Andrew County was established from the Platte Purchase in 1841.

1850 Andrew Co, Missouri Census

District #2 Jefferson Twp

p. 88; 18 Nov 1850

782/766 Combs, Matthew M 34 farmer 900 KY
Sarah F 31 KY
Soloman M 10 KY
Cynthea A F 8 MO
Bathena F 3 KY

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson from the 1850 US Census, Missouri - Gentry County)

MRW Notes: Matthew Combs, Jr. is on the 1840 Breathitt Co, KY Census. William M. Combs in his 1898 Dickey Diary interview states abt Matthew Combs, s/o Matthew and Frankie BROWN Combs, "Matthew … [married] Sallie WILLIAMS… lived and died in Missouri…" According to the research of Marlyn Eshelman (16 Feb 1998), Sallie was the d/o Coleman and Cynthea DAVIS Williams (no source). Eshelman adds that following the death of his wife, Matthew m 2nd in 1854 in Buchanan Co, MO, Martha Ann McDANIEL, widow of Henry FRAKER, whom she had m in 1849 in Buchanan. a widow.

Also note that according to William O'Conner's "Danger" manuscript (no sources), another Combs to Andrew Co, MO was Dorcas, d/o Jeremiah C. "Chunky" and Synthia SUMNER Combs, and w/o Wayne DAVIDSON (1854 Perry Co, KY records). O'Conner adds that the DAVIDSONS later removed to Page Co, IA. See also Gentry Co, MO.

8 Nov 1850. Andrew Co, MO Deed Book 3, p. 545 (also Deed Book Index, section "C," p. 9 line 25; and p. 8, line 6). George W. and Sarah TAYLOR to Matthew and Martha* Combs, all of Andrew Co, MO, consideration $275, land in Jefferson Twp., NE NW, Section 23, Township 59, Range 35.

(Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson who notes that this land is very close to that of the Todd Cemetery (see below)) *probably a typographical error.

22 Feb 1851 Andrew Co, MO Deed book 3, p. 546. Matthew and Sarah Combs to Margaret MARTIN, land in Andrew County, $300. Property was located in the NE NW, Section 23, Township 59, Range 35. Matthew Combs. Sarah (her mark) Combs.


6 Dec 1858. Andrew Co, MO Deed Book 8, p. 506. Manlove & Ellen CRANOR to Matthew and Martha Ann Combs of Gentry Co, MO [sic], one section, E ½ SW, SE & SW SW, Section 12, Township 59, Range 35.

11 Dec 1858 Andrew Co, MO Deed Book 8, p. 498. Matthew and Martha Ann Combs of Gentry Co, MO [sic] to Manlove & Ellen CRANOR, one section, E ½ SW, SE & SW SW, Section 12, Township 59, Range 35. Matthew Combs. Martha Ann (her mark) Combs.

(Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)

1860 Andrew Co, MO Census

Nodaway Township

p. 230

Combs, Matthew 45 m farmer KY
Martha 41 f KY
Soloman 20 m KY
Cynthia 18 f MO
Bethenia 13 f KY
William 9 m MO
Matthew 5 m MO
Elizabeth 4 f MO
Margaret 1012 f MO
FRAKER, Ambrose 10 m MO

(Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson)

30 Apr 1864. Matthew Combs Jr. was mustered into the Union Army 30 Apr 1864. He enlisted at Savannah, Missouri by Captain WEST. He was a Private, assigned to Company E, Andrew County Battalion, Enrolled Missouri Militia. Civil War records do not contain any notations of engagements or activated service.

(Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson from (15 May 1863), The Soldier. p. 1.)

1870 Andrew Co, MO

Nodaway Township

(MRW notes this is different twp. than 1860 (not given)


p. 46; 4 Aug 1870

360/365 ROBERTS, John 23 MW Farm Laborer 600 250 KY
Bethania 23 FW Keeping House KY
Hugh 3 MW MO
David 1 MW MO

361/366 Combs, Matthew 55 MW Farmer 2500 600 KY
Martha FW 50 Keeping House KY
FRAKER, Ambrose 20 MW Farm Laborer MO
Combs William 19 MW Farm Laborer MO
Eliza 14 FW MO
Margaret 11 FW MO

MRW Notes: Bethenia Combs, d/o Matthew & Sallie WILLIAMS, m John ROBERTS (marriage record?)

26 Jan 1872 Liberty Tribune (newspaper) "From Savannah, Missouri "New Era". Two daughters of our esteemed citizen Matthew Combs have been missing since the 8th inst. The eldest is 16 years old, quite tall, of fair complection and blue eyes, named Eliza; the youngest girl, is 13, named Margaret" (Extracted by Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson from Liberty Tribune. (26 JAN 1872). From Savannah, Missouri. p. 2; Hodges, N. & Woodruff, H.W. (1976). Genealogical Notes from the Liberty Tribune - 1868-1874, Clay County Archives & Historical Library, 210 East Franklin Street, Box 99, Liberty, Missouri 64065 [816]781-3611]. Volume III. "January 26, 1872, Cont." p. 61.)

MRW Notes: In a file folder marked "Combs" located in the Andrew County Historical Society, Savannah, Missouri, there is a research request letter. This letter in the Combs folder was requesting information by a Shirley Ann Williams of Mesa, Arizona, dated 7 FEB 1991 (Williams, S.A., Request for Research on Matthew and Sarah Combs, located in file folder "Combs," Andrew County Historical Society, Savannah, Missouri. pp. 1-3). I contacted Shirley by telephone 12 Apr 1998, and she provided the following information (Wilson, M.R., 12 APR 1998):

  1. Matthew and Martha Combs later had land transactions in Pretty Prairie, Reno Co, KS.
  2. Part of the children and spouses moved to Pretty Prairie, Kansas.
  3. Soloman Combs is believed to have been a soldier in the Civil War.
  4. Soloman married a women by the last name of GRAHAM.
  5. Sarah (WILLIAMS) Combs' mother is Cynthea DAVIS and her father is Coleman WILLIAMS.
  6. Soloman is believed to have moved to Texas.
  7. The two girls who ran away from home in 1872 were located. Eliza Combs ran off to get married. The youngest girl, Margaret, returned to her home in Andrew County, Missouri.
  8. It is believed that Matthew and Martha Combs died in Reno Co, KS.

SE Notes: Census records show the following for Mathew's family.

  1. Mathew's widow Martha living with Eliza and husband George W. LAMB in 1880 in Little River, Reno Co, KS
  2. William Combs, probable son of Mathew, living in Reno Co. in 1880, and has a daughter named Bethenia
  3. Mathew's daughter Bethena and husband John ROBERTS living in Reno Co. in 1880

Cemetery Records

Todd Cemetery

Also known as Jimtown Cemetery & the CATLETT Farm
(section 21 in Jefferson Township, Andrew County, Missouri).

Apr. 11, 1876
75Y. 11M. 26D.

(Born 16 April 1800)

Photo of Tombstone on Photograph Andrew County Tombstones (PACT) Project

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Michael R. Wilson from "Andrew County Cemetery Inscriptions," VI, page 57, copy right 1985; publication located in the Savannah Public Library, Savannah, Andrew County, Missouri).

MRW Notes: Susan Neville CATLETT Combs was the widow (his second wife) of Evan Ennis Combs, d 1849, Lafayette Co, MO. Her estate was probated in Buchanan Co, MO where she died. She and Ennis had no known children.

Flag Springs Baptist Cemetery

Flag Springs, Empire Township, Section 12 West
Andrew County, Missouri

Directions: From St. Joseph, Highway 169 east about 15 miles to State Route M, about 3 1/2 miles on M to SR AA and County Road 229 Turn on AA (blacktop road), about 2 miles to the Flag Springs Baptist church. Cemetery is behind the church.

C. J. Combest
born Mar. 25, 1861
died Apr. 11, 1907
aged 46 Y 16 D
At Rest

John F. Combest
born May 1, 1854
died Sept. 25, 1914
aged …
At Rest

Mattie Coomer
Born Apr. 5, 1847
Died Mar. 27, 1904

Micajah Coomer
Born Oct. 26, 1833
Died Nov. 17, 1907

Submitted by Barbara Rivas from Photograph Andrew County Tombstones (PACT) Project

Savannah Cemetery

Savannah, Nodaway Township, Section 16 South
Andrew County, Missouri

Directions: From Savannah city square, go south 2.5 blocks. Fourth Street goes through the east side of the cemetery, Benton Street is on the north, Fifth Street on the west, and Park Avenue is the border on the south.

Sections 6 & 7
Surnames A-D

Combest, Ida F.

Combest, Samuel W.

Combest, Sophia A.

Combest, William Francis

Submitted by Barbara Rivas from Photograph Andrew County Tombstones (PACT) Project

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

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