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Eli Newlin

Birthplace: Chester County, Pennsylvania
Death: December 28, 1789 (29-38)
Orange County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Newlin, II and Mary Newlin
Husband of Sarah Piggot
Father of Ruth Vestal; Joshua Newlin; John Newlin and Edith Carter
Brother of James Newlin; Hannah Holaday; Jacob Newlin; John Newlin, III; Sarah Newlin and 3 others

Occupation: Father of 1 child
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About Eli Newlin

1792, Aug.: Matthew Ramsey and Phillip Meroney appointed to settle the accounts of Estate of Eli Newland deed, with his Administrators and report. Chatham County, North Carolina (DAR: Eli Newland married to Sarah Hadley) 48 )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) )))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))0

Eli Newlin, the fourth among the children of John and Mary Pyle Newlin, was probably eleven years of age when mem- bers of the family made their trek to North Carolina. It was a great adventure for a boy approaching teen-age, and he must have faced every mile of the journey wide-eyed and full of anticipation as the family procession rolled along the new and winding road that stretched through the hundreds of miles of ever changing scenes and circumstances.1

Eli reached the age of twenty-one just as the War for Independence began. His marriage, to Sarah Hadley, came about the mid-point of the long struggle and three of their children were born before it came to an end. The War was very bitter in the Cane Creek valley, around Cane Creek and Spring Friends meetings. Family and community ties were broken. Murder, battles, marching British, Tory and Whig forces subjected the people to an intense state of emotional tension not easily appreciated by their present descendants. Torn between loyalty to the Government under which they had settled the community, and the movement for independence, approximately one third of the people of the colonies were found in support of each of the conflicting sides, while the other third tried to maintain a neutral position.It is quite likely that the people of the Cane Creek valley were divided in this manner. The Society of Friends in North Carolina enjoined its members to refrain from aligning themselves, in any way, with either side in the conflict. Members were dis- owned for violating the pacifist position and for making any affirmation of allegiance to either of the contending gov- ernment.2

An unverified report in the history of a Reformed Church, in an adjacent community, links Eli Newlin with one venture in support of the Whig cause: "Barney Ingle, Tobias Clapp and Eli Newlin sent to carry powder to Patriots in Hillsboro (Feb. 1781) and did so, escaping the Tories."2

Two references to an "E. Newland" in the Colonial and State Records of North Carolina may be assumed to point to Eli Newlin since it does not seem likely that there was any other person with a similar name in Piedmont North Carolina at that time. In the first of these, "E, Newland" was allow- ed 12 shillings on claims by the Claims Commission 1776- 1779. In the second one, "E. Newland claims amounted to 4 pounds, 14 shillings and 6 pence." The first of these was paid before 1781 and the second could have been for action during the War for Independence or at any time before his death, nearly a decade after the War. Spring Meeting, which dealt harshly with infractions of the Quaker faith, and boldly recorded them in its Minutes, left no indication that Eli Newlin was ever accused of "warlike" action or other violation of the Quaker tenets.2

On "... the twenty-fifth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty-four.." Eli New- lin bought 200 acres of land on Terrells Creek near the northern border of Chatham county. From these deeds and the sale of his land after his death it is easy to conclude that he owned close to 700 acres of land in Orange and Chatham counties. For a few years his home was on Terrells Creek about two and one-half miles southwest of the South Fork friends Meeting House. Sarah Hadley Newlin's parents lived a short distance northeast of South Fork. In two instances documentary evidence indicates that he had moved back to Orange County a short time before his death. The census of 1790 gives his residence as Orange County. In one deed Eli was styled as a "blacksmith."1

Eli died in 1790 leaving Sarah with five children ages four to ten. Nine years after the death of Eli, Sarah Hadley Newlin married a twenty-six-year-old nei

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Eli Newlin's Timeline

Chester County, Pennsylvania
September 21, 1780
Orange County, North Carolina, United States
October 23, 1781
Chatham Co, North Carolina
September 1, 1783
Chatham County, North Carolina, United States
October 12, 1785
Rocky River, Chatham, North Carolina, United States
December 28, 1789
Age 34
Orange County, North Carolina, United States