January 1, 1859
PHELAN - Died in Hamilton, on the 24th December, 1858, at the house of George Land, Esq., Harriette, widow of the late Rev. James Phelan, of Finglass, Ireland, in the 76th year of her age.
January 4, 1859
MARLATT - Died in Barton, on the 2nd instant, after a short illness. Joseph Marlatt, Esq., aged 78 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Tuesday next, at 12 o'clock noon, from the residence of his sister, Mrs. Samuel Ryckman, to the place of interment.
COOK - We regret to announce the death of Nicholas Cook, of Red Rock, Township of Kingston, by his own hand and under circumstances which must excite feelings of commiseration. The deceased is 53 years of age, and is a son of W. P. Cook of Red Rock. He came to this country from England on the 26th of May last, and since his arrival, his wife and step‑daughter have both died, and it is probable that the bereavement was the cause of his seeking relief in strong drink. Since the death of his wife he has been much addicted to drinking and has once attempted to shoot himself. Early on Thursday morning, the 30th ultimo, he was discovered by his father suspended by the neck in his own house, and quite dead. Mr. W. P. Cook, who is a man far advanced in life, and who is well‑known in this city (Kingston) cut down the body, and an inquest was intended to be held on the same day. It is thought that the act was committed while the victim laboured under intense excitement or delirium induced by strong drink. His end should be regarded as a warning and as evidence of the fatal results which ever attend a course of intemperance.
UNNAMED CHILD - On Thursday last, the body of a female infant wrapped in a cotton cloth, was found by a number of children in a field of Mr. Crysler's in the town of Clifton. Upon receiving information to that effect, Mr. Coroner Cornwall summoned a jury at 6 p.m. the same day. A post mortem examination was made by Dr. J. H. Robbison who gave it as his opinion that the child had died of asphyxia. The jury was adjourned till to‑day.
January 5. 1859
PEW - Died at the residence of her son‑in‑law, Mr. Plummer Dewar, Hamilton, C.W., on Friday, 3lst December, Ann Mowatt, widow of the late Alexander Lawrin Pew, M.D., of Montego Bay, Jamaica, aged 69.
LEES - Died at the residence of Mr. George Lees, in this city, on the 1st instant, Kate, infant daughter of Mr. John Lees, aged 11 months.
January 10, 1859
WELSH - One of the most shocking crimes that can degrade humanity and make us shudder at the ferocity of unbridled human yet brutal passions was committed in this city on Saturday morning. In full daylight in a house which was full of people, a man in the prime of life deliberately murdered a women with whom, for several months, he had been living in infamous connection. The sanity of the brute in human shape had not for an instant been questioned, the act apparently not the sudden impulse of the moment, and we are consequently the more shocked at the badness, the villainy of the murderous beast.
The circumstances of the revolting crime, narrated in brief for the curious who have not the time to peruse the evidence given at the inquest are as follows: A man named John Mitchell, alias Menan, who had formerly lived in Hamilton with a woman called Eliza Welsh whom he came to know some months since, came hither on Thursday, walking all the way, along with the woman and child, fourteen weeks of age, in search of work on the Port Dover Railway. He sought and obtained lodgings in a saloon, a short distance from the Market, kept by a Mr. Morden. There is no evidence to show that they were habitual drunkards, but the man bought half a pint of whiskey at one time, and a jug containing some of that spirit was found under the bed which all three had for a brief space of time occupied. They go out together on Friday, come back together at night, and otherwise conduct themselves as sensible but poor people might well do.
On Saturday morning, however, about nine o'clock, screams are heard, and a female in the room below hears the woman cry, "For God's sake, neighbours, he's murdering me". She runs up and perceives the man occupied in inspecting the completeness of his deed of blood. Another person, who came up a very little after, hears the victim faintly whisper, "He's murdered me", and then she dies. Three frightful gashes almost severed her head from the trunk, a bloody razor was found hidden in the bed clothes, itself injured by the violence with which it was forced against the vertebrae, and, of course, a verdict of "guilty" was returned. The man, however, with brazen‑faced assurance persists in maintaining that the woman committed suicide. (Then follows a verbatim account of the inquest.)
January 12, 1859
COTTER - Died at the residence of William Grasett, Esq., Kingston, in the 21st year of his age, George Backville Cotter, eldest son of Lieut. Col. Cotter of the Madras Horse Artillery, formerly a resident of this place.
TONNEHILL - On Sunday night, a negro named Samuel Tonnehill, was frozen to death in a slab shanty situated on the banks of the Grand River about two miles above this village (Caledonia) in the Township of Seneca. Mr. Coroner Messenger held an inquest on the body when the jury returned a verdict that “deceased being destitute of necessary clothing and a sufficient place of
being destitute of necessary clothing and a sufficient place of shelter was frozen to death". Two negro girls sept in the same hovel where the negro, Tonnehil1, died, and it was little less than a miracle that they existed till morning. Neither of the parties had the first particle of anything and the bare ground to lie on with no covering, and the hovel was perfectly open to the weather so that a man could pass through almost any part of it, without moving a slab. The hovel with the dead body presented the most wretched appearance we ever saw and we hope never to be called upon to view the like again. It seems that choice and not necessity induced the deceased to occupy the miserable hovel he died in as a respectable farmer offered to keep him through the winter if he would live with him, but the offer was refused.
January 15, 1859
COPP - Died in this city, on the 13th of January, eldest son of Mr. Anthony Copp, aged 2 years and 4 months.
ALLAN - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Charles Allan, Esq., M.P.P.for North Wellington.
THOMPSON - Died at his residence, Cayuga, County of Haldimand, on Tuesday, the 11th instant, James F. Thompson, Esq., postmaster, aged 29 years.
LAWRENCE (Montreal) - On Wednesday forenoon, the 20th ultimo, Richard Lawrence, a labourer employed in the erection of one of the tubes, fell from some insecure scaffolding into the river and was drowned. His body has not yet been discovered. He leaves a wife and five children totally unprovided for, the eldest 15 years and the youngest 20 months old. The unfortunate man, when drowned, had on a new pair of long boots, purple stockings, brown woollen trousers, two shirts, the inside one of blue flannel, the outside one a blue striped, a dark blue top coat and red sash, black necktie, and leather mitts. The above particulars were communicated to us by the widow of the deceased who requests us to say that at whatever time or place his body may be found, she will esteem it a great kindness by informing her at her residence, Point St. Charles.
January 19, 1859
KRIBBS, STRINGER (Owen Sound) - The "Comet" states that on Thursday week Mr. Henry Kribbs and a young man named Stringer were out in a sail boat on the bay somewhere in the vicinity of Cape Crocker when they were caught in a storm. They were not seen to upset or go down, but a boat was afterwards seen bottom upwards, and a pair of oars, supposed‑ to be theirs and some articles known to belong to Mr. Kribbs were found drifting on the shore. There is no doubt they met a watery grave.
January 22, 1859
HUNTER - Died at the residence of A. Steven, Esq., in this city, Laura Ranson, second daughter of W. B. Hunter, Esq., of New York, aged 2 years and 4 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Monday, the 24th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. without further notice.
HUNT (Caledonia) - Coroner Messenger was called upon to hold an inquest on the body of Timothy Hunt who was accidentally killed by the sudden falling of a large pine stump on the Hamilton and Port Dover Railway. Deceased with another party was excavating under the stump which was some nine feet above the track when it suddenly fell and mutilated deceased in the most horrible manner killing him instantly. After fully investigating the matter, it was ascertained that deceased was entirely sober and that no blame attaches to anyone. The poor fellow had only been from Ireland about eighteen months and has two sisters residing in this country.
January 24, 1859
DICKEY - (Belleville) The community was last week startled by the intelligence that Mr. Robert D. Dickey, a most respectable Scotch settler on the Hastings road, in this county, was on Monday, the 10th instant, deliberately robbed and murdered at his premises in the Township of Lake. It was, perhaps, one of the most cold‑blooded unprovoked murders that ever was perpetrated in Canada. Facts, for which we are indebted to a leading gentleman of the village of Hastings, are as follows. Mr. Dickey, a single man, had two log shanties, an old one and a new one. A night or two previous to Monday, the 10th instant, the old log house where he lived caught fire and was burned down. Dickey barely saved his chest and his guns. The persons in the house at the time were Dickey, a young man by the name of Barbeau, and a man calling himself Samuel Peter Rock. They then removed to the new building which was not quite finished. On Monday, about 11 o'clock, there were in the house: Dickey, Barbeau, Maitland, and this Samuel Peter Rock. Dickey and Barbeau left to go to a neighbour's for their dinner, Dickey telling Rock to go down to a camp near a lake, a mile or two off, and get some blankets. Rock was in Dickey's employ. Maitland was there assisting them to finish the house. After Dickey and Barbeau had left, Rock said "Maitland, you go and get the blankets, and I will stay and chop wood", which he consented to do. Barbeau states that after getting their dinner, he and Dickey returned to the house, and on going into the first room, found no one there, but from finding a door of one of the other rooms broken open, Dickey ran into the room, looked around, saw his chest broken open,
his money (about one hundred dollars) gone, his papers scattered, and exclaimed, "I am robbed',' went to the other room, pushed the door open, and was just stepping in when Barbeau heard the report of a gun, and saw Dickey fall backward to the floor. Looking into the room, he then saw this Samuel Peter Rock levelling the gun at him with his finger on the trigger. He sprang to the outer door and to elude Rock, ran into the woods where he wandered about for an hour, and then made his way to the nearest neighbours, and told his story. They immediately came to the house, found Dickey dead, immediately started in pursuit of the murderer, and about seven o'clock the same evening, overtook Rock at Jelly's tavern, some distance from Dickey's, north on the Hastings road. Rock had called for his supper and was hurrying them as he wanted to get on. He was immediately arrested. He wanted to know what for, and when told of the murder of Dickey, expressed no surprise, only saying “I did not do it”. He was then brought back to Beaver Creek and the indignation of the people was so great that it was with the greatest difficulty they were restrained from taking his life on the spot. Rock is as cool and unconcerned as though no murder had taken place at all, and says there is no use saying anything now, that he will reserve what he knows for his counsel. He looks like an old offender. He has just been sent from Lake to Belleville gaol.
An inquest was held on the body of Mr. Dickey by Richard Corrigan, Esq., coroner, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the facts. We have heard it stated that from a subsequent examination of the premises where the murder was committed, it is supposed that the intention of the murderer was to set fire to the shanty and burn the body in it, as a quantity of powder and shaving were found so arranged on the floor as to lead to such a conclusion.
An inquest was held at the home of Mr. John St. Charles in the Township of Lake on the 12th instant. After hearing the above evidence, the jury returned a verdict of "wilful murder" against Rock who was committed by the coroner to take his trial at the ensuing spring assizes.
The deceased was a native of Scotland from Aberdeen, and the son of respectable and wealthy parents. He came to Hastings road about two years ago, since which time he has been employed in clearing his land, hunting, and fishing. He was unmarried. He was very much respected by all his acquaintances, and beloved by many for acts of Kindness.
January 29, 1859
HARRISON - Died yesterday, 28th instant, William, infant son of Mr. V. Harrison, aged 16 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, King William street, on Sunday instant at 3 p.m. without further notice.
CHEESE - Died on the 28th instant, at Hamilton, Canada West, Frederick Michael Cheese, late of Hereford, England. The funeral will leave the residence of Thomas Beasley, Esq., Hughson street, on Sunday at 4 p.m.
FLEMING - On Saturday last, Frederick Fleming, a lumber teamster, fell from his waggon at the village of West Flamborough, and was almost instantly killed. The wheel went directly over his head. He spoke after the sad occurrence, but the blood continued flowing from his ear, and death put an end to his suffering.
FAIRCHILD - The Brantford “Courier” announces the death on the 9th instant of Isaac Fairchild, Esq., at the advanced age of 89 years. The deceased at the time of his death was the oldest man living in the County of Brant. In his youthful days, he was a trader among the Indians at Fairchild Creek which takes its name from him some years before Governor Simcoe came to the Province. He was a staunch adherent to British rule, a man of strict integrity, a good neighbour, and generally respected.
RAMSAY - On Saturday morning last, between the hours of nine and ten o' clock, a dreadful murder was committed in the Township of Whitchurch, at a place about three miles east of Aurora. The victim was a man name Robert Ramsay who was killed by his brother‑in‑law, William Hughes. The deed was perpetrated by a blow on the head with an axe after a short altercation between the two men, the homicide being at the time under the influence of liquor. An inquest was speedily convened by Dr. Pine of Newmarket, when the above evidence was elicited, the wife and son of the murderer furnishing the principal testimony. A verdict of "wilful murder" was found against the accused who was fully committed for trial.
DOBBS - On the 18th instant, a boy named Dobbs, aged twelve years, whose parents reside in the Township of Elma, committed suicide by deliberately shooting himself. Dobbs, whose parents were absent from home at the time, had been ordered by an elder brother to do something about the house. He appeared reluctant and instead of doing his brother's bidding, he went for the powder horn, took the gun, loaded it, retired to a garret, pulled one boot and one stocking off, put the muzzle of the gun in his mouth, and with his toe pulled the trigger. When found, he was a lifeless corpse.
January 31, 1859
ZIMMERMAN - Died on Saturday, the 29th instant, Martin Zimmerman, aged 31 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Monday, at 2 o'clock from the residence of James Zimmerman, George street, without further notice.
February 3, 1859
MACKENZIE - Died at Clifton, C.W., on the 23rd January, Eliza, wife of James Mackenzie, Esq.
FILMAN - Died at his residence near St. Peter's Church, Barton, Wednesday morning, on the 2nd instant, after a long illness borne with exemplary patience and in fervent hope of a happy resurrection, Jacob William Filman, fourth son of Jacob Filman, Esq., in his 36th year. The funeral will take place on Saturday next at 11 o'clock a.m.
February 4, 1859
ALLAN - We regret to have to place in our obituary to‑day the name of William Allan, Esq., of the Guelph Mills, one of the oldest inhabitants of the town. Mr. Allan was born on the 20th of September, 1782, at Killochan, Parish of Daith, Ayrshire, Scotland,and in early life followed the occupation of a carpenter in the neighbouring town of Girvan, and subsequently that of a millwright. When but nineteen years of age, he left his father's house for Glasgow, from whence he soon went to Edinburgh where he was intrusted by Mr. Adams, the architect, with the oversight of the carpenter work in one of the wings of the University then in progress of construction.
In 1813, he was sent out by Messrs. Dudgeon, Dickson, and Co. to Norway and Sweden in search of a suitable site for saw‑mills, and he finally went to Sweden, carrying his family with him in 1819. Having ejected mills at Trollhatten on the celebrated falls of the Gotha, he continued for eleven years to reside in Sweden, returning to Scotland in 1830. In 1831, Mr. Allan emigrated to Canada and soon after became a resident of Guelph. In 1833, he purchased from the Canada Company the first grist mill erected in this locality which now occupies but a small space among the extensive buildings since erected by the proprietor.
Mr. Allan's last illness was not of long duration; an active and labourious life protracted to the verge of the "four score years" assigned to man had exhausted his energies, and nature after a brief struggle gave up the contest. Mr. Allan's death took place Friday evening when he had attained the age of 76 years and 4 months. He leaves a widow, four sons, and 2 daughters in the prime of life, to mourn their loss. The funeral took place this afternoon and was one of the most numerously attended ever witnessed in the locality. A long line of carriages containing several hundred gentlemen of the town and vicinity followed the remains of the deceased to the Union cemetery where the interment took place. (Guelph)
February 5, 1859
PARK - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Mary Ann, wife of Shubael Park, Esq., aged 31 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested without further notice to attend the
funeral from the dwelling‑house on Hughson street on Sunday, the 6th instant at the hour of 3 o'clock p.m.
MINTY - Died of Scarlet Fever, in this city, January 23rd, John Roy Minty, aged 5 years and 5 months.
MINTY - Died on January 28th, William Strachan Minty, aged 2 years and 7 months.
MINTY - Died February 1st, Thomas Alister McKenzie Minty, aged 1 year and 4 months.
The beloved children of Mr. J. B. Minty, Catharine street south, and grandchildren of the late Thomas McKenzie Paterson, Esq., solicitor, Inverness, Scotland.
CORNELL - We regret to learn that a fatal accident occurred in the Township of Beverly last Thursday, the victim being Mr. Andrew Cornell aged 17 years, son of Mr. Adam Cornell. It appears that on that day young Cornell and one of his brothers went out in the bush chopping, and proceeded to partly cut five or six trees before felling them. They had cut three or four and were engaged on another when, owing to the wind or some other cause, one that they had previously been at work on started to fall. Both brothers immediately ran in different directions, but before Andrew could escape, the tree fell, and striking him on the forehead, caused instantaneous death, The poor fellow never moved after receiving his death blow. The melancholy event has thrown quite a gloom over the neighbourhood in which the young man resided, and we trust it will act as a warning to all parties engaged in the dangerous occupation of chopping.
February 7, 1859
OSBORNE - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Agnes Brown, daughter of Mr. Robert Osborne, aged 2 years and 2 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his residence, Vine street, on Monday, the 7th instant, at 3 o'clock.
FIELD - Died in this city, on the 30th ultimo, after a protracted illness, Louisa Eliza, wife of J. C. Field, Esq.
BENEDICT - We are sorry to learn that R. G. Benedict, Esq., died in New York on Saturday morning. Mr. Benedict was Chief Engineer of the Great Western Railway during the early period of its construction. While in that position, he, by his generous and warm‑hearted disposition, made many friends who will sincerely regret his death. The deceased gentleman had been in a weak state of health for some months previous to his decease.
SULLIVAN - One of those unfortunate accidents which so terribly show how careful persons should be in approaching a bed with a lighted candle, occurred on Friday evening in this city.
Mrs. Sullivan, who resides on John street, put her two children to bed about seven o'clock, and went into an adjoining room with a neighbour for the purpose of sewing, there being no fire in her own room. At nine o'clock she returned to the room in which the children were sleeping for the purpose of winding up the clock, and after doing so, went to look at the sleeping children. She then returned to her sewing. Almost an hour after, she was alarmed by the piteous screams of the children. Rushing into the room, she found the bed and bed clothes on fire, and one of the sleepers, a bright child three years of age, so severely burnt that it lived only a short time after the discovery of the fire. The other one was not much injured, being only slightly burned about the fingers and nose. The grief‑stricken mother, who is a widow, supposes that while looking at the children a spark must, unseen by her, have flown from the candle and thus ignited the bed clothes. The agony of the mother thus terribly deprived of her child may be imagined but not described.
February 8, 1859
ROBB - Died at Charleston, South Carolina, on the 25th ultimo, James Robb, Esq., brother of A. Robb, Esq., Ancaster.
February 9, 1859
BROWN - Died at Berlin, on the 4th instant, Dr. T. P. S. Brown, formerly of Stoney Creek, aged 37 years and 4 months.
COPINE - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Mr. Robert Copine, aged 36 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock, from Mr. John McKay's, Victoria House, King street.
CAWTHRA - Died on the 8th instant, at Hamilton, Henry, infant son of Mr. Henry Cawthra. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon, 10th instant, at 3 o'clock from Main street.
February 10, 1859
BANNATYNE - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, at the Rob Roy House, Mr. James Bannatyne, late of Kintyre, Scotland, aged 22 years.
February 11, 1859
BURTON - Died on the 17th of January, suddenly, at the house of her son, Blackheath Terrace, Blackheath, Sophia Anne, the wife of Captain George Guy Burton, Royal Navy, in the 72nd year of her age.
February 15, 1859
OSBORNE - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Bessie, daughter of Robert Osborne, aged 6 months.
February 16, 1859
MILLS - Died on the 14th instant, of scarlet fever, John Walker, aged 3 years, and Henry George Hamilton, aged 18 months, only children of George H. Mills, Esq. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 16th instant, from his residence, George street.
February 18, 1859
ORRIS - Died at University College, Toronto, on the 17th instant, in the 47th year of his age, Mr. Daniel Orris, for the last sixteen years Steward and Bedell of the University and College. He lived highly respected and died deeply regretted. Mr. Orris was a prominent member of the Order of Odd Fellows, and at one time held the office of Grand Master.
February 22, 1859
ALLAN - Died at Allan Park, Bentick, C.W., on the 14th instant, at half past 2 o'clock, a.m., Berthia Murison Allan, eldest daughter of the late Robert Allan, Esq., accountant, Glasgow, Scotland.
February 23, 1859
LEFROY - Died or the 25th of January, at 94 Cambridge Terrace, Hyde Park, London, Emily Merry, the wife of Colonel Lefroy, Royal Artillery, eldest daughter of Chief Justice Sir John Beverly Robinson, Bart., C.B., of Upper Canada, aged 37.
CRONIAN - An inquest was held in the Township of Carrick in the County of Bruce on the 29th of January on the body of Michael Cronian by Francis W. Irvine, Esq., coroner. The deceased and a man named Patrick Dunn went out to chop in the woods on the morning of the 29th and felled a birch tree which had a rotten limb. The limb stuck on a beech sapling when the tree was falling and that limb came down on the deceased, killing him on the spot. Cronian had been married but four weeks, and leaves a young widow to mourn his untimely end.
February 24, 1859
SHERIDAN - A melancholy accident occurred In the Township of Bentinck on Saturday, the 12th instant, by which a man named Michael Sheridan met an untimely death. It appears he went out to the woods to cut down timber, and on falling the first tree, a large limb, over four inches in
diameter, flew back and struck him on the head, smashing in his skull, supposed to have caused instant death. As he was alone, the accident was not discovered until evening when his family, growing uneasy, went in search of him, and were attracted to the spot by the barking of a faithful dog which had not for a moment left the body of its lifeless master. An inquest was held by Dr. Wood, coroner, and a verdict rendered in accordance with the above facts. He leaves a wife and two small children to mourn his untimely fate. It is a rather strange circumstance that the father of the deceased in the adjoining Township of Glenelg met his death in a similar manner eleven months previous to this sad occurrence.
February 25, 1859
CARRUTHERS - Died on the 25th January, at Winterseuch by Annan, Dumfries‑shire, Scotland, very suddenly, Mr. Walter Carruthers, aged 63 years. He lived highly respected and died deeply regretted by all who knew him.
February 26, 1859
HASKETT - Died in London, on the 22nd instant, after a long and severe illness, Mr. Robert Haskett, aged 24 years.
MILLER - Died at Niagara, on Friday, the ]8th February, at the age of 72 years, William Duff Miller, Esq., Inspector and Deputy Clerk of the Crown and Pleas, another of the old inhabitants of the Niagara District.
CHATTERTON - Died at Brockville, on the 12th instant, after a long and painful illness, Mr. Samuel Chatterton, in the 18th year of his age.
BOULTON - Died at Carleton Place, on the 8th instant, Mr. Hugh Boulton, in the 80th year of his age.
BAKER - Died at Owen Sound, on the 9th instant, after a protracted illness, Mr. Francis W. Baker, printer, aged 28 years.
SMITH - Died at his residence, Owen Sound, on the 12th instant, Mr. R. P. Smith.
MURTON - Died at his residence, Scotch Block Road, on the 21st instant, Mr. F. Murton.
CHRISTIE - Died in South Dumfries, on Saturday last, the 19th instant, the wife of Hon. David Christie, Member Legislative Council.
YOUNG - Died in Galt, on the 21st instant, Mr. Young, of the Union Hotel, aged 48 years.
JORDAN - On Tuesday last, a girl named Caroline Jordan, aged 12, a domestic in the employ of Robert Ballantyne, Esq., Reeve of Downie, went into the barn loft to search for eggs, and fell on the floor of the barn, a distance of 14 feet, where she was shortly afterwards found dead. An inquest was held on the same day by Dr. Shaver, and a verdict was returned in accordance with the above facts.
February 28, 1859
HILL - Died at Rock Chaple, Flamborough West, on the 28th instant, Lilley Matilda, aged 18 months, only daughter of Mr. Henry Hill, butcher.
March 1, 1859
LANTON - Died at Raeloss, Scotland, on the 8th February, Margaret Wilbie, relict of the late Mr. James Lanton, and mother of Mrs. Thomas Tindill, of this city, aged 80 years.
GIBBS - Died in Detroit, on the 24th ultimo, of consumption, Willaim Gibbs, in the 34th year of his age.
HARBOTTLE - Died in this city, on the 27th ultimo, after a short illness, Agnes Harbottle, aged 80 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of her son, Captain Harbottle, Hughson street, to‑day (Tuesday) at 11 o'clock to the place of interment, Flamborough West.
ELLIOT - It is our painful duty to announce the death by drowning of a fine young man, a nephew of the Rev. A. Elliot, Church of England Missionary to the Indians along the Grand River, which sad event took place on the afternoon of Tuesday last. It appears that the young man was engaged in skating on the Grand River, and that he approached a spot where the ice was weak when it gave way and he sank to rise no more. He was seen by a person at a distance to disappear under the ice. The unfortunate lad was aged about 18 years. The body has not yet been recovered.
March 2, 1859
PHILLIPS - An inquest was held yesterday before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, in the Township of Barton on the body of Mr. James Phillips, schoolmaster of No. 5 Division. It appeared on evidence that deceased was not quite as well as usual for some days previous, and that on Monday last, not returning into the house for some time, search was made for him when he was found dead in the woodshed belonging to William Macklem, Esq. A verdict was returned to the effect that deceased died from natural causes. He leaves a wife and family who reside in the Township of Blenheim.
March 3, 1859
MCGEE - We learn that a person named John McGee, living on Bathurst street, in this city (London) committed suicide yesterday afternoon by taking an overdose of laudanum. Deceased was a married man and leaves a wife to mourn his melancholy fate. From what we can ascertain, he was a sober, hardworking man and followed the business of collecting ashes around the city for some time past, and was well known among our citizens from the numerous calls he had to make. No cause has yet been assigned for the rash act.
March 4, 1859
BAKER - Died at Savannah, Georgia, at noon on the 2nd instant, Hugh C. Baker, Esq., of this city, aged 40 years.
Death of Mr. Baker - Another of our leading citizens has been taken from amongst us in the prime of life and the midst of his usefulness. It is with no feigned regret that we are called upon to record the somewhat sudden, but, we believe, not unexpected demise of Hugh C. Baker, Esq., which sad event took place on Wednesday at noon in Savannah, Georgia, whither the deceased had gone for the benefit of his health. Mr. Baker came to this city, we believe, as the first manager of the branch of the Montreal Bank, and on the establishment of the Canada Life Assurance Company, which he was mainly instrumental in originating, he became its President which office he held up to his death.
The deceased gentleman always manifested a deep interest in the prosperity and advancement of the city. He served as alderman in the City Council for a short time and was identified with almost every movement having for its object the furtherance of the city's best interests. At the last General Election, he came forward as the opponent of the present representative of the city, Isaac Buchanan, Esq., and we say it in all sincerity that whatever ill‑feeling may have been engendered during that memorable contest, it was soon forgotten, for Mr. Baker was justly regarded as an honourable opponent and esteemed as an upright and worthy citizen. In his private capacity, the deceased was highly respected by all our citizens. We understand that the remains will be brought to this city for interment.
March 5, 1859
STEVENSON - We regret to learn that David B. Stevenson, Esq., formerly Member of Parliament for the County of Prince Edward, died at Picton on Wednesday morning last. The deceased was a thorough Conservative in politics and displayed much ability as a legislator. His loss will be sincerely felt in Prince Edward.
FIELDS - Died at Bronte, on the morning of the 4th instant, Ellen Louisa, only daughter of J. C. Fields, Esq., aged 8 years and 6 months. Friends and acquaintances will please attend the funeral without further notice from her father's residence, Park street, at half past two o'clock this p.m.
March 7, 1859
ALMON - Died in Montreal, on Monday, the 28th ultimo, after a short illness, Charles Moses Almon, of MacNab, Nova Scotia, in the 23rd year of his age.
ANDERSON - Died in Montreal, on the 2nd instant of comsumption, Dr. Robert Anderson, aged 29 years.
DUNBAR - Died at Amherstburg, on the 15th ultimo, Janet, wife of Mr. James Dunbar, aged 50 years.
KELLY - Died at the City of the Falls, on Monday, February 28, Mr. Timothy Kelly, merchant, aged 68.
KEATING - Died at the City of the Falls, on Saturday, Feb. 26, Mary, wife of Mr. William Keating.
HULL - Died at his residence in Seneca, on the 5th instant, after a painful & lingering illness, which he bore with much patience, Mr. Charles Hull, late of Norfolk, England, in his 68th year. Having resided in Seneca twenty‑five years, his loss will be felt by a large circle of friends by whom he was much respected and beloved. His funeral will proceed from his late residence at 12 o'clock noon on Wednesday, the 9th instant, to the place of interment. Friends will please accept this notice.
March 8, 1859
PARK - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Mr. Charles Park, formerly of Inverness, Scotland, aged 30 years. The funeral will take place this afternoon at three o'clock from the residence of Mr. Usher, corner of Peel and Cherry streets. The deceased had been an efficient member of the Volunteer Field Battery since its organization, and the members of this and the other Volunteer Militia are invited to attend.
CHOATE - Died at his residence in Glanford, on Monday morning, the 7th instant, Thomas Choate, Esq., in his 87th year. The funeral will take place on Thursday next at 10 o'clock a.m. from his late residence to the place of interment, at St. Paul's Church, Glanford.
Mr. Thomas Choate, Sr., one of the oldest settlers in this part of the Province and whose name must be familiar to almost everyone in this section, died at his residence in Glanford
yesterday morning at the advanced age of 87 years. Mr. Choate came from the State of New Hampshire to Canada sixty‑one years ago and may justly be considered one of the old band of hardy pioneers so few of whom are now left amongst us. He was noted as one of the most energetic and successful farmers in this section of the country, and through his untiring industry amassed an immense deal of property. He has left a very large circle of relatives throughout the Province to mourn his loss.
March 9, 1859
PARK - The funeral of Mr. Charles Park, an active member of the Field Battery of Artillery since its formation, took place yesterday and was largely attended by the active force in this city. The coffin was covered by the British Ensign and borne on the shoulders of four members of the Battery. The band played the "Dead March in Saul". The firing party was composed of detachments from the different Rifle Companies in the city. The most of the officers belonging to the active force were present and marched with reversed arms as did the firing party.
March 10, 1859
WHIPPLE - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Caroli ne, wife of E. S. Whipple, Catharine street, aged 33 years and 3 months. The funeral will take place this (Thursday) morning at 10 o'clock from her husband's residence. Friends are requested to attend.
GREEN - Died on the 9th instant, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Samuel Green, Esq., of Saltfleet, in the 71st year of her age. Friends and acquaintances will without further notice please attend the funeral on Sunday next at 11 a.m.
March 11, 1859
BAKER - The funeral obsequies of the late Hugh C. Baker, Esq., took place yesterday afternoon. The funeral cortege was one of the largest ever witnessed in this city. Most of the stores and places of business were closed during a portion of the afternoon.
MCCALL - A melancholy and fatal accident occurred in the vicinity of the G.W.R. bridge across the Grand River on Saturday evening last to a young girl 15 years of age, daughter of Mr. Jacob McCall. She had been subject to fits for some time past, and on going to the river for a pail of water, is supposed to have had an attack, and falling into the stream to have been carried away by the current. The empty pail was found by the bank of the river, and although diligent search has been made for the body, it has not as yet been found. (Paris)
March 14, 1859
SKINNER - Died on the 12th instant, James Morrison, youngest son of Mr. James A. Skinner, of this city.
March 15, 1859
FLETT - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mary Jane, infant daughter of James Flett, aged 8 months.
WILLIS - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Robert Willis, aged 2 years and 2 months, third son of Mr. R. Willis, messenger of City Council. The funeral will take place from the residence of his father, Broadway street, to‑day at four o'clock p.m. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
March 17, 1859
BICKERSTAFF - Yesterday afternoon, a young man named Frederick Bickerstaff, a painter in the employ of Mr. Fitzpatrick, while painting a schooner at the Great Western Railway Wharf, was fearfully crushed between the wharf and the vessel. It appears he was busily engaged in his work, and when turning from the vessel to his paint‑pot, the schooner gave a lurch, crushing his head between her and the wharf in which position he remained for about two minutes. He was brought uptown to his place of residence at Mr. Duffy's on John street, the blood issuing from his ears in large quantities. It is feared that the skull of the unfortunate man is cracked, in which case his recovery is very uncertain. The injured person is quite young, being not more than 18 years of age.
March 21, 1859
BRAID - Died near Flamborough Station, Great Western Railway, C .W., Alexander Braid, of Hamilton.
Mr. Braid, who came to his death in the melancholy railway accident, we chronicled in other columns of this journal. Although he had not lived among us a long time, he had rendered himself so generally esteemed that the news of his fate clouded the brow of nearly all our citizens. With the details of his earlier life we are unacquainted. He was, however, eminent as a locomotive engineer in Scotland and had the charge of a very large establishment there which he partly owned. He was induced to emigrate hither by the English director of the Great Western Railway Company to take charge of the locomotive department. His independence of character was at first rather unpalatable to the mechanics under his control; yet they soon learn to trust him, and Mr. Braid became after a time exceedingly popular. It was this independence that brought the Managing Director into collision with him, the result of which was the dismissal
of the locomotive engineer. Much bitterness resulted, but of this we will not now speak. Mr. Braid's talents and strict integrity gave him a high standing and he being negotiated with by more that one Railway Company at the time of his death. The service esteemed him much and individual sorrow is that which he never expressed.
March 22, 1859
MILNE - Died on the morning of the 19th instant, near Flamborough Station, Great Western Railway, Mr. William Milne, of this city. The funeral will take place this day at 11 o'clock a.m. from his residence, corner of Henry and Mary streets, to the Burlington cemetery. Friends are invited to attend.
BRAID - Died on the 19th instant, Alexander Braid, Esq., locomotive superintendent of the Great Western Railway, in the 47th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are requested without further notice to attend the funeral from his late residence, Catharine street, on the afternoon of Tuesday, the 22nd, at 3 o'clock.
WILSON (Norfolk) - It is our painful duty to announce the death of James G. Wilson, Esq., who departed this life on Tuesday morning last in the 37th year of his age. Mr. Wilson, by the decree of an inscrutable providence, has been taken away in the prime of life with his energies and capabilities, and both were of a high order, at the best. On Wednesday of last week, Mr. Wilson was on the street pursuing, with his usual zeal , his business. On Tuesday following he was with the dead, so suddenly has the blow fallen. Mr. Wilson's business operations as it is well known were extensive, and continued up to the time of his death. Mr. Wilson's death will be felt severely in our public affairs. In the town council and as director of the Southern Road, Mr. Wilson held a deservedly high place. The town cannot easily find a more efficient, truly public servant or a more judicious man. There is a feeling of bereavement and loss upon everyone's heart. The town has lost one of its main pillars and one of the best business men. The poor have lost a generous, compassionate friend. We have also lost a kind‑hearted obliging neighbour.
FAWCET - The late Mr. Fawcet ‑ the body of the unfortunate gentleman was brought down to Dundas yesterday. The Rev. Mr. Rose of Dundas was with him a very short time after he was removed to Copetown and remained till the last. We sincerely regret to add that he leaves a wife and nine children to mourn their melancholy and untimely bereavement. (Railway accident)
March 23, 1859
JOCHIMEEN - Hans Peter Jochimeen ‑ it would appear from letters found among the effects of this unfortunate man that he was unmarried and was on his way to visit his father in his native land.
He had a number of letters of introduction to parties in Germany. (Railway accident)
MILNE, BRAID - The funerals of William Milne and Mr. Baird took place yesterday and were largely attended. Many of the mechanics at the Depot Works here were present. Mr. Braid leaves a wife and five children.
MORGAN, KING ‑ The funeral of these unfortunate victims of the late railway accident was attended yesterday by a large concourse of the employers and employed of the Great Western Railway, and a goodly number of the citizens. Mr. Morgan (engineer) was accompanied to the grave by his brother engineers as pall bearers as was also Mr. King (fireman) by his brother firemen of the Great Western Railway. The former leaves a wife and six children to deplore his untimely end. The latter was unmarried.
March 24, 1859
REYNOLDS - Died at Hamilton, on Tuesday, the 22nd March, Isabella, the beloved wife of Mr. T. Reynolds, aged 38 years. Friends are informed that the funeral will take place on Saturday at half past 2 o'clock.
O’CAINGHAM - Died at Norwood, County of Peterborough, C.W., on the 18th instant, Jeremiah O’Caingham, Esq. , formerly of Mallow, County Cork, Ireland, aged 29 years.
March 25, 1859
WALKER - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Mary Ann Walker, wife of Frederick Walker, engineer, aged 32 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. from West avenue, seven doors north of King William street, to Burlington cemetery. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.
ALLAN - Yesterday afternoon, a young boy about four years of age, the son of Mr. Allan, McNab street, was fatally crushed by a waggon belonging to Mr. McHenry. It appears that the child was climbing up the wheel when the waggon was started by the driver. The child's body thus became entangled in the wheel, acting almost like a brake, the waggon going some distance while he was in that position. Drs. Macintosh and Rose were in immediate attendance, but it is feared that little can be done for the little sufferer, his body being so frightfully crushed that only faint hopes of his recovery can be entertained.
March 26, 1859
KNOX - (Kingston) On Saturday, the 12th instant, a man named William Knox, in the employ of Mr. Richard Madden in his sawmill at the Big Falls in the rear of Portland, while in the act of drawing a saw‑log from a mill pond by a chain attached to a windlass for that purpose, the "dog" not having been driven into the log sufficiently, the end of the log caught on a pole, which checked its progress suddenly. The cable gave way, bounded back, and struck the circular saw which was in motion at the time, breaking the saw in several pieces. The edge of one of the pieces, weighing 28 pounds, struck Knox a little above the right temple, crossing the forehead to the other side, cutting him most frightfully. The cut was said to be 1˝ inches deep, causing the brain to come out. He remained insensible from the time he was hurt until Sunday morning, the 21st, when he died leaving a wife and two small children to deplore their loss.
DEWITT - Death of Jacob DeWitt, Esq. (Montreal) It is with great regret that we notice the death of this old and estimable fellow‑citizen which took place yesterday at the advanced age of 73 years. Mr. DeWitt in his early life had been engaged in trade in the city, chiefly, we believe, in the hardware department, and having acquired a considerable popularity, was returned as a member of Parliament, we think, in 1832. He took his seat for what was then the County of Beauharnois. Politics ran high, for it was the period of Lower Canadian history when Mr. Papineau made war on the power of the Governor and of the council and executive of the Governor's appointment. Mr. DeWitt took the popular side and voted steadily and firmly against the Chateau all through the excited contest which ended in the disastrous outbreak of 1837 that put an end for the time to all constitutional order. After Lord Sydenham had carried the union and Parliamentary Government was restored, Mr. DeWitt offered himself once more for his old county, but was defeated by those acts of violence by which the Proconsul of the day secured his majority.
The County of Leinster then begged Mr. DeWitt to accept their commission, and he sat for that county till the dissolution under Lord Cathcart in 1848, when he returned to Beauharnois which he represented till the remodelling of the representation by the Hincks' ministry. He then took service with that division of the county called Chateauguay which he represented to the end of the last Parliament, retiring at last on account of infirmities, and having never been out of Parliament since the day he entered it, with the exception above noted, and this during a period of more that a quarter of a century. True to his principles, Mr. DeWitt, though he supported for a time the LaFontaine and Baldwin Government, was during the latter period of his life in opposition, for he had not fought for power, and therefore did not become a stickler for official dignity and emolument the moment they came within his reach. He desired to see the government carried on by and for the people, and he could not comprehend how the greatest happiness of the greatest numbers was better secured by the gigantic jobs of the Hincks' regime and arrogance
of rebels turned high tories, than by the more moderate intrigues for salaries and the polite obstinacy of the old bureaucracy. For several years, Mr. DeWitt has been the President of the Banque du Peuple, an office to which he succeeded the late Mr. L. M. Viger. The institution had at first a quasi political and national character as its name denotes, but though retaining some traditions of a French Canadian establishment, it has long been wholly commercial in its spirit, and under the Presidency of Mr. DeWitt has acquired a reputation hardly second to that of any of our monetary institutions.
Mr. DeWitt, being a self‑made man, was not possessive of those enlarged views which arise from an extensive acquaintance with the experiences and reflections of others. He was, however, possessed of great natural talent for business and a thorough honesty and uprightness which is itself e talent. After leaving his political friends, he had often to suffer the opposition which their influence aroused against him among his constituents, but this never made him swerve from his course. His reply to all representation on this head was that if his electors did not approve of his conduct, he was ready to relinquish his seat. Perhaps the best example of his unflinching devotion to principle, and at the same time his respect for the opinions of others, securing their respect in return, is to be found in his conduct on religious matters. Mr. DeWitt was an ardent Christian, and no less ardent a Protestant. His protestantism was just as conspicuous as his other opinions, and yet his well‑known support of Bible Societies and other kindred associations never interfered with the confidence existing between him and the French Canadian population with whom he so many years held intimate political and business relations.
Though possessed of considerable wealth, the fruit of industry and carefulness, Mr. DeWitt’s personal expenses were to the last on a very considerate scale. But liberality to others was large. He had a heart “open as day to melting charity” and the few who are acquainted with his personal life estimate his systematic annual outlay in acts of benevolence at a figure which would astonish some who think themselves very charitable. One who has had long experience of him says that no deserving applicant for his bounty ever went away empty.
Mr. DeWitt was a staunch teetotaler, protectionist, and a stickler for the rigid Sabbath observance. His lameness, produced by an accident many years ago, gave him a somewhat uncouth exterior, and his mode of address was a little tiresome, and to those he did not like, sometimes frankly disagreeable. For sterling worth he leaves few equals behind him.
March 30, 1859
SKINNER - Died on the 29th instant, aged two years and two months, Margaret J. Proudfoot, daughter of Mr. James A. Skinner, of this city.
March 31, 1859
SMITH - Died on the 30th instant, at his residence, John street, James Smith, of the firm of Mathieson and Smith, aged 36 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested without further notice to attend the funeral on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
April 1, 1859
CURRIN - Died in this city, on the 31st ultimo, Harriet M., wife of Mr. George Currin, and daughter of John Wilson, Esq., lumber merchant, Peel street, aged 26 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral without further notice on Saturday afternoon, the 2nd instant, at 3 o'clock.
ALLAN - The child of Mr. Allan, injured by becoming entangled in the wheels of one of Hendrie & Co’s waggons, died on Tuesday from the effects of the injuries received. Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest on the body, and a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned. (See page 18)
April 2, 1859
SMITH - Thursday afternoon, the remains of Mr. Smith were interred with Masonic honours. A large number of the brethren of the mystic tie accompanied the remains of their departed brother to their final resting place and took part in the ceremony. After the usual religious ceremony had been performed by the Rev. Dr. Irvine, the beautiful ritual of the order was read by V.W. Brother Bellhouse and the D.D.G.M.R.W. Bull. This made a deep impression on those present.
MILLER - Died of a lingering disease which he bore with great patience, on the 23rd of February last, at his residence in South Mountain, William A. Miller, M.D., Surgeon of the 9th Battalion, Leeds Militia, and one of Her Majesty's Justices of the Peace, and Coroner for the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville. Deceased was a native of Newtownard, County Down, Ireland, and graduate of Fairfield College, N.Y. His end was peace.
April 4, 1859
MCRAE, MCKENZIE - An accident of the most painfu1 nature took place last Monday week, resulting in the loss of two lives. We have been unable to obtain the precise particulars of the sad event, but it appears that a small boat containing five individuals left Goderich that afternoon with a load of provisions. When near Port Albert, the boat which is reported to have been too heavily laden was swamped, the sea running in very heavily at the time. Three of the poor fellows escaped, but the other two were either drowned or died from exhaustion. The names of
the unfortunate men were Mr. Kenneth McKenzie, and the other, Mr. McRae, proprietor of the. Half‑Way Tavern, between Goderich and Kincardine, which has given shelter to many a weary backwoods traveller. Mr. McRae, who was a tall able‑bodied man in the very prime of life, has left a young widow and little children to mourn their sad bereavement. It is only a few days ago since we remained overnight with him and were congratulating him on the improvements in process of being made in his house, the results of hard industry, and the comforts of which, no doubt, he had looked forward to enjoy for many years. His attention and kindness to travellers and his obliging disposition and thorough integrity had gained for him the respect of all who knew him. His remains, which were interred on Monday last, were followed to their resting place by a large concourse of mourners. Such serious warnings of the dreadful uncertainty of life ought to prove a solemn lesson to all not to set our hearts and affections on anything earthly from which in the twinkling of an eye we may be forever separated.
WILSON (Berlin) - We regret to learn that on Tuesday night last, Mr. Alexander Wilson, who lived a short distance from town, lost an interesting little girl about four years of age under the following distressing circumstances. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson had occasion to go to the barn and left the little girl alluded to along with two other children who were asleep. During their absence, which was only about ten minutes, she must have been playing with the candle, for on the return of her parents, they found her clothes in flames, and before they were extinguished, she was so badly burnt as to render all hope of life doubtful. Medical aid was at once procured, but proved to be of no avail, and she expired a few hours after. The sympathy of the community is extended to the bereaved parents who mourn in the most heart‑felt sorrow the loss of a beloved child under such painful circumstances.
April 5, 1859
STERLING - Died in Meringo, State of Michigan, on the 30th ultimo, of consumption, aged 25 years, Sophia, wife of Mr. John R. Sterling, eldest son of Councilman Sterling, of Toronto.
April 7, 1859
SHARP - Died on Wednesday morning, the 6th instant, at the residence of his son, Mr. George Sharp, builder, Hamilton, Mr. John Sharp, late of Leeds, Yorkshire, England, in his 70th year. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
UNNAMED CHILD - Yesterday p.m., an inquest was held before Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, on the body of a male child found in a culvert on John street, between Warren and Hannah streets,
by John Fitzpatrick, a person in the employ of the Corporation who was examining the culvert in question. It was wrapped in a flannel petticoat and two pieces of cloth, and covered with a small quantity of earth. The medical testimony given by Drs. Duggan and Bates went to show that the child had been stillborn, but that it might have lived had proper attention been paid to it at the birth. It was in full maturity, but no marks of violence were found upon it. The body was in an advanced state of decomposition and appeared to have dead five or six weeks. It was the opinion of the doctors that the body had been frozen solid. They were also of the opinion that the child had never breathed at all, any symptoms of air in the lungs being the result of decomposition. Other witnesses deposed to the finding of the body in the culvert, to the mother of which no clue at present exists. The jury brought in the following verdict “that the child was stillborn, but that it might have lived had it received proper attention and assistance at the time of its birth and subsequently.”
April 12, 1859
MCMANUS - In noticing several accidents by the late severe gales we stated that a vessel of Port Dover had been lost on the night of the 18th ultimo near Buffalo. The vessel was the "Linnie Powell" owned by W. & B. Powell of Port Dover, John McManus, captain. She was an excellent vessel and nearly new. She left Port Dover on the 17th for Port Colborne, and a storm arising, was driven out of her course. The storm increased in violence, and Capt. McManus deemed it expedient to run ashore at a point where there was a good sandy beach. In the fierce snow storm, however, the vessel was driven ashore some two miles from this place against a bald shore, and the crew having taken to the rigging, Capt. McManus caught a tree growing from the high bank and gained the shore, and then aided one of the crew out of the rigging. In attempting to bring off another from the same position, the tree gave way and he was precipitated into the water between the shore and the vessel which careening shoreward at the moment, destroyed every hope of being saved, and he sank to perish in an attempt to save his fellow man.
He was an experienced seaman, and was very much respected at Dover where he leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss. The vessel we understand will be saved without much damage.
TOLIN - A sad accident occurred on the Welland Railway works near Port Dalhousie last evening through the fail of an embankment by which a labourer named John Tolin was so seriously injured that he expired this morning about seven o'clock. He was employed in cutting away the clay bank near the reservoir which was done in blocks, and not being aware that the bank he was working at had started, he continued picking till it fell upon him and crushed him almost to death. He was speedily conveyed to his home when Dr. Mack was summoned without delay, but it was soon found that the unfortunate man was injured beyond the power of medical
relief. He never spoke after the accident occurred, and early this morning he breathed his last, apparently in great agony. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his untimely fate, and was esteemed by his fellow‑workers as a sober and industrious man.
April 14, 1859
CLEMENT - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, John Clement, late of the 79th Highlanders. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the city hospital this day at one o'clock p.m.
HUTCHINSON - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, John Howell, eldest son of Edward Howell Hutchinson, aged 5 years end 10 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from Mr. Hutchinson's residence, John street, Court House Square, this afternoon at 3 o'clock
PARKER - Died in Philadelphia, on Sunday, the 10th instant, Margaret, wife of Henry J. Parker, and daughter of Mr. Joseph Atkinson, of this city, aged 19 years.
April 15, 1859
BOYD - Died at Toronto, on the 14th instant, Charles, son of Mr. George Boyd, of the firm of Buntin, Brother, & Co., Toronto, aged 2 years and 3 months.
BEATTY - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mr. John Beatty, aged 32 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his brother, corner of John and Main streets, to‑morrow (Saturday morning) at 8 o'clock.
April 16, 1859
RILEY - Died in Dundas, on the 15th instant, Catharine Riley, aged 58 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Monday, the 18th instant, at 2 o'clock, from her late residence, to Grove cemetery.
OAKS - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Mr. Samuel Oaks, aged 28 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence of Mr. William McEichern, Merrick street, two doors west of McNab.
April 18, 1859
MILLS - Died at Hamilton, on the 15th instant, Martha, daughter of Mr. Nelson Mills, aged 7 months. Funeral at 3 p.m. on Monday, 18th instant, from the residence of her father.
ADAMS (Brantford) - Our town was this morning thrown into a state of intense excitement by the intelligence of a man having been murdered last night on the Paris Road. Immediately upon the receipt of the news, we started for the scene of the occurrence and from the facts which we have been able to gather we venture to say that a more cruel and deliberate murder never disgraced the criminal annals of any country.
The unfortunate deceased was a man named Adams about 63 years of age, and employed by Mr. Hales to carry the mail between Paris and this place. He left Paris about half past eight last night and was seen shortly afterward by the toll‑gate keeper near Paris proceeding on his journey alone. From the best information which can be now obtained, it would seem that deceased was murdered on descending the hill in the vicinity of what is known as "Good's Hollow" by being shot from the side of the road going to Paris. Marks of blood were discovered on the brow of the hill and traced to some distance down the declivity on the right. Several of the mail bags were discovered near a clump of trees a little farther on and immediately adjoining the Railway track. Their valuable contents had, of course, been abstracted.
One mail bag, however, is still missing. When we saw the body of the ill‑fated man this morning, he was lying on a desk in the White Schoolhouse about 31/2 miles from this town. His head and face were clotted with blood. The gun with which he was shot had evidently been loaded with buckshot as the marks of their entrance into forehead and cheek of the deceased were clearly discernible. Upon probing the gunshot wounds, the bones of the cheek and head were found to be broken. He appeared to have died almost instantaneously. His countenance does not seem to indicate that he had strength enough left after the shot to make any resistance. His clothes, consisting of a blue shirt brown patched trousers, blue waistcoat, brown coat, together with an india‑rubber overcoat, were upon him, and also a fur glove on his left hand, and the mitten with which he had been holding the reins on his right hand. At 3 o'clock this afternoon, an inquest was empanelled before Coroner Balfour.
April 19, 1859
MURPHY - Four young men, two of them sons of ex‑councillor Palton, another named Gordon, and the other, Patrick Murphy, went out in an open sailboat yesterday afternoon for a sail on the Bay. When returning to the wharf, a squall struck the boat and upset it. The accident being observed from the shore, parties went out immediately to the rescue of the drowning youths. Mr. Phelan reached the spot first and succeeded in saving the two Daltons and Gordon, but Murphy had sunk with the boat. The body has not been found yet, but further search will be made to‑day.
April 20, 1859
FERRIS - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Mr. William Ferris, aged 50 years, late of Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, King William street, to‑morrow (Thursday) at 3 o'clock.
MELDON - Died on the 28th of March, at Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England, Mary Tovey, wife of Ashton Meldon, Esq., of Edgbaston, aged 39 years.
FERRIS - An inquest was held yesterday by H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of William Ferris, tavern keeper, King William street, who died rather suddenly on the same morning. It appeared from the evidence that deceased had been unwell for some days previous to his death, but on Monday night became much worse and died suddenly about 3 o'clock in the morning. A rumour was at first current that a blow was the proximate cause of death.
This, however, was set to rest by the medical testimony, the Messrs Ryall having held a post mortem examination. Dr. Ryall said that they found no mark of violence on the body. On opening it, it was found that the large intestine and stomach were much inflamed. The liver was enlarged and unhealthy. The left lung was very much diseased and inflamed. It was the opinion of the doctor that the deceased died from the effects of inflammation which had it been attended to by a medical man might have been reduced and his life saved. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence.
April 21, 1859
FURNEAUX - A lamentable accident occurred on the 10th instant by which two daughters and a son of Mr. John Furneaux of the Township of Glenelg were drowned. The names of the deceased are Grace, Elizabeth Jane, and Joseph, aged respectively 17, 14, and 12 years. They were out in the afternoon in company with a younger brother of 7 years, to take a walk on the ice, which is not thawed owing to the enclosed situation, over a beaver meadow which for the greater part of the year assumes the appearance of a lake, when the ice broke and precipitated the older girl, Grace, into the water. The other two ran to her assistance and met the same fate. The younger boy ran home to acquaint the parents, but before assistance arrived, they sank to rise no more. The body of the youngest girl was recovered the same evening, and the other two on the following day.
MCGAFFERTY (Guelph) - A most brutal murder was perpetrated in the bush on the Brock Road on Saturday afternoon last. The particulars of the dreadful tragedy are briefly as follows. The murderer, John McGafferty, was employed in chopping wood for a clergyman near Morristown, and his wife was in the habit of accompanying him to pile the wood. On Saturday, the man, his wife, and son, the latter a boy of about 14 years, took dinner
in the bush, and shortly after finishing the meal, McGafferty sent the lad away to procure some tea and sugar. On his return, his father was gone, and he found his mother lying on her face. The lad spoke to her and receiving no answer, became alarmed, and ran to a place about a quarter of a mile distant where a man named Parks was making shingles. On being informed of the woman's condition, Parks at once accompanied the boy back to the scene of the murder where he found the unfortunate woman quite dead. Yesterday morning, the murderer gave himself up and made a confession before a magistrate. He confessed himself guilty of the murder, and stated that he and his wife, Mary McGafferty, sat down together on a pile of wood where he had been chopping; that he asked her to tell him who it was got out of the bed from her on Friday night; she told him but denied that the man had connections with her. Deponent then caught her by the throat and threw her down, telling her that she must state the truth. Ghe said that if he would let her up, she would tel1 him all about the matter. She got up and repeated what she had already told him, whereupon he again knocked her down and struck her upon the head with a stick of cordwood.
An inquest was subsequently held before Dr. Howitt at Morristown, and after a careful investigation into all the circumstances connected with the case, the jury returned a verdict of wilful murder against John McGafferty. The prisoner has been committed to await his trial at the next assizes.
MURPHY - Yesterday morning, the body of the unfortunate man, Murphy, who was drowned by the capsizing of a sailboat on Monday afternoon, was found yesterday morning. The young men who were with him at the time of the accident have been indefatigale in their efforts to recover the body, and were finally successful. Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest on the body last evening and a verdict returned in accordance with the facts.
(See page 25)
FROST - The inhabitants of the village of Aylmer were thrown into great excitement on the evening of Monday by the commission of a murderous assault by a magistrate on the person of a man named Dennis Frost.
The assailant, Elisha S. Ganson, is a man of considerable property, and for many years a magistrate. He is a native of the United States and came to Canada in 1812. He resided for some time in Hamilton, after which he settled in the Township of Malahide where he has since resided. He owns a large quantity of landed property and was extensively engaged in the mercantile and milling business. He was warden of the County of Elgin in the year 1854, and is now President of the Port Bruce Harbour Company. He is supposed to be very close in his transactions, and has been considered penurious, but is gererally respected.
The facts of the case as near as our reporter could glean from the magistrates at St. Thomas are mainly these: A person named Jeffry occupies ten acres of land in the Township of Malahide over which Mr. Ganson holds a mortgage. A few days since, Jeffry placed the man, Frost,
in possession of the land which gave offence to Ganson, who on Monday afternoon, proceeded to the place for the purpose of forcefully ejecting him.
Frost had opened a gate for the purpose of driving some cattle through, when Ganson closed it and drove a stake into the ground for the purpose of keeping it fast. It is stated that Frost, who was on the other side of the fence, struck at Ganson with a small switch which he held in his hand. Ganson carried a whip and struck back at Frost. This continued for some time when Gsnson raised an axe which it is alleged he had brought from his own premises, and struck at Frost over the fence. He did not succeed in striking him, but broke the top rail of the fence with the axe. He (Ganson) ran round through the gate and struck at Frost with the axe. The first blow struck him on the knee, and as he was falling, Ganson repeated the b1ow and struck him on the forehead over the left eye. It is said that the axe penetrated to the brain and inflicted what is considered to be a mortal wound.
Ganson made no attempt to run away, nor was he arrested, though there were four persons present.
A young man named Ryckman went to St. Thomas a few hours afterward and laid the information before Judge Hughes who immediately issued a warrant for the arrest of Ganson, The constable went at once to his residence and brought him to St. Thomas. Judge Hughes, Daniel Harvey, Esq., and W. J. White, Esq. proceeded to investigate the case about one o'clock, but in the absence of witnesses were not able to dispose of the matter, and they adjourned until 12 o'clock to‑day.
Mr. Ganson is still in custody. He is a man of about 55 years of age, and appears highly intelligent. He has no appearance whatever of being a man of a harsh or brutal character, but it is said that he is a very violent temper.
The unfortunate man, Frost, is not expected to live, but as there was no medical gentleman at the examination, the real extent of the injury could not be fully ascertained. It is said, however, by those who have seen him that there is no chance of his recovery. He is a widower and has four small children. The neighbours speak of him as a very inoffensive and industrious man. (An account in the “Prototype” declared Frost dead)
April 22, 1859
FROST - The examination of Mr. Ganson, who made a murderous assault on a person named Frost, is continued at Aylmer. Frost is still living and according to last accounts, likely to recover from his injuries.
MARLTON - William Marlton, of this place, was drowned near Kincardine, on Monday morning, the 11th instant. He went out on the bowsprit to arrange a sail, and while in the act of doing so, the bowsprit broke and he was precipitated into the water. There was only a lad, 13 years of age, on the vessel besides Mr. Marlton, and as the vessel was under full sail, he was
unable to render assistance. Deceased was quite a young man, and leaves a wife and one child, and many friends to mourn his sudden and untimely end. It is not quite two years since a brother of deceased was drowned in the River St. Clair.
April 25, 1859
STENNETT - Died at the residence of his father, Keswick Cottage, Lake Simcoe, on the 4th instant, aged 47 years, Mr. Miles Braithwaite Stennett, formerly of this city.
April 26, 1859
MYLES - Died on the 23rd April, at her son's residence, Catharine street, Mrs. Eliza Myles, late of Limerick, Ireland, aged 70 years.
DAY - Died in Hamilton, on the 21st instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. James Day, King street west, aged 48 years.
FARMER - Died in York, on Thursday, the 21st instant, Henrietta, wife of Richard Farmer, in her 30th year, of consumption.
MCCLURE - Died at Sullivan, County Grey, C.W., Ann Galt, aged 68 years, wife of Mr. David McClure, Sr., lately from Kilkerran, Ayrshire, Scotland.
RICE (Fond du Lac) - At a coroner's inquest, held in this city to‑day, it was found that the death of an Irish woman named Mrs. Rice, which occurred a few days ago, was caused by poison administered by Patrick Rice, her husband, and a widow woman named Mrs. Conroy. A large quantity of arsenic was found in the stomach of the deceased. On examination, both accused were committed for trial
UNNAMED INFANT - Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, held an inquest on Sunday last on the body of an infant, the child of a coloured woman living in West Flamborough. It appeared from the evidence that the child had been overlaid by the mother and thus suffocated. The death being accidental, a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.
DUHAY - On Sunday evening, at a point on the Hamilton and Port Dover Railway, about twelve miles from this city, a brutal murder was committed in the shanty of a man named Quinn, situated on that section of the road under Mr. McAdam, contractor. The unfortunate man who has thus suddenly been cut off, was a labourer named Matthew Duhay. He was shot dead, the ball entering the left breast immediately above the heart. Another man named James Townson was severely stabbed in the left side. From the facts thus far elicited, it appears that a drunken row was the cause. The supposed murderer of Duhay escaped some time during the night, but the
officers of Justice are on his track.
Yesterday morning, H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, proceeded to the spot, accompanied by two of the city police and a constable from Hind's Corners. The coroner met with a good deal of opposition from the family and friends of the deceased, his wife brandishing a large knife, and declaring that no surgical examination of the body should be made. At last a jury was procured and the inquest commenced. One witness only has as yet been examined. David White, being sworn, said: “Between nine and ten o'clock last night, I was at the shanty of Charles Quinn. John A. McGillie, Pat Lawlor, James Townson, and J. Barry went in with me. After this, Dennis Q'Halloran, Dan Doyle, and Tim Mara were among them. Barry and O’Hal1oran had had a previous quarrel which they commenced again. I said I would have no quarrels there and put O’Halloran out. The door was then shoved in and I was knocked down and severely beaten (the face of the witness presented a shocking spectacle). I called out to them to let me up; they did so. Brennan then went across the room towards the bedroom. Deceased then came in and said something like, “Who struck White?” Mrs. Quinn and deceased had a fuss. I think she was knocked down also, but can't say how or by whom. When I was getting up, a shot was fired from the direction of the place where Brennan, Lawlor, and Quinn were standing. I heard the cry, “Well done, Brennan: fire again”. Immediately another shot was fired. Brennan and a number of them then left. I did not hear at the time of the firing any expression as if anyone had been shot. I heard about half an hour after that James Duhay had been shot. To the best of my belief either Brennan, Lawlor, or Quinn fired the shot. I think it was fired at me and that deceased was hit as he was rising from the floor. Lawlor and deceased had a quarrel on Saturday a week ego. I saw Lawlor last night and think that the flesh was partly off the last finger of the left hand. There was powder all over his hands. The three men were only about a yard from deceased and I was a couple of feet from him.”
Nothing further could be done last night, and the inquest was adjourned till this morning in order to admit of a post mortem examination of the body of the deceased and to get further evidence.
April 27, 1859
DUHAY (Duigh) - The inquest on the murdered man, Duigh, was continued yesterday, and will be resumed again to‑day. No additional facts of importance have been elicited beyond the fact that it was understood the shot was fired by Lawlor for whom a warrant has been issued. The two men who were arrested on Monday were liberated last night. A post mortem examination of deceased was made yesterday, and the ball discovered near the liver, having passed through the heart ‑ an extraordinary circumstance. The man who was stabbed is considered likely to recover.
April 28, 1859
CLARK - Med in this city, on the 27th instant, the wife of Mr. Joseph Clark. The funeral will take place this Friday at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
April 29, 1859
SOULES - Died at Saltfleet, on the 22nd instant, after a short illness, Samuel Green, third son of Benjamin Goules, Esq., aged 19 years
LYND - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, at the residence of his brother, G. F. Lynd, Esq., after a long and painful illness which he bore with fortitude and resignation, Mr. William Lynd, aged 23 years. The deceased was a young man of much promise, and during a residence of eighteen yearn in Hamilton had endeared himself by his kindness, urbanity, end many sociable qualities, and goodness of heart to a host of friends who deeply deplore his loss. Borne down by that insidious and fell disease, consumption, he had for many months been wholly incapacitated and unable; to take part, as was his wont, in the more stirring and active scenes of life. Few of our young men have been so sadly missed and the death of none will be more sincerely regretted. The funeral will take place on Saturday at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
April 30, 1859
FINNEGAN (Ingersoll) - Yesterday morning, at about 10 o'clock, a man named James Finnegan, employed at Mr. Oliver's steam planing and saw mills, was ushered into eternity without a moment's warning. The young man was engaged at work in the sawmill, and while he was in the act of moving, with a crowbar, a log into proper place for sawing, he slipped, fell on the circular saw, and was killed instantly, the saw severing the greater portion of the head from the body and mangling it in so shockingly as to present one of the most horrible sights we ever beheld. Finnegan was only 17 years of age and had been in the employment of Mr. Oliver about a month. He came to this place from Oakville about 2 months since, and was much respected by those who knew him. Large numbers of our townspeople during the day visited the corpse and the scene of the accident, but speedily left, the sight being too shocking to look upon.
May 2, 1859
ROSEBRUGH - Died of lingering disease, on Friday, the 29th ultimo, at the residence of his nephew, William Rosebrugh, Esq., Branchton, Abner Rosebrugh, Esq., of Dundas, aged 81. Funeral at Dundas to‑day (Monday) at 10 o'clock from his late residence on Main street to the new cemetery.
BURTON - Died on Thursday, the 28th April, Manley Grey, son of George W. Burton, Esq., of Hamilton.
FRASER - Died at Harrisburg, C.W., on the 23rd ultimo, James Fraser, late of South Dumfries.
May 4, 1859
KENNEDY - A man named Patrick Kennedy in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company was killed at the Thorold station on Monday evening. He attempted to jump from the car while the train was in motion, and by some means, fell backwards under the wheels. His death must have been instantaneous, his body being cut in two. It is astonishing that people are still to be found guilty of such folly as jumping from a railway train while in motion.
TAYLOR - A sad accident occurred at Belle River station on the Great Western Railway on Thursday last by which a Mrs. Taylor lost her life. Mr. Rumbel, a painter, was preparing some varnish on a cooking stove. On lifting the varnish, some drops fell upon the stove which ignited, and Mrs. Taylor and Mr. Rumbel were enveloped in a sheet of flame. Mrs. Taylor was so severely burned that she died in a few minutes. Mr. Rumbel was severely burned but is likely to recover.
May 5, 1859
GRIFFIN (Paris) - Mr. Nathaniel Griffin, proprietor of the Plaster Bed and Flour Mills at Strathmore, three miles down the Grand River, died on Sunday night last from the effect of a quantity of corrosive sublimate, bichloride of mercury, which he had swallowed under the following circumstances. On Friday, the 29th ultimo, having overheated himself by some unusual exertion at the plaster mill, he went home and having asked his wife for a glass of liquor, he was directed to a bottle of whiskey in a cupboard. Unfortunately, in the same place there stood an unlabelled bottle containing a solution of corrosive sublimate, a most deadly poison for killing vermin, and from this he swallowed a large draught. The mistake was immediately discovered and medical aid was sent for. In the meantime he swallowed large quantities of eggs, salt, and water, etc. The poison was thrown from the stomach and he was supposed to be out of danger, but he got cold, and inflammation of the bowels set in, of which he died on Sunday night.
May 7, 1859
SIMS - (Kingston) An inquest was held on Tuesday by Coroner Shaw on the body of a man about 60 years of age named Joseph Sims which was found in the water near the Fish Market on Tuesday morning. It appeared by the evidence that he had been in this city some days seeking employment as a cabinet maker and had been disappointed. He had been several times at the
shop of Mr. McDermot in Brock street where he had converstaion with the men employed there from which they learned he was stopping at the Burns Inn and was quite destitute of money. On Wednesday evening about nine o'clock, he told one of the persons employed there that if he would pay the one or two dollars he owed for his lodging, he might have his carpet bag which he had left at the Inn, and that he would probably see him no more, or words to that effect. As he seemed quite rational in all his conversation, no importance was attached to this language, and it is supposed he went directly thence and threw himself off Scobell's wharf where next morning his hat was seen by the police which excited suspicion, when a search was made and the body found in four feet depth of water. He had mentioned to the men in the shop that he had last worked for Mr. Johnston in Bath. The deceased was an Englishman, and a man of intelligence.
May 10, 1859
GRAY - Died on Saturday, May 7th, of consumption, Mary Ellen, wife of John Gray, of this city.
CODY - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest yesterday on the body of Thomas Cody, a boy between seven and eight old. It appears that the mother of the boy had a raffle and dance in an empty house on King street east, and that the child, unknown to the parents, had partaken freely of whiskey, in consequence of which he died on Sunday morning. The medical testimony went to show that the child died in a fit of apoplexy brought on by excessive drinking. The jury brought in a verdict in accordance with the facts.
May 11, 1859
MURPHY (Belleville) - An inquest was held by Dr. Pomery, coroner, Hungerford, on the body of Barney Murphy, found dead in the river Moira. The deceased was missing since the election of January, and it was believed that he was murdered. The body was found by two of Bogart's lumbermen on the 3rd of May, and a post mortem examination of the body was made by Drs. Jones and Roslin who swore that they found wounds on the head and body which were the marks of blows received before death. Other witnesses were examined, but the only facts of importance elicited were that a person of the name of Thomas Rutledge told Murphy, when Murphy asked him to take something to drink, that he would sooner break his neck and drink his heart's blood than drink with him. Murphy said he would sooner drink whiskey than drink any man's heart's blood. It is said that persons stopping at Palmer's tavern saw Rutledge go out shortly after Murphy and shortly afterwards heard the cry, “I am murdered, etc.”; that Rutledge came back to the tavern and enquired who was sleeping upstairs, saying at the same time that he knew someone was looking out of the window upstairs. The strangest feature in the whole case is that
Rutledge was never seen in Hungerford since the night Murphy was missed. From all the facts of the case, there is no doubt but that the unfortunate man, Murphy, was cruelly murdered. All the witnesses sworn on the inquest say that the deceased was a quiet, harmless, and inoffensive man. We trust the authorities will take the matter up.
May 12, 1859
URQUHART - Died at Niagara Falls, on the 7th instant, Elizabeth Robertson, wife of Lieut. Urquhart, aged 60 years.
MURRAY (Paris) - A most melancholy case of suicide occurred in East Dumfries on Sunday morning last. Margaret Murray, daughter of Alexander Murray, a most respectable yeoman, drowned herself in a pool of water near her father's farm. The body was not discovered till Tuesday morning, her family supposing that she had gone to church and afterwards to a neighbour's house where she was in the habit of visiting. On the body being found, notice was sent to Coroner McCosh who immediately held an inquest. The evidence went to show that the rash deed had been partially premeditated as a slip of paper was found under her clothes bidding an affectionate farewell to her mother and family It seems she had taken a dose of turpentine on the fatal morning as an anthelmintic which the coroner and medical witness have little doubt tended to increase the mental disquietude to which she was subject.
SEAREY (Montreal) - Yesterday about 12 o'clock, a young man named James Searey, for some time past employed by Messrs. J.A. and H. Methewson of McGill street, as a carter, was kicked by a horse and so severely injured that there is but faint hope of his recovery. It appears that Searey was attending to the saddling of the horse in Longeuil Lane behind Messrs, Mathewsons' premises, and the animal being restive, he struck it whereupon the horse kicked, inflicting a frightful gash on the man's forehead and driving portions of the skull into the brain. Two medical men were early on the spot and rendered what service lay in their power. Shortly afterwards, the unfortunate man was carried to the General Hospital where during the afternoon an operation was performed. At a late hour lest evening he lay in a most precarious state and it was thought could not survive till morning.
My 17, 1859
RICHARDS - Died suddenly, on Saturday night instant, 14th May, 1859, Flora Louisa, the only remaining child of Mr. R. J. Richards of this office, aged 1 year, 6 months, and 12 days.
BOYD - Died of scarlet fever, at Carleton street, Toronto, on the 12th instant, William, aged two years and four months, and on the 13th instant, Catherine, aged nine years,
the beloved children of Mr. George Boyd, of the firm of Messrs. Buntin, Brother and Company, of Toronto.
HARRINGTON (Toronto) - It is our duty this morning to chronicle the sudden and shocking death of one of our most esteemed citizens and a gentleman holding a high position in the mercantile community. While in the temperate indulgence of his favourite exercise, that of riding, John Harrington, Esq., hardware merchant, by one of those fatalities which, being unseen and undreamed of, cannot be provided against, met his death.
Early on Saturday morning, while the dew still damped the grass and the fresh and healthy air lent elasticity and buoyancy to the spirit, Mr. Harrington and Mr. Nordheimer, it appeared, rode in company in the College avenue, or rather University Park. Having passed up and down the greensward several times, they were taking their final canter previous to their intended return home and were going in a northerly direction. While within a few hundred yards of the gate at the southern extremity of the Avenue, Mr. Harrington, being in advance, by some means unaccounted for, came into collision with a tree on the extreme eastern side of the road. The fact that he did come in contact and that a quick loud sound accompanied it, is vouched for by Mr. Nordheimer who, on looking in the direction of the sound on his right, saw the deceased gentleman in the act of falling backward from his seat and then to the ground. Mr. Nordheimer immediately ran to his assistance and having left a person in charge of the injured party, summoned the nearest medical man.
But professional ability was of no avail, for it was found that life had departed almost instantly after the fall. Whether Mr. Harrington was killed by the blow received against the tree, or by the subsequent fall, is a matter of doubt, but not of consequence in view of the fact that his life was sacrificed. As to the cause that led to the collision, whether it was that Mr. Harrington had turned around to look after his companion, as is supposed, or whether it was in a rather abstracted mood for the moment and thus did not appreciatedly observe the impediment in his way, is also doubtful.
One thing is pretty certain, however, and that is, that he had his horse perfectly under control, and that consequently he had not been run off with by the animal. He was conveyed to King's grocery store at the corner of Bloor street on the Avenue, and Dr. Philbreck, coroner for that locality, summoned. A jury was empanelled and proceeded to view the body, when it was deemed advisable to order a post mortem examination. Dr. Berriman was deputed to this duty, and the fact was revealed, on opening the scalp, that a fracture had been sustained in the skull about three‑quarters of an inch in length. This fracture was not observed until the scalp whs removed. It was also found that an artery of the brain had been ruptured by the course of the fracture. The fracture was, no doubt, the immediate cause of death.
May 19, 1859
ROBERTSON - Great excitement exists in Brantford in consequence of the arrest of a young man charged by his mother with having forged his father's will. It appears that a farmer of the name of Robertson, formerly living near Mount Pleasant, was found dead on the roadside in November, 1854. A coroner's inquest was held on the body and the jury returned a verdict of murder against some person or persona unknown. The mother now charges her son with being the murderer of his father.
May 20, 1859
DUCHATELET - (Montreal) On Saturday forenoon, a stone cutter named Duchatelet, in the vicinity of the Mile End, wishing to take some medicine, sent his wife to a grocer's in the vicinity to purchase some Epsom salts. The woman procured she, the shopkeeper, and her husband supposed to be the salts, and on returning, the latter mixed and swallowed what he thought to be a medicine. Unfortunately, however, the man shortly afterward became ill and almost immediately expired. It was then found that instead of salts, the deceased had swallowed a quantity of alum. Duchatlet was well‑conducted man, and leaves behind him, to mourn their loss, his wife and five children, the youngest of whom is but five months old.
May 21, 1859
MATTHEWS - We have to report a fatal accident on the Sarnia branch of the Grest Western Railway. On Wednesday morning, about ten o'clock, while the train was passing between Wanstead and Maundamin, a brakesman named William Matthews, while the car on which he stood careened, attempted to jump on the one next him, and while the poor fellow was in the act, he fell between the wheels and was instantly killed. His body was fearfully mangled. Deceased was a native of Gloucestershire, England, and was twenty‑three years of age.
UNNAMED MAN (Niagara) - The body of a large‑sized man was found on the lake shore on Monday last. The body was quite naked and had apparently been some time in the water as the hair was entirely off the head and the features so swollen and disfigured as to render recognition impossible. An inquest was held, but no evidence was found either to identify it, or to show how he came to his death. It was thought from appearances that the body might have come over the falls and so washed down to the lake.
May 23, 1859
TAYLOR - Died at the residence of her husband, James street, on the 21st instant, of consumption, Catherine Anne McGinn, wife of William Taylor, aged 25.
Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Monday afternoon at three o'clock.
MALCOURONNE - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Charles Henry, the infant son of Charles and Adele Malcouronne, aged 12 days.
WRIGHT - We have been informed that a sad accident occurred in Drumbo on Thursday, the 12th instant, whereby one person lost his life and many others endangered. It appears they were engaged in raising a building for a foundry, the main part of which had been erected successfully. In adding the portion to be used as a moulding shop, some of the bents, by some accident, became unloosed; the consequence was that some six or seven men were precipitated to the ground. Hugh Wright, the person killed, was not on the building at the time, but was standing watching the accident and supposed himself out of reach of the falling timber. Unfortunately it struck him. He died on Saturday after. All the rest, with the exception of some slight scratches, were uninjured.
May 26, 1859
HARVEY - Died on Wednesday morning, the 25th instant, Henry Adolphus, youngest son of James Harvey, Esq., of the Township of Barton, aged 3 years and 5 months, The funeral will take place this afternoon at 5 o'clock.
ARMOUR - We deeply regret, and so will many of our readers, to learn that Mr. Andrew Armour died at Toronto yesterday morning. Mr. Armour was well‑known in this city (Montreal) where he formerly resided as well as in Toronto where he resided at the time of his death and for some time previously. Many years ago, when the Montreal "Gazette" was owned by his late father, Mr. Robert Armour, he with his late able brother, Robert, was co‑editor. He subsequently became a proprietor on the purchase of the paper from his father by the firm of Messrs. Armour and Ramsay of which he was a member. The firm held the paper until the sale to the late Mr. Robert Alexander. Mr. Armour's business connections with the press ceased, and he devoted himself to the business of his firm, booksellers and publishing.
He never, however, entirely ceased writing, but continued to send occasional contributions to this and other journals. The habit once fairly formed often clings to a man through life. Mr. Armour had a vigorous mind, good education, extensive information obtained alike from reading end mixing with the world. He had also a good knowledge of men. He made many warm friends in private life. Many of the steady readers of this journal for more that a quarter of a century will remember the time when it was under his management, and now they learn he is gone, will join with us and others of his friends in saying, “Requiescat in pace” He died at the age of 49. (from the Gazette)
May 26, 1859
MACINTOSH - A man named William MacIntosh was instantly killed by the bursting of a small cannon at Stoney creek. A fragment of the gun struck him in the forehead and carried off the top of his skull killing him on the spot.
May 27, 1859
CARRIGAN - (Toronto) We have been furnished by Coroner Scott with the following particulars relating to the death of James Carrigan which occurred on the evening of the 24th instant near the lighthouse in the Bay. In company with three or four other young men, Carrigan spent the day in fishing in one of the ponds near Gibraltar Point. Towards evening, he expressed himself anxious to get home, but the other young men stated their intention of stopping on the Island. He then left in a very shallow skiff for the city, and not being familiar with the management of the boat, in his endeavour to scull over, he upset it not a hundred yards from shore, and was drowned before he could be rescued by his comrades who, on seeing the accident, put out to his assistance immediately in a fishing smack. Coroner Scott held an inquest on the body at half past two yesterday afternoon in the basement of the lighthouse when the jury rendered a verdict of accidental death.
May 28, 1859
BOWMAN - Died in this city, on the morning of the 27th instant, at her residence, James street, Mrs. William Bowman, Sr., formerly of Aberdeen, Scotland, aged 65 years and 2 months.
MARVIN (Windsor) - Jeremiah Marvin, a young man employed as a teamster at the Anderdon Quarries, fell off the dock at Anderdon on Monday morning while drawing in a bucket of water, and was drowned. He must have sunk at once as there were 15 or 20 men engaged in loading vessels at the dock who could have rendered assistance had he been able to give any alarm. The first circumstance which drew their attention was seeing the bucket and his hat floating in the river. The body had not been found on Monday evening.
May 30, 1859
ROBERTSON - The Will Forgery ‑ This extraordinary and mysterious case has been under investigation before magistrates, the Messrs. Matthews, Weyna, etc., during the past week, and we learn has been brought to a conclusion as far as they are concerned. Sufficient evidence has been elicited to justify the magistrates in committing William Wallace Robertson for the murder of his father in November, 1854, and his brother, George, as an accessory. Evidence had also been obtained proving that the will was forged by William with the connivance and assistance
of his mother. Mr. McDiarmid, we are given to understand, is so far implicated in this latter transaction as to be under bail for his appearance at the next assizes, as an accessory. (See previous entry, page 36.)
May 31, 1859
POCOCK - Died at Peel street, near James street, Andrew, son of John M. Pocock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral to‑day at 4 o'clock.
OLSON - On the 23rd of May, a young man named O. G. Olson, went from Toronto to Buffalo, and returned to the Falls on the Queen's birthday where he met with some friends who advised him to go home with them in the evening. This he declined to do and was last, seen at 10 p.m. on the 25th, in company with another young man named Reid. Olson's body was found on Sunday morning near Bender's Cave. Whether he had fallen in or been the victim of foul play does not appear. It seems that Olson amd Reid had exchanged clothes and had some angry words together before they left the tavern where they were last seen. V. Cornwall, Esq. coroner, is now engaged in investigating the circumstances of the case. The inquest was adjourned from Sunday night until Tuesday to give time to collect information.
BYERS, PHILLIPS (Welland) - John Henry Byers who killed Mr. Thomas Phillips near Ryley Bridge, a short distance from this place, was hanged to‑day. Byers was perfectly black. He had been a slave in one of the southern states, but ran away to Canada nine years ago where he married and had a family. Last year he obtained work from Mr. Phillips in chopping wood, but being in a very destitute condition, he asked for payment in flour beforehand. This Mr. Phillips refused, and Byers killed him at once. Mrs. Phillips was about going to alarm some of the neighbours when Byers struck her too a blow which stunned her. Being taken up and indicted for the crime, he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to be hung, a penalty he has just suffered. (Then follows a long account of the hanging and his confession.) June 1, 1859
June 2, 1859
MICKLE - Died near Guelph, C.W., on Monday, the 23rd ultimo, Charles Julius Mickle, Esq., aged 74˝ years, a native of Wheatly or Foresthill, Oxford, England, much and deeply regretted. The deceased was father of Mrs. D. Hyde, Stratford, and father of the late lamented A. E. Mickle, Esq., late M.P.P. here. (The mother's decease was on the 4th ultimo as previously noted by us.) They were among the earliest settlers of Guelph in 1831, and their benevolence and their charitable acts were known far and wide. The deceased was the son of the poet, William James Mickle, the translator of the "Lusiad" by Camoens. (Camoens: a Portuguese poet)
HEALY - James Healy has died at Ancaster of injuries received in a fight he had on the Queen's birthday with one, Scott. The contention began at a tavern in the village, and Scott went into an outhouse to fight James Healy and his brother. He knocked them both down and jumped upon them. James did not recover. A coroner's inquest is being held at Smoke's tavern.
June 4, 1859
DITCH (Cayuga) - On the 28th ultimo, waiter Ward Ditch, eldest son of Mr. K. Ditch of this town, aged 10 years and 9 months, died rather suddenly through loss of blood occasioned by bleeding from the nose. It appears that the boy had just recovered from an attack of scarlet fever and that three days before his death, his nose commenced bleeding. Every attention was paid him by his parents, but without avail. His remains were interred on Saturday, the 29th.
PATTERSON - The body of an Indian named Patterson, the son of a Tuscarora Chief, was found in the Niagara River ahove the Falls on Monday. The Niagara Falls “Daily Gazette” says that Patterson with several other Indians was fishing in that neighbourhood two weeks ago on Sunday, and that most of the party were very drunk. When they went home, Patterson was missing, but supposing him to be on a spree, no search was made for several days. It seems as though he had followed after his comrades towards Cayuga Creek and walked into the river and was drowned. His hat was found floating in the river by a man at work for Mr. Thompson who supposed some boatman had lost it. Some severe bruises were found on the head which leads some to think there was violence used.
June 6, 1859
BAKER - Died in Waskegan, Illinois, U.S., at the residence of his father‑ir‑law, B. S. Corry, Esq., M.D., on the 4th instant, of consumption, Sydney Bathurst Baker, Esq., late of this city, aged 26 years. Deceased was an amiable young man, highly respected by all who knew him, and in death is deplored by a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
MCCALL - We learn from the “Brantford Expositor” that the body of a young woman, named Florence McCall, daughter of Mr. James McCall, who resides above Paris, was found in the Grand River near Brantford on Saturday, the 27th May. The unfortunate young woman had gone to the river for water on the 5th of March last, and as is supposed, lost her footing, fell in, and drowned. An inquest is being held by Coroner Balfour, the result of which is not known.
June 7, 1859
SCHMIDT, PHILLIPY (Berlin) - A melancholy occurrence happened near Wellesley Village, in this county, on the afternoon of May 30th last, by which two boys, each three years old, the one a son of Nicolaus Schmidt, and the other of Jacob Phillipy, met with an untimely end by eating a poisonous herb. It appears from what we can learn of the sad calamity is that the deceased children in company with four others, the oldest of whom is 12 years old, were out rambling in the fields and swamps amusing themselves as children would naturally do in gathering wild flowers. While engaged in this manner, they came across, in their peregrinations, the fatal herb which bears a white flower, the name of which we have not learned, and in their innocence of the poisonous effect, all partook of it. In a short time after, they were seized with cramps and spasms of the severest description, plainly indicating that they had been partaking freely of some poisonous substance. Dr. Ballin of Petersburg was immediately sent for, and pending his arrival, warm milk was administered which is said to act as an emetic in cases of this kind, but the poison had, as far as the two youngest are concerned, gone too far in its deadly mission to be remedied by medical aid, and the little fellows died in the greatest agony, one of them biting his tongue through in his sufferings. Of the rest, we are happy to say two are convalescent, and the others are recovering. The effects of the poisonous herb is similar in its nature as those caused by strychnine.
WETENHALL - Died on the 8th instant, at Hamilton, C.W., Ellen Emmily, grand‑daughter of the late distinguished admiral, Lord Rodney, and the wife of James B. Wetenhall, of this city, aged 62 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, Peel street east, on Wednesday afternoon, at 2 o'clock.
PROCTOR - The colonelcy of the 27th Regiment has become vacant by the demise of Lieut‑General Henry Adolphus Proctor, C.B., who died a few days since at his seat in Wales, suddenly, from heart disease. The gallant general had been 60 years in the army. He served with the 82nd in the expedition to Walcheren in 1809, and was present at the siege of Flushing. Also served at Gibraltar, Tarifs, and in the Peninsula and south of France from April to July, 1814, including the affair of the posts near Malaga, battle of Barossa at which he sustained a contusion of the body, and retreat from Madrid. In July, 1812, he embarked at Bordeaux and commanded the 82nd before Fort Erie from September 2, and throughout the successive operation of the campaign on the Niagara Frontier. He received the brevet promotion of Lieutenant Colonel for his conduct in the repelling of the attack made by the Americans on our batteries end position at Fort Erie on the 17th of September, 1814. The gallant officer received the war medal with one clasp for Barossa. In 1838 he was nominated a Companion of the Order of the Bath, and was
appointed Colonel of the 97th (the Earl of Ulster’s) Regiment of Foot in November, 1852. His commission bore dates as follows: ensign, January 14, 1801; lieutenant, March 25, 1802; captain, May 16, 1805; major, April 30, 1812; lieut‑colonel, September 17, 1814; colonel, January 10, 1827; major general, November 9, 1848; and lieut-general, June 20, 1854.
MITCHELL - Before eight o'clock, John Mitchell, the murderer will have expiated his guilt on the scaffold erected alongside of the Court House in this city, We have no doubt that thousands will be collected in the Square before the appointed time and many will be disappointed with the spectacle taking place at so early an hour. Hundreds crowded round last evening to have a view of the gallows, and many came into the city from a distance. (See page 2, for the murder of Eliza Welsh) (A detailed description of the event on June 8)
June 9, 1859
FRAY - Died at Cannon street west, on Wednesday, the 8th instant, Joseph Fray, Esq., accountants' office, Great Western Railway, and late of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Friends are requested to attend the funeral from his late residence on Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock.
June 10, 1859
CROOKS - Died at New York, on the 6th instant, aged 73, Ramsay Crooks, Esq., brother of Hon. James Crooks, of West Flamborough. Mr. Crooks was engaged in the American Fur Company with the late Jacob Astor, Esq., and a very interesting notice of his early career appears in Washington Irving's “Astoria”.
MCCULLOCH - Mrs. McCulloch of Port Dalhousie expired very suddenly yesterday (Sunday) morning. On retiring to bed the previous evening at 11 o'clock, she was apparently in good health and spirits and slept with her daughter. At about 4 o'clock in the morning, her husband, who slept in a separate room upstairs, says she came into his room and remained a few moments. In the morning, she was found dead lying on a bed in an adjoining room to the one in which she had retired the night previous. Her clothes, the bed clothes, and the carpets were considerably disturbed, and an empty phial was found near her. Dr. Mack was to have held an inquest to‑day, and we sheal probably be able to give full particulars to‑morrow.
UNNAMED MEN - We regret to announce the death of three men on the Grand Trunk Railway on Saturday evening last under circumstances which the fatality to have been the result of carelessness on the part of the unfortunate victims. Three of the men were tracksmen on the Grand Trunk, and these were going down on a handcar to the home of one of them near Grafton.
The fourth was a man named Edward Fitzgerald who had arrived from Ireland only a few days ago. They got off the line at a shanty by the side of the line on the other side of Grafton, removing the handcar from the track, and went in, and while there, about a quarter of an hour before nine o'clock, the regular express train passed eastwards bearing a signal light ‑ a red and white light ‑ indicating that another train was immediately to follow. This ought to have been noticed by the tracksmen, but they do not appear to have done so, as very shortly after the train had passed, they placed the handcar upon the line again, and could scarcely have started off when a detached locomotive with a broken cowcatcher, going to Belleville for repairs, dashed into them and killed two on the spot, mangling them fearfully. Another was fatally injured and died on the following day. The fourth, though severely wounded, is expected to recover.
June 11, 1859
LANE (London) - About five o'clock yesterday afternoon, a very fine boy of four years of age, belonging to Mr. Lane, a man in the employment of Mr. Strong, was killed in the following way. Mr. John Cooth and one of his men were engaged in removing a shed at the back of the livery stables, and the boy was playing close by erecting a little clay house. A beam of about a foot on the square fell upon the boy, striking him above the left temple. A wound of two inches in length was inflicted, and the skull smashed. His death must have been instantaneous. His afflicted parents were soon upon the spot, and their distress may be more easily conceived that expressed. The child was an extremely handsome fine hoy, and his sudden death by accident while engaged in his children's sport deeply affected all those who crowded to the scene of the catastrophe.
June 13, 1859
WIDMER - At her residence, palace street, Toronto, on Wednesday, June 1st, Hannah, widow of the late Hon. C. Widmer. Very few persons deserve more worthy notice of regret that the late Mrs. Widmer, an old resident of Toronto. She had filled up her time of usefulness in many ways of kindness and true benevolence. No outward show marked her acts of generosity; her hand often extended to relative suffering, was opened with generous liberality. The poor have lost a friend not easily replaced. She passed from earth peacefully and resignedly and full of Christian hope.
June 15, 1859
ROCK (Belleville) - The execution of Samuel Peter Rock for the murder of R. D. Dickson took place at 8 o'clock. Notwithstanding a heavy rain which had been falling all morning, about 2000 people were assembled. The culprit was attended to the scaffold by the Rev. Mr. Brennan. He was quite composed and collected, and made an extempore speech of over ha'l an hour's
duration, confessing guilt, and severely censuring an editor of one of the newspapers of the place for some strictures on his personal appearance, and also some parties who had been confined with him in the jail for spreading false reports. He concluded by requesting the people to join with him in saying the Lord's Prayer at the close of which the trap fell and he was launched into eternity. (See page 4 for the murder)
June 17, 1859
SAGE - Died at the Commercial Rank of Canada, Ingersoll, on the 15th instant, Anne White, the wife of W. M. Sage.
June 21, 1859
MACLAM - Died on the 20th, William Johnston Maclam, son of George Maclam, aged 1 year and 6 months.
PETTIT - Died at Grimsby, on the 16th instant, Jonathan Pettit, in the 77th year of his age. He was born in Sussex County, State of New Jersey, and came to Canada with his father in 1787, and consequently his residence in Canada is 72 years, and experienced all the privations of one of the early settlers. His father, being a Loyalist and wishing to obtain for himself and family the privilege of residing in the British dominions, braved all the hardships of a settlement, in a Canadian wilderness in order to obtain them. Deceased took an active part with the Militia in the late American War of 1812, and was present at the hard‑contested battle of Lundy's Lane and other places on the Niagara frontier. As a neighbour and kind friend, he was esteemed for his uprightness and benevolence. As a parent and relation, he was affectionate and indulgent. He was a devoted member of the Church of England and strongly attached to her as the church of his father. His death is deeply regretted by a large family of relations and friends. His end was peace; may his memory be sacred to all.
June 22, 1859
BURNOPE - Died at Stewart street, in this city, on the 2lst instant, Mr. John Burnope, aged 41 years.
MANNING - An inquest was held by Dr. Mackintosh yesterday on the body of a child a little over two years old, the son of Mr. Edward Manning, Caroline street. It appears from the evidence that the child was suffering from croup and extensive inflammation on the lungs, and on Monday morning at an early hour, Dr. McDonald, the medical attendant, decided to perform an operation as a last resort to save the life of the child. This, however, unfortunately proved ineffective and the child died very shortly after. The parents being dissatisfied, it was decided to hold an inquest, and Drs. Ridley, Hamilton, and Henwood made a post mortem examination.
Their evidence entirely exculpated the medical man from all blame in the matter. The following is the verdict of the jury: “The child came to his death from croup accompanied by extensive inflammation of the lungs; that the death may have been hastened by an operation however skilfully performed, and in this case the jury exculpate the medical man from all blame.”
June 27, 1859
UNNAMED MEN - We regret to learn from the Quebec “Canadien” that on Thursday last at Gaspe Basin a boat belonging to the Government schooner “Canadienne” was upset and three men unfortunately drowned. Up to the time when the intelligence left, the bodies had not been recovered.
UNNAMED GIRL - We regret to learn that an accident which resulted in the death of an unfortunate deaf and dumb girl occurred on the London and Port Stanley line yesterday. A special train of about two hundred Masons of St. Thomas was entering the Port when the engineer saw the girl who is about 14 years of age walking on the track. The whistle was at once sounded, the bell rung, and every effort made to attract the attention of the girl, but in vain. The cowcatcher caught and threw her off the track with such force as to cause the dislocation of the spine and death ensued. The officials of the company beg to warn the public of the dangerous practice of walking on the track. Every week fatal accidents occur throughout the province from the practice alluded to.
GIRARD (Three Rivers) - On Sunday last a map named Girard wes drowned while crossing to an island in the mouth of the St. Maurice. He was sitting in a small birch canoe which the steersman desired him to trim as he was too much to one side. He moved so abruptly to the centre that the canoe was upset and the man unfortunately drowned. The other two men with him were saved. Girard is reported to have been a man of sober habits, had been married about a year, and leaves a wife and one child. His body has not been recovered.
ESTLEY - A man named James Estley committed suicide in Toronto on Friday last by placing the muzzle of a gun in his mouth and there discharging it. His brain was, of course, shattered by the charge, and he instantly died. The unfortunate man had been out of employment for nearly two years. On the day he committed the rash act, he had come home and found his children crying for bread. The sight of this seems to have rendered the man desperate. He immediately went and borrowed a gun from a neighbour and put an end to his existence. The following is the verdict to the effect that the deceased James Estley came to his death from a gunshot wound inflicted by his own hand, but in what state of mind the unfortunate man was at the time he committed the fatal act they were unable to determine.
From the circumstances of the case, they recommended the widow and deceased to the benevolence of the corporation and of the public generally.
June 29, 1859
CANLELE - Died in this city, on the 28th June, George, infant son of Mr. George Canlele. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Caroline street, at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
CARPHEY - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Henry Moore Carphey, youngest con of Mr. William Carphey, aged 4 years and 2 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
July 2, 1859
BLAKE - Death of the Rev. D. E. Blake ‑ Mr. Blake had come to Toronto on Wednesday last in order to attend the annual dinner in the hall of Trinity College. He appeared to be in his ordinary health and to enter with great enjoyment into the proceedings of the evening. Towards their close, he was called upon to respond to a toast proposed by the Chancellor of the University, “Our Visitors”, and in so doing he expressed with great feeling the gratification which he had experienced by the renewal in the College Hall of old associations, speaking of the evening as the happiest which he had spent for many years. In concluding his address which indicated throughout the calm and cheerful exercise of all his faculties, he sat down for a moment, and then withdrew from the room. He was followed by Lewis Moffatt, Esq. and Charles McGrath, Esq., who very shortly summoned Dr. Bovell. His first complaint was of violent cramps in his stomach which was rapidly succeeded by paralysis of the lower extremities and great pain along the spine. He was removed to a bed, and within a few minutes of reaching it, calmly breathed his last, desiring the offering of the commendatory prayer.
“It matters little at what hour of day
The righteous falls asleep, death cannot come
To him unwelcome.”
But every spectator of the mournful and awful scene must long remember how impressive a lesson it conveyed of the instability of human life and of the vanity of even the most innocent of earthly enjoyment.
July 5, 1859
BILLIARD -Died on the 27th June, near Alberton Town, in the seventeenth year of her age, Emma, daughter of Henry and Mary Billiard, formerly of Sowby, Lincolnshire, England.
HEDDLE - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, at the residence of James Flett, Charles street, James Heddle, a native of Orkney, Scotland, in the 27th year of his age.
WIGGANS - A young man, Thomas Wiggans, was drowned on Sunday last at, Hamilton's Camp, near the mouth of the Gatineau. He had gone to gather berries, and was attempting to cross the creek on a couple of logs when the logs separated and he was precipitated into the water and drowned. He had been for some time in the employment of the Hamilton brothers.
July 7, 1859
Noranbell - Died in this city, of scarlet fever, on the 25th ultimo, Anthony, and on the 6th instant, William, twin children of Mr. John Noranbell, aged 6 years.
July 11, 1859
BANKS - A shocking accident occurred in the Township of Clinton yesterday by the careless use of firearms. Mr. Crowell Banks while returning from shooting came across a cherry tree and took the butt end of his gun to pull down a branch when it slipped striking the cock and sending the whole charge through his stomach and liver. Drs. Bowen and Henry were promptly in attendance, but medical aid was of no avail, and he died this morning, eighteen hours after the accident. What makes this case particularly distressing is that his father, Mr. J. Banks, died about three weeks ago leaving him as the only support to the widowed mother and a small family. He was a young man of more than usual promise being an excellent and original mechanic and draftsman, though only 18 years of age. He was a universal favourite wherever he was known and leaves a large circle of friends to lament his untimely end.
July 13 1859
MCNAMARA - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Thomas Francis, son of Mr. Thomas McNamara, formerly of the County of Tipperary, Ireland, aged 3 months and 2 weeks.
July 15, 1859
BOULBEE - Died at Newmarket, on the 11th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Miss Mary Ann Boulbee, in the 36th years of her age.
July 16, 1859
KIRKUP, JAMIESON, MCDONNELL - Three persons connected with the works at the Victoria Bridge were unfortunately drowned on Tuesday last. While attempting to cross, their boat came in contact with a rope and was capsized. Boats were put out to the rescue, but too late to be of any service. The “Advertiser” says the names of the men are Kirkup, Jamieson, and McDonnell. Mr. Kirkup, a youth of about twenty years of age, is, we believe, a son of Mr. L Kirkup, the active and energetic inspector of the works on the part of Messrs, Brassey, Peto, and Betts, the
contractors for the bridge.
The bridge has caused an immense amount of human life in its construction. There appears to be a fatality attending it, so much so that it has become a proverb, for the truth of which, however, we do not vouch, that it has cost a life a week for every week occupied in its construction. Notwithstanding that, we cannot speak as to the accuracy of the proverb, yet we know that the loss of life since the bridge was commenced has been frightful, and we think that some means
should be taken to guard against such accidents in future.
July 18, 1859
NIXON - Died in this city, on Saturday evening, Edward, youngest son of the late Mr. James Nixon, of Glasgow. The funeral will take place at three o'clock on Monday from the residence of Mrs. Nixon, McNab street. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
GLEASON - A person who arrived yesterday from St. Mary's gives us a few particulars respecting a murder supposed to have been committed in that vicinity. A respectable and well‑to‑do farmer named Gleason, residing a few miles from the village, having a few days ago bought some property at a sheriff's sale, was on his way on Wednesday afternoon for the purpose of paying for the same, He had in his possession at the time $500 in money, and when last seen, was within two miles of St. Mary's in company with two men. He was a person that never indulged in the use of intoxicating drinks, or it might be supposed that he wandered into the bush and lost his way, or probably into the river and got drowned. Such being the case, no other conclusion can be arrived at than that the parties accompanying him, whoever they were, knowing he had money about his person, must have made away with him by some foul means. On learning the circumstances, the authorities at once dispatched constables in search of the missing man, and gave instructions, if possible, to effect the capture of the individuals in company with Mr. Gleason. Up to the latest moment, we hear that no clue has been obtained of either of the parties.
PERT - We regret to learn that two estimable young men named John and Joseph Pert, brothers residing near Wellington Square, were accidentally drowned there on Friday morning. They had gone down to the lake for the purpose of bathing, and it appeared that one of them had gone out of the water while the other remained in. He, it is thought, was seized by cramp and his brother, going to his relief, was drowned in the attempt to save him. The ground for this supposition is that one of the brothers had his socks on when found. One of them had only married a short time ago; the other was a student of Divinity. An aged father and family are plunged into the deepest grief by the untoward occurrence.
NIXON - On Saturday afternoon, a fearful accident occurred at the depot of the Great Western Railway Company here whereby Mr. Edward Nixon, a clerk in the freight department was horribly mangled. He was attempting to get on a locomotive while in motion, but unfortunately slipped and fell. The wheels passed over both his legs, crushing them frightfully. The right leg was amputated nearly at the top of the thigh, and the left, immediately above the ankle. The operations were performed by Dr. Billings, assisted by Drs. Rosebrugh, O'Reilly, and King. The shock to the system proved too much, and the unfortunate young man only lived a few hours after the operations were performed. He was a young man of great promise, and by this unfortunate occurrence, a large circle of relations are plunged into the deepest distress.
FOWLER - A man named William Fowler in the employ of the Great Western Railway Company was instantly killed near the Wellington Square station of the Hamilton and Toronto Railway by being run over by a passing train on Friday evening. He was lying on the track and was not seen by the engine driver till the train was very near him. The whistle was blown, but the unfortunate man never moved. It is supposed he was either sun struck, in a fit, or asleep. No blame is attached to the engineer as no earthly means could have stopped the train when he was discovered.
July 19, 1859
WILLIAMS (Toronto) - A little before 6 o'clock on Sunday morning, a coloured boy named Samuel Williams, was drowned in the Bay. Deceased was about 13 years of age, was rowing in a canoe in company with another little boy, and as they were going round the stern of the “Fire Fly”, then lying at the wharf, some other young lads rowing round the steamer from the opposite direction and not seeing the canoe, ran so close to it that the point of one of their oars struck the canoe which upset immediately. An oar was promptly thrown to the boys, and two or three other boating parties came to their assistance. The coloured boy, being unable to swim, was drowned, but the other boy swam some distance and was picked up by one of the boating parties. Coroner Scott held an inquest on deceased in the forenoon when the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the circumstances.
July 20, 1859
MONTGOMERY - We regret to have to record that a man named Robert Montgomery, a tavern keeper at Port Maitland, was drowned on Tuesday last while crossing the river at that place. It appears from what we can learn of this sad affair, that Mr. M. and a coloured man undertook to take a buggy across the river in a small boat or scow, and when they got to some distance from the shore, one of the parties had to change position in consequence of the boast leaking very fast, and in so doing, the boat capsized. Both parties immediately undertook to swim to shore in which
attempt poor Montgomery lost his life. It is supposed by those who are well‑acquainted with him that he must have taken cramps as they say that he was capable of swimming across the entire width of the river.
July 23, 1859
MCCARTHY (Ingersoll) - It becomes our painful duty this week as the recorder of past events to give the particulars of the most shocking and at the same time, mysterious case of self‑destruction that has every occurred in this part of the country.
On Wednesday morning, at an early hour, a lad of sixteen years, the eldest son of Dr. McCarthy of this place, was found suspended from one of the rafters of his father's barn, dead. The lad had not been seen since about eleven o'clock on the day preceding when he was seen approaching the barn. Between that hour and the hour of four next morning, it would seem he entered the barn, ascended the stairs, divested himself of his clothing, took a piece of web which formed a portion of the lines of a harness, fastened one end of it to one of the rafters, tied a noose at the other end of it, and deliberately placed it round his neck, and jumped off the landing into the space or opening below, producing strangulation.
From the evidence adduced before the coroner, it appears that the unfortunate lad was in the habit of experimenting on himself in various ways, and from this fact with many others which have come to light since, together with other circumstances, It is believed it was not his intention to destroy himself.
July 25, 1859
SCURGE - Died on the 23rd instant, at his son's residence, Caledonia, Nathan Scurge, builder, late of G1oucestershire, England in his 72nd year.
ASSELIN (Quebec) - We regret to learn that a small sailing vessel which left the Island of Orleans early this morning, bound for the city, was caught in a squall and suddenly upset when twelve passengers on board are reported to have lost their lives. The sloop belonged, we understand, to one Lemelin of St. Jean de L’Isle. A man named Asselin, who came from the island in the ferry steamer to‑day, states that his brother, a caulker residing in St. Roch in this city, was to have been one of the party, but did not join them, and melancholy to relate, his wife and child are among those who perished.
July 27, 1859
MCMILLAN - Died at Broad street, Hamilton, on the 25th instant, Jane, wife of Archibald McMillan.
MCCORMICK (Guelph) - On Monday last, a terrible storm of hail and rain, accompanied with heavy thunder and vivid lightning, occurred in this locality. It was particularly severe in some parts of Puslinch towards the southerly part of the township. On the first concession, there was a shower of hailstones of great size, some of them as large as pigeons' eggs. Considerable damage was done to the crops, especially to the potato fields, and a number of windows were broken. We deeply regret having to state that a fatal accident occurred during the storm. A widow woman named McCormick who was out in the fields with a young child in her arms took refuge from the storm under a large hemlock tree. The tree was afterwards struck by lightning, and the poor woman was instantly killed. She had left her other children at home when she went out, and when the storm came on they ran to the house of her brother, Mr. McCallum, for protection. He asked them where their mother was and they replied that she was out in the fields. He at once went in search of her, fearing something was wrong, and presently found her lying dead under a hemlock tree. The child was under her, she having clasped it tightly in her arms as if to shield it from injury. There were marks left by the lightning on the neck and face of the woman, but the child was not hurt, except being shaken somewhat by the fall. The foregoing is another most lamentable case of accident arising from persons taking refuge under trees during thunderstorms. If some shed or other building cannot be reached by the exposed parties, it is far safer to remain in the open fields till the storm passes over.
July 29, 1859
GARDINER - A young man supposed to be a nephew of Dr. Gardiner of Toronto was drowned in the Grand River in Caledonia on Wednesday last. Coroner Messenger held an inquest on the body when it was proved the drowning was purely accidental. Although the young man had worked in this neighbourhood for some time, yet no person knew of any other name for him than that of “Sam”.
July 30, 1859
CURRAN - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, Harriet Maria, infant daughter of Mr. George Curran, and grand‑daughter of John Willson, Esq., lumber merchant, aged 4 months.
LYONS (Chatham) - An inquest was held at Dresden by James Miller, M.D., coroner, on the bodies of two newborn infants found in the River Sydenham. Dr. Silverwright of Chatham made a post mortem examination of the bodies, and stated as his opinion that the male child had been stillborn and the female child born alive. The jury after having heard all the evidence which could be procured, adjourned the inquest until the 19th day of July last in order to obtain additional testimony, on which day after the examination of other witnesses, the jury found the following verdict:
viz., that the children were thrown into the river by one Hannah Lyons, the mother of the said children, at or near the place where found; that the male child was still‑born; that the female child met her death at the hands of the said Hannah Lyons, either by being thrown into the river or by other foul means.
EBY (Galt) - The soiree given by the Bridgeport Band was in the course of organization at the grove in that village. The tables were laid, the band had played some spirit‑stirring pieces, the different speakers including the Hon. M. H. Foley were at hand to furnish a feast of reason, and all was mirth and gaiety. Suddenly death stepped upon the stage, and the scene changed to one of sorrow and mournfulness.
A swing had been erected for the amusement of the children present. The structure consisted of a post about 4 feet high sunk perpendicular in the ground. On the top of it, a horizontal beam was placed which revolved on a strong iron pin. By pushing on each end of the horizontal timber, a swing was the result. At the time of the accident, a number of little girls were at one end of the swing, and two boys, sons of Mr. Abraham Eby of Bridgeport, at the other. While enjoying themselves with the amusement, while laughing with light hearts end joyous spirits, the iron peg suddenly gave way, and the horizontal beam came down with a crash upon the unfortunate children. And death ‑ awful death‑ ensued. The beam fell upon the head of one of Mr. Eby's boys, a fine little fellow aged about 5 years, and crushed his skull, forcing his brains through his mouth. The poor little fellow's frame quivered a moment or two from muscular contractions, and his soul had fled.
August 2, 1859
TAYLOR - About 2 o'clock yesterday, three men, J. Condon, Martin Shannon and James Taylor, left the wharf at the foot of John street in a small flat‑bottomed boat, carrying a sail, intending to proceed to Mr. Snook's at the Beach. When opposite the old Land's wharf, the boat capsized, and the three were thrown into the water. Condon and Shannon clung to the bottom of the boat, but poor Taylor was unfortunately lost. Too much praise cannot be awarded to the captain and crew of the “Valley City” who rescued the survivors. Taylor was a married man and leaves a wife and five young children to mourn his untimely end.
August 4, 1859
BATCHELDOR - Died at T. Miles' Western Hotel, on the 3rd August, Lowell Batcheldor, aged 42 years.
RASTRICK - Died at Montreal, on the 2nd instant, Frederick Urpatel Rastrick, aged 10 months, infant son of Frederick Rastrick.
August 6, 1859
BEASLEY - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, in his 67th year, Henry Beasley, Esq., eldest son of the late Col. Richard Beasley, U.E.L. Deceased was one of the oldest residents of Hamilton, and was born on the site of Dundurn Castle, the residence of Sir Allan MacNab. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Sunday) afternoon from his late residence, Main street west, at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
August 8, 1859
FORTIER - Mr. Napoleon Fortier, son of Dr. Octove Fortier, M.P.P., was killed on Friday last by lightning at St. Gervais, County of Bellechasse. Mr. Fortier was in the prime of life.
JACQUES - About one o'clock on Saturday morning, a farmer named Jacques, living at Albion Mills, met with an accident which will in all probability terminate fatally. He started from the Rob Roy Hotel on John street on horseback, going at a rapid pace. When a very short distance up the street, he came into collision with a horse and buggy. The girths of his saddle, giving way, he was thrown off, falling on his head. His injuries are of such a nature as to leave but faint hopes of his recovery.
August 9, 1859
JACQUES - The unfortunate man, Jacques, who was thrown from his horse on Saturday morning, died at a late hour the same night. He was quite insensible from the time of his fall to the time of his death.
DAVIDSON - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, William Alexander, infant son of William Davidson, Esq., aged one month and seventeen days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this (Tuesday) morning at 10 o'clock from his father's residence, corner of Mary and Rebecca streets.
O’DONOHOE, CARREL (Toronto) - Coroner Scott held an inquest on Saturday at McGann's tavern, Front street, on the three persons who were drowned in the lake on Wednesday night. Their names are Michael O’Donohoe, John O’Donohoe, and John Carrel. It seems that the deceased and others, five in number had gone out in the schooner “Swift”, commanded by Mr. Edward O’Donohoe, of this city, the owner. At the time the sad accident occurred, the schooner, though not laden and but very slightly ballasted, was sailing along at a fast rate of speed under rather a full spread of canvas between one and two a.m. Thursday morning at Stoney Creek near the Credit, when a sudden gust of wind from the east capsized her, throwing her on her beam ends. The captain and one of the hands, it is stated, were on deck and were swept into the lake.
They, however, managed to swim to the vessel and hold on until daylight brought them succor from the shore. The unfortunate persons who lost their lives were asleep in the cabin, communication with which being completely blocked up. They were found drowned in the morning. After hearing the evidence, the jury returned a verdict in accordance therewith. One of the men leaves a wife and family. The schooner remained in the position in which the wind had left her until Friday evening when the “Fire Fly” towed her ashore and pumped her dry.
August 11, 1859
STEELE - Died on the 10th instant, John, infant son of Mr. Samuel Steele, and grandson of Mr. John Cummins, carpenter, aged 6 months and 9 days.
WALKER - Died at Sarnia, C.W., on the 8th instant, Lizzie, the infant daughter of the Rev. D. Walker, aged 9 months.
TAYLOR - The body of the unfortunate man, Taylor, who was drowned by the upsetting of a boat a few days ago was found yesterday evening off Land's wharf. An inquest will be held to‑day. (See page 52)
UNNAMED MAN - On Wednesday evening, a man whose name we have been unable to learn was killed on the crossing near Wellington Square. He was driving a waggon and attempting to cross the track while a train was approaching, and was run over. The unfortunate man died in a very few minutes.
August 15, 1859
BASCOMBE - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Ratio William, infant son of A. C. Bascombe, aged 14 days. The funeral will take place this (Monday) morning at 10 o'clock a.m. from the residence of his father, King street.
August 16, 1859
CRYSLER - Died at Dundas, on Sunday evening, the 14th instant, Manuel Overfield Crysler, eldest son of the late James C. Crysler, aged 31. Funeral from Mrs. Overfield's to‑morrow Tuesday, the 16th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
NESS - Died at Ancaster, on the 15th instant, Thomas Ness, aged 58 years, formerly of Albion Mills, Barton. Funeral this afternoon at 2 o'clock.
RANKIN - Died at Inchbury street, on the 15th instant, Peter McCollum, youngest son of Mr. William Rankin, Great Western Railway, aged 1 year and 6 months.
O’GRADY - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, James, son of Mr. John O’Grady, Peel street, aged 5 years and 10 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 5 o'clock.
August 17, 1859
YOUNG (Oakville) - It becomes our melancholy task to announce the death of Mrs. Young, the wife of Capt. Jacob Young of this town. The unfortunate lady, for some reason that has not fully transpired, took a quantity of poison, supposed to he morphine, on Tuesday evening last, and from that time until the period of her death, which occurred early yesteday morning, was in a state of insensibility. Shortly after the occurrence, medical, aid was afforded but without avail. An inquest was held by Dr. Flock, coroner, and after an examination of two or three parties, was adjourned till next Wednesday, the 17th instant. A post mortem examination was held yesterday afternoon. The sad event has cast a gloom over the community.
PLUNKET - We regret to announce the demise of the Hon. Patrick Plunket which event took place on Sunday at his residence, Ventnor House, Kingston. By his death, one of the Judgeships of the Bankruptcy Court, with 1000 per annum, becomes vacant.
August 18, 1859
KEARNS (Sarnia) - We regret to say another murder has disgraced the annals of this county. On the evening of Monday week, a dispute arose between two men, an Irishman and a Pole we believe, who were working with a number of others in a gravel pit near the Watford station of the Great Western Railway, the two men in question being separated a little distance from the rest. The murdered man whose name was Kearns struck the other on the face and other parts of the body with a pick. The Pole retaliated with a shovel, fracturing his adversary's skull at one blow, the wound penetrating the brain to the depth of two and a half inches, killing the wretched man at once. The murderer was taken into custody by his fellow‑labourers, and is now in Sarnia gaol. An inquest was held in the village of Warwick and a verdict in accordance with the above facts returned.
STINSON - Died at Apple River Station, Jodovicus County, Illinois, on the 10th instant of phthsis and abdominal typhus, Samuel Stinson, M.D., son of Mr. Samuel Stinson of Nelson, C.W., aged 22 years.
UNNAMED MEN - While Blondin was walking the rope yesterday, two men whose names we were unable to learn, for the purpose of seeing the performance to the best advantage, got into a tree on the Canada side of the river. Horrible to relate, the branch on which they were seated gave way and they were precipitated into gorge and instantly killed.
August 20, 1859
HARDIE (Thorold) - On Tuesday, the 9th instant, a carpet bag, apparently plundered, and one or two articles of apparel, were found in a wood near Beckett's Bridge on the Chippewa River by a youth, a son of Mr. Robert Chambers, while gathering wild cherries. The travelling bag was identified as the property of a peddler named Bardie who was seen somewhere in the vicinity on the previous day. Search was immediately made for him, but no trace of him was to found. It is generally supposed that he was murdered, and that the perpetrator of the deed concealed the corpse in some place where it will not soon be discovered. He was a native of Ireland from 45 to 50 years of age and is said to have left a family in Buffalo.
BERRY - Died at St. Thomas, on the 18th instant, Frances Ryerson, son of the Rev. Frances Berry, Wesleyan minister, aged 5 years, 3 months and 14 days. Interred in the Burlington cemetery in this city on the 19th instant in the family burying place.
August 22, 1859
FINANE (Toronto) - About five o'clock yesterday morning, a young widow named Ellen Finane, living on Berkeley street, poisoned herself by taking a dose of oxymuriate of mercury, commonly known as corrosive sublimate. The motives which induced her to commit the rash act have not transpired. Her husband, who had been employed in P. T. O’Neil's store, Yonge street, for several years, died of brain fever some two weeks since. During the last six or seven days, Mrs. Finane has been employed in O’Neil's store where she worked on Thursday evening, and stopped for tea. When she returned home she went to bed as usual and did not appear the least discomposed. About five o'clock the following morning, however, she appears to have risen and taken the poison, and an hour or two afterward, her sufferings were so acute that she screamed out several times. Some persons, tenants in the same house, at once came to her assistance. Drs. Cotter and Riddle being sent for, were soon in attendance, and tried every means of relief, but without success. The unfortunate woman expired shortly after nine a.m. Father Rooney was in attendance in time to hear the confession. An inquest was held by Dr. Cotter on the body of the deceased at B. Roger's tavern, corner of Duchess and Parliament streets. As the jury wished a post mortem examination to be made, the inquest was postponed till 3 o'clock this afternoon.
August 23, 1859
FERGUSON - Died of croup, Sabbath, August 21st, Lucy, only daughter of W. A. Ferguson. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her father's residence, Park street, this (Tuesday) afternoon at 4 o'clock.
NUGENT - Died of consumption, in this city, on the 21st instant, Francis, only son of Mr. John Nugent, aged 22 years, formerly of the parish of Loughgale, County Armagh, Ireland. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral from his father's residence, John street, to the St. Mary's cemetery, this morning (Tuesday) at 8 o'clock a.m.
August 24, 1859
COZENS - Died at Bond street, Emily Ann, infant daughter of G. H. Cozens, aged six months and seventeen days.
August 25, 1859
BOYES - Died at Innisfil, County Simcoe, on the 23rd instant, Jane, third daughter of Mr. John Boyes.
HARRIS - Died in this city, on the 24th August, James W. Harris, aged 69 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day at 4 o'clock from his late residence next door to Bank of Upper Canada, James street.
August 26, 1859
WYSE - From the Halton papers we learn that Thomas Wyse, or Vyse confined in the county gaol for the murder of Mr. David Jarvis, died on Thursday morning. The “New Era” says, “A coroner's inquest was held on the remains by Dr. Buck of Palermo. The evidence went to show that since the month of January last, the prisoner has been a weakly state, so much so that he was quite unfit for hard labour, and indeed for sometime back, the jail physician ordered better diet than the usual jail allowance. On the Monday previous to his death, he was attacked with diarrhoea of the worst form. Dr. Freeman was immediately called in, and was in constant attendance on him, both night and day, up to the time of his death.”
CHANTLER - On Monday last, during the absence from home of Mr. John Chantler and wife, of Innisfil, their second son, about 13 years of age, went into the storehouse adjoining the dwelling and there struck a match on the lid of a keg of gunpowder, setting fire to the whole, blowing the end out of the building, and so severely injuring himself as to leave little hope of recovery.
August 27, 1859
WILSON - Died at Abingdon, Township of Caistor, County of Lincoln, on the morning of the 24th of August, instant, James Rutherford, second son of Andrew and Jane Wilson, aged three years, nine months, and twenty‑two days.
August 29, 1857
RICHARDS - We learn that a man named Richards committed self‑destruction at Streetsville on the 22nd instant by drinking poison. He was a stranger in the place and had been sleeping temporarily at the hotel where he committed the deed.
RENNEY - We learn with deep sorrow and dismay that another dreadful murder has been committed within the limits of this county (Northumberland). The unfortunate victim is a farmer named John Renney, residing in the neighbourhood of Campbellford in the Township of Seymour. The murderer is a man named John Gibb between whom and Renney there has been much ill‑feeling for some months past on account of the loss sustained by Renney from the creditors of Gibb who closed a mortgage held by the latter on Renney's land. However this may be, this much is certain that Renney, having had all his worldly prospectus destroyed by becoming responsible for certain debts of Gibb, entertained no friendly feelings towards him, and on meeting him last Friday, used to him the most abusive and provoking language. Gibb, who bears the reputation of being very passionate, warned his opponent that if he persisted in using such language he would strike him, and on his persisting and coming up to him, he did so, but whether with his fist or with a stone in his hand, we were not correctly informed, but it is too true that Renney fell beneath the blow, striking his bead on a stone with fatal effect. The murderer immediately made his escape, taking the cars, as it is supposed, at Brighton, leaving them at Kingston, and thence escaping to the United states.
The following description has been supplied to us by Mr. Hayes to whom we are indebted for other information: five feet eight inches high; aged 25; complexion fair but sunburnt; nose, thin and straight; chin long and square; face, long and thin; generally wears bushy sandy whiskers; forehead, narrow; hair, brown; had on a loose shooting coat and flannel pantaloons. He is supposed to have taken the cars at Brighton, going east on Friday night; to have left the train at Kingston.
WALKER - Mr. Walker of Caledonia fell through an open stairway a few days ago, and in the fall, dislocated his neck. It is considered impossible for the unfortunate man to recover. He now lies in a very perilous condition.
August 30, 1859
KEELER - With deep regret, we announce the death from consumption of Thomas C. Keeler, Esq., M.D., step‑son of D. W. Hart, Esq. and nephew of the proprietor of this journal. (Brantford Courier). He passed his final examination at McGill College in April last since which time he had been in very delicate health. He was on a visit to his uncle, Rev. James Mockridge, Port Stanley, where he expired on the evening of Thursday last; he was 21 years of age.
LAWLOR - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon before Dr. McIntosh, coroner, touching the death of a man named Patrick Lawlor who was picked up by the police on Gore street early in the morning, and died in the Police office very shortly after being removed there. From the evidence, it appeared that deceased had been of late very intemperate, and only a few days previously recovered from an attack of delirium tremens. Dr. Bates held a post mortem examination and stated the facts therewith connected, after which the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
August 31, 1859
SERVOS - Died in this city, on the 30th instant, James Maitland, infant son of William Servos, aged four months and two days. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Thursday at 10 o'clock from Rebecca street.
September 1, 1859
EMALIE - Died yesterday, the 30th, of remittent fever, Maria, only daughter of Mr. John Emalie, aged 15 years and 6 months.
LACKIE - On Tuesday evening, a man named Lackie, who lives in the house of David Boyle on Mary street, died very suddenly. It is rumoured that he fell downstairs while intoxicated. An inquest will be held this morning by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner.
September 2, 1859
SHAW - Died in the Township of Beverly, C.W., on the 30th of August, Robert Shaw, late Parochial Teacher, Tungland, Dumfries‑shire. Scotland, aged 40 years.
September 3, 1859
COSTER - Mr. H. B. Coster, a wealthy citizen of New York, died yesterday at the Welland House, St. Catharines, where he had been staying for the benefit of his health. He partook very freely of lobsters which is supposed to have brought on a fit of apoplexy which killed him.
September 5, 1859
ROSSEAU, MORSE - Yesterday afternoon, about one o'clock, a man by the name of Rosseau and a Mr. Morse and wife started in a boat near the Hydraulic Canal at Niagara Falls to cross over the river to Chippewa when the boat was struck by a gale and capsized. They were observed by persons on shore with spy glasses to get on the boat in safety. They were soon carried by the strong current into the rapids and were last seen above the “Three Sisters”.
The wind was blowing a gale at the time and ths efforts which were commenced for their rescue could not be completed before they were hopelessly engulfed in the fatal waters of the rapids. We learn that Rosseau was saved from a fate like this only a year ago, and when rescued was so chilled as to be entirely helpless. He is reported by the citizens in his neighbourhood to have been a smuggler by occupation. Mr. Morse was a jeweller and resided at Chippewa.
September 6, 1859
GURNETT - Died in Ancaster, on Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock p.m., September 3rd, 1859, Mary Margaret, third daughter of James Gurnett, merchant, aged 22 years and 10 months. Relations, friends, and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend her funeral on Thursday, September 8th, at 2 o'clock p.m. without further notice.
MOORE - We, yesterday, learned the particulars of a shocking affair which has just transpired at Richmond Hill. Robert Moore, a person living in that neighbourhood and who, as far as we can learn, was in moderately fair circumstances, is the principal actor in this tragedy. On Saturday last after returning from his day's work he got into a quarrel with his wife. Words ran high between them, and he, finding himself vanquished in the strife of tongues, picked up some more dangerous weapon and gave her a fearful beating with it. That night she was in a very bad state, but she lingered on until Tuesday last when she died.
What the cause of the dispute between the parties was has not been rightly ascertained. One witness at the inquest which was held on Wednesday stated that when Moore returned from his work, he found her intoxicated, and that this set him in a rage. Other persons, who have lived in the neighbourhood and knew the woman for many years, stated that she was a very sober person. They had never seen her in an intoxicated state. This, however, is but part of the inhuman story. After the witnesses had been examined at the inquest, and while the jury were consulting as to their verdict, Moore requested to be allowed to go into the yard, and leave was granted. While in the yard, he got behind a stack of hay and cut his throat very severely. As he did not return for some time, a person went to look after him, and was shocked to find him weltering in his blood. Dr. Langstaff was called in and sewed up the wound.
The man is still alive, but in a very dangerous condition. It is feared that he will not survive long. Should he recover, he will most likely be tried at the next assizes in Toronto as the jury found a verdict of manslaughter against him.
September 7, 1859
WALKER - Died at Caledonia, on the Ath instant, in the 69th year of her age, Maria McPherson, widow of the late William Walker, formerly of London, England.
RATTRAY - Died here, on the 5th instant, David Rattray, Esq., formerly of Glasgow, after a protracted illness, in the 72nd year of his age. The funeral will take place to‑day at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
GLASS - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Mary, daughter of Mr. William Glass, aged 14 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this (Wednesday) afternoon at 4 o'clock from her father's residence, John street.
September 9, 1859
JARVIS - Died at Mount Pleasant, near Brantford, on Wednesday, the 7th instant, from the effects of a gunshot wound, Charles Herbert Jarvis, Esq., of this city. The funeral will take place from his late residence, John street south, on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
NICHOLSON - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, William, infant son of Mr. Donald Nicholson, aged 1 years and 11 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral this (Friday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.
September 10, 1859
SMITH - We regret to learn that Mr. Robert Smith of Lower Woolwich poisoned himself on Saturday last by taking a quantity of arsenic. Medical aid was soon procured, the stomach pump used, and every effort made to remedy the evil, the unfortunate man wishing to live for the sake of his wife and family, but all failed, and the poor fellow died in extreme agony on Monday last. It appears that deceased had gone to Galt and sold a load of wheat for the purpose of procuring seed at the Galt fair, but unfortunately partook too freely of the intoxicating cup and arriving at home in utter despair after having squandered his money, put an end to his probation as above stated. He leaves a wife and family to lament his loss.
UNNAMED MAN - On the afternoon of the 4th instant, a young girl walking on the bank of Lake Erie, Lot No. 14, 11th concession, Dunwich, discovered the body of a man partly covered with sand washed over him by the action of the waves. The body was in a perfect state of nudity, and this fact would lead to the inference that the man was drowned while bathing. The body was so far advanced in decomposition as to render it impossible to give any description of the features or other marks that might lead to the discovery of who he was or where he came from. He had probably lain in the position in which he was found for some time. He was taken up and decently buried by some of the people of the neighbourhood.
September 13, 1859
WALKER - Died at Caledonia, on the 10th instant, from injuries received from a fall, Henry A. Walker, son of the late Thomas Walker, aged 40 years.
LAVERY - Died on Monday morning, the 10th instant, at the residence of his grandmother, corner of Cherry and Maria Street, Henry John, son of Henry lavery, aged 4 years and 7 months. Friends are invited to attend the funeral from the above place to the City Cemtery on Wednesday at 4 o’clock.
SINCLAIR - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, William Alexander, only child of Peter Sinclair, aged 10 months and 13 days.
September 15, 1859
MACNABB - Died on the 14th of September, at the residence of her father (P. McKeller, Esq.) near Chatham, Mary, wife of G. A. MacNabb of this city, aged 41 years.
September 16, 1859
MCGRATH, KELLY - We learned by special telegram from Georgetown yesterday that two men named Nicholas McGrath and Thomas Kelly were found murdered near Silver Creek, a few miles from Georgetown, County of Halton. The supposed murderer, John Donaldson, has been arrested.
GORDON - A man named John Gordon, a switch tender on the Great Western Railway, was accidentally drowned on Wednesday night. It is supposed that he went to the wharf for the purpose of drawing water and, losing his balance, fell in. An inquest was held before Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, yesterday, and a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.
September 17, 1859
MCCARTHY - Dr. MacIntosh, coroner, held an inquest on the body of an infant which it was rumoured to have been suffocated by its mother, a young woman named Bridget McCarthy. Dr. Ryall’s testimony, however, sets that rumour at rest. The child, the Doctor said, died from undue exposure to cold and a want of proper care. The jury brought in a verdict to the following effect: That the said child came to its death from undue exposure and want of proper attention, and the jury also find that there was no intention on the part of the mother to injure the child.
September 21, 1859
BARBER - Died on Sunday, the 16th instant, at his father's residence, Cottage Avenue, Toronto, Frederick William Barber, aged 22, second surviving son of George A. Barber, of that city.
September 22, 1859
COOK - We deeply regret to learn that yesterday afternoon our old and much respected friend, Mr. Peter Cook, of the firm of Lutz, Cook, and Co., Founders, Galt, was killed by a thrashing machine falling upon him. He only lived about three‑quarters of an hour after the accident. Galt will mourn the loss of one of its most enterprising, useful, upright, and kind‑hearted citizens. In private life, Mr. Cook was a most affectionate man, a genuine friend. In the public positions he, from time to time occupied, he proved himself the earnest advocate of every useful and moral work, and to those many rare virtues, he added the faith and works of a zealous Christian.
September 27, 1859
FAULKNER - Died in this city, on the 24th September, Jane, infant daughter of Mr. J. Faulker.
NICHOLSON - Died in this city, September 26th, Thomas, infant son of Mr. Donald Nicholson, aged 3 years and 9 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to the funeral to‑day (Tuesday) at 3 o'clock.
September 29, 1859
MCLEAN - Died at Clinton, on the 16th September, of consumption, Helen Eliza McLean, daughter of John McLean, aged 28 years.
ERWIN - Died at Beachville, County of Oxford, on Sunday, the 25th instant, John Erwin, Esq., late of this city, aged 64 years.
HUNTER - On Saturday last, a melancholy accident, and one which proved fatal in its results, occurred in the House of Industry, a child named James Hunter, an inmate of the institution being the sufferer. It appears that at about twelve o'clock that day, a girl named Fanny Shaw, an inmate who acts as nurse to the children, left the nursery, and going to the dining room, returned with a plate of hot soup, some meat, etc, which constituted her dinner. While partaking of her meal, she was called to perform some trifling household service in the wash room. She proceeded to do so, leaving in the nursery three or four children, among whom was the deceased. On returning a few minutes subsequently, she found that the child, Hunter, had pulled the soup off the table and that it had been spilled over him, scalding him in a severe manner. From the effects of the injuries received, the child died on Monday morning.
September 30, 1859
HICKES - Died at her residence, Cannon street, in this city, on the 29th instant, Katherine Forbes, relict of the late William S. Hickes, Esq., aged 37 years. The funeral will take place this day from her residence at 2 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
MACKAY - Died in this city, on the 29h instant, Oliver Mackay, attornery‑at‑law, aged 27 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mrs. Ferres, Charles street, to‑morrow (Saturday) at 10 o'clock a.m. and proceed from thence to the burying ground at Copetown. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
HEAD (Three Rivers) - It is with deep grief and pain that we are compelled to chronicle the dreadful accident which occurred at the Grand Mere, River St. Maurice, yesterday morning.
His Excellency the Governor‑General, Lady Head, Miss Head, Mr. John Head, with a distinguished party, left Three Rivers on Tuesday morning last to visit the River St. Maurice as far as Piles Falls. The trip was entirely successful until yesterday morning when Mr. John Head, son of His Excellency, was unfortunately drowned while bathing in the immediate vicinity of the falls of the Grand Mere.
The circumstances as gleaned from our Mayor, Mr. Turcotte, who was present, are briefly these. About half past seven yesterday morning, Hon. J. Browne, son of the Earl of Kenmair, accompanied by Mr. Head, left the camp to take their usual morning bath. When they reached the spot where Mr. Browne had bathed the previous morning, he observed that he had forgotten his towel. He returned in search of it, leaving Mr. Head to prepare for the bath. Before the former returned, Mr. Head took the water and was immediately perceived by the voyageurs who were on a hill close by, to struggle on his back in the water. They rushed in alarm to the spot, but the unfortunate young man had disappeared. August Bellemare, one of the voyageurs dashed into the water and dived six feet, but without success. Louis Decoteau, another voyageur, also dived but with the same result. Boats and canoes were brought, a pole was planted, and Bellemare, who had since taken off his clothes, descended to the bottom by the aid of the pole. On reaching the bed of the river, he had to walk on the bottom for some seconds before he succeeded in finding the body. When found, he took it under his arm and with the other climbed to the surface bringing the body with him.
These acts of daring courage were performed within one hundred feet of the Falls of the Grand Mere, and in a place where the least faux pas would have led them over the falls. The body was but twelve minutes in the water, and although every appliance and effort were tried to revive it from eight o'clock till twelve, it was without success. Thus we have to record the most unfortunate calamity that has ever occurred in this country. A shade of deep gloom is cast over
our community by this sad event. When so lately His Excellency and suite were received with unbounded enthusiasm by our citizens when we cordially hailed his presence among us, little did we dream in our joy that cheers of welcome would so soon give way to a funeral dirge. Words cannot express the feeling of profound sorrow which the untoward accident has produced in our midst. We can merely express our deep sympathy with His Excellency and family in their bereavement until the citizens of Three Rivers shall express their sorrow in a different form.
The body was brought down this morning in care of Capt. Retallack, M.S., and His Excellency, family and suite immediately followed in canoes. They embarked on the steamer “Advance” which was in waiting at the mouth of the St. Maurice, and they proceeded direct to Spencer Wood, Quebec.
October 6, 1859
HIGGINS - A horrible murder was committed at Windsor on Saturday shortly after noon, the result of a sudden outburst of uncontrolled passion. The man is a labourer in the Great Western Railway freight depot, named Thomas Higgins. It seems that he went home from his work and ate his dinner as usual. After the meal was finished, he and his wife had a few angry words, when he suddenly seized a stick of stove‑wood lying on the floor, and struck her on the head, knocking her down. After the fall upon the floor, he kicked her, and having thus vented his sudden anger upon her, he left the house and went to his work as unconcernedly as if nothing had happened.
The woman had consciousness enough left to crawl into a chair where she was shortly after found. Her moans and evident distress so frightened the two children, a girl about nine years, and the other a boy of seven, that they ran to a neighbour's and asked for help for their mother. It appears that they were both witnesses of the transaction, but were so alarmed and stupified with their terror that they made no outcry during the brief moments in which the horrible deed was perpetrated.
The woman was found supporting herself in a chair in a semiconscious state, but unable to give any account of the matter. The short history of the affair was obtained, however, from the children when a physician was summoned, and an officer sent for. The latter arrested the wretched husband at his work. All that could be done to save the life of the poor woman was done, but she lingered only a short time and expired.
A coroner's jury was empanelled and the facts were partially brought out in a legal and formal manner when it was discovered the oldest child, a girl, was gone. As she could not be found, the inquest was adjourned till to‑day. There is no doubt that she was induced to flee by the threats of her father. She was subsequently discovered.
The inquest was concluded to‑day and a verdict of wilful murder was returned against Higgins who was locked up in the jail at Sandwich to await his trial. He appears stolid and moody as though the greatness and terrible nature of the crime had quite stupified him. He says that his
domestic life has been a very unhappy one because of the intemperate habits of his wife who. he avers, was in the constant habit of drinking. He is, himself, a sober and industrious man, and has always borne a good character. He lived for a short while in this city (Detroit), but for some time past has been employed by the Great Western Railway at Windsor. He was in his 44th year while the deceased was about 40 years of age. The two children are at the house of Higgins, under the care of a nephew, who with the neighbours will see that they are properly cared for until some disposition is made by the father.
October 8, 1859
WINCHESTER (St. Catharines) - We regret to announce the death of Mr. Horatio Winchester of this town caused by an accident which occurred yesterday. In company with several others of Mr. Collver's workmen, he was engaged in raising a ladder against the gable of Mr. McArdie's new brick store. While thus engaged, the ladder slipped until it struck a small battlement near the corner from which it displaced several bricks. These falling, one of them struck Mr. Winchester on the head and knocked him down. At the same moment, another brick fell on Mr. Booth, grazing his head, which caused him to raise his hand to the place just in time to save it from a third that would certainly have inflicted a very serious wound if not for the timely intervention of his arm. The brick struck him on the wrist and made a very ugly gash. Mr. Winchester soon got up and walked to the shop where Dr. Bowen visited him and dressed the wound. The brick must have struck him with the flat side, for the wound appeared slight, and the Doctor and the unfortunate man himself apprehended very little danger from it. He walked around for some time ard even talked to going to the shop again, but from advice, went home. It was about 1:30 p.m. when he received the injury, and when the doctor called at the house after, he found him suffering from congestion of the brain. He continued to grow worse until evening, and about six o'clock died. The deceased was a young man, highly esteemed for his quiet and inoffensive demeanour, as well as his respectable family connections, and his death has caused a universal feeling of regret in the community, not only on account of his character but also the suddenness of the distressing calamity. He leaves a wife and three young children to mourn his loss. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and also of the Masonic Fraternity. The former body have taken charge of his funeral and will bury him with the ceremonies peculiar to their Order on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
October 12, 1859
MURRAY - In Hamilton, on the 10th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Robert Murray, aged 24 years. The funeral will take place to‑day, (Wednesday) from her late residence, Catharine street, at 2 o'clock, to Burlington cemetery.
October 13, 1859
CHILTON - Died at Liverpool, England, on the 19th of September, 1859, in the 63rd year of his age, Thomas Chilton, Esq., alderman, and one of the directors of the Union Bank, only surviving brother of Mrs. Mewburn, of Danby House, Stomford, C.W.
HUNT (London) - A very melancholy and deplorable accident by which a respected citizen lost his life, occurred yesterday. It appears that Mr. Hunt, brother of Mr. Charles Hunt of the City Mills, while examining a horse at Mr. Harding's stables, received a kick in the forehead which broke in the skull and instantly deprived him of life. A coroner's jury was called and after investigating the matter, returned a verdict of accidental death. The above fatal accident has cast a gloom over the pleasing aspect of our city free fair.
October 15, 1859
WADDELL - Died at his late residence in the Township of Barton, on the morning of the 14th instant, of paralysis, Thomas Waddell, Esq., aged 62 years. Friends are requested to attend the funeral without further notice on Sunday next at 2 p.m.
October 17, 1859
TERNAN - The following are the facts connected with the murder of the late James Ternan of the Township of Arthur on Friday last. On the morning of that day, he went to his neighbour's, Mr. Macintosh, for one George Smith to help him at a thrashing bee. Smith was employed at the time of Ternan's arrival at a thrashing at Mr. Macintosh's, and Ternan, having sent a man to work in Smith's place, expressed himself angrily that he, Smith, had not gone as he promised to his (Ternan's) thrashing. While Ternan was thus scolding smith Macintosh, a Mrs. Goules
came out of the house of Macintosh, and though having no concern in the matter, began to abuse Ternan in severe language. Ternan retaliated in the same strain, when Mrs. Macintosh interfered and brought Mrs. Goules into the house. She, however, immediately came out again, and taking hold of an axe, began to abuse and threaten Ternan who went up to her and laid hold of the axe, and in the scuffle, both of them fell. At this time, a son of Mrs. Goules's, named George Emerson, who was present at the thrashing at Macintosh's farm, ran to the spot and struck Ternan on the head with a stick and felled him to the ground. Before Ternan got up, Mrs. Goules got hold of the axe again and struck him on the head.
A post mortem examination found the skull fractured and a piece of the skull detached and forced down upon the brain. Ternan was carried home and became immediately insensible, and died the following day. Mrs. Goules and her son are both now prisoners in the Guelph jail awaiting their trial. An inquest was held before Dr. Finlayson, coroner, on Tuesday last, and the following verdict returned; viz., “The jury after duly considering the evidence are of the opinion
that deceased, James Ternan, came to his death from blows inflicted upon him by Geo. Emerson and Mrs. Goules, and they further find the aforesaid George Emerson and Mrs. Goules are guilty of manslaughter.”
October 20, 1859
LAPENE (Sarnia) - An accident attended with fatal results occurred at the Great Western Railway station here last Thursday. It appears that a number of labourers were engaged in transferring the cylinder of the Grand Trunk Ferry boat from the car on which it arrived to the dock when the planks on which they were rolling it gave way, and the end of one of them sprang up, striking a man of the name of Lapene on the head, killing him almost instantly. An inquest was held the same evening by Dr. Shoebottom, coroner, and a verdict of accidental death returned.
October 24, 1859
KIRKPATRICK - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. William Kirkpatrick, aged 22 years.
October 25, 1859
GILMORE - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Mr. George W. Gilmore, aged 21 years. Friends are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, Tyburn street, this afternoon at three o'clock.
October 26, 1859
WALSH - Yesterday morning, H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, was called upon to hold an inquest on the body of a man named John Walsh, a pedlar, well‑known in Flamborough East. The body was found on the south side of the old Desjardins Canal near the bridge leading to this city, part of it being in the water. Drs. Ryall and Rosebrugh were examined touching the cause of the man's death and gave it as their opinion that he had died in a fit, brought on by long continued, intemperance and exposure to the cold. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence before them. One witness, who had known deceased for the last fourteen years, deposed that he was an habitual and incurable drunkard. In fact a bottle was found in the pocket of his coat when the body was discovered.
October 28, 1859
MCLAREN - Died at Allan Tract, Ancaster, on the 26th instant, Ann, eldest daughter of Mr. James McLaren, aged 20 years.
UNNAMED MAN (Cornwall) - We are informed that the body of a Russian pedlar was found at Butternut Creek on the rear of Roxborough in this county on Tuesday last, and from the fact that a dirk knife was found in his body, there is no doubt but a foul murder has been committed. His pack was found by his side. No clue had been obtained as to the identity of the murderer.
UNNAMED WOMAN - Mr. George W. Jones of Roslin, writing in the Hastings “Chronicle”, gave the particulars of an extraordinary case of voluntary starvation under religious excitement. The subject was a German‑Canadian woman of 62 years of age. Dr. Jones says, “On the 29th of August, I found her firmly resolved upon starving herself to death. I intreated her to what induced her to arrive at such an absurd decision. She replied that it was the will of the Lord that she should terminate her earthly existence by such means, and also it had been divinely revealed to her that she would never obtain peace and pardon without first abstaining entirely from food. I conversed with her, but all to no purpose. She obstinately refused to take nourishment of any kind with the exception of a little sugar dissolved in water. On the 27th of September, and not until then, the woman died, having been thirty days without food except about three‑quarters of a pound of sugar.”
October 29, 1859
TISDALE - Died at Vittoria, on the 15th instant, at the residence of his grandfather, Henry Frederick, infant son of John E. and Elizabeth Tisdale, aged 6 months and 25 days.
Go fades the lovely blooming flower,
Frail smiling solace of an hour,
Go soon our transient comforts fly
And pleasures only bloom to die.
November 3, 1859
LAND - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Robert Land, Esq., second son of Col. Robert Land, aged 43 years, 9 months, and 12 days. The funeral will take place at his father's residence on Friday at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
November 5, 1859
BAULDRY - Died at Burlington Beach, on the 3rd instant, Mr. Francis Bauldry, innkeeper, aged 45 years.
BAYNE - Died on the 3rd instant, after a short illness, at the Free Church Manse, Galt, the Rev. John Bayne, D.D., minister of Knox's Church in that town. Funeral on Monday, the 7th instant. The late reverend gentleman had many warm admirers throughout the Province, being
universally and justly esteemed for his erudition, talent, and piety, and in his death the Presbyterian Church of Canada sustains a heavy loss.
November 8, 1859
UNNAMED MAN - A passenger died in the cars of the Great Western Railway about seven o'clock yesterday morning. He was conversing with the passengers when the train left Copetown station, and soon afterwards was taken with a fit of sneezing, and did not speak again. No particular notice was taken of the fact, however, until the train reached Paris, when it was found that he was dead. He told some person in the cars that he lived in Lyons, N.Y., and was a millwright by trade, and was going to see a brother in the West. He had a railway ticket to Detroit. The body was left in Paris to await the decision of a coroner's inquest. His name we were unable to learn from any of the passengers.
November 9, 1859
THOMPSON - Died in this city, on the 6th November, Mr. John Thompson, a native of London, England, aged 75 years.
November 10, 1859
DAVIS - Died on the 9th November, Benjamin S. Davis, aged 60 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day (Thursday) at 3 o'clock from his late residence, John street.
November 11, 1839
GITTINS - Died in London, England, on the 22nd ultimo, of typhus fever, Joseph Priestly Gittins, in the 23rd year of his age.
November 12, 1859
ALEXANDER - Died on the 10th instant, at Stoney Creek, John Bruce, infant son of the Rev. J. L. Alexander.
November 14, 1859
RIDOUT (London) - After many months of acute suffering from cancer, borne with great fortitude and meekness, our fellow citizen, L. Ridout, Esq., has been released from all earthly suffering. Mr. Ridout was one of those fortunately constituted persons who, while standing up to all his duties as a citizen, never, to our knowledge, made a personal or political enemy. He was gentle and amiable in his manners, liberal in his mercantile transactions, and upright as a magistrate. We think we may venture to add that there is scarcely a citizen or resident of what was called the great Middlesex district who knew Mr. Ridout who does not find that he has been a personal friend.
SEGMILLER - Adam Segmiller, a well known resident of Stratford, committed suicide by drowning himself in a mill pond in that town. Land speculation, which entailed heavy losses, is supposed to have been the cause of the rash act. An inquest was held before Mr. Coroner Hyde, and the jury found a verdict “That the deceased destroyed himself while labouring under temporary insanity.” The deceased, strange to say, had blindfolded himself previous to taking the fatal plunge.
November 15, 1859
UNNAMED MAN (London) - We have just heard of a circumstance which lately occurred in the Township of Williams which casts all we have heard for some time back entirely in the shade. It appears that a man, accompanied by his two brothers, entered a tavern kept by Mr. Prangley near the Grand Trunk Railway, the tavern keeper himself being at St. Mary's at the time. He called for liquor, and having indulged rather freely, went out with his two brothers, taking the railway track home. Passing over a bridge, he lost his balance and fell from the parapet, the effect of which was death. Now comes the sequel. A coroner's jury was held on the body before Mr. Henderson, when the wiseacres brought in a verdict of manslaughter against the tavern keeper, Prangley, for giving him "the heavy wet" while the poor man was thirty miles distant from his home at the time. O tempera O mores. Mr. Detective Grover of this city took Prangley to our jail yesterday, and the poor fellow remains here until he perhaps either procures bail or lies incarcerated till the next assize.
November 18, 1859
GRASSETT - Died at Toronto, on the 14th instant, Henrietta Susanna, second daughter of the late Henry Grassett, M.D., Deputy Inspector General of the Army Hospitals.
BRUNT - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, Mr. William Brunt, aged 41 years.
November 19, 1859
BRUNT - Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, held an inquest on the body of a man named William Brunt, an engineer employed at the Waterworks. On Wednesday he was at work all day in apparent good health, returned home, and after sitting by the fire for a short time went upstairs. Some time after, he was found in an upper room, cold and lifeless. A post mortem examination disclosed the fact that the deceased had been suffering from an aneurysm in a large artery near the heart, the bursting of which caused instant death. A verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.
November 22, 1859
TURNER - Died here on the evening of Sunday, the 20th instant, aged 27, Mr. John Turner, of the firm of J. and J. Turner, of this city. The funeral will take place on Wednesday the 23rd instant at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
ROSS - Died in Brantford, on the evening of the 18th instant, the wife of Mr. John LeBreton Ross, of the Public Works Department, Quebec, and second daughter of the Rev. J. C. Usher, of Brantford, aged 19 years.
POTTER - Died in this city, on Friday, the 18th instant, Arthur Potter, a native of Galway, Ireland. The funeral will take place to‑day at one p.m. from the residence of Mr. Addison, Wellington street south. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
POTTER - An inquest was held by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, at the James Street Police Office yesterday to enquire into the cause of death of Arthur Potter, a sheriff's officer, whose body was found in the bay near Mr. Routh's wharf, in which premises deceased had been in charge of a quantity of lumber seized by the sheriff. On Friday night he proceeded to the place, on Saturday morning he was missing, and on Sunday morning the body was found near the wharf. Four men, a portion of the crew of the schooner “Hamilton” were suspected of having some hand in his death and were arrested. The names are: John McCauley, John Carroll, William A. Wyburne, and Daniel Gleason. Verdict: “That the said Arthur Potter came to his death from drowning while leaving the vessel “Hamilton” of Oswego and while he was frightened by the ill usage of some of the crew of the said vessel; viz., John McCauley, John Carroll, William Wyburne, and Daniel Gleason.”
November 24, 1859
SPENCER - Died on the 23rd at 8 o'clock a.m., Lydia Ann Dayton, wife of John Allan Spencer, aged twenty‑nine years. The funeral will take place on Friday at 2 o'clock p.m. from her late residence on Gore street to the Burlington cemetery. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.
ROBERTS - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, William M. Roberts, infant son of Mr. John Roberts, King street, aged 10 months. The funeral will take place at 11 o'clock this morning.
TURNER - The funeral of the late Mr. Turner of this city took place yesterday afternoon and was largely attended. Out of respect to the deceased, nearly all the stores on King street closed during the passage of the funeral cortege to the cemetery. Mr. Turner was a valuable and useful member
of society and through his extensive business connections earned for himself a high reputation both as a man and a merchant. He had been a resident of this city for fifteen years, and during that time had identified himself with many matters of public interest in our midst. We believe he was one of the originators of the Anglo‑American Hotel which is considered one of the best of its kind in the Province, and was an office bearer in the St. Andrew's Society. He died suddenly after an illness of only a few days and in the prime of life.
November 26, 1859
WALLACE - Died at Caroline street, on the 25th instant, James Ward, infant son of John Wallace, aged 6 months.
HAWKINS - Jesse Hawkins, a coloured man well known to our citizens by the soubriquet of “Happy”, died suddenly last night.
November 29, 1859
MACAULAY (Toronto) - We record with regret the sudden death of the Hon. Sir James Buchanan Macaulay, C.B., which took place at his residence, Wycomb Place, Yonge street, on Saturday, the 26th instant, about half past one o'clock p.m. Up to within about an hour of his death, he appeared to be in his usual health. On being taken ill, his medical adviser, Dr. Hallowell, was sent for, but on the arrival of that gentleman, the ex‑Chief Justice had ceased to exist. It is a singular, but well established fact, that in England, judges almost invariably die within a very short period after their leaving the Bench. Whether it be that the excitement of continuous labour keeps them up so long as they continue to perform their judicial duties and that the relaxation of retirement is so sudden and marked a change in their existence that they succumb under it or not, there is no doubt about the fact. Although the Hon, Sir J. B. Macaulay had retired from his judicial duties for some years, he had, until very recently, continued to labour at the revision and consolidation of the statutes of Canada and of Upper Canada with unremitting assiduity. Last spring, the labours of the revising commission were presented to Parliament, and since then the general public statutes of last session have been incorporated into the revised statutes which are to come into operation in a few days. If, therefore, the ex‑Chief Justice did not die in the harness, he had but just thrown it off before he was called to his account.
Dr. Macaulay, father of the ex‑Chief Justice, came to this city from Scotland about the beginning of the century. He was a medical man and had, we believe, practised his profession in Edinburgh prior to coming to this country. On the arrival of the family in this country, Toronto could not have contained over 200 inhabitants. Dr. Macaulay became the proprietor of 100 acres of land outside the limits of the then town of York on the north‑west corner of York street. This property
was situated in the Township of York. The other persons who obtained parallel strips immediately north of the original town of York were Messrs. Small, Ridout, Allan, Jarvis, McGill, Judge Powell, D'Arcy Boulton, and Peter Russell. These lots were all 100 acres each, we believe, with the exception of the McGill property which was 200. The Macaulay property was long known as Macaulay Town, and portions of it were offered for sale some 40 years ago at (?) 8 an acre. A considerable portion of the property remained in the hands of the family, in consequence of which the subject of this notice was born in comparative riches. However no temptations of a pecuniary nature and not being an avaricious man, the late ex‑Chief Justice sustained a reputation of the highest integrity throughout the whole of his career. As a lawyer he was never accused of anything dishonourable, and as a judge he had the highest reputation for integrity and impartiality.
Socially and politically, ex‑Chief Justice Macaulay must be classed among those who were formerly known in Upper Canada as the Family Compact. He married a sister of the late Colonel Allan's wife who was also a sister of W. and J. W. and C. Gamble. The Macaulay family were also connected in marriage with those of the late Mr. Justice Hagerman, the late Hon. George Cruikshanks, the Hon. Elmsley, and the late Mr. J. S. Cartwright. The families forming the Family Compact intermarried from a species of social necessity, for they constituted in point of fact nearly ail the respectable families of which the infant town of York could then boast. Lord Durham asserted with a degree of inexactness not frequently attributable to him that there were very few family connections between those families who passed under the name of the Family Compact, the truth being that they were nearly all intermarried. It was probably inevitable that these families from the position they occupied should come to monopolize the principal offices in the Government until the abuse of power or public ingratitude or both together should misplace them. Without entering upon a review of the political acts of the party which would be out of place in a biographical notice of an ex‑Chief Justice, we may say that in all the qualities for which men are esteemed, perhaps no member of the party to which he belonged was so conspicuous as the subject of this notice.
The late Sir J. B. Macaulay studied law in this city in the office of ex‑Chief justice J.H. Boulton. He served in the war in 1812 in the Glengarries. After the conclusion of the war, he pursued his legal studies in this city. He wa called to the Bar in 1822 in Hilary Term, and soon attained a high position in the profession. Among the remarkable cases in which he was engaged was the prosecution of the late Mr. Robert Randall for perjury in 1825 in the place of Messrs. Boulton and Robinson, the Attorney and Solicitor Generals, the opposing counsel, being Dr. John Rolph, the late Dr. Baldwin, and his son, the late Hon. Robert Baldwin. Although the Chief Justice, like most of the other prominent members of the political party to which he belonged was at one time a member of the Executive Council, he never had a seat in the Legislature, the period in which he figured politically being long anterior to the recognition of the principle of Responsible
Government. We have reason to believe that at one period of his life it was his intention to come forward as a candidate for the representation of a constituency in Upper Canada, but having been dragged through the mire of some ugly political controversies, he relinquished his intention.
Hon. Mr. Macaulay was first appointed Judge of the Court of the Queen's Bench, temporarily, in 1827, in which position he was succeeded by Mr. Justice Willis, but on the removal of the latter, Mr. Macaulay was permanently appointed Judge on the 2nd of November, 1839. Mr. Justice Willis complained with great bitterness that Mr. Macaulay had been one of the four Executive Councillors by whose advice he had been removed, and that, after giving that advice, Mr. Macaulay stepped into the vacancy which the acting upon that advice created. The case of Mr. Justice Willis was warmly taken up by the Opposition who represented him as a victim of the malice of the ruling faction with which he had been careful not, in any way, to identify himself. The cause of the removal of Mr. Willis was his refusal to decide en banc a loan upon cases where the law required there should be three judges. He was reduced to the necessity of deciding the point in consequence of the illness of one of his colleagues and the absence of the other. The Hon. Mr. Macaulay was appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Common Pleas on the 18th December, 1849, from which position he retired on the 6th February, 1856, Mr. Justice Draper becoming his successor.
Sir J. B. Macaulay had not completed his 67th year. He leaves three daughters, but no son, to succeed him.
November 30, 1859
MCPHERSON - Died at his residence, Lot 34, in the 11th Concession of Puslinch, on the 18th November, John McPherson, Esq., aged 64 years, a native of Aberniethy by Granlaton, Inverness‑shire, Scotland.
BURNS - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, aged 10 months, Elizabeth, only daughter of Mr. Henry Burns.
IRVING - The telegraph last evening informed us of the sudden death of Washington Irving, the foremost man in the literary circles of the United states, and author of that charming production “The Sketch Book.”
December 1, 1859
HARTMAN - The melancholy duty devolves upon us this morning of announcing the death of Mr. Joseph Hartman, member for North York, and the Warden of the United Counties of York and Peel. The death of Mr. Hartman has been expected not only for days and weeks but for months and years. Yet the last scene comes upon his friends with a force only felt when an
upright and useful man passes away from earth. Although many months ago his strength had been brought so low that active exertion was attended with suffering and danger, hie energy of spirit remained unimpaired, and up to the very last, he continued to discharge his public duties with the utmost zeal.
The parents of Mr. Hartman were of German extraction, and emigrating from Pennsylvania at the first settlement in Canada, established themselves in the Township of Whitchurch where Joseph was born about thirty‑eight years ago. He was brought up on his father's farm, but received part of his education at a college in the United States. Not strong in body, but possessed of an active mind, good principles, and strong aspirations for the public good, he was an early labourer in the cause of religion and temperance, and took an active part in politics. As a member of the New Connexion Methodist Church he was particularly distinguished for zeal and usefulness, acting as Sunday School Superintendent, and in other capacities.
In the year 1851, when a large section of the Reform party abandoned the leadership of Mr. Baldwin, the liberals of North York selected Mr. Hartman as their standard bearer, a position which he was well fitted by his talents and opinions. He defeated Mr. Baldwin at the general election, and for a time supported the government of Messrs. Hincks and Rolph. When he went to his constituents in 1854, however, it was as a member of the Opposition, and such he has remained since.
Frequently a representative of his township in the County Council, in the year 1853, he was elected warden and held the office two years in succession. He was followed by Mr. John W. Gamble for one year, and being again elected three times, held the office at his death. He was distinguished as warden by great assiduity and clearness of comprehension as well as moderation and dignity. He was thoroughly acquainted with municipal matters and to him the United Counties are deeply indebted for the orderly state of affairs. It will be very difficult to replace him in his position.
Mr. Hartman resided on the farm of 150 acres in Whitchurch left him by his father, but also possessed property in the County of Grey. He married Miss Pearson, a daughter of the well known family of that name, and leaves three children, al1 boys. His eldest child, a boy of eight years of age, died about twelve months ago. His family were of a consumptive habit. His father and two brothers died of disease of the lungs, one the brothers only a year ago. He, himself, was assailed by it some years ago, but continued to struggle with the destroyer long after his case seemed hopeless. In spite of every aid which skill and care could supply, he gradually sank until death closed the scene yesterday morning. His brother‑in‑law, Rev. M. Goldsmith, writes that he died in great peace at a quarter to six o'clock. His remains will be conveyed to their last resting place on Friday next at 11 o'clock in the forenoon.
December 6, 1859
ELLIOT - Died in this city, on Sunday, 4th December, Thomas Elliot, a native of Cornwall, England, in the 68th year of his age. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, the 7th instant, at 3 o'clock, from his late residence, King street west. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
December 7, 1859
OVERFIELD - Died at Dundas on Monday morning, the 5th instant, Benjamin Overfield, Esq., aged 48 years.
December 9, 1859
HALSON - Died on the 10th November, in London, England, the Rev. Charles Halson, eldest son of Charles Halson, Esq., of Stickworth, Isle of Wight, and brother of R. Halson, Esq., of this city.
RAMSAY - Died at Mount Hope, C.W., on the 7th instant, of inflammation of the lungs, Philip Ramsay, late of Peasenhall, Suffolk, England, aged 26 years and 7 days.
December 10, 1859
KELLY - Died on Wednesday, the 7th instant, deeply regretted by a numerous acquaintance, Mr. Charles Kelly, aged 39 years. Mr. Kelly was one of those enterprising individuals who can ill be spared from our community. Some seven years since, in conjunction with his brother, Edward, he started the “Hamilton Nursery Gardens”. A few years back, he sold his interest in the nursery and became a prominent shareholder in the Canada Powder Company, taking an active part in the erection of the company's buildings. Latterly he removed to the north shore of Lake Huron where he put up extensive mills for the manufacture of lumber, a speculation which entirely absorbed his resources without realizing a corresponding equivalent. No doubt the anxiety of mind attending the failures of this project preyed seriously upon his constitution, leaving the body more susceptible to fatal influence. His somewhat sudden decease will be mourned by a very large body of relatives, friends, and acquaintances, to whom he had always shown an urbanity and equanimity of character highly pleasing and deservedly appreciated.
December 13, 1859
KORTUM - Died in this city yesterday afternoon, after a long and painful illness, Frederick E. Kortum, architect, aged 34 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, Hess street, to‑morrow at 3 o'clock.
Mr. Kortum was first introduced to our city about three years ago when he came hither from Buffalo to superintend the erection of the magnificent building of D. Mclnnes and Company which indeed he had principally designed. Shortly afterward he took up his abode here and brought his family to live with him. His great talents procured him constant employment, and the London Post Office, the Hamilton Commercial Bank, and Custom House were built under his superintendence while he was engaged in planning some fine buildings here. The former of these was designed by him. The Government esteemed him so much, as he served them well, and faithfully, and contemplated employing his services in situations of value. But a cold caught while travelling to the metropolis settled upon his lungs, and after a short illness, carried off one of the most promising young architects of the country. He was educated in his profession in Northern Germany where he left many friends who will not less deplore his death than those he had made since his arrival here. He was a member of the Strict Observance Lodge of Free Masons, and agreeably to his request, he will be buried with masonic honours.
December 14, 1859
ROYAL - Died in this city yesterday morning, after an illness of nearly two years, Hannah, the beloved wife of Edward Royal, aged 34 years. Friends are requested to attend the funeral from Mr. Royal's, Burlington Marsh, on Thursday, at 2 o'clock.
ISAAC - We learned by telegraph last evening that late Saturday night an Indian and squaw were killed by a freight train on the Great Western Railway about two miles east of Chatham. An inquest was held yesterday, and a verdict returned to the following effect: “That the Indian, Isaac, and squaw, Nancy, were killed by a freight train while sitting on the track in a state of entire intoxication, and the jury exonerated the officers of the company from all blame, and recommend that the parties who sold the Indians the liquor be prosecuted with the utmost severity.”
December 17, 1859
HULL - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Annie Maria, daughter of the late Robert Hull, aged 5 years. The funeral will proceed from her mother's residence on Park street at one o'clock, Sunday, the 18th instant.
CHARRON, BEAUREGARD - The murderer Beauregard underwent the extreme penalty of the law in Montreal, yesterday morning at ten o'clock in the presence of a large number of spectators. Speaking of the culprit and his crime, the “Transcript” of Thursday said: “Seldom has a murder been committed under circumstances fitted to excite greater loathing of the murderer.” Beauregard had no wrong to averge, he bore no ill will to the unfortunate Charron, but actuated
by the most sordid and grovelling of passions, he coveted the money in Charron's possession, and to obtain it committed a foul and deliberate murder. On the morning of the 2nd April last, Anselme Charron a French Canadian well‑to‑do in the world, a manufacturer of thrashing machines, and esteemed rich by his neighbours, left his residence at St. Charles to go into St. Hyacinthe, some twelve miles off, to transact some business. Among other objects he had in view, he intended to complete the purchase of a farm which he had been in treaty, and to be well prepared with funds took with him two rolls of bank notes, each stated indefinitely to have been as thick as man's wrist. These rolls he had loose in his pocket. In St. Hyacinte during the day, he received several payments from parties owing him money for his machines. From one he received $45 and from‑another &27. In the course of the day, he was met by Beauregard, a man of worthless character and needy. Beauregard stuck to him like a leech, and drank with him in taverns during the afternoon and eating, till the unfortunate Charron was helplessly drunk.
About half past ten at night, they left together one of the taverns, where they had been drinking. Beauregard having previously provided himself with a skullcracker which was seen in his possession by more than one of the witnesses who gave evidence at the trial. That Charron had in his pocket large sums of money must have been well known to Beauregard who had been with him during the day and had seen him take out his money to pay for the treats, anc it was doubtless the knowledge of this fact which led him to form the diabolical design of enriching himself by Charron's murder. The two were seen going in the direction of the bridge crossing the Yamasky River. Ten or twenty minutes afterwards he was seen coming back alone. When asked what had become of his companion, he replied, “Don't be uneasy: he is floating like a hat upon the river.”
Two days afterwards, Beauregard, who had been without money before, was able to pay $72 for a tavern licence. Suspicions were excited when Charron was found to be missing. Beauregard was taken into custody. People living in the vicinity of the bridge, then came forward to state that between ten and eleven o'clock on the night in question, they heard cries of "Murder" proceeding from the bridge. A week after Charron's disappearance his hat was found floating on the rive some nine miles below St.Hyacinthe. About the beginning of May his body was found in the water. On his brow and temples were marks of severe blows, evidently inflicted by some instrument the nature of a skull cracker.
Most of the medical men examine were of the opinion that his death was caused by these injuries and that he was dead before being thrown into the water. His watch was found in his pocket, stopped but not run out, the hands indicating the time at which he was thrown into the water as thirteen minutes to eleven. His purse with some silver in it, and ten or twelve dollars in bills were also found in his pockets but the large rolls which he had taken with him from St. Charles in the morning were gone. The evidence laid before the jury 1eft no doubt in their minds but Charron, for the sake of his money had been cruelly murdered by Beauregard who first killed his victim by
blows on the head with the skull cracker, then robbed the body, and this done, threw it over into the river.
December 19, 1859
MACKAY - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Wilhemina Jane, infant daughter of Aeneas D. Mackay.
December 23, 1859
FINIS (Paris) - On Friday last a man named Fred Finis was crushed to death at the Plattsville station of the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway while coupling the engine to the train. He was a resident of this place, and much respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and child to lament his death, and an aged father‑in‑law, 80 years of age, who was dependent upon him.
December 26, 1859
PARDEY (Quebec) - On Tuesday afternoon about 2 o'clock, Mr. Edwin Pardey, brass founder, about 45 years of age, in a state of delirium tremens was walking to and fro in a room in his boarding house situate in the 3rd storey of a house in St. John street, next door to Mr. Baillargeouse. Two friends of his were in the room with him when in a moment he smashed a pane of glass in the window and jumped through it into the street below from a height of about 20 feet, and fell on his back. The unfortunate man was carried back to his room and expired about four hours afterward. The coroner, Mr. Panet, held an inquest yesterday morning, and the verdict rendered by the jury was: “that the deceased came to his death from a fracture of the pelvis and sacrum, and from the nervous shock caused by his fall.”
December 29, 1859
CAHILL - Through a citizen we have just heard that in a fight among the “Tipperary Boys” in Biddulph on Sunday evening last one of the party was brutally murdered by a neighbour “boy.” The scene took place in a tavern, but not having received particulars, we are not in a position to state the matter as it transpired. Since writing the above, we have been informed the the name of the murdered man is Cahill and he was the father of a large family.
GEDDES - Died very suddenly on Sunday morning last at the residence of her son, Sarah Hannah Geddes, aged 71 years, widow of the late James Geddes, Esq., assistant staff surgeon of Kingston.
The deceased lady, who was the third daughter of the late Dr. Gamble, surgeon of the Queen's Rangers, was born in New Brunswick in the year 1783, and accompanied her mother to Canada
by an overland journey in the summer of 1791, being then but eight years of age. She was married in 1804 at Amherstburg to Dr. Geddes by whom she had a family of sixteen children, five sons and eleven daughters: the eldest, Elias Lilias, married to Rev. John Grier, A.M., rector of Belleville; Ann Catherine (since deceased) married to the Rev. W. Macaulay, rector of , Picton; Leah Allan, married to Walter Henry, Esq., M.D., inspector general of hospitals, M.P.; Isabella to Stephen Charles Sewell, Esq., M.D. of Ottawa; Mary Anne, to Christopher Armstrong Esq., judge of the County Court, Ottawa; Sarah Hannah Boles, to William Hallowell, Esq., M.D., of Toronto; Eleanor Felicia Askin, to Major General Charles E. Gold, late Col. 68th Regiment, now lieutenant Governor of New Zealand; Jane Whitney, who died in her infancy; Georgina Sinclair, married to Joseph W. Leaycraft, Esq., of Quebec; Caroline Boyd, to James Robert Mann, captain Royal Engineers, H.P. and surveyor general of the Isle of Mauritius; and Charlotte Roberta Home, who died at an early age.
The sons, who all survive, are Charles of Montreal; John Gamble, rector of Hamilton; James Coffin, manager of the Bank of British North America, Brantford; William Allan, barrister of Hamilton; and Forbes, of Brantford.
Thus a large circle of surviving relatives, including children and grandchildren to the number of a hundred, are left to deplore her loss. Her death, although sudden and instantaneous, was not unattended by circumstance to render comfort. She had left the family circle in perfect health and cheerful spirit, and was putting on her apparel to go with the company to the House of God, but the bell which summoned the earthly worshippers was her summons to the world of spirits, to the heavenly courts where “the worshippers go no more out”, but without weariness, serve Him night and day in His temple.