John Walter Neal: Birth: DEC 1883. Death: BEF 2 JUL 1949
Alfred Edward Neal: Birth: 2 JUL 1891 in Mountain Cove, Fayette County, West Virginia. Death: 16 JAN 1946 in Charleston General Hospital, Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia
Note: 1860 U.S. Federal Census [see father's listing]
1870 U.S. Federal Census [see father's listing]
1880 U.S. Federal Census Fayette County, West Virginia Mountain Cove Neal, Elisha 22 Neal, Rebecca 17 Neal, Ellen 8/12 (30-108B in file)
The following two articles were emailed to me by Oliver Jenkins of Chattanooga, TN, on 10 August 2016.
Fatal Accidents 1897 June 3d and 4th. Elijah Neal and George W. Crump, Gauley Mountain mine, Fayette county, were killed by a steam locomotive in the mine. The following report was furnished by Mr. W. N. Page: "I regret to report the death of Elijah Neal and George W, Crump in our new mine Tunnell, on Thursday, June 3d, both white and leaving families. Neal's head was crushed between the cab and rib, from which death must have been instantaneous, and Crump, who was badly scalded by steam from the safety valve, died the following morning. This accident was in no way connected with the working, but was the result of carelessness in running too fast over a new track. Only one pair of drivers left the rail, but at the high rate of speed the safety valve was knocked off against the roof. It is supposed that there was a small scale of slate on the rail, but this is not certain, but it is known positively that they were running at the time beyond the safety limit, with practically an empty engine. Neal was about 35 and Crump about 40 years of age." On June 10th Mine Inspector John I. Absolom visited the scene of this accident and found the facts to be as stated above. [Source: Annual Report of the Chief Mine Inspector to the Governor of West Virginia. W.E. Forsyth: Charleston, WV.1898. page 84-85; online at: https://archive.org/stream/annualreportdept18961897west#page/84/mode/2up]
Publication: The Evening Republican, Columbus, Indiana Published: 4 June 1897 Page 1 ANSTEAD, W. Va., A locomotive was wrecked in the coal mines here today. Elijah Neal, engineer, was killed and assistant mine superintendent died from his injuries received. Neal's wife is prostrated and will die from the shock.
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