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Elizabeth Pugh Newgent

Shelby County, Kentucky, USA
Death 8 Mar 1893 (aged 92)
Burial Clinton Falls, Putnam County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 24203621 · View Source
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Wife of Edward Newgent

*** her son Edward Newgent...

It would be presumptuous for the biographer to introduce to the readers of this book Edward Newgent, who is well known throughout the county and regarded by everyone knowing him as one of Clinton township's leading citizens. He was born here, in the house which still shelters him, April 26, 1843, and, with the exception of a decade, from 1868 to 1878, has spent his life in the same dwelling, which was built in 1830.

He is the son of Edward and Elizabeth (Pugh) Newgent, the former born in Shelby county, Kentucky, January 8, 1801. and the latter in the same vicinity, November 17, 1800.

Thomas Newgent, father of the former, was a Virginian, who moved to Kentucky, thence to Indiana, where he died ninety-four years ago. He was a soldier in the war of 1812. A twin brother, John, also came to the Hoosier state, later, and settled also in Clinton township, Putnam county, where he remained until his death; his sons, Thomas and Richard, still live here, also two daughters, Martha Ann Newgent and Eliza, wife of Joseph Jewett.

It is thought that Edward Newgent came to this locality in 1825, settling on land which his wife's father owned, the latter having previously entered the land. Edward had but seventy-five cents in cash when he arrived here, but he owned some tools, and with the assistance of two sons, Charley and Richard P, he erected a cabin near his present home and they began keeping house in that, their nearest neighbors being three or four miles away. An Indian trail crossed near the cabin, and the woods were so thick that he once got lost on his own land within one-eighth mile of his cabin, the Indians telling him the way to his own home.

He set to work clearing his land. burning up what would now be very valuable walnut and poplar timber; but in time he prospered and owned two hundred and forty acres of land. He also owned two tracts of one hundred and sixty acres each in another part of the township, placing a large acreage in cultivation. He did a great deal of hauling with a large four-horse team, taking large quantities of wheat to Lafayette and bringing back goods for the local stores and even hauled between Louisville, Terre Haute and other remote cities. A trip of four days over the swamps to Lafayette was often made where he sold wheat for thirty-seven and one-half cents per bushel. The death of this rugged old pioneer occurred on June 22. 1853, as a result of erysipelas, resulting from vaccination.

He had done a great deal of hard work and had succeeded. His first eighty acres of land was valued at one hundred dollars, for which he gave a horse, worth eighty dollars, and twenty dollars in cash. As intimated, the present Newgent home was built in 1830; it is of hewn poplar logs and was doubtless the best dwelling in the county at the time. It was always open for all who passed that way. The first meeting of local Christians was held in it until a church house could be built. Mr Newgent often made trips to Kentucky on horseback, bringing back apple and locust trees, three of the apple trees still standing. He was active in township affairs, holding many local offices, as a Democrat. He is buried on the farm in the family cemetery. His widow survived to a remarkable age, dying in her ninety-third year, in March, 1893. She became head of the family at her husband's death and reared the children, taking charge of everything until 1878. She remained on the old homestead until her death.

Their family consisted of twelve children, eleven of whom reached maturity, namely:

Charles, who lived in Clinton township, died March 5, 1909, at the age of eighty-seven years; his son Joseph lives on part of the original farm.

Richard P graduated in medicine at Louisville, practiced in Iowa, then Putnam county, living on his farm near the old home until advanced in years, dying in April, 1906.

Nancy married Zimri Manker, and two children were born to them; she is deceased.

Sarah is the widow of Thomas Sigler, of Clinton township.

John, who secured one hundred and sixty acres of his father's farm, was county commissioner for two terms, dying when past seventy years of age.

Polly is the widow of Ezekiel White, of Parke county, this state.

Isaac lives in Pulaski county, Indiana.

Lewis P died when thirty-eight years old.

Lucy, the wife of Joseph Moler, lives on the place adjoining the old home.

Edward, of this review.

Wallace, who now lives in Russellville, has farmed part of the old homestead.

Edward Newgent, of this review, was ten years old when his father died. He remained with his mother during her lifetime, but spent ten years on another part of the farm. When the division of the home place was made in 1878, Edward got the home and forty-nine acres and there he and his mother lived until the latter's death; he delighted in caring for her, although she was helpless for many years. He had added eighty acres which adjoins the home place, having made farming his principal life work; he has been somewhat handicapped for years by failing health. He has kept the old place well improved and has kept the buildings well repaired. His barn was built the year he was born, 1843, of solid hewn timbers.

Edward Newgent was married on November 29, 1865, to Martha Jane Holland, daughter of Thomas and Jane (Gooden) Holland, farmers of Clinton township, where Mrs Newgent was born and reared, her birth occurring in 1849, she being sixteen years old at her marriage; her death occurred March 5, 1903.

The following children were born to this union: Helen, wife of Charles Maddox. who lives on part of the old Newgent homestead; William Warren is a farmer in Clinton township; Lizzie married John Knauer and died, leaving three children; Thomas H, who works part of his father's farm, married Millie Cricks; John lives at home with his father and assists in operating the home place.

Mr Newgent is a Democrat, but has not been an office seeker. He is a peace loving, honest man, never brought suit nor had one brought against him. and he was never called to serve on a jury except before a justice of
the peace.

Weik's History of Putnam County, Indiana
Jesse William Weik




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