John Pearson

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John Pearson
Born 1897
Died 1914 (aged 16–17)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Hillcrest Cemetery
Nationality English
Occupation Fan Man
Religion Methodist (1911 census)

Early Life


John was born 9 March 1897 at Back Green Street, Murton Colliery, Dawdon, Easington Registration District, Durham County, England.


Francis Pearson married Mary Hannah Bowes Dec 26, 1891, Dalton le Dale, County of Durham, England.
Francis age 20, bachelor, miner, residence Murton Colliery, Mary Hannah, age 19, spinster, residence Murton Colliery.

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Jane Rebecca Pearson (b. 1894 Durham) (married John Moorhouse 17 Feb 1912 in Bellevue)
  • Ethel Pearson (b. 1895 Durham)
  • John Pearson (b. March 1897) - from 1911 census
  • Amelia Pearson (b. 1899 Heburn, Durham)
  • James Pearson (b. 1904 West Hartlepool, Durham)
  • Norman Pearson (b. 1910 Alberta?)
  • Lillian (Mary?) Pearson (b. 1912 Alberta)
  • Vera Pearson (b. 1913 Alberta)



Census Records

1901 West Hartlepool, Durham, England, age 4, born Morton, Durham
1911 Hillcrest, age 14, father is a miner.

Immigration to Canada

1903 Ship Lake Erie, age 6, with parents, destination Nova Scotia.
1910 Ship Lake Manitoba, age 9 1/2, going to father in Hillcrest.

Occupation in 1914

Fan Man

Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


John is buried in the Mass Grave in Hillcrest.

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster


Schedule C

Interesting Facts

John's father Frank (Francis) Pearson was the President of the Local United Mine Workers Union in Hillcrest.
John's sister, Jane Rebecca married John Moorehouse, the son of Frederick Moorehouse who was killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.
John's uncle, John Davison, married to Francis's sister, was also killed in the Hillcrest Mine Disaster.

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