I am just getting back to you after returning from an extended trip (25 days) to China with my husband. I have done only a little work on the Newport family geneology but am intrigued by the possibility of finding out more about the family heritage. I am semi-retired after working for many years in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
This may be a repeat of what you know, but to be sure I am giving you what little information I know. It comes from the June 1, 1880 U. S. Census. At that time my grandfather, James Bert Newport was 2 years old. His father was Robert Newport and his mother Elizabeth Jane Miller Newport. I have some old photos of both of them as well as the parents of Bert's wife, Ollie Ruth Bonnewell Newport. I believe Bert was the oldest of 8 children, all of whom lived to be fairly old.
My deceased father is their son, Ralph Edgar. He had 4 siblings, all of whom are deceased.
My brother, Gary Lee Newport and his son, Brandon Newport, both live in North Carolina, although he and I both lived with our parents in Edgar County, Il before moving to a farm in Vermillion Co. IN in 1947. I have several cousins still living in the Edgar County, Il area. They are children of my father's sister, Faye. I keep in touch with them and cousins from other of my father's siblings. His one brother, Gail Francis, had a son, Robert, and he also had a son he named Robert. I don't know where they live, but I am in touch with someone who could get that information.
Have you any ideas as to whether your ancestors are related to mine?