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Chicago: Biographical Publishing Company

Page 527

DANIEL H. COMBES, a farmer of intelligence and standing, residing in Hilyard Township, has a fine set of farm buildings and a well improved tract of land on section 10, and here he carries on successfully, general farming and the raising of fine stock. This land he has been possession of since 1868, and on it he has made his home since 1869, when he came from Jersey County. His birth was near Jerseyville, November 4, 1848, and his father, Daniel H. Combes, Sr., was born in Trenton, N.J., and was a son of Isaac Combes, who lived and died in that State, having followed an honored career as a citizen and tradesman.

Daniel H. Combes, Sr., became an undertaker by trade and followed this line of work until he came to Illinois in 1847, after which he improved a good farm and gave to each and all of his children a helpful start in life. He died at the home of his only daughter on the old homestead when nearly eighty years of age. His early political preferences were for the principles of the Whig party and he afterward became a Republican. He was for many years connected with the Baptist Church.

The marriage of the father of our subject in Trenton, N.J., united him with Mary R. Sunderland, a native of that State. She was one of a large family and a representative of an old New Jersey family. Together they lived and labored to build up a home, in which they attained good success. Our subject is the youngest of four children, who came to this harmonious home, his sister and one brother, yet surviving.

He of whom we write received his education in his native county and having reached the age of maturity decided to establish a home of his own. The lady whom he chose as his life partner was Abigail Longstaff, who was born in Shipman township. She was reared by her parents in Brighton, her father, Richard Longstaff, being a native of England, and her mother, Maria Bradley, being also from the British Islands. Their marriage did not take place, however, until after they had both come to this country, as they met in Macoupin County, and were there united. They spent the remainder of their days here, dying in Brighton, having neither of them reached old age.

Mrs. Combes is a woman of unusual refinement and ability and is one whose strength and sweetness win to her many permanent friends. Her activities in charitable and church work place her in the front rank, and her intelligence and education fit her to be what she is - a reader of thought. Both she and Mr. Combes are members of the Presbyterian Church and in his politics he is attached to the Republican party. They have one child - Isaac, who makes his home with his parents.

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