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Darius Newman was born April 1812, in Bethel (later Gorham) Twp., Ontario Co., NY, and died February 26, 1909, in Kandiyohi Co., MN, at age 96. Buried in Roseville Cemetery, Hawick, Kandiyohi Co., MN. He is the son of Elijah Newman of Westchester Co., NY, and Elizabeth Ellis of New York.

Sybil Dimmick "Libby" Childs was born July 8, 1826, in Barre, Orleans Co., NY, and died February 4, 1901, in Menasha, Winnebago Co., WI, at age 74. She is the daughter of Alexander Childs of Weston, Middlesex Co., MA, and Betsey Ann Haskins of Sheldon, Franklin Co., VT.

Darius Newman and Sybil Dimmick "Libby" Childs were married about 1851 in Menasha, Winnebago Co., WI.

Darius Newman and Sybil Dimmick "Libby" (Childs) Newman had two children:

  1. Henry Clay Newman: Born May 18, 1852, in Brown Co., WI; Died October 20, 1943, in Pipestone, Pipestone Co., MN (age 91). Married March 17, 1887, to Barbara Illingworth: Born January 15, 1856, in England; Died August 23, 1934, in Unknown (age 78).
  2. Clarissa Newman: Born 1854 in Brown Co., WI; Died November 1, 1863, in Menasha, Winnebago Co., WI (age 9). Buried in Lot #31 Block #1 Grave #2, Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI. The owner of the lot is S.D. Gear.

Darius deserted Libby about 1855. Newman did not turn out to be much of a husband; he ran off west during the gold rush, joined an outlaw gang called the "Binder Boys" and was killed in a gun fight. She was a school teacher, and had lost all her money when her first husband left her. A detective, hired by her, provided proof of the death of her first husband. The detective was a member of the posse finding the remains of the gang. Sybil's second husband, Hugh Goff Gear, hired a detective to prove that Newman was dead, although some family accounts state that the detective was actually part of the posse that killed Newman.

Hugh Goff Gear was born Unknown.

Hugh Goff Gear and Sybil Dimmick "Libby" (Childs) Newman were married 1857 in Wisconsin.

Trying to escape wars, Hugh stowed away on what he thought was a ship to Australia. It turned out to be a ship bound for Boston. He worked his way across, and then went west to Wisconsin upon arrival in America. He spent a year working 160 acres in the extreme northwest corner of Calumet County. He then moved back to Winnebago County, where he took a government grant farm. He shortly after this became the second husband of Sybil D. Childs Newman in 1857. Her first husband Darius Newman, had gone west during the gold rush, and was thought to have joined the "Binder Boys" gang and was killed in a gunfight. Hugh took on the task of raising two boys (Henry Clay Newman - 1852, and Claire Newman - 1854) along with three more children (Betsy Ann - 1860, Charles Childs Gear - 1861, and William Henry Gear - 1863) Here the family split occurs. William Henry went west to Nebraska in 1882 with his half brother Henry C Newman. They spent 5 years working as cowboys in Nebraska, Wyoming, Texas, Nevada, North & South Dakota, Kansas, Utah, Oklahoma, and Colorado. William Henry was said to be handy with a lasso, and told tales of Indian fights. They made many friends, including "Buffalo Bill". William married Sarah Ann Martin and moved back to Menasha in May of 1894.
Original data had him b: 1823, d: 10/10/1911

Darius Newman then married Matilda Jarrett.

Matilda Jarrett was born April, 1844, in Wisconsin, and died March 22, 1910 in Kandiyohi Co., MN at age 65. Buried in Roseville Cemetery, Hawick, Kandiyohi Co., MN. She is the daughter of Henry Jarrett (Born February 16, 1817, in Missouri; Died January 9, 1897, in Rochester, Olmstead Co, MN) and Christian Griffith (Born 1822 in Missouri; Died 1848 in Jackson Co., IA).

Darius Newman and Matilda Jarrett were married about 1860 in Minnesota.

Darius Newman and Matilda (Jarrett) Newman had four children:

  1. Wesley O. Newman: Born September, 1861, in Minnesota; Died March 10, 1922, in Beltrami Co., MN (age 60). Buried in Roseville Cemetery, Hawick, Kandiyohi Co., MN. Married (1) to Mary E. Unknown: Born May, 1874, in Unknown; Died July 11, 1894, in Kandiyohi Co., MN (age 22). Buried in Roseville Cemetery, Hawick, Kandiyohi Co., MN. Married (2) about 1899 in  Minnesota, to Clara E. "Lissa" Unknown: Born March, 1882, in Iowa; Died after 1920 in Unknown.
  2. Clarissa Newman: Born about 1863 in Minnesota; Died Unknown
  3. Charles Grant Newman was born September 22, 1873, in Minnesota; Died January 29, 1956, in Minot, Ward Co., ND (age 82). Married about 1897 in Minnesota to Della Mae Harris: Born February 18, 1876, in Minnesota City, Winona Co., MN; Died July 7, 1926, at the home of her daughter, Olive, in Canada (age 50).
  4. Mina M. Newman: Born July 12, 1875, in Minnesota; Died March 27, 1958, in Paynesville, Kandiyohi Co., MN (age 82) 1905 in Unknown. Buried in Paynesville Cemetery, Hawick, Kandiyohi Co., MN. Married to Sidney G. Jones: Born 1872 in Unknown; Died 1947 in Unknown (about age 75). Buried in Paynesville Cemetery, Hawick, Kandiyohi Co., MN.



TIMELINE

Darius Newman was born April 1812, in Bethel (later Gorham) Twp., Ontario Co., NY.

Hugh Goff Gear was born Unknown.

Sybil Dimmick "Libby" Childs was born July 8, 1826, in Barre, Orleans Co., NY.

Matilda Jarrett was born April, 1844, in Iowa or Wisconsin.

Darius Newman had an unclaimed letter in Prairie du Chein, WI in 1847.


The Fond du Lac Whig, Fond du Lac, WI, Thursday, March 11, 1847

INFORMATION WANTED

Of Darius Newman, who left Owascus, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, about the 1st of September last, on his way to Ontario Co., N. Y. He went by way of Milwaukee, at which place he had some business but nothing has been heard from him since. Information will be gladly received by H. C. Gilmer, P. M. at Owascus, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, or C. W. Newman, Bethel, Ontario Co., N. Y.

Milwaukee and other papers will confer a great favor by copying this notice.

Dated March 6, 1847.

Leigh Larson note: The Town of Bethel was later changed in name to the Town of Gorham. H. C. Gilmer was the Post Master at the Owascus post office, which eventually disappeared. The 1860 U. S. Census shows a C. W. Newman (age 39) born in New York is a Farmer living in Gorham Twp., Ontario Co., NY with a Post Office of Rushville. He may be the brother of Darius and Cornelius. By 1870 Cyrus Newman (age 49) was a Produce Dealer living in the Village of Canandaigua, Ontario Co., NY. Wife Harriet, son Justin. By 1900 Harriet is a widow Landlord and Justin is a Real Estate Agent.


Geneva Daily Times, 15 May 1907

Canandaigua, N. Y. - After four years of helplessness, Mrs. Harriet Thurber Newman, widow of Cyrus Newman, passed away at her home on Wood street Sunday night, aged 84 years. A fractured hip first rendered Mrs. Newman nearly helpless and this was increased by paralysis. She was born in Williamson and had resided in Canandaigua forty years. She is survived by one son, Justin E. Newman of this place, and one daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth Carson, of Rushville; also two grandchildren.


Darius and Cornelius Newman had unclaimed letters in Oshkosh, WI in 1850-1851.

The 1850 U.S. Census taken on July 25, 1850 shows Alexander Childs (age 66) born in Massachusetts, and with real estate of $500 is a Farmer, and is living in Neenah Twp., Winnebago Co., WI. Living with him are: Betsey Childs (age 54) born in Vermont; Sidney Childs (age 35) born in Vermont, a Laborer; Seth Childs (age 27) born in New York, a Laborer; Alexander Childs (age 23) born in New York, a Laborer; Sybil Childs (age 25) born in New York; Julia Childs (age 16) born in New York; and Darius Newman (age 28) born in New York, and with real estate of $700, a Laborer.

The 1850 U. S. Census taken on September 24, 1850 shows shows Ashford Smith (age 40) born in Ohio with real estate worth $500 is a Printer living in Farmers Creek Twp., Jackson Co., IA. Living with him is Hanna Smith (age 39) born in Connecticut. Also living there are: Cyrus Smith (age 16) born in Illinois, a Laborer; Eliza Bassett (age 15) born in Mississippi; and Christian Jarrett (age 9) born in Illinois.

Darius Newman and Sybil Dimmick "Libby" Childs were married about 1851 in Menasha, Winnebago Co., WI.

Darius deserted Libby about 1855.

Two children were born of this union: Henry b. 1852 and Charles b. 1854. Darius Newman was the family's hired hand. He came from New York, which suggests that they might have known him and/or his family previously. Newman did not turn out to be much of a husband; he ran off west during the gold rush, joined an outlaw gang called the "Binder Boys" and was killed in a gun fight. Sybil's second husband, Hugh Goff Gear, hired a detective to prove that Newman was dead, although some family accounts state that the detective was actually part of the posse that killed Newman.


The Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, Milwaukee, WI, Wednesday, August 6, 1856

Information Wanted.

Darius Newman left his home in the town of Kaukauna, Outagamie Co., early in June 1855, for the purpose of visiting Minnesota to locate a home for his family. When his friends last heard from him he was at Black River Falls. Mr. Newman is about 39 years of age, 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, very straight, black hair, blue eyes and light complexion. Mr. Newman is very reserved in his conversation with strangers; would be readily noticed for his tacit manner when in company; very fond of reading. Any information concerning him would be thankfully received by his afflicted wife. Papers of Iowa, Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin please copy. Please direct communication to Libby D. Newman, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co.

SETH CHILDS


Hugh Goff Gear and Sybil Dimmick "Libby" (Childs) Newman were married 1857 in Wisconsin.


The Appleton Crescent, Appleton, WI, Saturday, December 6, 1856

Sheriff Sale.

OUTAGAMIE CO. CIRCUIT COURT - IN EQUITY.

Timothy Smith, Complainant, vs Charles Pierce, Reuben Dunn, Darius Newman and John W. Childs, Defendants

BY virtue of a Decretal order, made in the above entitled cause, bearing date October 21st, 1856, I shall sell by Public Auction to the highest bidder, at the Sheriff's office, in the Village of Appleton, on the 5th day of January, A D 1857, at 10 o'clock A. M., the following described Real Estate to wit. All that certain tract or parcel of land situate in the County of Outagamie,, and State of Wisconsin, and described as follows. The west half os the south east quarter of Section numbered twenty seven (27) in Township numbered twenty one (21) north of Range numbered seventeen (17) east. Sheriff's Office, Appleton, Nov. 17th 1856. P. HUNT, Sheriff of OUT. Co, Wis. By A. B. EVERTS, Under Sheriff - 33ts. Smith & Ballard, Compl'ts Sol's.


Darius went to Minnesota Territory.

The 1856 Iowa State Census shows Henry Jarrett (age 45) born in Missouri and having lived in Iowa for 18 years is a married Cooper living in Farmers Creek Twp., Jackson Co., IA. Also living there are numerous Jarretts, all having lived in Iowa for 10 years or less: Delila Jarrett (age 22) born in Illinois, married; Wm. Jarrett (age 18) born in Illinois; Josephene Jarrett (age 16) born in Illinois; Christian Jarrett (age 14) born in Illinois; and Matilda Jarrett (age 12) born in Wisconsin.  

The 1857 Minnesota Territorial Census taken on October 5, 1857, shows Darius Newman (age 36) born in New York is living in Township 109 Range 13, Wabasha Co., Minnesota Territory, in the household of Robert Juret, a Farmer.

The 1860 Minnesota Census shows the following Jarretts are living in Zumbro Twp., Wabasha Co., MN: Charles Jarrett; Eliza Jarrett; Ellen Jarrett; Henry Jarrett; and Matilda Jarrett.

Darius Newman and Matilda Jarrett were married about 1860 in Minnesota.

The 1870 U.S. Census taken on June 17, 1870, shows John Harris (age 39) born in New York is a laborer living in Alberta Twp., Benton Co., MN with property worth $350. Living with him is his wife Sarah Harris (age 25) born in Canada. Also living there are their children: William Harris (age 10) born in Wisconsin; Ella Jane Harris (age 8) born in Wisconsin; George Harris (age 6) born in Wisconsin; Lizzie Harris (age 4) born in Minnesota; and Walter M. Harris (age 2) born in Minnesota. Also living in the household was a domestic servant. Living in an adjacent house were John's parents: Henry Harris (age 66) a farmer with property worth $320 born in New York and Eliza Harris (age 63) born in Connecticut.

The 1870 U.S. Census taken on June 8, 1870, shows Jacob Walch (age 28) born in New York with real estate worth $1,000 and personal estate worth $800 is an unmarried Farmer living in Roseville Twp., Monongalia Co., MN. Living with him is the Newman family: D. Newman (age 45) born in New York, who is Keeping House; Matilda Newman (age 26) born in Iowa, who is At Home; Wisley Newman (age 8) born in Minnesota; and Clarey Newman (age 6) born in Minnesota.

The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 17, 1870, shows Henry Jerrett (age 62) born in Iowa with real estate of $4,500 and personal estate of $1,500 is a Farmer living in Zumbro Twp., Wabasha Co., MN. Living with him is Delilah Jerrett (age 40) born in Iowa, who is Keeping House. Also living there are six Jerretts, all born to Missouri and Illinois-born parents: Melissa Jerrett (age 17) born in Iowa; Sheldon Jerrett (age 14) born in Iowa; Robert Jerrett (age 12) born in Minnesota; Alonzo Jerrett (age 10) born in Minnesota; Fremont Jerrett (age 8) born in Minnesota; and Leonard Jerrett (age 5) born in Minnesota.

Charles Grant Newman was born September 22, 1873, in Minnesota.

The 1875 Minnesota State Census taken on May 1, 1875, shows Darius Newman (age 60) born in New York to New York-born parents is living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is Matilda Newman (age 32) born in New York to New York and Iowa-born parents. Also living there are three children, all born in Minnesota to New York and Iowa-born parents: Wesley O. Newman (age 14); Clara B. Newman (age 8); and Charles C. Newman (age 3).

The 1875 Minnesota State Census taken on May 1, 1875, shows Henry Jarrett (age 58) born in Missouri to French-born parents is living in Zumbro Twp., Wabasha Co., MN. Living with him is Delila Jarrett (age 43) born in Illinois to Ohio-born parents. Also living there are seven Jarretts, all born to Missouri and Illinois-born parents: Mary M. Jarrett (age 23) born in Iowa; Sylvester S. Jarrett (age 20) born in Iowa; Robert Jarrett (age 18) born in Iowa; Alanzo A. Jarrett (age 15) born in Iowa; Fremont Jarrett (age 13) born in Minnesota; Lenard Jarrett (age 10) born in Minnesota; and Wellington Jarrett (age 1) born in Minnesota.  

Della May Harris was born February 18, 1876, in Minnesota City, Winona Co., MN.

The 1880 U.S. Census taken on June 8, 1880, shows John Harris (age 51) born in New York to New York-born parents is a farmer living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is his wife Sarah Harris (age 57) born in Canada to Canadian-born parents. Also living there are their children: William Harris (age 19) born in Wisconsin; Ella J. Harris (age 18) born in Wisconsin; George W. Harris (age 16) born in Wisconsin; Lizzie Harris (age 15) born in Minnesota; Hattie M. Harris (age 12) born in Minnesota; Ida C. Harris (age 9) born in Minnesota; and Della Harris (age 4) born in Minnesota. Also living in the household were John's widowed mother Eliza Harris (age 75) a boarder with a Palsy disability born in Connecticut of Connecticut-born parents, and John's unmarried brother William Harris (age 43) who is a farmer born in New York of New York-born parents.

The 1880 U.S. Census taken on June 8, 1880, shows Darius Newman (age 65) born in New York to New York-born parents is a Farmer living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is his wife, Matilda Newman (age 35) born in Iowa to Missouri-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are four children, all born in Minnesota to New York and Iowa-born parents: Wesley Newman (age 18); Clara B. Newman (age 15); Charles C. Newman (age 8); and Mina Newman (age 4).

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 29, 1880, shows Henry Jarrett (age 63) born in Missour is a Farmer living in Zumbro Twp., Wabasha Co., MN. Living with him is wife, Delila Jarrett (age 48) born in Illinois to Illinois-born parents, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his four children, all born to Missouri and Illinois-born parents: Sylvester Jarrett (age 25) born in Iowa, who is Farming; Freemont Jarrett (age 18) born in Minnesota, who is Farming; Leonard Jarrett (age 15) born in Minnesota, who is Farming; and Wellington Jarrett (age 6). A Servant and a Boarder also live in the household.

The 1885 Minnesota State Census taken on May 1, 1885, shows D. Newman (age 72) born in New York and having lived in Minnesota for 39 years and having lived in this district for 27 years is a Farmer living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is his wife, Matilda Newman (age 49) born in Iowa. Also living there are his two children, both born in Minnesota: Charles Newman (age 23) having lived in Minnesota for 23 years and having lived in this district for 23 years; and Mina M. Newman (age 19).

The Postal Service shows Darius Newman is the Postmaster for Roseville, Kandiyohi Co., MN with a compensation of $7.54. This is shown in the book printed in 1885 by the U. S. Gov. Print. Off. for the United States Civil Service Commission.

The 1885 Minnesota State Census shows Henry Jarrett (age 67) born in Missouri is living in Hyde Park Twp., Wabasha Co., MN. Living with him is Delia Jarrett (age 53) born in Illinois. Also living there are five Jarretts, all born in Minnesota: Fremont Jarrett (age 23); Lend Jarrett (age 19); William Jarrett (age 11); Kate Jarrett (age 9); and Martin Jarrett (age 6). Three others also live in the household.


The Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, WI, Thursday, November 6, 1890

DEATH OF AN OLD RESIDENT.

Cornelius Newman, of Clemansville, Died Yesterday.

Cornelius Newman, an old resident of Clemansville, died at his home yesterday. Mr. Newman was sixty-six years old and has lived in Clemansville for forty-nine years. He leaves two sons and two daughters, William G. and Jesse Newman, Miss Amelia Newman, and Mrs. J. B. Gidney, of Oakfield. The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at one o'clock from the house and at one o'clock from the Clemansville church. Mr. Newman was an old and respected citizen of his town and he was known throughout the county.


The 1895 Minnesota State Census taken on June 11, 1895, shows Darius Newman (age 83) born in New York is living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him are: Matild Newman (age 39) born in Iowa; W. O. Newman (age 23) born in Minnesota; C. G. Newman (age 13) born in Minnesota; and M. M. Newman (age 9) born in Minnesota.

The 1895 Minnesota State Census shows Henry Jarrett (age 78) born in Wisconsin and having lived in Minnesota for 40 years and having lived in this district for 20 years is a Farmer living in Zumbro Twp., Wabasha Co., MN. Living with him is Delilah Jarrett (age 65) born in Illinois, who is a Housekeeper. Several others also live in the household.

Henry Jarrett died January 9, 1897, in Rochester, Olmstead Co, MN.

Charles and Della were married about 1897 in Minnesota.

John B. Harris died May 17, 1899, in Regal, Stearns Co., MN, at age 68.

The 1900 U.S. Census taken on June 2, 1900, shows Charles G. Newman (age 29) born September 1871 in Minnesota to New York and Iowa-born parents is a Merchant owning his own mortgaged home and is living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is his wife of two years, Della M. Newman (age 24) born February 1876 in Minnesota to New York-born parents, with the only child born to her still living. However, that child is not in the household.

The 1900 U.S. Census taken on June 11, 1900, shows Darius Newman (age 88) born April 1812 in New York to New York-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm with a mortgage and is living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is his wife of 40 years, Matilda Newman (age 56) born April 1844 in Iowa to Missouri-born parents, with all 4 of the children born to her still alive. Also living there is a Boarder, who is a Farm Laborer.

The 1905 Minnesota State Census taken on June 16, 1905, shows D. Newman (age 93) born in New York to New York-born parents and having lived in Minnesota for 50 years and having lived in this district for 36 years is a Farmer living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is Matilda Newman (age 59) born in Iowa to Canadian-born parents and having lived in Minnesota for 46 years and having lived in this district for 36 years is a Farm Laborer. Also living there is Mina M. Newman (age 29) born in Minnesota to New York and Canadian-born parents and having lived in Minnesota for 29 years and having lived in this district for 29 years, a High School Teacher.

The 1905 Minnesota State Census taken on June 2, 1905, shows Chas. Newman (age 33) born in Minnesota to New York and Iowa-born parents and having lived in Minnesota for 33 years and having lived in this district for 33 years is a Farmer living in Roseville Twp., Kandiyohi Co., MN. Living with him is Della Newman (age 29) born in Minnesota to Pennsylvania-born parents and having lived in Minnesota for 29 years and having lived in this district for 29 years is a Farm Laborer. Also living there are two children, both born in Minnesota to Minnesota-born parents: Olive Newman (age 4); and Pearl Newman (age 3).

The 1905 Minnesota State Census taken on June 8, 1905, shows Delila Jarett (age 72) born in Illinois to Iowa-born parents and having lived in Minnesota for 50 years and having lived in this district for 5 years is living in Mazeppa Twp., Wabasha Co., MN. Living with her is Robert Jarett (age 47) born in Iowa to Iowa and Illinois-born parents and having lived in Minnesota for 46 years and having lived in this district for 10 years is a Merchant.

Darius Newman died February 26, 1909, in Kandiyohi Co., MN, at age 96. Buried in Roseville Cemetery, Hawick, Kandiyohi Co., MN.

Matilda (Jarrett) Newman died March 22, 1910, in Kandiyohi Co., MN, at age 65. Buried in Roseville Cemetery, Hawick, Kandiyohi Co., MN.

The 1910 U.S. Census taken on April 16, 1910, shows Charles Newman (age 38) born in Minnesota to Minnesota-born parents is a General Farm Farmer owning his own mortgaged farm and is living in Bjornson Twp., McHenry Co., ND. Living with him is his wife of 12 years, Della May Newman (age 38) born in Minnesota to Minnesota-born parents, with 4 of the 5 children born to her still living. His children living at home, born to Minnesota-born parents: Olive Newman (age 9) born in Minnesota; Pearl Newman (age 7) born in Minnesota; Earnest Newman (age 2) born in North Dakota; and Archie Newman (age 1-6/12) born in North Dakota.

Delila (Payne) Jarrett died February 18, 1911, in Rochester, Olmstead Co., MN.

Many Jarrett families are here:

PLEASANT PRAIRIE CEMETERY
aka Dale Cemetery or South Troy Cemetery
Section 24, Zumbro Township, Wabasha County, MN

The 1920 U.S. Census taken on January 30, 1920, shows Chas. Newman (age 49) born in Minnesota to New York and English Canadian-born parents is a General Farmer owning his own farm free of a mortgage and is living in Bjornson Twp., McHenry Co., ND. Living with him is his wife, Della Newman (age 45) born in Minnesota to New York and French-born parents. His children living at home, born to Minnesota-born parents: Olive Newman (age 19) born in Minnesota; Pearl Newman (age 17) born in Minnesota; Earnest Newman (age 12) born in North Dakota; and Archie Newman (age 11) born in North Dakota.

Sarah Ann (Abbey) Harris died October 15, 1927, in Paynesville, Stearns Co., MN, at age 84.

The 1930 U.S. Census taken on April 10, 1930, shows Ernest Newman (age 22) born in North Dakota to Minnesota-born parents is a Farmer renting his farm and is living in Bjornson Twp., McHenry Co., ND.

The 1930 U.S. Census taken on April 10, 1930, shows Emmuel J. Skoglund (age 34) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1914 and a Naturalized citizen and first married at age 26 is a Farmer owning his farm and is living in Bjornson Twp., McHenry Co., ND. Living with him is his wife, Pearl Skoglund  (age 27) born in Minnesota to Minnesota-born parents and first married at age 19. His children living at home, born to Swedish and Minnesota-born parents: Ernest E. Skoglund (age 7) born in Montana; Melvin L. Skoglund (age 17) born in North Dakota ; and Eilene Skoglund (age 3-11/12) born in North Dakota. Also living in the household is his unmarried brother-in-law, Archie Newman (age 21) born in North Dakota to Minnesota-born parents, who is a Farm Laborer.

 

 

 

COMPENDIUM OF HISTORY, REMINISCENCE AND BIOGRAPHY OF NEBRASKA, 1912.

HENRY C. NEWMAN.

Among the prominent and successful farmers and stockmen of Custer county may be named Henry C. Newman, who has been closely identified with the growth and development of his community along various lines. He is a native of Brown county, Wisconsin, born May 15, 1852, elder of the two children of Darius and Sybil (Childs) Newman, the other being a daughter, who died at the age of nine years. The father left his Wisconsin home in 1856 for Minnesota, and it is supposed his death occurred on this journey. The mother died in Wisconsin, February 25, 1901, in her seventy-sixth year, and Henry C. Newman is the only surviving member of the family. A half-brother, William Gear, came to Custer county in 1880, took up a pre-emption, but left the state five years later. A cousin of Mr. Newman, John W. Childs, came with him to Custer county, where he secured a homestead and lived on it until 1892, when he removed to Oregon.

Mr. Newman's parents moved to Winnebago county, Wisconsin, when he was but two years of age, and there he received his education, living on a farm in that county until leaving for Custer county, April 12, 1879. On April 22 of that year he filed an entry on a homestead on the southwest quarter of section twenty-three, township eighteen, range thirteen. He and his cousin hired horses at Kearney and rode into Custer county, being located on Elk creek by Captain Aker.

On March 17, 1887, Mr. Newman married Barbara Illingworth, a native of England, born in Southport, two miles from Liverpool whose place of residence was then Chicago, their union taking place in Kearney. Mrs. Newman is a daughter of Rhodes and Ann (Minnikin) Illingworth, who sailed from Liverpool for New York on the "Old Virginia" in the spring of 1871, landing after a voyage of fourteen days. They went direct to Chicago, and lost all their belongings in the great fire in October of that year. Mr. and Mrs. Newman have had five children, of whom the following four now survive: Rhodes Ollie, Darius, John, Hugh Charles and Ada Ann, all at home with their parents, and all educated in local schools. Ada, after studying two years at the Grand Island Baptist college, entered the Weslyan University at Lincoln in the class of 1913.

Mr. and Mrs. Newman lived on the homestead until 1899, when they moved to their new farm home on section twenty-six, township fourteen, range eighteen. There are three hundred and twenty acres in this farm, all well improved and developed, forty acres in section twenty-three, forty acres in section twenty-four, one hundred and twenty acres in section twenty-five, and one hundred and twenty acres in section twenty-six. It is well stocked and equipped, and shows evidence of the thrift and progressive spirit of the owner. The sons have eighty acres additional in section thirty-five. Mr. and Mrs. Newman and family are among the best known and oldest pioneers of their part of the state, where they are well known and highly esteemed. Mr. Newman well remembers the early ranch days of the central part of the state, and passed through the various years of drouths, hard times and the plagues of grasshoppers. He suffered from the drouths of 1890 and 1894. In the spring of 1891, the wife of a neighbor, a long time friends, offered Mr. Newman a bushel of seed potatoes if he would let her shave off his mustache, and was called to make good. As seed potatoes that year were worth five dollars per bushel, it was decidedly the cheapest shave Mr. Newman can recall.

Mr. Newman came to the state thinking it would remain a cattle country, and still handles considerable stock, although devoting much atention [sic] also to raising grain. He served as a member of the county board in 1886 and 1887, was supervisor two years and for nineteen years director of the school board. He is much interested in the cause of education and progress, and is an enterprising citizen. He has a fine herd of Durham cows, and also keeps thoroughbred Duroc hogs.