History Of Rush County,
Brant & Fuller
Reprinted 1966 By Eastern Indiana Publishing Company
Allen W. Newsom, a member of the firm of Hill, Henley & Co., of Carthage, is a native of Ripley Township, born June 7, 1842, being the son of Luke and Cynthia (Bulley) Newsom, who were natives of Randolph County, north Carolina, of English descent. He was reared upon a farm in his native township, and at twenty-one years of age he took up the avocation of a teacher, which furnished his winterÂ’s employment for three years. He was married October 5, 1865, to Anna M. White, a native of Shelby County, this State, born April 1, 1847, being the daughter of John and Amanda (Adams) White, who were natives of Ohio and Kentucky, respectively. Mr. And Mrs. Newsom entered upon their married life in Carthage, where the former found employment as salesman in a general store. He was thus employed for a period of thirteen years when he became the partner of his employer, OÂ’Brien Gwynne, and the firm continued to do business for a period of five years, beginning January 1, 1879. It was dissolved by the death of Mrs. Gwynne, September 4, 1884. For three years thereafter Mr. Newsom was engaged settling the business of the firm, still retaining an interest in the store, which had partially fallen into new hands. His undivided attention is now given to the store, which is a large dry goods establishment, conducted under the firm name of Hill, Henley & Co. The first wife of Mr. Newsom died February 18, 1878, and on the 28th day of February, 1883, he was married to Miss Mary E. Pusey, who was born in Ripley Township, November 18, 1847, being the daughter of Jesse F. and Jane (White) Pusey, who were natives of Ohio and North Carolina, respectively. His first marriage resulted in the birth of four children: Winona, Samuel L., Cora B., and Mattie, of whom the last is deceased. He and his present wife have one child: Floyd P. Mr. And Mrs. Newsom are members of the Friends Church. In politicis, the former is a Republican. He possesses good business qualification, and is a reliable, honorable and upright man. He is at this time a member of the Board of Equalization of Rush County.