Samuel Davis purchased a farm on section 18, on coming to Cass county, in 1859, and put up a house thereon. Here he lived until the day of his death as related below. Samuel Davis, born in 1828, was a native of Herkimer counmty, New York. He was married in Madison county, New York, in 1852, to Miss Amanda Eastman. She was born in New Yorks State, in January, 1833, and when an infant, came with her parents to Madison county. Mr. Davis worked at the trade of wagon and carriage making, and was so engaged until April, 1859, when he came to Cass county, Iowa, and purchased a farm of eighty acres of fine land on section 18, Cass township. He built a nice house and was succeeding on his farm, when, in August, 1859, he was instantly killed, by lightning. He had been threshing with his neighbor, Mr. Strong, and in the evening when returning home, was instantly killed about forty rods from the house. His wife supposing he had remained at Mr. Strong's on account of the storm, was not worried, and in the morning, sent one of the boys to inquire if he had became ill. Thus his body was found and taken to the house. Mrs. Davis now resides at the old homestead with her children, who are not married...Samuel, a resident of New York; Neil, a resident of Cass township; Amanda, wife of James Griffith, of Whitneyville; Franklin, a resident of Pottawattamie county; Delavan, now at home; Lillian, wife of John C. Connor, and Philip.
Transcribed by Gloria Goltiani from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pp. 507-508.