James Armstrong

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James Armstrong
Born 1878
Scotland
Died 1914 (aged 35–36)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Timber Packer
Religion Presbyterian (from Manitoba Free Press, 23 June 1914)

Early Life

Birth

James was born 16 May 1878, Lochfitty Beath, Fife, Scotland

Parents

Alexander Armstrong (coal miner, aged 19) married Jane Darrach (aged 18) in the parish of Dumfermline, Fife 6 Oct 1876.

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Thomas Armstrong
  • James Armstrong
  • Alexander Armstrong
  • Euphemia Armstrong
  • Charles Armstrong
  • Jane Armstrong
  • Robert Armstrong
  • Annie Armstrong
  • Donald Armstrong

Marriage

Single

Census Records

1891 Dumfermline, Fife, Scotland - James age 12 - born Fifesh?
1901 Thomas and James are not with the family
1911 Red Deer, Alberta - Father Alexander, occupation Fireman, came from Scotland 1911.
Couldn't locate James definitely anywhere in 1911.
1916 Calgary, Alberta, Alexander, Jane, and four of the younger children


Immigration to Canada

1911 14 Feb, Ship 'Cassandra' Father Alexander going to Red Deer
1911 Sept, Ship 'Saturnia' brothers Robert and Charles, both miners going to Red Deer
1911 Nov, Ship 'Ionian', Mother Jane with children Annie and Donald
Wasn't able to locate James on Ships Passenger Lists.

Occupation

Timber Packer

Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed

Cemetery

Buried in the Mass Grave in Hillcrest

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Compensation

Schedule E

Contact

A. Armstrong, Box 524, Red Deer, Alberta.


Interesting Facts

James was old to be a Timber Packer, plus he came from a coal mining family. I think that he had just arrived in Hillcrest.
'Dundee Courier' 13 July 1914. "James Armstrong (35), single; father, A. Armstrong, Box 524, Red Deer, Alberta"
Both brothers Charles and Robert signed up on 28 Feb 1916 for Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force.


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