Martha D. Newton was born in Anderson County in 1942 to Frank L. and Alice Boggs Drake. Her father was a farmer and carpenter, and her mother was a homemaker. Both parents are now deceased. She has one brother and two sisters.
She was educated in the public schools of Anderson County, Tri County Technical College, Forrest JR. College and also has a degree in textile designing from International Correspondence School. After graduation from Crescent High School she worked at Starr Mills in Starr, South Carolina from February 1960 until September 1977. She was hired as a keypunch operator and preformed all jobs in the office. She was promoted to Assistant Personnel Manager and Office Manager and later promoted to Production Planning Manager where she did the scheduling for the weaver room, the entire preparation department, including slashing department, quilling department and drawing department as well as warping and twisting department. Upon leaving Starr Mills she was employed in the Anderson County Probate Court working under the former Judge Ralph King. She was elected to office in November of 1983, and took office in January, 1984 where she has served since that time. She has been re-elected five times.
Judge Newton was married to the late John F. Newton for 39 years. They had no children of their own but have had several children that were raised in their home. She also has two cats that don’t know they are cats.
She is an active member of Norris Hill Presbyterian Church serving as choir member, church treasurer, treasurer of Women in the Church and circle leader. She is also a board member for Calvary Home for Children where she serves as secretary. She is a member of the South Carolina Association of Probate Judges, was treasurer for the League of Women Voters, and past board member of Anderson Altrusa.
Her hobbies are gardening, crocheting and reading.