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Jonathan Newman
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Birth: 1807
South Carolina, USA
Death: 1853
Pike County
Mississippi, USA

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"Kentwood News"
Kentwood, Tangipahoa, Louisiana


Mrs. Mamie Bridges Waller was gracious enough to share with the "Kentwood News" some pertinent information that will answer questions that have long concerned members of the Newman families in this area.

Mrs. Waller was going through some papers belonging to her mother, Mrs. Josephine Phillips Bridges, that were in a trunk belonging to Mrs. Bridges.

The question of where Jonathan Newman was buried has baffled many a family history buff in this area; and since Mr. Newman was Mrs. Waller's great-great-grandfather, she was delighted to find among the papers a document that her grandmother had written and signed attesting to the fact that Jonathan Newman is buried in an unmarked grave in the Chatawa, Mississippi, area.

The story of Jonathan Newman's death and burial was written on a sales slip from the Wilson-Naul Company, Limted General Merchanidse, and dated November 9, 1906. The sales slip was for one suit, $8.50, and one pattern, 15, for a total of $8.65. (Mrs. Mamie said that was a man's suit of clothing.) The sales slip was very fragile due to age; and it failed, due to age, to duplicat in a copier machine, so Mrs. Mamie went over it very carefully and copied it in longhand. Here is her story that her grandmother wrote and signed:

"My great-great-grandpa, Jonathan Newman, during the Civil War between the states {SEE NOTE}, had gone to Covington, Louisiana in an ox-drawn wagon for supplies (all in large barrels) for several neighbors and his family. It took about two weeks to make the trip.

"He got back to Chatawa, Mississippi, my grandma told me, and was so tired he fell out of the wagon and was run over under the wheels. There wasn't much traveling those days, as they were afraid of the Yankees, and it was several days before he was found.

"They wrapped him up in some clothes and buried him near the place he fell out of the wagon, as his body was so decomposed they could not wait to make a coffin. For this reason, he has no marker."

Elizabeth Mixon (born 9 September 1812, died 15 April 1899) was married to Jonathan Newman; and she died when Mrs. Mamie was one year old. She told this story to Mrs. Mamie's grandmother, Nancy Levica Newman. She, in turn, told Mrs. Mamie's mother, Mary Josephine Phillips Bridges, who wrote it down, signed it, and placed it in the antique trunk where Mrs. Mamie later found it.

Several years ago, Mrs. Mamie gave the trunk to her granddaughter, the late Jeanette Cutrer Bridges. Mrs. Bridges put the papers in a box prior to refininshing the trunk. Mrs. Mamie sifted through the box last month and found the aged sales slip with the story of Jonathan Newman and his unmarked grave.

This story will prove once and for all the death and burial of the long lost Jonathan Newman.

NOTE: Jonathan actually died 1850-1860 . . . . not "during the Civil War between the states". Perhaps he was hauling supplies in preparation for the impending war. {?}

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Family links: 
  John Michael Newman
  Mary Norman Newman
  Elizabeth Mixon Newman (1812 - 1899)
  Martha A. Newman Carter (1840 - 1891)*
  Nancy Lavisa Newman Phillips (1840 - 1876)*
  John Tisdale Newman (1842 - 1923)*
  Thomas Marshall Newman (1845 - 1917)*
  Eli Minton Newman (1850 - 1905)*
*Calculated relationship
Non-Cemetery Burial
Created by: Janice Bullock
Record added: Feb 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65254740

Ancestor Grandfather Jonathan, your life is fully know by God. I am learning from others about you. Thank you for loving and taking care of your family and others.I wouldn't be with God and your obedience to Him, to go forth and multiply. Your grave is un...(Read more)
- Galilee
 Added: Jun. 1, 2011
Rest In Peace, Jonathan.
- Janice Bullock
 Added: Feb. 5, 2011

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