James Barber

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James Barber
Born 1874
Nova Scotia, Canada
Died 1914 (aged 39–40)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Nova Scotia
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Miner
Religion Methodist (1901 Census)

Early Life


Born 12 Apr 1874, New Annan, Colchester County, Nova Scotia.


Father Thomas Barber, mother Margaret Jane Forbes.


11 May 1897 James Sefton Barber, age 23, bachelor, seaman, res. River Hebert, b. West New Annan; parents Thomas and Margaret married Ida Jane Brown, age 20, spinster, residence Little River, born Little River, parents Thomas and Jane Brown.


  • Hazel M. Barber (1897-)
  • Lillian M. Barber (1902-)
  • [Muriel] B. Barber (1904-)
  • Margaret S. Barber (1906-)
  • Allison G. Barber (1910-) (a son) All born in Nova Scotia
  • Another child born after 1911.

Census Records

1901 Cumberland, Nova Scotia - West River Hebert Village, age 25, occupation seaman
1911 Cumberland, Nova Scotia, age 37, English, occupation coal miner (listed by his wife as living in Hillcrest)
1911 Hillcrest, Alberta, age 35, born Nova Scotia, Presbyterian, miner (He is listed on 2 census returns in 1911)

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


His remains were shipped to Westville or to West River Hibbert, Nova Scotia.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Not known if Ida ever moved to Hillcrest. In 1961 she was a resident of Lincoln, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA.


Schedule A

Interesting Facts

On the official list James is listed as 52 years old, a mistake.
His body shipped to Nova Scotia accompanied by Richard Heatherby.

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