Information on the Loyalists
Loyalist Directory: John Comfort
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|Given name :||John|
|Where Resettled :||Niagara|
|Status as Loyalist :||Proven|
|Proof of Loyalty :||"Return of Disbanded Troops and Loyalists settled in No. 1 Township of District of Niagara September 17th, 1787"; registered Lot 13, Conc 1 in Third Report Bureau of Archives, Toronto, ON 1905.|
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|Settled before war :||New York|
|Date & Place of Death :||about 1790, District of Niagara, Ontario|
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|Wife Name :||Nancy Ann Johnson was the daughter of Rebecca Haines and Dr. Jeremiah Johnson. When her mother Rebecca remarried to Loyalist George Fields of Butler's Rangers, George adopted Ann who changed her name to Ann Fields. Ann married John Comfort first and when widowed, married Allan McDonald.|
|Children :||Daughter, Rebecca Elizabeth married Joseph Lane. |
Son, Robert married 1st Ann Elizabeth Book; 2nd Jane Zimmerman.
Mary married 1st Thomas Decker (of Butler's Rangers) 2nd: Jacob Servos (Lt, Indian Department).
Elizabeth married Caspar Springsteen.
John married Hannah whose last name is unknown.
|Proven Descendants :||2008 Phyllis Cosby Vancouver Branch; Vancouver 2008.09.02; Vancouver 2009.02.23; Col. John Butler 2011-03-28; Col. John Butler 2012.09.24;|
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|Loyalist Genealogy :||Certificate application by Phyllis Cosby to John Comfort.|
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|Sources :||John first appears on a list of troops and disbanded Loyalists in Niagara in 1787. He obtained a ticket for 300 acres from Major Campbell and is registered on Lot 13, Conc 1 in Niagara in 1795. An early map shows his name crossed out with land issued to "Ramsay". In 1796, his eldest son, Robert, petitions for the certificate for his (now) deceased father explaining that his father was issued a ticket for the land but not a certificate. Robert's petition for his father's land is confirmed. Robert was granted lots in Clinton and Gainsborough Townships in lieu of his father's land originally on Lot 13 (sometimes seen as Lot 12), Conc 1, Niagara.|
Information provided by Wendy Cosby, Vancouver Branch.