Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Samuel P. Newcomb:

An Inventory His Papers, 1860-1896 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Newcomb, Samuel P., 1839-1870
Title: Samuel P. Newcomb Papers,
Dates: 1860-1896 and undated
Abstract: The Samuel P. Newcomb Papers contains original diaries, correspondence, and genealogical material related to Samuel P. and Susan E. Newcomb.
Collection # S 756.1
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born in Mansfield, Connecticut, Samuel Pierce Newcomb (1839-1870) moved to Missouri in 1855 and then Texas the next year. As an organizer of Stephens County in 1860, Samuel served as the first county clerk. In 1862 he married Susan Emily Reynolds (b. 1848), with whom he had one child. Samuel fought for the Confederate Army during the Civil War and in 1864 he joined the state militia to protect the frontier from Native Americans raids. The Newcombs moved to Fort Davis in Stephens County, Texas, where Samuel helped establish the school at which he taught in 1865. Following the war, the family built a home near Stone Ranch, where they had lived with Susan’s family. Samuel founded a general store near Fort Griffin before dying of measles in 1870. Following her husband’s death, Susan lived with her parents in Weatherford and traveled to Missouri. She would later marry would later marry Nathan L. Bartholomew.


Hunt, William R. "Newcomb, Samuel Pierce." Handbook of Texas Online.

Scope and Content

Note that originals of the typescripts and photocopies found in the Samuel P. Newcomb Papers are housed in the Anne Watts Baker Collection, but because of their fragile nature the archive encourages the use of our digitized copies available among the Southwest Collection Digital Collections. The inventory of the Anne Watts Baker Collection's finding aid, linked above, has linked each item to its digitized surrogate.

The Samuel P. Newcomb Papers contains diaries of Samuel P. Newcomb and his wife Susan E. Newcomb, plus correspondence, legal material, and a scrapbook. It also includes genealogical material on the Newcomb and Matthews families. The materials describe the Newcombs’ lives, focusing primarily on their time in Stephens County, including Samuel’s school, encounters with Native Americans in the region. A small portion describes Susan’s life following Samuel’s death by measles in 1870.


The Samuel P. Newcomb Papers is organized by the following series:


Access Restrictions

Open for research. Note that use of original documents from the related Anne Watts Baker Collection is restricted and requires the permission of the Southwest Collection Archivist to view. Digitized copies of the documents are available among the Southwest Collection Digital Collections, and should be used instead.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Baker, Anne Watts.
Newcomb, Samuel Pierce, 1839-1870
Newcomb, Susan E., 1840-?
Subjects (Places)
Shackelford County (Tex.)
Stephens County (Tex.)
Fort Davis (Tex.)

Related Materials:

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Samuel P. Newcomb Papers, 1860-1896 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
n/a (June 3, 1982)

Gift, 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by: Cindy Martin, 1983; Robert Weaver, 2019

Collection Inventory


Box Folder
1 1 1860 and undated, 1860 and undated
2 Samuel P. Newcomb, 1865-1870


Box Folder
1 3 "A Journal of a Trip from Clear Fork in Stephens County to San Saba River," 1864
4 Newcomb, Gussie, January to April 1884 and January 1888 to May 1891
5 Bartholomew, Susan E. Reynolds, 1892-1893,
6 Bartholomew, Susan E. Reynolds, undated
7 Newcomb, Samuel P., January 1, 1865-December 30, 1865,
8 Newcomb, Samuel P., January 1, 1866-August 21, 1866
9 Newcomb, Susan E. Reynolds, August 1, 1865-December 14, 1869
10 Newcomb, Susan E. Reynolds, typescript, August 1, 1865-May 16, 1869
11 Newcomb, Susan E. Reynolds, January 1, 1871-June 6, 1872

Genealogical Material

Box Folder
1 12 Matthews Family, undated
13 Newcomb Family, undated

Legal Material

Box Folder
1 14 Power of Attorney, February 1867


Box Folder
1 15 S. A. Newcomb, 1873-1886 and undated