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John Newlin, II

Birthplace: Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
Death: 1791 (70-79)
Orange County, North Carolina, United States
Place of Burial: Snow Camp, Alamance County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Newlin and Mary Newlin
Husband of Mary Newlin
Father of James Newlin; Hannah Holaday; Jacob Newlin; John Newlin, III; Eli Newlin and 4 others
Brother of Rebecca Fawkes; Mary Hall; Hannah Newlin; Jane Sharples; James Newlin and 6 others

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About John Newlin, II

John Newlin was born about 1716 in Chester County, Penn- sylvania. He was the fourth son of a John Newlin Sr who had spent his life in Chester County. John had inherited some land in Newlin Township, Chester County that had been accu- mulate by his grandfather. John married Mary Pyle in 1745 in Chester County. She was the daughter of Nicholas Pyle and Sarah Worrilow. John and Mary had five children in Chester County, Pennsylvania before moving to North Carolina, about 1765. In North Carolina, John and Mary Newlin had another child, they, like their parents, were Quakers.

Moving from place to place is one of the noticeable char- acteristics of the settlers who followed in the trail of the frontiersmen. ..Many of them moved their residence several times from one place to another. It is known that John New- lin changed his residence at least three times; the last time to start life anew in a community nearly five hundred miles away. It is important to remember, however, that his restlessness was during a time when eastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding colonies were in a tremendous ferment of interest in the rapidly developing great interior, the hill country from central Pennsylvania all the way to Georgia.

This developed into the greatest migration to the interior in the whole colonial period. Pennsylvania was the starting point for the stream of emigrants who headed for the south- ern Piedmont. A great number of Quakers helped to swell the stream. In the half century preceding the outbreak of the War for Independence, Quakers set up their meetings in more than forty communities between Pennsylvania and Georgia. John and Mary Pyle Newlin and their children were in this great shift of population which settled the whole hinterland of the Middle and South Atlantic seaboard.1

It seems quite obvious that John Newlin was not disposed to submit to the strict regulations which the Friends meet- ings tried to impose on their members. The minutes of the local meetings are interspersed with accounts of infractions of these regulations, with the "laboring" .of committees and with numerous disownments of strong willed persons who would not make "acknowledgment" (express regret) for their noncon- formity. John was such a nomconformist. While living a few miles from Concord, and while a member of Bradford Meeting, he was called to account for infractions of Quaker regula- tions. For negligence in obligations to a neighbor he read- ily made amends but as for regular attendance of meetings for worship he would make no promise. A few years later Bradford Meeting granted him a certificate for the transfer of his membership back to Concord Meeting, the meeting of his birthright. This would never have been granted if he had not been considered a member "in good standing" in the eyes of Bradford Friends.1

In 1765 Quaker discipline caught up with him again. The Concord Meeting appointed a committee to "labor" with him. After the Meeting and its committee worked for four months in a futile effort to get this strong willed man to agree to conform, the Meeting decided on the action of last resort, and the disownment of John Newlin was completed. His name was removed from the membership roll for three reasons; ".. drinking to excess, going away without a certificate, and neglecting to attend religious meetings."1

It is possible that John Newlin felt that these were matters that should be left to the individual and he must have resented what appeared to him to be a strait-jacket of Quaker rules of discipline. Though he lived forty years after being removed from membership in the Society of Friends there is no indication that he ever asked to be reinstated.2

His grandfather and great grandparents immigrated from Ireland in 1688. BIOGRAPHY: From Wilma Birkeland's Family History Book; Newlin Family, pp 114-116 V. JOHN NEWLIN II [20] was born between 1712 and 1716 in Concord township, Chester County, PA; he died in Orange County, NC, in 1805. He married MARY PYLE , who was born about 1724 in Chester County, PA, and died in 1790 in Orange County, NC, daughter of NICHOLAS PYLE and SARAH WORRILOW of Concord. JOHN NEWLIN would not submit to the strict regulations imposed by the Society of Friends. While a member of the Bradford Meeting he was "labored with" by committees appointed to deal with his nonconformity. He expressed regret for negligence in obligations to a neighbor, but he wouldn't promise to attend meetings for worship regularly. However, Bradford Meeting later granted him a certificate of removal, transferring his membership back to Concord Meeting, which indicates that he was a member in good standing at that time.

For four months in 1765 he was again treated with by a committee appointed by the men's meeting to deal with three charges against him, "drinking to excess, going away without a certificate, and neglecting to attend religious meetings."

He agreed to the truth of the complaints but refused to express regret for his actions, so on II-5-1766 he was disowned and his name was removed from the membership list. There is no evidence that he ever asked to be reinstated. MARY PYLE NEWLIN and their children retained their membership in good standing. The family migrated to North Carolina about this time. It was not unusual for Chester County men to scout out the area where they planned to move. His "going away without a certificate" may have been a trip there in the spring and summer of 1765 to acquire land and. clear it for cultivation, perhaps even to build a house and plant a crop before returning to spend the winter with his family in Pennsylvania. He acquired 270 acres of land on the south side of the Haw River in Orange County, NC, in the part that is now in Alamance County.

The exact date of the migration is unknown, but their youngest child was born 11 May 1768 in North Carolina. JOHN NEWLIN made a will 8 June 1799 which was probated in August of 1805. His son, ELI, had died before he made his will, leaving five children. JOHN and MARY PYLE NEWLIN were buried in the cemetery of Spring Friends Meeting in the southern part of what is now Alamance County.

Children of JOHN NEWLIN II and MARY PYLE: 1. James - b. IX-27-1747, Chester Co, PA; d. 15.Dec 1813, Orange Co, NC, buried Spring Mtg. Cem; m. 22 Jan 1772, Cane Creek Mtg, Deborah Lindley, dau. of THOMAS LINDLEY and RUTH HADLEY , b. 28 June 1753 , Orange Co, NC; d. Orange Co, Ind. between 1823 and 1830. 2. Hannah - b. VI-30-1749, Chester Co, PA; d. after 1819 in Ind. or Ill; m. 15 Jan 1777 Robert Holladay, b. 29 Nov 1748, Chester Co, PA, son of Henry Holladay and Mary Fayle; d. 1816, Orange Co, Ind. 3. John - b. 6 Dec 1752, Chester Co, PA; d. 28 Apr 1839, Crawford Co, 11, bur. Newlin Cem; m. 22 Jan 1777 at Spring Mtg, NC, Sarah Holladay, b. 19 Mar 1758, Orange Co, NC, dau. of Henry Holladay and Mary Fayle. 4. ELI - b. 1755, Chester Co, PA; dA 28 Dec 1789, Orange Co, NC; m. 24 Nov 1779, at Cane Creek Mtg, SARAH HADLEY , b. 17 Aug 1762, Orange Co, NC , dau. of JOSHUA HADLEY and RUTH LINDLEY, d. 3 June 1827, Chatham Co, NC. 5. Mary - b. 8 Aug 1763, Chester Co, PA; m. 10 Dec 1783, Thomas Hadley, b. 10 Dec 1763, Orange Co, NC, son of JOSHUA HADLEY and RUTH LINDLEY. 6. Nathaniel - b. 11 May 1768, Orange Co, NC; d. 17 Dec 1867, bur. Bloomfield, IN; m. 13 Aug 1794, Spring Mtg, NC, Catherine Hadley, b. 1 May 1772, dau. of Joseph Hadley and Mary Cashat (Cassat), d. Jan 1842, Bloomfield, IN.

John Newlin is buried at Springs Friends Meeting, in the southern part if Alamance County, North Carolina. They are buried under a cedar tree and it still stands tall, green and healthy after 200 years. In 1930 descendants placed a marked on the grave, which reads, " In Memory of John Newlin & Mary Pyle". Grandfather and great grandparents immigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania 1688.

Reference: "The Newlin Family, Ancestors and Descendants of John and Mary Pyle Newlin" by Algie I. Newlin, 1965, Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina

Don Hammond has a photo of John and Ruth's grave site.

His Will is printed on page 572 of The Newlin Family, Ancestors and Descendants of John and Mary Pyle Newlin, by Algie Newlin. The document witnessed by: John Carter, Ann Carter and Hannah Carter.

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John Newlin, II's Timeline

Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
September 27, 1747
Delaware Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 30, 1749
Concord Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania
Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
December 6, 1752
Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Chester County, Pennsylvania
Concord Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
August 8, 1763
Chester County, Province of Pennsylvania
May 11, 1765
Orange County,North Carolina