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Joseph Timothy "Tim" Sexton was born in 1892 in Newton County, the son of Alan Sexton. He grew up on the family farm in Big Creek Township. On Oct. 24, 1917, he enlisted in Battery E, 318th Field … more
Over 30 men from Newton County served our country during World War I. Most records merely state that they served in the Army or Navy without giving unit designations. But some men did serve in … more
Mossville got its first postmaster 19 Sep 1880. It remained a post office until 1 April 1952. The first postmaster was listed as Fred W Strode, but research hasn't located a man by that name. … more
Many Newton County towns began around the turn of the last century. This was a boom time in the area. There was great demand for timber to make into staves, and the area was opened up for … more
Samuel Thompson Allred, the 4-great-grandfather of the famous person, was born Oct. 6, 1809, in Overton County, Tennessee. He married Anna Bunch (March 27, 1814) there around 1830. By 1842, though, … more
The roots of a famous musician run deep in Newton County. His 3-great grandfather was Martin Standridge, a Newton County pioneer, who was born in Georgia in 1806. He married Catherine Meeks a few … more
Ava Brasel was born in Jasper Feb. 2, 1897, the daughter of James and Lula Lee (Douglas) Brasel. Her father had been postmaster in Jasper, a merchant, and a farmer. She graduated high school and … more
The second robbery of the Newton County Bank included locals as part of the robber gang. It is likely that this actually made it easier for authorities to find the culprits rather quickly. On Monday, … more
At one time, Newton County boasted not one, but two banks. These were not branch banks, but rather banks that were incorporated here. The older of the two was Newton County Bank. According to the … more
Camp Orr High Adventure Base is the only Scout-owned camp located in a national park. It is used by scouts from a wide area, and is always expanding and improving its facilities and programs. It is … more
From early times, people in Newton County hunted and trapped wild animals, including foxes. Around 1910, trapping was so popular that ads by fur dealers were placed in local newspapers. Clearing of … more
Samuel Lee (S.L.) Nance, born in 1880 in Elmwood, Boone County, spent much of his career in banking. He first worked at the Newton County Bank in Jasper, where he rose through the ranks from … more
John Murphy was Newton County judge from 1882 to 1884. No other information has been found for him. David D. Steagall was judge from 1884 to 1886. He was born in Missouri in 1825. He was living in … more
The office of County Judge has been in existence since the beginning of the county. The first judge, Samuel Bristow, served from 1842 to 1844. It is likely he was Samuel Bristow of Virginia, who was … more
Newton County has had its share of disasters, both natural and man-made. During the Civil War, Jasper's public buildings were burned by Federal troops, likely in May, 1863, when a company of Federal … more
Continued from last week Will Jones served the next two terms as sheriff, from 1924 to 1926 and 1926 to 1928. He was born in 1892 and was a manufacturer of staves. He lived in Jackson Township … more
Continued from last week Sidney Lonzo Bristow was Newton County Sheriff from 1906 to 1908. He was born in 1867 in Johnson County and moved to Newton County sometime before 1900, when he was a … more
Continued from last week William Gillespie Harris was Newton County Sheriff from 1866 to 1868. He was born in Alabama in 1825, moving to Newton County sometime after 1860. He served in Co D 2nd … more
Continued from last week Andrew J. Casey was sheriff from 1878 until 1880. He was born in Newton County in 1853, and was farming in Pleasant Hill Township at the time he was sheriff. Around 1890 … more
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