This blog is designed to record the findings of our family history, mainly for the benefit of the family, and to document the dead ends, the breakthroughs and the journey.
I’ll post the family stories as I’ve written them to now, and I’ll be grateful to anyone who can add further information or pictures, or point out errors.
Particular thanks to my sister Julia and my cousin Mandy who between them have done much more of the work than I have.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

A double tragedy

As we know Samuel Hamlet was killed in an accident with winding gear at Tipton Green Colliery. I have been researching his children and I have discovered that his son John aged 8 was drowned in the pit shaft at the same colliery in 1859, three years before the death of his father. The death certificate quotes from the coroner that  "how he got in the said water  no evidence to shew".

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