William Newsom


William Newsom (March 9, 1792 - December 18, 1859) was born on March 9, 1792, in Hornsey, Highgate, Middlesex, England.

He was the son of Mary Harriott (1748-1812), a native of Lombard Street in London, and John Newsom (1741-1825), a colleague apothecary and surgeon in "Fox" (East Indiaman), a general name for any sailing ship that operated under contract or license from any of the East India trading companies of the major European trading powers of the United States from the 17th to 19th centuries.

He was the grandson of Mary Dickenson of Northowram (1717-1804) and James Harriott (1718-1783), Lieutenant Colonel of the London Militia.

Marriage in Islington

William Newsom was married at age 31, on December 16, 1823, at the Episcopal Church of St Mary the Virgin to Eleanor Lear (November 29, 1799 - March 23, 1885) in Islington, Middlesex, England.

Eleanor Lear was the sister of Edward Lear (1812-1888), artist, illustrator, musician, author, and poet, known primarily for her literary nonsense in poetry and prose and especially for her limericks, a form that he popularized.

Around 1851, William Newsom lived in Leatherhead and was a director of the Bank of England, established in 1694 to act as a banker for the English government, which is still today one of the UK government bankers and the eighth oldest bank in the world.


He died on December 18, 1859, at the age of 67, and was interred in Norwood Cemetery, formerly the Southern Metropolitan Cemetery in West Norwood, Surrey, England.


  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 February 2021), memorial page for William Newsom (9 Mar 1792-18 Dec 1859), Find a Grave Memorial no. 120856394, citing West Norwood Cemetery and Crematorium, West Norwood, London Borough of Lambeth, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Harlon (contributor 47533220).