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350. John COMSTOCK was born between 1755 and 1762.

Married Ruth Rich. She might have been nee Sayles. He is said to have died when his daughter Emily was very young.

3 Nov 1788 John Comstock & Ruth his wife, Wanton Comstock and Elizabeth his wife deed to Caleb Aldrich 68 and 1/8 acres of land adj Woonsocket Cedar Swamp. [This is land in Rhode Island - this be about the time John and Wanton moved to CT.]

1790 Census. Woodstock, Windham Co, CT
John Comstock, 3 white males over 16 [Is his brother Wanton living with him?]

8 Apr 1791. John and Wanton Comstock, both of Woodstock, Windham, CT, and Zibiah Comstock, spinster, of Smithfield, deeded 4 acres in Smithfield and 4/7 of the house "our father John died seized of".
[property settlement after their father's death?]

1800 Census. Woodstock, Windham Co CT
John Comstock. 1m under 10, 1m 16-26, 1m 26-45. 3f under 10, 2m 10-26, 1f 26-45.
Wn/m. Comstock. 1m under 10, 1m 16-26, 1m 26-45. 1f 10-26, 1f 26-45 [indexed as Wm, but I believe it was originally meant to be an abbreviation for Wanton]

Thompson, Windham Co CT
Vol 1, p.504 2 Jan 1792 John and Wanton Comstock bought 66 2/3 acres from Daniel Paren of Thompson, Windham Co. John & Wanton both of Woodstock.

Vol. 5, p.133
22 Dec 1807 Wanton Comstock sold 21 acres in Thompson to his brother John Comstock of Woodstock for $200. Phebe Comstock was a witness but her identify is unknown.

Vol. 5, p.250
22 Dec 1807 John Comstock sold 27 acres to his brother Wanton.

Vol. 5, p.238
2 Oct 1810 Wanton & John Comstock bought 7 acres in Thompson from Eleazar and Ruth Stockwell.

Vol. 5, p.384
24 Nov 1800 John & Wanton Comstock sold 20 acres in Thompson to John Steer of Smithfield for $90. Phebe Comstock was a witness; her appearance before the judge was on 21 Mar 1804. [This deed appears to be considerably out of sequence. Perhaps it had not been recorded and that took place at the same time as the following deeds when Wanton Comstock & John Steer appeared to dissolve their partnership.]

No John Comstock was listed in the 1810 census in Windham Co CT.

The widow Ruth married John Haskell of Dudley, MA after the death of John Comstock.

There is a deed in Thompson, CT, Vol. 9, p.403, recorded 4 Apr 1825, that appears from the Index to be a deed of heirs of John Comstock:
Lucy Comstock, Nancy Comstock & others, to Artemas Chafee, 7 1/2 acres and 26 rods.

John COMSTOCK and Ruth RICH were married. Ruth RICH was born (date unknown).

There is some confusion over Ruth's surname. Her son George, in a bio many years later, gave her name as Ruth Sayles. Some databases have Ruth Rich, some have Ruth Rich Sayles. Middle names were uncommon in this time frame. Was she a young widow when she married Comstock? John's brother Wanton was married to Elizabeth Sayles. Were the ladies related?

After the death of John Comstock, Ruth remarried.
1818, Jul 29 Mr. John Haskill of Dudley, commonwealth of Massachusetts married “Miss Comstock” of Woodstock. Sam’ll Backus, minister. I believe this to be John’s Widow, Ruth Rich/Sayles, as the Comstock book states that his widow Ruth married John Haskell of Dudley, MA after this death. “Miss” and “Mrs” often difficult to distinguish in old documents. Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850, database on AmericanAncestors has in Dudley:
HASKELL, John and wid. Ruth Cumstock of Woodstcck, int. Jul 5, 1818. [int=intention to marry]


John COMSTOCK and Ruth RICH had the following children:

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i.

Nancy COMSTOCK was born circa 1797 in Windham County, Connecticut. She died between 1850 and 1860 at the age of 53.

There is a deed in Thompson, CT, Vol. 9, p.403, recorded 4 Apr 1825, that appears from the Index to be a deed of heirs of John Comstock:
Lucy Comstock, Nancy Comstock & others, to Artemas Chafee, 7 1/2 acres and 26 rods.


1850 Census. Woodstock, Windham, CT Hh 278
Leonard Chaffee, age 46, farmer, b. CT
Emily, age 41, b. CT
Emily J. age 16. John W. age 11. Amy A. age 3
Nancy Comstock, age 52 [probably Emily's unmarried sister]

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ii.

Lucy COMSTOCK was born about 1798 in Windham County, Connecticut. She died about 1830 at the age of 32.

Woodstock Vital Records.

This May Certify that at Woodstock on 22nd day of November 1825 Mr. Harry Bottum & Miss Lucy Comstock both of sd Woodstock were Lawfully Joined in Marriage By me Samuel Backus Minister gospel.
The above is a true record of the original Certificate. attest John Fox, T. Clerk

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iii.

George COMSTOCK.

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iv.

Emily COMSTOCK was born on 28 April 1809 in Windham County, Connecticut. She died on 15 September 1861 at the age of 52 in Woodstock, Windham County, Connecticut.

Woodstock Vital Records.
This may Certify that Leonard Chaffee & Emily Comstock both of sd Woodstock were lawfully joined in the marriage Covenant at sd Woodstock on the first day of April 1832 By me Foster Thayer Minister of the Gosple.
The above is a true Copy of the original Certificate. Test. John Fox, Town Clerk.

1850 Census. Woodstock, Windham, CT Hh 278
Leonard Chaffee, age 46, farmer, b. CT
Emily, age 41, b. CT
Emily J. age 16. John W. age 11. Amy A. age 3
Nancy Comstock, age 52 [probably Emily's unmarried sister]

1860 Census. Woodstock, Windham, CT Hh 429
Leonard Chaffee, age 57, farmer
Emily, age 50
John, age 21, Joiner
Amy A., age 12
George W. Bartlett, age 24, Joiner
Emily J. Bartlett, age 25

Emily apparently died before 1870 and Leonard remarried.
1870 Census. Woodstock, Windham, CT. Hh 600
Leonard Chaffee, age 66, farmer
Eliza, age 48, keeping house
Elizabeth Johnson, age 23, b. MA [perhaps a daughter of Eliza?]
Edward W., age 1, b. CT

North Woodstock Cemetery:
Chaffee, Emily, wife of Leonard, died Sept. 15, 1861, age 52 yrs
Chaffee, Leonard, died Feb. 8, 1885, age 81 yrs