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of Lyme, Conn
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.
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.
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:
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.
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History of Wethersfield, Conn, Stiles.
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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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.)
The Old Lyme, Conn City Page, Old home town of the Comstocks
Mystic, Conn Page - Current Happenings
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