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Ebenezer Newcomb

Birthplace: Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Death: after 1763
Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of John Newcomb and Elizabeth Newcomb
Husband of Sarah Newcomb
Father of Susan Newcomb; Elizabeth Owen; Sarah Wheeler; Abigail Field; Susannah Wardel and 8 others
Brother of Elizabeth Feesie; Isaac Newcomb and Ebenezer Newcomb, Died Young
Half brother of Ruth Doucet

Occupation: Housewright, Fenceviewer/ constable
Managed by: Jim Howard
Last Updated:

About Ebenezer Newcomb


Ebenezer Newcomb (John, John) b in Braintree, Mass., June 3, 1694," housewright'; m. Dec. 22, 1718, Sarah Wild, who was admitted to chh., 1720; he was admitted 1744; was fence viewer 1728- 29 He sold 70 acres in Cochato, 3d division in B, 1725; 2 асres marsh on Shed's Neck, 1733; 8 acres at Squantum Neck, Dorchester in 1736 for 100 (pounds), He served in the Old French War, from Braintree in R. Thayer's Co., 1747


  • 1 Elizabeth, bap. 1720; m. Mar. 30, 1741, Joseph Day
  • 2 Susan, d. July 31, 1721
  • 3 Sarah, b. June 8, 1721; m. Sept. 1, 1763, Samuel Wheeler
  • 4 Abigail, b. Mar. 11, 1723; m. Apr. 12, 1744, Joseph Field
  • 5 Susannah, b Apr. 8, 1725; m. Apr. 28, 1743, John Wardell
  • 6 Hannah, b. Sept. 25, 1726; d. young
  • 7 Hannah, b. June 24, 1728; m. 1780, Norton Baxter
  • 8 John, b. Jan. 8, 1729- 30
  • 9 Ruth, bap. 1732
  • 10 Ebenezer, bap. 1734; m. Jemima Allen
  • 11 Samuel, bap. 1745

Source: Genealogical Memoir of the Newcomb Family: Containing Records of Nearly Every Person of the Name in America From 1635-1874; By John Bearse Newcomb; Knight and Lord Printers; Chicago; 1874; Pg.452-53


Old French War

The Old French War, so called to distinguish it from that of 1753, was declared by Louis XV. on March 15, 1744, and accepted by England, March 29th. It was two months after before the news reached New England although known a month earlier by the French of Canada. To secure the friendship and active aid of the Six Nations, the Governor of New York called a council of the chiefs of the confederacy, who met at Albany, June 18, 1744 and "renewed, strengthened and brightened the covenant chain that had so long tied them and the subjects of his majesty the great king their father, in mutual ties of friendship."

Although inclining to peace they promised in the strongest terms to stand by their friends if attacked. During this war as in the others preceding it, the French and their allies were the most actively aggressive, sending out almost daily small parties of their Indians to annoy and distress the frontier settlements and bring back such plunder and captives as they could find. The points of attack in this Province were settlements along the Mohawk and Hudson, particularly Saratoga, Schenectady and Albany and the outlying places.

No family was safe unless protected by blockhouse or palisade; no man was exempt from military duty save by age or infirmity. In Schenectady and Albany each, able bodied men kept watch and ward every third or fourth night. French and English reports alike give sad accounts of shocking barbarities practiced on both sides by skulking parties of savages and white men. The following examples, among many others taken from French reports, clearly show the cruelties practiced by these two Christian nations, who rewarded their savage allies in proportion to the number of scalps returned.


Town Record

  • Ebenezer Newcomb gave his note for 5(pound) on March 8th of y old tenor Constables, March 16th, C. Hob gave a note 5 (pound) old tenor March 16th, Ezec. Crane pd his 5 (pound)old tenor, And then proceeded to of Constables, and chose Richard Brackett, who refused to serve and also chose Ebenezr. Newcomb, who also refused to serve & then chose Joseph White, who desired sometime of consideration, and then proceeded and chose Caleb Hobart who refus. to serve, and then chose Ezechiel Crane, who also refused to serve. pg. 246
  • Surveyors of Timber. And then proceeded to that of Surveyor of Timber &c & chose Ebenezr. Field & Ebenezer Newcomb; pg.246
  • Fence Viewers: Joseph Brackett, Ebenezer Field, Ebenezer Newcomb, John Hayden; pg.130
  • Constables Excepted, Then William Field Presented Ebenezer Newcomb to serve Const. in his Room who was Excepted by the Town upon the same Termes ns was Capt. Newcomb, which said Field consented to.; pg.520

Source: Records of the Town of Braintree 1640-1793; Town of Braintree; Randolph, Mass.; Daniel H. Huxford, Printer;1886; pg.746

Link: https://books.google.com/books?id=JhPVAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA746&lpg=PA746&d...

The housewright

A Housewright is somebody who built houses in Colonial Times. A Housewright is similar to today's carpenters because they both build houses but housewrights also chopped down the trees, carved the wood into boards, and shaped the boards to fit properly together to frame a house. Some of the tools that a housewright used were the ax, chisel, saw, hammer, auger, and brace and bit. Housewrights also used simple tools like wooden wedges and wooden pegs to make the floor boards fit tighter together.

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Ebenezer Newcomb's Timeline

June 3, 1694
Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
June 8, 1721
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States

Sarah Newcomb  in the Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988

Name: Sarah Newcomb
Event Type: Birth
Birth Date: 8 Jun 1721
Birth Place: Braintree, Massachusetts
Father Name: Ebenezer Newcomb
Mother Name: Sarah Newcomb

Source Information
Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.


November 11, 1723
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
April 8, 1725
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
September 5, 1726
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
June 24, 1728
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
January 8, 1729
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States