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236. Abel COMSTOCK178 was born in 1721 in Stratfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.109 He served in the military in 1776 at Capt. David Olmstead, CT State Troops in Revolutionary War. He died in 1814 at the age of 93 in Cooperstown, Otsego County, New York.109

In August of 1776, Abel was a private in Capt. Carter's Company. DAR lists his service as the CT State Troops under Capt. David Olmstead.
He resided in Warren and Litchfield, CT. He was a Congregational minister. About 1805 the family removed to Hinman Hollow, Hartwick, Otsego Co NY, where he and several members of the family are buried on the old homestead grounds.

Abel COMSTOCK and Judith PAINE were married on 17 September 1747 in Kent, Connecticut.178 Judith PAINE, daughter of Stephen PAINE and Sarah LEACH, was born on 31 December 1727.178 She died on 19 December 1803 at the age of 75 in Litchfield, Litchfield County, Connecticut.178

Abel COMSTOCK and Judith PAINE had the following children:

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John COMSTOCK178 was born on 1 September 1748.178 He died in 1818 at the age of 70.178 Married Elizabeth Watkins. No children.

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Anna COMSTOCK178 was born on 9 May 1750.178 She died in 1825 at the age of 75 in Salisbury, Litchfield County, Connecticut.178 Married Benoni Carter (1734-1812)

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Judith COMSTOCK was born on 17 December 1752.178 Married John Taylor who fell at Burgoyne's capture.

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Rhoda COMSTOCK was born on 29 October 1753.178 She died on 25 February 1754 at the age of 0 in Warren, Litchfield County, Connecticut.178

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Martin Luther COMSTOCK178 was born on 1 August 1757.178 He died in 1843 at the age of 86 in Harmony, New York.178 Married Hannah Taylor 8 Jun 1780.

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Abel COMSTOCK178,179 was born on 19 April 1760 in Warren, Litchfield County, Connecticut.178 He died on 19 September 1795 at the age of 35 in Granville, New York.178

Married Rebecca Phipany 5 Jan 1786.

In Box 32, Folder 2231, the miscellaneous Research Notes, of John A. Comstock's manuscript collection, are writings from a granddaughter of Abel Comstock. She said he had died when her father was very young, only 4 years old. She gave her grandmother's name as Rebecca Flippeny. Rebecca had four sisters, Eunice Martin, Abigale Strong, Huldah Gilbert and Phebe Chapman. Eunice's husband was Enoch Martin. The writer's grandmother Rebecca had been ten when Independence was declared. She was born 22 May 1766. The family had moved to Granville, Washington Co, NY [the Comstock book says in 1786]. They had four children: Clara [Clarissa], David, Filetus [renamed Abel after his father died] and Phebe. Her grandfather had died in 1796. The two oldest children were bound out - David to his uncle Adam Strong to learn the shoemaker's trade. Rebecca then married Mr. McClintock [John] who had family and his family remained with them. Rebecca kept only her youngest Comstock child - Phebe. Clara married John McClintock, son of her stepfather; they had three children that lived to be married. Her son Martin had four children; he started west in 1850, but died of cholera on the way. Her daughter Eliza married a Mr. Adams. David married Sallie McClintock, no children [I wonder if Sallie was also a child of the stepfather?]
Abel Comstock [son of Abel & Rebecca] as born in Granville, NY 1 Mar 1792. He married Isabell Cummings on 18 Sep 1815. [parent of writer of this letter]
Phebe married Lyman Taylor, she died leaving two little girls, the babe only surviving a month or so after her mother.
Grandfather died 1824, White Hall, NY [must have been the step-grandfather] and grandmother lived with Uncle John and Aunt Clara. They moved to Portage Co, Ohio.
Signed: Isabella B. Bennett. Kent, Oregon July 1889

In the Comstock book, p.179, is Family 720, the family of Abel Comstock who married Isabella Cummings. The note under their daughter Isabella reads, "She compiled a record from which much valuable data was secured for this branch of the family." Isabella was born 1 Jul 1831; she died in White Salmon, Washington 1 Jan 1916; her husband was Craig Bennett.

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Heman Noah COMSTOCK178 was born on 26 July 1762 in Westfield, Chatauqua County, New York.178 He died in 1819 at the age of 57 in Bath, Steuben County, New York.178 Married Abigail Swift.

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Daniel COMSTOCK.

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Solomon (Salmon) COMSTOCK.