During the 17th and 18th centuries, individuals bearing various surname variants stemming from the Newburgh family, emigrated to New England - these included Newborough, Newbery, Newberry, Newbury and more. With the three latter mentioned variants being commonly synonymous during this time. Despite there being quite a few immigrants in this time period, there are two individuals who are of specific interest - RICHARD and THOMAS NEWBERY, gentlemen planters, who were among the early immigrants to New England, arriving between 1634 and 1645.
THOMAS NEWBERY, born in 1594, immigrated to New England and became a freeman of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1634. As a member of the complex Newbery families Thomas’ family was based near the border of East Devon and West Dorset, and has been the subject of detailed genealogical research for over a century. New England genealogist Joseph Gardner Bartlett was commissioned to chronicle Thomas Newbery’s antecedents and descendants. His subsequent research was followed by a publication in 1914 spanning nearly one thousand years of history. A decade after its publishing it was found that Bartlett had improperly connected Thomas’ family to the armigerous Newburgh family of Lulworth and Winfrith in South Dorset. This is not to say that the family WAS NOT connected to the Lulworth, Dorset family; but research is still ongoing to reach back in time to discover how and where this connection is.
RICHARD NEWBERY also immigrated to Massachusetts and became a freeman in 1645. His history has barely been researched in the UK. Many amateur family historians researching his family tree, pay less mind to researching Richard’s true origins and often are found to write him off as Thomas’ son. Unfortunately, this mistruth has been perpetuated, creating a void in research. His true origins were unknown until now.
This report reevaluates former research for Richard and Thomas Newbery and finally establishes a conclusive relationship between the two.
Another monograph which details the connection of the Devon Newberys, (who Richard and Thomas are included in), to the Newburgh family of Dorset can be found here; https://gum.co/newburgh.
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