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Williams County was established in 1820 from Darke County. Defiance was est. in 1845 from Henry, Paulding and Williams.

1820-1840 Williams Co, OH Census Index

No Combs

1850 Williams Co, OH Census

Page 9

130 132 COMB, Benjamin 42 M Farming OH
Amelia 42 F Up Canada
Louisa 18 F OH
Hudah 15 F OH X
R*sin 14 M OH X
Ira 12 M OH X
Clarkson 10 M OH X
Willard 7 M OH X
Mary 5 F OH X
George 2 M OH X

(1850 Williams Co, OH Census, US GenWeb. See Copyright Restrictions)

1870 Williams Co, OH Census

The USGenWeb Census Project ®

REEL NO: M593-1282


West Unity

p. 5B HW-Page#10; June 13, 1870 DC Baxter

75/79 Combs, Benjamin F 62 M W Farmer 7,700 1,000 OH
Amelia 62 F W Keeping house CND
Ella 15 F W at home OH

76/80 Combs, Willard 28 M W Farmer . 1,000 OH
Mary 22 F W Keeping house OH
Ollie M 3 F W OH
George 7/12 M W OH

Registrar's No. 125
Bud COMBS, Jr. Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Date of birth: Jan. 4, 1923
Place of birth: Liberty [Morgan Co?], Ky.
Occupation: Laborer, Wabash Railroad
Age at death: 29 ys. 8 mos., 7 days
Place of residence: RR2, Edon, Florence Twp., Williams Co., Ohio
Place of death: RR2, Edon, Florence Twp., Williams Co., Ohio
Father: Bud COMBS
Mother: Martha COLLINS
Military: U.S. Marines
Informant: Mrs. Bud COMBS, Jr.
Cause of Death: Hit over head with pipe
Medical Certification: Investigation Pending
Date of Death: Sept 11, 1952 at 9:30 PM
Coroner: Dr. C. Paul Waid
Embalmer: E. B. Thompson
Funeral Director: E. B. Thompson
Cemetery: Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer, Williams Co., Ohio
Cause of death: Skull Fracture due to hit on head with pipe
Findings: Brain contusions and brain swelling with brain compression resulting from subdural hemorrhage due to blow on head.
Death due to: Manslaughter
Place of occurance: Home farm at RR2, Edon, Williams Co., Ohio
Coroner's Signature: Dr. C. Paul Waid
Registrar's Signature: Lois Rex

(Combs Researcher Delphia Lee “Stella” McKelvey)

SM Notes: Bud COMBS, Jr. was my father. When I have time, I will send newspaper articles covering my father's death. His step-father, Charles F. COOK, is the one who hit him over the head with a pipe. I was seven years old at the time and remember it very clearly. Actually, manslaughter is not correct even though it is recorded on the DC. In actuality, my father was attempting to kill my mother, who was pregnant by several months, and my step-grandfather defended her. He was arrested for manslaughter, but was later cleared of all charges.

Martha H. COLLINS Combs m (1) Henderson “Bud” COMBS, s/o Hezekiah & Martha HUDSON Combs of Morgan and Perry Cos. Ky; (2) Charles F. COOK of Ft. Wayne, Allen Co, IN several years after the death of her first husband who was, according to Martha, shot to death while working as a sheriff or sheriff's deputy in Perry Co. during a presidential election in the 1920's. My grandmother often said that it was during the election of Calvin Coolidge. I have not been able to verify his death as yet. Arthur COMBS is the s/o Henderson and Martha COLLINS Combs. His real given name may be Henry COMBS.

According to my grandmother, she and Henderson “Bud” COMBS, Sr. had four children: Elsie M. Combs (she married a Messer from Ky); Henry (Arthur?) Combs; Delphia Lee Combs (I was named after her); and Bud Combs, Jr. (my father). Hezekiah's parents were Henry and Eveline/Evoline Combs (Eveline's maiden name was COMBS also) Henry and Eveline were first cousins. Hezekiah's wife's maiden name was HUDSON d/o Henry and Eliza Hudson. Eliza Hudson was a CAMPBELL. My grandfather Henderson (Bud) COMBS married my grandmother around 1912 in Troublesome, Perry Co, KY. My grandmother was only about thirteen when their first child, Elsie M., was born. My grandfather, Hendersson (Bud), was killed in a fight sometime in the 1920's. According to family lore, he was either a sheriff of Perry Co., or working for the sheriff of Perry Co. when he attempted to stop a fight and was shot. Supposedly this happened during the election of Calvin Coolidge for President. Have not been able to confirm this as yet.

Registrar's No. 22
Elsie M. MEINERDING Female
Date of Death: Mar 9, 1986
Race: White
Age: 72
Date of Birth: Jul 16, 1913
County of Death: Williams Co., Ohio
Place of Death: Williams County General Hospital, D.O.A.
Place of Birth: Kentucky
Marital Status: Married
Spouse: Andrew J. MEINERDING
Occupation: Homemaker
Place of Residence: RR#2, Edon, Williams Co., Ohio
Father: Henderson COMBS
Mother: Marth COLLINS
Informant: Andrew J. MEINERDING
Immediate cause of death: Cerebral Vascular Accident of 3 yrs.; Malnutrition
Hour of Death: 11.43 AM
Burial Date: Mar 12, 1986
Cemetery: Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer, Williams Co., Ohip
Embalmer: Dirk L. Suter
Funeral Director: James Thompson

(Combs Researcher Delphia Lee “Stella” McElvey)

SM Notes: Elsie was the oldest child of Henderson and Martha COLLINS Combs. Her first marriage was to a James (I think) MESSER of Perry Co., Ky. He died very young. Have no other info on him at this time. Elsie remarried several years later to Andrew MEINERDING of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Elsie and her mother, Martha COLLINS Combs, moved to Ft. Wayne Indiana, along with Elsie's brothers, Arthur (Probably Henry on his B.C.) and Bud COMBS, Jr. Arthur and Bud Jr. were under age. This is where Martha and Elsie met their future husbands.

Reg. Dist. No. 8600 Registrar's No. 114
Martha H. COOK, Female
Date of Death: Nov. 18, 1990
Age: 91
Date of Birth: Aug. 8, 1899
Birthplace: Hazard, [Perry Co] Kentucky
Resided: 403 Lafayette St., Montpelier, Williams Co., Ohio
Marital Status: Widowed
Occupation: Home Maker
Race: American Indian
Education: 8th grade
Father: Emery COLLINS
Mother: Sytha COLLINS
Informant: Arthur COMBS
Cemetery: Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer, Williams Co., Ohio
Burial Date: Nov 21, 1990
Embalmer: James E. Thompson
Funeral Director: James E. Thompson
Time of Death: Nov. 18, 1990 at 2:00 PM
Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest w/underlying cause of Atherosclerotic Heart Disease with Ischemia with possible carcinoma of the lung.

(Transcribed by Combs Researcher Stella McKelvey)

SM Notes: Martha may have been the d/o Garvy and Mary COLLINS who are listed on the 1920 Breathitt Co, KY census with grandson, Arthur COMBS, age 8, the same age as my uncle, Arthur COMBS.

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