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A Directory of Towns, Villages, and Hamlets, Past and Present of Newton County Missouri

 

http://thelibrary.org./lochist/moser/newtonpl.html

How the county got its name...

Newton County, Missouri, was formed from Berry County December 30, 1838. In 1846, a strip two miles wide was detatched from Newton County and attached to Jasper County.
 
The county was named after John Newton, a Revolutionary Soldier.

About two miles north of Savannah, Georgia, in August 1779, two patriots dramatically rescued a desperate group of Americans held prisoner behind British lines. Now legendary, this Revolutionary War incident was recounted by Parson Mason Locke Weems, who also popularized the fabricated tale of George Washington and the cherry tree. Although scholars have not been able to verify Weem’s account of the rescue, it appears to be essentially accurate.

 

This story involves General Francis Marion and two of his scouts. Known as the “Swamp Fox,” Marion commanded guerrilla operations in South Carolina throughout the Revolutionary War. The scouts – William Jasper, who had previously distinguished himself at the Battle of Fort Moultrie, and John Newton – observed a group of about 10 American prisoners while visiting Jasper’s brother, a loyalist encamped with the British forces. The Americans were about to be sent downriver for trial at Savannah and probable execution. Sergeants Jasper and Newton were said to have been particularly moved by the plight of a young man accompanied by his grief-stricken wife and child. The two scouts – who were dressed in civilian attire and trained to move through the woods undetected to gather information and intercept British patrols – hid and followed the party as it headed to Savannah. Without arms, they waited at a watering hole in hopes of waylaying the British escort. As the guards rested their guns, Jasper and Newton, overpowered them, took the muskets and freed the grateful prisoners.

 

There are many very good Web Sites with information about Newton County, Missouri. Instead of attempting to duplicate this information, I am including links to these sites as I locate them.  I hope the information will be of assistance to you with your search.  When possible, all genealogical information should be confirmed with official documents.
 
 

USGenWeb Welcome to Newton County

Newton County Tourism Council

Missouri County Maps and Atlases

2000 Plat Maps of Newton County, Mo.

NEWTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

The History of Newton County

History of the Frisco

TIMELINE OF THE CIVIL WAR IN NEWTON COUNTY, MISSOURI

NEOSHO AFTER THE CIVIL WAR

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