- Born: 1797, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England
- Christened: 30 Jul 1797, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England
- Marriage (1): Mary Ann WILSDEN on 13 Apr 1823 in St Mary The Virgin, Hayes, Middlesex, England
- Marriage (2): Mary Maria on 10 Apr 1850 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
- Marriage (3): Susan WHITING on 18 Jun 1856 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand
- Died: 6 Sep 1880, Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand at age 83
- Buried: 8 Sep 1880, Fairfield Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand
Sir Charles Forbes
Barque: 363 tons
Captain: Thomas Bacon
Surgeon Superintendent: Dr William Henry Kater
Sailed London May 1st 1842 - arrived Nelson August 22nd 1842
Newport Samuel 37 Farm Labourer
James 15 Farm Labourer
Joseph 14 Farm Labourer -
Mary Ann 10
The ages for Samuel & Ann's family as recorded in the register are inaccurate, because Samuel was a little over the age limit for immigration and the whole family's ages were shuffled down to conceal this.
The great grandfather of Samuel, Joseph & Stephen was the illegitimate son of Sir Henry Newport (Lord Newport), the Earl of Bradford, Viscount Newport & Baron Newport. I have just discovered that Sir Henry fell out with his family and left all his estates to his illegitimate son, John (born John Harrison). The will was contested but eventually took effect as intended. I have read a comment that there was some "act" (presumably of paliament) to allow John to change his name to Newport and our family oral history has it that he was the last Baron Newport and that each Samuel could have picked up this title but did not, so that it became extinct after Samuel (III).
I have started the attempt to obtain further information or sources to evidence each link. In particular, I would like to obtain the birth record for Samuel (I). The earliest document I have is (a photocopy of) the birth entry for Samuel (III) in the parish records of Great Missendon from 1797. I have also been compiling a family tree and have the Newport line back to 1401.
I also came across one researcher's effort, based mainly on LDS records, which traces a single line back from the spouse of one of the earliest Newports back to the Kings of Powys (Wales) and thence to Magnus Maximus, Constantine the Great and Claudius II (Caesar) who died in AD 270. I have yet to find the time to corroborate all this - I thought I'd start with John Harrison/Newport because it seemed there would be an interesting family story behind it.
1845 Nelson Census:
Town Acre No. 571 Brook Street
Samuel Newport Gardener
Household of one man, one woman, one boy and three girls.
2? Cultivated1? Wheat1? other
Supposed average crop of 30/-/-/-
3 cattle5 pigs 3 goats5 fowls
Tenant (not owner)
Earth built house (not wood or raupo)
February 1867 Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle SAMUEL NEWPORT, the oldest settler in Nelson, having been the first man to purchase an acre of land at private sale, for which he gave £20 10s., will vote for no man to become Superin- tendent who will not make a Railway through the country. S. Newport will be seventy-five years of age in March next.
Samuel married Mary Ann WILSDEN, daughter of John WILSDEN and Sarah CAWCUTT, on 13 Apr 1823 in St Mary The Virgin, Hayes, Middlesex, England. (Mary Ann WILSDEN was born in 1805 in Edgcott, , Buckinghamshire, England, christened on 14 Apr 1805 in Edgcott, , Buckinghamshire, England, died on 3 Oct 1849 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand and was buried on 6 Oct 1849 in Fairfield Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand.) The cause of her death was Brain Haemorrhage.
Samuel next married Mary Maria on 10 Apr 1850 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand. (Mary Maria was born about 1810, died on 6 Jun 1854 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand and was buried in Fairfield Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand.) The cause of her death was In Nelson hospital after ill-treatment by her husband.
Samuel next married Susan WHITING, daughter of James WHITING and Ann HOLLAND, on 18 Jun 1856 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand. (Susan WHITING was born in 1825 in Alton, Hampshire, England, died on 13 Oct 1861 in Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand and was buried in Fairfield Cemetery, Nelson, New Zealand.) The cause of her death was "Died by the visitation of God.".