Family of Penobscot Indian family Thomas Newell and Mary Anne Tomah
Thomas Newell was born 1792, New Brunswick Canada, according to Indian Island. He died 1860, Old Town, Penobscot Maine. His wife was Mary Ann Tomah, born 1802, Old Town on Indian Island, died 1864 Indian Island Old Town Maine. the 1858 school census has Thomas and Mary Ann Newell listed as ages 66 and 56 living with John, Loring, Newell, Mary, Susan, and Frances Newell. All are listed as Penobscot Indian.
The January 3rd 1923 census lists Mary Newell born in 1864, Thomas born 1866, Betsey born 1869, Loring Franklin born 1872, Sockalexis 1875, and Charles born 1882.
1.) Joseph Newell MD is listed on the 1858 school census as age 50 with wife Mary Newell, age 40, living with children Joseph Newell Jr 20, Charles 18, Peter 15, Mary Nicola Newell 9, Mitchell Newell 5, and Maria Newell 4. It would mean he is either Thomas’s brother, son from a previous mariage, or possibly the age is off. I have noticed many of these census records do not have accurate ages and without a birth, death, or marriage record there is know way to tell for sure.
after finding a marriage record for Mitchell Newell as well as Maria Newell, Mary’s last name is Loring. It also lists Joseph as a doctor for occupation, which matches the fact it says he is an MD on the census.
2) Thomas Joseph Newell, born about 1824, was married twice. First to Marie Parsons b 1827. in New Hampshire. They had three children. Louis Belmont Newell b. 1844, Betsey Newell, born 1851, and Anna Newell, born 1861. He then married Adale Allard of Vermont in Ossipee New Hampshire 1 May 1870 and they had three children, Lizzie Belle Newell, John Newell, and Etta M Newell. Thomas is most likely the “Dr Newell” mentioned in John W Johnson’s book, unless they are talking about Joseph Newell. Thomas’s son Louis Belmont was known as “Rolling Thunder”
Of Thomas’s 3 children with Addie Allard, I can only find find records past childhood on Etta M Newell born July 1879 who marries Henry Wingate March 23 1816 in Rochester New Hampshire. She is later seen living with her mother in Massachusetts in 1910, and then in Vermont in 1920 she is listed as Divorced living with her mother, and the same for 1930 in Rochester New Hampshire. date of death: unknown
3) Jean John Newell born about 1826. There is more than one John Newell in this family, living in the same time frame. He may be the John Newell talked about in John W Johnson and elsewhere as eloping with a white woman from Massachusetts. I have a census record with a John Newell about age 30 placing his date of birth around 1830 with three children, John Newell Jr, Lewey Newell, and Annie Newell. John Newell jr marries Annie Solomon.
4) Sabattis Newell born 1826, died 1899 of pnumonia. by the time of the 1858 census Sabattis was married and with his children, and I do not have a birth record, however his death record states his father was Thomas Newell born in New Brunswick and other Mary Ann Newell of Old Town.
5) Charles Newell was born 1828.
6) Susan Newell was born between 1830 and 1840. She married John W Johnson. She was a Native American/Indian doctress who travelled with John Johnson and other Newell family members.
7) Frank/Francois Newell b. about 1831
8) Elizabeth Newell b 1835, married Joseph Sock Francis
9) Joseph Newell, born about 1835
10) Loren Newell, born on 11 Nov. 1840 in Gardner, Kennebec, Maine to Thomas Newell and Mary Tomah. He was married to Susan Delia Remick , of Carroll, Coos, New Hampshire, daughter of William Remick and Deborah (maiden name unknown) , 17 Oct 1866 in Northumberland, New Hampshire by, Josiah Morse. Loren was mentioned in the Life of John W Johnson Chapter 8. John discussed meeting Loren, Loren’s sister whom he would marry, and brother Thomas. The Newell family was known to travel throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts making and selling baskets and other items, entertaining, and doctoring.
According to census records, in 1870, Loren was living with two of his children on Indian Island, Mary A Newell who was listed as 7 at the time, and Betsey Newell, listed as age 1. If Mary A was 7, she would have been born around 1863, prior to Loren’s marriage to Susan Remick. While it is possible Mary was born to Susan D Remick prior to their marriage, another possibility is a prior marriage, Anna Welch which I am listing as a probable here.
According to Massachusetts marriage records, Loring Newell, born about 1841 of Old Town Maine, parents of Mary and Thomas Newell, listed occupation basketmaker, married Anna Welch born about 1845 of Old Town Maine married on 3 Jan 1863 in Gloucester Massachusetts. Her parents are listed as Archibald and Susanna Welch, supposedly of Old Town Maine, but I have not been able to find any information on this Welch family living in Old Town. I do not have a birth record for Mary Ann Newell either nor a death record available to list parents names, nor death record of Anna. It is possible Anna died in childbirth.
Newell was enlisted with Company D, 11th regiment as an army private in the Civil war. Date of enlistment November 1st, 1864, date of discharge November 10th 1865.
in 1880, we see Loren and Susan Newell in Cambridge Maine with Thomas, Betsey, Lizzie, Frank, and Sockalexis. They are also listed on the Indian Island census the same year, with the idea that even though they were away, they told census takers their information and also gave Loren’s wife’s name as Jane by accident.
He passed away in Bucksfield Maine 1903 December 20th, and is buried next to his wife and 1 daughter, Lizzie Alma Newell (Aiken) in Denmark Maine, Whales Cemetery and at least 1 son, Frank L Newell. Cause of death was listed as Acute hepatitis.
His wife, Susan Delia Remick, passed away 1899, September 19th in Denmark Maine of Brights disease of the kidneys.
After Susan passed away, it appears Loren Newell remarried Lillian Rankin in Norway Maine. the marriage record lists Loren Newell as born in Gardiner Maine, that he is Indian, and it is his 2nd marriage (despite my suspicions this is his 3rd) 1901, March 30th by Charles Mason in Norway Maine. Loren passed away in 1903, and Lillian applied for a widow’s pension 1904, January 25th in relation to Loren’s Civil war service . Loren Newell had 7 known children, 6 of which were with Susan Remmick and 1 possibly with his first wife Anna Welch.
The Following are Loren Newell and Susan Remmick’s children, with a possible exception being Mary Newell, with her mother possibly being Anna Welch.
Mary Ann Newell, born about 1863. After age 17 I do not have any records on her.
Thomas Belmont Newell, who married Lillia Judkins. 2nd wife Blanche Powers. Two children Chester Newell and Celand Thomas Newell. Their son Donald Newell married Barbara. His son was Donald Francis Newell and they had 5 children.
c. Betsey A Newell, 1867, November 30, New Hampshire d. 13 April 1948 married Frank Lester Wales. After she was married, she shows up as Bessie Newell in the records. Also she is shown to be identified as “Indian” in census records. some of her siblings varied between white and Indian which was not uncommon during this time period for many reasons (including it being illegal at the time to be married to someone of a different race). She and Frank Wales had one child, Susie May Wales born July 15, 1899 and died April 23 1986. Susie married Harold Lawton McIntire. They had no children. Frank Wales and Betsey “Bessie” Newell did adopt Carroll Wales born in 1819, his brother George W Wale’s grandson. His birth parents were Carroll F Snow and Marjorie Wales, both had passed away, and Carroll went to live with his grandfather, who had also passed away when Carroll was young. Carroll was born Carroll Snow September 15, 1918. He is seen with Frank Wales and Bessie Newell on the 1930 census as adopted son.
Bessie Newell’s and Frank Wale’s adopted son (which would be Frank Wales cousin once removed) and was an” Art restorer; Boston, Mass. Specialized in conservation of Byzantine art. Proprietor of Boston’s Oliver Brothers restoration firm. Conserved Roman mosaic at Worcester Art Museum where George Stout was director. Stout became Wales’ lifelong mentor and friend.”
d. Frank Loring Newell, who married Mary P Ranco, originally of Quebec but living in Denmark. Blanche Powers, who was the sister to Sockalexis’s wife, Lydia Powers.
e. Jacques Alexis, better known as Sockalexis Newell, born 8/15/1874 Locke Mills. , d. 5/6/1952, Locke Mills, Me.,(town of Greenwood), m. Lydia “Eliza” Powers 2/16/1896, b. 1874.,d.12/18/1924 Woodstock, Me., father was James W. Powers, b. 12/16/1837 Litchfield, Me. , d. 4/13/1914,, mother was Lydia C. Day, b. 1845 Woodstock, Me., d. 11/3/1910 Bryant Pd., Me. They had 12 ch. Lydia, Linwood, Mildred, Philip, Lonabell, Hilda, Edward, Glenwood, Irvine Newell (died as a baby), Marguerite, Carrol, Stanwood
f. Charles Newell, b.February 1881 • Milton, Oxford, Maine, USA . on the 1900 census living with his brother Sockalexis and wife, his father Loren with date of birth listed as February 1879. On his WWI Draft registration card dated September 12, 1918, his date of birth is listed as February 27, 1881. Race, Indian citizen, working as a Farm laborer for Foster Pingree in Denmark Oxford Maine. He lists his sister, Betsey “Bessie” (Newell) Wales as nearest relative. he is stated to have medium hight, medium build, with dark brown eyes and black hair. In 1910 he is living with Foster Pingree and his wife Flora working as a hired man, and the1930 census also has him as a boarder living with Foster Pingree and his wife Flora along with lodger Ella Bradbury age 60, with stated occupation as General Farm. He died1948, Denmark, Oxford County Maine and is buried in Wales Cemetery. no known children or marriage(s). It was difficult to track him due to some census records having discrepancies in date of birth and living as a boarder, but his month of birth was always listed as February.
March 25th, 1858 as taken by
J. C. Knowlton, Supervisor of Schools – Old Town, Maine http://www.nedoba.org/census_penobscot_1858.html
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