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947. William James COMSTOCK was born in November 1874 in Kansas. He died on 5 December 1935 at the age of 61 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

1900 Census. Lexington, LaFayette Co, MO, Hh 203 [same page as his sister Lillie]
William "Comstalk", b. Oct 1875 [it was Nov 1874], age 24. Hasn't been married a year yet. Born Kansas, father b. MA, mother b. VA, Coal miner
Bessie, wife, b. Oct 1893, age 16, b. Nebraska
Irena, daughter, b. Mar 1900, two months old
Mary, mother, b. Feb 1834, age 61, widowed. Says 1 child but that is wrong. Born Virginia, as were her parents.

1910 Census. Lexington Twp, Lafayette Co, MO, Hh 354
William Comstock, age 36, married 10 years, coal miner
Bessie, wife, age 26, 5 children - 4 living
all children born in Missouri
Elmer "daughter" [was a son!], age 9
Bettie, daughter, age 4
Lester, son, age 3
Gladys, daughter, age 1
Mary, mother, age 67, widow. Had 10 children, 4 are living.

1920 Census. Still in Lexington, Hh 297. Living on the Santa Fe Trail.
William "Comestock", age 45, b. Kansas, coal miner
Bessie,wife, 35, b. Nebraska
Elmer, son, age 17
Ethel, daughter age 14
Lester, son, age 12
Gladys, daughter, age 10
Berneice, daughter, age 7
Mary, mother, age 78, widowed
James D. Conner, boarder, age 21, b. TX, coal miner [Bessie married James as her second husband]
John Bisby, boarder, age 38, b. MO, coal miner.

1930 Census. Lexington. Hh 147
William Comstock, age 55, married at age 25, laborer at the rock quarry
Bessie, wife, age 45, married at age 15
Lester, son, age 21, working on the Govt. River Project [as were many on the same census page]


William's Missouri Death Certificate, #39480, states that he died in the Kansas City General Hospital of bronchial Asthma [No doubt from mining coal & working in a rock quarry with all the dust!]. He is listed as divorced although his wife Bessie did not marry again until 1940. He wa born 9 Nov 1874 in Jewel Co, Kansas. His father was Henry Comstock, b. Virginia and his mother Mary Elizabeth Burton, born Virginia.. The data seems to have been given by hospital personnel. The body was taken to Lexington MO for burial.

William James COMSTOCK and Ethel Bessie BRYAN were married on 10 November 1899 in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. Ethel Bessie BRYAN was born on 30 October 1884 in Nebraska. She died on 25 November 1945 at the age of 61 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri.

Ethel was the daughter of David Bryan and Elizabeth Burton.

William Comstock's death certificate in 1935, says that he was divorced, although they were living together in 1930.
Bessie married a second time to James David Connor, 27 Jul 1940, Clay Co, MO.


Bessie Conners' Missouri Death Certificate, #36118 shows that she died at the Research Hospital in Kansas City after a week's stay. She had carcinoma of the stomach with metastasis.. She was marrried to James Conners at the time. She was born Oct 30, 1884 in Nebraska and died on 25 Nov 1945. Her father was David Bryant; her mother Mary Elizabeth Griffith. The body was removed to Lexington, MO for burial.

William James COMSTOCK and Ethel Bessie BRYAN had the following children:

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i.

Irena COMSTOCK was born in March 1900 in Lafayette County, Missouri. She died before 1910 at the age of 10.

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ii.

Elmer COMSTOCK was born in 1902 in Lafayette County, Missouri.

Married Blanche Mansell, 4 Mar 1922, Lafayette Co MO. Online databases give his death as 1963.

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iii.

Ethel COMSTOCK was born in 1905 in Lafayette County, Missouri.

Ethel appeared to have been called "Betty" in 1910. Her name as given in an online database was Ethel Lovetta and she was born 27 Oct 1905. Ethel married Jay Leonard Jennings, 13 Dec 1922, Lafayette Co, MO. She died in 1973.

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iv.

Lester COMSTOCK (private).

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v.

Gladys COMSTOCK (private).

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vi.

Berniece COMSTOCK (private).