SAMUEL CARMAN, a native of JEfferson county and one of its most successful farmers, was born January 16, 1842 on the farm which is now his place of residence. The first of his family in this region was his grandfather, John Carman, who was born in Maryland in 1748, and was married to Mary Marshall, who was born in Maryland in 1785. In 1813 they loaded their goods on a wagon, and started to go as far west as his money could help him. Arriving at the residence of Philip Delaney, who had settled upon the land now occupied by the town of Hopedale, Mr. Carman having but 50 cents left, concluded to stop, and hired out to Mr. Delaney, assisting him in clearing the land. When he had accumulated a little money he bought a farm of 205 acres, a part of which the subject of this sketch now occupies. John Carman died in September, 1861 and his wife in September 1866. Ten children were born to them: Andrew, Marsh, Thomas, Mrs. Elizabeth Angus, all deceased, and Samuel, John and Cyrus living. Thomas, the father of the subject was born August 15, 1817 near the present site of the Normal college at Hopedale, Ohio. He was married to Rachel Moore, who was born January 13, 1824, near Richmond, Ohio, the daughter of John and Mary Moore, natives of Ireland, whose other children were James, deceased; Alexander, Sarah A. Hobson, John, Martha and George. Thomas Carman died February 15, 1888. Of his children there are three besides the subject living viz: Mrs. Sarah A. McNairy, Martha Davis, and Thomas, and one dead. Mrs. Mary J. Rittenhouse. Samuel Carman was reared on a farm, and from childhood has devoted himself with great industry to the duties of his calling. His ability and application have been rewarded and few are more comfortably situated. During the war period he served in the One Hundred and Fifty-seventh Ohio National Guard, COmpany G, from May, until September, 1864. He is in politics a republican, is a conrade of the G. A. R., and he and wife are members of the Disciple church. Mr. Carman was married December 10, 1868, to Sarah S. Harris, and they have eight children of Isaac and Elizabeth (Rittenhouse) Harris, the former of whom was born in Fayette county, Penn., November 7, 1801, and died December 18, 1845 and the latter was born January 28, 1807 and died August 20, 1853. Three other children are living, Jacob, Mrs. Susan Joss, Elmer, and four are dead, Mary, Eliza Smith, David, Emily McClellan. Mrs. Carman's father was the son of Jacob and Mary Harris, of Fayette county, Penn., and her mother was the daughter of David and Mary (Wells) Rittenhouse of the same county.
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