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Thomas Edward "Ed" King
Birth: Apr. 25, 1873
Petros
Morgan County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Oct. 5, 1914
Mulga Mine
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA

Thomas Edward "Ed" King, my g-grandfather, the youngest of 7 children born to John E. King and Nancy Jane Mitchell (Layne) in September, 1878, in Petros, Morgan County, Tennessee.

In 1898 he married Nettie Moore Rankin (1881-1954), my g-grandmother and had four children:
1) William Emmett King (1900-1953);
2) Baby girl King (1902-1902)
3) Ernest Edward King (1903-1956) (my grandfather); and
4) John Elbert King (1905-1963).

Ed King was killed in a mine explosion at the age of 36 in Mulga, Jefferson County, Tennessee on October 5, 1914. He was a coal miner--as was his father--by profession, and it is presumed that he moved his family to Mulga, Alabama due to the violence that had erupted between the Union and the non-Union coal miners in Tennessee. The only picture I have of my g-grandfather is when he was being carried out on a stretcher from the mines, which appeared in the Birmingham, Alabama newspaper.

If anyone has a picture of Ed King, or are related to any of the persons who were killed or injured in that Mulga, Alabama mine explosion on October 5, 1914 please contact me. I am preparing an article about this mine explosion and the stories of the survivors and the families of those who died that day.

LIST OF DEAD and INJURED FROM MINE EXPLOSION on 10-5-1914:
(Please excuse the fact that the newspaper separated the races when listing the dead and injured):

The Dead:

Edward King, aged 40 years, married;
Charles Campbell, aged 30 years, married;
W. M. Long, aged 28 years, married. [Memorial # 39193020]
John Zolaski, Hungarian.
M. Gahoski, Hungarian

Negroes:

Ben Price
Scott Garrett
Oscar Palmer
William Wheeler
Hamp Swansey
Carey Howard

The Injured:

The list of injured as compiled by Deputy Sheriff Bob Franklin for the Woodward Iron company follows:

White:

Henry E. Williams, aged 37 years, married; dangerously injured and taken to Elizabeth Duncan infirmary at Bessemer.
Mike O'Brien, Hungarian, slightly injured from effects of afterdamp.
Dewey Ware, suffering from afterdamp.
Steve Kalfos, suffering from afterdamp.

Negroes:

Will Dunlap;
Nathan Mallory;
James Herd;
Jack Catharine;
Watt Bryan;
Jack Dowdell;
Will Milligan;
Will Thompson;
Lewis Wilson;
Roger Maxey;
George Moore;
Rag King.
[Long news article follows]
[Citation below]:
"Fifteen Killed and Sixteen Injured in Explosion at Mulga," The Birmingham Age-Herald, Birmingham, Alabama, 6 October 1914, page 1, cols 6-7; and page 9, cols. 3-6. [Copy obtained by Cheryl in November, 2011 from The Birmingham Public Library].

People who died in the gas explosion at the Mulga Mine on October 5, 1914 -- that were NOT listed in this newspaper article, but were discovered by Cheryl in the "Alabama Coal Mine Fatalities, 1898-1938" at the Birmingham Public Library, Alabama:
BOB DUDICK
SAM CHAPMAN
BERT WEBSTER
JACK HARDELLE
JOE McCOSKI
HILLEY PILCOSKI
JOE PROGDON
WARREN WHEELIS
TOM MITCHELL

 
 
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 Parents:
  John Edward King (1836 - 1921)
  Nancy Jane Mitchell King (1829 - 1912)
 
 Spouse:
  Nettie Moore Rankin King Monell (1881 - 1954)*
 
 Children:
  William Emmitt King (1900 - 1953)*
  Ernest Edward King (1903 - 1956)*
 
 Siblings:
  Alice King Kilgore (1863 - 1918)*
  Thomas Edward King (1873 - 1914)
  Ida Belle King Hooper (1876 - 1954)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Village Falls Cemetery
Mulga
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
 
Maintained by: Cheryl Cook Singleton
Originally Created by: Sue Brasfield Vines
Record added: Aug 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 41092434
Thomas Edward Ed King
Added by: Cheryl Cook Singleton
 
Thomas Edward Ed King
Added by: Alabama UDC, Stonewall Chapter 724
 
Thomas Edward Ed King
Added by: Alabama UDC, Stonewall Chapter 724
 
 
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