Someone requested an amendment to Andrew J Newcomb's Find A Grave memorial to display his date of death in January. No day. The year, 1929, is from the stone. How could someone know that he died in the month of January, but not which day? I investigated.
Andrew J Newcomb (1851-1929) married my third grand aunt, Emma Dunn (1855 - 1889 or 1890) in 1875 in Matawan, Monmouth County, New Jersey. I descend from Emma's sister, Catherine Dunn (1865-1944).
After Emma died, Andrew remarried to Ann McKee (born about 1856) in Brooklyn, New York in 1892. Andrew and Ann lived in Brooklyn and later North Hempstead, Nassau County, New York.
Andrew was buried in his family plot in Green Grove Cemetery in Keyport, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Only the years of birth and death are etched on the fallen monument.
|Newcomb monument at Green Grove Cemetery in Keyport, New Jersey.|
Picture taken 2015 April 23 by Jody Lutter.
William was the son of Andrew Newcomb and Emma Dunn.
I'm not one to blindly amend information that Andrew Newcomb died in January of 1929. So I checked out the newly released indexes for New York state deaths. [Nassau County deaths are filed with the State of New York.] No match for Andrew. Nothing in the New York City deaths. Yes, New York City is not filed with New York State.
New Jersey does not have an online index for deaths after 1903.
So I turned to newspapers to try to find the source of Andrew Newcomb's death in January of 1929.
I found two articles. Sad story. He left his home in North Hempstead to visit family in Matawan. He never arrived. His frozen body was found in nearby Laurence Harbor in January of 1929.
On my next trip to the New Jersey State Archives in Trenton, I will look for a death certificate filed in 1929.
This branch is of interest to me because Andrew's grandson, William J Newcomb (1903-1984), is one of the few people identified in photographs from an album I have.