Samuel Cole is found first in a census in 1850, age 29, living in the home of Washington Hodge, a blacksmith and property owner. Samuel is listed as a “post and railer” with real property valued at $100. He is in the Cracklin District. In 1860 he is a “fence maker” living in Mechanicsville [Olney], with an apparent wife and three children. He is listed as having no real property but having personal property valued at $400. In 1863 he is on the list of those eligible for military service for Montgomery County. In 1870 he is living in Brighton, listed as a farmer with real property valued at $800 dollars. The 1880 the census says he is living in Olney, again working as a farmer.