Key date analysis:
In 1852, a tax record shows Nimrod Newton with a house & lot valued at $200. This was one of the lowest valued houses in East New Market at the time. The house on this lot in 1852 was either the Newton Dwelling or the Helsby Dwelling. Since I have not located a record that shows a construction date, I am not able to determine which house was erected first. The first house was likely erected by Samuel Corkran between 1810 and 1840 and the second house was likely built shortly after the owner acquired the property in the early 1840s. The dwelling house owned by Helsby in 1852 survived until the late 1920s. This small one-story dwelling house with a tin roof was shown on the 1922 Sanborn Fire Map.
When Nimrod Newton wrote his Will in 1872, he notes his dwelling House and lot where I now live with the adjoining house and lot now occupied as a dwelling and Post office. Two structures appear on the 1877 map next to the name of Mrs. Newton at this location. The tax records for 1866 through 1876 continue to list a house, shop, and lot for Nimrod Newton and the value increases to $400 and later to $500.
The 1896 tax record shows Helen Helsby with 1 storehouse worth $1000, and 1 dwelling house & lot adjoining the store house worth $600, and 2 small dwelling houses near the store house worth $500. The Helsby Dwelling was on the larger lot until the 1920s and thus was the dwelling house adjoining the store house listed in 1896. The Newton Dwelling was possibly one of the small dwelling houses listed in 1896. Today a structure stands at the same location. It very well may be the Newton Dwelling, but has been extensively altered. The expansion of the structure would have taken place prior to 1922 as the configuration on the 1922 map matches the current configuration. The tin siding was added later.
Who built it:
The small frame dwelling was either built by Samuel Corkran shortly after he bought the property in 1810, or by Thomas Helsby shortly after he settled on the land in 1844.
246 PLC 98 - 5 August 1987 - Ruth S. Willoughby to Leonard D. Zeller & Christine M. Zeller, his wife, for $6000: lot in the town of East New Market situated on the northeast side of Railroad Avenue. Beginning at an iron pipe on the northwest side of Railroad Avenue at a distance of 181 feet, 2 inches from the northwest corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street, thence running and binding upon Northwest side of Railroad Avenue N74/15W 85 feet 10 inches to an iron pipe, thence N16/30E 192 feet, 5 inches to a fence corner, thence S74E 86 feet to an iron pipe in the ground, thence S15/45W 194 feet 4 inches to the place of beginning. Said lot being designated as Lot No. 4 on the plat of the Subdivision of the Lots of Emma H. Smith, made by Lawrence F. Simmons, Surveyor, in August 1932, and being in all respects the same property conveyed unto the grantor herein by confirmatory deed from Robert W. Corkran, personal representative dated 4 August 1987.
246 PLC 100 - 4 August 1987 - Robert W. Corkran, surviving personal representative of the estate of Fred B. Willoughby, deceased, to Ruth Willoughby: Whereas William O. Corkran and Robert W. Corkran were on 16 January 1973, appointed personal representatives of the estate of Fred B. Willoughby. Whereas the said William O. Corkran has since departed this life. Whereas the said William O. Corkran and Robert W. Corkran by deed dated 27 August 1973 in 181 PLC 149 intended to convey to the grantee certain real estate. Whereas the deed erroneously failed to grant a certain parcel of land upon which the grantee herein had properly exercised her option to buy, pursuant to the terms of the last Will and Testament of Fred B. Willoughby. Lot in the town of East New Market [as described in 246 PLC 98].
181 PLC 149 - 27 August 1973 - William O. Corkran and Robert W.
Corkran, personal representatives of the estate of Fred B. Willoughby,
to Ruth S. Willoughby for $5: Whereas Fred B. Willoughby departed
this life, testate on 6 January 1973 possessed of the land hereinafter
described. Whereas the said Fred Willoughby by a first codicil to
his last Will and Testament, dated 22 June 1959, did give, devise and
bequeath unto his daughter-in-law, Ruth S. Willoughby, the first and
prior right to purchase at appraised value filed in the Orphans Court
for Dorchester County, all of the real estate, including the funeral
parlor and adjacent dwelling house, land and outbuildings, in the town
of East New Market, together with all the personal property incident to
the operation of said funeral and undertaking business. Whereas
the said Ruth S. Willoughby has notified said William O. Corkran and
Robert W. Corkran, personal representatives of Fred B. Willoughby's
estate, in writing, of her intention to exercise the said option, as
required by said Will. All those three lots within the corporate
limits of the town of East New Market as described.
Lot No. 1: Lot which passed to the said Fred B. Willoughby by operation of law upon the death of his father, Howard H. Willoughby. Land which was conveyed unto the said Howard H. Willoughby by Joseph F. Harris & Sallie J. Harris, his wife, by deed dated 12 August 1890 in 14 CL 295. Lot lying on the western side of the county road leading from said town to Cabin Creek at the point of intersection of division line between the lot now sold and the lot of ground owned by Mrs. Helen Helsby, then with said division line in a westerly direction 257f, to the land of Samuel L. Webster, then in a northerly direction 64f to the lot of ground sold by the said Andrew F. Dukes & Mary E. Dukes, his wife, to William J. Varnes, then with said lot 257f to the county road, and from thence with said road 64f to the place of beginning.
Lot No. 2: Lot which passed to the said Fred B. Willoughby by operation of law upon the death of his father, Howard H. Willoughby. Land which was conveyed unto the said Howard H. Willoughby by Thomas D. Hooper & Lulu Hooper, his wife, by deed dated 12 October 1905 in 31 CL 308. All the carpenters shop now occupied by the said Willoughby on the west side of the county road running from said town to Cabin Creek and on the lot belonging to Mrs. Emma H. Smith between the dwelling house formerly occupied by Cassidy C. Rawlings and the dwelling of the said H.H. Willoughby.
Lot No. 3: Lot which passed to the said Fred B. Willoughby by operation of law upon the death of his father, Howard H. Willoughby. Land which was conveyed unto the said Howard H. Willoughby by Emma H. Smith & James M. Smith, her husband, by deed dated 31 July 1916 in 3 WHM 431. Beginning at a point on the western side of Main Street 20f north from the dwelling formerly occupied by Cassidy C. Rawlings, and from thence running with said Main Street in a northern direction 73f, thence west to the property occupied by Saxton & Parker, thence with same in a southern direction 73f, and thence in a straight line to the place of beginning.
31 JFD 698 - 30 January 1935 - Emma H. Smith & James M Smith, her husband, to Howard H. Willoughby for $50: Whereas on 21 March 1932 Emma H. Smith filed a voluntary petition in Bankruptcy in the United States District County as will appear by reference to No. 6740 Bankrupt Docket "W" in said Court, in which proceedings Thomas W. Simmons was appointed Trustee to sell the assets in said Bankruptcy estate. Lot on the northeast side of Railroad Avenue in the town of East New Market. Beginning at an iron pipe on the northward side of Railroad Avenue at a distance of 181 feet 2 inches from the northward corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street and from said beginning, running and binding upon the northward side of Railroad Avenue N74/15W 85 feet 10 inches to an iron pipe, thence N16/30E 192 feet 5 inches to a fence corner, thence S74E 86 feet to an iron pipe, thence S15/45W 194 feet 4 inches to the place of beginning. The lot intended to be conveyed is Lot No. 4 on a plat of the subdivision of the lots of Emma H. Smith, made by Lawrence F. Simmons, Surveyor, in August 1932, and said lot is described by courses and distances on said plat.
1896-1910 Tax Record
1896 - 1 store house in ENM $1000
Dwelling & lot adjoining store house $600
2 small dwellings & lots near the store house $500
Mary A. Elliott
1 house on leased land on Railroad Ave. $25
5 May 1910 - reduced by house on leased land to C.L. Saxton
26 April 1907 - House on leased land Railroad Avenue ENM from Mary A. Elliott $25
6 May 1907 - Blacksmith shop from Wm S. Wright $300
1 store house & lot in East New Market $1000
1 Dwelling house & lot adjoining the store house $600
2 small dwelling house & lots near the store house $500
Dwelling #9, household of Margaret Newton
Dwelling house, shop, & lot in ENM 3/4 acre - $500
Cambridge Chronicle - 8 July 1876
- Notice to Creditors -
Notice is hereby given, that the subscriber hath obtained from the Orphan's Court in Dorchester County, in Maryland, letters testamentary on the personal estate of Nimrod Newton, late of Dorchester County, deceased. All persons hereby having claims against the said deceased are hereby warned to exhibit the same, with the vouchers thereof, to the subscriber on or before December 6, 1876, otherwise they may by law be excluded from all benefit of the said estate. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment. Francis A. Newton, executor of Nimrod Newton, deceased.
Easton Gazette - 15 April 1876
Mr. Nimrod Newton, postmaster at East New Market, died on Sunday night last, aged 84 years
2 EWL 166 - 1 May 1872 / 18 April 1876 - Will of Nimrod
Item 1 - I give and devise unto my wife Margaret, in addition to her thirds of my personal estate, and the property held in her own right at the time of her marriage and such as she by her own industry has made since. The dwelling House and lot where I now live with the adjoining house and lot now occupied as a dwelling and Post office situated in the town of E. Newmarket during my said wife's natural life only. And after the death of my said wife Margaret, I give and devise all that said house and lot now occupied as a dwelling and Post office to my Grandson Causine Helsby, to him, his heirs and assigns in fee simple.
Item - and after the death of my said wife Margaret, I give and devise, all that said house and lot where I now live to my great grand daughter Emma Helsby to her heirs and assigns in fee simple.
History of East New
Market - 1871-1913 by Frank E. Loomis
The postmaster was Nimrod Newton, a good man, but something of a moss back. To illustrate; about this time the M.E. Church decided to have music in the worship, and place an organ in the church. This incensed the old man for he believed the devil was in that organ. He was too good to leave the church, so he concluded to separate the good from the bad by remaining outside until the second hymn was sung, then go in and come out before the last hymn. One day he made a mistake and reached the "Amen Corner" before the second hymn was announced. He was in a dilemma, but something had to be done at once. They were going to play, so he got up and walked down the aisle and out of the church and remained outside and remained outside until the music stopped, then he returned. Mr. Newton's attitude may seem puritanical, but he was not alone in his views as to the introduction of church music; thousands of other persons held the same opinion.
Dwelling #361, household of Nimrod Newton, postmaster
1867-1876 Tax Record
1867 - House, Lot, & Shop $400
1867 - Stock in Trade Lumber $75
House, Lot, & Shop $400, Stock in trade goods $75
Cambridge Herald - 30 October
Nimrod Newton, Postmaster at East New Market
Dwelling #758, household of Nimrod Newton, Wheel Wright
1852-1864 Tax Record
House & Lot $200
1860 improvements on shop $150
Cambridge Chronicle – 31 May 1845
– Sheriffs Sale
By virtue of a writ of Fieri Facias issued by Nimrod Newton, Esq. a Justice of the Peace for Dorchester county and to the Sheriff directed, at the suit of Thomas K. Smith, against the goods and chattels, lands, and tenements of William Moore I have seized and taken into execution the following property of the said Moore to wit: one sorrel mare, the tract of parcel of land upon which he now lives and also the tract or parcel of land upon which Jno N. Moore and Mary Moore (widow) now lives let the said tracts be known by whatever names they may or contain whatever number of acres they may; and I hereby give notice that I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at Robinson’s Hotel in East New Market on Thursday, the 27th of June next, all the right, title, interest, and claim, both at law and in equity of the said Moore, to the said property thus seized and taken into execution to satisfy the writ & costs. James E. Douglass, Deputy Sheriff.
Cambridge Chronicle - 23 March
John F. Henry, administrator of John Barrow, mentions Chancery suits of William V.M. Edmondson, Nimrod Newton, and James Wallace.
18 ER 237 - 4 February 1841 - Samuel Corkran & Elizabeth, his wife, to Nimrod Newton for $400: Beginning at a stone in the ground at the NE corner of an old granary in the village of East New Market, noted on the plat by a the letter A and running from thence N 73 W 3 perches & 3 feet to a lot formerly the property of Nancy McCollister, then with the said lot N 18 E 5 perches, then N 73 W 30 feet, then S 18 W 7 1/2 perches to the main road leading to the head of Secretary Creek Dickinsons landing, then with the said road N 73 W 11 perches, then N 18 E 12 perches to a post, then S 73 E 15 1/4 perches to the main road leading from New Market to Cabin Creek, then by said road to the beginning. Containing 1 acre.
Cambridge Chronicle – 20 December
1834 – Settle Debts –
Henry T. Barrow having removed to Buck Town, requests those indebted to him to call & settle with Nimrod Newton, New Market, who is authorized to settle accounts standing on his books.
27 HD 383 - 12 March 1810 - Henry King to Samuel Corkran for $75: Beginning at a stone set on the ground at the north east corner of an old Granary in the village of New Market, noted on the plat by the letter A, and running from thence North 73 degrees West 3 perches, and then set to Nancy McCollisters lot then with said lot north 18 degrees East 5 perches, then North 73 degrees West 30 feet, then South 18 degrees west 7 1/2 perches to the main road leading to the head of Secretary Creek, Dickinson's Landing, then with said road North 73 degrees West 11 perches, then North 18 degrees East 12 perches to a post, then South 73 degrees East 15 1/4 perches, to the main road leading from New Market to Cabin Creek then by said road to the beginning. Containing 1 acre.