From William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas , first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago , IL .

SAMUEL N. NEWMAN, of Holton, is a native of Fleming County , Ky. , who came to Kansas as a young man with "everything to get and nothing to lose." about sixteen years ago. His first venture was to make the acquaintance and win the friendship of the Sheriff of Jackson County and was by him appointed Deputy Sheriff, which office he held for two years. He had not a dollar in the world, but the duties incident to his office led to his forming and keeping a host of valuable acquaintances. His first investment was a pony, worth $50, for which he gave his note, paying it at maturity. This and other like transactions established his credit and since that time he has been enabled to do an unlimited amount of business so far as capital was concerned. During 1868 he married Miss Libbie McCoy, formerly of Oskaloosa , Iowa , bought a small pair of horses and a cow and began farming. His wife and himself were enabled to retire from the farm at the end of ten years the owners of a splendid 600-acre farm five miles west of Holton, 100 head of cattle, all necessary improvements and teams, and a comfortable competence in cash. Mr. Newman is a true son of Kentucky , and of course he intuitively knew all about horses and cattle from the outset. Together with his farming he has followed auctioneering ever since living in Kansas and has become as well known as any man in Northeastern Kansas in that connection. Since 1878 has resided in Holton, where he has built an elegant residence costing $3,000, and today we find him a partner in the mercantile firm of T. D. Bradley & Co., the owner of the finest livery stable in Jackson County, a stockholder in Holton City Bank, and worth about $31,000. but few men have done better in the same time, even in Kansas . He is a Knight of Honor in Holton Lodge and is independent in religion and politics.

Submitted by Marta (Lytle) Reiner who writes: 

"I found this while researching my Fleming County Lytle family that migrated to Jackson County, Kansas.  Samuel N. Newman (born about 1847) is the son of  John D. Newman and Minerva Jane Littleton.  His brother Alexander Fleming Newman was the 2nd husband of my great-grandmother Elizabeth Sarah Nealis."