I have an ancestor John Tasker who was killed in a pit explosion in 1755 due to fire damp, the pit was in Gen Lane, Ward Green, Barnsley owned by a Mr. Bowden. Is there any way I could find John Taskers age, or would the accident be reported in any news paper?
I know he wed for the first time to Martha Rock, they wed in 1735 at Worsbrough, Martha would be about 37 years old when she wed, she died 1742 I think in childbirth, John wed for the second time just a few months later, to Sarah Waterhouse, they went on to have 3 children, Sarah Joseph, and John.
All my research for the Tasker family have been done at the local archives. I have searched St. Marys Church Yard for any monument or marker for Johns grave, but found nothing, it seems such a shame for his death not to marked.
Sarah Johns second wife died the following year a poor woman of the parish.
My dad, Horace Tasker, was a shot firer, most of my male ancestors have been miner, weavers or farm labourers, my dad worked down the mines, but his heart was on the land, as he got older he worked a lot for local farmers, he was only 66 when he died. When I was young I used to play on the fields at Gen Lane Ward Green and down in the bottom of the field was a lot of red shale I wonder if this is where the pit was.
Mrs V Birkett
John Tasker died alongside George Burdet, and Thomas Mosforth, all 3 were Colliers and died in an explosion of firedamp at Boden's Pit, Worsborough, Yorkshire on 2nd May 1755. - The information comes from Ian Winstanleys Database but no ages are given. I could not find them in the Durham Mining Website.
I think we have some good news, I found a number of entries in Ancestry.co.uk, according to these entries:- John Tasker, was born about 1713 in Woolley, Royston Parish. He worked as a labourer down the pit, and was ‘slain by (fire) damp in Mr Bodens Coal Pit, Genn Lane, Worsborough' aged 42. Martha Rock's parents were Abraham Rock and Joyce Frogget. Sarah Waterhouse, his second wife, died aged 39 in 1756.
This is my family John Tasker wed Ann Copley at Wortley 1795 , St Leonards Church,
A John Tasker was Surveyor at Mansfield Colliery from about 1955 to 1970. He died last year. I think he as around 82/83.
Cheers, Bob Bradley