In 1851 the pioneer settlers in this area voted in favor of organizing a township and gave it the name, Newton, in honor of a township in Cumberland county PA where many of them were originally from. The Presbyterians among the early settlers held their meetings at "Miller's Grove" in a log school, then in the Kingsbury School house after it was built in 1854. In 1857 they formalized their group as the First Presbyterian Church of Newton and built a church which was dedicated on January 24, 1869. This cemetery was part of the property of the church. The church celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in March 1907. Services were finally discontinued and the church was unused for a number of years before being razed at a later date.
While the church is now gone, Kingsbury Presbyterian Cemetery (Newton Township Cemetery) still remains today as a peaceful, country cemetery with active burials. Alexander Thompson, who fought under George Washington in the Revolutionary War, is buried here. He is the only known soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War to be buried in Whiteside County.
GPS Coordinates: 41.71545, -90.15073
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #106457
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