Newton County

Courthouse - Jasper, Newton Co., AR -  circa 1950

Newton County residents were very divided during the Civil War, serving in both the Confederate and Union armies. John Cecil, who had earlier served as Newton County's sheriff, served as a Confederate Captain. Jasper blacksmith James R. Vanderpool (ca. 1832-1880) served as Captain of Union Company C, 1st Regiment Arkansas Infantry Volunteers, while farmer and teacher John McCoy (1820–1903) served as Captain of Union Company F, 1st Regiment Arkansas Infantry Volunteers.
Many Newton County citizens served under each of these men, as well as in other units. As an example of how the war divided families, Confederate Captain Cecil's brother, Sam, served as a sergeant in Union Company D, 2nd Regiment Arkansas Cavalry Volunteers. Violence took a severe toll on the civilian population, and at one point, Captains McCoy and Vanderpool escorted 20 wagons of Unionist families from Newton County to Missouri to seek refuge.

History of Newton County

Books about Newton County

Newton County Library

Bradley House Museum


Newton County Archives

Newton Co. Families

Newton County Cemeteries

Newton County Message Board

Newton County Historical Society

Vital Records/Certificates

Arkansas Genweb Archives

Marriages - A through L         Marriages - M through Z

Tribute to John Levi Kent, Sr.

Confederate Soldiers

Union Soldiers

Flat Rock Students of 1915

Newton County Memo-ra-bil-ia

Other Newton Co. Links

Post your Family Group sheets

Obituary Central

GNIS search engine


Newton is a Gold Star County

Adjacent Counties

Boone / Carroll / Johnson / Pope / Madison / Searcy


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