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Charles Henry Comstock
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Birth: Apr. 22, 1839
Adams
Berkshire County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1907
Ashkum
Iroquois County
Illinois, USA

***For the picture of the Comstock monument marker that is at this cemetery go to wife Adelia's page (where you will also find a picture of Charles Henry as an older man). On his nephew George Delmer Comstock's page there is a picture of Charles also***

Bio from http://www.rootsweb.com/~ilicgs/bio/page10.htm Iroquois Co Genealogical Society

CHARLES H. COMSTOCK, one of the enterprising and substantial business men and influential citizens of Ashkum, is a dealer in grain, lumber, live stock and farm implements at that place. He is a native of Massachusetts, and was born in Berkshire County, his birth occurring in the town of Adams, on the 22d of April, 1839, in the same house in which his mother was born. He is a son of Amos Comstock, a native of the Empire State, and who grew to maturity there. The grandfather of our subject was born in New England. Charles H. Comstock is of the seventh generation of the Comstock family who have lived in the United States. Two brothers of that name settled in New England in the early days of Rhode Island. They were of English descent, and our subject's grandmother and his relatives belonged to the Society of Friends, and originally settled in Rhode Island.

Amos Comstock, after reaching man's estate, married in the town of Adams, Berkshire County, Hannah Upton, daughter of Isaac Upton, who was also a member of the Society of Friends. After his marriage he located in Eastern New York, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits for a number of years. Later, he returned to Massachusetts, settling near Adams, where he engaged in farming and stock-raising. He carried on business for a number of years successfully, but later met with reverses and then went to Michigan, where he located in Lapeer County. This was about the year 1850, and in what was almost a wilderness he opened up a farm, on which he lived until death claimed him in 1855. His wife survived him for several years, and after her husband's death she returned to the East, where she resided for a few years, and then made her home with a son at Grand Rapids, Mich. She departed this life in 1865, leaving many to mourn her loss. She was an active member of the Society of Friends.

Of a family of nine children, eight of whom grew to mature years, Upton, who died at the age of fifteen years, was the eldest; Anna died in 1841; Julietta died in 1889, at the age of seventy years; Rev. William resides at Allendale, Mich., and is a minister of the Wesleyan Methodist Church; David B. was a prominent merchant of Grand Rapids, Mich., for a number of years, and died there in 1874; Phoebe Jane and Hannah Maria, twins, the former of whom died in infancy, and the latter of whom is married and makes her home in Adams Township, Berkshire County, Mass.; Isaac U. lives in Michigan and is a natural mechanic and jeweler by trade; and our subject is the youngest of the family.

Mr. Comstock whose name heads this record removed to Michigan with his parents when a lad of fourteen. He received good common-school advantages and worked on a farm during the summer season. Since arriving at man's estate he has received a good business education and is well-read and informed and keeps posted in general literature, science, and the affairs of the Government. After his father's death he removed to Vermont and assisted his brother-in-law, who was a millwright and carpenter. In Massachusetts, he learned the carriage-maker's trade, and in November, 1859, came to Illinois. He located at Manteno and started a carriage manufactory, in which business he was quite successful. He next engaged as manager of a grain elevator and took charge of that business for a cousin, G. P. Comstock. In the spring of 1865, our subject went to Peotone and there engaged for himself in the grain business for a period of about three years; he later removed to Chebanse, where he built the first elevator in that town. After two years of business in that place, he sold out to F. J. Taylor, after which he continued in business for about one year. During that time he introduced a patent end gate of his own invention. In 1871, Mr. Comstock located in Ashkum and there built an elevator and extensively engaged in the grain business in partnership within his cousin, G. P. Comstock, of Chicago, who remained a member of the firm for several years, but has since died. Our subject for twenty-one years has been actively engaged in the grain business in this village and has had several other lines of business in addition to this. Since 1872, he has handled wagons and farm implements. Mr. Comstock's patent has been a source of great revenue to him, and from it for many years he has received about $4,000 per annum, and all of the wagons which he handles he has received in partial payment for the use of his patent gate.

In Peotone, Ill., Mr. Comstock was united in marriage with Adelia Kellogg, November 13, 1866. The lady was born at Lyons, Ill., and is a daughter of Solomon Kellogg. Mr. and Mrs. Comstock are the parents of seven children: Louise A., Alice S., Carrie A., Mae R., Clinton C., William H., and George K. They also had two daughters who died in infancy.

During his life, Mr. Comstock has met with a number of narrow escapes from death. Three times falling timbers fairly grazed his head in their descent. Politically, he is identified within the Republican party. He has never aspired to official positions but has given his attention to his extensive business interests. He ships from four to five hundred cars of grain per year and also has an extensive lumber trade. During his long residence in this and adjoining counties, Mr. Comstock has made many friends both in a business and in a social way. He is a man of superior inventive talent and has shown enterprise and industry excelled by few.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Amos Comstock (1794 - 1855)
  Hanna Upton Comstock (1793 - 1865)
 
 Spouse:
  Adelia Kellogg Comstock (1844 - 1916)
 
 Children:
  Louisa Adelia Comstock Ruckrigel (1867 - 1894)*
  Alice Sylvia Comstock Clifton (1870 - 1933)*
  Carrie Anna Comstock Redmond (1872 - 1943)*
  Agnes Comstock (1876 - 1876)*
  Mae Rebecca Comstock Zumwalt (1877 - 1957)*
  Clinton Charles Comstock (1880 - 1937)*
  William Henry Comstock (1883 - 1953)*
  Eva Comstock (1885 - 1885)*
  George Kellogg Comstock (1887 - 1960)*
 
 Siblings:
  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
 
Burial:
Ashkum Cemetery
Ashkum
Iroquois County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Chris
Record added: Aug 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 21081767
Charles Henry Comstock
Added by: Chris
 
Charles Henry Comstock
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Charles Henry Comstock
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In honor of a cousin...
- Cherie_in_OC
 Added: Jun. 2, 2016
 
 
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