SAMUEL D. COBURN, farmer, section 29, Sherman Township, was born in New York, March 2, 1825. His parents Girden and Cynthia (Phillips) Coburn, were natives of Vermont. They first settled in Genesee Co., N.Y., and afterward removed to Ohio, where they lived 17 years, then went to De Kalb Co., Ind., where the mother died; the father then came to Michigan and lived in Muskegon County until his death. Samuel remained at home until 22 years of age. He first purchased a farm in Allen Co., Ind., which he lived on two years, then moved to La grange County, same State, and worked at coopering five years. He then returned to De Kalb County and remained until 1865, and in the winter of that year came to Newaygo County and bought 80 acres of wild land. He has since sold this land, and purchased 120 acres where he now resides. He has 40 acres under tillage.
He was married in De Kalb Co., Ind., to Annie Perry, a native of Ohio, who died five years after her marriage. Mr. Coburn then married Ann Dermott, of De Kalb Co., Ind., who died in 1863, leaving five children: Henrietta, Franklin W., Charles F., Ella S. and Carrie. For a third wife Mr. C. married Sarah E. (Walkley), widow of Rufus W. Seaman, and daughter of Oliver and Parthena (Smith) Walkley. Mr. and Mrs. Coburn have three children: Viola L., Oliver L. and Parthena D. Mr. C. has held the office of Highway Commissioner; was elected Justice of the Peace, but did not serve; was school director five years. He was elected Treasurer of Sherman Township in the spring of 1883, and is the present incumbent. In politics he is a Republican, and himself and wife are members of Fremont Grange, No. 494, P. of H.; they are also members of the Disciples' Church.