She was born in August, something fortune tellers and even you might find auspicious.

My mother’s family is bursting with Augusts. Their first immigrant to the United States from Germany in 1850 is an August.  Just this week I found his name of record on his death certificate to be Frederic Augustus Newport. The 1855 New York State census lists his answer to name as Augustus. Then in the New York City Directory of 1886, he’s the carpenter August Newport at 245 East 28th Street.

  • His eldest son, that we know, is August. Family history says August accompanied his younger brother William and father Augustus to the United States in 1850. I have yet to find his name on the ship roster so either it’s missing, under a different name or he came on another ship. His only child, Cora, names her son Edward August, carrying on the tradition.
  • William, Frederic Augustus’ second son and my 2nd great grandfather, names his first son, Albert Augustus and his first daughter, Frances Augusta.  Albert Augustus has twin girls in 1900, Frances A. and Florence A. I haven’t discovered their middle names yet. Shall we guess?
  • Edward Charles Augustus, the third son to immigrate, was a physician in Meriden, Connecticut who traveled extensively. The discovery of “Augustus” on his 1874 passport was a surprise find since he rarely used it later in life. E. C. has two sons who died very young with a middle initial of “A”. Is their middle name “August”? His daughter, born after their deaths, is named Augusta Albertine.
  • The next son in line is August Otto which makes three “Augusts” among the five sons of Frederick Augustus, the original immigrant.
  • Frederick Augustus’ fifth son, and final child, is Lawrence born in 1861. No middle name or surprise first name appears so far. He had no children that I can find.

That makes eight Augusts in the Frederic Augustus Newport legacy, possibly four more from the initials of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No one has carried “August” forward in our generation or our children’s.

However, there is a Newport woman celebrating her 90th this August.

A Memorable Cemetery Visit


It sits as you might envision, that private family cemetery, nestled among sloping grounds and a few ancient trees. The farm, established by my second great grandfather prior to the Civil War, holds generations of its bygone folk, simply and peacefully.

I spent a few days visiting historical societies, country library alcoves dedicated to family history, church sanctuaries, and many forgotten cemeteries. This one, an off the record spot, is loved.

Appropriately, it is tended and cherished by a great great grandson and his wife.

Still Here

ancestors map

In January I made a commitment to myself, the Newport family and #52ancestors52weeks, in that order. I have finished projects, but with “me” first, I’ve decided to hold off posting for a bit.

My blog writing suffers from a lack of information on the Newport family. There is great hope. Tomorrow I leave for ten day trip with my niece to research this map area above, meet first cousins, possibly other cousins, and find more to write about that Newport family so I can answer the #52ancestor52weeks prompts.

Much catching up will be done here when I return.

Here’s to ten days of hard work, smart searching and new relations!

Little Frederick


This year as I research my mother’s family tree, unexpected people in unexpected places appear repeatedly. She became a foster child after her father’s death, and her own mother died in her forties. Mom’s last foster family seems more like relatives in our conversations than the Newport’s.

On February 22, 1894, August Albert Newport wed seventeen-year-old Mary S. Sodawater in Callicoon, New York. She is fifteen years younger than Albert, as we see him in subsequent census notation, an age difference which may foretell of forthcoming troubles. However, the Newport land holdings make them one of the wealthiest households in Wayne County. Did Mary marry for money?

At the beginning of the summer of 1895, Mary gives birth to a son, Frederick, perhaps named after his grandfather, William Frederick, who lives nearby. It seems he is a happy and healthy child and if anything like his brothers robust. Ernest and Reuben develop into large and notably strong men. Reuben, it is claimed, can lift two full milk cans simultaneously, one in each hand, and swing them onto a waiting wagon.

Fred death 1

fred death 2

Ernest and Reuben never meet little Fred. Unfortunately, he dies of dehydration after a stomach ailment at six months in December of 1895. A year later, Ernest is born, previously known to me as the oldest child of Albert and Mary. Now that I realize differently, little Fred has a page in the book, too.

The grave marker on the Newport family farm is for baby Frederick.


  • Mary Sodawater Newport, 1876-before 1930
  • August Albert Newport; 1861-1937


  • Ernest Arthur, 1896-1935
  • Reuben Albert, 1898-1952
  • Florence A., 1900-1972
  • Frances A., 1900-1966

Daniel S. Barber – My Brick Wall

I joined the #52ancestors to encourage myself to research my mother’s family, which has been a challenge for our family forever. The information we have stopped at Augustus Newport.

Daniel S. Barber, on my paternal side, stumps me. Here is what I know before his disappearance:

1860: Auburn PA. All the children are here. Daniel is a Farmer.

1865 Daniel Barber


Civil War draft in Colesville, NY

1863 Daniel Barber Draft


1870: Corydon, PA  Census in which Daniel Joseph is listed as Joseph. Sarah is no longer his wife. Emma, listed in her obituary as grandmother to my aunts Frances and Florence Barber. I believe “Daniel JOSEPH” marries Harriet, mother to those two Barber children, and sisters of my ggrandfather, Fred Vernon. Emma (Emily) is living with Daniel and Harriet and their children including “little Freddie” in the 1880s. Note: Shoemaker.

1870 PA Census Daniel Barber

1870: Sarah Barber in Greene, Chenango County, New York with their youngest child Martha and working in domestic service.

1870 Census Sarah Barber

1880: Sarah Barber living in Afton, Chenango, with her daughter Alice Barber Johnston. Transcription says she is divorced. Is this true?

1880 Sarah Barber

1880: Emma Emily living with Daniel Joseph, her stepson?, and Hattie (Harriet Marvin) Barber, her daughter back in Afton, New York. Where did Daniel S. go? Did he die in Corydon? Emma and Harriet are buried together in Afton.

Emily 1880 Census

1892 Sarah Claims Widow’s Pension:  So is Daniel now dead? Also, Sarah is a bit “crazy” at this time. She probably has dementia.

1892 Widow Pension

This is a reunion held in 1911.

Thursday , December 7th, 1911 Daniel Called David

This one is not dated, but at least seven years later.

Barber Reunion

I so wish I had a copy of this picture!

Death of Emma Barber

This is 1905 or 1906.

So what happened to Daniel S. Barber?


Christina Sider Newport
(b. unknown in Germany, d. unknown)


  • Unknown Germany
  • Unknown Germany


  • Unknown

Spouse: August Newport


  • August Newport, (1828-1882)
  • William Frederick Newport  (1831-1921)
  • Edward Charles Newport, (1837-1895)

My knowledge of Christina Sider Newport is from her son‘s death certificate mention written in 1921.

From the information given on the latter by Frances Newport Turner, Christina is the mother of my great grandfather, William.

Christina Sider on William Newport Death Certificate 1921


1855 Census

Did Christina stay in Germany or die before Augustus comes to the United States? He marries Elizabeth after arriving?


New York, State Census, 1855,, Operations, Inc., 2013, Provo, UT, USA.