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Jane Davis (Bennett) Newman

Posted 2019-07-10 by Pat R
Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)
Monday, January 24, 1916, p. 5

Mrs. Jane Newman A Pioneer Of This State Passes Away

She Lived in Arizona for Many Years, and Was Well Known

Mrs. Jane Newman, known to thousands over the state of Arizona as "Grandma Newman," died Saturday evening at 10 o'clock at her Phoenix home, corner of Seventh street and Clarendon avenue.

Mrs. Newman was one of the grand old characters of the west. She has been closely identified with the growth and expansion of Arizona for a generation.

She was born in Missouri in 1840. Her maiden name was Jane Bennett. In 1859 she started across the plains with her parents. They drove an ox team containing all the family possessions. On the way across the plains the caravan with which she and her parents were traveling fell in with another outfit traveling in the same direction. With this caravan was Mr. Newman. They saw a great deal of each other on the slow, tiresome journey, and on their arrival in California were married.

In 1866, with her husband and family, she moved to Oregon, again making the long trip overland with stock as the means of locomotion. In Oregon they lived in what was called John Day's valley. They left the valley in 1877 and traveled overland to Prescott.

With them on this trip they brought horses, cows and chickens. The descendants of these animals can still be traced throughout the northern part of Arizona. The chickens which they brought were among the first of their kind in that part of the state.

In 1878 they moved to Camp Verde, where Mr. Newman died that year. Not daunted by the loss of her husband, Mrs. Newman started in to raise her family of six. By close application and a keen business insight, she succeeded in keeping her flock together and giving them all an education.

She is survived by six sons and three daughters. Their names are H. L. Newman, of Redwood, Cal.; J. D. Newman, of Los Angeles; Mrs. J. D. Houck, of Cave Creek; R. L. Newman, of Holbrook, sheriff of Navajo county; Mrs. Frank Leslie, of Flagstaff; Mrs. B. F. Taylor, of Camp Verde; W. W. Newman, of Holbrook; E. B. Newman, of Holbrook, and G. S. Newman, of Holbrook.

Mrs. Newman has for many years made her home in Flagstaff and vicinity. Each winter she was in the habit of coming to Phoenix to escape the rigors of the intense cold there.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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