As I started my research into Robert Newton (1821 - 1895) and Isabella McKnight's (1839 - 1913) children, I sent out various e-mails and added my information to genealogy message boards.
One of my contacts Carol, lived in the USA and was following the family history of Edward George Newton (1858 - 1939) and his wife Mary Harriett Everett (1872 - 1947) . Edward was the 2nd son of Robert and Isabella Newton. Carol's ancestors were on the Everett side of the family. We shared information back and forth and commiserated on our lack of progress. We first "met" on the firstname.lastname@example.org forum. There are lots of people on this site that share their ideas and some who go the extra mile and dig into the research.
One of the posters came up with this gem from the Our Roots website: Edward Newton family
The book is called the Furrow to the Future and it was published by the Oxbow-Glen Ewen History Book Committee in Saskatchewan. Edward had moved from Huron County in Ontario to Saskatchewan or the Assiniboia Territories as it was known then. He moved between the 1881 and 1891 Census. According to Furrow to the Future, he worked for the CPR railway as a brakeman and was in Portage La Prairie, Winnipeg Manitoba and latterly in British Columbia before settling in Saskatchewan in 1887. There are some nice photos on this site of the Edward Newton family.
Robert and Isabella Newton had moved to Manitoba by the 1881 Census and were living Lisgar Manitoba at the time with most of his children. Their son Stewart (1863 -) had also moved to the Assiniboia Territories by 1891. He married Victoria Adelaide Everett (1877 - ). Victoria was the sister of Mary Harriett Everett.
This was a nice side diversion, but I still needed to get back to the research on Robert Newton. Was he related to the other Newtons: Henry, William, Maria and possibly George?