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.