John Newton, a retired farmer, resident at Cambridge, was born April 14, 1827, in Cheshire, England. His parents, who were Aaron and Elizabeth (Billingham) Newton passed their whole lives in the same shire. Their children, Elijah, Thomas, John and Anna, are all deceased save him who is the subject of this personal narration.

   He emigrated to the United States in June, 1854, landing at the port of New York. He went thence to New Jersey, where he was occupied three years in a hat manufactory. In 1857 he came to Rock Island County, and devoted his time, strength and energies to agricultural pursuits, operating as a renter near the city of Rock Island, and had the satisfaction of winning success. Later he became a land-holder by purchase, and conducted his affairs successfully. After being in New Jersey three years he returned to England, where he remained six months; then returned to Rock Island County, where he remained four years. He came thence to the township of Andover, in Henry County, and bought 160 acres of land, when he managed seven years previous to purchasing, with profitable results. He sold the property in March, 1876, and removed to the village of Cambridge. In May of the same spring, accompanied by his wife, he sailed for England. May 1st they set sail from the home of their birth, embarking at Liverpool and landing at Philadelphia, for the purpose of attending the Exposition. Left Liverpool to return July 4. They returned thence to Cambridge, which has since been their home. The marriage of Mr. Newton to Sarah Harrison took place on Easter Sunday, in April, 1847, in Prestbury Church, in Cheshire, England. The parents of Mrs. Newton, Henry and Ann (Quinn) Harrison, were natives of Northumberlandshire, England. They had six children; Jane was the name of the oldest, Mary married William Ammond, first mate of the ocean steamship, “City of New York”; Catherine married John Grantham, and died Oct. 7, 1881, aged 55 years, leaving four children; Mrs. Newton is the next in order of birth; Mrs. Ann Davenport and Eliza were the youngest. The latter is not living. Miss Emma H. Grantham, niece of Mr. Newton, came to Cambridge from England, in June, 1884, and is an inmate of his family. She was a velvet cutter in her native country. Mr. and Mrs. Newton are zealous members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

 

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