Comstock family.

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Benjamin Comstock (1747-1828) was born, lived, and died in Providence, R.I. He is also known for purchasing a sizeable quantity of land from the Ohio Company in 1792. He married, on 28 January 1776, Mary Winsor (1755-1825), daughter of Rev. Joseph Winsor of Gloucester, R.I. They had nine children: Jesse (1777-1821), who married Ann Weeden; Joseph (1778-1778); Samuel (1778-1778); Sally Brown (1780-1873), who married Samuel Comstock; Joseph (1783-1820); Anna Brown (1784-1868), who married Samuel Thurber; William; Samuel (1789-1815); and Benjamin (1792-1806).

Capt. William Comstock (1787-1873), the seventh child of Benjamin and Mary (Winsor) Comstock, commanded the popular steamer _Fulton_ and was president of the Bank of Commerce in Providence. He married, on 28 August 1808, Bethiah Gorham ( -1821). They had six children: Catherine Gorham (1809-1901), who married Benjamin Weeden; William (1812-1812); Eliza; Mary Winsor (1816-1889), who married Samuel Almy; Moses Eddy (1818-1818); and Julia (1821-1821).

Capt. Comstock married second, on 19 September 1824, Harriet Pearson (1803-1882). They had five children: Harriet Ellen (1825-1827); Harriet (1828- ), who married Byron Sprague; William; Richard Williams; and Anna Louisa (1836- ), who married Edward Augustus Balch.

Eliza Comstock (1814-1859) married first, on 14 July 1834, William Waite Comstock (1810-1834). They had no children. She married, second, Thomas Peck Bucklin ( -1870). They had ten children. Bucklin co-owned Bucklin and Crane Company, a clipper-ship line in New York City.

William Comstock (1831-1859) was a merchant in the China trade from 1849 to 1859 as agent and later partner with the firm of Augustine Heard and Company of Foochow and Canton, an outfit that exported to a number of countries. He worked closely with his brother-in-law, Thomas Peck Bucklin. Comstock was apparently planning to return to Providence in 1859 due to poor health but it is believed that he drowned in the Indian Ocean during the voyage.

Richard Williams Comstock (1834- ) was a partner in the Rhode Island Horseshoe Company of Providence and Buffalo, N.Y., and owned a line of yachts and a wharf in Providence. He married, on 18 November 1874, Cornelia Babcock Pratt. They had three children. Their second child and only daughter, Alice Louise, married Clarence Saunders Brigham (1877-1963).

From the description of Papers, 1782-1904, 1931-1939. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 207126489

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associatedWith Baring Brothers & Co. Ltd. corporateBody
associatedWith Bucklin and Crane Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Bucklin, Thomas Peck, d. 1870. person
associatedWith Comstock, Benjamin, 1747-1828. person
associatedWith Comstock, Harriet Pearson, 1803-1882. person
associatedWith Comstock, Jeremiah, 1742-1817. person
associatedWith Comstock, Richard Williams, b. 1834. person
associatedWith Comstock, William, 1787-1873. person
associatedWith Comstock, William, 1831-1849. person
associatedWith Deacon, Albert. person
associatedWith Dixwell, J. J. person
associatedWith Everett, R. L. person
associatedWith Fearon, C. A. person
associatedWith Handy, Charles Overing. person
associatedWith Heard, Augustine, 1827-1905. person
associatedWith Heard, John, 1824-1894. person
associatedWith Lanca, E. L. person
associatedWith Lockwood, R. E. person
associatedWith New York, Providence, and Boston Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Nott, William. person
associatedWith Ohio Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Pale Hubbell Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Parker, E. F. person
associatedWith Perkins, C. A. person
associatedWith Putnam, David. person
associatedWith Rhode Island Horseshoe Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Silva, John C. person
associatedWith Vanderbilt, Cornelius, 1794-1877. person
associatedWith Weller, George F. person
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London (England)
New York (N.Y.)
Bengal (India)
Rhode Island
New York (State)
Buffalo (N.Y.)
Macau (China : Special Administrative Region)
Hong Kong (China)
Providence (R.I.)
Architectural drawings
Clipper ships
Estates, (Law)
Voyages and travels


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