John Sampson 1786-18??  & Grace Gundry 1783-1830

John Sampson and Grace Gundry were married on 9 June 1808 at St Hilary in Cornwall. Wedding witnesses were Gideon Gundry (Brother of Grace?) and John Gundry (relationship not know at this time).

John Sampson    

Sixth child of John and Hannah Sampson

Christened: 1 Dec 1786 Perranuthnoe, Cornwall

Died: Date unknown – somewhere between 1825-1841

Buried: Unknown

Siblings:
Hannah c. 26 May 1776 (assume died young)
Christian c. 8 Mar 1778
John c. 14 Mar 1780 (assume died young)
Catherine c. 19 May 1782
Hannah c. 2 May 1790

Grace Gundry

Third child of Gideon Gundry (1736-1798) & Christian Harvey (1748-1822)

Christened: 5 Mar 1786 St Hilary, Cornwall

Died: 2 May 1830, Gears in Perran (Off Gears Lane in Goldsithney). Age 44 years.

Buried: Perranuthnoe, Cornwall (Unable to find any tombstone for her in the cemetery SCS)

Siblings:
Mary Gundry c. 13 Apr 1777 in Perranuthnoe, Cornwall
Gideon Gundry c. 26 Dec 1780 in Perranuthnoe, Cornwall

It appears that John & Grace lived in the Gears (see map below), which is a small collection of cottages north-west of the town of Goldsithney in Cornwall. Grace died at the age of 47 in 1830 and was buried next to the Perranuthnoe church. A note on her burial details states that she was from the Gears. Her sister in law Hannah James died in 1876 and was also noted as being from the Gears. It seems from this then that the families of John & Grace Sampson and his sister Hannah & Thomas James were based in the Gears. More recent research has indicated that the Sampson family leased plots of land along Gears Lane on the southern side of the Lane near the entrance to the Gears circled in red  below.
To date the death of John Sampson has remained a mystery as no death record has been found. The last child of John & Grace (Elizabeth) was born in March of 1826 and as John is not mentioned in the 1841 English Census it is assumed he died somewhere in the period of 1826 to the date of the census in 1841.

Below is a copy of their marriage registration. Both John and Grace were able to sign their names and it looks like Grace had a moment with the ink! 

 

In the Museum of Cornish life in Helston, Cornwall is a mining accounts book for the Wheal Neptune Mine. This mine was situated close to Goldsithney. It was a  copper mine was owned by James and William Gundry. The mine was in operation from as early as 1787 but the heyday for the mine was from 1815-1820, when 13 shafts were in use. 

All of the hoisting was done by horse whims and the mine was drained by a 52in. cylinder pumping engine. By 1821 the mine had reached its maximum depth of 115 fathoms below the 15 fathom adit and yet by 1823 the mine stopped working. She had produced over 10.000 tons of ore and was reopened briefly in 1838 to produce a further 3,000 tons. The total production of ore made in the working life of Wheal Neptune yielded £200.000 in profit with every £5 share yielding £1,750.
(Source: Endovean Farm https://ednoveanfarm.co.uk/explore-west-cornwall/perranuthnoe/#mine)

From the mining accounts book for the Wheal Neptune Mine it reveals that John Sampson worked for the mine as a tutman and his two eldest sons in John Jnr and Thomas were employed as bellows boys. A tutman conducted simple excavations, extending or deepening mine passages and establishing levels. They excavated materials and inserted air pipes. Below is a photograph of two pages from the accounts book. The last two entries indicate that John Jnr (age 13) and Thomas Sampson (age 11) worked for 17 days as bellows boys and their wages were paid to their father. 

All the entries of John’s work as recorded in the the mine accounts book which covered the period January 1821 through to February 1822 are listed below. Note that an adit is a horizontal passage in a mine. John would have been around 35 years of age.

Page 11: January 1821
Driving the adit level east £8
Sending up airpipes, putting in air machine £1 1s
Putting in 30 airpipes 15s
Page 29: February 1821
Driving adit level east of Richards Shaft £3 2s 7d
Page 44: March 1821
Received payment of 14s 9d for bellows work of son John Sampson Jnr (one month’s work)
Page 47: March 1821
Putting in 20 air pipes 10s
Page 49: March 1821
Driving the adit level east of Richards 8 fathoms 10 inches @ 36s = £14 13s.
Driving north 9s
Page 51: March 1821
Weigh – 87 ton ore £2 3s 6d
Turned 126 £1 1s
Mixing & dividing 80 £2 13s 4d
Levelling standard 2s 2d
Page 60: April 1821
Received payment of 7s 5d for bellows work of son John Sampson Jnr (one month’s work)
Page 61: April 1821
Driving the adit level east of Richardsons 8 fathoms 4 feet and 4 inches @ 40s = £17 8 shillings 11 pennies. Putting in 15 airpipes 7s 6d.
Page 78: May 1821
Received payment of 2s 6d for bellows work of son John Sampson Jnr (one month’s work).
Received payment of 2s 6d for bellows work of John Hart (one month’s work)
Page 92: June 1821
Received payment of 4s 9d for bellows work of son John Sampson Jnr (one month’s work)
Page 97: June 1821
Driving the adit level east of Richards 11 fathoms 4 feet 9 inches @38s = £12 8s 1d
Page 120: July 1821
Received payment of 14s 9d for bellows work of son John Sampson Jnr (one month’s work)
Page 121: July 1821
Putting in 10 air pipes 7s 6d
Page 125: July 1821
Driving the adit level east of Richards 6 fathoms 1 foot 2 inches @ 30s = £9 5s 10d.
Page 136: August 1821
Received payment of 8s 11d for machine work of son John Sampson Jnr (26 days work).
Page 141: August 1821
Driving the adit level east 5 fathoms 3 feet @ 35s = £9 12s 6d.
Driving south 3 feet @ 35s =17s 6d.
Sinking Rebarvah Shaft 1 fathom 3 inches @ 30s = £1 11s 3d.
Sinking Hoskings Shaft 7 fathoms 4 inches @ 10s = £3 10s 6d.
Hanging tackle 5s
Page 167: September 1821
Sinking Hoskings Shafts 6 fathoms @ 27s = £8 2s.
Sinking Hoskings Shaft 2 fathoms 1 foot @ £3 = £6 10s.
Page 181: October 1821
Returned 2 barrows 13s.
Page 183: October 1821
Sinking Hosking’s Shaft 9 fathoms 5 feet 9 inches @ 84s = £41 16s 6d.
Page 202: November 1821
Received payment of 4s 8d for bellows work of son John Sampson Jnr (17 days work)
Received payment of 4s 8d for bellows work of son Thomas Sampson (17 days work)
Page209: November 1821
Driving adit level south 4 fathoms 1 feet 6 inches @ 52s 6d = £11 3s 1d.
Driving adit level south 1 fathom 1 feet @ £6 = £7.
Putting in 20 air pipes 15s.
Stems 12s 6d.
Page 220: December 1821
Received payment of 4s 7d for bellows work of son John Sampson Jnr (8 days work)
Page 223: December 1821
Removing earth 11s 6d.
Page 227: December 1821
Taking down and putting up Whim, making Whim Round, Drawing water contract £3
Page 231: December 1821
Cutting down a piece of ground under Hosking’s Shaft, securing adit and landing water £2
Page 251 January 1822
Sinking Gundry’s under the 64 fathom level – 2 fathoms @ £4 = £8
Putting in Penthouse, Launders, Durns £2 10s.
Stem 1s 6d.
Page 265: February 1822
Weighted 148 tons Ore £3 14s.
Turning 180 tons Ore £1 10s.
Mixing and dividing 181 tons Ore £6 8d.
Levelling standards & sundry work 5s.

The Gears circled in red is the area in which John & Grace Sampson lived. Comprises of a group of cottages branching off Gears Lane. Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0 Map has been altered to include the circle. Source: http://maps.nls.uk/