Facts and Events
Information on Walter Newman
From "The House of Newman" website:
- The first trace of the Newman Family of which I claim to be a descendant, landed in the New Jersey area as an Indentured Servant. He arrived in this part of the world around the late 1600's. Indentured service was a form of labor common to the colonial North America. The service contract was for a period of time which was usually seven years. At the end of the period of indenture, the servants were given clothing, a gun and certain amount of land and they were absorbed into the regular population.
- Among the indentured servants was a Walter NEWMAN. His apprenticeship was served in Monmonth County, New Jersey. It is believed that the indenture of Walter NEWMAN was paid off in four years. In 1687 he received thirty acres of land which he eventually conveyed to John Kigbin, one of the indentured servants who arrived in America with him.
- In 1695, Walter NEWMAN purchased 164 acres from John HANTON of Freehold County of Monmonth for thirty pounds. This acreage was in Neversink's side near Cheesequake. The Town Book of Middletown, East Jersey list the livestock brand authorization.
- In the Parish Register of St. Mary's of Burlington is recorded August 9, 1704 "Walter NEWMAN had his wife Mary baptized along with nine children....". Since Walter NEWMAN's baptism was not recorded, it is believed he was baptized before coming to America. Also there is no record of the marriage of Walter and Mary, but it appears from the presence of nine children by 1704 they married soon after he completed his indenture. Records of Mary's family name have never been confirmed nor it is not known where her family came from. It is assumed that she was Irish.
- According to the Probate data of the Will of Walter NEWMAN, he died around 1729 in Cecil County Maryland. Probate date of will: FEBRUARY 9, 1729. After the death of Walter, Mary NEWMAN, widow of Walter, married Thomas MOORE, a widower neighbor. This was the same Thomas MOORE who witnessed the will of Walter NEWMAN. Members of Thomas MOORE's family can be found again in Virginia with Walter's two younger sons, Samuel and Jonathan.