Biography of the Comstock Family
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Comstock, Family, The. - Achilles, son of Samuel Comstock, was born in Connecticut, in 1757. He was a soldier in the Revolution and one of the Rangers employed in the irregular warfare of the borders, which was fought with thrilling excitements. The Tories and refugees were accustomed to drive away the cows and other stock, and this property was carefully watched to save it from pillaging bands. To thwart these bands, led to many daring adventures and narrow escapes, in which Mr. Comstock was a participant. After the close of the war Achilles married Sarah, daughter of Elnathan Botsford, sr., and they had one son, Israel, and two daughters, Apphia and Martha. The family came to the New Jerusalem in 1768, in company with the Botsford family. They made a purchase it1 1799 of 400 acres on the north side of the Friend's estate in Jerusalem, which was a strip of land two miles long and 100 rods wide. Their title to this land was involved in the long litigation which commenced in 1811 and ended in 1828, and which caused them much trouble and anxious suspense as well as expenditure of money. Mr. Comstock was a prominent. citizen, and most of the time in the early years from 1803 to 1815, held some office in the town. He was an early adherent of the Methodists and his wife was a member of the Friend's Society. He died in 1832, aged seventy five years, a much respected citizen, His wife died in 1845, aged seventy nine, an exemplary and devoted Christian. Their daughters belonged to the sisterhood of the Friend's Society. Israel Comstock was born in Warington, Litchfield County, Conn., in 1794. In 1800 he removed with his father to Jerusalem, and on the same farm where he died, over SiXty. five years later. He distinctly recollected his first visit to Penn Yan, which then had but two houses in it, probably in 1798 or He for many years held various town offices, the duties of which he discharged with integrity and fidelity. He was always a liberal and progressive man, and at the time of his death was president of the Yates County Historical Society. He was deeply interested in the objects of that organization, and resolutions expressive of high respect for his memory were published by the society. Few men were better acquainted with the men who filled a place in the events which transpired in our early annals, and his many contributions were always welcomed, as an addition to the history of times now fading fast from the minds of men. For thirty four years he was a consistent member of the Methodist Church and most of the time an official and leading member. His integrity was the key to his whole character, for it produced that scrupulous fidelity to his trust and industry in its discharge which caused him to be respected and honored by his fellow citizens. He married in 1821, Jane, daughter of Thomas Sutton, of Jerusalem. She was born in Eversham, Burlington County, N. J., February 25, 1799. She lived on the farm where they first settled about sixty two years, and her life covered mostly the entire history of this county, from the time it was an unbroken wilderness. She endured all the hardships and privations incident to a new country, and being possessed of a strong mind and good judgment, she took a deep interest in everything calculated to benefit her family or society in general. She was for sixty two years a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Israel Comstock died in January, i866, aged seventy one years, and Jane, his wife, died October 2, 1884, aged eighty six years. They had three children, Botsford A., John J., and Sarah S. Botsford A. Comstock was: born on the homestead, November 12, 1823, and is well known throughout the county. He held the office of justice of the peace inhis native town for twenty years. He was justice of sessions in this county in 1885-86. His public career in his native town has been most creditable. He had confided to him the most delicate duties in the settlement of estates. In these matters of importance his judgment and advice has been much sought and has secured the highest respect. For fifty years. he was an active and influential member of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Potter, and was steward and leader for thirty four years. He died September 11, 1886, aged sixty three years. John J. Comstock, second son of Israel was born July 30, 1826, and is an honored and respected citizen, occupying an important position in the town in which he lives. He resides on part of the old homestead. He married Mary E., daughter of Robert Miller, of Puitney, and their children are Robert J., John A., George P., and Wilbur F. The latter two are married. Sarah S. Comstock lives on her farm in Potter, and also occupies part of the homestead farm in Jerusalem.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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