THOMAS NEWMAN - Original Immagrant was born in England circa 1620, possibly the son of John Newman, London grocer, and the brother of John Newman (Jr.). Thomas Newman made his passage to Virginia in 1635 at age 15 in the ship 'Plaine Joan', arriving in July 1635, probably in Jamestown (then James City) on the James River, where he settled initially with his brother John Newman in James City County. His brother John Newman also made his passage in 1635 in the ship 'Globe.
The passage of Thomas Newman, original immigrant, was cited in the 1874
published volume "The Original Lists of Persons Who Went From Great Britain to the America Plantations, 1600-1700", edited by John Camden Hotten in London, in which it was reported on page 78 that Thomas Newman, age 15, embarked from "ye port of London" on 15 May 1635 "to Virginea" as one of 83 males aboard the ship "Plaine Joan", Richard Buckam, Master. Except for two 14 year olds on board, at age 15 Thomas Newman was the youngest person embarking on this great adventure to Virginia.
Affirming the arrival of Thomas Newman in Virginia was an entry in Nugent's "Cavaliers and Pioneers, Volume I", second edition (1963), page 118, in which it was reported that George Mynifie (Menefee in some records), merchant, was granted by patent on 19 April 1638 by order of the Court at James City on 9 May 1635 (the likely departure date of Thomas Newman and the ship "Plaine Joan") 3000 acres of land (apparently in the Northern Neck area of Virginia, for other records reveal that the prosperous merchant George Menefee lived in what later became Northumberland County), for 60 persons "transported at his own expense". Among those 60 persons listed as sponsored by the merchant Menefee was Thomas Newman. Note that almost three years elapsed between the 1635 arrival date of the sponsored persons and the granting of land to the sponsor, which was apparently the norm for these procedures of headright grants to sponsors. Other Thomas Newman arrivals were reported in Nugent's Volume I (all later than the 1635 arrival date of this Thomas Newman), as follows:
(1) to Capt. Moore Fauntleroy, page 195, 1800 acres on 22 May 1650 for the transport of 36 persons,
(2) to Capt. David Mansell, page 297, 600 acres on 6 October 1654, for the transport of 12 persons, and
(3) to Henry Wilson, page 501, 450 acres on 15 June 1664,
for the transport of 9 persons.
Where these three Thomas Newmans settled in Virginia was not pursued by this writer.
Except for presumed rare instances where a sponsor may have designated a
particular immigrant person for transport from England to Virginia, the records reveal that those transported in the name of a particular sponsor were assimilated at random from those in England wishing to make the journey. These instances would have included indentured persons, or persons transported as "servants" (read "employees").
It is believed that Thomas Newman, along with his brother John Newman, made his way to Lancaster County in the Northern Neck area of Virginia by about 1652-1654, to eventually live in what was to become Richmond County. The neck of land in Virginia bounded by The Potomac River to the north, the Chesapeake Bay to the east, and the Rappahannock River to the south was initially a part of Charles River County (one of eight original shires of counties formed in 1634), from which York County was formed in 1643, with Northumberland County being formed from
the county of York in 1648, and Lancaster County (1651) and Westmoreland County
(1653) from Northumberland. Old Rappahannock County was formed from Lancaster
in 1656, with old Rappahannock County being abolished in 1692 when Richmond and
Essex Counties were created from old Rappahannock (a new Rappahannock County was
created elsewhere in Virginia in 1833 from Culpeper County). The dates of creation
of these Northern Neck Counties reflected the population growth of the area, for
the inhabitants petitioned for new county creations when their numbers increased
to a size that warranted their creation. Available records reflect that the
brothers Newman were a part of this relocation and regional growth. John Newman
acquired by patent 150 acres of land in 1644 "situated on Smith's Fort Creek"
in James City County. By 1652 it is believed he had relocated to the Northern
Neck area, for between 1652 and 1677 he had acquired by letters, patent, grant
and deeds about 4000 acres of land situated on both sides of Morattico Creek in
the present counties of Lancaster and Richmond, where he resided near Tarpley's
Point, then known as Morattico or Newman's Neck.
The first record of Thomas Newman in the Northern Neck area was reported
in Beverly Fleet's 1988 "Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume I", page 202, where
Thomas Newman of Lancaster County was a witness to a deed in 1654 to a land sale
involving Edward James and Thomas Best for 350 acres on the north side of the
Rappahannock River. So it is safe to say Thomas Newman and John Newman were in
the Northern Neck area by 1652-1654.
The Boogher source cited in this writing evidences that Thomas Newman was
married circa 1648-1650 in Virginia to Elizabeth Burdett (Burditt in some early
records), the daughter of Henry Burdett, Sr. The will of Henry Burdett, Sr. was
proved in Richmond County VA in 1695, with Thomas Newman identified as the
executor and as a legatee. It is believed Henry Burdett, Sr. was the son of
William Burdett, who had a presence in Accowmack County on the Eastern shore,
an original shire or county created in 1634, to be renamed Northampton in 1643,
and from which Accomack County was created in 1663. William Burdett accumulated
vast acreage in both Northampton and Accomackcounties. He was deceased by 1657,
according to a deed drawn by John Custis on 8 October 1657 in Nothampton County,
for 200 acres of land "adjoining William Burdett, deceased". Thomas Burdett in
1658 in Northampton County VA acquired by conveyance 1050 acres of land "by
virtue of rights of a patent granted unto his father, William Burdett, conveying
the same quantity and by him deserted", all according to Nugent's "Cavaliers and
Pioneers, Volume I", page 363.
Boogher reported that in 1677 in old Rappahannock County Thomas Newman made
a deed to his son Thomas Newman, Jr. in which he conveyed one-half of his real
and personal property, which was at a time when Thomas Newman, Jr. was beginning
his family. This 1677 deed was cited by Boogher as being on record at the Tappahannock, VA courthouse, the former seat of government for old Rappahannock County,
and the present county seat of Essex County. Boogher stated with emphasis that
Thomas Newman "had but one son, Thomas, born probably before 1656", with no
source cited. The "before 1656" date is likely cited, for this was the date
when Richmond County was formed.
To supplement the early Colonial era Newman family information in Virginia
as found in the Boogher gleanings, the writer acknowledges a genealogically rich
1983 publication compiled by Robert K. Headley, Jr., entitled "Wills of Richmond
County Virginia, 1699-1800", that contains valuable information about the original
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