Saturday, January 17, 2015

Phineas Holcomb: Man of Mystery

I know very little of my 6th great grandfather, Phineas Holcomb. He was born in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut on 04 Feb 1726 to Ensign Joshua Holcomb and Mary Hoskins. At some point, Phineas moved from Connecticut to Dutchess County, New York. I'm not sure why, when or who with. I do have information that suggests he married Sarah Tuller in 1745 in Litchfield County, CT. It is possible he had some of his children while still in Connecticut, as well. He and his "large family" left Dutchess County, NY for Panton, Addison, Vermont during the spring of 1774. In 1778, Phineas Holcomb and his sons Joseph, Joshua, Samuel and Elisha were captured by Indians and brought to Quebec. Phineas died during his imprisonment in Quebec on 11 September 1781.

Phineas Holcomb and Sarah Tuller had at least 8 children:

  1. Joshua Holcomb was born in 1746 and died in 1781 in Quebec (during imprisonment)
  2. Samuel Holcomb was born in 1748 and died in 1781 in Quebec (during imprisonment)
  3. Sarah Holcomb was born in 1751
  4. John Holcomb was born in 1753 and died sometime before 1785
  5. Darius Holcomb was born in 1754
  6. Ruth Holcomb was born in 1757
  7. Elisha Holcomb was born in 1760 
  8. Joseph Holcomb was born about 1726, probably in Dutchess County, NY. He died on 20 January 1833 in Panton, Vermont.
For more information on the Holcomb family's capture by Indians, please see my blog post entitled Carleton's Raid and the Capture of the Holcomb Family.

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