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Combs and Hendren family collection

 Collection — Folder: S0287
Identifier: S0287

Scope and Contents

The collection contains photocopies of letters between the Hendren and Combs families in Indiana to relatives in North Carolina. They contain information about farming in Indiana and various family members. Two of the three letters are to Jabez and Nancy Hendren.


  • 1835-1849


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Elizabeth Combs and Jehu Hendren married on January 9, 1833, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. They moved to Rush County, Indiana, before 1835. Jehu Hendren’s parents were William Hendren II and Charlotte Ellis. Jehu was born around 1799 as was Elizabeth Combs. They had one child, William Hicks Hendren born around 1835.

William and Asenath Combs moved to Indiana at the same time. They married on January 8, 1822, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. William Combs was born around 1802 to Thomas Hicks and Keziah Hayes Combs. Asenath Ellis was born on August 8, 1802, to William and Ann Ellis. William and Asenath had eight children, Joel, Jabez, Adoniram, Nancy, Martha, Mary, Eli, and William.

Jabez and Nancy Combs Hendren were married on March 3, 1829, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Jabez is the brother of Jehu Hendren. Nancy Combs is the sister of William Combs.


Ancestry Library. Indiana State Library. 13 Dec. 2005. .


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Dorothy J. Williams on 1967/06/28.


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

1835 Nov. 29 Jehu and Elizabeth Hendren and from Asenath Combs to William and Charlotte Hendren, photocopy of ALS; 1844 Sept. 9 Jane E. Combs to Jabez and Nancy Hendren, photocopy of ALS; 1849 May 10 William [M. Cray] to Jabez and John Hendren, photocopy of ALS.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Christina Baich during December 2005. EAD finding aid created by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.