Reference Number: 34059
Name: Elijah John Killian NEWMAN
Change Date: 13 MAR 2011
Birth: 27 NOV 1854 in Parowan, Iron County, Utah, USA
Death: JUL 1911 in Yuma County, Arizona, USA
Elijah John Killian Newman
November 27, 1854-July, 1911
Elijah John Killian Newman was born on November 27, 1854 in Parowan Utah. He was the first son born to Elijah Newman and Letha Jane Killian Hood Newman. His parents had come across the plains in wagon trains. His father with Brigham Young's first wagon train in 1847 and his mother probably on her own in 1850 with her two daughters from her previous marriage and Elijah's daughter Virginia from his previous marriage. Elijah or John as he was most commonly called was Elijah and Letha Jane's first child that lived to adulthood. At the time of his birth there were three other children in the family, Nancy Jane and Mary Ann Hood from Letha Jane's first marriage and Virginia Newman from Elijah's second marriage. Two sisters (Almira and Lydia) had probably died before his birth. He was named after his motherís father, John Killian and his father.
Parowan was settled by early Mormon Pioneers in 1851 to mine iron ore that had been discovered near the community. His father was a carpenter and farmer by trade, and was one of the first settlers to the area. The family lived in an adobe hut when they first moved to the community. This was inside a fort that his father helped build. Later Elijah built a nice two story log cabin.
We learn from the 1860 census that Elijah , Letha Jane, Nancy Jane, Mary Ann, John, LaVinnia, and Letha are living in the home. Virginia had married William Horne in 1854. Elijah lists his occupation as a farmer. Farmer was very difficult for the area. There was little rainfall and irrigation was needed to water the crops.
We have found a record of his baptism and confirmed on October 2, 1864. He was baptized by a Orson B. Adams in Parowan.
We next read about him in the 1870 federal census. He is living at home with his parents, Mary Ann Hood and her daughter Matida, and his sisters LaVinnia, Letha, and brothers George, and Solomon. His father lists his occupation as carpenter and wagon builder. During this time the iron ore had proved to be of poor quality in Iron County and so many of the population had become ranchers and teamsters or moved away.
His father died in 1872while his mother was living in Nevada to cook for miners. From family history the family moved from Parowan after selling the family home and moved to Richfield Utah to live with Letha Newman Hunter (she had married Robert Hunter in 1873)for awhile, and then moving around to live with some of the other children and their families.
We lose contact with John after the family moved from Parowan. It is possible John becomes a teamster as so many of the young men of the area and period became. His niece Nugget Newman (Solomon Newman's oldest daughter) writes that John had gone to Arizona long ago under "uncertain ways". Some contact was made again and Nugget says that John was a night watchman in the Lagoons Arizona (a small community in Yuma County). Another family story has him marrying an Indian girl in Arizona.
We have discovered new information on John. We have obtained a marriage record in Apache County Arizona of a E. J. Newman of Iron County, Utah marrying a Oltagracia ( I believe the correct spelling to be Altagracia) Barela on February 17, 1887. John's uncle George Killian lived in Apache County during this period of time. This information was found on August 2010.
In addition we found John living with his niece Alfretta Ollerton (Mary Ann Hood's daughter) in the 1900 Federal census in Sterling, Sanpete, Utah with her husband and family. It lists him as single.
We find a John Newman living in Yuma, Arizona in the 1910 federal census. It said he was a widower. I had his father born in Virginia and his mother born in Missouri. We do not have an exact death date but family history has him dying in July 1911.
The photo we have used is because it was found in Letha Jane's personal photo album. The person was not identified, but the photographers, Baker & Johnson were famous for their photos of American Indians in the Southwest. The photo size is consistent with other photos of the 1880s-1890s. Based on these facts and that the person looks to be in his 30s-40s we believe it to be John.
--Doug Gant, 19 Jan 2011.
Father: Elijah NEWMAN b: 17 SEP 1793 in Romney, Hampshire County, Virginia, USA
Mother: Letha Jane KILLIAN b: 11 OCT 1822 in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri, USA
Altagracia BARELA b: ABT 1867 in Arizona, USA
17 FEB 1887
in Apache County, Arizona, USA
Bride: Female, resident of Apache Co, Arizona.
Groom: Male. Resident of Iron County, Utah.