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William Newman

Male Abt 1610 - Bef 1676  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name William Newman  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1610  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 18 Nov 1676  Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • will probated
    Notes 
    • William Newman was born about 1610, and died at Stamford between 18 August and 18 November 1676, the dates of his will and its probate..A wife Elizabeth ? for whom we have no further information, was named in his will.
      He and his father were both settlers of Stamford during its first year, 1642. They probably did not come from Wethersfield with the majority of the other early settlers, but their place of origin is still unknown.
      The lands of William Newman were recorded at Stamford on 1 March 1649/50 as follows:
      1. One house and home lot containing an acre and a half, Bounded by William Graves to the east, John Elliot west, abutting the highway north and the meadows south;
      2. Also another house and house lot, containing 3 acres, bounded by Nicholas Knapp and common land to the north, Henry Ackerly, William Potter and Common Land south, butting to the highway west and the common east;
      3. In the North Field, 12 acres of upland, bounded by David Mitchell north, Nicholas Theale south, butting to the fence east, and the River west;
      4. In the same field, 10 more acres of upland, bounded by Thomas Newman south, Nicholas Knapp north, butting to the highway east, and the River west;
      5. In the same field, 3 more acres of upland, bounded by the rails (fence) east, Henry Smith and Francis Bell west, Thomas Neman south, Francis Bell north;
      6. In Rocky Neck, 7 1/2 acres of upland, 4 1/2 acres of the said parcel is waste land, bounded by Francis Bell to the south, William Mead to the north, butting to William Mead, thomas Morehouse & Thomas Newman west, Nicholas Knapp east, a highway through the west end of it;
      7. In the East Field, 4 acres of meadow, bounded by Thomas Hyatt south, Vincent Simkins north, butting Henry Ackerly west, the highway east, with 12 rods fence as it was layed out by ?;
      8. In the same field, 6 acres meadow down in the South field fence belonging (?), bounded by Vincent Simkins on the south and north, butting to the highway east, Jeffery Ferris and John Finch west;
      9. In the same field, 2 more acres of meadow, bounded by Daniel Scofield south, Henry Ackerly north, butting to the highway west, and Jonas Weed east.
      Difficulties with the Court at New Haven in 1654 (along with his father) have already been described. Just prior to his father's death, on 25 May 1659, the New Haven Court turned to William Newman to settle a dispute that was current in the colony concerning "wrong done in the sizes of shooes." William Newman of Stamford was said to have been in the possession of an instrument that he had brought from England, that was capable of determining the correct sizes of shoes, and that instrument was ordered to be bought to New Haven to serve as model for a standard to be made to serve the needs of the entire Colony. There is no further information on this subject, and we may assume that William either complied, or the illness and death of his father intervened in the completion of this project.
      His will was dated at Stamford on 18 August (6th month) and probated on 18 November (9th month) 1676. He mentioned his wife Elizabeth, and children Thomas, Daniel, "John" (who died before the probate), Sarah, Elizabeth and Hannah. His inventory was taken and filed on the date of probate. Also on the same date of probate, an agreement was made between and among the (remaining) heirs.

      William Newman hath assigned to him by the town (of Stamford), in Oct 1642, two acres marsh and three acres woodland. In 1659, complaints having been made to the court in New Haven respecting the "sizes of shoes," the court hearing that William Newman had an instrument which he had brought from England which "was thought to be right to determine this question, did order that the said instrument should be procured and sent to New Haven, to be made a "Standard" which shall be the rule between buyer and seller, to which it is required that all sizes be conformed." Mr. Newman was evidently a man of note in the young colony, and once represented the town in the General Court. Savage supposes he may have removed to Narragansett after 1669. In 1676 William Newman, planter of Stamford, sells to John Austin, "taylor" of Stamford some land. His will, dated 7.9.1673, makes his legatees, his wife Elizabeth, and his children, Thomas, Daniel, John, ____, Elizabeth, and Hannah. It also mentions his brother John.

      William came to Stamford in 1642. His home was first on the west side of South Street and then by 1650 on the south side of East Street. He was a shoemaker and held a number of important positions in Stamford.

      William Newman was born about 1610, and died at Stamford between 18 August and 18 November 1676, the dates of his will and its probate, see below. A wife Elizabeth _____ for whom we have no further information was named in his will
      He and his father were both settlers of Stamford during its first year, 1642. They probably did not come from Wethersfield with the majority of the other early settlers, but their place of origin is still unknown.
      The lands of William Newman were recorded at Stamford on 1 March 1649/50 and included nine parcels totaling about 53 acres.
      Difficulties with the Court at New Haven in 1654 (along with his father) have already been described. Just prior to his father's death, on 25 May 1659, the New Haven Court turned to William. Newman to settle a dispute that was current in the Colony concerning "wrong done in the sizes of shooes." William Newman of Stamford wag said to have been in the possession of an instrument that he had brought from England, that was capable of determining the correct sizes of shoes, and that instrument was ordered to be brought to New Haven to serve as a model for a standard to be made to serve the needs of the entire Colony. There is no further information on this subject, and we may assume that William either complied, or the illness and death of his father intervened in the completion of this project.
      His will was dated at Stamford on 18 August (6th month) and probated on 18 November (9th month) 1676. He mentioned his wife Elizabeth, and children Thomas, Daniel, "John" (who died before the probate), Sarah, Elizabeth and Hannah. His inventory was taken and filed on the date of probate. Also on the same date of probate, an agreement was made between and among the (remaining) heirs. The children of William and Elizabeth Newman, only three recorded, order uncertain, but based on the order of naming in probate documents, were: Thomas, Daniel, Sarah, Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary and John. [2, 4, 5, 6]
    Person ID I39190  Mindrum
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2015 

    Father Thomas Newman,   b. Abt 1584, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 22 Feb 1660  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Mother Mary,   d. Dec 
    Family ID F18760  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth,   b. Nov 1621, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1676  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Newman,   b. 1643,   d. 1714  (Age 71 years)
     2. Daniel Newman,   b. Abt 1650,   d. 1695  (Age ~ 45 years)
     3. Sarah Newman,   d. Bef 1698
     4. Elizabeth Newman,   b. 1654,   d. 5 Dec 1713, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
     5. Hannah Newman,   b. 29 Jan 1657/8, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1712, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     6. Mary Newman,   d. 18 Dec 1659
     7. John Newman,   b. 21 Apr 1661, Stamford, Fairfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 7 Nov 1676  (Age < 15 years)
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2015 
    Family ID F26727  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S296] Connecticut Ancestry, Nov 2008, Vol. 51, No. 2, p. 53.

    2. [S3818] E. B. Huntington, History of Stamford, Conn., from 1641 to the present time, (1868), pp. 38-39.

    3. [S2758] Jeanne Majdalany, The Early Settlement of Stamford, Connecticut, 1641-1700, (Heritage Books, Inc., 1991), 1673?.

    4. [S296] Connecticut Ancestry, Nov 2008, Vol. 51, No. 2.

    5. [S2758] Jeanne Majdalany, The Early Settlement of Stamford, Connecticut, 1641-1700, (Heritage Books, Inc., 1991), p. 181.

    6. [S296] Connecticut Ancestry, Nov 2008, Vol. 51, No. 2, pp. 53-55.