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 Francis Comparet

Francis Comparet

Birth
Monroe, Monroe County, Michigan, USA
Death 20 Feb 1845 (aged 46)
Burial Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Plot sec. C -ln. 148.
Memorial ID 82870608 · View Source
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Francis Comparet, mentioned above as one of the well-known early settlers of the city was born at Monroe, Mich., October 12, 179S. That was then an Indian trading post, and his parents were engaged in that business. He was raised as a trader, and learned the Indian languages.

In 1819 he was married to Eleanor Gwoin, a native of that post, and in March, 1820, they came to Fort Wayne, where he at once began to establish himself as a trader, and traveled extensively through the Indian territory. His trading house stood east of the alley on the south side of Columbia street between Clinton and Calhoun. He was agent for a number of years of the North American Fur Company, and had Henry Colerick as a partner in 1832-33, and subsequently Peter Kiser.

The latter firm built a distillerv on the south bank of the canal, east of Comparet's residence, and Mr. Comparet built a flouring
mill which was very important at that day. He was active and energetic in business, and rendered efficient service in advancing the interests of the city. From 1824 to 1829 he served as county commissioner, forming with William Rockhill and James Wyman the first board. He took part in the building of several saw- and flouring-mills, and constructed the dam which forms the reservoir at Rome City, now famous as a summer resort.

He had six children, all born in this city: Joseph, born in 1825, now resident of Washington territory; David, born in 1831; Alexander, born in 1833, now of Hicksville, Ohio; Theodore, born in 1835, now of Washington, D. C; John M., born in 1837, now
living at Blanco, Texas, and Louis, born in 1840, a resident of Des Moines, Iowa.

In 1845 the successful career of Francis Comparet was cut short by death. David, the only one of his sons now residing here,
was married at Fort Wayne in 1846, to Sarah Columbia, who was born in New York, in 1837. He was for many years identified with many
of the leading interests of Fort Wayne. His son, Charles M. Comparet, was born in this city in 1851, and was educated in the city schools. He first engaged in the grain business with his father, and was bailiff of the criminal court six years under Judge Borden. In 1882 he engaged in the manufacture of shirts at 47 Hanna street, at which he is still engaged, doing a prosperous business, and giving employment to twenty-seven people.

He was married in 1882 to Emma Shell, who was born in Clark county, Ind., and they have one child, Charles W. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., the K. of P., and the Patriarchal circle, and is in politics a democrat.

Source:
Valley of the upper Maumee River; Published 1889 by Brant & Fuller; Vol 1


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  • Added: 2 Jan 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 82870608
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Francis Comparet (12 Oct 1798–20 Feb 1845), Find A Grave Memorial no. 82870608, citing Catholic Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by OPPSheryl (contributor 47070645) .