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Samuel Morse 1 , b. 1587, in Dedham, England ; d. 1654, in Dedham, Mass., son of Richard
and Margaret (Symson) Morse of Dedham, Eng.



BRANCH OP JOHN H3

When he returned to Shoreham, Vt., seven years after he left there, he found
his ax where he had left it. He took it up ; the blade fell from the helve, cutting
him on the ankle. He died at an advanced age, leaving no children.



533. MARSHALL NEWTON 8 , JR. (Marshall 5 , Obediah 4 , Thomas 3 , John 2 ,
Richard 1 ), son of Marshall and Eunice (Taylor) Newton of Shrewsbury, Mass.,
was born there January 13, 1757, and died at Newfane, Windham County, Vt.,
December 15, 1833, aged 76 years 11 months.

He married in Shrewsbury, Mass., December 28, 1786 (int. in Shrewsbury,
July 1, 1786), Lydia Newton (2127), daughter of Solomon 5 and Hannah (Hast-
ings) Newton of Shrewsbury, where she was born August 5, 1765, and died
at Newfane, Vt., May 16, 1839, aged 74. Burial beside her husband, at New-
fane, in the cemetery on the hill, easterly of the old county seat.

Marshall Newton, Jr., learned the blacksmith's trade. At the age of eighteen
years he entered the Continental Army to become a soldier of the Revolution.
He served term after term until he had spent seven years engaged in that war.
After the war, in the first granting of United States pensions, Marshall Newton,
being a man of property, was not included. He felt the injustice; he had given
seven years to the government; he had since then been frugal and industrious;
he had paid heavy taxes to support the government; but for all that he was
denied an equal standing with those who had been idle, with the poor, and
with the dissipated. He did not want the money; but the principle was wrong.
Later a pension was granted him, but did not reach him until a few hours before
his death; $80 per year. His name appears on the army rolls in the following
connection : Marshall Newton, Jr. Shrewsbury. Enlistment agreement June 2,
1775, to serve until December 31, 1775, unless sooner discharged. Also, private
in Capt. Job Cushing's Company, Col. Jonathan Ward's regiment, and other
services. In these engagements he was under Gen. Artemus Ward, in the right
wing of the army occupying Roxbury and Dorchester. He was at Dorchester
Heights on March 4, 1776, in the night scene of fortification. Frivate in Capt.
Asa Rice, Col. Job Cushing's regiment, marched July 27, 1777, discharged
August 29, 1777; marched to Manchester, discharged at Bennington, Vt. Pri-
vate, Capt.. John Maynard's detachment, Col. Job Cushing's regiment, marched
September 29, 1777, discharged October 18, 1777 ; marched to Stillwater. Another
roll covers the two latter dates. Private Capt. Ebenezer Ingalsbe, Col. Job Cush-
ing, enlisted September 12, 1777, discharged November 29, 1777, northern depart-
ment. Roll sworn to in Worcester County. Private, Capt. Seth Newton's
Company, Col. Abijah Stearns' regiment, enlisted April 1, 1778, discharged July,
1778; served at and about Boston. Roll endorsed, "Guards att Roxbury." Pri-
vate, Capt. John Drury's Company, Col. Ezra Wood's regiment, enlisted June
6, 1778, discharged February 10, 1779. Pay order signed by him, dated at
Shrewsbury, April 12, 1779. Marshall Newton. Shrewsbury. 9 months men.
Capt. Rice, Col. Job Cushing, mustered July 19, 1779; also descriptive list,
23 years, 5 ft. 9 in., complexion light — many other items; last discharge Jan-
uary 8, 1781. Marshall Newton, Leicester. Private, Capt. John Cutler's Com-
pany, Col. Luke Drury's regiment, marched from home August 20, 1781,
discharged November 28, 1781. Residence Leicester. Enlisted for the town of
Leicester, regiment raised for three months.

While he was with the army, a portable forge was part of the equipage, and
some of the time he was detailed as blacksmith to use it, shoeing the horses,
mending wagons, etc. He was never wounded, but had some thrilling and desper-
ate experiences; in the battles of Long Island, White Plains, "in the Jarseys,"
at Saratoga.

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114 NEWTON GENEALOGY

After the war, Mr. Newton was in Shrewsbury awhile. In 1784 or '85 he went
to Shoreham, Yt., engaging in surveying of the township into lots; thence to
Newfane, Yt.. where he bought six acres of land and set up a blacksmith shop
and gave close attention to business. He began to build his house in 1786,
moved into it within two years, but did not complete it for several years. In
this house all of his children, except the eldest, were born ; here he lived and died.
The house still stands and is habitable.

Mr. Newton was a person of good business capacity ; versatile, he could adjust
his mind and the labor of his hands to the needs of the community; fashioning
tools of every description ; bartering them for produce, furs and other things ;
dealing in real estate, etc., all the time without leaving his anvil. He pur-
chased large tracts of land on the Green Mountains that are still in the posses-
sion of his family. He accumulated quite a property, from which he was ever
generous and hospitable. He called himself a Presbyterian, but there being no
Presbyterian church there, he cordially supported the Congregational church
of the town. He was a liberal contributor to the Academy and to all public
improvements. The first school in the place was opened in his house.

The First Census of the United States, 1790, states that his family in Newfane,
Vt., consisted of himself, one male above sixteen years, two males under sixteen
years, and three females.

He was above medium height, rather corpulent, weighing nearly two hundred
pounds, and generally in good health. He served the town as one of its select-
men for the years 1789, 1797 and 1810.

CHILDREN.

774. ti. EpiiRAiii Holland 7 (Rev.), b. June 13. 1787; m. Hnldah Chipman.

775. ii. Eunice Taylor 7 , b. Dec. 24. 1788; d. at Newfane. Vt.. March 31. 1861; m.

at Newfane, Vt, Sept. 12. 1813, Capt. Silas Kenny, son of Moses and
Azubah ( Parmenter > Kenny* of Newfane, Vt.. where he was born April 12,
1785. He died 1863. He was Captain of a militia troop of Cavalry.
They settled on the Kenny homestead in Newfane, Vt. All of their children
were born there. Children :

776. 1. Marshall Newton* Kenny, b. Aug. 6, 1814; m. Belinda Merrill. In 1859

they were living in Boston, Mass. No children.

777. 2. Abigail Eunice* Kenny, b. Oct. 17, 1816.

778. 3. Chan nee ii Decatur* Kenney, b. March 14, 1818.

779. 4. Sally Sabin* Kenney, b. March 13, 1820.

780. 5. Laura Augusta* Kenney, b. March 25, 1821 ; m. Aug. 7, 1843, Ransom

Onley Baker of Stillwater, N. Y. Their children were :

781. 1. Frances Augusta 9 Baker, b. , 1844 ; m. Dr. David T. Lamb. They

are living, 1910, at Little Falls, N. Y. One child, a physician, practic-
ing in New Haven. Conn.

782. 2. Abigail Lauretta 9 Baker, b. , 1846.

783. 3. Chauncey Kenny 9 Baker, b. , 1848.

784. 4. Joseph 9 Baker, b. . 1850.

785. 5. Silas 9 Baker, b. , 1852.

786. 6. Julia* Kenny, b. Sept. 19. 1826; d. , 1852.

787. 7. Henry Silas* Kenny, b. Sept. 19. 1828; m. Sept. 19, 1854, Rosella Augusta

Kidder, dau. of Richard Kidder. Jr., of Wardsborough, Vt. In 1906 she
was living, a widow in Newfane, Vt. Children :

* Kinny — The name is spelled Kinney, Kenny, Kaeyne, and every other way. Perhaps this
family is descended from those of Boston and Lynn. 1630-1670.

Dea. Moses Kenny was born at Northborough. Mass. [no record of it], Sept. 11, 1747 ;
moved to Newfane, Vt., about 1774. where he died June 23, 1808, aged 61, leaving a large
estate. He m. in Sudbury. Mass., Dec. 5, 1770, Azubah Parmenter (dau. of Bdmond and
Millicent Parmenter of Sudbury), where she was born Jan. 17, 1751. She died at Newfaue.
Vt.. Jan. 3, 1837. They had twelve children: Surah, b. Apr. 11. 1771. in Sudbury: d. 1831:
m. Zadoc Chapin ; rem. to Pennsylvania ; John, 1773, d. Newfane. 1849 ; Lucy, 1777 ; d. 1825 ;
m. Capt. Chandler Carter, who d. in Michigan about 1864 ; Holloiraii. 1781 : rem. to lower
Canada ; Charlotte, 1781 ; d. 1843 ; m. 1799, Luke Knowlton. Jr. They rem. to lower Canada,
where they both died. He d. 1855, ae. 80 : fifteen children ; Silas. 1785 ; d. 1863 ; m. Eunice
Taylor 7 Newton ; Olive, 1787 ; living 1877 ; m. Jonathan Hall ; Munnis, 1788 ; d. 1863 ;
lawyer; rem. to Michigan in 1830; Scicell, 1791; d. in Chicago, 111., 1844.



BRANCH OF JOHN 115

788. 1. John Marshall 9 Kenny, b. Sept. 10, 1855 ; m. Delia . They were

living, 1906, in Newfane, Vt.

789. 2. Mary Melissa 9 Kenny, b. Aug. 7, 1857; d. Dec. 28, 1863.

790. 3. Stella Belinda 9 Kenny, b. Sept. 2, 1859 ; d. Jan. 6, 1864.

791. 4. Julia Rosella 9 Kenny, b. Nov. 17, 1860.

792. 5. Ned Silas 9 Kenny, b. Oct. 1, 1863 ; living in Newfane ; unm.

793. 6. Abigail Lucy 9 Kenny, b. Oct. 24, 1871; m. in 1903, Ward H. Eager.

They are living in New York.

794. 8. John Chandler* Kenny, b. May 4, 1831; was a soldier in the Civil War.

He enlisted in the 110th regiment, Illinois infantry, at Joliet, 111., Aug.
12, 1862. He died at Nashville, Tenn., Jan. 21, 1863. ,

795. tiii. Sir Isaac 7 , b. April 12, 1791 ; m. Patty Bartlett.

796. tiv. Daniel 7 , b. May 15, 1793 ; m. Eunice Clemons.

v. Twin sons, b. March 14, 1796 ; d. same day.

797. vi. Hannah 7 , b. Sept. 18, 1799; d. at Parishville, N. Y., April 15, 1869; m.

at Newfane, Vt., Nov. 4, 1824, Rev. Bliss Burnap, a clergyman of the
Presbyterian Church, son of Ebenezer and Elizabeth (Bliss) Burnap. He
was born at Brattleboro, Vt., Jan. 12, 1802, and died at Moira, Franklin
Co., N. Y., Aug. 8, 1876. His pastorates were : "First Bangor, N. Y.,
about 1830 ; Parishville, 1844 ; Massena, several years ; back to Parish-
ville, about 1862, then to Moira, where he died." These towns are in
Franklin and St. Lawrence counties, N. Y., and he served Congregational
churches more than Presbyterian, as there were few of the latter in that
region then. Their adult children were :

798. 1. Hannah Louise* Burnap, b. Aug. 7, 1826, at Malone, N. Y. ; was living in

1912 at Winthrop, N. Y. ; m. at Parishville, N. Y., Nov. 26, 1846,
Hiram King Davis, son of Harvey Darius and Lois (Smith) Davis. He

was born at Chesterfield, N. H., , and died at Parishville, N. Y.,

. Mrs. Davis is a remarkably bright, interesting woman. After

celebrating her 86th birthday with the friends, she was still in both
mental and physical condition to write me a most enjoyable letter. In
1843 she attended the Washington Academy at Cambridge, N. Y., of
which school her uncle, Rev. Ephraim Holland Newton, was principal.
She resides at Winthrop, N. Y., with her son. Her children were :

799. 1. Hiram Burnap 9 Davis, b. March 14, 1848 ; res. Hebron, Neb.
S00. 2. Fanny Elizabeth 9 Davis, b. Jan. 31. 1850 ; d. Feb. 14, 1859.

801. 3. Bliss Newton 9 Davis, b. July 19, 1860 ; d. March 2, 1892.

802. 4. Herbert Lyman 9 Davis, b. July 12, 1862 ; res. Winthrop, N. Y.

803. 2. Bliss Newton* Burnap. b. March 19, 1836, at Bangor, N. Y. ; d. at Stock-

holm, N. Y., Sept. 4, 1882; m. (1) Mary Pease; m. (2) Lizzie Cook.
He had children. [Hannah 7 and Rev. Burnap had five other children,
that died in infancy.]

804. vii. Louisa 7 , b. Aug. 14, 1803; d. April 17, 1865, at Parma Center, N. Y. ; m.

at Newfane, Vt, Nov. 25, 1824, Rev. Chandler Bates, a clergyman of the
Congregational Church. Parma Center, Monroe County, N. Y., seems to
have been the home town of this family. Their four children were :
804y 2 . 1. Mary Louisa 3 Bates, b. Aug. 13, 1825; d. Oct. 10, 1825.

805. 2. Russell Chandler'' Bates, b. Oct. 8, 1826; d. before 1912. "He lived on the

homestead at Parma Center, all his life." He married Roxanna Stanley.
One child :

806. 1. Mary 9 Bates, b. ; m. Adelbert Bailey, living, in 1912, a few

miles distant from Parma Center, N. Y.

807. 3. Nelson Edward* Bates, b. Nov. 23, 1828; d. April 13, 1833.

808. 4. Lemuel Newton" Bates (M.D.), b. Nov. 16, 1837, at Parma Center, N. Y. ;

m. Roselie Hart. He was a graduate of Hamilton College, N. Y. ; studied
medicine ; went into the United States Navy, and was advanced steadily
until he was Surgeon-General of the Navy under President McKinley,
and was private physician to the President's family. His son

809. 1. Newton L. 9 Bates, b. ; d. Oct. 18, 1897. He married and left a

widow. He studied medicine and became Surgeon in the United States
Navy.

810. tviii. Marshall 7 , b. April 1, 1805; m. (1) Lydia Eveline Duncan ; m. (2) Nancy

Tufts.



534. MAJOR CALVIN" NEWTON 8 (Marshall 5 , Obediah*, Thomas 3 , John 2 ,
Richard 1 ), son of Marshall and Hannah (Willard-Roberts) Newton of Shrews-



116 NEWTON GENEALOGY

bury, Mass., was born there March 8, 1762, and died at Shoreham, Addison
County, Vt., September 12, 1823, aged 61.

He married at Shrewsbury, January 16, 1787 (int. October 4, 1786), Eliza-
beth, "Betty" Keyes, daughter of Elisha and Catherine (Baker) Keyes* of
Shrewsbury, where she was born October 31, 1763. She survived her husband

twenty-four years, and died , 1847, at the home of her son, Daniel S.

Newton, at Glens Falls, Saratoga County, N. Y.

Calvin Newton was a soldier of the Revolution. The Roster of the S. A. R.
states that he was a private in the Massachusetts Artillery. In a descriptive
list he appears as of Shrewsbury ; the list as returned by Justin Ely, Commander,
by Brig.-Gen. John Glover at Springfield, July 9, 1780; age 18, stature 5 ft.
9 in., complexion ruddy, engaged for the town of Shrewsbury ; arrived at Spring-
field July 8, 1780, marched to camp July 9, 1780, under command of Lieut.
Jackson of the Artillery. Also, six months service returned by Brig.-Gen. Batter-
son, dated Totoway, October 25, 1780 ; other services ; the last discharge, Decem-
ber 11, 1780, having then served five months, fifteen days, including travel home
(180 miles). Later he was Major in the Vermont State Militia. He was a
Revolutionary pensioner.

After his marriage he continued to reside in Shrewsbury. Both he and his
wife were admitted to the church there in 1790. The First United States Census,
1790, has: "Calvin Newton. Shrewsbury, Mass. Two males above 16 years,
three males below 16 years, seven females." Of course, as he had only two
children at that date, he probably had another family in the house with him — he
being set down as the head of all. He is set down on the town records October
1, 1798, as occupying, but not owning his house. He was assessor for Shrews-
bury for the years 1794, 1795, 1796, and held the two offices, Selectman and Treas-
urer, for the years 1797 and 1798. Six of his children were born in Shrews-
bury. In 1798, he moved with his family to Brattleboro, Vt., where his youngest
four children were born. In 1807 he removed with them to Ticonderoga, N. T.,
where they lived for a while, then moved to and settled in Shoreham, Vt., where
he became the Town Clerk. His handwriting on the books there is remarkably
good.

Major Calvin Newton, like so many of the Newton name, was a blacksmith
by trade — and a fine mechanic. He helped to iron the first steamboat built by
Robert Fulton. He was a strictly honest, hard-working and conscientious man.
He and his wife united with the Congregational church in Shoreham, Vt. He
died and is buried in Shoreham by the side of his eldest son and his daughter
Eunice, where also lie his brother Daniel and wife.

CHILDREN.

811. i. Moses Roberts 7 , b. Oct. 29, 1787; d. , 180G, in Shoreham, Vt.

812. ii. Azubaii 7 , b. Feb. 9, 1789 ; d. , 1868 ; m. Timothy Chapman, who died

before his youngest child was born. Children were :

813. 1. John C. s Chapman, b. July 6, 1811, at Ticonderoga, N. Y. ; d. May 2, 1892.

814. 2. Robert 8 Chapman, b. .

S15. 3. Thomas 3 Chapman, b. ; d. s. p.

816. iii. Calvin 7 , b. July 6, 1791 ; d. in the Army, , 1812, Plattsburg.

817. iv. Elizabeth 7 , b. Oct. 18, 1793; d. in Shrewsbury, Sept. 8, 1796.

818. v. Eunice 7 , b. June 9, 1795 ; d. , 1819.

819. tvi. Lewis Keyes 7 , b. Nov. 14, 1797, "Thursday 2 A. M." ; m. Martha Borden.

♦Elisha Keyes (s. of Ebenezer). b. 1729, res. Shrewsbury, where he d. 1811; m. 1757,
Catherine Baker, bapt. 1740, d. 1797, aged 60. dau. of Thomas and Azubah Baker of West-
borough and Shrewsbury. Eight children. Ebenezer Keyes (father of Elisha), ped. not
traced ; m. July 31, 1726, Tamar, dau. of Samuel Wheelock. They lived in the North Province
of Shrewsbury, and were admitted to Shrewsbury Church in 1735. They had seven children
settled and married. This Ebenezer is perhaps descended from Robert Keyes of Watertown,
1633, and wife Sarah.



BRANCH OF JOHN 117

820. vii. Elizabeth 7 , b. Aug. 2, 1799, in Brattleboro,, Vt. ; d. Aug. 21, 1885; m. July

4, 1821, Aimer Smith, born at Addison, Vt.. Nov. 30, 1800. In 1831 they
went to central New York ; in 1855 moved to Minneapolis, Minn., and
in 1857 removed to St. Cloud, Minn. Their children were :

821. 1. Julia Hila s Smith, b. April 30, 1825. in Shoreham, Vt. ; m. Dec. 1, 1846,

John Hasbrook Owen of Elbridge, N. Y. They live in St. Cloud, Minn.

822. 2. Newton Norman* Smith, b. April 15, 1827, in Shoreham, Vt. ; m. (1)

Jennette Bradt of New Haven, Conn., , 1849. He m. (2) Mary

Pinney of Cooperstown, N. Y.

823. 3. (Rev.) John Byington* Smith, b. May 1, 1830, in Schroon, N. Y. ; m. June

26, 1856, Elizabeth Edwards of Fayetteville, N. Y. He was graduated
from Rochester College, 1852; Theological Seminary 1854; ordained
Baptist minister, Dunkirk. N. Y., Nov. 23. 1854.

824. 4. Romanzo Aurclius* ["Roe E."] Smith, b. (about 1835). In 1892 he lived

at No. 120 Croton Ave., Cortland, N. Y. ; was alive in 1906. He
married S. Maria Woodruff, and they had a son,

825. 1. Charles Melvin Woodruff 9 Smith, b. Dec. 24, 1864; mechanic, at Syra-

cuse, N. Y. (1892), Vitrified Brick Works. He is a member of the
Sons of the American Revolution, No. 5294. Eligible through the
service of Major Calvin 6 . Resides Cambridge, Mass. Massachusetts
Society.

826. 5. Elizabeth Augusta" Smith, b. Sept. 30, 1838, at Wyoming, N. Y. ; m. July

4, 1858, John Harrison, St. Cloud, Minn.

827. 6. Charles Taylor 6 Smith, b. March 9, 1843, at Howlet Hill ; m. Aug. 1, 1879,

■ ■ Riffenburg, at Davenport, Iowa. Lives in Fresno, Calif.

828. f viii. Daniel Shoreham 7 , b. May 2, 1801 ; m. Mary Ann Martin.

S29. ix. Catherine 7 , b. March 3, 1803, in Brattleboro, Vt. ; d. at Battle Creek,
Mich., Feb. 20, 1885, aged 82; m. as his second wife, Jan. 25, 1830, Rev.
John Byington,* by whom she had six children. He was born in Hinsburg,
Vt, Oct. 8, 1798, and died at Battle Creek, Mich., Jan. 7, 1887. They
lived first in Charlotte, Vt. ; moved in 1831 to Pottsdam, N. Y., and
removed to Battle Creek, Mich., in 1858, where they settled. As a girl
Catherine Newton lived for eight years with her aunt. Mrs. Eunice Holland,
in Newfane, Vt., and was educated there, after which time she taught
school until she married. Her children were :

830. 1. Laura Newton* Byington, b. Dec. 16, 1830, at Charlotte, Vt. ; d. unm.

831. 2. John Fletcher* Byington, b. Aug. 29, 1832; d. May 21, 1872; m. 1858,

Martha L. Smith of Battle Creek, Mich.

832. 3. Martha D. s Byington, b. March 28, 1834; m. George W. Amadon of Battle

Orphic Aficli

833. 4. Teressa? Byington, b. Jan. 25, 1837 ; d. March 18, 1852.

834. 5. Luther Lee 5 Byington, b. Oct. 17, 1838; lived. 190(i. in Kansas.

835. 6. Wittiam W.* Byington, b. Dec. 26, 1840: lived, 1906, in Albany. N. Y.

836. x. Laura 7 , b. April 30, 1806, in Brattleboro. Vt. ; m. Rev. R. V. Hall, a

Congregational clergyman. They lived in Lapraiu, and Stanstead. Canada.
Their children were :

837. 1. Robert Newton 8 Hall, b. July 26, 1836; m. Oct. — , 1862, Selina Hendrick

of Compton ; res. at Sherbrook, Canada. He is Judge of Circuit Court.
Montreal, Canada.

838. 2. William .S'. s Hall, b. April 1, 1837; m. June 15, 1865, Sarah D. Spaulding.

839. 3. Mary Catherine 9 Hall, b. Sept. 14. 1842; d. Sept., 1856.

840. 4. Charles R. s Hall, b. March 12, 1845; m. .



535. LIBERTY NEWTON 6 (Marshall 3 , Obediah 4 , Thomas 3 , John 2 , Rich-
ard 1 ), son of Marshall and Hannah (Willard-Roberts) Newton, of Shrewsbury,
Mass., was born there, May 8, 1766, and died by his own hand in Champlaiu,
Clinton County, N. Y., October 1, 1822.

He married at Shoreham, Vt., about 1790, Cynthia, or Asintha, North, daugh-
ter of Abijah and Tryphania (Grant) North of Shoreham, Vt., who came there
from Goshen and Farmington, Conn. She was born April 30, 1768, and died
June 19, 1823, at Champlain, N. Y., I suppose.



♦Rev. John Byington m. (1) Priscilhi Ferris, who bore him one child, Caroline Prlscilla.
1). March 25, 1824. This wife died at Charlotte, Vt.



118 NEWTON GENEALOGY

While he was only a boy during the whole of the war, his family state that
"he served several enlistments in the Revolution." In 1V89 he went to Shore-
ham, Vt., where he met and married his wife, and where he settled for a time.
He was a blacksmith by trade, and a superior mechanic and workman, and a
fine penman. In 1801 he removed to Ticonderoga, N. Y., and built a forge at
the upper falls. The First United States Census, 1790, shows Liberty Newton
at Shoreham, Addison County, Vt., his family consisting of himself, one male
above sixteen years, and three females. This would indicate that he had mar-
ried and set up a household before the census taker came that year.

The last two decades of his life brought sorrow to himself and to all of his
friends; for he became through drink a dissipated man, brought about by busi-
ness reverses and mental aberration. September 5, 1805, he signed "Articles of
Separation" from his wife, and the children were scattered among relatives
and friends. Finally, he made a chain, in the shop, with which he hanged him-
self. Cynthia, his wife, after the separation, lived for a time with her brother
Nathaniel North of Shoreham, then moved to Champlain, N. Y., where her
brothers Abijah and Lemuel North were early settlers.

One of her granddaughters writes in 1895 : — "As to my grandfather Newton,
there is no doubt he was a dissipated man and took his own life; but his chil-
dren considered him insane, or partially so, for several years before his death.
I should judge from what I have heard of his habits, he wandered about the
country, as the demented often do. Had he lived in these days he would have
been confined in an asylum. But my mother loved her father and ever cherished
his memory most tenderly. She always said he was a kind and indulgent father,
very fond of his children, until the dark days came. He was in good circum-
stances in her childhood and youth. She said he was a very generous man; ever
read}' to help a friend in trouble. In an unfortunate moment he went bail for
one of his friends, who repaid him by running away and leaving him with the
bonds to pay; which swept away his entire property. After this he became very
despondent and soon commenced drinking. Grandmother blamed him and this
didn't help matters. Grandmother had the best judgment and was an excellent
financier — that trait runs in the North family. I am sure my mother loved her
father quite as well as she did her mother, notwithstanding his faults."

The First United States Census, 1790, shows Liberty Newton head of a house-
hold, which consisted of himself, one male above sixteen years, and three females.
These people are not necessarily one's wife and children. They were probably
a family to work for him in shop and farm.

CHILDREN.

841. i. Hannah 7 , b. March 3, 1791; d. August 12, 1816; in. Edward Lester; b.

March 8, 1787; d. Jan. 15. 1860. Children were:

842. 1. Letvis M* Lester, b. Sept. 23, 1808 ; d. Aug. 5, 1879.

843. 2. Marshall N* Lester, b. April 19. 1810; d. Oct. 17, 1890.

844. 3. John N. 8 Lester, b. Jan. 12. 1812 : d. March 9. 1871.

845. 4. Julia S* Lester, b. April 17. 1815 ; d. Sept. 28, 1882.

846. 5. Daniel 8 Lester, b. Aug. 15, 1819.

847. 6. Asintha L? Lester, b. Aug. 18, 1825.

848. 7. Frederick E. s Lester, b. July 13, 1828 ; d. Jan. 21, 1891.

849. tii. Marshall 7 b. Sept. 7, 1792 ; m. Hannah Jones.

850. iii. Daniel 7 , b. Nov. 28, 1794 ; d. unm.

851. iv. Tryphenia Adaline 7 , b. Oct. 1, 1796 ; d. June 28, 1835 ; m. Darius Church-

ill, who was born in Hubbardston, Rutland County, Vt., April 25, 1793;
died there, March 26. 1862. She was called "Adaline" by the family.
'"She had extremely light hair, and was a famous beauty." Upon the
separation of her parents she went to live with her uncle Daniel Newton 8
in Shoreham. Vt.. and remained there until her marriage, after which event
she and her husband journeyed on horseback to their new home in Cham-
plain, Vt. Their children, all born in Chazy or Champlain, Vt.. were :



Online LibraryErmina Newton LeonardNewton genealogy, genealogical, biographical, historical, being a record of the descendants of Richard Newton of Sudbury and Marlborough, Massachusetts 1638, with genealogies of families descended from the immigrants Rev. Roger Newton of Milford, Connecticut, Thomas Newton of Fairfield, Connecticut, → online text (page 19 of 131)