29 November 2009

Bertha W. Young (b. 1887)

Bertha W. Young (b. 21 Mar 1887) was the daughter of Oramill Young (b. 24 Mar 1842) and Carrie A. Newcomb (b. 30 Sep 1854).  B.M. Newcomb said she died in 1909. But in the 1900 census, her mother states that of four children, only two are living. Those two are Clarence and Carrie.

27 November 2009

Diantha St. John (ca. 1840)

Diantha St. John was the daughter of James Harvey St. John (b. 8 Aug 1811) and Priscilla Newcomb (b. 12 Jul 1814). She married George Knapp. B.M. Newcomb said she was born in 1850, but this is not correct. Her oldest child was born around 1858, and she was listed as age 30 in the 1870 census.

26 November 2009

Jonathan Newcomb (1774-1865)

J.B. Newcomb wrote: At the organization of the Union Church of Weymouth and Braintree, he became a member by letter from the Quincy church in 1811; elected deacon 1833. In almsgiving, Deacon Newcomb, in proportion to his means, abounded. He was engaged in furnishing granite for building purposes in Boston; was very successful. he gave away a great deal of money, and it seemed that "the more he gave away the more he had". From his private diary it appears that before 1832 he did not regard the amount of his donations, which were known to have been liberal; but in that year he made, as he termed it, "a solemn covenant" that from that time he would appropriate to charitable and religious objects all his net income; accordingly, as long as he was able to transact business, he fulfilled his promise, giving, within the period of 16 years, to needy individuals and various objects of religious interest, $12,467. As an example of the devout habits of his mind: as he often consulted his pastor respecting the appropriation of his funds, on one occasion he committed to him a sum of money to be transmitted to a certain society, and soon met with a serious loss by the sinking of a vessel with a valuable freight. His pastor, thinking that the event might modify his intention to give so much, called on him and suggested that it might be so. "No," replied Deacon Newcomb, "I have not changed my purpose respecting the amount to give, except that I have concluded to double it; for I had a son in that vessel whose deliverance from death was almost miraculous, and I feel bound to express in this manner my gratitude to God." He died at his home in Quincy, Sept. 28, 1865, aged nearly 91. "Venerable in his person, devout in his life, ready for every good word and work, he was for many years a pillar to the church and a light to the community around him."

23 November 2009

Wealthy J. Newcomb

Wealthy J. Newcomb (b. 2 Feb 1874) was the daughter of  Alexander Newcomb (b. 30 Apr 1849, BMN #1086) and Amelia Allen (b. 10 Jan 1851). She married Inglis Peppard in 1896.  B.M. Newcomb said she died in June 1910, but in April 1910 the census shows her husband had already been remarried a year. More likely she died in 1909 (or earlier).

20 November 2009

Sally Estella Newcomb (ca. 1858)

Sally Estella Newcomb was the daughter of  Norman Butler Newcomb (b. 16 Jul 1819, BMN #1024) and Jane Randall.  B.M. Newcomb said that she died before Nov 1862, but she was alive for the 1870 census.

17 November 2009

Lionel E. Newcomb (b. 1885)

According to B.M. Newcomb, Lionel Everett Newcomb (b. 12 sep 1885, BMN #2428) married Jessie M. Roundthwait (b. 27 Aug 1885) in 1906 and had a son named Robert Dobson Newcomb (BMN #3378), born in Yakima WA in 1907. In the 1910 census, a Lionel E. Newcomb appears in Seattle, married 4 years to an unnamed wife (born in Canada, age 24) and a son also named Lionel E., age 2, born in Washington. So far, I have been unable to find either of the two Lionels in either the 1920 or 1930 census, or anywhere else.

In the 1920 census, Lionel's brother Glee (BMN #2429) is in Los Angeles Co. with a wife named Jessie M. (born in Canada, age 34) and a son named Robert D., age 12, born in Washington. Since Glee was still single and living with his parents in 1910, it seems unlikely (although of course not impossible) that this is his natural son. This same family also appears in the 1930 census

Did Lionel die before 1920 and, if so, did Glee marry his brother's widow?

14 November 2009

Richard Newcomb (b. 1811)

Is there a mixup among two Richard Newcombs, their parents, and their wives?

According to B.M. Newcomb, Elisha Newcomb (#189, b. 1776 d. 1848) married Phebe Thayer. They had a son named Richard (#529) born in 1811. He married Jane F. Homans, daughter of Treston and Hannah, a second marriage for both. BMN does not list their children.

Also according to BMN, Elisha Newcomb (#174 b. 1774) married Phebe Atkins Newcomb (his third, her second). They had a son named Richard (#485) born 28 Jan 1811. He married, first Sarah Currier, second Martha. BMN lists five children for this Richard Newcomb.

So, we have (possibly) two Richards, both born in 1811, both with parents named Elisha and Phebe, both with more than one marriage.

Richard #529 had a brother named Sylvanus. Richard #485 had a son named Sylvanus.

In the 1850 census, Richard #485 (identified by his two surviving children living with him) is in the same household with Jane F. Homan, age 28, born in New Hampshire. Also in the household are William A. Homan, age 28, Lucy Homan age 7 and William A. Homan age 5. Richard's occupation is  fisherman. In the 1860 census, there is a Richard Newcomb, fish dealer age 48, born in Massachusetts, with Jane F. Newcomb age 37, born in New Hampshire, and William A. Homans, age 15, as well as Lemuel W. Newcomb (son of Richard #484). Is this really Richard #174, as BMN would suggest, or is it Richard #485? I tend to think that the Richard (#485) who was living in the same household with the Homans family would be the same Richard who later married Jane.

It would be easy for JBM to have confused the two Richards, since they were both born the same year and had parents with the same first names, and they all lived in Massachusetts. However, if we believe JBM was confused, we still don't know which Richard actually belongs to which parents. It's also possible there was only one Richard, accidentally attributed to two different families because of the parents' similar names. There are other Richard Newcombs with wives named Martha, but those I have identified in the census so far are not either of the Richards in question.

While BMN gives the impression that Jane's maiden name was Homans, looking at the census records makes it seem that it was her married name. On Ancestry.com, "Massachusetts Marriages 1633-1850" lists the marriage of William A. Homans to Jane J. Fall, 25 Jan 1843, Ipswich, Essex Co.

Wealthy N Newcomb 1797-1841, Ct & RI

A reader wrote:

My great grandmother was Laura Delacy Lillibridge Dingley, d/o Wealthy N Newcomb and Kenyon L Lillibridge. We have Laura's marriage certificate to William Henry Dingley 25 Apr 1853, Providence, RI. We  are unable to locate Wealthy or her parents. She is buried in the Israel Angell Cemetery, Johnston, RI  1841. Her parents are posted on the grave stone as Amos Nucumb and Delase.

With so many potential leads, and extensive research, Wealthy and her parents remain elusive. Bearse shows a Wealthy N Newcomb 1779 but married to the wrong husband (Ketchum). Any information would be so much appreciated.


11 November 2009

Orlando S. Newcomb (b. 1830)

Orlando S. Newcomb (BMN #886) was born 20 May 1830. He married Hulda Carter (b. 29 Apr 1831).  B.M. Newcomb stated that Orlando died in 1894. However, he was still alive for the census in 1900.

08 November 2009

Norman Simeon Newcomb (b. 1836)

Norman Simeon Newcomb (BMN #2033) was born 4 Nov 1836, the son of  Hiram Newcomb (1810-1889) and Almira Baxter (1815-1890).  Was Norman's name (or middle name) really John? Or did he perhaps change it to John? Or did B.M. Newcomb have him confused with someone else? He does not apepar with his parents in the 1850 census, although there is a Norman Newcomb of the right age living with the Ladd family in Tolland CT. In the 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses, there is a John Newcomb whose wife and children are exactly the ones BMN attributed to Norman. I have listed those census records with Norman, and have kept the wife and children with him, but I am not convinced it's the same person.

05 November 2009

Lora Newcomb (b. 1849)

Lora Newcomb (b. 24 Apr 1849) was the daughter of Silas Austin Newcomb (b. 22 Feb 1911) and Adelia Experience Osborn (b. 11 Sep 1824). She married Almon F. Hoyt, who was born around 1846 in Vermont.  B.M. Newcomb stated that because of her husband's death, Lora "lost her mind". He did not give a year for Almon's death (although he placed it in Albuquerque). In the 1900 census, in Walton Co. FL, there is a Lora N. Hoyt, born April 1848 in Michigan, parents born in New York, married for 14 years to Francis M. Hoyt, a carpenter born May 1850 in Vermont, parents born in Vermont. (In the 1910 census his name is written as Flavius Hoyt). Perhaps Lora recovered her mind and married another Hoyt.

02 November 2009

Lizzie Bell Newcomb (daughter of Richard)

Lizzie Bell Newcomb was the daughter of  Richard H. Newcomb (b. 1 May 1857, BMN #1078) and Elizabeth Burnham (b. Mar 1873).  B.M. Newcomb thought she was born in 1913, but she was five years old in the 1910 census.

01 November 2009

James Edward Newcomb (1857-1912)

Here is what B.M. Newcomb wrote:

Dr. Newcomb was educated in the public schools of New London, Conn., graduating as a valedictorian of the first class from Bulkeley High School; for a year engaged in business with his father; then entered Yale, graduating, B.A., 1880; graduated, 1883, among the first ten of a very large class, from College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, New York city; then for eighteen months intern at Roosevelt Hospital, NY, where he later was a member of the permanent staff - consulting laryngologist to the hospital; chief of the nose and throat clinic, physician to the training school for nurses, member of the Roosevelt Hospital Alumni Association. At the time of his death he had complete thirty years' service to the hospital. When Medical Department of Cornell University was established in 1898, Dr. Newcomb was made clinical instructor in laryngology; June 1909, assistant professor and placed at head of department of diseases of nose and throat. For many years chief of Nose and Throat Clinic, Demilt Dispensary; physician at the Home for the Indigent and Destitute Blind, New York city; at one time lecturer on materia medica, New York Veterinary College; lecturer of Society for Instruction in First Aid to the Injured; one of the Sanitary Inspectors, New York Board of Health; for several years lecturer on laryngology, Columbia College. His private practice was successful from the start, and he gradually specialized in diseases of the nose and throat. For eleven years secretary, American Laryngological Association, then president, 1911. He was also a member of N.Y. Acad. Med.; Am. Acad. Med.; N.Y. Med. Soc.; Greater N.Y. Med. Soc.; Hosp. Graduates' Club; Am. Med. Soc.; life member, New London Co. (Conn.) Hist. Soc.; trustee, Calvary Bap. Chh., New York city, for many years, also, treasurer. He was editor of the American edition of Grunswald's Atlas of Diseases of the Mouth, Pharynx and Nose; co-author with Burnett and Ingals of "Diseases of the Nose and Throat"; contributor to Wood's Reference Hand-Book of Medical Sciences and to Twentieth Century Medicine. Dr. Newcomb was also interested in the propaganda against tuberculosis and was a member of the Medical Board and one of the examining physicians for Stony Wold Sanitorium. He left one thousand dollars to Calvary Church; three hundred dollars for a foundation, income to be given as annual prize in English composition, Bulkeley School; books and pamphlets on rhinology and laryngology to Dr. Swain of New Haven; rest of medical library to New York Academy of Medicine; residue of estate to Mrs. Newcomb.

This is from <i>The American Biographical Library</i>:

Doctor James Edward Newcomb, a talented physician who stood at the head of his profession. He was valedictorian of his class at Buckley School; was graduated at Yale in 1880; and ranked among the first ten of his class at the College of Physicians and Surgeons (Columbia University), where he was graduated M.D. in 1883. Having served as intern at Roosevelt Hospital, he entered the Department of Laryngology of that institution. Later he became Laryngologist of Roosevelt Hospital; about the same time he was appointed Professor of Laryngology at the Cornell Medical College, New York City, serving in that capacity until the time of his death on August 27, 1912. For many years he was Secretary of the American Laryngological Association, and he was an active fellow of many other medical organizations, as well as of philanthropic societies. He was also prominent in the field of medical literature. As Editor of The Transactions of the American Laryngological Association, and he was an active fellow of many other medical organizations, as well as of philanthropic societies. He was also prominent in the field of medical literature.