Thomas GARRISON
Comfort ROBERTS

Husband:  Thomas GARRISON
Birth:  8 May 1745, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland
Death:  27 Jan 1798, Flat Creek, Buncombe Co., North Carolina
Cause of Death:  Cramp Colic 
Burial:
Father:  Isaac GARRISON
Mother:  Elizabeth LAWRENCE

Marriage:   1768, Bedford Co., Virginia

Wife:  Comfort ROBERTS
Birth:  14 Aug 1750, Baltimore, Baltimore City, Maryland
Death:   27 Jun 1829, Flat Creek, Buncombe Co., North Carolina
Burial:  
Father:   
Mother:   

Children:
1. William GARRISON, b: 21 Jul 1769, Henry Co., Virginia
2. Absalom GARRISON, b: 1771, Henry Co., Virginia
3. Solomon GARRISON, b: 1776, Henry Co., Virginia
                                    d: 1845, Arkansas City, Arkansas Co., Arkansas
4. James GARRISON, b: 1782, Rockcastle, Henry Co., Virginia
5. Thomas M. GARRISON, b: 1786, Rockcastle, Henry Co., Virginia
6. Elizabeth GARRISON
(Ramsey), b: 1788, Buncombe Co., North Carolina
                                                 d: Aft 1860, Kentucky
7. Mary GARRISON
(Mayberry), b: 1789, Buncombe Co., North Carolina
                                            d: Tennessee
8. Charity GARRISON, b: 1790, Buncombe Co., North Carolina
9. Sarah GARRISON, b: 1792, Buncombe Co., North Carolina
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Notes:

From A Short Record and Autobiography of the Garrison Family of North Carolina:
    Thomas Garrison and Comfort Roberts Garrison, his wife, and four children William, Absolom, Solomon, and Thomas emigrated to North Carolina, Buncombe County, from Virginia, Patrick Henry County, about the year A.D. 1764.  They had five children born to them after coming to North Carolina, James, Elizabeth, Mary, Charity, and Sarah.  Making in all nine children, five sons and four daughters.  
    Thomas Garrison and his wife, Comfort Roberts Garrison were born in or near Baltimore, Maryland, and were both of Angle Saxon origin.  Their parents were both from England, Europe. Mr. Garrison was a Revolutionary War soldier under General Marion and served until the end of that war, but died shortly after peace was made with an attack of cramp collic, leaving a large family of children and his widow to mourn his loss and struggle to make a living in a new and devastated country.  He lived and died on his farm, which was situated on Flat Creek eight or nine miles west of Asheville, the present county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina.
This farm has been in the continuous possession of his descendants since his death, with the exception of about one or two years.  After his death, his widow occupied it for some years.  When Absolom married, he got possession of the farm and when he left for Illinois, he sold it all to his mother and before her death she willed it to back to him. He then sold it to James M. Alexander, then Mr. Alexander sold it to William C. Garrison and he and his family has been possessed of it ever since, up to the present time.  It then belonged to his son T. M. Garrison and it was hoped that it would be owned by his descendants until they become extinct.  Five of Mr. Garrison's children were born on this farm and most of his children were reared on it. 
    Thomas Garrison, while he was soldier under general Marion, was taken prisoner by the English troops and in order to exhort from him the whereabouts as to location of Marion's troops they hanged Mr. Garrison to a sarvis or May cherry tree that stood in his yard plat until life was near extinct three times, but he proved invulnerable to the last and they left him thinking him dead.
    Some years after Thomas Garrison died his widow, Comfort Garrison, married a second time a man by the name of Crook, but it did not prove to be a happy union and they separated, he left the country  She and some of her children continued to cultivate and live on this old farm, up to the marriage of her youngest child.  She then continued to reside on it and hired it cultivated until her death, which took place about the year 1830. She was seventy seven years of age at her death.  She was a member of the M.E. Church.

Thomas' will was filed in April 1798 in Asheville, Buncombe Co., NC, showing Comfort & William Brittain as the Executors.

        1800 Federal Census Data (M32_29, page 170), Morgan Twp., Buncombe Co.,
North Carolina 

 NAME

Males

Males

Males

Males

Males

Females

Females

Females

Females

Females

 

<10

10-15

16-25

26-44

45+

<10

10-15

16-25

26-44

45+

 GARRISON, Comfort

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

Indicates

 

 

 

 

Number/ Sex

Age

Therefore Born

Inferred

 

 2 Males

10 - 15

1785 1790

  =  Thomas           (b: 1786)
  =  James             (b: 1787)

 

 2 Females

< 10

1790 1800

  =  Charity            (b: 1790)
  =  Sarah              (b: 1792)

 

 1 Female

45 +

1755 or Before

  =  Comfort           (b:1750)

 

Comfort was married briefly to a man named Crook after Thomas died.

        1810 Federal Census Data (M252_39, Page 278), Not Stated, Buncombe Co., North Carolina
 

 NAME

Males

Males

Males

Males

Males

Females

Females

Females

Females

Females

 

<10

10-15

16-25

26-44

45+

<10

10-15

16-25

26-44

45+

 CROOK, Comfort

 0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

Indicates:

 

 

 

Number/ Sex

Age

Therefore Born

Inferred

 1 Male

10 - 15

1795 1800

  =  Unknown

 2 Females

16 - 25

1785 1794

  =  Charity               (b: 1790)
  =  Sarah                 (b: 1792)

 1 Female

45 +

1765 or Before

  =  Comfort              (b: 1750)

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Sources:
1) Will - Husband:  Lost Wills & Estate Administrations for Buncombe Co., NC, 1792-1825, Book 2 page 3 (Margaret W. Haile, author)
2) Biography:  Record and Autobiography of the Garrison Family of North Carolina and Their Descendants, by Thomas Garrison Stansberry