Hamilton Spectator

Deaths 1850


January 16, 1850


MILES - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Mr. Daniel Miles, aged 48 years, for some time gardener to Mr. A. Kerr, Esq.


MCWILLIAM - Died in this city on the 10th instant, Mr. Charles McWilliam, a native of Kirkcolm, Wigtonshire, and formerly of Greenock, Scotland, aged 45 years.


FOLLEY - Died within a few moments of midnight, on the 31st December, Mr. Patrick Folley, innkeeper, West Flamborough.


TELFER - Died on the 14th ultimo, in the Township of Sydenham, Owen's Sound, Mr. William Telfer, sr., father of Mr. John Telfer of that place, aged 81 years.


CORD - Died at Toronto, on the 10th instant, aged 61 years, Mary, relict of the late Mr. Thomas Cord, formerly of Lincolnshire, England, yeoman, and mother of Mrs. W. J. Gilbert, of this city.


January 23, 1850


CROWN - Died on the 3rd instant, at the residence of his father, in the Township of Blenheim, of a lingering illness which he bore with exemplary patience and resignation, William Gardiner, eldest son of Jeremiah Crown, Esq., in the 26th year of his age.


FOUEY - (London) An affray, with fatal consequences, took place in a house kept by one Beveridge in the vicinity of the theatre on Saturday, the 6th instant. It arose from a dispute in which James Ritchie, a private in the XXth Regiment announced his intention to accompany some female who was in the house with them. Some of those present said that she should not go out without her husband. Ritchie then seized a knife, and brandishing it, swore that he would cut up anyone that would prevent him from accompanying her. One of the bystanders then attempted to disarm Ritchie and in the struggle that ensued both fell. On rising, Ritchie rushed upon another soldier named Fouey, swearing that he would "do for" him. After some grappling, and when both were down, Fouey being underneath, cried out that he was wounded. On raising him up, it was found to be too true. Fouey died in about thirty minutes afterwards.

On Sunday evening, an inquest was held before Dr. Wanless, coroner, which was adjourned till the following day to allow time for a post mortem examination. When the jury, after hearing the evidence, returned a verdict of wilful murder against Ritchie who was then consigned to jail on the warrant of the coroner.

January 30, 1850


BIGELOW, RYCKMAN - Yesterday, three young men, named James Bigelow, David Bigelow, brothers, and James Ryckman, a cousin, came to their deaths by drowning in the

Desjardins Canal between the upper and lower bridges. They were 22 years, 14 years, and 16 years of age. It appears that they left home about 10 o'clock in the morning to go skating in company with another younger brother, and in arriving at the canal, one of them went out on the ice to see if it was strong enough, when it gave way, plunging him into the water. Two of the others immediately went to his assistance, when they also broke in. The fourth also went to assist, and of those in the water had a hold of him at one time, but unfortunately could not keep it. They remained about 5 minutes over the water when they all sank to rise no more within 8 feet of each other. The alarm was immediately given, and after about two hours and a half, the three bodies were taken out. An inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq. coroner, and a verdict of accidental drowning recorded. They leave a very large circle of relatives and friends to mourn their melancholy end. This is another awful warning to those who pay no heed to the commandment of the Almighty, “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day".


RUPERT - We regret to learn that a most melancholy accident occurred in the Township of Osnabruck on the night of Wednesday last. The widow of the late John Rupert was found on Thursday morning burnt almost to a cinder in her own house, her neck and a part of her limbs being nearly consumed. It is supposed that the unfortunate woman had arisen from bed during the night for the purpose of warming a pillow, which was found by her side in the morning, at the fireplace, and that she had, in the act of standing over the fire, been suddenly seized with faintness and fallen forward into the flames where she met with the untimely and horrid death.


February 6, 1850


WALKER - Died in Montreal, on Wednesday, the 30th last, after a very protracted and painful illness, Kenneth Mackenzie Walker, Esq., aged 78 years, justly esteemed through life for his probity and integrity. Mr. Walker was one of the oldest British inhabitants in Montreal having resided upwards of 58 years in the city


KIRKPATRICK - Died in this city on the 30th ultimo, Frederick Harman, only child of Frederick Hamilton Kirkpatrick, Esq., barrister-at-law, aged eight months.


DOWDING - Died at his residence near Ancaster, on the 1st instant, John Dowding, Esq., eldest son of John Dowding, Esq., of Martley, Worcestershire, England.

REYNALL - Died at Lynwood, near Woodstock, on Wednesday evening, the 20th instant, Eliza F. Reynall, eldest daughter of Captain Reynall, late of Her Majesty's service.


HAMILTON - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, very suddenly James Fulton, oldest son of Mr. Hamilton, chemist and druggist, aged 6 years and 8 months.


DAVIES - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Mr. Benjamin Davies, a native of South Wales, aged 49. Deceased was a member of the Hamilton Lodge of Odd Fellows.


March 6, 1850


MATTHEWS - Died in this city, on Monday morning, the 4th instant, Mr. John Matthews, jr, aged 25. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Rebecca Street, to-morrow afternoon at half past four o'clock.


DRAKE - Died in this city, on Monday morning, the 4th instant, after a few days illness at the age of 63, Margaret Baird, the beloved wife of Mr. John Drake, formerly of Pafna, Ayrshire, Scotland. Her kind and obliging disposition and gentleness of manners endeared her to many, and while they deplore her loss, her memory will be long cherished by a large circle of friends. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this afternoon at 5 o'clock from her late residence, Main Street West.


LEWIS - Died in Toronto, on Monday, the 26th ultimo, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends, Mrs. Margaret Lewis, the beloved wife of Mr. Rice Lewis, of that city. Her end was peaceful and happy.


March 13, 1850


LAMOND - Died on the 27th February, ultimo, at his father's residence, Esquesing, William Lamond, aged 21 years.


VANSITTART - On the 21st of January, in his 81st year, at Taplow, Bucks, of which parish he had been forty-seven years rector, the Rev. Edward Neale, second son of the late George Vansittart, Esq., of Bisham Abbey, Berks, and brother of Vice-Admiral Vansittart of Eastwood, near that place.


ROW - Died in Belleville, on the 3rd instant, Mrs. Mary Row, aged 87 years.


JOHNSON - In Hallowell, Willet C, only son of Henry A. Johnson, aged 37.


BOYLE - Died in Kingston, on the 6th instant, Elizabeth, the wife of Mr. Edmund Doyle, aged 40 years.

March 13, 1850


MUNDEL - Died at Prescott, on the 4th instant, Jane, wife of Mr. Edward Mundel, 24 years of age.


SWITZER (Streetsville) - With feelings of profound regret, we have to record the strikingly sudden death of our respected neighbour, Mr. Joseph Switzer, near Whaley's Corners. On the evening of Sunday last, Mr. Switzer left the house for the purpose of feeding the cattle, and when so engaged, complained that he felt something break within him. Having managed to regain the house, he retired to bed and expired in a very short time. The rupture of a blood vessel was understood to be the cause of the fatal event. Mr. Switzer is deeply regretted by a numerous circle of acquaintances as a religious and soundly loyal man.


March 10, 1850


WHITCOMB - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Elizabeth Whitcomb, of the County of Somerset, England, aged 22 years.


HUDDLESTON - Died on the 14th instant, Emma, the beloved wife of J. Huddleston, Esq., of Stoney Creek, deeply lamented by a numerous family and large circle of friends.


ALLAN - On Wednesday night last about 11 o'clock, Mr. John Allan, residing near Mr. McDougall's Mill, discovered his house to be on fire. He immediately ran out and alarmed the neighbours opposite and then rushed back into his burning house. On his neighbours arriving they could not see him but heard him inside the house. For some minutes, no one could enter the house owing to the flames and smoke. At last, Mr. Nicholas Chapman, at the imminent risk of his life, rushed through the blaze and succeeded in dragging Mr. Allan out. The unfortunate man, however, survived only until yesterday morning. The family in the house at the time consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Allan and a servant girl. The two latter barely escaped with their lives. (Cobourg)


March 20, 1850


AWTY - Died on Saturday last, Jane Carr, wife of Mr. John Awty, of this city, aged 25 years.


March 23, 1850


MCNAB - Died at Andvoclich, on the 13th February last, at a very advanced age, Miss Ann McNab, daughter of Major Robert McNab, of Dundurn, late of Her Majesty's 42nd Regiment, and Aunt to Sir Allan Napier McNab, of Canada. Her remains were interred on the 26th of the same month with the rest of the family in their ancient burial place at Inchbui.

March 30, 1850


IZARD - Died at Toronto, the 26th instant, Mr. James Mitchell Izard. The deceased was a native of Brighton, England. He came to this Province about six years ago and during his residence in it, was chiefly occupied in connection with the Press. He was a gentleman of considerable ability and varied attainments, about 35 years of age, and his relatives in England highly respectable. His remains were interred yesterday in St. James cemetery.


FINKLE - Died at her residence, Kingston, on the morning of the 23rd instant, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Lucretia Finkle, relict of the late Henry Finkle, Esq., aged 82 years.


April 3, 1850


ANDREW - An inquest was held on Friday last at Wellington Square, by H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of a man named John Andrew. It appeared that he was a person of very intemperate habits, but had been at work and sober for some time, when going out in the afternoon of Thursday, he met with some of his companions and got quite drunk, being unable to walk. After rolling in the mud for some time, he was taken home by some neighbours and put in bed where during the night he turned on his face and suffocation ensued. Verdict in accordance with the above.


April 6, 1850


JOLLEY - Died in this city yesterday, the 5th instant, Frances, wife of Mr. James Jolley, aged 34.


April 10, 1850


LAMONT - Mr. Alexander Lamont, farmer, near Puslinch Lake, was found dead in his bed on Friday morning. The melancholy fact was not discovered until the hired boy called him for breakfast. An inquest was held by Dr. Seagram, and the usual verdict "died by the visitation of God" was recorded. The deceased held the office of assessor for the township and was esteemed as an honest and upright man.


FOLEY - Died on Friday last in her 27th year, Frances Eliza, the beloved wife of B. Foley, Esq., Mayor of St. Catharines.


FLEMING - Died on Tuesday morning, the 2nd instant, at his residence in James Street, after a protracted illness which he bore with Christian fortitude and resignation, Mr. P. Fleming, aged 63. The deceased was a native of County Kerry, Ireland, and for many years a resident of this city, and was respected by all who knew him.

April 10, 1850


DAVIS - Died on Sunday morning, the 24th ultimo, Asahel Davis, Esq., near Wellington Square, aged 76. He was one of the oldest residents of that part of the country, and universally respected.


April 13, 1850


THOMSON (Guelph) - W. Thomson, a young man who arrived in this neighbourhood from Perthshire, Scotland, last summer, was, on Tuesday last, severely injured by the fall of a branch from a tree he was chopping. Dr. Liddell of this place was speedily in attendance, but it was found that the skull had been fractured producing compression of the brain, from which the patient died on the ensuing day.


O'CONNOR (Streetsville) - On the 26th ultimo, an inquest was held in Caledon on view of the body of Thomas O'Connor whose awful death was occasioned under the following circumstances. Deceased had been from home some days on a drunken frolic, and returning the evening previous to his death, found his door locked and his wife and children gone, went in search, and soon met with them. They, in company with others, went to the house of Mr. Frank Richard where they commenced drinking to a great extent. Soon deceased's "better half" lay prostrate on the floor encircled in the arms of "Bacchus and "Morpheus" from which she was removed the next morning to her house a short distance off. Deceased, being overpowered by "the strong man of sin", lost his equilibrium, tumbled out of his chair, and suddenly expired. verdict: too free use and long indulgence of spirituous liquors.


April 17, 1850


MOFFATT - Died at Nassagaweya, on the 8th instant, Mr. Robert Moffatt, farmer, formerly of Glasgow, Scotland.


COCHRAN - On Friday forenoon last week as Mr. Archibald Cochran, a blacksmith at New Hope and well known in this town and vicinity, having resided here for some time, was cutting the beam of a bridge near Mr. Hespeler's mill at the above place during the heavy flood of the river Speed, and just as it finished, he was stepping aside on to a plank nearby which at once overbalanced and precipitated him headlong into the raging and swollen water. He was carried away and drowned, and although some 20 persons were present, no assistance could be afforded him. His body has not yet been found. Poor Cochran was a decent, respectable man and his fate is really grievous to think upon, and acts as a solemn warning to all of the uncertainty of human life as well as the necessity for caution in times of emergency. We spoke with him in Galt on Wednesday when he confidentially talked of seeing us again on Tuesday.

April 17, 1850


TAYLOR - On Thursday last, an inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of an unknown person who had been discovered hanging in a barn belonging to Mr. Joseph Bigger, Saltfleet, some two or three miles below Stoney Creek. He had been at a Mrs. Place's in the morning when he took one glass of beer with a gentleman that was travelling and happened to come in at the same time. He was next seen about half past eleven o'clock walking towards Mr. Bigger's barn, and a little after 12 o'clock, a boy, going into the barn, saw him suspended to a pole by his comforter. The boy immediately went to give the alarm and as he was leaving, he heard something fall. On the boy's return with Mr. John H. Bigger, they found the body lying on the floor without any signs of animation, the comforter having broken with which he had hung himself, leaving half on the pole and other part round his neck. Both ends were tied with running knots, and his neck was broken. He had stated in the morning that he was an Englishman and a labourer. He had nothing whatever on his person by which he could be identified. He had three small loaves of bread in a bundle and three pence half-penny with a razor in his pocket. He appeared to be about 36 years of age, and about 5 feet 9 inches in height.

Since writing the above, the deceased has been identified. His name was James Taylor, and he had only just been discharged from our gaol on Wednesday last. He had been confined for two months for breaking the windows of Mr. D. Nelligan, and on the day he was discharged for that offence, he was again committed for a month for assault on several parties at Mr. T. Gillespy's. He was discharged on Wednesday last, and on Thursday he committed suicide. He was a single man, and has an uncle in Buffalo.


CHORET, BERGERON, LAFONTAINE (Montreal) - Last Saturday, while the workmen were excavating the foundation of a mill on the property of the Hon. D. B. Viger in the Isle Bizard, a

quantity of earth and stone fell in upon them. Theodore Choret, Gedeon Bergeron, and Francois Lafontaine were killed instantly. Their bodies dreadfully mutilated were dug out two hours afterwards. An inquest was held and a verdict of accidental death returned. Firmir LeBlanc had both legs broken, but it is hoped that his life will be saved. The three who were killed have left widows and families.


April 20, 1850


BLIGH - Died at Quebec on the 4th instant, John Bligh, Esq., of the Ordnance Department, aged 32 years, a native of St. Mabyn, near Bodman, Cornwall, England.


SHILLETTO - Died in Paris, on the 8th instant, John Shilletto, Esq., of Ulleskelt, near Tadcaster, Yorkshire, England.

April 20, 1850


ROLLO - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Mr. John Rollo, aged 72 years, for many years a resident of Miramachi, N.B.


SHAW - Died on Thursday last, the 11th current, Mr. John Shaw, farmer, Gore of Puslinch, aged 83 years. The deceased was much respected, and was from Wamphrey, Dumfries-shire, Scotland.


MAYBEE - Died in Chatham, of disease of the heart, after a lingering illness, Lucinda, wife of James B. Maybee, lately of Belleville, and daughter of George Reddick, of the Township of Murray, Newcastle District, aged 32 years.


MCLURE - Died in Flamborough West, on Sunday, the 14th instant, of dropsy, Mr. Robert McLure, blacksmith, a native of North Cumberland, England, in the 31st year of his age. The deceased was a member of the Royal Dundas Lodge, I.O.O.F, M.U., and was deservedly esteemed and respected by all with whom he was acquainted.


WALLACE - An inquest was held on Friday last, the 12th instant, by Thomas Gordon, Esq., one of the coroners of this county, on the body of James Wallace who was found dead on the preceding Tuesday. On Monday, he had obtained some whiskey from an unlicensed vendor named Shupe, living on the Durham Road, Bentinck, and according to a custom usual with him when intoxicated, had lain down in the snow and gone to sleep. When he awoke, his cries for help were heard for some time, but though three or four persons went out in search of him, they could not ascertain with certainty whence the shouts proceeded, and as it was near midnight and the cries for help suddenly ceased, they returned to their homes. On Tuesday morning two of those who had been out the previous night started at daybreak for the back concession to ascertain whether any person was missing, and having ascertained that Wallace had left on his way to the front line, they proceeded to search for him, and after some time, found him a lifeless and frozen corpse. Verdict in accordance.


April 24, 1850


MCNAUGHTON - Died in Esquesing, on the 7th instant, Mr. Malcolm McNaughton, aged 84, formerly of Perthshire, Scotland.


April 27, 1850


MCBIRNEY - An inquest was held in the Township of Clarke, before J. Beavis, Esq., coroner , on the 30th ultimo, upon the body of Mr. Hugh McBirney, who it appears came to his death by the falling of a tree while chopping.

QUINTIN - Also before the same coroner, on the 5th instant, upon the body of Mr. Arthur Quintin, who was drowned in the mill pond at Bond Head while duck shooting. Mr. Quintin was a native of Ireland, and had been for about 22 years in the 96th Regiment Grenadiers, and obtained his discharge about two years ago on a pension of 2s. 6d. per day. He has left a widow and two children to deplore his loss.


CONNOR - Also on the 11th instant, before the same coroner, on the body of Michael Connor who was killed by the falling of a tree while chopping on the premises of W. H. Rowe, Esq., of Clarke.


GOODFELLOW - On Friday evening last, a melancholy and fatal accident occurred in our own immediate vicinity to a well known and respected farmer, late of Dumfries, and more recently of Waterloo; viz., Mr. Andrew Goodfellow, a man of about 60 years of age. It appears that Mr. G. with his own team and assisted by several others, as well as Mr. Lamb of Carlisle, had that day been moving his (Mr. G’s) nephew from Dumfries on to a farm in Beverly, and on returning home by way of Galt in the evening about the darkening, and when in the neighbourhood of Hunter's Tavern, Mr. Goodfellow slipped from a newly painted box on which he was sitting in the act of driving, and fell headlong into the road, fracturing his skull, and sustaining other severe injuries, causing concussion of the brain. He was immediately lifted into the waggon by his companions and conveyed towards Preston, and although he continued for some time to breathe he was quite insensible and no doubt expired long before the party reached that village. A drink of water was offered him at Groff's Creek, but the poor man was beyond recovery and unable to swallow it, if not actually dead at the time. An inquest was held in Preston and the jury by their foreman, Mr. W. Chapman of Galt, returned a verdict that he died of accidental fall from a waggon. We are sorry to state that evidence was given to show that the deceased was under the influence of liquor at the time and the party were driving rather rapidly, although it was alleged he was capable of taking care of himself. He has left a widow and family to mourn his sudden and deplorable end.


O'ROURK - Thomas O’Rourk, a native of Ireland, who came to Glengarry some months ago from St. Johns, New Brunswick, was on Thursday last, the 18th instant, so severely injured by the fall of a tree while chopping with his master, Mr. Malcolm Dingwall, front of Charlottenburg, that he died within an hour after. An inquest was held on the body before Dr. McIntyre and a respectable jury, and a verdict was returned in accordance with the above facts. It would appear that the unfortunate young man had no relations in Canada, but it is believed that his parents live in the vicinity of St. Johns. If this paragraph should meet their eye, it will be satisfactory for them to learn that he was respectably interred, and followed to the grave by the generous Highlanders of the neighbourhood together with many of his own countrymen.

May 4, 1850


PEEBLES - Died at West Flamborough, at her residence on the Brock road, on the evening of the 27th April, Martha Arthurs, wife of Matthew Peebles, after a lingering illness of 2 years, which she bore to the last with Christian fortitude. The deceased was born in the township of Drummondihoe, near Newton Stewart, Tyrone county, Ireland, and came to this country nearly eleven years since, where she conducted herself as a Christian wife and mother, and endeared herself to all by her kind and benevolent disposition, and in her last moments beseeching her now sorrowing partner to bring up her little ones in the fear of the lord, that when it might please Him to call them to render an account of their sojourn here upon earth, that they might be ready through the merits of a crucified saviour to meet her at the great day of resurrection with all those that died in Christ, and there to sit at God's right hard to sing his praise through an endless eternity.


STRACHAN - Died on Wednesday morning, the 1st instant, Mrs. E. L. Strachan, formerly of Finch, Eastern District, and sister of Mr. J. A. Munro, gaoler of this city.


EVANS - Died in Montreal, on the 25th ultimo, Mr. Thomas Evans, printer, aged 42 years.


UNKNOWN MAN - Some time on Wednesday, the 24th ultimo, a shocking affair happened at the house of an Irishman, named John Mays, on the Owen Sound road, about 7 miles above Fergus. It appears that Mays had a number of years kept a tavern at this place, but had lately sold it, and was living with his wife and family, 6 in number, in a log house nearby. He was married 6 years ago, the maiden name of his wife being Martin, and it seems that on account of well founded suspicions entertained by Mays in regard to her chastity, they had not for some year and a half lived happily together. Mays, who seems previously to have enjoyed the reputation of being a steady, sober man, had unfortunately taken to hard drinking for some time past. About twelve months ago, Mays was taken home to his father's house swelled, suffering under the influence of poison, supposed to have been given him by his wife. He however, recovered and shortly afterwards returned to his family again, although thoroughly impressed even at that time with the fact of his wife's criminality and faithlessness.

Thus matters went on until the day above stated when Mays left home on a feint or pretence, and suddenly returning, discovered his wife in the very act of adultery with a man whose name we have not learned. Unperceived by the guilty parties, Mays ran for a pitchfork, and rushing upon them, stabbed the man through the neck perforating the jugular vein and causing instantaneous death on the spot. Then glancing wildly through the cabin and seeing another man engaged in a similar manner with his abandoned wife's sister he, in his frenzy, also stabbed him through the back of the hand. This finished the melancholy catastrophe.

Mays was soon arrested, and under an examination before Messrs. Fordyce and Webster, magistrates in Fergus, and by them duly committed to Guelph gaol, and will be tried at the next assizes. The above embraces the substance of such particulars of the unhappy event as we have been able to hear from parties having every facility of hearing the truth.


May 8, 1850


TASSIE - Died on the 4th instant, at Kelson, in the 75th year of his age, James Tassie, Esq., formerly of the city of Dublin.


LONGHEAD - On the 25th and 26th ultimo, an inquest was held before William Johnston on the body of Miss Ann Longhead who died suddenly and was hastily buried in the Township of Albion. The body was exhumed by order of the coroner and after a careful examination thereon by Drs. Henry, Warbick, and Petch, the coroner's jury returned the following verdict: that the deceased Ann Longhead, being pregnant and her situation being concealed by her parents and by them wilfully neglected and also for want of medical aid, the deceased came to her death.

On the 26th instant, an inquest was held on the body of an infant child found dead concealed in a field on the premises of Hugh Longhead of Chinguacousy. Verdict: It is the opinion of the foreman and the jurymen of this inquest that the deceased infant child came to its death for the want of proper attendance and medical aid and that the child's deceased mother might have had it alone.


May 15, 1850


SAUNDERS - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, John Saunders, infant son of Mr. Duncan Saunders.


MOONEY - Died in Montreal, on the 8th instant, after a short illness, Mr. John Mooney, printer, aged 36 years.


May 18, 1850


KELLY - Died in the valley of the Sacramento, California, on the 20th February, 1850, Daniel S. Kelly, late of Beamsville, Niagara District, C.W.


OSGOOD - Mrs. Frances Sargent Osgood, the distinguished poetess, died in New York, on Sunday afternoon, May 12, at the age of thirty-seven. She was victim of that flattering and yet insidious disease, consumption.


May 22, 1850


SHERWOOD - The Hon Levius Peter Sherwood expired suddenly at his residence in this city on morning. Mr. Sherwood attended the Legislative Council on Friday evening, and went to bed that night in his usual health. His servant on entering the bedroom in the morning,

found the hon. gentleman suffering severely. Medical aid was immediately called in when his malady was found to be a severe attack of epilepsy. All that medical skill could devise for the relief of the patient was resorted to, but death, as we have stated, was the termination.

Mr. Sherwood was the son of a U.E. Loyalist who came into the province during the revolutionary struggle of the Thirteen Colonies. He was born in St. John, C.E., in 1777. He studied law under Attorney General McDonell who fell at the side of Brock in the war of 1812, and at his death, stood the oldest barrister on the books of the Law Society. Mr. Sherwood entered parliament in 1818, he was elected speaker in 1822, and held the office for four years. He was appointed to the Bench in 1826, and retired in 1840 with a pension. He was called to the Legislative Council by Lord Sydenham in 1841. Mr. Sherwood leaves a large family - all grown up - among whom are the Hon. Henry Sherwood, M.P.P. for Toronto and George Sherwood, M.P.P. for Brockville. He was much respected by all parties. (Toronto)


May 22, 1850


DRYNAN - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Mr. James Drynan.


O'DEA - Died in Toronto, on the 10th instant, Ellen Teresa, wife of Mr. Francis O'Dea, county Clare, and daughter of J. O'Beirne, Esq., aged 39 years.


DRUMMOND - Died at Gerard street, Toronto, on Friday, the 17th instant, Jane Anne, wife of Andrew Drummond, Esq., Commercial Bank, and third daughter of the late Captain Gale, Valleyfield, Queen's County, Ireland, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.


MUNRO - Died at Biloxi, Mississippi, on the 7th of January last, of galloping consumption, Mr. Malcolm James Munro, aged 24 years. The deceased was a native of Inverness-shire, Scotland, and resided for some time in Toronto.


May 25, 1850


UNKNOWN BOY - On the night of the 13th instant, one of these disgraceful and barbarous assemblages called charivari took place at East Windsor on the occasion of a marriage with a view of extorting money. Firearms were used to heighten the discordant noises and one of the parties put a ball in his gun which killed a boy about 15 years of age. At the coroner's inquest, a verdict of manslaughter was returned against a person of the name of William Henry whose gun it appeared caused the accident.

May 29, 1850


BOOTH - Died in Nichol, on the 15th instant, Mr. J. P. Booth, formerly of Lonamy, Aberdeenshire, aged 48 years.


June 5, 1850


WILKINS - Died on Thursday, May 9, at his residence Adsett, Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, England, after a short illness, deeply lamented by a large circle of sorrowing relatives and friends, in the 74th year of his age, John Wilkins, Esq., father of Mr. John Wilkins, of this city.


MUIR - Died in Nichol, on the 20th last, Mr. George Muir, student of Divinity of the Free Presbyterian Church, a young man of most amiable manners and much promise, and whose premature death is the subject of general regret in the vicinity.


LAWRENCE - Died at Galt, on the 26th ultimo, Christina, wife of Dr. John Lawrence.


BROWN - Died in the Township of Seneca, on Thursday last, deeply regretted by all who knew him, R. Brown, Esq., late representative of that township in the County Council.


DEACON - Died at Adolphustown on the 22nd ultimo, aged 56 years, the Rev. Job Deacon, for 28 years the clergyman of the Church of England at Adolphustown and Fredericksburg.


June 8, 1850


GILBERT - Died on Thursday, the 6th instant, William Gilbert, jun., aged 23.


HYDE - Died in Toronto, or Sunday morning, the 26th May, after a painful and protracted illness which he bore with remarkable Christian fortitude, Mr. Charles James Hyde, for many years past a skilful and successful teacher of music in the city, and latterly organist of St. Michael's Cathedral, aged 43 years, leaving a wife and three children.


GRIFFIN - On Wednesday last, an inquest was held at Waterdown by H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of Mr. Ransom S. Griffin, only son of Absolom Griffin, Esq., of Waterdown. It appears that the deceased with four others went to bathe, but that he was a little distance from them, and when his companions were about dressing, Griffin was missed. Search was made immediately and he was eventually discovered a short distance from Browns Wharf (north shore of the Bay). Verdict accordingly. Deceased was much respected and has left a large circle of friends and acquaintances to deplore his mournful end.

June 12, 1850


SMILEY - Died yesterday morning, the 11th instant, after a lingering illness in the 51st year of her age, Agnes, relict of the late Mr. Samuel Smiley, of Kingston, and mother of the publisher of this journal. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral this (Wednesday) afternoon at 5 o'clock from the residence of Mr. Smiley, James street, to the new cemetery.


MARSHALL - Died at Youngstown, N.Y., on Monday the 10th instant, after a painful and protracted illness of six years which was borne with true Christian fortitude, Sarah, wife of Mr. James Marshall, formerly of Toronto.


June 15, 1850


BROWN - A young man named James Brown, from County Down, Ireland, in the employ of Mr. Ogilvy, Lower Lachine, came to his death last week in a melancholy manner. It appears that Brown harnessed one of his employer's horses using a riding, instead of a driving, bridle. The animal, a high-spirited creature, on being led off, suddenly took fright, and ran towards a fence crushing the young man against one of the posts. He received such internal injury, extensive apoplexy of the spinal cord, as observed and exhibited by Dr. Arnold, as to cause his death in about twelve hours after the accident.


YOUNG - In the Township of Blenheim on Saturday, the first day of June, as Mr. James Young was assisting a neighbour to roll logs, his handspike got fast under a log to which the oxen were hitched. The team, moving suddenly forward, caused the handspike to strike him so violently on the head, that he died from the effects of the blow after suffering thirty hours. Truly it may be said "in the midst, of life, we are in death". Mr. Young was a native of Perthshire, Scotland, aged 52 years. He emigrated to New Brunswick in the year 1819 or 20, from thence to Canada. He resided for about seven years in the township of Blenheim justly esteemed and respected by all who knew him. His loss will be severely felt by a large circle of friends and acquaintances who now mourn his sudden and unexpected death.


DENNENY (Cornwall) - When a barge was passing through one of the locks of the canal in front of this town, on Sunday evening last, it appears that the tow rope became entangled on the gate near the water's edge, when one of the lockmen, named James Denney, while leaning forward, to disengage the rope, was struck on the side of the head by a sudden jerk of the tow line. The force of the blow knocked the poor man down. In falling his head came in contact with the curbstone thereby fracturing his skull. Medical aid was immediately called, but the man died in the course of a few hours after the accident. An inquest was held

on the body by Dr. Macdonald and a verdict returned in accordance with the foregoing facts. The deceased was a respectable, sober, industrious man, and has left a large family to deplore his sad fate.


June 19, 1850


HAMMILL - Died at his residence, Township of Ancaster, on Monday, the 17th instant, Patrick Hammill, Esq., in the 56th year of his age.


CHETWYND - We regret to announce the sudden death of Sir G. Chetwynd, Bart, who expired we believe in a fit of apoplexy on Friday evening at Grendar Hall, near Athestone, Warwickshire.


WILSON (Quebec) - On Tuesday afternoon some of the crew of the ship "Chester" which arrived on the morning of that day from Belfast went ashore, and after passing the evening in drinking, returned on board considerably under the influence of their potations, Immediately on getting on deck, they quarrelled with the master, and, as, we have heard, a scuffle ensued during which one of the men, David Wilson, fell, or threw, himself overboard, sank, and did not rise again.


LUSSAC - Gay Lussac, the eminent chemist, died in Paris on the 9th of May in his 73rd year. Lussac whose noble life has been occupied by a series of great, and useful labours in chemistry and physics, gave very early promise of the reputation he was to acquire. The friend and pupil of Berthelot, he first distinguished himself by a work on the gases and vapours which placed him at once at the side of Dalton. As a savant, he extended the bounds of science by the most, brilliant and startling discoveries, making his researches, sometimes alone, sometimes in connection with other eminent men, Thenard and Humboldt, for instance. There is hardly a branch of physical science in which he has not laboured with signal success. There is hardly a savant in his study or a manufacturer in his factory but is indebted to Gay Lussac for some scientific suggestion which facilitates his labours, and renders his results more perfect.


PORTER - Death of Jane Porter - The death of the celebrated authoress whose writings "Thaddeus of Warsaw", "The Scottish Chiefs", "Pastor's Friends", etc. must be well known to our readers took place at the residence of her brother, Dr. W. O. Porter, of Bristol on Thursday night. Miss Porter's disease was a second attack of apoplexy. She was in her 74th year and maintained the vigour of her intelligence and her habitual cheerfulness of disposition till the close of life.


I.ABOUCHERE - We regret to announce the sudden death of the wife of the Right Hon. H. Labouchere, the President of the Board of Trade. The deceased was the youngest daughter of the late Sir T. Baring, Bart, and sister of the First, Lord of the Admiralty.

Mr. Labouchere was in town when a special message arrived early yesterday morning from Chislehurst announcing Mrs. Labouchere's illness in consequence of which he left town immediately. Mrs. Labouchere's confinement was not expected to take place for a month or two. Premature labour was the cause of death.


June 22, 1850


CLARK - Died yesterday morning, William Hutchinson, infant son of Hutchinson Clark, Esq., aged 10 months. The funeral takes place to-morrow afternoon at half past three o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.


June 26, 1850


SUTTON - Died at St. Louis, on the 17th instant, of cholera, Mr. Joseph Sutton, late of this city.


MATTHEWS - We regret to learn that Mr. Howard R. Matthews of London committed suicide on Saturday last by shooting himself with a pistol. No cause has transpired for the commission of the fearful offence. Mr. Matthews was perfectly easy in his circumstances; indeed one of the richest men in the Western Country, and has been extensively engaged in government contracts. At the time of his death, he was employed in executing a contract for certain improvements on the Rond Eau.


WETENHALL - Death of Dr. Wetenhall: With no ordinary feelings of sorrow do we record the decease of the late member for Halton which took place at Toronto on Friday last. We know few men in the country who are more deservedly esteemed than Mr. Wetenhall and certain we are that his premature death will cast a gloom over the whole district in which he was so well known and for which he laboured for years. His remains were brought up from Toronto to Wellington Square on Sunday last, and the funeral procession from the latter place was one of the largest which has been seen in the County. No man could better deserve this last testimony of respect. Since his arrival in Canada, Mr. Wetenhall had been indefatigable in his exertions to improve the agriculture, and neither labour nor money was spared in the task which he had voluntarily undertaken. A great portion of the improved stock for which the Gore District stands pre-eminent was improved by Mr. Wetenhall, and the liberal and disinterested manner in which he distributed this stock through the country may be considered the chief reason for the improvement which has been effected.

In public life Mr. Wetenhall was deservedly held in high estimation by all parties. A gentleman in every sense of the word, he neither sought to intrude his opinions upon political opponents nor took offence at any opposition which was offered him. Would that in this province, where friendship and the best feelings which distinguish mankind are too often forgotten or destroyed with silly virulence of faction, we had more men of Mr. Wetenhall's stamp.

And what a lesson may be learned by public men, indeed by all, from the short career and melancholy fate of the gentleman whose decease we are called upon to record. But short months ago, we met him in his county in apparent health and vigour, enjoying the confidence of the highest authorities in the Province and seeking from his constituents a renewal of that support which had bear so generously accorded to him in times gone by. Four months have passed, and the strong man who appeared but to be entering on a long career of honour and usefulness lies in the silent tomb, cut off in the summer of life, in the springtime of his hopes and ambitions, from an interesting family and the enjoyment of all the blessings which earth could afford. Surely the living have much to learn from a review of the life and career of the departed.

We understand that Mr. Wetenhall leaves a widow and several children, the former in very delicate health, to mourn their irreparable loss. Callous must he be who will not sympathize in their deep affliction.

The following is from yesterday's "Journal". Mr. Wetenhall was very popular in the country and was several years Warden of the Gore District. To his ability and attention, the District owes much of its financial and general prosperity. He presided over the Council with judgment and impartiality, and earned for himself the respect and esteem of all. As an agriculturalist, Mr. Wetenhall took a leading part and was Vice President of the Provincial Agricultural Association last year, and appointed President for this. His death is regretted by all who knew him as a public and private loss. On Sunday his remains were received on board the steamer "City of Toronto" by the Hon. Mr. Baldwin; R. Spence, Esq., Warden of Wentworth and Halton; and the Hon. Messrs. Berrie and Mills. The Steamer, her flag half-mast high, arrived at Wellington Square at 11 o'clock where a large number of the friends of the deceased gentleman were in attendance who exhibited the greatest respect and sympathy. At one o'clock, the procession proceeded for Nelson Church, the family burying ground. The carriages extended at least one mile, and we observed many of the friends of the deceased from various parts of the counties.


July 6, 1850


ROSS - Died last night at 11 o'clock, Rev. Ralph Ross, minister of Knox's Church, in this city, aged 52 years. The funeral will take place on Monday at 2 o'clock from his late residence.


OSBORNE - Died this morning at 2 o'clock, the Rev. John Osborne, aged 62 years.


ROY - Died yesterday morning, Anna Stewart, daughter of Mr. Robert Roy, merchant, aged 2 years and 8 months.

July 6, 1850


BOURDON - (Guelph) Martha Ann Eliza Bourdon and John Klampp were today brought into town and committed to the city gaol, charged with having poisoned Dominick Anthony Bourdon, the husband of the female. The deceased was a farmer in the Township of Wellesley, and an important connection is said to have existed between Klampp and Mrs. Bourdon, resulting in this fearful crime. An inquest was held on the body of the deceased by Dr. Scott, and a verdict of wilful murder returned against the above parties.


July 10, 1850


MURPHY - Died in Montreal, on the 2nd instant, Mr. Alexander Murphy, printer, aged 29.


BRUCE - Died on Sunday night last, in consequence of the bursting of a blood vessel, Jessy, daughter of Mr. Magnus Bruce, of this city, aged 9 years.


DRAPER - Died at Fort William, on the 7th ultimo, in his 22nd year, Robert Henry, son of the Hon. Mr. Justice Draper.


OSBORNE - Death of the Rev. J. Osborne: On Saturday morning last, after a lingering and severe illness, the esteemed Pastor of the Congregational church in this city, quietly and resignedly shuffled off the mortal coil. He was a man of more than common talent, a vigilant soldier in the cause which he had espoused, and defended his doctrine with a zeal and earnest eloquence rarely met with. He differed with many in his religious views and preached a liberality upon those points not generally conceded, but he was firm in his belief and stoutly maintained his position. In private, he was esteemed and respected, and carried out in his transaction with his fellow men that high-toned principle which he preached from the pulpit. His funeral on Sunday was attended by a great number of our citizens.


ROSS - On Friday night last, after a fortnight's suffering from a severe attack of erysipelas, the Rev. R. Ross, for some time Minister of the Free Church here, departed this life, sincerely mourned by a large circle of friends and relatives. His Christian-like deportment and amiable character endeared him to all who knew him and tended to make his loss the more regretted. He stood high in the Church with which he was connected and was amongst the brightest of its Canadian lights. There is no need however, to write a panegyric upon a man so well known and esteemed. If we were so disposed, we could add much in praise of his character and life. He was buried in the cemetery on Sunday afternoon.

MCKEE- We learn that on Sunday evening, Mr. R. McKee, living near the Bay, and who had been unwell for some time past, suddenly expired in an apoplectic fit. Deceased was engaged in a "row" about a fortnight ago, and had never thoroughly recovered since. An inquest was held by Mr. Kerby, city coroner, when a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned, (from the "Journal").

There are three blunders in the above few lines which are really unpardonable under the circumstances. Deceased did not die of apoplexy; the contrary was clearly established by medical gentlemen who examined the body. Deceased was not engaged in a "row" a fortnight ago. He went to the assistance of a neighbour who was being severely beaten by some ruffians, and was injured ere he could save his friend. In the third place, the inquest was held by Mr. Bull, instead of Mr. Kerby. In a matter of this kind where the feeling of a family and many friends may be wounded, even by inadvertency, news writers should take some little trouble to inform themselves on the subjects upon which they treat.


July 20, 1850


YOUELL - Died in the city of Buffalo, on the 13th instant, Clarissa Margaret Anne, daughter of George Youell, Esq., late of Caledonia, Grand River, aged 14 months and 3 days.


LINDSAY - We regret to be called upon to announce the very sudden demise of Mr. Michael Lindsay, of Hornby, which occurred at his residence there on the evening of Saturday, the 13th instant. Mr. L. has been long known to many of the inhabitants of Esquesing and Trafalgar as a zealous loyalist and a prosperous settler. He died at the advanced age of 63, and leaves a widow to deplore his loss.


July 24, 1850


DOLBEER - Died in Perry, N.Y., on the 16th instant, William Dolbeer, of Hamilton, C.W., aged 39 years.


FERGUSSON - Died at Woodhill, on the 7th of July, James Scott Fergusson, sixth son of Hon. Adam Fergusson.


CORNISH - Died at Port Sarnia, on the 9th instant, after a long illness, William King Cornish, Esq., M.D., aged 51 years. His remains were brought to London and interred on the 11th instant in the burying ground attached to the English Church. He was a native of Axminster, Devonshire, England, and an old settler in Canada West, having come into the London District nearly thirty years ago, the greater part of which period he resided in London.

July 24, 1850


BLAIR (Brantford) We regret to learn that a young man of the name of Blair was instantly deprived of life by a flash of lightning on Wednesday last in the Jersey Settlement within a few miles of this town. It appears that the young man was riding on a load of hay when the melancholy occurrence took place, and the oxen drawing the hay shared the same fate. Two other lads, one driving a team, the other walking behind, were unhurt.


July 27, 1850


ADAMSON - Died at Montreal, on the 21st instant, John A. Adamson, Esq., of the Commissariat Department, second son of the Rev. W. A. Adamson, Chaplain of the Legislative Council, aged 22 years.


RYAN (Brantford) - On Saturday evening last, about 8 o'clock, two young lads were bathing in a part of the river a short distance from the bridge; one of them named Matthew Ryan, was by the other and a young man who was standing on the bank heard to cry as if in distress, immediately after which he disappeared under the surface, though not before an effort was made by his companion to save him by thrusting a plank towards him. The alarm was given as quickly as possible, and a large number of people speedily assembled upon the bank, although, until the arrival of Messrs. Simon and a young man named Hunter, the body was suffered to remain in the water. These young men, with that true courage which always exhibits itself more readily in the cause of humanity, lost no time in diving for, and recovering the body from which, however, the vital spark had fled. A coroner's inquest was held a few hours afterward, and the verdict returned according to the fact above narrated.


PEEL (London Times) - It is impossible to exaggerate the feelings of profound emotion which the mournful intelligence of the death of Sir Robert Peel was received yesterday in every circle of the metropolis. Sir Robert Peel had called at Buckingham Palace and entered his name in Her Majesty's visiting book only a few minutes before the accident. Proceeding up Constitution Hill, he had arrived nearly opposite the wicker-gate leading into the Green Park when he met Miss Ellis, one of Lady Dover's daughters on horseback attended by a groom. Sir Robert had scarcely exchanged salutes with this young lady when her horse became slightly restive, swerved towards the rails of the Green Park, and threw Sir Robert sideways on his left shoulder. Sir Robert ceased to exist at 9 minutes after 11 o'clock. Those present at the decease were his three brothers: the Dean of Westminster, Colonel Peel, and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Peel; three of his sons, Mr. E. Peel, M.P., Captain W. Peel, R.N., and Mr. Arthur Peel; his son-in-law, Lord Villiers; Lord Hardinge; Sir J. Graham; and the medical gentlemen. Sensibility to pain had ceased some time before his death.

July 31, 1850


TWEEDY (London) - It becomes our sad duty to announce the premature death of an inhabitant of this town of the name of William Tweedy. It appears that he had left London on Saturday last for Goderich with a loaded waggon and team, and whilst he was descending the Sable Hill, the reins being weak or worn out in some part suddenly gave way and threw the unfortunate individual underneath the wheels, when the loaded waggon, passing over his body, caused almost instantaneous death. The body was brought here for interment on Monday last by the friends of the deceased who were much grieved for the untimely loss of the poor young man.


CAMBRIDGE - We have this week the mournful duty of announcing the death of his Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught, youngest son of the late King George III, and uncle of the Queen. His Royal Highness expired shortly before ten on Monday night at Cambridge House, Piccadilly, after a short and painful illness


JENKINS - On Thursday evening as Sergeant Jenkins, with his wife and wife's sister, a young child of 6 or 7 years of age, was returning home in a small boat from a picnic held on that day at Barker's Point, Pittsburgh, one of the oars became entangled with the weeds at the edge of the channel, in attempting to clear which, the boat became depressed somewhat on that side causing Mr. Jenkins to bend a little in the same direction. Upon seeing this, Mrs. Jenkins, being afraid that her husband was about to fall into the water, very imprudently sprang up to catch hold of him, when melancholy to relate, the boat upset, and all three were thrown into the stream between Bell's Island and Barriefield shore. The other boats, returning from the same place, were at some distance, one of which, however, arrived in time to save the husband by the hair of the head when just sinking for the last time. The wife sank a second time before she could be reached on the other side of the boat, and the child never rose at all, what adds to the melancholy disaster is that the unfortunate woman was at the time far advanced in pregnancy. The bodies were found next morning, and an inquest was held by Mr. Coroner Baxter, when the jury returned a verdict of accidental death, but the jurors in accordance with the evidence expressed their opinion very strongly of the imprudence of using a boat on such an occasion, or indeed on any occasion, so small, as the skiff was being at best only suitable for one person.


August 3, 1850


LONG - It falls this week to our lot as public journalists to record one of the most awful, sudden, and frightful catastrophes by which, in the twinkling of an eye, unthinking mortals are occasionally hurried off the busy scene of human life which we recollect as happening in our immediate neighbourhood. On Sunday last about 5 o'clock

in the afternoon, and when the heavy thunderstorm which visited this quarter on that day was raging at its height, just as three men named Frederick Long, Henry Barnhart, and a German known as the "little waggoner" were in the act of leaving the stoop of the tavern in the village of New Hope, kept by Mr. Adan Scott, a flash of lightning struck the party and felled them all instantaneously to the earth. Melancholy to relate, Long was found to have been killed on the spot, his shirt and skin across the breast being most severely burned and singed and part of his clothes rent and torn into shreds by the fearful yet incomprehensible violence of the electric shock. Barnhart was discovered to have been struck completely blind and has remained so ever since, besides being otherwise severely stunned, burned, and injured. The other person who seems only to be known by the cognomen of the "little waggoner", being a waggon maker in New Hope, was only slightly affected in the foot in which, however, he experienced a strange yet painful sensation.

Dr. Ebert and Mr. Klotz soon arrived from Preston, but all attempts at reviving Long were tried in vain. Barnhart who is a brewer in Preston has since been conveyed home and notwithstanding every attention, medical and otherwise, the poor fellow enjoys little hope of recovering his eyesight, if indeed his life be spared, as he now lies in a precarious condition. Long was 24 years of age and son-in-law to old Mr. Barnhart, and head cooper to Mr. Hespeler of Preston, and had lately been employed at Mr. H's mills at New Hope. He leaves a wife and child to lament his untimely end and the bereavement of a kind husband and fond father. At the time and place where the lightning struck, an extremely strong, sulphurous, and suffocating smell pervaded the surrounding atmosphere and even clung to the bodies of the killed and injured, so much so that for some time there was great difficulty in breathing in vicinity of the spot where the dire calamity occurred.


August 7, 1850


GURNETT - Died at Ancaster, on Sunday, the 4th instant, George Gurnett, in the 80th year of his age.


HURD - Died on Monday, the 19th ultimo, at Woodlands, near Guelph, Lucy Anne, wife of Edward E. W. Hurd, Esq.,barrister-at-law, and eldest daughter of Thomas Saunders, Clerk of the Peace, in the 21st year of her age.


August 10, 1850


HAGAR - Died at Bronte, on Monday, the 5th instant, Mary Ann, wife of David Hagar, aged 40 years.

August 17, 1850


MOORE - Died in Toronto, on Wednesday, the 14th instant, Thomas Moore, Esq., barrister-at-law, aged 34 years.


THOMAS - In Toronto, on Thursday, the 14th instant, Martha, second daughter of W. Thomas, architect, aged 14 years.


ROWSELL - On the 22nd ultimo, Mr. William Rowsell, of London, England, formerly a resident of Toronto, aged 38 years.


BRABAZON - On the 12th instant, at the residence of his brother-in-law, James Huddleston, Esq., Stoney Creek, Charles G. Brabazon, late first Lieutenant of Her Majesty's 21st Royal Scotch Fusiliers, aged 29 years.


ACCIDENT - On Wednesday evening last, a melancholy accident occurred in the Township of Pelham which resulted in the destruction of human life. A housekeeper at Rice's tavern was engaged in filling a lighted "camphene" lamp with the highly inflammable and dangerous composition known as camphene when it exploded and covered her person with its flaming liquor, and also enveloped in flames a fine boy who was standing nearby. They both ran out of the house towards Price's store which they would have entered and set on fire had the neighbours not prevented them. The flames were only extinguished by tearing the clothes piecemeal from the burnt bodies. After lingering in great pain, the boy expired at 1 o'clock next morning, and the woman at 5 p.m. on Thursday. An inquest was held, and a verdict in accordance with the facts returned. The Jury highly censured the pedlar who had sold the deadly compositor. If after many warnings which people have received, they persist in tampering with camphene, a law should be passed prohibiting its manufacture and sale.


August 21, 1850


MACKID - Died at Goderich, on the 16th instant, in the 71st year of her age, Mrs. Jean MacKid, relict of the late John MacKid, Esq., Wattins, Coathness-shire, Scotland.


MCCARTHY - An inquest was held on the 18th instant, before George Duggan, Esq., on the body of Daniel McCarthy who was found dead in the woods between the Cemetery and the Old Block House. It appears that he was a man very much addicted to drinking and was in company with a gang of women who frequent that bush. He had no marks of violence appearing on his body. He was seen drunk the day before. Verdict accordingly.


August 24, 1850


MOORE - Died yesterday at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Brega, in Market street, Mrs. Moore, relict of the late William Henry Moore, solicitor, formerly of Dublin and Newry, County Down, Ireland.

August 28, 1850


BLAKE (Montreal) - We deeply regret to hear that Dr. Blake, Surgeon of the 20th Regiment, now in garrison, deprived himself of life yesterday morning. The facts as related to us are that for some days back, Dr. Blake had been indisposed and unable to attend to his duties, and that in his house in Durham Place, about three o'clock yesterday morning, he desired his servant to go upstairs and warm some beef tea for him. So soon as the servant left the room, it would appear that he (Dr. B.) went into the adjoining dressing room and taking a razor from its case, too efficiently committed the dreadful act which he only survived for a few hours, during which time he was collected, and acknowledged that he had fallen by his own hand. An inquest was held upon the body yesterday. The jury, after hearing the evidence of several friends and attendants of the deceased and the medical testimony of Drs. Seaman of the 23rd and Cole of the 20th Regiments, returned a verdict of suicide committed under the influence of temporary insanity. Dr. Blake was, we understand, eccentric in his manners and habits, but much esteemed in the Regiment.


September 4, 1850


CARTER - Died at Caledonia, on the 28th August, aged 38 years, Mr. James Carter, a native of London, England, and for some years a resident in Canada, where his kindness and upright conduct had endeared him to a large circle of friends who appreciating his worth have now deeply to lament his removal in the prime of life.


PRESS - Died in Toronto, Mr. William Press, of the American hotel, and formerly of this city.


HARRIS - Died at London, C.W., on the 27th ultimo, John Harris, Esq., late of the Royal Navy.


MCDONALD - It falls to our lot to record one of the most melancholy cases we have heard of for many a day. The name of the unfortunate woman is Jane McDonald, formerly a resident of this city, but lately residing in Stewart-town, in the Township of Esquesing. She was committed to our county gaol on Thursday last on a coroner's warrant charged with the wilful murder of her son, a boy about 6 or 7 years of age, which, it is alleged, she effected by strangling, and it is stated that she had also made attempts on the lives of her other children. No cause can be assigned for the committal of this awful deed, but it is the opinion of those who have had an opportunity of being with her lately that she is out of her mind - indeed the act is of itself sufficient evidence to prove her insanity.

September 4, 1850


BRENNAN - On Thursday morning last, James Webb, a resident of t Township of Ernestown, was brought to Kingston in the custody of two constables and committed to gaol on a coroner's warrant charged with the wilful murder of William Brennan. The substance of the evidence which came before the coroner's jury is as follows. It appears that the deceased was an old man who went about the country in the character of a fortune teller, and either from the profits of his calling in that capacity, or from some other cause unknown, he had become master of a considerable sum of money which it seems he was in the habit of lending out in small portions on interest to such persons who could give him good and sufficient security for the repayment of the same.

The prisoner, James Webb, had some time ago borrowed $18 from Brennan, und had given him his note for the amount endorsed by a farmer by the name of James who resides in the neighbourhood at Mill Creek. The note became overdue and James, it appears, apprehensive that he would ultimately become a sufferer by the transaction, became urgent with Webb to release him from the responsibility of the debt, which led to a painful quarrel between the two parties. On the evening of the 10th instant, Brennan was seen going into Webb's house where it is supposed he had remained all night. In the morning he was observed leaving the house, and the last time he was seen alive was near the spot where his body was afterwards found.

On the same day, 11th August, James Webb called on James and told him he was released from all further trouble regarding the note which he exhibited with James' name cut out This excited some surprise in the neighbourhood and no small degree of suspicion as Webb was known to be a poor labouring man utterly destitute of money with no visible means of acquiring the sum necessary to take up the note. These suspicions were strengthened by the disappearance of Brennan who was nowhere to be found. Some days afterward, Mr. William Myers, who was erecting a barn in the vicinity of Webb's house, sent a man of the name of Lemon, who was assisting him in the building, to the woods to cut a pole.

While Lemon, in obedience to this order was cutting the pole he became sensible of the existence of an extraordinary and offensive stench in the place where he stood the cause of which was nowhere visible. He communicated the circumstance to Myers, and the consequence was that the ground was opened and the body of the murdered Brennan discovered. The body was found entirely naked, the throat cut so that the head was nearly severed from the trunk. Six of the ribs were literally stove into the body as if by a blow inflicted with an iron-sledge or wooden mallet. The clothes of the deceased were found folded up and lying under the body, and the bare head of the corpse resting on the crushed hat. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against Webb who, as we have already stated, was committed to the gaol for trial at the next assizes.

September 11, 1850


MACNABB - Died on Monday morning, the 9th instant, Sarah Anne Macnabb, in the 18th year of her age.


MCCORQUADALE - Died at Oakville, on the 2nd instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Captain Peter McCorquadale, aged 43 years, a native of Scotland.


HAMLIN - Died August 43, at his residence, Brooklands, Sydenham, on Owen Sound, aged 73 years, Captain Latham Blacker Hamlin, late of the Louth Militia, Ireland, deeply regretted by a beloved wife and family and a large circle of friends and relatives.


HOLMES - Died at Broomhill, near Paris, on the 2nd instant, Christopher Holmes, Esq., aged 72 years, much respected. The deceased was a native of the County of Cumberland, England, but has resided in Canada 30 years.


ROBLIN - Died at Picton, on the 24th ultimo, Mrs. Roblin, widow of the late Philip Roblin, Esq., aged 79 years. Mrs. Roblin was one of the few remaining of the first settlers in the County, one of that hardy band through whose exertions the wilderness has been made to blossom as the rose. She was indeed a "mother of Israel".


September 14, 1850


LAND - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, after a short but painful illness, Sarah, wife of Mr. Scott Land, aged 27 years.


PATTERSON - Died at Kingston, on Sunday last, Mr. John Patterson, senior, formerly of the County Monaghan, Ireland, and father of John Patterson, merchant of that city.


MARTIN - Died at Kingston, on Sunday last at noon, at the residence of Mr. William Martin, Princess street, Mrs. Mariah, wife of Henry Martin, of Clark's Mills, Camden, aged 27 years.


DANSE - Died at Galt, on the 9th instant, Pierre Frederic Danse, aged 86 years. Pierre had been a soldier for many years under Napoleon and crossed the Alps under command of that world renowned general. With honourable scars received on many a bloody field, and full of years, he came to the Canadian Provinces a quarter of a century ago, and lived for a great part of that time in this village, working with a tenacity and industry truly surprising for a man of his age and service. Possessed of a very hardy constitution, he reached more that the allotted span of human life with little or no sickness, and at last sank down into eternity without a murmur. Pierre was well respected here, and was the last survivor of three or four persons latterly located in the neighbourhood who had served in the Continental Wars under Napoleon.

September 14, 1850


SANSOUCI (Kingston) - This morning a very tragical affair occurred in a home in the French Village belonging to a person commonly known by the name of Charley Sansouci which terminated in the death of Sansouci. It appears that a French Canadian of the name of Matteau who happened to be in the house at the time and was using a knife in making some sort of wooden implement quarrelled with Sansouci which resulted in Matteau stabbing the latter in the throat with the knife. Matteau in his defence says that Sansouci made a blow at him which in parrying with the hand in which he held the knife he accidentally inflicted the wound. The case, of course, will come before a coroner’s jury when the real circumstance will be known.


BOYD - (Toronto) An inquest was held on Sunday last, the 8th instant, before George Duggan, Esq., on the body of a female about 35 years of age named Margaret Boyd which was found floating in the Bay near Bee's Wharf at the foot of William Street. It appeared from the evidence adduced that the deceased had only arrived in the city on the day previous and put up at a house on Adelaide Street kept by a Mr. Braiden. She complained of a pain in the head and said that a person on board the boat in which she came passenger told her she was out of her mind. In the course of the day (Saturday) she went and got two pills from a doctor. During the night when in bed she called out for the police, and about half-past 1 o'clock on the Sunday morning she got up and jumped out of the room window which was almost 14 feet from the ground. A sentry on guard at the Commissariat Stores deposed that about two o'clock on Sunday morning he heard several screams in succession like those of a female under ill usage which ceased after a short time when another scream proceeded from the same direction after which all was still.

Such noises being very frequent in that neighbourhood, he paid no attention to it whatsoever and took no further notice of the matter than merely mentioning the fact to the next sentry. The body was examined by Dr. King who gave it as his opinion that the deceased must have gone into the water while under the influence of delirium produced by fever which led to that conclusion. Verdict: drowned by throwing herself into the Bay when in a state of delirium.

When the body was taken out of the water in the morning, it had neither shoes nor stockings on; a cap was drawn over the face which being removed, showed a deep cut had been inflicted on the head about the temples. Under these circumstances, therefore, we think a more minute enquiry was necessary before giving the above verdict.


September 18, 1850


WAUGH - Died in this city, on Saturday last, Mr. Robert Waugh, a native of Annendale, Scotland, aged 66.

September 18, 1850


CAMPBELL - Died on Tuesday, the 10th instant, after an illness of brain fever for four days, Mr. John Campbell, merchant, Port Stanley, C.W., and a native of Scot1and, much respected and deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.


ELCEY - An inquest was held by Dr. Craigie on Sunday instant, on the body of a woman named Emily Elcey, who died in the gaol during the previous night. It appears that the woman was committed on Thursday last for drunkenness and disorderly conduct, and that she was in a state of beastly intoxication at that time. Delirium tremens followed and the poor creature's wretched existence terminated during the night of Saturday. The jury returned a verdict that death was caused by a fit of apoplexy brought on by habitual drunkenness. The following representation was also made by the jury, but like scores of similar statements it will meet with similar notice from the humane and intelligent gentlemen who compose the Municipal Council: "The jury cannot refrain from expressing their opinion of the very defective accommodation of the gaol and the hazardous and dangerous consequence that might ensue from placing prisoners so far from the Turnkey's apartments and in a portion of the building not intended for gaol purposes."


September 21, 1850


MILLER - Died on Saturday, the 7th instant, at his residence, near East Lake, Prince Edward District, aged 82 years, Mr. John Miller. The deceased was one of the remaining few of the hardy veterans who, braving the toils and dangers of life in the wilderness, plunged into the dark forests of our country, then untenanted save by the swarthy aborigines & the prowling beasts of prey, and by their labours contributed to make it what it now is. Mr. Miller was for 66 years an inhabitant of the Province during which time until within 3 days of his decease he never had one day's sickness, neither fever, headache, nor backache.


TRAVIS - Mr. William G. Travis, printer, employed in this office, was drowned on Sunday last while bathing in the river, a few miles above the village. He had waded out into the river and was standing in water about four feet deep when he was suddenly seized with cramps and immediately sank to the bottom. A little son who had accompanied him to the shore, seeing his father sink, ran and procured a pole which he extended to him as he rose for the last time. He made an effort to seize it, but his limbs were so disabled that he could not succeed. He appeared conscious of his fate, and as he yielded to his inevitable doom, bade his little son run home to his mother and be a good boy. Mr. T. was an excellent printer and much esteemed by his associates. He has left a widow and three children to lament the loss of a kind husband and parent. (St. Clair)

September 21, 1850


DUFFY - We sincerely regret to announce the sudden death of an old and respected townsman, James Duffy, for a length of time bellman and sexton of the Roman Catholic church here. The deceased with his family had embarked last night on board the mail steamer with the view of proceeding upward to settle in the London District, when having reaching the first lock, he had disembarked and proceeded back after some articles which had been forgotten. On his return, while trying to cross the lower gates of the Lock, the poor man missed his footing, and fell with a shriek and a splash into the lock basin, and sank to rise no more. Every effort was made to save him, but in vain. He never was once seen to rise to the surface. The body was not recovered until this morning after the water had been let out of the basin. (Cornwall)


September 25, 1850


GLACKMEYER - Died in this city, on Monday afternoon, the 23rd instant, Jane Braunier, wife of Mr. Ed. Glackmeyer, late of Montreal, aged 31 years.


September 28, 1850


AITKEN - Died at Temperanceville, London District, on the 8th instant, Lucy Campbell, wife of Mr. James Aitken.


October 2, 1850


ALEXANDER - Died on Monday morning, the 30th ultimo, William, son of Mr. A. Alexander, aged fifteen months and six days.


MCDERMID - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 29th ultimo, at the residence of his brother-in-law, Mr. G. M. Tighe, Mr. Cormick McDermid, late of Kingston, aged 64 years.


October 5, 1850


SMILEY - Died on Thursday evening, Samuel Elijah, only child of Mr. Robert R. Smiley, aged 1 year and 10 months, Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral without further notice this afternoon at four o'clock.


MCKAY - Died on Thursday, the 3rd instant, Mr. Roderick McKay, latterly of Montreal, and formerly of Moira, Scotland, a member of the Commercial Lodge of Odd Fellows.


O’BOYLE - Two brothers named Finegan were at a logging bee in the neighbourhood of Lindsay, and after their work was ended, the whiskey the party had partaken of began to produce its usual effects - quarrelling and blows. A very peaceable, harmless man

named O'Boyle unfortunately interfered between the two Finegans and two Twobeys who were fighting, and was immediately fallen upon by the man he was attempting to rescue, and badly beaten. O'Boyle presently made his escape and lay down in a distant corner where Finegan again found him and beat him so severely with a beech stick, which had been cut to make a broom, that he died the following evening. An inquest was held on the body before T. Bird, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, when a verdict of wilful murder was returned against Timothy Finegan. The two Finegans are lodged in the gaol of this town. Unfortunately the mischief did not end here. A young man named McGlin, while going to Lindsay for the doctor, fell from his horse and had his leg broken, and another young man named McCaul, when going to assist in the arrest of the murderers, was thrown from his horse with such violence that his life is despaired of.


October 9, 1850


GLOVER - On Saturday last, an inquest was held before H. G. Bull, Esq., coroner, in the Township of Saltfleet, on the body of a child named George Glover, that was accidentally killed by its mother falling over a cradle on the hearth stone with the infant in her arms while in a state of intoxication. The mother having got up some time during the night to go to the fire with the child when she fell, lay there until morning when some of the neighbours happening to go into the house, were horror-stricken by the revolting sight which presented itself - both lying before the fire, their heads completely covered with ashes and the latter dead. On examining the person of the child, a severe bruise was found on the left side of the head which proved to be the immediate cause of death. Its eyes and nostrils had been completely stuffed with ashes as well as other parts of the body. A verdict in accordance with the above facts was returned.


October 12, 1850


SIGNAY - Died at Quebec, on Friday morning, at 11 o'clock, His Grace Joseph Signay, Archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Quebec, most deeply and deservedly regretted by a numerous Clergy and flocks. He was born in Quebec the 8th November, 1778, appointed Co-Adjutor of Quebec and Bishop of Fussala, the 15th December, 1826, and was consecrated under the title the 20th May 1827. He succeeded to the See of Quebec the 19th February, 1833, and was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop by His Holiness Pope Gregory XIII on the 12th July 1841, and received the Pallium on 24th November following.


AMBRIDGE - In this city, on Thursday, the 3rd instant, suddenly, Mary, daughter of Mr. T. A. Ambridge, aged 1 year and 10 months.

October 12, 1850


MACDONALD - At St. Laurent, Canada East, on the 25th September, Susannah Cornelia, eldest child of Mr. Alexander Macdonald, aged 2 years, 7 months, and 17 days.


MOFFAT - In this city, on the 8th instant, of croup, Mary, youngest daughter of Mr. Allan Moffat, aged 2 years and 12 days.


October 16, 1850


ATKINSON - Died at Hamilton, on the 15th instant, William Atkinson, Esq., third son of the late A. Atkinson, Esq, of County Westmeath, Ireland, and brother of the Rev. A. F. Atkinson, rector of St. Catharines, C.W.


TAYLOR - Died in Kingston, on Wednesday afternoon, October 9th, at the residence of his mother, Princess street, Mr. Robert Taylor, aged 30 years.


CRAWFORD - Died at Brockville, on the 1st instant, Jane Eliza, daughter of George Crawford, Esq., aged 18 months.


October 19, 1850


MILLS - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 17th instant, Sarah Cora, wife of John W. Mills, Esq. Relations and friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this day at 3 o'clock, p.m.


FELL - On Thursday, the infant son of Mr. William Fell.


MCQUEEN - Died at Brockville, on the 1st instant, at the advanced age of 74 years, Alexander McQueen, Esq., formerly of the Isle of Skye, North Britain. Deceased was a captain in the Royal Canadian Fencible Regiment in which corps he served with distinction during the war of 1812, 13, and 14. In private life, he was a most amiable man and endeared to a large circle of friends by whom his memory will be long cherished. Deceased was a brother-in-law of Col. R. D. Fraser of Edwardsburg, and father to Dr. McQueen of Brockville and to Judge McQueen of the County of Oxford.


October 23, 1850


ELLERBECK - Died at Brockville, on the 9th instant, Catherine C. Ellerbeck, wife of W. H. Ellerbeck, Esq., in the 35th year of her age.


RILEY - An inquest was held on Thursday before Dr. King in the Police Court House on view of the body of a man named Thomas Riley. It appeared from evidence that he was last seen in

or about John Peterson's tavern immediately east of the City Hall on Wednesday evening in an intoxicated state. He was found on Thursday morning by a little boy named Breen floating on the water in the rear of the tavern where it was presumed he had staggered and had been unable to extricate himself. Deceased was between 60 and 70 years of age, and was an old and well known inhabitant of Scarboro' .


MCCARTHY - An inquest was held on the same day before Coroner Duggan on board the propellor "Hibernia" on view of the body of Denis McCarthy. When last seen, deceased was leaning over the bulwarks of the vessel in the Beauharnois Canal where it had run aground. He was found shortly afterward floating in the canal. He wan about 70 years of age, and was on his way from Ireland to join his nephew who lives in Church Street in this city. (Toronto)


October 26, 1850


WYLLIE - Died on Wednesday, the 23rd instant, Mary C. Woodburn, wife of Mr. A. A. Wyllie.


WATERS - Died in Niagara, on Monday last, Mrs. Catherine Waters, aged 84 years.


WILLIAMS - Died on the 17th, at the Union Hotel, Burlington Bay Canal, Alexander Williams, aged 42, a native of Wick, Caithness-shire, Scotland.


DESHONG - On Saturday, an inquest was held before Coroner Duggan on view of the body of Peter M. Deshong. The jury met on board the steamer "City of Toronto" and afterward adjourned to the City Hall. It appeared from evidence that the Steward of the steamer had gone down to call Deshong shortly after leaving Kingston on her upward trip, but he was lying in his berth and made no answer. Supposing him to be sleeping, nothing further was done until next morning when he was discovered to be dead. The jury, amongst whom were Dr. Gravis Russel and Dr. Norman Bethune, returned a verdict of death from apoplexy. On his person were found 5 dollars and a few shillings. His effects were handed over to Mr. Williams, the undertaker, by order of the coroner and his body is lying in the vault waiting instructions from his parents who have been informed of the event by telegraph. It appears from an advertisement in the Indiana "Palladium" of August 3rd that deceased had invented a new mode of computing figures by which a person could give the sum total of any column as fast as the answers could be written. The sum total of a column of dollars and cents could be given without adding the figures together by a peculiar rule of his own, the same rules applied to fractions and interest at any per cent. Deceased had been lecturing in mathematics in Quebec, and was on his way to this city for a similar purpose when arrested by the hand of death. He was about 35 years of age. (Toronto)

October 30, 1850


RAE - A hearty young lad between 14 and 15 years of age named Rae, resident in West Dumfries, came to his death on Monday afternoon in a very shocking manner. He had been sent with two younger boys and a horse and cart to collect firewood, and in endeavouring to do so, he ran the one wheel of the cart over several logs. The two younger boys, dreading an upset, leapt from the cart, but the unfortunate sufferer sat still, and presently the cart upset, throwing the horse also to the ground, and covering the deceased with the cart, who, however, was not injured by the overthrow of the cart as he called to his companions to raise the cart and let him out. The lads were unable to do so, and one of them ran off for assistance. Meantime the horse began to struggle to get to its feet, and, in doing so, suddenly heaved the edge of the cart on the neck of the unfortunate lad, and in this horrible state he lay until assistance arrived. On the cart being raised from his body, the poor lad was not quite dead but gave only one struggle with his lower limbs, and immediately expired. The greatest sympathy has been excited in the neighbourhood for the unfortunate parents thus bereaved by so lamentable a dispensation of Providence.


WILSON (St. Catharines) - A melancholy and fatal accident occurred in this town last Thursday to Mr. Alexander Wilson of Grantham Township. It appears that the deceased, having occasion to make some enquiry at the sash factory of Mr. Helleme, ascended the stairs to the upper workshop which are unprotected by balusters, and upon returning, must have fallen from the landing at the top, a distance of many feet. No person witnessed the accident, but life was extinct when the body was discovered, and death had doubtless been caused by the fall. An inquest was held before Dr. Raymond, Coroner, and a respectable jury when a verdict was returned in accordance with the evidence.


CAMPBELL - Death of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward's Island: It is with deep regret, says the Prince Edward's Island "Islander", that we have to announce the demise of His Excellency Sir Donald Campbell, Bart, about 7 o'clock yesterday evening, after a very lingering and painful illness which he bore with astonishing fortitude. Of superior abilities and an aptitude for government so sagacious that his political enemies in all the malevolence of frustrated hopes have been unable to produce a single charge of misgovernment against him, we fear his premature death at the present crisis will be a loss to the colony second to that of his bereaved family.


November 9, 1850


DEFRONIERE - Died at St. Cuthbert, on the 9th ultimo, at the residence of her son, Sieur C. D. DeFroniere, Mrs. Margaret Dolanais de Fancoeur, at the patriarchal age of 100 years and

five months. She was 8 years and 7 months at the taking of Quebec, and she perfectly recollected the events of those days when the French families left their cottages and retired into the woods, carrying under their arms their children, and taking with them their furniture and cattle. She preserved to the last day the use of her senses, memory, and intellectual faculties of mind. She left to lament her loss 9 children, 66 grandchildren, 149 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, 65 nephews and 56 sons of nephews. Her funeral took place on the 13th ultimo with great solemnity followed to the grave by a numerous crowd of citizens of the highest standing.


November 13, 1850


JONES - Died on Thursday, the 31st ultimo, at his son's residence, near the Grand River, Mr. William Jones, aged 99 years and 8 months, a native of Cardiganshire, South Wales.


MCKENNA - Died at Bath, on the 2nd instant, Colin McKenna, Esq. Collector of Customs, in the 78th year of his age. Deceased was one of those who participated in the Revolutionary War, and with his father and friends came to Canada in 1783. He was a very active and energetic man and rendered efficient service to his country in the war of 1812. He was a man of strict integrity, sterling probity, and unostentatious benevolence. He gave liberally to all religious, moral, and local improvements, and always took a decided interest in promoting the education of the young. He was collector of Customs at the port of Bath for 21 years. He was a devoted friend of the Church altogether devoid of bigotry, and in his declining years lamented seriously the papal tendency of many of its ministers. He was long spared to the comfort and happiness of his friends, and died fully confident of a glorious resurrection through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ.


HEWER - On Saturday last, an inquest was held by Dr. Orton on the body of Mrs. Sarah Hewer, the wife of Mr. J. Hewer, Puslinch. who on the preceding day, hanged herself in an unoccupied new building adjoining her residence, taking advantage of the temporary absence of her husband who had gone to the sawmill a mile distant, and was absent about an hour and a half, to perpetrate the dreadful act. It appeared that the deceased had been for some time subject to excessive despondency and lowness of spirits, and that for the last three months, she had been affected with acute pain and other distressing sensations in the head. The jury returned a verdict of temporary insanity.


November 16, 1850


OSBORNE - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Maggie Jane, only daughter of Mr. Robert Osborne, aged six months.


MORGAN - Died at Goderich, on the 3rd instant, S. F. Morgan, Esq., Clerk of the 1st Division Court and Colonel of the 1st Division Huron Militia.

November 23, 1850


INGERSOLL - Died at the residence of her son-in-law, N. Merritt, Esq., St. Catharines, on Wednesday morning, the 20th instant, Mrs. Ann Maria Ingersoll, relict of the late Charles Ingersoll, Esq., of Ingersoll, and sister of the Hon. William Hamilton Merritt.


MURPHY (Montreal) - On Friday afternoon, a young woman named Emily Murphy was cleaning a window of the Post Office of the third storey and standing outside, fell down upon the flags below and died in a few minutes afterward. We understand she was standing on a shelf or board on which flowers are usually placed and was cleaning the upper panes of the open window with one hand, while she held on to the top of the window itself, but by some means unknown lost her balance and fell down. She struck the flags with her left hip and then with her head with great violence. She rebounded from the flags 18 inches after falling. The writer saw her at that period, and she presented a ghastly appearance which it sickened the heart to look upon. Blood in profusion gushed out of her mouth and dabbled her face, her clothes, and flags of the sidewalk. She was carried inside the Post Office and died in a few minutes. We would not willingly look upon such a sight again. A Coroner's inquest was immediately held and a verdict of accidental death was returned. She was an Irish servant girl in the employ of Mr. Allen who occupied that part of the Post Office building, and was of the Wesleyan Methodist religion. She was a native of Dublin about 23 years of age, and had no friends in the County. We understand that no blame is attached to any person.


November 27, 1850


MORRIS - Died in this city, on Monday, the 25th instant, Esther Morris, wife of John Morris, aged 69. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral tomorrow at 3 o'clock, p.m.


GIBSON - We regret to learn that Mr. Gibson of the firm of Lovell and Gibson, printers of this city, and of Montreal, expired here on Tuesday. Mr. Gibson was the projector, and for nearly twelve years, the conductor of the "Literary Garland" (from the Globe)


IRELAND - Francis Ireland, an old man residing between Cooksville and Springfield, committed suicide on Monday morning last by cutting his throat. He was in a melancholy state for some time past, and it is thought that he committed the rash act while labouring under insanity.


ROLES - On Monday last, an inquest was held by H. B. Bull, Esq, coroner, on the body of a man named William Roles who had been deranged for a year previous. It appeared in evidence

is no place provided either by the City or County authorities as a temporary place of confinement for lunatics, in consequence of which the deceased has been a burden on the family of Mr. Strongman who deserve the highest credit for their humane conduct. Roles had gone to bed in as apparent good health as usual on Sunday evening, but during the night he got up and sat in a chair. Some of the family hearing the noise and supposing that the deceased was going away as he had done several times previous, arose and found him breathing very heavily. They imagined he was asleep and tried to rouse him, but in a few minutes he fell from the chair a corpse. About a fortnight previous, the deceased made an attempt to cut his throat with a large butcher's knife, but did not succeed, although he lost a quantity of blood. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the opinion of the medical gentleman which was that the deceased died in consequence of disease of the brain brought on by intemperance.

The jury before being dismissed requested the coroner to add the following: The jury cannot let this opportunity pass without expressing their regret that there is no place in the city provided for even the temporary safe custody of lunatics who are either allowed to run at large endangering not only their own lives but the lives of the inhabitants or else they are left a burden on some charitable individuals who at present receive no remuneration for their trouble.


November 30, 1850


SULLIVAN - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 27th instant, Hester Maria, infant daughter of Edward R. Sullivan, Esq.


MATHIESON - Died on the 27th instant, at his brother's residence in this city, Alexander Mathieson, formerly of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States, aged 38.


BRENNAN (Bytown) - A melancholy accident occurred at a shanty belonging to A. Cullen Esq., last week by which a human being was instantaneously deprived of life. It appears that this unfortunate man whose name was Patrick Brennan was a foreman in the shanty and was engaged in felling a tree which caught in a rampike, occasioning the other end to rebound and strike him in the back of the head. He never spoke, and when the men who were working with him, raised him up, his spirit had fled to Him who gave it. This is but one of the many instances of loss of life that occur annually in this trade beset with dangers and privations in which the adventurous back-woodsman engages from one end of the year to the other. Many of them go into their forest graves unchronicled and with naught to mark the spot where they lie but some rude stone or block of wood sculptured by the broadaxe of their hardy companions.

November 30, 1850


CONNELL (Montreal) - Yesterday morning William Connell, a resident of this city for some months, was found dead in his bed in a tavern kept by one Cusson, near the Bonsecours Market. The deceased was of intemperate habits and his constitution was destroyed in consequence thereof. The deceased came from Cork, Ireland, where it is supposed he had respectable connexions who furnished him with a yearly allowance. On his person was found a Parisian silver watch, a gold locket, and a pistol. These effects were left by the coroner in charge of the Chief of Police. Verdict: visitation of God.


DULMAGE, CLAPP - It is our extremely painful duty to record the death of two persons near South Bay under very distressing circumstances. During the gale on Monday morning, a party of fishermen on the shore of the lake fearing their gill nets would be swept away, manned two boats and went to secure them. While thus engaged, the waves rolling most tremendously almost filled one boat, the men in which called to the others for assistance. As the latter were turning to go, a huge wave struck their boat and upset it. The three men in it still clung to it until, through sheer exhaustion, one of them, Andrew Dulmage, let go his hold as did the other, a son of Mr. James Clapp of Milford, and notwithstanding the efforts of the remaining one, a son of Mr. John McCaw, of the same place, Clapp sank when a boat which came to their assistance was within a few rods. McCaw was rescued from his perilous situation and is now recovered. Dulmage was brought to shore where he only spoke once and died, and young Clapp was picked up in an hour or two after. Dulmage has left a wife and family.


December 7, 1850


BROWN - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, after a short illness, Robert Pitt Brown, Esq., third son of the late Robert Brown, Esq., of New Hall, near Edinburgh.


December 11, 1850


FITZGERALD (Montreal) - An inquest was held on the 27th on the body of James Fitzgerald whose death was occasioned by some wounds received the previous Sunday. The deceased entered the room of one, John Mason, a shoemaker in Dalhousie street, Griffintown, on that evening, and being under the influence of liquor, used some threatening language for which he was forcibly ejected upon a gallery leading to Mason's room. A short time after, he was found lying in the room at the foot of the gallery, bleeding profusely from head, ears, and mouth. He was immediately attended by Dr. McCallum and died on the 26th ultimo. The jury were summoned the same day, but from some circumstances which came to their knowledge, they adjourned to the following

day when the following verdict was found: "that the deceased, James Fitzgerald, came to his death from the effects of wounds received upon the head consequent on a fall from a gallery of a house situate in Dalhousie Street, Griffintown, and occupied partly by Jame Mason and John Fitzpatrick, but whether the said fall from the said gallery was purely accidental or otherwise does not appear to the jurors aforesaid known."


MARQUIS - M. Marquis, member for Kamouraska, died suddenly at his place of residence, St. Andre', a few days ago. M. Marquis, we believe, was for many years a member of the House of Assembly before the Union, and at the period of his death, was a representative of his countrymen in the popular branch of the Legislature. Since we have known Mr. Marquis, it was his wont to sit in the House, solitary in his seat, saying no word to anyone, as if he were, to use the phrase of Byron, "among them but not of them". But there was a very industry and devotion in his sitting thus alone, for old and enfeebled as he was, having attained more than the unsual "days of the years of man", he sate at his post when weariness and dreary must have been the task, as he could have taken little interest in, and probably understood as little of, what was going on. He rose on all occasions to give his vote when Mr. Lafontaine did, and he must have been, indeed, a valuable servant to this gentleman.

But once, indeed, he did oppose his leader, and that was on the occasion of his voting against the resolutions relative to Seigniorial Tenure that was passed during the last session at Toronto. Then he went further than Dr. Lateriere, and alone of all the men of the House had his vote registered in the negative, getting up and exclaiming with trembling feeble voice "Je vote contre les resolutions". The House laughed, but the laughter was in bad taste, for members should have respected the last strong prejudice of an aged man belonging to another generation and imbued with the ideas of another age. The sincere and strong prejudice of a venerable grey-haired man, however much they May differ from our ideas of those of the present day, should be greeted with respect.

We understand the M. Marquis was much beloved by his friends and that he was a good type of that old French "politesse" that we read of in books. This May not be suited to the progressive and bustling ideas of our generation, but there was in it a feeling, a heart, a patriarchal simplicity, that, if we would not exchange the modern ideas for it, we May at least look back upon with respect and lingering liking. M. Marquis will slumber in peace if his memory be not assailed with less kindly wishes than ours.


GARDENER - An inquest was held on the 9th instant on the body of a man named Henry Gardener at the residence of Mr. Mulholland, 2nd Concession, Beverly, before Dr. Mullen, coroner. It appears that the deceased was a school teacher, and that on Sunday last, he left home on some errand or other. On returning in the evening, it would appear that he lost his hat, and that in searching for it, he became benumbed, for he was found about

eight o'clock on Monday morning lying dead in the snow. From the evidence of the medical man in attendance, it appeared that the deceased did not die from apoplexy, but from exposure to cold, and the jury found a verdict accordingly.


December 14, 1850


WEBB - The prisoner Webb, convicted at the last assizes of the murder of William Brennan and sentenced to be executed, suffered the extreme penalty of the law this morning at six minutes after ten. He exhibited the same stoical firmness which he evinced in his trial. The Rev. Mr. Rogers attended him. A large concourse of spectators (we should say about 2000) had assembled around the gaol and numbers occupied more distant points from whence the execution could be witnessed. We were sorry to observe some females present, though for the honour of the sex, we must say that the number was small. (See p. 25)


December 18, 1850


HANNON - Died in Glanford, on the 12th instant, Mr. Samuel Hannon, aged 32 years.


BLAIN - Died in East Flamborough, on the 12th instant, Mr. Daniel Blain, aged 66 years.


December 21, 1850


SUTHERLAND - Died in this city, on Thursday evening, Alfred Edward, infant son of Captain James Sutherland, aged 12 months.


ECCLESTONE - Died on Thursday evening, after a long illness, Mary Ann, the wife of Mr. Robert Ecclestone, confectioner.


BROOKS - An inquest was held on Wednesday in the County jail at sight of the body of James Brooks. It appeared in evidence that Brooks had been taken up by the Police in a very destitute state on Friday last and was about to be sent to the House of Industry. On Monday afternoon, however, about 4 o'clock, he died suddenly in jail . The jury found a verdict of death through destitution. Deceased had been seen for some time about the place, but no one seemed to know anything about him.


FRANKLIN - One day last week as Francis Franklin with two others were chopping in the woods, one of the trees which they were felling caught on an adjacent one and broke it. The latter fell on young Franklin killing him almost on the spot, He resided in the Township of Glanford.

December 28, 1850


SECORD - Died at his residence, Burton, on Wednesday, the 28th instant, Major Elijah Secord, deeply and deservedly regretted by a numerous circle of friends and relatives.The funeral will take place on Sunday the 29th instant, at 10 o'clock, a.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.


CODLIN, FINLAN - We have heard that two men named Codlin and Finlan were frozen to

death on Thursday night last. The former was on his way to East Loborough with a horse and sleigh and the horse, having wandered off the track, drew the sleigh against a stump concealed in the snow throwing Mr. Codlin out on the road where he lay all night. Though the neighbours heard his cries of distress, they did not go out to see what was the matter, not thinking that a human being was perishing near. He was found quite dead, his horse standing nearby. The other, who we believe was a ship carpenter by trade, was discovered lifeless on the streets of this town. (Kingston)


December 31, 1850


WHITEHEAD - Died at the residence of her father-in-law, in Woodstock, on Thursday evening last, Naomi Jackson, the beloved wife of George C. Whitehead, aged 19 years.