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Newcomb Family Papers
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Papers belonging to the American Newcomb and Johnson families.
Daniel Newcomb (1746-1818) was born in Norton, Massachusetts and graduated from Harvard in 1768. From 1769 to 1774, he headed various schools in Massachusetts. By 1778, he settled at Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire and started to practice law. He was Justice of New Hampshire state supreme court from 1796 to 1798, and a member of New Hampshire state senate in 1800 and 1805 to 1806. After his first wife Sarah Stearns died in 1796, he married Hannah Dawes (1769-1851). Henry Stearns Newcomb (1788-1825), son of Daniel and Sarah Stearns Newcomb, joined the Navy and distinguished himself in the War of 1812. In 1814, he married Rhoda Mardenborough. One of their sons, Henry S. Newcomb, followed in his father's footsteps and became a naval officer. He died in October 1863, while serving with the East Gulf Blockade squadron. The other son, Charles King Newcomb (1820-1894), was a noted diarist and friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Daniel Newcomb's youngest daughter Patty (born 1796) married Dr. Marlin Johnson (1800-1828). The couple moved to Middlebury, Ohio where Dr. Johnson started a medical practice. After his death in 1828, Patty married David Garrett and the family moved to Cleveland. Her son from the first marriage, Henry N. Johnson, a graduate of Western Reserve College, taught school in Louisiana from 1844 to 1849. He then returned to Cleveland and was admitted to the bar in 1851. From 1857 to 1861, he edited the Cleveland Daily Review.
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