1794 - 1849 (55 years)
||Samuel Crumpler |
||Carpenter  |
||12 Aug 1849
||Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England [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.
||16 Aug 1849
||Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England 
||Walsh - Wilson Family Tree
||5 Feb 2009 |
||Louisa Bartlett, b. 1807, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England d. 1857, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England (Age 50 years) |
||16 Jul 1823
||Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England
|+||1. Mary Anne Crumpler, b. 1824|
|+||2. Priscilla Crumpler, b. 1826, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England d. 1885 (Age 59 years)|
|+||3. Thomas Crumpler, b. 1828, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England d. 1895 (Age 67 years)|
|+||4. Fanny Crumpler, b. 1829, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England d. 12 Dec 1889, Lychett Matravers, Dorset, England (Age 60 years)|
|+||5. Samuel Crumpler, b. 1832, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England d. 1900 (Age 68 years)|
| ||6. Urania Crumpler, b. 1834, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England |
|+||7. Daniel Crumpler, b. 1836, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England d. 1906 (Age 70 years)|
| ||8. Stephen Crumpler, b. 1838, Lytchett Matravers, Dorset, England |
| ||9. Mary Louisa Crumpler, b. 1841|
| ||10. Caroline Crumpler, b. 1847|
||Group Sheet | Family Chart
||2 Feb 2009 |
||"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."
||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."
- [S02978] Correspondence with Tony Bull of Rockingham Western Australia Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date of Import: 7 Aug 2001
- [S02861] Kevin Crumpler.
- [S4986] Beau Parke, A Darzit Voice, (http://www.lulu.com/content/232640), Page 12.
- [S4987] Illustrated London News, 25 Aug 1849, Page 142, Column 2 (Reliability: 3).
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