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NEWSOM Joel Dortch[1,2]

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  • Gender  Male 
    Person ID  I11742  Our Family Tree
    Last Modified  09 Aug 2013 23:25:42 
    Father  NEWSOM Isaac 
    Mother  DORTCH Mary 
    Family ID  F4841  Group Sheet
    Family 1  WALLER Martha M., b. 1790 
    Married  1816  [1
    Family ID  F4880  Group Sheet
    Family 2  WALLER Elizabeth K., b. 1799 
    Married  Aft 1833  [1
    Family ID  F4883  Group Sheet
  • Notes 
    • A Milledgeville Newspaper article regarding a run-away slave and from that
      time period states that Joel D. Newsom lived just south of Powellton on
      the Sparta road. This location would have placed him as a close neighbor
      of his father Isaac Newsom (husband of Mary " Molly" Dortch). Census records
      further indicate that he lived next door to his father. In 1833, Judge
      Joel Dortch Newsom moved his family from Hancock Co. to his newly built
      plantation home "Nutwood" in Lagrange, Troup Co., GA (this home still stands,
      as does the original kitchen and loom house). There are multiple historical
      records in LaGrange regarding Judge Joel D. Newsom's family and his home.
      About two hundred feet from the house is the family cemetery which contains
      the gravesite of Joel Dortch Newsom. His Bible record (now in the hands
      of the DAR) gives his full name and gives the birth dates for all of his
      siblings and death dates of his mother and father. This Bible record even
      list his half brother Isaac Dortch who was conceived when Mary "Molly"
      Dortch was raped by Isaac Hilliard in 1764 (reportedly on the plantation
      grounds of his father William Hilliard in Edgecombe Co., NC). Isaac Hilliard
      of "Woodlawn" plantation in Nash Co., NC acknowledged his biological son,
      Isaac Dortch, in his will. Martha Newsom, mentioned in Wm. Alford, Sr's.
      will, was Martha "Patsy" Alford the wife of John Newsom (Joel Dortch Newsom's
      brother); they married 1807 in Hancock Co., GA. Joel Dortch Newsom also
      listed the full names of his children in his Bible; the middle name of
      one of his daughters is "Dortch". Thus, the Joel D. Newsom of Wm. Alford's
      will was one and the same as Joel Dortch Newsom (son of Isaac Newsom and
      wife Molly Dortch). Isaac Newsom was a son of Joel Newsom of Northampton
      Co., NC as proven by Joel's will and the will of Joel's sister, Anne Newsom
      Hilliard, (the mother of Isaac Hilliard who raped Molly Dortch). There
      was another Joel D. Newsom that lived in either Greene Co. or Putnam Co.,
      GA during this same time period. He was Joel David Newsom and was a very
      distant cousin of Joel Dortch Newsom. FYI: The town of Dortches is still
      located in Nash Co., NC very near the old plantation site of "Woodlawn";
      all that is left of this plantation is the Hilliard family cemetery.
  • Sources 
    1. [S705] Ron Head, (Name:;)

    2. [S758] Steve Martin, (Name:;)


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