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SAMPSON COAT OF ARMS 



THE SAMPSON FAMILY 



BY 

LILLA BRIGGS SAMPSON 

MEMBER MARYLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETT 



WILLUMS & WILKINS CO. 
BALTIMORE, U. S. A. 



COPYRIGHT 1914 
Bt LILLA BRIGGS SAMPSON 



COMPOSED AND PRINTED AT THE 

WAVERLY PRESS 

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Baltimore, U. S. A. 






1159070 



To My Husband 
JOHN LEWIS SAMPSON 

THIS BOOK IS AFFECTIONATELY 
DEDICATED 

LiLLA Briggs Sampson 



INTRODUCTION 

It is not intended in this simple history of your branch 
of the Sampson Family in Pennsylvania and Ohio, to 
give a complete genealogy. The book is written solely 
to preserve an account of this distinctive branch of 
the Sampsons, and purposely there is no intention of in- 
cluding, beyond occasional reference, the New England 
branch. 

Owing to lack of the preservation of family history 
records, of old Bibles, of family letters, or even of tomb- 
stones to mark the graves of many of these pioneers, 
this story cannot be absolutely complete in every detail. 

This book embraces fragments I have collected from 
personal conversations with those who are living, also 
an extended correspondence in England, Scotland, Ire- 
land and America, and individual research in the numer- 
ous historical and public Libraries of Pittsburgh, Harris- 
burg, Philadelphia, New York, Cincinnati, Chicago, and 
Washington, D. C. 

Added to the above field of study a great deal of time 
has been spent among the various Court records in the 
territory outlined above, thereby securing authentic 
data and important facts through the channels of wills, 
deeds and property transfers that are not obtainable in 
any other direction. 

This collection has been compiled not only for the bene- 
fit of your posterity and future generations, but to keep 
alive the revered memories of your ancestors. 



VI INTRODUCTION 

The foUowing words of Dr. Egle, of Harrisburg, Pa., 
whose works have been of such great assistance to me, 
expresses the spirit which impelled me to make these 
searches for the early Sampsons: 

While the descendants of the Puritans and of the 
Dutch of New York have carefully preserved their family 
memorials, there has not been, imtil recently, any effort 
made by Pennsylvanians, especially those of the Scotch- 
Irish, toward the compilation of family genealogies. In 
our own locality few have been prepared. Yet we are 
glad to learn our families are looking up the records of 
their ancestry for permanent preservation. This is a 
duty we all owe to the memory of a revered and pious 
ancestry — and even though the records may be meagre, 
there is no one who cannot assist in the performance of 
this noble work, nor is it too late to begin. Those to 
come after us will honor the labors thus bestowed even 
if we do not receive, while living, the reward for well 
doing. 

LiLLA Briggs Sampson. 



CONTENTS 

Sampsons in England 3 

Sampsons in Scotland 59 

Sampsons in Ireland 79 

Sampsons in Pennsylvania 127 

Sampsons in Virginia and Maryland 197 



SAMPSONS IN ENGLAND 



CHAPTER I 

The name Sampson is not, as most people infer, from 
the Hebrew, but according to the author of Family Names 
of the United Kingdoms, is Samson, the son of Sam or 
Samuel, the "P" being inserted as in "Thompson," for 
strength and euphony. 

The Reverend Henry Barker, M.D., and F.S.A., states 
that "the name Sampson comes from St. Sampson, a 
local name in Normandy, France, near Caen." In the 
Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, by C. W. 
Beardsley, of Oxford College, London, Mr. Beardsley 
claims that Sampson, Samson, Sansom, Sansome, Sanson 
or Sansum, all refer to the same family, and gives several 
proofs. One of these proofs is six different entries, in 
six different histories, of six different spellings of the 
name "Sampson," all referring to the same individual. 
In my own researches I have found even a greater variety 
of ways of spelhng the name, but will confine myself 
to one way on this account: — "Sampson." 

In Family Names of the United Kingdom, by M. A. 
Lower, is given the "Information of John Sampson, 
Esq." who states that from the Monastery of St. Sampson 
at Rouen the family of Sampson derive their name. 

The first who bore it in England was Ralph de St. 
Sampson, a brother to Thomas, first Norman Arch- 
bishop of York, who, with Ralph, had been educated as 
the charge of Odo, half-brother of William, The Conqueror. 
Ralph was also Chaplain to William, and was created 
"Baron de Donvr6" and in 1096 Bishop of Worcester. 



4 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Ralph de St. Sampson's son Thomas, (for the canons 
relating to the celibacy of the clergy were not at this 
period very closely observed), became Archbishop of 
York as Thomas II and another son, Richard, was Bishop 
of Bayeux in France. 

From these Ecclesiastee's and their collateral relatives, 
descended a numerous progeny who varied the orthog- 
raphy of the name of Sansome, Sansonius, Sannsun, 
Sansone, de St. Sampsone, etc., etc. These settled in 
many counties in England and Scotland. 

The Dictionary of National Biography, by Sidney Lee. 
and The Priory of Hexham by the Surtees Society, as well 
as other writers, tell us more about Ralph de St. Sampson 
and his brother Thomas. 

Ralph and Thomas were born at Donvre near Caen, 
France, and were the sons of Osbert and Muriel, who 
were of noble lineage. 

The father, Osbert, was also a Priest. Ralph followed 
Wilham, The Conqueror, to England, was ordained a 
priest by Archbishop Anselme at Lambeth Palace, and 
on June 8, 1096, he was consecrated Bishop of Worcester, 
at St. Paul's London, his brother, Thomas, Archbishop 
of York, officiating. 

In 1100 Bishop Sampson dedicated the Abbey Church 
at Gloucester, and he made several gifts to the Monks at 
Worcester. Bishop Sampson showed his fondness for 
the secular clergy by establishing them at Westbury, 
in the room of the Monks, who had held it from the days 
of Oswald. 

Malmesbury blamed Sampson for taking Westbury 
from the Monks, which had been settled on them so many 
years. 

Bishop Sampson was noted for his learning, was a 



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conspicuous member of a great clerical family, and ac- 
cording to the old English custom, famous for good 
housekeeping. 

He was married before he took Orders (according to 
one authority), and he had a son Thomas, who became 
Archbishop of York as Thomas II, and a son Richard, 
who became Bishop of Bayeux in France. His daughter, 
Bruna de St. Sampson, who married Simon Mause, is 
mentioned in the Battle Abbey Roll as the mother of 
Joan, who married Alan de Chartes. Their daughter 
Joan, married William de la Bruere. The Surtees So- 
ciety mention that it is probable that Bishop Ralph de 
St. Sampson, had a daughter Isabella de Donvre Sampson, 
who was the concubine of Robert of Gloucester, and the 
mother of Robert and Richard, both of whom became 
priests. Roger became Bishop of Worcester, and Richard 
Bishop of Bayeux. In a history of the Norman people, 
Ralph de St. Sampson is said to have accompanied William, 
The Conqueror, to England in 1066, and that he was 
from the Lordship of St. Sampson, near Caen, in Nor- 
mandy. According to Domesday Book, 

at the time of the Conquest, the possessions of the Church 
at Worcester consisted of about two thousand acres of 
uncultivated land, besides some six hundred acres of 
forest, and half the wood in the King's Forest, with two 
acres of meadow. This rich establishment was conferred 
by William, The Conqueror, on Ralph de St. Sampson, 
who, in the succeeding reign attached the whole to his 
See by a deed which was confirmed by Henry I. 

Bishop Sampson, of Worcester, died at Westbury, 
May 5, 1112, and was buried in Worcester Cathedral at 
the bottom of the steps going up into the alter. 



6 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Ralph de St. Sampson's brother Thomas, who was 
Archbishop of York as Thomas I, was born in 1027 and 
distinguished from his earliest years for the elegance of 
his taste and his ardour in the pursuit of literary distinction. 
The schools in his own country were insufficient to satisfy 
his cravings after knowledge and he sought for additional 
suppHes in Germany and Spain. When he returned to 
Bayeaux his learning attracted the attention and gained 
for him the intimacy of Odo, Bishop of Bayeaux, half- 
brother to WiUiam, The Conqueror, and a person of 
commanding influence. 

Thomas was made Archbishop of York in 1070 and 
died at York, November 18, 1100, having been Arch- 
bishop for about thirty years. He had been infirm some- 
time before his death and must have been an old man. 
He was interred in the Minster at York near his Prede- 
cessor, Aldred, with an epitaph in Latin on his tomb 
which was highly eulogistic; but the See of York owed 
a deep debt of gratitude to Archbishop Thomas. 

I can see him even now, as Malmesbury described him 
in his later years, the graceful figure retaining even then 
the spring and energy of youth; the noble presence and 
the courteous bearing which captivated all; the handsome 
florid countenance, and his hair as white as the down upon 
a swan. No one could impugn the purity or correct- 
ness of his life. 

As to his learning and ability, the Chroniclers are for 
once unanimous. He brought with him into England the 
literary stores of three continents. It was his dehght to 
have his clergy around him, to read with them and to argue. 

But music was his master passion. He knew it 
thoroughly and was a composer as well as a singer. He 
could play upon the organ and was acquainted with its 
construction. 



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If he chanced to hear any light or trivial air, he would 
transpose it with marvellous facility into a hymn. He 
made chants and services, eschewing especially all soft 
and effeminate music. 

The BibUography of Normandy by Fuere, mentions 
Ralph de St. Sampson as Sampson, Baron of Donvre, 
and adds that the Commune of Donvre gave birth to an 
illustrious family, Baron Sampson de Donvr6, Bishop of 
Worcester, his brother, Thomas de Donvre, Archbishop 
of York; Thomas de Donvre II, Archbishop of York as 
Thomas III; and Richard de Donvr^, Bishop of Bayeux. 
The two latter were sons of the Baron Sampson de Donvre. 
The prefix "de" in French signifies "of" or "from" Donvr6. 

We must bear in mind that it was not until the time 
of the Norman Conquest that surnames began to be 
adopted ; and we can surmise that after Baron Sampson de 
Donvr^ settled in England he adopted the name of St. 
Sampson as a surname using Ralph for the Christian name 
and thus assumed the name of Ralph de St. Sampson. 
At least, this is the name he is given by all historians 
after 1066. 

The Memoirs of the Society of Antiquities of Normandy 
informs us that 

Among our more modern Saints, many of our primitive 
missionaries have given their names as well to families. 

Among the names referred to is "Sampson," so this 
explains why St. Sampson's name was used by this family 
of Donvr^ — which was near the monastery of St. Sampson 
at Rouen. Moreover, Ralph de St. Sampson's father 
was also a Priest, which was additional reason for his 
choosing the name of so eminent a saint as Sampson. 



8 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

There are references in a History of the Norman People 
to Nicholas, William, Christian, Henry and Walter 
Sampson, living in the years from 1180 to 1195, as being 
descendants of Ralph de St. Sampson, 

A few paragraphs from The History of William, The 
Conqueror will best explain how matters were in England 
at the time of the Conquest : 

By the end of William, the Conqueror's reign, all the 
greatest estates in England had passed into the hands of 
Normans and other utter strangers. 

A few Englishmen who had won King William's favor 
kept great estates, and a crowd of Englishmen kept 
small estates. 

In many cases the English owner kept his lands as 
tenant under a Norman grantee, but every man, Norman 
or English, held his land by a grant from King William. 
Gradually, and under cover of law, the highest officers 
in Church and State were taken from the Englishmen 
and bestowed on the Normans. 



CHAPTER II 

In the majority of the books I have consulted for 
information regarding the earliest history of the Sampson 
Family, I find them referred to as a "Clerical Family" and 
of great renown in the Clerical world. Among the most 
noted was the Abbot of St. Edmund's, in Bury St. Ed- 
munds, County Suffolk, England. This was Abbot 
Sampson, who succeeded Abbot Hugo in 1180. He was 
born in Tottington, County Norfolk, England, in 1135, 
the son of poor parents. 

In the very complete account of this Abbot by Jocelin 
de Brakelonde, he refers to the fact that Abbot Sampson 
was very reticent regarding his relatives, but always made 
the remark that he was of "gentle birth," when questioned 
on the subject. 

We can hardly be criticised for believing that Abbot 
Sampson was nearly related to the Bishop of Worcester, 
and his brother Thomas, Archbishop of York. The 
dates which mark their lives were not so far apart as to 
render this impossible — and, remembering also, that 
there were few of the name of Sampson in the Eleventh 
and Twelfth Centuries. 

Thomas Arnold, of Oxford, tells us that the Story of 
Abbot Sampson furnished Carlyle with material for a 
series of graphic chapters in his Past and Present, under 
the title of The Ancient Monk. 

I would recommend the reading of these chapters, and 
also the history of Abbot Sampson by Jocelin de Brake- 
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10 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

londe, which has been translated and published by John 
Murry, Albemarle Street, London, W. Jocelin de 
Brakelonde says: 

The reader is desired to mark this Monk, a personable 
man of seven and forty; stout made, stands erect as a 
pillar, with bushy eyebrows, the eyes of him beaming 
into you in a really strange way, the face massive, grave, 
with a very eminent nose; his head almost bald, its 
auburn remnants of hair and the copious ruddy beard 
gettmg slightly streaked with grey. This is Brother 
Sampson, a man worth looking at. 

Other items of interest regarding this most celebrated 
Abbot, are the following: 

Among the Crown lands sold by King Richard I, 
immediately after his succession, was the Manor of 
Mildenhall, which Sampson, Abbot of St. Edmunds, 
(who assisted at the Coronation of King Richard I) bought 
for a thousand marks. 

When all the Shrines of England were being stripped 
to furnish King Richard's ransom, Abbot Sampson re- 
sisted and the Shrine of St. Edmunds remained untouched. 

All the land mentioned in Pakenham at the time of the 
survey, belonged to the Abbot of St. Edmunds, who was 
Abbot Sampson. In 1199 Abbot Sampson assigned one- 
third of the demesnes and tithes in Pakenham to St. 
Saviour's Hospital. 

Abbot Sampson died in 1212, so that he was Abbot of 
St. Edmunds for thirty-two years, and in that time he 
made many improvements lq the Abbey and won for 
himself a great name by his steadfast devotion to all that 
was just and right. 



CHAPTER III 

Although Ralph de St. Sampson and members of his 
immediate family were the only ones of the name in 
England in the latter part of the eleventh, and the early 
part of the twelfth centuries the records of the thirteenth 
century show us that the family of Sampsons has grown 
into large proportions. 

There are some manuscripts in existence indicating 
that efforts had been made to keep a history of this most 
interesting family. One of these manuscripts is now in 
the British Museum Library, under the title of Davy 
Suffolk Collection. This devotes some nineteen pages to 
Sampson genealogy in County Suffolk, and includes some 
famous branches. 

I am indebted to Mr. Donat Sampson of London (who 
is of the County Clare, Ireland, Sampsons), for some 
information from this collection. But he advises me that 
the manuscript is in a very small hand and the writing 
much faded, so that it would be difficult to decipher it. 

According to my study of the family I am inclined 
to think that these County Suffolk Sampsons went into 
that County from County York. County York seems to 
have been the home of most of the very early Sampsons. 
The Surtees Society mention a family of that name, com- 
mencing with Alan Sampson who was Bailiff of the City 
of York in 1253-1254. His wife was EHzabeth or Con- 
stance and they had three sons, Maurice, 

Matthew and John. John was knighted and styled 
11 



12 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

"Sir John Sampson," Knight. He was Mayor of York in 
the years 1279-1281-1283-1285-1299 and 1300, and 
Knight of the Shire in 1298. 

Sir John was granted the sites of certain wind and 
water mills at Aberford and Beckhawe, while he and 

Mary his wife were granted the Manor of 

Appleton. He died not long after, leaving four sons and 
a daughter. The daughter, Constance, married Sir 
John Sutton, of Sutton-in-Holderness. Of the sons, 
John Sampson was one of the Knights of the Shire in 1298 
and was otherwise employed in important pubHc services. 
In 1282 he and Gilbert de Luda with other citizens of 
York, loaned King Edward I, 1040 marks. 

This John also had summons of service to attend at 
New Castle-upon-TjTie with horse and arms to march 

against the Scots. His wife was Agnes and 

he had his seat at Tonehouse, in Yorkshire, and in the 
28th year of the reign of Edward I was Constable of 
Stirling Castle, which is situated in Scotland, 35 miles 
North of Edinburg. 

Allan's son, Wilham, was summoned to Parliament 
as a Baron, (Lord Sampson) by writs, in December 
1209. He also attended with horse and arms a great 
council appointed to meet at Carlisle. He held lands 
according to the Testa de Neville at Epereston and 
Wredeburgh which his ancestors had holden by the serv- 
ice of one Knight's fee. 

Another son, Thomas, became Canon of York, was a 
very wealthy man and much employed in State affairs. 
Thomas was appointed Canon of St. Peters in York in 
1339. Previous to this he was Prebendary of Holme 
from 1332 to 1339. He is spoken of as a munificent 



13 



benefactor to the Church of York and took much interest 
in the rebuilding of the nave. Another account states 
that on Trinity Sunday, 1348, he left the sum of twenty 
pounds to the new Choir "if the work was begun within- 
a year after his decease." The rebuilding of the Choir 
was not completed until 1400, the great East window being 
the finest in the world. To the altar of the Trinity 
newly erected over the Treasury at York, he left an image 
of the Virgin in Alabaster. 

His missal was bequeathed to the High Altar of the 
Minster, and a set of ornaments to the Altar of St. John 
the Evangelist. He also gave to the High Altar of the 
Cathedral at Llandaff, Wales. This Church was first 
founded by S. S. Dubritius and Teilo, who were such 
important personages in the life of St. Sampson. 

The fourth son, Henry, was joint Lord of Appleton, 
with Walter de Fauconburgh, and was living in 1338. 
Henry had a son, Johannes, who married Emmeria, and 
left a son Robert. Henry was buried in the Conventual 
Church of St. John the Evangelist at Nun Appleton, 
according to his request in his will. 

All the early records point to the fact of the Sampsons 
of those days being noted for their connection with the 
Church and Church affairs. 

I will add the following notes I have secured from the 
very early Patent Rolls, Close Rolls, various Archaeologies 
and other sources of information: 

Henry Sampson, parson of the Church of Eston by 
Staunford, gave license to a Chaplain to celebrate Divine 
Service in Church of all Saints at Eston, for souls of 
Eleanor, late Queen (Consort of Edward I), Henry 
Sampson, his father, and Isabella, his Mother. 



14 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Master Hugh Sampson presented to the Church of 
Wyssmdon in diocese of Lincoln, 1301, reign of Edward I. 

Ralph Sampson, Rector of Church at Eperestone in 
1281. 

Henry Sampson, presented to Church of St. George of 
Bartow-on-Trent m 1272. 

John Sampson, presented to Church of Buneshal in 
1270. 

WiUiam Sampson presented to the Church of St. Mary 
Bishophill Senior 1271. 

Master Henry Sampson, Parson of the Churches of 
Walsham, Erpingham, Flete, Earl Sohan, Eston, and 
Creton, 1295. 

Master Henry Sampson, parson of Churches of Fysker- 
ton, Haryngby and Inglesworth, 1295. 

Master Hugh Sampson, Parson of the Churches of 
Byrkyn and Sandeford 1295. 

Thomas Sampson, Parson of the Church of Misterton 
1341. 

Maurice Sampson, a brother of Sir John of York, and 
son of Alan, was instituted to the Rectory of Edlinton 
m 1252. 

Henry Sampson, the younger, was appointed to Church 
of Inge worth in Diocese of Norwich 1291. 

Other notes of these early days are that 

Hugh Sampson was appointed by Richard de la Pole, 
King's Sergeant, as his deputy 1334. Hugh's wife was 
Constance and he died at Southampton in 1336. 

John Sampson was witness to a deed of Wulstan, 
Prior of Church of Worcester in 1336. 

Nicholas Sampson was Burgess and merchant of South- 
ampton in 1338. 

John Sampson was given a grant for life of the custody 
of the Castle of Scartheburgh in 1301, with the same 
salary as his predecessor. 

William Sampson was Proctor General in England of 



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the Abbey of Blankland, and the Abbot of Cokersond 
in 1294. 

Adam Sampson was a citizen and merchant of London 
in 1273. 

John Sampson was granted land by Queen Eleanor, 
(the Consort of Edward I) in 1279. 

John Sampson was keeper of the Exchange of York in 
1280. 

John, Archbishop of York, nominated John Sampson 
his attorny for one year. 

Hugh Sampson of Stouton was an attorney in 1340. 

Nicholas Sampson, the younger, was Bailiff of South- 
ampton in 1341. There was also a Nicholas Sampson, 
the elder. 

Matthew Sampson, who was brother to Sir John of 
York, and son of Alan, was Bailiff of York in 1288. 

A few records from the Close Rolls, in the reign of Henry 
in, are that 

John Sampson received letters from the King asking 
protection, etc., in 1226. 

Thomas Sampson was one of four Justices appointed 
for the Assizes in Northampton in 1229. 

Roger Sampson lived in 1240 

John Sampson of Rutland is mentioned as a Knight 
in 1255. 

WiUiam Sampson was justice in Stamford County 
Lincoln in 1251. 

Gervase Sampson and John Sampson mentioned as 
Burgesses of Northampton in 1264. 

Henry Sampson purchased land in Holewell, County 
Lincobi, in 1261. 

John Sampson of Winchelsea, County Essex, is one of 
a list of Barons, in 1266. 

It has taken me many months of study and research to 
collect these scraps of Sampson History, from various 



16 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

sources; and though to many these brief mentions may- 
seem unnecessary, there may be a few to whom the 
knowledge gained will be of assistance in tracing their 
own lineage. 

Frequently a date of birth, a marriage, or death leads 
to great results, so I will add a list from Yorkshire Archae- 
ology: 

John Sampson, of Owthorne married Agnes Tennison, 
of Roos. 

Nicholas Sampson married Emote Ibberson of Worrall, 
in Bradfield. 

William Sampson of East Retford married Mary Haw- 
ton of City of York in 1746. 

Sarah Sampson, of West Stow, Yorkshire, married 
George Wellboume, of same place, in 1752. 

Edward Sampson, of Wooly, married Aime Maumby 
of Ledsham in 1739. 

Among Yorkshire wills are Agnes Sampson, of Kelke 
Magna, 1557. 

Nicholas Sampson, of Foxhill, in Parish of Ecclesfield, 
1566. 

Robert Sampson, of Turnstall, 1588. 

William Sampson, of Snaith, 1588. 

Wilham Sampson, of Burton Agnes, 1560. 

John Sampson, of Willhill, 1562. 

Thomas Sampson, of Bolton Percy, 1440. 

Wilham Sampson, of Appleton-in-Anstey, 1393. 

Wilham Sampson, in Farley, 1440. 

Richard Sampson, 1505. 

John Sampson, of Garton-in-Holderness, 1537. 

Richard Sampson, of Hooton, 1536. 

Robert Sampson, of Worteley, Leeds Parish, 1545. 



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Thomas Sampson, of Parlyngton, Aberford Parish, 1526. 

William Sampson, of Parlyngton, Aberford Parish, 1551. 

William Sampson, of Tunistall-in-Holderness, 1543. 

Mr. G. D. Lumb, Honorable Treasurer of the Thoresby 
Society of Leeds, in County York, has written me a short 
account of the Sampsons of Parlyngton, County York, 
who were his ancestors: Henry Sampson, of Aberford, 
died in 1787, Aged 78. He left a daughter, Mary, who was 
Mr. Lumb's great grandmother. She died in 1803. Of 
these Parlyngton Sampsons, these was also Thomas, who 
made his will in 1526; John, born 1568; William, born 
1562; and Edmund, born 1651. Of this same family was 
Henry Sampson, who emigrated to Pendfield, Monroe 
County, New York State, in 1800. He had married Jane 
Clarkson in England in 1777, and they have many de- 
scendants in America. Henry is buried at Pendfield, 
New York. 

A short record of the Sampsons of Foxhill, County 
York, is that John lived there in 1528. He was the 
father of Henry and Nicholas. Henry's will is dated 
1599 and he had a son Henry. Nicholas, whose will was 
dated 1566, had a daughter Mary, who married a Henry 
Sampson. 

When we reflect that Ralph de St. Sampson, Bishop 
of Worcester, had a brother Thomas and a son Thomas, 
who were both Archbishops of York in the years 1068 to 
1112, and possible later, we can readily infer that York- 
shire, England, was the home of the earliest Sampsons, 
and also that the Sampsons mentioned in this chapter 
could no doubt claim Ralph de St. Sampson as their 
ancestor. 

If there were only a few more records, we might be 



18 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

able to secure a direct lineage back to our Norman ances- 
tors. I have made a strong effort to find some such history 
in the various Libraries — and have been fortunate enough 
to be aided by a French and Latin scholar, Mrs. L. Nel- 
son Nichols, of New York, who searched the earUer his- 
tories in the Astor Library. But the records obtained 
were so meagre there could be no possibiHty of claiming 
much in regard to these early Sampsons. 



CHAPTER IV 

County Suffolk Archaeology and the Visitations of 
County Suffolk, refer to many Sampsons in this County. 

In the year 1428, the Manor of Thorington Hall, which 
was the principal manor of Saxon times, was released 
by Robert Sampson and his wife Elizabeth. They had 
held it from the early part of the 15th Century. The 
Manor of Ryses was vested in Thomas Sampson in the 
time of Henry VI, who, dying in 1440, it passed to his 
son and heir, Thomas Sampson, who died about 1483. 
His son and heir, Sir Thomas Sampson, died January 2, 
1511, when this Manor passed to his nephew, Thomas 
Felton. Also the Playford Estate belonged to this same 
family of Sampsons. Playford Church was built by 
Sir George Felbrigg. To him succeeded John Felbrigg, 
whose daughter and heiress, Margery, marrying Thomas 
Sampson, Esq., of Brettenham, carried Playford into that 
family, Thomas Sampson, Esq., and Margery, his wife, 
are buried at Playford Church. He died in 1439. The 
Sampsons were not destined to hold Playford long. 
George Sampson, son and heir of Thomas and Margery, 
succeeded them and died in 1458. 

George Sampson's son and heir died in 1476, leaving 
two children, a son. Sir Thomas Sampson, Knight. Sir 
Thomas died without children in 1511, and his sister 
Margery, who married a Felton, brought the Playford 
Estate to the Feltons. Nothing more seems to be known 
of these Sampsons. This property in Playford belonged 



20 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

at one time to St. Edmund's Abbey, of which Abbot 
Sampson had charge for 32 years. According to dif- 
ferent writers, St. Edniund's Abbey prospered under Abbot 
Sampson and accumulated a large number of manors. 

In the record of Suffolk County for 1327 are the follow- 
ing Sampsons: Galfridus, John, Ralph, Richard, Thomas 
and Wilham. 

Another prominent family of Sampsons, of County 
Suffolk, were those of Kersey. County Suffolk archae- 
ologists state that "the Sampsons had long been settled in 
Kersey, even as early as 1382." 

Symond Sampson, of Kersey, (son of Robert Sampson) 
married Margaret, daughter of Sir James Hobart, Knight, 
and was lord of this Manor at the opening of the 16th 
Century. On his death he was succeeded by his son and 
heir, Thomas Sampson, who died in 1508, when the manor 
passed to his son and heir, Symond Sampson. He mar- 
ried Elizabeth, daughter of John Southwell, of Varnam 
Hall, and, dying in 1563, the Manor went to his eldest son, 
Robert Sampson, though his youngest son, George, is 
described as of "Sampson Hall." 

Robert Sampson, married EHzabeth, daughter of Robert 
Wingfield, of Upton, County Northampton, and dying 
in 1591, the Manor passed to his son and heir, John Samp- 
son, who married Bridgett Clopton, daughter of William 
Clopton, of Groton. This John Sampson wrote a letter 
to John Winthrop, Governor of Massachusetts, on Janu- 
ary 12, 1629, regarding his son Samuel Sampson joining 
the New England Colony. 

John Sampson's wife, Bridgett Clopton, was a sister 
to Governor Winthrop's second wife. This letter is pub- 
lished in a volume of the Massachusetts Historical Society. 



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On John Sampson's death the Manor passed to his son 
and heir, John Sampson, but was shortly after acquired 
by John Thoroughgood, and eventually, after passing 
through several of these families' hands, Sampson Hall 
was pulled down in 1824. 

John Sampson and Bridgett Clopton had twelve chil- 
dren; Thomas, William, John, Robert, Samuel, Symon, 
Susan, Sarah, May, Margery, EHzabeth and Bridgett. 
The daughter Susan, married John Aylmer, third son of 
the Lord Bishop of London, in the reign of Queen Eliza- 
beth. John Aylmer was knighted and styled Sir John 
Aylmer, of Rigby, County of Lincoln. 

In a record of The Knights of England, compiled 
by William A. Shaw, he gives this note: 

On the marriage of Arthur, Prince of Wales, November 
4th, 1501, under king Henry VII, Thomas Sampson was 
knighted. 

This is the same Sir Thomas Sampson who owned the 
Manors of Ryses and Playford. 

In connection with the Sampsons of Playford and 
Kersey, we can also add the Sampsons of Brettenham. 
The Reverend Charles P. Bethan, in his History of Bret- 
tenham and the Weneve Family, writes: 

The Sampson family were very ancient, of Knights 
degree, and seated first at Brettenham in Cosford Hundred, 
and afterward at Playford by marriage with Felbrigg. 
So far it hath not appeared when the ancient Sampsons 
first held Brettenham, nor when they ceased to hold it. 
There were Sampsons in the Samford Hundred in the 
days of the Peasants Revolt in 1381, and one of them, 
Thomas Sampson of Harkstead, a man of good social 
position, was the chief leader in this part of the country. 



22 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

On June 15, 1381, Thomas put forth a manifesto to the 
people of Ipswich and the adjoining hundreds, com- 
manding them on pain of death to join his band on the 
following Sunday morning. His appeal seems to have 
been responded to with alacrity. Sampson managed 
for a time to elude the grasp of the law, but at length was 
captured and condemned to death, was finally pardoned 
by the King and his goods, which had been forfeited, were 
restored to him. There was also a John Sampson in 
Harkstead. 

Another account of Brettenham Hall is: 

At the beginning of the 15th century, this Manor was 
vested in William Sampson, from whom it passed to his 
son and heir, Thomas Sampson. The Sampsons had 
been connected with this place for many generations. As 
early as the time of Edward II we learn from the Patent 
Rolls that they had flourished here, for in 1318 we find a 
commission issued on the complaint of Ralph Sampson, 
while the Charter Rolls mention William Sampson as 
granted land in Brettenham in 1247. 

Sir Thomas Sampson, of Brettenham, about 1421 
married Margery, sole daughter of Sir John Felbrigg, and 
died in 1439, when the Manor of Brettenham passed into 
other hands, same as the Manor of Playford. 

Through the channel of marriages there seems to have 
been many connections made with various famihes in 
counties both near and remote. Also changes of the 
homes from one section to another, so that a few notes 
regarding the Sampsons of Worrall near Sheffield, in 
County York, are quite correctly given at this point. 

Nicholas and Thomas Sampson are the two earfiest I 
have found as of Worrall under the date of 1616. 

Nicholas married Emote Taylor, of Worrall, and had 
six children, of whom a son, Nicholas, married Emote 



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Ibberson. Only one child is given, a son, William, who 
married Margaret Sted. William and Margaret had 
five children, of whom the son William, married Sarah 
Eyre, of Worrall. One child is given, a daughter, who 
married John Greaves, 

Still another visitation is of County Derby and men- 
tions Symond Sampson, who married Jean Eyre. The 
children are given as five, of whom George married a 
daughter of Sir John Crofts, of Weston, County Suffolk. 
WilHam, the son and heir, married a daughter of Bromley. 
His son WilHam is spoken of as of County Suffolk, and he 
married EUzabeth, daughter of Wismon, of County 
Essex, and they had eight children. 

The Sampsons of Binfield, County Berks, seem to have 
used a "Coat of Arms," which is described in a visitation 
of Berkshire as a ''Gold cross on black ground with 
escallop shells." 

There is much confusion in the records of County Berk 
Sampsons. In one lineage sent me by Mr. Donat Samp- 
son, of London, from an old manuscript in the British 
Museum Library, a WilUam Sampson of Asbygall is the 
first mentioned. He married EHzabeth, daughter and co- 
heiress of John Holnaby. Their son, Sir William Samp- 
son, married EHzabeth, a daughter to John Saye. Two 
of their sons are mentioned, one Robert, who was Regis- 
ter to King Henry VIII, and married Katherine Mallett. 

Robert and Katherine had a son Thomas Sampson, who 
is recorded as of Binfield, and no doubt the first of the 
Binfield Hne. 

The second son of Sir WilHam Sampson and EHzabeth 
Saye, is spoken of in this manuscript as Richard, Bishop 
of Lichfield and Coventry. 



24 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Bishop Sampson was educated at Cambridge College, 
Oxford. Strype in his Memorials, gives a lengthy accomit 
of this notable Sampson: 

Richard Sampson was an inmate of Cardinal Wolsey's 
family, and Chaplain to him, and his Chancellor in the 
Diocese of Turonay. Through Wolsey, Sampson was 
made King's Chaplain and Dean of St, Stephen's which 
was a foundation laid for many other dignities and places, 
as well as a Bishopric, which he obtained afterward as 
our Church Histories show. 

And among the rest, he was one of King Henrj^ VIII's 
Privy Comicil. He was Dean of Lichfield, St. Paul's 
and Windsor, and received the royal assent to his election 
as Bishop of Chichester in 1536, and in 1542 he was 
translated to Coventry and Lichfield. 

As the Bishop of Chichester, he was present at the 
Baptism of Edward VI and at the Burial of Queen Jane 
Seymour. He was imprisoned in the Tower through 
disagreeing with Lord Cromwell on Ecclesiastical matters 
during 1539-1540 but was eventually released. 

Fuller's Church History states that "Bishop Sampson 
was imprisoned because of reports of his corresponding 
with the Pope." But Fabian, Hall and Stow state that 
this Bishop was imprisoned for relieving some poor 
prisoners who had been arrested for denying the King's 
Supremacy. By this account his Prelate's crime was 
no more than an incautious charity. 

This Richard Sampson was Lord President of Wales 
in 1523 under King Henry VHI, but was removed by 
King Edward VL He preached the Coronation sermon 
for Queen Mary at Westminister Cathedral, as he was 
esteemed of all the Bishops the most florid preacher. 

Bishop Sampson wrote a notable book against the 
Pope's Supremacy, which King Henry sent over sea to 



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the Pope himseK, and also to Pole and others, to vindi- 
cate himself for taking the Supremacy to himself. 

Bishop Sampson died in Queen Mary's reign on Sep- 
tember 20, 1554. He was then Bishop of Lichfield and 
Coventry, and he passed away at his palace at Eccle- 
shall, a fine place situated about fifteen miles from Lich- 
field, County Stafford. 

The Palace is now in ruins, having been demolished 
in the Civil Wars. 

Among Cemetery records in County Suffolk, I find these 
notes : 

In this stone are deposited the remains of Margaret, 
wife of Thomas Sampson, D.D. of this Parish, Rector 
of Groton, County Suffolk. She died on the 4th day of 
November, 1826, in the 60th year of her age. 

Also of the Rev. Thomas Sampson, D.D. husband 
of the above, who departed this life, March 31, 1839, 
aged 74 years. 

From "Monumental Inscriptions" in Hales worth 
Churchyard, County Suffolk: 

William Sampson, died March 17, 1773, aged 56 years. 
Bridget, wife of William Sampson, died September 3, 
1769, aged 56 years. 



CHAPTER V 

Although no record is given in Playford of Thomas 
C. Sampson, the celebrated "Puritan" of Queen Eliza- 
beth's reign, in Strype's Memorials he states that 

Thomas C. Sampson was born at Playford, in County 
Suffolk in 1517. He was a fellow of Pembroke Hall, 
Cambridge, and educated there. He was made Preacher 
to the Army under Lord Russell in the reign of Edward 
VI. He married a niece of Hugh Latimer, and in 1550 
he received Holy Orders from Bishop Ridley at Fulham, 
and was much esteemed by Bishop Ridley and Arch- 
bishop Cranmer. When he was examined for Holy 
Orders he excepted against the apparel, but by Arch- 
bishop Cranmer and Bishop Ridley he was nevertheless 
permitted and admitted. He was made Dean of Chiches- 
ter in the latter part of 1552 and also Rector of All Hallows 
Church, London, in King Edward's reign. 

During Queen Mary's reign in 1553, Sampson fled with 
many others, by advice of Archbishop Cranmer, and spent 
sometime in Strasburg, Germany. 

During this exile, Sampson assisted in translating the 
Geneva Bible, and while the several Divines were en- 
gaged in this work Queen Mary died, and they returned 
to London. In 1560, two years after Queen Elizabeth 
ascended the throne, Thomas Sampson was made Dean 
of Christ Church, Oxford, as he was considered tlie most 
learned man in the Island, as well as the most pious, 
having the universal praise of all men. It is written of 
him that it might be well doubted whether he were a 
better man, or a greater linguist, or a completer scholar, 
or a more absolute Divine. On the 24th of March, 1560, 
he preached before Queen Elizabeth at Court, and on 
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April 5, 1561, he preached at Paul's Cross before the 
Queen. He preached more sermons before Queen Eliza- 
beth than any other Minister of that time. 

In 1563 he was requested by the Secretary to conform 
to the apparel prescribed, but he wrote a letter giving his 
reasons for not wearing the cap and gown. 

Bishop Grindal writes : 

The Queen was highly offended with Sampson because 
he continued incompliant. The refusers of the Orders 
of the Church were commonly called "Puritans," and 
Thomas C. Sampson was styled "The Puritan" in Strype's 
Life of Bishop Grindal. A great many letters were written 
and pages of ecclesiastical history devoted to the wearing 
of the cap and surplice, to which Thomas Sampson 
objected. He himself wrote largely on this subject. 
Another prominent Minister, Humfrey of St. Magdalene, 
was with Sampson in his views, and they two were 
mentioned as the chief offenders in the movement against 
the cap and gown and were called "The Champions 
of those they styled Puritans." 

It seems that Sampson had changed his views, for in 
Queen Mary's reign, as Rector of All Hallows Church, 
London, he wrote his parishioners from Strasburg during 
his exile and exhorted them to submit to the ceremonies, 
but later, after conversation with Calvin and other 
Reformers, he changed his judgment. On September 
5, 1561, he burned superstitious utensils at Oxford. 
He was expelled from Christ Church in 1563 for non- 
conformity, and then Dr. Sampson, (as he was called) 
was Master of a Hospital in Leicester. His hospital was 
called Wiggston's College, and it is said that after he was 
laid aside from doing God's service, that he was of more 
use privately by governing this College. 

In 1573 Thomas Sampson was restrained of his liberty 
at London by order of Queen Elizabeth, in order that he 
might be an example of her discipline to the rest. In 
the latter part of this same year he was taken with numb 



28 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

palsy on one side, which deprived him of the use of his 
limbs; but he lived half a score of years afterward with 
good sense and understanding. He died April 9, 1589, 
aged 72 years, at Wiggston's Hospital (in the town of 
Leicester, County Leicester), of which Hospital he was 
Master. He was buried in the Chapel and a monument 
erected by his sons John and Nathaniel Sampson. 

Thomas Sampson had several children, a daughter, 
Anne Sampson, who married Henry Ewbanke, of the 
City of Durham, in County Durham. Henry Ewbanke 
was one of the Prebendes living in Durham in 1615. 

The Ewbankes of Durham had a Coat of Arms and a 
crest. 

Nathaniel, one of the sons of Thomas, was Canon of 
Scotland, County Lincoln, from 1607 until his death in 
1611. His daughter was the second wife of the Rt. 
Rev. Edward King, Bishop of Elphin and Nathaniel's 
mother was a niece of Bishop Latimer." It is also sup- 
posed that Thomas Sampson, a pretender to poetry, was 
a son of the Dean. 

Still another prominent family of Sampson hving in 
the reign of Queen Elizabeth, were the Sampsons of County 
Gloucester. 

John Sampson, as appeared by copy of a Court Roll 
dated in 1572, was father of John Sampson, who married 

Joan . They had five children: Edward, 

Mary, Joan, Margaret and Elizabeth. Edward, his heir, 
married Mary, daughter of Rev. Ralph Green, of Olverton, 
County Gloucester, and they had four children: Edward 
Ralph, John and Mary. 

John, his heir, married Martha, daughter of John 
Burcombe, Esq., of Old Sodbury, County Gloucester, 
and had two children, Edward and John. 



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John died a bachelor, and Edward married the only- 
daughter and heiress of Edward Long, Esq., of Olverton, 
County Gloucester. This Edward purchased Henbury 
Audelett, in 1627, which is mentioned as a very beautiful 
estate. Edward and Mary had two children, John and 
Martha. Martha died unmarried and John succeeded. 

John, of Inst., County Gloucester, married Mary, 
eldest daughter of Nicholas Hicks, Esq., an alderman of 
the City of Bristol, County Gloucester. They had three 
children: John, Edward, and Mary. Mr. Sampson who 
was Sheriff of Gloucester in 1726, was succeeded by his 
only surviving son Edward Sampson, Esq., of Henbury, 
who married Mary, daughter of Thomas Brown, Esq., 
of Salperton, County Gloucester, and had four children: 
John, Edward, Mary and Catherine. Mr. Sampson 
served the office for Gloucestershire in 1778. He was 
succeeded at his decease by his elder son, John Sampson, 
Esq., of Henbury, who died unmarried in 1830, and was 
succeeded by his only brother Edward Sampson, Esq., of 
Henbury. 

This branch of Sampsons, according to Burke's Geneal- 
ogy, bore Arms. This Sampson Coat of Arms is Arg. a 
cross moline gu — between four escallop shells S. A. Crest — 
a dragon head erased, collared arg. Motto — Pejus 
letho flagitium — which translated means "Disgrace is 
worse than death." 

A more extended account of the Sampson Arms is: 
Henbury, County Gloucester, England. Derived from 
John Sampson, time of Elizabeth, See Burke (Sir 
Bernard). (Ulster King of Arms). General Armory, 
London 1884. Page 894. 

Per bend of (gold) and gules (red) a cross fiory between 



30 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

two scallops in bend dexter, right, and as many (or) 
billets in head sinister (left) all counter changed. 

Crest — a fret (or) thereon a wiverns head, erased gules, 
collared and semie (strewn or sprinkled with) billets 
(flat oblong squares) gold. 

Motto — Pejus letho flagitium. 

I am indebted to Mrs. Harriet Taylor, who is in charge 
of the Genealogical Department of the Newberry Library 
in Chicago, for the symboUsm of this Coat of Arms, Mrs. 
Taylor having studied Heraldrj^ in London, and is one of 
our most competent authorities on this subject. 

SYMBOLISM 

The shield divided per bend signifies division by a line 
from dexter or right chief to sinister base. (The right 
is from the standpoint of bearer of the shield behind it.) 

The or (gold) means intrinsic worth or character. 

The gules (red) is typical of zeal or great energy. 

The cross flory denotes that the destiny of the first 
bearer of the Arms was affected by the rehgious wars. 

The escallop or shell is a very old and honorable emblem 
indicating a pilgrimage, as in the Crusades. 

The billets (documents or letters) indicate justice. 

I find very few references to anj^ of the name of Sampson 
in the records of County Cornwall. 

The most I have learned of Cornwall Sampsons has 
come to my knowledge in correspondence with various 
Sampsons in America, who advised me of their ancestors 
as being from County Cornwall. 

One branch comes from Diym, in the Parish of Crowan, 
near Cambrene. Of this line is the celebrated evangelist, 
WilUam Sampson, who is styled "The Cornishman on 



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Fire." Mr. Sampson is noted as being one of the most 
successful evangelists; and his many missions have been 
reported as being wonderfully enthusiastic. He has a 
brother, John Sampson, living at Cadboro Bay, Victoria, 
British Columbia. Their father was William Sampson, 
of Drym, their grandfather, William of Drym, and 
their great grandfather Richard Sampson — but they do 
not know the birthplace of Richard. 

Another line is that of a Mr. James Sampson, of Mount 
Vernon Street, Philadelphia, who traces his ancestry to 
County Cornwall. 

Mr. Sampson has been a member of the Philadelphia 
M. E. Conference since 1874. His father was Thomas, 
and his mother Joan Allen of Illogan Parish, County 
Cornwall. His grandfather was James Sampson, who had 
three sons: James Hale, John, and Thomas, already 
mentioned. 

James Hale Sampson was educated at Oxford for the 
Priesthood in the Church of England. And was eventu- 
ally Rector of an influential parish in Somerset. James 
Hale married a Miss Croft — an heiress, who forfeited her 
fortune if she changed her name. So James Hale Sampson 
assumed the name of Croft instead of Sampson. 

John, the other son of James Sampson, died on a return 
trip from Mexico to Cornwall, and left all his property 
(some $175,000) to his fiancee. 

Still another branch of the Sampson family in County 
Cornwall is represented in America by Mr. Charles C. 
Sampson, of the IlHnois Steel Company, JoHet, 111. His 
grandfather was Thomas Sampson, of Goldsithney, near 
"Lands End," County Cornwall, who married Mary 
Gundrey in 1836. 



32 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Thomas was a coal miner and worked near Marazion. 
He also preached on a regular Wesleyan Methodist Cir- 
cuit in Penzance. 

Mr. Charles Sampson surmises that his grandfather was 
one of the "local" preachers who assisted the regular 
pastor of that circuit. 

Thomas sailed for America in 1848 and his wife and 
eight children followed in 1849. The eight children were : 
Jane Gundrey, Samuel Vernon, Lydia, William Gundrey, 
Thomas, Ezekiel, Gideon Gundrey, John Wesley. 

Evidently they located in Pennsylvania on their arrival 
in America, for John Wesley, the father of Charles C. 
was born in Huntingdon, Pa., in 1851, but his parents 
moved to Iowa by wagon, about the year 1853, when 
John Wesley was two years old. They located near 
Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa. Five of the brothers 
served in the Civil War. 

Mr. H. O. Sampson, Principal of the School of Agri- 
culture, of the International Correspondence Schools, 
in Scranton, Pa., is the grandson of a Thomas Sampson 
who came to America in 1847. This is possibly the 
same family as that of Charles of Joliet, 111. 

Other records obtained from different histories state 
that Richard Sampson was Archdeacon of Cornwall 
1516-17. 

Robert Sampson, of County Cornwall, was Rector of 
Landerevednack in Cornwall in 1622. 

Thomas Sampson, a son of Peter Sampson, of Liskeard, 
County Cornwall, was Vicar of Tjmardreth, 1677, and of 
St. Wenn 1680. 

A JNIartin Sampson was a son of Richard Sampson, of 
Grylls, County Cornwall. 



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This little sketch of County Cornwall Sampsons carries 
out the saying that the "Sampsons were a Clerical Family." 

From Lyson's Magna Brittania, I have secured the 
following account of the Sampsons in County Devon. 

In the Parish Church at Yardbury, County Devon 
there are monuments of several of the family of Sampson : 
George Sampson, Gentleman, 1610; John Sampson, 
Esq., 1696; Thomas Sampson, Esq., 1700. 

Sir Walter Erie sold the estate of the Manor of Whit- 
ford, in Colyton, County Devon, to the Sampson family, 
and it is now the property of their descendant, Samuel 
Sampson, Esq. This family has been settled in England 
for more than two centuries. They are supposed t o have 
come from Somersetshire. Mr. Samuel Sampson has 
estates in that county which have long been in the family. 
The grandfather of Mr. Samuel Sampson married the 
heiress of Braddick. 

Two other Sampsons of note of the 17th Century were 

Robert Sampson, who was Vice-Admiral and owner of 
the ship "Alexandria," which was hired for service of 
State of One hundred and Thirty Pounds a month. 
In 1652, Robert Sampson commanded the Briar attend- 
ing on the Army in Scotland. In the summer of 1659 he 
was with the fleet off Elsinore and continued serving 
after the Restoration, and in 1664 was appointed Rear 
Admiral of the White Squadron commanded by Prince 
Rupert. Robert Sampson was killed in a battle off 
Lowestoft on the coast of County Suffolk, June 3, 1665. 
A grant of Five Hundred Pounds was ordered paid his 
widow, Mary Sampson. 

Richard Sampson was educated at Bristol, County 
Somerset, for the Christian Ministry, by a Mr. Thomas, 
an ejected non-conformist Baptist Minister. Mr. Samp- 
son moved to Exeter in 1692 and attended the Assembly 
in London as their Minister. He died in 1716, and was 



34 l^E SAMPSON FAMILY 

noted for his literary attainments. He also had a most 
remarkable memory. It is written that Sir Isaac Newton 
had a great respect for Mr. Sampson and made many 
remarks about his wonderful memory. 

In County Nottingham, still another family of Sampsons 
had some celebrated members. Of these was William 
Sampson, the Poet and Dramatist. He was born in 
South Leverton, near Retford, in County Nottingham, 
in 1590, and figured with Thomas and Henry as among the 
humbler owners of land in that section. He married 
Helen, daughter of Geoffrey Vicars, and they had two 
sons, Henry and William. 

Henry, the oldest of these sons of William and Helen, 
was bom in 1629 at South Leverton. He was educated 
at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge, and paid especial atten- 
tion to the study of Hebrew and New Testament Greek, 
and collected a library rich in critical editions of the 
Scriptures. In 1650 he was presented by his College to 
the Rectory of Frammgham, in Country Suffolk, was 
never ordained, but acquired repute as a preacher, and 
founded an independent congregation at Framingham, 
which is now Unitarian. Later in life he became an 
antiquarian, and afterwards turning to medicine he 
studied at Padua and Leyden, where he graduated July 
12, 1668. He died July 23, 1700, and was buried at Clay- 
worth, County Nottingham, of which place his brother 
William was Rector. Henry was twice married, but had 
no children. 

William, brother of Henry, was also educated at Pem- 
broke Hall, Cambridge, and became the Rector of Clay- 
worth, County Nottingham. 

In Bailey's Annals of Nottinghamshire, he states that a 

John Sampson, of South Leverton, in his will dated 
1641, granted to eight trustees certain school buildings 



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and a yearly rent charge of Twenty Pounds out of an 
estate for the maintenance of a master to teach poor 
children of the Parish of South Leverton to read and 
write. 

Another item of "Nottinghamshire," is that 

Elizabeth Sampson, sole daughter and heir of John 
Sampson, of Breason, in Derbyshire, and sole grand- 
daughter and heir of John Sampson, of Newby in York- 
shire, married Sir Thomas Parkyns, of Bunny, in Notting- 
hamshire. 

According to Thoroton's Antiquities of Nottinghamp- 
shire, the Sampson family is mentioned as a very ancient 
one in that county. Sir William Sampson (the Baron 
or Lord Sampson referred to earUer in this history) 
owned lands at Epereston, County Nottingham, in the 
reign of Henry I. 

In Burke's Peerage, 

John Sampson, of South Leverton, County Nottingham, 
where his family resided in the time of Queen Elizabeth, 
left a son, Gilbert S^-mpson, of South Leverton, who was 
born December 9, 1651, and died September 6, 1747. 
He also left a son, Thomas Sampson, of South Leverton, 
born 1715, and died 1801. His son, Thomas Sampson, of 
Benningham Grange, County Nottingham, was bom at 
South Leverton, May 28, 1753, and married Ehzabeth 
Sutton de Gariencies, Jan. 7, 1795 and died November 
1844, aged 92 years, leaving her a son, Lieu't Col. William 
Henry Sampson, late of the 59th Regiment and Rifle 
Brigade. 

Lieu't Col. Wiliam Henry Sampson, was born March 
14, 1799, and married a daughter of Lawrence Richardson, 
of Brentwood, County Essex, and had by her an only 



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36 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

child, Dudley Thomas Heaton Sampson, who was born 
Feb. 6, 1841, and died April 26, 1886. He was Lieut. 
Col. of late 9th Bengal Lancers (Hodson's Horse). 

He married Mary, only child of William Jolland, of 
Buxshalls Park, County Sussex, and had two children, 
Dudley de Garencies Jolland Sampson, born May 24, 1882, 
and who died Oct. 14, 1899, and Noel Carleton Sampson, 
2nd Lieu't Battahon Royal Sussex Regiment. He was 
born December 25, 1883. In ''County Families of the 
United Kingdom" Lieu't Dudley Sampson was formerly 
of Her Majesty's Indian Land forces, and Bengal Lancers, 
and also a Justice of the Peace for County Sussex. 

Other Sampsons of County Nottingham were a Samp- 
son who married Helen Stacy, sister of John Stacy, of 
Battlefield. They had two sons, Thomas and Alexander. 
Thomas, who lived in South Leverton, married Margaret, 
a daughter of Thomas and Ann Stow, of Hildstrow-in- 
Holderness in 1665. To them were born two daughters. 

Alexander, brother of Thomas, was of East Retford, 
and married Mary, daughter of Thomas and Mary 
Aldam, at Warmsworth in 1665. They had three children, 
Thomas, Mary and Ellen Sampson. 

Edmunde Sampson lived in Morgate, County Notting- 
ham, in 1558; Robert lived in South Leverton in 1562, 
and John in North Colhngham in 1557. 

In Brown Wilhs Histonj of the United Parliamentary 
Abbots and conventual Cathedral Churches is mention of 
Sampson, Abbot of St. Bennets, Hohne County Norfolk. 
He was Abbot from 1229-1237. 

Among the records in the Parish Church of Wallasey 
St. Hilary, County Chester are the following: 



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Births 

Ellen Sampson, 1574. 

Ellen Sampson, daughter of Henry was christened 1576. 

Margaret Sampson, daughter of William was christened 
1576. 

Elizabeth Sampson, daughter of William was christened 
1578. 

John Sampson, son of William was christened 1579. 

Ralph Sampson, son of Henry was christened 1579. 

Jane Sampson, christened 1581. 

Anne Sampson, christened 1583. 

Thomas Sampson, christened 1586. 

Elizabeth Sampson, christened 1590, 

Marriages 

Elizabeth Sampson married Henry Monily 1574. 
Ralph Sampson married Margaret Dobbe 1596. 

Burials 
Ellen Sampson 1574. 
John Sampson 1581. 
Anne Sampson 1584. 
Elizabeth Sampson 1585. 
Henry Sampson 1590. 
Margaret Sampson 1590. 

In the records of Upton County Chester are: 

Henry Sampson 1600. 
Ann Sampson 1618. 
John Sampson 1618. 
Jane Sampson 1618. 

Robert Sampson . 

Alice Sampson 1669. 

This no doubt refers to the fact that these Sampsons 
were living in these years. 



CHAPTER VI 

The Sampsons have been well-styled a "Clerical" 
family, as about every branch has produced Archbishops, 
Bishops, Rectors and Ministers. In the Surrey County 
records, the Rev. Thomas Sampson of Wandsworth 
Parish was curate in that parish, and also Chaplain to a 
volunteer companj'' raised there in the Rebellion of 1845. 
He was afterwards Minister of Hammersmith, and had 
two livings in Sussex given him by Lord High Chancellor 
Bathurst. He married Mary Brown in Chelsea College 
Chapel and they had nine children: Mary A., Thomas W., 
Wilham W., EHzabeth, George, Jane, Christopher, Charles 
and George Frederick John. "The Godfathers of this 
last child, George Frederick John, were H. R. H. George, 
Prince of Wales, and the Rt. Hon. Earl John, of Bute; 
while the Godmother was Her Grace, the good Duchess of 
Somerset." The Rev. Thomas Sampson hved to be more 
than 80 years old and had a great-grandson called Herbert 
Charles Wjoin Sampson, to whom fell the old family 
Bible from which this record of the Rev. Thomas's chil- 
dren was taken. In a record of deaths and christenings 
of this same Wandsworth Parish, I find the names of 31 
Sampsons between the years 1623 and 1755. In Peter- 
sham, County Surrey, there was also a Rev. Thos. Samp- 
son who was a D.D., F.R.S. and F.S.A. He had six sons: 
William, Henry, John, Daniel, Lewis and James. 

William, the oldest of these sons, was educated at 
Oxford and ordained as a Deacon by Henry Bathuret, 
38 



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Bishop of Norwich, Dec. 19, 1813. He left England in 
April 1817 and came to Grimsby, Ontario, Canada, where 
he was the first Rector. He married Maria E. Nellis, 
of Grimsby, in 1817, and died in 1822, as the result of 
accident, leaving three children. 

Henry, another son of the Rev. Thomas Sampson, of 
Petersham, was also a Minister. He was educated at 
Trinity Hall, Cambridge, was Vicar of Credham, County 
Kent, and Rector of High Halstrow, County Kent, until 
his death at his residence. No. 28 Bedford Gardens, 
Kensington, London, Nov. 10, 1884. He had married 
Ehzabeth Corbett and they had a daughter Julia who died 
unmarried in 1841. 

James, also a son of the Rev. Sampson of Petersham, 
was a student of the Middle Temple, and called to the 
Bar in 1838. Daniel and Lewis were also professional men, 
while John went to New South Wales and died there. 

Some interesting memoranda from County Dorset of 
some much beloved Sampsons are the following: 

In Weston, County Dorset, is buried John Sampson, 
Rector of the Church of Buckhorn, and upon a flat stone 
in the chancel is this inscription: "John Sampson, Rector, 
here doth rest in Christ. Divine, Physician, and Anagram- 
mist. He was baptized May 12, 1626; he died June 18, 
1715; was buried June 20, 1715, aged 90. 

Against the west wall of the Church in Oborne, Dorset 
County, on a blue stone, is this inscription: 

Near this place lieth interred John Sampson and his 
beloved wife, and John, their son, with Grace, his wife, 
who departed this life in the year of our Lord 1688, 1690, 
1691. 



40 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

These were all lovely in their life, 
A neighbour, friend, husband, wife. 
In love they lived, in hope they dyed. 
Through Chirst for to be gloryfied. 

Johannes Sampson. 

The rest is defaced. 

In the Church at Thornford, Dorset County, against 
the north wall of the tower, is a plain neat monument of 
white marble erected by John Sampson to the memory of 
his father. Near this place are deposited the remains of 
Robert Sampson, Clerk and Rector of this Parish 26 years. 
He died May 1, 1770, aged 54 years. Also of Sarah, his 
wife, who died April 28, 1785, aged 72. 

On another monument of white marble : 

Sacred to the memory of Rev. John Sampson, Rector 
of this parish 34 years, who died Jan. 5, 1810, aged 64 
years; of Elizabeth, his wife, who died July 18, 1847, 
aged 82 years; of Sarah, their daughter, who died May 4, 
1810, aged 18 years; of Charles, their son, Lieut. Royal 
Marines, who died in Island of Trinidad, Dec. 23, 1817, 
aged 22; of Robert, their son, who died at Farnham, 
Oct. 31, 1862, aged 72 years. On a brass beneath: 
For they are dead and their life is hid with God. 

In the Church at Long Bridge, Dorset County, is this 
monumental tablet: 

To the memory of Thomas Sampson, of Kingston 
Russell, born Feb. 26, 1800, died Oct. 8, 1864, and of his 
son George Wood Sampson, born May 26, 1830, and died 
March 16, 1861. 

The lands at West Shilbington, 311 acres, belonged to 
Thomas Sampson, Esq., of Kingston Russell, by whose 



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grandfather they were purchased of the Earl of Pembroke 
in the year 1809. 
A few notes from the Kent Archaeological Society are: 

In 1442, Peter Sampson, of Hook, County Hertford, 
willed land in Westfield to Harry Compton, to keep the 
Feast of St. Michael. 

Among the gentry of Kent County in the time of Henry 
Vn is John Sampson. 

Among soldiers enrolled in 1627 were Nicholas Sampson, 
William Sampson, and Jeremy Sampson. 

In St. Martin's Hundred, County Kent, is Robert 
Sampson. 

An Anthony Sampson, of Thornleigh Parish, wills his 
wife, Abigail, in 1589. 

A Thomas Sampson lived in Southampton, Hampshire 
County, whose wife was Dyonesia, also a Hugh Sampson 
in the same town. In the Historical Manuscript Commis- 
sion, I find some records of Sampsons not yet mentioned. 
There was a John Sampson in Hardenasse and mention 
of a John Sampson in 1279 who was called "de Yham." 

In a History of Devon County, I accidently stumbled 
of the following: 

In the Parish Church at Colyton, County Devon, are 
several monuments to the family of Sampsons. One to 
George Sampson, Esq., 1696, and Thomas Sampson, 1700. 

There are several record of deaths of the Sampson 
family, who, for generations occupied an influential 
position at Colyton, County Devon. They include 
George Sampson, 1610, Thomas Sampson, 1700, and his 
wife and son Thomas. John Sampson, 1780, and his wife, 
1764. Anne, their daughter, 1749. Samuel of Chard, 
their son, Dec. 1788. Mary, their daughter, wife of 
John Callard, Esq., of Ford Stockland, 1803, aged 82. 
John Sampson, Esq., March 1796, aged 76. Thomas 



42 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Sampson, 1856, aged 71 years. Frances Anna, his wife, 
of same year. The arms of Sampson are: Argent, a 
cross moline, azure. 

Also John Sampson, Esq., of Polsloe Road, Exeter, 
County Devon, owned the Manor of Itton. 

In the register of Halesowen Church, County Wor- 
cester, William Sampson was baptized in 1579, a son of 
William Sampson. In Aldenham, County Hertford, 
the Manor of Wall Hall was granted to William Sampson, 
Yeoman, for 70 years. 

A John Sampson was Vicar of Rushden in 1346 and was 
succeeded by his son, Ralph Sampson, in 1361. 

A Mr. Sampson, Rector of Ripley gives these two records : 
In this stone are deposited the remains of Margaret 
wife of Thomas Sampson, D.D., of this Parish, Rector 
of Groton, County Suffolk, 

Also of the Reverend Thomas Sampson, D.D., husband 
of the above, who departed this life March 31, 1839, 
aged 74 years. 



CHAPTER VII 

I will close this History of the Sampsons in England 
with a few references to those who lived, or were educated 
at Oxford, and will also add a collection of numerous notes 
of the Sampson Family in many counties in England. 

In taking up so much space with these records of mar- 
riages, deaths and other brief mention, I feel that I may 
assist others who, hke myself, have searched far and wide 
for matter to aid them in tracing the history of their 
immediate family. 

From Oxford City Documents by J. E. R. Rogers, we 
learn that John Sampson was a juror in 1303, and in 
1380 Thomas Sampson and his wife Isabella and servant 
Alice were residents of Oxford City. 

On a gravestone at Oxford is this inscription: ""This is 
Dr. Sampson's Vault." 

James Sampson was a citizen of Oxford in 1561, and 
John in 1570. These took oaths of citizenship. One of 
the Sampsons, occupying a prominent position in Oxford 
College, was Henry, who was Principal of St. Mary's 
Hall in 1430. Provost of Oriel College in 1449. At one 
time Proctor and connected with Bedell Hall. 

In 1454 he was made Bishop of Worcester. This same 
Henry Sampson gave several MSS. to Oriel College and 
of especial value was Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History 
written in Latin, and 500 years old. 

Henry Sampson was Prebendary of Wells in 1736. 

In FenlaTid's Notes and Queries I find a few more Church 
notes: 

43 



44 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

The Advowson of the Rectoiy was sold by the Cor- 
poration of Boston, County Lincohi, and purchased by 
Alexander Sampson. Sampson was presented in 1718 and 
died in 1736; 

John Sampson of Eyldyeclu, in 1461 bequeathed 3s, 
4d. for a trental of St. Gregory's to be celebrated. 

Henry Sampson was Rector of the Church of Creeton 
in the reign of Henrj^ III. 

Roger Sampson was presented with the Advowson of 
the Church of Easton in 1299. 

John Sampson, of Criths, was of Kings College. Vice- 
Provost of his College. He accepted the College living 
of Kingwood, County Hants, but died before presentation. 
He became D.D. in 1516. 

In April 1890 the Rev. R. N. Sampson was Head Master 
of Hawkshead Grammar School, Lancaster, England. 

From a book called General Gleanings in England, I 
quote some Wills : 

Sir Thomas Foot, of West Clandon, County Surrey, 
Knight and Baronet, in his will proved 1687, give ''To 
my cousin, the Widow Sampson, and her daughter, Mary 
Sampson, and Robert, son of my cousin Sampson. . . . 

Edmund Duckett Sampson, of St. Olaves, Southwark, 
County Surrey (hat band maker), wills in 1620 to "His 
Mother, Dorothy Sampson, widow, and a sister Dene 
Sampson, also a brother Edward Sampson." 

Katherine Sampson, in diocese of Bath of Wells, proved 
1627, wills to "Cousins John, Susan and Mary Sampson, 
and three sisters, Jeanne, Jane and Edith Sampson, and to 
a daughter of her brother William." The overseers to 
be Richard Sampson and Thomas Norris, and she also 
incorporates in the will that "Brother Henry Sampson 
oweth me 26 pounds " 

John Sampson, of Memburie, County Devon, made his 
will appointing his sister Bridgett Mamord, executrix. 
It was opposed by John Longe, son of a sister, and Anne 



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Kolwell, Thomasine Lippincott and Catherine Harvey, 
all sisters of the deceased, July 1620. 

Some members of the bar of Sampson family were 
Capt. Francis Robert Wynn Sampson, called to the bar 
1880, second son of George Sampson, of London. A 
student of the Middle Temple. 

James Sampson, student of the Middle Temple, called 
to the bar 1838. Seventh son of the Rev. Thomas 
Sampson, of Wandsworth, Surrey. 

Samuel Arthur Sampson, LL.D. student of Lincoln's 
Inn, called to the bar 1875, only son of Samuel Sampson, 
of Hendon, County Middlesex. Born 1850, married 
Nina, a daughter of Fred S. Hull. 

Louis Sampson, B.A. Christ Church, Oxford, student 
of Middle Temple, called to the bar 1868, eldest son of 
Louis Sampson, Esq. of London. Married in 1865 
Frances Anne, daughter of Admiral John L. Stokes, of 
Scotch well. 

Matthew Sampson, eldest son of Alexander Sampson, 
of Shirbeck, County Lincoln, admitted to Gray's Inn 
1738. 

Nathaniel Sampson, of Leicester, Gentleman, admitted 
to Gray's Inn, 1626; a son of Thomas Sampson, Dean of 
Christ Church, Oxford. 

Robert Sampson, admitted to Gray's Inn, 1555. 

William Sampson, son of William Sampson of South 
Leverton, Gentleman, admitted to Gray's Inn, 1662. 

MARRIAGES 

Maria Sampson, daughter of Richard Sampson of 
London, married Thomas Paramour, in 1619. He was 
Mayor of Canterbury, in Kent, and lived near Hordwiche. 



46 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Margaeet Sampson, daughter and co-heir of George 
Sampson, of Sampson's Hall, Kersey, County Suffolk, 
married Francis Colby, of Harkstead, County Suffolk. 

Alice Sampson married John Goodman, of Chester, 
County Chester. 

Bethseba Sampson married Hercules Michel, of 
Bodwin, 1621. 

Sampson, daughter and heiress of George 

Sampson, married Sir John Crofts, of West Stow, County 
Suffolk. 

Isabella Sampson, daughter of John Sampson, of 
Adderly, County Salop, married Thomas Fyfe, of Spoon- 
ley, afterwards of Wedacre, County Lancaster. 

Alice Sampson, daughter of Sampson, 

married John Goodman of Rushdon, County Hertford, 
in 1500. 

Mary Sampson, daughter of Sampson, of 

London, married Wingfield Molesworth, of London, in 
1613. 

Edward Sampson married Ellen of St. 

Andrew, Holbom, London. 

Susan Sampson, daughter of George Sampson, of 
Harkstead, County Suffolk, married John Elmer of 
Risby, Lincoln County, in 1592. 

Maria Sampson, daughter of Robert Sampson, of Ker- 
sey, County Suffolk, married Lesley Cave, of Horspoole 
Grange, in Parish of Thornton, County Leicester, in 1619. 

Thomas Sampson, of County Leicester, married Maria 
Everard. 

IVL^RTHA Sampson, daughter of Humphrey Sampson, 
of St. Mary's Axe, London, married Paul Collins, of St. 
Martins in the Field, London, November 28, 1690. 



47 



Thomas Sampson, Esq., of Moore Hall, Battle, County- 
Sussex, son of the late Sampson, Esq., of 

Moore Hall, married Julia, youngest daughter of Victor 
de Mercie, Esq., of Brook St., London, and had a son, the 
Rev. Gerald Victor Sampson, born at Winfield, 1865. He 
was a curate of St. Barnabas, Pimlico. 

Turner or Thomas Sampson, of St. Clement, Danes, 
County Middlesex, married Mary Smith, October 24, 1679. 

Eleanor Sampson, daughter of Henry Sampson, of 
St. Anns, Black Friars, London, married John Strackerly, 
January 30, 1691. 

Thomas Sampson, of London, married Catherine Walt- 
ham, daughter of George Waltham of Brenton, County 
Devon. 

John Sampson, of St. Bride's London, son of John 
Sampson, of St. Bride's, married Elizabeth Bowles, of 
St. Bride's, May 26, 1663. 

John Sampson, of St. Andrews, Holbom, London, 
married Ehzabeth Greene, January 29, 1667. 

John Sampson, of St. Botolphs, Bishopsgate, London, 
November 5, 1666, married Mary Beauchamp, of St. 
Giles, Cripplegate, London. 

Edward Sampson, of Henbury, County Gloucester, 
married Mary Long, November 24, 1684. 

John Sampson, of St. Mary Magalen, Milk St., London, 
married Elizabeth Humfreys, March 4, 1681. 

Symond Sampson, of Kersey, County Suffolk, married 
Elizabeth Southwell of Barham in 1561. 

Agnes Sampson, of Hughley, County Bucks, married 
Robert Bulstrode of Upton, County Bulstrode. 

Sampson, married WiUiam Lathron, of 



Shipworshire, County Essex. 



48 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Thomas Sampson, of St. Mary Woolnoth, London, 
married Abigail Boyce, September 28, 1663. 

Antonio Sampson, of Nutts, in the Isle of Sheppy, 
Comity Kent, married Abigail Hale. 

Dorothea Sampson, daughter of Johannes Sampson, 
of Spelmanden, Gondhurst, Kent Comity, married 
Johannes Brookes, of Kent Comity. 

Samuel Sampson, of Stepney, Middlesex County, 
married Marina Cobb, August 14, 1688. 

Elizabeth Sampson, of All Hallows, Barking, London, 
daughter of Thomas Sampson, late of same place, Yeoman, 
married John Nash, 1596. 

Elizabeth Sampson, of Pencombe, Hereford County, 
married Thomas Pitt of Pencombe, Hereford County, 
Gentleman, in 1672. 

Grace Sampson, of St. Magnus, London, married John 
Newlands, of Orsett, Essex County, in 1573. 

Rev. Charles Sampson, Rector of Ripley, Yorkshire, 
and Llansannan, Denbighshire, Wales, married Mary 
Anne, daughter of Stephen John, Esq., of Trewince, County 
Cornwall. They had a son, Charles Johns Sampson, Esq., 
of Tower House, Carnarvon, Wales. Mr. Charles Johns 
Sampson is a Justice of the Peace and D.L. for County 
Carnarvon, and a commissioner of Income, Land and 
Assessed Taxes. His oldest son is Rev. Desmond Henry 
Wynn Sampson. 

Sampson, only daughter of John Sampson, 

of County Leicester worth 10,000 pounds, married 

Ayres, of County Northampton. 

Elizabeth Sampson, of All Hallows, Barking, London, 
daughter of Robert Sampson, Esq., late of Kersey, County 



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Suffolk, married George Drywoode, Rector of South Wok- 
ington, County Essex. 

Jane Sampson, of South Wokington, County Essex, 
married Clement Callthorpe, of St. Michael, Basishaw, 
1578. 

Mary Sampson, age 19, daughter of John Sampson, of 
St. Martin in the Fields, London, Gentleman, married 
Charles Couchman, of St. James in the Fields, London. 

John Sampson, married Mary Askewe, June 21, 1563. 

Philip Sampson, Esq., of County Hereford, married a 
Miss Wade, heiress to 14,000 pounds. 

Miss Sampson, heiress to 14,000 pounds, married 
Henry Johnson, Esq. 

Elizabeth Sampson, daughter and heiress of Henry 
Sampson, of Holm Lacy, County Hereford, married 
John Hereford, of Prior's Court. She had a son, John 
Hereford, who inherited Holm Lacy, in right of his mother. 

Edward Sampson, of Henbury, County Gloucester, 
married Mary, a daughter of Thomas Brown, Esq., of 
Salperton, County Gloucester. 

Eleanor Sampson, daughter of John Sampson, Esq., 
married Sir WilHam Jermey, Knight of Knodisham, 
County Suffolk, one of the Judges of the King's Bench in 
1477. 

Edward Sampson, of Henbury, County Gloucester, 
married Joanne Daubenny, daughter of George Daubenny, 
of Redlands, County Gloucester, in 1807. 

Barbara Sampson married John Poynter. 

Barbara Sampson, daughter of Arch Deacon Edward 
Sampson, of Cork, Ireland, married Henry Pilkington, 
Esq., of Tore Abbey. 



60 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Edward Sampson, of Henbury, County Gloucester, 
only son of Edward Sampson, married Belinda, daughter 
of Benjamin Way, in 1840. He was High Sheriff of 
Bristol in 1847. 

Rebecca Sampson married Peter Green well, Esq., of 
Broomshields, in the reign of Henry VII. 

Katherine Sampson, daughter of George Sampson, of 
Playford, County Suffolk, married Nicholas Leventhorpe, 
of Hertfield, County Essex, 1628. 

Alice Sampson, daughter and heiress of William Samp- 
son, Vice-Marshall of Callis, married Francis Wilford, 
of Norrington, County Kent, 1558. 

Bridgett Sampson, daughter of John Sampson, of 
Sampson's Hall, in Kersey, County Suffolk, married 
Thomas Cudmore, of Kebredon, County Essex, in 1634. 

George Sampson, of County Somerset, married Eliza- 
beth Hill. 

Amphelis Sampson, daughter of Sir William Sampson, 
Lord of Preston, County Nottingham, married Sir Ger- 
vase Clifton, Knight. Sir Gervase, after the death of 
his father, was Lord of the same manor and Warden of 
the same Castle. 

Judith Sampson, daughter of William Sampson, Minis- 
ter of Swavesey, in County Cambridge, married Thomas 
Fowle, of Overton, County Hants. 

A daughter of Sampson, of London, married Thomas 
Garth. 

Margaret Sampson, daughter and heiress of Adam 
Sampson, of Cotton Sup le Wold, in County Warwick, 
married William Dixwell, of Tengreth, County Bedford. 

Mary Sampson, married Walter Fites, son of John 
Fites, of Fitesford, County Devon. 



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John Piggott Sampson married Jane Fordham, 1857. 
Is buried at Great Chester, County Essex. 

Maria Sampson, daughter of Capt. Peter Sampson, 
H.E.I. C.S. of County Hereford, married Joseph Toulurin. 

Abraham Sampson, of South Leverton, had a daughter 
who married Francis Hawks worth, Gentleman. 

Ellen Sampson married Ralph Carr 1567. 

Sampson married Mary Ward Plant, only 

child of Benjamin Plant, of Sheffield Moor. 

Helen Sampson, daughter of Nicholas Sampson, of 
Foxhill, County York, married Stephen Bright. 

Stephen Sampson, of Brampton, County Cumberland, 
married Elizabeth Wylde. 

William Sampson of Brampton, County Cumberland, 
married Elizabeth Wylde. 

William Sampson, of London, married Joan Locke. 

Elizabeth Sampson, daughter of George Sampson, 
Esq., of Harkstead, County Suffolk, married John St. 
Paul, of Campsall, County York, living 1585. 

A Sampson married a daughter of the House of Camock. 

Nicholas Sampson married Ahce Chalres, of Hag- 
worthingham, 1667. 

Elizabeth Sampson, married Robert Cawdron, of 
Great Hale, in 1600. 

Jane Sampson, daughter of Thomas Sampson, married 
Samuel Culverwell, of Cherry Burton, County York. 
Buried at Scotter, 1635. 

Richard Sampson, of Ireland, married Susan, daughter 
of Roger Lemyng, of Barnetby, at Caistor, 1609. 

Anne Sampson, married Anthony Guerard, of Market 
Rasen, 1682, at Wragby, County Lincoln. 

Alice Sampson, daughter and heiress of William 



52 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Sampson, of Gainsborough, County Lincoln, married 
Sir Wm. Thorold, Bart., who succeeded his cousin in 1717. 

Richard Sampson, of County Salop, married Alecia, 
daughter of Richard Pincell in 1623. 

Mary Sampson, of Portsea, County Hampton, in 1782 
manied James Wilson, of H.M.S. "Carnatic." 

James Sampson, of County Hampshire, witness to 
marriage of Mary Ann Sampson, to James Lethieullier 
of H.M.S. "Orion" in 1795. 

Martha Sampson, of Portsea County Hampshire, 
married George Ellyett of Portsea, 1783. 

Martha Sampson of Alverstoke, County Hampshire, 
married Samuel Frost in 1746, of H. M. Fireship "Pluto." 

Susanna Sampson, of Andover, County Hamsphire, 
married Joseph Chapman, of Odiham, Hampshire County. 

Mary Ann Sampson, daughter of John Brook-Sampson 
and Sarah, of St. Mary's Exeter, married Peter Dickson 
of All Saints, Southampton, in 1824. 

Sampson married Innocent Castle, of Olney, 

County Bucks, in 1634. 

William Sampson married Dorothy, daughter of Robert 
Thornhill, of Mareham-le-Fen, in 1740. 

Elizabeth Sampson, daughter and heiress of John 
Sampson, Esq., of Breaston in Derbyshire, and grand- 
daughter of John Sampson, Esq., of Hewby, in York- 
shire, Alderman of London, married Thomas Parkyns 
of Bunny, County Nottingham, 2nd Baronet. 

Sampson, married Juliana Jenken, of Bur- 
wash, County Sussex. This was Sampson of Withersham. 

Anthony Sampson of Notts, in County Kent, married 
Abigail Hales, daughter of Humphrey Hales, Esq., of 
"The Dungen." 



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Mary Sampson, of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, 
married Ralph Blakiston, of Chester-le-Street. 

William Sampson married Elizabeth, daughter of 
John Saye. 

Agnes Sampson, co-heir of her brother John Sampson, 
married Richard Colton, of Trenance, in St. Columb 
Minor, County Devon. 

Henry Sampson, of Pljonouth, County Devon, married 
Thomasine Inkepence, daughter of Roger Inkepence, 
of County Berks. 

John Sampson, son of Henry and Thomasine Sampson, 

married a daughter of Gorges, of Plymouth, 

County Devon. 

RiCARDA Sampson, a granddaughter of Henry and 
Thomasine Sampson, married first William Hywish, 
and second Sir Thomas Fichet. 

other records of SAMPSONS 

John Sampson, of Steep, County Hampshire, in 1768 
witness to a marriage in Portsea. 

Thomas Sampson, of Up way. County Dorset, had a 
daughter Hannah. 

Henry Sampson, of Brunswick House, Bowden, 
County Chester, had a daughter Alice. 

John Sampson, and Katherine, his wife, in 1421 owned 
a portion of the Manor of Willishams. 

Luke Sampson, lived in 1339, reign of Edward III. 

Richard Sampson, and Richard and John, his sons, 
lived in 1341, reign of Edward III. 

Robert Sampson, son of Robert Sampson, of Sher- 
bourne, County Dorset, father of John, 1763, and of 
Robert next. 



54 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Robert Sampson, son of Robert Sampson, of Fontwell, 
County Dorset, Clergyman, brother of John, 1763. 

William Sampson, son of Thomas Sampson, of Wands- 
worth, County Surrey, Doctor. 

Henry Sampson, son of Henry of Bruton, County 
Somerset. Rector of Croscomb, Somerset, 1723-1750. 
Canon of Wells 1736-1773. Vicar of Milton Cleveden, 
County Somerset, 1745-1773, and Vicar of Sherbourne, 
County Dorset, 1750-1753. His son Henry, also Rector 
of Croscombe and Sulton, County Somerset, until his 
death 1801. 

John Sampson, of Southants, Vicar of Blewbury, County 
Bucks, 1629. 

John Sampson, son of John Sampson, of Charlton, 
County Gloucester. 

John Sampson, son of John Sampson, of Brewham, 
County Somerset, Rector of North Cheriton, County 
Somerset. 

John Sampson, son of John Sampson, of Kersey, 
County Suffolk, student of Inner Temple, 1671. Of 
"Sampson's Hall," County Suffolk, buried in Temple 
Church, May, 1674. 

Brook Sampson, fifth son of Benjamin Sampson, of 
Leeds. 

Charles Henry Sampson, son of James Sampson, of 
St. Georges, Hanover Square, Westminister. 

Charles Henry, M. A., first son of Charles Stoke 
Sampson, of Bedminster, County Somerset. 

Rev. Desmond Henry Wynn Sampson, first son of 
Charles John Sampson, of Carnarvon, Wales. 

Edward Sampson, only son of Edward Sampson of 
Henbury. High Sheriff of Bristol, 1847. 



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Rev. Edward Francis Sampson, first son of Edward 
of Bristol. 

Rev. Gerald Victor, first son of Thomas Sampson, 
bom at Ninfield, Comity Sussex, 1864. 

Robert Sampson, of Comity Cornwall, Rector of Christ 
St. Michael, Comity Devon, and Landewednack, Cornwall 
1622. 

Samuel Sampson, son of John of Bruton, County 
Somerset. 

Thomas Sampson, of Comity Leicester. 

Thomas Sampson, son and heir of John Sampson, of 
Colyton, Devon. 

Thomas Sampson, son of Peter Sampson, of Liskeard, 
County Cornwall, Vicar of Tynardreth, 1677, and of St. 
Wenn, County Cornwall, 1680. (There is also a record 
of a Martin Sampson in Liskeard.) 

Thomas Sampson, son of Richard Sampson, of Gryls, 
County Cornwall. 

William Sampson, Secular Chaplain 1532-1533. 

William Sampson of Whitchurch, County Dorset. 

Records of an Alexander Sampson in Exon. 

Nathaniel Sampson of London, Clergyman, (son of 
Thomas, Dean of Christ Church), was Canon of South- 
well in 1607 and until his death in 1611). 

Rev. Edward Frank Sampson, first son of Edward 
Sampson, Gentleman. 

Rev. Gerald Victor Sampson, first son of Thomas of 
Moor Hall, Battle, County Sussex. Was Curate of St. 
Barnabas. 

Henry Sampson, first son of Henry Sampson, student 
in the Middle Temple. 



56 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

John Sampson, of the Inner Temple, was buried, "in 
the Round" on August 4, 1674. 

Thomas Sampson, was Dean of Chichester, 1552. 

Richard Sampson was Archdeacon of Cornwall in 1516- 
1517. 

Thomas Sampson, S.T.P., was Prebendary of London 
1570 to 1589. 

William Sampson, A.M., was Prebendary of Clifton, 
1672. He died 1703 and was buried at Clay worth. 
County Nottingham. 

William Sampson, a baker in East Greenwich, makes 
his will m favor of his son Edmund, 1569. 

From a list in the '* Alumni Oxonesius" of students at 
Oxford, I have copied a list of Sampsons: 

William Frederick Sampson, only son of George 
Sampson, of Salisbury, County Wilts. 

Gavin Hamilton Sampson, son of Andrew Gibb Samp- 
son, of Altrincham, County Cheshire, Gentleman. 

Edward Sampson, second son of Lewis Sampson, of 
Paddington, County Middlesex. Perpetual Curate of 
Pike Ridware, County Stafford, 1873-4:. Vicar of Brere- 
ton, County Stafford, 1874. 

Herbert Sampson, first son of Henry Sampson, of 
Manchester. 

Louis Sampson, first son of Louis Sampson, of London. 

Walter Mark Sampson, second son of Henry Sampson, 
of Fallowfield, County Lancaster. 

Edward Sampson, Vicar of Framfield, County Sussex, 
1611, and of Kingsclere, County Hants, 1617. 

Edward Sampson, son of Edward Sampson of Kings- 
clare. County Hants. 



57 



John Sampson, son of John Sampson, of Henbury, 
County Gloucester. 

John Sampson, son of Henry Sampson, of Bruton, 
County Somerset, Clergyman. 

John Sampson, son of Robert Sampson, of Thornford, 
County Devon, Clergyman. John was Vicar of Bailing, 
County Wilts, in 1773, and a brother of Robert, 1762. 

John Sampson, son of Edward Sampson, of Henbury, 
County Gloucester. John, father of Edward, 1829. 

John Curran Sampson, son of William Sampson, of 
Belfast, Ireland. This William is the "United Irishman" 
who later fled to America and lived and died in New York 
City. 

Joshua Sampson, son of Joshua, of Retford, County 
Nottingham. 



SAMPSONS IN SCOTLAND 



CHAPTER I 

As I have stated earlier in this history, the Normans 
who came over with WilHam, The Conqueror, were given 
estates in both England and Scotland. 

Whether the Sampsons were among those who were 
given estates at that period in Scotland, I have not been 
able to learn from any of my various lines of reading or 
from any of the family with whom I have corresponded. 

In the Scottish Antiquary, edited by the Rev. A.W. 
Cornelius Hallem, M.A., I found this inquiry: 

As I have enough matter for a complete history of the 
Sampson family (in whichever way the name might be 
spelled), I beg leave to ask through your columns for 
any information of the Scotch Sampsons your subscribers 
may have in order that no fact of importance may be 
overlooked. 

Thomas Sampson, 

56 Avenell Road, 
Highbury, London, W. 

The reply, also published in a later copy of the Scottish 
Antiquary, is as follows: 

In a list of twenty-seven Sampson marriages, I find only 
one connected with Scotland. 

Lieut. Thomas Sampson, of the 59th Regiment, killed 
at Java in 1811, married in 1809 Martha, youngest 
daughter of Sir John Dalrymple, Baronet of Cousland, 
and sister of the 8th and 9th Earl of Stair. Martha 
is not mentioned among Sir John Dalrymple's children; 
61 



62 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

in Dugdale's Peerage, vol. II, p. 523, Burke adds: She 

died in 1863. 

David Douglas, 
Edinburg, Scotland. 

I wrote the editor of the Scottish Antiquary to the 
address given in their magazine, and received word from 
publishers in Glasgow that the pamphlet was out of 
existence. I feel that if such good authorities are unable 
to trace Scottish Sampsons when living in Edinburg, 
where it would naturally be easy to find many records 
of the early history of Scotland, I should not feel dis- 
appointed at my inabihty to trace ancestors in that 
locahty. 

The very earhest mention I have secured of a Sampson 
in Scotland in that "the See of Brechin (which is in For- 
far County) was founded by David I (King of Scotland) 
in 1150," and that "Sampson was Bishop of Brechin 
in 1180." 

I have searched volumes of ecclesiastical history, and 
find absolutely nothing concerning this Bishop — nothing 
save the mere record that he was Bishop. 

From Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in 
Scotland I copied this most interesting note: 

In the Parish Churchyard at Kilmarnock is interred 
Thomas Sampson, an early friend of the poet Burns, and 
on whom he composed "Tom Sampson's Elegy." 

Sampson was a prosperous seedsman and an estimable, 
kindhearted man. On his tombstone, a plain slab set 
in the west end of the Church, is the following: 

Thomas Sampson died the 12th day of December, 
1795, aged 72 years. 



SCOTLAND 63 

"Tom Sampson's weel worn clay here lies, 
Ye canting zealots, spare him, 
If honest worth in heaven arise, 
Ye'll mend, or ye'll win near him." 

Burns. 

Thomas Sampson was from the village of Riccarton, 
near Kilmarnock, and in another record of this same 
elegy, he is called ' ' Tom Sampson, the Worthy Old Sports- 
man." I wrote Riccarton and received a letter from Mary 
Ann Shedden, postmistress of that village, stating that 
Tom Sampson had a son, Tom. This son married and 
left a son and daughters, all of whom married. One 
daughter went to Melbourne, Australia, and one married 
a MacLaren and went to Liverpool to reside. Tom Samp- 
son also had sons, William and John, and a daughter 
Jane. 

The following clipping from the Kilmarnock Standard 
of August 26, 1911, is most interesting: 

THE TOMBS OF THE SAMSONS 

Laigh Kirk Burying-Ground. 

Thomas Samson 
Died 12th December, 1795 
Aged 72 years. 
Tam Samson's weel worn clay here lies. 
Ye canting zealots spare him ; 
If honest worth in heaven arise, 
Ye'll mend, or ye'll win near him. 

His Spouse 

And their descendants and relations 

Buried within this railing; 

William Samson, their eldest son, 



64 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

John Samson, their second son 

also 

D'arcy Lang, Spouse of 

Thomas Samson, their youngest son, 

also 

D'arcy, Jessie and Gilbert 

Their children. 

This stone is erected by 

Thomas Samson 

Nursery and Seedsman, Kilmarnock, 

In Grateful 

Remember of his respected Father, 

And Family, and of 

Thomas, his eldest son, who died in the 

Island of St. Croix. 

The said Thomas Samson, who died at 

Burnside, Kilmarnock, 

24 Sept., 1856, in his 79 year. 

IN THE HIGH CHURCH BURYING-GROUND 

In Memory of 

Mary Samson, spouse of Benjamin Smith, 

Merchant, Kilmarnock, 

Who died 25 June, 1829. 

This stone is erected by Thomas Samson, 

Nursery and Seed Merchant, Kilmarnock, 

In grateful remembrance of his 

Sister, Jean Samson, 

Spouse of Matthew Milne, Seed Merchant, 

Kilmarnock. 

And daughter of Bums's Tam Samson, 

Who died 30 Jany., 1872, 

Aged 90 years. 



SCOTLAND 65 

IN FENWICK CHURCHYARD 

In Memory of 

Jane Samson, wife of James Hunter Picken, 

And 

Daughter of Thomas Samson, 

Kilmarnock, 

Who died in 1870, aged 59 years. 

Also 

James Hunter Picken, who died 1878, 

Aged 72 years. 

I also wrote Perth, Scotland, and from the Sanderman 
Library, in Perth, I received a letter informing me of two 
Sampsons living in Perth still; a Mrs. Harriet Sampson 
and her son Bertram. Mrs. Harriet Sampson (to whom 
I wrote), kindly sent me a note in which she stated that her 
husband came from Robertown, near Leeds, County 
York, and his father's family belonged to Yorkshire. 
That she had lived in Perth forty years and had never 
heard of anyone else of the name in Perth, 

There is, however, an "Anne Sampson" mentioned in 
a volume of "Americans of Royal descent" which gives a 
pedigree from King Robert the Bruce, of the Macalester 
family in which occurs this marriage — Charles Macalester 
to Anne Sampson, of Perth. They came to America and 
settled in Philadelphia, where Mr. Macalester became a 
most successful merchant, and built and ran his own 
ships between this country and England. They raised a 
large family of children and a number of their descendants 
are living today in different parts of the United States. 
Anne Sampson Macalester was written of as being a most 
exemplary mother and fine specimen of womanhood. 

There is a boat running today on the Potomac River 



66 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

called the "Charles Macalester," named after the Scotch 
Macalester who married Anne Sampson. 

In a register of testaments in Glasgow are the following 
Sampsons, showing you there must have been quite a 
few families of that name located there : 

George Sampson in Auchenlick Mill, 1682. 

George Sampson in Auchenlick Mill, 1781. 

James Sampson in Auchenlick Mill, 1682. 

James, son of James Sampson, deceased in Speirstown, 
Parish of Ochiltree, 1672. 

John Sampson in Byre of Barquhairrie, Parish of Gal- 
ston, 1672. 

Christopher Sampson, in Cottertown of Benschi, 
Parish of Kirriemuir, 1614. 

James Sampson, in Craw Nest of Glen of Ogilvie. 

David Sampson in Hauch of Phinsarin, and Isabel 
Baxter, his spouse, 1663. 

Jean Sampson, 1668. 

John Sampson, in Coltown of Blerrifeddene, Parish of 
Fermerine, and Isabel Wacker, his spouse, 1613. 

Thomas Sampson of Braidwood, Parish of Innerweik. 

Margaret Sampson, 1657. 

Thomas Sampson in Braidwood. 

Archibald Sampson in the Netherbow, Parish of Res- 
cobi, 1607. 

Barthelmo Sampson in Nethermaine of Chirnesyde. 

James Sampson in Swanstonlaw, 1667. 

John Sampson, Newbigging, 1665. 

Thomas Sampson in Lyntown-Brigg, Parish of Preston- 
kirk, constable of Haddington 1609. 

Francis Sampson. 

There is mention of a John Sampson in 1297 in King 
Edward's reign as hving in Berwick. A John Sampson 
of England, in the 26th year of King Edward's reign, 
was constable of Stirling Castle, 35 miles from Edinburgh. 



SCOTLAND 67 

John Sampson is witness to the baptism of a child, Septem- 
ber 8, 1743, in the old regiment, commanded by Lieut. 
Gen. Murray, in the Marlborough campaigns. 

Adam Sampson was taken prisoner in 1651 by Major 
Scot and his party at Drumlanerwick, Scotland. 

There is mention of a David Sampson of Glamis Castle 
in 1684. 

In a list of marriages in Edinburg records are the fol- 
lowing Sampsons: 

James Sampson married Margaret Whyte, 1671. 
Janet Sampson married Katherine Knox, 1606. 
John Sampson married Catherine Bird, 1610. 
John Sampson, son of John Sampson, married Catherine 
Mayn, 1699. 
William Sampson married Bessie Lowthaine, 1625. 

My convictions, in view of the study I have made of the 
Sampson family, are fully established on one point, that 
the Sampsons of Western Pennsylvania were the Scotch 
Sampsons who went to Ireland, rather than the English 
Sampsons who also took up land in Ireland about the 
same date. Nearly all the Sampson family in Western 
Pennsylvania (as well as the large branch who are de- 
scendants of Joseph, who emigrated from Pennsylvania 
to Ohio) are Presbyterians. The Scotch who crossed 
the sea and settled in Ulster were also Presbyterians, 
while most of the English who took up large estates in 
Ireland adhered to either the Catholic or the Episcopal 
Church. 

A Mr. Ralph Sampson (one of the descendants of the 
Ulster Sampsons) who now lives in Oban, Argyleshire, 
Scotland, advises me he is confident his family went into 
Ireland from Scotland. 



68 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

In a volume of Ulster Archaeology, I find that 

the Scotch came to Ireland mostly from Mull of Gallo- 
way, which lies near Donaghadee in County Down, and 
the Mull of Kintyre, which points to Ballycastle and 
Fairhead in Antrim. In the latter case the sea passage 
is reduced to about fifteen miles, and in the former is 
about twenty miles, a fact which is of great importance 
at any time, but was of a vast deal more then. 

Sir William Brereton states that in 1685 about ten 
thousand persons have within ten years left the country 
wherein they lived, which was between Aberdeen and 
Inverness, and are gone to Ireland. 

I will also quote from J. H. Burton's History: 

It would be useless to attempt to discover the causes or 
the exact times of the immigrations of the Scotch to Ulster. 

The Irish history of the period is signally indistinct 
and confused and there was no more to fix attention in 
the progress of the migration than that people of kindred 
race sailed over narrow seas and mingled with each other. 

So close was their intercourse that we hear of High- 
landers summoned from Kintyre by signal fires on the 
opposite coast of Ulster. In the Irish annals and state 
papers the newcomers are called Scots. 

Another most interesting article from the pen of Michael 
McDonough on this Ulster Irishman in Irish Life and 
Character: 

How long has he been in Ulster and how did he get 
there? In the closing years of Elizabeth's reign the Celtic 
chiefs of Ulster rose in revolt. After a long and bloody 
struggle they were defeated, driven from the country or 
hanged, and their vast territories were confiscated to 
the crown. 

Only 20 miles of sea divide Ulster from Scotland. It 
was this geographical fact, perhaps, which suggested to 



SCOTLAND 69 

James I (who had become king just after the final over- 
throw of the rebelhous Celtic chieftans) the idea of 
planting the confiscated estates mainly with Scottish 
agriculturists. 

Many English were also sent over but the vast bulk 
of the settlers were Presbyterian Lowland Scots. And 
there, in that northwestern corner of Ireland, their 
descendants have since lived and thrived, constituting 
for close on three hundred years a separate race with a 
different creed, different social manners and habits of 
thought, and a different utterance from the original 
inhabitants of the country. 

There are nine counties in the Province of Ulster: 
Antrim, Down, Armagh, Derry, Fermanagh, Tyrone, 
Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan. 

The Scotch and English settlers penetrated into all 
these counties, but they concentrated themselves mainly 
in the first five, the nearest to their original homes. 
The Ulster Irishman is proud of the fact that his ancestors 
fought behind the walls of Derry at Enniskellen and on 
the Banks of the Boyne for the Prince of Orange. And 
on the 12th of July the anniversary of the Battles of 
Boyne and Aughrim, the two engagements in Ireland 
which decided the issue of the Revolution of 1690 and 
placed Wilham of Orange securely on the throne, he takes 
down his old fowling piece which hangs over the mantle 
shelf, and donning his Orange regalia — for of course he 
is a member of the Loyal Orange Institution — he marches 
in the Orange procession with bands and banners through 
the neighboring town or village. 

The Rev. John S. Macintosh, D.D., has made a number 
of speeches on this subject and in an eloquent historical 
address at the Scotch Irish Congress at Columbia, Tenn., 
1889, on "The Scotch and Scotch-Irish," said: 

If we be not the very peculiar people, we Scotch-Irish 
are a most peculiar people, who have ever left our own 



70 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

broad, distinct mark wherever we have come. We have 
our distinctive marks, and like ourselves, they are strong 
and stubborn. The typal face, the typal mode of 
thought, the typal habits of work, tough faiths, unyield- 
ing grit, granite hardness, close-mouthed self -repression, 
clear j&rm speech when the truth is to be told; God- 
fearing honesty, loyalty to friends, defiant of death, 
conscience, and knee-bending only to God; these are our 
marks. And they meet you and greet you in the hills of 
Tennessee and Georgia; you may trace them down the 
valleys of Virginia and Pennsylvania, cross the prairies 
of the West, and the savannas of the South; you may 
plow the seas to find them in the Western Bays of Sligo, 
and beneath the butting rocks of Donegal, thence you 
may follow them to the maiden walls of Dei-ry, and among 
the winding banks of the Silvery Bann — onward you may 
trace them to the rolling hills of Down and the busy 
shores of Antrim. And sailing over the narrow lough 
you will face them in our forefathers coUier homes, and 
gray keeps of Galloway, Dumfries, of the Ayreshire 
hills and the Grampian slopes. These racial marks are 
birth marks, and birth marks are indelible. 

In another address of the Rev. John S. Macintosh on 
"The Making of the Ulsterman" in Pittsburgh in 1890 
he teUs us : 

I have drawn very largely in this study on the labors of 
two friends of former years, but more largely have I 
drawn upon my own personal watch and study of this 
Ulster-folk in their homes, their markets, and their 
Churches. From Derry to Down I have lived with them. 
The Scotch settlers in Ulster were a picked class, (as he 
proves from oJQBcial and state papers). The Scottishman 
came with better manifest character, they are better 
accompanied and attended than even the English settlers. 
Just as to these Western Shores came the stronger souls, 
the more daring and select, so to Ulster came the picked 
men to be Britain's favored colonists. 



SCOTLAND 71 

A family of Samsons lived on "Demlaw Farm," the 
last of whom, a Miss Samson, died in the Spring of 1910, 
80 years old. 

While searching for connections in Pennsylvania, 
I had some correspondence with one or two Sampsons 
whose ancestors came directly from Scotland, and I 
will add their family tree, or as much of it as I have been 
able to secure: (See Chart 1.) 

Mr. Charles Samson, of Kirriemuir, Forfar County, 
Scotland, also assisted me as much as he was able to 
collect regarding his family, and his line is as follows: 
(See Chart 2.) 

Through Mrs. Hugh Samson, of Riccarton County, 
Ayrshire, I gained a short record: (See Chart 3.) 

A John Samson lived at Ochiltree, near Cumnock. 
His widow leased the coal fields at Shewalton, from Lord 
Glasgow. They had two 'children, Charles and Alex- 
ander, both dead, but the widows are living — Mrs. Charles 
Samson, at Laurel Bank, County Ayrshire, and Mrs. 
Alexander, at Park Terrace in the same section. I wrote 
to both and received most indifferent repUes, and a decided 
refusal to give any information concerning the Samson 
ancestors. 

The tree of the noted "Tam Samson" of Kilmarnock 
is as follows: (See Chart 4.) 

A hst of the Samsons now living in Kihnarnock and 
Riccarton, furnished me by the General Post Office at 
Edinburgh, is: 

Mr. James Samson, No. 1 Barbadoes Road. 

Mr. James Samson, No. 52 Old St., Riccarton, 

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76 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Mr. James Samson, No. UN. Hamilton St. 

Mr. William Samson, No. 7 Picken St., Riccarton. 

Mr. William Samson, No. 86 Hill St. 

Mr. William Samson, No. 20 Langland St. 

Mrs. Hugh Samson, No. 28 Picken St., Riccarton. 

In tracing a family of Sampsons in Virginia through 
some members of the family now living in Richmond, Va., 
I learned that their ancestors came from Dumfermline, 
County Fife, Scotland, but I will give an account of 
this family under "Sampsons in Virginia." This branch 
spell the name with the 'T", while the line in Counties 
Forfar and Ayrshire, Scotland, use the old Bible spelling. 

It would have been a great satisfaction to have been 
able to state definitely where the Ulster Sampsons came 
from in Scotland, and if this sketch is read throughout 
the various sections, where it will be distributed, some 
reader may be able to give the long sought and desired 
information. 



SAMPSONS IN IRELAND 



CHAPTER I 

Mr. James R. Sampson, of Wellsboro, Tioga County, 
Pa., who is a descendant of the Sampsons of County- 
Tyrone, Ireland, gave a most interesting and instructive 
address at a ''Sampson Re-union" held in the year 1909. 
This "Re-union" is held annually by the members of the 
Sampson family whose ancestors lived in Ulster, Ireland. 

Address of J. R. Sampson, at Sampson Re-union, held at 
Smythe Park, Mansfield, Pa. September 3, 1909. 

My friends, it is not my purpose at this time to give you 
much of a history of the different families of Sampsons, 
but of the class of men they came from. 

In the year 1700 there was a Scotch colony in and about 
Ulster, and it is a fact that they were a part of the same 
who came to this country in the year of the Londonderry 
siege. The colonists were so succeessful in their woolen 
industries that the English manufacturers became alarmed 
and secured legislation that almost crushed this industry 
in Ireland. It is said that 20,000 Protestants at that time, 
because of this, left Ulster for America. Then came the 
Act of 1704, aiming to compel all to conform to the 
Established Church. An Act of which Froude says 
"If they intend to live as freemen, speaking no lies and 
professing openly the creed of the Reformation they 
must seek a country where the long arm of the Prelacy 
was still too short to reach them." During the first 
half of the eighteenth century Derry, Antrim, Tyrone, 
Armagh and Down were emptied of Protestant inhabitants 
who were of more value than all the Cahfornia gold mines. 
In 1718 the tide of emigration began to swell into great 
proportions. By 1727 it averaged over 5000 a year. 
79 



80 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

There was a famine in 1740, and for some years the num- 
ber who left Ireland grew to 12,000 a year, but the greatest 
number leaving in a short period was in 1772, on the eve 
of the American Revolution when the Irish landlords 
raised the rents for improvements made by their tenants 
and evicted thousands who were unable or unwilling to 
meet the raise. Thirty thousand are said to have crossed 
over at that time. We have graphic pictures of the 
emigration fever in Ulster, the crowded ships constantly 
leaving Belfast, for two months tossing on the Atlantic 
and the frequent arrival of ships at Philadelphia and 
Charleston. 

For a little while Ulster Protestants sought Boston, 
others sought other parts of New England. The only 
New England member of Washington's cabinet, Secre- 
tary of War Henry Knox, came of this stock, as did General 
John Stark, who with the Green Mountain Boys, sixty 
of them from Londonderry, won many battles. 

It is said these Protestant immigrants brought from 
Ulster to New England the potato. Some of the New 
Englanders procured a few of these potatoes and planted 
them in their gardens according to instructions, but 
pronounced the little balls found on the top of the stalks 
rather innutritious food. They found in plowing their 
gardens in the spring that they had boiled the wrong end 
of the vegetable. 

But by far the largest stream of emigration entered the 
United States at Philadelphia. From 1727 through to 
the Revolutionary War, many turned aside into New 
'Jersey, but a famous Scotch Irish Quaker Pennsylvania 
governor directed the main stream west in the state to 
battle on the frontier with the Indians. They crossed 
the Allegheny Mountains to the headwaters of the Ohio; 
they followed its valleys south as far as the mountains 
extended; they settled West Virginia and west North 
Carolina, and met there another stream of Ulster immi- 
gration coming in from Charleston. They found their 
way from these main lines over all the United States. 



IRELAND 81 

They gave the free school system to New Jersey and 
Kentucky, and for nearly a century taught most classical 
schools south of New York. Of the descendants of the 
Scotch colony in Ulster, probably there are now in America 
thousands to every one still living in North Ireland. 

It is surprising to find how largely the Scotch Irish 
influence dominated in founding the Presbyterian church 
in the United States. France bred John Calvin the re- 
storer of Presbyterianism, but the Presbyterianism of the 
United States was moulded largely by the Scotch Irish pio- 
neers. It is true what a modern historian of the Presby- 
terian church says, that with the first emigration of the 
Scotch Irish to America came the Presbyterian Church to 
stay. The man more than any other who was a foundation 
layer of the Presbyterian church in this country, was 
Francis Makennie, bom in Ulster and educated at Glasgow 
University. In Maryland on the narrow neck of land 
between Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic — a year or 
two before Londonderry's siege — he founded the first 
Presbyterian church in this country in 1729. One of the 
great movements in the Christian church was that under 
Whitfield but the leading spirit outside of Whitfield was 
Gilbert, a tenant from Ulster. His father had come over 
from Ireland with three minister's sons and became the 
first great educator of the Presbyterian church, found- 
ing the log college out of which grew Princeton College. 

Before 1738, the organization of the first Synod, it 
was found that forty of ninety-four enrolled ministers had 
come from Ireland or Scotland. Nor was it only the 
Presbyterian church that profited by this immigration. 
Probably not more than one-third of the Scotch-Irish 
element is now allied with the Presbyterian church. 
By them the Methodist, Baptist, Episcopal and the 
Disciple churches have been greatly strengthened. 

Alexander Campbell, most active in founding the great 
Disciple church, came himself from Ulster. These 
early comers were not like many of the later immigrants, 
they were not poor peasants but most of them fairly well 



82 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

to do, and a large proportion of them well educated. A 
historian says of them that they were probably the best 
educated of the English race. They were rugged in their 
convictions, men set in their ways and severe in their 
judgments, but they suffered much for their faith, loved 
God, prized His Bible, clung to the privilege of worshipping 
together freely, and practiced liberty and equality. They 
were accustomed to republicanism and representative 
government in their church system. But their greatest 
service was that of helping shape the thirteen colonies 
into an independent republic. 

A modem historian has written, it is no longer sufficient 
to enumerate only Puritan and Quaker in the building 
of our nation, it is now recognized that the Scotch-Irish 
of Ulster contributed not less than any of these to the 
make up of the young nation. Scotch-Irish have been 
the backbone of new nationality, by them independence 
was first advocated. Just a little before the Declaration of 
Independence was adopted, the Scotch-Irish of North 
Carolina in convention at Charlotte had adopted the 
Mecklenburg Declaration. It read "We do hereby dis- 
solve the political bonds which have connected us with the 
mother country and hereby declare ourselves a free and 
independent people, are, and of right ought to be a sover- 
eign and self-governing association under the control of 
no power other than that of our God and the general 
government." The Declaration of Independence itself, 
as we have it to-day is in the hand-writing of a Scotch- 
Irishman, Charles Thompson, then Secretary of Congress, 
was first printed bj^ another. Captain Dunlap, and was 
first publicly read to the people by another, Captain 
Nixon. 

There were none who furnished more soldiers in pro- 
portion to their numbers than the Ulstermen. It was 
Patrick Henry, leading his fellow Scotch-Irish in Virginia 
in the Revolutionarj^ War who said, "Give me Liberty or 
give me death . " They gave New York her first Governor, 
George Clinton, who served twenty-one years. Irish 



IRELAND 83 

blood is credited to eight presidents: Jackson, Polk, 
Taylor, Buchanan, Johnson, Harrison, Arthur and Mc- 
Kinley. Now, my friends, such is the history of the men 
who came from Ulster Scotch-Irish. 

Another tribute to the Scots of Ulster, as well as the 
Scots of Scotland, is from the address given by the late Am- 
bassador Whitelaw Reid before the Edinburgh Philosoph- 
ical Institution on "The Scot and Ulster Scot in America." 
Ambassador Reid inferred in this address that these 
two branches of Scots "deserved more credit for the mak- 
ing of America than any other race of people — that there 
would have been no United States without them." The 
first general impression that the Scots and Irish Scots 
really made America was, of course, slightly wrong, but 
it was the result of the way in which Mr. Whitelaw Reid 
emphasized the importance of this particular race in the 
great crisis in the history of this country. (From Daily 
News, Chicago, 111.) 

Lord Roseberry , who was in the chair, followed Ambassa- 
dor Reid in an address in which he remarked that in his 
opinion the Ulster branch of the Scottish race was the 
toughest, the most dominant and the most irresistible 
race that at present existed in the world. (From Daily 
Neios, Chicago, 111.) 

George Bancroft of New England has stated that: 

the first voice raised publicly in America to dissolve all 
connection with Great Britain came not from the Puri- 
tans of New England or the Dutch of New York, or the 
Planters of Virginia, but from the Scotch-Irish Presby- 
terians, and when the Declaration of Independence came 
it summed up the conclusions to which the Scots and 
Ulster Scots had been leading for years. 



84 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

There are several families of these Scotch-Irish settlers 
in Ulster by the name of Sampson. They scattered through 
the counties of Tyrone and Londonderry, while many 
of the younger element of these Sampsons emigrated to 
America. 

My information concerning these families was gained 
by the courtesy and kindness of one family living in Pom- 
eroy, County Tyrone, whose given names are Martha, 
WiUiam and George. Martha and George live at "Lime- 
hill," Pomeroy, and William at 'The Diamond," Pomeroy. 

By means of quite an extensive correspondence with 
this family of Sampsons, I learned the tradition handed 
down from their great-great-grandfather was as follows: 

Four brothers of the name of Sampson, settled in Bally- 
loughlin near Cookstown, County Tyrone. Where these 
brothers came from cannot be learned. Their names 
were James, Ralph, George and Thomas. 

James, who was the younger of the four, was the head 
of this branch now living in Pomeroy. Little is known 
of Ralph, or practically nothing. I discovered a will 
in a list of wills sent me from Dublin and had it copied. 
He writes himself as of Derryloran, Ballyloughlin. His 

wife was Mary and the will was made in 1792. 

The children mentioned are Robert, John, Eleanor, who 
married Thomas Dreining, WilUam, Ralph, Mary, who 
married John Adams, James, Thomas and George. 

The records in the old church at Cookstown were burned 
when the church was destroyed by fire a few years ago, 
and some of the descendants of these Sampsons living in 
Philadelphia, America, who made a pilgrimage to Cooks- 
town to look up the records of their ancestors, were much 
disappointed in finding nothing to reward their efforts. 



85 



Some one of the Sampson family with whom I have 
corresponded in Ireland made mention of the warm 
friendship existing between a family of the name of Adams 
and the Sampsons. Ralph's daughter, Mary, married 
John Adams, while another account mentions a John 
Sampson as marrying Mary Adams. This John, with his 
wife, eventually came to America and settled in Pitts- 
burgh, Pa. I am fully convinced that this John Sampson, 
who married Mary Adams, was also a son of Ralph, and 
that these marriages occurred very near together, as is 
frequently the case where a brother and a sister of one 
family are united by marriage to a brother and sister of 
another family. If this inference of mine should chance 
to be correct (and the dates will also allow of it), then the 
four brothers, John who married Mary Adams, William, 
Thomas and James, all of whom came to America and 
settled in Western Pennsylvania, were sons of Ralph 
Sampson of "Derryloran," BallyloughUn, County Tyrone 
Ireland. The history of these four brothers will be found 
under "Sampsons in Pennsylvania and Ohio." 

Absolutely lost, or buried where we can find no trace, 
is the story of Thomas, one of the first four of this quartette 
of brothers of Ballyloughlin. I have never found a clue 
in all my searching. 

George, another of the four, is supposed to have gone 
into County Londonderry and settled near Magherafelt, 
and as the most of this line lived, and a number still live 
in County Derry, I will add a chart as far as I have been 
able to trace these Sampsons: (See Chart 5.) 

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descendants. Such a large percentage came to America 
and settled in Pennsylvania that I will place their charts 
among "Sampsons in Pennsylvania and Ohio." 

James was the great-great-grandfather of the Martha, 
William and George now living in Pomeroy, County Tyrone 
Ireland. Martha came to America in 1912 and located 
with a cousin in Somerville, Mass., in order to study 
nursing in Boston and qualify for a "Trained Nurse." 
But she was recalled to Ireland in a short time by the 
serious illness of one of her brothers. 



CHAPTER II 

The Scotch-Irish Sampsons were not the only branch 
of this family to settle in Ireland. Another line went 
into Ireland from England in the reign of Queen Eliza- 
beth, of whom the head seems to have been a John Samp- 
son. 

Burke, in his interesting Families and their Vicissitudes 
writes : 

Sometime after the quenching of the great rebellion in 
the reign of Queen Elizabeth, more than half a million 
acres in the north of Ireland were at the disposal of the 
English Crown, hence arose in 1610 the plantation of 
Ulster with English and Scotch settlers, who were generally 
soldiers of fortune, professional adventurers or cadets 
of good families. Many of them found their way into 
County Donegal, and these may be divided into two kinds 
viz: those who arrived on the suppression of O'Donnell's 
rebellion at the end of Elizabeth's reign, and those who 
settled under James I in 1610. 

The former were almost all of English descent, whereas 
the latter were Scotch. 

In Donegal the chief families of English descent were 
the Gores, the Brookes, the Harts, and the Sampsons, 
still extant in military descendants. Also the Wrays, 
of Castle Wray, and Ards. Sampson, Brooke, and Hart 
alone brought to Ireland one hundred halbediers at their 
own expense to aid the Queen. 

John Sampson, the head of this branch, had a vast 
tract of wild mountain range lying on the sea and now 
comprehending Horn Head and Ards. 

Anna Sampson, a daughter of John Sampson, married 
William Wray, and migrated into the very depths of the 



Northern Donegal Highlands, where he purchased the 
wild romantic and beautiful estate of Ards, probably 
from his wife's family, who sometime afterward, in 1700, 
sold the promontory Horn Head, with its glorious sea 
cliffs and sublime views. 

I am indebted to the Honorable WiUiam Jackson 
Pigott, of Manor House, Dundrum, County Down, and 
to Mrs. Amy Gem, of Oving Manor, Oving, Chichester 
England, for much data regarding these families of 
Sampsons. Both Mr. Pigott and Mrs. Gem are con- 
nections. According to this "Pedigree" (which some of 
my correspondents have informed me is doubtful), John 
Sampson, who settled in County Donegal, Ireland, temp. 
Queen Elizabeth was descended from David, Senior 
Duke of Normandy, and the first of these two Normandy 
Sampsons to come into England was Sir Harlovin Sampson, 
who was one of the 629 Chiefs who fought in the Battle 
of Hastings under William the Conqueror. 



CHAPTER III 

There were a number of distinguished Sampsons in 
this line. One of them was, WiUiam Sampson, the "United 
Irishman." He was exiled from Ireland and came to 
New York in 1806, where he became well-known as a 
prominent member of the bar for some years previous 
to his death. He was associated with Thomas Addis 
Emmet, Dr. McEwin and Wolff Tone, in Ireland, and 
McGee in his History of Ireland says: 

Emmet, MacEwin, Sampson and the family of Tone 
were all reunited in New York, where the many changes 
and distractions of a great metropolitan community have 
not even yet obliterated the memories of their virtues, 
their talents and their accomplishments. William Samp- 
son became on his arrival in New York legal adviser to 
Jerome Bonaparte. He is spoken of as being a Barrister 
of fine attainments, great humour and unconquerable 
buoyancy of mind. 

William married and had two children, a son John Cur- 
ran, and a daughter who married a son of Wolff Tone. He 
died in 1836. His brother John Sampson, also came to 
America, and in 1765 was one of the Councillors for Gover- 
nor Arthur Dobbs, of North Carolina. This same 
Governor Dobbs was of Scotch-Irish descent, coming 
from County Antrim in Ireland, where he held the office 
of High Sheriff and was a member of the Irish Parhament, 

John Sampson continued to serve as Councillor under 
Governor Tryon, and in the history of North Carolina, 
which I read in the old State Library at Annapolis, Mary- 
90 



91 



land, I find continued references to the Honorable John 
Sampson. 

In 1784 Sampson County in North Carolina was formed 
from Duplin County, and named Sampson in compli- 
ment to the Honorable John. William and John also had 
a brother Michael Sampson, who came to America and 
married for his second wife a daughter of Judge Frederick 
Jones, of South Carohna. These three children, William, 
John and Michael, were sons of Arthur Sampson, who was 
Vicar of Lambeg and Rector of Kilrea, in Ireland. In a 
genealogy of one of the "Jones Families" I found the record 
of Michael Sampson married to Jane Jones, a daughter of 
Frederick Jones, judge of the admiralty of Port Bruns- 
wick, South Carolina. They had four children: Mary 

Ann married Sam. R. Jocelyn, Lucy married 

Strong, Jane married Dr. Henry Walker, James married 
Margaret Walker and moved west. 



CHAPTER IV 

A History of the Hart Family, published by Mitchell, 
Hughes and Clark, of 140 Wardour Street, London, 1907, 
gives the "tree" of this John Sampson, of County Donegal, 
Ireland, with notes from Mrs. French, the last of the 
North of Ireland Sampsons. 

Three of the mistakes that have been explained to me 
as in this "Pedigree" are 1st: There never was a David, 
Senior Duke of Normandy; 2d: The only Sampson to 
follow the Conqueror was Ralph de St. Sampson, as I 
have already written in "Sampsons of England;" 3d: 
Richard Sampson, Bishop of Chichester and Lichfield, 
belonged to a different branch, and his ancestry is also 
given under my "Sampsons in England." 

The pedigree, however, about which there is some dis- 
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It is very evident that the earliest Sampsons to leave 
England for Ireland were those who espoused the cause 
of "Richard le Clare, 2d Earl of Pembroke," who was 
called "Strongbow." This Richard lived in Bristol, 
England and was a cousin of Henry II. At the time of 
the Prince of Leinster's offer of the hand of his daughter 
Eva, and her dower of the Kingdom of Leinster to any 
Nobleman who would assist him in recovering his kingdom 
which he had lost, "Strongbow" obtained permission of 
Henry II to take an army into Ireland. "Strongbow" 
won in this conquest, which occurred in the years 1166 to 
1168. He went into Ireland with 200 Knights and 1000 
other troops. 

Through a correspondence with Mr. Donat Sampson, 
of London, and Father Patrick Sampson, of St. Patricks, 
Athenry, County Galway, Ireland, I learn that the 
Munster brancli of Sampsons in Ireland were supposed 
to have accompanied Richard le Clare or "Strongbow." 
This would be a much earlier date than that of the John 
Sampson who took up an estate in County Donegal, 
in the reign of Queen Ehzabeth; also far in advance of 
the Scotch Sampsons who emigrated to Ulster during the 
tide in 1610 to 1670. "Strongbow" was born in 1148, 
conquered in Ireland in 1166 to 1168, and died in 1176. 
Ralph de St. Sampson died in 1112. 

Remembering there could not have been many families 
of the name of Sampson in England between the period 



94 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

of Ralph's death in 1112 and the wars of "Strongbow" 
in 1166, we must infer that the Sampsons who followed 
''Strongbow" were not unlikely to be descendants of 
Ralph, Bishop of Worcester, and Thomas, Archbishop 
of York. This line of Sampsons adhered to the Catholic 
faith, and in a letter received from Father Cornelius 
Sampson, of Buckingham, Iowa — a descendant (of these 
Sampsons), he tells some valuable history regarding his 
branch of the family. I will quote his own words from 
his letter %vritten to me in February, 1911: 

As a boy I happened to copy a sketch written some forty 
years ago by one, William Sampson (A Christian Brother) 
who had access to documents at Kingston Castle, Mitchels- 
town. County Cork, Ireland. From the sketch I learn 
that about the year 1686 a Lieutenant John Sampson, 
from Dunmanway, County Cork, was commissioned 
together with a Captain Butler, by the Governor of 
Munster, to take command of a body of troops to defend 
the important pass or strategic position of Galbally. 
This Captain Butler was a member of the Dunboyne 
family and a kin to the 1st Duke of Ormond, who was 
Lord Lieutenant of Ireland under Charles II (sketch). 

At this time Sir John Cantwell lived at his castle in 
Galbally. Sir John had extensive holdings in the vale 
of Aherlow, in Castle Connell in the County of Clare 
(sketch). ■ 

Being of a hospitable disposition. Sir John frequently 
had the above named officers as his guests. After a 
while his elder daughter, Margaret, became the bride of 
John Sampson, whilst the younger daughter, Catherine, 
became the wife of Captain Butler. 

Butler and Sampson were fighting for James II, and it 
was from his party that Cantwell received his title. The 
Masseys also belonged to the Jacobm party but turned 
to the other side when Wilham and Mary were in power 
and as reward for their weakness, or worldly wisdom, 



IRELAND 95 

were given the Cantwell estates in Aherlow and Castle- 
connell when Cantwell refused to desert James II and the 
Catholic faith. Rather than leave his castle to the 
Masseys, Cantwell, upon getting 24 hours to consider, 
burned it to the ground and fled to Castleconnell (near 
Limerick). His stay at Castleconnell was short, as the 
Masseys and their new allies soon appeared and took 
possession there also. From Castleconnell Sir John fled 
to Scariff, County Clare, accompanied in his wanderings 
and persecutions by his son-in-law, John Sampson. Butler 
returned to his friends in Kilkenny when Cantwell was 
deprived of his estates. This would be about the year 
1690. 

The Cantwells were descended from a progenitor who 
went to Ireland with "Strong-bow." As to the Sampsons, 
tradition differs, and as the writer of the sketch never 
met any of the family of John from Dunmanway, he did 
not know what information they possessed, though he 
seems to have thought that they came originally from 
Scotland. Quite a few think they also were descendants 
of followers of ''"Strong-bow." 

Sir John Cantwell, his daughter and son-in-law, Samp- 
son, died in Clare, but at their request were buried in 
the old cemetery at Galbally (on the border between 
Limerick and Tipperary). The children of Sampson 
remained in Clare — except one of the oldest (if not the 
very oldest), named also John, who in time went to 
Mitchelstown, County Cork, with his cousin, Dr. Butler 
afterwards Archbishop of Cashel. This Dr. Butler was 
the son of George Butler and Catherine King, daughter 
of Lord John King, of Mitchelstown. George Butler 
was the son of Captain Butler and Catherine Cantwell 
and so a first cousin to John Sampson. 

From this John Sampson are descended the Sampson 
families now scattered through the counties of Lime- 
rick, Tipperary and the North-East part of the County of 
Cork. They now live as tenants on the lands formerly 
owned by their own kith and kin and from which they were 



96 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

banished because of their fidelity to their religion and to 
James II. 

Though I grew to manhood in Galbally and often saw 
the resting place of Cant well and Sampson, I never heard 
anything of the Clare branch except that there was such a 
thing. It seems strange that as the first named John and 
his immediate descendants lost all trace and knowledge 
of the Dunmanway branch, that the same should happen 
between the descendants of the second John and their 
Clare relatives. Some forty or fifty years ago there were 
some of the Dunmanway branch in the city of Cork. 
One was a lumber merchant and one married to a Mr. 
Beamish (one of the Brewers). Their names were men- 
tioned in the sketch but the writer merely heard of them. 
There may be several of them in that part of Ireland and 
they may know more about the family of Lieutenant John. 



CHAPTER VI 

Hoping that I might secure more information that 
would throw Ught on the earher history of this line of 
Sampsons, I wrote to various parties in County Cork, 
with no satisfactory result. 

A thorough search through all the histories of Ireland 
fails to give any trace of these "Sampsons of Dunmanway, 
County Cork." However, I will add some of the "tree" 
in which work I was greatly assisted by a Mr. John 
Sampson, of Paterson, New Jersey, who traces his an- 
cestry back to Lieut. John Sampson. 

According to all the authorities I have consulted, one 
thing is conceded, that Lieut. John Sampson, of Dunman- 
way, and later of Galbally, is the first Sampson of this 
line concerning whom authentic history is known. Another 
grave in the old Galbally Cemetery is also marked "John 
Sampson, Died 1727." A note in the sketch written by 
Father William Sampson, the Christian Brother of 
Clonmer, County Tipperary, speaks of a John Sampson 
of the town of Galbally who died in 1727 and who, during 
his life, had been devoted to the interests of Charles I. 

Another interesting item in this sketch of Father Wil- 
liam's is that the remains of Lieut. John Sampson and his 
wife, Margaret Cantwell, are interred "near the site of 
the ancient altar" in Galbally. 

The inscription on John Sampson's tombstone runs 
thus, in bas-reUef: 

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Here lyeth the body of Mr. John Sampson 
who died ye 17 day of September, 1742. 
Aged 85 years, and that of his wife, 
Margaret Sampson alias Cantwell, who 
died ye year 1743, Aged 57 years. 
R. I. P. 

Commencing with Lieut. John Sampson, who fled into 
County Clare with his father-in-law. Sir John Cantwell, 
the relatives advise me of several children, of Lieut. 
John's. Among them were Robert, William and Simon, 
who eventually settled in County Limerick. Others 
remained in County Clare and from them branches out 
another "tree" of Sampsons, called "The County Clare 
Sampsons." One, Sir John Sampson, went to Mitchels- 
town. County Cork, and later settled on a farm near 
Brigown Church, so is called John Sampson, of Brigown. 
He married and had six children. A series of charts 
will best explain this numerous family. (See Charts 8, 
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CHAPTER VII 

These five charts serve to show, in a degree, the extent 
to which this branch increased and spread into different 
sections of the country. There are some attractive bits 
of history connected with these Sampsons in Munster. 
Munster includes the countries of Clare, Limerick, Tip- 
perary and Cork, in all of which countries different members 
of the Sampson family seem to have settled. One of the 
County Clare branch is said to have married a brother of 
the celebrated Patrick Sarsfield. In this line is a son 
called Sarsfield Sampson; also a son of Mary Sampson, 
who married Patrick Naish, is named Sarsfield Naish. 

Father Patrick Sampson, of Athenry, County Galway, 
in one of his letters, tells me there is a place near Castle 
Connell, in County Kilkenny, called "Sampson's Court." 
This must be the same "Sampson's Court" spoken of as 
near Ballyragget, the seat of the Butlers, so warmly 
associated with the Sampsons at this date. This "Samp- 
son's Court" was once a fine mansion, but is now in ruins. 
It appears that the Sampsons of this vicinity lost nearly 
all their possessions under Cromwell, and after the fall 
of Limerick. 

According to one tradition, Lieut. John Sampson, of 
Dumnanway, was at one time a Magistrate in that town, 
previous to his joining the army. 

The Sampsons were once a strong family in County 
Kilkenny, which helps to prove they came into Ireland 
with "Strongbow," as his adherents numbered many 
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IRELAND 105 

families of this county which was also his home. Among 
his followers were the Fitzgeralds, Butlers, Barrys and 
Cogans. 

Father Patrick Sampson also expresses clearly why 
Lieut. John Sampson fled into County Clare. I will quote 
his own words, written in a letter to me. 

It is probable he left Galbally and Aherlow to defend 
Limerick with Sarsfield; and when the Treaty of Limerick 
was violated about 1695, and when the penal laws de- 
prived Cathohcs of land, liberty and education, Lieut. 
Sampson fled for safety to the east of Clare, in which 
flight he was accompanied by his father-in-law, Sir 
John Cantwell. The Cantwells also owned large estates 
near Ballyragget, County Kilkenny, and in the Vale of 
Aherlow. 

Father Patrick, in one of his communications, refers 
to the connection of the Sampson family with the famous 
Sarsfield and is impressed with the idea that he, at one 
time, heard that memorials, as well as the wedding ring 
of this noted Patrick Sarsfield, was in the possession of 
some of the Sampsons of County Clare. I have tried 
in vain to secure any authentic account of these relation- 
ships and friendships. The "Vale of Aherlow," in County 
Kilkenny, is described as a most beautiful spot, and the 
Sampsons living there were called ''the Sampsons of the 
Glen," as they had lived there for generations. This all 
fits in with the tradition that Sampsons came from 
England with "Strongbow" in 1166, settled in County 
Kilkenny and afterward, about the early 1600's, went into 
County Cork, locating at Dunmanway. 

The brothers of John Sampson of Brigown, who re- 
mained in County Clare, seem to have formed a district 



106 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

line; and their descendants are not aware where their 
relationship or connection with Lieut. John or John of 
Brigown begins. 

Mrs. Dr. Francis Sampson, of Scarrif, County Clare, 
kindly sent me a copy of their family ''tree," and I am 
much indebted to her, as well as to Mr. Donat Sampson, 
of No. 11 Powis Square, Bayswater, London, W. 

The County Clare chart also is headed with a John 
Sampson, born 1770. My theory is that this John was the 
son of a brother of John of Brigown. We have to be 
guided largely by dates in searches among these old records. 
(See Charts 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.) 

A Richard Sampson of Cork, Ireland had a son. Rev. 
Edward Sampson born in Cork in 1685. From 1726 to 

1727 he was Rector of St. Pauls, Cork and Vicar of Dun- 
boyne and Kilbride County, Meath. He resigned in 

1728 and became Archdeacon of Ahaboe and died in 
1734. His wife was Clotilda Barbara Lisle, and they 
had four children, Edward Sampson, Alice Sampson, 
Anne Sampson and Barbara Sampson who married 
Henry Pilkington of Tore Abbey. This is no doubt a 
branch of this same family who lived in Dunmanway, 
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My work in this little book on Sampson History would 
have been much more satisfactory could I but have 
comiected the different families of Sampsons in Ulster. 

The members of the family in Ireland all state that the 
County Tyrone and County Londonderry Sampsons are 
related — as they quaintly express in Ireland — they are 
"friends;" they seldom, if ever, use the term "relation." 

In tracing the line of the late Admiral William Thomas 
Sampson, I secured a very large tree of this family whose 
history seems to start in Tobermore, County London- 
derry — County Londonerry is, by all the natives, called 
"County Derry," and as this is a much shorter word I 
will use it. 

If you will look at a complete map of Ulster, you will 
notice that Cookstown, Magherafelt, Moneymore and 
Tobermore (in the two countries of Tyrone and Derry), 
lie within a short distance of each other. 

As I have already stated, George, one of the four Samp- 
son Brothers of Ballyloughhn, near Cookstown, County 
Tyrone, moved over into Magherafelt, County Derry, 
so that we could easily imagine that Thomas, another of 
the four brothers, might have settled in Tobermore, County 
Derr5^ 

The Admiral Sampson line is headed by Thomas 
Sampson, of Kilcronaghan, Tobermore, County Derr^y. 
I secured a copy of his will from Dublin, which he made 

112 



IRELAND 113 

in 1750. He was married to Sarah Clark and had four 
children. 

This Thomas had a brother John, of whom there is no 
record. My theory, after much study, is that there were 
instead of "four brothers" settled in Ballyloughlin, a 
number of them, and that John, the brother of Thomas 
of Kilcronaghan is also the brother of James, George and 
Ralph of Ballyloughlin, and also the same John who came 
to America previous to 1760 — and died in 1800. 

Dates are a great assistance in making these connections, 
and the dates in this case would allow of my inference 
being a correct one. Thomas Sampson, of Kilcronaghan 
also had a son Thomas of Drumbellahagan, Tobermore, 
who lived to be over a hundred years old. He married 

Elizabeth and eleven children were born to 

them. 

One of these was James Sampson, who married Hannah 
Walker. These were the parents of Admiral William 
Thomas Sampson. 

This history has been secured by the searching of rec- 
ords and also by the courtesy of Miss Margaret Sampson, 
of Killyberry, Castle Dawson, County Derry, who lives 
with her father, Thomas Sampson in Killyberry, an own 
cousin to Admiral Sampson. 

The following charts will give the various branches of 
this family: (Charts 18, 19, 20 and 21.) 

From my various correspondents in Ulster and other 
portions of Ireland, as well as America, I have accumulated 
a record of several families of that section, all living near 
each other, and surely must be some connection between 
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118 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

The relationship, however, has been lost, and I can only 
add the following charts hoping some one of the name 
may chance to read this history who can explain the 
connecting links: 

In a letter from Patrick Sampson, of Slane, County 
Meath, Ireland, he gives the information, as far as he 
knows, of his people. 

Patrick's son James, of No. 251 Harrison Street, Brook- 
IjTi, New York, also adds that there is very little of their 
family ancestry known. The first of this line known to 
Patrick Sampson, of Slane, was his grandfather, John 
Sampson, who married Margaret Hogg. They had a son 
James, who was married three times, the last wife being 
Mary Mooney, who had five children. 

James and his wife lived in Drogheda, County Meath, 
and the five children were: 

(1) John, who emigrated to America in 1856. 

(2) Mary, who emigrated to America and was never 
heard from. 

(3) James, who died. 

(4) Robert, who died. 

(&) Patrick, of Slane, County Meath. 

James, son of Patrick, living in Brooklyn, has seven 
children: Mary S., Augustine P., Robert, INIargaret C, 
Theresa, Agnes B., John J. 

Another incomplete branch is that given me by Mar- 
garet Sampson, of Killyberry, and her uncle, George 
Sampson, of Leitrim, in County Derry. 

The first of this line is Jonathan Sampson, who married 
Margaret Campbell, and had four children: Lotta, 
Marguerite, John and WilUam. 

William was twice married, first to Miss Pepper, by whom 



119 



he had two children: Thomas, and John, who emigrated 
to America in 1872. The second wife was Ellen McCool, 
and she bore nine children: 

(1) Robert, who lives in Colorado, America. 

(2) Nancy, who lives in Huntington, Pa., U. S. A. 

(3) Margaret. 

(4) Jennie, who married Mr. Pickett. 

(5) Mary Ann, who married Thomas Sampson, of Killy- 
berry, spoken of in previous pages (I understand they 
did not consider there was any relationship). 

(6) Sarah, who married John Sloss. 

(7) George, living in Leitrim, County Derry. 

(8) William. 

(9) Margaret, who married James Gardiner, and lives 
in Queensland, South Africa. 

Through correspondence with a Mrs. Louisa Sampson 
(widow of a James Sampson) , who lives in Roxborough, 
Philadelphia, Pa., I have learned of two others of the 
name of Sampson in Tobermore, County Derry — two 
brothers, named William and James. 

William emigrated to America, and eventually settled 
in Lancaster, Pa. He married and had six children: 
James, Samuel, George, William, Robert and Margaret, 
the only daughter, who married a McClure. She has 
been communicated with and knows nothing of her an- 
cestors. 

The other brother, James, of Tobermore, County 
Derry, married Ann Clark and had seven children: 

(1) James, who died in 1900 and whose widow lives at 
No. 4332 Boone Street, Roxborough, Pa. 

(2) George, who emigrated to America in 1847 and died 
in 1895. 



120 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

(3) Thomas, who died in Chicago. 

(4) Samuel, who died in 1906. 

(5) WiUiam, who died in 1896. 

(6) EHza, who died in 1897. 

(7) Aim, who married L. Caldwell in Chicago, and had 
two children: Sampson Caldwell, dead; Annie Caldwell, 
dead. 

Two small "trees" of the Sampson Family in Ulster 
show a resemblance, but I can find no definite information 
as to any relationship. 

One is of a William Sampson, who lived in Gortagilly, 
County Derry. William, also had a brother Abraham. 
Wilham married Mary Maguire and they had four chil- 
dren: Mary Ann, Hugh, Eliza and Jonathan. 

(1) Mary Ann married Anthony McVeigh and had a 
daughter, Ann McVeigh, who married T. Gormley, of 
Belfast. Mrs. Gormley is still living at 23 Jennymount 
Terrace, York Road, Belfast, Ireland, Mrs. Gormley 
wrote me making inquiries regarding her uncle, Hugh 
Sampson, who emigrated to Pennsylvania, U. S. A. 
They had heard he had died leaving quite a property and 
no heirs. However, he had married and had two children: 
Mary Ann, and Jonathan. 

The only Sampson of the name of Hugh that I have 
heard of in America was 

(2) Hugh Sampson, of Bedford, Bedford County, Pa. 
He is mentioned in the Pennsylvania Archives as owning 
property in Bedford, Pa. I even made a trip to Bedford 
and examined the records in the Court House, but found 
nothing relating to Sampsons. 

(3) Eliza. 

(4) Jonathan, born near Ballygurk, County Tyrone. 



IRELAND 121 

He was called Dr. Sampson because of being a veterinarian, 
and later in life lived at Coagh, County Tyrone. Jona- 
than was twice married, 1st to a Miss Doughy, and 2nd 
to a Miss Simmons. The children by the first wife 
were: Wilham, Joseph, Mary, Ehzabeth. 

The second wife had six children, Gabriel, Rebecca, 
George, Alexander, Robert and Jonathan, of Urble Coagh, 
County Tyrone. By correspondence with Jonathan, of 
Urble Coagh, I learned of his family. 

Among other wills I secured in Dublin was one of Wil- 
liam Sampson, of Gortagilly, who died in 1811, and whose 
wife was Mary . 

William had two brothers, Thomas, of Gortagilly, 
and John, of Knockokielt. This is proved by John's 
will, as he makes his brothers William and Thomas, of 
Gortagilly, guardians of his two children, Ebenezer and 
Elizabeth. 

William, of Gortagilly, who made his will in 1811, had 
seven children. This branch is best explained by a chart : 
(See Chart 22.) 

Through correspondence with General Archibald John- 
ston Sampson of Phoenix Arizona and his brother Hon. 
Francis Sampson of the Missouri Historical Society of 
Columbia, Missouri, I am advised of their branch of the 
"Sampson Family," which according to their records 
is also of County Tyrone, Ireland, and the same hne as 
that of William, the United Irishman. 

Tradition that has been handed down to them is that 
there were four brothers went from Scotland into Ire- 
land about the year 1650. 

Two settled in the North of Ireland and two in the 
South. Of the two who settled in the south one evidently 






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located in County Tyrone, and one in Dublin. The 
first of Archibald and Francis Sampson's ancestors of 
whom they have definite mention was Charles Sampson, 
who was born in Clogher, County Tyrone in 1730, and 
died there between the years 1808 and 1815. He was 
said to be a man of prominence and held the position of 
foreman of the grand jury. His associations with the 
gentry made extravagances that eventually improverished 
his estate. He married Elizabeth Blayney of the cele- 
brated Lord Blayney family, prominent in County 
Monaghan where they had a seat at Castle Blayney. 

This connection, judging from dates was probably 
about the time of the ninth Lord Blayney, who was born 
1720 and died in 1775. His name was Cadwallader and 
he succeeded his brother Charles Talbot, the eighth 
Lord Blayney. Charles Talbot Blayney took religious 
orders, and was associated with the diocese of Clogher, 
in County Tyrone. He married an Elizabeth Mahon a 
daughter of Nicholas Mahon and Eleanor Blayney, who 
was a daughter also of Henry Vincent, the fifth Lord 
Blayney. Cadwallader's wife was Elizabeth Tipping. 
The repetition of the name Elizabath at this period leads 
me to infer it was one of the daughters of either Charles 
Talbot or Cadwallader Blayney who married Charles 
Sampson of Clogher. Charles Sampson and Elizabeth 
Blayney had six children the names of two only being 
known by the descendants now living. These two were 
John and Charles. Charles was the youngest, went into 
the army and fought in the battle of Waterloo. John the 
oldest child of Charles and Elizabeth was born in Clogher 
about 1761. He married Sarah Gibson, daughter of 
Francis Gibson, also of County Tyrone. 



124 THE SAMPSOX FAMILY 

John with his sons Francis and WiUiam came to America 
about the year 1820. Wilham remained in New York, 
while the father John with his son Francis located in 
Harrison Coimty, Ohio. 

Francis married Margaret Evans and to them were 
born the two sons Archibald J. and Francis A. 

General Archibald Johnston Sampson, son of Francis 
and Margaret Sampson, was born in Harrison County, 
Ohio, June 21, 1839. He graduated at Mt. Union Col- 
lege in Ohio in 1861, and in the Cleveland Law School in 
1866. He enhsted in the Union army during the Civil War 
as private and became Captain. He married Kate I. 
Turner in Cadiz, Ohio, September 18, 1866, (died in Den- 
ver, 1886) ; 2d, Frances S. Wood of Joliet, lUinois, March 
19, 1891. He practiced law at Sedaha, Missouri, 1865- 
1873, Canon City and Denver, Colorado, 1873-1893, and 
Phoenix, Arizona after 1893. He was nominated for 
United States Consul at Palestine, 1873, but declined; 
elected Attorney General of Colorado, 1876-79; Consul 
at Paso del Norte, Mexico, 1889-93; Ambassador and 
Minister Plenipotentiary to Ecuador, 1897-1907, being 
the first person for over sixty years, living in a territory 
to receive a diplomatic appointment. He is a Republican 
and is a Past Department Commander of the G. A.R. 
His residence is in PhoenLx, Arizona. 

Francis Asbury Sampson born in Harrison County, 
Ohio, February 6, 1842. Son of Francis and Margaret 
Evans. College of the City of New York, A. B. in 1865 
and A.M. in 1868. Law School of the University of the 
City of New York, LL.B. in 1868. Married Harriette 
Maiden Lacey of Cincinnati, July 23, 1869. Vice-Presi- 
dent of the Missouri Trust Company of Sedalia, Missouri, 



IRELAND 125 

for twenty years. Secretary and Librarian State Histor- 
ical Society of Missouri, 1901 — . To it he donated some 
17,000 publications. 

In politics a Republican. Member of Methodist 
Church. Member of the American Historical Association 
and of the Mississippi Valley Historical Association and 
first President of the latter. Of College fraternities he is 
a Delta Kappa Epsilon and Phi Beta Kappa. Author 
of pamphlets on natural history and historical subjects. 
Editor of the Missouri Historical Review. Address 
Columbia, Missouri. 

The children of Francis A. Sampson and Mrs. Harriet 
Maiden Lacy are: 

(1) Leroy Vernon, born January 13, 1871; died June 
29, 1879. 

(2) Mary Isabel, born May 4, 1875; married Z. T. 
Miller and has one son, Lloyd Miller. 

(3) Francis Lacey, born July 29, 1882; married Mabel 
Douglas July 20, 1907. 

The children of Gen. Archibald J. Sampson and Kate 
F. Turner are: 

(1) Margaret AKce, born September 30, 1867; married 
Alfred W. Chamberhn in 1887. Mr. Chamberlin died 
October 10, 1904. No children. 

(2) Lucie Bingham, born June 20, 1869; married 
Frances M. Livermore December 30, 1896. No children. 

(3) Archibald Jaynes, born December 12, 1872; married 
Elizabeth Gallagher July 31, 1907. Archibald and Eliza- 
beth have three children, two girls and a boy. 



SAMPSONS IN PENNSYLVANIA 



CHAPTER I 

On the Greensburg Pike, some eight miles east of 
Pittsburgh, Pa., which was the old road from Fort Pitt 
to Philadelphia, there is standing today an old dead 
walnut tree which marked one corner of the boundary 
line of John Sampson's farm over one hundred and twenty 
years ago. 

This John Sampson, supposed to have come from 
Ballyloughhn, County Tyrone, Ireland, was the father 
of Joseph Sampson, who emigrated to Columbia, Hamilton 
Countyj Ohio; and from all I can learn must have been 
one of the first of the name, if not absolutely the first 
Sampson to make a home in the wilderness of Western 
Pennsylvania. 

This John Sampson was also one of the so-called Scotch- 
Irish who had fled from Scotland to Ireland because of the 
persecution of the Catholics; and had emigrated from 
Ireland to America because of increased taxation, and the 
imposition of the landed proprietors. 

In A History of the Scotch-Irish, by Hanna, we are told 

that these Scotch people for a hundred years or more 
after 1600, settled with their wives and families in Ulster, 
in the North of Ireland, whence their descendants for a 
hundred years after 1700, having long suffered under 
the burden of civil and religious oppression imposed by 
commercial greed and despotic Ecclesiastics, sought a 
more promising home in America. 

Also to quote from The Scotch-Irish in Western Pennsyl- 
vania, by Hon. John Dalzell. 
129 



130 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

When the estates of the rebels in Ireland (in the first 
decade of the 17th century) passed into the hands of the 
Crown, there passed into Governmental control some 
eight hundred thousand acres, constituting the province 
of Ulster. Here came the Scotchman as colonist and 
pioneer; here he came to better his condition; it was the 
best of Scotchmen that invaded Ulster, and here begins 
the history of the Scotch-Irishman. 

When the Scotchman went to Ulster he took with him 
his individuality and his religion; he was a John Knox 
Presbyterian. 

The first great emigration from Ulster to Pennsylvania 
was from 1717 to 1750. At this time, under the benign 
sway of the toleration act of 1689, religious persecution 
had ceased in Great Britain. But the long leases which 
the land holders had granted upon the original coloniza- 
tion expired, and they took advantage of the prosperity 
which had attended the labors of the colonists and their 
descendants to advance the rents to such high prices as 
to be ruinous to many of the tenantry. 

Having heard of the better land across the sea, where 
they could be their own landlords, where tithes were 
unknown and taxes light, they at once determined to 
seek homes there. 

Swank, in his Progressive Pennsylvania states that 

We do not hear of any large emigration of Scotch- 
Irish to Pennsylvania until 1710, about which year large 
numbers began to arrive. Between 1720 and 1730, 
eighteen Presbyterian congregations were organized in 
Pennsylvania. There was a great wave of Scotch-Irish 
immigration to Pennsylvania in the years immediately 
preceding the Revolution. The Scotch-Irish became the 
leaders in the settlement of Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

From a history of Pennsylvania by Sydney George 
Fisher, we find another account of these pioneers, many of 
whom were your ancestors. 



PENNSYLVANIA l3l 

The Scotch-Irish were Scotch and English people who 
had gone to Ireland to take up the estates of Irish rebels 
confiscated under Queen Elizabeth and James I. This 
same James I, who was King of Scotland as James VI, 
encouraged his Presbyterian subjects to emigrate to 
Ireland and occupy the confiscated lands. Toward the 
middle of the 17th Century the confiscation of Irish lands 
by Cromwell increased the emigration. 

These Scotch and English emigrants took long leases 
and began to make these lands blossom like a garden. 
They were, however, soon put to a severe test by the 
persecution of Charles I, who, on succeeding to the 
English throne on James' death in 1625, attempted to 
force the Presbyterians to conform to the Church of 
England. Then many emigrated to America, especially 
when the long lease on which they held the Irish land 
began to expire. 

There is no family record of when John Sampson came 
to Pennsylvania but I have found one indication that he 
was living in Western Pennsylvania as early as 1760. 
In volume second of the Pennsylvania Magazine, I find 
this important information: 

From record of men, women and children not belonging 
to the Army, and living at Fort Pitt about 1760, are the 
names of James and Margaret Sampson. 

These are either two of John Sampson's children or his 
wife, Margaret, and son James. 

Fort Pitt was built almost on the point where the Alle- 
gheny and Monongahela rivers unite to form the Ohio, 
and was only eight miles west from the farm of John 
Sampson. In those days the ravages of the Indians 
frequently compelled all the inhabitants to flee to the 
forts for protection, and these forts were usually kept 
guarded by a sufficient force of soldiers for safety. Fort 



132 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Pitt was built in 1759-1760 and had two powder maga- 
zines under ground built with heavy timber and covered 
with tarred cloth and earth. As late as 1773 Richard Penn 
advised a small garrison be kept at Fort Pitt as a pro- 
tection from the Indians. We have no way of learning 
by what road or from which direction John Sampson came 
to Western Pennsylvania. Writers on this subject say 
that 

Emigrants came in two currents, one from Eastern 
Pennsylvania by way of Cumberland Valley, Fulton and 
Bedford Counties and the Youghiogheny River; and the 
other via the Potomac and Monongahela Rivers. 

Neither have we any knowledge of how many of John 
Sampson^s family were with him when he emigrated from 
Ireland; nor any record as to when he took up this land 
eight miles east of Pittsburgh. The only history we can 
take our observations from are the records embraced in 
the numerous volumes of the Pennsylvania Archives 
and the court records in the Westmoreland County court 
house at Greensburgh, Pa. In both the Pennsylvania 
Archives and the Court Records, John Sampson's name 
appears in the first volumes, which is a verification of the 
idea that he was among the earliest Sampsons to locate 
in this section. The most of the warrentees of land were 
taken up from 1779 to 1792 by the various Sampsons — 
and these warrantees embraced some 3500 acres. From 
"Minutes of Board of Property," the board orders that 
Capt. Thompson shall inquire into Wilkins location of 
John Sampson who furnished it, and endeavor to find 
the tree referred to as also the trees on two other tracts. 
This I mentioned in commencing my story is undoubtedly 
one of the trees here referred to and this land is now in 



PENNSYLVANIA 133 

Wilkinsburg, a town formed east of Pittsburgh, named 
from the Wilkins referred to in the minutes. Another 
reference to John Sampson, from the History of Westmore- 
land County by Geo. D. Albert: 

In 1773 upon petition of sundry of the inhabitants of 
County Westmoreland for better roads from Fort Pitt 
to the town of Bedford, the court appointed six men to 
view said road and lay out the same. 

One of these six men was John Sampson. 

The will of John Sampson is in Volume I of the Greens- 
burg Court Records. These early court records are the 
ones preserved from the old and first court house es- 
tabhshed in Westmoreland County at Hannastown in 
1*769. This town was destroyed by the Indians on Satur- 
day, July 13, 1782, but the court records were preserved. 
The people who were at work in the fields were warned 
of the approach of the Indians and fled to the Block House 
and on their way took the court records from the log 
court house into the block house, so they were saved. 
And the new court house was erected at Greensburg 
three miles south of Hannastown, where, in January 
1787, the Westmoreland County Court commenced its 



I doubt if the most vivid imagination can picture the 
hardships and terrors of those early days in Western 
Pennsylvania. Even the roads as late as 1786 were the 
paths of the Redskins traversed by traders, Indians and 
emigrants from the east. The houses were built of 
logs, some of which are standing today in some sections. 
The numerous Indians and the depredations they com- 
mitted forced many of the men who were old enough, 
to belong to "The Rangers," a body who could be called 



134 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

upon to fight the Indians at anj^ hour, day or night. 
Among these "Rangers on the Frontiers," as they were 
called, were a number of Sampsons. In G. D. Albert's 
History of Westmoreland Coimty is this record: 

Thomas Sampson and William Sampson were Rangers 
on the Frontiers belonging to Capt. Moses Carsons' 
Company, July 9, 1776 to August 9, 1776, also Thomas 
Sampson, Sr., and Thomas Sampson were Rangers on 
the Frontiers in Capt. Morton's Company. 

Nearly every farm boasted its own still in these pioneer 
days and I was told by one of the old residents, whose 
home is opposite the old farm of John Sampson, that 
there was a spring and a still near that spring on the John 
Sampson farm. The explanation is given by the Pennsyl- 
vania Archives is this: 

Grain was abundantly produced, but there was no mar- 
ket. Trade down the Ohio, despite its danger, had then 
no outlet, the lower Mississippi being in the hands of the 
Spanish, The freight on a barrel of flour to Philadelphia 
was as much as it would bring in the market. "Wheat," 
says the Rev. Dr. Caniahan, "was so plentiful and of so 
little value that it was a common practice to grind that 
of the best quality and feed it to the cattle, while rye, 
com and barley would bring no price as food for man or 
beast. The only way left for the inhabitants to obtain 
a little money to buy salt, iron and other articles neces- 
sary in carrying on their farming operations was by dis- 
tilling their grain and reducing it into a more portable 
form and sending the whiskey over the mountains or 
down the Ohio to Kentucky, (then rapidly filling up), 
and affording a market for that article," 



CHAPTER II 

This farm of John Sampson's was very extensive and 
in a roUing country. It lay at the top of quite a hill 
commanding a most beautiful view over the valley. To 
the north about two miles was the Presbyterian Church 
and graveyard. The Church was called "Beulah" and 
is the oldest in Western Pennsylvania and although we 
have no proof we must naturally conclude that John 
Sampson and his family lie buried in this old churchyard 
cemetery. There are no monuments to mark their rest 
ing place — ^there are no records in the church of bodies 
that were buried here in those pioneer days. Some of 
the oldest graves were marked with boards at the head 
and foot and others have an ordinary three cornered stone 
such as you could pick up in the fields, to show there is 
a grave on that spot. A Miss Martha Graham (a grand- 
daughter of the pastor who preached in this little church 
some 41 years) told me they had ceased to bury in the old 
part of the cemetery, for in excavating for new graves they 
would come upon evidence of other bodies having been 
interred in the same place. A little old book of records 
kept by Miss Graham's grandfather since 1804 gave the 
name of Polly Sampson as uniting with the church. 
In a deed at the court house in Greensburg I find a 
signature of Mary (called Polly) Sampsoin. This record 
of Polly Sampson uniting with Beulah Church would indi- 
cate that the family were affiliated with this old Church, 
and makes the conviction still stronger that the little 
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136 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

cemetery adjoining was the burial place of the earliest 
Sampsons of that section. This Mary Sampson is men- 
tioned as a daughter in John Sampson's will. 

The will of John Sampsons, made January 27, 1800, 
and witnessed February 3, 1800, is a very important will, 
as it is (with a deed of which I also give a copy) the con- 
necting 'hnk between the Joseph Sampson, of Hamilton 
County, Ohio, and his father, John Sampson, of West- 
moreland County, Pa. 

Will of John Sampson. 
January 27, 1800. 

{ John Irvine 
Executors: \ and 

[ Jeremiah Murray 

I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Sampson, Ten 
Pounds to be paid to him when my youngest children 
came of age according to law. Then I give and bequeath 
to my daughter, Margaret Sampson, Twenty Pounds, 
to be paid to her, or her heirs, at the same time of the 
youngest children coming of age. Then I give and be- 
queath to my son, Joseph Sampson, Twenty Pounds, to 
be paid at the time above mentioned. Then I give and 
bequeath to my son James Sampson, Twenty Pounds, 
to be paid as above. Then I give and beneath to my 
daughter, Sarah Sampson, Five Pounds per year for four 
years after my decease, the first Five Pounds to be paid 
one year after my decease, paid to her and so to be paid 
regularly till she gets Twenty Pounds. My son George 
has a horse and a steer and my daughter Mary has a 
heifer that is at their own disposal, as they are their own 
property. I also desire that all my stock of creatures 
be sold at public sale except two horses and three cows 
to be kept on the place, the remainder to be sold to pay 
funeral charges and personal debts. The plantation to 



PENNSYLVANIA 137 

remain in the possession of the widow and children, that 
is, under her jurisdiction until they all be of age according 
to law, with two ploughs and tacklin, a harrow wagon and 
log chain with collars and other harness for four horses 
and the household furniture also to remain with them. 
For which time my son Charlie is to have the place or 
parcel of land adjoining Geo. McWilliams, Francis Mc- 
Farlan, James Berry and the home place, and to extend 
as far as the run between the two improvements to im- 
prove and cultivate as he sees cause and to have the full 
benefits thereof without molestation until the last heir 
be of lawful age, and then all the lands that I possess 
to be sold to the best possible advantage and the amount 
thereof equally divided between my wife Margaret Samp- 
son, my sons Charles and George, and my daughters 
Mary and Sarah, and my sons John, William and Robert, 
and my daughter Jane. Each and every one of them to 
have an equal share except the money to pay the first 
legacies which none of that is to come off my wife and 
widow, but she is to have her full part, and the legatees 
money first mentioned to be taken off the last mentioned 
equal shares part. In witness hereunto I set my hand 
and seal the day and year above written: 

John Sampson. 
Sign, Sealed and 

Acknowledged in 

the presence of us : 

Richard Nash, 

Adam Thew. 
February 3, 1800. 

Suit of Joseph Sampson, of Sycamore Township, Hamil- 
ton County, Ohio, 1817. 

John Sampson, late of Westmoreland County in 
State of Pennsylvania, deceased, by his last will and 
testament in writing did give and bequeath one Jo- 
seph Sampson, of the County of Hamilton, and State 
of Ohio, a legacy of Twenty Pounds, the currency of the 



138 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

said State of Pennsylvania to be paid to me at the time 
my sister Jane arrived at the age of 21 years. And of 
the said will made and constituted Jeremiah Murray, of 
said County of Westmoreland, Executor, as in and by 
the said will may appear. 

Now know ye that the said Joseph Sampson have 
made, ordained and appointed William Sampson, of the 
aforesaid County of Westmoreland, his true and lawful 
attorney for me and my name, to ask, demand and re- 
ceive, sue for and recover of and therefore the said Jere- 
miah Murray the legacy of Twent}^ Pounds with all due 
interest due thereon, given and bequeathed to me by the 
said Joseph Sampson by the said will of the said John 
Sampson as aforesaid and upon receipt thereof or pay- 
ment to him my said Attorney shall lawfully do in the 
premises. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my 
hand and affixed my seal this 16th day of Sept. 1817. 

Joseph Sampson. 

In the presence of 

John F. Ayres, 

Benijah Ayres, 
State of Ohio, Hamilton County. 

Be it remembered Joseph Sampson, the within grantor, 
personally appeared before me, Benijah Ayres, one of 
the Justices of the Peace for Sycamore Township, and 
acknowledged the signing of the within attorney to be 
his hand and seal his voluntary act and deed for the use 
and purpose therein mentioned. In testimony whereof 
I have herewith set my hand and affixed my seal, 16th 
day of September, 1817. 

Beni.iah Ayres. 
Hamilton County, 
State of Ohio. 

I, John Gang, of the Court of Common Pleas, within 
and for the Comity of Hamilton, aforesaid, do hereby 
certify that Benijah Ayres, Esq., before whome the above 



PENNSYLVANIA 139 

and aforegoing acknowledgement appears to have been 
made, is at the time thereof one of the Justices assigned 
to keep the peace within and for the County of Hamilton, 
aforesaid, duly elected, commissioned and sworn into 
office, and that full faith and credit are due and ought to 
be given to all his official acts. 

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand 
and affixed the seal of out said Common Court of Pleas 
at Cincinnati, this 9th of September, 1817. 

Another important deed made in 1816 of John Samp- 
son's heirs to Jeremiah Murray: 

Between Charles Sampson and Margaret, his wife; 
George Sampson and Margaret, his wife; and William 
Sampson and Jane, his wife; Thomas Grumly and Mary, 
his wife (called "Polly" Sampson); John, Robert, Jane 
and Sarah Sampson. Land in Franklin Township, 
Westmoreland County, bounded by land of George Mc- 
Williams, and land of John Irvine, and land of Adam 
Thew and land of James Sampson. Also lands of John 
Cavert and Jeremiah Murray. 

This deed shows that Charles, George, WilHam and 
Mary had been married at some date previous to 1816. 
This will of John Sampson gives us his wife as named 
Margaret, and twelve children, Thomas, Margaret, Joseph, 
James, Sarah, George, Mary, Charles, John, William, 
Robert and Jane. 



CHAPTER III 

Of these twelve children, Joseph is the only one whose 
history we can be absolutely sure of. He was born in 
Westmoreland County, Pa., in 1768. One of the tradi- 
tions of the neighborhood in this section where Joseph 
was born is the story of his being stolen by the Indians. 
Some say he was going on horseback to salt the cows, 
was surprised by the Indians and while urging his horse 
in the effort to escape, the animal fell, pinioning Joseph 
under him, and the Indians caught him easily. 

Another version is that Joseph was on foot, on the same 
errand, and when the Indians surprised him, he ran and 
stumbled into the wild grape vines, which grew so pro- 
fusely in that region, and so Joseph was captured. Joseph's 
son James has written an interesting letter giving some 
account of his father, as follows: 

Mr. John Caldwell, 

Dear Sir: I promised that I would give you a history of 

my hfe as a pioneer. To give you a full detail I shall be 

under the necessity of commencing with my father, Joseph 

Sampson. 

He was born in Westmoreland County, Pa., in the year 
1768. When ten years of age he was taken prisoner by 
the Indians (a scouting war party) and taken to Niagara 
Falls, Canada, and held for five years. He was adopted 
into a family who had no children and his squaw mother 
thought he could outbrave any of the Indian boys both 
in fighting and foot racing. Their great pleasure was 
in the practice of bow and arrow, in which he was an 
expert. Five years after his capture, his father heard 
he was in Montreal and went there and recognised his son. 
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JOSEPH SAMPSON'S GRAVE IN PLEASANT RIDGE CEMETERY, NEAR 
CINCINNATI, OHIO 



PENNSYLVANIA 141 

He was soon after sold to a British Officer by the Indians 
for $12.50 and a little later exchanged as a prisoner of 
war at Montreal and sent home. 

I will here state what he saw the first night after his 
capture, when a boy of ten. The party travelled nearly 
all that night and the next day. In the evening they 
halted and struck camp. Another party of Indians came 
into their camp with one of his neighbor women as a 
prisoner and a host of scalps hanging from their waists. 
These Indians had fallen on a school and murdered the 
entire school. 

He was well acquainted with all the tricks and strategy 
of the Indians, which fitted him to come to the West in 
Indian times. He was married to Elizabeth McClelland 
in 1790, and in 1792 emigrated West with Capt. Flinn on 
a flat boat and settled at Columbia in Turkey Bottom, 
landing at Columbia, May 12, 1792. On the way down 
the Ohio at the mouth of Grave Creek about midnight 
one night they were hailed from the shore by a woman 
(no doubt a prisoner of the Indians) who wanted them to 
land and take her aboard. Some of the crew were for 
landing and taking her on board. My father objected 
and told them that it was an Indian Camp, and he told 
them "shoot off a gun and you will see the fire soon ex- 
tinguished." They did so and the fire was at once put 
out. So they continued on their way to Columbia, where 
my father settled and lived for six years. 

He was one who cared not for the Indians He was 
the first man who came to relieve Griffin after he was 
shot and scalped — got him on a horse and brought him 
into Columbia. In 1798 he moved from Columbia to 
McFarlan's Station (now Pleasant Ridge). He settled 
on the farm now owned by the heirs of William Wood, 
and lived there four years, when he leased the farm 
owned by Mr. Kincaid, near Pleasant Ridge, living here 
seven ye^rs. Then he purchased the farm now owned 
by his grandson, Joseph Sampson, Jr. Here he built a 
two-story hewed log house in 1803, and replaced this 
by a brick house in 1834, and died in 1848. 



CHAPTER IV 

Joseph Sampson was twice married. His first wife, 
Elizabeth McClelland, was born November 8, 1829. 
She bore him seven children. The second wife was Mary 
Patmore, whom he married September 2, 1830. She was 
born November 4, 1798, and outlived her husband, 
spending her last days with her grandson, Joseph Sampson, 
in Lockland, Ohio. 

The seven children of Joseph and Elizabeth were John 
M., James, Agnes, Margaret, Margaret Bond, Martha 
McClelland, Mary Harkness, and William. 

No. 1 — John M. Sampson, son of Joseph and Eliza- 
beth, was born November 13, 1792, and died July 5, 1849. 
He is buried in the little churchyard cemetery in Ross- 
moyne, Ohio. His wife was Margaret, called Patay, 
and they had four children, Kitty, Jane, Polly Ann, and 
Elizabeth. Polly Ann married Clark Radabough. EHza- 
beth married John Lough and had three children, Martha, 
Josephine and Ollie. Ollie married Harry Emerson. 

No. 2 — James Sampson, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, 
was born February 5, 1794, and died December 18, 1878. 
He was three times married; the first wife was Agnes 
Cromwell, by whom he had six children: Joseph, John C. 
Mary R., Eliza McClelland, WiUiam, and Jesse. The 
second wife was Eleanor Viley Day, who bore him three 
children, Isaac, Margaret Little, and Amy Viley. The 
third wife was Martha Patmore. The following obitu- 
ary is sent me by her oldest child Mrs. Anna Morgan, 
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CJR.WE OF JOSEPH SAMPSON'S WIFE, ELIZABETH McCLELLAND, 

PLEASANT RIDGE CEMETERY, NEAR 

CINCINNATI, OHIO 



PENNSYLVANIA 143 

Martha A. Patmore was born November 12, 1828 at 
Montgomery, Ohio, on the site of the present residence of 
Mr. Isaac Todd, and died at her home in Silverton, Ohio, 
October 12, 1910. Her ancestors (the Fetter family 
on her mother's side) were the first settlers at Mont- 
gomery, Ohio, naming the village from the county from 
which they originally came in the East. 

Martha Patmore and James Sampson were married 
in 1847, and she was survived by these three children, 
three grandchildren, and one great grandchild. The 
children were — David L., Anna M., and Caroline. By the 
three marriages of Mr. James Sampson, there were four- 
teen children, seven step grandchildren, six great step 
grandchildren and eight great great step grandchildren. 

In the same year of her marriage, Martha Patmore 
Sampson united with the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian 
Church where she remained a member until 1888. When 
she was released to the Silverton Church as one of the 
charter members. The same quiet devoted motherhood 
that was significant of her life, marked her passing from 
this world with her loved ones near her. 

The balance of this letter written by James Sampson 
to Mr. Caldwell gives some account of his own life. 

I now come to my own experiences as a pioneer. I was 
bom February 5, 1794, in the town of Columbia. I 
was told by my parents that at the time I was born the 
Indians were around the house. When I was four years 
old my father moved to McFarlan's Station (now Pleas- 
ant Ridge.) While we lived there I went with my father 
to Cincinnati. It was in the Spring when the mud was 
knee deep in the streets. There were no pavements in 
the city and we went to market on horseback and went 
from house to house to sell our produce. Our store 
where we sold our corn-meal and flour was to Black 
Sandy the Baker. There were only three or four stores 
in Cincinnati at this time and property was cheap. My 
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144 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

house now stands for one yoke of oxen, but he declined 
to take it. I well recollect the time when we lived on 
wild meat, corn bread, and hominy — what we called 
sluts hominy. Salt was scarce — four dollars a bushel. 
We lived five years at Mr. Woods' place in Pleasant Ridge, 
and seven on Mr. Kincaid's and then bought near Mr. 
Kennedy's which is now called Silverton. 

From a sketch of James Sampson's life: 

Here James Sampson made his home until he was 
married in 1816, when he bought the farm upon which 
he Hved till he died December 14, 1877, living there more 
than fifty-six years. During the many years following 
the war of 1812, when all male citizens of proper age were 
required to do duty, he was an active military man, 
as is evinced by his rising rapidly from orderly sergeant 
to that of Brigadier General. Among the few remaining 
pioneers of those days he is still known as Col. Sampsoa. 
Later in life he was elected Justice of the Peace and by 
the present generation is known as Squire Sampson. 
Squire Sampson has been a faithful and consistent member 
of the Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church since the year 
1819, and at the time of his death was by far the oldest 
living native resident of Hamilton County, Ohio. 

He well remembered the time when he rode on the logs 
dragged by his father Joseph, for the first structure with 
yoke of oxen, nearly eighty years before. When that 
log church was torn down to give place to a brick structure, 
he took the contract for brick and plastering for $90.00, 
$15,00 of which he donated on subscription. 

During a greater part of the 58 years he was a member 
of the church, he occupied the position in official relation 
as chorister, trustee or clerk. He was buried in Pleasant 
Ridge cemetery just back of the church, one of the oldest 
cemeteries of the County, and he remembered the first 
grave dug in this cemeteiy. There is a memorial window 
to James Sampson in this church. 



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CHAPTER V 

Of James Sampson's children, Mary R., daughter of 
James and Agnes, was the oldest. She was born April 
20th, 1817, and married to Jacob Felter, August 31, 1841. 
She died October 31, 1897 and is buried in the old Purvi- 
ance Cemetery in Huntington County, Indiana, with 
four of her children. Six children were born to Jacob 
and Mary, five of them passing away early in life. 

Agnes Felter, born November 27, 1842, died August 

25, 1879. 

Jasper Felter, born November 23, 1845, died February 
8, 1864. 
Margaret Felter, born July 9, 1849, died December 

26, 1850. 

James Felter, born October 25, 1851, but no record of 
his death. 

Harriet Felter, born March 25, 1855, and no record of 
her death. 

Franklin Felter, the youngest child of Jacob and Mary 
Sampson. 

Franklin Felter was born March 29, 1865 and married 
to Edna Belle Simons, July 7, 1887, and lives in Hunting- 
ton, Indiana. He purchased in 1911 the "Globe Clothing 
Store," one of the largest business institutions in Hunt- 
ington. His home is one of the old mansions with exten- 
sive grounds, which he is beautifying and making one of 
the ideal residences of that section. 



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146 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Eliza McClelland Sampson, the next oldest child of 
James and Agnes, was born October 9, 1819. She 
married Clark Brecount and had four children: Wilson, 
(who was killed in the Civil War) James, Lorena, and 
Mary Jane. Eliza Brecount is buried in Pleasant Ridge 
Cemetery in the lot with her father, James Sampson. 

Her daughter, Mary Jane Brecount, who was born 
October 24, 1846, married T. N. Clark, September 3, 
1867, and is living in Scotch Lebanon, Ohio. She had 
eight children; Pearl, Edward W., J. Ellis, Enuna B., 
Vina Mary, Arista B., Hawley N., and William P. 

Lorena Brecount, daughter of EHza and Clark, was 
born March 10, 1849. She married Josiah E. Clark, 
October 7, 1874. To them was born five children: Albert 
Carey, Charley, Jesse Pierson, Minnie B., and Edith L. 

Albert Carey Clark, born September 13, 1878, was 
married to Matilda Biehl, March 22, 1902. They have 
one child, Eleanor A. 

Edith L. Clark, born December 14, 1885, was married 
to Albert E. Dawson, April 7, 1910. 

Charley Clark, born March 17, 1881, died April 24, 1881. 



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CHAPTER VI 

Joseph Sampson, the oldest son of James and Agnes, 
was named for his grandfather, Joseph, who came from 
Pennsylvania. He was born June 4, 1821, and brought 
up on his father's farm in Silverton, Hamilton County, 
Ohio, and followed in his father's footsteps in the business 
of mason and brick contractor. He was twice married, 
his first wife, Lucinda Baxter (to whom he was united 
January 6, 1847), bore him two children, Albert and Mary. 

Mary Sampson was born November 4, 1847, and died 
September 23, 1853. She is buried by her mother Lucinda 
(who died December 6, 1850) in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. 

Albert Sampson, son of Joseph and Lucinda, was born 
October 31, 1849, and married to Mary J. Victor, They 
had one child, Thomas Sampson, who was born December 
13, 1877. Albert died December 19, 1893, and is buried 
in his father's lot in Reading Cemetery. 

Thomas Sampson married Mary A. Gideon, and they 
live in North Eaton, Ohio. They have one child, Joseph, 
born November 3, 1907. 

Joseph Sampson married for his second wife, Mrs. 
Jane Oliver Doty, March 6, 1853. More than three quar- 
ters of their married life was spent in the village of Lock- 
land, Ohio. Jane Sampson passed away two years before 
her husband Joseph, and both are buried in the Reading 
Cemetery. Jane was a member of the Christian Church 
in Carthage, Ohio, from her sixteenth year, and it was 
said of her that she was known by every man, woman 
and child in the village; was loyal to her Church and 
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148 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

friends, and ever ready to lend a helping hand. She was 
born near Sharonville, Ohio, April 13, 1822, and died 
May 4, 1889, just as the clock chimed the midnight hour. 
Joseph followed her April 22, 1901, and of him it was 
written that the village lost one of its oldest and most 
esteemed citizens. He was familiarly called "Uncle Joe," 
as his wife was called "Aunt Jane" by old and young alike. 
Joseph was in his eightieth year and had been a contractor 
and builder for sixty years in the community and the 
Miami Valley. He was a life-time member of the Chris- 
tian Church; he was a corporal in Company "E," 138th 
Infantry, and a member of the A. W. Graves Post of the 
G. A. R. 

Joseph and Jane had one son, John Lewis Sampson, 
named for his mother's uncle and cousin, John Lewis 
Oliver. He was born in Carthage, Ohio, May 23, 1854, 
but his parents moved to Lockland, Ohio, when he was a 
small boy. He has been twice married. His first wife 
was Nancy B. Olden, of Lockland, whom he married 
December 7, 1876. To them were born four children: 
Joseph Gano, May O., Laura B., and a son who died at 
birth. 

Joseph Gano was born March 5, 1878, and died March 
12, 1878. May O., born February 18, 1879, was married 
to Herbert A. Sibbet, December 26, 1889, and has three 
children: Anna M., Laura B., and Nancy. They live 
in Los Angeles, California. 

Laura B., born October 31, 1880, married Arthur J. 
Dietrick, May 26, 1906, and has one son, Arthur J., Jr. 
^— ^hey also live in California. 

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^ 1897, Lilla E. Briggs, of New York City, New York. (See 
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150 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

J. LEWIS SAMPSON RETIRES FROM PAPER TRADE TO 
BECOME CHESAPEAKE BAY FARMER 

Somewhere in this wide world the sun may be shining, 
somewhere men may be happy and gay, but this is not 
true of the paper trade in the Middle West, for J. Lewis 
Sampson has retired and gone "from our midst." A 
whole souled, genial, jolly good fellow has quit the paper 
trade, and nothing seems so bright as before, when his 
smiling countenance was here; but what is our loss will 
be the gain of another section of the country. 

J. Lewis Sampson has quit the trade, and has left 
for his new home on the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, 
in Maryland, and w^ill henceforth be a farmer. A farmer 
of oysters, and quail, and other wild game. He tells 
me that he had already tamed his wild game to act ac- 
cording to the abihty of the hunter; that is, if the sports- 
man is a good shot, to fly very fast, but if the hunter be 
a no\dce, then to fly slowly, so that the gunner may have 
some chance of getting his bird. Mr. Sampson also has 
his oysters trained so that when he whistles they will 
walk out of the water, carrying their half shells on their 
backs. 

There is, possibty, no man better known in the trade 
than this same gentleman, he having spent more than a 
quarter of a century in the trade. His first paper trade 
connection was with the Tytus-Gardner Paper Manu- 
facturing Company, of Middletown, Ohio, as manager 
of sales, one of the pioneer mills in the West in the wrap- 
ping and bag business. From 1902 to 1904 he was Chi- 
cago representative of the International Paper Company, 
handling manilas, wrappings and specialties. 

In 1904 he opened an office in Chicago as sales manager 
for the Fletcher Paper Company, of Alpena, Mich., and 
has served in this capacity until the present time. 

Some time ago he bought a plantation of 500 acres in 
Maryland, near the coast of the Chesapeake Bay, at a 
point about 40 miles southeast of Washington, on the 
Patuxent River. One hundred acres of this plantation 



PENNSYLVANIA 151 

is in virgin forest, which is said to abound in wild game 
and specially good hunting. There will be a boat land- 
ing for his friends on their way by water from Baltimore. 

Mr. Sampson is one of the oldest, in service, of the men 
traveling in the trade, and I am sure there never was a 
more popular man that represented any branch of the 
industry. 

We may be a little envious of the good time he will 
have while we must continue to work, but we all wish 
him every good thing in this world, and many, many 
long years to enjoy his new home and new possession. — 
From The Paper Mill of April 2, 1912. 

OBITUARY WRITTEN BY MR. SAMPSON'S COUSIN, MRS. 
LAWRENCE SLABACK OF SILVERTON, OHIO 

J. Lewis Sampson, descendant of John Sampson, who 
came from Ireland to Westmoreland County, Pennsyl- 
vania, and of his son Joseph who emigrated from Pennsyl- 
vania to Ohio in 1792. 

The deceased was the son of Joseph and Jane Oliver 
Sampson, and was born in Lockland, Ohio, in the year 
1854. 

He was one of three children, none of whom survive 
him. 

In early boyhood he united with the Christian Church 
of Carthage, Ohio. 

In young manhood he was united in marriage with 
Miss Nancy Olden, to which union were born four chil- 
dren, two of whom survive him; Mrs. May O. Sibbet 
and Mrs. Laura B. Dietrick, both of Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia. 

There are also three grand-daughters and one grand- 
son. While the daughters were but children the wife 
and mother passed away. 



152 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

After some years Mr. Sampson married Miss Lilla 
Briggs of New York State, who survives him. 

Mr. Sampson was widely known in the business world, 
having been actively engaged in the paper business for 
many years, until April 2, 1912, when he retired to his 
new plantation home, Sampson's Harbor, St. Mary's 
County, Maryland, where he and his wife planned to 
spend the best of their years. 

Friday morning, March 14th, Mr. Sampson was suddenly 
called home. 

A man of happy disposition, ever ready with a bit of 
humor and a smile always, and a kindly word for all; 
of most generous heart, and ever ready helpful hand. 
A loving memory to those who knew and loved him. 

Twilight and evening bell, 

And after that the dark, 
And may there be no sadness of farewell, 

When I embark. 

For tho' from out the bourne of time and place 

The flood may bear me far, 
I hope to meet my pilot face to face, 

When I have crossed the bar. 




PLEASANT RIDGE CHURCH AND CEMETERY, 
CINCINNATI, OHIO 



CHAPTER VII 

John C. Sampson, the next oldest child of James and 
Agnes, was born October 28, 1823, and died July 5, 1828. 

William Sampson, the next son of James and Agnes, 
was born December 19, 1825, and married to Sarah B. 
Ferryman, November 22, 1848. To them were born 
eleven children: 

(1) James Sampson, the oldest son of William and 
Sarah, was born May 7, 1850, and married to Elnora 
Friend, January 15, 1873. They have had four children: 
Cora, Jennie, Grace and Flo. 

Cora, who was born March 17, 1874, died August 27, 
1892. 

Jennie M., born August 12, 1878, married Walter Wil- 
liamson, November 21, 1900, and they reside in Larned, 
Kans. They have three children: Monroe, Charles and 
Floyd. 

Grace, born August 27, 1882, married John Pardee, 
July 26, 1904, and lives in Mattoon, IlUnois. 

Flo was born September 29, 1890 and lives with her 
parents in Mattoon, Illinois. 

Since writing the above, James Sampson has been 
called to his long home. With his wife he attended the 
funeral services of Martha Patmore Sampson in Silver- 
ton, Ohio, October, 1910. A year later in October, 1911, 
he too was summoned. James Sampson was instantly 
killed in the cab of his engine, on the Big Four R. R., 
when nearing his home in Mattoon, 111., one afternoon, 
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154 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

about four p.m. The accident occured through a col- 
Hsion at a crossmg not far from Mattoon, and James 
Sampson's engine was turned completely over, crushing 
him underneath. He was born in Silverton, Ohio, but when 
three years of age his parents moved to Shelbyville, Illi- 
nois. Here he grew to manhood. At the age of fourteen, 
he enUsted in the Civil War, being a member of Company 
"G," 143 Illinois Volunteers. He enlisted May 13, 1864; 
was mustered in at Mattoon, June 11, and honorably 
discharged September 25, 1864. He served under Col. 
D. C. Smith and Capt. Webster. 

While on picket duty he was struck in the left hand by a 
minnie ball and was confined in the hospital at Jefferson 
Barracks for twenty-six days. 

He entered the employ of the Big Four R. R., July 28, 
1880, and was in their service as engineer at the time of 
his death. He was promoted to position of engineer, 
February 11, 1884, and spent fourteen years in the pas- 
senger service, twelve of which were on the fast runs. 
Mr. Sampson always had the highest esteem for his 
fireman and was greatly beloved by men who worked under 
him as well as by the railroad boys in general. He was 
kindhearted ever, firm in his convictions and a true friend. 
When quite a young man, the dread disease cholera held 
the city of Shelbyville in its grasp; and Mr. Sampson was 
one of those who day and night helped to care for the 
stricken and the dead; many times being called to lay 
beneath the sod its victims. He was buried in the family 
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(2) Margaret P. Sampson, daughter of William and 
Sarah, was born August 10, 1852, and died November 
19, 1853. 

(3) William N. Sampson, a son of WiUiam and Sarah, 
was born October 2, 1854, and died October 4, 1855. 

(4) Daniel P. Sampson, a son of Wilham and Sarah, 
was born March 5, 1857, and died September 6, 1858. 

(5) Edward W. Sampson, a son of Wilham and Sarah, 
was born March 20, 1858 and married to Julia J. Heitz. 
October 4, 1881. They have one daughter, Mabel E., 
who was born November 1, 1882, and married to Joseph 
Garfield Worker, May 20, 1909. Edward W. Sampson 
is a resident of Urbana, Illinois. 

(6) Mattie B. Sampson, daughter of Wilham and Sarah, 
was born August 4, 1860, and died Aguust 17, 1860. 

(7) Anna L. Sampson, daughter of William and Sarah, 
was born October 12, 1862, and married to Jacob P. 
Babb, November 22, 1887. They lived in Mattoon, 
111., and Mr. Babb passed away November 9, 1908, 
most sincerely loved and mourned by all who knew him. 
The following obituary was published in one of the 
Mattoon papers. 

Jacob Pinckney Babb was born in Osage County, Mo., 
April 30, 1857. While young, his parents moved to Cole 
County, Mo., about ten miles from Jefferson City and 
settled on a farm where Mr. Babb grew to manhood. 
He entered the photographic studio of M. D. Winnings in 
Jefferson City and through personal effort, untiring energy, 
and that thoroughness, which marked every effort of his 
life, he became an expert in photography. 

He eventually opened a studio in Shelby ville, 111., and 
there met Miss Anna L. Sampson to whom he was united 
in marriage on November 22, 1887. In 1892 Mr. Babb 



PENNSYLVANIA 157 

moved to Mattoon, 111., and there continued his success- 
ful business of photography. He was a man of sterling 
integrity and bright, sunny disposition, which won for 
him the love and esteem of those with whom he came in 
contact. 

Mr. Babb passed away December 9, 1908, in Eureka 
Springs, Ark., where he had gone for the benefit of his 
health. For many years Mr. Babb was a member of 
the Presbyterian Church, and he lived his religion day in 
and day out. 

At the time of his death, he was a trustee of the First 
Presbyterian Church of Mattoon, 111., which position he 
had held for twelve years. He was also a member of the 
Men's League and an active member of the Usher's 
Association and with one exception, the oldest usher in 
the church. 

Mr. Babb was a member of Mattoon Lodge No. 260, 
A.F. and A.M. — Palestine Lodge No. 46. Knights of 
Pythias— Mattoon Lodge No. 260. I. O. O. F.— a 
charter member of Mattoon Lodge No. 495. B. P. O. E. 
Also, a member of the Woodmen of America and of Elect 
Lady Chapter No. 40. 0. E. S. 

The funeral was held in the first Presbyterian Church, 
December 13, at 2 p.m., and the church was most beauti- 
fully decorated in palms and flowers. The sermon 
preached by his pastor and friend. Rev. Edward M. 
Martine, was eloquent and most fitting and the tribute 
paid to Mr. Babb was one that his life merited and one 
that will linger in the memory of those who heard it. 

Jesse Sampson, son of James and Agnes, was born May 
14, 1829. His disappeared from home when a boy and 
has never been heard from since. 

Isaac Sampson, the son of James and his second wife 
Eleanor Viley Day, married Sarah Thornhill and had 
three children — Frank, Jerry and Ollie. 

Margaret Little Sampson, daughter of James and 



158 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Eleanor, married M. Hall, and had three children — Ada, 
Emma and Carrie. Mr. Hall was through the Civil 
War, and after the war, they lived in Olney, 111. Eventu- 
ally they moved Soutli. Mr. Hall died at Jackson, La., 
and Margaret Sampson, his wife, was a victim of yellow 
fever at Tangipahoa, La. 

Ada, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hall, married a Far- 
borough, and had seven children, and lives in Aquilla, 
Hill County, Texas. 

Emma married a George, and lives in Kentwood, La., 
and has four children. 

Amy Viley Sampson, daughter of James and Eleanor, 
married M. Martin. 




DAVID L. SAMPSON, SILVERTON, OHIO 



CHAPTER VIII 

Anna M. Sampson, daughter of James and Martha 
Patmore, his third wife, was born July 12, 1848, and mar- 
ried to James S. Morgan, April 14, 1872. They had 
two children, one who died in infancy, and Jean, born 
January 31, 1881. Jean married WilUam Shoemaker 
and lives in Cincinnati. James S. Morgan was born 
April 15, 1844 and died August 30, 1880. He is buried 
in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. 

Mrs. Morgan has always lived in Silverton and made a 
home for her mother, Martha Patmore Sampson, near the 
old home where she was born. 

David L. Sampson, son of James and Martha, was 
born October 30, 1850, and married to Emma Kennedy, 
February 26, 1879. He has always lived in the old home 
where he was born in Silverton, Ohio, but will soon re- 
move to another home on the main road in Silverton. Mr. 
Sampson is President of the Hamilton County Fair Associ- 
ation, as well as Secretary of the Ohio Agricultural Experi- 
ment Station, and carries on farming interests. He is 
devoted to his horses and dogs and like many of the 
Sampsons a good hunter. 

Caroline Sampson, daughter of James and Martha, 
was born November 29, 1854, and married to Harvey 
Durham, October 8, 1878. They have two children — 
Ollie and Blanche. Ollie married Lawrence Slaback, 
October 10, 1904 and has one child, Dorothy Alice Sla- 
back. 

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160 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Blanche, who was born July 31, 1888, lives at home on 
the farm near Newton, Ohio. 

(3) Margaret Bond Sampson, the daughter of Joseph 
and Elizabeth, was born December 18, 1799. She mar- 
ried David Little, March 28, 1822, and died November 
21, 1875, Family history states that David Little and 
his wife, Margaret Sampson are buried in the Purviance 
Cemetery in Jefferson Township, Ind. This cemetery 
was part of the David Little Farm and was given by him 
to the Commissioners of Huntington Co., Indiana, for 
burial purposes forever and ever. There were no children 
born to David and Margaret. 

(4) Agnes Sampson, daughter of Joseph and Ehza- 
beth, was born May 13, 1796, and died November 15, 
1837. She married Jacob Swallow and had eight children. 
Isaac, Ehza M., Mary S., Eremina C, David B., John 
S., Margaret A., and Martha. 

Isaac Swallow born 1816, married Elizabeth Rinehart 
and had six children; Jacob, John, Martha, Kate, Isaac 
and Minnie. 

Eliza M. Swallow born 1821, married William WilUam- 
son and had six children: John, Jacob, Percy, Mary, 
Alice and Nancy Jane. 

Mary S. Swallow born 1823, married Samuel Percy 
and had five children: Joseph, Frank, Laura, Ella and 
Samuel. 

Eremina C. Swallow born 1825, married Elias Miller 
and had three children: Mary, Clifford and Frank. 

David B. Swallow born 1827, died 1835. 

John S. Swallow born 1830, died 1833. 

Margaret A. Swallow, born 1832, died 1835. 

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(5) Mary Harkness Sampson, daughter of Joseph and 
Elizabeth, was born October 8, 1882, and married William 
Ireland. To them were born three children — David 
Ireland, Sampson Ireland and John P. Ireland. 

Mary Sampson Ireland died March 15, 1832, and is 
buried in the old cemetery at New Paris, Ohio. 

David Ireland, son of William and Mary, died in Yates 
Center, Iowa. 

Sampson Ireland, son of WiUiam and Mary, married 
and had one daughter, who is Mrs. Clate Templar, of 
Muncie, Ind. 

John P. Ireland, son of WilUam and Mary, married 
Nancy Hopper, and had nine children. 

(6) Martha McClelland Sampson, daughter of Joseph 
and Elizabeth, was born February 22, 1801, and died 
December 25, 1832. She married Jesse Pierson, and had 
three children: Wilham, Rebecca and Eliza. 

WiUiam Pierson, son of Martha and Jesse, was born 
June 5, 1828, and was twice married. His first wife was 
Amelia Jones, whom he married September 5, 1850. His 
second wife was Margaret Weller, whom he married 
March 5, 1862. Of these marriages were born eleven 
children: EUza, Belinda E., Charles E., Eugene M., Mary 
A., L., Frank, Ennes P., Ella, George M.,and Orton. 

Rebecca Pierson, daughter of Martha and Jesse, was 
twice married, first to Aaron Buxton, and second to S. A. 
Bell. Harriet, Marietta and Oro were the children of 
these marriages. 

EHza Pierson, daughter of Martha and Jesse, was 
born August 27, 1828, and married Samuel Hanimel, 
February 20, 1856. They had three children, Jesse P., 
John and Frank. 



162 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

(7) William Sampson, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, 
was born July 25, 1804, and married to Catherine Graham, 
January 28,' 1832. Catherine Graham was born May 
1, 1807, and died August 16, 1875. WilHam died March 
3, 1888. 

WilHam and Catherine Sampson had eight children, 
the oldest Martha, born June 26, 1833, and died August 
19, 1908. She was married to Josiah Gaston and had 
three children: WilHam S., James and Albert M. 

Albert M. married Florence Mattingly and had three 
children: Robert, James and Eva. 

EHzabeth Sampson, the second child of WilHam and 
Catherine, was born February 15, 1835, and died May 25, 
1882. She married George WilHamson and had two 
children: Walter M., and Lucius S. 

Walter M. WiUiamson, married Eliza Shumard, and 
had three children: Albert M., George W., and Theodosia. 

Lucius S. WiUiamson married Con^ance Gattle, and 
had two children: Emerson C, and Ethel E. 

James Sampson, the third child of William and Cather- 
ine, was born March 15, 1837, and died December 20, 
1866. He married Ellen Klick, and had no children and 
is buried in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Mary EUen Sampson, fourth child of WilHam and Cath- 
erine, was born December 5, 1839, and died February 
25, 1898. She married John Magee and had five chil- 
dren — Edward, John F., David, WilHam and Catherine. 
Catherine married Jackson Lloyd. 

David Little Sampson and Maj^garet Little Sampson, 
twin children of WiUiam and Catherine, were born April 
17, 1841. David L. married Lucy Hale and had one son. 



PENNSYLVANIA 163 

John M., who married Mary Campbell and has a daughter 
Oma. David L. died February 2, 1908. 

Margaret L. Sampson married John Riker and had one 
daughter, Ella May, who was born July 19, 1870. She 
married James Peterson. 

John Howard, the seventh child of William and Cathe- 
rine, was born November 14, 1843, and died December 12, 
1809. He married Mary J. Bope, and they had one son, 
Philip E. 

Phoebe Freeman Sampson, the eighth child of WiUiam 
and Catherine, was born April 8, 1846, and is living with 
her sister Margaret and husband, on the Riker farm in 
Oxford, Ohio. 

This completes the history of the Ohio Sampsons, who 
descended from the Joseph Sampson who emigrated from 
Pennsylvania in 1792. So we will now return to our 
Pennsylvania cousins. 



CHAPTER IX 

Of the twelve children of John Sampson, who lived on 
the Greensburg Pike, I have not beesn able to secure any 
data absolutely correct, outside of Joseph. John Samp- 
son's will mentions a son George, and in the deed of 1816 
mentioned in a previous chapter, George's wife was called 
Margaret, so that according to this deed he must have 
been married as early as 1816. 

From one member of another branch of Sampsons liv- 
ing in Westmoreland County, I have definite knowledge 
that his aunt Margaret Sampson married a George Samp- 
son. 

In the records of Washington County and also from one 
of the descendants of George Sampson in Kentucky, I 
learned that George Sampson, of Canonsburg, Pa., had a 
wife, Margaret Sampson. Other points seem to bear out 
my impression that this is George, the son of John, so I 
will give the data regarding George next to that of Joseph. 

George Sampson, of Canonsburg, Washington County, 
Pa., came to America when a child. He followed the 
business of a cabinet maker and died in Cannonsburg in 
1835. His wife Margaret came to America, from Ireland, 
with her parents in 1796 and they landed at Wihnington, 
Delaware. Her parents were James Sampson and Mary 
Margaret, which is all we can learn of her mother's name. 
James and his family lived on a farm in Westmoreland 
County between the Monongahela and Youghiogheny 
Rivers, near a town called Webster; while George's par- 
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PENNSYLVANIA 165 

ents also lived in Westmoreland County a few miles to 
the northeast. In the will of James Sampson (Margaret's 
father) he mentions his son-in-law, George Sampson. 

George and Margaret Sampson, of Canonsburg, had 
seven children: William, Elizabeth, Sarah, Margaret, 
John, James, and Letherman. 

James and Letherman went to the Sandwich Islands 
and died there. 

John lived in West Middletown, Washington County, 
Pa., and died there in 1882, leaving two children: Eliza- 
beth and Caroline. 

Caroline married Samuel Marks, and is still living in 
West Middleton, Pa. 

William Sampson, son of George and Margaret, was 
born January 21, 1818, at Canonsburg, Pa., He was at 
one time in the Law firm of Gazley, Goin and Sampson, 
of Louisville, Ky. In 1863 he was elected to the State 
Senate. In June 1860, he was appointed by Gov. Bram- 
lette to fill the vacancy caused by the removal of Judge 
Bullett. He was Chief Justice nine months, dying while 
in office, February 5, 1866. He married Virginia Gilpin, 
who passed away April 10, 1864, To them were born 
four children: John R., Ida, Margaret and Virginia. 

Virginia married J. Z. Wheat, and lives in San Antonio, 
Texas. 

Margaret married a Neal, and had one daughter, now 
Mrs. J. Frank Smith, of Dallas, Texas. 

John R., the only son, has been twice married. His 
first wife, Bettie Cravens, bore him six children; James 
R., Margaret L., William, John E., Richard J., and Bern- 
ard C. She died July 31, 1898, and he married on Janu- 
ary 6, 1904, Susie Edwards, who has had two children, 



166 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Mary V., and Felix M. John R., is a prominent attorney 
in Middlesboro, Ky. 

John Sampson, whose farm lay on the Greensburg 
Pike and whose history I have already written, had a near 
neighbor by the name of Thomas Sampson, whose farm 
also bordered on this same Greensburg Pike. 

After several years of a most thorough search I am no 
nearer the solution of the relationship between this John 
Sampson and Thomas Sampson, both living on farms so 
very near each other and both raising families having 
the same given names. Much would indicate they were 
of the same branch of Sampsons. But with the assistance 
of court records and wills, as also the data given me by 
the descendants, I have proved there were four brothers of 
the name of Sampson who came from Ballyloughlin, 
near Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland: WiUam, 
Thomas of the Greensburg Pike, James and John. Of 
these brothers, two served in the Revolutionary War. 
Wilham was in the famous battle of the Brandywine, 
as well as many other battles. He kept at one time "The 
Black Horse Tavern," near Webster, and was living 
there when his daughter Sarah, married Benjamin 
Beazell. 

In the 10th volume of the Pennsylvania Magazine, 
under "Notes of Travel," by William Henry, is the follow- 
ing notice of "Black Horse Tavern:" 

At Sampson's we had tolerably good accommodations. 
Sampson's was in the forks, between the Monongahela 
and Youghiogheny Rivers, a little more than half way 
between Williamsport and Robbstown, (which is now 
called West Newton). 



PENNSYLVANIA 167 

William Sampson married Dorcas Neal, a sister of the 
Mary Neal Beasiell, who martied his nephew, also a 
William Sampson. 

The father of Mary and Dorcas Neal was Matthew 
Neal, a pioneer of the Monongahela Valley, who settled 
at Long Run and was killed by the Indians. 

William and Doitcas had two sons and six daughters. 
The two sons were John and Wilham. WilHam married 
Jane Beazell and had five children: Rebecca, John, 

Benjamin, Matthew, and William, who marVied 

and whose daughter, Hattie Sampson, married Thomas 
Guy, and lives in Youngstown, O. The six daughters 
of WiUiam and Dorcas were: 

Sarah, who married Benjamin Beazell. 

Dorcas, who married Jessp Stoneman. 

Mary, who married Sam Devore, 

Jane, who married a Monteith. 

Margaret and Rachell, of whom I have found no record 
as to their marriages. 

William died in 1809 and is no doubt buried in the 
cemetery of the Old Stone Fells Church, near Webster, 
Pa. This church was built by Benjamin Beazell (who 
married William's daughter, Sarah Sampson) and one 
of the Fells family who donated the land. 

The noted Methodist preacher. Rev. James G. Sansom 
(no doubt a connection of the Sampson family) preached 
in this church at one time. Benjamin Beazell also built 
the first house in the town of Webster, which was occupied 
by and known as the "Rev. James G. Sansom Mansion." 

Thomas Sampson, a brother of William also served in 
the Revolutionary War. 

There is no record obtainable of the date of Thomas 



168 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Sampson's birth, but he Hved in a log house on the old 
Greensburg Pike, where he owned a farm of 333| acres. 
He died in this log house in August 1833 and his wife 
followed him two weeks later. Thomas had many ex- 
periences with, the Indians. One story told of him is 
that he was sent ahead of a party of men who were out 
trying to find some Indians who had been committing 
depredations in the neighborhood. They came to a 
place where there were high rocks on an old Indian trail, 
and Thomas, not wishing to take time to walk around 
these rocks, caught hold of a birch and swung himself 
around over the rocks, landing in the midst of some 
Indians who were eating their lunch among these same 
rocks. Thomas yelled and whooped so that it frightened 
the Indians into thinking it was a whole party of soldiers 
after them and they scattered without attacking Thomas. 
His name is mentioned in the Pennsylvania Archives both 
in connection with "Rangers on the Frontiers" and "Sol- 
diers of the Revolution." He is referred to in the 6th 
Series of the Pennsylvania Archives, volume III, page 
1389, under Return of Militia Officers of County West- 
moreland, "Third Battalion, Third in Command." Also 
in Pennsylvania Archives, Volume II, on the "Pay Roll of 
Capt. Moses Carson's Company of Westmoreland County 
to range on the Frontiers, July 9, 1776 to August 9, 1776." 

Under "Miscellaneous Officers," "Depreciation Pay 
Rolls," he is again mentioned and under "Soldiers of the 
Revolution of Westmoreland County," as Thomas Samp- 
son, Private. This was no doubt before he had been 
advanced in the ranks. 

Thomas Sampson married a Duff, and had nine children : 
John, James, Thomas, Alexander, David, EUzabcth, 



PENNSYLVANIA 169 

Mary, William and Margaret. He is buried in Old 
Beulah Cemetery, but no one knows the exact place 
where he hes. The following beautiful tribute from the 
Pittsburgh Despatch of May 24, 1886, is the only monu- 
ment to his memory: 

When the Western Pennsylvania's loyal sons and 
daughters next stop for a moment from the whirl of life 
to renew that most beautiful custom of modern days, 
decorating the graves of the Nation's dead, each heart 
should turn to a little, half -deserted, burial ground that 
years and years ago became history through the dead of 
heroes of an extinct band of men. Crowning a range of 
hills that overlooks fertile valleys and fields, some miles 
east of Wilkinsburg, is Beulah Church and its humble last 
resting place, where sleep scores of men and women who 
long since paid the last great debt. 

Within the limits of the rude enclosure rest the ashes 
of four generations of soldiers. When the leaves of the 
Judgment Book are unfolded old Beulah's church yard 
will furnish ten warriors of the Revolution, three of the 
War of 1812, two of the Mexican War, and over twenty 
of the late rebellion for the final reckoning. Some of them 
have been out of the strife for over three-quarters of a cen- 
tury, resting there with birds and trees and flowers through 
the summers, and disturbed by no harsher sounds than 
moaning winds during the winter. Beulah Church is prob- 
ably the oldest in Western Pennsylvania — it was built by 
rugged yeoman sometime after 1750; its early history is lost 
in the mist of years. Among the soldiers of the Sampson 
family, who are buried in Beulah Cemetery, Major 
Thomas Sampson, of Revolutionary fame, awaits the 
trumpet call in an unmarked grave. Three generations 
of the family, headed by Major Sampson, were represented 
on fields of strife, but his only monument consists of a 
good name. John Sampson, a son of Major Sampson, took 
part in the war of 1812; he was born in 1785 and died in 
1859. Coming down to the late war the names of many 



170 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

brave young men who went forth to battle for their 
country and returned in coffins, are to be found in Beulah ; 
among these were George Washington Sampson, a grand- 
son of Major Sampson; also Thomas Sampson, Company 
C — 63 P. V. Other old family names are scattered through 
the peaceful shades of Beulah, making it one of the most 
noted spots in the county. 

Of the nine children of Thomas Sampson and 



Duff, I find extended records of only three. David, born 
December 13, 1800, married in Kentucky and had five 
children: William, Thomas, Stewart, Margaret and Theo- 
dosia. David returned to Westmoreland County from 
Kentucky and died December 31, 1864. No doubt, he, too 
is buried in Beulah. 

Margaret, born September 21, 1797, married Stewart 
Thompson, and has one son, Stewart S. D. Thomspon, 
living at Princess Anne, Maryland. Margaret died 
July 9, 1868, and is also buried at Beulah, with a stone 
to mark her resting place. 

James was born August 15, 1786, and no record of his 
death, 

Thomas, born September 6, 1787, died December 2, 
1846. 

Alexander, born September 21, 1789, died February 4, 
1832. 

Ehzabeth, born September 21, 1789, a twin to Alex- 
ander, died September 10, 1797. 

Mary, born March 30, 1792, died 1795, and no record 
of death. 

John was born April 20, 1785, the oldest of the nine 
children, and lived, after his marriage, in a log house 
on the old General Forbes road, where all his children 




THOMAS SAMPSON, OF WESTMORELAND COL'NTY, PENNSYLVANIA 



PENNSYLVANIA 171 

were born and where he died. He served in the War of 
1812 and is mentioned in the tribute to the soldiers from 
the Pittsburg Despatch I have already given. He married 
Jane Damspter, and they had nine children, three of whom 
died in infancy. The others were: John, Thomas, George 
W., EHza J., Mary M., and Sarah. 

Thomas and George Washington both served in the 
Civil War, and George was killed. They are both buried 
in Beulah and also honored in the tribute to the Nation's 
dead in the Pittsburg paper. 

Mary M., married Alexander Mulnix, and they had 
seven children. 

Eliza Jane married John Harrison, and had seven 
children. 

David H., married Jane Beale. 

Margaret J., married Joseph G, Beale, 

John Edmund married Willis Garver. 

AUce M., married H. H. Wray. 

James married LeuUa Alexander. 

Frank J., married Jennie McCabe. 

Anna E., unmarried. 

James and Luella had four children : George, Alexander, 
Annie Wray, Donald, and Joseph Shea. 

John, son of John and Jane Dampster, was born May 
13, 1832, in the old log house in the Forbes Road. He 

married Kate A. Duff, February 6, 1862, who died . 

John is 6 feet 2 inches in height, and his youngest son 
Harold, is also 6 feet tall. They are both great lovers 
of hunting and take a hunting trip every fall, the father 
usually going to Maine. He has a fine moose head 
mounted that he shot in one of these trips to Maine, and 
also a beautiful white deer's head. 



172 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

John and Kate Duff had nine children, one, Frank 
H., died in infancy, but the other eight are all living. 
Seven are married and six are living in the Frankstown 
Road with their famiUes. These seven married children 
have twenty-seven children, and all have taken their 
Christmas dinner in the old home as regularly as Christ- 
mas comes. Christmas of 1912 was the last happy re- 
union with the father and grandfather of this most united 
family, for in February 1912 he was taken to his well earned 
rest; loved and mourned by all his family, and everyone 
who ever met him. John Sampson was a typical gentle- 
man of the old school and a Christian in every sense of 
the word. His children are : 

George, born May 16, 1863, who married Lizzie Finley, 
and have Wallace, Warren, Winifred, Evelyn, and Marjorie. 

Albert L., born July 25, 1867, married Annie Hormel, 
and have Belle, Kenneth, Esther, Beulah, Glen, Oren, 
and Duff. 

James D., born June 26, 1869, married Kate Watson, 
and have Olive, Irene, John, Paul, James and Bessie. 

Jennie, born June 7, 1871, married J. E. Wilson, and 
have Clarence and Harry Ellis. 

Harry E., born September 20, 1873, married Corene 
Taylor, and have Stanley, Florence, and Vernon. 

Annie Belle, born November 8, 1875, married Harvey 
Beswarrick, and have Clifford, Chnton, Catherine, and 
Harry. 

John Howard, born November 20, 1883, married Bessie 
Watson, and had one child, Margaret. 

Lizzie S., born October 11, 1864, lived at home with 
her father, who died in his 81st year and was more 
active than many men at 50. 



PENNSYLVANIA 173 

Thomas, son of John and Jane Dampster, married 
Martha Vantine, and had three children: John, Arthur 
M,, and Anna M. Thomas was very fond of music and 
played the viohn well. This love of music was inherited 
by his son Arthur, who was the possessor of a fine violin 
fully one hundred years old, which was destroyed when 
his home burned to the ground several years ago. 

Arthur M., married Grace Foster, and has four children. 
He lives on the Frankstown Road. 

John E., married Phoebe Trees, and they also live on the 
Frankstown Road. He conducts a grocery store which 
is located very near his home. 

Anna M., married Henderson Elliot, and they have 
four children. 

James Sampson, brother of Wilham and Thomas, came 
from Ireland in 1796. His son, John, had come over in 
1788 and sent back for his father, James. John, who, 
according to the date of his birth was only two years old 
when he came from Ireland to America, may have accom- 
panied one of his uncles. 

There are such instances as Henry Sampson, who 
was one of the "Mayflower" passengers, came with his 
uncle Edward Tilley, and, according to history, other 
members of his family came later. 

James Sampson settled near Brush Creek, in Westmore- 
land County. His wife was Mary Margaret Crook. 
James died August 20, 1831, and his wife died March 
10, 1832. To them were born seven children: John, 
James, Wilham, Margaret, Thomas, Sarah, and Samuel. 

Margaret Sampson, daughter of James and Mary, I 
have already given an account of as the wife of George 
Sampson, of Canonsburg, in Washington County. 



174 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Sarah Sampson, daughter of James and Mary, married 
David Bell. 

John Sampson, son of James and Mary, was born in 
Ireland, February 12, 1778, and, as I have already stated. 
came to Pennsylvania in 1788. He was twice married. 
His first wife was Mary McGavitt, whom he married 
March 24, 1809, and by whom he had five children: 
Dorcas, Thomas, Nancy Jane, Margaret, and James. 

Of these five children James died in 1831 and ]\Iargaret 
in 1836. 

Dorcas Sampson, daughter of John and Mary, married 
a Stoneman and had two children: John and Dorcas. 

Nancy Jane Sampson, the daughter of John and Mary, 
married Merry Montgomery. 

James Sampson, the son of John and j\Iary, was twice 
married, first to Maria Boise, and second to Mrs. F. Car- 
others. There were three children: Lavina, Mary Jane, 
and Simeon. 

Simeon Sampson married Maria Strumel and had four 
children: Thomas, Hattie, EHzabeth, and May. 

Mary McGavitt died September 17, 1826, and John 
was married to Lavina Lightburn, September 25, 1828. 
They had four children: Elizabeth, born September 21, 
1829; Benjamin L., born March 16, 1832; Corneha, born 
June 5, 1833, and Sarah L., born August 12, 1836. 

Elizabeth, the oldest, married William Boyd, of Alle- 
ghenj'^, and died leaving no children. 

Corneha died. 

Sarah is living in West Newton, Pa. 

Benjamin married Harriet Reed, October 26, 1871, 
and they are still living in West Newton, Pa., where 
he conducts a mill on the Youghiogheny River. Benjamin 



PENNSYLVANIA 175 

is 78 years old and had been running this mill 20 years, 
July 1909. He is a most active man, with fine intellect 
and a wonderful memory. The family are all Presby- 
terians and attend the Presbyterian Church across the 
river from where they live. 

Benjamin Sampson and Harriet had seven children, 
four of whom died in infancy. 

William R., born March 26, 1874, married Bess Cunning- 
ham, and has one child, William C. They also live in 
West Newton. 

John B., born January 29, 1877, married Eva Smith, 
and they have three children: Helen, Evelyn, and 
Sarah. 

Margaret, born October 8, 1875, married John B. Hart, 
and has three children: Harriet, George, and Paul B. 

John Sampson died March 21, 1858, and is buried in 
the West Newton Cemetery, as are other members of this 
family. 

William Sampson, the son of James and Mary Margaret, 
was born in 1765 and married a widow, Mary Neal Bea- 
zell, a sister to Dorcas Neal, the wife of his uncle William. 
In the year 1812 William Sampson moved to Horse Shoe 
Bottom, Carrol Township, Washington County, where 
he successfully followed farming and distillery business. 
At the time of his death in 1815 he owned 200 acres of 
land, part of which he purchased for twelve dollars an 
acre. In his day, grain was cut with a sickle and he was 
famed far and near for his dexterous handling of that 
primitive implement, and for the amount of wheat, 
barley, oats or grass he could cut in a day. 

William and Mary had four children: Harvey, Thomas, 
Dorcas and James. 



176 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Harvey Sampson, son of William and Mary, died un- 
married about 1841. 

Dorcas Sampson, daughter of William and Mary, was 
born September 22, 1804, and died February 3, 1847. 
She was married to Elijah Teeple, June 1, 1841; was his 
second wife, and to them were born two sons: John and 
James Harvey. John died in infancy, and James Harvey 
married and has two children and grandchildren. He 
is now 67 years of age and lives with his wife in Mononga- 
hela, Pa. 

Mrs. James Harvey Teeple writes of Dorcas Sampson 
that 

she was a beautiful woman, fair, with blue eyes and golden- 
bronze hair. That she was as good as she was beautiful ; 
a devout Christian, perfect wife and mother, and loved 
and respected by all who knew her. 

James Sampson, a son of William and Mary, was born 
in Westmoreland County in 1806. He married Mary 
Grant in 1840, who was a daughter of Robert and 
Rebecca Grant, and a connection of the Ulysses S. Grant 
family. 

James and Mary had nine children, two of whom died 
in infancy: Harriet R., Harvey James, William T., John 
Grant, Mary Catherine, Margaret Jane, and Ada Ethel. 

James Sampson came to Washington County in 1812, 
the family settling in Horse Shoe Bottom, Carrol Town- 
ship, now near the present towns of Donora and Eldora. 
His father, William Sampson, died when he was but twelve 
years old, and the management of the farm devolved 
upon him. He grew up to be a worthy man, possessing 
the qualities necessary to overcome the difficulties with 
which the early settler was beset. 



PENNSYLVANIA 177 

A history of Washington County, Pa., gives this de- 
scription : 

The Sampson family are among the most influential 
and wealthy citizens of Carrol Township. James Sampson 
a patriarchal son of the Keystone State, is a retired 
agriculturist and in his younger days a typical follower of 
Nimrod. He took great pride in being the owner of the 
fleetest pack of fox hounds in his section. Many a 
time, after doing a hard day's work on the farm, he would 
spend almost an entire night with his faithful dogs. 

In a paper written by Mrs. Mary Grant Riggs, at a 
re-union in Eldora, she writes that 

Through James Sampson always resided on the farm, 
he was a reader and a thinker. His instinctive upright- 
ness in his dealings with his fellow men mark him worthy 
of the esteem in which he was held by his neighbors. 

His daughter, Mrs. Weddell, of Monongahela, told me 
that when hunting he could locate every dog by the sound 
of their baying, and in consequence he always followed 
the dogs he knew were the best hunters. 

In a conversation with a Mr. Evans, of McKeesport, 
Pa., he told me that his people owned an extra fine fox 
hound, and when "Uncle Jimmie" (as everyone called 
him) went hunting, he would always come or send for 
that special hound. Mr. Evans also stated, that when 
foxes became scarce, the hunters would burn an old 
ham bone, then tie a rope to it, and one of the party 
would drag it about the country, keeping the dogs locked 
up, but soon as enough territory was covered they would 
loose the dogs and the hunt began. 

James Sampson carried on a distillery for twenty 
years in connection with farming, and at his death owned 



178 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

1250 acres of land, and frequently had as manj^ as a 
thousand head of cattle. In politics he was a Whig and a 
Republican and voted with that party from the date of 
its foundation. His daughter, Mrs. Weddell, spoke of 
his having a mania for accumulating land, and in a talk 
with Dr. Van Voohies, the author of the book called 
Old Monongahela, who was a lifelong friend of the Samp- 
son family, he told this of Mr. James Sampson: 

One bright Sunday morning, Dr. Van Voohies met him 
as he was walking about his farm, looking very down- 
cast. When Dr. Van Voohies asked him the cause of 
his depression, he replied that he could weep to think 
that he did not own all the land he could see. 

He was President of the Peoples Bank of Monongahela 
for 22 years. James Sampson passed away at the resi- 
dence of his daughter, Mrs. Harriet Tuman, in 1892, his 
wife having died in 1888. 

Harriet Sampson, a daughter of James and Mary, was 
twice married; first, to Thomas Reeves, by whom she 
had two daughters: Mary and Lena. Her second hus- 
band was Joseph Tuman, and they reside in Charleroi, on 
the Monongahela River, not far from the City of Monon- 
gahela. 

Mary Catherine Sampson, daughter of James and Mary, 
married Captain Jenkins, and had two children: Mary 
and Virginia. 

Margaret Jane Sampson, daughter of James and Mary, 
married Mr. T. J. Weddell, and lives in Monongahela, 
Pa. They have three children: James, Jessie and Mary. 

Ada Ethel Sampson, daughter of James and Mary, 
married Charles Roe Dallas, of Pittsburgh, September 
29, 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Dallas still live in Pittsburgh. 



PENNSYLVANIA 179 

I am much indebted to Mrs. Dallas and Mrs. Weddell, 
also to Dr. Van Voohies, of Belle Vernon, Pa., for points 
of interest relative to the Sampson family of the Monon- 
gahela River. 

Mr. and Mrs. Dallas had four children: James Roe, 
born January 18, 1882, Sarah A., born February 14, 1886, 
Charles Roe, born December 4, 1888, and Ada Grant, 
born February 25, 1893. Charles Roe, Jr., died February 
1, 1893, and Sarah A., died January 1, 1905. James 
Roe Dallas married Anne Rinehart, March 9, 1909, and 
Ada Grant hves at home. 

William Sampson, a son of James and Mary, married 
Lucretia Welch, and has five children: Mary B., Sarah 
J., John W., Lucretia V., and WiUiam K. 

Harvey James Sampson, a son of James and Mary, 
married Jennie B. Yorty, and has six children. 

John G. Sampson, a son of James and Mary, married 
Mary V. Williams, and they have five children: Mary G., 
William H., James G., Helen M., and Ahce M. V. The 
history of Washington County gives this account of 
John G.: 

He was a very progressive and enterprising citizen, 
and politically affiliated with the Republican party. He 
owns 276 acres of the best land in Carroll Township and 
breeds some of the finest horses in Washington County. 
He lives in the old James Sampson home. 

John Sampson, a brother to Thomas, William and 
James, also from near Cookstown, County Tyrone, 
Ireland, somewhere about the year 1793. He sailed from 
Derry, in Ireland, landed at Wilmington, Delaware, 
and settled in Westmoreland County after a visit to his 
brother, William, who lived near Webster, at what was 



180 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

called "The Forks of Gaugh." He had married in Ireland 
Mary Adams, the daughter of a Presbyterian Minister, 
and they and their children took this long tedious trip 
to America. The voyage was a very rough one; they 
were blown a long distance out of their course, which 
made the journey a much longer and a more tedious one. 
John and Mary Sampson had six children: Thomas, 
Margaret, Sarah, William, Nancy and John. 

John Sampson, the son of John and Mary, was born 
near Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland, December 25, 
1788. He was only about five years old when he came 
with his parents to America, and his father died when he 
was about ten years old, on their farm in Westmoreland 
County. John Sampson eventually located in that 
portion of Pittsburgh, in those days called Manchester. 
He was most successful in business, owning white lead 
works, plough foundry, and lumber yards. The latter 
years of his life were passed in a mansion on the Ohio 
River, and he is buried in the beautiful Uniondale Ceme- 
tery, in Allegheny. His grave lies on a hill which com- 
mands a delightful view of the river and city. He 
married Letitia Lecky, of Martinsburg, Va., and to them 
were born five children: Robert L., Mary, Benson Adams, 
Margaret A., and Letitia Jane. 

Robert L., the oldest, married Ellen Hughey, and had 
one daughter, Ellen Letitia, who married Joseph M. 
Lippincott, of Pittsburgh. 

Mary, who was born February 17, 1817, married John 
Hohrbach, and died March 13, 1864. They had six chil- 
dren: Letitia L., Luther Wolsey, Margaret B., John B., 
Sarah S., and Robert L. 



PENNSYLVANIA 181 

Benson A., was born October 20, 1818, and died August 
24, 1872. 

Margaret A., married Andrew Jackson Stuart, and had 
one daughter, Jane Letitia, who married Dr. Edward 
S. Lawrence, and they have three children: Dr. J. Stuart, 
Edward S., and John Sampson. 

Mrs. A. J. Stuart resides in Philadelphia with her daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Lawrence, and to them I am indebted for this 
branch of the Sampson history. When Mrs. Stuart and 
her daughter were abroad they visited this village of 
Ballyloughlin, near Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland, 
but found the old records had been destroyed by fire, 
and they could locate no one who remembered the Samp- 
sons. But in the village cemetery they found gravestones 
with the names of Sampsons. 

Of the other children of John Sampson and Mary 
Adams, Nancy married a McKee, Sarah married William 
Manown, Margaret died young, and William went to 
Ohio. 

Thomas, born in 1794, settled on a farm at Long River, 
Allegheny County. He was married to Anne Coon and 
they had nine children. Thomas was a manufacturer 
of sickles as well as a farmer and also conducted a 
flouring mill. The point where this mill stood is still 
called "Sampsons Mills" and is on the electric line running 
from McKeesport to Irwin. The old log mill has fallen 
to pieces and only a mill stone lying on the bank of the 
httle stream is left to show where the old mill stood. The 
miller's old log house, however, is still standing and in a 
good state of preservation. Sampsons Mills is mentioned 
in some of the present histories as a point which Wash- 
ington passed on his march from Virginia. Thomas 



182 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Sampson was a zealous member of the Long Run Presby- 
terian Church and died on his farm at Long Run in 1844. 
He is buried in the cemetery of the Presbyterian Church. 

Mary Anne Sampson, daughter of Thomas and Anne, 
married Ohver Evans. 

Susanna Sampson, daughter of Thomas and Anne, 
married James Neal. 

Letitia Sampson, daughter of Thomas and Anne, 
married John Foster. 

I have no account of James H., John, or Margaret, 
children of Thomas and Anne. 

Adam C. Sampson, son of Thomas and Anne, was born 
February 15, 1828, in Allegheny County, near McKees- 
port. He was three times married and had nine children, 
several dying in infancy. After his first marriage he came 
to Monongahela to reside. The History of Washington 
County states that 

Mr. Sampson was a progressive citizen, a typical 
self-made man and no one in the country enjoyed higher 
respect and esteem. He was the first President of the 
Peoples Savings Bank of Monongahela, and was one of 
the active, solid, business men of the place. In rehgion 
he was a consistent member of the Presbyterian Church 
and in politics a member of the Republican Party. 

Some Pennsylvania Sampsons, living in Lawrence 
County, I had hoped to connect with those of Westmore- 
land and Washington Counties, but even with the assist- 
ance of records, personal conversations and correspond- 
ence, I have failed to do so. 

Mr. T. A. Sampson, attorney, of Mercer, Mercer County, 
Pennsylvania, advises me that his great-great-grandfather 
emigrated from Ireland to America and located in Beaver 



PENNSYLVANIA 183 

County, Pennsylvania, south of Beaver Falls, on a stream 
known as Racoon Creek, and lived there until his death. 
There is no certainty as to whether his name was John 
or Thomas, and no record of his wife's name. He had 
five children, but I only have the history of three: 
Margaret, John, and Thomas W. 

Margaret married a Zeuver, and had a daughter. 

John married Mary Irvine, of Pittsburgh, who came 
from Ireland. John died in 1866, aged 87 years, and left 
four children: Ehzabeth, Joseph, John and Irvine. John 
had moved to Lawrence County and purchased 600 acres 
of land about half way between New Castle and Mercer. 
He was a soldier in the War of 1812, 

Of the three children, Elizabeth married a Walker; 
John, born in 1812, married and had three children: 
Alice, Martha and James R. 

Joseph was born in 1820 and died in 1861. He married 
Margaret S. Banks and had six children: Andrew T., 
Elizabeth, Mary, John, Stuart S., and James B. 

Elizabeth married Mahard Neal and lives in New Castle, 
Pa. 

John died in Colorado. 

Mary married Eckles, and lives in Washington, D.C. 

Stuarts., married, and lives in New Castle, Pennsylvania. 

James B., lives in Lawrence County, also. 

Andrew T., lives in Lawrence County and has four 
children: Joseph, living in New Castle; Edgar, living in 
Pittsburgh; Eugene, and T. A., both living in Mercer, 
Mercer County, Pennsylvania. 

Irvine Sampson, son of John and Mary Irvine, married 
Sarah E. Taylor, and bad eleven children: John Calvin, 
member of Company "F," 100th Regiment of Pennsyl- 



184 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

vania Volunteers, of famous records (he was killed in 
the Civil War), Emeline, Thomas, Ellen E., Sarah Adah, 
Olive, Anna, Mary, William T., Albert I., and Thomas J. 

Thomas Whiteside Sampson, youngest son of the Beaver 
County Sampson, was born in County Armagh, Ireland, 
which proves that his father was married in Ireland, 
coming to America, and that this branch of the Sampson 
family came from County Armagh, 

Thomas Whiteside was a graduate of Meadsville 
College, Meadsville, Pennsylvania, He married Amanda 
Schoyer and was at one time in the drug business in 
Chicago, Illinois, but eventually located in Emlenton, 
Venango County, Pennsylvania, where he followed the 
profession of a doctor and died there in 1872, leaving 
three children. The children are: Nellie A,, Wilham S,, 
and Frank B,, all living in Pittsburgh, I am indebted 
to William S., and Frank B., for the above account. 
Also to Mr. T, A, Sampson, of Mercer, for most of the 
history of the Lawrence County Sampsons. Mr. Wilham 
Sampson, of Pittsburgh, advised me that his father, 
Thomas Whiteside, often spoke of an estate in Ireland 
on which there was a race track. Mr. Irvine Sampson, 
in his will, bequeathes an Irish sovereign to his daughter, 
Emma F. Sampson. 

The similarity of Christian names in this family of 
Sampsons of Lawrence County with those of the families 
of John, of the Greensburgh Pike, and the four brothers: 
William, Thomas, James and John, who settled on the 
Monongahela and Youghiogheny Rivers, impels me to 
believe they are related. If this Sampson ancestor of 
this line who located on Racoon Creek in Beaver County 
was named Thomas (which one of his descendants inferred 



PENNSYLVANIA 185 

was the case), he could be a brother to John of the Greens- 
burgh Pike. I have a copy of the will of Thomas Samp- 
son, made in 1795, of Caredarh, County Armagh. He 
wills to his wife Agnes, his two children John and Kit 
and makes a Ralph Sampson and Andrew Sampson, 
his executors. 

Located in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, are a large 
number of Sampsons who claim as their ancestor James, 
the youngest of the four brothers, who settled in Bally- 
loughlin, near Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland. 

This family of Sampsons have instituted and kept the 
good custom of assembling together at some point in 
Tioga County once a year (usually in August) for a 
"re-union of the Sampson Family of Tioga County." 
I have been unfortunate in not being able to attend any 
of these gatherings since learning of the existence of these 
Sampsons. 

I am indebted to Mr. James R. Sampson, of Wellsboro, 
Pennsylvania, Mrs. Thomas J. Bowen, also of Wellsboro; 
Mrs. M. J. Wheaton, of Covington, Pennsylvania; and 
Robert Kelly, of Covington, for information regarding 
their immediate families and ancestors. Also much is 
due Miss Mary Anne Hutchinson, of Houtzdale, Pennsyl- 
vania for assistance in tracing different members of the 
family. 

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I will add two more branches of the Sampson Family 
here in America which I have secured through corre- 
spondence. 

I have never been able to connect the following with 
any other lines. (See Chart 31.) 

This information was given me by Mr. WiUiam H. 
Sampson of Grand Island, Nebraska and Miss Nellie 
Sampson of Greenview, Illinois. 

Quite an extensive branch of the Sampsons now scattered 
through many states, claim as their head a Jacob Sampson 
from Sheffield, England. 

There were three brothers born in Sheffield: Jacob, 
Abraham and Isaac; triplets born in 1752. 

This family of Sampsons had for years been associated 
with the famous cutlery industry in Sheffield, and there 
are today some of this line still connected with the cut- 
lery business at Sheffield and vicinity. 

But various letters and inquiries on my part have 
failed to secure any definite information. The "Master 
Cutler" of Cutler's Hall in Sheffield advised me that 
Sampsons had been connected with these interests back 
many years; but the descendants seem to have left 
Sheffield. 

Of these three brothers Jacob, Abraham and Isaac, 
Jacob came to America when 23 years old, and settled in 
Baltimore, Maryland. He became a citizen of the United 
States in 1801 or 1802. He married Martha Freeland, 
and eventually moved to Maysville, Kentucky where he 
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Jacob Sampson and Martha Freeland had three sons. 

(1) John Sampson, born 1776, died 1868. 

(2) Francis Freeland Sampson, born 1783, died 1855. 

(3) Tench Tilghman Sampson, born 1792, died 1841. 
John, the first son of Jacob Sampson and Martha 

Freeland married Rebecca Findell and they had seven 
children : 

(1) Jacob Carleton Sampson, born 1808. 

(2) Maria Louisa Sampson, born 1811. 

(3) Dariandis Sampson, born 1813. 

(4) Amanda Sampson, born 1813. 

(5) Consul Sampson, born 1818. 

(6) Zanetta Sampson, born 1821. 

(7) Gurnsey Sampson, born 1824. 

Jacob Carleton Sampson the first son of John Sampson 
and Rebecca Findell married Delano Clark and they had 
eleven children: 

(1) John Sampson. 

(2) William Sampson. 

(3) A daughter died. 

(4) Mary Anne Sampson. 

(5) Darius Sampson. 

(6) Melvin Mortimer Sampson who married Virginia 
Edna Terry and lives in Petersburg, Illinois. They have 
a daughter, Lotta Sampson, who teaches in Illinois. 

(7) Josephine Sampson. 

(8) Laura Sampson. 

(9) Lute Sampson. 

(10) Kirt Sampson. 

(11) Emma Sampson. 

Amanda Sampson, the fourth Child of John Sampson 
and Rebecca Findell, married Buford Clark and to them 
were born ten children: 



PENNSYLVANIA 195 

(1) Presley H. Clark, born 1838. 

(2) William F. Clark, born 1840. 

(3) Thomas J. Clark, born 1842. 

(4) Louisa Clark, born 1843. 

(5) Anderson O. Clark, born 184G. 

(6) Mary E. Clark, born 1848. 

(7) James A. Clark, born 1851. 

(8) Julia A. Clark, born 1854. 

(9) Henry E. Clark, born 1857. 

(10) Robert A. Clark, born 1860. 

Gurnsey Sampson, the seventh child of John Sampson 
and Rachel Findell, married Mary Jane Brown and they 
had three children: Charles, James and Nellie. Gurnsey 
Sampson died near Batavia, Iowa, about the year 1874. 

Francis Freeland Sampson, the second son of Jacob 
Sampson and Martha Freeland, married Matilda Baxter 
and to them were born ten children: 

(1) Jacob F. Sampson, born 1803. 

(4) Robina Sampson, born 1804. 

(3) Francis W. Sampson, born 1805. 

(4) Martha Ann Sampson, — — 

(5) Caroline Matilda Sampson, born 1811. 

(6) Junius Mortimer Sampson, born 1813. 

(7) John Augustus Sampson, born 1815, died 1826. 

(8) Victor N. Sampson, born 1818. 

(9) Angeline Sampson, born 1820, died 1871. 

(10) Orestes Sampson, born 1823, died 1894. 

Jacob F. Sampson, the son of Francis Freeland Samp- 
son and Matilda Baxter, married and had four children: 
Caroline L., Susan May, Virginia and Emma. 

Carolina Matilda Sampson, a daughter of Francis 
Freeland Sampson and Matilda Baxter, married Nathaniel 
Foster and had two children: 



196 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

(1) Martha Ann, bom 1830. 

(2) Emma W., born 1850 and who married for her 
first husband James Pitney, and for her second husband 
Edward Hann. Mrs. Hann has given me some informa- 
tion regarding her family. She hves in Kansas City, 
Kansas. 

Junius Mortimer Sampson, the sixth child of Francis 
Freeland Sampson and Matilda Baxter, married Eliza- 
beth and had nine children : 

(1) Laura Amanda Sampson, born 1839, married 
Jason Hann. 

(2) Francis Henry Sampson, born 1841, died 1861. 

(3) Charles Elgin Sampson, born 1843, died 1870. 

(4) William Mortimer Sampson, born 1844. 

(5) Mary Matilda Sampson, born 1845, married Cole- 
man Turner. 

(6) Victor Adolphus Sampson, born 1849, died 1900. 

(7) George Rogers Sampson, born 1853. 

(8) Edward McClure Sampson, born 1855. 

(9) Lillie Augustus Sampson, born 1859, married Lee 
Hammel. 

Victor U. Sampson, eighth child of Francis Freeland 
Sampson and Matilda Baxter, was twice married. The 
name of the first wife is not given. The second wife was 
Josephine Addings. 

The children of the first wife were Orestes S., Tench 
Tilghman, Mary, Martha, Amy and Eoline Grace. 

The children of the second wife were: 

William P. Sampson, born 1870. 

Charles F. Sampson, born 1873. 

Carrie Myrtle Sampson, born 1879, died 1883. 

Angeline Sampson, the ninth child of Francis Freeland 



PENNSYLVANIA 197 

Sampson and Matilda Baxter, married John Peake and 
had four children: 

William Henry Peake, born 1846. 

James H. Peake, born 1848. 

Francis F. Peake, born 1853. 

Harry Clay Lincoln Peake, born 1860. 

Orestes Sampson, the tenth child of Francis Freeland 
Sampson and Matilda Baxter, married Jane Colson in 
1855 and had five children. He lived on the old Sampson 
farm in Petersburg, IHinois, but later moved to Nebraska. 

His children were : 

(1) Adaline Sampson, born 1856, died 1906, married 
Isaac Jones. 

(2) Cordelia Sampson, born 1857. 

(3) Matilda Jane Sampson, born 1859, married J. P. 
Reesor. 

(4) Jacob Francis Sampson, born 1861, married Lucy 
B. Bower. 

(5) Mary Ellen Sampson, born 1863, married George 
W. Holoway. 

Matilda J. Sampson, daughter of Orestes Sampson 
and Jane Colson, who married J. P. Reesor had two 
children, Leslie Reesor and Lola Reesor. 

Mary Jane Sampson, daughter of Orestes Sampson and 
Jane Colson, married George W. Holoway and has five 
children. 

(1) Carrie Jane Holoway, born 1892. 

(2) Mandie May Holoway, born 1895. 

(3) Dollie Bryan Holoway, born 1898. 

(4) George LeRoy Holoway, born 1901. 

(5) Mary Francis G. Holoway, born 1905. 

It is to Mrs. George W. Holoway that I am indebted 



198 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

for all these memoranda, or at least the major portion of 
them. She is the daughter of Orestes Sampson and the 
great-grand-daughter of the Jacob Sampson who came 
from Sheffield, England and settled in Baltimore. 

Mrs. Holoway lives in Tryon, Nebraska. 

Jacob Freeland Sampson, a son of Orestes Sampson 
and Jane Colson, married and had five children, Orestes 
Mortimer, Florence, Lela Gladys, Homer and McKinley. 

Tench Tilghman Sampson, the third son of Jacob 
Sampson and Martha Freeland, married Rebecca M. 
Wells, and had one child, Martha Freeland Sampson, 
born 1816, died 1847. 

She married Rawley Doohttle and had two children, 
Mary, born 1843 and Martha, born 1846. 

Mary married John D. Handberry and had seven 
children : 

Martha married Ketchum S. Conkhn and had five 
children. 

Mary Handberry and Martha Conklin had a court 
decree showing they were the only living heirs at the time 
of the death of Tench Tilghman Sampson. 

Junius Mortimer Sampson, the sixth son of Francis 
Freeland Sampson and Matilda Baxter, married and had a 
son, William Mortimer Sampson, who is now living in 
Waynesville, Illinois, and who has rendered me some 
assistance in securing data for this sketch. 

WiHiam Mortimer Sampson, of Waynesville, Illinois, 
has six children: Francis Henry, Charles E., Rodgers. 
Edward M., Laura A., and Mary M. 

I will add some records of Sampsons who lived in Mary- 
land that I found in the State Library at Annapolis, 
Maryland, and the Maryland Historical Society Library 



PENNSYLVANIA 199 

in Baltimore, Maryland. These notes show there were 
quite a few of the name of Sampson in the early history 
of Maryland. I have been unable to locate the descend- 
ants, excepting in the instance of Mrs. Geo. Holoway of 
Tyron, Nebraska, and WiHiam Sampson of Waynesville, 
Illinois. 

This data may assist others who are searching for family 
"Trees." 

Thomas Sampson owned land on Bush River. (This 
river is near Baltimore.) 

Richard R. Sampson of Baltimore was vestryman in 
the old St. Pauls Church in Patapsco Hundred in 1692. 

In the Baltimore Court House I found the will of Rich- 
ard R. Sampson made December 6, 1714, which is no 
doubt that of this same Richard, vestryman of St. Pauls. 

He bequeathed land called "Ardins Adventure" on south 
side of Back River as by patent. He also willed to a 
daughter Constance, and bequeathed property called 
"Sampson's Addition" adjoining "Ardins Adventure" to 
his son John Sampson. 

Another will in the Baltimore Court House is that of 
Isaac Sampson made in 1836. He wills to his daughter 
Sarah, daughter Susannah Sampson Rutledge, daughter 
Mary Sampson Collett and son, David Sampson. 

In the State House at Annapolis I found the wills of 
Jeremiah Sampson, 1717, and Edward Sampson. 

In Mounts Family Genealogy a reference is made to 
Sarah Sampson, a daughter of Robert Sampson, employing 
Mr. James Monatt of South River, Anne Arundel County, 
as her attorney in 1717. 

In records of Anne Arundel County is mention of 
Francis Sampson purchasing "Savage's Mill" and marry- 



200 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

ing a Mrs. Alexander Warfield, who had two sons, John 
W., and Brice Warfield. 

Records from the St. John's Parish Books in the Mary- 
land Historical Society Library, Baltimore, Maryland: 

Elizabeth Sampson married John Hays, 1808. 

Isaac Sampson married Mary Ristone, 1747. 

Ruth Sampson married Edward Bond, 1767. 

Benjamin Sampson married Jemima Standeford, 1766. 

Esther Sampson married Thos. Hambleton, 1753. 

Elinor Sampson married Benj. Wyle, 1755. 

Emmanuel Sampson married Sarah Roger, 1760. 

Ruth Sampson, daughter of Isaac Sampson and Mary 
Ristone, bom 1748. 

Richard Sampson, son of Isaac Sampson and Mary 
Ristone, born 1750. 

Richard Sampson maried Ann Wyle, 1758. 

Ruth Sampson married Charles Cole, 1748. 

Sarah Sampson married Abel Wyle, 1758. 

Records from St. James' Parish Books in the Maryland 
Historical Society Library, Baltimore, Maryland: 

Abraham, son of Abraham and EUzabeth Sampson, 
bom 1798. 

Anna, daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth Sampson, 
bom 1803. 

Elijah, son of Elijah and Ehzabeth Sampson, bom 1799. 

Elijah, son of and Mary Sampson, bom 1788. 

Rachel, daughter of Elijah and Elizabeth Sampson, 
bom 1805. 

Margaret, daughter of Emmanuel and Mary Sampson, 
born 1789. 

Aquila Sampson married Mary Emlowe, 1790. 

Nancy Sampson married Henry Emlowe, 1790. 

Thomas Sampson, son of Nicholas and Mary Sampson, 
bom 1792. 



PENNSYLVANIA 201 

David Sampson, son of Isaac and Elizabeth Sampson, 
born 1784. 

Ruth Sampson, daughter of Richard and Rachel Samp- 
son, bom 1789. 

Records from St. Paul's Parish Books in Maryland 
Historical Society Library, Baltimore, Maryland: 

Francis Sampson married Matilda Baxter. 
Henry Sampson married Aima Kins. 
Ann Sampson married Philip Cardiman, 1735. 
Constance Sampson married Jacob Rowles, 1727. 
Jacob Sampson's nephew, buried 1790. 
Tench Tilghman Sampson, son of Jacob Sampson, 
and Martha Freeland, born, 1792. 

Mary Sampson married John Green, 1720. 
Richard Sampson married Ann Emby, 1734. 
Richard Sampson died, 1734. 



SAMPSONS IN VIRGINIA 



CHAPTER I 

For a number of years I have searched far and wide 
in America hoping to trace others of the children of John 
Sampson, of Greensburg Pike. The only four of his 
twelve children of whom I can find any descendants being 
Joseph of Ohio, George of Pennsylvania, James of 
Kentucky and Wilham of Illinois.^ 

During these years I found many of the name of Samp- 
son in Virginia, and so commenced a thorough search 
among the records, which brought to my knowledge some 
very interesting history of these Virginia Sampsons. 

The earliest mention is of a Capt. John Sampson who 
made fine voyages with Sir Francis Drake, of London. 

In May, 1586, Capt. John Sampson was with Sir Francis 
Drake on the voyage to Virginia. It was on this trip 
they took St. Augustine, in Florida, from the Spaniards, 

iJ have already given data relating to the families of Joseph 
of Ohio and George of Pennsylvania, sons of John Sampson of 
Pennsylvania. The only reference I find to his son James of 
Kentucky is in an old letter lately found from James of Kentucky 
to his brother William of Westmoreland County, Pa., in which 
James requests William to collect money due him from their 
father's estate. 

In 1825 a William Sampson moved from Kentucky to Illinois. 
Dates would indicate that this William was a son of James of 
Kentucky. 

All that I have learned of William of Westmoreland Co., Pa. 
(a brother to Joseph, George and James) is contained in these 
letters addressed to him by his brothers Joseph of Ohio, and 
James of Kentucky. 

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206 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

pillaged and burned the town. Only a few miles from 
St. Augustine there is today a village called Sampson, 
which may have received its name at this early date from 
Capt. John Sampson. 

They continued their voyage up the coast and arrived 
off the English settlement at Roanoke, June 8, 1586, and 
in January 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh granted the privilege 
of planting a colony in Virginia to a number of men. 
Among them was this Capt. or Coin. John Sampson. He 
evidently lived a great portion of his life in the Parish 
of St. James on Barbados Island, 

In Julian Corbett's books English Men of Action and 
Drake and the Tudor Navy, I find several references to this 
Captain Sampson, who according to Corbett, was one of 
Carleills aides-de-camps and a young Irish officer who had 
served long and with distinction under Carleill. Captain 
Sampson was sent to join Sir Francis Drake in 1585 by 
Carleill. 

In the volume of Juhan Corbett's Drake and the Tudor 
Navy, Capt. John Sampson is spoken of as "The gallant 
Sampson," and he was promoted to be Drake's Lieuten- 
ant Colonel. By sending to Mr. Edwin FitzPatrick of 
Barbados., honorary and corresponding member to the 
H. G. S. of Boston, Massachusetts. I secured a copy of 
the will of John Sampson, a nephew of the celebrated 
Capt. John Sampson who voyaged with Sir Francis 
Drake. 

I herewith give a partial copy of this will and some other 
records. 

1703. Will of John Sampson, Planter, Barbados. My 
eldest son John to heir of the Lands, Negroes, etc., in the 
Island of Barbados, lately fallen to me by the death of 



VIRGINIA 207 

my Uncle ColL John Sampson — To my wife Elizabeth — 
To my daughter Mary — To my sister Martha Sampson 
Withers — To my brother Nathaniel Sampson — To my 
brother Peter Sampson — I appoint my son Francis Samp- 
son to be my heir of my Plantation Slaves, etc., in Antigua. 
— To my youngst son William Sampson. — Trustees in 
Antigua Peter Sampson. 

Marriages 

1650, Frances Sampson to Richard Ferryman. 
1665, Susanna Sampson to Lambert Huba. 
1667, Peter Sampson to Mary Armsdale. 
1669, Elizabeth Sampson to John Lowery. 
1691, Madame Susanna Sampson to Wm. Thomas 
Sadlier. 

Burials 

1691, Bartholomew Sampson (mariner). 
1697, Edward Sampson. 

The Francis Sampson, son of John, mentioned in this 
will is without doubt the same Francis, who patented 
land in Goochland County, Virginia in 1725, and was the 
first of a very extensive family of Sampsons in Virginia. 

In a very complete and interesting book entitled 
Americans of Gentle Birth, a number of references are 
made to this family of Sampsons. 

Francis had a son, Stephen Sampson, Sr., who married 
Mary Woodson, a daughter of Sanborne Woodson of 
Huguenot descent. Stephen was a commissioned captain 
of militia in Goochland County in the reign of George I, 
which would be in the year 1714. Stephen, Sir., had two 
sons, Stephen, Jr., and Charles. Stephen Jr. was born in 
1729, and was vestryman in a church in Goochland County 
in 1744. He married and had three children, of whom I 



208 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

find some account. Molly married William Poor in 1770 
and had eight children. 

Robert married Agnes Poor, and they had five children : 
Virginia, Wilham, Martha, Stephen and Agnes. 

Richard, St., married Anne Curd, November 7, 1771, 
and had several children. Of these J. Price Sampson 
married Jannetta Rogers, and had five children: Edward, 
Susan, Margaret, Elizabeth, and Thornton Thomas, 

Thornton Thomas married a sister of Major Booth, 
and had four children: Thornton T., Joseph, William, 
and George W. 

Thornton Thomas, Jr., married a Forrester, and had 
three children: Frank K., Booker, and Thornton III, 
all now living in Miskimon, Northumberland County, 
Virginia. Mr. Frank K. Sampson gave me their immediate 
relatives : 

George W., married Roxy Ann Curd in 1784, and had 
two children: Wilham Roscoe, and Arabella Booth. 
Arabella Booth married a Beane, and is now living with 
her son, R. H. Beane, at Sampson's Wharf, Northumber- 
land County, Virginia. Mr. Beane wrote me regarding 
his family. 

Richard Sampson, Jr., son of Richard, Sr., and Ann 
Curd, was a farmer in Goochland County. He was 
born about 1772, married Mary Rogers, and died at the 
age of 90 years. He was noted as being one of the most 
successful farmers of his day. 

Richard and Anne Curd had four children : Jennetta, who 
married a Woods, John, Josephine, who married a Walker, 
and the Rev. Dr. Francis S. Sampson, who was born in 
1814 at Dovers Mills, in Goochland County. He was mar- 
ried to Carohne Dudley and died in 1854. The Rev. Dr. 



209 



Francis Sampson was Professor of Oriental Literature in 
Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. Four of Dr. 
Sampson's children grew to maturity: Mary Baldwin, 
who married John James Dupuy, M.D., of the Confederate 
Army, in 1865, Alice Merle, who married Charles Basker- 
ville in 1865; Thornton Rogers, who was born in 1852 and 
became an honored Missionary of the Southern Presbyte- 
rian Church to the Kingdom of Greece. He married Ella 
Royster, of Memphis, Tennessee in 1878. He is now Pres- 
ident of Austin Theological Presbyterian Seminary, in 
Austin, Texas. John R., was born at Hampdon, Sydney, 
in Prince Edward County, in 1850. He married Eliza 
Ann Woods, and they had four children : Edgar Woods, 
Marie Dudley, Anne Russell, Merle De Aubigne. 

John R. Sampson was "Professor" and owner of Pan- 
tops Academy, near Charlottesville, in Albermarle County, 
for twenty years, and proved himself to be one of the fore- 
most educators of youth in the United States. He died 
about 1907. 

We will retrace our steps to Stephen Sampson, Senior's 
son Charles, who married Anne Porter, a daughter of 
Capt. Thomas Porter, and Elizabeth Dutois, of Huguenot 
descent, and from the Huguenot colony at Manikin in 
Goochland County. 

Charles and Anne had two children: Archibald and 
EUzabeth Barbara. Archibald was sent back to England 
to be educated and on his return he had with him two of 
the first race horses brought to America, "Magic" and 
"Kitty Fisher." They never quite lost the rolling motion 
acquired on board ship in their long sea voyage, and the 
family tradition is that the restless children of the family 
of that and succeeding generation were gently repri- 



210 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

manded by saying "Whoa! Magic" — "Whoa! Kitty 
Fisher." He died unmarried. 

EUzabeth Barbara Sampson, daughter of Charles and 
Anne, was bom in 1768 and married to Capt. George 
Robards in 1785. Capt. George Robards had a fine 
record in the Revolutionary War. This couple had four- 
teen children and one of the descendants, John Lewis 
Robards, is Vice-President of the Missouri Sons of Ameri- 
can Revolution, at Hannibal, Missouri. 

From other sources I find the following marriages and 
lists of children. These are no doubt members of the 
above families, but I have been unable prove to the con- 
nections : 

Robert Sampson married Ann Bagneer. Their eleven 
children were: WilHam, Ann Elizabeth, Mary Jane, 
Robinette, Martha C, Louisiana, Robert H., Laura T. 
Melinda, Virginia, and Augustina. 

Martha Sampson married a Smith and had four children. 

Archibald Sampson, son of Richard, Sr., married in 
1837 Amanda Carpenter, a daughter of George Carpenter, 
whose father, John, founded in 1799 Carpenter's Fort 
in Kentucky. Archibald Sampson was commissioned by 
Governor Desha in 1825 in the 5th Kentucky Regiment, 
which looks as though he had taken up his residence in 
Kentucky. 

Ehzabeth Ann Sampson married David Royster and 
they had seven children, one named Sampson Royster. 

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216 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Still another family of Sampsons who settled in Virginia 
and whose ancestry is uncertain was that of William, 
who came from England to Halifax County, Parish of 
Antrim, who made a will in 1793. In this will he bequeaths 
to his wife, Jinney; a daughter Martha, who married 
John Moore; Mary, who married a Twidwell; Elizabeth, 
who married a Snowdy; and Judith; also one son Francis. 

Francis married Catherine and had children. 

Her will mentions Stephen and Dennis Morgan. Some 
of the relatives advised me that Stephen had two brothers 
who were in the War in 1812, and in the battle of New 
Orleans under Jackson. One brother was killed and one 
never heard from. But as the mother, Catherine, made 
her will in 1838 and mentions two sons, she must have 
known the whereabouts of the one who was supposed to 
have disappeared. 

Stephen was born about 1775. He married Sarah Sims 
and moved from Virginia to Tennessee. Stephen died 
about 1850. Stephen and Sarah had four children: 
Robert, Johnson, Coleman Sims and Stephen II. 

Stephen Sampson, II, married Katherine Dawson and 
had three children : 

(1) Mary J., who married Fisher, and lives in Lancaster, 
Tennessee. 

(2) Titus, who lives in Carthage, Tennessee. 

(3) T. J., who lives in Glasgow, Kentucky. 

John, son of Stephen and Sarah, married Susanna 
Snoddy, and had seven children. 

(1) Thomas Jefferson, born 1845, married Mary 
Susan West. 

(2) Samuel Davis, born 1843, died 1843. 

(3) James Wilburn, born 1841, died 1863. Fought in 
the Confederate Army. 



VIRGINIA 217 

(4) Stephen Robertson, born 1839, died 1846. 
(5) -Lucy Ann, born 1839, died 1903. 

(6) George Washington, born 1836, died 1902. Fought 
in Civil War. 

(7) Benjamin Franklin, born 1834, died 1891. 
Thomas Jefferson, who married Mary Susan West, 

lives in Red Boiling Springs, Macon County, Tennessee. 

Coleman Sims Sampson, son of Stephen and Sarah, was 
born in 1810 and married Polly Skelton. His son. Dr. 
Coleman Sims Sampson, is still living in Rome, Smith 
County, Tennessee. Dr. Sampson is now in his 73rd 
year and has been practicing medicine the last fifty-three 
years. He also served his town four years in the State 
legislature. Much of this record has been given me by 
Dr. Sampson. 

Nancy, a daughter of Stephen and Sarah, married Wil- 
liam Dawson; and another daughter, Drucella, married 
Thomas Ligon. 

The two following notes show also that the Sampsons 
were early interested in Virginia : 

The Ship ''Furtherance," of 180 tons, Mr. Sampson, 
master, with 80 passengers, left England in June, 1622, 
for Virginia. 

Also: 

The ship "Sampson" arrived in Virginia, April 22, 1619, 
with 50 emigrants, who settled on Ward's Creek. 

The Virginia Magazine, as well as The William and 
Mary Quarterly, have a number of references to members of 
the Sampson family. In the College Quarterly they give 
two Indians, named John and Thomas Sampson, as 



218 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

enrolled among their students in 1754. As early as 1673 
a Thomas Sampson is mentioned as assisting in Apprais- 
ing an estate in James City County. 

In Henrico Countj", John Sampson married Mary 
Beauchamp, whose family was of St. Giles without 
Cripplegate, in London. Her brother, John Beauchamp, 
a merchant in London, wills land both in England and 
Virginia to her. 

In Isle of Wight County lived James Sampson, whose 
will is published in the College Quarterly. He had three 
children: a son, James, and two daughters. Some of the 
descendants are still living in Virginia. 

James Sampson's will indicates an old English gentle- 
man; he wills his "Silver bowles and silver wine cuppes," 
also "silver spoones with nobs at the ends" to different 
children. To one of his sons-in-law he bequeathes "a 
blew silk sash and a coasting coat, together with a pair 
of buck shoes that have silver buckles on them." 

In James City County, Thomas Sampson was granted 
202 acres of land, near a branch of Coxes Swamp, April 
10, 1666. This is no doubt the same Thomas who ap- 
praised the Wigginson estate in 1673. 

There is record of a Davis Sampson being appointed 
an Ensign in 1798; of a Joseph Sampson in Lancaster 
County; a John Sampson in Orange County in 1785; 
of two John Sampsons in Gloucester County in 1783- 
1784. 

There is a town named Sampson in Augusta County, 
Virginia, and in correspondence with the Postmaster, 
Mr. Alexander Yancy Sampson, I secured the following 
history. His grandfather was William Sampson, who 
married a Sarah Sampson. He died aged 97 years, and 



VIRGINIA 219 

had five children: Bluford Marshall, Franklin, Peachie, 
Virginia and Marie. 

Bluford Marshall Sampson, son of William and Sarah, 
married Jennette Peterfish. He died in 1892, aged 81 
years. His children were Layton Milton, S. Elizabeth, 
Margaret A., Joseph B., Mary Ann, and Alexander 
Yancy. 

Layton Milton Sampson, son of Bluford and Jennetta, 
married Sarah R. Humphreys, and has eight children: 
Alice, Cora, Lillie, John A,, Mollie, Nettie, Walter, and 
Howard, who is in the U. S. Army. 

Alexander Yancy Sampson, son of Richard and Jennetta, 
married Mary Jane McAusland, and had six children: 
Perry Lee, William Yancy, David Glenn, Charles Alex- 
ander, Hugh Bluford, and Joseph Franklin. 

Mr. Alexander Y. Sampson, has been a merchant at 
Harriston, Augusta County, Virginia for 28 years. He had 
the post office of Sampson established and managed it 
until it was discontinued in 1910 and removed to Harriston 
only a few miles distant. Mr. Alexander Sampson thinks 
his grandfather, William, came from Scotland to this 
country. William settled first in Green County, then 
moved to Albemarle County and finally located in Augusta 
County, where he died. 

A most interesting note in the William and Mary 
College Quarterly is that "Old Stephen Sampson, of St. 
James, Northam Parish, and Sarah Johnson, were married 
in September 1753." Their children were: 

Sarah born 1757. 

Elizabeth born 1759. 

Ann born 1763. 

William born 1765. 

Jean born 1768. 



220 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

Stephen born 1769. 

James J. bom 1772. 

Another note states "Stephen Sampson was buried, 
their old, very honest Grandfather, in 1773." 

Another note states that Stephen Sampson, a boy, 
was taken from the Otter as prisoner of war in 1776, 
which must have been "Old Stephen's" son, born 1769. 

Northumberland County gives a George Sampson in 
Sampson in 1784; Joseph in 1782; WilHam, and William 
Jr., in 1782. There is still a town in Northumberland 
County called Sampsons Wharf, and a number of the 
Sampson descendants are living there. Mr. R. H. Beane, 
whose mother was a Sampson, is Postmaster of Sampson's 
Wharf. 

At a town called "Burgess Store," in the same county, 
is a James Sampson, and at Miskimon there are three 
Sampson brothers: Frank K., Thornton, and Booker. 

In Caroline County, Jenny Sampson married Fred 
Bourne, February 1, 1796. 

Philip Sampson was Captain of the Virginia Continental 
Regiment, March 1777. 

John Sampson, of CaroUne County, was a soldier in 
1758. 

Richard Sampson, of Charlotte County, was Corporal 
in 1st Virginia Regiment, February 7, 1780. 

There were two John Sampsons in Rappahannock 
County, one as early as 1678. 

Also, a record of the ship "Mary," of London, sailing 
from Virginia in July 1705, in command of Master Jeremy 
Sampson. 

Still another family of Sampsons of importance in 
Virginia is that one whose ancestors lived in County 
Fife, Scotland. 



VIRGINIA 221 

George Sampson the first known of this line was born 
in Dumfermline in 1763 and died in 1804. He married 
Euphemia Lessels Gray in 1797, and there are records 
of three children. 

(1) Alexander who came to Richmond, Virginia, and 
died unmarried. 

(2) John, who was a member of Parliament in Scotland. 
He married Janet Stewart. They had four children: 
John, Charles, George and Euphemia. 

Euphemia married a Reid. George is still living in 
Dumfermline, aged 85. He married Mary Ann Scotland 
and they had two sons: John aged 48, and Robert age 
44. Robert lives at 58 Victoria Street, Dumfermline, 
and to him I am indebted for many of these notes. 

(3) George Lessels Sampson, son of George and Euphe- 
mia, was born in Newton-of-Kircaldy in 1798. He came 
to New York City, when nineteen years of age, and later 
settled in Richmond Virginia., 

He married, first, Jane Graves and second, Martha 
Watson. The children were: 

(1) George Graves Sampson, who married Miss King 
and had a daughter, Graves Euphemia Sampson. 

(2) Virginia C. Sampson who died. 

(3) Euphemia Sampson who married Thomas A. Haley 
of Louisville, Kentucky. 

(4) Norman D. Sampson who married Rosalie Aylett. 
Miss Aylett was a direct descendant of the celebrated 
Patrick Henry of Virginia. 

(5) Alfred Sampson married Miss Green. 

(6) Henry L. Sampson. 

(7) Laura Sampson married Adrian Van Sinderen. 

(8) Edwin D. Sampson married Mary Isabella Ruther- 
ford, they had four children: 



222 THE SAMPSON FAMILY 

(1) Edwin Dewitt Sampson, the author. 

(2) Marion D. Sampson. 

(3) Isabel Sampson. 

(4) Edwin D. Sampson of Richmond, Virginia, who has 
materially assisted me in this accoimt of his ancestors. 

A short account of some Virginia Sampsons is that of a 
John Sampson of Culpeper, Culpeper County, who made 

his will in 1778. His wife was Mary and they 

had four children. 

(1) William, who was born in 1761 in Culpeper. He was 
a Revolutionary soldier. Married Sallie Coleman in 1784 
and eventually moved to Harrison County, Kentucky and 
later to Franklin County. 

(2) Joseph Sampson born in Culpeper, Virginia in 1762. 
Served in the Revolutionary War. He married Polly 
Coleman in 1784. 

(3) Thomas Sampson. 

(4) Rhoda Sampson married Martin Barnes in 1787. 
Another short record is of a Samuel Sampson who was 

born in Queen Anne County, Maryland in 1797. Married 
Ann Thompson and died in Philadelphia in 1879. 
Three children are given : 

(1) Orlando F., who married Sarah Jane Koseman. 
Their son James Her Sampson lives in Philadelphia. 

(2) Mary Sampson. 

(3) James Sampson born 1832, married a Duffy in 
1855. They had six children, Elizabeth, Sallie, Caroline, 
James, Mary and Samuel. 

Samuel married Ida M. Saunders and moved to Roan- 
oke, Virginia where he died in 1913. The children are, 
Clark, Albert W., WiUiam, Edward, Ernest, Vivian and 
Ethel. 



INDEX 



Abernethy, Robert 187 

Adams, John 84-85 

Adams, Mary 85, 180-181 

Adams, Nancy Ann 187 

Addings, Josephine 196 

Aldrich, Margaret 116 

Alexander, Luella 171 

Agnew, Miss 92 

Allen, Joan 31 

Anderson, Isabella 73 

Armsdale, Mary 207 

Aekewe, 49 

Aylmer, John 21 

Aylett, Rosalie 221 

Babb, Jacob P 155-157 

Bagneer, Ann 210 

Baldwin, Rachel 72 

Banks, Margaret S 183 

Barnes, Martin 221 

Baskerville. Charles 209 

Bass, Susie M 215 

Baxter, Lucinda 147-149 

Baxter, MatUda 195-197. 201 

Beauchamp, John 218 

Beauchamp, Mary 47, 218 

Beazell, Benjamin 166-167 

Beazell, Jane 167 

Beazell, Mary Neal 167, 175 

Beale, Jane 171 

Beale, Jospeh G 171 

Bell, David 174 

Bell, S. A 161 

Beane, 208 

Beane, R. H 208, 220 

Bennett, 211 

Beswarrick, Catherine 172 

Beswarrick, Clififord: 172 

Beswarrick, Clifton 172 

Beswarrick, Harry 172 

Beswarrick, Harvey 172 



Biehl, Matilda 146 

Bird, Catherine 67 

Bishop, Harriet 116 

Blakiston, Ralph 53 

Blayney, Elizabeth 123 

Blayney, Lord 123 

Blayney, Charles Talbot 123 

Boise, Maria 174 

Boils, James 186 

Bond, Edward 200 

Bonaparte, Jerome 90 

Booth, 208 

Booth, Major 208 

Bope, Mary J 163 

Bourne, Fred 220 

Boyce, Abigail 48 

Boyd, William 174 

Bow en, Mrs. Thomas J 185 

Bowles, Elizabeth 47 

Bower, Lucy B 197 

Brady, Mary 107-110 

Brewster, Lucy E 187 

Brecount, Clark 146 

Brecount, Eliza 146 

Brecount, James 146 

Brecount, Lorena 146 

Brecount, Mary Jane 146 

Brecount, Wilson 146 

Briggs, Lilla E 148-149, 152 

Brookes, Johannes 48 

Brown, Mary 29, 38, 49 

Brown, Mary Jane 195 

Brown, Thomas 29, 49 

Bru6re, William de la 5 

Bulstrode, Robert 47 

Burcombe, John 28 

Burcombe, Martha 28 

Burling, Elizabeth 116 

Burke, Elizabeth 102 

Buxton, Aaron 161 



224 



INDEX 



Caldwell, Annie 120 

Caldwell. L 120 

Caldwell, Sampson 120 

Callard, John 41 

Callthorpe, Clement 49 

Campbell, Margaret 118 

Campbell, Mary 163 

Cantwell, Catherine 94 

Cantwell, John (Sir) 94. 95. 98. 105 

Cantwell. Margaret 94, 97, 99-103 

Carr, Ralph 51 

Cardiman. Philip 201 

Carothere. Mrs. F 174 

Carpenter, Amanda 210 

Carpenter, George 210 

Castle. Innocent 52 

Cave, Lesley 46 

Cawdron. Robert 51 

Chalres, Alice 51 

Chapman. Joseph 52 

Chartfe. Alan de 5 

Chart6s, Joan 5 

Chase. Aloneo (Mrs.) 116 

Chamberlin. Alfred W 125 

Clark, Ann 119 

Clark, Arista B 146 

Clark. Albert Carey 146 

Clark. Anderson 195 

Clark. Buford 194 

Clark. Charles 146 

Clark. Delano 194 

Clark. Edward W 146 

Clark. EmmaB 146 

Clark, Edith L 146 

Clark, Eleanor A 146 

Clark, Hawley N 146 

Clark, Henry E 196 

Clark. J. Ellis 146 

Clark, Josiah E 146 

Clark, Jesse Pierson 146 

Clark, James A 195 

Clark. Julia A 195 

Clark. Louisa 195 

Clark. Minnie B 146 

Clark. Mary E 195 

Clark. Pearl 146 

Clark. Presley H 195 

Clark. Robert A 195 



Clark. Sarah 113-115,117 

Clark, Thomas J 195 

Clark. T. N 146 

Clark, Vina Mary 146 

Clark, WilliamF 146 

Clark, William P 14« 

Clarkson. Jane 17 

Clifton. Gervase (Sir) 60 

Clopton, Bridgett 20-21 

Clopton. William 20 

Clune. Doreen 110 

Clune, Madeline 110 

Cobb. Marina 48 

Colby. Francis 46 

Cole. Charles 200 

Coleman. Polly 222 

Coleman. Sallie 222 

CoUett. Mary Sampson 199 

Collins. Paul 46 

Colton. Richard 53 

Conklin, Ketchum S 198 

Colson. Jane 197-198 

Cook. WUliam 187 

Coon. Anne 181 

Corbett Elizabeth 39 

Corcoran, Alice 110 

Corcoran, J 110 

Couch, Richard 211 

Coughlin, William 100 

Consley, Eliza Jane 122 

Cravens. Bettie 165 

Croft. Miss 31 

Crofts, John (Sir) 23, 46 

Cromwell, Agnes 142, 149, 155 

Crook. Mary Margaret 173 

Cudmore, Thomas 60 

Culverwell, Samuel 61 

Cunningham, Bess 175 

Curd. Anne 208 

Curd. Roxy Ann 208 

Dallas, Ada Grant .^ 179 

Dallas, Charles Roe .*. . 178-179 

Dallas, James Roe 179 

Dallas, Sarah A 179 

Dale, James 86 

Daly, John 108 

Dawson, Arabella W 



225 



Dawson, Albert E 146 

DftwsoD, Katberine 216 

Dawson, William 217 

DawBon, Edward (Sir) 92 

Dampster, Jane 171, 173 

Day, Eleanor Viley 142-167, 158 

Devore, Sam 167 

Dickson, Peter 52 

Dietrick, Arthur J 148, 149 

Dietrick, Arthur J. Jr 148, 149 

Dietrick. Laura B. (Mrs.) 148, 149 

Daubenny, Joanne 49 

Daubenny, George 49 

Dixwell, William 50 

Dobbe, Margaret 37 

Dobba, Arthur (Gov.) 90 

Doolittle, Mary 198 

Doolittle, Rawley 198 

Doolittle, Martha 198 

Doty. Jane Oliver 147, 149 

Doughy, Misa 121 

Douglas, Mabel 125 

Drake, Francia (Sir) 205-206 

Dreining. Thomas 84 

Drywoode, George 49 

Dudley. Caroline 208 

Duff, 168 

Duff, Kate A 171 

Dunn, Charles 116 

Dunn, James 116 

Dupuy, John James. M.D 116 

Durham, Blanche 159. 160 

Durham. Harvey 159 

Durham, Ollie 159 

Dutoia, Elisabeth 209 

Eckles. 183 

Edwardes. Suaie 165 

Elliot, Henderaon 173 

Ellia, Dr 116 

Elmer, John 46 

Elyett, George 52 

Emby, Ann 201 

Emerson, Harry 142 

Emlowe, Henry 200 

Emlowe, Mary 200 

Emmet, Thomas Addis 90 

Evans, Oliver 182 



Evans, Margaret 124 

Everard. Maria 46 

Ewbanke. Henry 28 

Eyre, Jean 23 

Eyre. Sarah 23 

Fairweather. Helen 73 

Farrell, Dora 100 

Farborough, 158 

Faulkner, Nancy 86 

Felbrigg, George (Sir) 19 

Felbrigg. John (Sir) 19, 22 

Felbrigg. Marjery 19, 22 

Felter, Agnes 145 

Felter, Franklin 145 

Felter. Harriet 145 

Felter. Jacob 145 

Felter. James 145 

Felter. Jasper 145 

Felter, Margaret 145 

Felton, Thomas 19 

Fichet. Thomas (Sir) 53 

Findell, Rebecca 194 

Findell. Rachel 195 

Finley. Lizzie 172 

Files, Walter 50 

Fitz-Patrick. Edwin 206 

Fogarty. Catherine 99 

Fordham. Jane 51 

Forrester. 208 

Foster, Grace 173 

Foster, John 182 

Foster, Nathaniel: 195 

Fowle, Thomas 50 

Freeland, Martha... 184, 194, 195, 198, 201 

Friend, Elnora 153, 155 

Frost, Samuel 52 

Fuqua, Joseph 211 

Fyfe. Thomas 46 

Gallagher. Elizabeth 125 

Gariencies. Eliz. de 35 

Garland, Isabella 116 

Gardiner. James 119 

Garth, Thomas 50 

Garver, Willis 171 

Gaston, Albert M 162 

Gaston. Eva 162 



Gaston, James 162 

Gaaton, Josiab 162 

Gaston, Robert 162 

Gaston, William S 162 

Gattle, Constance 162 

Gem. Amy (Mrs.) 89 

Gideon, Mary A 147 

Gibson, Francis 123 

Gibson, Sarah 123 

Gilpin, Virginia 166 

Goodman, John 46 

Gormley, T 120 

Gratrix, Miss 109 

Graham, Catherine 162 

Graham, Martha 135 

Grant, Mary 176 

Grant, Rebecca 176 

Grant, Robert 176 

Grant, Ulysses S 176 

Graves, Jane 221 

Gray, Euphemia Lessels 221 

Greaves, John 23 

Greene, Elizabeth 47 

Green, John 201 

Green, Mary 28 

Green, Miss 221 

Green, Ralph (Rev.) 28 

Greenwell, Peter 60 

Gundrey, Mary 31 

Guy, Thomas 167 

Hale, Abigail 48 

Hale, John M 163 

Hale, Lucy 162 

Hales, Abigail 62 

Hales, Humphrey 52 

Haley, Thomas A 221 

Hall, Ada 158 

Hall, Carrie 158 

Hall, Emma 168 

Hall.M 158 

Hamilton, William 186 

Hambleton, Thomas 200 

Hanimel, Frank 161 

Hanimel, Jesse P 161 

Hanimel, John 161 

Hanimel, Samuel 161 

Harra, Edward 196 



Handberry, John D 198 

Harrison, Anna E 171 

Harrison, Alexander 171 

Harrison, Annie Wray 171 

Harrison, Alice M 171 

Harrison, Donald 171 

Harrison, David H 171 

Harrison, Frank J 171 

Harrison, George 171 

Harrison, James 171 

Harrison, John 171 

Harrison, John Edmund 171 

Harrison, Joseph Shea 171 

Harrison, Margaret J 171 

Hart, Harriet 175 

Hart, George 175 

Hart , John B 175 

Hart,PaulB 175 

Harvey, Catherine 45 

Hatcher, Josiah 212 

Ha wksworth, Francis 51 

Hawton, Mary 16 

Hays, John 200 

Heffeman, 102 

Heitz, Julia J 153, 156 

Hennessey, Catherine 101-102 

Hennessey, Laurance 101 

Hennessey, Michael 101 

Hennessey, William 101 

Henley, Francis Louisa 107 

Hicks, Mary 29 

Hicks, Nicholas 29 

Hill. Elizabeth 60 

Hobart, Margaret 30 

Hobart, James (Sir) 20 

Hohrbach, John 180 

Hohrbach, John B 180 

Hohrbach, Letitia L 180 

Hohrbach, Luther Wolsey 180 

Hohrbach, Margaret B 180 

Hohrbach, Robert L 180 

Hohrbach. Sarah S 180 

Hogg, Margaret 118 

Holnaby, Elizabeth 23 

Holnaby , John 23 

Holoway, Carrie Jane 197 

Holoway. Dollie Bryan 197 

Holoway. George Le Roy 197 



INDEX 



227 



Holoway, George W 197 

Holoway, Mary F. G 197 

Holoway, Maudie May 197 

Holwell. Anne 44, 45 

Hopper, Nancy 161 

Hormel, Annie 172 

Howard, Johanna 101 

Huba, Lambert 207 

Hughey, Ellen 180 

Hull.FredS 45 

Hull, Nina 45 

Humfreys, Elizabeth 47 

Humphreys, Sarah R 219 

Hutchinson, Adam 189 

Hutchinson, Isabella 189 

Hutchinson, James 189 

Hutcninson, Jonathan 189 

Hutchinson, Margaret 189 

Hutchinson, Mary Ann 185, 189 

Hutchinson, Robert 189 

Hywish, William 53 

Ibberson, Emote 16, 22, 23 

Inkepence, Roger 53 

Inkepence, Thomaaine 53 

Ireland, David 161 

Ireland, Sampson 171 

Ireland, John P 161 

Ireland, WUUam 161 

Irvine, Mary 183 

Irwin, Charles 189 

Jenken, Juliana 52 

Jenkins, Capt 178 

Jenkins, Mary 178 

Jenkins, Virginia 178 

Jenney, William (Sir) 49 

Jocelyn, Sam R 91 

John, Mary Anne 48 

John, Stephen 48 

Johnson, Henry 49 

Johnson, Sara 100 

JoUand, Mary 36 

Jolland, William 36 

Jones, Amelia 161 

Jones, Isaac 197 

Jonea Frederick (Judge) 91 



Jones, Jane 91 

Junk, Jane 122 

Kelly. Robert 185 

Kennedy, Emma 159 

Klick, Ellen 162 

Kins. Anna 201 

King, Miss 221 

Knox, Katherine 67 

Koseman, Sarah Jane 222 

Lacy, Harriet Maiden 124, 125 

Lang, D'Arcy 64, 75 

Landers, Ann 99 

Landers, Ellen 100 

Lament, Margaret 186 

Lathron, William 47 

Lawrence, Edward S 181 

Lawrence, Edward S. (Dr.) 181 

Lawrence, John Sampson 181 

Lawrence, J. Stuart (Dr.) 181 

Leach, Artyllisia 193 

Lecky, Letitia 180 

Lemyng, Roger 51 

Lemyng, Susan 51 

Lethieullier, James 52 

Leventhorpe, Nicholas 60 

Lightburn, Lavina 174 

Ligon, Thomas 217 

Little, David 160 

Llppincott, Joseph M 180 

Lippincott, Thomasine 45 

Lisle, Clotilda Barbara 106 

Livermore, Frances M 125 

Lloyd, Jackson 162 

Locke, Jean 51 

Long. Edward 29 

Long, Mary 29,47 

Longe, John 44 

Lough, John 142 

Lough, Josephine 142 

Lough, Martha 142 

Lough, Ollie 142 

Lowery, John 207 

Lowthaine, Bessie 67 

Lumb, G. D. (Hon.) 17 

Lyle, John 114 

Lyle, Nancy 114 



228 



INDEX 



Lyons, Anna 107 

Lyons, Anna H Ill 

Macalester, Charles 65 

Magee, Catherine 162 

Magee, David 162 

Magee, Edward 162 

Magee, John F 162 

Magee, John 162 

Magee, William 162 

Maguire, Mary 120 

Maddox, William 211 

Msuns, Margaret 188 

Mallett, Katherine 23 

Mannice, Thomas 100 

Manown, William 181 

Martin, M 158 

Marnora, Bridgett 44 

Mattingly, Florence 162 

Marks, Samuel 165 

Mause, Joan 5 

Mause, Simon 5 

Maimiby, Anne 16 

Maxey, John 211 

Maxwell, David 186 

Mayn, Catherine 67 

Mercie, Julia de 47 

Mercie Victor de 47 

Michel, Hercules 46 

Miller, Clifford 160 

Miller, Frank 160 

Miller, Elias 160 

Miller, Lloyd 125 

Miller, Mary 160 

MiUer.Z.T 125 

Milne, Janet 73 

Milne, Matthew 64, 75 

Molesworth, Wmgfield 46 

Monily, Henry 37 

Monteith, 167 

Montgomery, Merry 174 

Montgomery, Letnia 193 

Mooney, Mary 118 

Moore, John 216 

More, Neal 187 

Morgan, Anna 142 

Morgan, James S 159 

Morgan, Jean 159 



Mulnix, Alexander 171 

McAllister, Susan 86 

McAusland, Mary Jane 219 

McCabe, Jennie 171 

McClelland, Elizabeth. 141, 142, 149, 155 

McClelland, Eliza 186 

McClelland, Thomas 186 

McCool, Ellen 119 

McCormick, Ann 120 

McCormick, Betsey 122 

McCormick, John 122 

McDermott, Miss 108 

McGavitt. Mary 174 

McGrath, Daniel 100 

McKee, 181 

McKindless, Eliza 122 

McLean, Sarah Jane 114 

McNamara, Michael 110 

Naish, Patrick 104. 107, 111 

Naish, Sarsfield 104. Ill 

Nash, John 48 

Neal, Dorcas 167, 175 

Neal, James 182 

Neal, Mahard 183 

Neal. Mary 167 

Neal, Matthew 167 

Nelhs, Maria E 39 

New, William 211 

Newlands, John 48 

Nichols, T. Nelson, Mrs 18 

Noble, Martha 188 

Norris, Thomas 44 

O'Brien, Miss 110 

O'Brien, Miss B 110 

O'Callaghan, Ed 107 

O'CaUaghan, Marcella. .107. 108, 110. Ill 

O'Connell, Constance 110 

O'Halloran, Sarah 107, 109 

Olden. Nancy B 148-149 

Oliver, John Lewis 148 

O'Reilly, Miss 108 

O'Rourke, Miss 110 

Paramour, Thomas 45 

Parkyns, Thomas (Sir) 35, 52 

Patmore, Martha 142-143 



229 



Patmore, Mary 142 

Patterson, Eliaa 114 

Pardee, John 153, 155 

Paul, Andrew 117 

Peake, Francis F 197 

Peake, Harry Clay Lincoln 197 

Peake, James H 197 

Peake, John 197 

Peake, William Henry 197 

Percy, Ella 160 

Percy, Frank 160 

Percy, Joseph 160 

Percy, Laura 160 

Percy, Samuel 160 

Ferryman, Sarah B 153, 155 

Ferryman, Richard 207 

Persse, Irene 108 

Pepper, Miss 118 

Peterfish, Jennette 219 

Peterson, James 163 

Petr6, Charlotte 107-108, 111 

Pickering, Samuel 117 

Picken, James Hunter 65, 75 

Pickett, Mr 119 

Pigott, Wm. Jackson (Hon.) 89 

Pierson, Belinda E 161 

Pierson, Charles E 161 

Pierson, Ella 161 

Pierson, Eliza 161 

Pierson, Ennes P 161 

Pierson, Eugene M 161 

Pierson, Frank 161 

Pierson, George M 161 

Pierson, L 161 

Pierson, Mary A 161 

Pierson, Jesse 161 

Pierson, Orton 161 

Pierson, Rebecca 161 

Pierson, William 161 

Pilkington, Henry 49, 106 

Pincell, Alecia 52 

Pincell, Richard 52 

Pitney, James 196 

Pitt, Thomas 187 

Plant, Benjamin 51 

Plant, Mary Ward 51 

Porter, Anne 209, 211 

Porter, Thomas (Capt.) 209 



Poor. Agnes 208, 212 

Poor, David 212 

Poor, Jane 212 

Poor, Josiah 212 

Poor, Martha 212 

Poor, Melinda 212 

Poor, Robert 212 

Poor, Stephen 212 

Poor, William 208 

Poynter, John 49 

Pukins, Joseph 212 

Radabough, Clark 142 

Raleigh, Sir Walter 206 

Ranalls, Nancy 189 

Reid, Isabella 189 

Reed, Harriet 174 

Reesor, Leslie 197 

Reesor, Lola 197 

Reesor, J. P 197 

Reeves, Lena 178 

Reeves, Mary 178 

Reeves, Thomas 178 

Riker, Ella May 163 

Riker, John 163 

Rinehart, Anne 179 

Rinehart, Elizabeth 160 

Riggs, Mary Grant 177 

Ristone, Mary 200 

Robards, George (Capt.) 210, 211 

Robards, John Lewis 210 

Rogers, Janetta 208 

Rogers, Mary 208 

Rogers, Sarah 200 

Rogers, W. J 190 

Robison, Nancy 187 

Rolston, Eliza 187 

Rowles, Jacob 201 

Royster, Ella 209 

Royster, David 210 

Royster, Sampson 210 

Rutledge, Susanna R 199 

Rutherford, Mary Isabella 221 

Sadlier, Wm. Thomas 207 

Samson, Agnes 73 

Samson, Alexander 71 

Samson, Charles 64, 71, 73 



230 



INDEX 



Samson, David 75 

Samaon, Helen 73 

Samson, Hugh (Mrs.) 71, 76 

Samson, John 64, 71, 73, 75 

Samaon, James 71, 73, 76 

Samson, Jane 65, 75 

Samaon, Jean 64, 75 

Samson, Miss 71 

Samaon, Marjory 73 

Samson, Mary 64 

Samaon, Tam 63,64,71 

Samson, Thomaa 64, 65, 75 

Samson, William 63, 75-76 

Sampson, Abraham. 51, 115, 120, 192, 200 

Sampson, Abigail 41 

Sampson, Abbot 9 

Sampson, Adaline 197 

Sampson, Adrian 19o 

Sampson, Adam 15, 50, 67, 74 

Sampson, Adam C 182 

Sampson, Ada Ethel 176, 178 

Sampson, AgneS 16, 47, 53, 142, 146 

146, 153, 157, 160. 185 

Sampson, Agnes B 118, 208 

Sampson, Albert 147, 149 

Sampson, Albert L 172 

Sampson, Albert W 222 

Sampson, Alan 11 

Sampson, Albert 1 184 

Sampson, Alfred 221 

Sampson, Alexander. . . 36, 44-45, 55, 114 
121, 168, 170, 221 

Sampson, Alexander Yancy 218-219 

Sampson, Alice. . . .37, 46, 50-51, 53, 106 
110, 116, 183, 219 

Sampson, Alice M. V 179 

Sampson, Alice Merle 209 

a, Amelia 116 

3, Amanda 194 

Sampson, Amphelis 50 

Sampson, Amy 110, 196 

Sampson, Amy Viley 142, 158 

Sampson, Andrew T 183 

Sampson, Ann. 37. 120, 122, 201, 210. 219 

Sampson, Anne. . . .28, 37, 41, 61, 65, 106 

182, 189 

Sampson, Anne Russell 209 

Sampson, Add Elisabeth 210 



Sampson, Anna. 88,116,117,184.200,211 


Sampson, Anna Belle 


117 


Sampson, Anna Jane 


191 


Sampson, Anna L 


155-156 


Sampson, Anna M 143 


, 159. 173 


Sampson. Annie 86 


. 114, 187 


Sampson. Annie Belle 


172 


Sampson. Annie Wray 


.... 171 


Sampson, Angeline 


, 195-196 


Sampson . Antonio 


48 


Sampson, Anthony ' 


11, 52. 72 


Sampson, Archibald. 66,186,191,209-210 


Sampson, Archibald Jaynes 


125 


Sampson, Gen. Archibald J 


123-125 


Sampson, Arabella Booth 


208 




86. 91. 93 


Sampson, Arthur M 


173 


Sampson, Auguatina 


210 


Sampson, Augustine P 


.... 118 


Sampson, Aquila 


....200 


Sampson. Barbara 


. 49. 106 


Sampson, Bartholomew 


.... 207 


Sampson, Barthelmo 


.... 66 


Sampson, Belle . 


172 


Sampson, Benjamin 


167. 200 


Sampson, Benjamin L 


174-175 


Sampson, Benson Adams 


180-181 


Sampson, Benjamin Franklin.. 


217 


Sampson, Bertram 


65 


Sampaon, Bernard C 


165 


Sampson. Bessie 


172 


Sampson, Betsey 


m 


Sampson, Bethaeba 


46 


Sampson, Beulah 


172 




.. 24-25 


Sampson, Bishop of Brechin.... 


62 


Sampson, Booker 24-25, 208. 220 


Sampson. Bridgett 21, 25, 50, 102 


Sampson. Brook 


64 


Sampson. Bruna de St 


5 


Sampson. Bluford Marshall 


219 


Sampson, Caroline 143,159 


. 165, 222 


Sampson, Caroline L 


195 


Sampson, Caroline Matilda 


195 


Sampson, Carrie 


168 


Sampson, Carrie Myrtle 


196 


Sampson. Catherine. ... 29. 101 


, 107. 163 


Sampson, Capt. John 


.... 205 



INDEX 



231 



Sampson. Charles. . . 38, 40, 108, 123, 137 


139, 196, 


207, 209, 221 


Sampson, Charles C 


31-32 


Sampson, Charles E 


198 


Sampson, Charles Elgin 


196 


Sampson, Charles F 


196 


Sampson, Charles Alexander 219 


Sampson, Charles (Rev.).. • 


48 


Sampson, Charles Henry. . . 


54 


Sampson, Charles Johns 


48 


Sampson, Charlie 


137 


Sampson, Charlotte 


.... 107,110 


Sampson, Charlotte Anna Maria. . . . 107 




8 




38, 66 


Sampson, Clark 


222 


Sampson, Cordelia 


197 


Sampson, Coleman S. (Dr.) 


217 


Sampson, Coleman Sims... 


216-217 


Sampson, Colonel 


144 


Sampson, Constance 


.. 11-12,201 


Sampson, Cornelia 


174 


Sampson, Cornelius 


193 


Sampson, Cornelius (Father) 103 


Sampson, Cora 


153, 155. 219 


Sampson, Daisy. 


.... 108,111 


Sampson, Daniel 


38-39 


Sampson, Daniel P 


.... 165-156 


Sampson, Dariandis 


194 


Sampson, Darius 


194 


Sampson, David 66-67, 


115. 168, 170 




199, 201 


Sampson, David Glenn 


219 


Sampson, David L 


. . . . 143. 159 


Sampson, David Little 


162 


Sampson, Davis 


218 


Sampson, Dene 


44 


Sampson, Denis 


107, 109-111 


Sampson, Denis Morgan. . . . 


216 


Sampson. Desmond, H. W. (Rev.) 48, 64 


Sampson, Dorcas 


167, 174-175 


Sampson, Doreen 


110 


Sampson, Dorothea 


48 


Sampson, Dorothy 


44 


Sampson, Donat. 11,23,93, 


, 106-107. 110 


Sampson, Doctor 


. 27.43.121 


Sampson, Drucella 


217 


Sampson, Dudley T. H 


36 



Sampson, Dudley de G. J 36 

Sampson, Duff 172 

Sampson, Dyonesia 41 

Sampson, Edgar 72, 183 

Sampson. Edgar Woods 209 

Sampson, Ebenezer 121 

Sampson, Edith 44, 108 

Sampson, Edward. ... 16, 28-29, 44, 46-47 

49-50, 54-57. 92, 106. 199, 207-208, 222 

Sampson, Edward Frank (Rev.)... . 55 

Sampson, Edward Francis 55 

Sampson, Edward M 198 

Sampson, Edward McClure 196 

Sampson, Edward W 155-156 

Sampson, Edmunde 17, 36 

Sampson, Edmunde Duckett 44 

Sampson, Edmunde Neil 72 

Sampson, Edwin D 221-222 

Sampson, Edwin De Witt 222 

Sampson, Ellen. . 37, 51, 86, 101, 186-187 
191 

Sampson, Ellen E 184 

Sampson, Ellen Letitia 180 

Sampson, Ellen S 191 

Sampson, Eleanor 47, 49, 84, 158 

Sampson, Elinor 200 

Sampson, Eliza 114, 116-117, 120, 186, 191 

Sampson, Eliza J 171 

Sampson, Eliza Jane 122, 171 

Sampson, Eliza McClelland 142, 146 

Sampson, Elijah 200 

Sampson, Elizabeth 11, 19, 21. 28 

35, 37-38, 40, 48-49, 51-52 
72,74,86,92,114, 122, 142 
160-162, 165, 170. 174, 183 
200, 207-208, 213, 216. 219 
222 

Sampson, Elizabeth Ann 210, 212 

Sampson, Elizabeth A 215 

Sampson, Elizabeth Barbara.... 209-210 

Sampson, S. Elizabeth 219 

Sampson, Emily 110 

Sampson, Emma 158, 194-195 

Sampson, Emma F 184 

Sampson, Emma W 196 

Sampson, Emmanuel 200 

Sampson, Emeline 184 

1. Eoline Grace 198 



232 



INDEX 



Sampson, 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 



Sampson 
Sampson 



Sampson, Ernest 222 Sampson 

Sampson, Esther 172, 200 

Sampson, Ephraime (Sir) 92 

Sampson, Ethel 222 Sampson 

Sampson, Eugene 183 Sampson 

Evelyn 172,175 Sampson, 

Eiekiel 32 Sampson, 

Sampson, Euphemia 221 

Sampson, Felix M 166 

Sampson, Flo 153, 155 

Sampson, Florence 172, 198 

Sampson, Francis.... 66, 108, 123-124, 199 
210, 205. 216 

Sampson, Francis A 121, 123-125 

Sampson, Francis Ck)rneliu8 (Dr.) 

107, 110 

Sampson, Francis Cornelius 110 

Sampson, Francis Freeland 194-197 

Sampson, Francis Henry 196, 198 

Sampson, Francis Lacy 125 

Sampson, Francis W 195 

Sampson, Francis (Mrs. Dr.) 106 Sampson 

Sampson, Francis, R. W 45 Sampson 

Sampson, Frances 207 Sampson, 

Sampson, Francis S. (Rev. Dr.) 208-209 Sampson 

Sampson, Frances Anna 42 Sampson 

Sampson, Frank 157 

Sampson, Frank B 184 Sampson, 

Sampson, Frank H 172 Sampson, 

Sampson, Frank K 208, 220 Sampson, 

Sampson, Franklin 219 Sampson, 

Sampson, Harry 190 Sampson, 

Sampson, Harlo\'in (Sir) 92 Sampson, 

Sampson, Harriet 115, 178 

Sampson, Harriet (Mrs.) 65 

Sampson, Harriet F 72 Sampson, 

Sampson, Harriet R 176 Sampson, 

Sampson, Harry E 172 Sampson, 

Sampson, Harold 171 Sampson, 

Sampson, Harvey 175-176 Sampson, 

Sampson, Harvey James 176, 179 Sampson, 

Sampson, Hannah 53 Sampson, 

Sampson, Hattie 167, 174 Sampson, 

Sampson, Helen 51, 175 Sampson, 

Sampson, Helen M 179 Samp>son, 

Sampson, Henry 8, 13-14, 15, 17, 34 Sampson 

37-39, 43-44, 47, 49 Sampson 
53-57, 110, 165, 201 Sampson 



, H.0 32 

.Herbert 6« 

,HerbertC.W 38 

, Homer 198 

Howard 219 

Hugh 14-15,41,74,120 

HughBluford 219 

Gabriel 121 

Galfridus 20 

Gavin Hamilton 56 

George 19-20. 23. 33. 38 

41. 46, 50-51, 66, 72 
84, 86-87, 107, 109 
111-112, 114-119, 121 
136-137, 139, 164-165 
172-173, 186-191, 193 
205, 220-221 

George Denis 107,111 

George Denis (Capt.). ... 108 
George Frederick John... 38 

George Graves 221 

George Lessels 221 

George Rogers 196 

George W 171,208 

George Wood 40 

George Washington . . .170-171 
217 

Geraldine 108 

Gerald Victor 49, 55 

Gervase 15 

Gideon Gundrey 32 

Gilbert 3.5 

Glenn 172 

Grace 39,48.109,153,156 

Graves Euphemia 221 

Gurnsey 194,195 

Ida 165 

IdaN 72 

Isabel 222 

Isabella.... 13, 43, 46, 86, 117 

Isaac 142, 157, 192, 199-201 

Irene 172 

Irvine 183-184 

Isabella de Dou vrd i 

Jacob. . .192, 194-195. 198, 201 

Jacob Carleton 194 

JacobF 195 

Jacob Francis 197 



INDEX 



233 



Sampson, Jacob Freeland 198 

Sampson, James. . 31, 38-39, 43, 45, 52, 54 
66-67, 74, 84-87, 91 
100,113,115. 119, 121 
136, 140, 142-147, 149- 
159, 162, 164, 166, 168 
170, 173-179, 182, 184- 
193, 195, 205, 218, 220 
222 

Sampson, James B 183 

Sampson, James D 172 

Sampson, James G. . , 220 

Sampson, James Hale 31 

Sampson, James Henry 72 

Sampson, James Her 222 

Sampson, James R. . .79, 165, 183, 185, 187 

Sampson, James Stephen 72 

Sampson, James Wilburn 216 

Sampson, Jane .... 37-38, 44, 49, 61, 63 

74, 91, 137. 139, 142 

148, 167, 186-187 

Sampson, Jane Gundrey 32 

Sampson, Janet 67 

Sampson, Jean 44, 66 

Sampson, Jeannie 117 

Sampson, Jennetla 208 

Sampson, Jennie 119, 153, 155 

Sampson, Jenny 100, 172, 220 

Sampson, Jeremy 41, 220 

, Jeremiah 199 

, Jerry 157 

Sampson, Jesse 142, 157 

, Jinney 216 

,Joan 28 

, Johanna 103 

Sampson, Johannes 13, 40 

Sampson, Johert 117 

Sampson, John.... 3, 11-17, 20-22, 28-29 
31, 33-47, 49-50, 52- 
67, 63, 67, 74, 84-90 
93, 95, 97-115, 117- 
119, 121-124, 129, 131- 
139, 149, 155, 164-175 
179-191, 19S-195, 199 
205-206, 208, 211-218 
220-222 

Sampson, John A 219 

.JohnBrook 52 



Sampson, John B 




175 


Sampson, John C 




.142.153 


Sampson, John Curran. . . . 




. . .57. 90 


Sampson, John Calvin. . . . 




183 


Sampson, John Augustus. 




195 


Sampson, John E 




.165, 173 


Sampson, John (Lieut.). . . 


.94-95, 97-106 


Sampson, John (Capt. or < 


Col.), 


.205-207 


Sampson, John (Hon.) 




91 


Sampson, John J 




118 


Sampson, John Howard. . . 




.163,172 


Sampson, John G 




.... 179 


Sampson, John Grant 




176 


Sampson, John Lewis 




148 


Sampson, J. Lewis 




148-152 


Sampson, John M 




.... 142 


Sampson, John R. (Prof.). 




209 


Sampson, John R 




165 


Sampson, John Pigott 




.... 51 


Sampson, J. Price 




.... 208 


Sampson, John (Sir) 




L2. 15, 92 


Sampson. John Wesley 




.... 32 


Sampson, John W 




.179,193 


Sampson, Johnson 




.... 216 


Sampson, Jonathan 


.118, 


119, 121 


Sampson, Joseph 72, 


100. 


115, 121 


129, 136-137 


, 140-142 


144,147-149,155,160- 


161, 183, 188 


, 190-191 


193,205,208,218,220- 



Sampson, Joseph B 219 

Sampson, Joseph Gano 148-149 

Sampson. Joseph Franklin 219 

Sampson, Josephine 194, 208 

Sampson, Joshua 57 

Sampson, Judith 50, 216 

Sampson, Julia 39 

Sampson, Junius Mortimer. .195-196, 198 

Sampson, Kate 99, 100 

Sampson, Katherine 50, 63 

Sampson, Kenneth 172 

Sampson, Kit 185 

Sampson, Kitt 100 

Sampson, Kitty 142 

Sampson, Kirt 194 

Sampson. Laura 194, 221 

Sampson, Laura A 108 



234 



INDEX 





196 


Sampson, 
Sampson, 


Sampaon, Laura B 


148-149 




72 




Sampson, Laura T 


210 


Sampeon, 


Sampson, Lavinia 


174 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Laj-ton Milton. . 


219 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Lela Gladys 


198 




Sampson, Leroy Vernon. . . 


125 




Sampson, Letitia 


182 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Letitia Jane 


189 




Sampson, Letherman 


165 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Lewis 


....38-39,56 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Lillie 


219 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Lillie Augustus. . 


196 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Lizzie S 


172 


Sampeon, 


Sampson, Lotta 


118, 194 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Louisa (Mrs.). . . . 


119 




Sampson, Louisiana 


210 




Sampson, Louis 


45. 56 




Sampson, Lucy 


91 




Sampson, Lucy Ann 


217 




Sampson, Lucy Bingham . . 


125 




Sampson, Luke 


53 




Sampson, Lute 


194 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Lydia 


32 




Sampson, Lyons Sarsfield.. 


108 


Sampson. 


Sampson, Mabel E 


155-156 


Sampson. 


Sampson, Madeline 


108 




Sampson, Major 


169 


Sampson. 


Sampson, Marcella 


107 


Sampson. 


Sampson, Marmaduke (Lord) 93 


Sampson. 


Sampson, Marjorie 


172 


Sampson. 


Sampson, Marie 


219 


Sampson. 




209 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Maria Louise. . . . 


194 


Sampeon, 


Sampeon, Marjery 


19.21 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Maria 45-46, 51, 121, 190 


Sampeon, 


Sampson. Margaret 25, 


28, 37, 42, 46 


Sampson, 


50. 66, 


72, 113-114 


Sampson. 


116-121, 


131, 136-137 


Sampson, 


139, 142, 155, 158 


Sampson, 


164-170, 172-175, 180- 


Sampson, 


183, 186, 


, 188. 189, 191 


Sampeon. 




200,208 


Sampeon, 


Sampson, Margaret Alice. . . 


125 


Sampson, 


Sampson, Margaret A 


.180-181,219 




Sampson, Margaret Bond. . 


142.160 


Sampeon, 


Sampson, Margaret C 


118 


Sampson, 



Margaret Jane 176, 178 

Margaret Little 142. 157 

162-163 

Margaret L 165 

Margaret P 156 

Martha 29, 46, 52, 84. 87 

121, 161, 183, 188 
196,207-208,216 

Martha Ann 195-196 

Martha C 210 

Martha Freeland 198 

Martha McClelland. . . 142, 161 

Martha Patmore 159 

Marguerite 118 

Martin 32.55 

Mary... 17, 28-29, 33, 36, 41 

44, 46. 49-50, 52-53 

84-85, 92, 99-104, 107 

110-111, 114-118, 121 

147, 149, 167, 169, 176 

178-180. 183. 184, 186- 

187, 189, 191, 200-201 

207, 216, 222 

Mary (called Polly) .... 135- 

137, 139 

Mary A 38 

Mary Ann . . .62, 72, 86, 91, 117 
119-120,219 

Mary Anne 182.194 

Mary B 179 

Mary Baldwin 209 

Mary Catherine 176. 178 

MaryE 72, 156 

Mary Ellen 162,197 

Mary Harkness 142. 161 

Mary Isabella 125 

Mary J 216 

Mary Jane... 174. 189. 191, 210 

MaryM 171, 198 

Mary Matilda 196 

Mary ilargaret 164. 175 

Mary R 142,161 

MaryS 118 

Mary V 166,179 

Matthew 11, 15. 45, 114-116 

167 

Matthew Alexander 114 

MattieB 155-156 



INDEX 



235 



Sampson, Matilda 


189 


Sampson, Matilda Jane 


197 


Sampson, Maurice 


...11,14 


Sampson, Maurice George 


110 


Sampson, May 21, 


121, 174 


Sampson, May O 


.148-149 


Sampson, Melvin Mortimer 


194 




209 


Sampson, Melinda 


210 


Sampson, Michael. . . .91-93, 100, 


, 102, 110 


Sampson , Michael Henry 


107 


Sampson, Molly 


.208, 219 


Sampson, McKinley 


.... 198 


Sampson's Mills 


181 


Sampson, Nancy 119, 180-181, 186 


190, 


200, 217 


Sampson, Nancy Ann 


.... 190 


Sampson, Nancy Jane 


.... 174 


Sampson, Nathaniel 28, 45, 


55, 207 


Sampson, Nellie 


.... 195 


Sampson, Nellie A 


.... 184 


Sampson, Nellie (Miss) 


.192-193 


Sampson, Nettie 


.... 219 


Sampson, Nicholas. .. .8, 14-16 


, 22, 41 




51,200 


Sampson, Noble 


.... 188 


Sampson, Noel Carleton 


.... 36 


Sampson, Norman D 


.... 221 


Sampson, Ollie 


157 


Sampson, Olive 


.172, 184 


Sampson, Oma 


163 


Sampson, Oren 


.... 172 


Sampson, Orestes 195, 


, 197-198 


Sampson, Orestes Mortimer 


. . 198 


Sampson, Orestes S 


.... 196 


Sampson, Orlando F 


.... 222 


Sampson, Patrick. . . .99-102, 115 


-116, 118 


Sampson, Patrick (Father). .93, 


104-105 




.... 172 


Sampson, Perry Lee 


.... 219 


Sampson, Peter.... 32, 41, 55, 


193, 207 


Sampson, Peter (Capt.) 


51 


Sampson, Philip 


.... 49 


Sampson, Phoebe Freeman 


.... 163 


Sampson, Polly Ann 


.... 142 


Sampson, Peachie 


.... 219 


Sampson, Rachel 167, 


, 200-201 


Sampson, Rachel B 


.... 72 



Sampson. Ralph 14, 20, 22, 28, 37, 67 

84-86, 93, 107-108 
113, 186-191 

Sampson, Ralph (Sir) 93 

Sampson, RalphdeSt. . . .3-5, 7-8, 11, 17 
92-93 

Rebecca 50, 121, 167 

Rebecca Ann 72 

Sampson, Rebecca A 72 

Sampson, Rhoda 222 

Sampson, Richard... 16, 20, 23-24, 31- 

33, 44-45, 51-53. 55- 

56. 93, 106, 200-201 

220 

Sampson, Richard, Jr 208 

Sampson, Richard, Sr 208 

Sampson, Richard (Hon.) 93 

Sampson, Richard (Sir) 92 

Sampson, Richard J 165 

Sampson, Richard R 199 

Sampson, Ricarda 53 

Sampson, R. N. (Rev.) 44 

Sampson, Robert 13, 16, 19-21, 23 

32-33, 36-37, 40-41 
44-48, 53-57, 74, 84 
86, 98-104, 118-120 
137, 139, 186-191. 199 
208, 210. 216, 221 

Sampson, Robert (Father) 103 

Sampson, Robert H 210 

Sampson, Robert John 121 

Sampson, Robert L 180 

Sampson. Robert M 72 

Sampson. Robina 195 

Sampson. Robinetta 210 

Sampson. Rodgers 198 

Sampson, Roger 15, 44 

Sampson, Roy 108 

Sampson, Ruth 200-201 

Sampson, Sallie 222 

Sampson, Samuel 20-21, 33, 41, 45 

48, 55, 72. 1X4. 119- 
120. 173, 188, 222 

Sampson, Samuel Arthur 45 

Sampson, Samuel Davis 216 

Sampson. Samuel Smith 211 

Sampson, Samuel Vernon 32 

Sampson, Sam 117 



236 



Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 



Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 



Sampson, 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 

Sampson, 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 



Sampson 
Sampson 
Sami>eon 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson 
Sampson, 
Sampson, 



Sarah... 16, 21, 40. 114, 116 Sampson, 

119, 121, 136-137, 139 Sampson, 

156, 165, 167, 170, 171 Sampson, 

173-175,180,186,109- Sampson, 

200, 219 Sampson, 

Sarah Adah 184 Sampson, 

Sarah Ann 189 Sampson, 

Sarah J 179 Sampson, 

Sarah L 174 Sampson, 

Sarsfield 104 Sampson, 

Simon 98-99, 102-103 Sampson, 

Simeon 174 Sampson, 

Stephen. . .51, 193, 208, 216, 220 Sampson, 

Stephen, Jr 207 Sampson, 

Stephen, Sr 207,209 Sampson, 

Stephen II 216 Sampson, 

Stephen Robertson 217 Sampson, 

Stanley 172 Sampson, 

Stewart 170 Sampson, 

Stuarts 183 Sampson, 

Susan. . . .21, 44, 46, 86, 109, 208 

Susan May 195 

Susanna 52, 182, 207 

Symon 21 

Symond 20,23,47 

Tench Tilghman 194, 196 

198, 201 

T. A 182-184 

Theresa 118 

Theodosia 170 Sampson, 

Thomas.... 3-5, 12, 14, 15-17 Sampson, 

19-23, 25, 28, 31-37, Sampson, 

40-48, 51, 53-56, 61-63 Sampson, 

66, 84-86, 99-100, 102- Sampson, 

103,107,109,112-122 Sampson, 

134, 136, 147, 166-168 Sampson, 

170-175, 179, 181-191 Sampson, 

199-200, 218, 222 Sampson, 

, Thomas C 26-27 Sampson, 

, Thomas J 184 Sampson, 

Thomas Jefferson 216-217 Sampson, 

Thomas (Lieut.) 61 Sampson, 

, Thomas (Rev.). .38-39, 42, 45 Sampson, 

, Thomas (Major) 169 Sampson, 

Thomas (Sir) 19 Sampson, 

Thomas W 38,183 Sampson, 

Thomas Whiteside 184 Sampson, 

Thomaaine 53 Sampson, 



Thornton 220 

Thornton Rodgers 209 

Thornton Thomas 208 

Thornton III 208 

Titus 216 

Turner or Thomas 47 

T.J 216 

Vernon 172 

Victor N 195 

Victor Adolphus 196 

Victor N 196 

Violet 108,111 

Virginia. .165, 195, 208, 210, 219 

Virginia C 221 

Vivian 222 

Wallace 172 

Walter 8,219 

WalterMark 56 

Warren 172 

William. . . .8, 14-17, 20-25, 30- 
31, 34. 38, 41-42, 44- 
45, 50-56, 63, 67, 74 
84-87, 92, 94, 98-103 
110,115-123, 134, 137 
139, 142, 153, 155. 162 
163, 165-170, 173, 175 
176, 179-181, 187, 183 
194, 205, 207-208, 210 
216, 218-220, 222 

William Brady 110 

William C 175 

William H 179,192-193 

William Frederick 56 

William Henry 35 

William Gundrey 32 

William J 72,189 

William John 86, 121 

William (Father) 97, 101 

William, Jr 220 

William K 179 

William Mortimer 196, 198 

William N 155-156 

William R 175 

William Roscoe 208 

WiUiamP 196 

William S 184 

William (Sir) 23,50 

William (Lord Sampson) 12. 35 



INDEX 



237 



Sampson, William T 176, 184 

Sampson, William Thomas (Admiral) 

112 
Sampson, William (United Irishman) 

90-92 

Sampson, William Yancy 219 

Sampson, William W 38 

Sampson, Winifred 172 

Sansom, James G. (Rev.) 167 

Sanderson, Janet 75 

Sarsfield, Patrick 104 

Saunders, Ida M 222 

Saye, Elizabeth 23,53 

Saye, John 23, 53 

Scotland, Mary Ann 221 

Scott, James 117 

Schoyer, Amanda 184 

Sheehan, Ellen 100 

Shedden, Mary Ann 63 

Shoemaker, William 159 

Shumard, Eliza 162 

Sibbet, AnnaM 148-149 

Sibbet, Herbert A 148-149 

Sibbet, Laura B 148-149 

Sibbet, May O. (Mrs.) 148-149 

Sibbet, Nancy 148-149 

Simons, Edna Belle 145 

Simons, Miss 121 

Sims, Sarah 216 

Slaback, Dorothy Alice 159 

Slabaek, Lawrence 159 

Slosa, John 119 

Skelton, Polly 217 

Smick, Hannah 193 

Smith, Benjamin 64-65 

Smith, Eva 175 

Smith, J. Frank (Mrs.) 165 

Smith, Mary 47 

Snowdy, 216 

Snowdy, Susanna 216 

St.Paul, John 51 

Stewart, Janet 221 

Stewart, Belle 116 

Standeford, Jemima 200 

Stacy, Helen 36 

Stacy, John 36 

Sted, Margaret 23 

Stoneman, 174 



Stoneman, Jesse 167 

Stokes, Frances Anne 45 

Stokes, John F. (Admiral) 45 

Stow, Ann 36 

Stow, Margaret 36 

Stow, Thomas 36 

Southwell, Elizabeth 20, 47 

Southwell, John 20 

Strackerly, John 47 

Strumel, Maria 174 

Stuart, Andrew Jackson 181 

Stuart, Jane Letitia 181 

Summerville, Sarah 188 

Swallow, Eliza M 160 

Swallow, ErminaC 160 

Swallow, David B 160 

Swallow, Isaac 160 

Swallow, Jacob 160 

Swallow, John 160 

Swallow, John S 160 

Swallow, Kate 160 

Swallow, Margaret A 160 

Swallow, Martha 160 

Swallow, Mary S 160 

Swallow, Minnie 160 

Taylor, Emote 22 

Taylor, Corene 172 

Taylor, Harriet (Mrs.) 30 

Taylor, Sarah E 183 

Teeple, Elijah 176 

Teeple, James Harvey 176 

Teeple, James Harvey (Mrs.) 176 

Teeple, John 176 

Templar, Clate (Mrs.) 161 

Terry, Virginia Edna 194 

Tennlson, Agnes 16 

Thompson, Ann 222 

Thompson, Stewart 170 

Thompson, Stewart S. D 170 

Thorn, William (Sir) 115 

Thornhill, Dorothy 52 

Thornhill, Robert 52 

Thornhill, Sarah 157 

Thorold, William (Sir) 52 

Thoroughgood, John 21 

Tipper (Miss) 107, 110 

Tolurin, Joseph 51 

Tone, Wolff 90 



238 



Trees. Phoebe 173 

Trumbull. William 186 

Tuman, Harriet 178 

Tuman, Joseph 178 

Turner, KateE 124-125 

Twidwell, 216 

Vantine, Martha 173 

Van Voohris (Dr.) 178 

Van Sideren, Adrian 221 

Vicars, Helen 34 

Vicars. Geoffrey 34 

Victor, Mary .1 147. 149 

Wadden. John 186 

Wadden, Margaret 186 

Wadden. Sarah 186 

Wall, Frances E 108, 111 

Walker. 183.208 

Walker, Hannah 113, 116 

Walker, Henry (Dr.) 91 

Walker, Margaret 91 

Waltham, Catherine 47 

Waltham, George 47 

Walton, Elizabeth 107 

Watson, Kate 172 

Watson, Bessie 172 

Watson, Martha 221 

Warfield, Alexander (Mrs.) 199 

Warfield, Brice 199 

Warfield, John W 199 

Way, Belinda 50 

Way, Benjamin 50 

Weddell, James 178 

Weddell, Jessie 178 

Weddell, Mary 178 

Weddell, T.J 178 

Welch, Lucretia 179 

Wellbourne, George 16 

Weller, Margaret 161 

Wella, Rebecca M 198 

West, Mary Susan 216 

Westropp. William Nugent 110 

Wheat, J. Z 165 

Wheaton. M.J 185. 191 

White, Miss 190 



Wilford, Francis 50 

Williams, Mary V 179 

Williamson, Alice 160 

Williamson, Albert M 162 

Williamson, Charles 153, 155 

Williamson, Emerson C 162 

Williamson, Ethel E 162 

Williamson, Floyd 153, 155 

Williamson, George 162 

Williamson, George W 162 

Williamson, Jacob 160 

Williamson, John 160 

Williamson, Lucius S 162 

Williamson, Monroe 153, 161 

Williamson, Mary 160 

Williamson, Nancy Jane 160 

Williamson, Percy 160 

Williamson, Theodosia 162 

Williamson, Walter 153, 156 

WUliamson, Walter M 163 

Williamson, William 160 

Wilson, Clarence 172 

Wilson, E. David 121 

Wilson. Harry Ellis 172 

Wilson, James 52 

Wilson, J. E 172 

Wilson, Jane 191 

Wilson, Joseph 191 

Wilson, Mary Jane 191 

Wilson, Nancy Ann 191 

Wilson, Robert 191 

Wilson. Thomas 191 

Woods, Eliza Ann 209 

Wood. Francis S 124 

Woodson. Mary 207, 210 

Woodson, Sanborne 207 

Worker. Joseph Garfield 155-166 

Wray,H.H 88, 171 

Wray, William 92 

Wylde, Elizabeth 51 

Wyle. Ann 200 

Wyle.Abel 200 

Yorty, Jennie B 179 

Zenver, 183