Ellen Vincent

Mine-girl working at Agar Mine, Redruth

Died:  
6th January, 1894
Buried at:  
St Day Road cemetery, Redruth
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Ellen Vincent, age 22 was killed in a tragic accident at Wheal Agar Mine on the dressing floor. Local press at the time reports that Ellen's scarf became entangled in machinery, and she was pulled in to it and strangled. Reportedly, the accident happened on her last day of work at the mine, prior to leaving to be married.

Ellen had been born in 1868 in Redruth, the third daughter at the time of her birth, and later joined in the family by 5 younger siblings. They lived in the Trevingey area of the town, not far from St Euny church, and by age 13, Ellen was working as a tailoress, whilst her father and older sisters were working at a tin mine.

Following the death of her father, the 1891 census records Ellen's mother living in St Day Road; her oldest brother is working as a grave-digger at the cemetery, a younger brother is working underground (at age 14) and 3 of her sisters are working at a tin mine.

At this date, it seems that Ellen has moved out of the (presumably crowded!) family home; it may be that she is the 'Nellie' Vincent recorded as a lodger in a house in Illogan, living with the Harris family, including their daughter Eliza. Both Eliza and Nellie are indicated as working at a tin mine; presumably Wheal Agar, where Ellen was to meet her untimely death just 3 years later.

The mine where Ellen worked was combined with another mine nearby, to become East Pool and Agar Mine. The buildings of this mine are now a National Trust property: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-pool-mine

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