.: Elizabeth (deceased), who married Henry J. IMBODEN; Philadelphia (deceased), who married Joseph S. BASINGER; Sarah A. (deceased), who married Thomas SIMONS; Martha, who married John D. HAYS, and is now Mrs. John D. KNOTT; Louisa, now Mrs. William H.H. PYLE; Berryman (deceased), Mary J., now Mrs. John J. DODSON; Maria F., now Mrs. George MILES; Hardin M., William T., Henry J., Joseph T. and Ira S., born to Hardin and Maria (COMBS) Chewning, natives of Kentucky and Indiana. They were married in Spencer County, and now live in Clark Township, Perry County. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and are among the substantial citizens of the County. William T. remained at home until his marriage. He received a liberal education, and commenced to teach school in 1871, and has taught continuously, winters, until the present. He has been thus engaged in all over seventy-two months. He owns a farm of eighty acres. He was united in marriage to Miss Sarah M., daughter of Daniel and Nancy (HYDE) VanWinkle, of Clark Township, Perry County, October 30, 1873, and to them two children have been born: Nora A., born April 3, 1875; and Mandana A., born Febraury 3, 1878. Mrs. Sarah M. CHEWNING was born Febraury 23, 1851. Mr. CHEWNING is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, his wife of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is a Republican in politics, and is one of the leading teachers in the county. ("History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana - Clark Township" by Goodspeed Bros. & Co. - published in 1885, provided by Indiana GenWeb, Biography of William T. Chewning)

Notes: Hardin CHEWNING m 27 Jan 1831, Spencer Co, IN, Maria COOMBS.They are buried in the Adyeville, Perry Co, IN cemetery (see below). Maria was probably a d/o Berryman and Sarah (COLE) Combs (research in progress).

1885 Perry Co, IN Biography of:

Noah D. FULLER, is a native of Troy Township, Perry County, Ind., and was born April 13, 1824, being the second in a a family of seven, three now living, viz.: Noah D., Mary J., who married Thomas J. COMBS; Margaret, now Mrs. James B. HAVENS, born to Archibald and Diademma (SPENCER) Fuller. They were married in Kentucky and settled in Perry County about 1822, where they remained until their deaths. The mother was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. Our subject was reared and educated by his parents. He was united in marriage to Miss Hannah WALLER, April 5, 1846, and to this union eleven children have been born, eight who lived to be grown now living: Sallie, now Mrs. Henry HARRIS, Archibald, Mary E. (deceased) who married Z.T. KELLUMS, Ruth R. (deceased) who married Henry HESSICK, Diademma, who married D.T. CLOUD, Margaret B., now Mrs. George PHILLIPPS, Noah D. and William T. Mrs. Hannah FULLER was born August 30, 1825. Mr. FULLER makes farming a specialty. He owns 140 acres of fertile land, mostly well improved. He is a Democrat in politics. His wife belongs to the United Baptist Church. They are among the substancial and respected citizens of the county.

History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties, Indiana - Clark Township by Goodspeed Bros. & Co. - published in 1885, provided by Indiana GenWeb, Biography of Noah D. FULLER

Notes: No Perry IN Marriage Record found, may have been post-1850,/ in another county/state… or, could this be Thomas J. and Mary COMBS of the 1850 Spencer Co, IN Census.


February 2, 1901. The Tell City Indiana News, Tell City, Perry Co, Indiana. Obituary The remains of Mrs. J. M. COMBS were interred in the city cemetery on last Sunday. Mrs. Combs had been ailing for sometime with stomach trouble and from these ailments at a Sanatarium at Louisville last Friday. The funeral started from the home of her daughter Mrs. Jack WILBER in Cannelton. At the time of her death she was resident of Lewisport [Hancock Co], Ky. where Mr. COMBS is at the head of a chair manufactory. Mr. COMBS formerly was a resident of this city. (Researcher David Fleming who adds that this is Mary E. BRINER, m 29 Oct 1860, James Matthew Combs)

March 9, 1916 The Arkansas Gazette. Obituary. J. M. COMBS, 80 years old, died at 10:30 o'clock last night at the residence of his son George S. Combs, 1605 Booker Street. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs Blanche TICHENOR of Little Rock and Mrs Joe C. SNYDER Dallas, Tex; and three sons, George S and Walter Combs of Little Rock and John B. Combs of Dallas, Tex. Mr. Combs was a native of Indiana. The body will be sent tomorrow morning by P. H. Ruebel & Co. to Cannelton [Perry Co], Ind. for burial. (Researcher David Fleming)

Saturday March 11, 1916. The Tell City Indiana News. Tell City, Perry Co, IN. Obituary of Mr Mat COMBS. Well Known Former Perry Co. Citizen Dies In Arkansas Just before going to press we were informed of the death of Mr. Mat COMBS, a well known former citizen of Tell City, and who to his death had many friends here. He was one of the partners of the firm of Hartman & Combs now the Fischer Chair Company. He erected the beautiful residence now owned by Philip GRIMMEISSEN, Jr., on South Boundary Street. He was elected treasurer of Perry County back in the eighties and his extreme kindness proved his undoing. He paid the penalty and died the friend of everybody and everybody of him. Mat COMBS was a kind hearted man. His remains will be brought to Cannelton and from their to Tell City, and are expected to arrive Saturday morning. The funneral will be held either Saturday or Sunday afternoon. (Researcher David Fleming)

Cemetery Records

Greenwood Cemetery

Tell City

(Extracted by Researcher David Fleming who adds that the format is: Surname Given Page Date of Death Age)

COMBS, Adeline 335 Aug 25, 1943 67 yrs 2 mos 29 days

DF: The following are all children of James M and Mary BRINER Coombs All are buried in Lot 4 of the Greenwood Cemetery

Combs Child of J 269 Dec 31, 1871 died at birth
Combs Child of JM 269 Oct. 10, 1872 died at birth
Combs Child of JM 269 Aug. 4, 1877 died at birth
Combs Child of JM 269 Dec. 3, 1880 died at birth
Combs Clarence 269 July 22, 1898 20 years
Combs Jesse 269 July 18, 1875 60 years
Combs Mary E. 269 Jan. 20 1901 55 years
Combs Matt 269 Mar 11 1916 80 years
(DF: Matt Combs is James M COOMBS son of John COOMBS. Mary E is his wife)
Combs Mattie son 269 Nov 7, 1876 6 yrs 3 mos

Additional Combs not related to James M COOMBS:

COMBS, Cyrillus L. 533 July 5, 1951 77 yrs 11 mos
COMBS, Myrtle Alice 95 Nov 6, 1964 73 yrs 6 mos 8days

Adyeville Cemetery

Perry Co, IN GenWeb, from the book "Living History Of Perry County Indiana" by James Mosby, Submitted by June Aders Vance)

Row 12

Martha KNOTT b. 11 Dec d. 6 Apr 1899
Ida J KNOTT b. 1877 d. 1880
Hardin CHEUNING 10 Aug 1844
Melvina b. 15 Jun 1845 16 Jun 1902
Alice CHEUNING b. 4 Mar 1870 d. 12 Jul 1903
Wife of J. H. TAYLOR
Thomas Melvern CHEUNING b. 6 Feb 1878 d. 11 Oct 1879
Marion Elmer CHEWNING b. 21 Jul 1874 d 29 Aug 1876
Sarah COMBS b. Feb 1791 d. Jul 1870
Beryman COMBS d. 13 Jul 1860 (72 yrs)
Neal G. COMBS b. 14 Oct 1845 d. 25 Feb 1855
3 Stones

Row 14

2 Blank Stones
Raymond H. MILES b. 24 Oct 1906 d. 9 Feb 1911
W. L. CHEUNING b. 15 Dec 1846 d. 1 Mar 1901
Sarah M. CHEUNING b. 23 Feb 1851 d. 17 Oct 1924
Hetta A. MILES b. 13 Dec 1872 d. 16 Sept 1893
Hardin CHEUNING b. 9 Feb 1809 d. 12 Oct 1888
Mariah CHEUNING b. 15 Apr 1817 d. 14 Aug 1892
Sacred to the memory Aner AYDE who was born in Winsor County Vermont July 24 1797- emigrated to Indiana 1839 died 1 Dec 1845
Elizabeth Caroline Ayde d. 31 Oct 1856
Stillman J. Ayde born in Winsor Co Vt. 10 Mar 1827 died in Bridgeport, Indiana 8 June 1856
4 sandstones

Notes: Berryman & Sarah COMBS are on the 1850 Spencer Co, IN Census. They may have been the Berryman and Sarah COLE Combs who m 21 Sep 1811, Mercer Co, KY. The fact that Neil G. COMBS, s/o William and Rebecca McINTYRE Combs of Spencer Co, IN, makes it ever more likely that William was the s/o Berryman and Sarah. Likewise, their proximity to Hardin & Mariah COMBS Chewning (m 1831, Spencer Co, IN are a further indication that Maria COMBS Chewning was closely related to Berryman (probably a daughter?). Also note that W.L. CHEWNING has same birthdate as William T. CHEWNING, s/o Harding & Mariah COMBS Chewning.

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