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Putnam County was established in 1822 from Owen, Vigo and the Wabash New Purchase. In 1823, Montgomery was est. from Parke and Putnam. In 1825, Clay was established from Owen, Putnam, Vigo and Sullivan.

Note: Except where otherwise noted, sources for BLM Patents are Index to Combs Land of Indiana; and for marriages are Index To Combs Indiana Marriages.

Also Note: According to the William F. Coombes manuscript, Adin HICKMAN (s/o Benjamin & Sally Combs (COOMBES) Hickman of Hardin Co KY and gs/o Samuel & Mary WILKES Combs of Loudoun Co, VA and Nelson Co, KY) removed to Putnam Co, IN (year not stated)

10-07-1826 Putnam Co IN Marriage License COMBS, Rebecca & KINDOL, Lewis

Note: Lewis KENDALL [sic] was probably of the Nelson Co KY Family (See Lewis and Nancy Combs Kendall m 27 Dec 1810, Nelson Co, KY, plus Lewis of Putnam Co IN apparently is in Nelson Co KY records with a Thornton KENDALL (Combs Researcher Joe Kendall) Rebecca Combs has not yet been identified.

Putnam Co, IN BLM Patents.

4/10/1829 Michael STOCKWELL of Putnam Co, IN., patented 80 acres, Montgomery Co, IN, Township 17-N, Cert. 6207

11/1/1830 Michael STOCKWELL of Putnam Co., IN patented 80 acres, Putnam Co., IN., Township 15-N, Cert. 8342

12/2/1830 Michael STOCKWELL of Putnam Co., IN, , patented 80 acres, Parke Co, IN, Township 15-N, Cert. 11151

SE Note: Michael STOCKWELL appears in the 1830 Putnam Co., IN census. The interest in STOCKWELL is due to one Samuel Stockwell Combs (b. 1824) of Clay Co., IN. and later Delaware Co., IA (who had a son named Job Combs) and to one Job Combs (alias Coons) who married Mary Ann STOCKWILL in 1823 in Boone Co., Ky. where the name Joseph STOCKWELL (possible father or relative) appears on the marriage record. Furthermore, there are two brothers Michael and Job Combs who lived in Montgomery Co., IN. Michael Combs obtained a land patent in Montgomery in 1826 and Job obtained one in 1829.

1830 US Census, Putnam Co, IN

(Transcribed by Linda Hughes and proofread by Donna Hayes for the USGenWeb Archives Census Project,, Copyright (c)1999 by Linda Hughes)
Microfilm # M19-30, State: Indiana, County Putnam, District Enumerator Lewis H. Sands

No Township

p. 192

p. 193

Line 14 John COMBS 01001-11001
1m 5-10; 1m 20-30
1f 0-5; 1f 5-10; 1f 20-30

(listed immediately between Phebe DALE and Nathan DICKERSON)

p. 206

Line 8 Lewis KINDLE
2m 10-15; 1m 30-40
1f 10-15; 2f 15-20; 1f 30-40
1m slave 10-24
8 total

(USGenWeb Census Project)

(m: Rebecca COMBS 7 Oct 1826, Putnam Co, IN)

2-22-1833 Putnam Co IN Marriages COOMBS, Alice & CLEMMONS or CLEMENTS, Denmain I

03-12-1835 Putnam Co IN Marriages Combs, Samuel H & CLEMENTS, Ameliann

04-23-1835 Putnam Co IN Marriages COOMBS, Vincent & GRAVES, Eliza

Notes: Neither Samuel H. nor Vincent are on the 1840 Putnam Co, IN census. See Boone Co, IN.

1837/03/30 Putnam Co, IN BLM Patents.

COOMBS Vincent Y N Indiana 25905 Y March 30, 1837 Crawfordsville 1 NW 7/ 15 N 3 W N 2nd Principal 60 Putnam IN1390_.088

COOMBS Vincent Y N Indiana 26184 Y March 30, 1837 Crawfordsville 1 NENE 12/ 15 N 4 W N 2nd Principal 40 Putnam IN1390_.364

12-6-1838 Putnam Co, IN Marriages. Joseph COMB Delila WRIGHT

Notes: Joseph COOMBS [sic], s/o Joseph & Rachael HERRON Coombs (m 20 Mar 1798, Nelson Co KY), b 20 Mar 1820, Clark Co IN; d 19 Mar 1906, Green Co, IA; m (1) the above Delilah WRIGHT; m (2) 1849, Putnam Co, IN, Delilah's cousin, Amanda WRIGHT.

20 Mar 1840 Putnam Co IN. Born: James Proctor DUNCAN, s/o James & Annie PROCTOR Duncan and gs/o Henry & Mary "Polly" Combs Duncan, m 5 Apr 1803, Lincoln Co, KY

1840 Putnam Co, IN Census Index

No Combs?

Greencastle Twp

P. 377
KENDALL, Lewis (h/o Rebecca Combs?)

Jackson Twp

P. 427

20 Jun 1846 Combs, Nelson. Service: Mexican War, Private, 1st Regiment, Company A, Putnam County, IN. Mustered in 20 Jun 1846 at New Albany, Indiana, by Colonel Samuel CHURCHILL, discharged 8 Sep 1846 surgeons certificate.

(Source is Indiana in the Mexican War, Oran Perry, 1908. Extracted by Combs Researcher Debi Kendrick from Jerry Morris Mount's Indiana Mexican War Soldiers)

Notes: See Combs of the Mexican American War for additional. Nelson was b in Clark Co, IN, s/o Joseph and Rachel HERRON Combs of Nelson Co, KY. See Greene Co, IA re Nelson's Application for Land Warrant.

11/21/1847 Putnam Co, IN. Born: John Wesley DUNCAN, s/o James & Annie PROCTOR Duncan and gs/o Henry & Mary "Polly" Combs Duncan, m 5 Apr 1803, Lincoln Co, KY

17 Dec 1848 Putnam Co IN Marriages Combs, James H. & BECK, Elizabeth Jane

2-8-1849 Putnam Co, IN Marriages. Joseph COMB Amanda WRIGHT

Notes: Joseph, widower of Amanda's cousin, Delilah (See 1838 above)

1850 Putnam Co, IN Census

Page 493

Marion Twp

#185 Joseph COOMBS 40 M farmer KY
Amanda [WRIGHT] 24 F IN
Emily 13 F IN
Wm 10 M IN
Neaty 8 F IN
Delila 1/12 F IN

(Combs Researcher Barbara Lovera)

Notes: By 1853, Joseph and family had removed to Champaign Co, IL, and by 1855 were in Greene Co, IA.

1860 Putnam Co, In Census

Madison Twp; Greencastle P.O.


1098/1092 COOMBS, Jas. H., 36, M, Farmer, 800/350, IN
Elisabeth J., 28, F, IN
Rachel S., 10, F, IN
Wm A., 5, M, IN
Celia F., 4, F, IN
Martha, 1, F, IN
Denman J. COOMBS, 18, M, Farmer, IN

Transcribed by Birdie McNutt

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