Samuel was born in Sweden.
In 1896 he married the widow Bridget Durham (nee Kearns (born in 1877).
She had a son & a daughter from her first marriage.
Samuel & Bridget had one daughter.
All three son-in-laws (one stepdaughter had two marriages), John Gidall, Ernest Blake & Herbert Pickering, served in WW1.
Ernest Blake spent 11 years in the infamous St Mary's Nelson Boy's home from 1889.
Samuel is recorded as a hotelkeeper in Trentham on the electoral rolls of 1896 & 1900.
He is then shown as a labourer or farm labourer at Weraroa. His last address is shown as 28 Reeve St, Levin.