Samuel Donnel resides on the northwest quarter of section 4, where he settled in the fall of 1870. He was born in Seneca county, Ohio, in February, 1828. He remained in his native county until nineteen years of age, then removed with his parents to Marion county, Iowa. In 1849, he went, overland, to California and there engaged in mining and farming until 1865. He was married in that State, to Maria Honeywell, who was born in Massachusetts and went to California with her parents. She died in Sacramento City. Mr. Donnel was again married to Mrs. Tamsy E. Flora, a sister of John C. Cannon, an early settler of this town. She was born in Indiana, in April, 1823, and came early to this county. Mr. and Mrs. Donnel have one adopted son -- Edwin Collins Donnel.
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. 647.