Dawe, Sampson

Date of Birth/Death:


Principal occupation=Quarryman, quarry owner and land owner.

Alternative spelling Daw / Daws / Dawes.

Religion – Church of England.

Sampson Dawe was born at Coombhill, Stoke in Devon. He was baptised in the parish of Sampford Spiney in Devon, England on 9 March 1813. He was the son of John Dawe (1782-1856) and Elizabeth Rundell (abt 1774-1839). He was the older brother of Henry Dawe (1816-1849) and the cousin of William Dawe (1814-1850). Sampson married Jane Elizabeth Gregory (1817-22 March 1882) and they had at least five children (two sons and three daughters):

  • Elizabeth Wilkinson (1840 – 1867) born in Devon, married Georg H.W. Schunke 5 Jan1865 at Trinity Church, Adelaide
  • John Henry (1844 –1907) born and died at Willunga, unmarried
  • Tabitha (1846 – 1856) born and died at Willunga aged 10 years
  • Ellenor “Jane” (1849 – 1902) born at Willunga, married Georg H.W. Schunke on 7 June 1868 at the residence of Sampson Dawe near Willunga
  • William (1853 – 1854) born and died at Willunga as an infant

Sampson Dawe (26) with his wife Jane Elizabeth (23) and their infant daughter Elizabeth, and his cousin William (25) with his wife Mary Anne (21) and their infant son William Henry, left Gravesend on 5 March 1840 and arrived on 17 June 1840 on board the 453-ton barque Charles Kerr, Captain Arnold, from London, Gravesend, and Deal to Port Adelaide.

By sometime in late 1840 Sampson Dawe owned half a town allotment (lot 281) facing St John’s Terrace in Section 700 (Beltunga) – his neighbor in lot 281 was Thomas Polkinghorne. Sampson Dawe was the manager of Loud’s quarry just outside Willunga from 1840. Subsequently in 1841 he found slate on his own property of 207 acres in sections 758 and 1150 (later called the Delabole quarry). He sold Section 1150 in December 1861 to John Allen, farmer of Willunga for £475. On 28 August 1845 Sampson Dawe and Thomas Polkinghorne took up the lease for Martin’s quarry on 35 acres of section 1008 near Willunga. He also held a timber license in 1845/6.

Sampson Dawe was an active member of the Anglican church of St. Stephen’s including serving as a Churchwarden in 1849. When his brother Henry died in 1849, Sampson, assumed responsibility for his widow and their newly born son, Henry, and when his cousin William Dawe died in 1850, he also became responsible for his widow and six more children. In his later years (after about 1860), Sampson Dawe was sometimes known as Sampson Dawe senior to distinguish him from his nephew Sampson Dawe junior (1841-1911) who was a blacksmith in St Andrews Terrace. Sampson Dawe, aged 66 years, died on 22 November 1879 at Delabole near Willunga and he was buried at St. Stephen’s Anglican Cemetery at Willunga.


Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum, https://maritime.history.sa.gov.au/research-types/passengers-in-history/

Genealogy SA, https://genealogysa.org.au/

Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888, Willunga National Trust Branch

South Australia Census 1841, Index for GRG 24/13 Census Returns – 1841 Census

FamilySearch – Returns of Census compiled in January 1841 GRG24/13

Family Histories. D. Manuscript folder held by the National Trust (Willunga Branch). Blue folder 40-4

FlickrID=26441540193 – Sampson and Jane Dawe, St Stephen’s cemetery, Willunga

1845, Adelaide Observer, 16 August, p. 1. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page18834641

1846, Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 – 1904), 23 May, p. 4. ,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page18834964 [Birth of daughter]

1845, Adelaide Observer, 16 August, p. 1. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page18834641

1845 ‘PROCLAMATION.’, South Australian, 26 September, p. 2. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article71602833

1847 ‘Advertising’, Adelaide Observer, 9 October, p. 5. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158924992

1849 ‘LOCAL INTELLIGENCE.’, Adelaide Observer, 21 April, p. 3. ,  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article158927431

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1850 ‘HUNDRED OF WILLUNGA.’, South Australian Register, 5 April, p. 3., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article38441128

1856 ‘Family Notices’, Adelaide Observer, 26 July, p. 5., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article161260264

1858 ‘SUPREME COURT—CIVIL SITTINGS.’, The South Australian Advertiser, 18 November, p. 3., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article785553

1872, South Australian Register, 5 April, p. 3. , http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page3992841 [Impounded at the Public Pounds. Willunga.]

1877 ‘Advertising’, South Australian Register, 16 May, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article40790145 [Forming a Volunteer Force]

1879 ‘Family Notices’, The Express and Telegraph, 27 November, p. 2., http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article207657543

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