From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
Abdalla Sams was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1833. In 1835 his father, David Sams, moved to Steuben County, Ind., and settled in Jackson Township, where he was reared and educated. In February, 1865, he enlisted in the Fifty-second Indiana Infantry and served till after the close of the war, a period of about eight months. He was married to Mary Simmons, a native of Jackson Township, Steuben County, born in 1837, a daughter of Cephas Simmons, an early settler of that township, a native of Vermont, coming to this county from his native State. Mr. and Mrs. Sams have five children -- Albert, Lafayette, Lewis, Josephine and Effie. They have lost three children -- Eddie, died August, 1872, aged twelve years, and two died in infancy. Mr. Sams has always followed agricultural pursuits. He bought the farm where he now lives in 1863. It contains 139 acres of choice land, and is located in the northwest quarter of section 4, Salem Township. His residence and farm buildings are among the best in the township.
Submitted by Kim Davoli