Devon County was home of the Newburgh family and most prevalently occupied after the 16th century, when the boundary lines were in flux. Many of the villages of Devon were in Dorset county until about 1831. It was in Somerset and Devon County that the name permutations began to be noticeable. Many of these lines are thought to have been descended from Thomas Newburgh son of John Newburgh Esq. of East Lulworth.
There are many 17th century wills available for Devon, especially around Stockland, Yarcombe, Membury and Dallwood. There is a rectangular area on the map, near the Dorset border where many of the Newberry people resided.
New Post - December 17, 2014
More connections and questions about 16th Membury family
I am interested in Membury history. I am attempting to bring together the history of several families who may have been descended from the armigerous Newburgh family of E. Lulworth Dorset.
The mystery I am currently attempting to solve, is for the family line of the Newberry's of Membury and their connection the late medieval Dorset family (if there is such a connection). In following the 17th century New England immigrant, Thomas Newberry, to America, there has been a lot of disagreement as to his ancestors. The College of Arms, believes that he was descended from a line located in Membury. While American researchers try to connect them to the armigerous Dorset Neuburgh family at E. Lulworth through two different men named Richard Newberry. I have a diagram that might be helpful if you wish to see it.
What the College of Arms has shared for Thomas Newberry's antecedents is as follows.
1. John Newberye of Membury, circa mid to late 16th cen., spouse, unknown ( I would like to know more about this man if possible.)
2. William Newberye of Membury co. Devon, and later (before 1591) of Yarcombe. Died in Yarcombe 1596, will. Second wife - Ellen Smith widow bur. 26 June 1609
3. Richard Newberye - only child b. ca. 1564 (mother unknown) of Membury (records in 1591, 1596, and 1600) did not reside in Yarcombe, later moved to Shute, co. Devon. Will dated at Shute, 3 Aug. 1618, directs he be buried at Membury beside his mother. He bequeaths to a friend named William Haydon. No other information about his children was shared.
In 1591, Richard Newberye of Membury sued William Shegg regarding a tenement of William Haydon in Yarcombe occupied by William Newberye of Yarcombe, father of complainant.)
*************************************** This is all that the College of Arms would supply.
I am trying to establish that Thomas Newberry who immigrated to New England circa 1630, was indeed the son of this Richard above. As I mentioned, previous researchers believed that he was actually the son of Richard Newburgh who married Grace Matthews and had children with similar names (??) to the known sibling of Thomas.
The one sibling we do know for a fact was related, was Robert Newberry of Yarcombe. He was the brother of Thomas Newberry. Robert entered into a chancery suit with Thomas' children and their cousins over a farm called Cowleyes in Marshwood Vale, Dorset. Robert ended up with the farm, by purchasing the rest of the 100 year lease entered into by Christopher Dabinott, the children's grandfather.
The interesting part to the end of this story, is that in 1687, Thomas' son, John Newberry, passed away 12 August of 1687 in a property in Membury, that was apparently managed by his brother Benjamin, from his home in New England (Windsor, Connecticut). He was apparently working with an unknown gentleman "lord" in Membury, who is mentioned in some 17th century letters. He was assisting Benjamin in keeping a roof over his brother's head.
This John, who was born in 1628, originally went to America with his father and siblings, but got himself in trouble and banished in 1648. He returned with his brother Joseph to the UK in January of 1648. It appears that he ended up in Membury, married and had two children by 1650. His son, also named John, married and appears to have been managing family rents in the UK for his kinsmen in the new world. It is through his letters that we learn that his father was being subsidized by his uncle Benjamin. The elder John was held in contempt by his kinsmen, almost like a prisoner, due to his crimes New England.
What I am looking for, is information about the tenement or property that was inhabited by this family in Membury. I don't have any idea on how to go about finding it. Was this property in 1591 where William Newberye was housed, the same as the property where John Newberry was allowed to stay in 1648? If so, was it a family property handed down from the Dorset family.
This is probably an impossible question to answer. Does anyone have any ideas?
New Post - October 7, 2014
Family crossovers in Devon, Dorset and Somerset
Gentleman's Magazine and Historical Chronicle, for the year MDCCXCIV Vol. LXIV, by Sylvanus Urban, Gent. London, Printed by John Nichols, at Cicero’s Head, Red Lion Passage, Fleet-Street: and sold by Elizabeth Newbery, the corner of St. Paul’s Church Yard, Ludgate-Street, 1794. [Note a Newbery was selling this magazine.]
This article shows the cross over between Devon and Dorset, the writer of the letter to Mr. Newburgh being in Dalwood, which is present day Devon. The transcription follows the ancient spelling of the writer.
Dalwood, Oct. 8, 1669
Directed for “John Newburgh, Esq. at Wooth Francis, neare Bridport.”
“These are to present you with my very hearty thankes for your kind entertainment, as also to acquaint you, that (understanding Mr. White’s condition) I have proposed it to our prish for their consideration, to raise a summe of money yearly for a minister, and to invite Mr. White to accept of it, together with the worke of preaching &c. to them. They are desireus to hear him preach first: hee hath appointed with mee to come the Lord’s day after Midsummer. I pray mind him of it, that he forget it no’, for I shall acquaint the parishioners with it, and wee shall expect him. I am sorry for the accident of your horse; I wish it be returned home, I have some feares least yo_ may be guilty of some mistakes of ill consequence to yourself, but I am a fool, perhaps, to give displeasure in but mentioning it, neither shall I presume to say more without a command from yourself to whom I am
A most faithful acquaintance,
Dalwood, May 3, 1671 Zach. Mayne
“My wife and I present our humble service to yourselfe, to the doctor and his lady. Our hearty wishes to the good old woman, whom I carefully remember.”
* The Newburghs of Wooth Francis were a branch of the Warmwell and Berkley families. Their common ancestor was Roger de Bellomont, lord of Pont Audemer, in Normandy, who was father of Robert earl of Mellent and Leicester, and of Henry de Newburgh, earl of Warwick. From the last of these the Dorsetshire Newburghs were descended. A monumental inscription in the church of Berkley, in Somerset, gives some account of this family, (vide Collinson’s Somerset, vol. II. p. 203,) and their pedigree is to be seen in Hutchins’s History of Dorset, vol. I. p. 135. There is however, some little difference between the inscription and the pedigree as the former makes the Dorsetshire Newburghs to issue from Henry, the second son of Henry de Newburgh, earl of Warwick; whereas the latter derives them from Robert, the fifth son, who is represented to be father of Roger de Newburgh, founder of Bindon Abbey. On which side the truth lies, I cannot ascertain, but it ought to be remembered, in favour of the pedigree, that it is built on the authority of Sir William Dugdale.” [A proper pedigree is possible through original documentation available from the TNA.]
“Mr. John Newburgh, to whom the above letters were addressed, was a man of a very active mind, but unfortunately engaged in many schemes which proved injurious to his fortune. He was obliged to sell a great part of is landed property in the parish of Netherbury, in Dorsetshire, soon after the date of the last letter; and his two manors of Wooth Francis and Froam St. Quintin were seized on by the Napiers of Middlemarsh-hall, who were the mortgagees. He was the last male of his very ancient and respectable family, and afforded a sad contrast to the wealth and splendor of his predecessors by ending his days in a prison, where he was confined for debt.” Fender.”
COMMENTS FROM THE PRESENT: If this is the case and this John Newburgh died in prison supposedly the last of his line, then where on earth did all the Newberry people in Devon come from? It appears that the writer of this article failed to consider the cadet lines that probably existed, and the Newburghs who still people the West Country today.