127. MIRANDA JANE BROWN96 was born on 12 June 1842 in Searcy County, Arkansas.77,79,85,97,98,99,100 She died on 5 February 1912 at the age of 69 in Crawford County, Arkansas.85,101,102,103
1870 Census gives Miranda's birthplace as Arkansas, but this is curious unless the family did live in Searcy Co, AR for a year or two. Murphy is on a Searcy Co tax list in 1841. Her parents married in St. Francois County MO and her father died at Rocky Comfort in McDonald County MO - don't know exactly when they moved back to Missouri, but all the rest of their children were born in Missouri. Both 1850 & 1860 Censuses also show Miranda as born in Arkansas. A possible brother to Miranda's father - Ezekiel Brown, enumerated two households away in 1850, also shows two sons one a year older than Miranda and one a year younger - both born in Arkansas. I suspect the families moved south into Arkansas for a brief time and returned to Missouri.
1900: Miranda born in AR. father in KY, mother in MO.
Marandia J. and Thomas Comstock, her husband, of Crawford Co AR are found on a deed in McDonald Co MO Deed book G, p.605. Giving title to her neice, Laura Isbell Brown of Barry Co MO, for $1, a parcel of land in McDonald Co that is no doubt Miranda's, inherited from her father.
Buried in the Comstock Cemetery along with her husband and children Den, Cornelia, Piney and Tack. Her inscription reads:
A good wife,
A loving mother
A devoted Christian
A friend to the
MIRANDA JANE BROWN and ELIJAH THOMAS "Tom" COMSTOCK were married on 17 May 1859 in Missouri.77,85 ELIJAH THOMAS "Tom" COMSTOCK77,79,99,100,104,105,106,107,108,109,110,111,112,113,114,115,116, son of EPHRAIM FLOR HUBER COMSTOCK and NANCY GOODMAN, was born on 22 December 1838 in Perry County, Tennessee.117,118,119,120,121 He appeared in the census in 1850 in Perry County, Tennessee. He appeared in the census in 1860 in McDonald County, Missouri. Tom served in the military in 1862 at Co D, 6th Missouri Cavalry, CSA in Civil War.77 He appeared in the census in 1870 at Jasper Township in Crawford County, Arkansas. He died on 29 April 1917 at the age of 78 in Crawford County, Arkansas.77,122 Tom was buried in Comstock Cemetery on Lee Creek, Barcelona, Arkansas..
1900 Census Tom states born in Tennessee.
Gratis Comstock says that Tom was born in Perry County TN which seems the most likely.
Moved to McDonald County MO in 1853. In 1860 Census - Mountain Twp, McDonald Co. with James Monroe as infant, age 4 months. P.O. was Shells Mills. Thomas was 21, "Marindia" was 18.
McDonald Co Deed Book B; p.65 18 Oct 1865. Tom sold 40 acres to his mother-in-law Rebecca P. Brown for $100.
Tom's Civil War service record had not been found at writing of Comstock book. Gratis Comstock (a cousin) said in a newspaper article that Tom was a private in Shelby's Brigade of Missouri until the last year of the year and then served in an Indian special services regiment in Indian Territory. He was disbanded in the Chickasaw Nation, near Oichita.
Found in Hewett's "Roster of Confederate Soldiers" Thomas Comstock, Private, Company D, 6th Missouri Cavalry Regiment (Southwest Regiment), redesignated 11th MO Cavalry Regiment in 1863. This regiment was always assigned to the Iron Brigade of Gen. Jo Shelby [so he did "ride" with Shelby...]. However, records from the National Archives show this Thomas Comstock enlisted Sept 12, 1862 in Newton Co MO for 3 years or the War, but deserted Nov. 28 near Cane Hill, AR. It is noted he was never paid. "Deserted" meant many things in the chaotic Civil War - the men were often lost from their units or indeed sometimes left and went home for a time only to rejoin another group, even perhaps fight for the other side. Records were poorly kept by the Confederacy.
A request to the Harold B. Simpson Hill College Research Center revealed no additional information except they sent a copy of the page from the Hewett "Roster" which revealed Harvey Comstock also enlisted in the MO 6th Cav, Company D. [This is likely Tom's brother whose name is usually listed as Henry but I read as Harvey.] James E. [James Irving?], Warren A. [H.?] & William D. were all enlisted in Co I of the 3rd Cavalry.
After the War, the family went to Pine Creek, Texas (near Paris, Lamar Co). Found in McDonald Co MO Deed Book B, dated 18 Oct 1865: Thomas Comstock to Rebecca P. Brown for $100 a certain tract of land - this tract being half of the same 1/4 section as the land of Tom's sister Caroline and her husband William Randall. About 1869 Tom sold their land in Texas and went back to Missouri, and then on to Crawford County, Arkansas.
Tax rolls for Lamar Co TX for 1866 and 1867 list Thomas Comstock. He had 260 acres. The original grantee was John Wilson, abstract either 548 or 588. In 1866, he had a single horse. In 1867 he reported 2 horses and 5 head of cattle. I did not find him in 1868, but the tax film quality was extremely poor and he may very well have been listed.
In the 1870 Census, Tom and Miranda are living in Jasper Township, Crawford County with sons, J. M. age 10 and Randolf age 4, both boys said born in MO.
Obits Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1874; Fran Alverson Warren, 2001
p.41 Judges of Election. Jasper Twp. John S. Marlock, J. W. Branson, Thomas Comstock, 29 Sep 1874
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1875 Fran Alverson Warren
p.18 Natural Dam Lodge meeting, 30 Mar 1875.
Committee: J. P. Babb, T. Comstock, J. S. Rainwater
p.19, 6 Apr 1875 Criminal Docket:
State vs. Thomas Comstock, gaming; pled guilty and fined $10
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1876 Fran Alverson Warren
p.43 list of judges at election to be held on 4 September
Jasper Twp: John S. Matlock, James H. Pesterfield, Thomas Comstock
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1877 Fran Alverson Warren
p.48 Jurors for fall term of the Circuit Court which meets Sep 24
William Carney, John Carney, Thomas Comstock, Joseph Woods - among others
McDonald Co MO Deed Book 31, p.162-163
1879. Rebecca P. Brown, John R. Brown & Maggie his wife, L. G. Brown & Isabell his wife, Laura Brown, and Bevy Barnett and Isabell his wife, all of the County of McDonald, State of Missouri for the sum of $1. Convey and Quit claim unto Thomas Comstock all that tract of land: SW 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of S8, T23, R29, containing forty acres. Signed: Rebekah P. Brown, John R. Brown, Margaret E. Brown, Lemuel G. Brown, Isabell Brown, Bevely C. Barnett, Eliza I. Barnett, Laura I. Brown. Wit: John H. Ware, H. P. Lamberson
All signees appeared before John H. Ware, JP to certify the deed. Maggie Brown and Isabell Brown, and Isabell Barnett, were privately examined.
Filed for record 27 Aug 1900, by Jno R. Patterson, Recorder.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1880 Fran Alverson Warren
p.27 Thos. Comstock on a committee for arrangements of the “Grand Basket Picnic” at the Fair grounds at Van Buren on July 5th.
1880 Census, Jasper Twp. with all six of the living children.
Thos Comstock, 40, Farmer, b. TN, parents b. TN
Mirandia, age 37, wife, b. AR, parents b. TN
James M., 20, son, b. MO. Randolph, 14, son, b. TX. Minnie, 8; Clinden, 6; Cornilia, 4; Tack, age 2 - all born in Arkansas.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1881 Fran Alverson Warren
May 7, 1881
Meeting of the citizens of Jasper twp at Sulphur Springs to take steps toward a public reception of Maj. Joseph Hansen & other projectors of the Northern Narrow Gauge RR who are expected to arrive in a week or two:
A cordial reception be tendered - Thomas Comstock on the committee
In 1882 Tom was elected to the Arkansas State Senate.
On November 28, 1882, the Uniontown Lodge was chartered and Thomas Comstock was one of the original members as well as an officer. Uniontown Masonic Lodge No. 395. The Lodge hosted a Centennial celebration on Sep 25, 1982. The newspaper article about the Centennial states that "The charter principal officers to assume their duties 100 years ago were: Thomas Comstock, Master; James A. Burress, Senior Warden; and T. H. Oliver, Junior Warden. Other Charter members were: Tothechild Harrison, Adman Howell, Henry Howell, William H. Rimy [probably Remy], William A. Williams. The article included a picture of Tom Comstock.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1883 Fran Alverson Warren
Mar 31 p.15 Hon. Thomas M. Comstock of Crawford, representative in the legislature, returned to Van Buren Wednesday night and went to his home in Uniontown, next day.
On 4 Jul 1884, Thomas Comstock was indicted by the Grand Jury in Fort Smith for
"Unlawfully engaging in and carrying on the business of a retail liquor Dealer without first having paid the special tax as required....by law" Four witnesses were subpeoned in UnionTown on 6 Aug: C. M. Rutherford, Ed Miller, One Tackitt, Wash Mackatee. They were ordered to attend a trial on 3 Nov 1884. An Arrest order for Thomas Comstock was served on 16 Aug 1884 and Thos. Boles, US Marshall, states he was taken into custody. On the same day William Williams cosigned a bond ($300) for Comstock's appearance in court. He failed to appear and on 13 Sep Judge Isaac C. Parker signed a judgement that they pay the $300.
Serial Set Volume 2387, Session Vol. #20, 49th Congress-1st Session
House Document: Report of Attorney General
p.340 Dept of Justice, Washington, 11 Nov 1884
List of persons convicted in District courts who were pardoned during the year ending 30 Jun 1885
p.343 Thomas Comstock, Ark. Western Dist. Dec Term 1884
Violating internal revenue law - sentence suspended
Pardoned 11 Feb upon recommendation of US District Attorney and paying $100 fine plus costs
The firm of Comstock and Brothers was established in Uniontown in 1885. The store was located on the corner of the Uniontown Road and the Wagon Road in the center of town.
In October 1888, he was appointed the first postmaster of Barcelona, AR
The 1890 Census reconstructed from tax records shows Thomas Comstock at Section 24, Township 11, Range 33 in the Pleasant Grove School District. This land discription agrees with a Land Patent registered Jan 20 1885. He paid $1.25 per acre for this 40 acres. This may not be the only land he owned, as they were there for the 1870 Census. In 1892, he's on record as paying his Poll Tax in Crawford County, AR.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1891 Fran Alverson Warren
p.2, Jan 3 1891
Hon. Tom Comstock of Barcelona, was in the city Wednesday
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1895 Fran Alverson Warren, p.60
30 Nov 1895. From T. F. Wood, of Uniontown, we learn of a daring robbery committed at Barcelona Tuesday night last week. On the night in question three men entered the house of Hon. Tom Comstock and at the point of revolvers demanded his money. Being somewhat slow aabout giving up the coin, they took him by the beard and drew a knife across his throat, which proved to be inducement enough, and caused Mr. Comstock to turn over to them something like $300. They then made him go to the kitchen and give them all the cooked meats, etc. They also appropriated to their own use two Wincesters, several pistols, and an overcoat before leaving. They stopped within a short distance of the house after the robberty and had supper. The family a short time after the robbery made their way to the neighbors, but on returning with assistance the robbers were found to have left. The trail, which showed the robbers to have been four in number and on foot, was following the next morning for some distance west into Indian Territory, where it was lost. This makes the second time within a few years that "Uncle Tom" has been the victim of the festive highwaymen.
14 Dec 1895 Hon. Tom Comstock was in town this week getting up a reward for the apprehension of the parties who robbed him some three or four weeks since. We understand that he has a slight clew [sic] as to the whereabouts of the robbers.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press Argus 1896 Fran Alverson Warren, p.19
8 Jan 1896 A reward of $400 has been subscribed for the arrest and conviction of the parties who robbed Tom Comstock, near Uniontown, last fall. It is to be hope the outlaws may be captured and punished.
The following was extracted from the Van Buren Press and the dates included are from January 11, 1896 to May 30, 1896.
February 8, 1896
ANOTHER ROBBERY AND DOUBLE MURDER NEAR UNIONTOWN- IN THE INDIAN TERRITORY
From Hon. Randolph Comstock we learn of another robbery and double murder near that place- the killing having taken place about ten miles west of Uniontown in the Indian Territory, and the robbers are supposed to have been the same parties who robbed Hon. Tom Comstock some time since. The facts in the case as learned from Mr. Comstock are as follows: The robbers, it seems, had learned that one Mack Glass had considerable money- about $200- which he carried in a belt under his clothing. The robbers, two in number, met him in the road last Friday and covering him with their pistols told him to give up his money. He said he did not have it with him, but that is was at the house of Lacy Lasley. They, thereupon, made Glass go with them to the latter’s house and again demanded the money. Lasley seeing the scheme told them he did not have the money and that it was in Uniontown. The robbers, however, would not believe this, so one stayed with Glass on the porch, while the other entered the house with Lasley and proceeded to rummage through the trunks, etc. Unknown to the robbers there were two other men in another room. Lasley knowing this thought if he could hold the robber in the house and Glass the one on the porch, they could with the assistance of the others capture both. So he caught hold of the one in the room, but Glass instead of doing the same with his man rushed in to the assistance of Lasley when the robber on the porch drew his pistol and shot him in the back, killing him instantly; he then walking in to where Lasley was still struggling with the other robber, placed the pistol to his head and killed him. Then one of the men in the other room a brother of Lasley, Jim Lasley, opened the door and fired on the robbers without injuring either one, closed the door, repeating this three times, when one of the robbers shot him, the ball striking him in the chin and ranging around to the back of the neck. Then the robbers left, without getting the money. The doctors state that Jim Lasley has a chance for recovery. Mr. Comstock states that the people are much aroused over the late robberies and outlawry committed in that neighborhood and every home is prepared for an attack. The country for twenty miles around affords excellent hiding places for outlaws. Lasley was a preacher.
February 22, 1896
City Marshal Houck returned Sunday from the northwestern part of the county and the Territory along its border, where he had been on the search of the parties who committed the triple murder in the Indian Territory, west of Uniontown. While up there Marshal Houck fell in with the Sheriff of Sequoyah District, who had fifty men with him and for two days they made a thorough search of the country without success. The parties arrested two weeks ago helped to plan the hold-up but they are not the principals in the case. The names of the latter are, however, known and they are said to be the same parties that robbed Tom Comstock some time ago. The country where they are hiding is very mountainous and the people living there who are not friendly with the outlaws are afraid to give the officers any information for fear of being waylaid by the friends of the outlaws. This makes it very hard for the officers to get on their trail.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1896 Fran Alverson Warren Vol. 4, 2001,
p.19 8 Jan 1896 A reward of $400 has been subscribed for the arrest and conviction of the parties who robbed Tom Comstock, near Uniontown, last fall. It is to be hoped the outlaws may be captured and punished.
p.24 5 Feb 1896 MURDER and ROBBERY
Two murders were committed in the Territory 10 miles from Uniontown last week, growing out of an attempt at robbery. Two men help up Mack Glass, known to have been the possessor of some $200. Upon the plea that he did not have the money about his person, but that it was at the house of Lacy Lasley, the robbers compelled him to accompany them to Lasley's home. Here the robbers met with resistance, as a result of which Mack Glass & Lacy Lasley are now dead, while Jim Lasley is very low with a bullet in his throat. The robbers escaped, but only secured 75 cents, Glass' money hid about his person not being discovered. From the given [account] of the robbers, it is believed they are the same parties who robbed Tom Comstock some time ago at Barcelona.
p.47 24 Jun 1896 Lloyd Johns, who was arrested in the Territory last week by Deputy Sheriff R. B. Winfrey and City Marshal F. D. Houck, charged with the robbing of Tom Comstock at Barcelona, was on Sunday last, turned over to the U.S. Marshal of the Paris, Texas, District, for trial in that court for two murders committed in the Indian Territory. The evidence against Johns in these cases is said to be very strong. The officer left Sunday with his prisoner for Paris, Texas.
We learn the George Johns, Lloyd's brother, who had been convicted and sentenced by the Paris Court to five years in the penitentiary for robbery, has been indicted as an accomplice in one of these murders, and will also be tried at the same time.
1900 Census. Clinden is living at home with his parent and 3 men listed as "servants". Trentham Jakes, Eli McFarland, and Charles Kitchen.
Union Twp, Crawford, AR, ED 57, Hh 121
Tom Comstock, b. Dec 1838, age 61, married 41 years, b. TN, parents b. KY, farmer
Maranda J., wife, b. Jun 1844, age 55, 7 children - 5 are living, b. AR, father b. KY, mother b. MO
Clinden, son, b. Feb 1873, age 27, b. AR, Farm labor
VAN BUREN ARGUS; May 11, 1904
CAUGHT A BAD INJUN From Thursday’s Daily Yesterday afternoon Constable Will Smith captured Sandford McKinney, a Cherokee Indian, on the Comstock Farm near Uniontown and turned him over to Deputy United States Marshal T B Johnson, who took him to Vinita, Indian Territory, to answer to the charge of murder.
Besides being wanted for murder, McKinney is wanted at South McAlester, Muskogee, Poteau, Fort Smith and Van Buren for forgery- obtaining goods under false pretense. He is also wanted at Muskogee for bigamy, as he is known to have three wives, one of whom is said to be living in Van Buren. Mckinney, what at least a half blood Cherokee, is one of the cleverest that ever operated in the Indian Territory or this part of Arkansas. He had a number of check books from different banks but never drew a check on a bank in the town in which he operated. His plan was to buy something and give a check for more than the amount of his purchase, this getting the goods and a few additional dollars. The fact that the Indian is looked upon as being proverbially honest and too unsophisticated in ways that are dark made his work easy.
Constable Smith found the half-breed at work in a cornfield for Mr. Comstock. With his pistol concealed and carrying a fishing pole in his hand, Mr. Smith approached McKinney, who looked upon him unsuspiciously. The officer engaged one of the Comstock boys in conversation until McKinney resumed his work when Will dropped his pole, drew his gun and made the Indian throw up his hands, and then called officer Johnson from his hiding place who quickly handcuffed McKinney without further trouble.
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 8, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001, p.28
1 Jun 1904 From Tuesday's Daily: Uncle Tom Comstock, of Uniontown, was in the city yesterday evening and made the Argus office a very pleasant call. Mr. Comstock had walked the entire distance from Uniontown, 17 miles, driving 17 head of hogs to Van Buren markets, having started on his long tiresome trip a daybreak, reaching here before 6 PM.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1905 Fran Alverson Warren, p.1-2.
6 May 1905 Asks For Pardon" ....ask for a pardon for Lloyd Johns ...sent up from the Federal Courts in Paris, Texas, in 1895 for life, for the killing of a man. ...Johns was mixed up with the robbing of Uncle Tom Comstock at his home west of Uniontown and is reported to have been wounded in an attempted robbery at the home of Judge Lasley west of Uniontown, when the gang killed three men.
1910 Census. Thomas Comstock, age 71, married 50 years. Born in TN. Maranda, age 67, 9 children, 5 living. [There were actually 6 living children in 1910.]
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1911 Compiled by Fran Alverson Warren, p.23
5 Aug 1911. Hon. Tom Comstock, of Uniontown, passed through Van Buren on his way to Fort Smith Wednesday. Mrs. Comstock is in the hospital there and he goes to look after her situation.
Letter from granddaughter Lula Bertha (Jones) Pauley to Marlene Jones, [about 1971] stated the following.
"Your great-great grandfather was Richard Jones and his wifes name was Poindexter. ... They lived in Newburg, Missouri. He had a general store and a mill in Newburg and a farm. ... He was a Baptist minister and had three sons and town daughters that I heard my father speak of..... Grandfather and Grandmother both passed on when my father was a little boy and his oldest sister, took him and his youngest sister to raise. She married Uncle Murphy Brown.... Her husband had been dead a long time when I seen her ....She was a widow and lived at Rocky Comfort, McDonald Co MO. I never remember her speaking of but one girl of hers. She married Tom Comstock, part Indian, and a wealthy man."
The story has long existed that Tom Comstock had Indian blood. When I began researching, I soon discovered this seemed unlikely. DNA tests for racial characteristics indicate that I am 100% European and there is no basis for this family tradition. I suspect Tom himself was responsible for the "Indian tradition"
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press Argus 1917 Fran Alverson Warren, p.39-40
11 May 1917
Hon. Thomas Comstock died at his home near Uniontown on Sunday afternoon [April 29th] and on Monday was buried in the old home cemetery. The deceased was 79 years of age and had resided in Crawford County for nearly 50 years.
He served in the Confederate Army under Gen. Joe Shelby and before the close of the war was assigned to Indian Special Services and mustered out of service at a point in then Indian Territory. In 1882 he was elected a member of the Arkansas Legislature and it is said done more for Crawford County than any member every elected.
Tom is buried in the Comstock Cemetery is on the original homestead near Barcelona in Crawford County AR. Marker reads "His many Virtues form the noblest monument to his memory"
The papers accompanying his file in the manuscript collection of John A. Comstock, have a note: March, 1934, S.W.C. The facts on the family had obviously come from Samuel Willett Comstock who spent many years gathering Comstock data.
MIRANDA JANE BROWN and ELIJAH THOMAS "Tom" COMSTOCK had the following children:
|JAMES MONROE "MON" COMSTOCK108,114,123,124,125,126,127 was born on 23 February 1860 in McDonald County, Missouri.77,79,100 He died on 29 November 1928 at the age of 68 in Van Buren, Crawford County, Arkansas.77 |
Age given as 4/12 in the 1860 McDonald Co MO Census.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1883
Fran Alverson Warren
Mar 17. p.13 on Petit Jury: Monroe Comstock
Marriage license was taken out on 22 Oct 1884. Mr. J. M. Comstock [indexed in FamilySearch Records as "Dell"] of Uniontown in Crawford Co AR, aged 24 years and Miss L. Ellen Wood of Uniontown, Crawford Co AR, aged 17 years. They were married on 26 Oct 1884 by A. E. Poague, JP Recorded on page 5 of Book C on 29 Oct 1884.
Mon and "Dolph" started Comstock Bros. - mercantile in Van Buren, AR. Mon's sons, Kenney, Ira, and Paul later ran the store and eventually only Ira was proprietor. Was sold in 1964. Mon died on Thanksgiving Day in 1928, probably stroke - he had gone down to the store to work on accounts and when he did not come home, the sons found him there.
Obits Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1888; Fran Alverson Warren
Jul 28 1888
Judges of Elections: Union Twp Andrew Howell, John Burchfield, J. M. Comstock
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 2, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001; p.5
6 Feb 1889 UNIONTOWN
Our town is on a boom. Mr. J. C. Wood and L. L. Bragg have formed a copartnership in the mercantile business, and J. C. Wood has renovated his store-house and got it up in style, with an orin roof, and has a complete stock of goods....... Mr. Wheeler bought out Mr. Thomas Howell. Mr. J. M. Comstock, or Comstock Bros., have a good storehouse and a good stock of merchandise.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1890; Fran Alverson Warren
Aug 16, 1890
Judges of Elections Union Twp – Henry Howell, J. M Comstock, John Palmer
In 1890 Reconstructed Census is J. M. Comstock living in the Uniontown School District at Section 6, Township 10, Range 33. In 1892 he is on record as having paid his Poll Tax in Crawford County AR
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 3, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001;
p.21 18 May 1892 We had a pleasant call last Thursday from J. M. Comstock, of the popular firm of Comstock Brothers, Uniontown.
p.28 29 Jun 1892 Found - By J. M. Epperson on 1 Dec 1891, at Comstsock Brothers store in Uniontown, Ark., one-half of a $10 bill, No. 438469. Bank of issue is not known. For further information address B. Brewer, Post Master, Hanson, Indian Territory.
1900 Crawford Co Census. Children down through Edna listed including Lelia at age 9. Mon's brother Hardy is living with him. Union Twp, Hh 86
James M. Comstock, b. Feb 1860, age 40, married 15 years, b. MO, Father b. TN, mother b. AR, general merchant
Lucretia E., wife, b. Apr 1867, age 33. 7 children, 6 living, Born Kansas, father b. MO, mother b. W. Va.
Kennie, M., son, b. Jul 1887, age 12. Nora H., dau, b. Jun 1889, age 11. Lelia E., dau, b. Nov. 1890, age 9. Ira V., son, b. Sep 1892, age 7. Fannie M., dau, b. Jun 1894, age 5. Edna E., dau, b. Oct 1899, age 8 months.
Hardy Comstock, brother, b. Sep 1877, age 22, Divorced, b. AR, father b. TN, mother b. AR, Salesman, dry goods.
Obituaries, Death Notices & News Items Extracted from the Van Buren Press 1906 Fran Alverson Warren, p.45
1 Sep 1906 J. M. Comstock of Uniontown, accompanied by his daughter, left Saturday for St. Louis to puchase a fall and winter stock for Comstock Brothers' Store at Uniontown.
[Which daughter? Nora was eldest and was not yet married - about age 17 in 1906.]
1910 Crawford Co Census. Only Kenney and Nora married. Union Twp., Hh 69
James M. Comstock, age 50, married 24 years, b. MO, father b. TN, mother b. AR, Merchant
Lucretia E., wife, age 43, 10 children - 8 are living, b. KS, father b. TN, mother b. MO
Children all born in AR:
Ira, son 17. Maude, dau, 15. Edna, dau 10. Lettie, dau, 8. Pauline, dau, 4. Paul, son, 3.
1920 Sebastian Co Census. Living at 901 N. 15th St in Ft. Smith. J. M. Comstock age 59 b MO, Merchant. Wife Ellen age 52, born Kansas. Daughter Edna age 20, Teacher in the public schools. Daughter Pauline age 14, student. Son Paul age 13, student.
5 May 1925 Notice in the bulletin of the Wood Memorial Church, twelve days before the dedication of the church to Miss Margaret & Norma Wood [no relation to my family]. A letter of appreciation for their family and signed by the Board of the Church, J. M. Comstock, Chairman, and my grandfather, D. M. Comstock, Secretary.
Father Found Dead by Son in Van Buren.
Heart Disease Attributed as Cause of Death of Monroe Comstock in His Store On Main Street Thursday.
J. Monroe Comstock, 69 years old, proprietor of the Comstock Dry Goods company of Van Buren, was found dead at his store on Main Street Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock, when his son, Ira M. Comstock went to the store in search of his father.
Mr. Comstock had not been in good health, but apparently was feeling well Thursday morning, though he had complained of a pain in the shoulder. Heart disease was attributed as the cause of his death.
The store was closed Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Mr. Comstock left home at 11 o'clock to go to town. When he did not return, his family became alarmed and his son went in search of him. The father's body was found lying on the floor in his office. He apparently had been dead for some time.
No funeral arrangements had been made Thursday night.
Mr. Comstock had been a resident of Crawford county for more than 60 years. He was born in McDonald county, Missouri. He came with his parents to Crawford county, when only a few years old. He was for 25 years a merchant at Uniontown before he came to Van Buren nince years ago, and established the Comstock Dry Goods company. He was a member of Wood Memorial Church and a Mason. The funeral will be in charge of Mrs. W. W. Ocker, funeral director.
Surviving relatives are the widow, Mrs. Ellen Comstock, three sons, Ira Comstock of Van Buren; K. M. Comstock, a traveling salesman for the Berry Dry Goods company of Fort Smith; Paul Comstock of Little Rock; five daughters, Mrs. A. C. Clark of Van Buren; Mrs. Cy Carney, Rudy, Ark.; Mrs. T. L. Delzell, Charleston, Ark.; Mrs. C. L. Redmond, Sallisawy, Okla.; and Mrs. J. L. Rainwater, Bristow, Okla; and a number of grandchildren. Mr. Comstock also leaves a brother and sister, H. Comstock of Uniontown and Mrs. Hugh Walker of Uniontown.
K. M. Comstock, who was covering his trade territory had not been located Thursday night.
Another obituary gives his home address as 520 North Thirteenth Street.
Still another lists the pallbearers:
Honorary: Oscar Norris, Ft. Smith; E. F. Mayfield, G. C. Yoes, Ed Deffenbaugh, C. I. Clark, John J. Hays, Edgar Covey, S. T. Matlock, M. V. Wallace, Clay Ward, Van Buren, and David Shapard, Fort Smith.
Active, Hugh Oliver, Dell Miller, O. D. Thompson, Charles E. Riddle, W. H. Wallace, Van Buren; Orien Horn, Fort Smith; Olin Pitts, Fort Smith; Othniel Miller, Van Buren.
COURT WILL ADJOURN AS COMSTOCK TRIBUTE. Tribunal Attaches to Attend Funeral of Widely Known Merchant Found Dead Thursday.
Judge J. O. Kincannon announced Friday afternoon that circuit court would be adjourned at noon Saturday out of respect to the memory of J. Monroe Comstock, widely known Van Buren merchant, who died suddenly Thursday. Court attaches will attend the funeral.
Funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Wood Memorial Christian Church. William A. Sessions, supply pastor of the church, and Harney McGehee will conduct the service a the church. The ritual of the Masonic order, of which Mr. Comstock was a member, will be used.
Surviving relatives are his wife, Mrs. Ellen Comstock, three sons, Ira Comstock of Van Buren; K. M. Comstock, a traveling salesman for the Berry Dry Goos company of Fort Smith; Paul Comstock of Little Rock; five daughters, Mrs. A. C. Clark of Van Buren; Mrs. Cy Carney, Rudy, Ark; Mrs. T. L. Delzell, Charleston, Ark.; Mrs. B. L. Redmond, Sallisaw, Okla.; and Mrs. J. S. Rainwater, Bristow, Okla; and a number of grandchildren. Mr. Comstock also leaves a brother and sister, H. Comstock of Huniontown and Mrs. Hugh Walker of Uniontown.
All the relatives are in Van Buren for the funeral.
Buried GraceLawn Cemetery, Van Buren, AR
I found the following note by his granddaughter, Josie Ellen Comstock, written probably soon after he died as the handwriting was that of a child:
"Grandpa Comstock died on Thanksgiving Day on November 29th, 1928. His funeral was held on the following Saturday. He had many, many friends. Nearly every seat in the church was full. He had many flowers. There were so many they had to be put way out at the side of the grave. Some Negroes who knew Grandpa sat outside of the church during the funeral. I was eleven years old when Grandpa died."
|Theodore COMSTOCK was born on 12 December 1861 in Missouri.77 He died on 1 March 1862 at the age of 0 in Missouri.|
|Randolph "Dolph" COMSTOCK108,114,123,128,129 was born on 11 December 1865 in Lamar County, Texas.100,120,130 He died on 27 January 1924 at the age of 58 in Uniontown, Crawford County, Arkansas.131 |
From VAN BUREN PRESS, Aug 5, 1882:
The Normal [Teacher's] Institute for the 12th Judicial district met at the Presbyterian Curch in Van Buren on the 2 of Aug. Attendees included Dolph Comstock, Uniontown. [He was 17.]
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 2, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001; p.6
30 Jan 1889 Mr. R. Comstock returned last Saturday from Rocky Comfort, Missouri, where he has been for the past six months. [Probably staying with his grandmother Rebeckah Brown]
20 Feb 1889 Mrs. Brown, the grandmother of R. Comstock, and Miss Fannie Davidson, his cousin, came home with that gentleman and remained a few days visiting their relatives.
1890 Reconstructed Census shows R. Comstock in the Uniontown School District; Section 31,Township 11,Range 33
Paid Poll Tax in Crawford County, AR in 1892
R. Comstock, age 24, married T. U. Spier, age 21, on 13 May 1890, Crawford Co, AR; J. B. C. Turman, JP.
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 3, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001; p.30-31
20 Jul 1892 UNIONTOWN SCHOOL REPORT Submitted for the Uniontown Subscription School for the term of four and one fourth months, ending July 1st, 1892........ The term closed with an exhibition, which drew a crowd of about 400 people. The program was long, but was met with applause throughout the performance. The next term will be public school, beginning the 11th inst..... Respectfully, R. Comstock, Teacher.
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN PRESS; Fran Alverson Warren, 1895, p.27
11 May 1895 Hon. Randolph Comstock was in from his home - Uniontown - Wednesday. He had just recovered from an attack of the measles, which he contracted while attended the recent session of the Legislature. [This might explain the picture in which Dolph and one of his brothers appeared to have had shaved heads...apparently that was done at times to relieve high fevers.]
OBITUARIES, DEATH NOTICES AND NEWS ITEMS EXTRACTED FROM THE VAN BUREN ARGUS, Vol. 4, Fran Alverson Warren, 2001;
p.12 31 Oct 1894 Hon. R. Comstock, Representative elect from this county, has been cured of a deformed foot by Dr. H. C. Norton. The Doctor, we learn, has two other cures of deformity in that section. [Dolph was always sitting down in family photos.]
p.19 8 Jan 1896 We acknowled a pleasant call on last Friday from Hon. R. Comstock of Uniontown. He informed us that he had an addition to his family - a girl - born December 29, 1895. [Ione Grace]
The marriage side of the grave monument for Dolph & Temperance reads "A Happy Home Rendered Lonely and Disconsolate. An Untimely Death of a Dear Good Wife and Mother."
Married by J.B.C. Turman, JP.
It is a tall white obelisk monument in Uniontown Cemetery. His side reads "Thy Trials Ended, Thy Rest Is Won"
Dolph married again after Temp died in 1913 but the marriage apparently did not last. By 1920, Dolph was living with his unmarried children in Uniontown [page 9a of the census]. On page 10a, also in Uniontown is listed an Ellen Comstock, age 54. She was living with her three children, Carolyn age 18, Myrtle, age 17, and John T. age 12, all are Babbs from an earlier marriage. Also her brother, Thomas J. Morton, blind, is livng with her. Paul & Jean Morton, Morton family researchers, state that "Blind Tom" Morton had a sister, Mary Ella, who married Randolph Comstock.
Marriage record from Crawford Co: Randolph Comstock, age 48, to Mrs. Ella Babb, also age 48. 11 Sep 1914. H. M. Gillmore, MG
Supreme Court of Arkansas, 29 Nov 1920. Appeal from Crawford County Chancery Court. Randolph Comstock v. Ella Comstock. Decree of lower court dismissed the complaint, but Plaintiff appealed. Supreme Court reversed the decision and remanded it back to the lower court with directions. This case revealed additional answers about the marriage between Dolph and Ella. They had a prenuptial contract dated 20 Aug 1914, whereby Ella Babb in lieu of dower and widow's rights agreed to take that part of the estate which each child shall inherit, counting herself as a child. They were married 11 Sep 1914 and lived together until about May of 1919. Early in January of 1918, Dolph had paid Ella $2000 which he claims she accepted in settlement of the antinuptial contract. Afterwards Ella refused to sign Dolph's real estate deeds, releasing her dower interest. She admitted she had received the $2000 but denied that it was in settlement. She stated that they could not live peaceably, both having children by former marriages, and they had agreed to separate and he had given her the $2000 to buy a home she could occupy separately. She claimed the contract was void and never acknowledged and she was entitled to the value of her expectant dower interest in any sales proceeds. Dolph they stated that he paid her the $2000 to cover everything up to January 1918 and if they continued to live together and accumulated more money, she would get her share. At the time he did not know they were going to sepaprate. Before the settlement she had purchased a home. After January of 1918, his property had lost value. He had six children and estimated his net worth at the time of the marriage was between $14,000 and $16,000, but at the time he paid Ella the $2000, he doubted that his estate was even worth as much as $14,000. He was aware she was now claiming an interest in his home in addition to her home and wanted the matter settled in case he died first. He told her when he gave her $2000 that she would have no further claims on his real estate and she agreed to it and had signed one or two deeds after that. She left him voluntarily and there was no agreement to her support if she did so as he told her he could not keep up two homes. She replied "I am going if I don't get a cent." She bought the Wood property where she then lived, paying $2000 for it. The lower court decreed that the $2000 was an advancement and consititued a lien on her dower interest and that the antenuptial contract be canceled, the complain dismissed, and Ella have a judgment for all costs. The Supreme court ruled that the antenuptial agreement had been just and reasonable. The acceptance on her part of the $2,000 was in lieu of the provisions of the contract and in advance of the contingency that he might die first. She was able to enjoy the benefits of the contract in advance. The decree of the lower was reversed and sent back to the lower court with instructions to enter a decree divesting Ella of any and all interest in the estate of Randolph Comstock.
Reporter: 146 Ark. 266 or 225 SW 621
1920 Census of Farm Land Owners
Wanda M. Gray, 1998
COMSTOCK, RANDOLPH Merchant at Uniontown
COMSTOCK, Ella Lived at Unionstown
Newspaper Clipping - unknown source
"Funeral Rites for Comstock Held from Home
Well Known Man Buried at Uniontown Cemetery With Masonic Lodge in Charge
Funeral services for Randolph Comstock, widely known Crawford County man, who died at his home at Uniontown Sunday morning, following an illnes of several months, were held from the Uniontown Christian church Tuesday, with Rev. G. G. Alexander in charge. Interment was made at the Uniontown cemetery with members of the Masonic Lodge in charge of the service.
Mr Comstock who was 58 years old, is survived by four daughters, Mrs. R. S. Wilson of Van Buren, Mrs. R. C. Mills of Norman Okla, Mrs. Tom Marshall and Miss Norma Anne Comstock of Uniontown; two sons Barton Comstock of Uniontown and Klondike Comstock of Van Buren; two brothers, J. M. Comstock of Van Buren and Hardy Comstock of Uniontown.
A member of the pioneer Crawford County family, Mr. Comstock was a leader in the religious and political life of this commun ity. He served 3 terms in the Arkansas state legislature. Hundreds of friends of the family attended the service."
Arkansas Death Certificate #29 of Randolph Comstock, Uniontown, Crawford Co, AR. Died 27 Jan 1924. Casue said to be "paralysis agitans" [Parkinsons's Disease]. He was born 11 Dec 1865 in Missouri and was 59 years, 10 months, and 17 days at death. A Merchant. Father was Tom Comstock; mother was Marandy Brown - both born Missouri. Bart Comstock [a son] of Uniontown was the informant.
Probate Record dated 18 Feb 1924 shows that Geo. G. Stockard was appointed as Special Probate Judge; the Judge disqualified on account of relationship - both in the appointment of a guardian for Norma Comstock, a minor, and in the matter of the guardian's petition for sale of real estate belonging to the Den Comstock minors. Stockard also appointed H. B. Comstock as administrator for the estate of R. Comstock, on 11 Feb 1924, application having been filed on 5 Feb. R. Comstock died intestate and the value of his estate was judged to be about $1500. His heirs were Mrs. Ethel Wilson of Van Buren; Mrs. Grace Mills of Norman, OK; Mrs. Ruth Marshall and H. B. Comstock of Uniontown; R. K. Comstock and Norma Ann Comstock of Van Buren. H. B. Comstock filed bond in the amount of $3,000 with R. Wilson and H. Comstock as surety. On the 19th of February, H. B. Comstock filed the inventory of the estate. On that date, application was also filed by Ethel C. Wilson for Letters of Guardianship for Norma Ann Comstock, a minor. The value of Norma's estate was judged to be $750 and Ethel filed bond in the amount of $1500 with J. M. Comstock [my great grandfather and her uncle] as security. Guardianship was issued. Signed by Geo. G. Stockard.
One of those strange coincidences revealed by family history research:
Randolph Comstock, brother to my great-grandfather James Monroe Comstock, married Temperance Spier, 18 May 1890, in Crawford Co, Arkansas. "Dolph" was born in 1865, while his parents were living in Lamar Co, Texas, just following the end of the Civil War. His parents were Elijah Thomas "Tom" Comstock, born 1838 in Perry Co, TN, and Miranda Brown, born 1842 in Searcy Co, AR - they had married in McDonald Co, MO in 1859. Temperance was born 1868 in Walker Co, GA, the daughter of John "Jack" Spier, born 1819 in Tennessee, and Sarah Ann McWhorter, b. 1830, in Georgia - they had married about 1852 in Walker Co GA.
Randolph Comstock's great, great-grandfather bought land that Temperance Spier's great great-grandfather had patented in Old Pendleton, South Carolina. So their great great-grandfather's had lived on the same place. The families arrived in Arkansas by very divergent means and I'm sure had no idea. This is how that happened.
Miranda Brown, mother of Dolph Comstock, was the daughter of Murphy Brown [b. 1816 in KY, died 1863 in McDonald Co, AR], granddaughter of William Brown [b.1794 in Old Pendleton District, SC, d. 1874 in Grayson Co, TX] and great-granddaughter of Samuel Brown [b. 1772 in SC, died after the 1850 census, probably in McDonald Co, MO]
Sarah Ann McWhorter, mother of Temperance Spier, was the daughter of James McWhorter [b. 1796 in SC, d. 1841, Walker Co GA], granddaughter of John McWhorter [b. 1768 in Lancaster Co, PA, d. 1855, Walker Co GA], and great-granddaughter of David McWhorter/McWhirter [b. abt 1741 in Lancaster Co PA, died 1789, SC]
Here is a record of David McWhirter in South Carolina:
Abbeville Plat Book A, p.192
Survey for David McWhirter as a Citizen. 250 acres above the Ancient [Indian] Boundary Line on Hurricane Creek, a branch of Saludy River, bounding to the NE on two former surveys. To the SE and NE on John Hamilton's land and to the SW on land surveyed for Mary Newman. Other sides vacant when surveyed by John Bowie, Deputy Surveyor, on 15 Dec 1784. Recorded 10 Feb 1785, Robert Anderson, County Surveyor. Sketch of the plat show Hurricane Creek running up one side of the plat.
Note: although this survey rests in the court house in Abbeville, the area "above the Indian Boundary Line" was recently still in the hands of the Indians. Whites moved in and settled there before the treaty was actually signed, giving over to South Carolina the Old Pendleton District which later became the three counties - Pickens, Oconee, and Anderson Counties.
Seemingly, heirs of David McWhirter, including Sarah Ann McWhorter's grandfather John, sold this land to Samuel Brown:
Pendleton SC, Deed Book G, p.301 9 Mar 1802 Mary Jones, John & Robert McWhirter to Samuel Brown. 250 acres for $250. Signed by Mary Jones, John McWhirter, Robert McWhirter. Wit: Thomas Brown, John McWhirter. Thomas Brown made oath to the deed, 9 Oct 1802. Recorded 15 Mar 1803.
When Samuel sold 100 acres of this land to John Darragh, by then recorded in Anderson Co DB 1, p.268, 24 Mar 1808, it was described as part of a tract granted David McWhirter, 3 Apr 1786.
On 10 Jan 1816, recorded in Pendleton DB M. p. 494, Samuel Brown sold the remaining 150 acres on the Saluda River, part of survey granted David McWhirter 3 Apr 1786, to William Crawford. After this sale, I believe the Brown family left South Carolina for Kentucky.
|Green COMSTOCK was born on 22 January 1868 in Lamar County, Texas.77 He died on 28 January 1868 at the age of 0 in Lamar County, Texas.|
|Minnie COMSTOCK114 was born on 27 September 1870 in Arkansas.77 She died on 23 September 1944 at the age of 73.132 |
Minnie and Edwin McCoy were married by A. P. Copeland
Chas F. James of Fort Smith, age 45, married "Miss" Minnie Comstock of Uniontown, Crawford Co, age 32 on 18 Jun 1902; Sam Edmondson, JP performed the ceremony.
Minnie had no children.
|Clinden "Den" COMSTOCK was born on 18 February 1873 in Barcelona, Crawford County, Arkansas.77,99,114 He died on 29 February 1912 at the age of 39 in Crawford County, Arkansas.103,133 |
The 1910 Census:
Union Twp, Crawford Co AR, Hh 44
Clenden Comstock, 37, married once; he was 15 when he married, b. AR
Birdie, wife, 30, says married once at 18, 4 children, b. AR
Jennie, dau 8. Dink, son 5. Charlie, son, age 3, Minnie, dau age 4 months
A Marriage license was issued in Sebastian Co, AR, 5 Apr 1905 to Den Comstock of Uniontown, age 32, to marry Birdie Houghton of Van Buren, age 26. John Q. West, Church of Christ Minister married them on the 6th of April 1905. It appears that one child had already been born to the couple and another was on the way.
His grave marker reads "A precious one from us has gone. A voice we love is still. A place is vacant in our home which he can only fill." Den is buried in the Comstock Cemetery, as is a young son, Thomas Denzil who was age 6 when he died.
|Cornelia COMSTOCK103,114 was born on 29 June 1875 in Arkansas.77 She died on 12 March 1893 at the age of 17 in Crawford County, Arkansas.103,134,135 |
John M. Mills, age 17, married Cordelia Comstock, age 14 on 16 Jul 1889. J. H. Branson, JP. License was issued 15 Jul 1889.
I have found her name as both Cordelia and Cornelia.
According to Homer Marshall of Uniontown, Cornelia and Mort were breaking a horse to ride and she was kicked in the head and died.
Buried in the Comstock Cemetery (age 17). Her husband is buried in the larger adjoining cemetery, next to Alice (Morton) Mills who was his mother.
There is a note in the manuscript file of John A. Comstock, that Cornelia's residence was Muscogee. This seems unlikely - perhaps her husband moved there for a time, but both are buried there in Crawford Co, AR. The place of residence was not in the book, so maybe J.A. Comstock also suspected this was an error.
|Hardy "Tack" COMSTOCK12,114,125,136,137,138 was born on 14 September 1877 in Barcelona, Crawford County, Arkansas.77 He died on 24 August 1936 at the age of 58 in Lee Creek, Crawford County, Arkansas.86,103,133 |
Did Tack have an earlier marriage? Found in Sebastian Co AR: Hardy Comstock to Mary Allen 4 Dec 1901; age 24 years. Her age not given. Married by A. A. McDonald, JP
1900 Census. Hardy, age 22, living with brother James Monroe. Appears to almost have a "D" in the marriage status column. If so, did he have two earlier marriages - see next.
Family Search Pilot - Arkansas Marriages
Marriage license issued 19 Jul 1897 to Hardy Comstock, age 19, and Mary Delzale [sic - Delzell], age 16 - they were married the 25th of January by G. W. Jones, JP.
He registered for the World War I draft.
Hardy Comstock, Uniontown, Crawford County, Ark
Age 40. Born Sept 14, 1877. White, native born. A Merchant in Uniontown.
Emily Catherine Comstock, nearest relative, Uniontown, Crawford Co.
Signed with his own signature as Hardy Comstock.
He was of medium height, medium build, gray eyes, black hair.
12 Sep 1918.
1920 Census of Farm Land Owners
Wanda M. Gray, 1998
COMSTOCK, H. Merchant at Uniontown and had a farm. Two acres; had Holstein cattle, White Wyandotte chickens, Poland China hogs
1920 Census, Hardy Comstock is listed as occupation: General Store.
1930, Union Twp. Hardy Comstock, age 52, Farmer with Emily age 51 and Earl age 12, living at home.
He is in the Arkansas Death Index which has no details: Hardy Comstock, died 8/24/1936, Crawford County.
JoEllen McKim says Tack was murdered. Shot out in his field. Chester Lemon was tried but not convicted. Pete Howard relates the following from Howell family tradition. Chester Lemon had already shot one man for unknown transgressions. Tack was having illicit interludes with Chester's wife and there was a lot of bad blood between the two. After Chester shot Tack out in his field, he went to Uniontown, found the constable and admitted what he'd done. Trial was in Van Buren and it was determined that the killing was justifiable homicide. Chester Lemon sold out and left Crawford County after the trial.
Fayetteville (Ark.) Daily Democrat, Monday, 24 Aug 1936
Crawford Couty Farmer Shot to Death Today
Van Buren, Ark. Aug 24.
Hardy Comstock, 55, Crawford county farmer, was found shot to death today.
Sheriff Fred Long said Chester D. Lemon, a neighboring farmer, surrendered to him and confessed he shot Comstock after an argument.
The shooting occurred near the farms of the two men a few miles from Uniontown. Sheriff Long quoted Lemon as saying Comstock had attacked him with a rock as Lemon rode on horseback near the Comstock farm.
"I tried to reason with him" Sheriff Long said Lemon told him. The sheriff said Lemon shot Comstock three times.
After the shooting, Lemon continued to Uniontown where he informed a merchant and later surrendered at Van Buren.
Surviving Comstock are his wife, Mrs. Emily Comstock, three daughters, one son and a sister.
Newspaper clippings found in a scrapbook belonging to Lettie Comstock Carney, niece of Tack, gave considerable details of the murder.
"The shooting occurred about 9:30 o'clock, near the farms of Comstock and Lemon, northwest of Uniontown, near the Oklahoma state line. Lemon continued to Uniontown, where he told Ural S. Peace, Uniontown merchant, of the shooting and accompanied Peace to Van Buren, where he surrendered to Sheriff Fred Long. The .25 calibre automatic pistol Lemon used was turned over to the sheriff also.
According to Sheriff Long, Lemon admitted the shooting, asserting that Comstock stopped him, while he was riding near the Comstock farm home and threatened him with a rock. Lemon told the sheriff that he tried to reason with Comstock, and got off his horse to talk with him, but that Comstock advanced toward him with the rock in his hand. Lemon said that he shot Comstock three times with the small calibre gun, and that when Comstock fell, he remounted his horse and rode to Uniontown.
Dick Vickory, another farmer of near Uniontown, who heard the shots and was the first to reach the scene of the shooting, told Fred Patton, chief deputy sheriff, who investigated the shooting, that Comstock was dead when he arrived a few minutes after the shots were fired. One of the shots passed through the body near the heart. No inquest was necessary, officers announced."
"Charge of first degree murder, in connection with the fatal wounding of Hardy (Tack) Comstock, his neighbor, Tuesday morning was placed against Chester D. Lemon, farmer of near Uniontown, by Lonnie Batchelor, deputy prosecuting attorney."
He is buried in the Comstock Cemetery along with his wife and an infant granddaughter and grandson. [Correct date of death is 24 August, as that was a Monday in 1936.]
COMSTOCK'S FUNERAL SERVICE IS CONDUCTED
Victim of Gunshot Wound Buried at Family Plot Tuesday with Masons Aiding in Rites.
Funeral service for Hardy (Tack) Comstock, 58 years old, widely known Crawford county man who was fatally wounded Monday morning near his home, when shot by a neighbor, Chester D. Lemon, was held Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the home near Uniontown, with Dr. J. R. Keeling, pastor of the Wood Memorial Christian church of Van Buren, officiating. Burial was in the Comstock family cemetery, with the Edwards Funeral home of Fort Smith in charge of arrangements. Officers of the Masonic lodge of Uniontown, of which Mr. Comstock was a member were in charge of a service at the grave.
Mr. Comstock was a leading farmer of that section of the county for a number of years. He was a member of the Christian church of Uniontown, and took an active interest in the church, civic, fraternal, political and school affairs of the community.
He was a brother of the late Senator Randolph Comstock of Uniontown and the late J. Monroe Comstock, widely known Van Buren business man, and an uncle of Mrs. R. S. Wilson, Dyke Comstock, Barton Comstock, Mrs. Lester Delzell, Mrs. Maude Redmond, Ira V. Comstock, and Paul Comstock of Van Buren, Mrs. Cy Carney of Rudy, Mrs. Aura C. Clark of Baltimore, Md., Mrs. J. S. Rainwater of Bristow, Okla., Kenney Comstock of Fayetteville, and Mrs. R. C. Mills and Miss Norma Comstock of Oklahoma City; and a cousin of Gratis Comstock of van Buren.
Members of his immediate family are his wife, Mrs. Emily Comstock; three daughters, Mrs. Lena Reed of Natural Dam, and Mrs. Alma Babb and Mrs. Hazel Fears of Uniontown; a son, Earl Comstock of Uniontown; and a sister, Mrs. H. D. Walker of Uniontown.
Pallbearers, all of whom were Mr. Comstock's own nephews or nephews by marriage, were Tom Marshall, R. S. Wilson, Cy Carney, Paul Comstock, C. R. Jones, and Lester Delzell.
Although it is said that Chester Lemon moved away after the trial, he is buried in the Macedonia Cemetery in Crawford Co: b. 23 Sep 1881 and died 5 Mar 1959. Also buried there are Mary F. Lemon, b. 11 Jun 1859, died 17 Jul 1932 and J. M. Lemon, b. 10 Mar 1850, d. 11 Dec 1917. Flossie Demerice, daughter of Chester D. & Florie Lemon, b. 3 May 1950, d. 22 Oct 1908.
|Piney COMSTOCK was born on 4 September 1882 in Arkansas.77 She died on 23 August 1886 at the age of 3 in Crawford County, Arkansas.103,133 |
Died 3 years, 11 months, 19 days. Buried in Comstock Cemetery.
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