Barbara --just saw your post as I am currently "organizing and cleaning up" my Newbold research notes related to the Onslow County Newbold.
My analysis of the information I have regarding Onslow County Newbolds has led me to speculate that the father of Bryan Newbold was Elijah Newbold.This deduction was mostly informed by the following transcription of a petition filed by James W. Newbold's widow Clarissa in Jones County in February of 1843, and analysis of it with other related information:
--------------- “The Petition of Clarissa Newbold of said County respectfully sheweth unto your worships that James W. Newbould late of the County of Onslow on the [blank] day of [blank] AD 1842 departed this life intestate leaving survivors your petitioner his widow and Elizabeth Newbold, James Newbold, Rhody & Elijah Newbold children of a deceased brother Bryan Newbold, Phebe a sister who intermarried with the defendant Luke B Huggins, Sarah Newbold a sister and Elizabeth Canady (a sister who intermarried with one Lewis Canady who died in the lifetime of the said James W. Newbold), his heirs at law.
Your petitioner further sheweth unto your worships that the said James W. Newbold died seized of a tract of land laying and being in the County of Onslow on White Oak River adjoining the lands of Rhody Newbold and others containing [blank] acres which said tract of land descended to the said Elijah, James, Rhody, Elizabeth Newbold, Luke B Huggins & Phebe his wife, Sarah Newbold & Elizabeth Canady his heirs at laws, subject to dower therein of your petitioner.
Your petitioner further sheweth that she is desirous of having her dower allotted and set apart to her in the said tract of land.Your Petitioner therefore prays your worships that the said defendants – Elijah Newbould, James Newbould Rhody Elizabeth Newbold Luke B Huggins & Phebe his wife Sarah Newbold and Elizabeth Canady may by proper process be made parties defendants to this petition and that Dower in the aforesaid tract of land may be allotted and assigned to your Petitioner according to the act of the General Assembly in such cases made & provided, and that your worships would grant such other & further relief in the premise as the nature & circumstances of this case may require & to your worships shall deem meet and your petitioner will ever propose.” --------------------------------- From this document it was learned that James W. Newbold had a brother named Bryan Newbold who had previously died; a sister named Phebe who had married Luke B. Huggins; a sister named Sarah who apparently was still unmarried; and a sister name Elizabeth who had married a man named Lewis Canady and who was now a widow.Further it was learned that his brother Bryan Newbold had 3 children named Elijah, James, and Rhody Elizabeth.And finally, it was learned that James W. Newbold had owned land adjacent to Rhody Newbold.
Separate documentation tended to confirme some of the above information.From the “Onslow County Marriage Bonds 1741-1867”, an online database at USGenWeb Archives:
Huggins, Luke B. and Phebe Newbold31 Mar 1831Witnesses:William Dunn & D. W. Sanders
Newbold, Bryan and Elizabeth Matticks 30 Sept 1833Witnesses: James W. Newbold &D. W. Sanders
Newbold, James W. and Clarasa Huggins4 Oct 1831 Witnesses: John A. Sanders &D. W. Sanders
The 1840 Federal Census for Onslow County North Carolina listed the following households:
James W. Newbold:male 40 to 50; 2 females 5 to 10; female 20 to 30; female 30 to 40; female 60 to 70 [probably Rhoda Newbold]
Bryant Newbold: male under 5; male 10 to 15; male 20 to 30; female 5 to 10; female 20 to 30
Luke B. Huggins: male 5 to 10; male 30 to 40; 2 females 5 to 10; female 30 to 40 [Phebe Newbold]
Lewis W. Canady:male 20 to 30; female 20 to 30 [Elizabeth Newbold]
A source has not been found that explicitly named Rhoda Newbold as the mother of James W. Newbold and his siblings, but the circumstantial evidence was very strong that this was the case.A comparison of the roster of potential children of Elijah and Rhoda Newbold from Clarissa Newbold’s Court Petition to Rhoda Newbold’s household listed on the 1830 Census revealed a very close correlation.The two males in the 20 to 30 age bracket would have been James W. Newbold and Bryan Newbold.One of the two females in the 20 to 30 column would have been Phebe Huggins, who was enumerated with her husband Luke on the 1850 Census in Craven County North Carolina age 44, which meant she was 24 in 1830 and born circa 1806.Elizabeth Canady and Sarah Newbold were found on the 1850 Census in the same household in Onslow County headed by Edward Freeman.Elizabeth Canady married "Elisha" Freeman in 1847.Elizabeth was listed as 36 years old, and Sarah Newbold as 39 years old. These ages are close enough that Elizabeth could have been the female in 1830 in the 15 to 20 column while Sarah could have been the second female in the 20 to 30 column.The identity of the female listed in the 10 to 15 column on the 1830 Census for Rhody Newbold, and her ultimate fate, has not been documented.However a marriage bond in Onslow County recorded an Alice Newbold married to Humphrey F. Marshall on January 27, 1830, with the bond signed by Owen Huggins.Humphrey Marshall was found on the 1830 Census, a male in the 20 to 30 age bracket, and a female in the 15 to 20 bracket.The identity of this Alice Newbold has not been determined.A possibility would be that she was the youngest daughter of Elijah and Rhoda Newbold.
I'm persuaded that James W. Newbold and Bryan Newbold, along with Phebe Newbold Huggins, Elizabeth Newbold Canady Freeman, and Sarah Newbold [who married Thomas Henderson in 1855] were all offspring of Elijah Newbold.One twist:Elijah Newbold married Rhoda Watson in 1802.According to the 1840 Census, James W. Newbold was born prior to 1800, as he was listed in the "40 to 50" column.thus Rhoda was probably not his mother, and Elijah was probably married once before Rhoda Watson.
I would love to compare notes with you at your convenience about anything else related to Onlsow County Newbolds.Until I avail myself [somehow] to reviewing the actual surviving records from Onslow County I've had to rely on available published abstracts and online databases.As I've discovered repeatedly, the most convincing logic of assumptions can quickly fall apart in the face of cold hard facts!