Samuel D. Minor


SAMUEL D. MINOR, a leading fire brick manufacturer of Hancock county, was born in West Virginia, October 11, 1829. He is the son of William and Linda (Hart) Minor, who were married about 1826. The father was a son of Samuel Minor, a resident of Pennsylvania. About the year 1824 he removed to Brooke county, W. Va., and settled near Fairview where he engaged in farming. In 1846 he embarked in the manufacture of fire brick at Hardin's Run, and was so occupied until 1852 when he removed to Missouri and was there engaged in the live stock business until his death in 1881. His wife was the daughter of Ephraim Hart, one of the first settlers of Brooke county died in 1876. Of the six children born to them, four are now living. Samuel D. Minor, after receiving his education, followed the river for sixteen years, and then came to Ohio, and engaged in the fire brick manufacture at Hammondsville for three years. He then became foreman of the Clifton works on the Virginia side of the river, and after holding that position for four years he bought a half interest in the Eagle works above Cumberland, W. Va. In 1871 he came to Jefferson county and purchased the works in company with others of which he is now in charge. His career has been an honorable and admirable one, as he has risen from the station of a poor boy to the rank of one of the prominent manufacturers of the Upper Ohio valley. In 1861 Mr. Minor was married to Hannah to Hannah M., daughter of Thomas Garlic, of West Virginia, and seven children have been born to them: Elmer S., (deceased), Lizzie (Deceased), Edgar S., Frank L., Howard C., Minnie E., and Samuel H. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian church of New Cumberland. He is also affiliated with the I. O. O. F.

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