Miner’s First Name:   William
Miner’s Middle Name:   Ambrose
Miner’s Last Name:   Hardey
Miner’s Picture:  William Hardey copy
Birth Place of Miner:   near Gouldsboro, PA
Miner’s Country:   USA
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Miner Information:
After the death of his mother, William and his siblings were abandoned by their father; he and a brother were later adopted by a storekeeper in Gouldsboro, PA. As a young man he traveled to sites of several National Parks as a construction laborer, later returning to Pennsylvania to become a miner. He resided in Kingston and, after several moves that followed mine openings, he married, purchased a home in Avoca, and started a family. Mr. Hardey was a respected member in the community and his church, the Primitive Methodist Church in Avoca. He worked as a miner during the turbulent times of long strikes, reverting to jobs as a cobbler and a finish painter to provide for his expanding family. William was fastidious about his hygiene and never came home until scrubbed clean of coal dirt. William died instantly in an accident in the No.2 shaft of the No. 9 colliery of the Pittston Company, at Hughestown. As he was engaged in prying down a piece of top rock, he slipped and fell against a mine car, breaking his neck. He was 43 years old at the time of the accident. No one mourned his death more than his two-year-old son Leonard, who watched in vain every afternoon for him to come home as usual, with a little of his lunch left over for his little boy.

Place & Manner of Miner’s Death:   Number 9 Colliery, Hughestown, PA. Fell from a mine car and broke his neck.
Died:   1/29/1930
Birth Date:   02/09/1887

Married:   Yes
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Wife’s Name:   Eva
Wife’s Middle Name:   Ann
Wife’s Last Name:   Wescott
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Wife’s Country:   United States
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Died:   1/21/1948
Birth Date:   04/12/1889

Number of Children:   6

Child Name 1:   Elizabeth
Child’s Middle Name:   Ann
Child’s Last Name:   Hardey
Birth Date:   10/16/1906

Child Name 2:   Matilda
Child’s Middle Name:   Viola
Child’s Last Name:   Hardey
Birth Date:   6/17/1910

Child Name 3:   Evelyn
Child’s Middle Name:   Caroline
Child’s Last Name:   Hardey
Birth Date:   3/16/1912

Child Name 4:   George
Child’s Middle Name:   William
Child’s Last Name:   Hardey
Birth Date:   5/31/1914

Child Name 5:   Charles
Child’s Middle Name:   Elmer
Child’s Last Name:   Hardey
Birth Date:   5/8/1918

Child Name 6:   Leonard
Child’s Middle Name:   Frederick
Child’s Last Name:   Hardey
Birth Date:   1/16/1928

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Author’s Name:   Donald
Author’s Middle Name:   William
Author’s Last Name:   Sanderson
Relationship to Miner:   Grandson