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Chicago: Chapman Bros., Publishers


NEWTON CLOUD ANTROBUS, who has so long been the skilled blacksmith of Chapin, and in that capacity won golden opinions from those who have sought his services, is a native of the county, and a true Illinoisan. He was born upon the 29th of December, 1821; his parents were Thomas and Mary (Wyatt) Antrobus, who were natives of Kentucky, and who came to Morgan County in its early days, and were among the pioneers. His father served as a soldier in the Black Hawk War, and passed through some most exciting and thrilling experiences.

The subject of our sketch was reared to manhood in this county, and received what education was obtainable, although at that time the facilities for such acquisition were not what they now are, and it is therefore somewhat limited. He began to learn his trade at the age of eighteen, after which he went into business for himself at Winchester. In 1852 he came to Bethel Village, in this county, and there continued in business until 1885, when he removed to Chapin, where he has continued since that time. He has quite a large trade built up, and is considered a good workman.

Mr. Antrobus was married, on the 3d of October, 1854, to Nancy J. Sullins, This lady was born on the 6th of October, 1833, in Tennessee, and came to this county with her parents, Larkin and Mary Sullins, in 1834. They decided to locate in Scott County, but when their daughter was about twelve years of age came to Morgan County, where they remained until their decease. The family circle of our subject included four children, only two of whom, however, it was given him to bring to years of maturity, viz: George T. and Edward F. George T. is a blacksmith and dealer in agricultural implements at Bethel. He married Minnie turner, and they have one child, a daughter, Mildred. Edward F. lives in Chapin; he married Ella Eagan, and by occupation is a telegraph operator. The two deceased are William and Josephine. The parents of Mrs. Antrobus had quite a large family, of whom but five survive: Martha, the wife of Burton Funk, of Scott County; Margaret, now Mrs. Perry Jones, also of Scott County; Thurman of this county; Wesley, who resides in Scott County, and the wife of our subject, who was the youngest member of the family. She was brought up to attend the Methodist Protestant Church, and has always continued an active member.

The subject of our sketch was formerly a member of the I.O.O.F. society; he is a true citizen and of public spirit. He has always been a stanch Republican, supporting both by his ballot and influence the principles and policy of the party. He makes his religious home within the pale of the Methodist Protestant Church, and has filled many important offices connected therewith. In both religious, business, and political circles he is esteemed and enjoys the confidence of the community at large, which sentiments are also extended to his family.

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