Ken, are you still looking for proof? I would be interested if you find it. I have the following paragraph in my notes on this family, but have no idea where I got it. Mitchell
"John Newman was classified as an idiot. He moved, with his brother, Samuel, to Campbell County, Georgia before the 1840 Federal Census. He was commited to Georgia State Hospital 16 March 1845. He died there the same year. John was probably retarded. His condition allowed researchers to identify John and his brother, Samuel, as sons of Samuel Newman and Elizabeth Goggans. Estate Papers, in Newberry County, identified a John Newman as an idiot. He was committed to the State Hospital by a nephew of his mother."