Lt. Andrew NEWCOMB Jr. (1640 – 1707) was Alex’s 8th Great Grandfather; one of 512 in this generation of the Miller line.
Lt. Andrew Newcomb was born in 1640 Wolborough, Devon, England. His parents were Andrew NEWCOMB Sr. and Susan COCK. He married Sarah YOUNG about 1661. After Sarah died, he married Ann Bayes in 1676. Andrew died 20 Aug 1708 in Edgartown, Dukes [Martha’s Vineyard], Mass.
Alternatively, Andrew was born in 24 Nov 1639 in Wolborough (Newton Abbot) Devon, England, Andrew Sr. was his uncle, and his father was Thomas NEWCOMBE.
Wolborough is five miles North west of Tormoham. It is not on the sea. Six children were christened to the family of a Thomas Newcombe:
i. Emley Lucomb Aug 1630
ii. Mary Newcombe 23 Oct 1631
iii. Elizabeth Newcombe 29 Sep 1633
iv. Katherine Newcombe 21 Sep 1634
v. Andrew NUCOMBE 24 Nov 1639
vi. William Newcombe 17 May 1646
The child Andrew Nucombe may well be our Lt. Andrew. His year of birth exactly agrees with the age given in JB in the court deposition in March 1672 as “thirtey tow yeares or theare about”. Three of Lt. Andrew’s children by his second wife are named Mary, Elizabeth, and Emlen or Emiline , which match his sisters names. Mary and Elizabeth are common names but Emlen was not common. From his first wife their first son was Andrew but the third son was Thomas, perhaps named after the father’s father.
What then is the connection between the two Andrews? The fact that they were living within a few miles of each other in Devon suggests that they may be related. The fact that Captain Newcomb lived by the sea in Devon while Lt. Andrew lived inland, fits with the facts that in North America Captain Andrew was a sea farer all his life while Lt. Andrew appears to have spent more of his life on land though he did engage in fishing yoyages when he was younger. The immediate area around Tormoham/Wolborough has only a few Newcombs according to the IGI. It may be that Lt. Andrew was a nephew or cousin of Captain Andrew and they came to North America together or separately.
Sarah Young was born about 1642 in Kittery, Maine. Sarah died about 1674 in Kittery, Maine. The name of his first wife, Sarah —, whom he married about 1661, has been found but once upon record. From deeds at Exeter, N. W., Vol. 3, p. 80, it appears that “Andrew Newcombe, of Hogg Island (Now Appledore Island, the largest of the Isles of Shoals located about seven miles off the Maine/New Hampshire coast so called from its rude resemblance to a hogg’s back) on ye Ile of Sholes,” fisherman, for £52 in merchantable fish, sold Henry Platts, of same place, with consent of his wife, Sarah, house on Hog Island (not described) 19 July 1673, in the 25th. year of Charles the Second, deed recorded 21 July 1673. From the foregoing it would seem that Mr. Newcomb had previously lived upon Hog Island and after the purchase of his house in Kittery he removed his family to the mainland..
Ann Bayes was born about 1658 in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Her parents were Capt. Thomas BAYES and Anna BAKER. Ann died in 1731 in Edgartown
Children of Andrew and Sarah:
(A number of websites claim that Simon and his brother Simeon are the same person. This leads to a lot of confusion, especially since Simeon’s name was sometimes written as Simon.)
|1.||Simeon Newcomb||c. 1662||[__?__]
bef. 1683 Martha’s Vineyard
|aft. 12 Jun 1711|
|2.||Andrew Newcomb||c. 1664||Unmarried||June 1687 Edgartown
His father was indicted for taking the life of his son, but the jury decreed in 1688 that the death was accidental.
|3.||Simon NEWCOMB||c. 1665 in Kittery (Isle of Shoals) York, Maine.||Deborah LATHROP
c. 1687 Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
|20 Jan 1744/45 in Lebanon, New London, CT|
|4.||Thomas Newcomb||c. 1668 Kittery, (Isle of Shoals) ME.||Elizabeth Cook
Oct 1693 Eastham, Mass
|5.||Sarah Newcomb||c. 1670||Joshua Conent
9 Jan 1690/91
30 Jan 1706
|6.||Mary (Mercy) Newcomb||1672 Edgartown||Thomas Lombard
4 Oct 1694
Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
|13 Nov 1736
Truro, Barnstable, Mass.
|7.||Peter Newcomb||c. 1674 Edgartown||Mercy Smith
11 Mar 1699/00 Sandwich, Mass
|Bef. 31 Mar 1723
Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
Children of Andrew and Ann Bayes
|8.||Ann Newcomb||1677 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.||Mathew Mayhew||16 Apr 1743
|9.||Andrew Newcomb||1680 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.||Mercy Oldham
4 Nov 1708
|9 Dec 1748
Truro, Barnstable, Mass.
|10.||Elizabeth Newcomb||c. 1681 Edgartown||John Atkins
5 Mar 1700
|16 Apr 1723
Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.
|11.||Capt. Joseph Newcomb||1683 Edgartown||Joyce Butler
20 Nov 1705
|Jan 1732/33 Fairfield, Salem, New Jersey|
|12.||Emeline Newcomb||c. 1685 Edgartown||Samuel Atkins
8 Apr 1703
Kittery, York, Maine
|13.||Tabitha Newcomb||c.1688 Edgartown||Peter Ray
1708 in Edgartown
|14.||Hannah Newcomb||c. 1694 Edgartown||Thomas Dumary
14 Oct 1714
|15.||Zerviah Newcomb||1698 Edgartown||Josiah Bearse
2 Nov 1716
| 5 Sep 1789
New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT
|16.||Mary Newcomb||c. 1700 Edgartown||Jonathan Pease
13 Jun 1728
|19 Sep 1784|
Andrew Newcomb was born about 1640 in England. He was living in 1666 in Isles of Shoals. The Isles of Shoals are a group of small islands and tidal ledges situated approximately 10 miles off the east coast of the United States, straddling the border of the states of New Hampshire and Maine.
“Kittery is the least quantity of land of any town in the county. To the town of Kittery was attached the north half of the Isles of Shoals; was then and has ever since been attached. This portion of Kittery was ‘the N 1/2 Of ‘the Isles of Shoales. This north half consisted of two islands, Hog Island and Smutty Nose (alias Church) called Georges -part or northerly part of the group. These isles contained the better land but Star Island, on account of their convenience for the fisheries, was very early lined with fishing stages and studded with fish houses–taken up before 1660. Majority of people lived upon the northerly islands. “While the Church, Court House and principal Ordinary still remained on Smutty Nose, about 1629 the southerly half of the Shoals was reclaimed from Mass., and annexed to N. H., the new Province, and a large part of the inhabitants of the northerly half removed across the harbor to Star Island. No less than 40 families crossed over from Hog Island at the time. Courts ceased to be held on Smutty Nose after 1684.”
27 Mar 1672 – Andrew deposed regarding the price of fish in Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts. At that time his age was stated to be 32 years or there about. Richard Endell of the Isles of Shoals had brought a case against Jonathan Wade of Ipswich, for fish and oil delivered to Wade for several years. The case turned on the price of fish in 1666; and to this Andrew Newcomb made affidavit, which is now on file among the court papers at Salem, Mass. This is how we know Andrew’s birth year.
Andrew Newckum aged thirtey tow yeares or theare aboutt Swaren and Saith that in the year 1666 the prise off ffish wass Sett and mad at the Illes off Showles marchanabell fish–thirtey tow Railles per quntel this deponent then Receued Seuerall poundes in marcha fish att the prise Corrantt aboue Rightin and this deponent Knew no other prise Corrantt Butt that aboue Rightin and fforder Saith nott
Taken upon oath 27 : 1 mo
72 Wm Hathorne Assist
Andrew was a Lieutenant in the Martha’s Vineyard militia.Mr. Newcomb was chosen Lieut. of Militia 13 Apr 1691, and that he was in command of fortifications is shown from the following:
Andrew Newcomb, Commander of the fortifications: who had such number of men as occasionally were ordered by the chief Magistrates.
“All debts to the king, customs, excise, wrekes &c. were the care of the collector, and the ordinarie let at 10 Ib. per annum, viz. custome & excise.
The earliest record found of Andrew(2) Newcomb’s purchase of land in this country is upon deeds at Alfred, York Co., Maine, Vol. 2, page 162, date 20 Apr. 1669, from which it appears that Daniel Moore of Portsmouth, blacksmith, for £58 sold Andrew Newcomb of Kittery, York Co., Me., fisherman, a dwelling-house in Kittery, near Thomas Spinney’s and formerly in the tenure and occupation of James Emberry (Emery), also. 6 acres of land adjoining the house at Emberry’s (Emery’s) Point.
The house and land, as above, “next to the land of Spinney’s of Kittery side,” were sold 7 July 1674 to John Cutt of Portsmouth; and he sold the same 8 Jan. 1674/75 to Samuel Fernald, who bequeathed them, 1698, to his son, Nathaniel; and Nathaniel, again, in 1743, to his Son, Nathaniel. This place in Kittery, York Co., Me., is on the southeast side of the mouth of Spinney Creek, and bounded westerly by the Piscataqua River, [the boundary between Maine and New Hampshire] about half a mile from the city of Portsmouth and was owned and occupied by Miss Sally Carter in 1874. From this description, it looks like the site is occupied by the Great Cove Boat Club today [Google Maps.]
He also appears to have owned other land at Kittery, record of purchase not found.York Deeds at Alfred, York Co., Me., 3/123-4 –
“William Hearle and wife Beaton of Portsmouth, for valuable sum of money and goods, sell John Fernald of Kittery, Shoemaker, all that parcel of land which was formerly in possession of Adrew Newcomb, lying in Kittery near unto and butting upon ye Broad Cove commonly called Spinny’s Cove, containing 20 acres, being 40 rods broad butting upon said Core and having the land of Christian Ramix (Remich) on the South side. and the land of John Saward on ye North side,and so runs 80 rods east into the woods; which said land was sold by William Hilton unto the said Andrew Newcomb.” Deed acknowledged 1 Feb. 1680 and recorded 26 Apr. 1683.
Mr. Newcomb, held the office of constable and was living at the Shoals or in Kittery in 1671, as shown by the following from York Court Records, Book E, page 51:
September 8, 1671 — Marke Roe complaynd of by Andrew Nucum Constable of ye Yles of Shoales for threatening to break his bones and tearing of his shyrt, & other uncivill behayors towards him, in the execution of his office, upon his serueing of an Attachment: from the … for the breach of his bonds And further the Constable complayns of seuerall Oaths sworn by the sd Roe in comeing ouer, who upon examination the sd Marke Roe confesed before mee yt hee was provoaked to sware seurall oaths
Edw Rishworth Asst
16 May 1672 – Probate at Exeter, first file, Edward Carter’s estate owed Andrew Newcomb 12 shillings
Among the court papers (filed in covers at office of deeds) at Exeter, N. H., is an original bond given by Mr. Newcomb, in which he agrees to appear at next county court at Dover, the last Tuesday in June 1673, to answer complaint of Francis Small
“for withholding the Hull of a ffishing shallop of sd Smalls receiued of Thomas Trickle by virtue of sd Small’s order,” The case came to trial 26 June 1673, at which time Lydia Green testified that she heard Small agree with “Andrew Newcombe of the Ile of Shoales that he would carry on one quarter part of A fishing voyage at ye Ile of Shoales in the Shollop that the said Andrew Newcombe recd of Mr Thomas Tricky pr order of sd Small and this was sometime about Nouember or December last past.” The case was withdrawn, there being no cause for action.
At the time of his residence upon the Shoals they were places of resort, and the Church, Court House and principal Ordinary being located upon Smutty Nose or Church Island, together with the fishing industry, in which Mr. Newcomb was engaged, caused the islands to be preferred for residences until later, when the mainland became more thickly settled.
“Att a County Court houlden at Wells for the County of Yorke July 7, 1674, the Worshipfl Major Tho. Clarke, Praesident, Major Bryan Pendleton, Mr. Geo. Munjoy, Edw- ReCor. Assotiates.
Mr John Cutt is plantiffe in an action of debt Contra Andrew Newcom Defendt. In ye action Capt. Davess is taken off and Capt. Charles Frost is put in his place. The Jury finds for ye Plantiffe 16:00:0 one halfe in marchtble fish & ye other halfe in refuge fish, according to bill: 5″ Damage & costs of Court 25 & 6d.”
Mr. Newcomb removed from Kittery and Isles of Shoals in the year 1674 or early in 1675. From the foregoing it will be seen that after the decision of the Court at Wells (7 July 1674) he turned over to John Cutt his house and land in Kittery and, his wife having died previously, he took his seven young and motherless children to a more favorable location, for it is possible that the Indians had become troublesome in Maine, as King Philip’s war broke out in June 1675. and this may have influenced him in his decision to move. He settled at Edgartown, on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard, the same year, where he became a proprietor and at various times received shares in the divisions of lands in that town and where he and his wife both died.
Andrew Newcomb became a prominent citizens of Martha’s Vineyard. He was juror at quarter court at Eastham 25 Sept. 1677 and 28 Dec. 1680; foreman of grand jury Sept. 1681, June 1700 and 1703 and 7 Mar 1704; constable in 1681; was chosen 25 Nov. 1685. with two others, “to make ye governors rate of three half penny upon ye pound”; tithingman 10 May 1693; selectman 1693/94; and overseer 16 Mar 1693/94. His name appears many times upon record as witness to deeds, etc. Upon the records of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., he is in nearly every case called “Mr.” a title then conferring more honor and distinction and doubtless commanding higher respect than that of “Hon.” today.
Here’s an example of the high esteame in which he was held.
Maj. Wait Winthrop in a letter to Gov. Phips, no date but received 21 Oct 1692, mentions “Mr. Newcomb”; and in a letter Simon Athern to the Governor and Council Oct. 1692 says: “being sensable of much troble on marthas vineyard for want of dew settlement of the affairs of that Iland And Considering the present state of persons and things there I humbly shew that if Mr. Andrew Newcomb be made Cheefe Justice And Mr. Joseph Norton & Mr. James Allen Justices there who are reputed welthy and having such influence in the people there, will be most Reddy way to settle your government there.”
There are reasons for believing that he was a merchant several and perhaps many years. On 18 Feb 1683 he paid Nathaniel Fryer £3: 11s. in feathers. Land Records, Edgartown, Dukes Co., Mass., Vol. I, p. 219.
“Received this 18th of February 1683 from Mr. Andrew Newcomb of Edgartown upon Martin Vineyard the sum of three pounds, eleven shillings in feathers for account of my father Nathaniel Fryer in full of all debts dues and demands from the beginning of the world to this day. Received pr me Joshua Frier.
“Joshua Frier acknowledged the above written receipt this 18th day of Feb., 1683-4. Before me,
Matt Mayhew, Justice of Peace.”‘
Court Records (Edgartown).
“Special Corte held this 16th December 1684, Mr. Andrew Nurcom complayneth agaynst Amos an Enden for Inbaseling or purloyning away Sider & Rum. They joyne ishew before the Court to his the sayed Nucom great treble to the damag to ye vallew of seven pounds & twelve shillings.
“In ye case betwene Mr. Andrew Nurcorn plantife Amos Endian defendant we find ye defendant gilty of one cask of Rum containing 12 gallons, and one pound & twelve shillings damage with costs of Corte.”
From Records at Albany, N. Y.-N. Y. Col. Mss. 34: part 2, p. 35-3ce
“Insula Martha Vineyard. I under written doe confess and acknowledge to owe and to be Indepted unto Richard Sarson his heirs &c ye summe of thirty eight pounds ffive Shillings and three pence money to be paid unto ye aforesaid Richard Sarson his heirs &c, upon ye Bottome of ye Shipp Betty now in the Harbour of ye above Island being for wages paid to the men of ye Shipp Betty as witness my hand this 13th ffebry 1684-5
The abovesaid Capt Robert Right acknowledged the abovewritten to be his act & Deed the day & year abovesaid
“Insula Marthas Vineyard. I underwritten doe obleidge myself my heires &c to pay or cause to be paid unto Andrew Newcombe Junior three pounds Money to his heirs &e upon Demand, being soe much due for three Months wages on ye Shipp Betty of Carolina, Capt Robt Right commandr: as witness my hand this 13th ffebry 1684-5
Andrew Neucombe Senior.
Court Records (Edgartown) p. 71.
“At Court Sept 30, 1690
“September 24, 1690, Andrew Newcomb haueing legally purchased a neck of land caueled Job’s neck [Google Satellite] of ye Sachem thereof, ye Sachem haueing given legall conuayance to sd Andrew Newcomb being ye trew and proper oner of ye sayd neck, one Jobe an Indian hauing noe just nor lawfuli caues therefore hath trespassed on ye sayd neck by tilling, improfing, moing, and to his own use converted the benefitt of sayd land thereby not only berefing sayd Andrew Newcomb of such benefitt which he ought and might lawfully make of ye same but deffaming his just title thereunto whereby ye sayd Newcomb hath ben lett and hindred from a dew Improfement thereof and his title to the same questioned to his great dammage and lose of which he doubteth not to make this Court sencible and humbly prayeth relefe in his sd caus and shall eaver pray yo” humble Supplyant (not signed) “In ye case pending betwene Andrew Newcomb plaintife and Jobe the Indian defendant, the verditt of ye Jury is We find for ye plaintife Six pence dameg and Cost of Court”
Andrew (2) ,Newcomb bought of Indian Job 24 Sept. 1690 a tract of land called “at Saprataine” or in the deed called “Sopotaminy,” Martha’s Vineyard records. Court Records (of Edgartown) p. 95.
“Court of common pleas holden at Edgartown, Oct. 3, I693. Andrew Newcomb complaineth against Jacob Washaman and notick quanum alis Elizabeth queon Sachem his wife in an action of trespas on the case for Refusing to give to sd Andrew Newcomb posesion of certain land in Edgartown containing one neck of land caled Sapotomane.
“The humble petytion and declaration of Andrew Newcomb to their Majesties honoured Court seting Octobr 3d. 93 humbly sheweth that whereas the sd Andrew Newcomb procured a deed of sale of Jacob Washaman & Elizabeth his wife of the neck of land called Sapautamane whereby sd Jacob was legally… end
“In the case depending between Andrew Newcomb plaintife and Jacob Washaman an indian defendant, the Jury find for the defendant and cost of Court.”
“Court of Quarter Sessions, holden at Edgartown, Oct 2d 1696 by their Majesties’ Justices for Martha’s Vineyard.
“Dick alias Soo-ah-chame, an Indian, being legally convicted of lifting the door of Andrew Newcombs’ dwelling house at Edgartown off from the hinges and entering into the house, being late in the night, thereby disturbing and frighting the people of the house, is adjudged to pay the summe of three pounds to said Newcombe and to stand committed until payed.”
“October 4″ 27th 1684 voted that Mr. Newcomb Joseph Norton and Thomas Butler are chosen to make up ye accounts of ye men that hav, done any Seruice for ye Town or Layed out any money for ye town and to make a Rate and to sett all things to Rights and to make all Rates for this year.”
Maj. Wait Winthrop in a letter to Gov. Phips, no date but received 21 Oct 1693 mentions “Mr. Newcomb”; and in a letter Simon Athern to the Governor and Council Oct 1692 says:
“being sensable of much troble on marthas vineyard for want of dew settlement of the affairs of that Iland And Considering the present state of persons and things there I humbly shew that if Mr. Andrew Newcomb be made Cheefe Justice And Mr. Joseph Norton & Mr. James Alien Justices there who are reputed welthy and having such influence in the people there, will be most Reddy way to settle your government there.
Mr. Newcomb’s first purchase of land on Martha’s Vineyard was made 13 Feb. 1677 of John Daggett, for £25, 10 acres land, “according to the bounds thereat as it was layed out, unto John Freeman, Blacksmith, and to him granted by the said town; as likewise half a Commonage in the said townshippe; for him, the said Andrew Newcomb, to have and to hold the aforesaid land and p’misses, with the now dwelling house thereon standing and being, with all and singular the outhouseing barnes shoppes hovells fence and fencing stuff on the said land and p’mises being.”
This land situated on the south side of the village, together with a house-lot, he sold Israel Daggett for £40, 3 Feb. 1702. May 13, 1686, he bought of Jacob Washaman and Notickquanum (also written Wonnottoohquanam) alias Elizabeth, his wife, Sachem, and Queen of Nunpauque, for £5, a piece of land called Job’s Neck, alias Sapotem or Sapotamane, running into a pond on south side of the township, bounded southerly by pond, easterly and westerly by coves of water to Mill Path (also written Milne Path). He sold this land, Job’s Neck, 22 Jan. 1701/02, to his son, Simon(3), one of the witnesses to the deed being Peeter(3) Newcomb. He sold for £22 land at Sanchacantaket, bought of Misam alias Wabamuck; and in 1700 he sold the land, later occupied as a famous camp-meeting ground on Martha’s Vineyard. (Vol. 3, p. 320.)
In June 1703 he, with others, gave Samuel Holman, the tanner, a lot of land “to encourage him in his business.” Mar. 10, 1709-10, Thomas Harlock sold lands bought of “Mr. Andrew Newcomb, late deceased.” He owned the land in Edgartown upon which the Court House was afterwards built.
Mrs. Newcomb’s name is in the earliest preserved list of church members, 13 July 1717; also in the list of 24 Jan. 1730-1. She received in 1680, by will of her father dated 4 Feb. 1679-80, £50; also, a three-eighths interest in his real estate, which was increased by rights of her sister bought by Mr. Newcomb in 1686. Of the Indian lands of Capt. Bayes Mr. and Mrs. Newcomb owned, in 1688, three and a half shares at Sanchacantaket, near the camp-meeting ground ten acres at Pompineches Neck, and one half-share on the Island of Chappauiddick.
In 1710 Mrs. Newcamb sold 5 acres of land near the court house in Edgartown, formerly from her father, and in 1716 she, “widow, Relict of Andrew Newcomb, late of Edgartown,” sold her stepson, Simon(3) Newcomb, for £20, land in Edgartown. In 1728 she sold her dau. Mary “all my household goods, to enter upon at my decease.”
Mr. Newcomb was chosen Lieut. of Militia 13 Apr 1691, and that he was in command of fortifications is shown from the following:
“University of the State of New York, etc. New York State Library Albany, N. Y. May 15, 1896.
Andrew Newcomb, Commander of the fortifications: who had such number of men as occasionally were ordered by the chief Magistrates.
“All debts to the king, customs, excise, wrekes &c. were the care of the collector, and the ordinarie let at 10 Ib. per annum, viz. custome & excise.
“A Nantucket commanded As chief Magistrate Capt: John Gardener James Coffin Justices of peace William Gayer William Worth “Capt. John Gardener, Collector, and his charge was all dues for the king. Ye chief Magistrate in the County, present, had a casting voice in (a word illegible) Dedimus potes tatem to Matthew Maphew to Administer the Oath to all the Magistrates and officers Civil & military in Dukes County. Dated 20th. Augt. 1691. Ret 20 March following.
“Judges, John Gardener, James Coffin & Richd Sars (on) (two last letters missing in the original),br> Common Pleas.
G. R. Hatch.”
Andrew Newcomb appears to have died without making- a will, and no inventory or settlement of his estate has been found upon record. By his first wife he had seven children, all of whom appear to have been born in the vicinity of Kittery, Me. By his second wife there were eight children, all of whom were married and had families, and although no record of their births has been preserved yet their relationship as brother and sisters, also that they were children of Andrew(2) and Anna Newcomb, has been authenticstted by a plea for partition of land and brought 1 Oct. 1731, in which all, or nearly all of the children and heirs are named.
1. Simeon Newcomb
Simeon resided in the north part of Eastham, now Truro, Cape Cod., Mass. Jan 28, 1701/02, “voted to make inquiry concerning a whale which (it is said) Simon Newcomb and Richard Rich cut up at Billingstgate last year.” Mr. Newcomb was chosen fence-viewer in 1702. There was laid out to him in 1811, as one of the proprietors of Truro, two pieces of land – four acres for his tenement on Lieutenants Island, two acres in northeasterly corner and two acres northeasterly of Samuel Mayo, Jr.’s lot. “A record of the division of the pond of Moonpoon and the Old Field at Eastern Harbor in the north part of Truro called Moonpoon old field division as they were laid out and lotted and bounded for the proprietors thereof on they fourth day of March 1711/12 the sixth lot fell to Wm. Dyer Simeon Newcomb and Daniel and Benj. Small,” twelve acres. He received, by division, other lots of land near the line of Eastham and Truro and near Pamet Point.
Children of Simeon and [__?__]
i. Joanna Newcomb b. ~ 1683 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass; m. 30 Mar 1703 Eastham by our ancestor Jonathan SPARROW to Ebenezer Savage (b. 1679 Eastham) His parents were John Savage and Katherine [__?__] Joanna and Ebenezer had one son John (b.1704)
ii. Simeon or Simon Newcomb m1. 15 Aug 1705 Eastham to Hannah Carter; Simon and Hannah had four children born between 1706 and —.
m2. 1 Mar 1744 to Jemima Treat Jemima’s parents were Nathaniel Treat and Mary Lyon.
Simon resided in Truro, Mass. where he received as one of the proprietors, grants of lands on Griffith’s Island at Billingsgate on the south side of Pame Great Meadow
iii. Andrew Newcomb b. 1680 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass; d. 9 Dec 1748 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass; m. 4 Nov 1708 at Scituate to Mercy Oldham (b. 28 Jul 1689 in Scituate – d. 2 May 1730) Her parents were Thomas Oldham and Mercy Sprout. Andrew and Mercy had nine children born between 1710 and 1729.
1716 – “Town meeting for settling a School agreed the School shall be kept one half the time at Andrew Newcombs or somewhere thereabouts.”
1719 – Andrew was chosen moderator of town meeting and the three years following 1720, 21 and 22 he served as selectman.
1723 – “Agreed the school should be settled the first half year at house of Andrew Newcomb or as near it as may be. and again in 1730 the same decision regarding the location of the school was made.
1730 – He was grand juryman. His cattle mark was a “crop off yet tip of right ear”
iv. Deborah Newcomb m. 7 Mar 1710/11 to Jonathan Young (b. 1681 – d. 1755)
Deborah was admitted to church at Sandwich, Mass. 1 Apr 1706. Jonathan Young’s son Jonathan was administrator on his estate 4 Jun 1755; an allowance was made to his widow (name not mentioned) 3 Feb 1756
v. Rebecca Newcomb m. 26 Mar 1711 to George Ward (b. 1680 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass – d. Eastham). Rebecca and George had five children born between 1712 and 1729.
George settled in the northern part of Eastham near Wellfleet about 1700.
vi. John Newcomb b. ~ 1695/96 Truro, Mass; m1. 13 Jul 1717 Salem, Essex, Mass. to Hannah Cromwell; John and Hannah had six children born between 1718 and 1728.
m2. 16 Oct 1729 to Hannah Bullard. There was a Hannah Bullard b. in Dedham 13 Aug 1704, daughter of Joseph and Mary Bullard. On 2 Nov 1729, seventeen days after John’s marriage to Hannah Bullard, there were baptized at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at Marblehead, six children of John and Hannah: Hannah, Elizabeth, Margaret, John, Mary and Henry. John and Hannah Bullard had two more children: Robert (b. 1731) and Mary Jane (b. 1734)
John Newcomb was a master mariner and lived in Salem; removed to Chatham, 1720 where he was constable the same year, was grand juror 1721, returned to Salem, where he was taxed 1726-37.
He was probably the ‘Captain Newcomb’ who subscribed L1 for a bell for St. Peter’s church at Salem in 1741.
vii. Elizabeth Newcomb m. 10 Apr 1718 to Charles Paine
2. Andrew Newcomb
Andrew died through an accident at Edgartown, in the early part of Jun 1687; doubtless unmarried. Just prior to 13 Feb 1684/85, he labored three months “on board the ship Betty of Caroline, Capt. Robt. Right,” and received a note at the above date for £3 as pay for his services.
Court: 1688. His father was indicted for taking the life of his son, Andrew, but the jury decreed that Andrew’s death was accidental.
3. Simon NEWCOMB (See his page)
4. Thomas Newcomb
Thomas’s wife Elizabeth Cooke was born in Jun 1674 in Eastham Mass. Her parents were Josiah Cooke (1645 – 1732) and Deborah Hopkins (1648 – 1727). She and Thomas married Oct 1693 in Eastham Mass. Elizabeth died 7 Dec 1727 in Eastham Mass.
They resided in the northern part of Eastham, and the births of their first three children are recorded there. The baptisms of heir other six children are recorded in the Congregational Church at Truro, 2 June 1717. At a meeting of proprietors of Pamet Lands, 2 July 1703, three or four acres of land near the swamp above Thomas Newcomb’s were granted to Michael Atwood. In Pratt’s history of Eastham, Thomas is said to have been a son of Simeon Newcomb, but no evidence has been found going to show that such was the case. Mr. Newcomb’s name is upon an original petition from the inhabitants of Billingsgate, alias North Eastham, to the legislature, 1723, concerning attendance on public worship, the petition now on file in Mass. Archives. There is no record of the settlement of Mr. Newcomb’s estate. Elizabeth Newcomb of Provincetown, whose estate was administered upon in 1776 by James Pratt of Boston, may have been widow of Thomas Newcomb.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth:
i. Edward Newcomb b. 3 Aug 1695 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass; no further trace
ii. Thomas Newcomb b. 13 Aug 1697 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass.;d. 1764 Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass; m1. 1722 Provincetown to Hepzibah [__?__] (b. 1700 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 31 May 1732 in Provincetown) Thomas and Hepzibah had two children Sarah (b. 1723) and Silas (b. 1725)
m2. 31 May 1732 in Provincetown to Mary Tilton (b. 1697 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass) Thomas and Mary had six children born between 1734 and 1745.
Thomas was admitted to the church in Truro in 1749. He lived in Provincetown where he was selectman in 1747. His widow, Mrs. Mary Newcomb married second 28 Nov 1765 to William Atwood (b. 14 Apr 1721) whose first wife was Bathsheba Smith (b. 9 May 1723)
iii. Simon Newcomb b. 30 Nov 1699 Eastham, Mass; d. 1778 (will 16 Mar 1778, proved 15 Apr 1778) ; m1. 5 Apr 1722 to Lydia Brown (b. 3 Apr 1702). Her parents were Samuel Brown and Susannah Harding. Simon and Lydia had five children born between 1723 and 1737.
m2. pub. 30 Aug 1758 to Mrs. Sarah Higgins of Eastham
Simon was a resident in that part of Eastham which was set off in 1763 to form the town of Wellfleet. He was a farmer and in 1751 he served as constable. In the valuation of 1770, he was put down “1 poll not ratable, 1 horse, 2 cows, 2 oxen, 4 sheep, 1 swine and 4 acres of pasture.
South of Brush Valley, a distance of three miles, there is an opening called Newcomb’s Hollow, east of the head of Herrings river in Wellfleet. This valley is a quarter of a mile wide.
iv. Deborah Newcomb b. 1702; m. 28 Jan 1728 to Thomas Larkin
v. Mary Newcomb b. 1704 Truro, Barnstable, Mass; d. 22 Mar 1756 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass; m. 11 Apr 1723 in Eastham to Luke Stubbs (b. 5 Jul 1696 in Hull, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 1756 in Bucksport, Hancock, Maine). His parents were Richard Stubbs (1661 – 1711) and Rebecca Lobdell (1670 – 1743). Mary and Luke had twelve children born between 1725 and 1748.
vi. Josiah Newcomb b. 1706 Truro, Barnstable, Mass; m. 16 Feb 1758 in Norton, Bristol, Mass to Esther Briggs (b. 1706 in Easton, Bristol, Mass)
vii. Elizabeth Newcomb b. 1709 Truro, Barnstable, Mass; d. 2 Jun 1717 Eastham, Barnstable, Mass; m. 24 Jul 1729 in Eastham to Joshua Pierce (b. 1707 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 1760 in Eastham) Elizabeth and Joshua had three children.
viii. Capt. Ebenezer Newcomb b. 1712 Truro, Barnstable, Mass; bapt. 2 Jun 1717 Truro; d. 11 Oct 1782 Greenwich, Hampshire, Mass; m1. 15 Jun 1738 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass to Thankful Freeman (b. 15 Feb 1714 in Eastham – d. 17 Dec 1757 in Eastham) Her parents were Ebenezer Freeman (1687 – 1760) and Abigail Young (1688 – 1781) Ebenezer and Thankful had seven children born between 1739 and 1749.
m2. 6 Feb 1758 in Eastham to Experience Smith (b. 20 May 1725 in Eastham – d. 18 Mar 1838) Her parents were William Smith (1702 – 1780) and Dorcas Doane (1703 – 1727)Ebenezer and Experience had one more child: Sarah (b. 1759)
He was a mariner and about 1773 removed with his son David to Oxford, Mass. and in 1782 to Greenwich, Mass. In 1760, his son David was appointed guardian to his younger brothers and sisters to take care of property which fell to them as heirs of their maternal grandfather Ebenezer Freeman.
Capt. Newcomb was in the Old French War as a sailing master 2 Mar 1747/48. The work on navigation which he used was preserved as a family relic for many years.
ix. Joseph Newcomb b. 1715 Truro, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1762 Wellfleet, Barnstable, Mass; m. 16 Mar 1739 in Eastham to Mary Eldredge (b. 15 Mar 1721 in Eastham – d. 25 Mar 1767 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass) Her parents were Elisha Eldredge (1690 – 1754) and Dorcas Mulford (1693 – 1755). Joseph and Mary had six children born between 1739 and 1760
After Joseph died, Mary married 15 Sep 1763 to Thomas Bassett. His parents were Nathan Bassett and Mary Craw. He first married Deborah Godfrey.
Joseph serviced in the Old French War, was in the expedition against Louisburg on Cape Breton; he was with Captain Church against the French and Indians on Casco Bay. He also served through the War of the Revolution.
5. Sarah Newcomb
Sarah’s first husband Joshua Conant was born on 15 Apr 1657 in Salem, Essex, Mass. His parents were Joshua Conant and Seeth Balch. He first married 31 Aug 1676 in Salem to Christian More (b. 5 Sep 1652 in Salem – d. 30 May 1680 in Salem) He and Sarah married 9 Jan 1690/91 in Salem. Joshua before 1706 in Salem.
Sarah and Joshua probably removed about 1700 to the northern part of Eastham, now Truro, Mass.
Sarah’s second husband William Eldredge was born 1656 in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Robert Eldredge and Elizabeth Nickerson. Sarah and William married 30 Jan 1706/07 in Sandwich Mass. William died 27 Apr 1749 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
Children of Sarah and Joshua:
i. Keziah Conant b. 8 Nov 1691 Salem, Essex, Mass.
ii. Caleb Conant b. 13 Nov 1693 Salem, Essex, Mass.; m. his first cousin Hannah Lombard (b. 16 Jan 1703 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass) Hannah’s parents were Thomas Lumbert (1671 – 1736) and Mary Newcomb (1672 – 1736) (See below). Caleb and Hannah had seven children born between 1721 and 1737.
iii. Sarah Conant b. 12 Apr 1695 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass; m. 4 Sep 1712 in Eastham to Nathaniel Eldredge (b. 1690 in Chatham – d. 1729 in Chatham) His parents were Jehosaphat Eldredge (1658 – 1732) and Elizabeth Covell (1666 – 1747). Sarah and Nathaniel had six children born between 1712 and 1726.
iv. John Conant b. 19 Apr 1700 Salem, Essex, Mass. or Beverley; d. Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass; m. 18 Oct 1725 in Truro, Mass to his first cousin Keziah Lumbert (b. 30 Jun 1705 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass) Her parents were Mary Newcomb and Thomas Lombard (See below) John and Keziah had four children born between 1726 and 1746.
6. Mercy Newcomb
Mercy’s husband Capt. Thomas Lambert (Lumbert) was born 22 Jun 1671 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Jedediah Lambert (1640 – 1663) and Hannah Wing (1642 – 1682). His grandparents were our ancestors Thomas LUMBERT (1582 – 1665) and Joyce SMALL. Thomas died on 13 Nov 1736 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass.
Children of Mercy and Thomas:
i. Thomas Lombard b. 3 Aug 1698 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 20 Apr 1779 Truro, Barnstable, Mass; m. Apr 1721 in Truro to Elizabeth Binney (b. 25 Dec 1702 in Hull, Plymouth, Mass – d. 21 May 1787 in Truro) Her parents were Samuel Binney (1681 – 1724) and Rebecca Vickery (1679 – 1760). Thomas and Elizabeth had eleven children born between 1723 and 1746.
ii. John Lombard b. 5 Jan 1694 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 6 Oct 1758 Truro; m. 7 Apr 1737 in Truro to Bethiah Harding (b. 1698 in Truro – d. 13 Nov 1786 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass.) Her parents were Nathaniel Harding (1676 – 1741) and Hannah Collins (1680 – 1765) John and Bethiah had four children born between 1738 and 1750.
iii. Jedediah Lombard b. 16 Feb 1696 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass; d. 10 Sep 1739; m. 28 Sep 1717 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass. to Mary White (b. 25 Dec 1702 in Scituate, Plymouth, Mass. – d. 17 Dec 1741 in Truro) Her parents were Samuel White (1678 – ) and Rebecca Vickers (1681 – ). Jedediah and Mary had seventeen children born between 1717 and 1744.
iv. William Lombard b. 25 Jan 1700 Truro, Barnstable, Mass.; m1. 3 Aug 1721 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass to Mary Gaines (b. 1701 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass) William and Mary had six children born between 1723 and 1737.
m2. 22 Jul 1761 in Truro to Hannah Green (b. 1705 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass)
v. Simon Lumbert b. 28 Nov 1701 Truro, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1736 Truro
vi. Hannah Lombard b. 16 Jan 1703 Truro, Barnstable, Mass.; m. her first cousin Caleb Conant (b. 13 Nov 1693 in Salem, Essex, Mass) His parents were Joshua Conant (1657 – 1706) and Sarah Newcomb (1670 – 1707) (See above) Hannah and Caleb had six children born between 1723 and 1737.
vii. Keziah Lumbert b. 30 Jun 1705 Truro, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 18 Oct 1725 in Truro to her first cousin John Conant (b. 19 Apr 1700 in Salem, Mass – d. Provincetown, Barnstable, Mass) His parents were Joshua Conant (1657 – 1706) and Sarah Newcomb (1670 – 1707) (See above). Keziah and John had four children born between 1726 and 1746.
7. Peter Newcomb
Peter’s wife Mercy Smith was born 3 Jan 1679 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Shubael Smith (1654 – 1734) and Mary Swift (1659 – 1682). Mercy died 17 Jan 1723 in Sandwich, Barnstable, Mass.
Rev. William Holmes, minister at Chilmark, Mass., 1716-1746, wrote the following in his diary under date of 31 Mar. 1723: “I had an account that Mr. Newcomb died lately; he was taken suddenly while [he] was in the cellar drawing molasses, either with an apoplectic fit or a sudden lethargy which carried him off.”
Peter had a residence in 1699 in Edgartown MA. In the record of his marriage, he is said to be “late of Edgartown”. He worked as an innkeeper. He established the family home at Sandwich, Mass., where he kept an inn or public-house until his death. The inn passed into the hands of his son, William, and his grandson, William Newcomb, and for many years remained in the possession of the family.
Children of Peter and Mercy:
i. Mercy Newcomb b. 4 Mar 1701 Sandwich, Mass.; d. bef. 1734; m. 5 Dec 1722 to Jabez Dimmock (bapt. 5 Oct 1719 Boston – d. 15 Jan 1771) His parents were Shubael Dimmock and Bertha Chipman. He was a shipwright and was admitted to Second Church 23 May 1723.
ii. William Newcomb b. 29 Aug 1702 Sandwich, Barnstable Mass; d. 8 Apr 1736 Sandwich; m. Bathsheba Bourne (b. 11 Nov 1703 Sandwich – d. Mar 1787 Hardwick, Worcester, Mass) Her parents were Hon,. Melatiah Borne and Desire Chipman. Her maternal grandparents were our ancestors John CHIPMAN and Hope HOWLAND. William and Bathsheba had eight children born between 1723 and 1735.
William graduated at Harvard University in 1722, the first Newcomb in America graduating from college. He inherited from his father a large estate and kept the same inn which his father had occupied before him.
After William died, Bathsheba married 18 Sep 1735 to Gen. Timothy Ruggles (wiki) (b. 20 Oct 1718 – d. 4 Aug 1795 Wilmot, Nova Scotia) His parents were Reverend Timothy (Harvard College 1707) and Mary [__?__]. He was grandson of Capt. Samuel Ruggles of Roxbury and Martha Woodbridge, who was a granddaughter of Governor Thomas Dudley. Bathsheba and Timothy had seven children.
His father wanted him to be a learned man and sent
him to Harvard. However, he did not follow his father into the ministry because he did not have the reserved temperment of a clergyman. Instead, he was more inclined towards the adversarial disposition of a lawyer. Consequently he studied law and graduated in 1732. Upon graduation, he opened up a practice in his home town of Rochester where he was also elected as a Representative of the General Court, or Assembly, at the age of 25. From the beginning, he was ambitious and driven towards success. Being over six feet tall, he projected a commanding presence over his much shorter associates.
His practice took him to County Courts in Plymouth and Barnstable. When traveling to Cape Cod, he usually stayed at the Newcomb Tavern in Sandwich. It was the first inn to open in Sandwich and the building still stands as a private home on Grove Street. The tavern was being run by Bathsheba Bourne
Newcomb, a beautiful, dark skinned and wealthy widow with 7 children. There must have been an instant spark of passion between these two fiery personalities because they were married within five months of Bathsheba’s burying her first husband. Neither cared about the opinions of others. Timothy (age 25) and Bathsheba (age 32) were wed in 1736 by her father, Judge Melitiah Bourne, the wealthiest man in Sandwich. The fact that she was beautiful, independently wealthy and from a prominent family; must have played a role in his decision to become the instant head of a large family. He was no stranger to
a house full of children because he was the eldest of 12.
They resided at the inn in Sandwich and immediately began a family of their own. However, Timothy initially kept his official residence in Rochester because of his re-election to the General Court from that town. The unexpected death of lawyer Nathaniel Otis created a need for an attorney in Sandwich and Ruggles filled the void and officially became a Sandwich resident in 1739.
Ruggles hung his lawyer’s shingle outside the inn and maintained the dual role of attorney and inn keeper. In 1821, a family descendent wrote, “He was social, witty, profane, wise about human nature, and quick to drop ceremony and convention when they ceased to be of social value.” Hard manual work was not beneath him and he personally attended both the stable and the bar. Oddly enough, he was a virtual teetotaler who only drank an occasional small beer.
All the while, he continued to expand his law practice and was recognized as one of the leading lawyers in the province of Massachusetts. He served as a representative of the Crown for a fixed fee which often brought him into opposition with James Otis Sr., a Cape Cod neighbor from Barnstable who was representing individuals who had charges brought against them by the authorities. Later in his career, Ruggles would find himself vying against James Otis Jr., a strong advocate for the cause of independence, but that would happen many years later. In the meantime, Ruggles political career continued to move forward and among the many posts he held was that of Excise Collector for Barnstable County. He remained popular among his new townspeople and was elected to 6 terms as Sandwich’s Representative to the Assembly in Boston during the 17 years he lived there.
In 1753, at age 42, he was seeking a grander life style and he moved his wife and their 7 children to Hardwick, a new town outside of Worcester. The relocation had been in the planning stage for some time and Ruggles acted in concert with 6 other Ruggles families who moved to the area where they had acquired a very large tract of land. Timothy was by far the richest and most well known person in the new town. Bathsheba’s children from her first marriage were now older and some were married and they did not make the move to Hardwick. William Newcomb Ruggles now ran the Sandwich tavern.
He served as chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas in Worcester, Massachusetts, from 1762 to 1764, and founder and most eminent citizen of the town of Hardwick, Worcester, Mass. He was Hardwick’s representative to the General Court in Boston from 1754 to 1770. As speaker of the House in 1762, with Hardwicke being very prosperous, Timothy Ruggles used his position to promote a formal act of the court, establishing the first Fair to be held in his home town of Hardwick, to be known as the Hardwick Faire, now the oldest annual fair in the United States. . This was the equivalent of having the King grant his favor in England. The 251st program was held Friday and Saturday Aug 16 and 17 2013. See this pdf for its history.
General Ruggles was president of the Stamp Act Congress of 1765. After serving as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1763, Timothy Ruggles was selected as a delegate to the first colonial (or Stamp Act) congress of 1765 meeting in New York on October 7, Ruggles was elected its president. After he refused to sanction the addresses sent by that body to Great Britain he was publicly censured by the General Court of Massachusetts.
He became one of the leading Tories of New England. He commanded the Loyal American Association and was a Mandamus Councillor appointed by General Gage in Boston. The Loyal American Association vowed to: – Not submit to rebellious assembly. – Enforce obedience to the King. – Defend each other if imperiled by unlawful assembly. – Repel force with force. – Use retaliation if any member or their property were injured.
In 1775, he left Boston for Nova Scotia with the British troops and accompanied Lord Howe to Staten Island. His estates were confiscated, and in 1779 he received a grant of 10,000 acres of land in Wilmot, Nova Scotia, where he settled.
The Revolution split the Ruggles family. When he fled to Boston, Bathsheba did not go with him and she never joined her husband in exile. Over the years their relationship had withered and any bond between them was now gone. Perhaps his nearly 7 year war time absence drained the relationship and added further to Bathsheba’s independent spirit. Their 400 acre farm was confiscated by the authorities and she went to live with her son Timothy III until her death. On the other hand the Brigadier had the loyalty of his 3 sons. John and Richard would join Ruggles in Boston and ultimately in Nova Scotia. Timothy III also moved to Nova Scotia after the death of his mother and later became a member of the House of Assembly of Nova Scotia. His 4 daughters were married and stayed in Massachusetts.
Ruggles left his daughter, Bathsheba Ruggles, behind enemy lines in Massachusetts. In 1778 she was hanged while pregnant for killing her husband Joshua Spooner, the first woman to be executed in the United States by Americans rather than the British.
Under public censure for his refusal to sign the Stamp Act protest as Massachusetts representative to the 1765 Stamp Act Congress, Ruggles might have arranged the marriage on Jan 15, 1766, for his daughter to Joshua Spooner, but no documentation has yet turned up to explain why Bathsheba Ruggles married a man she very soon came to hate. See wikipedia for the sordid tale of how she was executed while five months pregnant.
8. Anna Newcomb
Anna’s husband Matthew Mayhew was born on 29 Nov 1674 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.. His parents were Matthew Mayhew and Mary Skiffe. Matthew died on 20 Apr 1720,and was buried in Edgartown MA.
Children of Anna and Matthew:
i. Micajah Mayhew b. 1697 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.; d. 20 Dec 1760 Edgartown; m. Sarah Ripley (b. 1702)
ii. Matthew Mayhew b. 1699 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.; d. 1714 Edgartown
iii. Fortunatus Mayhew b. 1700 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.; d. 1757 Mass.
iv. Thomas Mayhew b. 1704 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass; d. 1784 Plymouth, Mass; m. 8 Jul 1740 in Plymouth to Mary Wetherell (b. 5 Jun 1722 in Plymouth – d. 3 Sep 1776 in Plymouth) Her parents were Thomas Wetherell (1682 – 1743) and Rebecca Knowles (1690 – 1755). Thomas and Mary had eight children born between 1742 and 1760.
v. Elijah Mayhew b. 1708 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.; d. 30 Dec 1734 Chilmark, Dukes, Mass; m. 11 Jun 1729 in Chilmark to Eunice Norton (b. 1711 in Edgartown – d. 11 Jun 1729 in Chilmark) Her parents were Samuel Norton and Content Coggeshall. Elijah and Eunice had two children Anna (b. 1730) and Constant (b. 1731)
vi. Anna Mayhew b. 1710 Chilmark, Dukes, Mass; d. 25 Sep 1780 Chilmark ; m. 1726 in Edgartown to William Bassett (b. 17 Dec 1702 in Chilmark – d. 24 Dec 1782 in Chilmark) His parents were Nathan Bassett (1667 – 1743) and Mary Huckins (1673 – 1743). Anna and William had nine children born between 1730 and 1751.
vii. Mary Mayhew b. 31 Mar 1714 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.; d. 16 Sep 1778 Chilmark, Dukes, Mass; m. 12 Dec 1728 in Chilmark to Beriah Tilton (b. 13 Oct 1703 in Chilmark – d. 10 Jul 1779 in Chilmark) His parents were John Tilton (1668 – 1750) and Abiah Mayhew (1673 – 1750). Mary and Beriah had at least one child William (b. 1736)
9. Andrew Newcomb ?
Andrew’s wife Mercy Oldham was born about 1687 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. Her parents were Thomas Oldham and Mercy Sprout. Mercy died 2 May 1730 in Truro, Barnstable, Mass.
Died in his 68th year.
Inscriptions on Gravestones in the Old North Cemetery, Truro, Mass.
10. Elizabeth Newcomb
Elizabeth’s husband Capt. John Atkins was born 6 Aug 1674 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Henry Atkins and Bethiah Linnell. John died 30 Jan 1732 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass
11. Capt. Joseph Newcomb
Joseph’s wife Joyce Butler was born 1680 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass. Her parents were John Butler (1651 – 1738) and Priscilla Norton (1655 – 1738). Her grandparents were Nicholas NORTON and Elizabeth ISAAC. Joyce died 1739 in Fairfield, Salem, New Jersey
Joseph lived for many years in Edgartown. He was man of prominence and held positions of trust in the community. He was chosen selectman and sealer of weights and measures in 1712 and sealer of weights in 1713. He served as town treasurer and moderator of the town meeting. On 19 Feb. 1718, he was one of a committee to consider building the meeting house. Three years later, 1721, he was representative from Edgartown to the General Court (Legislature) of Mass. at Boston. Prior to 1722 he was called “Capt.”, and afterward “Gent.” Doubtless he was a commander or captain of ships; he may have been captain of a military organization.
Children of Joseph and Joyce:
i. Capt. Bayes Newcomb b. ~ 1708 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass; d. Feb 1783; m. 5 Feb 1733/34 to Amey Martin (b. 1 Sep 1716 Edgartown – d. 24 Nov 1792 Tisbury, Dukes, Mass) Her parents were Thomas Martin and Amey Daggett. Eight of their eleven children were baptized 4 Dec 1748.
With the exception of 1743 at Windham, CT, Capt Bayes and his wife lived in Edgartown prior to 1758, afterward in Tisbury, an adjoining town on Martha’s Vineyard. Although administration up his father’s estate had been granted in Salem County, NJ to his mother in 1733, Capt. Bayes took out letters of administration upon his father’s estate at Edgartown 21 Feb 1739.
7 Mar 1757 – Enlisted in the Tisbury Foot Company for service in the Old French War
Prior to 1773 Capt. Newcomb was a mariner, a commander of ships and subsequently a husbandman.
Capt. Newcomb bought from most of the heirs of his paternal grandfather Lt. Andrew NEWCOMB Jr. certain rights to lands on Martha’s Vineyard, and owned a large property there. He lost nearly all at the time of the Revolutionary War. Two of his sons, perhaps more, were in the service; one Lieut Andrew died “while returning from captivity.
ii. Priscilla Newcomb b. ~ 1711 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.; d. 5 Jan 1792 Lebanon, New London, CT; m. 16 Jun 1731 to Deacon James Pineo (b. 1709/10 Bristol, Rhode Island – d. 18 Apr 1789) His parents were James “Jacques” Pineo (1667 Lyon, France – 1747 Lebanon, CT) and Dorothy Badcock (1684 Lebanon, CT – 1737 Lebanon). Priscilla and James had nine children born between 1732 and 1747.
Jacques Pinneo and his lifelong friend Jean Soulard (John Sullard) fled from the king’s men when interrupted at a prayer meeting, hid in a cave for three days, and made their way to England. Near the turn of the century they took passage to America and landed at Plymouth, Mass., becoming indentured servants for it was common then for the captain of the ship to sell the indentures of those passengers unable to pay for their passage. However, for some extraordinary deed or service they were released after just one year. They went to Bristol, RI, and then removed to Lebanon Crank (now Columbia), CT, where they both established homes and raised families. Letters of administration of James Pinneo’s estate were granted Oct. 10, 1727.
James Jr. was chosen deacon of the Second Church of Lebanon in 1755.
iii. Joyce Newcomb b. ~ 1712; d. 22 Oct 1774; m1. 10 Jun 1731 to Pelatiah Jones (b. 1703 Marthas Vineyard, Dukes, Mass) Joyce and Pelatiah had two children.
m2. 14 Dec 1749 to Samuel Glover (b. 16 Dec 1706) His parents were Pelatiah Glover and Hannah Parsons. They resided at Springfield, Mass.
iv. Anna Newcomb b. 1714; d. bef. 1763; m. 1732 to Benjamin Thompson (b. 9 Dec 1708 Rhode Island – d. 29 Mar 1763 New Jersey) His parents were Benjamin Thompson (1682 – 1775) and Elizabeth [__?__]. Anna and Benjamin had seven children born between 1735 and 1749. After Anna died, he married second Abigail [__?__]
Benjamin owned a farm of 560 acres in Salem County, New Jersey
v. Joseph Newcomb b. 17 Sep 1718 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass; d. 1793; m1, 1740 to Meriba Bateman (b. 14 Feb 1721 – d. aft. 16 Feb 1765) Joseph and Meriba had twelve children born between 1741 and 1765.
m2. Abigail [__?__] who, following the death of her husband m. 21 May 1800 to William Backley.
1732 – Joseph removed with his parents to Salem, now Cumberland County, NJ . The county is part of the Delaware Valley area. He lived in Downe township, near the line of Fairfield and head of Newport Creek at a place called “New England town”.
He was a miller, an officer in the Revolution and later justice of the peace
vi. William Newcomb b. 7 Apr 1721 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass; d. 7 Apr 1785 Fairfield, Cumberland, NJ ; m1. [__?__] ( – d. ~ 1758) No record has been found of her name nor of the date of marriage, though they had five children together born between 1740 and 1755.
m2. Pleasant Long (b. 1734 – d. 28 Feb 1791 Cumberland Co, NJ) Her parents were Peter Long and Grace [__?__] William and Pleasant had five more children born between 1760 and 1770.
William removed with his parents to New Jersey when eleven years of age. After his marriage he resided in Fairfield between Newport and Cedarville. He built the house which his son Butler afterward owned and occupied. Over the door he cut in stone his name, date of birth, etc.
The name Fairfield refers to its original settlers, who were émigrés from Fairfield, Connecticut. The oldest Presbyterian church in South Jersey is said to date from before 1697. There is a plaque and an old cemetery which indicates the original log building.
vii. Brig Gen. Silas Newcomb b. 17 Apr 1723 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass; d. 17 Jan 1779 in ”New England Cross”, Farifield, Cumberland, New Jersey; m. 1745 Fairfield, Cumberland, New Jersey to Bathsheba Dayton (b. 1725 – d. 1781 Fairfield, Cumberland, New Jersey) Silas and Bathsheba had five children born between 1747 and 1757.
Silas had such an interesting career as a Greenwich, New Jersey tea partier and a general under General Washington that I made him his own page Brig. General Silas Newcomb
viii. Ruth Newcomb b. 26 Jul 1730; m. Thomas Ogden (b. 1720 Fairfield, Cumberland, New Jersey – d. 23 Dec 1785 Fairton, Fairfield, New Jersey) His parents were John Ogden (1670 – 1745) and Mary Dimon (1674 – ).
12. Emeline “Emblem” Newcomb
Emeline’s husband Samuel Atkins was born 25 Jun 1679 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. His brother Capt. John Atkins married Elizabeth Newcomb, Emeline’s sister. Their parents were Henry Atkins and Bethiah Linnell. Samuel died 9 Aug 1768 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.
They also settled at Chatham, where he held various town offices, being juryman in 1728, selectman for three years from 1736. His name does not appear on the tax list or records of the town after 1755, but his estate was not administered upon until 9 Aug 1768, when his son, Henry, was appointed administrator; inventory taken 26 Aug. 1768, estate settled 8 Aug. 1769. No mention is made of his widow, and the entire estate was assigned to his son, Henry, he paying to his sisters certain sums of money.
Children of Emeline and Samuel:
i. Eunice Atkins b. 1705 ; d. 2 Jan 1790 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass; m. 1726 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass to Solomon Collins (b. 6 Feb 1704 in Eastham, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 26 Nov 1765) His parents were John Collins (1674 – 1765) and Hannah Doane (1669 – 1765). Eunice and Solomon had seven children born between 1728 and 1744.
ii. Anna Atkins b. 1704 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass; d. 31 Oct 1799 Chatham; m. 27 Jan 1734/35 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. to Thomas Kendrick (b. 1708 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 13 Mar 1783 in Chatham) Thomas’ brother Solomon married Anna’s sister Elizabeth. Their parents were Edward Kendrick and Elizabeth Snow. Their grandparents were our ancestors Jabez SNOW and Elizabeth SMITH. Anna and Thomas had eight children born between 1735 and 1756.
iii. Elizabeth Atkins b. 1715 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1790 in Sherose Island, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada; m. 1735 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass. to Solomon Kendrick (b. 1706 in Harwich, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 1790 in Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, Canada) Solomon’s brother Thomas married Elizabeth’s sister Anna. Their parents were Edward Kendrick and Elizabeth Snow. Their grandparents were our ancestors Jabez SNOW and Elizabeth SMITH. Elizabeth and Solomon had six children born between 1731 and 1755.
Solomon and Elizabeth removed to Barrington Nova Scotia about 1762.
Their son John Kendrick (wiki) (c. 1740–1794) was the first ship master who went on a voyage to the Northwest coast of the United States and discovered the Columbia River. Kendrick Bay on Prince of Wales Island near the southern tip of the Alaskan panhandle and Kendrick Islands, at the mouth of the bay are named for John Kendrick.
[This story is a little much for a 2nd cousin, but it’s a rousing adventure tale and he is our cousin two different ways, so I’m including the long version here – Solomon Kendrick]
iii. Bethia Atkins 1716 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1769; m. 3 Feb 1757 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass to Christopher Taylor (b. 12 Aug 1716 in Barnstable – d. 21 Sep 1774 in Barnstable) His parents were Abraham Taylor (1683 – 1764) and Mary Beetle
iv. Desire Atkins b. 1716 Barnstable,, Barnstable, Mass; m. 24 May 1749 in Boston to Samuel Silvester (b. 19 Sep 1705 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass – d. 1771) His parents were Samuel Silvester (1676 – 1735) and Lucretia Joyce (1676 – 1719)
v. Tabitha Atkins b. 1718 Chatham, Barnstable, Mass; m. 12 May 1757 in Chatham to Southworth Hamlin (b. 1712 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass)
vii. Henry Atkins b. 1720 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass; d. 1783; m. 8 Dec 1768 in Barnstable to Deborah Lothrop (b. 1737 in Barnstable – d. 22 Nov 1822 in Barnstable)
13. Tabitha Newcomb
Tabitha’s husband Peter Ray was born about 1681 in Kittery, York, Maine. Peter died 1 Oct 1731 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.
Peter worked as a housewright. Land: 1738, Massachusetts. Sold to Huxford Marchant “all my right, title and interest in the Island of Marthas Vineyard or Chappaquiddick… that descended to me by my mother, deceased.
Children of Tabitha and Peter
i. Peter Ray b. 2 Jan 1711 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.; d. 1741; m. Elizabeth Nickerson (b. 28 Mar 1707 in Chatham, Barnstable, Mass – d. 1755) Her parents were Robert Nickerson (1684 – 1755) and Rebecca Jones (1684 – 1765)
ii. Hannah Ray b. 16 Oct 1712 in Edgartown, Dukes, Mass.; d. 29 Nov 1745 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass; m. 25 Jan 1728 in Barnstable to Samuel Phinney (b. 1 Apr 1702 in Barnstable – d. 26 Nov 1754 in Barnstable) His parents were Ebenezer Phinney (1673 – 1754) and Susanna Linnell (1673 – 1752)
14. Hannah Newcomb
Hannah’s husband Thomas Dumary was born 16 Mar 1690 in Boston, Mass.
Hannah and Thomas Dumary were married by Rev. Cotton Mather. Both died before 5 Apr 1755, because at this date their son John, of Lunenburgh, Mass., and daughter Anna, unmarried and living in Boston, the only surviving heirs, through their attorney, John Allen, sold one-ninth of a lot in Martha’s Vineyard that formerly belonged to their mother’s parents. Thomas worked as a housewright.
Children of Hannah and Thomas:
i. Hannah Dumary b. 3 Aug 1715
ii. Thomas Dumary b. 1718
iii. Charles Dumary b. 23 Oct 1719
iv. Anna Dumary b. 17 Nov 1723
v. John Dumary b. 27 Feb 1726
vi. Elizabeth Dumary b. 12 Aug 1733
15. Zerviah Newcomb
Zerviah’s husband Josiah Bearse was born 10 Mar 1690 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. His parents were Joseph Bearse and Martha Taylor. Josiah died 31 Aug 1753 in New Fairfield, CT.
Josiah’s birthplace was Barnstable, and he resided at East Barnstable, but was dismissed from the church there 29 Dec 1734, to the church at Greenwich, Conn., to which place he moved, 1733. In 1738 they removed to New Fairfield, Conn., where he died. They sold to her nephew, Bayes Newcomb, 31 Oct. 1743, all rights on Martha’s Vineyard.
Children of Zerviah and Josiah:
i. Anna Bearse b. 11 Jul 1719 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; m. 1791 to Benjamin Stevens.
ii. Josiah Bearse b. 3 Feb 1721 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 28 Jan 1787 Litchfield, Litchfield, CT; m. Jun 1747 in Litchfield to Rebecca Baldwin (b. 1723 in Fairfield, Fairfield, CT – d. 1808 in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer, New York) Her parents were John Baldwin (1685 – ) and Mercy Caroline (1688 – )Josiah and Rebecca had six children born between 1755 and 1766.
iii. Eunice Bearse b. 2 Jan 1723 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 6 Apr 1727 Barnstable
iv. Jonathan Bearse b. 22 Nov 1724 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 2 Dec 1731 Mashpee, Barnstable, Mass
v. Lois Newcomb Bearse b. 17 Jul 1726 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 10 Mar 1804 Millerton Spencers Corner, Dutchess, New York; m. 17 Feb 1758 in New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT to Thomas E Knapp (b. 1733 in Danbury, Fairfield, CT – d. 10 Mar 1804 in New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT) His parents were Ebenezer Knapp (1706 – 1784) and Elizabeth Benedict (1706 – 1795). Lois and Thomas had five children born between 1758 and 1765.
vi. Thomas Bearse b. 10 Mar 1729 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 29 Dec 1814 New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT; m1. 1 Jan 1754 in Danbury, Fairfield, CT to Abigail Pickett (b. 1729 in Danbury, CT -d. 7 Feb 1756 in New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT) Thomas and Abigail had one child Thomas (b. 1756)
m2. 9 Dec 1756 in Redding, Fairfield, CT to Esther Lyon (b. 1732 in Attleboro, Plymouth, Mass – d. 1797 in New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT) Thomas and Esther had three more children born between 1758 and 1769.
vii. Joseph Bearse b. 1734 Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 13 Aug 1818 New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT; m. 16 Oct 1758 in New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT to Prudence Hurlburt (b. 1734 in Barnstable, Barnstable, Mass. – d. 15 May 1824 in New Fairfield) Joseph and Prudence had five children born between 1756 and 1768.
viii. Benjamin Bearse b. 1736 in Mashpee, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 8 Mar 1802 New Fairfield, Fairfield, CT; m. 16 Mar 1757 in New Fairfield to Abigail Barrett (b. 10 Mar 1734 in Killingly, Windham, CT – d. 14 Mar 1802 in New Fairfield) Her parents were David Barrett (1710 – 1793) and Abigail Spaulding (1711 – 1794) Benjamin and Abigail had four children born between 1759 and 1771.
ix. Martha Bearse b. 26 Jun 1738 in Mashpee, Barnstable, Mass.; d. 8 Mar 1802 Northeast, Dutchess, New York; m. 1759 in Danbury, Fairfield, CT to Peter Knapp (b. 1736 in Danbury, Fairfield, CT – d. 1800 in Northeast, Dutchess, New York) His parents were Ebenezer Knapp (1706 – 1784) and Elizabeth Benedict (1706 – 1795).Martha and Peter had eight children born between 1760 and 1782.
x. Mary Bearse b. 8 May 1741 in Greenwich, Fairfield, CT; d. 1810 Harpersfield Center, Delaware, New York; m. 28 Apr 1762 in New Fairfield, CT to Gideon Beardsley (b. 1738 in New Fairfield, Stratford, CT – d. 28 May 1810 in Hapersfield Center, Delaware, New York) His parents were Obadiah Beardsley (1706 – 1806) and Mercy Jackson (1713 – 1754)Mary and Gideon had six children born between 1766 and 1779.
16. Mary Newcomb
Mary’s husband Jonathan Pease was born 3 Oct 1705 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass. His parents were John Pease (1657 – 1748 and Bathsheba Merry (1665 -: 1765). Jonathan died Jan 1778 Edgartown, Dukes, Mass
5 Apr 1743, Edgartown Mass – Mary sold to her nephew, Bayes Newcomb, for £20, “all estate descended to me from father and mother, Andrew and Ann Newcomb, excepting my lot at harbor” at Edgartown.
Genealogical memoir of the Newcomb family By John Bearse Newcomb 1874 Google Books
Biographical Sketch of General Timothy Ruggles Sandwich Historical Society by Bill Daley December 2008