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542. Charles COMSTOCK was born on 7 May 1814 in Williamstown, Oswego County, New York. He died on 5 September 1895 at the age of 81 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.

Married 1st to Mary Griswold, 2nd to Julia Jeanette Sprague, 28 Sep 1842.

1850 Census. Sterling, Cayuga Co, NY, Hh 471
Charles Comstock, 35, Merchant
Julia, 25
Alice, 5. William 3.
Charles Nicholson, 20, carpenter

In 1850, his son by Mary, Alexander, was living with Samuel Griswold, age 70, probably the boy's grandfather.

1855, New York State Census. Syracuse Ward 3, Onondaga Co, NY, Family 270.
Living in a Frame House worth $3500.
Charles Comstock, 41, b. Wayne Co NY, married, has lived in this county for 6 months. His profession is salt manufacture
Julia J. Comstock, wife, is 29, b. Oswego Co NY
Alexander V. G. Comstock, son, age 15, b. Oswego Co
Alice J. dau, age 9, b. Cayuga Co
William C., son, age 7, b. Oswego Co
Cornelia, dau, age 2, b. Onondaga Co.
Michael (Comstock crossed out), age 25, Domestic servant, b. Ireland, in county for 1 year, alien status
Margaret Sullivan, 19, Domestic, b. Ireland, in county for one month, alien status
Nancy Fay, age 25, b. Onondaga Co, in this county for 8 years

1860 Census. Syracuse Ward 3, Onondaga Co, NY, Hh 378
Chas. Comstock, age 46, Agent
Julie, 35
Alexander 20. Alice 15. Wm. C. 12. Kate 5
Libbie Warner, 16, domestic, b. Germany

1870 Census. Evanston, Cook Co, IL, Hh 504
Chas. Comstock, 56, Salt Merchant. $50,000 real estate, $25,000 pers prop, b. NY
Julia, 44, b. NY
Alice, 24, b. NY
Kate, 13, b. NY
Alphonze, 9, b. NY
Fannie, 5, b. Illinois
Harrie Bart, 25, male, servant, b. Luxemburg
Kate Stethey, 24, servant, b. Lucemburg

1880 Census. Village of Evanston, Cook Co, Il, Hh 136
Chas Comstock, age 66, Pres. Traders Ins. Co. b. NY, parents, b. CT
Julia J., 54, wife, b. NY, parents b. CT
Wm C, 31, son, Member of Board of Trade, b. NY
Ellen R, 31, dau-in-law, b. Ohio, father b. MD, mother b. OH
Alice J., 33, dau
Alfonso S., 19, son, clerk
Fannie, 15, dau
Chas. Gunther, 22, Coachman, b. Ger, parents b. Germany
Marcella Fallen, 23, cook, b. VT, parents b. Ireland
Lucy Brackendork, 18, servant, b. IL, parents b. Germany

Charles COMSTOCK and Mary GRISWOLD were married on 27 January 1836 in Volney, Oswego County, New York. Mary GRISWOLD, daughter of Samuel GRISWOLD and Maria RILEY, was born on 24 July 1818 in Great Barrington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. She died on 23 January 1842 at the age of 23 in Sterling, Cayuga County, New York.

Mary was a niece of Episcopal Bishop Griswold.
Parents said to be Samuel Griswold and Maria Riley.

Charles COMSTOCK and Mary GRISWOLD had the following children:

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Alexander V. Griswold COMSTOCK was born on 20 January 1840 in Volney, Oswego County, New York. He died on 13 January 1916 at the age of 75 in Los Angeles, California.

Alexander V. G. Comstock is actually a cousin in two different ways but both relationships are all the way back to the immigrant. We would be 6th cousins, 5 times removed to William Comstock of New London and 6th cousins, 3 times removed to Edward Griswold of Killingworth, CT.

1850 Census. Volney, Oswego Co, NY, Hh 1513
Samuel Griswold, age 70, Merchant, b. CT
Alexander V. G. Comstock, age 10, b. NY
Marion Howks, 23, female, b. NY
Dilevon Howks, age 3, b. NY

1860 Census. Syracuse Ward 3, Onondaga Co, NY, Hh 378
Chas. Comstock, age 46, Agent
Julie, 35
Alexander 20. Alice 15. Wm. C. 12. Kate 5
Libbie Warner, 16, domestic, b. Germany

Alexander married Clara Miller, daughter of John D. & Catherine Miller - in the 1865 New York State Census, the couple was living with her parents in Oswego Co, 3rd Ward of City of Oswego, Hh 62:
John D. Miller, 58, b. Schenectady Co, married once, Mechanic, voter, owns land
Catherine, 53, wife, b. Herkimer Co, 7 children
Eugenia Green, 24, child, b. Oswego Co, has one child
Clara Comstock, 20, child, b. Oswego, 1 child
Fred D. Miller, 15, child, b. Oswego, Student
Alexander Comstock, 23, son-in-law, b. Oswego Co, married once, voter, Lawyer, owns land
Charles Green, 25, son-in-law, b. Ill., married, voter, Sailor

Oswego & Madison Co, New York. 22nd Congressional District, 1863
Civil War Draft
Alexander Comstock, age 24, Merchant, married, b. New York

1880 Census. Detroit, Wayne, MI
Alexander G. Comstock, 38,Lawyer, b. NY, father b. NY, mother b. MA
Clara, 34, wife, b. NY
Clara Stradley, age 11, friend, at school, b. England
Catherine Miller, 69, mother-in-law, b. NY
John A. McAllen, 31, Roomer, school teacher, b. PA
John H. Young, 40, Roomerm Journalist, b. NY

Found on a passenger list of the steamship "Lahn" which arrived in New York, 21 Nov 1890. Dr. Griswold Comstock, was age 50. the ship departed from Bremen, Germany and Southampton, England. Mrs. Comstock was traveling with him - she was age 44. Their destination was the U.S. and they had 4 pieces of luggage. They were in a First Class cabin.

1900 Census. Ward 2, Detroit, Wayne, MI,
Alexander G. Comstock, b. Jun 1840, age 59, b. NY, parents b. NY, Lawyer
Clara M., wife, b. Jul 1846, age 53, b. NY, parents b. NY, Artist
Carrie A., dau,adopted, b. Oct 1870, age 29, b. England
Wilhelmena Zanuschek, b. Apr 1876, age 24, servant, b. Germany
Norma M. Lellingwell, niece, b. Aug 1889, age 1, b. Iowa

Clara M. Comstock died in Los Angeles, CA, 9 Nov 1911, at age 66.

The adopted daughter, Clara Stradley/Strudley, died in 1967:
From The Era, Newmarket-Aurora, Ontario, 28 Dec 1947
Obituary
Mrs. H. R. Varney - at Avon Crest Hospital, Stratford, on Wednesday, December 20, 1967, Carrie C. Strudley, wife of the late Dr. Henry Rockwell Varney, in her 100th year, formerly of Detroit, Michigan: dear mother of Henry Murray Varney, Newmarket, Ont. Rested at the McMan-Gilbart Funeral Home, 91 Brunswick St., Stratford. Service was held in the Chapel, Thursday at 3 pm. Entombment followed in Woodlawn Mausoleum, Detroit, Michigan, on Friday, December 22. Expression of sympathy were conveyed by donations to the Stratford General Hospital Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers.
There is a birth record, Oct 1868, Henley, Oxfordshire, England for Clara Annie Strudley


Charles COMSTOCK and Julia Jeannette SPRAGUE were married on 28 September 1842 in Hannibal, Oswego County, New York. Julia Jeannette SPRAGUE was born on 19 December 1825 in Hannibal, Oswego County, New York.

I have not been able to place Julia in the Sprague families in Hannibal, but they may have descended from a Francis Sprague - not my line.

1900 Census. Evanston Ward 2, Cook Co, Il, Hh 382
Julia J. Comstock, b. Dec 1825, age 74, widow, b. NY, parents b. NY
Alice J. dau, b. Sep 1845, age 54, b. NY
Alphonse, son, b. Nov 1860, age 39, b. NY, Mfr. of tents
Laura St. Clair, servant, b. Sep 1868, 31, widow, b. Ohio, nurse
Gyde Homs, servant, b. Dec 1875, age 24, b. Denmark
Mercela Fallon, servant, b. Mar 1857, age 43, b. VT, parents b. Ireland

4 Feb 1901 Detroit Free Press
DIED.
COMSTOCK - February 3, at her residence, Evanston, Ill. Julia Sprage Comstock, widow of the late Hon. Charles Comstock and beloved mother of Alex G. Comstock of this city. [She was actually Alexander's stepmother]

Charles COMSTOCK and Julia Jeannette SPRAGUE had the following children:

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i.

Alice Julia COMSTOCK was born on 10 September 1845 in Oswego County, New York. She died on 24 May 1943 at the age of 97 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.

Never married. Buried Rosehill Cemetery & Mausoleum, Chicago.

+800

ii.

William Charles COMSTOCK [Eastbank].

801

iii.

Cornelia COMSTOCK was born on 18 May 1853 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. She died in 1856 at the age of 3 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York.

802

iv.

Kate Laura COMSTOCK was born on 8 December 1855 in Syracuse, Onondaga County, New York. She died on 19 July 1941 at the age of 85 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.

Married William Henry Cutler, as his second wife, 14 Feb 1878.

Massachusetts State Census, 1855, Boston Ward 11, Suffolk, MA
Lucius A. Cutler, 43, Machinist, b. NH
Laura, 40, b. Mass.
Wm H., 16, b. VT
Hannah M., 13, b. NJ

1880 Census. Denver, Arapahoe Co, Colorado, Hh 243
W. H. Cutler, 40, Music Teacher
Kate L., 23, wife
Charles W., age 1, son
Mary ?Langhorn, 16, Servant, b. Ireland

1900 Census. Evanston, Ward 2, Cook, IL, Hh 381 (next door to Kate's mother)
William H. Cutler, b. Nov 1839, age 60, married 22 years, b. Vermont, music teacher
Kate L., wife, b. Dec 1857, 42, 3 children, b. NY
Charles W., son, b. Jun 1879, 20, b. Colorado, artist
William C., son, b. Dec 1881, 18, b. Colorado, at high school
Kate, dau, b. Nov 1890, age 9, b. Illinois, at school
Karsti Dahlquist, servant, b. Jan 1884, 16, b. Sweden, immigrated in 1898

1910 Census. Evanston, Ward 2, Cook, IL, Hh 392
William H. Cutler, 70, married once for 32 years, Organist & Piano teacher
Kate L., wife, 53, 3 children
Kate, dau, 19

1920 Census. Evanston, Ward 2, Cook, IL, Hh 380
Alfonso S. Comstock, 59, single, b. NY, manufacturer, retired
Alice J., sister, 74, single, b. NY
Kate L. Cutler, sister, 64, widow, b. NY
Margaret Oliver, servant, age 57, immigrated 1882, alien, b. Ireland, Cook

1927 Evanston City Directory
Kate L. Cutler (wid Wm) home: 1309 Maple Av

1940 Census. Evanston, Cook, IL, Hh 356
1233 Dewey Ave - lived in same place in 1935
Kate L. Cutler, 85, widow, b. NY
Charles W., son, 60, divorced, b. Colorado
Bertha Kershaw, nurse, 66, widow, b. Germany
Elsie Oelke, maid, 52, single, b. Wisconsin

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v.

Alphonso Sprague COMSTOCK was born on 20 November 1860 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois. He died on 13 February 1936 at the age of 75 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.

Never married. Buried Rosehill Cemetery & Mausoleum, Chicago.

1927 Evanston, Cook Co, IL City Directory
Comstock, A. S. private garage, 1311 Dempster
Comstock, Alphonso S. home: 1302 Asbury Av

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vi.

Fannie COMSTOCK was born on 22 October 1864 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.

Married Dr. George W. Whitefield, 31 Jan 1895, Evanston, Cook County, IL.

1900 Census. Evanston, Ward 1, Cook, IL, Hh 2487
George Whitefield, b. Sep 1855, age 44, married 5 years, b. Massachusetts, parents b. England. Occupation, Dentist
Fannie, wife, b. Oct 1864, 35, 1 child, b. IL
Julian B., son, b. Dec 1899, 5 months old, b. IL - this was a daughter - see 1910
John Whitefield, Father, b. Nov 1806, 90, widowed, b. England, came 1851 - been here 49 years, Naturalized
Anna Rone, Servant, b. Sep 1874, 25, b. Norway, Domestic, came in 1891, been here 9 years
Carl Johnson, servant, b. Jul 1873, 26, b. Minnesota, Coahman
EllenDuffin, servant, b. Sep 1854, 45, widowed, had no children, b. NJ, Nurse

1910 Census. Evanston, Ward 1, Cook, IL, Hh 179
Geo. Whitefield, 53, married 15 years, b. MA, parents b. England, Dentist, own office
Fannie, wife, 45, b. IL
Julia, dau, 10
Bertha Riley, servant, 20, b. IL, office clerk to physician
Marcella Fallon, maid, 65, b. Wisconsin, cook
Mary J. Sharp, lodge, 38, b. Michigan, teacher, public school

1920 Census. Evanston, Ward 1, Cook, IL, Hh 100
Geo. Whitefield (indexed as Leo), 64, Dentist
Fanny, wife, 55
Julia, dau, 20
Marcella Fallon, servant, 60

1948 City Directory, Evanston, Illinois
Fannie C. Whitefield (wid Geo.) home: 1518 Hinman Av