Thursday, December 16, 2010

Mary Buford (Francis) ROSE

Mary Buford (Francis) ROSE, daughter of Louis FRANCIS, Sr., and Lena Duke HAWKINS, of Knoxville, TN, has died. She was the last living family member who was in the large family photograph taken at the 50th wedding anniversary of Philip and Annie (Meyrick) FRANCIS 9 January 1925 in Knoxville, TN.

The obituary (with corrections) follows:

ROSE, MARY BUFORD - age 92 of Knoxville passed away Monday, December 13, 2010. She was a Member of First Baptist Church of Knoxville. Preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Lena Francis, and her husband of 37 years, Howard Rose. Survived by son, Rusty (Linda) Rose of Knoxville; daughter, Barbara Jean (Larry) Lumetto of Knoxville; and grandchildren, Kayla Rose and Rachel Rose of Knoxville. Graveside services will be conducted Friday, December 17, 2010 at 1:00 PM at Lynnhurst Cemetery with Reverend David Ward officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Gentry-Griffey Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements. You may sign our online guestbook at
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Fraterville Program Links Repaired

The links from the first page of the Fraterville program to the other three pages of the program have been repaired.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bakersmith Family

Thanks to a recent e-mail from Alice Louise BAKERSMITH, I was able to extend the information about her immediate family. Alice is the daughter of William Edward BAKERSMITH, Jr., and Mary Louise KARNES and the granddaughter of William Edward BAKERSMITH, Sr., and Mary Elizabeth JAMES. (See descendants of Elizabeth HARRIS and William R. JAMES.) I will be adding her information soon to: and appendix E of "Seventy Years in the Coal Mines: The Annotated Edition".

Saturday, June 12, 2010

New Arrivals

Gareth Scott Francis & Holden Scott Francis were born today, 12 June 2010, in Cumming, Forsyth County, GA, to Gregory Scott and Mary Rebecca (Wiseman) Francis. Mary is the daughter of Edward Houston and Linda Marie (Hime) Wiseman. They are the newest great great great grandchildren of Philip Francis, author of "Seventy Years in the Coal Mines".

Friday, May 28, 2010

Changes To Fraterville Memorial Page

The links to Philip Francis' account of the Fraterville rescue effort, the Fraterville original program, and the 100th anniversary program, have been moved from the Fraterville Memorial Page to the Links page.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Thanks to Linda Slover Lindsay

Today, I received a very nice note from Linda Slover Lindsay about the Fraterville Memorial Page. She brought an error to my attention which I corrected. She also provided some additional information about her relatives who were killed in the Fraterville and Cross Mountain mine explosions.

Thank you so much, Linda.

I have begun work on a Cross Mountain mine explosion Memorial Page which I hope to have completed later this year. Next year will be the 100th anniversary of that event.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Introducing the Fraterville Memorial Page

I have launched my Fraterville Memorial Page and associated links today in advance of the 108th anniversary of the Fraterville Mine explosion that occurred on 19 May 1902 near Briceville, Anderson County, TN.

The link is now active on my home page.

I welcome comments, additions, and corrections.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

New Home Page

Starting this afternoon, my website has a new home page. I have reorganized the content of the website into themes. These include coal mining, family history and genealogy, miscellaneous other topics, and previous and current blogs. I have placed a temporary introductory paragraph on the home page to explain some of the changes. This paragraph will remain on the home page for a few months and then will be removed. I hope that these changes will highlight the varied content on the site. The link to the Fraterville page will be activated on or before the anniversary date of May 19th.

Thursday, February 25, 2010


On my home page at:, there are four descendant lineages that are also included as appendices B, C, D, and E in “Seventy Years in the Coal Mines – the Annotated Edition”. The four lineages are connected by two Welsh immigrant sisters, Rebecca and Elizabeth HARRIS.

We think that Elizabeth HARRIS accompanied her sister and brother-in-law, Rebecca and Philip FRANCIS, to the USA from Glamorgan, Wales ca. 1851. Rebecca and Elizabeth were two of the children of James HARRY and Elizabeth OWEN, who were married 4 March 1819 in Pendoylan, Glamorgan, Wales. We think that Elizabeth HARRIS met and married Thomas THOMAS, also from Wales, in PA. By the 1860 census, both sisters were widowed, and Rebecca had re-married. Elizabeth re-married 2-3 years later. Both sisters had children by each of their husbands. This resulted in two blended families. Both families endured severe hardships.

I am a descendant of Philip FRANCIS and Rebecca HARRIS. I have been able to contact and share family information with a descendant of Rebecca HARRIS and David P. JAMES and a descendant of Elizabeth HARRIS and William JAMES. I have been unable to contact a descendant of Elizabeth HARRIS and Thomas THOMAS. I was able to create their family tree with census and other information. However, it is very sketchy and incomplete. The URL for the lineage is shown below.

One of my many reasons for creating the website was the hope that one or more descendants of Elizabeth HARRIS and Thomas THOMAS might visit the website and contact me. They had three sons: James, Thomas, and Daniel R. THOMAS.

James THOMAS married Sarah A. TAYLOR and raised a large family. James died 12 March 1921 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, PA. Their children were: George W., William, Arthur, Ralph, unknown female, Ruth, and Harold THOMAS.

I was not able to trace Thomas THOMAS after the 1870 census.

Daniel R. THOMAS married Elizabeth SAGER and raised a family in Luzerne County, PA. Daniel died 19 November 1920 in Nanticoke, Luzerne County, PA. They had five children: Arthur S., Archibald, Elizabeth, Sterling R., and Daniel S. THOMAS.

I remain hopeful.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


My Great Grand Uncle, Thomas MEYRICK, has been quite a mystery to me.  I knew from the MEYRICK family Bible entry that Annie (Meyrick) FRANCIS' brother, Thomas MEYRICK, had died at age 31 years on 14 Sep 1888. I had considered the possibility that he had been killed in a coal mine accident. I have recently found information about his death which is summarized below. To my knowledge, he died unmarried and without children. This information was kindly provided by the research librarian at the Pottsville Public Library, Pottsville, PA.

1888 Rpt of Fatal Accidents in the 2d Anthracite District, comprising parts of Luzerne, plus Old Forge and Lackawanna townships (Lackawanna Co), and Bernice township (Sullivan Co). (from the Reports of the Inspectors of Mines of the Anthracite Coal Regions of Pennsylvania for the Year Ending 31 December, 1888)

9/14 THOMAS MEYRICK, miner, 33, Keystone slope, Plains twp

Thomas Meyrick -- Instantly killed by a fall of rock in face of chamber. (p. 82, Dept. of Internal Affairs, Anthracite Mine Report, 1888)

Information about my MEYRICK family can be found in the web pages beginning at:

My search for information about Thomas' father and my 2nd great grandfather, Richard MEYRICK, is summarized in the document, "Who Was Richard MEYRICK?" at:

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Links to photographs repaired

A friend informed me that many of the photographs on various pages of my website at: were not opening. I discovered that the links had disappeared. I have repaired the links to the photographs and hope that they are all working now.