Deo Thomas

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Deo [David] Thomas
Born 1885
Washington State, USA
Died 1914 (aged 28–29)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality American
Occupation Driver Boss
Religion Methodist (from 1911 census)

Believe this is the correct family.

Early Life


Born in 1885 according to official list and 1913 accident report.


David and Anna Thomas - both from Wales - David in 1900 was a coal miner in Montana.
David was a widower in 1910.

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • David Jr. (b. 1885) Washington
  • George (b. 1886) Washington
  • Jotham (b. 1888) Washington
  • Thomas (b. 1890) Montana
  • Edward (b. 1893) Montana
  • Richard (b. 1898) Montana



Census Records

1900 Park, Alridge, Montana, David age 15, b. Washington, occupation Driver (coal)
1910 Valley School, Montana - father David living there, 2 brothers nearby but not David or Deo.
David Jr's brother Edward was a Driver in a Coal Mine.
1911 Hillcrest, Deo, single, boarder, age 32, came from USA in 1904.
[Deo did not give this information himself - probably his landlady. He was not English, rather Welsh or American, he was not 32 but 26.]

Immigration to Canada

1904 from 1911 census

Occupation in 1914

Driver Boss

Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Deo is buried in the Hillcrest cemetery but not in the Mass Grave.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule E

Alternate Names or Alternate Spelling of Names


Parents: 308 West Copper St., Butte Montana David, D.O.

Interesting Facts

Nov 11, 1913, Deo Thomas of Hillcrest Colleries, age 28, Driver Boss, was crushed by a derailed car against a prop; skull fractured (information from Mantrip)
In 1911 census Deo is boarding with James S. Quigley, also killed in Hillcrest Mine Disaster..

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