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Hugh Newell

Immediate Family:

Son of Robert N. Newell and Chirstina Newell
Husband of Elizabeth McClanahan Newell
Father of Malinda Clement; Jane Ginn and Robert Newell
Brother of Jane Newell; Samual Newell; William Newell; Thomas Newell; Mary Newell and 3 others
Half brother of Thomas Newell, Sr.

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About Hugh Newell

Hugh H. Newell.

The bar of Logan county contains a number of men of splendid professional talents and much personal influence and force of character, and among these may be noted Hugh H. Newell, who has been practicing at Bellefontaine since 1896 and who belongs to a fine old Logan county family.

The Newells are of Irish origin, the name being a derivation of O'Neill, one of the most famous names in the history of the Emerald Isle. The family in this country is traced back to three brothers and two sisters, who came to America in 1760, Jane, Robert, James, Hugh and Margaret Newell.

Of these, the direct ancestor of Hugh H. Newell was Robert Newell, who it is thought was born in 1749, in Ireland, and there are many traditions in the family as to the attainments and personality of this forerunner. It is believed that he first settled in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, upon his arrival, and that all his children were born there, including Margaret, who was but two years of age when the family went to Bourbon county, Kentucky.

He probably followed his children to Logan county, Ohio, where he died in 1829 at the advanced age of eighty years, being laid to rest at the side of his wife in the cemetery at Muddy Run meeting house, a mile southwest of West Liberty.

Mrs. Newell bore the maiden name of Christina Williams and was of German descent. She and her husband had nine children, of whom the fifth in order of birth was Hugh Newell. He was the most quiet and unpretentious member of his family, and not ambitious to be prominent in the community or to hold public office, as some of his brothers did, but he was by no means inferior to any of them because he preferred the quiet life of the farm, but was a man of real worth and ability, and was held in the highest respect and esteem in his community.

He married Elizabeth McNay, a native of Kentucky, and a daughter of James and Jane (McClanahan) McNay, also of that state. Unto this union there were born ten children: Malinda, who became the wife of Walter Clement and had four children; Jane, who married Benjamin Ginn and had nine children; Robert, who married Elizabeth Hanford, and had two children; Christina, who married Robert Newell, and had eight children; Lucinda, who married Benjamin Fuson, and had two children; James, who married Louisa McDonald and afterward Elsie Reese, and had four children by his first wife; John, the father of Hugh H. Newell; Mary, who married Levi Hayes, and had six children, and later married John Schragle; Amanda, who married Jacob Kiser and had three sons; and Hugh, who married Fary Miller and had eight children.

Hugh Newell the elder removed from Kentucky to Logan county, Ohio, and although he had no capital at the time of his arrival, his native ability and splendid industry enabled him to build up a comfortable competence and he became the owner of a half section of valuable land.

In politics he was an old line Whig. He died in 1855, at the age of seventy-three years. John Newell, the father of Hugh H. Newell, was born in Union township, Logan county, July 15, 1826, and was reared upon the home farm which had been entered from the government by his father.

He had a fair common school education and began to provide for his own support when quite young, from which time forward he owed his success entirely to his own well directed efforts. He was married in Liberty township, Logan county, January 1, 1856, to Miss Maria E. Harner, who was born in Lancaster county, Pa., December 12, 1831, a daughter of John A. and Elizabeth C. (Emery) Harner.

She was fourteen years of age when her parents came to Ohio, making the voyage by teams and reaching their destination after three weeks of travel.

On reaching Logan county, the father purchased land in Liberty township and there Mrs. Newell was reared and acquired a fair common school education. Mr. Newell's father had died the September before their marriage and they began their domestic life on the home farm, which he and his brother Hugh owned together for a number of years, after which John Newell purchased his brother's interest.

He then continued to reside upon the old place until his death in 1893, being engaged extensively in farming and as a raiser of all kinds of live stock.

Mrs. Newell survived him until 1910. They were the parents of the following children: John H., born January 7, 1858, residing on a part of the home farm in Union township, married Cora Lakin; William C., living on a part of the home farm in Union township, married Myrtle Lakin, a sister of his brother's wife; Harry E., general manager of the Flint & Walling Company, manufacturers of windmills of Pittsburgh, Pa., married Alma Lakin, another sister; Mary, who married Calvin Freer, a farmer of Silver Lake, Logan county; Hugh. H., of this record; Anna B., the wife of E. P. Chamberlain, formerly the law partner of Hugh H. Newell at Bellefontaine, but now engaged in practice at Cleveland; and three children who died in infancy.

John Newell gave his political support to the Republican party, and was its successful candidate for a number of years, having served as township treasurer of Union township for more than a quarter of a century. He was a devoted member of the Presbyterian church, and a thirty-second degree Mason.

Hugh H. Newell attended the district school of his home township, later the Ohio Northern University at Ada, where he was graduated in 1888, and then the Cincinnati Law School, from which he received his degree with the class of 1896, in which year he was admitted to the bar at Columbus.

Locating at Bellefontaine, he commenced practice, and since that time has continued in the same office in the same building. He has built up a large and lucrative practice and is generally conceded to be one of the learned and capable lawyers of the Logan county fraternity, where he is held in high esteem by his fellow practitioners as one who respects the ethics of his honored calling.

Mr. Newell has been somewhat active in Republican politics, in which he exerts a marked influence. He and his brother are the owners of 300 acres of the home farm, which is managed by Mr. Newell, and which has never been surveyed, there having been but three deeds, namely: the original patent from the government, the one from the grandfather to the father, and the one from the father to the sons.

Mr. Newell and his family belong to the Presbyterian church at Bellefontaine. He is a Blue Lodge Mason at West Liberty and a Knight Templar of Commandery No. 61, Bellefontaine, and also belongs to the Odd Fellows and to the Encampment of the latter.

Mr. Newell was married October 17, 1900, to Miss Sarah Haupt, who was born at Frackville, Pa., a daughter of John and Emma Haupt. Mr. and Mrs. Haupt are now deceased. Mr. Haupt who formerly owned the water works system and considerable real estate at Frackville, having made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Newell following his wife's death.

There are four children in the family; Lydia, who is attending the Bellefontaine high school; and Emma, Katherine and H. H., who are pupils of the graded school.