BIOGRAPHY - Robert Shambrook

ROBERT SHAMBROOK is numbered among the representative and enterprising farmers of Lyman Township. His home is on section 5, where he owns eighty acres of arable land under a high state of cultivation and well improved. The well-tilled fields and neat appearance of the place indicate his thrift and enterprise and his is one of the model farms of the community.

Mr. Shambrook was born in Devonshire, near Barnstable, England, June 19, 1825, and was the second in order of birth in a family of five children, four sons and one daughter, but he has only one brother now living, John, a successful farmer, who is married and resides in Lyman Township. The parents were Henry and Frances (Braley) Shambrook, both natives of Devonshire. The father was a farmer and died at the age of sixty years. He and his wife were both members of the Episcopal Church.

The subject of this sketch received but limited educational advantages, but by reading and observation in after life, he has made himself a well-informed man. In 1853, he was united in marriage to Miss Prudence Ridge, also a native of Devonshire, and with his bride sailed for America. Coming to this country, he took up his residence in Ford County, Ill., in 1874, where he has since carried on farming. Four children were born unto Mr. and Mrs. Shambrook, and the family circle yet remains unbroken: Sarah, wife of Martin Beer, an agriculturist, by whom she had five children; Fannie Jane, wife of Henry Forney, a resident farmer of Lyman Township; John Henry, who married Miss Jane Huxtable and is living in Lyman Township; and Elizabeth, who also makes her home in Lyman Township. The mother of this family died October 24, 1875, and her remains were interred in Roberts Cemetery. Mr. Shambrook was again married, September 24, 1876, at the Methodist Chapel in Barnstable, England, his second union being with Miss Grace Braund, a native of Barnstable, born March 13, 1831, and a daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Green) Braund.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Shambrook set sail for America at Liverpool and at length arrived at Quebec, whence they came to Ford County. Since that time, they have been residents of Lyman Township, and are among its highly respected citizens. They are members of the Baptist Church, and have taken much interest in the Sunday-school work. In politics, Mr. Shambrook has been a stanch Republican since the organization of the party. He cast his first Presidential vote for Gen. Winfield Scott. He has served as School Director but has never been an office-seeker, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to his business interests, which he has followed with good success. He commenced life in this country as a farm hand, working at $12 per month, and, in addition to his home farm, he owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in White County, Ind. His success has all been due to his own efforts and for it he certainly deserves much credit. He and his wife are kind-hearted, generous people and are held in the highest regard by all who know them for their sterling worth.

Extracted 28 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass from Portrait and Biographical Record of Ford County, Illinois, published in 1892, pages 282-283.

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