A Biography Of The Newton's Of Kentucky
The earliest Newton
ancestor we have found to date is Joseph Newton , married to Elenor Fields,
who most likely was born in the late 1600's or very early 1700's. I think
he was probably the first of our line to reach the shores of America .
Little is known of him so far ,but we are still researching. All we do
know is that he was a blacksmith, which in those times was considered a
skilled trade, and he could read and write, an accomplishment in those
days, and that he had our most well known ancestor Joseph (may have been
William Joseph) in Monmouth County, New Jersey on Dec. 20, 1724.
Henceforth, I will refer
to these two Joseph's as Joseph I and Joseph II, to keep down confusion.
Joseph II was born on Dec. 20, 1724 in Manalapan Monmouth County, New Jersey
and married Helena Anderson in 1751. They had ten children, most of whom
were born in Monmouth County. Proof of this are baptismal records held
at the Old Tennant Church in Manalapan.
Helena Anderson, Newton
was daughter of Capt. John Anderson Esquire, and his wife Sarah Craig.
It seems that the Craigs, Andersons, and Newtons were all early pioneer
families in New Jersey and Virginia . Many are mentioned in the history
of Monmouth County and Greenbriar County, Virginia (Now West Virginia).
some point the Newton's, Craig's, and Aderson's migrated South and ended
up in Greenbriar County, Virginia. Here Joseph II bought a rather sizable
piece of property and setteled in to raise his family. Joseph and
Heleana lived out the rest of their lives here. Joseph II died in 1812
and his will was recorded in the May court in 1812. Helena died sometime
after this, as it is stated in his will she is still living and is to be
Their chyildren were
Sarah born March 2,
1752 married in 1788 to George Kenneth Blake.
Hannah born Jan. 31,
Elizabeth born Aug.
Anna born Aug. 8, 1758
Lewis born Oct. 30,
James born Jan. 18,
1763 (An interesting account of his death is recorded in the Greenbriar
Historical Societies records and I will print it later)
Thomas born March 17,1765
married Agnes Nancy Craig, 1794 in Clark Co, Ky. This is my immediate line
Kenneth Anderson born
Oct.23,1768 married Martha Ann Feemster Spt.6,1791.
William born April26,1771
married Ann Morehead Dec.10,1793.
Helena born Sept. 4,1800.
married John Blake Feb.20,1816.
Joseph II had slaves as attested by his willing a slave named Vilet to
his daughter Helena. A copy of his will will be listed at the end of this
immediate line runs through Thomas Newton son of Joseph II Who went from
Greenbriar County to Clark County Kentucky. This was before Kentucky became
a state and I think it might have still been part of Virginia. There is
record of Thomas and his wife Agnes Nancy Craig, Newton having purchased
land in Clark Co. in July of 1793. Since they were married in the same
year, I assume they were newlyweds. A part of CLark County later became
part of Estill County and it may have been the reason Thomas and most of
his children show up later in Estill and Lee County, Kentucky records.
Thomas and Agnes may also have been cousins somewhere down the line as
his grandmother's maiden name was Craig. I have no information on the parents
of Agnes Craig at this writing.
Thomas and Agnes had
nine children who were as follows:
Helena born in 1795
married James Wyatt.
Agnes born in 1796
married Henry Fisher
Martha (Mattie ) born
abt. 1803 married Ambrose Jones. These were the grandparents of Willie
Jones who was the man Tom Horn was supposedly framed for shooting in the
movie of the same name! )
Thomas Jr. born abt.
1800 married Sarah ( Sally Ann ) Ashcraft on Aug.22,1825.
Hannah born abt. 1804
married James Blackwell.
William born abt. 1807
married Alsey (Alice ) Ashcraft June10,1830.
Amy born abt.1809 married
John born abt. 1812
married Elizabeth Warner (Connected through my grandmother, Lucy Warners
Allen B. born abt.
1814 married Rachel Issacs Oct.29,1835 in Estill Co., Ky.
line follows on through Allen B. Newton and Rachel Issacs, Newton.
Rachel was daughter of Godfrey Issacs and Elizabeth Howard. This family
were well known in Estill and Lee Counties and descendants ran the general
store and Post Office at Jinks for more than fourty years. Many descendants
of the Isscac family still live in Estill and Lee Counties yet today.
and Rachel had fourteen children who were as follows:
1. Talton born
1836, married Martha J. Estes on June 1,1865 in Estill Co.,Ky., died in
Fayette County, Ky. in an insane asslyum on Nov.17,1868. (* Note: Talton's
Civil War record states he had a severe head injury early out in his military
service and had to be taken back home by one of his brothers who then rejoined
his unit. This could have been the cause of his insanity. We are currently
trying to get the records from Eastern Ridge in Lexington, Ky. as we have
found out this is the asslyum where he died. )
2. Nancy was
born Nov.11,1839 married Hiram Estes on Dec.19,1861 in Owsley County, Ky.
She died on Dec.12,1912 in Estill County.
3. Isabella (Ibby)
was born in 1838 and married Asberry Estes on March23, 1865 in Owsley County,
Ky. She died on May12, 1914 in Lee County, Ky. where she lived most of
her married life.
4. Godfrey was
born Dec.23, 1839 in Estill Co,Ky. and married Mary (PollyAnn) Stewart
on March 5,1868 in Estill County, Ky. (*Note: This is the family of Christal
Newton, Snowden of Richmond, Indiana)
5. Diana was
born in May of 1842 and married Charles Estes in Feb. of 1864.
6. Decatur was
born in May of 1844 and married three times.
(a) Martha J.
(b) Nancy W.
7. John was born
Aug. 1845 and married Julia A. (I think the A> stands for Ashcraft)
8. William was
born April 6,1847 married Mary Ellen Wyatt on Oct12,1870 in Lee County,
Ky. No record of where or when he died.
was born in 1849 and no furthur information is availiable at this time
10. Ellen was
born in 1851 and no furthur information is available on her at this time.
11. Sarah was
born in 1852 and no furthur information is availiable on her at this time.
12. James Hudson
was born in Aug. 1855 and married Sarah E, Rogers on Feb.21,1878
was born in 1858 and I have no other information on her at this time.
14. Rachel was
born in 1859 and I have no other information on her at this time.
line continues on through Decatur Newton and since he was married three
times and had children of same names with two of them, I will list him
with each wife and list the children below !
Decatur first married
Marth J. Freeman on July 9, 1865 in Estill County, Ky. They had the following
Mary Jane born about
1866 married John Steele.
Fleming born about
1868 and married Lucinda Mays.
Allen born about 1870
and no other info on him at this writing.
George born Sept. 1873,
no other info at this time.
Rachel born Dec.24,
1875 Lee County, Ky. married Lee (Leopold) Fike in 1896.Died April 15,1964
in Madison Co,Ky.
Decatur married #2 Nancy
W. Ashcraft on May 8,1877 in Estill County,Ky. They had the following children:
Henry born Feb.20,1878
married Fanny Angel
James born March 1879,
no other info at this time.
Louisa born Aug. 1883,
no other info at this time.
Josephine born Nov.1885
married Squire Ashcraft.
Elijah born Aug.1887
married Molly Mays
Decatur then married
#3 Charlottoe (Lottie ) Rader. They had the following children but i have
no dates on them at this writing.
Minerva (Nervy) married
Vergil (Female) Married
#1 - Martha Jane Henry #2 - Jane Redd
- Kathlene Arvin
Albert married Mandy
Fannie married Jonah
continues on through Fleming, son of Decatur and first wife Martha J. Freeman.
Fleming married Lucinda
Mays who was born on July 22, 1865 and died on Aug.7,1943. She is
buried in the Horn Cemetery in Lee County, Ky. near Old Landing where they
lived all their married life. Lucinda and Fleming had the following children:
Nettie born June 6,
1891 and married John P. Durbin
Decatur born Sept.17,
1893 Died Jan.20, 1960 and is buried in the Horn Cemetery at Old Landing,
Ky. He married Lucy A. Warner, daughter of Aaron Warner and second wife,
Bethenia Sloan Warner of Lee County,Ky.
Edna born Feb.25, 1903
and married ? Watson
Mary Jane born ?? married
continues on through my grandfather Decatur (Dick)Newton son of Fleming
and Lucinda Mays, Newton. Decatur was namesake of his grandfather, Decatur
Newton married to Martha Jane Freeman.
Dick and Lucy Newton
lived for many years in Lee County, Ky. at Old Landing before moving to
Pryse in Estill County. They moved to Dayton, Ohio in 1948 and he worked
for Frigidaire division of GM until he retired in 1959 and they went back
to their home in Pryse, where he passed away a year later. Lucy lived there
until her death on March 1, 1987. They are both buried in the Horn Cemetery
at Old Landing, Ky. in Lee County. they had the following children:
1. Nannie Lee
born Sept. 14, 1914 in Lee Co, Ky. married Alvin S. Reece June 22, 1940
in Lee Co,Ky. died July 25, 1986 in Dayton,Ohio- Montgomery County.
2. Willie D.
(Decatur) Newton born April 21 ,1916 in Lee Co,Ky. married Flossie (Dot)
Spicer, died June 12, 1987, Estill Co,Ky. both buried at West Irvine Cemetery.
3. Fleming born
Dec. 5, 1918 in Lee Co, Ky. Married Rowena Roberts July 28, 1938 in Estill
Co,Ky. Died Jan. 20, 1997 (Same date as his father) in Lakeland, Polk County,
Florida. Both are buried in West Irvine Cemetery in Irvine, Estill County,
4. James Arthur
born July 28, 1921 in Madison Co,Ky. Married #1 Ida Mae Bardin 6/10/1940
#2 Berniece Brown ?
5. Virgil born
Aug. 5, 1923 in Lee County, Ky. married Dorothy Isor.
6. Charles born
June 1, 1924 in Lee County, Ky. Married #1 Sarah Evelyn Tipton #2 Geraldine
Rhodes. Charles died April 3, 1985 in Dayton, Ohio -Montgomery County.
7. Barbra Ellen
born April 7, 1928 in Lee Co, Ky.married William Bumpus Cole. Still living
8. Shelby born
June 23, 1930 in Lee County, Ky. Married #1 Peggy? #2 Bonnie Watson #3
Alice ? #4 Anne ? Died Dec.2,1984 in Connersville, Indiana. Buried in Dayton,
9. Conley born
Sept. 1,1935 in Estill Co, Ky. Married @1 Annabelle Shields #2 Bonnie Ruth
Phipps. Died Jan.1,2000 Dayton, Ohio.
continues through Fleming , son of Decatur (Dick) and Lucy Warner, Newton.
FLeming married Rowena Roberts, born Feb. 1, 1925 in Estill County, Ky
to Dudley G. and Effie L. Roberts. She was born in Estill County, Ky. and
died in Fayette County, Ky on Aug 2, 1988. Both she and Fleming are buried
in West Irvine Cemetery. They had the following children: (No Info Listed
as most still living.)
1. Bettie Lee
married Jack L. Lawson
2. Naomi Married
#1 James S. Robbins #2 James Williams
3. Joline married
4. Caroline born
Nov. 1, 1943 died March 4, 1944 Buried in Roberts Family Cemetery in Irvine,
Estill County, Ky.
5. Patricia (Pat)
Married #1 Joe C. Collett Jr. #2 James S. Brown
6. Princess born
Sept. 4, 1951 died Sept.5,1951 Buried in Roberts Family Cemetery Irvine,
Estill Co, Ky.
7. Joretta married
#1 Wallace Estes #2 Gary D. Estes.
8. Connie J.
married #1 William (Bill ) Muncie #2 Mike Barnes.
9. Dickie married
To the best of my knowledge
this is true and accurate. If anyone has information to the contrary, or
something to add to this, please let me know.
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