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John Barclay
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Birth: 1885
Glenrothes, Scotland
Death: Oct. 27, 1914
Franklin County
Illinois, USA

John Barclay departed Glasgow, Scotland and Londonderry, North Ireland in transit to the United States with his father, James Barclay on January 21, 1911.

They arrived in Boston, Massachusetts (destined for Marion, Illinois) on February 5, 1911.

Unfortunately, his life ended prematurely during the Royalton Mining explosion on October 27, 1914.

7:00 a.m. Miners descended below to begin there work for the day. Gas explosion occurred inside the mine. Believed to be ignited by a lamp of the mine workman 100 miners known dead and 200 imprisoned. Government Rescue car and apparatus rushed to the scene 12:00 p.m. 15 bodies recovered 50-75 miners remain inside the burning mine. 150 persons had been taken alive Slight chance they are alive 2:00 p.m. Entire mine now ablaze 250 miners were rescued 40 Doctors on scene aiding in rescue work 2:30 p.m. 25 bodies recovered Rescue work directed to conquering the flames Rescue work of 60 men remaining abandoned, probably burned to death 50 of those rescued had injuries, many possibly fatal. 275 men escaped death 85 of those Injured had been overcome by gas 24 Bodies Taken from Burning Shaft Sixty-One Deaths Reported on the Casualty List 13 of the men killed in the explosion belonged to the Virgin Mary Orthodox Church. A memorial to all the miners stands outside of the church still today. List below of the 52 known men that died that day. 
Miners Cemetery
Franklin County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Lois Campbell
Record added: Jul 16, 2010
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John Barclay
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John Barclay
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 Added: Jul. 16, 2010

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