|Combs &c. Families|
of Jasper Co, MO
Jasper County was established in 1841 from non-county area (attached to Newton Co - no Combs on 1840 Newton census), lies due east of Kansas, and due south of Barton (which was established from Jasper in 1855).
23 Feb 1841 Combs, Jerry married RUCKER, Catharine in Jasper County, Missouri ("Early American Marriages: Missouri to 1850, Jordan R. Dodd, et al, Precision Indexing Publishers, Bountiful, UT) Not found in GenWeb Archives.
21 Mar 1841 Rebecca Combs married 21 Mar 1841 Elliott RUCKER, Jasper Co., MO (Jasper Co, MO GenWeb Archives, Marriages 1841-1854)
Notes: Jeremiah Combs not yet identified. Not known if kin to Rebecca, but would seem likely given that they both m RUCKERS within a month of each other. Rebecca was the d/o Jesse B. Combs who was in Rives-Henry Co, MO in 1840, and d testate there in 1848. Jerry (Jeremiah?) Combs has not yet been located in 1850 census, but see Elliott RUCKER in Jasper.
08 Mar 1845 Sarah Ann Combs married 8 Mar 1845 Daniel WILSON, Jasper Co., MO (Jasper Co, MO GenWeb Archives, Marriages 1841-1854)
09 Apr 1846 Eliza Combs married 9 Apr 1846 Fletcher PIERCE, Jasper Co., MO (Jasper Co, MO GenWeb Archives, Marriages 1841-1854)
11 Mar 1847 Combs, Malon married PEARCE, Mary Ann in Jasper County, Missouri (Jasper Co, MO GenWeb Archives, Marriages 1841-1854)
217/217 RUCKER Elliott 35 M Farmer b. Ten, RE=$400
RUCKER Rebecca 27 F b. Ill
RUCKER William 3 M, b. Mo
(Source: Transcribed from Jasper Co., Mo. USGenweb 1850 census transcription)
Note: Appears to be Rebecca Combs RUCKER, the d/o of Jesse Combs whose will was probated in 1848 in Henry Co, MO, and who was identified in said will as daughter Rebecca, wife of Elliet RUCKER. On 21 Mar 1841 Rebecca Combs married 21 Mar 1841 Elliott RUCKER, (Jasper Co, MO GenWeb Archives, Marriages 1841-1854). Family is in Barry Co, MO, 1860 census.
1855 Newport, Barton Co, MO (est. from Jasper this year). Died: James ROARK, h/o Nancy FINNEY, and s/o Michael & Letitia GRIGSBY Roark of Hawkins Co, TN (Note: This has not been confirmed and is entered here as a possible "clue" only. James' sister, Sarah, m Elijah "8" Combs, Sr. of Perry Co, KY)
21 Mar 1884 William D. Combs, age 21y 11m 2d [b 4/19/1862] died 21 Mar 1884, single, Born Perry Co., IN, died Jasper Co., MO (Extracted by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin from "MISSOURI PIONEERS", Volumes 1 thru 30 and Volume 1 of "MARRIAGE RECORDS OF MISSOURI")
ed 37, page 17
line 96 Alice Combs 31 sister in law Mar 1869 Iowa
Andrew J. Combs 35 Dec 1864 Missouri
Maggie 28 Mar 1872 Mo
Guy 10 Oct 1889 "
Lucy 9 Nov 1890 "
Joseph 7 Aug 1892 "
Edith 6 Jan 1894 "
Ralph 1 Oct 1898 "
George W. Wood
Burr Combs 18 boarder Oct. 1882 Kansas
316 N. Mineral
Wm. F. Grafton head
Robert C. Combs son in law July 1857 Kentucky
Fannie E. Combs 28 daughter May 1872 MO
Hylda C. Combs 9 granddaughter Nov 1890 MO
Maud K. Combs age 7 granddaughter Sept 1892 MO
Lawerence G. Combs age 5 grandson Nov 1894 MO
James M. Combs 61 head July 1838 Indiana
Ermma ? J. Jan 1856 VA
Ray M. Oct 1885 Kansas
Lawerence A. Combs 24 Jan 1876 Indiana
Lizzie J. 23 Feb 1877 MO
Mary A. 5 Nov 1894 MO
619 N. Hall
James Nealy (could be Healey or Nealey too)
Mary Combs 81 mother in law Aug 1818 VA
Sarah Combs age 47 Sept 1852 Indiana
Earnest 20 April 1880 Kansas
Ben Raymond 17 Aug 1882 MO
4 other boarders
L. N. Dewitt
Tillie Combs about 68 hired woman unknown Indiana
(Submitted by Combs &c. researcher Linda K. Green)
Note: Needed - Full transciptions
Biography of MONROE CLARK
One of the substantial citizens of Marion Twp, Jasper Co [MO], is Monroe CLARK, who is also a highly respected business man. His birth occurred in Madison Co, AR, 20 Mar 1832, and he was the son of Thomas CLARK, who was born in the state of Tennessee about 25 miles from Nashville. In 1855 he removed to Barry Co, MO, where he died at the age of 76 years. His ancestry was a combination of Irish, Dutch and English.
The mother of Monroe CLARK was in her maidenhood, Nancy Combs. She was a member of the old family of that name, well known throughout Tennessee, and she lived until she had reached her 76th year. Twelve children were born to these parents, and all grew to maturity and are living. They have scattered and founded families of their own in different parts of the union.
Monroe CLARK was the eldest son of his parents, and he was reared in Madison Co, Ark., where he remained until he had nearly reached his 21st year. In 1865, immediately after the close of the Civil War, he went to Newton Co., Mo., and began mining, and in 1871, he came to Joplin [Jasper Co, MO], at which time but one house had been erected in what is now a thriving city. Mr. CLARK hauled the first pump that was set up in Joplin, bringing it from Oronogo, MO. In connection with William BEAVES he kept house for a time in a wagon. Those were busy days, and Mr. CLARK worked industriously as a common miner, following this laborious task from 1871 until 1895. He was resolute, courageous, perservering and therefore successful.
In 1893 he bought his farm of 507 acres and removed to it in 1895, and since that date has carried on general farming in connection with duties pertaining to various other business lines. This farm is called the "Town Line Stock Farm," and he has two residences on it, near the center of the property, with all kinds of valuable improvements, including commodious barns. He has taken an active interest in politics and was one of the first councilmen, in Joplin, holding the office for 8 years. And through his efforts many of the most important improvements in this section were organized and carried out. He built the first hotel in Joplin, named it the St. James and rented it.
Mr. CLARK was one of the pioneer miners, and has had much experience in handling mining property. He was one of the syndicate that opened the Tracy mining tract of 440 acres at Webb City, Mo., and was superintendent of same for 8 years and owned one-fifth of teh lease. The last year of the company's operations, they paid ten percent royalty, which amounted to $30,000. His partners were L. C. PRICE…J. A. HEWITT…W. M. LACKEY…E. R. MOFFETT and with him composed the company that opened up that large and productive mining property and operated it for 9 years.
Mr. CLARK also had mercantile experience. In connection with W. E. JOHNSON he embarked in the mercantile business in Joplin and continued for 2 years, later trading this business for a coal mine, although he does very little mining now, giving his attention principaly to farming. He owns considerable property in Webb City [Jasper Co, MO], which he rents and produces a good income.
Mr. Clark was married, 25 Dec. 1852, to Elizabeth NEWTON, who was born in Batesville [Independence Co], Arkansas, but was early left an orphan. To Mr. and Mrs. CLARK were born these children: Nancy Jane, who is the wife of Virgil BOARD of Joplin, Mo.; Alabama who is the wife of John F. WISE of Joplin; Amanda, who married W. A. DOOLEY, but both have passed away; Mary Ellen, who is the wife of J. W. COLVIN of Joplin; Alonzo, who married, Miss SHANNON of Joplin; and an infant who died. One of the members of the family of Mr. CLARK is his grandson, Frank DOOLEY, who lost his parents when a babe. He is a resident of Joplin and married Miss Maud SIMS.
The success which has attended Mr. CLARK is but the natural results which follows, energy, industry and ability. He has been one of the most important factors in the industrial and social growth of Joplin, and although widely known, the esteem in which he is held by his fellow citizens extends far.
Biography of JERRY CLARK
Jerry CLARK is a leading and influential citizen of Webb City [Jasper Co] Mo., connected with the mining interests of Jasper County and was born near Huntsville, Madison Co. Ark. on 2 Mar 1849, his parents being, Thomas and Nancy (Combs) Clark. He is a representative of one of the old families of North Carolina, his grandparents, William and Mary (RHOADES) Clark both being natives of that state. The latter's mother lived to a very advanced age, for when last heard from in 1874, she had passed the 108th milestone, on the journey of life. Thomas CLARK, the father of our subject was born in McMinn Co., Tenn. in 1809, and was a farmer by occupation. He served as justice of the peace and as a member of the school board and was regarded as one of the representative citizens of his community. He married, Nancy Combs, who was born in North Carolina in 1812. They had 12 children and at the time of their death had 140 grandchildren, beside great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. All of the 12 children are living and the youngest is now 47 years old. They are:
Mrs. Elizabeth JOHNSTON, who has 12 children.
Monroe CLARK, who has 4 children.
Mrs. Lavina FLAY [FLY?], who had 3 children.
Jasper CLARK, who has 2 children.
Mrs. Charity FLY, who has 5 children.
James CLARK, who has 5 children.
John CLARK, who has 2 children.
Jerry CLARK, who has two children.
Lee C. CLARK, who has 1 child.
Thomas C. CLARK who has 1 child.
The family is certainly remarkable both for its numerical strength and longevity.
In the common schools of Barry Co. [MO] Jerry CLARK pursued his early education and later spent one year in Berryville [Carroll Co], Ark. under the direction of Isaac A. CLARK. Subsequently, he engaged in teaching school for one year and then went to Texas, where he devoted his attention to general farming and the raising of cotton. Later, he located in Ft. Smith [Sebastion Co], Ark., where he remained for a year and in 1871 came to Jasper Co., Mo. He has since been identified with mining interests. He began mining on the Granby land and now owns one-third interest in the Maud B. mine and half interest in the Mosley mine. During the last 10 weeks of steady run the company cleared about $18,000 from the Maud B. mine.
On 27 Nov. 1873, he married, Miss Elizabeth R. JONES who was born in Tennessee, in 1851 a daughter of William JONES. They have two children: John Thomas, who died at the age of 6 months, and Roxie May, who was born, 17 Mar. 1876. She was educated in the public schools of Webb City and also spent one year at the Pierce City Baptist College, and is now the wife of R. M. JONES, a druggist at Lawton [Comanche Co], Okla. In their religiious affiliations, Mr. CLARK and his wife are Missionary Baptists belonging to the Webb City Church of that denomination.
They make their home in Webb City, Mo. In his political views he is a Democrat and while he always exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the party, he has never sought office, preferring to devote his time and attention to his business interests in which he has met creditable success. The genuine worth of his character commends him to the confidence and good will of all whom he is associated. (Biographical History of Jasper Co, MO, Malcom McGregor, 1901, pp. 159-161; 332-336)
Notes: Although Thomas CLARK may have been born in McMinn Co, TN, it is thought more likely that he was born near McMinn, Warren Co, TN, which is also where his wife, Nancy Combs, was born, the d/o Jeremiah & Charity RHODES Combs of Hawkins & Warren Cos TN and Madison Co AR (Goodspeeds' History of Northwest Arkansas, Madison Co, AR Biography of John David Combs), and gs/o Mason & Dorothy Combs of Hawkins Co TN
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