Canton, Texas
Information transcribed from The Southland Vol. XII. No 1
Waco, Texas; Established March, 1892

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County Clerk Van Zandt County, Canton, Texas

Mr. Samford belongs to a large and influential family, who came to Alabama in an early day. He is a grandson of Thos. Samford, a Methodist preacher, who was born in Georgia, but lived in Alabama and ultimately came to Texas and died in Jefferson. He was the father of William F. Burleson Samford, who was also born in Georgia, but lived in Alabama for many years. He came to Texas on a visit fifty years ago, but always lived in Alabama. Fifty-eight years ago he married a Miss Susan L. Doudell, who was born in Georgia and partially reared in Alabama. They were the parents of thirteen children. He died seven years ago on the 4th of July. His wife died four years ago last December. Randolph Macon was born in 1854, in the Alabama home. He was reared there and educated in the A. & M. College in Auburn. He grew up to manhood and married Miss Katie R. Logan of Kentucky, December 3, 1876. He came to Texas from Auburn, Alabama in 1875. They have ten children. He is now thorough identified with Van Zandt County, and thinks it is one of the best counties in Texas, and capable of very great development. He is a man of pleasing address, and enjoys great personal popularity in the county. He was Tax Assessor for the last eight years, and was recently elected County Clerk, which office he now holds. He is a full brother to William F. Samford, the late Governor of Alabama, and who was a man of marked ability and was s recognized through a wide circle. The Samfords and the Burlesons are related, so that Mr. Samford is a member of one of the largest families in Texas, including the Burlesons, Joneses, Gages, Kuykendalls, Taylors, etc. Mr. Samford makes a good officer and is a most excellent citizen. Is a mamber of the Methodist church, a Mason, an Odd Fellow and Woodman of the World. He is on the right side of things and is one of those citizens, who makes the town and community in which he lives always better.


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