Elizabeth Sampson 1839-1929 & John Thomas Johns 1832-1874
They married in the Helston Registration District in the April 1861 quarter. (After April 7 as John was listed as unmarried in the census)
Seventh child of John and Christian Sampson
Born: About 1839, but not baptised until 1850 in Crowan, Cornwall
Died: 13 Jan 1929 Godolphin Cross, Breage, Cornwall
Buried: Jan 1929 Godolphin Cross, Breage, Cornwall
John Thomas Johns
Born: 1832, Germoe, Cornwall
Baptised: 21 Mar 1833 at Germoe, Cornwall. Father George, a miner residing in Church Town.
Died: Jul 1874 (Jul-Sep Helston 5c 143)
Buried: 30 Jul 1874 Germoe Parish Church, Germoe, Cornwall
Occupation: Tin miner
Lizzie was born in about 1839, probably at Poleo Farm, Crowan, but for some reason not baptised until 1850. Elizabeth was baptised 23 Apr 1850 at Crowan ‘dau of John and Christian a farmer of Breage.’ Lizzie spent her childhood on the move. When she was little the family moved to Trewennack, Wendron, but by the age of 12 she was living with her parents at Huthnance Farm, Breage.
As an adult she worked as a tailoress and in the spring of 1861 was boarding at the Britannia Inn, Truro ‘Elizabeth Sampson (22) a tailor – born Cornwall, Crowan’. She married John Thomas JOHNS late in the autumn of 1861. He was a miner and possibly worked at Great Work Mine. They started out their married life in a little cottage at Afterwashes, down the road from the mine, then they moved to Boscreege. Working down the mine was hard, back-breaking and dangerous work for John
By 1871 they were at Boscreege, near Tregonning Hill, where their first three children were born. By the time john was 39 and was exhausted and had developed a Abscess on his left lung, which troubled him for 14-months and from which he died on the 26th July 1874 at Balwest. He was buried at Germoe 30th July 1874. Also there in 1871 Elizabeth (32), Richard S (6), George (3) and John H (11-months).
At some stage they before 1881 they moved to live at Herland Cross for the rest of their lives and her youngest son James worked as there as a blacksmith. As a widow Lizzie supported herself as a Tailoress.
In 1881, Herland Cross – Elizabeth Johns (42) – a widow working as a tailoress and having been born Cowan [Crowan]. With Richard S, her son, (16) a blacksmiths helper (born Breage), George (13) tin dresser, (born Breage) and James (8) scholar. On census night, 3 Apr 1881, young ‘John T’ Johns who was the 10 year old was listed as the nephew of John Sampson at Pengelly Mill. He had been born in Germoe and was a scholar.
In 1891 still at Herland cross was Elizabeth Johns (51) Housekeeper domestic and her son, James (19) Blacksmith employee.
Lizzie, it is said, cared for her sister Mary Crewes who had become disabled. She lived with her son James for the rest of her life. We know her (as reported by her great-nephew, John Sampson 1926-2012) that her nephew, Tom Sampson would visit his Aunt Lizzie or Aunt Johns, as she was known in the Cornish manner, in the 1890s and play tricks on her like ‘placing the coal bin on her clean white table cloth just to see her shocked reaction’.
In 1901 she was 72 years-old and was living with her son James Thomas or ‘Jimmer’ Johns at Godolphin Cross.
She was still there in 1911, she was by then 82, with her son James (38) and her sister’s step-daughter, Jane Moyle (37). It is said that in 1911 all her 4 children Richard Sampson, George, John and, of course, James was at home. She died in in the winter of 1929 of what was said to be ‘senile decay’ and James Bailey reported her death and was her undertaker.