James Penn

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James Penn
Born 1863
Died 1914 (aged 50–51)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality English
Occupation Miner

Early Life


Born 4/4 1863 Crosby Pit, Cumberland, England


William Penn married Hannah Sharp 1/4 1861 at Cockermouth, Cumberland

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Mayson Penn
  • James Penn
  • Robert Penn
  • Elizabeth E. Penn
  • Mary Penn
  • Nanie Penn
  • William Penn


James Penn married Mary Ellen Burns 1/4 1885 in Cockermouth area, Cumberland, England.


  • John Sharpe Penn
  • Hannah E Penn (died in England)
  • Jonathan B Penn
  • Robert W Penn
  • Thelma Penn

Census Records

1871 Crosscanonby, Cumberland, age 7, born Crosby Pit
1881 Crosscanonby, Cockermouth area, Cumberland, age 17, born 4/4 1863, occupation Mining Engineer
1891 Crosscanonby, Cumberland, age 27, occupation miner
1901 Bolton, Cumberland, age 37, colliery manager
1911 Chorlton, Lancashire, age 47, occupation beerhouse keeper

Immigration to Canada

1913 Ship Cymric, age 49, going to Hillcrest

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


James is buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery but not in the Mass Grave.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Dec 11, 1914, Bellevue Times Widow Mary Ellen left with Mrs. James Bradshaw to go to England.
1916 Census Widow Mary Ellen is back in Hillcrest living with her children. She did not remarry.


Schedule A

Interesting Facts

James is the father of Robert W Penn also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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