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830. Horace Hawkins COMSTOCK253,254 was born about 1807.254 He died on 15 March 1861 at the age of 54 in Ossining, Westchester County, New York.253

His mother was likely Frieda Hawkins. Perhaps she died in childbirth or soon after.
Horace was engaged in Detroit & Chicago with Indian and military supply trade; moved to Michigan as a poineer of Kalamazoo County. He was the 1st Senator elected from that County; the town of Comstock was named for him.

After the death of his first wife, Horace appeared to live a rather unsettled life with a serious decline in the family forture. He apparently dispatched the children to live with far-flung relatives and friends. Sabina was sent to Whitewater, Wisconsin to live with her Aunt Recepha Comstock Tripp. Julia was left behind in Otsego in the care of her young stepmother who was living with her own parents, the Belchers, in 1850 - Horace was nowhere to be found in 1850. Julia later lived in Cooperstown, where she died a spinster. Eight-year-old Willie was sent to Corning, NY, to live with his uncles Daniel D. & Dwight L. Comstock - one a batchelor, the other childless. Fannie was adopted by Bissel Humphrey, a stageline propriertor of Kalamazoo - his will states she was his adopted daughter.

The 4th wife, Catherine, survived Horace.

Horace Hawkins COMSTOCK and Sarah Sabina COOPER were married on 7 November 1833 in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York.45 Sarah Sabina COOPER, daughter of Isaac COOPER and Mary Ann MORRIS, was born about 1810.298 She died on 15 February 1846 at the age of 36 in Kalamazoo, Michagan.45

Horace Hawkins COMSTOCK and Sarah Sabina COOPER had the following children:

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Sarah Sabina COMSTOCK254 was born in 1834 in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York.45 She died on 20 May 1918 at the age of 84 in Springfield, Ross County, Ohio.45

The 1861 Petition of Daniel D. Comstock to administer the estate of his brother Horace named Sabina as the wife of Eleazer Wakeley of Omaha. Sabina married Eleazer Wakeley in 1854. He was a lawyer in Whitewater, Wisconsin, but in 1857 was appointed a judgeship in the new Nebraska Territory.

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Julia Hamilton COMSTOCK254 was born on 6 May 1840 in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York.45 She died on 2 January 1904 at the age of 63 in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York.45

The 1861 Petition of Daniel D. Comstock to administer the estate of his brother Horace named Julia Comstock of Cooperstown.

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William Averill COMSTOCK45,254 was born on 17 January 1842 in Comstock, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.45,254 He died on 16 August 1868 at the age of 26 in Kansas.45,254

The birth of William Averill Comstock as 17 Jan 1842 was certified by Eleazer & Sabina Wakeley during the adoption proceedings of sister Fannie. An affadavit made 14 Jan 1862 gives information from the family Bible of Horace H. Comstock.

William was found in 1850, living with his uncles, Daniel D. & Dwight L. Comstock in Corning, NY. He may also have spent part of his youth with his sister Sabina at his Aunt Rocepha's in Wisconsin and may even have moved with them to Omaha. In 1860 he was enumerated in Cottonwood Springs with other frontier characters.

The 1861 Petition of Daniel D. Comstock to administer the estate of his brother Horace named William as being of Pike's Peak, Nebraska Territory. William was still a minor at that time.

Will Comstock was an Indian Scout, worked under Gen. Custer, and was killed by Indians while on a Scouting mission. He was known as "Medicine Bill" The Comstock book has an article about him in the Appendix. The date given for his death was 27 Aug, but the article by Gray has a copy of a letter from Ft. Wallace, Kansas, dated 19 Aug 1868, stating that William Comstock was shot 16 Aug 1868. The records from Ft. Wallace contain references to Judge Wakeley [his brother-in-law] in connection with the settlement of Will's affairs after his death.

In a story about Buffalo Bill, which appeared in the Morning Republican, newspaper of Little Rock, Arkansas, 12 May 1873, there seems to be a reference to William Comstock.
At some point he Buffalo Bill's career he acquired that nickname because of his expertise in killing buffalo for the railroad. He supposedly challenged any man to kill as many cattle and his challenge was accepted by "a man named Comstock". The match took place on the Kansas plains, witnessed by a thousand persons. The prize was $500, and the hunt was to last an entire day. When the slain buffalo were counted, bill had killed 69, while Comstock had killed only 54.

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Frances Oathwaite COMSTOCK45,254 was born on 7 January 1844.254


The 1861 Petition of Daniel D. Comstock to administer the estate of his brother Horace named Fannie Humphrey of Kalamazoo. She was still a minor at the time. She had been adopted by Bissel Humphrey and was in his household in 1850. The Comstock book erroneously states that Fannie was married to a Humphrey, but the guardianship proceedings are recorded in Kalamazoo County.

Fannie married William M. Giddings on 18 Feb 1863. Living in Topeka, KA in 1880.

Horace Hawkins COMSTOCK and Betsey A. BELCHER were married on 16 July 1849.254 Betsey A. BELCHER was born in 1832.254

Horace Hawkins COMSTOCK and Louisa Elizabeth GRAVES were married.45 Louisa Elizabeth GRAVES was born on 12 July 1789 in Charleston, South Carolina.45 She died on 28 May 1860 at the age of 70 in Ossining, Westchester County, New York.45

Horace Hawkins COMSTOCK and Catherine [COMSTOCK] were married about 1860.254 Catherine [COMSTOCK]254 was born (date unknown).

The marriage to Catherine was brief indeed. Third wife Louisa died in Jun of 1860 and by March 15th of 1861, Horace himself had died.