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Isaiah Newens

Isaiah Newens

Male Abt 1849 - Aft 1914  (~ 65 years)

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  • Name Isaiah Newens  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1849 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft Apr 1914  [3
    Person ID I171  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2010 

    Father Henry Newens,   b. Abt 1817, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Celestia Bunker,   b. Shamilee, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F48  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Unknown,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Unknown 
     1. Grover Newens,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Myrtle Newens
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F50  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • «i»Cedar Rapids Gazette«/i» (?) (no date; abt 1909):
      «tab»"Mr. and Mrs. William D. Snouffer gave a dinner Tuesday at one o'clock, in honor of the sixtieth birthday of Mrs. Snouffer's uncle, Mr. I. Newens of Nome, Alaska, who came to Cedar Rapids to spend Christmas with his brother, Mr. John Newens. Covers were laid for eight and the dinner was served in five courses.
      «tab»"Mr. and Mrs. Snouffer's guests were Mr. I. Newens, Mr. and Mrs. John Newens, Miss Lessie Newens, and Mr. and Mrs. Silas Miller of Mt. Vernon."

      On 4 Mar 1946 Bertha (Newens) Snouffer wrote a letter to her granddaughter Barbara Nelson about homesteading days in Colorado:
      «tab»"It was Christmas 1909 ... when my [father's brother] Uncle Isaiah Newens came to Cedar Rapids to visit us. He had been living in Nome Alaska for many years.... Uncle Isaiah was my fathers brother, and another brother Uncle Dick [Richard Newens] and his wife came from southern Iowa, and a cousin [Charlie Newens] who was a son of another brother ["Uncle Ned" or Edward Newens] of theirs came from Chi[cago]..... Uncle Dick got all of us interested in going to Colorado to 'take up homestead land.' He told of land that the government was opening up to homesteaders. So Grandpa Newens, Aunt Lessie [Newens] (who was not married), Uncle Art [Snouffer] and your Grandpa [William D.] Snouffer all decided they would go out [to Colorado] and investigate.
      «tab»"They left here [Cedar Rapids, IA] in Jan. 1910 and were quite enthused about the prospects, so with the help of a cousin (Uncle Dick's son) who was already located there they picked out the land they would like to have, and then they went to the Government Land Office in Sterling Colo and filed a claim for their land; each one had 160 acres. Then they came home and we prepared to move....
      «tab»"Grandpa Newens arranged for a [railroad] box car and in it all the furniture was packed on one side of the car, and on the other side was a buggy, a wagon, a team of horses, and Uncle Arts dog Fanny, and a crate with about 24 chickens....
      «tab»"*** Grandpa Snouffer was the carpenter, Great Grandpa Newens helped him, and Uncle Art made the trips back and forth to town for lumber, more of the household goods, groceries, etc.
      «tab»"Great Grandma Newens, Aunt Lessie, Your mother (who was my little baby not two years old yet) and I stayed here in Iowa for about two weeks, then we decided we would go also.***
      «tab»"*** [When a range fire threatened them] Grandpa Newens was wise enough to start a fire and burn a strip about 10 feet wide ... around our household goods ... then we went over to where the house was being built and new lumber piled near, and built a similar fire break. [In an earlier draft of the letter she then wrote: "Our house was soon finished.... Aunt Lessie's house was built next, then Uncle Art's and finally Great Grandpa & Grandma Newens house was finished. *** We lived on the farm for three years, then proved up and got a government deed.... The land is still ours and has been farmed every year -- although we only lived there the three years. *** "] [Most of the group returned to Cedar Rapids after the required three years.]

      In a letter of 13 Mar 1975 to her son Robert, she wrote:
      «tab»"It was Uncle Dick who got us all interested in going to Colorado....*** Uncle Isaiah went back to Seattle and I dont know where he died or is buried.*** Uncle Isaiah went to Alaska from Seattle, Wash., with the Klondike Gold Rush people -- I don't know what year that was -- I think he and his wife parted -- don't know about a divorce or who she was. Anyway he came back to Seattle -- about the time Will and I were married (1907) then he came here to C.R. perhaps in 1909. *** I believe it was winter when Uncle Isaiah, Uncle Dick and Aunt Ciddie came to visit us, then it was Spring when the C.R. bunch went to Colo. to file their claims. *** Uncle Isaiah came back to the U.S. from Nome Alaska. Not sure about his success -- evidently he did not strike it rich. Nadine has a picture of his store there with the name on the store -- Newens and someone else [Glandon]. It was a general store -- He brot [sic] us gold nuggets, old ivory, Blanche a little fur coat - not lined - nor tanned.... I lost my gold nugget pin on the 3rd Ave. bridge. *** "

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] Bertha Newens|, Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer, "Newens & Snouffer Family Records", (Bertha Ina (Newens) Snouffer; unpublished charts; created abt 1960; revised abt 1970; original charts possessed by Wm.C.Snouffer).

    2. [S42] Jewell - Snouffers|, Carol Snouffer Jewell, "Snouffer, Schnauffer, Newens of Germany, IA, 1523-1997" (Nov 1999), (Family Tree Maker, "World Family Tree," CD-ROM database (vol. 54, tree 2400), Cambridge, MA; The Learning Company, Inc. : 2000) (Reliability: 2).

    3. [S5] Cedar Rapids Gazette|, Cedar Rapids Gazette, (Cedar Rapids, IA), (Apr 1914) (Reliability: 2).