Family Pages - NEWMAN, Matthew

Matthew NEWMAN was born in New Windsor, Berkshire in about 1829. His parents were Edmund and Charlotte. In 1841 they were living in New Windsor with Matthew’s 3 sisters and 1 brother. At this time Edmund was an auctioneer.

In 1851 Matthew was in Ryde on the Isle of Wight. He was an Ironmonger shopman and lodging at 22 Heath Cottage, Melville Street. Matthew married Mary Ann BLYTH in 1853 on the Isle of Wight. Mary Ann was born in Ryde. Her father died and her mother re-married Charles ELKINS who in 1851 was the innkeeper for the Star Inn, Ryde.

Matthew and Mary ran the Eagle Hotel in Ryde and in the 1861 census had 3 sons, Charles, Joseph and Matthew and 2 daughters, Mary and Susie. In 1865 the IOW directory lists Matthew Newman with the Star Hotel, St James St. Newport. A family and commercial hotel and posting house. Another son Edmund Thomas was born in 1866 (named after his grandfather). Mary Ann died in mid 1866, aged 31.

Matthew married Elizabeth Jane JAY from Blandford on 24th January 1867. They were married in the parish church of Newchurch on the Isle of Wight. He was 37 and she was 27 and they were both hotelkeepers in Ryde. Elizabeth’s brother, Thomas, was one of the witnesses. She was pregnant with their first child Elizabeth Agnes whose birth was registered in the June Quarter of 1867. Their son, Harry, was born in Brighton in 1868 and they were living at 22 Grenville Place (demolished in the 1960’s to make way for the Churchill Square complex). Matthew was now an ironmonger’s assistant. By the 1871 census the family had moved to 23 Church Road, Hove. Matthew was still an Ironmonger’s Assistant. Matthew, Susie and Edmund Thomas were living with them together with Elizabeth Agnes and Harry. Soon after that they moved to Ipswich where they lived in St. George’s Street and Elizabeth died in East Suffolk Hospital in 1873, aged 33.

Matthew went on to marry for a third time. On 12th July 1875 in St. Matthews he married a widow, Eliza SHELDRAKE (maiden name PAYNE). Matthew stated he was an ironmonger. He adopted Eliza’s daughter Minnie Gertrude (born 1873) and Matthew and Eliza had their own son, Alfred in 1876. Matthew died in Ipswich in 1878, aged 50. In 1881 Eliza was the Beer House Keeper for the Shannon Inn, 23 St. George’s Street. Her first husband, William, was recorded as the publican in 1874 and he died at the end of that year. We can only assume that Matthew ran the pub with Eliza until he too died.

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Brenda Todd

Matthew Newman was Brenda's great great grandfather on her father's side.