Tracking New England Colonials
back to their UK Ancestors
FROM THE BEGINNING
For the past several months we have been busy connecting the dots between the Newburgh clan of Dorset and those who migrated to, or were seated in the surrounding Southwest UK counties. More importantly we are interested in those who ultimately migrated to New England. Surname permutations vary from one record to the next; but being aware of relationships via land possession and wills, we are progressing.
Our studies began with THE CONQUEROR, whose cousins the Newburghs/Beaumonts came down through history into southern England. Using extant documents we have traced cadet lines originating from the 1st Earl of Warwick, Henry de Newburgh, through his son Robert whose descendants were the lords of Lulworth.
By 1500 the East Lulworth line began its march toward extinction after the death of John Newburgh, Esq., in 1484 at Lulworth St. Andrew, East Lulworth.
THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY FAMILY
As Lord of East Lulworth, John Newburgh Esq. had an elder son John Jr. who was borne to his first wife Edith Attemoore c. 1431. By May of 1471 the Esquire and John Jr. were at odds with one another, or perhaps before. The sad tale commenced in earnest four months after his step-brother William was killed at the Battle of Tewkesbury. John Jr. lost his customary primogeniture in September of 1471. William's death seems to have been the catalyst.
The record implies John fell out of favor with his father and step-mother Alice (mother of William) over politics. Traditionally, the Newburghs were Lancastrians, but John Jr. broke with family allegiances to follow King Edward IV. John Jr. had two brothers, Robert and Thomas who were also sons of Edith Attemoore. Thomas inherited Berkeley, Somerset. Robert seems to have had a presence in the Isle of Wight, but is relatively obscure to the record.
Following the death of Edith c. 1448, the Esquire remarried Alice Carent Westbury (widow). Herein seems to lay the source of later problems. Because of the familial failings, John Jr. saw his legacy diverted by charter to his step nephews, sons of his deceased step-brother William. This occurred through the Esquire's powerful feoffees the FitzJames'.
SOME KNOWN PLAYERS
JOHN NEWBURGH JR.
John Jr. was married in 1449 and lived in Swanage. He was steward at Corfe Castle for a time before shipping off to Caernarvon Castle (Wales) for more royal duty. Some time after 1456, his first wife died. In his middle age John Jr. married Isabel Courtenay perhaps as a second or third wife. He had no issue with her. As John's widow after 1497, she went on to marry twice more. John's later life was spent in obscurity at Tonerspuddle, where he was provided for by his father in his final years. It is thought John Jr. had a son called Roger of Warmwell, bc. 1456.
ROGER NEWBURGH son of John Jr.
John Jr.’s son Roger of Warmwell is relatively invisible, though he appears to be the steward of Milton Abbey in the early 16th century. See latest newsletter. As the Newburghs moved away from Lulworth to Devon and Somerset, his story becomes one of great interest and mystery with possible connections to the NEW ENGLAND emigration.
THOMAS NEWBURGH of Berkeley
Thomas Newburgh raised his large family in Berkeley, Somerset. Court documents paint a colorful picture of family strife for this line which also suffered extinction around 1680.
WILLIAM NEWBURGH the step-brother
William Newburgh's sons, John then Roger, (grandson's of the Esquire) became the final Newburgh heir(s) to Lulworth. The line was extinguished in 1514/5 when Roger passed the family legacy to his daughter Christian who married Sir John Marney.
LESSER KNOWN and EARLY OFF SHOOTS
There are other earlier Newburghs (1290-1400) for which information is meager; but we are always seeking new clues for Gilbert, Ambrose, Gervase, William Newburgh and others whose families spread to parts of Wessex. The forename 'John' is the most prevalent in the Newburgh family history flowing in abundance through all branches of the family.
OUR CURRENT GOAL . . .
is to track the Newburgh, Newberry clans occurring after 1400 and to connect families of Devon, Somerset, Wilts, West Dorset and Berks to the Lulworth Lords and their early cadet lines. Plotting families via parish records, wills and chancery suits etc., we hope to string all the pearls back to the main armigerous line.
Jacob Newbury, a contemporary Newburgh descendant living in the UK has been working on this conundrum for many months with me. Diving headlong into the parish records of the 16th and 17th century, he is trying to make sense of the migration patterns out of Lulworth.
On this new page we hope to engage others who are interested in the far flung lines centered near Stockland, Dalwood, Yarcombe and Chardstock; and to discover where all the New England immigrants originated.
Currently, we are looking into the following families to find their true roots and connections:
Richard Newberry of Malden, Massachusetts arrived 1643 and d. 1685.
Thomas Newberry of Dorchester, Massachusetts arrived 1633/34 and d. 1635.
NEW INFO August 2019:
Richard and Thomas were cousins. For more information see the Newsletters section and read the August 2019 issue. The research paper can be acquired for $11.25 at Gumroad.
There were others who arrived in America earlier than Thomas and Richard when the Virginia companies arrived. See corresponding pages IMMIGRANTS, SHIPS and DORCHESTER ADVENTURERS.
These two 'planters' of the New World have been inadequately studied and misunderstood for over a century since Joseph Gardner Bartlett wrote The Newberry Genealogy in 1914. The College of Arms notified Bartlett of his inaccuracies. Unfortunately, he died before correcting the record which has led to continued confusion of Newberry history. We at WWNP have been studying this mistake and will, in the near future, publish corrections to Bartlett.
Care to join us? If you have documented information about your family lines in the UK and would like to engage, please contact us. If you would like to help fund the project, please see our campaign at GOFUNDME titled Mapping the Newburgh Family.