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From: "Jan Davis" <>
Subject: Re: [CON] Knockers
Date: Sun, 25 May 2003 12:36:05 -0700
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That's really strange! I was under the impression the Tommyknockers legend
was originally from Cornwall!!! I would be interested to hear from Cousin
Jacks and Jennies in Michigan and other parts of the US to know if they are
familiar with the term, or if it IS just from the Western States.

Thanks! Jan in San Diego (family was in Virginia City, Grass Valley,
Nevada City, New Almaden)
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Subject: Re: [CON] Knockers

> Hi all,
> I think the name Tommyknockers is an American rendering of Knockers, I had
> quick glance through my mining books as well as many folklore books and
> not find mention of Tommyknockers. It appears as though all references to
> Tommyknockers are local to the American West. I would be curious to know
if the
> term Knocker or Tommyknocker was used to describe these mine spirits in
> parts of the world where the Cornish mines.
> Jim
> > If you go to and type in "tommyknockers Cornwall" for your
> > search, you will find several references to them. I am a fifth
> > Californian of mostly Cornish background (California gold rush era) and
> > parents and grandparents spoke of tommyknockers often while I was
> > up. That was long before Steven King was heard of. I'm surprised there
is so
> > little knowledge about this.
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