The Recollections of an Octogenarian
By Willis B. Newton


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Darla Allison said:   October 4, 2013 5:32 pm PST
This is great, my gggg grandfather was Alfred Patton, we thought he had died in an Indian attack coming back from Calif. In the last few years we discovered he ended up in San Bernardino and died there and is buried just a few miles from where I live. This puts more pieces together, thank you so much

Susan Martin said:   September 10, 2013 4:04 pm PST
Thank-you for posting this. I am a member of the First Baptist Church of Downey of which John, Willis, and Charlotte Newton, Melvina and Margaret Cole, Ann Baker, and Olive Payett were founding members. We are celebrating our 145th anniversary this month and I was interested to learn who these people were. They were amazing people.

June Mc Cloud said:   August 24, 2013 9:26 pm PST
WOW! Thank you! A job well done. I am descendent of the Hutchisons. I read with smiles & tears. To actually read words that they said, and things they did makes me stand in awe and amazement. The hardships they went through makes me feel love & thankfulness to them. I wonder if they ever thought of us. I appreciate the part where Willis told of Charlotte's mother, Nancy Richardson Hudson, teaching her daughters to spin and weave. That told me something personal about her. She is my great great great grandmother born 1801 Virginia died 1856 Arkansas. Also parts telling of; the broken wagon wheel and fixing it, when Lizzie was needed to heard the cows and out did the boys (she was a husky girl), when Almira had to drive the wagon, the Oath of alegence at El Paso, when Billy Truman took the rope to swim the river instead of Willis. Each of these incidences show the character of these people. The part that took me unexpectingly by surprise and means a lot to me is when Willis was telling the deer hunting story about his neighbor whos name was Borrel, neighbors who lived at the foot of San Saba Peak. I stopped, took a deep breath, the tears ran down, and I said ,"Whoa!" Not only are Hutchison my great great grandparents, but also Burrel Neighbours who was a Texas Ranger at that time. I had often wondered if these families knew each other. Burrell died of small-pox in 1869 on the way to California His wife, son James and the rest of the family finished the trip and lived in Downey area. In 1881 James married Fannie Hutchison. Two of Burrell's brothers Allen W Neighbours and S.M. (Simpson Monroe) Neighbours are listed on the 1864 wagontrain. Allen W. Neighbours story is on the same page (577) as Willis Newton in the book of History of Los Angeles County, 1889. Again, Thank you to all who had part in making this manuscript available it is amazing. Thank you, to Helen Fagerburg for letting me know about it. June McCloud

Helen Fagerburg said:   July 6, 2013 1:12 pm PST
Thank you for putting this site together, and to Paul Baker for directing me over here. We are both descended from William L. Baker & Celia Ann Cole, who was a sister of Capt. Jack Cole. The story had been passed down in my family that the Baker family had come out to California in 1863, with brother George Cole, but I see that both of those details were incorrect. Another detail that was passed down, and is more likely to be correct, is that Mollie Baker, age 4, broke her leg while trying to brace her hands on the shoulders of the oxen and swing down, something she had seen the bigger boys doing. The story goes that she was laid up in some sort of hammock for about 6 weeks while it healed. My grandmother also told me that half of the children in the wagon train died; I'm glad that family legend is completely false. Perhaps it has roots in the cattle that were lost in the wagon train just ahead of the Newtons? It's certainly interesting how the threads of the original story get woven and distorted down through the generations.

Paul Baker said:   July 5, 2013 10:56 am PST
Correction: My mistake on the last entry. Billy Baker is the brother-in-law to Captain Cole, so he is married to Capt. Cole's sister, not niece. Thank You again for the great story, Paul

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