John Davison

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John Davison
Born 1870
Durham, England
Died 1914 (aged 43–44)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality English
Occupation Miner

Early Life


Born 1869 at Murton, Durham, England


John Davison and Mary Allan

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • William Davison
  • Jane A. Davison
  • John Davison
  • Elizabeth Davison
  • Catherine Davison


John Davison married Elizabeth Ellen Pearson at Easington 4/4 1889


  • Jane Davison
  • James Davison
  • Mary Davison
  • John Davison
  • Arthur Davison
  • Edna Davison

Census Records

  • 1891 Brandon, Durham, age 22, occupation miner
  • 1901 Hebburn, Durham, age 32, coal miner hewer below ground
  • 1911 Houghton le Spring, age 42, coal miner, hewer

Immigration to Canada

  • 1904 Ship Tunisian, age 35, miner, destination Springhill, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 1908 Ship Empress Britain, age 34, John and family returned to England
  • 1912 Ship Grampian, age 40, miner, going to Hillcrest

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


John is buried in the Masonic Section of the Hillcrest Cemetery.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

1916 census Hillcrest, Elizabeth with three of her children
Elizabeth remarried 13 May 1919 in Simcoe, Ontario to Silas Harvey.


Schedule A

Interesting Facts

John's wife was the aunt of John Pearson, another victim of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.
John Davison's son, John, was reputed to have been the youngest survivor of the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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