Mapping the Newburgh Family
Two months ago I began this Go Fund Me Campaign as an effort to accelerate research and solve some long standing mysteries glossed over by previous historians. I am very grateful to the generous donors who have stepped up to the plate to help fund this ongoing effort.
Donors will receive a special invitation and private login with password to view some of the new finds when they become available. Due to the length and complexity of many documents, they will be abstracted and uploaded to the private donors page at the World Wide Newburgh Project .
Currently, we are continuing to work on translating a group of 17th century documents. More will be needed in the coming year. Watch for public research updates here at GOFUNDME. Click below to see the latest for November 17th. Things are about to get interesting.
Watch for my new book coming out in January titled:
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After a rocky start to 2019, I have finally been able to get a few moments to bring everyone up to speed regarding the research we are working on for the Newburgh family of Dorset and surrounding UK counties. Please visit WWNP for the April 2019 newsletter. Copy and paste this link into your browser.
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World Wide Newburgh Project
With the holidays and unexpected family obligations research has been slowed down a bit. We hope to have some new information available soon, as we have recently acquired some new documents to translate. For the time being here is a small tidbit of information to tease your imaginations.
Henry Newburgh's wife Margaret was benefactress of the Knights Templar and the canons Kenilworth. [Dictionary of the National Biography, 317] In 1156 Margaret, Countess of Warwick supported the Order of Templars. In the Chapter-House of St. Stephen, in Normandy, her affiliation was attested by Rotrode, Bishop of Everux (her son), Henry de Novo Burgo (her son), Robert de Novo Burgo (her son) and Senechal of Normandy, and Geoffrey de Novo Burgo (her son); Roger Beaumont, a Chaplain, and Waleran, Comte of Mellent who wer her late husband’s nephews were also present. [Eyton, 21] Henry may have been a Templar or merely a supporter. In a Psalter discovered by my colleague Jacob Newbury, Henry was depicted with a beard, while the other subjects in the same painting were clean shaven. According to historians, the Templars were required to maintain a beard. It served as a method of identification for the order. (Holy Blood holy Grail, by Baigent, Leigh and Lincoln.)
The World Wide Newburgh Project has been building since June of 2014. If you have been checking in regularly, you already know a lot of information was added in 2018 and the web site was re-designed over the summer.
The work surrounding Lulworth is exciting, especially for those of us who are descended from the armigerous Newburgh family of East Lulworth, Dorset. Recently, my colleagues and I have been working on translating a group of Latin documents. The work is time consuming and very slow, but we are making progress! We are boggled by the complexity these historical records continue to reveal. They also show where previous historians went awry. Many members migrated to other parts of England, Ireland and New England. Sailors and gentlemen, the Newburghs and Newberrys have given us taste of the diversity represented by the family. They experienced heart breaks and successes we can all relate to. For more information about the latest work, see the October 2018 Newsletter and watch the web site for new information.
For the study of the Somerset and Devon Newberry families of the 17th century, generous GOFUNDME donors have been instrumental in stepping up the acquisition of relevant wills, inquisitions, and chancery documents. Any and all donations are important and GRATEFULLY accepted. If you are interested in helping defray the costs of acquisition and translation, please click or tap the links here - or on the HOMEPAGE header. Donors will be rewarded with quarterly abstracts from important documents via a password protected page on the web site. Thanking you now and in the future for your support and generosity!
In the first quarter of 2019, I expect to publish my newest research, "The Lost Legacy of St. Andrew's Church and Medieval Lulworth." It defines the story of early East Lulworth from 1088 to 1630. I had hoped to have it ready before Christmas 2018 but unexpected life events slowed the launch.
The story revolves around the armigerous Newburgh family and the Church of St. Andrew founded on the Crown manor of Lulworth St. Andrew. This church has single-handedly preserved the medieval history of East Lulworth. How can this be? Well . . . once upon a knight, this line of Newburghs were not only warriors, but pious Catholics who participated in building and supporting abbeys, churches and castles in England France and Wales. They were favored by the Crown early in their history and that favor continued for over five centuries.
This work is the culmination of five years of extensive research which has taken two years to write and edit. Pre-publication announcements will appear on the WWNP home page and via email. The plan is publish a 'print on demand' book with Amazon.com where you can easily purchase copies.
Later in the year, I am hoping to re-publish "The Quiet Patriarch" written as a tribute to our Native American family members who began their journey in New England and New York. As one of the first members of the LDS Church, James A. Newberry's history is backed by documentation from various church historians and other records. The early family migrated from Malden and Groton, Connecticut to Duchess County, N.Y. where they resided on the Oblong and Little Nine Patent in the 1740's. They began their tenure in Orange County in the 1760’s. After 1800 some of the family continued their residence in Orange and Duchess Counties, while others spread across New York and the U.S.
Best Wishes to everyone for a Happy and Prosperous 2019!