Excerpt from “History of the North Country”
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932
Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady
The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon. This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies. As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online.
Rollin A. Newton, D.D.S. –
Rollin A. Newton, D.D.S., is one of the leading men of his profession in St. Lawrence County, engaged in practice at Massena. He was born at Buckton, St. Lawrence County, Sept 29, 1878, the son of Luther F. and Emily (Seaver) Newton.
Orange Newton, grandfather of Rollin A. Newton, was born at Jerico, Vt., Jan 13, 1807. He came to New York with his parents in 1821 and settled at Stockholm. He became a minister of the Methodist Church in 1837 and was one of the founders of the Wesleyan Methodist Church at Stockholm in 1843, of which he served as pastor for many years. He also was identified with the circuit in Franklin County. His records, which have been preserved, show that he officiated at 125 weddings and 200 funerals. In September, 1861, Rev. Newton enlisted in Company F, 92nd New York Volunteer Infantry, and served with the rank of captain. He married Miss Almira Shellinger, who was born Jan 25, 1831. They lived together for 51 years and were the parents of eleven children. The father of Rev. Newton was Samuel S. Newton, who was born at Stafford, Mass., in 1783. He came to Stockholm, as mentioned above, in 1821, and two years later removed to Michigan, where he died at the age of 83 years.
Luther F. Newton was born at Buckton and spent his entire live as a successful farmer. He was living retired at Parishville at the time of his death in 1929. His widow resides there and is about 79 years of age. To Mr. and Mrs. Newton were born three sons: 1. Rollin A., the subject of this sketch. 2. Hubert A., D.D.S., lives at Brooklyn, N.Y. 3. Raymond R., lives at Parishville.
Rollin A. Newton attended the public schools of Stockholm and was graduated in 1896 from Brasher-Stockholm High School. He also attended Potsdam State Normal School one year and in 1900 received the degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Buffalo. He engaged in private practice for several months at Troy and has been located at Massena for more than 30 years.
In 1902 Dr. Newton married Miss Gertrude Erwin, of Massena, the daughter of Dewitt Clinton and Charlotte (Waterbury) Erwin. The former was born at Waddington and died in 1921. His wife, a native of Massena, died March 11, 1930. The Waterbury family came to St. Lawrence County from New England during the early days, being among the first settlers of this section, where they became extensive land owners.
Dr. Newton has held the offices of village trustee and alderman, and in politics is a Republican. He holds membership in the Episcopal Church and is affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. He also belongs to the Citizens Club and the Massena Country Club.
Dr. Newton is especially interested in agriculture and is the owner of 1,000 acres of fine farm land in St. Lawrence County.
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