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 William Hanna

William Hanna

Birth
Canada
Death 1 Mar 1871 (aged 31–32)
Silver City, Lyon County, Nevada, USA
Burial Gold Hill, Storey County, Nevada, USA
Memorial ID 33718790 · View Source
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From the "Virginia City Court House Records" on file at Silver City:
"Gold Hill Civil Burial Register 1863 Through 1904" Page No. 16:
Surname: Hannah First Name: William
Place of Birth: (none given)
Cause of Death: Killed Succor Mine Date: 2 / 3 / 1871 Occupation: Miner
By Whom Buried: Succor Co. Where Buried: Gold Hill Cemetery

From newspapers as dated on record at the Library of the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada:

Evening News
March 1, Wednesday
Gold Hill, Nevada
Fatal Mining Accident
"About noon today William Hannan (sic) was accidently killed by a small cave in in the Succor Mine, Gold Canyon, below Gold Hill. He was working at breasting out ore a floor above the lower tunnel, when a mass of clay and ore of several tons weight dropped from the hanging wall of the ledge, crashing with him down through the flooring upon which he stood to the one below. Some of his companions working in other parts of the mine found the unfortunate man as they came out to dinner. He was hanging by one leg, head downward, and was apparently killed outright by the caving mass. He was a native of Maine or Canada, and about 45 years of age. No one seems particularly to blame for this sad accident, it being one of those unfortunate casualties which human foresight fails to anticipate or provide against. A precisely similar accident occurred in the Yellow Jacket Mine, it will be recollected about a year ago, whereby four miners were killed. Hanging walls in these mines are always treacherous, expecially where there are clay seams. They might stand perfectly sound and good for months or years, yet at any time a mass of greater or less extent is liable to drop out or "slick off." The only security against it is elaborate and costly timbering, which most generally would prove unnecessary. Thus it is, however, that our brave miners continually work at the risk of their lives, even when they may consider themselves free from immediate danger."

Territorial Enterprise
Friday, March 3, 1871
Virginia City, Nevada, U.S.A.
Cornoner's Inquest:
"Coroner Symonds held an inquest Wednesday afternoon at the office of Justice Futman, Gold Hill, upon the body of Wm. Hanna, who was accidently killed in the Succor Mine. The following is the verdict of the jury:
"We, the undersigned jurors, find that the deceased was named Wm. Hanna, a native of Lower Canada, aged 32 years, that he came to his death on the 1st day of March A.D. 1871, by an accidental cave in in the Succor Mine, in the town of Gold Hill, Storey County. We further find that said accident was not the result of negligence on the part of the officers of said mine or any other person." The deceased leaves a wife and four children in Canada. His funeral took place at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.


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  • Created by: Della M Shafer
  • Added: 10 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33718790
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Hanna (1839–1 Mar 1871), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33718790, citing Gold Hill Cemetery, Gold Hill, Storey County, Nevada, USA ; Maintained by Della M Shafer (contributor 47045656) .