Collection date: Jan 1912
Tom Miners of Camborne, Cornwall (1878-1940): In Jan 1912 Tom Miners sent 4 carols to Cecil Sharp and his address was noted in Folk Words 2232 as Stile Cottages, Penponds (a village just outside Camborne). He submitted more carols to the Journal of the Folk-Song Society in 1916 and again in 1929, and sent a Mummers’ Play to James Carpenter ref JMC/1/1/3/A, p01887.
William T Miners was born 23/11/1878 in America and appears first in the 1901 census at Penponds with his widowed mother Rose. He was aged 22, a schoolteacher (RG13/2244 f66 p19). In 1911 he was 32, single and still with his widowed mother. Sadly the 1939 register shows Tom as an inmate in the Bodmin Mental Hospital and he died soon after (Oct qr 1940 5c 225).