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Hi, I have just joined the site, I have been doing my tree off and on for 10 years. My paternal grandfather James O'Pray died as a result of burns he received from an explosion in the William Pit disaster June 1941, Whitehaven, Cumberland UK, he was 38 and left my grandmother Ellen (Stainton) and 7 children.

James's father William my great grandfather was also killed in May 1910 in the Wellington Pit disaster, Whitehaven, Cumberland UK, he was 35 and left his wife Mary Jane (Rooney) & 4 children and was pregnant with a 5th.


I can't seem to find a birth for William to find out his father/mothers names or whether he was born in Cumberland or anywhere in the UK or even Ireland ? :(

Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated ?
 

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