Samuel Moyle was born in Cornwall, and married in Southampton in 1848. Moyle lived in Bevois Valley for the rest of his life, and had 3 occupations. He worked for the Ordnance Survey Map Office, and was also a shoe maker until the early 1860s. In the last years of his life he ran a beer shop.
The 1851 census recorded Moyle with his wife and 2 children in Bevois Valley. He gave his his occupation as 'sapper, miner and cordwainer'. 'Sapper and Miner' indicated that Moyle had a connection to the Ordnance Survey, which was based in Southampton after 1840,(See entry for Albert Algar). A cordwainer was a skilled shoemaker. Moyle may have been making shoes for the Ordnance Survey, or running a separate shoe making business. An apprentice cordwainer and a general servant lived with the family in Bevois Valley.
The residents list of the 1853 Southampton Post Office Directory included Samuel Moyle 'of the Ordnance Map Office', living in Bevois Valley.
Moyle was listed in the Photographers section of White's 1859 Directory. In 1861 he gave his occupation for the census as boot maker. However, he was included in the 1861 Forbes and Bennett directory list of photographers.
In the early 1860s Moyle changed his working life, and he was listed in the 1863 Post Office Directory as a beer retailer. Moyle died in Bevois Valley in 1866. In 1871 his widow ran the same shop in Bevois Valley as a general grocers.