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Re: Mud Run Disaster 1888
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****3460) Date: November 23, 2013 at 04:46:38
In Reply to: Mud Run Disaster 1888 by april robbins of 797

Pennsylvania didn't start to record deaths at the county level until 1893 and at the state level until 1906. So generally speaking Pennsylvania government at some level didn't record deaths until 1893 although the larger cities started earlier.

The only way to find deaths in Pennsylvania otherwise is through church records, some court records and newspapers. Since he was killed in Mauch Chunk (now called Jim Thorpe) in a disastrous trainwreck there's a extremely good chance it was in the local Mauch Chunk newspapers probably in several issues. They might list all the dead but I doubt it will tell you much about your ancestor unless he was noteworthy (It may have also been in the Allentown and Hazleton newspapers).

The Dimmick Memorial Library is the library of Jim Thorpe. They have microfilm copies of all the old newspapers for Jim Thorpe. However, I don't know if they will do any searches. I think you have to go there personally or hire someone.

It is possible that as a Catholic your ancestor received the last rites through a local Jim Thorpe Catholic church and his body sent back to Cleveland, but I suspect finding him in local church records is a long shot. I don't know what Catholic churches existed in Jim Thorpe at the time but you could contact the Allentown or Scranton dioceses to find out (I don't know which one covers Jim Thorpe). If you can't find the church in Ohio that he was a member of check with the Cleveland Diocese.

If his Cleveland obit didn't tell you much check the Ashtabula area newspapers. His death may have been reported there especially if he was reasonably well known there or had relatives living there. There may have even been some notices about his death along the lines of 'Mrs Mary Smith left for Cleveland today for the funeral of her brother Charles Lent'.

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