Full Name of Applicant: William
Present Mailing Address: General Delivery,
Lafollette, TN, Route 3
Enter Full Name at Birth if different from
Age at Last Birthday: 68
Date of Birth: 20 Mar 1870
Place of Birth: Coal Creek,TN
Father's Full Name: Maggie
Mother's Full Maiden
Name: Birchville Hytour
Business Name or Address
of Employer: Craig-Wells Coal Co, Lafollette
Date Signed: 20
Submitters Name: Darrell
Your relationship to
the deceased: He is my maternal Great Grandfather
Comments or Additional
Information: His form was typed and he signed it with an "X".
In 1931 he was a Coal Miner's Union President. This was during the
Harlan Co, KY mine wars. He and his co-workers were involved in
the "Battle of Evarts" in Harlan Co, KY. He and about 20 others
were railroaded into prison by the government and mine owners. He
was convicted and imprisoned on a charge of "Conspiracy to murder"
in the death of a deputy. He was pardoned after 3 years. I believe
that on 9-20-1938 (at at least 68 years old)his employer told him
he had to get a Social Security Account or lose his job (?). At
his age and with his experience with the government that when asked
questions by the clerk that typed his form he plead ignorance, forgetfullness,
etc. Bored clerks probably did not dig too deep. His birthdate is
followed by a question mark and the phrase "to be determined later).
I also believe that his father's name is pure invention. I could
not get his Form SS-5 initially because he was not listed. I obtained
his death certificate from WV, it had is Social Security Number
on it. I sent it to Social Security and in return got the SS-5.
No parents are listed on his death certificate and his birthdate
is shown as 1858 and death date as 1975, and age at time of death
as 106 years, 9 months and 0 days. Based on research of this Surname
I believe that it is commonly listed as HIGHTOWER. I have seen it
on census records, in the same family as HEIGHTOUR. This is the
first time that I have see it as HYTOUR. HELP!!!!
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