NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
This is an old English family, and the name appears in several forms. Many brances of the family still spell it Newhall, while others have adopted the form used above. It was anciently seated in Cheshire, England, and was closely associated with events in the time of William the Conqueror. There were two immigrant brothers, Thomas and Anthony Newhall, who came very early to Massachusetts Bay Colony, and both left numerous descendants.
(I) Thomas Newhall, born in England, was later at Salem, in the colony of Massachusetts Bay, in the year 1630, and settled at Lynn, where he died May 25, 1674. His will bequeathed various parcels of real estate to his children, his lands being located at Rumney Marsh, Gaines Neck and Lynn. The estate was appraised at one hundred and sevety-three pounds. His wife, Mary, died Sept. 25, 1665. All his children except the first were born in this country.
Thomas, John and Mary.
(II) Ensign Thomas (2), elder son of Thomas (1) and Mary Newhall, or Newell, was born about 1630, and said to be the first white child in Lynn, and died April 2, 1687. His estate was valued at six hundred pounds, and was on the southern side of the common and on the highway leading southerly from Lynn. His military service is indicated by his title.
He married, Dec. 29, 1652, Elizabeth, daughter of Nicholas Porter. She was buried in Lynn, Feb. 22, 1677.
Thomas, John, Joseph, Nathaniel, Elizabeth (drowned when three years old in a pit near her father's house), Elisha, Elizabeth, Mary, Samuel and Rebecca.
(III) John, second son of Thomas (2) and Elizabeth (Porter) Newell, was born Dec. 14, 1655, in Lynn, where he died Jan. 20, 1738. He was a bricklayer and mason, and was known as John Tertius, to distinguish him from an uncle and a second cousin, who was older. He conveyed real estate to his son Jacob, Dec. 4, 1734, embodying various parcels, including a twenty-acre homestead.
He married, June 18, 1677, Esther Bartram, probably a daughter of William and Sarah Bartram, of Lynn, born April 3, 1658.
Elizabeth, Sarah (died young), Jacob (died young), Sarah, Jacob, Mary and Jonathan.
(IV) Jacob, second son of John and Esther (Bartram) Newell, and the only son to grow to maturity, was born March 27, 1686, in Lynn, and lived for a time in early life at Salem, where he sold land, Nov. 19, 1711. About that time he returned to Lynn, where he died April 19, 1759. He was a cordwainer, or shoemaker, by occupation, and commanded a company of militia.
He married (first), intentions published Nov. 30, 1707, Abigail, daughter of George and Lydia Locker, of Salem. She died March 13, 1713, and he married (second) Feb. 2, 1714, Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Chadwell, born Aug. 4, 1689, in Lynn. The first wife was the mother of three children; Locker, George and Abigail.
Those of second wife were:
Jacob, Jonthan, Moses, Mary, Esther, Amos, Nehemiah, Jabez, Nathan and James.
(V) Moses, sixth son of Jacob Newell, and third son of his second wife, Hannah Chadwell, was born May 7, 1718, in Lynn, and died there about 1774. On Jan. 7, 1744, he received an estate from his grandfather, Thomas Chadwell, by deed or gift.
He married, Feb. 6, 1740, Susanna, born Oct. 29, 1717, in Lynn, daughter of Michael and Sarah Bowden. Michael Bowden was an innholder of that town.
Michael (mentioned below), Susanna, Esther, Sarah, Mary, Hannah, Martha, Lydia, Moses, Ruth, Dorcas and David.
(VI) Michael, eldest child of Moses and Susanna (Bowden) Newell, was born Aug. 15, 1741, in Lynn, where his name appears under several forms, including Micah and Micajah. In the records of Lancaster, Mass., he appears as Micah, and by that name we shall know him. Soon after his second marriage he removed to Boulton, Lancaster and Leominster, dying in the latter town, Sept. 18, 1812.
He married (first) Susanna Hawkes, and (second) in Lynn, July 11, 1765, Joanna, born Nov. 28, 1742, died 1833, daughter of Jedediah and Hannah (Mansfield) Collins.
(VII) Daniel, son of Micah and Joanna (Collins) Newell, was born April 22, 1771, in Lynn, died Dec. 15, 1829, in Leominster, and was a small child when his parents moved to Worcester county.
He married, April 27, 1793, Lettice Johnson, of Leominster, born Feb. 8, 1773, daughter of Asa and Tamar (Whitcomb) Johnson. She survived him, and married (second) June 11, 1846, Merari Spalding, a prominent resident of Westminster, Mass.
Children, born in Leominster:
Merit, Dec. 26, 1793, lived in Kirby, Vermont.
Lewis, Jan. 31, 1796.
Hannah, died aged six months.
Charlotte, May 14, 1799, became the wife of Porter Gibson.
Amos, Jan. 29, 1801.
Asa Johnson, March 6, 1803, resided in Leominster.
Collins, mentioned below.
(VIII) Collins, youngest child of Daniel and Lettice (Johnson) Newell, was born May 21, 1805, in Leominster, and lived in that town and Northfield, Mass.
He married, Jan. 12, 1825, Nancy, born Feb. 21, 1808, in Leominster, died Jan. 6, 1871, in Northfield, daughter of John and Sophia (Carter) Maynard.
(IX) William Augustus, only child of Collins and Nancy (Maynard) Newell, was born Sept. 17, 1825, in Leominster, Mass., died in Ogdensburg, New York, Oct. 1, 1906. When eight years of age he removed with his parents to Northfield, Mass., and there attended the common schools. He was a youth of considerable energy and ambition, and in 1852 removed to Ogdensburg, N.Y., where he entered the employ of the Lake Champlain & Ogdensburg Railroad; he had charge of the grain elevator, freight department and yards, and remained in this position a number of years. After leaving the railroad, Mr. Newell was appointed deputy collector of customs, and held this position five or six years. He became a prominent citizen of Ogdensburg and served three or four years as alderman of the city.
Politically, Mr. Newell was a firm adherent of the Republican party.
He was a member of the Presbyerian church and acted as chairman of the board of trustees of the society.
Mr. Newell married, Jan. 10, 1852, Sarah A., born in Langdon, New Hampshire, Oct. 13, 1829, died Dec. 16, 1881, in Ogdensburg, N.Y., daughter of Moses and Sarah Miller.
Edgar Allan, mentioned below.
Henry C., living in Ogdensburg.
Albert A., deceased.
William M., also deceased.
(X) Edgar Allan, eldest of the four sons of William Augustus and Sarah A. (Miller) Newell, was born May 10, 1853, in Ogdensburg, N.Y. He received his education in the public schools, and graduated from the academy at the age of sixteen years; he also took a course in a business college, and when he reached his majority began traveling for a New York advertising concern. Returning to Ogdensburg in 1877, he entered the employ of H. F. Lawrence, who had a retail business in the line of books, stationery and notions. A year later Mr. Lawrence died and Mr. Newell, in company with his father and Eugene Smith, purchsed the business, taking the firm name of Newell-Smith & Company; they met with pleasing success, and in three years time Edgar A. Newell bought out the interests of his partners and conducted the business on his own account until 1891, when the business became incorporated under the name of The Edgar A. Newell Company, with Mr. Newell as president and manager. He built up the business during his management from a small trade to a wholesale concern, doing an annual business of $300,000.
Mr. Newell has been interested in many business projects in Ogdensburg, and is looked upon as one of the most progressive and enterprising citizens. In 1906 he organized The Newell Manufacturing Company, successors to W. H. Linton Company, manufacturers of brass goods, and has two factories, one at Ogdensburg and one at Prescott, Canada. Mr. Newell is president of both concerns.
He is president of the Chamber of Commerce of Ogdensburg, and president of Ogdensburg Loan & Savings Association; also a director in the National Bank of Ogdensburg, the Improvement Company of Ogdensburg; the Loan & Improvement Association of Buffalo, N.Y., also s director in many other companies.
In politics Mr. Newell is a Republican, and he is actively interested in public welfare and improvements. He served his city four terms as mayor during 1889-90-93-94-97-98. He is now a member of the New York state commission of prisons, having been appointed to this office by Governor Hughes. He is vice-president of the Fair Association and trustee of Ogdensburg Club.
He is a member of the Masonic order, being a Knight Templar, member of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
He is a regular attendant at the Baptist church; a trustee of Union Mission, a non-sectarian church society, and president of the United Charities Association; he gives his liberal support to every worthy cause, but more particularly to matters advancing the interests of his native city.
Mr. Newll married, Nov. 19, 1879, Addie Barbara Priest, of Potsdam, N.Y., born Dec. 27, 1854, daughter of Captain Luther and Elizabeth F. (Rose) Priest, and a descendant of Degory or Daegory Priest, through the following: John Priest, of Woburn, married Rachel Garfield; Daniel Priest and his wife, Elizabeth; John, of Marlboro and his wife Mary; Jacob Priest, who married (first) Ann Jones, and (second) Sarah Longly; Frank Priest, who married Mary Wood; Captain Luther, father of Mrs. Newell. Captain Luther Priest was born March 31, 1821, and served as captain Company E, One Hundred and Sixth Regular New York Volunteers, during the civil war. He married (first) Barbara Rose, and (second) Elizabeth F. Rose. He died March 14, 1863, at Martinsburg, Virginia, and is buried at Parishville, N.Y.; his first wife died March 27, 1849, and he married again, Jan. 21, 1852.
Edgar A. Newell & his wife became the parents of two sons:
1. Albert Priest, born Jan. 3, 1882, in Ogdensburg; graduate of Williams College, class of 1906; has been admitted to the bar of New York state, and is now (1910) an attorney in Kansas City, Missouri.
2. William Allan, born April 22, 1883, in Ogdensburg; graduate of Williams College, class of 1906; is treasurer, managerf and joint owner with his father in the factories in Ogdensburg, N.Y. and Prescott, Canada.
The brothers are both members of the Phi Delta Theta, Greek letter fraternity.
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