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Eighth Generation

800. William Charles COMSTOCK [Eastbank] was born on 20 October 1847 in Oswego County, New York. He died on 29 September 1924 at the age of 76 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.

No children.

First cousin, once removed, to John Adams Comstock who wrote The Comstock Family in America.

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

Passport Application stamped as issued 8 Feb 1896. William C. Comstock, Orange Co, FL, was born in the state of New York on 20 Oct 1847. His permanent residence is Chicago. He is a merchant about to go abroad and will return within one year. Signed 4 Feb 1896.
He was 48 years old, 5'9" tall, blue eyes, hair brown with gray, complexion, dark.
He requested the passport be sent to William C. Comstock, Winter Park, FL.
Henry A. Thompson was witness.

1900 Census. Chicago Ward 1, Cook Co, IL, Hh 14
William C. Comstock, Boarder in the household of Willis W. Keer and wife.
Born Oct 1847, age 52, married 1 time, b. NY, father b. CT, mother b. NY, Merchant

Built home "Eastbank" in Winter Park, FL; the name was since it was located on the east bank of Lake Osceola. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Homes in 1983.
William first moved down to central Florida about 1872 - in 1882, he bought a farmhouse on sixty acres and built a home in the Queen Anne style, similar to the homes in Evanston, IL on Lake Michigan. Most of the materials were shipped down the St. John River to Sanford and then hauled by ox-drawn sledges the 20 miles to Winter Park. He wintered in Florida, returning to Chicago for the summer. He was president of the Board of Trade in Chicago until his death, September, 1924.

The sixty acres surrounding Eastbank was sold and subdivided. In 1927, Eastbank was purchased by John and Flora Harris. Four generations of their family have lived in the house.

He is buried Rosehill Cemetery & Mausoleum, Chicago.

William Charles COMSTOCK [Eastbank] and Elinora K. DOUGLAS were married in September 1868 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois. Elinora K. DOUGLAS was born in 1849 in Ohio. She died in June 1902 at the age of 53 in Winter Park, Orange County, Florida.