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Almer G. Newell was born on 21 Aug 1823 in Middletown, Windsor County, Vermont to Jacob Newell and Elizabeth Wolcott “Betsey” Manley Newell.1 In 1850, Almer was living with his brother and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Cynthia Smith Newell, and their family in Pine Plains, New York. Both Gilbert and Almer were working as carpenters.2

Almer and his brothers and father, soon moved to Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania, where Almer married Theda Ann Hubbard. The Newell family lived in Harmony near [insert diary reference] 3

By 1860, Almer, Theda and their children, Alice and Myron, had moved to Berkshire, Tioga County, New York, where Almer continued to work as a carpenter.4 On 18 Aug 1862, Almer enlisted in the Civil War; he was discharged 9 June 1865.5 Following Almer’s return from the war, the family, which now included William and Ollie, remained living in Bershire until some time in the 1870s when they moved to North Carolina.6 Theda died 20 October 1881 and is buried in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.7

Almer married second to Mary Sampson on 28 Mar 1883 in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.8

Almer G. Newell died on 24 Feb 1890 in South Greensboro. Almer is buried in Green Hill Cemetery in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina.

Obituary
Mr. A. G. Newell, an esteemed citizen of this place, died at this residence in South Greensboro, Monday night, after a long illness aged nearly 67 years.9

"Mr. A. G. Newell," obituary, The Wilmington Messenger (Wilmington, North Carolina), 6 Mar 1890, p. 4, col. 5.
“Mr. A. G. Newell,” obituary, The Wilmington Messenger (Wilmington, North Carolina), 6 Mar 1890, p. 4, col. 5.

Mary Louise Sampson Newell died on 10 July 1931 in Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina and is buried in New Garden Friends Cemetery in Greensboro.10


  1. Headstone reads: Almer G. Newell / Born Aug 21, 1823.
    Find A Grave, memorial 17907624, Almer Gilbert Newell (1823–1890), Green Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina; headstone photo by BradNCarolina, memorial managed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).
    For birth location and parents, New York State Archives, Albany, New York, Town Clerks’ Registers of Men Who Served in the Civil War, ca 1865–1867. Microfilm publication, Berkshire, Tioga County, Almer G. Newell. Birth: 21 Aug 1823, Middletown, Vermont. Parents: Jacob [Newell], a carpenter, and Betsey Mandly [Elizabeth Wolcott Manley].
    Notes: Almer’s son’s marriage license lists father as Gilbert Newell; it is possible Almer’s middle name was Gilbert. Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940, Danville, Virginia, Myron Gilbert Newell–Mary Elizabeth Pleasants, 23 Sept 1903.

  2. 1850 U.S. census, Pine Plains, Dutchess County, New York, population schedule, p. 377 (penned) 190 (stamped), dwelling 93, family 106, Gilbert Newell household.
    – Gilbert Newell, age 33, carpenter, born in Massachusetts
    – Cynthia Newell, age 29, born in Ohio
    – Orwin L. Newell, age 10, born in Massachusetts
    – John B. Newell, age 7, born in Massachusetts
    – Ellen R. Newell, age 5, born in Connecticut
    – Friend B. Newell, age 3, born in New York
    Almer G. Newell, age 27, carpenter, born in Vermont

  3. “Diary for 1857 of Ann M. Hull, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania,” (typescript, 2021), 1857 entries; original diary in Faulkner-Hull Collection.

  4. 1860 U.S. census, Berkshire, Tioga County, New York, population schedule, p. 22, dwelling 170, family 169, A. G. Newell household.
    – A. G. Newell, age 36, carpenter, born in Vermont
    – Theda Ann Newell, age 29, born in New York
    – Alice S. Newell, age 5, born in Pennsylvania
    – Myron G. Newell, age 2, born in New York

  5. New York State Archives and Records Administration, Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861 and 1900, compiled 1949 – 1949, documenting the period 1861 – 1942, publication T289, catalog 2588825, record group 15, roll 347, Almer G. Newell. Enlistment: 18 Aug 1862. Discharged: 9 June 1865. Co. 137. Regiment: New York Infantry. Widow’s pension: 21 July 1890. Also,
    New York State Archives and Records Administration, Albany, New York, Civil War Muster Roll Abstracts of New York State Volunteers, United States Sharpshooters, and United States Colored Troops [ca. 1861-1900], roll 189, 137th Infantry, p. 802, Almer G. Newell. Birth: Middletown, Vermont. Occupation: carpenter.

  6. 1870 U.S. census, Berkshire, Tioga County, New York, population schedule, p. 3-4, dwelling 27, family 29, Elmer Newell household.
    – Elmer Newell, age 46, house carpenter, born in Connecticut
    – Theda A. Newell, age 39, born in New York
    – Alice Newell, age 15, born in New York
    – Myron Newell, age 11, born in New York
    – Willie Newell, age 9, born in New York
    – Ollie V. Newell, age 3, born in New York

  7. Headstone reads: Theda A. Newell / Born Sep. 20, 1830 / Died Oct. 20, 1881
    Find A Grave, memorial 17907639, Theda Ann Hubbard Newell (1830–1881), Green Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina; headstone photo by BradNCarolina, memorial managed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).

  8. State of North Carolina, Office Register of Deeds, Guilford County, Newell–Sampson marriage, 28 Mar 1883. Groom: Almer G. Newell, age 59. Parents: Jacob S. and Betsey Newell, both deceased residents of Sandisfield, Massachusetts. Bride: Mary Sampson, age 37. Parents: John and Ann, both living in Guilford, North Carolina. Married by E. F. Baldwin on 28 Mar 1883.

  9. “Mr. A. G. Newell,” obituary, The Wilmington Messenger (Wilmington, North Carolina), 6 Mar 1890, p. 4, col. 5. Also,
    Headstone reads: Almer G. Newell / Born Aug 21, 1823.
    Find A Grave, memorial 17907624, Almer Gilbert Newell (1823–1890), Green Hill Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina; headstone photo by BradNCarolina, memorial managed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158).

  10. Mrs. Mary L. Newell to be Buried Today,” obituary, Greensboro Daily News (Greensboro, North Carolina), p. 18, col. 5. Also,
    Headstone reads: Mary S. Newell / 1846 – 1931.
    Find A Grave, memorial 18582922, Mary S. Newell (1846–1931), New Garden Friends Cemetery, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina; headstone photo by Kathy Merris Mills, memorial managed by SierraBravo (contributor 46829986).

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