Monday, June 23, 2014

The Newman Family in Elgin County Ontario Canada - Part 1 - John Newman and Jane Poulter



The Newman Family in Elgin County Ontario Canada - John Newman and Jane Poulter

The earliest known Newman to date is Joseph Newman Sr. born circa 1807 in England. His son Joseph Newman Jr. was born December 07, 1827 in Kent, England. Joseph Jr. died December 01, 1910 at 13 Devonshire Place in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.  He married Jane Elizabeth Poulter who was born in Crouchend Hornsty, England. It is thought they were married September 24, 1848 in the Old Church - St Pancras London, England.

The Newman family history in Canada starts in the year 1870 when Joseph and Jane Newman emigrated from England. They spent the first two years of their life in the new world in Toronto before moving to Port Stanley in Elgin County, Ontario. Joseph was the Sexton for many years at Christ Church Anglican in Port Stanley.

The children of Joseph & Jane were:
·          James Newman born circa 1861, England   
·          John James Newman was born March 22, 1864, England.
·          Amelia Newman was born circa 1868 in England.
·          Jane Newman was born circa 1849 in England.
·          Betsey Newman was born circa 1854. She is shown married and living with her parents for reasons unknown in the 1891 census in Port Stanley.

In the “1881 CENSUS of PORT STANLEY, ONTARIO, CANADA” the following appears on pages 137-139 
Name
Sex
Age
Born
Religion
Origin
M/S
Profession
Newman, Joseph
M
56
England
Ch of England
England
M
Labourer
Newman, Jane   
F
55
England
Ch of England
England


Newman, James 
M
20
England
Ch of England
England

Labourer
Newman, John  
M
17
England
Ch of England
England

Labourer
Jenkin, Jacob 
M







The “1891 Census for Port Stanley, Elgin County” for Joseph & Jane shows:
Name
Sex
M/W
Age
Rel’n
Born
Father BP
Mother BP
Religion
Occupation
Newman, Joseph
M
M
63
Head
England
England
England
Ch. Eng.
Labourer
Newman, Jane   
F
M
63

England
England
England
Ch. Eng.

Leighton, Betsey F
F
M
37
Daug
England
England
England
Ch. Eng.



The “DEATH CERTIFICATE for Joseph Newman in the COUNTY OF ELGIN, DIVISION OF ST THOMAS” reads:

Name:                                       Joseph Newman
Sex:                                         Male
Nationality:                                English
Date of Death:                           December 1st, 1910 – St Thomas, Ontario
Date of Birth:                             December 7th, 1827
Age and Place of Birth:                83 years, Kent, England
Place of Death:                          13 Devonshire Place (home of daughter Mrs John Clarke)
Occupation:                               Retired (former Sexton Christ Church, Port Stanley)
                                               Widow
#                                             010969
Full Name of Father:                    Joseph Newman
Birthplace of Father:                    England
Maiden Name of Mother:               Jane Poulter (this is an error, it is Joseph’s wife)
Birthplace of Mother:                   England
Physician:                                  Dr Lawrence
Certified by:                               P.R. Williams
                                               519 Talbot St., 
Date:                                        December 3, 1910

MEDICAL CERTIFICATE OF DEATH
Name: Joseph Newman
The last I saw the patient alive was November 29, 1910. The death occurred on December 1, 1910, at 8 PM. The cause of death - arterial sclerosis, duration - several years. Immediate cause of death - hemorrhage of stomach. Duration a few minutes. Physician name is F.O. Lawrence, St Thomas, Date December 3, 1910. Buried December 4, 1910

Port Stanley, Ontario - Anglican Church Cemetery
#141 The Cross vault obelisk stone with a granite base at Christ Church Anglican cemetery in Port Stanley  reads: Last face/Bird Motif/Hope/In memory of/Jane/wife of/Joseph Newman/died/February 1, 1907/aged 78 years, 6 months/Native of Crouchend/Hornsty, England/A precious one from us has gone/A voice we loved is stilled/A place is vacant in our home/Which never can be filled/God in his wisdom has recalled/The boon his love had given/And though the body moulders here/The soul is safe in Heaven/Newman.
South face/Joseph Newman born December 7, 1826, died December 1, 1910, aged 84 years.

The Obituary for Joseph Newman appears on page 1 of the December 2, 1910 St Thomas Daily Times, and reads “Lived Many Years at Port Stanley”. Joseph Newman former Sexton of Christ Church there dies at the house of his daughter in St Thomas. The death occurred in St Thomas on Thursday evening of an old resident of Port Stanley in the person of Joseph Newman. Mr. Newman had been living at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. John Clarke, # 13 Devonshire Place where his death occurred. Old age was the cause he being in the 83rd year of his age. Mr. Newman was a native of England but he had lived in Port Stanley for many years. He was for a long time the sexton of Port Stanley. Deceased is survived by three daughters and three sons – Mrs. John Clarke, city; Mrs. Henry Foster of Detroit; Mrs. Arthur Leighton of Port Stanley; Joseph Newman city; James Newman of Collingwood Ohio; and John Newman of Port Stanley.




Jane Elizabeth (Poulter) Newman was born in August of 1828 in Crouchend Hornsty England. She emigrated with her husband and children in 1870 arriving first in Toronto before settling in Port Stanley, Ontario. She was married approximately 1827 to Joseph in Deptford England. While on a trip to Detroit Michigan to visit family Jane died on February 4, 1907. She was returned to Port Stanley by train for burial.

The “Obituary for JANE NEWMAN appears in the St Thomas Daily Times” on page 4 on February 4, 1907. Port Stanley, February 4th. The funeral of the late Jane, wife of Joseph Newman, who died in Detroit on Friday, last, took place today from the PERE Marquette railway station on the arrival of the 3:30 train to Christ Church cemetery. Services were conducted by Reverend Canon Downie. The pallbearers were Erwin Livingston, Capt Joseph Hough, John McDonald, John Price, James Gough. The deceased was married 60 years ago at Ditford, (actually Deptford) 7 miles from Old London, and came to Canada with her family 40 years ago. Two years were spent in Toronto, the balance here. Immediate cause of death was congestion of the lungs. She leaves to mourn her loss besides her husband, Jane of St Thomas, Joseph of London, England, Betsey of Port Stanley, James of Cleveland, Emilia of Detroit, and John of Port Stanley.

Another article Jane Newman, wife of Joseph Newman, Port Stanley, died February 1, 1907 in Detroit from congestion of the lungs. She leaves a husband & family. Jane Newman, 80 years old buried, February 4th. Funeral February 4th to Christ Church. St Thomas Daily Times, February 4th, 1907, page 4. 

The history of the Joseph and Jane Newman’s children will be discussed in future Blog posts.

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