Simon Newcomb

Male 1779 - 1870  (91 years)


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  • Name Simon Newcomb 
    Born 5 Jun 1779 
    Gender Male 
    Died 20 Nov 1870  Lansingburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I6900  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 

    Father Simon Newcomb,   b. 9 Jan 1735/36, Lebanon, CT Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Dec 1819, Pittstown, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Sarah Mead,   b. 1736,   d. 4 Nov 1815  (Age 79 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1758 
    Family ID F1777  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Sarah Follett,   d. 6 Apr 1820 
    Married 5 Jun 1802 
    Children 
     1. William Newcomb,   b. 28 Dec 1802  [natural]
     2. Naomina Newcomb,   b. 16 Jun 1805  [natural]
     3. Daniel Newcomb,   b. 13 Dec 1806  [natural]
     4. Dr. Wesley Newcomb,   b. 8 Oct 1808  [natural]
     5. Simon Newcomb,   b. 7 May 1812  [natural]
     6. Sally Newcomb  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F1809  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Hannah Stover,   b. 26 Dec 1798, Pittstown, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1859  (Age 60 years) 
    Married May 1821 
    Children 
     1. Sarah Newcomb,   b. 14 Dec 1822  [natural]
     2. Elizabeth Newcomb,   b. 13 Jul 1825  [natural]
     3. Louisa N. Newcomb,   b. 26 Jan 1830, Pittstown, NY Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Feb 1912, Lansingburg, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)  [natural]
     4. Mary Newcomb,   b. 26 Jan 1830  [natural]
    Last Modified 3 Jul 2021 
    Family ID F1810  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Dr. Simon (3), son of Simon (2) and Sarah (Mead) Newcomb, was born in Lower Nine Partners, Dutchess county, New York, June 5, 1779. To attempt anything like an adequate sketch of Dr. Newcomb's life would be to write a book, for he was prominently identified with professional, financial, political and religious life for over seventy years. He died November 20, 1870, in his ninety-second year. While he was still an infant, his father removed his family to Pittstown, Rensselaer county, New York, and there he spent most of his days. When not quite seventeen he began teaching in the district school. The proceeds of his labor were expended during the next year in attending school. In 1799 he began the study of medicine, and in 1802 he began to practice and arose to eminence in his profession. He married in 1802, and began housekeeping at Tomhannock, town of Pittstown. He was the first postmaster of that village, also at Prospect Hill, now Johnsonville, and held the office consecutively for twenty-seven years. He was justice of the peace twelve years; supervisor three years, United States assessor two years; school commissioner, trustee, overseer of poor, town clerk, commissioner of deeds, master in chancery, class leader, church trustee, merchant and farmer. He volunteered in 1814 under Captain William Knickerbocker for the defense of Plattsburg. Of the one hundred and thirty-nine great-grandchildren of Simon (1), Dr. Newcomb was the last survivor. His social qualities endeared him to old and young. He was a remarkable man. He was older than the nation. He knew Washington, Franklin, and the elder Adams, was familiar with the passing events of our national history from the Declaration of Independence down to the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation. He retained to a wonderful degree his mental faculties, discussing the live issues of the day, in church and state, with the fluency and sagacity of his earlier manhood. For seventy-two years he was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, unflinchingly loyal and true. He was the father of the first church built in Tomhannock, and bore more than his share of its support as well as being class leader and trustee. He was converted in 1798, under the preaching of the eccentric Lorenzo Dow and Timothy Dewey. He at once joined the church and ever remained faithful. He was liberal to the extreme and numerous instances can be cited of his patriotic devotion and practical benevolence extended to the wounded and suffering soldiers of the war of 1812. He married, June 5, 1802, Sarah, daughter of William and Lois (Burnham) Follett, a native of Pittstown, New York, where she died April 6, 1820, in her thirty-eighth year. He married (second) in May, 1821, Hannah, daughter of Martin and Elizabeth (Drake) Stover, born in Pittstown, December 26, 1798, died May 15, 1859. At the time of his death Dr. Newcomb was a resident of Lansingburg, New York, which had been his home for seventeen years previous. There is a portrait of him engraved from a daguerreotype taken in 1856, showing him at the age of seventy-seven; it shows him to have been at that age full of vigor with few evidences of his great age. He lived fourteen years later.

      Children of Dr. Newcomb by his first wife, Sarah (Follett) Newcomb, were:

      William, born December 28, 1802; was a farmer, merchant, manufacturer and florist; married Emily Taft; their son, Captain Simon Newcomb, was brevetted colonel for brave and valuable services at the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, and North Anna, during the war of the rebellion.
      Naomina, born June 16, 1805; married a kinsman, Thomas Wallace Newcomb.
      Daniel, born December 13, 1806; was a farmer and merchant of Pittstown; a soldier in the civil war; married Mary A. Taft, sister of Emily.
      Dr. Wesley, born October 8, 1808; was a graduate of Vermont Medical Academy, took courses of lectures in New York and Philadelphia, and spent some time in the hospitals of France. He was a close student, and became most eminent in the scientific world. His geological knowledge was acquired through great research, and he was known as the most distinguished conchologist in America. He spent five years in Honolulu, explored in Europe, the West Indies, South and Central America, and Mexico. His vast acquisition of specimens, obtained by dredging employing devices and by personal research on the shores of the different countries, have found a fitting resting place in the museum of Cornell University at Ithaca, New York. The collection occupies two thousand square feet of surface and was purchased by the University for $20,000. He married, February 20, 1838, Mrs. Helen H. Post, daughter of Eliphalet and Hannah (Swift) Wells, born in Manchester, Vermont, November 5, 1812. She accompanied her husband in most of his numerous expeditions, delineating with her pencil delicate and perishable specimens, thus preserving much that otherwise would have been lost. They were the parents of a son Thomas, born May 10, 1843, of literary fam
      David, born October 24, 1810. He became a D.D.S., and practiced at Albany, New York; later at Richmond, Virginia. He married (first) Charlotte N. Hopper; (second) Rhoda A. Bucklin, born in Brunswick, New York, by whom he had issue.
      Simon, born May 7, 1812, was a farmer of Saratoga county, New York, until 1869, when he removed to Lansingburg, where he engaged in insurance and real estate brokerage. He married Hannah Miller, born in Pittstown, New York, April 7, 1812, daughter of Anthony and Nancy (Ward) Miller. They had issue.
      Sally, died in infancy.
      The issue of his second wife, Hannah Stover, was:

      Sarah, born December 14, 1822; married David H. Flack, brother of William A. Flack, who married Louisa Newcomb.
      Elizabeth, born July 13, 1825, unmarried.
      Louisa, (Mrs. William A. Flack) (see Flack III).
      Mary, born January 26, 1830, twin with her sister Louisa, unmarried.