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E. C. Tual, blacksmith, Arcadia, was born in Medford, Burlington Co., N.J., in February, 1832 and is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Tual, both natives of New Jersey, and of French-English descent.  The great-great-grandfather was born in Germany, and immigrated to New Jersey, from whence this branch of the family sprung.  The great-grandfather and grandfather were both born in New Jersey.  The latter was in the Revolutionary War.  He lived and died in New Jersey.  He was a farmer by occupation.  The father was a carpenter by trade, which he followed nearly all his days.  He served in the War of 1812, and died in 1860.  The mother died several years previous.  They were the parents of nine children, six of whom are now living:  Martha (resides in Hattenfield, N.J.), Ezra C., Samuel (Toledo, Ohio), Elizabeth (in Bordentown, N.J.), Elwood (in West Unity, Ohio), George (in Hattenfield, H.J.).  Those deceased are Charles, Angeline and Hattie.  The subject of this sketch was raised in Burlington County, N.J., received a liberal education.  At the age of sixteen years he went to learn the blacksmith’s trade, and served a four years apprenticeship, afterward following his trade in New Jersey until 1853, when he went to Australia.  Later, he was engaged in mining and blacksmithing through Australia, South American and the Indies.  He remained in this climate until 1859, when he retuned to New Jersey, and in the same year traveled west, stopping about two years in Illinois.  In 1859 he came to Missouri, and located in Arcadia, Iron County, where he has since made his home, with the exception of a few years.  He spent about two years in Montana and the Black Hills, being engaged in mining and blacksmithing.  He has been a citizen of Iron County since 1859.  Mr. Tual was married in 1853 to Viana Evans, a native of Missouri, by whom he has seven children, six now living: Selden, George, Charles, Elwood, Gracie and Willie.  The one deceased was Fannie.  Mrs. Tual is member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  Mr. Tual is an enterprising and successful man.