93. Wainwright, Joseph, Sr.

Joseph WAINWRIGHT, Sr.(12) was born on 13 May 1868 in Croydon, Morgan, Utah Territory to John and Margaret Wainwright.(35) He appeared in the census in 1870 in Morgan, Morgan, Utah Territory with his parents and siblings.(5) At age twelve, Joseph appeared in the census in 1880 in Croydon, Morgan, Utah Territory with his parents and siblings.(6)  Joseph married Harriet C. Rock in Logan, Utah on 1 June 1892.(10-11)  Joseph appeared in the census in 1910 in Cumberland, Uinta, Wyoming with his wife and six children where he was working as a coal miner in the coal mine.(7)  He appeared in the census in 1920 in Kemmerer where he was working as a fire boss in the coal mine and he had six children.(8) Joseph and his son Joseph, Jr. were killed in a gas explosion in Frontier No. 1 coal mine on 14 August 1923 at the age of 55 in Frontier.(3) Joseph was buried on 17 August 1923 in Kemmerer.(34)

The following Card of Thanks appeared in the local newspaper:
We wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our friends, neighbors, sisters of the Relief Society and all who have helped us in our hours of sorrow.  The kindness and sympathy which has been extended to us, will never be forgotten.
At the time of his death, Joseph had three dependent children aged, fifteen, eleven, and six years old.(2)

      1. Kemmerer Republican, (Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming), 24 August 1923, page 1, microfilm; Lincoln County Library, 519 Emerald Street, Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming 83101.
      2. Sneddon Robert T.  Inspector (Dist 1) & Robert V. Hotchkiss Inspector (Dist2), "State Coal Mine Inspectors Of Wyoming, Districts No. 1 and 2," year:  1923; report, 1923; , Wyoming State Archives on microfilm, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
      3. Joseph Wainwright, Sr., death certificate #1409 (14 August 1923), State of Wyoming, Wyoming State Archives, 2301 Central Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001.
      4. Findagrave (Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming), Ancestry.com, Findagrave, digital image (: online 3 March 2018), Joseph Wainwright, Sr.  Find A Grave Memorial# 59561469.
      5. 1870 U.S. census, population schedules., 1870 United States Federal Census; Year: 1870; Census Place: Morgan, Utah Territory; Roll: M593_1611; Page: 379B; Family History Library Film: 553110, NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls., Family History Library Film: 553110, Joseph Wainwright, National Archives and Records Administration, n.d., Washington, D.C..
      6. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, Records of the Bureau of the Census; Year: 1880; Census Place: Croydon, Morgan, Utah; Roll: 1336; Page: 518B; Enumeration District: 035, Record Group 29, NARA microfilm publication T9, 1,454 rolls, Joseph Wainwright, Sr., Ancestry.com online/digital, National Archives,, Washington, D.C..
      7. 1910, , population schedule, Year: 1910; Census Place: South Cumberland, Uinta, Wyoming; Roll: T624_1747; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0126; FHL microfilm: 1375760, Joseph Wainwright; digital images, Ancestry.com (: online digital 3 March 2018); Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006..
            8. 1920, , population schedule, Year: 1920; Census Place: Kemmerer, Lincoln, Wyoming; Roll: T625_2027; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 56, Jsoeph Wainwright; digital images, Ancestry.com (: online/digital 3 March 2018); Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census 


  1. Thank you for this blog. My Great Grandfather, Joseph(Joe) Wainwright Sr. and my Great Uncle Joeseph(Joe) Wainwright Jr. were killed in the Frontier Mine Explosion. I have not been to Kemmerer since the late 1990's for a Wainwright Family Reunion. This information helped me know that the Frontier Mine was located in Frontier, Lincoln, Wyoming. I now know the death place of the two of them to add to geneological records. They are buried in Kemmerer, but died in Frontier.
    My mother grew up in Kemmerer and the stories she told are important to my family history. Thank you for all the time spent by you to clarify some of that history.

    1. I am so very glad that you found this blog and the information has been helpful for you. I am truly grateful to be able to share this historical information and the accounts of the accident with you and your family. It was such a sad day in the history of Frontier and in all coal mining communities. If there is anything you would like me to add please let me know. Janet