Richard Newell Of Barnstaple, Devon

Richard Newell Mayor of Barnstaple

He was trading in Newfoundland 1727 and also Mayor of Barnstaple in 1728.

Nowells are recorded not too far away in North Petherton, Somerset:

Nowell North Petherton Somerset England 1650
Richard Nowell father of Richard Nowell married Tamisin Yeard.



Poole Newells and other info

Poole view

Poole, St James Parish Registers


19 Jan 1656/57 Mary NEWELL Dau of Stephen NEWELL & Susana his wife


23 Jul 1664 Oliver NOWELL Son of Oliver & Francis NOWELL


9 Apr 1678 James *KNO*FE? Alice FAWKNER (FAWLKNER)



19 Mar 1726/27 Thomas NEWELL Newfoundland Judith GOLD Poole


17 Dec 1733 Thomas NEWELL


8 Apr 1727 George MEARS a child



20 Jan 1679/80 Edward HOORE Elizabeth NEWIN


1 Jul 1683 Phillep NEWEN Jane SPRINGE


22 Aug 1658 Phillip NEWEN Son of Tobiatha NEWEN & Joane his wife


Children of John Newell of Christchurch Hampshire:

Sarah 1635

John 1637

Susanna 1641

Thomas Newell marries Joane Stride Fawley, Hampshire in 1683 many kids


Poole Residents:

1760 Wm Noel TDW.120.A

1779 James Newell, Timber Merchant QSI.190

1771 Thos Knowles v Rbt Taylor CR.448

1774 Thomas Newell was an apprentice clerk for John Oliver (attorney) in Poole

1738 Aug 23, Jonathan Knowles married Sarah Chapelman in Kingston

1787 John Newell assessment Lytchett. Minster

Whole list of resident notes


From Thomas Cole:


Will of Thomas Newell born Newfoundland in Poole: (1728)

Thomas III of Bonavista? No children in will so he seems not that old.

(Thomas Newell was a shipwright employed by the Lesters Co. in Trinity Bay. He returned from Newfoundland to Poole and marries Judith Gold)

In the name of God Amen. The twenty eight day of July one thousand seven hundred twenty eight. I Thos Newell shipwright do make and ordain ye my Last Will and Testament in manner and Form as following. That is to say I commit my Soule into ye hands of god in and through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Item I give Devise & bequeth all my chattles Rights Creditts and Estate whatsoever both Real and Parsonall wheresoever it Lyeth to my Dearly beloved Wife Judith Newell for her only Use to do as she thinks best with it.

Item I give to my Sister Eliz’th Pinchard one shilling.

Item I give to my Sister Grace Head one shilling.

Item I give to my Brother Benj’n Newell one shilling.

Item I give to my Sister Patience Ballett? one shilling. (Bayly?)

Item I give to my Brother Jno Faben? one shilling. (Fabian?)

Item I give to my Sister Sarah Faben one shilling.

Item I give to my Brother Step’n; Faben one shilling.

(Item I give him five shillings) I make my Brother Hen; Gould Executor in witness whereof I the said Thos Newell have hereunto put my hand and seal ye day and year first above written.

Thos Newell

Signed Sealed Published

and declared to be ye last

will and testament of ye

sd Thos Newell in ye presence of

Suzana Gould

Jam; Skott

Eliz; Skott

proved 1737?

24 Apr 1701 Henry GOULD Son of Roger GOULD & Susanna his wife

Goulds from Wimborne Minster???

Poole marriage:

22 Apr 1739 Thomas ROSE Sarah FABIAN

Bonavista 1675 = Salvage Pritchard Jonathan wife 1 child. (Pinchard – Thomas Cole)

Barrow Harbour- (Barron? Harbour) = Bayly John

1708 William Pickering Account Books – Bonavista – Wm Pinchard

The Fabians were a family of Shipwrights from Hamworthy, Did Thomas’ mother, widowed marry into the family???????

Hamworthy is a parish¹ and village situated on a peninsula in Poole Harbour. The village is divided into Higher and Lower Ham and has also over time been referred to as Ham, Hamm, Ham Worthy, Ham Port, South Ham, and Southam. Both Hamworthy and Ham side were home to extensive ship-building yards and a quay. Hamworthy was for some time part of the Parish of Sturminster Newton & Lytchett Minster.



Will of Nicholas Fabian, Shipwright of Poole , Dorset

Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers

  • Date range:04 December 1771
  • Reference:PROB 11/973/6

Christopher Fabian born 1792, the youngest son of James and Mary Fabian was a shipwright

at Portsea

Fabian, Andrew, of Gosport, & Hannah Wright, of Alverstoke, 10 Dec, 1702.

1720 Andrew Fabian, shipwright, placed bond for sisters marriage in Gosport, Hampshire

Fabian, John, of Gosport, shipwright, & Elizabeth Purdue, sp., 14 Oct., 1708.

Fabian, Robert, of Whippingham, shipwright, 21, b., & Ann Gilbert, of Portsea,

2 Nov 1611 Lease
1 Thomas Pawsonne, mayor of Christchurch, Joseph Frayle, William Colgill, Robert Waterhouse, Nicholas Gregorie, John Pittman, Christopher Fabian and Henry Hancocke, burgesses of Christchurch
2 Robert Leicester of Christchurch, butcher
1 to 2
Property: [as in DC/CC/D/1/23]
Term: 21 years
Rent: 6s 8d p.a.
Consideration: 30s

2 Feb 1665 Lease
1 Christopher Fabian, gent, mayor of Christchurch
2 William Reeks of Tuckton, Christchurch, yeoman, Simon Peeke of Pokesdown, Christchurch, yeoman, Henry Mantell of Pokesdown, Christchurch, yeoman and Richard Bugby of Avon, Christchurch, yeoman
1 to 2
Property: [as in DC/CC/D/14/1]
Term: 7 years
Rent: £14 p.a.

1595 Christopher Fabian of Christchurch, Twineham – shipwright paid 1o pounds to lease a garden from Thomas Handcocke in Poole for 99 years witnessed by John Fabian Sr.


Will of Henry Gold, Baker of Poole , Dorset

Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers.

  • Date range:26 July 1779
  • Reference:PROB 11/684/88

    Will of Mary Gould, Widow of Pool

    Prerogative Court of Canterbury and related Probate Jurisdictions: Will Registers. Will of Mary Gould, Widow of Pool. Date range:07 July 1737

24 Apr 1701 Henry GOULD Son of Roger GOULD & Susanna his wife

Goulds from Wimborne Minster???


Is William’s wife Elizabeth (nee Moores per Moores will???

By 1231 it was Kynestanton, then Kenstaneston (1326), Kinstanton (1407), Kynston (1662), Kingston How (1771) and to Kinson by 1800.

Poole, Dorset will:

Newell William Great Canford – Yeoman 1746


The last will and Testament of me William Newell of Kinson in the parish of great Canford in the County of Dorset, yeoman, being in good health of Body, and of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding (thanks be to god for the same) as follows:


First I will that all such debts as I shall owe at the time of my death together with my funeral expenses shall be paid and discharged out of the personal estate that I shall dye possessed of.

All the real and personal estate (after my debts and funeral expenses are paid and discharged) that I shall dye _eized or possessed of, I give to my wife Elizabeth for her own use only, during the term of her natural life, provided she shall so long continue my widow.

Also I give devise and bequeath the dwelling house wherein I now live, with the garden thereto belonging, after the death of my said wife, for my daughter Betty Newell and her heirs. But I direct, that she shall permit and suffer her two sisters Mary and Ann Newell to live in and cohabit with her in the same house and have the use of the said garden thereto belonging in joint tenancy with her the said Betty until my said daughters Mary and Ann shall respectively be married.

Also I give and bequeath to my son John Newell and his heirs all my my real and Freehold Estate that I shall dye _eized of, to be by him and his heirs, held and enjoyed immediately from & after my said widow’s death or second marriage which shall first and next happen.

Also I give to my said son John his Estate in the Ketchers? which I am now in possession of by virtue of a mortgage to me thereof formerly made during all the estates and interest I now leave therein, to be by him also held and enjoyed, immediately from and after my said wife’s death or second marriage as aforesaid/

But I do hereby charge my said Freehold and mortgaged possessions with the payment of the sum of ten pounds to my said daughter Betty within one year mext after my said wife’s death or second marriage. And also with the payment of the sum of sixty pounds to be paid in like manner unto my said daughter Mary. And also with the payment of the sum of ffifty pounds to be paid in like manner unto my said daughter Ann.

And I hereby direct that after the death or second marriage of my said wife, all the personal estate that I shall dye possessed of (except the mortgaged possessions by me before given to my said son John) shall be equally divided between my three daughters Betty, Mary and Ann Newell part and share alike, And I do make and appoint my said son John Executor of this my said will. In witmess whereof the said William Newell to this my last Will and Testament, have set my hand and seal this tenth day of October, in the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred fforty six.


Signe sealed published and declared by the said William Newell as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names as witnesses hereto in his presence and at his request.


Wm X Newell (made his mark)

Jane Raven

Raw. Raven

Willm Leer?

Ketchers could be Ketchers Field near Alton where some Nowells are found?

Kinson info:



Children of Daniel & Ann Newell of KILMESTON,HAMPSHIRE,ENGLAND

Daniel 1698

Ann 1700

John 1702

Mary 1706

Richard 1710

Joseph 1713

1778, June 6. — Indenture, Mary Jubber of Wimborn Minster, Dorset,
widow, Thomas Jubber of Poole, merchant, and Joseph Gulston of Corfe
Mullen, Dorset, Esquire. Premises called The Grove and Orchard Close in
Corfe Mullen, Dorset. (Signed) Joseph Gulston. Seal. Wits., Eliz.
Oliver, Thos. Newell, elk. to Mr. Oliver, Poole.

Thomas Cole list from Poole:


more pool lists



Peter Thompson Merchant letters from Poole 1760:

Many Names of interest for Nfld.


Lots of Poole surnames:


out of date:


Christchurch mariners:


Some Harbour History:



List of the Burgesses of Poole 1 Janry: 1761


1 George Weston Mayor v 21 John Hyde

2 Richard Weston P A v22 Richard Weston Jnr P

3 John Lester A v 23 Thomas Wise Senr P v Dead

4 Wm Wise A v died 1762 24 Thomas Wise Junior v Dead

5 Aaron Durell A died 16:mar. 1761) 25 Christor Jolliff v

aged 50 ) 26 Wm Spurrier

6 Wm Jolliff A v died Aug 1762) 27 Ian? Strong v

aged 64 ) 28 David Durell P v

7 Geo: Tito A 29 Wm Wise Jnr v

8 Geo: Hyde A v died 11. May 1763) 30 James Wise v

aged 58 ) v31 Thomas Wise the Younger

9 Sir Peter Thompson v 32 Thomas Tite v

10 Benjamin Jennings v S 33 Peter Jolliff v)

11 Martin Wadham P v S 34 Christor Jolliff )v

12 Richard Gleed S v 35 James Jolliff ) sons W.J.

13 Richard Sutton S v 36 Fabian Spurrier

14 Joseph Wadham P S v v37 Saml Bowles died 1762

15 Isaac Lester S v v38 John Bowles

16 John Henning P v S 39 Joseph White Senior v

17 Thomas Strong S v 40 Saml White Senior v

18 Peter Jolliff senr S v 41 Joseph White Junior v

19 John Green Sheriff v 42 John Rolls v

20 Saml Weston P S v


43. Benja Lester v64 Robert Young

  1. George Olive 65 Abra: Williams P v dead
  2. Wm Newnham v 66. Joseph Shutt P v
  3. John Pike v 67. Richd Gleed Junior v
  4. Stephen Morris P v 68. Thomas Dean v

48. Thomas Gleed v 69. Roger Parmister

  1. Edward Allen v 70. John Butler v
  2. John Hooper S v 71. Richd Kirby
  3. Moses Hooper v 72. Wm Launder v

52. Saml Clark v 73. Wm Knapp

  1. John Clark died 30 June 74. Tho. Durell

1761 aged 83. 75. James Allen

  1. Wm Milner Senior v 76. Francis Daman P
  2. Wm Milner Junior dead 77. Wm Phippard ded
  3. John Skinner S v 78. John Bird v

57. Benj: Wadham v NB. those mark’d v are abroad

  1. John Jones P v died 1762 those mark’d S served Sheriff
  2. Wm Shoot died mar those mark’d A aldermen

1761 at London those mark’d P placemen

  1. Peter Shoot v

61. Thomas Bird Senior v

62. Thomas Bird Junior v

  1. Christor Spurrier v



Out Burgesses


1. Thomas Hyde v

2. John Jennings

3. Wm Phippard v P

4. Wm Daman v

5. Step. Stainsmore

6. R.H. Geo. Dodington Esqre made Peer in Mar: 1761 Died in 1762

7. Meach Esqre

8. Jos. Gulston Esqre v

9. James West Record

10 Geo: Trenchard Esqre v

  1. John Trenchard Esqre v
  2. Thomas Trenchard Esqre v
  3. Jn: Trench: Bromfield Clk v
  4. Thos. Missing Esqre v
  5. Wm Rickman Esqre v
  6. Henry Penton Esqre Kill’d by a fall from his horse in Aug: 1762
  7. Thos. Godfrey v
  8. Thos. Erle Drax Esqre v

19 Burrard Esqre v

  1. Bury Skutt v
  2. Thos. Wyndham Esqre
  3. Edw Seymour Esqre
  4. Sr Abra. Jansson .. dead
  5. Sr Richd Lyttleton

25. MichlFrancklyn abroad

  1. Jos. Guston Junior do. a minor
  2. Jocelyn Pickard Esqre v
  3. Thomas Calcraft Esqre made 25 Mar: 1761 & elected M. Parl

that day


Knowles in Coal Mining Country

The Family Finder DNA project has me a little interested in the Lancashire area just east of Liverpool. The towns of St Helen’s, Preston, Warrington, Blackpool, Winwick and others have a good population of Knowles going far back in time. This is a coal mining belt.

Lancashire Coal

There seem to be a surprising number of Knowles mining companies:






I was looking in particular at St Helen’s. There are enough Knowles to cover an array of occupations but I did see some coal mining engineers amongst the group.


A list of some records I surveyed here:

St Helen’s

The Nowells of Knole

LONG SUTTON,   Somerset

The parish of Long Sutton, on the north bank of the river Yeo, 3 miles south-east of Langport, is well over 4 miles long from east to west, and nearly 2½ miles at its widest point. It includes the hamlet of Knole and the deserted village of Bineham in the east, the scattered hamlet of Upton in the northwest, and traces of a medieval settlement and a 19th-century wharf at Little Load and Load Bridge in the south. Apart from the inclusion of part of Kingsmoor in the east the present boundaries are thought to be those established by 1300, (fn. 1) though intercommoning with Somerton, Huish, and Pitney cannot have produced definite boundaries at some points until inclosure, finally completed in 1814. (fn. 2) At least from the 17th century the parish had rights on King’s Sedgemoor, and nearly 606 a. were allotted in respect of 69 shares in 1795. (fn. 3) The total acreage was 3,956 a. in 1844. (fn. 4) The detached area on Sedgemoor was exchanged for parts of Kingsmoor in 1885. (fn. 5) In 1901 the parish measured 3,859 a. (fn. 6)

The lord of Knole owed suit to the court at Sutton and his tenants in 1541–2 were presented there for overcharging the common fields there. (fn. 255) The chief concerns of the Sutton court were the maintenance and repair of houses, river banks, and ditches, and the administration of the fields. It claimed jurisdiction over pleas of debt of customary tenants in the 16th century, (fn. 256) and issued orders that, among other things, the churchwardens in 1547 should choose their successors, (fn. 257) in 1639 that dyed wool should not be washed in streams, (fn. 258) and, from 1760, that horses of coal-carriers found straying from the towing-path should be impounded. (fn. 259)
Courts were held at Knole by c. 1254. (fn. 260) Rolls, books, and other papers survive for 1479–80 (fn. 261) and 1521, (fn. 262) and intermittently for 1625–65, 1728–91, and 1830–63. (fn. 263) In the early 17th century the courts were described as views of frankpledge but from 1657 the regular twice-yearly sittings in April and October were usually called collectively courts leet and baron. A tithingman occurs by 1479 and a tithingman, a constable, and a hayward in 1664. No constable was appointed after 1740, but the tithingmanship continued until 1841 and a hayward was appointed until 1863. (fn. 264)
A court-house stood in Knole until after 1844; it was demolished before 1912. (fn. 265) Repairs to ditches, roads, and bridges were the main concern of the court until the 18th century, when its main business was the control of the common fields


A Friends’ meeting was being held in the parish by 1662. (fn. 326) A group of twenty ‘sectaries’, many if not all Quakers, were presented at a visitation in 1663 for refusing to attend public worship, and marriages without banns and unlicensed burials were reported. (fn. 327) There was a permanent meeting-house by 1669, when Robert Ford’s house was licensed for use by 100 Quakers under three teachers. (fn. 328) In the next year meetings were held in the house of Richard Nowell, one of the ‘sectaries’ of 1663 and one of the 19 people fined a total of over £153 in that year alone. (fn. 329) Further licences were issued in 1689 for meetings in the house of Richard Nowell, and in 1699 for Samuel Langfield’s house. (fn. 330) The meeting-house in use in 1970 was erected in 1717. (fn. 331)


T\PH\vch/98 1653-1696

Richard Nowell of Knowle, Long Sutton and Ann Thacher of Queen Camel 28 June 1661
John Nowell of Knowle and Joan Ford of Long Sutton 26 July 1667

The Quaker community decreased in numbers in the 18th century and Somerset:
by 1793 only one family was living in the parish

Nowells about 20 km away in North Petherton,

Nowell North Petherton Somerset England 1650
Richard Nowell father of Richard Nowell married Tamisin Yeard.
DD\BR\py/100 1633-1833


Misc. properties: mortgage of land by Alexander Nowell of North Petherton, gent., and others, to Thos. Grove, sen., and Nicholas Marshall of Taunton, gent., 1688; assignment of 99 year lease of Farrington Farm and lands in North Petherton and Chilton Trinity by William Gatcombe of North Petherton, esq., in trust for his son Joseph, 1816, with related correspondence and receipts,

Familysearch has piles of Nowells here and in the Bath area closer to Bristol.

Family Baptisms

Somerset Baptisms

Family Marriages

Somerset Marriages

See also Quaker Roots link

Somersett & Dorset Notes & Queries.

Proved at Westminster, lo January, 1653-4, by Ames Isham,
the executor.

I notice that Roger Isham, son of this Roger, matriculated at
Christ Church, Oxford, 15 Nov., 1639, at the age of 18.

Will of John Isham, of Langport-Eastover, co. Somerset,
gent., 20 Dec, 1675. My desire is to have my Bodie buried in
Mr. Jenning’s Isle at Curry-Revell, if my Master Thomas
Jennings, esq., and the rest of my Friends there will give leave,
or else any other where in the Church or Churchyard of Cuny-
Revell. To the poor of C-R and Langport iij*- iij^ each. To my
son John Isham ^ 100 ; To daughter Mary Isham ;^20o ; Thomas
Jennings to be trustee, until each is 21. To my Father 4o»-» to my
brother George Isham the 4o»- which my brother Thomas Isham
oweth me. To my wife Mary my free Burgage in Langport-Eastover
for her life, and also the profits of all my lands in Curry-Revell for
soe long a time as she shall live a widdowe in my name. The
residue to my wife Mary Isham, my sole executrix. Witness, Ralph
Ewens, William Hall.

Proved in Lond. 7 Feb., 1675-6, by Mary Isham, relict and

Mary, the daughter of William Isham, (will No. i.,) married
Edward Nowell, and settled at Edmonton (see I. iv. 169).
The brass which I have mentioned before was formerly in the
middle aisle of the church there. Quite recently I paid a visit
to Edmonton. The stone, to which was fastened the brass, still
lies in its place, but the brass in 8 pieces which is in good order,
and well worth preserving, has been removed and placed some four
years ago, as I think not too securely, on the west wall of the Church.
On the brass are two coats of arms, the one that of Nowell,
with a crescent for diflference, the other that of Nowell impaling
Isham. So far as I know this is the only monument to any
member of the family of Isham. Is this so ? A careful
examination of the Edmonton Registers, which date from 1558
and are in good order, gives a full record as to the Nowell family.
But these may be of interest here ;


1559* J^^^ dudlei & Dorothea Nowell, 6 June.
1564. Edward Nowell et Maria Isam, 28 November.
1593. Edward Nowell & Joyce Wraie, 30 April.
1621. Edward Nowell & Elizabeth Kiddermaster, 8 May.


1565. Katherine Nowell, filia Edwardi^ Nowell, 31 Aug.
1566. Henry Nowell, filius Edwardi Nowell, 29 Sept.
1567. Isain Nowell, filins Edwardi Nowell, 1 Sept.
1568. Edward Nowell, filins Edwardi Nowell, 19 Dec.

These four were the children of Edward Nowell and Mary
Isham. Isham and Edward Nowell, sons of Edward Nowell
senior, married and had families baptised at Edmonton.

Isham Nowell had a son Isham baptised 12 January, 1620-1.

1610. Maria Nowell uxor Edwardi Nowel, sen., 25 Feb.
1612. Tobias Isham, 4 August.
1616. Edward Nowell, sen., 5 Decemb.
1631. Margerie Isham, widdow, 14 December.
1639. Matheus Isham, sepult. fuit 10 die Apr.

This last Mathew Isham I know to be one of the Northamptonshire family. The others I cannot identify, and should imagine to be relations of Mary Nowell. I should be very glad to know what any Somerset wills can tell, or any parish registers of the places named.


Move to Edmonton, North London…..

Many Masons

This article caught my eye because of the frequency of the names Jonathan and Joseph. These were two early names in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. One of my most distant cousins in the Family Finder Project has a connection to Huddersfield as well.

I do  have one account as well of Newfoundland Noel ancestor coming to Newfoundland via Sheffield, Yorkshire.

The main story is here and it is a good one:


Some more links of interest here:

Almondbury. Yorkshire Nowells


Many Nowells here


At the West Yorkshire Archive Service:



Catalogue Finding Number C296/169
Title Nowell Family, Shelley, Lepton, Almondbury, Farnley Tyas
Description Papers and documents relating to the estate of S. Nowell
Highgate Lane, Kirkheaton, deeds 1690 – 1785
Shelley, Woodhouse, deeds, and plan (1882) 1707-late 18 cent
Bogden and Green Bulk, Lepton, Kirkheaton, deeds and papers, and plan (1882) 1767
Date 1690-1882

Location of Archive Kirklees GB 204
Access_Status Open


Catalogue Finding Number C296/170
Title Nowell Family, Shelley, Lepton, Almondbury, Farnley Tyas
Description Papers and documents relating to the estate of S. Nowell
Rushfield, Almondbury, deeds, and plan (1882) 1768 – 1843
Other property in Almondbury, Mirfield, similar items 18 – 19 cent.
Miscellaneous papers relating to valuation of estate, similar items c.1880 – c.1920
Date 1768-1920
Extent 1 box (0.02)
Location of Archive Kirklees GB 204
Access_Status Open


Catalogue Finding Number C296/171
Title Nowell Family, Shelley, Lepton, Almondbury, Farnley Tyas
Description Nowell family papers
Mostly relating to properties in Almondbury, Shelley, Lepton, Cumberworth
Copy will of William Nowell, Farnley Tyas 1840
Marriage settlements –
Thomas Nowell and Elizabeth Ainley 1843
J. S. Nowell and Miss F. M. Morrice 1858
Particulars and conditions of sale (printed)
Relating to properties in Shelley and Lepton, with plan (1902) 1851, 1902
Copy valuation of J. S. Nowell’s properties 1894
Date 1840-1902
Extent 1 box (0.02)
Location of Archive Kirklees GB 204
Access_Status Open

Archives have much more material in their catalogue

Huddersfield History: