Bio: Newland, Vincent B. (History - 1832)

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----Source: Biographical History of Clark and Jackson Counties, Wisconsin published by The Lewis Publishing Company, 1891 pages 204 205:

VINCENT B. NEWLAND, the present Postmaster of Melrose, was born in the town of Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts, October 5, 1821, the son of Vincent C. Newland, who was born in Bristol County, Massachusetts, August 26, 1798. In 1832 he went to Warren County, Pennsylvania in 1833 to Erie County, same State in 1835 to Holmes County, Ohio, and in 1852 he returned to Worcester County, where he remained until 1855, in which year he came to Jackson County, Wisconsin, locating in the town of Melrose, where he died April 17, 1886. He was a blacksmith by trade, and politically was a Republican, and held several township offices. His father, David Newland, was born in Massachusetts and died there at a good old age. He was a farmer by occupation. Our subject's mother, Betsey S. (Brown) was born in Hardwick, Worcester County, Massachusetts, June 16, 1800, and died in Jackson County, Wisconsin, at the age of eighty-four years. They were the parents of eight children, only three of whom are now living, viz.: Vincent B., Mary E. and Walton B.

The subject of this sketch, Vincent B., was reared and educated to the age of eleven years on a farm in Worcester County, Massachusetts. In 1832 he went to Warren County, Pennsylvania in 1835 he went with his parents to Holmes County, Ohio in 1848 he returned to Worcester County, Massachusetts, and in 1853 came to Jackson County, where he took up Government land. He returned to Massachusetts and remained until 1857, when he came back to Jackson County and was engaged on his farm until 1865. In that year he rented his place and moved to the village of Melrose and opened a blacksmith shop, which he continued until 1866. He next conducted a hotel until 1868, when he sold out and returned to his farm. In December, 1870, he came to the village of Melrose again, and engaged in the mercantile business. In February, 1871, he was appointed Postmaster of his city, which position he held until 1876. After his term had expired, he continued in the mercantile business until 1884, and five years later was again appointed Postmaster, which position he now holds. Politically he is a Republican, and religiously is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Newland was married in March, 1844, to Prudence Tuttle, who was born in Livingston County, New York, June 20, 1827, the daughter of Bishop M. and Rebecca (Cooper) Tuttle, both natives of Connecticut and of English extraction. They subsequently moved to Ohio, where the mother died. After her death the father came to Jackson County, Wisconsin, where he spent the remainder of his life. He was a farmer by occupation, and also served in the war of 1812. He was a very prominent man in his time. Mr. Newland, while in Massachusetts, in 1856, took an active part in the organization of the Republican party. In November of that year he was elected Representative in the Legislature. Mr. and Mrs. Newland have had five children, namely: Hiram F., born December 27, 1844 Benjamin H., May 18, 1847 Virgil M., November 13, 1851 Charles, December 2, 1857 and Wilbur F., February 14, 1866. Two are now deceased: Hiram F., who was killed in the army, October 30, 1864 Wilbur F. died May 2, 1882.





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