Randolph County, Indiana
We of the present generation cannot realize what the young
men of the early sixties had to go through with, what a sacrifice they made of
home ties, business opportunities and even health and life itself, to say
nothing of the suffering in both body and mind; but they did it all gladly for
the sole purpose, as the martyred Lincoln said, "in order that this
nation, under God, might live." Had they not sacrificed, fought and bled,
what a difference in everything there would have been today! No united,
prosperous, happy people constituting the richest, mightiest and best nation on
the globe. So we owe these veterans of the Union army every possible amount of
respect, as we owe their fallen comrades every degree of reverence.
One of this heroic and
honored host, whose place of abode is Farmland, Randolph county, is Samuel
Paul, one of our most substantial and worthy citizens, a successful man of
affairs and a large land owner. He was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania,
December 31. 1846, and is a son of James and Mary J. (Sullenberger)
Paul and is one of nine children, namely: Allen B., a merchant in Santa
Anna, California, married Mary Lowe, of Galion, Ohio, and they have one
child; Samuel, of this review; Margaret, Ella, John
and William, twins; Anna; Donnan and Frank died in
The father, James Paul, was a shoemaker by trade in his early life,
and was a minister in the United Brethren church, in later life his
confirmation certificate dated from 1873. He was a native of
Pennsylvania, from which state he removed to Galion, Ohio, where his death
occurred at the advanced age of eighty-four years. His wife was a native of
Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, where her birth occurred on February 6, 1826;
she died at Galion, Ohio, in 1884. The paternal grandfather of our subject was
a minister in the Presbyterian church.
Samuel Paul received a common school education. When the Civil war
came on he enlisted in Philadelphia in Company D, Second Pennsylvania Volunteer
Cavalry, under Capt. William P. Briton and Col. R. B. Price, serving
gallantly and faithfully for three years in the Army of the Potomac. He is one
who survived the horrors of Libby prison, where he was confined four months,
having been captured by the enemy. Mr. Paul served in the army under Gen.
Phil Sheridan, and he was orderly for some time under General Gregg,
during the last year of his service. He fought in the greatest battles of the
war, such as Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Fredericksburg, Cold Harbor, and many
of lesser note, including skirmishes and raids. He had a horse shot from under
him at the time of Stewart’s raid on Washington City.
After being honorably discharged from the army, Mr. Paul returned
to the peaceful pursuits of life, and for a period of forty years was engaged
in railroading, being a passenger conductor for twenty-five years on the Erie,
the Wabash and Lake Erie & Western railroad; in fact, was one of the first
conductors on the last named road. He was one of the best known railroad men in
his part of the country and his long continued service is criterion enough of
his faithfulness to duty and of the confidence reposed in his ability, industry
and honesty by his employers. He has for some time made his residence near
Farmland, where he has a commodious and comfortable home. He owns two
well-improved, productive and valuable farms of one hundred and seventy-five
acres in this locality which claim his attention, however he takes life easy
and merely oversees his property. He lived in Moberly, Missouri, twenty-five years.
Mr. Paul was married August 30, 1870, to Rebecca A. Gray,
of Randolph county, where she grew to womanhood and received her education. She
is a daughter of Lemuel Gray, a highly respected farmer, whose family
consisted of nine children, and who owned a good farm in Monroe township, where
his death occurred on January 19, 1909. His son, P.W. Gray, now lives on
the home place, retired from active life. The paternal grandfather of Mrs.
Paul was a solder in the Revolutionary war.
The following children have been born to Mr. And Mrs. Paul: Stella
May, born September 28, 1875, married George C. Deskin, a railroad
man, and they have two children, Anna Mildred and Paul Cortland; Rolla
S. born March 28, 1879, is a traveling salesman, married Mildred White,
and they have three children, Pauline, Richard S. and Mildred.
Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana, 1914.
Contributed by Gina Richardson
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