Among the worthy residents of Fairfield county who claim the Emerald Isle as the land of their birth is Samuel C. Black, who is engaged in agricultural pursuits in Berne township. He was bom in Ireland on the 4th of December, 1826. His father, William Black, was also a native of that country, born in the latter part mf the eighteenth century, and in the schools of Ireland he acquired his education, but his privileges were limited owing to the primitive conditions which then existed in school work. After putting aside his text-bnoks he served an apprenticeship at the weaver's trade, learning the methods of manufacturing fine Irish linen. He followed that pursuit, together with farming until 1837, when believing that he would have better business opportunities in the new world, he crossed the Atlantic to the United States, accompanied by his wife and three sons and a daughter. Here he joined his father, who had emigrated years before, coming in 1790. Mr. Black had been married to Miss Jane McCloy, a native of Ireland, and they became the parents of four children. Robert, the eldest, is living three miles east of Bremen. Mary became the wife of John S. Martin, of Hocking county, and has eight children: George, William, Albert, Frank, Jennie, Emma, Matilda and Margaret. Samuel C. is the subject of this review. James, a resident of Missouri, completes the family. In his political views the father of this family was a stanch Democrat frnm the time he became a naturalized citizen until 1861. In that year be joined the ranks of the Republican party and remained one of its stalwart supporters until his death. His religious faith was that of the Presbyterian church.


In the schools of Ireland Samuel C. Black obtanied his early education which he continued in the new world. The family settled on the county line of Fairfield county. After laying aside his text-books he gave his entire attention lo the work of the home farm, a tract of one hundred and twenty acres of land, he was thus employed until 1858 when he removed to Kansas and purchased a farm which he owned and operated for seventeen years. He then sold that property and returned to Fairfield county, where he has since remained. His purpose in removing to the west was to assist in making Kansas a free state and he put forth every effort in that direction. He served as a member of the Kansas legislature in 1862 and was a most prominent and influential citizen of his district.


In 1835 occurred the marriage of Samuel C. Black and Miss Mary Jane Stuart, a native of Rush Creek township, Fairfield county, and unto them were horn six children: (1) Emma is now the wife of Frank B. Henser, of Lancaster, Ohio, and they have seven children, Stanley, Earl, Leila, Jennie, Edith, Cecil and Abbie. (2) Ida is deceased. (3) Isabelle is the wife of H. J. Shelhamer. of Bremen. (4) Robert, also a resident of Bremen, married Alice Lutz, and they have one child. Dorothy. (5) Mary has passed away. (6) George, now living in Chicago, Illinois, married Ella Cannon, and they have the following children: George, Howard, Lawrence and Marcella. After the death of his first wife Mr. Black was again married in 1874, his second union being with Mrs. Catherine Beery, a native of Berne township. Both he and his wife attend the Presbyterian church of Lancaster.


Mr. Black is a stalwart advocate of Republican principles, but the honors and emoluments of office have no attraction for him. In a summary of his career we note that the salient features of his life record are enterprise, industry and imfaltering devotion to wihatever he believes to be right. His diligence and capable management have been the means of bringing to him a fair degree of success antl he is now accounted one of the leading agriculturists of this county.

 

From A Biographical Record of Fairfield County, Ohio, S. J. Clarke Publishing, New York and Chicago, 1902