January 1, 1857
WATTELL (Wartel) - A man, apparently belonging to the class who “do business on the mighty waters”, arrived at Thorold station on Monday night, and immediately proceeded to Glilmour's tavern just opposite the gate of the station yard where he was accommodated with a bed. The next day, he was brought to the station by two men, Messrs Cochran and Foley, who saw him fall after being ejected from the tavern by the proprietor. He was nearly insensible when seen by the station master, but in answer to enquiries, he said that his name was Robert Wattell, or Wartel. In reply to the question where he came from, he said that he came from a great many places. He then said with a convulsive effort to put his hand behind him, “My back”. After this he fell into a stupor from which, notwithstanding the efforts of medical aid, he never awoke. He died at 2 o'clock this morning. A large amount of money was found on his person ($914), a promissory note of the Peterborough Bank for the sum of £140 15s 4d, Cy., dated March 25th, 1855, having 23 months to run from date, signed by Alex Anderson and countersigned by John Anderson. No paper nor document of any kind which could lead to the discovery of his name and the locality of his friends was on his person. He was a stout man, with short neck, and of ordinary height. He had on a red shirt, an inner and outer coat, a fur cap, etc. He carried a carpet bag in which were only a couple of shirts. An inquest will probably be held to‑day (Wednesday) or to‑morrow.
12 a.m. ‑ A messenger who has just arrived from the doctor's at St. Catharines reports that there will be no inquest as the man died of apoplexy. A penknife bearing the name of J. O. McKenzie, C.E., was found in the deceased's pocket.
January 3, 1857
HAMMERSBY - Died on the 2nd instant, at her residence on John street, in this city, after a lingering and painful illness, Mrs. Anna Hammersby, aged 59 years, for many years a resident of Upper Canada.
January 5, 1857
THOMSON - It is our painful duty this week to chronicle the most fearful sudden death by accident that we ever recollect to have heard of, and which took place in a manner that should prove a warning to everyone connected with the working of machine saws. The name of the unfortunate deceased is William Thomson, and the circumstances under which he came to his death are as follows. On Monday morning, the deceased, with three other men, two of whom were respectively named Charles Flood and Harvey W. Runnels, together with a Dutchman
employed as engineer, arose early and went to work in a steam saw‑mill lately erected by the Messrs. Rudworth at Rweaberg, better known as Floodtown, in West Oxford. The saw used is a very large circular one, some six feet in diameter we should judge, and when in full operation, makes 500 revolution in a minute. The duties of the deceased consisted in carrying away the boards as they were sawed off, and if perfect, discharging them from the mill down an inclined plane, ready either to be delivered to parties wanting it or to be carried away and piled. If the boards were not perfect, but wanted “edging”, that is the slab side sawed off, his duty then was to carry it to another small circular saw where that operation was performed by Mr. Runnels, and the board was then discharged from the mill in the usual way.
At about four o'clock on the morning in question, one of the last named sort of boards had just been sawed off, and the log carriage run back to have the log adjusted ready to saw another, which operation was performed by Mr. Flood who immediately proceeded to attend to his duty. While he was in the act of doing this, and while Mr. Runnels was waiting for the board that had just been sawed, without their hearing so much as a moan, or an unusual noise of any kind, there was something thrown violently down a few feet from them which by the dim light of the lamp they soon discovered to be the mangled and ghastly remains of their fellow workman, sawn completely in two across the body from a little below his right shoulder to the left thigh. They called up their other companion who was working the engine in a room below, and examined the body, but so completely was the sad work of death executed that not a muscle quivered. The vital spark had flown instantaneously. An inquest was held over the remains during the same day when the above facts were elicited, and the jury returned verdict accordingly. The horrible casualty was caused by the unfortunate man's attempting to lift the board over the large saw in order to carry it to the smaller one which we made mention of as by so doing he would save himself a few steps round. In doing so, the board touched the teeth of the large saw which suddenly jerking, flung him across it in the manner we have described. We understand he leaves a wife, with a family of seven children, most of them very young, the eldest being only about fourteen. We are glad to be able to announce that a subscription has been set on foot for the benefit of the bereaved family as their dependence for a maintenance having been solely upon the daily labour of him who has been so suddenly and unexpectedly snatched away by the cold hand of death, they are now of course thrown upon the charity of the world. We sincerely trust that the appeal made on their behalf will be handsomely responded to.
January 6, 1857
CAMERON - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Ann McLean, wife of Mr. Duncan Cameron, carpenter, aged 28 years.
January 7, 1857
BOYD - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Mr. William Boyd, formerly of County Derry, Ireland, aged 48 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday at 2 o'clock from his late residence, corner of Main and Spring streets.
January 8, 1857
MCCUAIG - Died at Picton, Prince Edward County, on Friday, the 28th ultimo, in the 5th year of his age, Charles Wharton, the beloved child of James and Maria McCuaig, both of Quebec City.
January 9, 1857
VILLARATT - Died in this city, on the 8th January, 1857, Mr. George Villaratt, born in Ullen kelf, near Todcaster, Yorkshire, England, aged about 47 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral from the Shakespeare Hotel at 3 o'clock on Sunday.
KESLER, BETTS, EVERSON - An accident attended with loss of life and serious injury to person and property at about 8:30 yesterday morning. The mail train from the West which should have arrived at Hamilton at 8 o'clock was delayed owing probably to the state of the roads, and only passed Dundas at a little after eight. A freight train left Hamilton for the West at that time, and a telegraphic message was sent to Dundas, the receipt of which was acknowledged, to stop the mail train there, and switch it off the track. From some cause, this was not done, and the two trains came into collision on the embankment crossing the old entrance to the Desjardins Canal just beyond Burlington Heights. The trains, fortunately going around the curve, were in slow motion, and therefore not a car was thrown off the track so that the catastrophe which could have occurred by the rolling of the train down the steep embankment was avoided. Serious consequences however resulted.
R. M. Kesler of Windsor, the inspector of the water service on the railway, was killed and brought to this city. Charles Betts, a fireman, was thrown by the shock into such close proximity to the fire and boiler that he dreadfully burned and scalded externally and had his lungs so severely injured by inhaling the steam that his recovery is barely to be hoped for. The driver, whose name is Dory, was very much injured, burned, and scalded. Mr. Hiram Everson, of Detroit, the express messenger, sustained a very serious injury and was removed to the Anglo American Hotel.
Dr. Barker of Galena, Illinois, and Dr. Andrews of Ploughkeepsie, N.Y., were on the train and rendered prompt and valuable services. Dr. Rosebrugh was first in attendance at the baggage room of the Depot whither the men were brought, and soon after, Dr. Billings was brought. The conductor of the mail train, Mr. Bridgewater, is slightly injured in the back. Mr. Smith, the man
in charge at the baggage car, is bruised about the temple, and some of the passengers who were in the second‑class car have received slight scratches and bruises.
The mail train was composed of the engine and tender, the baggage car, one second‑class and three of four other passenger cars, and to this train the most serious damage was done. The baggage car was thrown by the shock on the top of the mail car into which the second‑class car ran as knife into its sheath. These three were thus heaped together and completely crushed. In the express car were, among cases of game, etc., three safes containing money, etc., to the amount of $600,000. Fortunately it happened that a Mr. G. B. Sanford, one of the messengers of the American Express Company, was a passenger on the train. He assisted in extricating the agent, who delivered up his keys, and then he instantly crept among the ruins and proceeded to extinguish the fire which, commencing from the stoves, had begun to ravage. With the assistance of a few of the passengers who handed snow to Mr. Ranford this was accomplished and the safes were rescued with no further damage than indentations on their exterior. The freight train consisted of eight cars, two of which were demolished and some others slightly damaged. Several engines were despatched to the scene with gangs of men and machinery for clearing the track.
Later: Report says that one Greer, the switch tender at Dundas, has absconded. Dory has been removed from the Depot to a hotel and is doing well. Betts is still at the depot. There is but little hope of his recovery although a young man with a vigorous constitution.
Still later: The track was cleared by about ten o'clock and the trains proceeding as usual. The express messenger's injuries were much more serious than at first supposed. The pericardium was injured and the pelvis and hip bones fractured. He died at about four o'clock in the afternoon. It was only his third trip in the capacity of messenger as he had taken the place only during the temporary absence of a friend. The fireman, notwithstanding the most assiduous care, rapidly sank under the severe injury, and died during the afternoon. The engineer is progressing favourably. We regret to learn that Mr. Kesler leaves a wife and four children for whom however we doubt not the Company will provide.
The Managing Director and the other Railway authorities were early at the scene of the accident investigating the causes which led to the accident. The version above given respecting the delinquency of the switch tender at Dundas seems to be correct. The man Greer left the station at Dundas and ran through the toll‑gate saying “I'm off” only a few minutes before those charged to arrest him arrived. Messages have been sent to all the stations on the line, and the constables are in pursuit so that, although no clue as to his whereabouts has been discovered, he may probably yet be found. Mr. Coroner Jones summoned and swore in a jury who sat for a short time and the adjourned until to‑day when a further investigation will take place. The very latest: We learn that Greer gave himself up to the authorities last night. Various opinions are expressed as to the blame attaching to the switch tender.
The evidence to be given before the coroner's inquest to‑day will, however, clear up the matter.
(A verbatim account of the inquest appeared on January 10.)
January 10, 1857
GLASS - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Martha, relict of the late Burton Glass, aged 61 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral to‑day from her late residence, Peel street west, at one o'clock.
January 12, 1857
FAIRCLOUGH - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, after a few days' illness, Richard Fairclough, Esq., aged 62 years, 4 months, and 2 days. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence on Bay street to the place of interment at 3 o'clock p.m. without further notice. He was highly esteemed and respected by ald who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, both in regards his private and public life on account of his agreeable and praiseworthy disposition, and he leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances to lament his loss.
DAY - An inquest was held yesterday by Dr. Moore on the body of a man who was killed while in the cars enroute between New York and this city. (London) It appeared from the evidence that the name of the deceased was George Day, and that he was an emigrant who had landed at New York from England during the present week. He came over on the ship “Cordelia”, and had acted as cook on the voyage, during which he got into an altercation with one of the passengers. The dispute led to a fight in the course of which deceased was thrown violently, and subsequently complained of having injured himself internally in the fall. When on the cars, Day rapidly became worse, and in the course of his journey entirely lost the use of his arms which appeared as if paralyzed.
He subsequently died in the cars, and was brought to London, the place of his destination. An inquest was called on Tuesday on which day the medical men were commencing to make preparations for a post mortem examination, when it was remarked that the body, notwithstanding death was supposed to have occurred the day before, was still warm. The eyes too were quite bright, but in other respects the corpse presented no unusual appearance. It was however thought advisable to postpone the inquest, and the body was removed to a warm room, but experiments proved 1ife was extinct and not apparently, as sometimes follows injuries to the spine which it subsequently appeared the deceased had received. The post mortem examination clearly established that death had resulted from the injuries sustained in the fight above alluded to, and a verdict was rendered in accordance with the evidence.
January 14, 1857
PANCHON - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. S. Panchon, aged 1 year, 2 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 2 o'clock from Hughson street.
ERMATINGER - It is with feelings of deep regret that we announce to‑day the death of Charles Cakes Ermatinger, Esq., who expired at the residence of his brother in this city (Montreal) yesterday morning at five o'clock. He had been for many weeks ailing. His sickness, it is said, was first caused from over‑exertion at Lake Superior during the summer. Disease of the heart was the immediate cause of his death, a malady, we understand, common to the family. By all our citizens, he was well known and much respected. To his friends, he was greatly endeared. His quiet unassuming manner, his loyalty and courage so conspicuously displayed during the Rebellion and so badly rewarded by the Government of the day, his services in this city while he held the high and responsible office of Chief of our Police, all this will cause his name to be regretted not by his friends alone but the public at large. He had no enemies, and this is saying much for a man who had lived long in this city and age. He was only fifty‑six years old, a strong, robust, and apparently healthy man whose life we might have expected would have been spared. But God disposes while man proposes. He died quietly and resigned. May he rest in peace!
January 15, 1857
SUTHERLAND - Died at Woodstock, on the 1st instant, Alexander Sutherland, formerly of Ancaster, aged 41 years.
January 16, 1857
DOW - Died at Ancaster, on the 10th instant, after a lingering illness, Mr. Robert J. Dow, a native of Morayshire, Scotland, aged 40 years.
January 17, 1857
HAGAN - A man named Hagan, who has been confined in the Simcoe gaol for some time past, committed suicide by cutting his throat on Friday night last with a razor. The deceased was confined in gaol for larceny & had nearly fulfilled his term of sentence. An inquest was held on the following day and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts.
January 19, 1857
HOBSON - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 15th instant, Minnie B., only daughter of Mr. W. Hobson, aged 1 year.
January 20, 1857
SCOBIE - Died at Caledonia, on the 17th instant, Alexander Scobie, Esq., fourth son of Captain James Scobie (of the 53rd Highlanders and late of the 6th Royal Veteran Battalion) and Mrs. Abrim Mcleod, daughter of Lieutenant Alexander McLeod, born in Achinore, parish of Assynt, in the County of Sutherland, Scotland, on the 20th November, 1812. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Wednesday, the 21st, at Caledonia at 12 o'clock noon.
January 21, 1857
GRICE - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Charles, infant son of John Grice, aged 4 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral to‑day at 10 o'clock.
QUINTEN - Died in the Township of McGillivray, County of Huron, C.W., on Wednesday, the 24th of December, Michael Quinten, aged 26 years, deeply regretted by all who knew him and to whom he was endeared by his amiability of heart and gentleness of manners. His remains were followed on Christmas day to their final resting place, the Catholic burying ground of Biddulph, by a large concourse of friends and relatives, another testimony to departed worth and the respect due to his devoted parents and their family.
UNNAMED PERSONS (Guelph) - A fatal accident occurred here about half past three at one of the crossings of the Grand Trunk Railway. A man and woman were crossing the track in a waggon when a train of cars ran into them instantly killing the man and dangerously injuring the woman. One of the horses was killed. The man was literally crushed to pieces. No further particulars are yet ascertained.
January 22, 1857
REYNOLDS - Bishop Reynolds, senior bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada, died at Belleville, on Saturday, the 17th instant.
January 23, 1857
PARKER - Died on the 21st instant, in John street, George, oldest son of George Parker, Esq., aged 19 years.
DODSON - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Emily, only daughter of Mr. Joseph Dodson, aged one year and 4 months.
LOCKWOOD - Died at his residence in Caradoc, on the morning of the 19th instant, Mr. Benjamin Lockwood, aged 67 years. He was one of the oldest and most respected inhabitants of the township. He sold his farm, now or the verge of the city of Hamilton, about 26 years ago, and
has remained in Caradoc since. He was a man of great benevolence, and many an orphan whom he has rescued from penury and brought up in the paths of honesty and virtue, will shed a tear over his time‑honoured grave. He has left an aged wife, and a large and highly respectable family.
REDDON - We regret to learn that Mr. William Reddon, a highly respected resident of Minto, met with his death from exposure to cold on the 8th instant. It appears that he attended the election at Harriston on that day, and on returning home, found the door locked, Mrs. Reddon having gone to a neighbour's house, and it is supposed he sat down near the door to await her return. Mrs. Reddon, however, not expecting him to return that evening, remained at her son's house overnight, and on proceeding home in the morning, found her husband lying at the door a corpse. He was much respected by all his neighbours.
January 24, 1857
APPLEGARTH - Died at the residence of Alexander Brown, Esq., East Flamborough, on the 23rd instant, Martha, wife of the late William Applegarth, Esq., aged 64 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. Brown to the place of interment on Sunday, the 25th at half past 2 o'clock.
January 27, 1857
SWIFT - Died in this city, on Monday, the 26th, in the 36th year of his age, John Lovett Swift, Esq., son of Richard Swift, Esq, J.P. of Lynn County, Westmeath, Ireland. The funeral will, leave his late residence, Main street, on Wednesday next, 28th instant, at half past 3 o'clock p.m.
MURRAY - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Isabella, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Murray, aged 2 years and 6 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 3 o'clock from Mr. Murray's residence, corner of Walnut and Catharine streets.
January 28, 1857
AIRE - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon by H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, in view of the body of a man named Henry Aire. From the evidence adduced before the inquest, it appeared that deceased had fallen down a flight of stairs on Sunday evening, the effect of which caused his death on Monday night. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
January 29, 1857
KERR - Died at Brockville, on the 27th instant, Mr. James Kerr, in his 84th year.
January 30, 1857
HOPKINS - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, at the Police Court, on the body of John Hopkins who died during the previous night. It will be remembered that we gave the statements of Laury, the toll keeper, in yesterday's issue. No new facts were elicited at the inquest. The struggle between the two old men seems to have been fearful and prolonged and the state of the cottage bears evidence to the fact as one of the windows is broken and one of the shelves misplaced. The deceased was fearfully bruised about the face and head, his skull was fractured and portions of it driven into the brain. Laury is about 60 years old, and had always treated the deceased with kindness. One of the witnesses, a Mr. Gilmour, described Hopkins as a quiet, peaceable, harmless man who had to get a living, by his hard earnings, a man who would go moping around without either life or ambition in him. Laury was said to be “a very nice neighbour, and always sociable”. It was established that deceased had broken his axe and said he was coming to Hamilton to borrow another, as he had no money to buy one. His wife was ill, and chopping wood was his only support. The jury had not agreed on a verdict when we went to press.
(This is the report of the fight which appeared January 29) “A most extraordinary affray happened yesterday (Wednesday) morning in the toll house on the Hamilton and Waterdown road in which a man named Hopkins received injuries which must lead to his death. It seems by the account given by the toll‑gate keeper that about daylight John Hopkins came to the toll house and rapped at the door saying he had a letter from another Mr. Hopkins who had shares in the road. On being admitted, Hopkins felt in his pocket for the letter and not finding it, went out. The toll man, after opening the door, sat down by the stove. Shortly after, Hopkins again came in with a stick five feet long and an inch or two in thickness saying “Now you d‑‑‑, I'll give it to you”, aimed a blow at the other, which he seeing, jumped back and warded off. They grappled and then ensued a fearful life or death struggle which lasted several minutes, during which first one and then the other had the upper hand. In the course of the struggle, the toll man seized Hopkin's thumb between his teeth and bit it severely, but without serious injury, in his own jaw. Finally the stick remained in the possession of the toll man who rained several severe strokes on the head of his adversary, and causing him to fall to the ground. After this, the toll man dragged him out of the house, and leaving him in the road, himself being covered with blood and bearing other evidence of the severe struggle, proceeded to inform the neighbours, the nearest of whom lived at a distance of some 180 yards. The victim was by then moved into the house. Although not dead at the time we write, there can be no doubt that he will die. He is entirely speechless and is suffering from symptoms of depression of the brain. Hopkins is married and has three children. The toll keeper is a single man, and makes these statements of his own accord. He is still at the toll house in charge of a constable.”
KERR - Died at Beamsville, on the 27th instant, Mr. James Kerr, in his 84th year.
WEEDER - An inquest was held before Dr. A. R. Robertson, of Chatham, coroner, on the body of a person named Abraham Weeder, a native of Penrith, County of Cumberland, England, at Bothwell in the Township of Zone in this county. Dr. D. S. McKellar of Wardsville performed the post mortem examination and found the pharynx, and also the esophagus, and inner coat of the stomach very much inflamed, which was no doubt caused by inhalation of steam from the boiler, from which death took place. From the examination of the witness, it was found that the boiler was regularly cleaned out once a month, that at the time the explosion occurred, the weight of pressure upon the boiler was about 40 pounds to the square inch whereas the ordinary pressure is 30 pounds to the square inch, and that there was abundance of water in the boiler as the superintendent, Mr. Hargraves, had examined the gauges a few minutes previous to the accident. The verdict returned by the jury was “that the aforementioned Abraham Weeder met his death by the accidental bursting of the boiler in the Eastern Mill, but no blame attributable to anyone”.
January 31, 1857
KINCHELA (Woodstock) - An inquest was held before Dr. Turquand, coroner, on Sunday last, over the body of a newly‑born female infant. The circumstances of the case as they were elicited in the investigation are as follows. A young girl, named Mary Kinchela, of the age of 18 years, came to this town about a month since from Waterdown, near Hamilton. She obtained employment as a servant at the house of Mr. Wm. L. Rose, on Bay street, which place she left on Tuesday of last week, having procured another situation as cook at the North American Hotel kept by Mr. George Brimicrombie. Mrs. Brimicrombie suspected from the girl's appearance her real situation and taxed her with it. She however denied it. Mrs. B. therefore paid a visit to Mrs. Rose, and finding that she had also suspected the same, again charged the girl with being pregnant, entreating her to confess if it were so and telling her that she would do all she could for her and not turn her away from the house until she was provided for. The girl stoutly denied that she was so. On Saturday last, the girl not being able to rise to get breakfast ready and Mrs. Brimicrombie suspecting what had happened, though the girl denied it, Dr. Turquand was sent for. The Dr. did not allow it to be a question between him and the girl as to the occurrence of the birth, but at once asked her what she had done with the child, and if it was in her bed. She said that it was, and went and produced it. The Dr. requested her to replace it where she had fetched it from, and summoned a jury to inquire into the matter. At the inquest, the incidental evidence of Drs. Sanderson and Laycock proved the body to be that of a full grown female child which, in their opinion, would have lived with proper care and attention, and it being in evidence that no preparation for the event of its birth had been made by the mother. Dr. Turquand charged the jury
remarking upon the difference between the crime of Infanticide and of concealment of birth,The jury returned the following verdict, “that Mary Kinchela is guilty of the murder of her infant child by wi1ful,deliberate, and premeditated neglect at the time of birth.” The girl was committed to gaol to take her trial at the next assize.
February 3, 1857
DICKENSON - Died on Sunday, the 1st instant, at his residence on Hughson street, William Gerald Dickenson, M.D., in his 47th year. The funeral will take place on Thursday at three o'clock.
MEYERS (Berlin) - A distressing accident occurred on the Grand Trunk Railroad about two miles west of here yesterday (Tuesday). Two daughters and a young son of Mr. Abraham Meyers of this place in crossing the track were overtaken by a pilot engine unexpectedly coming along the track, running over the cutter, and killing the elder daughter, breaking the thigh of the younger, and breaking the arm of the son.
Another cutter coming behind with two young men also narrowly escaped being run over. One of the young men being badly though not seriously bruised on the head. Drs. Boulby and Whiting were immediately in attendance to set the broken limbs.
February 4, 1857
DICKENSON -Our obituary of yesterday contained a notice of the death of the late W. G. Dickenson, Esq., of this place, for many years known as one of our leading medical practitioners. His death will be generally lamented, for few who knew Dr. Dickenson will fail to feel that in losing him they have lost a friend. Apart from his skill as a practitioner, he possessed in an eminent degree those good qualities of heart which endear man to man; urbane in manner, in disposition most amiable, and as a friend he was most sincere. His practice having been deservedly extensive, his loss will be deplored by many who will miss his gentleness, his carefulness, and patient assiduity, and the happy way with which he was wont to impart cheerfulness in the sick chamber. Of him it may be said his faults were few, his virtues many, and this feeble tribute to his memory will find an echo in the hearts of all who enjoyed his friendship, or profited by his skill.
TOUSSAINT (Quebec) - In the court of Queen's Bench yesterday, Aulas Toussaint was convicted of poisoning her husband in this city on the 4th instant.
February 5, 1857
BOYLE - On Monday evening, a man named James Boyle, who lived a short distance from Bartonville, was on his way home from a neighbour's in company with his wife when he suddenly fell down and immediately expired without so much as a struggle. After the lapse of a
short time, the body was removed to the house previously occupied by the deceased, and at the inquest held the next day by Mr. Coroner Bull, it was established that the deceased had been labouring for some time under disease of the heart and chest, which was the immediate cause of death.
HODGE - A gloom has been thrown over the village of Port Stanley on account of the sudden death of one of its most respected citizens, Mr. A. Hodge, who died suddenly in his bed on Sunday morning at five o'clock. Mr. Hodge had been at his place of business on Saturday and appeared in excellent spirits all day, and after business had closed, he went home to his family and never seemed in better spirits. After going to bed, he fell asleep directly. The next morning his wife was awakened by his struggling which soon ceased. She then spoke to him but received no answer; than a second time, but with the same result. She then cried out for assistance, but when assistance came, he was dead. He was about 55 years of age, and was much respected by all who knew him as a man of business and as a citizen. He has resided in Port Stanley during thirteen years, and by diligent attention to business has succeeded in establishing a large and lucrative trade. The cause of his death is attributed to disease of the heart.
EVANS (Montreal) - We are deeply pained to announce to‑day the death of W. Evans, Esq., the venerable secretary of the Agricultural Society for Lower Canada. It has been our fortune to meet few worthier or more patriotic men than he, few more diligent in the promotion to the uttermost of his ability the prosperity of this, his adopted country. Enthusiastically devoted to Agricultural pursuits, it has been his endeavour for many years past to raise the standards of Agriculture in Lower Canada from the position to which it had sunk, to teach and to lead the way in his system by which the worn‑out farms of the long‑settled districts might recover their fertility and farming in the Eastern Province be made to rival in profitableness that of the West. Nor have his efforts been altogether in vain, we hope. He has spent over two score years, we believe, as an agriculturist in Canada. Long ago he furnished agricultural contributions to the columns of this journal. Afterwards he became secretary of the Lower Canada Agricultural Society and editor of the Agricultural journal published under the auspices of that Society, lately, having retired from the direction of that journal, he renewed his connection as a contributor with this paper, a connection only now dissolved by death. Elsewhere will be found his last communication addressed to us a few days since, and crowded out of our columns until now when the brain that contrived and the fingers which wrote it have alike ceased to have life or motion. How touching are its concluding sentences now in which, promising to resume the review of Mr. Nesbit's lectures, he says, “I cannot now expect that I shall be spared many years to continue these labours, but while it may be the will of God to spare me, I shall persevere in the good cause of endeavouring to promote the improvement of agriculture in Canada".Alas, even as he wrote his
vow was fulfilled. The span of life allotted him by his Maker was even then coming to an end. We have not learned the immediate cause of death whi ch must have been somewhat sudden, though he had been ailing for some time and suffering much. We are aware that during the early part of the autumn he suffered from an attack of paralysis which he spoke of to us as a warning that he had not long to stay. He was fitted and prepared, we believe, for the long, long journey he has taken. Full of years, enjoying the esteem of all who knew him, and surrounded by a large circle of esteemed friends, he has passed peacefully away, a man who many loved while living, many will regret in his death, one who strove faithfully to do his duty in that state of life to which it had pleased God to call him.
CAWLEY - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Mary, wife of Mr. James Cawley. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, James street, this afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
February 6, 1857
SHAW - We learn that a peddler named Shaw was frozen to death during the late severe weather between Lachine and Lakefield. We hear also that two men died at L'Assumption from the effect of cold on the brain. They had been exposed to the weather wearing only woollen caps or toques. We hear also of the death of a woman from freezing near Lachapelle's Bridge, also of the death of a man and woman near Grenville from the same cause. We expected to have some such melancholy list as this to record from the late extraordinary weather.
BUCK - On Tuesday evening last, the 27th, as the five o'clock train bound west was crossing the Parks road about a mile east of this village (Dunnville), the locomotive of the train came in col1ison with a horse and cutter belonging to Mr. J.J. Buck. He and his wife had about two hours previous returned from the funeral of one of their children, and in order to rid his wife's mind of the deep melancholy and grief under which she was labouring, thought he would like a short drive with her in the cutter. On returning home, just as he was crossing the Parks road, the iron pillar on the forward part of the locomotive caught in the collar of the horse and carried it. and the cutter along the track for a distance of 250 yards, Immediately after the collison, Mr. and Mrs. Buck were thrown violently out of the cutter, and the latter falling with her head against a pile of ties was so severely injured that she died the next day. A coroner's inquest was held for the purpose of ascertaining who were to blame for the accident as there must have been carelessness either on the part of Mr. Buck in not looking out for the cars, or on the part of the engineer in not giving the proper and necessary signals of warning by ringing the bell or blowing the whistle as required by law. The evidence given before the coroner and the verdict of the jury are withheld from the public this week.
SHEPHARD - An inquest was held by Dr. Morris on the 15th and 16th of January last on the body of a constable named Joseph Shephard in the County of Lambton, and upon examination of the witnesses which occupied a day and a night, the evidence was so strong against Daniel May that he was committed on the charge of wilfully murdering said Joseph Shephard.The trial will come off at Sarnia at the next assize court. The jury were unanimous ir their verdict. We have been unable to gain any further particulars.
February 9, 1857
MEAD - Died on the 31st January, while on a visit at the residence of his son‑in‑law, Mr. John Clifford, South Cayuga, Benjamin Mead, Esq., of the Township of Woodhouse, in the 84th year of his age. Mr. Mead was one of the oldest settlers in the County of Norfolk, having lived at the family residence near Port Dover, now owned by his son, Mr. Richard Mead of Simcoe, for nearly sixty years, and originally came to Upper Canada from Nova Scotia. The deceased was interred in the Methodist burying ground, Woodhouse, on Tuesday last, and his funeral was attended by a very large and respectable concourse of friends and acquaintances from different, sections of the county.
February 10, 1857
SANDFORD - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Edward Sandford, aged 33 years.
KENNY - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Mr. Michael Kenny, aged 33 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, Hughson street, near the Railway bridge, this (Tuesday) afternoon at 5 o'clock.
MCDERMOT (Quebec) - Yesterday whilst Thomas McDermot, aged 16 years, assistant engineer on an up train on the Grand Trunk Railroad, was in the act of oiling the machinery of the engine, then going at full speed, he fell off, and being passed over by the train, was instantly killed.
February 13, 1857
MOORE - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 12th instant, Margaret Jane Moore, wife of John Moore. Esq.,late of Toronto, aged 38 years.
February 16, 1857
LAMB - On Friday Evening last, Dr. McPherson, coroner, was celled upon to hold an inquest on the body of an Irish woman named Mary Lamb who was found dead in her bed in the afternoon of that day. It appeared from the evidence taken at the inquest that the woman and her husband were of intemperate habits and that they both had been on a drunken spree since the Saturday
previous and that they had drunk a quart of whiskey between them on the day of her death after which they had both laid on the bed together. On the husband's awakening, he found his wife dead, but instead of this acting as a warning to him, he went out, and got beastly drunk in which state he appeared before the inquest. A more deplorable sight than this victim of King Alcohol presented, we never witnessed before and wish never to see again...The jury after fully investigating the facts, brought in a verdict “Died from the excessive use of intoxicating liquors”. (Caledonia)
February 18, 1857
BRENNAN - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Hannah, wife of the Rev. James Brennan. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested without further notice to attend the funeral on Thursday, the 19th, at two o'clock from her late residence, James street, to the place of interment.
February 19, 1857
HUGHSON - Died at the residence of his mother, on Hughson atreet, on the 18th instant, of consumption, James, last surviving son of the late Robert I. Hughson, aged 21 years and 11 months.
February 20, 1857
PHELAN - We learn that the body of a man named Mathew Phelan was found 40 rods from the Railroad track near Tingwick, Eastern Townships, on Sunday the 8th instant. From the appearance of the corpse, it must have lain there about three months. The deceased on the 1st of November left the house of some friends in Tingwick for the purpose of going to St. Christopher, and since that time up to the finding of his body he had not been heard from. It is said he was subject to fits.
February 23, 1857
WORKMAN - Died on Saturday evening, the 21st instant, Eliza, daughter of Mr. Thomas Workman, Catharine street, aged 2 years and 3 months.
February 25, 1857
ZEALAND - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, the infant daughter of F. Zealand, jr. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
February 26, 1857
MIDDLEWOOD - Died in Eilskelf, near Todcaster, Yorkshire, England, on the 28th January, 1857, aged 79 years, Mr. George Middlewood, father of Mr. Joseph Middlewood of this city.
FOLEY - H. B. Bull, Esq. held an inquest on Tuesday evening last on view of the body of a man named Martin Foley whose body was found floating in Burlington Bay. From the facts adduced at the inquest, it appeared that the deceased had been in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company, and left his home on the 4th November last purposing to go to his work, since which time he was never seen until found as above stated. The body, having been in the water such a length of time, was in a very decomposed state. He leaves a wife and family. A verdict of accidental drowning was returned.
CLENCH - We learn from the London “Free Press” that Colonel Clench, formerly Local Superintendent of Indian Affairs and extensively known throughout the Province as a veteran of the war of 1812, died in London on Sunday last, of apoplexy, aged 70 years.
JEWTRY - A French Canadian woman named Mary Jewtry was drowned under very peculiar circumstances yesterday. The deceased appears to have been walking along a slight embankment on the side of the street, and having slipped and fallen with her face in a post hole full of water, was drowned. It is somewhat singular that an accident of the kind should have occurred in mid‑day on one of our principal streets without attracting the attention of some passerby, but such is the fact. A number of persons testified to having seen the deceased shortly before her death apparently in good health, and although she was in the habit of getting intoxicated, it was not shown that she was in that state at the time of the accident. H. B. Bull, Esq. held an inquest, and a verdict of “Found drowned” returned.
JOHNSON - Mr. Johnson of London, brother‑in‑law of Mr. Daniells of the same city, was drowned when crossing the Thames on Tuesday evening. The canoe in which he was endeavouring to cross, upset, and Mr. Johnson's leg being by some means entangled, he drowned almost instantaneously. The body was speedily recovered, but efforts to restore animation were unavailing.
February 28, 1857
COPP - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, at the residence of his son, Upper Hughson street, Mr. Anthony Copp, sr., aged 64 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeralwithout further notice this (Saturday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.
PETTIT - Died at Saltfleet, on the 23rd January, the infant son of John and Eliza Pettit, aged 10 months.
March 1, 1857
STOCKS - Died at Toronto, on the 27th ultimo, Mr. James Stocks, late of Elso, Canada West. Friends and acquairtances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, Rebecca street, to‑day (Monday, at 3 o'clock p.m.
BOWN - Died at Hamilton, on the 28th February, Rachel Campbell, wife of Dr. Bown, of Brantford, and youngest daughter of the Hon. Adam Ferrie, aged 33 years. Friends are requested to attend the funeral without further notice from the residence of the Hon. Adam Ferrie, Catharine street, to the place of interment, Burlington cemetery, next Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
MOYES - A man named Emmanuel Moyes came to his death while chopping along with three other men in the eighth concession of Barton Township. It appears that a strange fascination possessed him, for although he had ample warning of the impending fall of a tree which he had been engaged in cutting down, he nevertheless did not move out of the way, and it fell, breaking three of the vertebrae of his neck and killing him instantaneously. An inquest was held on Friday evening before H. H. Bull, Esq., coroner, when a verdict of accidental death was returned.
March 3, 1857
MCKERLEY - The accident which we referred to last week at the works of the Great Western Railway depot, we are sorry to say, resulted fatally. The circumstances as they were elicited by the inquest held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, were that the deceased, Archibald McFerley, with another person was engaged in adjusting a rope on a drum, and while so engaged, he was caught in the rope and his left leg so smashed as to cause his death during the following day. A verdict of accidental death was recorded. The deceased was a young man, sober, and very much respected. His remains were removed on Saturday night to his friends in the neighbourhood of Wardsville.
March 4, 1857
IRVINE - At Ft. Paul, Minnesota, on February 18th, of consumption, Mr. Andrew Irvine, a native of Bangor, Scotland.
COBBAN - Died at his residence near Milton, County of Halton, on Thursday, the 26th of February, Dr. James Cobban, aged 55 years. The late James Cobban was born in Aberdeen, Scotland. He commenced his literary and professional pursuits at a very early age, having been admitted to the degree of Master of Arts at the university of his native city on the 3rd day of April, 1818, during two years of which time he had attended medical lectures also having been apprenticed pupil to A. Irwin, Esq., M.P., from 1818, after which time he went to London to complete his medical education. For three years he diligently pursued his studies at the Royal Collage of Surgeons and took his degree as a member of that institution on the 8th of April, 1821. Thus at the age of 18 years he had the medical degree of M.P. conferred upon him, and at the age of 19 that of M.R.P.S. He practised his profession in Jamaica, West Indies, for 7½ years and came from thence to Canada, from which time he has been a resident of Halton...
March 5, 1857
HARDIKER - Died on the 3rd instant, Mr. Richard Hardiker, of this city, aged 33 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Friday next at two o'clock p.m. from his late residence, Napier street, to the place of interment, Ancaster.
March 6, 1857
ROOD - Died on Sunday morning, at Kingston, at the residence of her son‑in‑law, John Counter, Esq., in the 98th year of her age, Catharine Burnett, relict of the late Harvey Rood, the last of the U. E. Loyalists who settled in that neighbourhood at the close of the Revolutionary War. She has left a numerous family of grand and great‑grand children.
MCPHAIL - A lad about 14 years of age named Archibald McPhail, whose parents reside in Beverly, and who has been under the roof of the Rev. Robert Burnet, came to his death yesterday. The facts as elicited at the inquest held by H. B. Bull, coroner, are that the deceased went out in the morning to cut some wood. He did not return although called to take his breakfast, and it was supposed he had gone to the Central School. At about 3 o'clock p.m., some men perceived him dead, hanging from a rope from a tree. They informed Mr. Burnet who went out, cut down the body, and endeavoured to resuscitate him. Dr. Campbell of Niagara, and Dr. Macdonald soon arrived, but life had fled. It appeared that he was found hanging with his knees only a few inches from the ground. We understand that two of his brothers have died suddenly before, one being killed by the falling of a tree, and the other by a horse. No cause could be assigned which could have urged him to commit suicide as witnesses proved him to have been treated with the greatest kindness and to have been extremely happy. A verdict was returned in accordance with the facts.
March 7, 1857
RAM - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Anna Sophia, eldest daughter of Mr. Joseph Ram, aged 8 years and 3 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Sunday at 3 o'clock p.m. from her father's residence, Wentworth Hotel, Court House Square, to the place of interment, Burlington cemetery.
March 9, 1857
BURNS - Died on the 8th instant, Agnes Drummond, wife of Mr. Timothy Burns, Waterdown, and niece of Mr. Alexander Guthrie, of this city, aged 32 years.
GIBSON - A man named Edward Cunningham is in the Goderich gaol for the murder of Benjamin Gibson, of McGillivray. The parties had had a previous quarrel when it appears that Cunningham stabbed Gibson in the side with a knife, who after lying several days in a precarious state, has since died.
GLEASON - On Monday, a telegraph dispatch from Harpurbey was received at Goderich requesting Coroner Hamilton to proceed to Carronbrook to hold an inquest on the body of a man who had died from the effects of a brutal assault. Dr. Hamilton did not go and the inquest was no doubt held by a local coroner, but although we have made every enquiry, we have not learned any particulars further than that the man is named Gleason who was a farmer in McKillop, and appears to have been kicked and cruelly beaten, from the effects of which he died on the following day, and the supposed murderer has left the neighbourhood. The frightful increase of crime in the counties demands that every exertion should be made by the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
March 10, 1857
DAVIDSON - Died in this city, on the 8th March, Mr. Thomas Davidson, formerly of Banffshire, Scotland, aged 40 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested, without further notice, to attend the funeral this Tuesday at 2 o'clock p.m. from his late residence, on the corner of Mary and Rebecca streets to the Burlington cemetery.
March 11, 1857
OLIVER - A boy named James Oliver, 7 years of age, was drowned in the River Speed in Guelph on Wednesday afternoon from the breaking of the ice. The body was not found till the following day.
March 12, 1857
CUNNINGHAM - Died at Streetsville, on the 8th instant, Mr. John Cunningham, formerly of Renton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, aged 67 years.
March 14, 1857
The Great Catastrophe (Des Jardins Canal)
Truly it may be said that our city is to‑day shrouded in gloom, and the citizens plunged into the most poignant grief through the fearful and melancholy results of the disaster at the drawbridge of the Great Western Railway over the Desjardins canal on Thursday evening. Those sable remembrances of the dead which are suspended from many a door betoken the sorrow that reigns within and the deep agonizing feelings of many a bereaved family.
Some of our best and most exemplary citizens have been suddenly hurled into eternity without a moment's warning, and never was so deep, so heartfelt a sorrow publicly manifested before as now pervading the whole city. As is naturally the case when accidents of the kind occur, blame is indiscrimately attached to some one or other, but so far as we have been able to ascertain, the accident was not the result of carelessness. We will not, however, anticipate the investigation about to take place which no doubt will clear up everything connected with the lamentable affair. The intensity of the deep feeling of sorrow prevailing in our midst consequent on the deplorable result of this unpremeditated catastrophe may be imagined, but it cannot be described. Business during yesterday was partially suspended and thousands flocked to the scene of the disaster. One continual stream of people thronged the avenues to the Railway Depot, and large numbers wended their way to the fatal spot where the men were still engaged in the recovery of the dead. We furnish the fullest particulars up to the latest moment before going to press, and will give a full report of the evidence adduced on the inquest to‑day. We understand that Mr. Attorney General Macdonald has signified his intention of being present at the inquest for the purpose of watching the proceedings.
So deep and heartfelt is the prevailing sympathy with the bereaved that it may not be out of place to revert to some of the victims of the fearful catastrophe.
ZIMMERMAN - Most prominent among them was Samuel Zimmerman, Esq., the renowned Railway Contractor and banker whose name for years has been a household word in the mouth of almost every Canadian. As a shrewd man of business, he probably had no equal, at least in this Province. Although an American by birth, he had become so closely identified with the general interests of the Province that he was regarded with the same favour as if he had been “a native and to the manor born”. The loss of Mr. Zimmerman will be deeply and sincerely felt throughout the whole of the Western Peninsula, and by his death, the many projects and schemes in which he was engaged will be disarranged. His loss is indeed a public one.
STUART - Mr, Donald Stuart was well and favourably known to our citizens as a successful merchant, shrewd in business, exemplary as a man, and generous to a fault. No man enjoyed the esteem and good will of his fellow‑citizens to a greater extent than Mr. Stuart. In all his dealings, he proved himself to be a man of honour and never was his integrity shaken. For two years he occupied the post of alderman for St. Patrick's Ward, and never were its interests more carefully guarded that they were by Alderman Stuart. He was not a member of the present Council, but that body, many of whom had sat with him, have done themselves much honour in respecting his memory by passing resolutions of sympathy for the honourable dead. Poor Stuart, we knew him well. He was a kind friend, and a more generous, openhearted man never lived. Deeply and sadly do we regret his untimely end. Peace to his ashes! He sleeps the sleep of death, and we know that he rests happy.
SUTHERLAND - Capt. Sutherland, another exemplary man, is among the dead. None knew him but to respect him. He was widely and extensively acquainted, and for many years, was one of the most popular commanders on lake Ontario. A braver or a better sailor never trod a plank. As a citizen, Capt. Sutherland was honoured and esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, even those who but knew him by reputation respect his memory, and long will he be cherished in our midst.
BOOKER - Rev. A. Booker was the respected pastor of Park Street Chapel, and a more pious, painstaking minister of the Gospel was not to be found. He had laboured assiduously in behalf of his church and gathered round him a large and appreciative congregation. On the morning of the accident, he had gone to Wellington Square according to appointment as was his wont every Thursday to preach to a congregation there, and after closing his sermon, took his seat on the train to return home. Alas! he was never destined to reach it, but fell a victim to the fearful catastrophe and thus was cut off in the midst of his usefulness.
HEISE - Dr. Heise was less well‑known than any of the others. Nevertheless he was well known to many of our citizens in connection with the ministry. He was the pastor of the Protestant Germans of this city, and officiated at Christ's Church to his congregation, and occasionally in the small chapel at the West end of the city. He was regarded as an able scholar and a good man.
FERRIE - Adam Ferrie, jr., was a young man of much promise and had cultivated an extensive acquaintance in the profession of the law which he had practised only for a short time. He was the eldest son of the late Colin C. Ferrie, Esq.
HENDERSON - John Henderson was a brother‑in‑law of Mr. Brydges, managing director of the Great Western Railway, and wes a young man of great worth. Personally we were not acquainted with him but know that he bore an excellent name, and his death is deeply lamented.
The complete list of those among the dead who have been identified are as follows:
1. Donald STUART, merchant, Hamilton
2. A. GRANT, probably of Toronto
3. J. RUSSELL, contractor, Brantford
5. James BARR, merchant, Niagara
6. Mrs. DOYLE, Dumbarton
7. James GANNON, unknown
8. Samuel ZIMMERMAN, of Niagara Falls
9. Thomas BENSON, Port Hope
10. John SHARPE, book peddler at Hamilton Station
11. Rev. A. BOOKER, Hamilton
12. Erastus W. GREEN, Hamilton
13. Thomas DOYLE, about 3 years old
15. John HENDERSON, Hamilton, brother‑in‑law of C. J. Brydges
18. Edward DUFFIELD, late mate of the "Europe"
19. Mahaly CLARE, 2 years old, daughter of Mr. Clare, merchant
20. Capt James SUTHERLAND, Hamilton
21. Adam FERRIE, jr., Hamilton 23. Mr. James Ross, of Toronto
25. John WILFORD, a miller, late of Buckinghamshire, England
26. Alex BURNFIELD, engineer of the train
27. Mr. BARTON, sr., of Stratford
28. Robert CRAWFORD, of Saltfleet
29. ‑‑‑‑ STURDY, Esq., drygoods merchant, Dundas street, London (Henry STUART)
30. Hugh MCSLOY, St. Catharines
31. Timothy DOYLE, from Dumbarton, shoemaker
32. Patrick DOYLE, labourer, brother to the above
33. James HARKNESS, formerly bandmaster of Toronto, late in Rifles
34. Charles BROWN, firm of J. & C. Brown, Galt
36. Mrs. KENDAL, Toronto
37. Diana MCFIGGAN, servant to Mr. Irvine, Galt
38. Mr. BRADFIELD, Suspension Bridge
39 & 40 Ellen and Mary DEVINE, sisters
43. G. S. SLOAN, Caistorville
44. James FORBES, farmer of Nelson
45. David CURTIS, Ingersoll
46. D. Witter, Markham
47. Mrs. BRADFIELD
48. Duncan CAMPBELL, Campbellvllle
49. Ralph WADE, of Cobourg
50. Charles CALDWELL, of Albion
51. George MCDONNELL, supposed of Toronto
52. George DARRIS, Port Nelson (Donagh)
53. Mrs. DUFFIN, supposed of Toronto
54. Mr. Joseph MAJOR, Two Rivers, Michigan
Mr. BECK and 2 children, Hamilton
Mrs. STEVENSON, Hamilton
Mr. MORLEY, Thorold
The others are not yet identified.
STUART - Killed at the accident on the Great Western Railway on the 12th instant, Donald Stuart, Esq., merchant, of this city, formerly of the Parish of Carmichael, Banffshire, Scotland, aged 35 years, 2 months, and 20 days. The friends and acquaintances of the deceased are invited to attend the funeral without further notice from his late residence, Peel street, opposite the Catholic schoolhouse, to St. Mary's Church, thence to the Catholic cemetery to‑morrow (Sunday) afternoon at one o'clock.
BOOKER - On the evening of Thursday, the 12th instant, the Rev. Alfred Booker, Baptist Minister, late of Nottingham, England, aged 56 years. He was on his return (by the afternoon train of the Great Western Railroad which was destroyed during the late catastrophe) from Wellington Square where he had been conducting Divine Service. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the Baptist Chapel, Park street, to the place of interment, at 3 o'clock p.m. on Sunday without further notice. No circulars will be issued.
CRAWFORD - Died at Hamilton on the 12th instant, from the effects of the late melancholy Railway accident, Robert Crawford, of Saltfleet, aged 33 years and 8 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. from Marksfield, the residence of his father.
STEVENSON - Died at Hamilton, on the 12th March, 1857, Emily Anne, wife of Pillaus Scarth Stevenson, Esq., aged 25 yeers and 6 months. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock on Sunday next.
HENDERSON - Died at Hamilton, on Thursday, the 12th March, 1857, John Charles Henderson, aged 31 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday next at 2 o'clock from the residence of Mr. Brydges.
SHARPE - Died at Hamilton, at the melancholy accident at the Railway Bridge, on Thursday evening, John Sharpe, book and periodical agent at the Depot. Funeral to‑day at half past 1 o'clock from his residence on the corner of Colburn and MacNab streets when friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.
FERRIE - Killed by the accident on the Great Western Railway, on the 12th instant, Adam Ferrie, jr,, Esq., barrister, eldest son of the late C. C. Ferrie, Esq., aged 24 years and 6 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, Charles street, on Monday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
DUFFIELD - Killed at the accident on the Great Western Railway, on the 12th instant, Edward Duffield, late mate of the steamer “Europe”. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his mother's residence, Stewart street, this (Sat) afternoon at 4 o'clock.
March 16, 1857
PARKER - Died at Hamilton, on the 14th March, Emily Traill, eldest daughter of George Parke, Esq., of Eairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, aged 18 years.
SUTHERLAND - Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral of Captain James Sutherland this (Monday) afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence on Hughson street to the Burlington cemetery.
KNIGHT, SNYDER, HOWDEN, DONAGH, MCEVOY, SECORD - Several bodies have been identified since last evening The fireman's body was recovered at about 8 last night. His name was George Knight of Windsor. He, too, poor fellow, like the engineer seems to have stuck to his post to the last.
Several bodies were removed this morning from the depot to the stone freight shed, and there the following among them were identified: Jacob Snyder, St. Jacob's; Mr. Howden, Weston; A child of the above; George Donagh, Nelson Township. Of those who were at first taken to the stone shed, No. 52 has been recognized as Hugh McEvoy, Walpole. No. 17 has been identified as Daniel Secord, Brantford.
FARR, CURTIS - Mr. Farr died, as was anticipated, during last night. Mr. Curtis, at 11½ o'clock, still lingered, but his case we regret to be assured is hopeless. Mr. Marshall H. Farr, who also died on Saturday, was a well known Railway Contractor of this city, and was greatly esteemed by all who knew him. He built the greater portion of the Station Houses on the Great Western and several on the Grand Trunk Railway. We understand he had recently taken a contract for the stations on the London and St. Mary's Railway.
DUFFIELD - The funeral of Edward Duffield took place from his mother's residence on Saturday. Poor Duffield was known and respected by nearly all his fellow‑citizens. He had passed through many and varied vicissitudes in life, and after having thrice escaped shipwreck at sea, he had fallen a victim to this dreadful catastrophe. He was one of seventeen who were saved from a vessel wrecked at the Bahamas. He served in the Mexican War and received a grant of land for his services, and was well known on Lake Ontario. He was followed to the grave by a large number of sorrowing friends and acquaintances.
HEISE - The funeral of the late Rev. Theodore Heise, Doctor of Philosophy of Jena, took place on Saturday last at one o'clock from the residence of the Rev. J. Butler in whose house the deceased had lived nearly three years. His remains were followed to the grave by the Rev. J. G. Geddes, rector of the Parish; the Rev. J. Butler, Master of the Classical School, of which Dr. Heise has been teacher of German; the Rev. J. Hebden, minister of the Church of the Ascension; and the Rev. Mr. Morris, Curate of Christ's Church, besides a number of our most respectable inhabitants and their children who had been under his tuition and who deeply lamented his untimely end. One of the most affecting features of the procession was the presence of members of his congregation of native Germans who with their wives and children attended to pay this last token of respect to their beloved pastor. These single‑hearted people seemed overwhelmed with grief as they gazed on the disfigured remains of him who for several years had preached to them in the language of their fatherland the Word of Eternal Life. The funeral services were performed by the Rev. J. G. Geddes and the Rev. J. Butler. Dr. Heise was about forty‑three or four years of age, and left, living in Germany, a widowed mother dependent on Mm. Multis ille bonis fiebilis occidit!
BOOKER - Shortly after, all that was mortal of the Rev. A. Booker was conveyed from his late residence to the Baptist Church on Park street, when the Rev. Mr. Harper officiated, who, after the delivery of a beautiful and appropriate hymn, delivered an affect ing discourse. The body was followed to Burlington cemetery by about sixty carriages and a large number of persons on foot. The Artillery Company, which is commanded by Major Booker, son of the deceased, first entered the cemetery ground double, dressed in plain clothes, and wearing crepe on their left arms. They formed a lane through which the hearse passed followed by nearly all the clergy in the city and
some from a distance, the Mayor, and many of the City Council. The scene presented was most impressive as the man of God was lowered into the tomb. Few men enjoyed the esteem of his fellow labourers in the Church so largely as Mr. Booker, and none was more respected by the citizens generally. He now rests from his toil. May he sleep in peace for earth holds not a better or purer disciple of his great Master.
BURNFIELD - Alexander Burnfield was borne in. The Revs. Ormiston and Irvine had both been present at Horton's whence the body was brought. The Rev. Mr. Irvine delivered an impressive discourse over the body and alluded in affecting terms to the sad calamity, warring all in the same capacity as Burnfield had been to be prepared. The discourse was attentively listened to and seemed to have produced a profound impression on all present. The funeral procession was headed by the locomotive Superintendent and the foremen of the deceased in Toronto and Hamilton, and composed of several hundred railway mechanics from all the various departments had assembled around the grave. The Rev. Mr. Ormiston pronounced the parting words and all that was mortal of poor Burnfield was covered with the sod. “A better man”, sobbed one of his fellow sons of toil, “never ran an engine”. Requiescat in pace. The railway men then returned to meet and join in the funeral of Mr. Henderson. Alexander Burnfield was 29 years of age and a native of Perthshire, Scotland. A strong sympathy is felt for his loss among his fellow workmen by whom he was highly esteemed. No man in the employ of the Company was more respected.
KNIGHT - George Knight, the fireman, was removed to Windsor by his father on Saturday. He was a steady young man, 18 years of age, and was universally respected. We understand that it is intended by the workmen of the Great western Railway to erect a monument to the memory of the engineer and fireman. We trust the intentions will be faithfully carried out.
SUTHERLAND, FERRIE - Yesterday afternoon immense numbers of people thronged to the late residences of Capt. Sutherland and Adam Ferrie, jr., to follow their remains to the
grave. The funeral corteges met at the corner of York and MacNab streets where they joined and proceeded to Burlington cemetery. The coffin of Capt. Sutherland was carried in an open hearse and covered with the national flag in token of his having once followed a seafaring life. The united funerals were composed of one hundred and forty carriages, a very large number of people following on foot. The Mayor and Corporation, with the Police Force, headed the procession and conducted the bodies to the cemetery where an immense concourse of people had assembled to witness the interment.
STUART - Among the many victims of the fearful disaster, no one has been more deeply and sincerely regretted that Mr. Donald Stuart whose remains were borne to their last resting place on Sunday afternoon. The funeral cortege was large and respectable numbering about ninety
vehicles, the streets all the way from his late residence to St. Mary's Church being lined with the citizens on foot. The coffin was borne to the hearse by the Mayor and several members of the Corporation among whom we observed Aldermen Grey, Martin, Devany, and Holton, and councillors Branigan, McGivern, Walker, Mullen, and Graham. Mr. Stuart was for three years a member of the Council and this mark of respect is sufficient to show the high esteem in which he was held by that body. On reaching the church, the coffin was removed from the hearse and placed at the head of the aisle where the usual ceremonies of the Roman Catholic Church, of which deceased was one of its most consistent members, were performed by the Lord Bishop who, after the recital of prayers for the dead, delivered an impressive discourse on the uncertainty of life in which he feelingly alluded to the late accident, pointed out the necessity of preparation for death, and in fitting terms eulogized the virtue of the deceased whom he regarded as one of the most devoted and earnest members of the church. It was a melancholy spectacle to behold all that was mortal of one as much beloved as Mr. Stuart had been borne through our streets but a few days after being seen in our midst so full of life and vigour. Alas! How frail, how uncertain is the existence of life! But yesterday as it were, our lost friend was gay and jovial, full of hope for the future, and planning out schemes of business which he had nearly matured. To‑day he sleeps his last sleep, but long will his memory be cherished. It was a melancholy pleasure to witness the vast numbers who thronged St. Mary's Church in token of the high esteem in which they held the deceased. The church was filled to its utmost capacity, and thousands were unable to gain admittance. Such an affecting scene as was there beheld was enough to move the hardest heart. Strong men bent beneath a load of sorrow, tears trickled down many a manly cheek, and we doubt if there were any dry eyes in all that immense multitude who lingered over the remains of one earth's noblest sons. The cortege, having re‑formed, the body was conveyed to the Catholic cemetery.
DEVINE - Scarcely had the body left the church, when the coffins of two sisters, Ellen and Mary Devine, were borne in. The ceremony was brief but impressive, and soon the bodies followed Mr. Stuart to the grave.
ZIMMERMAN - Hundreds of years hence, Samuel Zimmerman may be spoken of among the numerous fraternity, and his name may be handed down in the traditions as a great, man who built great works, his Masonic work. Some fourteen years ago he came to the Province from the United States in which he was born a poor man, as he was fond of saying, with his shovel on his shoulder. He first undertook a contract for enlarging the Welland Canal, and while engaged in carrying out that work, he became acquainted with Mr. Hincks, now the Governor of Barbadoes, and their two master spirits at once recognized each other, end the connection formed between them proved subsequently of mutual advantage. From that, time to the day he died, Zimmerman constantly engaged in carrying out extensive contracts.
He built a large portion of the Great Western Railway. He constructed and owned the Erie and Ontario line, and the Niagara Docks. He carried to completion Port Hope and Lindsay, and the Cobourg and Peterboro Railways, as much of the Woodstock and Lake Erie road as has been finished, and he was preparing to build the Great Southern. He was the principal stockholder in the bank which bears his name, and there is scarcely an institution of importance in Canada West with which he was not in some way concerned. By these operations, he had acquired to himself immense riches, and with perhaps one exception, he was the wealthiest man in Canada. Nor was his liberality less extensive than his fortune was princely. He contributed to every charitable object largely, and the poor around his residence looked to him as their protector. (Then follows a long account of his masonic funeral at Niagara Falls.)
ELLART, DENIM, DAVIS - Since our last issue, three bodies have been identified; one is that of George Ellart, of Albion; the second, Mr. Denim; and the third, Miss Davis, of Toronto. This
is that, at first supposed to be Mrs. Duffin. There remains but one unrecognized, a man about 50 years of age and stout in person as described under No. 24. As the body is in a decomposed state, it is desirable that the friends of deceased should claim it as soon as possible.
March 20, 1857
KELLOCK - Died on the 18th instant, of erysipelas, at his father's residence, the “Glen Farm”, near Hamilton, aged 3 years and 6 months, Andrew, only child of Andrew Kellock.
March 21, 1857
BUSBY - A man named John Busby who has been for some time a resident of London, formerly in the artillery, but for some time past in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company, was found dead on the night of Wednesday on the track near Eastwood station. His duty was that of brakesman, and it is supposed that he was jerked off the platform of one of the cars, and falling down between them, was so killed. The death of the unfortunate man must have been immediate as his neck was broken and one of his legs entirely cut off.
March 24, 1857
SKINNER - Died at Brantford on the 11th instant, Mr. George Skinner, late of Hamilton, aged 50 years, much lamented by all who knew him.
March 25, 1857
MORLEY - An inquest was held on Monday last before H. B. Bull, Esq., Coroner, on the body of a man named Morley who had been committed to gaol for drunkenness on the Thursday
previous. The evidence went to show that the deceased was addicted for a long time to intemperate habits, and he had only been out of gaol some three weeks. On the Friday, being in a sickly state, the gaol physician was sent for who gave him some medicine, but the stomach was so deranged that nothing would remain upon it. He lingered until Saturday night when he died in his cell, The jury returned a verdict to the effect that, the deceased died from long continued intemperance. The jurors also added that there was not sufficient or proper accommodation in the gaol for any parties who may be taken sick while confined in the cells or who may be in a sickly state when committed.
March 26, 1857
MACDONALD - Died in this city, on Sunday, 22nd March, a.m., Mary Ann, wife of Archibald Macdonald, Esq., Park street. Interred in the cemetery, Toronto, the 25th instant.
March 28, 1857
STEPHENS - Died in this city, on the 24th March, at, the Rob Roy Hotel, Thomas D. Stephens, late of Trull, near Taunton, Somerset, England, aged 35 years,
HIGERSON - Died in this city, the 26th instant, Mr. John Higerson, aged 26 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Sunday afternoon, at four o'clock, from the residence of Mr. Charles Stevenson, Walnut street, without further notice.
March 30, 1857
CAMPBELL - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Margaret, wife of Mr. Neil Campbell, aged 65 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her late residence on the mountain to St. Mary's cemetery at nine o'clock on Monday, the 30th.
MCFETRIDGE - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, at his mother's residence, Thomas C. McFetridge, aged 18 years of age.
April 2, 1857
SUNLEY - We learn from the Guelph “Herald” that George Sunley, Esq., Mayor of that town, died suddenly at his residence on Monday last. The deceased was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and through untiring energy and industry amassed property to the value between $70,000 and $80,000.
MACMILLAN - Died at John street, Hamilton, the 30st. ultimo, Mrs. Archibald Macmillan, aged 25 years. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation. Funeral will take place
this day (Thursday) from her late residence in John street to Burlington cemetery at 4 o'clock in the afternoon.
April 3, 1857
MCCOLLUM - The 60th Victim of the Railway Accident: John McCollum died at midnight between Wednesday and Thursday. He had been brought up near Port Nelson where, until lately, he owned land. Thence, however, he removed to Malahide, near Vienna, where he had bought a farm. He had come down upon business connected with transactions in real estate, and was about returning home when along with multitude of others, he was hurled from life to death. His whole system was unhinged by the shock received when falling from one end of the car to the other, but the most severe injury he sustained was near the left knee which was terribly bruised. From the night of the accident the hopes entertained of his recovery were but slight, and although almost, to the end his relations fondly hoped even against hope, they were, alas, doomed to be disappointed, There is, however, the consolatory feature about the death of Mr. McCollum as compared with that of other victims, that he in his last moments had kind friends around him, and needed not the careless stranger should perform the last sad offices. McCollum was 49 years and 4 months old when he died. He leaves a widow whose maiden name was Harrison, also a numerous family.
April 6, 1857
UNNAMED MAN - An inquest was held by H. B. Bull, Esq., on Saturday last on the body of an unknown man who was found dead the previous day beside Freeman's saw mill near Bartonville. The deceased was a man about five feet, eight inches in height, with bushy black whiskers, and was comfortably dressed. No money was found on his person. A verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.
April 7, 1857
SKUCE - Died on the 6th instant, after a lingering illness, Isaac Skuce, an old and respected inhabitant of this city.
April 9, 1857
BUCHAN - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Isabella Buchan, youngest daughter of George Buchan, aged 16 months.
COLCLOUGH - Died at Niagara, on the 4th instant, Capt. William Colclough, aged 48 years.
April 10, 1857
DEWEY - Died in this city on the morning of the 9th instant, of consumption, George H. Dewey, aged 20 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his father's
residence, McNab street, this Friday afternoon, at 5 o'clock, without further notice.
TALLMAN - Died on the 8th instant, Andrew LeDew Tallman, youngest son of E. H. Tallman, aged 1 year and 2 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral to‑day (Friday) at 2 o'clock without further notice.
ROBINSON - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Caroline Matilda, wife of Mr. William H. Robinson, aged 24 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her late residence on Margaret street, on Sunday, at half past 2 o'clock.
UNNAMED INFANT - An inquest was held on Wednesday evening by H. B. Bull, Esq., Coroner, on the body of an infant which had been found during the day in a cigar box on the Bay at the foot of James street. The box was discovered near the shore where the water was about twelve inches deep by a little boy who, for amusement's sake, fished it out. The medical evidence went to show that the child had been stillborn, and a verdict in accordance was returned. Means are to be taken to discover the party or parties who placed the body in the water.
April 13, 1857
GRANT - Died in this city, on the 10th Instant, Mrs. Judith Grant, aged 72 years, mother of Mr. Peter Grant. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑day (Monday) at 2 p.m. from her daughter's residence, Main street west.
WALKER - Died on the 10th instant, Elizabeth, widow of the late James Walker of Washington City, United States, aged 45 years. Funeral from her late residence on Catharine street to‑day (Monday) at 2 o'clock p.m.
April 14, 1857
BROWN - It will be remembered that one of the bodies of the victims of the Desjardins catastrophe was interred without being identified. We learn that it was identified on the 20th ultimo by Mr. James Hall, the witness to the note found on the body, as that of Thomas Brown, a resident of the Township of Norwich.
April 16, 1857
CAMPBELL - Died at Stratford, C.W., on the 10th instant, deeply regretted, Mrs. Mary Ann Chapman Campbell, relict of the late Duncan Campbell, Esq., of Dundas, aged 45 years.
LIGHTBODY - Died at Garafraxa, on the 13th instant, the beloved wife of Andrew Lightbody, aged 31. Her end was peace.
April 25, 1857
HARVEY - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mrs. Patrick Harvey, in the 69th year of her age, deeply regretted by all who knew her. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, Market square, this morning (Saturday) at half past eight o'clock.
COX - Died in this city on the 23rd instent, Frances Matilda Cox, relict of the late James Cox, formerly of Waterloo, Mill Salton, Dorset, England, aged 37 years.
SULLIVAN - The sheriff of the County, E. Cartwright Thomas, Esq., was Informed yesterday at 4 o'clock p.m. by telegraph from Toronto that the Governor had commuted the sentence of execution passed on Dennis Sullivan at the last assizes here for the murder of his wife. No grounds are assigned for the action taken by the Government, but we expect, to learn them to‑day when the sheriff receives the regular official notification. It is probable that Sullivan will be sentenced to the penitentiary for life. (His execution was first set for November 29, 1856, but was
called off the night before because of an irregularity in the trial.)
April 27, 1857
FORSHEE - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Margaret E., relict of the late James Forshee. The funeral will take place on Tuesday at one o'clock p.m. from her late residence, Macnab street, to Stoney Creek, the place of interment. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.
BLANCHARD - We learn from the Quebec “Chronicle” that Dr. Blanchard, late M.P.P. for Quebec, who resigned a short time since, died in that city on the 22nd instant. Dr. Blanchard was one of the oldest members of the medical profession in Quebec.
April 28, 1857
O'BRIEN - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Sarah, wife of Peter O'Brien, aged 50 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑day at four o'clock p.m., from her late residence, Wellington street south, to the Burlington cemetery.
April 29, 1857
MENZIES - Died at his residence in Amherstburg, on the morning of Thursday, the 23rd instant, Mr. Peter Menzies, aged 33 years.
May 5, 1857
WILLIAMS - A correspondent informs us that an Englishman named Williams committed suicide at the British Hotel in Galt on Sunday morning by hanging himself with his handkerchief
from the foot of his bed. When found, he was in a sitting position on the floor. It is said that he was a pensioner having 1s, 10½d per diem. He was about 70 years of age. No reason is assigned for the rash act. The inquest had not been held when our correspondent's letter was mailed.
May 8, 1857
RITCHIE - Died at Ancaster, on the 3rd instant, Susannah Ellen, wife of Mr. William Ritchie, late of Douglas, Isle of Man, aged 52 years.
BURNS - A lad by the name of Hunter Burns met an untimely and awful death on Wednesday last in the cooperage attached to the Powder Mills at Cumminsville. His clothes, it appears, got entangled in the gearing of a pulley, lifting and whirling him round at a velocity of 300 revolutions per minute. The machinery was immediately stopped, but not until the unfortunate boy had been fearfully mutilated, both arms and legs being broken. He was removed to his father's where he lingered in great agony for eleven hours. No blame, we understand, is attached to anyone.
May 9, 1857
MCGIVERN - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Jane, wife of Mr. Lawrence McGivern, Great West Hotel, Railway street.
BELANGER - A few days since, a boy named Belanger, in Quebec, had a pipe in his hand when he fell and the stem entered the ball of his eye. Death ensued next day.
May 12, 1857
BURKE - Died in this city on the 10th instant, after an illness of about two days, James Burke, aged 15 years.
James Burke was one of the “carrier boys” of the Spectator. In wind, rain, dust and snow, he has always performed his daily morning round with the most punctual regularity, and the dutiful use he made of his small earnings would alone have been sufficient to entitle him to respect. Quiet and obedient, submissive almost to a fault, he earned in a pre‑eminent degree the good will, nay the affection of his fellow apprentices and of all with whom he was connected. He was intelligent and studious, and every leisure moment he employed in reading such books as were within his reach. Had he lived, he would probably have been no ordinary man. But “Death knocks relentlessly at the doors of rich and poor alike”, and the faithful honest carrier boy is at rest.
THOMPSON - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Jane, wife of Mr. John Thompson. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, Augusta street, three doors west of John street, this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
May 13, 1857
GOLDMAN - A Mrs. Goldman, formerly of Cambridgeshire, England, had come to this country at the instance of her daughter who lives near Thorold, bringing with her another daughter with a family. She had passed the usual time of human existence, and in her 75th year, had dared to cross the ocean and seek that home among her kindred which, we are sure, must have been fondly offered. She had crossed the broad Atlantic and endured the tossing of the ship. She had undergone the long travel across the United States, and had safely entered the cars which should carry her to her anxious friends, when, just before arriving at this city on the night between Monday and yesterday, her wearied frame sank under exhaustion, and almost in sight of home without apparent pain, she died.
WESTRING - Died at Paris, on Sunday evening last, Mr. Charles Westring, a native of Sweden. The deceased was formerly a resident of this city, and was highly respected by all who knew him.
May 14, 1857
KENWOOD - Died on Wednesday, the 13th instant, Ruth Pauline, wife of Dr. Kenwood, of this city. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral without further notice on to‑morrow (Friday) afternoon at 4 o'clock.
May 15, 1857
VANNORMAN - Died on the 14th instant, William, only son of Mr. C. H. VanNorman, aged 4 months and 26 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, McNab street, to‑morrow, Saturday morning, at 9 o'clock, without further notice.
May 19, 1857
UNNAMED MAN - Mr. Coroner Bull held an inquest last Saturday on the body of a man killed on the Hamilton and Toronto Railway near Waterdown. It appears that the man, whose name was not discovered, was walking on the track towards the approaching engine. The engineer whistled when he was some hundred yards off. The man then stepped aside, but went on the track again, when the buffer of the engine struck him on the chest, killing him instantly and throwing the body with great violence into the ditch by the side of the road. He was a labouring man, apparently about three score years of age.
May 21, 1857
HALLIDAY - Died at Strabane, on the 14th instant, aged 48, James Halliday, formerly of Bridekirk, Dumfries‑shire, Scotland.
May 22, 1857
MCCLATCHEY - The Rev. Mr. McClatchey, charged with forgery, and who doubtless was insane, committed suicide in the London gaol on Tuesday last by hanging himself with a pocket handkerchief from a bar of the cell window.
May 25, 1857
BOUCHER - Henry F. Boucher shot himself at the City Hotel in this city on Saturday morning under the following circumstances. The deceased had been a book‑keeper in the employ of Mr. George F. Harris, contractor of this place, and had boarded for some time at the hotel. About a week since, he left and went to Lowry’s where he met with a Mr. J. Force who represents himself to be a catholic priest from Covington, Kentucky. The two drank together at Lowry's, and Boucher, at least, to excess. Thence Boucher went to the country and was lost trace of for several days, which he probably spent in drinking. He having re‑appeared at the City Hotel on the 22nd and Force meeting him, they went together to the races. He told Force he was about to kill himself. Force then endeavoured to dissuade him, and to relieve his mind, wished him to have a game of billiards. He declined and went to bed, suffering it is thought from delirium tremens. He got up during the night and was seen walking about the corridor. He was also heard to rave in his apartment to such an extent as to deprive those in neighbouring rooms of sleep. In the morning he rose, dressed himself, went to breakfast, and after his room had been set in order, he went up, locked and bolted the door, must have lain on the bed, and there discharged two balls from a Colt's revolver into his breast, and passing into the lungs, caused death from internal hemorrhage in about three quarters of an hour. The deceased evidently fell from the bed to the floor where he was discovered by a lad who burst open the door after a maid servant, who heard the report, had given the alarm. Doctors Dallas and Stephen were immediately in attendance and the former examined the wound. While so doing, such was the violence of the insanity of the wretched man that he doubled his fist and threatened to kick the doctor. An inquest was held in the afternoon by Mr. Coroner Jones when a verdict was rendered to the effect that the deceased came to his death by own hand during a fit of temporary insanity. He was a fine strong man of about forty, and leaves, we regret to learn, a wife and four children in Port Hope.
MCWATERS - Died at Binbrook, on the 23rd instant, W. J. McWaters, only son of William McWaters, aged 21 years.
KIDD , HEATHON, MORROW - We are informed that on Saturday evening, three school teachers; Kidd, the teacher of the school at Allendale; Heathon, the teacher in Keene; and Morrow, the teacher in Westwood, Asphodel, left Keene in a skiff to go to visit the family of Heathon who resided on the south side of the lake in the Township of Alnwick.
Suspicion was first excited by the fact of their not returning on Monday morning to their respective schools, and Mr, Kidd of Hummer, brother to the teacher, proceeded to Alnwick and found that they had never reached there. The wind was from the east, and the weather was very squally on Saturday evening, and it is believed that the boat must have capsized and the unfortunate men drowned. Two of them, we learn, were Sons of Temperance, and all three were very steady men and much respected in the community. Every exertion has been made by the Sons of Temperance and others about the lake to try and find the bodies, or even the boat, and Mr, Short kindly placed his steamer gratis at their service, but up to Wednesday evening, no trace had been found of either.
May 27, 1857
LIGHTBODY - Died at Garafraxa, on Tuesday, the 19th instant, Thomas Lightbody, surgeon, formerly of Scotland, aged 76 years.
KERR - Died at Beamsville, on the 23rd instant, Jane Cockburn, widow of the late James Kerr, Esq., aged 72 years.
May 28, 1857
MCNAMARA - A man named Patrick McNamara was run over by a train on the Grand Trunk Railway near Whitby a few days ago and killed. Portions of his body were scattered about in all directions. It is supposed that he was drunk. The jury of inquest exonerated the railway employees from blame.
May 29, 1857
COOK - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Fanny, infant daughter of Mr. John B. Cook, butcher, aged 1 year and months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this (Friday) afternoon at three o'clock.
May 30, 1857
FRECHETTE - The Quebec “Canadian” announces the death of Jean Baptiste Frechette who in 1831 started that paper. Mr. Frechette's course as an editor was always outspoken, so much so that he was imprisoned on military authority during some months in 1837‑38. The interment of the body took place on the 25th instant at St. Michael.
June 1, 1857
KINSELLEA (Paris)- On Tuesday morning a lad about 13 years of age named Patrick Kinsellea was drowned while bathing in the mill race. It is supposed that he was seized with cramps. He was observed floating on the surface of the water and was taken out by Mr. Pierce.
Life was apparently then extinct, and the efforts of Drs. Cook and Christie, who were promptly in attendance, failing in recalling any sign of vitality.
June 4, 1857
BLAIR - Died at West Flamborough, Carrick Mill, on the 1st instant, Captain Thomas Augustus Blair, aged 45 years, son of Colonel Blair, of Blair, Parish of Dalroy, Ayrshire, Scotland.
GLEASON - Yesterday between the hours of three and four p.m., the boiler attached to the steam saw mill belonging to Mr. Andrew Leamy at the Gatineau about three miles from this city (Ottawa) blew up, completely destroying the engine room and adversely injuring Napoleon Leamy, the eldest son of the proprietor, and a person named Michael Gleason, a fireman. Both were blown a distance of upwards of one hundred feet, the former over a pile of boards, and the other into a small lake. N. Leamy had his jaw broken and the other man was severely scalded. No person else was injured although a number of men were at work on the mill. We have since learned that Gleason is dead.
June 6, 1857
CUMMINS (Dundas) - An inquest was held on Tuesday morning last by Coroner McMahon on the body of Elizabeth Cummins, a child aged 4 years which was found lying on Monday evening in the Dundas Creek near the old brewery .But two witnesses were examined, Ann Thorpe and a sister of the deceased, and from their evidence, it appears the child was in the habit of playing around the creek and in some cases of going into the water, and it is supposed that she must have fallen into the deeper water. The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
June 8, 1857
BURNS - Robert Burns, the eldest son of the poet, died at Dumfries on Thursday last. His decease was not unexpected, his two brothers, Colonel W. Burns and Lieutenant Colonel James Burns, who are usually resident in Cheltenham, having both been in Dumfries for several days in anticipation of the melancholy event. Mr. Robert Burns was a man of considerable ability and displayed something of hereditary talent in the production of various songs. Early in life he entered a government situation in London from which he retired on a pension, and has been resident for a number of years in his native town. Deceased was in his 77th year.
June 10, 1857
PHELAN - The Right Rev. Dr. Phelan, R. C. Bishop of Kingston, and successor of the late Bishop Gaulin, died in Kingston on Monday, having held the see only twelve days.
GILLESPY - Died in this city yesterday, the 9th instant, Ann, second daughter of Mr. Archibald Gillespy. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence, Wellington street, on Tuesday (to‑morrow) afternoon, at half past four o'clock.
GILLAN - On account of the relatives of the deceased not arriving in time yesterday, the funeral of Margaret Fraser, wife of Mr. John Gillan, will take place this afternoon at 4 o'clock, June 10.
RYDER, WHELAN - It is with intense feelings of regret we announce the death by drowning of Sergeant Whelan and Private Garrett Whelan of the 9th Regiment of Foot stationed at this garrison (Kingston).On Friday afternoon, they left the Queen's wharf at the Barracks between 3 and 4 o'clock in a small boat to go to Wells Island where they had been previously stationed forming part of the look‑out party, and when about the middle of the channel, the boat they were in was seen by a person on Wolfe Island, with a telescope, to capsize. On Saturday, Mr. D. Calvin in coming up the river, found the boat floating near St. John's Island, bottom upwards, and took it to Wolfe Island, and it was then identified as the one they had taken from there. The sudden loss of Sergeant Ryder is very consciously felt by Colonel Borton and all ranks in the regiment with whom he was a general favourite and deeply esteemed. It will be remembered that the Cross of the Legion of Honour was conferred upon him on the Queen's birthday by direction of the Emperor of the French for distinguished service in the Crimea. He served in the campaign with the army of the Sutledge in 1845‑8, was present in the action at Woodken, Peroneshah, and Sobraen; in each of these actions he proved himself a good soldier. His age was only 32, and he had been 14 years in the service. Private Garrett Whelan served also in the same actions in India and the Crimea with Fergeant Ryder, and also proved himself a good soldier in the field and in quarters. Their bodies have not yet been found, and it is requested that whoever discovers them will have the goodness to give notice to the regiment.
June 20, 1857
WALKER - Died on the 18th instant, at his residence, near Caledonia, Grand River, William Walker, in his 72nd year.
ROBINSON - An attentive correspondent writing from Clifton under date June 19th informs us that a lad about 12 years old, named Robinson, whose parents reside near Queenston, was killed on Wednesday about noon. He was lying on the cattle‑guard at the turning of a curve close to the Queenston Road. It is supposed he had sat down and gone to sleep. His body was nearly cut in two. No blame is attached to any party. The cars were stopped and his remains taken to his father's house.
WILLARD - An inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, at the Police Office yesterday on the body of a boy about 7 years old who was supposed to have been poisoned by accident or otherwise. The boy's name was Willard, and he was in the habit of draining bottles. One containing a deadly poison being in the house, it was feared he might have partaken of its contents. A post mortem examination having been held, a verdict was returned that deceased died from natural causes, inflammation having been discovered on the outward coating of the stomach and none in the interior.
HAWE, MCDONALD (Peterborough) - We have had to record the loss of several lives during the last few weeks from drowning. The bodies of two of the unfortunate men were found last week, and inquests held on them by Dr. Tavelle. We give below the verdict in each case. Accidents of this nature are frequently caused by the Cribs being rafted hurriedly and without a proper regard to the safety of the parties who have to risk their lives on them. But in these cases, the difficulty has all been on the inefficient state of the Slides. The timber is even more strongly rafted than is customary, and we believe that with the Slides in anything like decent condition would carry men anywhere in safety. The evidence given before the jury on Saturday evening last in the case of Angus McDonald, as will be seen by the verdict, went most clearly to prove that the ineffective state of the slide was the direct cause of the accident. With so many accidents, the result of the defective state of these slides, the proprietors will be highly criminal if they are not repaired at once. The following are the verdicts: Simon Hawe ‑found drowned was one of the unfortunates who was thrown off the crib at Benson's Mill; verdict ‑ accidentally drowned, the jury strongly urging the necessity of having boambs placed on each side of the channel to guide the cribs. Angus McDonald ‑ verdict that the deceased, Angus McDonald, was drowned on the 4th of June by being thrown off the crib of timber while passing over the slide at Dickson's Mill on the Otonobee River, and the jury further found that the said slide is defective and unsafe, and was the direct cause of the sad accident.
June 25, 1857
STEPHENSON - A man named Stephenson of the Township of Nissouri was killed on the way to his home from London on Monday last by a severe fall from his horse which broke his back in two places and also several of his ribs.
June 27, 1857
DAMROSE - A man named Jean Marie Damrose of St. Anicet, Lower Canada, died last week at the advanced age of 100 years.
GALLAGHER - Last Tuesday afternoon, a labouring man, John Gallagher who resided near this town (Cayuga) fell into the river and was drowned while attempting to cross on the foot bridge. He was considerably intoxicated.
June 30, 1857
WILSON - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, Mr. Thomas Wilson, Superintendent of the City Hospital, aged 37 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from the City Hospital to the Burlington cemetery on Wednesday (1st July) at 2 p.m.
CLARK - Died on the 29th instant, the infant daughter of Mr. R. G. Clark.
July 2, 1857
POCOCK - The following is the verdict of the jury which held the 1nquest yesterday on the body of the little boy to whose death we alluded in our last issue. Albert Pocock came to his death by being drowned accidentally in a quantity of water contained in a cellar on the corner of Augusta and Hughson streets on Tuesday 30th June, 1857, by falling off a plank on which he was playing and which was floating on said water, and that the said cellar was owned by Mr. John Webber. The jurors are also of the opinion that the street inspector for the City of Hamilton as well as the said Mr. John Webber are highly censurable for their negligence in not having the water course opposite the said cellar kept clear so as to allow the free passage of water and likewise in not having the said cellar properly secured by a fence to guard the public from danger.
POCOCK - The funeral of the late Albert Henry Pocock who was drowned on Tuesday evening will take place to‑day at 3 o'clock p.m. from his father's residence, Peel street, a few doors west of James street. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully Invited to attend the funeral without further notice.
July 7, 1857
SMITH - Died at his residence, John street, on Sunday morning, the 5th instant, Mr. Henry Smith, aged 25 years.
July 8, 1857
SAMUELS (Dundas) - On Sunday last, a young man by the name of William Samuels, who for some time past has been in the employ of Jos. Webster, Esq., of Ashburn Mills, as a teamster, lost his life under the following circumstances. It appears that the deceased, in company with a small boy, went in to bathe at the head of the Culvert by which the water is conducted to the Gore mill, but neither being acquainted with the depth of the water and not being an expert swimmer, it is supposed that he went in too far and immediately sank. The boy who was with him was unable to render assistance; thus upwards of twenty‑five minutes elapsed before the body was recovered. We understand Coroner McMahon deemed it unnecessary to hold an inquest as no doubt exists as to the circumstances under which the deceased lost his life.
July 10, 1857
ROBINSON (Montreal) - Between 12 and 1 o'clock on Monday morning, a fire was discovered in a house situated at the corner of the Haymarket Square, the property of Col. Ermatinger, the lower portion of which was occupied by Mr. Edward McGuire as a furniture store. He also occupied the second flat as a dwelling, and Mr. Robinson, widower, formerly a clerk in the employment of Messrs Meredith and Bethune, and his four children, as well as a middle‑aged female, occupied the attics. The whole of the interior portion of the building was soon destroyed, and the tenants escaped with difficulty by ladders placed against the attic windows, but shortly after, Mr. Robinson re‑entered to try and save some documents of importance. In his efforts to do so, however, he was burned to death. The fire was got under in about an hour. We learn that the hose was very bad and bursted several , times, which caused some delay in extinguishing the flames. There was a plentiful supply of water. The building was covered by insurance in the Equitable, and Mr. McGuire was insured for £200 in the Provincial.
OSBORNE (St. Catharines) - We regret to have to notice the demise of Mr. William Osborne of this town after a somewhat short illness at the age of forty‑six years. Mr. Osborne was born at Whitsundine, Rutlandshire, England, and came to this country as an early age. By a residence of twenty years in this town, he was well acquainted with nearly all of its first settlers by whom he was much respected. He followed his occupation of a painter with perseverance and by attention in business succeeded in gaining a large patronage which he held until his decease. Mr. O. was likewise a man of versatile talents, and engaged in branches of lighter and graver character. For many years, he was leader of the band called by his name, and editor of the “Constitutional”, both of which departments he fined with ability. Quiet and unassuming in manners, he possessed a sound sense of reasoning which exerted a sway in whatever circle he moved, and which gained for the man more respect than if he had occupied a more obtrusive position. His remains were followed to the Episcopal Burying Ground on Sunday afternoon by the members of the I.O.O.F, the Fire Brigade, and by a large concourse of citizens.
LEIBKNECHT - An inquest was held in Preston on Friday last by Mr. Coroner Seagram of Galt upon the body of a man named Frederick Leibknecht which had been found suspended by a rope to a beam in the shed at the rear of the residence of Mr. Kreaman. The facts elicited by the inquest were that the deceased had risen from his bed about 10 o'clock on the previous night, and went out of Mr. Kresman's house where he was stopping, and that he had deliberately hung himself. Leibknecht must have gone about his purpose in the most cool manner as he had evidently went up a ladder which led to the loft, and after tying the rope around his neck and fastening it to a beam, jumped off in the most approved Jack Ketch style. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts. The deceased was a German by birth, and only arrived in Preston about two weeks ago.
July 13, 1857
BRENNAN - An inquest was held on Saturday by Dr. Rosebrugh on the body of Luke Brennan, the well known diver of this city. Brennan was a basket‑maker by trade, but had an extraordinary penchant for the water, and of late years was almost constantly engaged in diving. His feats in this line are well known, but the most remarkable was his raising a vessel in Toronto bay which divers from Buffalo with all the submarine armour at their command could not accomplish. Brennan dived, as he always did, without any artificial appliances, and fastening the chains around the vessel's hull, rendered the raising an easy matter. Brennan was also employed by the Great Western Railway Company on the occasion of the accident at the Desjardins Canal Bridge to dive in search of the bodies of the lost and also of the parts of the submerged locomotive. His services there were important. He was in the habit of diving around our wharves to recover iron rails, tools, etc. which had been lost, and frequently made from ten to twenty dollars per day in this occupation. He was unfortunately addicted to drinking, and although he frequently dived under the influence of liquor without any bad effect, yet he repeated the experiment once too often. On Friday night, as it was getting dark, he went to the Desjardins canal and jumped in with all his clothes on. The bridge tender heard the splash, looked down, and when Brennan came up, a few words passed between them, but immediately afterwards he sank. The alarm being given, search was made, and the body was found by grappling irons at 2 o'clock on Saturday morning. Dr. Billings testified at the inquest that apoplexy or cramps had probably caused death, and that the use of spirituous liquors might have contributed to the result. A verdict in accordance with this testimony was returned.
July 14, 1857
ARNOLD - Died at Chicago, on the 7th instant, Claude Arnold, aged 17 years, son of Mr. Robert Arnold of Toronto, The deceased, who notwithstanding his extreme youth was second mate of the schooner “John Emerald” of Oswego, was a boy of great promise, honest, gentle, and large‑hearted, and loved by all who knew him. His death resulted from having his leg broken when entering the harbour of Chicago. His remains were brought down to Wellington Square and there interred.
July 15, 1857
ORR - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, Elizabeth, only child of Mr. D. Orr, aged 6 years and 10 days.
NIXON - Died in this city, on the 13th July, 1857, Mr. Thomas Nixon, a native of Wolverhampton, England, aged 66 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day at 2 o'clock from his late residence, Market street, to the cemetery.
MAGEE - A woman named Magee, living at the west end of the city, was found dead in bed yesterday morning. The unfortunate creature was greatly addicted to drinking and doubtless fell a victim to intemperance.
EGAN - Death of Mr. Egan, M.P.P.: The worst fears of this gentleman’s friends have been realized. He died at Quebec on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. For years, Mr. Egan has been a leading man among the great lumber merchants of the Ottawa, and has wielded not a little political influence in that section of Canada. A man of pleasant address, a kind heart, and of generous hospitality, he made himself a large circle of friends. A few years ago when in vigorous health, Ottawa used to boast in him and Mr. Aumond, two of the finest‑looking men in Canada. By Mr. Egan's enterprise and business energy, he had amassed a very considerable fortune. But last year brought heavy reverses. The lumber business of the previous season brought disaster to many, among the rest to him, and he found himself suddenly hurried from great affluence to the very brink of ruin. To avert in some degree the force of the blow, he laboured as men ever laboured before. His strength proved unequal to the task he had undertaken. After a very serious illness last fall, which brought him almost to the grave, he rallied sufficiently to visit Britain, and returned early this spring somewhat better, and laboured earnestly and effectively in Parliament for Ottawa interests. But his malady still hung to him and has now ended fatally. Thousands throughout Canada will mourn his loss aa that of a kindred friend and pleasant companion, but it will fall with peculiar weight on the Ottawa district. His remains will remain at the Grand Trunk Station at Longeuil this afternoon, and he immediately conveyed thence by the steamer “Beaver”, kindly offered for the occasion by Mr. Hodges, to the wharf at Point St. Charles, whence they will be taken by the evening train via Prescott to Ottawa city for interment.
July 16, 1857
WHITE - Died in this city, of consumption. Mr. John White, in the 45th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are particularly invited to attend the funeral of deceased from his late residence, corner of McNab and Mulberry streets, to the place of interment this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
July 22, 1857
CARROLL - A rumour was general in this city yesterday concerning the death, at Cayuga, of Mrs. Carroll, daughter of Councillor Mullin of this city. The facts as far as we can learn them are that Mrs. Carroll died on Monday, and that her husband was lodged in Cayuga Gaol. It is said on the one hand that she was killed by her husband who beat her on the head with a stick and also
kicked her. On the other hand, it is reported that Mr. Carroll affirms that a cow inflicted the injury whereof his wife died.
July 23, 1857
CARROLL - Died at Cayuga, on the 20th instant, aged 23, Mrs. Annie Carroll, eldest daughter of James Mullin, Esq., City Councillor. The funeral will leave her father's residence, Main street, at 8 o'clock this morning, and proceed to the place of interment, the Burlington cemetery.
MOYLE - Died at his residence, the Sheepwalk, in the Township of Brantford, on the 12th instant, Henry Moyle, Esq., in his 72nd year of his age. Mr. Moyle was an old resident of this country, eminent as a successful and enlightened agriculturist, a sound reformer, and a practical Christian. His decease should receive a more extended notice, but we knew nothing of him personally, and only gather the above facts from the universal testimony which the news of his death exacted from those who heard of it.
July 24, 1857
DALLYN - Died on the 22nd instant, Edwin, youngest son of Mr. J. E. Dallyn, aged 6 months and 13 days.
DUFFY - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mr. Thomas Duffy, aged 21 years.
MORSON - Died at Dundas, on Tuesday, the 21st instant, John Morson, youngest son of Henry Morson, Esq., of Craig‑darrech, West Flamborough, aged 20 years.
July 25, 1857
BULL - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, after a short illness, Edward Charles, second son of Mr. Richard Bull, aged 6 years and 3 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Sunday) at 2 p.m. without further notice from his father's residence, Peel street.
COWAN - Died at Wellington Square, on the 8th instant, Mr. Robert Cowan, formerly of Ledborough, Scotland, in the 64th year of his age.
KNEESHAW - Died at St. Andrew's, C.E., July 20th, Mrs. Robert Kneeshaw, sen., aged 67 years.
July 29, 1857
ALEXANDER - At the residence of his brother, Caledonia, the 24th ultimo, William Hamilton, youngest son of the late Dr. Alexander, Royal Navy, formerly of Londonderry, Ireland, and lately of Cincinnati, Ohio.
MOOREHEAD - An accident, the result of the careless use of firearms, occurred on Friday last, of a most distressing character. Mr. William Moorehead, Township of Adelaide, held in his hand a rifle which went off quite accidentally. His sister, Miss Dinah Moorehead, was near, and the ball struck and killed her. The ball entered the unfortunate young lady's right side, passed through the chest, and lodged under the skin of the left side, killing her almost instantly. The unhappy young lady was but 22 years of age, and respectably connected. The father of the young lady died only three months since. Dr. Moore of this city (London) held an inquest on her remains on Saturday, when a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.
SOULE - An inquest was held yesterday by Dr. Moore, Coroner, on the remains of Mr. Samuel Soule, aged 72, one of the oldest settlers in the Township of Westminster. The evidence went to show that the deceased left his home on Sunday morning at half past five to go to a friend's some distance off. On the way, he got some liquor, whiskey, and after going a few yards, fell down, and soon expired. Deceased had for a long time borne an exemplary character for honesty and integrity, but for some months past had become much addicted to liquor. It is not supposed, however, that he was in liquor at the time of death. The jury returned a verdict that deceased died from apoplexy caused by habitual intemperance.
July 31, 1857
BOWEN - While a fine young boy, a son of Mr. Bowen, about 9 years of age, was amusing himself on the booms at Bridgewater Cove on Saturday last, he fell into the water and was drowned. It is supposed that he had been pulling a boat hook out of one of the booms and that when he succeeded in getting it out, the shock and the weight of the boat hook had caused him to lose his balance and he fell into the river. The boat hook was found close to the body. An inquest was held yesterday, and a verdict in accordance with the circumstances returned.
UNNAMED MAN - An apprentice on board the brig “Bessie” at Spencer cove was drowned on Sunday forenoon while bathing at the booms. The body has not yet been recovered.
BERGERON - A boy named Joseph Bergeron, 9 years of age, was accidentally drowned at Union Cove on Friday last. He had been playing on the booms, and it supposed missed his footing and fell into the water. Before assistance could be rendered, life was extinct. The coroner held an inquest, and a verdict of accidental death by drowning was returned.
CORNELIUS - We regret to learn the occurrence of a fatal accident in the Township of Eramosa on Thursday last. A farmer named John Cornelius, residing in the 6th concession, had gone into the bush in the morning, accompanied by his son, a little boy, for the purpose of peeling hemlock bark. In felling a tree, it caught an adjoining one which fell on Cornelius, breaking his thigh,
inflicting severe injury on his head and body, and driving his axe nearly through one of his hands. The little boy immediately alarmed his mother with tidings of the accident, and her shouts brought the neighbours to her assistance. The unfortunate man was removed insensible to his house, and Dr. Parker of Guelph was immediately sent for, but ere he could reach the locality, Cornelius had expired. The deceased was a hard‑working, industrious mar, and has left a widow & three children to lament his untimely fate.
August 1, 1857
NUGENT - We regret to learn that on Sunday morning about 10 o'clock, a young married man named Nugent in the employ of Calvin and Breck, Garden Island, after shaving himself, left the shore in a small boat to bathe, and was seen struggling in the water by persons on the shore who supposed he was merely amusing himself, but he sank to rise no more. His body was found in half an hour after the fatal occurrence. (Kingston)
August 4, 1857
MUIR - Died at Park street, on the 3rd instant, Margaret, daughter of Mr. W. R. Muir.
August 7, 1857
DAVIS - Died at his residence, in Saltfleet, on the 6th instant, Jonathan Davis, Esq., aged 74 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend his funeral at his late residence on Saturday, the 8th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m. without further notice.
TRILLER - Died on the 23rd July, Adam Howell Triller, at his residence, Lake Shore, Nelson, after a long illness of 14 years, aged 41.
August 8, 1857
MULLIGAN - Died at his late residence in the Township of Onondaga, on Wednesday, the 29th of July, Mr. William Mulligan, aged 57 years. He was a native of County Tyrone, Ireland, and immigrated to Canada in 1832. He leaves behind him a large family who deeply deplore their loss.
KELLY - Last week a man by the name of James Kelly who was in the employ of Mr. Martin of Indiana whilst engaged in chopping in the woods was so severely injured by a blow from the limb of a tree which he was engaged in felling that he died in a few hours after. He was insensible when found by Mr. Martin, but became slightly conscious when taken home, but in a short time, he relapsed into a stupor which continued till he died. Drs. McGregor and Baxter
examined the body and found that a blood vessel was ruptured in the interior of the skull caused by the injury to the head. A coroner's jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
August 11, 1857
CARSWELL - Died at Metcalfe Terrace, Montreal, on the 9th instant, Mary Power, wife of James Carswell, Esq., in the 73rd year of her age.
August 12, 1857
ISAAC - We regret to state that an Indian of the name of Lewis Isaac, residing in Tuscarora, was drowned on Sunday morning last about two o'clock. The following are the particulars with reference to the unfortunate man's death as furnished to us by the Rev. Thomas Pawcett, Wesleyan Methodist Missionary stationed on the Grand River. On Saturday, the day preceding this man's death, he was engaged in the harvest fields, and after the labours of the day, he went to the village of Onondaga to a tavern kept by one Hiram Peet and there purchased from him on two different occasions during the evening, whiskey, which he freely drank in Peet's house, and as a natural consequence became intoxicated, after which the unfortunate man was uncermoniously and unkindly thrown out of doors, and on proceeding homeward, he attempted to cross the Grand River, but owing to his being in so helpless a condition from liquor, he met a watery grave. On the following Sunday, the body was recovered about three o'clock. A coroner's inquest was held on view of the body on Monday last by Dr. Griffin of this town (Brantford), and after a careful investigation the following verdict was rendered “That on the 2nd instant, Lewis Isaac was found drowned in the Grand River while attempting to cross in a state of intoxication produced by liquor illegally and wickedly sold to him by Hiram Peet, tavern keeper, at Onondaga.”
August 13, 1857
MCDOUGALL - Michael Jovanetti has been committed to the common gaol in this district under the warrant of Joseph Jones, Esq., coroner, to await his trial at the ensuing Court of Queen's Bench (Crown side) charged with the murder of Archibald McDougall. (Montreal )
August 15, 1857
PAGE - Died at Ancaster, on the 12th instant, Ann, daughter of the late Thomas Page, formerly of Aberdeen, Scotland, aged 21 years.
NIXON - Died at his residence in the Township of Grimsby on the 12th instant, in the 70th year of his age, Mr. William Nixon.
He was the first white child born in the Township of Grimsby where there was not a white man west of the place of his birth and Hamilton was unknown. Mr. Nixon served in the late American war. He was a most ingenious machinist, and has patented several valuable agricultural implements. He died sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. “The noblest work of God, an honest man”.
August 18, 1857
MOORE - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, at 3 a.m., Elizabeth, the beloved wife of John F. Moore, Esq., Mayor of Hamilton, aged 23 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral of the late Mrs. J. F. Moore on Wednesday, the 19th instant, at 3 p.m. from Wesley Chapel, John street, to the place of interment without further notice.
August, 19, 1857
STUART - Died in New York City, on Saturday morning, the 15th instant, John Stuart, Esq., brother of the late D. Stuart, Esq., of this city, aged 32 years.
GOLDIE - Died at Laprairie, on Friday, the 14th instant, Marian, relict of the late John Goldie, and daughter of James Thomson, Esq., aged 47 years.
August 20, 1857
MOORE - The funeral of Mrs. Moore yesterday afternoon wag largely attended, and in accordance with the suggestion we made, the principal places of business in the city were closed during the time the procession was passing through the streets to the cemetery. We were pleased to observe this token of respect for, and sympathy with, our Chief Magistrate in his sad bereavement.
August 25, 1857
DAVIDSON - Died at Berlin, on the 21st instant, John, son of William Davidson, Esq.
CAHILL - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Richard, youngest son of James Cahill, Esq., aged 2 years and 4 months.
August 26, 1857
PAWSON - We regret very sincerely to have to record a most distressing event which hag plunged one family and a numerous circle of friends in the deepest grief. Mrs. Pawson, relict of the late William Pawson, Esq., a merchant well known and esteemed in our community
(Montreal) who died suddenly about ten years since, went on a visit to her daughter, Mrs. Sherwood, at Brockville a few weeks since accompanied by her only son. The son, a most promising youth of about 12 years of age, whilst playing on Wednesday last with a dog swimming in the river, unfortunately lost his balance, fell in, and was drowned in the presence of several of his playfellows who had not the power to save him. The body, we believe, was recovered. The intelligence of this loss when communicated to the bereaved mother proved more that her affectionate nature could sustain, and within twenty‑four hours of his loss, she fell a victim to the shock. Most deeply do we sympathize with the family in their double bereavement.
August 27, 1857
ARTHUR - Died at the Stone bridge, near Ancaster, on the 24th instant, Mary Arthur, mother of Mr. James Arthur, of this city, aged 68 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the late residence of deceased this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
WATSON - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Alexander, infant son of Mr. L. B. Watson, aged 20 months and 20 days.
DICKSON - Died at his residence, Duke street, on the 23rd instant, of consumption, Mr. James Dickson, mason, aged 31 years, late of Urr, Kirkcudbright, Scotland.
AUGUST 29, 1857
CARTER - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Anne Jeannett, infant daughter of Mrs. James F. Carter, aged 1 year and 2 months.
MOORE - Died in Cayuga, on the 13th instant, Mr. J. B. Moore, aged 83 years.
CRAIG - A most melancholy accident took place on Wednesday forenoon near the Princeton station of the Great Western Railway. It appears that Mr. Craig of the firm of Craig and Campbell, builders of this city (London), had proceeded to Princeton for the purpose of forwarding some lumber for the workshop here. After superintending the loading of the cars, he remained on the track waiting to couple them, and while in this position, the cars were pushed together, and his head being caught between the ends of the timber, was dreadfully crushed. Death was instantaneous. The body was brought home in the evening. Mr. Craig was a gentleman much respected, and his sudden death has cast a gloom over many minds. He leaves a widow and five children to lament his loss.
August 31, 1857
BARTON - Died in this city, on Friday, the 28th instant, of epilepsy, Frederick, youngest surviving son of Mr. J. C. Barton, aged 7 years and 4 months.
SNOOK - During the gale on Friday night, a son of Mr. Snook , fisherman, of Burlington Beach, was unfortunately drowned. In company with another lad, he was cutting a gill net from a small sailing boat which had capsized by the squall. His companion was saved, but at the date of our latest intelligence the body of the poor lad had not been found.
September 1, 1857
WALKER - Died on Sunday, the 30th ultimo, Ada Murton, the beloved daughter of Mr. Alfred Coleman Walker, Cannon street, aged 13 months and 1 day.
MCLAURIN - We have to record the loss of our respected townsman, Mr. Duncan McLaurin, who was killed on Thursday last by the falling of a beam while assisting to raise a log barn on the farm of the Rev. Mr. McKinnon, situated in the 12th concession of Kincardine. Mr. McLaurin leaves a widow and large family to mourn their sad bereavement. He was a fond father and an affectionate husband, and was justly esteemed by all who knew him.
MOFFATT - Died at 4 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, Scotland, on the 13th Instant, Dr. William Moffatt, in his 78th year, formerly of the third Regiment, and brother of the late Robert Moffatt, farmer, Nassagaweya, C.W. He served in the 4th Regiment in the Peninsula as assistant surgeon from the year 1810 to the close of hostilities and the return of the Regiment to Britain. Mr. Moffatt had nine clasps for Tulavera, Abraen, Sadajoin, Salamanca, Vittoria, Pyrenees, Nivello, Orthes, and Toulouse. He retired from the army in 1816, and has ever since practised medicine in Glasgow. He was a man of singularly mild and unobtrusive manners, and remarkable for his simplicity and truthfulness of his character. He was also a most consistent Christian, anxious at all time to show that there was a perfect harmony between his religious professions and his personal conduct. For more than 30 years he was a leading member of the Baptist Church in which he filled the office of a deacon, and wherever he was known, he was esteemed for his conscientious and marly nature and kindly disposition.
September 4, 1857
COOMBE - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Frances Fmily Louisa, youngest daughter of Mr. Thomas Coombe, aged 18 months.
September 5, 1857
WILSON - Died at Simcoe, on Sunday the 23rd ultimo, Susan, the beloved wife of William Mercer Wilson, Esq., Clerk of the Peace for Norfolk, aged 60 years.
September 7, 1857
RIDLEY - Died at Belleville, Upper Canada, on Friday, August 28th, George Neville Ridley, Esq., M.R.C.S. London, a native of Kimbolton, Huntingdonshire, England, aged 62 years, 9 months. A gentleman universally beloved and whose loss will long be felt in the neighbourhood in which he had resided since the year 1829 in the active practice of his profession.
September 11, 1857
SPRATT (Guelph) - A young man of the name of George Denny Spratt who came out from England some two years since and has for some time been in the employment of William Whitelaw, Esq., Township Reeve, was found drowned on Friday evening in the River Speed near the Victory Mills. The deceased had been in a low desponding state for some time, continually anticipating his decease although apparently without bodily ailment. On Thursday evening he told his employer that he was quite unable to work, and he consequently advised him to go into town and take medical advice, when he left. He dined on Friday at Mrs. Cochrim's, went out after dinner in an apparently crazed state, and was followed, but not found until the completion of the melancholy catastrophe. He was about 22 years of age, and unmarried. Dr. Herod held an inquest on Saturday morning when the following verdict was returned “that the deceased came to his death by drowning whilst labouring under a fit of temporary insanity”.
September 12, 1857
PARK - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, after a lingering illness, William Park, Esq., aged 66 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the late residence of the deceased, (Catharine street, to‑morrow (Sunday) at 3 p.m.
SWAIN - Died on the 2nd September, at St. Catharines, of scarlet fever, George William Parker, only son of Mr. John T. C. Swain, aged A years and 11 months.
GUEST - We regret to learn that Launcelot Guest, son of Mr. William Guest, of London Township, was accidentally killed on Tuesday last Deceased was driving a team when the horses took fright and ran away, flinging him to the road. The fall broke his neck, and he died almost immediately. The deceased was a young man who was much respected by his acquaintances, and his loss is deeply deplored by his sorrowing family and friends.
UNNAMED MAN - On Tuesday morning, a man in the employ of the Great Western Railway at Clifton was killed while in the act of coupling the cars together. He was literally squeezed to death between the cars.
September 14, 1857
INGLIS - Died at Glasgow, Scotland, on the 23rd ultimo, Mr. James Inglis, late of this city.
September 15, 1857
YORICK - On Wednesday, the 2nd instant, two men named John Yorick and Robert Reany, railway labourers, came up from Acton with the intention of going to St. Mary's to work on the railway. In Stratford, they drank very freely, and in the afternoon, they got on a waggon loaded with railway ties, proceeding to St. Mary's. Near Pollner's tavern, Reany fell off, and the hind wheels of the waggon passed over both his thighs and left arm. A knife in his pocket was driven about a couple of inches into his thigh. He was removed to Pollner's tavern where Dr. Waugh was called to attend him who found that no bones were broken, that although severely bruised he will ultimately recover. The waggon proceeded on its journey, and about a mile further, the other man, Yorick, fell off, and the waggon passed over his chest. He was carried into Conry's tavern and carefully attended, but he died in a few minutes. An inquest was held by Dr. Waugh on the same evening, and a verdict in accordance with the above facts returned. The jury attached no blame to the teamster, Huester, as it was proven that he drove steadily and carefully and was perfectly sober at the time.
September 16, 1857
TALBOT - A body, supposed to be that of Mr. J. L. Talbot, who was lost on the 11th of October last, in Humber Bay, near Toronto, was found on Monday evening by Mr. Parr of this city (Toronto). On his body was found a small Geneva watch which had ceased to beat at the very hour at which Mr. Talbot was supposed to have met with his melancholy fate. From the description given of the remains and the manner in which they were clad , the friends of the deceased are under the impression that they are those of Mr. Talbot. An inquest was appointed to be held upon the body referred to.
September 17, 1857
CARTER - Died in this city, on the 16th September, George Carter, at his brother James's residence, on Cathcart street.
September 18, 1857
TALBOT - The body found in the bay, on Monday evening, has been fully identified as that of the late Mr. J. L. Talbot, who was drowned in the Humber Bay last fall while boating with Mr. Cameron. The place of finding the remains being near where the accident took place, the length of the body which measured five feet six, the description of clothes worn by the deceased, the
coat, being off as was natural in a person engaged in rowing, and the watch and chain, all were sufficient proof of the identity of the deceased, but still further evidence was obtained on resumed examination of the body, the shirt collar taken off the deceased having the name of J. L. Talbot plainly marked on it.
September 21, 1857
SAMUEL - Died at Hamilton, on the 18th instant, Agnes Beatrice, daughter of Mr. Thomas Samuel, aged 5 months and 14 days.
SHANNON - We regret to learn that a very serious accident occurred to Mr. David Shannon, son of Mr. H. C. Shannon, residing in the 12th concession of Blenheim, between Washington and Plattsville on Saturday, the 5th instant. It appears that Mr. Shannon had been thrashing grain that day and in the evening, Mr. David Shannon, in order to stop the machine, thrust a sheaf of wheat in, when one of his arms was drawn into it and lacerated in a fearful manner. Dr. Morrison was called in and dressed the arm. Shortly after the accident occurred, one of Mr. Shannon's sons went into the house and told his mother what had happened. The sad news fairly overcame the feelings of the mother and she was prostrated in her bed from which she never rose again, having died on the following Sabbath.
GROSS - By the explosion of a camphor lamp in the saloon of William Gross on last Thursday evening, his wife was burnt in consequence of the fluid igniting her clothing that after lingering in dreadful agony for three days, her sufferings terminated on Tuesday morning in death. (St. Catharines)
September 23, 1857
JACQUES - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Mr. Thomas Jacques, aged 56 years.
BUTLER - Friends of Mr. R. Butler are requested to attend the funeral of the deceased from his late residence, 55 Walnut street, this afternoon at 3 o'clock without further notice.
SNOOK - The body of John Snook, a young man about 18 years of age, who was drowned in Lake Ontario by being upset from a boat during the fearful hurricane of the 26th ultimo, was found on Monday by some fisherman who went out into the lake to take up their nets, set near the place where the boat upset. The body is supposed to have risen to the surface only a few minutes before it was discovered. The distance from the shore where the body was found is about two miles. An inquest was held on Monday evening by H. B. Bull, Esq., and the funeral took place the same evening which was attended by a large number of persons. Deceased was the son of Mr. George Snook so well known in this city as a gardener and fisherman. (See page 50)
September 24, 1857
MCLEOD - A horrible murder, without the least mitigating circumstances connected therewith, took place in the village of Lancaster on Tuesday night last. The unfortunate victim is a man named McLeod who had his brains laid open with an axe or some other sharp instrument. McLeod’s wife and a Dr. Beattie, the supposed guilty parties, are lodged in jail to await their trial. We shall refrain from further remarks on this dreadful subject till we hear more about the circumstances.
September 28, 1857
MACKAY - Died at St. Thomas, C.W., on Saturday, the 26th September, Mary Rachel, infant daughter of James D. Mackay, Esq., aged one year and four months.
September 30, 1857
WARING - Died of a gunshot wound on Monday, the 21st instant, at Delaware, _ Waring, Esq. The deceased was out with Messrs. Fox and Hammans of the same township shooting. He was dragging his gun after him on full cock; it went off, and he received the whole charge in his side, after which he died in a few minutes. Mr. Waring was born in Ireland. He graduated at Trinity College, Dublin, where, as well as around Delaware, he was much respected. His loss is sincerely regretted by a large circle of friends, but by none more than the writer. He leaves a wife and son.
October 1, 1857
SERVOS - Died at his residence in Barton, on the 30th ultimo, after a short illness, Lieut Colonel D. K. Servos. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Tuesday, the 6th October, at 2 o'clock p.m.
October 3, 1857
LISTER, DARBY - A correspondent at Carlisle, Flamborough East, sends us an account of a distressing accident which occurred in that place on Monday last, resulting in the death of two boys, aged 6 years respectively. One was the son of Mr. Samuel Lister, and the other a son of Mr. Robert Darby. The two boys, unknown to anyone, had been working with a small wheel‑barrow removing earth from the side of a bank near to an ice house. The bank was almost seven feet high and the earth of a loose gravelly nature with the exception of a seam of sand about five inches in depth within two feet of the bottom. A part of this, it is supposed, they had removed causing the upper part to give way, which completely buried the poor little fellows beneath it. It is thought they must have been under it nearly an hour before they were discovered. When found, life was extinct. They were greatly attached to each other and seldom were apart unless by compulsion.
They were followed to the grave by a large concourse of people and laid side by side in one grave. The service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Wilkinson who preached on the occasion from part of the twenty‑third verse of the first chapter of the second book of Samuel: “Lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their deaths they were not divided”.
October 7, 1857
GREGORY - Died at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on the 28th ultimo, Robert Kinnburgh Gregory, civil engineer, aged 31 years.
October 8, 1857
HARKNESS - Died on Wednesday morning, the 7th instant, after a protracted affliction, Mrs. Harkness, sister‑in‑law of James Miller aged 52 years. James Miller would respectfully request friends and acquaintances without further notice to assist him in conveying the body from his residence, James street, to Burlington cemetery, to‑day (Thursday) 8th instant, at 4 o'clock p.m.
SMITH (Toronto) - A carpenter named John Smith was killed yesterday afternoon by falling from a scaffold in River street. He was engaged at the time in shingling the roof of a new building on that street, and upon suddenly turning round for a saw, lost his balance and was precipitated to the ground, breaking his neck. His death was, of course, instantaneous. Coroner Duggan held an inquest upon the body at 6 o'clock in the evening and a verdict of accidental death was rendered. Deceased was a young man about 25 years of age and bore a good character.
WEBSTER - We sincerely regret to place in our obituary to‑day the name of Thomas Webster, Esq., of Fergus. Mr. Webster was an early settler in Nichol, having immigrated to Fergus in 1834, when only 20 years of age, and with short intervals, he has been connected with the village ever since in the Magistracy, and was a Lieut Colonel in the Militia. The deceased who has recently been in a feeble state of health was on his return from the late Indian Land sale in Owen Sound and had reached Arthur on Thursday. On Friday morning, it was found that the disease from which he had for some time been suffering, water in the chest, had terminated fatally. The funeral took place in Fergus on Sunday and was attended by many old residents of the locality who will not soon forget the warm‑hearted and kindly disposition of the deceased.
MCCABE - In the gale of Friday night last, the schooner “William Wallace” was wrecked within a mile of the Island point. The vessel so wrecked was at first supposed to be the schooner “Mayflower”, but from an investigation of the wreck made by Captain Moodie on Sunday last, it appears that it was the schooner “William Wallace” bound for this port (Toronto) with a cargo of wood and stone from Whitby. Her crew, consisting in all of four persons, are supposed to have gone down in her as no traces of them have been discovered. Her captain was Mr. McCabe, and
his brother‑in‑law and son‑in‑law were both among the crew. The vessel was owned by the captain. It is conjectured that she was completely smashed up as nothing but her mast can now be seen above water, with the exception of a few spars and some of the furniture of the vessel. She sank in twenty feet of water. Captain Moodie made an attempt to get to the wreck on Saturday in his steamer “Firefly”, but the water ran too high to allow of his succeeding in the attempt. He accordingly renewed his attempt next day. None of the bodies have been discovered.
October 10, 1857
STEVENS - A few days ago we announced a rumour that two men, named Stevens, belonging to this city (London), had been lost on Lake Erie. Unfortunately the rumour has turned out to be too true. A letter was received yesterday from the friends of the missing men who had gone in search, announcing the fact of their being drowned. It appears that Stevens, his son, and a man whose name we could not learn set sail on Tuesday week from Port Frank, bound for Goderich with a cargo of shingles, and that their boat was seen to proceed up the lake about fifteen miles when all traces were lost of it, and it is supposed it then got upset in a sudden squall. Only one of the bodies has yet been found, that of the elder Stevens. When discovered, it had nothing on but the socks and boots, and seems to have been stripped by some heartless wretch, for the action of the waves could not have worn the clothes off in so short a time.
October 12, 1857
TIPLADY (Quebec) - On Sunday evening, a murder was committed on board the “Goliath” at Dumlin's wharf. We understand the the murdered man, William Tiplady, aged about 25 years, sailmaker of the “Goliath”, had been drinking during the afternoon in company of another seaman named John Flaherty of the barque “Duchess of Northumberland”. Tiplady returned to his own ship, which lay aside the “Duchess”, about seven o'clock and went to bed. Shortly after this, Flaherty came on board the “Goliath” and challanged Tiplady to fight; he had a sheath knife in his hand at the time.
From whatever cause is not known, but neither mate nor crew interfered with the infuriated man, and Tiplady coming on deck when he heard his name called, was immediately assailed by Flaherty who inflicted a severe wound with the knife on his left arm and also stabbed him in the left side of the abdomen, making a gash through which the bowels protruded. Drs. Russell and Hall were immediately in attendance, but the wound in the abdomen was of such a nature as to defy surgical skill, and the man died in about half an hour after the assault had taken place. Flaherty was instantly arrested and is now in custody to await the verdict of the coroner's jury. A verdict of wilful murder has since been returned against Flaherty, and he has been committed to gaol to await his trial at the January term.
October l6, 1857
STULL - Died on Saturday, the 10th instant, at the residence of her son, Mr. John Stull, Glen Williams, Esquesing, Mrs. Ann Catharine Hatt Stull, widow of the late Latham Stull, of the Township of Scoharie, Scoharie County, state of New York, aged 69. She was one of the old Loyalist settlers on the Niagara frontier, and has resided in Canada upwards of 60 years, of which 28 have been spent in Esquesing. She leaves four sons, one daughter, and upwards of 100 grandchildren and great‑grandchildren to mourn her loss.
October 19, 1857
WATSON - We regret to learn that a fatal accident occurred yesterday morning near St. Thomas on the line of the London and Port Stanley railway. It appears that the deceased was a brakesman on the mixed train, named Frank Watson, and a native of Austria. In passing under one of the bridges, his head came in contact with the woodwork above and he was precipitated underneath the cars, the train passing over him. Death was instantaneous. The remains were sent back to St. Thomas to await a coroner's inquest. The deceased was a steady, industrious young man. He was unmarried and was for a considerable time employed on the train. No blame is attachable to the officials, as it was through the deceased's thoughtlessness that the accident occurred. Since the foregoing was in type, we learn that Coroner Duncombe of St. Thomas held an inquest on the remains and that a verdict of accidental death was unanimously rendered. Mr. D. Parish was selected foreman of the inquisition.
October 20, 1857
RAE - An inquest was held by H. P. Hull, Esq., Coroner, on the body of James Rae, a teamster in the employ of Mr. G. M. Ryckman of Glanford Township. The deceased was driving a waggon on Thursday last when he fell from it and one of the wheels passed over his neck causing injuries of which he lingered until Saturday when he died. The inquest was held at the request of a number of persons living in the neighbourhood. The jury returned a verdict embodying the above facts.
October 21, 1857
BROWN - Yesterday afternoon, the remains of Miss Catharine Brown were borne to the tomb by a numerous company of sorrowing relatives and friends. Intimately known to a wide social circle, and for years past an earnest labourer in every cause of charity and benevolence, the sad circumstances of her death excited a degree of feeling rarely witnessed. From the arrival of the remains in Toronto to the hour of interment, her bier was surrounded with weeping friends who had known and 1oved her and persons who had profited by her counsels and who had claimed one last look.
Few persons possess the vigorous intellect, the energy of character, the firmness of purpose, coupled with winning gentleness and the fervent piety displayed by Catharine Brown. In opposition to the wishes of her friends, for several years she conducted an educational establishment that she might have the opportunity of influencing youthful minds and that a large income might be devoted to works of benevolence. She found time, notwithstanding, to be a daily visitor at the bedside of the sick and the dying, and the ever‑ready counsellor of the poor and distressed. She was a noble Christian woman, and many are there who will ever bless her as a kind instructor who led their thoughts to things eternal.
Miss Brown was in the very vigour of life and to all appearances had a long term of usefulness before her. Completely recovered from a painful illness, she was proceeding with her father to pay a long promised visit to relatives in New York when the sad railway accident in Syracuse suddenly terminated her earthly career.
BLACK (Toronto) - We have to report another death by drowning which occurred yesterday morning about 2 o'clock. The deceased, Alexander Black, was employed to assist in unloading the propellor “Protection” which had arrived in port on Sunday. He had been frequently employed by the captain of the vessel on previous occasions and was, as we learn, a steady useful man. The hands had commenced to remove the freight about half past 12 o'clock and continued to work till 2 o'clock a.m. when Black had occasion to leave. He passed up the wharf towards Yonge street, and soon after a splash was heard as if a person had fallen into the water. There was no shout or cry for assistance, but it was at once suspected that some one had fallen from the wharf.
Immediately search was made, and a hat being observed floating near the wharf gave evidence as to where the body might be found. After a short search, his body was found, but when taken out, life was extinct, the body having been submerged nearly half an hour. An inquest was summoned by Dr. Scott which met at Gilbey's hotel, Front street, at 9 o'clock a.m. yesterday where several witnesses were examined by an intelligent jury, leaving no doubt that the deceased had dropped from the wharf, the night being pitch dark.
It was recorded at the inquest that many lives are lost yearly from the want of gas lights on the wharves where so many persons pass both night and day. Black leaves a widow and five children totally destitute.
October 22, 1857
GULLAN - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, of bronchitis, Miss Catharine Gullan, late of Glasgow, Scotland. Friends will please accept this intimation. Funeral will take place this day (Thursday) at one o'clock from her late residence at Mr. Alex Murray's, King street.
October 23, 1857
SCHULER - An inquest was held by Dr. Wood on the body of a man named Wendling Schuler of Hamburg, Waterloo, who was found dead on the 6th instant in the woods near Winkler's Mills in Normandy. It appears that latterly he had kept a tavern, and from frequent exposure to liquor, had become a hard drinker, and driven by trouble and delirium tremens into the woods, he there perished, leaving a small family to mourn his loss. Verdict: died from extensive drinking, trouble, and exposure to cold.
October 24, 1857
MCDOUGALD - Died in Alborough, County of Elgin, on Saturday, the 17th instant, John McDougald, Esq., aged 65 years. The deceased was born in the town of Ayr, Argyllshire, Scotland; immigrated to Canada in 1817; and settled in Aldborough where he has continued to reside. He has reared a large family to honour and bear his name. Malcolm was reeve of his native township, and two are merchants in this town. Possessed of the characteristic integrity of a Highlander, he has left no enemies behind him, but a large circle to mourn his loss: the end of such is peace.
October 26, 1857
FAREWELL - Died in New Orleans, on the 12th October, Mr. James Farewell, late of the village of Grimsby, C.W.
October 27, 1857
MAITLAND - On Monday last, a son and daughter of Capt. Maitland of Colborne accompanied by a cousin recently from England who had been enjoying a sail on the lake were drowned by the upsetting of the boat near Cole's wharf, Colborne.
BROWN - Died on the 24th instant, 1857, Jane Dixon, the beloved wife of William Brown, ship‑builder, of this city, fourth daughter of John Dixon, Esq., of Dumbarton, Scotland.
RYAN - Last Sunday evening, between 8 and 9 o'clock, a man named Patrick Ryan was murdered in Clarence street in this city (Ottawa) He had just left Bowles's tavern and was walking along the sidewalk when he was met by a party of five men, one of whom shoved him off the plank‑walk, and afterwards struck him a blow with some large weapon on the head, from the effects of which he died the same night. On Ryan's cries being heard, a number of persons ran to the spot, but the whole party had fled, one of them taking refuge in an old chimney nearby, where he was soon afterwards found. He was taken into custody and induced to give the names of the other four, all of whom were arrested early on Monday morning by Chief Constable Ross, and safely lodged in gaol. The unfortunate man's head exhibited no outward marks of violence,
but on a post‑mortem examination being held, it was discovered that he died from a rupture of the middle artery of the brain. He retired to bed, apparently little the worse for the stroke, and was found dead next morning. The usual coroner's inquest was held over the body, the jury hearing the medical testimony, rendering a verdict: “that the deceased Patrick Ryan came to his death by a blow from a blunt instrument on the right side of the head, inflicted by one Francis Gauthier”.
October 28, 1857
DAVIDSON - Died at Berlin, on Saturday, the 25th instant, aged 2 years and 9 months, Margaret, daughter of William Davidson, Esq.
GOBSTER - A woman of degraded character named Mary Gobster was turned out of Ball's cellar below the Railroad Rridge on John street on Friday night last. She and another woman, both drunk, applied for a night's lodging at the lower Police Office. The constable was about complying, when the person above named disappeared, the other taking up her abode in the cells. Shortly afterwards, a person came to the office who had been alarmed by a noise in rear of her house. The police went with her to search for the cause when Mary Gobster was found dead. She had fallen down a flight of steps leading to a cellar door, and dislocated the vertebrae in the neck, from which instant death must have ensued.
October 29, 1857
MILLNER - Died at Newbury, C.W., on the 24th instant, of consumption, after a long and painful illness, Benjamin Millner, formerly of Hamilton, C.W., aged 32 years and 1 month.
MITCHELL - A young woman named Catharine Mitchell, residing in the village of Milton, committed suicide on Tuesday, the 20th instant. An intimacy had taken place between her and a young man named Henry Winter which resulted in an engagement of marriage. Something having happened to prevent the marriage, she seems to have been so much affected by the circumstances that she bought a quantity of oxalic acid which, on being taken, produced death. At the coroner's inquest, the jury returned the following verdict: “We find that the deceased Catharine Mitchell came to her death by taking oxalic acid, administered deliberately by her own hand, which act we consider from the evidence adduced was prompted by disappointment in non‑fulfillment of a promise of marriage made to her by Henry Winter”.
BROWN - Alexander Brown, servant to Mr. Buchanan of St. Giles, was drowned last evening by falling overboard from the railway ferry steamer. The vessel's rail having been unshipped just as the boat came alongside the wharf probably induced deceased to step out in the dark under the idea that there was a gangway laid. (Quebec)
GILBAULT (Quebec) - Edward Gilbault, aged 10, employed at Mr. Gagnon's mill, St. Paul's Bay, was accidentally killed on Wednesday by falling into the machinery. He was drawn through an aperture of but a few inches in width and was crushed to death before he could be extricated. The accident is somewhat the result of negligence, and the jury recommended that the staircase leading to the garret of the mill near the smut mill should be properly enclosed.
WOODWARD, REEVES (Port Dover) - A sad accident happened near the lighthouse at this port on the afternoon of the 20th instant by which two young men named Paul Woodward, whose parents live near Port Rowan, and Benjamin Reeves, residing near St. Williams, lost their lives. Woodward had recently come over from the Point to obtain provisions, and Reeves, having just left the schooner “Cleopatra”, took passage with him to return home. They had waited till noon for the gale to abate, and both were under the influence of liquor, when at about one o'clock, Woodward declared his intention to start. His friends endeavoured to prevent him, but in answer to their remonstrances, he replied, “She shall carry me to the Point or go to hell”. They were not yet out of hailing distance from the pier when their boat capsized. Both were seen struggling for a moment in the water and then disappeared. Their bodies have not yet been recovered. Woodward will be remembered by many of our citizens as the man who made an assault upon Mr. H. A. McQueen, and afterwards broke gaol while serving out his term of imprisonment.
THOMPSON (Quebec) A jury of inquest summoned by the coroner to investigate the circumstances connected with the death of James Thompson, a seaman belonging to the barque “Larne”, who was drowned on the 17th instant at Sillery Cove, assembled on Saturday morning at No. 1 Police Station, Upper Town, and commenced the examination of witnesses. It appeared from the evidence that on the day deceased met his death, a difficulty arose between the mate of the “Larne” and some persons from shore whom he would not permit to use the ship's boat to go off to a vessel at hand. The mate having struck one of these persons with a boat hook, they threatened revenge, and at about dusk, four men came down to the booms and attacked three seamen belonging to the “Larne” who were in a boat fastening up a raft. The deceased was one of these sailors, and he and his comrades complained of being held answerable for the conduct of the mate. The assailants were not observed to be armed with other than sticks which they picked up as they came to the booms. They struck the deceased and another of the seamen in the boat who, becoming alarmed, all three jumped into the river in the hope of being able to swim to their ship, One of the sailors succeeded in doing so; another was picked up by a boat from the “Wolfsville”; but Thompson sank just as he was about to be rescued, and was unfortunately drowned. The body which was recovered on Monday bore no marks of violence, and the cause of death was drowning. Four men had been arrested by the police as being concerned in the affair. Of these, two were sworn to only, as being the persons who had the quarrel with the mate; the other
two, however, named Maurice Malone and John McCutcheon, were identified as having struck the deceased before he leaped into the water. The jury, after deliberating for a short time on Saturday afternoon, returned a verdict of manslaughter against Malone, McCutcheon, and two persona unknown. McCutcheon and Malone are detained in gaol to answer the charge. Finnegan and Dempsey, the other two men arrested by the police, were ordered to be discharged from custody.
CHICOINE, ROLLAND, MONETTE, MACHELESSE (Montreal) - We regret to have to record an accident of a most deplorable nature which occurred on Sunday afternoon at one of the piers of the Victoria Bridge.
It appears that fourteen young men, notwithstanding the state of the weather on Sunday which was exceedingly windy and rainy, set off for Nuns' Island where they were engaged in nutting till the afternoon. They had two canoes with them which they had partly loaded with bags of nuts and then embarked to return to town. Whether it was the weight of the cargo, or the party, the canoes were driven towards one of the piers of the bridge where, in nautical terms, the tide was like a race horse. The canoes were overset, and the whole party precipitated into the water. The accident was observed by several persons who happened at the time to be in the neighbourhood of the bridge. Among them was Mr. Boyes, the hairdresser of Notre Dame street, who exerted himself to obtain a boat and go to the assistance of the unfortunate lads by that time clinging to the canoes in great danger of disappearing from one moment to another in the troubled waters. Mr. Boyes was joined by Messrs. Joseph Holbrush, Charles Colston, John Pitt, James Holt, and Wm. Cooper, and the party launched a boat and proceeded to the rescue of the persons in the water. When they got up to the place, they succeeded in taking up the following persons: viz., Denis Volage; Napoleon Volage, Inspector street; Edward Gecco, St. Joseph street; Henri Girard, College street; Theophile Houle, Napoleon Marchand, St. Joseph street; James Ritchie, Abraham, St. Felix street; and Denis Chicoine, Inspector street.
The last‑named person was seized by Mr. Holbrush while whirling round in the current, and dragged into the boat by the hair of his head. Unfortunately, nature was too much exhausted to be recovered: the poor Chicoine died before reaching the shore. The other eight were also much exhausted, and even delirious. They were, however, conveyed in safety to the houses of Mr. Pitt and Mr. Melville at the emigrant sheds and every attention was paid them. Drs. Godfrey and Hingston were also sent for, and having speedily arrived, rendered every assistance which was greatly required by Ritchie and Houle. The following are the names of the persons drowned and whose bodies have not yet been recovered; Elie Lenoire Rolland, formerly a clerk in the employ of Merison, Cameron and Empey; Jean Baptiste Monette, College street; and Louis Machelesse.
The men saved were sent home in cabs as soon as they were sufficiently recovered to admit of removal. The police with a clamp searched the beach along the bridge in hope of picking up some of the missing, but to no avail. Mr. Boyes and his companions deserve the greatest credit for the humane energy they exhibited especially considering the state of the weather on Sunday afternoon.
October 30, 1857
BURY - At Huffman's Tavern, Dorchester, a farmer of the name of Bury, was killed yesterday morning. It appears that Bury was leading his horses out of the stable with their halters on only, when they became restive and ran away, dragging and trampling upon him, and inflicting such wounds as to cause his death.
October 31, 1857
GILLESPY - Died in this city, yesterday morning, after a long and painful illness, Mr. Thomas Gillespy, Sr., aged 68 years. Deceased was an old and well‑known resident of Hamilton, having resided here for 25 years. No man in this community was more highly esteemed and respected, and his demise is deeply deplored by a large circle of friends and relatives. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Friday) afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Market street, to the Burlington cemetery, to which friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited without further notice.
MAHONY - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, Bridget, wife of Mr. Michael Mahony, messenger of the Bank of British North America, a native of Wexford, Ireland, aged 72 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Sunday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, from her late residence in rear of the B.N.A.
BAILEY (Toronto) - The following painful facts were elicited before a coroner's jury summoned by Dr. Scott for 10 o'clock yesterday morning at Archer's Inn on York street. A man named James Bailey, a wire worker by trade, with his wife and two children, arrived in Montreal about five weeks ago from Belfast, Ireland. He was unable to procure any employment, yet could not leave, daily expecting his wife to be confined, which took place about three weeks since, giving birth to a boy. His means being all exhausted, the family was forwarded to Toronto by the Emigrant Agent where they arrived about ten days ago. since then, he was able to get but two days work from Mr. Rice on King street and could earn only 18 d. a day at the piecework on which he was employed. Destitute and hungry, they were passing up York street on Tuesday evening last when they accosted Mrs. Clement who keeps a small grocery, and on stating their circumstances, she kindly offered them lodging for the night. Mrs. Bailey was so sick then as to be unable to nurse the infant which was taken care of hy Mrs. Clement. The family all went to bed on Wednesday evening about nine o'clock, and about one in the morning, the father put his hands out to feel whether the children were covered. He touched the baby which felt so cold as to excite his fears. On procuring a light and returning to the room, he discovered the infant lying on its mother's breast, but dead, and she fast asleep. Bailey stated at the inquest that his wife was so weak and exhausted for want of food that she was unable to give the child sufficient nourishment. The appearance of the mother indicated a state bordering on starvation; the father
also looked much attenuated. The jury rendered a verdict that the child died from exhaustion. A liberal subscription was made by the coroner and jurors in aid of the family. The coroner also gave an order for the burial of the child.
LACROIX (Quebec) - An investigation relative to the death of Francois Lacroix, a stone cutter, who died suddenly in Arago street, St. Roche, on Sunday last, was commenced by the coroner on Monday afternoon. The deceased had appeared as witness in Court on Saturday, and from the intense inflammation of the stomach and intestines found at the post mortem examination of the body, it was supposed he had been poisoned by certain parties. The inquest which was on Monday adjourned resumed yesterday, but from the evidence of Dr. Jackson who analyzed the contents of the stomach, it appears that no poison was administered, and the verdict of the jury was “Death from inflammation of the stomach and intestines”.
November 3, 1857
MCINNES - Died at his residence in Catharine street, on the 2nd instant, Duncan McInnes, aged 65 years, after a lingering disease of several years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 4th instant at 3 o'clock. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
GILLESPY - The funeral of Mr. Thomas Gillespy, Sr., which took place on Sunday afternoon, notwithstanding the unpropitious state of the weather, was largely and respectably attended. Many of our most prominent citizens were present to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of one who had been so closely identified with the early growth and prosperity of Hamilton, and not a few were gathered from the surrounding neighbourhood who had for many years been intimately acquainted with the deceased. Mr. Gillespy had served in various capacities before Hamilton was incorporated as a city, and as a Town Councillor had rendered great service in advancing its interests. No man took a more lively interest in its prosperity, for he had seen it rise from a mere hamlet to a city third in importance in the rank of Canadian cities. The memory of the deceased will be long cherished amongst those who knew him best.
November 4, 1857
RYKERT - George Rykert, Esq., of St. Catharines, died on Sunday last, the 1st instant, and thus another of the Pioneers of civilization in Canada has shuffled off the mortal coil.
George Rykert was of Dutch origin and came to this country from Pennsylvania. If we were correctly informed, his first avocation was that of a schoolmaster, but he afterwards became a surveyor and practised until within a few years, especially among the German settlers near the “Twenty” as Jordan was formerly called. He at one time had a store in St. Catharines, and
subsequently a distillery which, however, he gave up when elected to represent Lincoln in parliament in 1835. In Parliament Mr. Rykert considered himself as an independent member, but his sympathies were with the Conservative party. Indeed, he had ultra‑Tory views on some subjects such as Responsible Government which he determinedly opposed. When the Government went to the country on this question in 1835, he was re‑elected and still continued adverse to the introduction of the new principle. On the outbreak of the Rebellion in 1837, he being a major in the Cavalry, came to Toronto with the Niagara volunteers, and was subsequently out “on the lines” at Niagara. When the rebellion had been terminated he still opposed Responsible Government and Lord Durham's famous report on the state of the country, but was outvoted owing to a coalition between the reformers and the more progressive Conservatives. He was afterwards thoroughly convinced of the justice and wisdom of the decision of the majority on this question.
As regards the other points of his parliamentary career, he was more liberal in his views. He moved that the Clergy Reserves should be sold and the proceeds devoted to the benefit of education. He advocated the support of the St. Catharines Grammar School which has perhaps owed to his supervision much of its efficiency. The Great Western Railway enterprise commanded his note as did the scheme for building the Welland Canal and every other possible project for public improvement. He left Parliament in 1840, and although subsequently a candidate for parliamentary honours, was not successful.
As a Municipal officer, he has ever continued to be of service to the community. He was a councillor for the town of St. Catharines for many years and was identified with the public improvement in that place which he had seen rise from a hamlet to its present position. He was Warden of the County of Lincoln i n 1855.
When the Commercial Bank in 1843 established an agency in St. Catharines, Mr. Rykert was appointed manager and continued so until the agency was removed in 1855.
Mr. Rykert married a Miss Mittleberger of Montreal by whom he had three sons who survive him. He was remarkably healthy until two or three years since when he contracted a cancer in the chest. By the advice of his medical, attendants, he visited Europe last year, and travelled over England and the continent, returning better but not cured. He had been confined to his apartments for six to eight weeks past owing to the increased violence of the disease to which on Sunday last he succumbed in his 62nd year, prepared as it seemed to meet the future, to him no longer unknown. When he died, there died a man whose character was so upright that the breath of slander would pass by him as idle wind.
The deceased was a member of the Masonic fraternity and took a warm interest in the welfare of the lodge of St. Catharines. The members of the craft are summoned to attend his funeral which will take place to‑morrow (Thursday) at 3 o'clock p.m.
November 6, 1857
TAYLOR - Died on the 5th instant, James Robert Taylor, in the 24th year of his age. The relatives and friends of the family are requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Main street, west of James street, this Friday morning at 10 o'clock without further notice to proceed to the Burlington cemetery.
November 7, 1857
HORNING - Died at the residence of his son‑in‑law, Thomas Lottridge, Esq. , Barton, on the 5th instant, Mr. Lewis Horning, aged 83 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral on Sunday, the 8th instant, at 11 o'clock a.m.
BOSTWICK - Died in Toronto, on Thursday, the 5th of November, after an illness of six months, at the age of 18 years and 9 months, Helen Dacres, wife of William Andrew W. Bostwick, and only daughter of Mr. H. W. Jackson, formerly of Hamilton, C.W.
STEPHEN - Died on Friday, the 6th instant, at 3 o'clock a.m., Doctor James Stephen, aged 42 years, formerly of Charles Town, Banffshire, Scotland. Dr. Stephen, since his settlement in Hamilton, endeared himself to a large circle of friends who will deeply mourn his sudden removal from their midst. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend his funeral from his residence (corner of Gore and John streets) on Monday, the 9th instant at 11 o'clock a.m.
November 11, 1857
CONELY - Mrs. Jane Conely, whom we mentioned as having lain for some time in a state of insensibility consequent upon a fall from a railway car near this place, died on Friday night. An inquest was held on Saturday by Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, and Dr. Billings, her medical attendant, made a post mortem examination. It appeared that a portion of the brain had been softened, indicating longstanding disease. At that point, a blood vessel gave way and apoplexy resulted. The poor woman must have risen up, reeling and stupified, gone to the door, and fallen off the car in the darkness, nobody knows how, The railway authorities, who had telegraphed to Chicago to find her relatives, have been successful and have kindly sent the two children to Chicago under the charge of Mr. Munro.
NOLAN (Quebec) - John Nolan, aged 30 years, the labourer whom we have already mentioned was injured by the explosion of a mine at Cap Rouge, died at the Hotel Dieu hospital on Wednesday last, and the coroner has since held an inquest on the body. Deceased was employed in blasting, and the fuse being damp, having “hung fire”, he went to re‑light it, supposing it dead, when the mine exploded and threw him into the air to a height of fifteen feet. His right leg was much shattered and was amputated by Dr. Freeman with the concurrence of the visiting surgeons
of the hospital. The accident which proved fatal to the deceased occurred on Monday and despite every effort on his behalf he died forty‑eight hours afterwards. The jury found a verdict of accidental death.
HARRINGTON - Cornelius Harrington, a native of Nova Scotia, employed by the Grand Trunk Railway Company, was killed on Monday forenoon by coming in collision with a covered bridge a mile above New Gloucester station. He was riding upon a wood train to which was attached a box car to the top of which the unfortunate man had climbed where he was found in a bleeding and dying condition by the conductor after passing the bridge. His body was taken to Portland where an inquest was held upon it by Coroner Donaldson, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts.
BELANGER (Quebec) - Fresh proof of the incapacity of the magistracy has been afforded by the circumstance attendant on the decease of Alexander Belanger, as disclosed before the inquest, held upon his body by Mr. Coroner Panet and a respectable jury at St. Roche des Aulnets of which parish deceased was a resident. Belanger, a man aged 31, died on the 3rd of July last. The following facts were elicited by the testimony of between thirty and forty witnesses. The widow of the deceased, Adelaine Pelletier, (now Caron) aged 21, was subjected to the strongest suspicion of her neighbours by these circumstances: Her present husband, a young man named Jean Baptiste Caron, was almost constantly in her company, and was in the house during the greater part of Belanger's last illness, and an improper intimacy clearly existed between his wife and former person. Caron's father had a quantity of “Smith's Exterminator”, a rat poison. The chief symptom of Belanger's disease was retchings, vomiting and bleeding at the nose. He was attended by his wife and mother‑in‑law and complained that any aliment given him by the former had a different and much worse taste than that given by the latter. His wife gave him a powder, alleging it was an emetic, and after taking it he grew worse. Yet the nearest doctor was passed by and one, nine or ten miles off, called in, who prescribed, left medicine, and paid three visits the last four days before the deceased's death. Eight days before the decease of her husband, rumour began to accuse Adelaine Pelletier of having poisoned him and after his death the impression against her was strengthened by the increased intimacy between her and young Caron. At length the curé of the parish asked her if she knew how her neighbours spoke of her; she replied in the affirmative, on which the Curé advised her, if she loved Caron, to marry him at once in order to put an end to injurious reflections on the intimacy between them, and procured the Bishop's sanction to the accomplishment of the rite, three months after the husband's death, but such was the indignation of persons in the vicinity that the story gained a publicity which reached Quebec. The post mortem examination was made by Dr. Jackson of the city, who reported that he could detect no trace of mineral poison, and had other poisons been used, the time elapsed since death was more than sufficient to remove all traces; for instance, the presence of “Smith's Exterminator” could not be detected at the end of over six weeks. The coroner, in his charge to
the jury, referred to the fact that all the suspicious rumours in connection with the subject should have been passed unheeded by five magistrates of the district, not one of whom had moral courage enough to order a requisition for the investigation at the time of deceased's death when there might have been some chance of justice attaining its end and object in the punishment of the guilty. The evidence being far from conclusive, the best course the jury could adopt would be to return an open verdict. The verdict was “Deceased came to his death by causes unknown to the jury”. The strong censure so properly bestowed by the coroner on the magistrates of the vicinity fully confirms our comments on Judge Aylwin's opinion of the body these gentlemen belong to. It is becoming quite evident that the Legislature must take up the question of how to procure a respectable magistracy for Canada.
BROWN - At St. John, N.B., on Friday night, it being very dark, a man named Archibald Brown walked off one of the wharves when the tide was out. He groped his way along the mud, but instead of taking a course that would extricate himself from the unpleasant predicament, he wandered up among the spiles beneath the wharf where, of course, he became more bewildered than ever. The rising tide made him conscious of his danger and by shouts and noises, he was enabled to attract the notice of persons passing in the vicinity, but too late for rescue. As the tide rose, he climbed to the top of the spiles, and through a small aperture in the wharf, sufficient to admit one of his arms, he was enabled to inform them of his situation. His position and feelings can be imagined when the water was every moment rising around him and he could not be extricated. He shook hands with his friends, passed through the hole all his money and valuables he had about his person, and just as the water was coming over him, after giving some directions concerning his family, he bid his friends good‑bye, and the gurgling water beneath announced that all was over. His body was recovered when the tide receded. Mr. Brown was highly respected. He leaves a family and many friends.
November 12, 1857
WALKER - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, in his 76th year, Mr. Thomas Walker, Sr., of London, England, after a residence in Canada of 23 years. Friends are respectfully informed that his funeral will take place this day (Thursday) from the residence of his son on Main street, near James street, to Burlington cemetery.
November 18, 1857
WEBSTER - Died on the 17th instant, deeply regretted by a large circle of friends, James Webster, Esq., aged 57 years. Mr. Webster was a native of Aberdeen, but has spent 25 years in Canada and 19 years in this city. His funeral will take place on Thursday, the 19th instant, at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Main street west, to Burlington cemetery. Friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
November 19, 1857
EBBS - Died on the 17th instant, Mr. John Ebbs, after a brief illness, in bis 87th year. The funeral will take place on Friday at 10½ o'clock a.m. from his late residence, McNah street, two doors south of Colborne street. Friends will please accept this intimation.
November 20, 1857
WALLACE - Died on West avenue, In this city, on the 19th instant, George Boyd, infant son of Mr. John Wallace, aged 15 months.
CAMPBELL (Quebec) - William Campbell, a prisoner confined in the gaol since Wednesday last, died there on Saturday evening. He was about 38 years of age, and had been through the Mexican War. The coroner held an inquest on the body yesterday forenoon when it appeared in evidence that the deceased was of very intemperate habits. The verdict of the jury was: “Died of congestion of the lungs and brain, brought on by natural causes”.
November 21, 1857
CALE - The body of a man, supposed to be Charles Cale, of Burlington Beach, was found near “The Wild Duck Tavern”, situated at the foot of Burlington Heights yesterday afternoon. From the appearance of the body, no doubt it must have been there all night, as the clothes were stiffly frozen. An inquest will be held this morning at the Police Office where the body now lies.
November 26, 1857
BLUNT - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Mr. Joseph Blunt, aged 46 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, Park street, on Friday, the 27th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.
WARE - Died in this city, Edward Melvin, infant son of P. T. Ware, aged 9 months and 4 days. The funeral will take place this day (Thursday) at 2 o'clock from John street south, to Burlington cemetery. Friends will accept this intimation without further notice.
November 28, 1857
HANNAH - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Mr. Robert Hannah, late of Ayrshire, Scotland, aged 29 years.
December 1, 1857
WALL - A man's body was found on Sunday, near the residence of Col. Courlay, on the mountain. The leather strap with which he had hung himself was tied to a pine tree. The man was
not recognized, but from a pocket book found upon his person, he was supposed to be Jacob Wall, a German, who probably emigrated to this Province since 1856, for in that year the possessor is stated to have worked for a Mr. Hansen, probably in Germany.
December 2, 1857
BERRY - Died in Hamilton, on the 1st instant, after a lingering illness, aged 35, Mr. John Berry, formerly purser of the steamer “America”. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his mother's residence, Park street, to the cemetery, on Thursday afternoon, 3rd instant, at 3 o'clock.
TYSON - Died on the 20th November, Mr. George Tyson, aged 63 years, late of Scarborough, England.
December 4, 1857
UNNAMED MAN - While the freight‑steamer “Britannia” was unloading at the Railway wharf on Wednesday, a man accidentally fell into the hold upon some iron and met with such injuries as have caused his death. An inquest was held at the hospital by J. W. Rosebrugh, Esq., M.D., coroner, yesterday afternoon. The evidence went to show that the men were all sober, and the fall purely accidental, causing fractures of the base of the skull and the rupture of a blood vessel on the brain. The jury found accordingly.
December 8, 1857
TAYLOR - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Ann, relict of the late Henry Taylor, aged 68 years.
December 9, 1857
BUDGE - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Charles Henry, infant son of Mr. Charles Budge, aged 14 months.
December 10, 1857
READ - Died in this city, on the 8th instart, Euphemia Allen, wife of Mr. William Read, formerly of Edinburgh, Scotland. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from her late residence, corner of Mary and Henry streets.
TWEEDALE - Died at St. Williams, in the Township of Walsingham, on the 7th instant, of croup, Josephine, daughter of John B. Tweedale, M.D., aged 2 years and 4 months.
TITUS - Died at Bloomington, Ill., on Wednesday, the 9th instant, John Haman Titus, aged 22, third son of Haman Titus, Esq., of St. Johns, C.E.
DAYFOOT - Died in this city, December 9th, Robbetta, wife of Mr. John B. Dayfoot, aged 39 years. Friends are respectfully requested to attend her funeral from the residence of her husband, West avenue, to the place of interment, Burlington cemetery, on Friday at 3 o'clock without further notice.
December 11, 1857
TISDALE - Died at his residence, in St. John, N.B., on Tuesday afternoon,'Walter Tisdale, Esq., in the 78th year of his age.
Under our obituary head will be found the announcement of the death of Walter Tisdale, Esq., one of the oldest inhabitants of New Brunswick. The deceased was a remarkable man in many respects, and for a long course of years, he had occupied a prominent and influential position in the community. He landed upon the site of this city (St. John) in his infancy, which was then in a wilderness state, and lived to see it advance to its present flourishing condition, to which his own labours in no small degree contributed. Possessed of a strong constitution and a kindly but most determined disposition, he was ever ready to succour the weak and afford protection to the afflicted. The crowning trait of his character was his unswerving fealty to his Sovereign and his Country. Next to the obedience which he paid to his Maker, the honour, integrity, and the perpetuity of Britain and her institutions were dearest to his heart. He descends to the grave ripe in years and rich in all those sterling qualities which a life of activity and usefulness can only bestow in this changing state of existence, leaving an affectionate family and a numerous circle of relatives and friends to mourn their bereavement.
December 12, 1857
KIPPEN - Died at Galt, on Tuesday, the 8th instant, Amelius Watson Kipper, Esq., youngest son of George Eippen, Esq., late Post Captain, R.N., aged 24 years and 10 months.
December 14, 1857
MACLEAN - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 12th instant, Jane Dunlop Cunningham, wife of Mr. Hugh MacLean, formerly of Glasgow.
GREEN - The Grand Rapids Enquirer says that while Isaac Green was chopping trees for the purpose of cutting out a road in Cascade Township, one of the trees fell and struck his shoulders, knocking him violently down, and injuring him so seriously as to cause his immediate death. He was a native of Canada West, town of Windham, and was in the employ of Mr. Louis Lewis at the time of the accident.
December 13, 1857
BOASE - Died in this city, on the 13th December, Richard Boase. Friends and acquaintances are invited. The funeral to take place at 3 o'clock.
December 19, 1857
CAMPBELL - A farmer named James Campbell, residing about two miles from the village of Adelaide on the Egremont road, committed suicide on Saturday last. Having gone out apparently in good health to feed some cattle and not returning, search was instituted, when he was found dead. It is supposed that a fit of jealousy tempted the unfortunate man to the fatal act. An inquest was held on the remains and a verdict was returned of “temporary insanity”.
MCFARLANE - A suicide under the most distressing circumstances occurred at this city (London) yesterday by a young lady named McFarlane, resident with her friends here. Nothing wrong was suspected till the unhappy young lady was missing. Search was instituted and a note being found on her dressing‑room table, it was opened and found to contain the dreadful intelligence that she had resolved to destroy herself, adding a small bequest to a relative. The agonized friends then went about in all directions, and at length the remains of the unhappy young lady were found in the river. She was, of course, quite dead. An inquest was held, and a verdict of “temporary insanity” returned. Her funeral takes place this day at 2 o'clock.
December 22, 1857
EVATT - Died in this city, on Monday morning, the 21st December, after a few hours' illness, Captain Henry Evatt, in his 83rd year. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residenc of Mr. Adam Brown, Hannah street, on Wednesday, the 23rd instant, at 3 p.m. without further notice.
BURGESS - Died on Monday, the 21st instant, after a long and painful illness, Fanny, the beloved wife of Mr. John Burgess, in her 40th year. Friends are requested to attend the funeral on Wednesday, the 23rd instant at half past one o'clock from her late residence, Peel street.
December 24, 1857
HESS - Died at the residence of her son‑in‑law, D. Almas, Sr., Barton, on the 22nd instant, Elizabeth, relict of the late Jacob Hess, aged 86 years. Deceased was a member of the Horning family who were among the pioneers to this part of Canada West.
December 28, 1857
MCKILLOP - Died in this city, on the 26th December, after a protracted illness, Jane, wife of Mr. John McKillop, aged 26 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑day (Monday), the 28th instant, from her late residence, King street west, to the Burlington cemetery.
ROSEBRUGH - Died early on Saturday morning, in York street, in the 27th year of her age, Eliza Jane Case, the wife of Dr. Rosebrugh. The funeral will take place this (Monday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are requested to attend without further invitation.
December 30, 1857
MACDONALD - We regret to learn that the wife of the Hon. J. A. Macdonald, Premier of the new administration, died at Kingston on Monday evening. The melancholy intelligence reached us by telegraph yesterday morning. We deeply sympathize with Mr. Macdonald in his sad bereavement.
December 31, 1857
BUCKE - Died of consumption, in the Bay of Bengal, on the 9th of August, on his way to Canada, Dr. Augustus Henry Bucke, surgeon to the ship “Lord Raglan”.
SHERTON - Died in this city on the 29th instant, Mr. Samuel Sherton, in his 69th year. Mr. Sherton was a native of Leicester, England, and has been nearly 25 years a respected inhabitant of this city. His funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Bay street.