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McGee County was created by Kansas Territory from non-county area on 25 Aug 1855; reamains unorganized and was attached to Bourbon County “for civil and military purposes”. From 11 Feb 1859 remained attached to Bourbon County “for judicial purposes” then on 18 Feb 1860 was renamed Cherokee County and remained attached to Bourbon County. Becomes a county in the State of Kansas when Kansas is admitted to the Union on 29 Jan 1861. Gained land from Neosho County on 20 Mar 1866 and becomes fully organized on 03 Aug 1866 when it was detached from Bourbon County. Lost land to Labette County on 07 Feb 1867 and Crawford County on 13 Feb 1867.

1860 McGee Co, Census

31 July 1860

Brushville PO

195/195 Lavina Combs 54 f houewife ------ 475 KY
Samantha E 16 Fservant KY
Maria H 11 f KY

196/196 Joel Combs 34 m farmer ------ 225 KY
Permelia 35 f housewife KY
Martha E 10 f KY
Charles Young 20/24? m farm labor 125 KY

200/200 Francis M Combs 27 m farmer ------- 225 KY
Lottie 22 f housewife KY
James M 2 m KY
Margarett E 1/12 f KY

201/201 James W Combs 29 m farmer IL
Adaline 24 f housewife KY
John S 5 m KY
Malissa A 3 f KY

Submitted by dwilson from: Ancestry 1860 Kansas Territory Census

1860 US Census Mortality Schedule

Simon Combs b in VA, d Dec 1859 at age 57.

(Combs &c. Death Records)

From Combs Researcher Bill Degarno: Simeon F. Combs, born about 1802 in Virginia, died December 21, 1859 in McGhee (sic) County, Kansas [now Cherokee Co]; m 22 Jul 1823, Adair Co KY, Lavina COFFEY, born about 1804 in Illinois, died about 1865 in Bourbon County, Kansas. Issue included Francis Marion Combs, born about 1833 in Russell County, Kentucky; died April 6, 1872 in Cherokee County, Kansas; m Lottie WINDERS, born March 1, 1836 in Livingston County, Kentucky; died March 23, 1916 in Girard, Kansas. See Also Simeon F. & Lavina COFFEY Combs in the records of Crittenden Co KY; and Pike Co IL.

1861-1865 State of Kansas, Federal Civil War Troops

Private Clem Combs, 15th Regiment, Company C (Adjutant General's Report)

Notes: According to Researcher David Samuelson, the 1870-1920 (year not given) will of Rev. Clement Combs of Greene Co, MO is recorded in Cherokee Co, KS. This Rev. Clement Combs is not to be confused with the Union soldier and private Clem Combs of the Kansas “15th Regiment”. He died 12 July 1864 at Fort Riley, KS. The Rev. Clement Combs was still alive as of 1871 (see next). It is not known if there is some connection between these two Clement Combs.

1870 Cherokee Co, KS Census

Lowell Twp

Lastine PO

p. 62, 1 July 1870

194/195 Combs Joel 44 m w KY farmer, RE=$1850, PP=$375
Permecia, 45? f w KY, Keeping House
James H, 17 m w KY
Merit, 11 m w KS
Nancy A, 3 or 5? f w KS

Neosho Twp

Lastine PO

p. 84, 6 Aug. 1870

147/163 Combs Francis M 36 m w KY farmer, Re=$800, PP=$600
Combs Leattie, 32 f w KY, Keeping House
Margaret 16 f w KS
Cindy, 2 f w KS
Martha 4 f w KS
Henry J, 1 mo m w KS

Note: Francis Marion Combs (s/o of Simeon F. Combs) and wife Lottie WINDERS (see above).

Pleasant View Twp, Lastine PO

p. 92, 30 July 1870

85/80 Combs Barbara, 52 f w NC, Keeping house, RE=$326, PP=$350
Sarah, 32 f w IL, At home
John, 21 m w IL farming
Mary, 19 f w IN, At home
Rebecca Jane 8 f w IN

1930 Cherokee Co, KS Census

Spring Valley Twp

Baxter Springs

p. 10

COMBS W. G. Head M W 52 IL
Marie Wife H F W 45 IA

Note: From a brief transcription on USGenWeb Census Project pages


p. 268

117/123 Combs William Head M W 44 S TX IL TX Farmer General farming
Combs Anna Mother F W 65 Wd TX OH IL
Combs Nana Sister F W 38 S MO IL TX

USGenWeb Census Project

From a biography of Peter Covert; History of Cherokee County Kansas and its representative citizens

PETER COVERT. Among the names of the early settlers of Cherokee County stands that of Peter Covert, a well known farmer of Spring Valley township, living on a fine farm of 160 acres of land in section 34, township 34, range 24. He is a native of the “Hoosier State” and was born in Clark County on July 4, 1838.

Lucas COVERT, his father, also a native of Clark County, Indiana, was born about 1812 and secured his education in his home county. After leaving school, he learned the trade of cooper, and followed that occupation during the early years of manhood. He married Anna NEEDLES, a native of Indiana, and to this union were born five children, as follows: William, Andrew, Peter, Harriet and Catherine. Mrs. COVERT, the mother of these children died when our subject was five years of age. Later, Mr. COVERT contracted a second marriage, this time with Mrs. Hannah Combes, neé BIRD. The children of this marriage were: Monroe, James A., Frank and George D. Lucas COVERT left Indiana in 1852 and located in Atchison County, Missouri, where he engaged in farming for six years. In 1858 he removed to Pawnee County, Nebraska, where he followed the same occupation until his death, which occurred in 1898…”

KSGenWeb Project

(Crestline, Cherokee Co, KS)

"JOHN HOFF, dealer in drugs and groceries, was born in Indiana June 19, 1847. He moved from his native town to Illinois, and thence to Missouri in 1867, where he remained until 1876, and came in that year to Kansas, located, and remained on farm one year, and then went into dry goods business in Brownsville, where he staid (sic) two years; then was in Messer in drug business one year, and then went to Crestline and opened present business in 1881. He was also in mining business a short time, and now owns his residence and business properties in Crestline. He was Postmaster three years in Brownsville and Messer, and belongs to the order of I. O. O. F. He was married to Miss Esther Combs, of Missouri, in 1872. They have three children - Joshua, Claudie and Earnest.

(William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, Cherokee County)

Note: The above marriage record not yet located. The 1870 US Census Index still needs to be checked in order to try to locate the county where John HOFF m Esther Combs.

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Schools & Churches

"The, Methodist Church was organized, with fifteen members, May 22, 1870. Before this time, there had been preaching by Rev. J. KIRCHNER, in 1869, and by Rev. Boyd LOWE, in March, 1870, the latter of whom was the first regular minister of the church, holding services once in four weeks. He has been succeeded by the following ministers: Rev. S. W. BLISS, came in October, 1870; F. H. BURROWS, February, 1871; Clement Combs, May, 1871; H. H. SCAGGS, May, 1872; A. THORNTRUE, 1873; William SIBLEY, March, 1874, assisted by Mr. MAREY; John KIRBY, 1875; David GRIFFITH, March, 1877; L. W. THRALL, 1878; Hugh MCBIRNEY, 1879, and A. G. ROBB, the present pastor, in 1881.

"Religious services were at first held in the court house, and afterward in the opera house. The building of the present church was commenced in 1873; it was inclosed in 1874, and completed in 1875, at a total cost of $4,000. The present membership is 210. The Sunday school was organized In December 1871, S. 0. McDOWELL being first Superintendent; L. L. DOUBLEDAY was elected Superintendent in 1874, and John N. RITTER, the present Superintendent, in 1877. There is an average attendance of 120 scholars.

(William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, Cherokee County, Part 4)

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