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The Wildest Dreams of Samuel Phillips

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.

Notwithstanding his full public and social life, this is the only known photograph of S.P. Starsmore.
Notwithstanding his full public and social life, this is the only known photograph of S.P. Starsmore.

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