Aaron was born a slave about 1794 in South Carolina.
He was the father of mariner, adventurer, missionary and Civil War veteran Reverend James R. Newby.
The Society of Friends sent Aaron to England to get his education. While in England, he was ordained a minister.
Slavery and Freedom
In his son James' biography, Aaron's freedom was won when the woman who enslaved him brought him to the free state of Pennsylvania. While there, the Act of Emancipation for the Middle States passed, and his presence in that state made him free.
1850: New London, Connecticut with his wife and children
As soon as Aaron and Fanny were married, their house became a "depot" on the Underground Railroad. Their house was furnished with a wardrobe with a false back for a one-person hiding place.
1850 United States Federal Census Year: 1850; Census Place: New London, New London, Connecticut; Roll: M432_49; Page: 108A; Image: 408
Newby, James R.; McHardie, Elizabeth; Allan, Andrew. The Prodigal Continent and Her Prodigal Son and Missionary: Or the Adventures, Conversion, and African Labours of the Rev. James R. NewbyDigital Archival Text