When Silas Hale Whitcomb was born on 21 September 1771, in Henniker, Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States, his father, Charles Agustus Whitcomb, was 26 and his mother, Hannah Hale, was 23. He married Sarah Brown on 11 November 1794, in New Hampshire, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Amity, Allegany, New York, United States for about 5 years. He died on 4 August 1856, in Belmont, Amity, Allegany, New York, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Belmont, Amity, Allegany, New York, United States.
English: habitational name from any of various places called Whitcombe or Witcombe. Whitcombe in Dorset and Witcombe in Gloucestershire are named with Old English wīd ‘wide’ + cumb ‘valley’; Whitcombe, Isle of Wight, may have the same etymology or alternatively the first element may be Old English hwīt ‘white’. Witcombe in Somerset is named with Old English wīthig ‘willow’ + cumb, and the placename Whitcombe in Devon is from Old English hwǣte ‘wheat’ + cumb. The surname may also derive from a lost place in Sussex.
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