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.
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.
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).
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. . .
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 ..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.