Monday, July 30, 2012
Matrilineal Monday: Mom and the "fellow Sampsons"
My Sampson heritage is actually a matrilineal one. My mother was a Sampson-- Stella Thelma Sampson and from there back as far as I can see my direct line of Sampsons were all grandfathers: She was the daughter of Norvel Ray, who was the son of William Rosswell, son of Sanford Woodard, son of John , son of John . Mom brought up in conversation many times the oral history of the family as did my grandpa. "They left Virginia in a wagon and came here to start life in Indiana"--always that was the main statement. I just wish I had asked more questions, wanted more detail, made a picture in my mind like I'm trying to now. Grandpa had 2 daughters so the Sampson named stopped with him in our line. However, his brother John Woodard Sampson, had a grandson named John Sampson and a great grandson named John Sampson. Matrilineal Monday--the Sampson family, but a lot of boys sure made it easier to get everyone to fall in line.