History of the Cemetery

History of the Newton Union Cemetery

One measure of the pride of any community is the condition of its cemetery. The superior maintenance of Newton Union is a reflection of the pride and respect which Newton has for the heritage which has been left by its former residents. The cemetery provides a record of the development of Newton and a link with the past.

Newton Union Cemetery was established 152 years ago, in an area of native trees and hazel brush. From the original 11 1/2 acres purchased from Jacob and Elizabeth Guthrie, it has grown to contain almost 60 acres.

The older sections of the cemetery were laid out in lots of 8 and 12 graves with walkways surrounding each lot. Either half or full lots could be purchased. Most lots were mounded and a few still retain their original curbings. Some lots were designated “single entry,” and these one or more spaces could be purchased as needed. Today, spaces in the newer sections are purchased in the number needed and memorials may be no more than 12 inches tall. A separate “Potter’s Field” was maintained for many years, not only as a place to bury indigents, but also as an area where single graves could be purchased. Newton Union has three areas which are primarily devoted to infant burials.

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