Name: Tivis Newberry Teaberry Newsom
Birth: 29 MAR 1861 in Pound, Wise Co., VA
Death: 14 MAR 1939 in Ashland, Boyd Co., KY
Burial: Dixon Cemetery, Westwood, Boyd Co., KY
[Kurtis Warren Stapleton & Denise Marie (Newman) Stapleton Family Tree.FTW]
[Kurt Stapleton & Denise Newman.FTW]
Tivis Newberry Newsome, Sr., was called "Newberry" by his second wife Mary Jane and "Teaberry," or just T.N., by friends. He worked variously as a surveyor, a logging engineer, a merchant and a farmer . After marrying his first wife Nancy Jane Osborne in about 1884 he began his earliest stint in the timber business. Nancy Jane bore him five children at their home near his company's operations in Ca ss, Pocahontas County, West Virginia. Three of their children died at birth or in very early childhood (see notes on the children). After the death of Nancy Jane at a young age, Jarvey and Margaret, t he surviving children, still quite young, boarded with family and foster parents in the area.
In about 1890 Teaberry wedded his second wife Mary Jane Newman, whom he had met while surveying the Clear Creek area in Kentucky, and started a new family. Eventually the couple moved a few miles sout h to Pound, Wise County, Virginia, just across the Kentucky line. This was T.N.'s likely birthplace, as well as that of his mother Ansy. He and Mary Jane opened a general store there. Tivis, Jr., and perhaps Virgie and Lizzie, are said to have stayed for a while at the home of their maternal grandparents Robert "Hogue" Newman and Juda (Turner) Newman during this period.
After four or five years in the mercantile business, the growing family once more pulled up stakes and returned to Floyd County, where T.N. had bought some 550 acres of timberland. For a while he ran the U.S. Post Office in Fed, Hi Hat, a village named after his father Frederick. Most of their children were born there. A story is passed down that at least one, maybe more, of the Newsome properties were burned as a result of arson stemming from neighborhood feuds. These may have included the house as well as a barn on the farm. Not many details are remembered about this affair, though there app arently was more than one incident.
T.N. was encouraged to leave Floyd County by Mary Jane who was terrified over the arson problem. Teaberry was perennially fiddle-footed anyway, so after a few years of overseeing his logging interests and carrying out his postmaster duties in Fed he purchased some two hundred acres of land (some say more, some say less) in Hoods Creek, Boyd County, Kentucky. On February 24, 1912, he moved the fami ly yet again. After settling in the Ashland area, T.N. opened still another general store. The last of T.N. and Mary Jane's children, Ida "Babe" Newsome, was born in Hoods Creek.
After a while the couple experienced considerable marital discord and eventually divorced. Mary Jane stayed on at the Hoods Creek homestead and Teaberry moved to the vicinity of Wakefield in southern Ohio. He eventually took in his grandson Freddie, one of Jarvey's sons - Jarvey having been killed in a logging accident in about 1927 (see notes for Jarvey). After several years of separation from Ma ry Jane, Teaberry finally returned to Hoods Creek where the pair remarried. Teaberry lived out his days with Mary Jane until his death in 1939.
After T.N.'s passing, Mary Jane lived alone in the house on Hoods Creek until her death in 1956. Many members of the large family came to bid farewell to their beloved "Gramaw" at her funeral at the l ittle Hoods Creek house. Among the mourners were twenty-seven-year-old Charles W. Newsome, Jr., who came with his parents and siblings to pay respects to his grandmother. His wife Beverly Jean (Taylor ) Newsome stayed home in Trenton, Michigan to attend to the couple's young sons Charles III and Ricky Alan.
As a last point of interest, James L. Ellington, his wife Nannie Alice (Perry) Ellington, and all of their children to date, moved to Ashland, Kentucky from their generations-old roots in Morgan Count y (West Liberty, Blairs Mills) about 1918, some six years after the arrival of the Newsomes to the area from Floyd County. The Ellingtons traded at the store owned by the Newsomes. It was there that L eta Mae Ellington, third child of James L. and Nannie, and Charles W. Newsome, Sr., seventh child of T.N. and Mary Jane, met and ultimately married, thus uniting the Newsome and Ellington lines. Leta Mae remarked of Charles W. upon seeing him for the first time that he was "the prettiest boy I have ever seen.
Mary Jane Newman b: 28 FEB 1874 in Pike Co., KY
- Virgie Newsom b: 1890 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- Tivis II Newsom b: 14 NOV 1893 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- Elizabeth Newsom b: 22 MAR 1895 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- Juda Newsom b: 3 SEP 1898 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- William McKinley Newsom b: 10 JAN 1901 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- Theodore Roosevelt Newsom b: 10 OCT 1903 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- Charles Warren Newsom b: 11 JAN 1905 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- Sada Sadie Newsom b: 15 JUN 1908 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- Nancy Newsom b: 17 NOV 1909 in Fed, Hi Hat, Floyd Co., KY
- Ida Babe Newsom b: 2 FEB 1913 in Hoods Creek, Boyd Co., KY