son of Philip and Catharine (Keller) Rigal, was born near Reading, Pennsylvania, April 14, 1807. His ancestors were among the foreign soldiers who settled in Pennsylvania, at the close of the Revolution. When Samuel was but nine years old, his father came to Ohio, and settled in Lithopolis, Fairfield county, as a farmer, also practicing, as opportunity afforded, his trade of weaver. The son had little chance of schooling, and pursued the labors of the farm at home, with little intermission, till he was twenty-one, when he became his own master, but continued farming. In 1828 he removed to Plain township, Franklin county, and entered sixty acres for a farm, receiving, also, one hundred and sixty acres with his young wife, formerly Miss Sarah Hay [Sic. should be Hoy], of Fairfield county, Ohio, daughter of one of the oldest settlers in that region, to whom he was married on New Year's day, of the same year. Losing her by death, he was married, October 12, 1866, to Mrs. Amanda Miller. Upon re-marriage, he sold his farm and moved to Westerville, where he engaged in the hardware business for a year, when he retired, and has since lived a quiet life, comparatively freed from business cares, enjoying the fruits of his long and hard labors. He has had two sons—Daniel and Joseph—both of whom are dead, and three daughters—Diana, now Mrs. Daniel Ullery, wife of a farmer in Delaware county; Catharine, now Mrs. Samuel McClung, a widow, residing in Columbus, her husband having been killed by an accident in Missouri, some years ago; and Fanny, now Mrs. Jonathan Trist, wife of a farmer in Blendon township. He has never been in politics, but has held several township offices, and is, with his wife, a member of the Evangelical Association, or "Allbright" church, in Westerville.
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