The official story is that it was named after a revolutionary soldier, Sgt. Newton. If it is important, I can find his full name for you.
Newton was orginally a part of Jasper County, which was also named for a revolutionary soldier, Sgt. Jasper. In 1846, they dividided it into two counties and thus Newton was named. Maybe it was hangover from the fact that the other half was named after Sgt. Jasper, but...if you do a little checking, there are several other states that have Jasper and Newton counties and/or cities adjacent to each other. I have a webpage online, Sister Counties that tells the story at http://newtontxnetwork.com/tour/sister.htm
It peaked my interest too. <grin>
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