Martha Ann Newton

28 December 1837–17 September 1915 (Age 77)
Pennsylvania, United States

The Life of Martha Ann

When Martha Ann Newton was born on 28 December 1837, in Pennsylvania, United States, her father, George Newton, was 55 and her mother, Patty Martha Griffith, was 38. She married William J Jay in 1856, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. She lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Sugar Grove, Kane, Illinois, United States in 1880. She died on 17 September 1915, in Elburn, Kane, Illinois, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Elburn, Kane, Illinois, United States.

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William J Jay
Martha Ann Newton
Marriage: 1856
Hattie A. Jay
Harry B. Jay
Eva L Jay

Spouse and Children

Pennsylvania, United States


    Hattie A. Jay


    Harry B. Jay


    Eva L Jay


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 2

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 9

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 26

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the many places so named, from Old English nēowe ‘new’ + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’. According to Ekwall, this is the commonest English place name. For this reason, the surname has a highly fragmented origin.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Martha Jay in household of William Jay, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Martha A Jay in household of William J Jay, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Martha A Newton in household of George Newton, "United States Census, 1850"

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