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  • Pilgrim Village Families Sketch: John Newcomen

    Robert Charles Anderson

    Birth: John Newcomen was described as a young man in 1630.

    Death: He died in Plymouth in 1630.

    Ship: Unknown, by 1630

    Life in England: “Newcomen” was a rare surname in England. Most members of the family found by John Hunt had connections to Martyn le Newcomen of Saltfleetby, Lincolnshire, and this might be a clue to his origin.

    Life in New England: John Newcomen’s only appearances in the Plymouth Colony sources,William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620–1647, and Thomas Morton’s New English Canaan, referred to his death. He was shot and killed by John Billington, who was subsequently tried and executed for murder. There has been some speculation that “New-comin” was not, in fact, his surname but his status of newcomer to the colony. If so, all that is left is the name “John” in which case no further identification is possible.

    Family: There is no evidence that John Newcomen married or had children.

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