HISTORIC CEMETERIES WHERE VICTIMS 
OF THE 
1902 FRATERVILLE MINE DISASTER ARE BURIED

Link to self-guided (Mini) Fraterville Disaster Cemetery Tour

Link to1911 Cross Mountain Disaster Cemeteries

Link to Convict Miners Cemetery

On May 19, 1902, the worst mining disaster in the history of the South occurred in the Coal Creek watershed.  Newspapers in 1902 reported the death toll at 212 men and boys.  The official death toll was 184 men and boys.  Itinerant miners were also killed in the explosion, but not included in the official listing of fatalities because their names were unknown.  (See Fraterville Cemetery below).  

These men and boys are buried in the cemeteries in Coal Creek and surrounding watersheds.  Some have elaborate tombstones like John Hendren whose farewell message, written while trapped in the Fraterville Mine, is inscribed on his tombstone.  Other graves are marked by simple fieldstones, like those of the itinerant miners who are buried behind the home of Owen Bailey in Fraterville.  Many of the tombstones of these men and boys contain the inscription "Gone But Not Forgotten". 

Boy Scouts from Troop 120 in Lake City are working to document the location of these burial sites and clean the tombstones as Eagle projects.  After completing work on the 1902 Fraterville Disaster cemeteries, we will undertake a similar project at the cemeteries where the 84 men and boys who died in the 1911 Cross Mountain Mine Disaster are buried.  These cemeteries and related documentation by Troop 120 will be part of the Coal Creek Motor Discovery Trail.  This web page  documents the progress of this effort.

 

Sign placed at cemeteries where miners who died in the 1902 Fraterville Mine Disaster and the 1911 Cross Mountain Mine
Disaster are buried.

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Fraterville Cemetery -- Unknown number of grave sites of itinerant Fraterville miners:

cem15.JPG (203192 bytes)Fraterville Cemetery looking in the direction of the Old Fraterville Mine.  Bodies recovered from the mine were brought here to be identified.  The unidentified migrant workers were buried here. cem13.JPG (183468 bytes)Old Fraterville Mine Site.
cem14.JPG (204283 bytes)Mr. & Mrs. Owen Bailey standing among fieldstones marking the gravesites of itinerant miners killed in the 1902 Fraterville disaster. cem12.JPG (199129 bytes)Unreadable carvings in the large tree next to one of the fieldstones mark the Fraterville Cemetery location.

Briceville Cemetery -- 2 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Leach Cemetery -- 89 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Longfield Cemetery -- 35 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Wilson Cemetery -- 10 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Tumbled headstone of Frank Sharp

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Beech Grove Cemetery -- 4 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Welsh (Welch) Cemetery -- 8 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Pleasant Hill Cemetery -- 3 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Inscription on tombstone of John Hendren (from his farewell message found when his body was recovered from the Fraterville Mine:


"Dear Darling and Mother, Brothers and Sisters:  I have gone to heaven.  I want you to meet me in heaven.  Tell all your friends to meet me there and tell the Church I have gone to heaven. Oh, dear friends, don't grieve over me because I am in sight of heaven.  Oh dear, stay at father's or your father's and pay all I owe if possible.  Bury me at Pleasant Hill if it suits you all.  Bury me in black.  This is about 1:30 o'clock.  So goodbye dear loving father, mother, brother and friends.  I have not suffered much yet.  Your boy, your brother, John Hendren.

Disney Cemetery -- 2 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

cem18.JPG (153746 bytes)Note visible location adjacent to I-75 near where Coal Creek discharges into the Clinch River.

Island Ford Cemetery -- 3 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Indian Creek Cemetery -- 7 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Macedonia Cemetery -- 3 gravesites of Fraterville miners:

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Mt. Sinai Cemetery (Clinton) -- 
2 gravesites of Fraterville miners

cem31.JPG (30625 bytes)Foust Cemetery -- 1 gravesite of a 
Fraterville miner

Mount Harmony Cemetery -- 4 gravesites of Fraterville Miners:

cem32.JPG (29443 bytes)Monument of Peter Childress and his sons William, John, and James who all died at Fraterville

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cem34.JPG (30456 bytes)Concord Cemetery (Farragut) --
2 gravesites of Fraterville miners

Old Gray Cemetery (Knoxville) -- 4 gravesites of Fraterville miners

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cem36.JPG (23679 bytes)Tombstone of Fraterville Mine owner, Major E.C. Camp (Born Mount Vernon, Ohio, August 1, 1839.  Died Knoxville, Tennessee, November 21, 1920).

Other cemeteries (and the number of Fraterville miners buried there) include:

Murrayville (1)
Starr (1)
Jacksboro (1)
Big Valley (1)
Wiley (1)

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