Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Newton Family Correspondence

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Newton Family Correspondence
Creator: Newton, William.
Inclusive dates: 1812-1924, and Undated
Extent: .5 cubic foot (in 1 box)
Newton family correspondence, last will and testament of William Newton, miscellaneous, and an essay on New York religious settlements.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 1681

Access Restrictions:

Newton Family Correspondence is open for research.


Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Newton Family Correspondence, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement is alphabetical then chronological.



The Newton Family was from Yorkshire County, England. Thomas Newton (died 1873) emigrated to the U.S. in 1822. His brother, William, soon followed. The brothers lived in Henrietta (Monroe County, New York) near Rochester. Eventually they both became wealthy men.

Friends of the Newtons documented in the collection include: Charles, Joseph, Carrie and Henry Danby, and Sarah and George Anyan, all of whom settled in Cincinatti (Ohio), Thomas Danby moved to Peach Orchard (Kentucky) and John Newton moved to Iowa. (This information is from the collection.)

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists almost entirely of family correspondence, 1812-1924, and undated. The correspondence discusses news of family and friends, and social conditions in England. Later letters, 1902-1924, are to Fannie Newton from her parents, William and Emily J. Newton of Henrietta (New York), discussing the death of William’s son-in-law, Frank Hinds and other family news. A letter from G. Ambrose, a member of Company B, 85th Indiana Infantry discusses the hardships of being a Civil War Soldier, January 19, 1863. The last Will and Testament of William Newton, February 18, 1924 of Henrietta (N.Y.), miscellaneous, and an undated essay on New York religious settlements complete the collection. The will mentions William’s dead daughter, Martha N. Short, and living relatives, son-in-law, Richard B. Short, son, Harold C. Short, and daughters Carrie D. Hindis, Ella N. Mellers, and Alice N. Dewitt.

Subject Terms

    • Newton, William.
    • Newton, Thomas.
    • Ambrose, G.
    • Newton family.
    • United States. Army. Indiana Infantry Regiment, 85th (1862-1865), Company B.
    • Henrietta (N.Y. : Town)--Genealogy.
    • Henrietta (N.Y. : Town)--History.
    • Monroe County (N.Y. : Town)--Genealogy.
    • Monroe County (N.Y. : Town)--History.
    • United States--Personal narratives--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Newton Family Correspondence. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Correspondence, May 1812-March 1822
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence, August-November 1822
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, February-November 1823
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, February 1824-October 1827
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence, January 1828-August 1829
    Box   1 F   6
    Correspondence, February 1830-June 1831
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence, April 1832-July 1834
    Box   1 F   8
    Correspondence, April 1835-August 1836
    Box   1 F   9
    Correspondence, February 1837-August 1839
    Box   1 F   10
    Correspondence, February 1840-March 1841
    Box   1 F   11
    Correspondence, April 1842-October 1844
    Box   1 F   12
    Correspondence, February 1846-January 1847
    Box   1 F   13
    Correspondence, February 1848-July 1849
    Box   1 F   14
    Correspondence, June 1850-August 1852
    Box   1 F   15
    Correspondence, January-December 1853
    Box   1 F   16
    Correspondence, January 1854-December 1855
    Box   1 F   17
    Correspondence, March 1856-August 1857
    Box   1 F   18
    Correspondence, January-October 1858
    Box   1 F   19
    Correspondence, January-October 1859
    Box   1 F   20
    Correspondence, January 1860-February 1869
    Box   1 F   21
    Correspondence, January 1870-February 1877
    Box   1 F   22
    Correspondence, December 1889-February 1924
    Box   1 F   23
    Correspondence, Miscellaneous, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    Essay, "Religious Settlements in New York", undated
    Box   1 F   25
    Last Will and Testament, William Newton, February 18, 1924