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Harrison NEWSOM, Sr

Male 1775 - 1832  (57 years)


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  • Name Harrison NEWSOM 
    Suffix Sr 
    Born 1775  Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1832  Robinson Creek, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Notes for Harrison Newsom, Sr.:
      Harrison Newsom was the first Kentucky Newsom, having moved from the ancestral Newsom roots of Virginia and North Carolina to Pike County, Kentucky in about 1815. He established two families there - one with his wife "Peggy" Lowe, and the other with a mistress, Polly Kinney. Harrison appears to have sired children by both women contemporaneously.

      One story handed down through the generations by some Kinney descendants, and still told by them, is that Harrison brought Polly home to live with his family when Polly was just twelve. Peggy's initial reaction is unknown, but when Polly became pregnant at the age of eighteen, Peggy finally put her foot down and ordered the girl out of the house. Not to be outdone, after emigrating to the Caney Creek area in Pike County, Kentucky, Harrison dutifully built a house for Polly just a few miles down the road in Little Robinson Creek - a home he did not hesitate to visit from time to time.

      Another version, told by Oma Bratley and passed along to Clarence Tackett, a Newsome cousin, goes as follows: Polly Kinney was a servant of Harrison and his wife Margaret "Peggy" (Lowe) Newsom in North Carolina. Polly became pregnant by Harrison and her father asked Harrison to keep her. Apparently there was some sort of agreement between all the parties, because in little time Polly had not one, but two, children by Harrison. When the move to Kentucky was decided upon in 1815, Polly took a bed tick and made a covering for her horse with a pocket on each side. The children were placed in the pockets and Polly walked the entire trip, holding the horse by the reigns and traveling alongside Harrison, Peggy and their children. When the group finally arrived safely in Kentucky, having wended their way through the Cumberland Gap wilderness, Harrison got a government grant of land on Caney Creek. A few Indians lived here and Harrison gave them guns, money, and dogs. They were thus satisfied to give up claim to their land, leaving on friendly and good terms. Polly and her children lived separately on nearby Little Robinson Creek. The two families worked together and helped each other.

      Each of Polly's children - eventually she and Harrison had seven together - was left 15 acres of land, a horse or a mule. In the end, Harrison willed each of his children by Peggy a farm (Deed Book A1, page 543, 1837, Pike County, Kentucky). Harrison died in 1836 and was buried on Little Robinson Creek near the Robert Newsom farm. Peggy died sometime in the 1840's. Polly, who never married, died about 1876 (sometime after the 1870 census). Both Peggy and Polly are buried beside Harrison, but no markers exist today.

      Some Rowan County, North Carolina civil records still exist (Court Order Book 23, p. 189) which show that on April 15, 1814, Rowan County High Sheriff John Sith executed a civil court order and seizure of property against Harrison. The action was brought by a David Coss in the amount of forty-five pounds. The exact nature and origin of the dispute is not revealed in the documents, but the matter was resolved in August, 1814, when Harrison signed over 114 acres of "Flat Swamp," valued at forty pounds, to Mr. Coss.

      There are indications that there may have been at least one more civil action against Harrison at about the same time, this one initiated by a "Jacob..." Harrison left North Carolina for Kentucky the following year. Perhaps the foregoing matters were at least part of the reason for his emigration.

      It is in subsequent generations forward that we see many Newsoms consistently adopting an "e" on the end of the surname. Since the family's roots in England the name was variously spelled Neesum, Newsam, Newsham and Newsom. Some branches of the family still spell the name minus the "e."

      More About Harrison Newsom, Sr.:
      Burial: Harrison Newsom, Sr., his wife Peggy Lowe, his mistress Polly Kinney, and several of their children are buried on the old Kinney property at the dead end of Little Robinson Creek Road off Old 23, about 3 miles south of Virgie. The graves are unmarked.

      Children of Harrison Newsom and Mary Lowe are:
      66 i. Hartwell14 Newsome, born 1803 in Rowan County, North Carolina; died Aft. 1870 in Pike County, Kentucky. He married (1) Jenny Mullins May 02, 1825 in Floyd County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky. He married (2) Sarah Tolley March 13, 1831 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
      Notes for Jenny Mullins:
      Jenny Mullins was sister to Booker and Smith Mullins. These brothers married Newsome sisters Mary Polly and Margaret Peggy, in that order.
      67 ii. Nancy Newsome, born Abt. 1805 in Rowan County, North Carolina.
      Notes for Nancy Newsome:
      There is a record (Court Order Book "A," p. 211) of an 1829 Pike County court subpoena being issued against Nancy Newsome ordering her to show cause why her six-year-old son William should not be "bound out..." The county sheriff gave notice in the proceedings that Nancy had fled the county and could not be found. Young William was eventually bound out to a Cornelius Roberts. No further records have yet been found which offer evidence as to what happened later to either Nancy or William.
      68 iii. Henry Newsome, born 1807 in Rowan County, North Carolina; died Abt. 1864 in Pike County, Kentucky. He married Martha "Patsy" Branham September 02, 1831 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
      69 iv. Mary Polly Newsome, born 1810 in Rowan County, North Carolina. She married Booker Mullins December 03, 1829 in Pike County, Kentucky; born Abt. 1809 in Pike County, Kentucky.
      Notes for Mary Polly Newsome:
      Two of the Newsome sisters, Mary Polly and Margaret Peggy, married two of the Mullins brothers, Booker and Smith, in that order. Their sister Jenny was Hartwell Newsome's first wife.
      70 v. Margaret "Peggy" Newsome, born Abt. 1811 in Rowan County, North Carolina. She married Smith Mullins March 10, 1833 in Pike County, Kentucky; born Abt. 1810 in Pike County, Kentucky.
      + 71 vi. Frederick William Newsome, Sr., born January 05, 1812 in Rowan County, North Carolina; died Abt. 1899 in Robinson Creek, Pike County, Kentucky.
      72 vii. Harrison Newsome, Jr., born 1815 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He married Mary Hall February 11, 1834 in Pike County, Kentucky; born Abt. 1818 in Pike County, Kentucky.
      73 viii. Davenport Newsome, born 1816 in Pike County, Kentucky. He married Marinda Bryant April 06, 1837 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
      74 ix. Elizabeth "Betty" Newsome, born Abt. 1817 in Pike County, Kentucky. She married William Hamilton
      75 x. Martha "Patsy" Newsome, born Abt. 1819 in Pike County, Kentucky.

      Children of Harrison Newsom and Polly Kinney are:
      76 i. John14 Kinney-Newsom, born 1814 in Rowan County, North Carolina. He married Polly Branham June 19, 1834 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
      77 ii. Nancy Kinney-Newsom, born 1815 in Pike County, Kentucky. She married William Elswick February 12, 1835 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
      Notes for Nancy Kinney-Newsom:
      The Kinney-Newsome sisters Nancy, Sarah and Margaret married the Elswick brothers William, John and James, in that order.
      78 iii. William Kinney-Newsom, born 1816 in Pike County, Kentucky. He married Sarah Robinson May 07, 1853 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
      79 iv. Sarah "Sally" Kinney-Newsom, born 1820 in Pike County, Kentucky. She married John Elswick December 31, 1835 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
      80 v. Katherine Kinney - Newsom, born 1823 in Pike County, Kentucky; died 1885.
      81 vi. Margaret Kinney-Newsom, born Abt. 1829 in Pike County, Kentucky. She married James Wesley Elswick December 28, 1844 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
      82 vii. Leonard "Lin" Kinney-Newsom, born November 10, 1831 in Robinson Creek, Pike County, Kentucky; died March 30, 1930 in Robinson Creek, Pike County, Kentucky. He married Sarah Jane Johnson November 10, 1853 in Pike County, Kentucky; born in Pike County, Kentucky.
    Person ID I7052  Johnson & Hanson
    Last Modified 31 Mar 2006 

    Father Lewis NEWSOM,   b. 6 Dec 1748, Albermarle Parish, Surry & Sussex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Pamela NEWSOM,   b. Abt 1750, Albermarle Parish, Surry & Sussex County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F534  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Polly KINNEY,   b. Abt 1796, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1876, Robinson Creek, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years) 
    Children 
     1. John KINNEY-NEWSOM,   b. 1814, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Nancy KINNEY-NEWSOM,   b. 1815, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. William KINNEY-NEWSOM,   b. 1816, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sarah "Sally" KINNEY-NEWSOM,   b. 1820, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Katherine KINNEY-NEWSOM,   b. 1823, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1885  (Age 62 years)
     6. Margaret KINNEY-NEWSOM,   b. Abt 1829, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Leonard "Len" KINNEY-NEWSOM,   b. 10 Nov 1831, Robinson Creek, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1930, Robinson Creek, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 98 years)
    Family ID F2629  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Mary Margaret "Peggy" LOWE,   b. 1780, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1841-1850, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 2 Sep 1802  Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hartwell NEWSOM,   b. 1803, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1870, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 68 years)
     2. Nancy NEWSOM,   b. Abt 1805, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Henry NEWSOM,   b. 1807, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1864, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     4. Mary Polly NEWSOM,   b. 1810, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Margaret "Peggy" NEWSOM,   b. Abt 1811, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
    +6. Frederick William NEWSOM,   b. 5 Jan 1812, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1899, Robinson Creek, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     7. Harrison NEWSOM, Jr,   b. 1815, Rowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Davenport NEWSOM,   b. 1816, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Elizabeth "Betty" NEWSOM,   b. Abt 1817, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Martha "Patsy" NEWSOM,   b. Abt 1819, Pike County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F2627  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart