Christopher Comstock

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Christopher Comstock
Deputy of the
General Assembly
of the
Colony of Connecticut
from Norwalk [1]
In office
October 1686 May 1687
Servingwith John Platt
Preceded by John Platt, Samuel Hayes
Succeeded by Samuel Hayes
In office
May 1689 October 1689
Succeeded by Samuel Hayes
In office
May 1690 October 1690
Servingwith Thomas Seamer
Preceded by Samuel Hayes
Succeeded by Samuel Smith
Personal details
Born(1635-10-07)October 7, 1635 [2]
Culmstock, Devon, England [2]
DiedDecember 8, 1702(1702-12-08) (aged 67) [2] [3]
Norwalk, Connecticut [2]
Spouse(s)Hannah Platt (m. October 6, 1663, Norwalk) [2] [4] [3]
ChildrenMercy, Daniel, Hannah, Abigail, Mary, Elizabeth, Samuel Comstock, Nathan, Moses Comstock [2] [4] [3]
Residence Norwalk, Connecticut
Occupationtavernkeeper [2] [3]
Military service
RankSergeant [3]

Christopher Comstock (October 7, 1635 – December 8, 1702) was an early settler of Norwalk, Connecticut. He was a deputy of the General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut from Norwalk in the sessions of October 1686, May 1689, and May 1690.

Settler person who has migrated to an area and established permanent residence there

A settler is a person who has migrated to an area and established a permanent residence there, often to colonize the area. Settlers are generally from a sedentary culture, as opposed to nomads who share and rotate their settlements with little or no concept of individual land ownership. Settlements are often built on land already claimed or owned by another group. Many times settlers are backed by governments or large countries. They also sometimes leave in search of religious freedom.

Norwalk, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

Norwalk is a U.S. city located in southwestern Connecticut, in southern Fairfield County, on the northern shore of Long Island Sound. Norwalk lies within both the New York metropolitan area as well as the Bridgeport metropolitan area.

Connecticut state of the United States of America

Connecticut is the southernmost state in the New England region of the United States. As of the 2010 Census, it has the highest per-capita income, Human Development Index (0.962), and median household income in the United States. It is bordered by Rhode Island to the east, Massachusetts to the north, New York to the west, and Long Island Sound to the south. Its capital is Hartford and its most populous city is Bridgeport. It is part of New England, although portions of it are often grouped with New York and New Jersey as the Tri-state area. The state is named for the Connecticut River which approximately bisects the state. The word "Connecticut" is derived from various anglicized spellings of an Algonquian word for "long tidal river".

He was the son of Frederick Komstohk of Frankfort, Germany. [5]

Comstock emigrated from England and originally settled in Fairfield in 1654. [2] [4]

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

Fairfield, Connecticut Town in Connecticut, United States

Fairfield is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States. It borders the city of Bridgeport and towns of Trumbull, Easton, Weston, and Westport along the Gold Coast of Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, the town had a population of 59,404. In September 2014, Money magazine ranked Fairfield the 44th best place to live in the United States, and the best place to live in Connecticut.

On May 29, 1654, Comstock wrote an affidavit about his visiting with a woman named Knapp who was charged with witchcraft and who was later executed. [2] [4] On January 27, 1661, Comstock bought land from Thomas Betts. [4] On September 19, 1692, he was part of the grand jury investigating witchcraft. [2] [4]

Thomas Betts was a deputy of the General Assembly of the Colony of Connecticut from Norwalk in the sessions of May 1692, and October 1694, and a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives in the sessions of May and October 1704, October 1705, and May 1707.

Comstock was nominated to be named a Freeman on October 10, 1667. [2] [4] [3]

During the American colonial period, a freeman was a person who was not a slave. The term originated in 12th-century Europe. In the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a man had to be a member of the Church to be a freeman; in neighboring Plymouth Colony a man did not need to be a member of the Church, but he had to be elected to this privilege by the General Court. Being a freeman carried with it the right to vote, and only freemen could vote in Plymouth by 1632.

On October 14, 1686, he was a deputy to the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut. On January 16, 1694, he was appointed to a committee to obtain a minister for Norwalk. [2] [4] [3]

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Preceded by
Samuel Hayes
John Platt
Deputy of the
General Assembly
of the
Colony of Connecticut
from Norwalk

October 1686 – May 1687
With: John Platt
Succeeded by
Samuel Hayes
Preceded by
Deputy of the
General Assembly
of the
Colony of Connecticut
from Norwalk

May 1689 – October 1689
Succeeded by
Samuel Hayes
Preceded by
Samuel Hayes
Deputy of the
General Assembly
of the
Colony of Connecticut
from Norwalk

May 1690 – October 1690
With: Thomas Seamer
Succeeded by
Samuel Smith