Doud, Samuel, Sr. & Lois Garrett
Samuel Doud, Sr.: Early Settler, Farmer
Lois Garrett Doud: Early Settler, Farmer
Samuel and Lois Garrett Doud lived and prospered in Connecticut until eleven children were born to them; and then, in order to provide for the future welfare of his family, he sold his fine farm and removed to Ohio. This was in the year 1822. He purchased 1100 acres of land in Trumbull and Portage Counties, Ohio. The Journey was made in two covered wagons. There were eleven children, and those who were old enough to walk came most of the way on foot. Three weeks were required for the journey. After looking over the lands, he decided to make his home in Vienna Twp., where he soon erected, with the assistance of his hardy sons, a hewed log house, which was a desireable [sic] home in those log-cabin times.--Evaline Doud Kennedy; Howland Ohio As told by Evaline, daughter of Samuel, at the Doud-Greenwood Reunion in 1878. -Contributed by Brenda Schieffer Robb
From Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 1, pp. 455-456:
Samuel Doud, with his wife, Lois Garrett, in 1822 came west with their eleven children. They had a wagon drawn by three horses, which held their provisions, goods, etc., while Mrs. Doud and her younger children occupied another cart. Mr. Doud and some of the older children walked most of the way. It took them three weeks to reach Fowler, and here Mrs. Doud and the family stayed two years, while Mr. Doud went on to Vienna and cleared up land, to which the family finally moved. He died in 1849 and Mrs. Doud returned to Fowler, where she spent her last days. Mrs. Doud had a hard experience, without comforts, and having been used to a comfortable home in the east, she became so awfully homesick that they feared she would not live. Accompanied by her husband and a Mr. and Mrs. Nichols, leaving the older children to care for the younger, they set out for a trip to New England. They found their parents dead, and so many changes having occurred, they realized their home was really gone and returned satisfied with the conditions under which they lived. A granddaughter of Mrs. Doud, a daughter of Adeline, was one of the very active elderly women of Fowler, a few years ago.
Samuel Doud set aside land for a family burying ground when he came to Ohio from Connecticut in 1822, which later became known as the Doud Cemetery.