Biography of Benjamin Lupton


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BENJAMIN LUPTON was born in England April 7, 1817. His father’s name was Christopher, and his mother’s Ellen (Parker) Lupton. Benjamin Lupton immigrated to America in 1831. He commenced to learn the blacksmith’s trade with Mathias Mason, who had a shop on Franklin Street, between Lake and South Water streets, Chicago. Here he worked about six months, when Mr. Mason, renting the building to John S. C. Hogan, moved to a new location on Lake Street, near Dearborn. Mr. Lupton went to this new location to continue his apprenticeship, and worked there about eighteen months, at the end of which time he moved to Half Day, in Lake County, where he remained about a year, when he returned to England. While in England he ironed a turnip drill for his father, and set a horse shoe for one of his father’s neighbors. This is all the blacksmithing he did in England. The story about his making a hoe there, “showing Johnny Bull how to make a hoe,” told with so much relish by various speakers at old settlers’ meetings and pic-nics, is entirely gratuitous, Mr. Lupton, himself, not knowing then how to make a hoe. While in England he was married to Miss Mary Arrowsmith, whom he brought to America with him. The story that Miss Arrowsmith was the promised bride of William West, who gave Mr. Lupton money with which to pay her passage to America, is emphatically denied by both Mr. and Mrs. Lupton. After returning to America he settled at Dutchman’s Point and opened there the first blacksmith shop, in 1840, in which he carried on the trade for over twenty years, when he retired from active business. He and his wife now reside at the village of Niles.

History of Cook County, Illinois
From the earliest period to the present time.
BY: A. T. Andreas
A. T. Andreas, Publisher
Chicago 1884.