I was recently reviewing what I **think** I knew about the first generation of Newbolds who migrated from Maryland to the Onslow County area in the 1760s [brothers Thomas and John Newbold] and 1770s [their eldest brother Purnell].
Maryland records I've found always named the wife of Purnell Newbold as "Betty". Below is the latest dated example I have:
From "Worcester County Land Records January 1772 - December 1774 Liber I (Folio 1 - 523)" abstracted by Keddie:
"F:424 Indenture 13 May 1774 13 May 1774
Grantor: Purnell Newbold
Grantee: Joshua Dickason of Accomack County
For 55 pounds Newbold conveys 100 acres being part of two tracts; 75 acres of Poor Hall and 25 acres of Privilege. The said land on the south side of Pocomoke River. Beginning at the 1st bounder of Privilege and running to a white oak standing in the edge of a branch called Elbow Branch and then running to a parcel of land (being 50 acres that Jonathan West Watson formerly sold to a certain Samuel Lamberson being part of Poor Hall)
Before: Benton Harris, N. Holland
Also appeared Betty wife of Purnell Newbold"
But the only two records I've found so far from North Carolina sources [the "Onslow County Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions", in the NC State Archives at Raleigh] that name a Purnell Newbold are from estate documentation that refers to him as "deceased":
April 1791 "Mary Newbold Relict of Purnal Newbold Decd prays Letters of Administration on Said Estate. The same is granted. Ordered She give Bond in pounds 200 and offer Rubin Grant as her security. Ordered that She give Bond have Letters accordingly."
In 1792 "Mary Newbold Admr to the Estate of Purnal Newbold Jr Decd, present Returns the acct of Sails of Said Estate which amount to [pounds] 29 - 16 - 8 as pr acct Sworn to & fild - - the Inventory is included # in the same Return."
Then, of course, there is the appearance of "Polly Newbowl" on the 1790 Federal Census in Onslow County as a head of household, which would be consistant for the widow of the deceased Purnell Newbold mentioned above [Polly and Mary are interchangeable names in those times].
So here is what is bothering me regarding the assumption that Mary/Polly is the wife of Purnell Newbold of Somerset County, oldest brother to Thomas and John Newbold who moved to Onslow NC in the 1760s:
1. "Betty" is NOT an interchangable nickname with "Mary" or "Polly". And in at least two records from Maryland in the 1770s, Purnell Newbold's wife is clearly named as "Betty".
2. I only noticed this detail from one of the two NC records recently -- "Mary Newbold Admr to the Estate of Purnal Newbold **Jr** Decd" **JR** This strongly suggests that the deceased Purnell Newbold is the younger one of two of that name. This is not to say he necessarilly was the son of Purnell Newbold and Betty, as "Jr" often just denoted the younger person of the same name. But the implication is clear that for there to be a "Jr", there must have been a "Sr".
3. I've never seen what the primary source for the Purnell Newbold -- Polly Outten marriage was. The GHOTES reference is based on a mention in Pauline M. Batchelder's "A Somerset Sampler", p. 192. Would be nice to learn what Ms. Batchelder's source was, but I don't have a copy of that book. It might be accurate, but maybe in reference to Purnell Newbold Jr??
I'd love to be able to peruse more primary NC sources for the appearance of any Purnell Newbold in or around Onslow County between 1770 and 1800. Perhaps there are some land records or tax lists that would help to unravel this little mystery better. And of course, a Purnell Newbold never appeared in any Federal Census.
So as it now stands, my [new] speculative opinion is that Purnell Newbold "the elder" was married to "Betty" and not "Mary/Polly"; he had two sons whose presence in Onslow and connection to him are documented in various sources; which in turn strongly suggests that this Purnell Newbold himself probably moved to Onslow NC in the mid to late 1770s [maybe after selling his land in May of 1774?], and was deceased by 1790 since neither he nor wife "Betty" appear on the 1790 Census [understandable as he was born circa 1719].
I also am now of the opinion that there was a younger Purnell Newbold in Onslow County at least by the 1780s; who was married to "Mary/Polly"; and who died prior to the 1790 Census. This younger Purnell almost has to be a son of one of the brothers Newbold -- Purnell, John, or Thomas. But which one cannot now be established with the information I'm currently aware of.
So Thank You for your recent posting! Hopefully someone with access to some relevant Onslow NC sources might locate a nugget of information to help us figure this little mystery out sometime!
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