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Samuel 'Sam' Kitchener Pearson was the father of Annie Sugden and grandfather to Jack Sugden, Peggy Skilbeck and Joe Sugden. He resided at Emmerdale Farm.



Samuel Kitchener Pearson was born in 1896. Sam had a sister Rosemary Pearson who later married an Arthur Kendall Sr. Sam also had a brother. Sam fondly remembered his maternal grandfather Samuel Woodley. Sam served at Flanders towards the end of World War I. In 1915, 19 year old Sam married Grace Armitage and 5 years later, they had 1 child, Annie Pearson in 1920. Sam and his brother used to tell Annie ghost stories as she grew up. Annie later married Jacob Sugden.

Sam worked on The Verney Estate for years as a labourer, and became a farm manager by his retirement. Sam was also a grandfather by then.


Sam was a god fearing and loveable man who could be a grouch to people. He also had a no nonsense attitude and did not suffer fools gladly as he expected people to stick to standards and ways. Sam hated modern ways of living. One time in late 1975 he berated the younger generation and was told by Annie not to give another lecture on the shortcomings of the young. In May 1978, Antony Moeketsi found out that Sam's ancestor Hannah Elizabeth Pearson was once accused of murder and hanged. This lead to judgement from Sam's village acquaintance Seth Armstrong, saying the Pearson's are not as clean cut as they made out, until Moeketsi put Seth right. Sam objected to unwed mothers and women who had abortions, especially Judy Westrop who had had an abortion, but he later softened towards her when he was advised not to judge her. Sam often dished out advice and told stories of villagers who had long since died or moved away. He had a dog called Bess. In 1982, Sam ended up in hospital suffering with pneumonia. He made a full recovery. In 1983, Sam and Annie went on a cruise. He later became ill and died in 1984 in his sleep peacefully after winning a pumpkin in a village show the night before.


Sam's legacy would live on. In November 1985, on the 1st anniversary of his death, his daughter Annie visited his grave. Annie mentioned Sam quite a lot in the years after his death. She also said that he had been ill for a while before he died, so his life was not taken away from him suddenly. A while later, Joe looked at a photo of Sam the day his great grandson Robert Sugden was born in 1986. Seth mentioned Sam in April 1988.

In May 2019, Diane Sugden showed Robert Sugden's husband Aaron Dingle a Sugden family album, and it featured a photo of Sam Pearson.

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