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The 5,000 acres originally comprising both Newtown Borough and Township were part of the vast tract purchased by William Penn from the Indians by William Markham, Penn’s agent, on July 15, 1682. Penn originally called this area his "New Town" which eventually evolved into "Newtown."

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Brick Hotel
Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

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Methodist Church, Newtown, Pa.
Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

Methodist Church, Newtown, Pa.
State St., Newtown, Pa.
Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

State St., Newtown, Pa.

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On Christmas morning 1776, Gen. George Washington marched from his headquarters to join the Battle of Trenton.
Gen. Washington made his headquarters in Newtown after the Battle of Trenton and the famed crossing of the Delaware River and before the Battle of Princeton, where he penned his two famous letters to Congress describing his victory at Trenton.
1854 - Newtown
Newtown, a post-township in the S. E. part of Bucks co., Penn. Population, 841.

Newtown, a pleasant post-borough in the above township, is situated near Neshaminy creek, 20 miles N. E. from Philadelphia. Newtown was the county seat for several years previous to 1812. It has 2 or 3 places of worship, 1 academy, and several stores. Population, 580.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1895 - Newtown
Newtown, a post-borough in Newtown township, Bucks co., Pa., in a fertile valley, on the Philadelphia, Newtown & New York Railroad, 27 miles N.E. of Philadelphia, and 9 miles W. by N. of Trenton. It contains 5 churches, an academy, a national bank, a state bank, a public library, a newspaper office, a manufactory of farming-implements, 2 nurseries, a coach-factory, and a tannery. Pop, in 1890, 1213; of the township, additional, 1001.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Newtown, a banking post-borough of Bucks co., Pa., in a fertile valley, on the Philadelphia, Newtown and New York R., 27 miles NE. of Philadelphia. It has manufactures of bobbins, spools, fertilisers, wagons, etc., and is the seat of the George School ( Friends). Pop. in 1900, 1483.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
Newtown, Penn. - Fire, originating in the boiler room, destroyed the lodge house on the RUSSELL estate at Newtown Square last midnight. An alarm was telephoned to the Media Fire Company, who responded with the Newtown Fire Company, but could do little to save the property because of the rapid progress of the flames.

The fire was discovered by an inmate of the building, who had been aroused by the explosion caused by the boilers bursting. The RUSSELL estate is situated along the Line road, and the flames, leaping high into the air, attracted scores of residents of that section. The building with its effects was a total loss. Whether or not the damage is covered by insurance could not be learned this morning. The loss is fixed at $3,000.
Chester Times
Chester, Pennsylvania
August 10, 1917
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Newtown:
Newtown Historic District:

Take a stroll through the Newtown Historic District and explore the charming streets lined with well-preserved colonial-era buildings. The district is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Newtown Theatre:

Catch a show at the Newtown Theatre, one of the oldest continuously operating movie theaters in the United States. It's a delightful blend of history and entertainment.

Tyler State Park:

Enjoy the outdoors at Tyler State Park, where you can go hiking, biking, or have a leisurely picnic by the lake. The park also offers fishing and boating opportunities.

Washington Crossing Historic Park:

Just a short drive away is Washington Crossing Historic Park, where George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River during the American Revolution. Explore the visitor center and the historic buildings.

The Newtown Book & Record Exchange:

Browse through this local gem, a combination of a bookstore and a record shop. It's a... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA

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male ancestorJohn WILLIAMSON (11 July 1690, Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA - 29 June 1760, Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA)
female ancestorSarah SMEDLEY (12 October 1694, Middletown, Pennsylvania, USA - 29 May 1789, Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA)
female ancestorSarah WILLIAMSON (28 May 1718, Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA - 1789, Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA)
female ancestorCharlotte Marie MEYER (15 June 1898, Chicago, Illinois, USA - 13 April 2004, Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA)
photo of Erdman P SCHWARZEErdman P SCHWARZE (26 March 1927, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA - 23 May 2009, Newtown, Pennsylvania, USA)

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