J. H. SAMS, farmer, P. O. Clear Creek Landing. One of the oldest families that settled in Union County was that from which our subject springs. His grandfather, Thomas Sams, emigrated from Kentucky in an early day, and settled near Jonesboro, Union County, and there Nathan Sams, the father of J. H., was born in 1813. The father resided in that county until a young man, and then went to Butler County, Ky., where he married Melinda Elliott. In that State he did not remain long, but came from there to Union County, and settled about three miles from what is now Jonesboro. There subject was born November 7, 1844, the fifth of six children. His parents came to Alexander County when he was about two years old, and settled about two miles northeast of Clear Creek. Subject's education was received in this county, and he early commenced working on the home place. When twenty-one, he started out in life on a farm belonging to his father, in Union Precinct, Union County. There he resided only two years, and then came to his present residence. Here he first bought a farm of eighty acres in Section 8, Town 14, Range 3 west. He now has eighty acres more in same section, and twenty-three acres in Section 5, also forty acres in Section 35, Town 13, Range 3 west, of Union County. Has 200 acres in cultivation. He was married, May 8, 1866, to Eliza A. McClure, a daughter of Matthew and Eliza McClure. This lady was born September 28, 1847, and was the mother of two children — Clara, born September 15, 1869, and Clarence, born November 29, 1871. Mrs. Sams died March 13, 1883.
Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 238.
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