Mary L Sampson

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Birth Date: September 1, 1836
Death Date: February 21, 1918
Age at Death: 81


Ichabod Sampson - February 6, 1870


Routt County Sentinel page 1 - March 1, 1918
The funeral of "Grandma" Sampson, who died last Thursday afternoon was held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church, of which she had been a member since soon after the organization of the Steamboat church, about 18 years ago. The service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. V. C. Soash, and the pallbeaerrs were all old time residents of the county, those serving being E. A. Brooks, C.E. Baer, James Diton, James Hangs, Dr. William Kernaghan and L.W. McFadden. There was a profusion of floral offerings, including a beautiful pillow, a token from the pioneer residents of the community.

Mary L. Sampson was born Sept. 1, 1836 and therefore at the time of ther death was nearly 81 years and six months of age. On February 6, 1870, she was married to Ichabod Sampson at Thompson Jo Daviess county Illinois. About two years after his death she came to Colorado with her only surviving child, John I. Sampson, then a lad of 12, arriving in Steamboat Springs Aug. 1 1883,

She located a preemption claim 31/2 miles west of town, this being the present Thomas Coyne ranch. At that time this was the only claim between Steamboat Springs and the Brooks ranch at the mouth of the Elk River, except the P.A. Burgess ranch, now the Charles Welch place. She had made Routt county her home continuously since that time, being absent from here only on short visits.

While in feeble health for a long time, she retained the full use of her faculties until the very last, spending much of her time in reading and being able to carry on very entertaining conversation. During this winter she had appeared in rather better health than usual, but had been confined to the house. The end came most peacefully, the aged lady apparently sinking into a doze, just after having been talking with her two grandchildren. A few moments after, it was discovered that she had passed away.

Deceased was the last member of her family, leaving no immediate relatives except her son, John I. Sampson and her two grandsons, Carlisle and Loren Sampson.
Steamboat Pilot page 3 - February 27, 1918
Mary J Sampson

Another pioneer and beloved neighbor passed to her reward on the evening of Thursday, February 21. Mary L Sampson who for the last thirty-four yers had been a resident of Routt county, living most of the time at the ranch of her son south of Brookston, passed away at 5 o'clock that day. She had been ailing for several years and for he last two years had almost been bedfast. She was born in Ohio, and since coming to Routt County had been known as a good friend and kindly neighbor. The funeral services were held at the Methodist Church at 1 o'clock Sunday, preparations being by the Bashor mortuary. Deceased had been a widow for twenty-five years, and made her home with her only living child, John I Sampson. A step-daughter, Mrs. Milton Woolery, died some years ago, and another step-daughter, Mrs. James Stees, is in Idaho.


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