I don't know anything about your Sam, but Richard (Dick) Bishop is a son of a blacksmith in the Cherokee area of San Saba Co. by the name of Emily J. Bishop (Yes, EMILY) and wife, Jane ?.
E. J. Bishop came to Texas from Arkansas, where he was listed in Carroll County and I believe, Scott County---can't recall. Emily BISHOP was buried in the ORIGINAL Bluffton Cemetery, Llano Co. Texas, which as the crow flies, was not that far from his San Saba Co. home. When Buchanan Dam was being built, beginning in 1931, E. J.'s grave was moved to the New Bluffton Cemetery since the whole community of Old Bluffton would eventually be under Lake Buchanan.
One reason he was buried there was because his daughter, Lavisa had married James Knox Polk Arant, and that couple lived in the vicinity of Tow-Bluffton. JKP Arant is buried at Tow, but Lavisa moved elsewhere with her children and ended up dying in a Texas County bordering Oklahoma---Collingsworth, I believe??? Anyway, I do have her PENSION information from her husband's service in the CSA during the Civil War.
Richard Bishop had another brother named Benjamin, as well as other siblings I can't recall, but the family is definitely on the 1870 San Saba Co. Census, and maybe 1880 as well.
Karylon A. Russell, 201 Live Oak, Llano, TX 78643
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