Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Richard Comfort, Sr.

Richard Comfort, Sr. (Erickson line) was born on 15 Aug 1745 in Fishkill, Dutchess, New York [1, 2]. He married a woman named Charity whose surname is believed to have been either Young or Perkins. Charity was born on 22 May 1748 [1, 2]. Richard and Charity are my 5th great-grandparents.

During the American Revolution, Richard served as a private in the Captain Thomas Storm Company of the Colonel Abraham Brinkerhoff Regiment (Second Regiment), Duchess County, NY militia [3]. He is also listed in the Ulster County Militia for the 3rd Regiment [4].

Richard signed a will on 20 Jan 1815 in Tioga County, New York [5]. He died on 06 Mar 1824 in Southport, Chemung, New York [1, 2] and was buried in the Wellsburg Baptist Church Cemetery in Wellsburg, Chemung, New York [1]. Charity died soon after on 11 Jul 1815 in Tioga County, New York [1, 2]. She was buried next to her husband [1].

Richard's estate was in probate on 13 Mar 1824 in Tioga County, New York [5].

Regarding Richard's vital statistics, the Bible record or its transcription incorrectly has Richard Sr.'s birth date listed as his son Richard, Jr.'s. It also states his death date as 17 Jan. I have assumed the grave marker and the cemetery book transcription are correct.

Children of Richard Comfort, Sr. and Charity Young:
1) Edward Comfort [2] was born on 17 Nov 1770 [2]. He died on 06 Jan 1852 [2].
2) Robert Comfort [2] was born on 16 Aug 1772 [2].
3) Elizabeth Comfort [2] was born on 11 Aug 1773 [2]. She died on 17 Jan 1852 [2].
4) Jacob Comfort [2] was born on 08 Jan 1775 [1, 2]. He married Lydia Owens. He died on 21 Sep 1812 and was buried at Wellsburg Baptist Cemetery in Wellsburg, Chemung, New York [1, 2].
5) John Comfort [2] was born on 21 Oct 1776 [2]. He died in Apr 1851 [2].
6) Sarah Comfort [2] was born on 02 Aug 1778 [2]. She married Philip Depuy. She died on 05 Oct 1837.
7) Mary Comfort [2] was born on 10 Sep 1780 [2].
8) Hannah Comfort [2] was born on 29 Aug 1782 in New York [1, 2, 6, 7]. She married Jeremiah Coleman, III about 1803. She died on 22 Apr 1857 in Chemung County, New York and was buried at Wellsburg Baptist Cemetery in Wellsburg, Chemung, New York [1].
9) Benjamin Comfort [2] was born on 21 Oct 1784 [2]. He died in Apr 1851.
10) Richard Comfort, Jr. [2] was born on 17 Apr 1787 [1, 2]. He married Hannah DeVad on 12 Aug 1807 [2]. He died on 13 Nov 1840 and was buried at Wellsburg Baptist Cemetery in Wellsburg, Chemung, New York [1].
11) Charity Comfort [2] was born on 31 Jan 1789 [2].
12) Mercy Comfort [2] was born on 07 Dec 1790 [2].
13) Thomas Comfort [2] was born on 30 Apr 1794 [2]. He married Abigail Davids.

References:
[1] Tice, Joyce M., Tri-Counties Genealogy and History. Cemetery Record for Wellsburg or Baptist Church Cemetery, Chemung County, Page 2.
[3] Roberts, James A., New York in the Revolution as Colony and State, Second Edition, Press of Brandow Printing Company, 1898. Page 136, Dutchess County Militia - Second Regiment.
[4] Ibid. Page 195, Ulster County Militia - Third Regiment.
[5] Tice, Joyce M., Tri-Counties Genealogy and History. Tioga County, NY Wills for early Chemung Residents.
[6] Tice, Joyce M., Tri-Counties Genealogy and History. Miller-Coleman Bible Record.
[7] 1850 United States Census. Chemung County, New York, Page 327 A.

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