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  • Name William NEWSOM 
    Born Abt 1445 
    Gender Male 
    Died Newsom Hall, Lancashire England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Notes for William Newsom:
      William Newsom (or Newsham) may have been the first resident of Newsham Hall in Lancashire, England, and was Lord of the Manor. "Newsham" was pronounced by the 15th Century English similarly to how "Newsome" is pronounced today in the United States. That is, the 'h' was silent - so we have something like 'news-um.'

      The Hall stood more or less midway between the villages of Broughton and Woodplumpton, some three miles northwest of Preston and about six miles south of present day Garstang. The original boundaries of the property are intact, though its ownership has long since passed on. The current location, a working farmstead upon which only a wall or two of the old manor remain, is located on Newsham Hall Lane.

      The Newsom family lived in the house for at least seven generations - until it was sold by Richard Newsom, the last of the Newsoms to own the property, in about 1630. But if the reputed antiquity (below) of the Newsham line in the vicinity can be verified, William, the earliest 'proven' resident, may not have been the first after all.

      St. Anne's, a currently Anglican, but formerly Catholic Church dating from perhaps the 12th Century, still stands just down the road from Newsham Hall, in Woodplumpton. The early Newsoms attended church there. Some Newsom cousins still do.

      The origins of the Newsom family in Lancashire is somewhat obscure, but the following excerpt from 'Goosnargh: Past and Present' by Richard Cookson, published in Lancashire, England, 1887, sheds some light on this early history:
      'Of Newsham, (Henry) Fishwick (in his comprehensive "The History of the Parochial Chapelry of Goosnargh," 1871) writes, "Almost the only place of any interest in the little township of Newsham is Newsham Hall, which was for many generations the seat of the Newsoms, a once powerful and influential family in Lancashire and Yorkshire."

      The connection between the families of the two counties has not been proved, but it is probable that the Lancashire branch sprang from the Yorkshire family. At a very early period Nisandus de Neuson granted by charter certain lands in Newsham and York to the monks of Fountains Abbey, which grant was afterwards confirmed by his son, Robert de Neusum, whose son Ranulphus de Neusom was living A.D. 1234-1269.

      This Ranulphus had a son Robertus de Neusom, whose wife Agnus confirmed a grant to Fountains, made by Ranulphus de Neusom, her husband's father; and in 1331 an Adam de Neusom granted to Sir William Bowes, and to Henry son of Adam de Cleatham, all his land in Neusom (Co. York), with the reversion of the lands which Alan de Neuson held in Berford, and which Adam de Steddale held for in Barnard Castle.

      A branch of the family resided at Newsham Hall in the 15th century, but it is not unlikely that they were here at a much earlier period. No doubt it was one of the family who is said to have, in 1527, taken a part in a dispute relative to the tithes of Newsham (see notes for John Newsom, b. 1520). For seven generations this property descended from father to son; the last of the family who owned it was Richard Newsom, who married Barbara daughter of Edmund Fleetwood, of Roshall (i.e. Rossall), esquire, and was living in 1632.

      A few years after this the estate was conveyed to Thomas Wilson, the eldest son of Thomas Wilson, of Wrightington, gent., and Mary his wife. Thomas Wilson the younger (of Tunley and Newsham Hall), died in or about the year 1660, when Newsham Hall passed to his son Thomas, who died intestate and without issue in 1702, when the property went to Henry Wilson, the grandson of John Wilson, of Bretherton. Henry Wilson was born in 1669, and married Catherine Bamber, and died in 1726, leaving issue, Thomas, John, and Ann. Thomas Wilson, who succeeded his father to Newsham Hall, died in 1759, leaving it to his grandson, Thomas Wilson, of Manchester (son of Henry Wilson, of Clifton, deceased), who in I782 sold it to John Bourne, of Stalmine Hall, in the County of Lancaster, esquire, who by will bequeathed it to his nephew, James Bourne, of Heathfield, who again devised it to his brother, John Bourne, of Stalmine Hall, whose son, James Thomas Bourne, captain in the 2nd Royal Lancashire Militia, is now its present owner.

      The building as it now stands shows no evidence of antiquity, although there is nothing from which one can fix with any degree of certainty its exact or even proximate age. The present tenant is Mr. Thomas Jackson. A beautiful carved oak cupboard is still at Newsham Hall, bearing the inscription 1711, H.K.W. (doubtless Henry and Catherine Wilson). On a door of an oak-panelled pew in Woodplumpton Church belonging to Newsham Hall (St. Anne's), is cut in the solid wood the following: H.M.W., 1714. One letter is deficient, but the initials, no doubt, refer to Henry and Mary Wilson; and a slab near the altar rail records that there is buried Ann Taylor, wife of James Taylor, and daughter of Henry and Mary Wilson, late of Newsham Hall, gent., A.D. 1780, aged 33.'

      Child of William Newsom is:
      i. John2 Newsom, born Abt. 1467 in Newsom Hall, Lancashire, England; died Abt. 1516 in Newsom Hall, Lancashire, England.

    • William Newsome was born Bet. 1435 - 1445 in Lancashire, England, and died date unknown in England.He married Wife on Bet. 1460 - 1467.
      Includes NotesNotes for William Newsome:
      In "The History of the Parochial Chapelry of Goosnargh in the County of Lancaster" William is the earliest ancestor listed in the family tree "Newsam of Newsam."He is shown as "William Newsam of Newsam Hall, Co. Lancaster, Gent."It is written about Newsham Hall (page 193) that "Almost the only place of interest in the little township of Newsham is Newsham Hall, which was for many generations the seat of the Newsams, a once powerful and influential family in Lanchashire and Yorkshire.
      Although the name has been spelled different ways (de Neusom, de Neusome, Newsam, Newsham, Newhous, Neuhuse, Neusome, Nusum, Newsom, and Newsome) the literal definition of the name, as I understand it is "dwellers of the new house."For simplicity, I spell the name Newsome and reference in notes if there is a different spelling of significance.
      The coat of arms at this time is "Azure, on a fesse three crosses crosslet gules."
      More About William Newsome and Wife:
      Marriage: Bet. 1460 - 1467
      Children of William Newsome and Wife are:

      +John Newsome, b. Bet. 1460 - 1467, d. 1516, Lancashire, England.

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    +1. John NEWSOM,   b. Abt 1467, Newsom Hall, Lancashire England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1516, Newsom Hall, Lancashire England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
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    William Newsom 1445 - The first resident of Newsham Hall in Lancashire, England
    William Newsom 1445 - The first resident of Newsham Hall in Lancashire, England