23 May 2004

More Newcombs in the Revolution

Ebenezer Newcomb, son of Ebenezer Newcomb (1712-1782 ) and Thankful Freeman (b. 1714).

From John Bearse Newcomb's book: A sailing master and officer in the Revolutionary War; served in 1777 under Capt. J. Trow and Col. Joseph Whitney; afterward went out as a privateer and was never heard from.

From Bethuel Merritt Newcomb's book: Ebenezer was a minor in 1760; later, a sailing master. There is record as follows "Ebenezer, Private, Capt. Israel Trow's Co. Col. John Hathaway's regt. service 20 d. in April and May 1777, at R.I., said Newcomb reported as among those who agreed to tarry for 2 mo." He also appears in "the list of fourteen men (he P.M. Mate) of a prize of the Ship Reprizal - Continental - committed August ye 9th 1777 to Forton Prison, England." Probably died in prison.

Eleazer Newcomb (4 May 1755 - 22 Aug 1823), who married Anna McGuire.

From B.M. Newcomb's book:

Eleazer performed important service in the War of the Revolution. He enlisted at Horse Neck, from Wethersfield, Conn.,, 6 Feb. 1777, for three years in the Co. of Capt. Childs, 5th Connecticut Regt., Col. Philip B. Bradley; served as corporal to 1 Jan. 1780; was discharged at Bearskin Ridge, N.J., 6 Feb. 1780; was in battles of Germantown and Monmouth; received a pension under Act of 1818.

Ethan Newcomb (1 Jan 1763 - 19 Nov 1849).

From B.M. Newcomb's book:

A hero in the War of the Revolution, he volunteered at the age of 16 in the militia service, and served at various periods nearly 2 years. the militia were often called out for emergencies and for guard duty. He served one tour of 10 months and another of 2 months in the Co. of Capt. William Low, Lieut. Reuben Cheeseman, most of the time under his uncle, Gen. Silas Newcomb, guarding the banks of the Delaware River 60 miles below Philadelphia and near its mouth, the object being to prevent the landing of refugees to plunder the inhabitants. Mr. N. received no compensation from the State, but had his share of prize money in capturing a boat. He was a pensioner under Act of Congress, 1832. He signed his application for a pension with a cross.

Jacob Newcomb (10 Oct 1724 - 1777). He married Elizabeth Hamilton.

From the DAR lineage books:

Joined the patriot army and died in the service.

From B.M. Newcomb's book:

At the outbreak of the War of the Revolution, Jacob Newcomb joined the patriot army, and died a martyr in the service, according to the church records of Lebanon, 1777. It is supposed that he died and was committed to a watery grave. His son, Bethuel, after leaving the service, set out in search of his father, Jacob, and traced him to Lake Champlain, but was unable to find further positive information concerning him. He learned that his father, sick of camp disease, with two other soldiers attempted to cross the lake in an open boat, but he could ascertain nothing additional.

James Newcomb (11 Nov 1754 - 2 Jan 1843).

From B.M. Newcomb's book:

James Newcomb entered the Revolutionary War as a private, Mar. 1775, in Co. of Capt. Joseph Smith. One record shows enlistment "July 17, 1775, discharged Dec. 31, 1775. Service 5 mo. 27 d., in defense of seacoast." He was stationed at Wellfleet until Feb 1776; then marched to Truro, and was discharged in the middle of Mar. following.

"James, Sailor, Sloop 'Martha' Nathaniel Stone Master, bound on voyage to North Carolina; portage bill dated Boston, Jan 22, 1777; shipped Dec. 25, 1776." He was afterward in command of a ship running between Charlestown, Mass., and Charleston, S.C.; was also in service with Capt. Lemuel Newcomb of Wellfleet.

He became a pensioner under Act of Congress of 1832.


James Newcomb (28 Dec 1755 - 19 Nov 1824).

From B.M. Newcomb's book:

In the War of the Revolution James Newcomb, a minute man, was in several expeditions in 1776; his first and second service under Captain Lothrop Allen (in whose company he enlisted for six months), Lieut-Col. John Harper, included one expedition to New York and on Long Island, building forts, breastworks, and "fighting the enemy". In 1777 he enlisted under Capt. John Rouse, and was present at the surrender of the army of Gen. Gurgoye; he served as corp. in Peyton's Co., Second N.Y. Regt., mustered in Sept. 1778; re-enlisted 12 May 1779, and continued in the same co. until 21 Apr. 1780. He further service in 1780, 1781 was as sergt. under Capt. Cornelius Wiltse or Wiltsey, Lieut-Col. Thaddeus Crane, and Col. Peter Yates. After the close of the war he was appointed captain of a light infantry company; promoted 1798 to Lieut-Col.; later. Col.

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