01 December 2011

Lemuel Newcomb 1757-1843

Lemuel Newcomb was in the Revolutionary War in 1776. "Lemuel, Wellfleet. Private Capt. Winslow Lewis's Co., pay abstract for mileage to and from camp at Cambridge dated Jan. 13, 1776. Mileage for 218 mailes allowed said n. also Capt. Nathaniel Winslow's Co. Col. Whitney's regt.company receipt for advance pay for 1 mo. travel, allowance from home to Boston, etc. dated Point Shirley June 13, 1776. Also petition dated Camp at Hull Sept. 17, 1776, signed by said N. and others belonging to battalion stationed at Hull, asking for increase and payment of wages."

About 15 Mar. 1776, he was in service under Capt. John Gill of Wllefleet, serving until 1 May. He sailed from Wellfleet to Plymouth, thence marched to Boston, and was stationed on Noddles Island in the harbor, arriving a short time after the evacuation of Boston. He again entered the service: "Lemuel, Private Capt. Nathaniel Winslow's (Capt. Winslow of Scituate) Co., Col. Josiah Whitney's regt. Service from April 29, 1776, four days preceeding march, to August 1, 1776. 3 mo. 2 d. Service from Aug. 1, 1776 to Nov. 1, 1776, 3. mo.", assisted in building a fort on Noddles Island; then marched to Nantucket, where he labored in erecting forst and digging a deep well.

About 1 Jan. 1779, he shipped on a schooner, 140 tons, fitted out under direction of the Board of War and commanded by Capt. Moses Lewis, to bring cargo of flour from Alexandria, Va. After having been blockaded by the enemy two or three months in Potomoc River, they sailed for Boston, but were captured by the English ship Unicorn and set on shore on Block Island, 25 June 1779.

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