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 Comfort Peck

Comfort Peck

Birth
Seekonk, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 29 May 1814 (aged 83)
Seekonk, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA
Memorial ID 30782001 · View Source
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Comfort lived on the homestead where he was born for his entire life. He married Hannah Barney January 9, 1755 in Rehoboth, Bristol County, MA and Christian and Comfort Jr. were their children. Hannah died March 28, 1762 and Comfort then married Kesiah Peck, a distant relative, on March 5, 1763 at Rehoboth. Their children were Kesiah and Hannah. Kesiah, the mother, died June 26, 1766. About 1770, Comfort married Ruth Saunders from Haverhill, Massachusetts and they had five children: Ruth, who died young, Nathaniel, James, Thomas and Ruth. As tensions increased between Britain and the colonies, Comfort and his sixteen year old son Comfort Jr. trained with the Rehoboth Militia. After shots were fired in Lexington, conditions grew worse. On December 8, 1776, an alarm was sounded calling for troops from nearby towns to assist the people of Bristol and Newport, Rhode Island when a squadron of British vessels sailed into Newport Harbor, taking possession of the town. The militia armed and prepared to defend their state. Private Comfort Peck marched in Captain Joseph Franklin's Company, Col. Thomas Carpenter's Regiment to Rhode Island where his unit remained for eight days. A second time Comfort was called to duty as a Private with Captain Israel Hix's Company, Col. Josiah Whitney's Regiment. He served from July 30 to September 10, 1778 on an expedition to Rhode Island. Twelve French ships arrived to assist the colonists and it was decided to attack the British before they had a chance to gather more strength. However, August 12th a great storm arose that swept both land and sea. The wind blew a hurricane and the rain fell in torrents. Arms and ammunition were rendered useless as were their tents which were blown down or carried away by the wind. Soldiers were left without shelter, trying to protect themselves from the storm by crouching in the corners of fences or against rocks. The French fleet lost masts and rigging and were in a shambles. The French ships then left for Boston to be repaired, leaving the colonists without any support. With the British on the move, the colonists, in a surprise attack on the British, gained a victory of which Lafayette later declared the Battle of Rhode Island to be the "best fought action of the war." Comfort died May 29, 1814 at 83 years of age and was buried in the Newman Congregational Church Cemetery, Rumford, Providence County, Rhode Island.
Bio by John E. Sherman #47749330


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  • Created by: Dave Peck
  • Added: 22 Oct 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 30782001
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Comfort Peck (26 May 1731–29 May 1814), Find A Grave Memorial no. 30782001, citing Newman Cemetery, East Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, USA ; Maintained by Dave Peck (contributor 46966140) .