DAVID L. NEWILL, of the law firm of Beacom and Newill, at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, was born August 15, 1862, in Mount Pleasant township, Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania. The founder of the Newill family in this country was Stephen Newill, of Irish descent, who came to Mount Pleasant township, Westmoreland county, about 1773, from New Jersey. He was by occupation a farmer. He was of the Presbyterian religious faith. He married and had children: James, Joshua, John, Robert, Thomas and Richard, all of whom were soldiers in the War for Independence. The only daughter in the family of Stephen Newill and wife was Mary, who married Barney McCaul, who also served in the same war.
Robert Newill, one of the above named sons of Stephen, was a farmer, and married Mary George. He was a member of the Presbyterian church, as had been his father. Robert Newill and wife Mary had children: John; George, a civil engineer; James, who was the grandfather of David L. Newill; Sinai Craig and Ann Thompson. James Newill had sons: James, George, John, William, Robert and Joshua (the father of David L.) and one daughter, Mary Long.
Joshua Newill, the fifth in descent from Stephen the founder, was born August 4, 1821. By general occupation he was a farmer, but in his young manhood taught school. He was a Republican in politics, and among other local offices which he held was that of school director. He died January 14, 1898. His wife's given name was Scynthia, born August 27, 1828; died January 19, 1905.
David L. Newill, son of Joshua and Scynthia Newill, graduated at Mount Pleasant Institute in 1884. He taught school two terms. He read law with W. H. Klingesmith, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and was admitted to the bar of Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, August 4, 1888, and has been in constant practice ever since. He formed a partnership with Hon. James S. Beacom in 1892, which still continues. Aside from his professional career, Mr. Newill is interested in various financial enterprises. He is the president of the Westmoreland Savings and Trust Company, of Greensburg, Pennsylvania; president of the First National Bank of Youngwood, Pennsylvania; president of the Greensburg Finance Company; treasurer of the Greensburg Composition Company, and director of the Greensburg Press Company. His political affiliations are with the Republican party. He is a member of Philanthropy Lodge, No. 225, F. and A. M., of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He married, November 8, 1888, Minnie G. Myers, daughter of Joseph B. and Julia Myers. Mr. and Mrs. Newill are the parents of one daughter, Mabel M., born August 27, 1889.
Source: Page(s) 130, History of Westmoreland County, Volume II, Pennsylvania by John N Boucher. New York, The Lewis Publishing Company, 1906.
Transcribed February 2006 by Nathan Zipfel for the Westmoreland County History Project
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