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Sumner County, Kansas was created on 26 Feb 1867 from Butler Co and Marion Co (not fully organized).

1880 Kansas, Sumner County

(Soundex Microfilm H T749 Roll 9 C-453-C566, Vol 20, ED 194, Sheet 6 Line 4.)

Val Verdi Twp

COMBES, Peter A. m 49 KY
Luann wife f 39 IL
Peter A. son m 18 IN
Henry W. son m 14 IN
Valentine son m 13 IN
Albert son m 11 IN
Marion son m 9 IA
James F. son m 7 IA
George T. son m 5 IA
Jesse son m 2 IA

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Birdie McNutt who adds: Peter Anderson Combs Sr. and Luann LANCASTER m 9 Jul 1859, Allen Co, KY. Peter is listed on both the 1850 and 1860 Gibson Co IN census, and was later to Kay Co, OK).

William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, Sumner County


"J. W. HAMILTON, cattle dealer and manager of the Kansas Border Land and Live Stock Association. Mr. HAMILTON was born in Ohio, in 1842, and was reared in the agricultural profession. At the age of seventeen, he joined the army, and served three years and three months. He then returned to Illinois, and engaged in farming until 1868, at which time he came to Neosho County, Kan., and took up a claim of 160 acres, on which he remained two years. He then came to Sumner County, and settled on a farm of 960 acres, 320 acres of which he cultivated, in connection with stock raising. In 1879, Mr. HAMILTON came with his family to the city of Wellington, for the purpose of educating his children, but continuing to raise and speculate in stock. Mr. HAMILTON has also been engaged in speculating in town property. He also owns one-half interest in a stock farm of 320 acres, one mile from Wellington, on which he has 280 head of cattle. He owns in Kingman, Pratt and Barber counties 3,800 acres of land, and controls a pasture of 30,000 acres, on which he has 1,200 head of cattle. He is Mayor of the city of Wellington. Is a member of the order of Free Masons, and is a Knight Templar. In 1882, Mr. HAMILTON associated himself with Messrs. A. B. MAYHEW, J. R. MESSERLY, John G. WOODS and S. P. FLINT, for the purpose of carrying on a general stock business. The company contract 290,000 acres of land, the capital stock being $200,000. The company will put on their extensive pasture from five to six thousand head of cattle during the summer of 1883, and the balance of the business may be guessed at, as the company intends to keep the proceeds of the business in the business for twenty-five years, the yearly increase being about 20 per cent of the whole. Mr. HAMILTON was married to Miss Belle G. Combs, of Illinois, in 1868, by whom he has five children - Mary A., Julia H., James McMullen, Gracie and Lula. Mrs. HAMILTON is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. HAMILTON, though starting without aid, has succeeded in placing himself in the front ranks of the best business men in his State."

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