Thomas Newman Sr.

Thomas Newman Sr. (1620 - 1700)

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Thomas Newman Sr.
Born in Willhagen, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Richmond, Wise, Colony of Virginiamap
Descendants descendants
Died in Sittenbourne Parish, Richmond County, Colony of Virginiamap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 22 Jun 2011
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There is an identical thomas Newman Sr that is in conflict with this profile. Pike-2301 20:26, 21 December 2015 (EST) Thomas Sr Newman [1]

Birth Date: about 1620
Birth Place: Willhagen, England

Death: 1700 in Richmond County, Virginia Christening: 28 MAR 1616 Thorndon, Suffolk, England [2]

Married: circa 1648-1650 in Virginia
Spouse: Elizabeth Burdett (Burditt in some early records)
  1. Thomas, Jr. NEWMAN b: 1648
  2. Anne NEWMAN b: Abt. 1653
  3. Patience NEWMAN b: Abt. 1658
  4. Mary NEWMAN b: Abt. 1660
  5. Frances NEWMAN b: Abt. 1663

Thomas Newton was one of four of the original Newman brothers to come to America under the auspices of the London/Virginia Comp any between 1618 and 1635, landing at the Jamestown Colony on the York River in Virginia. Tradition has it that his father was a London grocer.

These Newman brothers, arrival dates and ships of arrival are a s follows:
Robert, 1618, "Furtherance".
William , 1622, "Furtherance".
John, 1635, "Globe".
Thomas, 1635, "Plain Joan".

Thomas Newman was the Original Immigrant 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 and 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.

Except for two 14 year olds on board, at age 15 Thomas Newman was the youngest person embarking on this great adventure to Virginia aboard the ship Plaine Joan'.

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 shipPlaine 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 that he paid to be 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.
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, (contract Slaves for normally 7 years for servitude) or persons transported as "servants" (read "employees").
It was reported 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.

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 Accomack Counties. 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


The immigrant Thomas probably married a daughter of Henry Burdett, Sr., whose will, proven in 1695, in Richmond county, is now lost with Will Book 1; but t he remaining records prove that he was executor of, and a devisee under t he will. He died intestate, about the beginning of the year 1700, and h is personal estate was appraised at 16,577 pounds of tobacco. He probably had daughters; the wives of Avery Naylor, John McMelion (McMillan? ), and Frances, wife of John Wilson, may have been among these . He certainly had but one son, Thomas, born probably before 1656, and after the removal of his father to what is now Richmond county."


  • Arrival:: Date: 1635


Note NI0610Passengers of the Plaine Joan
Passengers of the Plaine Joan

Research Notes

Note: This Profile was merged at least twice and probably 3 times without being Cleaned up after merge(s). 2 of these ____ were found. [3]



  1. 1.0 1.1 Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed.. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2006.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed.. Passe Birth date: abt 1620 Birth place: Arrival date: 1635 Arrival place: Virginia
  2. Ron Meyer Website: Thomas Newman
  3. Pike-2301 19:41, 21 December 2015 (EST)
  • 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, page 78.
  • Nugent's Volume I (all later than the 1635 arrival date of this Thomas Newman, as follows: (1), (2) & (3)
  • Nugent's Cavaliers and Pioneers, Volume, second edition (1963), page 118,
    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.
  • "Wills of Richmond County Virginia, 1699-1800"
  • Beverly Fleet's 1988 "Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Volume I", page 202

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On 2 Jan 2017 at 14:55 GMT Marie-Louise Goodenough wrote:

i think its willingham by st ives as here is no place called willhagen this branch of the newman family is in my dna contact , louise

On 22 Jun 2016 at 16:10 GMT J (Schmeeckle) S wrote:

It looks like Elizabeth Martin should be detached as Thomas's mother -- she was married to A John Newman after Thomas and his brothers were born, and there is no reason to believe that particular couple were the parents of the Newman brothers who immigrated to Virginia.

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