SAMUEL HART, a pioneer of Iowa, of 1858, was born in Yorktown, Westchester Co., N. Y., Sept. 8, 1819. He is the son of E. B. and Phebe (Travis) Hart. The former was a descendant of the Hart family, who came to America in the Mayflower. His grandmother Lamereaux, was the daughter of an aid-de-camp of Gen. Lafayette.
Our subject went to New York City in 1821, and was there engaged in the carpenter's trade. He was united in marriage at Newark, N. J., Feb. 6, 1847, to Miss Eliza A. Van Ness, daughter of Jacob and Jane (Spear) Van Ness. Her parents were natives of New York. In 1858 Mr. H. removed to Tama County, Iowa, where he worked at his trade and also engaged in merchandising at Irvin for a little more than a year. He removed to Belle Plaine in 1863, and opened a hotel, the Hart House, located on the corner of Beech and First streets, which he conducted until 1871, after which he was engaged in the milling business at Union Mills, under the firm name of Head, Hart & Co., for seven years, after which he retired from the same and engaged in the real estate and banking business, making this city his home since 1863. Mr. Hart has been active in educational matters, and in politics is a Democrat.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 307-308.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on February 12th, 2009. Copyright © 2009 The IAGenWeb Project.