Biography of Samuel Durbin
Allen County, OH Biographies

SAMUEL DURBIN, farmer, P. 0. Herring, was born in Knox County, Ohio, August 11, 1831; son of John and Sarah (Braddock) Durbin, natives of Knox County, where the latter died. They were parents of thirteen children, eight of whom are now living: Elizabeth (wife of H. Kettle), Samuel, Sarah (wife of William Winters), Samantha (wife of G. B. Growdon), John, Olive (wife of H. Barker), Philena (wife of B. Blatchley), and Mansoneta (wife of L. Lewis). John Durbin, married for his second wife Mrs. Elizabeth (Wright) Trimble, by whom he has one son, Wright. He is at present a resident of Fredericktown, Knox Co., Ohio, and although well advanced in years he enjoys robust heath, and is vigorous and strong. He has made large accumulations of property through a life of industry; for years he was one of the prominent members of, and exhorters in, the Methodist Episcopal Church. The subject of this sketch was brought up on a farm, and has followed agriculture all his life. In 1852 he went by way of the Isthmus of Panama to California. After prospecting three years, he returned to his native land (spending five months in doubling Cape Horn), well satifled with the reward of his industry. His present farm now consists of 220 acres, upon which he has made many improvements in way of buildings, etc. Mr. Durbin was united in marriage, April 3, 1856, with Miss Rachel, daughter of Adam and Isabel Shipley (both deceased in Allen County), and a native of Knox County, Ohio. Her family were early settlers of Howard Township, Knox Co., Ohio. Their children now living are Eliza (wife of Henry Coles), Rachel and Emily (wife of Benjamin Austin). To our subject and wife were born ten children, of whom seven are now living: Emery L. (married to Miss Mary F. Cook, have one child, Charles E., they reside in Lafayette, this county, where Emery L., is largely engaged in hardware trade), Willie H., Finley, Lizzie B., Emma O., Samantha and Samuel. The family are refined and intelligent, the eldest children being vocalists of merit. Mr. Durbin in the late war of the Rebellion, served in the One Hundred and Forty second Ohio National Guards and saw active service at Petersburg, Va., and other points He has been trustee and steward of the Methodist Episcopal Church for twenty years.

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