Dr. John Byron Newman was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1841. His parents John Newman and the former Catherine Yore were farmers. Dr. Newman came to Canada with his father’s family in 1847. He graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1864. He started practicing medicine in Wallaceburg, Ontario in 1865. According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Record, Dr. Newman joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 5th of June, 1866. Dr. Newman’s medical practice was listed in Wallaceburg, in the 1866-1867 Kent, Lambton and Essex Counties Directory and Gazetteer.
On some death records in the 1870’s, Dr. J. B. Newman is listed as a Coroner.
In 1874, Wallaceburg was incorporated as a village and the first council was elected in January of 1875. Dr. Newman sat on the first village council. Dr. Newman appears in the 1874-1875 Kent County Directory as practicing medicine in Wallaceburg.
Dr. Newman married Catherine Augusta Hutchinson on the 17th of January, 1877 in Wallaceburg. She was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1858, the daughter of Captain Charles P. Pilkington Hutchinson and Catherine Hutchinson. According to the 1871 census, Captain and Mrs. Hutchinson lived in Chatham with their 6 children, Catherine, Maud, Charles, Fred, Edith and Bertha. Captain Hutchinson’s occupation was listed as a Notary and a Government Agent.
Dr. and Mrs. Newman were listed on the 1881 census as living in Wallaceburg.