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William Brown Douning Newman

Also Known As: "WDB Newman"
Birthplace: Mason County, Kentucky
Death: Died in Pierce County, Washington, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Elijah Newman and Almira Newman
Husband of Mary A Reed Newman
Father of Sarah Belle Newman; William Clarence Newman and Emma Laura Newman
Half brother of Virgina (Newman) Dame; John Killian Newman; Lavinnia Dane Gant; Solomon Alonzo Newman; Letha Hunter and 3 others

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About W B D Newman

1870 - Chehalis Co., WA Territory, p. 3a

Newman W. B. D. 42 M W Farmer 1000 750 KY

      M. A.      34 F W                          KY
      M. E.       1 M W                          WA

Reed C. R. 13 M W MO

    S. E.        11 F W                          MO
    T. N.         9 M W                          MO
    L. A.         7 F W                          MO

W.B.D. NEWMAN. - This well-known pioneer and veteran of the Indian wars comes of primitive stock of old Virginia, where the English family settled on the south bank of the Potomac, and where the father of our subject was born in 1793, and grew up to be a stout defender of the young American republic in the war of 1812. The mother, Matilda Downing, was also of Virginia, having come from that state to Kentucky. William was born in 1827 in the latter state, and two years later accompanied his parents to Ohio. Meeting with the loss of his mother at an early age, he was brought up under the care of his mother's sister, and received his education at Ripley, Ohio.

At the age of fifteen he began work on his own responsibility on the banks of the Ohio river, and upon neighboring farms. His way led down the Ohio and the Mississippi, even to New Orleans, but not liking the South, he bent his steps towards the West. In 1848 he was in Illinois. Making also a trip to Indiana, he found there a party preparing to cross the continent to Puget Sound, and joined the company. A requirement of the organization made it necessary that for every four men there should be provided two yoke of oxen, or two span of horses, and the party set out in the spring for St. Joseph. Starting from that point in good style, they made the journey amid the usual difficulties, hardships and pleasures of the way, arriving at Olympia November 15th. A well-remembered circumstance of that event was their waiting by the shore of the Sound for the tide to fall so far as to allow them to get a breakfast of clams, which they took straight.

In 1854, having in the meantime made some inspection of the region, Mr. De Newman was engaged with Governor Stevens in taking the census of the Indians, and in the summer of 1855 was operating with Surveyor Byles in preparing the county for settlement. In the fall of that year he joined a company of volunteers to quell the Indians, who were on the war path and committing great depredations. he acted first as wagon-master, and after the building of the blockhouse on White river was sergeant at that post. He also participated in the sharp fight on May 8,1856, in which the savages were beaten back and forced to cross the Cascade Mountains. he accompanied his company in June across the mountains to Walla Walla, and passed over the Blue Mountains into the Grande Ronde, taking a part there in the horseback fight or running battle, in which the hostiles were thoroughly subdued and compelled to sue for peace.

In 1857 Mr. De Newman settled upon the Lower Chehalis, a region with which he was fully satisfied, and has lived upon his farm for nineteen years. During ten of these years he has operated a sawmill.

His farm is now reached by a railroad line, to which he has a way station of his own. There he lives to see the great progress of modern days, a happy, genial, prosperous man. He was married in 1868 to Mrs. Mary A. Reed, and has a family of three children, Sarah Belle, Emma Laura and William Clarence. There is also one child deceased

Laura Emma Newman · 2013-05-06 18:11:42 GMT+0000 (UTC) · 0 Comments GENEALOGY OF LAURA E. NEWMAN NIXON Sept. 9, 1953 Tonasket, Wash. P. O. Box 74

My father, W.B.D (William) Newman, was born March 10, 1827, in Mason County, Kentucky. In 1850-51 he and three other young men crossed the plains by covered wagon drawn by oxen. They were six months on the way and came to Olympia, Washington Territory. He fought in the Indian wars and later ran a sawmill at Cedarville near Oakville, Washington. On May 13, 1867 he married Mrs. Mary A. Ried; they moved to near Satsop, Washington, and took up a homestead on a creek, which was named Newman Creek after my father. There were four children born to them; all have passed away except for myself, Laura E. Newman Nixon. Father was elected a delegate to go to Ellensburg, Washington, to help choose a representative to the territorial convention to be held in Olympia. J.T Medcalf of Montesano was chosen. The territory became a state in 1889. My father continued to live on his homestead on the Newman Creek until he passed away May 14, 1903. He was buried in the Masonic Cemetery near Elma, Washington. My mother, Mary Amanda Willet, was a daughter of Richard Willet, who passed away in 1880, and of Amanda Willet, who passed away in 1882. Mother was born May 2, 1836, in Nelson County, Kentucky, and was married to Thomas Ried May 10, 1856, in Monroe County, Missouri. They crossed the plains in 1862 by covered wagon drawn by horses, and were also six months on the way, coming to The Dalles, Oregon.

Later they moved to Cedarville, Washington, where they bought the place of Sam Williams, near blockhouse Smith. Mr. Ried died in 1865. Mother had four children by Mr. Ried, they were Charles, Newcom, Susan, and Louise (Lu), all of whom have passed away. Mother married again in 1867 to W.B.D. Newman. Four children were born to them, Belle Newman Early, Laura E. Newman Nixon, Emma and Clarence. All have passed on except myself. My mother passed away in 1931 in Tonasket, Washington; she is buried in the Wyncote Cemetery in Montesano. I, Laura E. Newman Nixon, was born November 6, 1872, on the homestead on Newman Creek. I attended school in Satsop, and continued to live on the homestead on Newman Creek. On October 30, 1889, I married Robert A. Nixon. He built a house for us just across the creek from my parents’ home. We lived there until 1903 when we moved to Mathew Valley in Okanogan County in eastern Washington. During the time we were living there Mr. Nixon was elected county commissioner of Okanogan County in 1910. We moved from Mathew in 1914 to Tonasket in Okanogan County, and Mr. Nixon was again elected county commissioner. He served 12 years as commissioner of Okanogan County. Mr. Nixon and I celebrated our Golden Wedding anniversary October 30, 1939, at our home in Tonasket, where I still live. Mr. Nixon passed away July 19, 1945. We were the parents of the following children: Harry (deceased), Mavie (deceased), Arthur, Vernon, Alexander and Cecil, all of whom were born in Satsop, Washington; our daughter Anna was born while we were living in Mathew, Robert Jr. was born in 1918 at our home in Tonasket.

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W B D Newman's Timeline

March 10, 1827
Mason County, Kentucky
May 14, 1903
Age 76
Pierce County, Washington, United States
Ripley, Ohio, United States