Daniel Zent was born in Richland County, Ohio, March 16, 1819. His parents were Jacob and Sarah (Coon) Zent natives of Pennsylvania, of German descent. Daniel spent his young life on his father’s farm in Ohio. In 1837, he came with his parents to Salamonie Township. They located near Warren. He soon began farming for himself, and on December 6, 1838, he was married to Mary A. Back, daughter of Aaron and Elizabeth (Hammer) Back. Mary was born in Warren County, Ohio, November 5, 1817, but spent the most of her young life in Preble County, Ohio. They began life together in poverty; $25 would have covered their entire wealth, but Mr. Zent went to work with a will, and has succeeded in providing himself with a fine farm of 200 acres in Sections 33 and 34. He did the greater part of the clearing up of this large farm. The country has developed wonderfully since his arrival. He remembers when there was but one cabin between Warren and Huntington. But few of his old pioneer neighbors are left. He has always upheld the principles of the Democratic party. His antecedents are of remarkable longevity. His grandfather, John Zent, lived to the advanced age of one hundred and seven years. His father, Jacob Zent was ninety-four years of age when called away.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Union Township, paged 845 and 846.