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This is post 25 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year. To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.
Coal mining without a doubt is dangerous work. Toxic gases, coal dust, explosions, fires and flooding occur; taking the lives of over 10,000 just in the last two centuries. Tragedies continue today as the world continues to mine for precious minerals, gemstones, and energy sources. Health issues from mining may affect miners after they stop working in the mines.
Coal has been mined in Indiana and Kentucky since the early 1800’s. Coal was the fuel for steamships and railroads that helped expand the growth of United States. I have two family lines who settled both Indiana and Kentucky. Members of these families migrated from the back breaking, drought or disease ridden and labor intensive farming to the more dependable coal mining employment.
My own great-grandfather Oliver Cromwell Roll worked on the railroad. As did his uncles and cousins. My grandfather, Hugh A. Howes, did not want to work the mines or railroad and headed north to Detroit to work in the auto factories.
The probability that my collateral ancestors would be affected by a mine disaster may have been marginal. Nevertheless, two of my relatives died in the same mine incident. My third great Uncle, Samuel W. Roll, son of Isaac Roll and Elizabeth Weir, lost a son and a grandson.
1926 Francisco Mine #2
The explosion occurred on December 9, 1926. 37 miners lost their life. The cause of the explosion was undetermined. Francisco Mine #2 was located near Princeton, Gibson Co, Indiana. Workers came as far as Evansville, IN, 40 miles away to work the mines.
Two of Samuel sons, John R. (b. 1863) and Shelby Jackson Roll (b. 1868), ended up as miners. John R. Roll mined in Spottsville. Shelby moved up to Evansville and mined at the Francisco Mines. John’s son, Ollie Roll (b. 1895), lived in Ohio Township, located near Evansville.
It is quite possible the two men, one an uncle, the other a nephew; rode to the mines together or stayed nearby in lodgings. Shelby was one of the missing after explosion and fire. His body was found the next morning. His was 58 years old. Shelby married late in life to a widow with three daughters. He did not have children
Ollie Roll was 31 years old on the day he died in Francisco Mine #2. He was survived by his wife Emma and their four young daughters.
Princeton, IN Coal Mine Explosion and Fire, Dec 1926, originally submitted by Stu Beitler.
Mining Accidents https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mining_accident
Mine Safety and Health Administration www.msha.gov
Coal in Indiana – http://www.indiana.edu/~librcsd/etext/hoosier/CO-09.html
FindAGrave.com – Memorial Headstone, tlws (#47311297), http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=20754686&PIpi=43644854
Indiana Coal Mine Disasters http://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2014/01/29/coal-mining-explosions/4795285/
This is week 24 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year. To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.
On a far off branch of the Pittman section of my tree lies the Cartwright family. And wouldn’t you know it…the Cartwright family included a son named Ben Cartwright. Cue! Bonanza. “On this land we put our brand, Cartwright is the name, fortune smiled, the day we filed the Ponderosa claim.” Yes, there were lyrics to the opening tune. Humming the theme song now, aren’t’ you?
Olga Cartwright married John Barnett in 1912. This couple starts the twig in the line that descends down to lost cousins I have yet to connect. They are the grandparents to Kenneth Ralph Barnett, written in the 2014 series of #52Ancestors – No. 33.
Olga is the daughter of Mathew Thompson Cartwright (1857-1935) and Susan J. Melton (1859-1930). She had nine siblings including her brother Ben. The family lived in Cleaton, Muhlenberg Co., Kentucky. The unincorporated town south of Central City, KY, still has a rural appeal.
Olga and her husband John had a total of 12 children. John earned his living a miner in the coal mines. Olga lived from 1893 to 1974. Her relationship to me is labeled as mother-in-law of first cousin twice removed.
Bonanza Lyrics written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. http://ponderosascenery.homestead.com/lyrics.html
This is week 23 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year. To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.
I am not the only person in my family lineage that has relocated to the Pacific Northwest to live and work. My grandfather, Hugh Howes’ brother Charles Sherman, briefly lived in Portland, Oregon. Charles’ son, Beryl Leon Howes was living and working as an electrician. Charles and his wife, Barbara A. Piper, moved in with Beryl and his wife. The 1943 Portland City Directory lists both couples at 4933 N Gantenbein Ave, near the cross street, NE Alberta.
Charles and Barbara did not stay long in the area. There was no listing of them in the 1941 City Directory. Ancestry.com did not have city directories for 1944 to 1950 for Portland. They may have stayed a couple of years before moving back to Sullivan, Indiana.
Charles passed away in 1960, Barbara in 1961. Both are buried at Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan, IN.
Beryl with his wife, Edith P. Kirk remained in Portland for a number of years. They are listed as living on NE 77th Ave in 1957. The 940 sqft house built in 1924 stills stands today. Beryl and Edith return to live in Sullivan possibly before his parents passed. He and his wife are also buried at Center Ridge Cemetery.
Image capture from Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin. Page 800 Portland, Oregon, City Directory, 1943
This is week 22 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year. To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.
Post 21 of 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge was about Michael Roll’s revoluntionary pension application. One of the deposed witnesses to his service was a woman named Elizabeth Vaught. I wanted to know the relationship of this person to Michael Roll.
I created a research plan which I listed below. FYI…This is future project for me. Writing the plan now allows me to capture the information that I analyzed for future reference.
Name of subject: Elizabeth Vaught
Born in Cumberland County of Pennsylvania
Location: Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
Elizabeth Vaught provided a deposition confirming that Michael Roll served in the Revolutionary War in his application for pension. Her creditability to offer evidence was affirmed by Moses Wickliffe, Esq.; acting Justice of the Peace. He states that Ms/Mrs Vaught is a lady of much respectability as of any in the county and to whom credit is due.
- Who is this much respectable lady?
- How did she know Michael Roll?
- Is Elizabeth Vaught her married name? The handwriting abbreviation for Ms/Mrs is not clear and legible on the pension application.
- There are several generations of women named Elizabeth Vaught within the collateral Vaught family lines.
Michael Roll’s May 1834 pension application provides some clues about Elizabeth Vaught. She knew Michael Roll when she was a child. That her father’s house was in sight of John Roll house, Michael’s father. Her age is listed as 66 years old.
Michael Roll was married to Christina E. Vaught, daughter of Christian Vaught and Hannah Crum.
Is the middle initial “E” for Elizabeth? Her estimated birth year is 1765. There is a headstone for C.R. 1834 at Sears Cemetery located in Muhlenberg Co, Kentucky.
The application also lists names and descriptions people giving evidence. Simeon Vaught provided testimony to verify Michael’s story of serving in the war. Simeon is describe as a clergyman and is about 71 years of age. How is Simeon related to Elizabeth and Christina Vaught?
In addition to Moses Wickliffe, Solomon Rhoades, Justice of the Peace provides a statement attesting he is acquainted with Ms/Mrs. Vaught. The Vaughts, Rolls, and Rhoades are related through marriage.
There is a will for an Elizabeth Vaught dated 1844, that leaves an estate to her grandchildren. Does this mean her own children are deceased? Is this the Elizabeth in the pension application?
Find out if Christina and Elizabeth are either the same person or two separate people. If two separate individuals how are they related?
Research Plan and Notes
Cumberland County Pennsylvania birth records from 1760 to 1772, and marriage records from 1780 to 1805.
Kentucky marriage records from 1795 to 1830, focusing on Hardin and Muhlenberg counties, then fan out to surrounding areas.
Review historical information about forts in Cumberland County for family information.
Locate and review SAR and DAR applications for family lineage. Research that the information contained can be verified through other sources. SAR/DAR are abbreviations for the Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution lineage societies.
Kentucky Land Records
Kentucky Death Records
Hardin and Muhlenberg Tax Records
Hardin and Muhlenberg Clerk County Records, for wills and probate records
Muhlenberg County Church and cemetery records
Sources and Repositories
“Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, ca.1775-ca. 1900,” database, Ancestry, (www.ancestry.com, assessed June 12, 2015), entry for Michael Roll, Kentucky, imaged from the Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files, M804 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives, 1974, roll 2078.
Dorann O’Neal Lam. “Will” Elizabeth Vaught February 1844, Muhlenberg Will Book 3 Page 59, (http://muhlenberg.genealogenie.net/Wills/vaught-elizabeth.htm, accessed June 14, 2015)
This is a future research project
Research not started
This is week 21 of the 2015 #52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge where a group of us blog about a different ancestor for each week of the year. To learn more about the 52 Ancestor Challenge visit Amy Johnson’s site at Amy’s website.
Yes, I am two posts behind. This post is in remembrance of those who have served in military service. My fourth great grandfather, Michael Roll, served in the Revolutionary War, from 1776 to 1778. He started service at the age of 14 as a substitute for another person. He also served as a substitute for his father, John Roll at one time. Michael served a total of four times in a two year period.
Born in Pennsylvania, he served for Maryland Company’s. He marched to various forts, including Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh) Fredericktown, Missouri. He served in the Pack Service in his first term. He also served as an Indian Scout during the later of 1778. His
In his thirties, he married Christina Vaught. Together, they and their families moved to Hardin, KY. Eventually settling in Muhlenberg County.
The image below is Pension Statement certifying Michael’s service. His military records being lost by 1834, a sworn statement from friends and family had to be submitted. There are about 20 pages in his pension file describing his service and witness statements. He was eventually award $175.00 as his pension.
Source: S38340 Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty-Land Warrant Application Files (NARA microfilm publication M804, 2,670 rolls). Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15. National Archives, Washington, D.C.