Wright County was established in 1841 from Pulaski. In 1845, Ashley (named changed to Texas the same year) was established from Shannon and Wright; in 1849, Laclede was established from Camden, Pulaski and Wright; and in 1855, Webster was est. from Greene and Wright.

Although Combs by Surname have not yet been located in Wright Co, MO, a number of married women who were either daughters or wives of Combs have been located in this county, including some who were already here at the time Wright was formed from Pulaski, as noted below.

1850 Wright Co, MO Census

(Extracted from Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter's new 1850 annotated transcription on-line at the Wright Co, MOGenWeb)

102 RODGERS, George 56 VA
Frances 45 KY (d before 1860)
Winey 18 IN (1860 Wright Co #45 w/o John STRONG)
Andrew 16 IN (1860 Wright Co #258 w/wif Elizabeth YOUNG)
Henry 14 IN (1860 F.M. ROGERS Wright Co #645 w/sif Eliza MOORE)
John 12 MO (nothing more after 1850)
Wallen 10 MO (1860 do not him;1870 Wright Co #282 w/wif Susan(?)
George 8 MO (1860 Douglas Co w/bro Isaac hh#207)
Asa 6 MO (1860 w/fat & stmot Wright Co #259)
Thomas 4 MO (1860 w/fat & stmot Wright Co #259)

Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter

GBC Notes: Frances HICKS Rodgers was a daughter of Winnifred COMBS (d/o William & Sitha STACY Combs, Sr.) by her second husband, Rev. Robert HICKS, Sr. Frances d bef the 1860 Wright Co, MO Census.

125/125 400
Nevels YOUNG 48 m NC fmr
Nancy 47 f KY
Eli 13 m IN sch
Louisa HUGHES 03 f MO
Charlotte HOPKINS 20 f TN

Notes: 1844-1851 Perry Co, KY Records document the pre-1830 marriage of Nevils YOUNG and Nancy COMBS, d/o Jeremiah “Long” & Nancy COMBS. In 1830 they were on the Perry Co, KY Census, but by 1840 were in Wright's parent county of Pulaski.

Elizabeth CODY 65 f VA
James 13 m MO school

GBC Notes: Elizabeth SUMNER Cody, daughter of the above Winnifred COMBS by her first marriage to Samuel SUMNER, m 1809 Clay Co, KY, John CODY (s/o William and Sinai STACY Cody). John & Elizabeth are found on the 1810 and 1820 Clay Co, KY Census; 1830 Jackson Co, IN Census and 1840 Pulaski Co, MO Census. In 1860, Elizabeth, age 77, b VA is in Wright Co, MO Census HH#65 of her son, Samuel CODAY and his wife Mary Jane BINKLEY. She is not found in 1870 and presumed to have died in Wright County before that time (See also 1889 below).

A Small Mystery… Jeremiah COMBS, b 1788, VA (s/o Mason & Dorothy Combs of Hawkins Co TN (probable brother of William & Seth STACY Combs, Sr.), d 1 Feb 1867, Madison Co, AR; m ca 1810, Warren Co, TN, Charity RHOADS, b1796-1799, NC, d 1860, Madison Co, AR. In 1860, the Madison Co, AR census HH of Jeremiah included a second family, that of Houston FULLINGTON, age 40, who had m (1) 2 May 1845, Roane Co, TN, by Wm. BREEDEN, JP, Susan GALYON,* Sur. Wm. F. JACKSON. (Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter who references MB2, 1-2 bond & license, Roane Co TN Marr: Records 1801-1855, by Hutchenson & McCluen)* sometimes GALLION. Their family has not been located in 1850 as yet, although they were apparently in TN at the time, and subsequently in MO prior to being enumerated in Madison Co AR in 1860. Why they were residing with Jeremiah COMBS in 1860 is not known; however, in 1870, Houston FULLINGTON is found on the 1870 Wright Co, MO Census, Boon Twp. as follows:

1870 Wright Co MO Census

Boon Twp

#12 FULLINGTON, Huston 50 m TN
Patsy 40 f NC
Sarah Jane 19 f TN
William 17 m TN m: Viola

THOMPSON Mary A. 16 f TN
Maranda 15 f TN
John F. 12 m MO
Abe T. 09 m AR
Roda C. 06 f AR
Malinda 05 f AR
America 14 f MO
Jackson 10 m MO
Frannklin 01 m MO

1880 Wright Co MO

Boon Twp

#273-273 FULLINGTON, Huston 58 hea TN VA VA
Martha 48 w IN KY OH
America 22 d AR TN IN note: m Wm. COLLINS
Rhoda 18 d AR Tn IN note: m Pleasant L. GIMLIN
Malinda 14 d AR TN IN
Franklin 11 s MO TN IN
Louisa 9 d MO TN IN note: m Thomas TRUSTY
Hester 7 d MO TN IN
Edward 5 s MO TN IN note: m Sarah K. TRUSTY
Elbert 1 s MO TN IN
Alexander 3 g/s MO MO MO

Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter who adds: Huston FULLINGTON is not listed in 1900 Wright Co MO. I do not find a listing of Huston FULLINGTON in any of the cemetery books of Wright Co, but all the cemeteries of Wright Co MO are not recorded yet.

1/10/1886 Wright Co, MO. Estate of Nancy YOUNG, dec., Eli YOUNG, prin. Securities were Samuel CODAY, G.W. CALHOUN, Isaac L. HART, & G.W.R. GARNER.

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Sue Elfving from Wright County, Missouri Marriage Records 1897-1900, Will Records 1859-1874, comp. Elizabeth Prather Ellsberry, 1961, p. 25)

Notes: Nancy Combs, d/o Jeremiah L. “Long” Combs, w/o Nevils YOUNG; Samuel CODAY gs/o Winnifred Combs Sumner (Hicks), all formerly from Perry Co, KY.

1889 Wright Co, MO

"Samuel CODAY. Prominent among the successful and enterprising farmers and stock raisers of Gasconade Township stands the name of Mr. CODAY, who was born in Kentucky in 1818, and who is one of the old and much esteemed citizens of the county. He is the son of John And Betsey (SUMMERS) Coday. John CODAY was born in Virginia, and was one of the pioneers of Kentucky. He moved from that State to Indiana, and came to Missouri about 1835, locating on the farm where his son Samuel is now residing. There he died at an advanced age. Mrs. Betsey (SUMMERS) Coday is also deceased. They were the parents of eight children, five now living. The maternal grandfather was a miller by occupation, and was waylaid and shot. The maternal grandmother died in Wright county at a very great age. Samuel CODAY grew to manhood in Wright county, and married Miss Mary J. BINKLEY, who bore him nine children…"

(Extracted by Combs Researcher Gloria B. Carter from HISTORY OF LACLEDE, CAMDEN, DALLAS, WEBSTER, WRIGHT, TEXAS, PULASKI, PHELPS AND DENT COUNTIES, MISSOURI, Goodspeed Publishing Co 1889, Reprint 1974 BNL Library Service, Independence, MO, Biographical Appendix (Wright County), page 1165)

Notes: The referenced maternal grandparents of Samuel CODAY were Winnifred Combs, d/o William and Seth STACY Combs, Sr.), and her first husband, Samuel SUMNER who died 1787-8, while a resident of Montgomery Co, VA where county tax records list him as “kild, wife gone to Washington”). His widow, Winnifred, married (2) Rev. Robert HICKS, Sr. Elizabeth “Betsy” SUMNER m 14 Mar 1809, Clay Co, KY, John CODY (s/o William and Sinai STACY Cody).

1900 Wright Co. MO Census

Mountain Grove


200/205 COMBS, Sarah F 11/1860 AR AL TN
WILLIAMS, Joseph M 12/1882 AR VA AR
WILLIAMS, Atsy G. F 12/1884 AR VA AR

Note: Sarah is the widow of Edward D. Combs (s.o. William & Elizabeth STAPLETON Combs). Edward & Sarah were married in Plato, Texas Co. MO 14 May 1891. Upon hearing of Edward's death Sarah gave their two sons Andrew J. Combs (b. 19 Aug 1889) & Alfred W. Combs (b. 17 Apr 1891) to her stepdaughters to raise. Edward died around 1896 in McIntosh Co OK and is buried near Texanna, OK

Norman Combs

According to BLM Land Patents (temporarily offline), Wright Co MO, Twp 29N, Range 15W, the “neighborhood” consisted of:

LNameFNameDateAccession No.Sec
BINKLEYGEORGE L10/05/1875MO5850__.34902
BRANNJAMES A02/01/1873MO5820__.29602
CLAXTONJAMES A08/20/1872MO5750__.17502
HURTANDREW J07/17/1890MO5930__.07602
ROEFRANCES L10/17/1904MO6240__.50402
BAKERFRANCIS A10/10/1874MO5840__.12811
CRAIGJOHN F04/16/1892MO5970__.29711
JOHNSON,JAMES06/30/18793829 MO5880__.23311
RUSSELLTHOMAS J08/20/1872MO5750__.17211
SHAVERLEVI F.03/20/1877MO5870__.11111
BRANNJAMES A02/01/1873MO5820__.29601
CHAMBERSCHARLES L06/04/1877MO5870__.17001
CLAXTONJAMES A05/01/1868MO5730__.22501
CLAXTONJAMES A07/01/1871MO5740__.43801
KIMBALLLEWIS M06/28/1905MO6280__.03201
LAYTONJOHN M11/20/1875MO5850__.49301
SHAVERLEVI F03/20/1877MO5870__.11101
TATEJOHN L06/01/1859MO5630__.45601
WHELCHELMOSES R09/10/1883MO5760__.31301
BENTONWILLIAM K05/15/1857MO5480__.21403
BENTONWILLIAM K11/30/1870MO5740__.22003
BENTONWILLIAM R09/01/1848MO5310__.39003
BOLIANJAMES A12/20/1875MO5860__.01803
DUGGERWILLIAM W07/10/1883MO5890__.43703
FULLINGTONWILLIAM H05/22/1896MO6010__.44403
POOLABRAHAM P04/10/1874MO5840__.01003
RIPPEEGEORGE W07/03/1888MO5910__.07103
YOUNGWILLIAM F03/10/1856MO5470__.32703
YOUNGWILLIAM F03/10/1856MO5470__.38503
YOUNGWILLIAM F09/01/1848MO5310__.38803

CH: All of the above are either in same section of land or adjacent to Houston FULLINGTON, possible former “roommate” of Jeremiah COMBS of Madison Co, AR. Within 4-5 miles, in Twp 30N, Range 15W, are:

LNameFNameDateAccession No.Sec
BUCKJOHN09/07/190012379 MO6080__.41731
CRAIGELIJAH10/30/18741786 MO5840__.28631
RIPPEECYRUS11/01/185211482 MO5380__.01431
RIPPERCYRUS03/01/186026985 MO5670__.00931
RIPPERJAMES03/01/186026986 MO5670__.01031
STACYGEORGE07/01/185210744 MO5360__.24131
TODDFLOID M01/15/187230709 MO5740__.49531
WOLFLAFAYETTE J01/28/190434750 MO6230__.06231
NEWTONANDREW04/15/1853MO5400__.104MO 32
NEWTONJAMES01/15/1872MO5750__.002MO 32
REECEJACOB07/01/1852MO5360__.240MO 32
REECEJACOB03/10/1856MO5470__.324MO 32
REESEGEORGE07/20/1869MO5740__.014MO 32
REESEJACOB08/01/1860MO5700__.327MO 32
STACYGEORGE03/10/1856MO5470__.325MO 32

Notes: Is this coincidence, or did the descendants of Mason COMBS, Jr. and his brother, William COMBS, Sr. “stay in touch?”

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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