When he was 20 years old he enlisted and fought in the Civil War for the South. He
enlisted on 5/29/1861 in Cumberland County as a private.
He mustered into "C" company, NC 3rd infantry.
( his date & method of discharge is not known.)
Edward was taken prisoner and listed as a POW on 5/14/1864 at Spotsylvania
Courthouse, Va. He was confined on 5/14/1864 at Point Lookout, Md., then on
8/10/1864 was transferred to Elmira Civil War Camp in New York. He was
released on 1/16/1865.
After the war, Edward made his way back to North Carolina to his wife
Charity Ann (Wright) Newell, whom he had married before he enlisted in the
war. The family migrated to Seattle Washington in 1873 where their son Bryant
Newell was born. By 1875 the family had migrated to Texas where the rest of
their children were born. After 1877 the family migrated to Marco Island,
Florida, where they remained.
Family info as follows:
Edward Robert Newell,
born approx.1840-1841 probably Cumberland co, N.C.
Died: 1926 FL.
Charity Ann Wright on Dec 22,1863 in Cumberland Co, N.C.
( source; North Carolina marriage bonds 1741-1868 )
Born: Charity Died: High Point, N.C.
She was the daughter of Hiram Wright and Sarah Bowden of Cumberland County, NC.
Children of Edward Robert Newell & Charity ( Wright ) Newell:
1. Ashford Newell
2. Bryant Newell
Born: July 23,1873 Seattle, Washington
Died: April 6,1959 Fort Myers, Lee co, Fl . age 82
Buried: Fort Myers Cem. Fort Myers, Lee Co, FL.
Source- copy death certificate
Occupation: Contractor & builder
Fought in Spanish American War-
Married: Daidie Byard on Oct.13,1898 in Chattanooga, TN..
( Daidie was b.July 13,1882 Haley Station, TN.-- d. Oct.12,1953 Fort
Myers, Lee Co, Fl-- Father, Robert M. Byard- Mother, Jolly__?
1 Ashford Newell
2. Robert Newell
3. Dock Newell
4 .Bryant Newell Jr, born:1899-Died: 1970
Married: Nettie Williams on Oct.22,1918
3 Charity Newell
Born: April 11, 1875 in Texas
( this is birthdate listed on death certificate.)
Died: Feb.4,1962 in Fort Myers, Lee Co, FL.
Albert Benjamin Addison on June 13, 1894 in Lee Co, FL.
4. Hyram Newell
Born: ( death cert. says Sept.16,1878 Texas )
Died: Feb.4,1970 in Avon Park, Highlands Co, Fl. Hillcrest Nursing Home
Permenant Home address was Fort Myers, Lee Co, FL.
Buried: Marco Cemetery, Marco Island, FL.on Feb 9, 1970
Source- copy of death certificate
Occupation- fishing guide
Married: Abbie Weese on Aug.6,1908 in Lee co, Fl.
Recorded Marriage Book 2, pg.203
( No children)
5. Dorinda Newell
Born: May 25, 1877 Texas
Died: Dec.18,1925 Lee co, Fl.
district #2501-Precinct 25107
Buried: Fort Myers Cem. Lee co, FL.
Source. copy of death certificate.
Married: # 1 Richard Sawyer "Uncle Dick Sawyer"
on Sept.9,1896, Lee Co, FL. Recorded Book 2,pg.34
Married # 2. Ed. Daniels
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