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Rev William Comstock
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Birth: Jul. 20, 1821
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 15, 1909
Ottawa County
Michigan, USA

From the Iroquois Co Genealogical Society of William's brother Charles Henry it lists William as the minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Allendale.

From Steve Soper of

William Comstock was born July 20, 1821 in Berlin, Rensselaer County, New York, the son of Amos (1794-1855) and Hannah (Upton, 1793-1865).

New York native Amos and Massachusetts-born Hannah, both Quakers, were married in a Quaker ceremony in Adams, Massachusetts (where Hannah had been born), on November 11, 1813 and settled in Berlin, New York (Amos' birthplace) where they resided for some years. By 1827 they had moved (back) to Adams, Massachusetts, living there until at least 1839.

William married his first wife, Vermonter Emily M. Hildreth (1825-1897), on May 13, 1847. They had at least four children: Caroline M. (b. 1849), Emily Alice (b. 1853), Wallace B. (b. 1856) and Lilla M. (b. 1859). William was possibly working as a laborer and living in Adams, Massachusetts in 1850. In any case, the family moved from Massachusetts to Michigan probably sometime before 1855 when Amos reportedly died in Lapeer County, Michigan. By 1860 William and his family were living in Grand Haven, Ottawa County, where he was working as a carpenter.

William stood 6'0" with blue eyes, brown hair and a light complexion, and was 39 years old and probably living in Tallmadge, Ottawa County[1] when he enlisted in Company I on May 13, 1861. (Company I was made up largely of men from Ottawa County, particularly from the eastern side of the County.)

One source reported that by the middle of August of 1861 William and Hiram Bateman (also from Ottawa county and in the Third Michigan) were working in the regimental hospital tending the sick. "We understand," wrote the Grand Haven News in mid-August, "that Mr. Bateman and Mr. Comstock, both from Lamont, are in the regiment's hospital, on the camping ground, detailed from their company to aid in the care of the sick and wounded, so that our own acquaintances will receive and prepare for the sick such comforts as have been sent from this village."[2]

Reuben Randall, also of Company I, reported in his diary on March 27, 1862, that William was employed as the company launderer. In any case, he was reported as a nurse in the hospital from June 2, 1862, to July of 1862, and on detached service in August, probably as a nurse. In September he was still absent as a nurse in the hospital, and, according to the Regimental monthly returns, he was discharged "by order" on October 25, 1862, at Edward's Ferry, Virginia, although his service record reports him as discharged on March 25, 1863, at Rhode Island for chronic rheumatism and varicose veins.

In either case, William returned to western Michigan and sometime after his discharge from the army he moved his family to Allendale, Ottawa County. By 1870 he was working as a farmer and living with his wife and four children in Allendale. By 1880 William was working as a millwright and living with his wife and children in Allendale. He was still living in Allendale in 1890. [3]

According to Bob Bosch, chronicler of the Allendale civil war veterans, William eventually settled on what is now 56th Avenue about 1/2 mile north of M-45 in section 23.

He was living in Allendale in 1883 drawing $6.00 per month (pension no. 158,678, dated April of 1879), in 1890 and 1894, and probably spent most of his life there.

William married his second wife, Nellie E. Ross (d. 1903), on January 13, 1898.

William died a widower in Allendale, on July 15, 1909, and was buried in Allendale cemetery.

[1] See Van Eyck's Ottawa County in the Civil War, p. 5.

[2] Grand Haven News, August 17, 1861, col 1. : "Comforts for the Wounded Soldiers".

[3] See the special census of civil war veterans, 1890, National Archives.

Family links: 
  Amos Comstock (1794 - 1855)
  Hanna Upton Comstock (1793 - 1865)
  Emily Melissa Hildreth Comstock (1825 - 1897)
  Nellie E Ross Comstock (1853 - 1903)
  Caroline Maria Comstock Knapp (1849 - 1911)*
  Emily Alice Comstock Conklin (1853 - 1933)*
  Wallace Bristol Comstock (1856 - 1929)*
  Lilla May Comstock Watson (1859 - 1949)*
  Juliette Comstock Thompson (1819 - 1889)*
  William Comstock (1821 - 1909)
  David Barkley Comstock (1827 - 1874)*
  Hannah Maria Comstock Sherman (1832 - 1894)*
  Isaac Upton Comstock (1836 - 1898)*
  Charles Henry Comstock (1839 - 1907)*
*Calculated relationship
Allendale Township Cemetery
Ottawa County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Grave 37
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Record added: Aug 25, 2007
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Rev William Comstock
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Rev William Comstock
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