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26. Hazadiah COMSTOCK4,89,91,92 was born on 16 April 1682 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.2,31,87 He died on 21 February 1764 at the age of 81 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.28

Date of marriage to Catherine Pray is based on birthdate of oldest child.

Hazadiah was married [2] to Martha Balcom, 10 Aug 1703, by Jonathan Sprague, Justice

The Early Records of the Town of Providence
Vol. IX, p.184 Jun 9, 1704. Hazadiah Comestock of Providence Tooke up a stray Horse
Vol. IX, p.179 January ye 6th 1709. Hazadiah Comestock apprised a stray mare for Alexander Balkcom.
Vol XI, Town Meeting 1, p.161 28 apr 1712 Bill preferred by Samuel Wilkinson Junr, Tho. Smith, Samuel Aldrich, & Hasadiah Comstock requesting a highway through the Northern part of the Township as far as inhabitants dwell. Granted the towns two surveyors lay out lands and begin at the northern end in the tract of land belonging to Edward Inman & his partners.
Vol. IX, p.29-30 23rd of Aprill 1716. Laying out of a highway through Wesquetomscutt and Wansocott [Woonsocket] Lands and so over the River Called the branch ...."Crassing the said path sevorall times with bounds plainely marked by Hazadiah Comestockes and a Long by Samuell Comestockes and Richard Spreagues to the Branch of the River" Signed by John Arnold, Henry Mawrey, Samuell Comestock Junr.
Vol XIII, Town Meeting No. 2, p.17. 1 Jun 1719 Hazadiah Comestock Chosen Constable. [No notation that he was engaged, although the others in the list were so marked.]

Found in the Manuscript collection of William A. Mowry, Mss 290, Box 3:
Folder 35: Hazadiah Comstock 1719-20
To Hazadiah Comstock, Constable. He is to take into custody the body of Capt Josph Mowry upon complaint of Henry Mowry, 19 Feb Action of trespass
in reference to a piece of land 50 acres according to his father's will on north side of sd father's homestead. Father was Nathaniel Mowry, deceased.
15 Feb 1719-20

19 Nov 1730. Hazadiah deeded 100 acres to sons William and Gideon.

Smithfield was created 1731 out of Providence - wasn't necessary for the Comstocks to move as they were incorporated into Smithfield.

Smithfield, RI, DB 1, p.304 26 Mar 1731 Deed of partition between Hazadiah Comstock, son of Capt Samuel Comstock, John Arnold, son of Capt Richard Arnold Dec'd, and William and Daniel Arnold, sons of said John Arnold, all of Smithfield. Town of Providence, 14 Apr 1707, granted Capt. Richard Arnold and Capt. Samuel Comstock a parcel of land at the time within the township of Providence but now within Smithfield, known by the name of Wonsocut. Land was never divided between the two men. Now set to run between Hazadiah Comstock's dwelling house and Daniel Arnolds, [various metes and bounds], comes to Pawtucket River.

There are many, many deeds of Hazadiah and his sons, not noted here.

Smithfield, RI, DB 1, p.91-92 29 May 1733 Hazadiah to son William 84 acres. Boundaries mention line between Hazadiah and David Comstock [nephew of Hazadiah] and the orchard of David Comstock, and lands of William Comstock.

Smithfield, RI, DB 1, p.253-255 20 Mar 1731/1732 Hazadiah Comstock, Daniel Comstock, John Sayles [husband of Elizabeth Comstock, a sister], Ichabod Comstock, David Comstock [son of Samuel Jr, dec'd, and a nephew of the others], Thomas Comstock, John Comstock, and Job Comstock sold to John Balcom, 8 acres of land in Smithfield. The land was on both sides of the highway on the north side of the Great Hollow, bounded on the north & west by John Arnold, on the south by Thomas Smith, and on the east with Balcom. [This is undoubtedly a sale of land that belonged to Capt Samuel Comstock, father of most of the above named] The deed was recorded 10 Feb 1735/1736.

Manuscript collection of William A. Mowry, Mss 290, Box 3
Folder 36: Hazadiah Comstock 1733
Benjamin Pain & Henry Mowry
6 Aug 1733
Henry Mowry deposition. He was at the house of Benjamin Pain in Smithfield. Hazadiah struck him blows on his head and kicked him and clinched his hands in the hair of his head and bowed his neck down. Said Pain called to his wife to strike Comstock with the fire tongs. She refused.
[Other files indicate Benjamin Pain/Payne was likely a shopkeeper; also perhaps served strong drink]

1754 Hazadiah and sons, Gideon, & Hazadiah Jr., listed as freemen, Smithfield.

29 Nov 1757 Hazadiah and Martha made receipt for their share of John Balkom's estate.

Will of Hazadiah dated 10 Mar 1763, proved 5 Mar 1764. Bequests to sons: John, Ezekiel, Gideon, Hazadiah. To wife Martha. To daughters Anne Comstock, Rachel Steere, Martha Staples. To children of daughter Catherine Steere, deceased, viz: Elisha, Nathan, David, Rachel. To grandchildren Susanna and Anthony Comstock, children of son Anthony, deceased. To grandchildren Mary Aldrich, Thomas Arnold, and Catherine Arnold.
LDS Microfilm #0959526: p.427 Hazadiah Comstock, 10th day 3rd month 1763, will of Hazadiah of Smithfield. [Could not be read on the film]

The house built by Hazadiah in 1733 was occupied by him until his death, by his widow Martha, then by son Ezekiel and grandson Henry and his heirs until 1858; it was burned about 1885.

Hazadiah COMSTOCK and Catherine PRAY were married about 1706.50 Catherine PRAY, daughter of JOHN PRAY and SARAH BROWN, died on 27 November 1728.50

Hazadiah COMSTOCK and Catherine PRAY had the following children:



Susanna COMSTOCK38 was born on 7 April 1707.93 She died on 30 January 1736 at the age of 28.38
Susanna married Judge Thomas Arnold.

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William COMSTOCK was born on 3 May 1708.93 He died on 18 January 1745/6 at the age of 37 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.

William is said to have moved into his father's old residence at Union Village in 1733. William sold the property in 1744 to Joseph Arnold. They were both deceased the next year. Rhode Island History, 1878; quoted online

William's wife was Dinah Arnold.

William was of Smithfield, later of Providence. His will was written 18 Nov 1745; recorded 29 Jan 1746. His inventory included a vessel and cargo at sea.

26 Sep 1750, Elenathan Comstock, William's daughter chose her "father in law" [stepfather] Joseph Kilton as her guardian. 13 Feb 1756, Penelope, another daughter chose George Brown as her guardian.



Gideon COMSTOCK51,89 was born on 4 November 1709.93 He died in 1801 at the age of 92.94

This record from Smithfield does not agree with the Comstock books which list this marriage as 1729:
Smithfield Vital Records, Vol 1
Smithfield, 3 Mar 1738/9
by Thomas Sayles, Justice of Peace
recorded 18 Feb 1739
Gideon and Ruth were 2nd cousins, once removed.

There are some differences in the births and names as transcribed from Smithfield Births online:
COMSTOCK, Adam s Gideon Ruth 18 Jan 1739/40
COMSTOCK, Alpha d Gideon Ruth 12 Mar 1741/2
COMSTOCK, Ruth d Gideon Ruth 13 Jul 1744
COMSTOCK, Free d Gideon Ruth 14 Feb 1745/6

The Comstock book also states that Gideon married 2nd to Freelove Arnold, widow of Josiah, and third Amey, surname unknown. The only wife known to Josiah was Amey Phillips so likely she was the widow Arnold who married Gideon.

Gideon was on a list of freemen from Smithfield in 1747. A Gideon Comstock was also listed in Providence in 1748. Only one Gideon Comstock was known to be living in Rhode Island at that time.

Gideon was administrator of the estate of his father-in-law Richard Arnold. Richard Arnold had left Rhode Island and was presumed death. Gideon brought suit against Thomas Man, who had married Richard's widow in 1743. Gideon said Man had taken away personal estate of Arnold in the amount of 275 £. Man did not pay and was jailed.



Rachel COMSTOCK was born on 9 September 1711.93 She died on 13 January 1806 at the age of 94.



Catharine COMSTOCK was born on 19 September 1713.93



Hazadiah COMSTOCK Jr.95 was born on 9 June 1715.96 He died on 11 April 1801 at the age of 85 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.95

Smithfield Vital Records, Vol 1; page 70
20 Apr 1746
Hazadiah COMSTOCK, of Smithfield
Mary ARNOLD, of Smithfield
by David Comstock, Just. Peace
recorded 9 Mar 1750

Hazadiah's will of 12 Nov 1792, proved 25 May 1801, made bequests to son Stephen, Stephen's sons Arioch and Arnold, and to his wife Mary. Her will 7 Oct 1819 and proved 26 May 1821, made bequests to Stephen; to grandson Arnolds's children; to grandson Stephen & Joanna his wife; to granddau Hannah Ballou, to grandsons Nathan, Asel & George; to grandson Arioch and his wife Joanna; to Arioch's son William.



Penelope COMSTOCK was born on 11 February 1717.93 She died on 17 June 1736 at the age of 19.93



Anthony COMSTOCK was born on 7 November 1719.93 He died on 20 February 1762 at the age of 42.

Marriage to Mary Staples by Thomas Sayles, Justice

LDS Microfilm #0959526
Central Falls RI Filmed at City Hall 15 Mar 1974
Item #2 Council & Probate Journal, Smithfield 1749-1768
p.421 3rd Monday of May AD 1762 Nathaniel Comstock, Admin on estate
of Anthony Comstock, late of Smithfield. Inventory presented by David & Ezekiel
[too much bleed through to read - very poor film]



Andrew COMSTOCK was born on 22 January 1721.93 He died on 14 April 1738 at the age of 17.93



John COMSTOCK89 was born on 16 April 1724 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.93 He died on 16 May 1790 at the age of 66 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.28

The Comstock books have this family very confused. John's wife Ruth, born 1724, could not have been the mother of the younger children ascribed to this family. Yet when John died, his widow was Ruth. I believe it is likely that John married twice, both times to a lady named Ruth [probably Ruth Aldrich] and the second Ruth was much younger resulting in a second family. Any descendants of this family should obtain the original records for clarity.

John Comstock of Smithfield was admitted to vote 5 May 1752. He was on a list of freemen from Smithfield, 1753

1774 Census of Smithfield. John Comstock had 4 males over 16, two males under 16, and 4 females over 16. Since this is just the number of people in the household, it is impossible to determine if all were one family, or some were servants, or other relatives. By 1774, Ruth was surely past child-bearing age.

12 Jul 1788 John deeded 1/2 of the home farm to sons William and Levi. Later records of theirs indicate they were very young and were not counted in 1774. John would have been quite old and may have been guaranteeing this property for the sons born to the second wife.

Ruth Comstock, widow, and Wanton, her son, presented John's inventory 21 Jun 1790. [My question her is did this record actually state that Wanton was Ruth's son, or did it refer to Wanton as a son of John Comstock, deceased. That could be key to whether or not Ruth is Wanton's stepmother, not his mother.]
Here is what one record actually says and it does NOT state that Wanton was anyone's son, just that he was Administrator and Ruth, Widow, was administratrix.
LDS Microfilm #0959526
Council & Probate Journal 1770-1797
Central Falls RI Filmed at City Hall 15 Mar 1974
Item #1 on film
No index; few page numbers:
Town Council in Smithfield June ?blot AD 1790
Present: Joseph Farnum, Presd. Jesse Jenks, James Appleby Jun.
Arnold Pain, John Man, Enos Smith
Ruth Comstock Widow as Administratrix & Wanton Comstock
Administrator upon the personal estate of John Comstock late of
Smithfield Yeoman Deceasd Exhibited an Inventory of Said Estate
Who on Engagement Declared they had Set forth all the personal
Estate of the said Decsd That Did Belong unto him at the Time of his Death
that had come unto their hands or Knowledge and If anything more
hereafter Should come unto their hand & Possession they would add the
Same unto Said Inventory. And Stephen Comstock, John Sterett
Daniel Smith Junr the prizers of the Goods, comprised in Said
Inventory On Solemn Engagement Declared that they had mad
a True Apprisal thereof. According to the best of their judgment
Therefore the Said Inventory is Accepted of as a Lawfull Inventory
and is Ordered to be Recorded their giving Bond According to Law &c
Administration granted.

After John's death, Ruth married Francis Hamilton. Apparently they were in Oneida Co, NY by 1800 - please read second wife Ruth Aldrich's notes.

22 Feb 1805. William & Levi Comstock of Paris, Oneida Co NY, deed Stephen Charles Mowry 1/2 of a farm in Smithfield, RI, where our father John lived and died excepting the dower of Ruth Hamilton out of said deed. [Although this deed states that John was the father of William & Levi that lived in Oneida Co, it apparently did not say that the dower of Ruth Hamilton was that of their mother, although I believe she would have been.]

3 Sep 1810. William Comstock & Patty his wife, Kanah Mills & Joanna his wife, all of Paris, Oneida Co NY. Oliver Gillette & Rhoda his wife of Hamilton, Oneida Co NY, are seized in fee of land late in possession of John Comstock, dec'd. The said William, Joanna, & Rhoda being natural heirs of Nancy Comstock, dec'd who was heir of John Comstock, they appoint Levi Comstock their attorney to lands of our sister Nancy, dec'd.
[This is probably regarding the property of their sister Nancy - perhaps a half-sister - that had died in 1795. It doesn't include other siblings, but it does include those living in New York that appeared to be the younger, second family of John Comstock, dec'd. They were likely all minors at the time of Nancy's death and could not have taken possession of their inheritance then.]

Hazadiah COMSTOCK and Martha BALCOM were married on 10 August 1730 in Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island.2,30 Martha BALCOM, daughter of Joseph BALCOM and Phebe [BALCOM], was born on 23 May 1714.50,97 She died on 6 May 1794 at the age of 79.50

Martha Comstock's will was dated 30 May 1784 and proved 14 May 1794. She made bequests to grandson Laban, son of Joseph Comstock, deceased; to grandson Anthony, son of Anthony, deceased; to grandson Henry, son of Ezekiel, deceased; and to three children of Ezekiel - Henry, Waite and Hannah; to daughter Anne, wife of Joseph Comstock, to the three children of daughter Martha Staple, deceased, who were Sylvania Whipple wife of Asa, Martha Randall wife of Eleazar, and Diana Staples.

Hazadiah COMSTOCK and Martha BALCOM had the following children:



Anne COMSTOCK was born on 7 April 1731.93 She died on 5 June 1795 at the age of 64.



Ezekiel COMSTOCK89 was born on 1 May 1733.93 He died on 6 July 1777 at the age of 44 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.28

Martha was of Gloucester. Married by Thomas Arnold, Justice. There was one child by Martha, named for her mother.

1755. Ezekiel was listed as a freeman, Smithfield. He was also a Justice and performed marriages 1761-63.

Ezekiel's will named his second wife Mary, son Henry and daughters Martha, Wait, Hannah & Phebe, all of when were under age. It was dated in Smithfield, 2 Jul 1777, proved 15 Sep that year.



Phebe COMSTOCK was born on 5 June 1735.93 She died on 25 November 1740 at the age of 5.93



Rufus COMSTOCK was born on 26 October 1738.93 He died on 23 November 1740 at the age of 2.93



Martha COMSTOCK98 was born on 3 January 1742.93 She died on 16 August 1779 at the age of 37.