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The Washington Territorial Legislature created Clallam County on April 26, 1854. The County Seat is Port Angeles. Clallam County occupies the northern portion of the Olympic Peninsula, extending nearly 100 miles along the Strait of Juan de Fuca on its north and more than 35 miles along the Pacific Coast on its west. On the east and the south it borders Jefferson County, out of which it was created in 1854. The county is composed of the traditional lands of the Klallam (for whom it is named), Makah, and Quileute peoples, who continue to play significant roles in county history. It was one of the first parts of Washington contacted by European explorers in the late 1700s, but did not see permanent settlement until after 1850. Seemingly endless stands of Douglas fir, red cedar, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and other giant conifers made timber the county's economic mainstay for most of its history. As techniques for felling, transporting, and processing the massive trees improved, much of the forest was cut, although the central wilderness is preserved in Olympic National Park. Forestry remains important, but government and service industries are now the leading employers (Source: The Online Encyclopedia of Washington State History,

1900 Clallam Co, WA Census

(Source: Original census images,, abs by SE)

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56/56 Combs Nelson Head, W, M, 76, b Jan 1824, Md 48yrs, b. VT CT VT, farm laborer
Sarah Wife, W, F, 65, b Feb 1835, Md 48yrs, 13ch/8liv, b MI MI WI
Anna A, Daughter, W, F, 33, b Oct 1866, Single, b WI VT MI School Teacher
Grey Z, Son, W, M, 27, b Feb 1873, Single, b WI VT MI Forto Gallery

SE Notes: The couple first appears in 1860 in Windsor, Dane Co, WI in 1850 and remain in Dane Co through 1880. His 1880 census record states his father was born in Connecticut and his mother born in Vermont. It appears Nelson is the same as that found (age 26) in the 1850 Windsor, Dane Co, WI census household of Elias Combs, age 50 (b VT) and his wife Almira, age 46 (b NH).

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