Richard B. Newnham

Richard B. Newnham

Death 9 Apr 1908 (aged 88)
Burial Saugatuck, Allegan County, Michigan, USA
Plot 19-10-2
Memorial ID 22771031 · View Source
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Early Memories of Saugatuck, Michigan : 1830-1930
Author: Heath, May Francis
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company; Grand Rapids, Mich: 1930


Richard B. Newnham, many years a resident of Saugatuck, has a most unusual and interesting history. He was the son of John and Lucy Newnham, natives of Hampshire, England, where he was born May 24, 1819 in the city of London, his birth taking place almost the same hour as that of Queen Victoria and only half a mile distant from the place where she was born.

His father dying when Richard was only ten years of age he lived with his grandparents. He learned the shoemaker's trade, but not enjoying it, he entered the police force of London, serving twenty years.

In 1839 he was married to Hannah Harrison of Stratfordshire, England, and to this union came thirteen children, John, Lucy, Hannah and Mary who always resided in England; Richard L. (an attorney in Grand Rapids), Lizzie (Mrs. J. G. Annesley, deceased), Stephen of Saugatuck and Marie of Hammond, Ind. Five children died in infancy.

He came to America in 1862 locating in Cleveland where Mr. Newnham worked at his trade, for a time, though soon joining the army and at first was employed in the Quartermaster's Dept. of the 23rd Corps which was then attached to the Army of the Ohio. He went through the famous Atlanta campaign, and was there in the gunboat service till the close of the war, and in many hard encounters, he served his adopted country faithfully and well. Mr. Newnham and his family were most excellent citizens and he was active in a social and civic way in the making of Saugatuck history; served as Justice of the Peace many years, village clerk and school director for seven years; belonged to the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities and was post Commander of Peter Van Arsdale Post No. 148 G. A. R.

The family are all loyal members of the Episcopal church. Mrs. Newnham died in 1908, followed by her faithful, devoted husband in 1909.

see rootsweb:

# William Newnham
# Sex: M
# ALIA: Richard B. /Newnham/
# Birth: 24 MAY 1819 in Knightsbridge, London, England
# Death: AFT 1900 in Saugatuck, Allegan, Michigan
# Event: Emigrant 1862 to the US
# Military Service: Civil War
# Event: Alt. Name He changed his name from William to Richard when in America
# Note:

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My great grandmother was Charlotte Hannah Newnham born 1846 in London the daughter of William Newnham and Hannah Harrison [yes William Newnham not Richard B Newnham, he changed his name to Richard when in America.] He was a Police Inspector in London between 1844 and 1858 [ i have his service record from the LMA] He then was a Police Inspector in Greenock Scotland, 1863 Scotland census,from 1859 to early 1863. How Wiliam arived in America is a mystery to the Newnham survivors in England. His wife Hannah and four of the children sailed to America in 1867,it is also a mystery why Hannah sailed under the name of Eliza and not Hannah. Charlotte Hannah Newnham had an illegitimate son in 1880, my Grandfather,named John Lional Newnham. Charlotte Hannah Died in Bristol England 1916 not in America.


Richard B. Newnham was a police officer in London, and was married in Stafford-shire, England, in 1839. In 1862 he came to the United States, and, the Civil War being then under full way, he enlisted in the navy, in defense of the national flag, and served faithfully until the end of the war. After an honorable discharge, he settled in Saugatuck, Mich., where he has served as justice of the peace, township clerk and supervisor. Of his marriage with Miss Harrison have been born thirteen children, of whom eight reached mature years, viz: John in England; Lucy, wife of Edwin Crossman, captain of an ocean steamer and resident of Bristol, England; Hannah C., in England; Mary A., married to a Philip Frost, and also in England; Richard L., whose name opens this sketch; Eliza, widow of Joseph G. Annesley, of Saugatuck, Mich.; Stephen L., a lake navigator, and Marie, a principle of a school in Hastings, Nebr. Mr. and Mrs. Newnham are members of the Episcopal church, and in politics Mr. Newnham is a democrat.

Richard B. Newnham, the father of Hon. Richard L. Newnham, was born at Knightsbridge, London, May 24, 1819, twenty-five minutes after the birth of Queen Victoria at Kensington palace, just adjacent. Marie, the youngest of Richard B.'s children, was born May 24, 1863, and the twin daughters of Hon. Richard L. Newnham, Lucy A. and Laura A., were born May 24, 1885. In the fall of 1899, Judge Newnham sent to the Queen a photograph of his people who were born on the same day on which her majesty's birth took place, and in recognition received a photograph of four members of the royal family--of different generations--including the Queen herself, the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, and the infant son of the last named.

1870 Saugatuck, Allegan, Michigan Census
Name: Richard Newnham
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1819
Age in 1870: 51
Birthplace: England
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Saugatuck
Richard Newnham 51
Nannah Newnham 53
Richard Newnham 19
Stephen Newnham 16
Maria Newnham 7

1900 Saugatuck Village, Allegan, Michigan Census
Name: Richard B Newnhans
[Richard B Newnham]
[Richards Newsham]
Age: 70
Birth Date: May 1819
Birthplace: England
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1863
Relationship to Head of House: Head
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Spouse's Name: Hannah
Marriage Year: 1839
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 61
Residence :
Occupation: View on Image
Richard B Newnhans 81
Hannah Newnhans 82

Marriage 1 Hannah Harrison b: AUG 1817 in England
* Married: 1839 in Staffordshire, England

1. Has No Children John Newnham b: in England
2. Has No Children Lucy Newnham b: in England
3. Has Children Charlotte Hanna Newnham b: DEC 1846 in East London, Middlesex, England
4. Has No Children Mary A. Newnham b: in England
5. Has Children Richard Linney Newnham b: 20 SEP 1850 in London, England
6. Has No Children Eliza Newnham b: in England
7. Has Children Stephen L. Newnham b: SEP 1855 in England
8. Has No Children Marie W. Newnham b: 24 MAY 1863 in England

In the Saugatuck first village election of March 1868, he was elected marshall.

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Gravesite Details age 88, of OLD AGE DROPSY died at SAUGATUCK, CIVIL WAR VETERAN

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  • Added: 8 Nov 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 22771031
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard B. Newnham (24 May 1819–9 Apr 1908), Find a Grave Memorial no. 22771031, citing Riverside Cemetery, Saugatuck, Allegan County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Chris Yoder (contributor 46942788) .