Campbell County Social Security Death Index
William Hytour (Hightower)
 

Social Security Application

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Full Name of Applicant: William Hytour (Hightower)
Present Mailing Address: General Delivery, Lafollette, TN, Route 3
Enter Full Name at Birth if different from above:
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
Sex: Male
Race: White
Business Name or Address of Employer: Craig-Wells Coal Co, Lafollette
Date Signed: 20 Sep 38
Submitters Name: Darrell H. Jackson
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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