Saturday, January 20, 2018

Surname Saturday ~ NEWELL of Charlestown, Massachusetts

My 9th great grandfather, John Newell, was probably born in Bristol, England, the son of Andrew Newell and Mary Pitt.  Mary’s father was William Pitt, the sheriff of the city of Bristol.    John Newell removed to Charlestown, Massachusetts where he was a cooper, and was twice town clerk.  I can see his writing in the records of Charlestown, and his signature.  He owned land in Charlestown, which is recorded in some deeds, as well as in his non cupative will where he left some land at “Dirty Marsh” to his wife, Hannah Larkin. 

Middlesex County, MA  Probate File Papers 1648 - 1871 via   Page 15825: 2

"We whose names are hereunto subscribed being all of us desired
to sit up and watch with Mr. John Newell, Senr. of Charlestowne
in the sd County of Middlesex on Saterday night the fourteenth of
October anno 1704; in sd night sd Mr. John Newell desired
us to draw near to him to hear what he had to say then he declared
unto us that he had not made any will or settlement of his estate
and then did declare unto us and desired us to take notice what
he said and remember that his will was that he did give
to his beloved wife the house he now dwelled in and all his lott
at dirty marsh dureing her natural Life and after his said
wifes decease to his son Joseph and Daughter mary Jointly
and I give unto my wife the money and moveables to her
and her heires forever.  And I give my son John the house
he now posseseth; Why I do not make you the elder son (he said)
John Newwell being there preseent, its because you are a present
possesser but they must stay till it pleas the Lord to take my
wife away which is a great advantage to you Speaking then
to his son John, besides sd he to his son John you owe me
money & promise to pay me which you have not done.  That
garden above I give to my wife if she needs it not after her deceas
I give two thirds to my son John and the other third to my son
Joseph and my daughter Mirrick.  This he said John Newell did
declare several times over distinctly and we according to our
best understanding do declare that he was then of sound and
perfect memory and good understanding.  this our testimoney
we give under our hands concerning the premises aforesaid this
nineteenth day of October in the third year of her Majsties
Reign anno Dominis 1704 - and further he did charge his son
John not to molest his mother but be kind to her and his said
son did then promise by the grace of god that he would do nothing
unbecoming to his mother nor brother nor sister -
                   Witnes our hands
                 William Melody   his mark
                 Hannah Perkins
                        her mark
                 Katherine Ingersoll
Cambridge, Decembr  18. 1704
The above named William Melody, Hannah Perkins
and Katharine Ingerson personally appearing made
oath, that they being present in ?? him of the last
sickness of Mr. John Newell Decr. and being desired by
him to take notice of what he these should say did
hear him the sd John Newell publish and declare
the above written Testimony Words, and they
caused the same to be put into writing and subscrib
ed the same as witnesses

                        Jon Cod     J. Leverett   J. Rob

Newell the Eldest son presented
above written noncuparative Will
was present together with the wife of Joseph Newell
Mary Mirrick ye Daughter of ye dec'ed ye witnessess was sworn
att. Leverett"

I descend from John’s daughter, Mary Mirick, mentioned in the will above.  Mary Newell, my 8th great grandmother, married Isaac Mirick of Newbury in 1694.  His father was also from Bristol, and Isaac was a sea captain who became a ship builder upon his retirement. 

Some NEWELL resources:

The Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1629 – 1818, by Thomas Bellows Wyman, 2016 (originally published 1879), Volume 2, page 698.

Middlesex County, Massachusetts Probate File Papers 1648 – 1871 accessed at

Charlestown, Massachusetts Vital Records

My NEWELL genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Newell, son of Andrew Newell and Mary Pitt, born about August 1634 probably in Bristol, England, died 14 October 1704 in Charlestown, Massachusetts; married on 15 February 1664/5 in Charlestown to Hannah Larkin, daughter of Edward Larkin and Joanna Unknown.  Five children.

Generation 2:  Mary Newell, born about 1669, died 11 March 1710 in Newbury, Massachusetts; married on 22 August 1694 to Isaac Mirick, son of James Mirick and Margery Unknown.  He was born 6 January 1665 and died 1731 in Newbury.  Seven children born in Charlestown.

Generation 3:  Hannah Mirick m. Thomas Jillings
Generation 4:  Hannah Jillings m. Daniel Glover
Generation 5:  Tabitha Glover m. Thomas Homan
Generation 6:  Betsey Jillings Homan m. Jabez Treadwell
Generation 7:  Eliza Ann Treadwell m. Abijah Hitchings
Generation 8:  Arthur Treadwell Hitchings m. Florence Etta Hoogerzeil
Generation 9:  Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (my grandparents)


Heather Wilkinson Rojo, “Surname Saturday ~ NEWELL of Charlestown, Massachusetts”, Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 20, 2018, ( accessed [access date]). 

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