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654. Alfred COMSTOCK226,292 was born on 14 February 1806 in Western, Oneida County, New York. He died on 10 July 1897 at the age of 91 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan.

Alfred moved to Port Huron in 1832 where he was engaged in lumbering and farming.

The census indicates that Alfred had another occupation:
1850 Census. Village of Port Huron, St Clair Co, MI. Hh 199
Alfred Comstock, age 41, Hotel Keeper, b. NY
Harriet, 30, b. MI
Andrew W. 10, Ellen E. 8, William 6, Marie 4, George 2, Joseph age 7 months
17 persons are listed as living in the hotel - including several young females and the majority of them have listed no employment, although three were Sailors and one was a lumberman. One of the residents was Oscar A. Comstock, age 12.

1860 Census. Town of Burtchville, P.O. Lakeport, St Clair MI. Hh 222
Alfred Comstock, age 50, farmer, b. NY
Harriet, 40, b. MI
Andrew, 22, assist farmer. Helen, 19, school teacher. William, 17, assist farmer
Mary, 14. George 12. Albert 10. Chas. F. 7. Alfred 4. Uphemia age 2.
12 persons listed - apparently they are still running a hotel. Most were day laborers. All were males, except for the wife of O. Adams, Civil Engineer. Oscar Comstock, sailor, age 23, was still living with Alfred and family.

1870 Census. Grant, St Clair, MI, Hh 3
Alfred Comstock, age 63 [indexed as 33}, Farmer, b. NY
Harriet, 50, b. MI
George 22, works on farm. Mary 24. Charles, 18, works on farm.
Alfred 14, Adam 12, Joseph 10. All listed as males and attending school [Euphemia should have been the 12-year-old...]
Nellie Fountain, age 10, lives with the family - also in school. She was born in Canada - her parents marked "of foreign birth".

1880 Census. Grant Twp, St Clair, MI, Hh 122
Alfred Comstock, age 74, farmer, b. NY
Harriet J., 59, wife, b. MI
Alfred, 24., son, b. MI
Adella Younger, age 12, servant, b. MI

FindAGrave Memorial #85609064. Buried Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron. there are links to his wife and many of their children.

Alfred COMSTOCK and Harriet Jane WESTBROOK were married on 30 March 1836 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. Harriet Jane WESTBROOK292 was born on 30 May 1821. She died on 19 May 1890 at the age of 68 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan.

Harriet was the daughter of Andrew Westbrook and his wife Nancy Thorn. Nancy Thorn was a daughter of the Capt. William Thorn who served as pilot in the unfortunate expedition against Fort Mackinac in 1814.

Fort Mackinac was an island and important American trading post in the straits between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. It was captured by the British on 18 Jul 1812 and they kept a secure hold on the Island - they also held Detroit at that time. On 10 Sep 1813, the Americans recovered Detroit, but it was too late in the year to recover the fort before the winter freeze. They finally arrived off Mackinac on 26 Jul 1814 and ineffectively bombarded the fort for two days. A dense fog kept them offshore for a week. On 4 Aug they attempted a land assault but suffered heavy casualties and retreated to their ships, leaving the fort in British possession until the end of the war.

From the That Noble Country by Dorothy M. Mitts of Port Huron MI, Published by Dorance and Co. Phil, 1968
Chapter XXIX: ANCIENT MARINERS AND HEROINES OF THE LAKES
"William Thorne, Pilot of Pre-Revolutionary Days"
At the time Fenerao Anthony Wayne was routing the Indians in the Battle of Fallen Timbers of 1794, Captain William Thorne was already a veteran pilot of the little sloops and schooners active in the fur trade running between Detroit and Mackinac, and later in the transportation of men, guns, and supplies between Detroit and other British posts after the outbreak the war of 1812.
Captain Thorn, born in Providence, R.I. in 1743, came west before 1770, and after living in Detroit for some time settled on the St. Claire River at Cotterville, about 1780. He was the father of John Thorn, who plotted the land on the north side of black River known as the Village of Gratlot (one of the plats that formed the town of Port Huron in 1837), and the father in law of James Fulton, who bought and plotted the first land in the City of Saint Clair.
.....Probably one of the most dramatic incidents of Captain Thorn's life was the time he piloted the Croghan-Sinclair expedition on its unsuccessful attempt to retake Fort Mackinaw from the British. At that time Thorn was living at his farm and was lame because of a dislocated hip, so he was taken aboard in a chair just above Robert's landing at Cotterville. Later, as a low fog settled over the district, Thorn, who was unable to climb a ladder, had himself strapped to a chair and hoisted with pulleys to the masthead and from there piloted the fleet safely on its way to Mackinaw.

Alfred COMSTOCK and Harriet Jane WESTBROOK had the following children:

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Andrew Westbrook COMSTOCK292 was born on 5 October 1838 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. He died on 23 April 1908 at the age of 69 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.

Married 14 Jul 1868 to Lilia J. Little. FindAGrave lists her name as Lillian Josephine "Lilia" Little, daughter of Thomas and Maria (Stott) Little.

1870 Census. Alpena, Alpena Co, MI, Hh 200
Andrew Comstock, 31, General Merchant, b. MI
Lillie, 21. Lillie, age one month, b. Apr
William Comstock, 27, shingle manufacturer
Andrew apparently followed his parents in keeping boarders, because also in the household were:
Maria Little, 46, b. NY.
John Mulholand, 26, Bookkeeper, b. MI
William Woodin, 38, Clerk, ins., b. NY
Rosilee Alpin, 28, Milliner, b. Prusia [Prussa]
Jacob Alpin, 40, Peddler, b. Prusia

Alfred was Mayor of Alpena from 1873-1874. His name, along with several of his siblings, is listed on his parents grave marker, Lakewide Cemetery, Port Huron.

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Helen Eugenia COMSTOCK292 was born on 12 October 1840 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. She died on 14 November 1925 at the age of 85 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

Married Hezekiah Coombs, 30 Nov 1862.

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William Baker COMSTOCK.

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Clift COMSTOCK was born on 1 September 1844 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. He died on 1 October 1844 at the age of 0 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan.

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Maria Louisa COMSTOCK was born on 4 November 1845 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. She died on 3 June 1874 at the age of 28 in Grant, Newaygo County, Michigan.

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George Beal COMSTOCK was born on 8 November 1847 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. He died on 25 February 1880 at the age of 32 in Michigan.

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Albert Clift COMSTOCK292 was born on 1 January 1850 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. He died on 31 January 1866 at the age of 16 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan.

In 1850 in the household there was a Joseph, age 7 months. The census was taken in July - this child's name may have been changed. In 1860, there was Albert, age 10. And a son born 10 years later was named Joseph.

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Ada E. COMSTOCK was born on 26 June 1851. She died on 16 February 1862 at the age of 10. She was buried in Lakeside Cemetery, Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan.

This child is on the grave marker of her parents along with several of her siblings. She wasn't listed in The Comstock Family in America, nor was she listed in the 1860 census. The marker is worn - I wonder if the baby died in 1852, rather than ten years later.

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Charles Frederick COMSTOCK292 was born on 9 November 1852 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. He died on 1 January 1880 at the age of 27 in Alpena County, Michigan.

Never married.

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Alfred Morrison COMSTOCK292 was born on 26 March 1856 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. He died on 16 May 1905 at the age of 49 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan.

Alfred married Hattie White, 27 Jun 1890, in Detroit, MI.

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Euphemia COMSTOCK292 was born on 26 June 1858 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. She died on 16 February 1888 at the age of 29 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.

Married Thomas Hunt. No children.

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Joseph Baker COMSTOCK292 was born on 15 July 1860 in Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan. He died on 19 August 1894 at the age of 34 in Alpena County, Michigan.

Married Margaret Louise MacDonald, 6 Oct 1886.