William Odell Newton anyone willing to help me find his info?

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My grandfather was born Sept. 13, 1918 in El Paso, Texas to a woman named Annie Janie McCloud/McLeod she was 52 years old... I believe she was not his bio mother and she may have been a great aunt or a grand mother. No one knows. I have his BIRLS info and SSN. Wives names and their DOB and DOD.

I have a project going because I believe that the info I've recieved is not valid and was covered up due his wife (my grandmother) keeping other secrets until recently.


His father was apparently named Odell Newton and was Pawnee Indian enlisted in the army at ft. Bliss.


My grandpa was born in a house and not a hospital. I've requested a birth certificate from El Paso but have a feeling I won't get one because of lack of correct info.


He enlisted in the army at fort Benning ga in 1946 June 14


His military enlistment info is here https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1188&cat=all&tf=F&sc=24995,24996,25000,24981,24983,24984,25001,25002&q=Army&bc=sl,fd&txt_24995=Newton&op_24995=0&nfo_24995=V,24,1900&rpp=50&pg=18&rid=5350036&rlst=4562976,4563235,4689821,4764659,4869160,4983579,5241237,5350036,5953045,5956756
WikiTree profile: William Newton
asked in Genealogy Help by Hayley Stoddard G2G1 (1k points)

I'm not sure this would be any help but I found it interesting. He worked in the Honolulu Control Center.

William O. Newton

 in the U.S., Register of Civil, Military, and Naval Service, 1863-1959

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    Name: William O. Newton
    Residence Date: 1 May 1955
    Station or Residence Place: Texas, USA
    Year: 1955
    Title: Official Register of the United States: Persons Occupying Administrative and Supervisory Positions in the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches of the Federal Government, and in the District of Columbia Government
    Volume: Volume 1

    This is the birth year but a different name:

    Woodrow Newton

     in the 1920 United States Federal Census

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    Name: Woodrow Newton
    [Wood Wm Nedtor] 
    Age: 2
    Birth Year: abt 1918
    Birthplace: Texas
    Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 4, Jeff Davis, Texas
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Relation to Head of House: Son
    Marital Status: Single
    Father's name: Andy Newton
    Father's Birthplace: Texas
    Mother's name: Mattie Newton
    Mother's Birthplace: Texas
    Neighbors: View others on page
    Household Members:
    Name Age
    Andy Newton 40
    Mattie Newton 38
    John L Newton 16
    Willie May Newton 10
    Woodrow Newton 2
    Loyd Newton 0
    I keep seeing this one pop up on my ancestry account, however I don't think this is him.  


    He was a bookkeeper in muscogee county Georgia with an Annie Odell (widowed) and at one point he came up as her nephew and not her son.

    Directory from 1936 lists him as O'Dell Newton student living with Annie Newton (widow) at h3006 Columbus Ga. as a student

    He married Lillian Frances Milner in November 30, 1940 in phenix city Alabama (just on the other side of the river from Columbus Ga.

    1940 census dated April 4, 1940 as a bookkeeper at a wholesale barber supply living with a 72 year old mother named Annie Newton and he was 19 (20 in sept) in muscogee Ga. Since 1935



    Directory listing in 1941 show him as married and living with his mother and wife in RESIDENCE LOCATION
    Columbus; Phenix City, Georgia, USA

    Wife as Frances Newton and mother as Mrs. Annie Newton living at r3425 Earline Ave and working at McCardle's as a bookkeeper.


    Had a daughter in October 1941

    Had 2nd daughter in 1944


    He was listed as single with dependants on June 1946 so I assume he was divorced by Feb 1946 since his ex wife was remarried that same month and year.

    Then he married my grand mother Lillian m. Lutkavage on July 14, 1950 in Columbus Ga.

    Was at camp Casey Korea in 1951-1952 took a family hardship leave to care for his mother who I believed died about 1953

    Was in Hawaii from 1956-1960 with my mom and my uncle John.

    His 3rd daughter was born feb 1952

    Son was born 1954

    Korea again in 62-64

    West Germany 1964?

    Fort huachuca 1966-1969 when he retired.



    I know he met my grandma Lillian Lutkavage when she was in the women's army auxiliary Corp at Benning but I don't have any info on her because I can't find her at all.

    She was living with her parents in Phoenix Arizona when she was pregnant with my mom and he was in Korea during 1952 but that's about all I have now. A big huge brick wall created by my grandma. He was infantry and was in an office job because he would write love notes to my grandma on her typewriter while she was at lunch.

    Confirmed Hawaii only from 1956 to 1960,  lived at Ft. DeRussy

    1 Answer

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    There are as many answers as there are variations.  Some chose the spelling while others had it bestowed upon them as being the way it should have been spelled.  At times in America and in England it was not popular for people to even think that you might be Irish, and at those times many Mac, Mc, O, and apostrophes were dropped.  In some rural areas, I think putting food on the table was more important than spelling; notice the I think.  My grandfather was a direct descendant of an Isaac O'Dell.  His grandfather Floyd shows up on county marriage records as Odele but his death certificate as O'Dell.  I saw a picture in a county newspaper of his Uncles standing behind their mother who was seated and the brothers used different variants.  I thought it was a county paper so they probably just didn't pay close attention to spelling, but when I read the article the spellings stayed true to the captions beneath the picture.  I asked my grandfather O'Dell and he said the ones from the country were Odell, (which he pronounced as Odle ); the ones who thought themselves to be more refined or from town used the apostrophe; and the ones who used a capitol D, were Democrats and proud of it.  My grandfather was born over 100 years ago and lived in the last century.  Unless you can find someone to confirm or deny this:  A legend is born!!  Regardless; it is a good story and a good memory!
    answered by Kenneth Walker G2G Crew (360 points)

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