James Devere Newcomb

19 January 1868–25 November 1939 (Age 71)
Tama, Iowa, United States

The Life of James Devere

When James Devere Newcomb was born on 19 January 1868, in Tama, Iowa, United States, his father, Marvin Alonso Newcomb, was 40 and his mother, Amanda Pratt, was 39. He married Nellie E Blake on 6 June 1894, in Necedah, Juneau, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in St. Maries, Benewah, Idaho, United States in 1910 and Avery, Shoshone, Idaho, United States in 1920. He died on 25 November 1939, in Casper, Natrona, Wyoming, United States, at the age of 71.

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James Devere Newcomb
Nellie E Blake
Marriage: 6 June 1894
Helen V Newcomb

Spouse and Children

6 June 1894
Necedah, Juneau, Wisconsin, United States


    Helen V Newcomb


Parents and Siblings



    Arthur Gillman Newcomb


    Emily Madaline Newcomb


    Ida Morrell Newcomb


    Viola Almira Newcomb



World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Age 2

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
1884 · There is now a Capital Building

Age 16

The capitol building in Des Moines originally had a budget of $1,500,000 but complications arose because of the need of a redesign. The building was dedicated on January 17, 1884, but it wasn’t completed until 1886. On January 4, 1904, a fire started and swept through the areas that housed the Supreme Court and Iowa House of Representatives. A major restoration was performed and documented, with the addition of electrical lighting, elevators, and a telephone system. By the early 1980s, the sandstone exterior of the Capitol had started deteriorating and prompted the installation of canopies to protect pedestrians from falling rubble. The entire reconstruction process took around 18 years to complete.

Age 21

Historical Boundaries - 1889: Kootenai, Idaho Territory, United States; 1890: Kootenai, Idaho, United States; 1915: Benewah, Idaho, United States

Name Meaning

1 English: nickname for a new arrival in a place, from Middle English newe-come(n) ‘recently come’, ‘just arrived’. The intrusive -b- is the result of the influence of place names ending in -combe ( see Coombe ).2 Americanized form of German Neukamm, possibly arising from a misinterpretation of its etymology as neu ‘new’ + Kamm ‘comb’ ( see Neukam ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • James Newcomb in household of M A Newcomb, "United States Census, 1880"
  • James D Newcomb in household of Marvin A Newcomb, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Newcomb, "United States Census, 1900"

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