A recognised anthracite miner of Pennsylvania

Family tales of ancestors on the Watkins side of the family are beginning to have some substance. At the weekend, mum’s cousin Islwyn handed over a photocopy of a ‘Certificate of registration of Sub-Board No 1’ for my great grandfather John Watkins (given as “of Forest City”, although he came from, and returned to, Tonypandy in Wales).

Dated 7th May 1893, it has been issued at Carbondale Pa, under “An Act to provide for the Examination of Miners in the Anthracite region of this Commonwealth etc” – passed 9th May 1889. » Continue reading “A recognised anthracite miner of Pennsylvania”