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Richard Newens

Richard Newens

Male 1854 - 1933  (79 years)

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  • Name Richard Newens  [1, 2, 3
    Born 1854  NY Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Agriculture - Farmer 
    Died 4 Oct 1933  Sterling, Logan Cnty, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Riverside Cem, Sterling, Logan Cnty, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 5, 6
    Person ID I182  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 2 May 2016 

    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 Sydney ("Ciddie") Jane Miles,   b. 18 Jan 1855, PA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Nov 1919  (Age 64 years) 
    Married Y  [1, 2, 4
    Children 
     1. John Colman Newens,   b. 1 Feb 1878,   d. 10 Oct 1916  (Age 38 years)
     2. William Etna Newens,   b. 4 Feb 1880, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1933, Sterling, Logan Cnty, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
     3. Floyd Evan Newens,   b. 2 Apr 1887, Dysart, Tama Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +4. Forrest Adna Newens,   b. 2 Apr 1887, Dysart, Tama Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1954, San Francisco, San Francisco Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Last Modified 17 Apr 2011 
    Family ID F52  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Richard Newens
    Richard Newens
    Abt 1909

  • Notes 
    • On 4 Mar 1946 Richard's niece Bertha (Newens) Snouffer wrote a letter to her granddaughter Barbara Nelson about homesteading days in Colorado:
      "It was Christmas 1909 (your mother was just a baby) 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. [In an earlier draft of the letter she mentioned that Uncle Dick's "twin sons had already filed claims on land 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.
      "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. Grandpa and I had a nice home (which we had built and were married in, and your mother was born there also) which we sold. *** [Household belongings were shipped by railroad box car.] We were located about 10 miles from the town of Merino and with a team of work horses it took quite a while to drive that far.***
      "*** We lived on the farm for three years, then proved up and got a Government Deed signed by Woodrow Wilson.... The land is still ours and has been farmed every year although we only lived there the three years.***"

      The 1910 Colorado census shows that the extended Newens family was living in Morgan County. Richard is listed as a 56-yr old farmer living with his wife and living near to his son Forrest. The census further reports that Richard was born in New York, his father in England, and that his mother was French Canadian. 1910 U.S.Census, Prec. 12, Snyder, Morgan Cnty, CO (T 624, Roll 123, stamped p. 294). Also nearby were his brother John Newens and his wife Ellen, and their daughter Bertha I. Snouffer, living with her husband William D. and their daughter "Blanch N." [sic]. (Ibid, p. 294A)

      The 1920 census lists Richard, a 65-yr old widower, living with his sons, Etna W, 39; "Forest A," 32, and Floyd E, 32. 1920 U.S. Census, Antelope Springs, Morgan Cnty, CO (T 625, Roll 168, stamped p. 170B).

      Richard was still alive when the 1930 census occurred. He lived alone, as a 75-yr old widower, about 3 houses away from his divorced daughter-in-law, Lena and her two sons, "Everett," 19, and Alfred, abt. 7. 1930 U.S. Census, Antelope Springs, Morgan Cnty, CO (T 626, Roll 246, stamped p. 179B).

      In a letter dated 13 March 1975 to her son Robert Snouffer, Bertha (Newens) Snouffer elaborated:
      "[Uncle Isaiah Newens] came here to C.R. perhaps in 1909 -- and Uncle Dick & Aunt Ciddie, who were living in Ringgold Iowa (southern part) came to my parents home also to have a family reunion -- It was Uncle Dick who got us all interested in going to Colorado because his twin sons -- who were 2 years younger than I -- (they were 21 then and not married) had filed claims on homesteads out there in Colo. and Uncle Dick & Aunt Ciddie (her real name was Sydney) had also filed claims for land, so it was then that my father, Will my husband (your father), Aunt Lessie, and Uncle Art -- went to Colo and also filed claims -- 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 Dick & Aunt Ciddie, John & Etna their two sons are buried in the Cemetery at Sterling Colo.***"
    • Obituary, Sterling [CO] Farm Journal (Oct 1933):
      "Willard Man Dead
      "Funeral services for Richard Newens, 83 [sic] years of age, of Willard [CO] will be held Friday afternoon at two o'clock at the Jackson mortuary. Mr. Newens died Wednesday morning [4 Oct] at a hospital in Sterling [CO].
      "Mr. Newens ...[?] on a homestead in the Willard district 18 years ago and has resided there since that time. He is survived by two sons: Forrest of Midwest, Wyo.; and Floyd of Stockton, Calif."

  • 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).

    3. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Richard Newens; Oct 1933).

    4. [S41] CO Census 1910, Morgan, Snyder, 12 |, Colorado, Morgan Cnty, Synder Twsp, 12th Prec., 1910 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), T624, Roll 123, p. 294.

    5. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend, (Barbara Wilkinson).

    6. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 34768603.