Francis Holles Newman
1671 - 1714

 Relationship to me: Great Great Great Great Great Great Grandfather Gen -8
Born 8 Jan 1671  
Died 1714 - Buried: October 13, 1714 at North Cadbury, Somerset  
Age 43  
Father:      Richard Newman of Fifehead 1620-1695
Mother: Ann Harbord of Stanninghall, Norfolk c.1634 - ????
Brothers: (elder) Richard Newman of Evercreech 1650 - 1682
  Charles Harbord Newman 1667 - 1683
Sisters: Elizabeth m. Thomas Warre
  Anne Christianna
Married: Eleanor Mompesson (m. 18 March 1689) 1662 - c1741
Children: Francis Newman of North Cadbury (died without issue) 1691 - 1768
  Thomas Newman of Colefoot (probably Coleford), Gloucestershire (cleric) 1692 - >Nov 1742
  Richard Newman of North Cadbury and Horsington, Somerset  1693 - >1742  
  Charles Newman 1694 - 1734 
  Henry Mompesson Newman 1696 - 1725
  John Newman of Kingston Juxta Yeovil (see notes below) 1699 - 1704
  William Newman  1700 - 1722
  Eleanor married John Baily of South Cadbury in 1742 1703 - 1782  
  Ann m. Rev Walter Burton, Rector of Sutton Montague, Somerset in 1742 1706 - 1776

Notes: Francis Holles Newman was the first of many Francis Newmans who followed him. It appears that he derived his name from the son of Denzil Holles who was the leader of the Dorsetshire Clubmen. This was a group of countrymen who rose in protest against the plundering of their lands and neighbourhoods by both Royalists and Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. Richard Newman (presumably 1584 - 1664) was also one of the leaders of the Clubmen, so it seems likely that Denzil Holles's son, Francis Holles became a close friend of Francis's father - Richard Newman (1620 - 1695). [See Post Script below relating to earlier speculations about Francis's name.]

Francis Holles Newman became Sheriff of Somerset in 1700 at the young age of 29, the same year that his nephew Sir Richard Newman became MP for Milborn Port.

Frances inherited both the Sparkford and Cadbury estates, while his nephew [Sir] Richard inherited Fifehead and Evercreech (his elder brother Richard having died before his father). Presumably it was his elder brother's early death that resulted in Francis (the baby of the family) inheriting half of his father's estate.

Francis also inherited the Family Bible from his mother after her death in 1690, his name appearing in the fly-leaf where his mother bequests it to his him. His wife Eleanor also features in the same Bible where she has listed the names, dates and times of birth of her nine children.

Thomas Newman of Colefoot (probably Coleford), Gloucestershire: his name appears in the abovementioned extract from Chancery Proceedings 23rd November 1742. He was also a party to a Tripartite Indenture between Richard Newman, John & Mary Bull, John Bull the younger and Thomas Newman dated 1728 (see here for transcription).

John Newman: of Kingston Juxta Yeovil, born 1699, Christened: May 30, 1699, North Cadbury, Somerset, died 1704, buried November 12, 1704, North Cadbury, Somerset;

William Newman: born 1700, Christened: Dec 18, 1700, North Cadbury, Somerset (from parish records quoted to me by local antiquarian Sam Miller). Sam's records also include reference to the burial in N. Cadbury of William Newman (gentleman) on 13th Jan 1722, who I presume to have been the same person;

Jane Wickham, wife and widow of Henry Mompesson Newman, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Wickham, subsequently married Anthony Wickham (a cousin?) 1729 in Horsington. She died before 1742 but her name features in the extract from Chancery Proceedings 23rd November 1742

Post Script: The above deduction relating to the derivation of Francis Holles Newman's name comes from the researches of Harold Biggs and discounts an earlier assumption that the name derived from The Honourable Sir Francis Hollis of Winterborne St Martin in the County of Dorset Knt and Bart whose name appears in a lease agreement signed by Richard Newman of Fifehead in 1675. This agreement was for Richard Newman, "in consideration of the sum of five shillings of lawful English money to him in hand", to hand over for a period of 12 months his Evercreech and several other nearby estates to a group of four men:

I have no idea why this arrangement was entered into, but assume it must have been an amicable arrangement since William Harbord was presumably Richard's brother-in-law, and Francis Hollis was presumably a close friend (if he named his son after him).

A copy of the lease (itself a copy made in 1779) was given to me by the current owners of Evercreech Park Farm. I have made a transcription of the text as best I can (but will be grateful for corrections of any errors that I've made).


Last update 24 Oct 2015 - reference added to 1728 Tripartite Indenture between Richard Newman, John & Mary Bull, John Bull the younger and Thomas Newman.
Page updated 7 Jan 2014: References added to research by Harold Biggs
Page updated: 12th June 2005: Note added about Francis's inheritance of the Newman-Rogers Bible