Samuel was the fourth of 8 known children with Elizabeth Sheets. Samuel Sr. and his life are a little difficult to track. Samuel Sr. died in December 1849 as indicated on the 1850 census mortality schedule. I can find no trace of Elizabeth's death, however, I found an online history that states Elizabeth Sheets Landes died in 1828 following the birth of twins, more than likely from complications from the birth. I have no official record of this, but Samuel does appear to remarry an Elizabeth Welch and has additional children.
Samuel Landes, Jr., married Eliza Jane Royer sometime prior to 1848. Sadly, Eliza died in 1850 from pneumonia. Samuel then remarried Elizabeth Beard. I have not been able to find a marriage record, but it was sometime prior to 1853 when their first child together was born.
Samuel Jr. could have been the right age to have served in the Civil War. There are records of a Samuel Landes enlisting in 1862, but I cannot confirm that it is the correct Samuel. However, Samuel came from Mennonite roots and more than likely would not have fought in the war.
Samuel Jr. is listed as both a miller and a farmer in Augusta County, Virginia. At some point between 1870 and 1880, the family moves to Johnson County, Missouri. It is unclear why the family leaves Virginia, but he continues farming in Missouri.
Samuel dies in Kingsville, Johnson County, Missouri in 1897 and his wife, Elizabeth, dies just three years later. They are both buried in the Kingville Cemetery.
To do list:
1. Find an obituary for Samuel