I'm a family researcher in New Zealand and am attempting to assist a 95 year old (May COX) obtain details of her father's death. He was David Owen who was a mine repairer and was killed on 13 January 1914 (6 weeks before his daughter was born). I believe David was working in a mine near or at Pontypridd, Glamorgan when he died.
David was born on 31 January 1879 and married Eleanor (Ellen) Davies on 17 December 1904 at The Register Officer, Haverfordwest, County Pembroke. Ellen died two years later and her daughters became orphans.
Any information or assistance you can provide will greatly appreciated.
Hi Paul, I have only found 2 possibles, both in the Glamorgan area.
The first one is less likely, possibly too old:-
Name: David Owen
Colliery: Maindy Colliery, Rhondda Valley
Owner: Ocean Coal Co Ltd
Town: Ton Pentre
Notes: As he was engaged in hitching rubbish at the Six Feet inset, 150 yards above the bottom of shaft, he fell down the pit and was killed. No one saw the accident, and part of the temporary landing of beams and planks fell to the bottom of the shaft also, and it is assumed that the cage, in coming to a stop at the landing, struck the woodwork which he
must have been standing upon at the time.
Maindy Colliery, Rhondda Valley
The second miner:-
Name: David Owen
Date: 05 January 1914
Colliery: National, Wattstown Porth, Wales
Owner: United National Collieries Ltd
Town: Wattstown Porth, Wales
Notes: Fall of coal from side as he was repairing the road under a hole 20 feet high.
He died 6th January 1914.
National Colliery, Wattstown Porth, Wales
Marriages Registered in Oct, Nov, Dec 1904.
Both David Owen and Ellen Davies are in Volume 11a, Page: 2106
County: Dyfed, Pembrokeshire
Thanks for all the wonderful information you've provided, it's very much appreciated. As you suspected it was the second David Owen that was May's father.
I've now passed on what you've provided to her daughter for sharing with her Mum.
Of the two coalminers you researched, I am thrilled to say that the David Owen aged 34; working in the National Wattsworth Porth Coalmine at date of death is in fact the correct David. His daughter (my mother) was born 7 weeks after David's death and at the age of 3 yrs she and her 2 older siblings were inexplicably put into an orphanage by their maternal grandfather when their mother died without consulting with the Owen family.
Mum is 95 years old now - with all her faculties intact - so it has been incredible for her to finally have some details as to how her father died.
I am going to write to the National Coal Board in the UK to see if they have any other records about his death. However we just wanted to thank you for the information you have provided.
Again Fionn, our grateful thanks.
Sue White (grand-daughter of David Owen)