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An American Family History

The Comstock Family of Leeds County, Ontario

 

also spelled Cumstock

 
 

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, Providence County, Rhode Island.

 
 
 
 

John Comstock was born about 1730.

His wife was named Lydia. They 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.

During the War of 1812, Aaron served in the Leeds County Militia.

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.

 
 

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

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).

In 1791, Levi signed a petition in Thurlow, Hastings County, Ontario requesting that the township be laid out in lots.

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. . .

Smith Burtch, Abel Root, Ruggles Cain, and Levi Comstock were early settlers on Grenadier Island.

Grenadier Island is in the St. Lawrence River in Leeds County, Ontario. United Empire Loyalists settled on the island in the early 19th century. During the War of 1812, there was a watch post. By 1818, twelve farms had been established.

 
 
 

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).

During the War of 1812, William Comstock served in the Leeds County Militia.

On June 19, 1820, William petitioned to surrender his father's patent for lot 18, 1st concession, 2nd range in Yonge so that he could claim the same land.

 

 
     
     
 

Azaraiah Comstock

Azariah was a blacksmith.

He married Zerviah Sprague on April 20, 1735 in Smithfield by Thomas Sayles.

Jemima Comstock (1735, married Nathan Staples)
Moses Comstock 1737, probably married Bethia DuBois),
Lydia Comstock (1744),
Aaron Comstock (1745),
Abner Comstock (1747),
Amie Comstock (1749, married Dan Whipple)
Azariah Comstock, Jr . (1753),
Mary Comstock (1751, married Rufus Whipple).

About 1765 they moved to to Richmond, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

On September 19, 1777, Azariah, Jr. died at the Battle of Bemis Heights (Saratoga) and is buried there in an unmarked grave

Azariah Sr. died in 1791, intestate, Rufus Whipple was the administrator of the estate. The only other person he notified was Amie, who was married to Dan Whipple.

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Aaron Comstock

He was a blacksmith

He married Mary

Aaron Comstock (1769, married Phebe Elliot),
Levi Comstock (1769, married Abigail Richardson )
Sylvia Comstock (married William Merrick)
Jemima Comstock (married Asahel Ward)
Lavinia Comstock (married Thomas Smyth)

He, with his father and brothers, settled in Cheshire, New Hampshire about 1765.

1768 he and wife Mary sold their property and she signed the deed (which was required because of Dower rights).

Aaron died in Montreal on February 26, 1776. He served in Capt. Gideon Brownson’s Company.


 
 

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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.