Thomas Sampson 1836-1??? & Caroline Harrington 1829?-1???

Married on 10 Jun 1861 St. Hilary, Cornwall. Witnesses were Kate James and Elizabeth Wearne.

Thomas Sampson

First child of Thomas and Eliza Sampson

Baptised: 15 Aug 1836 Perranuthnoe, Cornwall

Died: By  1871

Buried: Unknown

Occupation: Labourer

Siblings: John Sampson 1837, William Sampson 1839, James Sampson 1845, Richard Sampson 1845, Jane Sampson 1846 and Mary Sampson 1850

Caroline Harrington

Baptised: 1829? Cork, Ireland

First marriage: To John Sullivan before Caroline was 22 (1851). No registration in Britain so could have been married in Ireland. John Sullivan of Tregurtha was buried  5 Apr 1858 at St Hilary. John died from tuberculosis at the age of 56. So Caroline was a widow for 3 years until her marriage to Thomas in 1861.

Died: Unknown

Buried: Unknown




By the 1851 Census Caroline was working as one of multiple servants for a well-to-do large family called Pearson of 46 Hyde Park Square, Paddington. It is not known where husband John Sullivan  and baby daughter Caroline were residing at that time. By the 1861 Census Caroline was working as a copper ore dresser and living at Tregurtha, St Hilary. She had been a widow for three years. Listed with Caroline are her children George, William and Mary A. Their places of birth indicate Caroline’s movements from Hampshire to Liskeard to Tregurtha. It seems Caroline was living in Tregurtha from at least 1855.

Later in 1861 Caroline and Thomas married  at St Hilary. After that the only reference to them occurs in the 1871 census record. By the time of the census Thomas has died as Caroline is listed as a widow. This was the second time Caroline had become a widow. She had a previous marriage to a Sullivan hence the use of that name on her wedding certificate when she married Thomas in 1861. As yet the death and burial details for Thomas have not been found but as his last child was born in 3 years before the census one assumes that Thomas died somewhere between 1868 to 1871. The 1871 census does pinpoint their home as being in Plain-an-Gwarry, Marazion. Four children are listed: Caroline Sampson age 20 (believe this Caroline was from her mother’s first marriage?), Eliza Jane and Helen both born in Marazion, and the last child Elizabeth  was 3 at the time of the census with her place of birth given as St Hilary. Elizabeth’s birth certificate indicates she was born on 27 Nov 1867 at Tregurtha Downs, St Hilary. No baptismal records for the girls have been found.

Caroline and her daughters appear to have left the area as their names are not listed in the later censuses.

Further information about Caroline Jnr  whom took the name Sampson in the 1871 Census was possibly married Sep 1895 Penzance 5c p409 to James Herbert Rowe. Two children baptised at St Johns, Penzance  in Richard James Sampson Rowe 1902 and Herbert Henry Sampson Rowe 1904. The 1911 Census reveals this family living at 15 Caldwells Road in Penzance.




As a 15 year old teenager Thomas Sampson was working as a tin miner and living with his parents in Goldsithney, Cornwall.

By the 1861 Census Thomas was living away from home and working as a carter for farmer Henry Thomas.

By the 1871 Census Thomas had died. His wife Caroline was recorded as a widower with four daughters.