James F. Gray

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James F. Gray
Born 1874
Nova Scotia, Canada
Died 1914 (aged 39–40)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Vernon, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Miner
Religion Presbyterian (1911 census)

Early Life


About 1874 in Nova Scotia


William and Elizabeth Gray

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Annie Gray
  • John Gray
  • James F. Gray
  • Janet Gray
  • Jane Gray
  • Robert Gray
  • Thomas C. Gray
  • Norman Gray
  • Maggie Gray
  • Willie Gray
  • Lizzie Gray (All children born in Nova Scotia)


James Ferguson Gray, age 27, born in Westville, married Bertha Garbutt, age 17, 28 January 1901 in Lethbridge, Alberta.


  • Elizabeth Gray (1901-)
  • Robert Garbutt Gray (1904-)
  • Edna May Gray (1906-)
  • William Wilson Gray (1908-)
  • Annie Gray (1910-)
  • Earl James Gray (1913-)

Census Records

1881 Westville, Pictou, Nova Scotia, age 7
1891 Westville, Pictou, Nova Scotia, age 17, occupation miner
1901 Lethbridge (North), Alberta, age 27
1911 Inverness, Nova Scotia, age 37, occupation miner

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Vernon, British Columbia

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Bertha didn't re-marry - she died in Vernon in 1978, age 94.


Schedule A

Interesting Facts

Bertha was waiting with her Garbett family in Vernon, BC for James to have a house built at the time of the accident. She remained there.
Bertha died in Vernon 3 April 1978 at the age of 94.

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