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"Frank J. Newton, merchant, Rixford, was born in Sharon Township, Potter Co., PA., August 31, 1859, and is a son of Alonzo and Angeline (Warner) Newton. His father was a native of Bainbridge, Chenango Co., NY and among the pioneer farmers and lumberman of Sharon Township, and a farmer and lumberman by occupation. Frank J. Newton was reared and educated in his native township [i.e. Shinglehouse] and located to Rixford, McKean county in 1879, where he openned a general store in company with George W. Dodge, and they have since conducted a successful business under the firm name of Dodge & Newton. Mr. Newton married, February 10, 1881, Ruth Russell of Bufalo, NY and they have four children: Nellie, George, Esther and Nelson. [Son Frank J. Newton Jr. -- Mr. Grandfather -- arrived in 1893] Mr. Newton is a leading merchant and citizen of Rixford. He is a Royal Arch Mason and a member of Council No. 43 of Bradford, PA. Politically he is a Republican."
From: History of the Counties of McKean, Elk, Cameron and Potter, Pennsylvania with Biographical Selections. Chicago: Beers, 1890 p. 512
I sent for and received a death certificate on Frank James Newton, Sr. and that occurred on January 24, 1944.