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Hillsborough County, was an original county formed in 1771. By 1823, there were 42 townships within Hillsborough County. Some of the northern townships were set off in 1823 to form Merrimack County. These townships which became part of Merrimack County were: Andover, Boscawen, Bradford, Dunbarton, Fishersfield, Henniker, Hooksett, Hopkinton, New London, Salisbury, Sutton, and Warner. Some of the Combs families may have lived in areas that became Merrimack County such as Dunbarton and may account for some of the attrition of the names found after 1820.

(Source: USGenWeb New Hampshire)

Merrimack, Hillsborough County Revolutionary War Soldiers included Augustus Blanchard (Capt.), John Combs (Source: History of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885, 878 pgs. Transcribed for the internet by Janice Brown) Information located at On a web site about GENEALOGY AND HISTORY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE and its counties.

1789 Merrimack: E. Parker, S. Danforth, James Gilmore, Samuel McKean, James Combs, five selectmen being chosen this year. (Source: Ch XII, SOURCE: History of Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1885, 878 pgs. Transcribed for the internet by Janice Brown).

1790 Hillsborough Co, Census

(Source: Abstracts for all years from Heritage Quest Original Images unless otherwise specified. Submitted by Sue Elfving)



Medad Combs
1m > 16 including head
3 free white females

SE Note: One Medad Combs of the part of Dunstable that is now in New Hampshire is listed as a Revolutionary Soldier per "History of the Old Township of Dunstable: Including Nashua, Nashville, Hollis, Hudson, Litchfield and Merrimac, N.H. and Dunstable and Tyngsborough Mass.;" by Charles J. Fox, Nashua; Charles T. Gill Publisher; 1846. Medad Combs was in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Could this Medad be the son of Medad Combs and Abigail POWERS of Dunstable, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts who married per this record: 04/03/1759 COMBS, Medad Married: Spouse: POWERS, Abigail City: Dunstable, County: Middlesex Source: Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Ut, Film # 0868606, extracted by COMBS Researcher Barbara Rivas from Family Tree Maker CD231, CD 231 Online, Marriage Index: Massachusetts, 1633-1850. A second source for this marriage can be found in VITAL RECORDS of DUNSTABLE [MIDDLESEX CO., MA], Excerpted from VITAL RECORDS of DUNSTABLE, Massachusetts To 1849, The Essex Institute, Salem Mass., 1913 and transcribed by Coralynn Brown. The marriage record: Abigail Powers and Medad Combs, both of Dunstable, N.H., Apr. 3, 1759. N.R. Although the elder Medad could have been the soldier, it seems more logical that it was Medad Combs Jr., born 27 Sept. 1759.

Also (per same source) one Joseph Combs, RW soldier from Dunstable, died in the Army. Could this have been Joseph, s/o of Medad Combs and wife Abigail POWERS (see birth record below)? Birth records for five of Medad and Abigail's children are listed below: Medad [Jr.], Sarah, Theodore, Joseph, and Isaac Powers.

Is is possible that Medad Combs Sr. could be the same as Medad, b. Aug. 3, 1730., son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Combs. Information about Jonathan Combs and wife Elizabeth BLANCHARD can be found in ANCESTOR AND DESCENDANTS OF DEACON JOHN-2 BLANCHARD OF OLD DUNSTABLE (AND MERRIMACK) NH on a site for the History and Genealogy of Merrimack, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire.

The BLANCHARD genealogy states that Elizabeth BLANCHARD was a daughter of Capt. Joseph & Abiah (HASSELL) BLANCHARD. Elizabeth was born 15 Apr 1697 in Dunstable MA; married abt 1721 to Jonathan Combs [some genealogies state his surname is Cummings, but it was her cousin Elizabeth who m. Jonathan Cummings, for her brother, Col. Joseph BLANCHARD, deeds to his "loving nephew, John Combs of Dunstable, sixty acres of land.]. Children [COMBS] b. at Dunstable: Elizabeth, William, Medad and John.


p. 259

John Combs Jr
1m > 16 including head; 4m < 16


James Combs
1m > 16 including head; 2m < 16

p. 260

John Combs
2m > 16 including head; 0m < 16


p. 348

John Combs
1m m > 16 including head; 1m < 16

1800 Hillsborough Co, NH Census


p. 493/25

Theodore Combs 10110 30010

SE Note: Could be Theodore Combs, s/o Medad Combs and Abigail, born Mar. 3, 1764. N.R. per Dunstable, Middlesex Co., MA records (see birth record below).


p. 496/27

David Combs 00120 20010

[4 lines from David Combs]

Medad Combs 00001 10012


p. 572/65

Isaac Combs 20010 00010

SE Note: Could this be Isaac Powers Combs, s/o of Medad Combs, born May 29, 1770. N.R.


p. 576

James Combs 33010 31010

John Combs 00001 00023

John Combs Jr. 21011 12010

1810 Hillsborough Co., IN Census


p. 70/523

Isaac Combs 22010 00010



William Combs 11101 11110


p.115/ 568

Theodore Combs 12010 10101



James Combs 00110 11110

David Combs 10010 11010

Simeon Combs 00010 20100



John Combs 12001 01101

James Combs 12011 21111
[adjacent in listing]


p. 292/743

William Combs 00100 10101
[last mark for female is questionable]

1820 Hillsborough Co, NH Census



Theodor Combs 100100 00100


p. 142

Isaac Combs 010001 20010 bbb1


p. 188

William Combs Jnr. 300010 11010 b1bb


p. 196

James Combs 000101 01101 b2bb

Jona Combs 100010 00010 b1bb

John Combs 000111 00010 b3bb

1830 Hillsborough Co., NH Census


p. 445

Jesse Combs
1 m 20-30
1 f 20-30



Jonathan Coombs
2 m 15-20; 1 m 40-50
2 f 5-10; 1 f 40-50


John Combs 1 m 30-40
1 f < 5; 2 f 5-10; 1 f 30-40


p. 492

Wid Lois Combs
1 m 20-30
1 f 10-15; 1 f 15-20; 1 f 50-60

SE Note: Indexed by Ancestry as Win Lori Combs but was definitely Lois. See 1850 census for Amherst where Lois Combs, age 74, in the household of Walter M. GILSON.

Nottingham W


Simion Combs
1 m 10-15; 1 m 40-50
1 f < 5; 1 f 5-10; 1 f 10-15; 1 f 40-50

1840 Hillsborough Co, IN Census Index



Combs David
3m 5-10; 1m 30-40
1f 30-40

Combs Sarah [next to David[
1 male 30-40
1f 30-40; 1f 40-50; 1f 70-80


Combs Leonard
1m 20-30
1f 30-40

Combs Jonathan H.
1m 20-30
1f 20-30

Combs James [adjacent to Jonathan H.]
1m < 5; 2m 15-20; 1m 30-40
1f 20-30



Combs Simeon
1m 20-30; 1m 40-50
1f 10-15; 1f 15-20; 1f 40-50; 1f 50-60

(Source: The above entry for Simeon Combs taken from original images)

1850 Hillsborough Co, NH Census

(Source: abstracted from original census images)


p.112, 15 Aug. 1850

156/186 Simeon Combs, 65, m, Farmer, RE=$500 NH
Hannah, 62, f NH
Louisa, 42, f NH
Robert B, 33, m, Laborer MA


p.136, 7 Sept. 1850

291/304 Isaac Combs, 45, m, Cooper, RE=$500 NH
Lucy An, 35, f NH

Two door away...

293/307 Walter M. GILSON, 27, m, Farmer, RE=$1200 NH
Emely Y, 21, f NH
Lois Combs, 74, f NH

SE Notes: Appears to be the Widow Lois Combs of the 1830 Milford census.


p.146, 20 Aug. 1850

121/125 Jefse Combs, 49, m, Carpenter, RE=$600 NH
Achash, 40, f NH
Hiram, 19, f, Farmer NH
Mary J, 13, f NH
Charles, 1, m NH
Abigail H CRAM, 42, f NH
Henriett Combs, 5, f MA


p.100, 9 Aug. 1850

408/418 Levi SARGENT, 41, m, Stonecutter, RE=$14,000 NH
Elizabeth 35, f NH
John B., 8 NH
William H., 4 NH
Hannah M. Combs, 14, f Canada
plus 3 additional individuals with different surnames


p. 162, 18 Sept. 1850

200/213 Joseph SHEDD 34, Farmer, RE=$700 NH
Elizabeth, f, 67 NH
Margaret Combs, 56, f, NH [Coombs or Combs]

SE Note: According to's "Family Data Collection database", Joseph SHEDD was the son of Dennis SHEDD and Elizabeth Combs who was born 13 Nov. 1785, d/o of John Combs of Merrimack, Merrimack Co., NH. Elizabeth SHEDD in above record, might be Joseph's mother and Margaret Combs a relative (possibly sister to Elizabeth). No original source record provided. Elizabeth died 10 Sept. 1864 per the IGI. She and Dennis were married 2 Feb. 1806 also per IGI submission. In the IGI she is listed as a Coombs. Per the 1790 Hillsborough Co. census for Merrimack, John Combs does show 3 females in his household. Besides his wife, the other two could have been Elizabeth and Margaret.


p. 171, 20 Aug. 1850

87/90 Harriet Combs, 25, f NH [living in a boarding house]


p. 269 * Aug. 1850

452/423 Leonard Combs, 50, m, Trunk Maker NH
Lucinda, f, 40 NH

p. 273 9 Aug. 1850

484/535 Boarding House
Grace Combs, 47, f NH

(Source: 1850 Hillsborough Co., NH Census original images)

SE Note: Could this Grace Combs be the same as that found in the 1860 McLean Co, IL census, age 57, living with Sarah Combs and Jeremiah and Jane (Combs) Hall, all born in NH? Sarah Combs and the Halls were in McLean in 1850 but no Grace who is also gone from Hillsborough Co. in 1860.

p. 592, 15 Aug. 1850

846/947 James ATWOOD, 39, m, Farmer, RE=$1400 NH
Mary, 46, f NH
James H., 14, m NH
George M, 11 NH
James G. Combs, 19, m, Laborer NH

847/948 David Combs 45, m, Laborer NH
Elizabeth 45, f MASS


p. 432; 13 July 1850

452/523 Boarding House Residents
Louisa Combs, 18, f VT

1860 Hillsborough Co, NH Census

City Nashua Ward-8

p. 241; 30 June 1850

56/60 James Combs, 27, m, Workman, PP=$50 NH
Mary J, 25, f, House Keeper NH
George D, 1, m NH

p. 242; 2 July 1850

63/67 David Combs, 55, m, Farmer, , RE=$300, PP=$100 NH
Elizabeth, 55, f, House Keeper MA
James G., 23, m, Workman NH


p.444, ?? July 1850

1528/1642 Isaac Combs, 56, m, Cooper NH
Lucy, 42 or 47, f, Wife, RE=$700, PP=$100 NH


p. 605; 2 July 1860

601/613 Jesse Combs, 59, m, House Carpenter, RE=$1000, PP=$200 NH
Achsah, 48, f NH
Hirim, 27, m, Farm laborer, PP=$150 NH
Mary, 22, f NH
Henrietta, 15, f MASS
Charles, 11, m NH
Gilman SWAIN, 61, m, Farm laborer NH

Combs Vital Statistics from Dunstable, Middlesex Co., MA.

(Source: Rootsweb freepages, Jane Devlin's Website, VITAL RECORDS of DUNSTABLE [MIDDLESEX CO., MA] BIRTHS, MARRIAGES to the end of the year 1849, Excerpted from VITAL RECORDS of DUNSTABLE, Massachusetts To 1849, The Essex Institute, Salem Mass., 1913. There is a link to the above site from the Middlesex Co., MA USGen Web.)

These Dunstable records are being included here because early Dunstable, NH was part of Massachussetts. Many of these individuals can be found in Hillsborough County, NH.

Combs Births (Transcribed by Dave Swerdfeger)

Clarinda, d. James and Jane, July 30, 1806. N.R.

Elisabeth, d. Jon[a]th[an] and Elisabe[th], Nov. 14, 1722. N.R.

Esther, d. James and Esther, July 15, 1760. N.R.

Isaac Powers, s, Medad and Abigail, May 29, 1770. N.R.

James, s. James and Jane, Sept. 16, 1810. N.R.

Joseph, s. Medad and Abigail, Feb. 23, 1768. N.R.

Medad, s. Johathon and Elizabeth, Aug. 3, 1730. N.R.

Medad, s. Medad and Abigail, Sept, 27, 1759. N.R.

Samuel Caldwell, s. James and Jane, Sept. 2, 1808. N.R.

Sarah, d. Medad and Abigal, Apr. 9, 1761. N.R.

Sarah, d. David and Sarah, Oct. 31, 1799. N.R.

Theodore, s. Medad and Abigail, Mar. 3, 1764. N.R.

William, s. Jonathan and Elizabeth, Aug. 23, 1728. N.R.

Combs Marriages (Transcribed by Carolyn Brown)

Esther [Cobs. CT. R; of Dunstable, N.H. int.], and Asa Moor, Jan. 14, 1767.*

Medad, and Abigail Powers, both of Dunstable, N.H., Apr. 3, 1759. N.R.

Turkey Hill Cemetery

Merrimack History & Genealogy (with images online)

Margaret Combs, died Oct 1, 1853 Æt. 60

Note: Same as in HH of Joseph SHEDD (1850 census above)?

Susanne or Sussanah Combs, daughter of Mr James and Mrs Deborah Combs, died Nov 14, 1814 (age 27) - interesting slate tombstone

Contributed by Matt Combs

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