Thursday, September 18, 2014

My Newbern Ancestors

   My great great grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Newbern. She first appears on the census in 1850. She is listed with her parents and siblings in Madison County, Florida.

1850 census in the 11th Division, Madison County, Florida
Thomas Newbern 45
Martha 40
Mary 19
Sarah 5
William 6
Thomas 2
All reported Georgia as their state of birth.

Next to this family is the oldest Newbern daughter:
Nancy (Newbern) Lamb 23 and her children Thomas 5, Henry 4, Elizabeth 2, Nancy 1

   Going forward it is easy to follow this family and prove their connection on my family tree. Nancy and Mary moved around north Florida, usually living near each other.  Their grandchildren confirmed they were sisters. William was killed in the Civil War in 1863. The other brother Thomas, married and stayed in the same Florida area. No trace of what happened to Sarah has been found. Tracing their ancestors though is another matter.
   Since Mary’s father, Thomas was born about 1805, the first census he would be listed on as head of household is 1830. There is a Thomas Newbern living in Lowndes County Georgia in the 1830.      There is one male 20-29, one female 20-29, and one female under 5.
   I believe this could be my Thomas with Martha and their oldest child Nancy Newbern, who would have been about 4 at the time.
   Two other Newbern’s are living in Lowndes County in 1830, namely William and Dread. It is possible that Thomas is related to one or both of them. Dread Newbern is Etheldred Newbern a known son of Thomas Newbern born 1770 in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.  Some family trees have shown our Thomas as being part of this family. At present there isn’t enough evidence for that assumption.
   In 1840, a Thomas Newborn is listed in Middle Florida, Madison, Florida Territory. The family is listed as:
1 Male 20-29, 1 female 20-29, 1 female 5-9, one female under 5.
   This listing is could be the young Thomas from 1830 Lowndes County, Georgia. There are two female children which could be Nancy and Mary even though the ages aren’t exactly right.
There is another Thomas Newbern listed in Lowndes County, Georgia in 1840, however, this Thomas is age 60-69. Also listed with him is a female age 60-69, male age 15-19, female age 15-19. This Thomas wasn’t listed in 1830 in this county. Is he from another county or state?

   Thomas and Martha’s first child, Nancy was born about 1825. Nancy always reported she was born in Georgia. Since Thomas was born in Georgia (as was reported in the 1850 census), it is possible Martha was born in Georgia also. Her maiden name is unknown.
   I am hoping DNA will provide some clues to the ancestors of both Thomas and Martha.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Who was John Wesley Martin's First Wife

   Another mystery in John Wesley Martin’s life is the identity of his first wife. According to his daughter, his wife’s name was Mary Pollock.  John and Mary had two children together. The oldest was my great grandfather, Joseph Edward Martin born in 1866. The youngest Martha (Mattie) Martin who was born in 1868. According to the family legend, Mary died soon after Mattie’s birth and Mattie went to live with her mother’s parents.