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Subject: Lewis P. Newell (1804-1895) m. Caroline M. WEBLER (1808-1883) at Columbia
Author: Paul E. Newell
Date: Saturday, April 08, 2006
Classification: Query
Surnames: Newell, Cady, Webler, Wheeler

I am the 3rd great-grandson of Lewis Newell and Caroline WEBLER who were married 7 May 1825 in Columbia, Tolland Co., CT. I am descended from their son, Henry A. Newell (1844-1926).

Lewis and Caroline resided in four or five different places during their lives so I’ll summarize their family story in timeframes that cover the duration of their residence in a particular geographic area.

Timeframe:
1804 – ca. 1835 in Columbia, Windham Co., CT

Lewis Putnam Newell was born 12 Jan 1804 in Connecticut, likely in the village of Pomfret, Windham County. The parents of Lewis P. Newell have not been confirmed but it is believed they are Moses Newell (1770-1826) and Gratis CADY (ca. 1773 – ca. 1855) who resided for several years at Pomfret.

As far as known, Lewis Newell was a millwright, builder, and contractor for much of his life. He may have met his future father-in-law, Gosper Webler, in a business venture near Columbia, CT where Gosper and Betsey WHEELER Webler resided with their daughter, Caroline M. WEBLER, born 31 Aug 1808 in Hebron, Tolland Co., CT.

As previously mentioned, Lewis P. Newell married Caroline M. WEBLER in the Columbia Congregational Church on 7 May 1825. Lewis and Caroline made their first home in Columbia, CT where it is believed their first four children were born between 1826 and 1833. Those children were named: Jane Elizabeth, Harriet Amanda, John W., and Julia Matilda.

1835 – 1839 in Bradford Co., PA

Lewis and Caroline removed to Armenia Mountain in Bradford County, PA ca. 1835. Lewis began the construction of a sawmill on the mountain ca. 1837. Lewis and Caroline were soon joined by Caroline’s parents and her younger brother, Choral. Caroline gave birth to two more sons, named William F., and Aaron H.; both sons were likely born at Bradford County.

There may have been a business disagreement between Lewis and Gosper because Lewis abandoned the construction of the sawmill and moved his family ca. 1838 to Lycoming County, PA for a short time before moving on to Cumberland, Allegany Co., Maryland ca. 1839.

1839 – 1859 in Allegany Co., MD

Lewis and Caroline resided with their six children in the city of Cumberland for a couple of years. During that time, Lewis was employed as a contractor involved in the construction of locks and buildings on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal. Their son, Aaron H. Newell (1838-1840), likely died in Cumberland.

The Newell family moved to nearby Twiggtown, Allegany Co., MD ca. 1843 where it is believed Lewis built a sawmill and remained active in the construction of buildings. The four oldest children of Lewis and Caroline WEBLER Newell married to persons residing in the area of Twiggtown, MD.

1) Jane Elizabeth NEWELL married to Thomas Twigg 26 September 1844 at Murley's Branch, Allegany Co., MD. They had twelve children born between 1845 and 1868; the children were named Owen, Caroline, Argyle, Amon, Webler, Thomson, Emerson, George, Ashford, Oliver, William, and Naomi. Thomas Twigg (1812-1889) is buried in the Twigg-Willison Cemetery near Twiggtown. His wife, Jane NEWELL Twigg (1826-1910), is likely buried near Thomas.

2) Harriet Amanda NEWELL married to Ashford Willison 28 May 1846 at Allegany Co., MD. They had eleven children born between 1847 and 1870; the children were named Virginia, Rhoda, Egbert, George, Mary, Francis, Hester, Amanda, Ida, Edwin, and James. Ashford Willison (1822-1888) is buried in Hillcrest Cemetery near Cumberland. His wife, Harriet NEWELL Willison (1828-1929), lived to be over 100 years old and is buried near Ashford.

3) John W. NEWELL married to Anna Emma RICE 23 December 1847 at Allegany Co., MD. They had six children born between 1849 and 1869; the children were named Sarah, Emma, Virginia, Mathias, Albert, and Rhoda. Anna RICE Newell (1826-1887) is buried in the Rice Cemetery at Twiggtown. Her husband, John Newell (1830-1920), is buried in the Mount Collier’s Church Cemetery believed to be located near Twiggtown.

4) Julia Matilda NEWELL married first to Amos R. Stallings 21 December 1848 at Allegany Co., MD. They had five children born between 1856 and 1866; the children were named Ursula, Thomas, George, Frances and Elmer. Julia married second to John M. Rice 19 July 1869. They had four children born between 1871 and 1875; the children were named Addison, Nora, Florence and Rosa. Amos Stallings (1828-1867) is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery at Cumberland. His wife, Julia NEWELL Stallings Rice (1833-1928), is buried near Amos. John M. Rice (1833-1928) is buried in the Rice Cemetery at Twiggtown.

At Twiggtown, Caroline WEBLER Newell gave birth to five more children: Daniel C., Henry Adolphus, Albert, Lewis Casper, and Rosanna. Caroline’s son, Lewis Casper Newell, died in infancy 11 Sep 1850 and is likely buried near Twiggtown.

Lewis and Caroline WEBLER Newell, together with their five minor children, returned to Bradford County, Pennsylvania ca. 1859. However, the four oldest Newell children remained in Allegany County, Maryland where they lived out their lives.

1859 – ca. 1890 in Armenia Twp., Bradford Co., PA

Lewis and Caroline resettled on Armenia Mountain, a short distance from where Caroline’s parents and her brother were residing. The five youngest Newell children all married into families residing on/near Armenia Mountain.

5) William F. Newell married to Celia D. FREEMAN 25 Jul 1859 likely at Armenia. They had four children born between 1860 and 1873; the children were named Julia Etta, Harriet A., Myrta L., and Effie May. Celia FREEMAN Newell (ca. 1843-1889) is buried in Glenwood Cemetery at Troy, PA. Her husband, William F. Newell (1836-1908), is buried near Celia.

6) Aaron H. Newell (19 Sep 1838-18 Aug 1840).

7) Daniel C. Newell married to Betsey Ann CASE 23 Mar 1864 at Troy, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania. They had two children born between 1870 and 1872; the children were named Frederick W., and Grace Mae. Betsey CASE Newell (1838-1915) is buried in Glenwood Cemetery at Troy, PA. Her husband, Daniel C. Newell (1841-1916), is buried near Betsey.

8) Henry Adolphus Newell married first to Ellen Josephine RUSSELL 21 Feb 1871 likely at Armenia. They had six children born between 1872 and 1885; the children were named Clarence Elmer, George Lewis, Ashford M., John W., Anise Gertrude, and Frances Edna. Ellen RUSSELL Newell (1851-1888) is likely buried at Armenia. After her death, Henry married second to Susan A. REESE ca. 1895; they had no children. Susan REESE Newell (1858-1922) is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery at Elmira, Chemung Co., New York. Her husband, Henry Newell (1844-1926), is buried near Susan.

9) Albert Newell married first to Jane KNIGHTS 25 Feb 1864 likely at Armenia. They had one child born 1867; her name was Lydia Jane. Jane KNIGHTS Newell (ca. 1847-1869) is likely buried at Armenia. Albert married second to Olive Sophia SHERMAN 01 Mar 1870 at Ward Twp., Tioga Co., PA. They had one child born 1871; her name was Lizzie Belle. Olive SHERMAN Newell (1850-1915) is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery at Troy, PA. Her husband, Albert Newell (1846-1921), is buried near Olive.

10) Lewis Casper Newell (27 Feb 1850-11 Sep 1850).

11) Rosanna NEWELL married to John Henry Lyon 06 Mar 1869 likely at Armenia. They had five children born between 1870 and 1884; the children were named Rhoda Belle, Layton Romaine, Harry Leonard, Carolyn C., and Mason Leon. John H. Lyon (1846-1922) is buried in Glenwood Cemetery at Troy, PA. His wife, Rosanna NEWELL Lyon (1852-1945), is buried near John.

Caroline WEBLER Newell died of pneumonia 26 Mar 1883 at Troy, Bradford Co., Pennsylvania. It is believed she was interred in the Burnham Cemetery on Armenia Mountain. After her death, Lewis P. Newell continued to reside at Armenia until his son, Henry, removed to adjacent Tioga Co., PA, ca 1890.

1890 – 1895 in Charleston Twp., Tioga Co., PA

It is believed that, in his old age, Lewis Newell resided with the family of Henry A. Newell at Charleston Twp., Tioga Co., PA. Lewis died there 19 Apr 1895. A newspaper account of his death states he was buried at Armenia, likely near his wife in Burnham Cemetery. Sometime ca. 1915, Daniel C. Newell had the bodies of his parents removed from Armenia Mountain and reinterred, nearby, in Glenwood Cemetery at Troy, PA. There, an obelisk is inscribed with the names and birth/death dates for Lewis, Caroline, son Daniel and wife Betsey, and the descendants of Daniel and Betsey.

Well, this has been a long tale of Newell family history. Lewis and Caroline had a large family so there is much to tell about it. If you have a direct connection to the family of Lewis and Caroline WEBLER Newell, I would like to hear from you.

Paul Newell
Ellicott City, MD