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Nelson T. Pike

  • Birth Feb 1851 USA
  • Death 23 Sep 1904 Maryland, USA
  • Burial Unknown
  • Memorial ID 111477858

Married Laura V. Thomas (dau. of Jacob), 6/1/1875, Martinsburg, Berkeley Co., WV.

1880 census: listed as "RR brakeman", residing in Martinsburg, with wife and children (Amelia and Nelson).

As of 1900, listed as "RR Engineer", residing in Martinsburg (Ward 3), with wife and children: Amelia H. (23), Frank T. (10), James W. (4).

"PIKE, Nelson, Martinsburg, was one of two men killed and eight persons injured at North Branch, Maryland, 4 miles west of Cumberland, at 1:30 on September 23 by an explosion of 750 pounds of dynamite, caused by B&O fast freight train running into a wagon loaded with the explosive. Many buildings in town were wrecked by the concussion. Pike, an engineer for the B&O railroad, was scalded all over and internally injured; he lived 2 hours after the explosion. Charles Walter WHITCHAIR, of Martinsburg, a brakeman, was also killed — WP 4 Oct 1905. The other Berkeley County man involved was A.R. SANDERS, a fireman from North Mountain, whose arm was broken and who was scalded on the face, body and hands — WP 24 Sep 1904."

"PIKE, Laura V., widow, and Amelia A. FRANK and James PIKE, children of the late Nelson T. PIKE of Martinsburg, today entered suit in Cumberland, Maryland, for $25,000 damages against Michael ELMORE, subcontractor, MacArthur Brothers' Company, contractors, and the Western Maryland Railroad Company for the death of Mr. PIKE on 24 September 1904. Part of the town was wrecked, as were the temporary buildings of Mr. ELMORE. The dynamite was in use in the construction of the Western Maryland connecting link. A similar suit has been entered by Andy R. SANDERS, fireman on the train, who alleges he was permanently injured and who asks for $10,000 — WP 3 Mar 1905.

The lawsuit by Laura PIKE against Michael ELMORE for $25,000 was settled for $2,500. Annie M.O. WHITCHAIR of Martinsburg, whose husband Charles Waller WHITCHAIR, a brakeman, was killed, sued and settled for a similar amount. Andrew R. SANDERS, a fireman from Martinsburg, was permanently injured and sued for $10,000. He settled for $1,000 &8212; WP 4 Oct 1905."


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  • Created by: Cenantua
  • Added: 30 May 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 111477858
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nelson T. Pike (Feb 1851–23 Sep 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 111477858, ; Maintained by Cenantua (contributor 46953050) Unknown.