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Phillips County was created on 26 Feb 1867 from Non-County Area; not fully organized. Fully organized on 26 Jul 1872.

1880 Phillips Co., KS Census


p. 92A

Henry Coomes, Self, W, Male, W, 54, Farmer, b. OH MD MD
Edgar L.,Son, S, Male, W, 16, Works On Farm, b. IL OH VA

Living next door to daughter Hortensa Coomes and J. W. CUNNINGHAM.

H. N. Coomes, Self, M, Male, W, 22, Farmer, b.IL, OH, OH
Mary S. Coomes, Wife, M, Female, W, 21, Keeping House, b. IL, TN, KY

(Source: FHC 1880 Census transcription)

SE Note: This family was in Livingston Co., IL in 1870. Henry Sr.'s wife Tabitha died in 1870 in Livingston Co.

1 Oct 1896 Combs, Daniel C PARKER, Nina B 1 Oct 1896

Marriage Record Book C Groom Index - Phillips Co, KSGenWeb

24 Dec 1896 Combs, John L FERGUSON, Belinda 24 Dec 1896

Marriage Record Book C Groom Index - Phillips Co, KSGenWeb

6 Dec 1902 Combs, Monroe C WILSON, Mabel 6 Dec 1902

Marriage Record Book D Groom Index - Phillips Co, KSGenWeb

16 Apr 1908 Combs, C R SALLEE, Nora 16 Apr 1908

Marriage Record Book D Groom Index - Phillips Co, KSGenWeb

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.,Ill., d. 9 July 1944 Agra, Phillips Co., Kansas.

Married 7 Oct. 1877 to Henry COOMES, Jr., who was b. 1858 in Indian GroveTwp., Livingston Co., Ill. 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., Ill. before the Coomes family moved west.Tabitha is buried in the Cooper Cemetery, south and west of Fairbury, Ill. 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., Ill. 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., Ill., 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., Ill. 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.


  1. Jesse Charles Coomes b. 15 March 1882, Indian Grove Twp., Livingston Co., Ill. Married twice. Died and buried at Thermopolis, Wyoming. Jesse had a store at one time near Scottsbluff.
  2. Edna Alice Coomes b. 6 Oct. 1884 Indian Grove Twp., Liv. Co., Ill.;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, Ill. 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 obituary below.


Obituary for Edgar Lewis Combs, son of Henry Coomes Sr. and wife Tabitha.

E. L. Coomes, 75 Dies at Dellvale Kansas Rites Sunday Afternoon for Well Known Farmer Who Had Been Ill A Year.

The host of friends in this section of Edgar Lewis Coomes, 75, of Dellvale, (Kansas) learned with genuine regret today of his death at 10:30 o´clock this morning at his home about a mile west of Dellvale. He had been Ill for about a year from heart disease, his condition becoming very serious several days ago.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 o´clock Sunday afternoon from the Christian Church at Oronoque by Elder Stephen J. Epler, Church of Christ minister here, assisted by Byron F. Salisbury, county superintendent and an old friend of the family. The body will be brought to the Norton Cemetery. The body is at the Scott funeral home.

Mr. Coomes was born December 25, 1863, in Livingston County, Ill. a son of Henry and Tobiath Coomes. He was nearly 15 years of age when the family moved from Illinois to locate in Phillips County, where, on October 29, 1885, the youthful Mr. Coomes was married to Ora Abbott.

Phillips County was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Coomes for almost 35 years but in 1920, with most of their family, they moved to the place west of Dellvale which ever since has been his home.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Coomes is survived by three daughters, four sons, four grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one brother, J. W. Coomes of Wood River, Nebr. The children are Charley Coomes, rural mail carrier of Dellvale, Delbert Coomes of Norton. Foyd Coomes of Dellvale, Fred Coomes of Phillipsburg, Mrs. Elsa Haugh of Grand Island, Nebr., and the Misses Addie and Mabel Coomes of the home. Miss Mabel is one of the popular and efficient rural school teachers of the county and several times county champion speller in the teacher´s division.

(Source: Obituaries submitted by Patience Northern from the Morgan Co., Indiana Library obit files.)

1978 obituary for Floyd Edwin Coomes, son of Edgar Lewis Coomes, and grandson of Henry Coomes Sr. and wife Tabitha

Floyd Edwin Coomes, son of Edgar L. and Ora Jane Abbott Coomes, was born September 11, 1899 at Gretna, Phillips Co., Kansas and died August 12, 1978 at the Norton County Hospital at the age of 78 years, 11 months. And 1 day.

Floyd grew to manhood at Gretna and attended the Gretna grade school. When Floyd was 20 years old he moved to a farm near Dellvale. On April 3, 1930, at the Norton Methodist Church Parsonage, Floyd and Mabel Stanley were married by Rev. Carlton. To this union 1 daughter, Verla Rae was born. They farmed near Dellvale until 1948 when Floyd and Mabel moved to their home in Norton. Floyd operated service stations until 1960, then he was employed at the Norton State Hospital until his retirement.

Floyd was a member of the Norton Church of God. Floyd loved his family and had a special interest in farming and sports.

Survivors include: his wife Mabel, of the home; one daughter and her husband, Verla and Ferris Chambers, Norcatur; two grandchildren, two brothers, Delbert and his wife Josephine Coomes, Alma, Nebr., Charlie Coomes, Ft. Dodge, one sister Addie Mustoe, Norton; other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and one brother.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, August 15, 1978 at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of God in Norton, with Reverend Ralph Barclay officiating. Mrs. Larry Hillman sang “Ivory Palaces” and “Safe In The Arms of Jesus” with Mrs. Lee Yates accompanying. Casket bearers were Verle Rule, Linn Lemon, Floyd Glenn, Charles Grunert, David DeYoung, and Floyd McFarland.

Concluding service and interment were held in the Norton Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Enfield-Eckhart Funeral Home, Norton, Kansas.

(Source: Obituaries submitted by Patience Northern from the Morgan Co., Indiana Library obit files.)

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