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 . . . means more than a blood-line. Dr. Warren
              touched many lives, as a doctor, as a patriot, as a
                          friend. His legacy lived on in children named after him. 


Joseph Warren Newcomb, Sr.

Born 1804


Died 1874


Joseph Warren Newcomb, Jr.

Born 1833


Died 1866

Dr. Joseph Warren’s current direct descendants all trace their bloodline back to his only surviving grandson,
Joseph Warren Newcomb. 

Mary “Polly” Warren was the youngest child of Dr. Joseph & Elizabeth Warren. She was married twice. Her first marriage was to Samuel Lyman on October 16, 1797. The marriage produced no surviving children & Mr. Lyman died in 1802. One year later Mary married Judge Richard English Newcomb of Greenfield. They welcomed a son, Joseph Warren Newcomb, on October 7, 1804. J.W. Newcomb would go on to graduate Williams College & practice law in Washington, D.C. He married Sarah Wells Alvord who gave birth to their son, Joseph Warren Newcomb Jr. in 1833. J.W. Newcomb Jr. graduated from Cambridge & wrote poetry & prose for various newspapers & magazines. He married the granddaughter of General Israel Putnam, Mary Sumner Bidwell, thereby joining the patriot bloodlines of Bunker Hill fame. Their son, Warren Putnam Newcomb (1859-1927) attended the centennial anniversary of the Bunker Hill battle, where he was introduced to General William Tecumseh Sherman as the sole surviving male heir of Dr. Joseph Warren. Gen. Sherman insisted that W.P. Newcomb go to West Point Military Academy.[1] He became the first of Dr. Joseph Warren’s descendants to attend West Point. The Warren descendants have maintained this tradition including, George C. Wildrick—Dr. Joseph Warren’s fifth great-grandson—class of 1972. The Dr. Joseph Warren Foundation has created “The Captain George C. & Teri Wildrick Scholarship” in his honor.


[1] Warren Putnam Newcomb’s paternal great uncle, Francis Newcomb, graduated from West Point in 1824.


Joseph Warren Revere

Born April 30, 1777


Died October 12, 1868

Four of Paul Revere’s descendants were named after Dr. Joseph Warren. 

Paul Revere & his wife Rachel named one of their sons, Joseph Warren Revere. 

Warren & Revere were fellow masons, political allies & friends. Both men lost their fathers as teenagers, both had suffered the loss of a child, & both of their wives died within the same week.

It was Dr. Warren who sent Revere and Dawes on their famous “midnight ride”.

In 1801 Paul Revere & his son Joseph founded the Revere Cooper Company in Canton, Massachusetts.  In 1804, Paul Revere sent his son to England to learn the details of copper 

sheet rolling. Joseph Warren Revere became president of the company in 1811.

Dr. John Revere 1787-1847, the youngest son of Paul Revere was a physician, graduated from Harvard & a Professor of Theory and Medicine at New York University. He named his son Joseph Warren Revere 1812-1880. 

General Joseph Warren Revere was a grandson of Paul Revere. He is best known for being a Union Brigadier General during the American Civil War. He saw action at Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville. He was court martialed & dismissed from the service in May 1863 for alleged misconduct at Chancellorsville. President Lincoln annulled the sentence & accepted Revere’s resignation on Sept. 10, 1864.


Joseph Warren Thacher

Born July 4, 1775

Malden, MA


Died March 19, 1809  

Little Compton, Rhode Island

Rev Peter Thacher (1752-1802) named his son in honor of Dr. Joseph Warren.

Living in Boston as a young man in 1772, Peter Thacher attended Dr. Warren’s first Boston Massacre oration commemorating the bloody event perpetrated two years prior on March 5, 1770. In his diary Thacher noted the weather on the day of Warren’s oration, “came home in a most violent storm of snow which was so deep I was forced to leave my chaise at Charlestown & borrow a slay & it was so drifted by Mr. Hallowells I was forced to untackle the sleigh & let the Horse come home”.

There is little known beyond this about Joseph Warren Thacher, but how powerful & moving was Dr. Warren's oration that a young man would never forget & name a son in his honor.

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