Newman Family Information Exchange

Since I get a lot of enquiries from people searching for their Newman (and other related) family histories which I cannot help with, it occurred to me that the least I could do would be to provide a web-page where they can record the information that they have in the hope that it gets read by someone who can provide a missing link.  I therefore offer space on this page to anyone who would like to use it to seek the help of others in gaining information about their family histories, or who would simply like to pass on information about their own Newman family history.


8th Oct 2015 - Newmans from Portland/Weymouth in Dorset.

My great grandmother was Henrietta Frances Susan Newman, and a copy of the Newman family crest was passed down to my mother, plus a one-page typed document about 'The family of Newman' and Fifehead Magdalen.

As a child, my mother and her sisters were sometimes taken to the church at Fifehead Magdalen and they were told that Sir Richard Newman etc. were their ancestors.

This is where I have got to with the family tree:

All of the above were located in Portland/Weymouth in Dorset.

I am trying to find out if our ancestors were Fifehead Newmans. or whether wrong information has been passed down to us.

Sue Annetts-Smith -

6th Aug 2013 - Newmans who emigrated to America in 1633/4.

I am looking for the branch of my family that stayed behind in England.

THOMAS NEWMAN: came to America from England in 1633/34 on the "Mary & John". He is listed at Southwark Cathedral in London.

Ships List:

THOMAS NEWMAN (WILLIAM) was born in England, and died June 02, 1659 in East Town, New Netherlands (Westchester Co., NY). He married MARY MOORTON on September 13, 1607 in St. Savior Parish, Southwark, England. She was born Abt. 1588 in England, and died 1614 in CT.


If your line is related to Thomas Newman and you are located in the UK feel free to contact Kathleen Newman at or .

Thank you,

Kathleen A. T. Newman.

13th May 2013 - Newman in Tasmania

I am searching for more information about Robert Newman (B. abt 1851; D. 1920) who married Ellen Cousins in 1875 in Westbury, Tasmania. Robert and Ellen went on to have at least 10 children and they lived for a time in Anderson Street, Zeehan, Tasmania. I have not been able to discover who were Robert's parents, or where he was born. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Please contact if you can help.


6th March 2013 - Newman in South Africa

My Great granma was Sarah Johanna Newman b: November 1, 1868 in Cape Town, South Africa. She married a Christian John Sickle. If anyone can shed light on Sarah it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact if you can help.


9th July 2007: Suzanne Sanders from the USA has written to me asking for help in her search for the descendants of George (Albinus) Newman and his wife Ellen (Nell) who resided in Fulham. She says:

"The family name was listed as "Newnam" in the 1901 UK census and "Newman" in the 1891 census and Newnam in the 1881 census. George Newman (or Newnam) was listed as a journeyman (apprentice) baker in the 1881 census and a bread baker in the 1891 and 1901 census. The families sub-registration district was listed as North West Fulham in the 1901 census.

In the 1901 census, two children were listed in the household, Percy (16) and Ella May Bussey Newnam (Newman) an 11 yr. old adopted daughter (my grandmother who married Henry Butcher of Walthamstowe and emigrated to the US in 1923). There may have been another biological daughter named " May ".

Ellen (wife, no maiden name available ) was born around 1840. George would have been born
around 1836.
The family resided in St. Peter's Parish.

As you can see, this search has been problematic from the start due to the Newman/Newnam name switch. My grandmother gave her maiden name as "Newnam", but she was not the most literate person and I know that surname spellings weren't standardized until the 20th century."

If anyone can help with information about this family, can they please contact Suzanne directly at

12th June 2007: Pam Cass from UK has written to me about a Henrietta Newman who must have been a performer in the late 19th century. Pam has sent me the following photos and also has some newspaper cuttings about Henrietta, and would like to find a home for them amongst Henrietta's descendants. Click on each of the images to see the full-sized version.


Can anyone who knows anything of Henrietta, please contact me or Pam.

15th Feb 2007: Barbara Spain from Skateateles, New York writes about Martha Newman, born England, as follows::

Please add this to the information exchange, and perhaps someone will recognize these names. My 2nd great grandmother was Martha Newman, born about 1823 in England. She married Jacob Sutton, who was born about 1821 in England and died there in 1870. This couple had the following children: Ellen, born Reading, Gloucestershire, 1852; Louise, born Reading, Gloucestershire, 1855; Emmanuel, 1858; Mary, 1861, died at age 5, England; Joseph and Job, born Brinkworth, Wiltshire,1864; and Harry, 1866. Martha Newman Sutton died in Brinkworth, Wiltshire, in 1866. Except for Mary, who died as a child, the others came to USA, and other than not knowing what happened to Joseph, they came to Marcellus or Skaneateles, Onondaga County, New York. Louise married William Lukins. Ellen married George Bendall. Harry remained a bachelor. Have any Newman researchers heard of Martha, who married Jacob Sutton?

12th Nov 2006: Patricia Latham from England is searching for her ancestors and wonders if anyone can help with any information. She writes:

"I am just starting out and need lots of guidance. My place of birth is Liverpool. My father had seven brothers and one sister. Both my grandfather an grandmother passed away in 1947. There are no known relatives left on my side. My father also has passed away. His name was Robert William Newman. My grandfather's name was Francis Newman and his wife was called Margaret. From what I can gather my Grandmother's maiden name was Bethel."

If anyone can offer Patricia any information to help get her started, her email address is

5th Sept 2006: Jenny Merrell from Australia has asked me to publish the following account of her search for her ancestors:

"I have been researching my family tree but have come to a dead end on my mother’s side, her grandfather Joseph Gower Newman (the Gower is supposed to be a link to another family name possibly his mothers) came to Australia from Birmingham, England, and I do not have any concrete evidence of this only what I’ve been told. He met my Great Grandmother Caroline Wright. I do not know if they were married, but they had a son my Grandfather, Joseph Lewin Gower Newman at Wickham Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, on 08/01/1897. Not long after this my Great Grandfather, Joseph Snr died in a tragic accident, my mother had told me that he died in his early twenties, with the bends while deep sea diving in Queensland, but I do not know if this is true. He was buried at Toowong on the 13th January 1899. Caroline went on to marry a Thomas Marshall and had other children, but any other living relatives do not seem to have any more knowledge of the original Joseph then I do. My Grandfather was at Gallipoli and was quite a war hero, being awarded the Military Medal . His story was in the London papers at the time under the heading “The Amazing Aussie”. I never heard my grandfather talk about his father, and my mother and her siblings never seemed to ask. My mother's name was Caroline Lillian Gower Newman. If anyone have any information whatsoever, please contact me!!"

Jenny may be contacted at

16th May 2006: Margaret Smith from the UK has told me the tragic story of Florence Stanley of Chippenham who was engaged to a John (Jack) Newman b.1877 in Chippenham, to Jonah & Elizabeth Newman. Jonah was a Master Saddler & Harness Maker and ran a shop in High Street Chippenham, Wiltshire. (He was born in Ampney Crucis, Gloucester). John was engaged to a Florence Stanley, a nurse b.1878. In 1901 Florence and John spent the evening together in Calne at Florence's aunts house. The next morning Florence saw John off on the train to Chippenham, went back to her aunt's house, wrote a farewell note to John and drowned herself!

Margaret wrote:

"I started the 'tree' 2 years ago and was given a 'family' photo by my aunt. I reckon it would have been taken around 1899. It showed one too many daughters! . I was told the 'extra' daughter was Florence and she had died quite young. Well - that intrigued me! I visited Trowbridge records office whilst down in Chippenham and - lo and behold - with the help of the staff - I found two newspaper articles. One telling of the death of Florrie and the other the funeral. But Florrie won't leave me! She was only 23! I have tried to gain more information on her to no avail so I thought I would try the Newman line. I looked for her grave in Calne but couldn't find it. I just wondered if any stories of the tragedy would have been handed down.

It is such a sad story and I am searching for any relatives of John Newman in the hope that his side of the story was passed down. It appeared that the couple did not quarrel - he was devastated - she was not 'with child'. I would just love to know why".

P.S.- her aunt (Elizabeth) was indeed in Devizes Lunatic Asylum she died the year after Florence (1902) only 46! The records are at Trowbridge now but very incomplete. She HAD been a seamstress so I wonder what happened?"

Margaret attached a photo of Florence and her family together with a newspaper report of the coroner's enquiry into her death, and a brief report on her funeral. I have placed these onto a separate page which you can access by clicking on the link.

If anyone has any information about John Newman or about Florence Stanley, Margaret would love to hear from you. Please email her at

6th November 2005: Florence Newman from Tasmania has sent me a very interesting account of her Newman family heritage which goes back to the village of Iping in West Sussex in the late eighteenth century. She is very keen to hear from anyone who knows anything about this branch of the Newman family which so far shows no links to my own Newman ancestry. Her account is presented in MS Word format and can be viewed by clicking here. Please note the file size is large - it's over 6 MB! Florence may be contacted at

22nd October 2005: from Dianne Berry:

My name is Dianne Berry, l was born Topsham uk but went to Tasmania to live with parents, was there for 30 yrs. Now l am back in UK.

I am looking for my Newman ancestors and have found the following in the 1891 cencus which relates to my grandfather Ernest Newman:-

If anyone knows anything about this family or their ancestor or descendants, please contact me at

12th January 2005: from Dick Newman of Boston, MA, USA:

My dad's name is Richard Newman and he was orphaned as an infant due to his father, Edwin C. Newman's accidental death and his mother was very ill & infirm at the time.  He died in 1994 , prior to which he showed me a grave in Winchester, MA & said he suspects his father is buried there. He was correct & I have confirmed that my Gandfather, my GGrandfather and 10 others including wives & children are buried there. I have not been able to locate any living NEWMAN relatives.

The folloing are the connections I've made so far:

William Newman, b. 1835, Wherwell, Southampton,ENG
Edwin C. Newman,b.1866, Baltimore, MD, USA
Richard Newman, b. 1905, Boston, MA, USA
Richard L. Newman, b. 1941, Cambridge, MA,USA (me)

The first names of three of these ancestors run in your Newman line as well, viz: Richard and Edwin. This along with the distance between villages, aroused my curiosity to there being a connection. These may be just coincidental similarities. There isn't much chance of a connection, but it is another avenue for me to pursue. Just a few short years ago I had no knowledge of my ancestry.

The PQ connection was made recently by accident. While doing an undefined search of the Newman name on the internet, I came upon the Bryant family tree of Rumford, ME in the Genweb Project. These generations in the USA began with a Gentleman named Daniel Y.Bryant who married Hannah Newman. Her 1880 obituary, generously supplied me by the author of "The Bryant Family Tree" indicates her arriving in PQ with her father Richard Newman & mother Charlotte Joyce & younger brother(my GGrandfather) about 1840.