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Samuel Crumpler

Male 1794 - 1849  (55 years)


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  • Name Samuel Crumpler 
    Born 1794  [1
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Carpenter  [2
    Died 12 Aug 1849  Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 4
    • A COUNTRY TRAGEDY
      By Beau Parke

      Samuel Crumpler paid the price for being so nice
      and trusting with his bull;
      He walked the field that blistering Summer's day
      whilst checking acreage and gauging chores
      unmindful of his young and powerful charge.
      Then suddenly the animal took pace
      and rushed and roared and snorted t'wards his face,
      whilst Sam stepped back, yet still believed
      the bull was easy to contain:
      But on it went, momentum built
      to such a speed and strength that Sam, alarmed,
      tried frantic'ly to reach for branches of the nearby oak,
      but failed to get the leverage he needed now
      to avoid its frenzied, maddened surge;
      He yelled in terrifying pain as he was pinned against
      the trunk and gored relentlessly by this unreal, unreasoning
      monster that he'd fed and nurtured from a calf;
      The blood was spurting forth as sweat and slime and slaver
      from the bull was intermixed with gore,
      and bones were crushed till Samuel Crumpler's broken frame
      was tossed into the air, now cruelly
      scythed and crunched beyond all comprehension.

      His sorrowing widow and nine sons and daughters
      saw him laid to rest a few days later
      in the Village Churchyard, knowing that local history
      had been made at his expense for trusting that
      young bull and lowering his guard.
      Samuel Crumpler, wheelwright, carpenter and sometime farmer died,
      aged fifty-five, in 1849; a kind and strong and gallant,
      some say foolish, family man.
    Buried 16 Aug 1849  Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I0842  Walsh - Wilson Family Tree
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2009 

    Father Stephen Hooper Crumpler,   b. 15 Jan 1757, Morden, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary Osman,   b. 1761 
    Married 1 Jan 1812  Lychett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F357  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Louisa Bartlett,   b. 1807, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1857, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 16 Jul 1823  Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Anne Crumpler,   b. 1824
    +2. Priscilla Crumpler,   b. 1826, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1885  (Age 59 years)
    +3. Thomas Crumpler,   b. 1828, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1895  (Age 67 years)
    +4. Fanny Crumpler,   b. 1829, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1889, Lychett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +5. Samuel Crumpler,   b. 1832, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1900  (Age 68 years)
     6. Urania Crumpler,   b. 1834, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Daniel Crumpler,   b. 1836, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1906  (Age 70 years)
     8. Stephen Crumpler,   b. 1838, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Mary Louisa Crumpler,   b. 1841
     10. Caroline Crumpler,   b. 1847
    Last Modified 2 Feb 2009 
    Family ID F346  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    'A Man Killed By A Bull' -- <i>Illustrated London News</i> 25 Aug 1849, page 142
    "A Man Killed By A Bull" -- Illustrated London News 25 Aug 1849, page 142
    "A fatal accident happened to Mr. Samuel Crumpler, of Lytchet, near Poole, on Sunday last. About five o'clock in the evening, whilst crossing a field, a young Norman bull ran at him, and knocked him down; he immediately regained his feet, and was about to chastise the ferocious animal, when he was again knocked down and gored. Some children who witnessed the occurrence then ran for assistance, but on its arrival Mr. Crumpler was dead, and the enraged animal standing over the body, which presented a most distressing spectacle. the clothes, excepting the boots, were all torn off, and the body torn and pierced in many parts. Mr. Cumpler's hat and stick were found about 100 yards from the body, and the impression is that the animal had taken the body on its horns, and either carried or dragged it to the distance at which it was found. An inquest was held on Monday before Mr. I. O. Chislett, deputy-coroner for the hundred of Cogdean, when the jury gave directions that the bull should be killed. Had caps been on the horns of the bull the consequences would not, probably, have been so distressing."

    Headstones
    The Oak Tree Where Samuel Crumpler Was Gored to Death By A Bull
    The Oak Tree Where Samuel Crumpler Was Gored to Death By A Bull
    The initials "SC" with a coffin underneath, and below that the date "1849" still visible, carved in the oak tree where Samuel Crumpler died. The tree stands in Underdaykers at Lytchett Matravers, the dialectal word for Hundred Acres, which loosely describes the size of that field.

    According to Beau Parke, "On a historical note, Samuel Crumpler - then aged 55 - was gored to death against a tree at Underdaykers in 1849, by his own bull. A hole was later bored into the tree by someone, about three feet up, and the sap ran out of the hole over a period of time, creating a black stain down the bark. We youngsters used to believe that the hole was where the bull had actually gored his victim, and that the sap was his blood. The tree is known as 'Bull Oak', with a suitable inscription thereon."

    A part of Beau Parke's poem Underdaykers (1935):

    "Then next we found the ancient tree where Farmer Crumpler died
    when charged by his ferocious bull, and no one heard his cries,
    It pinned his master to the trunk! - and we, with bated breath,
    imagined that sheer terror as it gored him then to death."

  • Sources 
    1. [S02978] Correspondence with Tony Bull of Rockingham Western Australia Email Address: tr_bull@yahoo.com.
      Date of Import: 7 Aug 2001

    2. [S02861] Kevin Crumpler.

    3. [S4986] A Darzit Voice, Beau Parke, (http://www.lulu.com/content/232640), Page 12.

    4. [S4987] Illustrated London News, Page 142, Column 2 (Reliability: 3), 25 Aug 1849.

    5. [S02733] Correspondence with Email Address buddenw@peaknet.net Name Unknown of person at this stage.