JOSEPH BEACH NEWCOMB, who has been a resident of Center township for over 66 years, is a prosperous farmer of
this locality. He was born in Essex County, New York, January 29, 1829, and is a son of Miletus and Rhoda (Hayes)
Miletus Newcomb was born in Vermont and was a son of Luther and Anna (Salisbury) Newcomb. He moved to New York
at an early age and there located in Essex County, subsequently removing to Licking County, Ohio, where he bought
a farm in St. Albans township. He was married to Rhoda Hayes and they had the following children: Luther, who died
in 1843; Alanson, who died in youth; Miletus Madison, who died July 9, 1903, at Celina; Samantha, who died in childhood;
Joseph B.; Mila Ann, who died at the age of 14 years; and Rosetta, deceased in infancy. Mr. Newcomb was captain
of a local militia company. His death occurred September 14, 1837, in St. Albans township, Licking County, Ohio.
His widow lived until September 30, 1848.
Joseph B. Newcomb was less than two years old when he accompanied his parents to Licking County, Ohio, where they
first located in an unoccupied log cabin on a farm owned by a cousin of Mr. Newcomb's mother, who had located there
some time before. Although less than two years old, Mr. Newcomb remembers some of the incidents of that trip, which
were indelibly imprinted on his mind. His father died when Joseph B. Newcomb was young. When he was 11 years old,
he accompanied his mother to Mercer County, where she located on a farm in section 20, Center township. There were
no roads at that time and things had to be packed on horseback. The land wads not cleared, and it was necessary
to erect a cabin. After his marriage he moved into a cabin on the site of his present home. Some years later he
built a hewed log addition, which he lathed and plastered. About five years later it burned down and in 1870 he
built his present comfortable home. He has followed farming and stock raising all his life. The farm consists of
one hundred acres.
Mr. Newcomb was married April 17, 1849, to Jane E. Piper, a daughter of Daniel and Sarah A. Piper. She was born
in Miami County, Ohio, June 5, 1832, and died September 21, 1883. Nine children were born to this union, namely:
James Madison, living on a part of the home place, who married Anna Brookhart and has two children: Leota and Belle;
Mary America, who married Samuel Brookhart, and at her death left three children: Leroy, Lloyd and Bonnie; Joseph
Luther, now deceased, who married Bessie Ridenour and had three children: Rollo E., Beulah and Floy; John Franklin,
a Methodist minister residing at York, Ohio, who married Mamie Cater and has two children: Cecil and Ruth; Sarah
Jane, who died in infancy. Cynthia Ann, who lives at home; Nancy Ellen, deceased at the age of six years; Alice,
who lives at home and teaches school; and Rhoda Marvilla, also at home.
Mr. Newcomb is a Republican in politics and has served in many township offices. He belongs to the Celina lodge
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a member of the Methodist Church and for many years was class leader
and superintendent of the Sunday School.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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