Query: Newyen

By , June 21, 2013


6/21/2013 1:53:12

Beth Rainbolt

1723 Deer Path Dr.

Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464




Samuel and Sarah (Newyen) Merritt are my 5th great grandparents. I have them married 3 Feb 1792 in Orange County, NC. My question is about Sarah’s name. I cannot find the name Newyen anywhere else in the USA. Could her name have been misspelled or an error been made in transcription. Would love to track down her family.

If you have information on the above persons, or access to relevant records, feel free to leave a REPLY below.


4 Responses to “Query: Newyen”

  1. Stewart says:

    My initial comment/guess is Newlin. Probably not a transcript error but the proverbial “sound-like” spelling of some official.
    HOWEVER – I will stop in the deed office/license and see if I can verify this theory.

    • Beth says:

      You all just rock. I’ve been doing my family genealogy for close to 20 years. My primary families are Rainbolt, Caudill, Colclasure and Holmes. Most of my first 6 generations are complete so now working further back. Have NC connections on the Rainbolt and Caudill families. I have a pretty good and documented tree on Ancestry (My Big Wonderful Family). Let me know if I can help you all in any way.

  2. Stewart says:

    Ok I stopped in the deed office. 1st I will email you the actual image of the marriage bond. It appears to be Newyen. HOWEVER, I question Merritt. For the record of this posting, the witnesses to the bond were Leonard Hays, and Charles Roan – both signed with an “X”. Lastly, for the record – there are NO deed records for ANY Newyen – no such surname. ALSO NO COURT records with that last name. The names that appear the most are Newland, Newlend, Newlin, Newel, Newman, Newton.
    FINALLY – for the record – there are NO Samuel Merritt (any last name spelling variation) grantee or grantor records 1752-1889. There you go – a ghost wife, and a ghost husband.
    I noticed looking around that James Newlin had a daughter Sarah listed in his will (1813). I would still recommend searching this family. – Stewart

  3. Linda Owens says:

    In southern Sampson County there were/are a lot of Merritts and Newtons. Maybe the surname is Newton.

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