This Day in Indiana History - December 8, 1859 – Newton County Formed Like 0 Twitter Paul Wonning Follow Dec. 8, 2016, 6:49 p.m. in Life and Styles Views: 750 Like us on facebook A Year of Indiana History - 2016 December 8, 1859 – Newton County Formed Newton County Named for - Sargent John Newton County seat - Kentland Area - 403.44 sq mi Elevation - 692 ft Population (2010) - 14,244 Area code - 219 The Indiana General Assembly created Newton County, the last county formed in Indiana, on December 8, 1859, naming it after Revolutionary War soldier Sgt. John Newton. Sergeant John Newton (1755–1780) Historians know little of John Newton except that he was a Revolutionary War Soldier popularized by the stories of Parson Mason Locke Weems. According to a Georgia historical marker, Newton and Sergeant William Jasper followed a group of Americans that the British had taken prisoner. During a rest stop by a stream, the ten British guards allowed the prisoners to refresh themselves in the stream. They stacked the rifles nearby while they watched the prisoners. Newton and Jasper surprised the guards, killed two of them and took the rest prisoner, releasing the American prisoners. Jasper would die at the Siege of Savannah while Newton would be taken prisoner and die in captivity. Major highways Interstate 65 U.S. Route 24 U.S. Route 41 U.S. Route 52 Indiana State Road 10 Indiana State Road 14 Indiana State Road 16 Indiana State Road 55 Indiana State Road 71 Indiana State Road 114 Adjacent counties Lake County (north) Jasper County (east) Benton County (south/EST Border) Iroquois County, Illinois (west) Kankakee County, Illinois (northwest) Newton County 201 N 3rd St Kentland, IN 47951 (888) 663-9866 Published by Paul Wonning Share Mail Messenger Twitter Pinterest Linkedin Comments Related Article Life and Styles DEAR WOMEN Life and Styles Escape from the BS Life and Styles It Is Still August Right?