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Hays County was established in 1848 from Travis County. It is located between San Antonio [Bexar Co] and Austin. A descendant County is Blanco (1858). The county seat is San Marcos.

1860 Hays Co, TX Census

(extracted by S. C. Hefner)

San Marcos

Division: Sub District # 12

p. 001; 6 Jun 1860

13/13 COHRAHAM D R 44 M W Farmer 2000 3000 KY
Rebecca 46 F W KY
John W 18 M W MO
Sylvester 16 M W MO
Thomas 10 M W AR
Lykergus 7 M W AR
Doralis 5 F W Texas
Combs John W 22 M W MO
Combs Alvira 24 F W MO
Combs David 20 M W MO
Combs James 18 M W MO

The USGenWeb Census Project

CH Note: John Wesley Combs was the s/o David Bullock Combs and Rebecca Massie BURRUS. His father died, and his mother remarried to David Roland COCKERHAM. (See Apr 1845 marriage of David COCKNHAM to Elizabeth [sic] Combs in Henry Co, MO). His brothers, David St. Clair Combs and James Henry Combs, appear below in the 1870 and 1880 Census records.

1870 Hays Co, TX Census

(transcribed by S. C. Hefner)

p. 204

41/46 COMBS, James H. 20 M W Dentist MO
Fanny A. 23 F W GA
Mary E. 5 F W TX
J. W. 3 M W TX
David 1 M W TX

Note: Dr. James Henry Combs s/o David Bullock Combs and Rebecca Massie BURRUS. See Bio of James Henry Combs found in Record of Southwest Texas.

1 Aug 1873 (Early Texas Birth Records: 1833-1878 Alvarado Library Genealogy REF 929.4 TX, p. 13, Hays County, Texas, extracted by Freida Combs Burke)
Robt. Lee COMBS born to James H. & Fannie A. Combs

06 Feb 1874 (Early Texas Birth Records: 1833-1878 Alvarado Library Genealogy REF 929.4 TX, p. 13, Hays County, Texas, extracted by Freida Combs Burke)
Nora Burrus COMBS born to David S. & Eleanora A. Combs

1880 Hays Co, TX Census

(transcribed by S. C. Hefner)


San Marcos

SD: 6; ED: 76

p. 33/39

142-144 COMBS, James H. W M 39 Dentist MO blank blank
Fannie W F 33 GA GA GA
Mary W F 14 TX MO GA
J. William W M 12 TX MO GA
David W M 10 TX MO GA
Henry B. W M 8 TX MO GA
Robert Lee W M 6 TX MO GA
James F. W M 5 TX MO GA
F. Laura W F 1 TX MO GA

p. 34/42

160-168 COMBS, David S. W M 40 Drover MO KY KY
Elnora W F 33 Keeping House MO TN KY
Nora W F 6 TX MO MO
Guy St. C. W M 4 TX MO MO
Lilah W F 11/12 (Aug) TX MO MO
BROWNING, Elizabeth W F 66 mother-in-law widow KY VA VA

Notes: It is known from the Johnson Co, MO estate administration of David B. Combs that the above James Henry Combs was David St. Clair Combs' brother. Another brother, John, appears in the 1860 Census Record above.

Important! There appears to have been a bible record (or cemetery records?) for this family. Seeking transcripts of same.

1900 Hays Co, TX Census


San Marcos TWP

San Marcos, Ward 1

p. 2B; 1 Jun 1900

33/39 Combs, James H Head WM Mch 1842 58 M 35 MO MO KY Dentist
Fannie Wife WF Mch 1847 53 M 35 12/9 GA SC GA
Laura F. Dau WF Jun 1880 19 S TX MO GA
Marvin B. Son WM Feb 1883 17 S TX MO GA at school
Elizabeth R. Dau WF Aug 1885 14 S TX MO GA at school

Note: HH 33/39 crossed out ans replaced with 34/36

Date Unknown - Post-Civil War (TX State Archives, Index to Confederate Pensions)
Confederate Pension Application: COMBS, Fannie A.
Claimant: COMBS, Fannie A.
Pension Number: 47219.
County: Hays.
Husband: James Henry COMBS

From The New Handbook of Texas, Volume 2 of 6, Published, Austin Texas by The Texas State Historical Association, © 1996. Page 247:

Combs, DAVID ST. CLAIR (1839-1926). David St. Clair Combs was born on May 26, 1839, in Johnson County, Missouri, the son of David and Rebecca (BURRUSS) Combs. In 1854 the family moved to Texas and settled near San Marcos, then a frontier town. In August 1861 at La Grange, Fayette County, Combs enlisted in Company D of the Eighth Texas Cavalry, better known as Terry's Texas Rangers. He fought in all major engagements in which the rangers participated through Chickamauga. While he was on furlough in Texas, he was transferred to the Trans-Mississippi Department, where he served to the end of the war. He fought in the battle of Palmito Ranch on May 13, 1865, the last engagement of the Civil War. After the war Combs was one of the first raildrivers; from 1866 to 1879 he drove cattle and horses to Louisiana, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. In 1880 he and his partners ranched near San Angelo, but in 1882 they moved ranching operations to Brewster County. In 1900 he established Combs Ranch, one of the largest ranches in Brewster County, near Marathon. As one of the last surviving members of the Eighth Texas Cavalry, Combs was instrumental in getting L.B. GILES to write his history of the regiment, Terry's Texas Rangers (1967); Combs's letter is the preface. Combs married Eleanora BROWNING on February 27, 1873, and they had two daughters and a son. Combs died on January 3, 1926, in San Antonio [Bexar County] and was buried in San Marcos."

Bibliography: J. Marvin Hunter, Trail Driver of Texas (2 vols., San Antonio; Jackson Printing, 1920, 1923; 4th ed., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1985). Grank W. Johnson, A History of Texas and Texans (5 vols., ed. E. C. Barker and E.W. Winkler [Chicago and New York: American Historical Society, 1914; rpt. 1916])

Notes: David Bullock Combs m in 1833 in Christian Co KY, Rebecca Massie BURRUS, d/o Roger Tandy & Cynthia MILLS Burrus. He was the s/o John & Betsy Bingham BULLOCK Combs, who had married in 1805 in Clark Co KY; and gs/o Cuthbert T. & Sally EVANS Combs, Sr. of Stafford Co VA and Clark Co KY. Both David Bullock and his father, John, died in Johnson Co MO. Following his father's death, his mother re-married to David Roland COCKERHAM, and they were in Hempstead Co AR bef 1850 when they appear in that county's census.

10 Feb 1993 (Texas Death Records: 1964-1998)
Bessie Beulah COMBS died.

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