======================================= Source: HISTORY OF WYOMING CO., NY BY: F. W. BEERS, 1880 =======================================
SILAS NEWCOMB was born in Kingsbury, Washington Co., NY, Jan. 4th, 1815. His father, Salmon Newcomb, was born in Columbia, CT, in 1786, and was of English descent. In 1816 he came from Kingsbury, Washington Co., NY, and purchased the farm which was in possession of members of his family until sold recently to L. Robinson, and where he died in 1835. He began life poor, was a school teacher many years, and afterward became a prosperous farmer. He married Miss ABIGAIL FINCH, who died Nov. 18th, 1865. Their children were Paul S. Newcomb, Silas Newcomb, Zala Newcomb, Sally Ann Newcomb, Jeremiah Newcomb and Abigail Newcomb. Silas, Sally Ann and Abigain are living. At the age of fifteen Silas Newcomb began to learn the trade of carpenter and joiner and cabinet maker. He learned carriage making, and in 1865 succeeded S.G. Blanchard in business at Pike village. He increased the facilities for manufacture, and admitted his son, Edwin F. Newcomb, to partnership. They emply ten hands, and are making carriages of a superior grade. Mr. Newcomb was married May 31st, 1838, to ROXANNA LATHROP, daughter of Simon and Mary Lathrop, natives of Vermont and descended from the Puritans, who located in the town in 1832. Mrs. Newcomb died Sept. 6th, 1850. Mr. Newcomb's son, Edwin F. Newcomb, enlisted in Aug, 1862, in Company D, 130th N.Y. volunteers. He held the office of corporal, and participated in twenty-one general engagements with the Southern forces in Virginia in 1863-64. He was discharged in June, 1865. Paul Newcomb, grandfather of Silas Newcomb, was born in Connecticut, March, 1752.