MS 786 - Newton Family Papers (Xenia, Ohio/Ooltwah, Tennessee) (Newton Family)
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This record group consists of letters written to and by various Newton family members beginning with Catherine and William Newton. Catherine John (b. 1809) married William Newton in 1832 in the Lebanon/Waynesville, Ohio area. Three children were born to Catherine and William: Samuel Isaac, Chauncey W., and Emma Maria. When William died in 1849, Catherine and the three children moved to Xenia, Ohio, most likely to be closer to her brother, Daniel John. There Catherine remained until her death in December 1901.
Samuel Newton (b. May 1835) grew to adulthood in Xenia and there married Mary (Mae) Annette Halley in 1864. The became the parents of three boys and two girls between 1865 and 1874. The first two boys, Paul and Earle died at the ages of three and four respectively, probably from diptheria. The three surviving children were Frances Halley (1871-1962), Samuel Donald (1872-1962), and Mary Leslie (1874-1944). As stated in Kathryn Jean Tyrone's Dear Ones, Newton Family Letters, 1862-1940, (page 31) Samuel's dream was to own a sugar-cane plantation in Louisiana, but "he never abandoned his civic duties to Xenia. He entered the business community first as an apothecary and later as a bookseller. He was a founder of Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church and played a vital role in planning its construction." Mae Newton taught at Xenia Female College and also found time to help organize the Xenia Woman's Club in 1869 (the club fictionalized by Xenia native, Helen Hooven Santmyer in the novel, And Ladies of the Club). Mae Newton, after a brief illness, died in September 1888 and two years later Samuel and the three children move to Ooltewah, Tennesee. There Samuel built and managed a blasting powder plant. Samuel's mother, Catherine Newton as well as Mae's sister, Lizzie Halley, soon joined him. In 1893, Samuel married Lizzie. Catherine Newton died at her son's home in December 1901. He died in July 1922.
Most of the letters in this record group consist of personal correspondence between Samuel and his wife, Mae; business letters of Samuel; and, correspondence of Catherine Newton with her children, grandchildren and other family members. These letters have been transcribed by the donor, Kathryn Jean Tryone. Excerpts from many of the letters along with a more detailed family history can be found in her book, Dear Ones: Newton Family Letters, 1862-1940. A series description is not provided as this record group only consists of correspondence. A detailed listing of the letters is provided in the following box/folder inventory.