Darius Sams - Was born in Richland County Ohio, June 30, 1829 and departed
this life, Nov. 2, 1915, aged 86 years 4 months and 2 days. He was one of
a family of eight children, all of whom have preceded him to the great beyond
but his youngest brother Henry. He came to Steuben County with his parents
in August 1835, and has lived continuously in Jackson Township over 80 years,
being at the time of his death the oldest pioneer of Steuben County. He received
his education in the country schools on Jackson Prairie, Ontario, Lagrange
County, and at the M.E. College at Ft. Wayne, Ind.
On April 21, 1853, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Phebe Lounsbury Sams,
and for just 55 years they walked this earth-life together, she preceding
him to the better life a little over seven years ago. To this union was born
one child, Mrs. Effie Beers, who with her husband has lived with him in the
old home and cared for him in his declining years, the last five or six being
spent in blindness. Besides the one daughter and one brother, he leaves one
step-son, Daniel Sams, of Sturgis Mich., nine grandchildren, eleven great
grandchildren. He has been a member of the M.E. church at Flint for about
forty years. In his last days he often said, "I hope I have made the world
better and not worse for having lived in it." Funeral services were conducted
at the old home, Firday Nov. 5,, by Rev. Hornaday. Burial at Jackson Prairie.
My grand father Willie Sams was six when Darius died, he told me about him
being blind when I was younger. Darius was my grandfather's step great Grandfather
and also his great great uncle.
Submitted By: Dean Forrester