A Collision of Interests

If you look at this blog with any regularity, you’ll know I’m interested in family history and railways. On 7th June 1884 an event took place which merges both interests. The location was the railway station at Sevenoaks in Kent. The event was a train crash involving great great grandfather, John Ware. A local photographer recorded the scene soon after this event.

John had been driving that leading engine. He and his fireman were crushed and killed. Interestingly the second engine – the one on its side – came off better and the crew survived. Both engines were hauling the same goods train which ran into another at the station.

A distant relative has the pocket watch that my ancestor had with him whilst driving this train.

The lock of hair was inside (and still is) the watch. We do not know whose hair it is. I guess it is probably the hair of his first wife who had died in 1869. John married my great great grandmother, Amelia, in 1871

So two interests collided with fatal results – and here’s an afterthought.

After three years, Amelia finally had access to John’s estate – a princely £5 worth. A couple of years later, she remarried

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8 Responses to “A Collision of Interests”

  1. Susan Buck Says:

    Interesting story, this has inspired me to write an article about a train accident in my family, thanks.

  2. Meet the ancestor – Granny Pettett | Locksands Life Says:

    […] The John Ware died in 1884. He was now an engine driver, based at Tonbridge in Kent and he died in an accident at Sevenoaks station. That accident has already featured on this blog (click here). […]

  3. Great Grandad’s Wallet | Locksands Life Says:

    […] Tonbridge. It was his father who was killed in a train crash which I have featured in this blog. (click here). He died when I was about 9 months old so if I ever did meet him I have no memory of it. There’s […]

  4. Sue Bolton Says:

    John Ware is my Great great grandfather on my Dad’s side. Thanks for the picture, my dad will be very interested. We are compiling the family history and this will be a great addition.
    I have a photo of John’s daughter, Sarah.

    • locksands Says:

      Hi Sue

      Fantastic to hear from you. I’ll be in touch by email for I have loads more info.

      I think you and I are half third cousins. We share John Ware as an ancestor but you descend from his first wife and I come down the line from his second.

  5. Miranda Says:

    John Ware was my great, great, great grandfather. Thanks so much for an interesting account! Interestingly, on another post, you have a photo of Ethel Jane Groombridge, who was my great grandmother! My mum was so happy to see that photo! Thank you!

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