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Wickliffe and Ellen Newell

Wickliff Newell was born about 1847 to Porter and Elizabeth TUTTLE Newell.

In 1860 it looks like Porter 59 and Elizabeth 61, both born in Connecticut, are in Green County, Wisconsin.  Wickliff is 24, born in Ohio, . 

In 1870 Rock Island, Illinois Porter and Elizabeth are both 70, born in Connecticut, Wickliff is 24 born in Ohio and a fisherman, Ellen is 19 born in Maine, Cora is 2 born in Maine. 

Wickliff Newell was one of three commissioners of Furnas County, Nebraska  Blue Book 1875

In 1880 Wickliff and Ellen are in Harlan County, Nebraska.  Cora is 13, and they have Florence 10, Author 8, deEtte ten months, and Guy 5.

Wickliff was named postmaster in Wray 1886.

Wm L married a Elizabeth Josephine Newell (b 1870 0r 1871) in Wray, Colorado on 11/18/1888. Her parents called her by the name " Florence".
Cathy was told by her ancestors, that Wm Lafayette was a surveyor by trade from Omaha, Nebraska, and was hired by a fellow man by the name of  Mr. G. Newell ( no one knew the first name, just the initial G). Wm L. was hired in 1877 to help Mr. Newell  survey Wray Colorado. WM lived there for just over 2 years doing this job. While he was there, he fell in love with his boss' daughter Elizabeth J. called " Florence" by her friends and family) Newell. Within the first year of marriage ( while still in Wray Colorado) they had their first child, Cathy's grandfather JAMES ( called "Jim") C. Gilmore.
After Jim and Mr. Newell  completed the surveying of the town, Jim and Florence moved to Omaha ,Nebraska ( where Wm L's family was). WM L. and Florence are buried in Omaha.
Wm L and Florence had a total of 8 children including Cathy's grandfather. Jim was the only one born in Wray Colorado, all the rest were born in Omaha.
 Jim married Helen Nora Larson-Bailor  (born 6/23/1896)  on February 14th, 1921  in Omaha. Together they had 5 children, including Cathy's father William Lee Gilmore. Jim and Helen are buried  together here in Lincoln, Nebraska

Cathy M (Gilmore) Wright

  William L. and Florence Gilmore

In the first issues of the Rattler in 1886, there were only twelve businesses listed, among them "W.L. Gilmore, practical surveyor."



William L. Gilmore cash-claimed a quarter in section 1, 1N 44W, in 1891- that would be just to the northeast of Wray - joining Wickliff's claim.


 In 1890 he "proved-up" a cash claim for land straddling the creek and railroad - the northeast corner of current highways 385 and 34.

  In 1919 Alonzo Murdock related to the Rattler "When I came to Wray in 1886, there was nothing here to indicate that Wray would some day become one of the best towns in Colorado. The Rattler was established in 1886 and the year before there were but three houses in town - if one might refer to them as houses - there was a depot, section house, and a two-room sod affair that Wick Newell used for a store."

And another version

1 Guy Luther Newell d:1948
2 Wickliffe Guy Newell....(sitting) d:1931
3 Wray Darling Newell d:1960
4 Dewert E Newell d:1905
5 Florence Elizabeth Newell d:1947
6 Mary Ellen Newell....(sitting) d:1913
7 Cora Selina Newell d:1944
8 Arthur Newell d:1889 (Arthur Passed on shortly after photo was taken at 16 years)

Another photo of Wickliffe and a afternoon food hunt with his horse. He used to go get food for some of the families in town. Known for his crack shots.

Photographs courtesy of Wickliffe Guy Newell IV (and in December 2012 they added Wickliff Guy Newell V !

IV wrote "

He was also one of the founders of the Wray Rattler Newspaper. Story goes that they named it the Rattler after a snake Wickliffe shot earlier in the day - it had 14 rattles on it. He also built the Sod Hotel, and  his wife and brothers worked  it. He was the Survey person that created most of the town, and was a master mason "

Norman L. Corliss wrote in 1916 "I, with my mule team, drew the press from the car for the first Rattler ever printed.  That was , as I remember it, in June 1886.  I asked Wickliff Newell what they were going to name their paper.  Pointing to the rattle of a rattlesnake, which hung on the wall, he said 'There !  That fellow has fourteen rattles and he shook off a peck before I killed him.'"

The Wray Rattler, in a brief history, said that in 1886 "Newell, Sisson & Col. were in the real estate business" and "Parker & Newell, Contractors and Builders"

   Akron, Washington County, Colorado   Friday December 25, 1896    
                            Wray has lost one of its old landmarks, Maj. Hays having torn down the old sod hotel
                            and hauled the lumber to his ranch on Black Wolf.  The "old soddy" as it was called,
                           was the first house built in town, and in the early days was a popular hostelry.
                           Wray Rattler


Simon Dow wrote from Newberg, Oregon in 1918, about people with the strong suggestion that they had been in Wray "Daddy and Mother Sisson are with us in Newberg and it looks like they might make this their home.  Brown Sisson lives at McMinnville, fifteen miles away.  Rex Newell is on the farm he recently purchased two miles north of town.  I think he has made a good buy either as a home or an investment."

June 19, 1886 "Wray justly boasts of having the neatest postoffice (sic) of any town on the road.  It is presided over by Miss Cora Newell one of the most accomodating (sic) postmistrisses (sic) we have ever known."

May 25, 1886, County Superintendent J.B. Cooke of Weld county declared our present district organized and enumbered it the Sixty-firast (sic) district of Weld county, Colo. Pursuant to notices legally posted some years before, the citizens of the proposed new district met at Newel's hotel, in the town of Wray, for the purpose of organizing a new district with boundaries as follows: Beginning at the Nebraska line; extending west to the middle of range 45 west; and from the Arapahoe county line north, to the north line of township 2 north. At this meeting Mr. Wm. B. Hays was chosen chairman and Mr. W. Curtiss Secretary. After this temporary organization a vote was taken whether or not proposed new district should be organized. The ballot box remained open from 1 till 4 p.m. p ten votes were cast for the organization and none against it. At the regular time, the first Monday in May, a school board was elected with S.C. McClusky president, Wm. Curtiss secretary, and W.J. Newell treasurer.


In November 1887 Wickliff Newell mortgaged real estate in Yuma County for a for $535 payable May 29, 1888.  He was later sued and assessed for payment.

1888 Akron "W. Newell of Wray was at the Republican rally Saturday evening."

Wray Post No. 70, G.A.R. was organized in January, 1889, with the following nine charter members: Josephus Brown, Robert G. Tipton, Oliver Ridgeway, Jacob Cox, Rankin Smith, David Sisson, Major W.R. Hays, Henry Hitchcock and Wickliff Newell, with the latter gentleman as post commander.

The Rattler said in February 1889 "L.T. Newell was a wheelwright and gave special attention to fixing wagons and buggies."

In 1890 the Seattle directory has Wick as a surveyor, living at 1809 13th.

The 1892 Island County census has W. Newell, Ellen, Guy, Dewert, Wany? (sic - this has to be Wray), Ray (must be Roy), and Ella.

The 1900 Island County, Washington has Wickliffe May 1846 in Ohio, Ellen Oct 1850 in Minnesota, DeWest, son, Apr 1882 in Nebraska., Wray D, daughter, May 1884 in Colorado, Roy A. Feb 1888 in Colorado, Ella L. Mar 1891 in Washington, and Estella J. Jun 1894 in Washington

Wickliff Guy Newell was the son of Porter Newell and Elizabeth Tuttle. He was the youngest of a family of fourteen and at the time of his birth in Trumbill, Ohio on May 22, 1846 his father was a captain in the state militia of Ohio.

At the outbreak of the Civil War Newell tried to enlist in the 7th, 8th, and 23rd Wisconsin Regiments, but was rejected because of his youth. He was a resident of Dubuque County, Iowa, when he enlisted as a Private on 18 Oct 1864 at the age of 18. He mustered in Co F 4th Iowa Cavalry on 23 Oct 1864 at Memphis, Tennessee. Newell mustered out with his company on 8 Aug, 1865, at Atlanta, Georgia. Three of his brothers also served in the Civil War.

In Aug 1865 he went to Nebraska and became a scout and guide for the white settlers. Newell married Ellen Lauver on 1 Jan 1867 in St. Paul, Minnesota. While living in Nebraska, Mary Ellen and Wickliff had five children: Cora, Florence, Arthur, Guy, and DeEtte.

In 1880 they were living in Harlan County, Nebraska. Later that year they moved to Colorado. Wickliff joined Greeley Post G.A.R. in 1880, and in 1884 assisted in organizing Wray Post No. 70 at Wray, Colorado. Wickliff and Ellen had three more children while living in Colorado: DeWert, Ray, and Roy.

In 1899 the family moved to Seattle, Washington, and Wickliff was a member of Stevens Post G.A.R., serving in several offices. Ella and Estella were born in Washington. Wickliff and Ellen had twelve children. In the 1900 Census, eight children were still living.

Ellen died in 1913, Island County, Washington, at the age of 62 years. She is buried at Bayview Cemetery in Island County.

September 1899 Wray "William Lawver was here a few days this week looking up a little business here. Mr. Lawver has long passed his allotted threescore ten but his step is as elastic as ever. His old friends wore pleased to see him."

June 2, 1900 Wray
Wickliff married Nettie Thybault 1 May 1922 in Everett, Snohomish County, Washington. This was Nettie's 2nd marriage. She married Asa Camp, a Civil War veteran, in 1888 and they had a daughter, Gratia Camp (Joyce). They came to Washington in 1906 and Asa died in 1911.

Bonnie Weiss wrote "
I have some further info on Nettie Thibault, who married Wycliffe.  He was her third husband.  Her first husband was William Crockett and they married in St. Clair, Co. Michigan.  He divorced her and married her sister, Louisa.  Their daughter, Glen Cora Crockett, was my grandmother on my mother's side.  Asa Camp was Nettie's second husband and they lived for a time in Ely, Minnesota.
Nettie's full name was Antoinette A. Thibault and she was the daughter of Peter Thibault and Mary Elizabeth Stewart.   I understand it was a short marriage due to their age.  I believe in your report you erred in stating that the original wife went to the Veteran's home in Manchester, WA.  But it was my g grandmother, Nettie, who died there at Manchester. "

In 1922 Wickliff and Ellen were both admitted to the Washington Veteran's Home in Kitsap County, Washington. Wickliff was discharged in 1926. Ellen died at the home from a cerebral hemorrhage and pleurisy in 1935 at the age of 79 years.

Wickliff was readmitted in 1928 and later released. He died in 1932 at the age of 85 years 8 months.
Luthur Guy Newell married Ida Jane Vosburg in Island County, Washington in 1897.

Wray D. Newell married Howard McLeod in Island County, Washington in 1906.
Thanks to Wick Newell III !
Wickliffe Guy Newell II Born 1903... Died 1966

Myself Wickliffe Guy Newell III

My Son Wickliffe Guy Newell IV ....at the top of Mount Rainier in Washington State

My Grandson Wickliffe Guy Newell V.. We call him 5 when the three of us are together

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