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982. William Decatur COMSTOCK8,355,358,359,360,361,362 was born about 1832 in Carroll County, Tennessee.8,343,363 He served in the military in 1862–1864 at Company I, 3rd Missouri Cavalry Regt., Marmaduke's Brigade in Civil War.8 He died in January 1864 at the age of 32 in McDonald County, Missouri.8,301

Family is is found in the 1860 McDonald Co Census in Mountain Township.
The Comstock book says that William Decatur Comstock died at Pea Ridge, but family members say it was at Sugar Creek, Missouri. According to his descendants, he was home to check on his pregnant wife and children and was killed by a bushwacker on the way to have corn ground for the family - this makes much better sense.

Found in Hewett's "Roster of Confederate Soldiers" William Comstock, Private, Company I, 3rd Missouri Cavalry Regiment, a unit of Marmaduke's Brigade. Warren "A." and James "E." were also in this same Company.
National Archives records reveal William Comstock was enlisted in the Confederate Army by Capt. Clanton 27 Aug 1862 in McDonald Co MO for 3 years or the War. His Muster-In Roll as Wm. D. Comstock reveals him to be in Capt. W. C. Clanton's Co, Greene's Regt. of the Missouri Volunteers; age 31; he was assigned a horse valued at $90 and horse equipment at $2. There is a footnote that Clanton's Co. became Company I, 3rd Regt Missouri Cavalry. No other record of his military service.
Goodspeed shows William Comstock in a list of persons killed by Union forces in McDonald County throughout the war.

Deed dated 8 Apr 1861; filed for record May 14, 1870. William D. Comstock and Hannah his wife sold 20 acres of Section 13, twp 21, range 30 for $20 to C. C. Squires. On 1861 Tax List Transcript is: Comstock, Hannah: T21 R30 - the same parcel of land.

Copies from Estate File of William Comstock.
Hannah Comstock was appointed Administrator of the estate of Wm Comstock on 28 Feb 1866. Heirs were listed as Ephriam Hubbard & Sarah Caroline Comstock, Belldora Comstock, Josephine Comstock, all of McDonald Co MO. Bond was set at $800 and securities were Samuel Rose and Ellis Clanton.
Appraisors were Eliis Clanton, thos. Johnston, and W. R. Speak. Estate consisted of:
Five head of sheep at $2 per head
One Sow worth $1
One hundred five acres at $4 per acre. NE 1/4 of SW 1/4 and the N part of the W 1/2 of SE 1/4, Sect 13, Twp 21 Range 30.
$10 on hand
Signed by Clanton & Johnston on 1 Mar 1866. Sworn to before Henry Fox, JP, on 15 Mar 1866.
The Administratrix Notice was in the "Missouri Weekly Patriot" for three weeks and said "Letters of administration on the estate of Wm. D. Comstock, dec'd, were granted to the undersigned by the County Court of McDonald County, MO dated February 28th, 1866. All persons having claims against said estate are required to exhibit them to me for allowance, within one year from the date of said letters or they may be precluded from any benefit of said estate, and if said claims be not exhibited within three years from the date of said letters they will be forever barred. Signed: Hannah Comstock, Admx."
An ad was also run in the "Newton County Tribune" in the summer of 1869, that gave notice of final settlement of the estate at the next term of Probate court to be held at Pineville on 12 Jul 1869.
Final Settlement was filed 12 Jul 1869 and gave the following:
Balance due from previous settlement: $40
Pd for publishing notice $2
Tax paid $1.85 and $3.85
Amount retained by widow was $36.20.
Recorded 18 May 1870 in Book A, p. 4.

Probate Court McDonald Co MO
Court Orders:
p.99 Thus Feb 7, 1867: Estate of W. K. Comstock, Dec'd, Order to lease Real Estate
It was ordered that Hannah Comstock Administratrix of the Estate of W. K. Comstock Dec'd be and she is hereby authorized to lease the land belonging to said Estate for one year from the 1st day of March 1867 - on such terms as will be advantageous to said Estate and that she make return of her proceedings under this order at the next term of this Court.
Probate Court Record:
p.154 April 16, 1867: Estate of William Comstock dec'd. Now at this day comes Hannah Comstock Admx. of said estate and asks the court for a continuance until the next Regular term of this Court to make final settlements of her accounts and such -- of which is granted by the Court.
p.24 Wed. May 8, 1867: Estate of W. K. Comstock, Dec'd. Now at this day comes Hannah Comstock Administratrix, presents to the court her first annual settlement upon the Estate Showing a balance due her as widow of Forty and 50/100 Dollars, dower in Personal Estate yet due and unpaid which settlement was by the Court approved Signed and ordered on file amt of record.
Also at this day comes Hannah Comstock Admx. as aforesaid and files with the Court her appointment duly executed empowering Sam'l Rose to act in her stead as the representative of Said Estate, during her proposed temporary absence from the state, which was by the Court approved and the appointment ordered on file with the papers of said Deceased.
p.174, July 12, 1869 Final Settlement. Estate of Wm. K. Comstock, Dec'd. Now at the day comes Hannah Comstock administratrix and submits her report for final settlement. The same was by the Court examined and approved signed and ordered to be entered. [This is the same day Hannah remarried.]

William Decatur COMSTOCK and Hannah MAHURIN were married on 20 August 1854 in McDonald County, Missouri.8,362 Hannah MAHURIN364,365,366, daughter of William H. MAHURIN and Sarah WILSON, was born on 3 May 1836 in Vermillion County, Indiana.362,363 She died on 14 January 1913 at the age of 76 in Childress County, Texas.362

Goodspeed's 1861 Taxpayers: Hannah Comstock, Township 21, Range 30

Comstock book says Hannah remarried and went to Texas. Found in "Marriage Records of McDonald Co MO, Book A 1865-1878 & 1861 Tax List" compiled by Mrs. Howard W. Woodruff: Robt T. Frazier m. Hanner Comstock 12 Jul 1869.

1870 Census, McDonald Co MO. Robert Frazier, age 21, Farmer, b. Arkansas. Hannah age 35, b. Illinois. Ephraim age 15, Sarah C. age 12, Eldora age 10, all b. MO. Josephine age 6, b. AR. Elias age 10, b. MO, Mary, 2 months, b. MO.
[There are some very puzzling things about this census. If Robert was really only 21, then he would not be likely to have a son Elias by an earlier marriage. Elias is not a child of Hannah's. Robert Frazier's Comstock stepchildren are not listed as Comstock. Josephine, b. in Arkansas, doesn't seem to fit the family stories that her father was home on leave for her impending birth, unless after her father was shot, Hannah made a trip to Arkansas.]

1880 Census. Dallas Co., TX, Dist 59, Hh 27
Hannah Frazier, age 45, Washerwoman, b. Illinois, father b. IN, mother b. IL
Mary, age 10, dau, b. MO. Hannah 8, dau, b. TX

1910 Census in Childress Co TX. p.271, Household 62. John D. Kinovid age 26 is listed first with wife Dessie age 22 born in Texas. They have just married. Theodore J. Webb is next, also listed as head of household ; he is age 49 and has been married 15 years. His wife is Hanna, age 38, b. TX. She has had 4 children, 3 living. Ann, a daughter is 9, and seems to have been born in Alabama. Theron, son, age 5, b. TX. John W., son, age 3, b. TX. Listed as a Boarder is Hannah Frazier, age 75, widowed. She was born in Illinois; her parents born in Indiana. I suspect that Hanna, age 38, is Hannah Frazier's daughter. Dessie, wife of John D. Kinovid is possibly a daughter of Theodore Webb by an earlier wife.

William Decatur COMSTOCK and Hannah MAHURIN had the following children:

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Ephraim Hubbard COMSTOCK.

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ii.

Sarah C. COMSTOCK was born on 8 March 1858 in McDonald County, Missouri.362,363,366

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iii.

Belle Dora COMSTOCK.

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iv.

William Josephine "Josie" COMSTOCK.