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View Tree for William ComstockWilliam Comstock (b. Jul 4, 1595, d. Abt. 1683)

William Comstock was born Jul 4, 1595 in Culmstock, Devonshire, England, and died Abt. 1683 in New London, CT. He married Elizabeth Daniel on 1622 in England, daughter of Henry Daniel.

 Includes NotesNotes for William Comstock:
1. WILLIAM COMSTOCK1,2,3,4 was born on 4 Jul 1595 in Culmstock, Devonshire, England.5,6 Although there is often seen the date of birth as given in this file, I doubt that it is correct. This is actually a Baptism at St. Martin in the Fields, London, for a William Comstock on this date. There is no proof this is the same man. In fact, at St. Martin in the Fields there is also a William Comstock buried there, 20 May 1598, which is much more likely this child. From "Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens & Frances Helen Miller" by Mary Lovering Holman, 1948. He immigrated in 1635 to Massachusetts Bay Colony.7 Came to America with 4 or 5 of his children He served in the military on 26 May 1637 in Pequot Fort, Mystic County, Connecticut.1 He died about 1683 in New London, New London County, Connecticut.8
By 1635 he lived in Dorchester, Massachusetts Bay Colony; in 1636 he moved to Connecticut; in 1641 he held land on Connecticut River near Wethersfield, CT
Likely one of 56 men from Wethersfield, CT in expedition commanded by Capt. John Mason that captured the Pequot Fort killing about 500 Indians.
A Douglas book says he moved to New London about 1649 along with sons William and Daniel. [This statement is very confusing and may be the source of the possibility about a "son William". Also Daniel went to Rhode Island near this time. In fact William appears in Court records at Hartfort in 1644 and 1649, after which he no longer is found at that location - "Connecticut Puritan Settlers" by Royal R. Hinman]
On 10 Nov 1650 at a town meeting in New London, he voted to cooperate with John Winthrop in erecting a corn mill. He also applied for a house lot 1650/51 and was a settler there by 1651. His location was on Post Hill near the corner of Vauxhall & Williams Streets [1895]. John Elderkin whose daughter married Daniel Comstock adjoined on the south. This was an elevated neighborhood called Waller's Hill. [From "History of New London CT" by Caulkins.]

From History of New London, pp.305-306:
"William Comstock, father of Daniel, came from Hartford in 1649 and lived to old age in his house upon Post Hill; (near north corner of Williams and Vauxhall Streets.) His wife Elizabeth was aged fifty-five in 1663. No record has been found of the death of either. His land was inherited by his son Daniel, of New London, and grandson William, of Lyme. The latter was a son of John Comstock deceased -- and his mother Abigail, in 1680, was the wife of Moses Huntley, of Lyme. It is probably that Daniel and John were the only children of William Comstock, sen., and his wife Elizabeth. John is the ancestor of the Lyme family of Comstocks, and Daniel of those of the North Parish or Montville. The latter, as appears from statements of his age, was born about 1630. His wife, whose name was Paltiah, was a daughter or step-daughter of John Elderkin. They had a son Daniel and eight daughters, whose births are not recorded; but they were all baptized by Mr. Bradstreet in April and November, 1671. After this two others sons were baptized; Kingland in 1673, and Samuel in 1677."

[Have seen a possible Batism record from England - baby William, father William. Don't think this has ever been proved to be THIS William. There is also possibly another son named William that came to America, but I have not seen enough evidence nor descendants to support this theory.]



WILLIAM COMSTOCK and ELIZABETH ?DANIEL were married about 1622 in England.8 ELIZABETH ?DANIEL was born on 8 Jan 1608 in England.9,10 She died after 1665.9
Referred to as "my now wife"; Elizabeth may have been his second wife based on this phrase. [Many of the New England records ALWAYS use this wording to describe a wife so I would basically discount this assumption. Have seen parents for Elizabeth posted online - father, Henry Daniel, but I can't confirm that this has ever been proven.]

WILLIAM COMSTOCK and ELIZABETH ?DANIEL had the following children:

+2
i.
John COMSTOCK.
+3
ii.
SAMUEL COMSTOCK.
+4
iii.
Daniel COMSTOCK.
+5
iv.
Elizabeth COMSTOCK.
+6
v.
Christopher COMSTOCK.


12. William Comstock b. ABT. 1595 England; d. ABT. 1683 ? Conn.
| m. Elizabeth Daniel b. 1608 ; d. AFT. 1665
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11. John Comstock b. ABT. 1624 England; d. BEF. 1680 Lyme, Conn.
| m. Abigail Chappell b. 1 SEP 1644
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10. William Comstock b. 9 JAN 1668/69 Lyme, Conn; d. 15 MAR 1727/28 Lyme, Conn
| m. Naomi Noyes b. New Shoreham; d. 1761 Lyme, Conn; m. 10 SEP 1695
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9. William Comstock b. 15 JUN 1698 Lyme, Conn; d. 1765 Lyme, Conn
| m. Mary Bates b. 1 JUL 1711 ; d. 29 MAR 1743
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8. Naomi Comstock b. 1739 Lyme, Conn; d. 21 DEC 1831 Swanzey, NH
| m. Benjamin Olcott b. 1732 ; d. 26 SEP 1813 ; m. ABT. 1763
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7. James Olcott 1783-1855 m. Lydia Holbrook 1779-1829
6. Lucina Olcott 1806-1840 m. Joshua Sawyer 1801-1839
5. Joshua A. Sawyer 1839-1932 m. Laura Wallace Engle 1845-1934
4. Flora Louise Sawyer 1884-1942 m. Finlay Roy McMartin 1880-1976


William and Elizabeth
(Daniel?) Comstock
of Lyme, Conn


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Origins
The Immigrant
Notable Kin
Subsequent Generations
Sources and Resources
Notes, Questions and Errata
Kansas Pioneers' Comstock Line
Comstock Links

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Origins

The origins of the Comstock family name is likely a place name in England: Culmstock, Devonshire, England. A History of the Descendants of the Comstock Family in America says: "The name Comstock undoubtedly traces to a village in Devonshire, England, called Culmstock which is located on the River Culm some ten miles east of Tiverton and an equal distance south of Taunton. In 1635 the Comstocks came to America to the Massachusetts settlements." However, the actual origins of William Comstock have not been discovered, to my knowledge.


See the Devonshire, England Heritage Page for general info about Devonshire.
See the LaFlash Page for the general history of the Comstocks in England, although no specific reference to our William.



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The Immigrant

Born: 1595, per Comstocks of America, 1949. (Estimated date of birth of oldest child abt 1624 minus 25 years would be 1599.)
Immigration: 1634-1637. He is not in the Great Migration Begins, which means there is no record of him being in the colonies before 1634. 1637 is the first record of him in the colonies (See Pequot War reference below.) It's not known if he came with his first wife, as a widower, or with his second wife; but, he probably came with at least the first four, or maybe all, of his children. No record of him is found in manifest lists, which is normal during this period.

Occupation: I've seen no reference to a trade, probably farmer.

Earliest Record: 1637. Per Comstock Family in America, and also Stiles: "... he is recorded as having been one of the twenty-six men from Wethersfield in the expedition commanded by Capt. John Mason, that captured the Pequot Fort at Mystic, Connecticut, May 26, 1637, killing about five hundred Indians."

Residences: Prob Wethersfield, Conn by 1637, to New London by 1650. The History of New London states that he lived to old age, on Post Hill near the north corner of Williams and Vauxhall Streets. Most of his children are shown as from Lyme, New London, Conn later on. I'm not sure if this is a change in their location, or a "new" name for the area where he lived.

Spouses:


Note on marriage order: Comstock Family in America has first wife as "unknown" first and last name, second wife Elizabeth Daniel - no dates given for either, so no info here to claim which children from which wife. Torrey, New England Marriages Before 1700", has first wife Elizabeth Daniel, abt 1621-1625, second wife, Elizabeth (____), 1659 (which is the date of the record cited below showing "my now wife Elizabeth"). Using Torrey's info would mean Elizabeth Daniel would be the mom of all the children. The "now wife Elizabeth" reference could support either position.
1) Unknown. Place and date of marriage is unknown. Place and date of her birth or death is unknow, although she was likely not living by 1659, when William referred to Elizabeth as his "now wife". The History of Comstocks in America states: "In 1659 it is recorded that "with consent of my now wife Elizabeth" he sold property in New London. This probably indicates that Elizabeth was a second wife."

2) Elizabeth [Daniel?]. Wife in 1659 in New London, unless the other wife was also an Elizabeth, then either could have been the 1659 wife. Her place and date of birth and marriage are unknown to me. The Comstock Family in America gives her last name as Daniel, but gives a rather soft source: "In "History of The National Society of Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America" for the fifteenth year, ending May 13, 1913, Mary Ella Comstock (Mrs. Carl J. Vietz) gives the wife of William1 Comstock as "Elizabeth Daniel." I'm not aware that any research has documented her identity, so I list her as Daniel with a question mark. Torrey does show her name as Daniel.


Military: He is recorded as having been one of the twenty-six men from Wethersfield in the expedition commanded by Capt. John Mason, that captured the Pequot Fort at Mystic, Connecticut, May 26, 1637, killing about five hundred Indians. CFA

Died: About 1683, per The Comstock Family of America, although I see no reference to why the author selected this date. The last record referred to in CFA regarding William is 1661.
Estate/Will: None found, although receipts of money regarding his estate determine the identity of Samuel Youngs and Thomas Hallock as sons-in-law.

Timeline of Life events:


About 1635 - Immigration to the Colonies
May 26, 1637 - Pequot War - see above.

1641 - "It is a matter of record that he held lands on the Connecticut River in Wethersfield in the year 1641, and that these lands had been purchased from one Ric. Milles." CFA

1644 - Richard Mylls was plaintiff against "Willi Combstocke" and John Sadler, defendants, in an action for slander, Aug. 1, 1644, before the Court of Elections, Hartford, to the damage of 200 pounds."

About 1650 - he transferred to Pequot, now New London, where he had previously (1647) received a grant of land.

November, 1650 - At a town meeting held in New London in November, 1650, he voted to cooperate with John Winthrop to establish a corn mill

July 1651 - He "Wrought on the mill dam" with Tabor and other inhabitants of New London. The old mill is still in existence.

1659 - It is recorded that "with consent of my now wife Elizabeth" he sold property in New London. This probably indicates that Elizabeth was a second wife.

February 25, 1661 or '62, - "Old Goodman Comstock" was elected Sexton, "to order youth in the meeting house, sweep the meeting house and beat out dogs," at 40 shillings a year, to dig all graves, and have 4s for a grave for a man or woman, and 2s for children, to be paid by the supervisors.


Primary Source: CFA - A History of the Descendants of the Comstock Family in America, John A. Comstock, 1949.
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Notable Kin

See Notable Kin of the Comstocks for lines of descent and biographical material and links for:

Bill Comstock, Ace of Scouts
Cyrus Ballou Comstock - Civil War General
Henry Comstock, namesake of the Comstock Lode, richest silver mine in history.
Ford, President Gerald
Tennessee Williams, one of the premier American playrights of the twentieth century.
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Subsequent Generations

This is who I show as his family, which reflects what should be five main branches. Info is primarily from the Comstock Genealogy. Note the five major branches from the first generation are comprised of the names: Comstock and Shipton/Shipman.
1 William Comstock 1595 - 1683
.. +Unknown 1595 -
*2nd Wife of William Comstock:
.. +Elizabeth [Daniel?] 1608 -
*3rd Wife of William Comstock:
.. +Which Wife Mom, ? 1595 -
........... 2 John Comstock 1624 - 1680
............... +Abigail Chappell 1644 -
........... 2 Samuel Comstock 1628 - 1660
............... +Anne Tucker, ? 1628 -
........... 2 Daniel Comstock 1630 - 1683
............... +Paltiah Elderkin 1636 - 1713
My Line - see the Elderkin Section
........... 2 Elizabeth Comstock 1633 - 1659
............... +Edward Shipton/Shipman 1633 -
........... 2 Christopher Comstock 1635 - 1702
............... +Hannah Platt 1635

Direct Descendants of William Comstock

1 William Comstock 1595 - 1683 b in Poss Culmstock, Devonshire, England
.... +Which Wife Mom, ? 1595 -
William Comstock, a builder, finally settled in Conn, where his son married.

2 Daniel Comstock 1630 - 1683 b in Poss Culmstock, Devonshire, England
...... +Paltiah Elderkin 1636 - 1713 b in Prob England

Hope marries a Hallock from Long Island, starting a long history of Long Islanders. The next six generations will be born on Long Island (thru Gen 9 below), over a period of the next 200 years (from 1660 to 1858).

Sources and Resources

A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America by John Adams Comstock, Del Mar, California, Privately printed for the author by The Commonwealth Press Inc, Los Angeles-California,1949 - This book is on-line at genealogylibrary.com and is also available at various bookseller web sites on the web.
History of Wethersfield, Conn, Stiles.

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Notes, Questions and Errata

Which wife mother'd which children? See Notes above.
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Kansas Pioneer's Comstock Line
We Kansas Pioneers are descended from William Comstock through our "Hallock side", as follows:


Direct Descendants of William Comstock

1 William Comstock 1595 - 1683 b in Poss Culmstock, Devonshire, England
.... +Which Wife Mom, ? 1595 -
William Comstock, a builder, finally settled in Conn, where his son married.

2 Daniel Comstock 1630 - 1683 b in Poss Culmstock, Devonshire, England
...... +Paltiah Elderkin 1636 - 1713 b in Prob England

Hope marries a Hallock from Long Island, starting a long history of Long Islanders. The next six generations will be born on Long Island (thru Gen 9 below), over a period of the next 200 years (from 1660 to 1858).

... 3 Hope Comstock 1660 - 1733 b in Prob New London, Conn
......... +Thomas Hallock 1660 - 1718 b in Prob Long Island, New York
..... 4 Zerubabel Hallock 1688 - 1761 b in Southold, Long Island, New York
........... +Esther Osman 1695 - 1773 b in Southold, Long Island, New York
........ 5 Zerubabel Hallock 1721 - 1800 b in Southold, Long Island, New York
.............. +Elizabeth Swezey 1722 - 1806 b in Aquebogue, now Riverhead, Long Island, New York
........... 6 Zachariah Hallock 1749 - 1820 b in Southold, Long Island, New York
................. +Hannah Youngs 1754 - 1823 b in Aquebogue, Long Island, New York
............. 7 Bethuel Hallock 1790 - 1866 b in Aquebogue, Long Island, New York
................... +Harmony Howell 1795 - 1864 b in Riverhead, Long Island, New York
................ 8 John Kasar Hallock 1831 - 1875 b in West Mattituck, Long Island, New York
...................... +Mary Jane Aldrich 1836 - 1862 b in Mattituck, Long Island, New York

Morris Wells Hallock becomes a Kansas Pioneer to Ada, Kansas and there meets 16 year old Harriet Loetta Pollock and marries her. See a story of life with Morris and Harriet written by one of their children.


.................. 9 Morris Wells Hallock 1858 - 1941 b in West Mattituck, Long Island, New York
........................ +Harriet Loetta Pollock 1865 - 1936 b in Richland Co, Ohio
..................... 10 Inez Evangeline Hallock 1886 - 1976 b in Near Milo, Lincoln Co, Kans
........................... +Arthur Willis Baldwin 1876 - 1961 b in Near Ada, Fountain Twp, Ottawa Co, Kans



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Comstock Links
Comstock Genealogy Pages

Leaves of the Tree Page > A Rhode Island Comstock family
The Matthew LaFlash Page

Gendex - All Comstocks in Gendex compatible databases on the web here.


The Pequot Indian Tribe and the Pequot War - William Comstock is reported to be one of Capt Mason's expedition against the Pequots. (Notice the name of Thomas Stoughton, another cousin of ours. See Stoughton.)



More About William Comstock:
Christening: Jul 4, 1595, Culmstock,Devonshire,England.

More About William Comstock and Elizabeth Daniel:
Marriage: 1622, England.

Children of William Comstock and Elizabeth Daniel are:
  1. +Samuel Comstock, b. Abt. 1622, London, England, d. 1660, Providence, Providence, Rhode Island.
  2. John Comstock, b. 1624, London, England, d. 1680.
  3. Daniel Comstock, b. 1630, d. 1683.
  4. Elizabeth Comstock, b. 1633, d. Jul 1659.
  5. Christopher Comstock, b. 1635, d. 1702.
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