John F. Newsham, general farmer, section 9, Milan Township, was born Jan. 24, 1842, Eric Co., Pa. Charles Newsham, senior, his father, was a native of England, and emigrated to the "States" before marriage.
He is still a resident of Eric Co., Pa., and is 76 years of age. The wife and mother, Mary R. (Ward) Newsham, was born in the city of London, England, where she was educated. She was married soon after coming to America, at Pittsburg, Pa. She died Nov. 13, 1882, in Erie Co., Pa., and is survived by seven of her nine children.
Mr. Newshan fulfilled his minority under the guardianship of his parents, and in the spring of 1867 came to DeKalb County. After a few months he made a purchase of 80 acres of land on section 9, on which he has since resided, in Milan Township. After securing his claim he returned to Erie County and was married, Oct. 1, 1867, to Maggie Brown. She was born July 6, 1846, in Green Township, Erie Co., Pa., whither her parents, David and Catherine (Bys) Brown, removed from the State of New York. She is one of six children born to her parents, who are now resident in the village of Malta, DeKalb Co. She was carefully educated and instructed, in all womanly arts. She is the mother of one child, - Verna B., - born Jan. 28, 1878. She returned to Milan Township with her husband soon after marriage, and they have had a prosperous life, through the exercise of good judgment and ability,. Their farm includes 200 acres of excellent land with suitable farm fixtures. Mr. Newsham is a Republican
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of DeKalb County