Benjamin Newcomb

Edgartown, Dukes County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 1780 (aged 79–80)
Kingsport, Kings County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 65949663 · View Source
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He was born in Edgartown, Massachusetts about 1700 and died in Waterborough, New Brunswick after 1775. He married in Lebanon, Connecticut about 1727, Hannah Clark, who was born in Lebanon 21 February 1711 and died in Waterborough, daughter of William and Bethia (Williams) Clark. He moved with his father from Edgartown to Lebanon in 1713 and stayed there until 1732, then moved for four years to Willington, Connecticut, finally settling in Kent, Connecticut in 1742. He also bought land in neighboring Sharon.

Then like his brother, Deacon John Newcomb, he became fascinated by the land in Nova Scotia, from which the French Acadians had just been expelled, and good established farmland was available, and moved again, with most of his family, becoming one of the original proprietors of Cornwallis in 1761.

Later they moved once more to the new province of New Brunswick. His three eldest daughters had married men who did not want to leave Connecticut. The famous astronomer. Simon Newcomb, of the US Naval Observatory, was a descendant of this Canadian branch.

BIOGRAPHY: Descendents of Andrew Newcomb by Bethual M. Newcomb. 1923
Benjamin Newcomb resided in Lebanon, Ct. since 1713 until 1732 when he removed to Willington, Ct. After four years he returned to Lebanon. Subsequently he established his home in Kent, Ct. Soon after the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia he removed with his family, except three daughters, to Cornwallis, Kings, Canada and became one of the original proprietors in 1761 receiving a half-acre house-lot in the compact part of town, for residence and several large lots in the vicintiy as his share.

Mr. Newcomb and his wife aided in the organization of the 1st Church in Cornwallis. They removed with their son, Benjamin after 1775, to Waterborough, now Canning, in Sunbury, New Brunswick, where both died. Tradition says that Mrs. Newcomb was of Scotch descent. Her name was Hannah. That her surname was Clark is inferred from a charge upon his brother, Thomas Newcomb's acct. book, 10-12-1737, when Mr. Newcomb was debited with 17 1/2 lbs. tallow "by his mother Clark."

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