Notes for Silas Mortimer Newhouse
!US Census 1880 Jefferson, Culpeper Co., Virginia; FHL Film 1255361; National Archives Film T9-1361; Page 364C: S. M. NEWHOUSE (b. Abt 1844 - 36 - in VA - Occ: Cattle Dealer - Fa: VA and Mo: VA) married to Mary E. NEWHOUSE (b. Abt 1852 - 28 - in VA - Fa: VA and Mo: VA). Children listed (all born in VA) are: Lizzie NEWHOUSE (Dau b. Abt 1872 - 8); Bena NEWHOUSE (Dau b. Abt 1873 - 7); Fannie NEWHOUSE (Dau b. Abt 1875 - 5); and Chas. H. NEWHOUSE (Son b. Abt 1877 - 3). ALSO LISTED ARE: Ann F. RIXEY (Mother-in-Law b. Abt 1831 - 49 - in VA - WIDOW - Fa: VA and Mo: VA); Olivia L. RIXEY (Sister-in-Law b. Abt 1867 - 13 - in VA - Fa: VA and Mo: VA); Matiloa DECAMP (Aunt b. Abt 1820 - 60 - in VA - WIDOW - Fa: VA and Mo: VA)
He belonged to The Culpeper Minute Men and was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in that Company, 28 July 1879. Historically, the Culpeper Minute Men was comprised of men from Culpeper, Fauquier, and Orange Counties and was organized in 1775 for service in the American Revolution. Over the time from 1775 to date, many of the Rixey men have been "Minute Men".
The couple first lived with her father at Mount Pleasant and several of their children were born there. About 1877 they moved to Rixeyville where they continued to reside until 1904. They then moved to the town of Culpeper, VA.
He was a successful dealer in livestock (his son Charles Henry was associated with him at one time)
In 1899 until 1903 he represented Culpeper Co. in the State Legislature and later was Paymaster of the House of Delegates which he held until his death in 1925.
He died at home on 27 July 1925 from heart disease, from which he had suffered many years. Funeral services were held in the house on 29 July 1925 and interment was in the family section in Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, VA.
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