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Samuel Lewis Givens
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Birth: Nov. 8, 1842
Union County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Jan. 24, 1928
Catheys Valley
Mariposa County
California, USA

The youngest child of ten children born to Thomas R Givens Jr and Catherine de Lafayette Richards. Husband of Susan Lurana Wills, married 1878. Father of Mark E, Archibald Wills, Alvin T, Elmer L and Ada Givens.

Samuel L. Givens was educated in the pay schools of Mariposa County, attending about four months each year, and finished with a course at the University of the Pacific at San Jose. His schooling over, he returned to the home ranch and remained until 1869 and then engaged in running stock into Inyo County until 1876. In 1878 he bought the ranch he now owns in Merced County, known as the M. O. Barber ranch, on Bear Creek, upon which he has since lived.

On December 20, 1877, in Mariposa County, Mr. Givens was united in marriage with Miss Susan Lurana Wills, a native of Mariposa County, born December 9, 1855, a daughter of Benjamin Wills, a native of Alabama, who married Miss Amanda Cathey. Mr. and Mrs. Givens have one son, Archibald, who married Miss Virginia McReynolds of Santa Rosa; and they have a daughter, Virginia Lurana.

On Mr. Givens' ranch stands an orange tree, a seedling grown from a seed of an orange which Mrs. Givens obtained when she was coming across the Isthmus of Panama in 1853, and which she planted seventy-five years ago on their Texas Ranch in Mariposa County. In 1900 the tree was moved to Samuel's ranch, and still bears a bountiful crop each year.
Funeral Rites Held for Merced Pioneer

MERCED, Jan. 26 Funeral services were held at the Welch and Griffen parlors here at 10:30 o'clock this forenoon for Samuel Lewis Givens, 85 years of age, and for 75 years a pioneer of Merced and Mariposa counties, who died at the home of Charles Peard here Tuesday. Burial was in the family cemetery at Hornitos.
Givens is survived by his widow, a son, Archibald Givens, and several nieces and nephews. The family has taken a prominent part in the affairs of the county since its organization in 1855.

~ Modesto News-Herald, Thurs., 26 Jan 1928, pg. 5

(Thank you, Linda Applegate Brown!)
Family links: 
  Thomas R Givens (1798 - 1860)
  Catherine DeLafayette Richards Givens (1806 - 1874)
  Susan Lurana Wills Givens (1855 - 1930)*
  Mark E Givens (1878 - 1885)*
  Alvin T Givens (1880 - 1884)*
  Archibald Wills Givens (1880 - 1946)*
  Elmer Lewis Givens (1884 - 1890)*
  Matilda L Givens (1830 - 1853)*
  Jane Robertston Givens Pool (1832 - 1907)*
  Catherine A Givens Gregary (1833 - 1856)*
  Thomas R Givens (1835 - 1888)*
  John Hurton Givens (1838 - 1920)*
  Mary R Givens Thrift (1840 - 1911)*
  Samuel Lewis Givens (1842 - 1928)
*Calculated relationship
Givens Cemetery
Mariposa County
California, USA
Maintained by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
Originally Created by: Megan
Record added: May 17, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19418828
Samuel Lewis Givens
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Samuel Lewis Givens
Added by: Anne Shurtleff Stevens
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In memory of my cousin Samuel, son of Thomas and Catherine (Richards) Givens.
- Holland St John
 Added: Apr. 30, 2017

- Anne Shurtleff Stevens
 Added: Jan. 25, 2016

- Linda Applegate Brown
 Added: Oct. 29, 2013
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