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Betty Cant
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29. Jun 2004 at 12:58
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I was wondering if anyone has any information on a mining accident where 4 men were killed when the brakes failed on a roke. Killed were Nathanial and Oliver Rushton. This would of been around 1884 I think it was in October.  Thanks
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Carl Demings
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Reply #1 - 01. Jul 2004 at 03:49
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Hello! Betty ...

I have a pretty complete listing of those killed in the Springhill mines and the only two Rushton's listed are:
Stephen      Rushton      1891/02/21  No.1 Seam
William A.      Rushton   1944/07/12? No.2 Mine
with neither being close to 1884.

Do you have a source for your information? It might help in tracking down the casualties.

-=Carl Demings=-
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Betty Cant
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Reply #2 - 04. Jul 2004 at 01:52
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Yes I have a source.  My mother remembers her father talking of it.  I went digging and came up with one other mention of it in a set of Cd's I bought a couple of months ago.  'Nancy J. Rushton's Memorandum Books"
In Volume E Book 18  on October 19, 1924 was the following notation: " 40 years ago today since Nathanial and Oliver Rushton and Richard Perry and James Vipond were killed by the Roke breaking down the shaft at (looks like) Vornville Oar Mines and McGinnis and Chisolm
got badly hurt but not killed.
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Carl Demings
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Reply #3 - 12. Jul 2004 at 17:06
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Hello! Betty ...

I checked 'Nancy J. Rushton's Memorandum Books" and then got in touch with the NS Department of Natural Resources which has responsibility for mining in the province and whose annual reports contain information on provincial mining fatalities. It's answer was:

"I agree that the information that the inquiring party is seeking is not related to any incident in Nova Scotia."

So ... I believe this leads to exploring wider sources of data. Do you have additional thoughts which may lead to obtaining further information?

Carl Demings
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Betty Cant
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Reply #4 - 13. Jul 2004 at 13:57
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Oh Dear!!!!!!!!!!!!  I guess that will remain forever a mystery if they do not have any information on it.  I was hitting a brick wall before I came across the information in Nancy J Rushton's books.  I will have to add it to the list along with  Martha Rushton's death date.  Martha was the daughter of Isaiah Rushton and Lucy Emily Meekins.   Thank you for all the help you have given me.   Betty
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Neil Weatherbee
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Reply #5 - 07. Oct 2005 at 02:37
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I suspect that the NS Department of Natural Resources is wrong on this one and that this particular mining incident is not in their records.  I reviewed Nancy's journals and came up with a "different" transcription for her Oct 29, 1924 entry. That being:

"... 40 years ago today since Nathinriel and Oliver Rushton and Richard Perry and Tomas Vipond were killed by the roke breaking going down the shaft at Lornville Oar mines and Mr Mcginnis and Chisolm got badly hurt but not killed."

The site most likely mentioned was Lornevale Ore Mines. This was likely an iron ore mining site which in the 1880's was one of several sites that were quite prevalent in the Londonderry area at that time. The date of Nancy's entry which matches the date of Oct 29, 1884 on a headstone in the Church of England Cemetery, Londonderry, for a Richard H. Perry (marker #122, but no age given). Also in this cemetery, is a headstone for a Thomas Vipond who died in 1884 (marker #11, but age 38? listed).

The 1881 census records a Richard Perry (age 21 and a miner) living as a boarder with the family of Richard and Eliza Choak at Lower Londonderry. The Vipond family of Thomas Vipond and Lucy Jane Young were also living at Lower Londonderry in 1881 and were neighbours of the family of Nathaniel Rushton and Lavinia Dotten (they had sons named Nathaniel and Oliver) . The 1881 census lists Thomas Vipond (age 49 and the head of the family) as a miner as well as his sons being miners: William (age 23), Thomas (age 20), and Isaac (age 19).

The question is who actually died in this accident. Both Nathaniel Rushton Sr. and Jr. are known to have died before 1891; I have yet to find headstones for these people. The Vipond family is not found in the 1891 census, so either Thomas Sr. or Jr. died.
The question that I have is that, I am aware that there are reasonably good records regarding the fatalities of coal miners, but are there good records of miners that died in other mines?

Neil Weatherbee
Gatineau, Quebec


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