January 1, 1858
SAWYER - Died in this city, on Thursday morning, 31st December, after a long and painful illness, Mrs. Sarah B. Sawyer, in the 66th year of her age. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of Luther D. Sawyer, Victoria avenue, on Saturday, the 2nd instant, at half past 3 o'clock p.m. without further notice.
January 4, 1858
SHARP - Died on Saturday morning, after a short illness, Frederick, infant son of George Sharp, carpenter. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral at 3 o'clock to‑day, Monday, from his place of residence, York street.
RICE - Michael Rice died suddenly on Thursday last at Hazlett's tavern on the town line between Binbrook and Saltfleet. An inquest was held on the body before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, and a verdict returned to the effect that deceased died of apoplexy brought on by intemperance.
January 6, 1858
COLPOYE - Died on the 4th instant, Charles Adair, the infant son of E. S. G. Colpoye, of this city.
BOYCE - Died in the Township of Innisfil, on the 29th ultimo, Elizabeth Dickson, wife of Mr. John Boyce, aged 69 years. Mrs. Boyce was a native of the Parish of Applegarth, Dumfries‑shire, Scotland.
January 7, 1858
MCKILLOP - Died on the morning of the 3rd instant, the infant son of Mr. John McKillop, aged one month and five days.
MALAY - An inquest was held yesterday before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, near Dunn's locomotive Factory, on the body of a man named David Malay who was found dead in the common near that place. The evening before, his cries had been heard by a number of persons who went to his assistance, but on account of the storm, were unable to find him until after his cries had ceased. The jury, after a careful investigation, and having medical testimony, came to the decision that deceased died of congestion of the brain produced by intemperance. He had lived with his son‑in‑law, Mr. O’Dowd, near the factory.
MACDONALD: Death of Mrs. Macdonald: A general and sincere regret was felt in this city (Kingston) on Monday in the announcement of the death of Mrs. Macdonald, the wife of the Hon. John A. Macdonald, after a long and painful illness which she bore with Christian fortitude and patience. Mrs. Macdonald was interred in the picturesque Cateraqui cemetery on Wednesday, the funeral being perhaps the largest ever witnessed in Kingston although the weather was inclement.
Every citizen of influence or standing was in the procession which extended nearly two miles, the hearse being halfway to Waterloo when the last sleigh passed the city limits. If genuine and sincere sympathy on the part of the whole people could in any measure alleviate the poignancy of such a sorrow, never more truly and sincerely was it given than by the people of Kingston to Mr. Macdonald. Politics and every thing else is forgotten except that “John A.” (the familiar name which all here love to call him) the affable, kind, open‑hearted friend of every man, whether rich, poor, young, or old in this city, is sitting sorrowing at his desolate fireside. Mr. Macdonald may, and we have every confidence will, gain many triumphs as a public man, but in our estimation no future triumph will equal that which he obtained when he conquered the love, and obtained such a secure hold on the affections of the people of Kingston, Let him treasure it well for few public men in Canada have ever been so highly favoured in this respect. It differs far from, that unlimited sympathy so often bestowed upon the successful politician.
January 8, 1858
COOK - A sad event occurred in St. Mary's last night. We understand a young man arrived at McKay's Hotel with a horse and cutter and took a room to stop till after the New Year. Shortly after his arrival, a man came in the stage and was passing the window when the person in the room knocked at the window and beckoned the stage passenger to come in. He did so, when the young man told him at once that he was a woman, and asked him to stay that night with her. The stranger remarked that she spoke so loud that she would be overheard. She replied that if she was she would shortly make the customer quiet enough.
This frightened, as well it might, her stranger friend. She was immediately afterwards arrested about the horse and cutter, as we understand, when she took a dose of strychnine, and immediately fell into a fit. It was supposed that she had fainted. During the time she lay in a fit, the poison was at work, and in a short time afterwards she was dead. The coroner, Dr. Coleman, M.D., held an inquest, and we believe, a post mortem on her body. Tbe result of these labours has not transpired. The woman's name was Margaret Cook, and she was raised,we understand, in Norwich.
January 9, 1858
WILLIAMS - On Tuesday morning, the 22nd ultimo, a young man, named Mr. Thomas Williams, about 21 years of age, who was working for Mr. Daniel Randall on lot No. 11, 13th concession, Blenheim, went to draw water from a well close to the house, to water horses, and while so engaged, he unfortunately fell in, a distance of some 45 feet. There being no person near the place besides Mr. Randall and a little boy, it was some considerable time before help could be obtained, but owing to the water not being deep, the young man was not drowned. After a while, some men arrived and succeeded in getting him out in a very exhausted state. Medical aid was immediately sent for, but just about the time Dr. Morrison of Plattsville came, the poor fellow died. He lived only about an hour after being taken out of the well. His back was found to be broken. This accident has spread a general gloom over a numerous circle of friends.
January 11, 1858
MCGUIRE - (Galt) An inquest was held yesterday at the Police Court before Dr. Scott upon the body of an infant. Information was given on Monday last to Sergeant Smith that a child had been born in Brook's bush and that both it and the mother were exposed to the inclemency of the weather. Brook's bush is known as the resort of abandoned characters and has been more than once the scene of robberies and outrages. It was in this locality that the colored boy, Sewell, was murdered some time ago.
On the sergeant's proceeding thither, a picture scarcely credible presented itself. The unfortunate mother was lying on a little hay saturated with snow and rain and with her dead infant reclining on her arm with no covering of any description. The sergeant at once procured a cab and had the poor woman and her dead offspring conveyed to the City Hall station where every attention was rendered that the case demanded. The woman was next morning removed to the hospital where she now lies. The evidence showed that the child was born alive and that it had died from exposure to the cold. The woman's name is Bridget McGuire and she is a person of abandoned habits.
JOLY - The Quebec Chronicle says: We are sorry to perceive in the latest list of casualties during the Indian Mutinies the name of Lieut. S. DeLothiniere Joly, H.M. 32nd Regiment, son of G. Joly, Esq., of Quebec. This brave young officer was in our city on leave of absence about a year ago, but on hearing of the revolt of the Sepoys, hastened to join his corps. He has died, we believe, at the relief of Lucknow. Lieut, Joly is the second native of Quebec who has fallen in the service of his country since the outbreak of the mutiny.
January 12, 1858
SHEPARD - Died on Saturday, the 9th January, infant daughter of Mr. William A. Shepard, of Hamilton.
January 13, 1858
FELL - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Benjamin Macleod, youngest son of W. Fell, aged 6 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Catharine street, to the place of interment this (Wednesday) day at 2 p.m.
COLLINS - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Jane, wife of Mr. John Collins, formerly of Currine, County Kerry, Ireland.
JACKSON - The funeral of the late Mr. Jackson will take place from his late residence, at Caledonia, on Thursday, the 14th instant, at one o'clock in the afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
January 14, 1858
FORD - It is our painful duty to record the untimely death of James Ford, of Moore, which occurred last week under circumstances of a very painful nature. It appears that deceased was part owner of a thrashing machine and had just finished his thrashing and gone upon the platform from which the machine is fed for the purpose of sweeping it clean. The boards having become very smooth and slippery, deceased lost his footing and got caught by one of his legs in the machine. Before assistance could be rendered, the limb thus caught was actually ground into atoms almost up to the hip, He lived for the space of four hours afterwards in great agony, but in full possession of his senses. He had left a wife and two young children.
MATHESON (Middleport) - On Saturday, the 3rd instant, about 3 o'clock p.m., the alarm of fire was raised, when the villagers proceeded to the house of Mr. Robert Matheson, cabinet maker, burst open the door, and to their horror, they discovered a child lying on the floor with its clothes entirely burnt off its body. Medical aid was procured, but alas', too late for help. It appears that Mrs. Matheson went on an errand to a neighbour's house, and in order to keep the children from running into the street during her absence, locked the door to keep them in the house till her return. There were three children in the house at the time, the oldest of them about six years of age, the second four, and the unfortunate child that was burnt to death was about two years old. It appears that the children were playing with some matches that had been left within their reach. In lighting them, the flames caught the dress of the child. This should teach mothers that they cannot be too careful in keeping matches out of the reach of their children.
January 15, 1858
WALLACE, NEWMAN (Quebec) The Late Fatal Election Affray; This investigation made by the coroner into the circumstances of the fatal riot which took place in St. John Suburb during the city election on the 28th December was elected last evening. The jury was sworn to inquire as to the death of Peter Wallace, one of the men killed on that occasion. Much testimony was taken to show the origin of the disturbance which was the same as that rendered in the case of the deceased Newman, but none of the parties who assailed Wallace were identified. A verdict was returned of deaths from compression of the brain from extravasated blood, the result of violence received at the hands of some person or persons unknown whom the jury accuse of wilful murder.
January 16, 1858
MCDONELL - Died on Thursday, the 14th instant, at the residence of his son, York street,Hamilton, Angus Roy McDonell, Esq., late of Fitzroy Harbour, Ottawa river, lumber merchant, aged 81.
SOMERVILLE - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mary Sophia, beloved wife of J. H. Somerville, merchant, James street. Relatives and friends are respectfully requested to attend her funeral from the residence of her father, the Rev. S. Belton, James street, on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, to proceed to the Burlington cemetery, without further notice.
January 18, 1858
BROWN - Died at Kilmarnock, Scotland, on the l8th December, Mr. John P. Brown, formerly of this city, aged 22 years.
January 19, 1858
MCBRIDE - Died on Sunday evening, the 17th instant, at the residence of his mother, Brantford, C.W. , of congestion of the lungs, Duncan McBride, merchant, formerly captain of the steamer “Highlander”, aged 29 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 20th instant, from the Depot of the Great Western Railway, Toronto, to the place of interment at one o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
January 20, 1858
REDDING - Died at Port Hope, on the 7th instant, Barbara Young, wife of Mr. John Redding, and relict of the late Robert Eden, quarter‑master 76th Honduran Peninsula Regiment, and mother of Mr. William Eden, C‑‑‑‑‑ Department, Clifton, aged 78 years.
HOPKINS - A horrible discovery was made in a cellar on Catharine street in this city, on Monday afternoon. A lady connected with one of the charitable societies being on a visit to the poor and destitute in that quarter of the city discovered the dead body of a woman in the cellar in question, and on subsequent examination it appeared that the body must have lain there for several days. An inquest was held yesterday before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, when the body was recognized as that of Rosan Hopkins, wife of Thomas Hopkins. From the evidence adduced, the body had been concealed by the husband for ten days or a fortnight, but for what reason did not appear. The woman had died from natural causes as no marks of violence were observed. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that deceased had died from starvation, cold, and neglect, and the husband, Thomas Hopkins, was subsequently committed to gaol on the coroner's warrant.
January 22, 1858
DANIELS - On the 29th ultimo, at her residence, Fairfield, Lymington, Hants, England, Sarah Maude, relict of the late R. F. Daniels, Esq., after a short illness.
January 25, 1858
UNNAMED MAN - Yesterday about noon, a man was observed on the ice on his way from Wells' Island to Kingston and when in a line with Murney's Tower, was seen to sink through the ice. Some lads skating in the vicinity immediately proceeded to the spot, and found near the hole where the man had disappeared, a mason's trowel and hammer, and a small parcel. The sun having shone bright all day caused openings in the ice in several places, and it was extremely hazardous for anyone to venture upon it. Should the wind arise before this meets the eyes of our readers, it is likely that the channel will be open again.
January 26, 1858
SMALL - Died at Toronto, on the 23rd instant, Frances Elizabeth, wife of Charles Coxwell Small, clerk of the Crown and Pleas of Upper Canada, aged 56 years.
SPRINGER - Died on Monday morning, at 5½ o'clock, Gerald, infant son of Oliver Springer, Esq. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow at 3 p.m.
READ (Reid) - Lost at sea, Mr. Robert B. Read, son of Mr. John Read, Sharon, C.W., on his way home from California on board the steamship “Central America” on the night of the 12th of September in the Gulf of Mexico, aged 21 years, 10 months, and 23 days.
COLE - Died in Montreal, on the 20th instant, Emily, the wife of Mr. Thomas Cole, aged 31 years.
SOMERVILLE - Died in Huntingdon, on the 18th instant, Mr. John Somerville, aged 49 years.
BROOKS - Died in Kingston, on Thursday, at his brother's residence in Portsmouth, Mr. Francis Brooks, aged 45 years. Mr. Brooks was a member of the Commercial Lodge, Order of Odd Fellows, Kingston, and was highly respected by his brothers of the Order by whom he is generally regretted.
January 29, 1858
LINTON - A man named Walter Linton, who has been for a number of years a resident of this village (Ayr), has been missing since Tuesday night, the 12th instant, and from circumstances connected with his disappearance, it is generally believed that he has been drowned in Smith's Creek. He was in the employment of Mr. James Souter whose workshop and residence is quite close to the Ayr bridge, and on the above mentioned night he was seen by Mr. Pouter's apprentice boy standing on the bridge leaning over the railing attached to the side of the footpath leading over the bridge. The boy asked Linton to come with him to the house and go to bed as it was after eleven o'clock. Linton did not do so, however, and he has not been seen since. He had on, at the time he was last seen, his working clothes and a pair of loose slippers, and it is therefore not likely that he went away any place while he was thus dressed. Linton was intoxicated on the night in question and no doubt he fell off the bridge into the water and was drowned. The creek has been searched for a considerable distance below the bridge and as yet no trace of the body has been discovered. Linton for some time past has been in the habit of drinking rather freely, and the sad termination of his career furnishes another warning to those who debase themselves by indulging to such an extent in the use of alcoholic liquors as to render themselves incapable of protecting their lives. Linton was an unmarried man about 43 years of age.
January 30, 1858
EASTERBROOK - Died in the Township of Nassagaweya, on the 24th instant, Elias Easterbrook, aged 71 years. The deceased was one of the oldest residents of the Township, and was respected by all who knew him.
BOUCHETTE - Died in Montreal, on the 28th instant, after a long and painful illness, Caroline Bertelot, the beloved wife of R. S. M. Bouchette, Esq., Commissioner of Customs.
SHARPE - Died in St. Andrews, C.E., on the 16th instant, at the residence of her father, Charles Benedict, Esq., Susanna, wife of G. G. Sharpe.
O’MEARA - Died in Ottawa City, on the 20th instant, John O'Meara, Esq., merchant, aged 25 years. The deceased gentleman was a native of Tipperary, Ireland.
February 3, 1858
ROSE (Toronto) - On Sunday afternoon, a young man about twenty years of age, a clerk in the establishment, of Messrs W. and J. Smith, King street, named William Rose, went on the ice from Brown's wharf to skate, and has not since been seen. He was accompanied to the wharf by a companion named Jones, who however did not venture on the ice, but lent his skates to Rose at his request. Jones remained about ten minutes watching the movements of his friend, and the last he saw of Rose was in the direction towards the Don River. Every inquiry has been made on the island and round the bay, but unfortunately there seems no other conclusion than that the young man has lost his life.
WIEGHITT - An inquest was held on Sunday last, at Kleinburg, by E. C. Fisher, Esq., coroner, and a highly respectable and intelligent jury, upon the body of a man named Wieghitt, the circumstances of whose death are given us by a corresoondent as follows. On Friday night last about 10 o'clock, a man named Thomas Orr, a painter by trade, and his son went into McDonough's tavern in Kleinburg in the Township of Vaughan and used some insulting language to the landlord who seems to have given him no provocation whatever, and the landlord in consequence ordered them out. Orr then struck at the landlord who shoved him (Orr) down and called to Wieghitt, who was standing in the bar‑room, to open the door which Wieghitt did. The landlord then put the son out upon which Orr took a very heavy iron fire‑shovel which was standing, near the fire and struck at the other but did not hurt him much. He then turned round and struck Wieghitt a tremendous blow on the head, breaking the skull to pieces and causing death the next morning. After a post‑mortem examination by Drs. Stephens and McHaffe, and a full and patient investigation, the jury returned a verdict of “Wilful Murder” against Orr who was then immediately committed to jail by the coroner. The deceased was a quiet, inoffensive man, and had not spoken a word during the dispute, nor can the slightest blame be attached to the Landlord, McDonough, who appears to have acted with much forbearance under strong provocation.
February 4, 1858
O’BRIEN (Kingston) - An inquest was held before Mr. Coroner Shaw on Saturday, and adjourned till Monday, on the body of Thomas O'Brien, a sailor, who received several blows from an axe helve on the day of the municipal elections, and died two or three days since. The body was disinterred for the purpose of the inquest, and after a patient investigation, the jury decided that the death was from natural causes.
February 6, 1858
UNNAMED CHILD - On Wednesday last, the body of a male child, about 5 months old, was found in a swamp on Mr. Hughes' farm about half a mile from the village of Rockwood in a
complete state of nudity and frozen in the snow. On the following day, an inquest was held by Dr. Herod, Coroner, and adjourned to Saturday, when from fresh medical evidence adduced, and other circumstances, a verdict of “murder by suffocation by some party or parties unknown” was returned. We learn that the authorities have obtained a clue to the discovery of the perpetrator of the most fiend‑like act; there is good reason to anticipate that the homicide will soon be in custody.
February 8, 1858
MORRISSY - On Saturday last, a boy and girl belonging to a man who worked in the summer on the railroad of the name of Morrissy had been on an errand and were returning along the bank of Mr. Hespeler's mill‑dam. The boy got on the ice to slide, when it broke in with him. His sister ran to his assistance and the ice , also broke in with her. The boy was got out by Mr. Sypes who happened to be within hearing, but the poor girl had gone under the ice and was altogether beyond reach. She was not got out for fully half an hour, and was, of course, dead. The poor boy, though greatly exhausted by the cold, has recovered. He was about twelve years of age, and his sister near fourteen. (Guelph)
February 9, 1858
WEBBE - Died on Sunday, the 7th instant, at the residence of the late John Applegarth, in Flamborough East, Dora Jane, fourth daughter of the late Major Richard Ponsonby Webbe, aged 22 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend her funeral from Mr. Applegarth's, to the place of interment, this Tuesday, at 2 p.m.
February 10, 1858
TYNEN - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Sarah, the beloved daughter of William and Jane Tynen, aged 14 months.
February 12, 1858
DUFF - Died at his residence, Abbotsford, near this city, yesterday, February 11th, after a short illness, Lockhart Duff, Esq., at an advanced age. Mr. Duff was well and favourable known to the citizens of Hamilton as a butcher from which business he retired about two years since. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Saturday) at 2 p.m. to which friends are invited without further intimation. Cabs will be in waiting at Mr. Walker's store, corner of King and James streets, from one to half past one o'clock.
BROWN - Died at Brantford, on the 9th instant, Joseph, youngest son of Michael Brown, Esq., bookseller.
ROCHLOW (Sherbrooke) - On Wednesday evening last, the body of a Mrs. Rochlow was found in the well in the cellar of the house in which she lived. It appears that she went to draw a pail of water and fell into the well which is a deep one, injuring her head in the fall. She leaves two children entirely destitute, her husband having deserted her some time ago.
February 13, 1858
UNNAMED MAN (Berlin)Dr. Shaver held an inquest on Wednesday last at Hine's Hotel on the body of a man, a traveller, and whose name is unknown. He was supposed to be suffering from inflammation of the bowels, and Dr. Shaver was sent for, but too late to render assistance to the sufferer who died next morning. The deceased was an entire stranger in this locality, and his name could not be ascertained. There were no marks of violence on the body, and there is no reason to suppose that he died from other than natural causes.
LOVEJOY - Died at his residence near Brantford on the 11th instant of inflammation of the lungs, John Lovejoy, Esq., in the 58th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Sunday at 3 o'clock.
WINGER - A man named Christopher Winger, well known in this vicinity, arrived in Berlin on Wednesday from Indiana. He put up at the Queen's Arms for the night and left there in the morning to take a walk. When opposite to Mr. Heller's hotel, the unfortunate man suddenly fell to the ground and was taken into the hotel where, in spite of medical aid, he expired immediately. An inquest was held by Dr. Lingler, and a verdict returned in accordance with the facts.
February 15, 1858
HUGHES - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 13th instant, Mr. Thomas A. Hughes, grocer, MacNab street. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day (Monday) at half past two o'clock from Alex Kerr's, King street east, to the Burlington cemetery.
February l6, 1858
FERGUSON - Died at Dublin, Ireland, on the 9th of January, John Ferguson, uncle of Mr. C. Ferguson, the Irish piper, aged 61 years.
PETTIGREW - Died at Dumfries, Scotland, on the 26th of January, 1858, Miss Margaret Pettigrew, aged 21 years.
February 17, 1858
BELLAMY - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Charles, son of William Bellamy, Spring Brewery, Bay street, aged two years and ten months.
February 19, 1858
MONTGOMERY - Died on the morning of the 18th of February, Mary Jane, the beloved wife of William Montgomery, in her 60th year. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, the 20th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. to the Burlington cemetery, from her late residence, Catherine street east.
February 20, 1858
STONE - Died at her son's residence, Township of Ancaster, on the 18th instant, Mrs. Janet Stone, relict of the late George Stone, formerly of Old Commach, Ayrshire, Scotland, in the 79th year of her age.
February 23, 1858
GILES - Died at Binbrook, on Thursday, the 11th instant, Mrs. Giles, widow of the late James Giles, of Toronto.
February 24, 1858
MOORE - Died at his residence, Richmond street east, Toronto, on Sunday morning, in the 83rd year of his age, Maurice Moore, Esq., youngest son of the late Garracie Moore, Esq., of the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The deceased had been the editor and proprietor of the Picton “Gazette”, but subsequently was a reporter and assistant editor of the Toronto “Colonist”. He was well known to the members of the Press as a writer of much power and originality, and as one of the finest reporters in the Province, while his quiet, gentlemanly demeanour gained for him the sincere affection of his friends. He contracted the illness which caused his death while recording for the public benefit, the proceedings of the last Provincial Exhibition at Brantford. The weather was damp, and the wind and rain beating into the rooms occupied by the officers of the Agricultural Society and the members of the Press, bore with them death to at least one than whom many could have been better spared.
FERRIE - Died at St. Catharines, on the 20th February, of apoplexy, William Ferrie, Esq., M.D., formerly of County Down, Ireland, aged 62 years. Dr. Ferrie was one of the earliest settlers in St. Catharines, and during the 23 years of his residence he maintained a high character as a man and as a friend and died much and deservedly regretted.
HALL - Death of Judge Hall: The last number of the Peterborough “Review” records the death of this gentleman which took place on the 17th instant. Mr. Hall was elected to the Assembly in1844, and in 1848 was appointed to the Judgeship of Peterborough which office he held up to the time of his decease.
February 25, 1858
CUMMINGS - Died on Wednesday, the 23rd instant, Francis Cummings, aged 70 years. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Thursday, the 25th instant, from his son's residence (James Cummings), Main street east, at 2 o'clock p.m.
February 26, 1858
PATRICK - Died in London Township, on the 14th instant, Thomas Patrick, Esq., aged 70 years. Mr. Patrick was one of the oldest settlers in this district; he was born in the town of Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland, and emigrated to Canada in 1822. He at first settled near Montreal, but in 1838 removed to London Township where he terminated his earthly career. He was very much respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance being just and upright in his dealings. He belonged to the Methodist denomination and took an active interest in the cause of Christianity. He leaves behind him an affectionate partner and numerous family and friends all comfortably provided for, mainly through his industry and perseverance. Patrick was buried on the 16th, and although the day was inclement, a large concourse of people followed his body to the grave.
COUSINS - In our impression of yesterday, we recorded a case of murder which took place in the vicinity of Grenville on the previous Monday, and also that the murderer, an old man named William Cousins, had been arrested. We have since been informed that he committed suicide while on the way from Grenville to the prison in this city. It appears that on Wednesday last he was given over to the custody of Ensign Hambly and Sergeant Horner of the militia whose duty it was to convey him to Montreal. When the party arrived at St. Hermas, they put up in a hotel for the night, the prisoner being secured in a room in which there was a bed. The next morning, when his conductors entered the room, they discovered him suspended from the top of the bed by two pocket handkerchiefs, and on nearer approach, they found that life was entirely extinct. An inquest was held on the body of the unhappy criminal and the Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
FARRELL - The Alma Homicide: Government has at length offered a reward for the apprehension of William Miller charged on the verdict of a coroner's Jury with the wilful murder of John Farrell. While highly approving of this decision of the Executive, it is to be regretted that so long a period has been allowed to elapse between the commission of the act and the initiation of efficient measures for bringing the homicide to trial. Our readers generally are aware of the occasion and
the circumstances under which the unfortunate youth, John Farrell, met a premature and awfully sudden death. On the day, the polls were opened at the recent election for the North Riding, a conflict took place between a party of Roman Catholics returning from the polls and a number of Orangemen who had congregated at McCrea's tavern, Alma. It is disputed which party were the assailants and which the assaulted. In all probability should the affair come under the investigation of the Court of Assize it will be found that neither party was blameless. It is, however, remarked that the Catholic party are only charged with carrying sticks. It is evident from the death of one man by a gunshot wound and from another wounded with a long knife that the Orangemen were better prepared for a combat than their opponents.
After commission of the act, Miller, we believe, surrendered to a magistrate and an inquest was subsequently held by Coroner Gordon of Arthur. The evidence adduced has been published in Montreal and Toronto, and if statements sworn to by the witnesses who were mostly Protestants, are not rebutted, it must go hard with the accused whose flight adds to the presumption of guilt. Meanwhile three magistrates who had all voted on the same side as the party with whom Miller was acting, held a Court in Elora, had Miller brought before them, and after hearing evidence in the case, accepted very moderate bail for the appearance. We had no idea that any gentlemen in the Commission of the Peace had in such circumstances any right to liberate on bail, but had believed that such power was visited solely in the Judges of the Superior Courts, but doubtless the magistrates who assembled in Elora must have had competent legal advice ere they hazarded so strange a procedure. The result is that Miller is a fugitive from justice, and that the Roman Catholic population of the North Riding, deeming that the local authorities were not disposed to accord the protection of the laws, have become considerably excited, and Catholics have been charged, we believe falsely, with one or two assaults. In these circumstances the Elora “Backwoodsman” instead of endeavouring to assuage the hostile feelings mutually displayed by Catholics and Orangemen, has told the “violent ruffians” of Arthur that the Orangemen of the adjacent townships were about to combine and move upon them after the fashion of the Yankee “regulators”, assuring them that “revenge is sweet” and that “no mark is so fair as the breast of a foe”.
This is certainly throwing oil on troubled waters after a peculiar fashion. Nor did the threatened invasion of Arthur remain unaccomplished. Some eighty sleighs filled with Orangemen, to the number it is said of over 800, most of whom were armed, drove into Arthur village on Saturday week, but the Catholics of the village, who were far inferior in number, prudently kept out of the way so that, happily, no riot ensued. The Orangemen, after firing a few muskets and making some noise, took their departure. The Corrigan case in the Lower Province has excited grave suspicion that Justice had there thrown the filet from her eyes and acted partially and unrighteously. Let us not give ground for the shadow of a suspicion that justice can
be perverted in this section of the Province. Our laws knowing no man as Protestant or Catholic afford to all the subjects of the state the same security for life and limb and estate, and cases of their partial administration are exceedingly rare. We trust that Miller will be forthcoming to take his trial at the ensuing Assizes, and we have no doubt that Justice will be done to all concerned. Meantime it were well that every exertion were used to abate, not to increase, the excitement which the unfortunate occurrence at Alma has engendered.
AIKENS - On Thursday last, an inquest was held at Port Robinson by John Panine, Esq., on view of the body of William Aikens, a labourer at Mr. Jordan's hotel in that village who was found dead in the bar‑room on that morning with marks of violence on his person.It appears that on the previous night, the deceased in company with a man named James A. Nelson indulged freely in intoxicating drink and were left together when the members of the family retired for the night. Nelson was found fast asleep close to the corpse with stains of blood on his sleeves, and after being aroused expressed unconsciouness of the deed he had committed.The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the above facts, and Nelson was committed to gaol to stand his trial at the next assizes.
March 1, 1858
HOLCROFT - Died at Sevenoaks, Kent, England, on the 20th of January, Colonel Holcroft, late of the Royal Artillery, in his 80th year, for many years resident in Upper Canada.
MCCOMBIE - Died at sea on the 22nd of November last, on the voyage from Britain to Australia, Charles McCombie, M.A., son of the Rev. C. McCombie, Lamphanen, Aberdeedshire, Scotland, The deceased was a young man of the greatest promise. During his course of study at Mariechal College, Aberdeen, he repeatedly obtained the highest honours, and not content with the instructions there received, he attended several societies at Belfast College for the sake of hearing the lectures of Dr. McCosh.He left Scotland for Australia with the avowed intention of devoting himself to public life there, and his extraordinary talents would doubtless have enabled him to earn for himself a proud position, had not a tendency to consumption become developed by the sea air.His illness was short; his death tranquil. His body was consigned to the Indian Ocean the day after his decease,but his memory will long be cherished and his untimely death be ever lamented by his sincerely attached friend who had hoped to write of the result of his exertions, not of his untimely decease.
JOHNSON - An inquest was held on Saturday, the 20th ultimo, in the Township of Ancaster, on the body of Susan Brown Johnson, by D. Mcintosh, M.D., coroner. The deceased, a white woman, was married to a coloured man named Bill Johnson, and they lived together in a wretched hovel which afforded little or no
protection from the cold, even the fireplace being constructed merely of a few rails with spaces left between them for the egress of the smoke. It appeared from the evidence that Johnson had brought home some whiskey on the previous Thursday and that his wife, after having partaken of it, lay down opposite the wretched fireplace where she must have fallen asleep, and the fire having burnt out, the poor creature was frozen to death, and found in that position by Johnson when he returned from a neighbouring shanty about midnight. The jury found that the deceased died from exposure to the inclemency of the weather.
March 2, 1858
ROSE - On Friday last, an inquest was held at the 8th concession of Westminster on the body of Ralph Rose. The evidence went to show that deceased died from congestion of the brain induced from exposure to cold. Deceased had laboured for some time under aberration of the mind to which cause his death is primarily attributed.
March 4, 1858
MEREDITH - Died in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday, the 25th of February, 1858, of water on the chest, Miss Margaret Meredith, formerly of Hamilton, C.W.
BULL - Died in this city, on Tuesday, the 2nd instant, Dorothea, infant daughter of H. B. Bull, Esq. The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock p.m. to‑morrow. (Friday)
BLAIN - Died at Galt, on the 28th ultimo, Martha, wife of Thomas Blain, Esq., aged 32 years.
MARCH 5, 1858
BOWSLAUGH - Died in Grimsby, on the 19th of February, Mrs. Bowslaugh, in the 56th year of her age, much and deservedly regretted.
March 6, 1858
MCLENNAN - Died at Port Rowan, on the 24th ultimo, in the 28th year of her age, the esteemed and much to be lamented wife of Major McLennan.
AMBRIDGE - Died in Gosfield, County of Essex, on the 27th of February, Frederick A. Ambridge, Esq., in the 40th year of his age.
March 8, 1858
THOMPSON - Yesterday morning, the appalling intelligence reached town that a whole family had been murdered the previous evening about two miles from Dublin Corners and about ten miles from Brockville. On making inquiry, we found the intelligence but too true, as it appears a man by the name of Thompson, his wife, and a hired man had been brutally murdered by some persons as yet unknown. It appears that the murdered body of Thompson was found lying on the bed fearfully mangled. The body of his wife was found on a chair dreadfully cut, while the body of the hired man was found in the barn literally cut to pieces. These are all the particulars we could gather before going to press. Dr. Edmondstone, coroner, has left town for the purpose of holding an inquest. It is said that Thompson kept several railway labourers as boarders,but whether or not any suspicion attaches to these persons, we have not heard.
March 9, 1858
LILLEY - Died at Caledonia, March 6th, Mr. James Lilley, Sr., in his 66th year.Deceased was born in London, England, in 1792, and came to Canada in 1835. He was the letter carrier of the Hamilton Post Office for a number of years, but on account of sickness, was compelled to give up and retire to the country. He leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his demise.
March 10, 1858
ROLPH - Dr Thomas Rolph, formerly a resident of Ancaster, in this county, and well known to many of our readers, died of apoplexy at Portsmouth (England) on the 18th ultimo. His death will be deplored by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances.
March 11, 1858
SABINE - Died at Brockville, on the 2nd instant, after a long and painful illness, in the 69th year of his age, James Sabine, Esq., 26 years resident of that place.
HANCOCK - Died in the Township of Manvers, on the 26th of February, Matthew Hancock, Esq., native of Maryborough, Queen's County, Ireland, formerly lieutenant of the 86th Regiment. Deceased was one of the few remaining officers of the war of 1812. He was present at the hard‑fought battle of Lundy's Lane in 1814, and carried the king's colors on that eventful day.He was highly esteemed by all who knew him for his quiet, diffident, and unassuming manner.
JACKSON - Died on the morning of the 10th instant, John T. Jackson, aged 34 years.The deceased was a native of Frodsham, Cheshire, England, and was long known and respected by a
large circle of acquaintances while in the confidential employ of G. M. Cozens, and by the St. George’s Society of which he was for many years a worthy member.The funeral will take place this day at 4 p.m. from the residence of his friend, Mr. Jno. Billington, James street. Friends are invited to attend.
DAVIDSON - Letters have just been received from Havana by Mr. Alex Davidson confirming the report of the death of his brother, Thomas Davidson, Esq., late of the City Hotel and of the Royal Hotel of this city. The letters are from the British Consul General in Cuba and are to the effect that towards the end of December last, Mr. Davidson had gone to a watering place in the neighbourhood of Havana called San Antonio de los Banos where he was seized with one of the malignant fevers of the country, and that he died and was buried on the 31st of that month.
Thomas Davidson of the City Hotel was well known over a wide portion of this continent. He was known and admired not more for the urbanity of his manners and his high‑minded spirit, than for his fine physical conformation. But the late terrible times bore hard upon his proud and honest heart, and it is to be feared that he sank under the pressure. Thus has one who endeared himself to all who knew him and who was regarded by his fellowmen as an ornament of their race, been lost to us forever. Sic transit gloria mundi.
March 12, 1858
INMAN - Died in this city, on the 11th March, Annie Moore, infant daughter of Mr. J. W. Inman, merchant, aged 1 year and 12 days. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this day (Friday) at half past 2 o'clock p.m. from her father's residence, Bold street, to the Burlington cemetery.
SUTHERLAND - Died in this city, on Wednesday afternoon, the 10th instant, Mr. James Robinson Sutherland, second son of the late Captain James Sutherland, aged 20 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place on Saturday next, the 13th instant, at 3 o'clock precisely from the family residence, King street east, to the Burlington cemetery. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
SMITH - An inquest was held yesterday morning before H. B. Bull, Esq., on the body of a man named Patrick Smith, living at the west end of the city, who was found dead in his own house. It appears that deceased had been drinking too freely the previous night and fell downstairs while proceeding to bed. He was found lying dead near the stove.
JACKSON - The late Sergeant Jackson, No. 1 Rifles, was interred in the Burlington cemetery yesterday afternoon with military honours. All the Volunteer Companies were present, accompanied by two bands of music. The cortege presented an imposing appearance as it wended its way to the cemetery, the bands playing the "”Dead March” as it moved through the streets.
March 13, 1858
HURST - We have to chronicle a fatal accident that happened to Samuel Hurst, cabinet maker, of this place (Barrie) a few days back. It seems that Mr. Hurst was in the habit of leaving home and walking into Innisfil to see some friends he has there without stating where he was going or when he would return, and on the evening of the 3rd instant, as he was not at home, his wife supposed he had gone on one of his accustomed visits, and instituted no inquiry as to his whereabouts. Next morning, however, when some of the neighbours went to the well for water, they were startled by the discovery of a human body in it with the feet uppermost and partly out of the water. On the body being taken out, it was found to be that of Mr. Hurst. As there were no marks of violence on the body with the exception of a severe blow on the forepart of the head which had peeled off the scalp and was apparently the result of falling against the side of the well, the coroner's jury returned a verdict of “Killed by accidentally falling into a well”. The deceased was a quiet elderly man and respected as a sober, industrious townsman. He leaves a widow to mourn his sudden death.
March 17, 1858
SCARTH - Died in this city, on the evening of the 13th instant, Mr. James Scarth, aged 44 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this day (Wednesday) at 2 o'clock p.m. from his late residence, corner of James and Peel streets, to the Burlington cemetery.
March 18, 1858
SENNER - Died in this city, on the morning of the 17th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Charles Novell, infant son of Mr. L. Senner, aged 7 months and 9 days. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this day (Thursday) at 3 o'clock from his father's residence, Charles Street, to the place of interment, Burlington cemetery.
March 19, 1858
O'DAY - An inquest was held yesterday before Dr. Rosebrugh on the body of a man named Daniel O'Day who was found dead in the morning below the new suspension bridge across the Desjardins canal. The deceased left Mrs. Skuce's Inn the previous night, and as a strong wind prevailed at the time, it is supposed that he must have been blown through an opening in the side of the bridge. When found, the neck was dislocated. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
March 22, 1858
SMITH - Died of apoplexy, on Friday evening, the 19th instant, at Ancaster, the beloved wife of the Honorable Harmanus Smith, aged sixty‑six years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her late residence to the place of interment (Barton Church) on Tuesday next, the 23rd, at 11 o'clock a.m.
March 24, 1858
GRIFFIN - Died in Esquesing, near Hornby, on Friday, the 12th instant, Mr. Joseph Griffin, aged 73 years and 2 months, a native of Nova Scotia.
PRESTON - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Grace, wife of Mr. David Preston. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral without further notice this (Wednesday) afternoon at 4 o'clock from her late residence on Rebecca street, near Mary street, to the place of interment.
March 25, 1858
MCKAY - Died in this city, on Tuesday, the 23rd instant, Robert McKay, Esq., aged 39 years. The funeral will take place to‑day (Thursday) at 2 o'clock p.m. from deceased's late residence, corner of King and Wellington streets.
STRACHAN - Died on the 20th instant, James Strachan, eldest son of Captain Thomas Strachan, York, Grand River, aged 22 years and 2 months. Deceased was a young man of good morals and greatly beloved by all who knew him. He leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.
WILLOUGHBY - We regret to state that an elderly man named Willoughby committed suicide by hanging himself last night in one of the outbuildings in rear of the large brick building lately used for the Grammar School. He was discovered in this position by one of the teamsters of the Wentworth Hotel at 10 o'clock last night and must have committed the act between that time and 7 o'clock. Coroner McMahon is to investigate the case before a jury summoned to meet this morning at 11 o'clock in the Town Hall. The case is enveloped in mystery. (Dundas)
LEE - The Murder in Hinchinbrooke: I have just learned from a person in the vicinity of the murder, the following particulars. It seems that a son and son‑in‑law of the murdered man, John Lee, had been drinking in the house of Stone, the murderer, and Lee went to the house and called them to come away, when Stone and another man who had been also in the house, rushed out and attacked him with a frying pan, the other with a club used for killing deer in the winter. They also set a dog on him which tore him in a savage manner.
Lee's body was brought down here (Montreal) yesterday for burial. The coroner's jury brought in a verdict for “wilful murder” against Stone and his companion and they have been lodged in jail.
March 26, 1858
DOUGLAS - Died at East Flamborough, on the 24th instant, of consumption, Charlotte, youngest daughter of Thomas Douglas, Esq., in her 17th year.
COOTS - The village of Angus, on the line of the Northern Railway, was, on Saturday night last, the scene of a most shocking and brutal murder. The murdered man's name was John Coots. He had just returned from Barrie by the evening train, and had commenced some altercation with his wife who, to avoid being beaten, had gone to the woodshed adjoining the house. Here Coots followed her, and was shortly afterwards found in a dying and speechless state, his skull having been cut open in several places. From the short time his wife was away from the house together with the dreadful manner in which the unfortunate man was mutilated, it is supposed that if the woman was concerned in his death, she could not have committed the horrid act alone but was assisted by some other person, concealed in the woodshed. Strong suspicion of the murder is attached to a man whose intimacy at Coots' house had led to the altercation above stated, but as facts connected with the deed will be brought to light at the inquest, we forbear giving any names or supposed particulars until warranted in doing so by proper evidence. Mrs. Coots is the only person under arrest as yet, but the authorities are in search of the other person suspected.
March 29, 1858
STEWART - Died at his residence, Garth Cottage, on Saturday morning, Capt. Alex Stewart, aged 66 years. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock from the late residence of deceased.
Death of Captain Stewart: Death has removed from our midst another old and well‑known resident. Captain Stewart expired at an early hour on Saturday morning after a brief illness of a few days. He had been in feeble health for a considerable time, but we believe was able to attend to the duties of his office in the beginning of last week. His demise is deeply regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He was for many years up to the time of his death the Registrar of the County of Wentworth.
March 30, 1858
CORNELL - Died on the 24th instant, Angeline, infant daughter of Mr. William Cornell, of Otterville.
March 31, 1858
HAMILTON - We regret to have to announce the demise of our worthy sheriff which melancholy event took place at his residence on Sunday evening last, aged sixty‑six years. Deceased was the 4th son of the late Hon. Robert Hamilton of Queenston, C.W., who officiated as Judge of the Niagara District for many years. Sheriff Hamilton served in the incorporated militia of this province during the war of 1812, and was wounded at the battle of Lundy's Lane. At the conclusion of the war, he came to reside at St. Thomas where he lived till his appointment as Sheriff for the London District in 1836, which post he held with credit to himself and satisfaction to the public. Deceased was universally respected and leaves many friends to mourn his loss. (London)
April 5, 1858
BOWEN - Died at Corunna, on the 2nd instant, in his 23rd year, William Arthur Bowen, second son of Major A. Bowen. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral at 3 o'clock this afternoon from Mr. Snelgrove's, Court House Square, to the place of interment, Barton Church.
STUART - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Donald, infant son of Mr. William Stuart, aged 12 months and 15 days.
STUART - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Fllen Anne, infant daughter of Mr. Paul Stuart, aged 10 months and 11 days.
April 6, 1858
LYNCH - Died at Binbrook, on the 30th ultimo, Mary Amelia, wife of Mr. D. Lynch, school teacher, aged 27 years.
BECKETT - Died of consumption, on Sunday, April 4th, Anne, wife of F. C. Beckett, of this city. Friends are requested to meet at the residence in Hughson street this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
April 7, 1858
POWER - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Margaret, infant daughter of Mr. J. T. Power, aged 2 weeks and one day. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, corner of Catherine and Catharine streets, this day at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends are invited to attend.
CHURCH - It is our painful duty to announce the sudden death in this city (Toronto) yesterday of Dr. Church, the representative in Parliament of Leeds and Grenville. Dr. Church has resided
since the commencement of the session in Mrs. Brown's boarding house, King street west, anddined there as usual at two o'clock yesterday afternoon. Although, at times, of late, suffering from ailments which were believed to partake of a rheumatic nature, he was yesterday in his customary health and spirits, and when after dinner he separated from his friends to retire to his room, it was with the view of completing letters connected with the business of his constituency. In about twenty minutes afterwards, Col. Playfair, M.P.P., visited Dr. Church's room; knocking without receiving a reply, he opened the door and then discovered the doctor in his chair with his face upon the table, dead. Aid was immediately obtained, but without being of the slightest avail, the attending physician, Dr. Ogden, expressing an opinion that death resulted from apoplexy. Dr. Church was long a resident of the village of Kemptville where he enjoyed a wide and well‑earned professional reputation as a physician. He had won the confidence of a large and intelligent constituency by the liberality and soundness of his views and the frankness and courtesy which characterized his general intercourse. A member of the moderate party, always at his post, always true, he rendered good service to the cause of constitutional government, and his sudden and melancholy death will occasion sincere regret in the House, no less than in the constituency he served so well.
SPOHN - We regret to have to chronicle a very melancholy accident which occurred on Saturday last within a few miles of St. Thomas. Mr. Spohn, livery stable keeper of that town, was accompanying a few friends home from a social party when one of the horses became restive. Mr. Spohn alighted, applied the whip, and was in the act of re‑entering the carriage when the restive animal kicked and struck Mr. Spohn on the back of the head. A state of insensibility followed which lasted but a short time, and the deceased was conveyed home. A few hours of consciousness ensued, but soon after the operation of trepanning, he expired. The deceased was an old resident of St. Thomas, and leaves a wife and family.
April 8, 1858
HATT - Died at St. Ours, O.E., on the 2oth of March, Augustus Hatt. Esq., second son of the late Hon. Samuel Hatt, of Chambly, aged 46 years.
April 9, 1858
CRAWFORD - Died on Thursday, the 8th instant, Anna Clarissa, youngest daughter of the late T,. Crawford, aged 6 years and 11 months. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Saturday) the 10th instant at 3 p.m. from her mother's residence, corner of John and Rebecca streets, of which friends will please take notice.
April 10, 1858
FORSYTH - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Frederick Hamilton, youngest son of Mr. George Forsyth, aged 15 months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, corner of Strahan and Hay streets, on Sunday at 3½ o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.
April 12, 1858
MCLEAN - Died on the 4th instant, after a painful illness of fifteen months, Catherine, the beloved wife of Murdoch McLean, of Lobo, C.W., aged 60 years.
MCKEAND - Died at James street, on Friday evening, the 9th instant, Emma, only daughter of Mr. James McKeand.
April 14, 1858
MILLER - Died on the 13th instant, Sarah, the beloved wife of Mr. John Miller, aged 83 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her son, James Miller's house, James street, on Thursday at 4i p.m. without further notice.
April 15, 1858
MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Mr. Alexander Mitchell, aged 26 years. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑day (Thursday) from his brother's residence, corner of Tyburn and Catharine streets, at half past 10 o'clock a.m.
ROUSSEAU - On the night of the 25th ultimo, the house of a man named Jean Ste. Dandurant, in the parish of St. Jerome, was destroyed by fire and two of its inmates, his wife and his mother‑in‑law, were seriously injured by the fire. The former is still dangerously ill, but the latter, Mrs. Mary Rousseau, a woman 89 years of age, only survived her injuries nine days. There being very suspicious circumstances connected with the origin of the fire, Mr. Jones, the district coroner, left town on Monday last for St. Jerome to hold an inquest on the body of the deceased. The result, we learn, was the return of a verdict by the coroner's jury on Saturday morning of wilful murder against a man named Joseph Cusson, a neighbour of Dandurant's. The jury consisted of 14 of the most intelligent and respectable inhabitants of the parish, and the verdict was given after a long investigation into the circumstances attending the fire, and the examination of a crowd of witnesses. Cusson was, on the rendition of the jury, arrested upon the coroner's warrant, and is now in gaol.
April 19, 1858
MUNDIE - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, William Mundie, landscape gardener, aged 47 years. The funeral will take place this day at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Robinson street, Upper James street.
SCALAINLAW - An inquest was held by Dr. Freeman in Milton on the body of a man named Scalainlaw who had accidentally taken a large dose of arsenic in mistake for soda on Monday night last and expired before morning. A verdict was returned in accordance with these facts. This is the second case of poisoning which has occurred in the same place within a few months.
April 20, 1858
THOMPSON - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Mr. John F. Thompson, formerly of Esquesing, aged 32 years. Deceased was a young man of much promise and highly esteemed by all who knew him.
BALL - Died at Grantham, on the 17th instant, Dr. R. L. Ball, in the 26th year of his age.
HOGAN - John Hogan: This distinguished Irish sculptor died at Dublin on the 27th of March last. At 23, he visited Rome for the purpose of study and before he returned to Ireland, he had given evidence of the highest genius of his art. His “Drunken Faun”, “Dead Christ”, and “Eve on her Expulsion from Paradise” are among his greatest works. His statue of O’Connell in Limerick is world‑renowned. Hogan was engaged at the time of his death on two commissions ‑ the Matthew Testimonial in Cork, and one of the bas‑reliefs for the Wellington monument in Dublin. The latter, Hogan intended should be his crowning work, but he did not live to complete it. He died in the 57th year of his age. Hogan was modest and sensitive to an unusual degree, and too proud to allow himself to be placed under obligation to any man. He has left a widow and eleven children without visible means of support.
April 21, 1858
ALLAN - We deeply regret having occasion to state that a little boy about 7 years old, son of David Allan, Esq., of Guelph Mills was found drowned this morning in the river just above Mr. Freeman's mill‑dam. He was missing from home yesterday afternoon. He was seen in company with another boy yesterday morning going towards the swamp across the river. The boy does not give a very satisfactory account as to where he left little Allan, and at present nothing definite has been elicited. The search for the little boy continued actively by moonlight through the night, but the body was not found till about 9 o'clock in the morning. The bereaved parents have the deepest sympathy of the community.
GRASETT - Died on Tuesday afternoon, the 20th instant, of congestion of the lungs, Kate Bligh, the infant daughter of Clement Barley Grasett. The friends of the family are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from the residence of John McCuaig, Esq., Main street west, on Thursday the 22nd instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.
April 22, 1858
MCINARNEY, KNOWLES, BLACKBURN, KYLE - Nothing has yet been heard of the four young men who left the Railway wharf here in a yacht for Toronto on the evening of the 10th instant. Search has been made in various directions, but no trace whatever can be found. The names of the missing parties are: Thomas McInarney, Thomas Knowles, J. Blackburn, David Kyle, and another.
April 24, 1858
ROBERTSON - A most determined act of suicide took place in the Township of Downie on Saturday last. The deceased James Robertson, a farmer living on lot 9, 8th concession had been ploughing with his oxen in the morning and nothing unusual appeared in his conduct. At noon he took the oxen to the stables and there he threw a piece of cord over a peg about six feet from the ground, made a loop hole in the cord, placed his head therein, and deliberately strangled himself. The cord did not pass round his neck; it only went under his chin and up the sides of the head behind the ears. He was found by his wife shortly afterwards quite dead, his knees touching the ground and his head leaning against the side of the building. It appeared that he might have saved himself at any time by merely resting his knees on the ground. The manner in which the act was committed indicated no ordinary degree of determination. Deceased was 35 years of age. He had been for some time suffering from melancholy, indicating partial derangement, but he was always able to attend to his business. No active cause is known which induced him to destroy himself. On the same evening, an inquest was held before Coroner Waugh and a jury, Mr. William Douglas, foreman, and a verdict in accordance with the above facts returned.
April 27, 1858
HENDERSON - Died on Sunday, the 25th instant, Annie Catharine Bessie, youngest daughter of W. K. Henderson, aged 14 months.
April 28, 1858
TAYLOR - Died at the residence of Mr. A. F. Macdonald, on the 24th instant, George R. Taylor, aged 48 years.
April 30, 1858
SHEPPARD (Toronto) - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon by Coroner Scott at Archer's Tavern, corner of York and Richmond streets, on the body of a woman named Mrs. Sheppard who died on Tuesday morning at her residence on York street. The inquest was held on the requisition of some persons who were desirous of ascertaining the true cause of death. It appears that the woman had, previous to her death, been in tolerably good health, and that she suddenly became ill and expired, but there was nothing to show that this was the effect of anything beyond natural causes. A post‑mortem examination of the body has been made, and it was ascertained that she had died from a species of malignant fever, and to that effect, the jury returned their verdict.
May 3, 1858
CARSE - Mr. Carse, a foreman in the employ of Samuel C. Ridley and Company, was instantly killed on Saturday morning. He had been adjusting the lever of a derrick used for hoisting large blocks of stone. The horse by which the machine is worked having been put in motion, the lever swung round, striking the unfortunate man, and killing him on the spot. The accident occurred at the works on the Great Western Railway near St. Catharines. A boy who was supplying water to the party was also killed.
May 4, 1858
ROBERTSON - Died yesterday at the residence of Robert Hamilton in this city, Agnes Robertson (widow) in her 70th year. The funeral will take place on Wednesday at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.
May 5, 1858
WALKER - An inquest was held before Dr. MacKellar, coroner, at the house of Mr. John Walker in the Township of Mosa on Tuesday, the 20th ultimo, on view of the body of William Walker of the said township. It appeared from the evidence that the deceased left Glencoe, Monday, the 19th, to go home on the railroad a short time previous to the arrival of the day express train going west, due at Glencoe at 8:27. Being under the influence of ardent spirits, the deceased lay on the track at the west switch of the station house. Not having been seen by the engineer nor by any other person, the train passed over him, killing him instantly, and at the same time bruising and mangling the corpse in a dreadful manner. A number of witnesses were examined at the inquest for the purpose of tracing out where the deceased got the liquor. The testimony being very conclusive against certain sellers of ardent spirits at Glencoe, the jurors brought in, along with their verdict, a censure against the parties for giving the deceased liquor. The verdict of accidental death was returned.
DRAKE - The chimney of a house on the corner of York and Queen streets, Toronto, fell in yesterday as the house was being pulled down. A coloured man named Addison Drake was instantly killed; Mr. T. Dow was seriously injured; and W. Johnson injured in the arm.
May 7, 1858
HELM - An inquest was held on the body of Robert Helm on the 21st ultimo at Culross, before W. Irwin, Esq., Coroner. It appeared that, on the Sunday preceding, the deceased, accompanied by his brother and John McIntyre, went into Dr. Gordon's house, in Zetland, intending to play a trick on the Dr. in his absence. They took down a bottle of colchicum supposing it to be gin, when deceased and McIntyre each helped themselves to a glass. They then went away, and returning in about an hour and a half, they liked it so well that they took another glass each. Verdict: “Deceased came to his death from drinking colchicum,. supposing it to be gin”. McIntyre is under the care of Dr. Garner and is fast recovering.
MILNE - A most disgraceful case of grave robbery was perpetrated on Monday night last, at Milnesville, three miles north of this place (Markham). Two weeks ago a promising young man about 18 years of age, eldest son of Mr. Peter Milne, after a short and severe illness, died and was buried in a suitable spot selected on his father's farm. Last Monday night the grave was opened and the body removed. An old axe, a cane, and a bottle containing some brandy was found within a short distance of the spot. The empty grave was left open. Such acts perpetrated in such an inhuman manner deserve to be severely punished. The friends of the deceased, as might be expected, feel deeply the infliction of this wanton and cruel act immediately following the bereavement of one upon whom they had fondly doted.
Mr. Milne requests us to say that, if the body is brought back, no prosecution will be commenced against the parties, but, if it is not brought back, he will pay a large reward to have the guilty parties convicted.
May 8, 1858
FARR - A young lad named Farr was drowned last evening in a creek in the rear of his mother's residence on Bay street. The creek is one which runs through the ravine between Bay and Caroline streets. In opening the former, the water has been dammed back and accumulated to some extent. It appears the unfortunate youth had gone in to bathe with some of his companions, and getting out of his depth, was drowned before assistance could be procured. His father was a contractor here and was one of the victims of the Desjardins accident. His mother was almost distracted on hearing of the accident.
May 10, 1858
ROGERS - Died at Carlisle, on the 6th instant, Mary E., wife of George Rogers, Esq., aged 24 years.
May 12, 1858
SPENCER - Died on the 12th ultimo, of inflammation of the lungs, at Grimsby, Mr. Lyman Sprague Spencer, aged 30 years. Deceased was born in Saratoga County in the State of New York, but has been a resident of Grimsby for nearly 18 years. The wife of deceased died on the 25th of March when Mr. Spencer was in perfect health. He was, however, taken ill on the Tuesday and died on the following Monday, leaving seven orphan children to bewail their irreparable loss. He was a consistent member of the Sons of Temperance to his dying hour, and was much and deservedly respected by all who knew him.
May 13, 1858
MCLOGAN - Died at the residence of her brother, Duke street, Hamilton, on Wednesday, the 12th instant, Catherine McLogan, aged 23 years, second daughter of Mr. John McLogan, Ballymoyer, County Armagh, Ireland. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her late residence on Friday morning at half past 8 o'clock to the place of interment, St. Mary's cemetery.
May 14, 1858
HARPER - We regret to hear that Mr. Harper of Kingston, of the Upper Canada Trust and Loan Company, and founder of the Commercial Bank, died on Wednesday night.
GILLOCK - Drowned in the Desjardine Canal ‑ On Wednesday evening, an inquest was held by Dr. Mackintosh on the body of Captain Gillock of the steamer “Favorite”. It is supposed that the unfortunate man fell from the steamer into the canal and no assistance being at hand, drowned. The jury brought in a verdict of accidental death.
GREEN - On Friday last about 3 o'clock, an Indian named John G. Hill, aged about 23 years, struck another Indian, named John Green, aged about 31 years, in the breast with his fist as he was leaning against a post of the stoop in front of an hotel in Middleport, when he fell down the steps of the stoop, striking the top of his head against the edge of one of the steps, causing a contusion of the brain from which he died almost instantly. Deceased was in a beastly state of intoxication at the time. Hill was immediately taken into custody and Coroner Buckwell held an inquest on the body of the deceased on Saturday when Drs. Doe and McPherson held a post mortem examination, and ascertained the cause of death to be as above stated when the
jury brought in a verdict accordingly, and Hill was then sent off to Brantford gaol to await his trial for the offence. Both Indians belonged to the Upper Mohawks and were heretofore on the best of terms. We think the parties who furnished the Indians with liquor were more to blame than Hill. It is a great pity that spirituous liquors would not be kept off the ground where the Indians are paid. Mr. Thorburn, Special Indian Agent, is still paying off the Indians, and will probably finish to‑night. He will pay out about $36,666 altogether. Quite an amount these hard times.
May 17, 1858
BOWMAN - A correspondent at Gould writes us under date of the 7th instant. Yesterday a young man named Alfred Bowman, a native of Norwich, England, was drowned at the Salmon River Bridge about a mile from this village under the following circumstances. He and two others, J. Noble and T. Bennet, went down to the bridge to see the logs cut by C. S. Clark and go over the falls. There was a jam of logs stuck on the rocks above the bridge on which they walked out. They stayed a good while and as they were within a few yards of the shore, the logs they were on began to move. Noble and Bowman made for the shore and the other, Bennet, started for the stationary logs farther out. Noble just saved himself by catching hold of some branches, but poor Bowman stumbled and fell down between the logs, and did not recover himself until the logs parted and went off. He floated on a log until he went over the second, or worst, shoot, when he sank but came up again in smooth water. He was making for the shore apparently, and was within two feet of a log when he sank to rise no more. The search for his body has as yet been unsuccessful. He leaves a wife, but no children in England. He was a well‑educated man and highly respectable, and endeared himself to everyone who knew him. His death has cast a gloom over the whole place.
BRIGGS - On Thursday last, a teamster named Robert Briggs in the employ of G. M. Ryckman, Esq., while walking along side of his team which was loaded with lumber tripped and fell before the wheel which passed over his chest, stopping there for some minutes. The unfortunate man was killed on the spot. He had just crossed the Caledonia bridge over the Grand River, and was in the act of turning off the road for the purpose of unloading his team. Deceased was unmarried.
May 18, 1858
MORRISON (Toronto) - An inquest was held by Dr. Scott at the Police Court on Saturday evening on the body of a man found floating in the Bay early that morning. The body was discovered near the Custom‑House wharf, and was carried to building near the market used as a dead‑house. At the inquest the body was identified as that of a man named Neil Morrison, a wheelsman on board the steamer “Peerless”.
About three weeks ago, the man was missed from duty, and it was supposed that he was drowned. Every exertion was made to recover the remains, but without success. The waters in the vicinity were dragged, and other means taken, and the result being fruitless, search was discontinued. The friends of the missing man were most anxious as to his fate, the certainty of his death not being fully established. All doubt was dispelled when the body was picked up on Saturday morning. Relatives of Morrison were on the inquest and testified as to the identity of the deceased with the missing man. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with these facts.
May 20, 1858
RYAN - Died at his residence, Carroll Cottage, East Elamborough Plains, on the 19th instant, Thomas Ryan, Esq., aged 58 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence at half past 7 a.m. or from St. Mary's Church, at 9 a.m., without further notice, on Saturday, the 22nd instant.
JOHNSTONE - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Mr. William Johnstone, late of Mirimachi, N.B., aged 64 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from the corner of Bowery street and Concession road, at 3 o'clock this p.m.
May 21, 1858
DENNEE - On Wednesday evening, the Police found a coloured man named Charles Dennee on the Common in the west end of the city in a helpless state of intoxication. He was taken to the police cells and locked up. Subsequently it was found he was in a fit, and in spite of all the remedies applied, the man died at about 3 o'clock yesterday morning. H. B. Bull, Esq. held an inquest on the body and the jury brought in a verdict: Died in a fit of apoplexy brought on by intemperance.
May 22, 1858
MARCHILDON - Mr. Thomas Marchildon, formerly member of Parliament for Champlain, C.E., and who was defeated at the last general election, committed suicide on Monday last, by throwing himself into a well near Three Rivers. He had gone to the woods for a load of lumber. On his return his friends found him in an unsound state of mind. A doctor was sent for, but before he arrived, Mr. Marchildon jumped into a well and was drowned.
HILLS - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Robert, infant son of E. B. Hills, aged 15 days.
May 26, 1858
BAXTER - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Mr. Charles Baxter, aged 35 years. The funeral will take place this afternoon (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. from his late residence on Wilson street. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
May 27, 1858
HUBBLE - Died on the 18th instant, at her late residence in the Township of Saltfleet, Mrs. Elizabeth Hubble, wife of William Hubble, in the 62nd year of her age.
May 28, 1858
CONNOR - On last Thursday evening, a man of the name of Daniel Connor was killed at the shaft of the railway tunnel in Brockville. He was standing at the bottom of the shaft while the loaded car was ascending, and by some means got detached from the rope, and falling upon poor Connor's head, killed him instantaneously. The force of the blow drove the skull in upon the brain and greatly disfigured the unfortunate man's features and broke his legs. Connor leaves a wife and two little children to lament his loss. God help them.
BARRY - On Wednesday evening last, Mr. John Barry, unknown to anybody, got on the cars, supposed to have been on his way to Plattsville where he had purchased an inn. When the train had passed Drumbo, the conductor felt that the train had passed over something, and gave the signal to stop, which was done directly and Mr. Barry was found literally doubled up with both legs and hands cut off. He leaves a widow but no children.
June 1, 1858
BRICK - Died at his father's residence, Tyburn street, the 31st ultimo, at eleven o'clock p.m., Dinnie Brick, aged 7 year?, 6 months, and 27 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on this (Wednesday) morning at half past eight 9'clock to the St. Mary's cemetery without further notice.
June 5, 1858
START - Died on Friday, the 4th instant, John George, youngest son of J. E. Start, Esq., aged 8 months. The friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this afternoon at 5 o'clock without further notice.
AVERY - Died at her residence, King William street, on the 4th instant, Mary, relict of the late Archibald Avery, of this city aged 40 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon.
AINSLIE - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, William Ainslie, aged 49 years. His death was caused by having his skull fractured with a stone about three weeks ago. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, King street east, to the Burlington cemetery this day at 3 p.m.
June 8, 1858
COLVILLE - Died at Saltfleet, on Saturday, the 5th instant, Mr. John Colville, Sr., aged 76 years.
June 9, 1858
BAKER - Died at Barton, early yesterday morning, the 8th June, Emma, wife of Hugh C. Baker, Esq., and eldest daughter of Henry Wyatt, Esq., in her 34th year. Friends are requested to attend the funeral at and from the Church of the Ascension to‑morrow (Thursday) at 3 o'clock p.m. without further notice.
PERCE - Died in this city on Monday, the 7th instant, Mr. Donald Perce, aged 60 years and 8 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, Picton street, this (Wednesday) afternoon at, 4 o'clock.
June 10, 1858
FLLIATRAULT, dit LAURIN - An unfortunate accident happened on Saturday last by which an old man named Joseph Kiliatrault, dit Laurin, lost his life. He was standing on, or moving slowly along, the track of the Montreal and Lachine Railway as it entered the village of Lachine. As the place at which the stoppage would occur was near at hand, the train moved slowly. The brakesman at the engine saw the man and hailed him, but he being deaf, did not hear the alarm. The train could not be stopped in time and the wheel of the foremost car passed over the body of the unfortunate man who, although every possible care and attention was shown to him, died in a couple of hours afterwards.
A coroner's jury was summoned yesterday at Lachine, and after evidence and examining the Railroad Incorporation Act, came to the conclusion that the Company was guilty of neglect in not employing, as they are bound to do under the act, a person to warn passersby where the railroad traverses the high road. The servants of the Company they acquit of all blame.
June 12, 1858
NEILSON - Died at Buffalo, New York, on Sunday, the 6th instant, Thomas Horatio Neilson, Esq., formerly of Stratford, aged 58 years.
June 15, 1858
COYLE - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, of affection of the heart, Mr. David Coyle, aged 46 years.
BRAM - Died at Beamsville, on Sunday, the 6th instant, Jacob Bram, Esq., in his 86th year.
June 17, 1858
MCNAB - An inquest was held by Dr. Nellis at Strong's Hotel yesterday on the body of Mrs. McNab who had died, it was rumoured, in rather a mysterious manner on Monday week. Owing to a request of her relatives for an examination into the cause of her death, the body was exhumed and an inquest instituted as stated. We are unable from the late hour at which the investigation was concluded to present a report of the proceedings to‑day. (London)
SCATCHERD - We regret to learn that John Scatcherd, Esq., M.P. for the west riding of Middlesex, who had been ill for a long time, died at his residence, Myton, on Tuesday last. Of the deceased gentleman we knew but little save by reputation. The last time the writer saw him was when he took his seat in the Assembly at the opening of the present session. He was then in such poor health that in a few days he was compelled to return home. In social life Mr. Scatcherd was highly esteemed; in public life he never played an important part, but was among the most respectable and less violent of the Parliamentary Opposition. Parliament adjourned yesterday afternoon out of respect to the memory of the deceased. He was in the 59th year of his age. The death of Mr. Scatcherd causes a vacancy in the Legislature, but we refrain until after the funeral which takes place to‑morrow from alluding to the present candidate.
June 18, 1858
MCEACHERN - Died on the 17th instant, John McEachern, aged 48 years. His end was peace. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral on Saturday at 4 p.m. from his late residence, Rebecca street, without further notice.
TURNER - A farmer named Joseph Turner, living within a mile of the village of Waterdown, committed suicide on Saturday afternoon last by hanging himself in a barn. An inquest was held on the body by Dr. O. Skinner, coroner, and a verdict returned of “Died by hanging himself while in a fit of melancholy”.
June 22, 1858
MCCALLUM - On Friday last, a man of the name of McLean with another named John McCallum, both of the Township of Aldborough, were bringing a grist in a log canoe to Mr.
Strath's mill, Wardsville, when an accident occurred by which one of the unfortunate men was drowned. An obliging correspondent, Dr. McKellar, who presents us with the particulars, states that a little above the mill is situated a boom for keeping saw‑logs. As the men were approaching the mill in their canoe, it struck against a log and instantly capsized, precipitating both into the water. The river being very high at, the time ‑ higher indeed for the period of the year than in the recollection of the oldest inhabitants ‑ and the current very strong, the men were carried down the stream. Three individuals who were standing on the bank saw the accident, but got so bewildered that they failed to run to the assistance of the drowning men. As Providence ordained, however, McLean got hold of the canoe with his teeth and kept the grasp for life till those on the bank were able to assist and take him from his perilous position. But not so with McCallum; he sank to rise no more. Immediately search was made for the body, but as yet no tidings have been received of it. McCallum leaves an aged mother and a widow to deplore his loss.
June 23, 1858
MACKAY - Died on Tuesday night, the 22nd instant, Donald Crooks, son of James D. Mackay, Esq., aged 4 years. The funeral will take place on Thursday the 24th instant at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
DYNES - Died at Nelson on the 22nd instant, Mr. Samuel Dynes, in the 71st year of his age. The funeral will take place on Thursday at 2 o'clock from his late residence.
MURRAY - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Margery Ely, daughter of Mr. David Murray, aged 17 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of her father, Ferguson avenue, to the Burlington cemetery, at 3:30 p.m.
June 25, 1858
PENDERGAST - Died at the Assumption Convent, Paris, France, Marianne, aged 7 years, the beloved eldest daughter of Robert Pendergast, Esq., of Landuff House, Thurlea, and grand‑daughter of the late Alderman Boyce, J.P., Mayor of Limerick.
June 26, 1858
PROVOST, DESFORGES, BELLISLE - Jean Baptiste Desforges and Marie Anne Bellisle, convicted of the murder of Catharine Provost of St. Jerome last winter, were executed in front of the jail to‑day in the presence of an immense concourse of people. The prisoners confessed their guilt, and showed much calmness. This is the first execution in Montreal for 25 years.
June 28, 1858
BETTS - An inquest was held in Dundas by James Mahon, Esq., coroner, on the body of a man named William Betts. It appears that the deceased in company with several others had gone into the creek to bathe, but getting out of his depth and being unable to swim, the unfortunate man was drowned. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
June 29, 1858
LENNON - Died suddenly in this city, on the 26th instant, Capt. Hugh Lennon, of Cayuga, aged 45 years.
June 30, 1858
LENNON - An inquest was held yesterday by H. B. Bull, coroner, on the body of the late Hugh Lennon, who died suddenly on Monday evening. From the medical evidence, it appeared that the cause of death was the breaking of a blood vessel on the brain. The Jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts adduced in evidence.
July 1, 1858
SHOWERS - Died at Ancaster, on the 29th ultimo, Major D. Showers, aged 71 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of John Aikman, Esq., Ancaster, at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
July 6, 1858
CONNORS - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of a young man named John Connors. It appears that the deceased, in company with several others, had gone to the Bay to fish on Sabbath morning, and wishing to get to the other side of Sherman's Inlet, he and another of the party tied their clothes round their bodies and attempted to swim over. When about forty feet from the shore, Connors became entangled in the rank weeds growing in the Inlet. All efforts to rescue him proved fruitless. A person in a boat, on being called, came to the assistance of the party. The body was immediately taken from the water and resuscitation attempted, but all proved in vain ‑ the vital spark had fled. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
July 9, 1858
HAMMOND - Died at Caledonia, on the 6th instant, after a short illness, Alexander Robertson, youngest son of T. L. Hammond, of the Customs.
July 12, 1858
MACKAY - Died on the 11th ultimo, at Helmsdale, Scotland, Mrs. Mackay, mother of Messrs. Gordon and Donald Mackay, of this city.
July 13, 1858
SINCLAIR - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Agnes, wife of Mr. Archibald Sinclair, formerly of Dunoon, Scotland, aged 61 years.
DOWNIE - A man supposed to be Hugh Downie was picked up in the Bay near the Desjardins canal yesterday morning. Downie has been missed since the 30th of December last. He then left his home in a state of delirium, having suddenly ceased drinking a few days previously. The body was in a fearful state of decomposition and had evidently been in the water for a length of time. What little clothing was on it was hanging around the neck. An inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, at which the wife of Downie deposed that the body was that of her husband Downie, she identifying some of the clothing. She says her husband was 47 years of age and was a pensioner. A wound from a musket ball, said to be in the knee of Downie, could not be found by the medical men who examined the body. They also stated that the man must have been over 60 years of age. It was, therefore, very uncertain whether this was the body of Downie or not. After hearing all the evidence which could be obtained, the jury brought in a verdict of “Found drowned”.
NELSON - Yesterday afternoon, a man named Nelson suddenly dropped on the pavement near the corner of King and James streets. He was immediately picked up, placed in a cab, and taken to the Police Office where, in a very few minutes, Dr. Henwood was in attendance. It was found, however, that the vital spark had fled. H. B. Bull, Esq. coroner, held an inquest on the body last evening. The medical testimony showed that the deceased came to his death from disease of the heart. The jury returned a verdict accordingly.
July 14, 1858
NELSON - Friends and acquaintances are this day respectfully invited to attend the funeral of John Nelson (whose sudden death was recorded yesterday) from his late residence, West avenue, to Burlington cemetery, at 3 o'clock p.m.
FITZGERALD (London) - A case of manslaughter came before the coroner on Friday last of which the following are the particulars. An aged pensioner, who was likewise a cripple, occupied a lot in Westminster just outside the city limits, named James Fitzgerald. Next door to him lived a man known as Levi Hodgkinson, a painter by trade. On June 1st last, they had a quarrel
respecting some fowls when Hodgkinson, who is a young and vigorous man, crossed over to Fitzgerald and attacked him, threw him down, kicked him in the ribs, and caused such injuries that the unfortunate man lingered till June 29, when death resulted from inflammation of the lungs. The man was buried, but on information having been subsequently laid before Dr. Moore, the coroner, the remains were exhumed, and a post mortem made which clearly showed that the death had resulted from inflammation of the lungs traceable to the injuries received. The jury on the evidence adduced returned a verdict of “Manslaughter”, and the prisoner was committed to trial on the coroner's warrant, and now lies in jail. Hodgkinson had previously had an excellent character and attributes the unfortunate occurrence to a sudden and uncontrollable fit of passion.
July 17, 1858
SOMERVILLE - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, William Samuel Palmer, only son of Mr. James Somervi1le, merchant, aged 7 months and 3 days. The funeral will take place this (Saturday) morning at 9 o'clock from the residence of Rev. S. Belton, upper James street.
BRADLEY - Mr. John F. Bradley, late of this village, we are sorry to say, lost his life by being nearly sawn in two with a circular saw whilst working in his mill in the Township of Brantford about 3 o'clock on Tuesday last. It seems that, after starting the saw, Mr. B. attempted to jump over the log when his foot slipped and he fell with his head towards the saw which entered at the collar bone and laid his heart, lungs, etc. bare. He lived but a few moments after the accident, and, of course, never spoke. His wife was a short distance off in a berry patch at the time, and was immediately called, but he had ceased to breathe when she arrived. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved family in their terrible affliction, and trust they will be sustained by Him who has said that he will be a Father to the fatherless.
July 19, 1858
WRIGHT - A lad named Augustus Wright, brother of Mr. William Wright of Stratford, was killed at Goderich on Monday last by being thrown from a horse.
DUNN - On Monday last a jury was summoned by Coroner Balfour to hold an inquest upon the body of a man found the day before in a ravine about one fourth of a mile in the rear of Mr. Cockshutt's church, and therefore the same distance from the Mount Pleasant road. Extensive decomposition had taken place when the body was found, and on Monday when the jury was called to examine it there was little left besides the bones and skin. It was therefor impossible to identify the deceased by any particular feature, but Mr. Wallace of Holmesdale and the farmer for whom the deceased had worked during the summer were able to identify him by his pants, hat, coat, and other articles of wearing apparel. It appears that the name of the deceased is Edward
Dunn, and that he left Burford on the 29th ultimo for the purpose of collecting a note of $20 which he held against a man by the name of Perkins living about a mile from the place where the body was found. The note was still in the pocket of the deceased when the body was discovered, also one English shilling which was all the money he had when he left Mount Pleasant.
Owing to the decomposed state of the body, it was impossible to determine whether he had been stabbed or not. His skull had not been fractured, but the left hand had been broken off about two inches above the wrist and was nowhere to be found. His coat and one of the suspenders lay about thirty yards from the body and back in the direction of Perkins', over two or three ravines; about half a mile from where the coat lay, the other suspender was picked up. When last seen, deceased was crossing the fields from Johnson's, a farmer, towards Perkins'. That was on the 29th, the day he left home. It was quite evident that the position of the body had been changed from that in which it first lay after decomposition had made considerable progress as the hair had fallen off some distance from the head when found. There can be little doubt that the body was carried to the place where it was found, after death, but how the death was produced it would be impossible to say.
The coat and braces being found at a very considerable distance asunder would indicate the direction from which the body had been brought, but the absence of the hand is a mystery. No traces of blood could be discovered on the clothing. The jury, after examining the body and searching for a considerable time for further indication of the direction whence the body had been brought, adjourned to meet again at Farrell's Hotel, West Brantford, on Tuesday at 4 o'clock p.m. The inquest met again on Tuesday pursuant to adjournment, but nothing was elicited to throw any light on the mysterious death of Dunn. Dr. Bown's testimony showed very clearly that the deceased could not have possibly placed himself in the position in which the body was found, and hence the inference that some one must have done so after his death. The coroner's jury met from day to day till Thursday when they adjourned to meet again on Tuesday night. Though many witnesses have been examined, the mystery remains as dark and impenetrable as ever.
July 20, 1858
MCHARDY - Died at Grenville, C.E., on the 5th instant, aged 72 years, Mr. John McHardy of Aberdeenshire, Scotland. If this should meet the eye of his son, John McHardy, who left Grenville about four years ago, his disconsolate mother would be glad of his return to Grenville. Newspapers in Upper Canada and the United States will please copy.
OXFORD - On Sunday last while some boys were playing in the burying ground of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, they discovered a man suspended from one of the trees, quite dead. Upon examination, it was found to be the body of George Oxford, an old man, about 70 years of age
who had been residing in Belleville since last spring. From the appearance of the body and the time that he had been missed, he must have been hanging for 16 or 20 hours. An inquest was held by J. P. McDonell, Esq., and a verdict of “Death by hanging” returned. From what transpired at the inquest, we learn that the unfortunate man had not been well for some time and that he had left home in Hungerford on account of family squabbles. These preying, upon his aged and weak intellect, it is supposed led him to destroy himself. He has a wife and family residing in the east part of Hungerford.
DUFFY - Two drunken men lying on the railway track a little below the Kingston station were run over by one of the freight trains during Wednesday night. One of the men, Hugh Duffy, a name well‑known on the police annals, was killed instantly, his body being frightfully mangled. The other, Thomas or Thompson, who lay with his leg across the rail, had it severed just below the knee, and is now in hospital. A bottle of whiskey was found lying beside the men when discovered this morning by the early freight train. Coroner Shaw held an inquest on Duffy's body, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
July 26, 1858
PIERCE - Died at Wellington Square, C.W., on the 22nd instant, William Pierce, Esq., late of Cluden, County Galway, Ireland.
BEATTIE - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Adam Beattie, aged 33 years, after a long and painful illness. Friends and acquaintances are respectfu1ly requested to attend the funeral at 3 o'clock on Tuesday, the 27th instant, from his late residence, West avenue, to the Burlington cemetery, without further notice.
July 28, 1858
CARROLL - Died at the residence of Mrs. Harvey, Market Square, on the 27th instant, Mrs. Catherine Carroll, wife of Stephen Carroll, and daughter of the late Patrick Harvey, an old resident of this city. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral at half past eight o'clock on Thursday morning from her late residence, Market Square, to the Catholic cemetery.
MCINTYRE - An accident of a melancholy nature occurred at the Waubuno station of the Great Western Railway, a few miles east of London on Saturday night. The facts as far as we are able to learn are these: Mr. James Mclntyre, a farmer residing at the above‑mentioned place, visited London on Saturday on business. Late in the evening he left for home, and proceeded along the railway track, it being the nearest route towards home. When near the station at Waubuno,
the 11:45 train from London passed him. A cattle train immediately followed and he, it is supposed, imagining that this was the noise proceeding from the passing train, got on the track again. The train, however, ran over him, mangling him in a shocking manner. An inquest was held on his remains yesterday, and a verdict recorded in accordance with the facts stated. Deceased was a worthy man, but 35 years of age, and leaves a sorrowing wife and four children to mourn his untimely loss.
July 31, 1858
ALEXANDER - Died on the 24th instant at Hugen Point, New Jersey, of congestion of the lungs, Robert Alexander, from Glasgow, Scotland, aged 24 years.
HAMILTON (Toronto) - Dr. Morgan Hamilton, of Goderich, was suddenly attacked on Wednesday by a “coup de soleil”. He was conducted to his hotel, Sword's, and after a short time, died at about half past eleven last night. He was attended in his last moments by his brother‑in‑law, Mr. Brown of Goderich, and by Mr. Milton Clarke of Toronto, The remains were sent to Goderich by the train at 11 o'clock yesterday. The deceased gentleman was highly esteemed by all who were acquainted with him, and his death will bring sorrow into his own family and to those with whom he had been connected.
August 2, 1858
GRYCE - The St. Mary's “Argus” says that Coroner Wilson held an inquest on Tuesday, 20th ultimo, on the body of a woman named Mary Ann Gryce who came to her death the previous evening in the following manner. She observed a drunken man coming up to the toll gate west of the village with a club in his hands with which he made after and struck a boy who happened to be on the road as he was passing. The deceased observed the actions of the man and no doubt believing he was going to murder the boy, uttered a cry and rushed to his rescue, but had only proceeded a few yards when she fell to the groung and expired in a few moments. The deceased and her husband kept a saloon in Brantford, and had but recently removed to St. Mary's.
August 3, 1858
JOHNSTON - Died in this city, yesterday, the 2nd instant, Mrs. Joseph Johnston, after a few hours illness. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her husband's residence, York street, to‑day at 3 o'clock p.m.
LANG - Died in this city, yesterday, after a lingering illness, Mr. Archibald Lang, aged 24 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑day (Tuesday) at 2 o'clock from his late residence, John street, to Burlington cemetery.
August 4, 1858
GLLLESPY - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Fanny Maria, only daughter of William Gillespy, Esq., John street, aged 2 years and 5 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, without further notice.
GRAY - Died at Beverly, on the 29th ultimo, Alison, wife of Mr. James Gray, aged 35 years.
ROBERTSON - Died at Duke street, on the 3rd instant, Annabella, youngest daughter of Mr. David D. Robertson, painter.
August 7, 1858
LODGE - At Ancaster, on the 6th instant, Mr. Rae Lodge, uncle to Mr. Thomas Honner, aged 30 years.
FORSAYETH - Died yesterday in this city, in the 62nd year of his age, Samuel Forsayeth, Esq., late of Her Majesty's Customs, Halifax, N.S. The funeral will take place from his late residence, John street north.
PATTERSON - An inquest commenced yesterday morning at 10 o'clock on the body of the unfortunate woman, Mrs. Patterson, whose death from the blows of her husband, it was supposed, we described yesterday. Drs. Craik, Nelson, and Picault made the post mortem examination. The liver was found greatly congested with considerable blood extravasated. This, with the other facts, accounts for death. The liver was an immense one, showing her passion for alcoholic stimulants. The prisoner was present at the inquest, and during its early stage, was greatly affected. He soon, however, grew calmer, and cross‑examined the witnesses. He states the marks of blows on the person of the deceased were caused by her falling out of bed, over chairs, etc.,when drunk. (Montreal)
KELLOGG - On Sunday morning list, a fine 1ittle boy, aged five years, the son of Mr. Jack Kellogg, of Ancaster Township, fell into a well on his father's premises. The boy was missed for about half an hour, and must have been nearly that length of time in the well. Every exertion was used to restore animation but without success. The bereaved and afflicted parents desire to thank their friends and neighbours for the kindness and sympathy shown them under the distressing circumstances.
August 9, 1858
MCCOOL - Died at Ancaster, on the 6th instant, David, second son of Mr. James McCool, aged 1 year and 10 months.
UNNAMED BOY - On Saturday afternoon, the embankment on Queen street in rear of Mrs. Ferrie's, fell in, burying a lad. He was employed at that time in digging sand. Efforts were made to rescue him, but before he was taken out, life was extinct.
August 10, 1858
ACKROYD - An inquest was held on Sunday afternoon on the body of a boy named Ackroyd. It will be within the recollection of our readers that about a fortnight since, the boy was advertised as missing. On Sunday afternoon, some boys playing round the market square discovered a body floating in the water tank. It was immediately taken therefrom, and a jury impanelled by Coroner Jones. So far as the evidence has gone, it appeared that the deceased had been playing round the tank, and from the insecure state of the cover, fell in, and no alarm having been given, was unfortunately drowned. A boy named Bright is held in custody, he having said that he saw deceased fall into the tank, but that he was afraid to tell. No great dependence can be placed on this, the boy not being quite ‘compos mentis”. The jury were to meet again last night to hear further evidence as to the safety of the covering of the tank. We observe that the authorities have taken the matter in hand and made it perfectly secure, unfortunately too late.
August 11, 1858
ACKROYD - The following is the verdict of the Coroner's jury, impanelled to inquire into the cause of the death of the boy, Jonas Ackroyd. “That the deceased, Jonas Ackroyd, came to his death by falling into the tank on the Market Square in this city on the morning of the 28th of July last, by which he sustained a severe fracture of the skull and other mortal injuries, and further the jury find that the said tank then and for some time previously, and subsequently thereto, was in a dangerous condition and that the deceased came to his death in consequence thereof”.
BREMNER - Died in this city, after a protracted illness, in the 67th year of her age, Eliza Bremner, relict of James C. E. Bremner, Esq.,late of St. John, New Brunswick. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 5 o'clock from the residence of the late Samuel Forsayeth, Esq., John street.
August 12, 1858
MENZIES - Died at Allan Tract, Ancaster, on the 8th of August, Alexander, infant son of Mr. William Menzies, aged 8 days.
KELLY (Toronto) - On Sunday morning last, a woman named Delia Kelly, residing on Stanley street, died suddenly. It was supposed that some violence must have been offered to deceased as she had a deep cut on the right side of the head. Dr. Cotter was immediately notified of the
circumstances and after some inquiry, he thought it his duty to take the husband of deceased, Patrick Kelly, into custody. The inquest was resumed last night at St. Charles saloon, corner of Church and Richmond streets. A post mortem examination of the body had been made by Drs. Thorburn and Stamers who said that the wound on the side of the head was apparently produced by a sharp‑edged instrument. There was also a bruise on the right side of the chest. The heart and lungs presented the usual appearance of a body in ordinary case free from disease. The stomach contained about half a pint of milky fluid. The liver was enlarged and indicated a person somewhat addicted to the use of spirituous drinks. So far, however, as they could learn from the examination, there was nothing to account for her death. Kelly stated to the jury that deceased was subject to fits, and a week previous to her death had fallen down stairs. Mary Ann Purdon said that about half past four o'clock on Sunday morning, she heard shouting in the house of the deceased. An hour subsequently, Kelly came out of the house with his eldest child saying “Delia is dead”. About half past five o'clock on the previous evening, witness saw deceased, who at that time had no cut on her head. A lad named Bernard Hatton, son of deceased by a former husband, said she had come home between four and five on Saturday afternoon. She then went upstairs and in doing so, fell against the chimney cutting the side of her head. She bled profusely and after suffering during the night, she expired early on Sunday morning. She was subject to fits during the continuance of which she endured much pain. Several other witnesses were examined, but the above are the principal, facts elicited. The jury adjourned at half past 10 o'clock till 7 o'clock this evening.
August 14, 1858
FITZMAURICE - Died in this city, on Friday, the 13th instant, Edward Fitzmaurice, aged 13 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day (Saturday) at 4 o'clock p.m. from his mother's residence, Mulberry street.
HARVEY - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, the infant son of Mr. T. H. Harvey, aged 14 days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral without further notice this day at 3 o'clock p.m.
August, 16, 1858
ERMANTINGER - Died on the 12th instant, at his residence near St. Thomas, Frances Ermantinger, Esq., late of the Hudson's Bay Company, in the 61st year of his age.
KENT - Died at the Anglo‑American Hotel, in this city, Ellen Lewis only daughter of Mr. F. Kent, of Philadelphia. Cincinnati and Philadelphia papers please copy.
August 17, 1853
TOULOUSE - On Wednesday last, as the day express, going east, was nearing Belle River station, the engineer discovered a man lying across the track. Instantly the whistle was blown, and the brakes put on, but before the locomotive could be stopped, the body of the unfortunate man was passed over, and his head and shoulders terribly mangled. Of course, death was instantaneous. The deceased's name was Toulouse, and he is said to have an uncle living at, or near, this town of the same name.
UNNAMED MAN (Toronto) - Coroner Uuggan held an inquest on Saturday on the body of a man found drowned near the Don bridge. It appears that the unfortunate man was found lying drunk on the bridge between eight and nine o'clock the previous evening. When taken out of the water, the unfortunate man had in his pocket some fifteen sovereigns and some small change. He is said to have come from England only last May. The jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned”.
UNNAMED MAN - Last Saturday about noon, the body of a man was, found in the Bay near Maitland's wharf. Deceased has a wooden leg on the right side, had on a guernsey shirt and coloured handkerchief, black pantaloons, no vest or coat. Around his body was fastened with two coloured cotton handkerchiefs a piece of cast iron shaped at right angles and weighing sixteen pounds. There was no money in his pockets. Deceased had the appearance of a working man. It is difficult to say how long he may have been in the water. The hands would seem to indicate several days in contact with the water, but as fresh blood flows freely from the head, it seems probable he has been only a short time in the water. (Toronto)
August 20, 1853
REID - Died at Oakville, on the 17th instant, Mary, infant daughter of James Reid, merchant, aged 8 months.
DALLYN - Died August 18th, Henry, youngest son of Mr. J. F. Dallyn, aged 10 years, 6 months, and 7 days.
SUPPOSED MURDER (Caledonia) - A person named Irs Blake, residing about a mile and a half north of this village, produced a portion of the skeleton of a child to Dr. McPherson on Friday last, and assured him that he had found the same secreted between the roots of a stump a short distance from his (Blake's) residence, and he also deposed that he believed they were secreted there by a certain female whom he named, and for whose arrest the coroner immediately issued a warrant. A jury was impanelled forthwith, and the case was thoroughly investigate by both the
coroner and the jury, when they unanimously came to the conclusion that there was not the least evidence to show how said Blake came by the bones he produced. Neither was there the least particle of evidence to criminate the female who had been arrested upon his information. In fact the whole affair seemed to have been trumped up by Blake to injure the girl with whom it appears he had quarrelled. A person who will cause the arrest of a female under such circumstances is entirely unfit to reside in a civilized neighbourhood and should be frowned down by the community. The investigation adjourned from time to time to allow of evidence being brought forward so that, if there had been the least foundation for the arrest of the female mentioned, it must have leaked out. Both the coroner and the jury left no stone unturned to get at the facts in the case, and discharged their respective duties to the best of their abilities.
August 24, 1858
STIKEMAN - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, John Willett, infant son of Mr. J. C. Stikeman.
STEPHENSON - Died on Sunday, the 22nd instant, Jonathan Stephenson, late of Weardale, County of Durham, England, aged 34 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the 24th, without further notice.
GROGAN (Toronto) - We have just received particulars of a shocking murder which was committed on Saturday night last about twelve o'clock. As a person by the name of Grogan, in company with some four or five others, were returning from a wake at that hour of the night, they knocked at a house in Bishop street which is said not to be of a very respectable character, occupied by a coloured man, and were repeatedly refused admittance, and threatened that if they persisted they would be roughly handled. They, however, did not take the timely warning, and forced the door open. The coloured man soon appeared at, the door with an axe in his hand, and made a blow at the foremost man, who happened to be Grogan, which struck him on the left shoulder and passed through the lungs, causing death almost instantaneously. Grogan was a young man somewhere about twenty years of age. The coloured man has since been arrested and is now in the custody of the police. Col. Duggan, we understand, impanelled a jury yesterday (Sunday) and viewed the body. The inquest was then adjourned until to‑day.
August 25, 1858
ROBB - Died in New Orleans, on the 27th July, 1858, of apoplexy, after a residence of 23 years, in the 52nd year of his age, Alexander Robb, a native of the parish of Logie, Scotland. He was esteemed by all who knew him for the strict integrity of his character and his kindness and liberality to the stranger in distress. The deceased was a brother of Andrew Robb, Fsq., of Ancaster.
CLEGHORN - Robert Cleghorn, of the parish of Chateauguay, farmer, was found drowned in a well on the property of his brother‑in‑law, William Wright, Farmer, residing in the parish of St. Therese de Blainville with whom he had been on a visit during the past month. This melancholy circumstance occurred on the 19th instant.
August 26, 1858
BOYD - Died at Queenston, on the 21st instant, Capt. David Boyd, R. N., in the 82nd year of his age.
GRAIN - Coroner Bull held an inquest yesterday on view of the body of a married woman, named Mary Grain, aged about 25, who died from the effects of intemperance. She was found lying on John street, below the Railway Bridge, on Tuesday night in a helpless state, and died shortly afterwards. The deceased had, at one time, been engaged as a milliner in several respectable families in the city. It has been suggested to us that it would be well for the proper authorities to provide some suitable place for the reception of dead bodies as there is not any convenient place to be used for the purpose.
August 27, 1858
REID - Died in this city, yesterday, Marion, wife of Mr. Joseph Reid. The funeral will take place at half past 4 o'clock this afternoon from the residence of Mr. Joseph Reid, corner of Union and Hughson streets.
August 28, 1858
UNNAMED MAN - There was a man murdered between Port Credit and Mimico on the Grand Trunk by two coloured men this morning, about 25 years of age. The cause of the murder is not known.
SEDDON (Quebec) - An inquest was held at St. Thomas on Friday, the 20th instant, on the body of Thomas Seddon, aged 24 years, a mason in the employ of the Grand Trunk Railroad Company. The deceased accidentally fell through an open bridge on the line and against some mason work, and fractured his skull. Dr. Veaubien of St. Thomas gave medical testimony and pronounced the fracture to be the cause of death. Verdict: Accidental death.
UNNAMED CHILD (Toronto) - At the Police Court, on Wednesday, Dr. Cotter, coroner, held an inquest upon the body of an infant child which had been found on the College Avenue that morning by a coloured man named Johnson who was leaving his house at an early hour with the intention of fishing in the Humber river, when he observed two women dressed in black who, on seeing him, ran away towards Centre street. On coming up to the place where he first saw the women, he discovered the dead body of a child wrapped in a cloth. The body was subsequently removed to
the Police station. Dr. Thorburn was examined at the inquest, and stated that the child was approximately about twelve days old and had evidently not come to death by natural causes. He believed that the child had been suffocated as no marks of blood or external violence were visible. The coroner adjourned the inquest until Monday, and has since offered a reward of $50 for the apprehension of the guilty parties.
DUNLOP (London) Supposed Suicide: Yesterday morning, a letter was handed to Dr. Nellis, our city coroner, purporting to be written by a man named R. R. Dunlop, and stating that before the said letter would be opened, the writer would be no more. The letter was addressed to a gentleman named Clarke, who is travelling agent for the firm of Heathfield and Ash, or in his absence it was to be delivered to the coroner. Mr. Clarke being from home, the letter was given to Dr. Nellis, who, on opening it, immediately commenced inquiries into the probability of the writer having made away with himself. The letter further requested that all the effects of the writer, consisting of a horse, two buggies, and notes of hand to the amount of $400 should be handed over to Mr. Clarke to whom the letter was addressed, and who it requested should see that he was interred decently. The writer had been in the employment of Mr. Heathfield since the year 1853 until a few weeks since, when he entered into arrangement with Messrs. Richmond and Co., wholesale boot and shoe dealers, Dundas street, to travel for the firm.
The appearance of the man will doubtless by remembered by many of our readers as he had a hump‑back, and might be very frequently seen in the neighbourhood of Strong's Hotel where he boarded.
The last time he was seen was on the night of Tuesday about half past 10 o'clock when he left the store of Mr. Anglin where he had written a letter. His room at Strong's Hotel he had given up at the request of Mr. Strong as the house was full, and he has not been heard of in that establishment since, although as already stated, his horse and two buggies are still there.
Dr. Nellis aided by the Chief of Police, Mr. Ayers, made every possible search for the body yesterday, but up to the hour of our going to press, there was no discovery made.
Dunlop is a man aged about 40 years, and is a native of New Brunswick. He has been living in this Province for a number of years, and has always been engaged in some description of peddling. He was very much disposed to give way to fits of melancholy, and although he was in easy circumstances, was always desponding. Those who have known him for a length of time are inclined to think that he had made away with himself, and doubtless the body will he discovered in a day or two.
August 31, 1858
ROGERS - On Thursday evening, the watchman on the Etobicoke bridge wishing to be absent from his post for an hour or two left in charge a coloured man named Rogers. Some hours afterwards, the body of the unfortunate man was found thrown over an embankment,
the head having been beaten in with stones. On the same night, the Mimico station was broken into, and four dollars in cash and a quantity of Railway tickets stolen. The deceased was not in any way connected with the Railway, but it is supposed that the watchman was the man the miscreants intended to murder. About two years ago, three men were convicted and sent to the penitentiary for placing obstructions on the track near this same bridge. The watchman was the principal witness against them and they then threatened that should they ever come out, they would be revenged upon him. No doubt it was he that they supposed they had killed, instead of the poor man who merely took his place.
September 1, 1858
LANG - On Tuesday last, Mr. Alexander Lang, residing about two miles west of Millbrooke, assisted by his daughter, was drawing in wheat. The young woman was on the waggon building the load. While the waggon was being moved from one stook to another, and when nearly loaded, the unfortunate young woman fell off the front, of the load, the waggon passing over her, so mutilating her that her death ended her sufferings on Friday last. The deceased was in her 23rd year.
PARKE (London) - On Sunday morning, the body of Mrs. Parke, widow of the late William Parke, was found, head downward in a water‑butt on her premises on the Hamilton road, a mile and a half from the city. When taken out, life wes extinct, and it was supposed that she had deliberately drowned herself some time during the previous night. An inquest was held on the body by Dr. Moore, and a verdict of temporary insanity returned. There is no reason assigned for the commission of the act by the deceased.
September 4, 1858
THOMPSON - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 2nd instant, Mr. Harry Thompson, late of York street, at his residence, corner of King and Queen streets, in the 31st year of his age, The funeral will take place at half past 4 o'clock this (Saturday) afternoon from his late residence.
NOEL (Stanstead) - On Friday last, a most shocking spectacle presented itself to our view as we were passing down the Railroad track. It was that of a horribly mutilated body cut limb from limb in a most frightful manner. Upon enquiry, we were informed that the deceased was a Frenchman by the name of Noel who had been a state of inebriation for some days previous from the effects of which he was suffering. On the morning in question, he made an attempt to drown himself in the St. Francis. Foiled in this and determined upon making away with himself, he watched his opportunity and as the 10 a.m. train approached his boarding place, he jumped through the bedroom window and threw himself across the track, the entire train passing over him literally
cutting hin to pieces, a hand lying in one place, a leg in another, and his brains bespattered on the rails in various directions. An inquest was held when a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned. His remains were then collected together, placed in a coffin, and conveyed to the residence of his aged father at Kingsey.
September 6, 1858
ROLLAND - Died on the 7th ultimo, at Bridlington Quay, Yorkshire, George Rolland, Esq., of Lyme‑Regis, Dorset, aged 70 years.
September 7, 1858
BRETHOUR - Died at his residence, Oakville, on Thursday, the 2nd instant, John Brethour, Esq., in the 76th year of his age.
JARVIS - David Jarvis of Trafalgar was killed on Friday morning by an old farmer, named Thomas Wyse. Without having received any provocation, so it seems, Wyse struck Jarvis with an axe. The jury returned a verdict of wilful murder.
MCDOWEL - A sad accident, resulting in the loss of life, occurred on Saturday last in the Township of Clinton. James McDowel, a farmer, in company with a neighbour, was cutting a tree, the top of which lodged in a tree nearby causing it to break, a fragment falling upon the head of Mr. McDowel, fracturing his skull in such a manner as to cause instant death. Mr. Culp who was assisting him narrowly escaped the same fate. An inquest was held on the body by Dr. McLean, a verdict being returned in accordance with the above facts.
September 8, 1858
LITLEY - Died suddenly of disease of the heart, at Brantford, on the 6th instant, Mr. James Litley, Jr., aged 40 years.
GATES - Died at Hamilton, C.W., on the 7th instant, Albert George, infant son of Mr, A. Gates, aged 2 months and 7 days.
JARVIS - A sad event occurred in the Township of Trafalgar on the evening of the 3rd instant in the death of Mr. David Jarvis, an old and well‑known resident of that place. It appears that Mr. Jarvis went to Wise's house that night in company with a friend and there met an old acquaintance and Wise. After sitting some time and some liquor being drunk, some sharp words were used by Wise to Jarvis such as “you must go out of my house” and an observation by Jarvis in return, when conversation continued in apparently good nature, and all at once, without notice
of any person or knowledge of his intention, Wise picked up an axe and aimed a blow at Jarvis's head with it and fractured his skull, The blood flowed, but no notice was taken of it as Jarvis came to again after being a short insensible. He washed his face and left the house and arrived near home where he lay out all night and was found the next morning by his children in an insensible condition. Being taken in, he never spoke, and died almost immediately.
Dr. Freeman, of Milton, coroner, held an inquest on Saturday evening which lasted nearly all night when the jury rendered a verdict of wilful murder against Thomas Wise. He has been arrested and lodged in Milton gaol.
September 10, 1858
FOSTER - Died at Milton, County of Halton, on Sunday, the 5th instant, Hugh Foster, Esq., one of the original settlers on the site where Milton now stands. Mr. Foster's character for generous and manly bearing in the several relations of life stood high with his fellowmen, and his remains were followed to the grave on Thursday by a large concourse of sorrowing friends and acquaintances.
ELLIOT - Died at “The Willows”, Petite Cote, on Wednesday, the 1st September, instant, Charles Elliot, Esq., aged 64 years. Mr. Elliot, the subject of the above obituary notice, was a Lieutenant on half pay of the 76th Foot, and accompanied his regiment to Canada at the close of the war between England and France in 1814 after some service in the Peninsula under the “Iron Duke”. Shortly after the arrival of the 76th in this country, peace was proclaimed between the United States and England, and on the subsequent reduction of the army to the peace establishment, he retired from active service, and became a settler in the western part of the Province, having married the sister of Duncan McGregor, Esq., of Chatham. Mr. Elliot was for many years an active magistrate of the then Western District, and chairman of the Quarter Sessions, and on the abolition of the Courts of Requests, was appointed Judge of the Division Courts of the district. He continued to discharge the laborious duties of this office until, the amendment of the law which required the presiding judge to be a barrister, when on account of his service, he was allowed to retire with a pension. The latter years of his life were passed in the society of his family and friends and in literary and intellectual pursuits which harmonized so well with the tastes of a gentle and well cultivated mind, and at his request, his bones now rest beneath the roses and lilies which he so loved to cultivate and which his dying breath proclaimed “How beautiful.”
September 11, 1858
MOORE - Died on the 10th instant, at the residence of Mrs. Hutchinson, Main street, Isabella, only daughter of Mr. William Moore, aged 12 months.
September 14, 1858
HAYES - We are sorry to learn that Hayes, the unfortunate man who fell from the elevator on Saturday afternoon, is dead. He died about seven o'clock yesterday morning. A wife and seven children are thus thrown upon the charity of the citizens. The deceased was a worthy, hard‑working man, and much respected by his employers and fellow workers.
September 16, 1858
DUGGAN - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Richard Charles Duggan, aged 14 years and 9 months, second son of the late R. O. Duggan. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Friday next at 3 o'clock p.m. without further notice from his mother's residence, Moore's Buildings, Rebecca street.
ARKELL - Died at Eastwood, on the 13th instant, after a long and protracted illness, borne with Christian fortitude, Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. George Arkell, late of Kempsford, County of Gloucester, England, aged 40 years.
HICKEY (Montreal) - On Saturday afternoon about 2 p.m., a man, James Hickey, an ex‑policeman, aged about 30 years, fell from a driver used in the erection of the tubes on Victoria Bridge, a height of 64 feet. When taken up, no blood was observed to be flowing, but the man was speechless. He was immediately removed to the St. Patrick's hospital where he continued in the same state until about noon on Sunday, when he expired.
September 17, 1858
WARDEW - Died or the 13th instant, at her residence, King street, Dundas, Crellian, third daughter of the late Dr. John Wardew, late of Stonehouse, Devonshire, England.
September 18, 1858
BAKER - Died at Ottawa, on the 11th instant, Elizabeth Julia, wife of G. P. Baker, Esq., aged 25.
COLE - Died at Woodroffe, near Ottawa, on the 12th instant, Frances Cole, daughter of the late J. H. Cole, Esq., of Norwich, Norfolk, England, aged 59.
September 20, 1858
ATKINSON (London) - An inquest was held yesterday by Dr. Moore on the body of James Atkinson, a young man 26 years of age, brother of Mr. Atkinson, the biscuit maker, Talbot street.
Deceased was missed Thursday from his residence beyond the usual time and it being known that he frequently took a stroll towards the Cove, search was made yesterday morning near that place which resulted in his body being found in the river, a short distance below the railroad bridge. It is supposed deceased had ventured upon a log at the edge of the stream which at that place where he was discovered is rather deep and the log capsizing, had precipitated him into the river where, no assistance being at hand, he was drowned. The verdict of the jury was “Accidental death by drowning”.
DUNN - An inquest was held by Dr. Moore on Thursday on the 6th Concession, Lot 26, Township of Missouri, on the body of a man in a decomposed state. Deceased was of large build, about six feet high, light hair and complexion, had on blue cotton pants, three striped shirts, belt round his waist, and a pair of new bootees. Underneath the shoulder of deceased was found an opened razor covered with blood. The shoulders and head were laid on a bed of chips, and the shirts were saturated with blood, but had no cuts on them. The remains answered the description of a person named William Dunn who was last seen near the place about the 15th of May. A verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.
September 21, 1858
THOMPSON - An event of a great melancholy nature occurred a few days ago at Port Hoover by which a man named Thompson seems to have been deprived of life in a most dastardly manner. From the report which has reached us, we learn that Thompson, with a number of others, had assembled at a "bee" when one of the party named Crozier asked of those assembled a little tobacco. A youth handed him a plug of tobacco that, he might, cut a portion off, when Crozier, instead of returning the remainder, placed it in his pocket. Seeing this, Thompson expostulated with him and a quarrel ensued which it was thought was eventually settled. Matters went on quietly until the next meal when Crozier called Thompson from the room and stabbed him. He died a short time afterwards. Crozier was lodged in Peterborough gao1 to await his trial.
SWEENEY (Brockville) - An inquest was held on Wednesday night by E. Burdett, M.D., coroner, on the body of Peter Sweeney, a boy about six years of age, who had been brutally murdered by his father. It appears that the inhuman parent, Martin Sweeney, went home in a state of intoxication and began beating his family in a fearful manner, causing the instant death of one of his children and disabling his wife so that she was unable to leave her bed for some days. A verdict of manslaughter was returned against the father, and he is now in gaol awaiting his trial at the next assizes.
MCDONALD - It is our painful duty to record the death of a little grandchiId of Mr. Henry McDonald of our town (Picton) gaoler on Monday morning last. She fell backward into a pail of
boiling soda which was just taken off the fire. She was released from it immediately, but alas; the scalding proved fatal. She was an interesting and good child of about five years of age, and her loss will be much felt, especially by her parents who were not here at the time.
September 22, 1858
GARDNER - Died on the 16th instant, at the residence of John McCracken. Esq., in the Township of Euphemia, aged 96 years, John Gardner, a native of Ayrshire, Scotland. On the 3rd ultimo the deceased was accidentally thrown from a waggon and sustained such injuries in consequence as to occasion his death.
DEVINE - Yesterday morning, H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest on the body of a cab driver named Patrick Devine who came to his death by falling from his cab while in a state of intoxication. It appeared from the evidence that deceased was driving rapidly down the hill leading to the Railway Depot when a sudden jerk threw him off. A post mortem examination showed a fearful rupture of the liver which was the cause of death. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence.
September 23, 1858
GRIEVE - Died in the village of Arthur, on Saturday, the 18th instant, Mary Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Mr. Peter Grieve, merchant there, aged nine months and nine days.
BLACKSTOCK - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, William Mercein, infant son of the Rev. W. S. Blackstock, Wesleyan minister, aged 3 months and 8 days.
September 24, 1858
WILLSON - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Elizabeth Caroline, wife of John Willson, Esq., aged 46 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, Peel street east, this (Friday) afternoon at half past 2 o'clock.
MCNAMARA - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Honora, daughter of Mr. Thomas McNamara, formerly of the County Tipperary, Ireland, aged one year.
September 25, 1858
CAMPBELL - We regret to record a melancholy occurrence in the village of Carronbrook, County of Perth, on Wednesday night last. A man by the name of Roderick Campbell, a very respectable mechanic, had been out at a party, and went home a little after one a.m., leaving his
wife behind him. Retiring to bed, he left a candle burning for her, and in a short tine, the light ignited the bed, consuming it with the poor fellow, and setting fire to the house which was completely destroyed.
September 27, 1858
BAIN - Died at Hillside Cottage, Grand River, on Monday, the 20th instant, Charles Bain, Esq., aged 49 years.
September 28, 1858
MILLS - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Arthur Riches, youngest son of Mr. Joseph Mills, aged 1 year.
WILLSON - Died at Ontario, in the Township of Saltfleet, on Sunday night, 26th September, instant, Hugh William Willson, Esq., in the 85th year of his age. The funeral will take place to‑day at 12 o'clock, and the friends of the deceased are requested to attend without further notice.
The Late Hugh Willson Esq. - Under our obituary heading will be found the announcement of the decease of this estimable gentleman at the advanced age of 85. The deceased was an elder brother of the Honourable John Willson, formerly Speaker of the House of Assembly of Upper Canada. He was born in the province of New Jersey, previous to the American Revolution, and first visited this Province in 1791, and finally returned to become a permanent and valuable settler in 1797. Upon his return in the latter year, he brought with him several members of his father's family and other persons, among the number the late James Mills, Esq., of this city, all of whom became useful settlers and brought up large and industrious families. Mr. Willson, the subject of our notice, like most of the early settlers of this Province, had his own fortune to hew out, and by persevering industry and rigid economy, he secured for himself a comfortable as well as honourable position in life. For more than forty years, he discharged the duties of a magistrate in his neighbourhood where he was universally respected and looked up to as a model in religion and piety. Though by no means deficient in ability, he never aspired to public or political distinction, but he was in every sense of the word a good man, and in saying this much, we desire to award the highest meed of praise and to present his character as worthy of imitation. He died of cancer in the ear after protracted and severe suffering which he bore without a murmur, thereby making his death, like his life, an example for others to endeavour to follow.
It may be interesting in these days of railways and rapid locomotion to state that at the time the Willsons immigrated to this country, the favoured node of travelling between New York and Danada was by flat‑bottomed boats worked by oars, and the route was by the Hudson, Mohawk, and Oswego rivers. Of course, there were numerous portages where the boats and their cargoes
had to be transported by teams, at some places for miles. Several weeks and even months were required to perform the journey through what was then an almost unbroken wilderness. Nevertheless, a large number of the most valuable of the early settlers in this part of Canada came by this route.
The deceased had left to mourn his loss a large number of children and grandchildren amounting in all to about three score.
September 29, 1858
SYLVESTER - We regret to state that Mr. William Sylvester, a brother of Mr. Thomas Sylvester, of this city, was accidentally drowned in the Grand River at Cayuga on Saturday last. He leaves a widow and two children to mourn his untimely fate.
October 2, 1858
EVANS - We regret to learn from the Simcoe “Messenger” that the Rev. Frances Evans, late rector of Woodhouse and Domestic Chaplain to the Lord Bishop of Huron, died in Ireland on the 6th ultimo where he had been on a visit with Mrs. Evans.
October 6, 1858
PEDEN - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, the Rev. Robert Peden, aged 43 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, head of Catharine street, on Thursday afternoon at, 3 o'clock.
October 7, 1858
NORTON (Montreal) - At half past six, on Friday evening, James Norton, a native of England, working upon the scaffolding of tubes for the Victoria Bridge, fell, and was swept away by the current and drowned. The body has not been recovered. There was no boat on the spot, or he might have been rescued. The deceased was a very respectable and steady young man almost 20 years of age, had formerly been a book‑keeper, and had been driven to his fatal employment for want of more suitable occupation.
The Late MR. PEDEN - We announced yesterday under an obituary heading the demise of this reverend gentlemen at his residence in this city on the 5th instant. The Rev. Mr. Peden was editor of the “Canadian Evangelist”, a monthly religious publication which he started in Amherstburg and removed to this city some years since. It was ably conducted and had obtained a large circulation. In addition to his duties connected with the “Evangelist”, Mr. Peden preached at stated times in various parts of the country. His protracted illness was borne with Christian meekness and submission, and although latterly subjected to severe suffering, it tended only to
display more fully his Christian character. In his last moments he gave the most indubitable evidence that his “end was peace”. The funeral will take place this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.
October 8, 1858
BRODIE - Died at Endrickback, Stirlingshire, Scotland, on the 20th September, William Brodie, Esq.
MURDOCK (Kingston) - An unfortunate occurrence took place on Monday night at that notorious den of infamy known as the French Village. Matthew Murdock, a young man who has borne a very indifferent character for morality, on this occasion met his death at the hands of Duncan Ausem, an inn‑keeper, who shot him with a gun loaded with snipe‑shot. The charge entered the groin of the deceased who died within a very short time after the wound was inflicted. What adds to the affliction of the family of the deceased is that the father of the unfortunate young man has been lying for the past four days on his deathbed and when the jurymen were in one part of the house looking at the dead body of the son, in an adjoining room, the breath of life was fast ebbing from that of the father. In this case, the truth of the proverb has been fully exemplified: a life of immorality has been followed by a death of violence. The deceased was a young man of about 21 years of age.
October 11, 1858
LUNDY - Died on the 18th of August, at Bromley, Kent, England, Alice Maud, fourth daughter of the Rev. F.J. Nundy, D.C.L., rector of Grimsby, C.W., aged 14 years.
October 13, 1858
MCLEOD - Died in this city, on the 10th of October, Frances C, wife of Angus McLeod. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from John street at 3 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon without further notice.
BARBER - Died at Toronto, at his father's residence, on Sunday, the 10th of October, after a protracted illness. George A. Barber, Jr., B.A., Trinity College; M.A., University College, in his 20th year.
LOGAN - Died on Tuesday, the 12th instant, after a short illness, Mr. John Logan, late Deputy Sheriff of this County, aged 37 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. Powell on the mountain, to‑morrow (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m.
CALVIN,MORTON, DOYLE, MCCAMBRIDGE, KINGSLEY - On Saturday morning last at 8 o'clock, the new steamer “Hercules” belonging to Messrs Calvin and Black, Garden Island, employed as a tugboat on the River St. Lawrence, while towing the steamer “New Era”,
disabled by the breaking of her shaft up the Rapid Plat about 25 miles below Prescott, burst her boiler and sank, causing the death of several persons. One man, named Kingsley, was found on the wreck quite dead, the “Hercules” not being entirely submerged, and several others are missing, among whom we regret to mention Dexter Calvin, Jr., son of Mr. D. Calvin, one of the owners of the boat, an estimable young man about 22 years old. Martin Feely, the captain of the “America”, Captain Miller of the “Hercules”, the engineer, Archibald Cambridge, employed as a wheelsman on the “America”, and several of the hands were badly scalded or otherwise injured. Dr. Meagher, who returned from the scene of the disaster on Sunday last, has favoured us with the following report: Just arrived in the steamer “Gildersleeve: form Morrisburg when upon the telegraph of the accident, I was immediately despatched by the firm of Calvin and Black to render professional assistance to surviving sufferers. Dexter Calvin, and three others were missing; viz., Captain Martin, John Doyle, and Alexander McCambridge.
October 15, 1858
MULHOLLAND - Died in Glanford, after a lingering illness, on the 14th of October, Mr. John Mulholland, aged 76 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday, the 17th instant, from his late residence, 4th Concession, Lot No, 9, in the above named township.
October 18, 1858
DIXON - Died in this city, on Friday last, the 15th instant, William H. Dixon, aged 48 years.
October 23, 1858
OVERFIELD - Died on Sunday, the 17th instant, William, fourth son of the late Manuel Overfield, aged 20 years.
October 26, 1858
MITTLEBERGER - At St. Catharines, on Friday, the 22nd instant after a lingering disease of the heart which he bore with exemplary resignation, George Atkinson, youngest son of Henry Mittleberger, Esq., aged 23 years and 28 days.
FELL - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Martha Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. William Fell, engraver.
October 29, 1858
LERANGER - Died at La B_, on the 27th instant, Sarah Angelique Trudeau, wife of the Hon, F. S. Leranger.
CLARK - Died yesterday morning, at the residence of F. Pilgrim, Esq., West avenue, Mr. Edmund Clark, eldest son of J. W. Clark, Esq, of Bury St. Edmunds, England. Funeral will take place at 3 o'clock on Friday. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
STEVENSON - It is our painful duty to chronicle the sudden death by drowning of an old and much esteemed friend and worthy man, Mr. Robert Stevenson, of the Township of Bertie, under circumstances of a very painful nature to his surviving relatives and friends. On Monday of last week, Mr. Stevenson, accompanied by a daughter‑in‑law and her infant, left Bertie to attend the wedding of one of his sons in the village of Welland (Merritville) and when within a very short distance of his journey's end, the accident by which he lost his life occurred.
Mrs. Stevenson, the daughter‑in‑law, says that whilst driving along the bank of the canal, and immediately after leaving the "junction", one of the bolts which fasten the shafts to the buggy broke or fell out causing the buggy to run from one side of the road to the other at which the horse took fright, running at speed down the bank of the canal towards Merrittvi1le; that, after some time, the buggy broke loose from the horse and plunged into the canal; that she threw herself out in the water close to the bank, holding the child above water, and by pushing with her feet, succeeded in reaching the bank; that before she could put her child down, she heard her father‑in‑law calling to her for help; that she looked round and saw his head above water some distance from the bank; that she put down her infant, but upon again turning round to go to his assistance, he was nowhere to be seen; and she then hurried off for assistance.
After some hours, the body was found nearly in the middle of the canal, and on being brought to shore, was found to be neatly wrapped up in the buffalo skin which accounts for the deceased being unable to rescue himself. Under these distressing circumstances passed away from our midst a worthy and good man.
His funeral took place on the Wednesday following and his remains were followed to their last resting place by his eight sons, the ninth having met with a fate similar to his father's some years ago, Of the eight who attended their father's funeral, seven were born at three births; three of one birth, and other four of two births, being twins.
October 30, 1858
BALL - Died on Thursday evening Ellen, the beloved wife of John B. Ball, and second daughter of Mr. George Johnston, late of this city, aged 21 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from their residence, John street north of the Railway Bridge, on Sunday afternoon, at 2 o'clock. The members of the Hamilton and Commercial Lodges of the odd Fellows, M.U., are requested to meet at the Lodge room at 1 o'clock p.m. on Sunday next to attend the above funeral without further notice.
November 1, 1858
AITCHISON (Kingston) - The body of a woman was found yesterday morning in the water at Shaw's (now the Railway) Wharf. It proved to be that of a Mrs. Aitchison who was not of a sound mind and was addicted to intemperance. The deceased had been separated from her husband for a couple of years, and on a recent occasion, it is said, had endeavoured to become reconciled to him, but her advances were rejected, and she then threatened to kill herself. Whether this threat was carried out, or she was drowned while under the influence of liquor, is not known. An inquest was held yesterday on the body.
CHRISTIE (Kingston) - Coroner, Dr. L'Armitage, held an inquest yesterday on the body of a white woman named Christie, the wife of a coloured man, who died suddenly on Tuesday night. We did not learn what was the formal rendition of the verdict, but were informed that she died of disease of the heart.
November 2, 1858
KEARNEY - We learn from our Western exchange that R. C. Kearney, for a long time connected with the press of Upper Canada, died at Chatham on the 27th ultimo under distressing circumstances. Mr. Kearney was a clever writer, but unfortunately he loved the bottle too well. His talents earned for him the friendship of many and finally the support of his party whose patronage he might have enjoyed as long as he lived, but his confirmed failing prevented it, and he died in poverty.
November 3, 1858
THOMPSON - At Simcoe, C.W., on the 2nd instant, after a lingering illness, John Thompson, Esq., merchant, late of Renton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, aged 42 years.
November 5, 1858
CHRISTIE - We regret to announce the decease of an old and respected resident, of St. Mary's, Thomas Christie, Esq. The event took place somewhat suddenly on Monday night last. Mr. Christie had held the office of Postmaster in the village for a number of years. He was also a magistrate, in which capacity he gave every satisfaction. A man of singular kindliness of manner, Mr. Christie was much esteemed by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, and his loss falls upon the locality with all the force of a public calamity. He was an old and respected member of the Masonic fraternity.
November 16, 1858
TAYLOR (Ottawa) - On Thursday evening last, an old pensioner, named Thomas Taylor, when on his way to the wharf where the steamer “Phoenix” lies, owing to the darkness of the night, fell over the precipice where the road leading down the face of the hill to the wharf takes a sudden bend. He was discovered some hours after the accident in a senseless state, and was taken to the Protestant Hospital where he had been a patient, for some time previously. He died in that, institution on the Saturday following from the injuries received from the fall. He served as a soldier in the Peninsula where he was present at some hard‑fought engagements under the immortal Wellington. After his death, a bullet was extracted from his foot where it had remained ever since the battle of the Pyrenees upwards of 45 years. It was considerably flattened by coming into contact with one of the bones of the foot. It is now in the possession of the Steward of the Protestant Hospital.
November 16, 1858
SANDFORD - Died in this city, on Monday, November 15th, at the residence of her father, Edward Jackson, Esq., Emeline, wife of William E. Sandford, Esq., of London, C.W. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
BARBER - Died at Toronto, on the 11th instant, Jane Louisa, relict of the late George A. Barber, having survived her husband only one month.
November 17, 1858
BELL - Died at his residence, Nelson, on the 27th ultimo, Dr. Nathaniel Bell, aged 69 years. In his death, his neighbours have lost a kind friend, an exemplary Christian, and an honest man.
HARLAND - We regret to learn that Mrs. Harland, relict of the late John Harland, Esq., the well‑known Agriculturist, of Guelph, met with a dreadful death by an accident, on the Great Western Railway on Monday evening. The deceased had come from Detroit by the Express train, and on leaving it, to exchange cars at Harrisburg, she fell in some way or other beneath the train which passed over her severing the legs from her body. This occurred about half past, 8 o'clock, and she expired under her sufferings about 9 o'clock.
November 18, 1858
LYONS - Yesterday afternoon, H.B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest at the James Street Police Station on the body of Henry Lyons, a young man about 22 years of age. It appears that
deceased was engaged in digging out a manure pit yesterday, and was found lying on his face. The face of deceased was completely buried in the manure amongst which he was working. He had started to work about 8 o'clock. The party who had employed him said that she had not had him out of her sight more that five minutes. When she saw him lying in the hole on his face, she caught him by the collar and pulled him out, but that, he was dead. Deceased was subject to falling fits. The brother of the deceased testified as to the finding of the body of the deceased lying on its face in the pit he had digged. He also said that his brother had been subject to fits since ever he had known him. Dr. Ryall who examined the body said that he was of the opinion that deceased had died of apoplexy or extravasation of blood upon the brain, brought on no doubt by long and continued intemperance. The jury brought in a verdict, in accordance with the facts and the medical opinion.
November 19, 1858
MCCULLOCH - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest, at, Mr. Budge's Tavern, MacNab street, yesterday on the body of a sailor named David McCulloch. The deceased was a hand employed on the schooner “America” of Kingston, now lying at E. Brown's wharf. It appears from the evidence that some time during the evening before, he had been attempting to get some wood from a pile on the wharf, and while doing so, lost, his balance and fell between the wharf and the vessel. Dr. Mackintosh held a post mortem examination, and gave it as his opinion that deceased had come to his death by drowning, their being no marks of violence on the body. Mcculloch is said to have been a sober, steady, and industrious man. A wife and one child, living on Amherst Island near Kingston, are left to mourn the untimely fate of the husband and father. The jury brought, in a verdict of accidental death by drowning.
November 20, 1858
WHITE - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Leo Gloucester, only son of Dr. T. J. and Emma White.
November 21, 1858
HORTON - Died at his residence in Avon, Oakland County, Michigan, November 6th, 1858, after an illness of 25 hours, Benjamin Horton, Esq., in the 75th year of his age. Mr. Horton was an old resident of Michigan, having lived there for nearly 34 years, beloved and respected as a man of strict honesty, a reliable friend, an obliging neighbour, a kind husband, and an affectionate father. He leaves the wife of his youth and eight children, besides a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He died quietly and in peace.
The deceased was born November 10th, 1782, in Northumberland County, Pa. In 1809, he emigrates to Upper Canada, and was married the next year to Jane, daughter of Christian Zavitz,
of Wainfleet (now Port Colborne), Lincoln County, Niagara District. In 1820, he removed to Yarmouth, Elgin County, and in February, 1825, he came to Michigan where he has since resided.
November 26, 1858
COLEMAN - Died at the residence of his brother, New York, on the 23rd instant, Charles P. Coleman, Esq., formerly of Troy, N.Y., and late of the Anglo‑American Hotel, Hamilton.
PETTIGREW - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Jane Pettigrew, aged 70 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day at 2 o'clock p.m. from the residence of Mrs. Nelson, West avenue.
November 30, 1858
WEEKS - Died in this city, on Sunday, November 28, Elizabeth, wife of Hiram Weeks, Esq. The funeral will take place from her late residence, James street, on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
December 1, 1858
PETTIT - Died at Grimsby, November 30th, Sarah Anna, youngest daughter of Andrew E. Pettit, of Nelson, aged 2 years, 5 months, and 10 days. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his residence, Nelson, at 10 o'clock on Thursday, 2nd December.
December 2, 1858
DRAKE - Died at Bay City, Michigan, on the 15th November, Emma, the daughter of John Drake, Esq., aged 6 years.
PATTISON - Died suddenly, at Bremen, Germany, on the 25th of October, Mrs. Pattison, wife of His Excellency Colonel Pattison, Governor of Helgoland, formerly of London, C.W.
December 6, 1858
UNNAMED MAN - A man whose name is at present unknown was found dead on the 27th ultimo on the Gravel road between Dundas and Middleroad, Nelson. Dr. Carter, coroner, held an inquest on the body, and a verdict was returned “Died from disease of the heart”. He had on his person $5, 75¢ in money, a razor, and a few other trifles. He was apparently sixty years of age.
December 9, 1858
CLARK (Brant) - On Saturday evening as a gentleman of the name of Foster was crossing the Cockshutt bridge, he heard a man call for help who to him appeared to be drowning in the Canal opposite the coal yard. He immediately ran down the bank of the Canal to the spot from whence the call came. On his way, he called to the drowning man and was answered three times. When he reached this place, he heard the gurgling of the poor wretch in the water as he sank for the last time. The report was immediately circulated and grappling irons were obtained, but after a fruitless toil of three or four hours, they relinquished the search until yesterday morning when they succeeded in finding him. His name is Wayne Clark from Newport. An inquest was held yesterday and the jury brought in a verdict in accordance with the above facts. The poor fellow has of late years been in the habit of drinking to excess, and it is supposed that he must have been intoxicated when drowned, as he could have no business at or about the Canal, He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his untimely fate.
UNNAMED MAN - On Monday last week, a man formerly in the employment of David Stuart, Esq., of Port Hope met with a sudden death in Peterborough. He was about, starting to drive a number of gentlemen from the railway station to Mud Lake, when requiring to do something to the harness, he took a dirk knife out of his pocket, on opening which with a sudden jerk, it flew from his hand, the point of the blade penetrating his leg and severing an artery. On withdrawing the knife, a purple stream shot up into the air, and the unfortunate man exclaiming “I'm done for now”, fell back and in twenty minutes, without having spoken another word, was a corpse.
December 10, 1858
CORSON - Died at Janesville, Wisconsin, on the 20th November last, in the 40th year of his age, James N. Corson, son of Mr. Lawrence Corson, of Beamsville, C.W.
PEARSON (Toronto) - Coroner Duggan held an inquest on Friday on the body of Francis Pearson at Johnson's tavern on the Weston plank road. It appears that Pearson had come from Weston a few days since and stopped at this tavern, and on Wednesday morning rose up at an early hour and took a drink, he then went back to his bedroom and shot himself with a pistol, but as there was not powder sufficient for the charge, the shot merely marked his forehead. He was not to be balked, however, in his suicidal design, for he then took a knife end cut his throat across, and supposing he had rot sufficiently secured his purpose, he gave himself a second gash. Shortly afterwards he was found nearly dead, and only survived a few minutes. A verdict was returned according to the facts.
SMITH (Renfrew) - One of those revolting tragedies which too frequently disgrace humanity occurred at Portage du Fort on the evening of Thursday last. We are not in possession of the full particulars of the case, but have heard various versions of it. It would appear that a Patrick Corrigan entered the saloon of Mr. Samuel B. Smith late in the evening of the above day and demanded liquor which Mr. Smith refused to give. After some words, Corrigan took up a chair and knocked Mr. Smith down and then getting hold of an axe helve laid on to him until he knocked his brains out. Mr. Smith was highly respected. The murderer has been apprehended and in safely lodged in Aylmer jail.
December 11, 1858
VYSE - Died at Trafalgar, on the 1st instant, James Vyse, Sr., aged 72 years, formerly of Shenly Hill, Hertfordshire, England. He was a good man and his end was peace.
BALDWIN -The demise of the Hon. Robert Baldwin, so long the acknowledged leader of the Upper Canada Reform Party, is an event not to lightly passed over, considering the prominent part he played on the political stage. (Followed by a very long article of more than a column)
CUMMING, HENDERSON - Two young men, Alfred Cumming and Thomas Henderson, the former 16, the latter 20 years of age, met their deaths on the night of the 9th instant at the residence of Jacob Cumming of East Flamborough, father of the first named, from the effects of a pan of burning charcoal which they had imprudently introduced into their bedroom.
December 13, 1858
ACRES - Died on the 11th instant, at the corner of Hughson and Peel streets, Henry Acres, second son of the late Jonathan Acres, of Herne Bay, Kent. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 13th instant at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
RYAN - An inquest was held by Coroner Nugent on Tuesday, the 7th instant, at the depot of the Sarnia branch of the Great Western Railway, Strathroy, on the body of a man named John Ryan, who was attempting to get on the cars while in motion. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. We are sorry to learn that Ryan leaves a wife and family.
BALDWIN - We learn that the funeral of the late Hon. Robert Baldwin will take place to‑day at 1 o'clock p.m.
December 14, 1858
RAW - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, George William, eldest son of Mr. Robert Raw, aged 24 years. His end was peace.
December 17, 1858
DAWSON - John Dawson, a brakesman on the construction train of the Buffalo and Lake Erie Railway, while attempting to couple the cars at the Caledonia station, on Friday night last, accidentally slipped and fell with his head between the dead‑woods just as the cars were coming together causing the blood to flow from his ears in large quantities. He was immediately taken into Dougherty's hotel and attended by Dr. Bogue, but died on Tuesday morning
UNNAMED MAN (St. Catharines) - A respectably dressed young man of light complexion and sandy whiskers, name unknown, was found dead near the G.W. Railroad track on Friday night last about a mile and a half the other side of Slabtown. He had a short buffalo‑skin overcoat, black dress coat, brown pants, and is about five feet six inches in height. On his person was found a wallet containing $100 and a silver watch. Our informant says there is a small hole in the back of the head which is supposed was caused by some sharp instrument or a bullet. A coroner's inquest was held yesterday, but we have not heard the result.
December 18, 1858
VIGER (Montreal) Death of Commander Viger: Scarcely had the earth closed over the mortal remains of the Hon. Robert Baldwin ere news reached us that, another distinguished notability of this province has gone the way of all flesh. We learn from Max Riband's “Dictionnaire des Hommes Illustres” that the latter deceased was born in that city, May 7th, 1787. He was a man of elegant tastes, a keen antiquary, and indefatigable collector of historical materials, public and private. During the Administration of the Provincial Government, he was presented a seat of the Executive Council, and became by the regardful suffrages of his fellow‑citizens, the first mayor of Montreal. His title of Commander he derived from Rome through being a distinguished lay defender of the rights of his Church. He held for a time the office of road inspector. While filling this office, he did much to advance all measures of public improvement, material and moral, a proof that what is called a bookish man may be alert in the performance of practical duties. But the “ruling passion strong in death” became conspicuous in his latest hours, for the fatal stroke fell upon him on Sunday last about one in the afternoon amidst his volumes end manuscripts, and thus fully closed a peaceful, blameless, and not unuseful life. The malady with which he had been for some time affected was disease of the heart.
December 20, 1858
SPRINGER - Died at St. Augustine, Florida, on the 1st December, Charlotte Olivia Mary, only daughter of O. Springer, Esq. of Hamilton, C.W.
LOTTRIDGE - Died on the 16th instant at the residence of Alexander Stewart (son‑in‑law of the deceased), William Lottridge, Sr., one of the oldest settlers and pioneers of Canada, aged 83 years.
December 23, 1858
ROUTH - Died at No. 19, Dorset Square, Regent's Park, London, on the 29th of November, Commissary General Sir Randolph Isham Routh, K.C.B., for many years Commissary General to Her Majesty's forces in this country, and formerly a member of the Executive Council of this province.
December 28, 1858
BICKLE - A correspondent informs us that on last Saturday, the 20th instant, a boy, a son of F. Bickle, Jr., of Richwood, Blenheim, was accidentally drowned in a cistern near his fathers's house. J. B. Rounds, Coroner, held an inquest, on Monday ensuing and the jury brought in a verdict of accidental death in accordance with the facts. This should be a warning to parties leaving their cisterns and wells in an insecure position. We did not learn the age of the boy.
December 29, 1858
COWIE - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, William Jack Cowie, son of James Cowie, aged 1 year, 10 months, and 6 days. The funeral will take place to‑day at, 3 o'clock p.m. from his father's house, York street. Friends and acquaintances will please accept, this intimation.
REID - Died on Tuesday afternoon, at, her residence, King street, Mrs. Helen Reid, in the 83rd year of her age.
DE L'ARMITAGE - We regret to learn of the sudden demise of an old friend, Mr. C. W. de L'Armitage, editor and proprietor of the Kingston “Herald” at his residence on Monday morning. The deceased was one of the most prominent members of the Kingston city council, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He leaves a widow and young family.
December 31, 1858
MATTHEWSON - The man whose neck was broken, or in more scientific language the vertebrae of whose neck were dislocated, by falling from his waggon, died on Sunday at 2 a.m. precisely at the time at which, eight weeks before, he met with the accident. Mr. Matthewson was quite conscious and quite resigned. The whole of the body below the dislocation being paralyzed, and no air or water bed being provided, the natural results of lying in one position for a long time followed, and to these as well as the injury to the spine, his death is directly attributable. Dr.
Mackintosh was desirous of making a post mortem examination but this was refused.