WILLIAM H. NEWTON, of Blue Mound Township, is the fourth child of Henry and Martha Newton, natives of Virginia. After marriage they removed to Kentucky, where the mother died. Henry Newton afterward, in 1844, came to Illinois, and took up his residence in Dale Township, this county, where he passed the remainder of his life. The parental household included thirteen children. William Newton was born in Henderson County, Ky., Jan. 23, 1818. He was reared to farming pursuits, and remained in his native State until about seventeen years old. He then started out for himself, and coming to Illinois located first in Hancock County, where he remained until 1844. He then came to this county and lived in Dale Township about four years. He afterward purchased 160 acres of land in Blue Mound Township, located on section 11, which he has improved and cultivated, and which has been his home since that time, although having parted with half of his original purchase. He has been prospered in his undertaking, and is now retired from active labor.

The marriage of Mr. Newton and Miss Martha Routt took place in April, 1840, in the city of Macomb, McDonough Co., Ill. Mrs. N. comes of a good family, and is the sister of ex-Gov. Routt of Colorado. She was born in Kentucky in 1822, and of her union with our subject there have been six children, of whom the record is as follows: Mary, who became the wife of William Russell, is a resident of Kansas; Alice, Mrs. Charles Speers, lives with her husband in Blue Mound Township, this county; Mattie became the wife of James Wilson, of Cooksville; John married Miss Julia Smith; Thomas married Miss Eliza Smith, and is a resident of Colorado; Richard married Miss Alice Graham, and lives in Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Newton are members in good standing of the Baptist Church of Towanda. Mr. N. is a Republican in politics, and has held the various minor offices of the township with credit to himself and satisfaction to all concerned.

Portrait and biographical album of McLean County, Ill. : containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits and biographies of all the governors of Illinois, and of the presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), 551. Transcribed and annotated by Judy Rosella Edwards.


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