SAMUEL F. CRIDER was born in what is now Crittenden County, then Livingston County, Ky., August 16, 1832, and is a son of William and Melissa (Foster) Crider, natives of this county. The father was born October 29, 1811; was a son of Jacob Crider, who came from Pennsylvania to Kentucky about 1804. He was of German descent, the Crider family having immigrated to this country about 200 years ago. The mother of subject was of English descent. The father is still living in this county and is a farmer by occupation. The mother died in this county in July, 1847. Subject is the third of a family of eight children, of whom two are now living: S. F., and Mary J. (wife of Asbury Chadwick, of Izard County, Ark.). S. F. remained with his father until he was eighteen years of age, when he settled on the home farm, where he remained one year. He then purchased land in Fredonia District, Caldwell County, where he remained three years. He came to this county and made a settlement near Caldwell Springs, where he remained one year, and then moved to Dycusburg, and thence to Lyon County. He then came back to this county, where he remained until 1878. He then moved to Pawnee County, Kas.; but after a short stay again returned to this county, where he has since resided. He purchased his present farm in 1883, where he now owns 353 acres. This farm is now the oldest one in the county, as tradition says it was settled in 1784. Mr. Crider was married December 10, 1850 to Miss Mary Guess (see sketch of J. W. Guess). Mrs. Crider was born in this county December 5, 1837, and is the mother one child--William P. Mr. Crider was a soldier in the late war. He enlisted first, August 4, 1861, in Company D, Twentieth Kentucky Infantry, United States army, and served as third duty sergeant. June 6, 1862, he was discharged on account of disability. He re-enlisted in August, 1863, in a company of 106 men, which he raised himself. He was made captain and the company was consolidated with the Seventeenth Kentucky Mounted Infantry, United States army, and in this regiment he served until the close of the war.


Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Page 725.