A Troedyrhiw mother loses 4 sons

FATAL ACCIDENT – THREE LIVES LOST, SEPT 2nd 1870 – The village of Troedyrhiw was thrown into a state of painful excitement on Saturday morning, in consequence of a fatal accident that occurred in the new South Duffryn Pit, near Troedyrhiw, belonging to the Plymouth Iron Company. About nine o’clock on that morning a large fall of stone took place in the pit just at the moment that some colliers were at work fixing the supports for propping the roof. Unfortunately the poor fellows who were unable to get out of the way were killed upon the spot. Their names are as follows:- Morgan Jones, a married man with one child residing at Mount Pleasant Terrace, Troedyrhiw; Rees Jones, brother of the above, single and residing with his mother, at Harriet Town; Patsey Carroll, a boy employed as a helper. The unhappy mother of Morgan and Rees Jones has now lost four sons through accidents. She is a widow. It was a sad sight to witness the dead bodies of the unfortunate colliers brought home, followed by their fellow workmen, who turned out of the pit en masse. It is a rule with colliers not to work on the day of a fatal accident. (Morgan and Rees Jones were interred at Saron Graveyard.)Working in a Stall 1903-5

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Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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