Biographical sketch of JAMES NEWELL from the book entitled, "Biographical Memoirs of Saint Clair County, Michigan," published in 1903 by B. F. Bowen Publishers in Logansport, Indiana.
This bio spans two (2) pages: 567-568
James Newell is a native of county Down, Ireland, and was born January 30, 1832, being a son of John and Mary (Molyneux) Newell, who migrated from Ireland to Canada in 1872.John Newell became baggage master of the Great Western Railroad, at Kamocke, Ontario.The death of Mr. Newell took place in St. Catherine’s in 1887, and his wife’s occurred January 29, 1888, both dying in the faith of the Presbyterian church.Their children were named as follows:Frank, Edward, Margaret, James, Sarah, William, Robert, Jane and Mary.In his thirteenth year James Newell went to Cumberland, England, and remained there for seven years, employed on farms, part of his waged being sent to his parents.In his twenty-second year he came to an uncle in Hallon county, Ontario, and soon secured contracts of clearing land, employing assistants and so continued till his marriage.He was united in marriage, in Kent county, Ontario, November 5, 1865, with Miss Betsey McKay, daughter of George and Grace (Gilchrist) McKay, who migrated from Scotland to Canada in 1832, and settled on a farm of one hundred and seventy-five acres in Howard township, Kent county, all of which Mr. McKay cleared and placed under cultivation.The family of Mr. and Mrs. McKay comprised eight children, of whom four died in infancy, the survivors being: Wylena, Margaret, Betsey and John.George McKay was called away in 1866, and his widow in October 1873, both members of the Presbyterian church.The children born to John Newell and his wife are six, namely: George is in the West; John, who died at twenty-six years of age, was a farmer, and married Lizzie Beadle; Cassie, who was a teacher for eleven years, is now the wife of Joseph Williams, a farmer; Benjamin died at the age of two years; William married Dollie Johnson and is farming the Newell homestead, and Grace, who graduated from the high school at Yale, [Michigan], in 1902, and is now taking a special course in stenography in a business college in Detroit.
Mr. Newell has a farm of two hundred and twenty acres, of which about fifty acres are in timber.He is a Republican in politics and has been honored with several offices of responsibility, such as those of highway commissioner, member of the board of review and school director for nine years.He is a Presbyterian.
Mr. Newell is ranked among the pioneers of St. Clair county, having purchased his first land from Lewis Brockway (sic), in whose honor the township was named.He has done as much as any man to redeem the township from the wilderness and to convert it into the blooming garden is now is, and the happy abiding place of hundreds of prosperous citizens, who owe much to his energy and perseverance.While he has made progress, it has been done in the face of some misfortune in the loss of stock,– having upwards of twenty head of sheep stolen at one time, and the loss by fire of his residence, it alone entailing more than two thousand dollars’ loss.However, he immediately erected his present commodious brick house on the site of the former.
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