Famous Families

Newell

In the family history section of what still is the only history published on the town of Scituate, Masachussetts (and written by Deane in 1831), the entry referring to this name reads:

James Newell:
an African slave of Mary White, 1690.
Mary White had a farm in the Conihassett, one mile west of Merritt's brook , and she had the singular fancy to marry her slave. Tradition speaks of him as a respectable man. Their children, Joshua , James, Hezekiah, and four daughters, born from 1691 to 1706. James Jr. married Abigail Nichols 1739, and left sons James, Levi, Joshua and Daniel, born from 1740 to 1752. They have descendants in Scituate.

Besides the male lines carrying the name, the vital records for Scituate, up until the year1850, provides a partial list of those who married Newell women. They are:

Joshua Comset in 1775
Theophilus Cotherell, 1806
George Harlow, 1827
John W. Lindell, 1829
Noah C. Ellms, 1832
Capt. George B. Dennett, 1837 Portsmouth, Maine

(Only just discovered today, 6/14/94, that the home of Oliver Dennett was a station on the Underground Railway. Was particularly intrigued by this bit of info since it, quite possibly, could confirm my suspicion that one reason for so many of the Boston Brahmins' participation in the Abolitionist movemnt might have been genealogical - either their own or their friends or relatives descent from Abraham Pearce. Interestingly, it was in something written by none other than Harriet Beecher Stowe that I came across this fact.)


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