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497. Edwin Perkins COMSTOCK233 was born on 10 September 1799 in Lyme, New London County, Connecticut. He died in New York on 29 August 1837 at the age of 37.

The Comstock book has Edwin's death as 1877, but there are way too many records that certify he died in 1837, not 1877.One of these is the New York Death Newspaper Extracts in the Barber Collection:
Published Wed, 30 Aug 1837
Tues. Edwin P. Comstock, 37 years, of 30 Oliver St.

Edwin Perkins COMSTOCK and Sarah BELL were married on 18 December 1828. Sarah BELL died on 14 November 1831.

Edwin Perkins COMSTOCK and Sarah BELL had the following children:



William Henry COMSTOCK was born on 1 August 1830 in Batavia, Wyoming County, New York.


Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills was one of the most successful and enduring products to be manufactured and marketed in North America as part of the lucrative patent medicine industry, which thrived during most of the 19th and 20th centuries. Its manufacturer claimed the pills contained herbal ingredients that would help "cleanse the blood," as "impurity of the blood" was believed to be the cause of all disease.

Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills have their genesis in William Henry Comstock's father, Edwin P. Comstock, who founded a drug company in New York City in 1833. The Comstock patent medicine business was involved in the sale of a number of successful drugs, including Carlton's Pile Liniment, Oldridge's Balm of Columbia, Kline's Tooth Ache Drops and Judson's Worm Tea. Between 1833 and the time of the acquisition of the rights to Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills, the company remained under the control of the Comstocks through the additional involvement of Edwin's brothers; Lucius, Albert Lee, John Carlton and George Wells.
The Indian Root Pills were first formulated and manufactured in 1854 by Andrew B. Moore, who was then operating under the name A.B. Moore in Buffalo, New York. Rights to the pills were then transferred through a number of different business partnerships under the control of Moore, Andrew J. White, Baldwin L. Judson, George Wells Comstock and his nephew, William Henry Comstock. These reorganizations all occurred amid numerous disputes and lawsuits. During that long period of instability, the manufacturing operations moved from Buffalo to New York City and then to dual sites on opposite sides of the St. Lawrence River, one at Brockville, Ontario and the other at Morristown, New York. Ownership of Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills finally stabilized in 1867 when it settled solely in the hands of William Henry Comstock, and thereafter business was carried out under the name W.H. Comstock Co. Ltd.
When William Henry Comstock died in 1919, control of the company passed to his son, William Henry Comstock II, known as "Young Bill." William Henry Comstock II died in 1960, and W.H. Comstock Co. Ltd. ceased operations a year later, patent medicines having already been in decline.
Shaw, Robert B. History of the Comstock Patent Medicine Business and Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972.

About 1860, William moved to Brockville, Leeds, Ontario, Canada. He became a naturalized citizen and can be found in the censuses from 1871-1911.

A listing of Probates for England & Wales found on Ancestry: "Comstock William Henry of Brockville Leeds Ontario Canada died 9 March 1919. Probate London 17 February to Alice Janet Comstock widow, Kate Louis Cossitt, (wife of Charles Snow Cossit) Henry Chaffey Gates manager and William Henry Comstock manufacturer. Effects: 6796, 19s, 1d.

Edwin Perkins COMSTOCK and Nancy JOHNSON were married on 20 January 1835. Nancy JOHNSON was born 30 May 1804, New London, Connecticut. She died 25 Sep 1872.

Nancy was the widow of Erasmus Davison at the time of her marriage to Edwin Comstock. Her parents, William Johnson and Nancy Leach.

Edwin Perkins COMSTOCK and Nancy JOHNSON had the following children:



Anna COMSTOCK was born on 3 December 1835.

Anna married Jacob R. Telfair.



Catherine V. COMSTOCK was born on 26 February 1838.