Kentuckiana Genealogy: Biographies: Davis, Samuel B.
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Samuel B. Davis was born in Harrison county, Ind., August 5, 1826, and is the son of John and Mary M. (Bell) Davis; the former was born in Kentucky, on the Big Sandy river, March 25, 1803; the latter was also born in Kentucky, and was a daughter of Samuel Bell, who came to Kentucky from Pennsylvania, where he remained for some years, and then removed to Indiana among the earliest settlers. Samuel B., the subject of this sketch, was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools until nine years of age, and what knowledge he received after that was by his own efforts, unassisted by anyone. At the age of 22 years he commenced flat-boating to New Orleans and other Southern markets, transporting produce and lime--the latter principally from Harrison county. He was married in 1850, to Miss Mary J. Breeden, a native of Harrison county, and a daughter of Bryant Breeden. They have ten children, seven of whom are living, viz: Mary E., Lafayette, Minerva, Elva Ann, Ida, Ira and Ella. Mrs. Davis died in 1876. Mr. Davis held several township and county offices: township assessor, justice of the peace for six years, and six years as county commissioner. During his service in the last named office, the county jail was built and likewise the first iron bridge in the county. He owns 713 acres of valuable land, and is one of the county's prosperous farmers and exemplary citizens.
John M. Gresham & Company, BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL SOUVENIR FOR THE COUNTIES OF CLARK, CRAWFORD, HARRISON, FLOYD, JEFFERSON, JENNINGS, SCOTT AND WASHINGTON, INDIANA.
(Chicago: Chicago Printing Co., 1889), p. 138.
Submitted to us by Valerie Snyder Redpath