Thomas Hosking Sampson & Matilda Adams Married 12 Jul 1851 at Crowan Church & Prudence Jones Married Jun quarter 1861 Redruth Registration District.


Thomas Hosking Sampson

Fifth child of William Sampson and Margaret Hosking

Born: 1828 at Drym Farm, Crowan,  Cornwall

Baptised: 1 Jan 1829 at Crowan Parish Church, Crowan

Died: 1910 at Abilene, Kansas, USA

Matilda Adams

Born: 1831 at Phillack, Cornwall

Baptised: 22 May 1831 at Breage Parish Church, Breage, Cornwall

Died: May 1859 at Trenear, Breage

Buried: 5 May 1859 at Breage Church, Breage – aged 28-years

Thomas Hosking SAMPSON had been born at Drym Farm, probably in the autumn or winter of  1828. The family had walked the couple of miles to Crowan Church to have him baptised at Crowan Church on new-years day – 1 Jan 1829 ‘the son of William and Margaret’says the parish register.  They probably took Mary (8), Margaret (5) and Richard (3) with them and would have been surrounded by relatives and neighbours. Thomas helped out on the farm as a boy, having left school and was working hard by 13.  However, William and Richard were older – a very special place in the hierachry on a Cornish farming family, so Tom knew fro an early age his future lay elsewhere and he had to make his own way in the world and by 1851, aged 22, he was a miller possibly at Drym Mill that his father had built for him.

He had got a job as a Miller – perhaps with his brother John Hosking SAMPSON. There was a mill at Drym, built in about 1850-54. When he was 22 he married Matilda ADAMS at Crowan 12 July 1851.  However, the second child, Sam was born at Manaccan, a small parish near St Keverne. 

Matilda died she was living at Trenear – so perhaps Tom was at ‘Pengilly Mill’ nearby.  He re-married Prudence and they had at least two more children Herbert Henry (or Eber?) 1863 and Eda (or Ada) 1864, both born in St Erth, possibly on Kuskeys farm. Clara was born later. He was farming 25 acres at Drym in 1861, but by 1863 he had his own farm – ‘Kuskeys’ in St Erth. There he was living with his son Samuel R (5) and Matilda BOWDEN (16) his unmarried niece and house-keeper. 

By 1871 he had moved to Lanlivery and was a farmer of 200 acres at Treshevey Farm House. It isn’t clear what drew him there?  He was there with his second wife and two children and Edward Ustice (21), John Bryant (20) and John Gundry (18) indoor servants and Ann Darlington (20) a farm servant – one wonders if these people were inaccuarately labelled ? .

In 1872 he was it appears involved in a court case C 16/801/K57 – Short title: Kendall v Sampson. Documents: Two bills. Plaintiffs: Nicholas Kendall. Defendants: Thomas Hosken Sampson. Provincial solicitor employed in Cornwall.

Then for some reason he decides to emigrate to USA. 

In 1880 Thomas Hosking was living at Fragrant Hill, Sherman Township, Dickinson, Kansas, USA. He was 52 and working as a miller. His wife Prudence was 44 and was ‘keeping house’. They had Eber H at home, who was 16 and was ‘at home’ and Ada who was 15 and also ‘at home’. By 1900 Thomas Hosking and Prudence with Clara, Eber (16)  and Ada (15) were living at Fragrant Hill, Sherman Township, Dickinson, Kansas, USA. At some later stage Thomas William joins his dad and stepmother and stays in Kansas and Samuel Richard goes there and decides to move or perhaps he went straight to Canada?


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