Son of Henry Comly Sr 1615-1684 & Joan English Tyler 1630-1689.
Born in Bedminster, Somerset, England, Henry arrived to USA in 1682, age abt. 8 years, with his parents. Prior to journey to USA, his father Henry Sr, purchased 500 acres of land from Pennsylvania founder William Penn, (19 July 1681). The family settled on land in Warminster, Bucks, PA.
*Emigration records are indexed as year being 1683, as year of arrival to Philadelphia. Source: U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s.
Henry Comly Sr., died only two years after arriving in Bucks County, and in his will he left to his son Henry "two hundred acres bought by me of the Governour besides the House and Hundred which I now live in." His widow, Joan, married Joseph English in 1685.
Henry Jr. married Agnes Heaton, on 8 17 1695, at Langley, Middleton, Philadelphia, PA. In the Comly genealogy featured (Vows) script exchanged on their marriage certificate. Source: The Comfly family, Part I. Decendants of Henry and Joan (Tyler) Comly, pg 18.
Henry & Agnes Children: According to Comly genealogy they had 11 children, recorded in Comly family bible/provides dates & times born. Photo attached were from Abington MM records, Pg. 32, recorded birth dates for nine children.
Henry died at age 57 years, his death recorded as:
Name Henry Comly
Death Date 16 Mar 1726
Death Date on Image 16 First 1726
Death Place Montgomery, Pennsylvania
Event Type Death
Abington Monthly Meeting
Death Date 16 Sep 1726 [March 1726/27] *discrepancy of dates
Death Date on Image 16 Seventh 1726
Death Place Philadelphia
Burial Place Pennsylvania, USA
Residence Place Moreland, Philadelphia
Event Type Burial
Abington Monthly Meeting
Handwritten burial recorded at Abington Friends; Henry Comly Jr of ye Manor of Moreland in ye County of Philadelphia, a friend belonging to Byberry Meeting, departed their life the 16th day of 1st month, 1726.
Wife Agnes, daughter of Robert Heaton, departed their life 30d 10m 1743.
Ancestry member: daveshoemaker1 originally shared this on 03 May 2007. Title: Life in America.
Record of the Quaker marriage ceremony appears in the Comly Genealogy, page 18, and includes the names of the 35 persons who witnessed the ceremony. From the Heatons, Henry and Agnes Comly obtained two tracts of land totaling 900 acres of the Manor of Moreland, Philadelphia County, situated on what in 1939 when the genealogy was published, and maybe still today, is Tomlinson Road near Somerton.
Henry retained ownership of the 300 acre Warminster property, but it was at the Manor of Moreland where Henry and Agnes settled and raised their 11 children. As far as it is known, almost everyone bearing the name of Comly in the United States is descended from Henry and Agnes Comly and their children.
Henry Comly was very active in religious affairs of the Quaker Meeting and in civil affairs as well. In 1711 he was the collector of county taxes. In 1721 his name is found on a list of subscribers for maintaining the poor who belonged to Byberry Preparitive Meeting. His signatures of 1695 and later in 1717 which appear in the Comly Genealogy (p.21) indicate that his penmanship far exceeded that of many of his descendants.
The births of all 11 children were recorded in the Henry Comly Bible, brought to America in 1682 by Henry and Joan Comly. It is still intact. A great grandson, John Comly, wrote of his great grandfather that he appeared "to have supported through life the character of an honest, upright man...and might be reckoned wealthy for a farmer at that early period." He also noted that "All of his (11) children were married according to the order of Friends." Henry died in his early fifties in 1727. Agnes, his wife, died in her mid-sixties in 1743.
From Comly Genealogy: John Comly, his great-grandson stated:
Henry Comly appears to have and supported through his life the character of an honest and upright man. He carried his temporal concerns with vigor and was sucessful in his business, so that he might be regarded as wealthy for a farmer at that early period. We find that he was employed in adjusting differences about property against his neighbors and was considered a serviceable member of the religious society.
Source for Comly Arrival from England to USA:
SHEPPARD, WALTER LEE, JR., compiler and editor. Passengers and Ships prior to 1684. (Publications of the Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, 1.) Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1970. 245p. Reprinted by Heritage Books, Bowie, MD, 1985. Page 199.
Name Henry Comly (SR), Arrival Year 1683, Arrival Place Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Family Members Wife Joan; Son Henry Jr.
Source Publication Code 236, Primary Immigrant Comly, Henry.
Annotation List of 21 ships arriving between 1682 and 1684 at Philadelphia and the Delaware Bay (p. 110). Also in no. 8370, Sheppard.
Source Bibliography BALDERSTON, MARION. Pennsylvania's 1683 Ships and Some of Their Passengers. In The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine, vol. 24:2 (1965), pp. 69-114.
Added August 2021 by request:
I found the following Orphans' Court Records for Henry if you would be so kind to add it to his bio. # (46986571), Dead Ringer;
Mar 2, 1685 Orphan son Henry. David Davies is holding some of his estate.
Oct 5, 1686 David Davies is since deceased.
Oct 20, 1686 Widow is now married to Joseph English. Left part of his estate to a daughter in England.
Dec 13, 1687 Joseph English is now deceased.
His widow is Joan.
Thomas Adkinson who held part of the estate is also now deceased. His widow is Jane.
Mar 26, 1690 William Paxson and Jonathan Scaife appointed guardians to Henry.
~ Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Orphans' Court Records
Agnes Heaton Comly
1677–1743 (m. 1695)