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McCook County was created in 1873 by the legislature and named after Edwin S. McCook, a Civil War General and Secretary of Dakota Territory. The county seat is Salem.

1920 McCook Co. SD Census

Source: Heritage Quest original census images

Spencer City

ED 145

p. 1; 2 Jan 1920

13/13 Combs Francis, Head, M, W, 71, Md OH VA VA
Mary G, Wife, F, W IA PA Mississippi

Notes: Francis Marion Combs, son of Joseph Napoleon Combs and Nancy BRABHAM of Loudoun Co., Va., and Morgan Co., OH. Francis migrated with his parents to Henry Co., IL, then with his mother and siblings to Taylor Co., IA. . He was born 08 May 1848 Morgan Co, OH. per Pat Combs O'Dell who also gives a death date of 28 Apr 1921 in Spencer. He married Flora Belle HIXSON on 14 Nov 1875 in Taylor Co, IA. After her death on Feb. 6, 1910, he remarried to Mrs. Marie EIGHMY of New Market, Iowa. It would appear that he removed to South Dakota after 1910. See obituary below and records in the above named counties for more information on his parents and his siblings.


Extracts from the obituary for Frank “Francis Marion” Combs that appeared in the New Market [Iowa] Herald, May 12, 1921, and repinted from the original obituary in the Spencer, South Dak News
Source: Pat Combs O'Dell's research found on the Taylor Co., Iowa Genweb.

Frank M. Combs was born in Morgan County, Ohio on May 8, 1848, and died Thursday April 28, 1921, aged 70 years, 11 months, and 20 days. In 1863, he, with his parents, moved to Illinois where they resided ten years and in 1873 moved onto a farm in Taylor County, Iowa. On Nov 14, 1875 Mr Combs was united in marriage to Miss Flory Belle HIXON. To this union six daughters were born: Nettie May ROGERS who died at the age of 39 years, Alta Alvena Combs, who died when 7 years old. Ida Viola YOUNG, Bessie M. COZINE, Blanche Ellen YOUNG, and Beulah Olive FAST.

Flory Rbelle Combs passed away on Feb 6, 1910, and on the 5th day of December, 1912, Mr Combs and Mrs Marie EIGHMY, of New Market, Iowa, were united in marriage. The latter survives her husband…He was one of a family of thirteen children of whom but two brothers and one sister remain living.

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