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John Ayers - Died December 17, 1915 in the Buttonwood Mine

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Re: John Ayers - Died December 17, 1915 in the Buttonwood Mine

Posted: 1395697321000
Classification: Query
Surnames: AYERS

Source: 1915 Annual Report of the Department of Mines of Pennsylvania - Anthracite Part I Library Call No. TN805.04 A29, page 284,

1915Dec17, John Ayres, nationality Irish, occupation company man, age 29, married, survived by widow and 2 orphans, Buttonwood No.22 colliery, Luzerne county, killed by timber falling on him in chamber.

Company Man: A company man is a man who works for the company by the hour or by the day, such as track layers, timber men, drivers and cagers, as distinguished from miners who work under contract, as by the ton, yard, etc. He also brushes down the wall and roof when apparently dangerous; loads the loose rock & debris into cars and pushes them out to the haulage road.

A death certificate or newspaper article may also have more information. “Luzerne county Obituaries” or Several thousand more obits to add over the next few months. “Luzerne County Obituaries”
“West Hazelton, Luzerne County Obituaries” “Susquehanna / Wilkes Barre / Luzerne County early 1800s Newspapers - Wyoming County Historical Society”

The Wilkes-Barre Sunday Independent, is online at:

Although the description says it includes copies from 1906 through 1992, some editions were not included. The obit lists at the library don't start till the 1970's and continue through till the 1990's when the local newspaper went on-line.

The state of Pennsylvania has uploaded births in the year of 1906 and deaths for the years 1906 to 1961+. The link to the searchable indices can be found at:
Also at this webpage is an explanation of how to obtain non-certified copies of the birth or death certificate for $5 per copy. The link for the form that should be used to request certificates can also be found on this webpage. Go down almost to the bottom where the link is to the PDF form you can print and mail in. Look for the words "download the death application form”.

These records are grouped in alphabetical order in some years and in soundex order in other years. To determine the soundex code for the surname that you are searching you can go to the link at:
Some names are alpha by first name. Those names are part of the soundex years of the death indices. You can determine the soundex code of the surname then look in those years under the soundex code by first name.

Searchers have experienced the indices, which are in a PDF format, slow to load. Be patient if at first it appears that the indices are not loading. To understand what the soundex system is and how it is used you can go to:
For the county codes, go to

or “Pennsylvania Public Records”
“Pennsylvania Public Vital Records Search 1906-1959”

From Jerry, “Mining Accidents U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia”

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