Louis Belmont Newell
abt.1858 to 1-Dec-1933
Victoria Tahamont went by the name of Thompson because she had an uncle who used that name; that after Rolling Thunder and Victoria had their first child, they came to Odanak and lived with Masta and his wife two or three months and then went away together to carry on their business of selling Indian medicine. After they had been married about eight years, they came back to Odanak after the summer was over and stayed there about the same time; then they went away and traveled with their show. ... about twelve years after Victoria was married, she came back to live at Odanak and died there.Records submitted to the court included the certified marriage record of Belmont & Victoria and death records for Victoria & Blanche. No mention is made of Mr. Paquette's apparent involvement with Victoria nor the fact she had other children. Apparently, William's birth certificate naming Belmont as his father was not entered as evidence. The obituary of Jeanne, posted by Loraine Smith on the Chautauqua County Roots-Web message board reads:
P.J. Dec. 1943: Randolph: Mrs. Jennie Congleton Newell, 69, widow of Dr. Rolling Thunder Newell, died at her home in Creek Run, Town of Cold Spring, Tuesday morning. She is survived by a son, Paul E. Newell and several cousins. The remains will be at the Myers & Myers Funeral Home, Randolph, until Thursday noon, when they will be taken to the United Brethren Church at Steamburg for funeral services at 2 p.m.. Interment will be in Randolph Cemetery.Belmont spent much of his life carrying on the traditions of his family, as traveling doctors and entertainers. From various sources we have learned that he and his "show" were well known at Jamestown, NY; visited Steamburg, NY about 1894 for a week where he met Jeanne Congleton, followed by a move to Onoville, NY where they were married by a JP; and that he traveled all over the eastern states with his Kiowa Medicine Show for forty years. We also found the following news items:
Indiana Evening Gazette, Indiana, PA, 31-Jan-1923
The Kiowa Indian Medicine Show has been very well attended. Fine entertainments and lectures were given each night. They go to Ambrose from this place Thursday, February 1st, and will be there for two weeks.
Indiana Progress, Indiana, PA, 14-Mar-1923
Kiowa Indian medicine man, will be at Grange hall, Porter, Pa., March 15th, for two weeks.