Historic cemeteries in
Newton, Texas

Alford Cemetery Bay Springs Cemetery Belgrade Cemetery Big Spring Cemetery Biloxi Evergreen Cemetery Bleakwood Cemetery Bob Herrin Cemetery Boyd Cemetery Burkeville City Cemetery Call Cemetery Call Community Cemetery Cedar Grove Cemetery Colville Cemetery Daniels Cemetery Davis Cemetery De Hart Cemetery At Pine Grove Deweyville (white) Cemetery Deweyville Cemetery, AA Dickerson Cemetery Eddie Gatson Cemetery Farr Family Cemetery Farr's Chapel Cemetery Farrsville Cemetery Fawil Sam Herrin Cemetery Ford Chapel Cemetery Ford Family Cemetery Garlington Cemetery George Dougherty Cemetery Gooch Family Cemetery Greniger Family Cemetery Griggs Cemetery Gunter Cemetery Hardy Atwell Weeks Cemetery Hardy Cemetery Herbert Smith Cemetery Howell Cemetery Hughes Cemetery Hughes Cemetery Inman Cemetery Isaac McMahan Cemetery J. J. Wood Cemetery Jim Shankle Cemetery Jordan Graves Cemetery King Cemetery L.M. Stark Family Cemetery Lewis Chapel Cemetery Liberty Cemetery Mattox Cemetery McFarland-Wilson Cemetery McMahon Cemetery Mill Creek Cemetery Miller Cemetery Mitchell Cemetery Murphy Cemetery At Pocket Community Newberry Cemetery Newton Cemetery Old Belgrade Cemetery Old Laurel Cemetery Old Union Cemetery Pine Hill Cemetery Pleasant Hill Cemetery Rogers Cemetery Sand Ridge Cemetery Scott Cemetery Seth Swift Cemetery Shankleville Community Cemetery Shepherd Community Cemetery Siau Family Cemetery Simmons Cemetery Skinner Family Cemetery Spears Chapel Cemetery St Johns Cemetery Sudduth Bluff Cemetery Sycamore Cemetery Tanner Cemetery Thomas C. Holmes Cemetery Toledo Bend Cemetery Trout Creek Cemetery Unknown Cemetery Unknown Cemetery Unknown Cemetery Unknown (Call) Cemetery Unknown (Farrsville) Cemetery W. H. Stark Family Cemetery Walker Cemetery Watson Chapel Cemetery Weaver Cemetery Weeks Chapel Cemetery Wells Cemetery West Bethlehem Cemetery Whitman Cemetery Wilkinson Cemetery Wilson Chapel Cemetery Woods Cemetery Wright Cemetery Wright Community Yellow Fever Wagon Train Cemetery Youngblood Cemetery
In the late 19th century, Texas became known for its cattle drives, in which cowboys would move herds of cattle from Texas to railheads in Kansas and other northern states. The cattle drives were dangerous and difficult work, but they played a key role in the development of the American cattle industry.
Newton County, located in eastern Texas, has a rich history that dates back to the 1800s. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Atakapans and the Caddo people. The arrival of European settlers in the early 19th century led to conflicts between the Native Americans and the newcomers.

In 1836, Newton County was officially established and named after John Newton, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. The county's geographical location, with its fertile land and proximity to major waterways, attracted many settlers, particularly from Southern states. The region's economy was largely based on agriculture, with cotton and timber being major industries.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the discovery of oil and gas brought prosperity to Newton County. The oil boom transformed the county, attracting numerous oil companies, creating jobs, and boosting the local economy. However, the boom eventually declined, leading to a shift back to agriculture and timber as the primary sources of income.

Throughout its history, Newton County has been shaped by both natural and man-made disasters. The county has been prone to hurricanes and floods, with devastating effects on the community. In recent years, efforts have been made to implement flood control measures and improve disaster preparedness.

Today, Newton County remains a rural area with a population that values its rich history and natural beauty. It continues to be a place of agriculture, timber, and outdoor recreation, attracting visitors with its scenic landscapes and wildlife. The county's history and resilience serve as a reminder of the challenges faced by its residents and the strength of the community.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Newton County, Texas.

  • 1846 - Newton County is established by the Texas state legislature.
  • 1870s - The county experiences growth due to the expansion of the lumber industry.
  • 1904 - A devastating fire destroys a significant portion of the town of Newton.
  • 1907 - Bon Wier is established as a sawmill town.
  • 1930s - The Great Depression brings economic hardship to the county.
  • 1940 - The Toledo Bend Reservoir is constructed, resulting in the flooding of parts of Newton County.
  • 1960s - The construction of the Toledo Bend Dam leads to increased tourism and recreational activities in the county.
  • 1990s - Newton County experiences population growth due to its proximity to the Toledo Bend Reservoir.
  • 2005 - Hurricane Rita causes significant damage to the county.