James Willis Comstock, born about 1863, came to the shores of Lake Worth from Brooklyn, New York. In 1892, he bought 10 acres of land in Palm Beach for $650 from Chester and Catherine Nash.
Little is known about Comstock except that he was a prominent businessman of West Palm Beach. By 1920, he was treasurer of Florida Abstract Company and boarding at the Briggs Hotel.
He died 7 June 1931 at Good Samaritan Hospital. His newspaper obituary did not list any survivors. His funeral was conducted by Dr. C. K. Vliet, pastor of First Methodist Church, and he was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, West Palm Beach. The grave was purchased by Jessie A. Comstock, who may have been his widow, sister or sister-in-law.