Other Topics and Destinations
Migration to the Western Reserve . . .

Newberry’s moving to Western Reserve
James Newberry began wandering as a young man. He married Mary Smith b. June 11, 1792 on August 
24, 1811 in Mill, Ohio or Warwick, N.Y.. The exact place is unknown for now, nor are we sure what activities
James may have been engaged in at the time. The record eludes us. He may have been out in Ohio on a hunting
expedition to bring in food for the winter.  By this time he was twenty years of age. Mill, Ohio is due east of
Coshocton, Ohio which before the Revolution was a Delaware town.  Indian America at this time is described
by Calloway as  “A cultural cacophony, a country of mixed and mixing  peoples” especially in Ohio. 
Unproved record states that he served in the War of 1812.  I have checked NARA for these records, but each
time I have requested his service record they have been unable to find it. His brother Joshua had a pension for the
same war, but this as well has been difficult to come by.

James lived in Warwick with Mary for the births of their first four children. Following the birth record gives some
idea as to where their wanderings took them.  This record was written by James so I would assume it to be correct. 

Sometime after John Newberry II's death in Warwick (1818) his children began leaving home for Ohio. In 1821, James
Newberry, with his wife and family, moved from Orange County to  Hanover, Lucerne Co., PA. The family may have
stayed only a short time before they moved again.  Their fifth child Hannah Maria was born in Strongsville, Cuyahoga Co.,
Ohio in 1823. By 1825 they were in Brownhelm, Ohio for the birth of their sixth child, where they resided for a few years. 

Many of his siblings made the trek to Ohio.  Sally and Benjamin Scofield were residents of Strongsville up through the
1850's.  Thomas and Zilphia Sly were in Brownhelm. Later their brother John and Sally Fancher Newberry joined them
in Brownhelm.  It is thought that some of the Smith's may have also been there. Other names of relations of their siblings
spouses were there as well, Durands, and Fanchers.  Of these these people, many were from Orange Co. N.Y.

James Newberry converted to Mormonism in 1831 in the infancy of the Church. James was baptized by Edson Fuller*
in Ohio. He was made an elder of the Church by Joseph Smith himself. His family wondered at his sanity after
being brought up in a Baptist home. James apparently had a close relationship with Joseph Smith. Many of the early
church records were lost or destroyed during the flight of the people from Missouri to Illinois. There is no record of
Mary's baptism and many of her younger children were baptized later in their lives.  Perhaps Mary was baptized in
1840 when her daughter Hannah Maria (subject of this website) was baptized. In 1841 Mary commenced a record of
proxy baptisms of her deceased family, termed, "Baptisms for the Dead".

James gathered his family and in 1832 moved to Jackson County, Mo. To help understand his movements, I have
posted his children's birth record as recorded by James. The following was taken from a family journal dated 1841.
The journal was started shortly after arriving in Iowa. The contents are fascinating and were kept by someone in the
family until 1976, with some new entries added until that date. The journal was begun James Newberry in Lee County,
Iowa. The italicized information is information that was added and was not in the original document.

 James Newberry and Mary Smith Newberry

 James Newberry b. May 29, 1791  died July 10, 1880 Council Bluffs, Iowa Married
 August 24, 1811 
 Mary Smith Newberry b. June 11, 1792  died February 7, 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois
 Daughter of Samuel Smith and Jane Stephens

 Their Children:
1. Jane Newberry b. Oct. 17 1812  Warwick, Orange, N.Y.   d. December 1, 1907 
Panama, Iowa.  Married Jacob Crandall

 2. John Smith Newberry  b. May 22, 1814 Warwick, Orange, N.Y.   d. 1863 Lee Co.
 Iowa (The middle name of Smith was likely in honor of John’s grandfather Samuel Smith)
 Married Lucinda Williams

 3. Abraham B. Newberry b. March 31, 1816 Warwick, Orange, N.Y.   d. Argyle, Lee Co.
 Iowa August 1, 1898   Married Elizabeth Duty, later divorced

 4. James Washington Newberry  b. December 9, 1819 Warwick, N.Y.  d. May 7, 1895 
Lee Co. Iowa  married Edith Benedict

 5. Sally (Sarah) Ann Newberry b. June 19, 1821 Hanover, York, PA    d.  January 24, 1907 
Parowan, Iron, Utah.  Married Calvin C. Pendleton

6. Hannah Maria Newberry  b. March 13, 1823  Strongsville, Cuyahoga, Ohio 
d. March 6, 1893  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake county, Utah.  Married George Morris.
      This marriage was the second for George Morris who lost his first wife before he
      came to this country from England.

 7. Harriet Newberry b. Nov 24, 1825  Brownhelm, Lorain, Ohio – Notation in journal
 Harriet Newbery Palmer died at Montrose,  Lee Co., Iowa (more in notation but not legible)
 1849 Married Seth Palmer. Married to George Morris is a posthumous Mormon sealing
 ceremony as his fourth wife. Before the Mormons left Nauvoo, she had requested to
 become a polygamist wife but was stopped by her siblings Jane, Abraham and James
 Washington, who took her out of the area when they were informed of her plans.
 At the time she was only 17 years old.

 8. Lecty (Electa) Louisa Newberry  b.  April 4, 1827  Brownhelm, Lorain, Ohio  
 d. Placer County, California February 13, 1888. Married George Wixon
2nd marriage
 to Horace Mansur.  She pre-deceased Horace Mansur.

 9. Esther Newberry b. June 7, 1829  Brownhelm, Lorain, Ohio.  d.  Lotus, El Dorado Co.
 California March 29 1891  Married Edward Beebee June 29, 1849
he died in Iowa
 pre-deceasing Esther.

 10.   Patty (Martha) Newberry b.  August 20, 1832  Brownhelm, Lorain, Ohio   
 d.  Sept 23, 1917 Parowan, Iron, Utah  Married George Hyatt 


In the same family journal, a copy of James Newberry's patriarchal blessing was hand written. A patriarchal blessing
is a convention unique to the people of the LDS faith.  It is usually given by a member of the Church who is has a highly
respected position. James' blessing  was given to him by Hyrum Smith (Joseph Smith's brother). In the blessing James
is said to be from the “tribe Israel and the lineage of Mannasseh”.  The lineage of Mannasseh is just an old way of
saying that he was Native American.  Hyrum Smith probably recognized his distinctiveness when administering the
blessing. It is interesting to note that most people who are recognized as being from this tribe are usually people of
color from Native American or South American descent.

On to Missouri  an adventure!

Other Topics and Destinations:

Newberry Researcher's Corner - BRICK WALLS  This page is dedicated to the continuing research of the family and the
 researchers who continue with me to sift through the ancient records of the New England and New York.

All pages
Stage 1
/Connecticut / New York / More Newberry's in New York Samuel Smith / Smith Farm / Revolution /
Old School Baptists
/Native people in New England / Stage 2 / Ohio / Missouri / Illinois & Iowa / Nauvoo /
Flight to SW Iowa
/ The Half Breed Tract / Cutlerite membership / dissidence in NauvooDeath of James Newberry /
Wives and Family
/ Children who Went west /Stage 3 /Exodus to Utah / Utah Morrisites / Hannah's Children /
Hannah's Necklace
/ genealogy table / Addenda /Newberry Brick WallsWhispers - beginning the search /
/ Family Album / Jonathan Newberry Bible /


Connecticut / New York / More Newberry's in New York Samuel Smith / Smith Farm / Ohio /
/ Iowa / Exodus to Utah / Utah Hannah's Children / Hannah's Necklace /
/ Family Album / Jonathan Newberry Bible / Half-Breed Tract