01 June 2011

Jeremiah Newcomb 1760-1842

From B.M. Newcomb's book:

Jeremiah Newcomb took part in the Revolutionary War, entering the service Mar. 1776 in Capt. John Gill's co., William Cooper of Boston First Lieut.; sailed from Wellfleet to Plymouth, thence marched to Boston, where he was stationed with troops under Gen. Putnam; discharged about 1 May 1776, re-entered the service as matross in artillery company for twelve months, Capt. John Gill, Col. Craft's Regt. or battalion; sailed to Castle William in Boston Harbor where he remained during the winter, building the fort; passed daily in flat bottomed boat to Boston and back; dragged cannon to top of hill to place in fort, stocked and bedded those injured by the English, and received passports of vessels passing the fort; procured a mortar, stationed it on the north side of Long Island head, with breastwork and 6-pounder cannon on Nantasket Hill, to play across the head to the shipping of the enemy. The throwing of the third bomb caused the vessels to drop down near the lighthouse, which they blew up.

"Jeremiah, Wellfleet; Matross; Capt. John Gill's co.... abstract for advanced pay, mileage, etc., sworn to at Boston Jun 8, 1776. Mileage (108 miles) allowed said Newcomb; also same Co. and regt enlisted May 9, 1776. Service to Nov. 1, 1776, 5 mo. 24 d., also same Co. and regt. service from Feb. 1, 1777 to May 8, 1777, 3 mo. 7 d."

In 1780, 28 Nov., he was of the brig Resolution, taken prisoner, and committed to Old Mill Prison on 22 Jan. 1781. He was also out at other times during the war.

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