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The Newcombs in America

The Newcombs in America

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The Newcombs in America - Descendants of Lieut. Andrew Newcomb
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Descendants of Lt. Andrew Newcomb
First Generation
1. Lt. Andrew Newcomb(1, 2) was born circa 1640 (3) and died between 20 Aug
1706 and 22 Oct 1708 in Edgartown MA.(3)
Death Notes: Mr. Newcomb appears to have died ithout making a will, and no
inventory or settlement of his estate has been found upon record.

Research Notes: Although John Bearse Newcomb considered Lt. Andrew to be the son of Capt. Andrew, many modern researchers refute this claim. As far as I know, there is no demonstrable connection between the two men.

Additional facts:

From B.M. Newcomb's 1923 book. Andrew Newcomb was residing at the Isles of Shoals as early as July 1666, as at this date he attended a meeting at the Isles of Shoals, near Portsmouth, N.H., of several merchants and men engaged in the fisheries, for the purpose of fixing the price of fish.

In a case brought by Richard Endell of the Isles of Shoals against
Jonathan Wade of Ipswich in March 1672, for fish and oil delivered to
Wade for several years, the case turned on the price of fish in 1666;
and to this Mr. Newcomb made affidavit, which is now on file among the
court papers at Salem, Mass.

The earliest record found of Andrew Newcomb's purchase of land in this
country is upon deeds at Alfred, York Co., Maine, Vol. 2, page 162,
date 20 Apr. 1669, from which it appears that Daniel Moore of

Portsmouth, blacksmith, for

58, sold Andrew Newcomb of Kittery, York
Co., Me., fisherman, a dwelling-house in Kittery, near Thomas Spinney's
and formerly in the tenure and occupation of James Emberry (Emery),
also six acres of land adjoining the house at Emberry's (Emery's)
Point. The house and land, as above, "next to the land of Spinney's of
Kittery side," were sold 7 July 1674 to John Cutt of Portsmouth, who
bequeathed them, 1698, to his son Nathaniel; and Nathaniel, again, in
1743, to his son, Nathaniel. This place in Kittery is on the southeast
side of the mouth of Spinney Creek, and bounded westerly by the
Piscataqua River, about half a mile from the city of Portsmouth and
owned and occupied by Miss Sally Carter in 1874. He also appears to
have owned other land at Kittery, record of purchase not found.

York Deeds at Alfred, York Co., Me., 3/123-4 - "William Hearle and wife
Beaton of Portsmouth, for valuable sum of money and goods, sell John
Fernald of Kittery, Shoemaker, all that parcel of land which was
formerly in possession of Andrew Newcomb, lying in Kittery near unto
and butting upon the Broad Cove commonly called Spinny's Cove,
containing 20 acres, being 40 rods broad butting upon said Cover and
having the land of Christian Ramix (Remich) on the South side, and the

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land of John Saward on the North side, and so runs 80 rods east into the woods: which said land was sold by William Hilton unto the said Andrew Newcomb." Deed acknowledged 1 Feb. 1680 and recorded 26 Apr. 1683.

Mr. Newcomb held the office of constable and was living at the Shoals
or in Kittery in 1671.

The name of his wife, Sarah, whom he married about 1661, has been found
but once upon record. From deeds at Exeter, N.H., Vol. 3, p. 80, it
appears that "Andrew Newcombe, of Hogg Island on the Ile of Sholes,"

fisherman, for

52 in merchantable fish, sold Henry Platts, of same
place, with consent of his wife Sarah, house on Hog Island (not
described) 19 July 1673, in the 25th year of Charles the Second, deed
recorded 21 July 1673. From the foregoing it would seem that Mr.
Newcomb had previously lived upon Hog Island and after the purchase of
his house in Kittery he removed his family to the mainland.

At the time of his residence upon the Shoals they were places of
resort, and the Church, Court House and principal Ordinary being
located upon Smutty Nose or Church Island, together with the fishing
industry, in which Mr. Newcomb was engaged, caused the islands to be
preferred for residences until later, when the mainland became more
thickly settled.

Mr. Newcomb removed from Kittery and Isles of Shoals in the year 1674
or early in 1675. From the foregoing it will be seen that after the
decision of the Court at Wells (7 July 1674) he turned over to John
Cutt his house and land in Kittery ad, his wife having died previously,
he took his seven young and motherless children to amore favorable
locality, for it is possible that the Indians had become troublesome in
that locality, as King Philip's war broke out in Jun 1675, and this may
have influenced him in his removal. He settled at Edgartown, on the
Island of Martha's Vineyard, the same year, where he became a
proprietor and at various times received shares in the divisions of
lands in that town and where he and his wife both died.

That Mr. Newcomb was one of the prominent citizens of Martha's Vineyard
is shown by the fact that he was juror at quarter court at Eastham 25
Sept. 1677 and 28 Dec. 1680; foreman of grand jury Sept. 1681, June
1700 and 1703, and 7 Mar. 1704; constable in 1681; was chosen 25 Nov.
1685, with two others, "to make the governors rate of three half penny
upon the pound"; tithing-man 10 May 1693; select-man 1693-4; and
overseer 16 Mar. 1693-4. His name appears many times upon record as
witness to deeds, etc. Upon the records of Martha's Vineyard, Mass., he
is in nearly every case called "Mr." a title then conferring more honor
and distinction and doubtless commanding higher respect than that of
"Hon." at the present day. There are reasons for believing that he was
a merchant several and perhaps many years. On the 18th Feb. 1683 he

paid Nathaniel Fryer
3: 11s. in feathers.

Maj. Wait Winthrop in a letter to Gov. Phips, no date but received 21
Oct. 1692, mentions "Mr. Newcomb"; and in a letter Simon Athern to the
Governor and Council Oct. 1692 says: "being sensable of much troble on
marthas vineyard for want of dew settlement of the affairs of that
Iland And Considering the present state of persons and things there I
humbly shew that if Mr. Andrew Newcomb be made Cheefe Justice And Mr.
Joseph Norton & Mr. James Allen Justices there who are reputed welthy
and having such influence in the people there, will be most Reddy way
to settle your government there."

Mr. Newcomb's first purchase of land on Martha's Vineyard was made 13
Feb. 1677, of John Daggett, for

25, 10 acresland, "according to the
bounds thereat as it was layed out, unto John Freeman, Blacksmith, and
to him granted by the said town; as likewise half a Commonage in the
said townshippe; for him, the said Andrew Newcomb, to have and to hold
the aforesaid land and premisses, with the now dwelling house thereone
standing and being, with all and singular the outhouseing banres

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shoppes hovells fence and fencing stuff on the said land and premisses
being." This land situated on the south side of the village, together
with a house-lot, he sold Israel Dagget for

40, 3 Feb 1702. May 13,
1686, he bought of Jacob Washaman and Notickquanum (also written
Wonnottoohquanam) alias Elizabeth, his wife, Sachem, and Queen of

Nunpauquee, for

5, a pice of land called Job's Neck, 22 Jan. 1701-2,
to his son, Simon, one of the witnesses to the deed being Peeter

He sold for

22 land at Sanchacantaket, bought of Misam alias Wabamuch;
and in 1700 he sold the land, later occupied as a famous camp-meeting
ground on Martha's Vineyard. (Vol. 3, p. 320)

In June 1703 he, with others, gave Samuel Holman, the tanner, a lot of
land "to encourage him in his business." Mar. 10, 1709-10, Thomas
Harlock sold lands bought of "Mr. Andrew Newcomb late deceased." He
owned the land in Edgartown upon which the Court House was afterwards

Mrs. Newcomb's name is in the earliest preserved list of church
members, 13 July 1717; also in the list of 24 Jan 1730-1. She received
in 1680, by will of her father dated 4 Feb. 1679-80,

50; also, a
three-eights interest in his real estate, which was increased by rights
of her sister bought by Mr. Newcomb in 1686. Of the Indian lands of
Capt. Bayes Mr. and Mrs. Newcomb owned, in 1688, three and a half
shares at Sanchacantaket, near the camp-meeting ground, ten acres at
Pompineches neck, and one half-share on the Island of Chappaquiddick.

In 1710 Mrs. Newcomb sold five acres of land near the court house in
Edgartown, formerly from her father, and in 1716 she, 'widow, Relict of
Andrew Newcomb, late of Edgartown," sold her stepson, Simon Newcomb,

20, land in Edgartown. In 1728 she sold her daughter Mary "all my
household goods, to enter upon at my decease."
Mr. Newcomb was chosen Lieut. of Militia 13 Apr 1691, and was in
command of fortifications.

By his first wife he had seven children, all of whom appear to have
been born in the vicinity of Kittery, Me. By his second wife there were
eight children, all of whom were married and had famlies, and although
no record of their births has been preserved yet their relationship as
brother and sisters, also that they were children of Andrew and Anna
Newcomb, has been authenticated by a plea for partition of land brought
1 Oct. 1731, in which all, or nearly all of the children and heirs are
named. (3)

Court: 1688. (4) He was indicted for taking the life of his son, Andrew,
but the jury decreed that Andrew's death was accidental.
Andrew married Sarah____________,(2, 5) daughter of____________

____________and ____________ ____________, in 1661 in Sandwich MA.(2) Sarah was born in 1642 in Kittery ME,(4, 5) died from 1674 to 1675 in Kittery ME,(5) and was buried in Isle of Shoals ME.(4, 5)

Children from this marriage were:
+ 2 M
i. Simeon Newcomb(1, 2, 4, 5) was born circa 1662 (2, 4, 5) and
died on 2 Jan 1744-1745 in Lebanon CT.(5)
3 M

ii. Andrew Newcomb(1, 2, 4) was born circa 1664 (2, 4) and died in Jun 1687 in Edgartown MA.(2, 4) The cause of his death was an accident.(3)

Research Notes: Some sources indicate he was accidentally killed by his father.
I do not have any information on the nature of the accident.
Additional facts:

From B.M. Newcomb's 1923 book. Andrew, born about 1664, died through an
accident at Edgartown, in the early part of Jun 1687; doubtless
unmarried. Just prior to 13 Feb. 1684-5, he labored three months "on
board the ship Betty of Caroline, Capt. Robt. Right," and received a

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