314. Serajah COMSTOCK was born on 17 October 1758 in New Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. He died on 23 February 1826 at the age of 67 in Williamstown, Oswego County, New York.
Serajah (or Seraiah) was named for an uncle, his mother's brother. He was a Revolutionary soldier, enlisting just after he turned 16.
1780: Serajah bought 30 acres of land in Norfolk, CT
After his first wife died, he married Climena Austin, 23 Feb 1790. She married a cousin, Reuben Austin, in January of 1827, after the death of Serajah; Reuben died in 1827. Climena was allowed pension on Serajah's War service, her application dated 7 Oct 1842, when she was age 70 and living with her child Sylvester Comstock, at Victory, Cayuga Co NY. Sylvester was then age 33. Another son, George F. Comstock, living in Syracuse, was her attorney. The file is W.16170.
In 1818, Serajah gave his age as 58, a resident of Williamstown. He enlisted at Norfolk, Connecticut. From May 1775, he served 8 months in Capt John Watson's Co. From 1 Feb 1776, he served one year in Capt Titus Watson's, Co, Col. Charles Burrell's Regt. From 1 Dec 1780 in Capt Saml Williams' Co, Col. Samuel B. Webb's Regt, was transferred to Col. Swift's Regt and discharged Oct 1783 at West Point, NY.
The family moved from Norfolk, CT to Camden, Oneida Co, NY about 1805 and then to Williamstown, Oswego Co.
1820 Census, Williamstown, Oswego, NY
Serajah Comstock: 2m under 10, 1m 10-16, 1m 16-18, 1m 16-26 (prob same son), 1m over 45. 1 female over 45.
Serajah is buried Fairview Cemetery, Williamstown. DAR placed a memorial stone in 2003.
From the 'Western Recorder', Utica, NY in 1826: "Died-In WIlliamstown, February 23, in the 66th year of his age, Mr. Serajah Comstock, a soldier of the Revolution, and one who also, in the judgement of charity, enlisted a few years under the banner of the Great Redeamer. He continued to walk worthy of the profession he had made, and at last died in peace."
From Fold3 Memorial Page:
At the age of seventeen, Serajah Comstock enlisted, at Norfolk CT in May 1775, in the 7th Connecticut Regiment of Foot, under General Richard Montgomery. The regiment participated in the Canadian Campaign of 1775-76, and saw action at the sieges of Chambly and St. John, and the battles of Longguevil. In January 1776, he was discharged from service at Montreal.
In February 1776, he enlisted, at Montreal, for one year service in Col. Burrall's Regiment of Connecticut Line. He was engaged at Lake Champlain at Mt. Independence VT, and was present at the sinking of Gen. Waterbury's fleet on the lake. He was discharged from service by Gen. Wayne at Ft. Ticonderoga on February 1, 1777.
Serajah returned home to Connecticut. Three and a half years later, December 1, 1780, he enlisted for three years, at Norfolk CT, in the 5th Co., 3rd Connecticut Regiment, commanded by Col. Samuel B. Webb. His company commander was Capt. Samuel Wm. Williams. This regiment was active in New York and New Jersey, and at Yorktown VA.
They participated in numerous encounters with British & loyalist troops in the New York highlands, Westchester, and Kingsbridge at the Bronx River. In August 1781, they were encamped at Basking Ridge NJ, when Gen. Washington ordered the troops to move south to Yorktown VA. The Siege of of Yorktown began in September 1781.
Pvt. Serajah Comstock was present for the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. He remained in service for two more years. He was finally discharged in October 1783 at West Point by Gen. Knox.
He was pensioned in 1818. He Emigrated from Norfolk, CT to Camden, NY in 1805, to become a "Yankee Yorker", settling on Oswego Road, halfway between Camden and Westdale, on "Ostrander Place". In 1814, he and his wife moved to Williamstown, NY.
Serajah COMSTOCK and Ann BENEDICT were married. Ann BENEDICT was born in 1764. She died in October 1788 at the age of 24 in Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut.
Serajah COMSTOCK and Ann BENEDICT had the following children:
|Martha "Pattie" COMSTOCK was born on 5 August 1783. She was christened on 24 July 1785.|
Serajah COMSTOCK and Climena AUSTIN were married on 23 February 1790 in Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut. Climena AUSTIN was born on 15 March 1772 in Torrington, Litchfield County, Connecticut. She died on 30 September 1843 at the age of 71.
Parents were Samuel & Ruth Austin.
Serajah COMSTOCK and Climena AUSTIN had the following children:
|Florella COMSTOCK was christened on 25 July 1802. She was born in Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut. |
Married name was Jones.
|Anna COMSTOCK was born on 13 January 1794 in Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut. She was christened on 25 July 1802. She died on 7 February 1859 at the age of 65 in Williamstown, Oswego County, New York. |
Anna married Hiram Smith at Williamstown, Oswego Co NY, 3 Dec 1815.
She is buried Seventh Township Cemetery, Camden, Oneida Co, NY. She died in Williamstown, Oswego, NY. Hiram also buried there - he was born 6 Oct 1793, Litchfield, Litchfield Co, CT and died 20 Jul 1860, Westdale, Oneida Co, NY. Said to be the son of Eldad and Martha (Moss) Smith.
|Sarah COMSTOCK was christened on 25 July 1802 in Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut.|
|Lucy COMSTOCK was christened on 25 July 1802 in Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut. She died on 12 February 1863. |
Married (1st) to a Moore, 2nd to Moulton Cross in Albion, NY, 20 Sep 1835.
|Climena COMSTOCK was christened on 25 July 1802 in Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut.|
|Samuel Austin COMSTOCK was born on 13 August 1804 in Norfolk, Litchfield County, Connecticut. He was christened on 4 November 1804. He died on 16 September 1874 at the age of 70 in New York. |
Married 1st to Domorus Louisa Barnes, 2nd to Bernice Flour, 3rd to Harriet Bonner.
1870 Census - possibly this Samuel, living in Albion, Oswego, NY, Hh 328
Samuel A. Comstock, age 64, Merchant, b. NY as was all in the household (if this is this Samuel Austin Comstock - he was born in Connecticut, not NY)
Charles, 21, Clerk, store
Clarosa Barnes, 49, domestic servant
Edward Smith, 14, farm laborer
|John Beardsley COMSTOCK.|
|Sylvester Osborne COMSTOCK was born on 14 May 1809 in Camden, Oneida County, New York. He died on 14 November 1889 at the age of 80 in Mt Pleasant, Racine County, Wisconsin. |
Married Anzenette C. Heath, 29 Dec 1829.
1880 Census. Mt. Pleasant, Racine, Wisconsin, Hh 236
Silvester Comstock, 70, Farmer, b. NY
Anzenette, 72, wife, b. NY
Hellen, 39, dau, b. NY
Frederick, 36, son, b. NY
Nellie Francisco, 21, Grd dau, b. WI
Will is filed Racine, WI. Probate 19 Nov 1889
Sylvester Comstock of the town of Mt. Pleasant, Racine County, state of Wisconsin. Property consists of his farm. All debts to be paid from the income from the farm. To daughter Mary R. Duffies, interest in property to the amount of $500. To daughter Helen G. Comstock, interest in property to the amount of $2000. To son F. H. Comstock, interest of $2000. To granddaughter, Nellie A. Francisco, interest of $1000. Any residue to be divided between Helen and F. H. Comstock.
8 Jan 1885. Signed: Sylvester Comstock
Wit: Helen G. Comstock, F. H. Comstock
Hereby appoint F. H. Comstock, executor. Signed: Sylvester Comstock
Petition for Probate, filed by Frederick H. Comstock. Sylvester Comstock, died 14 Nov 1889.
Legatees, all over age 21, named in will:
Mary A. Duffies, Residence, Louisville, KY
Helen G. Comstock, F. H. Comstock, Nellie A. Francisco - all of Racine, WI
The will was declared void since the only witnesses were Helen & Frederick, the principal recipients of the estate. Mary Duffies quit claimed all her interest in the estate to Helen & Frederick. Helen took on a Mortgage, Frederick received the land - jointly quit claiming other interest. The court order that Nellie be paid $1000.00.
|George Franklin COMSTOCK was born on 24 August 1811 in Williamstown, Oswego County, New York. He died on 27 September 1892 at the age of 81 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. |
Married Cornelia Noxon in 1839.
1855 New York State Census. Syracuse City, Ward 3, Onondaga, NY, Hh 126
George F. Comstock, 43, b. Oswego Co, Lived here 17 years, Lawyer, owns land
Cornelia, 35, b. Onondaga Co, lived here 26 years
Frances, 11. Geroge F., 5 - both b. Onondaga Co
Samuel Lewis Born 17, nephew, b. Michigan, lived here 2 years
John Wademan, 37, servant, b. England, lived here 4 years, Alien
Ellen Keller, 24, servant, b. Ireland, lived here 5 years, Alien
Elizabeth McKery, 13, servant, b. Onondaga
George Franklin Comstock was appointed by Pres. Fillmore as Solicitor of the U.S. Treasury in 1852 and was one of the judges of the Court of Appearls, 1855-1862. He initiated the movement in 1869 to establish Syracuse University and donated $50,000 to its endowment.