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Samuel Pounds
Birth: Jun. 6, 1755
Halifax County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec. 30, 1856
Mason County
Illinois, USA

Samuel Pounds's origins are a mystery. For many years it was thought that he was the son of William Pound, a Revolutionary War Soldier who died in Chatham County NC in 1814 and that his mother was Elizabeth Tune (William's known wife). However, if one accepts the marker on this grave, this traditional attribution has to be abandoned. Samuel Pounds's mother was not Elizabeth Tune and William Pound was not his father but an uncle or cousin who provided for him. His biological father was either (1) one of William's three brothers, Solomon, Thomas, or John, who remained in Halifax County VA after William's departure and left descendants, some of whom still live there; or (2) the Samuel Pound, born 1730 in Orange Co. VA, who died at Valley Forge 11 Jan. 1778.

For decades the birth and death years of Samuel Pounds were based on Alexander Cooper's 1941 essay "The Pound Family," where they are given as 1778-1878. In November 2014, however, the cemetery book for Mount Zion was found. For Samuel Pound, it states "Age 101 y 6 m 24 d." The stone was cleaned at about the same time, and new photos were posted here by Michael Curry. The inscription, faintly legible, says "Age 101 y 6 m 24 d."

The error stems from Alexander Cooper, who said that Samuel Pounds was born in 1778. Cooper couldn't read the year in the old family Bible shown here. He found it on the 1850 census for Guernsey Co. OH and then added 100 to it to arrive at the date 1878. He also said that Samuel Pounds was buried in Hancock Co. IL. That notion too was completely wrong.

Another hint emerges from the 1855 Illinois census for Samuel's daughter Naomi, which shows the presence of a white male 80 to 90 years old. Beside the mark for this person, the enumerator wrote 87 and circled it.

The children in this cemetery are those of Benjamin Pounds, son of Samuel Pounds. They are Samuel's grandchildren. So is Rachel Pounds Wallace, also buried here.

Samuel had two wives: first Elizabeth Hite of Pennsylvania and secondly Susannah Williams of Virginia. There were several children by both wives.

Updated 21 Oct. 2016.
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Hite Pounds (1770 - 1840)*
  Susanna "Sarah" Williams Pounds (1800 - 1837)*
  Salvena Pounds Trover (1810 - 1884)*
  Charity Pounds Anderson (1815 - 1890)*
  Benjamin Pounds (1816 - 1896)*
  Joseph Pounds (1821 - 1855)*
  Naomi Susan Pounds Cooper (1826 - 1909)*
*Calculated relationship
Front: Samuel Pounds
Back: "ae 101 y 6 m 24 d"
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Mount Zion Cemetery
Mason County
Illinois, USA
Created by: wayne
Record added: Nov 09, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 80128912
Samuel Pounds
Added by: M. Curry
Samuel Pounds
Added by: M. Curry
Samuel Pounds
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 Added: Jun. 8, 2012
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