I am in great hopes that someone out there will know something about these children!! Please read this and if you know or suspect anything or have any clues, suggestions or ideas then please, please contact me!!
This is the story and this is what I know about George N. & Lula Maud Coombs:
These children are the son and daughter of-
Wallace E. Coombs
Born March of 1869 in Boone Co.,Ind.
Died of tuberculosis in about 1908 in Woodward Co., Ok.
Father- William N. Coombs (b. abt. 1846 in Boone Co., Ind.-d. June 6, 1899 Woodward Co., Ok.)
Mother- Rebecca Walls (b. June 1851 Ind.)
Anna Mary Toombs Foster Coombs
Born Sept. 25, 1869 in Ill.
Died of tuberculosis July 30, 1910 in Woodward Co., Ok.
First spouse- Herbert A. Foster
Father- George L. Toombs (b. April 11, 1839 in Chatteris, Cambridgeshire England- d. Feb. 6, 1914 in Louisville, Pottawatomie Co., Ks.)
Mother- Eva Belle Carmony (b. Sept. 15, 1846 in Ind.- d. April 20, 1932 in Louisville, Pottawatomie Co., Ks.)
Wallace E. Coombs and Anna Mary Toombs Foster were married on June 23, 1895 in Richmond, Woodward Co., Ok. Following is the 1900 census of this family:
1900 Federal Census
Dist# 250, Webster, Woodward Co., Ok.
June 21, 1900
Sheet# 12 B
b. June 1851 in Ind.
Had 7 children- Has 4 living children
b. June 1883 in Ind.
b. Jan. 1887 in Ks.
b. March of 1869 in Ind.
Married for 5 yrs.
b. Sept. 1869 in Ill.
b. April 1896 in Ok.
b. Dec. 1899 in Ks.
Foster, Harry L.
b. March of 1891 in Ks.
Coombs, Charles H.
b. May of 1877 in Ind.
As you can see, George N. Coombs (b. April 1896 in Ok.) and Maud L. (Lula) Coombs (b. Dec. 1899 in Ks.) are listed on this census as the children of Wallace and Anna Coombs. Sometime between 1900 and 1910, Wallace Coombs contracted tuberculosis and died in about 1908. During this same time period, Anna also contracted the disease.
Notes: Anna M. Coombs received a patent from the United States on a quarter of land in Woodward County , Oklahoma on February 23, 1910. She had to live on this land and prove it up for 5 years before receiving the patent, so she had to have homesteaded it about 1905.
The guardianship for Anna Coombs was filed in September 1908. It mentions her two minor children along with Jennie and Harry Foster (her two children from a previous marriage).
In April 9, 1909, in another guardianship Anna has become totally dependent upon her parents (the tuberculosis had affected her brain, leaving her totally incompetent and dependant). It mentions son, G. N. Coombs 10 years old and daughter Lula 7 years old (I believe these dates are off). In her probate dated May 19, 1910, it mentions, Harry and Alice of Cestos and George and Lula....address unknown....so sometime during her period of illness and pending death, the decision must have been made to adopt the younger children out.
END OF NOTES
Now, family lengend has it that George N. & Lula M. Coomb's grandfather 'George L. Toombs' contacted an adoption agency in Topeka, Ks. and that representatives of that agency came to Woodward Co., Ok. and picked up the children. That agency was contacted many years later and said agency told some of the extended family that George N. Coombs had been adopted and had died at 12 years of age due to drowning in Arizona? Also, Lula Maud Coombs had been adopted by a fairly well to do family and she grew up and married a doctor and they had children.
Through exhaustive research, nothing at all has come to light concerning these children!! Are the adoption stories true? George N. Coombs would have been about 14 yrs. of age (which does not correlate with the story about George's being adoped and then drowning in Arizona when 12 yrs. of age) and Lula Maud would have been about 11 yrs. of age in 1910 which is the approximate year of the disappearance/adoption of the children. Or, perhaps these children were just given to someone in Woodward county Oklahoma or some other nearby or far away place? Did these children survive? I believe that the answers to these questions can only be answered by someone who had knowledge of what really happened during those times. And now, by someone who has knowledge of that knowledge!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and think about it!!
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