Hamilton Spectator

                                                                    Deaths 1851


January 4, 1851


GRANGE - Died in Guelph, on the 28th ultimo, Edmund, eldest son of G. J. Grange, Esq., Sheriff of the County of Waterloo, aged 19 years.


SUMNER - Died in Sacramento City, California, of cholera, Walter Sumner, late of Grimsby, Canada West.


January 8, 1851


BRAINARD - Died on the 3rd January, 1851, at Caledonia, Grand River, Martha, the beloved wife of P. C. Brainard, aged 24 years.


EDIE - Died in Kingston, on Sunday last, 29th December, Mr. Christopher Edie, late of the Commercial Bank.


CAMPBELL - Died in Toronto, on the 26th December, Charlotte, the beloved wife of Mr. Burton Campbell, printer, aged 22 years.


FORSYTH - Died in Quebec, on Friday evening at 6 o'clock, Thomas Robert Forsyth, printer, aged 27 years, after a short and severe illness which he bore with exemplary patience and resignation.


KILMURRAY - An inquest was held in Beech's Tavern, Brockville, on Saturday, the 28th ultimo, on the body of Alice Kilmurray, who died suddenly on the evening of Thursday, the 26th ultimo, before Dr. Edmondson, Coroner, and a jury. The testimony adduced went to prove that on the 25th and 26th, deceased, her husband, and friend had been keeping up Christmas rather freely, and with the rest of her friends had taken her share of a gallon of spirits, and that the night of the 25th has been spent in a quarreling sort of talk between the deceased, her son‑in‑law Widdoes, and her husband; that on the morning of the 26th, the deceased's husband, James Kilmurray, and Widdoes, her son‑in‑law, went on a visit to Yonge Mills, drank there and brought whiskey home. When arrived, Widdoes was subjected to a severe scolding from the doomed which he answered with obscene words, thereupon deceased raised a broom to strike Widdoes who put his hands on both shoulders of deceased; that deceased instantly dropped down on the floor and never breathed after.


January 11, 1851

MURRAY - A man named Murray, the occupant of a miserable garret in the St. Lewis Suburbs, Quebec, drank himself into an apoplectic fit and was found dead by two women who occupied the lower floor of the house and heard his moans. The two children of the deceased, about seven and nine years, are following closely in the footsteps of their wretched parent, one of them declaring on the coroner1s inquest that “he was not often in the habit of drinking liquor as he had not always coppers to purchase it, but when he had a copper, he obtained part of a glass from a woman who kept a tavern in the vicinity.”


FREEMAN - A melancholy and fatal accident from the incautious use of firearms occurred here last night at the March of Intellect Tavern, Waterworks Street. Two or three friends had taken tea with Mrs. Allen, wife of the landlord of the house, and they were all seated afterwards round the fire in the drawing‑room when Mrs. Allen, who had 1eft the room for a few minutes, returned with a pistol in her hand and said “Now we will have a bit of fun”. At the same instant, she presented the weapon at the head of a young woman named Ann Freeman of very respectable connexions and pulled the trigger when the pistol immediately went off and the contents took effect in the forehead of the unfortunate girl who sank down in a state of insensibility and expired in the course of a few hours. The unwitting cause of the catastrophe, as soon as she perceived that her friend was wounded, fainted and had a succession of fits which prevented her attendance at the inquest held this afternoon before Mr. Thornay, coroner. From the evidence there given, it appeared that Mr. Allen had purchased a brace of pistols a day or two previously, and his wife and he amused themselves by snapping percussion caps at each other. On the day before the fatal occurrence, however, Mr. Allen had loaded both pistols with ball, neglecting to inform his wife, and had locked them up in a drawer of which she on Sunday happened to have the key. All the circumstances of the case pointed to an accident as the cause of the accident or fatality, and the jury took this view of it in their verdict. The melancholy character of the whole affair is heightened by the fact that the poor girl was betrothed to the brother of Mr. Allen who was in the room at the moment of the accident together with a married sister of the deceased. (Hull)


January 15, 1851


DUNN - We regret to learn that a man named Thomas Dunn, a native of Ireland, but for many years a resident in the Province, lost his life on the first of January instant under the following circumstances. He had been employed a short time previous by Mr. T. H. Arnold of Blenheim as a sawyer in his mill, and as it was necessary to work in the mill night and day with two sets of hands, it became the lot of the deceased to go to work at midnight. On the night in question, he went to cut away some ice that obstructed the running of the mill. The saw gate having been up, he appears to have intended to pass under it to remove the obstruction when it fell, struck him across the back, and crushed him to death. He was found next morning in the position above described. An inquest was held on view of the body before Dr. Turquand, coroner, and a respectable jury when a verdict of accidental death was returned.

POLLOCK - We have just been informed that the only daughter of Mr. James Pollock, secretary of the Paris and Dundas Road Company, was killed on the 6th instant. According to our information, she was walking on the street in Paris on the day above mentioned when some fool, driving a two‑horse sleigh without bells, ran over her and killed her on the spot. We hope the rascal will be brought to justice, but should he ever be confined in the penitentiary for life, his punishment cannot restore to a bereaved father the life of his only child.


January 18, 1851


CLARK - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Agnes Dyken, aged 3 years and a half, only daughter of Mr. John Clark.


SULLIVAN - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 15th instant, Jane Anne, daughter of Mr. p. R. Sullivan, aged 2 years and 2 months.


RAMSAY - Died in Montreal, on the 9th instant, at her son's residence, Bleury street, Christian Anstruther, widow of the late James Ramsay, Esq., Edinburgh, aged 82.


PASS - Died in Dundas, on Friday, the 27th ultimo, in the 33rd year of his age, Mr. Robert B. Pass, son of the late William Pass, Lieutenant 4th Royal Veterans Battalion, and brother of Dr. Pass of Barrie.


ADAMS - Died on the 22nd ultimo, at Chippawa, Miss Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. Lanty Adams, in the 21st year of her age.


MATINEAU - An inquest was held in the County Gaol this afternoon on the body of Joseph Matineau who was committed on the 2nd instant for stealing an axe. The jury found that the deceased had died of a broken‑down constitution consequent of excessive drinking.


January 22,1851


DALE - On Wednesday last as a man named John Dale was chopping in the woods of Oneida Township, the tree he was cutting happened to lodge in the limbs of another, and in endeavouring to free it, he was caught by one of the branches while in the act of making his escape, and his skull literally crushed to atoms. What makes the case more distressing is the fact that he was only five weeks married and considered to be of very sober and industrious habits.


January 29, 1851


MAITLAND - Died in Montreal, on the 21th instant, William Maitland, Esq., aged 97 years.

February 1, 1851


BOOKER - Died on the 29th January, instant, the infant son of Mr. A. Booker, jun.


CARR - Died at his father's residence in Glanford, Robert Carr, son of Mr. Robert Carr, late from Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, aged 27 years. He died a Christian, a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church, much and deservedly respected and esteemed by all who knew him. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral from his father's residence to the Trinity Church in Glanford on Sunday the 2nd February at 2 o'clock.


WATKINS (Toronto) - We regret exceedingly to state that Miss Watkins, between 17 and 18 years, daughter of Mr. John Watkins, of Richmond Street in this city, committed suicide on the 29th ultimo by taking poison. The verdict of the Coroner's jury in the case was that the deceased died by taking a dose of laudanum. The officiating coroner was Dr. King.


February 5, 1851


HALE - Died at Port Stanley, on Saturday, the 18th January, at the residence of his brother, Charles Hale, Esq., eldest son of the late Vicessimus Hale, Esq., Judge in the Hon. East India Company service, aged 38.


SMITH (Kingston) Yesterday about 12 o'clock, a man named Arthur Smith, farrier, of Long Island, was found in a stable in rear of an unoccupied house in William street in this city frozen to death. A coroner's inquest was held on the body, and a verdict of death from the inclemency of the weather recorded. We have heard of one other case, but cannot vouch for the accuracy of the report.


February 8, 1851


ROSS - Died on the 3rd instant, Thomas Benjamin, infant son of Mr. A. Ross.


HOPKINS - Died in Brantford, on the 22nd ultimo, Fanny Rose, wife of Wellington Hopkins, Esq.


February 12, 1851


HISCOTT - Died on Thursday last, at the residence of his son, Mr. James Hiscott, in the Township of Grantham, Mr. Edward Hiscott, of the County of Wiltshire, England, in the 88th year of his age.

February 12, 1851


MATTHEWS - Died on the 31st ultimo, at his residence in Stamford, John Matthews, Esq., aged 86. He was respected and esteemed by all those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.


BLAKE - Died on the 22nd November, 1850, at Logtown, California, of diarrhoea, Michael, second son of George Blake, of Zorra, aged 22 years, who was much respected and esteemed by all who knew him.


PYKE - Died at his residence, Mount Victoria, Vaudreuil, on Monday last, at about 3 o'clock p.m., the Hon. George Pyke, formerly a Judge of the Court of Queen's Bench of the Montreal District, aged 76.


February 15, 1851


GRAY - Died at Kingston, on the 10th instant, Rebecca Hariot, wife of the Rev. John Gray, and the daughter of the late J. Fraser, Esq., of Farraline, Inverness‑shire, Scotland.


WATSON (Galt) - On the 3rd instant, Mr. John Watson was chopping a large cedar tree which, after being cut, somehow lodged upon another and rebounded coming down upon the man's right leg and literally smashing the bones to atoms and tearing off the flesh in shreds. So dreadful was the injury and the discharge of blood that Mr. W. bled to death in a very short time before assistance arrived to convey him to his own house which was quite nearby. The deceased was once a well‑to‑do merchant in Glasgow and possessed many abilities besides a most obliging disposition which had so endeared him to his neighbours that his loss is deeply felt by them. He leaves a sorrowing wife and seven helpless young children well worthy the attention of the benevolent. Poor Mr. Watson has some friends in Toronto and was, when this dire visitation happened him, just about to receive an appointment through their influence more befitting his abilities and former respectable standing. Alas, then, what is human life.


BRIAN (Toronto) - An inquest was held on Monday afternoon before Dr. King on the body of Daniel Brian, formerly a private in the 73rd Regiment. Deceased was found dead in bed on Sunday morning. It appeared in evidence that deceased had laboured under chronic diarrhoea which was much aggravated by his having been addicted to intemperance, and that on Saturday, he drank a great quantity of whiskey. During the night, the door of the room was open and at a broken pane the snow drifted in on the bed. His wife was in bed with him, but was unable to help him from the fact of being equally addicted to drunkenness. The jury returned for verdict: Death by chronic diarrhoea aggravated by want of care, intemperance, and exposure to the inclemency of the weather.

February 19, 1851


WEIR - Died at his residence on the Grand River, on Monday, the 17th instant, Mr. Thomas Weir, aged 33 years. Mr. Weir has left a numerous circle of friends to mourn his loss.


February 22, 1851


THOMPSON - Died at Indiana on the 21st instant, David Thompson, Esq., M.P.P., for the County of Haldimand in the 59th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral without further notice from his late residence at Indiana on Tuesday next at noon.

Death of David Thompson, Esq - We regret to learn that this gentleman expired yesterday morning. He had been in delicate health for some time past, and his recovery was not expected. Mr. Thompson was a consistent supporter of the present ministry in Parliament, and in business he was active, shrewd, and indefatigable. His loss will be severely felt in the county which his enterprise has done so much to reclaim from the wilderness.


MEAD - Died in Montreal on Friday, the 14th instant, Mr. George H. Mead, of the firm Mead, Brothers, and Co., aged 52 years. Mr. Mead was an old resident of Montreal, having carried on business in that city for twenty‑four years. He was probably the first who manufactured pianofortes in British North America and his instruments were exceeded by those of a very few, if any maker in the world. In private life and among men of business, he was universally respected.


CORBEY - Died at North Williamsburg, on the 12th instant, Dr. J. Corbey, father of Mr. Lewis R. Corbey, of this city, in the 74th year of his age. The career of the deceased has been so eventful that a slight sketch of it cannot fail to be interesting. In 1800, he entered the Austrian service as a surgeon; served six years as such in the campaigns of Moravia and Italy. In 1806, he left that service, went to Germany, entered the French service, and was engaged as full surgeon in a Nassau regiment, went with it on the campaigns of Prussia and the Swedish islands in the Baltic, returned, went to Spain, 2 years. In 1808, he attended in the Peninsular campaigns in the French service, 4 years till 1812. In 1812 he left the French service of his own accord and married in Madrid, Miss Caziuta Lopez. By the proclamation of Lord Wellington, he entered, at Carthagena the English service in 1812. He went to Cadiz and was engaged as surgeon in the Wadfield Regiment there stationed, embarked in Cadiz for Canada with that regiment and arrived here in the beginning of 1813, served two years in the campaign of Canada, and was made, during the war, twice prisoner of war by the Americans. He left Canada in 1816 for England with the regiment and in England was put or half pay. Being on half pay, he left for France and spent some time in Germany, returned via Holland to England again, and proceeded thence to Canada

 where he arrived in 1817 at Montreal. Since 1817, he has made a living by private practice and has resided for about 24 years in the neighbourhood of Williamsburg, County of Dundas.


February, 26, 1851


HILL - Died at his residence in Woodstock, on Wednesday last, Mr. Elijah Hill, aged 40 years. Mr. Hill was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Baltimore Unity, and his remains were followed to the grave by many members of the lodge to which he belonged, accompanied by the members of the lodge in connection with the Manchester Unity, all wearing emblems befitting the melancholy occasion.


March 1, 1851


RACEY - Died at his residence near Mount Pleasant on Tuesday, the 25th ultimo, James Racey, Esq., for many years one of the Associated Judges of the Queen's Bench. He was an aged and much respected inhabitant and leaves a large family and a wide circle of friends to lament the bereavement.


SIMS - Died in this city, at the residence of his son‑in‑law, Mr. Daniel Dewy, on Wednesday, the 26th ultimo, Mr. John Rims, aged 66 years.


March 5, 1851


MEADOWS - Died in Nassagaweya, on the 27th ultimo, Mr. James Meadows, sen., in the 57th year of his age.


March 12, 1851


FILMAN - Died in Ancaster Township, on Saturday last, Mr. Conrad Filman, at the advanced age of 92 years. Mr. Filman was one of the first settlers in the township, and was universally respected.


__ We understand that an inquest was held at Pembroke on the 9th instant before Alexander Moffat, Esq., on the body of _ who was drowned in a well. It appears that on the evening of the 8th instant, deceased was in a state of intoxication and went in pursuit of his wife who had concealed herself in a cellar from him. He took a candle in his hand and went after her, and as she was escaping from him up the cellar stairs, she discovered that he had stumbled and fell head‑foremost into the well which is situated in the cellar. She immediately gave alarm, being unable herself to take her husband out, and after assistance was procured, the lifeless body of the unfortunate man was taken out of the well. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts; namely, that the deceased was drowned accidentally while in a state of intoxication.

March 12 , 1851


CANNON, POWERS - The brig “Shakespeare”, which arrived yesterday morning, from Sagua le Grande on the 21st at 10 a.m., when in latitude 39,longitude 74, whs struck by lightning. It struck the fore trysail and passed down the mast. Two of the men, named Hugh Cannon of Boston, aged 22, and Martin Powers of St. John's, N.F., who were in the foretop at the time in the act of taking in the fore topgallant sail were also struck. Powers, it is supposed, was struck on the head as his hat was found with a hole pierced through it. The greater portion of his clothes were found in the top, more or less burned. The body fell overboard. Cannon died in 15 minutes after the accident. (Port not given)


March 15, 1851


BRUNCAU - Died at the Manor House of Montarvillicon, the 4th Instant, the Hon. Francois Pierre Bruncau, Seignior of Montarville, and one of the members of the Legislative Council of this Province.


WHITE - Died on February 3, at Mount Salus, Nalkey, Nanny, the beloved wife of Thomas Houghton White, Esq., and sister of the Rev. John Hebden, of this city.


KINNAIRD - On Saturday last, a person named Andrew Kinnaird in the employ of James Lynd, Esq., York Road, Guelph, was engaged in chopping on the farm of his employer. Having cut a large tree nearly through, he left it standing while he moved a short distance to drive some cattle out of the way, fearing the tree would fall upon them. Whilst doing this, the wind carried the tree over. One of the limbs .struck a young sapling, and the latter struck the head of Kinnaird, killing him dead on the spot The skull was fractured and part of it carried away scattering the brains all around. The unfortunate man was of sober, industrious habits and was a member of the Free Church in this town under the charge of Rev. J. McGregor. He has left a wife and one child to lament his untimely end.


March 19, 1851


HUDDLESTON - Died at the residence of Daniel Lewis, Esq., Stoney Creek, of dropsy, after a protracted illness of three months duration, James Huddleston, Esq., aged 36.


HELLIWELL - Died at Toronto, March 12, after a short and painful illness, aged 36 years, Anne, the beloved wife of Thomas Helliwell, Esq., and second daughter of the late Edmund Ashworth Esq., of Colme, Lancashire, England.

March 29, 1851


GRANT - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Mr. Robert Grant, aged 28, a native of Stockenham, Devonshire, England. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral without further notice from his brother's (P. Grant) residence, on Main Street, this day, at 2 o'clock p.m.


April 2, 1851


BURNHAM - On Saturday last, an inquest was held at Smith's Hotel, Tyendenaga, before J. Dougall, Esq., coroner, on view of the body of Elizabeth Burnham, a widow woman between 70 and 80 years of age who, it appeared, had come to her death from cruel treatment received at the hands of her daughter who not only refused to assist her when sick but beaten her in various ways in consequence of which she died. We learn that some neighbours calling at the shanty where she lived, found her lying in the ashes and supposed her dead, but restoratives being administered she survived several hours after. Marks of violence were found upon her person, and the testimony furnished was sufficient to warrant the arrest of her daughter, Melinda Burnham, who is now in gaol awaiting trial at the next assizes. (Hastings)


April 5, 1851


GRANT - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Mr. Thomas Grant, aged 24, a native of Stockenham, Devonshire, England, Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral without further notice from his brother's (P. Grant) residence, Main Street, to‑morrow, Sunday, at 4 o'clock p.m.


MACDONALD - Died at Stoney Creek, on Monday, the 31st ultimo, Charles, third surviving son of William Macdonald, M.D., Professor of Natural History, College of St. Andrew's, and late of Ballyshear, Scotland.


ROLPH - Died at Dundas, on Wednesday, 26th March, Mrs. Georgina Rolph, aged 35 years, wife of George Rolph, Esq.. In the various relations of life as a wife, as a mother, and a friend, the deceased characterized herself with a true Christian deportment. Her uncommon amiableness of disposition and uniform kindness will long he remembered by all those knew her. May the God of all grace and consolation console those who are now called upon to mourn her loss.


April 9, 1851


HORE - Died in the Township of Flamborough West, on the 7th instant, the beloved wife of Mr. Francis Hore, and daughter of Mr. Fearman, York, Grand River.

April 9, 1851


EVANS - Died in Hamilton, April 6th, the infant son of Mr. Robert Evans, of Port Nelson, aged 17 months and 17 days.


CANNIFF - Died on Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock at his residence at Adolphstown, James Canniff, Esq., after a protracted illness at the advanced age of 86 years. Mr. C. was one of the first settlers of this country.


FRANKS - Died on Friday evening last, Mrs. Jane Franks, aged 53 years, after a lingering illness of four months.


CHESSER, FADY - On the morning of Sunday last, three young lads were chatting together among the saw logs placed on the edge of a bank near Mr. David Snider's sawmill in West Blenheim, a short distance from the Dumfries towline. Whilst quietly conversing, a log on the brow of the hill suddenly moved, and toppling down towards the unfortunate lads, jammed two of them named Chesser and Fady up against another log with such violence that their lower limbs were smashed to pieces and their bodies severely crushed. The third boy miraculously escaped from a knot in the log preventing him from being crushed like his companions. One of the unfortunate boys died in about an hour after the accident. The other survived long enough to endure the additional suffering of having his thigh cut off, but died the same evening. The parents were formerly residents in the Township of Waterloo and the mother of poor Chesser was confined only a few hours before her darling boy so miserably perished.


GREGORY (St. Catharines) - On Tuesday last, a sad accident occurred in this vicinity by which an industrious and prosperous neighbour, Mr. B. Gregory, came to his death. He was hauling lumber, and having loaded his wagon and in the act of paying for the load, his horses were starting off. By holding them back, he got forced against the fence, and missing his step, tumbled under the horses. The animals, no longer restrained, drew the wagon over Mr. Gregory by which he lost his life 12 hours after the occurrence. Mr. Gregory is much regretted by an extensive circle of acquaintances, being an old inhabitant.


April 16, 1851


Deaths in Europe

The venerable Earl of MARCH expired on Saturday, the 15th ult., at Great Malvern, England. His Lordship was in his 80th year. The noble earl is succeeded in the title and estates by his eldest son, Lord Brabason, now Earl of Meath

Lately, Admiral of the White, Sir Edward HAMILTON, Bart, K.C.B., better known as “Captain of the Surprise”. This distinguished officer was the hero of the celebrated cutting‑out expedition

 of the “Hermione” which desperate affair rendered the name of Hamilton immortal in naval annals.


DUFF - On the 21st ultimo, General the Hon. Sir A. Duff, G.R.H., died at Fulham aged 73 years. The late Sir Alexander Duff, who was brother and heir‑presumptive to the present Earl of Fife, entered the army as an ensign in the 66th Regiment in 1792, and had served at Gibraltar, in Flanders, and the East Indies. He proceeded with Sir David Baird's expedition in 1801 from the East Indies to Egypt and served there until the peace of the following year. In 1806 being then the Lieutenant Colonel in the command of the 88th Connaught Rangers, he commanded the centre column of attack upon Buenos Ayres. He was, in 1816, presented with a sword by the officers of the 88th who had served under him. The colonelcy of the 37th Regiment, to which he was appointed in 1831, is vacant by his decease.


RAO - Died February 28th ultimo, at Bhiloor, Rajee Rao, the ex‑Peishwa. The Peishwa has received annually eight laks of rupees as a pension since his deposition 1819 or in all above £2,500,000 sterling.


PARKER - Major General Parker, C.B. Royal Artillery, for many years Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich where he resided died on Tuesday, the 25th ultimo, after an illness of six days. Maj‑Gen. John Botelor Parker entered the service as a second lieutenant on 1st of April, 1810; was promoted to first lieutenant on 1st September, 1803; captain, the 5th June, 1808; brevet major, the 21st September, 1813; colonel, the 10th January, 1836; and Major General, the 9th November, 1846. He had seen considerable service, having been employed at Walcheren, in the operations previous to and at the siege of Flushing. It is said in Hart's “Army List” that he embarked in February, 1812, for Lisbon and remained with the Duke of Wellington's army till the conclusion of the war in 1814. He was present at the battle of Vittoria, both sieges of St. Sebastion, battle of Orthes, affair at Torbes, and battle of Toulouse, and lost his left leg at the battle of Waterloo. He received the gold medal for the battle of Vittoria, and the silver medal with three clasps for St. Sebastion, Orthes, and Toulouse.


LORD DACRE - died on Friday afternoon, 21st ultimo, at his seat, The Hoo, in Hertfordshire. The deceased nobleman was in his 77th year, having been born in 1774. He is succeeded in his title and his estate by his only brother, Lieutenant General, the Hon. Otway Trevor, of Glynden, in Sussex.


April 23, 1851


BURKE - Died in Brantford, on Wednesday, the 16th instant, Maria, daughter of Mr. P. Burke, aged 3 years and 8 months.

April 23, 1851


WYATT - Died on Monday right, the 21st instant, Charlotte Gertrude, fourth daughter of Henry Wyatt, Esq., of Herberton Cottage, East Flamborough, aged 20 years.


LOSSING - Died at Norwich, on the 14th irstant, fir. Edward Lossing, aged 55 years. Mr. L. was the youngest son of Mr. Peter Lossing, one of the earliest settlers in the township and a member of the Society of Friends.


HARVEY - Died Lady Harvey, the wife of Sir John Harvey, Governor of Nova Scotia, on the 10th instant, after a short illness.


April 30, 1851


MCQUESTEN - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Edimate Ruth Eastman, the beloved wife of C. McQuesten, Esq., M.D., aged 34 years.


EDGAR - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Mr. John Edgar, carpenter, aged 48.


CRAWFORD - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Sarah, daughter of Mr. Samuel Crawford, aged 24 years.


IRVINE - Died in Dundas, on the 24th instant, aged 22 years, Adam, third son of Adam Irvine, Esq., lately from Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland.


O'GRADY - Died in this city, on Tuesday, the 22nd instant, after a protracted illness which she bore with Christian fortitude, Mrs. John O'Grady, aged 24 years, and 7 months, greatly regretted by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.


BURNS - Died in the Gore of Downie, near Stratford, Huron, on Sunday, the 23rd of March last, Dr. James Burns, son of Robert Burns, Esq., manufacturer, Glasgow, Scotland, aged 41 years.


May 3, 1851


HENDERSON - Drowned on the 24th March off the Island of Arran, Mr. William Henderson, first engineer of the “Royal Consort” steamship, and nephew of the late Mr. Wm. Henderson, soapmaker, Glasgow.


May 7, 1851


CROOKS - Died sudderly at West Flamborough, o Sunday last, Charles Crooks, seventh son of the Hon. James Crooks, of that place, aged 20 years, 11 months, and 27 days.

May 10, 1851


CHISHOLM - Died at Port Royal, on the 30th ultimo, Eliza, the beloved wife of Colonel George Chisholm, of Nelson.


EWART - Died at Funchal, Madeira, on the 21st March last, Thomas Ewart, Esq., barrister of Toronto, in the 31st year of his age.


AIKMAN - Died at Montreal, on Saturday, the 3rd instant, of pulmonary consumption, Mr. John Aikman, printer, aged 45 years. Mr. Aikman was a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and had been connected with the office of the Montreal “Courrier” since the year 1838.


HOWELL - Died at Trafalgar, on the 17th March last, Mr. Samson Howell, father of John T. Howell Esq., aged 79 years. Mr. Howell was one of the first settlers in the township, having come to Canada under the proclamation of Governor Simcoe. In the war of 1812, Mr. Howell took part in the defence of his adopted country, and at the battle of Queenston Heights in 1813, he was near General Brock when that brave soldier received the fatal wound.


FAIRBAIRN - We regret to have to record the death of Mr. Archibald Fairbairn of St. Mary's which occurred on the 2nd instant. He, with his brother‑in‑law, went to the bush on that day to cut down some trees. Having lodged a large tree into another of about a foot in diameter, they proceeded to cut it. To prevent it splitting up, they began operating on the underside. Contrary however to their expectations, the tree split up some twenty feet, parting from the stump, and sliding back in a most unaccountable manner, fell directly upon the deceased, causing instantaneous death. Mr. Fairbairn was a worthy and respected member of St. Mary's Division of the Sons of Temperance. His remains were followed to the grave by a large number of people. He leaves a wife and child to mourn his untimely end.


May 14, 1851


PHELPHS - Died on Sunday, the 4th instant, at Cayuga, at the residence of his son, Oliver Phelphs, Esq., of congestion of the lungs.

(St. Catharine Journal) Mr. Phelphs was born at Simsbury, Conn., 12th December, 1779, and was at the time of his decease in the 72nd year of his age. Of an iron frame, indomitable energy, and enterprising spirit, he was one of those early pioneers who left the older settlements of the East for a home in the Western forests. After successive removals and overcoming great hardships, he made his home in this town, or we might almost say on this spot, where he built a town. While the outward causes of the success of the place are mainly due to another honoured and

 honourable name yet spared us, none did more to develop the local resources of this place and lift it up to the level of its real advantages than Mr. Phelphs. It might be said of him in St. Catharines as is engraved on the tombstone of Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul's Cathedral “If you would see my monument, look around you”. But St. Catharines is not more indebted for local prosperity to Mr. Phelph's exertions than for its social welfare. With every movement for the public good, he was heart and hand identified. In the temperance cause, he was the head and front, and in the cause of religion, his heart and life were deeply engaged. He lived to see unexpected change for good following his exertions in the former field, and the Presbyterian Church, both temple and people, owes to him its origin and support. Such a man is always missed, for his death is ever a public loss. We miss his stalwart arm and frame from the departments of industry. We miss his influence from the cause of morals and religion, and fortunate shall he be of us who leaves behind him a memory around which cluster as many of the grateful recollections of community.


May 17, 1851


BUCHAN - Died at Bridgend, Glamorganshire, South Wales, on the 16th March last, Ellen, wife of Captain David A. Buchan, R.N., and only daughter of the late Town Major Corbett, and sister of Mr. Sheriff Corbett, of Kingston, aged 32 years.


BULL - Died on the 1st April, at his residence, Rosetta Cottage, Bushfield Avenue, City of Dublin, Edward Bull, Esq., of the “Warder” newspaper, and uncle of the proprietor of the Hamilton “Gazette”.


JEFFRAY - Died at Southampton, on the 24th ultimo, John Jaffray, Esq., late manager of the Bark of British North America.


BALDWIN - Died at the family residence on Front Street, Toronto, at an early hour on the morning of Thursday, the 15th of May, instant, deeply regretted by a numerous circle of relatives and friends, Margret Phoebe, relict of the late Hon. William Warren Baldwin, aged 80. She was the second daughter and only surviving child of the late William Willcocks, Esq., formerly of the city of Cork, Ireland, merchant, and mayor of that city for the year 1793‑4.


WALKINSHAW - Drowned from the pier at Port Dalhousie on Tuesday evening, the 6th instant, James Walkinshaw, of Batavia, N.Y., in his 34th year. He was in a state of mental derangement for some weeks previous to the accident. His remains were carefully conveyed to Batavia by his friends and there interred. He has left a wife with five children and a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his sudden and unexpected death. Deceased was a member of the I.O.O.F. at Batavia.

May 17, 1851


BRAIDWOOD - We are this week called upon to relate a fatal and very lamentable accident which occurred about six o'clock last Sunday evening, to the youngest son (a child not quite two years of age) of Mr. William Braidwood, butcher, on Walter Street, Galt. The poor child had by some means or other climbed over the upper rail of the back stoop unnoticed and fallen headlong into the river which, as the stream is here rapid, immediately carried it away. He was soon taken out near to the bridge, but the signs of death were upon him, and whether from the fall, or the submersion, we cannot decide, perhaps from both causes, the poor innocent, notwithstanding prompt medical assistance, soon breathed its last. We are often surprised that more casualties do not occur, and we hope this sorrowful bereavement will prove a severe lesson of caution to many parents of that place.


May 24, 1851


KERR - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 21st instant, Samuel Kerr, Esq., much and deservedly esteemed by all who knew him.


WEBSTER - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Emma, daughter of Mr. C. H. Webster, aged 19 months and 19 days.


TICKLE - Died at Copetown, op the 31st March, in the Township of Ancaster, Canada West, Henry Tickle, pedlar, late of England.


June 4, 1851


CHILD - Died in this city, on Sunday afternoon, the 1st instant, after a lingering illness, Mr. Thomas Child, aged 70 years.


June 7, 1851


SUNLEY - Died in London, C.W., on the 4th instant, George Sunley, Esq., ex‑alderman for St. Mary's Ward in this city. His death is deeply and sincerely regretted by a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.


June 14,1851


YEOMAN - Died at Ingersoll, the 4th instant, of consumption, after a lingering illness, William Henry, third son of the late Frederick Yeoman, Esq., of Mount Pleasant, C.W., aged 31 years.


June 21, 1851


MCKERACKER - Died at Troy, N.Y., on the 9th instant, on his return home, Peter McKeracker, Esq., of Seneca.


QUIO‑I‑GUA - The renowned chief of the Chippewa Indians, Quio ‑i gua, died on Lake Huron, on the 15th ultimo.

June 21, 1851


KENNY - Yesterday as some men were working at Mr. Askew's new building, an isolated fragment of wall, formerly a portion of Mr. Morley's premises destroyed by the late fire, immediately adjoining where the men were working, suddenly fell burying in the ruins a man named Kenny, and causing his instant death. Kenny was a poor, hardworking man, and has left a widow and one child to suffer the consequences of this sudden bereavement.


June 25, 1851


WILSON - Died yesterday morning at 6 o'clock, John Wilson, aged 71 years, formerly of Hull, Yorkshire, England, universally respected by all who knew him. Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday (this day) the 25th instant at four o'clock p.m. without further notice from his late residence corner of John and King William streets.


July 2, 1851


BULL - Died yesterday morning, the 1st instant, Eveleen Sherwood, twin daughter of Mr. Richard Bull, aged 1 year and 9 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral this evening at 7 o'clock from her father's residence to the burial ground at Christ's Church.


July 9, 1851


PLOWRIGHT - Died on Sunday night, the 8th instant, James, infant son of Mrs. James Plowright, aged 16 days.


BISHOP - Died on the 5th instant, John Hugh Bishop, aged 4 years son of Mr. Jacob Bishop.


ROBSON - Died on Saturday, the 5th instant, Pamelia, infant daughter of Mr. James Robson.


July 21, 1851


MURRAY - Died on the 10th instant, Mary Drake, of Patna, Ayrshire, the beloved wife of Mr. William Murray, aged 43.


GLACKMEYER - Died yesterduy, the 11th instant, Charles, infant son of Mr. E. Glackmeyer.


BRANNIGAN - Died on the 9th instant, Mr. John Brannigan, formerly of the Parish Mallabrack, County Armagh, aged 40.


MUNRO - Died at Vienna, Canada West, on the 26th June, aged 39, Alexander E. Munro, Esq., a native of Fain, Ross‑shire, Scotland. Mr. Munro was for many years one of the most

enterprising inhabitants of Vienna and his death is deeply deplored by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


July 16, 1851


GREEN - Died on Tuesday, the 15th instant, Laura Eliza, daughter of Mr. William Green of this city, aged 2 years and 2 months.


July 19, 1851


CUMMINGS - Died on Monday, the 14th instant, Catharine, the beloved wife of Mr. J. Cummings, in the 27th year of her age.


July 26, 1851


MCDOUGAL (St. Catharines) - It is our painful duty to record the death by drowning on Saturday last of William McDougal, clerk in Mr. McDonald's law office in this town, and youngest son of Col McDougal of Niagara who came to his death as follows. Mr. McDougal had been out riding accompanied by his sisters. Having left them at home, he rode to the lake to have a bathe and it appears swam into deep water when he was seized with cramps. He called aloud for assistance, but no one heard him except a little boy who ran for his father and told him a man was drowning in the lake. The man, who is a sergeant in the Canadian Rifles, went to look for him but could see no sign of him. His horse was tied to a boat and his clothes were there too. Search was then made and his body was recovered in about an hour and was taken to the house of his bereaved parents.


July 30, 1851


LIGHT - On Tuesday, the 15th instant, a fearful storm passed over the Township of Baynham, accompanied by the heaviest rain ever known in the vicinity. The peals of thunder were truly terrific, and the vivid flashes of lightning such as to appal the stoutest heart. Three men were, during the day, employed in making repairs on the Episcopal Church in Vienna when the lightning struck the tower doing considerable damage to the building, and killing instantaneously a man named Charles Light. A person named Silverthorne was also injured, but who, we are happy to say, is recovering. Light had some nails in his pocket at the time of his death which were reduced to a liquid state by the intense heat of the electric fluid. He was a widower and leaves one child to mourn his untimely end. Had it not been for the torrents of rain that fell during the storm, the church would have unquestionably been consumed, as at one time the timbers were in flames.


August 2, 1851


AITKEN - Died in this city, yesterday, Agnes Ann, infant daughter of W. Aitken,  Jun., Esq.

August 2, 1851


GEDDES - Died in this city, of hooping‑cough, on Thursday, the 31st ultimo, Eliza Maria, infant daughter of the Rev. J.G. Geddes, aged 3 months.


SWIFT - Died at Augusta Cottage, on Thursday, the 31st July, Richard John, infant son of John L. Swift, Esq.


August 6, 1851


MANNING - Died in this city, of hooping‑cough, on Sunday, the 3rd August, Agnes Jane, eldest daughter of Frederick E. Manning, aged 8 years.


August 13, 1851


BULLOCK - Died at Flamborough West, on the 11th instant, Ann, beloved wife of Mr. W. Bullock, aged 41 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral which takes place to‑day at 4 o'clock p.m.


ATKINSON - Died on the 10th instant, Mr. Thomas Atkinson, aged 7b years, one of the oldest settlers in the Township of Nelson, deeply lamented by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


August 16, 1851


MCLAREN - Died on Wednesday, the 13th instant, William, youngest child to W. P. McLaren, Esq.


HUMPHREY - Died on Friday morning, August 1st, at the village of Indiana, Grand River, C.W., Mr. Hiram Humphrey, in the 57th year of his age.


August 23, 1851


BRUCE - Died on Wednesday, the 20th instant, Peter, youngest son of Mr. Magnus Bruce, aged eight weeks.


RICE - Died on the 18th instant, Ada, aged 10 months, infant daughter of Charles H. Rice, Esq., at present residing in this city.


August 27, 1851


COMBE - Died at New York, on the 7th ultimo, Mr. Allan Combe, formerly of Cupar, in Fife, Scotland, aged 59.


PLEWES - Died at Acton, Esquesing, on Monday, August 18th, after a few days illness, Mr. John Plewes, formerly of Catwick Mill, near Beverly, Yorkshire, England, aged 55 years.

August 27, 1851


ROBINSON (Kingston) - The “British Whig” informs us that the inquest on the body of Robert Robinson, supposedly to have been poisoned in the French Village, has at last terminated by the jury's bringing in a verdict of wilful murder by poison against Rose Anne Finnigan and Mary Landers, who had previously been placed in custody on suspicion. They have been accordingly committed to await trial at the next assizes. The jury sat five times and examined twenty‑seven witnesses in all, besides re‑examining several others. Much patience was exercised in this inquiry and though the evidence may fail to convict the prisoners, it unquestionably goes far to prove that the deceased had been robbed by the girls and otherwise ill‑treated.


August 30, 1851


MCCORMACK - Last Friday, a fine young boy aged 18 months old, son of Mr. John McCormack, farmer in Puslinch, fell into a large crock of boiling water in which its mother was engaged in scalding milk dishes. The poor child was dreadfully scalded and lingered till Saturday evening when welcome death terminated his mortal agony. It is more than we can do to picture the distress of the parents; words are not equal to the task.


September 3, 1851


MUNRO - Died in this city on the 1st instant, at the residence of his brother, Captain Hector Munro, Dr. John Poynter Munro, of Grenada, a native of Sutherlandshire, Scotland, aged 50 years.


LARKIN - Died in this city, or the 30th ultimo, Anne Amelia, youngest daughter of J. R. Larkin, Esq., aged 17 months.


HAMILTON - Died on the 1st instant, at his residence in this city, Peter Hunter Hamilton, Esq., aged 51 years.


ROUSSEAUX - Died at Ancaster, on Sunday, the 31st ultimo, George Rousseaux, Esq., aged 60 years.


BURROWS - Died at Eastwood, near Woodstock (the residence of Henry Vansittart, Esq.,) on the morning of Thursday, the 28th ultimo, aged 61, Major Arnold Burrows, of Stantomore, near Paris.


September 10, 1851


WILLIAMSON - Died at Stoney Creek, yesterday, of inflammation of the lungs, Thomas, second son of John Willamson, Esq., aged 27 years.


MANSON - Died in this city, on Monday, Elier, the beloved wife of Mr. George Manson, aged 32 years.

September 17, 1851


PULESTON - Died suddenly at Liverpool, England, on the 26th July, Frederick Puleston, Esq., late Lieutenant 6th Royal Regiment, and youngest son of Colonel Sir Richard Puleston, Bart, of Emrale Hall, Flintshire, and brother to Captain Puleston, late 82nd Regiment, residing near Brantford.


HARRIS - Died at Oakville, on Wednesday morning, 10th September, Mrs. Thomas Sandham Harris.


THOMPSON - Died at Milton, on Wednesday morning, the 10th instant, Isabella, youngest daughter of Mr. T. H. Thompson.


PENNEFATHER - Died at her residence in Ireland, on or about the 1st of August, aged 85 years, Mrs. Pennef ather, relict of the late Rev. John Pennefather, rector of Newport, County of Tipperary, and grandmother of John G. and Henry Vansittart, Esquires, of Woodstock.


September 24, 1851


KEILLER - Died in this city, on Tuesday, the 23rd instant, Georgianna Cunningham Monteith Pinkerton, youngest daughter of the late Dr. John Pinkerton, of Newfield Villa, Renfrewshire, Scotland, and the beloved wife of Mr. Andrew Keiller.


October 4, 1851


NICHOLLS - Died on Friday, the 4th instant, at the Grange, after a long and painful illness which she bore with Christian fortitude, Ophelia Mary, the beloved wife of Captain Nicholls, late of Her Majesty's 2nd W.I. Regiment.


October 8, 1851


GILDERSLEEVE - We have a melancholy duty in announcing the sudden death this (Wednesday) morning of an old, respected, and esteemed fellow citizen, Henry Gildersleeve, Esq. His untimely decease took place at one o'clock. Last evening he was in his usual good health, but alas', how quickly did the swift‑winced messenger summon him to his Maker. Mr. Gildersleeve was well known through the Upper Province as an active, untiring businessman. His connection with steamboat enterprises dates many years back, and in a great measure may he attributed many of the facilities for Lake and Bay steam navigation which our citizens now enjoy. But he is gone; the spirit which originated and the mind which planned now sleeps in the cold embraces of death. He has died full of years and full of respect. Peace to his memory. (Kingston )

October 8, 1851


MACARTNEY - Died at his residence in this city, yesterday morning, William H. Macartney, Esq., surgeon, aged 40 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Thursday) morning at 9 o'clock without further notice.


FISHER - Died at Ancaster, on the 7th instant, Mr. Robert Fisher, of this city, P.G. Loyal Hamilton Lodge, I.O.O.F., M.U., aged 33 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral at 3 o'clock on Thursday at Ancaster. The members of the Hamilton and Commercial Lodges are requested to meet at the Lodge Hall at one o'clock precisely in order to proceed to the funeral.


SWEEZIE - An inquest was held on Tuesday, the 30th ultimo, at Mrs. Price's tavern, before J. Armour, Esq., and a highly respectable jury on the body of Andrew Sweezie. It appeared by the evidence that deceased, who resided in Binbrook, in company with Mr. John Hendershot, arrived in this place on Saturday for the purpose of duck shooting. On Monday, they visited the Marsh Island where they fell in with Mr. George Goodfellow. Deceased left Hendershot and accompanied Mr. Goodfellow in his canoe. After shooting together for some hours, they crept through the grass to get a shot at some ducks in a small pond surrounded with high rushes. A flock of ducks passed as they were stooping down and as Goodfellow was in the act of firing, deceased,  hearing the noise of the ducks' wings, rose to fire and received the whole of the charge in the back of the head. His death was instantaneous as they were not more that six feet apart. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.


MCCLURE - We see from our exchange papers that the once notorious General McClure who commanded a brigade of the American Army on the Niagara Frontier last war, has just paid the debt of nature in Illinois. His name will waken many reminiscences among the old yeomanry of these counties where he is bitterly remembered as a cruel and cowardly ruffian, the pillager of lone houses and the abuser of defenceless women, crowning a thousand acts of petty larceny and outrages by the conflagration of the town of Niagara in the depth of winter, 1813. When pressed by the gallant Murray, he fled across the devastated line, leaving behind him the most disgraceful name of any officer who invaded our Province at that trying period.

We thought he was dead long ago, but the utter oblivion into which he had sunk proves that he was as little esteemed at home as he was detested here. It was this man whose dastardly conduct was the true cause of the vindictive character of the latter part of the war. His burning of the town of Niagara was immediately followed by the sanguinary capture of Fort Niagara from the enemy and the conflagration of Lewiston, Black Rock, and Buffalo. Coarse in language and manners, McClure's conduct never belied his appearance, and to the last of his official career, he

 maintained his reputation and that of his rifle brigade as being the most cowardly and pillaging set of vagabonds that ever overran an unprotected country. But he is gone, and although we cannot notice his obituary with submission to the old maxim: “Speak nothing but good of the dead”, yet we sincerely trust that as he was one of the chief causes of the hostile feelings which so long animated Canada against her invaders, that with him will expire the last embers of national antipathy.

Henceforth our rivalry promises to be of a nobler and more rational character. Instead of striving which can best manage a battery of field pieces and scattering deuth and destruction with surest aim, we now try which can best handle a plough or scatter the seeds of the richest harvest. Our struggle is now not for the palm of victory at Queenston or Lundy's Lane, but for the peaceable possession of the trade of the Great West, and if Canadian spirit and energy will bear us out in this contest as nobly as they sustained our cause in 1812‑13, then are happy and prosperous days in store yet for our beloved country.


October 11, 1851


BEMROSE - On the 16th instant, an inquest was held at Bronte before H. B. Bull, esq., coroner, on the body of William Bemrose who had lately arrived from Grantham, England. It appeared that he left Toronto for the purpose of going to a friend's house at Sydenham about 15 miles distant, and when about two miles from it, he left the waggon in which he rode, with the view of walking the remainder of the distance. He, however, passed the house and wandered about twenty miles, and at length arrived at Bronte at about 10 o' clock next morning in a state of complete exhaustion having continued walking all night. When he left Toronto, he had in his pocket about 25 sovereigns in a small bag besides a silver watch and other things of value, but on his body being examined in Bronte, only $5 in silver could be found, although the empty bag was in his pocket and the watch and other effects were found on his person.

On his arrival in the village, he was noticed by several persons as looking very ill, and in about four hours after was a corpse. A post mortem examination was held and a verdict recorded that Mr. Bemrose had died of apoplexy of the lungs, accelerated by exposure. A good deal of surmising has taken place as to who took the missing money, but we trust that the villain who could thus take advantage of a helpless creature and rob him of all his means will yet be found and brought to justice.


CARROL - In noting in The Spectator of the 1st instant the accidental death of a man named Carrol by falling over a precipice on Burlington Heights, we stated that it was said the deceased was intoxicated. We were not aware that an inquest had been held by Josias Bray, Esq., coroner, and that the evidence of the last witness who saw the deceased on the night in question went to

 show that the deceased had not the slightest appearance of being in liquor, nor did any evidence prove that he was in that state. (October, 1, article) A man named Carrol who resides on the north shore of Burlington Bay a short distance from the swing bridge leading from the city to Nelson, was discovered on Monday morning lying dead at the base of a steep precipice some thirty or forty feet high, formed by the excavation for the Great Western Railway on Burlington Heights. It appears that the deceased had been attending church in the city on Sunday afternoon and, contrary to the wishes of his friends, started on his way home after nightfall, and the night being dark, he fell over the precipice and was killed. It is said he was intoxicated at the time, having been seen in that state a short time before. When found, a piece of stove pipe was lying beside him which he had evidently been taking home.


October 15, 1851


DRAKE - Died at the residence of his grandfather, T. C. Dixon, Esq., in London, on Sunday, the 12th instant, John Dixon, only child of Mr. John Drake, merchant, Belaware, aged 19 months.


DUNCAN - Died at Barclay Hills, Perthshire, North Britain, on the 22nd August, Clementina Carnegie, wife of Thomas Duncan, Esq., procurator fiscal, of the County of Perth.


October 18, 1851


BUCHANAN - Died at Elm Wood, near Montreal, the residence of his son‑in‑law, Hugh Taylor, Esq., in the 81st year of his age James Buchanan, Esq., late H.M. Consul, at New York.


October 22, 1851


GIBBS - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 18th instant, Maria Louisa, eldest daughter of Mr. John P. Gibbs, aged 2 years und 6 months.


RYAN (Cayuga) - On Sunday last, the 12th instant, about 10 or 11 o'clock a.m., as two men, John Hammon and George Johnson, were walking on the banks of the Grand River, a short distance above this place, near the residence of A. P. Farrel, Esq., their attention was drawn to something floating in the water which upon closer examination they discovered to be a man's head. One immediately proceeded in quest of a boat which being obtained, they rowed to the body, passed a rope around it, and towed it to the bridge. About 4 o'clock the body was lifted ashore and an inquest was held upon it by R. Young, Esq., coroner, but no conclusion was arrived at, and thejury adjourned till this evening at 6 o'clock. The step was judged necessary in order that testimony of the hands of the scow “Champion” which is in the U.S. might be obtained as it was on that vessel where the unfortunate boy was engaged and last seen. The youth

appeared to be about 17 or 18 years of age with dark brown inclining to sandy hair. In his pocket a small pass book was found on which the name of Thomas Ryan was several times legibly written. It is supposed he belonged to St. Catharines.


October 29, 1851


FOLGER - Died on the 28th September, at Cape St. Vincent, F. A. Folger, Esq.


November 5, 1851


GAGE - Died at Wellington Square, on Saturday, the 25th ultimo, of inflammation of the lungs, James Gerard, son of J. P. Gage, esq., aged six years, five months, and ten days.


MITCHEL - Died at the 5th Concession, Ancaster, on the 31st October, after a severe and protracted illness of eighteen months which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation, Barbara Cochrane, aged 3 5 years, native of Aberdeedshire, Scotland, and the beloved wife of John Mitchel, Ancaster, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


November 8, 1851


BAKER - Died at Woodrooffe, near Bytown, C.W., o the 24th ultimo, aged 65, Ann, wife of Capt. G.W. Baker, late Royal Artillery.


SYDERE - On Thursday last a case of manslaughter occurred in the village of St. Thomas under the following circumstances. William Green, a lad of nineteen, a son of Mr. Edward Green, of the Township of London, had been for some time attending the school of Mr. Crane which school being situated immediately in the vicinity of the grammar school kept by Mr. Thompson, late of this town. It appears that from the time that Green first entered the school he was made the butt of ridicule by a number of the other boys and in many instances teased to an unwarranted extent and sometimes hadled roughly by a united band of the smaller pupils. On Thursday during the period of intermission, Green was again attacked by the lads of his own school, and after a time, a reinforcement assembled from Mr. Thompson's school. A very rough description of play or scuffling caused Green, having to bear more than his share of the cuffs and knocks of the assembled hosts, together with the unpleasant nicknames which greeted his ears from all sides, became exasperated and threw his antagonists right and left as they approached him. At length, Edmund Sydere, son of a widow lady in St. Thomas, came in contact with Green who in a moment of thoughtless excitement struck the unfortunate boy about the head and gave him a kick in the region of the lungs, when he fell, but immediately got up again and complained of a severe pain in his leg. His appearance indicated severe suffering. He was placed in a waggon and taken to his mother's residence at a short distance where he expired in a few moments without uttering

a word and before a medical man could he obtained. Green was immediately arrested and on Friday Dr. Southwick, the coroner, summoned a jury before which a post morten examination on the body took place showing internal injuries sufficient to cause death. A patient and protracted investigation was held, a number of witnesses were examired, and a verdict of manslaughter recorded against the prisoner who is now in the county jail where, if not bailed out, he will have to spend the long dreary months of winter as no court competent to try his case will sit until April or May next.


November 12, 1851


NIXON - Died in London, C.W., on Thursday, the 6th November, after an illness of a few days, aged 25 years, Thomas Metcalf Nixon, only son of Thomas C. Nixon, Esq. The deceased was a young man of promising abilities and highly esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He was a prominent member of the order of Odd Eellows and as such was held in high estimation among his brethren. His loss is deeply deplored by his sorrowing relatives and a wide circle of friends.


November 15, 1851


BUCHANAN - Died in Montreal, on the 5th instent, Alexander Buchanan, Esq., Q.C., after a protracted illness. In the death of Mr. B. the bar of Montreal loses one of its most distinguished ornaments.


November 19, 1851


FENTON - Died in this city, on Tuesday, the 18th, Mr. Joseph Fenton, teacher,  native of County Antrim, Ireland, aged 55 years.


November 22, 1851


SMITH - Died in this city, Mr. Alexander Smith, tailor, aged 62 years, formerly of Mirimachi, New Brunswick.


HUNT - Died on the 21st, Henry Albert Frederick Hunt, youngest son of Mr. Alexander Hunt, of this city. Friends and acquaintances are particularly requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, King William street, on Sunday afternoon, precisely at 3 o,'clock.


BRODIE - An inquest was held yesterday before Mr. Bray, coroner, on view of the body of a woman named Jane Brodie, near the old Toll‑gate on King street west. It appears that the deceased left her home on Thursday morning in apparently good health to go into the woods near her residence for the purpose of gathering wood which she was in the habit of selling for a living.

Two men with a team went to the spot during the day and removed a load of it. At that time, she was sitting down and appeared to be pale and cold,  but not ill. They urged upon her to go home, but she refused, saying that she feared her wood might be stolen. Her daughter and a neighbour were under the impression that she had taken shelter at some friend's house for the night, but on the following morning were surprised to find she had not been there. Search was made at once and she was discovered lying dead under a hill. A post mortem examination was made by Dr. Dugga and the verdict returned was that the deceased died in a fit, occasioned by congestion of the lungs and liver, and from exposure to the weather.


LOUIS, PEARSALL, HALLIBURTON, LOW (Toronto) - A heart‑rending and fatal accident occurred in the Bay before this city on the night of the 18th instant whereby four of our citizens lost their lives. On that morning, Daniel Louis, Samuel Pearsall, _Halliburton, and _Low, all of this city, left their homes to go duck shooting on the Island. They crossed the Bay in two small skiffs, two in each skiff. They remained on the Island until after six o'clock, and immediately thereafter re‑entered their skiffs, and accompanied by another skiff also containing two men, proceeded on their way homewards, but melancholy to relate, the four unfortunate men above named never reached land. After they were a short distance from the Island, the latter boat containing the two men whose names we have not learned, parted from the others, and nothing further was heard of them until the following morning when the two skiffs were found near the mouth of the Don, bottom upwards. This at once led to the conclusion that the men were drowned. A further search was therefore made and their hats and caps were found on the beach. The bodies have been carefully searched for but unsuccessfully. Some of the fishermen state that between six and seven o'clock in the night in question, they heard shouting as if from parties in distress.


November 29, 1851


COUNTER - Died at his residence, Township of Kingston, on Sunday last, Mr. George Counter, only brother of John Counter, Esq., of that city, aged 54.


HUNTER - An inquest was held in this city on the 23rd instant before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of a teamster named Hunter. It appears that on the previous day, he was sent into this city with a load from Victoria Mills which are owned by S. W. Ryckman, Esq. On reaching here, it is supposed he met with some friends, for the next thing that is known of him, he is in company with another person at the foot of John Street, and both of them drunk. They were seen to separate, the deceased going down for the city wharf, while the other party went up John Street. In a short time after the separation, some persons living in the neighbourhood were

aroused by cries of distress, and on going to the wharf, found the deceased in the water. Everything was done to save him that could be accomplished under the circumstances, there being neither ropes nor poles of any description at hand,  but after keeping him on top of the water for some time by mounds of coats and hoops off of barrels, he became exhausted and sank. It was quite dark and a sharp snow storm coming on at the time. The body was not recovered until next morning. We are sorry to have to add that the deceased was a Son of Temperance and had not tasted spirituous liquors for a year and a half previous. Verdict that the deceased was accidentally drowned while in a state of intoxication.


December 6, 1851


GIBBON - Died in this city yesterday, Mr. G. Gibbon, aged 26, a member of the Hamilton Lodge of Odd Fellows. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Sunday next at half past twelve o'clock from the residence of Mr. T. Taylor, Henry street.


December 13, 1851


DENNIS - We regret to learn that Willian Dennis of Oneida Township was accidentally killed on Thursday by falling from his horse near W. Roy's Tavern on the Plank Road while returning from the Haldimand election. He leaves a family of three children, their mother having died but a few weeks since.


BAGS - Died on the 2nd December, at the residence of his nephew, Mr. Arthur Tew, Township of Blenheim, Canada, Mr. James Bags, late of Bishops Itchington, Warwickshire, England, aged 56 years.


CHAPMAN - We regret to learn that a telegraphic despatch received here this morning communicated the death of the Hon. Ward Chapman, late Chief Justice of the Province (New Brunswick) which melancholy event took place at his residence in St. John this morning at 3 o'clock. The age of the deceased Chief Justice is stated as 64 years.


December 17, 1851


GIBSON - Died at Markham, on the 27th ultimo, Mary Thompson, the beloved wife of Fullerton Gibson, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.


PELTIER (Chatham) - We regret to hear that on Thursday of last week, a man by the name of Peltier, in Dover East, while engaged hauling saw logs out of the Thames, was caught by the chain and dragged under the stick, breaking both legs in a fearful manner. The team stopped and left the log lying on the unfortunate man across his legs when some persons came to his

assistance and endeavoured to roll the log off without unhitching the horses. In their efforts to extricate him, the team started a second time and drew the log directly over the man's body crushing him in such a fearful manner that he only lived about fifteen minutes.


HENDRE - We regret to state that on Saturday last, the 6th instant, Mr. Hendre, a respectable young man residing on the 4th concession, lot 7, Township of London, came to his death under the following painful circumstances. It appears that the brother of the deceaced was chopping down a tree for the purpose of burning lime. Deceased was in the act of driving away some cattle for fear of injury, when the tree fell and lodged in another bringing it down, which struck the unfortunate young man on the head with such violence as to cause almost instant death. Dr. Going of the town was sent for, but his skill proved unavailing. The sufferer lingered for an hour and died. The deceased was a consistent member of the Methodist Church, and his death is deeply felt by his sorrowing parents and friends. He was thirty years of age. A funeral sermon was preached over the remains on Tuesday last by the Rev. Mr. Pollard of this town to a large and attentive congregation.


December 20,  1851


ATKINSON - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 18th instant, Ruby Ann, second daughter of Mr. Thomas Atkinson, aged 21 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑morrow, Sunday, at 3 o'clock p.m.


FORBES (Galt) - This morning a shoemaker apparently about 40 years of age, named G. Forbes, was found by one of Mr. Crombie's men, frozen hard and stiff on the Main Street sidewalk nearly opposite Mr. McLachlan's shop. We understand that the unfortunate man had been much intoxicated and it is supposed he had slipped and fallen heavily, his face and clothes being bloody, and being unable to recover himself, had gradually expired under the terrible influence of the extremely hard frost. The stark corpse, as we viewed it, conveys a solemn warning. The deceased had been working with Mr. Burnett of Whistlebare. The following is the verdict just given:that the deceased George Forbes came to his death on the night of Tuesday, the 16th, or on the morning of Wednesday, December 17th, 1851, by falling down and freezing to death in the open air, which was supposed to be brought about by previous debility arising from intemperate habits.


FITZGERALD (St. Catharines) - Mr. Robert Fitzgerald, an old and highly respected inhabitant of this town, came to his death on Wednesday last near St. David's while returning from Buffalo with a load of goods. It in thought the horses he was driving ran away and in going down the hill, threw Mr. F. out, fracturing his skull and causing concussion of the brain. His death was instantaneous. He leaves a large family to lament his loss.

VAN BROCKLE (Brantford) - On Thursday afternoon, a fine boy, second son of P. C. VanBrockle, Esq., was playing upon the ice on the canal when reaching a weak spot, he fell through. One or two persons saw him disappear under the ice and immediately gave the alarm, but ere a boat could be got through the ice to the spot where he had disappeared and the body recovered, the spirit of our little friend, Harry, had returned to its eternal Author. Deeply do we sympathize with the bereaved parents in this very grievous affliction which has befallen them. On Sunday morning, the remains of Harry VanBrokle were followed to the tomb by a very large concourse of people. Conspicuous among his mourners were his young friends who had been his playmates, but many of the old felt deeply the loss of the noble boy whose'immortal past they had aided by their instruction.


WHITEHEAD - On Monday, the 8th instant, Joseph Whitehead, late of Port Stanley, and formerly of the Township of Adelaide, left his residence at the former place to convey a load of sailors to Hamilton. His horses tired out near Woodstock where he parted with his companions, and returned as far as Smith's hotel where he fell from his waggon, being intoxicated at the time, and was so injured that he expired on the night of Wednesday, the 10th instant. Poor Whitehead had been a soldier for many years and while in the army,  became addicted to the use of Spirituous liquors, and was never after fully able to conquer his appetite, though he frequently made wise resolutions, and during the last spring joined the Sons of Temperance and faithfully adhered to his pledge for six months.

But alas for him he had no kind counsellor at home, no “wife” to cheer him in his house of “soberness and reason”, no partner to make his fireside comfortable when the fatal glass was absent from the board. Yet he had a wife, or at least the mother of his children, who pretended to guard his homely lot and administer to his earthly comforts, but she, too, was, and is, an habitual drunkard, and although the unfortunate deceased had frequently determined to be a sober man  she flew to the bottle for comfort and derided all his best intentions until, through her improper conduct, the partner of her early life, the father of her children, was driven to an untimely grave. He was in the 46th year of his age. While sober, he was respected by his neighbours as a kind and industrious, honest man.


December 31, 1851


SMITH - Died suddenly on Wednesday, the 24th instant, at the residence of Frederick A. Ball, esq., Catherine, daughter of the late Hon. Samuel Smith.


MCGRIVERN - Died in this city, or the 28th instant, William, son of Mr. E. McGivern, saddler, aged 5 years.

DEWEY - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 25th instant, William Moore Dewey, third son of Mr. Daniel Dewey, aged 11 years.


SEELY - Died in Toronto, of consumption, on the 20th instant, Mr. Levi J. Seely, printer, and formerly proprietor of the “Daily Express”, aged 22 years.


MEWBURN - Died at Danby House, Stamford, near the Falls of Niagara, on the 25th December, aged 28, Henrietta, second daughter of John Mewburn, Esq.,  surgeon,  formerly of Whitby, Yorkshire, England.


AMBROSE - Died on Sunday last, at Toronto, in the 22nd year of his age, Alfred, fourth son of Mr. Ambrose, organist of Christ's Church, Hamilton.


SCOTT - We regret to have to state that death has already made an inroad into the new Parliament. Mr. Scott, the member for Two Mountains, expired a few days after his election. The deceased gentleman represented his county for two or three parliaments and was a constant supporter of the Baldwin‑Lafontaine administration.


MARTINDALE, MCDONALD(Goderich) - It becomes our painful duty to record the account of another of those melancholy accidents so frequent at this time of year. On Sunday, the seventh instant, the schooner “Paucy Jack” left this port laden with provisions for Saugeen with a fair wind and made as far as Stoney Island where she came to anchor, remaining there till the 14th instant. On Monday, the 22nd, she was found a perfect wreck on the beach a few miles south of the Saugeen. The crew consisting of Mr. J. Martindale, and his brother, and Mr. A. McDonald,  late of Guelph, were all lost. We understand that the bodies have since been found.