Edward R. Newcomb Family

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  • ID: I118775781
  • Name: Almira NEWCOMB
  • Given Name: Almira
  • Surname: Newcomb
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 24 Oct 1809 in Pembroke, NY
  • Death: Abt. 1868
  • Note:
    Almira had 2 children.
    [from Andrew Newcomb 1618-1686 and His Descendants, BM Newcomb, 1923]
    Almira (Newcomb) and her second husband, Leander Lockwood, removed to
    Burlington, IA., where they kept a large hotel several years and where he
    died. In the Fall of that year (1845?) she accepted a position as teacher
    of domestic economy in Mission School of the Winnebago Indian Agency at
    Fort Atkinson, IA., and continued there two years.
    Her third husband, Joseph Fales, was of Iowa City, IA., at the time of
    their marriage. He was then Auditor of State. Soon after they removed to
    Burlington, IA., and in May, 1853, to Washington, D.C., where he was
    examiner at the Patent Office - a part of the time examiner-in-chief.
    Before the War of the Rebellion commenced she had lint and bandages
    prepared for the wounded, and jellies and other delicacies for the sick;
    and when, on 19 Apr. 1861, the men of the 6th Mass. Regt. were wounded in
    Baltimore and taken to Washington, she was the 'first' to offer her
    services and means for their relief; and ever after - every day during
    the war, and for one year afterward - she was in hospital, on
    battlefield, or in fort, distributing hospital stores, food, clothing,
    and reading matter. She was at Pittsburgh Landing, Corinth, and other
    battlefields of the west; Fredericksburg, on the Peninsula, Fortress
    Monroe, Harrison's Landing, James River, Culpepper, Slaughter Mountain,
    forts and defenses in and around Washington, Alexandria, etc. Although
    absent from home for weeks and months at a time, exposed to all weathers,
    living in tents and ambulances, she was never sick a day while the work
    lasted; but when it drew to a close, and after the excitements of the war
    had ceased to act as stimulants, she began to feel the effects of her
    great exertions, and disease was rapid in its results. As a mark of
    respect, the government offices and places of business in Washington were
    closed on the day of her funeral. Thousands of soldiers remember with
    heartfelt gratitude the earnest manner in which she sought to alleviate
    their sufferings. [BMN 259-260]

    Father: Ariel NEWCOMB* b: 24 Nov 1779 in Lebanon, CT
    Mother: Sarah NORRIS b: 25 Mar 1782 in Tolland, CT

    Marriage 1 Leander LOCKWOOD b: 22 Feb 1787
    • Married: Abt. 1837

    Marriage 2 Alexander MCNAUGHTON

      Marriage 3 Joseph T FALES
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