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William Comstock

Male Abt 1595 -


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  • Name William Comstock  [1
    Born Abt 1595  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Notes 
    • His land in New London was inherited by his son Daniel, of New London, and grandson William, of Lyne. The latter was a son of John Comstock deceased. It is probable that Daniel and John were the only children of William Comstock.

      About 1635 there came from England to the Massachusetts settlements William Comstock. It is believed that he first sojourned in the vicinity of Watertown, MA… he is recorded as one of the twenty-six men from Wethersfield in the expedition commanded by Capt. John Mason that captured the Pequot Fort at Mystic, CT on May 26, 1637…He held land on the Connecticut River in Wethersfield in 1641…About 1650 he transferred to New London… in July 1651 he "Wrought on the mill dam" a corn mill… on 25 Feb 1661/2 "Old Goodman Comstock" was elected Sexton… 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.

      Christopher Comstock was probably (but not certainly) a son of William Comstock of Wethersfield and New London, Conn. No proof of the relationship has been discovered, and Christopher named no son William. But Hannah (Platt) Comstock was undoubtedly a daughter of Richard Platt, yet Christopher and Hannah named no son Richard either, and not one of Christopher Comstock's children named a son Christopher. William, Richard and Christopher were all un-puritan names, and the Comstocks, like many Puritan families, were more influenced by devotion to the Bible than by filial piety in choosing names for their children.

      Christopher Comstock named three of his children Elizabeth, Daniel, and Samuel, these being the names of the wife and two sons of William Comstock of New London. William and Christopher were both in Connecticut in 1654. These facts suggest that Christopher was a son of William. [2, 3, 4, 5]
    Person ID I38546  Mindrum
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2016 

    Family Elizabeth,   b. Abt 1608 
    Children 
     1. John Comstock,   b. Abt 1624, England, probably Norfolk Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1680, Lyme, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years)
     2. Samuel Comstock,   b. Abt 1628, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1660, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)
     3. Daniel Comstock,   b. Abt 1630, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 13 Nov 1683, New London, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     4. Elizabeth Comstock,   b. Abt 1633,   d. Jul 1659  (Age ~ 26 years)
    Last Modified 7 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F26288  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S1625] A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America, 1949, John A. Comstock, A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America, 1949, (1949), p. 2.

    2. [S8480] Frances Caulkins, History of New London Connecticut, (New London County Historical Society, 2007), p. 305.

    3. [S1625] A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America, 1949, John A. Comstock, A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America, 1949, (1949), p. 1.

    4. [S7528] The American Genealogist, Whole No. 123, Vol. 31, No 3, July 1955, John I. Coddington, pp. 167-168.

    5. [S8471] Cyrus B. Comstock, A Comstock Genealogy, (The Knickerbocker Press, New York, 1907), p. 4.