Samuel was born in Pipersville and attended the Doylestown Academy with his brothers. He married Anna Beidler (1808-1893) of Plumsteadville on 20 December 1836, in East Vincent Church, East Vincent Township, Chester, Pennsylvania.
That same year he bought the house and the mill from his father for $8,000. He installed a turbine to replace the waterwheel added an up and down saw to mill lumber and improved the mill again in 1862. Samuel and Anna had two daughters: Susan who died in infancy and Eliza Beidler.