Biography of Townsend Newton
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This highly esteemed resident of Defiance, has been for many years identified prominently with the agricultural interests of that locality, but has now retired from active business in order to enjoy the competence acquired by his past years of toil.

Mr. Newton was born August 9, 1826, at Willsboro, Essex county, New York, a son of William and Laura (Moore) Newton. His father, who was a native of Coldstream. Scotland, died in 1849. in Ellenburg, Clinton county. New York, and his mother, who was born in Essex county, New York, died in 1871. in Defiance. Ohio. Our subject was the third in a family of seven children - four sons and three daughters and was reared to farm life in his native county. By the time he reached the age of seventeen he was familiar with the details of the "bloomer" trade, and this he followed for some time in Essex and Clinton counties, removing to the latter locality at the age of nineteen. Later he purchased a farm in St. Lawrence county. New York. and after residing there twelve years he sold out and bought a farm at Fort Ann, Washington county, in the same State. Two years later, in October, 1862, he came to Defiance to spend the winter, and in the following spring he purchased his former homestead in the southwestern part of Defiance township, where the greater portion of his time has since been passed. In 1863, he removed temporarily to Paulding county, Ohio, and was employed as foreman for twelve years by Evans & Rodgers, but on returning to his farm he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits exclusively. Since September, 1892, he made his home in Defiance, having disposed of all his land with the exception of eighty acres, and he now occupies a pleasant residence in the village.

Socially he and his family are prominent, and he is an active member of the F. and A. M. at Defiance. He also takes much interest in religious work as a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he has never failed to show sympathy with all forms of progress in his community. As a good citizen he is interested in the political questions of the day, but he is not active as a politician, and when elected county commissioner he resigned the office at the end of two years of service.

On September 26, 1849, Mr. Newton was married at Fort Ann, New York, to his first wife, Miss Caroline E. Brown, a native of that town, who died March 25, 1871, in Crane township, Paulding county, Ohio. On April 2, 1872, he formed a second matrimonial union, this time with Mrs. Jane (Winters) Dickey, widow of James Dickey, and daughter of Isaiah Winters, a native of Jefferson county, Ohio, who died in Hardin county, this State, in 1856. The Winters family settled in Jefferson county at an early day, being identified with the locality for many years, and Mrs. Newton's birth occurred there July 24, 1831. Mr. Newton has had six children, all by the first marriage: Ella, formerly the wife of William Freese, died in Paulding county; Mary, who married George Freese, also died in Paulding county; William E. and Charles H. are well known agriculturists of Defiance township, Defiance county; Helen married George Cromley; and Harriet, formerly the wife of Houston Hanna, died in Mark township, Defiance county.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
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