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Amy (Comstock) White (1775 - abt. 1853)

Amy White formerly Comstock
Born in Smithville, Rhode Islandmap [uncertain]
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 31 Jan 1791 (to 8 Oct 1821) in Saint Martinville, St. Martin, Orleans Territory, United Statesmap
Wife of — married before May 1828 in Provincia de Texas, Mexicomap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Texasmap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Feb 2016
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Amy (Comstock) White was a Texan.

Biography

Amy Comstock was born in 10 Mar 1775 to parents William and Rachel (Aldrich) Comstock. After her birth, Amy and her family moved to Spanish Louisiana, where she was baptized Catholic on 25 July 1789 and married William White in St. Martin's Church 31 Jan 1791.[1]

Amy and William settled near William's brother on the lower Vermilion River, where they had eleven children between 1792 and 1819. Amy became a widow on 8 Oct 1821, and on the advice of her then widowed brother-in-law Humphrey Jackson, moved to the Galveston Bay area of Texas where she and each of her married sons could claim a league of land[1] as a part Stephen F. Austin's Old Three Hundred.

She claimed her 4,428 acres on the west side of the San Jacinto River on August 16, 1824, while her eldest son, Reuben White, located his on August 19 on the east bank, opposite his mother and below Jackson's plot.[2] White then returned to Louisiana where she and the other heirs of her husband settled his estate on September 14, 1824. Soon thereafter the widow and her four minor children left for the San Jacinto River in company with Reuben and his wife and three children; son George; and her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and William Whitlock and their four children. Another son, Jesse, arrived in 1830. Amy White did not depend on her male relatives to take care of her business, and in June 1825 she wrote to Stephen F. Austin that surveyor Isaac Hughes had included another person's home in her league without her knowledge, and the man was not willing to sell the improvement.[1]

By May 28, 1828, Amy White had married William Swail and deeded her league to him. The couple moved to his league on the west side of the Trinity River, just above Liberty, where Swail probably died some time before 1838. At age sixty-two Amy White Swail petitioned the Liberty board of land commissioners (as Amy White) for her allotted labor of land, which was granted on January 19, 1838. The biographer of the White clan says that she died in 1853 in either Harris County or Liberty County.[1]

Notes

COMSTOCK, Amanda - of Rhode Island (Claude CUMSTOLK & Rachel ALDRICH) m. 31 Jan. 1791 William WHITE - of Virginia in America (John & Sara GEMBELL) Wits: John WHITE, Thomas DEAR, David YARMON, LOISEL. Fr. de DEVA (SM Ch.: v.4, #51).[3]

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Handbook of Texas Online, Margaret Swett Henson, "White, Amy Comstock," accessed March 27, 2018, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fwh18.
  2. Mexican Land Grant, Atascosito District. Reuben White headright survey (abstract #84).
  3. Title: Southwest Louisiana Records, 1750-1900: compact disk #101; Author: Donald J. Hébert; Publication: Rayne, LA: Hébert Publications, 2001


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