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  (b. 3 October 1866 Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA   d. 7 March 1940 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA )  

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SAMSON Genealogy

Edwin Percival SAMSON was born 3 October 1866 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA. Edwin Percival SAMSON was the child of ?   and   ?

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He married  Edith Rose FISHER 07 May 1890 in Somerville, Massachusetts, USA .  Edith Rose FISHER  was born 4 April 1867 in Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA.  She died 10 February 1936 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. 

Edwin Percival SAMSON died 7 March 1940 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.

NOTE: coroner in Lewiston at the time of the Jessie Cobb murder

son of Samuel Samson and Elizabeth Jane Carr

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Edwin Percival SAMSON married Grave has been locatedflag female ancestor Edith Rose FISHER-- Date: 07 May 1890 Place: Somerville, Massachusetts, USA

Name: Edwin Percival Samson
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Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 07 May 1890
Event Place: Somerville, Massachusetts
Gender: Male
Age: 23
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Birth Year (Estimated): 1867
Father's Name: Samuel
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Mother's Name: Elizabeth J.
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Spouse's Name: Edith Rose Fisher
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Spouse's Father's Name: Isaiah W.
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Spouse's Mother's Name: Priscilla
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Certificate Number: 1173
GS Film number: 1415228
Digital Folder Number: 4279733
Image Number: 00278
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"Massachusetts, Marriages, 1841-1915," index and images, FamilySearch ( pal:/ MM9.1.1/ N4SW-9X7 : accessed 15 Dec 2013), Edwin Percival Samson and Edith Rose Fisher, 1890.


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Edwin Percival SAMSON
Most of us have heard of the cremation of human bodies after death, although few have seen the process. Undertaker Samson of Lewiston is familiar with it and he discourses interestingly upon the subject. He says that the idea of cremation to take the place of burial in the ground, is gradually growing in public favor, but adds that the youngest person now living in Lewiston and Auburn will probably have passed away before cremation takes the place of burials in this community. He believes, however, that it is one of the things that's coming. In many of the larger cities people who believe in cremation have societies whose object is to educate public sentiment on the subject and make the idea popular. In New York city cremation has come to be quite the thing in certain localities. In Pittsburg, Mr. Samson has a cousin who is an undertaker and who does the second largest business in the United States. Mrs. Samson learned the business there and that is where he became familiar with the process of cremation. His cousin occupies a large brick block and the crematory is in the basement. An elevator runs from the basement to the upper floors. When the Pittsburg undertaker has a funeral where the relatives desire cremation, the furnace in the basement is heated to a “White Heat.” The funerals are held, for the most part, at the houses and churches as in case of burial, but many of them are held in the chapel of the first floor of the undertaking rooms, directly over the crematory furnace. When held at the house or the church the funeral procession leaves the remains at the the crematory, but when held at the undertaking rooms the leave taking is not until the body is about to be lowered to the furnace. The casket is at once placed on the elevator and taken to the basement. Here the body is removed and prepared for cremation. The casket is destroyed. The body is then placed on a steel slab and pushed into the fiery furnace. The slab runs on rollers and are operated with the greatest ease conceivable. The furnace doors close very quickly and no oder escapes. When, after and hour, the furnace doors are opened and the steel slab is drawn out, all there is to be seen is the little pile of ashes. The ashes are taken up and put into a box. Sometimes the relatives call for them, but in most cases they are left with the undertaker. Mr. Samson says that it is not an uncommon thing for relatives to request the privilege of going down the elevator with the body and of standing by as it is taken from the casket and pushed into the furnace. Mr. Samson says that the idea of laying our friends at rest in the ground is to a large extent a matter of sentiment. We think of them as they appeared to us when we last saw them, not taking into account the process of decomposition, which at once commences. He thinks that if people could see the bodies after decomposition has been at work several months, the tendency would be to change in sentiment in favor of cremation. He does not, however, anticipate a popular change from burials to cremation for many years, to say the least. It is a reform (for reform is what many call it) that will come about very slowly. There are people in Lewiston and Auburn who favor cremation in the place of burial, and who affirm that they should adopt it in case of death in their families, provided there were a local crematory or recognized standing. The writer was startled the other day to hear a well-known Auburn man remark that if there had been a local crematory in operation at the time of the death of his only child a few months since, he should most certainly have had the body cremated. “And I know of others who entertain the same views,” he remarked. The writer talked with the gentleman a long time, and was impressed with his earnestness. At the close of the interview he handed us and article printed in “The Casket,” and undertaker's journal, and written by Dr. W. R. Burr of Auburn, Ky., favoring cremation from a sanitary standpoint. In this article Dr. Burr gives Ella Wheeler Wilcox's comparison of earth burial and cremation as follows: – “For those who have witnessed the ghastly spectacle of a modern funeral, no description of that barbarous rite is necessary. Who has not seen it all – the darkened room, stifling with mingled odors of flowers and disinfectants; the sombre, hideous casket, the awful ceremony of screwing down the lid over the beloved face; the black array of pall bearers; the long, slow, mournful journey to the desolate, disease-breeding cemetery; the dark, damp, yawning pit, the sickening thud of the earth, as dust returns to dust? Oh, could the most savage race invest death with more horrors than this frightful custom of the civilized world? Then follows the long process of decay, the darkness, the gloom, the weight of earth upon the breast, the grave worm slowly eating his slimy way into the flesh which thrilled under our warm kiss – God, are we not cruel to our dead?” “Compare this with the beautiful ceremony of cremation. A snowy cloth envelops the dead, a door swings open noiselessly, and the iron cradle, with its burden clothed as for the nuptial bed, rolls through the aperture and disappears in a glory of crimson light, as a dove sails into the summer sunset skies and is lost to view. There is no smoke, no flame, no odor of any kind. Nothing comes in contact with the precious form we have loved but the purity of intense heat and the splendor of a great light. In a few hours, swiftly, noiselessly, with no repulsive or ghastly features, the earthly part of our dear one is reduced to a small heap of snowy ashes. All hail the dawn of a newer and higher civilization and simplicity of cremation for the complicated and dreadful horrors of burial!” Dr. Burns puts up a strong argument for cremation, and says that superstition and sentiment should be side-tracked and science given the right of way. “The day will come,” says he, “although this generation may not see it, when cremation will be the universal practice and a potent source of infection and death will be wiped out.” Lewiston Saturday Journal, Lewiston, Maine, January 2, 1897

Edwin Percival SAMSON
Grave Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Edwin Percival SAMSON
Vermont State Archives and Records Administration; Montpelier, Vermont; Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008
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3 October 1866
Chelsea, Massachusetts, USA

1866 Birth

Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915
name: Edwin Percival Samson
gender: Male
baptism/ christening date:
baptism/ christening place:
birth date: 03 Oct 1866
birthplace: Chelsea, Suffolk, Massachusetts
death date:
name note:
father's name: Samuel Samson
father's birthplace:
father's age:
mother's name: Lizzie J. Carr
mother's birthplace:
mother's age:
indexing project (batch) number: I00882-8
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Samson, Edwin Percival, born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, October 3, 1866.
Edwin Percival Samson, son of Samuel, married, May 7, 1890, Edith Rose, daughter of Captain Isaiah W. and Priscilla M. (Dottridge) Fisher. They have Muriel Rose, born in Lewiston, Maine, June 4, 1895; Dorothy, in Lewiston, Maine, June 6, 1900; and Edwin Samuel, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Founding Families, 1681-1911

World History 1870 - France declares war on Prussia and Emperor Napoleon III is overthrown

World History 1870 - A cable dispatch on the 28th says the Pope has issued a special elimination against the Fenians, both in America and Ireland.

World History 1870 to 1871 - Franco-Prussian War, ending in French defeat, loss of Alsace-Lorraine and end of the Second Empire

USA 1872 - 'Yellowstone Wonderland' is established as first national park.

USA 1875 - Civil Rights Act of 1875

USA 1876 - May 10 - Centennial Exhibitiion

USA 1876 - June 25 – American Indian Wars – Battle of the Little Bighorn:

USA 1879 - Cleveland became the world's first city to be lighted electrically in 1879 when Charles Brush successfully demonstrated arc lights on the streets.

1870 Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts

name: Edwin Sampson
estimated birth year: 1867
gender: Male
age in 1870: 3y
color (white, black, mulatto, chinese, indian): White
birthplace: Massachusetts
home in 1870: Massachusetts, United States
Household Gender Age
Samuel Sampson M 43y
Lizzie J Sampson F 33y
Ella Sampson F 8y
Edwin Sampson M 3y

1870 U.S. Census

1880 Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts

name: E. Percival Samson
residence: Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts
birthdate: 1867
birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
relationship to head: Son
spouse's name:
spouse's birthplace:
father's name: Samuel Samson
father's birthplace: New York, United States
mother's name: Elizabeth J. Samson
mother's birthplace: Massachusetts, United States
race or color (expanded): White
ethnicity...

USA 1881 - The American Red Cross is established by Clara Barton.

USA 1883 - November 18 – U.S. and Canadian railroads institute 5 standard continental time zones, ending the confusion of thousands of local times.

USA 1884 - May 1 – The eight-hour workday is first proclaimed by the Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the United States. This date, called May Day or Labour Day, becomes a holiday recognized in almost every industrialized country.

USA 1884 - December 6 – The Washington Monument is completed in Washington, D.C., becoming the tallest structure in the world at this date.

USA 1885 - The Statue of Liberty arrives in New York Harbor.

World History 1886 - January 29 – Karl Benz patents the first successful gasoline-driven automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen (built in 1885).

USA 1887 - February 2 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.

USA 1890 - December 29 - Wounded Knee Massacre occurred - 7th Cavalry killed more than 250 Lakota men, women and children; Sitting Bull killed at Little Eagle; Indian wars ended

USA 1892 - NO MORE BARGE OFFICE. Immigrants Will Hereafter Land at Ellis Island.

World History 1893 - May 1 - World's Columbian Exposition

USA 1894 - Pullman strike

World History 1896 - Gold discovered in the Yukon's Klondike

USA 1897 - September 1 – The Boston subway opens, becoming the first underground metro in North America.

USA 1898 - U.S. battleship, Maine, blows up in Havana Harbor, Cuba, igniting the Spanish-American war.

USA 1898 - April 25 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares war on Spain; the U.S. Congress announces that a state of war has existed since April 21 (later backdating this one more day to April 20).

USA 1898 - December 10 – The Treaty of Paris is signed, ending the Spanish-American War.

1890 Marriage / Partner
Edwin Percival SAMSON and Edith Rose FISHER 07 May 1890, Somerville, Massachusetts, USA

1900 Lewiston, Androscoggin, Maine

name: Edwin Sampson
titles & terms:
residence: Lewiston city, Androscoggin, Maine
birth date: Oct 1867
birthplace: Massachusetts
relationship to head of household: Self
spouse: Edith R Sampson
spouse's titles & terms:
spouse's birthplace: Massachusetts
father's titles & terms:
father's birthplace: Massachusetts
mother's titles & terms:
mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
race or color...

1910 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania

name: Edw P Samson
birthplace: Massachusetts
relationship to head of household: Self
residence: Pittsburgh Ward 19, Allegheny, Pennsylvania
marital status: Married
race : White
gender: Male
immigration year:
father's birthplace: New York
mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
family number: 101
page number: 5
Household Gender Age
Edw P Samson M 43y
spouse Edith R Samson F 43y
child Muriel R Samson F 14y
child Dora D...

World History 1912 - April 15 - Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic

USA 1913 - October 31 – The Lincoln Highway, the first automobile road across the United States, is dedicated.

USA 1913 - December 23 – The Federal Reserve System is created as the central banking system of the United States by Woodrow Wilson's signature of the Federal Reserve Act.

USA 1914 - Woodrow Wilson signs a Mother's Day proclamation.

World History 1914 - August 1 - World War I begins: Germany declares war on Russia and France and invades Belgium

USA 1915 - January 25 - First United States coast-to-coast long-distance telephone call,

World History 1915 - May 7 – WWI: Sinking of the RMS Lusitania: British ocean liner RMS Lusitania is sunk by Imperial German Navy U-boat U-20 off the south-west coast of Ireland, killing 1,198 civilians en route from New York to Liverpool.

USA 1916 - On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation establishing a national Flag Day on June 14.

USA 1917 - March 2 – The enactment of the Jones Act grants Puerto Ricans United States citizenship.

USA 1917 - April 6 – WWI: The United States declares war on Germany.

USA 1917 - June 5 – WWI: Conscription begins in the United States.

USA 1918 - March 19 – The United States Congress establishes time zones and approves daylight saving time (DST goes into effect on March 31).

World History 1918 - October 31 – The Hungarian government terminates the personal union with Austria, officially dissolving the Austro-Hungarian empire.

USA 1919 - June 4 – Women's rights: The United States Congress approves the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would guarantee suffrage to women, and sends it to the U.S. states for ratification.

World History 1919 - June 28 - The Treaty of Versailles is signed, blaming Germany for World War I and creating a League of Nations

USA 1919 - October 28 – Prohibition in the United States is authorized:

USA 1920 - January 17 - Prohibition goes into effect on January 17, 1920, under the provisions of the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

USA 1924 - June 2 - Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S.

World History 1929 - February 11 - Independent State of Vatican City created by Lateran Treaty

USA 1929 - St Valentine's Day Massacre

USA 1929 - October 24–29 – Wall Street Crash of 1929: Three multi-digit percentage drops wipe out more than $30 billion from the New York Stock Exchange (10 times greater than the annual budget of the federal government).

1930 Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania

name: Edwin P Samson
event: Census
event date: 1930
event place: Pittsburgh (Districts 1-250), Allegheny, Pennsylvania
gender: Male
age: 63
marital status: Married
race: White
birthplace: Massachusetts
estimated birth year: 1867
immigration year:
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: New York
mother's birthplace: Massachusetts
enumeration district number: 0112
family number: 298
sheet number and...

World History 1930 - February 18 - Pluto is discovered

USA 1931 - March 3 – The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the United States National anthem.

USA 1931 - May 1 - The Empire State Building Opens

USA 1932 - May 20–May 21 – Amelia Earhart flies from the USA to Derry, Northern Ireland in 14 hours 54 minutes.

USA 1933 - March, The Great Depression: President Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a "Bank holiday", closing all United States banks and freezing all financial transactions.

USA 1933 - April 5 - President of the United States Franklin D. Roosevelt declares a national emergency and issues Executive Order 6102, making it illegal for U.S. citizens to own substantial amounts of monetary gold or bullion.

USA 1933 - April 19 – The United States officially goes off the gold standard.

USA 1933 - November 8 – New Deal: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million of the unemployed.

USA 1933 - December 5 – The 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed, repealing Prohibition.

USA 1935 - Dust Bowl: The great dust storm in the United States hits eastern New Mexico and Colorado, and western Oklahoma the hardest.

USA 1935 - August 14 – United States President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law.

USA 1935 - September 30 - Roosevelt Dedicates Boulder Dam (later to be known as Hoover Dam)

USA 1937 - May 6 – Hindenburg disaster:

USA 1938 - October 24 - The minimum wage is established by law in the United States.

USA 1939 - April 30 - World's Fair opens in New York City

World History 1939 - September 1 - World War II begins: Germany invades Poland

1936 Death of Spouse/Partner
Edith Rose FISHER died 10 February 1936, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
7 March 1940
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Name: Edwin P Samson
Gender: Male
Race: White
Age: 73
Birth Date: 3 Oct 1866
Birth Place: Chelsea Massachusetts
Death Date: 4 Mar 1940
Death Place: Crafton, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
Father Name: Samuel Samson
Father Birth Place: USA
Mother Name: Elizabeth Jane Carr
Mother Birth Place: USA
Spouse Name: Edith R Samson
Certificate Number: 25996 Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2014.

Edwin is buried at:
buried in Allegheny Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Plot: Section: 25, Lot: 129

Added: 1/12/2012 4:03:03 PM - Updated: 11/11/2015 3:59:13 PM

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