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Morgan County was established 1817-1819 from Washington, Guernsey and Muskingum. In 1851, Noble was est. from Morgan, Guernsey, Washington and Monroe.

Note: Source for land patents is Index to Combs BLM Land of Ohio

This updates the 1830 Census Index to full transcription.

1830 Morgan Co, OH Census
(none found in 1820)

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Centre Twp

p. 20/105

James Combs, 111001 112101
1 m<5, 1m5,<10, 1 male 10<15, 1m 30<40
1 f<5, 1 f 5<10, 2 f 10<15, 1 f 15<20, 1 f 30<40

Notes: This James Combs not yet identified. Possibly James Combs of Monmouth Co, NJ.

Manchester Twp

p. 29/114

Robert Combs 00420001 0000001
4 m 15<20, 2 m 20<30, 1`m 50<60
1 f 40<50

Notes: Robert Combs, b 18 Feb 1779, m 31 Oct 1804, Loudoun Co, VA, Nancy SEARS (aka Ann SAYRES). He has been confused in the past with RW Robert COMBS (See below)

23 Sep 1835 Ohio BLM Land Patent. COMBS, Robert (of Morgan Co, OH) Y N Ohio 5671 Y September 23, 1835 Zanesville 1 W1/2NW 20/ 6 N 10 W N Ohio River Survey 78.88 Morgan OH0450_.150

Near neighbors (same section) of Robert COMBS, according to BLM Land Patents, were:

TREBILCOCK, FRANK 09/23/1835 5601 OH0450__.081
CONN, ROBERT 08/05/1837 9265 OH1550__.204
JEFFORDS, NICHOLAS 04/10/1837 8337 OH0500__.284
KEEN, JESSE 08/15/1837 10771 OH1580__.216
MAHORNEY, JOHN 08/15/1837 10413 OH1570__.362
TREBILCOCK, FRANK 08/05/1837 9261 OH1550__.200
WILLIAME, JOHN 04/10/1837 8427 OH0500__.374
WILLIAME, JOHN 04/10/1837 8428 OH0500__.375
WILSON, ROBERT 04/10/1837 7465 OH0480__.418
WILSON, WILLIAM 08/05/1837 9240 OH1550__.179

13 Jan 1837 Morgan Co, OH. Born: Samuel E. COMBS s/o Robert COMBS. (1912 Campbell Co, KY death cert of Samuel E. COMBS)

SE Note: Samuel appears to be the son of Robert M Combs (s/o of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS) and Eliza HUNTER. Samuel was age 13 in his parents 1850 Meigs Co, OH census.

10 Apr 1837 Ohio BLM Land Patent. COMBS, John (of Morgan Co, OH) Y N Ohio 8191 Y April 10, 1837 Zanesville 1 N1/2SW 18/ 7 N 10 W N Ohio River Survey 82.31 Morgan OH0500_.139

Near neighbors (same section) of John Combs, according to BLM Land Patents, were:

BAIRD, PHILIP 10/05/1835 6625 OH0470__.086
BRANEMAN, DANIEL 08/20/1823 307 OH0340__.303
DAUB, FREDERICK D 08/10/1837 9564 OH1560__.011
EGAN, PATRICK 09/01/1838 12073 OH1610__.029
FOWLER, DANIEL 04/10/1837 7643 OH0490__.092
HEANEY, JOHN 10/05/1835 6834 OH0470__.294
PETTEY, FRANCIS 08/20/1823 302 OH0340__.298
REA, JONATHAN 04/02/1832 2941 OH0390__.427
SHAVER, JONAS 10/05/1835 6959 OH0470__.417
SHOCK, JACOB 09/23/1835 5887 OH0450__.356
SHULTZ, JOHN 04/10/1837 8539 OH0500__.484
SMITH, JOHN 09/01/1838 11978 OH1600__.434
STANBERRY, JONAS 09/23/1835 5718 OH0450__.193
WINTERINGER, BARNET 12/20/1827 1542 OH0370__.033

This updates the 1840 Census Index to full transcription.

1840 Morgan Co, OH Census

Source: Heritage Quest original images

Bristol Twp

p. 126

Burr Combs 00001 00001
1 male 20<30
1 female 20<30

Note: Son of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS (see below for more information). Burr was enumerated following a young Burr POWELL and Jefferson SEARS. Burr POWELL is a name found in Loudoun Co, VA records associated with RW Robert Combs. In Robert's 1832 application for a pension, Burr POWELL of Fauquier declared in an affidavit on behalf of Robert COMBS' pension application, that "he [Burr] had in his possession the record of an association formed about 1774 in Loudoun County for the purpose of resisting British aggression in which record the name of Robert COMBS appears. The record has been mislaid." The Burr Powell in the Morgan Co. census is surely related to the Burr POWELL (son of Levin POWELL) of the affidavit for RW Robert Combs.

Brookfield Twp

p. 121

John Combs 10101 00001
1 male <5, 1 male 10<15, 1 male 20<30
1 female 20<30

Note: Samuel, Henry, and James HUNTER enumerated on the same page. This appears to be John, son of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS. See below for more information.

Manchester Twp

p. 160

Robt Combs 000020001 000101
2 males 20<30, 1 male 60<70
1 female 15<20, 1 female 30<40

Note: Robert Combs (1779-1851). Appears Robert's first wife may have died and was remarried to Lucinda SEALOCK by 1850. Thos SEALOCK enumerated on same page.

p. 162

Nimrod Combs 20001 00001 2 males <5, 1 male 20<30
1 female 20<30

This updates the 1850 Census Index to full transcription.

1850 Morgan Co, OH Census

Source: Original census images,


p. 50, Sept. 27, 1850

726/726 John Combs, 35 M Farmer, RE=$2500 VA
Elizabeth, 34 F PA
Isaac, 15 M OH

Notes: Son of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS. This couple next found in 1860 Noble Co, OH census.

Dist 108

p. 302/607 Sept. 2, 1850

1053/1073 Joseph N Combs, 41 M Farmer VA
Nancy J, 34 F VA
Robert W, 17 M VA
Sarah J, 16 F VA
Joseph F, 14 M VA
Mary N, 13 F VA
Burr H, 10 M VA
Elizabeth 5 F OH
Francis M. 2 M OH

SE Notes:

Joseph Napoleon Combs and his wife Nancy J BRABHAM (d/o of Thomas BRABHAM and Mary POWERS). Joseph Combs married Nancy J BRABHAM on 18 Dec. 1831 in Shelburne Parish, Loudoun Co, VA Joseph is possibly the son of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS who migrated with their family to Morgan Co, OH from Loudoun Co, VA Joseph N Combs was born 06 Oct 1808 Loudoun Co, VA (date from the Thomas Brabham bible per Pat Combs O'Dell). Nancy J Brabham was born 08 Apr 1815 Loudoun Co, Va, and she died 17 Apr 1884, Dallas Twp, Taylor Co, Iowa at the age of 69yrs & 9 days. She is buried in the Guss Cemetery. According to Pat Combs O'Dell's family group sheet, their children were: Robert William, Sarah Jane, Joseph Thomas, Mary Nancy, Burr Harrison, John Albert who died 22 Jul 1841 Loudoun Co, Va (per Thomas Brabham bible), Elizabeth Francis, Francis Marion aka Frank, Margaret Anna aka “Sis”, and Cydnor aka “Cyd”. The 1860 census indicates there was another daughter, Mary J, who is not listed in the family bible. She may also have died young.

Joseph Combs is found in the 1840 Loudoun Co, VA census. A Taylor Co, Iowa, biographical sketch of their son Joseph Thomas Combs (born 07 Sept. 1835 Loudoun Co, VA) states the family moved to Ohio when he was six years of age which would have been around 1841. Joseph had been preceded to Ohio by Robert Combs and his other children.

The below transcription from a Morgan Co. history states that Robert Combs had a son named Joseph P who died in Illinois. Joseph, Nancy, and some of their children migrated to Henry Co, IL. Joseph N was deceased by 1870 as the Henry Co, IL., census shows Nancy in the household with her children Francis, Margaret, and Sydnor L. The family continued their migration to Taylor Co, IA.

Taylor Co, Iowa, biographical sketches and obituaries of several children of Joseph and Nancy provide additional information about their family, their kinship, their westward migration, and also clearly establishes this family originated in Loudoun Co, VA. In particular, the obituary of son Joseph Thomas Combs states that his (Joe Tom's) grandfather was a pensioned Revolutionary War soldier who was at the surrender in Yorktown. Robert, the possible father of Joseph N Combs, was not old enough to be in the Revolutionary War but perhaps the tradition was about a great-grandfather instead. In any event, this tradition may help to identify the RW soldier with more research. Joseph N. named a son Robert (perhaps after his father) and a son Burr Harrison (perhaps after a brother). Another connection to Old Robert Combs of Morgan Co, OH, is that one Henry Shuster was residing in the 1880 Taylor Co, Iowa, household of Joseph's son Joseph Thomas Combs. Robert's daughter Nancy married Henry Shuster.


p. 29/58, Sept 19, 1850

434/434 Burr H Combs, 35 M Farmer VA
Sarah, 30 F OH
Nancy 9 F OH
Mary 7 F OH
Maria, 5 or 3 F OH
Sylvester, 2 M OH

Notes: Burr Harrison Combs, twin to the adjacent Nimrod Ashby Combs, was the son of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS of Loudoun Co, Virginia. See below Morgan County history notes for more information on this family which names their siblings. Burr H Combs married Sarah WESCOTT on March 5, 1840.

p. 30/59; Sept. 20, 1850

435/435 Nimroll [Nimrod] Combs, 35 M Laborer VA
Peggy 30 F VA
Harrison 11 M OH
William 9 M OH
John 6 M OH
Susan 312 F OH

Notes: Nimrod Ashby Combs, twin to Burr Harrison Combs, married Margaret SEALOCK in August, 1838. Nimrod was the son of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS of Loudoun Co, Virginia. See Morgan County history interview for more information on this family.

436/436 Alexander Combs, 32(?) M Laborer VA
Nancy 27 F OH
Josephine, 9 F OH
Thomas 7 M OH
Elizabeth 4 F OH
Line 2 F OH

Notes: Alexander Warren Combs, son of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS. He married Nancy DYE in 1840. Next found in 1860 Noble Co, OH census. According to his Worth Co, MO obituary, he was born August 12th, 1817 in Loudoun Co, VA, and he died Feb. 25th 1900. He migrated to Moniteau Co, MO in 1865 and resided there until 1881 when he moved to Worth Co.

p. 69/35 Sept. 21, 1850

514/514 Robert Combs, 71 M Farmer, RE=$2500 VA
Lucinda 4 F VA [should be older, she was 57 in 1860]
Nancy 8 F OH

SE Notes:

Robert Combs (born 18 Feb 1779 Loudoun Co, Va., died 6 May 1851 Morgan Co, OH?), married first Nancy SEARS on 31 October 1804 in Loudoun Co, VA., and secondly Lucinda SEALOCK, a sister to Peggy, the wife of Robert's son Nimrod Combs. Robert COMBS and his first wife Nancy are buried in the old Dye Cemetery near Renrock [Noble Co, OH]. According to the below Morgan County history notes, Robert and Nancy had 10 children: George Washington (died young), Sarah MCNABB, Joseph P, Robert M, John Morgan, Burr H and Nimrod A (twins), William H, Alexander Warren, and Mary Ellen (died young). He and Lucinda had 3 children but only Nancy survived, she marrying Henry SHUSTER who is found by himself in the 1880 Taylor Co, IA household of Joseph Thomas Combs (s/o of Joseph N Combs)

The family first migrated to Belmont Co, Ohio where the SEARS family had settled. By 1830, Robert appears in the 1830 Morgan Co, OH census. By 1835, he obtained a land patent. The Morgan County History notes provide an interesting description of this family's settlement in Ohio and also lists their children. The ancestry of Robert is undetermined but a Taylor Co, Iowa biographical sketch of Robert's apparent grandson Joseph Thomas Combs (son of Joseph N Combs) states that Joe Tom's grandfather was a pensioned RW Soldier who was at the seige of Yorktown. Now Robert is too young to have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War, but the family tradition may have been a generation off in recollection which can easily happen. The tradition also states the soldier applied for the pension when he was age 90 indicating that the ancestor in question lived to be quite old. RW Robert Combs alias ASHBY (of Fauquier Co.) applied for a pension in 1834 when he was 79. RW John Coombs of Loudoun Co. applied for a pension in 1834 when he was 80 years of age. He also was at Yorktown. His widow Nancy Coombs related to Morgan Co, OH between 1850 and 1855.

This Robert Combs (1779-1851) is sometimes confused with Revolutionary Soldier Robert Combs alias Robert ASHBY. It is not known if there is a relationship between RW Robert Combs and Robert Combs (1779-1851). We see that Robert Combs had twins named Burr Harrison and Nimrod A Combs. Joseph Combs Jr. (son of Joseph Combs I) married Elizabeth Harrison who was a daughter of Burr and Ann BARNES Harrison. John Combs Jr. (d. 1781) named a son Nimrod. One Burr POWELL of Loudoun Co, VA gave an affidavit for RW Robert Combs and we find a younger Burr POWELL living close to Burr Combs in 1840 in Morgan Co. More research is needed and DNA testing could be of benefit as the genetic profile for the Joseph Combs I line has already been established.

9 Aug 1849-6 Apr 1855 Morgan Co, OH. Nancy GREEN m (1) 2 Jan 1794, Loudoun Co, VA, George VENANDER (VINANDER); and (2) 18 Jan 1797, Loudoun Co, VA, Rev. War Soldier John COMBS, d 1849, Loudoun Co, VA); had applied for widow's pension on 9 Aug 1849, at which time she was a resident of Loudoun Co, VA. By 6 Apr 1855, she was a resident of Morgan Co, OH, aged 84, at which time her children by John COMBS were mentioned, but not named (1850 census records needed for this county).

1860 Morgan Co, OH Census

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Bristol Twp

p. 336, Bristol PO, July 3, 1860

818/820 Robert W Combs, 27 MW Farmer, PP=$200 VA
Sarah, 23 FW OH
Ann J. 4 FW OH
Margaret E. 3 FW OH
Joseph W. 1012 MW OH

Notes: Son of Joseph N and Nancy Combs.

Manchester Twp

Wood Grove PO

p. 345; July 9, 1860

958/952 Burr H Combs, 45 M Farmer, RE=$6000, PP=$1000 VA
Sarah 40 F OH
Mary A, 17 F OH
Maria J, 14 F OH
Sylvester W, 12 M OH
Robert A, 9 M OH
Henry C, 7 M OH
Sarah 4 F OH
John C, 1 M Oh

[next door]

959/953 Nimrod A Combs, 45 M Farmer, RE=$150, PP=$100 VA
Margaret, 41 F VA
William 19 M Farm hand OH
John W M Farm hand OH
Susan J F OH
Burr H, 21 M Farmer OH
Melissa, 18 F OH

Wood Grove PO

p. 345; July 9, 1860

964/958 John TAYLOR, 65 M Mechanic, RE=$800, PP=$300 VA
Lucinda, 57 F VA
Nancy J Combs, 18 F OH
Betsy MALER, 45 F OH

Notes: Nancy J. Combs, d/o of Robert Combs and his second wife Lucinda SEALOCK. Lucinda appears to have remarried. Nancy was age 8 in their 1850 household. Nancy's half-sister Sarah MCNABB may be living a couple of houses away.

Wood Grove PO

p. 345; July 10, 1860

966/960 William H. MCNABB, 65 MW Carpenter, PP=$200 VA
Sarah W, 54 FW VA
Christena E, 18 FW OH
???ana, 14 FW OH Thomas C, 16 MW Farm hand OH
Sarah F, 12 FW OH
Martha E, 4 FW OH
Martha SEARS, 83 FW PP=$500 VA

Notes: Is this Sarah, d/o of Robert Combs and Nancy SEARS?

Center Twp

Mascom Mill PO

p. 358; July 18, 1860

1163/1133 Joseph T. Combs, 24 MW RE=$100o, PP=$400 OH
Kesiah, 24 FW OH
Sarah J, 1 FW OH

Notes: Joseph Thomas Combs, son of Joseph N Combs. Family found next in Henry Co, IL by 1870.

1170/1142 Joseph N. Combs, 52 MW Farmer, RE=$1500, PP=$500 VA
Nancy J, 45 FW VA
Mary N, 23 FW VA
Burr H, 20 MW Farm Hand VA
Elizabeth F, 16 FW OH
Margaret A, 8 FW OH
Mary J, 7/12 FW OH
Francis M. 12 MW OH

Notes: Joseph's wife Nancy J Combs found living with son Francis in 1870 in Henry Co, IL. Below Morgan County history states Joseph died in Illinois.

Meigsville Twp

McConnelsville PO

p. 388; Aug. 3, 1860

1614/1564 Berryman HUFF, 52 MW Farmer, RE=$3600, PP=$2000 PA
Eleanor, 49 FW PA
Moses M. 19 MW Farm Hand PA
Elizabeth Combs, 12 FW OH
Aaron HUFF, 53 MW Farm Hand PA

Notes: This Elizabeth not yet identified.

Civil War Soldiers:

Combs, Bur H. 77th Reg’t, OH Inf Co K Pvt/"

Combs, Joseph T. 77th Reg’t, OH Inf Co K Pvt/"

Combs, William H. 77th Reg’t, OH Inf Co K Pvt/"

Notes: According to Taylor Co, IA records,

Burr H Combs

served as a soldier in the Civil War. This Burr H Combs migrated to Taylor Co, IA and was the son of Joseph N Combs. Burr had a brother named Joseph “T” Thomas Combs who was probably the same as the above Joseph T since they were in the same infantry company. Burr and Joseph had a cousin William (son of Nimrod A) but it is not known if he could be the same as the WIlliam H Combs who served in the same company.

1860. Morgan Co, OH. Ebenezer ME Church Cemetery, Neeleysville, Morgan Co, OH. Buried: COMBS, Nancy wf of John 1860- @ age 92. (Extracted by Combs Researcher Jeannette Combs Lehman from Cemetery Records from the Periodical Ohio The Cross Road of Our Nation: Vol 9, #3, p.138)

Friday, November 22, 1901 The Morgan County Democrat. Morgan Co, OH. TWINS. Morgan County has the Oldest Twins in the State. Sketch of the Lives of These Pioneer Settlers of Manchester Township.

Morgan County undoubtedly is one of the healthiest places on earth. People seemingly here live to a greater age than any other section of the country. If people 100 years old are an evidence of a healthful climate, then citizens of Colorado should come to Morgan County for health instead of our people going to that famous health resort. In a radius of a dozen or so miles are three persons over 100 years old and a number almost to the century mark and monagenarians are getting to be no curiosity in this section; while four score years are as common almost as babies and 70 being the limit of human existence seems to have been abrogated in Morgan County. Scarce a week passes that some supple, hearty looking, red faced by slightly gray individual comes into the Democrat office on business. He looks to be 60 or 70 years old but in conversation he becomes reminiscent and talks about voting for or against Harrison in 1840 and, our curiosity being aroused, a question as to age elicits the reply, "Oh, I am only 83." This happens so frequently that we are beginning to look upon 80 years as simply a man's prime in Morgan County. Without exaggeration we believe we have fully 50 subscribers over 80 years of age in this county who come regularly each year to the office and walk up the famous winding stairs like boys, and pay their subscriptions. When a boy the writer can remember when he looked upon a man 40 years of age as quite an old man. Today a man 80 years old seems no older to us than a man at 40 when a boy in school. It is an old but true adage that no one is old but those who are older than ourselves. We know men in Morgan County who are hovering around four score years who would be grievously insulted if you suggested to them that they are old.

But while there are a great number of people in Morgan County over 80 years of age, yet it is not often that you find more than one in a family that reach this great age. The HANN family is an exception to this rule. An account of this remarkable family was published in the Democrat some months ago. Since that time the oldest one of the four brothers has died at the age of 89. The three that are still living are 78, 83, and 87. But this family is exceptional. Usually you do not find two of the same family living at an age as great as 80 years. But we have one case in Morgan County of two brothers living and both are 86. This is the most wonderful coincidence of the whole matter. They are twins. Twins are unusual at any age. Twins 80 years of age are curiosities. But twins like the subject of this sketch, who are almost 87 years of age, are marvels in any country. We refer to B.H. COMBS, Woodgrove and N.A. COMBS of Bristol, Morgan County. They are the oldest twins living in Ohio and so far as we are able to learn are the oldest in America.

How strange it is that we have in our midst men who deserve a national reputation and yet their nearest neighbors give the matter no thought, never considering that kind Providence has wrought wonders in sparing the life of these aged twins until today there is not a parallel case to be found in Ohio and few in this or any other country. The writer has made publication of this fact in many of the leading dailies of the United States and has watched closely to see if any section of the country has twins of greater age living but there has been no such report and our assertion has stood for months uncontradicted so that we are convinced that the Combs brothers can carry off the first prize in any exhibition of aged twins in this or any adjoining state. This being true a sketch of the lives of these aged citizens will be read with interest of our patrons.

Burr Harrison COMBS and Nimrod Ashby COMBS are of a family of 10 children and are sons of Robert and Nancy COMBS and were born in Loudon [Loudoun] County, Virginia, January 12, 1815. Their mother's maiden name was SEARS, and aunt of the father of Rev. William SEARS of McConnelsville [Morgan Co, OH]. The 10 children in the order of their birth were George Washington, who died while small; Sarah MCNABB, who died in eastern Morgan; Joseph P., who died in Illinois; Robert M., who died in Meigs County, Ohio; John Morgan, who died in Noble County, Ohio; Burr H. and Nimrod A.; William Henry, who died in Pike County, and Alexander Warren and Mary Ellen who both died when quite small.

On April 1, 1825, the family emigrated to Ohio. By looking on the map the reader will observe that Loudon County, Virginia is in the famous Shenandoah Valley near the Potomac River. Then consider that the hundreds of miles from that place to Morgan Co, Ohio, was largely unbroken forests and one will realize the difficulty and hardships of such a long journey. The subjects of this sketch were 10 years old at the time and distinctly remember many circumstances of the long drive. It required 11 days to reach Wheeling and from that point on the Ohio river to the point in the wilderness where they expected to locate was even more difficult to travel at that time, as there were no regular roads and but few settlers to direct the way. Think of the weeks of loneliness and trials these emigrants must have endured, and the dangers of camping out at night with no human habitation for miles around and no company but the wild animals of the forest.

They had four horses and one cow. In crossing the Potomac on a flat boat the cow went under the boat and they supposed that she would be drowned but she came up on the other side and was rescued and brought to shore. They spent some time at Wrightstown in Belmont county where the SEARS family had located. Then bade adieu to friends and started on through the forest and after many weary days and much difficulty in finding the way, they finally arrived in Morgan county.

A quarter section of land was entered in Manchester township. This land was virgin forest. It had probably not changed one iota since Columbus made his first landing in America. There was not even a bridle-path. Most of the surrounding land was government land without human habitation and an almost unbroken forest extended four miles in every direction. The family at once set to work to cut down logs and build a house. It was difficult work at first as the father was inexperienced in clearing and the primitive methods of preparing logs for the house that must serve as a home. Having so many boys, they did most of the work themselves and did not receive the usual assistance from the few settlers about them. Mr. B.H. COMBS tells us that his father knew so little of how to clear land that he at first rolled the logs together in immense piles as high as a house and then burned them and that it made such an intense heat that all the ground underneath was ruined for crops for several years.

The father brought with him several hundred dollars in gold but like most of the early settlers was not far seeing in the matter of finance and instead of investing the money in land permitted it to lie idle about the house or loaned it without interest. In the days of these early settlers it was considered a disgrace to loan money at interest. B. H. COMBS says that he remembers his father loaning a considerable sum to Erastus HOSKINS, a merchant near where Hoskinsville now is, and that HOSKINS had great difficulty in inducing him to accept some clothing which he gave him as a return for the favor. The quarter section now known as the WALLS farm a half mile up Meigscreek from Woodgrove, which is one of the richest farms in Morgan County, was offered him at one dollar per acre but the father preferred to let the money lay idle in the home. He already had more than he could get cleared for many years. Robert COMBS, the father, was a great raiser of wheat and trained his boys to hard labor in the fields, The work necessary to clear and prepare the land was so arduous that the children were deprived of all educational advantages. Yet B.H. and his twin brother are men of intelligence, in fact the former, who is the more active, has traveled extensively and is far better informed than many who are able to read and write. He is a close observer of modern improvements in all kinds of machinery and can talk more intelligently of 19th century progress and inventions that the great majority of people one meets.

One of the difficult matters with the early settlers was to get their milling done. The grain was carried in sacks on horseback to the mill. The nearest mill at first was the Beach mill below Beverly and the Lyons mill beyond Caldwell. B.H. COMBS says he went to the latter mill once when a boy and the grinding was so slow and there being several ahead of him, he was compelled to stay two nights and as he had to feed his horse from the sack, it eat the grist nearly all up before he got back home. Later Thomas DYE started a horse mill on what is now the REED farm near Renrock. Another great difficulty with the early settlers, in fact for some time an impossibility was to secure sawed lumber. The first used were slabs split out and dressed down by hand. The first saw mill in the community was the Bill SHERMAN mill located on what is now the Dr. E.D. REX farm.

In the B.H. COMBS home is an old leather bound bible that was purchased away back in the pioneer days of Mutchmore, a man who by traveling about and selling books to the early settlers did more for that and all succeeding generations to elevate the morals and increase the intelligence of the people than probably and person who ever resided in this county. This family heirloom gives a record of the Combs family. From it we secure the following facts: Robert COMBS was born 18 February 1779, and Nancy SEARS 13 September 1784. They were married 31 October 1804 [Loudoun Co, VA]. The latter died 18 February 1839. Afterward Robert COMBS was married to Lucinda SEALOCK. To this union three children were born, two died in infancy, the other a daughter, is Mrs. Nancy SHUSTER, wife of Henry SHUSTER of Reinersville. Robert COMBS died 6 May 1851 and he and his first wife are buried in the old Dye Cemetery near Renrock [Noble Co, OH].

Burr H. COMBS, one of the twins, has resided on the original Combs farm, with the exception of a very short time following his marriage, for the entire time since the land was entered, or 76 years [ca 1825]. On March 5, 1840, he was married to Sarah WESCOTT. To them were born eight children, all now living but one. The children in order are: Nancy Ellen, wife of Leander BECKETT, of Hiramsburg, Noble Co.; Mary A., wife of Alexander WILSON; Maria Jane, wife of Ezekiel DYE, who resided in Iowa; Sylvester W. of Noble county; Robert A. of Anita [Cass Co], Iowa; Henry C. the well known Republican leader of Manchester township; Sarah W., wife of John DRAKE of Wellston [Jackson Co, OH]; and John C., the youngest, who resides with his father on the home place. Mrs. Mary WILSON, the second child, died at Paris [Washington Co], Pennsylvania, 4 April 1880. Mr. B.H. COMBS has 21 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. The latter is a boy, two years old, son of Mrs. Mary YOUNG of Chicago [Cook Co, IL]. She is a daughter of Sarah, wife of Ezra CALDWELL, and Mrs. CALDWELL is a daughter of Mrs. BECKETT. Mr. COMBS has a large picture of the five generations framed and hanging in his room. Mr. B.H. COMBS' wife died 2 February 1900 and lies at rest in the Reinersville cemetery.

N.A. COMBS, the other twin, was never so active as his brother and always gave as a reason for Burr's superior strength that he is the older. In August, 1838, he was married to Margaret SEALOCK, better known as Peggy, the name she always was known by. To them were born four children all of whom are living as follows: Burr H., William, John and Susan whose first husband was Philip KEEVER. After his death she married William CLYBURN and now resides at Wellston. We are informed that N.A. COMBS has four grandchildren and one great grandchild. N.A. COMBS' wife was a sister of his father's second wife and thus an odd relationship existed between the children of the two families, Mrs. Henry SHUSTER being a cousin and aunt of N.A. COMBS, died August 28, 1895 and is interred at Reinersville. Right here we wish to pay a high tribute of respect to the memory of this kind hearted woman. When a boy the N.A. COMBS residence was the nearest house to our place and many pleasant hours have we spent at their hospitable home. Mr. COMBS was a cobbler [shoemaker] by trade and he and his wife, were tireless talkers. Neither the pegging on of a shoe sole, nor the ceaseless talk of his wife, Peggy, interred in the least with the loquacity of our friend, Nimrod. We have set by hours between them and carried on two sets of conversations on subjects in no way related, all at one time with all a boy's interest in each topic under consideration. It was a schooling in mental application that we believe has been of inestimable benefit to us ever since. It accounts for our ability to talk to a loafer in our office while all the time pondering over the need of a tariff on goods we ship abroad until the seat of our pants shines like the dome of the National Capitol. But to return to the subject in hand. Mrs. COMBS was a great lover of flowers and her garden was always in summer a bower of beautiful colors. She would show us the different varieties, tell their names and and explain their pecularities and in that garden, through the interest taken in us by that kind- hearted woman, who is now gone from earth, we formed a love of nature and its beauties and wonders that has ever since been one of the strongest attributes of our being. So long as the writer lives the kindness of that woman, who was always the friend of children, will never be forgotten.

(Extracted by C. Hammett from poor xerox copy;
and corrected by Combs Researcher Pat Combs O'Dell)

PCO Notes: Alexander Warren COMBS did not die young, but in 1900 in Worth Co, MO. He m 1840, Morgan Co, OH, Nancy DYE, and removed to Maniteau Co, MO in 1865. See also Meigs Co, OH where Nancy SEARS is listed as Ann SAYRES.

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