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Notes for Christopher Comstock and Hannah Platt

Research Notes:

Savage states of Christopher Comstock, [1]

Fairfield 1661, m. 6 Oct. 1663, Hannah, d. of Richard Platt of Milford, had Daniel, b. 21 July 1664; Hannah, 15 July 1666; Abigail, 27 Jan. 1669, d. at 20 yrs.; Mary, 19 Feb. 1671; Eliz. 7 Oct. 1674; Mercy, 12 Nov. 1676; and Samuel, 6 Feb. 1680; had good est. kept a tavern, and d. 28 Dec. 1702.

"Christopher came from England and settled in Farifield, Conn. in 1654. (Hinman, Early Puritan Settlers.) He later lived in Norwalk. His will dated Norwalk, Dec. 22, 1701, proved Jan. 4, 1702-3, gives to wife Hannah; to son Moses when 21; to dau. Hannah Comstock; to dau. Mercy Comstock; to grandson Daniel; wife and son Samuel executors.

On May 29, 1654, Christopher Comstock made affadavit about visiting good wife Knapp charged with witchcraft. She was executed.

On Jan. 27, 1661, Christopher Comstock, then of Fairfield, bought land of Thomas Betts.

September 19, 1692, he was a member of the grand jury for witches. [2]

Christopher Comstock of Norwalk was nominated for freedman Oct. 10, 1667. Christopher, Oct 14, 1686, was a deputy to the General Court. Jan. 16, 1694, he was one of a committee to "to look out for and obtain a faithful minister" for Norwalk.

Hannah Comstock Fenn, dau. of Christopher, bought a bible in 1732 dated 1727 for 2 pounds, 15 shillings, which she says she "yearned in her youth." In 1740, she gave it to her brother Moses, who gave it to his dau. Hannah, who m. Phineas Hanford. She gave it to her granddaughter Hannah Handford who m. William Richards. The book than passed into the hands of William Richards, Jr., and now (1907) belongs to his daughter, Mrs. Charles Saylor.

Hinman says Christoher brought with him from England a silver tankard with his coat of arms upon it. His great-grandson, Major Samuel Comstock, gave it to the church at Wilton, Conn., and it was melted up. Christopher was a sergeant in Colonial Militia." [3]

Hannah, daughter of Richard 1st, baptized October 1, 1643, married Christopher Comstock, October 6, 1663. Their children were: Daniel, born July 21, 1664; Hannah, born July 15, 1666; Abigail, born July 27, 1669, who died in her 20th year. Mary, born February 19, 1671; Elizabeth, October 7, 1674; Mercy born November 12, 1676, and Samuel, February 6, 1679. Norwalk was his residence. At a town meeting in 1673, "Christopher Comstock was chosen and approved of to kepe an ordinary for the entertayning of strangers." The excellent custom of appointing some "reputable householder to entertayne ye stranger," shows how wisely our fathers managed in their day. [4]


[1] James Savage, John Farmer, Orrando Perry, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing three generations, Vol. 1 (Boston: Little Brown & Co, 1860), 439, [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive], [HathiTrust].

[2] See History of Stratford, p. 152.

[3] John Adams Comstock, A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America ( Los Angeles: Commonwealth Press, 1949), 4, [HathiTrust], [GoogleBooks].

[4] George Lewis Platt, The Platt Lineage (New York, NY: Thomas Whittaker, 1891), 20, [GoogleBooks], [InternetArchive].