The Quiet Patriarch
The Life of James Abram Newberry,
Native American Pioneer
By Sue Simonich
Quiet Patriarch, details the James A. Newberry family who originally hailed from
early Newberry family migrated from
, where they resided on the Oblong and Little Nine Patent in the 1740's.
They began their tenure in
in the 1760ís. After 1800 some of the family continued residence in
, while others spread across
James A. Newberry was the son of John and Jemima (Benedict) Newberry, who was
born May 29, 1791. His enduring story traces the family migration from
, where they stayed only briefly. After living in
he followed his destiny when he met with early Mormon missionaries in 1831 and
objective narrative of the story, follows his movements through three
migrations with the Latter-day Saints. The
first was from
to Jackson County, Missouri in 1832. From 1833 to 1838 the family survived
injustices inflicted upon the Mormon people as they were assaulted by
the Missourians then run out of
at the end of "The Mormon War" in 1838.
Arriving in Illinois, they built up the city of Commerce, and renamed it Nauvoo,
raising a shining city out of the swamps bordering
the Mississippi River.
Newberrys trekked to
and Lee County, Iowa, where the family settled. A relative calm descended
around the collective people until 1844 when social upheaval began again,
driving the Saints into another forced migration. This time their intent was to
for the western frontier and ultimately the
. After the ensuing flight from Nauvoo to
, James Newberry stayed in
until his death in 1880, preferring not to follow the migration to
. The family was torn apart by this decision, when five of his daughters
chose to leave
. Some went to
and others continued on to
. A stubborn Yankee, Newberry set down roots and started another
family in the mid 1840's.
is where many of these people remain today.
story is chronological and weaves various data together to provide an
understanding of James' place in history and the drama experienced by those
he loved and chose to call friend.
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volume contains some photos of the family. There are
appendices, maps, an extensive bibliography, and 575+
notations and sidebars.