Samuel Phillip Starsmore (1854-1951)
S.P., the only grandchild of Sarah Patrick and convict Samuel Phillips, was brought up on their farm, and eventually inherited it from his mother Ann Starsmore.
As a young man he travelled to North America to see the world. On his return he settled down to farming and family life, buying his first steam-powered threshing machine in 1882 and marrying Emily Ellen Mullis, from a yeoman family, in 1883. Soon they had four sons.
Known as the “Governor” to family and 40 employees, he farmed successfully and his threshing business thrived to become S.P. Starsmore & Sons, Agricultural Contractors. As an autocratic, prosperous and respectable farmer, businessman, Freemason and County Councillor, he participated wholeheartedly and gregariously in local public life and politics.
S.P. lived a long, colourful life, and died at home on the family farm in 1951, aged 97.