Saturday, December 31, 2011


Photographs and narrative of the 100th anniversary of the Cross Mountain mine disaster have been published by the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation at the following link:

I have also added this link to "Cross Mountain Links" on my website at:

Thursday, December 22, 2011



Whenever the following words appear in the subject line of an e-mail, the e-mail is quite likely to be spam. The e-mail should be deleted without opening the body of the e-mail, clicking on any links, or replying to the sender unless you are sure that it is legitimate.

A – Attention, award, authority, alert, ASAP, account (verification), accountant, ATM, agent
B – Barrister, beloved, bless, benefactor, business (proposal)
C - Christ, contact, compliments, Craigs List, claim(s), confidential, cheque, compensation
D – Dear, dearest, diplomat
E – eBay, employment
F – Federal Bureau of Investigation, from (name or "the desk of"), financial, fund(s)
G – Good (Good Day, Good News), God, Get (back to me), greetings
H – Hello, help
I – Immediately, inheritance, investment
J - Job
K –
L – Lucky, lottery, loan
M – Mystery (shopper/shopping), (misspelling of words in subject line),
N – Nigerian, notice, notification, (No subject)
O – Opportunity, offer
P – Please, partner(s), payment, proposal
Q –
R – Read, representative, Rolex
S –
T – Trust, transaction
U – Urgent, unclaimed
V – Viagra, very (important)
W – Winner, waiting (for your response)
X –
Y –
Z –

Can anyone think of any frequent spam subject-line words that begin with K, O, S, X, Y, or Z?

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Thanks to Barry and Carol

Kudos to Barry Thacker and Carol Moore for their excellent work in designing and implementing the events related to the 100th anniversary of the Cross Mountain mine explosion. Photographs and a narrative of the events have now been posted at:

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Centennial of the Cross Mountain Mine Disaster

The Knoxville News-Sentinel published an article by Bob Fowler in the December 4, 2011 edition entitled, "Centennial of Briceville's Cross Mountain Mine Disaster Remembered". The anniversary will be Friday, 9 December 2011.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Obituary of Arthur Charles James, Sr.

On my web page, "My Father's Family", I have corrected the link to the obituary of Arthur Charles JAMES, Sr. The link is on the 2nd page of the photographs of the descendants of Rebecca HARRIS and David P. JAMES. I apologize for not correcting this link sooner.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pearl Francis Seymour

Pearl Francis Seymour
June 23, 1927 - October 28, 2011
Chapel Hill
Pearl Francis Seymour, 84, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, passed away on October 28th, 2011. She was born to Sallie Bailey and Paul Francis in LaFollette, Tennessee, on June 23th, 1927. Preceding her in death were her parents and her brothers, Paul Bailey Francis and William Clark Francis. She received her education beginning in Columbia, Missouri, at Christian Junior College, followed by a BA in music from the University of Michigan in 1949, and an MA in music from Mills College in Oakland, California in 1952. An accomplished pianist and organist, she started her career teaching in the Music Department of Mars Hill College, and was also the organist of the Mars Hill Baptist Church. Following her marriage to the Reverend Robert Edward Seymour, Jr., the couple moved to Chapel Hill in 1959, where she served as the organist for the Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church for 30 years. She also taught local piano students in her home.
She was an active member of the community, serving as an early President of the Chapel Hill Service League, and a member of the Chapel Hill Music Teachers' Association. She was recently honored with her husband in the naming of the new Chapel Hill Senior Center as the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center. Pearl enjoyed playing tennis, though her primary athletic passion was as a fan of Carolina basketball. She will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched, and her gift of music will be perpetuated by all for whom she played and taught. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Robert Edward Seymour, Jr.; a son, Robert Edward Seymour III and wife Kelly of Raleigh; a daughter, Frances Jane Seymour and husband Michael Kopetski of Bogor, Indonesia; a sister, Anne Margaret Knott of New York City; and a brother, Phillip Meyrick Francis of Naples, Florida. Pearl especially delighted in her four grandchildren: Leigh Francis Seymour, Robert Edward Seymour IV, Macy Elizabeth Seymour, and Emme Grace Seymour. The family extends special gratitude to the staff of the Carol Woods Health Center for their loving care and support during her illness. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to the Ministry of Music or the Endowment Fund of the Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church (1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514). Funeral arrangements are being made by Walkers Funeral Home in Chapel Hill. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 5th, 2011 at 3:00 pm at the Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church in Chapel Hill.
Published in The News & Observer on October 30, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011


Today is the 5th anniversary for the "Seventy Years in the Coal Mines" website.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

John Lycurgus Offutt, II

OFFUTT, JOHN LYCURGUS, II - age 96 of Knoxville, passed away on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at Continuum Courtyard following an extended illness. Mr. Offutt was born on February 28, 1915 in Offutt, Tennessee. He was the son of the late John Oscar Offutt and Sarah Irene Hatmaker Offutt and was also preceded in death by his wife, Hansel Minton Offutt in 2010 and a brother, Frank Delma Offutt. Though unable to attend church on a regular basis during his last years, Mr. Offutt was of the Methodist faith. He is survived by his devoted daughter, Cynthia Diane Offutt of Knoxville; a cousin, Herman (Buddy) Irwin of Atlanta; two second-cousins, Andrew Offutt Irwin and Sally Irwin McFolling both of Atlanta. A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Sinking Springs United Methodist Church in Clinton with Reverend Don Thomas officiating. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary prior to the graveside service. Online condolences may be extended at Arrangements by Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on August 6, 2011.

John Lycurgus Offutt, II, was named for his grandfather, Col. John Lycurgus Offutt. Col. Offutt was born 1 Aug 1826 in MD and died 12 Aug 1885 in TN. He married Adalide A. Kindler, born 25 Mar 1848 in MD. According to John L., his grandfather was a contractor who came to TN in the 1800s. He built part of the Southern Railroad between Clinton and Jellico. He bought a farm where the Southern Railway leaves the Clinch River going to Jellico.

John L. Offutt was the best friend of my father, Paul Bailey Francis, Sr., in high school in LaFollette, TN. He and his wife, Cora Hansel (Minton) Offutt, accompanied my parents when they eloped to Sevierville, TN, 25 February 1940, and my parents accompanied them to Sevierville to be married by the same minister on 19 June 1940. They were lifelong friends. Rest in peace.

A photograph of John L. and Hansel is on my website at:

Saturday, July 16, 2011

New pages of photographs

I have added 2 new web pages entitled, "Frank Carden Agee Family Photographs". Some of the individuals are either unidentified or tentatively identified. Any help with the names of the people in the photographs would be greatly appreciated. The link to the first page is:

There is a link on page one to go to page two.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fraterville Miner, W. Earnest WALLACE

Ed Wallace, a great grandson of Fraterville miner, W. Earnest WALLACE, contacted me recently. He provided me with some information that I did not know. W. Earnest WALLACE had a son, William Earnest WALLACE, born December, 1902. In the 1910 census for Anderson County, TN, William Earnest WALLACE, age 7, was a nephew in the household of Andy J. and Martha A. WALLACE. Andy J. WALLACE was also a coal miner. I think that they are the Andy J. WALLACE and Alice BAILEY who were married 7 August 1899 in Anderson County, TN. William Earnest WALLACE married Maude HOLMES in 1921, and they had 7 children including Gerald WALLACE, who married Louise. Ed WALLACE is the 4th child of Gerald and Louise WALLACE.

Thank you, Ed, for writing me and providing the new information.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Revision of Cross Mountain Miners' Pages

I have added new information to many of the miners who were killed or rescued in the Cross Mountain mine explosion.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Revision of Fraterville Miners' Pages

Today, I completed a second round of adding more information for some of the miners and correcting a few typographical and other errors. There will probably be no significant revision in the near future unless new and/or better information is found for one or more of the miners. This coming May 19th will be the 109th anniversary of the Fraterville mine explosion.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Pontygyllan Ffengig

My 3rd great grandmother, Margaret (Watkins) FRANCIS died 23 August 1848 in Pontygyllan Ffengig in the old Parish of Eglwysilan (now Whitchurch), Glamorgan, Wales. From the image of her death certificate, I transcribed the place name incorrectly. Based on an exchange of messages on the GLAMORGAN Rootsweb list in the past several days, I now know the correct spelling.

Pontygyllan Ffengig is translated from Welsh to English as Walnut Tree Bridge. It was a bridge/viaduct over the Taff River near Taff's Well.

Here are two references to the area.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Revision of Fraterville Miners' Pages

I have finished my revision of the Fraterville miners' pages. I have corrected some errors. I have added information about marriages, spouse's parents, children; re-marriages of the widows, and the children from the re-marriages. There are still a few miners for whom I have found no information. I welcome corrections and additions to the information that I have published. If anyone has any additional information they would like to share, please write me at the contact address on my home page.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Black Lung Program

Recently, I was contacted by Arlene Cole, Outreach Coordinator/Benefits Counselor of the Black Lung Department of Community Health of East Tennessee, Inc. She has created a Facebook page, "Tennessee Black Lung Program". If you are interested in this outreach program, please "like" the page. Anyone in the area who needs help with Black Lung claims should contact her.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Robert L. "Bob" Carden

CARDEN MR. ROBERT L "BOB" - age 84, of LaFollette, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Mercy Medical Center in Knoxville. He was a member of LaFollette United Methodist Church for over 36 years and Waco Baptist Church in Kentucky for 30 years. Bob was a Sunday school teacher and choir member at both churches. He was a member of the Civil War Round Table and a WWII Veteran serving in the U. S. Coast Guard. For over 30 years he was an educator in the Campbell County School System. He was also an attorney and a former owner of White Way Dry Cleaners in LaFollette. He was a graduate of LaFollette High School and Lincoln Memorial University. He received his law degree from the University of Tennessee and his Masters Degree from Union College. His parents were Joe Monroe Carden, Sr. and Elizabeth Summitt Carden. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Sam Carden and Joe Monroe Carden, Jr. Bob is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ellis Sharp Carden of LaFollette; his daughters, Dinah Martin and her husband, Jim of Waco, KY, Nancy Blevins and her husband, Darril of Knoxville, TN, and Laura Broyles and her husband, Jerry of LaFollette. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, John Martin, James Martin, Joe Martin, Russell Hammac, Jill McHaffie, Rae Russell, and Carden Russell; along with 13 great grandchildren. He is survived by sister, Janice C. Morse Williams and husband, Mac of Newport News, VA; as well as five nieces and four nephews. Funeral services will be Friday, April 22, 2011, at LaFollette United Methodist Church with Dr. Kenneth Faught and Rev. Fred Livinggood officiating. Interment to follow at Woodlawn Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Campbell County Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 12 to 1 P.M. before funeral services. Pallbearers will be grandsons. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LaFollette United Methodist Church, 808 East Central Ave., LaFollette, TN 37766, or the Waco Baptist Church, P. O. Box 560, Waco, KY 40385. Online condolence may be made at Walters Funeral Home of LaFollette is honored to be serving the Carden family.
Published in Knoxville News Sentinel on April 20, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

"Summary of the Greatest Losses........."

The page, "Summary of the Greatest Losses of the Immediate Families of the Miners Killed in the Fraterville and Cross Mountain Mine Explosions" has been revised to include 8 more Fraterville families along with some changes to the information previously listed.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Fraterville Miner Pages

Over the next few weeks (or perhaps months), I shall be revising the pages of information about the miners killed in the Fraterville explosion. I shall be adding information that I did not include initially as well as new information that I have found subsequently. I encourage anyone who has additional information about any of the miners to write me at the following address: write_me (at)

Bailey Francis

Monday, April 4, 2011


Two new links are now available on my home page under the "Coal Mining" heading. The first page is a summary document listing the families that suffered the greatest losses in each of the disasters. The second page is a a 3-generational outline of the descendants of Aaron and Elizabeth (Hill) SLOVER who were either killed or were otherwise impacted by the Fraterville and Cross Mountain mine disasters.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Cross Mountain Memorial Pages

I have added memorial pages for the miners involved in the Cross Mountain mine explosion of 9 December 1911 under the heading, "Coal Mining", on my home page at:

I welcome additions and corrections to the information.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Joe Monroe CARDEN, Jr.

Joe Monroe Carden, Jr., 87, a lifelong resident of LaFollette, passed away in Johnson City at the home of his daughter Feb. 7. He was born October 24, 1923 in Knoxville to Joe Monroe Carden and Elizabeth Summitt Carden. He was a Veteran of World War ll, serving in the European theater.He attended Center College in Danville, Ky and University of Tennessee, Knoxville.He was a Chrysler dealer in LaFollette in the early 1950s. Joe was a former postmaster, Director of the LaFollette Housing Authority, Urban Renewal Director, and former City Councilman for LaFollette.He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, having served as a deacon, treasurer and moderator for more than 30 years. Joe was involved in starting the first couples' class at First Baptist Church.He was an avid golfer and had many wonderful friends. He loved children and helping those who were less fortunate. He leaves a legacy of honor, integrity, and love for his family and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brother, Sam Carden. Joe is survived by wife, Wanda Heatherly Carden of LaFollette; daughter, Karen Carden Green and husband, Richard (Dick) Green of Johnson City; grandsons, Joseph C. Green, wife Julie, their children Lucy, Katie and Heidi of Nashville, and David M. Green, wife Ashley and their daughter Claire of Brentwood; brother, Robert (Bob) Carden and wife, Ellis of Richmond, Ky and sister, Janice C. Morse Williams and husband, Mac of Newport News, Va as well as six nieces and one nephew. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bob Brown officiating. A receiving of friends will immediately follow the service.Interment will be held Feb. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the Woodlawn Cemetery for family and close friends. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be Dick Green, Jody Green, David Green, Ben Rogers, Bill Wilson, Joe Mosier, and Deacons of First Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of LaFollette, 255 West Central Avenue, LaFollette, Tennessee 37766 Walters Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.