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GEORGE R. ANDERTON, a retired merchant, was born in Lincolnshire, England, Oct. 11, 1882. Mr. Anderton was the sixth child of a family of seven children, and when he became of age learned the saddler's trade, a business he did not like. In 1847 he accepted a position on the North Midland Railroad as shipping clerk, which office he filled satisfactorily until he resigned to emigrate to America. He sailed from Liverpool in November, 1853, on the sailing vessel "Warbler", and was on the ocean seven weeks, when he landed in New Orleans, from which place he proceeded to Cairo, and from there to St. Louis, finally making his way to Lynnville, arriving at that place in February, 1854. Here he engaged in the business of general merchandising, but the financial crash of 1857 caused him to fail in business, after which he took a situation with John Gordon & Co., managing their extensive business until 1877, when his health failed him and he was obliged to retire from active business pursuits. Since coming to America he has made one trip to England. In March, 1851, he married Miss Lucy S. Craggs, the youngest daughter of Benjamin Craggs, Auditor of Accounts of Sheffield, England. She was born at the latter place, and died at Lynnville, in April, 1870. She was the mother of thirteen children, all of whom died in infancy, except Maria Elizabeth, who was born in Sheffield, England, June 27, 1853, and is now the wife of William E. Gordon. This marriage occurred March 3, 1872, at Lynnville.

Cornelius Anderton, the father of George R. was a native of Lincolnshire, England, and by trade a saddler and harness maker. He died, at the age of sixty-five years, in his native country. His wife, whose maiden name was Maria Walker, was the only daughter of William Walker, a well-to-do saddler in the city of Lincoln, England.

As has been before stated, Mr. William E. Gordon, married Maria E., a daughter of George R. Anderton. His father, William Gordon, was a native of Ohio, and when a young man came to Illinois, where he engaged in farming, after which he took up the pork-packing business. The parents of William E. are still living, in Scott County, and had five children: William E., John I., of Macon County; Henry L., David O., and James B.; they are all married and farming for themselves. William E. Gordon was born at Lynnville, Morgan County, June 26, 1850. He was reared on a farm, and attended the district schools until 1867, at which time he went to Bloomington and took a course of instruction in the State Normal School, remaining there for one year. At the age of twenty-two he commenced farming on his own account with sixty acres of land, which he owned, until he bought his present place, which consists of a half section, nearly all under cultivation. His farm is well improved, has fine fences and is well watered, the Rocky Branch coursing through it. His house is large containing fifteen rooms, while the barns and other outbuildings are in keeping with the entire place. Mr. Gordon takes special pride in raising graded cattle and Poland-China hogs. He is a feeder of cattle, which he ships to different markets. He is the father of seven children: Lucy C., George H., Sarah E., Edith M., Walter (who died at the age of two years), Allen O., and Gertie. Politically, he belongs to the Union Labor party. As a business man and farmer he ranks high, and as a neighbor is well liked.

George R. Anderton has been President of the Board of Trustees and Justice of the Peace. He belongs to the A. F. & A. M. Blue Lodge at Lynnville, and the Chapter at Jacksonville. He is a Republican in politics, stanch and firm, and for twenty years was Deputy Postmaster at Lynnville. When Mr. Anderton was in business he was counted as one of the shrewdest men in this section of the country, and, were it not for physical infirmities, he would now take his place as an energetic and reliable business man.

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