Charles W. Sweet, Menomonee Falls, Wis., began doing genealogy research seven or eight years ago. Recently, he was at the Newtonia Civil War Cemetery searching for the grave of his great-great grandfather, also known as Charles Sweet.


Charles W. Sweet, Menomonee Falls, Wis., began doing genealogy research seven or eight years ago. Recently, he was at the Newtonia Civil War Cemetery searching for the grave of his great-great grandfather, also known as Charles Sweet.

Charles W. had been to the Civil War Cemetery before, but failed to find the two tombstones he was in search of. This time, with a little help from a member of the Newtonia Battlefields Protection Association, the markers were discovered.

Sweet said a cousin started researching relatives a few years ago and his findings is what got him interested.

"I had a grandfather that I never knew. I decided I should learn more about my family," Sweet said.

He likes learning the history that goes along with genealogy. He discovered that the first Sweet came from England in 1630, in a fleet of eleven ships. Most of them settled in the New York area.

Eventually, some of the family moved west to Wisconsin. From there, at least two families moved south to Missouri. Great-great-grandfather Charles and his wife, Martha, are buried in the Newtonia Civil War Cemetery in nicely marked graves. Charles and Martha's sister-in-law, Julia Ann, is also buried there in an unmarked grave.

After Julia Ann passed, her husband moved back to Wisconsin, but Charles and Martha stayed in Missouri.

Although the Sweet markers have been found, many questions about Charles and Martha still exist.

Family stories claim the Sweets were involved in several businesses in Granby. Some other relatives are also buried in the Granby Cemetery.

Sweet wonders if his ancestors came to this area because of the lead mines. Or, he wonders, did Charles first come to Newtonia as a soldier in one of the Civil War battles? Wisconsin soldiers did fight there.

From Newtonia, Sweet was headed to Granby to continue his search. He will also go on to the Branson area in search of another answer to the many questions he has found while researching his ancestry.

During his working years, Charles W. Sweet was involved with the sale of industrial machinery. Although he is retired, he still does some work in this line and also works at the Milwaukee Brewers ballpark. While he is in Missouri, he plans to visit Kansas City to see a Milwaukee/Kansas City baseball game.

Sweet also has a special part time job each December when he plays Santa Claus in a local mall. He certainly looks the part.

Charles W. Sweet solved at least one puzzle in his search of his ancestors when he found the two tombstones in the Newtonia Civil War Cemetery. It was a case of “Charles” finding “Charles.”