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438. Eleanor Cardwell WHITSITT92,625 was born on 10 February 1800 in Logan County, Kentucky.625,626,627 She died in January 1851 at the age of 50 in Madison County, Mississippi.

Logan Co DB Q, p.224 2 Feb 1830 William Comfort & Eleanor his wife and Sally Whitsett sold Thomas Blakey their two-thirds of the individed 50 acres tract inherited from William Haden, Sr. Rec. 31 Mar 1830.

1840 Madison Co MS Census. Ellen Comfort as head of household. 1m child age 5-10 [don't know who this is; maybe a son who did not survive until 1850] , 2m 10-15 [David & Joseph] , 2m 15-20 [John & Daniel]. 1m age 60-70 - presumably her father William Whitsitt moved from Logan Co KY. 1f under 5 [Catherine], 1f 5-10 [Elizabeth], and 1f 40-50 [Eleanor]. Oldest daughter Emily had married in 1836.

1841 Census. Madison Co MS
Ellen Comfort - 5 males, 3 females, 1 voter [but looks rubbed out?]
William Hoy - 4 males, 5 females, 1 voter
Ellen and William's wife, Aurora Proctor, were first cousins.

Found in Madison Co MS in 1850 Census as "Ellen C. Comfort". She was age 50, b. KY. Children still at home were Daniel B., age 26, also born in KY. Catherine age 13 and Elizabeth age 15, both born in Mississippi.

Madison Co, MS Will Book A, LDS Microfilm 0879843
p.160  Nuncupative Will of Ellen C.Comfort, Dec'd.
The undersigned John Montgomery & Dorcus Parsins residing in the County of Madison in the State of Mississippi were on the 7th day of January of the present month at the habitation of Ellen Comfort, resident of said County and since deceased who was then and had been for several days previously confined by bodily illness, that the said Ellen Comfort was then afflicted with a Malady of a dangerous and alarming character, and being apprehensive of approaching dissolution, did at or about the hour of Two O'clock P.M. of the day aforesaid, Call upon the persons who were present at her bedside, among whom were the undersigned and expressed her desire of making her Will and did there and then Call upon the undersigned to take notice and bear witness, that what she was then about to say was her will or words to the like effect, and did then and there utter the following testamentary words to Wit:
1st  That her son Joseph Comfort should have a Negro boy named Henry
2nd That her daughter Elizabeth should have a Negro girl name Emiline
3rd  That her daughter Catherine should have a Negro girl named Patsey
That the above bequests were in Consideration of her indebtedness to her said children as their Guardian.  And that the balance of her personal property should be equally divided between her children, Six in number, Viz:  Jno W., Danl B., David, Joseph, Elizabeth, Catherine, that said testatrix was at the time of uttering the said testamentary words and afterwards until her death or near it of sound and disposing mind memory & understanding.
Signed:  John Montgomery, Dorcas Parsins

The undersigned being advised of the notice of the will of said testatrix ordered the said testamentary Words to writing on the 13th day of & of proper a/c to make said will, and it further appearing to the Court that the heirs entitled to notice of the presentment of said Will for Probation having acknowledged notice and waived the time to which they are entitled by law (as appears by Exhibit Marked A.  It is therefore Ordered last Will & testament of said deceased & ordered to be Recorded & filed.  
January Term AD 1851
J. B. Howeatt, Judge of Probate

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William Comfort and Eleanor Cardinal Whitsitt Comfort
David Samuel Comfort and Martha C. White
Elizabeth Godden Garrigues+William Alvin Comfort=Daniel Garrigues Comfort
Daniel Garrigues Comfort+Leny Owen Mitchel=David Mitchell Comfort
David Mitchell Comfort+Gera Lynn Brown

Eleanor Cardwell WHITSITT and William COMFORT were married on 17 September 1818 in Logan County, Kentucky.628,629 William COMFORT194,225,630, son of Benjamin COMFORT and Elizabeth YOUNGBLOOD, was born on 2 May 1792 in Orange County, New York.627,631 He died on 27 August 1836 at the age of 44 in Madison County, Mississippi.625,627,632

Birth is recorded Dutch Reformed Church, Montgomery, Orange Co, NY as 2 May 1792. Parents listed as Benjamin Comfort and Elisabeth Youngblood.; New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962

1820 Logan Co Census lists William Comfort, age 45+; 1f under 10. [He married Eleanor Whitsitt in 1818 & they did have a baby daughter by 1820; Eleanor just left off.] The tax list for that year shows him with 300 acres on the Gasper R; 1 slave over 16, 2 horses, a house & lot in Butler County. No listings in 1830.

Logan County Court Records, Book 8 (1822-1828) LDS #0364563
p.28, Apr 1823 William Comfort appointed Commissioner of the Tax in the 3rd District
p.278 Feb Term 1827 Wm Comfort, Constable of this County.....
According to the Whitsitt book, about 1830 the Comforts removed to Canton, Mississippi. The daughter Emily married Dr. Lewis of Vicksburg. Son John W. became an MD and settled in New Orleans where he married and then perished in a scourge of yellow fever. Son Daniel Benjamin lived in Kosciusko MS
Land Patents in Madison Co MS (Canton) dated as early as 10 Jan 1832

In the papers of the Equity Case, 14-303. of William & Nancy Porter vs. the Heirs of William Haden, is a "Schedule of property belonging to William Comfort at the time Oliver C. Porter filed a bill against him." A list of livestock, personal effects & furnishings to include a cradle and a sword, plus a claim of $81 of the trustees of Russellville Academy, then follow. There is no explanation for inclusion of this paper unles it was simply misfiled. Oliver C. Porter was a brother to the William Porter of the case and also a brother of the Benjamin Porter who had married Eleanor Whitsitt Comfort's first cousin, Polly Proctor. There is no date on this paper.

1830 Census. Hinds Co MS
William Comfort. 2m -5; 2m 5-10, 1m 30-40. 1f 5-10, 1f 30-40.

By 1840, Ellen Comfort is listed as head of household in the Madison Co MS census. Apparently William deceased.

Eleanor Cardwell WHITSITT and William COMFORT had the following children:



Emily H. M. COMFORT.



Dr. John W. COMFORT.



Daniel Benjamin COMFORT.



David Samuel COMFORT.



Joseph A. COMFORT was born in 1829 in Kentucky.633

Joseph lived with John W. and family in the 1850 Census. Given his name and birthplace as Kentucky and the way he fits into the family, I'm sure he was a younger brother.



Elizabeth COMFORT was born in 1835 in Mississippi.625

In 1860, Elizabeth and Catherine lived with their brother Daniel in Kosciusko, MS.

The age is difficult to read. Either Catherine & Elizabeth were twins or Elizabeth was listed out of numerical order in 1850, most likely the latter given that one girl was under 5 in 1840, the other was 5-10. Elizabeth was probably age 15 in 1850, or born about 1835.



Catharine COMFORT was born in 1837 in Mississippi.625

In 1860, Elizabeth and Catherine lived with their brother Daniel in Kosciusko, MS.