Hi Constance, I probally jumped the gun, I was so excited to get some kind of response, after years of hunting. The problem I see is that Reuben Newton was a mulatto and my living relatives are all brown skin with no hint of white blood, through skin color or hair texture. On my grandfather's ( William Newton), marriage license here in Springfield, Illinois, it says that his father is Ruben Newton(spelled as such) and his mother's maiden name is, it looks like, Minke Dumas. My grandfather, William Newton, it says was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It says that the age he would be on his next birthday is, 27 years. The marriage license was issued July 2,1930. I figured then, he was born,1903. My mother refuses to discuss him in any way, because he deserted the family, but as time goes on she leaks information that suggests he has contacted her throughout his lifetime. He was called by several names, the women who knew him intimately, called him "Bill Newton." On some of the census records here in Springfield, Illinois, he is referred to as "Willie". My mother says his name is William. I have painfully missed the chance to meet my grandfather(Bill, Willie, William Newton) or great-grandfather(Ruben Newton) but through my research I can get a picture of their heart and soul through the times they lived and what they endured and why my grandfather could not be true to a beautiful woman. You have done so much already, Constance, but if you run across anything that you feel I could use to solve this puzzle, I would be forever greatful.