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Remembering John L. Blue

December 23, 2013

John L. Blue, my 3rd great grand uncle died on this day in 1895 at the age of 53. John was the son of Robert and Martha (Blue) Blue and the younger brother of my 3rd great grandmother, Elizabeth “Betsy” (Blue) Bates.

John was born in 1842 and married Mary Ellis in Adams County, IL on 24 Oct 1867.* They had seven children: Martha, Margaret, Emma, Edward, John, an Unknown first name, and Lawrence Peter, who was just three years old when his father died tragically in a mill accident.

According to the Illinois State Register of Springfield, IL, (Dec 24, 1895):

John Blue, one of the oldest employes at the rolling mill, met his death there last night about 9:30 o’clock in a most horrible manner, and right before the eyes of a fellow workman, who was unable to render him any assistance. A fellow workman approached Blue carrying molten iron. Blue was standing with his back to the pit in which the large fly wheel whirls at a terrific speed, when, in stepping back to get out of the way, he lost his balance and fell backward. Blue was caught in the wheel and whirled through the air. Coroner Burkhardt was notified immediately and upon arrival took the remains in charge and had them removed to Hemberger’s undertaking establishment.

The man is one of the oldest employes at the mill, having been there for over fourteen years. The accident is made doubly sad from the fact that the man leaves seven children besides his wife, all of whom are dependent upon him for support. He was 53 years of age.

Find a Grave  reports that John was buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois.

*Source Information:
Jordan Dodd and Liahona Research, comp.. Illinois, Marriages, 1851-1900 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: Index compiled from county marriage records on microfilm located at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah by Jordan Dodd of Liahona Research (P.O. Box 740, Orem, Utah 84059). Specific source information is listed with each entry.

This record can be found at the County Court Records, Film # 1845384 -1845385.

From → Aderman/Bates

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