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Stephen Samuel Tamsett, Sr
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Birth: Jun. 5, 1861
Sutton Valence
Kent, England
Death: Nov. 30, 1926
Schenectady
Schenectady County
New York, USA

His surname is listed as Tampsett in his birth record. He was born in the registration district of Hollingbourne, Kent, England. Emigrated to the United States about 1885-9.

Worked as a teamster on the railroad in Oneonta, Otsego County, NY. Listed as a "fireman" on his daughter, Bertha's birth certificate. Gave up his three daughters for adoption upon the death of his wife, Lucy. His name is sometimes given as "John". -- Last known residence was Schenectady, NY.--

!5 Sep 1893 "Albany Journal": "Onderdonks of Oneonta"--"The Husband pays his own and his assailant's fine"--"Then with his wife and her lover leave on the night train for home. " Shortly after the arrest of William Onderdonk and Samuel Tamsett for fighting In the D. and H. depot, yesterday afternoon the former volunteered to pay the fines of both If they could be released from the station bouse. Captaln Davidson told him he could not take fines without an order from the magistrate. This was obtained last evening and Onderdonk paid the money. Later on was quoted as saying to a reporter:
"Well, it Is hard on me to have to do it, but you see, they sald they wouldn't release me alone: that if I'd pay both fines I could get out, otherwise, I'd have to remain In jail with Tamsett until tomorrow morning. I said I though it hard; but Tamsett had no money, and I had to do It to get out" Captain Davidson said this morning that didn't doubt but that Onoderdonk made the statement but it was not true. He offered to pay both fines but was not obliged to do so, in order to gain his own liberty. He could have left his companion there until today when his case would have been disposed of. It was only a matter of a few hours. The two fighters were joined my Mrs. Onderdonk at the station and left for Oneonta at 11:15 together.

He was known as "Sam" by his cronies in Schenectady, NY. He drove mule teams pulling barges and boats on the old Erie Canal. He later drove a garbage wagon as a teamster for the City of Schenectady. Headstone in Section "U", Lot Number 392, Grave Number 2. This is the old section of the cemetery and must be accessed by the entrance on Degraff Street. Fleason & Bernardi was the funeral director company.
 
 
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 Parents:
  James William Tamsett (1823 - 1871)
  Jane Hinkley Tamsett (1826 - 1891)
 
 Spouses:
  Rosa Foulke (1873 - 1932)
  Lucy Paine (1864 - 1890)*
 
 Children:
  Gertrude Rose Tamsett-Wilson Tripp (1886 - 1950)*
  Edith Belle Tamsett-Cunningham Bailey (1888 - ____)*
  Bertha May Tamsett Lent Green (1889 - 1966)*
  Maude R. Tamsett DeGraff (1896 - 1975)*
  Stephen Samuel Tamsett (1898 - 1972)*
  Benjamin Franklin Tamsett (1900 - 1919)*
  Elizabeth Tamsett Jaglinsky (1906 - 1979)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ann Rebecca Tamsett Baker (1844 - 1907)*
  James William Tamsett (1845 - 1891)*
  Elizabeth Tamsett Pearson (1847 - 1886)*
  George Tamsett (1850 - 1911)*
  John Tamsett (1852 - 1931)*
  Thomas Tamsett (1857 - 1907)*
  Stephen Samuel Tamsett (1861 - 1926)
  Jane Tamsett Thornburn (1863 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Vale Cemetery
Schenectady
Schenectady County
New York, USA
Plot: Headstone in Section "U", Lot Number 392, Grave Number 2
 
Created by: Gary O. Green
Record added: Oct 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99607723
Stephen Samuel Tamsett, Sr
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