Biographical Sketch of Smith Newton
Smith Newton, a merchant of Tiptonville, Tennessee is the son of John and Sarah (Box) Newton. His parents were born and raised in west Tennessee, and by their marriage had one son and one daughter. After his father’s death, his mother married Mr. Henry Walker.
Smith Newton was born in Obion County, Tennessee March 12, 1840. In the beginning of the civil war he enlisted in the Confederate Army in the Fifteenth Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, and served until the close of the war being in a number of battles and escaping without being wounded. After the war he came to Lake County and engaged in farming.
February 22, 1869, he married Miss Catharine Burrus, who was born in Madison County, Tennessee in 1857. From this union three children, two boys and a girl, were born, but all died. After Mrs. Newton died, Mr. Newton married, October 17, 1880, Miss Mary J. Talbot, who was born in Arkansas, June 25, 1860, and by this marriage he has three children, one boy and two girls. Mrs. Newton is a Methodist.
In politics Mr. Newton votes the democratic ticket. He has been in the mercantile business at Tiptonville for three years, carrying a good line of groceries, and owns 104 acres of land, under cultivation, in the county, besides some town lots in Tiptonville, and is a good businessman.