SAMUEL F. TERRIL, a prosperous farmer and stock raiser residing in section 22, Mount Pleasant township, Labette county, Kansas, is also a surveyor by profession, and served one term as surveyor of this county. He was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, in 1829, and is a son of Adam and Elizabeth (Marling) Terril.
Daniel Terril, grandfather of Samuel F., was born at Tidewater, New Jersey, in 1758, and died in Ohio county, West Virginia, in 1831. He married Jane Giffin, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1765, and died in Ohio county, West Virginia, in 1843.
Adam Terril, father of Samuel F., was born in Ohio county, West Virginia, in 1797, and died in 1865, in Muskingum county, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Marling, who was born in 1798, in Ohio county, West Virginia, and died in Muskingum county, Ohio, in 1871. They reared nine children, as follows: Daniel, John M., Mary, Robert and Isabel, deceased; Samuel F.; James W. and William, deceased; and Josiah, of Muskingum, Ohio.
Samuel F. Terril resided in his native county with his parents and worked upon the farm until he was twenty-three years of age, when he moved to Clay county, Indiana. Here he remained until 1871, when he removed to Labette county, Kansas, locating in section 22, Mount Pleasant township, where he has since resided and applied himself to general farming and stock raising. He has also followed the profession of a surveyor, and served one term as county surveyor of Clay county, Indiana, and one term in Labette county, Kansas. He is a man of the strictest integrity, and of shrewd business ability, and has attained a high degree of success.
Mr. Terril was united in marriage with Margaret Laughlin, who was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in 1835, and is a daughter of William and Sarah (Nesbitt) Laughlin. Her father was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, in 1809, and died in 1885, in Clay county, Indiana. Her mother was born in Allegheny county, Pennsylvania, in 1805, and died in Clay county, Indiana, in 1866. Samuel F. Terril and his wife are the parents of five children, namely: William; Ezra; James, who has a son, Howard; Eli U.; and Sarah (Rayburn), of Champaign, Illinois. All of the children but the last named are residents of Labette county. Mr. Terril has always been a zealous Republican, in politics, until the last few years; he is an active member of the I. 0. 0. F.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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