James Robert Newberry Jr

a biography

Robert NEWBERRY Jr was born 17 April 1823 in Wyeth County, Virginia to Robert NEWBERRY Sr, a stone mason and a constable, and Esther POWERS [editor: daughter of Jonas POWERS and Jerusha HARMON]. His siblings were W. A. Cyrus, Nancy Eunice, Mary, Mahula, John Darious, Henderson Harmon, Ivy Walker, and Therzey Newberry. This family migrated from Scott County, Virginia to Crawford County and Camden County, Missouri.

Robert was married to Rebecca MCGINNIS in 1846 at Camden county , Missouri. The young couple and one brother came to Palo Pinto County, Texas.

His children were : (1) Sultana Therzy Newberry born 1849 in Laclede County, Missouri. She married JW BURNETT in 1865 in Palo Pinto County, Texas. Her first husband died and she married Thomas M STUART in 1871 in Palo Pinto county, Texas. (2) Mahala J NEWBERRY born 1851 in LaClede county, Missouri who married John MCCOMMAS. (3) Sarah Elizabeth NEWBERRY born 1855 in Camden County, Missouri. She married Columbus Randolph BRADFORD 15 October 1872 in Palo Pinto. (4) William Riggs NEWBERRY 1857 born in LaClede County, Missouri. he married Mary Josephine DAVES in Palo Pinto. William was killed in Lunar Valley, New Mexico in 1891

In 1850 Census Robert and Rebecca with Sultana were in LaClede county, Missouri and brother Harman Henderson NEWBERRY family.

Robert fought in the Civil War; his wife filed for Pension A 6779 from Palo Pinto County, Texas. He joined the Confederate Army Texas Calvary in 1861 and served until 1863.19th Regiment Company E Parsons Brigade. Per Pension notes. They lived in Sunday Creek, Palo Pinto county, Texas. He was a Mason. [Editor: Co E, 19th Texas Cavalry, Burford's Regiment. Joined 31 Mar 1862 at Weatherford Texas for the duration of the war. 5 ft 11 3/4 inches, blue eyes, brown hair; traveled 70 miles to enlist. Discharged 9 Dec 1862]

By 1860 Census, he was in Palo Pinto County Pct 8 on Sunday Creek. Some cousins of Rebeccas were with them; Henry Percy and family.

The Comanches made it impossible to complete the 1870 Census in Palo Pinto County, Texas
There were Indian depredations in Palo Pinto, he filed damage claims for these in 1875 per C R BRADFORD, his son in law. The census of 1870 missed his family, however in 1871 a Court Record shows up from him demanding damages from the Texas and Pacific railroad. He won 500.00 in 1880 because the Railroad failed to appear. On November 3 1872, eight people met together to form a Baptist church in the Cottonwood community in Palo Pinto county, .Elder R S TIERCE moderated the meeting. The charter members were Robert NEWBERRY, W J LITTLEFIELD, Sarah LITTLEFIELD, E H ROSS, J D T BEARDEN and Margaret DAVES.

1873 Deed unreadable copy, will have to return to courthouse for better copy.
In 1880 Census Robert and Rebecca were living in Clay county, Texas.
A non Population census of agriculture, shows him in Clay county June 1880.
In 1885 he deeded a tract of land to be used as a school in Palo Pinto, Texas.
By August 19 1898 Robert had died. Probate October 7 1898. There are no markers for James Robert Newberry. He may be out in the country buried on a farm.
In 1900 Rebecca was living with daughter Mary RANSPOT in Palo Pinto County, JP 4 Dst 122
In 1910 Census there shows a Rebecca NEWBERRY living with John W Charles as sister in law in Parker county. This could be a different Rebecca.
Pension Record A 6779 Confederate Approved March 19, 1900.

  • 1850 Laclede County, MO Federal Census, District 45, Laclede, Missouri; Roll: M432_403; Page: 122; Image: 244., Ancestry.com
  • 1860 Palo Pinto County, TX Federal Census , precinct 8, img 5, Ancestry.com
  • 1880 Clay County, TX Federal Census, Precinct 7, Clay, Texas; Roll: T9_1296; Family History Film: 1255296; Page: 510.1000; Ancestry.com
  • Civil War Pension Application. Served Co E 19th Texas Cavalry, Parson's Brigade enlisted 1861 until 1863; county appl Palo Pinto.

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