Worth County was established in 1861 from Gentry. A number of Combs by birth and/or descent, although not by surname came to what became Worth via Ray Co, MO, before that from Monroe Co, IN; and before that from Perry Co, KY. Other than the late arrived Alexander Warren, however, none of the Combs who follow have been identified as yet.

1 Sept. 1856, Worth Co., Mo. Land Patent for Romeo Combs of Gentry Co, MO
40 acres, Worth Co., NESW Sec/Block 15/, Twp: 65-N, Range 30-W
Accession/Serial #: MO4690__.140, BLM Serial #: MO NO S/N

Notes: Romeo Combs previously found in the 1850 Perry Co, IL household of Elizabeth RIDDLE Combs, probable widow of Aquilla Combs Sr. In the same household with Romeo in 1850 are brothers Burrell and Aquilla [Jr.] who also migrate to Gentry and Worth Cos.

Court Records:

Sept 1863 State vs. A. Burrell Combs - continued (p. 35)

Nov 28 1863Burrell Combs - failed to appear on a charge of Riot (p. 52)

Sept 1864 …State vs. A. Berel Combs on a charge of Riot. Defendant is in United States Service (p. 123)

Oct 1865 State vs A. B. Combs, he appears in court." (p. 177)

(Source: Worth Co., MO Circuit Court Records Vol. A, submitted by Regina Barry)

A Burrell Combs served in the Civil War from Missouri (M1 Mo. Cavalry Co. H). Pension application #414472 filed on 3 Jan.1891 in Arkansas. Certificate # 287015 granted.

(Source: Ancestry.com, Civil War Pension Index, on-line database, Electronic form of NARA Publication T288. Application cards for Federal Civil War pensions, submitted by Regina Barry)

Per researcher Regina Barry, Andrew B. Combs ended up in Oklahoma, first Indian Territory and then Oklahoma County. He married Melvina CADLE. Andrew B. and wife Melvina are found in the 1860 Gentry Co., MO census. They may not have moved as Worth was established Gentry Co. in 1861.

SE Notes: Is A Burrell Combs the same as Andrew B. Combs of 1860 Gentry Co, Mo census. If so, he was likely the same as Burrell Combs, s/o of Elizabeth RIDDLE Combs (widow of Acquilla) of the 1850 Perry Co, IL census. By 1870 AB Combs and Melvina were living in Jackson Co, MO, and by 1880 in Carroll Co, AR. According to the birth of their children in the 1880 census, they left Missouri after 1870 and lived in Iowa, then Kansas, and then in Arkansas.

26 Aug 1866 Worth Co., MO Sarah Combs married William H. IMES

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Vince Griffith from "MISSOURI PIONEERS", Volumes 1 thru 30 and Volume1 of "MARRIAGE RECORDS OF MISSOURI";)

Notes: Not found on 1870 census

1870 Worth Co, MO Census

ALLEN Township

p. 371 28 - June 1870

71/71 Combs Samuel 29, m, w, Farmer, RE=$400, PP=$300, b. IN
Sarah, 26, f, w, Keeping House, b. PA
Amelia, 4, f, w, b. MO
Christina, 2, f, w, b. MO
Frank, 5/12, m, w. b. MO, b. Jan. [1870]

(Source: Heritage Quest Original Images)

Notes: Per Samuel P. Combs death notice (see below), he was born in Delaware Co, IN. and then migrated with his family to Iowa (Johnson Co. in 1852 and Ringold Co. in 1859). He served in the civil war with the 18th & 29th Iowa Inf. In 1861 for 3 months. He married Sarah M. ARMSTRONG, 12 Nov 1863. In 1850, there is a Samuel Combs, age 10, in the Delaware Co, IN household of Robert Combs. In 1860, Robert and his family are in the Union Co, IA census and Samuel P. is age 19. In 1870, we have Samuel with his wife and family in Worth Co. on 28 June; however, there is still a Samuel P Combs, age 27, in the (Aug) 1870 Fremont Co, IA census with Robert and Lucy Combs. Is this the same Samuel? Did he just go home to visit his family. Samuel's 1880 census record shows his father to have been born in OH and Robert's census records indicate he was born in Ohio.

p. 376

141/141 Cambs Michael 27 IN
Anes (f) 22 IN
Michael E 1 MO

Note: (Worth Co, MO GenWeb), who transcribed Samuel Combs (above) as “Samuel Camb”, could this be s/o Robert Andrew Combs brother of Samuel Peter Combs.

Smith Twp.
Allendale PO

p. 412 - 20 June 1870

122/122 Combs John 29 (or 28), m, w, Farmer, RE=$600, PP=$300, b. KY
Sophrona, 28, f, w, Keeping House, b. IL
Willis M, m, w, b. MO
Solomon, 9/12, m, w, b. MO, b. Oct [1869]

(Source: Heritage Quest Original Images)

Notes: Per his death notice (see below), John Combs was born 18 April 1841 in Louisville, Ky., and served in the Civil War in Co. F., 63rd Reg. Ill. Inf. Vol. He and Sophronia CAMPBELL were married 23 Dec 1865 in Perry Co, IL. From our Civil War database: Combs, John 63rd Reg’t, IL Inf Co F Pvt/" (See Franklin Co, IL). He enlisted in Franklin Co, IL (10 Apr 1862 - 9 Apr 1865 John COMBS - Private - Residence Mulkeytown, IL - Enlisted: 10 Apr 1862 - M.O. 9 April 1865. Company F. 63rd Infantry. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Barbara Mathews from Civil War Rosters - Franklin and Williamson Counties, IL (and from Misc)). John is the right age to be John, age 10 (b. KY), in the 1850 Franklin Co., IL household of Solomon and Amy Combs and note he had a son named Solomon per the 1870 census

pg 404

#4 Pyle Cortez 59 IL
Pyle Ann 49 VA
Pyle Ananshis 27 IL
Pyle Abner 18 IL
Pyle Mary 16 IL
Pyle Deborah 12 MO
Pyle Ellen 9 MO
Pyle Harley 4 MO
Pyle Carrie 4 MO

(Source: Original Census Images submitted by Regina Barry)

RB Notes: Cortez PYLE and his wife Catherine (Coombs aka Combs) from Perry Co, ILL, were in Worth Co., Mo for the 1870 and 1880 census. (2-08-1842 Perry Co, IL Marriage Records. 1:160 Catharine Ann Combs & Cortes PYLE).

1876 Worth Co, MO State Census

Source: Ancestry.com. Missouri State Census Collection, 1844-1881 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007. Original data: Missouri State Censuses. Jefferson City, MO, USA: Missouri State Archives. Submitted by Barbara RIVAS


John Combs 21 to 45
Seproni 21 to 45
Wilas M under 10 years
Solomon under 10 years
Sarah under 10 years
Charley under 10 years

1880 Worth Co, MO Census

Smith Township

p. 383B

CORTZ PYLE Self M M W 63 Farmer KY NC SC
Catharine PYLE Wife F M W 57 Keeping House VA VA VA
Carrie PYLE Dau F S W 15 MO KY VA
Harley PYLE Son M S W 15 MO KY VA
Lee GRIFFIN SonL M M W 22 Farmer TX MO MO
Debora GRIFFIN Dau F M W 22 Keeping House MO KY VA
Odie GRIFFIN GDau F S W 3 MO --- MO

(Source: FHC 1880 census transcription, submitted by Regina Barry)

p. 384 C

John COMBS Self M Male W 39 KY Farmer KY KY
Sephrona COMBS Wife M Female W 33 IL Keeping House NC TN
Willis M. COMBS Son S Male W 13 MO Works On Farm KY IL
Solomon L. COMBS Son S Male W 11 MO KY IL
Sarah COMBS Dau S Female W 7 MO KY IL
Charley COMBS Son S Male W 5 MO KY IL
Rebecca E. COMBS Dau S Female W 1 MO KY IL

(Source: FHC 1880 Census Transcription)

Fletchall Township

p. 392C

William WORTHLEY Self M Male W 46 AL Farmer AL AL
Lucy A. WORTHLEY Wife M Female W 31 OH Keeping House VA OH
Merta D. WORTHLEY Dau S Female W 10 MO At Home AL OH
Alfred W. WORTHLEY Son S Male W 9 MO AL OH
Nancy M. WORTHLEY Dau S Female W 7 MO AL OH
Annie R. WORTHLEY Dau S Female W 6 MO AL OH
Albert. WORTHLEY Son S Male W 4 MO AL OH
George E. WORTHLEY Son S Male W 2 MO AL OH
Evert G. WORTHLEY Son S Male W 1 MO AL OH
George W. COMBS BroL S Male W 17 OH Farm Laborer VA OH

Allen Township

p. 453C

A. MC ELVAIN Self M M W 61 Representative & Farmer IL VA SC
Deborah MC ELVAIN Wife F M W 55 Keeping House TN VA VA
Joseph H. MC ELVAIN Son M S W 20 In School MO IL TN
Chas. HORALD Other M S W 19 Farming IA --- ---
A. J. MC ELVAIN Nephew M S W 17 Farming NE IL TN
Orie HAMILTON GSon M S W 10 In School MO IL IL
Elmer MC ELVAIN Nephew M S W 10 In School MO IL TN

(Source: FHC 1880 census transcription, submitted by Regina Barry)

RB Notes: Deborah Coombs and her husband Andrew McIlvain were in Gentry Co, MO in 1860 and Worth County, MO afterwards. Both are buried in Allendale Cemetery, Smith Township, Worth County,

p. 456 B

Samuel COMBS Self M Male W 39 IN Farmer OH OH
Sarah M. COMBS Wife M Female W 38 IL Keeps House VA VA
Amelia A. COMBS Dau S Female W 14 MO At Home IN IL
Christina C. COMBS Dau S Female W 12 MO At Home IN IL
James F. COMBS Son S Male W 10 MO At Home IN IL
Robert A. COMBS Son S Male W 8 MO IN IL
William D. COMBS Son S Male W 8 MO IN IL
Peter W. COMBS Son S Male W 6 MO IN IL
Eliza A. COMBS Dau S Female W 4 MO IN IL
Francis E. COMBS Dau S Female W 2 MO IN IL
Samuel COMBS Son S Male W 2M MO IN IL
Marinda M. COMBS Dau S Female W 2M MO IN IL

(Source: FHC 1880 Census Transcription)

1 Mar 1900. The Grant City Star (newspaper) Grant City, Worth County, Missouri.


Alexander Combs, living four miles southeast of Grant City died Feb. 25th 1900, after a lingering illness of catarrh of the head.

The deceased was born in Souden [sic, Loudoun?] County Virginia, August 12th, 1817, being the youngest of seven brothers of whom two are yet living.

When about eight years of age he moved with his parents to Morgan County, Ohio. There in 1840 he was married to Nancy Dye, who now is left to mourn his death.

Of their children, four are dead, two are living in this county, one in Rhode Island and one in British America.

In 1865 he came to Moniteau County, Missouri., remaining there until 1881, when he removed to this county.

When thirty-six years of age he was converted under the labors of the Protestant Methodist church and at that time united with that denomination.

He was highly respected by all who knew him, as being a good citizen, a genial companion, a worthy neighbor, kind and affectionate in his family. Memory treasure up many pleasant associations with him by those who knew him best.

Funeral services were held at his home Feb 27th, after which he was buried in the Wharton Graveyard.

C. H.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Pat Combs O'Dell)

PCO Notes: Alexander Warren Combs was the s/o Robert & Nancy SEARS Combs who m 31 Oct 1804, Loudoun Co, VA. A 1901 Morgan Co, OH newspaper article reported erroneously that Alexander “died young”.

2 Mar 1903 MAUDLIN, Frank Francis COMBS 2 Mar 1903
Albert Maudlin father gave consent
(Worth County Missouri Marriages 1897-1909)

Worth County MOGenWeb

26 Aug 1919 DC: Michael Combs, Worth Co, Allen Twp, Cert #28852, Male, White, Married, Farmer, Born: 29 Aug 1839, Indiana; Died: 26 Aug 1913; Age 73y/11mos/26days; Cause: Cancer of Stomach; Father: Robert Combs, Born Unknown, Mother: Lucy Combs, Born Brown Co, OH; Informant: W L Combs, King City, MO; Buried: Lamp Cemetery 26 Aug 1913.

Source: Original images, Missouri Death Records Digital Database, Missouri State Archives, abs by SE

SE Notes: Michael Combs, s/o of Robert A Combs and Lucy CASE of Delaware Co, IN. By 1860, Robert and his family in Union Co, Iowa. Michael married Agnes HACKER and they can be found in the 1880 Harrison Co, MO census. The informant is possibly his son William Combs. There is also a DC for Michael's wife Agnes in the same source.

The Grant City (Worth Co. Mo) Star, January 16, 1902, page 1

John Combs

The subject of this sketch was born at Louisville, Kentucky, April 18, 1841. At the time of the breaking out of the Civil War he was a resident of Illinois, and served his country during three years in company F. 63d regt. Illinois Infantry volunteers. On December 13, 1865, he was united in marriage with Sophronia Campbell, who, with six children born to them, lives to mourn his loss.

Mr. Combs removed from Old DuQuoin, Illinois to Worth County, Missouri, September 10, 1866, and since that date has been a constant resident of the county, bearing a full share of the confidence and esteem of all his acquaintances and associates, old and new. He had been for years a member of Agenda Lodge No. 220 I.O.O.F. and had been recently elected to the office of Vice Grand of that lodge, the installation being set for the next meeting night following his untimely demise.

For several years he had been a constant sufferer from heart trouble which was the immediate cause of his death. On the 8th of this month while returning from lodge he fell, sustaining a fracture of the forearm, but was doing nicely when the sudden summons came to him to lay down his weapons and enroll his name among the long list of heroes who have preceded him to the Eternal City.

For years he had been an earnest and consistent member of the Christian church, and his funeral on last Saturday conducted by Rev. Harris of Stanberry, was largely attended by his relatives and friends, when he was laid to rest in the Kirk cemetery by the Odd-Fellows of his Lodge assisted by many visiting members of the Order.

Submitted by Linda Berney

Worth Co. and area Death Notices

(Source: Worth County Missouri Death Notices from Area Newspapers found at the Mid-Continent Public Library at Independence, Missouri", submitted by Linda Berney who states "The way these are written, I believe they are extracts and not verbatim notices.")

COMBS, Samuel P. -- died 3 Dec 1896 at his home, 1 mile north-east of Allendale, MO. He was born in Delaware Co., Ind., 12 Nov 1840. He moved with his father to Johnson Co., Iowa in 1852 & to Ringgold Co., Iowa in 1859. He served in the civil war with the 18th & 29th Iowa Inf. In 1861 for 3 months. He married Sarah M. Armstrong, 12 Nov 1863. She survives him with a large family of children.

COMBS, Mrs. Annis Cordelia --died 26 Feb 1902 at her home near Allendale, MO. She was born in Worth Co., Mo., 27 July 1859. She married C. C. Combs, 14 July 1878. Four children were born to them & 2 survive her. She leaves her husband, 2 children and her parents.

COMBS, John --died 9 Jan 1902 at his home in Allendale, MO. He was born in Louisville, KY, 18 April 1841. He served in the civil war from Ill. In Co. F., 63rd Reg. Ill. Inf. Vol. He married Sophronia Campbell, 13 Dec 1865 & 6 children were born to them & all are alive now. He moved from Old DuQuion, (sic) Ill. to Worth Co., Mo., 10 Sept 1866. He was for many years a member of Agenda Lodge No. 220, I.O.O.F. Burial in Kirk cemetery.

Notes: Perry Co., Illinois marriage records confirm the date of marriage (12-12-1865 Perry Co, IL Marriage Records. 4:336 John COMBS & Sephrona CAMPBELL). Sophronia died in 1904 (see her death notice below).

COMBS, Ralph --died 10 Aug 19091 [?] at the family home near Allendale, MO., aged 2 years, 1 month & 1 day. He was the son of Mr & Mrs S. S. Combs & also leaves 2 sisters & grandparents. Burial in Kirk cemetery.

COMBS, Otta --died 5 Aug 1905, of Allendale, MO., aged 2. She was born 27 Jan 1903, the daughter of Sod & Net Combs. Burial in Kirk cemetery.

COMBS, Hazel --died 9 Aug 1905, of Allendale, aged 4 years & 5 months. She was a daughter of Sod & Net Combs, their second child taken. Burial in Kirk cemetery.

COMBS, Mrs. Sophronia --died (buried 20 June 1904). She was born in Perry Co, Ill., 19 Dec 1847. She married John Combs, 23 Dec 1865. Seven children were born to them and 4 sons & 2 daughters survive. Her husband died 9 Jan 1902. She also leaves 2 bros. Burial in Grant City, MO.

COMBS, Ellsworth --died 10 June 1908, aged about 35. He was drowned in the Grand River near Denver, MO. He was an epileptic & had gone fishing & had a fit & rolled down the bank into the river as told by a youngester (sic) who saw the happening. Burial in the Lamb cem.

COMBS, Mrs. Nancy (nee Dye) --died 2 Oct 1909 in worth Co., Mo, aged past 87. She was born in Morgan Co, OH, in 1821. She married Alexander W. Combs in 1840. Seven children were born & 3 sons & 1 daughter survive --Thomas of Idaho; Mrs. S. A. Worthly, of Davenport, Wash; M. S. Combs, of Worth Co. MO & George of Providence, R. I. They came to Moniteau Co. MO in 1865 & to Worth Co. in 1881. Her husband died in Feb of 1900.

Notes: Alexander Warren Combs, husband of Nancy, was the son of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS of Loudoun Co, VA and Morgan Co, OH.

Allendale Cemetery - Smith Twp.

COMBS, Louisa 1870-1955

COMBS, William D. 1871-1952

Walked in September 2004, looking for Combs, submitted by Linda Berney who took digital photos


Hazel R. - January 25, 1911 - July 8, 1999
Married July 5, 1928
Hobert R. - March 26, 1907 - March 18, 1999

McELVAIN, Andrew 1818 1898

McELVAIN, Deborah 1825 1919

Submitted by Regina Barry

Kirk Cemetery

(Walked in September 2004, looking for Combs, submitted by Linda Berney who took digital photos) This cemetery is located Northeast of Allendale.

Ross - March 12, 1909 - May 24, 1991
Bonnie Dee - July 5, 1909 - Jan 24, 1992

Peter W. Combs 1873-1977

Clara B. Combs 1872-1926

Combs Gussie M. Nov 25, 1887 - Dec 30, 1980
Nathaniel A. April 20, 1885 - June 1, 1961 (second stone - military):
Nathaniel A. Combs, Missouri, Captain Signal Corps, World War I and II, April 20, 1885 - June 1, 1961

James Franklin Combs 1870-1971

Note: Son of Samuel Peter Combs & Sarah Martha ARMSTRONG Combs per census records

(2 tall white stones, spaced a bit apart with quite a bit of planting around them, very light and hard to read):
Samuel P. Combs, husband of Sarah M. Combs Died Dec 3, 1896, age 59 yrs 21 days.
Sarah M. Combs (very hard to read) born June 19, 1842 died May 13, 1916

Melvin S. Combs 1921

Note: Melvin Sayle Combs (brother of Robert Glade Combs, s/o William Lowel Combs gs/o Samuel Peter Combs & Sarah Martha ANDERSON.) died in infancy 12 Aug 1921

Rex Combs May 13, 1912 - July 3, 1976 (above the name is the word "Airborne" with an insignia below it that is a circle with 2 stylized A's side by side.)

SE Notes: The insignia described is for the 92nd Airborne Division (see more notes below).

(Second marker - Military):
Rex G. Combs, Capt US Army WWII, May 13, 1912 - July 3, 1976

SE Notes: World War II Captain Rex Combs commanded the 1st Company of the 1st Battalion 508th Parachutist Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division that landed in Normandy on D-Day. There is a plaque for Rex Combs on a War Memorial monument in the cemetery near the church in the town of Chef du Pont on the Cotentin Peninsula (Normandy, Utah Beach). Chef du Pont is very close to the town of Ste. Mere Eglise where the parachutist John Steele had his parachute catch on the church steeple during his drop into enemy territory (immortalized in the movie The Longest Day). I have seen this memorial of Rex Combs. A photo of the Memorial can be found HERE

Rex Combs (age 8) is found in the 1920 Worth Co, MO household of N. Allie (aka Nathaniel A) and Gussie M. Combs. Nathaniel A. Combs is found in the 1900 household of Sarah Combs, widow of Samuel P. Combs, s/o of Robert Combs of Delaware Co., IN.

Paul Rex Combs Mar. 3, 1946 - Jan 21, 1968 (above the name is what appears to be a leaf with an lightning bolt in the center)
Paul Rex Combs - Washington - SP 4 Co A 23 Inf 25 Inf Div - Vietnam PH - March 3, 1946-Jan 21, 1968 (Second marker - Military)

Rex Combs Jr 1994

(Military marker):
Robert Glade Combs
Mn2 -- Korea -- US Navy -- Missouri
Nov 17, 1930 - May 21, 1997
Brother of Melvin Sayle Combs.

Note: Son of William Lowell Combs (s/o William Daniel Combs [buried in Allendale Cemetery, above], gs/o Samuel Peter Combs, ggs/o Robert Andrew Combs

Melvin B. Combs 1921-1966
Melvin B. Combs, Missouri, FPC -- 37 ARMD INF BN, World War II, May 18, 1921-June 17, 1966 (Second stone, military)

Wilma A. 1898-1980 (above her name is “Tim”, no other info)
Blanche A. 1901-1941
(slightly above and between Wilma and Blanche is the following:)
Clayton 1928 -- Gordon 1938

(3 small similar stones located by the larger one listed above)
Clayton Dale Combs 1928-1928
Charles Jr. Combs 1920
Gorden Rex Combs 1938-1938

Nettie 1877-1966
Solomon L. 1869-1951

(3 small similar stones located by the larger one listed above)
Ralph 1899-1901
Hazel 1900-1905
Ottie 1902-1905

22-23-24.(These 3 stones were in a row, and 4 similar ones with name Whorlow also in next in line.)
(Large old stone, hard to read) Wilmer, son of Wm & Belle Combs died Apr 13, 1891, aged 3 mo
Military marker - WWI - Ira Evert Combs, Iowa, Seaman 2 Cl, USNRF Sept 30, 1941
Are-Bell Combs 1873-1956
Willis M. Combs 1868-1928

Note: Son of John Combs & Sophronia CAMPBELL

Dennis Combs 1914-1919

(Large old stone, engraved on 2 sides)
John Combs died Jan 9, 1902, aged 61 y 8 m 21 d other side of stone - Sophrona died June 19, 1904, age 56 y 6 mo 2 da

1882 - Roy J. - 1966
1884 - Adda B - 1962

Note: Roy Job Combs s/o Samuel Peter Combs & Sarah Martha ARMSTRONG

Combs Gertrude E. 1899-1992
Married Apr 22, 1917
Cecil W. 1895 - 1967

Petry Cemetery

Combs, Hannah E. 24 yrs. 20 Mar 1873 09 Apr 1897

Worth County MOGenWeb

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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