- Samuel was a graduate of Atlanta University and is listed in the 1870 Census as a school teacher in Oglethorpe , GA. His wife also was a teacher and graduated from Scotia Seminary, a Presbyterian school in Concord, NC. According to oral history, Samuel Sr. was Clerk of Court in Laurens Co., SC during Reconstruction and was driven out by the Carpetbaggers. He fled to St. Louis, MO to avoid being jailed or lynched. His wife and two sons joined him when my grandfather, Samuel J., Jr. was about three months old. His wife died prior to the 1880 Census, where he is listed as a widower with two sons, Charles A., age 4, and S(amuel) J(esse), Jr., age 3. Samuel Jr and his brother were sent back to Laurens, SC to their maternal grandparents who raised them.
Samuel, subsequently married Lourinda/Lucinda North on Dec.29,1882, who had two children Vanilla/Veninta and William E. North. Her parents were William E. and Lourinda North, both free mulattos from Laurens Co., SC. Samuel and Lourinda had Marie, Arthur, Alama and Toussaint. - As told by Olga Taylor, July 2009 - email@example.com