FIRST GENERATION NEWSOMS IN TENNESSEE
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1. William1 Newsom,1 son of Sampson Newsom and Mary Braswell, reference 11111 (#749) was born in Surry Co., VA. circa 1730. William died after 1803 in Davidson Co., TN.
He married Elizabeth Gray in Southampton Co., VA., 13 Sep 1757.2 (Elizabeth Gray is #799.) Elizabeth was born about 1740. Source: Patsy West. Elizabeth 3 was the daughter of J. Gray.
Elizabeth died after 1799 in Dinwiddie Co., VA.. When Elizabeth married she was listed as a Spinster, daughter of J. Gray. Sur. James Wall of Brunswick Co. VA. William was listed "of Dinwiddie County." Source: Marriages of Southampton County, Virginia 1750-1800, by Chapman and Knorr, p. 43.
William registered to pay taxes in Southampton Co., VA., 1792.4 Beth Kitchens has William married to Elizabeth Knight about 1760, born about 1740 in Surry Co., VA. We have solid evidence of his marriage to Elizabeth Gray but he was living in Dinwidde Co., VA. Is this a second marriage? or do we have two Williams?
Please note: Holtzclaw confused this William Newsom (of Sampson) with another William Newsom (of John). Dr. George L. Newsome, Jr. of Athens, GA made the corrections.
We do not know where died. He disappears from Southampton Co. records after 1800. On 3 Jul 1803 in Greensville Co., VA, William Newsom Sr. Millwright, late of Southampton Co., deeds to Eldridge Newsum of Davidson Co., TN, two horses and the use of a man slave named Jack during the life of Mordecai Jones' wife, of Brunswick Co. (Deed Book 3:242)
Holtzclsw's notes indicate that Mordecai Jones may have married the mother of William's wife, Elizabeth.
In 1787, Hartwell Newsom, William's brother, deeds to William Newsum, millwright of Sussex Co., 302 acres in Sussex and Southampton counties, a grist mill, left to Hartwill by Sampson Newsum, deceased. Mary Newsom made a deed to her son, William Newsom, of all her interest in the estate of Sampson Newsom, dec., her husband. The deed was witnessed by William Chambliss, Charles Newsom and Barham Newsom. (Southampton Co. Deed Book 8, p. 552)
William Newsom and Elizabeth Gray had the following children:
2 i. William2 Newsom Jr. (#5095) was born in Southampton Co., VA. 28 Aug 1761. Source: Vol. 22, #3191. William died 1838 in Maury, TN., at 76 years of age. He married Mary Stark in Greenville Co., VA., 22 May 1782. (Mary Stark is #5096.) Mary was the daughter of William Stark and Mary Daingerfield.
3 ii. Francis P. "Frank" Newsom5 reference 111111 (#800) was born in Sussex Co., VA. 22 May 1764. Godparents: Samson Mosely, Philip Harwood Jr. and Patty Freeman. Francis died 17 Oct 1841 in Davidson Co., TN., at 77 years of age. Some sources give DOD as 1841. He married twice.
He married Lucinda Morton. (Lucinda Morton is #3172.) Lucinda was born in Murfreesboro, TN.. Lucinda 6 was the daughter of Col. James Morton and Kitty Wells. She married William Bryant Newsom Sr..7 He married Priscilla Ward in Southampton Co., VA., 1788. (Priscilla Ward is #3169.) Priscilla was born 1 Mar 1765. Priscilla 8 was the daughter of Col. Ward. She married William Bryant Newsom Sr.. Priscilla died 2 Oct 1848 in Davidson Co., TN., at 83 years of age.
He was christened in Albemarle Parish, Surry Co., VA., 9 SEP 1764. Godparents: Samson Mosely, Philip Harwood Jr. and Patty Freeman.
He bought property in Davidson Co., TN., 1799. In 1799, he bought 300 acres of land on the Big Harpeth River from James Robertson, and additional land in 1801. His home was on land in the present area of I-40, north and McCrory Land near the old Francis Newsom Cemetery. Source: Patsy West.
4 iii. BALAAM Newsom reference 111112 (#801) was born in Surry Co., VA. 26 May 1766. Godparents: Charles Wright, John Fast and Rebecca Low. Balaam died 13 Dec 1840 in Madison Co., TN., at 74 years of age. He married Elizabeth 'Betsy' Abt about 1790. (Elizabeth 'Betsy' Abt is #3170.) Elizabeth was born circa 1770.9 (Additional notes for Elizabeth 'Betsy' Abt 10) Elizabeth died circa 1850.11
He was christened in Albemarle Parish, Surry Co., VA., 10 AUG 1766. Balaam registered to pay taxes in Sussex Co., VA., 1784. William Newsom and his sons, Frank, Balaam and Eldridge are listed together and separately as the sons reach majority, as tithables in Sussex Co. between 1784 and 1799.
He made a will in Madison Co., TN., 16 Jul 1840. Will signed 16 Jul 1840 and probated 1841, Will Book 3, p. 341, Madison Co., TN. " ... First to my beloved wife Betsey Newsom I give my tract of Land whereon I now reside with all the plantation utensils, household furniture and stock of every kind, also a negro girl named Dolly. Secondly, I give my sons Lemuel, Balam & James an equal part of the aforesaid tract of land after the death of my wife, they paying to my son William or his children the sum of one Hundred dollars in consideration of my having left him no share in the land as I once intended to do. James share of said tract of land is to include the ground whereon my dwelling and out houses now stand, I wish it distinctly understood that I wish my sons Lemuel & Balam to have that portion of my tract of land whereon they now reside at present and the aforesaid division made with the view as equitable as possible. Also to my son James, the farming utensils and household furniture which be on the place at the death of my wife. Thirdly, to my daughter Polly Lester one negro girl slave named Eliza during the natural life of my daughter, at her death the said slave Elize and her increase to my Grandson Thomas Hudson Williams, son of the said Polly Lester by a former Husband. Fourthy, I give unto Hiram Anderson one dollar and to Betsy Lester and Polly Duncan each twenty dollars of my estate. Fifth, to my son James Newsom his pick of three of my best sows and calves out of my Stock also my cupboard and sugar chest at the death of my wife provided he resides with his mother until her death. Sixthly & lastly, at the death of my wife Betsey the slave Dolly and increase together with the balance of my stock and Horses, sows, Hogs, Sheep, & etc. to be sold, and the money divided equally among the following Children viz. Solomon, Robert, William, Lemuel, Balam & James Newsom my sons each one share, to the following children of my daughter Rhoda Reeves one share viz. Betsy, William, Balam, Lucinda & John Reeves these five to have the share of their deceased mother, my daughter Lucy Sanford & Jane Garland each a share. ..appoint my son Balam Newsom as Executor ... 16 the day of July A.D. 1840... Balam Newsom." The Newsom's settled on the Williamson/Davidson Co. line in an area now known as Newsom's Mill. The Mill still exists and is a national landmark. (Patsy West).
5 iv. Eldridge Newsom reference 111113 (#802) was born in Surry Co., VA. 7 Aug 1769.12 Eldridge died 18 SEP 1826 in Madison Co., TN., at 57 years of age. According to the Riverside Cemetery book, (p.18), "Newsom was living in Davidson Co., TN, 1820: moved to Madison County, by 1 July 1825 (Madison Co. deed Book 4, p. 416); transacted business in the county court, August 1826 (Ibid. County Court Minute Book 1, p. 91), and Herbert Newsom then qualified as administrator of his estate, 6 Nov 1826 (Ibid., p. 127); his widow was Mary Newsom, and they had lived on a 500+ acre farm just south of Jackson, lands on both sides of Meridian Creek. (Ibid. Deed Book 5, p. 418-9)" His body was interred Sep 1826 in Madison Co., TN., Riverside Cemetery. He married Mary 'Polly' Harwood in Sussex Co., VA., 12 JAN 1797. (Mary 'Polly' Harwood is #3229.)
Mary was born in Surry Co., VA. 29 Aug 1777. Mary 13 was the daughter of John A. Harwood. Mary died 7 Jul 1838 in Williamson Co., TN., at 60 years of age. Her body was interred in Riverside Cem, Madison Co., TN.. She was baptized in Albemarle Parish, Surry Co., VA., 15 Feb 1797. Religion: religion unknown.14 Mary's will was probated in Madison Co., TN., 19 Feb 1837.
He was christened in Albemarle Parish, Surry Co., VA., 15 FEB 1770. He made a will in Madison Co., TN., 19 FEB 1837. Eldridge Newsom was born in Surry Co., VA but moved to Madison Co., TN. by 1825. Lived on a 500+ acre farm just south of Jackson, TN. with lands on both sides of Meridian Creek. Tombstone is now in Riverside Cemetery and standing.
6 v. Fanny Newsom (#803) was born in Surry Co. VA. 15 Sep 1772. She married Richard Phipps in Sussex Co., VA., 15 DEC 1790. Eldridge Newsom, her brother, surety. (Richard Phipps is #3171.) (Additional notes for Richard Phipps 15) She was christened in Albemarle Parish, Surry Co., VA., 22 NOV 1772.
7 vi. William Bryant Newsom Sr.16 (#3168) was born in Southampton Co., VA. 2 Feb 1776.17 William died 16 Apr 1836 in Tennessee., at 60 years of age. He married twice. He married Lucinda Morton.18 (Lucinda Morton is #3172.) Lucinda was born in Murfreesboro, TN.. Lucinda 19 was the daughter of Col. James Morton and Kitty Wells. She married Francis P. "Frank" Newsom. He married Priscilla Ward. (Priscilla Ward is #3169.) Priscilla was born 1 Mar 1765. Priscilla 20 was the daughter of Col. Ward. She married Francis P. "Frank" Newsom in Southampton Co., VA., 1788. Priscilla died 2 Oct 1848 in Davidson Co., TN., at 83 years of age.
William registered to pay taxes in Sussex Co., VA., 1794. He developed Newsom's Mill, distillery and station. He and his wife built their home near the Harpeth River and the present site of Newsom's Mill.
8 vii. Susannah Newsom (#804) was born in Dinwiddie Co., VA. CA 1781. Susannah died 1854 in Williamson Co., TN., at 73 years of age. She married Philip Claud in Southampton Co., VA., 19 AUG 1799.21 The marriage bond in Southampton Co., VA. was dated 19 Aug 1799 between Philip Claud and Susanna Newsum, daughter of William and Elizabeth Newsum. (Holtzclaw article, VA Mag of History and Biography). (Philip Claud is #805.) Philip was born circa 1775. Apparently she went to Tennessee with her brothers.
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