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Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 637.

SAMUEL B. HAMILTON

"SAMUEL A. HAMILTON, furniture-dealer at Leon, engaged in business here in 1880. He is one of the early settlers of this part of Iowa, having settled here July 17, 1857. He bought a claim of forty acres in Bloomington Township, and 160 acres adjoining it on the west in Ringgold County. He lived on that land one year, then exchanged it for a partially-improved farm in Ringgold County, about three miles south of his first location, where he lived about three years, then sold and removed to Leon. He was engaged in driving stage between Leon and Mt. Ayr, five years, and on the completion of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, was engaged in carpentering for a number of years. Mr. Hamilton was born in Sibley, Shelby County, Ohio, in 1831, son of Joseph and Mary Gamble; the latter died when Samuel was four years of age, and the former when he was thirteen. After the death of his parents he was reared by his grandparents, near Xenia, Ohio. In 1854 he was married in Randolph County, Indiana, to Miss Sarah J. Bolen, a native of Greene County, Ohio, and they settled here in 1857, as before mentioned. They have three children -- John O., Byron F. and Fred P. The oldest was born in Ringgold County, and the others in Leon. Two children are deceased -- Joseph, aged three weeks, and Mary Ellen, aged two years. Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church."

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