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Francis Newcomb (abt. 1605 - 1692)

Francis Newcomb
Born about in Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 27 May 1630 in All Saints, Sudbury, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 87 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified | Created 31 May 2009
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Francis Newcomb, husbandman of Sudbury, Suffolk, England was born about 1605 as he came to New England at age about 30, on the ship Planter leaving London on April 6, 1635. Accompanying him on the voyage were his wife Rachel, his daughter Rachel aged 2 1/2 and his son John aged 9 months. [1] They first came to Boston before settling in Braintree, Massachusetts. [2] Rachel Brackett. was baptized on April 28, 1614 at All Saints in Sudbury.[3]

Francis married Rachel Brackett, daughter of Peter and Rachel (___) Brackett on May 27, 1630 at All Saints, in Sudbury, Suffolk. [2] Rachel Brackett. was baptized on April 28, 1614 at All Saints in Sudbury. [3]

On February 28, 1635/6, Rachel Newcombe, wife of Francis, was admitted to membership in the church at Boston. She was one of the thirteen Boston church members recommended to the Church of Christ at 'Mount Wollystone' on February 16, 1639/40. [2] [4]

Francis was appointed to the Suffolk 'petit jury' on April 30, 1678. [2]

On March 22, 1685, Rachel was admitted to membership in the First Church in Braintree. [citation needed]

Francis died on May 27, 1692 in Braintree, Massachusetts. [5] [2]


  1. Rachel baptized November. 13, 1631 at All Saints, Sudbury, Suffolk. [2] [3] (may have married Peter Adams at Medfield in 1650)
  2. John baptized at All Saints on August 8, 1634 [3]; married first, by 1659, Ruth Marshall; married second Elizabeth ___, who was named in his will of May 31, 1721. [2]
  3. Hannah baptized at Boston on October 15, 1637 [6]: married James Thorp at Dedham on January 8, 1657/8. [7][2]
  4. Mary born at Braintree on April 1, 1640; married first Samuel Deering on December 9, 1657 [5]; married second George Spear on April 27, 1675. [2]
  5. Sarah born at Braintree on June 30, 1643. [5] [2]
  6. Judith born January 16, 1645/6 [5]; died at Watertown on March 1, 1722/3; married Samuel Jennison at Watertown on October 13, 1666.[8] [2] )
  7. Peter born May 16, 1648; married first Susanna Cutting [5] [8]; married second, widow Mary (Phillips) Humphrey. [2]
  8. Abigail born July 16, 1651. [5] [2]
  9. Leah born July 30, 1654 [5] ; married William Price by 1688, probably at Watertown. [2]
  10. Elizabeth born August 26, 1658 [5]; married first John Pidge at Dedham on July 3, 1677; married second at Dedham, James Emery on December 28, 1695. [7][2]
Research notes

Braintree Births

Mary NuCome, the daughter of ffrancls Nucome and Rachell his wiffe was borne the 1, mo. 2, 1640. (p. 630)
Sarah Nucome, the daughter of ffrancis Nucome and Rachell his wiffe was borne the (30) (4) 1643. (p. 630)
Judith Nucome the daughter of ffrancis Nucome and Rachell his wiffe was borne the (16) (11) 1645. (p. 630)
Peter Nucome, the sone of ffrancis Nucome and Rachell his wiffe was borne the (16) (3) 1648. (p. 630)
Abigail Nucome, the daughter of ffrancis Nucome and Rachell his wiffe was borne the (16) (5) 1651. (p. 630)
Leah Nucome, the daughter of ffrancis Nucome and Rachell his wiffe was borne the (30) (5) 1654. (p. 630)
Elizabeth Nucome, the daughter of Ffrancis Nucome and Rachell his wiffe was borne the (26) (6) 1658. (p. 641)

Braintree Marriages

Peter NUCOME & Susan CUTTIN maried the 4th. 26, 1672 (June 25) by Capt. Mason. (p. 718)
Samuel Deereinge and Mary Nucome were maryed the 9th mo. 10th 1647 by Mr. Endicote Governore. (p. 716)

Braintree Deaths

Francis Nucom 'who was accounted an hundred years old died' (sic) upon the 27th day of May 1692. (p. 659) [5]

Boston Births/Baptisms

1637: Hannah of Rachel & Francis Newcombe: 15 day 8 mo. First Church. (p. 5)[6]

Dedham Marriages

1677: John Pidg and Elizabeth Newcomb married the 3rd of the 5th. (p. 17)
1657: James Thorp and Hannah Newcomb was married the 8th of the 11th mo. (p. 127)
James Emary of Barwick, in Kittery, and Elizabeth Pidge of Dedham was married Desember 28, 1695. (p. 27) [7]

Watertown Marriages

Jennison, Samuell [Jenisson] and Judith Macombe (sic), Oct. 30, 1666. (p. 28)
Nucom, Peter and Susan Cuttinge, June 26, 1673. (p. 35)

Watertown Deaths

Jeneson, Judieth, an Aged Widow Woman, Mar. 1, 1722-3.(p. 75) [8]

Unsourced Parents: Removed: Samuel Newcomb and Rachel Newcomb


  1. Hotten: James C. The Original Lists of Persons of Quality; Emigrants; Religious Exiles; Political Rebels; Serving Men sold for a term of years; apprentices; children stolen; maidens pressed; and others who went from Great Britain to the American Plantations, 1600-1700 : with their ages and the names of the ships in which they embarked, and other interesting particulars; from mss. preserved in the State Paper Department of Her Majesty's Public Record Office, England, London, England, 1874, p. 48
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Anderson, Robert C. Francis Newcomb in: Great Migration 1634-1635, M-P. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010.) Originally published as: The Great Migration, Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume V, M-P, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2007., p. 242-45
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Richardson, Douglas. The Bracket-Newcomb-Sanders Connection in :The American Genealogist. Volume 55, New Haven, Connecticut, 1979, p. 215-7 . (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2009 - .)
  4. Focus on Braintree in: Great Migration Newsletter, Volume 10, 2001, p. 19; 22. Great Migration Newsletter, V.1-20.(Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2018.)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Bates, Samuel, editor. Records of the town of Braintree 1640-1793, Daniel Huxford, Printer, Randolph, MA, 1886
  6. 6.0 6.1 Report of the Record Commissioners, Containing, Boston Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths, 1630-1699, Volume 9, Rockwell and Churchill, Printers, Boston, Massachusetts , 1883
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Hill Don Gleason, editor. The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and Intentions of Marriage, in the Town of Dedham, 1635-1845, Dedham, Massachusetts, 1886
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Watertown Records Comprising the First and Second Books of Town Proceedings with the Land Grants and Possession, and the First Book and Supplement of Births, Deaths and Marriages, The Historical Society, Press of Fred G. Barker, Watertown, Massachusetts, 1894
It is quite probable that they came from the vicinity of St. Albams, in Hertfordshire as many of the passengers came from there, but some of the parish registers in St. Albans were burned or have date only from later times, but Col. E.E. Banks thought he came from Sudbury Co. Suffolk where many other Braintree settlers hailed from.
"Francis Nucom who was accounted an hundred years old died upon the 27th day of May 1692" says the town record. His gravestone, giving same age, formerly stood in Hancock Cemetery, but has disappeared since 1904 when a list was made of stones then standing. He deposed 27 October 1663 a.66 (Mass. Archives 39-328)
Francis Newcomb's name is not on the lists of grantees of lands at Mount Wollaston but it is clear that he had an allotment south of Monatiquot River, east of Middle St., Braintree which was sold to the Iron Works Company as on Sep.29,1645 when the company bought a lot of 20 acres there from George Ruggles it was bounded west on Francis Newcomb and north on the river, and Newcomb's lot (18 acres) appears in the inventory of the company's Braintree lands in 1653 as having been purchased by them. Francis Newcomb apparently then settled on present South St. near Quincy Neck where his descendants remained for generations (See St. 1-62).
25 MAR 1596
Melton, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

Source: S283225 Title: Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850 Author: Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, AB Publication: Including the modern town of Randolph & Holbrook and the city of Quincy, after the separation from Braintree in 1792-3. Repository: Note: #NS2832253 Call Number: CD-ROM (SCD-BF) Media: Card No NOTE record found with id NS2832253.

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Objections to removing the unsourced parents? With the appropriate notification.
posted by Anne B
The NEHGS Register, Vol. 9 (Apr. 1855), p. 154, in "Quincy Inscriptions" [Quincy was part of Braintree from 1640-1792], has, "In memory of Mr. Francis Newcomb, who Died May, 27, 1692 aged 100 years". See (subscription). NEHGS also shows, "NEWCOMB, Francis (?1592, 1605-1692, ae 100) & Rachel ____ (1615-); in Eng, by 1632; Boston/ Braintree {Reg. 9:154, 18:59; Spear Anc. 41; TAG 35:112; Newcomb 445; Hall (,1) 43, 44; Chickering Anc. (Chart) 29; Dawes-Gates 1:458}" (from Torrey's New England Marriages Prior to 1700); see (subscription). No mention of a Suffolk origin.
posted by Christopher Childs
In this Bio is this:

"Christening 25 MAR 1596 Melton, Suffolk, England" Is there a source for this data, if so, could be useful.

posted by Sandy Culver
Cannot find sources for birth of Francis Newcomb to parents Samuel and Rachel. See 1602 to Richard in Lincolnshire. Nothing in Hertfordshire (which some say is origin). Anyone else find anything? Should these parents be disconnected?
posted by Robin Anderson
Is there any valid source for the noted parents on this profile?
posted by Chris Hoyt
Braintree, Massachusetts, USA. In Year 2008 became: Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA. Citation: [1]
posted by Anonymous Vickery
Newcomb-180 Judith born at Braintree 1628 died at Watertown 1634 should probably be removed or merged into the correct Judith Jennison
posted by Chris Hoyt