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204. Azariah COMSTOCK70,79,153,154,155 was born about 1714 in Rhode Island.8,70 He served in the military in 1776 at Signed the Association Test, Richmond, NH in Revolutionary War.70 He died in 1791 at the age of 77 in Richmond, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.70,153 Azariah was a Blacksmith.153

Azariah and Zerviah were married by Thomas Sayles, Justice

Smithfield RI, DB 1, p.388 21 Dec 1735 Daniel Comstock to his well beloved son Azariah, four acres part of his homestead in Smithfield. Recorded 4 Apr 1738.
p.389-390 8 Aug 1735 Daniel to Azariah 50 acres, part of homestead farm. Bounds land of Ezekiel Goldthwayt and the highway. Also recorded 4 Apr 1738.
p.390-391 8 Apr 1738 Daniel Comstock to well beloved son Daniel, 30 acres off the north end of land laid out to Daniel Comstock by Thomas Fenner, Surveyor. Recorded ______ 1738 [probably same day as the previous deeds to Azariah]
p.406-407 13 Nov 1738 Daniel Comstock to Daniel Comstock Junr, 20 acres on the north side of other land of the Grantor; mentions other lands of the Grantee laid out by Thomas Fenner. Recorded 2 Dec 1738.
p.472-473 27 Jan 1738/39 Daniel Comstock to Azariah Comstock, 30 acres. Near dwelling house of Azariah Comstock, adjacent land recently laid out to Daniel Comstock, Junr, other lands of Azariah Comstock.

A case before the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Seth Arnold on the 5th of January in 1741 at Clocester did pass in payment to Anthony Arnold of New Milford [his brother] fifteen false and counterfeit bills of the denomination of twenty shillings, knowing them to be false and counterfeit. On Friday, the 28th of May next, between the hours of three and five in the afternoon to stand in the Pillory in Newport ...and be confined and have your ears cropped or pay a fine to the General Treasury of 300£. Before the 28th of May give bond in the sum of 500£ and make good double damages to the persons injured thereby and pay all charges of prosecution and all lawful fees and to remain secured in His Majesty's Gaol in Newport until the sentence is performed.
A similar charge and sentence was placed on Azariah Comstock of Smithfield, who collaborated in forging, counterfeiting, imprinting and signing the counterfeit bills.
On the 2nd Monday of February 1743, Seth Arnold and Daniel Comstock, Jr., paid their fines and petitioned the General Assembly for return of their freemen's privileges. Their petition was supported by signatures of 51 of their Smithfield neighbors who stated that had been honest men until they fell into the affair of counterfeiting bill.


1749 Azariah Comstock of Smithfield, on a list of freemen.

Smithfield, RI, DB 2, p.468-469 14 Mar 1746 Azaraiah Comstock sold to Experance Staples, 11 acres, part of the homestead farm of Thomas Staples, deceased. Signed by Azariah Comstock. Witnessed by David Comstock and Deborah Comstock. [Azariah's 1st cousin & wife]

Smithfield, RI, DB 2, p.511-413 20 May 1745 Experance Staples sold two parcels to Azariah Comstock. She was Executrix of her husband's will dated 1 Jul 1740. One tract was 21 acres bounded by the Massachusetts Colony line and the north Branch River, the other of 10 acres, south part of the homestead from of her husband Thomas Staples, dec'd. A burying place was reserved to the Thomas Staples family to bury their Dead forever.

John A. Comstock show another deed dated 29 Mar 1747 when Azariah of Smithfield sold land to Adam Harkness of Mendon. Other deeds show that Azariah and Harkness were neighbors.

Azariah was admitted to vote in Smithfield RI on May 2, 1749. Children were born in Smithfield.

Smithfield, RI, DB 3, p.419-411 3 Jun 1754 Ruth Staples and William Staples of Smithfield, and Sarah Staples of Gloucester, received 30£'s from Azariah Comstock for their Quit Claim for land their mother Exerance sold to Azariah. Rec. 3 Jun 1754.

Smithfield RI, DB 5, p.247-249 22 Jul 1761 Azariah Comstock of Smithfield, blacksmith to Israel Phillips. 25 acres in Smithfield, on the Colony Line, adjacent a tract called Browns land, the land of Adam Harkness, the north branch of the Pawtucket River and up the stream to the Colony line, land of said Harkness. Zeruiah Comstock, wife, relinquished dower right. Recorded 12 Apr 1762.

In 1762, Gideon Comstock, one of the Committee on War of Rhode Island, made payment to Moses, Abner & Aaron Comstock. This Gideon was likely the son of Hazadiah Comstock, a first cousin of their father.

Azariah was probably getting ready to move at the time of the above deed. Voter at the first town meeting of Richmond, 27 Mar 1765. His sons Moses, Aaron, Abner & Azariah Jr. were also voters at this meeting.

Smithfield RI, DB 6, Pt. 2, p.31 26 Dec 1768 Azariah Comstock of Richmond in the province of New Hampshire, Blacksmith, sold to Israel Comstock, Daniel Comstock, and Jacob Comstock [his nephews, sons of brother Daniel], a tract of 100 acres, one half of all the land "my Honrd Father Daniel Comstock late of Smithfield died Seized of in quantity and quality". Zerviah Comstock also signed the deed. Rec. 10 Jan 1769.
p.41 11 Jan 1769 Azariah Comstock, of New Hampshire, to Israel, Daniel & Jacob Comstock. 45 acres in Smithfield, one-fourth part of land that his father Daniel Comstock, late of Smithfield, deceased, had purchased. Rec. 8 Feb 1769.
p.197 8 Jan 1769 Azariah Comstock, sold 200 acres in Smithfield to Daniel Comstock. It was on the southern side of the highway near John Read, bounding partly on land of John Read and land of Oliver Man, Joseph Comstocks land, Hazadiah Comstocks land, Jonathan Comstock's land, Adam Harkness' land. All the land that Daniel Comstock, late of Smithfield, deceased, died Seized of, all the homestead farm whereon he last dwelt. Zerviah Comstock, wife, surrendered all her Right of Dower. Rec. Jan 1769.


DAR Lineage #112862: Azariah signed the Association Test on 30 Aug 1776 from Richmond, NH where he lived. NH State Papers Vol XXX pp122-123; "History of Richmond, NH" p.378, by Bassett.
The manscript papers of John A. Comstock in preparation for The Comstock Family in America have attributed this statement of loyalty to Azariah Jr. - the DAR recorrds attribute it to the older man.

In John A. Comstock's manuscript file on the back of his worksheet on the family of Azariah are pasted three notes on the family. These are in the handwriting of Samuel Willett Comstock who contributed a great deal of information to his relative John for the Comstock book.
The first note concerned Aaron & Azariah Jr. "I have dates of their deaths & I have names of two wives, but don't know to which that they belong to - Aaron certainly had a wife Mary, shown by Grantor Deed"
and "Abner m. 1793 in Masstts. & settled in Williamtown, VT & Wm settled in Otsego Co NY so both sons Abner & Wm would be 20 yrs old or over. It looks as if Eunice was wid. of Azariah Jun. & the son under 16 yrs of age was about 13 yrs old. Mrs. Uriah Cook died aged 75 [after 1830] as Mary dau of Azariah Senior [m.] Mch 22 1770 Rufus Whipple. She born Sept 22, 1751.
Aaron - his wife was Mary [she may be wife of Uriah Cook No, see below.]
Aaron died in Quebec 1775 or 1776, I forget which, he was one of Ethan Allens Green Mountain Boys/
Apr 15 1786 Amy Comstock & Mary Comstock witness to a Richmond NH Deed. Maybe then two were wives of Aaron & Azariah Jr [Abner not then married). U. Cook was married Mch 6th 1786, so not this Mary."
and the third note "Moses Comstock (son of Azariah) was a resident of Richmond, N.H. 31 Jan 1786 but not there 1790 he had gone to Penn.
His brother Aaron had a wife named Mary in 1768."

Azariah COMSTOCK and Zerviah SPRAGUE were married on 20 April 1735 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.156,157 Zerviah SPRAGUE, daughter of Richard SPRAGUE and Mary WHIPPLE, was born in 1716 in Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.156,158
Azariah and Zerviah are said to have had 13 children

Azariah COMSTOCK and Zerviah SPRAGUE had the following children:

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Jemima COMSTOCK.

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Moses COMSTOCK was born on 9 November 1737 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.159

Comstock Family in America states that Moses married Bethia DuBois.

In 1762, Gideon Comstock, one of the Committee on War of Rhode Island, made payment to Moses, Abner & Aaron Comstock. This Gideon was likely the son of Hazadiah Comstock, a first cousin of their father.
In 1765, Moses was on a voters list in Richmond, New Hampshire.

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Lydia COMSTOCK was born on 18 June 1741 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.159

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Aaron COMSTOCK45 was born on 13 January 1745 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.159 He died about 1776 at the age of 31.

In 1762, Gideon Comstock, one of the Committee on War of Rhode Island, made payment to Moses, Abner & Aaron Comstock. This Gideon was likely the son of Hazadiah Comstock, a first cousin of their father.

Aaron was a voter in Richmond, New Hampshire, 1765. His wife was Mary.

Aaron died in Quebec in 1775 or 1776. He was one of the Green Mountain Boys of Ethan Allen.

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Abner COMSTOCK.

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Amie COMSTOCK45 was born on 19 June 1749 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.159

Amie married Capt. Daniel Whipple and had 11 children.

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Mary COMSTOCK.

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Azariah COMSTOCK was born on 21 September 1753 in Smithfield, Providence County, Rhode Island.159 He died in 1777 at the age of 24.

In 1765, Azariah Jr was on a voters list in Richmond, New Hampshire.

Azariah died in the battle at Benis Heights in New York, 1777.