James Petrie

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James Petrie
Born 1886
Died 1914 (aged 25–26)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Bratticeman
Religion 1911 Census Presbyterian

Early Life


Born about 1886 in Durham, England.


James Petrie, age 20 of Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland married Isabella Dowgray, age 16, 31 October 1884.

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • James Petrie
  • Andrew Petrie
  • Robert Petrie
  • Jane Laird Petrie
  • Joseph Petrie
  • William Petrie (died young)
  • John Petrie
  • Alexander Petrie
  • Margaret Petrie
  • Frederick Petrie (Step-brother)



Census Records

1906 Blairmore, Alberta, age 20, came to Canada in 1904
1911 Sec 38-8-3-W5, Alberta, age 20, farmer

Immigration to Canada


Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Buried in the Hillcrest cemetery.


Schedule A


Stepfather, 2 grown brothers, sister 15, brother 7

Interesting Facts

James' two brothers, Alexander Petrie and Robert Petrie were also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.
Brother Andrew married Kate Anderson the widow of Robert Anderson who was also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.
Brother John married Ellen Murray the daughter of David Murray Sr. and sister of David Cannon Murray, Robert Murray, and William Murray, all of whom were killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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