About William Newman
There is a Capt. William Newman who first appears in the Slade and Co. ledgers for the year 1787. His wages were recorded as
Three Pounds 17 Shillings per month summer salary. It is unlikely that Capt. William Newman and the William Newman below is the same person. Assuming a minimum age of say 30 years old to be titled Capt. he would have had a birth date of about 1757. The William with the five children listed in this family tree could very well be related to Capt. William, possibly a son.
The origin of William Sr. and William Jr. is not entirely clear. In Dr. Seary
s book Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland
, the surname Newman is recorded as a surname of England and Ireland. Dr. Seary records the first instance of William in the Joe Batts Arm area as 1821. He was a planter, that is a boat and fish processing facilities owner, who may have fished himself, but most likely had others working for him. There is also a William Newman in Barr
d Islands in 1842 and a Richard Newman in Twillingate in 1823. It is possible that William Sr. was one of the many who migrated from the Conception or Trinity Bay areas in the late 1700s. The Newman name is listed by Dr. Seary in several places in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Robert and William Newman was in Bonavista in 1675 and 1681, Henry was a merchant in St. Johns in 1701, William Newman, who came from Dartmouth (Devon) owned property in Cupids in 1755, William Newman was in Trinity Bay in 1779, there was a William Newman in Brigus in 1801 and another William Newman of Northern Bay in 1804. Whether all these William Newman
s are related, (or many could indeed be the same person), is unknown. But one of them may very well be the Capt. William Newman above.
The William Newman of this family tree first appears in the Newfoundland 1836 Census for Joe Batts Arm. It records that there were five males in the house, one under age 14 and the other four ranging in age from 14 to 60. One of the five was of course William. Also in the house were two females under age 14 and two others ranging in age from 14 to 60. One of the females was we presume William
In effect then there were 7 children, (four boys and three girls). Nobody in the house was over age 60 and there were no servants. (The Capt. William Newman above would have been about 79 years old in 1836, assuming his birth date of 1757.) A reasonable estimate then of William and Martha
s birth date would be about 1800.
Between the years 1816 - 1823 The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel held services in the Twillingate/Fogo area. These were missionary people and they held services including baptism, periodically throughout the year. They attracted people from all over the general area. On Wednesday, August 22, 1821 a baptism service was held in Twillingate. Forty people, including some adults, were baptised. Included in the forty were five of William and Martha
s children. William Jr., John, James, Joseph and Louisa were all baptised on that date, but unfortunately, no ages were recorded. They were all identified as the children of William and Martha Newman, Joe Batts Arm.
It seems more than likely that William and Martha had more children than those reported in this family tree, but their names have not been located with present research.