The Sacred Cod


lost and wrecked


picture

picture George F Newcomb

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 25 Jun 1860 - Wellfleet, Massachusetts 1
        Baptism: 
          Death: 1 Feb 1903 - Gloucester, Massachusetts
         Burial: in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wellfleet 2
 Cause of Death: concussion of brain, fall on vessel 3


Parents
         Father: Ouvre Kenrick Newcomb (1833-1896) 4
         Mother: Hannah Maria Killian (1842-1906) 2 5

Notes
Medical:
age 42-7-6
single
fisherman

picture Captain Jesse Newcomb

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 27 May 1744 - Boston, Massachusetts 6
        Baptism: 12 Aug 1744 - Truro, Massachusetts
          Death: After 1805 - New Orleans, Louisiana
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Jesse Newcomb (1718-1801)
         Mother: Mercy Cole (1719-1789)

Spouses and Children
1. *Hannah Doane (1736 - 12 Aug 1780)
       Marriage: 30 Nov 1767

Notes
General:
He was said to have lived on the eastern shore of Maryland. He belonged to a church. There is record, 1805, at Princess Anne, Somerset co., of a deed of manumission from him to a negro, Cezar. At the same place, in the office of the registrar of wills, is record of the will of Elizabeth Newcomb, 1835, in which she manumits negroes; no other object in the will. He went to New Orleans to take command of a ship.

Marriage 2 Elizabeth 4
Marriage Notes (Hannah Doane)
Children
Thomas Newcomb b: Abt 1776 in Maryland
Jesse Newcomb b: Abt 1778 in Maryland

picture Joshua Newcomb

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 17 Jun 1712 - Truro, Massachusetts 7
        Baptism: 
          Death: Abt 1749
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Andrew Newcomb (1680-1748)
         Mother: Mercy Oldham (1689-      )

Spouses and Children
1. Eunice Bullard (Est 1712 - Bef 14 Mar 1738)
       Marriage: Est 1731

Notes
Death Notes:
killed by a falling spar.
source: "Hannah Holmes...", 2005, referencing Newcomb genealogy by Bethuel Merrit Newcomb, 1923

or 1751 in Plymouth, Mass.
General:
"After his third marriage, Joshua Newcomb removed from Truro to Plymouth, Mass. A tradition states that he was a lieutenant in the British Navy and was killed by a sloop's mast falling upon him. Mr. Newcomb owned a part of Lieutenant's Island in Wellfleet Bay, Cape Cod; he left no will and in 1749 his widow, Hannah, was named administratrix of his estate."

This file disagrees with some others, by making up a Joshua Newcomb in Plymouth county, besides the 1712 Joshua Newcomb of Truro, to account for discrepancies in dates. More research is needed to sort out the one or two Joshua Newcombs, their wives and children. 4

picture Captain William Newcomb

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 28 Dec 1818 - Wellfleet, Massachusetts 9
        Baptism: 
          Death: 12 Dec 1867 - Lost At Sea
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Captain William Newcomb (1789-1869)
         Mother: Thankful Cole (1795-1885) 10

Spouses and Children
1. *Nancy Rich Higgins (13 Aug 1821 - 13 Jan 1892) 11 
       Marriage: 27 Nov 1842 - Wellfleet, Massachusetts

Notes
General:
Lost at sea, supposed on Dec 12 1867, schooner Ellery C. Anthony on a passage from Newport RI to Virginia in a gale of wind - William H Higgins, age 44-8, married; William Newcomb jr, 48-11-14, married; Harvey F Lanman, 36-2-10, married; Elisha F Jones, 22-2-5, single; Alden F Covell, 25-8, married; Simon N Lanman jr, 21-6-19, single.
Wellfleet deaths 1859-1907, page 11

1844, 1849, 1851, 1857 mariner, Wellfleet
1846 fisherman, Wellfleet

picture Sylvanus Nicholson

      Sex: M
AKA: Silvanus Nicholson 12 Silvanus Nickerson 13
Individual Information
          Birth: Abt 1786
        Baptism: 
          Death: 30 Mar 1823 - Lost At Sea 14
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Silvanus Nickerson (1750-1786)
         Mother: Dorcas Dyer (1749-      )

Spouses and Children
1. *Susanna Cole (2 Oct 1792 - 7 Feb 1889) 10 15 
       Marriage: 23 Jun 1812 - Wellfleet, Massachusetts 12

Notes
General:
Note the shift in name spelling here.

"Sylvanus Nicholson, Daniel Cole Newcomb, son of Simon Newcomb, and Elisha Pierce son of Joshua Pierce were supposed to be lost between New York and Egg Harbor March 30th 1823." 14

picture Abisha Nickerson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 3 Sep 1795 - Chatham, Massachusetts 16 17
        Baptism: 
          Death: Apr 1816 - Lost At Sea 18
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Judah Nickerson (1761-1797)
         Mother: Tabitha Hinckley (Cir 1753-1849)


picture
Amos Nickerson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 1 Oct 1804 - Provincetown, Massachusetts 19
        Baptism: 
          Death: 29 Oct 1823 - Lost At Sea 19
         Burial: in Provincetown, Massachusetts
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Captain Jonathan Nickerson (1781-1871)
         Mother: Sally Miller (1785-1876) 20


picture
Ansel Nickerson

      Sex: M
AKA: Levi Nickerson
Individual Information
          Birth: 20 Nov 1748 - Chatham, Massachusetts
        Baptism: 
          Death: Abt 1790 - perhaps Martinique
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Ansel Nickerson (1727-1750)
         Mother: Bathsheba Small (Cir 1729-1779)

Spouses and Children
1. *Mary Smith (23 May 1747 -       )
       Marriage: 14 Nov 1771 - Harwich, Massachusetts

Notes
General:
from the book The Nickerson Family Part III, The Descendants of William Nickerson 1604- 1689 First Settler of Chatham, MA., The Sixth Generation.

ANSEL 6 NICKERSON (Thomas5, Thomas4, Thomas3, William2, Williaml), b. Chatham, Mass. 20 Nov. 1748; name was Levi at birth and changed to Ansel by his mother after his father's death; son of Ansel and Bathsheba (Small) Nickerson; d. before 1790 at Martinique, West Indies.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Ansel served as private in Capt. Benjamin Godfrey's Co. and in Capt. Elijah Smalley's Co.. Maj. Zenas Winslow's Regt. on alarm twice at (New) Bedford and Falmouth in Sept 1778. Otherwise he seems to have been a seaman, and was involved in a murder mystery which was never solved. The History of Chatham gives this summary: "On November 19, 1772, the following news item appeared in the Massachusetts Gazette a newspaper printed at Boston: 'On Sunday the 15th Current Capt. Joseph Doane Jun. sailed from Chatham Harbour.... and soon saw a Schooner with a Signal of Distress and going on board. found one man only in her., who appeared to be in great Fright and gave the following Account, viz: That the Day before the said Schooner, Thomas Nickerson. Master, sailed from Boston bound to Chatham--that at two o'clock the next morning they saw a topsail Schooner that the man who gave this Account, fearing he would be impressed aboard a British ship slung himself with a Rope and let himself down over the Stern-that four boats with armed men came on board-that whilst he was there hanging over the Stern. he judges by what he heard that the Master, Mate and one Man were murdered and a Boy carried away alive -- that he heard talk of burning the Vessel, but it was finally agreed to leave her to drive out to sea with her Sails standing -- that after they left her, he came up on Deck, found none of the Crew. but saw the marks of their being murdered, and Capt. Doane says that when he came on board, the Decks were bloody and the Chests all broken open and plundered'. Capt. Doane brought the Schooner to the Harbour at Chatham and early the next day repaired to Barnstable and gave this account to Edward Bacon, Esq. who forwarded it to the Governor and the same day went to Chatham to examine the person found on board. His name was Ansel Nickerson, a cousin of the captain. The Governor
gave orders to search the coast, but... by this time any pirate could have had ample chance to escape and of course the search was fruitless. Nickerson was arrested on suspicion... and brought to Boston arriving on the 23rd. At a Court on Dec. 16th he was ordered to be tried for murder on the high seas, the date of the trial being June 2nd following. At this trial which aroused great interest, the prisoner was ably defended and the Court returned a verdict of not guilty--a result which, from the account which we have, would seem inevitable. That one man on a vessel should have been able to despatch four others without a scratch himself and then should have gone through the chests of the vessel and concealed the plunder successfully... does not look reasonable. The authorities and presumably the public were not satisfied. however, and he was arrested again, charged with piracy and robbery on the high seas. He was tried for this offence at a special Court of Admiralty, beginning July 28 and lasting nearly two weeks. John Adams and Josiah Quincy Jr. were counsel for the prisoner. He was again found not guilty by the Court, the evidence not being sufficient. Two of the persons missing viz: Thomas and Sparrow Nickerson were cousins german to the prisoner, the third, Elisha Newcomb, married their sister and the fourth, William Kent, Jr., was a Boy of the same Town about thirteen years of Age."

"As to what actually occured on the 'Abigail' no man has ever been sure. Somewhat later John Adams, who pleaded Ansel's innocence, wrote in his diary: 'This was and remains still a mysterious transaction. I know not to this day what judgement to form of his Guilt or innocence". In February of 1773 Simeon Perkins in Nova Scotia, writes, "It is thought that Ansel Nickerson, suspected of piracy, will be cleared, as intelligence says some neutral French did piratical acts, and a man-o-war is gone in pursuit of them". And Josiah Paine observes, "Ansel was a wayward wight and died at Martinique confessing, it is also said, while about to meet his terrible fate, of his connection with the crime which he had been accused of in Barnstable and upon the high seas. His trial for the murder of the crew of a sloop commanded by his cousin Thomas Nickerson, Jr. on passage from Boston".

Of another charge Paine adds, "A press gang from a King's Ship in the harbor of Boston seized a young American by the name of Ansel Nickerson. The sailor thrust a harpoon through the heart of Lieut. Parston, the leader of the gang. He was tried for murder and John Adams defended him. He argued that the usage of impressment (of American seamen into the King's service) had never extended to the colonies, that the attempt to impress Nickerson was unlawful, that this act of killing was justifiable homicide. He was acquitted. Nickerson, it should be said here was a bold, bad man. His subsequent acts proved him a desperate character, and he met an untimely death. Stories of his career were rife in the writers boyhood. He left respectable descendants." [This conflates Adam's involvement in the Nickerson defense with the separate case of Michael Corbet, who killed Lt. Panton or Parston in 1769, and was acquitted.]


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Marriage Notes (Mary Smith)
At Harwich. Mass. 14 Nov. 1771 he married MARY SMITH, b. Chatham 23 May 1747 She was of Barrington, N. S. on marriage record.

Children, bom at Chatham:
Levi; m. Betsey Phillips 23 Feb. 1794; drowned in Boston Harbor before 1798.
Deliverance; m. Absalom HOWES 14 Dec. 1801-).
Rhoda, 27 Sept. 1777; m. Ziba ELLIS 14 Jan. 1797; d. 13 May 1862.
Sally- m. Ensign BAKER 4 Dec. 1800.

picture Anselm Nickerson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: Est 1783 - Chatham, Massachusetts
        Baptism: 
          Death: Bef 1809 - Lost At Sea
         Burial: 
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: Hugh Nickerson (1748-1789)
         Mother: Deborah Hinckley (Est 1759-      )

Notes
General:
= Allen?

picture Charles Wesley Nickerson

      Sex: M

Individual Information
          Birth: 19 May 1843 - Harwich, Massachusetts
        Baptism: 
          Death: 26 Oct 1903 - At Sea
         Burial: in Swan Lake cemetery, Dennisport
 Cause of Death: 


Parents
         Father: John Wesley Nickerson (1820-1884)
         Mother: Julia Ann Allen (1822-1895)
picture

Sources


1 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Births 1858-1910 (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 2.

2 Wellfleet Historical Society and Rich Family Association, Wellfleet, Truro & Cape Cod Cemetery Transcriptions, section 9. Pleasant Hill and Oakdale Cemeteries, Wellfleet, Massachusetts (1986. Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Wellfleet Historical Society and Rich Family Association), lot 69. Ouvre K. Newcomb and Hannah M. Killian family.

3 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Deaths 1859-1907 (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 49. 1903 #26.

4 Rosemary West, "R.K. West's Master List" (Sept 2003. Rootsweb).

5 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Deaths 1859-1907 (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 52.

6 George Ernest Bowman, compiler, Vital Records of Truro, Massachusetts to the year 1849 (1933. Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants. republished online), 67.

7 George Ernest Bowman, compiler, Vital Records of Truro, Massachusetts to the year 1849 (1933. Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants. republished online), 49.

8 George Ernest Bowman, compiler, Vital Records of Truro, Massachusetts to the year 1849 (1933. Mass. Society of Mayflower Descendants. republished online), 9. by the Reverend Avery pastor of the Church in Truro.

9 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 1:112. The children of William & Thnkful Newcomb.

10 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 1:34. the family of Daniel Cole and Susanna his wife.

11 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 1:125. the children of Ennoch and Elizabeth Higgins.

12 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 1:562. Marriages.

13 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 1 353.

14 Town records of Wellfleet, Massachusetts (Wellfleet, Massachusetts.), 1:234. Deaths.

15 Wellfleet Historical Society and Rich Family Association, Wellfleet, Truro & Cape Cod Cemetery Transcriptions, section 9. Pleasant Hill and Oakdale Cemeteries, Wellfleet, Massachusetts (1986. Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Wellfleet Historical Society and Rich Family Association), row 42, lot 5 & 6. Nathan C. & Elizabeth B. Nicholson family.

16 Sheila M. Dann Westgate and Anna Lowell Tomlinson, Vital Records of Chatham, Massachusetts, 1696-1850. vol. 1 (1991. Chatham Mass.: Chatham Historical Society), 1:126.

17 Sheila M. Dann Westgate and Anna Lowell Tomlinson, Vital Records of Chatham, Massachusetts, 1696-1850. vol. 1 (1991. Chatham Mass.: Chatham Historical Society), 1:137.

18 Sheila M. Dann Westgate and Anna Lowell Tomlinson, Vital Records of Chatham, Massachusetts, 1696-1850. vol. 1 (1991. Chatham Mass.: Chatham Historical Society), 1:206.

19 George Ernest Bowman and Ethel A. Richardson, "Provincetown, Massachusetts Vital Records" (Mayflower Descendant), 26:114.

20 George Ernest Bowman and Ethel A. Richardson, "Provincetown, Massachusetts Vital Records" (Mayflower Descendant), 12:79, 14:149.

21 Sheila M. Dann Westgate and Anna Lowell Tomlinson, Vital Records of Chatham, Massachusetts, 1696-1850. vol. 1 (1991. Chatham Mass.: Chatham Historical Society), 1:20 (name change).


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