|Gen. Cyrus Ballou COMSTOCK was born on 3 February 1831 in Wrentham, Massachusetts. He died on 29 May 1910 at the age of 79. |
Cyrus B. Comstock graduated from West Point, 1855; rose to the rank of colonel and brevetted brigadier-general and major general of volunteers. He was the senior engineer at the surrender of Vicksburg. He married 3 Feb 1869, Elizabeth Blair. Their only child, Elizabeth Marion Comstock, was born 5 Aug 1872 and died 4 days later. [NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES GENEALOGICAL AND MEMORIAL, Series 1, William Richard Cutter.]
New England Families Genealogical and Memorial: Volume IV, Pp 1980-1
"He married, February 3, 1869, Elizabeth Blair, born April 25, 1841, died August 6, 1872, daughter of Montgomery Blair. and granddaughter of Francis P. Blair Sr, Child; Elizabeth Marion, born August 5, 1872, died August 9, 1872."
Ship's Passenger Lists on Ancestry.com
Theodore Cook, Master of the Steamship "Etruria" sailed from Liverpool, arriving in New York, 5 Dec 1887. One of the passenger was Lieut. Col. C. B. Comstock. He was departing England, but stated neither his occupation, nor his native country. He gave his age as 54.
Sailing on "The City of New York", arriving 9 Sep 1892 in New York City. C. B. Comstock, occupation listed as "General", Age 61; from London to Massachusetts, departed from Liverpool
New York City, Arrival 11 Jul 1896, the "Campania". C. B. Comstock, occupation "Officer", age 65, citizen of the U.S.A.
Found in an Ancestry Family Tree:
Brevet Brigadier General Cyrus B. Comstock
Born Massachusetts. Graduate UMSA 1855. Comstock served in many campaigns during the Civil War, including the siege of Vicksburg and the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Fort Fisher and Mobile. He served as General Ulysses S. Grant’s secretary.
After the war, he was superintending engineer of the geodetic survey of the Northern and Northwestern Lakes and later for the progress of the Eads jetties at the mouth of the Mississippi River. He was a member of the 1874 jetty board and the 1878 engineer board to improve low-water navigation on the Mississippi immediately prior to be named a member of the Mississippi River Commission. He was a Member of the MRC from 1879-1895 and served two terms as President.
1st term: 1882–1884
2nd term: 1888–1895
Comstock was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1884.
He compiled two of the early books on the Comstock lineage, including "Some Descendants of SAMUEL COMSTOCK of Providence RI" in 1905.