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Below is a family biography included in Biographical Record of Oakland County, Michigan published by Biographical Publishing Company in 1903.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Emilius L. Newman, a well known and successful general farmer of Oakland County, Michigan, owning a fine farm of 80 acres in section 14, West Bloomfield township, was born in 1860 in this township which has been his home all his life. His parents were Emanuel and Jane (German) Newman, the former of whom died in July, 1889.

Emanuel Newman was born in New Jersey and came to Michigan in 1841. He located in West Bloomfield township, Oakland County, where he purchased a farm of 200 acres, close to Pine Lake. He married Jane German, who is a daughter of George German, and they reared a family of seven children, namely: Henrietta, William, Augusta, Dora, Emilius, Flora and Cora.

Our subject was reared on the farm and was educated in the common schools. In 1896 he purchased his farm on Pine Lake and since then has been engaged in general farming, successfully growing all the products of this climate and latitude. His success testifies to his excellent methods.

In 1883 Mr. Newman was married to Eva Durkee, who is a daughter of Charles and Abigail (Evarts) Durkee, the former of whom is a large farmer in West Bloomfield township, now living retired in Pontiac, the farm being under the management of his son Edgar. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Durkee were: Eva and Ella, twins; Lizzie; Charles, Philo, deceased; Edgar and Catherine. Mr. and Mrs. Newman have three children, viz: Ida Ruth, born April 9, 1885; Cora, born January 10, 1891; and Howard Emilius, born January 17, 1903.

In politics, Mr. Newman affiliates with the Republican party. He is held in high esteem in the township and bears the enviable reputation of being a man of the highest integrity, of commendable public spirit and of good common sense.

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