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Reverend Ezra Butler Newcomb "Reminiscences" manuscript

 Collection — Folder: S0253
Identifier: S0253

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Rev. Ezra Butler Newcomb's typewritten manuscript, "Reminiscences" (circa 1930's). Rev. Newcomb wrote the manuscript in reply to frequent requests from family members that he share family history and early life in Indianapolis. The information is shared under these subject headings: Our Family; Homes and Life in Indianapolis; Connections with Indianapolis Conditions; Indianapolis Churches; A Boy in Indianapolis; Seeing Abraham Lincoln; Later Years; and Documents Supplementary. The supplementary documents include copies of family letters and a funeral discourse given for Ezra F. Pabody.


  • circa 1930s


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Ezra Butler Newcomb was born December 18, 1952 at Indianapolis, Indiana to Horatio C. and Eliza Pabody Newcomb. He married Minnie A Beardsley (1853-1931) on May 31, 1876 and they had 3 sons: Phillip (1877-1927), Horatio Millard (1878-1879), and Theodore (1896-1968). He studied and practiced law from 1879 to 1883. He then attended McCormick Theological Seminary and became a Presbyterian minister. He received his Doctor of Divinity in 1897. He pastored churches in Indiana, Iowa, and California and passed away on June 10, 1936.


Information found within collection. "Ezra B Newcomb." California Death Index, 1905-1939. Accessed September 30, 2016. "Ezra Butler Newcomb." U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Accessed September 30, 2016. "Minnie A. Beardsley." Find a Grave Index. Accessed September 30, 2016.

Marquis, Albert Nelson, ed. Who's Who in America, Volume 9. Chicago: A.N. Marquis and Company, 1916. Accessed September 30, 2016.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from E.B. Newcomb on 1935/08/20.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S1012: Paybody family papers

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/10/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/10/03 by Laura Eliason.
Reverend Ezra Butler Newcomb "Reminiscences" manuscript
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.