2 thoughts on “Spa Fatality – Samuel Miller – 14 Jul 1881

  1. Samuel Miller was baptised on 23rd February 1848, a son of John and Mary Miller of Clenchwarton, Norfolk. Just over 20 years later, in the fourth quarter of 1869 he married Martha Lancaster. They quickly started their family, with the birth of their first child, Charlotte. She was shown as being 10 months old in the 1871 census; at which time the family was living in Terrington St. Clements, near King’s Lynn, and Samuel was working as an agricultural labourer. Ten years later, they were living at 33 Belmangate, Guisborough and had two more children: Martha aged 5 and John aged 2, both born in Guisborough. The death of Samuel, later in 1881, must have brought doubt and uncertainly into the lives of this young family.

  2. Further to the above, the York Herald, on Saturday 23rd July 1881, reported as follows:
    FATAL MINE ACCIDENT – An inquest was held yesterday afternoon at the Anchor Inn, Guisbro’, by Mr. A. Buchanan, on the body of Samuel Miller, 31 years of age, miner, who was killed on the 14th inst., at the Slapewath Mines. Mr Atkinson, Assistant-Inspector of Mines, was present during the inquiry. Deceased was barring down some stone, when it fell against a prop, which struck him on the head. Verdict, “Accidental death.”

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