William John Sampson 1860-1927 & Grace E. Clark 1857?-19??


William John Sampson

First child of John and Mary Jane Sampson

Born: 8 Sep 1860 Cornwall (source death certificate)

Died: 6 June 1927 Owosso, Shiawassee, Michigan from carcinoma of the liver

Buried: 9 June 1927 Oak Hill Cemetery Michigan USA

Siblings: Elizabeth Ann Sampson 1863, Richard James Sampson 1865, Thomas Sampson 1867 and Jane Sampson 1870

Occupation: Agricultural labourer, miner, mining shift captain, fireman,
labourer,  varnisher and metal worker

Sarah Jane Thomas (first wife)

Baptised: 25 Dec 1863 Marazion, Cornwall

Married: 5 May 1883 St Hilary, Cornwall. Witnesses were Edward Lanyon and Elizabeth Lanyon.

Died: Age 22

Buried: 25 Sep 1883, Marazion, Cornwall

Parents: John Thomas & Mary Ann Tredrea

Siblings: Elizabeth Thomas 1864

Grace E. Harvey (second wife) 

Born: 1857 Place unknown

Married: 15 May 1893 Ishpeming, Marquette, Michigan. Married by T.J. Joslin with the witnesses being Mr & Mrs John Clark. Note Grace had been previously married and her maiden name was Grace Clark

Died: Unknown

Buried: Unknown

Parents: Unknown

Siblings: Unknown





Some time after the death of his first wife, William John Sampson migrated to Michigan in the USA. William started as a miner and became a shift captain with the Quincy Mining Company (copper industry) of Michigan. The 1900 & 1910 US censuses have his family living in Franklin, Houghton, Michigan.  In the 1900 census his cousin James Thomas Sampson was living at his residence.The 1920 US census has William living at 92 Frenchtown Road, Quincy, Houghton, Michigan. City Directories indicate that by 1921 William moved to 305 Cass Street, Owosso, Michigan and had a variety of occupations being fireman, labourer and varnisher.

William John Sampson at the age of 10 in the 1871 English Census for Perranuthnoe

William John Sampson as a young man with his parents and siblings in the 1881 English Census for Marazion

Marriage of William John Sampson to Grace E. Harvey nee Clark at Ishpeming Marquette Michigan 1893

William John & Grace Sampson 1900 US Census for Franklin Township Michigan

William John & Grace Sampson with daughter Elvin in the 1910 US Census for Franklin Township, Houghton Michigan

William John & Grace Sampson in the 1920 US Census for Frenchtown Road, Quincy Township, Houghton, Michigan

City Directory entries for William John Sampson

William John Sampson – Michigan Death Certificate – 1927

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