SAMUEL R. WILBUR, blacksmith, Hesperia, is a son of Job and Alice (Everts) Wilbur, natives of New York, and was born in Belfast, Allegany County, that State, Sept. 25, 1835. He attended school until 14 years of age, when his parents moved to Cattaraugus County. When he was in his 17th year he returned to his native county and learned the blacksmith's trade, under the instruction of Harrison Noble, of the town of Rushford. After serving three years' apprenticeship he went to Smithville, Chenango County, and established a large custom shop, where he was quite successful. He afterward returned to Cattaraugus County, where he was employed in varius places until Sept. 25, 1862, when he enlisted in Co. K, 112th Reg. N.Y. Vol. Inf., Army of the Potomac, 10th Division. He participated in the battles of Cold Harbor, Juries' Bluff, and many other minor battles. He was honorably discharged June 15, 1865. Returning to Cattaraugus County, he worked at his trade until his marriage to Miss Esther A. Booth, who was born in East Bloomfield, Livingston Co., N.Y., Dec. 25, 1843. Her parents, Thomas and Harriet (Hunt) Booth, were natives of New York and of German ancestry. Esther attended school in her native town. After marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur moved to Michigan, and located in Hesperia, this county, where he established his business, and he is known far and near as a skilled workman. They have had four children: Maud E., born Nov. 23, 1873; Lena M., Aug 6, 1874; two died in infancy.
Mr. W. is a member of the G. A. R., of Hesperia, also of the A.O.U.W. He has held the office of deputy sheriff four years, and Constable two years. Politically his sympathies are with the Greenback party.