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Dortch Newsome, son of John Newsome & Patsy Alford
Posted by: Steve Martin Date: November 05, 2001 at 10:00:39
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Dortch Newsome
b. ca. 1816 in Putnam Co., GA
d. 24 Feb. 1865 in a Confederate Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi; he died of pneumonia according to Confederate records.
m. Sarah Heath on 27 Aug. 1846 in Putnam Co., GA; her parents remain undetermined at this time.

Note: Dortch Newsome is shown on the tax digest of Morgan Co., GA in 1843, 1847 and 1848. His father, John Newsom, owned two plantations (simultaneously), one in Putnam Co. and the other in Morgan Co.

SOURCE: Morgan Co., GA. Tax Digest 1847. (As copied from microfilm of original record at the Georgia State Archives)

Dortch Newsom is listed with value of estate at $390.

SOURCE: Morgan Co., GA. Tax Digest 1848 (As copied from microfilm of original record at the Georgia State Archives)

Dorch (Dortch) Newsom is listed with value of estate at $390; his brother, Joel Newsom, lives next door. Asa Newsom is also listed on the Morgan Co. tax digest.

SOURCE: Warren Co., GA. Tax Digest 1855 (As copied from microfilm of original record at the Georgia State Archives)

Dorch (Dortch) Newsom is shown for poll tax and aggregate value of property at $285.

SOURCE: Warren Co., GA. Tax Digest 1856 (As copied from microfilm of original record at the Georgia State Archives)

Dorch Newsom is listed for poll tax, with 1 child age 8-10 (Note: There is only one column for children, and this is for ages 8-10), 7 slaves valued at $4000, and aggregate value of property at $4000. He is also listed as agent for Newsom children.

Comment: Dortch Newsome's brother, John Newsome, died just prior to this date. It is possible that the Newsome children for which he is listed as agent are children of his brother John. In 1990, surviving grandchildren reported no family history that Dortch had any orphaned children with him when he moved to Talladega Co., AL 1859-60.

Comment: On 1 Jan. 1853, Dortch Newsome gave his father, John Newsome, a receipt for six negroes and money, "all said property I receive as a loan for my heirs, or heirs of my body," (Georgia Reports, vol. XXX, p. 294). Most of the slaves listed in the above noted 1856 tax digest are likely the slaves from his father.

SOURCE: Warren Co., GA. Tax Digest 1857 (As copied from microfilm of original record at the Georgia State Archives)

Dorch Newsom is listed for poll tax, 7 slaves valued at $4200, and aggregate value of property at $4200; also as agent for Newsom children.

Note: There is no record of Dortch Newsome on the 1858 Warren Co., GA tax digest.

SOURCE: Warren Co., GA. Tax Digest 1859 (As copied from microfilm of original record at the Georgia State Archives)

Dourch (Dortch) Newsom is listed for poll tax, with 2 children age 8-10, 8 slaves valued at $4720, and aggregate value of property at $4900. (Note: There is no mention of "Newsom children".)

Comment: Dortch Newsome moved to Talladega Co., AL from Warren Co., GA about 1859-1860. In 1990, a surviving grandson (name withheld for reason of privacy) recalled that his father (a Newsome)told him that they (Dortch Newsome and family) moved to Talladega Co. from Warren Co., GA. It is questionable as to whether or not a "D. Newson" listed on the 1860 Federal Census of Talladega Co., Alabama is actually Dortch Newsome. The initials of the wife and children, ages and sex, do not match up with more reliable records. It's possible that the census taker obtained his information from a neighbor whose information was faulty. This situation occurred often when a family was not at home and the census taker came by with his census sheet.

Dortch Newsome's move to Talladega Co., AL was almost certainly related to the fact that his brother-in-law, Benjamin Merritt, and sister-in-law, Susan M. (Heath) Merritt, had previously moved to Talladega Co.

Note: According to the Alabama Confederate Records, Dortch Newsome served in the Confederate Army in the 3rd. Alabama Reserves; he was a Private. He enlisted in Talladega, Talladega Co., AL between April 15 and Aug. 31, 1864; his age is recorded as 48 at the time. The record continues to show that he was admitted to the 1st. Mississippi C.S.A. Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi with pneumonia on 21 Feb. 1865, and died on 24 Feb. 1865.

Family tradition states that he had been home once because his wife, Sarah (Heath) Newsome, was pregnant with their 5th. child, but she was late in delivering, and he had to return to his Company. It was on his way home for the second time that he was admitted to the Confederate hospital; he never saw his 5th. child, a daughter, born on 10 March 1865. This story about the circumstances surrounding his death was repeated to me by three descendants (names withheld for reasons of privacy) on separate occasions.

SOURCE: Talladega Co., AL. Will Book C, p. 190, 28 March 1866 (From xerox copy of original)

Est. Dortch Newsom

State of Alabama Talladega County Know all men by their presents, that we N. D. Johnson, J. G. Swain and George N. Byars are held and firmly bound unto William H. Thornton Judge of Probate of Talladega County, State of Alabama, and his successor in office, in the Perral Sum of Six Thousand dollars, for the payment of which, well and truly to be made, we and each of us do bind ourselves, our heirs, and firmly by these presents, Sealed with our Seals and dated Twenty - eighth day of March 1866,
Now the condition of the above is Such, that whereas the above bound N. D. Johnson has been duly appointed, Administrator of the Estate of Dortch Newsom decease,
Now if Said N. D. Johnson Shall well and truly perform all the duties which are or may be by law Required of him as administrator aforesaid, then the above obligation to be Void - Esi to Remain in full force and Effect.
Winess Our hands and Seals, the date above written,
Internal Revenue $150 Stamp
N. D. Johnson (Seal)
J. G. Swain (Seal)
George N. Byars (Seal)

L. B. Ogletree, Justice of the peace


SOURCE: Talladega Co., AL. Will Book C, p. 252, 10 Sept. 1866 (From xerox copy of original)

Est. of Dortch Newsom Dec'd
List of property belonging to the estate of Dortch Newsom late of Talladega County deceased.
250 Acres of Land being the S E 1/4 of Sec 32 Township 19 Range 4 & S W 1/4 of Said Section & Township & two acres in the S W 1/4 of Said Section $1250.00
1 Black Mare Mule 100.00
1 Bay horse 75.00
2 Cows -------1-30-1-25 55.00
1 Yearling 5.00
6 head of Hogs 36.00
1 2-Horse Wagon 25.00
1 Buggy 10.00
1 Soom 5.00
1 Table 1.00
Total = 1562.00
We the appraisers appointed by his Honor W. H. Thornton Judge of Probate for Talladega County Ala - Certify on oath that the above is a correct list of the property belonging to the estate of Dortch Newsom late of Said County deceased, as appraised by us this day September 10th 1866.

Sworn to by me
Sep 10 1866
N D Johnson Admin

E J Swain
Thomas S Pope
Benj Merritt

Comment: According to surviving grandchildren (1990) Sarah (Heath) Newsome died soon after the death of her 5th child. The children were taken in by her sister, Susan M. (Heath) Merritt. The 1870 Federal Census of Alabama, Talladega Co., shows that Robert T. Newsome, age 21, and Doshe L. Newsome, age 5, were living with Benjamin and Susan Merritt. Son, William Thomas Newsome, was living alone at this time. It is not known where Alexander and Ellen Newsome were living in 1870.

Note: Benjamin Merritt had married Susan M. Heath on 19 Dec. 1850 in Greene Co., GA. A Thomas Merritt married Caroline A. Heath on 26 April 1855 in Greene Co., GA. At present, it is not known if Caroline A. Heath was also a sister of Sarah (Heath) Newsome. Benjamin Merritt died July 1871, in Talladega Co., AL. He was survived by his widow, Susan Merritt, but no children. Susan Merritt died June 1876, in Talladega Co. (Talladega Co., AL; Probate Court Special Term 9 Nov. 1877). Before her death, Susan M. (Heath) Merritt deeded property to the children of Dortch and Sarah (Heath) Newsome; the record is as follows:

Know all men by these presents that I Susan M. Merritt for & in consideration of the love & effection which I bear toward my beloved neffews & neases R. T. Newsom, W. T. Newsome, A. Newsome, Ellen Newsome, Doshe L. Newsome, do hereby give, grant & convey unto my said neffews & neases R. T. Newsome & W. T. Newsome, A. Newsome, Ellen Newsome, Doshe L. Newsome, the following described real estate to wit; Begining at a point on Tallasahatchie creek which point is twenty chains due west from the South east corner of section four Township twenty one range four East, from said point due North Eighty chains to the Township line dividing Township twenty & twenty one, thence west along said line twenty chains, thence due North fourty chains, thence due west nine chains thence due South through section thirty three, township twenty & section four, township twenty one to the bank of Tallapahatchee Creek, thence up said creek with the meanderings of said creek to the begining place; also the North West eigth of the South East Quarter of Section thirty three township twenty, range four, near Mr. James Leisters residence, in all two hundred & Sixty nine acres all in the Coosa River land District.
To have & to hold to the said R. T. Newsome, W. T. Newsome, A. Newsome, Ellen S. Newsome, Doshe L. Newsome, there heirs & assigns forever:
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this the 25 day of March A. D. 1876.

Susan M. Merritt (LS)

Witness Thomas L. Pope
J. M. McMillan

The above, statement was filed for record in the State of Alabama, Talladega County, on 22 April 1876, and recorded 24 April 1876, as noted on the original document.


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