January 1, 1853
IRELAND - Died in this city, at his father's residence, King Street east, on Monday, the 27th ultimo, aged 2 years and 2 months, Frederick John, youngest son of H. W. Ireland, Esq.
January 5, 1853
CRAWFORD - Died in this city, on Monday, January 3rd, Sarah Emma, youngest daughter of Lindsay Crawford, merchant, aged 1 year and 9 months.
ROBB - Died in this city, on the 3rd ultimo , Alexander Robb, aged 21 years and 6 months.
MAGILL - Died in this city, at her father's residence, Catharine Street, on Sunday, 19th December, Louisa Catherine, eldest daughter of Charles Magill, Esq., aged 3 years and 6 months.
MAGILL - Died also on the 3rd instant, Anne Eliza, only remaining daughter of Mr. Magill, aged 1 year and 6 months.
January 8, 1833
HARRIS - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Byron, youngest son of Charles T. Harris, Esq., aged 1 year and 8 days.
WHELAN - On Saturday night last, a man named Joseph Whelan was found on John Street quite unable to take care of himself from cold and exhaustion. The police being apprised of this fact, immediately took him to the police office, gave him all the care in their power, and sent for a doctor, but before medical aid arrived, he had expired. It appeared that the deceased was a labourer on some part of the Great Western Railroad up the country, and had come down to see his friends at New Year's, but they were not aware of his being in the city until they were informed of his death. Verdict in accordance with the above.
January 12, 1833
COX - Died at Alexander Hunt's, King William Street, after a long and protracted illness, Mrs. Maria Cox, late of Sheffield, England, aged 53 years.
SADLEIR - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Eliza, the beloved wife of Charles A. Sadleir, Esq., in her 24th year.
EARLL - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Jane, Youngest daughter of Mr. Charles Earll, aged 6 months.
SHIRKE - We regret to announce the sudden death of a worthy and highly respectable citizen of the Township of South Cayuga by the name of Abram Shirke. The circumstances are related as follows. The deceased went into his barn yard to feed his cattle as usual, and being absent longer than common, some of the family went out to look for him, and to their horror found him gored to death by a bull. The animal was standing over him, and exhibiting great ferocity. A hay fork was found in the yard with the tines broken, and everything indicated that there had been a great contest before the fatal result. The animal had to be despatched before the corpse could be removed.
January 15, 1853
CARROLL - Died at Warwick, on the 26th ultimo, of intermittent fever, Theodora, eldest daughter of Hamilton M. Carroll, esq.
HUTCHINSON - Died at his residence in East Flamborough, on Friday morning, the 14th instant, after a long and severe illness, George Hutchinson, aged 64. Funeral on Sunday, the 16th instant, at 10 o'clock a.m., from his residence to the place of interment (City cemetery) via Waterdown and the Plains.
MULLIGAN (Toronto) - An inquest was held in this city, yesterday, at the Edinburgh Castle tavern, Queen street, by George Duggan, Esq., on view of the body of a man named Matthew Mulligan. It seemed the deceased had been driven to a state bordering on desperation by the drunken habits of his wife which caused him to become so melancholy that on one or two occasions he attempted to put an end to his life. On Thursday last while alone in his room, he fastened one end of his suspenders to a beam in the ceiling and tied the other end around his neck with the determination of hanging but was prevented doing so by his wife. At the same time he assured her that if she did not cease drinking, he certainly would commit suicide. It seems, however, that she would not promise to do so which so affected the spirits of the unhappy husband that on the following day, he left his home, and was not heard of till Sunday last when some people who were searching for him were induced to follow a track through the snow into Shaw's wood where they found him hanging from a pine stump quite dead. He had been married about a year. He was remarkably steady and industrious, but his wife was an incorrigible drunkard. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased hung himself while suffering from temporary insanity caused by the dissipation of his wife.
January 22, 1853
DICKSON - Died in November last, at Cromble, County of Fife, Anna, eldest daughter of the late James Ranaldson Dickson, Esq., of Blairhall, Perthside, North Britain.
DUGGAN - Died at Toronto, on the 19th instant, R. O. Duggan, Esq., aged 37.
January 26, 1853
HOGGAN - Died at Belle Vue, near Vittoria, Canada West, George M. Hoggan, Esq., of Middiable and Waterside, Dumfries-shire, Scotland.
ORR - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Mr. Thomas Orr, late of the 79th Highlanders, aged 39 years.
TATHAM (Newmarket) - On Sunday afternoon last, at the English Church in this village, while the minister, the Rev. S. F. Ramsay was proceeding with the service, the Rev. William Tatham, who for the last year taught the Common School in this village, fell down in an apoplectic fit, and in about five minutes he expired. Some medical gentlemen were in the church at the time, but although promptly rendered, their services were unavailing. Mr. Tatham, who at the time of his death was about fifty-seven years of age, formerly assisted as minister of the Church of England, but withdrew for some peculiar reason of his own. He was a classical scholar and was highly respected by those who formed his acquaintance. He was a native of Nottingham in England. Three daughters and a son are left parentless by his death, having previously lost their mother.
GRAHAM - A boy about 7 ½ years old named Ebenezer Graham died rather suddenly on Wednesday at the home of his parents, no. 79, Hammerslay street, and having been in constant attendance at Public School no. 3 where the teachers are necessarily strict, his friends thought that the child might have been severely treated, and demanded an investigation by the coroner. Accordingly Coroner Hilton proceeded to the house and held an inquest upon the body, where it appeared from the testimony of Mrs. Graham that her child came home from school on Friday last between 3 and 4 o'clock and complained of being ill. His clothes were damp. He said he had been playing with the school boys in the yard of the building when some of the larger ones covered him with snow and threw snow balls violently against his head. He also said he asked the teacher to allow him to go home, telling her that he was very sick, but she refused, but excused him from pursuing his studies.
January 29, 1853
GUNN - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 26th instant, Mary, wife of D. C. Gunn, Esq., aged 41 years. The funeral will take place to-day, Saturday, at 2 ¼ p.m.
DUFF - Died in Binbrook, on the 23rd instant, of scarlet fever, Adam, youngest son of Mr. James Duff, aged 6 years.
ROLSTON - Died at Hudson City, N.Y., on the 20th instant, of consumption, Mrs. Thomas Rolston, in the 26th year of her age.
BEASLEY - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Elizabeth, eldest daughter of Mr. R. G. Beasley.
February 2, 1853
JARMAIN - Died at his residence (Drummondville) on Thursday, the 20th of January last, Mr. Edward Jarmain, formerly of Branton, Essex.
February 5, 1853
WILKINS - Died in this city, on the 4th instant,, Mr. John Wilkins, formerly of Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, England, aged 56 years.
WARD - Died in this city, yesterday afternoon, James, eldest son of Mrs. G. Ward, aged 11 years.
BEST - Died on the 22nd January, at his residence in Nelson, County of Halton, Mr. Robert Best, aged 75 years. The deceased was one of the oldest residents of the Township of Nelson, and leaves a widow and a numerous connection of grandchildren and great-grandchildren and other relatives. Mr. Best was from Yorkshire, England, and on his arrival in Canada, settled in Nelson where he resided until his death, highly esteemed and respected as one of the noblest works of God: an honest man.
HAYWARD - Died suddenly at Lincoln, Sunbury County, New Brunswick, 9th of January, Charlotte, the beloved wife of the Honourable George Hayward, and youngest daughter of the late Israel Perley, Esq., in the sixth(?) year of her age.
HASTINGS - Died on the 3rd ultimo, of intermittent fever, Robert, second son of Mr. James Hastings, cabinetmaker, aged 7 years and 3 months.
TALBOT - Died on the 29th ultimo, at the residence of his son, F. Talbot, Esq., editor of the _Middlesex Prototype_, Richard Talbot, Esq., in the 81st year of his age, formerly of the County of Tipperary, Ireland. Deceased emigrated to this country in the year 1818, and settled in the Township of London then but partially surveyed. Few men had to encounter greater difficulties and few endured them with more patient cheerfulness than did the subject of this notice.
WHITELAW - Died in this town (Niagara) on Wednesday, the 26th ultimo, suddenly, Dr. John Whitelaw, for many years Master of the Grammar School in this town, aged 79 years. Dr. Whitelaw was a man of high scholastic attainments, and several of the leading men of this and
other localities were trained at the institution he has for the past generation conducted. His habits were retired, and he was one of the few members of society relative to whom an ill word was never heard. Respected by all and beloved by his friends and relatives, he has gone to his grave at a ripe age, having impressed on the minds of all survivors that in life he did his duty and that in death he will reap his reward.
Dr. Whitelaw was born in Bothwell, near Glasgow. He arrived in this country in 1805 and for two years was associated with the late Daniel Wilkie, L.L.D. in conducting a Classical School in Quebec. He was therefore one of the oldest classical teachers in the Province. In 1807, he was appointed Principal of the District Grammar School at Kingston, and remained in this situation till his resignation in 1815. In the course of that year, he returned to Scotland, and after the usual course of study at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, obtained the degrees of M.A. and M.D. On his final visit to Canada in 1825, he resided first in the Lower Province, and subsequently in Kingston where he distinguished himself by his skill and assiduity in the practice of the medical profession.
In 1833, his love of study and retirement induced him to remove to Niagara to take charge of the Grammar School. Before he received this appointment, it was well known that his learning and abilities were highly esteemed by the present Bishop of Toronto and many other competent judges, and this favourable opinion of him was simply sustained by his efficiency in his last sphere of labour. He fulfilled the duties of his office with exemplary faithfulness and decided talent till 1849 when he was visited with a stroke of paralysis which seriously affected his physical strength and energy, though it left his mind unimpaired. He was an ardent student and an erudite scholar.
His general knowledge was varied and accurate, and he pursued his researches in mental science and in some departments of theology to an extent rarely equalled in this Province. His great modesty, however, kept him less conspicuous than many whose genius and acquirements were far inferior. He possessed very strong domestic affections which endeared him to all who enjoyed his intimacy, and his very kind and generous disposition prompted him to a hearty sympathy with the suffering and the oppressed, and to the exercise of a beneficence quite proportionate to his means.
On the morning of the day on which he died, he read a portion of the New Testament in the original language according to his invariable practice. At noon he was seized with the first symptoms of the fatal attack. In a few minutes he became insensible and continued till he expired at seven o'clock the same evening. His family were deprived of the gratification of receiving his parting counsels, but they may have the comfort of looking back on his life as a uniform exhibition of tenderness for them and of an anxious desire for their temporal and eternal needs.
February 9, 1853
FAULKNER - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Sarah Lidia, only daughter of Mr. Joseph Faulkner, builder, aged 2 years and 6 months.
MCTAGGART - We are sorry to learn that a respectable farmer named Archibald McTaggart, residing in the Township of Thorah, was so severely frozen a short time ago that his death occurred in a few hours. The deceased, it appears, had been on business at the village of Beaverton, about four miles from his residence, and not returning at the expected time, much anxiety was felt by the family. Next day he was found on a part of his own farm which it seems he must have reached the preceding night when he sank down in a state of exhaustion. When found, his arms were frozen to the elbows and his feet and legs to the knees. His death took place soon after. We are happy to learn that the deceased was a man of regular habits and that his death cannot be imputed to intoxication which is too often the case in such circumstances.
MAHANY - The shanty of Daniel Mahany, lot 26, concession 8, Ellice, was burned to the ground on Sunday afternoon last, and sad to narrate, two of his children, a girl aged two and a half years, and a child (boy) eleven months old, burned to death. Mahany had left home in the forenoon to see some neighbours, and left his wife and children in the house. His wife, towards the afternoon, visited a near neighbour, leaving her three children, a boy aged 4 years with the above in the house. A piece of bush intervened between the one clearance and the neighbours which precluded the fire being seen. In her absence, the shanty was burned, and only the little boy saved who tells that he tried to get his sister and brother out but an ox near the door frightened them and they ran under the bed, and the fire consumed them and everything before any neighbours observed it. All the poor man's clothing, provisions, flour, etc. with 40 bushels of wheat and some money were devoured. The roof was in and any help useless before the agonized woman arrived. Dr. John Hyde, the new coroner, proceeded to hold an inquest, the verdict at which in not known. It is strange that no warning whatever will deter parents from so carelessly leaving their houses with only little children in charge.
BENNETT - A remarkable case, resulting in the untimely death of a fine young woman named Bethel Bennett at the house of her grandmother, Mrs. Samuel Thomas, on the 4th concession South Dumfries, about 6 miles from Galt, has alarmed and excited our community, not a little, this week. Mrs. Samuel Thomas was the grandmother of the unfortunate girl who as an adopted child, had been bred up in the house of Mr. Thomas, sen., farmer, as above described. She was 23 years of age, and was held to be highly respectable in her conduct.
We have taken some trouble to get at the real facts of this grievous affair and which we believe are in substance as follows:
It appears that the girl above named, who is described by everyone who knew her to have been very attractive and good-looking, was seduced a few months ago by a young man said to be in California named Campbell. Being aware of her condition and previously borne an irreproachable character, she applied to Dr. Richardson of Galt, Dr. Dickson of Paris, and others, for means to hide her shame. They all refused her any assistance for so nefarious and desperate a purpose. Some weeks ago, she applied to Dr. Carson of Galt who Amazias Thomas swore at the inquest last Monday as being told by his wife and the girl herself had offered to _do away with it_ provided she made a _confidante_ (or friend) of some woman. Bennett tried young Thomas' Wife, but she refused, advising her to send to her own parents who live more than thirty miles off. She had then gone to Paris, but not at that time finding Dr. Dickson, had bought some _smut-rye_ at Sawdent's drug shop which young Mrs. Thomas (Dennis being at that time in Blenheim) afterwards detected her drinking and threw away. This much for preliminary details, the rest of the melancholy particulars date from Thursday, the 27th ultimo.
On Thursday, Bethel Bennett came to Galt by foot, but got a lift from one Todd, to Glenmorris, or Malcolm Campbell. In the evening, she was lingering near Mr. Wilford's house in the log village and this was noticed by some females in the house as something singular as she usually called in there. She kept looking as if in expectation towards Galt, and shortly a man who is not known with a cutter and sorrel horses drove up and took her off down the river road. It was dark when they came to Thomas' house where they stayed but a short time, and the man not identified by old Mrs. Thomas who only knew that the horse was neither black nor white. The girl did not appear at the house again till the next night (Friday) and went to bed, but complained of being unwell next morning, but nevertheless got up and dressed herself. Little further seems to have happened until next night when Mr. Thomas, hearing a rustling noise in the sitting room, went in and found that the girl had fallen off her chair by the stove and was quite dead. Previously, however, she had wished Dr. Carson to be called. Although Mr. Thomas went off directly, she had died before Dr. C. arrived. On Monday morning last, a post mortem examination was made by Drs. Mainwaring and Carson, but, beyond a little pepper and some softened grain, nothing like poison was found in the stomach, and yet the horrible appearance of the corpse, blue-black and terribly swollen, betokened something of the kind.
On Monday afternoon about 5 o'clock, the coroner, Dr. Seagram, empanelled a jury...Some 2 or 3 hours were spent in working out all the facts which could be discovered, when the following', verdict was agreed to _that the deceased, Bethel Bennett, came to her death by foul means, by the administration of medicines or by the use of mechanical instruments by some person as yet unknown._
February 12, 1853
WARDELL - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, John, second son of Richard Wardell, Esq., of Woodlands, near Dundas, aged 19 years.
RUSSELL - Died in this city, on Thursday morning, 10th instant, Margaret Dixon Russell, aged 9 years and 11 months.
MACNAB - Died on the 11th instant, Lilly, youngest daughter of Mr. Daniel Macnab, aged twelve months. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 14th instant, at 3 o'clock, p.m., to which friends are respectfully invited.
TURNBULL, GAGNON (Montreal) - A coroner's inquest was yesterday held in this city on the bodies of two men; namely, John Turnbull, residing at George, near Wellington Street, Griffintown, engine maker; and Pierre Gagnon, No. 20 Maurice Street, labourer. They, it appears, were employed to put up an engine a short time ago in the mill at St. Edouard, built on the property of Mr. Ross of this city, and seignior of that place. Between the hours of three and four o'clock on the 3rd instant, the engine was put into operation for the purpose of testing its qualities, and appeared for a time to work well, until yesterday morning a dreadful explosion took place. The boiler collapsed, killing instantly the two men above stated. The mill was only a short time before the accident occurred left by a large number of visitors, Mr. Ross himself being one of the last having left the place previous to the catastrophe. Mr. Turnbull leaves a wife and six children to deplore his loss. Verdict: accidental death.
February 16, 1853
ROBINSON - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Anna Sophia, only daughter of Mr. Joseph Robinson, aged 4 years.
CURTIS - Died in Simcoe, on the 24th ultimo, Mary Elizabeth, aged nine years.
CURTIS - Died on the 31st ultimo, Hugh Crawford Barwick, aged four years.
CURTIS - Died also, the 11th instant, Thomas Crowhurst, aged 2 years and 3 months, all of the family of John Curtis, Esq., of the above named place.
HENRY (Georgetown, Demarara) - Died on Sunday, the 12th ultimo, , at the age of 26, after an illness of two years, at the residence of Mrs. R. M. Jones, Plantation _Houston_, the Rev. Joseph Henry, Esq., a native of Cobourg, U.C., and late assistant minister at Hamilton in the County of Wentworth, Diocese of Toronto. His body was buried the following day in the burial
ground of St. Matthew's Parish Church, and was attended to the grave by the Bishop who read the service, the Clergy of Georgetown, and two or three lay members of the church desirous of paying the last tribute of respect to the earthly remains of one who, by his Christian fortitude and uncomplaining under prolonged sufferings aggravated by separation from all most dear to him in life, had won their utmost admiration and regard. While in person, manners, character, and attainments he did infinite credit to the community in which he was born and reared, he has also left in this colony whither he arrived but six months since, an utter stranger in search of health but wherein he has now breathed his last, an indestructible monument of his worth in the profound love and affection of all who came to know him.
February 19, 1853
GARRETT - Died at Hamilton, February 18th, Benjamin Greer, infant son of Mr. J. R, Garrett.
COLLINS, GARDNER (Montreal) - We regret to learn that in the afternoon of Friday last, an accident occurred near the Mills which resulted in the death of two men and the injury
of several others. It appears that a dam had been formed across the mouth of the lower lock of the canal that the water in the lock might be pumped out, as some repairs to the lock itself were necessary. The dam was, therefore, of a temporary character and, as the event has proved, of insufficient strength. Upwards of thirty men were arranged along the top of the dam working the pumps. The water in the lock had been considerably reduced, bringing the pressure of the river to bear upon the dam which gave way, and all were precipitated, in a moment, amid the wreck and the rush of the waters into the lock. Providentially nearly the whole number were rescued, but two of the unfortunate men, named William Collins and Arthur Gardner, were not found for some time and until life had become extinct. As a matter of course, several were severely bruised, but it was fortunate that the casualties were not greater, looking at the circumstances of the case. Both the deceased were married men and have left families to deplore their untimely end. William Collins kept a boarding house at the Mills. Arthur Gardner, we understand, was a brother-in-law of Mr. Andrew Keys, auctioneer, of this city.
February 23, 1853
KELLY - Died on the 14th instant, at North Choeton, N.Y., Mary, eldest daughter of W. Charles Kelly, aged 5 years and 8 months.
MARCH 2, 1853
LAY - The intelligence of the sudden decease of Robert W. Lay, proprietor and publisher of the _Maple Leaf_, has come upon us like a thunder clap. Many of our readers will know that Mr.
Lay has been in the city for a couple of months past publishing his little miscellany, the _Maple Leaf_. Now and again in passing he called upon us and we learned with pleasure that the little magazine was meeting with great success in the city. So well pleased was he himself that he contemplated removing his family to Toronto to superintend the magazine here while he traversed the western townships in its behalf thinking that by this means he would be much nearer the centre of the field of his operations. But his career has been suddenly cut short. On Friday afternoon, he was seized with apoplexy and paralysis and died at 11 o'clock the same night. Mr. Fletcher, bookseller, Yonge Street, was with him till within a short time of his death. As deceased was a Son of Temperance, that body turned out very numerously on Sunday afternoon to attend his funeral. He was interred in the Necropolis. None of his relations were present. Deceased has left a wife and family in Montreal to lament his sudden and untimely end. (Toronto)
March 2, 1853
LOONEY - Died in this city, on the 28th February, Christiana, the dearly beloved daughter of James Looney, aged 3 years and 6 months.
STEWART - Died in this city, on the 1st instant, Elizabeth, infant daughter of Mr. James Stewart, Macnab street.
CONNOR - Died here, on the 28th February, Julia Connor, aged 24, and for the last few years nurse in the family of Mr. Neb Ford.
BROUSE - Died at her residence, Burlington Hotel, in this city, on Sunday, the 27th ultimo, Margaret, wife of Mr. Nicholas Brouse, and daughter of Mr. James Addy, of Toronto, aged 32 years.
STEWARD - An inquest was held on the 14th instant, at the back settlement of McGillivray, before George McLeod, Esq., one of the coroners of the United Counties on view of the body of John Steward, of said township, deceased. As the cause will receive legal investigation hereafter, suffice it to say at present that Hugh Reid of that township stands committed under the coroner's warrant to take his trial before God and his Country at the next assizes in Goderich for the murder of the said John Steward. It is reported that some of the magistrates admitted Reid to bail while the constables were on their way with him to jail.
March 5, 1853
STEVENSON - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 3rd instant, Catherine, youngest daughter of Mr. James Stevenson, aged 18.
March 9, 1853
WEIR - At Grahamstone Road, Stirlingshire, Scotland, on the 5th of February, Mrs. Helen Weir, relict of the late Mr. John Weir, in the 80th year of her age, and mother of Mr. John Weir, West Flamborough.
March 12, 1853
FRANCIS - Died at Para, South America, in April, 1852, of dysentery, aged 46 years, David Francis, Esq., brother-in-law of the late Mr. John Wilkins of this city. The deceased was a traveller, having visited almost every country on the globe. At the time of his death, he had joined an exploring expedition from Callao.
BLAKNEY - Died in this city, on Tuesday night, the 8th instant, Emma, third daughter of Thomas Blakney, Esq., aged 14 years and 6 months.
HARE - Died at Jordan, on the 9th instant, James E., eldest son of James and Rachel Hare, aged 22 years and 6 months. Happy are the dead who die in the Lord.
PARKS - Murder at Belleville: Cyrenus Parks of Hungerford was murdered on Saturday at 2 o'clock p.m. by Alex West. Parks had quarrelled with a man by the name of Wright and blows were exchanged. Wright afterwards induced James and Alex West to join him in search of Parks when he designed to renew the quarrel. They met. West challenged Parks to fight; he declined doing so. West then struck him, and in falling, his head came in contact with the sleigh and is supposed to have fractured his skull. West followed the blow with another, and about ten minutes after, the fracas ended. Parks was dead. West immediately fled. Nearly one hundred persons were present and allowed him to escape without attempting to prevent it. He is about five feet, ten inches tall in height, stout built, red faced, light hair, without whiskers. He had on, when he left, a california hat, grey pantaloons, and blue frock. He is supposed to have taken the road back from Hungerford to Kingston. An inquest was held and a verdict of death caused by blows inflicted on his head and neck by Alex West.
March 16, 1853
FORRISTAL - Died in this city, on the 27th February last, Thomas Forristal, a native of Waterford, Ireland, and formerly residing in Quebec.
WATSON - Died in the Township of Melancthon, on Monday, the 21st ultimo, James Watson, Esq., the father-in-law of James Beachall, Esq., Provisional warden of Grey, at the age of 69 years.
Mr. Watson was a native of Peebleshire, England, and many years in the employ of George Stevenson, Esq., the eminent railway engineer, on most of the principal railways in England and Scotland.
STEELE - We regret to have to announce the sudden death of John Steele, Esq., proprietor of the "Tribune" and well known as one of the most enterprising merchants of Brantford. Mr. S. had but lately embarked in the newspaper business, and that, apparently, to gratify a whim rather than from any desire or expectation of making money in an overcrowded business. He has always been a consistent supporter of the Reform party, and had a good deal of influence both in Brantford and in the eastern portion of the County of Oxford. Mr. S. had, by industry and energy, acquired a competence, and in private life, stood well among his neighbours of all parties. His loss will be deeply felt in Brantford and the vicinity.
HALES - On the forenoon of Saturday last, a person named Hales, residing near Brampton, having cut down a tree, it rested, in falling, against another. On pulling at one of the branches, the felled tree swung round, and striking the unfortunate man upon his head, dashed out his brains. Death followed almost instantaneously. Poor Hales, we learn, has left a wife and child to lament his loss.
March 19, 1853
HENNESSY - The evening before last at about 8 o'clock, Doctor Nelson was called to see a man named Hennessy, residing in St. Bernard Street, and represented as being very ill. Upon their arrival, they found the individual labouring under symptoms indicating extensive congestion of the brain. He was in a state of complete insensibility and continued so till he died. His case manifesting unusual appearances, awoke their suspicions and a minute inquiry was made as to events prior to his illness It was discovered that Hennessy, lately discharged from the 20th Regiment, in this city, and a carpenter by trade, had to appear in a case in which two men, named Welsh, were implicated. The elder of these underwent his trial on Tuesday and was convicted mainly on the evidence of Hennessy. The son was to have appeared on yesterday. On the day preceding, Welsh called on Hennessy early in the morning, and stating that he had work for him, induced the former to accompany him.
Hennessy was not seen from this time, about 9 o'clock, until 3 in the afternoon when he was found insensible in the snow opposite his dwelling, What transpired during the interval was not clearly ascertained, but will doubtless be elucidated at the coroner's inquest now being held. Despite the most energetic measures adopted by Drs. Nelson the man lived but a few hours after they were called in. A large quantity of fluid was taken from the stomach by the stomach pump which will be submitted to chemical processes to ascertain if possible whether there be any truth in the surmise respecting the administration of poison. An examination of the body took place yesterday.
March 23, 1853
NIXON - Died on Monday evening, the 21st instant, Mr. James Nixon, late Sergeant Major of H.M. 12th Regiment, Foot, aged 47 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his residence, East King street, to the New Cemetery, on this (Wednesday) afternoon at 4 o'clock, p.m.
DIXON - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Mary Alice, aged 5 years and 6 months, only daughter of Mr. William Dixon, merchant, James street.
GEDDES - Died on Sunday evening, the 20th instant, after a lingering and painful illness, Marianne Lee, wife of James C. Geddes, Esq., and third daughter of Henry Wyatt, Esq., aged 23 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 23rd instant at 3 p.m. to which the friends of the families are respectfully requested to attend without special invitation.
DALY (Dundas) - We regret to state that a boy named Daly, about twelve years of age, was yesterday evening killed on Main street in this town. A number of boys were at play, and the deceased, in running across the street, fell just before a large load of sheep skins without being observed by the driver. The waggon passed on and crushed him beneath the wheels, causing instantaneous death.
March 30, 1853
GILLESPY - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Margaret, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas Gillespy, sen., aged 62 years. The deceased was highly esteemed and is regretted by a large number of friends. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to-morrow, Thursday, at 11 o'clock, a.m. from her late residence, Rebecca street, to the place of interment.
BAKER - Died in Hamilton, on Saturday, the 26th March, Fanny Cole, infant daughter of George W. Baker, jun., Esq., aged 3 months and 26 days.
GOODFELLOW - Died in this city, on Saturday, Samuel K., infant son of Mr. William Goodfellow, aged one month.
April 2, 1853
BEST - Died in this city, on the 29th ultimo, of consumption, Peter Best, a native of Cornwall, England, aged 27 years.
MORRISON - We are sorry to have to record another fatal accident on the works of the Great Western Railway caused by drink. On Sunday evening, three men crossed the unfinished bridge
over the Grand River, near Paris, and proceeded to some shanties to drink. On their return, one of the number, named Archibald Morrison, missed his footing and fell into the river and drowned. His companions, strange to say, did not raise any alarm, but continued to search all night, and it was not till enquiry was made for him next morning that they admitted the truth. The body has not been found.
April 6, 1853
FINKLE - Death of Henry Finkle, Esquire: Only three weeks ago, we were called upon to announce Mr. Finkle's resignation as Councillor and Reeve of the Town of Woodstock, immediately after which he proceeded to New York on his way to the South in the hope that relaxation from business and change of air might restore his health which had been failing for some months previously. An all-wise Providence, however, decreed differently, and it is now our melancholy duty to record his death which occurred at New York on Sunday last, the 27th ultimo, in the 47th year of his age. Mr. Finkle was among the earliest settlers in Woodstock, having moved into it about 18 years ago, and has always maintained the character of being one of the most enterprising of its inhabitants. He, for a long time, carried on an extensive business as a merchant, and some short time since erected a handsome and substantial row of brick buildings which are an ornament to the town. In conjunction with his brother, John Finkle, Esq., he also established large mills on the Cedar Creek, known as the "Woodstock Mills" for both flouring and lumber, in the former of which a heavy business has been maintained. These gentlemen subsequently built mills at Thamesford where they for some time carried on business, and at which place as well as Embro, they opened shops in connection with their store in Woodstock.
Mr. Finkle was a member of the Church of England, and uniformly took an interest in her affairs. In politics he was a consistent Conservative. He was twice married, leaving three youthful children by his former wife, one son and two daughters; by his second wife, to whom he was married about three years since and who survives him, he leaves also an infant daughter. Mrs. Finkle was with her husband when he died, and his remains have been conveyed from New York to this place for interment. The funeral will take place to-morrow at 11 o'clock a.m., and from the general respect in which he was held, his body will doubtless be followed to the grave by a very large concourse of sorrowing friends.
LAYCOCK - Death of James Laycock: This melancholy event took place at the deceased gentleman's residence in this town on the afternoon of Sunday last, the 27th ultimo in the 67th year of his age. Mr. Laycock emigrated to this country from England about eleven year ago and established himself in business in Woodstock as an extensive importer of British goods. He built a commodious store and dwelling house in which he resided up to the time of his death.
More recently Mr. Laycock was appointed a magistrate by the Hon. Member for this county, Mr. Hincks, whose uncompromising supporter he had always remained. In political and religious principles, he was an ultra-liberal. Immediately prior to the last election for this county, Mr. Laycock was instrumental in starting in Woodstock for the support of his party a new paper, the "Western Progress", the virtual proprietor of which he might probably be regarded. He also turned his attention to pursuits more social and refined than the distracted turmoil of politics, and assisted in establishing a Horticultural Society in this place, and became its secretary. He has left a widow and several sons and daughters to mourn his loss. Mr. Laycock’s remains were consigned to the grave in the Free church burying ground here on Wednesday last, attended by many of his brother magistrates and a large party of friends.
April 9, 1853
HOPKINS - Died at Saltfleet, on the 29th ultimo, Lucinda Victoria, youngest daughter of Ephraim Hopkins, aged 12 years and 2 months.
NELLIGAN - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Amelia, wife of Mr. Richard Nelligan, aged 26 years. The funeral will take place at 11 o'clock this a.m. which friends and acquaintances are respectively invited to attend.
BENNER - Died in this city, yesterday, the 8th instant, at the residence of her son-in-law, Ed. Donnelly, Esq., Ann, relict of the late Henry Benner, Esq., of Blennerville, County Kerry, Ireland, aged 74 years. Her remains will be interred in the family burial ground, Woodbourne, on Monday, the 11th instant. The funeral will leave the city at 8 o'clock p.m. of which friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to take notice.
April 13, 1853
KENNEDY, MCFADDEN - Died at Memphis, Tennessee, on the 26th of February last, while on their way to New Orleans, Rufus Kennedy and John McFadden, both of Canada West.
FLEMING - An inquest was held at Allanburgh on the 21st March, by John Rannie, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, on the body of Robert Fleming, who met his death in the following manner. It appeared in evidence submitted to the jury that Fleming and two other men that were with him, had been working on the Bertie and Brantford railroad, and left that place for the purpose of getting work at Thorold or St. Catharines. After passing through Allanburgh, they were imprudent enough to go on the ice in the canal which being unsound, broke in and two
of them were precipitated into the water. The third succeeded in reaching a young sapling that happened to be lying near the bank of the canal to one of the men and by which he was pulled out, but poor Fleming sunk to rise no more in this life. Fleming's pocket book was found near the spot where they broke in, in which was a small sum of money which his comrades identified as being his property, but could not tell how it came there. Verdict in accordance with the above facts.
April 20, 1853
FLOOD - Died at Binbrook, on the 4th instant, Mr. Flood, aged 46 years.
WEIR - Died at Torwood Farm, West Flamborough, Mary Weir, wife of John Weir, Esq., aged 45 years, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.
SULLIVAN - We regret to announce the death of the Hon. Robert Baldwin Sullivan, one of the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas for Upper Canada which melancholy event took place at his residence in this city on Thursday afternoon, the 14th instant. The deceased acted a conspicuous part in the politics of Canada before his elevation to the Bench. His first public occupation was that of Mayor of Toronto in opposition to W. L. Mackenzie, at which time he was summoned by Sir. F. B. Head to the Executive and Legislative Councils of Upper Canada on the resignation of the Baldwin-Rolph Executive for not having been consulted by the Lieutenant Governor. In this situation Mr. Sullivan continued during the administration of Sir F. B. Head and Sir George Arthur and also that of the Governor-in-Chief, the Rt. Hon, Charles Poulett Thomson to the period of the reunion of Upper and Lower Canada, to accomplish which the deceased lent his powerful aid in the Executive and Legislative Councils in Upper Canada, of the former of which he was president for a series of years, and for a time also Commissioner of Crown Lands. The Union of the Provinces having been accomplished, Mr. Sullivan was again summoned to the Legislative Council, and also to the Executive Council under the system of Responsible Government that commenced at that period. He continued a member of both bodies until the death of Lord Sydenham, and afterwards during the governships of Sir Charles Bagot and Sir Charles T. Metcalfe, until the memorable quarrel between the last named Governor and his Executive Council, which resulted in ejecting Mr. Sullivan and his political associates from office for years, during which period the helm of affairs in Canada was in the keeping of Mr. Draper until the elevation of that distinguished gentleman to the Bench, when he was succeeded by the Sherwood-Cameron administration that was broken up after the general election of 1848. This event again brought Mr. Sullivan and his friends into office when Mr. Sullivan was called to fill the situation of Provincial Secretary which he held until his elevation, soon thereafter, to the Bench on the demise of the late Justice Jones.
At that period there was only one Superior Court of Common Law in Upper Canada; viz., the Court of Queen's Bench, on which Mr. Sullivan held a seat until the institution of the Court of Common Pleas to which he was then removed and where he continued till his death. The deceased was deservedly respected and esteemed in private life and there are few among us whose demise will be more generally regretted not only be numerous and attached relatives and friends but by the people of the Province at large.
April 23, 1853
BURNS - Died at Toronto, on Thursday, the 21st, at 7 p.m., John Burns, Esq., editor of the "Missionary Record" of the Presbyterian Church of Canada.
DEAN - Died at Grimsby, on the morning of the 19th, Alfreda, the beloved wife of Mr. Seth Dean, aged 46 years. Deceased was not only a dutiful wife and an affectionate and exemplary mother, but was also an ornament to the circle in which she lived. Her loss will be much regretted by all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was a steadfast Christian and died in the confident expectation of a blessed resurrection to eternal life through the merits of her Saviour Jesus Christ.
BURNSIDE - A murder was committed in the Township of Ancaster on Monday last under circumstances of unusual atrocity. A man named James Burnside, owning a farm and residing in a shanty erected upon it, about a mile distant from Duff's tavern in what is called "The Swamp", was found by an idiot lad lying in the fire in his own house. The boy dragged the body out of the fire and gave the alarm when it was found that the man had been inhumanly butchered. Both sides of his head were fractured, one dreadful wound having apparently been inflicted by a dull implement like the back of an axe. The other had been received by falling on the andiron which bore signs of blood and the mark corresponding with the size and shape of the iron. The throat was literally cut from ear to ear, and one of the hands was nearly burnt off. Underneath the body was found a razor which the murderer had doubtless placed there under the impression that those who made the discovery would imagine deceased had committed suicide. The body, however, bore evidence of the impossibility of death having been occasioned by the hand of the man himself. It is more probable that the attack was made with an axe or hammer, and that the murderer approached his victim from behind. The blow fractured the skull, and the man doubtless fell senseless. His throat must then have been cut and the body thrown into the fire with the intention either of destroying all traces of the crime or of inducing a suspicion of "felo de se"
An inquest was held on the body by Dr. McMahon of Dundas at which Doctors Dalton and Cameron were present when a verdict of murder by some person or persons unknown was returned.
We do not consider it advisable at present to say aught respecting the quarter to which suspicion rests, but we trust that no steps will be omitted by the authorities in endeavouring to bring to justice the perpetrators of this cold-blooded murder. We may add that the unfortunate victim was to have been married on the day following that on which the murder was committed.
April 27, 1853
BELTON - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 21st instant, William Edward, infant son of the Rev. S. Belton, aged 2 years, 1 month, and 21 days.
CASSADY - We have the melancholy task of announcing the death by drowning of Mr. Henry Cassady, only son of the late Henry Cassady, Esq. of this city (Kingston), a young man just entering his majority and esteemed by all who knew him. Mr. Cassady went on Friday afternoon to Amherst Island in company with Mr. McLeod to bring down the yacht "San Souci", and notwithstanding occasional squalls of wind, they set out from the island in the yacht bound to the city. When near the foot, a severe squall struck the "San Souci", and she went over. Mr. Cassady probably went down with the boat as he was not seen again, but his companion, assisted by the floating hatch or a plank, we know not which, managed to reach the shore, but in an extremely exhausted state. By proper treatment, the latter was restored.
April 30, 1853
KENNEDY - Died at New Dundas, on the 25th instant, Mr. Charles Kennedy, aged 32 years.
AVERY - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Mr. Archibald Avery, aged 40, a brother of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Manchester Unity.
GALLINGER - We regret to announce the death by drowning of Mr. John Gallinger, late of Chippawa. It seems that Mr. Gallinger engaged to take a load of lumber from Messrs Lowell and Lemon's mill at Port Robinson to Albany, N.Y. He had finished loading his scow on last Saturday afternoon, and intended to haul down the Welland as far as Chippawa that night to be in readiness to go up the Niagara River early on Monday morning. He left the cabin saying that he would try the pump to see if there was any water in the scow. It is supposed that he struck his foot against some lumber by which he lost his balance, and in falling overboard, his head must have had contact with something as there was a large scar on his forehead when the body was found. Mr. Gallinger was a sober, industrious, and trustworthy young man respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn their loss.
May 4, 1853
GUGGESBURG - We learn from the "British American" that a German named Guggesburg committed suicide in the Woodstock jail on the 23rd last by cutting his throat with a razor. The unfortunate man had been confined in jail for debt for three weeks prior to the perpetration of the deed.
FLETCHER (Quebec) - Under the head of our obituary notices will be found the demise at an advanced age of John Fletcher, Esq., for the last twenty-three years a resident in Quebec. During the greater part of this time, he was attached to the Imperial Customs Department. Mr. Fletcher retired from the army previous to his departure from England. His military services were confined principally to the West Indies. He entered the profession as a subaltern in the Royal Waggon Train. In 1807, he joined the Royal York Rangers and was present at the different expeditions against the islands of Martinique and the Saints in 1808, and at Guadaloue in 1810. In the former of these, he was severely wounded. In 1811, he was promoted to a Company, and on his return from England five years afterward exchanged to the 72nd Regiment. During the period of his stay among us, he was universally esteemed for his high sense of integrity and kindness of heart. A better specimen of the fine old English Gentleman could scarcely be desired.
May 7, 1853
AMBROSE - Died on Friday morning, the 6th May, in the 20th year of her age, Sophia Jane, only daughter of Mr. Charles Ambrose, of this city. Friends are invited to attend the funeral without further notice on Monday afternoon, at half past three o'clock.
MCCOSH - A fine boy about 12 years of age, son of Mr. McCosh of this town (Brantford), was drowned in the canal on Tuesday last by falling from a plank on which he was sailing. It is really a matter to be wondered at that accidents of this kind are not more frequent in their occurrence, for almost every day we see from our office window a number of thoughtless youths sailing on saw-logs and planks in the widest part of the canal where, if they should happen to fall, their chances of escape would be extremely doubtful unless indeed by swimming. Parents cannot be too earnest in endeavouring to prevent their children from frequenting a place that has already called upon several families in this town to mourn the loss of beloved ones who were snatched from their embraces in the vigour of youth.
May 11, 1853
PLOWRIGHT - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 7th instant, of consumption, Mr. James T. Plowright, aged 37 years, a native of Norfolk, England. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend his funeral on to-morrow at 11 o'clock a.m. from his late residence, York Street.
GEDDES - Died on Friday, the 13th instant, James Wyatt, only son of James C. Geddes, Esq., aged 20 months and 2 days
TYSON - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Mary Jane, eldest daughter of William Tyson, James Street, aged 4 years and 4 months.
MURTON - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Mr. William Murton, in the 25th year of his age.
GREGSON - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, after a long and painful illness borne with Christian fortitude and resignation, Margaret, wife of Mr. Edward Gregson, aged 33 years, much and deservedly respected by all who knew her.
RADENHURST - We regret to announce the demise of another old and respectable citizen of Toronto; viz., John Radenhurst, Esq., of the Crown Office, which took place yesterday morning at his residence, after an illness of several weeks.
ESSON - It is with deep regret that we announce the death of the Rev. Henry Esson, one of the professors of Knox's College, in this city (Toronto). He had been in a failing state of health for some time, but no fears of immediate death were entertained by his friends. On Tuesday evening, however, he was labouring with greater debility than usual, and growing rapidly worse, he breathed his last about eleven o'clock yesterday forenoon. Mr. Esson was in his 6lst year. He was born in Aberdeen, and in 1811 took his degree of master of arts in the University in that town, having gained all the highest prizes which were open to him. After becoming a minister of the Church of Scotland, in 1817 he emigrated to Canada and settled in Montreal as pastor of the St Gabriel Street Church in that city. There he continued for twenty-seven years, when having taken part with the most liberal section of the Church in the non-intrusion controversy and on the forming of the Free Church, he became one of the professors in the college of the new organization. For the last eight and a half years, he has been a resident of Toronto, labouring earnestly in his difficult duties and aiding in all that could benefit the church. He was a man of studious habits, and of various learning, of unquestionable logical powers, and of very fertile imagination, and into all he did, he carried with him a noble enthusiasm which enabled him to triumph over many obstacles. He was an applicant for the chair of history in the University of Toronto, and his appointment was confidently expected. Of most agreeable manners and amiable temper in private life, he was respected and beloved, and he will be long kindly remembered.
May 18, 1853
MACKELCAN - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 14th instant, at the age of 3 years and 2 months, Alfred Knight, youngest child of Dr. Mackelcan.
May 18, 1853
LAZIER - The funeral of the late Mr. B. F. Lazier, unfortunately one of the many victims of American indiscretion and murderous carelessness who was killed by the accident at Norwalk the other day, took place on Wednesday morning, his remains having been conveyed hither the night previously in charge of some kind friends. A very impressive discourse was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Goodson of Guelph from the text "Be ye also ready", and every demonstration of respect was shown to the memory of the deceased by immense numbers of his fellow townsmen and neighbours who joined the funeral procession. The deceased was an energetic industrious man ever foremost in promoting such objects as he regarded of service to his fellows. Amongst these we may notice his assiduity in aiding the temperance cause, and the various projects connected with the Methodist Church of which he was a consistent member. (Dundas)
May 21, 1853
TISDALE - Died in the village of Ancaster, on Wednesday morning, the 18th instant, in the 69th year of his age, Samuel Tisdale, Esq., much regretted by a large and extensive acquaintance.
The deceased was a native of the city of St. John, New Brunswick, and came to this Province in 1808, where he has continued to reside, principally at Ancaster. He was a constant and strict member of the Church of England. He served throughout the war with the United States in 1812 to 1815, and rendered good service to his country. As a neighbour and a friend, he was kind and sincere; as a husband and a father, he was affectionate, kind, and attached. His loss is most keenly and poignantly felt by his sorrowing family and a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
MCGEE - A horrible murder was perpetrated on the St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad, near Sherbrooke, on Monday last. A labourer, name James McGee, was lying in a state of beastly intoxication on the track with his face downwards, when another labourer, named Philip Sullivan, came up and struck him several blows on the head with a pickaxe and scattered his brains. An inquest was immediately held by the coroner, M. de Tonnancour, and a verdict of wilful murder returned against Sullivan. The wretch has managed so far to elude the pursuit of justice. Our informant states that the means of apprehending a fugitive in that section seemed to him exceedingly poor, the authorities being furnished with no official detective force.
May 25, 1853
VILLENEUVE (Quebec) - Yesterday was the first summer-like day of the season, it being beautifully clear with a balmy wind from the south-west. The heat at noon was almost oppressive, the thermometer standing at 80 degrees in the shade. Towards evening the gathering clouds in the west and blacker still towards the
south betokened the approach of storm which passed over the city between eight and nine o'clock, accompanied by heavy rain and much thunder and most brilliant flashes of lightning.
It is our melancholy duty to record several disasters which occurred while the storm was at its height. From the city, the lightning was seen to strike two wooden buildings in the direction of Charlesbourg and consume them at once. We learn that a stone dwelling near the Charlesbourg church was also struck by the lightning while three people were seated on a sofa on the ground floor, one of them, a fine young woman of twenty, Miss Villeneuve was killed on the spot. The second was paralyzed and is reported dead this morning, and the third is suffering from the shock.
May 28, 1853
UNNAMED MAN - On Saturday last, an inquest was held by Dr. Wanless on view of the body of a person unknown which had been discovered in an old well on the 1st concession of the Township of Nissouri by some lads on their way to school the day previous. Judging from the advanced state of decomposition in which the body was found, it must have lain in the well for two or three months, probably all winter. There were no marks of violence on any part of the body except, some slight bruises over the right eye which in themselves were not considered sufficient to cause death. As far as could be ascertained, he must have fallen into the well and being unable to extricate himself, was there drowned in accordance with which testimony the jury returned their verdict. The body was decently clothed in a Canadian gray satinett coat, drab vest and trousers, a good pair of boots, and a dark-coloured plush cap. In his coat sleeves were found several needles, and in the vest pocket some drab threads, a currency sixpence, and a York sixpence in silver. He was about five feet ten inches in height, colour of hair unknown, age between sixty and seventy years.
June 1, 1853
CORBIER - Died at Toronto, on Saturday, the 28th ultimo, Mr. Joseph Corbier, Sr., aged 53 years, for many years a resident of Kingston.
SMITH - Died in this city, on the 21st ultimo, Mr. William Smith, printer. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral from his residence, King Street West, to-morrow, at 2 o'clock, p.m.
BAKER - Died at his brother's residence, Bytown, on the 25th ultimo, after a long and painful illness, George M. Baker, jun., of Hamilton, General Agent of the Canada Life Assurance Company and third son of Captain G. W. Baker, late Royal Artillery, of Woodrooffe, Ottawa River.
TERRIN - An awful catastrophe occurred at Gilmore's Cove. The steamer "St. Pierre", one of the ferryboats sometimes employed in towing, having put on board of the steamer for Montreal from a vessel in the stream, upwards of 290 passengers, proceeded to Gilmore's Cove to take a barge in tow, and while preparing to do so, her boiler burst, and out of ten persons on board, eight perished. Captain Barry, who stood over the boiler, was blown high in the sky. Mr. Terrin had his skull split by a piece of the boiler, and his wife was also killed, but their bodies were hardly disfigured at all. The other sufferers were the foreman and deck hands whose names we have not ascertained.
June 4, 1853
BOWRON - Died in this city, on the 1st of June, Mrs. Isabella Bowron, relict of the late Bolton Bowron, of Barnard Castle, County of Durham, England, aged 60 years.
DAVIS - Died in this city, yesterday, of inflammation of the brain, John Morden, only son of John H. Davis, aged 7 years.
UNNAMED MAN - Sometime about noon on yesterday, a man dressed in a brown frock coat, white hat, and fustian pantaloons, name unknown, was discovered murdered in the most brutal manner, about two miles from Brockville in the direction of Smith Falls. The horrible deed was perpetrated with a heavy stake, there being a large wound on the forehead and another on the neck and chin. He was found in a wood into which the people of the neighbourhood say they saw two men enter yesterday morning and one of them returned shortly after who had on a muskrat cap and blue coat, and who is supposed to be one, Simpson, recently liberated from the penitentiary. The murdered man had not been recognized, and now lies in the yard attached to our county jail. Simpson was seen to pass through Brockville yesterday about twelve o'clock. About three o'clock, intelligence was received of the murder. His description is said to correspond with that given by the persons in the neighbourhood of the murder. There is a rumour afloat that both men were seen drinking together in the morning near Lyn.
June 8, 1853
ONOND - We learn from the "Pays" that two young ladies of the name of Onond, daughters of a respectable yeoman of the Parish of St. Esprit, got into a canoe intending to cross the river, on the 21st ultimo, and not being able to guide the vessel in consequence of the violence of the wind, it upset and they were both drowned. The accident occurred within view of their bereaved parents and a large concourse of people who had assembled on the shore with the intent of rendering them assistance in their perilous undertaking. The bodies of the unfortunate ladies were recovered and buried on the 23rd ultimo.
June 11, 1853
WIGGINS - An inquest was held on the 1st instant at the mouth of the Humber on the body of a man named Peter Wiggins who was drowned at that place on the evening of the 31st ultimo. He had gone ashore from a scow in a jolly boat in company with another man, and on returning, fell, it is supposed, between the boat and the scow, and rose no more. The body was recovered next morning by means of grappling hooks, an inquest summoned, and a verdict returned in accordance with the facts.
ISENTROUT - On Wednesday afternoon last, the body of a man was found on the bank of the Grand River, about four miles below Paris. An inquest was held by Dr. McCosh on Thursday. From the evidence, it appeared that the body was that of Henry Isentrout, cooper, of this village, who had been missing about ten days. He had been in a very excited state in consequence of some domestic quarrels for some days previous, and had often threatened to destroy himself. After a careful consideration of the case, the jury returned the following verdict: that the deceased, Henry Isentrout, drowned himself, being at the time of unsound mind.
June 15, 1853
FOSTER - Died at Caledonia, Grand River, on the 7th instant, Harriett Maria, wife of Mr. Charles Foster, aged 25 years.
FOSTER - Died at Caledonia, Grand River, on the 6th instant, Harriett Anna, infant daughter of Mr. Charles Foster, aged 1 year and 7 months.
LUCAS - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Catherine, wife of Mr. Robert Lucas, moulder.
JULY 18, 1853
HOLMWOOD - Died at Woolwich, on the 15th instant, Marion, second daughter of Mr. W. Holmwood, aged 2 years and 9 months.
COULTER - We exceedingly regret to learn that Mr. George Coulter, builder, met his death in a very sudden manner last evening. The deceased had been working hard on Brown's wharf all day, and being exhausted, said to some of his fellow workers that he would bathe before going home, and while still warm, he plunged into the water. After two or three minutes had elapsed, he sank without any apparent cause. He was observed, but before he could be found, his life was extinct. He was fifteen minutes in the water altogether. His body was removed to his late residence on Duchess street. Mr. Coulter was Councilman for St. David's Ward some time ago, a map of steady and industrious habits, and very much esteemed. (Toronto)
June 22, 1853
MACDONALD - Died on the evening of the 16th instant, at her father's residence, St. Elizabeth Street, Montreal, Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Town Major Macdonald.
UNKNOWN MAN - An inquest was held at Mr. Wilson's tavern, Port Burlington, on Monday morning, on view of the body of a man, name unknown, who was found lying in the Bay at the east end of MacNab Street wharf. There was no evidence to show how the deceased came by his death. He was rather respectably dressed, and in his pocket was a purse containing a number of Spanish quarter dollars. It is supposed that the body had lain in the water several days. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
July 16, 1853
LAVERY - Died yesterday evening, Alice Mary, infant daughter of W. Lavery, at his residence on Main Street east, aged 15 months.
July 20, 1853
WASHBURN - Died at Ralstonhill, Ayrshire, Scotland, on the 28th ultimo, George Washburn, Esq., father of Mrs. James Osborne, of this city.
BRAUND - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Susan, wife of James Braund, aged 25 years, late of Dalabole, near Camelford, Cornwall, England.
STUART - It is our melancholy duty as chroniclers of public events, including public calamities, to record this day the decease of the Hon. Sir James Stuart, baronet, Chief Justice of the province of Lower Canada, who after a brief illness, departed this life at an early hour this morning at his residence in St. Ursula Street.
The late Chief Justice was one of those men who are great, not relatively or locally, but by the force of their own merits. An intellect of the highest order, an integrity above suspicion, and an intrepidity which nothing could shake, these were his characteristics. He was, in a word, a perfect Judge, and on the bench and in the bar of Canada, there was none equal to him, and none second to him. Whoever succeeds to his seat will have a position of no ordinary difficulty to contend with, for he will sit in the shadow of a great man, and on his slightest sin of omission or commission will come down the heavy visitation of comparison. The vulgar and the learned alike will say "it would not have been so, were Sir James alive".
Sir James Stuart indeed was the embodiment of jurisprudence and the representative of a race. While never one act of judicial partisanship disgraced his high and stern integrity, yet
was he looked on as the natural head of the Anglo-Canadian population, and while every decision was squared by the law, yet was he regarded as the champion of English, rather than French, principles of jurisprudence. When he sat on the Bench, then the liberty of the subject was safe when he presided there; in deed as well as in word "all men are equal before the law". In a country where all seem to adapt the pernicious error that the "Judge is wiser and greater than the law", there was found a wise and great Judge who taught the people by his example that the law was on all occasions to be reverenced rather than the administrative power. Of the great names contained in the annals of the Westminster Hall, none is greater than that of the late Sir James Stuart. He was a man whose character recalled the great scenes of English history and the "High Justice" of the English nation. He was fit to have sat with Coke, Markham, Gascoigne, and Fortes que.
There was a meaning as well as eloquence in the phrase of Carlyle when he said, speaking of those he regarded as champions of human freedom: "Deep calleth unto deep across the dead abysses". So it is indeed with just and good Judges who leave their names behind them a beacon and a guide to all posterity.
July 23, 1853
POLLARD - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Mr. S. Pollard, late of Kingston, aged 41 years. The funeral will take place this evening at half past 5 o'clock from his late residence, Hess street. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
July 27, 1853
KIRK - Died on the 24th of June, at the residence of his brother, Dr. John Kirk, of Christophine, near Edinburgh, Mr. Daniel Kirk, of Wick, Scotland, and for many years in the house of Buchanan, Harris, & Co. here, by whose connection he will be deeply regretted.
ROBERTSON (Guelph) - On Monday last, Dr. Orton was called in to Mr. George Robertson, a moulder in the foundry of Mr. Robertson of this town. It appears that Robertson was in the habit of taking too much liquor, but was perfectly sober when Dr. Orton saw him. On examination, it was found that his left lung was seriously diseased and inflamed, so much so that a very slight exertion would be sufficient to cause death. The Doctor left him with medicines and instructions for his treatment, but he had not been long gone before Robertson left his bed for the head of the stairs, when he fell down and death almost instantaneously ensued. It has been very generally asserted that the man broke his neck in a state of drunkenness, but we have the best authority for stating that he was sober at the time, and that the diseased state of his lung was such that walking across his bedroom might have produced death.
July 27, 1853
GREEN (Richmond) - A death occurred at the western termination of Grace street yesterday afternoon under very peculiar and distressing circumstances. A large company had assembled for the purpose of performing the last sad ceremonies of conveying to the grave the body of Mrs. Thompson. While in the act of removing the corpse from the house to the hearse at the door followed by its mourning friends, Mrs. Green, and daughter of the deceased lady, suddenly fell and expired at the moment the coffin was placed in the hearse. The consternation and distress occasioned by the afflicting event can better be imagined than described. Mrs. Green was in the prime of life and leaves two small children.
FORD - Our readers will remember a thrilling account of outrages committed in the house of Mr. Sovereen, near Oakville, by a negro named William Ford, in May last. The man was arrested and committed to gaol here, but proved to be insane, and died on Sunday night while the process of procuring an order for his admission to the Lunatic Asylum was going on with the usual celerity of official dispatch under our progressive administration. An inquest was held upon the body yesterday, before Coroner Bull, and a verdict of natural death returned. During his ravings, the poor fellow made repeated and desperate attempts to destroy his own life.
August 3, 1853
GAMBLE - Died in the city of Hamilton, on the 2nd instant, Mary Anne, wife of Mr. James Gamble, after suffering with patience for many months the excruciating pain of cancer in the face, aged 47 years.
August 6, 1853
PEEBLES - Died at Strabane, West Flamborough, on Thursday, the 4th instant, Jannet, youngest daughter of Matthew Peebles, Esq., post-master. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock to the place of interment.
MURPHY -We deeply regret to announce the decease on Saturday last, the 6th instant, of Timothy Murphy, Esq., merchant, of this city, at the early age of 35.
We need scarcely say that in this community and elsewhere among those with whom Mr. Murphy was well acquainted, his death will be deeply lamented. In all the relations of life, his conduct was truly exemplary. Among business men, his enterprise and strict integrity had earned for him a prominent position, while in the family and social circles, he was beloved by all near and dear to him as deservedly as he was esteemed by those who enjoyed his friendship.
An intimate acquaintance, lasting more than one-third his lifetime, enables us to speak feelingly on this subject, and we are sure scores of friends will join us in the remarks we have made.
Alas! what a lesson on the uncertainty of life is brought to our recollection by this sad event: It seems scarcely a twelvemonth since the writer met his departed friend accompanied by his youthful bride on their wedding tour, both in the enjoyment of perfect health. A few - a very few- months rolled over ere we followed the remains of the young wife to the tomb. Yet a few months longer and the same mournful tribute is paid to the husband and the friend.
August 13, 1853
HAMILTON - Died at his residence, Township of Oneida, Alexander Hamilton, aged 54 years.
HUGHSON - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, aged 89 years, Rebecca, relict of the late Mr. Nathaniel Hughson. The funeral will leave the residence of the Rev. J. Brennan, North John street, at 3 o'clock this (Saturday) afternoon, and proceed to the place of interment, "Old Burying Ground". Relatives and acquaintances are invited to attend.
MORRISON - Died at Albiondale, Township of Barton, on the 9th instant, James, infant son of Mr. William Morrison, aged 18 months.
WIDNALL (Toronto) - We deeply regret to have to state that a young gentleman in the establishment of Mr. Scobie, named Edward G. Widnall, was accidentally drowned in the Bay while bathing. He crossed to the Island by ferry in the afternoon, with a companion, Mr. Spray, and both went into the water to bathe near the natural channel. Neither was able to swim, and Mr. Widnall, unfortunately going beyond his depth, was drowned. We learn that when Mr. Widnall found himself beyond his depth, he seized his companion by the arm, but did not retain his hold. He immediately sank and did not afterwards rise. His body is not found at the time we write these lines.
WOODS - We understand that on Monday last, during the temporary absence of its parents, a little child, named Woods, on the third concession of the Township of King, climbed on a table where there was a saucer of cobalt used for the purpose of killing flies, and drank a portion which caused almost immediate death. This is an additional warning to parents not to leave children alone. The deceased was about 18 months or 2 years of age.
UNNAMED MAN (Sarnia) - The body of a man was drifted ashore on Monday last. He appeared to be a middle-aged or elderly man with light chestnut-coloured hair. The body was entirely naked, and from the outward appearance, we would suppose he had been some
weeks in the water. He had suffered amputation of the left leg at some time of his life. Probably this may give some clue to the discovery of his former whereabouts. A. Young, Esq., coroner, had the body interred in the cemetery near the town.
ST.AUBIN (Montreal) - On Thursday, a couple of lads, children of a carter, named St. Aubin, residing in Wolfe Street, were upon a small quay in front of the Military Hospital at the end of the wharf when one of them, aged seven years, stooped down to wash his face and unfortunately tilted over and fell into the water. In making an attempt to save his brother, the other also fell in. A soldier of the 26th, who was looking on from the top of the high terrace, no sooner saw what happened than he jumped down the whole height at great personal risk and attempted but without effect, to save the unfortunate boys. Several other soldiers and civilians soon after dived with the intention of finding the bodies, but we have not heard of their being recovered.
August 17, 1853
WILSON - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Anna Jane, infant daughter of Mr. John Wilson, lumber merchant, aged 12 days.
August 20, 1853
MITCHELL - Died on the 9th instant, at Cape Cottage, near Portland, Maine, after a short and severe illness, Mary Turner, wife of James Mitchell, esq., merchant, Toronto, in her 30th year. Friends will please accept this intimation.
HODGINS - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, William Edward, the infant son of William Hodgins, Esq., C.E.
IRWIN - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Christiana Elizabeth, only child of Mr. William Irwin, aged 1 year and 5 months.
August 24, 1853
DICKSON - Died of dysentery, on the 19th instant, at Paris, C.W., Andrew Clement, youngest son of the late Captain Ranaldson Dickson, of H.M. 2nd Dragoons.
CHISHOLM - Died at Wellington Square, on Saturday, August 22nd, after a lingering and painful illness, Sarah, wife of Col. J. Chisholm.
UNNAMED CHILD - We regret to learn that a fine child was poisoned at Port Stanley this week in consequence of drinking some fly poison prepared by its mother and incautiously left within reach of the child. This is the 3rd or 4th case of the same sort which has occurred this summer.
August 27, 1853
WARB - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Emma Teresa, youngest child of Mr. P. T. Warb, aged 13 months and 19 days.
MACKENZIE - Died at Balgrochan, Campsie, Scotland, on the 31st July, Lillias Wighton Scott, wife of James Mackenzie, merchant, Glasgow.
August 31, 1853
MULLIN - Died in the Township of Blenheim, on Friday, the 26th ultimo, Mr. Alexander Mullin, aged 56, formerly of the County Armagh, Ireland.
MCDONALD (Elora) - On Monday afternoon last, Malcom McDonald, in the employ of Messrs. Stork, wagon makers, of this village, went out with a companion named John Martin, with an intention to shoot pigeons. The pigeons being scarce, they procured a cradle and commenced with a field of oats turnabout, one carrying the gun whilst the other cradled. Martin raised the gun to fire at a flock flying over the field when McDonald said that they were too high, and endeavoured to prevent Martin from firing, by pulling it down. In doing so, it came in contact with his person, went off, and the charge entered his side. He exclaimed, "You've hurt me. This is a sad thing to happen between two old comrades. It can't be helped, but I feel that I am dying". He asked for a drink of water, and requested Martin to convey his love to his father and sister. Martin left him to procure medical aid, but when he returned, the vital spark had fled. He lived about three quarters of an hour. We need scarcely add that the event created a great sensation in Fergus near which village it happened, and that Martin is labouring under severe mental affliction. Deceased was the only son of Peter McDonald whose thigh was broken a few weeks ago by a fall of gravel on the Elora and Fergus road.
September 3, 1853
SINCLAIR - Died at her residence, Rebecca street, on the 31st ultimo, of consumption, Joanna, wife of Mr. James Sinclair, age 39 years.
September 7, 1853
CLARKE - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Mr. William E. Clarke, Main street west, aged 46 years.
NELLES - Died on the 5th instant, rear York, Grand River, after a lingering illness, Margaret S. Nelles, the beloved wife of Col. William W. Nelles, of the Township of Seneca, aged 53 years.
TALHAM, VERTEFEUILLE - We regret to learn that a fatal accident happened
at Pointe aux Tremblay on Saturday evening last. M. Alexandre Talham, of Verennes, N.P., who had been engaged at the former place for some time back as organist and teacher of singing visited the point on that afternoon and left about six o'clock for Varennes in a canoe. M. Nazere Vertefeuille, who accompanied him, was standing up in the canoe when they started, and after they had gone some ten or twelve arpents, lost his balance and fell into the water. M. Talham sprang to his rescue, but unfortunately failed in the effort, and both were drowned. Several canoes put off from the shore to save them, but reached the place too late.
September 10, 1853
JELY - Died at Quebec, on Friday, the 26th ultimo, at the advanced age of 76, Mr. Joseph Jely, after a short illness. This honest citizen was one of those braves who served under the "immortal Nelson". He was present at the battle of Trafalgar on board of the "Sonan".
SULLIVAN - Died on Wednesday, the 24th ultimo, at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Heyden, Church street, Toronto, Barbara, widow of the late Hon. Mr. Justice Sullivan, in the 84th year of her age.
September 14, 1853
SABINE - Died at Hamilton, on Saturday, the 10th instant, Lizzie Alice, only child of Mr. Jas. R. Sabine, aged 1 year and 10 months.
CALDWELL - Died at New York, on Tuesday morning, September 6th, of disease of the heart at his residence, No. 4 Great Jones street, Hugh Caldwell, M.D., formerly of the British Army, and served under the Duke of Wellington in Portugal, Spain, and France. Dr. Caldwell was brother of the late Dr. William Caldwell of Montreal.
LELAND (Barrie) - It is with sorrowful regret we record the death of R. P. Leland, Esq., the resident engineer of the Northern Railway. On Wednesday, the 31st ultimo, Mr. Leland was engaged inspecting the line of railway between Barrie and Nottawasaga when about 30 miles from Barrie, while standing upon a piece of timber examining the work, the gun upon which he was leaning suddenly slipped and the hammer striking against the log, caused the gun to go off. The contents passed through his body, and in five hours afterwards, he was no more. The accident occurred about 5 o'clock and the sufferer lingered in great pain until 10 p.m.
Mr. Leland wan an American by birth, but had resided amongst us for the past eight months, and through his high professional attainments, courteous demeanor, and moral worth, had secured the friendship of many, the esteem and good will of all.
The funeral took place on Friday, and the body was followed to its last resting place in Trinity Church burial ground by very many friends and neighbours.
September 17, 1853
PHILLIPS - Died on the 15th in the 63rd year of her age, after a long and painful illness, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Thomas Phillips.
MCKENZIE - Died on Sunday evening, the 11th instant, James Sydney Howard, only son of T. H. McKenzie, Esq., of Dundas, aged 14 months and 11 days.
HAUGHTON - Died at New Orleans, of yellow fever and black vomit, James M. A. Estey, eldest son of Mrs. M. A. Haughton, and brother to Mrs. Mathew Camp, of Dundas, aged 35 years, 1 month, and 15 days.
September 24, 1853
KENNEDY, RAY (Kingston) - The steamer "Lord Elgin" last evening brought the afflicting intelligence that Mr. Kennedy, who has for some time been connected with the Customs department of this port, together with his wife and a person named Ray were drowned by the upsetting of a sail-boat while crossing the St. Lawrence in the neighbourhood of Coteau du Lac on Wednesday last. We have been unable to learn the full particulars.
September 28, 1853
LEES - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Catherine Borland, daughter of Mrs. Lees, aged 12 years. The friends of the family are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. Lees, King street west, this afternoon at 4 o'clock
October 1, 1853
DUNN - Died at St. George, South Dumfries, on the 14th September, Julia Ann, youngest daughter of Mr. H. F. Dunn, aged 1 year and 2 weeks.
MCKINNON - Died at Caledonia, on Tuesday, the 27th September, Catherine A. C, the youngest daughter of R. McKinnon, Esq.
October 5, 1853
LAWSON - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, of pulmonary consumption, Mr. Thomas Lawson, tailor, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland.
October 12, 1853
CRUIKSHANKS - Died on Saturday evening last, in this city, suddenly of apoplexy, Mr. Cruikshanks of Toronto. The deceased was the owner of the celebrated "Jenny Lind Yacht" in which he had come up here only a day or two ago. His friends chartered the steamer "Mayflower" yesterday morning to remove his remains to Toronto.
October 15, 1853
SYMINGTON - Died at Paisley, Scotland, on the 22nd September, the Rev. Andrew Symington, D.D., Professor of Divinity of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, in the 68th year of his age and 44th of his ministry.
October 19, 1853
EVERS (Kingston) - A poor old widow woman, named Mary Evers, residing alone in a room over the shop of Mr. J. Sweaton, corner of Queen and Wellington streets, was found at an early hour yesterday morning burned to death. An inquest was held yesterday forenoon by Coroner Benson when from the evidence it appeared that the unfortunate deceased, who had occupied the room for over three years, was at least 60 years old, in poor health, and very feeble, so much so latterly as hardly to be able to go about or help herself. When last seen alive on Tuesday afternoon she appeared somewhat under the influence of liquor and had a bottle beside her which she tried to conceal from one of the neighbours who called to see her. When the body was found, it was lying in the fireplace burnt almost to a cinder, the upper portion lying under a pot which hung over the fire. The floor about her and a stool on which the deceased appeared to have been sitting were on fire, and near the stool was a bottle bearing evidence of having lately contained whiskey. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death by burning.
October 22, 1853
HART - Died on the 18th instant, at his residence, Steep Hill, near Brantford, C.W., Dacres Hart, Esq., aged 60, for 31 years in the Civil Service of the Hon. East India Company, and for 18 years a highly respected member of the community, after an illness of four months, which he bore with patience and fortitude when he peacefully resigned his spirit into the hands of Him who gave it.
AMBROSE - Died on the 20th instant, of the disease of the lungs, at Grimsby, Canada West, Alexander Pope Ambrose, civil engineer, late of Waterford, Ireland, aged 26 years, deeply and deservedly regretted.
October 26, 1853
DISTIN - Died on Monday evening, the 24th instant, after a painful and lingering illness, Hannah Sophia, wife of Mr. J. H. Distin, and eldest daughter of Rev. A. Booker of this city. The friends of the deceased are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, Napier street, to the place of interment this afternoon at 2 o'clock without further notice.
NIXON - Died in Grimsby, on the 25th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Allan Nixon, Esq., aged 37 years.
PEARSON - Died in this city, October 25th instant, Margaret, wife of William Pearson, aged 23 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to-day Wednesday, at 2 o'clock p.m., from his residence, Barton street, to the place of interment.
WHITMORE - Died on Sunday, the 16th instant, after a long illness aged 79, John Whitmore, Esq., of the Lake Road, Niagara Township. Mr. Whitmore was born in the colony of New Jersey, but removed to Western Pennsylvania, about the year 1776 where his father's house was surprised by a party of Indians and all the family massacred except himself, another brother, and two sisters one of whom is the mother of Wm. Hoople, esq., of New York, well known in Canada, is yet living near Cornwall. These, being children, were spared, but were carried off captive, and separated. Mr. Whitmore was formally adopted into the Lanape or Delaware nation by undergoing the ordeals of fires, fastings, and all of the other ceremonies of a Delaware Chief inauguration and he remained some years among them until the intercession of old friends of his family effected his restoration when he settled on the lake Road within a mile of the place of his death and where he has since resided, loved and respected by all for his sterling integrity and goodness of disposition, as honest and true-hearted a man as breathed Canadian air. Mr. Whitmore was about the last of the original settlers in the Niagara Township and was a noble specimen of a Canadian Farmer of the old school. He leaves an aged widow and a very large circle of relatives and friends to lament their loss.
October 29, 1853
SCHRAM - It becomes our painful duty this week to announce the untimely death of Andrew Talbot Schram, second son of Peter Schram, Esq., of this town, in the 21st year of his age. On the morning of Wednesday last, the 19th instant, while the subject of this notice was standing on the street in the village of Port Stanley, a waggon heavily laden with railroad iron, driven by Robert Moore, came along at a slow pace, and the foremost wheel slightly struck Schram on the leg, but he, apparently fearing no danger, continued conversing with Mr. David Patrick until
struck by one of the hindmost wheels which felled him to the ground when the wheel passed over his prostrate body, crushing him in a fearful manner, and causing death in half an hour. For a few moments, the sufferer lingered. No complaint escaped his lips; he was perfectly sensible, and desired his mother and father to be sent for, but they were to see him no more in this world. All that kind-hearted strangers could do to administer comfort to the sufferer was cheerfully done, but all was unavailing. The body was brought to London on Thursday, but owing to the absence of the father of the deceased who was in the Western District on business, the funeral did not take place until Friday evening, at which time a large and highly respectable concourse of friends followed in the funeral train to the cemetery of the Episcopal Church, east of London, where the remains of the lamented youth were buried, the Rev. Benjamin Cronyn officiating. The subject of this melancholy notice had by his kind disposition and firm adherence to truth and principle gained the esteem of all who can appreciate noble traits in the character of a young man.
CRAWFORD - An inquest was held by Dr. Wanless, coroner, on the body of Dugald Crawford, lately residing in Lobo, at the house of Peter McCann on the 23rd instant. The following evidence is culled from that given at the inquest. There had been some people drinking at the bar of Mr. McCann's on Saturday evening between eleven and twelve o'clock p.m. Some quarreling ensued as is the case generally on such occasions. One of the parties called Flaney, Dugald Crawford and a third, Robert Adams, were observed together in the street outside after the bartender of Mr. McCann's locked the bar-room door. He heard a noise outside, and on looking over the window, he saw Adams on top of Crawford. He ran downstairs and took Adams off. The bartender then locked the door, but by the time the bartender locked the door, Adams came into the bar-room from the front door which was open, and said that he wanted satisfaction of the person who took him off the man outside.
He, Adams, was told that the best satisfaction he could get, was to go home. Adams was heard to say on his way home that he had broken his knife. The blade of a knife was found on the person of the deceased Crawford lying between the skin and the shirt beside a wound which penetrated the lower border of the last rib on the left side behind and which had entered the spleen. There were seven or eight wounds inflicted on his chest and back, two on his chest penetrating the left ventricle and right auricle of the heart. Adams' clothes covered with blood were found at his lodgings by the indefatigable constable, VanValkenburg. Adams was seen in the morning of the 23rd walking around as usual, and was summoned on the coroner's jury before suspicion fell on him. Verdict: wilful murder against Adams who was fully committed for trial at next criminal court on the coroner's warrant.
November 2, 1853
ROSE - We are sorry to learn that Lieut. Rose, R.N., who formerly commanded the "Alliance", together with his wife, was drowned in the "Anne Jane" .
SHEA - On Saturday, about midnight, a young man named Shea, 21 years of age, was drowned near the ballast ground. He was in a sailboat when on a sudden the main sail being let go, the boom struck him on the head and threw him overboard. (Quebec)
CATTLEY - Drowned off the "Anne Jane", near Barra Island, on the 28th September, John Potter, second son of Mr. Stephen Robert Cattley, Superintendent of the Mechanics Institute, in the 14th year of his age.
HUGHES, RUSSELL - A melancholy accident occurred at Grimsby on the 31st of October. Two boys of the names of Hughes and Russell were employed in hauling water from the lake.
By some means the puncheon got off the waggon and floated out from shore, a strong north wind blowing at the time. The unfortunate youths procured a small scow and though warned of the danger they encountered, they put to sea, but the scow becoming unmanageable, they were seen in this dangerous position from the shore. A boat was put off to rescue them, but when within a short distance of them, the scow overturned and a watery grave closed over the unfortunate youths.
JAYNES - An inquest was held on Saturday last, by H. B. Bull, Esq., and a jury in Mr. Wheeler's tavern near the lake on the body of a woman named Jaynes who died on the evening previous. It appeared from the evidence of her eldest child, a boy about eight years old, that his father had been a farmer at Crosby, near Kingston, and had sold out with the intention of removing to Hamilton where he expected to find work on the railway, and that he brought along a span of horses and two carts which he left at Port Hope on the way up, and had returned for them, but he had not yet arrived.
The child further stated that his mother went out on Friday morning last, and brought in a large quantity of whiskey in a pail, part of which she drank, and the remainder she threw out. A bottle containing opium was also produced which he said had been mixed by his father before he left home, part of which the deceased gave to her infant, and drank a large quantity herself. After this, the boy said his mother seemed to fall asleep in her chair, and afterwards fell on the floor where she was allowed to remain for some time, and when taken up was found to be dead. The jury found that the deceased died from a fit of apoplexy caused by opium. Jaynes arrived on Sunday with his horses from Port Hope. He is left with the care of five motherless children, the eldest of whom is not over eight years.
TAYLOR - Another inquest was held on Sunday last by the same gentleman on the body of a miserable creature named Ann Taylor, a woman apparently about fifty years of age who was found dead in a hovel in York street, kept by a person named Blackburn. The party who brought her there was taken up by the police for vagrancy, and the particulars will be found under the head of Police intelligence. The verdict of the jury was that death was caused by congestion of the brain brought on by a long course of intemperance.
November 9, 1853
ARMSTRONG - Died in this city, yesterday morning, Mary Hawkesworth, second daughter of Capt. Armstrong, after a long and painful illness which she bore with Christian fortitude and resignation. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence to the place of interment, Burlington cemetery, on Wednesday, the 9th instant, at 11 o'clock forenoon.
DANIELS - Died at Grimsby, on the 14th October, Martha Daniels, wife of Samuel Daniels, Sr., aged 68 years and 5 months. The deceased was born in the state of New York, emigrated to Canada in 1811, settled in the Long Point country, and removed to Grimsby where she died. She leaves a number of friends to lament her loss.
FALLIS - Died in Buffalo, November 1st, of inflammation of the brain, John Fallis, aged 28 years.
November 16, 1853
WALLACE - Died on Wednesday, the 9th instant, James Wallace, Esq., of the firm of James Wallace & Co., of this town, in the 34th year of his age. He was for many years a resident of Brantford, and deservedly esteemed by all who knew him. His decease is deeply regretted by a large circle of relations and friends.
November 23, 1853
CUPPINS - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, of consumption, Hugh Cuppins, jr., printer, aged 19 years and 3 months.
November 26, 1853
SIMPSON - John Simpson, who brutally murdered Mr. Fell, near Brockville & subsequently concealed the body in an old root house, was executed in Brockville on the 17th instant.
HESS - Died at the Fountain House, on the 22nd instant, Rachel, wife of Mr. Jacob Hess, aged 36 years.
FRASER - Died on Saturday morning, the 12th instant, at his residence, Fraserfield, near Williamstown, Glengarry, Canada West, at an advanced age, the Hon Alexander Fraser, member of the Legislative Council. The deceased came to Canada in the early part of the century with the Canadian Fencible Regiment from Scotland when that corps was raised, and served with it until it was disbanded in 1826. He then purchased a property in Glengarry upon which he resided till his death. Previously to his election to the Legislative Council, the deceased represented the County of Glengarry in the House of Assembly of Upper Canada, and subsequently was appointed Warden of the County. During the years 1837-8, the deceased commanded his Battalion of Militia on service in the eastern portion of the Province. In every position in which the deceased gentleman was placed, he was found competent and did his duty. In public life, honoured, and in private life, beloved, he has descended to the tomb, and his memory will be long cherished by the population of Glengarry.
November 30, 1853
HARRIS - We deeply regret to learn that Mr. Harris is supposed to be drowned. He left Gore's landing on Wednesday evening to row himself up to the Tower where he lived. The next day his skiff and hat were found in the water, the skiff upside down. The body has since been discovered.
BUTT, MITCHELL - On Sunday week, as the crew of the steamer "Queen" were sailing on Rice Lake (5 men), the boat upset. They all got on the boat, and remained some time before they were discovered. On being taken off, they were found to be in a very helpless state from cold, and one died before he got on shore, and the other just as he got on shore. The names were Matthew Batt, helmsman, and John Mitchell, engineer of the "Queen".
BROCKETT - On Sunday evening last, a man of gentlemanly appearance evidently in ill health, arrived at the Woodstock Hotel by the Western Stage, and about 8 o'clock, the stage being so crowded then going to start for Brantford, the man concluded to remain at the hotel until Monday. About 10 o'clock when going upstairs to his room, he remarked that in consequence of a difficulty in breathing, he could not go up the stairs quickly, to which Mr. Mason replied there was no hurry; he might take his time. In an hour afterwards, a noise was heard upstairs, and two of the boarders at the hotel in an adjoining room to the man, rang the bell. Mr. McKay, the stage agent, went upstairs and found the person lying on the floor of the hall with his face in the wash basin and a small bottle of medicine in his hand in the act of putting it to his mouth. Water was procured to wash his face when blood and matter was found to flow freely from his mouth. Mr. Mason ran immediately for Dr. Turquand, but a few rods distant from the hotel, but before he had time to return, the man was dead. On examining his baggage, there were no papers found to identify the person, but on the under part of the bosom
of his shirt, the name and address "Eli Brockett, Eagle Harbour, N.Y." was written. $96.75 were found in his possession. On Monday morning, an inquest was held before Dr. Turquand, coroner, in view of the body. The coroner gave his opinion that the person's death was caused by the breaking of an abscess on the lungs. The jury gave in the verdict; Died from natural causes.
December 3, 1853
SORRY (Toronto) - On Sunday morning, near the Fish Market, in rear of the City Hall, was found the body of Mr. Sorry, apparently about 35 years of age, a native of London, England, and a baker by trade. Deceased was last seen alive on Sunday morning about 10 o'clock, apparently intoxicated. There were no marks of violence on the body and no money found on his person. In his pockets were found three pawn-broker's tickets for some clothes, the proceeds of which had probably been spent in drink. His appearance and dress would rather have conveyed the idea of respectability.
MCKINNON - A melancholy accident occurred on Wednesday last at Sifton's cutting, section
# 2, on the Great Western Railroad, resulting in the death of a labourer named Thomas McKinnon. Deceased was engaged working under an embankment at the place when, without any notice, the bank gave way burying the unfortunate man underneath. Means were at once taken to extricate him, but when accomplished, life was extinct. Deceased was a Scotchman and leaves a widow and three children unprovided for.
STEVENS - It becomes our painful duty to record to-day the first fatal accident that has taken place on this section of the Great Western Railroad. The melancholy occurrence happened on the morning of Friday last within a few miles of Chatham under the following circumstances. As two men by the names of Francis Centimore and _____ Stevens were engaged in unloading one of the cars of under-sills, the locomotive being in slow motion for the purpose of dropping them at the required distances, the ends of two of the pieces of timber, having caught on the ground while the others rested on the car, struck one of the men on the head who came in contact with the other, and both were precipitated between the car and the tender, on the track, one falling between the rails, and the other with both legs across it. The former escaped without serious injury, having received several bruises on the body and face in consequence of his being situated under the car and pressed between it and the ground. The car passed over both legs of the latter, mangling one of them dreadfully, and severely fracturing the other. Both men were immediately removed to town and placed under surgical treatment. Amputation of Stevens limb was performed after which the unfortunate man lingered a few hours and expired. We have heard of no blame being attached to those in charge of the cars.
December 7, 1853
NELLES - Died at Grimsby, on the 18th ultimo, in her 83rd year, Margaret, widow of the late Lieutenant Colonel William Nelles, deeply lamented by a large circle of friends and relations.
SCOBIE - It becomes our painful duty this morning to record the demise of Hugh Scobie, Esq., editor and proprietor of the "British Colonist", Toronto, which melancholy event took place at his residence on Sunday morning last at 8 o'clock. Mr. Scobie was an old and respected resident of Toronto, and through his connections with the press, had become widely and extensively known in the Province. His death will be deeply regretted by all who knew him. (a long obituary on December 10)
December 10, 1853
BRAND - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Mary Ann, wife of Edward Brand, aged 50 years.
December 14, 1853
SNOWDEN - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Mr. Snowden, aged 79 years.
TROWELL - Died in Hamilton, on Thursday, the 8th instant, after a protracted illness, aged 33 years, the beloved wife of Capt. John Trowell.
PRICE - The fireman who was crushed between the engine and the tender on Monday last never rallied, but died yesterday morning, and an inquest was held by Josias Bray and H. B. Bull, coroners, on the body. The jury impanelled was most respectable. A full report will be given to-morrow. The most important evidence was that of Dr. McCarthy of Ingersoll who was a passenger on the train and who assisted officers of the company in relieving the deceased. He attributed death to be from the shock that his nervous system had received from the concussion. The name of the deceased is John Price. He was a native of England, but had been employed for several years in the States in railroads.
December 17, 1853
KEMP - Died at Ancaster, on the 12th instant, Frederick A. A. G., son of Mr. W. Kemp, aged 3 years, 8 months, and 12 days.
LUNDY - Died on the 21st ultimo, at Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, aged 74 years, the Rev. Francis Lundy, M.A., pastor of Lichington, and vicar of Kilnwick, in the East Riding of the County of York, much and deservedly respected.
December 24, 1853
NICHOLSON - Died in this city, on Thursday last, the 22nd instant, of apoplexy, Mr. John Nicholson, aged 70 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral this afternoon at half-past 2 o'clock.
PULISON - John Ryckman, Esq., coroner, held an inquest on the 22nd instant in Mr. Buscombe's saloon, King street here, on the body of a man named William R. Pulison, who died suddenly that morning. It was known that the deceased was of intemperate habits and had been ill for some time. Dr. Long examined the body and stated that Pulison died from natural causes, although the remote cause of death might be referred to his irregular habits. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with this testimony.
DENISON - We regret to announce this morning the death of George T. Denison, Esq., one of the most respected and one of the oldest, if not quite the oldest, resident in the city of Toronto. Mr. Denison had been suffering for some weeks from an enlargement of the liver and from general debility. His death took place on Sunday morning, he having nearly completed his seventieth year. Mr. Denison first came to Canada when a child with the family of his father, the late Captain Denison, of the York Yeomanry Corps. This was at the time that a constitution was first granted to Upper Canada after the separation of the provinces. Captain Denison's family came out in the same vessel with President Russell and the Government staff, Mrs. Denison being an intimate friend of the late Miss Russell and being persuaded to come to Canada by her. The family shared in most of the hardships incident to the early settlement of a new country. Mr. Denison lived nearly all his life in or near Toronto. He leaves an extensive family and a large circle of deeply attached friends who will long remember him as a warm friend and a kind neighbour.
December 28, 1853
LINDSAY (Brockville) - We learn with deep regret that on Saturday, the 10th instant, three sons of the Rev. Mr. Lindsay, formerly Episcopalian Pastor of Cornwall, while returning from the house of a friend, betook themselves to the Canal with the view of enjoying the pleasure of skating home, when the ice suddenly gave way, and the two younger were precipitated into the water. Seeing this, the elder boy rushed to their rescue and then fell a victim to his fraternal affection. The ages of these lamented boys were 14, 15, and 12 years.
December 31, 1853
BRADLY - Died in this city, on the morning of the 28th instant Abraham John, son of John Bradly, Esq., aged 17 years.
MCCRACKIN - Died in this city, on Wednesday, the 28th December of consumption, Mr. George McCrackin, aged 23 years.