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Jenny Clarke - My gr-grandfather Samuel Burden died from an accidental fall of coal at Lundhill Pit 1886
Jo Biswell -Death of Samuel Pepperday in Codnor 1841
Ann Lamont - Victor (Edgar) Moore, my great-aunt's first husband
Mr. Michael Siddons - My Uncle Mr. Walter Hill
Bill Bacon - My Great Uncle Arthur Ainsworth Sills, I now know where, when and how he died
Antony Cyril Allen - My father Cyril Allen was killed in a mining accident at Clifton Colliery on 17th August 1949

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Jenny Clarke
4 December 2012
My gr-grandfather Samuel Burden died from an accidental fall of coal at Lundhill Pit 1886
In Memory

Hi Fionn

My gr-grandfather Samuel Burden died from an accidental fall of coal  at Lundhill Pit . The accident was 29 Nov 1886  he died
15 Dec 1886 age 55 years. The inquest was held at Elsecar,  verdict that the deceased was accidentally injured and died of his injuries.

He left 19 children from 2 marriages. Both his wives were married before so they brought children to the marriage to my grandfather plus children they had with my grandfather it must have been very interesting at bed and bath times living in a cottage. I suppose the older children took care of the younger ones. I am trying to find relatives of the marriages still living in Wombwell area Taylor and Beaumont

I remember my dad was in a pit accident at the Cortonwood Pit in the 1940's he was buried under coal he got out but there was a lot of children lost their father  that day it was very sad to see some of my friends without fathers.

Can you help me with some photo's or sketches of Cortonwood and Lundhill pits I could print off. Also do you know anybody who can help with a photo or a sketch of Milton Iron Works near Tankersley and Wentworth  as some of dads family worked and died there in the 1800's  I am having difficulty getting one I can get lots of good information about it but no Photo's.

I come from a large mining family  Burden's and Seniors's from Wombwell, Elsecar, Lundhill and Brampton Bierlow.

Thank you for a lovely site it brings back memories now I live in Australia.

Regards
Jenny Clarke


Cortonwood Pit closed in 1988


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Jo Biswell
1 December 2012
Death of Samuel Pepperday in Codnor 1841
In Memory

Hello

I have just come across your site and see you have a death for Samuel Pepperday who died in Codnor in 1841, having been 'Drawn over a pulley wheel'.

My interest in Samuel is through his widow, Charlotte, who married my g.g. grandfather John Parsons, also a widow.

How much information do you have about Samuel's death, as the death certificate I have is vague?

I have a feeling that John Parsons my gg grandfather, had a relationship with Charlotte Pepperday and may have fathered at least two children with her in the 1850's.

Again there are no birth certificates to verify this.

When one daughter married in 1873, she states that Samuel Pepperday was her father on her marriage certificate, despite the fact that he had died some twelve years before her birth. Some families do have secrets, and I think my grandparents had no idea of this one.
 
I hope that by publishing the details on your site, something might come up about either Samuel Pepperday or my great uncles' Samuel and James Parsons.

I also have two of John Parsons's sons, whose deaths are unaccountable, as no death record can be found. Both were miners and I wonder how I can trace them?.

Their details are as follows, should you be able to help me:-

  • Samuel Parsons b. 1837 in Birchwood Derbyshire. The last record of him is in 1861 living in Birchwood, occupation Miner
  • James Parsons b. 1839 in Alfreton. He is aged 30 in the 1871 census living in North Wingfield Derbyshire, occupation miner.

Another of John Parson's sons, Luke b 1832 in Alfreton died in Birchwood colliery in 1856. His death certificate states that death was caused by being caught in the winding gear.

I hope you can help me with my search. I feel is very possible that both Samuel and James died through mining accidents, as reading about conditions at this time was a very dangerous occupation.

All of my Parsons male ancestor were miners, right up to my grandfather born in 1875 in Pinxton Derbyshire.

Thank you

Best wishes Jo Biswell


Samuel Pepperday was my g-g-g grandfather.

According to my records he married Charlotte Rigley, March 27 1837 at Selston
I think she may have had 2 Children (Not sure) with Samuel, Jervis in 1837 and Thomas 1840,
Thomas being my g-g grandfather

I also have the names Jemima Pepperday 1846, GillianPepperday 1850, and Zilliah Pepperday1851 linked back to Charlotte. Info has been taken from the I.G.I.

Hope this info helps you

Regards

David Pepperday


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Ann Lamont
18 November 2012
Victor Moore, my great-aunt's first husband
In Memory

Hi Alan
Victor (Edgar) Moore, died 14 September 1918 in The Hospital, Mansfield. He was 22.

Cause of death: Injuries accidentally received by being crushed by runaway tubs at Sutton Colliery.

There was an inquest on 18 Sept but I haven't tracked that down yet.

No relation to me but he was the first husband of my great-aunt by marriage, Georgina. They married in the April - June quarter of 1918 and had a son born 9 Dec 1918, so posthumously. I was intrigued as to the cause of death so young and sent for the death certificate. Georgina (known to the family as Jean) married my great-uncle in Sept 1921.

A very interesting site, thank you!
Ann Lamont


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Mr. Michael Siddons
8 November 2012
My Uncle Mr. Walter Hill
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The Accident of my Uncle  ------ Mr. Walter Hill Should read,

Mr. Walter Hill
187 Woodfield ROAD  (Not DRIVE)
Broxtow Estate

Aged 21   Accident was on 18-3-1943

other info is correct

Regards Mr. Michael Siddons
(Nephew of Mr. Walter Hill.)


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Bill Bacon
9 November 2012
My Great Uncle Arthur Ainsworth Sills, I now know where, when and how he died
In Memory

Hello Fionn

I am delighted to have come across your web site.  I knew that Arthur Ainsworth Sills had been killed in a mining accident but not where, when or how.

He was the son of my grandparents, John and Mary Sills and my father, his nephew Arthur Ainsworth Bacon who was about 8 years younger, was named after him.

Thank you

Bill Bacon


Arthur Ainsworth Sills, 42 - 7, Dean Street, Langley Mill Derbyshire - Died 23 Sep 1924, Fall of roof, Lodge Colliery -  Inquest 25 Sep 1924 at Co-Operative Hall, Langley Mill.


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Antony Cyril Allen
8 November 2012
My father Cyril Allen was killed in a mining accident at Clifton Colliery on 17th August 1949
In Memory

Hello Fionn

I read the article in the Post with interest and wondered if you would be able to help me with any information about the death of my father, Cyril Allen

He was killed in a mining accident at Clifton Colliery on 17th August 1949 working on the piper seam.

I got this information from the archives of the Nottingham Evening Post, this is the only information I could find. I would appreciate it if you could find out any further details.

Many thanks

Regards

Antony Cyril Allen

Cyril Allen aged 35, address 52, Gregory Street, Lenton. Died 17 Aug 1949 at Clifton Colliery. Cause roof fall, inquest at Leenside Coroner's court.



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