JOHN SAMUEL, an adopted citizen of Madison County, an industrious and influential farmer of the town of Nelson, was born in Wales, March 12, 1824. His grandfather, Enoch Samuel, a lifelong resident of that country, a laborer, was three times married, and reared a family of twelve children, and died at the age of fifty-five years. The grandmother of John died when she was fifty-seven years old.
Our subject's parents, David and Sarah (Janes) Samuel, emigrating from Wales to America in 1851, settled first in Bridgewater,
Oneida County, N.Y., and moved from there in 1859 to the town of Nelson, where they bought a farm. They had eight children, of whom three are now living: John, the eldest; Mary, widow of William Williams; and Margaret, widow of Thomas Thomas, residing in Wales. The father died in Nelson at the age of one hundred and one years and six days, and the wife lived to the age of seventy-seven years. They were members of the Methodist Episcopal church in Nelson, and the venerable old gentleman was a Republican in politics.
Our subject was educated and married in Wales, and with his wife and two children carne to America in December of 1856, taking passage in the good ship "Robert Kelly," commanded by Captain Barstow, whose kindness was unremitting in trying to mitigate the inevitable discomforts of his passengers on so long a voyage. Immediately on landing they went to Bridgewater, Oneida County, N.Y., remaining there for four years, and in 1860 came to the town of Nelson. Mr. Samuel started out bravely in the struggle of life, never hesitating to do any honest work that came to hand. He first chopped wood for three shillings and a half per cord, and then worked on his father's farm. Having saved a little money, he rented the farm which he was able to buy in 1862, and which he has occupied and improved ever since.
He was married August 10, 1850, to Miss Mary Bevan, daughter of Benjamin and Ann Bevan, of Wales. They have three children living: Sarah, wife of Hugh Hughes, residing in DeRuyter, N.Y.; Benjamin, on the home farm; Ann, Mrs. J. E. P. Davis, of Missouri. The farm on which Mr. Samuel resides is a valuable one of one hundred and fifteen acres, with good, substantial buildings. He does general farming, making no specialty of any particular branch of agriculture or any one crop. He has been successful as a stockraiser, and can boast of some very fine cattle.
The family are members of the Welsh Congregational church; and in his politics our subject is a Republican, giving that party his cordial support and hearty sympathy. Besides some minor offices he has held, he is now filling the position of Poor master, this being his seventh year in office. Mr. Samuel is a gentleman of integrity, popular and influential in his district, and is deservedly accorded the respect and esteem of his fellow-citizens. He has every reason as he surveys his broad acres and comfortable home to be proud of the success which he has achieved by his own hard labor.
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