Joseph Oakley

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Joseph Oakley
Born 1870
Died 1914 (aged 43–44)
Hillcrest, Alberta
Cause of death Hillcrest Mine Disaster
Resting place Michel, British Columbia
Nationality English
Occupation Miner

Early Life


1870 in Coasley, Staffordshire, England (from census returns)


Joseph Oakley married Sabia Randle about 1860

Miner and Siblings (in birth order)

  • Elizabeth Oakley
  • John Oakley
  • Joseph Oakley
  • [Embah] Oakley
  • Eunice Oakley
  • William Oakley
  • Joshua Oakley
  • James Guest Oakley
  • Thomas Oakley (also went to Michel, BC)
  • Mary Oakley


Joseph Oakley married Mary Ellen Almond 7 July, 1900, Leigh Reg. District, Lancashire


  • John Oakley
  • Sarah Oakley
  • Thomas Oakley
  • Mabel Oakley
  • Walter Oakley
  • Bertha Oakley

Census Records

1881 Tyldesley Cum Shakerley, Lancashire, England, age 11
1891 Tyldesley with Shakerley, Lancashire, age 21, occupation miner
1901 Tyldesley with Shakerley, Lancashire, age 30, miner
1911 New Michel, Kootenay, British Columbia, age 40, to Canada 1903, miner

Immigration to Canada

1903 Ship Megantic, age 33, occupation collier, going to Michel, British Columbia

Occupation in 1914


Hillcrest Mine Disaster June 19, 1914 - Killed


Joseph is not buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery, but in Michel/Natal, British Columbia.
Jan 2016 a note received from his great grandson Ron France. "My Great grand Uncle Joseph Oakley is now in the Sparwood cemetery. His remains
were moved there when the cemeteries around Michel and area were closed. Please feel free to add this to his Bio if you wish."

After the Hillcrest Mine Disaster

Widow Mary Ellen Oakley married 2) Thomas James Barnes, 23 Mar 1915, at Michel, B.C. and had 4 more children.


Schedule A

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