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Robert Newton - was born in Manchester, England, May 25, 1836. He came with his parents to the United States in 1840.
They first settled in New Hampshire for a short time, afterwards removed to Providence, R. I., where young Robert served his apprenticeship for a machinist and engineer.
He remained in Providence until 1857, then he came west, stopping first in St. Louis for only a short time, when he came to Illinois.
He landed in Jerseyville, January 1st, 1858, at the age of 22 years, immediately entered the employ of George Wharton as general manager, in the manufacture of farm machinery.
In 1863, in partnership with H. O. Goodrich, he established Jerseyville Agricultural Works. In December 1865, he was married to Miss Sarah Cory, daughter of Joel, and Sarah (Cross) Cory, of Jersey County.
THe fruits of this union were five children, Albert, Mamie, Florence, Walter (deceased) and Cornelia.
Mr. Newton's second marriage was to Miss Flora Keith, March 10th, 1891. The fruits of this union were two chldren, Ruth (deceased) and R. Keith Newton.
Mr. Newton is and has always been a public spirited citizen and always lent a helping hand to every noble enterprise.
He was President of the Board of Education for nine years continuously.
Elected treasurer of Jersey County in 1884, and served one term of four years.
He is also a Royal Arch Mason.
He was elected and ordained Deacon of hte Baptist Church of Jerseyville, Ill.
He has been a active business man in Jerseyville for 43 years, and now at the age of 65 years, still remains in active business.
Source: [History of Jerseyville, Illinois 1822 to 1901, by Rev. Marshall M. Cooper, Jerseyville Republican Print. 1901]