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Samuel S. Newton


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Samuel S. Newton
  • Born: 1821, Washington MA
  • Died: 10 Nov 1898, Winsted CT

  General notes:

Jeweler and watchmaker

  Events in his life were:

  • He worked in 1843-1852 as a jeweler and watchmaker in Cornwall CT
  • He appeared on the 1850 census taken at Cornwall CT, listed as a merchant.
  • He worked in 1852-1898 as a jeweler and watchmaker in Winsted CT
  • He appeared on the 1860 census taken at Winchester CT, listed as a merchant.
  • He appeared on the 1870 census taken at Winchester CT, listed as a jeweler.

  • Tradecard, c 1880
    Private Collection
  • He appeared on the 1880 census taken at Winchester CT, listed as a watchmaker.
  • Obituary printed in the The Jewelers' Circular and Horological Review on 16 Nov 1898
    Death of Samuel S. Newton.
    Winsted, Conn., Nov. 10. -- Samuel S. Newton, for 50 years a familiar figure in Winsted, in business circles, in local politics and in all ways, died Saturday evening at 6.30 o'clock of diseases incident to advanced age. Until about two years ago Mr. Newton had been a hale and hearty man. Then he met with a serious accident while driving a colt in the suburbs, Mr. Newton having been discovered lying by the roadside, apparently having fallen out of the wagon. He was taken home and was confined to the house for a long time, but eventually grew stronger and was able to go to his jewelry store on Main St. He had been in business as a jeweler for many years in the Thompson block, and several years ago took his grandson, Samuel Lincoln, into business with him, the firm name since then being Newton & Lincoln.
    Samuel Stephen Newton was born at Washington, Mass., April 2, 1821. He entered actively into business when only 15 years of age by peddling wooden ware. He would start out from his home with a big load and travel through the various towns toward Boston and there get a load of fish and sell it out on the return trip. About the time he reached his majority he removed to Cornwall Bridge, Conn., and with his other business started up a jewelry store, in which trade he has been connected ever since. He had others traveling for him at various times.
    Mr. Newton came to Winsted in 1852 and engaged in the jewelry business in the Cleveland block. For the last 18 years the business has been at its present address.

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