Intimacy Coroners Inquests In Gloucestershire From The Gloucester Journal 1809 To 1810

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Coroners Inquests in Gloucestershire from The Gloucester Journal 1809 to 1810

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Coroner's Inquests were usually held within the space of 48 hours following a death that appeared to be of a suspicious or unexplained nature. They were usually held in a local public-house, ale house, municipal building, or parish workhouse, but sometimes in the building where the death occurred. The Coroner usually came from a legal or medical background and more often than not, appointed for life by the respective County. The Coroner and a Jury of between 12 and 24 persons, usually men of substantial standing, were empanelled to examine the body, hear witnesses, and the Jury then to come to a Verdict as to Cause of Death. The account of the Inquest appearing in local newspapers, included the name of the deceased, where they died, and how they died. Sometimes, age, occupation, parish or address, and other relatives' names can be found. In later years when Hospitals appear, people can be dying away from their parish after having been admitted to that institution, and the Inquest is therefore conducted where the death occurred, rather than where the person was living. The Gloucester Journal was a newspaper in Gloucester founded by Robert Raikes the Elder and William Dicey in 1722. The first issue of the Gloucester Journal appeared on April 9, 1722. Before that date there were thirty-six provincial newspapers published, and of those only six have survived to the present day. 1809 Jan 2. On Tuesday an Inquest was taken at Chalford Lynch, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of CHARLES WITTS, an infant, between two and three years old, whose clothes caught fire, when the poor innocent was burnt to death, his remains exhibiting a most dreadful spectacle! Verdict, Accidental Death. Jan 9. INQUESTS. At Painswick before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ELIZABETH CREED, found dead in her bed. Verdict, Sudden Death by Suffocation. On Friday, before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on the body of SAMUEL SHEWELL, butcher, late of the parish of Nympsfield, who was found frozen to death in Coaley Wood. Verdict, Died by the inclemency of the Weather. Jan 16. On Wednesday an Inquest was taken at Leachlade before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JOHN PRESTON, baker, of that place, who was drowned (in consequence of the road being suddenly inundated by the late floods), on his return from Fairford, where he had been attending divine worship at a Dissenting Meeting-house. He has left a widow, and six children, to lament his loss. Verdict, Accidental Death. The following inquests have been taken before Wm Joyner, Gent. Coroner: On Monday, at Bitton, on view of the body of WILLIAM JAY, miner, who was killed in a coal pit; and on Tuesday, at Mangotsfield, on the body of WILLIAM LOVELL, also killed in a coal pit. Verdict in each case, Accidental Death. On Thursday, at Appleridge Farm, near Berkeley, on the body of MARY WORKMAN, single woman, supposed to have died from poison, in order to cause abortion; but the Coroner being of opinion, after dissection, that she did not die from that cause, the Jury returned a Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God. Jan 23. On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Oakridge Lynch, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of PRUDENCE WHITING, a girl about twelve years of age, who fell into a mill stream, and drowned. Verdict, Accidental Death. Jan 30. On Friday an inquest was held on the seven bodies which were taken from under the ruins of the houses in Bedford street, Gloucester; they are all working people. JAMES and JOSEPH ESTCOURT were at breakfast with their families when the house gave way, in which the wife and babies of the former was killed. JAMES died later. On Saturday night a melancholy accident happened at Wresdown School, near Dursley, in this county; a fine boy WILLIAM MERRETT, son of Mr MERRETT, of Slimbridge, died in consequence of a fall he received whilst sliding on the ice. The Coroner’s inquest returned a verdict, Accidental Death. Feb 6. Yesterday night, during the height of the flood, as five men (RICHARD LEA, JOHN HOLDER, JOHN BRIDGMAN, WILLIAM BARNARD, and JOHN BAYLIS) were returning from Norton, in this county, to Wainlode hill, in a boat they had borrowed at the latter place, they were overset by the violence of the waves, and all unfortunately drowned! Two little boys were the only spectators of the accident. On Tuesday the bodies were found; and, on Wednesday, inquests were taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, when the verdict, in each case, was Accidental Death. BRIDGMAN has left a wife and six children. Feb 13. On Tuesday an inquest was taken before Wm Joyner, one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of FRANCIS LORD, butcher, aged 56 years, found drowned in Cambridge brook, near the George Inn. It appeared in evidence, that he was much intoxicated with liquor the preceding evening, and fell into the brook on his return home. Verdict, Accidental Death. Mar 6. FATAL DUEL AT BRISTOL. On Wednesday morning an unfortunate affair of honour, between Mr S. an attorney, and Mr PRIEST, a man’s mercer, of Bristol, was decided at Durdham Down. The parties were attended by their seconds, and by agreement fired together; at the first discharge, Mr PRIEST was wounded in the thigh. After being taken from the ground he suffered amputation and is since dead. The meeting took place in consequence of a misunderstanding at the Theatre the previous evening. Both parties were highly respectable characters; and the most honourable conduct was manifested on the ground. We learn that the verdict of the Coroner’s Jury was Wilful Murder against the Principal and Seconds. The deceased has left an amiable wife and child to lament his loss, and execrate this destructive system of honourably destroying each other upon too often the most frivolous occasion. Mar 20. On Friday an inquest was taken at Cheltenham, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of J P HAMPTON, plumber and glazier, who died on Monday last. The Jury returned the following verdict, - “That the said J P HAMPTON died by the Visitation of God, and not from any hurt or injury received from any person or persons, to the knowledge of the said jurors.” Apr 3. Yesterday night an inquest was taken at Little Barrington, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN STEPHENS, carpenter, who was killed by the sudden falling of a tree he was assisting to cut down. And, on Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Upton St Leonards, before the same Coroner, on the body of an old man, named HENRY SMITH, who was riding in a waggon, when the horses took fright, and ran off, and, in attempting to get out, in order to stop them, he fell from the shafts, and was killed by the wheels passing over his body. Verdict in each case - Accidental Death. Apr 17. Last week an inquest was taken, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of W PAVEY, lock keeper at Framilode, who was drowned in the Canal. Verdict, Accidental Death. Apr 24. On Saturday night an inquest was taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of an Italian named JOSEPH, an itinerant musician, who, being in a weak state, fell down in the street in Cirencester, and died, before the parish officers were apprised of his situation. Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God. And, on Monday, an inquest was taken at Quarr house, Stroud, before the same Coroner, on the body of ROXANA MINT, a child about six years old, who was burnt to death, in consequence of her cloaths taking fire. Verdict, Accidental Death. May 1. On Thursday an inquest was taken at Leachlade, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN PARKER, a child of about two years of age, who, being left alone, drank water from the spout of a tea kettle on the fire, nearly boiling hot, and died in consequence, a short time after, in excruciating agony. Verdict, Accidental Death. May 8. An inquest was held on Tuesday, at Longdon, near Stourport on Severn, on the bodies of Mr CLARKE, of the Moat, near that place, and his servant. It appeared, that in endeavouring to escape from a cart laden with manure, they were precipitated into a pond, and were immediately followed by the horses (that being the usual watering place) and cart, which being overturned on them, caused their instant death. Mr CLARKE and the man were in a very short time taken out, but every endeavour to restore animation proved ineffectual. Verdict, Accidental Death. May 15. On Monday last, as eleven men were going down the river Severn in a boat, below Pixham Ferry, a barge ran foul of the boat and sank her, when three of them were unfortunately drowned, viz. WM GRIFFIN, JOHN PARTRIDGE, and RICHARD HOLTON, leaving families to the amount of fifteen children; one having six, another five, and the other four. The bodies have been picked up, and a Coroner’s inquest was held on Wednesday. On Tuesday last, an inquest was held by Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on the body of WILLIAM WORKMAN, who was suffocated whilst endeavouring to clean a large stale beer cask, at the Old Red Lion, Chalford, into which he descended, without making use of the necessary precautions to evacuate the noxious vapour. May 29. An inquest was lately held at Chalford Lynch, before Wm Trigg, Gent. on the body of THOMAS RANDALL, aged 80, who was killed by the falling of an oak tree, which he and his son were cutting down. Verdict, Accidental Death. Jun 12. A Corner’s inquest was held on Monday last, at Tewkesbury, on the body of EDWARD BRYAN, a waterman; in the employ of Messrs HUTTON and HODGKINS, who died in consequence of a blow he received in a quarrel with a man of the name of PEACOCK, on the Wednesday preceding. Verdict, Manslaughter, PEACOCK was burnt on the hand. Jun 19. The following inquests have lately been held before W Trigg, Gent, one of the Coroners for this county: At Aldsworth, on the body of WILLIAM NASH, who was crushed to death by a cart wheel passing over his body, occasioned by his endeavouring to stop the horses in their fright. On view of the body of DAVID PEARCE, aged about eight years, who was killed by getting entangled in a scribbling machine, at the manufactory of S CLISSOLD, Esq., at Ebley; he was wound round the shaft of the machine with such velocity, that his head, legs, and right arm, were literally torn from his body. Verdict, in both cases - Accidental Death. Jun 26. On Tuesday last, an accident of a most lamentable nature happened in this city. As the waggon team of ROBERT MORRIS, Esq. MP, of Barnwood Court, was coming into town, the unloading of a cart of bricks on the London road suddenly put the horses to fright, through which WILLIAM MITCHELL, a servant boy, who was riding the leader, was thrown off, when JOHN DUDFIELD, an old and trusty servant, but who was very improperly riding in the waggon, instantly jumped out to relieve him from danger; but his efforts were ineffectual, and, we lament to say, that they both were passed over by the wheels, and crushed in so shocking a manner, that though they were immediately taken to the Infirmary, where they experienced every possible attention, they both expired in less than an hour, in the most dreadful agony. An inquest was held on the bodies on the following day, before D Willey, Esq. when a verdict was given - Accidental Death. A melancholy accident happened at a boat race on the Severn, a short distance above the Old Passage, on Friday night. One of the boats, from the great press of sail, together with the very necessary proportion of ballast to trim her (being also very old), absolutely parted through, from which circumstance three men, all of Berkeley, were plunged into the most rapid part of the river; two of them were picked up immediately, but the other, JOHN JAMES, was unfortunately drowned. The body has since been found in the sand opposite Brookend; a Coroner’s inquest was held on it, and a verdict returned of - Accidental Death. Jul 3. The following inquests have been taken before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: On Saturday night, at Cow Honeybourne, on view of the body of SARAH HARRIS, a young woman who was found dead in a pond of water, with several marks on her head. It appeared from the evidence, that the wounds were inflicted by a dung fork; and marks of blood were traced the whole way from her father’s house, to the horse pool, wherein the body was discovered. A young man LUKE HEATH, who had been in habits of intimacy with the unfortunate woman, and by whom she was six months advanced in a state of pregnancy, was suspected of being the murderer; but no proof of guilt being adduced, the jury returned a verdict, Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown. During the examination of the suspected person, one of the jury requested that he would approach the mangled remains then exposed before them, which he readily complied with, and both viewed and touched the body without the smallest apparent objection or emotion! On Monday, at Epney, in the parish of Moreton Valence, on the body of THOMAS BROOKES, carter to Mr HAWKINS, of Park End Farm Lodge, who was drowned whilst bathing in the river Severn. Verdict, Accidental Death. Same day, at Horsley, on the body of a new born female child, found suffocated in a privy. Verdict, Wilful Murder against HANNAH GASKIN. Jul 24. The following inquests have recently been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: On Wednesday se’nnight, on view of the body of JAMES WYNNE, who was drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal the preceding night. On Friday, at Bisley, on the body of WILLIAM PACKER, an old man, who fell from a load of hay at South Cerney, and was killed on the spot. Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death. And, on Saturday, at Customs Scrubs, Bisley, on the body of Miss MARY GOADBY, who cut her throat with a razor. She was a lady who was very educated; but had for some time been in a state of despondency and mental derangement. Verdict, Lunacy. Aug 7. An inquest has been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of HANNAH RUSHDALE, who was killed by the Worcester Mailcoach going over her, near Moreton in Marsh. Verdict, Homicide by Misadventure. Aug 21. On Monday last, GEORGE WINBOW, of the parish of Hawkesbury, in this county, yeoman, was found hanging to the side piece in his chamber. It appeared in evidence, that he had been some time deranged, the Coroner’s jury gave a verdict of Lunacy. Aug 28. The following inquests have been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: On view of the body of ELIZABETH PARKER, a washerwoman, who returned home from her work at Minchinhampton, in apparent good health, and was found a corpse the next morning. Verdict, Died from some Cause Unknown. On the body of Mr GILES BLACKWELL, a young man about 20, who had for some time shewn symptoms of mental derangement, and hanged himself; in which state he was found by his disconsolate parent. Verdict, Lunacy. On the body of WILLIAM HORWOOD, a youth about 10 years of age, who, getting entangled in the machinery, was wound up by the straps of a cylinder, in the clothing manufactory of THOMAS COOPER, Esq. of Stonehouse, and instantly killed, his head being literally crushed to atoms. Verdict, Accidental Death. It is remarkable, that this boy had been discharged but a short time previous to the accident, for carelessly exposing himself to danger, by playing amongst the machinery, but, upon a promise of future attention, in guarding against accidents, he was returned to his former station. At Rodborough, on the body of ELIZABETH HORTON, who was found dead on the bedstead in a room which she occupied. Verdict, Sudden Death from an Unknown Cause. At Horsley, on the body of JOSEPH WEBB, who was killed by a large stone falling upon him, in a quarry where he was at work. Verdict, Accidental Death. Sep 4. On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of HENRY BAYLIS, a child about four years of age, who was murdered by his mother, HANNAH BAYLIS, of Bishops Cleeve, in a violent fit of insanity. It appeared in evidence, that this truly unfortunate woman killed the child by beating out his brains with such violence as entirely to remove the upper part of the scull; and afterwards treated the mangled remains in a way too shocking to relate! She had previously attempted to destroy two others of her children; one by cutting its throat, which only failed from the bluntness of the knife; and the other was happily rescued from her grasp, at the moment when she was going to break his back across a window frame! It was during the confusion occasioned by this awful scene, and before she could be secured, that she murdered the poor innocent first mentioned. The Jury, after a minute investigation, returned a verdict - Homicide in consequence of Lunacy. She will be indicted for the commission of the fact, at the next Assizes, in order that she may be securely confined in future. Sep 18. An inquest was last week held before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS. HODGES, of Woodchester, Shearman, who hung himself to a side piece of timber in the roof of his house. It appeared on evidence, that he had for some time past been in a state of mental derangement, the jury returned a verdict of - Lunacy. Sep 25. An inquest was lately held at Shennington, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. on view of the body of Mr WILLIAM ROSE, an eminent farrier, who in going to bed fell backwards downstairs, and instantly expired from the injury he thereby sustained. Verdict, Accidental Death. An inquest was on Wednesday held in this city, before D Willkey, Esq. on the body of Mr JAMES STOCK (whose death we announced in our last) in consequence of suspicions that his demise was accelerated by the administering of poison; but from the decided opinion of an eminent surgeon, that he died from a gradual and natural decay of the constitution, and there being no evidence to the contrary, the jury returned a verdict - Died by the Visitation of God. Oct 9. A few days since an inquest was taken at Cirencester, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM HORTON, a child about five years of age, who, whilst amusing himself on a chair, fell into a large cauldron in which his mother had just poured a quantity of hot elderberry wine, and was so dreadfully scalded, that he died soon after in excruciating pain. Verdict, Accidental Death. On Wednesday last, another inquest was taken before the same Coroner, at Leachlade, on the body of Mr WILLIAM TOMBS, a respectable farmer, who was accidentally shot on Monday last. The deceased had been shooting, in company with his friend, Mr THOMAS BARR, and, whilst in pursuit of a pheasant, the latter, whose gun was on the cock, struck his foot against the stump of a tree, and fell, with the muzzle of the piece resting on his left arm. At this moment, the gun unfortunately exploded by the shock, and the charge, entering the body of Mr TOMBS, obliquely through the loins on the right side, passed out just below the left collar bone, perforating the heart, and deprived him of life instantly. He has left a widow in the last month of pregnancy, and four small children. Mr BARR has been confined to bed ever since, in a state bordering on delirium, as they were on the most intimate terms. The Jury, which was very respectable, after a melancholy investigation, returned a verdict, Homicide by chance medley. Oct 16. The following inquests were taken last week, before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner: On Monday last, at the Black Boy, near Durdham Down, Bristol, on the body of a new born male child, found dead in a field .... On Thursday, at the parish of Marshfield, on the body of REBECCA GIGG, aged 80 years, who was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire. And on Wednesday, at the parish of Slimbridge, on the body of HANNAH LONG, (daughter of Mr JOHN LONG, of Cambridge, who was killed in consequence of a fall received from a milk carriage the preceding afternoon. Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death. Oct 23. Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Saturday night, at Pitchcombe, on view of the body of CHARLES TEAKLE, who fell from his chair, and, striking his head very violently against the stone floor, he instantly expired. Verdict, Sudden Death from that Cause. Same day, at Frampton, on the body of ANN DAW, a child whose clothes caught fire, from which cause she burnt to death. And, on Tuesday last, at Long Marston, near Stratford on Avon, on the body of ALICE TUFFLEY, a child about 4 years old, whose clothes catching fire, she was so shockingly burnt, that she died soon after. Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death. Oct 30. On Wednesday night, as a poor man, of the name of WILLIAM WALWYN, was returning home from seeing the illuminations at Ross, he unfortunately fell into a quarry, about a mile from that town, where he was found dead the following morning. Nov 6. The following inquests were lately taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Wednesday, at Northleach, on view of the body of ANN WIBLIN, who was found dead by her mistress. She went to bed in perfect health, on the preceding evening. Verdict, Sudden Death. On Friday, at Todenham, near Warwick, on the body of WILLIAM HARRIS, while thrashing in a barn, it is supposed he fell in a fit, to which he was subject, with his face on the heap of corn, which filled his nose and mouth, so as to occasion death by suffocation, no one being present to extricate him from the situation he was in. Verdict, Sudden Death from Suffocation. On Monday evening last, as ANTHONY PAGE, one of the distributors of this paper, was returning home from Cirencester to Bentham, and riding alongside of a waggon, he unfortunately fell from his horse and the wheels of the waggon going over his body, he died in great agony after lingering only a few hours. An inquest was held before D Willey, Esq. when the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. On Saturday night, a man drowned in the river, opposite Redcliffe backs, Bristol. And on Sunday, a fine boy, of nine years of age, the son of Mr WILCOX, cooper, Guinea street, was drowned in Bathurst Basin in Redcliffe. Nov 13. On Saturday morning, the youngest son of Mr WILLIAM URCH, of St Augustine’s Back, Bristol, whilst taking his usual exercise with his hoop, fell into the River Froome, and was unfortunately drowned. Nov 20. A child named DANIEL JACKSON, was, on Thursday night, burnt to death at Framiload, in the parish of Saul, in this county; he was sent to a day school, and whilst the mistress was out of the school-room, the child got to the fire, and was burnt so dreadfully, that he lingered only till the following day. A Coroner’s inquest was held on the body, and the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. Nov 27. On Monday morning, Mr BAKER, a respectable farmer, of Penpark, near Bristol, was found dead in a lane adjoining his own farm; he was a stout man, and supposed to have died in a fit. Dec 4. On Friday, an inquest was taken, at the Star Inn, on the Quay, in this city, before DA Saunders, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD IMMS, labourer, who was taken ill, and died suddenly, in the kitchen of the above house, on the preceding day. Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God. On Thursday morning, Mr YOUNG, farmer and grazier, of Denton, Oxfordshire, was found hanging in a barn at some distance from his house; he had shewn signs of derangement for some time. Dec 18. On Friday night, as some workmen were taking down an old house in the neighbourhood of Portland place, Cheltenham, the end wall suddenly fell, and crushed to death one of the men, and broke the leg of another. Same day, a young girl, of ten years of age, (a daughter of Mr BENFIELD, tailor, of Cheltenham) went into a neighbour’s house, and the tea kettle happening to boil over, she attempted to take it off the fire, when her clothes were immediately in a blaze, and she was burnt in so dreadful a manner, that she died on Tuesday. 1810 Jan 1. On Monday an inquest was taken at Eastington, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS BENNETT, road surveyor, who was drowned in the Stroud Canal. His body, after remaining three weeks in the water, was discovered by a bargeman employed on the navigation. It is conjectured that he must have slipped, and fallen into the canal, where he was seen on the evening of the accident. He was a sober, honest and industrious man; and has left a wife and family to bewail his loss. Verdict, Accidental Death. Jan 8. On Monday last an inquest was held on the body of a farmer’s servant at Apperley, in this county, who was crushed to death by a thrashing machine. Jan 15. On Thursday was committed to our County Gaol, by W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, GABRIEL DOAN, a prisoner of war, at Stapleton, for the wilful murder of JEAN DAMASTOL, his fellow prisoner. Also, SILVAIN OUDARD, another prisoner of war, charged with aiding and abetting in the said murder. Inquests were last week taken, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the bodies of Mr JEREMIAH PRICE, butcher, of Minchinhampton, who, owing to the darkness of the night, fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned, and ANN GARDNER, of North Cerney, found dead in a ditch. Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death. Jan 29. On Monday an inquest was taken at Tetbury, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD HITCHING, carrier, of Cirencester, who, on his return from Bristol, was killed by the waggon wheel going over his head. Verdict, Accidental Death. Feb 19. On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Salperton, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a new born male infant, found, in consequence of the information of its mother, JANE JONES, in the Thames and Severn Canal, where she had placed it, with a cord around its neck, and a large stone tied thereto. It appeared, that she had delivered herself privately, in a field in the parish of Avening, not far distant from her master’s house, where she had lived servant only a few weeks, and that she had carried the infant nearly four miles, in her apron, for the purpose of secreting it. After a patient and minute investigation, the Jury returned a verdict - Wilful Murder. (Mar 19: Acquitted, but 6 months for concealment.). An inquest was taken at Bradford, Wilts., on the body of WILLIAM SMITH, a lad 11 years of age, son of SARAH SMITH, who died on Wednesday in consequence of a wound received by means of a sharp instrument used as a poker, which was thrown by the mother, and stuck in the head of the lad. The Jury returned a Verdict of Wilful Murder against the mother, who is committed for trial at the next assizes. Mar 12. On Thursday last, at Wheatenhurst, THOMAS STAPLETON, a child about seven years of age, fell into the Stroud Navigation Canal, and was instantly drowned. Verdict, Accidental Death. Apr 2. INQUESTS. Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Wednesday, at Eastington, on view of the body of a child about three years of age, named JAMES SHILLY, who was burnt to death, in consequence of his cloaths being caught in the flames, whilst attempting to imitate some boys, in jumping over a bonfire made in the road. And, on Friday, at Shipton Moyne, on the body of a child about two and a half years old, named DANIEL BICKNALL, who was also burnt to death from his cloaths taking fire. Verdict in both cases - Accidental Death. Apr 16. Inquests have recently been held before Wm Trigg, Gent. on view of the bodies of the following persons: At Stonehouse, on PHILIP ASTON, an old man, who fell into the Stroud Navigable Canal, and was drowned. At Frampton, on BENJAMIN ADLUM, who died suddenly from suffocation, occasioned by the immoderate drinking of spirituous liquors. And, at Tetbury, on SARAH BENNETT, who dropped down dead whilst at work at a spinning wheel. Apr 23. DUEL. Mr HENRY SMITH, of Bristol, the gentleman who fought the fatal duel with the late Mr PRIEST, and left this country to join the British armies in Spain, surrendered himself for trial, and was acquitted. Few events have, we believe, excited more attention, or given more general satisfaction. May 21. INQUESTS. The following inquests have been taken before W Joyner, Esq. one of ther Coroners for this county: On Saturday night at Littleton on Severn, on view of the body of Mrs TAYLOR, wife of Mr WILLIAM TAYLOR, of that place, who fell from her chair in a fit, and expired immediately. Same day, at Olvestone, on the body of ROBERT JONES, a pauper, who was found dead in a privy. Verdict in each case, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God. On Monday last, in the parish of St Philip’s, Bristol, on the body of ANN WOORE, aged 22, who died from poison. It appeared in evidence that she had been driven, by the rigour of poverty and want, to commit the horrid act of suicide. On Thursday, at Newington Bagpath, on the body of ANN, wife of ROBERT TROTMAN, who hung herself to a side piece in the roof of their dwelling, in the absence of her husband. Verdict, in the last two cases, Lunacy. Jun 4. The following inquests were lately taken before D Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county: At Woodmancote, in the parish of Bishops Cleeve, on view of the body of GEORGE GUY, who was assisting in taking down part of an old house, when the beam and partition falling on him, he was killed on the spot. Verdict, Accidental Death. At Yanworth, on the body of JOHN SMITH, shepherd to Mrs EDWARDS, who was found hanging in a hole which he had cut in a rick in an adjoining field to secure himself from the inclemency of the weather. Verdict, Lunacy. On Wednesday evening, as some children were playing in a boat on the river, at our quay, one of them, a son of a bargeman named WILKES, unfortunately fell overboard, and was drowned. Coroner’s Verdict, Accidental Death. Jul 2. On Friday an inquisition was taken at Cheltenham, before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of ROBERT WAGSTAFF, who hanged himself the preceding day. Verdict, Lunacy. On Friday night an inquest was taken at Shennington, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM ASKEW, a corporal of the 35th regiment of foot, who died of the injury he received in a pitched battle with one NATHANIEL FRENCH, a recruit, belonging to the same corps. The quarrel arose at a wake. The corporal was thrown during the third round; when a blood vessel of the brain was ruptured by the fall, as well as the spinal marrow injured; in consequence of which he soon afterwards became delirious at intervals, and died within the space of forty eight hours. Verdict, Manslaughter. Jul 16. On Thursday an inquest was taken at Elmore, near this city, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS RAVENHILL, a fine, promising boy, about eight years of age, son of Mr WILLIAM RAVENHILL, of the Back, who, whilst at play in a boat on the Severn, fell overboard, and was drowned. Verdict, Accidental Death. A few days since, Mr ISAAC BENDALL, a respectable farmer, of Wapley, near Sodbury, in this county, in the prime of life, was thrown from his horse, and so injured in his head, that he died the next day. Jul 23. On Thursday, a bargeman, of the name of BATES, who resided in this city, was unfortunately drowned in the river Severn, near Framiload. He was employed with others, in rowing a canal boat coming up with the flood tide, when, his oar breaking, he was precipitated overboard, and his companions were unable to render him the smallest assistance. We have not heard that the body has yet been found. He has left a wife and three children. Jul 30. On Wednesday the body of JOHN BATES, mentioned in our last to have been drowned in the Severn, near Framiload, was picked up; and on Thursday an inquest was taken, before D Willey, Esq. when the jury returned a Verdict, Accidental Death. Jul 30. On Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Cirencester, before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of WILLIAM JONES, a sergeant in the 36th regiment of foot, who was supposed to have poisoned himself; but no circumstances appearing to justify the suspicion, a verdict was given - Died by the Visitation of God. Aug 6. On Tuesday, an inquest was taken at Hatherup, before Wm Trigg, Gent. coroner, on view of the body of SARAH SOLLIS, found immersed in a spring of water, in a remote part of a wood in that parish, where she had drowned herself on the 1st of July, and had lain unperceived until Monday last. Verdict, Lunacy. Sep 17. MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. On Friday night, about eight in the evening, the coach which runs between Thornbury and Bristol, in descending Alverstone hill (near the former place) was, by the breaking of the pole, overturned and the whole of the passengers, six inside and four out, in some degree hurt. Mr DANIEL WHITE, a respectable inhabitant of Blakeney, who was outside, was taken up nearly lifeless, and expired in a few hours! Mrs WHITE was inside, and a truly sorrowful spectator of the awful scene, but was not herself materially injured. Mr SHILL, of Thornbury, had his leg broken, and ankle put out of joint, but the others have nearly recovered their bruises. The coach was not going at a violent rate, but unluckily had one wheel locked. Oct 1. On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Bisley, before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of ELIZABETH HAYWARD, an infant, who had gathered, and eaten, some berries of the deadly night-shade, and died in consequence, after suffering a short time under severe convulsions. Verdict, Death from a deleterious substance taken independently. The following were taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner: At Almondsbury hill, on view of the body of Mrs ANN SHILL, aged 65, found dead in a shed in her garden, supposed to have been killed by lightning during the thunderstorm on Saturday night. At Mangotsfield, on the body of ELIZABETH WEBSTER, aged near three years, burnt to death by her clothes taking fire in the absence of her parents. At Coaley, on the body of JOHN HIGGINS, rug maker, killed on the spot by falling from a gate, on his return home intoxicated the preceding night. Verdict in each case, Accidental Death. Oct 8. On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Kings Stanley, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of MARY BRINKWORTH, who was found dead in her apartments, supposed to have been occasioned by falling upon the stone floor, in a hysteric fit. Verdict, Sudden Death. Oct 29. INQUESTS. Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Saturday night, at Turkdean, near Northleach, on view of the body of WILLIAM TAYLOR, who hanged himself on a beam in his bedroom, on the preceding Thursday. Verdict, Lunacy. And on Tuesday last, at Stonehouse, on the body of THOMAS BIRT, who fell into a brook, in a state of intoxication, and was drowned. Verdict, Accidental Death. Nov 5. Taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county: On Monday last, at the parish of Horton, on view of the body of JAMES BUTLER, (aged seven) who was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire in the absence of his parents. Verdict, Accidental Death. On Tuesday, at Dowry square, Clifton, near Bristol, on the body of a new born male child, found secreted in a coal hole the preceding Sunday. After an investigation of eight hours, the Jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder, against SARAH LEECH, single woman, the mother of the said child; and she stands committed for trial, at the next assizes for this county. On Thursday, at Brockweir, on the River Wye, on the body of Mr JOHN PAGE, a respectable farmer, who was killed on the spot, by falling in one of his fields, the preceding Monday. Verdict, Accidental Death. On Thursday, an inquest was taken at Corse, near this city, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of CHARLOTTE CHAMBERLAIN, a child about three years of age, who was burnt to death, on Tuesday, in consequence of being left alone in the house. Verdict, Accidental Death. A few days ago, as JOHN FRYER, a poor man of the parish of Westbury, was returning home, apparently in perfect health, he dropped suddenly to the ground, and instantly expired. Nov 19. On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at the New Lodge Inn, in the parish of Minchinhampton, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOSEPH PEGLAR, a fine youth, about 18 years of age, whose death was occasioned by a rather singular accident. He was attempting to fire a pistol, which, as it would not remain upon the cock, he discharged by the application of a fire stick to the priming; when, the charge being rammed down with great force, the piece rebounded with such violence, as to cut his eye out, separate his jawbone, and fracture his skull, in consequence of which he died in a few minutes, a horrid spectacle. Verdict, Accidental Death. Inquests taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner: On Monday, at Mangotsfield, on view of the body of WILLIAM MARMON, labourer, who was killed on the spot on the Saturday preceding, by a loaded cart going over his head; he has left a wife and six small children to lament his loss. On Tuesday, at Sandford, near Lydney, on the body of RICHARD PHILLIPS, aged 14 years, found drowned on Lydney New Grounds, on the morning of Sunday last. Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death. And, on Wednesday, at Beverstone, near Tetbury on the body of RICHARD GABB, aged 11 years, found dead on Sunday morning, at the door of a cottage, supposed to have died by bad treatment from his fellow servant, on their return home from Cirencester, with a waggon loaded with wheat. After a very full investigation, (the body being first opened,) the jury returned a Verdict, Died through the Inclemency of the Weather, and not from any injury received whatsoever. Dec 24. Taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Wednesday, at Barnsley, on view of the body of THOMAS SYROD, aged 60, who had lived 29 years as gardener, in the family of JAMES MUSGRAVE, Esq. of Barnsley Park, and was killed by a tree falling on him. And, on Friday, at Cheltenham, on the body of MARIA MOODY, a child about 5 years of age, daughter of Mr MOODY, builder, who was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire, whilst left alone in the house, with another child of about the same age, by a woman under whose care they were placed. The other child was also much burnt. Verdicts, Accidental Death. Dec 31. On Saturday night, at Frampton on Severn, on view of the body of CHARLES WYLES, who was killed by falling from the top of a high ladder, whilst nailing a piece of timber in a barn; his skull was fractured, and he was otherwise so much injured, that he survived the accident but a very short time. And, on Thursday, at Piffs Elm, in the parish of Elmstone Hardwicke, on the body of THOMAS DOWERS, carter, who was killed by a loaded waggon going over his head, he being intoxicated, and falling under the wheel. Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

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