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 Joseph Sanders Thomas

Joseph Sanders Thomas

Death 1 May 1900 (aged 48)
Burial Scofield, Carbon County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 149931 · View Source
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Joesph Sanders Thomas was killed in the explosion at Winter Quarters #4, a coal mine at Scofield, Utah. 200 men died in that disaster. Whole family names were wiped out. It was unimaginable, even by todays standards.

01/21/13 This update is received from a family relative.

Hi Bill, I found this memorial for Joseph Thomas in the Scofield Cemetery. This is the situation.

Joseph was originally buried in Scofield, UT and on November 25, 1933, members of his family had the Wheeler Mortuary of Springville re-inter the remains of four of the family from Scofield to the Spanish Fork Cemetery. Joseph was one of those four, along with his father, Fredrick Edwards Thomas, Joseph's son, Joseph Perry, 18 years old, both of whom were killed in the Scofield mine disaster on May 1, 1900; and Joseph's young daughter, Elizabeth Ann, who was one month old when she died.

Fredrick Thomas is my second great grandfather.

This is Joseph's memorial, now in the Spanish Fork Cemetery:

On May 1, 1900, an errant spark touched off the fine haze of coal dust deep underground and the Winter Quarters #4 mine exploded with fury. Joseph Sanders Thomas (1851-1900) was among the 100 men who were killed in an instant. Another 99 died from the poisonous afterdamp, making this one of the worst coal mine disasters in history. Joseph's 17 year old son, Joseph Perry Thomas (1882-1900), also died in the Scofield mine accident.

At the time of this disaster, both Joseph Sanders Thomas and Joseph Perry Thomas were buried in the Scofield Cemetery, but on November 25, 1933, members of his family had the Wheeler Mortuary of Springville, re-inter their remains to the Spanish Fork Cemetery. On this same day, two other family members, his father, Frederick Edwards Thomas (1825-1892) and baby daughter, Elizabeth Ann Thomas's (1890-1890) remains were also moved from Scofield to Spanish Fork.

Please refer to Joseph's Find A Grave Memorial # 12496143, in the Spanish Fork City Cemetery.




  • Created by: billcarr
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 149931
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Sanders Thomas (21 May 1851–1 May 1900), Find A Grave Memorial no. 149931, citing Scofield Cemetery, Scofield, Carbon County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by billcarr (contributor 46560268) .