Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Comstock's History of Scipio: Preface


Preface: The Comstock’s were an important family in the hamlet of Sherwood, town of Scipio, Cayuga County NY from the 1840’s through the 1950’s. Alonzo (1809 – 1874), his son Charles (1843 – 1928) and his son Austin (1872 – 1955) and their wives are all buried in Sherwood Cemetery. Austin served as Town Justice, and in the Cayuga County Clerk’s office. His wife Louella (1877 – 1959) was active in the Order of the Eastern Star and the Sherwood Grange. Their daughter Ruth graduated from Sherwood High School in 1931.
This history of the Town of Scipio was prepared by Austin B. Comstock, a member of the Town Board and one of the oldest residents living in the Town of Scipio in 1940. Much credit is due to Mr. Comstock for his painstaking work and attempt to leave a history of the Town of Scipio and its people. Credit for the mimeographed copies should be given to pupils of Emily Howland Central School. And thanks go to Bradley Mitchell who prepared a typescript in 2001 as well.
Errors may exist here, but I have worked hard to ensure accuracy. Some names were difficult to read, or spelled differently by Mr. Comstock than they have appeared in other publications or documents.  A typed copy is available in the Scipio Town Building at the History Corner for your personal review.

I will be posting each page of this history separately. The index, posted on June 24, 2014 in 4 parts, provides the page numbers; you can also search the blog for a particular name appearing anywhere within it.
I hope you find something new!

Sandie Stoker Gilliland, Town of Scipio Historian; NYS Registered Historian
June 19, 2014

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