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DeKalb County was established in 1837-8 from Cannon, Smith, Warren and White Cos TN.

1840 US Census Index, DeKalb Co, Tennessee

District 04 (Dry Creek)

p. 40

Mathew Hunt 222000001-232002101
Sarah Crips 0011-00000001
James Stanford 00111001-0000201
Lemuel Adkins 0220201-1001001
Drury L. Taylor 00001-10001
Peter ETHRIGE 102310001-0100001
Henry McMullins 200001-00001
John Curdis 310001-0000100001
Jenkins GREAR 100001-12001
Elizabeth Combs 0001-0020001
Joseph Snow 00011001-0001101
Francis L. Boyd 101001-21001
Lewis Parker 2012001-1101001
Rubin Hawker 1100001-0001001
Moses Griffith 110001-122001
Moses Mathis 000001-000001
Thomas Simpson 2201101-0010001
George Watson 111001-11101
William Taylor 12120001-1113001
Aaron Frasure 00101001-00021001

(From DeKalb Co, Tennessee GenWeb Coordinator Darrell Spencer who adds that most of the 4th District of DeKalb was originally Smith County, with possibly the southern corner of DeKalb's 4th district having been part of Warren Co.)

Notes: No Combs were on the 1830 census for either White or Smith Counties. In Warren County, Tennessee in 1830 was a "mystery" John Combs, but the female in his household was only 20-30 years of age, and none of the other names surrounding his on the 1830 record appear to match any of the above. Moreover, the above Jenkins GREAR [GREER?] (others not checked) appears on the 1830 Smith TN Census.

Aug 1849 DeKalb County. Died: Combs, Mary, 5, born IN. Cause: scarlet fever

(Extracted by Researcher Jean JLWLRob from "TN Mortality Schedules" by Sistler , and from 1850-1880 Mortality Schedules, CD, by Combs Researcher Pat Orton, which lists Mary as female).

1850 US Census, DeKalb County, Tennessee

9th Civil District, Smithville

1003 Harison O. T. HEAL 60 W M Saddler NC
Edieth 46 W F VA
Sarah A. 18 W F TN
Martha A. 10 W F TN
Virginia F. 5 W F TN
Stephen H. COLMS 35 W M Lawyer NY
Harriet B. 31 W F OH

(1850 Dekalb Co. TN census transcribed by Jorene Washer Parsley)

Notes: Mary Combs who d in Aug 1849 may have been a child of Stephen H. and Harriet B. [HEAL?] Combs, or Stephen's family may have just been boarders, given his birth location.

Also Note: The Census Index lists what is apparently the above Stephen H. COLMS as Stephen COMB. Harrison O. T. HEAL may be the H. O. T. NEAL on p. 282 of the 1820 Warren Co, Tennessee Census. See White County Dec 1861 RE: Combs' Battalion and according to Goodspeeds, for several years after the close of the Civil War, among the attorneys of White County, Tennessee were one S. H. Combs.

4th Civil District

HH#412, p. 056
Combs, Elizabeth 59 VA
Caroline 23 SC

(1850 Census - Tennessee, transcribed and indexed by Byron & Barbara Sistler, Evanston, IL, 1974, Byron Sistler & Associates, Inc., Nashville, TN, 1991 reprint.)

Notes: Assuming the South Carolina birth is accurate, the earliest that these (unidentified) Combs could have arrived in Middle TN would have been 1827; however, see also above.