Mapping the Newburgh Family

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Hello friends!

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: 

The Development of East/West Lulworth from Domesday


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Hello Friends:

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.

You can sign up for periodic notifications either on the floating pop-up dialogue box or via the contact page. Thank you for visiting my GOFUNDME PAGE. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Best Wishes,
Sue Simonich
World Wide Newburgh Project
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February 3, 2019

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.)
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Merry Christmas!

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!

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Update for November 17, 2018

Hello Friends and Supporters:
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. What follows is a short explanation of where research is currently taking us.

When Henry Newburgh (1st Earl of Warwick) and his sons’ affiliation with King Henry I ended, the history of their cadet lines became less clear. Originally from Normandy, the Newburgh’s tenure in Dorset began with Henry’s grandson Roger Newburgh, when he married Maude Glastonia. Together they reestablished Bindon Abbey at Wool and built a legacy at East Lulworth. Most of what is known regarding the family’s later history comes from calendars, rolls and chancery proceedings. These records exist only because the Newburghs were involved with various high profile medieval characters and royalty.

Studying the Newburgh lines in the subsequent four centuries we have uncovered new information revealing previously unknown historical circumstances. This knowledge has reinstated family members who were washed away by erroneous assumptions promulgated by historians who were confused by all the Dorset men named John Newburgh in the 15th century and their marriages.

As time marched toward the latter half of the fifteenth century the Lulworth Newburgh family began to splinter off moving to neighboring southwest counties. This appears to have happened as a result of
reassigned primogeniture finalised in 1484 when Lulworth patriarch John Newburgh Esq. passed away.

The fracturing of his family actually began thirteen years earlier when his son William was beheaded by King Edward IV after the Battle of Tewkesbury in 1471. Four months after William’s death a number of charters were initiated by the Esquire to transfer his personal legacy through feoffees to William’s young sons.

After the Esquire died in 1484, William’s sons - first John senior then his brother Roger took the helm as Lords of East Lulworth. Their tenure was not without tribulation. John senior succumbed to an illness six months after his grandfather’s decease. His young wife died the next day. His brother Roger then received their grandfather’s legacy and land possessions. However, the eldest of the Esquire’s sons, John Jr. still lived. His Yorkist politics appear to have landed him in serious trouble with his Lancastrian father after the Battle of Tewkesbury. The charters effectively derailed his expected patrimony.

Due to this schism, the roots of cadet lines in Devon and Somerset have become difficult to track and separate. These lines descend from perhaps two known major players. The first was Thomas Newburgh, third son of the Esquire. The second we currently believe may have been an unknown son of his brother John Jr. The primogeniture issue seems to have been so serious that John Jr.’s children were not mentioned in the Esquire’s will and are therefore unknown. He was known to have had at least two wives before he died at Tonerspuddle in 1496.

From 1485 forward Roger Newburgh appears to be constant litigation over several ancient land holdings. Over thirty documents housed at the British National Archives may tell us who was behind the suits that rained down on Roger until 1503. These suits involved Newburgh lands that were previously held by John Jr., some of which he had sued to regain in chancery court some twenty years before his death.

Recently, another IPM for John Jr. has been discovered in Devon that may contain the name(s) of his unknown issue and corroborate their involvement in the chancery suits. My colleague Jacob Newbury is working on acquiring this document which may give further information as to how John Jr.’s previously unknown land possessions in Devon were divided or handed down – hopefully revealing his heirs. Continuing this work requires the acquisition of more documents.

Ordering documents from the British Archives is expensive and time consuming, and often takes as long as six weeks once the process is begun. The fee for an initial page check is usually about 9£. Once it is established by the conservator that a document is in a reasonable condition for reproduction, the archive staff notifies the patron. At that time a second cost estimate for production is emailed to the client. This final cost depends on how many pages will be photographed. When the estimate is received, a form is filled out and the patron pays for the work in advance. It then takes up to a month before the order can be processed and sent to the client. When I receive a document, it is sent to a professional translator who specializes in Medieval Latin where additional costs are incurred. These costs depend on the complexity and length of the document. Most documents written before 1600 are in Latin. Even when they are in period English a translator is often required to decipher difficult paleography.

This is why so much of the medieval genealogy done by amateur historians the U.S. is probably inaccurate. Many of the documents we have acquired for this study haven’t been accessed since they were written. An image of my favorite document is depicted on this GoFundMe page. It is a ‘deed of gift’ written between Henry and Thomas Newburgh who were brothers. As you can see by the photo, it is in very good condition for a document written over 700 years ago. Holding it in your hands is like time travel – an awesome and reverent connection to our ancestors.

Since beginning the campaign, I have written another research newsletter now available on the web site. There are others from previous years archived there as well.

On the DNA tab of the web site, you will find older newsletters for a study that began back in 2009. Regarding DNA research; if anyone is interested in testing please go to Family Tree DNA and ask for the YDNA test. Only males can take this test. You must be descended from father to son and retain the Newberry surname to participate.
Because testing has become more complicated over the past few years, I no longer run the project, but FTDNA does have a Newbury group that has been studying the surname for over a decade. Many people have found a great deal of success in working with them. Some however, are still waiting for compatible cousins to test.

If you are receiving an email notice from Go Fund Me, it is because I have added my active members mailing list to the campaign. There is so much to tell you all, and so much more to learn – but we could use your assistance. All donations are appreciated. If you are uncomfortable with donating online, you may download a donation form and send it via USPS. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the form. https://www.worldwidenewburghproject.com/wwnp-news.html

In the past four years since launching the World Wide Newburgh Project (WWNP), I have heard from a great many of you with questions, comments and suggestions. My colleagues and I appreciate all input. Thanks for your support and friendship over the past twenty years. This has truly been an adventure. I look forward to sharing future research with Newburgh descendants. Please share the campaign and the WWNP web site with your social media contacts and anyone else who may have an interest.

Best wishes,

Visit us at www.worldwidenewburghproject.com
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