William Comstock

Male Abt 1595 - Abt 1683


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  • Name  William Comstock  [1
    Born  Abt 1595  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Abt 1683  Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • ABOUT 1635, OR SHORTLY THEREAFTER, THERE CAME from England to the Massachusetts settlements one William Comstock. From whence he sailed, and on what ship, has not been ascertained. It is quite probable that with him were his wife Elizabeth and four, or possibly all five of his children. It is believed that he first sojourned in the vicinity of Watertown, Massachusetts, but that very shortly he transferred to Wethersfield, Connecticut.

      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. Prior to that, 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.

      About 1650 he transferred to Pequot, now New London, where he had previously (1647) received a grant of land. At a town meeting held there in November, 1650, he voted to cooperate with John Winthrop to establish a corn mill, and in July 1651 he "Wrought on the mill dam" with Tabor and other inhabitants of New London. The old mill is still in existence.

      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.

      On 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.

      The date of his death is unknown, but the History of New London states that he lived to old age, on Post Hill near the north corner of Williams and Vauxhall Streets.

      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. [3]
    Person ID  I66310  Bryant
    Last Modified  17 Jun 2007 

    Family  Elizabeth,   b. 1608, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1665, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1622  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • It is believed that William had a 1st wife, also named Elizabeth so this marriage could have occured later.
    Children 
     1. John Comstock,   b. Abt 1624, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1680, Lyme, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Samuel Comstock,   b. Abt 1628, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1660, Providence, Providence Co, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Daniel Comstock,   b. Abt 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1683, New London, New London Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Elizabeth Comstock,   b. Abt 1633, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jul 1659, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Christopher Comstock,   b. Abt 1635, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1702, Norwalk, Fairfield Co, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F2770  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1595 - England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S393] History on Montville, CT, Baker, Henry A., (Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, Hartford, Conn., 1896), p. 132-146.

    2. [S407] Genealogy of the Comstock Family, Comstock, John Adams, (Commonwealth Press, Inc., California, 1949), p. 02.

    3. [S407] Genealogy of the Comstock Family, Comstock, John Adams, (Commonwealth Press, Inc., California, 1949), p. 01.


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