January 3, 1856
HILES - Died on the 1st instant, in Barton, near Ryckman's Corners, Maria, wife of William Hiles, and sister of G. M. Ryckman, Esq., in her 50th year.
CLARKE - Died at St. Catharines, on the 28th ultimo, Ann Meadows, wife of Mr. George Clarke, aged 28 years.
January 4, 1856
HETHERINGTON - A melancholy accident occurred in the 4th concession of the Township of Vaughan a few days ago whereby a woman named Hetherington lost her life. An inquest was held on the body which was much bruised and burned, and the jury returned a verdict of murder against some person unknown. The circumstance, of course, is exciting much attention in the neighbourhood where it occurred and public rumour attributes the death to some foul play on the part of her husband. We have also heard it stated that he has since absconded. When such reports are in circulation it is necessary that the matter should be still further inquired into. If Hetherington is really innocent of the deed, it is right that the public should be satisfied on that point, but on the other hand, if guilty, he should not be allowed to escape the just punishment of such an awful crime. Anyway, it appears evident that the woman was foully murdered, and under all circumstances of the case, it will not do for a jury simply to return a verdict against some person unknown, and then let the matter rest. A more searching inquiry should be instituted and we should think it cannot be difficult in such a populous neighbourhood as is the scene of the crime to fasten the guilt on the real murderer and bring him to punishment.
January 5, 1856
ROBERTSON - Died here on the 4th instant, Charles, youngest child of Mr. D. D. Robertson, aged 15 months.
HILES - Died on the 31st December, in Barton, near Ryckman's Corners, Maria, wife of William Hiles, and daughter of the late Samuel Ryckman, Esq., in her 50th year.
January 7, 1856
FILMAN - Died on the 5th instant, at her residence near Barton Church, Elizabeth, aged 78 years, the beloved wife of Jacob Filman, Esq. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, the 8th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
January 10, 1856
WILLIAMSON - Died on the 20th December, 1855, at his residence near La Salle, Illinois, in the 66th year of his age, James Williamson, Esq., long and deservedly known as a merchant, and for some years a member of the City Council of Kingston. He was a warm friend and affectionate father and leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn his loss.
January 15, 1856
TREADWELL - Died at L'Original, Canada, December 23, Nathaniel Hesard Treadwell,aged 88 years. Deceased was a native of Buffalo County, N.Y., son of the Hon. Thomas Treadwell, who through a long life held varied and important official situations. Deceased married A.D. 1790 a daughter of Judge Charles Platt who survives him. He emigrated to Canada soon after and located on the river Ottawa. He united the culture of a gentleman with the stern endurance of a backwoodsman, and renouncing ease for usefulness, he, trod the unbroken wilderness that others might reap the fruits of his labours, exchanging the cultivated farm for the unbroken forest and organized society for the savage wilderness. He has left a large circle of relatives both in Canada and the United States.
ROBERTS - Died on Sunday night, an aged mulatto woman, known as Lucy Roberts, at her residence in Marriott street above Fourth, in Philadelphia. The woman, it is believed, reached the age of 106 years. She was the mother of fourteen children, the youngest of whom is living, and he is an old man. She was the mother of three children at the period of the American Revolution. This aged woman continued to support herself by washing clothes till within the last year or two of her existence, since which time she has been bed‑ridden. She retained her faculties and her strength till that period.
January 16, 1856
CLAPPISON - Died in Flamborough West, on the 8th instant, Emma, fourth child of Thomas and Mary Clappison, aged 3 years and 6 months.
January 17, 1856
EVANS - Died, the wife of Mr. Robert Evans, merchant tailor, after a short illness, on Wednesday evening, the 16th instant, aged 36 years. Friends and acquaintances are especially invited to attend the funeral from his house in John street to the place of interment on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
January 22, 1856
FORSHEE - Died at Stoney Creek, on Monday, the 21st instant, James Forshee, aged 43 years, 8 months, and 10 days. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence on Thursday, the 24th instant, at 2 o'clock without further notice.
LAND - Died in this city, on Monday, the 21st instant, after a long and painful illness, Ann D., the beloved wife of Robert Land, Jr., Esq., aged 28 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock from his residence, King street east, to the place of interment.
January 23, 1856
WETENHALL - Died in this city, on Monday evening, the 21st, of scarlet fever, John Rooney Wetenhall, the youngest son of James Sedgwick Wetenhall, Esq., aged 11 years and 8 months.
ACRAMAN - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mr. Edward Acraman, aged 51 years. The deceased was an old and well known resident of Hamilton, and his loss is deeply regretted by all who knew him. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.
January 30, 1856
HARRRIS - Died in Brantford, on the morning of the 22nd January, at the residence of his brother, William Harris, Mr. John Harris, a native of Castle Clayney, County Monaghan, Ireland, aged 57 years.
SMITH - Died at Walpole, on Wednesday, the 23rd instant, Alexandrina, the beloved wife of Andrew Smith, aged 28 years.
January 31, 1856
LANG (Toronto) - One of those calamities which so frequently admonish us of the uncertainty of life occurred yesterday morning at the Queen's wharf. A joiner, named John Lang, boarding at Williams', corner of Bay and Richmond streets, left his home about seven o'clock in company with a fellow workman named Blakely, both being employed at the Queen's wharf. On their way they partook of a glass of whiskey each, and when they reached the wharf were informed that there was no work that day. Blakely left Lang for a few moments alone in the workshop when the latter suddenly staggered against a bench and fell. The workmen rushed to his assistance and had him removed in a sleigh to his boarding house. Dr. Aiken was sent for, who pronounced life extinct. An
inquest was held in the afternoon before Dr. Roots, city coroner, at the Wellington Tavern on Richmond street, and several witnesses being examined, the jury returned a verdict of: Died by the visitation of God. Deceased was 43 years of age and unmarried.
MACNABB - Died at her residence, Catharine street, on the evening of the 29th instant, Mrs. Mary MacNabb, a native of Oban, Argyllshire, in the 83rd year of her age. The funeral will take place this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.
February 4, 1865
CARTER - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, of consumption, Mr. James F. Carter, formerly of Barnstaple, England, aged 30 years. The deceased was highly respected member of this community and his early death is intensely regretted by all who knew him. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Tuesday morning at 11 o'clock from his late residence, Peel street, to the place of interment.
February 5, 1856
FERRIE - Died at Hamilton, on the 3rd instant, Russel, second son of John Ferrie, Esq., aged 3 months.
SHERRY - Died on Sunday, the 3rd instant, James, son of the late Arthur Sherry, aged 1 year and 5 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral at 12 o'clock on Tuesday, the 5th instant, from his mother's residence, Peel street, near Wellington.
SPEIRS - At Toronto General Hospital, on the 29th ultimo, aged 63, John Speirs, formerly of Glasgow, one of the surviving heroes of the gallant Seventy‑first, from the effects of a gun‑shot wound received at Vittoria, the 21st June, 1813. An amputation of his leg became necessary, which operation he only survived a few days.
February 11, 1856
MACFARLANE - Died at Glasgow, Scotland, on the 8th December, Mrs. Alexander MacFarlane, mother of Robert MacFarlane, upholsterer, Hamilton, aged 57 years. Friends will please accept this intimation.
February 12, 1856
BARTON - Died on Sunday, the 10th instant, Bernard, youngest son of John C. and Mary Barton, formerly of Dublin, Ireland, aged 2 years and 6 months.
February 16, 1856
KERR - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Ann Jane, wife of Mr, Alexander Kerr, aged 29 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, King street east, below Mr. Aikman's, on Sunday afternoon at half past 3 o'clock.
SAMUEL - Died at Brattlebore, Vermont, on the 12th instant, James Samuel, formerly of Hamilton, C.W. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral at John Riddel's, Esq., Catharine street, this day, the 16th February, at three o’clock.
February 18, 1856
HARVEY - Died in Barton, on the 16th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Harriet Maria, infant daughter of James Harvey, Esq., aged 2 months.
CROSTER - Died on the 3rd January, 1856, at her residence, Brakernaugh, Ballinasloe, Ireland, in her 78th years, Mary, relict of John Croster, Esq., late of the Galway Regiment of militia.
LITTLE - A farmer named John Little, residing on the 12th concession of North Dumfries, committed suicide last Saturday morning by hanging himself in his own barn. It appears that Mr. Little has for some time past been subject to fits of insanity and he had frequently intimated at such times that he would take his own life away. Last Saturday morning, he went with his son to the barnyard for the purpose of assisting him to repair a threshing machine at which he employed himself a short time, and then stated to his son that he was very cold and would go into the house and warm himself. About five minutes elapsed, and the son returned to the house and found that his father had not been there at all. He immediately went into the barn and there found the lifeless body of his father. Mr. Little, we believe, was respected by a large circle of friends, and the unfortunate termination of his life is mourned by many.
February 19, 1856
AMBROSE - Died on Sunday, the 17th instant, Charles Ambrose, Esq., of this city, aged 65. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, Peel street, on Wednesday morning, the 20th instant, at 11 o'clock a.m. without further notice.
NORTON - Died on Sunday morning, the 17th instant, John Henry Norton, aged 37 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Tuesday, the 19th, at three o'clock p.m. from his brother's residence, Norton's Hotel, to the place of interment, Burlington cemetery.
BUCKWELL - Died at Port Dover, on Saturday, the 16th instant, Edward Baldock Buckwell, youngest son of A. Buckwell, Esq., aged 2 years.
February 22, 1856
CROOKS - Died at the residence of Mrs. Crooks, in Nelson, on the 18th instant, Clara Hamilton, second daughter of Walter Crooks, aged 7 months and 11 days.
February 26, 1856
GRANT - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Margaret Ann, daughter of Mr. Gregory Grant, aged 15 years.
February 27, 1856
BLAIR - Died in Glanford, on the 22nd instant, Agnes Robins, youngest daughter of Mr. William Blair, farmer, aged 2 years and 2 months.
BAILEY - Died at Coteau du Lac, C.E., on the 13th instant, M. Bailey, Esq., Assistant Commissary General, aged 66 years.
March 5, 1856
MOORE - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 2ns instant, Thomas Alexander, youngest son of John F. Moore, Esq., aged 5 months.
March 7, 1856
O'REILLY - Died in this city, on Thursday morning, the 6th instant, Georgina Waters, infant daughter of Dr. O'Reilly, aged 6 months.
March 13. 1856
NIXON - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Robert James, infant son of Mr. Robert Nixon,
March 20, 1856
HITCHCOCK - Died on the 17th instant at the residence of his father, at Eramosa, Canada West, Charles Austin Hitchcock, only surviving child of Mr. Ira Hitchcock, late of this city, aged 27 years.
ROACH - Died on the 19th instant, Henry Roach, infant son of Mr. George Roach, of this city, aged 8 months and 11 days.
March 25, 1856
BARTLETT - Mr. Morris Bartlett, the well‑known actor, died at Montreal, on the 17th instant.
WRIGHT - An inquest was held on Saturday last, at the village of Bartonville, before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of a man named Thomas Wright, who lived with Mr. L. Freeman. The deceased, some months since, lived with Mr. Smith, known as Ben Block, near Caledonia, and for some time back, had expressed his belief that Ben would shoot him. On Friday evening, after talking over the matter at the tea table, he retired to rest as usual with a boy he was in the habit of sleeping with, but got up during the night, and when Mr. Freeman went to call him the next morning, he was discovered lying dead on the floor in a large pool of blood. After the arrival of the coroner, the body was examined, when it was found that he had inflicted a most horrible wound in his neck with a razor, severing the principal vessels of the neck. A verdict was returned in accordance with the above.
March 28, 1856
NORTON - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Edwin Joseph Norton, aged 27 years, son of Mr. John Norton, of Exeter, Devon, England. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, John street, on Saturday, at 2 o'clock p.m.
April 1, 1856
GAY - Died in this city, on the 31st ultimo, James, infant son or Mr. Robert Gay, printer, aged 8 weeks.
April 3, 1856
Willson - Died at Ontario, on the 1st instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Henry B. Willson, aged 26 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral at half past 11 o'clock a.m. on Friday.
April 4, 1856
GORDON - Died in this city, on the 1st instant, A. E. Gordon, Esq., brother of the Very Reverend E. Gordon, V.G., aged 29 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Thursday) morning at 11 o'clock.
April 7, 1856
YOUNG - Died at Barton, on the 5th instant, Mr. John D. Young, aged 88 years.
April 8, 1856
ENGLISH - Died at Ontario, on the 5th instant, John Carpenter English, aged 50 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday morning at 12 o'clock.
April 9, 1856
BOWSLAUGH - Died at Grimsby, on the 3rd instant, Peter Bowslaugh, fourth son of James Bowslaugh, Esq., aged 26 years.
MACDONALD - Died of bronchitis, at Renwick, the residence of William J. Laferty, Esq. Bartonville, on the evening of the 7th instant, Colin William Godfrey, eldest son of Godfrey and Mary Macdonald, aged 1 year and seven months.
April 11, 1856
DODDS - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Margaret, the beloved wife of Mr. William Dodds, aged 56 years, a native of the city of Durham, England.
HODGSON - Died at Brooklin, in the Township of Whitby, on Sunday, the 30th of March, Mr. William Hodgson, aged 60 years. The deceased was a native of Cumberland, England, and his loss is deeply deplored by all who knew him.
April 12, 1856
ABRAHAM (Toronto) - An inquest was held yesterday at the gaol before Dr. Scott, city coroner, to inquire into the circumstances connected with the death of a young man named John Abraham, who had been committed about a fortnight since on a charge of horse stealing. The deceased occupied the ordinary dayroom with other male prisoners, and up to the time of his committing the act which terminated his existence, had not by his conduct or language given any ground of suspicion to those about him that he contemplated suicide.
At the hour when the turnkey in charge of the ward was distributing supper to the prisoners, and when all are called to the door to receive their rations, the deceased remained in the water closet from which he emerged with a frightful gash in his throat and which bled profusely. Dr. Widmer was in attendance in a very few minutes and did everything that was possible to save or prolong his life, but the poor fellow gradually sank and died about 9 o'clock. It appears that there is not a barber provided to shave the prisoners who have, therefore, to perform this service for themselves, and thus Abraham became possessed of the razor with which he cut his throat. He had carefully shaved himself, then strapped the razor, and almost immediately after, severed the windpipe and other parts down to the spine. The deceased was a very fine looking young man and only eighteen years of age.
April 14, 1856
NICHOLLS - Died at the Ox‑Bow‑Bend, near Brantford, on Friday, the 11th instant, Martha May, only daughter of W. W. and Annie Nicholls, aged 2 years and 11 months.
April 19, 1856
DONALDSON - Died in this city, on the 18th of April, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. James Donaldson. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Sunday, the 20th, instant, from her residence, Union street, without further notice.
April 25, 1856
HILL - Died on the 24th instant, at his residence, York street, near Dundurn Castle, Mr. William Hill, aged 60 years. His friends are respectfully informed that his funeral will take place this day at 4 o'clock.
CRAWFORD - Died at Crawford Land Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland, on the 1st of April, instant, Mrs. Murdoch Crawford, only sister of Mrs. John Whyte, of Barton Lodge.
May 2, 1856
DOUGLAS - Died on the 20th ultimo, of consumption, Sarah Ann, daughter of Thomas Douglas, Esq., of Nelson, in the 23rd year of her age.
May 6, 1856
HICKES - The funeral of the late W. J. Hickes, Esq., who was accidentally killed on the Great Western Railway at the Depot in this city on the 1st instant, took place on Sunday last and was attended by a large concourse of people. The cortege left the residence of the deceased a little after 3 p.m. in the following order: officers and staff of the Great Western Company; directors and superintendents; undertaker; two mutes; hearse and eight bearers; freemasons; six mourning carriages for family and friends of the deceased. They were followed by a large number of citizens in carriages and on foot.
May 7, 1856
UNNAMED CHILD (Brantford) - On last Sunday, the body of a new‑born male child was found in a yard in the rear of the Kerby House. On Monday morning, Coroner Johnstone summoned a jury to investigate the matter, M.W. Oruge, foreman. Doctors Digby and Skinner were directed to make a post mortem examination of the child's body. They reported that the child had been born alive and
that death had been occasioned by suffocation from the clothes that had been tightly wrapped about the child's head and neck, or by a hemorrhage from the placenta. The inquest afterwards adjourned till Wednesday when after the examination of witnesses, who were expected by their evidence to throw some light upon the matter, the investigation was further adjourned until Monday at 9 o'clock. So far as we have heard, nothing has yet transpired to give any clue whereby to trace and discover the murderess. The clothes wrapped about the head and body of the child when found are a woman's white cotton night gown, night cap, and what appeared to be a part of a spotted calico apron. These clothes, we believe, may be seen at the Police Office, and may lead to detection.
May 9, 1856
DENNIS, PLATT (Drummondville) - On Saturday evening, as a Mr. Dennis was fishing in a pool near Allenburg, his boat by some means upset, and he was on the point of drowning when a Mr. Platt threw himself into the water to attempt his rescue, but Dennis, grappling him in his struggles, they sank together, and their bodies were not rescued until life was extinct, although several persons were standing on the banks of the pool. Both of them, we learn, were married men, leaving wives and children to mourn their loss.
UNNAMED MAN - On Thursday last, a farmer whose name we did not learn, visiting Mr. Downie, came into Stratford to get a plough repaired, and having other business to attend to, left the plough at the foundry, and promised to return for it by 6 o'clock p.m. He had, it appeared, been detained longer than he expected, and when he came to the foundry, it was after hours, and there was no person at the works but an aged man who was employed as watchman. The old man refused to let him have the plough without the order of the book‑keeper. The farmer, however, took the plough by force and threw it into his waggon. The old man seized the horses by the head, and the farmer put the whip to the horses, and in starting, the old man was thrown down, the waggon passing over him, injuring him so severely that he died in less than an hour afterwards. The farmer had not been arrested when our informant left.
May 12, 1856
LINKLATER - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, William, eldest son of James Linklater, aged 24 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at half past 3 o'clock this afternoon from his father's residence, Bay street.
VALLANCE - Died in Hamilton, on the 10th instant, Mr. Hugh Vallance aged 56 years. The funeral will take place at 4 p.m. to‑day.
GURNEY - Died at Grimsby, on the 7th instant, E. T. P. Gurney, Esq., aged 67 years, deeply and deservedly regretted.
May 15, 1856
DEVINE - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Anne Jane, daughter of John Devine, aged 16 months and 1 day.
May 17, 1856
ROBB - Died on Friday, the 16th instant, at Mount Albion, Mr. William Robb, late merchant, Aberdeenshire. Friends and acquaintances are invited to meet the funeral on Sabbath, the 18th instant at 4 p.m. at the head of John street and accompany the same to the Burlington cemetery.
May 19, 1856
PAPPS - Died in Hughson street, Hamilton, on the 16th instant, after a very lingering and painful illness borne with the utmost patience and resignation, Frances Anne, the wife of Mr. Henry Spencer Papps, aged 52 years.
ALTON - Died at Houghton Centre, County of Norfolk, on the 11th instant, and aged 24 years, Eliza, wife of Mr. John Alton, much lamented.
May 23, 1856
DELANY - An inquest was held yesterday at the Police Office on the body of John Delany, a labourer, who was discovered early in the morning floating in the Bay near to Land's wharf by some men on board a schooner. From the evidence deduced, it appeared that the deceased left his home on John street north, about three weeks ago, about 6 o'clock in the morning seeking work at the Depot, and that he worked there for the whole of that day, earning 8s currency. The two men with whom he was working say this was the deceased's share which was paid him. As he did not return to his work next morning, one of the men enquired for him and learnt that he had not been at home the previous night. Subsequent enquiries had been made, resulting in the conclusion that he had gone to London to work, and nothing further was heard of him up to the time the body was found. The sum of 7s 6d cy. composed of a $1 Kingston note and 2s 6d in silver and coppers was found in the pocket of the deceased. In the absence of any evidence of how deceased got into the water, the jury returned an open verdict: Found drowned.
May 27, 1856
AMBROSE - Died on Saturday, the 24th May instant, Sophia, relict of the late Charles Ambrose, Esq.
KENNY - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Margaret, wife of Mr. Michael Kenny, builder, aged 32 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, Hughson street, near the Railway Bridge, this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
May 28, 1856
BOWN - Died at Brantford, on the 25th instant, Mary Russel, the beloved wife of Robert R. Bown, Esq., aged 55 years. The friends of the family are requested to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. Bown to proceed from the residence of John Ferrie, Esq., of Hamilton, to the place of interment in the Burlington cemetery on Thursday, the 29th instant, at 3 o'clock.
DYKE, PEEPLES (Toronto) - We regret to state that Mr. Robert Dyke, late salesman with Mr. Pelley, King street, and Mr. Peeples, Jr., grocer, of Young street, were both drowned on the evening of Saturday. A few friends had gone over to the Island during the day on a picnic party, among whom were Mr.Peeples and Mr. Dyke. Mr. Peeples ventured out on the lake in a small skiff, but the wind blowing agale at the time, he drifted out a considerable distance on the lake. Mr. Dyke, noticing his perilous position, put after him in another skiff, but a squall struck them and capsized both boabs, and the parties sank to rise no more. Up to the time of our going to press, neither bodies have been recovered. Mr. Peeples was an unmarried man, but Mr. Dyke leaves a wife and child to mourn his loss.
May 29, 1856
OLIVER - Just as were going to press, we learnt that the body of another man has been found in the Canal beyond the Dundas marsh. An inquest was held at Skuce's tavern on the Heights before H. B. Bull, esq., coroner, when it appeared his name was Thomas Oliver. He was seen alive the previous night, and nothing known of how he got into the water. Verdict: Found drowned.
SULLIVAN - An inquest was held yesterday before H. B. Bull, Esq., in Flamborough East, on the body of a woman, the wife of Dennis Sullivan, a workman on the Toronto Railroad. The body of the woman was found buried in a root‑house by some workmen on the railroad in consequence of one of the children having gone to the railroad and told the men that his father had killed his mother and buried her in the root‑house. Upon searching there, the body was found. Meanwhile, Sullivan had come into Hamilton for the purpose of prevailing upon his daughter to come and keep house for him, telling her that her mother had gone away again, and left him. On returning to the scene of the murder, the body had been found, and Sullivan was subsequently committed upon the coroner's warrant to take his trial at the next assizes.
June 2, 1856
CULLEN - Died on the 29th ultimo, at the residence of her son‑in‑law, Mr. James Fisken, Bond street, Toronto, Mrs. Cullen, widow of the late Mr. James Cullen, formerly of Glasgow, in the 55th year of her age.
June 4, 1856
CHISHOLM - Died at Oakville, on Saturday, the 31st ultimo, Henry Cameron, youngest son of George K. Chisholm, Esq., M.P.P., aged 1 year and 6 months.
June 7, 1856
GLENNAN - (Drummondville) - About dusk yesterday evening, as Edward Glennan, butcher, at Elgin, was crossing the Suspension Bridge, he was met by a former partner of his, name Flynn, who drew a pistol and shot Glennan through the breast. We have just learned that the wound has proved fatal, Glennan dying at 2 o'clock this morning.
BEASLEY - Died on the 5th instant, Richard George Beasley, Esq., aged 47 years. Funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from the residence of Henry Beasley, Esq., Main street west. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
June 10, 1856
BROSNAHAN - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Hannah, wife of Mr. J. Brosnahan, formerly of Curns, County Kerry, Ireland, aged 22 years.
CHESSHYRE - Died on the 9th ultimo, the wife of John Chesshyre, Esq., of Cornbrook Park, Hulme, Manchester, England.
WILEY (Kingston) - One, Joseph Delanty, was fully committed on Thursday at the Police Court to take his trial for the murder of a Mrs. Wiley. The parties resided on Barras street, and in a drunken quarrel on the Queen's birthday, the accused struck the deceased a blow on the head with an axe, causing her death in two or three days. A coroner's inquest returned a verdict of wilful murder.
June 12, 1856
PEARSON - Died on the 11th instant, aged 27, Jane Connor, wife of Mr. William Pearson, Concession street, near Christ's Church, Friends are requested to attend the funeral which will take place on Friday, the 13th, at 2 p.m.
June 25, 1856
NICHOLL - Died on Saturday, the 14th instant, at Grand River, near Paris, Ellenor, wife of Mr. Robert Nicholl, a native of County Antrim, Ireland.
BARRACK (Haldimand) - Jacob Barrack, a farmer residing on the Lake shore, was found floating in the Canal Feeder, a week yesterday, under very suspicious circumstances. It appears that he was in Dunnville on the day in question and purchased a horse at Price's hotel, and as he was intoxicated, a Frenchman was sent home with him. They stopped at half‑way house and had something to drink, and again started. Shortly after they left the house, the Frenchman returned without Mr. Barrack, and upon being questioned as to his whereabouts, they were given to understand that he was in the Canal. Some persons went in search of him and found him floating in the water, dead. It is stated that he had a mark over the eye as though he had been struck, also that he had a watch and considerable money about his person. The Frenchman has been arrested and some of the property belonging to Mr. Barrack found in his possession. He is now in jail at Merrittsville and is committed to stand his trial at the next assizes.
June 27, 1856
MCMILLAN (Chatham) - We have to record a fatal accident which took place in our river on Sunday. As a young man of the name of John McMillan was sailing in a boat, he by some means overbalanced himself and fell out, and before assistance could be rendered him, he was a corpse. An inquest was held on the body by Dr. Begley under whose direction the jury brought in a verdict of “Accidentally drowned”.
June 28, 1856
REID - Died at Kidd's Mills, Lake County, Texas, U.S., on the 1st of April, Mr. George Reid, artist, of this city, aged 31 years.
ROACH - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, George, youngest son of George Roach, Esq., aged 2 years.
HARRIS (Elora) - We deeply regret to say that John Harris, a boy of 12 years of age, while bathing yesterday with several younger boys in Mr. Wissler's dam, Salem, suddenly sank, whether through cramps or any other cause, we cannot learn, as he could swim pretty well. His companions, becoming frightened, ran to a son of Mr. Keith who was in a neighbouring field. He promptly hastened to the spot, but unfortunately too late; life was extinct. An inquest was held in the evening by Dr. Finlayson when a verdict of accidental death was returned. The practice of boys and children bathing in the dam here is frequent, and we take this opportunity of warning parents not to allow it
unless there be some party at hand who would be able in case of accident to give instant aid. From three to five minutes is sufficient to cause death in many cases.
June 30, 1856
MEAD - Died at the residence of his uncle (Mr. George Roach) of this city, on the 27th instant, John Mead, son of Mr. Richard Mead, Port Dover, aged 20 years.
July 4, 1856
LACY, SAXTON, HARTNETT (Galt) - It becomes our melancholy duty to record the most frightful railway accident which ever happened in this vicinity. On Monday last, about three o'clock, as the gravel train employed on the Galt branch was passing over the bridge by the old sawmill in this town, the bridge gave way, precipitating twelve heavily loaded cars into the stream beneath, a distance of nearly twenty feet. When the locomotive (Huron) got about half‑way across the bridge, the engineer felt it giving way. With great presence of mind, he instantly put on steam, and although the tender had partially fallen, succeeded in dragging it and one car to the other side. The coupling broke between the first and second cars, and before those on the engine could look around, the cars were plunged into the gulf beneath, burying three of the brakemen among the crashing ruins. When we reached the spot, a considerable number of townsmen had already congregated, but the scene which met their eyes was so dreadful that some time elapsed ere united exertions were put forth to clear away the remaining portion of the bridge and the huge wreck of cars which covered the unfortunate sufferers.
It was plainly to be seen, however, that no hopes of the lives of any of the three men could be entertained, as even the wheels of many of the cars were broken, the heavy wood work smashed into innumerable splinters, and the whole mass so jammed together that it seemed impossible to clear it away. A large crowd of people had by this time arrived who immediately set to work, but it was nearly six o'clock ere the shattered remains of the unfortunate men were extricated. Dr. Carrier was in attendance by request of the officers of the Great Western Railway, but life had been extinct long ere the bodies were recovered. The names of the killed are: Thomas Lacy, Conrad Saxton, and John Hartnett.
There were three other brakeman on the train, two of whom miraculously escaped with slight bruises, while the third had fortunately passed over to the locomotive to procure his coat. The conductor, engineer, and fireman were also on the locomotive and escaped. It is impossible to describe the position in which the deceased were found, but they presented a touching scene, rendered awful by the cries of relatives, and one which we trust it may never be our lot to witness again. All of the killed could be seen long before the efforts of our townsmen could clear off the broken cars to get them out. Thomas Lacy, who was last extricated, was horribly mutilated, having a frightful gash above the left breast, one leg broken, three fingers off his right hand, and fearfully
crushed and bruised. He was in the second car, and on seeing his danger, made a bold attempt to escape by jumping, but fell back into the crashing mass, and met a most fearful fate. Saxton was found embedded in gravel, both legs being crushed below the knees. John Hartnett, who was married only about five weeks ago, although first taken out, was furthest underneath, having been caught between the wood of some of the cars when within about two feet of the water which is at this point about eighteen inches deep. He had evidently died from suffocation as a heavy portion of a car was tightly pressed against his breast, and he appeared to have suffered but little other injury. He alone was visible when the catastrophe happened, and for some time after showed signs of life. Dr. Carrier in his evidence before the jury stated that the immediate cause of the death of all the deceased had been suffocation.
The two brakemen are not seriously wounded but they both narrowly escaped, one of them particularly so. As his car was nearing the broken bridge, he made ready to jump, and caught one of the iron bars, and thus saved himself. The shock was so great, and this man so terrified, that it was some hours after ere he was perfectly sensible. The bodies, having been conveyed to the Railway Station, Dr. Kerr, coroner, proceeded to hold an inquest upon them...
July 5, 1856
JONES - Died at his residence, near Brantford, June 22nd, Kaw‑kew‑a‑quoi‑a‑by, or the Rev. Peter Jones, of the Ojibway Indians, aged 54 years. The funeral took place on Sunday.
TERRY - Died at Strathroy, on June 23rd, of inflammation of the chest, Simcoe J. Terry, Esq., M.D., aged 45 years, sincerely regretted by his friends and numerous acquaintances. He was a son of William Terry, Esq., formerly a member of the Upper Canada House of Assembly. His remains were followed to the grave by his widow and a very large number of relatives and friends.
DEMMING (Port Dover) - We regret to state that Mr. A. Demming, of the Poplar Inn, was accidentally killed on Friday last while returning from a sawmill with a load of lumber. It appears that while coming down a hill opposite the residence of Mr. O'Carr, east of Simcoe, he was thrown from his seat, and fell beneath the waggon, the wheel passing over his neck and head, causing instant death. Mr. Demming was in the 66th year of his age. He was much esteemed and is deeply regretted by all who knew him.
July 8, 1856
COWAN (Princeton) - On Saturday, the 28th ultimo, a most distressing and fatal accident occurred within the precincts of this village. A lad, about ten years of age, named Jeremiah Cowan, a son of Mr. Cowan, station master, in company with some other lads went to a creek near the village for the purpose of bathing. After they had been in the water for a short time, young Cowan suddenly
disappeared, much to the surprise and consternation of his companions, among whom was an elder brother. They made alarm and a vigorous search was instantly commenced, and prosecuted during the afternoon and evening, but the search was fruitless. Early on the following (Sunday) morning, the search was renewed which resulted in the discovery of the deceased in the bed of the creek. This deeply melancholy event has caused a gloom to pervade the village, and much sympathy is felt and evinced for the bereaved parents.
July 9, 1856
NORTON - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, William Norton, late of the city of Exeter, Devon, England, aged 18 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this day at half past 5 o'clock from his late residence, King William street.
GOWANLOCK - Died in Caradoc, on Tuesday, the 26th ultimo, Mr. George Gowanlock, Sr., a native of Dumfries, Scotland, aged 77 years.
July 10, 1856
HAGER - Died at Bronte, on the 6th instant, Rebecca Matilda, the beloved wife of George Hager, aged 32 years and 7 months.
July 12, 1856
MASON, CAMPBELL - On Monday last, an accident occurred at Windsor which, for a time, cast a gloom over the entire village. About one o'clock, immediately after the workmen had returned from dinner, the wall forming the upper storey at the back of the building intended for the Council Chamber and New Market suddenly fell with a tremendous crash, burying in the ruins several of the workmen. Two men were killed on the spot, and one very seriously injured, while the others miraculously escaped generally receiving slight bruises. An inquest was held immediately after the the accident, and a verdict of accidental death returned.
The facts connected with the accident have been explained as follows: A ladder had been incautiously placed against the wall, and several heavy weights carried up during the morning. The wall having been recently erected, it became slightly shaken in consequence, and a subsequent attempt to set the joists on top was followed by the precipitation of the wall. The names of the two parties killed at the new market on Monday were Thomas Mason, of Windsor, and Thomas Campbell, of Detroit. The latter has left a wife and family. The man most severely injured now lies at the Davenport House with a fair prospect of recovery. His name is Blanchard and his place of residence was Milwaukee.
July 14, 1856
SOUTHWOOD (Berlin) - We regret to have to announce the death by drowning this morning of William T. Southwood, an estimable young man, late in the employ of Dr. Holder of this town. It appears that he, in company with some others, was bathing near Flint's wharf about 5 o'clock when by some miscalculation he got beyond his depth, and being unable to swim, sank, and was drowned. The body was raised about an hour afterwards, and taken home to his sorrowing relatives. He was an only son, was of an amiable disposition, and his sudden death has cast a gloom over the entire community.
LECROIX (Belleville) - Yesterday afternoon, a lad, 8 years old, son of Mr. LeCroix, cabinet maker, was drowned while bathing a little below the upper bridge. After he was taken from the water, efforts were made to revive animation, but without effect. He had a most gentle and winning disposition, and evinced early indications of much talent. His loss is bitterly felt by his afflicted parents, and very much lamented by all who knew him.
July 15, 1856
MCDONALD - The Niagara Falls “Gazette” says a little boy, aged about 6 years, son of Mr. McDonald, was playing with some other boys on Friday around a small fire which they had made in the streets of that village when his clothes caught fire. He had on light loose clothes and becoming alarmed, ran towards home, the wind in the meantime fanning the blaze. Persons nearby, who saw the occurrence, tried to overtake and stop him, but without avail. When he reached home, a short distance, his head was enveloped in flames which could not be subdued by his frantic mother until he was awfully burned. She was badly burned in her effort to save her child. The little sufferer lingered until Saturday morning when death came to his relief.
July 17, 1856
CHATTERTON - Died in Auburn, on the 10th instant, after a lingering illness, Mr. Andrew J. Chatterton, printer, of this city, aged 20 years.
July 18, 1856
UNNAMED MAN (St. Catharines) - A report reached town on Sunday last that a man from Hamilton had been maltreated so badly the previous evening at Thorold that he died. The story runs that he came from Hamilton on Saturday morning, and on his arrival in Thorold, immediately had betaken himself to pilfering, and was caught in the act, but for some reason was not arrested, and some of the parties whom he had robbed, meeting him in the evening, beat him so unmercifully that he died next morning.
GILLARD - A young man named James Gillard, aged 17 years, was drowned in Burlington Bay about 9 o'clock on Wednesday evening near the Railway Depot. Nothing is known beyond the fact of the deceased's being drowned. His brother was with him a little before nine, but left him, and afterwards observed him going into the Bay. That was the last he saw of him. The clothes of the deceased were found yesterday evening near the place where he had entered the water. A search was immediately made, but the body was not found until four o'clock p.m. There can be no doubt that deceased had gone beyond his depth and, not being able to swim, was drowned. (Account of inquest, July 19)
July 19, 1856
MATSON - Died about 10 o'clock on the evening of Saturday, the 12th instant, at the age of 38 years, Mr. Elijah Matson, proprietor of the Woodstock Hotel. Mr. Matson was universally esteemed and his death is deeply regretted. He has left a widow and two children to mourn a loss which time can never repair.
MEYERS - On Monday last, a man named William White of the Township of Sullivan went on board the steamer “Canadian” at Collingwood for Owen Sound. Being asked for his fare by the purser, he offered a dollar in silver saying that it was all the money he had. This the purser refused saying that he should be put on shore at the first landing place. Subsequently the captain demanded his fare when he tendered a dollar bill with the same remark as to not having any more money. Upon the arrival of the boat at Cape Rich, the fellow was forgotten, but he was put ashore at the Indian wharf some three miles from Owen Sound. White immediately returned on board in defiance of the orders of Mr. Meyers, the mate; drew a pistol; and shot Meyers in the right lumbar regions of the abdomen.
A fellow on board shouted, “That's the way to serve them”, and upon a brother of Meyers denouncing the cowardly conduct, he was set upon and beat in a dreadful manner by four comrades of White. When the boat reached the Sound, the five savages were committed to gaol. Meyers must have expired shortly afterwards, as at the examination before the magistrates on Wednesday, White was fully committed to the assizes on a charge of wilful murder, and Patrick Hamilton, A. McCurrie, and L. Lawless as being accessories. The men committed are all Catholics while poor Meyers was a Protestant.
KELLY (Quebec) - As the train hence to Portland was approaching Windsor last evening, a man was seen walking on the track, and despite all the usual signals, was overtaken by the train and killed. The deceased was named Kelly, a blacksmith, whose family reside in Richmond.
TURNER - On Tuesday last, a horse race came off at Stoney creek after which, as usual, the glass passed round rather too freely, a dispute arose, blows were exchanged, and ultimately knives were
resorted to, four parties having knives drawn at one time for mortal combat. A man of the name of Turner, a butcher who attends the market, his brother, a man of the name of Shea, and another, each had recourse to the use of knives. The farmer, Turner, received a blow on the head which severed the temporal artery, and a very considerable hemorrhage took place, reducing the man's system fearfully, and leaving him in a great state of exhaustion before medical appliances could be used. The shook brought on delirium tremens in which state Turner died on Thursday evening. An inquest has been held, but the particulars have not transpired further than the fact of Shea and the others being now in custody.
UNNAMED MAN - A man was found on Thursday afternoon in Jackson's hollow beyond the Heights hanging to a post by his own handkerchief by Hugh Leachey who was out hunting his cows. The coroner, Dr. Rosebrugh, held an inquest on the body on Friday morning. No information could be gathered as to who the man was, and the jury could only return a verdict that the deceased came to his death by his own hand by hanging himself.
It was impossible to come to any definite conclusion as to how long the man had been dead. The body was in a most disgusting state of decomposition but the weather has been so exceedingly hot for some days past that decomposition would go on rapidly. The man seems to have been of a rather florid complexion, about five feet nine or ten inches high, middling stout, with black hair and whiskers inclining to be sandy. There was nothing in his pockets but an old pipe, tobacco, and matches. His clothes were respectable as follows: a straw hat, grayish drab coat, plush vest, linen pants, and boots. The neck handkerchief was black silk. We give these particulars hoping that the deceased may be identified.
July 22, 1856
WARD (Belleville) - On Tuesday evening, July 8th, an inquest was concluded after having been postponed for want of further evidence before H. W. Spaffard, M.D., one of the coroners for the County of Hastings, upon the death of Thomas Ward, of Belleville, one of the hands of the steamer “Lady Elgin”. Verdict of the jury: accidental drowning by falling from the steamer “Lady Elgin” while lying in harbour at Trenton on the 21st day fo June, ultimo.
MCCARTY - On Friday last, while Mr. McCarty and his son were returning from Shannonville, when they got near this place, Lonsdale, the horse took fright and ran away when the boy, who was 13 years old, was thrown from the waggon and instantly killed. An inquest was held by N. S. Appleby, Esq., and Dr. Moore. The verdict returned by the jury was accidental death caused by a fall from a waggon. Mr. McCarty received a severe wound on the head, but not dangerous.
July 23, 1856
MORRISON - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, of consumption, Mr. John Morrison, aged 24 years.
July 24, 1856
MCCALLUM - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Agnes F., daughter of Mr. D. McCallum, aged 7 months and 10 days.
July 28, 1856
STUART - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Paul, only son of Mr. William Stuart, aged 1 year and 4 months.
July 29, 1856
MCANALLY (Brockville) - On the morning of Saturday, the 19th instant, a cry of fire was heard from the premises of Henry McAnally whose house was on fire about a quarter of a mile from the village of Newboro. The fire was first discovered by Catherine O’Connel who was an inmate of the house and who gave the first alarm. Mr. and Mrs. McAnally, being in the bed, got up, and not waiting to dress themselves, attempted to quench the fire. It appears the fire originated in the cook house, and from the position with the dwelling house and the direction of the wind which then blew a pretty hard gale, the dwelling house was soon enveloped in flames. However they succeeded in removing a good deal of the furniture, bedding, etc., after which Mrs. McAnally rushed into the house, it is supposed, to remove some money which she had privately laid up, but the flames were so great she could not get out again. Mr. McAnally, her husband, tried to get her out through the window. He being outside, the fire surrounded him also, and during his attempt to save her life, the roof fell in and precipitated her from his grasp into the burning ruins of the building. Catherine O'Connel then succeeded in dragging him out of the flames, but was seriously burned in the effort. She then removed the burning particles of his night dress, but he appeared to be no more that a living mass of matter. But to give a full picture of the dreadful tragedy would be appalling to our senses; therefore, we must close the description of this melancholy scene. In the meantime Dr. Millar was in attendance and did everything in his power to assuage the sufferings of the unfortunate man, but at the same time told him he only had a short time to live.
Mr. McAnally was a native of the County of Antrim, Ireland. He possessed comfortable means as a farmer. He had no child, and was nearly sixty years of age, and has left only a sister to lament his loss.
An inquest was held on the bodies by Dr. Millar, and after a short enquiry into all the circumstances, the jury returned the following verdict: “that the deceased Henry McAnally and Ann McAnally
came to their deaths by being burned in endeavouring to save their effects out of their dwelling house which was destroyed by fire on the morning of the 9th of July, 1856, and the jury have no evidence of the cause of the fire”.
July 30, 1856
CONOLLY - Morris Conolly, one of the workmen employed on the lofty stone spire now in course of construction to complete the new St. Andrew's Church in this city, fell from the scaffolding yesterday afternoon a distance of about 150 feet to the ground. When taken up, he was still alive and was carried home, but only survived a few hours. So far as the facts have transpired, it appears that the deceased was engaged in landing a stone on the scaffold when by some means or other, he lost his balance and fell, striking the first, second, and third tiers of scaffolding and the projection over the circle of the clock, the effects of which have been fatal, before reaching the ground. Surprising as it may appear, however, the poor fellow lingered two hours, when death put an end to his sufferings. Drs. Duggan and Henwood were immediately in attendance, but all their efforts were useless. Deceased was quite a young man, and had been engaged to be married on Sunday next.
July 31, 1856
MCMULLIN - We were informed yesterday by a gentleman from St. Thomas that a man named John McMullin, formerly of Brantford, while crossing the railroad bridge north of St. Thomas on Monday night, fell through, the bridge not being thoroughly planked, a distance of some seventy‑five feet, whereby he was killed instantly. The unfortunate man, wishing to visit some friends on the opposite side of the creek, took the bridge as a short route. The accident occurred about eight o'clock in the evening.
August 1, 1856
TIETJAN - Died on the 30th ultimo, Emma Frances, daughter of Mr. Henry Tietjan, of this city, aged 2 months and 11 days.
CRAWFORD - Died near Brantford, on the 19th ultimo, Emily Ruth, daughter of John B. Crawford, of this city, aged 6 months and 15 days.
FREELAND - Died on the 29th ultimo, at the residence of Mr. Robert Camp, in Beverly, Mr. Hartman Freeland, aged 87 years. The deceased served seven years in the British Forces during the first American war.
SKINNER - A man named Richard Skinner was run over by a train at the Paris station last night. It appears he was intoxicated and had laid himself down to sleep on a narrow platform west of the
station under a wood‑pile, probably alarmed by the approach of the train, he put out his leg with the view of rising when he was caught and run over. Every attention was shown him by the officers of the Company. Drs. Christie and Dickson were soon in attendance, and the limb, which was horribly crushed and mutilated, was amputated. Notwithstanding all the attention which could be bestowed upon him, he sank and died in a few minutes after the operation was completed. A bottle of whiskey was found in the unfortunate man's pocket.
FORBES - A young lad about 9 years old, named James Forbes, was drowned on Thursday last at Williamson's wharf. He and another lad were on the wharf about 11 o'clock fishing when he was left alone, the other lad returning home. He was not seen afterwards, and it being suspected that he might have fallen off the wharf, search was made, and on the following morning, the body was brought up by a grapple near the place where he was last seen. An inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, and after a careful examination, a verdict of accidental drowning was returned.
August 5, 1856
WEIR - Died on the 28th ultimo, William Robert, aged 17 months, only son of Park Weir, of this city.
MADIGAN - On Sunday morning last, a man named Madigan, was accidentally drowned in the Bay near the Railway Depot. It appears that he had gone to bathe and lost his depth and, not being able to swim, was drowned before assistance reached him. He leaves a wife and child to mourn his loss.
THOMPSON - On Thursday, the 31st of July, an inquest was held by Coroner Donnelly on the body of George Thompson, killed by the cars on the Great Western Railway, at the Thamesville Bridge. It appears that the deceased was seen late on the 30th ultimo about 11 o'clock at a public house in that place when he took a moderate glass of whiskey and went out. It is presumed that he sat on the track to smoke a pipe and enjoy the coolness of the evening and fell asleep, and that the engineer not perceiving him till the reflection of the lamp shone on him, could not stop the train. This occurred about 1 o'clock a.m. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death and exonerated the engineer from all blame.
BARROWS - On Sunday, the 29th of July, the body of a man was washed ashore on the bar near Rond Eau. Notice of the same having been communicated to Coroner Donnelly, he proceeded to the spot and held an inquest. The verdict was “Drowned in Lake Erie in a manner and from some cause unknown to the jurors”. Some money in gold and notes was found on the body, and notes of hand to a considerable amount payable to Messrs. English and Barrow. From the tenor of these notes and other papers found with him, it is presumed that the deceased's name was R. L. Barrows.
Some of the notes were lately made and dated at Cooksville. Exchange papers and others would confer a favour upon friends and perhaps a wife and orphans by noticing the above. It is supposed that the unfortunate man was one of the passengers of the ill‑fated “Northern Indiana” at the time she was lost.
August 6, 1856
GIBBS - Died in Toronto, on the 5th instant, Emeline, infant daughter of Mr. John P. Gibbs, of this city.
HOOPER - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Eliza, wife of Mr. Robert Hooper, formerly of Kingston, aged 37 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, MacNab street, this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
UNNAMED MAN - An inquest was held at Port Rowan Sunday, the 3rd instant, on the body of a man which had been washed ashore. No clue to the identity of the body could be found, but from some burnt scars on the face, it is supposed that the deceased was a passenger on the ill‑fated steamer “Northern Indiana” which was destroyed by fire off Point au Pelee, a short time since. The deceased was about five feet eight inches in height, apparently between 30 or 40 years of age, and had on a white linen coat and plaid trousers. A sum of money was found on his person which has been deposited at the Gore Bank here. There can be little doubt that deceased was an emigrant from Europe travelling westward. Any further information may be obtained by applying to Andrew McLennan. Esq., Port Rowan, County of Norfolk.
August 7, 1856
ADAMS - During the thunder storm on last Monday, a woman was killed by the electric fluid near Kitley, some 20 miles back of Brockville. Her husband, Archibald Adams, was absent at the time, but two men had just taken refuge from the storm in his shanty, situated in a lonesome neighbourhood. At the moment Mrs. Adams was killed, she had her child in her arms which, strange to say, remained almost unhurt although dashed out of the doorway. One of the men was knocked senseless, but ultimately recovered, while the lightning, or rather the electric fluid, passed down the trousers of the other which it tore, and entered his shoe, the sole of which it carried off. In cases where parties were injured by lightning, we would remind our readers that the best restorative is to pour cold water over the body. Parties in this way have been frequently restored to life.
August 12, 1856
HAMILTON - Died in Hamilton, on the 10th instant, Mrs. John Hamilton, of Paris, C.W., formerly of Glasgow, Scotland, aged 69 years.
August 13, 1856
NEWSOME (Ottawa) - On Sunday evening last, about half past 6 o'clock, a young man of the name of George Newsome, belonging to the Circus Company, was killed by a kick from one of the horses while engaged in watering them. It seems that the horse broke loose from the man and in capering round, he struck him with one of his hind feet in the neck, fracturing the cervical vertebrae, and causing instant death. An inquest was held before Dr. Vancortlandt, coroner, and the jurors returned a verdict after hearing the medical testimony of Dr. Grant who examined the body in accordance with the facts above stated.
DAVIS - Died on the 10th instant, Franklin Alexander, only son of Mr. John H. Davis, aged 5 months and 6 days.
HAWKINS (Kingston) - On Sunday morning last, a man named William Hawkins, aged about 36 years, keeper of a low tavern called the Balaclava House, and brewer of ginger beer, residing in Queen street between Wellington and King streets, was awakened by a noise overhead of the room in which he slept, and proceeded in the dark to discover the cause of it. On entering a bedroom at the right hand of the stairs, he discovered a man trying to conceal himself near a bed in the corner, and imprudently bent forward to ascertain his identity, when he received a blow in the forehead from some heavy instrument, which felled him senseless to the floor. Although he had previously called a hired man who was sleeping in the same apartment with himself, the deed was done and the murderer escaped before aid was afforded. A dreadful gash was inflicted on the left side of the forehead down to the eye from which the unfortunate man bled most profusely. His wife, a person of dubious, if not positively bad, character slept in a room on the same floor where the act was committed. Both herself and the hired man neglected to send for medical aid until an hour and a half had elapsed. Dr. Meagher was then called and attended Hawkins till the last. Hawkins, we understand, recovered his senses under the doctor's treatment, but died on Wednesday night. An inquest was held yesterday morning by Dr. Barker, but was adjourned to 5 o'clock yesterday p.m., too late to be reported by the press.
August 14, 1856
DIXON - Died at Woodland, near London, on the 10th instant, Mary, the mother of Thomas C. Dixon, Esq., of Hamilton, aged 90 years.
COOK - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Sarah Jane, infant daughter of Mr. William Cook, painter, Hughson street. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
August. 16, 1856
MACLEOD - On Sunday afternoon, about 5 o'clock, John, son of J. MacLeod, Esq., of Amherstburg, was drowned by falling from the wharf Into the river. It appears that he was sitting on the dock along with some other boys, and in turning to get up, he missed his footing, and fell over. James McBuise jumped in for the purpose of saving him and had a narrow escape with his own life. The body was recovered in about fifteen minutes, but life was extinct. The youth was nine years of age, intelligent, and gave promise of becoming a credit to his family. We truly sympathize with the relatives.
August 18, 1856
GAY - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Robert, only son of Mr. Robert Gay, aged 6 months and 11 days.
DAVENPORT (Amherstburg) - An inquest was held on Wednesday last before Thomas Salmon, Esq., coroner, on the body of a child named Emily Davenport, daughter of Mr. Davenport, painter of this place, who came to her death by being accidentally run over in the street near her father's dwelling, on the preceding afternoon. A post mortem examination was made by Drs. Reynolds and Lambert, when it was found that the child had received very extensive internal injuries attended with rupture of the spleen, and although she lingered through the night, it was evident that recovery was impossible. Verdict: accidental, death.
GRAHAM (Kingston) - A fine young man, a sailor of the name of Graham, was drowned at the wharf near Mr. Fenwith's Inn yesterday. He had gone in to bathe and was seized, it was supposed, with cramp while in the water. Coroner Benson held an inquest on the body when a verdict was returned in accordance with the circumstances. Much credit is due to policeman Wandless by whose active exertions the body was recovered from the water, and also seeing it decently interred.
August 20, 1856
FITZPATRICK - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Kenney John, infant son of Mr. K. Fitzpatrick.
August 22, 1856
VANNORMAN (Halton) - We regret to state that a child, the son of Mr. VanNorman, of the firm of Case and VanNorman, of this town, was so severely scalded that he died on Sabbath last. It appears that on Saturday the little fellow, while playing in the kitchen, came in contact with a kettle of boiling lye, upset it, and that the greater portion of the contents fell over him, and caused his death as above.
PRESTON (Thorold) - John Rannie, Esq., of Allanburgh, coroner, held an inquest yesterday evening in this place on view of the body of Sylvester Preston, cabinet maker, Front street, who died yesterday morning, apparently from the effects of injuries inflicted on his person on Sunday evening, the 10th instant, by a young man named William White. The jury impanelled, after hearing the evidence in the case, returned a verdict of manslaughter against William White. It appears that both met at a tavern in this village on the day above mentioned. White was at the time much under the influence of liquor, and without provocation made a violent attack on the deceased. A warrant was issued by W. D. Hendershott, Esq., J.P., for the apprehension of White who had made his escape on Monday. He was apprehended at St. Catharine's station of the Great Western Railway by constables Dixon and McKonachie, and was this morning conveyed to the County Gaol. The deceased left a wife and five children.
SCALLEY - On Monday last, as the train running eastward from Woodstock at 11:34 was within about 3 miles of Paris, the engineer observed an object on the track which he thought to be a dog, but as it did not move, he let off steam to frighten it. On nearer approach, he discovered it to be a child quietly watching the approaching train. The alarm whistle was sounded, the brakes let down, and every effort made to stop the engine, but it could not be done in time. The child, about 3 years old, was struck in the temple, leaving no external wounds beyond the appearance of a severe bruise on the forehead, but the skull was entirely crushed. On removing it a few minutes afterwards, a portion of the brain dropped from the nostrils and mouth; yet life was not actually extinct for an hour afterwards. The first person on the spot to render assistance, but too much alarmed to do so, was Mrs. Shinners, whose husband was killed a short distance from the spot, about three weeks since. The little sufferer, whose name was Scalley, had wandered from the house unobserved, the family being engaged preparing dinner, and descended a steep bank of probably 40 feet to the track.
August 23, 1856
BIRD - Died at his residence, in Seneca, on the 30th July, Mr. Miles Bird, formerly of Appleby, Westmoreland, England, much respected.
BIRD - Died also, John Bird, youngest son of the above, who died the 5th instant, aged 11 months.
WILSON (London) - As a mechanic of the name of Jonathan Wilson was engaged securing some bolt on the front of Mr. Buckley's buildings on Richmond street, he got overbalanced and fell a distance of about 18 feet. A surgeon was immediately in attendance and found the unfortunate man was so much contused by the fall as to render his case utterly hopeless. He died on Sunday, and his remains were interred yesterday. He leaves a widow and three small children which we have no doubt will be charitably responded to.
August 25, 1856
MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Elizabeth Christine, infant daughter of Mr. C. J. Mitchell.
MCMURRAY - On Monday evening, the 18th last, E. Griffin, Esq., M.D., coroner, held an inquest on the body of a man named James McMurray, who was killed by the kick of a horse at Cainsville. It appears that whilst the deceased was riding in a buggy, he discovered that a portion of his harness had given way, and while stooping over the dashboard attempting to fix the harness, his horse kicked him in the region of the heart, causing instant death. The jury gave a verdict in accordance with the facts of the case. Mr. McMurray resided in the township line of Ancaster and Onondaga, and for some time had been employed in the milling business, but recently having disposed of his mill by way of a trade for land, had come to Brantford to get his deeds, and was on his way home when the melancholy accident occurred. He leaves a wife and young family to mourn his untimely end.
August 26, 1856
RUDDY - An inquest was held yesterday, near the Railway bridge on James street, by S. I. Jones, Esq., coroner, on the body of a woman named Mary Ann Ruddy who was found dead about five o'clock on Sunday evening. The deceased appears to have been very dissipated and was known as a huxter in the market. The jury returned a verdict of “Died by apoplexy superinduced by intoxication”.
August 29, 1856
ROBERTSON - Died at his residence, Hillside, in the Island of Ceylon, John Spottiswood Robertson, Esq., in his 22nd year, for some time a resident of Woodstock, C.W.
The deceased with a party had attacked a rogue elephant which had been doing considerable damage to the coffee plantation. Four shots were fired by the deceased and a Mr. B. Every shot took effect, and four bullets were lodged in the animal. These two were immediately charged by the infuriated elephant before they had time to re‑load, and pursued Mr. Robertson. When Mr. B., after re‑loading, came to the assistance of his friend, he found him lying on the ground mortally wounded, and in the interval of his going for assistance, Mr. Robertson expired.
August 30, 1856
JONES - Died in England, on the 25th of May, Mary, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Samuel Jones, formerly of Luisley, Worcestershire and aunt to Mr. S. I. Jones, of this city.
MCKAY - Died on the 28th instant, at the residence of William Lash, Esq., of Dundas, after a lingering illness which he bore with the greatest Christian resignation, the Rev. Charles McKay, pastor of the Congregational church at Saint John, New Brunswick. Mr. McKay was in the 37th year of his age, and has been nine years pastor in the above named city, where his labours have been highly appreciated and greatly beloved. In the month of June, he came to Dundas after an attack of inflammation of the lungs from which it was hoped he would soon recover through change of air and the hospitable treatment of kind and attached friends, but it was otherwise ordained by the supreme disposer of all events. The rev. gentleman sank, until death received his sanctified spirit from the greatly affected body.
UNNAMED PERSON - As Mr. Pinecombe was digging near his home on the 2nd concession of Westminster, his spade came in contact with a human skull, On searching further, he found some other bones, several of which seemed as if they had been partially destroyed by fire. These remains were within a foot of the surface. As yet no clue has been found to account for their lying in that spot.
September 2, 1856
FARRIS - Died in this city, on the 31st August, Mrs. Elizabeth Farris, aged 70 years, relict of the late Thomas Farris, of Blessington, county Wicklow, Ireland. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the residence of her son, Peter Farris, Tyburn street.
LAWSON - Died in this city, on Monday, the 1st instant, Ann Elizabeth, only daughter of Joseph Lawson, aged 1 year and 9 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this (Tuesday) afternoon at 4½ o'clock from her father's residence, Ferguson avenue.
SMITH - Died in Scotland, on the 5th August, the Rev. John Malcolm Smith, professor of Oriental languages and Church History in Queen's College, Kingston.
WILSON (Toronto) - Coroner Hodder held an inquest on Saturday morning on the body of Mary Jane Wilson, of Sayer street. Deceased was a child about four months old, and fell into a sort of a well in the absence of her mother on Thursday evening. The inquest was held in Mr. Ramsay's tavern, corner of Agnes and Elizabeth streets. A verdict was rendered accordingly.
UNNAMED MEN - Two men found drowned on the 20th instant on the south shore of Amherst Island, supposed to have been lost from off the steam propellor “Tinto”, lately burned near Nine Mile Point, the strong south‑easterly wind the day before they were found is supposed to have drifted them ashore. The distance from where the steamer was first seen on fire is about six miles.
Strange that they were not more than four or five rods apart when their bodies were found, which makes it appear that they must have been clinging to each other when they were drowned; otherwise is is not likely they would have come to the shore so close together. Information was immediately given to Mr. Hitchins, the coroner, and an inquest was held on the bodies, but no information could be obtained to find out their names or how they were drowned. The jury gave as their verdict: “Found drowned, two men whose names are unknown”.
There being no provision inside the law for defraying the expense of burying such persons, Mr. Hitchins solicited assistance from the jury and other persons present, which was readily given, and he had the bodies decently interred. It was impossible to say what their features had been like, or what colour their hair had been as all had been washed off in the water. They had no other clothing on but a shirt, trousers, and shoes, by which it appears that they were some of the crew of the boat, or other labouring men.
RIKELY - A friend in Madoc has furnished us with the following particulars. During the thunder storm which passed over this place on Saturday morning last, the 18th instant, at 8 o'clock, the dwelling of Mr. Andrew Rikely, situated on lot 3, in the 8th concession, was struck by lightning, rendering it a complete wreck, and killing his wife instantaneously. The deceased, at the time, was in the eastern apartment engaged in removing some curtains from a bed when the lightning struck the roof near the chamber and ground floor, thence out of the south side, carrying away the entire broad side of the east room. The sleepers of the building, which were black ash, were torn from their places and completely shattered as fine as broom splints.
Some articles of furniture were missing, a portion of which were found several rods from the house, and strange to say, that the remaining occupants of the house, seated at breakfast in the west apartment, should escape with no other injury than severe shock when the doors of the room were torn from their hinges and every light of glass broken. The shock was severely felt for a mile around. This is another warning to be ready, and a verification of the fact that in the midst of life, we are in death. The bedstead on which there was a feather tick was uninjured as also those of the rafters which were cedar.
September 3, 1856
HODGE - Died on the 2nd instant, Bessie, third daughter of John Lennox Hodge, Esq., chief engineer of the Hamilton and Port Dover Railroad, aged 2 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 4 o'clock from her father's residence, Barton street, without further notice.
September 4, 1856
THOMSON - Died at Caledonia, on Wednesday, the 3rd instant, Frederick George, infant son of Mr. William Thomson, aged ten and a half months.
September 6, 1856
MORTON - Died at Hamilton, on Thursday evening, the 4th instant, James Edward, infant son of Thomas and Mary Morton, aged six months and two days.
September 8, 1856
WISE - A poor fellow named Jacob Wise committed suicide in Preston on Thursday by poisoning himself with laudanum. He had just been released from Brantford gaol, was out of employment, and had been taunted by the wife of a neighbour with being a d‑‑‑d rascal. He went home immediately after this taunt was uttered, and swallowing a dose of laudanum, told his wife what he had done, after which he went to sleep and never woke again. A coroner's inquest was held before Dr. Seagram, and the jury, of which Mr. Otto Klotz was foreman, returned a verdict: “Died by administering to himself a large dose of opium with intent to commit suicide”.
POLLOCK - On Friday last, the 29th ultimo, a son of Guy Pollock, a respectable farmer living in the 8th concession of Pickering, whilst in the act of oiling a thrashing machine on his father's farm, was accidentally caught by the arm. The forearm was torn off a little below the elbow; the stump was still dragged into the machinery as far as the shoulder, lacerating the remaining portion of the arm fearfully. Surgical aid being called in, amputation at the shoulder joint was resorted to, but the poor young man had received so severe a shock that nature sank, and he expired on the following day. He was about 18 years of age, a very steady industrious lad, and generally respected by his neighbours.
WEBSTER - The youngest child of Mr. William Webster, farmer near this village (Ayr) was accidentally scalded to death on Tuesday last. The accident occurred as follows: The servant girl was cleaning a churn with boiling water while the child was playing on the floor near where the churn was standing. The girl, after pouring in the water, put the dasher in the churn which caused the water to flow over the top of it, scalding the neck, head, and breast of the child very severely. Dr. McGeorge was called in and rendered every possible assistance, but without any avail, as the child died after lingering for about twelve hours. This is a sad stroke to the parents, and ought to prove a warning to those using hot water.
UNNAMED PERSONS - A dreadful affair took place last Sunday in Blenheim. A person who sometime before had become a widower with six children had again married, and persuaded his wife last week to take a distant journey. He preached twice on the Sabbath day, and returned home to his family at night. As they were going to bed, he gave to each of the six children a draught of something very bitter, a portion of which the eldest contrived, whilst his father's back was turned, to squirt from his mouth. The old man finished the affair by drinking a deep draught of the same liquid himself. In the morning, the whole family, father and children, were found dead or senseless, and it was only by zealous and unflinching perseverance that the eldest was restored to life and told the above tale. The poison the unhappy man had used was strychnine. It now becomes a public duty to prevent the sale of this poisonous drug in any apothecary shop, for it is of no use but for murder.
September 15, 1856
MILLS - Died in Guelph, on the 12th instant, Annetta, only daughter of Mr. W. H. Mills, formerly of this city, aged 11 months and 4 days.
September 16, 1856
MCHENRY - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, at the residence of his brother‑in‑law, Mr. Charles McHenry, in the 28th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. Buchan, Bay street, this Tuesday, the 16th of September, 1856, at 4 o'clock p.m.
September 18, 1856
BROOKS - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Jane, wife of Mr. Charles Brooks, aged 42 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 4 o'clock from her late residence, York street.
September 20, 1856
ROXBURGH - Died in this city, on the morning of the 19th instant, Capt. Alexander Roxburgh, aged 82. Friends are requested to attend the funeral this afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. Ambrose, Upper John street, to the place of interment, at Ancaster.
SWALES - Died on the 18th instant, Anne Lydia, only daughter of Mr. John E. Swales.
September 22, 1856
BLAIKIE - Died on the 19th instant, William Blaikie, aged 58. Friends are requested to attend the funeral this afternoon at half past 2 o'clock from his residence on the Mountain, to the cemetery without special invitation.
September 24, 1856
BRADEUR - This morning, as the 16th Regiment were assembled at guard mounting parade in the Jesuit Barracks square, Sergeant Bradeur of the Light Company "fell out" of the ranks, and proceeded a few steps when he dropped dead. The deceased had been fourteen years in the regiment, and reputed to be a temperate and healthy man, though subject to rush of blood to the head. (Quebec)
September 25, 1856
HAMILTON - On Tuesday last, a man named John Hamilton, teamster for the Messrs Applegarth, was accidentally killed while canting a log into the Bay. The deceased and Mr. Wm. Applegarth had taken two sticks of timber off the waggon and had them on blocks when, on throwing the first one over, the blocks slipped, causing the second one also to go, when the deceased, being along with Mr. Applegarth between the logs, was carried down the bank into the water with both logs upon him. He got out in about five minutes, but received such severe injuries that he died in a few hours. An inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, when the above facts were elicited, and a verdict of accidental death recorded.
September 26, 1856
MCLAREN - Died at Ancaster, on the 25th instant, Catherine, wife of Mr. James McLaren, aged 36 years.
September 27, 1856
MCCRACKEN - Died on the 25th instant, after a short but painful illness, Amelia McCracken, eldest daughter of Mr. James McCracken, of this city. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral at 4 o'clock this afternoon from the residence of her father to the Burlington cemetery without further notice.
September 29, 1856
PANTON - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Susannah, relict of the late Mr. James Panton, aged 50 years.
September 30, 1856
BROSNAHAN - Died at Dundas, on the 26th instant, John, infant son of J. Brosnahan, of Hamilton, aged 16 months.
Cribbs - On Monday an inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner on the body of Christopher Cribbs, a man well known in the neighbourhood of this city who committed suicide on
Sunday by cutting his throat. The windpipe and jugular vein were completely severed, and the razor with which the deed was done was found in his hand. The deceased was a man of intemperate habits, but at one time was possessed of considerable property.
HIGGINSON - On the same day, the same coroner held an inquest on the body of Jonathan Higginson who died in the Hospital. It appeared from witnesses that deceased with two other men were riding on a board trying two horses previous to trading them off when the board broke, causing a fracture of the spinal column, from the effects of which he died. The deceased was a sober man and much respected. He leaves a wife and family, verdict accidental.
October 1, 1856
DAVIDSON - Died in Brooklin, New York, of apoplexy, on Sunday morning, 28th ultimo, Elizabeth Clark, 63, mother of T. Davidson of the City Hotel, Hamilton.
UNNAMED MAN - On Friday another fatal accident occurred on the Great Western Railway, caused, as in the immense majorities of such casualties, not by any negligence of the Company but by the fault of the sufferer. In this case, the victim was a labourer who got on the train at Woodstock and was going a short way down the line to get paid some money owing to him, but being intoxicated and trying to get on the train while it was in motion, his foot slipped and he was thrown underneath; all the carriages passed diagonally over the unfortunate man's body, and on being picked up, he was found in a horrible condition, being quite disembowelled, his heart lying over his face and presenting a picture too ghastly to be closely described.
October 4, 1856
MARTIN - We regret to record another fatal accident on this line of Railway which occurred at the Preston depot on Friday morning last. It appears that as the engineer was shunting the cars from a side track preparatory to starting for Galt, a young man named William Martin, a son of the switch tender at Preston, in endeavouring to get on one of the pasenger cars, slipped on some loose gravel lying on the side of the track and was thrown under the wheels. One of the brakesmen immediately jumped off the train and endeavoured to rescue the poor fellow but did not succeed until the three wheels of the passenger car had passed over one of his legs, crushing it dreadfully, severly bruising the other, and inflicted a very severe injury on the back, supposed to have been caused by the box of the wheels. Medical attendance was immediately procured, but it was of no avail, and after lingering a short time, death put an end to his sufferings. An inquest was held the same day before Thomas Seagram, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, of which Otto Klotz, Esq., was foreman, and a verdict in accordance with the above facts returned.
October 8, 1856
TIDY - Died at Ancaster, on Monday, the 6th October, after a short and severe illness, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. John Tidy, in the 66th year of her age, formerly of Guildford, Surrey, England. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday, the 8th instant, at 10 o'clock, without further notice.
ATKINSON - Died at the Hospital, on the 4th instant, Robert Atkinson, a native of Kilmarnoch, aged 32 years. Any enquiry by the friends of the deceased will be answered by applying to the Rev. Mr. Burnet.
October 9, 1856
MOREAU - On Saturday afternoon last, an inquest was held at the Montreal General Hospital, upon the body of Timothy Moreau, a boy 14 years of age, who died from the effects of blows said to have been given him on board one of the Grand Trunk barges on which he was working. The person accused of the murder was Ed Schnyder. He was present at the inquest. After the testimony of numerous witnesses had been taken, Mr. Coroner Jones summed up the evidence, and the jury, after consulting for some time, returned the following verdict: “That the deceased died by the visitation of God; to wit, from inflammation of the lungs produced by natural causes.”
October 10, 1856
FORBES - Died on Tuesday, 7th October, after a short and severe illness, Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. James Forbes, in the 5th year of her age.
KILGOUR, LINNEHAN, MAHER - It is our painful duty this day to record the first casualty of any importance that has occurred upon this section of the Grand Trunk Railway. The details
of the case, as given by different individuals, vary considerably, but the following account of the occurrence may be taken as nearly, if not altogether, correct. It appears that Mr. Robert Kilgour, the overseer of the Berlin section of the road, and five workmen under him, started from where they had been working during the day, between Breslau (Grand River bridge) and Berlin, to return home about seven o'clock on Monday evening in a hand‑car. In the meantime, a train which had been taking wood up the line started from Berlin to Guelph for the night. The train, it would appear, both whistled and rang the bell as it crossed over the bridge at Breslau, but the poor fellows on the car would appear not to have heard the warning. Some short distance beyond the bridge and just where the road crosses the track, those on the car became aware of the approaching train, and two men who were standing at the back of it just had time to throw themsleves off when the locomotive struck the car, completely demolishing it, killing two men on the spot, and so seriously injuring the
third one that he died in half an hour afterwards. The latter party, Mr. Kilgour, appears to have also jumped from the car, but too late to clear the locomotive, some part of which seems to have struck him on the back of the head completely smashing the skull. The locomotive and six cars passed over the broken car and the bodies of the two men on it, cutting one of them into three pieces, and so fearfully shattering the head of the other one as to make recognition next to impossible. As soon as the accident was known, assistance was obtained, and the bodies were conveyed to their respective homes.
The passenger train from Toronto, which arrived at the spot a few minutes after the accident, was stopped, and word sent to Berlin of the occurrence. Dr. Bowlby immediately repaired to the spot on a locomotive, but in the meantime Mr. Kilgour had breathed his last. No blame appears to attach itself to the engine driver of the locomotive, Mr. Joseph Dalbeck, or any one in charge of the train. The night was dark, and there being no light shown upon the handcar, no one on the train was aware of its being on the track until too late to prevent the fatal collision. The name of the deceased are: Robert Kilgour, a Scotchman who was married but without family; Michael Linneham, a young man, and not married; and Michael Maher, who was married, and leaves a family of ten small children. The father of Linnehan was on the hand‑car and escaped, as we have said, by throwing himself off. Dr. Scott, being too indisposed to hold an inquest, he sent to Galt for a coroner, but up to the time of going to press, this gentleman had not arrived.
October 13, 1856
REYNOLDS, BRADY - On Friday last, a frightful accident occurred in this town by which two men named T. Reynolds and E. Brady lost their lives. They were employed on the new school house now erecting, and were standing with three others on a scaffold which, from the superincumbent materials, gave way beneath them, when they, with another man who escaped with slight injuries, were precipitated to the ground, a distance of nearly thirty feet. Two other men who were on the scaffold saved themselves by clinging to the wall. Reynolds was instantly killed, and Brady, who was a stone mason by trade, lingered until Monday in the most severe pain, when he died. Both of the unfortunate men leave widows and families of children. (Huron)
October 16, 1856
UNNAMED BOY - A shocking murder was committed on Saturday last in the Township of Garafraxa about w miles from Fergus. Both the murderer and his victim were boys, the former about 14 years of age and the latter about 12. The deceased had been sent on an errand with a bottle for yeast. When found afterwards, he was lying dead stripped to his shirt with the side of his head very much swollen and a large gash on his neck near the throat. It is thought that the boy who killed him had taken the bottle from him and broken it by a blow on his head and then used the broken glass to
cut his throat. The only motive as yet supposed to instigate the horrid deed was to get possession of the boy's clothes which were good. So after the murder, he had stripped his victim and taken the clothes to a tavern. The clothes were found much covered with blood, but the youthful murderer had attempted to escape. About 22 individuals were scouring the country in search of him, and there is every probability that he will be captured.
October 17, 1856
UNNAMED MEN - The friends of the two gentlemen drowned in the Bay on Saturday last have not yet been able to recover their bodies. Yesterday they employed the steamer “Zimmerman” to tow into the bay a scow from which a cannon was fired at intervals. The firing took place as near as possible to the place where the melancholy accident is supposed to have happened, and was resorted to in order to cause the bodies to float.
October 20, 1856
HAMMOND - Died at Caledonia, on the 15th instant, from an accident on the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway, Francis Alexander, eldest son of T. L. Hammond, Esq., of the Customs there, formerly of Dunnville, much regretted.
October 22, 1856
PARTINGTON - A man named Henry Partington, an employee of the Great Western Railway, met with an accident on Monday morning which ended fatally in a few hours. It seems that the deceased left his residence on Hess street about seven o'clock with the intention of going to his section on the railway near the suspension bridge. A watchman near the latter place heard a noise and a crackling of bushes on the bank above him, and on looking up, saw the man tumbling down the embankment. On going up to him. he was found to be in a state of insensibility, and he lingered a few hours, when death put an end to his sufferings. Dr. Roseburgh held an inquest on the body, but nothing was elicited to show that there had been any foul play.
NEWSON - An inquest was held yesterday by H. B. Bull, Esq., upon the body of a man named Newson who was found at the foot of an embankment on James street near the Lake with his neck broken in two places and a deep cut across his forehead. The probability is that the unfortunate man had fallen down the precipice during the heavy fog which prevailed on Monday night, but owing to some suspicious circumstances which were not cleared up to the satisfaction of the jury, they brought in an open verdict. We understand that Mr. Newson leaves a wife and family to deplore his untimely end.
CHRISTIE (Quebec) - Yesterday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, the remains of our fellow‑citizen, Robert Christie, barrister‑at‑law, and formerly M.P.P. for the county of Gaspe, were conveyed from his residence in Gt. Joseph street to be interred in Mount Hermon cemetery. A numerous procession followed the hearse, comprising beside several of the judges and a large array of the members of the Bar, many other respectable citizens of different professions. The procession having proceeded along St. Louis street and through the Gateway and fortifications on foot, found carriages waiting, took advantage of these, and accompanied the hearse to the cemetery. The procession halted at St. Michael's Chapel into which the coffin was borne, all following. The funeral service was here commenced by the Rev. Official Macklin, D.D., and finished according to the ritual of the Anglican Church at the grave. Among the pall‑bearers we observed Judges Morin and Caron, Archibald Campbell, Esq., Queen's Notary, Captain Armstrong, Mr. Faribault, etc.
October 24, 1856
MASON - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mr. John Mason, formerly of Currans, County Kerry, Ireland, aged 28 years.
GROME - Died at the residence of Captain Munro, Galt, on Tuesday, the 21st instant, in the 27th year of his age, Frederick Charles Grome, Esq., C.E.
October 25, 1856
MCGINNITY -We learn that on Tuesday evening, a man named James McGinnity, blacksmith, was murdered at Lindsay by a boy of 14 years of age, named Robert Barles, or McCombe, son of __ Barles, saddler. The elder Barles and McGinnity, being both in liquor, were fighting on the main street of the village. McGinnity was the stronger man of the two and Barles, seeming to get the worst of it, called to his son to “bring out the pistol”. The boy ran into his father's house, brought out a loaded pistol, and immediately fired it at McGinnity with fatal effect, the ball entering the right side and passing through the lower part of the lung. The unfortunate man died within an hour. The affair, our informant states, took place shortly after five o'clock in the evening in the presence of some twenty or thirty persons. The boy made his escape as quickly as possible after committing the murder, and was seen to go to a swamp south of the village. He has not been heard of. To assist the officers of justice in arresting him, we are requested to state that he is about five feet six inches high, and that he had straight light hair, sallow complexion, and a disagreeable expression of countenance. When last seen, he had on a reddish coloured cloak and pants, and black cloth cap with large peak. When residing some time ago in Cobourg with the elder Barles, he was known by the name of McCombe. Barles, the father, was arrested immediately after the occurrence.
LANDRY (Quebec) - It was reported in town yesterday that another homicide has been committed at St. Sylvester, and that the victim in this case is a French Canadian who died from the effects of an aggravated attack made on him by a number of men a short time since. Without vouching for the accuracy of the rumour, we may state that about the 15th instant, complaint was made to a magistrate in this city by a man named Francois Landry that on the evening of the previous Sunday, about six or seven men attacked him and his nephew, a boy about 14 years of age, while on their way to St. Mary's to St. Sylvester. He was struck with a bottle and with stones, and swore that he recognized among his assailants two of the parties tried for the murder of Corrigan. A warrant was issued for the arrest of the accused, but it appears has not been executed. The cause of the assault is unknown.
October 26, 1856
UNNAMED MAN (London) - On Wednesday morning last, a man was found drowned in the River Thames, a little above the Westminster bridge. From his cap being found stowed in his coat pocket, it is supposed he had gone towards the river for a drink, leant down, overbalanced himself, and fell in head first. He was a stranger in this city, and appeared to be about 50 years of age.
CLARK (London) - Yesterday morning information was brought to the chief constable that a woman named Margaret Clark had been murdered by her husband. Accordingly that officer, having given notice to the coroner, proceeded to Victoria street, next of Talbot, and on arriving at a log house, the property of John James Taylor, of this city, found the body lying on a bed and the upper portion very much blackened. On the arrival of Coroner Wanless, a post mortem examination was made by Dr. McKenzie and the brain was found to be completely gorged with blood. An inquest was held and the evidence of the son proved that there had been no quarrelling during the night as ought to support the rumour. Dr. McKenzie was of the opinion that death resulted from apoplexy which might have been hastened by drink, as both deceased and her husband drank largely. Verdict accordingly.
FULLER - It becomes our painful duty to record the death by disease of the heart of an esteemed friend and well known resident, of this county (Norfolk), Stephen J. Fuller, Esq., in the 67th year of his age. The melancholy event, which has turned the hitherto peaceful and happy abode into a house of mourning, took place at his residence in north Simcoe at 4 o'clock a.m. on Friday, the 17th instant. Mr. Fuller was a native of the County Kerry, Ireland, where he was descended from an enviable and highly respectable lineage, and where many of his connexion yet inherit the patrimonies of their sodestors. At an early age, he chose for himself a seafaring life for which his robust frame and iron constitution singularly fitted him. Such were his talents as mariner that he soon became the captain of the East Indiaman in the service of the Hon, East India Company in
which he frequently visited almost every quarter of the globe and more especially India with the peculiar customs and characteristics as well as language of whose people he had become quite familiar. The extensive and varied information thus acquired, coupled with the result of having exercised a very high order of intellect, rendered Captain Fuller one of the best informed men of the day. There is scarcely a subject or a country or a people on which, about which, and of whom he was not thoroughly conversant. For many years he has been a resident of this county in which he has filled the office of Clerk of the County Council in a manner that at least will never be excelled, if even equalled, as the books and papers belonging to his office vacated by death fully demonstrate. As a member of the Board of Common School Trustees, the town has lost in him a sincere friend for the educational interests.
Many of our readers will recollect with gratitude the interest that he has, during the six years prior to his death in which he was a trustee, manifested in the moral and intellectual welfare of their little ones without distinction of birth, colour, or creed. To the honour of his memory, be it mentioned that with the associate members of the Board, he sought most zealously to promote the free untrammelled instruction of the children of black or white. As a politician, Captain Fuller was intelligent and committed to Reform.
As a business man, he was highly practical, precise, and exact. His remains were followed on Sunday afternoon to the Episcopal burying ground at Woodhouse by a very large number of the most respectable inhabitants of the county to whom he had been known during the last twenty‑four years. In St. John's Church, a most eloquent and affecting sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev. George Salmon of this town from Numbers X;23 which we understand and sincerely hope will be published in pamphlet form. In common with many we again regret the bereavement of the numerous and esteemed family thus called upon in the mysterious dispositions of a wise Providence to deplore the loss of a beloved husband and affectionate father.
October 28, 1856
MOORE - We regret to learn that boy named James Moore, son of Mr. Patrick Moore, Wellington Square, lost his life yesterday morning under the most melancholy circumstances. It appears that the deceased was playing in the vicinity of the Steam Mill and had either fallen or jumped into the wheat receiver in which was a large quantity of grain. The men were employed at the time in drawing off the wheat for the purpose of loading the propellor and the deceased was drawn down with the force of the falling grain. When taken out, he was quite dead. There is nothing that we have yet heard of to show how deceased got into the wheat receiver, but it is supposed that he must have jumped in. We have not learned the result of the inquest.
October 29, 1856
WHYTE - Died October 23rd, at his father's residence, South Dumfries, after a painful illness, George Whyte, school teacher, aged 23 years, deeply regretted.
October 30, 1856
PARKER - Died near Hamilton, C.W., on the 29th instant, Evelyn M. Parker, youngest child of George Parker, Esq., aged 12 years.
October 31, 1856
HUTCHINSON - Died at St. Windsor, Glasgow, Scotland, on the 10th instant, Jane M., wife of William Hutchinson, Esq., timber merchant.
MCPHERSON - Died at Montreal, on the 25th instant, after a short illness, aged 26 years and 10 months, Agnes Clugston, wife of John McPherson, Esq., eldest daughter of David Hutchinson, Esq., and sister of William Hutchinson, Esq., of this city. Deceased was much esteemed and her death at so early an age is regretted by all who knew her.
November 5, 1856
BRUCE - Died in this city, on Tuesday morning, at eight o'clock, after a lingering illness, David, second son of Mr. Magnus Bruce, aged 17 years and 10 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock from his father's residence, corner of Charles and Hunter streets, near the Central School.
November 6, 1856
MCARTHUR - A young man, named Archibald McArthur, a farmer on the Lake Shore Line, came up to the polling booth in Sydenham. After the poll was closed on Saturday, he and several others from the same locality adjoumed to Cameron's tavern about three miles from Owen Sound on the St. Vincent line, and stopped there all night. They started for home on Sunday morning, the deceased being, we are informed, the worse for liquor. His companions left him, and when within a mile and a half from his house, he fell off his horse and came head downwards on a stone which broke his neck. He never spoke afterwards and died in a short time.
RAMBEAU - Alfred Rambeau, Esq., late chief editor of “La Patrie” expired at his lodgings in Montreal last Thursday. On the Thursday fortnight previous, he was sitting in the parlour of the Canada Hotel listening to the composer, Sabatier, perform on the piano when very suddenly he left the room without speaking to anyone present, and before reaching his place of residence, was seized
with a fit of apoplexy. Since then till the hour of his death, he continued gradually to succumb though every effort was made for his recovery.
Mr. Rambeau was a native of Monthrison in the south of France. He came to Canada while yet quite a young man and settled at St. Charles on the river Richelieu some years previous to the Canadian Rebellion. He had received a liberal education and was possessed of a ready talent for writing. The genius of the lively young Frenchman was soon recognized by F. D. Debarichs, Esq., who employed him to edit the “Echo des Compagnons”, a paper which he had established for the defence of democratic principles. Mr. Rambeau now studied law and was received to practise at the Canadian bar, but marrying a rich widow, circumstances never pressed him to attend with much regularity to his profession.
After the troubles of '37 and '38, he resided for some time at St. Charles, and then removed to Montreal there he engaged to conduct “L'Ami du Peuple”, a conservative publication. On the establishment of “La Patrie”, Mr. Rambeau was chosen chief editor and the hold which the journal has taken on the French Canadian mind within the short period of two years proves the ability of him who has earned for it such a brilliant reputation. We are not sufficiently acquainted with the French language to appreciate the beauties of the writer's style, but we are assured by those competent to pronounce an opinion that Mr. Rambeau was unsurpassed by any writer of French in Canada. His articles were always readable, pungent, sparkling, and to the purpose. His premature demise, for he was still a man in the prime of life, is a serious loss to the French literature of Lower Canada.
BELL (Montreal) - We deeply regret to have, this evening, to announce the sudden death from apoplexy of Captain Bell, the Harbour Commission's Superintendent of Lake Operations. The melancholy event took place last evening on board the Lake St. Peter steamer in port here. Immediately on being attacked, every medical attendance was brought to his aid, but unfortunately without avail. Captain Bell was a large, well‑built, athletic man, and in the prime of life. The country has lost a man of energy and talent, and his acquaintance, a warm and ardent friend. All the ships and steamers in port this morning showed their colours at half mast as a token of respect as did the Harbour Commission's buildings, the Montreal House, and the store of Mr. F. F. McDine, ship chandler.
November 7, 1856
SULLIVAN - Patrick Sullivan, who was hurt on the Grand Trunk Railroad on the 14th October by being crushed between two trains of cars at Port Union, died at the City Hospital (Toronto) on the 3rd instant. An inquest was held by Dr. Hodder on view of the body, and the jury brought in a verdict of accidental death. But blame was attached to a person named Blazer who had charge of the wood train and allowed it to remain too near the switch, in consequence of which the gravel train on which the deceased was had barely room to pass, but deceased, having his legs over the side of the
gravel train, was violently crushed between the wood train and so severely injured that he lingered in a helpless state until he died on Monday last as already stated.
November 11, 1856
FERRIE - Died at his residence in this city, on Sunday morning, the 9th instant, of disease of the heart, Colin Campbell Ferrie, Esq., in the 49th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from the residence of the family to the place of interment to‑day (Tuesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock without further notice.
Death of Colin C. FERRIE, Esq.
It becomes our melancholy duty to to‑day to record the sudden death of one of our most estimable and prominent citizens, Colin C. Ferrie, Esq., which mournful event occurred at his residence in this city on Sunday morning last at eleven o'clock. Mr. Ferrie was one of the oldest residents of Hamilton, and to his enterprise and public spirit it owes much of its prosperity. He had seen it rise from a few scattered houses to a position giving it rank as the fourth city in the Province, and during that time had frequently held offices of trust within the gift of its citizens. In 1836, he was the representative of Hamilton in the Legislative Assembly; in 1840, he was chosen president of the Gore Bank which office he held up to the day of his death with honour to himself and usefulness to the institution; and in 1843, he was elected the first Mayor of this city. Although prominent as a citizen, Mr. Ferrie was of a retiring disposition, and seldom took any public part except by the urgent request of his fellow‑townsmen. His excellent business habits and common‑sense judgment rendered him a man of mark, and he was frequently solicited to take an active part in public affairs, but after his term of first Mayor of the city had expired, he evinced no desire to being brought forward, and invariably declined the invitation given him to occupy a public position either in the municipality or in parliament. He was waited upon and requested to allow himself to be put in nomination at the recent election for the Burlington Division, but could not be induced to accede to the request, preferring, as he did, to devote himself to the duties of his own business and the Bank of which he the presiding officer.
No man was more highly esteemed or deservedly respected in our midst than Mr. Ferrie, and in all his relations in life, his character stood without a blemish. He seldom took any active part in politics, but was known as a firm and unflinching advocate of Reform. He was elected to Parliament as the candidate of the old Tory party, but saw fit to change his political opinions while in the House, and ever after maintained his adherence to the Reform party. He was not extreme in his views, however, but rather inclined to be moderate and conciliatory to his opposition. His sudden demise is deeply and sincerely regretted throughout this community, for he was well and favourably known to nearly every inhabitant of this city and neighbourhood. He had been ailing
for little more that a week, but on Thursday last, his illness took a serious turn, and he gradually sank under it until Sunday morning when his spirit was released from its earthly tenement. Thus died one whose memory will long be cherished amongst us, and of whom it may justly be said, “Even in all his failings, he leaned to virtue's side”.
The funeral will take place at three o'clock this (Tuesday) afternoon, and we understand it is intended as a mark of respect to the deceased to close the principal places of business in this city. This is a commendable step, and we hope the Courts of Assize will also be adjourned for a few hours.
November 12, 1856
Funeral of the late Colin C. FERRIE Esq.
The funeral of our late lamented citizen took place at the appointed hour (two o'clock) yesterday afternoon. According to the resolution passed at their last meeting, the city council were present in their corporate capacity and were escorted by a force of police. Most of the stores on King, James, York, and other streets were closed. Many of the most distinguished citizens attended the funeral, and although owing to the great press of business, the courts of Assize could not consistently be adjourned, yet many prominent members of the Bar, indeed all who could absent themselves from Court, joined the funeral procession to show their respect for the deceased. After prayers had been offered over the body, the procession organized. The line of carriages stretched from the residence of the deceased to the cemetery, and many hundreds walked on foot.
On arriving at the cemetery, the body was deposited in the burying ground of the family. The Rev. Messrs. Irvine and Inglis pronounced some simple prayers, and the numerous assemblage dispersed in silence.
MCINTOSH - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Isabella, infant daughter of Mr. Daniel McIntosh, Charles street, aged 14 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
November 13, 1856
GARRET - Died on the 31st October, at St. John's, Newfoundland, Emma Gaden, wife of Benjamin Greet Garret, Esq., late High Sheriff of the island.
DILLON (Toronto) - Yesterday evening, Mr. Arthur Dillon, who kept a saloon on Front street, near the Queen's wharf, committed suicide by cutting his left arm half way through just above the elbow, in such a terrible manner as to cause death in a few moments. It is supposed that the unfortunate man used a pocket knife to perpetrate the dreadful deed, but not finding that sharp enough, he had recourse to one of his razors. In the forenoon, deceased told a friend of his that he had made his will,
and from some other expressions which fell from him, it is believed the melancholy deed was premeditated at least some hours previous to its accomplishment. Mr. Dillon was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and the dreadful act has plunged his family into the greatest anguish. An inquest will be held on the body this afternoon.
November 14, 1856
MACLELAN - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, of apoplexy, John MacLelan, aged 48 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his late residence on Peel street to the place of interment this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
November 19, 1856
BROCK - Died in this city, on Sunday morning, the 16th instant, aged 73 years, Ellen, relict of the late Alexander Brock, for many years, postmaster of Valencia, County Kerry, Ireland, and previously of the British Army. Deceased was much respected by all acquainted with her, and was the mother of a large and respectable family, some of whom were in the naval service of their country during the late war.
BROCK - On the 28th ultimo, was drowned in Lake Erie, her youngest son, James, aged 38 years.
HORWOOD - Died at Guelph, on the 16th instant, G. C. Horwood, Esq., late of the North American Hotel, Toronto.
HATT - Died on the evening of Monday, the 17th instant, at the residence of his mother, at Burnside, near Dundas, William Galway Hatt, son of the late Richard Hatt, Esq. Funeral will take place from the residence of his mother to the place of interment at St. John's Church, Ancaster, at 11 o'clock in the forenoon of Thursday, the 20th instant. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
TURNER - An inquest was held yesterday morning by Mr. Coroner Jones at Bowman's Steam Saw Mill outside the eastern limits of the city on the body of John Turner, a carpenter, who died probably about nine o'clock the day before, but was not discovered until two p.m. that day, as he lay in a field about thirty yeards from the road. A verdict was returned that deceased died from the effects of habitual intoxication, the immediate cause being delirium tremens.
November 21, 1856
TINE - Died at St. Mary's, C.W., on Saturday, the 15th instant, Louisa, only daughter of Thomas D. Tine, Esq., aged 1 year and 8 months.
NUGENT - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Peter, youngest son of Mr. John Nugent, aged 16 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his father's residence, King street east, to St. Mary's cemetery, to‑morrow (Thursday) morning at 9 o'clock.
November 22, 1856
NEWSON - Died in this city, Ann, wife of Mr. Jonathan Newson, and sister of William Bullock, Esq., of West Flamborough. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on the 23rd from her late residence on Hughson street to the place of interment, Flamborough West.
November 24, 1856
CRAWFORD - Died in this city, on Saturday morning, the 22nd instant, Mr. Lindsay Crawford, merchant, aged 46 years. The deceased was an old and well known resident; he was highly esteemed by all who knew him and his loss is deeply deplored by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The funeral will take place this (Monday) afternoon at 2 o'clock from his residence Rebecca street. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.
MULDOON (Stratford) - An inquest was held by Dr. Hyde on Tuesday night last on the body of John Muldoon who died very suddenly while working at the erection of a shanty near the Grand Trunk Station. Verdict: died by visitation of God.
November 25, 1856
MCCARDIE - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Matilda Elizabeth, daughter of the late James McCardie, aged 2 years and 7 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her mother's residence, Catharine street, on Wednesday, the 26th instant, at half past 3 o'clock.
SNELGROVE - Died on the 2nd of November, Mary, relict of the late John DeWitt Snelgrove, builder, 24 Carlton Place, Southampton, England, aged 78 years.
MCGIRR - One of the finest processions of firemen in uniform we ever witnessed was formed on Sunday to accompany the remains of Mr. W. McGirr, late a member of the brigade, from his late residence on King William street, to the cemetery. The procession extended in close double file along King street the whole distance between James and John streets. Mr. McGirr had only been in this city about four months, having recently come from Scotland. His death was caused by inflammation of the lungs, brought on by a cold caught when exerting himself to extinguish the fire at the Central School sheds. It was, however, very sudden, for he attended a Firemen's meeting on Thursday evening, and on Friday at noon he was a corpse.
November 26, 1856
WILSON - We are sorry to record a melancholy accident which occurred on Thursday evening last on the Grand Trunk Railroad at the crossing at Coteau Landing. It appears that Mr. Thomas Wilson of Coteau du Lac, brother of Hon. Charles Wilson, of Montreal, in company with another person, were crossing the road in a carriage as the evening train came along, and shocking to state, the locomotive struck the carriage killing Mr. Wilson instantly; the horse was also killed. The other person in the carriage, whose name we could not learn, escaped by jumping, but he is considerably injured. Mr. Wilson leaves a wife and large family to deplore their loss. He was about 54 years of age.
November 28, 1856
LAWRENCE - Suddenly on the 27th instant, Thomas Lawrence, aged 45 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day at 1 o'clock from his late residence, corner of John and Augusta streets.
GOTTLIEB - Died on the 26th instant, P. Louis Gottlieb, aged 35 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, the 29th, from his late residence, corner of King and Catharine streets, at 2 o'clock.
TAYLOR - Died on the 26th instant, Hellen S. Taylor, wife of William Taylor, aged 47 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day at 3 o'clock from her late residence, James street.
SULLIVAN - To‑morrow's sun will rise for the last time on the doomed man in the felon's cell, and ere it has reached its meridian, Dennis Sullivan, the murderer of his wife will have expiated his guilt on the scaffold at the west end of the City and County Prison. His execution will take place precisely at eleven o'clock. The fatal drop is now in course of erection, and even where we write, within an easy stone's throw of the spot, we can hear the faint sounds made by the workmen employed upon it at night. It was bruited abroad some days ago that the condemned man had made a full confession, but on enquiry, we learn that the rumour was unfounded, as he had confessed nothing, although he appears willing to die. He remains in the cell where he was taken to after the sentence was passed upon him, and is regularly attended by the Rev. Mr. Gordon. What has passed between him and his spiritual adviser we have been unable to learn, further than he maintains a strict silence with regard to his commission of the awful crime for which he is to pay the extreme penalty of the law. The services of an executioner have been secured, but his name is kept a profound secret, and will not be divulged. (This execution was postponed. See the entry on November 29.)
(See p. 12 for the murder of Mrs. Sullivan)
November 29, 1856
SULLIVAN - Sullivan respited: Our readers will doubtless be surprised to learn, after the announcement we made yesterday, that the sentence of the law in the case of Dennis Sullivan will not be carried into effect to‑day. We were given to understand that not even the most remote idea was entertained of the sentence being stayed. An intimation was received yesterday, however, by the Sheriff to the effect that His Excellency the Governor General has been pleased to grant a respite until the first Monday in January. The respite has been granted on the ground of informality in the trial. It appears that by a statue of last Session the provision previously made that the Queen's Counsel might act as Associate Judge was repealed. This circumstance was overlooked by the court during the last Assizes, and Mr. Notman who was on the Bench during the trial of Sullivan, being only a Queen's Counsel and not an Associate judge, the plea of informality was urged in the prisoner's behalf, and admitted. The Government, then, had no alternative but to respite Sullivan for the further consideration of the case.
In the meantime, Sullivan has made a confession of the manner in which he killed his unfortunate wife. He says she was in the habit of drinking and selling his clothes to purchase liquor. This, however, she did in a secret way. Under this great provocation, he certainly intended to give her “a good licking”, or a severe beating, but never intended to kill her, or, indeed, had no idea she was dead, but thought she was sleeping until about half an hour afterwards. Then he became alive to the fact she was dead, and all he thought of was concealment of the occurrence. He states, however, he was quite bewildered, and is really quite unable to recollect accurately how he took her into the root‑house where her body was found the next morning. Neither can he state how the roof of the root‑shed fell.
We understand it is possible that a new trial will have to take place.
Sullivan has been quite civil and anything but sullen to all who have attended him since his conviction, and his conduct in gaol has been unexceptionable.
GRIFFIN - Died on the 26th instant, at Drummondville, the wife of the Rev. W. S. Griffin, and sister of P. B. Spohn, Esq., of this city, in the 24th year of her age. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of her father in Ancaster on Sunday, the 30th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.
UNNAMED MAN (St. Catharines) - We regret to hear that on Friday last an Englishman in the employ of Mr. Allan Collver of this Township while digging a well was in the act of hauling the earth bucket to the side of the well when his foot slipped, precipitating him with the basket to the bottom. His back was broken, skull smashed, and his body otherwise mutilated, causing almost instantaneous death. We have not learned the unfortunate man's name.
December 1, 1856
MCQUEEN - It becomes our painful duty to add another to the list of casualties almost daily occurring through the incautious use of firearms. A son of Mr. Alexander McQueen of the Township of Woodhouse, a promising lad of about fourteen years of age, while out on Monday last in company with a younger brother on a little shooting excursion in the woods at the distance of about a mile from his father's residence, the gun caught on some undergrowth, discharged, and lodged the contents into the poor fellow's abdomen. Medical assistance was of no avail. He lingered for upwards of an hour and expired.
December 2, 1856
WANDHOUSE - Died at West Flamborough, on Sunday morning, the 30th of November, Emma, youngest daughter of Mr. Edwin Wandhouse, aged four years.
December 3, 1856
HOGAN (Quebec) - Yesterday morning about four o'clock, William Hogan, a bandsman of the 17th Regiment, having just concluded his share of the musical performance at a ball in St. Lewis street, fell down and expired as he was on the point of leaving the house with his squadron. The deceased generally enjoyed good health, but often complained after playing the clarinette.
TURVILL - Last Friday evening, a young man named Richard Turvill was missed rather suddenly from Port Stanley. Inquiries were made throughout the village on the following day, but no clue could be obtained as to his whereabouts. It was ascertained that about eight o'clock he had gone into a store adjoining the wharf to make some purchases and stepped out rather suddenly, leaving his lamp under the counter. The circumstances gave rise to a surmise that he had fallen into the harbour and been drowned. Drags were obtained on Saturday morning, and his body was found in about ten feet of water. It is presumed that the deceased had some business to transact in the neighbourhood of the shipping, and the night being very dark, he stepped over the edge of the wharf. The deceased was a young man of most exemplary character, had endeared himself to a large circle of friends, and was a junior member of a large family which is universally respected throughout the County of Elgin.
THOMAS, LANDRY - This morning at 10 o'clock, whilst Matthew F. Thomas, aged 46, sawyer in Mr. Munn's shipyard, was arranging the supports of a piece of oak timber 27 feet long and 30 inches square, the tackle gave way, when the immense log fell upon him and a lad named Baptiste Landry, aged 19, killing both of them instantly. An inquest was held this afternoon; verdict accordingly. (Quebec)
December 4, 1856
FERRIE - Died at her residence in Dundas, on Tuesday afternoon, the 2nd instant, Clara Wilcox, wife of Robert Ferrie, Esq., M.P.P. and last surviving daughter of the late Manuel Overfield, Esq., Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend her funeral to the Grove cemetery, near Dundas, on Friday at 11 o'clock a.m.
MCKILLOP - Died on the 3rd instant, Thomas, infant son of Mr. John McKillop, aged 14 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his father's residence, King street, to the place of interment to‑morrow at 3 o'clock p.m.
ALLEN - Killed accidentally at the Great Western Railway depot, on the 3rd instant, Mr. Robert Allen, aged 68 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, Hess street, at 3 o'clock on Friday afternoon, the 5th instant.
December 6, 1856
DODSON - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, William Thompson, only son of Mr. Joseph Dodson, aged 9 years and 9 days.
December 8, 1856
BURWELL - A coroner's inquest was held by Dr. McKellar near Wardsville, on the body of Lydia Amme Burwell who committed suicide on the 30th ultimo by hanging herself from a beam in the cow‑house belonging to Mrs. Poole on lot 18, in the fourth range of the Township of Ekfrid. As there was not any apparent reason to account for the commission of suicide, a post mortem examination was held when considerable pressure on the brain was found to have existed. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts of the case.
December 9, 1856
MCCLUNE - Died at Castle Douglas, .Scotland, on Sunday the 9th of November, very suddenly, from the rupture of a blood vessel, Thomas McClune, Esq., of Bradford, Yorkshire, of the firm of William Fuel and Co. of that place.
December 10, 1856
KANE - An accident resulting in the death of a man named Michael Kane occurred yesterday morning about 9 o'clock. From the facts adduced before the coroner's inquest, it appears that the deceased in company with a number of other men was engaged in excavating one of the high banks at the west end of the Great Western Railway workshops for the purpose of filling up the new docks
which are being built by the Company when the bank suddenly gave way and a portion falling upon the deceased crushed him in a shocking manner, causing his death in a few minutes. A strong feeling was manifested against one of the foremen by the men employed upon the work, and the coroner, H. B. Bull, Esq., in opening the inquest said he trusted that the jury would use discretion and ascertain whether the accident had been caused by carelessness on the part of anyone or was purely accidental. If the former was found to be the fact, the law should be vindicated without fear of favour...Dr. Kenwood said that he had examined the body and found the whole pelvis crushed and all the soft structure between the thighs lacerated to such an extent as to cause the bowels to protrude. The injuries were quite sufficient to cause death, and he was surprised that the deceased should have lived any time after receiving them.
The jury after a short consultation returned the following verdict: “That the deceased, Michael Kane, came to his death this morning by injuries received by the falling of a bank of earth which was being taken away for the purpose of filling up the Dock of the Great Western Railway Company; that the said bank slipped so suddenly that warning could not under ordinary circumstances have been given to the men.”
December 11, 1856
GORDON - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Robert Douglas Gordon, aged 26 years, late of Castle Douglas, Kircudbright, Scotland, much regretted. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Thursday at 2 o'clock from his late residence, Court House Square.
GIRDWOOD - John Girdwood, who met with an accident on the corner of King and John streets on Tuesday, the 2nd instant, died yesterday. It will be remembered that a heavy stone fell upon one of his legs, injuring it very seriously. The injured limb was amputated yesterday afternoon. The unfortunate man never recovered from the shock, and died about an hour after. He leaves a wife but no children.
December 12, 1856
STINSON - Died on the 20th November, at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, Thomas Brock, third son of Thomas Stinson, Esq., of Hamilton, in the 21st year of his age, beloved and regretted by all who knew him.
December 13, 1856
COLBREN - Died on the 11th instant, Henry, son of Mr. W. Colbren, aged 3 months, The funeral will take place this day (Saturday) at 3 o'clock p.m. from his father's residence on Peel street.
December 15, 1856
COPP - Died on the 14th November, at Okehampton, Devon, Mrs. Ann Copp, daughter of the late D. W. ___ , Esq., of Exeter, and mother of A. and W. J. Copp, of this city, aged 67.
December 17, 1856
BRADY - An inquest was held at Clearville, in the Township of Ekfrid, on Sunday, the 7th instant, before James Rolls, Esq., M.D., coroner, on view of the body of Francis Bardy who had been found the evening previous lying insensible upon the road. A jury having been duly empanelled, Joseph J. Fletcher, Esq., of Chatham was appointed foreman. It appeared from the evidence that deceased, in company with a man named Jeremiah Rock, had so freely indulged in drinking whiskey that they both became insensibly drunk. They started in company from the tavern intending no doubt to go home, but the deceased appears to have been unable to proceed, for he was found some short time afterwards almost lifeless and lying upon the road.
The parties who discovered him used every exertion to restore animation, but with no avail. On enquiry being made for his companion, he was found some quarter of a mile below, he having been taken into a house in a state of the most stupid intoxication. On Rock's being examined, his statement of what occurred that night previous appeared to be corroborated by the evidence of the other witnesses He admitted himself to have been “dead drunk”; in fact was unable to describe how he had reached his bed. Dr. Robert Byrons, of Morpeth, said that he made a post mortem examination of the deceased. He found no external marks of violence to account for his death but on removing the brain, found it largely congested, a large effusion of serum, a quantity of extracted blood from a rupture of a small branch of the internal carotid artery, is of the opinion that death was the result of a fit of apoplexy no doubt induced by the quantity of liquor taken. The coroner having very clearly stated the case to the jury, they after a few moments consultation returned the following verdict: “That the deceased Francis Brady came to his death from apoplexy caused by the too free use of intoxicating liquor.”
December 19, 1856
DINGWALL - Mr. A, Dingwall of the Rob Roy Tavern, well known in this city and Toronto, died suddenly yesterday morning from a disease of the heart. Coroner Bull was sent for and after enquiring into the case, did not deem it necessary to hold an inquest.
December 23, 1856
STEWART - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Janet, wife of James Stewart, Esq., aged 48 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his residence, corner of John and Rebecca streets, on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
WARREN - Death of Dr. Warren, Organist at Christ Church Cathedral - We are sorry to announce the death yesterday morning of this old and respectable citizen. Mr. Warren was well known in his profession and justly considered one of the best organists on the continent of America. He became a resident of Montreal some twenty years ago as a teacher of music, more especially the piano, and soon obtained a large share of the public patronage. His death will be regretted by a large circle of his former pupils. Mr. Warren was organist of Christ Church for 18 years, and from the shattered state of his nervous system, it is by no means improbable that the shock to his feelings consequent on the late destruction of the cathedral and of the magnificent instrument he loved and admired so much, hastened his own dissolution. May he rest in peace.
UNNAMED MAN (London) - On Wednesday evening, a man, while about to get on the car at this station, in motion at the time, lost his foothold and was drawn beneath, the wheels passing over his body caused instant death. The train was going east. The man was a stranger.
December 24, 1856
MONTGOMERY - An inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, at McKeown's Tavern on the Hamilton and Caledonia road on Tuesday on the body of a labouring man, John Montgomery. It appeared that the deceased had been staying at McKeown's, and about four o'clock on Monday afternoon was sitting in the bar‑room when George McArdle came in and after a few words had passed between them, McArdle knocked deceased off the chair and kicked him. Montgomery was assisted up on a chair, but complained greatly of the injuries he had received, and in about an hour after, he died. On the medical examination, the liver was found to be badly ruptured, and in consequence a large quantity of blood found its way into cavities of the chest, etc. The jury, after enquiring into the whole of the circumstances, returned the following verdict: “That the deceased John Montgomery died from a rupture of the liver caused by the violence of George McArdle against him.” A warrant was issued for the apprehension of McArdle.
December 29, 1856
UNNAMED MAN - An inquest was held on Friday morning last before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of a stranger who died suddenly at his boarding house near the Bay. It appeared from the facts elicited before the inquest that the deceased arrived in this city about ten days ago and stated that he was a blacksmith and had just come from Lower Canada somewhere about Quebec, but had never given his name to the landlord. A post mortem examination disclosed that the unfortunate man died of suffocation caused by the breaking of an ulcer in his throat. He was a stout built man, dark complexioned man, about five feet six inches in height. A verdict of “died from natural causes” was returned.
December 30, 1856
HAMILTON - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, Mrs. Hamilton, relict of the late Peter Hunter Hamilton, Esq. The funeral will leave the residence of Mr. Blyth in Bold street to‑day, Tuesday, at 2 o'clock p.m. which friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
December 31, 1856
BOYLES - Died in this city, on the 30th December, Mr. Alfred Boyles, aged 29 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. Swartzenberg, corner of Mary and Rebecca streets, on Thursday, the 1st proximo, at 10 o'clock forenoon.
MACPHERSON, FLATT, MCARTHUR (Owen Sound) - A melancholy accident occurred on the Georgian Bay which resulted in the total loss of the schooner “Beverley” and the lives of three men, the particulars of which are as follows. The schooner left this port in the afternoon of Thursday, the 11th instant for the Islands for the purpose of bringing in fish. About nine o'clock, it was found that there was a good deal of water in the hold when recourse was had to the pump which, however, was found to have become foul, although it was in good order when she left Owen Sound. The vessel was then put on an even keel and run before the wind in the hope that the water would not gain so fast and that the pump could be put into working order. She continued to fill fast, when the hands tried to launch the jolly boat, but were unable to do so, it being full of water, and the vessel having filled more rapidly as the water gained, sank almost instantly, carrying down three men: Donald MacPherson, John Flatt, and Duncan McArthur.
The first named leaves a wife and seven children to mourn his untimely end. The other two were single men in the prime of life. A subscription in aid of Mrs. MacPherson wastaken up throughout town, the liberality of which testifies the sympathy felt for the unfortunate widow and her helpless charge. At the moment she sank, one of the hands, Richard Stringer, threw himself into a small skiff just as a huge wave carried it overboard, and he drifted two days and two nights until he was carried nearly to Penetanguishene. The place where the vessel sank was about ten miles from Cabot's Head. It should be mentioned that a furious hurricane was blowing at the time. The vessel was considered one of the safest on the lake for her size, and was owned by Mr. George Newcombe. Value about $1000.