SAMUEL D. FRENCH, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in Trumbull County, Ohio, July 10, 1823; son of William and Elizabeth
(Davison) French, who settled in Bath Township, in 1834, purchasing eighty acres of land in that township, and
eighty in Perry (now owned by our subject). William French died of consumption in 1936, at the age of fifty seven
years. He was a native of Washington County, Penn., son of Alexander French, a pioneer of Trumbull County, Ohio.
The maternal grandfather of our subject was Benjamin Davison, formerly of Cumberland County, Penn., and a pioneer
of Trumbull County, where he settled in 1800. William French had eight children: Ann (deceased wife of John Rankin),
Elizabeth (deceased), Samuel D., David (deceased), John (deceased), Mary J. (deceased), George, Newton (deceased).
Our subject was eleven years of age when his parents came to this county, his father dying shortly after his settlement.
He, being the eldest son, along with his mother, managed the farm, most of which he cleared and improved. His education
was received in the common schools, and comprised but three months' attendance after his coming to Allen County.
He was married April 23, 1847, to Margaret T., daughter of William and Hannah (Morrison) Roberts, formerly of Kentucky,
and early settlers of Auglaize Township, Allen County. By this union there were four children: Lois A. (deceased),
William (killed when seventeen years of age by mules he was taking to water), Elizabeth, and Leola (wife of Jesse
Growdon, have two children, Lois A. and Samuel D.). Mr. French resided in Bath Township up to 1847, when he removed
to the southern part of his farm, in Perry Township. He has always lived on the old homestead farm, where his father
settled in 1834. He is a Republican in politics, and one of the substantial farmers of Perry Township.
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