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Edward NEWTON born 13 Feb 1832 in/near Manchester, England.
Siblings: James NEWTON, William NEWTON, Isaac NEWTON (killed age 19 at Vicksburg in Civil War, buried there by Edward), Sarah NEWTON REYNER (Mrs. Bert). There may have been others.

Married Jane HEIDY following the Civil War at Blairstown, Benton Co., IA? (No records found there)
     Willis Devillo NEWTON (1868-1932) m. Anna Marie HECKT 6 Dec (yr unk) at St. Helens, NE
     Oliver Isaac NEWTON (1872-1959) m. Mary (May) STOUGH, 23 Oct 1901, Vermillion, SD
          (Parents of NE Supreme Court Judge John E. Newton, 1904-1984)
     Bessie May NEWTON (1881-1907) murdered by a rejected suitor, Ponca, NE
All three children and their parents are buried at Ponca, NE.

Military service:
Company E, 11th Regiment of the Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers. Enlisted 17 Sep 1861 at Mineral Point, WI. His certificate of service indicates that he re-enlisted at Indianola, TX, was a private, but it gives no date of discharge.
Records indicate that Edward was initially a wood chopper then served as a scout & later as a teamster or wagoneer. From his records: "Sometime in February, 1862 . . . near Victoria on the line of the Iron Mountain Railroad in Missouri . . . said Edward Newton received a gunshot wound in his right leg." The squad was on a scouting mission at the time and a fellow soldier fell, droping his musket. It discharged, striking Edward. He was disabled, treated for a month in a private home in the vicinity then sent back to Wisconsin to recuperate for 3 mos. When he returned to his unit he was unable to resume scouting duties and was assigned as a teamster or wagoneer. Participated in Battle at Vicksburg. He was described in his service records as having gray eyes, brown hair, ruddy complexion & stood 5'8" tall.

Edward NEWTON immigrated to Ionia, Dixon Co., NE, 1869. In 1872 he purchased a farm north of Ponca. He was a farmer & miller. Later retired to Ponca. He died a the home of his eldest son on a farm on the edge of Obert in Thurston Co., 29 Dec 1910. Was buried at Ponca Cemetery, Ponca, NE. The family was affiliated with Salem Lutheran Church, Ponca, NE.

Name of submitter: Merrily Newton Tunnicliff <>, 219 West Main St., Clarinda, Iowa 51632-2143. (Dec 2002 - photo added)

Lewis C. OLMSTEAD, my G-Grandfather - enlisted in Michigan, Unit E, 5 infantry, with the rank of private. He lived in Inavale, NE. His daughter was Riah Olmstead who married Walter Jenness. They had two children - Anita L. Jenness (my mom) and Fred Jenness (my Uncle). Both are deceased. That is all the history that I have so far. The photograph was taken at Red Cloud, NE. I am sending photos of the medal or badge that belonged to L. C. Olmstead. He was a member of GAR.

Name of submitter: Raymond Felle <>

PIERCE, Sidney D. - Death notice from extracts of Aurora Sun (Hamilton Co.) of 17 Mar 1900, as published in NSGS Ancestree, Vol X, p22.

POTTS, Lewis "Henry" - Biography provided by 2g-grandson Bob DERBER < >
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