Clarkson, John and Robert
Images and notes from Teresa Spear in England and John Baldwin in England.
Photos of the Clarkson family from Teresa Spear in England given to John Baldwin also residing in England.
John Clarkson, an English speaking miner from the United Kingdom, metal mine identification check number #192, married, was killed in the June 30, 1903 explosion of Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 1 mine in Hanna. He was found at entry 20 room 25, identified and removed from the mine on November 28, 1903 day 154 after the explosion. He was buried in Carbon, Wyoming in Plot 56. (BL)
Robert Clarkson, an English speaking miner from the United Kingdom, metal mine identification check number #49, married, was killed in the June 30, 1903 explosion of Union Pacific Coal Company's No. 1 mine in Hanna. He was found at entry 20 room 25, identified and removed from the mine on November 30, 1903 day 156 after the explosion. He was buried in Carbon, Wyoming in Plot 55. (BL)
(Carbon: The First Coal Town in Wyoming by Daniel Kinnaman)
There is a large fenced monument in the Carbon cemetery for Robert and John Clarkson. Both at ages 38 and 32 and both married, were killed in the June 30, 1903 explosion and both bodies recovered a day apart in December of that year in room 25 entry18. Both of the brothers were Hanna residents less than two years.
John was married to Isabella and had two daughters. Jane and Ivy, the former born in England in 1900 andIvy, thought to be born in Hanna in 1902. She received $26 for the remainder of his wages of $57 - minus charges for water of $1.75, lights of $2, rent of $6.50 and cash drawn for about $20. She also received $900 settlement from the U. P. Coal Company. She and her children returned to England where the estate was probated in 1907.
Robert was married to Mary Ann and had three sons, Thomas, Caleb and Robert, Jr., all born in England in 1893, 1899 and 1902. Mary Ann received $26 for the remainder of $61 in wages, less the same utility charges as John and cash of $23. She received a $1000 settlement. A week after Robert's body was recovered in December his widow, Mary Ann, died in Hanna. The three sons returned to England and their grandfathers had custody, one son with one and two with the other.
Thomas (1893-1977) came to this country about 1910 and went to Canada in 1914 and enlisted in WWI, married in England, returned to Michigan by 1922, was an auto factory machinist in 1930 and died in California. Caleb (1899-1991) brought this wife and two-year-old son to Michigan in 1926, became a citizen in 1933. Robert (1928-?) was living with Caleb and his family in Michigan in 1930.
Part of the estate of Mary Ann Clarkson was a bill for the monument of $50 and the fence of $40. A $ I0 additional charge was made for extra lettering and four more feet of fencing for the remains of Mary Ann. The monument and fence were authorized by Isabella and Mary Ann Clarkson. (Carbon: The First Coal Town in Wyoming by Daniel Kinnaman)