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The subject of this sketch is a native of County Donegal, Ireland, and was there born in March, 1842. His parents left their native country when Samuel was about four years old, and emigrated to America. They first landed in New Orleans, but proceeded from there to Illinois, where our subject was reared and educated. Mr. Wilson began life as a farmer in Illinois, and continued there till the spring of 1868, when he went to Kansas and remained till 1872. He then, with his father and brothers, came to Daviess County, where he still resides. He owns a farm of 196 acres of good land which he has well improved, and has a good residence, located so as to command a fine view of the surrounding country. The place is well watered and fenced, having about 160 rods of fine young hedge. Mr. Wilson is a man of industrious habits, and is well respected by his neighbors and acquaintances.