William Comstock

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William Comstock, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), was born at England, in 1595.1 He died at Connecticut, about 1683.1

William married Elizabeth Daniel, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), before 1624.1,2

William Comstock seems first of record during the Pequot War, being one of the twenty-six men from Wethersfield in the expedition commanded by Capt. John Mason that captured the Pequot fort at Mystic, 26 May 1637, killing about five hundred Indians.

He held lands on the Connecticut River in Wethersfield as early as 1641, and they had been purchased from Richard Miles. Later, Richard sued "Willi Combstocke" and John Sadler for slander, 1 Aug 1644, before the Court of Elections, Hartford, for £200 damages

He was granted land at Pequot (New London) 21 Jun 1647, and in 1650 he and others were interested in erecting a cornmill and working on the mill-dam. In 1659, with the consent of "Elizabeth my now wife," he deeded eight acres in New London to William Hough.

On 25 Feb 1661/2, "Old Goodman Comstock" was elected Sexton, "to order youth in the meeting house, sweep the meeting house and beat out dogs," for 40s per year, to dig all graves, and have 4s per grave for a man or woman; 2s for a child, to be paid by the supervisors. "Old" probably indicates he was born as early as 1600.

He apparently lived out his life on Post Hill near the north corner of Williams and Vauxhall Streets (per the History of New London).

In 1694, William Comstock of Lyme and Daniel Comstock of New London conveyed their interest in land which "was given to our grandfather William Comstock deceased." Samuel and Daniel had adjoining lots in Providence, Rhode Island; Samuel named a son Daniel, and Daniel had a son Samuel. Christopher named sons Samuel and Daniel, and a daughter. "These facts together with other evidence pointing to the same direction lead to the conclusion that William was father. . . " of the children named below. The "other evidence" is not given.3,4


Elizabeth Daniel b. 1608, d. aft. 1665
  • John Comstock1 b. abt. 1624, d. bef. 1680
  • Samuel Comstock1 b. abt. 1628, d. abt. 1660
  • Daniel Comstock+1 b. 1630, d. bef. 13 Nov 1683
  • Elizabeth Comstock1 b. abt. 1633, d. Jul 1659
  • Christopher Comstock1 b. abt. 1635, d. 28 Dec 1702
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  1. [S1820] John Adams Comstock, A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America (Del Mar, California: s.p., 1949), 2, further cited as Comstock, Comstock Family.
  2. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 361, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  3. [S1820] Comstock, Comstock Family, 1.
  4. [S31] Lillian Lounsberry (Miner) Selleck, One Branch of the Miner Family with Extensive Notes on the Wood, Lounsberry, Rogers and 50 Other Allied Families of Connecticut and Long Island (New Haven, Connecticut: D. L. Jacobus, 1928), 91, further cited as Selleck, Miner Family.