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William A Newton

  • Birth 22 Jul 1838 Morgan County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 20 Aug 1901 Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
  • Burial Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, USA
  • Memorial ID 63578495

Civil War Veteran,
Corporal, Co. K, 18th OH Infantry
Private, Co. C, 63rd OH Infantry

source: Portrait and biographical record of northern Michigan ...Chicago, 1895, pp. 170, 171

WILLIAM A. NEWTON, Treasurer of Grand Traverse County. The record of the life of Mr. Newton may be read with interest and profit, for it illustrates the power of self-help and untiring perseverance. Especially is he worthy of the esteem of all patriotic citizens on account of his active service during the Rebellion, when, at the first call for troops, he gave a prompt and enthusiastic response, enlisting in the Union army and sharing with the Federal troops all the dangers and hardships incident to the Rebellion from its outbreak until its close.

In referring to the history of the Newton family, we find that one of their prominent characteristics has been longevity. Our subject's greatgrandfather attained to the venerable age of one hundred and four years, and when ninety-nine he made a pair of shoes for our subject, also some for his grandchildren. Grandfather Nathan Newton, a son of Lemuel, was a farmer in New York, and was active and vigorous until very shortly before his demise, at the age of fourscore and four years. At the age of seventeen years he removed to Ohio and settled in Morgan County, where he married and reared a family of thirteen children, nearly all of whom attained advanced years.

The father of our subject, Alex S. Newton, was born in Ohio, and was reared to manhood upon a farm, receiving only a meager education. In youth he learned the trade of a plasterer, but did not work at it regularly, devoting his attention principally to farming. He married Jane Beach, who was born in the same section of Ohio as himself, and they became the parents of nine children. John, the eldest of the family, resides in Rock Island, lll. William, our subject, is the next in order of birth. Catharine, the eldest daughter, married O. H. P. Scott, of Beverly, Ohio. Nathan, who enlisted in the Second West Virginia Cavalry during the late war, served from 1861 until 1865, participating in many engagements, and finally falling in the battle of Winchester. He left a widow, who still survives. Samuel B., the fifth in order of birth, is engaged in railroading, and makes his home in Parsons, Kan. Joseph D. is Recorder of Noble County, Ohio. Julia and Lucy A. are twins, the former unmarried, the latter the wife of B. M. McAtee, of Springfield, Ohio. Amy J., the youngest, resides with her widowed mother in Ohio. The husband and father died in 1889.

In Washington County, Ohio, our subject was born July 22, 1838. He was trained to the life of a farmer, in which occupation he was employed in childhood; however, at the age of thirteen, desiring a change, he became an apprentice to the printer's trade, at which he worked for five years. Not earing to make that occupation his life work, he learned the trade of a carriage-maker, which proved more congenial, and in which he was engaged until the war. When the first call was made for seventy-five thousand men he responded, becoming a member of the Eighteenth Ohio Infantry, and going to West Virginia, where he served for fire months. He was a member of a company of raw recruits, who, though lacking drill and a knowledge of military discipline, were nevertheless earnestly determined to aid in crushing the rebellion.
At the expiration of five months Mr. Newton re-enlisted as a member of the Sixty-third Ohio Infantry, in which company he served until the close of the war. He took an active part in many engagements, some of which were among the most important of the war, including the battles of New Madrid, Island No. 10, Farmington, Corinth and Iuka. He accompanied General Sherman to the sea, and participated in the memorable battles of that campaign. Though often at the front and iu the thickest of the fight, he was never seriously injured. The exposure of long marches and camp life had, however, undermined his constitution and he returned home in feeble health. He was mustered out at Louisville, Ky., September 8, 1865.

Being fond of music, for which he possessed a decided talent, Mr. Newton accepted a position as a member of a band belonging to a circus. A short experience of this kind proved sufficient for him, and after his marriage he began the manufacture of carriages at Dexter City, Ohio. After eight years in that place he concluded to go West, and accordingly proceeded to Hutchinson, Reno County. Kan., where he followed the same business for three years. From there he came to Grand Traverse County and settled at Fife Lake, where he opened a carriage factory. Under the administration of President Harrison he was chosen Postmaster of Fife Lake. Upon his election to the position of County Treasurer, in 1892, he removed to Traverse City, where he now resides, and is serving his second term in this office. In politics he is active and influential as a member of the Republican party, the welfare of which he promotes in every way possible. While at Fife Lake he served for eight years as Supervisor, and also filled the position of Clerk.

Socially Mr. Newton is connected with the Masonic fraternity, belonging to Lodge No. 222 at Traverse City. He has held subordinate offices in the lodge of the Odd Fellows, and is now Past Grand. By his marriage with Miss Margaret Webber, a native of Ohio, one child was born, a son Edgar A. [Allan] who is with his parents. In religious connections Mrs. Newton is a member of the Baptist Church and is deeply interested in everything pertaining to its welfare.

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