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  • ID: I1088
  • Name: George NEIMAN 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 29 JAN 1791 in Knox Co., TN. Blount Co. was not formed until 1795.
  • Death: 3 JUN 1875 in Blount Co., TN.
  • Burial: Old Lutheran Church & Cemetery 2
  • Reference Number: 3
  • Note:
    County records and the George NIMON Family Bible show that George changed the spelling of NIMON to NEWMAN as years went by. Various spellings of NEIMAN are; NIMON, NIMAN, NUMAN, NEWMAN, NEUMAN and NEYMAN. Some of information also obtained from Tho Thompson Family Research and research by the Houston Family, is found in McClung Library, Knoxville, Tennessee and also in a family file on the "Niman Family" found in Maryville Library in Blount County, Tennessee.

    Typed - 13 May 1999



    George NIMON died at his residence in Blount County, near Logan’s Chapel, on the 3d inst. He was at the time of his death in the 86th year of his age. He was born in a fort built for protection against the Indians, where McTeer’s Mill now stands, about three miles from the place of his death. His father was killed accidently (sic) when the deceased was only two years old, and while the family still lived in the fort. After it was safe to live outside, his mother left the fort and settled on the farm where Mr. Nimon has lived ever since up to the time of his death.

    He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for more then forty years, and by the purity of his life illustrated the efficacy of the religion he professed. He was beloved and respected by all for his admirable traits of character and in his death Blount County has lost one of her best citizens.

    The Blount Journal, Vol. XIV, No. 1, Spring 1998 12

    George Neiman Bible Information

    [From a file on NIMAN Family in Maryville Library, Blount County, TN.]
    [Pg. 4]

    A copy of this Family Bible of George Niman was furnished me by Esker McNelly, his great granddaughter and the date she gave to me is copied ve----[cutoff] in the following statement. (In the handwriting of Samuel O’Grady Houston.)

    The following items concerning the Newman or Niman family are of interest to the descendants.


    Copy of Page 1.
    "George Newmans Family Register Taken at his dwelling house on Little River, Blount Co., Tennessee
    State, Saturday, April 1st Day 1820

    Page 2
    "George Newman’s birth was on Little River, Blount County in Tenn. State on January 29, 1791, making his age 29 this year 1820.” “His parents names were Jacob Newman and Margaret Newman.”
    “Anna Thompson, daughter of Isaac Tompson and Polly was born three miles from Lexington in Rockbridge Co. New Virginia, on the day of Annoque Domini 17__."

    Page 4
    George Newman and Anna Thompson were married by George Irwin, Esq. Blount County and State of Tennessee on the __ day of Anoque Domini 1816.”

    Page 5
    Offspring of George and Anna Newman, all born on Little River, Blount County and Tennessee State as follows:
    Malinda Carlisle Newman was born March 4, A.D. 1817
    Jacob Thomas Newman on June 16, A.D. 1819
    Marge Newman born on January 13, 1821
    Wiley Niman was born on Jan 29th,1823
    Jane Niman was born March 11, 1825
    [note no Page 6]
    Page 7
    Susannah and Mary Jane Niman was born on the same date in the year of our Lord 1830, January 5th.
    George H. Niman was born August 1st, 1831.

    George Neiman Bible Information

    Page 8
    Margaret Nimon Departed this life December 17th, A.D. 1839. Age 75 years

    [Pg 5]

    It is to be noted that in the Family Bible of George Newman, which is copied above, the name Newman is used for his parent, Jacob, for himself, and all his children down to and including the third one, Marge, and that the remaining five children are given the surname, Niman.

    Whether all the names so recorded were in the handwriting of George Newman we are unable to state, not
    having said Bible before us. However, since his death did not take place until about 1876, the presumption is that all of entries were made by him or under his direction.

    Apparently the responsibility for the chance from Newman to Niman rests upon George Newman. For what reason the change was made it is now difficult to determine.

    It is possible that neighbors and acquaintances used the name Niman which he took up and used himself.

    The original Dutch name, Neiman, for Newman, is very similar in sound to Niman, and it is easy to see how, since the sound of the two names are similar, the use of Niman was adopted.

    (This theory is that of the writer, and cannot be based on substantial facts.)

    The maiden name of Margaret Newman, the mother of George Newman, was believed by Margaret Ann Niman Houston, her great grand daughter, to be Margaret Thomas, She got this information from her ancestors and is undoubtedly founded on fact.

    The name Thomas is perpetuated in the family Christian names even down to the present generation as follows:
    Jacob Thomas Niman, a grandson
    Carl Thomas Houston, a great great grand son, who died in 1903
    Carl Thomas Houston, a great great great grand son born in 1903, and now a lawyer in Knoxville,

    Pg. 6]

    Since George Newman in his family bible records say that “George Newman’s birth was on Little River, Blount County, Tennessee State, on January 29, 1791,” it is evident that his father, Jacob Newman, occupied the ancestral home on or before that date.

    This home was located on a small stream, or creek, which had its source on the ancestral home of Robert Houston, containing 320 acres, and adjoined the Newman farm of a like number of acres on the east. This stream or creek runs westerly past Wildwood Springs and Logan’s Chapel and empties in to Nail’s Creek near where it empties into Little River, in Blount County.

    The reference in the George Newman family bible to his birth being on the water’s of Little River means merely, that this creek which runs through the Newman farm empties finally into Little River about three miles further west.

    The residence or ancestral home is still standing, and with some additions and alterations is much like the original. This was a large two story edifice with an L and kitchen with large rooms, a rock foundation and large rock chimneys. This home was near a good, clear spring where water for drinking and domestic uses was obtained, and where the milk and butter were kept in a big spring house.
    A public road leading to Wildwood Springs passed close by. Across this creek, opposite this house, it was pointed out to me as a boy, was a spot which was the location of a fort that Jacob Newman, the father of George lost his life. This fort was a substation of the McTeer fort on Ellijoy. A citizen by the name of Houston, the given name of whom I am unable to obtain, was in this substation making some adjustment of his flint lock rifle, when it was accidentally and prematurely fired and Jacob Newman was killed.
    [Pg. 7]

    The following excerpt is taken from an article prepared and read by James McCamey at a Decoration at Logan’s Chapel, May 20, 1911, and was published in the Maryville Enterprise on successive weeks, one of these being August 18, 1911.

    Entitled "An historical article dealing with the older families who lived about this old chapel."
    "George Newman’s father came from PA. and was one of the first settlers of this
    county. He was accidentally killed in an old fort just across the branch from his home,
    which was the DeLozier place. His son George succeeded him and reared a family, sons
    and daughters. Jacob married a sister of our Jack and Jim Davis; her name was Elizabeth.
    They reared a family of girls. One married William Coulter, one Bud Headrick and Ellen
    married J Back French. Another of the Newman girls married Robert L. Houston."

    The author of the above, James McCamey, was born and raised in the locality of Logan’s Chapel, was a man about 60 years of age at the time of the writing of this article, somewhat above the average in intelligence and capable of gathering and culling out this information. We have no reason to question the information given. In fact most of the facts stated can be verified from family records. Only he states that George Newman’s father came from Pa. which we did not know.

    The writer of these notes recalls seeing his great grandfather, George Newman one time. His mother took him to the George Newman home when he was about 5 or 6 years of age, and he remembers seeing him in bed. He went to the bed and spoke to him. His hair was snow white as was the bed on which he lay. This was his last illness.

    His daughter, Susannah, who was married to Jesse Delozier was living in the home at this time, and upon the death of George Newman, or perhaps before, came into the possession of this farm. Her twin sister, Marg Ann (Peggy) was never married, and made her home with her sister, Susannah Delozier. The writer [con’t on Pg. 8]

    [Pg. 8]

    remembers only three of the children of George Newman, namely, Jacob Thomas Newman (Niman), Susannah Delozier, and Mary Ann Newman (Niman).

    In view of the fact that the writer lived only about one mile from the Delozier home, were cousins, and about the age of the younger members of the Delozier family he deems it appropriate that at this place he make some reference to this family.

    From their early youth they were associated together. In our school days, the Houston children would pass close by the Delozier home and they would get together and travel the 1 1/2 miles to the Porter Academy School; or in going to the Bank P. O. in passing they would see each other, or on Sunday afternoons they would get together and attend afternoon Sunday School or Church. Not only that but frequently attended parties for young folks together. Frequently we would stop at the Delozier home, Aunt Susie would always give us a hearty welcome, and would join in the fun with as much zest as the young folks. She always had something good to eat and seemed to enjoy having us sit down at her table. Her children loved her very much and had the utmost respect for her.
    It is my understanding that some of the DeLozier descendants still own this farm

    Without pursuing this DeLozier family further he will give the names of the children as follows:

    1. Campbell DeLozier who married 1st Cud Goddard, 2 girls
    2nd Hester Temple, 1 boy

    2. George DeLozier, never married

    3. Joseph B. DeLozier, who practiced medicine in Sevier Co. & married there.
    His descendants reside there.

    4. Elizabeth DeLozier M. Wm. McNelly and had a family of eight children
    1. Esker McNelly, a teacher
    2. Horace McNelly, Sevierville
    3. Hattie McNelly M. Joseph O. Houston, whose family is given under Davis-Niman ancestors.
    [Pg. 9]
    4. Mamie McNelly
    5. Nora McNelly m. Walter Davis
    6. Jessie McNelly m. Otha Blalock
    7. and 8. Two sons who died in early manhood.
    The McNelly family lived about 1/4 east of Eusebia Church where they are members, and in
    which church cemetery their bodies are buried.

    5. Wiley DeLozier m. Mollie ______ lived and died on a share of the old George Nimon farm. He
    died in 1940.
    6. Andrew DeLozier m. Hessie Irwin, lived in the old Newman ancestral home, when he moved to
    Wildwood a few years prior to his death in 1940.

    7. Margaret DeLozier m. Dr. J. D. Singleton, Lived and died in Maryville, Tenn. They had 2

    8. William DeLozier m. Hazel Keener (Hays, so named for President Rutherford B. Hays, note
    from Gene Brakebill.), lived on Nails Creek in old residence at Martin Mill. 2 children, Mark and
    Mary Sue.

    9. Oliver DeLozier, died in early manhood, never married.

    10. Cora DeLozier m James Kellar. She now lives in Alcoa.

    Of these 10 children of Jesse and Susannah DeLozier, none survive except Cora,
    the youngest. (1953). She died later in 1954; leaving children.

    Before bringing to a close this data about the Newman family, the writer, grandson of Jacob Thomas Newman, wishes to chronicle a few of his recollections of his ancestor. Jacob Thomas Newman was a man of dark complexion, small in stature, probably 5 ft. 8 in. in height, stoop shouldered in his later years, dark eyes, heavy eyebrows, and usually was clean shaven, except for side whiskers. He was a farmer and stock raiser. He had a shop in which he did his own blacksmithing and carpenter work. He kept in repair his own wagons and farm tools, his residence, barns, and other necessary farm houses.

    [Pg. 10]

    During the latter years of his life he did little towards cultivating his farm, but kept it in grasses. He raised a herd of good cattle for market each year. He had an excellent orchard of peaches, apples and other fruits.His great delight was to have my father take his family and spend the day at his home. My father from the great abundance of apples, after a hard days work for himself and children, would make and take home with him in the evening a barrel of cider, which of course later turned into vinegar.

    He was considered a thrifty citizen, and always had money on hands. His farm consisted of about 200 acres and lay principally on the south side of the Maryville and Sevierville Road. The eight post from Maryville, stood about 5oo feet east of the eastern corner of his farm.

    The northeast corner of his farm joined the southwest corner of his father’s farm. Only the above highway separated the farms. There was one farm between my father’s farm and that of my grandfather.

    The Newman family was considered to be of Dutch descent. This fact was referred to occasionally in the Houston Branch of the family, and never questioned. After the death of his wife in 1881, he lived alone on his farm. He preferred to do this even tho each of his living daughters insisted he make his home with them. The daughters would take it turn about and spend a day or two with him and put his house in order and do some extra cooking for him. His daughters lived not more then a mile distant, except Isabella Headrick, who with her family resided on Ellijoy Creek near Bethlehem Church about three miles away.

    He thus lived alone for 10 years, but visited his daughters frequently. He was buried in Logan’s Chapel Cemetery beside his wife.

    Logan’s Chapel Methodist Church: Logan’s Chapel was one of early churches established in Blount Co.

    In an article published in the Alcoa-Tennessean, July 1951, on “Wildwood” it is stated that the “Rev. Perry Rule, in 1790 preached in the first log meeting shed”

    [Pg. 11]

    The writer recalls a large shed perhaps 60 feet long by 40 feet wide made of heavy timbers, and open on the sides where many gatherings were held, religious, political and school exhibitions. It stood near to the church building.

    A cemetery of perhaps 2 1/2 acres was adjacent to the church with many graves.In this community was located the United States Post Office which served the community.

    Jacob Niman claimed the honor of naming this Post office at the time it was established.

    He and his brothers-in-law, James and Jackson Davis, were discussing the name for the office to be forwarded to the Department and after pondering together for some time, my grandfather in looking northwest across the road saw a much eroded hillside or bank, and he suggested that the P. O. be called Bank. This name was sent in to the Department and was accepted. For about 15 years this P. O. served the community until it was replaced by Rural Free Delivery.

    Porter’s Academy was built in 1872-3. An equivalent of high school was taught
    here in connection with the elementary school. This academy was established under an
    Act of Legislature of 1806, one for each county in the state. It was at first located in
    Maryville, but property during the Civil War deteriorated and was sold. This locality was
    the highest bidder for the Academy, when offer was made by the County Court and the
    school has remained here since first located, although it is now consolidated with other
    funds and made a county high school.

    Another drawing card for this small community was the establishing of Wildwood Springs Hotel by Rev. C. B. Lord, a Presbyterian Minister. About 1870 he came to this locality, purchased a farm adjacent to Porter Academy property, built a resort hotel near a black sulpher spring. This resort attracted many visitors in the summer time from Knoxville, Maryville and other more distant places.
    [Pg. 12]

    At the first for the Nimans and Davis’, and later for the DeLoziers and Houstons, Logan’s Chapel, Porter Academy, Wildwood Springs, and Bank P. O. had many attractions for about 4 generations.

    Recently (1952) I came across an article in No. 24 of the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Publications, entitled "Early East Tennessee Taxpayers" in Blount Co, 1801 beginning on page 125 and then on page 133 a list of taxpayers the no. of acres owned by each, the no. of free poles and the number of black poles. In Samuel Bogles Company for year 1801 after listing several of the Bogles and others in alphabetical order
    the name of David Crip (Cripp) was reached with a footnote as follows

    "One of a group of German families who settled on Crooked Creek. Among others were Hafley, Kernse, Nyman, and Thomas, most of whom came from southwest Virginia. Lambert Reed ( ) married Margaret Counts, January 10, 1799 in Washington Co., Virginia.

    An Evangelical Lutheran Church was in existence as early as 1812 with Rev. C. D. H. Schmidt as pastor; however, a deed was not made until 1838, when Henry Long (q. v.) deeded to Christian Long and Jacob Long, trustees of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, one acre of land “for and in consideration of the love of the gospel (sic) and for divers other causes and considerations".

    The Church was first called Thomas and in the deed Henry Long made it is stated that the acre was “a part of tract of land 400 !/4 Acres granted to Jacob Thomas."

    Jacob Thomas, Sr. died in 1804, Deeds, S, 26."

    Continuing the listing on page 135 and still in Captain Bogle’s Company we find:

    Nyman (Neiman, Niman) Margaret was assessed with 100 Acres, no poll.
    Nyman, Michal with 80 Acres, 1 poll.
    The above named Margaret Nyman (Neiman, Niman) who was assessed
    with 100 A. was in the opinion of the writer the widow of Jacob Niman, and the writer’s
    [Con’t Pg. 13]
    [Pg. 13]
    great great grandfather, her maiden name being Margaret Thomas.

    While the date of her husband, Jacob Niman, is unknown, but at the time of the assessment, 1801, he apparently had died.

    Captain Bogle was a resident of the eastern section of the County, his home being adjacent to the land on which the McTeer Fort was erected, and the members of his Company are recognized as being farmers of that section of the county.

    I make reference to the foregoing article as it seems to confirm the facts as shown in George Niman’s Bible.

    Written this Mch. 16, 1955.

    The above article is in the handwriting of Judge Samuel O’Grady Houston.

    June 4, 1940

    Copy of a single sheet made above date of Family of Jacob T. Nimon found in Wm. Davis family bible
    in possession of J. O. Houston.

    Jacob T. Nimon and Elizabeth A. Davis was married January 16, 1845.
    Isabella Jane Nimon, born September 18, 1848.
    Margaret Ann Nimon born November 3, 1849.
    Mary Katherine Nimon, born November 20, 1854.
    Mary Ellen Nimon, born April 14, 1857.

    On the back is following:
    "Family Record of Jacob Nimon"

    [Pg. 15]

    1st Page


    Taken at his dwelling house on Little River Blount Co. Tennessee State Saturday April 1st Day 1820.

    2nd Page

    George Newman’s birth was on Little River Blount County in Tennessee State, on
    January 29th 1791, making his age 29 this year 1820

    His parents names were Jacob Newman and Margaret Newman (possibly Margaret Thomas before
    marriage) (suggested by mother Houston)

    Anna Thompson, daughter of Isaac Thompson and Polly was born three miles from Lexington in
    Rockbridge Co. New Virginia on the day of Annoque Domini 17-

    4th Page
    George Newman and Anna Thompson were married by George Irwin, Esq. in Blount County & State
    of Tennessee on the day____ of Annoque Domini 1816.

    5th Page
    Offspring of George and Anna Newman all born on Little River Blount County and Tennessee State as

    Melinda Carlisle Newman was born March 4th A. D. 1817.
    Jacob Thomas Newman on June 26th A. D. 1819.
    6th Page
    Marge Newman Born on January 13th day 1821.
    Wily Niman was born Jan. 29th 1823.
    Jane Niman was born March 11, 1825.

    7th Page
    Sun[s]annah & Mary Ann Niman was born in the same and date in the year of Lord 1830 Jan. 5th
    George H. Niman was born August the 1st day A. D. 1831.

    8th [Page]
    Margaret Niman, Departed this life December the 17th A. D. 1839.

    Age 75 years
    Mother of George Newman

    [If this information is correct then Margaret Thomas Nimon was born c. 1764]

    [Pg. 16]


    When I was a small child, probably five years old, my mother took us to visit her grandfather, George Niman, who was then sick at the home of his daughter, Susan Delozier. This probably was his last illness as he was then about 85 years of age.

    I recall that he was in the room in northeast corner of the Delozier home. His hair was very white and this[n?], and his being in a very pretty white bed, made a deep impression on me when my mother took me to the bed and he spoke to me.

    I did try to type all the information from these early records as they were typed by others before me. I know a lot of what is written can be proven up by some of the documentation we have found in the last few years. Other information given must still be verified and proven, but I am of the belief that the family information that has been passed on about George is mostly based on good solid facts.

    Please see Ann's information in her notes regarding the Thompson family. Also George Niman/Newman census information is under the notes for Ann.

    Father: Jacob NEIMAN b: UNKNOWN in PA?
    Mother: Margaret THOMAS b: BET. 1763 - 1764 in PA?

    Marriage 1 Ann THOMPSON b: ABT. 1792
    • Married: 13 JUL 1816 in Blount Co., TN., by George Irwin, Esq. 3
    1. Has No Children Melinda Carlisle NEIMAN b: 4 MAR 1817 in Little River, Blount Co., TN
    2. Has Children Jacob Thomas NEIMAN b: 16 JUN 1819 in Little River, Blount Co., TN.
    3. Has No Children Margaret NEIMAN b: 13 JAN 1821 in Little River, Blount Co., TN
    4. Has Children Thomas Jefferson NEIMAN b: 29 JAN 1823 in Little River, Blount Co., TN
    5. Has No Children Jane NEIMAN b: 11 MAR 1825 in Little River, Blount Co., TN
    6. Has Children Susannah NEIMAN b: 5 JAN 1830 in Little River, Blount Co., TN
    7. Has No Children Mary Jane NEIMAN b: 5 JAN 1830 in Little River, Maryville, Blount Co., TN
    8. Has Children George H. NEIMAN b: AUG 1832 in Little River, Maryville, Blount Co., TN

    1. Title: From McClung Collection, Knox Co., TN Burial records.
      Note: ABBR From McClung Collection, Knox Co., TN Burial records.
      Note: From McClung Collection, Knoxville., TN Burial records.
      ADDR McClung Library
      CONT Knoxville, TN
    2. Title: "Blount County Tennessee Burial Records" by Edith Little, 1988
      Media: Book
    3. Title: George NEIMAN/NEWMAN Family Bible furnished to Esker McNelly, great granddaughter and the date given---cut off. Reported
      Note: ABBR George NEIMAN/NEWMAN Family Bible furnished to Esker McNelly, great granddaughter and the date given---cut off. Reported
      Note: George NEIMAN/NEWMAN Family Bible furnished to Esker McNelly, great granddaughter and the date given---cut off. Reportedly in the handwriting of Samuel O'Grady Houston. From a file on NIMAN Family i n Maryville Library, Blount Co., TN.
      Note: FAMILY BIBLE - Copy of "George Newmans Family Register Taken at his dwelling house on Little River, Blount Co., Tennessee State, Saturday, April 1st Day 1820.
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