John Sampson 1749-1833 & Hannah Stevens 1749-1799
Married 12 Jan 1776 in Perranuthnoe, Cornwall

John Sampson

Second child of Thomas & Christian Sampson (nee Barnes)

Baptised: 28 Dec 1749 Perranuthnoe, Cornwall

Died: At age of 83

Buried: 2 Nov 1833 Perranuthnoe , Cornwall.
Burial record states he was a resident of Goldsithney.

Siblings: Christian 1747 & Miriam 1751

Hannah Stevens

Second child of Simon Stevens (1723-1???) & Hannah WIlliams (1724-1???)

Baptised: 11 Mar 1749 Perranuthnoe, Cornwall

Died: At age of 50

Buried: 7 Nov 1799 Perranuthnoe, Cornwall

Siblings: Simon 1747, Thomas 1753 & Mary 1754

John (or Jack as he would probably be known)  was a tinner who worked in one of the local tin mines. When he was 26 he married Hannah Stevens and the children came along regularly and by 1793 they had had 9 of them. However, two died in infancy (John 1780 & Thomas 1792), one as a toddler (Thomas 1796) , the eldest child Hannah at about 11 years of age and Christian as a young adult. Catherine is not mentioned after her baptismal record and it is assumed that she also died at a young age.

In 1801 John & Hannah decided to take up a lease on a plot of land along Gears Lane in Goldsithney, Cornwall. The three lives listed in the lease were the three children Mary, John and Hannah. Several years later Mary died in 1808. The date of the lease was 24 Jun 1801. John entered into a lease for ‘a part of Owen Vean Common’ from Sir John Trevelyan, 4th Baronet of Nettlecombe in Somerset (6 February 1735 – 18 April 1828). John agreed within two years to build a hedge around his plot, to cultivate and improve it. So working at the mine and clearing, digging, stone picking, ploughing, planting and weeding a plot of waste ground of three quarters of an acre. (A modern football pitch might be about 2 acres). He also agreed to erect ‘a firm and substantial dwelling on his plot. A full copy of the lease document is given below.

LEASE AGREEMENT FROM CORNISH ARCHIVES RH/6/3/2/89

Manor of Perran Uthnoe No. 82  ???

Dated 24 June 1801

Sir John Trevelyan B. to John Sampson Tinner – Counterpart of Lease of pt. of Owen Vean Moor in Perran

Conf on building and improving

Rent £-4-

Heriot -8-

Lives- Mary aged  15
            John ——  10
            Hannah ——  10

Children of Lessee

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This Indenture, made the twenty fourth Day of June in the forty first Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, and in the Year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and one BETWEEN Sir John Trevelyan of Nettlecombe in the County of Somerset Baronet of the one part  and John Sampson of the parish of Perran Uthnoe in the County of Cornwall Tinner of the other part witnesseth that the said Sir John Trevelyan for and in consideration that he the said John Sampson his executors administrators or assigns is and are within the space of five years from the date thereof to hedge in cultivate and improve the plot of Ground hereinafter dismised and incl building complete and finish a cause to be erected finished and completed a good firm and Substantive Dwelling (extra line added in above the word Dwelling which reads: which on the part and behalf of the said John Sampson his executors administrators and assigns is and are to be done observed performed and kept )house on some part thereof and of the Covenants Conditions and  Agreements here and after contained hath granted demised and leased and hereby doth grant demise and lease unto the said John Sampson his executors administrators and assigns all that plot and piece of waste ground part and parcel of Owen vean Moor containing by estimation three quarters of an acre of land or thereabouts bounded on the north by the high road leading to the village of Tregurtha on the east with other unenclosed parts of Owen vean Moor aforesaid on the south by the tenement of Henver and on the west by a field part of the tenement of Tolvadden in the occupation of Francis James yeoman

EXCEPTING AND RESERVING out of this Demise unto the said Sir John Trevelyan his Heirs and Assigns, all Tin, Tin Stuff, Copper, Lead  and all other Ores, Mines, Metals and Minerals, and Quarries of all kinds whatsoever, AND ALSO all Clay and Marle lying and being in the said Premises, or any Part thereof, with Liberty of Ingress, Egress, and Regress, to and for him and them, and his and their Servants, Workmen and Agents, in, through, and upon the said Premises, to dig, search, and work for the same respectively, AMD the Tin, Copper, Lead and other Ores, Metals and Minerals, Stones, Slate, and other Contents of the said Quarries, Clay and Marle, to land, lay, dress, manufacture, and carry away, when and as he or they shall think proper, to and for his and their own proper Use and Benefit: AND ALSO to sink any Pits or Shafts, and to make any Adit or Adits, and erect any Houses, Engines, or Machines for draining or drawing off any Waters, and for the better and more convenient carrying on and managing any Mines or Works,and to take and dig Earth and Stones for that or any other Purpose: AND ALSO EXCEPTING Liberty and Power to set, let, and demise, all or any Part of the Downs or Commons belonging to the said Premises, to any Person or Persons whomever, and Liberty and Power for him the said Sir John Trevelyan his Heirs and Assigns, and the Person or Persons to whom the said Downs or Commons shall be so demised, to enclose and build on the same in such manner as he or they shall think proper; AND EXCEPTING all Wares, Trenches, Drains, Leats and Passages of and for Water whatsoever, with Liberty to bring, pass, divert, or convey away, any Waters or Water-courses into, through, or from any Part of the said Premises, AND for that Purpose to make any Head, Wares, Trenches, Drains, Leats or other Conveniences, therein or thereupon, or in or upon any Part thereof, and to cut Turf therein for amending and repairing the same, and to make Use of such Waters and Water-courses for any Purpose whatsoever: AND ALSO EXCEPTING all Trees, Saplings, Woods and Coppice Woods whatsoever, with the Lops and Shreds thereof, now growing, or hereafter to grow, in or upon the said Premises, or any Part thereof, with Liberty to fell, root up, work up, and carry away the same, and to bark the same , and to lay, dry, cure and preserve the Barks thereof, and also to make Charcoal on the Premises, and to have proper Ways and Passages for taking and carrying away all such Trees and Saplings, Woods, Coppice Woods, Barks and Charcoal; with Liberty also to plant any Trees, as he or they shall think proper, at any Time during the Term hereby granted in any Part of the said Premises; AND ALSO Liberty for him the said  Sir John Trevelyan  his Heirs and Assigns, Servants or Agents, to hunt, hawk, fish and fowl, in and upon the said Premises: AND LIKEWISE EXCEPTING all Royalties whatsoever: TO HAVE AND TO HOLD all and singular the said Premises hereby demised, with the Appurtenances (except before excepted) unto the said John Sampson his Executors, Administrators, and Assigns, from the day of the date hereof for and during the full Time and Term of Ninty-nine Years hence next ensuing, and fully to be complete and ended, If Mary now ages fifteen years John now aged about thirteen years and Hannah now aged about ten years son and daughters of the said John Sampson party hereto / or any or either of them shall so long happen to live he the said John Sampson his Executors, Administrators and Assigns, YIELDING AND PAYING therefore yearly, and every Year, during the said Term, unto the said Sir John Trevelyan his Heirs and Assigns, the yearly Rent or Sum  of four shillings of lawful Money of Great Britain, by even and equal Portions and Quarterly Payments to be divided and paid; the first Payment thereof to begin and be made at or on the feast of St. Michael the Arch Angel next ensuing the date hereof And also yielding and paying unto the said Sir John Trevelyan his heirs or assigns the sum of eight shillings of like lawful money for and in the name of an Heriot or ?arlief ?? upon and immediately after the several deaths and deceases of them the said Mary, John and Hannah son and daughters of the said John Sampson party hereto/ or any or either of them respectively

AND IF IT HAPPEN: that the said yearly Rent or other Payments aforesaid, or any or either of them, shall be behind and unpaid, after any or either  the Feasts or Days of Payment aforesaid, THEN it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Sir John Trevelyan his Heirs and Assigns, into and upon the said Premises to enter and distrain, and the Distress there found to seize, sell and dispose of, according to Law, AND in Default of sufficient Distress to be found on the said Premises, or any Part thereof to be ruinous or in Decay, to the Value of Twenty Shillings, and the same shall not amend and repair, within Six Months next after Notice to him or them given, or left on the said Premises, or at  his or their Place of Abode for the Time being, OR shall cut, break, pluck up, deface, damage, destroy, or carry away, any Tree or Trees, OR do or shall commit, permit, or suffer, any Act or Thing whatsoever prejudicial to the said Premises, or to the Title or Estate of the said Sir John Trevelyan his Heirs and Assigns of and in the same or shall neglect or refuse to hedge Cultivate and improve the plot of ground herein before demised and erect build compleat and finish the said Dwelling House within two years from the date hereof and aforesaid OR shall not observe and act agreeable to the Exceptions and Clauses, and do, perform, and excute all and every one of the Covenants and Agreements herein contained, THEN for all, any, or either the Clauses aforesaid, it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Sir John Trevelyan his  Heirs and Assigns, into and upon the said Premises, or any Part thereof in the Name of the Whole, to re-enter, and the same to have again, repossess and enjoy, as in his or their former Estate or Right. AND the said John Sampson doth hereby for himself his Executors, Administrations, and Assigns, covenant, shall and will pay, or cause to be paid, unto the said Sir John Trevelyan his Heirs and Assigns, the said yearly Rent and other Payments, in Manner and Form aforesaid, AND shall and will repair, uphold, sustain, maintain and keep, all and singular the said Premises hereby demised, with the Appurtenances, and every Part and Parcel thereof, in and with all necessary Reparations whatsoever, during the said Term, and the same at the End thereof, so well and sufficiently repaired and kept, at his and their Cost and Charges, shall and will leave and yield up; AND shall and will do and perform Suit and Service to all and every the Court and Courts of the said Sir John Trevelyan his Heirs and Assigns, to be held for the Manor of Perranuthnoe AND ALSO the Office of Reeve, as often as thereunto elected, and all other Offices and Services belonging to the said Manor AND ALSO shall and will, with Three Months next after Notice to him or them given, or left on the said Premises, or at his or their Place of Abode for the Time being, produce and shew forth unto the said Sir John Trevelyan his Heirs and Assigns the several lives abovementioned or otherwise make it appear to him or them within the Time aforesaid, or within a reasonable Time, if the said several heirs or either of them happen to be in foreign Parts, by a good and sufficient Certificate that such of them be living: AND shall and will, during the whole of the said Term hereby granted, do and act and manage and manure the said Premises according to the Rules of good Husbandry. And shall and will within the space of two years from the date hereof hedge in Cultivate and improve the plot aforesaid herein before demised and erect build complete and finish or cause to be erected finished and completed a good firm and substantial Dwelling House on some part thereof according to the true intent and meaning of these present.

AND the said Sir John Trevelyan and his Heirs, all and singular the said Premises hereby granted, with the Appurtenances (except before excepting) unto the said John Sampson his Heirs and Assigns, as against all and every Person and Persons whomever, discharge and saved harmless of and from all former and other Gifts, Grants, Titles, Charges, and Incumbrances whatsoevery, shall and will warrant, acquit and defend, by these Presents: IN WITNESS whereof the Parties aforesaid have hereunto set their hands and Seals, the Day and Year first above written.

Signed, sealed, and delivered, in the presence of