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Ringgold County Biographical Sketches

Biographical and Historical Record of Ringgold and Decatur Counties, Iowa
Lewis Publishing Company, 1887. pp. 338.


"Samuel ENGLAND, an active farmer and stock-raiser, living in Tingley Township, was born in Cass County, Michigan, May 13, 1833, a son of Thomas and Varlinder (Harrison) England, the father a native of Maryland and a farmer by occupation, and the mother born in Clarke County, Ohio. The parents settled in the State of Michigan in 1828, where the mother died.

After the death of his mother our subject was taken by his father to Louisa County, Iowa, the father dying in that county in 1844, leaving Samuel an orphan at the age of eleven years. He then lived with his guardian, Judge Springer, of Louisa County, till sixteen years of age, when he began life on his own account, his only capital being a pair of willing hands and a determination to succeed. He was variously employed till reaching maturity.

He was married in his twenty-third year to Miss Drusilla Butler, a daughter of Jacob Butler of Jefferson County, Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. England have seven children - Joseph, T. W., William S., Jacob M., Emma A., Letta M. and Nellie E.

After his marriage Mr. England settled on a farm in Jefferson County, containing 160 acres which he converted from a wild tract to a well-cultivated farm living on it till he came to Ringgold County in May, 1868.

He then settled on section 29, Tingley Township where he has since made his home, his farm containing 320 acres of well-improved land, besides which he owns forty acres in Washington Township, all of which has been acquired by his persevering industry and good management. Since coming to this county he has traded in real estate, buying and selling some 1,800 acres of land in the county. He devotes considerable attention to raising stock of a high grade, having on his farm at present 140 head of cattle, part of which are thorough-bred, 100 head of Poland-China hogs, besides a good stock of horses.

Mr. England in politics is a Republican, and has taken quite an active part in the politics of his county. He was elected a member of the Board of County Supervisors in 1876, which position he filled acceptably for three years."

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