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Newbon Family History
Other Newbon Families in London

In addition to Walter Newbon, Richard Newbon the Elder, Richard Newbon the Younger and their descendants, various other Newbon families have settled in London over the centuries. The origins of some of these Newbon families can be traced, but the origins of others remain unknown.

William Newbon, the map colourer
Another Newbon family was resident in the City of London in the early 1800s in addition to the descendants of Walter Newbon. Although they lived close to one another, a connection between the two families has not yet been established; it is difficult, however, to believe they did not know of each other. William Newbon was a map colourer, whose family lived just slightly north of Blackfriars in the parish of Christchurch Greyfriars, Newgate Street. Several Newbons appear in Shoreditch in the middle years of the 19th century and these were descendants of William. Unfortunately, William died before the 1851 census and he does not seem to have been a freeman of the City of London; it is thus difficult to ascertain where he was born. Possibly he was a member of the Newbon family of Staffordshire.

Descendants of William Newbon, the map colourer
1    William Newbon (c1790, Ireland– )
      =  (1809) Martha Mill  (c1791, London– )
.......2    William Henry Newbon
              = (26.11.1837 at Christchurch, Greyfriars) Jane Quartermass
..............3    William Newbon (14.10.1838– )
..............3    William Henry Newbon (1.11.1840– )
..............3    Jane Newbon (29.1.1843– )
..............3    Caroline Newbon (16.2.1845– )
..............3    Mary Ann Newbon (23.5.1847– )
..............3    Charles Walter Newbon  (17.6.1849– )
..............3    John Newbon (16.11.1851– )
..............3    George Newbon (24.5.1857– )
.......2     Charles Walter Newbon
              = (12.10.1840 at Christchurch, Greyfriars) Helen Perrin
.......2     George Newbon (26.3.1815– )
             = (16.12.1849 at Christchurch, Greyfriars) Elizabeth Mann
.......2     Ann Newbon (21.9.1817– )
             = (6.11.1836 at Christchurch, Greyfriars) Samuel Volkman
..............3    Samuel Volkman (1841– )
..............3    George Volkman (1845– )
..............3    Henry Volkman (1847– )
.......2     Caroline Newbon (7.5.1820– )
             = (10.4.1849 at Christchurch, Greyfriars) William Parker
.......2     Sarah Ann Newbon (2.3.1823– )
             = (10.12.1848 at Christchurch, Greyfriars) Joseph Batten (c1824, Gloucester – )
.......2     Robert Newbon (13.11.1825– )
.......2     Robert James Newbon (24.1.1830– )
.......2     Matilda Newbon (1835– )

Robert Alger Newbon
Robert Alger Newbon was a very successful London auctioneer, although his origins are rather hazy. He died in 1891 in Islington at the age of 69 a very wealthy man. He made a lengthy will, with numerous charitable bequests. Among the major beneficiaries were the Great Northern Central Hospital, Holloway Road (where his bequest of £15,000 went towards a ‘Newbon Ward’) and the National Lifeboat Institution. He left £20,000 towards five Newbon boats, which were thereafter in operation at the Selsey Lifeboat Station: the Ann Newbon (named after his mother), the Lucy Newbon (after his wife), the Betsey Newbon (after one of his sisters), the Nancy Newbon (after his other sister) and the Bob Newbon (after himself).

Official Number

Lifeboat Name



Date from/to


ON 357

Ann Newbon

£498. 2. 0.

Sennen Cove

July 7th 1893 -

31st May 1922

Sold at Newlyn July 24th 1922

78 launches, 132 lives saved

ON 361

Betsey Newbon

£588. 2. 0.


February 5th 1894 -

December 12th 1896

2 launches, no lives saved

ON 365

Nancy Newbon

£545. 0. 0.


October 4th 1894 -

June 30th 1908

Taken off service at Mullion

June 30th 1908 -

July 1st 1908

Storeyard, Limehouse

July 1st 1908 -

October 2nd 1912

Sunderland S Outlet no.3

Station closed October 2nd 1912 and boat sold

7 launches, 9 lives saved

ON 360

Lucy Newbon

£640. 0. 0.


March 9th 1894 -

August 31st 1919


28 launches, 8 lives saved

ON 372

Bob Newbon

£540. 10. 0.


December 2nd 1894 -

December 31st 1922

December 31st 1922 to Burt Boatyard at Falmouth, stored until sold locally

34 launches, 58 lives saved

ON 395

Betsey Newbon

£495. 5. 6.


December 4th 1896 -

June 30th 1922

Sold, renamed Zingari, converted into a yacht

(seen at Llanstephan in June 1980)

56 launches, 46 lives saved

ON 674

The Newbons

£8, 622. 4. 9.

Sennen Cove

April 28th 1922 -

June 1st 1948

Sold, became Fair Lady

(seen June 1980 at Birkenhead Docks)

55 launches, 36 lives saved

Robert and his two sisters Ann Johnstone Alger Newbon and Elizabeth Alger Newbon were born British subjects in Gibraltar in the 1820s. Robert married Lucy White Hill at Islington parish church in 1847 and the marriage certificate shows that his father was Robert Newbon, a merchant. Nothing more is not known about Robert senior, however, although his wife Ann appears as a widow on all the English censuses until her death in 1872; the absence of Robert senior on the 1841 census suggests that he was already dead by this date. It is not known when the family returned to England from Gibraltar, or why or when they went there in the first place. Upon their return they lived in Islington thereafter. Mrs Ann Newbon was born in Middlesex (probably in the City of London) in about 1790. Robert Alger Newbon died in 1891, eleven years after his wife; the couple had no children. Robert’s two sisters Ann and Elizabeth both died unmarried, in 1908 and 1887 respectively.

The origins of the middle name Alger of Robert and his two sisters is unknown. It is possibly the maiden surname of their mother Ann, but no marriage of Robert Newbon and Ann Alger has so far been unearthed.

William Newbon of Staffordshire
Another Newbon family that can be found in London from the 1880s is that of Thomas Newbon, who was born in Longton, Staffordshire in 1839. His wife Emma was born in London, as were their eldest and youngest children, but their middle children were born back in Staffordshire. From about 1880 they seem to have settled in London thereafter. For a more detailed account of the Newbon family of Staffordshire, see Elsewhere.

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