The Jubilee History and Biographical Sketches of the [Black] Liberty
Association, G. R. Ford. Printed and Published by Times Publishing
Company of Smith's Grove, Ky., 1916.
Rev. George W. Samples
Also taken from Barren's Black
Roots, Vol. 3, Michelle B. Gorin, (C) May 1993.
Used by permission.
REV. GEORGE W. SAMPLES was born September 12, 1851 and died Tuesday
afternoon, August 15, 1905, in Leslie, Cumberland County, Ky. He was
the father of 6 daughters and 3 sons. He began his ministry on Saturday
before the third Lord's day in April 1878. He was pastor of churches in
Cumberland, Metcalfe and Hart counties and was pastor of Baptist
churches 28 years in all. Rev. Samples was born a slave and throughout
his entire life was held in high esteem by all classes of people. He
was the highest and best respected colored man in all the sections of
the country where he lived and held his race as if by magnetic bonds.
Three churches now stand as a monument in Cumberland county to his
faithful and active life and it was through his effort that a large
number of churches in different sections of the country were rebuilt.
A very large concourse of sorrowing friends gathered at the Burkesville
cemetery and laid his body to rest. It was a pathetic testimony of the
one who had been their temporal and spiritual guide for a quarter of a