03 November 2011

Ethan Newcomb 1763-1849

From the Newcomb genealogy books:

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.

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