Author: Heath, May Francis
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company;
Richard B. Newnham, many years a resident of Saugatuck, has a most
unusual and interesting history. He was the son of John and Lucy Newnham, natives of Hampshire, England, where he was born
May 24, 1819 in the city of London, his birth taking place almost the same hour
as that of Queen Victoria and only half a mile distant from the place where she
His father dying when
Richard was only ten years of age he lived with his grandparents. He learned
the shoemaker's trade, but not enjoying it, he entered the police force of
In 1839 he was married
to Hannah Harrison of Stratfordshire, England, and to
this union came thirteen children, John, Lucy, Hannah and Mary who always
resided in England; Richard L. (an attorney in Grand Rapids), Lizzie (Mrs. J.
G. Annesley, deceased), Stephen of Saugatuck and Marie
of Hammond, Ind. Five children died in infancy.
He came to America in
1862 locating in Cleveland where Mr. Newnham worked
at his trade, for a time, though soon joining the army and at first was
employed in the Quartermaster's Dept. of the 23rd Corps which was then attached
to the Army of the
are all loyal members of the Episcopal church. Mrs. Newnhani
died in 1908, followed by her faithful, devoted husband in 1909.