Hamilton Spectator

Deaths 1849


January 3, 1849


SMITH - Died in Kingston, on Thursday morning, the 29th December, at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Pope, Miss Elizabeth Smith, third daughter of Doctor John Smith, of Oxford, England.


WILLIAMS – Died in the Township of Sophiasburg, on the 3rd ultimo, Mrs. Mary Williams, and on the 11th ultimo, Mr. William Williams - husband and wife. They were a respectable family of the old settlers of the country; the former was 78 years of age and the latter, 79.


CULLEN - (Montreal) An aged woman named Mrs. Cullen fell on Christmas morning over the parapet, or revetment, wall of the wharf opposite O'Reilly's tavern and was killed. Her neck had been broken and when found some hours afterwards, the body was stiff in death. An inquest was held on the remains and a verdict of "accidental death" returned.


January 6, 1849


CUMMINGS - Died of inflammation of the lungs, on Wednesday, the 3rd instant, at the residence of her son in this place, Mrs. Alice Cummings, aged 56 years, for many years a resident of Montreal.


WILLSON - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Anna, eldest daughter of Mr. John Willson, grocer and flour merchant, aged 16 years.


DRAUKE - Died at her residence, St. Thomas, Canada West, Margaret, relict of the late Captain William Drauke, in the 81st year of her age. The deceased was born in Orange County, State of New York, in the year 1768, and came to Canada in 1797, where she always resided until the time of her death, which occurred on Sunday, December 3, 1848, after a long and severe illness which she bore with Christian fortitude.


January 10, 1849


MURPHY - Died in this city, yesterday, Mr. Humphrey Murphy, late of the Union Inn, John street, aged 31.


January 13, 1849


MCBRIDE - Died in London, on Thursday morning, the 4th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Samuel McBride, aged 27.

January 13, 1849


JONES - It is with much regret we announce the death of William Jones, Esq., for many years register of this County. The melancholy occurrence took place on last Sunday evening at half past nine o'clock. The venerable gentleman had arrived at the age of 76 years, was highly and deservedly respected, and his loss will be deeply deplored.


DUNCAN - Died on Thursday morning, the 11th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, after an illness of eight days, Mr. Charles Duncan, aged 43 years, deeply regretted by a numerous circle of acquaintances.


BOSTWICK - Died on Wednesday, the 3rd instant, Mr. Gideon Bostwick, crier of the court, at London, C.W.


TAYLOR - Died at Smithville, on the 1st instant, of consumption, Mrs. Louisa Taylor, aged 32 years.


January 17, 1849


BICKERTON - Died in great peace, on the 5th instant, at her residence, Portsmouth, near Kingston, in the 54th year of her age, Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. Francis Bickerton.


LORMIER - Died at Tynepark, Haddington, on the 9th ultimo, the Rev. Robert Lormier, L.L.D., in his 84th year, the father of the Free Church of Scotland.


BOSTWICK - An appalling case of murder and suicide occurred at Port Stanley on Friday last. A Mr. George Bostwick, in a fit of temporary insanity caused by a long course of intemperance, murdered his wife and one of his children in a most shocking manner, and afterwards cut his own throat. Bostwick perpetrated the horrible deed on his wife and child with a sort of poker, having struck the unfortunate lady so violently that the brains issued from the side of her head. After Bostwick had committed the murder, he fastened up all the doors and was seen by a neighbour through one of the windows cutting his throat. Four of the wretched man's children had escaped from the house while he was killing the mother and younger child. A coroner's inquest has been held and you can no doubt see the verdict. Mr. George Bostwick was the son of Col. John Bostwick, connected with a great number of respectable families in Western Canada to whom this will be a terrible shock.


RILEY - (Streetsville) On Saturday last, a man named Riley, who was employed by Mr. Snewer as a sawyer in his mill, a short distance above Churchville in this township, while in the act of turning a new log with a canthook, suddenly slipped backward, with his head striking a log immediately behind him produced a concussion of the brain of which he died a few hours afterward.

He was an industrious and sober man, and has left a wife and three children who were dependent upon his daily labour for their support.


O'FLAHERTY - (Quebec) On Saturday night last between eleven and twelve o'clock, a fire broke out in a wooden store in St. Paul street, owned by the heirs of the late Dr. Racey and occupied as a grainstore by Messrs. Menard and Gauthier. The fire companies were promptly on the spot, but unfortunately, the supply of water was again deficient, the tide being out at the time. It was, however, obtained, as on the last occasion, from the Upper Town market and from Mr. Boswell's brewery, but it was found impossible to save the premises in which the fire broke out...The most melancholy part of the affair was the death of a young man named John O'Flaherty who had gone into the store to assist in saving the property and it is supposed that he suffocated in the attempt. The deceased was by trade a tailor and was much respected in the neighbourhood where he resided. He was about 24 years of age, was unmarried, and lived with his parents in Sault a Morelo Street. The funeral will take place this afternoon at half past three o'clock.


AUSTIN - An inquest was held on Tuesday last before Capt. Bridgford, coroner, at a house on Yonge Street, about ten miles from the city, on the body of a young man named George Austin. He had been engaged the same morning in chopping cordwood in the bush in company with two friends. One of these, named Harper, had chopped a tree which became entangled with another in falling. He then felled a third tree in such a manner that by its fall it might dislodge the first and bring it to the ground which is the usual resource in such cases. Before completing his cut, he gave due notice to the deceased who was near engaged in splitting short lengths. Deceased retreated as far as seemed necessary, but unfortunately begun to return too soon, for the fallen trees had left a branch dangling in the top of that against which they had leant, which descended just then striking the young man on the head and prostrating him on the ground. The others ran to his assistance, but little dreaming of the extent of the mischief which had occurred as the branch was by no means large, hardly larger, one of the witnesses said, than a man might catch up to strike a horse with. On raising him, he imperfectly uttered the words "Oh dear", the last which fell from him. He lingered, however, for almost half an hour, and expired in the arms of Harper, whilst the other man was running to procure assistance. His skull was found to be frightfully fractured in the flat part of the crown, a piece of bone being driven in. The branch, though small, had descended from a great height, falling plumb, and striking him with a piercing snag, as was evidenced by the blood and hair adhering to it...He was 22 years old, Irish, and a Catholic, and well educated, having been at home designed for the Priesthood. Few young men could he more exemplary in conduct, or a greater favourite with their friends. It was touching to see his

stalwart companion weeping over his corpse as a child weeps over a bitter affliction. Harper, to whom he was related, had sent him last year a sum of money to enable him to come over from Ireland. A verdict of accidental death was returned.


January 24, 1849


HATT - Died at the residence of John O. Hatt, Esq., in this city, on Tuesday, the 23rd instant, Miss Mary Hatt, aged 82 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Thursday) at two o'clock.


January 27, 1849


RICHARDSON - Died at Galt, on Wednesday, the 17th instant, Maryanne, wife of Dr. Richardson, of congestive fever.


STERLING - Died in Chatham, on Thursday last, the 10th instant, after a lingering illness, Mr. Mathew M. Sterling, aged 34 years, leaving a beloved wife and a child to mourn his loss, and much regretted by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances. The deceased was an esteemed member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, M.U., of that town, by which Body his mortal remains were accompanied to their final resting place.


MARKHAM - Died in Kingston, on Sunday last, the 21st instant, Anthony Markham, Esq., aged 55 years. He had long been a resident of Kingston, and representative in the Upper Canada Parliament of the County of Hastings. After the Union, he was the first Representative of the city of Kingston in the Provincial Parliament.


February 3, 1849


MURNEY - Died at Belleville, on the 22nd ultimo, Edward, second son of Edward Murney, Esq., aged 2 years and 10 months.


PHILIPS - Died at the parsonage, Weston, River Humber, on the morning of Tuesday last, January 23rd, the Rev. Thomas Philips, D.D., in his 68th year.


ABEL - One day last week, John Abel, miller, an old resident

of the village of St. David's, accidentally fell into the millpond at that place, and was drowned.


DORIS - On Thursday last, Mr. Francis Doris, innkeeper, formerly of Queenston, but latterly of Thorold, died very suddenly. He had been riding about the village for some time, after which he went into Water's Tavern and seated himself, placing his elbows on a table before him and his face in the palms of his hands. Mr. Waters roused him once, but as the deceased seemed angry, he let

him remain in that position for some time, and on going to him again, found that he was dead. Dr. Ironsides was called in, but all attempts at resuscitation were in vain. An inquest was held on the body by Peter Keefer, Esq., coroner, and the verdict of the jury was "Died in a fit of apoplexy".


LOWE - Died suddenly on the morning of Saturday last, the 27th ultimo, Dr. Joseph Lowe, late M.R.C.S.L. and L.A.C.L. It is with much regret that we make this announcement. In him were united great skill in his profession, kindness in disposition, and an unassuming demeanour. Yesterday a large concourse followed his body to the tomb, and he was buried with Odd Fellows by the Niagara Lodge.

(Niagara) On Saturday morning last, the community of Niagara were shocked with a report that Dr. Lowe was dead, and on enquiry, the report proved but too true. He had been ailing for two or three days in consequence of having taken cold when visiting a patient in the rain on Wednesday previous, but no importance was attached to it by himself or friends. He prescribed for himself as for bronchitis. On Saturday morning he shaved and breakfasted, and said that he was better, but all at once he fell back and expired without a struggle. Dr. Lowe's professional abilities were of the first order, and no medical man possessed to a higher degree the confidence of those who were under his care. He came to this country from Sheffield in England, and settled here soon after Dr. Hoder left for Toronto, and has had an extensive and successful practice. Dr. Lowe was in the vigour of life and faculty, we believe about 48 years of age, and his decease is deeply and generally regretted.


FORSYTH - On Thursday last, Mr. William Forsyth, a respectable farmer in the Township of Willoughby, when on his way with a load of pork for a lumbering firm on the Grand River, came to Tice's Bridge in the Township of Gainsborough. This like too many of the bridges of the Niagara District was unfortunately down, and Mr. Forsyth had, in consequence, to make a circuit, in doing which, and while descending a steep hill, his wagon from some cause or other, upset and falling on him instantly, deprived him of life. An inquest was held on the body by John McCulloch, Esq., Coroner, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. The deceased leaves a wife and fourteen children to lament their loss. This shocking accident can hardly fail to awaken the District Council to a sense of their duty with respect to the improvement of the bridges.


February 7, 1849

SPROULE - An inquest was held in Dundas on Monday forenoon before Dr. Mitchell, one of the coroners for the District, on the body of a young man named Sproule in the employment of William Dixon, Esq., of Dundas. It appears that deceased, who was subject to periodical fits of insanity, was found quite dead early in the morning in the cellar of the store in which

he was employed. The verdict of the jury was that death had been produced by delirium tremens. We fear that these dreadful words are coming so generally into use in England and Canada that their foreign origin will he forgotten and that they will soon be viewed by the most illiterate as part and parcel of their mother tongue.


MCDONALD - (Huron) On Sunday last an impressive funeral sermon was preached in the Scotch Church in this town by the Rev. Alexander McKid, before the Goderich Lodge of the Independent Order of Oddfellows and a large congregation on the melancholy death of Mr. Thomas McDonald who is the first member removed by death since the formation of the Lodge. The young man, only twenty years of age and the picture of health and strength, left here for the eastern townships early in the month as deputy for his uncle, John McDonald, Esq., Sheriff of the District. The deceased was attacked with inflammation of the lungs on the 9th ultimo, which having assumed a typhoid character, carried him off after a short illness. Whilst his firmness, activity, and obliging manners had rendered him an efficient public officer, his amiability of disposition had endeared him to a large circle of acquaintances by whom his loss is greatly regretted.


BOWEN - Died in this city, on Monday, 5th February, Mary, the beloved wife of Major Arthur

Bowen of this city, formerly of Prendergast and Ambleston, in the County of Pembroke, South Wales, aged 37.


February 10, 1849


WIDDER - Died on the evening of Saturday, February 3rd, at the residence of her father, Lyndhurst, near Toronto, of Scarlet Fever, Edith, second daughter of Frederick Widder, Esq., chief commissioner of the Canada Company, aged 11 years.


CORNWALL - Died on Monday, the 22nd ultimo, at his residence in Thamesville, Nathan Cornwall, Esq., postmaster of that place, aged about 48 years. Mr. Cornwall had been twice elected to represent the County of Kent in the Provincial Parliament and was for many years in the commission of the Peace in that District.


February 14, 1849


CONNOR - An inquest was held at Weston on the 24th ultimo before J. Aeland de la Hooke, Esq., coroner, on the body of Thomas Connor who some days previously, while in a state of intoxication had been severely burnt. From the evidence adduced, it appeared that the deceased lived lately entirely alone and has been drinking very freely since New Year's Day, that he was seen carrying wood and some fire into his house, and about a quarter

of an hour afterwards he was observed lying in the road with his clothes on fire. Verdict: accidental death induced by habits of intemperance. The jury in recording their verdict expressed their regret at the facilities afforded in securing spirituous liquors and their disapprobation of the conduct of those that vend them to individuals in a state of intoxication.


O'BRIEN - We regret to learn that a son of Mr. John O'Brien of Mountain came to his death under the following circumstances. Being in company with an elder brother logging, the deceased was holding one end of a log upon a heap whilst the oxen which they were using hitched to the other end, and in starting, the log suddenly jerked around striking the poor lad on the left temple, and causing instantaneous death. The boy was about 14 years of age.


BROWN - On Saturday last, a coroner's inquest was held on the body of George Brown in the Township of Marysburgh by Thomas Moore, Esq., one of the coroners of this District. Deceased had formerly been much given to drinking, but had left it off during the winter, and for some time past appeared melancholy and taciturn. On Thursday afternoon he told his wife that he was going out to put the horses in the stable, and not returning during the night, a search was instituted by the neighbours on Friday. He was found on Saturday morning in the woods near his own house lying on his face with his throat cut and a razor in his hand. The coroner in charging the jury gave it as his opinion as a medical man that deceased was decidedly in a state of mental aberration, melancholy being a certain state or stage of insanity. Verdict that deceased committed suicide in a fit of insanity. Fifteen persons were sworn on the jury, fourteen of whom signed the inquisition, the foreman holding out for "willful self-murder".


February 17, 1849


OLIVER - Died in Kingston, on the 11th February, George Handel, son of Mr. Oliver, band master XXth Regiment, aged 4 years.


MUTTLEBURY - Died in Toronto, on Monday, the 5th instant, Rutherford Muttlebury, Esq., barrister-at-law, of that city, aged 35.


FERRIE - Died at Preston, on the 5th instant, after a lingering illness, which he bore with exemplary patience, Adam Ferrie, jun., Esq., second son of the Hon. Adam Ferrie.


MOORE - Mr. Nelson Moore of Chinguacousy, met his death in a very melancholy manner on the 5th instant. He was conveying home a load of lumber when by some accident or other, his head was thrown under the runner of the sleigh which, passing over him, caused instant death. Mr. Moore was a respectable and industrious member of society, and has left a widow and four children to mourn over his untimely fate.

February 17, 1849


KIRKPATRICK - Mr. William Kirkpatrick, tailor, native of County Tyrone, died very suddenly in the Inn, at Hornby, on Saturday, the 10th instant. Mr. K. had put up at the Inn all night and when called for breakfast next morning by Mr. Lindsay, the landlord, he moved to the kitchen where, after standing some minutes by the stove, he dropped down and instantaneously expired. An inquest was held on the afternoon of the same day before J. Jarvis. Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury. The verdict was "Died by the visitation of God". Deceased had not been drinking on the morning of his death.


February 21, 1849


STEVENSON - Died in this city, on Monday last, Mrs. John Stevenson, aged 38.


BUCHANAN - Died at Drummondville, on the 16th instant, of scarlet fever, Joseph Hardcastle Buchanan, aged 2 years, eldest son of W. Oliver Buchanan, Esq., and grandson of H.M. consul at New York.


BETHUNE - Died at Toronto, on the 8th instant, Louisa Bethune, daughter of Angus Bethune, Esq., aged 22 years.


February 24, 1849


COLEMAN - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Mrs. Coleman, relict of the late Thomas Coleman, Esq., of Paris.


DUNBAR - The remains of the late Dr. Dunbar of Goderich reached Galt on Sunday from Sir Allan MacNab's cemetery in Hamilton where they had been deposited since June. Our readers will remember that it was the earnest wish of the doctor on his deathbed, as throughout his life, that his remains should be deposited in the midst of a people he so much loved. In accordance with his wish, his body was enclosed in a leaden coffin and sent off on shipboard from Lacnine to Hamilton a few days after his death. Some parties in Montreal, it is said, having a desire to obtain a cast of the Doctor's head for phrenological purposes, it obtained access to the atmosphere. The consequence was that by the time the body reached Hamilton the weather being very hot, it was in such a state of decomposition as to render it impossible to be carried further, and it was for a time consigned to the earth in the family vault of Sir Allan MacNab. The intense severity of the present weather and the excellent opportunity of carrying the body by sleigh to Goderich tempted the relatives to make an effort to remove it which they successfully accomplished. The remains as we before stated reached Galt on Sunday at noon, and remained at

the Queen's Arms Hotel till Monday. They were attended by Mr. Moderwell and Mr. Story of Goderich and by a lady connected with the deceased. At Mid-day on Monday, they departed for Goderich which it was arranged they should reach on Tuesday, and where great preparations were being made to receive them with the respect to a man of such eminent attainments and generous character.


February 28, 1849


NEGUS - Died on the 16th instant, Eleanor Louisa, youngest daughter of Mr. Negus, aged 3 years.


LITTLE - On Thursday, the 15th current, a most melancholy and fatal accident occurred to Mr. William P. Little, farmer, in Blenheim, and son of Mr. John Little, sen., of East Dumfries. It appears he had been engaged during the day feeding into a thrashing machine at work in his own barn. About two o'clock in the afternoon, he was in the act of putting through some loose wheat chaff, etc. which requires, as even any inexperienced observer can understand, to be pushed forward towards the cylinder with the hands, and while engaged in doing so, the mitten he wore on his right hand in some way or other came off and was also about to pass through the machine along with the rest of the loose stuff, when he unfortunately attempted to regain it, and for this purpose made a grasp at it just as it was disappearing.

The grievous consequence was that his hand, the right one, and forearm were instantly caught by the spikes of the revolving drum and smashed to pieces in a moment, the poor fellow's flesh and sinews being actually impaled and twisted amongst the iron spikes and the bones thus fearfully shattered were to be seen demolished into short pieces lying about in all directions amongst the straw. The cylinder was actually brought to a stand by the resistance thus offered before the horses were stopped, and yet the poor brave fellow had the presence of mind even while in the horrible predicament to tell John Murray, his brother-in-law, near by him, where he could find an axe wherewith to out some of the framework and so to relieve him. A brief time elapsed before he could be extricated and conveyed to bed in his house, during which and afterward, he lost an immense deal of blood. Drs McGeorge and Scott arrived some considerable time afterwards and decided upon amputating the arm, which was done immediately above the elbow. No hopes were entertained of his recovery; the extreme severity of the shock was more that any constitution could stand. Still he complained of nothing except cold in his limbs, although it was believed some serious injuries bad been received internally and otherwise, such as the violent tension of the cords or sinews affecting the body, as well as contusions on the side, etc. He lingered until about half past 2 o'clock on the Friday afternoon when he expired exactly 24 hours after his receiving the injury, leaving a wife and young family to lament his untimely end.

March 10, 1849


STANTON - Died at Simcoe, on the 28th ultimo, of scarlet fever, Andrew Geddes, eldest son of F. G. Stanton, Esq., aged 4 years and 6 months.


HALL - Died at Niagara, at midnight, on Wednesday last, after a brief illness, universally regretted, Charles L. Hall, Esq., barrister-at-law, aged 36 years. Deceased studied with the late Charles Richardson, Esq., and after being admitted to the bar, by close application to business, punctuality in his transactions, and professional integrity, acquired an extensive and lucrative practice. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn the loss they have sustained.


WEESNEY - An unfortunate man named Jacob Weesney of Windham came to his death in a shocking manner on Saturday night last. While in a state of intoxication, he is supposed to have laid himself down upon a coal-pit to which he was attending, and was suffocated by the fumes. When found, he was horribly burned, and altogether the body presented a frightful appearance. Deceased was upwards of sixty years of age. An inquest was held before R. Gundry, Esq., and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts.


JOHNSON - Another melancholy accident, resulting in the death of a steady, industrious young man named Mathew Johnson, occurred in the Township of Peel on the 20th ultimo. The deceased was at the time in the employ of Mr. Magee, farmer, in that township, and was engaged on the day in question in felling trees with two of Mr. Magee's sons. It appears from the evidence taken on the inquest held by Dr. Finlayson, coroner, that the three were at the same time cutting or chopping one large tree, and that when it was falling, they all ran off (the deceased was behind the others) and that a branch of another tree was broken off and struck the deceased while in the act of running, on the back of the head and killed him on the spot. The deceased was unmarried, and was but 20 years of age, an Irishman, and bore an excellent character. The frequency of these accidents should make people in the Bush and clearing lands more careful.


March 14, 1849


HARLEY - Died on Saturday, the 2nd instant, at the Brothers' Hotel, in Toronto, after a lingering and painful illness, Charles Harley, aged 25 years and 9 months.


GUNN - Died at London, Canada West, in the 32nd year of his age, of inflammation of the brain, consequent upon concussion, Arthur John, youngest son of the late Rev. Robert Gunn, minister of the Parish of Latheron, Caithness-shire, Scotland.

March 17, 1849


BURNELL - Died on the 16th ultimo, in Aberdeenshire, Sir T. Burnell.


CAVENDISH - Died on the 13th ultimo, at Leixlip Castle, Ireland, the Hon. G. Cavendish.


PALK - On the 15th Ultimo, in London, Lady Elizabeth Palk, the daughter of the first Earl of Lisburn.


WALSH - Died on the 18th ultimo, in London, the Right Rev. Dr. Walsh, Roman Catholic Bishop of Cambysopolis, and Vicar General of the London District.


DONEGAL - Died on the 6th ultimo, in London, The Dowager Marchioness of Donegal.


NUGENT - Died lately, the Hon. H. T. Nugent, son of the Earl of Westminster, and heir-presumptive of the Marquisate.


SWINBURN - Died lately, at Innspruck, Austria, Lieut. General Baron Swinburn, formerly Chamberlain to the ex-Emperor of Austria.


SHAW - Died on the 7th ultimo, at the Isle of Wight, W. D. Shaw, Esq., late of Calcutta.


BRIDGEWATER - Died on the 11th ultimo, in Hertfordshire, the Countess of Bridgewater.


FAWCETT - Died on the 14th instant, Thomas Edward Fawcett, Esq., Captain and Adjutant of the 1st incorporated Battalion of Upper Canada, aged 43 years, deeply lamented by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Captain Fawcett was a native of Kiddermaster, Worcestershire, England, had served 19 years in the British Army, and was the son of Captain James Fawcett, 25th Light Dragoons. His friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend his funeral from his place of residence, Township of Barton, to the place of interment at Christ's Church upon Sunday, the 18th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.


PALMER - Died at Butternuts, Oswego County, N.Y., March 1st, Mr. Erastus Henry Palmer, aged 21 years, nephew of Mr. N. Palmer, of Kingston. The deceased resided in that city from young boyhood until a few months past, and by his unassuming manners and exercise of an invariably kind disposition, endeared himself to all with whom he was acquainted.


POWELL - Died at her residence in York Street, Toronto, on Friday, the 9th instant, in the 94th year of her age, Anne, relict of the Hon. William Dammer Powell, for many years Chief Justice of the Province of Upper Canada.

March 17, 1849


THORBURN - We deeply regret to learn that James Thorburn, Esq., one of the representatives of the Township of Oneida, in the Gore District Council, was killed by the fall of a tree on his farm on Saturday last.


March 21, 1849


THOMAS - Died on the 27th February, at Danby House, Stamford, aged 26 years, the Rev. J. Lloyd Thomas, eldest son of the Rev. Lewellan Thomas, Newport Rectory, Haverford West, Pembrokeshire, South Wales.


HUTT - Died at his residence in Drummondvi11e, on the 23rd ultimo, after a long and protracted illness, deeply regretted by all who knew him, Frederick Hutt, Esq., aged 46 years.


March 28, 1849


MCNABB - Died in Montreal, on the 14th instant, Mrs. Catharine McNabb (mother of Mr. McNabb, Crown lands Department), aged 80 years, native of Fort Augustus, Inverness-shire, Scotland, from which she emigrated in 1785.


FORREST - Died on the 21st instant, of a lingering illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude, Eliza Jane, eldest daughter of the late Mr. William Forrest, Trafalgar, aged 24 years.


FELL - Died in Toronto, on the 19th instant, Emma, wife of Mr. Frederick Fell, printer, aged 36 years.


BADENACH - Died in Toronto, on the 19th instant, Mr. Alexander Badenach, aged 41 years.


BROWN - Died in West Dearborn, Michigan, on the 19th instant, of consumption, Catharine E., wife of G.V. Brown, Commercial Editor of the "Buffalo Commercial Advertiser", aged 25 years.


April 4, 1849


DAILY - Died on Saturday morning, the 31st ultimo, at his residence, King Street West, Mr. William Daily, aged 47, one of the eldest inhabitants of Hamilton, much and deservedly regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


SAUNDERS - Died in this city, on Monday last, Jane, infant daughter of Mr. Duncan Saunders, aged 12 months.

April 11, 1849


WATSON - (Toronto) At an early hour on Saturday morning, a rumour became prevalent that one of the printers had been unable to escape from our Printing Office (The Patriot), and Mr. Watson, being missing, it was surmised that he had perished in the burning mass. It was impossible to withdraw any of the engines while the dreadful work of devastation was going forward, but as soon as possible, exertions were made to clear away the ruins. The cellars were nearly filled with the red-hot bricks and quicklime, so that it was a considerable time before they could be cleared away. At last, a small portion of a human body was found, but nothing with it by which it was possible to identify it. An inquest was immediately held by Mr. Duggan, the coroner. The only witness examined was Alex Jacques who stated that he, with Mr. Watson, was busy in the upper printing office(the fourth story) when he became fearful of the consequence of remaining longer, and called out to Mr. Watson that it was time to be gone to which Mr. Watson replied "It is time enough". Jacques descended the first flight of stairs and looking round saw a rush of smoke suddenly following him. He got out of the building as fast as possible, and stated he thought Mr. Watson was upstairs. A person escaped out of a window from the second story. A ladder had been placed against one of the windows of the upper story. In the course of the morning, he heard that Mr. Watson had perished in the "Patriot" office.

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the foregoing facts.

The remains of the unfortunate and highly respected individual were conveyed to his residence in a shell after the inquest. It would be impossible to describe the distraction and anguish of the bereaved widow and family suddenly deprived of their support and protector.

The funeral will take place to-day at 4 p.m.


April 14, 1849


MOORE - Died in this city, on Wednesday, Mrs. J. F. Moore, after a short but severe illness, aged 32 years. The funeral will take place this afternoon at half past three o'clock.


HILLS - On Wednesday, in this city, Mrs. H. H. Hills, relict of the late Mr. Horace H. Hills, the funeral will take place this forenoon at eleven o'clock.


WEEKS - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Thomas Hamilton, infant son of Mr. H. Weeks, aged 15 months.


April 18, 1849


MOORE - We have been requested to state that the Rev. Dr. Richey will preach a sermon in the Wesley Chapel, John Street, on Sunday evening on the decease of Mrs. J. F. Moore, at 6:30 p.m.

April 21, 1849


OMAND - Died on Wednesday night last, Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. William Omand, in the 20th year of her age. This is the fourth death in the family within three months, Mr. Omand having lost three sons previously.


April 28, 1849


DODSWORTH - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Matilda, wife of Mr. J. H. Dodsworth, aged 32 years. The funeral of the deceased will take place this afternoon at half past four o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.


BOYD - Died on the 11th instant of scarlatina, aged 10 years and 3 months, Henry Simon Boyd, youngest son of William Boyd, Chinguacousy.


LISTER - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Thomasine, infant daughter of Joseph Lister, Esq.


GRIFFIN - Died of cholera, on board the ship "Architect", on the passage from New Orleans to San Francisco, Cornelius B. Griffin, aged 42 years, of the Clifton House, Niagara Falls.


MACAULAY - Died on Wednesday, the 18th of April, in the 43rd year of her age, Anne Catharine, the beloved wife of the Rev. William Macaulay, rector of Saint Mary Magdalen's Church, Picton.


May 12, 1849


BEASLEY - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, David C. Beasley, Esq., in his 54th year.


May 16, 1849


SUTER - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mrs. Frederick Suter.


May 19, 1849


ROBERTSON - Died at Goderich, on the 4th instant, aged seven years, Amelia, daughter of Alexander Robertson, Esq.


May 23, 1849


GOODBERLOT - On the 17th ultimo, an inquest was held by James Willson, gentleman, one of the coroners for the District, on the body of John Goodberlot, at his late residence on lot 8, the 2nd concession of Fullarton. On the day previous, the deceased left home to fell some trees for his cattle, and not answering to the call at dinner time, his wife went to look for

him and found him dead on the concession road near a tree he had felled. It is supposed his death was occasioned by the falling of a branch on his head, but as there was not evidence to prove it, the jury returned a verdict of "Found dead".


UNKNOWN CHILD - The body of a fine little child was taken from the water at the head of James Street on Sunday last with a weight attached to its neck. An inquest was held by Dr. Craigie, and a verdict of "wilful murder" returned, but no clue to the murderer has yet been found.


May 26, 1849


CLARK - Died on Thursday last, in Earnestown, at the residence of his father, Mr. Edward Clark, aged 37.


May 30, 1849


HARVEY - Died at Galt, on Friday evening last, W. A. Harvey, Esq., Judge of the Surrogate Court of this district - a gentleman whose premature decease will be mourned by a large circle of sorrowing relations and friends.


CARTER - Died in Cornwall after a lingering illness, Mr. John Carter, for many years, publisher and proprietor of the "Cornwall Observer". His death is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


D'URBAN - Lieutenant General Sir Benjamin D'Urban expired suddenly on Friday morning at Donegana's Hotel, Montreal, of water on the chest.


JONES - On Friday last, an inquest was held by Mr. H. B. Bull, coroner, on the body of a person named Absalom Jones, who was found in the woods on the side of the Mountain below Storey Creek, lying on his face, and in a most revolting state, he having lain there, it is supposed, for several months. He had been missing since the 5th February last, and in all probability the body had been exposed to the weather ever since. The deceased was well known in the neighbourhood and as a man much addicted to intemperate habits, which is the most frightful cause of both crime and of sudden and disgraceful death. The verdict of the jury was "Found dead".


OXMAN - Another inquest was held on the same day at Wellington Square, by the same coroner on the body of John Oxman who, in a fit of temporary insanity, cut his throat with a razor on Monday last over the grave of his wife who had died some six months ago. He died on Friday morning. The deceased was a man of sober and steady habits and very much respected; no cause appeared for the committal of the rash act. Previous to his death he expressed his sincere regret at what had happened and wished it had not been done, but his regrets were vain.

Delirium set in on Thursday morning, and death ensued the day following. The verdict of the jury was that "the deceased, John Oxman, came to his death by cutting his throat while labouring under temporary insanity".


June 2, 1849


GRANT - Died yesterday, 1st instant, Alexander, eldest son of Mr. Andrew Grant, Rob Roy Inn, aged 4 years. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock, to which friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


GROUT - Died at his residence in Grimsby, on Tuesday morning, the 29th ultimo, the Rev. G. R. F. Grout.


D'URBAN - Services of Sir Benjamin D'Urban: This gallant officer entered the army in 1794 and, rising through the immediate gradations of rank, became a Lieutenant General in 1837, having been appointed to the Colonelcy of the 51st Regiment of Foot in 1829. He received a Cross and five Clasps for Basaco, Albuhera, Badajoz, Salamance, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Neville, Nive, and Toulouse, having served without a day's absence in the Peninsula and France from the autumn of 1808 to the end of the war in 1814. In the end of 1808, and the beginning of 1809, having been then on the Quartermaster-General's staff of the forces in Portugal, he was employed by Sir John Cradock in observation of the French corps on the frontiers of Castille and Estinmadura, and in the execution of his duty, he was with Sir Robert Wilson in his operations between Cuidad Rodrigo and Salamanca, and afterwards with General Cuesta's Spanish army upon the Tagus and Guadiana, and at the battle of Medelin. He was then selected to be Quartermaster General of the Portuguese army of which Marshal Beresford had recently taken the command, and returning to Portugal, joined it accordingly. In this appointment, he continued to serve during the war, though he occasionally commanded a portion of the Portuguese Cavalry, and was with that Brigade at Salamanca and Vittoria. In the other actions for which he received decorations, he was in the performance of his duties on the staff.


June 13, 1849


DAYFORD - Died on the 20th ultimo, at the residence of her father, Cecil, the third daughter of G. C. Dayford, of Georgetown, Esquesing, aged 18 years.


CLEGHORN - Died at New Glasgow, C.E., on the 25th ultimo, Mr. William Cleghorn, aged 54 years. Mr. C. was a native of Leith, Scotland, and in early life was extensively engaged in commerce.

June 16, 1849


SPRINGER - Died on Monday morning, of consumption, in the 23rd year of her age, Sarah, third daughter of David Springer, Esq. Nelson.


MOUNTJOY, COLEMAN - (Toronto) Last Sunday, a melancholy accident occurred in the upsetting of a small boat in which were Mr. R. Mountjoy, a brother of Mr. Mountjoy of this city, and two brothers named Coleman, one of whom was partner with Mr. Miller, shipbuilder. We regret to say they were all three drowned. They were sailing in company with the boat "Blue Bell" in which Mr. Miller was, but owing to their peculiar position, the crew of the "Blue Bell" did not perceive the misfortune of their companions. Someone on board the small steamer which was crossing the bay at the time, though at a long distance, gave the alarm, and the boat immediately went to their aid, but could not make out the least trace of the sufferers or their boat. Up to a late hour yesterday, the bodies had not been found.


EVANS - We regret to announce that a very melancholy accident took place in the Township of Rainham. On the evening of Thursday last, the family of Mr. John Evans, son of the late Major Evans, were alarmed at hearing the shot of a rifle in the parlour, and on entering the room found Mr. Evans lying on the floor with a very severe wound in the head, by which a large portion of the bones of the head were severely fractured and the front part of the brain scattered over the floor, blood was pouring from the wound; no sign of life was manifested. A rifle was lying across the body which had evidently been just discharged. It appeared that the deceased had been loading with powder and wadding the rifle which had not been used for some time, and which was in the habit of going off at half cock. After putting on a cap, he was going out of the room in search of a ball; by some means or other the rifle went off and the charge, entering the cranium, caused the wound as described. An inquest was held on the body before R. Gundry, Esq., coroner, when a verdict of accidental death was returned.


LEBLANC - (Bytown) One of those distressing casualties to which our lumbermen are subject took place on the River Carp near Fitzroy Harbour on the 11th April last. A lad named Francois LeBlanc was in a canoe working at a timber jam. By some accident the canoe went adrift and being driven against the current by a fallen tree, was upset, and the unfortunate youth was precipitated into the water. He laid hold of the branches of a tree which gave way. One of his comrades endeavoured to reach him with a pike pole, and failing in his attempt, was going for assistance, when the deceased almost immediately sank and his body, notwithstanding diligent search, was not found till the 12th instant when an inquest was held by Dr. Dubord, one of the coroners of the District. The jury found a verdict of accidental death conforming to the above circumstances.

June 20, 1849


FILES - It is with painful feelings that we announce the death of a son of Mr. M. Files, a farmer in Ancaster, by suicide. On Sunday whilst the rest of the family were attending a funeral, the young man went into the barn, attaching a rope to a beam, fastened it round his neck, and throwing himself from a fanning mill, was speedily dead. We have heard no cause assigned for this act.


STEWART - On Friday last, a young lad, named Samuel Stewart, was drowned in the mill-pond of Mr. Freeman near Bartonville. He was in company with two other lads bathing, but being unable to swim and unfortunately falling into a deep part of the pond, he sank to rise no more. The place where he was drowned deepens very abruptly from 3 or 5 feet of water to 10 or 12 feet. Assistance was immediately procured, but the body was not got out of the water for some two hours after the accident, when life was extinct. An inquest was held by Mr. H. B. Bull, coroner, and a verdict in accordance with the above facts.


CLARK - Dr. Ross, one of the coroners for this District, held an inquest on Friday, 1st of June, on the body of James Clark, a boy 13 years old, son of William Clark of East Oxford. The boy entered his father's barn about 11 o'clock, a.m. and was found dead about 5 o'clock p.m. He was on his knees, his head about two feet from the floor, and suspended by a rope which nearly encircled his neck. There was a severe bruise on the right temple. He was in the habit of amusing himself with the rope as a swing, and had probably been aloft and fell from the beam to which it was attached and struck on the fanning mill which may have thrown his head through the coil of the rope. Dr. Ross was of the opinion that his death was caused by the blow on the head received by the accidental fall, and such was the verdict of the jury.


June 27, 1849


JOHNSTON - It is with feelings of deep sadness that we have this moment heard of the death of James Johnston, Esq., formerly member of the Provincial Legislature for the County of Carleton. Remarkable for those clever eccentricities which obtained for him notoriety wherever he went from the halls of the Legislature to the humble farmstead, he was possessed of many estimable qualities which insured for him a reputation that will prove even still more enduring, that of an honest man and independent politician. Jemmy Johnston, as he was familiarly termed, was ever the poor man's friend and his memory will long be preserved by many to whom, in the hour of need, he proved himself a true friend. Peace to his ashes.

June 27, 1849


CLEMENS - An inquest was held yesterday at the home of Mr. David Clemens, about three miles above the village of Preston, before Dr. Seagram, coroner of the District of Wellington and Gore, to investigate into the cause of death of Mrs. Charlena Clemens, the wife of the above David Clemens, who had been found dead on the previous night about 10 o'clock. A highly respectable jury had assembled of whom George Clemens, Esq., was chosen foreman and, being sworn, proceeded to view the body of the unfortunate woman and the scene of her death. The latter was most appalling, into a stable about three feet from the floor of a barn, some hundred yards or so from her dwelling house, a rope was fixed, the other end of which the deceased had tied round her neck with a running noose. The cord was just long enough to prevent her knees reaching the floor, her knees being doubled beneath her, tightening the cord round her neck to suffocation, she appeared in her dying agony to have clutched the halter with her hand to hasten her death, but the blood appeared meantime to have spurted from her nose and mouth, a quantity being on the floor and lengthening her suffering by diminishing the pressure on the brain. Finally, however, she perished, and about sundown, all her family being from home, a lad going into the barn, saw the body of the deceased hanging by the rope, and alarmed the neighbourhood. Two persons cut her down and the body, being stiff and cold, they saw that life was long gone, and that any attempt at restoring it was helpless. They carried the body to her late residence, and sent for the coroner. The inquest brought out few new facts other than what are stated above, except that since January, the deceased exhibited symptoms of mental derangement, the consequence of some disease of the brain. One witness swore that in the month of January, he was stopping in the house when at midnight the deceased got up, sung psalms, prayed, and entirely undressed herself, saying she was bound to travel through the world for eight months naked, moneyless, and without food. From that time to the day of her death, she had frequent returns of her malady. The last time she was seen alive, was about 9 o'clock in the morning of her death. Her children are all highly respectable and married, or being at a great distance from their mother's house, and her husband had gone on business to another township. This accounts for her death not being discovered sooner. The jury without retiring or any hesitation returned a verdict "that the deceased came to her death by strangulation while labouring under a fit of insanity".


July 4, 1849


MAITLAND - Died on the 9th ultimo, at his residence in Clarendon, C.E., John Maitland, Esq., late half-pay 37th regiment, after a painful illness. The deceased was a native of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

July 4, 1849


ROONEY, FORSYTH, BROWN, GLARRNER, BARNHART, FERGUSON, BOYD, COLTON (Kingston) - A melancholy accident occurred on Wednesday last on board the river mail steamer "Passport" on her upward trip. The "Passport" was nearly opposite Lancaster when steam from some as yet unexplained cause, an escape of steam took place which, rushing among a body of emigrants who were near the boiler, occasioned the death of sixteen, of their number, and more or less injury to twenty-one others. Two leaped overboard into the lake and were drowned. We give the names of the sufferers. The unfortunate affair will doubtless undergo a thorough investigation before a coroner's jury.n all such cases inquiry cannot be too searching either for the public or for that of the parties immediately concerned. On receipt of the disastrous intelligence at the mail office here, orders were at once dispatched for procuring all medical aid for the surviving sufferers. Drowned: Jane Rooney, Hannah Forsyth. Dead: Mary Brown, Jane Brown, Mrs. Glarrner and two children, Christine Barnhart and one child, Jane Ferguson, Mrs. Boyd and son and daughter, Jane Colton. Injured severely: Thomas Bridle, Hugh Halton and wife, J. Ferguson, Arthur O'Conner, John Brown, Thomas Gordon, P. Sullivan, Ann Hickey, Peggy Cummins, Ann Brown, Robert Ross and wife, C. Knox. Slightly: Mrs. Small, William Cook, two Canadians, Hugh Montgomery, William Hannah.


July 14, 1849


VAN HORN - At the residence of her grandson, Mr. George Spurr, Simcoe, on Sunday, the 1st July, Mrs. Cornelius Van Horn, relict of the late Lawrence Van Horn, Esq., of Paris, C.W., at the advanced age of 78.


WILSON - It is with feelings of deep regret we announce the very very sudden death in Quebec on the 9th instant of Mr. Wilson, the distinguished and far-famed Scottish vocalist who so very recently afforded so much amusement ant delight to our music-loving citizens. It appears that Mr. Wilson was engaged on the 8th instant fishing at Lake St. Charles when he was taken ill and was immediately conveyed to Quebec where he died on the following morning. The Quebec "Gazette" on the 9th instant contains an account of his death and also of his last concert which was given with great success before a large audience in St. George's Hotel in that city on the 6th instant. The sudden death of Mr. Wilson will prove a sad blow to his two daughters who accompanied him on his travels in this country, and the melancholy intelligence will prove equally distressing to his friends in Scotland, while his very numerous friends and admirers in this country and in Europe will mourn his unexpected demise, and cherish his memory.

July 14, 1849


BERNARD - (Cork Southern Reporter) We announce with unaffected regret the death of Julius Bernard, Esquire, which took place at his residence near Douglas on Thursday morning. Mr. Bernard's demise has left a blank in society not easily filled up. For a long series of years, his sphere in life was, after all, all that which is the highest in any community, simply because it is the most useful. He gave extensive employment to the working classes and in discharging the manifold duties consequent thereon, he evinced the generous and good dispositions of his nature by constant acts of kindness, liberality, and consideration towards those he employed, to his immediate friends and to the circle in which he moved, his loss will be long and deeply felt, enlivening it as he never failed to do with wit of the very highest order, constant, ready, and racy, but never offensive - accomplished manners and a perfect knowledge of the world, guided by taste and judgment. Mr. Bernard's Mayoralty closed the old corporate system of our city; and the admirable tact with which he carried out a year of office beset with much difficulty arising out of numerous and jarring interests, including a bitterly contested election, all calling for great discretion, sound sense, and good feeling, bear ample testimony to his talents, his worth, and value to his fellow citizens.

The deceased gentleman was the eldest brother of T. P. Bernard, Esq., so well known in Upper Canada, and who is at present residing in this city.


July 18, 1849


GATES - Died at Quebec, on the 11th instant, Euphemia Schaw, wife of Charles H. Gates, Esq., aged 31 years.


MCKENNA - On Saturday last, the 24th, aged 8 years, Charles, youngest son of the late John McKenna.


TAYLOR - We regret to learn that letters have been received in this city from the American Consul at Monterey, Mexico, announcing the murder of Capt. Taylor, late of St. Catharines, and well known on the lake as captain of the schooner "Scotland". Captain Taylor was on his way to California and had left Monterey when he was brutally murdered by a party of Mexican robbers. He was an indefatigable member of the St. Catharines Lodge of Odd Fellows in which he was a past Grand, and his loss will be deeply deplored by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.


July 21, 1849


MOSHER - Died of cholera, at Milwaukee, Joseph T. Mosher, of Lewiston N.Y., aged 22 years.


CHRISTIE - Died in Kingston, the 15th instant, Flora Jane, daughter of Mr. Donald Christie, aged 10 months.

July 25, 1849


O'SULLIVAN - Died in Montreal, on Wednesday, July 18th, after a lingering illness, which she bore with Christian fortitude, Madame Janet Mary Catherine Bruyere, widow of the late Hon. Michael O'Sullivan, Chief Justice of Montreal, aged 53 years.


COCHRAN - Hon. A. W. Cochran, D.C.L.: It is our painful duty to record the death of this distinguished scholar. On Tuesday forenoon we had seen him in health; yesterday afternoon we were informed of his death. The deceased had been connected for many years, if not from its foundation, with the Literary and Historical society. He has been several times its president and was so at his death. In that capacity, we knew him well, and honestly regret him. In him the society has lost a distinguished ornament, and Quebec an honoured citizen. Mr. Cochran was a Queen's Counsel and an honoured member of the Historical Society of Massachusetts.


July 29, 1849


HOLMES - It is our painful duty to report the death after a few hours illness of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Pattison Holmes, lately commanding the Battalion of the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers in garrison in this city. (Montreal) The deceased officer was greatly and deservedly respected by the officers and men under his command and by all who were acquainted with him in the Province.


NICHOLSON - It is said that when the unfortunate gentleman who was Mr. Hudson's brother-in-law, went out and committed the melancholy act which terminated his life, he left on his desk a note containing the following singular passage: Jeremiah, chapter XVII, verse 11 - "As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not, so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days and at his end shall be a fool". (The late Mr. Nicholson)


August 1, 1849


MCINTYRE - Died at Portsmouth, Kingston, on the 24th ultimo, Captain John McIntyre, of apoplexy, aged 42 years.


August 4, 1849


LYND - Died yesterday, Alexander, infant son of Mr. G. F. Lynd, aged 8 months.


August 8, 1849


BAKER - Died on the 4th instant, suddenly, aged 7 years, Hammer Griffith, eldest son of Mr. Thomas Baker, of this city.

August 8, 1849


DAY - Died in this city, on the 28th July, William Edward, son of Mr. Charles Day.


BOOKER - On Saturday morning, the 4th instant, Sophia Eliza, only child of Mr. Alfred Booker, jun., of this city, aged 14 months.


MURRAY - Died on the 7th instant, at the residence of her son-in-law, the Rev. J. Osborne, Mrs. Murray, late of Dalbeattie, Scotland, aged 77 years.


WEBB - Died at Buffalo, on the 1st instant, Rueben, son of Mr. George J. Webb, printer, aged 3 years and 5 months.


August 11, 1849


LYONS - This morning at a few minutes past ten o'clock, of apoplexy, Mrs. James A. Lyons. This much respected lady was in the enjoyment of good health on the evening previous. About three o'clock, she was taken ill, and in twenty minutes became speechless, continuing so until she expired. (Simcoe)


BAKER - Died in this city, on Wednesday, Mrs. Thomas Baker.


MILLER - Died suddenly in this city, on the 8th instant, Mary Miller, recently from Elderslie, Scotland, aged 22 years.


ROUTH - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, the infant daughter of Thomas Routh, Esq.


MCDONALD - Died at Cincinnati, on the 13th ultimo, of Cholera, Margery, wife of William McDonald, formerly of this city, in the 46th year of her age.


JARVIS - On the 12th July, Harriett Ann, wife of George J. Jarvis, Esq., of Ingersoll, West Oxford, aged 24 years.


MARTIN - Died on the 22nd July, Charles Lister, infant son of H. P. Martin, Esq., of Brockville, West Oxford, aged 15 months.


FENWICK - Died in Kingston, on Sunday morning, Lieut. Col. Fenwick, commanding Royal Engineers, C.W.


ROWLANDS - Died on Monday, at her residence in Stuartsville, Kingston, Mrs. Rowlands.


GORDON - Died in Toronto, on Tuesday, the 31st ultimo, at his house in Richmond Street, Capt. William Gordon, of the steamer "City of Toronto".

August 11, 1849


TURNER - Died in Quebec, on the 3rd instant, after a few hours illness, Thomas Turner, Esq., aged 54 years, Deputy Assistant Commissary General, lately from England, and much regretted, leaving a wife and family to lament his loss.


WILLIAMS - Died at Stratford, on Wednesday morning, the 27th June last, after two days illness, much regretted, Sarah Helen, wife of George Williams, Esq., Clerk of the Division court, Stratford, aged 44 years.


DEBEGNIS - Died in New York, on Friday last, Signor DeBegnis, the well known and distinguished musician.


FOREMAN - Died in Toronto, on the 1st instant, John Foreman, book agent, formerly of Coldstream, Scotland, aged 49 years, much regretted by a large circle of friends.


FOREMAN - Died in Toronto, on the 2nd instant, John, son of the late John Foreman, aged 2 years and 9 months.


GARFIELD - Died in Toronto, on the 5th instant, after four hours illness, Mr. John Garfield, innkeeper, aged 37 years.


FORSTER - Died at Prescott, on the 2nd instant, after an illness of eight days, Mrs. Ann Forster, relict of the late James Forster, Esq., Ordnance Department, Montreal.


TATE - Died of cholera, on the 24th July, at her residence at Barrie's Rapids, Mrs. S, Tate, wife of Alfred Tate, Esq., merchant of that place.


MCCULLOCH - Died in Montreal, on the 6th instant, Mr. Hugh McCulloch, cooper, aged 38 years, sincerely regretted by all who knew him.


HIMSWORTH - Died on Friday, the 3rd instant, at No. 2 Belmont Street, Beaver Hall, Montreal, after a very short illness, aged 26 years, Louisa, beloved wife of William A. Himsworth, Esq.. She leaves a disconsolate husband and four young children to lament the loss of the most tender of mothers and the most devoted of wives.


August 15, 1849


BEDARD - We regret to learn that Judge Bedard died in Montreal on Saturday last.


OSBORNE - Died at Beamsville, on Friday, the 10th August, Jessie Caldwell, only daughter of Mr. Robert Osborne, of this city, aged 13 months.

August 15, 1849


SWITZER - Died at Palermo, on Saturday, the 11th instant, aged eleven months and eighteen days, William Francis, second son of Harry M. Switzer, post master of that place.


MCLEOD - Died at Woodstock, on the 9th instant, of consumption, after long and severe sufferings which she bore with exemplary Christian resignation, Dorothy, wife of Mr. W. C. McLeod, merchant, aged 22 years and 6 months.


FONTAINE - The following death is noticed in "L'Avenir" of Montreal. At St. Aime, at the advanced age of 102 years Mrs. Fontaine, a responsible inhabitant of that place; he had enjoyed perfect health all his life and although blind for the last 12 years, he was able to go without help almost everywhere. His memory was good. His father had received from General Montcalm as a reward of his services, a silver cup with his arms and initials engraved on it. And to encourage his son to follow in his footsteps, he presented him with a silver medal. For several years he has oft repeated "France will bye and bye become a Republic. The Emperor said so, and besides, I am a Prophet". Before his death he said "In four years more, Canada will be happy". Beside his death-bed stood four respectable-looking old men with white hair. They were his sons. He gave them his blessing before he breathed his last.


BADWELL - (Albany) An intelligent, well-dressed stranger took lodgings at the Albany and Buffale Hotel some three weeks since and gave his name as Joseph Badwell. He stated that he was a native of Yorkshire, England, and had come over in the "Ivanhoe" bringing with him L500 worth of Railroad Iron which was then in bond. In a day or two after he arrived, he was taken ill with the cholera and sent into Hospital where he died. Since his death, his papers have been examined and they go to confirm that he had been employed in England as a Railroad Engineer and Contractor. His wardrobe is abundant, indicating easy pecuniary circumstances. Some money was also found upon him. Before his death, he remarked that he had friends near Kingston and Toronto in Canada, one by the name of Johnathan and Joseph Bradwell. They have been written to, but no answer received. Western and Canada papers please notice. Address the Mayor, Albany.


August 18, 1849


CAMPBELL - (Niagara) We regret to learn that Mr. Alexander Campbell, formerly of this area, but latterly employed on the Welland canal, was accidentally drowned at port Dalhousie, on Tuesday evening. Deceased was a much respected member of the Odd Fellows Lodge, Niagara.

August 22, 1849


BROWN - Died here on the 19th instant, John M. Brown, son of the late Rev. Dr. Brown, Principal of Mareschal College, Aberdeen.


DAVIS - Died in this city, yesterday morning, Samuel, son of Mr. Samuel Davis, in the 4th year of his age.


RANDALL - Died on Tuesday morning, the 21st instant, of cholera, Edwin, son of Mr. James J. Randall, aged 7 years and 3 months.


WINNIETT - Died at his residence, Brantford, on the 13th instant, Major James Winniett, late of Her Majesty's 68th Regiment, aged 72 years. The late Major Winniett entered the army at the age of 18. In the year 1795, he joined the 68th Regiment and spent the whole his military career, a period of 35 years, attached to it. He was present in 13 engagements, 9 of which were general engagements, among which were Orthes, Nivelle, the Pyrenees, Vittoria, Salamanca, Badajos, Fuentas, D'Oror. In 1830, Major Winniett left the army and settled at Brantford where he has resided ever since, respected by all around him. During part of the 19 years which he has spent among us, he filled the office of Indian Superintendent.


August 25, 1849


BRIDGEWATER - Last Friday, a jury was summoned by Mr. Wright, the coroner, to enquire concerning the death of George Bridgewater, at Aylmer, in this District. The deceased was a native of the south of England, had been for some time a homeless wanderer, and very much addicted to intemperance. It appeared from the evidence that about noon of that day he had purchased an ounce of opium of which he confessed having taken one half. Medical aid was promptly obtained but it proved unavailing. The remainder of the drug was afterwards found on his person. The jury returned a verdict "that the deceased, George Bridgewater, came to his death by taking a dose of opium for the purpose of self-destruction".


ROBINSON - Died on the 3rd instant, Margaret Robinson, sister of Mr. Joseph Robinson, of this city, aged 29 years, formerly of Ballybray, County Tyrone, Ireland.


MONTGOMERY - Died in this city, on Tuesday evening last, Mr. John Montgomery, Sen., aged 64 years.


BRAY - Died in this city, yesterday morning, Frederick Milner, Infant son of Josias Bray, Esq., aged 11 months and 10 days.


LEE - Died on the 21st instant, in his 20th year, Robert, eldest son of Mr. George Lee, baker, of the Court House Square, in this city.

August 25, 1849


MORRISON - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Janet, wife of Mr. John Morrison, innkeeper, sincerely lamented


CARTER - Died in this city, James Fortescue, son of Mr. J. F. Carter, jeweller.


PARK - Died at Port Dover, on the 15th instant, Aysha Abigal, the youngest and beloved daughter of J. C. Park, aged 2 years and 3 months.


BOYLE - Died in Kingston, on Tuesday morning, of consumption, Mr. William Boyle, aged 32 years.


PAPN - Died in Quebec, on the 16th instant, Elizabeth Papn, second eldest daughter of the late Mr. John Papn, store keeper of the Royal Engineers Department, aged 26 years and 7 months, late of Aux Noix, Lower Canada.


WILSON - Died at Miramichi, on the 26th April last, Mr. John Wilson, stevedore, of Quebec, after a lingering illness of ten months, aged 42 years, a native of Dublin.


August 29, 1849


WILSON - Died at Simcoe, in the Talbot District, on the 24th Instant, Jane, the beloved wife of W. M. Wilson, Esq., Clerk of the Peace, aged 36 years, and on the 26th instant, Jane, his infant daughter, aged 10 days.


MCINDOE - Died in Toronto, on Wednesday, the 22nd instant, Mr. John McIndoe, brother of Mr. Joseph McIndoe, merchant, Queen Street West, aged 22 years. The deceased was a native of Glasgow, Scotland, but has resided in this city for several years. His kind and generous disposition endeared him to all who knew him and his sudden death has cast a gloom over a large circle of relations and friends.


BALFOUR - Died in Toronto, on the 24th instant, Barbara Hume, wife of John Balfour, Esq., aged 45 years.


STEWART - Died in Toronto, on the 21st instant, Mr. James Stewart, late book-keeper of B. Torance, Esq.,


WILSON - Died at Brantford, on Monday evening, the 21st instant, Mary Ann, the beloved wife of Frederick T. Wilson, Esq., aged 21 years.


September 1, 1849


FLEWELLING - Died in the Township of Nichol, or the 20th ultimo, Mr. Abraham Flewelling, aged 60 years.

September 1, 1849


ROLPH - Died suddenly at the residence of her brother-in-law, the Rev. D. Robertson, on the 24th instant, Miss Amelia Rolph, daughter of the late Dr. Thomas Rolph of Thornburg, near Bristol, England, and late of Long Point, C.W., and sister of Dr. John Rolph, of Toronto.


TACHE - The Hon. Jean Baptiste Tache, member of the Legislative Council, died at Kamouraska, last Wednesday, the 29th ultimo.


SEWELL - Died on Sunday, the 19th ultimo, at Toronto, of liver complaint and bilious diarrhaea, in the 57th year of his age, Mr. Charles Sewell, watchmaker and jeweller, a native of Carlisle, England.


DOLSEN - Died at Dover East, on Monday, the 20th instant, Matthew V. Dolsen, Colonel of the Kent Militia, aged 49 years.


MAGEE - Died at Bradford, West Guillimbury, on Tuesday the 17th instant, after a short but severe illness, Miss Letitia Magee, aged 74 years. She was ore of the first settlers in Bradford.


MORRIS - Died on Monday last, a son of Robert Morris, from the effects of a kick from a horse which he was in the act of feeding some salt. He was about 12 years old, and his death should be a warning to youngsters to keep away from horses, (Port Stanley)


ORTON - Died in Guelph, on the 27th ultimo, Miss Anne Orton, aged 45 years, much loved and lamented by her relatives and a numerous circle of friends. As her life was exemplary, so was her death peaceful.


JIBBON - Died on the 20th instant, after a very short illness, John, second son of Mr. John Jibbon, Viewfield, Nichol, aged 20 years.


LUMNEY - Died in the Township of Nichol, on the 19th ultimo, Mr. Thomas Lumney, aged 43 years, much respected.


STUART - Died at Quebec, on the 25th ultimo, Lady Stuart, the wife of Sir James Stuart, Bart., Chief Justice of Lower Canada.


BLACK - Died at Quebec, on the 23rd ultimo, most deeply and justly regretted, James Black, Esq., a native of Quebec.


AYLWIN - Died on the 17th ultimo, at Sherbrooke, of the prevailing malady, after six hours illness, Mrs. Aylwin, wife of the Hon. Mr. Justice Aylwin, of Quebec.

September 1, 1849


WEIR - (Montreal) On Friday evening between 7 and 8 o'clock a fatal affray occurred between two cab-drivers on Dalhousie Square. It appears from the evidence adduced that the deceased was under the influence of liquor and used every manner of provocation to induce the other to fight, and that he ultimately succeeded, and was struck by him a small blow on the face. After a patient investigation before coroner Jones, and a jury, and the evidence of medical men, the foreman, G. C. Riffenstein, Esq., returned the following verdict: "The deceased, David Weir, came to his death by apoplexy whilst in the act of fighting with one, John Hawthorn, the blow from the said Hawthorn not having been sufficient to cause the death of the deceased, David Weir."




SMITH - We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr. Alexander Smith, hair dresser, of Toronto, which took place on the 3rd instant. Mr. Smith was lately Provincial Grand Master of the Toronto District, and his long and zealous services in the cause of Odd Fellowship were well known and appreciated throughout Canada.


DOBBIN - Died in this city, yesterday, the 7th instant, Mr. Thomas Dobbin, cabinet maker, formerly of Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland.


DAVIDSON - Died in this city, yesterday noon, William George, infant son of Mr. William Davidson.


GAIRDNER - Died on Thursday evening at midnight, after a painful and protracted illness, which was borne with real Christian resignation, Mr. S. P. D. Gairdner, in his 46th year. Funeral this Friday at 4 o'clock which his friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


MCINDOE - Died in Toronto, on the sabbath Day last, the 2nd instant, Mr. Joseph McIndoe, merchant, Queen Street, aged 28 years.


MCINDOE - Died in Toronto, on Monday, the 3rd instant, Mrs. Archibald McIndoe, aged 53 years.


CUTTELL - Died in Toronto, on the 1st instant, after a few hours illness, Mr. James Cuttell, printer.


NEEDHAM - Died in Toronto, on the 1st instant, aged 31, after a few hours illness, Mr. William Needham, son-in-law of Mr. Thomas Cuttell, printer.

September 8, 1849


HALL - Died in Toronto, on the 2nd instant, aged 19, after a few days illness, Mary, wife of Mr. John Hall, printer, and daughter of Mr. Thomas Cuttell.


SALMON - Died at her residence, woodhouse, Talbot District, on Friday, the 31st ultimo, Mary, relict of the late Colonel Salmon, in the 79th year of her age.


HEALY - Died of cholera, on the 18th ultimo, in Elizabethtown, Mr. William C. Healy, eldest son of the Rev. Ezra Healy, deeply regretted.


LANDON - Died of cholera, on the 20th ultimo, in Elizabethtown, Heman Landon, Esq., one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of the Johnstown District.


WARD - Died at Chippawa, on Tuesday last, of Asiatic cholera, George Ward, Esq., formerly secretary to the Niagara Harbour and Dock Company. His illness lasted seven hours.


September 12, 1849


WILSON - Died on Tuesday evening, the 11th instant, Mr. Henry Wilson, painter, a highly respected member of the Hamilton Lodge of I.O.O.F., M.U.


VAN - Died in this city of cholera, on Sunday last, Mr. Philiprom Van, aged 27, a member of the Hamilton Lodge of Odd Fellows in which he was deservedly esteemed. His remains were followed to the grave by a large number of the brothers of this city.


MCGREGOR - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, of consumption, Hazlitt McGregor, Esq., in the 44th year of his age.


RAYNER - Died on the 4th instant, in this city, Frances Maria, infant daughter of Mr. W. Rayner.


DUFF - Died in this city, of cholera, on the 30th ultimo, Mr. George Duff, carpenter, and formerly from Dufftown, Banffshire, Scotland.


SHAW - The Bath "Tribune" says that a child of Dr. Shaw, two years of age, died on Saturday last, after a sickness of six hours from eating cobalt which was prepared for flies. One incident connected with her death was affectingly beautiful. When her eyes began to grow dim in death, she evidently fancied it was night and she was going to sleep, and she died with the customary "Good-night mamma" many times repeated trembling on her lips.

September 12, 1849


BAUVAIS - During the dreadful thunderstorm on Thursday morning, the lightning struck a house at St. Lambert, opposite Montreal, The family in consequence of the violence of the storm, had got out of bed, and were kneeling in prayer when the fluid, entering by an open window, instantly killed a young man of the name of Bauvais, aged 17 years, knocked down and left another senseless on the floor. The latter is expected to recover. The electric fluid mounted by the chimney into the garret where it shattered into splinters several large pieces of timber and deranged a number of stones in the chimney.


September 19, 1849


MCALLISTER - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 16th instant, at seven o'clock p.m., Mr. William McAllister, formerly Sergeant Major of the 79th or Cameron Highlanders.


O'REILLY - Died in this city, on Sunday, Robert Gerald, youngest son of Dr. O'Reilly.


DICKIE - Died at Dundas, on Monday, the 17th instant, John Dickie, aged 69 years.


RUSH - Died on Monday right, .Mr. Peter Rush, late porter to Mr. James Cummings.


DODD - Died yesterday at noon, Mr. John Spencer Dodd, a native of Kelison, Scotland, aged 64 years. Mr. Dodd was one of the oldest members of the Masonic Society in Canada. Members of the Masonic Fraternity are requested to attend the funeral this day at 10 o'clock from the residence of Mr. Sylvester, James Street.


HUNTER - (Toronto) A serious accident, we regret to say, with loss of life occurred at the lower end of Yonge Street between 3 and 4 o'clock on Thursday afternoon. A heavy wagon with two powerful and spirited horses had been left standing at the door of a public house opposite the store of Hayes Brothers whilst the owner was transacting business somewhere in the neighbourhood, and the animals, becoming alarmed at the movements of a restive horse on the opposite side of the street, set off at a smart pace up Yonge Street to the great alarm and dismay of the bystanders. A young man named Hunter, shopman to Mr. Gordon Seedsman, ran after the team and endeavoured to seize the horses' heads, but he was immediately knocked down and the wagon passed over his bowels causing almost instant death. The horses continued on their way with increased speed across King Street and were ultimately stopped nearly opposite the "Patriot" office by coming in collision with a water cart that was drawn up across the road, the driver of which, a young boy, was thrown from his seat but fortunately escaped without serious injury.

SEPTEMBER 19, 1849


BOSTWICK - The death of Colonel Bostwick of Port Stanley deserves more than a passing obituary notice, he was one of those veterans whose names are associated with the early history of Upper Canada and with the glories of General Brock. Colonel Bostwick may truly be classed among the leaders of those loyal men who are emphatically styled the Pioneers of the forest. He came to Canada at an early age and was actively employed as a volunteer under General Brock in the War of 1812. He was at the battle of Lundy's Lane, Fort Erie, and at the taking of Detroit whence he was bearer of dispatches communicating the event to the Government from the hero of Queenston, who was so well pleased with Captain Bostwick that he presented him with a horse, accountrements, and a pair of pistols. At the taking of Mallory and his gang of rebels at Peacock's Point, near the Grand River, Captain Bostwick narrowly escaped with his life. He led the party which captured the gang of whom eight were hanged at Burlington Heights. After the war, Colonel Bostwick resided many years at Long Point, and was Sheriff of the London District, he afterwards came to reside at Port Stanley where he owned a valuable property and where he built his first house, the house in which he lived and died. When the Rebellion broke out in 1837, Colonel Bostwick was the first to call out his regiment of militia, and during those rebellious times, with the docility of a child but the bravery of a man, he followed or led whatever duty called. The writer can bear testimony to the alacrity with which the Colonel, at a season of unusual severity when a momentary cloud of darkness hung over the destinies of Canada, responded to the first summons which called him to arms. In proof of this it may be stated that the men of Colonel Bostwick's regiment were among the first to witness the flight of the renowned Gen'l Duncombe's rebel forces at Oakland, and a portion of the same men were foremost at the capture of the brigand schooner "Anne" at Sandwich, several of Colonel Bostwick's sons among the number.


Colonel Bostwick was 69 years of age at the time of his decease. He was the son of a clergyman of New England, and continued to the time of his death a sincere and exemplary character; the effect of early piety exhibited itself in the amiable simplicity of his daily walk through life, in the steadiness of his faith, and in unswerving loyalty and attachment to the British crown. In prosperity and adversity, he preserved an equanimity of temper seldom witnessed, and although in his latter years, he must have suffered intensely through domestic affliction of no ordinary kind sufficient to overwhelm and break the stoutest heart, through the excruciating torments of a painful disease, yet a murmur never escaped his lips.


It is but a few brief months since the writer saw this pious son of the church in the season of affliction, with Christian humility, erecting an outhouse for the use of the clergyman, and in improving the burying ground in which he was soon to repose.

A large and respectable body of gentry and yeomanry from all parts of the London District attended the obsequies to pay the last token of respect to his honoured remains, among whom was his elder brother, 81 years old, a venerable proof of the truth of the words of the Royal Psalmist: "The days of our age are three score and ten, and though men may be so strong that they come to four score, yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow, so soon passeth it away and we are gone".

At the desire of the deceased, the partner of his early life whose remains had reposed in his garden for a period of 28 years, was disinterred and buried with him in the Port Stanley burying ground. The Rev. Mr. Street preached an appropriate and impressive sermon on the occasion, choosing for his text from the second book of kings, 29th chapter, 1st verse: "Thus saith the Lord, set thine house in order for thou shalt die and not live."

The numerous relatives and friends of Colonel Bostwick who attended his remains to the grave could not avoid feeling consolation so appropriately introduced into the burial service: "I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me 'Write from henceforth, blessed are the dead which die in the lord, even so saith the Lord, for they rest from their labours'".


September 26, 1849


EVANS - Died in this city on the 16th instant, Mrs. Mary Evand, wife of Mr. William Evans, Ancaster, aged 34 years, formerly of Kent, England.


September 29, 1849


THOMPSON - A melancholy accident occurred on board the schooner "Edith" on her trip down from Whitby on Saturday night last. A man of the name of William Thompson, a native of Plymouth, England, was knocked overboard by the main boom but the night was so very stormy and dark, no assistance could be rendered him. He had lately come up to Kingston from Quebec.


October 3, 1849


KELLOGG - Died on the 27th ultimo, aged 39 years, at the residence of her brother, the Rev. Dr. McNab, Cobourg, Mary, wife of Dr. James Kellogg, Hamilton, and fifth daughter of the late Col. Simon McNab, Belleville.


LEITCH - On Saturday evening the 22nd ultimo, during the storm which prevailed in the neighbourhood, Mr. Donald Leitch of the Township of Yarmouth, met with a fatal accident. Mr. Leitch and his son were sitting under an oak tree watching a fire which they had kindled to prevent its spreading to their neighbour's fence when a sudden squall struck the tree and broke a large limb from its top. Alarmed, they ran from the tree, but the

branch falling over their course, struck Mr. Leitch on the head causing instant death. The son, a fine boy of 9 years, had his cap buried in the earth, but miraculously escaped unhurt. He then ran to the house to make the sudden and terrible announcement to the affectionate wife of the deceased, the mother of seven young children, whose grief may be easier conceived that described. The funeral took place on the 24th ultimo. The attendance from Yarmouth and adjoining townships marked the general respect in which the deceased was held and the sympathy felt for the bereaved relatives. The solemn services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Fraser, Free Church Missionary, St. Thomas.


WATSON - (Montreal) On the 17th ultimo, an occurrence took place in this township which resulted in the death of a young man named Watson. It appeared that some cattle, the property of the deceased's mother, were trespassing on the farm of a neighbour named Ingram who thereupon proceeded to take them in order to put them in pound. Upon this, some young men from the neighbourhood assembled to consider whether they should not rescue the cattle, but at last came to the conclusion that the law must be allowed to take its course. It is supposed, however, that their conduct excited the anger of Ingram who may have believed he had some reason to fear violence. Be that as it may, he left his house in Granby, taking his son with him, and went to watch a farm which he has in Milton. On the road he met two of the persons who had proposed to seize the cattle. Seeing him coming, and that he had a gun in his hand, they feared he would do them some mischief and hid themselves behind a fence. Ingram's son then came up to the fence and discovered the men. Wright ran away, hut Ingram's son exclaimed: "Here's another, father. Shoot him". Ingram raised his gun, fired, and shot deceased dead on the spot. Ingram was arrested by Messrs Ross and West, and when before the Magistrate, Horace Lyman, Esq. and his colleagues, acknowledged all these facts. He was arrested, committed for trial, and is now in the jail in the city.


October 6, 1849


COUCHER - Died on Wednesday, the 26th ultimo, of congestion of the brain, Alfred Digby Winniett, only child of Doctor Robert Coucher, of Creek Lodge, Brantford, C .W., aged 4 years and 10 months.


FELL - In Trafalgar, near Hornby, on Saturday, the 19th, ult., of dysentery, induced by chronic disease of the liver, Dinah, wife of Mr. Joseph Fell, teacher, there.


CHEWETT - Died at Toronto, on the 24th ultimo, Wm. Chewett, Esq., in his 97th year. The deceased gentleman had not only obtained a great age, nearly 100 years, but was one of the oldest and most respected immigrant English settlers of this Province where

he resided for a period of 78 years. Although his death in the course of nature was necessarily expected, still his family and those who had the happiness of an intimate acquaintance with him sincerely lament the loss of one whose well known kindness, politeness and affability had much endeared him to them. The late Mr. Chewett was born in London on the 21st December, 1752, and when about 18 years of age passed his examinations as a surveyor and draughtsman for the East India service, but after receiving his appointment, he was attacked with smallpox, so that the ship in which he should have got out sailed without him. On his recovery, he decided upon going to America and arrived at Quebec in 1771. On the 20th may, 1774, he received an appointment in the Surveyor-General's office for the province of Quebec. During the American Revolution, he served in the Quebec Militia, and in the course of the siege, when off duty, he assisted in the engineer department. After the defeat of the Americans, he was appointed acting paymaster of works to the Engineer's, Quartermaster's, and Navy Departments, for the ports of St. John, Isle aux Noix, and their dependencies on Lake Champlain, in which offices he remained till 1785. In 1786 he took charge of the District of Lunenburgh (now called the Eastern District of Upper Canada) and there surveyed lands, and located the disbanded troops and loyalists. In 1792, he was employed under Governor Simcoe at Kingston in re-constructing the map of the province by dividing it into new districts and counties, previous to its being divided into Upper and Lower Canada. In 1802, upon the retirement of Mr. Surveyor-General Smith, he was appointed deputy surveyor-general conjointly with Mr. Ridout who afterwards received the appointment of Surveyor-General, in 1827, he was appointed acting Surveyor-General, which office he held until 1832, when he was allowed to retire on full pay, after having served in various departments for upwards of fifty-eight years. Mr. Chewett held the appointment of Colonel of Militia during the late American war, and commanded the Canadian troops at the attack on Toronto on which occasion he was severely injured by a blowing up of the powder magazine. He was taken prisoner by the Americans, and allowed to depart on his parole. For a long time previous to and since his retirement from the public service until his death, Mr. Chewett resided in Toronto.


October 10, 1849


MOWAT - Died in Kingston, on Thursday evening, Catherine Ann Mowat, youngest daughter of Mr. Oliver Mowat, aged nine years.


SOLMES - Died at his residence in Sophiasburg, Nathaniel Solmes aged 95 years and 6 months, one of the earliest settlers in the Prince Edward District.


MILLS - Died in this city, on Monday morning, Joseph Lawton, infant son of Mr. Joseph Mills, aged 10 months.

October 10, 1849


COCKELL - Died at his residence in Picton, on Sunday, the 30th ultimo, William Cockell, Esq., for 8 years waster of the Grammar School in the Prince Edward District, aged 66.


REEVES - We deeply regret to notice the death at Sandwich, on Wednesday last, of Mr. James Augustus Reeves, publisher of the "Amherstburg Courier" and formerly of Kingston. Mr. Reeves was a practical printer, having served his apprenticeship in the office of the "Chronicle and Gazette" and was in every way an ornament to the business.


BOSTWICK - An inquest was held on Tuesday at Baldwin's Hotel on the body of David Bostwick before Isaac Smith, Esq., coroner. The jury adjourned to view the body of deceased and then adjourned till 2 o'clock p.m. in order that sufficient time might be allowed the medical gentlemen to hold their post mortem examination. The coroner's court met at 2 p.m. pursuant to adjournment. The jury were unanimously of the opinion that the deceased, David Bostwick, came to his death in consequence of a gun shot received in the North West market with intent to kill on Monday, the 17th of September, 1849, fired from some person to the jury unknown.


October 13, 1849


BARRON - Died on Monday, the 8th instant, of dysentery, Florence Louisa, youngest daughter of F. W. Barron, Esq., principal of Upper Canada College, aged 12 months and 13 days.


GRIFFIN - Died at Brantford on the 2nd October, Smith Griffin, Esq., formerly of Smithville, Niagara District, one of the oldest inhabitants of that part of the country. He was 78 years old; he emigrated from N.Y. state in 1786 and located himself in the Niagara District. He was engaged in the work of the Ministry in connection with the Wesleyan Methodists for over 40 years. Mr. Griffin was Captain of Militia at the battle of Niagara.


REIRDUN - We have to record another fatal accident from the careless use of firearms. On Wednesday evening as a young man named Daniel Reirdun was returning from a hunting excursion in company with two others and when on Nelson Street, Toronto, he was carrying his gun on his shoulder with the muzzle clenched in his hand, his foot tripped and falling headlong on the pavement, the whole load was lodged in his breast causing instantaneous death. An inquest was held on the body and a verdict of accidental death recorded. The body was brought to Hamilton last night by the "Eclipse" where his bereaved parents reside.

October 20, 1849


HISCOCK - Died on the 26th September, near Port Stanley, aged 20, Samuel Hall, son of Mr. William Hiscock, of Guelph.


MELVILLE - Died in Niagara, on Saturday last, the 13th instant, Robert Melville, Esq., aged 61 years, formerly a Captain in H.M. 68th Light Infantry. He joined his regiment in the West Indies in 1805, and afterwards proceeded to Walcheria. He was present in every action in the Peninsula which the 7th Division of the army was engaged in, and in 1813 commanded the advanced skirmishes passing through Vateria. On this occasion he succeeded in getting in advance of Marshal Jourdain's carriages and stopping them. His Grace the Commander-in-Chief, observing the precarious position of the party, directed the Prince of Orange to order up the 18th Hussars in support, and on two of the captains of that corps being killed in the skirmishes, His Grace promoted Lieutenant Melville to the command of one of the vacant troops on the field. Captain Melville immediately exchanged with one of his brother officers for a company in his own regiment in which he remained until 1829 when he retired from the service, having passed 24 years of active service in the same corps. He lately received a medal with five clasps, and would have been entitled to two more had his claims been correctly represented. On leaving the army, captain Melville settled in Niagara and soon took an active part in local matters. He was one of the original projectors of, and extensive stockholder in, the Harbour and Dock Company, of which he was for many years President, and there are many who remember the energy and activity he displayed during the progress of the extensive works which now unfortunately lie dormant. He was also a large shareholder and always manifested the greatest interest in the British steamboats on Lake Erie. In every relation he was respected and esteemed no less for his urbanity of manners, generous hospitality, and kindness of heart, than for his integrity, punctuality, and indomitable perseverance in business transactions.


KELLY - On Tuesday week, a man named Patrick Kelly, residing in Onondaga Township, about 2 miles from Caledonia, having had a quarrel with his wife, she left him and proceeded to her father's house, and told her brother, a young man, about 24 named Carrigan, who proceeded to Kelly's house and, finding him in bed, brutally beat him with a club and afterwards dragged him on the floor and beat in his skull. The poor man lingered till Saturday morning when he died, he was a farmer in good circumstances and of sober habits. An inquest was held on Sunday, and a verdict of “Wilful murder” returned against Carrigan who has absconded.

October 20, 1849


DISHER - On Monday evening after dark, as we hear, Mr. Thomas Disher, of Gainsborough, fell off a load of furniture he was moving for a neighbour, and both wheels of the wagon passing over his body caused injuries which resulted in his death, next morning. It occurred just in front of a house and the occupier, hearing a cry of pain, went out with a light and discovered the poor man on the road. His horses had kept on. Mr. Disher has left a wife and four children.


BROWN - On Monday last, a man named Jacob Brown, while floating logs in the cut at Indiana, was drowned, he has left a wife and one child.


MCKINNON - A man named McKinnon of Goderich took passage on board the "London" at Port Sarnia. When the boat was about three lengths from the wharf at Port Dover on Monday evening last, he fell overboard and was drowned although the boat was immediately stopped but the body could not be found. He had been reclining upon some barrels and was resting against a piece of canvas which he fancied was solid wood underneath, but this giving way, he rolled into the water.


October 24, 1849


NEWBURY - Died in this city, on Sunday night, Mary, the beloved wife of A. S. Newbury, Esq., and fifth daughter of James Gage, Esq., of this city.


EAGER - Died at St. Ann's, Nelson, on the 16th instant, at an advanced age, Mrs. Eager, relict of the late Benjamin Eager, Esq., formerly of Blessington, County of Wicklow, Ireland.


FERGUSON - Died at Shanghai, China, upon the 1st of July last, John, fourth son of the Hon. Adam Ferguson.


MCGLASKEY - On Sunday morning, the 7th instant, a lad of 14 years of age, the son of James McGlaskey, farmer, in the Township of Alfred, Ottawa District, took a gun, unknown to his parents and went out into the woods for the purpose of shooting partridges. While standing on a tree, his gun slipped, and in falling, the piece went off. The charge took off the top of the little finger of his right hand, shattered the left hand and wrist and entered the belly. Dr. Stirling of Hawkesbury was immediately in attendance, but was unable to extract any of the charge. The poor lad died in the greatest agony on the following Tuesday, he was a very promising, active youth, and his untimely end is much lamented by his disconsolate parents and numerous friends.

October 27, 1849


RIPLEY - Died on Monday, October 22nd, at a quarter past eight o'clock a.m. at his residence, Upper Canada College, in Toronto, aged 34 years, the Rev. William Honeywood Ripley, B.A., minister of Trinity Church, Secretary of the Church Society of the Diocese of Toronto, and second classical master of U.C. College.


October 31, 1849


SUMNER - Died at Grimsby, on Sunday evening, the 28th instant, Mary Olivia, wife of Mr. Walter Sumner, and second daughter of the late Lieut. Col. Henry Nelles, aged 28 years.


AUSTEN - Died at his residence, in Picton, C.W., on Wednesday, Dr. Andrew Austen, after an illness of 10 days, aged 61 years.


KINMOUTH - It falls to our lot to record the melancholy death of a young man of this city named William Kinmouth, aged 19, and son of Mr. Kinmouth, tailor, John Street. It appears that the deceased in company with some other young lads, on Saturday last, went out shooting, and about 10 o'clock, while in the act of descending a rugged part of the Mountain, a little more than two miles from Hamilton, in an easterly direction, he asked one of his companions to hand him down his gun which he had left behind him, and a few moments after, while his comrades were at a little distance, it went off, the trigger no doubt having caught in the brush, lodging the contents in the breast of the deceased. He immediately exclaimed, "I am shot. Oh Lord, have mercy on me", and almost instantly expired. An inquest was held on the body by H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, when a verdict of accidental death was recorded.


November 3, 1849


DILLON - An inquest was held in this city on the 1st instant by Josias Bray, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of Edward Dillon, aged about 58 years, who came to his death under the following circumstances. The deceased, who was a respectable quiet man and of sober habits, had been boarding for some time at the house of Edward Hewitt on James Street in this city. On the evening of the 31st ultimo he was in the act of entering the house above mentioned when he was suddenly taken with vomiting blood and died in a few minutes. Dr. McKelean was called in immediately and pronounced the case hopeless. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased died from the bursting of a blood vessel in the chest.


MELVILLE - Died at Kirkcudbright, Scotland, on the 25th September, David Melville, Esq., of Barquhar.

November 7, 1849


HART - On Friday last, a man named Simon Hart, well known as a resident of the Township of Westminster, came by his death under the following melancholy circumstances. He had gone into the woods with two of his friends for the purpose of getting some firewood. After cutting a few sticks, deceased went to obtain a drink of water, and while on his way back to his companions, they felled a tree which, falling upon the cut up sticks, caused one of them to fly from the ground and strike deceased in his side producing almost instant death. He has left a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. An inquest was held upon the body by Dr. Philips of this town and a verdict was given in accordance with the circumstances. His remains were interred or Sunday last with Masonic honours and were followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives giving evidence of the general regret caused by his untimely end.


ROBILLARD - The oldest man in France, Mr. Jean Baptiste Robillard, died on the 1st of October at Pontenay, near Paris, at the age of 113 years, 4 months, and 2 days. He was born in June, 1736. Robillard retained the use of all his faculties to the last moment,


November 10, 1849


MCGIVERN - Died on the 7th instant, Ploebe, the beloved wife of Mr. E. McGivern, aged 28 years.


MARKS - Died on the 2nd instant, at Barriefield, near Kingston, in the 67th year of her age, after a long and severe illness which she endured with Christian fortitude, Mrs. Ann Marks, the beloved wife of J. B. Marks, Esq.


BURWELL - Died on the 2nd November, at Kingston, the Rev. A. H. Burwell, aged 59 years.


RENNIE - Died on Wednesday last, Mr. William Rennie of the American Hotel, in Toronto, aged 28 years. Mr. Rennie was a Canadian by birth, but after sojourning for a lengthened period in the State of New York, returned to this city and commenced business in the Exchange Hotel which was destroyed by fire in 1847. The patronage accorded him in that establishment induced him to open the American Hotel in the conduct of which he was eminently successful up to the time of his death which was sudden and unexpected. He leaves a widow and three young children who will in their affliction receive the consolation of the brothers of the I.O.O.F of which body the lamented deceased was a worthy member.


TOWNSEND - On Friday last, we understand, a murder was committed in the Township of Sheffield, on the person of the name of George Townsend, who was shot in the course of a drunken quarrel.

Two persons were arrested on the coroner's warrant and sent to Kingston in charge of only one constable, but on reaching the neighbourhood of the town, the prisoners escaped from the custody of the constable, and have not since been heard of. Their names are John and Thomas Kennedy. The sheriff has offered a reward of 50 pounds for their apprehension.


SCHILLER - An aged woman named Schiller, an inhabitant of the village, is, we regret to say, missing from her home under painfully suspicious circumstances. Some little "pet" or angry words having passed between her and her husband, on Tuesday night, she, in her irritation, declared she would drown herself, and ran from her house to a spot where she could leap into the river, and where she was last seen. A girl discovered her dropping into the water and endeavoured to prevent her, but was unable, and ran away to give information to her family, but on their hastening to the spot, she had disappeared. We understand a large party assembled this morning to search the river and, if possible, recover the body, (quoted from "The Review".)


BRIGHT - (Goderich) An inquest was held on the 20th ultimo at the dwelling house of Mrs. Balkwell, innkeeper, Usburn, before George McLeod, Esq., one of the coroners of the District, on view of the body of Robert Bright, there lying dead. It appeared that the deceased was a native of Devonshire, England, that he left there about 16 years ago, his age not certain but supposed of 40 years, he was single, and much addicted to the use of ardent spirits, was in Mrs. Balkwell's employ as a stable keeper since March, 1849. While cleaning one of the stage horses, a few days ago, the animal kicked him. Verdict: that the said Robert Bright came to his death from the effect of a kick received from a horse on his abdomen, he being under the influence of intoxicating liquors at the time.


November 14, 1849


ROSS - Died on the 3rd instant, at Elizabethtown, near Brockville, Mr. Donald Ross, aged 37 years.


MEIKLE - Died at Welland, C.W., on Wednesday, the 31st ultimo, after an illness of seven weeks, during which her severe sufferings were borne with meek resignation and Christian fortitude, Theodorah, youngest daughter of the late Mr. Robert Lovell, of Montreal, and wife of Mr. William Meikle, of Wolford, aged 25 .


November 17, 1849


MCLEOD - On Friday last, an inquest was held in the Township of Arthur, by Thomas Gordon, Esq., on the body of John McLeod, who had been maltreated in his own house by Archibald McTaggart, and received injuries that in the course of five days caused his

death. McLeod's family, consisting of his wife, a son 20 years of age, one daughter 18 years of age, another 14, and a man named Donald Stewart, were present and suffered McTaggart to abuse McLeod. The jury returned a verdict of manslaughter against McTaggart accompanied with a severe censure of the family of deceased and on Stewart. The coroner has issued his warrant for the apprehension of McTaggart.


GRAFTON - On the 12th instant, G. Duggan, Esq., city coroner, held an inquest at the house of James Jason, Esq., Township of Scarboro', on the body of a man, name unknown, who was found dead on the 11th instant. When the body was found by Jason, it was greatly disfigured by insects, etc. A hat was found near the body on the lining of which G. C. Fitzroy was written, but from certain papers found in the deceased's pockets, it would seem that he was a tutor, and that his name was J. Grafton. He had a coat and trousers of home cloth of a bluish colour, a white flannel shirt blue-striped, and strong cobourg shoes. Verdict: Found dead.


SMITH - On Wednesday last, the revolting spectacle of a public execution was witnessed in the sister city in the presence of some two or three thousand individuals, nearly one third of whom were women and children. The unfortunate wretch, who thus expiated his crimes on the scaffold, was Smith, a soldier in the Rifle Brigade, convicted of the murder of his comrade a few months ago. As we have never pandered to the taste for details of murders and executions, a lengthened notice of the appearance and bearing of the poor creature will not be expected from us. His dying speech and confession may be obtained in the proper quarter, we trust, for the sake of humanity, that these public hangings not long be suffered in Canada. It may be all very well to say that it is done for the sake of example, but the congregation of hundreds of the idle and dissolute and the scenes of drunkenness and depravity which wind up the entertainment of the day should convince the most obtuse that the desired effect is not attained. We should in this matter take a leaf from the book of our republican neighbours.


NEIL - An inquest was held on the 10th instant at the house of Jacob Neil, on the lot 14 on the 4th concession of the Township of York, before J. Ackland de la Hooke, Esq., coroner, on the body of Maria Neil. On viewing the body of the unfortunate woman, it presented a frightful looking spectacle, being totally covered with bruises and entirely naked. There were several wounds on the head and the face was swollen and very much discoloured. Jacob Strong deposed that on the previous day he lent his horses to Jacob Neil to carry a load of wheat to Toronto and that the deceased, Maria Neil, his wife, accompanied him. About ten o'clock the same evening, while witness was waiting at the house of Jacob Neil to take his horses, Jacob Neil came home. Jacob Strong, observing his face and hands to be covered with blood, asked Neil what was the matter, to which he made no reply, but immediately took a heavy whip out of the house and

said he would drive the devil out of her. Deponent then took the horses to the stable and noticed that a barrel of salt which was in the waggon was covered with blood as also the waggon box and sundry other articles in it were alike besmeared with blood. Pieces of hair were hanging about different parts of the waggon. During the time he was unharnessing the horses, he heard sounds as of flogging with a whip, either on the road or inside the field. Witness then came to the house and took the lantern and went out and called "Jake" three or four times, but could get no answer. He then returned to the house and remained a short time when he went again and called to Neil and asked him if he would bring him a light. Neil replied, no, she was not to be seen with the light. Witness then returned to the house, and in a short time heard Neil dragging the deceased through the bedroom window at the back of the house when the deceased gave a groan and the window was shut down. Jacob Neil then came out of the room and lit a lamp, and took a dish of warm water with him. After some time he came into the room where witness was and said he was afraid she would die and begged him to go for the doctor. When Neil first went into the bedroom he took a large carving knife with him. Witness went to the bedroom door and saw the deceased was covered up and told Jacob Neil to get into bed with her which he did when he held his ear to her and said that she was yet alive. After this witness took his horses and went home.

Allan Burton, another witness, stated that on that day he took a load of wheat to Toronto for Jacob Neil, that the deceased was with him, and that on their return from Toronto, Neil took 2 or 3 glasses of whiskey, and that when he parted with him near Templeman's Tavern at Weston, he thought Neil just felt his liquor.

The prisoner, Jacob Neil, through the investigation, preserved dogged silence. A verdict of wilful murder was returned against Jacob Neil who was committed on the coroner's warrant to gaol.


November 21, 1849


GURLY - Died at Barriefield, on the 16th instant, after a short illness, aged 44 years, Thomas Gurly, Esq., youngest son of the late Thomas Gurly, Esq., of Carlow, Ireland. The funeral will take place on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock.


MERCER - Died in the month of December, 1848, of cholera, on board the steamboat "Peytona" on her trip upwards from New Orleans on the Mississippi River, Mr. Samuel S. J. Mercer, third son of the late Robert Mercer, Esq., of Windsor, C.W.


RICHARDSON - Died at Galt, on the 4th instant, aged 4 years, Anna Maria, daughter of Dr. Richardson


WOOD - Died at Eramosa, on the 6th instant, Mr. Joseph Wood, sen., aged 63 years. He was a native of Roxburghshire, Scotland, and emigrated to Canada in the year 1831 since which he has resided in the above township.

November 24, 1849


ANGUS - Died on Thursday, the 22nd instant, in his 45th year, George Angus, a native of Forfarshire, Scotland.


CLARKE - Died at Palermo, on Monday, the 19th instant, Sarah Celestia, youngest daughter of Samuel Clarke, Esq., aged 8 months.


ROSS - It is our painful duty to record the death of our highly respected townsman, Mr. George Ross, merchant. On Monday afternoon, he and Mr. Chisholm, of St. Catharines, were driving a spirited animal into town when the reins broke, and the horse, feeling no control, galloped off at full speed. Mr. Chisholm leaped out and escaped with some trifling injury. Mr. Ross also leaped out, but, owing to the rapid rate of the vehicle etc., he was thrown on his head. In a few moments he was brought into town by Mr. Mills who had already taken Mr. Chisholm into his carriage. On examination it was found that Mr. Ross had sustained a mortal injury of the brain. He lay unconscious until Wednesday morning when he departed this life. Mr. Ross was a native of Sutherland, aged 33, and had been in this country some nine years. The citizens of St. Catharines without exception deplore the sad occurrence which has deprived them of a worthy and active member of society.


WHITE - A melancholy accident resulting in loss of life occurred on the river near Morristown on Saturday afternoon last. It appears that a young man named White, son of Mr. E. H. White of Morristown, accompanied by another lad, went on board of a small sailboat with the intention of taking a short sail for pleasure. Previous to starting, we understand, they placed a number of stones in the boat for ballast, and these adding to the weight of the lads, sunk the boat too deep to render their little vessel safe. However they put out and the boat being provided with a sail, they raised it, and the wind blowing rather strong forced the bow into the water. The other lad became alarmed at this and not being far from shore, he leaped from the sinking boat into the river, reaching the shore by swimming. White followed but unfortunately being dressed in a heavy overcoat and becoming exhausted, he was drowned. Every exertion has since been made to recover the body, but as far as we can learn without success.


December 5, 1849


GALLAGHER - The coroner and a jury held an Inquest at Darraugh's Tavern, Commissioner Street, on the body of Mr. John Gallagher, lately of Sligo, Ireland. From the evidence it appeared that the deceased had arrived in Quebec last summer where he remained some time, but finding nothing in the shape of employment, came up to Montreal where being also unsuccessful, he was by some friends aided to return to Quebec with the intention of going back to Ireland. In this purpose he failed and about ten days

ago came up here again where no opening arising for him, he said he would next morning proceed to Kingston. He retired to bed about nine o'clock on Tuesday evening, and was not again seen until Wednesday morning about half-past eight, when some heavy moans attracted a fellow lodger in his bedroom, who found him in bed deluged with blood and an open razor lying on the floor beside the bed. He was weak from loss of blood, but able to speak, called for a drink of water, admitted what he had done and asked for a Roman Catholic priest. No time was lost in procuring a priest, and Dr. R. P. Howard (corner of McGill and Great St. James Streets) was immediately in attendance who on examination found he had made a deep incision across the front of his throat, three and a half inches in length. Dr. H. immediately sent for further medical assistance, but before Dr. Sutherland arrived, he had the wound sewn up and dressed. The unfortunate man died about three hours after. It appeared in evidence that the deceased had been a merchant at home, and belonged to a family of the first respectability, that reverses in life had brought him to this country, where he found himself friendless and destitute, and had latterly made up his mind to commit the rash act. He left a letter addressed to an acquaintance which from the date and soiled appearance, had been two days written and carried about on his person, in which he states that before this would reach him, he would be he hoped in Heaven, and gave some directions as to his funeral, etc. Before committing the deed, he had deliberately tied the razor with a piece of tape across the handle to stiffen and prevent it from doubling back. It was stated that he had never been married. His appearance indicated an age of forty years or upwards. The jury after considerable deliberation returned a verdict of "Felo de se".


December 8, 1849


CURPHEY - Died in this city, on Monday the 3rd instant, after a lingering illness which he bore with Christian resignation, Mr. William Curphey, Sen, late of Douglass, Isle of Wight, aged 62.


December 12, 1849


DON - About 5 o'clock on Monday evening, a gentleman on board the Longeuil ferryboat "St. Helen" saw a small boat upset near the small island. Several persons were noticed clinging to the side of the boat and one was noticed to sink. Captain Lesperance lost no time in making to the boat and happily arrived in time to save three persons. From what we have been able to learn, it appears that a serjeant, a corporal, and two privates of the 71st Regiment, a detachment of which is now stationed at the island, were proceeding to that place with about 100 pound to pay the men when a squall overtook the boat and upset it. The money has been lost, and one of the men, a private named Don, of the 71st Regiment lost his life. Great praise is awarded to Capt. Lesperance for his humane conduct on the occasion.

December 15, 1849


MATTHISON - Died in Kingston, on Sunday morning last, Mr. Henry Matthison, merchant tailor, aged 40 years.


STOUGHTON - Died at the residence of her son-in-law, John Thurkell, Esq., Bloomfield, on the morning of the 3rd instant, Mrs. Anne Stoughton, relict of the late Mr. William Stoughton, formerly of Kingston, in the 73rd year of her age.


December 19, 1849


HAYCOCK - Died in Detroit, on the 20th November, Arthur, son of the late John Haycock, Esq., aged 30.


ELLIOT - Died on the 8th Instant, at the Tuscarora parsonage, Eliza Beulah, wife of the Rev. A. Elliot, Missionary to the Six Nations, aged 31.


MCILROY - Died at Brantford, on Monday, the 3rd instant, after a severe and lingering illness arising from a disease of the heart, Mary Eliza, eldest daughter of Mr. John McIlroy, formerly of Newtownlimavaddy, Ireland, aged 26 years. She has left behind her a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn over their loss.


December 22, 1849


MCARTHUR - Died in Toronto, the 18th instant, Peter McArthur, Esq., aged 55, for many years a builder in Toronto, deeply and deservedly regretted by a large circle of friends.


PORTEOUS - We regret to announce the death of Andrew Porteous, Esq., for many years Postmaster of Montreal. Mr. Porteous resigned the postmastership in favour of his nephew, the present incumbent, and has for some time past resided in the city with his son-in-law, Mr. Morgan. Mr. Porteous was a most suitable person and much esteemed by a wide circle of friends. He died very suddenly by the bursting of one of the great arteries of the heart. His remains were followed to the grave on Tuesday afternoon by a large concourse of our most respectable citizens.


ANDERSON - A highly respectable farmer near this place, Mr. J. T. Anderson, came to his death on Friday last, by a calamity as inexplicable as it was sudden. He had been in Galt with a load of firewood and had returned home where he had again loaded his waggon with wood, and had proceeded as far as the house of Mr. Henderson on the Mill Creek, when death appears to have overtaken him with inconceivable suddenness. His body was there found in the snow, but so quietly had he fallen that the snow on either side was entirely undisturbed, presenting an accurate figure of the body. He appeared to have been waling at the side

of his waggon, and when he fell, the reins, getting entangled in the wheels, had drawn the horses towards the fence, and there they were till their master's fate was discovered. An inquest was held the same evening before Dr. Seagram, coroner, and a respectable jury when the above facts were given in evidence, and it was also ascertained the no wound or bruise was visible except a trifling scratch, and therefore the cause of death arose from a sudden fit. The jury finally agreed on the following verdict “that the deceased came to his death accidentally while driving a span of horses and waggon towards Galt.” Mr. Anderson has left a large family to lament his loss.


MOONEY - On Sunday afternoon last, a widow, we believe named Mooney, who was residing in the lower part of town, took a pail to fetch water from a well a few rods from the house. As she did not return, some alarm was felt, particularly when the pail was discovered floating in the well which is we understand about 22 feet deep and destitute of a curb. On further examination, her body was discovered in the well, but when taken out, life was extinct. The deceased has left one child, about three years old, an orphan. We trust this casualty will show the impropriety of leaving a well of such depth unprovided with a curb, particularly when the ground is covered with snow and ice as it is at present, (from the "Victoria Chronicle")


December 26, 1849


GAGE - Died in Brantford, on the morning of the 18th instant, Nathan Gage, Esq., in the 66th year of his age. Deceased was born in Ploughkeepsie, New York, and was one of the first settlers in Brantford.


CHIPMAN - Hon. Jeffery Chipman died at Kalamazoo, Michigan, on the 18th ultimo, at the age of 60 years. This was the magistrate before whom the famous Morgan, about whom so much excitement was raised against the order of Mason. Before Judge Chipman, Morgan was arraigned on a charge of larceny, and committed to Ontario jail from whence he was carried off. Justice Chipman was the first witness called in all the trials relating to Morgan.


December 29, 1849


EVANS - Died on Saturday, the 22nd instant, at her residence, James Street, aged 70 years, Mrs. Hannah Evans, relict of the late Thomas Evans, formerly of Limerick, Ireland.