Joseph E McComas b.1834 s/o Hiram McComas and Rebecca Hatfield (Cabell Co WV-MO
This is one of the sons of Hiram McComas and Rebecca (Hatfield) McComas:
JOSEPH E McCOMAS b. 15 May 1834 Cabell Co VA died 14 Nov 1916 Pomona, CA.
Son of Hiram McComas b. 1799 Cabell Co WV d. Jan 1849 Platte Co. MO and his wife Rebecca Hatfield b. 1809 Cabell Co VA (now WV) who married 1829 in Cabell Co VA. Joseph was the grandson of Moses McComas and Lucy (Napier) McComas from Cabell Co VA.
Joseph E. McComas married twice*. 1st in Platte Co MO on 13 Dec 1860 to Rebecca Yount, the daughter of Henry Yount Sr b. 30 Oct 1816 PA and his wife Deborah B. Dougherty b. 22 Jan 1817 PA who married 14 Mar 1839 in Los Angeles, CA. With his first wife Rebecca, he had two children: Dora McComas and James Lane McComas born Jan 13 1862. 1st wife Rebecca and Dora McComas died 1876 leaving just Joseph Lane McComas.* Joseph E. McComas remarried Miss Emma M. Loughrey, a young school teacher many years his junior. Emma Loughrey was the daughter of William and Eliza (Steele) Loughrey who are buried in Pomona Cemetery. Emma and Joseph E. McComas had 3 additional children: Rush McComas b. 8 Aug 1878, Maude Pearl McComas 23 Dec 1879, Mary Ethel McComas b. 18 July 1885.
Daughter Maude Pearl McComas married 23 Aug 1923 at the residence of Rev Louis Turnbull in Los Angeles, George Birkley Reaben b. 23 July 1876 Crystal Springs, Copiah Co MS d. 27 Dec 1926 Los Angeles. He was the son of Harris Reaben. George Birkley Reaben was a piano dealer, then minister and missionary. They had one child together: David Reaben b 13 Dec 1925 Pomona.
Daughter Mary Ethel McComas married Sidney Johnson Turney b. 16 Nov 1867 d. 15 Sept 1961 San Bernardino Co CA. He was the son of Albert Gallatin Turney b. 11 Mar 1820 TN and wife Selena Elizabeth Ward b. 13 Oct 1837TX.
Mary Ethel (McComas) Turney had Ward McComas Turney born 29 Oct 1912 died 4 Dec 1972 Los Angeles.
Google book search: History of Pomona Valley, CA with biographical sketches. See Hon. J.E. McComas identified for 40 yrs with the development of Pomona Valley and prominent not alone in Southern CA but also out of the State was Senator J.E. McComas. ..After his fathers death (Hiram) he joined a cattle train of emigrants coming to CA to seek gold..joined a Methodist Church and was loyal to the church ever after...return back to MO and in 1860 was denied the privilege of voting for Abraham Lincoln for President, as the election judge told him no such candidate was recognized at the polls...along with 40 Missouri recruits started for Fort Leavenworth in 1861 traveling in great danger and they united their fortunes with Company G, Fifth Kansas Cavalry....he had been united in marriage to Miss Rebecca YOUNT on Dec 13 1860 and had left her w/ her parents upon entering the army...at the end of the war he again embarked with his own and other families for California taking charge as captain of a wagon train. On reaching CA they lived a while in San Jose and finally went to wheat raising near Modesto. Then came south and bought in Compton in 1872. In 1875 he came to Pomona and was employed as land agent...Mr. McComas helped in platting the now beautiful and prosperous city...In 1876 he was bereaved of his wife and a little daughter Dora McComas, leaving one son J.L. McComas. ..he became very interested in a young lady teacher Miss Emma M. Loughrey..and were married and made their first home in Pomona. ..although a great difference in their years..his fine character and happy, cheerful disposition won her over...Mr. McComas disposed of their comfortable home at Fifth and Main in Pomona and went to live on his Compton ranch again. The climate was detrimental to his health and his wife declared she could not live there..hearing of more favorable conditions in Arizona he went there and fitted out some freight wagons to run between Benson and Tombstone, for his son Lane, to manage. His wife taught the village school and he practiced law, but that dry climate was very expensive to keep up teams and wagons and family living was exceedingly high...Mrs. McComas had secured a first grade territorial diploma for 6 yrs her health gave out so completely that they were obliged to return to California, and after living a while in Los Angeles, went back on the Compton ranch. At the earnest solicitation of his wife...Mr. McComas had previously purchased 25 acres on Holt Ave (on a part of which is still there family home) they now decided to return and link their destinies with Pomona for life...they moved into an old house on South Main and lived there 2 yrs but in 1885 built the best residence on Holt Ave on their land there and went to ranching putting out various kinds of fruit trees....later in 1907 Mrs. McComas planned and had built with her own resources their beautiful home at 219 West Holt Avenue Pomona. Their two daughters and one son were now college graduates...in 1888 he was elected first Republican State Senator for the district...introduced the first bill for woman suffrage..served 4 years as State Senator...was an ardent Prohibitionist..later nominated on the State Prohibition ticket for governor...Mrs. Emma McComas was one of the most able and loyal Prohibition workers in the southern part of the state...her daughters Maude and Ethel McComas combine in their persons those charms of character and culture for which the young ladies of Pomona are justly famous. Her son Rush has won all the medals given by Demorest Medal Contests and is naturally gifted in oratory, and it is expected that he will follow in his father's footsteps...on the evening of Nov 14 1916 Senator McComas retired at his usual hour with no sign or word of illness, and while the family slept he quietly passed away...on Jan 11 1912 Miss Ethel McComas was united in marriage with Sidney J. Turney and Mrs. Emma McComas's only grandchild, Ward McComas Turney was born about a year later. (My note: This is a very long biographical sketch which contains many many more facts about the life of Joseph E. McComas and contains beautiful photos of them.
Ward McComas Turney, son of Mary Ethel McComas and Sidney J. Turney was born Oct 29 1912 and died Dec 4 1972. A baby photo of him is in the biographical sketch. He was not the only grandson of Joseph E. McComas.
David Reaben McComas (Grandson of Joseph E McComas) (Son of Maude Pearl McComas Reaben and George Birkley Reaben). Maude Pearl McComas Reaben b. 23 Dec 1879 died 4 May 1958 San Bernardino Co CA. David Reaben McComas married Emma May 'Sandy' Siefken on 18 Oct 1962.
Lifetime Claremont/Pomona resident, World War II veteran
David R. McComas, descendant of one of the core founders of the Pomona area, died at the age of 82 on January 18, 2008 of aspiration pneumonia at Sierra Vista Hospital. Most recently a resident of Los Osos, Mr. McComas spent most of his youth and raised a family in the Claremont area.
Born on December 13, 1925 in Pomona, Mr. McComas was grandson to Joseph E. McComas who founded the first orange growers co-op in this area, served as one of the original donors for Pomona College and served as a California state senator in the late 1800s.
Mr. McComas earned a bachelor's degree at Pomona College and a master's degree in education at the University of La Verne. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict.
After spending most of his life in Pomona and Claremont, Mr. McComas moved to Bend, Oregon in 1990, spending the last 9 years of his life on the central coast.Mr. McComas is survived by his wife of 45 years, Emma May "Sandy" McComas of Los Osos; by his son, Barney McComas of San Diego; by his daughter and son-in-law, Maureen and Christopher McGuire of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and by his 4 grandsons, Sean, Jonathan, Mark and Conner.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, 2008 at the home of longtime friends Chester and Eileen Jeager, 636 Alamosa Dr., Claremont.
*Re: Marriages of Joseph E. McComas. An account in the Illustrated History of Los Angeles, CA Published 1889 states that first wife died in 1867 and that Joseph E McComas had a 2nd marriage in 1867 San Joaquin Co CA to Lizzie Adams who died in 1876 leaving no children. It stated that Emma Loughrey was his third marriage, not second and was in 1878.