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John Newlin

Male Abt 1716 - Abt 1805


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  • Name  John Newlin 
    Born  Abt 1716  Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  Abt 1805  Alamance, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I15126  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  18 Sep 2005 

    Father  John Newlin,   b. 28 Dec 1691, Concord Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1753, Concord Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Mary Woodward,   b. 1690, Thornbury Township, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1790, Springfield, Chester, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1711  Concord MM, Delaware, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F4017  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Pyle,   b. Abt 1724, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1790, Alamance, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  13 Nov 1745  Concord MM, Delaware, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • "Whereas John Newlin, son of John and Mary Newlin of Concord in the County of Chester, and Mary Pyle daughter of Nicholas Pyle late of Concord, deceased... full accomplishing of their intentions this 13th day of the 9th month in the year of our Lord 1745...
      WITNESSES: [1st row] John Pennel, John Griffith, Peter Hatton, Thomas Gilpin, Sam Bettle, Moses Key, William Trimble, Benjamin Marshall, Nathaniel Eavenson, James Hatton, Moses Palmer, Sam Sharpless, Ben Sharpless, Jacob Sharpless, John Palmer, Thomas Vernon Jr // [2nd row] Mary Pennell, Mary Peirce, Hannah Hatton, Catherine Eavenson, Jane Gibbons, Hannah Gilpin, Sarah Hatton, Martha Palmer, Susanna Chamberlin, Mary Newlin, Jane Sharples[s], Rebecca Fawks, Sarah Newlin, Hannah Chamberlin, Elizabeth Palmer, Abigail Palmer, Mary Mendenhall, Samuel Talkington // [3rd row] Esther Mendenhall, Isaac Harvey, Martha Harvey, Mary Eavenson, Rachel Walter, Esther Newlin, Ann Trimble, Richard Parkes, William Sharpless, Joseph Chamberlin, Richard Dawkes, Deborah Ellwell // [last row] John Newlin Jr, Mary Newlin (bride & groom), John Newlin, Mary Newlin, Sarah Strode, Nicholas Newlin, Richard Woodward, Martha Woodward, Edward Woodward, Ellis Lewis, Robert Mendenhall, Nicholas Newlin Jr, Nathaniel Newlin, James Pyle"
    Children 
     1. James Newlin,   b. 27 Sep 1747, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1813, Orange, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Hannah Newlin,   b. 30 Jun 1749, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1835, Orange, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. John Newlin, Jr.,   b. 6 Dec 1752, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Eli Newlin,   b. Abt 1755, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1789, Orange, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Mary Newlin,   b. 15 Oct 1757, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1846, Indiana, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Nathaniel Newlin,   b. 11 May 1768, Orange, North Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  18 Sep 2005 
    Family ID  F3885  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1716 - Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 Nov 1745 - Concord MM, Delaware, Pennsylvania Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt 1805 - Alamance, North Carolina, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • John Newlin was born about 1716 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was the fourth son of a John Newlin Sr who had spent his life in Chester County. John had inherited some land in Newlin Township, Chester County that had been accumulate by his grandfather. John married Mary Pyle in 1745 in Chester County. She was the daughter of Nicholas Pyle and Sarah Worrilow. John and Mary had five children in Chester County, Pennsylvania before moving to North Carolina, about 1765. In North Carolina, John and Mary Newlin had another child, they, like their parents, were Quakers. Moving from place to place is one of the noticeable characteristics of the settlers who followed in the trail of the frontiersmen.

      Many of them moved their residence several times from one place to another. It is known that John Newlin changed his residence at least three times; the last time to start life anew in a community nearly five hundred miles away. It is important to remember, however, that his restlessness was during a time when eastern Pennsylvania and the surrounding colonies were in a tremendous ferment of interest in the rapidly developing great interior, the hill country from central Pennsylvania all the way to Georgia. This developed into the greatest migration to the interior in the whole colonial period. Pennsylvania was the starting point for the stream of emigrants who headed for the southern Piedmont. A great number of Quakers helped to swell the stream. In the half=century preceding the outbreak of the War for Independence, Quakers set up their meetings in more than forty communities between Pennsylvania and Georgia. John and Mary Pyle Newlin and their children were in this great shift of population, which settled the whole innerland of the Middle and South Atlantic seaboard.

      It seems quite obvious that John Newlin was not disposed to submit to the strict regulations that the Friends meetings tried to impose on their members. The minutes of the local meetings are interspersed with accounts of infractions of these regulations, with the "laboring" of committees and with numerous disownments of strong willed persons who would not make "acknowledgment" (express regret) for their nonconformity. John was such a nomconformist. While living a few miles from Concord, and while a member of Bradford Meeting, he was called to account for infractions of Quaker regulations. For negligence in obligations to a neighbor, he readily made amends but as for regular attendance of meetings for worship he would make no promise. A few years later Bradford Meeting granted him a certificate for the transfer of his membership back to Concord Meeting, the meeting of his birthright. This would never have been granted if he had not been considered a member "in good standing" in the eyes of Bradford Friends.

      In 1765 Quaker discipline caught up with him again. The Concord Meeting appointed a committee to "labor" with him. After the Meeting and its committee worked for four months in a futile effort to get this strong willed man to agree to conform, the Meeting decided on the action of last resort, and the disownment of John Newlin was completed. His name was removed from the membership roll for three reasons; "drinking to excess, going away without a certificate, and neglecting to attend religious meetings."

      It is possible that John Newlin felt that these were matters that should be left to the individual and he must have resented what appeared to him to be a strait-jacket of Quaker rules of discipline. Though he lived forty years after being removed from membership in the Society of Friends there is no indication that he ever asked to be reinstated.

      From the Ness Family Website