I'm so pleased to receive your message.
I have seen a posting from Becky Kingsland, living in Lewistown, Montana and she is a descendant of Richard/Dick Newman, and Samuel and Sarah Lowther/Newman. Unfortunately she changed her e-mail after posting in 2003 and so I don't know where she is now.
So, going back into the past I have some information about our ancestors.
I'm afraid I can only go back to Samuel Newman's parents.
Their names are Samuel Newman, born Wennington in 1816 and in 1838 he married a girl called Sarah Anne, born 1820 in Stilton.
They had nine sons and a daughter.They were brought up in Kings Ripton and Abbots Ripton, small villages in the county of Huntingdonshire, a very rural part of England
William born 1844
James born 1857 (my Great Grandfather)
Joseph born 1856
who all migrated to the industrial town of Bradford, England.
Then there were
George born 1845
John born 1848
and Samuel born 1853
who all lived in North East England, in Middlesbrough, an industrial port where they were employed in iron mining. John had lived in Bradford and had 2 children there. John married Elizabeth, and Samuel married Sarah Lowther. I don't think George was married. But around 1884 they emigrated to USA. Samuel spending time in Ohio, but I think they all ended up in Montana where there were several more children. I think they will be easy to find in the census returns.
The rest of the Newman clan
Alfred born 1860
Emmanuel born 1860
Arthur born 1862
remained in the farming community in Huntingdonshire.
I'm not sure about Sarah Anne, born 1856, but as the only daughter, she would have been expected to remain at home and care for her elderly parents.
My father, James Robert Newman, born 1908, was aware that his Great Uncle Samuel had 'done well for himself' by emigrating to America, and I think Samuel must have been popular as my GG Grandfather called one of his own sons Samuel,
and that Samuel continued the tradition, by naming one of my father's brothers Samuel.
I can't claim the credit for doing this work, a lady called Shirley Wilson has done most of it and the family tree is available on the English website Genes Reunited.
I have not visited the Kings Ripton area but I have lived in Bradford, and now live about 20 miles from Eston, Middlesbrough, so if there are any local records which might help, I could try and look them up for you.
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