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Name: Gail Meacham <gmeacham@juno.com>
Date: 2014-06-28
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My grandfather Carl L Stayton was a coal miner in McVeigh in 1926 How would I look up records?

 

Name: Harry Jorgensen <akvavit1944@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-06-25
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Incredible history.
 

Name: Matthew Wilder <m-wilder@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-06-15
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I am researching my great grandfather, B.L. Wilder, and stumbled on this site. Very informative. Thanks
 

Name: Cindy Howard <cinannh@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-05-23
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Thank You for the great pictures & information. I have been doing Howard genealogy since 1985 and still love looking at your information!
 

Name: Patricia Mabe <malonepatricia45@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-04-30
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My grandfather John Henry Mabe was killed working in the mines in Bell County in 1936.

 

Name: Donna English Woody <Sidsnanna@aol.com>
Date: 2014-03-12
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I came across your website while searching for coal mining information. My Grandfather Oscar V. English worked in a mine in Middlesboro, Pineville, Bell, KY in 1922-23. He was married to my Grandmother Nell Ball while working in Middlesboro. Their oldest daughter Gertrude was born there in 1923 before they returned to Western NC. I appreciate all the work you folks have done and for sharing it with us.

 

Name: Donna English Woody <Sidsnanna@aol.com>
Date: 2014-03-12
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I came across your website while searching for coal mining information. My Grandfather Oscar V. English worked in a mine in Middlesboro, Pineville, Bell, KY in 1922-23. He was married to my Grandmother Nell Ball while working in Middlesboro. Their oldest daughter Gertrude was born there in 1923 before they returned to Western NC. I appreciate all the work you folks have done and for sharing it with us.

 

Name: Eddy Joe Walker <Eddwal@comcast.net>
Date: 2014-03-04
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Leander Lee Walker was married to Pauline Goode in Benham Ky around 1920. While in Benham the first 5 of our family was born. The first 2 boys (Theodore and Paul Walker both died at birth, 1girl named Levada Walker also died shortly after birth and all three are buried at the Benham Ky cemetary. Our family last name at that time was Walkey. Sometime from that time until somewhere around 1925 it was changed to Walker, don't know when or why) My brothers Lee Elton and William Leon were also born in Benham. ( Both are deceased). The rest of our family were all born in Coalgood (Mary Helen) KY. Samuel Lillard, Norman (deaf mute), Bevy Eugene, Millard Abe, Jack Donald, Peggy a Sue (only girl), a James Robert, Chester Blanton "Benny", and myself, Eddy Joe.
My dad mined coal for over 30 yrs before passing away in 1955 from black lung. He is buried in the Rest Haven cemetary in Harlan. My mother remarried and relocated us to Soddy-Daisy TN. Out of all my family there are only 4 of us still living. Bevy Eugene (Nashville Tn) Jack Donald (Mahwah NJ) James Robert and myself Eddy Joe. (Soddy Daisy TN)
Sorry for the history book but I wanted to share my family with anyone who may have known any of them while we lived in Mary Helen. I too am very proud of being a coal miner's son. If anyone remembers any or all my family please contact me via the email listed. We lived in cornbread bottom part of Mary Helen. Does that ring a bell with anyone? Maybe tipple hollow or macaroni hollow? Please contact!! Although very young when dad died (6 yrs) I remember some of our neighbors. (Wilson's ,Hensleys, Grubbs, Lewis,Welches, Clem's, Guys, Robinsons, Powells, Whitakers, Brock's, Stewarts)
The sheriff was John Foster. (Police car was a jeep and he stayed parked up at the commissary most of the time)
Looking forward to Mary Helen homecoming in September!

 

Name: Donna Guajardo <donna.guajardo@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-01-29
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My father Sol Halcomb was born in Totz, Ky. 10-1-1932, son of William(Bill) Halcomb and Dora Cootz. Daddy died 6-6-13 from complications of pneumonia due to diminished lung capacity. Dad always talked about working in the mines when he was young to try and help support the family. He will be forever missed by this daughters and son. Love you always Daddy. Sol Halcomb 10-1-32 to 6-6-13
 

Name: Clark Potter <clarkpotter@hotmail.com>
Date: 2014-01-17
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Creed Potter was a coal miner in Letcher Co. Ky. in 30s and 40s under the leadership of John L. Lewis, President of Union. He worked in the Hemphill Ky. mines for 14 years.
 

Name: wilfred kilgore <kilgorew@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-01-06
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My grandmother Cosby (Hubbard# Neikirk owned a restaurant in Harlin Ky. in the early 20's where my father grew up until his teens. His name was William Elbert Kilgore, he told me many stories of bloody Harlin. My great grandfather was John Hubbard #Moonshiner) who was sent to atlanta federal prison along with his son alvaro hubbard who later owned a store in Letcher Co.


















harlin as it was known

 

Name: wilfred kilgore <kilgorew@yahoo.com>
Date: 2014-01-06
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My grandmother Cosby (Hubbard) Neikirk owned a restaurant in Harlin Ky. in the early 20's where my father grew up until his teens. His name was William Elbert Kilgore, he told me many stories of bloody Harlin. My great grandfather was John Hubbard (Moonshiner) who was sent to atlanta federal prison along with his son alvaro hubbard who later owned a store in Letcher Co.


















harlin as it was known

 

Name: franklin hatmaker <feh1941@frontier.com>
Date: 2013-11-29
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my father was a coal minner beech grove tenn

lake city tn (coal creek) in the 40s 50 60s

 

Name: willy nolan <algq10@gmailcom>
Date: 2013-11-24
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my father was wilbern nolan son of ruby and adain nolan and brother to elva nolan morgan
 

Name: Linda Saito <lsaito@rocketmail.com>
Date: 2013-11-03
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My grandfather, Lester Hamilton Pickrell was killed in the mines near Harlan around 1930. I appreciate seeing this information and will continue to read it. Thank you.
 

Name: Bruce anthony Hummell. <rebahummell@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-08-20
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JUST A FEW LINES TO EXPRESS TO THE READERS IF THEY'RE BE ANYONE-'ESPECIALY THOSE THAT I AND MY FAMILY ARE RELATED TO.THAT MY GRANDFATHER BIG BEN BROWN WAS A PROUD MAN AND,HE WAS THE FATHER OF NINE CHILDREN TO WHOM AT I REALY BELIEVE THAT HE WAS VERY QUITE PROUD OF.MY GRANDMOTHER,HIS WIFE MILA JEAN HALL-BROWN AS WE WERE LITTLE CHILDREN WOULD ALWAYS TELL US WHEN WE WERE LITTLE CHILDREN THAT HE USED TO TELL HER THAT ONE OF US WOULD GROW UP TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND VERY HEALTHY.SHE USED TO ALWAYS REMINESS ABOUT THE GOOD OLE DAYS WITH GRANDFATHER AND THAT HE LOVED TO WORK VERY HARD AND SAVE MONEY,SO THAT EN-TURN HIS CHILDREN COULD GRO -UP DESENT AND RESPECTFUL AND NOT CRAZY-IN THE MIND AND IDEOCTIC AND VERY POOR JUST GETTING BY GENERASHION TO GENERATION WITH-OUT A PENNY IN THE BANK OF KY FOR FUTURE VENTURE. I NEVER HAD MET MY PROUD GRANDFATHER,HE DIED IN 1939 IN THAT KY COAL MINE,BUT I CAN CLAIM HONER BECAUSE THAT I AM THE SON OF HIS BABBY DAUGHTER,REBA LEE BROWN,WHOM AFTER HE HAD DIED HAD MET A SAILOR A U.S SAILOR BY THE NAME OF RAYMOND CHARLES HUMMELL,MY FATHER.I AM VERY SHURE THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY PROUD OF HIS BABBY DAUGHTER IF HE WOULD HAVE ONLY HAD LIVED TO SEE US. I'M VERY PROUD OF MY GRANDFATHER AND THAT I KNOW THAT HE WORKED VERY HARD AND THAT HE TO WAS A GREAT MAN. HERES TO YOU BIG BEN BROWN, ''THANKYOU FOR THE GREATEST M0M IN THE WORLD.BUT SHE PASSED AWAY IN SEPTEMBER 1-1999. SHE IS HONERABLY BURRIED AT THE MOTHER OF GOD CEMETARY IN LATONIA KY. THANK-YOU.
 

Name: Bruce a Hummell <rebahummell@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-08-19
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i'm enterested in learning more about my grandpaw-ben brown.
 

Name: Brenda Lighty <brenda.lighty@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-08-04
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My grandfather was a forman in the 1920's & 1930's. {Not real sure of dates}, his name was Lewis Hensley of Corbin Ky. He worked at Mary Helen Coal Camp of Coalgood. My mother told me they were in the camp the week of the Medcalfs murders{ again not sure of spelling}. She said everyone was scared for their lives, trying to find a way to get their families out of camp. She said they even dragged a man down the road to his death. They eventually left in the middle of the night to escape their own death. She also said my grandfather was followed a few times coming home from the camp. My uncles were waiting for him with loaded weapons for his safe return home. My Mother is 86 yrs old now, her memory isnt the best right now. I only wish now I would have listened to our family history and triumps of defeat.
 

Name: ALICE EARLS ADAMS <ADAMSAB@COMCAST.NET>
Date: 2013-07-07
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DAUGHTER OF A CRUMMIES CREEK COAL MINE WHO LIVED AT CAWOOD KENTUCKY. MY DAD'S NAME WAS ALFRED EARLS. HE HELPED MOM TO RAISE 8 CHILDREN.
 

Name: ALICE EARLS ADAMS <ADAMSAB@COMCAST.NET>
Date: 2013-07-07
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DAUGHTER OF A CRUMMIES CREEK COAL MINE WHO LIVED AT CAWOOD KENTUCKY. MY DAD'S NAME WAS ALFRED EARLS. HE HELPED MOM TO RAISE 8 CHILDREN.
 

Name: Rita (Davis) Hale <ritahale@rocketmail.com>
Date: 2013-06-09
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While searching for ancestors, I came upon this site. It's a great tribute to all the hard working coal miners/truck drivers. My g'father Wilburn Collins was injured in a coal mines in 1926? in Leslie Co? died 4 days later My dad Tommy Davis worked in and around the mines many years. Had Black Lung, he died in 1999. My brothers Tommy Ray Davis and R. V. Davis also worked around the coal mines.
 

Name: Carolyn Barnett <crb370981954@yahoo.com>
Date: 2013-06-03
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My dad Was Brown Low Reed and he work for the Bell County Coal mines in Middlesboro,Ky.He also worked at the Highnite Mines near Garmeda.
 

Name: JAMES R. ROSE <rockyrose1952@msn.com>
Date: 2013-04-28
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The James Blaine Adams family of bottom fork, just outside Mayking are my Mothers family. G. Bennett Adams is my Great Uncle. He was a Letcher County Judge, School Teacher, and Baptist minister. I spent each summer from 1957 to 1962 with my Grandparents and remember the small Family coal operation. The explosive building is still intact, and so are my memories of thier hard work...... I'm so proud to be part Adams from Letcher County Kentucky, and part Rose from Clover Bottom Kentucky.
 

Name: Mick Furey <thefurey@btopenworld.com>
Date: 2013-04-11
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It's good that you're keeping alive the memory of Kentucky coal miners. As an ex-miner, I feel angry when I read about the hard times your people had. Living in England, I know there were hard times for the men who went before me, but they don't compare with 20th century Kentucky.

I beg you, keep the flame alive, carry your memories with pride. Never let young people fail to know their heritage.

If I wasn't a born-again atheist, I'd say 'God bless ye all.'

 

Name: Mick Furey <thefurey@btopenworld.com>
Date: 2013-04-11
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It's good that you're keeping alive the memory of Kentucky coal miners. As an ex-miner, I feel angry when I read about the hard times your people had. Living in England, I know there were hard times for the men who went before me, but they don't compare with 20th century Kentucky.

I beg you, keep the flame alive, carry your memories with pride. Never let young people fail to know their heritage.

If I wasn't a born-again atheist, I'd say 'God bless ye all.'

 

Name: Charles Hoskins <choskins2@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-03-23
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My father Charles was killed in a mining. Accident at Kenmont Coal Co..,at Jeff,Perry County,Ky.in April,1930.
 

Name: Deborah Manni <dsmith6682@charter.net>
Date: 2013-03-16
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I am the Granddaughter of some coal miners...Grandfather, my Father, and many Uncles. They lived in Coxton Ky., and worked in the local mines for many years, early 1900's until around the 1940's. I'm just enjoying the hard work they you all have put into this Kentucky website, and hoping to get a glimpse of a familiar face among the photos posted. My Grandfather worked at Black Mountain, and my Dad and Uncles worked at neighboring mines. The name was "Manni"...Joseph, Bennie, Jack, John., they lived in a mining camp in Coxton. Eventually, one by one, they all moved to Michigan to work in the Auto Industry. My Dad, Jack died in 1999 of Lung disease. We tried to get his records, but were told they were destroyed in a fire years ago. Is there any where else that records were kept of the miners. If you email me, please note who you are, so I'm sure to open it....so much junk mail these days. Thank you again for all your hard loving work.

 

Name: Margaret Spoor <zelphia1900@hotmail.com>
Date: 2013-02-24
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My Grandpa was Floyd Clark he worked in the mines near Brookside, Harlan Co in 1932. I have been looking for any information on him and my family
 

Name: Charles Ramey <birdfarmer@gmail.com>
Date: 2013-02-10
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thanks for building your site - it was very interesting.

According to the EE Barton Papers - my 3Great Grandfather (Samuel Ramey) died when an oxen cart overturned on him in a coal mine. I don't have any dates other than it was after 1866 when his last child was born. (I do have him in 1863 enlisting in the Confederate army)

 

Name: Bettie Horton lewis <bettie.j.lewis@louisville.edu>
Date: 2013-01-12
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researching Horton, Crawford and King family in Harlan County, I know for sure they lived in Wallins ca.1920-30; Three Point 1930's. My GRandmother was Ruth M. CRawford Elrod King, my father was William T. Horton
 

Name: Andrea Fischer (Schmid) <afischer0911@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-12-04
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Great information. Charles Cawood Hudson is (was) my grandfather, and it was wonderful leaning about his history. I still miss him very much! Would love to talk to Imogene's family sometime, Pat Hudson is my Mom
 

Name: Winifred G. tackett <ladygray2004@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2012-11-12
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This is a very good suite. I am from Ky and my dad and my husband both worked in the coal mines at weeksbury. Think you and God bless Gayle
 

Name: Brenda Revels <rrevels2003@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-10-30
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My dad was a coal miner in Pruden, Tennessee/Kentucky, Moved to Michigan in the 50's for a better life for his family. Suffered from Black Lung disease and passed away in 1972.
 

Name: Janet Cunningham <janlouflowers@aol.com>
Date: 2012-10-03
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My grandfather was a coal miner Joseph Green.He died 1956 in Lancaster,Ohio.He worked in Bennetts Fork mine in or near Middleboro,Ky.Any information on location of Bennett Fork camp please email to me.Thank you,another proud coal miners grandaughter.
 

Name: Jeff Lykins <captlykins@aol.com>
Date: 2012-09-28
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My Grandfather worked at the Ajax Coal Company in Perry County. He was shot and killed on company property in a fight at the Ajax Commissary. His name was Collie Lykins. Obviously I never met him, my father hardly knew him as he was very young when his father died but losing his father at such a young age was devastating. My sincere appreciation goes out to all coalminers, past and present, for the selfless work that they do.
 

Name: Lee Taylor <lee77taylor@hotmail.com>
Date: 2012-09-26
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An older friend of mine "John Williams" was telling me about growing up in Blue Diamond and how it is now gone. I believe his father was a miner and I always enjoyed this kind of history so I thought I would look it up on the web. John said he goes back to reunions occaisionally and had a letter from a gentleman that wanted to interview him for a story he was writing, but John lost the letter. To bad because he would be an excellent source of information.
 

Name: Gloria canary <Canady1954@aol.com>
Date: 2012-08-17
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Great pictures from our past. Thank you
 

Name: Efim Kolobov <kolobove@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-08-13
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It's great that some of the hardest working folks in this part of the world are being remembered. Thank you.
 

Name: Linda Grant <lcifone@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-08-12
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Thank you for sharing your information with others who didn't know about this part of history.
 

Name: Tanya Stewart <tkstewart77@hotmail.com>
Date: 2012-08-08
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My papaw, Orbin (Tom) Stewart, was a coal miner but moved to Michigan because he developed black lung and wanted something better for his 2 boys. My grandma's dad (Curtis Owens) was a miner and she lost her brother Kendell Owens in 1962 to a mining collapse at the Pure D mines in Coalgood Ky. They attended Mary Helen Methodist Church as did I when I was in Kentucky. I am proud of my heritage and of all the miners who have served and continue to serve in the field. It is a dangerous job. God bless you.
 

Name: Rhonda Jones Boyle <arrbee2b@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-08-06
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I am the daughter and grand daughter on both sides of coal miners. Found this site searching for info about them.
 

Name: Luke George Sresovich <lukegsresovich@aol.com>
Date: 2012-08-02
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I have one company store coin, reads good for 5 in merchandice.Nelson Ceek Coal Company Nelson Kentucky.
Was wondering if it was of intrest to anyone.

 

Name: Luke George Sresovich <lukegsresovich@aol.com>
Date: 2012-08-02
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I have one company store coin, reads good for 5 in merchandice.Nelson Ceek Coal Company Nelson Kentucky.
Was wondering if it was of intrest to anyone.

 

Name: Lisa Anne Hensley <hensleyla@goldmail.etsu.edu>
Date: 2012-07-19
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I was searching for pictures of my grandfather, Henry Hensley, and came upon this site. I wasn't able to locate any information about Henry, but did find your site extreemly interesting. Thank you for putting so much work into keeping the memories alive.
 

Name: Henrietta Osborne Powell <henriettapowell@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-06-14
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when is there going to be any updates
 

Name: Mrs. W. Jean Stevens/Loefler <sanfelipe1@msn.com>
Date: 2012-06-12
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What a wonderful Website. Thank you, My father was Willie Thomas Stevens.....Of course I had my Uncles and family members I never got to meet. Vera Stevens was my Aunt. The sister of my father Willie Thomas. She married Denver Crider and guess I have many cousins I have never met....... I even think I might be related to the Ball family. Not sure. I have been told on my fathers side all had been Coal Miners. Have been to see the Gravesite facing the Mine on the Hill. I have been trying to put some of this together. I believe my grand-mother, grand-father, A Uncle that was in the service named Robert Stevens all on top of the Hill facing the old Mine which I believe is still active. I was told I have a cousin in the house at the bottom of Hill entrance up to the Gravesite on top of Hill......... Sincerely, Mrs. Willie Jean Stevens/Loefler Yes, I believe my grand-mother or great had the name of Maggie. I saw a gravesite for a Maggie not sure of the whole story. What I do know I am thrilled about.
 

Name: Julie Wells (Jackson) <lighthouseclock@aol.com>
Date: 2012-06-10
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My Daddy worked at the coal mines in Balkan, KY. I think it was around 1950-1957. I don't remember the name of the coal company there during those years. I am proud of my Daddy and of my Momma for being the loving wife of a coal miner. And I am proud to be the daughter of a coal miner.
 

Name: Crystal Coffey <crystalcoffey@ymail.com>
Date: 2012-06-06
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My grandfather was a coal miner in Kentucky. His name was John Coffey he died due to complications of black lung as well back in 1989.
 

Name: Stephanie Hollis <tatyabowen@digitalpass.net>
Date: 2012-05-08
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good info
 

Name: Jennifer Vallee Torres <jltorres3@verizon.net>
Date: 2012-04-28
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I am seeking any info about my mother's paternal family, last name Lanaham. They were reportedly miners from Eastern Kentucky that later migrated to Southern Illinois.
 

Name: jim howard <kybalaam@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-04-09
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My grandfather was Cecil Osborne. He worked at the Liggett mine. He lived in Rose Hill Va and walked across the mountain to work before moving into the coal camp at Liggett. My mother was raised in the camp and has many fond memories. Papaw died of black lung in 1955. Have any pictures of the Liggett camp been posted
 

Name: Gina Lawrence <g_lawrence@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2012-03-31
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I have been researching my family and discovered my ggreat aunt's husband, William Howard Brooks worked and died in the Kentucky mines. My ggreat aunt was Charlcie Ham and they were from Alabama. They are in the 1930 Census for Sylacauga, Talladega, Alabama. I do not have any information on what mine he worked in, but I found a copy of his death certificate. The certificate showed that he died Feb 16, 1934, in Pike County, possibly Aflex(?). It said he was killed instantly from a broken neck in a mine accident. If anyone has any information or any ideas where to look, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you to all of the miners and their families, past and present!

 

Name: Barbara Eggers (Shubeck) <bobbieshubeck@msn.com>
Date: 2012-03-25
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I was born and raised in Benham, and proud of this.


 

Name: FONTANA MCNABB <fonmc63@hotmail.com>
Date: 2012-03-21
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Grand Daughter of Herbert Bailey Evarts, Kentucky. My grandfather was horribley injured in a coal mine but lived to tell many stories about the strike era.
 

Name: Debra Caudill <freebird4ever61@yahoo.som>
Date: 2012-03-19
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My Granddaddy worked in the mines and he and my Grandma also ran a boarding house in Jeff Kentucky. They were both good Christian people and such hard workers. I loved them both so much and miss then so. I used to spend my summers in Jeff with them. I loved working in the gardens and going over the swinging bridges. I loved going to Hazard with Granny to window shop. They never had a lot of money or things but they gave me more love than anyone could ever want. They helped shape who I am today. My granddaddy would tell me about his time in the mines. I always thought he was so brave. After he would tell me his stories i thought he stood 10 foot tall. God Bless all the miners and their wife's.
 

Name: Sheila Nolan Camargo <sheilacamargo2003@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-03-14
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Loved revisiting Some old memories of Harlan. I only wished I could have found some pictures of my grandfather, Denver C. Nolan.
 

Name: Jack Cooper <j.kcoop94@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-03-03
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Some of my relatives worked in the mines. SamuelLowe & other members of the family. Don't know which one. Around Redwine I think.
 

Name: Jerry <shepard364@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-02-07
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Fatal and non-fatal accidents were reported 1890 through 1911, and only fatal accidents were reported after 1911. My database only covers reports for the years 1887-1915, 1920, 1923, 1925 & 1926. Kentucky mining companies only reported a small fraction of their actual accidents to the state until about 1925 when strong reporting enforcement was enacted. My database does cover Harlan county fatal accidents through the year 2006.
 

Name: Don Adams <dadamsjr1128@hotmail.com>
Date: 2012-02-04
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My grandfather, Walter Napier, was a coal miner at the blue diamond coal mine. My mother, Gloria, says her family frequented the blue diamond coal camp for a lot of their basic needs.
 

Name: Martha Castle Fitchpatrick <mafitchpatrick@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-01-23
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I loved reading abot the family of the great coal miners,and i and please to say that my father,his father,and his father wheir coal mines,my father James Jake Castle started working the mines when he was 11 yrs.old and worked until the age of 50,and he is not in the best shape in the world and i'm every thankful to still have him with us today,he will be 72 yrs old this yr.and I would like to THANK ALL THE HARD WORKING COAL MINERS OUT THEIR TO DAY.
 

Name: Gayle Tackett <ladygray2004@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2012-01-19
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I was born and raised in Weeksbury,Ky. Parent's were George and Opal Wright.My mom was shot and killed by a woman that lived there. I was 12. And I use to know a guy from harlon,Ky his name was Robert Phillip from harlan,Ky.I was fifteen and he was nineteen. And he was so handsome. He was such a good guy. Think you and God bless Gayle
 

Name: Gayle Tackett <ladygray2004@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2012-01-19
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I was born and raised in Weeksbury,Ky. Parent's were George and Opal Wright.My mom was shot and killed by a woman that lived there. I was 12. And I use to know a guy from harlon,Ky his name was Robert Phillip from harlan,Ky.I was fifteen and he was nineteen. And he was so handsome. He was such a good guy. Think you and God bless Gayle
 

Name: Yvonne (Hubbs) Middleton <ymiddleton@yahoo.com>
Date: 2012-01-18
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I grew up in Harlan Co., at Coxton, Ky. My dad was a coal Miner and worked at Draper,Ky. He was a religious man and a person who everyone that knew him would say he was a good person. He taught Sunday School and I remember he also planted a garden anywhere he could, because he and my mother had 9 kids, but one died as a baby. they both worked very hard and it's something that I'll never live up to or forget.Thanks
 

Name: dawn gunter perry <1970dawn@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-01-10
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youhave some wonderful pics on here. I was looking to try to find my grandfather in one by some stroke of luck. i didnt find him but i will continue to look. also i gada great grandmother that ran a boarding house for the miners and was hoping that i might find a pic of that or better yet, her. lol i will keep looking for that as well. thank you

 

Name: Kathleen Sullivan <ksullivan@wcsr.com>
Date: 2012-01-09
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Thank you for sharing information about coal miners, their work and their families. You are doing a good service by sharing your memories. They were good people who were the backbone of America. I think that whole time and the people are fascinating. I love the old pictures and the good stories. It was hard times but maybe better times than now!
 

Name: Cindi <happy2bcindilouwho@gmail.com>
Date: 2012-01-01
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I was so happy to find this site! My family on my grandmother's side are from Letcher County, KY - primarily McRoberts, where my great-grandfather and other relatives worked for Consolidation Coal Company. My great-grandfather, Joel "Big Joel" Wright died when he was about 49 or 50 years old, leaving a wife and 8 children behind. My grandfather was a miner in the Wise County, VA area, as were his father and brothers. My grandfather died at the age of 58, with a complicating factor being his black lung disease. I am very proud of my heritage and of my hard-working family members who sacrificed so much.
 

Name: donald hammack <donald_hammack@me.com>
Date: 2011-12-23
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Owner and driver of coal trucks from knox co really like you're site.
 

Name: CHUCK WOOD <SAEHILD@MSN.COM>
Date: 2011-12-15
Comments:
I GREW UP ON THE WEST COAST IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON. MY DAD WAS FROM HARLAN CO. AND BORN IN 1909 AND PASSED AWAY IN 1985. HE TOLD ME AND MY BROTHER OF THE RUFF DAYS IN THE 1920'S. HE JOINED THE NAVY IN 1926 AND HE HAD WORKED IN THE MINES AT THE AGE OF 13. HE DROPPED OUT OF SCHOOL IN THE 4TH GRADE TO HELP HIS FAMILY. HE WAS WHILE IN THE NAVY A ALL NAVY CHAMPION WESTLER DUE TO THE BODY HE DEVELOPED WHILE IN THE MINES LOADING COAL, FROM HIS KNEES INTO THE COAL CAR PULLED BY A MULE. HE GOT OUT OF THE NAVY IN 1936 WHERE HE DECIDED NOT TO GO BACK TO SEA. HE AND MY MOTHER MARRIED IN 1934 IN BREMERTON WA. ALSO I REMEMBER MY UNCLE JOHN PAGGET WHO WORKED IN THE MINES AND DIED OF BLACK LUNG. HE WAS INVOLED IN THE STRIKES DURING THE 30'S
CHARLES WOOD

 

Name: Marlene Daugherty <mnorvel@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-12-03
enter your website title coalminer'sdaughter
Comments:
My father and both my grandfathers were coal miners in South Central Kentucky.
 

Name: Terri S. Palmer`Koch <Shortymaek@aol.com>
Date: 2011-11-29
Comments:
Most all my family on my mothers side ( Farmer & Ledford ) is from Harlan, Ky. & have worked & is still working in several coal mines. My cousin, Ted King from Cawood, Ky., still can be found working in the coal mines. this has always been & mostly likely always will be a coal mining family. My love, support, gratitude, praise & respect goes to all miners & their families !!
 

Name: anthony belcher <ab37752@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-11-27
Comments:
vary good miners website
 

Name: Joey Martin <Mrjosephsmartin0205@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-11-26
Comments:
I've always been fascinated with the coal miners. Someday, I will
Visit Ky. And the mines. looking forward to paying my respects!

Joey



 

Name: Johnny Lee Akers <mepaw72@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-11-15
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enter your website URL none
Comments:
My dad worked the mines in Eastern Ky, Pike County until it got the best of him. I'm proud to be Coal Miners Son.My younger brother still is conected with the coal mines..
 

Name: james b sullivan <buckethead994@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-11-14
Comments:
still mining coal today with pride ! Im the second of three generations of surface coal miners and proud of that fact !
 

Name: Kathy <kjspagnola@insightbb.com>
Date: 2011-10-22
Comments:
Thank you to whomever created this website. I am the great-granddaughter of Thomas Henry Miller from Harlan, Kentucky. Looking for any information surrounding his life as well as his death. Per records, he committed suicide in 1931, however there are many stories and reports that he was murdered for helping to organize
the Union in the coal mines. He was found hanging on a post with bobwire and was found by a yound black man named Ledford (last name). If anyone has any information, pictures, etc. Please email me.

 

Name: Kathy <kjspagnola@insightbb.com>
Date: 2011-10-22
Comments:
Thank you to whomever created this website. I am the great-granddaughter of Thomas Henry Miller from Harlan, Kentucky. Looking for any information surrounding his life as well as his death. Per records, he committed suicide in 1931, however there are many stories and reports that he was murdered for helping to organize
the Union in the coal mines. He was found hanging on a post with bobwire and was found by a yound black man named Ledford (last name). If anyone has any information, pictures, etc. Please email me.

 

Name: Carolyn Charles Stewart <Dstewa3@tampabay.rr.com>
Date: 2011-10-11
Comments:
My gr-father was Teddy Roosevelt Charles -in a mine accident in 1934 In Pike County - broken back. D. 10/31/1938 . Laid in bed 4 years. Left a wife and 4 children. Hard times. Anybody know about him? I would like to write down and leave something behind about my family.
God Bless the miners. Thanks for doing the web site for them.

 

Name: James Riley <jriley@doeal.gov>
Date: 2011-09-28
Comments:
My father William Mckinley Riley, worked at Blue Diamond, Tribby and Buckhorn Mining Companys.
He died in 1978 while living in Buckhorn, KY

 

Name: Mary Craig <mcraig@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2011-09-23
Comments:
My grandmother's first husband was killed in the Tway Coal Mine in Harlan about 1929. His name was Joseph Pike. He was 29 years old when he died from a fall.


 

Name: Jo Gross <aj12x12@msn.com>
Date: 2011-09-22
Comments:
My father, Dave King, worked for Stearns Coal & Lumber Company in McCreary County & Jewel Ridge Coal Company in Perry County near Delphia. My father-in-law, Brack Gross, was killed in a mining accident at Blue Diamond near Leatherwood in 1957.
 

Name: Jo Gross <aj12x12@msn.com>
Date: 2011-09-22
Comments:
My father, Dave King, worked for Stearns Coal & Lumber Company in McCreary County & Jewel Ridge Coal Company in Perry County near Delphia. My father-in-law, Brack Gross, was killed in a mining accident at Blue Diamond near Leatherwood in 1957.
 

Name: mary lee hamilton <cozynky@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-09-18
Comments:
I enjoyed browsing your website. I had several relatives that worked in the mines. My Grandfather,Marion King, worked the mines in eastern Ky. & Southwestern West Virginia. He was an electrician. He was a miner from 1920 until 1950.
 

Name: Donna Busch <dybusch@comcast.net>
Date: 2011-09-08
Comments:
My grandfather and uncles were coal miners in Harlan County. Thank you for taking the time to keep this web site running.
 

Name: Marilou Sizemore Coffee <lmcoffee@msn.com>
Date: 2011-08-25
Comments:
John L. Sizemore, Wallins Creek, born 1899 was my grandfather.
 

Name: Andy Saylor <asaylor101@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-08-23
Comments:
My dad went to work at KY Cardnel the age 15 or 16 Driving pony,s. Later when the motors came he went on a gethering motor, He was born 1905 His dad,s name was Square Isom Saylor at molus Ky.----------I am grandson A Saylor
 

Name: Andy Saylor <asaylor101@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-08-23
Comments:
My dad went to work at KY Cardnel the age 15 or 16 Driving pony,s. Later when the motors came he went on a gethering motor, He was born 1905 His dad,s name was Square Isom Saylor at molus Ky.----------I am grandson A Saylor
 

Name: Katie Reece-Gick <kick@purdue.edu>
Date: 2011-08-17
Comments:
My father Nathan Reece was a Coal Miner in Lee Junior, Kentucky and Stinking Creek, Tennessee. He was from Tazwell, Tennessee.
 

Name: Brandy Caudill <brandy.1985@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-08-06
Comments:
God bless all coalminers! I love you Dad!
 

Name: Kellie Patterson Sims <ejenana@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-08-04
Comments:
What a wonderful site! My grandfather Charles Patterson was a coal miner in the 1930's and I am learning more about him everyday. I didn't get to know him growing up, so my genealogy is very important. I have the book "Which side are you on?" and learning more about their daily struggles.
thank you for insights.
~Kellie Patterson Sims

 

Name: Craig Burt <coby.burt@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-07-19
Comments:
My mother, Norma Davis [Burt-married name] grew up in Ivine [Estill County} Kentucky. She knew several folks in the coal mining business, especially folks over in Pike County. Her father, Frank Davis worked in the L&N RR yard in Ravenna and handled many a coal car. GOD BLESS THE COAL MINER!!
Very nice website-thank you!

 

Name: Craig Burt <coby.burt@hotmail.com>
Date: 2011-07-19
Comments:
My mother, Norma Davis [Burt-married name] grew up in Ivine [Estill County} Kentucky. She knew several folks in the coal mining business, especially folks over in Pike County. Her father, Frank Davis worked in the L&N RR yard in Ravenna and handled many a coal car. GOD BLESS THE COAL MINER!!
Very nice website-thank you!

 

Name: Robert Vines <zinesrl@verizon.net>
Date: 2011-06-24
Comments:
I was born (1930) in an abandoned (by the defunct Bailey Fuel Company) coal camp house in Toler, Ky. I was valedictorian of my 1947 high school class at Belfry, Ky.and was awarded a scholarship to the Univ. of Ky. sponsored by the Inland Steel Company which operated coal mines at Wheelwright, Ky. I became a mining engineer, worked in mines in West Va. and Westerr Ky. and retired after a 28 year career with the Bituminous Coal Operators Assn. in Washington,D. C. I enjoyed this site very much -- brought back many old memories.
 

Name: Bettye Mcafee Martin <tonyandbettye@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-06-21
Comments:
My family is from harlan kentucky. my papaw virgil shell worked in the mines. my mom reba shell was born in a coal mining camp in harlan
 

Name: Scott C. Rains <srains@liningsinc.com>
Date: 2011-06-21
enter your website title Linings Inc.
enter your website URL www.liningsinc.com
Comments:
Great site, thanks for taking the time to share it!

Best Regards,
Scott R.

 

Name: Patti H Sterling <paddikake@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-06-08
Comments:
Born in Harlan in 1957. Parents and grandparents from there as well. Father died of Blacklung in 1980. Huskey/Coldiron, Father and mothers names.
 

Name: Patti H Sterling <paddikake@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-06-08
Comments:
Born in Harlan in 1957. Parents and grandparents from there as well. Father died of Blacklung in 1980. Huskey/Coldiron, Father and mothers names.
 

Name: John Creech <John@creech.com>
Date: 2011-05-30
Comments:
Researching my grandfather, John Creech.
 

Name: Karan Ramsey <karanramsey65@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-05-23
Comments:
thank you
 

Name: Rebecca Ritchie <rebecca.ritchie3@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-05-18
Comments:
My father was a coal miner and I am very proud him. He is now retired and it is ashame that it took so long for him to get his black lung benefits and retirement. He had to sale almost everything that he had while waiting for his benefits and now he is unhealthy and has such a hard time breathing. It is pitiful that our coalminers are so unappreciated. I love my father and although I do not like the health that he is in today he does not regret his way of making a living.
 

Name: Rebecca Ritchie <rebecca.ritchie3@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-05-18
Comments:
My father was a coal miner and I am very proud him. He is now retired and it is ashame that it took so long for him to get his black lung benefits and retirement. He had to sale almost everything that he had while waiting for his benefits and now he is unhealthy and has such a hard time breathing. It is pitiful that our coalminers are so unappreciated. I love my father and although I do not like the health that he is in today he does not regret his way of making a living.
 

Name: jack grigsby <jrgrigsby@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-05-15
Comments:
My father was a coal miner in Perry County from 1919 to 1954. He died in 1979 of black lung complications. In 1954 we moved to Ohio near springfield. I joined the Army in 1964 and stayed for 26 years.
recently i was doing some research for a college paper and came across an Italian historian (Allessandro Portelli) that was writing about Harlan County. His most recent book was released in January 2011 They Say In Harlan. It is a very interest telling of the history of Harlan County.


 

Name: K Middleton <kmyoak@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-05-14
Comments:
I'm the great-grand daughter of Howard Middleton. I love this website and it's helped me trace my family tree. Looking for other family members that are doing the same.
 

Name: Mick Furey <thefurey@btopenworld.com>
Date: 2011-05-10
Comments:
I'm a retired miner in England. Seems like I never wanted to do much else with my working life. That's why I feel a strong sense of kinship with other coalminers, especially those who went on strike for their rights as working men and, above all, as human beings.
I remember seeing a short thing on TV about the Harlan County Strike and a deputy sheriff driving up in his official vehicle. He just dropped his window and fired several shots towards the picket line. Damn him to hell! Coming from a born-again atheist, that's a real strong curse.
Good wishes to you all; never let people forget your fight.

 

Name: BENNY WINT <wintracing@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-05-10
Comments:
thanks to all coal miners and there kin. again THANK YOU BENNY WINT
 

Name: Susan Keck Mason <sekmason@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-05-04
enter your website title The Scott Family
Comments:
Thinking of my family & all the ones that came before & after God Bless you all
 

Name: David Leslie Walker <Ky5th@aol.com>
Date: 2011-05-03
Comments:
Am grandson of Guy Leslie who was once manager of Cannal Block & Coal Co. 1938 - 1944 I beleive. At your service.
D.L.Walker

 

Name: mary florence hatfield miller <miller5937@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2011-04-28
enter your website title www.hatfield.com
enter your website URL http://www.hatfield.com
Comments:
I love reading and looking at old pictures of Harlan,I have relatives that still live in Harlan,The Beaches,Some were involve with alot of feuds that happened back in the old days.I had two aunts that lived in Harlan.Gertie Wyrick Beach who was married to Willard Beach,Gladys Wyrick Beach who was married to Claude Beach.I Love This Site because you can find relatives and kin that you didn't even know about.Would love hearing from..Thank You
 

Name: Jodi Bolden <jodibolden73@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-04-13
Comments:
My grandfather Letcher West worked in the mines in Harlan and Bell counties as did his father James West. Letcher died in 1929 and is buried in Harlan. He died at age 29 and ive been told that his death had to do with the mines. His father died in 1950 and according to his death certificate i found online,he died after falling off a wagon at work. He lived in Bell County. If any one reconizes these names,i would love to know more and God Bless to all the mine workers...


 

Name: Spring A Ogle <sns199684@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-03-30
Comments:
My Daddy was coal miner in Pike county Ky
 

Name: Norman R Seiber <nashreb48@gmail.com>
Date: 2011-03-29
enter your website title Disabled
Comments:
Trying to locate Ronnie L Lawson that I served with in Viet Nam in 1969 and 70. He worked in a coal mine in Southern Kentucky in the early 70's cause I went to his home and met with him and his wife. His DOB is 10/21/49. I would like to see him again for I pass this world.
Ray Seiber

 

Name: Meriam Lowe <Mecan32@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-03-26
Comments:
My Dad worked in the Ky. Coal Mines for 48 yrs.
I'm very proud of my heritage, it's an honor to be a Coal Miner's Daughter !

 

Name: Michelle Pennington Smith <shellleigh38@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-03-23
enter your website title Michelle
Comments:
My daddy's name was Jimmy Pennington and he worked for Blue Diamond for twenty some years. My future husband also is a deep miner for Arch Coal. Even though these jobs are so dangerous they seem to love it but I guess it's what they knew and know best.
 

Name: Michelle Pennington Smith <shellleigh38@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-03-23
enter your website title Michelle
Comments:
My daddy was a coal miner, God rest his soul. He worked for Blue Diamond Coal at Leatherwood in Perry County. We lived in camp houses when I was little. I'm very proud to be a coal miner's daughter.
 

Name: Pam <lazy2lazydog@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-03-21
Comments:
God bless the miners
 

Name: Brenda Willis Revels <rbrevels@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2011-03-03
Comments:
My dad was a coal miner. WE lived in Pruden Tennessee and he worked at the Hignight mines. We moved to Michigan in the early 50's.
 

Name: Melanie Marie Shifflett Ridner <melanieridner@zoomtown.com>
Date: 2011-02-23
enter your website title Melanie Marie Shifflett Ridner
enter your website URL http://www.melaniemarieridner.com
Comments:
I am a Coal Miners Daughter.My Grandpa McGuffy Wagers worked as a Doctor to the Blue Diamond Mines.My Grandma was his nurse.Ridner's and Shiffllet's have worked all the coal mines from Virginia and across to Kentucky.
My daddy and momma lived in the C Camps before I was born.
A Heritage that all can be proud of .Long days and dangerous hard work they all did.My heart goes out to all miners and thier familes everywhere.

 

Name: Linda Wells <wellsl@oakgov.com>
Date: 2011-02-23
Comments:
My grandfather Howard Short worked in the mines in 1931 at the age of 18 as a coal loader in District 2. He boarded with the Ben and Hellen Foster family. Don't know what mine or company. any info would be greatly appreciated
 

Name: Crystal Calloway <Callowcryst@aol.com>
Date: 2011-02-19
Comments:
Looking for information on Daniel "Boone" Calloway and Bessie (Jones)Calloway. They were my Great-Grandparents. He was killed by a slate fall in the mines in Harlan in 1943.
 

Name: Leonard L. White Jr. <llwhite0584@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-02-19
Comments:
My Father was Leonard L. White, called Trap, born 09/04/1912. Passed away on 01/13/1965 of prostate cancer. He worked at the Pond Creek mine in South Williamson/Aflex area in Pike county KY. Also a WW2 vet. I still miss and love him-Skip White
 

Name: Gina Milinich <Gina5710@live.com>
Date: 2011-02-11
Comments:
My father, Lee DeFilippo, worked for the Majestic Collieries Co.in 1939
 

Name: Cynthia Benningfield <benningfield5@msn.com>
Date: 2011-02-06
Comments:
It was wonderful seeing the pictues of the Harlan Co mines and much to my surprise found my Grandfather Homer Nippr and Great Uncle Arthur Mefford in one of the photos!
 

Name: Jim Jarvis <jjarvis@mcloudteleco.com>
Date: 2011-02-06
Comments:
I have looked at the guestbook and I would say that Many of my Kin have looked at this site too. My grandfather (Ernest Owens)and his father (John D. Owens)were both killed in mining accidents Ernest in 1959 and John D in 1949. I almost lost my uncle Baxter Owens to one as well but it just crippled him so bad he had to retire. I Believe they all worked for the Meem Haskins Coal Corp. I am related to the Combs, Cornett, Campbell, Pigman, Sizemore, Noble, Pridemore, Caudill and Amburgey families of Kentucky. My mom and her family came from Sassafras Hollar, Knott county area.
 

Name: Ellen Engle Custard <ellencustard@comcast.net>
Date: 2011-02-05
enter your website title kentucky coal miners
enter your website URL http://www.eootsweb.ancestry.com/~kycoalmi/guestbook.html
Comments:
my father was Chester Engle a coalminer at Yokem Creek he worked for Dr Lewis
my mother is Oma Woodard Engle
Me and my sister, Magdalene and 3 brothers, Chester Jr., Earl. and Bobby lived in DOG Patch,Baileys Creek,Florida Addition, middle addition, Kitts, Draper and Evarts.
My father died in 1971 but my mother is 96 and still living
I am also the Niece of Bob Woodard and Luke Green.

I would love to share stories and memories

 

Name: Wendy Engle Gross <wendygross@charter.net>
Date: 2011-02-05
enter your website title Kentucky Coal Miners
enter your website URL http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kycoalmi/guestbook.html
Comments:
I am the granddaughter of a Kentucky Coal Miner. My grandfather and grandmother and aunts and uncles lived in Harlan County and Evarts. My grandfather's name was Chester Engle he passed away in 1971 and my grandmother's name is Oma Woodard Engle.
 

Name: Anne Darling <gnilradenna@aol.com>
Date: 2011-02-04
Comments:
My grandfather Sam Lawson worked in a mine in Arjay, Kentucky, and I'm on here to try and find out about a slate fall that paralyzed him.
 

Name: Nellie Strange <nastrange5@aol.com>
Date: 2011-01-29
Comments:
My grandfather Strange was a miner, as well as several uncles, and many family members. My Dad worked in the company store. Glad to locate this site. Nellie Strange
 

Name: Lanis Ford <lanisford@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-01-28
Comments:
my dad is ancil ford he worked at several different coal mines he worked for the totz coal company for several years I am the seventh of 10 children
 

Name: Deb Minassian <deborah.minassian@snhu.edu>
Date: 2011-01-26
Comments:
I am a student at SNHU and am taking a course in Labor Relations and Arbitration. My instructor had us watch the Harlan County USA documentary. It was very emotional for me from the poor working and living conditions that the Duke Power Company allowed it's employees to live, to the gun toting thugs and scabs that robbed these men and women of their dignity. This website is a wonderful tribute to the coal miner workers who risked their lives for the USA. Thank you!
 

Name: Sherri Humes (Hensley) <sshumes@att.net>
Date: 2011-01-09
Comments:
Grandfather Enos Hensley (Father of Robert E. Lee Hensley)was Electricuted in the mines in Harlan Co.? 1957?
 

Name: Sherri Humes (Hensley) <sshumes@att.net>
Date: 2011-01-09
Comments:
Grandfather Enos Hensley (Father of Robert E. Lee Hensley)was Electricuted in the mines in Harlan Co.? 1957?
 

Name: Terry L. Kiser, Sr. <terryk52@yahoo.com>
Date: 2011-01-07
Comments:
Does anyone out ther have any information about the Cross family that lived in Middlesborough from about 1910 til now/ Looking for William H.H. Cross, Harvey Cross, Frances Nash Cross, Tom, Claude, Delbert, Bill, Jim, Silas, Beaulah, Virginia (Jean), Ruth, Stella . If you recognize any of these names or have pictures please contact me at terryk52@yahoo.com Thanks.
 

Name: Theresa Moore <turdsa01@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-12-31
Comments:
My dad, Austin Moore worked the mines before I was born. From what I can remember, he lived in Harlan and Kitts. I'm trying to find out more by tracing our roots. Its not easy, from what I've been told because of all that was lost due to floods.
 

Name: Steve Smith <stevesmith41@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-12-21
Comments:
My Great Great Grandfather was John Ratcliffe Gent. He was born in Chorley England in the 1850's... and he was the son of William Gent and Margaret Ratcliffe, born and married in Chorley England. William brought his family to Pennsylvania in 1863 when John was just a kid. John later married Mary Ellen Shanks and they moved to Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky. I was told he worked in Coal mines and was an owner and Superintendent at the coal mines there in Middlesboro and they came there about the time Middlesboro was being built. He was a partner in the startup of Reliance Coal, as I understand. He had three sons and a daughter. There are many descendants there in the Bell County Kentucky and Claiborne County Tennessee Area. Both my grandfathers were coal miners. Will Smith and Laudie Hopper were both miners. I remember them both when I was a kid. Neither of them ever owned or learned to drive a car. They lived on the Powell Valley side and would walk to work over the mountain and sometimes they lived in Kentucky and worked. They both had the black lung. Will Smith died in 1972 in Middlesboro. Laudie Hopper died in 1974. Both were residents of Speedwell, Claiborne County, Tennessee. I worked in a machine shop in Harrogate for close to 30 years and did work for coal mines all over Kentucky, and also some in Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and even Alabama. I have been in many coal mines and also the strip mines of that area and particulary Bell County, Harlan County, Perry County, Pike County, Lee County (Va#, and Claiborne County #Tn). It is an interesting and hard work for the men who go under the mountain every day to make their living. I wish I had more pictures of all the mines I was in and all the friends that worked there. It is a dying art to mine the coal the way it was then.
 

Name: Steve Smith <stevesmith41@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-12-21
Comments:
My Great Great Grandfather was John Ratcliffe Gent. He was born in Chorley England in the 1850's... and he was the son of William Gent and Margaret Ratcliffe, born and married in Chorley England. William brought his family to Pennsylvania in 1863 when John was just a kid. John later married Mary Ellen Shanks and they moved to Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky. I was told he worked in Coal mines and was an owner and Superintendent at the coal mines there in Middlesboro and they came there about the time Middlesboro was being built. He was a partner in the startup of Reliance Coal, as I understand. He had three sons and a daughter. There are many descendants there in the Bell County Kentucky and Claiborne County Tennessee Area. Both my grandfathers were coal miners. Will Smith and Laudie Hopper were both miners. I remember them both when I was a kid. Neither of them ever owned or learned to drive a car. They lived on the Powell Valley side and would walk to work over the mountain and sometimes they lived in Kentucky and worked. They both had the black lung. Will Smith died in 1972 in Middlesboro. Laudie Hopper died in 1974. Both were residents of Speedwell, Claiborne County, Tennessee. I worked in a machine shop in Harrogate for close to 30 years and did work for coal mines all over Kentucky, and also some in Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and even Alabama. I have been in many coal mines and also the strip mines of that area and particulary Bell County, Harlan County, Perry County, Pike County, Lee County (Va#, and Claiborne County #Tn). It is an interesting and hard work for the men who go under the mountain every day to make their living. I wish I had more pictures of all the mines I was in and all the friends that worked there. It is a dying art to mine the coal the way it was then.
 

Name: Mickey Blair <mickblair@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-12-17
Comments:
Great site found family in the census listings and birth listings.
 

Name: John <coopjsn@mac.com>
Date: 2010-12-08
Comments:
Excellent photos -- I am doing mine research and this is very helpful.
 

Name: james l. andrews (jim) <jandrews1935@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-12-08
Comments:
The photo of the three men taken in 1941 with the motor are Sam ndrews my father, the one in the middle I donot know and the one on the end is L believe to be Bass
fain.

 

Name: Deb Walker <mukow16@aol.com>
Date: 2010-12-01
Comments:
Married to a Coal Miner.Know the hard work behind it.
Lived in Wallins Creek, KY. Proud wife

 

Name: Faye McCranie <fayemccranie@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-11-21
Comments:
My father told that he was a driver for Henry Ford's mine. Two of his son's also worked in Kentucky mines. I have not been able to find any paperwork or photos. His name was Otis Cowan Johnson, he lived in Pond Creek for a short time, I believe in a mining camp along with 8 children. He then moved them to Dix Fork, in Pike Co. His son who spent a lot of years in the mine was Charlie Johnson, the other son, Herman Franklin Johnson went to work in the mines at 16 until he went into the service. Thank you for this wonderful site dedicated in their honor.
 

Name: thelma barnes <T326BARNES@INSIGHTBB.COM>
Date: 2010-11-10
Comments:
I was born and raised in Kenvir, kentucky. I am looking for any information concerning my family George R. Madden. He worked for the Peabody Coal Company and other as far as I can remember. If you should have any information or pictures I could get I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so very much.
 

Name: Wanda Sumler <sumler_wm@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-10-17
Comments:
my grandfather was Adam Sumler his wife Evaline (Watts)Sumler. I never got the opportunity to meet them. I would like to know more about them as I am working on a family tree.
People don't realize or remember how much the miners and their families gave or how hard their lives were. Their sacrifice is what makes our lives easier.

 

Name: Gary Davis <garydavis@volcano.net>
Date: 2010-10-09
Comments:

Grandmother was born in 1895 and something happened to her family. All the children were sent away. Believe her dad was a coal miner. Her name was Mary Hoag. Born in Whitesburg, KY

 

Name: wanda <wanda.guerra@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2010-10-07
Comments:
my dad was a coal miner. i think it was in harlan
 

Name: linda doerr <nanadoerr@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-10-06
Comments:
i love looking at this kind of things since i started doing are family tree,,, and all of my family is from eastern kentucky ,,,
 

Name: Mary Ruth Check Phillips <nitadegroodt@aol.com>
Date: 2010-09-30
enter your website title Mary
Comments:
Born and raised in Wallins Creek. Born 1933.
 

Name: Paul Turner <turnpd@aol.com>
Date: 2010-09-30
Comments:
I was born and raised in Benham Ky., I was a coal miner for 35 year, working at Benham, Bell County Coal near Middlesboro Ky., and the last 18 year at Jim Walter in Brookwood Alabama, retired now and living in Florida.

GOD BLESS ALL COAL MINERS and their families.

 

Name: DWAYNE STANFILL <INSDWA@GMAIL.COM>
Date: 2010-09-16
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Comments:
MY HALF UNCLE VERNON STANFILL KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THE MINES IN McCREARY CNTY. HE WORKED MANY YEARS FOR THEM.I DON'T
REMEMBER THE COMPANYS HE WORKED FOR, BUT HE KNOWS A WEALTH OF INFORMATION ABOUT THEM. ME & MY DAD HURSTLE STANFILL WALKED TO THE MOUTH OF ONE OF THE MINES MANY YEARS AGO THAT HE WORKED AT. WE WALKED IN ABOUT 100 FT" BEFORE IT TURNED TO WATER.HIRAM STANFILL IS VERNONS DAD.MY 1st COUSIN DENNIS NEAL WORKED IN THE MINES ALSO FOR A PERIOD OF TIME BUT WAS INJURED. ONCE AGAIN I THANK ALL WHO SACRIFICED SO MUCH TO HELP BUILD OUR SOCIETY OF TODAY.EVERY ONE WHO WALKED IN THOSE DARK HOLES EVERY DAY ARE SPECIAL PEOPLE & THE BOND WILL FOREVER BE.KEEP THEIR MEMORIES ALIVE!!! THANKS TO ALL READERS & PEOPLE WHO CONTRIBUTE STORIES TO THIS SITE.IN MOST CASES MEMORIES ARE ALL WE HAVE OF THE PAST. MINE ARE GOOD ONES. THANKS, DWAYNE STANFILL

 

Name: eric edwards <themanintheworld@myspace.com>
Date: 2010-09-15
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Comments:
this is the job i want
 

Name: eric edwards <themanintheworld@myspace.com>
Date: 2010-09-15
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Comments:
this is the job i want
 

Name: DWAYNE STANFILL <INSDWA@GMAIL.COM>
Date: 2010-09-15
Comments:
HURSTLE STANFILL WORKED AT BARTHEL FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AFTER HE CAME BACK FROM THE SERVICE. 1941,42. MY MOM USE TO CRY WHEN HE WENT TO WORK BECAUSE OF THE FEAR & UNCERTAINTY IF HE WOULD COME BACK AT THE END OF THE DAY.
THEY LATER MOVED TO CINCINNATI & ADOPTED ME IN 1955. I WAS VERY BLESSED TO HAVE THEM AS MY PARENTS. DAD PASSED AWAY MAY 18 2010 AT 86 YRS.1 MNTH. 3 DAYS, BOTH WERE RAISED AROUND HOLLY HILL. HIS DAD HIRAM STANFILL ALSO WORKED THE
MINES & LUMBER IN THE MOUNTAINS HE PASSED AWAY IN 1990.
I WISH I HAD RECORDED ALL THE STORIES THEY HAD TOLD OVER THE YEARS. WHAT HISTORY GOT AWAY ABOUT THE AREA & PEOPLE OF THE TIME. I MISS THEM ALL! THANK YOU . DWAYNE STANFILL

 

Name: LUCINDA M. HESTER-MCCORD <C.MCCORD@ROANEGOV.ORG>
Date: 2010-09-08
Comments:
I AM THE GRANDAUGHTER OF A COAL MINER,HE WORKED IN THE HARLAN,KENTUCKY COAL MINES.HE HAD A WIFE AND 4 CHILDREN AT THE TIME OF HIS "DEATH", HE WAS 31 YEARS OLD,DIED IN 1931. HE WAS MURDERED TRYING TO FORM A COAL MINERS UNION.
HIS BROTHER WAS ALSO EMPLOYED WITHIN THE SAME MINES,ALSO OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. HIS NAME WAS EDWARD MATTHEW CRISCILLIS.

 

Name: John Stackowitz <blacksheep6730@msn.com>
Date: 2010-09-03
Comments:
My Grandfathers name was Jim Criss. he died of bad air at the Blue Diamond mine at Hazard a year after I was born in arond 1947. I would like to know more about him.He was from Greece and spoke broken English.I live in Maryland now but still have family in Hazard,Bulan.Thank you John
 

Name: Carol Ann Brock <carol.brock@ymail.com>
Date: 2010-08-05
Comments:
Daughter of Carroll Brock and Laura Brock (Irvin). Both parents born in Harlan. Great,great grandfather, Senator Hiram Brock.
 

Name: Carol Ann Brock <carol.brock@ymail.com>
Date: 2010-08-05
Comments:
Daughter of Carroll Brock and Laura Brock (Irvin). Both parents born in Harlan. Great,great grandfather, Senator Hiram Brock.
 

Name: Rick Sturgill <aut@briggslibrary.org>
Date: 2010-07-28
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Comments:
My dad worked for the Blue Diamond Coal Company in Little Leatherwood Ky. We left there around 1963. I was about 6 years old. We moved to Lynch Ky where he went to work there in the mines. We left Ky in 1968 and moved to Perry County Ohio where dad worked for the Peabody Coal Company until about 1979. He died in February of 1982.
 

Name: Danny Stiltner <danthebassman07@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-07-22
Comments:
I am going to go all through your site. This stuff fascinates me to no end. I was an underground Miner for 17 years until multiple injuries forced an early retirement @ age 35. Most of my work was done in far Eastern Ky. (Woodman, Stopover), but I have also worked in Southern West Va. and Virginia.
 

Name: Mona Joyner <mj98104@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-07-16
Comments:
I too am from Harlan County, KY.

My father Earnest Caudill, from Evarts, Closplint, KY area was a coal miner.

I had many relatives who were/are coal miners in the Caudill families.

If you knew my father, or any Caudills' who were coal miners or killed in the mines, please contact me.

I am writing my memoirs of A Harlan County Daughters Survival and would to include your stories, photos,etc.

Rev Mona Caudill Joyner
PO Box 21493
Seattle,WA
98111-3493
#206#441-7441
mj98104@yahoo.com


 

Name: Janet Little King <jlk1091@aol.com>
Date: 2010-06-25
Comments:
My grandfather, Banks Farris, was killed in a Yancey mine (Republic Coal Co) in 1948. I'm attending a Farris family reunion in September, 2010, and would love any photos or information that anyone may want to share!
 

Name: Janice Fagg Chandler <jc2120@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-06-06
Comments:
John W. Fagg was a miner for the Clover Fork mines from the early 1930's until he retired in 1958. He worked for the Whitfield family and was living in Kitts until he moved us to Florida in June of 1958. Instead of growing up with television I grew up on the stories of the union organization in the 30's. When returning to college in 1999 I choose this a topic for a research paper and was amazed at how the data I gathered mirrored the stories I had grown up on, right down to some of the names of mine owners and labor leaders. The men of that time and the women who stood by them had a strength this nation may never see again. Daddy and momma buried 5 childern on that hillside in Harlan and never forgot the struggle it took to feed the rest. Daddy never gave up his faith in God and country and died as proud as he lived.

 

Name: Jennifer Meadows <jsmeadows1@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-06-03
Comments:
My grandfather, Roby Meade was killed in the mines located at Tom's Creek at Nippa, KY at one time was called Mouth of Rush in 1958 and in reading and looking through this wonderful site I can only imagine the suffering of so many families as my granny suffered raising her three children alone.
 

Name: Chelsea <chelseabeeb@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-06-02
Comments:
I just watched the documentary for Harlan County, KY U.S.A version that took place in the 1970's and I must say, it was dispickable what they did to your family and everyone you knew. My sincerest, depest regrets to you and I cherish the men who gave their lives for such a cause. Good luck to you.
 

Name: JL Marlar <djmarlar@msn.com>
Date: 2010-06-01
Comments:
Thanks for this site.
 

Name: Barbara Williams <bawilli@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-05-17
Comments:
My Grandfather was a miner in Harlan County. I am currently doing genealogy research for the Stewart family.
 

Name: Vickie Weaver <dirtyoven@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-05-14
Comments:
i found an old (penny colored) coin with scalloped edges that says BLACK STAR COAL CO ALVA KY on it, with the number 1 in the center of it. the other side says MASTER METAL SCRIP IN TRADE - can anyone tell me about this coin? i also have a silverish coin that has a small diamond hole cut in it. it says DIAMOND COAL COMPANY PAYABLE IN MERCHANDISE ONLY anyone know about these coins?
 

Name: Vickie Weaver <dirtyoven@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-05-14
Comments:
i found an old (penny colored) coin with scalloped edges that says BLACK STAR COAL CO ALVA KY on it, with the number 1 in the center of it. the other side says MASTER METAL SCRIP IN TRADE - can anyone tell me about this coin? i also have a silverish coin that has a small diamond hole cut in it. it says DIAMOND COAL COMPANY PAYABLE IN MERCHANDISE ONLY anyone know about these coins?
 

Name: Shirley Petro Bengie Hogue <indymom@embarqmail.com>
Date: 2010-05-08
Comments:
I was married for a short time to Ruby Taylor Hudson Bengie's grandson.
 

Name: Marilyn Feltner-Collins <kyrose72455@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-05-05
Comments:
I am the grand-daughter, daughter, sister of coal miners and a past coal miner my self. A fact of which I am very proud. I worked for Whitaker Coal company. At the eas mines. My last name was Lindsey then.
 

Name: Donald e Joseph <joseph3423@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-04-25
Comments:
My Grandfather was a Coalminer in Harlan county. I'm trying to find more Info in which mine or mines he worked. His name was Samuel Joseph. The time was 1910- 1925?
 

Name: Donald e Joseph <joseph3423@hotmail.com>
Date: 2010-04-25
Comments:
My Grandfather was a Coalminer in Harlan county. I'm trying to find more Info in which mine or mines he worked. His name was Samuel Joseph
 

Name: louise caldwell <caldwelllouise76@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-04-25
Comments:
my grandfather noah luster stines was a coal miner up around harlan i dont know which mine he worked at, he fell dead in 1945 as he was going out his door to work he was married to bettie stines who lived in london ky no one in the family has a picture of him my mother was 11 years old when he died and now she has passed away if any one remembers him let me know
 

Name: LindaAllen McDaniel <adaneff@aol.com>
Date: 2010-04-14
Comments:
My father William Allen, his father Wilburn Allen, my grandfather Charles Neff, my uncles Bud and Bill Neff were miners in Black Mt. My great-grandfather Will Neff died in the Blue Bonnie mine in Lee Co. Va. I have many great uncles and cousins that worked in the mines in Harlan KY and Va. I proudly display their lunch boxes and lanterns. I love telling people of my heritage. I am proud to be a member of these great families.
 

Name: LindaAllen McDaniel <adaneff@aol.com>
Date: 2010-04-14
Comments:
My father William Allen, his father Wilburn Allen, my grandfather Charles Neff, my uncles Bud and Bill Neff were miners in Black Mt. My great-grandfather Will Neff died in the Blue Bonnie mine in Lee Co. Va. I have many great uncles and cousins that worked in the mines in Harlan KY and Va. I proudly display their lunch boxes and lanterns. I love telling people of my heritage. I am proud to be a member of these great families.
 

Name: Charolette Partin Marquart <charlmarquart68@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-04-13
Comments:
I am proud to be the grandaughter of a coal miner!!! I love my papaw so much,God love him, he went to be with Jesus on July 16th 2001 from black lung from working in those coal mines!!! I love you papaw and miss you so much!!! Rest with Jesus!!!
 

Name: Shanna Davis <planetdavis@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-04-13
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Comments:
My great grandfather Bill Halbert was killed on 11/26/1938 at a local coal mine in Dony, Kentucky. Dony is on old Floyd County maps but not current maps. Dony was located near East McDowell up Frasure's Creek. I was looking for any information on this mine or accident, which was due to his inexperience riding the electric car.
 

Name: Jack Hensley <jhensley@zoomtown.com>
Date: 2010-04-08
Comments:
Lived most of my childhood in coalfields in Harlan county.
 

Name: Robin Timm <jordansgrammy42@aol.com>
Date: 2010-04-08
Comments:
Would love to know more about the ajax coal camp in Bulan, kentucky. My dad (Chester Combs) played on the tipple when he was young.
 

Name: Dana H Hall <d.hall@tycoelectronics.com>
Date: 2010-04-07
Comments:
My mother taught school in Evarts in the 40's. My dad's from West Va. and my mom is from the mtns outside Asheville NC. I was born in Kentucky in 1953. One day I want to visit the area where she taught school. She has so many stories from that period of time. I'd love to know where I can see more photographs from that time and place.
Thanks for setting up this site.

 

Name: Jennifer Kendall <kendall_j@att.net>
Date: 2010-04-04
Comments:
By the way, im doing a project on a coal miner's point of view with mountain top coal removal. Do any coal miners have any comments on what it was like working in the coal mines? And whether you liked it or not. I want a true life point of view on coal mining. Thank you! God Bless you all!
 

Name: Jennifer Kendall <kendall_j@att.net>
Date: 2010-04-04
Comments:
Just wanted to say all the coal miner's will be in my prayers! Doing a project in college on coal mining, and all the miners should definately be respected and remembered!
 

Name: Patrick Swartz <swartz.patrick@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-04-02
Comments:
Looking for a record of my grandfather's death in a mine. His name was Samuel Loman Boyd and he died around 1931-1932. Thank you for creating this site.
 

Name: Becky Blanton <beckieblanton6817@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-03-29
Comments:
I would like to find pictures of the old boarding house ar Twila, Ky and the Coal tipple. Any pictures of the camp houses would be appreciated.
 

Name: sue workman- carter <diamond062@netzero.net>
Date: 2010-03-13
Comments:
my father andrew ''shortie'' carter worked at the Bardo mines in the 50's he died in 1997 he worked all his life underground surporting his family an was a wonderful dad, an a good friend to many.does anyone have a group photo of his crew. i would really appreciate seeing one. GOD BLESS all the miners an tgeir families. SUE
 

Name: William Farmer <billbarb@willapabay.org>
Date: 2010-03-12
Comments:
I was born at Farmers Mill, Ky in 1933. I now live at Ocean Park, WA. I still have many fond memories of Harlan County, and many wonderful relatives still living there.
In fack, the house my grandfather owned "The Leonard Farmer House" at Farmers Mill is now a state historical
landmark.

 

Name: William Farmer <billbarb@willapabay.org>
Date: 2010-03-12
Comments:
I was born at Farmers Mill, Ky in 1933. I now live at Ocean Park, WA. I still have many fond memories of Harlan County, and many wonderful relatives still living there.
In fack, the house my grandfather owned "The Leonard Farmer House" at Farmers Mill is now a state historical
landmark.

 

Name: Dolly Dearner <ddearner@coxconnect.net>
Date: 2010-03-08
Comments:
I lived in Harlan County from 1955 to 1963, 8 years of my childhood. My father was a lung doctor. I often think of Harlan, and I miss it. We lived between Grays Knob and teh Virginia border.
 

Name: Joshua Shackleford Evarts Funeral Home <josh_evartsfuneralhome@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-03-07
Comments:
Thank you for allowing the people of the world top be able to experience the proud heritage of our area.
 

Name: Doug Brewer <brewdda@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-02-28
Comments:
I grew up in Owsley County, Sturgon and Green Hall.My grandfather Chester Tirey worked the mines.
 

Name: Ernie Huff <ernie_huff@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-02-20
Comments:
Father, Arthur Huff. Retired at Liggett in Harlan County. Brother Harold Huff. Worked at several mines in Harlan County.
 

Name: Angela Begley <inezbandm@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-02-10
Comments:
This is a wonderful site. My father worked at Blue Diamond and Peter Cave Coal (Martin Co.) His name was Mason Begley.
 

Name: charles Hoskins <choskins2@gmail.com>
Date: 2010-01-31
Comments:
My father was Charles V. Hoskins (charlie)He died in April 1930 ,from a head injury at kemont coal company.He died a day later.He left a wife,Anna Fuson and six children.I was born two months later.I have tried to find information on this accident.Is there any history on accidents at kenmont coal company.This is a wonderful site.
Thanks,
Charles Hoskins

 

Name: Barbara Farler <barbarafarler@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-01-27
Comments:
I am very proud to be both a coal miners daughter and to have been born and spent the first 11 years of my life in Allock, Ky. My father worked for 40 years in the Allock mines. I was so sad to see him come home every day. The only place you could see was around his eyes. His name was John M. Farler and I was so relieved to see in walk down the lane to our house. We though we were very wealthy because we had such a bounty of food. My Dad and Mom had 3 large gardens. We also had chickens and a hog. My unle John Perkins from Sassfrass would split the meat from a cow he kept. Then in Novembe they would butcher the hog and cow and split the meat. Then cure it. My Mother was a master at canning and canned almost everything from our garden. Make jellie and jams. My dad would make peach and blackberry brandy.
Like I said we thought we were rich. I was apalled to learn that my dad mad $9.00 a week. I have no idea how they manged to provide such a beautiful home and food. This combined with a lot of love. I had 2 brothers and 5 sisters who all moved to Anderson, Indiana by the time I was 5. My dad got too sick to work, so we moved to Anderson to be with the rest of my family. Let me tell you they had to drag me into the car kicking and screaming.
I pray for all the people there and the beautiful place they live in. I miss it so much. My dad died of black lung which turned into cancer. I got my Mom the black lung benefits but he was dead by then. It took me 2 years.
My mom wrote to Dr. Pigman and he provided the evidence that got her the benefits. So don't give up if they deney you.

To all
God Bless Barbara Farler

 

Name: faye green carnahan <faye carnahan@yahoo.com>
Date: 2010-01-24
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Comments:
loved yoursite i knew a couple of names reese shumate from le junior i knew the teacher dozier
 

Name: Alice Wilson <wilson.alice@att.net>
Date: 2010-01-11
Comments:
My grandfArther, Stephen Kelemen, worked in the mines in Benham and Lynch. My uncle Johnny Keleman also worked in the mines. This is a veryn dangerous job to have.
 

Name: Alice Wilson <wilson.alice@att.net>
Date: 2010-01-11
Comments:
My grandfArther, Stephen Kelemen, worked in the mines in Benham and Lynch. My uncle Johnny Keleman also worked in the mines. This is a veryn dangerous job to have.
 

Name: Michelle Cole <michellecole@wildblue.net>
Date: 2010-01-07
Comments:
My husban is a coalminer for Lone Mountain "Darby Fork" Mine .."Patrick E.Cole II" and my roots run deep in Harlan county. Even tho I no longer live in that area, I will always consider it my home.My father was from Dizney,Ky. and my mother was born and raised in White oak. =)
 

Name: Sandie Palmer <mythology01@comcast.net>
Date: 2010-01-03
Comments:
My great grandmother was Elsie Rose Stokes. My grandmother and her siblings were born in Harlan in the 1910's and 20's.
 

Name: Sandra S. Hall <sandie66@live.com>
Date: 2009-12-27
Comments:
Many of my family members were coal miners in this region. they were the Dillows.There is alot of mention of a Looney Creek Coal Co. in Nee Vee, Kuntucky. The Creech's of Illinois were coal Miners from Hallidayboro, Illinois. I too I'am proud to be from a coal mining family.
 

Name: Sarah Emery <msemery@gvtel.com>
Date: 2009-12-25
Comments:
Nice to find a site with some information on the Kentucky coal mines. My Grandfather, Great Grandfather and several great uncles worked in the coal mine around Webster Co, KY and in Ft. Branch, IN. I am hoping to find some information on mines in some of those areas.
 

Name: mary sue ray snodgrass <jajaclgrr@att.net>
Date: 2009-12-07
Comments:
i'm from dione,ky. my dad was david ray and he worked at lynch mines.
 

Name: Kayla Collett <kaylabrock22@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-12-02
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Comments:
100% support!
 

Name: Joanne Hill <jbhill4kywcats@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-11-29
Comments:
I come from a long list of Coal Miners from Harlan Co, Letcher Co Ky & Wise Va. They were Emery Lee Flanary came across Black Mt To Harlan Co and fought for UMWA. The Lewis's & Mullins & Breedings of Letcher Co. The Goldens from Whitley Co Ky. Any one with any info on these Familys email me please. Thanks Joanne (Golden) Hill
 

Name: Marilyn Messna <mmessina52@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-11-15
Comments:
It has been awhile since I've been back to the site. Thank you for work you have put into this. My grandfather David Tipton and my dad Andrew Meadows both worked in the mines close to Wallins Creek. My dad moved us to Indiana when I was about a year old and my Grandfather followed after that. My Uncle Ray Tipton is still living in Wallins Creek and worked the mines for years. I am also looking for a brother I didn't know I had until recently. He was probably born in 1959. My dad was his father.
 

Name: Debbie Hodge-Hill <dlhill@email.itt-tech.edu>
Date: 2009-11-05
Comments:
My gradfather was a miner in Harlan and I am so proud of that. I am trying to locate scrip and other memorabilia from 1930's through 1960's. I've located a scrip from one of the mines he worked for and scatter tags from another to give my father for Christmas. I also want my children to know this part of our family history and how important it is. My father's name is Robert Lee Hodge and his father's name was Arthur. My mother name is Virginia Ruth Wynn. If anyone knows them, I'd love to hear from you.
 

Name: mark martin <mark.martin@cor.org>
Date: 2009-10-13
Comments:
i my self was a miner with the grace of god i got away bless all of you
 

Name: Meredith Peck <adpeck01@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-10-10
Comments:
My great-grandfather, Meredith Campbell, was a cole miner in Kenvir, KY. My grandfather, Johnny Meredith Campbell, grew up there. He left when he was 17, in 1949. I have heard many stories of his childhood and the coal mines over the years. My grandfather passed away just two weeks ago, so it was so nice to find this website and see some of what he was talking about. Thanks for your hard work!
 

Name: Melanie Marie Shifflett Ridner <melanieridner@zoomtown.com>
Date: 2009-10-07
Comments:
My daddy and his daddy were coal miners in Harlan Kentucky .
They worked for the BLue Diamond mines.
My Great Grandpa was Doc McGuffy Wagers at the mine and my Great Grandma Indian was his nurse.
My sister now 75 years old talks about "Bloody Harlan" and all the hell that went on down there. My dad and mom lived in the C Camps as they were called down ther and coal town was a widely name used as well. I am fifty two years old this year and I know from the stories she tells of great pain and sorrow that so many people had to live back then .
It is such an awful shame . Our coalminers were the great part of this Country growing and some lived so very poor. The stories break my heart for these brave souls who worked so hard.

 

Name: quina joyce hill <quina@bresnan.net>
Date: 2009-10-01
Comments:
I WAS BORN A COAL MINERS DAUGHTER IN ALVA KY 1940 MY DAD WAS HEARL HILL, UNCLES LUSTER, CLEVE, BILL,HILL, STEP DAD PERRY HENSLEY. ALL COAL MINERS. THANKS FOR THIS SPACE, I NOW LIVE 2000 MILES AWAY IN MONTANA, BUT MY MEMORIES AND HEART GOES TO THAT MINING CAMP AND LITTLE TOWN OF PASSED QUIET OFTEN, EVEN AFTER MENY YEARS, MY MOTHER IS DOROTHY MORSE,ALL MOST 90 YEARS OLD, STILL LIVING AND WELL.WE TALK OFTEN ABOUT OLD TIMES AND PEOPLE FROM HARLAN CO. THANKS FOR ALLOWING ME TO VISIT MY PASSED ONCE MORE. QUINA JOYCE HILL
 

Name: gloria centers wilkinson <wilkinson7915@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-09-26
Comments:
my father was fred centers. he worked for united states steel on top of black mountain. I am the youngest of his 11 children.
 

Name: gloria centers wilkinson <wilkinson7915@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-09-26
Comments:
my father was fred centers. he worked for united states steel on top of black mountain. I am the youngest of his 11 children.
 

Name: Vivian Caudill <redvivian@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-08-19
Comments:
Widow of Coal Miner, Timothy W. Caudill. 2006
 

Name: Johnnie L (Beene) Long <JohnnieLONG1989@YAHOO.COM>
Date: 2009-08-10
Comments:
MY husband's great, great, great grandfather worked in the Consolidation Coal Co. Mine # 214, in McRoberts KY.William Thomas Long, was his name.Enjoyed the site!!!!
 

Name: Pam Williams <pwilli8385@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-06-27
Comments:
My grandfather, Herbert Buell Farmer (married to Bertha Walbrecht)worked in the mines in Harlan County, Ky. He died in 1981 of Black Lung. I recognized a lot of the names mentioned in the guest book as my grandparents had spoken of them often. I bet a lot of us are related. I am proud to be a coal miner's granddaughter.
 

Name: PATRICIA <peppy.shamblin@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-06-24
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HELLO TO ALL THE MINERS AN MINERS FAMILYS IM A MINERS WIFE I FOUND THIS SITE AN IT IS A WOUNDERFULL SITE WE ALL NEED TO STAND UP AN FIGHT FOR THE COAL MINES BEFORE THEY TAKE THAT FROM US TO I AM VERY PROUD OF ALL THE MINERS DEEP AN SURFACE MINERS TO MANY PEOPLE ARE LOSING THERE JOBS
WELL KEEP UP ALL THE HARD WORK MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU

PS I AM BEHIND YOU GUYS ALL THE WAY PLEASE BE SAFE

 

Name: bill sanders <bps@ykc.com>
Date: 2009-06-19
Comments:
My grandfather, Andrew [andy] Watkins [1892-1924] was a coal miner in a Lower Creek mine located in Beattyville, Lee Co., KY. on Feb 6, 1924. As he was exiting the mine with his cousin, a piece of slate fell on him and decapitated him. His last words were "Lord take care of my little children". Do you have any information about this incident?
thanks!
bill sanders
Louise, TX.

 

Name: mark patton <flywithmark@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-06-09
Comments:
very nice page it's bad that we are loseing all the jobs we have i know i lost mine just don't know what to do.
 

Name: Ernie (Lil Bulldog) Cates <member32174@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-05-20
Comments:


Some of you may remember my Dad he had the nick-name of
Bulldog.

He is not just my dad but my best friend and my HERO.
Every man who went into a coal mine to make a living for his family is a HERO of mine.

My dad spent 27 years in the coal mines from Strait Creek- Kettle Island area to Shields all the way up Clover Fork to the head of the road.
I went to Shields Grade School and one year at Evarts before moving to Indiana and finished School there. My dad bought a foundry in Indiana that's why we moved . I never worked in a coal mines I drove a coal truck for a couple of people even drove one for a Kentucky State Trooper for a long time.

Would love to hear from old friends and school mates from Shields and Evarts so feel free to email me .

The three teacher at Shields that had a impact on my life are Pauline Creech, Vivian Evans and Bill Crowley..I still have a faded picture of Ms. Creech after all these years.

God bless all those teachers that make a difference in our lives and all the Coal Miners that left way before their time, they are missed.

 

Name: David Deal <claudedeal@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-05-18
Comments:
My father with down in 1952 at USSC at Lynch. His Name was
Claude Deal. He started working mines in 1905 as a 8 year old. Thanks for memories.

 

Name: Kim Bailey <kmmie@aol.com>
Date: 2009-05-11
Comments:
Just stopped by to see the old pics. My grandfather was a miner in Blue Diamond.
 

Name: C. Taylor <orphanct@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-05-11
Comments:
Good site. Looking for grandparents - Lula Daisy Walker and John Robert Taylor. Other names connected with this family: Webb, Graham, Hightowr
 

Name: jennifer magner <jennifer.magner@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-04-28
Comments:
this was very eye opening. im looking for info on my family the meeler and owens from harlan ky. thank you
 

Name: Charlie Lyons <monster_flusher@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-04-27
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Comments:
Very nice, We always will remember our miners, current and passed.
 

Name: Michael Taylor <Maicomike83@aol.com>
Date: 2009-04-21
Comments:
I am the Grandson of Bert Taylor and Son of Wilbert Taylor Dayshift 1940 picture of Bardo coal miners.
 

Name: Charles Gay <ccgay@aol.com>
Date: 2009-04-16
Comments:
The coal mines had hard times,
 

Name: Bobby Cochran <reelclass@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-04-16
Comments:
my Grandfather Mallard Cochran,first name was James i think was from FedsCreek Kentucky,my mother Ella Mae Cochran was one of thirteen children she had a twin brother named Bill, also lived in the Ferrells Creek area, my grandfathers wife last name was Little, he worked the mines in Kentucky,there was a incident that involved some of the family being shot and killed back somewhere in Jan 8th 1951, if anyone has any info on family please contact me,thank you,and may God Bless the familys of all the coal miners
 

Name: Carolyn Buckler <carolyn.buckler@greenup.kyschools.us>
Date: 2009-04-10
Comments:
I am teaching my 8th graders about coal mining and coal miners. I enjoyed the pictures. Thank you!
 

Name: Thelma Lou Murphy <thelma.murphy021538@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-04-09
Comments:
hello this is thelma murphy my grandfather all so got killed in the coalmines at reeds coal mines in,1938 he was coupling two coal cars all by his self one got loose come to gether and pinned my grandfather betweenthem he died right then god bless all of our coal miners thelmalou
 

Name: Lisa Ellwoods <mncherokee@aol.com>
Date: 2009-04-06
Comments:
My grandfather Chester Harlan WOODS worked in the coal mines when he was young in KY and later in VW. I am looking for information on his family. Chester was born in April of 1907. His father was John Harlan WOODS and his mother was Nancy LIVELY WOODS. They died when Chester was young and he was raised by a relative (grandmother, aunt?) named Ellen (?WOODS).
 

Name: Doug Combs <djcombs007@gmail.com>
Date: 2009-04-03
Comments:
My father (1946-1949) and grandfather worked in the mines for Blue Diamond. My older sister was born at Blue Diamond in 1947.
 

Name: FRANKLIN D SHUMATE SR <fshumatesr@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-04-03
Comments:
hello my name is franklin d shumate i was born at lejunior ky sept 16 1937 i went to schilds school through th 8th grade i would love to hear from some of the kids that was in my classes some of my teachers was ann kelly miss judd miss canady russ dozer i rember a lot of the kids from there .i left shelds went in the army i later came back and worked in the coal mines for karst robbins coal co and for shakaford coal and bob an rod coal co i now live in fl would love to hear from my freinds up there
 

Name: Jim Thornton <oldvol1@hotmail.com>
Date: 2009-03-22
Comments:
My Pop (Grandpa) was a coal miner in Chevrolet for 45 years or more, until the mine closed down. I was born in the old Harlan Hospital in 1947. Shortly after my birth, Mom and Dad moved to Coalfield Tennessee. While I was growing up in Tennessee I would spend my summers in Chevrolet with Granny and Pop. These summers were some of the best times of my life. Just a few years ago I took my wife and two children (adults now) to Chevrolet and Harlan. I hadn't been there since 1964. I was deeply saddened to see only a couple of houses in Chevrolet that were still standing, Granny's and Pop's house had fallen down. My memories of Chevrolet were greater than the sadness I felt while I was there visiting. We also went into Harlan. These two places hold a very big place in my heart.
 

Name: justin ponce <arizzi79@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-03-19
Comments:
my great grandfather was Effie Towe he is in the photo of the 1940 Bardo coal miners. The photo was just passed down to me. I was just interested if there were any more photos of him and wanted to learn a little more what his life was like. I would like to be able to tell his great great grandson some stories about the miners so three memories can live on.
 

Name: meg <xxbarssyxx10@aim.com>
Date: 2009-03-18
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Comments:
ugh sad :(
 

Name: Trent Hall <trent40906@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-03-02
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Comments:
Please come join us at www.blackstarcoalcamp.com. We have many photos and articles to read on Black Star Coal Camp.
Thanks to all.

 

Name: brent bottles <bbottles@sylvaniatownshippolice.com>
Date: 2009-02-25
Comments:
just to let you know....coal miners are the hardest working people.....i could never take the hardship these miners go through everyday....hats off to you good people!!!!!
 

Name: ruth sweet doss <rthsweetgp@aol.com>
Date: 2009-02-24
Comments:
my dad (leon sweet) my grand father (j.b.cole) and
ben sweet all worked in the mines at lothair ky.
yes im very proud to say im a coal miners daughter.
im living in alabama now sence i was 15.im 73 years old so i dont guess ill ever get to see the ky mountains again.

 

Name: Teresa Taylor <baylormolly@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-02-23
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner in Harlan. His name was John Howard. My grandmas name was Lydia Clem. He shot a man for trying to mess with my grandma. He went to prison for it, but got out later. They lived in Harlan where they raised my dad, Mark Howard. My uncles Benny, Neil, Roger Dale, Johnny has passed, Gary has passed, Ernie has passed, Hulen, Ewell Howard. There are 3 girls named Daisey, Barbara, and Joan. My grandma and grandpa moved to Salem, Indiana in the 50's, and have been there ever sinse. My grandma and grandpa are deceased. There are some names I have. My grandmas sisters are Hattie Saylor. She lived in Harlan, and Fleeta Howard, whi lived in Salem. They have both passed. My grandpa had black lung. My dad took me back to Harlan when I was about 5. I remember walking along the railroad tracks, and the tunnel. And there was an old women named Estell. My grandma would always go to a cemetery on top of a hill to visit her family who died. She had a brother named Burl. My dad and my family are hopefully going to get to visit Harlan again this summer. I would like to take my dad back there one more time before he passes away, to see how things have changed and to let him see where he grew up and to show me every thing he knows about the town. I am so proud of my family history and that they came from Harlan. It is a hostorical place for us and I will never forget it. There is so much history there that is unbelievable. If anyone as info on my family, they can e-mail me and tell me or ask me questions if they have any. Thanks for your blood, sweat, and tears in the coal mines. My hearts go out to all the families of the great coalminers of Harlan Kentucky. You may be gone form this earth, but you are never forgotten. You are in our hearts always.
 

Name: Teresa Taylor <baylormolly2yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-02-23
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner in Harlan. His name was John Howard. My grandmas name was Lydia Clem. He shot a man for trying to mess with my grandma. He went to prison for it, but got out later. They lived in Harlan where they raised my dad, Mark Howard. My uncles Benny, Neil, Roger Dale, Johnny has passed, Gary has passed, Ernie has passed, Hulen, Ewell Howard. There are 3 girls named Daisey, Barbara, and Joan. My grandma and grandpa moved to Salem, Indiana in the 50's, and have been there ever sinse. My grandma and grandpa are deceased. There are some names I have. My grandmas sisters are Hattie Saylor. She lived in Harlan, and Fleeta Howard, whi lived in Salem. They have both passed. My grandpa had black lung. My dad took me back to Harlan when I was about 5. I remember walking along the railroad tracks, and the tunnel. And there was an old women named Estell. My grandma would always go to a cemetery on top of a hill to visit her family who died. She had a brother named Burl. My dad and my family are hopefully going to get to visit Harlan again this summer. I would like to take my dad back there one more time before he passes away, to see how things have changed and to let him see where he grew up and to show me every thing he knows about the town. I am so proud of my family history and that they came from Harlan. It is a hostorical place for us and I will never forget it. There is so much history there that is unbelievable. If anyone as info on my family, they can e-mail me and tell me or ask me questions if they have any. Thanks for your blood, sweat, and tears in the coal mines. My hearts go out to all the families of the great coalminers of Harlan Kentucky. You may be gone form this earth, but you are never forgotten. You are in our hearts always.
 

Name: Teresa Taylor <baylormolly2yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-02-23
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner in Harlan. His name was John Howard. He shot a man for trying to mess with my grandma. He went to prison for it, but got out later. That is all I know.
 

Name: Gayle (Wright) Tackett <ladygray2004@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2009-02-22
Comments:
Hello,I just love your suite.I am from Weeksbury,Ky and that was a coal mine camp.My dad and my husband both worked there in the mines.My dad was hurt very badly in the coal mines at Weeksbury.He also had Black Lungs when he died in 1972. We left there in 1956 because my husband couldn't fine work any more.The big coal mines shut down in Weeksbury. So we had to go were he could get a job. Think you so much for this. God bless gayle
 

Name: Joyce Asher Taylor Roberie <irishillfarm@wildblue.net>
Date: 2009-02-19
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Comments:
I was born and raised outside of Hyden, KY on Asher's Branch. My dad was Jack Asher, a coal miner for many years and my mother, Rose Washburn Asher was a homemaker. They had eleven children. We were poverty stricken and lived in a three room shack. We left the hills after dad contracted Black Lung disase. He died of cancer in 2003 in Warsaw, KY. As a young woman, I saw the economic stability of coal in the early 80's when I wrote my first song called "ACE in the HOLE". I was befriended by someone that took my songs to Nashville; That's was the I ever heard of them until I heard my song on the radio in 2003. George Strait had recorded it very soon after it found its way to Nashville. I did NOT have a Copyright so it was easy pickings for Strait. I put my trust in this person to show some integrity. All of my songs on my website have copyrights....None of which have music copyrights since I can't read, write or play music. Please take a look at my site:) Maybe someday someone that can sing and play would like to join forces with a proud coal miner's daughter. Sincerely, Joyce A. Roberie
 

Name: diana lynn cook ritchie <bo.yonder@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-02-14
Comments:
my grandfather, herb mcglothen, was a miner around martin, kyu,floyd co. he was badly injured in a cave in, wore casts for about eighteen months never thought to walk again.but between his stubborness and my grandmothers determination, he did walk again, my grandparents moved to st. marys, ohio and my papa retired after 25 years at goodyear. I am heartfelt in my appreciation to all miners!
 

Name: william n crider jr. <wcrider153@comcast.net>
Date: 2009-02-14
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner and lived and worked in Harlan County during the 1920-1938 era.
 

Name: Randall C Tackett <a_tackett@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2009-02-11
Comments:
My Father was a coal miner in Letcher Co. KY,.
 

Name: Gary Sweeton <kms3100@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-02-11
Comments:
My grandfather was killed in harlan kentucky in the mines in 1938 he was born in molus,my grandmother grieved herself to death and my dad and his siblings were sent to differn't families to live.I lost my dad on feb 1st 2009 he was 77yrs old,If anyone has any pictures of the early miners or of my grandfather I would love to hear from you.
Thanks gary sweeton,TN

 

Name: Cathy Johnson <lasha_johnson@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-02-06
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Comments:
My future husband is a deep miner in martin co ky, he works so hard and comes home with the black of the job on his face so thick I really dont know how they breath under there, he is a wonderful man, whom I love very much, but I think our miners have the roughest job in the world, going deep underground just to make a living. thanks to them all. may God bless you all.
 

Name: christina <cwatthecross@thesideofthelord.com>
Date: 2009-02-04
Comments:
I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed the old pics and I read a few of the comments and would like to say I thank God for the men and women who put their lives in danger every day o support their families my husband doesn't work in aa mines but he works at one and drives a truck and there are many days I worry and pray because of the conditions of the roads he has to haul on really enjoyed your sight stumbled upon it by accident was't raised in KY for the most part but have happily been calling Kenvir in Harlan CO. my home for almost 20 years Thank GOd for the God-fearing and loving people of Southeastern KY God Bless you all
 

Name: cindy curtis <cinlou2@live.com>
Date: 2009-02-01
Comments:
Thank you for the pictures. My Grandfather was Elmer Lane,who died in a coal mine around 1941 in Harlan,KY. I have only one piture of him.

 

Name: Kim Gibson <Gibsoncat@aol.com>
Date: 2009-01-30
Comments:
Both of my grandfathers were coal miners in Harlan Kentucky.
 

Name: loretta creech <pipestone7lc@insightbb.com>
Date: 2009-01-29
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Comments:
coal mining is a sad and dangerous occupation and it took the life of my dad in 1965. In 2007 I publishrd a book about his death, he was shot and murdered during a picket strike in leatherwood Ky., which your readers may be interested in reading. The book is "No Tears for Ernest Creech" and Berea press said it was great reading for coal mining in the sixties.
 

Name: Patti Wages <kylady55@hughes.net>
Date: 2009-01-28
Comments:
I came to this site because I am working on my family history. My grandfather was a coal miner and died of black lung. His name: Ward Mullins
 

Name: Rick Sturgill <aut@briggslibrary.org>
Date: 2009-01-26
Comments:
I was born in Hazard Ky in 1957 and lived in Little Leatherwood Ky. My dad, Richard Sturgill worked for Blue Diamond Coal mines. We moved from there around 1964 to Tennesee to work in a coal mine and then back to Lynch Ky to work in the coal mine. Or family moved to Perry County Ohio so dad could work for Peabody Coal Company in New Lexington Ohio. He died in 1982. I worked in the mines there for 13 years until it closed in 1989.
 

Name: Barry Arnold <barryarnold136@yahoo.ca>
Date: 2009-01-25
Comments:
Very good site---how recent does information go? I'm going to have to refer some people to this site as well.
 

Name: Barry Arnold <barryarnold136@yahoo.ca>
Date: 2009-01-25
Comments:
Very good site---how recent does information go? I'm going to have to refer some people to this site as well.
 

Name: Barry Arnold <barryarnold136@yahoo.ca>
Date: 2009-01-25
Comments:
Very good site---how recent does information go? I'm going to have to refer some people to this site as well.
 

Name: sammy gallup <sammygallup@yahoo.com>
Date: 2009-01-25
Comments:
God Bless the men who work for a honest living in the mines day In and day Out
 

Name: amy caudill <amycarol@tds.net>
Date: 2009-01-10
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Comments:
great old pictures sure would like to see more recent ones in harlan, ky.for the years of 1990's-2008. if u have any. keep up the great work processing the info.

amy caudill

 

Name: Deanna Trail <dtrail5750@wowway.com>
Date: 2009-01-07
Comments:
My dad and his family was raised in Kenvir kentucky. My grandma and grandpa were married in Evarts. So I enjoy coming to the website to check on thing.
 

Name: maggie young <mkysportsgirl@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-03-13
Comments:
i really enjoyed the site i am also a coal miners daughter. even though my dad is a coal miner today and it isn't as hard i still know what it feels like to worry about him when he leaves for work. i am sorry for the one s who have lost family and friends to the blackness.
 

Name: Sheree Fagin <Orionomni@aol.com>
Date: 2008-03-09
Comments:
in memory: June Lanham
 

Name: Mark Trine <neo_hippie11@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-03-06
Comments:
I greatly enjoyed your sight. I am looking for information on my grandfather *BARNEY TURNER* he was a miner in or around Harlan County, Kenvir, and or Evarts. He was married to *OLLIE HOLT* in 1937. There childrens names were TOM, MARY JANE (my mom), BOBBY, SAM (ln-GILBERT), ETHEL, and MARILYN (aka JO), she married a TOM NAPIER. Barney may have had brothers JACK & CY HOLT. Ollie had a brother named CLEVELAND HOLT and a sister named FRANCIS. Both of whom live in MI now.
PLEASE, any information I can get on anyone of these people would be appreciated.
Thank You
Mark Trine

 

Name: ruth sweet doss <rthsweetgp@aol.com>
Date: 2008-03-04
Comments:
i was born at lothair ky. where my grandfather worked in the mines...J.B. Cole.... my dad also worked at christfer mines Leon Sweet....we moved to alabama when i was 15that was in 1950
 

Name: donna morrison <familyfour1@netzero.com>
Date: 2008-03-04
Comments:
I just wanted to let my baby, Chris Hall who is a Ky. coalminer know how much I worry and pray that he comes home everynight. He has broken his arm and had some bumps and bruises along the way, rib falls and close calls but still he is a coalminer at heart. Loves his job. So to him and all the others past and present may God be with you always. I love you baby and may the darkness never fall upon you.
 

Name: chris hall <familyfour1@netzero.com>
Date: 2008-02-23
Comments:
I am a third generation coal miner . mining has been a big part of my life.coal miners are underappreciated and overworked,the decisions that our great!! state have made has put such a burdon on mining that anyone who has or is still working has nothing to look foward to. mining is heritage and a way of life. to those who put that light on your head everyday,may your light never go out!! god bless.

 

Name: Kay Lea <klea1961@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2008-02-20
Comments:
My father worked in a mines in Kitts Ky in the early 1900's. He name was Flem Moss Sr. He later moved to Tennessee and worked in the coal mines here.
 

Name: Connie Kohlman <connie.kohlman@hill-rom.com>
Date: 2008-02-15
Comments:
I will be coming to Harlan working for COAP and will be very glad to meet some of the coal miners. I hope to visit with some of them and learn about their lives as a coal miner. I think what you do is a great thing and should be commended for doing what you do. Keep up the good work and please be safe.
 

Name: Mary Sprague <mgs1960@gmail.com>
Date: 2008-02-13
Comments:
My grandfather was Paul Mcclung. My mother was Betty June Mcclung 10-31-34 - 07-26-98. I believe my mothers family lived in Crummies at the Time my grandfather was employed in the coal mines. My mother had 1 sister named Eva Maxine (Pat) and 2 brothers, Donnie Mcclung and Jack Mcclung. My great grandfather was a Venable. Thank everyone who helps with this site, it is greatly appreciated.
Mary Sprague Hollister, FL

 

Name: Gayle (wright) Tackett <ladygray2004@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2008-02-05
Comments:
My dad and husband both worked in the coal mines.They worked in Weeksbury mines until the mines close down around 1950.Not sure of the year.My dad George Wright was hurt in the mines there. I can't remember the year that it happened. I was very young then. This is just great for the coal miners, God bless each and everyone of them. God bless Gayle
 

Name: Norma Hatfield Carleton <njcarleton@aol.com>
Date: 2008-02-03
Comments:
I'm looking for information on Chester Skeens who worked in a Pike County deep mine for many years. I am a descendent of Mildred Skeens (parents Chester of Ft Gay WV and Etha McCoy of Freeburn KY) and Lawson Hatfield (parents Monroe and Ida Crockett Jamboree KY).
 

Name: allan price <welshman1@hotmail.co.uk>
Date: 2008-02-01
Comments:
greetings to my fellow coalminers,you got a great site,keep up the good work.been a collier here in the south wales valleys for 40 years,now retired through dust related diseases,but would do the same again tomorrow to be with my butties(workmates)solidarity to you all.allan price
 

Name: Lisa Bailey Petrey <Petreylisa2@aol.com>
Date: 2008-01-30
Comments:
I am very proud of my Grandfather that risked his life daily to provide for his family.Black Lung took my granfather, Roy Bailey a Kenvir miner. He is gone but never forgotten.

Lisa Bailey Petrey

 

Name: Allen Huddleston <alwan@bright.net>
Date: 2008-01-27
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Comments:
I lived in Fonde and Noetown in the 50's and 60's. All of my family was involved in the Coal Industry. With the down turn we had to leave, also.
I would love to hear from any old friends or former residents of Fonde or Noetown.
My dad was named Earl and my Grandfater was Wren.
Great job on the website!
Thank You,
Allen Huddleston

 

Name: Ford Stevens <ford@scrtc.com>
Date: 2008-01-23
Comments:
I was born in 1933, at Yancey, and remember the coal camp very well, I went back not long ago and could not even tell where the houses were, very sad to me, all that gone and we didn't have a picture, In my mind at that time I thought Yancey would be there for ever, Mr. Brittian who taught there and stayed in the School System for years had a hugh impact on my life, I have never forgotten him.
 

Name: patricia a. borello <tishborello@comcast.net>
Date: 2008-01-23
Comments:
My grandfather, Papaw Jones,(Boyd) and my uncle Bill Jones, were coal miners. My Papaw died in 1980 from black lung disease. I can still remember him coming home from the mines,black as coal and exhausted. But, he always had a smile on his face when he would see his grandchildren, or my mamaw, Rachel Jones. They lived in Verda. My mother's name was Ginny Jones (Virginia Stanfill). Tough times, but good memories too! I miss Kentucky alot, and the older I get, the more I miss it!
 

Name: sharon jones rose <sharonrose49@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-01-22
Comments:
What a wonderful tribute to all the hardworking brave miners my grandfather Henry M. Jones and his brother Walter Jones being two of them. Thank you so much.
 

Name: mike bentley <miben111@fuse.net>
Date: 2008-01-20
Comments:
nice site , I am a coal miner's son and grandson . I'm very proud of the coal miner's of Eastern Kentucky .
 

Name: Wanda Lee (Blair)Medlin <Medlinladylee@aol.com>
Date: 2008-01-19
Comments:

Hello, A lot of my Family came from Harlan County, Kentucky, Blair/Clark(ston/son)Campbell/Cornett/Rice Boone/Couch/Creech, plus lots of others.

 

Name: Harold R Tackett Jr <nkprrguy@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-01-16
Comments:
Im the proud grandson of TJ Tackett (Floyd county) And the Proud son of Harold Tackett (Floyd & Johnson county Ky) I am doing research into the Floyd & Johnson County areas For a book about the greatest People that ever lived The mountain people of Ky and WV I would love to hear from you and share your stories Please feel free to email me at nkprrguy@yahoo.com Where lesser people would have failed to make it in that harsh land you thrived and thats something to be proud of! Russ Tackett
 

Name: Cathy Jean Hudson <country_dancer@yahoo.com>
Date: 2008-01-14
Comments:
Thank you for this site and the hard work you do for us genealogy research.


 

Name: ronnie <ronniejr@centurytel.net>
Date: 2008-01-13
Comments:
i love the coalmines
 

Name: Shelley M <keli1@aol.com>
Date: 2008-01-13
Comments:
Looking for information regarding coal miners, Henry Giles and William M. Murphy, these men are Black. any help would be appreciated. Thank you Shelley
 

Name: Diane Estridge <dianeestridge@hotmail.com>
Date: 2008-01-05
Comments:
I enjoyed looking at your pictures and searching for relatives, thanks
 

Name: Kellie Beverly <troutdalemommy@comcast.net>
Date: 2008-01-02
Comments:
Granddaughter of Francis Carey, Garmeda Coal Company, Garmeda (near Middlesboro), Kentucky. Any info you come across for Garmeda would be of great interest to me!!! Thank you for this site!
 

Name: Rhonda Kelly <rkellysancestors@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-12-27
Comments:
My Great-Grandfather Willard Roy Garland died in a coal mine accident 4 months before my Grandma was born.I believe it was White Star coal co. in Harlan.They also have Wilhoit listed as late p.o.?He died June 13,1916.I can never find any info about this particular coal mine.
 

Name: James Walker <screamineagle@embarqmail.com>
Date: 2007-12-26
Comments:
I'm the great-grandson of a Harlan County miner. My Papaw lived in Wheelwright and in Hazard. His name was Archie Clifton Moore. He was married to Martha Vanderbilt. Papaw was crushed in the mines around the late '60's or early '70's. Survived but disabled. Not sure which mine he worked in. Anyone who knows of him please E-mail.
 

Name: kirko <kirko@myspace.com>
Date: 2007-12-18
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Comments:
i my self is a coal miner at vision.9mines in ky
 

Name: Kenneth Ray Russell Jr. <craftywoodworker@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-12-15
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Comments:
My Dad was Killed in 1993 in Kentucky working in the coal mines he was 39 year old with 3 kids and a wife and we still miss him like crazy. I am also a coal miner in Virginia. I was just looking and trying to find a memorial page to see if my Dads name might be on it he was killed in Harlan County right below Jericho Mining so if anyone reads this and knows of a page email me at craftywoodworker@hotmail.com
 

Name: Cindy Farley <clayne11@aol.com>
Date: 2007-12-04
Comments:
These are truly the good ole boys
I am proud of these men
Cindy

 

Name: Leonard McNabb <l_tmcnabb@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-12-03
Comments:
My mother's family were coal miners in Harlan County for many years. My grandfather, Herbert Bailey was a miner and was involved in the strike when the National Guard was called in. He lived in Evarts, Benham, and other cummunities in Harlan County. His father, Elihu Bailey ran a store in Evarts in the 1950 - 1960 time frame.
 

Name: Keri O'Connell <Keri.OConnell@cchmc.org>
Date: 2007-12-03
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner in the 1930's. Charles Newell Brabson. I visited Harlan last year and I found some other family members that had died in mining accidents. My Great aunt was also from Harlan Georgia Baker and her husband Ben had a barber shop. My aunt and uncle Lola And Norman Brabson went to Lynch. My Grandfathers name is suppose to be mentioned in the book Bloody Harlan but I have to get my hands on a copy. Keri
 

Name: Don Walker, Jr. <strawboss02@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-12-01
Comments:
THis is a great site for Coal Miners. I actually found a picture of my great grandfather here. Thank you so much!
 

Name: Mary E. Golden Knight <m2710@frontiernet.net>
Date: 2007-11-10
Comments:
My father was Herman Arville Golden....Entered the mines at the age of 18. He lived in Black Star, Ky. Born on Febuary 24, 1918...Died September 16, 1994 of Black Lung,
And Cancer.

 

Name: Rachael Creel <rncreel@charter.net>
Date: 2007-11-07
Comments:
Wonderful site. I found it while looking up information on a Great Grandfather I never had the opportunity to meet.
 

Name: Kathy{Eldridge}Shields <kathyshields@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2007-11-05
Comments:
IM also a coal miners daughter,and a coal miners widow, I think your website really shows the feelings from our hearts what theses people mean to us. My fathers name was Floyd Eldridge,he worked in severals different mines but the lost one was International haverester,in Benham, Ky. My husband was Bill Shields he worked at bledsoe ky, he was in a mining accident 1984, surfered from brain damage and blindness, he lived that way for almost 22 yrs. But past away April 13 2005 from stomach and throat cancer.
 

Name: Scott McDougal <funpretzel0271@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-11-03
Comments:
Great website. I visit often for research for a book i am writing. Any help would be appreciated.
 

Name: Ruby Scott <roycarlisle1@aol.com>
Date: 2007-11-02
Comments:
Great Grand-daughter of John David Collins And Mollie Jean Hubbard God Rest thier Souls
 

Name: Dan Carmical[carmichael] <carmdan@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-11-02
Comments:
i am grandson to marion carmical last known address was in coldiron. also related to napoleon carmical any relatives ? please contact would be interested in who i am related to. thanks
 

Name: Tammy J Blackburn Gilliam <Tammy042770@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-10-29
enter your website title Tammy042770@hotmail.com
enter your website URL Country Gairl
Comments:
My dad was a coal miner and a moonshinor from Harlan KY his name was JIM MELTON HE worked at ages brookside ky and BlackMaintan
 

Name: loretta creech <pipestone7lc@windstream.net>
Date: 2007-10-26
Comments:
my name is loretta creech and I am a coal miner's daughter. I recently published a book called "No tears for ernest creech" because I wanted to know who, standing in a pickett line at the leatherwood mines 1 pulled the trigger that took my father's life. so far, no response. Its as if it is a big secret in eastern kentucky that no one, especially the state police, will not talk about it with me or any of my family. does anyone out there have any information? if so, please write me at pipestone7lc@windstream.net.
thanks
loretta creech

 

Name: Justin Wren <thewrens@etczone.com>
Date: 2007-10-25
Comments:
love the old pics. i have some pics of mine portal 31 in lynch, ky. my papaw was a miner there. that's in harlan county.
 

Name: Edye Flora <florag@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2007-10-24
Comments:
My Dad, Willie J. Kelley (Bill) was a coal miner at Clearfork Coal Co. Fonde, KY. I'm trying to get information about Dad's employment there 1935-1950. I just don't know where to start any sugestions?
Sincerely,
Edye

 

Name: Michael Evans <jmichae1@ix.netcom.com>
Date: 2007-10-16
Comments:
My grandfather was a worker in the Harlan Mines in the mid and late 1930's. I'm not sure where. His name was James Evans. If anyone can help me locate where he worked or even a list of miners who were employeed in Harlan, that would be helpful. I'm doing a family tree history project for the family and would love the information. Thanks.
 

Name: Jerry Marlar <djmarlar@msn.com>
Date: 2007-10-13
Comments:
Great stuff! My Dad was a miner - at Manchester, Capito, Garmeda, Fork Ridge, etc.
 

Name: Larry C. Shrader <lshra@comcast.com>
Date: 2007-10-04
Comments:
I find it without explanation the conditions and dangers faced by coalminers. The strikes improved their pay but the danger continues to this day for people who have given so much and received so little. God bless them all.
 

Name: Richard Puckett <puckettjunk@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-09-30
Comments:
Great website.I would like to see more info on mines in Pike Co.Especilly around the Elkhorn City area.
 

Name: Carrie McCreary <weasellovesbadger@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-09-28
Comments:
What an excellent tribute to so many brave, hard-working miners!
 

Name: Mitch Brewer <mitchnirreta@netcommander.com>
Date: 2007-09-28
enter your website title netcommander.com
Comments:
I enjoy looking at the photographs of mining camps and towns. These are reminders of my youth in Harlan County. I have been looking for pictures of Yancey, Kentucky, my cousins lived there. Does anyone have pictures of Yancey, the store, or camp and mines. The VanOver family once lived there and I would enjoy some pictures of this place.
 

Name: Charles F. Corder <ccntex@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-09-27
Comments:
My father worked for the Stearns Coal & Lumber co. in the mines at Cooperative, Ky with pick shovel and open flame carbide lamp.
 

Name: Caroline Lyttle <Stargaehz@aol.com>
Date: 2007-09-27
Comments:
I'm looking for info about Alexander Lyttle and Nancy Osborn (e ?) from 1900 census. They are my Gr. Grandparents. All Osborns or Osbornes are close relatives if Nancy Osborn...her father, Jonathan & mother was Mary . The Osborne's stayed & alot still might reside in Harlan. The Lyttle's mostly moved to Oklahoma...then Indian Territory. Please E- mail if you have Lyttle or Osborne info..My father Earl, graduated in Harlan approx 1936.
Also- Grover Cleveland Lyttle- who was killed in a hunting accident??? Saw the paper when I was a child & am sure it's from area.
Thanks for site ! It's such a deserved tribute to the men( and women ) who worked so hard, before the mines & after. They farmed & then mined & persevered.
My Uncle Walt died of black lung from W.Virginia mines, Grandpa Julius in Hartshorne, Okla. mine collapse.

 

Name: Caroline Lyttle <Stargaehz@aol.com>
Date: 2007-09-27
Comments:
I'm looking for info about Alexander Lyttle and Nancy Osborn (e ?) from 1900 census. They are my Gr. Grandparents. All Osborns or Osbornes are relatives if Nancy Osborn...her father, Jonathan, Mother was Mary . The Osborne's stayed & alot still might reside in Harlan. The Lyttle's mostly moved to Oklahoma...then Indian Territory. Please E- mail if you have Lyttle or Osborne info..My father Earl, graduated in Harlan approx 1936 .
 

Name: Caroline Lyttle <Stargaehz@aol.com>
Date: 2007-09-27
Comments:
I'm looking for info about Alexander Lyttle and Nancy Osborn (e ?) from 1900 census. They are my Gr. Grandparents. All Osborns or Osbornes are relatives if Nancy Osborn...her father, Jonathan, Mother was Mary . The Osborne's stayed & alot still might reside in Harlan. The Lyttle's mostly moved to Oklahoma...then Indian Territory. Please E- mail if you have Lyttle or Osborne info..My father Earl, graduated in Harlan approx 1936 .
 

Name: Lloydine Outten <stardee@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2007-09-27
Comments:
Hello
My mother uncle Sam Pete Dill b.1909 d. 1936 as a coalminer
in Kentucy. How can I find information on him, he was married to Irene, no childern that we know of.

Sincerely
Lloydine Outten

 

Name: Jesusita Martinez Duron <jesusitaduron@msn>
Date: 2007-09-25
Comments:
My grandfather, Jesus V. Martinez worked in the coal mines in Wolfpit, Kentucky in Pikes County, along with his brother Manuel V. Martinez and his brothers-in-law, Jose Guerra, Luz Guerra, Anastacio Guerra, about 1920 to 1924. We have a census record from 1920 showing Lus Guerra, Anastacio Guerra, Jose Guerro and others. It is from the 1920 Census in Marrowbone, Pike county, Kentucky, Roll T625-596; Page 13B Enumeration District 113; image 288.

Is there any records that could help us find them in Kentucky? My father, Jesus G. Martinez and his sister were born in Wolfpit, Kentucky in 1911 and 1923. They tell us that there was a tuberculosis epidemic during that time. My grandfather sent my grandmother and their children and her brothers' children, with his brother Manuel V. Martinez, back to Spring Branch, Texas, after Anastacio Guerra's wife, Candelaria Parra Guerra died. She was buried somewhere in Kentucky. We have a picture of my grandparents, Jesus & Benita Martinez with their five children taken in late 1923 or early 1924, as my dad was born in November of 1923 and he is very small in the picture. If you want this picture I would love to share it. Please help me find more info on my family. Thank you.

 

Name: Olivia Martinez Clements <omc@gvtc.com>
Date: 2007-09-25
enter your website title www.martinezguerrafamily.com
Comments:
I am looking for information on coal mines near a city called either Wolfpick, Wulpit, Wolfpic, etc. (actual spelling unknown). My grandfather,Jesus Martinez, his brother, Manuel Martinez and brother in-law Anastacio Guerra worked in the Kentucky coal mines around 1922 through around 1926. He had two children there born in 1922 and 1923. Everyone one of these have died and we are now trying to work on our family history and would love to get more information about the mines and if there is any written history of them being there or if we could use some of your photos to post in my website. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance.
 

Name: Billy Stacy <marycstacy@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-09-24
Comments:
son of Robert Stacy who worked 17years in the coal mines in
Perry County at Lincoln Coal co. he worked at tribby, He worked for Johnny Roberts at LincolnCoal Co. It was 3-4 miles from Dwarf, ky. He is now buried in the family cemetery at Dwarf, Ky. He also worked 28 years for chrysler corporation.

 

Name: Joe Pennington <JoePennington@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2007-09-23
Comments:
As the grandson of coal miners, it is with mixed emotions that I view the mining of coal.I am very proud of our heritage but saddened at the inequity of such a business.
 

Name: Kay Howard Hoagland <day@mcraedental.com>
Date: 2007-09-19
Comments:
Thank You, whomever made this wonderful website. I was born in Rosspoint, Harlan County, my dad, Pearl Howard and grandfathers were all coal miners. Dad died of black lung disease. I lived in that beautiful area until I was 16 yrs and my immediate family moved to northern Indiana. I attended Loyall High school. Since then I have lived from Hawaii to Cuba and all in between, being a Navy wife. I live south of Jax, Florida I do miss Harlan County and have fond memories of childhood. again Thank You
 

Name: Margaret Shehorn Marasco <cajungal3342@aol.com>
Date: 2007-09-17
Comments:
My daddy was a coal miner. We lived in Southern Illinois, a small town, Nason. Poor but still had a decent home because of mommy and daddy's thrifty ways. We were happy. I adored my daddy. I can almost still feel him carry me in and put me on my bed after an outing. I always played possum so he would do this. I think he probably knew I just liked to feel his strong arms hug me so securly. Daddy was Arvol Shehorn--b. 1913 d. 1985 complications of Black Lung.
 

Name: elizabeth whitley <liz45@insightbb.com>
Date: 2007-09-13
enter your website title None
Comments:
Dear Coleminers Websight,
I grew up in a cole camp with my grandparents in the years of 1944-1950 somethere near Harlan. Your pictures have helped me narrow down the place to Cloversplint coal Company or Clover Darby.Thank you so much for your websight and for helping me to locate my lost childhood memories. I am looking for any connection to my past grandfather, Bose Bradford Fritts who worked at one of the mines. Thank you elizabeth Whitley, Lousville, Ky.


 

Name: elizabeth whitley <liz45@insightbb.com>
Date: 2007-09-13
enter your website title None
Comments:
Dear Coleminers Websight,
I grew up in a cole camp with my grandparents in the years of 1944-1950 somethere near Harlan. Your pictures have helped me narrow down the place to Cloversplint coal Company or Clover Darby.Thank you so much for your websight and for helping me to locate my lost childhood memories. I am looking for any connection to my past grandfather, Bose Bradford Fritts who worked at one of the mines. Thank you elizabeth Whitley, Lousville, Ky.


 

Name: Marion Belden <maidmarion@centurytel.net>
Date: 2007-09-07
Comments:
i am looking for any info on Clint Scalf. He was born in 1906 and died in 1954 he was the son of James Scalf and wife Casse Hooker

 

Name: Anna M. Campbell Howard <annahowardi@aol.com>
Date: 2007-09-07
Comments:
My father {Charlie T. Campbell},was a coal miner in
Hazard, Kentucky. He lost a leg in 1926 when it was caught
between the wall of the mine and the motor. Dad died in 1968. AT the age of 59 black lung took his life. He is buried in Washington Park Cementray,In Indianapolis, Indiana
Dad Left a wife eight daughter and 4 sons,and 54 grandchildren. My own children are now grown. They never
knew my dad,My father-in- law Earl Howard Sr. was a coal miner in Letcher County,He died of black lung in 1995. He
is buried in Mayking, Kentucky. My mother- in-law is now
89 years old and still grieving the last of her husband.The
coal mines have taken so many at such a young age.

 

Name: Mark Hall <newsletter81@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-09-02
Comments:
My grandfather lived in Harlan County and worked as a coal miner (c.) 1925-1945. I don't know which mining company, but I'll continue searching. Thank you for providing a valuable and much-appreciated resource for folks like myself, who don't know where to begin.....
 

Name: James H Thompson <bkabim@aol.com>
Date: 2007-08-31
Comments:
Great site,thank you.
 

Name: Mark & Lynda Beverly <lyndabeverly@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2007-08-31
Comments:
I love your website. It is very interesting. All the men in my family are coal miners. Thanks.
 

Name: Mark & Lynda Beverly <lyndabeverly@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2007-08-31
Comments:
I love your website. It is very interesting. All the men in my family are coal miners. Thanks.
 

Name: jerry <grealdrt1@aol.com>
Date: 2007-08-30
Comments:
my father richard thompson was a coal miner in the harlin, kenvir area. trying to learn more about him . he past away when i was in my early teens . he had black lung. and i did not know him that well . would like to learn more about him. if any body knew of him or about him please contact me , all i know is he worked for peabody mines
 

Name: jerry <grealdrt1>
Date: 2007-08-29
enter your website title aol
Comments:
my father was a coal miner his name was richard thompson he worked for peabody mines . past away in the mid. 70s of black lung . was young when he left us . would like to learn more about him .if any one has info. or knew him please contact me
 

Name: Tina Cochran <wildredrose25@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-27
Comments:
My husband Kevin Cochran is a 3rd generation coal miner working at Lone Mountain, in Harlan County Kentucky. He puts his heart and soul into his work, coal mining is definitly in his blood. Me personally I dont think that nothing in this world is any sexier than a dirty coal miner, although I worry about him everyday and I know the risks that come along with this job, I believe I love coal mining just as much as he does and I could never be any prouder of my husband than I am right now. God Bless all the coal miners................
 

Name: Wanda Toney Gilliam <gllwn53@Gmail.com>
Date: 2007-08-25
Comments:
My father was Lawrence Toney of Evarts and he worked at the yoakum creek mine(more commonly know as Push and Grunt) My father in law was Fred G. Gilliam of Cumberland and he worked at Lynch , he was the son of D.C. Gilliam owner of the PeeVee Coal Mine in Clutts. I am very proud of my heritage and having the upbringing that I did.
 

Name: Wanda Toney Gilliam <gllwn53@Gmail.com>
Date: 2007-08-25
Comments:
My father was Lawrence Toney of Evarts and he worked at the yoakum creek mine(more commonly know as Push and Grunt) My father in law was Fred G. Gilliam of Cumberland and he worked at Lynch , he was the son of D.C. Gilliam owner of the PeeVee Coal Mine in Clutts. I am very proud of my heritage and having the upbringing that I did.
 

Name: Steve Gilreath <stvi1dr@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-17
Comments:
8/17/07
I worked in the underground mines for different companies over a 14 year peroid, from 1973 to 1987, the first was West Coal Company, based out of Oneida, Tennessee, but the mines were located in McCreary and Whitley Counties. Later at Middlesboro Ky. for Consolodated Coal Company. Then, Shamrock Coal Company in Pulaski County Ky. After laid off by Shamrock, I worked for Blue Diamond at Stearns, Ky. until the mine shut down because of a deal with Georgia Power and the Company in 1987. The Company accepted a 35 million dollar deal from Ga. Power to void their contract, and overnight, hundreds of miners in McCreary county lost their jobs.
I no longer work in the coal mines, but in my blood, heart and soul I will alway be a coal miner. I loved the mines, and brothers I worked with. I have great memories of those days, and will treasure them always.
I now work for Vulcan Materials Company, who ownes 162 stone quarries, 33 sand and gravel plants, 64 sales yards, 43 asphalt plants, and 26 ready-mixed concrete facilities. I am a lab tec in quality control in the largest granite quarry in the US, in Norcross Georgia. This December I will have worked 20 years for this company...12/30/87 to 12/30/07.
Although I work in granite mining, COAL will always be king to me......Steve Gilreath




 

Name: Kristie Lyons <kryslin@gmail.com>
Date: 2007-08-16
Comments:
Hello. This is a great website. My papaw, Sherd Martin, was a coalminer. He lives in Letcher County, KY in Millstone. He turned 100 this year in June. I am very proud of him and respect the work he did. If anyone has any pictures or stories about him, I would greatly appreciate it if you would email me. I am not sure which coal mine he worked in. I have never lived in Eastern, KY, but visit often. It does and will always hold a very special place in my heart. I respect all coalminers and their families for what they have to endure. God bless them.
 

Name: Danielle <dlenard@lakelandtitleco.com>
Date: 2007-08-16
Comments:
I also wanted to add that I am looking for Bessie Hunley. She had posted a comment a while back about her grandfather Horace Clark who died in the mines in 1951. I am also a relative of Horace's and when I tried to contact Bessie her email came back. Anyone who has any info on Bessie Hunley or Horace Clark or relatives please contact me. Thank you!
 

Name: Greg Collier <gregacollier@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-16
Comments:
I was born in harlan, Co. 1957 at Lynch ky. moved to central ky at age 32 in 1989. worked in coal mines, a few years. international harvester at Benham, and u.s. steel on cloverlick. also, a couple of other smaller mines. at times, i miss the mountains so much. But, I'm glad I don't work in the mines anymore. My dad was a miner, also 3 of my 4 brothers worked in mines in harlan co. ALL of them are now disabled and broken down. I enjoyed your web page, thanks. God Bless all Coal Miners and their families!
Greg Collier Richmond, Ky.

 

Name: Danielle <dlenard@lakelandtitleco.com>
Date: 2007-08-14
Comments:
I love your site. My grandfather and other family members were coal miners. I recently just found out that my great uncle Horace Clark died in a coal mining accident in 1951. If anyone has any other information on Horace or family members or knows anything about Everett Brown, Bonnie (Clark)Brown, Ada Ralston, Juanita Clark or any of there relation please contact me. I know they were from Bell County and Harlan. Thank you!
 

Name: Marlo B <mbros04@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-13
Comments:
Very nice site. You must have spent a tremendous time gathering information...this site is very extensive and informing. Kudos to you!
 

Name: Frank Joseph Hensley <hensleyfj@state.gov>
Date: 2007-08-11
Comments:
It's always great to see and read about the families and history of Harlan County, Kentucky. I was born in Mary Alice, KY not far from the company store, which was accross the creek, tracks and highway. My dad was born in Greys Knob, my brother in Hysplint, and much of my family roots are close to Harlan. I met a Harlan man in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne. He was Junior T. Wynn.
Excellent website!
Thanks for your time.

 

Name: helen daugherty <daughertytn61@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-11
Comments:
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS WEB SITE,I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TRACE MY FAMILY ROOTS,MY FATHER ROBERT DAUGHERTY AND HIS FAMILY LIVE IN A MINING CAMP IN INSILL? MATHEL? KY, MY FATHER WAS BORN 1920 IN MIDDLESBORO KY HE PASSED AWAY 1981 OF CANCER AND BLACK LUNG,HIS FATHER WAS ANDREW DAUGHERTY, HE ALSO WAS A COAL MINER, DO YOU HAVE ANY INFO ON HOW I COULD FIND OUT WHERE THIS MINING CAMP WAS,THANK You SO VERY MUCH FOR ANY HELP,HELEN DAUGHERTY. daughertytn61yahoo.com
 

Name: betty jean johnson (ball) <tater_girl22@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-06
Comments:
thanks for the memories
 

Name: franklin d shumate sr <fshumatesr@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-08-04
Comments:
i was at one time a caol miner in harlan ky i now live in FL i worked for karst robbins fo 15 years i also worked at highsplint and glanbrook my hart goes out to any family that has lost a love one in the mine i was the first supt at royal dardy coal mine and also the first for bob an rod coal mine on jones creek had alot of good buddys that worked for me i never any one to some i would not do may god bless and watch over all miners good luck an god bless
 

Name: Judy Prince Brown <brown5250@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-07-29
Comments:
My grandfather, Warnie Moseley, was a coal miner and lived in Weeksbury KY. The other side of my family, the Thomas Prince (father - David) were also coal miners in that area. I would interested in information regarding both sides of the family.
 

Name: david bergman <bergdog@swva.net>
Date: 2007-07-27
Comments:
any info on my dad Walter L Bergman born in Evarts 1920
 

Name: Travis Gale Hess <ultimate_challange@Yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-07-27
Comments:
Nice web Site. Seeing If had any names or any thing on a death that took place at CPG Coal Co. in pike county Ky. Dec 31, 1990, last name Varney. Thanks, Travis Hess

 

Name: CATHERINE KELLER <nannakx5@aol.com>
Date: 2007-07-22
Comments:
My grandfather was Arthur(Buck)McGeorge.He was a coal miner in Harlan co.My grandfather was married to Rose Scott (my grandmother)they lived in Lynch, up gap branch.My mother -Sylvia is their daughter, her brothers are: Roger,Rhondy,Renus and Truman. Would love to hear from anyone who new them. e-mail nannakx5@aol.com
 

Name: DON TAYLOR <dontaylor@terra.com.br>
Date: 2007-07-21
enter your website title DON TAYLOR
Comments:
MY FATHER WORKED FOR YEARS IN STERNS KENTUCKY IN THE MINES THERE AND I WAS BORN IN AN OLD COMPANY RENTAL HOUSE.
 

Name: susan owens <sowens@cwcu.org>
Date: 2007-07-18
Comments:
I love you website Im from Harlan Co. my papaw Elmus Phipps worked for the coal mines in Lynch Ky,
 

Name: harlan lawson <harlananddorothy@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-07-17
enter your website title richard lawson family
Comments:
looking for info.and pictures of richard (dick) lawson- 1935-1955 mine worker
 

Name: Ralph Cipriani <rcipfl@earthlink.net>
Date: 2007-07-12
Comments:
Searching to confirm that my father's family resided in Harlan County in 1920's-1930's.My grandfather Ralph Cipriani was a coal miner in Harlan County at one time.
 

Name: Michael Bay <michaelbax12@gmail.com>
Date: 2007-07-11
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Comments:
I really liked your web site. Looks fantastic!
 

Name: Samantha Jordan <samjordan45701@aim.com>
Date: 2007-07-09
Comments:
hi...great job!! :)
 

Name: Samantha Jordan <samjordan45701@aim.com>
Date: 2007-07-09
Comments:
hi...great job!! :)
 

Name: David Calvert <coalminer5767@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-07-06
Comments:
I,m proud to be a coalminer
 

Name: Sue Taylor <sisterpudd@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-06-30
Comments:
This is a great site. If anyone knows where I can get a picture of the old Liggett Grade School-please let me know. My fathers's name was Lige Huff and he worked at Liggett thru the 50's and the 60's. If anyone has any pictures of him or his brothers that worked with him please let me know. His brothers names were Art and Kay Huff.
 

Name: roy a mullins <roymullins@ALLTEL.NET>
Date: 2007-06-30
Comments:
TO WANDA IS THIS THE SAME CURLEY WHO LIVED AT SANDHILL IF SO HE DID WORK AT LYNCH
 

Name: MICHAEL SPURR JR. <mspurr@windstream.net>
Date: 2007-06-26
Comments:
LOVE THIS SITE, MY GRANDFATHER LAILON DAN FLANNERY, WAS A MINER, HE AS PASSED AWAY. I HEARD HIM TALK ABOUT GREEN RIDGE COLUMBUS MINE#10, AND FOUR SEAM, AND LOTHAIR, AND WHITTAKERS.HIS FATHER PALMER FLANNERY
AND HIS FATHER-IN-LAW ARNOLD PRICE, BOTH Were MINERS. I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE MORE INFO.
THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE,
REV. MICHAEL SPURR JR.
mspurr@windstream.net

 

Name: carl (buck) shoupe <shoupec@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2007-06-19
Comments:
Thank you ms morgan for your preserving the memories of the coal miners of harlan county. I'm a 3rd generation harlan co. miner and have one son who is a fourth and we are all deep miners. I have a problem with these new fly by night coal companies that are destroying our beautiful mtns by mtn top removal and strip mining. Like you say in your intro,coal miners and their families have to fight from birth to death, the only thing that has changed is the weapons used. These days we must use scientific data, no more jack rocks and dynamite,but the coal companies can use dynamite and put crap on our roads that is worse than jack rocks.
 

Name: Verna Caldwell <thistledoo2@aol.com>
Date: 2007-06-18
Comments:
Seeking information on Ephram (Eaffie) Caldwell. Died as a result of an injury in a coal mine. Lived in Salyersville Ky
Died about 1943. married to Maggie (Magdeline?) Collett.

 

Name: Lynne Downs <plynne@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2007-06-17
Comments:
Hi,
I am trying to find my relatives.They are Garretts from harlan Ky.
Thanks do much for all you are doing!!!

 

Name: Shelton Molina <kaim@vjzn.kg>
Date: 2007-06-06
enter your website title Juli Mccoy
enter your website URL Bert Valenzuela
Comments:
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Name: James Hubber <hhdgmaie@gmail.com>
Date: 2007-06-04
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Comments:
Very nice website. Keep up the good work!
 

Name: Tami Hottes <tami.vanzandt@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-06-02
Comments:
I too am a coal miners daughter from southern Illinois. My grandfather was a miner in Ohio Co. Ky. I also think my great grandpa was a miner also but I still researching.
 

Name: Lori Allyson King <loriking165@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-05-30
Comments:
To Elva Nolan Morgan thank you for the poem and for sharing it with us. My mother Deborah Boggs King from Pine Mountain wanted me to tell you that you are not alone and that your loss is shared with many others. My great grandfather Felix "Arthur" Huff died from blacklung and my mothers brother Donnie Boggs now works in the mines. Our prayers are with all the miners and their families always.
Lori Allyson King

 

Name: Alfreda Davis <al_kismit@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-05-27
Comments:
Really nice site with lots of info on the coal mines. I'm a coal miners daughter from Hammond, Ky. My father and mother were Manuel and Roxanna(Sexton)Davis. I'm looking for a photo of the same belt buckle that's on the quest book page but it said something like I'm Proud To Be Coal Miners Daughter, Proud Of My Southern Heritage or something like that. If anyone knows what I'm talking about I'd appreciate and email.
 

Name: Ken Jordan <krj0001@aol.com>
Date: 2007-05-13
Comments:
Very good work . The web site provides information with any ties or interests to Harlan County or mining . Former miner myself .
 

Name: Marilyn Messina <mmessina52@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-05-11
Comments:
My grandfather David Tipton and my father Andrew Meadows worked in the Harlan County coal mines. They lived in Wallins Creek. I don't know the dates that they worked there but I do know my grandfather worked there during the strike.

 

Name: Micah S. Stallard <micahstallard79@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-05-07
enter your website title Micah S. Stallard
enter your website URL http://studentweb.eku.edu/micah_stallard/website_490/index.html
Comments:
Thank you for this website. I posted a few years ago on this website about my grandfather and since then he has passed away. He always talked about 'Old Ms Mitchell' in the Bluediamond coal camp he worked in as a young man in Perry County, Kentucky. She was apparently a keeper of a boarding house, but that is all I know. If anyone has any information regarding the coal camp, pics, stories or just general information, it would be much appreciated if you could pass that along via email. Just reading through the postings I am about brought to tears, hearing stories about the hardships of life and the pride of the coal miner and his family.
 

Name: David Farmer <patricia_farmer2@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-05-05
Comments:
My father worked for 60 yrs in coal mines in the Harlan area. His name was Greene Farmer. If anyone knew him or remebers him or any of the children, feel free to email me at patricia_farmer2@yahoo.com.
 

Name: Amber Shell Ford <amberford@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-05-04
Comments:
As a coal miners daughter, it's certainly fulfilling to see a website dedicated to hard working men like my father, who put their lives on the line everyday to make a living. To quote Bob Shell, "The goverment can require every safety measure you can dream up, but the barometric pressure and plate shifting never get the memo." To all coal miners: Please stay safe.
 

Name: Don Spangler <bigapple-1@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-04-30
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Comments:
Lived in Kenvir 1949-1954;;;;
 

Name: LeRoy Caudill <leroycaudill@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-04-23
enter your website title Caudill Cousins
enter your website URL www.caudill.org
Comments:
Great site
 

Name: Franklin D Shumate sr <fshumatesr@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-04-18
Comments:
I would like to thank you for haveing this page i was a coal miner for 20 years in harlan co i worked for karst robbins for 15yrs also for hight splint coal co ,glenbrook my last was for bob an rod at jones creek at verda ky harlan co
 

Name: Wendy Hightower, Waeghe <dcwaeghe@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-04-18
enter your website title www.freewebs.com/harlancountyhightowers
Comments:
Finding my family. Hodge, Hightower.
 

Name: Dustin <Combs>
Date: 2007-04-14
Comments:
I am the grandson of Ernest Gordon Creech. He was murderd. Shot in in the back in leatherwood 1965 during the strike.
Still unsolved,any info please post..

GREAT WEBSITE!!!!

 

Name: Vicki Jones <grammyjo2000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-04-14
Comments:
I am a Bondurant and Collinsworth and Brooks and Nelson descendent and married a Jones from Ohio whos ancestors came from Kentucky so I am seeking family
 

Name: Donna R. Gregory <dgregdurham@netscape.net>
Date: 2007-04-13
Comments:
Granddaughter of John S. Gregory born 1868 in Georgia who migrated to Whitley, KY and worked in the mines with another relative Lewis Angel. I am also related by marriage by coal miner William Nolan Alsip who died in a mine explosion.
 

Name: Carol Cowan Ellington <Cowan70@aol.com>
Date: 2007-04-13
Comments:
My father-in-law, William Ellington worked many years in the Coal Mines in Southeastern Kentucky 1950's - 1980. I think this is wonderful there such dedication in making this information available.
Thanks so much-
Carol Cowan Ellington

 

Name: A. A. Lloyd <anadll@earthlink.net>
Date: 2007-04-08
Comments:
My grandfather, George E. Matthews, was a supervisor/manager type at Carrs Fork Coal Mine, probably soon after it opened, 1919, 1920's. He apparently was very unhappy with that job. He remarked that his horse and a dog were the only friends he had. He didn't stay there long. He was in his 60's by then. I have a photo that I could send you showing the bldg. with "Carrs Fork Coal Co." on it, when I find it again.
 

Name: Bette Jane Hagerty <sbhagerty@aol.com>
Date: 2007-03-31
Comments:
I am the daughter of Ross Clark Farley and Magdelene Collins. Ross Farley was the son of Pole Farley and Sallie Cornett. Magdelene was the daughter of Maddie (Hoskins) and ? Collins. My brothers are: Paul (born Pole), Danny, Tommy and Lonnie. I welcome emails of anyone related to this line of Farleys and Collins and welcome any stories about any of the family. I am trying to get info on where in Harlan (Evarts?) my grandparent's (Pole and Sallie Farley) had a general store.
 

Name: Fred Doughty <freddoughty@peoplepc.com>
Date: 2007-03-28
Comments:
Looking for the birth place of Loretta webb Lynn. If is
still like the seans from Coal Miner's Daughter I would
love to visit.

 

Name: Pamela Carter-Moehling <moehling@mc.net>
Date: 2007-03-28
Comments:
I just came across your website today and was so happy to see your "tribute" to the Coal Miners. My family tree has many family members who held this occupation. I am the youngest of seven children and our father past away 1 Mar 1966 with health problems (black lung) that came from working in the mines. So...thank you so much for doing what you do. I for one really appreciate it so much.
 

Name: Annette <admin@yeahpot.com>
Date: 2007-03-24
enter your website title Potter Family and Friends
enter your website URL http://yeahpot.com
Comments:
Thank you for having this wonderful website. I really appreciate all the work you have put into it. Love the pictures!
 

Name: HAZEL POTTER <hazel422@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2007-03-24
enter your website title POTTER FAMILY AND FRIENDS
enter your website URL http;//yeahpot.com/potter/hazel.html
Comments:
THANKS FOR LETTING ME VISIT YOUR WEB SITE. I'VE REALLY ENJOYED THE VISIT. I LOVE ALL THE PICTURES. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. HAZEL POTTER
 

Name: Annette <admin@yeahpot.com>
Date: 2007-03-24
enter your website title Potter Family and Friends
enter your website URL http://yeahpot.com
Comments:
Thank you for having this wonderful website. I really appreciate all the work you have put into it. Love the pictures!
 

Name: Kaie Potter <kaie_potter@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-03-24
Comments:
WOW! What wonderful work you have done. It is amazing and you are to be praised. Clark, my husband, has a coal miners picture taken in Fleming. It has about 100 coal miners who worked for Elkorn Coal Company in Hemphill, Ky. My sister in law takes care of the site. I know NOTHING about url, etc. If you go to Creed Potter web site you will find the picture. We would be honored if you would add it to your site. Thank you for all the many hours you put into this. The Coal Miners certainly deserve it.
Sincerely, Kaie Steely Potter

 

Name: Terri Ridings <TRIDINGSTWO@PSCMETALS.COM>
Date: 2007-03-20
Comments:
My Grandfather was a coalminer in Fonde Kentucky in the mid 50's. His name is Crockett Seivers and my grandma was Allie Marie Sievers. Their children : Wildean, Mary, Betty, Ruth, Carrie Lou, John Dermont, and Carl....
My mother Carrie used to visit the old Ken Ten Theatre.. Does anyone know of this/?

 

Name: Walter E. Gross, Jr. <wvgross@aol.com>
Date: 2007-03-19
Comments:
My father Walter E. Gross, was an engineer at the Lynch Ky. mines. He passed away August 24, 2001 in Winter Heaven Florida. He is missed very much by his daughter Betty Ann Lewis of Leesburg, Fl and his son Walter Jr., of Apopka, Fla. God bless all coal miners and their families.
 

Name: April Day <daytjhebert@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-03-19
Comments:
My grandfather was Oran Day. He moved to Harlan County in the early 1930's with his wife Violet and several other family members. My father Dewey (Arnold) Day was born in Highsplint in 1936. He had a sister Thelma (Day) Centers. I grew up in Texas listening to many stories of my grandfather and great-grandfathers. If anyone knows of my grandfather, please drop me an email.

April Day

 

Name: Bobby Sexton <bobbysrprs@aol.com>
Date: 2007-03-12
Comments:
I tried to submit some comments to the address listed as the submission site and was unable to do so.
I will provide them here:
I was born in the coal camp, in last row of camp houses which was called Hemphill. We lived in the 2nd house. All I can remember was we told everyone that we lived in the little blue house. My uncle lived in the first house and it was called the little yellow house. The size of these houses were approximately 12' X 33'. Bedroom, livingroom, and kitchen. Outhoused were located at the rear of the yard and on concrete forms. These were designed to house a couple with one child. When we moved, there were 7 of us living in that house. There's more infor on living conditions and would like to relate this information if there is another usable site to send it.

The side is great.

Thanks Bob Sexton

 

Name: Tracey Montoya <tmontoya1@verizon.net>
Date: 2007-03-01
Comments:
Just here to find history on my family. Smith /Wilson. My grandfather was born in Ages Ky. in 1919 and I cant,t seem to find anything. If you can help me please write me back
 

Name: James Brian Hodges <dolfinns2@yahoo.com>
Date: 2007-02-27
Comments:
Grandson of Paul O Hodges, Sr. Nephew of Paul O Hodges, Jr.
Two men who were in the basement of the old Lynch Hotel in March, 1937 when the UMWA charter was first discussed!
Keep the memories alive!

 

Name: deloris jordan lawrence <deloris.l@insightbb.com>
Date: 2007-02-19
Comments:
I am searching for information on my grandfather Grover Jordan who died on August 13,1942 in a mining accident in Harlan Ky. I have enjoyed reading your website & looking at all the pictures. I've only saw one, not so good photo of my grandfather so I'm not sure if I would recognize him in a picture. If there is any info at all you could share concerning my grandfather, I would truly appreciated it. Thank you, Deloris
 

Name: carl b.hall <carlhall@frontiernet.net>
Date: 2007-02-09
Comments:
I was born in Grays Knobb ky,11/02/1942.My father was Carl D.Hall,My mothers name was Sally Bell Smith Hall.Thank you for so much hard work you have done on this webb sight. I would like to know m,ore about my family history.
 

Name: Jeri <jerifittler@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-02-07
Comments:
Excellent website!!!
I have been trying to find out things about Hazard where I was born, actually Leatherwood. Your site is very relaxing for me to just roam through. Very impressive.
Jeri

 

Name: Paul Taulbee <lutaul@aol.com>
Date: 2007-02-03
Comments:
My father James Earl Taulbee ,two of his brothers, Frank Jr. and Delmar Ray and my Grandfather Frank Taulbee were coal miners. They were employed with Kenmont Coal Company at Jeff, Kentucky. Papaw Frank begin working at Kenmont in 1915 after helping to start up the operation. He retired in 1950 as a foreman with the Company. My Daddy, my Grandfather,and my uncles took great pride in being coal miners. Mining coal is not the easiest work in the world, but they never considered it drugery either. Living in Kenmont Coal Camp was like living in a typical small town, where everyone knew and trusted everyone, no on elocked their doors even in my time there in the 60s when the Coal Camp era was drawing to a close. I have many of Daddy's pay envelopes, he paid $4.00 a month for the doctor, who was on call twenty-four hours a day and did make house calls. Coal Camp life was really not bad at all. I wish I could get Medical Coverage for $4.00 a month.
 

Name: Marvin L. Cochran <cochranmlc@aol.com>
Date: 2007-02-01
Comments:
I am a coal miner in Pineville, Wva. Father, Grandfathers, Uncles Etc. Worked and lived in Blue Dismond, Ky. Also worked at Evanton Ky. for Island Creek, Ky. Have several relatives buried at the Blue Diamond grave yard. Proud to be a coal miner.
 

Name: Wanda Carmichael <knoxwanda@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-01-26
Comments:
Great Web site!!
 

Name: Wanda Carmichael <knoxwanda@comcast.net>
Date: 2007-01-26
Comments:
Great Web site!!
 

Name: Jacquie Fox <jjfox47542@earthlink.net>
Date: 2007-01-18
Comments:
I am searching for information and photos of my grandfather ( Mark Baugh) who worked in various coal mines in Kentucky.
Thank You
Jacquie Fox
jjfox47542@earthlink.net

 

Name: Angie <diamongirl_26@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-14
Comments:
I am looking for pictures or information of Blue Diamond Superintendent's house located at Leatherwood. This house is located at the junction of Ky 699 and 221. It is around what used to be called Blue Diamond Mining Camp #1. I would like to know the history of this house and any information. Thanks in advance.
 

Name: Emma Himmelhaver <ehimmelhaver@msn.com>
Date: 2007-01-13
Comments:
Thank you For all the research and posting you have done, This site is so very important to me.It helped me to research my mother's side of my family and find family i did not know were still around. I never knew my family had coal miner's in it until i found this site.
Again Thanks

Emma

 

Name: Emma Himmelhaver <ehimmelhaver@msn.com>
Date: 2007-01-13
Comments:
Thank you For all the research and posting you have done, This site is so very important to me.It helped me to research my mother's side of my family and find family i did not know were still around.

Emma

 

Name: Ashley <amwisdom@hanover-co.com>
Date: 2007-01-11
Comments:
This site is very interesting, I have family memebers in the mines, and I know they would appreciate this.
 

Name: Ron May <rbmay72@hotmail.com>
Date: 2007-01-01
Comments:
proud grandson of two pike county kentucky coal miners: Bert Clay and Blaine May
 

Name: Trish Belcher Ragle <vanderagle2005@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-12-31
Comments:
This is a very interesting site. My grandfather, Henry Belcher had his back broke in the coal mines and was in a wheel chair for 30 some or 40 some years. I have great respect for any one who puts their life on the line by going into the coal mines to support their families. May God Bless each and every person who does this.
 

Name: ROY LEE WILLIAMS <papasmurf617@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-12-29
Comments:
MY FATHER JOHN F WILLIAMS GREW UP AND WORKED AT BLACK STAR IN HARLAN COUNTY I WAS BORN IN A HOUSE THAT WAS CLOSE TO THE TIPPLE HE LATER WENT TO LEATHERWOOD IN 1946 AND WORK FOR BLUE DIAMOND UNTIL 1962 WHEN HE LEFT THERE AND MOVED TO CORBIN KY WHERE TODAY HE IS IN A NURSING HOME WITH BLACK LUNG HE 87 YEARS OLD AND STILL WANT GO WORK IN THE COAL MINE HE WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM ANYONE WHO REMEMBER HIM,
 

Name: barb gayheart henderson <garneysue @aol,com>
Date: 2006-12-27
Comments:
my dad was a coal miner my brother got killed in the mines
 

Name: barb gayheart henderson <garneysue @aol,com>
Date: 2006-12-27
Comments:
my dad was a coal miner
 

Name: orie baker <obcb1@cvok.net>
Date: 2006-12-22
Comments:
I'm a son of William Baker, he and his father Taylor Baker worked at blue diamond.
 

Name: Joseph Eugene Hensley <ghensley37@msn.com>
Date: 2006-12-21
Comments:
My father was William Dotson Hensley. Doc to all who knew him in Majestic and Phelps, Kentucky, where he lived from 1934 until 1994. He worked 34 years at Majestic Colleries in Majestic and for 10 years at Kentland on Big Creek near Feds Creek in Pike County. He was a barber as well. I graduated from Phelps High School in 1955. Please send me an e-mail.
 

Name: Linda Dawalt <dweez84@aol.com>
Date: 2006-12-21
Comments:
My dad was born and raised in Totz. His name was Kelly Hensley. My uncle by marriage died of black lung from the mines. His name was Check Clem. Just found this site while searching around for a little family history. God bless the miners.
 

Name: Donna Henry/Sheikh <donnasheikh@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-12-15
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Comments:
My father, "Joe Henry", was a coal miner for a while. He lived in Darmont, Kentucky. So he probably worked in the coal mines there. He hurt his back and got out of coal mining. My mother was so worried about him that she insisted that he leave or else. He has been deceased for over 11 years now. I think my sister has one of his hats that he wore during the coal mining years. I tip my hat to all of the coal miners in Harlan, Kentucky. My cousins were coal miners and one cousin now, "Tommy Lunsford is an inspector. I am very proud of him. This is a wonderful website. Thank you. Great job.

Sincerely,
Donna Sheikh

 

Name: Joyce Barnes <nursiepoo15@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-12-13
enter your website title A Daughters Memorial Tribute
enter your website URL http://members.tripod.com/~JOYCE-BARNES/
Comments:
In Memory of Levi Thompson,
He was my Brother-In-Law, He lost his life inside a Harlan County Coal Mines.

 

Name: Christy Lunsford <ccoffey@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-12-13
Comments:
Hello My Daddy was A Coal Miner. He worked in Evarts and in Harlan. HE was a Good Man And A Dang Hard worker. He has passed away. Bill Taylor LUnsford
This is a great wed page. I love that you are keeping the past to show the future. May God Bless each and everyone of you.

 

Name: Joyce Barnes <nursiepoo15@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-12-13
enter your website title A Daughters Memorial Tribute
enter your website URL http://members.tripod.com/~JOYCE-BARNES/
Comments:
In Memory of Levi Thompson,
He was my Brother-In-Law, He lost his life inside a Harlan County Coal Mines.

 

Name: Joyce Barnes <nursiepoo15@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-12-13
enter your website title A Daughters Memorial Tribute
enter your website URL http://members.tripod.com/~JOYCE-BARNES/
Comments:
In Memory of Levi Thompson,
He was my Brother-In-Law, He lost his life inside a Harlan County Coal Mines.

 

Name: Joyce Barnes <nursiepoo15@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-12-13
enter your website title A Daughters Memorial Tribute
enter your website URL http://members.tripod.com/~JOYCE-BARNES/
Comments:
In Memory of Levi Thompson,
He was my Brother-In-Law, He lost his life inside a Harlan County Coal Mines.

 

Name: Raymond T Daniels <mjv_1952@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-11-27
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Comments:
Iam proud to be a kentucky Coalminer < lost my dad in
the mines in 1963 merry mounts coal co Barnshee ky
Raymond Daniels sr
God Bless all ho servised
TALVIS DANIELS

 

Name: DELBERT J BOGGS SR <delboggs@peoplepc.com>
Date: 2006-11-15
enter your website title peoplepc
enter your website URL LYNCH/CUMBERLAND
Comments:
I was a coalminer son and also a coalminer for over 28 years at the US Steel/Arch of Ky mines at Lynch & Cumberland mines from Oct 1970 to Jan 1998 when they closed down. R. Owens and me loaded the last train of coal from the Lynch Loadout which came from 33 mines and thur the 31 mine to the bottom of black mt. by way of the bole hole at Lynch, Ky. I was also one of the last ones that loaded the few last trains at Cumberland loadout while they was still work under the UMWA. My job was elect. worker but we done whatever job needed to be done.
Now I work for CSX RR from 1998 till now, and do about the same job (elect.) as I did at the mines but with no coal dust and little mud. I do miss the good people I work with, many are gone, each time I go to Harlan,I find someone else has pass away. Its Hurts because most of the time they go too young because of the hard times at the mines.

 

Name: Carolyn Hensley Noe <cjnoe@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-11-14
enter your website title Melanie
enter your website URL Benham Ky coal mines
Comments:
My name is Carolyn Hensley Noe my Dad was Hence Hensley from Benham Ky and I am trying to find some pictures of the street I lived on in Benham Ky my street was Machine Shop Hollow and I am trying to find a picture of the house we lived in I am trying to write a book on my family and when we grew up there. If anyone has any pictures or knows where I can find some of them I would really apprecticate it . It would be mean so much to me. Benham has so many precious memories of my chilhood and the times I spent with my Mom and Dad. Thank you so much. Some of my brothers were Jimmmy Hensley and Theordore Hensley and Ray Hensley if anyone remember them. Thank you so much.
 

Name: hazel taylor <judahschild@cox.net>
Date: 2006-11-13
Comments:
I am the last indepentdently living child of Robert and Rosie White. My mother had 12 children, 10 who lived. Two of my fathers brothers were killed in the mines. I had Spinal Menegitis and lost my hearing in 1936 when we lived in a mining camp in Letcher County Kentucky. Every day we would wait for my sweet daddy to come home from the mines.
We didn't have much, but we loved each other and always had enough to eat.

 

Name: hazel taylor <judahschild@cox.net>
Date: 2006-11-13
Comments:
I am the last indepentdently living child of Robert and Rosie White. My mother had 12 children, 10 who lived. Two of my fathers brothers were killed in the mines. I had Spinal Menegitis and lost my hearing in 1936 when we lived in a mining camp in Letcher County Kentucky. Every day we would wait for my sweet daddy to come home from the mines.
We didn't have much, but we loved each other and always had enough to eat.

 

Name: BILL SANDERS <BSANDERS@ELECTROL.CC>
Date: 2006-11-09
Comments:
MY FATHER LONNIE SANDERS WAS A HARLAN COUNTY MINER.
HE WAS BORN 1920 AND IS STILL ALIVE TO DAY.
BETWEEN 1937 AND 1939 MY FATHER AND HIS FATHER WILL SANDERS
WERE ACTIVE IN UNION ACTIVETES.MY AUNT IREAN ROSE TOLD ME
SHE WAS AFRAID EVERY TIME MY FATHER LEFT.HE WOULD ALL WAYS
SPEAK OUT FOR WHAT HE BELIVED IN.MY GRANDFATHER WAS IN IT FROM THE BEGINING 1930 OR BEFOR.IM NOT SURE HE DIED OF BLACK LUNG LONE BEFOR I WAS BORN.ANYBODY KNOW MY FAMALY.
I AM ALSO RELATED TO LIEGH FIELDS SALY,ERVIN DOTSON.

 

Name: william r. inman <lilandbill2@aol.com>
Date: 2006-11-06
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enter your website URL ft wayne in.
Comments:
this is awsom keep it going
 

Name: Tammy Noel <tnoel00@ameritech.net>
Date: 2006-10-31
Comments:
I throughly enjoyed reading your web site. My family is from Letcher County and have many generations of miners in the family. Kentucky Coal Miners need to be remembered for all their sacrafices and hard work. Thank you so much for sharing your efforts with me.
 

Name: Art Browning <abrowning56@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2006-10-30
Comments:
My father, Ted Browning started working in the mines when he was 14 years old. He lied about his age. He worked in many of the mines in Bell Co. Ky. and at Fork Ridge. He said he has done everything that's to be done in the mines, driving the motor, laying track, etc. He had slate fall on him and crushed his back, and chipped a piece of bone off his back. He was off work for 8 months. In 1946 our family moved to Visalia, CA. Our father didn't want his boys, 5 of us, to work in the coal mines. It's the best move he ever made. He was working at Premier Coal Mines in Middlesboro, Ky. when we moved. I'm glad he did.
 

Name: terry muncy <kychrome@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-10-11
enter your website title www.terrymuncy.com
Comments:
Great site!!
 

Name: david roark <bluedude1957@aol.com>
Date: 2006-10-07
Comments:
i'm a coal miners son, my dad worked for blackstar coal mines. if any body knows the roarks write and tell me more
 

Name: david roark <bluedude1957@aol.com>
Date: 2006-10-07
Comments:
i was born in harlan, rasied in cleveland ohio, just wanted to see what harlan looked like
 

Name: ann hatfield <grannyx7us@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-10-04
Comments:
my husbands father worked for a black diamond coal company. his name was carl hatfield. would love to find more info about it.
 

Name: shirley brock noe <coffeetalk60097@aol.com>
Date: 2006-10-04
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Comments:
I am a Coal miners daughter I am proud of the place I was born, My dad worked 30 years In the coal mines , I cannot think of any thing more horrible than coal mines, I spent a lot of time crying for my dad everyday for I had seen that big black hole he went to every day . my dad is dead now for many years but I see his face so clearly as if it was yesterday from a distance I could see his eyes and his teeth he would start laughting when he saw us and you all know all this because you did the same thing God bless all the coal miners.
 

Name: Sylvia Samons Rogers <johnnyrogers@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-09-27
Comments:
was born in Floyd county KY.
 

Name: gerry vaughan <ozzycarel@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-09-26
Comments:
i am the dght of matt johnson and the gdaughter of kit johnson who worked the mines within a 30 mile radius of pineville,m,boro,fonde straight creek,colmar.if some one can tell me anything,it would be most appreciated.thanks
 

Name: gerry vaughan <ozzycarel@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-09-26
Comments:
i am a coalminers dght.from bell and harlan.proud of my roots.my dad matt johnson worked the mines in the 40 and 50 and i am trying to find records but no luck.who ever said you can,t go home were wrong.your friend in ar.
 

Name: gerry vaughan <ozzycarel@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-09-26
Comments:
i am a coalminers dght.from bell and harlan.proud of my roots.my dad matt johnson worked the mines in the 40 and 50 and i am trying to find records but no luck.who ever said you can,t go home were wrong.your friend in ar.
 

Name: Angie <Angie_Fee_Stewart@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-09-22
Comments:
I loved the website! Both my father and maternal grandfather were coal miners. My mother, Della Jenkins Fee, grew up in various coal camps, including Chevrolet, Mary Helen and Yancey in Harlan, Kentucky. We have really enjoyed your website and the information on your guestbook.
 

Name: Joe Sharpe <sharpe@pine-net.com>
Date: 2006-09-19
Comments:
My grandfather, Dewey Sharp was killed in a coal mining accident in 1925. Don't know which mine it was and if you have any information, I would appreciate it. His name is on a memorial at the Harlan County Courthouse.
 

Name: Cynthia Richard <challengergirl_70@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-16
Comments:
I visited this website in search of my grandfather William Hall. He was coal miner and was killed in mining accident. I am still unable to find any information about him. I only have the only picture in existance of him. I will continue to look through this site and many others. Thank you for making this available to the public.
 

Name: Terrilyn Stafford <brandy_75_1999@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-09-14
Comments:
My father Clifford Stafford was a coal miner. He had blacklung from the coal mines. He died when I was 6 years old! so I appreciate all he has done in his life.
 

Name: JODY W. STURGILL <STUR69@MSN.COM>
Date: 2006-09-14
Comments:
THIS IS A GREAT SITE! GOOD JOB.
 

Name: Heather Austin <heather-austin@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2006-09-13
Comments:
Thank you for a great web site. My grandmother's father was a Coal Miner at Fork Ridge and her grandfather was a Coal Miner also.
 

Name: Leta Collins Heavrin <letasgun@bardstown.com>
Date: 2006-09-10
Comments:
My father Preston Collins b/1914-d/2006 was a coal miner all his life in floyd county, Preston was the son of Casel & Judy Howell Collins,Preston was married to his 2 wife,Billie faye stone Collins for 45 years to them 3 kids Leta, Kimber,Stanley & 7 grandson
If anyone has a picture or story send to
letaguns@bardstown.com

 

Name: Kim Crow <kim@kimcrow.com>
Date: 2006-09-03
enter your website title Kim Crow is a busy actress, director and ISDN pro voiceover talent
enter your website URL http://www.kimcrow.com
Comments:
Thank you for all of your efforts in creating this beautiful tribute to the miners. They are the best of what it means to be an American. I hope to measure up in some small way. God bless.
 

Name: Sue Blanton Davis <beckieblanton@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-09-03
Comments:
My dad was a coal miner for Clover Darby Coal company and the Creech Coal Company and who ever was in between. The mines closed in the early fifties. His name was Walteer Blanton. Several of his family also worked in this same mine. He died in Dec.of 1991
 

Name: Paula <PaulaII@webtv.net>
Date: 2006-08-28
Comments:
In 1954 I married the son of William HENRY Tyree and Goldie Ann Strong Tyree (daughter of Ned and Nancy Ann Strong from Viper) (Henry's second wife was Oma). They lived in Hazard all their lives. Henry was a blacksmith in the mines - not sure which - and later had a grocery store on the road up the mountain - Blue Diamond I believe. Henry and Oma lived in back of the store. Henry died of black lung. I have 2 children from my marriage to Wm.Henry Tyree, Jr.
 

Name: Sue Blanton Davis <beckieblanton@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-08-27
Comments:
I am looking for a man named Herman Simpson or a man named Ray Brown. They Played music with my dad Walter Blanton. I want to find some recordings of their playing music together. Thanks
 

Name: tom west <derbytime19@aol.com>
Date: 2006-08-27
Comments:
i was a proud coal miner at riverqueen underground and
ken surface mines from 1973 to 1995 and would like to get information about the indrustry now.

 

Name: Patsy Bocook <rezinc@aol.com>
Date: 2006-08-23
Comments:
My grandfather, Dewey Kinney, and his sons were coal miners in Pike County, KY. Dewey was a foreman (I have a copy of his certicate).
 

Name: Patti Newsom Meyer <Parisfloozy@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-08-22
Comments:
I happen upon this site by accident. Thank you so much for all the work that has gone into making this site available to showcase the life of miners in Kentucky. I enjoyed seeing the mining pictures and reading the stories so very much. I will locate and share a beautiful picture of my grandfather Bill Kinney (Sookey's Creek) and some other miners in a picture taken around 1945.
 

Name: Cindy Harman Lewis <cindy626@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-08-21
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Comments:
I'm a Coal Miners Daughter, Grand Daugther and Great-Grand Daughter. My great-grand father Lenoard Steffey was a Kentucky coal miner. I'm not aware of his complete history. But I do know that he was also a church of christ preacher and when he died in the 1980's he lived in Tram KY. He was married to Cynthia Anne (Fife) Steffey.

Many of their children settled in Wyoming county WV. Along with them was their Daughter Bonnie Adkins and her family. Where my maternal grandfather worked the mines at Kopperston. When he was laid off there they moved to Bishop VA where my paternal grandfather Kester David Harman worked in the mines and lived with his wife Mary Lou (Sheets) Harman. And as fate would have it my Mom met my dad.

A few years down the road my Dad returned to Wyoming Co, WV where he worked at theh Kopperston # 2 mine almost until it was closed. Then he continued to mine until he retired from Pea Body. I spent almost all of my first 18 years of life in the coal camps in Kopperston.

We lost my great grandfather when I was in 4th grade. Both of my grandfathers died of black lung when they were in their late 70's. When my son was in 7th grade he did a social studies report on coal mining. My dad took him through the exhibition mine in Beckley WV. My son got an A on the paper. It was hard to tell who was happiest about it. But I believe we need to pass this knowlege about our heritage down to our kids. They need to know what fine stuff they are made of. I know my dad is my hero.

 

Name: ed dusik <martindr28@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2006-08-17
Comments:
the coal miners were and are real men,god bless and protect them.
 

Name: L. Bond Crayton <lmcrayton@netzero.net>
Date: 2006-08-15
Comments:
I have a picture of my father Fred Bond standing in front of Rutledge post office when he worked as superviser for the Jerico coal mines company in 1937. His father, Isaac Bond was a telegraph operator for the rail road and was killed in Lake Hebron, Fl. 1930. I would like to know more about both. Isaac M. Bond was shot while on duty so I'm hoping to fine a write up of the killing.June 1930. I have several pictures of Isaac around 1910 in uniform at a station.
 

Name: Larry Schmitt <lschmitt@sigecom.net>
Date: 2006-08-15
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Comments:
Wonderfull, thanks! a BOILERMAKER
 

Name: Rebecca <rteegarden219@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-08-13
Comments:
My Grandpa Roy Capps worked in the coal mines in KY. I watched the documentary "Harlan County, U.S.A" tonight and was astounded to see all that the coal miners and their families have had to put up with.
 

Name: Billie Rogers <phil2billi@aol.com>
Date: 2006-08-11
Comments:
My grandfather, William Stewart King, and my father, Orven King, and their brothers worked in the coal mines in the 1940's. I think it was Combs or Hazard where they worked. My grandfather's brother died in a mine cave-in. I remember the funeral. I don't have a lot of information but I am slowly trying. Great to find your net. Thanks.
 

Name: Ken Baker <knbkr1016@aol.com>
Date: 2006-08-05
Comments:
I have visited the site several times before, but always find something that I missed the previous time I'd visited.
This is my most favorite site on the web since my Dad was a Coal Miner all of his life. He diedin the mines at Yancey in 1961, after we had moved to Harlan County from Bell County in 1957. Thanks, Ms. Morgan, for all the time and effort you put into making this such a wonderful site that pays tribute and praises to all the Coal Miners and their families who have given so much to this country.

 

Name: Ralph Hensley <Ralphsnooks1@aol.com>
Date: 2006-08-04
Comments:
Iam one of ten children of Roy Hensley, Killed in a coal mine in Harlan co. in 1947.
 

Name: Walter Lee Brock <waltbrock@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-07-31
Comments:
My Father was the only one,that I know of, in our family, to come up north, to South Bend In. from Ky.

Amon Brock,(Cotton), from what I understand, is my cousin.
God bless him.

My Father is Walter Brock
GranFather is Lee Brock
Great GranFather is Eijah Brock
Great Great GranFather is Aron N.Brock B. 12/08/1805 Harlan
Great Great Great GranFather is Amon Brock B.11/05/1775 SC
Great Great Great Great GranFather is Jesse James Brock B. 12/08/1751
Next is; Aaron Brock (Chief Red Bird)
Next is; Reuben Brock (B. 1680 in England)
Next is; William Brock (B. 1643 in England)
Next is John Brock B. 1616 in England)

Walter Lee Brock
20058 Crosswell, St
South Bend, In
46637
waltbrock@yahoo.com

 

Name: Billy Fraley <fraleybilly@aol.com>
Date: 2006-07-30
Comments:
all of my famley were coal miners, I worked in the coal mines for about 10yrs. coal mines were going down in floyd co. and I mooved to Lexington ky. worked as an electrician for 27yrs and 6mo. until i retired.
Still Love the coal miners.
Billy

 

Name: Erinn Mullins <curlygurl30@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-07-27
Comments:
I come from a collage of coal miners, My great grand pa was Cossie Mullins, from what I understand, he raised my pappaw at Coxton, and worked for Brookside, I would love any information about him, or the Coxton area, My maternal grandfather worked for Peabody and Black Star coal companies in 1937-39 i believe, his name is Kelly Lambdin.

I currently reside in Williamsburg.

 

Name: Kalle Konttinen <kallekonttinen@dnainternet.net>
Date: 2006-07-27
Comments:
greetings from Finland!
 

Name: Henry Eversole <Hdrifter@verizon.net>
Date: 2006-07-23
Comments:
I'm just looking for my past. Willie Eversole,Garrison Lewis, Mary Short. The pictures realy bring back the memories. I visit Kentucky every August. Thank you.
 

Name: Karen Hartupee <khartupee@power-net.net>
Date: 2006-07-21
Comments:
I wanted to mention also I'm searching for any paternal relatives. This is what I know about my KY family. The town has 5 letters with the 2nd letter hanging below the line (like Lynch, Squib, etc), my birthfather after serving in the Army in Korea lived with 2 of his 6 sisters briefly in Detroit (both married, one 30 & one 23 in 1953), the other 4 sisters were 29,25,16 & 12 in 1953, no brothers, his dad was a coal miner,parents in their late 40's at the time. My dad drove a truck for a bakery while in Detroit and his 23 yr. old sister worked with and introduced him to my birthmother. I was born 4/12/54 and given immediately up for adoption. If any of this sounds familiar from any family stories you've been told, please email me. Would love to know anything about my background. Thanks!
 

Name: Karen Hartupee <khartupee@power-net.net>
Date: 2006-07-21
Comments:
I was given up for adoption in 1954 and in my non-identifying paperwork from Detroit, MI (where I was born) I found out my birthfather's dad was a coal miner in KY at the time of my birth so thank you for providing me with insight to my roots!
 

Name: dwight saylor <ikesay@tampabay.rr.com>
Date: 2006-07-17
Comments:
looking to see what happened to my grandmother
lithie allen mother to bill saylor married to james saylor
in 1924

 

Name: Glenna Faye Parker Howard Cole <Sparkeldustyy@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-07-10
Comments:
I was born and raised to the age of 7 years at Elcomb, Ky. and my Dad was a coal miner. His name was Joseph Thomas Parker. My Mom was Mary Elizabeth Hill Parker. I had one sister, Mary Ann and three brothers, Ova Gene ( he died at 9 mo's old) Norman Levi, and Joseph Edward (Joe Ed) I was born April 7, 1945 and I was the baby of the family. All are gone now except for me and Joe Ed. He lives in Springfield, Ohio. I live in Middlesboro, Ky. Thank You for this site. I am proud of who I am and where I came from. We are some of the strongest people in this U.S.A.. I will visit many times, I'm sure.
 

Name: Glenna Faye Parker Howard Cole <Sparkeldustyy@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-07-10
Comments:
I was born and raised to the age of 7 years at Elcomb, Ky. and my Dad was a coal miner. His name was Joseph Thomas Parker. My Mom was Mary Elizabeth Hill Parker. I had one sister, Mary Ann and three brothers, Ova Gene ( he died at 9 mo's old) Norman Levi, and Joseph Edward (Joe Ed) I was born April 7, 1945 and I was the baby of the family. All are gone now except for me and Joe Ed. He lives in Springfield, Ohio. I live in Middlesboro, Ky. Thank You for this site. I am proud of who I am and where I came from. We are some of the strongest people in this U.S.A.. I will visit many times, I'm sure.
 

Name: Rhonilda Lenore Parker <roparker@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-07-10
Comments:
Hello,

I'm proud to be a coalminer's granddaughter.
Any one out there who knows anything about James Huffman Lay please contact me. He was my grand father and lived from 1899 until about 1979 and worked the Mary Helen Gray's Knob Coalgood camps
I was born in Harlan 1956 but was raised in California and would like to get in touch with anyone who is kin to me
Thanks
Rhonilda Parker
Granddaughter of James Huffman Lay and Mary Bird Lay who last lived in Tway Hollow

 

Name: Randy Hall <coalminer646@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-07-04
Comments:
I am a miner at Jim Walter#5 mine in Brookwood Alabama.Sept 23,2001 we had 13 coworkers,friends,and brothers killed due to greed,Now I see many new miners comming into the mine,and not much has changed safty wise.I retire in July 07,but to you new miners ,please be safe , and remember the 13 miners at brookwood mine that didnt come back home after their shift.I also would like to say thanks to the United Mine Workers of America,for insuring me a safe and happy career.I will miss the mines
 

Name: bill kendall <williamabn@aol.com>
Date: 2006-07-01
Comments:
Ihave ancestery in harlan/bledsoe area. thank you for this site.
 

Name: crystal calloway <callowcryst@aol.com>
Date: 2006-06-28
Comments:
If anyone has any information about Boone Calloway or Bessie please contact me at the email above. They were my great-grand parents and he was a miner I believe at the Creech Coal Camp. I'm told he died in an explosion in the mine. All info is greatly appreciated. Thank You
 

Name: Amanda Bourff <amanda_bourff@msn.com>
Date: 2006-06-27
Comments:
I am researching my Boruff family. They lived on Black Mountain at one time.
 

Name: Brittany <Brittany.Leann@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-06-09
Comments:
Hello My name is Brittany and Im 20 years old. I live in pansy Ky and have been told stories of an exsplosion that happened in the 30's at a yancey mines. i was wondering if anyone knew anything about it and if so would you please e-mail at the above address. Thank you
 

Name: Brittany <Brittany.Leann@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-06-09
Comments:
Hello My name is Brittany and Im 20 years old. I live in pansy Ky and have been told stories of an exsplosion that happened in the 30's at a yancey mines. i was wondering if anyone knew anything about it and if so would you please e-mail at the above address. Thank you
 

Name: troy powell <tpsurf23>
Date: 2006-06-05
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Comments:
i love my pappaws pascal james powell and harvey short rest in peace

 

Name: tim pratt <pratttw86@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2006-05-28
Comments:
I'm a grandson of a proud eastern Kentucky coal miner.It's been 25 years since i lived there, but the memories of those beatiful hills are fresh in my mind.I hope soon to take my own kids there so they can see what it is like.It's a part of me for the rest of my life.Thank God for the good times i had there.
 

Name: tim corum <someonesave@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-05-28
Comments:
just looking around i am a miner at new elk creek mine in western ky. i am looking for pictures to draw. i want a picture of a miner that looks like he is dragging something behind him. i am going to replace what ever he is dragging with a pile of skulls.i do outby work they call us skull draggers,so i am going to draw a picture of it and have a tattoo of it made also.you have a great site. be careful out there brothers.
 

Name: Billy R. Miller <n8hejbm@juno.com>
Date: 2006-05-25
Comments:
Haven,t looked at all the things yet, but my g/father H.A.Miller was killed at mine #30 I think 1929 my dad
also was injured in the same slate fall A.L.Miller, he
got his collar bone broke and later died of t.b..My brother
Walt L MIller worked at several mines in Harlan co.. My other bro. Jack A Miller lives to this day in Cocoa Fl.
I have a picture of my dad in baseball uniform at clutts as
he played for them at the time miners had teams. I also have a picture of the old hospital at Kenvir Ky. and new camp. I would like to add them to the historical records
however I don't know how yet to do that on computer. I will
try to get my daughter or brother to, as he sent me this to
look up of the web. I have visited the museum a couple years ago at Benham and stayed at the old school house. That
was nice. Thank you for your dedication and work and providing the opportuniity to see and visit ole times.

friend and fellow servant good bye and GOD BLESS.

Bill Miller

 

Name: Billy R. Miller <n8hejbm@juno.com>
Date: 2006-05-25
Comments:
Haven,t looked at all the things yet, but my g/father H.A.Miller was killed at mine #30 I think 1929 mi dad
also was injured in the same slate fall A.L.Miller, he
got his collar bone broke and later died of t.b..My brother
Walt L MIller worked at several mines in harlan co.. My other bro. Jack A Miller lives to this day in cocoa fl.
I have a picture of mu dad in baseball uniform at clutts as
he played for them at the time miners had teams. I also have a picture of thee old hospital at kenvir ky. and new camp. I would like to add them to the historical records
however I don't know how yet to do that on computer. I will
try to get my daughter or brother to, as he sent me this to
look up of the web. I have visited the museum a couple years ago at benham and stayed at the old school house. That
was nice. Thank you for your dedication and work and providing the opportuniity to see and visit ole times.

friend and fellow servant good bye and GOD BLESS.

Bill Miller

 

Name: Gerri <dgerri@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-05-24
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Comments:
Thank you for this very great site for our coal miners.
Most of my mothers family worked the mines in Ky,Tn, and Va. We lost Cousin Danny Roberts in a Lee Co Va mine.

 

Name: Jason Meeks <justdive@aol.com>
Date: 2006-05-23
Comments:
God bless.
 

Name: melissa (craig) Wink <mel92367@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-05-21
Comments:
You have a very nice thing going on here. Keep it up.
 

Name: melissa jane craig <mel92367@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-05-21
Comments:
I have several relatives in the CRAIG family who were in the Harlan county and the Clay county mines but I have never been able to find any information about them it has been frustrating. I have limited information. I don't even know the name of the mines. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks, melissa (craig)wink

 

Name: Glen Finley <gfinley@bowlinggreen.net>
Date: 2006-05-20
Comments:
Great Site
 

Name: gerry johnson <ozzycarel@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-05-19
Comments:
could someone help me find any infor. on my dad matt johnson who worked in the mines in and around mboro ky fonde pineville kettle island also maybe harlan and last charleston and wheeling west virgina.thanks
 

Name: Benjamin Capps <jacket_dad80@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-05-18
Comments:
Nice website. Good to see people writing things about the coal mines. I work for Bell County Coal Corp. in Middlesboro, Ky.
 

Name: David Willis <dwconcreteman@aol.com>
Date: 2006-05-18
Comments:
My great grandparents were Hedricks of Harlan and Jonesville,Va. My grandparents, Justis and Leah Hampton were from this area. Justis was a teacher, Leah a housewife
and later a businesswoman in Ashland and Vanceburg, Ky.The Hampton name is very common in Knox county. Several are cousins I am proud to be relalated to. Enjoyed the website!

 

Name: Lawrence Osborne <losborne1@neo.rr.com>
Date: 2006-05-16
Comments:
Born and grew up @ Three Point, Schools= Three Point,Cawood,and Hall High,=6yrs US Army, attended college in Indiana.Now Retired and live in northeast ohio.
 

Name: Gerry V. Decker (Hightower) <gerry.decker@basf.com>
Date: 2006-05-15
Comments:
My dad, Ted Hightower, was a miner in Harlan, KY and possibly Knox, KY. I have been looking for something on him for some time but not able too find anything. Would someone from your site possibly have anything concerning a Ted Hightower? Anything would be appreciated.

Gerry V. Decker (Hightower)

 

Name: Wenda Turner <wsueturner@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-05-10
Comments:
My Mother-in-law was Millie Walden and my Father-in-law was Kermit Turner. I have enjoyed visiting this website.
 

Name: william d. stewart <carmenstewart@wowway.com>
Date: 2006-05-08
Comments:
I loved the site
 

Name: Rose Hollingsworth <SNOWBIRD43616@aol.com>
Date: 2006-05-07
Comments:
If there is anyone who may have info on Chester Robertson who was killed in Perry couny coal mine in 1922 @ the age of 21...please let me know as this is one of my areas where i've run into a brick wall...All i've found is his name and date of death..I would like to have at least an obituary and place of burial...thanks
 

Name: Rose Hollingsworth <SNOWBIRD43616@aol.com>
Date: 2006-05-07
Comments:
My grandmothers' father and grandfather along with other family ( name of SCOTT ) worked in the coal mines of Ky. ..
They lived in various counties including Bell , Knox , Laurel , Perry to name a few... My grandmothers first husband ( Chester Robertson ) was killed in a Perry county mining accident (explosion ? ) . Her father was injured in one in one of the forementioned counties and others were either killed or injured in some of them... I never realized how dangerous and hard their lives were until I started my research... Your site has taught me much about this...Keep up the good work...

 

Name: ROSE HOLLINGSWORTH <SNOWBIRD43616@aol.com>
Date: 2006-05-07
Comments:
I CAME TO THIS SITE ( WHICH IS QUITE NICE AND INTERESTING ),LOOKING FOR INFO ON MY ANCESTORS , BUT FOUND NONE. HOWEVER , THIS IS A GOOD SITE TO LOOK AT AND FOR THOSE THAT CAN FIND THEIR ANCESTORS AS THERE ARE SO FEW OF THEM ...I ENJOYED YOUR SITE...IT DID GIVE ME SOME INSITE INTO WHAT MY ANCESTORS WENT THROUGH AND HOW THEY LIVED...
 

Name: Dave R. Hightower <hdsquishy@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-05-06
Comments:
Very well informed web site.
 

Name: Nwafor Maga Maga <Magamaga@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-05-03
Comments:
I love this site. It has nice information and I am happy for it
 

Name: Penny Lynch <palynch_2000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-04-26
Comments:
Looking for any information on the A and B coalmine in Pike County Ky. A and B stood for Abshire and Ball. The mine closed around 1950's .

Thanks for your efforts to put up this website, I feel a reverence when I look at it.

 

Name: Ashley Delph <dolphinlover81586@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-04-24
Comments:
I am trying to find my dad. I believe that his father's name was Renus Delph. My dad's full name is Darrell Wayne Delph. I have not heard from him in almost 13 years. I have been searching for him and this site keeps coming up. If anyone can help me please e-mail me. Thank you!
 

Name: teresa metz shelton <teresametz1962@peopplepc.com>
Date: 2006-04-24
Comments:
i have really enjoyed reading your guess book.doar shelton if you read this please e mail me we might be related .my father was hairm shelton and my mother was omilee he worked for peabody coal company in the 30 until they shut down. i go back to kenvir as often as possible .


great guess book

 

Name: Lucrisha (Siler) Cox <mitchellcox5@aol.com>
Date: 2006-04-19
Comments:
My dad, Marshall Siler, worked in the Kentucky coal mines
for 40 years. I was born in Balkan, Kentucky in a coal
mining camp. My dad worked most of his years at the Black
Star Coal Mine but we lived in a little community called
Page. The mailing address was Calvin, Kentucky. I now live
in Indiana and a friend of mine (we went to Bell County High
School together) Bess (York) Burke was from Rella,Kentucky
lives here also and she loaned me her "Kentucky Explorer"
Magazine where I found this website address. Bess' father
was killed in a coal mine.

 

Name: john edward brummett <jb040@earthlink.net>
Date: 2006-04-17
Comments:
looking for any info my grandfather, dewey brummett, born
june 4, 1944. His father was Abram Brummett, mother was
Allie Bam?. HE married Nancy Hensley, born June 4,1914.
Dewey had 3 brothers, 4 sisters. They had 7 children, my
dad being Dewey Dearl Brummett. Nancy had 2 brothers,
2 sisters. If you are related or know of my grandparents
or family, would love to hear from you

 

Name: Sarah McClain <sarah_leann@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-04-17
Comments:
I think that your site is wonderful. My great-grandfather, William H. Perry, worked in the Lynch Coal Mine in Harlan County!
 

Name: Thomas Jenkins <tjenkins@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-04-17
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Comments:
I thought the site was great! I work underground in the mines in pike co. KY. I take pride in being a coal miner.
 

Name: Susan Laurie <angelandwings@shaw.ca>
Date: 2006-04-11
Comments:
I enjoyed seeing the life and story of Kentucky coal miners, my future husband's family have owned and worked in Kentucky coal mines and my fiance is a coal truck driver. Being from a small town in BC Canada, I did not realize what a hard and dangerous job coal mining was. Thank you for enlightening me
 

Name: CATHERINE KELLER <nannakx5@aol.com>
Date: 2006-04-09
Comments:
I HAVE INJOYED YOUR WEBSITE. MY GRANDFATHER WAS A COALMINER IN HARLAN CO. ARTHUR (BUCK) MCGEORGE.
 

Name: Curtis Rieser <curtisrieser@gmail.com>
Date: 2006-04-06
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Comments:
I will be visiting Eastern Kentucky on April 20-26. Any suggestion of Coal mines to see
 

Name: Bernie Parsons <bp at christianuniverse.com>
Date: 2006-04-06
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Comments:
I was reared in the mining camp of Drift, Kentucky. My father was a coal miner in the Turner-Elkhorn Mine. My early years were spent in this mining town. We left about 1960, when I was about 10 years old.

If anyone has some old scrip for the Ernest Turner store, or the W. A. Arrowood store, or other that pertained to this mine, I would like to see about obtaining some. Change the "at" to an "@" in the address above.

 

Name: scott oliver <scott@openworldinc.com>
Date: 2006-04-04
Comments:
enjoyed your site

 

Name: Kay <kypacer@aol.com>
Date: 2006-04-01
Comments:
Hi, I am a coal miner's granddaughter. Grandpa was from Pike Co. and worked at Borderland Colleries near Tug River.
He was active in the Union and I guess that must have taken courage in the early days of Matewan, etc. Daddy worked for money to go to college. He didn't like being underground but he worked hard at it while he did it. Thanks for your wonderful site. In memory of grandpa, daddy and Uncle Wendell, I appreciate what you are doing to honor coal miners.

 

Name: Wilma Wynn <wilmawynn1@excite.com>
Date: 2006-04-01
Comments:
This is a very nice site.I realy enjoyed it.
 

Name: Don Spangler <donspangler@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-03-30
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Comments:
I was raised in Kenvir Kentucky, where my father was a Coal Mine,there were 8 Kids in the Spangler household. Mother: Pearl Spangler Father: Charles O. Spangler.

Kids: Earl,Mel,Don,Shirley,Paul,Maryruth,Carolsue,Chester

 

Name: Don Spangler <donspangler@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-03-30
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Comments:
I was raised in Kenvir Kentucky, where my father was Cole Mine,there were 8 Kids in the Spangler household. Mother: Pearl Spangler Father: Charles O. Spangler.

Kids: Earl,Mel,Don,Shirley,Paul,Maryruth,Carolsue,Chester

 

Name: Jo Carol Wright Carpenter <wright0652@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-03-28
Comments:
My father Noah Wright worked in the coal mines in Letcher Co.and Perry Co. For the Blue Diamond mines at
Blue Diamond and Leatherwood. He started working in the mines at 13, and stopped working for them in 1962. We moved to Ohio,where he died in 1970. I appreciate the information written here. We all really are one large family having been affected by the Mines. Every story has touched my heart. God Bless you all!

 

Name: Gracie Harmon <sundayrain4@aol.com ORsundayrain@inthehills.com>
Date: 2006-03-28
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Comments:
My aunt Georgia Mitchell lived in yancey coal mining camp in pancy ky if anyone remebers it she has been missing for 27 years and i was just wondering if anyone went to school with her at hall high school and if anyone had any pictuers they could e mail me of her or even if you new her either e mail me at sundayrain4@aol.com OR sundayrain@INTHEHILLS.COM GOD BLESS YOU ALL
 

Name: millard middleton <mcm8mc@earthlink.net>
Date: 2006-03-24
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Comments:
my name is millard middleton i was born at verda ky in 1930 work at harlan wallins coal mine i went to korea ware in 1952 came back in 54 and work for harlan wallins till it close in 1956 i came to Ohio in 1959 im still here in Ohio my dad name was beck middleton mother eula middleton i marrid a hubbs in 57 and still married to here im livin in Dayton Ohio now
 

Name: James Cartwright <jimcartwright26@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: 2006-03-24
Comments:
I enjoyed your site.
I was a mining and safety engineer in the south wales coalfield UK.
It appears that coal mines are the same the whole world over.
Jim Cartwright

 

Name: Lonnie Saylor <lsaylor@cox.net>
Date: 2006-03-21
Comments:
Lived in Wallins 1933-1951. Was raised on a mountain farm. One siblin worked in the mines at Twila. Family had a small mine on the home stead that supplied our coal and some for sale. Also supplied some coal to the Wallins High School when it was on school hill. Did not know I was poor until I left there and joined the Army at $86.00 with three hots and a cot per month. Was able to save $40.00 per month. TRY IT NOW.
 

Name: NWAFOR MAGA <MGBADA@YAHOO.COM>
Date: 2006-03-19
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Comments:
THIS IS A VERY WONDERFUL WEBSITE WITH WONDERFUL INFORMATIONS. THANKS ALOT AND KEEP IT UP.
 

Name: Vicky Fuller <vlfuller2@alltel.net>
Date: 2006-03-18
Comments:
My son is working on a report about black lung.Also my grandfather work in the coal mines in Drift,Ky . He died in 1967 from black lung.My grandfathers name was Estil Delong.He first worked at Turner Elkorn Mining Company. If you have a picture or anything that might help us.It wouls be gratefully appreciated. This has been more than a school report to us. We have learned a great deal about our grandfather.Thank you very for all your imformation. Vicky Fuller

 

Name: Bill <messerb64@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-03-15
Comments:
Researching family history. Grandfather was Frank Messer and was a coal miner in Harlan
 

Name: JOHN BRUMMETT <granmawx4@earthlink.net>
Date: 2006-03-14
Comments:
DEWEY BRUMMETT WAS MY GRANDFATHER ALSO. HE DIED IN THE COAL
MINE 10 MONTHS BEFORE I WAS BORN. HE WENT BACK IN THE MINES
TO GET THE SHOVELS AND THE MINE COLLASPED ON HIM. I WISH I
COULD HAVE MET HIM, I CARRY HIS GENES. THANKS RONNIE FOR THE TRIBUTE TO OUR GRANDFATHER, THERE ARE QUITE A FEW
GRANDCHILDREN WHO WOULD HAVE LOVED TO KNOW THEIR GRANDFATHER. JOHN BRUMMETT

 

Name: Carl Gill <bigapple173@aol.com>
Date: 2006-03-11
Comments:
Working on my website, you can e-mail me at bigapple173@aol.com I was a ky. coal minner. Iwas hurt in(1986). I found your website while working on my website. My father was born in Pike Co. ky. he was a coalminer.His name was Randolph Mason Gill He also was a minner. He died of black lung. My grandfather was Frank Gill also a minner I worked for Peadody Coal in Union Co. Ky.I am looking for disabled miners that were disabled befor 1995 and were returned back to court and lost part of or all of their comp.If you are one please e-mail me @bigapple173@aol.com I have some info. you may want to know. Thank You
 

Name: John P. Chavez <bond_ltk@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-03-10
Comments:
I'm currently working on a project about miners, and this site -along with many others- show the true human value and courage of those men, and his families, who labored underground and endured so many hardships for the good of their kids and their beloved homeland. I am expecting, when finished, in some way to show these men as they were and give them their deserved respect. Thank you.
 

Name: Wayne L. Hoskins <waynetech371@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-03-08
Comments:
Very nice web-site. My family is from the Harlan area. Keep up the good work!
 

Name: brandi branham <bnbranham@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-03-05
Comments:
I am also a coal miner'd daughter. I found this website while doing research for ny ecology class, I think this is great! My dad was a hard worker, he worked many hours to make money for my family. I would also like to say that we are from Pike County, I would love to see pictures of those who did work there.Thank you!
 

Name: DON TAYLOR <dontaylor@terra.com.br>
Date: 2006-03-05
Comments:
GREAT PHOTO'S AND INFORMATIOM ABOUT THE OLD DAYS OF WORKING IN COAL MINES
 

Name: PJ Slone <ahonestsmile@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-03-03
Comments:
Grandfather Charles b Lykins and Roy Lykins was coal miners. I think in or around wyland, Ky
 

Name: Rhonda Johnson <nhcowensboro@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-02-25
Comments:
Thank you so much for your web site. I am trying to find my roots and just found out that I have a great aunt that was born in Harlan. He father was a coal miner and you web site has been of help. <br>thank you
 

Name: Shar G <EyesSobrite@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-02-19
Comments:
My grandfather was a miner in Blue Diamond.Ky My mom was born there and she is 72 now.I have heard many stories from my mom about the camp.My grandfather and I were very close.He died from black lung.Life was very hard back then.His name is Walter Napier.
 

Name: Duran Sexton <sexton_5@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-02-19
Comments:
It would be nice to see more of blackstar coal camps please.
 

Name: Elizabeth Susan (Jenkins) Williamson <williaes@iuk.edu>
Date: 2006-02-17
Comments:
I was here yesterday, also. I was wondering if any of you remember any "Capps". They were my great grandparents. Also, my father, Howard Jenkins (Junior) has talked about a big old mountain man named "Uncle Newt Sampson" He rode to the store (Jenkins Grocery) in Middlesboro, Ky. on an old mule he called "Red" to get a plug of tobaccy and a box of sody. I am doing a research paper for school, however, I am so very excited about learning more about my heritage and ancestry. Many of my relatives were involved somehow in the mines. My Dad has been gone for four years now and in honor of him and our heritage, I would like to correspond with someone who may be able to answer some questions. This web site gives me hope in that! We moved away from Middlesboro many years ago, however, we kept going back for years after. I would like to be able to come visit again someday soon. I have an uncle and some cousins who live there or near. Thank you, E. Susan (Jenkins) Williamson...my phone is 765 455-2861.
 

Name: Elizabeth Susan Williamson <williaes@iuk.edu>
Date: 2006-02-16
Comments:
I was born in Middlesboro, Ky. in 1951. My parents are Howard Jenkins and Ada Lee (Moore) Jenkins. My Poppaw (Howard I.,Sr.) and Mommaw (Opal T.) Jenkins owned a small grocery store on the belt line. My Granddaddy (E.T.) and Nanny (Liza K.) Moore lived in a big white house on a hill on Exeter Ave. Many of my relatives had something to do with the coal mines. I would love to know people who knew them. Please respond. Thank you, E. Susan Williamson
 

Name: Linda May Bond crayton <lmcrayton@netzero.net>
Date: 2006-02-14
Comments:
My father, George F. Bond, worked for the mines, supervisory work.I've heard names like Jellico and Rutherford.His father, Isaac M. Bond, was a telegraph operator for the L&N and others until he was shot dead in a Flordia outpost in 1930. Isaac's sister, Emma Bond Belvins Miller married E.S.Miller, who had a whole train named after him--I have the picture. And lastly, my mother's father was a miner who died in a coal mine in 1926, his name was Latha Wilson. I would love pictures of any of this and would be willing to share mine. Most interested in the women of these men.Thank you Linda May
 

Name: Lawrence E. Osborne <losborne1@neo.rr.com>
Date: 2006-02-13
Comments:
Grew up in Three Point, Attended Three Point, Cawood, And Hall High, 6 years military ger and nam, Now retired and out to pasture.
 

Name: Lawrence E. Osborne <losborne1@neo.rr.com>
Date: 2006-02-13
Comments:
Grew up in Three Point, Attended Three Point, Cawood, And Hall High, 6 years military ger and nam, Now retired and out to pasture.
 

Name: BILL REECE <BREECE1941@AOL.COM->
Date: 2006-02-05
Comments:
THANKS FOR THIS SITE, IT IS VERY MUCH ENJOYED.
 

Name: BILL REECE <BREECE1941@AOL.COM->
Date: 2006-02-05
Comments:
THANKS FOR THIS SITE, IT IS VERY MUCH ENJOYED.
 

Name: Janice Frahm <jfrahm@st-tel.net>
Date: 2006-02-04
Comments:
Family info says William Henry BARNETT died in a mine accident before Nov 1864 around Pellyton Adair KY. So was just checking. Thanks.
 

Name: jerry mcclure <jtmnac@alltel.net>
Date: 2006-01-31
Comments:
you show pike county,nothing came up,my mother was raise in sookie creek camp,my grandfather was not a miner,but his
brother ralph culbertson.
until he left there to caome to lexington,to get treament from ww1,and hurt in a cave in after world war 1.
my wife family from smith,ky.
had a couble uncles work the mines until black lung.
jerry mcclure/shawnee/cherokee/choctaw storyteller

 

Name: jerry mcclure <jtmnac@alltel.net>
Date: 2006-01-31
Comments:
you show pike county,nothing came up,my mother was raise in sookie creek camp,my grandfather was not a miner,but his
brother ralph culbertson.
until he left there to caome to lexington,to get treament from ww1,and hurt in a cave in after world war 1.
my wife family from smith,ky.
had a couble uncles work the mines until black lung.
jerry mcclure/shawnee/cherokee/choctaw storyteller

 

Name: Robyn Fee <missy74766@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-01-30
Comments:
Thank you for such a wonderful website! Most of the men in my family other than the baby boomers were miners. My g-grandpa & several uncles were killed in the mines. This site has just helped us so much in looking back to go forward.....
 

Name: debra williamson <nurselady56@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-01-29
Comments:
I am researching my stepmothers family. They were from Ky. Perry Co. Her father worked for "Jewel Ridge coal mine company. Thank you for this site.
 

Name: james dewey white \creech <dooleysharonbuster@comcast . net>
Date: 2006-01-28
Comments:
looking 4 creech family of harlan county
my mother christinne creech born 1926.
help

her son dewey

 

Name: Arvey McFarland <amcfarland@sisna.com>
Date: 2006-01-26
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Comments:
My name is Arvey McFarland, and many of my paternal ancestors were coal miners in Harlan County from the very early to mid 1900's. My great grandfather, Amos Eldridge was killed in a mine accident, as was another relative, Blige Hicks. My grandfather, Harvey Tyse McFarland was a coal miner in Harlan until just before his death in 1946.

I've had considerable difficulty finding many of my ancestors in the great Harlan area and I am seeking a professional genealogist who can assist me in my quest to seek-out my kith and kin in Harlan.

 

Name: TAMMY COCHRAN <COCHRAN@30AKS.COM>
Date: 2006-01-24
Comments:
My Grandfather A.T. Stewart was a Kentucky coal miner for
many years, he was proud to be a miner and spoke of those
days often,he passed away in 1985 from black lung.
He gave it his all.

 

Name: Binnie Noe Faulkner <binniefaulkner@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-01-20
Comments:
Looking for Crummies info.
 

Name: Debra K. Hardy <jax1114@aol.com>
Date: 2006-01-17
Comments:
I am Chester Combs daughter. He was a coal miner in Whitesburg, KY. He worked in the mines until he passed away with cancer.
 

Name: Disney Miniard Brookside Ky. disney miniarddead <dead>
Date: 2006-01-16
Comments:
He was a great previder, Father and worked hard and died with black lung and lung cancer. Father in law was Arthur Smith also worked in brookside coal mines.
 

Name: Disney Miniard Brookside Ky. disney miniarddead <dead>
Date: 2006-01-16
Comments:
He was a great previder, Father and worked hard and died with black lung and lung cancer. Father in law was Arthur Smith also worked in brookside coal mines.
 

Name: delana n gibson <delana_21@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-01-14
Comments:
i liked all the pic my husband is in the mine he works for icg in knott county
 

Name: Jackie Whiten <jbwhiten@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-01-11
Comments:
I have no web site. Just a love of the Appalachians from growing up in the foothills- and I love of the people. The recent disaster made me more diligent in my prayers for the miners.
God Bless each of you. And I hope you don't mind if I invade your space and enjoy your stories and pictures.

 

Name: Mary Boyd <auntpoky@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2006-01-10
Comments:
I just wanted to say that my Pawpaw worked in the eastern Kentucky coal mines for 52 years. I have an Uncle and a cousin that worked in coal mines through-out the area and an ex-husband and his Daddy, that also worked in those mines. I once worked for Belphry (sp.) Coal Co. @ a coal tipple in Johnson county, Paintsville, Ky. I live in Mobile, Al. now and have for quite a while. I still have a few lumps of coal with me from those days to remind me where I came from. The coal mines of eastern Ky. was all that my Pawpaw knew, my ex-Father-in-law also. I believe that everyone should go into a mine and experience the smell and sounds and how you can put your hand right in front of your eyes and not see it for the darkness. That they should wash the miners clothes too! Maybe people would understand what it really means to be a miner and understand the resource of coal. To experience how dangerous and hard it really is working in these mines and how low the pay is compared to the profits of the companies. Man, I could go on and on,,, just wanted to say,, God, Please Bless Our Coal Miners, Keep Them Safe and Bring Then Back Home Safely To Their Families,,,,,,,A Coal Miners' Grand Daughter
 

Name: Trina Shuman <TRShuman@charter.net>
Date: 2006-01-10
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Comments:
My grandfather was killed in a coal mining accident. My mother was 2 years of age at the time. It happened at the Raccoon Coal Corporation in Vicco County around 1936. His name was Dewey Elmer Wilson, Greenridge, Ky. Does anyone have any information that might be of help to us.
 

Name: Sheila Winterberg <winterbergs@cox.net>
Date: 2006-01-10
Comments:
Thanks for the site. Makes me homesick though.
I'm glad to see our miners being remembered. They were the backbone of Eastern Ky, and deserve the credit.

Sheila Allen-Winterberg
Clarksville AR
Daughter of E.B. REB Allen, a Benham miner.

 

Name: brent bottles <bbottles@sylvaniatownshippolice.com>
Date: 2006-01-09
Comments:
brave people doing a very dangerous job.
 

Name: Kirsten E. Young <ymtvrn@aol.com>
Date: 2006-01-08
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Comments:
thank you for your web site
 

Name: Bet Gibbons <zorro44597@aol.com>
Date: 2006-01-08
Comments:
I was just looking at some of the pictures ran across the school,I may well have been a student at the time it was taken. My father was a miner at Lynch 1940's too 1951. we lived on Y St. Iwas old enough to have a lot of memories of Lynch. also a few pictures if you are interested. I do believe that there has been a Gibbons minning coal in Lynch
for close to 60 years

 

Name: Jeff Campbell <camfamily@hotmail.com>
Date: 2006-01-07
Comments:
I worked underground in Bell County ,Pike County ,and surface Highwall mining in Bell ,and Clay county. I was and still am a certified electrician. Allthough I don't work in mining now I was Very Proud to be a Miner in my home State of Kentucky. My father woked underground around the time of World War 2 and when he was living we talked about how it was done then compared to when I started working in the 80's.
 

Name: KATHY MORSE <m.evans34@verizon.net>
Date: 2006-01-07
Comments:
I REALLY ENJOYED YOUR SITE. I AM THE GRANDDAUGHTER AND NEICE OF KY COAL MINERS. I AM LOOKING FOR INFO ON MY UNCLE THAT LOST HIS LIFE IN A MINE SOMWHERE BETWEEN 1915-1930 I'M NOT SURE WHICH PART OF KY. CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHERE TO LOOK? THANKS KATHY
 

Name: JODIE WALKER <jwalker@gastoncss.org>
Date: 2006-01-06
Comments:
ENJOYED LOOKINK AT PICTURES.i LIVED IN kENTUCKY FOR 2 YEARS,
 

Name: penney williams <penney_w_2000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-01-06
Comments:
I am proud to be a coalminer's granddaughter. Thank you for this website. May peace be with us all.
 

Name: penney williams <penney_w_2000@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-01-06
Comments:
I am proud to be a coalminer's granddaughter. Thank you for this website. May peace be with us all.
 

Name: Kawanis Bernard Collier <collierkb@belsouth.net>
Date: 2006-01-06
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Comments:
I was born in Verda, ky, on February 23,1941.My parents are Hargis T. Collier and Edith Fay Partin Collier.My granddad Alvis Partin, was killed in a mining accident at a mine in Verda in March 1941.My grandmother Minnie Partin died in Jan 1961.Great website, keep up the good work.
 

Name: kawanis Bernard Collier <collierkb@belsouth.net>
Date: 2006-01-06
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Comments:
I was born in Verda, ky, on February 23,1941.My parents are Hargis T. Collier and Edith Fay Partin Collier.My granddad Alvis Partin, was killed in a mining accident at a mine in Verda in March 1941.My grandmother Minnie Partin died in Jan 1961.Great website, keep up the good work.
 

Name: kawanis bernard collier <collierkb@belsouth.net>
Date: 2006-01-06
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Comments:
I was born in Verda, ky, on February 23,1941.My parents are Hargis T. Collier and Edith Fay Partin Collier.My granddad Alvis Partin, was killed in a mining accident at a mine in Verda in March 1941.My grandmother Minnie Partin died in Jan 1961.Great website, keep up the good work.
 

Name: Olivia Maggard Sprouse <olivia_sprouse@comcast.net>
Date: 2006-01-05
Comments:
What a wonderful site.....I am so proud.
 

Name: Kimberly Sapp-Potter <ksapp@planetc.com>
Date: 2006-01-04
Comments:
I was so pleased to happen upon this web site. My Grandparents, Bud and Octavia Sexton were residents of Millstone, Kentucky. My Grandfather owned various truck mines during and after World War II. My late husband was also a miner. I am very proud of my heritage and all miners and their families. My prayers go out to the families of the Sago Mine in West Virginia this sad day of January 4, 2006.
 

Name: DeLana <delana@netzero.com>
Date: 2006-01-04
Comments:
I found this website looking while looking for information on the March 1976 Scotia Mine Explosion's. My mom's cousin was killed in the 1st explosion. While it was the year before I was born I have heard the story many times and decided that it I should learn more about mines as many family members have and still do work in the mines. Most of my mom's family still lives in Harlan county. I live in FL but have great respect for my families roots. I have a 2 year old daughter and I want to make sure she understands for roots. My grandfather was Elmer E McKnight, those of you from the area may know of him.
 

Name: Marilyn Pratt Jenkins <merlejenkins@yahoo.com>
Date: 2006-01-02
Comments:
Love the website! Thanks!
 

Name: Ray Helton <folksfinder@aol.com>
Date: 2006-01-01
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Comments:
Thanks for the memories . And thank you for taking time to bring us back to where we came from ..........
 

Name: bERTRA jONES <SISSYJ45@BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: 2005-12-31
Comments:
I would like to find out some information about my Family My father name was Thomes Jones is mother name was Rosie my mother name was Barbara Harris her Father was James Harris and Mother names Margant I am really interest in my Father Family he worked in the coal mines before he went to Jail I belive it would have been around 1946 I was born in 1945 in Banham.
 

Name: Bertra Jones <sissyj45@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2005-12-31
Comments:
Hi My Dad worked in the coal mines in Harlan Ky. His name was Thomas Jones,my Mother name is Barbara Waltman now.
 

Name: Ernie Barnard <ernieb_59@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-12-28
Comments:
Nice to see this page - my grandfather was a coal miner in Harlan around that time. I'm still looking to see if he may be in a picture.
 

Name: Charles Swanson <cswanson@chesapeake.net>
Date: 2005-12-27
Comments:
Came across your website in looking for information on the Majestic Collieries Company Mining operation in Pike County. Your link for pike county mines wasn't working. If you know of any information on this operation, drop us a line. Thanks in advance, and enjoyed your site.
 

Name: Olga <fwatkins.1@juno.com>
Date: 2005-12-26
Comments:
I have enjoyed visiting this site. Thanks
 

Name: Arvina Lillian Copeland <AlviCpl@aol.com>
Date: 2005-12-24
Comments:
My father, Frank Lester Bowling, worked in a coal mine in Kentucky. He told my older brother about walking to work along the railroad tracks and finding dead bodies in the weeds for a week after a meeting was held trying to organize the mines. I dont know what mine or time he worked. He was born in Clay County, KY in 1905.
 

Name: Loveland Hendricks <Love51@sumicro.com>
Date: 2005-12-13
Comments:
Thanks for your site. Many of my family members (Saylor)lived in Harlan Co.KY
 

Name: loretta evans <lse@blomand.net>
Date: 2005-12-09
Comments:
I grew up in Highsplint in the home of James and Minnie Mullins. He was an African American coal miner--started in the mines at age 14. He was the son of a coal miner. Many fond memories. I now live in Middle Tennessee but would like to visit sometimes, as I have not been back there since I left in 1949.
 

Name: Bobby Jo. Riley Sr. <mrhenryt@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2005-12-07
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Comments:
I am a coal miners son. I am from combs Ky. My father was from owsley co. Ky. HE worked in the blue diamond coal mine around 1920 ? If any one has any information about him I would sure like to hear from them. My Mother Mary Johnson Riley was from Buckhorn, Ky. Her father my grandfather Joseph H. Johnson Lived in Buckhorn, Ky.Thank you for this site. B. J. Riley Berry Creek, Ca.
 

Name: Juanita Bull McCollum <juanitamc2003@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-12-06
Comments:
Born and raised in Harlan County Ky and Mary Alice Ky , my grandpa worked in the mines and died before I was even thought about his name was Dave Arnett , wife Perlie Arnett . My dad Gary Bull worked at Yancey near Elzo Gurthrie school in the 70's .
 

Name: Melissa Mullins <ky_girl_41701@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-12-03
Comments:
i think this is a nice web site. i am the daughter of a coal miner also. my dad worked in the mines for over 20 years till his back gave out now hes disabled. i am very proud of my dad he worked so hard for me, my mom, and my brother. i also lost a very good friend in the mines he was an electrican and was killed a few years ago. he was a good man and will be missed. to all the coalminers out there please be careful and safe.
 

Name: Everett Johnson <everett.johnson@bigsandyheritage.org>
Date: 2005-11-30
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Comments:
Wonderful photos and lots of good info.
 

Name: Chad Nolan Hensley II <cardog2@msn.com>
Date: 2005-11-29
Comments:
My father (Chad Nolan Hensley son of Calloway C Hensley b 10 Jun 1882 in Harlan Co d 19 Oct 1918 Harlan Co and Martha Nolan b 4 Oct 1887 in Harlan Co d 1981 Williamson, WV [she was the daughter of John Nolan b KY and Sarah Ann Shoupe b 18 Jun 1855 in KY]worked the cole mines as a young man. He made up his mind that he would not make a life of it and struck out on his own. He eventually walked on a car lot in Bakersfield CA. He had little, no money, an incomplete high school education, homeless, but with a family. Tough times had made him appreciate an opprotunity. He got a job selling cars and about 15 years later he was able to purchase his own dealership.

He died in 1998, but he talked many times of his memories of growing up in coal country, the good people he knew, and the life lessons he learned.

 

Name: Barbara <ww2518@dragonbbs.com>
Date: 2005-11-27
Comments:
Enjoyed this site very much. did not know it was on the web until I just started looking for it,thanks so much
 

Name: Carol Dixon (DuBois) <brentandcarold@peoplepc.com>
Date: 2005-11-19
Comments:
I was just trying to find some information about my grandfather (Elmer Dixon) I know that he worked in the mines for a while, unsure of which mine. Thought that I might run across something.
 

Name: Carol Dixon (DuBois) <brentandcarold@peoplepc.com>
Date: 2005-11-19
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Comments:
I was just trying to find some information about my grandfather (Elmer Dixon) I know that he worked in the mines for a while, unsure of which mine. Thought that I might run across something.
 

Name: Debra Norris <danorris@adelphia.net>
Date: 2005-11-16
Comments:
My Great Grandfather Clarence Clifford Cooley work in the mines. As far as I can tell it was the South East Coal Company in Seco, Letcher between 1915-1958. Still trying to veritfy this.
 

Name: warren massingill <mass140@aol.com>
Date: 2005-11-15
Comments:
remember the 6 massingill brothers killed in mines ,all at the same time ,
 

Name: Richard V. (Tony) Day <rvday@comcast.net>
Date: 2005-11-12
Comments:
Hello, I was born in Lynch Ky. 1939 but lived most of my life in nearby Cumberland. I married Sheila Risden (daughter of Bill Risden and Sweela Hentschell)Three sons: Stuart Bradley (Knoxville Tn.) William Stephen Bentley (knoxville, Tn.) and Joseph Spencer Barclay (Tampa Fla) divorced and remarried Regina Saylor, a daughter Jillian O'Hara (Pigeon Forge, Tn) My dad was Velton F. Day, (died in 1984), mother Lonnie (Ison) Day who lived in Cumberland til her death in a housefire several years ago. I have two brothers: Howard Wayne (Cumberland Ky)two children: Jeffery Wayne (died 2002)and Mary Jo (Cumberland) Joseph Prentiss (Gaicela, Ariz.) two children: Sophia Suzette (Washington) and Sherry Lynn (Washington)...I dont know what else to add except my dad was a coal miner all or most of his life, uneducated but skilled and able. Paternal Grandfather William Tyler Day, wife: Talma Creech died then (Rada Lloyd) Maternal John Ison, wife: Lowdowski Wilson.
 

Name: Leigh Plank <pixieskies7@aol.com>
Date: 2005-10-30
Comments:
My grandfather Mose Feltner of Hazard/ Hyden KY. was a coalminer for many years. Just wanted to look over this site and view the pictures in memory of him.
 

Name: diana lave <ma-kee3@comcast.net>
Date: 2005-10-26
Comments:
My grandfather, Walter Kolasa lived in Cumberland and worked in nearby coalmine. His son, Edward also worked in the coal mine until he was killed in an auto accident in 1940. I don't know which mine they worked in. I enjoy visiting Cumberland and especially staying at the Benham School House Inn. My aunt, Junaita Kolasa graduated from there.
 

Name: Ruby Ann (Howard) Hensley <rah1230(maggardmininginc)@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2005-10-18
Comments:
wonderful loved it!!
I WORK FOR MAGGARD MINING INC. IN THE OFFICE. MY HUSBAND CHARLES ROBERT HENSLEY JR WAS A COAL MINER. MY DAD CHARLIE HOWARD HAS WORKED IN THE MINES ALL HIS LIFE,
MY PAPAW GEORGE W HOWARD (FROM BLACKMONT) WAS ALSO A COAL MINER. I WOULD RATHER WORK WITH COAL MINERS THAN ANY ONE ELSE. COAL MINERS ARE WONDERFUL HARD WORKING PEOPLE THAT EARN THEIR MONEY THE HARD WAY, AND DESIRE EVERY PENNY AND THEN SOME!!!! YOU JUST GOT TO LOVE THEM. THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!

 

Name: Ruby Ann (Howard) Hensley <rah1230(maggardmininginc)@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2005-10-18
Comments:
wonderful loved it!!!!
 

Name: Pam Kearns <kygal98@msn.com>
Date: 2005-10-17
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Comments:
Hello,
Your site is wonderful. I have a genealogy group at MSN.
I added a Kentucky Page to aid in the quest of our members research of their Kentucky ancestors.....I have added your link to my Page! Keep up the great work!!!

 

Name: Elizabeth Stottman <erstottman@msn.com>
Date: 2005-10-09
Comments:
I'd like to thank you for your information about the coal mines. My great-great Uncles were Henry Edd and Dave Osborne who were killed in the Three Points Mine Explosion of 1943 and my great-grandfather was Andy Osborne who was killed in 1960 when the car he was moving coal in overturned on top of him. I never got to meet any of these men, but this makes me feel just a little bit closer to them especially since I can see all the great pictures of where my grandmother Betty Osborne grew up.
 

Name: lisa sue whitaker hooker <moms_fallen_angel2004@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-10-08
Comments:
i would like to find some photos of my grandpa taylor roark and my grandma her name was fannie i never got to meet her but my mom told me she was a great woman that everyone loved my moms name is jerry please if u have anything on them please tell me ok and i been looking and cannot find nothing at all so please if any one of u can help me i sure will be glad to here from u may god bless u thanks urs truely lisa whitaker hooker
 

Name: Donna Baldwin <donnabal_@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-10-05
Comments:
I grew up in Harlan County. In Graysknob, My mother and father both are from there. My fathers name is Thomas(Tom) Hicks, my mothers name is Helen Joyce Hicks (maiden name is Rowe) My grandfather Bill ( william) Rowe worked in the coal mines there in I think Yancy,(not real sure) My dad also worked there. I am also looking for information concerning my other grandfather Erman Skelt Hicks. I think he passed away before I was born (1966). Papaw Rowe died in 1967. If you have any info I would love to hear from you.
Thank you,
Donna

I do think this web site is a very good idea.

 

Name: Dan Bryant <danbryant@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-10-03
Comments:
My grandpa Jonathon Squire Bryant was acoal miner in Harlan County
 

Name: LM Bond crayton <lmcrayton@netzero.net>
Date: 2005-09-30
Comments:
My grandfather was isaac Marion Bond b.1876, Wise Co.,Va.
He was a telegraph operator for the rail road. He was killed while working in an outpost in Florida in 1930.
He lived and worked in Corbin (Corburn) Ky. also. So did my father, George Frederick Bond, Sr. b. 1903 Wise Co.,Va. Do you have any information on these two? Isaac's sister married E,S.Miller, who owned a train, at least, because I have a picture of my father in front of it.

Thank you,
Linda May

 

Name: LM Bond crayton <lmcrayton@netzero.net>
Date: 2005-09-30
Comments:
My grandfather was isaac Marion Bond b.1876, Wise Co.,Va.
He was a telegraph operator for the rail road. He was killed while working in an outpost in Florida in 1930.
He lived and worked in Corbin (Corburn) Ky. also. So did my father, George Frederick Bond, Sr. b. 1903 Wise Co.,Va. Do you have any information on these two?

Thank you,
Linda May

 

Name: Hazel Anne Thomas <hat1938@msn.com>
Date: 2005-09-30
Comments:
I saw the documentary of the Appalacians and the problems that the people suffered d/t mineral rights being signed over. The people in your area have my heart. It was wrong but the world is run by the wrong doers. Poor man fights rich mans war.
Thank you for your nice sight. Have not been able to get the fact that our goverment dropped bombs on the people of the Appalacians and brought in thugs to attack the people.
I would not have believed it if I had not seen it on (I beleive it was on Nova) TV. Sincerely Hazel

 

Name: Hazel Anne Thomas <hat1938@msn.com>
Date: 2005-09-30
Comments:
I saw the documentary of the Appalacians and the problems that the people suffered d/t mineral rights being signed over. The people in your area have my heart. It was wrong but the world is run by the wrong doers. Poor man fights rich mans war.
Thank you for your nice sight. Have not been able to get the fact that our goverment dropped bombs on the people of the Appalacians and brought in thugs to attack the people.
I would not have believed it if I had not seen it on (I beleive it was on Nova) TV. Sincerely Hazel

 

Name: Marlene Slone <meanme@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-09-28
Comments:
I am the wife of a Pike County, KY coalminer. All coalminers should be recognized.
 

Name: KAREN REECE COX <FEMALEFITTER@CHARTER.NET>
Date: 2005-09-28
Comments:
I AM THE GRAND DAUGHTER OF FLORENCE & SAM REECE WHO WAS A UNION COAL MINER. FLORENCE MY GRAND MOTHER WROTE THE SONG "WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON"! MY GRAND FATHER SAM WAS A UNION ORGANIZER, BACK IN BLOODY HARLEN. IF ANY ONE CAN GIVE MY ANY INFORMATION ON BLOODY HARLEN I WOULD APPREICATE IT. I AM TRYING TO START A WEB SITE ABOUT THEM.
THANK YOU

 

Name: charles mac scott <cmacscott@nlamerica.com>
Date: 2005-09-21
Comments:
My father JOHN HENRY SCOTT, WORKED IN THE COAL MINES BACK IN THE 1920'S & 1930'S
HE WORKED AT SEVERAL OF THE MINES.

 

Name: Rolanda Kay Jones <kayk4_5_79@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-09-21
Comments:
Simon Calven Jones Sr. is my dad, and he worked in the mines. I am looking for any pictures of him.
 

Name: Peggy McJunkin Jenkins <pegway34@netscape.com>
Date: 2005-09-20
Comments:
My Father, Charles McJunkin. as a miner in Harlan County for many years. I was born in Evarts in 1940. My Father died when I was a small child and I know very little about him. But I enjoy reading stories and seeing pictures about the miners. I enjoy this site very much. Thank you.
 

Name: Dora Fisher <dfisher33@juno.com>
Date: 2005-09-17
Comments:
Great Page!
 

Name: Nellie Rice- Dwyer <bluekygirl17@msn.com>
Date: 2005-09-14
Comments:
My dad's brother Whitley Rice died in the Little Creek Mines, Little Creek, Bell County, KY August 13, 1940 at the age of 24. My dad was just 10 years old at the time.
 

Name: Ryan Franklin <wild_bill219@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-09-14
Comments:
great site i am 21 and started coal mining beacuse it was ineteresting now that i look even farhter into its historoy i am proud to a kentucky coal miner.
 

Name: tobie castle <ridgerunner@linuxmail.org>
Date: 2005-09-12
Comments:
my dad was a coal miner in johnson county for 41 yearshe
made all 6 of us boys go to school so we could get a setdown job and not have to work the mines..he passed in 1992 a proud coal miner of eastern ky.

 

Name: Don Spangler <donspangler@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-09-10
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Comments:
I was raised in Harland County and went to Black Mountain Ele School and Evarts High School.
 

Name: Tammy Lusk <tam0964@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-09-09
Comments:
My grandfather worked in the coal mines for years before moving to Ohio. His name was Willard J. Wilhite. Would love to hear from any friends/relatives.
 

Name: Garry Lee <garrylee@charter.net>
Date: 2005-09-09
Comments:
Great site.


 

Name: pearl hamblin west <phwest1@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-09-09
enter your website title phwest1
Comments:
my father was a cold miner at first creek bluediamond .his name was wheeler hamblin .
 

Name: Priscilla J. Derry <pjderry@aol.com>
Date: 2005-09-04
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner in Harlan County about 1933. He was a unionn organizer and his family endured tremendous hardships so that others might have better working conditions, pay and housing.
 

Name: ken mallory <malenko7>
Date: 2005-09-03
Comments:
coalminer for 21 years in west ky
 

Name: Debbie Andrews <littledeb31@modempool.com>
Date: 2005-09-02
Comments:
I was wondering if some one could help me find out which coal mines my grandfather worked in? Here is his obit:
OBIT: NATHANIEL OWENS

OBIT: Nathaniel Owens, age 59, of Route 2, city died January 4, 1966, at 10:30 p.m. after a long illness.
Mr. Owens was born September 19, 1906, in Bell County, KY and was married to Reeda Owens who proceeded him in death. He had lived in Middlesboro all of his life and was employed as a coal miner, retiring in 1959. Mr. Owens was a member of the Meldrum Baptist Church.
Survivors are seven sons, Wheeler, Dewey and John of Middlesboro, Luther, Fate and Nathaniel Jr., of Albion, Mich; and Clifford of Homer, Mich; daughters Alma Gibson of Middlesboro and Elizabeth Owens of Mighigan; three brothers, Wheeler Owens, Fate Owens and Matt Owens of Middlesboro, two sisters, Elizabeth Johnson and Lucy Richards of Middlesboro.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 8, 1966, at the Meldrum Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Barnett Cemetery at Cannon Creek.
The body will remain at the funeral home chapel until time for the service. The family will receive friends beginning at 1 p.m. Friday.
Pallbearers will be Junior Barton, Curt Barton, Creed Barnett, George Wyatt, Marion Wyatt, Eugene West, Wade Osborne, Lee Osborne, Roy Scott and Claude Barnett.
Sunset Funeral Chapel is in charge.

Please if any one can help. It would be much appreciated.

Debbie

 

Name: Sherri Humes (Hensley <sshumes@att.net>
Date: 2005-08-31
Comments:
Daughter of
Robert E Lee Hensley; son of Enos & Pauline Hensley
(Mills)
My grandpa Enos was electricuted when Robert was 13; I'd live to find some pictures of him.
and Nada Hensley; daughter of Meb & Sitney Middleton
(Middleton) (Bargo)
I'd live to find info/pictures on Meb Middletown also.
Any thing anyone could send would be greatly appreciated.
I have some old pictures I am going to upload to your site.
Thank You; Sherri Humes (Hensley)

 

Name: dan coleman <colemancontractors@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-31
Comments:
my dad was killed in a pike county coal mine in 1966 his name was ralph yates he was 26 years old does any one have any infomation a bout him ? i dont remember him and didnt learn much about him
 

Name: Walter Napier <airborne82nd225@earthlink.net>
Date: 2005-08-29
Comments:
Hello Elva;
Although I don't know you personally I do know very well where Brookside, Ages, Verda and all those places are. That is my home!
I appreciate your hard work in keeping this web site up and going.
Us coal miners families cannot express our gratitude enough to you for your labor of love. Thank you kindly!

This entry is made to appreciate you!
Walt Napier

 

Name: TINA MANGRUM <mangrumt@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-08-24
Comments:
just looking,i was from ky and my ancesters.my grandpa was a coal miner i believe.his name was everett lee markwell
 

Name: Opal Jump Kurtycz <Opalj1006@adelphia.net>
Date: 2005-08-23
Comments:
Great photos. I remember the 1939 strike and the truckloads of National Guard. Strikes were a form of starve out, scheduled for spring when winter food supplies were just about used up and nothing was ready in the garden. I believe in and will always support Unions. Scabs quit crossing the swinging bridge at Insull after big John P. went out on the bridge to speak to one. His weight caused the bridge to flap so high when he walked that no one else ever wanted to try to make it across.
 

Name: gena king proffitt <fiddlin@planetc.com>
Date: 2005-08-23
Comments:
I am interested in finding more information on the Blue Diamond coal company. My Papaw Dewitt (King) once worked for them. He lived in the Clairfield community in the thirties and forties.
 

Name: Julia Deaton <lilred6398@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-08-21
Comments:
Im very proud to also be a coal miners daughter.My father Oscar Deaton worked in several coal mines in Perry county,From the time he was thirteen years old he retired and my family moved out of Kentucky in 1959.He passed away in 1971 I have never forgotten the stories him and my mother told us children.I just found your sight and i believe its great thank you so much for remember our coal miners.
 

Name: BB <moluskygirl@cs.com>
Date: 2005-08-17
Comments:
I'm proud to be a coal miner's daughter born in Molus, KY.
 

Name: brenda callahan <brentsam2002@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-08-17
enter your website title coal miners
enter your website URL farmer browning
Comments:
does any one have any photo of farmer browning he was born in 1906 louellen ky.
 

Name: Nannie Cooper <coopernw@verizon.net>
Date: 2005-08-15
enter your website title verizon
Comments:
Hi, My name is Nannie. I was born Nannie Wagers. I have been told I was named after a lady named Nannie Hoskins. If anyone knows anything about her I would like to know. i was born in 4 mile holler. I love this site!!!!!
 

Name: Lee Gay <leegay@us.ibm.com>
Date: 2005-08-15
Comments:
I would like to contribute information about my family to the site. They were early settlers of the Perry and Leslie COunty area.
 

Name: Nicole McCallister <nickied@woh.rr.com>
Date: 2005-08-15
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Comments:
I just want to give my respect and honor to all the coalminers and their families who lost loved ones, and were poor in money but not in spirit and pride. My grandfathers, Andrew Vaughn (killed in a mining accident in 1937 in Harlan, KY, leaving my grandmother with 7 small children to raise. and my other grandfather, Clinton Louis Screws, who died with black lung from working for the Peabody Coal CO. in Harlan Co. I am proud to be coal miner's grandaughter.
 

Name: Nannie Cooper <coopernw@verizon.net>
Date: 2005-08-14
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Comments:
I enjoy your site. My dad was a coal miner and I was born in 4 mile holler in pineville Ky.
 

Name: Art Browning <abrowning56@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2005-08-14
Comments:
I just stumbled onto this site, and have been reading all the stories about those hard working coal miners. My father, Ted Browning, was a coal miner in Bell Co. Ky. from about 1920- 1946. He din't want us kids working in the coal mines, so in 1946 the whole family moved to Ca. but we still come back on vacation, as we have aunts and uncles still living in Middlesboro, Ky. Keep up the good work.
 

Name: Darlene Morris <mgtywzrd@belsouth.net>
Date: 2005-08-14
Comments:
Facinating website. My family has some stock issued in 1919 from the Harlan Coal Company which apparently was bought out later by the Peabody Coal Company. If either of these companies are still around in any form, I would love to have someone contact me.
 

Name: Donald Smith <drs6932@worldnet.att.net>
Date: 2005-08-12
Comments:
Hi, I was born and raised at Crummies Creek. My father
Ancil Smith worked in the coal mine for 35 years and died
from black lung. I attended Hall High School and graduated
in 1951. Was in the US Airforce for 21/2 years and lived
in Orlando, Fla. for 18 years. Now retired from the Federal
Government for 11 years and enjoying the good life. I live
in Manchester, Mo with my wife of 49 years.

 

Name: Grace Scarberry <scarbegw@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-08-10
Comments:
I'm trying to find my roots. The information you have on the Harlan site is wonderful. Thank you.
 

Name: Sharon Clark Wright <sharon_62588@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-09
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner in Harlan county until 1935. His name was Arvel Bernard Clark. Husband of Ella Beatrice Clark. Finest people I have ever known. I'm doing a little research for my grandmother (still with us after 91 years) and the rest of my family. It was a pleasure finding this site.
 

Name: Sharon Clark Wright <sharon_62588@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-09
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner in Harlan county until 1935. His name was Arvel Bernard Clark. Husband of Ella Beatrice Clark. Finest people I have ever known. I'm doing a little research for my grandmother (still with us after 91 years) and the rest of my family. It was a pleasure finding this site.
 

Name: Doug Foreback <d4back@innernet.net>
Date: 2005-08-07
Comments:
Spent last week at Harlan with SWAP. Stayed at their Pine Mountain Camp. Woked on three homes in Clover Fork. Wednesday afternoon we had some free time and visited the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum. Also saw the water tunnels and floods gates. Those mountains where awsome.
 

Name: Nancy Rose Payne Siler <nsiler504@aol.com>
Date: 2005-08-07
Comments:
My father James Luther Goodson Payne worked in Harlan before marrying my mother. They married June 5, 1942 so he was probably there during the trouble. I remember he called parts of it "Bloody Harlan" because of the happenings during the trouble there. He later moved back to Marion County, Tennessee. He died June 9, 1987 of plumoneuclueosis or black lung. It is an awful disease, especially for family members who have to watch them die.
 

Name: Kaci Ruh <kaciruh@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-04
Comments:
I really appreciate that you have this site. My mother is from Inez,KY and her uncles and cousins were miners. I remember many trips down there to visit my family. It wasn't until I was an adult that I really began to understand the daily lives of my Southern family (I was raised in Ohio). Thank you for creating and maintaining this amazing resource.
 

Name: Jon Lawson <screenwiz@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-08-02
Comments:
great website!!

can you get any information about a miner in harlan area named Curtis Brand with a wife named Ludie Victoria Brand(creech was maiden name) from the 30s and 40s...these were my maternal grandparents who lived just up the highway from the Pitman family in the later 70s when i was a child and got drug there for our "family vacations" in reality it was always to paint her house or to fix up something..lol

 

Name: Aaron Vowels <aaronandcarrie@earthlin.net>
Date: 2005-08-01
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Comments:
My (maternal) great grandfather was a coal-miner in Harlan Co., KY according to the 1920 census. I didn't know "Daddy Clark" Middleton all that well. He lived to be 92 and had red-eye gravy every morning for breakfast. They don't make men like that anymore. I hope to learn more about my family from this website if at all possible.
 

Name: Leta Collins Heavrin <kf4pfu@bardstown.com>
Date: 2005-08-01
Comments:
Looking for Preston Collins in Floyd Co
or anything on Leta & Kim Coal Co
or any other mines he owned or worked
Thank you

 

Name: ruth grimes <rthgrimes@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-07-31
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Comments:
my dad worked in the moore hollow coal mines and raised six kids .i saw him come home with his britches leg frozen.but he always had a smill on his face no mater how tired he was.
ruth grimes.

 

Name: micki ferris <mickiferris@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-07-31
Comments:
Hello,I'm a coal miners daughter,My father die in the mines in 1948,I belive in Martin Co.Ky.His name was Elijah Bowen.
Would love to see a picture of him.Love your site.

 

Name: Ashley Dellinger <pocahontasmustang18@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-07-30
Comments:
I was looking for information on Kentucky coal mines when i ran acroos the website. I believe that we should not let our past be forgotten and let oothers memories live through us.
 

Name: earl moore <earlmoore@gci.net>
Date: 2005-07-28
Comments:
my father was edgel moore. my grandfather was miles moore. they lived on doty branch at mcdowell, ky. that is where i was born in 1943. i now reside in soldotna, alaska. my grandfather was a proud member of the umw.
 

Name: Beth Miller (Couch) <Bethamiller@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2005-07-24
Comments:
What a great tribute! I actually came accross this site while researching my family. I am seeking information on my great grmother; Pollyanna Smith Couch and What I know by family legend: She lived to be 108 years old, Born and died in same house Travis, Ky. Coal mines all around. Went to church in different homes each night Lived in the hills, walked everwhere and was well known for miles around. I believe my mother said she had to walk tracks to get to her place. My mother visited once in 1930 or 31. I don't know date of birth or death. She raised my mothers 1/2 brother and sister Brothe (William or Willy) and Lulu. I do recall that Lulu had a bad temper. I know that Willie moved to Ohio where I believe he became a police officer. If you have any information on Pollyanna, please contact me. I love the history as well as research.
 

Name: Alan Creech <alan@qx.net>
Date: 2005-07-19
Comments:
Just visiting, looking at photos, etc. I'm the grandson of Delmer Creech, coal miner and carpenter from Dionne, Harlan. He died in 1967 of a heart attack, I'm sure brought on by complications from black lung - 60 years old, too young. I never knew him. I believe he worked in a mine in Louellen, walking across the mountain from Dionne ever morning and evening. What a life.
 

Name: Robert Brian Arnett <brianarnett1@aol.com>
Date: 2005-07-14
Comments:
Born August 17, 1969 in Harlan Co. (Benham Hospital)
 

Name: Sharon Dash McMahon <mcmahon@noblesvillechamber.com>
Date: 2005-07-14
Comments:
My grandfather, Crider Dash, worked the Black Star mine at Alva, KY, where my father was born.
 

Name: Cathy Powers <Cathycolleen@aol.com>
Date: 2005-07-14
Comments:
Wonderful to know that you are preserving this unique heritage. Don't let it be lost.
 

Name: Jesse <sundown2251@joimail.com>
Date: 2005-07-13
Comments:
this was a nice site and the town looks like it was fun to grow up in.
 

Name: Kim White <LoraSista@aol.com>
Date: 2005-07-09
Comments:
I am the granddaughter of Carl L. Ruth and Della P. Ruth (Vaughn) if anyone has any memory of them I would be happy to know.
 

Name: Janet Saylor <jsaylor@fuse.net>
Date: 2005-07-07
Comments:
My grandfather & great-grandfather were both coal miners, I believe in Harlan Co. My great grandfather was killed in the mine in a tragic accident.
Does anyone know of a historical museum or facility that would be interested in mining memorabilia from the early 1900's such as the hard hats, goggles, etc?
Thanks.

 

Name: Ron Alvarado <rsalv@fuse.net>
Date: 2005-07-06
Comments:
This is to correct my error. My grand father Dewey Brummett was killed in the mines in 1965. I am glad that I found your web site. I actually found one of my mothers (Brenda Brummett) cousins through this web site. We are planning to attend the Hensley Family Reunion at Hensley Settlement on Augest 7th.
 

Name: judy lands bolmeyer <b42@ncweb.com>
Date: 2005-07-02
Comments:
found this site an loved reading my father worked in mines untill the 50s when we moved north thanks
 

Name: Dwayne Compton <hurricanedwayne24@YAHOO.COM>
Date: 2005-07-01
Comments:
WE ENJOYED THE WEBSITE VERY MUCH.THE INFOR WAS VERY HELPFUL WE WERE LOOKING FOR FAMILY MEMBERS IN HARLAN THANK YOU DWAYNE Compton
 

Name: mike belew <mikblw1104@insightbb.com>
Date: 2005-06-27
Comments:
my grandmother is a coal minors daughter, her maiden name is jackson. if you have any information on the jackson family or the belew family which was my grandfathers last name could you please let me know.
 

Name: Susan (Parsons) <kenomoosed@msn.com>
Date: 2005-06-27
Comments:
I grew up at Leatherwood. My mother was the nurse that everyone came to and she worked the Doctor's office when he was at the camp for patients. Mom would give you a shot or change your dressings at the house. Those were the days. I am proud the be a "COAL MINER"S DAUGTHER"
 

Name: Susan (Parsons) <kenomoosed@msn.com>
Date: 2005-06-27
Comments:
I grew up at Leatherwood. My mother was the nurse that everyone came to and she worked the Doctor's office when he was at the camp for patients. Mom would give you a shot or change your dressings at the house. Those were the days.
 

Name: Rhonda Dykes Kumbusky <importhouse1@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2005-06-16
Comments:
Both of my grandfathers were coalminers in Harlan. My paternal grandfather was Carl Wilson Dykes. He and my Granny lived on Jones Creek. My maternal grandfather was James Carlie Summers. Both of these men gave their lives to the mine by way of black lung. My papaw Dykes died an early death at only 56 years of age. I really enjoyed your sight.
 

Name: Thelma Hearn <rlfire2000@aol.com>
Date: 2005-06-15
Comments:
Glad you have this site,The coal miners are the backbone of our country, yet they are so often forgoten.
 

Name: Betty Cornell <betty1943@aol.com>
Date: 2005-06-11
Comments:
My grandfather McCager Napier worked in the coal mine's from what my mom told me.At one time they lived close to where he worked and mom as a little girl would make sugar candy & take to the workers.Mom ( Della Mae Napier ) left there in 1931 and moved to Ar. My grandfather already dead by that time. I never got to see him, don't know much about him
I also have 2 Uncles that worked in the West Virginia Coal mines near Marmet W.VA. Bert Napier & John Cornell.
You folks in Kentucky have a beautiful day and may the Lord Bless every Coal Miner & his family
Betty

 

Name: Gloria Glass <res1fyhu@verizon.net>
Date: 2005-06-11
Comments:
my family is from Inez ky area. McCoy and Sloane families and I just wanted to take time to visit your sight and think of my family
 

Name: Rose DiMarco Bridges <poeyde@earthlink.net>
Date: 2005-06-06
Comments:
I am the daughter of a coal miner who worked in Harlan County, Kentucky sometime between 1916 and 1927. By 1928, my father, Daniel DiMarco lived and worked in Tintown, Pa. where he worked in Cochran mines until he was killed in mine accident in Dec. 1936. I have no clue as to where my dad worked in Harlan County. Is there a way that I could find that information? From Rose DiMarco Bridges
 

Name: David Lassiter <dlassiter@nhccare.com>
Date: 2005-06-06
Comments:
Thank you for creating this site. My grandfather was a Harlan County miner for many years.
 

Name: Sandy Hicks <sandyandharold@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-06-04
Comments:
This is a wondeful web site. Keep up the good work and let us never forget our Coal Miners and their families and the sacrifices they have made throughout the generations and continue to do so every day.
 

Name: mary <inezky@zoominternet.net>
Date: 2005-06-03
enter your website title Inez Kentucky Community Forums
enter your website URL http://www.inezky.com/forums/
Comments:
I WAS A Daughter OF A Kentucky Coal Miner
IN MARTIN CO, KY

HIS NAME WAS NOAH MAYNARD

 

Name: HOLDIE AMBURGEY DAGNAN <GOLDYLOCKS@WEBTV.NET>
Date: 2005-06-03
Comments:
HELLO AGAIN JUST WANTED TO SAY SORRY ANOUT MY BAD SPELLING MY WEB WAS MESSING UP AND DIDN'T CORRECT IT THANK U GOLDIE WHAT II MENT TO SAY IN THE END KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
 

Name: GOLDIE AMBURGEY <GOLDYLOCKSGOLDD@WEBTV.NET>
Date: 2005-06-03
Comments:
SORRY SON'T HAVE A WEB SITE BUT WOULD LOVE TO GET STARTED ON ONE I REALLY EBOJOYED READING ALL THE AWSOME STUFF U HAVE ON HERE THE SOUTH EAST COAL MINES IN THORTON KY MY FATHER IN LAW WORKED THERE STARTED IN 1932TILL THEY CLOSED IT OOWN IN 58 HIS NAME WAS ISHMAL AMON DAGNAN WE ALL LIVED IN MILLSTONE IN THE COAL MINNING CAMP AND TRADED AT THE MILLSTONE CO STORE TTHANK U KEEP UP THE GOOD READING GOLDIE AMBURGEY DAGNAN
 

Name: Mark Murtoff <mbmurtoff@superpa.net>
Date: 2005-06-03
Comments:
Hello, I just by chance caught the last part of "Harlan County War" on TV and then went straight to the computer and ran a search on Harlan County, KY. I came across your site and found it very interesting. I spent my earlier years in the midwest on the family farm, then in my mid-teens my parents moved back to their childhood home in southcentral Pennsyvania. We have friends in Clearfield County, which you may know is coal country; strip mine, mostly. We are also within 2 hours of Hazelton which has been a big coal area, both strip and underground. As a result I became somewhat familiar with the coal industry, and my love of history gave me an interest in the nostalgia of coal mining. Now into my thirties and having been driving tractor-trailer for 15 years I have had the fortune on a number of occasions to deliver equipment and supplies to several of the mines through southern VA, WV and KY. I have delivered track & tie, roof jacks, mine sheilds, and steel plate for the repair of dozer blades, drilling bits, etc. Sometimes it is quite a chalenge getting a 75 foot rig into some of the delivery points, more often than not loaded to maximum weight capacity, but I've always enjoyed the expeirences. It has also given me some good stories to tell. But from all these experiences it has given me a great respect and awe of the men that work the mines and the women and families behind them! Many of them are living and working in very similar ways to those that my grandparents worked on the railroad up north fouty years ago. Thank you for an interesting look into the mining industry.
 

Name: Jack D. Hyatt <jhyatt@mount.com>
Date: 2005-06-03
Comments:
borned an raised in yancey ky. left there in 1964 now live in rose hill va.24281
 

Name: jenny alexander <jalexander3228@wowway.com>
Date: 2005-06-02
Comments:
hello this site is great,thanks for giving me the memorys of thinking back on all of this again,I am from Ages,Brookside my father was a miner,my grandfather was also,I am trying to find out information on dewey ray brock,he will killed in coal mines when my father was born,david brock. any information will be greatly appreciated...jny
 

Name: Jamie Ploskunak <cjk170@peoplepc.com>
Date: 2005-05-31
Comments:
I would love to see any coal mining pictures from Knox or Bell County, Kentucky. My mother (Darlene Partin) was reared by her Grandparent's (John Robert and Phoeba Lee Partin. They did not have much money, but plenty of love. My Dad's father (George Honeycutt) was also a coal miner along with many Uncles. Also, Thanks for this site, it's hard to find Kentucky coal mining pictures or information.
 

Name: Jamie Ploskunak <cjk170@peoplepc.com>
Date: 2005-05-31
Comments:
I would love to see any coal mining pictures from Knox or Bell County, Kentucky. My mother (Darlene Partin) was reared by her Grandparent's (John Robert and Phoeba Lee Partin. They did not have much money, but plenty of love. Also, Thanks for this site, it's hard to find Kentucky coal mining pictures or information.
 

Name: L W Gilliam <gilliamlaw@alltel.net>
Date: 2005-05-31
Comments:
i like the web site, i used to work at US Steel,
 

Name: darin williams <michaelhouston82@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-05-30
Comments:
I love the site. I'm actually doing research for a series of novels that i plan to write with stories from that era. If you have any misc. info to share I would love to hear from you. Thanks for all you've done on this site already.
 

Name: Ron Alvarado <rsalv@fuse.net>
Date: 2005-05-26
Comments:
Grandson of Dewey Brummett, who was killed in 1962.
 

Name: JODY W. STURGILL <STUR69@MSN.COM>
Date: 2005-05-25
Comments:
GREAT SITE!
 

Name: JANICE FAGG CHANDLER <JRFAGG@NETSCAPE.COM>
Date: 2005-05-23
Comments:
John W. Fagg was a miner for the Clover Fork mines from the early 1930's until he retired in 1958. He worked for the Whitfield family and was living in Kitts until he moved us to Florida in June of 1958. Instead of growing up with television I grew up on the stories of the union organization in the 30's. When returning to college in 1999 I choice this a topic for a research paper and was amazed at how the data I gathered mirrored the stories I had grown up on, right down to some of the names of mine owners and labor leaders. The men of that time and the women who stood by them had a strength this nation may never see again. Daddy and momma buried 5 childern on that hillside in Harlan and never forgot the struggle it took to feed the rest. Daddy never gave up his faith in God and country and died as proud as he lived.
 

Name: tonya carrell-macdonald <tankie1010@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-05-23
Comments:
i am the daughter of louis and delores morgan my grandparents were jessie james and bessy morgan of harlan ky any info on them would mean so much to me thanks tonya
 

Name: Charles Rice <kelp77@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2005-05-22
Comments:
I enjoyed visiting this site. I was born & raised in the Clearfork area, went to Fonde, Pruden, & Clairfield Schools the last years they were open. My family operated mines for 35 years in the valley. The last mining we done was in Fonde and Pruden area in 1990.
 

Name: Louise Mayton miller <l.miller2@verizon.net>
Date: 2005-05-21
Comments:
I was born in Blue Diamond, Ky in 1923. Moved away in 1943.
My father, Tom Mayton, was a coal miner as was my husband.
My daughter and I visited Hazard last year. I enjoy all the picturies from there.

Thanks for the nice website.

Louise Miller

 

Name: Walt Napier <airborne82nd225@earthlink.net>
Date: 2005-05-19
Comments:
Hello;
I have just posted a small note. I surely want to thank everyone for NEVER FORGETTING who we are and where we came from. Much blood was shed and much sweat was dropped from the faces of the Coal Miners. Organizing the UMWA was a task not easily done. My daddy "Walter Napier" worked 44 years in the Coal Mines in Harlan County. We lived the life of a coal miner's family and went through many hard times as well as many good times. All of Dad's brothers worked in the Mines in Harlan County. One brothere Alex Napier was a Mine Foreman for many years.

Black Lung! For those who may not know what we are talking about. Black Lung is in my Kentucky terms, where coal dust has accumulated in the lungs over the years and has formed like a silicone seal that cuts off your capacity to breathe. Death always follows. There is no cure to my knowledge.

My daddy "Walter Napier" worked hard and Black Lung took its toll on him. He started his working in the coal mines at age 11. He worked as a "trapper" (that is one who opened trap doors for the mules pulling the coal to get through, then close the door back for circulating purposes) for wages of fifty cents per day.

My brothers and myself worked in the Coal Mines in Harlan County. When Vietnam came along one of my brothers and myself went into the U.S. Army. My brother Robert served 22 years in the Army then retired from two other occupations after that. We all try to go to Harlan County each year for a reunion and I have noticed that the ranks are getting thinner each year.

My Mom was Marjorie Campbell Napier. She and Dad had nine children. Dad died in 1976 (1902-1976) and Mom died in 1979 (1919-1979) They both are buried at Evarts Memorial Gardens as well as many other of my kin folks and friends.

My Grandpa was Fred Napier, son of Dr. Robert Napier (Cranks Creek, Kentucky). Fred died in January 1950 and is buried in Turner Graveyard in Verda. His wife Mary (my grand-mother) died a few months later and is buried along side of Fred.

The Coal Miners are a special breed of people. Try to get some of these folks of today to work in a coal mine and it would nearly be impossible to get them even to the "drift mouth" of the Mine.

Dad was a Union Man and proud of it. He was President of the Local Union of Verda, Ky for awhile. He was shot at many times and folks if you have never been in a STRIKE, believe me when I tell you. It can and almost always got violent. Much blood was shed just to keep a job that was killing you anyway! More later!

Hurray for the Coal Miners especially my relatives that are now still working in the Mines!!!!!

Sincerely,
Walt Napier
Florida

 

Name: Walter Napier <airborne82nd225@earthlink.net>
Date: 2005-05-19
Comments:
Hello Fellow Harlan Countains;
I discovered this web site and I have thoroughly enjoyed all the entries as it brings back fond memories of my raising in the mountains of Harlan County!
Thanks to all for your donations of picture and stories!
Sincerely,
Walt Napier(Born Jones Creek, Verda, Ky)

 

Name: Walter Napier <airborne82nd225@earthlink.net>
Date: 2005-05-19
Comments:
Hello Fellow Harlan Countains;
I discovered this web site and I have thoroughly enjoyed all the entries as it brings back fond memories of my raising in the mountains of Harlan County!
Thanks to all for your donations of picture and stories!
Sincerely,
Walt Napier(Born Jones Creek, Verda, Ky)

 

Name: Sondra Elcenia Thomas Leach <bob_leach@netzero.com>
Date: 2005-05-17
Comments:
My grandfather was killed in a Harlan Coal Mine. My father was a coal miner when I was born. I appreciate the site. (Just tripped over it)! My grandfather was Lattie Banks.
 

Name: Roy Tinsley <tinsleyfamily@comcast.net>
Date: 2005-05-12
Comments:
All my kin on my dad's side are from Bell Jelico/Tinsley/Pineville area. My dad was raised in a mining camp and his dad worked in one of the local mines. Probably one of the Jelico or Tinsley mines. I just came back from my Aunts funeral in Pineville. I asked my cousins if they knew the name of the mine where our grandpa worked but they didn't know. I noticed on your listing there were lots of them in a small area like jelico and Fourmile and many only lasted a few years. When I go back this summer, we would like to find the camp area where they lived. Your website is very nice, I am very happy to have found it. It will help me to find the mines my family worked in and hopefully some more history. Thank you! Roy Tinsley
 

Name: dora shelton <babygirlnky23@aol.com>
Date: 2005-05-12
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Comments:
my familyt came from bell county,ky and im researching them i need help on finding info on:
rebecca johnson b.1901 d.1946
elmer sloan coal miner in bell county
and any siblings of thiers and their mothers and fathers family these two were married check out my website listed and please email me with info trying to put together a family reunion with family we havent seen and our first ever reunion

 

Name: Edna Cline <clnedna@aol.Com>
Date: 2005-05-10
Comments:
loved your site. I am the only woman and the last of 5 generations of Ky coalminers. I have been laid off since 1989 from Island Creek Coal Company,Providence No.1,in kentucky.
 

Name: Lonnie G. Hill, Jr. <lhilljr8@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2005-05-08
Comments:
Harlan County Coal Miner 1994-2000
 

Name: DALLAS BLEVINS <DALLASBLEVINS@HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: 2005-05-06
Comments:
CHARLES EDWARD BLEVINS (B-1921) TOLD ME HE WORKED IN A COAL MINE DOWN IN THE KY HILLS WHEN HE WAS 15 TILL 19 YEARS OLD. HE HAD A DREAM THAT HE GOT KILLED IN AN EXPLOSION. THE DREAM WAS SO REAL TO HIM THAT HE QUIT MINING THAT DAY & NEVER WENT BACK.
 

Name: FRED BAKER <BAKER304@MSN.COM>
Date: 2005-05-05
Comments:
I WAS LOOKING FOR MY DADS NAME IN THE BLUE DIAMOND MINE.
HE WORKED THERE TILL 1948, HIS NAME WAS HENRY BAKER

 

Name: catherine keller <nannakx5@aol.com>
Date: 2005-05-05
Comments:
THANK YOU FOR THIS WEBSITE. MY GRANDFATHER-ARTHUR(BUCK) McGEORGE AND GREAT GRANDFATHER LEWIS McGEORGE AND GREAT GRANDFATHER LEVI SCOTT WERE COAL MINERS IN KY. I WAS BORN IN BENHAM KY. 1959 MY GRANDPARENTS ROSE AND BUCK McGEORGE LIVED IN LYNCH(HARLAN CO.) KY.
 

Name: lisa sue whitaker <moms_fallen_angel2004@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-05-01
Comments:
my grandpas name was taylor roark he worked at blue diamond coal mines and i really do not know were else he also lived in ages he had 5 kids names jean jewell martha and jerrie roark which is my mom and his son was jf if u find any more info please email me about this thanks lisa
 

Name: Juanita Jones Daniel <madgab28@msn.com>
Date: 2005-04-26
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Comments:
My father Johnnie J. Jones work for Unites States Steel Corp. He was a member of United Mine Workers, Of America
for forthy five years his Occupation a loader.I Remember when my father would go to work with his light cap and lunch Buffet and my baby brother and i would wait for him to come home because he would have something for us every evening we were happy. I'm proud to be a coal miner's
daugther and had the experience of how they lived I thank
god for my father and how he made away to take care his family of 13 childern and had a good wife to stand by him.
We never went without because he was a good provider
I 'm glad god gave me a good father and am proud to be his daugther.I am thankful to had him there are many that
didn't have a father that would take care of them but
thank god for many father's like mine that worked hard
in a coal mine to take care of there family.
Juanita Jones Daniels born in Lynch, ky live in CA.

 

Name: Catherine Scott Jacola <cjacola@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-04-25
Comments:
Hi. Just stopped by to peruse. My great-grandfather worked in a coal mine in McCreary County Kentucky. Thanks for the website, its great!
 

Name: Dee Miller <deektngen@comcast.net>
Date: 2005-04-24
Comments:
I would like to access the lists of KY miners killed on the picket lines. I have enjoyed, all of the info on your sites.
 

Name: Bob Bernhart <rlb@rlbernhart.com>
Date: 2005-04-15
Comments:
Interested in hearing from anyone who worked for Tesoro Coal company in Hazard, Kentucky or Youghiogheny and Ohio Coal Company mine near Beallsville, Ohio.
 

Name: Melanie Malone <mellibelle3692aol.com>
Date: 2005-04-11
Comments:
I am a descendant of James Colonel Davis, coalminer somewhere in Kentucky. Died from an accidental shooting during a coal strike. This site directed me to a family tree with his and my grandmother's dates of interest. Maybe I will have some more luck now in researching my family history.
Thank you,
Melanie Malone

 

Name: Judy (Pace) Berkemeier <jberk81@aol.com>
Date: 2005-04-09
Comments:
I very much enjoyed visiting your guest book. The stories are familiar to the ones I have heard all of my life. My grandfather, Bart Miller, was a coal miner in Harlan. He died of black lung disease. Married to Edith Sproles Miller, they had 12 children: James Robert "JR", Marvin, Tennie, Sonny, Glen, Chester, Wanda, Bart, Roger, Carl, Gladys and Jeff. My mother is Tennie.
 

Name: Jessica Taylor <taylojc2@juniata.edu>
Date: 2005-04-06
Comments:
Very nice. Tons of info.
 

Name: wilma walters wells <wellswx7@alltel.net>
Date: 2005-04-02
Comments:
I think this is a great website.my dad worked at the blue diamond coal co and so did my husband.my dad was dorse walters.my husband harold wells.my dad is gone now but not forgotten.my is still living.wilma walters wells.
 

Name: Claude Amon Holland Jr. <claudehllnd@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-03-24
Comments:
www.coalminerstamp.com CHECK IT OUT!!!!!!!


 

Name: James Nolan <james-kelly@insightbb.com>
Date: 2005-03-23
Comments:
My family roots trace to the late 1700's in Harlan KY. My father's name was Arden Nolan who passed away in 1990,from complications of Black Lung.My grandfather Joseph Nolan also had the illness.
 

Name: James Nolan <james-kelly@insightbb.com>
Date: 2005-03-23
Comments:
My family roots trace to the late 1700's in Harlan KY.
 

Name: thelma <mayorruddy@ aol.com>
Date: 2005-03-22
enter your website title mayorruddy@aol.com
Comments:
My grandfather garfield witt was coal miner In the early 40s . I need help finding out .
 

Name: jonathan coulter <jcoulter22@adelphia.net>
Date: 2005-03-18
Comments:
I HAVE BEEN A COAL MINER FOR 3 YEARS AND ENJOYED YOUR SITE
 

Name: jonathan coulter <jcoulter22@adelphia.net>
Date: 2005-03-17
Comments:
I HAVE BEEN A COAL MINER FOR 3 YEARS
 

Name: susie burns <burnsjoseph@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2005-03-17
Comments:
i was born to a coal miner, i am from kenvir, black mt. area # i camp to be exact. left a long time ago, will list my relatives on your site later, great site and thank you for it. susie
 

Name: Stephanie Shuler <stephshuler57@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-03-16
Comments:
My grandfather was a miner at Blue Diamond. I've been told he met my grandmother there. When I was about 8, an uncle took me to a cemetery there high on top of a steep hill. We found my great-grandfathers'grave, Leander Thomas Shoupe. He was also a miner. I am still trying to find more info on him. Your site is really interesting.
 

Name: ORVILLE BURKHART <sandsmining@aol.com>
Date: 2005-03-11
Comments:
I AM FROM BEECH FORK, KY. REALLY ENJOY YOUR WEBSITE
 

Name: Koreana Day <exterka@aol.com>
Date: 2005-03-11
Comments:
Granddaughter to Reuben Baker and Ola Roberts. I know all my family worked in the mines-even my mom! Farmer and Day family from Harlan County.
 

Name: tommy smith <dsmith9670@aol.com>
Date: 2005-03-10
Comments:
hi.....thanks for sharing your memories on the web.....i live in birmingham, ala.....my parents also grew up in the mines in the southwestern part of the state of virginia, near the city of norton......i am doing some research for a friend of mine at work....am going to give him your website so he too can do some research as well....again, thanks for sharing.......tom smith
 

Name: Donavan and Sammie Asher <samanthakat408@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-03-08
Comments:
I really enjoyed the website. My husband has been a miner for 14 years.

Thank You

Sammie Asher

 

Name: LORINE MESSER <LBOLES@FUSE.NET>
Date: 2005-03-06
Comments:
The Daugther of James L. Messer who died of blacklungs in 1971,
 

Name: Harrison Madden, Jr. <hmemlm5740@aol>
Date: 2005-03-06
Comments:
Setting here with my Grandmother Ruby Ellis Nunley,fron Evarts,Ky. looking at the family names and all the hardworking coal miners from way back.
 

Name: vince <bryantbhs@aol.com>
Date: 2005-03-06
Comments:
Looking for information to start research on my grandfather Arthur Bryant, Premium (Hot Spot), Letcher Co. Ky. who worked in the mines and was a umwa member. here is a poem for all to enjoy:

OLD KENTUCKY MINERS
Written by Bert Colwell
Bert Colwell Music, BMI



We're old Kentucky miners, soon we’ll all be gone
Leaving nothing behind but some words upon a stone

We got coal dust in our lungs, we can barely catch our breath
We got Zippo’s in our pockets and Camel cigarettes
Merle Travis sang about us when he did Sixteen Ton
Here’s to John L. Lewis, still our favorite son

We’re old Kentucky miners, soon we’ll all be gone
Leaving nothing behind but some words upon a stone

Our sons and our daughters they’ve all moved away
Some work for IBM and some make Chevrolets
They seldom return except for funerals and such
They’ve found a better way, they don’t need to eat this dust

We’re old Kentucky miners, soon we’ll all be gone
Leaving nothing behind but some words upon a stone

When we lay our shovels down at the end of the line
Don’t take us to the graveyard, let us rest here in this mine
Just sing Amazing Grace and give an alter call
Then rip out all the timbers and let the mountain fall....

On old Kentucky miners, soon we’ll all be gone
Leaving nothing behind but some words upon a stone

 

Name: Leta Collins Heavrin <kf4pfu@bardstown.com>
Date: 2005-03-01
Comments:
Looking for Preston Collins
From Floyd Co Ky
How do i find the mines he had ?

 

Name: Anna Day Smith <nastynanny44@aol.com>
Date: 2005-02-28
Comments:
I love this web site all the history i have learned my mother has told me alot about the miners and there familys and how hard the familys worked to keep there family up and how much love there was and how close each of them where its nice i can come to this site and remember what i was told about ky god bless all those familys that worked so hard just to make it even the small boys that worked the mines and all the wifes that would get up so early and pack the lunch bucket and kiss there man goodbye to wonder if they would make it another day.
 

Name: William H. Howard <wrinkles@etczone.com>
Date: 2005-02-26
Comments:
My Dad John Howard worked in the Blue Grass Coal Mines till 1945 at which time he developed a lot of sickness but the coal mine is what really killed him. I am proud to be a coal miners son.He married Lizzie collins,and there was a bunch of us. But a lot of my sisters and brothers were stillborn.the ones I grew up with was Nettie,Harlan,Corbett,Molly,Kermitt. There all gone now and I am the last of this Family. Sincerely-William
 

Name: Ray Helton <folksfinder@aol.com>
Date: 2005-02-22
Comments:

Great Job on your site , us Coal Miner descendants really appreciate your hard work and its a real joy to look at no matter where they are located around the country ....

 

Name: Ray Helton <folksfinder@aol.com>
Date: 2005-02-22
Comments:

Great Job on your site , us Coal Miner descendants really appreciate your hard work and its a real joy to look at no matter where they are located around the country ....

 

Name: Ray Helton <folksfinder@aol.com>
Date: 2005-02-22
Comments:

Great Job on your site , us Coal Miner descendants really appreciate your hard work and its a real joy to look at no matter where they are located around the country ....

 

Name: paula west(nolan) <pmw2090@yahoo.com>
Date: 2005-02-21
Comments:
i find this very helpful for those of us who have no where else to look.My dad family is from ages and unfortunately both my parents have passed away so i rely on this kind of help to research my family roots.My dad was bishop preston nolan son to jarvis and pauline nolan.My mom was nancy napier daughter to adrian napier and maxine shepherd.
 

Name: Joyce Park <kpark@bright.net>
Date: 2005-02-20
Comments:
Just browsing thru! I am a friend of the Arthur Sergent Family from Deane,Ky. My Mother was born and raised in Letcher County. Her name is Tina Virginia(Tiny) Taylor Cooper. We all live in Ohio now. Very nice site!
 

Name: Betty Converse <conman4@ij.net>
Date: 2005-02-19
Comments:
I'm trying to find my great grandfather, David Gullett born in Johnson, Ky. He died in a coal mine cave in. He was born in 1861-2 and died around 1900 or at the age of 37.

I would love to find more about him. Thank you for any help you can find on him.

 

Name: Betty Converse <conman4@ij.net>
Date: 2005-02-19
Comments:
I'm trying to find my great grandfather, David Gullett born in Johnson, Ky. He died in coal mine cave in. He was born in 1861-2 and died around 1900 or at the age of 37.

I would love to find more about him. Thank you for any help you can find on him.

 

Name: Ina Stewart Klopfer/Martin/Sprinkle <NYLAMI@hotmail.com>
Date: 2005-02-17
enter your website title Jellico Mines/ Black Star/ Dorethea
Comments:
Looking for long lost relatives.
James Miller 1867-1936, wife Claressa Davis. James worked for David R. Martin Superintendent 1865-1941, Packard/Dorethea Mines and the L&N Pumping Station. David's Son, Calvin Gray Martin unknown birth date,his wife Maude Grace Miller, he worked at the mines as a Book Keeper. She ran a boarding house and later became a Nurse. Help me find my grandgrandfathers, greatgrandmother and grandfather. I know about Maude Miller.

 

Name: Donna Fletcher <dfletcher58@aol.com>
Date: 2005-02-16
Comments:
My grandfather was a coal miner and my dad was born in Warfield, KY. Was there a coal mining station there?
Thank you assisting me with this request.
Donna

 

Name: Jeff Smith <jsmith1919@cinci.rr.com>
Date: 2005-02-16
Comments:
Thanks for the great job you're doing.
 

Name: Katherine Wilkinson <kegw@comcast.net>
Date: 2005-02-12
Comments:
What occupation is a "Cooper"? Thank you. Katherine
 

Name: Jack D.Hyatt <kateh@optidynamic.com>
Date: 2005-02-07
Comments:
I was a coal miner from 1952to 1964 at harlan fuel co. yancey ky born an lived there 31 years moved to east peoria ill.in 1964 retired from caterpillar tractor co.in 1992 now live in rose hill va.always like to here from old friends or people I use to know
 

Name: Jack D.Hyatt <kateh@optidynamic.com>
Date: 2005-02-07
Comments:
I was a coal miner from 1952to 1964 at harlan fuel co. yancey ky born an lived there 31 years
 

Name: lela hensley <hensleysmth>
Date: 2005-01-23
Comments:
henry hensly worked leatherwood ky,i would love to see anything about blue diamond coal miners at leatherwood ky
 

Name: GLENDA SUE EMMITT <HEY2SUE@LYCOS.COM>
Date: 2005-01-19
Comments:
HI THEIR! I ALSO AM A COAL MINERS DAUGHTER, MY DADS NAME WAS CURT THORPE). HE WORKED IN THE BLUE DIAMOND COAL MINES FOR AS LONG AS I CAN RECALL. HE IS DEAD NOW, HE DIED (MAY 1ST 1965). HE ALSO HAD BLACK LUNG FROM WORKING IN THE MINES. BUT DIED OF A HEART ATTACK. WE MOVED TO INDIANAPOLIS IN 1966. I HAVE FOND MEMORIES OF BLUE DIAMOND- BUT WAS ALWAYS SCARED THE MINES WOULD CAVE IN @ I WOULD LOSE MY DAD. I GUESS WE NONE WILL EVER FORGET THOSE GOOD DAYS OF WAITING FOR OUR DADS TO COME HOME. HOPE SOMEONE RECALLS MY DAD? GLENDA SUE THORPE (EMMITT
 

Name: Gayle (wright) Tackett <ladygray2004@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2005-01-16
Comments:
Hello,I am also a coal miners daughter and a coal mines widow.My dad was a coal mine many,many years.he worked in them until they woeked them out.We lived at Weekdbury Ky at that time.Around 1943 my dad was just about killed in the mine.It took him years to get better and then he worked in the tipple.My husband also worked in the mine at a very young age. We were married when I was sixteen and him twenty-one.The mine went down and then we moved to Michigan so he could make a living for our family.But I still miss there. it will always be home.My dad died of black lungs. But my husband died in 1991 at the age of 65. I would just like to think you for this site about the miners.It is the best I have ever seen about coal miners.And they desirved it.So thinks and for letting me look at it.God bless Gayle of Weeksbury Ky
 

Name: gerald helton <gbhelton@yahoo.comnon>
Date: 2005-01-16
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Comments:
my father was john e Helton he worked in the mines for 52 years. my mothers name was ida martin.we lived around bell and harlan for years. I went to school at blackmont and bellhigh. my father was borned on indian creek in knox co.in 1880 had people on streight creek and still do but i dont know where.gerald if any one knows anything about my fathers people or mother please let me know.my grand father and uncle was killed in a mine explosen at laymond calloway they are burried on tackett hill at blackmont




 

Name: Nola Ritter <hnritter@pngusa.net>
Date: 2005-01-15
Comments:
Printing information on Blue Diamond Coal company, mines, etc. for Mr. Edward Taylor who worked there years ago..he now resides in the state of Washington and would love to see Blue Diamond Again..I am putting together a book for him..any suggestions..please contact me...at the above e-mail address...thank you... My Dad was also a coal miner...Anderson Wiley Armes...Thank you...Nola Ritter
 

Name: Eunice Mae Maynard Fields <eflds8@aol.com>
Date: 2005-01-11
Comments:
My Father John Thurman Maynard was killed in the Cinderella
Coal Mines, at Hatfield,Ky in 1945 He was only 28 yrs old He left a wife and five children. We moved to Ohio a few years later but i have always been interested in the area and lives of the people of that area. Thanks for all the info

Eunice Mae Maynard Fields

 

Name: shawn hill <hillman001@cs.com>
Date: 2005-01-08
Comments:
Thanks for the hard work and dedication in keeping the heritage and history of eastern kentucky coal mining alive.My parents are from there ,James (Dorius)Hill and Carole Shepard.Both of their parents were union miners,Albert Hill and Charles Shepard . The bond that exists with miner families is very unusual and real,I cant explain it ,but I can sure feel it
 

Name: Jimmy "Bear" Hust & Myrtle Jarvis <Depjarvis@aol.com>
Date: 2005-01-06
Comments:
Jimmy "Bear" is a coal miner. We thank you for this web page and may God Bless the ones we have lost.
 

Name: Steven A. Hicks <stevena.hicks@prodigy.net>
Date: 2005-01-04
Comments:

Realy like your web site and hope to hear from someone about growing up near Hazard, KY in the 20's through 40's. My dad Steve Hicks was born in the head of Dar Fork Hollow in 1943.

 

Name: Anthony Mueller <ajm1955@msn.com>
Date: 2005-01-04
Comments:
thanks for sharing this site.
 

Name: frank jarvis <frankjarv5@wmconnect.com>
Date: 2005-01-02
Comments:
good memories
 

Name: Betty Mahan Mills <gebemills@aol.com>
Date: 2004-12-29
Comments:
I'm a coal miner's daughter. Born in Weeksbury, Ky. Attended high school in Prestonsburg and Jenkins. Am currently reading Jesse Stuart's "Daughter of the Legend".
The name Mahan is mentioned as a Melungeon. I know this is a work of fiction but it is interesting.

 

Name: Tammy Brewer <Tammy_brewer76@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-12-25
Comments:
My mother's family (Madden)is from Blackey Kentucky. My grandfather Sam was a miner and his son, my uncle Larry has been in the mines for close to 30 years. One of the best men you could ever want to meet. It's took it's toll on him and he has many problems yet he still goes to work every day.
 

Name: Roy Everett Couch <BRcouch1@Excite.com>
Date: 2004-12-19
Comments:
My dad was Henry Couch. He worked in the mines in Hazard. In 1941 He lost his right leg in a cutting machine accident. Dad died March 22, 1975 as a result of the Black Lung

His Brother Richmond Couch was killed in a cave in at Blue Diamond mines up near Leatherwood

 

Name: DONALD N WARREN <duker6935@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2004-12-18
Comments:
MY DAD WAS A COAL MINER IN THE 1940, 1950,1960 WELL HE WORKED IN THE MINES ALL HIS LIFE I JUST RECALL THE DATES ABOVE. WE LIVED AT INDIAN HEAD FOR AWHILE,I REMEMBER THE COMPANY STORE ,THE SCRIPT AND ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS.WE ALSO LIVED AT AJAX FOR AWHILE,ALSO AT LOTTS CREEK FOR AWHILE.TO ME MINING WAS A TERRIBLE WAY TO MAKE A LIVING BUT THAT WAS ALL THEY KNEW.I HAVE BEEN INSIDE OF A MINE AND SAW WHAT THEY HAD TO DO IT WAS AWFUL I WILL NEVER FORGET IT.
 

Name: chig gilley stein <chiggilley@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-12-14
Comments:
i recently found your website and love to visit it. i grew up in cumberland and moved away and returned a few years ago and didnt realize how beautiful it was. thanks for your website and like so many from this area all or most of my ancestors were coal miners. thanks again
chig

 

Name: Matt Barker <mbarker@fleming.k12.ky.us>
Date: 2004-12-13
Comments:
My Papaw, Vilder Bush used to work in the Black Mt. Coal Mines.
 

Name: Peggy Bach <rbach@henderson.net>
Date: 2004-12-10
Comments:
I enjoyed your website. My Conner line, my father, grandfather, and great grandfather, and my uncle Louie Ferrell were all coalminers at Spottsville. Thanks Peggy!
 

Name: Brad Evans <bevans14@msn.com>
Date: 2004-12-07
Comments:
i just want to thank you for this site. my great-grandfather was a coal miner and i am very glad to see this tribute to him and the countless others jus like him.
 

Name: Elizabeth Price <greenflamemoth@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-11-30
Comments:
I'm looking for my families history. My great-grandfather was killed in a coal mining accident in KY. He was helping to with the formation of the Union. He was from Ireland. He was also a boxer. So the story goes anyway. He died when my grandfather who was born in 1920 was "young". If this sounds like anything anyone come across in their research, I'd love to hear from you. Both my grandparents are dead, and they didn't talk much when they were alive.
 

Name: Sharon Topp <tmsms@aol.com>
Date: 2004-11-18
Comments:
My father was a coal miner in and around Middlesboro KY. He was born 10/13/21 and died in 1967 from an unrelated illness. His autopsy showed he had black lung. His name is JAMES OLIVER BYRGE. He worked in the mines starting when he was a teen. Don't know which mine(s). His dad, brothers, cousins, etc. worked in mines. Any information would be appreciated.

Also looking for genealogy info for surname VAUGHN from around the Middlesboro KY area.

 

Name: jackie messer <Jacquelinem100@msn.com>
Date: 2004-11-15
Comments:
i really love this site.
 

Name: Abigail Ward King <usccalpoly@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-11-06
Comments:
My grandfather was Homer Couch. He worked at Elk Horn Coal Mining Co. If anyone has info about him or his parents, Thomas Jefferson Couch and Mary Wheeler, please help.
 

Name: B Birge <packard93@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-11-02
Comments:
Thank you Elva for your hard work on this site. It's nice to know that our brothers, dads, uncles, grand-daddies, etc are not forgotten. It brought back alot of memories for me and I am so proud to be a coal miner's daughter (although my dad is no longer in the mines). They did so much for so little and it's good to know they are still appreciated and honored in this way. God bless you and yours. Brenda (Hunt) Birge, raised in Fedscreek, Pike Co. Ky
 

Name: Raymond Ray Helton <folksfinder@aol.com>
Date: 2004-10-14
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Comments:
I've really enjoy your web site , tho I was born and raised in Harlan county ( Alva ) Black Star . I've been away from ky for many years I've not forgotten my home . Looking at your site really takes me back to the growing up years . Great job you're done with your ssite , its a lot of hard work . Keep up the great work because in the end you give some many people pleasure and enjoyment .
 

Name: Willie Jean Stevens/Loefler <sanfelipe1@msn.com>
Date: 2004-10-12
Comments:
I come from a family of Coal Miners in Harlan, Kentucky.
 

Name: Michael Hubbard <mhubb001@comcast.net>
Date: 2004-10-09
Comments:
My father and uncles are from Harlan and worked in the mines.
Grandfathers; Theo Hubbard
Berry Hale

Any contacts are welcome,,Thanks,,Michael

 

Name: dean eversole <eversole1366@comcast.net>
Date: 2004-10-07
Comments:
thanks to your web site for rembering those who worked so hard and gave so much so we younger generations could have a better life.my dad worked all his life over 50 years in coal mines.thank you & god bless dean eversole
 

Name: Donald Smith <drs6932@worldnet.att.net>
Date: 2004-10-06
Comments:
I was born in Crummies Creek 1932 and lived there until I
entered the U.S,A. Air Force in 1951. I have a lot of fond
memories about Crummies and close by communities.

 

Name: Sammie lou (Watts) Creech <pal@sunline.net>
Date: 2004-10-03
Comments:
My father, Sam Watts work at the columbia mine in Allais along with his brothers, Bill, Tom and his brother inlaws Adam sumler,Orville Lee Yancey and Jimmy Turner-
who was killed working the mine after columbia had shut down.
I was born there.

 

Name: beverly <pep49@aol.com>
Date: 2004-09-26
Comments:
my grandfather william harve fry was a miner but can,t seem to find his records in knox county,ky.
 

Name: Margaret Spoor <margo55s@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-09-22
Comments:
A good site
 

Name: R. S. Sukle <bob@imagespirit.com>
Date: 2004-09-14
enter your website title Buckt of Blood the Ragman's War
enter your website URL www.imagespirit.com
Comments:
Bloody Harlen, Ludlow, Mattewan, and the Battle of Blair Mountain are all legends of labor history, yet the 1927-1928 Strike in the western Pennsylvania coalfields merits only a paragraph whenever a rare reference can be found.

The strike involved 150,000 miners and their families who where put out of their homes, denied civil rights, and subjected to extreme brutality at the hands of Coal and Iron Police. Early on two films were made about the strike, one a documentary, The Miner’s Strike with actual footage, the other based on a rewritten screenplay by the Honorable Judge Michael Mussmano from Pittsburgh and released as Black Fury in 1935. Both were heavily censored and ultimately banned. Thousands died, yet due to pressure by the industrialist controlled government, the strike was "swept under the rug!" The events were censored into oblivion until BUCKET OF BLOOD THE RAGMAN’S WAR.

BUCKET OF BLOOD, THE RAGMAN’S WAR by R. S. Sukle is a fast paced, meticulously researched, historic novel about the strike. The action focuses on the town of Russellton located in the coalfields north of Pittsburgh. Russellton became known as a “bucket of bloodö during the strike because of the bloodshed that occurred in the fight for a workers’ union. Set against a background of newspaper articles, the narrative chronicles the depravation and indignities suffered by the families in the Russellton camps and nearby towns at the hands of Coal and Iron Police brought into the area by the governor to evict them from their homes and keep out relief workers and organizers.

 

Name: Harold D. Ritter and Nola J. Ritter <hnritter@pgnusa.net>
Date: 2004-09-14
Comments:
Harold is the son of a coal miner...Ray Ritter
Nola is the Daughter of a coal miner...Anderson(Dock)Armes
Both are deceased now.
I went into this site to give information to my cousin, Charles Edward Taylor (Ed Taylor) Who worked in the Blue Diamond mines...he has spent most of his life in the state of Washington and gets home sick for our TN/KY hills..
Thank you for having this site..I will continue checking in from time to time...

Coal Miners lived a very HARD...life...I often think of my Dad...Dock...going to the mines and working all day for little of nothing...I still have my mother..Oma Armes...she lives with us and is 90 years old...

Harold and Nola Ritter
Knoxville TN

 

Name: carolyn jane Hensley Noe <cjnoe @hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-09-09
Comments:
My Dad and Brothers were Coal Miners at Benham, Ky many years ago. Ihave alot of memories of the times we live in Benham,Ky. I will remember them all the rest of my life. They were some of the best times of my life I was just a little girl then. I am trying to find some articles on Benham. Ky at that time.I am proud to be a Coal Miners Daughter as well. My Dad worked very hard to provided for usI will forever be grateful for such a wonderful Father that I had in my life.
 

Name: wanda vandemortel <wandav260@aol.com>
Date: 2004-09-08
Comments:
Looking for any Simpsons or Fields.My greatgrandparents are Addy&Eligh Simpson.Grandparents are william&clarafields.my mother alma Fields was born in gulston 1946.bill Fields was a minner.left KY.in 1955.
 

Name: wanda vandemortel <wandav260@aol.com>
Date: 2004-09-08
Comments:
Looking for any Simpsons or Fields
 

Name: Jane Honaker <Honakers@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-09-08
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Comments:
My family lived in Harlan county my grand parents ,uncle,grndparents,father were coal miners.thier names are Adams and Garland. This site has brought thier history to me. thank you.Jane Honaker
 

Name: DAWN SPARKS <dsolinger@sbcglobal.net>
Date: 2004-09-06
enter your website title MY GRANDFATHER MR. SPARKS
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Comments:
MY GRANDFATHER WAS A KENTUCKY COAL MINER AND I AM VERY PROUD OF THAT. HE, ALONG WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHER BRAVE MEN HELPED TO BUILD AMERICA AT THE COST OF THEIR HEALTH AND LIVES. MY GRANDFATHER WAS ONE OF THE FORTUNATE ONES, HE LIVED TO BE 90 YRS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
 

Name: Deborah Allmond Burns <Dallmond9@aol.com>
Date: 2004-09-03
Comments:
I thank God everyday for my dad who was a coal miner in the Eastern Ky. Coal Mines. He made me very proud of him as a little girl and now that he is gone I cherish the memories he left me. may god be with all the coal miners and their families. I will pray for them.
 

Name: Pauletta Broughton <pbroughton1@juno.com>
Date: 2004-09-01
Comments:
Found this web site by accident ,and glad i did .It is great to honor our coal miners.
 

Name: janice Miller <gramnpoppa43@aol.com>
Date: 2004-08-31
Comments:
Were there records kept of people that worked in the coal mines.If so where can they be found
 

Name: Al Boyce <alboyce4@aol.com>
Date: 2004-08-26
Comments:
I am researching our family tree and found the one we lost to a coal mine accident. Thanks for the info. He has never been forgotten, nor will he ever be.
 

Name: Tanna (Patton) Kyburz <tannadk@urhere.net>
Date: 2004-08-26
Comments:
My greatgrandfather Carl Patton was a coal miner in Knott County and at Lake Superior Coal Company in Superior, West Virginia. Carl's brother James "Jay" Patton was paralyzed in the coal mines in the late 1920's. I am looking for info on these two men.
 

Name: Diane tharp fugate <dianefugate@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-08-19
Comments:
I have visited this site many times. I find something new each time. On behalf of all my great uncles and grandpa and my own dad, I thank you for this site. Both my grandpa ora tharp and my dad thomas thorpe died of black lung nine years apart from each other. God Bless you and God Bless our ky coal miners!
 

Name: barb Kleiva <momkleiva@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-08-16
Comments:
I enjoyed looking at the site. My grandfather was a coal miner 1st at Columbus Coal Mining in the 1930's and 1940 and from mid 1940-1950's he worked at Blue Diamond. In fact my father went to the Blue Diamond School where Mrs. Videatoe taught. If anyone has any further information re: this era of mining please contact me at momkleiva@yahoo.com I would love to hear. Thanks barb Kleiva
 

Name: Jennifer Paas <Paasx4@aol.com>
Date: 2004-08-15
Comments:
Wonderful website! I am the granddaughter of a coal miner. My grandfather was Frank Edward Kelly from Letcher County Kentucky - Burdine/Jenkins. He was killed in the mines on December 1, 1948 at the age of 39. My mom, Carole Kelly-Wiseman who grew up in Jenkins has also passed and I would really like to know more about his mining accident. I believe he worked for Consolidated Coal Company and I think he was killed in a mine in Virgina working for a miner who had a sick child. If anyone knows of him or my mom I would love to hear from you. Jennifer
 

Name: June Gulley <juneg@gulleybailbonds.com>
Date: 2004-08-10
Comments:
Great site. Was just looking, you never can tell if you find ancestors on these sites. My ancestors from Kentucky were Gulley, Mann, Tenney.
 

Name: WILLIAM GILBERT BIRCH <billyb4749@earthlink.net>
Date: 2004-08-10
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Comments:
VERY INTERESTING BEEN LOOKING THRU SITES FOR NAMES GILBERT, BIRCH. GRANDMOTHERS NAME MABLE(GILBERT??)BIRCH, DADS NAME ROBERT GILBERT BIRCH LEFT KY. AGE 9, GREW UP IN GREENFIELD INDIANA WIHTH BROTHERS RUSSEL VINCENT, GEORGE LEONARD.ROBERT. RUSSEL DECEASED. WILL ACCEPT E-MAIL THAT HAS KY. IN MESSAGE. THANKS, BILL BIRCH
 

Name: Izetta Padgett <izettap@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-08-08
Comments:
I am from Bell County and my father, Charles C. Hoskins worked in the coal mines in Colmar, Ky. We lived in the Hutch Community near Colmar.
 

Name: Floyd " JR " Branscomb <bettyceramics@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2004-08-05
Comments:
Great photo's and info
 

Name: Larry E. Dotson <ldotson_1@msn.com>
Date: 2004-08-03
Comments:
Excellent web site - I was born and raised in the coal fields of Pike County and retain a tremendous loyalty and respect for the diligent workers who put their lives on the line day after day in order to provide for the families they loved so.
 

Name: DARRELL HALCOMB <SHIMERNICK@MSN.COM>
Date: 2004-08-02
Comments:
GREAT SITE! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
 

Name: frances saylor harrison <mamawfrances@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-08-01
Comments:
I married ivan jewel harrison from brookside
 

Name: Connie Prater <ngauto@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2004-07-27
Comments:
Thanks for your informative website..My Grandfather and Great Grandfather were coal miners, Floyd, Pike Co KY & Logan Co WV.
Connie

 

Name: Deborah <Dallmond9@aol.com>
Date: 2004-07-26
Comments:
Thank-you for honoring our coal miners. Keep up the good work. May God Bless you and all the coal miners and their families out there.
 

Name: Jackie Middleton Miracle <chesleymiracle@aol.com>
Date: 2004-07-26
Comments:
My father George S. Middleton and my uncles, cousins and grandfathers were all Harlan County coal miners. My grandfather Edmond "Babe" Ledford Day and an uncle Ewell Day were both killed in mining accidents in Harlan County mines. My husband, son, and brothers have been coal miners in Bell County. Keep up the good work on Harlan County websites. I really enjoy them.
 

Name: Deborah Allmond Burns <Dallmond9@aol.com>
Date: 2004-07-24
Comments:
I am a coal miners daughter and I am very proud of my heritage. My Dad made an honest living and worked hard to raise nine children. He would work double shifts sometimes and come home so tired that he would lay down behind the heating stove and go to sleep. My Dad and all the other coal miners deserve to be honored. We can look at them with pride in our eyes. I am very grateful for what you are doing for them. My Dad was Clifton(Jackrock)Allmond. He was born in 1902 and died in 1976. I miss him very much and I am still proud to say that I am a coal miners daughter.
 

Name: Cheryl Markham <clmarkham@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-07-24
Comments:
I'm trying to search my family tree. My father, uncles and grandfather were KY coal miners. My father recently took me to Middlesboro and showed me where he grew up in company houses and up the mountain in shacks. It was overwhelming. I can't get much info from my family to help because they are secretive and ashamed. I appreciate your work on this website.
 

Name: Laura Jill Simmons <Ljilly28@aol.com>
Date: 2004-07-22
Comments:
New Haven, Connecticut
 

Name: Leif Slusher <jimimoelarry@earthlink.net>
Date: 2004-07-20
Comments:
My dad grew up in Harlan. he lived there until about 1951, but I believe that there are still alot of Slusher's or Rowlands living in that area. My grandfather gave me many years ago alot of old Coal mine scrip. From Harlan as well as Blackburn Virginia. My dad's family then moved back to Harlan. He went to High School there in the mid to late 50's. His name was Carlos Slusher. If anybody has any information on my Grandfather, Walter B Slusher it would be appreciated. I am pretty sure that he worked for the coalmine there in Harlan.
 

Name: Leif Slusher <jimimoelarry@earthlink.net>
Date: 2004-07-20
Comments:
My dad grew up in Harlan. he lived there until about 1951, but I believe that there are still alot of Slusher's or Rowlands living in that area. My grandfather gave me many years ago alot of old Coal mine scrip. From Harlan as well as Blackburn Virginia.
 

Name: Virginia <judysue@charter.net>
Date: 2004-07-20
Comments:
Nice site. Looking for Jasper Gray who was killed in a mine accident July 2, 1936 in Harlan County, Kentucky.
Any help appreciated.
Thank You,
Virginia

 

Name: Heather Lambert <Mbelle24@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-07-18
Comments:
Interesting site. I am looking for information on my grandfather Lewis Deaton who was a coal miner in Kentucky and died of Black Lung in 1958. He was born in 1900. If anyone sees this and has information, please forward it to me. Much appreciated and keep up the great work on your website!
 

Name: Pat Walbrecht Krupp <patwalbrecht@comcast.net>
Date: 2004-07-17
Comments:
Daughter of a coal miner at Coalgood, Harlan Co. Ky.
Fred S. Walbrecht died 1981 of blacklung.

 

Name: Sue Blanton Davis <beckieblanton@aol.com>
Date: 2004-07-15
Comments:
Does anyone know about a book written about a miners stike in Harlan county, Ky? Probably late thirties or forties. One of the men killed was my uncle by marriage. His last name was Caldwell and he was married to Delie Blanton
 

Name: eddy van gasse <mr.natural@telenet.be>
Date: 2004-07-12
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Comments:
Great website.
In Belgium we have had some coal mines too and they closed some 20 years ago with great social turmoil. I found your site looking for background info on Darrell Scott's song "You'll never leave Harlan alive".
take care
Eddy

 

Name: Carl Estes <cestes@fuse.net>
Date: 2004-07-08
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enter your website URL http://www.carlestes.com
Comments:
Elva this is the most informative site on the web today...Thank you
 

Name: Mary Ellen Holmes <MHolmes572@aol.com>
Date: 2004-06-29
Comments:
Thank you for this site. I found one of my Dozier kin in this list of injured coal miners.
 

Name: Kelly <none>
Date: 2004-06-29
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Comments:
I too am a coal miners daughter, I work with the Kentucky Black Lung Coalminers & Widows Association in Pikeville, KY, we assist miners and their families with federal black lung claims. We hold a memorial service every year and remember deceased coalminers. We accept photos all year to hang in our office, If you have any photos I would love to have them, just included the miners full name, date of birth, date of death, and number of years in coal mine employment. I see disabled and retired miners on a daily basis, if anyone should get some recognition and support it is our coalminers. If any of you should have any photos or articles you think I could use or that other miners would like to read or benefit from please send them to me. Our association currently has 500 plus members, most in eastern Kentucky but I have some in all the surrounding states, including Florida, New Jersey and Alabama. Kentucky Black Lung Coalminers & Widows Association, P.O. Box 3402 Pikeville, KY 41502 phone 606-437-0391 fax 606-437-0314 God Bless Coalminers!
 

Name: Becky Blanton <beckieblanton@aol.com>
Date: 2004-06-26
Comments:
I am a coal miner's daughter and grand daughter. My Dad was Walter Blanton and we lived in Creeches or Twila, Ky. Our family was a family of miners. They're all gone now like the coal camp we lived in, but not the memories. If anyone remembers my Dad or has any of the music he played, would you please email me. Thanks.
 

Name: larry jackson <ljackson10@bellsouth.net>
Date: 2004-06-18
Comments:
yes i work with a guy from there always talking about back home his name jack wallace,we both work for the city here in florida ,180 e. warren ave,longwood fl.32750
just in case you might like to send him a post card or calender from. l.jackson

 

Name: Jessica Muse <musejess@msn.com>
Date: 2004-06-13
Comments:
I am looking for a coal mine and a coal miner somewhere in Providence KY The owner of the coal mine ( so I'm told ) was Charles Rogers. He had 2 sons that worked in the mines with him Elmer & Esel Rogers. Charles wife was a full blooded indian and her name was Nancy Jane. Charles was killed when the boiler blew up. I have been trying for a long time to find something one these people. This is my great grandfather and grandmother on my fathers side. If you could help me It would mean alot.
 

Name: Dawn Abney <renee_abney@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-06-13
Comments:
I enjoyed this site my grandfather was a coal miner in harlen Co Black mount. My grandfathers name is Robert Mills and Im proud to be a coal miners granddaughter.
 

Name: Dawn Abney <renee_abney@hotmail.com>
Date: 2004-06-13
Comments:
I enjoyed this site my grandfather was a coal miner in harlen black moutian is name was Robert Mills
 

Name: Becky <rlginky@yahoo.com>
Date: 2004-06-13
Comments:
I was so glad to find this website. My dad worked underground for 18 years. He worked in Lynch for US Steel and then worked in Cumberland for ARCH Mineral of Kentucky. I hope you keep this website up! It is certainly a tribute to the many men who worked so hard for their families and have suffered so long without recognition.
 

Name: glenn hollingsworth <glenn1948@earthlink.net>
Date: 2004-06-13
Comments:
glad i found you,will be back.












 

Name: ALICIA R. WEST <ARWEST@ASHLAND.COM>
Date: 2004-06-10
Comments:
My father, Dallas "Pete" West, Sr., now deceased, along with my brother, Dallas Lee West,Jr., were both coal miner's in Harlan County, Kentucky. My father "Pete" lost his battle with Cancer back in 1999. My grandfather was also a coal miner, James "Jim" Miller, who is still alive and still living in Harlan. I have a brother-in-law that still works in the mines in Harlan, but I am not sure where at this time.

I have really enjoyed reading the coal camp stories and looking at the pictures. Many men, young and old, have lost their lives in the coal mines. As a child, I remember my mom sewing dish towel's along the spine of my dad's work shirt to protect his back, as he would hit his back on the low coal line and sometimes cut his back pretty bad.

I'm pround to have been a coal miner's daughter, sister and grand daughter..!!!

Alicia West
Lexington, Kentucky

 

Name: cindy parsons gill <rgill4@cinci.rr.com>
Date: 2004-06-07
Comments:
i am the daughter, grand daughter, and niece of coal miners my faimly is from letcher county, kentucky. i am very proud of my miner heritage.i have enjoyed visting this site for men like my father grand father and uncles.
 

Name: Charles Ed Rice <cedrice@earthlink.net>
Date: 2004-06-06
Comments:
Thank you for preserving the heritage of the miner.
The hardest job in the world/

 

Name: Peggy Wyrick Boger <markmbog@go-concepts.com>
Date: 2004-06-06
Comments:
My Father (William Wyrick) and his family was from Harlan County. My Father passed away over 10 yrs ago. I was trying to locate his sister Gladys Beach.If you can help,please email me back.

Thank You,
Peggy Wyrick Boger

 

Name: Milton Smith <smilton525@aol.com>
Date: 2004-06-05
Comments:
Enjoy your website. Would appreciate being included on email list.

I worked for Blue Diamond Coal at Leatherwood and Tilford in Perry County. Scotia in Letcher. Also Grays Knob and Dixie Fuel in Harlan.

Eager to hear from former co workers.
Milton Smith

 
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