|Levi COMSTOCK was born circa 1730 in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut. |
Comstock Message Board, GenForum, 15 Jun 2011
Levi Comstock was born about 1730 in Lyme, CT, to John Comstock and Mary Colt. John and Mary were married about 1712 in Lyme; she was the daughter of John Colt and Sarah Lord. The will of Lt. John Comstock, gentleman of Lyme, CT, dated 8 Jan 1747-48, and whose executors were wife Mary and son, John, made bequests to:
dau: Esther bc 1724, d 5 May 1807 at age 82 at Millington, CT, wife of John Willey (1732-1805) John Willey is listed in the DAR Patriot Index. He was the son of Allen Willey and Mehitabel Richardson.
six youngest sons:
1)Joseph b 1725 d E. Haddam, CT 22 Feb 1791; he married 1)Damaris Waterhouse/Watrous and 2)Phebe Steward/Stewart.
NOTE: Phebe Steward's parents were Lemuel Griffin and Phebe Comstock; Phebe Jr's first husband was a man named Steward?; she then married Joseph Comstock in 1777; after his death she married on 28 Mar 1791 to Jesse Beckwith.
2)Christopher b 1726 d 30 October 1808 of Chatham, CT
NOTE: Christopher Comstock of Chatham deeded on 5 Sept 1772, 11 1/2 acres in Hadlyme to Lt. Abner Comstock; Christopher married Ann Willey b Hadlyme 4 June 1734; d March 1818. Of the three children listed to this couple, Christopher Jr. died in the West Indies on 26 Jan. 1773 and although the record does not say exactly where, Pitcarn is a likely possibility as this name was given to one of Levi's children.
3)Jabez d 10 October 1807
NOTE: On 29 Oct. 1765 Jabez Comstock of E. Hadam deeded to Abner of Lyme, 7 acres in the north part of Lyme.
4)Abner (Lt.) b Dec. 1727 d 22 Mar 1811 at Lyme, CT
NOTE: On 21 June 1812, Abner Comstock of Lyme and Anselm Comstock agree on the division of the estate of Capt. Abner Comstock of Lyme. Abner was a LT in the 5th Company of Lyme in May 1768 and Captain in October 1774. His wife as Eunice Goodspeed. Abner is listed in the DAR Patriot Index. Eunice Goodspeed was the daughter of Samuel and Rebecca Goodspeed.
5)LEVI bc 1730 d 31 Jan 1787 at Wallingford, CT
6)Asa b 1732 d 11 Jan 1832; he married in 1756 to Submit Marsh who was born about 1738 and died 24 Sept 1791. Her parents were John Marsh and Submit Wood.
Although not listed in the will, but acting as co-executor, John Comstock was born 5 July 1714 and died in 1757; his wife, Martha.
Levi Comstock is the least recorded of the above children. However, he seemed to have a close association with David Cook of Wallingford, CT. David Cook owned several ships and there is little doubt about his wealth. Cook was largely engaged in commerce, sailing from the port of New Haven one ship and three brigs. In religion he was a zealous friend of the Church of England. In about 1755 or a little later, Levi testified in a court case that named David Cook as the defendant, regarding a sailor who had been wrongly sold as a slave, although he was a free man from the Indies. In Masonic records, there is a notice posting by Levi Comstock announcing a Masonic meeting at David Cook's house that dates to the 1770's. (Source: History of Wallingford) The possibility of Levi being a sailor on one of David Cook's ships is strong, inasmuch as one of his sons was named Pitcarn, probably after the island also named.
The Wallingford, New Haven Co., CT vital records provide the following information on Levi:
Levi Comstock married Katura McKean on 31 October 1765.
1)Eunice b 12 June – year not given
2)Homer born 8 October 1773 and died 7 October 1778
3)Homer born 3 July 1780
4)John born 2 March 1784 and died probably 1787
5)Lorane born 8 Aug 1768 and died 6 October 1774
6)Mary born 10 Feb. 1765 married Jabez Parker of Cheshire on 25 March 1786
NOTE: Jabez Parker was the son of Ebenezer Parker ( b 1737) and his wife, Anne Doolittle who was born 20 Dec 1730 in Wallingford, CT. Anne ws the daughter of Thomas Doolittle and Sarah Abernathy. Known siblings of Jabez Parker were Ebenezer, Jemima, Thomas and Ebenezer 2.
7)Pitcarn born 13 Jan 1776 and died 6 October 1778.
There was no mention of Katura McKean Comstock after Levi's death, but the following information is of interest:
Patrick McKean was born in 1705 in Northern Ireland and died 8 May 1775 in Guilford, CT. His spouse's name was Mary, who died 5 January 1766.
Children of Patrick McKean and Mary:
1)James McKean born 12 August 1742 Guilford, CT.
2)KETURAH McKean born 6 February 1743/44 at Guilford, CT, married Levi Comstock of Wallingford, CT
3)Laughton McKean born 9 October 1746 at Guilford, CT and died 16 May 1749 at Guilford
4)Patrick McKean born May 1749 and died 2 March 1825; married Rachel Bradley of Guilford, CT
5)Honor McKean born 4 March 1750 at Guilford, CT
6)Barnabas McKean born 27 July 1754 at Guilford; He removed to Durham, Green Co., NY and married Mabel Hill or Hall, who was born 18 March 1755 in Guilford, CT and died 26 Sept 1829 in Durham, Green Co., NY. (Source: Records of 1st Presbyterian Church of Durham) The 1810 census of Durham, Green Co., NY listed two Barnabas McKeans, one with a family of five and the other with a family of 6. Children of Barnabas McKean who were baptized on 3 May 1810 in the above church were Pierce Urbane, and Betsey.
From various records the following information is also relevant to the McKean family:
Barnabas McKean was born 27 July 1754 in Guilford, CT and died after 1810 in Durham, Green Co., NY; he was the grandson of Patrick McKean born 1705 in Northern Ireland who died in Guilford CT on 8 May 1775.
Barnabas McKean Jr. was born about 1785 in Guilford CT and buried in Catskill, NY. He married Susan Townsend who was born 10 October 1788 at Fishkill, Dutchess Co., NY and died 29 November 1864 in Philadelphia, PA, but is also buried in Catskill, NY. Susan Townsend was the daughter of John Townsend and Sarah Tappen (daughter of Teunis Tappen) who married at Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Co NY on 4 April 1775.