Henry was recorded in the 1800 Rowan County, North Carolina, census. This record and his name in a 1797 estate probate papers of a merchant’s accounts in adjoining Randolph County are the only records either before or after that time period that she has found of this Henry Newsom.
Here is what she knows and her hypothesis based on events: In the 1800 census, Henry is listed as age 45 plus, with one female 26-45. He had 1 male under 10, one 10-16, and one 16-26; 1 female under 10, 1 10-16, and 2 16-26. Next to him in the census, which was listed alphabetically, was Lewis Newsom, age 45 plus, who had 2 males 16-26 and two daughters.
Five Newsom male men were married in Rowan County in the next ten years: Two of the men, Sterling and Arthur were bondsmen for each other. Other records proved that Arthur was the son of Lewis.
The other three men, may have been sons of Henry: Harrison and Davenport , who were bondsmen for each other; and William, who married in 1809 with Davenport as his bondsman. Harrison is her ancestor. He moved to Kentucky about 1815. He named his first son Hartwell, his second son Henry, and another son, Davenport.
Lewis is the documented son of Sampson Newsom of Southampton VA, and had a brother Hartwell. His line goes back to William Newsom who arrived in 1635 in Jamestown and whose son married the granddaughter of William Spencer, who arrived in Jamestown in 1607. Hartwell Newsom inherited Sampson’s land, and sold it to brother, William in 1787. The next and final record found for Hartwell was as a lone man in 1790 Cumberland Co. NC census.
Her hypothesis that Henry and Lewis are related has been borne out by a 35 out of 37 marker match in a yDNA tests between a male cousin descendant of Harrison and a proven descendant of Lewis. However, lineage societies, and diehard genealogist who want documentation for our claims, are not satisfied with just yDNA proof.
If you are interested in accepting her challenge to provide a document acceptable to the Jamestown Society proving the father of Henry, contact her at email@example.com.