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Frances Maria Newbury (Kellogg)

Also Known As: "Fannie"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: White Pigeon, MI, USA
Death: February 2, 1917 (68)
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Place of Burial: Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of George Kellogg, merchant and Mary Jane Kellogg
Wife of Egbert Starr Newbury, I, founder of Newbury Park, CA
Mother of Egbert S. "Bert" Newbury II; George Kellogg Newbury; Katharine Manierre (Newbury) and Samuel Sergeant Newbury
Sister of Mary Jane Lowell; Caroline L. Kellogg; George B. Kellogg and Helen Alice Kellogg

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About Frances Maria Newbury

Frances Maria Kellogg was born November 30, 1848, White Pigeon, MI. Her parents were George Kellogg and Mary Jane Baxter.

See a photo of Frances Kellogg Newbury in 1873, a portrait photograph showing her in her wedding gown.

In 1872, at the age of 24, Frances traveled to San Francisco by boat. Her goal was to teach mathematics at a women’s college in Oakland that was later called Mills College. She could not have done this for very long. Her father had asked a friend of the family, Egbert Starr Newbury, to meet her boat. The two were engaged just two weeks after this meeting. They wed in San Francisco on July 9, 1873, with the Rev. A. L. Stone presiding at San Francisco's Old Palace Hotel.

The Conejo Valley Historical Society established the Stagecoach Inn Museum, 51 South Ventu Park Road (near Newbury Road), Newbury Park, California 91320 — one building of which is replicates the house Egbert built in 1874. The museum modeled the building after an oil painting Frances made of the site. Frances's descendants gave this along with other artifacts and records to the museum. Among these objects is a fine white quilt made either by Fannie or her mother, some furnishings, numerous letters, and photographs. When Michael Delahunt visited the museum in 2003, a woman portraying Frances Newbury in period costume was sitting on the front porch of the Newburys' pioneer home.

See photos of Frances, her children, and friends enjoying summers in the 1890s at their cottage in Wequetonsing (near Harbor Springs), Michigan.

Frances Kellogg Newbury’s daughter Katharine Newbury Manierre kept a book in which she made notes about people she loved. About her mother, Katharine wrote:

“Her admonition to me, ‘Remember darling the friendly are never friendless.’”

See a photo of Frances Kellogg Newbury holding her grandson, George Manierre IV, as they read a book. This photo was taken in about 1913. Frances was then 65. George was 3.

Frances Kellogg Newbury died at 69 years old, February 2, 1917, Milwaukee, WI, while in the care of her daughter Katharine Newbury Manierre.

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Whenever someone notices that there are some Kelloggs in the family they wonder whether we might be related to the cereal making Kelloggs of Battle Creek, Michigan, who lived and worked a mere 30 miles from the Kelloggs of Jackson, Michigan. The Kelloggs who started the cereal company were Will Keith Kellogg (1860-1951) and his brother Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (1852-1942). Will and John invented corn flakes in 1894, and made it available to the general public only in 1906, long after George’s death. Frances's father, George Kellogg (1807-88) arrived in Jackson from St. Joseph County, MI in 1854. He carried on a mercantile and milling business in Jackson long before the cereal company got started.

The Kelloggs of Battle Creek and Frances (Kellogg) Newbury are related to each other. They were sixth cousins. Both descended from their great-great-great-great grandfather Lieutenant Joseph Kellogg (1626-1708), but from two different sons of his — Frances from Ensign Stephen Kellogg (1668-1772), while Will and John descended from Nathaniel Kellogg (1669-1750), Nathaniel Kellogg (1693-1770), Gardner Kellogg (1730-1814, Josiah Kellogg (1767-1856), and John P. Kellogg (1807-1881) — the cereal Kelloggs' father.

If anyone ever had any designs on the huge fortune of Will Kellogg, they would have been thwarted long ago. “None of his children would ever become rich through inherited money. Explaining his tight rein on the family purse, Kellogg once wrote, ‘I want that my sons develop into conscientious and truthful men.’ As his wealth grew, Kellogg gave generously to charitable causes, many involving children. By establishing the Kellogg Foundation, W.K. Kellogg sought to focus his philanthropy. In 1934, W.K. Kellogg donated more than $66 million in Kellogg Company stock and other investments to establish the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

“President Herbert Hoover named ]Will] a delegate at a White House Conference on Child Health and Protection. He returned from the conference determined to help. As a result, in June 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Child Welfare Foundation was born. A few months later, he broadened the focus of the charter, and renamed it the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

"Through his philanthropic work, Mr. Kellogg demonstrated great compassion and caring and acted on his belief that the most good came from helping people to help themselves – giving them the opportunity to do what is important to them. Kellogg worked at the Foundation until just before his death. His grave in Oak Hill Cemetery in Battle Creek is marked by a simple monument of stone. But his legacy lives on.”

References downloaded 2008

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Manierre, Katharine Newbury. Birthday Book. In the possession (2012) of Michael R. Delahunt, Phoenix, AZ.

Obituary of Frances Kellogg Newbury from a Bedford, Iowa newspaper [its name unknown]. [Likely titles:

  • Bedford Free Press
  • Bedford Times Independent
  • Bedford Times Republican]

San Francisco Daily Call. (1873). Wedding Announcement, July 11.

Sprankling, Miriam, with Ruthanne Begun. (2006). The Newburys of Newbury Park. Conejo County Historical Society, Newbury Park, California.

Sprankling, Miriam, with Ruthanne Begun. (2009). Ladies of the Conejo. Conejo County Historical Society, Newbury Park, California. The article about Frances Kellogg Newbury is one of eighteen in this volume. It is the second in chronological order, pp. 14-21

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Frances Maria Newbury's Timeline

November 30, 1848
White Pigeon, MI, USA
May 21, 1874
Age 25
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
March 26, 1876
Age 27
March 13, 1878
Age 29
Jackson, Michigan, United States
October 28, 1879
Age 30
Detroit, MI, USA
February 2, 1917
Age 68
Milwaukee, WI, USA
Jackson, Jackson, Michigan, United States