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An American Family History

The Comstock Family of Leeds County, Ontario

 

Ezekiel Comstock was born about 1740 in Dartmouth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. His parents were Hazadiah Comstock (1682) and Martha Balcom (1713).

Ezekiel married Martha Arnold (1735-1759) and Mary Russell Greene (1743-1815).

Martha Comstock (1759),
Henry Comstock (1765, married Sarah Greene),
Waite Comstock (1766, married Thomas Greene),
Hannah Comstock (1770, married David Hutchinson), and
Phebe Comstock (1777).

Ezekiel died about 1780 in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

 
 
 
 

John and Lydia Comstock lived in West Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island.

John and Lydia's children included:

Sylvia Comstock Merrick (married William Merrick),
Levi Comstock (married Abigail Richardson Griffin),
Aaron Comstock (married Phebe Elliot),
Jemima Comstock (had daughter, Sarah Ward with Asahel Ward), and
Lavinia Comstock (married Thomas Smyth).

On November 27, 1820 a Crown Grant was made to Lydia Comstock, and others for Lot No. 18 in the 1st Concession of the Township of Yonge, for the east half, or 100 acres.

After John's death, Lydia married Ephraim Ayres.

Abigail Comstock and Phebe Comstock were assessed in Yonge Township, Leeds County, Ontario in 1805.

Aaron and Levi Comstock appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.

The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.

Windmill

Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

 
 
 

Levi Comstock was born about 1769 in West Greenwich, Kent County, Rhode Island. He was the son of John and Lydia Comstock.

He married Abigail Richardson Griffin.

Levi and Abigail's children probably included:

William Comstock (1790, did not marry Mary Hoadley),
Aaron Comstock (1791, married Clarissa Fish),
Mary (Polly) Comstock (1793 married Alanson Baxter),
Joseph Richardson Comstock (1794/95, married Mary (Polly) Hogaboom),
Phebe Comstock (1801, married William Mallory), and
Levi Comstock (1803, married Jane Forrester).

Levi received a Crown Grant next to his brother, Aaron.

According to Douglas McCalla in Consumption Stories: Customer Purchases of Alcohol at an Upper Canadian Country Store in 1808-1809 and 1828-1829, Abigail Comstock bought 6 quarts of whisky during the 1808-9 year. He also said that

Widow Abigail Comstock, head of a family of five with twenty acres under culture, bought sixteen yards of four kinds of fabrics worth twenty dollars during the year. IN yardage, Comstock's purchases were just above the median amoung those buying fabrics. . .

 
 
 
 

Children of Aaron Comstock and Phebe Elliot:

Lydia Comstock (1799, married George Purvis), and
Lavinia Comstock (1803, married George G. Purvis).

When Aaron died he may have been living on the home lot of Ephraim Ayers, who had died about 1802.

On February 20, 1824, Memorial No. 162 from George Purvis and Lydia, his wife, and George Purvis, and Lavinia, his wife, for 30 acres of the west half of Lot 17 was made to Closson Ayers.

 

 
     
 
 
     
 

William Comstock was born about 1791 and was the son of Levi Comstock and Abigail Richardson.

He married Mary Patterson.

Elizabeth Betsey Comstock (1812, married William Seaman and Francis Bowen),
Sally Comstock Russel (1813, married Joseph Russel),
Philena Comstock Hoadley (1814, marrid John Hoadley),
Alpheus Comstock (1817, married (Ruth Russel),
Levi Comstock (about 1821, married Jane Comstock), and
Thomas Comstock (about 1826, married Maria McCue).


 

 
 

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This instrument witnesseth that I, Levi Comstock, of the Township of Yonge..declare this to be my last will and testament..

I give devise and dispose of my estate as follows...to my wife, Amy Comstock, the use and benefit of all the rest of my personal property, together with the use of my farm to assist in educating and supporting my three children, namely, William Thomas, George Richardson and Nancy Jane Comstock until they become of age and when my sons William Thomas and George Richardson attain the age of twenty-one years,

I give and devise my farm known as my homestead to them, share and share alike, subject to the support and maintenance of my wife, unless she may be changing her situation in life not require her support, and also subject to the payment by my sons, William Thomas and George Richardson of six hundred dollars to my daughter, Nancy Jane..payable on her attaining the age of twenty-one years or date of marriage...

I give and bequeath to my son, James N. Comstock, the sum of one hundred dollars...I give and bequeath to my daughter, Phebe M. Slatrey, and to my grand daughter Bertha Comstock or Hale...

I do nominate and appoint my friends George H. Lee and Henry L. Judd executors..

Levi Comstock subscribed my name this 24th day of August one thousand eight hundred and seventy three [1873]..in the presence of Ira Mallory and Amas W. Kelly in the Township of Yonge.

United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.