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DAY, SAMUEL C. (1822–1886). Samuel C. Day, farmer, U.S. soldier, and state representative, was born in what is now Marshall County, Tennessee, on May 11, 1822. Day was raised in Tennessee and was married there in 1840. This marriage was dissolved, however, as the bride returned to her family the day after the ceremony. Later in 1840 Day immigrated to Texas where he became associated with the Bourland family of North Texas. He served under James G. Bourland during the Mexican War, and he later married Nancy J. Bourland, Bourland's daughter, on September 27, 1849. This couple had five sons and five daughters. During the 1850s Samuel Day engaged as a farmer near Ladonia in Fannin County. By 1860 he was among the more prosperous citizens of the county, claiming $11,200 in personal and real estate property. He was mustered into a militia company at Ladonia in 1861 at the beginning of the Civil War. In 1872 Day won election as representative for District Eleven—comprised of Fannin and Lamar counties—to the Thirteenth Texas Legislature. Samuel C. Day died on April 21, 1886, and is buried in the Ladonia Cemetery.


Fannin County Folks and Facts (Dallas: Taylor, 1977). IGI Individual Record: Sam C. Day (, accessed July 9, 2007. Members of the Legislature of the State of Texas from 1846 to 1939 (Austin: Texas Legislature, 1939).

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