Sansom Randall (1800 – 1864)

Author: G Soper
Date published: 19/04/2022

Sansom Randall (1800 – 1864)


Sansom Randall was born 19 February 1800 in Newbury. He was baptized on 30 March 1800 at St Mary in Thatcham, the son of John and Mary. Sansom married Ann Showell on 14 October 1822 at St Nicolas in Newbury. Ann was born circa 1801 in Newbury.


Sansom and Ann had 17 children between 1824 and 1847. The four eldest were baptized at St Mary in Greenham, the next eight at St Nicolas in Newbury and the youngest five probably at St Nicolas. Sansom was recorded as a labourer on the baptism of his eldest child Ruth in 1824, a blacksmith in 1826 on the baptism of son Charles and a bricklayer in 1828 and 1829.


In the 1841 census Sansom and Ann along with children Charles aged 15, Sansom aged 11, John aged 10, David aged 8, William aged 7, Samuel aged 5, Eliza aged 3 and Daniel aged 2 were living in a yard off Cheap Street in Newbury. Sansom was recorded as a bricklayer.


At the Newbury borough quarter sessions on 30 June 1849 Sansom Randall aged 17, son of Sansom and Ann, was found guilty of stealing oranges, lemons and nuts the property of Lewis Lyons. As he had had a previous conviction he was sentenced to 7 years transportation. He was subsequently transported to Tasmania on 19 September 1851, over two years after the trial.


In the 1851 census Ann along with her children John aged 20, David aged 18, William aged 16, Eliza aged 12, Daniel aged 11, Ellen aged 9, Solomon aged 7, Martha aged 5 and Fanny aged 3 were living in Factory Yard in Newbury. John, David and William were all recorded as bricklayer’s labourers while Daniel was a twine spinner’s boy. Sansom was recorded as a lodger at The George and Dragon in Blewbury and his occupation was a bricklayer.


In the 1861 census Sansom and Ann along with daughter Fanny and son Solomon were living at Seadory Yard, 2 Cheap Street in Newbury. Sansom was recorded as a bricklayer and Solomon as a bricklayer’s labourer.


Sansom died in April 1864 aged 64 and he was buried at Newtown Road Cemetery on 12 April 1864.


Ann was recorded at 2 Steamers Yard, Cheap Street in the 1871 along with her widowed daughter Mary Ann Witton and son Solomon. Ann was a laundress, Mary Ann a green grocer and Solomon a labourer.


Ann died in February 1876 aged 75 and she was buried on 2 March 1876 at St Gregory in Welford.



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