January 4, 1860
FEAST- Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Sarah Ann, wife of Mr. Alfred Feast, and daughter of the late Rev. A. Booker, in the 24th year of her age. The friends of the family are requested to attend the funeral from the husband's residence, Cannon street, west of Bay street, on this (Wednesday) afternoon at two oclock to the place of interment without further notice.
NEWBURY - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Mr. John Newbury, carpenter and builder, aged 56 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral to-day (Wednesday) from his late residence, Rebecca street, at half past 3 o'clock p.m.
NICOL - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, John Nicol, aged 43. The funeral will take place on to-morrow (Wednesday) at 10 o'clock a.m. from Cook's Hotel, King street. Friends will please accept this invitation.
MURRAY - Died on the 30th December, Charles Mackenzie, second son of Charles M. Murray, aged 9 months.
CRAIG - On Sunday morning, an old coloured man named Thomas Craig was found dead in one of those wretched hovels in an alley on Catherine street. The deceased was originally from West Point, N.Y and at the time of his death was supposed to be nearly 80 years of age. The place in which he was found was horrible to behold. On the floor were three or four white people in a stupid state of intoxication, while the whole place presented the most squalid appearance. Mr. Coroner Bull viewed the body, but did not deem it necessary to hold an inquest.
January 5, 1860
MCLELLAN - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, of confusion of the head, Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. William McLellan, aged 5 years and 6 months.
JONES - Died on the 10th December last, at Worthing, near Brighton, England, Captain Henry Oxley Jones, of H.M. 1st Battalion, 6th Royals, aged 24 years.
BALLOU - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Matilda E., wife of J. M. Ballou, in the 27th year of her age. The friends of the family are requested to attend the funeral from her husbands residence, corner of James and Peel streets, on Friday afternoon at half past 2 oclock to the place of interment without further notice.
DEVLIN - An old man named Edward Devlin, well known in town, was found dead in his own house on Mulberry street yesterday. In former years, the deceased was a school master in very good circumstances, but giving way to the demon intemperance, he gradually sank into the lowest state of destitution, and finally neglect, exposure, and intemperance did their work, and he died when none were near to cheer or comfort his last moments, and so ended a life which might have been a creditable and useful one. It is somewhat singular co-incidence that on the same day twelve months ago, and nearly the same place, the wife of the deceased was found dead. Dr. Mackintoch held an inquest on the body last evening, and a verdict in accordance with the evidence was returned.
UNNAMED INFANT - No trace has yet been discovered of the parents of the infant so inhumanely abandoned on the ice on Monday last. The Coroner's jury yesterday sent up a request through the coroner praying the City Council to offer a reward for the discovery of the offender, but it was thrown out. The jury meet again on Friday, and in the meantime, the Police are making every exertion to find some clue to the perpetrators of the inhumane deed. Late last night, the Chief of Police and his deputy made a discovery which may or may not lean to important results. We shall learn to-day whether the labours have been successful or not.
January 7, 1860
REYNOLDS (Whitby) - Mr. John Lambton Baldwin Reynolds, eldest son of Nelson G. Reynolds, Sheriff of the County of Ontario, died rather unexpectedly on Christmas night at half past nine o'clock. The deceased was a fine promising youth, 18 years of age, exceedingly intelligent, and endeared by his gentleness and kindness of disposition to all who knew him. The whole community will deeply sympathize with our worthy sheriff in this his sad bereavement. At the joyous season of the year when the homes of all are enlivened by the festival of Christmas, his hearth is indeed made desolate by the loss of his firstborn whom death has snatched away so unexpectedly. But God is our God; our lot is in his hands.
SMITH - On the 21st ultimo, Dr. Howitt held an inquest on the body of Peter Smith at the residence of John S. Armstrong in the Township of Eramosa. The deceased was an uncle of Mr. Armstrong with whom he had been boarding for several years. The evidence elicited proved that he (the deceased) had for some weeks been in a very desponding state of mind. He appeared to have been possessed with the idea that he was a burden on his friends, labouring under this illusion, he said to a member of the family that he felt at times a strong impulse to destroy himself. In his more lucid moments, he seems to have been fully impressed with the awful peril of his situation arising from this impulse. So profound was this impression that he applied to Dr. Munro of
Fergus to go with him to Toronto for the purpose of soliciting Dr. Workman, the Medical Superintendent of the Asylum, to allow him to become an inmate of that institution so that he might be deprived of all means of injuring himself. He made the application to Dr. Munro on the Sunday preceding his decease, and when he was informed that it was impossible for them to go until the next day, he burst into tears. It should be observed that he manifested no signs of mental derangement as far as his intellectual faculties were concerned, further than depression of spirits and his acknowledged impulse to suicide. Nothing was observable that could lead to the supposition that he was insane. On Monday Dr. Munro kindly accompanied him to Toronto. They called upon Dr. Workman, but not having with them the necessary certificate of admission, the superintendent could not receive him, but pointed out the steps prescribed in such cases, at the same time intimating that it was desirable that they should be taken as soon as possible. The deceased returned to Mr. Armstrong's on the following day (Tuesday). His mind seemed unusually depressed still there was nothing, according to the testimony of the whole family or its manifestation that led them to suspect that there was any aberration of its faculties. On Wednesday, Miss Agnes Armstrong had occasion to go into his bedroom. He was then in bed with a razor in his hand. The young woman prevailed upon him to allow her to take charge of it. When she was about to leave the room, he observed that had she not come at the time she did, he should have cut his throat. What is remarkable, he likewise descanted freely on the nature of the crime which he affirmed he was upon the point of committing, stating that he was fully aware that the self-murderer is a rebel to His Maker, and consequently merited the severest punishment. The following Friday, about four in the afternoon, the deceased left the kitchen where he had been smoking and went into his bedroom. About an hour afterwards, one of the children was sent to inform him that supper was ready. The child returned saying he was lying on the floor. Jane Armstrong, an elder sister, went to him immediately and found was lying in a pool of blood. She at once despatched a messenger for her father who was at some distance from the house. He, in company with J. Loghrin, Esq., arrived in the course of an hour. They entered the bedroom together and found the deceased lying on his left side with a terrible gash in his throat. The floor was deluged with blood, and an open razor was discovered close to his right hand. A short examination of the body convinced them that life was extinct.
January 9, 1860
HARPER - Died in London, on the morning of Tuesday, the 27th ultimo, Anne, wife of James G. Harper, Esq.
January 13, 1860
UNNAMED MAN (Kingston) - A French-Canadian cripple whose name
was not learned by the police was brought into the station house on Monday evening in an exhausted state and died during the night. The police visited the cells about 2 o'clock yesterday morning when he appeared to be better, but at six, when the cell was again visited, he was dead.
January 14, 1860
SAMPSON (Galt) - A very fine young woman, the daughter of Mr. Theophilus Sampson, J.P., of Galt, was visiting last week at the house of Mrs. Gardner near the village of Hespeler and was in the enjoyment of apparently robust health and in the highest spirits when she suddenly complained of a pain in her chest and lay down to rest where she continued gradually to get worse. The symptoms became alarming; the neighbours were called in; but still the suffering increased. Messengers were despatched to Galt for her parents and for surgical assistance, but before either had arrived, the spirit of the poor sufferer had departed and she was at rest. She was only in her 22nd year. On a post mortem examination, it was discovered that young as she was an important portion of her heart had been converted from muscle into bone, and refusing to perform its functions, a premature and deeply deplored death was the sudden consequence.
QUIRK - Two days after this sad event, another young woman, Susan Quirk, daughter of Mr. Patrick Quirk of Galt, retired with her sister to rest about 10 o'clock when they both apparently fell asleep. An hour or two thereafter, however, the younger sister was awakened by the moans of her bed-fellow, and reaching over to ascertain what was the matter, found her sister's body cold. An alarm was immediately raised, but before assistance could be procured, she had ceased to live. The terrible suddenness of the event following so rapidly on the equally sudden death of Miss Sampson caused great sensation in the town and the utmost sympathy for the bereaved parents.
January 16, 1860
PATON - Died at the residence of Thomas White, Esq., on the 13th January, Elizabeth Sibbald, daughter of James Paton, Esq., of Balbegno Castle, Fettercairn, Kincardineshire, Scotland, aged one year and ten months.
WEIR - A fearful accident occurred near Campbell's Corners near Oxford on Wednesday last, resulting in the death of a much esteemed young man named Alexander Weir, brother of Dr. Weir, late of Ingersoll. The unfortunate man was, we understand, engaged in hauling wood, and it would appear that while walking alongside, the sleigh capsized, burying him beneath the wood and mutilating him in a frightful manner. When found some half an hour, it is supposed, after the accident, life was extinct. Deceased was a young man much respected and gave promise of
becoming a useful member of society. This is the second brother who has met with a fatal accident. Some years since, an elder brother, William, while threshing, became entangled in the machinery and one of his legs mutilated in such a manner that his medical adviser found it necessary to amputate it. While undergoing the amputation, the young man died. Dr. McCarthy yesterday proceeded to the scene of the accident for the purpose of holding an inquest. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
January 17, 1860
LOVEJOY - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, at the residence of R. A. Lund, Esq., after a long and painful illness which she bore with Christian resignation in the full hope of a joyful resurrection, Charlotte Lucinda Love joy, relict of John Lovejoy, Esq., late of Brantford. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from the residence of R. A. Land, Esq., King street east, to the place of interment without further notice on Wednesday the 18th instant at 3 o'clock p.m.
FRASER - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Mrs. John Fraser late of Glasgow, Scotland, aged 65 years. The funeral will take place this afternoon from the residence of her son‑in‑law, Mr. Alexander Murray, King street.The friends of the family will please accept these intimations.
MCCOMB - Henry McComb, a son of Mr. John McComb, a brakesman upon the Grand Trunk, met with an accident on the 3rd of January which resulted in his death. He was engaged on a freight train going east when near Trenton, one of the rails broke and threw the train off the track. When found, he was jammed in between a couple of cars, and although living, was so badly hurt that he died shortly after.
January 18, 1860
MCCUAIG - Died on Monday, the 6th instant, Catherine Trumpour, the beloved wife of John McCuaig Sr., Esq., of this city. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her late residence, Main street west, to the cemetery without further notice on Thursday, the 19th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.
January 19, 1860
MULLANEY - A man named Hugh Mullaney was killed by the fall of a tree in the Township of Sullivan on Saturday last. Neighbours & friends to the number of twenty‑three had met at a chopping bee for the benefit of a widow Muldoon. Two of these had chopped a large hemlock tree and given the alarm that it was about to fall. Deceased and another man who were working together ran to
avoid the tree in its fall when, as hemlock is very apt to do in a cold frosty weather, the tree broke off across the cut instead of falling with it, and deceased was struck by the top of It on the crown of his head, crushing the skull, and producing death in a very short period. An inquest was held and a verdict rendered in accordance with the stated facts.
MERCIER (Quebec) - On Sunday night, the 8th instant, a melancholy accident occurred at Ste. Marie de la Beauce. Two young girls aged 17 and 18, daughters of Mr. Abraham Mercier, were returning home with their brother in a cariole after taking a drive on the opposite side of the river when suddenly, while they were crossing the ice, the horse went though a hole which none had seen. All were dragged into water. The young man, being active, speedily rescued himself and also succeeded jn recovering the body of one of the sisters, but not till after life was extinct. The body of the other unfortunate girl has not yet been found.
January 20, 1860
HUNTER - Died at Beverly, on the 13th instant, Mr. Andrew Hunter, in his fiftieth year. Mr. Hunter was a native of Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland, and emigrated to Canada about eighteen years ago.
CAMPBELL - We received yesterday the melancholy intelligence of the death of Judge Campbell of Niagara, well known to most of our readers as a devoted lover of horticulture and for the prominent part which he always took at the meetings of the Provincial Association. When the fact was announced to Judge Burns yesterday in the Court of Assize, his Lordship was so much affected that he was unable to proceed with the charge that he was about to deliver to the jury in the insurance case which had occupied the court during the chief part of the day. Judge Campbell was a native of Niagara. He had presided as County Judge for nearly 20 years, and at the time of his death was in his 58th year. He leaves a wife, two sons, and three daughters to mourn their sudden bereavement. (Toronto Colonist)
January 21, 1860
DARLING - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Mr. James Darling, formerly of Manchester, England.
CRINCKLOW - We regret to learn that grave suspicions are entertained that Mr. William Crincklow, an old and respected resident in Westminster, has met with foul play. He left his home at the Junction on Tuesday of last week, the 10th instant, intending to go to the 5th Concession where he had taught a school during last summer, but no news has since been heard of him. He was known to be the Township Treasurer, and it is surmised that some evil‑disposed persons, being aware of this,
waylaid him, and have probably robbed and dispatched him. He was last seen in London in the market place on the afternoon of the 10th by one of his neighbours, his then intention being to take the Port Stanley train and alight at North Westminster station about 5 miles from town. It is certain, however, that he never reached the train, and what has become of him is still a mystery. Mr. Crincklow has long been known to be a steady sober man and not accustomed to leave his home. His friends are naturally very much concerned about him.
January 24, 1860
MAXEY - Last evening, a man named Henry Maxey, an old member of this town (St. Catharines), and who was discharged from the employment of the Welland Railway Company two days ago, was killed last evening by the 5 oclock train on the Welland line near Port Colborne. Nothing was known of the affair until this morning when Maxeys body was found on the side of the track, and the head and some of the limbs separated from the body.
January 25, 1860
BROWN - Died in the Township of Grey, Huron, on the 9th instant, Mary, wife of Mr. George Brown, aged 25 years.
DAVIDSON - Died on Monday evening, the 23rd instant, Elizabeth, wife of John Davidson, Esq., Collector of Customs, aged 72 years. The funeral will take place on Thursday next at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
January 23, 1860
OBRIEN - Coroner Dr. McMahon held an inquest last week on the body of a man named Owen OBrien in the Township of Ancaster. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to his death from intemperance and exposure. OBrien was a school teacher, and at one time taught school in Dundas. Another warning to drinkers and drunkards.
MCLELLAN A man named Neil McLellan died in Dundas last week at the extraordinary age of one hundred and seven years. He was a native of Inverness‑shire, Scotland where he resided until he emigrated to Canada in 1851. Since that time he has lived in Dundas, and until within a few months of his decease, he was able to walk about the town. Few men live to such an age nowadays.
February 1, 1860
BERRY - An inquest was held yesterday forenoon at the Police Office before Dr. Mackintosh on the body of a male infant. From the evidence, it appeared that on Wednesday last a young mulatto
girl named Henrietta Berry, who resided with her mother, Mrs. Massy, at the east end of the city, was delivered of the child and that her mother and a Mr, Morin were present at the birth. The mother also stated on oath that she did not know her daughter was enceinte until she complained of pain. On Wednesday morning after the child was born, other females were called in, and the child was found to be dead, and the mother of the girl concealed the body in the stable where it was found by Sergeant West. A post mortem examination was held by Dr. Ryall who found the neck dislocated. The .jury returned a verdict that the deceased came to its death from dislocation of the 1st and 2nd vertebrae of the neck but by whom or by what means there was no evidence to show.
February 3, 1860
FORD - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, in the 52nd year of his age, Nehemiah Ford, Esq., formerly of Maidstone, County of Kent, England. The funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
The grim king of terrors has been busy amongst us. Another useful and valuable citizen has passed from our midst. Mr. Nehemiah Ford, so well known and highly respected in private life, both as a man and a citizen, breathed his last at an early hour yesterday morning. The event was not unexpected, for Mr. Ford had, for a long time, laboured under a severe disease which some months since wholly incapacitated him for business and left no hope of his recovery. Mr. Ford, as we have said, was useful and valuable as a citizen, and we know of no man who was held in higher esteem in his private character. As a mechanic, he was highly successful, and having gained a competency, he wisely devoted much of his subsequent time to the management of our municipal affairs. He sat in the Council several years, and with little intermission, up to the last election. As a representative of St Lawrence ward, his services were justly appreciated. He also held for one year the important position of mayor of the city, and was one of the most efficient aldermen that ever sat in the Council owing to his thorough knowledge of municipal affairs and the deep interest he took in the progress and prosperity of the city. As a prominent citizen, Mr. Ford was naturally a leading local politician, and as such we have frequently encountered him, invariably to differ with him; yet, though extreme in his political views, he was not bigoted, and we have sometime thought he was Conservative in his nature after all. He is now gone, and sure we are that his death will be deeply and sincerely deplored by those who knew him.
RYKERT (St. Catharines) - Our obituary of yesterday contained the notice of the death of our former townsman, A. E. Rykert, Esq., a young man who had, by his great talent and quiet, gentlemanly, unassuming manner, endeared himself to everyone acquainted with him. Mr. Rykert was the youngest son of the late
George Rykert, Esq., and was a native of St. Catharines. At an early age, he gave evidence of possessing extraordinary talents and while attending the Academy here, succeeded, we believe, in obtaining first prizes in every branch of knowledge in which he studied. He was subsequently sent to Hpper Canade College, Toronto, and during the three years he studied there, he carried off over one hundred prizes, a greater number than was ever perhaps awarded to any other young man attending that College. Having completed his education, Mr. Rykert commenced the study of law in the office of Roland McDonald. Esq. of this town, and in his new sphere evinced the same steadiness in the acquisition of legal lore that he had at school. He appeared to have before him one of the most brilliant careers, but all hope was finally cut off by the unfortunate contraction of a severe cold which subsequently settled upon his lungs, and the seeds of that fell disease, consumption, were then implanted in his system. When the Royal Canadian, or the 100th Regiment was organized, Mr. R. was very active in obtaining recruits, and succeeded in gaining a lieutenant's commission. This change from the bar to the army was made in the hope that the more active outdoor duties of the latter profession would retard, if not ultimate1y cure, his disease. On the 2Uth of May, 1858, he 1eft the country with his regiment, but the change of climate produced no very favourable effect upon his health, although he continued to discharge the duties of his position. The deceased gentleman left Gibraltar in November last on leave of absence, but was taken seriously ill on his arrival in England, and gradually sank until the 7th last when death closed his career. His spirit were always cheerful, and only one week before his demise he took a drive into the country with some friends, and on the very morning of his death had arranged for a second drive. His funeral was attended by nearly all the Canadians in London, including the Hon W. H. Merritt, Mr. Hawkes of Toronto, and Mr. Dallas of London. Mr. Rykert married the eldest daughter of R. McDonald, Esq., of this town.
February 4, 1860
PEARSON (Toronto) - On Monday last R. Pearson, clerk of the Common Pleas, whose office in in the Osgoode Hall, was suddenly seized with a paralytic affection while on his way to the Hall. Under the influence of the disease, he wandered eastward, apparently unconscious, and at length arrived at the Grand Trunk workshops near the Don. Here his strange behaviour attracted the attention of the workmen who became alarmed when he presently fell senseless on the floor. He was carried to a tavern close at hand and medical assistance summoned. All that skill could suggest, however, was of no avail, and death ensued on Wednesday morning. Mr. Pearson was well advanced in years and generally respected, and many friends will hear of his decease with regret. He resided on the Davenport road, a short distance from the city.
February 6, 1860
MASSON (Quebec) - On Monday about L p.m., a tinsmith, name Masson, while putting a zinc chimney top on the Sisters of Charity's Hospital, lost his equilibrium, and fell to the ground from a height of nearly 200 feet, and when taken up, was a corpse.
TEE - On Saturday last, an inquest was held before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of a young girl, aged 13 years, named Ellen Tee. It appeared from the evidence adduced that she was left by her parents in the house with two younger brothers, and that shortly after her parents left the premises, the deceased went upstairs for the purpose of cleaning the rooms. In a short time the children downstairs heard a report, and on going up, found the deceased lying on the floor dead. She had taken a pistol out of a box belonging to an elder brother, and following the example she had last seen, blew into the muzzle having her finger on the hammer which by lifting a short distance exploded the cap causing the contents to lodge in the base of the brain. The lips were burst open; the jaw bone was also broken. A verdict of accidental death was recorded. Her parents and friends feel the blow severely as she was a good and obedient child, respected by all who knew her.
February 7, 1860
Welsh (Toronto) - On Saturday morning, the dead body of a man, apparently of middle age, was found buried under the snow in a clump of trees about 150 yards to the south of Dundas street, near the residence of Mr. R. L. Denison. The body was discovered by a boy named Marshal who was crossing the field on a message to Coneleys Tavern opposite the Lunatic Asylum. The lad reported the fact to Mr. George Denison, and Sergeant‑Major Cummins, being sent for, the body was taken in charge by him and conveyed to the dead‑house near the City Hall. It was frozen stiff, but on examination, a deep cut was seen on the back of the head and blood oozed from the left ear. No cap or coat could be found near the spot where the corpse lay. The remains were identified by a Mr. Marsh as being the body of a cooper named John Welsh, residing up the Lake Shore road about five miles from the city. He left home, it appears, between Christmas and New Years day for the purpose of purchasing in the city some tools necessary to his trade, since which time he has not been seen. He had a considerable sum of money on his person when he left home, and it is conjectured that he must have met with foul play on his way to town. He was a married man and the father of five children. Coroner Scott, being notified of the circumstances related above, issued a warrant for the empanelling of a jury, and to‑day an investigation as to the cause of death will take place before that gentleman in the Police Court. In the meantime, a post mortem examination of the body will be made.
February 9, 1860
ALMAS - Died at Ancaster, on the 8th instant, after a short illness, Col. John Almas, of the 5th Battalion, Wentworth Militia, aged 62 years. Col Almas was an old and wealthy resident in Ancaster, and universally respected. The funeral will take place on Saturday, the 11th instant, at 11 o'clock a.m. to the place of interment, St. Peters Church, Barton.
STREETER (Ottawa) - Our obituary to‑day contains a notice of the demise of a young man named Thomas J. Streeter who recently came from Hamilton, C.W., to reside in this city, Although for some time past complaining of a heavy cold on the chest, he attended to his customary duties and retired Friday evening in good spirits. About midnight the occupants of the adjoining dwelling were awakened by him, and on coming to his assistance found him bleeding from the lungs. Dr. Sewell was sent for and hastened to the sickbed, but ere he arrived the vital spark had fled. A coroners inquest was held upon the body on Saturday morning when it was elicited from the testimony of several medical men present that deceased came to his death from congestion of the lungs induced by disease of the heart. Mr. Streeter was only 30 years of age, and from his sedateness and unobtrusive manners gained the esteem of all those with which he came in contact. He was managing, the new branch of Messrs. Rowe and Cos business lately established in this city when death removed him thus suddenly.
February 10, 1860
MCCANN - We learn with regret the particulars, so far as we have heard, of a sad bereavement which has befallen the family of Mrs. McCann, Mulberry street. Her eldest son, Daniel, a lad about thirteen years of age, went on Wednesday afternoon, with another boy, to skate on the Bay. He had not been 1ong on the ice ere his companion lost sight of him, and up to Thursday afternoon, no trace nor tidings of his fate had been discovered except that a gentleman had seen a boy, supposed to be him, about six oclock on Wednesday near one of the wharves where a small hole had recently been cut in the ice. Vigorous search was made on Wednesday night and renewed again on Thursday morning, but the above was the only fact elicited. On Thursday afternoon, a portion of the ice was removed at the place where he is supposed to have fallen, and an attempt made to recover the body. He was a gentle youth of great promise, and his loss is a severe affliction to the family. Up to a late hour last night, every exertion to recover the body proved fruitless.
February 11, 1860
LISTER - Died in this city, on Friday, February 3rd, of congestion of the lungs, Eleanor Morell, youngest daughter of Joseph Lister, aged 1 year, 8 months, and 16 days.
KINGSMILL - A most distressing and heart‑rending accident occurred in Guelph on Tuesday night.Mr. and Mrs. Klngsmill were returning late that night in a cutter towards their home when, in passing the bridge, one of the horses grew a little restive. The driver touched the animal with his whip when the team instantly backed over the side of the bridge, throwing Mrs. Kingsmill out, and killing her almost instantly, and very severely injuring, and rendering insensible, Mr. Kingsmill himself. The deceased lady was the daughter of Mr. Sheriff Grange, and although yet very young, left three children to mourn their afflicting bereavement.
February 13, 1860
BARKER - Died on the 13th ultimo, at Eagle Hill Lodge, County Carlow, Ireland, Alice, wife of Mr. William Barker, deeply regretted.
MCKENZIE - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, Mr. John Q. McKenzie, school teacher, formerly of Glasgow, Scotland, aged 27 years.
February 14 1860
MURPHY - An inquest was held yesterday by Dr. Mackintoch on the body of Thomas Murphy, a labourer, who resided on McNab street who, it appeared, came to his death on Sunday last by eating a piece of beef which stuck in his throat. Dr. Dallas was called in, but life was extinct. A verdict was returned in accordance with the evidence.
February 13, 1860
HALLIWELL - Died at Montreal, on the 14th instant, Mary, eldest daughter of Mr. C. L. Halliwell, formerly of this city, aged 12 years.
NIXON - An inquest was held yesterday before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of Mrs. Nixon who died that morning. It appeared in evidence that on Sunday last, she remained in bed all day, not being very well, but in the evening got up and went down to tea. After tea, the servant girl went up with the deceased and put her to bed. In about half an hour after, a noise was heard, and on going to the foot of the stairs, she was found lying quite insensible. Dr. Rosebrugh was soon in attendance, but was unable to give any permanent relief although consciousness returned, and she died. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased died from a dislocation of the neck, caused by falling downstairs.
February 16, 1860
NIXON - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mrs. Thomas Nixon, late of Warwickshire, England, aged 56 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Staffordshire Arms, Market street.
MURISON - Died on the 14th instant, George, son of Mr. George Murison, aged 9 years and 5 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑day at 2 o'clock from his fathers residence, McNab street, without further notice.
THOMPSON (Dunnville) - We are again called upon to chronicle another accident similar to the one that appeared in our last issue, terminating in the death of an old and respectable inhabitant of Port Maitland, R. Thompson, who met with his death by the falling of a tree which he was chopping, killing him almost immediately. This is the second accident of this nature that has occurred within the last week, and shows the necessity of persons being very cautious how they proceed in this kind of employment, and what makes it still more melancholy it that the deceased leaves a wife and a large family to mourn his sudden and unexpected death.
KINGSMILL - We announced Mrs. Kingsmill's decease in our last issue as having occurred on the evening of Tuesday, the 7th instant. We now proceed to state how the accident occurred that resulted in the much lamented event. Shortly before 5 p.m. on the above mentioned day, Mr. and Mrs. Kingsmill left the business part of town (Guelph) in a single‑horse sleigh, attended by a groom, for Homewood, their residence on the Waterloo Road intending to make a detour by the south side of the Speed. They crossed the river at Springbank, and driving down the south side, reached the wooden bridge in the vicinity of the residence of Arthur Wells, Esq., by which they intended to re‑cross the river. On coming off the snow, driving on the bare planking of the bridge which has no parapet or sideguard of any sort, the sleigh drew heavily, and the horse labouring, staggered towards the right side where the descent to the ice‑bound stream is some six or seven feet. Perceiving the danger, Mr. Kingsmill leapt from the sleigh, and ran to the horses head, calling on Mrs. Kingsmill to jump out which, in consequence of being closely wrapped in the sleigh robes, she was unable to accomplish ere the horse and cutter went over the edge of the planking, throwing her on the ice which, it is supposed, she struck with her head, producing concussion of the brain. The unfortunate lady was speedily extricated and conveyed in Mr. Wells' sleigh to her residence where she; was immediately attended by Dr. Clarke, but medical aid was in vain. She never became conscious, but expired in about an hour after the accident. The groom saved himself by leaping from the seat behind.
The funeral was announced to take place on Friday when a large concourse of the friends of the deceased assembled at Homewood. The stores and other places of business were closed on the streets through which the funeral procession was expected to pass, and the bell of St. Georges Church sounded mournful memento. Some time elapsed, and then the mourners were seen returning singly or in groups, and it immediately transpired that the funeral had been postponed. The body had continued to wear a life‑like appearance, and certain signs of dissolution generally apparent after death being absent, a faint hope was excited in some of the friends, and communicated to others, that life might not be wholly extinct. The medical gentlemen present were decidedly of the opinion that death had too surely taken place, but under the circumstances, it was deemed advisable to postpone the funeral for some days.
Yesterday afternoon, a large assemblage of mourners from the town and vicinity again met at Homewood; the stores in the principal streets were again closed; and the funeral procession proceeded slowly down the Waterloo road, and crossing the market square, passed along Wyndham street to St. Georges Church. A number of gentlemen as pall bearers and chief mourners walked on either side, and behind the hearse, a sleigh containing the immediate relatives of the deceased came next, and was followed by some sixty others. The sublime and impressive service of the Church of England for the burial of the dead was read by the Rev. Arthur Palmer, Rural Dean, and the attendants resuming their vehicles, proceeded to St. George's cemetery where the corpse was interred. The sympathy of the community with the relatives of the deceased lady has been strongly expressed, and may in some slight degree tend to assuage their grief under the most unexpected and most melancholy occurrence.
February 17, 1860
LINDSAY - Died at Carlisle, Flamborough East, on Tuesday, the 7th instant, James Lindsay, aged 32 years, a native of Midcalder, Edinburgh, Scotland, much esteemed by all who knew him.
UNNAMED MAN (Ottawa) - We are informed that a murder was committed on Wednesday last in Lanark near a shanty owned by Messrs. J. and H. Mairs on Mud Lake under the following circumstances. Two labouring men, one an Irishman and the other a Canadian, were employed in cutting roads when the former, who was boss of that portion of the work, in starting on another part of the road ordered his companion to finish the work he was at before quitting. The Canadian refused and angry words ensued, when the other felled him to the ground with a handspike, killing him instantly. We learn that the murderer has not yet been arrested.
February 18, 1860
BARCLAY - Died at Innisfil, on the 13th instant, after a few hours
illness, Francis Barclay, Esq. Mr. Barclay was a native of the Parish of Canonbie, Dumfries‑shire, Scotland. He was a man of superior intelligence and unflinching integrity, and from his kind and obliging disposition gained the esteem of all whose privilege it was to know him. He leaves a wife and large family with many sympathizing friends to bewail their sad bereavement.
STUART - On Thursday, an inquest was held by Br. Mackintosh which elicited some of the strongest traits of human depravity, and brought to light a very touching scene. A woman of the name of Stuart, married, only 22 years of age, and the mother of as bright a little boy of two and a half years as one could well imagine, was found dead in her own bed on the afternoon of the previous day from a fit brought on, as the evidence went to show, by habitual drunkenness. On being expostulated with by a neighbour only a day or two before, the woman said it was of no use as she would drink while she lived. She had received some money from her husband the day before her death, had been seen in bed intoxicated, but not very drunk, and when the door was forced open next day, she was found dead, with the poor little child whose cries had attracted the neighbours, at the head vainly endeavouring to arouse his now inanimate mother.
February 20, 1860
SMITH - Died near Wellington Square, on Friday, the 17th instant, Hannah, the beloved wife of Hiram Smith, deeply regretted. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, the 21st instant at 2 p.m. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.
February 21, 1860
HAMMOND - Died at Caledonia, Grand River, on the 13th instant, in the 53th year of his age, Thomas L. Hammond, Esq., of the Customs, formerly of Dundee, Scotland.
BOTTOM (St. Marys) - An inquest was held at the village of Mitchell, on the 9th instant, on the body of Willard F. Bottom, tinsmith, before John Mahoney, Esq., and jury, Mr. Francis Coleman, foreman. It appeared in evidence that deceased was distressed in his mind in business matters and seemed absent‑minded of late, and complained also of headache. He had gone to his dinner from the shop, and had not returned. Mr. John Shillington, brother‑in‑law of the deceased, deposed: Felt uneasy at his not returning; about 4 or 5 o'clock went to the house; found the door locked; returned again to the shop and stopped until the shop was shut up about 6 oclock; then opened the door with some difficulty with a duplicate key; the key was left in the lock inside; went upstairs supposing him to be in bed; did not find him in bed; got a light and again went upstairs; saw the deceased, as he supposed, standing, but on examination found him hanging by a rope with a washtub under him, his right foot being outside the edge and his left foot within, the bottom of
his feet being within a few inches of the floor; I at once lifted them up and slipped the rope over his head; laid him at once on his back and saw life was extinct; at once gave the alarm, first to Mr. J. Hill, and then ran over the village to alarm others; have known the deceased for about two years; was not aware of anything like insanity about him, but he has been in low spirits and unwell in health lately; complained very much to‑day of pain in the head; was fretting about some business difficulty. Witness is brother‑in‑law to deceased and lived with him. Samuel H. Pearson deposed that he has been acquainted with deceased and his family for many years; thinks that a species of insanity runs through the family; the father of deceased committed suicide about 9 or 10 years ago by cutting his throat; there was also a great‑uncle of deceased who was partially insane occasionally. Verdict: hung himself while under a state of despondency or temporary insanity.
February 22, 1860
FERRIE - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Adam, only child of the late Adam Ferrie, Jr., Esq., aged two years, three months, and sixteen days. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Friday, the 24th, at 3 oclock p.m. from the residence of Dr. Dallas, Gore street.
COUGHLIN (Toronto) - A melancholy accident occurred yesterday afternoon ending in loss of life. A man named Michael Coughlin was temporarily employed by the Court House authorities to clear away the snow from off the roof of the Judges room, but he went on the sloping roof and was precipitated to the ground, a height of about 40 feet. Dr. Hallowell was sent for, and was immediately in attendance, but he pronounced life to be extinct. Deceased received a fracture of the skull besides having some of his limbs broken. The unfortunate man presented a frightful spectacle, and much sympathy was evinced for his wife and two children who were soon on the spot, making fearful lamentations. There was quite a disgraceful scene connected with the inquest on the body. Within less than ten minutes of the accident, no fewer than three warrants were presented to the police to summon a jury. It is even said that one of them was issued before the breath was out of the unfortunate man's body.
February 23, 1860
WHALEN (Ottawa) - It is our painful duty to announce the death by drowning of Mr. George Whalen of this city which occurred last Friday morning at the second chute on the Petawawa River. Mr. Whalen was contractor from the Government for the dams, slides, and other works now in progress of construction for the improvement of the Petawawa, and was personally superintending the work;, now nearly completed at the second chute. While going over the work or Friday morning, he slipped off a piece of timber and fell into the water above the head of the chute where
the stream passes with great velocity. He was instantly carried to the foot of the chute, and out of sight. The smooth water below the chute is closed with ice, and his body could not be found. Mr. Whalen was deservedly respected by all who knew him as a very industrious and upright man. He has left a widow and two children to mourn their sad bereavement.
February 24, 1860
IREDALE - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Mr. James Iredale, formerly of Yorkshire, England, in his 69th year. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Sunday, the 26th instant at 3 oclock p.m. from his late residence, corner of Stuart and Hughson streets.
SOUTHGATE - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mr. Charles Southgate, sexton of Christs Church, aged 44 years. Deceased was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Saturday afternoon at 3 oclock from his late residence, James street north.
WADDELL - Died at Barton, on Wednesday, the 22nd instant, of consumption, Thomas Kern Waddell, youngest son of the late Thomas Waddell, aged 20 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Friday, the 24th instant, at 2 oclock p.m.
CUMBERLIDGE - We regret to learn that a brakeman on the Great Western Railway named Cumberlidge was accidentally killed while shunting at one of the stations westward on Wednesday last. He was attempting to stop a car by placing a plank in front of the wheels when he was thrown in front of the car which went over him and crushed him to death.
February 27, 1860
BERDEN - A poor man named Berden left his house at Long Point last week for Port Rowan to procure flour for his wife and five children who, with himself, had been without flour for two or three days. He got a small sack of flour and without eating himself, started for home, but sank down exhausted by the way and was frozen to death. His family are in great distress.
LAVOIE - On Friday last at St Denis near Kamouraska, a respectable young farmer named Jean Baptiste Lavoie lost his life while driving a sleigh load of wood from the forest. He had a young and but partially trained horse which took fright on descending a hill, when the sleigh capsized, and the entire load fell on the man's head, and he lived but a few hours. He left a widow and four children.
February 28, 1860
THOMPSON - Died on Sunday, the 26th instant, at Ruthven, Indiana, Grand River, Emily Cook, only child of D. Thompson, Esq., aged 2 months.
GOTT - Died at his residence, John street, Hamilton, on Saturday, the 25th instant, William Augustus Gott, Esq., aged 85 years.
March 1, 1860
YOUELL - Died at Middleport, on the 22nd February, Margaret Youell, relict of the late William Youell, aged 76 years.
March 2, 1860
GILLAN - Died on the 1st instant, in this city, Jessie, youngest daughter of John Gillan, Main street, aged 6 years and 3 months.
March 3, 1860
CROOKS - Died at West Flamborough, on the 2nd instant, the Hon. James Crooks, of paralysis, aged 82 years. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 5th instant, at 11 oclock a.m. from the late residence of the deceased. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
GEMMILL An accident occurred in West Dumfries on Friday, the 17th ultimo, to Mr. John Gemmill, which we regret to state has terminated fatally. It appears that Mr. Gemmill was returning from Ayr on the afternoon in question with a yoke of oxen attached to a sleigh, and that by some means or other, he must have fallen off the sleigh, and received the injury from which he died. No person was with him at the time, and it was only the arrival of the oxen without Mr. Gemmill that aroused the fears of the family. His brother immediately set out in search of him, and discovered him lying on the side of the road a short distance from Ayr. He was immediately carried home and medical assistance procured, when it was found that his leg was broken in three places, and that he was otherwise injured. It was at one time hoped that his limb might be saved, but unfavourable symptoms set in, and his medical attendants, Drs. McGeorge and Caw, considered that amputation of the leg was the only chance to save his life. This was accordingly performed, but Mr. Gemmill never rallied, and expired on Saturday last. His funeral took place on Monday. Mr. Gemmill was well known in Galt and vicinity and was formerly employed in the foundry of Messrs Lutz and Company.
CROOKS - To‑day we have to add another of Natures noblemen to the list of departed worthies that true and patriotic band of self‑denying patriots and pioneers now fast passing away who have
hewed out for themselves homes in our Canadian wilderness and assisted in making the country what it is. The Hon James Crooks M.L.C., died early on Friday morning at his residence in Flamborough West from the effects of a paralytic stroke. He has gone from us, perhaps not so full of honours as of years, but deeply esteemed and respected by all for his manly, straightforward and honourable conduct through life. He had long been prominent as a public man. For some years he represented the town of Niagara in the parliament of Upper Canada, and was afterward elevated to a seat in the Executive Council which he occupied for upwards of twenty‑five years. He was thoroughly independent in his views, and favoured neither party in the Legislature, but was generally found supporting all good measures. The Hon. Mr. Crooks established the first paper mill in this part of the Province and carried it on successfully for many years, but as he grew tired of business as old age wore on, finally abandoned the paper making business. The facilities at his command were limited because the demand for paper was light. Yet the Flamborough paper mill supplied the wants of the entire community then. Now the case is different, and such an establishment would do little in keeping up a supply for the newspaper offices within range of the old mill. Having held his seat by nomination from the crown, the death of Mr. Crooks will not cause an election. He was in his 82nd year, having been born in Filmarnoch, Scotland, in 1778. His demise will be deeply and sincerely regretted by all who knew him.
March 5. 1860
NICHOL - Died at Vienna, C.W., on the 24th ultimo, of congestion of the brain, J. Beverly R. Nichol, the son of R. Nichol Esq., aged 7 months.
BRUCE - Died on the 28th of February, Thomas Bruce, at the mature age of 83; departed this life at Zorra, in the County of Oxford. His life was devoted to the advancement of agricultural science. A native of East Lothian, Scotland, at the age of 20 he became land steward to the Marquis of Downshire, County Down, Ireland, with whom he continued for 25 years. Subsequently he was under the Earl of Gosford, county Armagh, and continued so until he emigrated to this country with a view to be with his family who some time previously had sought their fortunes in these regions. One of his sons is a gardener on the estate of the late Samuel Zimmerman, Esq. at Clifton, Niagara Falls. Ploughing, draining, division of the sub‑soil, and rotation of crops were the subjects to which he devoted his lifetime, and much valuable information has been afforded to the rising generation.
March 6, 1860
MCKENNA - Died of consumption, on the 5th instant, at the residence or Mrs. Bailey, Hughson St., William H. McKenna, printer, aged 27 years and 10 months.
BARKER - Died on the 4th instant, at Ballinstoe, Ireland, Emma Caroline, wife of the Rev. Joseph Barker, rector of Achill.
March 9, 1860
ALLAN - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Joseph, youngest son of Mr. William Allan, aged 1 year & 10 months.
March 10, 1860
MELLON - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Elizabeth Mellon, aged 45 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday at half past one oclock from her late residence, John street.
MOORE - The body of Mr. Joseph Moore, Jr., of Grimsby, was found this morning on the track of the Great Western Railway near Beamsville. It appears that Mr. Moore had been attending a ball last evening at Konkles Tavern, Beamsville Station, and left there about 2 oclock this morning for his home, and being on foot, it is thought he took the railway track as being the driest and smoothest walking, and was run over by the 4 oclock train. It may be that he was intoxicated which would prevent him from being able to get off the track when the train came alone. His body was shockingly mangled and death must have been instantaneous. We did not learn whether he was married or not.
March 13, 1860
CRAWFORD - Died in this city, on Monday, the 12th instant, Mary Jane Rispin, beloved wife of John S. Crawford, aged 24 years. The funeral will take place from her late residence, King William street, east of Mary, to Burlington cemetery, on Wednesday at 3 oclock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice. New York Herald please copy.
BLANSHARD (Berlin) - We regret to have to state that an Englishman by the name of John Blanshard of Wellesley Township received a kick from a horse on the evening of Friday last. It would appear that the deceased purchased at St. Clemens a young horse of known violent habits and while endeavouring to mount him and ride home, the animal kicked him in the abdomen, causing almost instantaneous death. The deceased, we are informed, was warned of the dangerous propensities of the horse and was advised not to ride him, but Mr. Blanshard being well acquainted with the management of horses, persisted in riding the animal, the result being an untimely death. He leaves a wife and five children to mourn his loss. His remains were conveyed to this town on Monday last and interred in the Wesleyan Methodist burying ground.
March 14, 1860
POLLEY - Died at the residence of her mother, at Port Credit, on Monday morning, the 12th instant, Mary Jane Polley, only daughter of the late Moses Polley, of the same place.
March 16, 1860
TITUS - Died at Hastings, on the Hudson River, N.Y., on Monday, the 12th instant, Edward Henry, eldest son of H. N. Titus, Esq., aged 10 years.
BUSHEL - A man named William Bushel met his death in Walsingham on Saturday, the 3rd instant, in the following manner. He was employed by Mr. George Smith to pry the logs loose at the roll‑way of his mill, and one of the logs at the bottom becoming loose, the whole mass gave way and about 200 logs came down, carrying the unfortunate man with them. When picked up in a few minutes afterward, he was alive, though both legs were broken, but in about ten minutes, death put an end to his sufferings. his was the first day the unfortunate man had been at work for Mr. Smith. He was an entire stranger in these parts, and no one knows where he belongs to. In his pockets was found $25 in gold, a gold ring, and a silver watch. He was about 29 years of age, an Englishman, and, as he told some of the men at work, had been four years from England, two years of which he had passed in town.
MCFADDEN - Colin McFadden, who for many years past has been a noted character in Kingston, met with a sudden and calamitous death yesterday. While clearing the snow from the projecting stones under the eave of Mr. Wilson's four‑storey building, he suddenly lost his balance, and was precipitated to the stone pavement. The fall was sufficient to kill the generality of men instantly, but Colin survived a couple of hours and was able to speak. Late in the afternoon, however, he died, leaving a wife and family. People will long remember Colin. Many a time did he risk his devil‑may‑care life at fires upon the roofs of burning houses; on treacherous ice when no one else would venture; out on the stormy deep where human life was in danger or human interest at stake. Wherever there was anything to be done that nobody else could do, Colin was on hand, the soul of heroism and good nature, to do or die. Risk was nothing to Colin. In his case, it was generally considered there was no risk. He bore a charmed life almost. Hard case though he was, the heart and soul were not wanting, and he will be both missed and lamented by a good number of our citizens. The deceased was of respectable Scottish parentage, his father having been an extensive dealer in confectionary in Greenock.
March 19, 1860
JOHNSON - Died at the residence of her brother-in-law, Dr. Carter Nelson, on the 16th instant, Margaret Ann, youngest daughter of the late Lt Col Johnson, C.B., aged 52 years.
March 20, 1860
TIFFIN - Died in this city, on the 19th of March, John Tiffin, son of Samuel Tiffin, Catherine street, aged 22 years.
STOKES - Died in this city, on the 18th instant, Mr. William Stokes, cabinet maker, Dundas, aged 88 years. The funeral will take place today (Tuesday) at 3 p.m. from Merrick street. Friends here and in Dundas are respectfully requested to attend.
DINGWALL - Died on the 17th instant, James Roy, infant son of Mr. James W. Dingwall.
March 21, 1860
MCDONALD - Thomas McDonald, a brakeman on the Great Western Railway, was accidentally killed on Monday night about one mile east of Copetown. While in the act of putting on the brakes, the deceased fell from the top of an emigrant car. He had been upwards of four years on the line. His friends live in Suspension Bridge.
March 22, 1860
THORN - Died yesterday morning at 10 o'clock, Harry D., youngest son of Richard W. Thorn, aged 1 year and 6 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at half past 3 o'clock.
March 23, 1860
MURRAY - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mr. James Murray, Sr., aged 49 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, corner of Peel and Cherry streets, on Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
March 24, 1860
MCKIM - A correspondent from Lynedock informs us that a coroner's inquest was held in that neighbourhood on Thursday morning by Dr. Philpot upon the body of Mr. Thomas Mckim who was found dead in his garden the evening previous. His death was discovered to have been caused by a fit of apoplexy, and a verdict in accordance with the facts was returned.
March 26, 1860
GOTT - Died at her residence, on John street, Hamilton, on Friday, the 23rd instant, Sarah Gott, widow of the late William Augustus Gott, Esq., aged 74 years.
UNNAMED WOMAN - (Galt) A melancholy and fatal accident occurred in this village on Monday last at the depot of the Galt and Guelph Railway. It appears that an aged lady, whose name we could not learn, had been on a visit from the United States to her son who resides in the County of Waterloo. On the day in question, she was preparing to return home and in company with her son had reached the station for the purpose of taking the train. On driving up to the platform, the young man jumped out of the wagon and went, for a moment, into the office. The unfortunate woman, it is supposed, must have suddenly opened up an umbrella which she was carrying, for the horses quickly started and turned sharply round, upsetting the wagon and throwing her out upon her head. When picked up, she was quite dead. She was 62 years of age. Her remains, in charge of her son, passed down the line on Tuesday last.
MARCH 27, 1860
SCARTH - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, William Scarth, builder, aged 50 years. The funeral will take place this (Tuesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Peel street. Friends will please accept of this invitation.
WHITFIELD - Died at Carlisle, on the 2oth instant, of measles, Shannon, son of Mr. John Whitfield, aged 18 years.
MARCH 30, 1860
DIXON - At St. Louis, on Thursday, March 22d, Andrew, son of William and Mary Dixon, aged ten years and seven months.
BLACK - Died at Flamborough West on the 28th instant, David Black, Esq., a native of Largo, Scotland, and late of this city, in his 56th year. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral to-day at 12 o'clock from his late residence, West Flamborough.
MARCH 31, 1860
FERRIE - Died in this city, on the morning of the 30th instant, Robert Ferrie, Esq., aged 37 years and 6 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Tuesday afternoon next, at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Duke street.
ATKINSON - A man whose name it appears is George Atkinson was found by Constable Fury at half past 3 o'clock yesterday morning on John street apparently insensibly drunk. The constable
conveyed him to the cells and endeavoured to rally him, but to no effect. Dr. Duggan was then called in and used various means to restore him to consciousness, but all proved ineffectual. The unfortunate man expired at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. An inquest was being held as we went to press.
April 2, 1860
ANDREWS - Died in Kingston, on Wednesday, March 28th, Mr. Edwin Andrews, aged 29.
MCDOUGALL - Died in Brockville, on the 7th ultimo, much regretted by a large circle of friends, Janet Johnson, wife of Mr. Matthew McDougall, of that town, and late of Dumfries-shire, Scotland, in the 67th year of her age.
LEAHY - Died in Kingston, on the 28th March, Mary, wife of the late Richard Leahy, aged 61 years.
VIZARD - Died at Peterborough, on the 20th ultimo, W. H. J. Vizard, aged 38 years.
RICHARDSON - Died in the village of Otterville, on the 18th ultimo, Julia Patience, the wife of Mr. W. W. Richardson, aged 29 years.
BROWN - Died in Montreal, on the 25th March, Edward Brown, eldest son of C. J. Brown, Esq., aged 40 years.
MAY - Died at Markham Village, on the 15th ultimo, Mary Ann May, adopted daughter of the late Mr. G. May, of Hamilton, C.W., in the 18th year of her age.
ATKINSON - An inquest was opened on Saturday morning on the body of the unfortunate man named Samuel Atkinson whose death at the police office we noticed in our last. Dr. Mackintosh, the coroner, having empanelled a jury, they proceeded to view the body which was lying in the engine room. A post mortem examination was held by Drs. Duggan and Bates. This revealed the startling fact that the man had come to his death from the effects of a blow on the head which had fractured his skull severely. After hearing the evidence of the police who merely stated when and where deceased was found, the inquest was adjourned till Tuesday in order to give time for the police to make further enquiries as to the whereabouts of the deceased on the night previous to his death. (See page 23)
April 3, 1860
SELTZOR - (Stratford) An inquest was held on Friday last by George Waugh and jury on the body of Lewis Seltzor who was killed that day by the falling of a tree. From the evidence of Nicholas Greh, Lot 6, Con. 5, it appeared that the deceased was engaged
in chopping on the lot in the afternoon. Deceased was endeavouring to bring an old rotten tree down by causing another tree to fall against it. Witness saw the tree falling and called to deceased, and the tree, falling on him, killed him. Deceased was forty years of age, and leaves a wife and four children. He was a native of the township of Zorra. Verdict; accidental death.
SHERWOOD - Died in Barton, on the 31st March, John Sherwood, late of the County Mead, Ireland, aged 51 years.
April 4, 1860
HODDER - Died in Cayuga, on Friday evening, the 30th ultimo, George, eldest son of Mr. George Hodder, aged 9 years and 10 days.
YOUNG - Died in Caledonia, on Monday, the 26th ultimo, after a long and painful illness, Mary Jane, wife of Mr. Abel Young, in the 29th year of her age.
ANGERS - Died on the 28th ultimo, about 10 o'clock of the forenoon, Francois Neal Angers, Esq., advocate, aged 47 years and 4 months.
SMITH - Died at Lake Beauport, on the 26th ultimo, Mr. William Smith, aged 52 years.
BARLOW - Died in Beverly, on Saturday, the 17th ultimo. Susannah M. Barlow, daughter of Mr. W. W. Barlow, aged 3 years and 2 months.
EWALD - Died in Preston, on the 18th ultimo, Mr. Nicholas Ewald, aged 59 years.
COUNTEY - Died at her residence, near Thamesford, County of Oxford, on the 24th ultimo, Mary, wife of Mr. Richard Countey, late of Devonshire, England aged 44 years.
STULL - Died at Thorold, on the 22nd ultimo, after a lingering illness of five months which she bore with Christian patience Miss Mary A. Stull, only daughter of Mr. W. Stull, of Halton, aged 22 years.
HEATHERN - Died at Peterborough, on the 26th ultimo, Robert George, second son of J. T. Heathern, Esq., aged 27 years.
MCCORD - Died at Aylmer, on the 26th ultimo, Margaret Wadsworth, wife of Thomas McCord, Esq., advocate, aged 28 years.
COLCLOUGH - Died in West Flamborough, on the 29th ultimo, James Colclough, Esq., father of the late Capt. William Colclough, aged 73 years.
ROBINSON - Died in Montreal, on the 27th ultimo, Mr. Richard Robinson, St. Jerome, aged 76 years.
TAYLOR - Died in Stanstead, on the 17th ultimo, Mrs. Susannah I. Rogers, wife of Mr. H. S. Taylor, aged 22 years.
BLACKWOOD - Died at Drumbo, on the 20th ultimo, Mr. Andrew Blackwood, in the 44th year of his age, deeply regretted by all who knew him. He was a native of Houston, Renfrewshire, Scotland.
MCCARTNEY - Died in Paris, C.W., on the 19th ultimo, Mrs. Mead N. S. McCartney, fourth daughter of the late James Howe, Esq., of Delhi, Delaware County, N.Y.
KINGSMILL - Died at Niagara, Mrs. Kingsmill, wife of Colonel Kingsmill, Sheriff of Lincoln County, on Wednesday night last, after a long illness, borne with truly Christian patience and resignation.
JONES - Died at his residence, Speedwell Farm, Guelph, C.W., of apoplexy, Mr. Thomas Jones, in his 77th year.
ATKINSON - The adjourned inquest into the cause of death of the late Samuel Atkinson was continued at the police office yesterday, Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, presiding. The evidence adduced threw but little further light on the mysterious affair. One witness, Patrick Doyle, who lives near where the unfortunate man was found, related that, having occasion to get up in the night and hearing some one snoring on the road, he went to see what it was and found deceased lying in a pool of blood. He, with the assistance of a lodger, moved him off the street to the sidewalk, and they left him. Another witness, George Stephenson, saw deceased about 11 o'clock that night leaning against the shop of Mr. Kinrade. He was up all night in the bakery, but heard no noise or disturbance. It appeared that deceased was in Mr. White's tavern previous to that wanting liquor, but being intoxicated, none was given him. The evidence of the surgeons was taken. They declared the cause of death to have been a blow, probably from a skull-cracker, on the head which fractured his skull. Every effort has been made by the police to unravel the mystery but so far with but little success. We presume, however, the matter will not be allowed to drop, and hereafter some clue may be obtained as to the perpetrators of the murder. The jury brought in a verdict of willful murder against some person or persons unknown.
April 5, 1860
MCINTYRE - Died in this city, on the 4th instant, Mrs. Ann McIntyre, second daughter of the late Thomas Gillespy, Esq., aged 45 years. The funeral will take place from her late residence, Vine street, to-morrow (Friday) at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
WALDON - (Chatham) To-day (Tuesday) the 3rd instant, Mr. William Waldon, a respectable coloured man, residing in the eastern part of the town, was exercising a horse that had been recently foundered. The animal turned upon him and kicked him with both hind feet, in the stomach, causing instantaneous death. Mr. Waldon resided in Chatham for a number of years, and was esteemed by all who knew him. His age was about 60 years. He leaves a wife and one daughter. As soon as possible after the accident, Dr. E. B. Donnelly, coroner, was summoned to hold an inquest upon the body of the deceased at which, we doubt not, a verdict will be found in accordance with the facts as above stated, which we learned upon the ground where the accident happened.
April 10, 1860
WALLER - Died at Bartonville, on the 4th instant, Eliza Sarah, wife of Mr. G. Waller, and eldest daughter of Mr. Joseph Wilson, late of Woolwich, England, aged 18 years.
April 11, 1860
OWEN - Died at her residence, Woodhouse, on Wednesday, the 4th instant, Elizabeth, relict of the late Captain Owen, aged 77.
STRATHDEE - Died at Port Stanley, on the 27th ultimo, Lucy, infant daughter of W. Strathdee, aged 2 months.
STEPHENS - Died in Selbourne, near Port Stanley, on the 29th ultimo, Henry Stephens, aged 88 years.
YOUNG - Died at St. Thomas, on the 1st instant, Christina Susan, daughter of the Rev. A. Young, aged 15 months and 27 days.
THURESSON - Died in Ancaster, on the 2nd instant, Barbara, wife of Eyre R. Thuresson, Esq., and daughter of the late Jacob Rymal, Esq., of Barton, aged 32 years.
BLISS - Died in Stamford, at the residence of Mr. John Wynn, on Wednesday, the 25th ultimo, Miss Martha Bliss, in the 17th year of her age.
April 12, 1860
NICHOLSON - Man Shot: The particulars of this unfortunate affair so far as we can learn are as follows: The farm upon which the recontre took place belongs to Mr. Cook of this city, and the man who shot Nicholson, James Hipple, was placed in charge of it, and lived on the place with his wife and family, Nicholson having formerly had charge of the place, and till within a few days occasionally working there. The two, however, never could agree and were constantly quarreling. Nicholson, being a very violent man, the other complained of his conduct to Mr. Cook, and on Sunday morning, Nicholson, having heard of the complaint,
started off for the farm. On arriving there, he suddenly came upon Hipple while he was standing in the doorway, and beat him with a club in a most shocking manner. Finally he got away and went into the house where he says he found the gun loaded, picked it up, and in self-defense, fired at his opponent, inflicting, as we said yesterday, a very dangerous wound. Hipple then came into town for the purpose of making complaint against Nicholson for assaulting him. When he arrived at the police office, his face was in a shocking condition from the effects of the beating he had received. Having told his story, he was detained, and in a short time, one of the county constables arrived with a warrant for his arrest. He now lies in gaol awaiting examination. The man, Nicholson, we were informed yesterday, is still in danger, the symptoms showing clearly that some of the shot entered the body. No opinion can be given as to the ultimate result of the unfortunate affair. (John Nicholson was buried on April 18. At the inquest, Hipple was acquitted with a verdict of justifiable homocide.)
April 13, 1860
MULLIGAN - (Sarnia) On Thursday last, a sad accident occurred from the breaking loose of one of the fenders of the "Forester". As she was swinging in to the wharf, her fender struck violently against the wharf and broke it from its lashing above, striking a drayman of the name of Patrick Mulligan on the head with tremendous violence. He was taken up to Mr. Belchamber's hotel and medical aid was immediately obtained, but the injuries that he had received were too great to afford any hope of life. He was removed to his own house and lingered till the evening of the next day, when he expired. The deceased was a very industrious steady man, and leaves a wife and a small family to mourn his loss.
April 14, 1860
ERWIN - Died at Green Cove Springs, Florida East, on the 25th ultimo, William Ira Erwin, Esq., formerly of this city, aged 30 years.
April 16, 1860
MCCOSH - Died in Paris, on Sunday, the 8th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. James McCosh, baker of that town, and second daughter of Mr. Robert Kirkwood, of Hamilton, aged 26 years.
April 17, 1860
SADLIER - Died at Barriefield, Township of Pittsburgh, on Friday, April 13th, Henry Sadlier, Esq., aged 66 years.
PALMER - Yesterday morning about 12 o'clock, Coroner Bull was notified that a man named Francis Palmer had hanged himself on
his own premises at the east end of the city. From the evidence it appeared that deceased had been drinking freely for some time past. He seems to have gone about the matter with a great deal of coolness and certainly with great determination. He had taken an axe handle and tied the rope to the centre of it. This he passed through a stovepipe hole. He had then gone into the next room and leaped from a barrel, dislocating his neck in the fall. Death must have been instantaneous. He was a man about 60 years of age, and had friends in New York and a daughter in Cheshire, England. The verdict of the jury was to the effect that he had hanged himself while labouring under temporary insanity brought on by continued intemperance.
April 18, 1860
SECORD - Died on the 12th from the effects of an accident on the Great Western Railway, near Glencoe, William D. Secord, son of the late John Secord, Esq., of Mosa, County of Wellington. Deceased was in the 44th year of his age, and leaves a wife and two children to lament his loss.
April 20, 1860
STINSON - Died at Nelson, on the 19th instant, Samuel Stinson, Esq., a native of County Monaghan, Ireland, in the 77th year of his age. The funeral will leave his late residence and proceed thence to the Burlington cemetery on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.
April 21, 1860
OSGOOD - Died in Hamilton, on Thursday morning, 19th instant, of scarlet fever, Helen Stul, daughter of C.N.D. Osgood, aged 18 months.
April 26, 1860
BELL - On Friday last, a young man named Isaac Bell, residing in the Township of Glanford, met his death in an awfully sudden manner. It appears that he, in company with several others, was engaged in logging, and while constructing a log heap, a log suddenly rolled upon him killing him instantaneously. Deceased was a young man, only 19 years of age, a native of Cumberland, England, and had been in this country about 8 years. His aged parents, who reside in Glanford, are left to mourn the untimely and sudden death of their son who was much respected. On Saturday an inquest was held before H. B. Bull, esq., and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.
April 27, 1860
STEVENS - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 26th instant, Mr. Thomas L. Stevens, formerly of Glasgow, Scotland, aged 37 years.
The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are requested to be present.
April 30, 1860
MILLER - Died at West Flamborough, on Saturday morning, the 28th instant, William Miller, Esq., aged 47 years. The funeral will take place at 3 p.m. on Tuesday (to-morrow). Friends and acquaintances are requested to accept this notice.
We regret to have to record the death of William Miller, Esq., of Flamborough West. The event took place on Saturday morning. The late Mr. Miller was well and favourably known throughout the Province, and was at one time a candidate for parliamentary honours in opposition to the Hon. Robert Spence.
GOODRICH - Died in this city, on Saturday evening, Minnie E., only daughter of Gustavus and Maria Goodrich, aged 2 years and 9 months.
May 1, 1860
KEPPEL-BURY - Died on Saturday, the 7th ultimo, at Rutland Gate, London, England, Gertrude Mary Keppel, infant daughter of Viscount and Viscountess Bury, aged 5 months.
May 2, 1860
CARMICHAEL - Died at Paris, Canada West, on the 20th ultimo, Mr. John Carmichael, native of Glasgow, Scotland, formerly resident in Hamilton and in the employ of the Great Western Railway.
May 3, 1860
HALL - Died at Cayuga, on Monday, April 30th, after a severe illness, Margaret, wife of William Hall, hotel keeper, in the 44th year of her age.
LOONEY - Died in this city, on the morning of the 29th ultimo, of consumption, Miss Mary Looney, aged 29 years.
May 5, 1860
GATES - Died on the 4th instant, Horatio, youngest son of Charles Horatio Gates, aged 5 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 7th instant, at 4 p.m., from the residence of his father, James street. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
KINSLEY - (Montreal) About 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, a poor woman named Betsey Waters, the wife of Noel Kinsley, gardener, committed suicide by dropping into a well in the field in rear
of the dwelling situated at the head of Papineau Road. It appears that the unfortunate woman was in a feeble state of mind for some time past, and was seen, about an hour before her death, sitting close to the well in question. Having been missed, a search was made when she was discovered about 3 o'clock in the well which is 17 feet in depth. She had threatened to take away her life previously, and must have gone in by design, as the hole is about 18 inches long and 12 broad, and was, moreover, covered on her arrival. Coroner Jones, having summoned a jury speedily, they returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased committed suicide while in a state of temporary insanity. She was 56 years old.
SOUTHWELL - (Montreal) On Tuesday noon, shortly after 1 o'clock Mr. Southwell, late chaplain in the British Army in the Crimea, and recently from New York, met with an accident while hunting in the neighbourhood of Pointe Claire with the Montreal Fox Hounds, which we regret to relate terminated fatally. The hounds were not running at the time, but the horse he rode refused to rise to a small fence, and fell over it, crushing Mr. Southwell as he did so. He was immediately raised, and carried by easy stages on men's shoulders to the village of Pointe Claire, about two miles from the scene of the painful occurrence, and a surgeon was summoned. Dr. Sutherland of this city was also telegraphed for, and was soon in attendance. Their efforts to save him were, however, in vain. Mr. Southwell lingered for a time in agony, and expired at 1 o'clock yesterday morning. We are informed that this is the first serious accident that has occurred since the introduction among us of the Montreal Fox Hounds.
LYDYATT - (St. Catharines) Last evening (2nd) a young boy aged about 6 years, the son of a plasterer named Lydyatt, was drowned in the canal near Mr. Shickluna's mill. It appears the boy was walking upon some planks attached to a shop adjoining the saw mill when he fell into the tail-race and was carried by the force of the current out into the canal where he sank. Mr. Dover, Mr. Shickluna's foreman, made an attempt to catch the boy as he was passing under the bridge on the two-path, but in doing so fell in himself and had to swim vigorously for the shore. The body of the boy had not yet been recovered.
May 7, 1860
DIXON - Died at St. Louis, Mo., on Sunday, April 29th, at the residence of his uncle, William Dixon, James Dixon, late of Dundas.
MCCANN - On Saturday afternoon, a party of gentlemen, who were boating on the Bay, discovered the body of a young lad, floating in the water opposite the foot of James street. The body is doubtless that of the boy, McCann, who was lost on the ice, as the skates were still on his feet. (See page 11)
May 11, 1860
HILLS - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, the infant daughter of Mr. R. B. Hills, aged 11 days.
May 12, 1860
MACKLEM - On Sunday last, Mrs. Macklem, widow of the late Dr. Macklem of Chippewa, and her brother, Thomas C. Street, Esq., accompanied by Mrs. Macklem's eldest boy about 8 years of age, were crossing the bridge to the beautiful little island below Mr. Street's residence in the Niagara River, when the boy was walking behind his mother and uncle, and somehow slipped over the bridge into the river and was instantly carried into the rapids over the falls. He was not seen falling into the river nor missed until some other boy who was walking along the bank, seeing his hat floating on the surface, gave the alarm. The feelings of the fond mother and the affectionate uncle under the severe stroke thus suddenly inflicted upon them can be better imagined than described. The child was not seen after he fell into the river, nor has any trace of the body been discovered.
WILSON - An obliging correspondent at Dorchester advises of two fatal accidents that recently occurred in that Township. On the 13th instant, Mr. James Wilson, a labourer in the steam mill known as Pomrey's was instantly killed while pursuing his labours at the mill, leaving a wife and two children in destitute circumstances to mourn his loss.
CONKWRIGHT - On the 1st instant, a lad, nine years old, son of Mr. Conkwright, while riding a horse belonging to Mr. W. J. Cartwright was thrown there from quite suddenly against a stump. He was so badly injured that, after remaining in an unconscious state for nearly twelve hours, he expired.
May 17, 1860
KILLALY - (Ottawa) On Saturday last, a fine lad, about ten years of age and son of Mr. John Killaly of this city, was drowned in the Ottawa river while boating in company with two of his companions. Through some mishap, the skiff was upset, and the three boys thrown into the water, when young Killaly was drowned. A coroner's inquest was held on the body and a verdict in accordance with these facts returned.
May 18, 1860
GAGE - Died at his late residence in Saltfleet, on Wednesday, the 16th instant, John Gage Sr., in the 67th year of his age. The funeral will take place on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
HASTINGS - (Cayuga) A boy named Samuel Hastings aged about eight years was accidentally drowned in the Grand river on Friday morning last. The boy had been living in the family of Mr. Duncan Fergusson for the last eighteen months by which he had been taken from his widowed mother who is now in the United States. On Friday morning he left the house and was not seen again alive. Search was made for him in every direction, but no clue to his whereabouts was ascertained until Sunday morning when his body was discovered in the river near the dock, by Mr. William Slater. No one saw him fall into the river, but it is supposed that he was playing in a small boat lying under the wharf from which he accidentally fell into the river and was drowned.
May 19, 1860
BOOKER - We regret to hear that a young Englishman, named Booker, working in the employment of Mr. John Allison, Nassagaweya, was killed on Monday last. It appears that he was engaged in sinking a large stone on Mr. Allison's farm, and dug out a quantity of earth for that purpose. While working in the hole, the stone fell upon him, mangling his body in a fearful manner. His legs were broken and his arms were completely torn out. The unfortunate young man lived but a few minutes after the accident.
MCCUSKER - A very fine child belonging to Mr. Thomas McCusker, in the Township of Beverly, was accidentally poisoned on Sunday. Mrs. McCusker had been unwell, and several bottles of medicine had been sent for her relief which were placed in a cupboard. The servant girl was sent to bring one of them, and not knowing the proper one, brought two for her mistress to select the right one, which she did, and the other, containing laudanum, was laid on a bureau. This last, by some means, came into the hands of the youngest child who appears to have swallowed the whole of its contents, for a short after, it was found asleep with the empty bottle lying close to its little hand. It was found impossible to rouse it from its deadly sleep, and it dreamed away gently into eternity, in spite of every medical effort to retain it on earth for its fond parents. The sad event has caused great sensation throughout Beverly.
May 21, 1860
BROWN - Died in the Township of Grey, C.W., on the 14th instant, of apoplexy, Mr. Alexander Brown, aged 26 years.
May 26, 1860
PRESTON - Died at Stirling, County of Hastings, on the 21st instant, Jane, the beloved wife of Rev. James A. Preston, and youngest daughter of the late William Nixon, Esq., of Grimsby, C.W.
May 28, 1860
MERRITT - Died in St. Catharines, on the 25th instant, William Hamilton Merritt, Jr.
HARPER - Died on the 26th instant, Thomas B. Harper. The funeral takes place on Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock from his late residence, Western Hotel, York street. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
WILLSON - Died on the 26th instant, suddenly of gout of the stomach, the Hon. John Willson, of Saltfleet, formerly speaker of the House of Assembly of Upper Canada of which he was 30 years a member, in his 85th year. His friends and relations are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, on Tuesday, the 29th May.
We regret being called upon to record this morning the sudden death of the Hon. John Willson, one of the oldest settlers in this part of the Province. The veteran legislator was in the city only the other day, and, though feeble, appeared to be in good health. We will take another opportunity of noticing the public career of the deceased gentleman.
(A two-column obituary appeared on May 29.)
BIZAILLES - (Montreal) The inquest on the bodies of Adelaide Bizailles and her daughter, Maria, was terminated on Wednesday night by verdict of the jury inculpating Moise Collett and John McNeilly in the barbaric and diabolical murder of the unfortunate women. Flavien Morin, now in custody, will also be detained under the coroner's warrant, for suspicious circumstances into his implication into knowledge of, the murder came out in the course of the evidence...
May 29, 1860
HARVEY - An accident of a serious and heartrending nature occurred at Silver Creek Mills, in the Township of Malahide, on Wednesday evening, the 16th instant, by which a young man lost his life. Between 8 and 9 o'clock on the above evening, William Harvey, a young man in his 19th year, only son of Joseph Harvey, Esq., in compliance with the earnest solicitation of some persons, entered a small boat on the pond of the Messrs Hill mill, taking with him four others. The party, however, had not proceeded far when, through some misadventure, the boat capsized and precipitated the whole party into the water where it was nearly twenty feet deep. Three of them succeeded in grasping each other across the boat which was now bottom upward, but the fourth, a young woman about 16 years of age, bad become insensible, and was evidently in the act of drowning, when young Harvey, being an expert swimmer, and anxious if possible to save others, went down beneath the surface, seized the girl by the hand, and brought her within reach of those who were supporting themselves by the boat's keel, who assisted her until help came
from the land. The young man in his efforts to save the young lady, when emerging from the depth to which he had descended, it is supposed, came in contact with the boat's side as he released his hold of the young lady, and never rose again. The body was not recovered until the lapse of nearly four hours, rendering all hope of resuscitation impossible, and the kind sympathies of a large number of relations and friends which were tendered on the occasion were the only solace that could he given to the afflicted and heartbroken parent, thus suddenly bereft of his only hope and stay in his declining years.
May 30, 1860
PRIMROSE - Died at Quebec, on Saturday, the 26th instant, in his 76th year, the Hon. Francis Primrose, second son of Neil, late Earl of Rosebury.
An obituary announcement, in this day's issue will strike not a few with surprise and very many with regret. The Hon. Mr. Primrose, so long known in Quebec, so universally esteemed, is dead. Old residents will miss the familiar face of many years; the Bar will miss a pure and upright lawyer; the religious community will miss a practical Christian, so rare in these times; and society will miss a man of high birth, reputation, and excellence.
June 2, 1860
LEASK - Died on the 26th April, John Grey Leask, aged 27 years, 10 months, and 25 days, a native of Orkney, Scotland.
FRASER - A melancholy and fatal accident occurred on Wednesday last on the farm of Mr. James Dickle, near Puslinch lake, to a young man named Simon Fraser, son of Mr. John Fraser, North Dumfries. It appears that Mr. Fraser was engaged in working with a stump machine, and that the crutch over which the heavy chains and links passed from the machine to the stump had sunk on one side to the depth of over a foot. Mr. Fraser was engaged in working to remedy this when the crutch and chain suddenly tipped over and fell with their whole weight upon him, fracturing his skull and injuring him severely internally. He was immediately carried into the house, and Dr. Phillips of Galt called in by whom every possible assistance was rendered, but he lingered on until Monday, when death relieved him of his sufferings. Mr. Fraser was quite a young man and was much respected, and his melancholy death has spread a gloom over the neighbourhood where the accident occurred.
SMILES - (Chatham) Yesterday, the 30th of May, a sudden melancholy death occurred on board the day express going east on the Great Western Railway a few miles east of this town. Our informant tell us that a Mr. Smiles and his wife from the States arrived at Chatham where, for a short time, the husband was engaged in posting up traffic cards for the Chicago and Toledo
Railway. The business having been concluded, the cars were taken to London. But man proposes and God disposes. After the train had gone a few miles east of this station, the young woman from some cause or other not ascertained burst a blood vessel and before the train arrived at Newbury was a corpse. At Newbury, the body of the deceased was taken off the train. The woman was quite youthful and had been a short time married. The death was as sudden as it was singular and unexpected. As the next train came along, the body of the deceased was taken on board to be conveyed to Rochester.
ADAMS - It is our painful duty this week to record the death of a young lady, Miss Adams, sister of the Rev. E. Adams, of the village of Drayton by her own hand. The deceased, we understand, has for some time been in a despondent state of mind, brought on through bad health. On Friday last, the unfortunate lady passed through Elora on her way to Drayton to reside with her brother, hoping that a change of air might prove beneficial. Such, however, seems not to have been the case, for on Monday last, she put an end to her sufferings by cutting her throat with a razor. The melancholy occurrence has cast quite a gloom over the village in which she resided.
June 4, 1860
RILEY - Died at Niagara, on the 30th ultimo, William Riley, a well known coloured man, who it is supposed was about 107 years of age. He had resided in Niagara upwards of 80 years, or nearly since the first settlement of the country. Old Riley was full of reminiscence connected with the Revolutionary War and the last wars in both of which he did loyal service. He was a decent, honest old man, and not a few will he sorry to hear that "Old Riley" has at last gone the way of all flesh.
BAXTER, BOURGET - (Quebec) Much excitement prevails in certain quarters about the mysterious death of two feeble old ladies who were living in a retired manner in St. Roch suburbs of this city, and their effects having been summarily appropriated without the knowledge of heirs or relations, several circumstances are rumoured about which, together with this fact, give rise to the suspicion of one or both of these ladies having died in peace.
The first of these ladies whom we think fit to name is a Mrs. Baxter, an old resident of Quebec, who formerly was in very good circumstances, but lost the most part of her property by the fires in St. Roch in May 1845. She had relations in the city of Troy, near Albany, New York, besides others in Quebec, and she died suddenly without the knowledge of any of those acquaintances whom she had been in the habit of visiting in the city. On their enquiring the cause of her death, they were astonished at being told that she died from pain in her stomach caused by drinking too much ardent spirits. Now the old lady was known to many respectable inhabitants who saw her frequently and to one of whom she had stated but a few days prior to her
decease that she was always in the enjoyment of good health, and never sick. She was in fact to all appearances one of those mild, temperate, and happy old ladies of whom any family might be proud. She was always considered by all who knew her as being of strictly temperate habits, and moved about in the exercise of all her faculties. For some time past, she had been living with the ladies of the General Hospital for whom she was in the habit of executing little commissions about the city. But a short time since, she went to reside with her sister, Madame Louise Bourget, a feeble lady of about the same age as herself who lived by herself in St. Rochs Ward. Soon after, Mrs. Mary Baxter was taken ill and died suddenly leaving, it is said, some money and trifling property to the said sister. The physician who had been in attendance on the old couple is alleged to have persuaded the remaining sister to go and live under his roof where she could receive proper care and attention for the rest of her days. Strange to relate Mrs. Bourget died about 8 days after her sister. The gentleman who drew out the will of the first sister deceased is reported to have stated that Mrs. Bourget died without leaving any will, notwithstanding it is asserted that the sum of about $300 which of right belongs to the heirs of the last deceased, has been drawn out of the Savings Bank by power of attorney. The proper authorities, having been notified of the rumours in circulation, the body of Madame was disinterred, and after a superficial examination of the body and brief testimony, a verdict of death by some ordinary complaint was recorded, and the body buried again.
June 5. 1860
HARDIKER - Died on the 4th instant, William Edward, only son of Mr. John Hardiker, aged 4 years, 5 months, and 7 days. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Wednesday at 1 o'clock without further notice.
MILLER - Died in West Flamborough, on the 30th ultimo, John McWha, third son of the late William Miller, aged 15 years and 9 months.
June 8, 1860
LAMB - On Friday last, Mr. Samuel Lamb, of the Township of Walpole, was accidentally thrown from his sulky opposite the residence of Mr. David McClung, a short distance above DeCewville, and so badly injured that he died the following evening. Deceased leaves a wife and seven children to deplore his untimely end which was chiefly caused by the use of alcoholic drinks, he being intoxicated at the time of the accident.
June 9, 1860
WILSON - We learn that a young man named Samuel Wilson, a resident of North Gower, County of Carlton, met with his death last Thursday, by the falling of a tree. He was in the employment of Mr. George Young, and was building a fence, and a tree he was
felling, struck him in its descent, and although medical assistance was at once procured, he only survived the blow about an hour. Wilson had been married only about eight months.
DILLWORTH - Some short time ago, a man named John Dillworth, was drowned in Stephen's Creek, North Gower, while running down timber in that place.
June 11, 1860
MCKAY - (Perth) We regret to learn that two men, Alphus Knapp, son of Barnabas Knapp, Esq., of Montague, and a person
named McKay, living in Bathurst, came to their deaths on Monday last while taking saw logs down the river Tay, a short distance below Captain Adams' mill. It appears that Knapp was on a log with a pike pole in his hand, and in endeavouring to strike his pole into another log, lost his balance and fell into the stream. McKay, knowing that Knapp was unable to swim, came to his assistance, and Knapp, throwing both his arms around McKay, he was unable either to render him any assistance, or to extricate himself, and they both sank and were drowned. Immediately search was made for the bodies; that of Knapp was recovered in a little over ten minutes, and that of the other in about half an hour, but life was extinct in both cases. The body of young Knapp was taken home to his father's house yesterday by a party of friends who had come up on hearing the sad intelligence.
June 14, 1860
BOWMAN - Died at Langholm, Dunfries-shire, Scotland, on the 22nd of May, 1860, Mrs. James Bowman, in the 78th year of her age.
June 16, 1860
WALTERS - Died in this city, on Thursday, June 14, aged 15 years, James, youngest son of Mr. Andrew Walters, plumber, a native of Berwick-on-Tweed, north of England, deeply regretted. His funeral will take place on Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from his father's residence, corner of James and Barton streets. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this invitation without further notice.
June 19, 1860
CARSON - Died suddenly in this city, on the 17th instant, at the residence of Mr. Milroy, the Hon. Samuel Carson, M.D., Member of the Legislative Council of Newfoundland.
DOUGLAS - On Wednesday morning, the train from Lindsay, ran over and killed a man on the embankment down Cottingham mill pond at Omemee. The deceased's name was Douglas. He was lying between
the rails, and it is supposed was asleep. He was partially hid by the grass, and was seen by the engineer, but not in time to stop the train. His skull was fractured; his shoulders, back and both legs were broken. An inquest was held on view of the body. We have not heard what the verdict was.
June 21, 1860
HANNON - Died at Barton, on the 20th instant, William Henry, eldest son of William H. Hannon, Esq., aged 2 years and 5 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to-morrow afternoon at 3 o'clock from his father's residence.
June 25, 1860
LETT - Died at Baden, C.W., on the 13th instant, Mary Hodgson, relict of the late Thomas Lett, of Montreal, aged 64 years.
GRAY - On Wednesday afternoon, a shocking and fatal accident befell Mr. John Gray, a farmer residing on the 8th concession of Caradoc. The circumstances are as follows. Mr. Gray was alone in the woods engaged in felling timber, and when evening arrived, the family called him in vain to supper. Alarmed at receiving no response, they commenced a search and found him lying dead. His head had been crushed in a frightful manner. No other cuts or bruises were to be found except an insignificant scratch on the upper lip, and as no tree had fallen upon him, fears began to present themselves to friends and neighbours that he had been murdered. Upon further examination, it was found that a small branch had fallen from a tall tree and struck him on the head, smashing it as stated. The branch, it appeared upon the testimony of his son, had lodged up in the tree in the course of timber felling the day before. Gray has left a wife and two children to lament his loss. A coroner's inquest was held on the body before Dr. McIntyre of Strathroy, and a verdict in accordance with the above facts rendered.
June 26, 1860
LAW - We regret to hear of a serious and fatal accident which occurred in Garafraxa on Friday last. It appears that a young man named Law, recently from Lower Canada, was assisting his brother to chop a tree when the axe flew from its handle, striking the young man upon the thigh, and inflicting a ghastly wound from which there being unfortunately no assistance, he bled to death.
June 27, 1860
MCKENZIE - It becomes our painful duty this week to record the saddening fate of Mr. Donald McKenzie, late principal of the Huntingdon Academy. He was a man of sterling qualities, highly respected, and his unhappy end is sincerely lamented by the
whole community. As a teacher, Mr. McKenzie was renowned for success, and being a thorough scholar, numbers of our youth acknowledge him to have been the most beneficial aid on the road of learning. He left Huntingdon on the 24th ultimo for Lachute, intending to have returned to his duties on the following Tuesday. His fate is now too well known; he will never more return. Mr. McKenzie was a native of the north of Scotland where he formerly ministered in the Presbyterian Church. He was about 55 years of age. (Then follows a long account of the inquest into his suicide.)
UNKNOWN CHILD - On Saturday last, the body of a newborn female child was found in a well in the barnyard of Mr. Edward Lafferty of Millgrove, West Flamborough, and Dr. Rosebrugh of this city, coroner, was requested to hold an inquest. It appeared, from the evidence that the well had not been in use for some time. Mr. Lafferty, however, wishing to use it during the summer, employed a man on Saturday to clean it out. On removing the platform, the man discovered something floating on the surface of the water which on examination proved to be the body of a female infant. Two young boys of ten and thirteen years who slept at Mr. Lafferty's house one night last winter, deposed that they heard a noise in the next room that they thought sounded like the crying of a child. The character of the girl who occupied this room was narrowly enquired into, but nothing was elicited which would implicate her or throw any light on the unfeeling murder. The inquest was adjourned from Saturday till Monday in order to afford time to make enquiries. After a patient and searching investigation, the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the child was found dead in the well it having been placed there by some person or persons unknown.
JUNE 28, 1860
FISHER - On Tuesday evening, a man whose name was ascertained to be Frederick Fisher was drowned in the Desjardins Canal at the Heights. A few minutes before he was seen fishing along the canal. Soon afterward, a splashing noise and cries for help were heard by several parties, but before they could reach the spot, he had sunk to rise no more. How deceased came to get into the water, no one could tell, but it is supposed that he either lost his balance or tripped against some of the spikes which are sticking in the timber all along the sides of the canal in that locality. Coroner Rosebrugh held an inquest, and after examining a number of persons, his name and the above particulars were ascertained. The deceased was a tailor by trade, boarded at Palm's saloon on King street, and lately worked for the Messrs. Lawson. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
JUNE 29, 1860
THOMPSON - Died at Aberdeen Scotland, on the 12th May, Mrs. Margaret Thompson formerly of this city in the 79th year of her age.
MURRAY - Died at Waterdown, on the 28th instant, of congestion of the brain, Claude Arnold, only son of John Murray, Esq. B.B.N.A., aged 8 years and 8 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his father's residence, King William Street, at 3 o'clock p.m. on Saturday, 30th instant.
June 30, 1860
PRINGLE - Died at Kelso, Roxburghshire, on the 9th instant, John, second son of Mr. John Pringle, merchant, aged 20 months.
BIGGAR - Died at his residence on Dundas street, Trafalgar, on Wednesday, the 20th instant, Col Charles Biggar, in the 74th year of his age. Colonel Biggar was one of the pioneers of Trafalgar, having settled in the year 1809 on the farm where he died, and for fifty years has been loved by all who knew him for his generous hospitality and uprightness of character. Ardently attached to his sovereign, he was ever active, even in old age, in the exercise of his privilege as an elector, and truly in him was no shadow or change of turning. Everyone knew where to find him on all occasions, and friends and opponents were always received by him with cheerfulness. The death of an old settler like Colonel Biggar warrants a short retrospect of the past, and on reference to the records of the township of Trafalgar, it is found that on the assessment rolls, even so late a period as the year 1820, there are but 112 names as assessed by land. The rateable property in that year was valued at L9508, 16s, 0d. The taxes were L80, 15s, 11d, and L10, 11s, 5d for members wages. What a contrast with the present year when the rateable property comprised within the township amounts to two million dollars, and the taxes to eight thousand dollars. A host of those who hear the name of Biggar are left to mourn the death of their oldest representative whose remains were attended to their last resting place by an immense number of friends from all parts of the County, as well as by some from without the County who had enjoyed his friendship in early life. Truly a great man has departed from amongst. His end is peace.
SULLIVAN - (Belleville) One of the most frightful accidents we ever heard of occurred at Pilot's steam saw mill on Wednesday afternoon, the 20th instant. A young lad, about 12 years of age, son of a widow Sullivan, was standing, in company with another boy, near a horizontal shaft which drives a portion of the machinery, and was explaining the danger of going too near the machinery. In doing so, he placed a portion of his coat over the shaft, when he was immediately wound up close to the shaft, the pressure breaking six of his ribs. The poor little fellow continued to revolve around the shaft probably sixteen revolutions before the machinery could be stopped, during which time his ankle joints were displaced, his thighs broken, and in fact the whole lower extremities were mashed to jelly. The boy presented a fearful spectacle. Dr. Lister was called-in and pronounced the case a hopeless one. The boy survived about two hours, partially sensible during the whole period. An inquest
was held by coroner J. P. McDonald, and a verdict of accidental death recorded.
July 2, 1860
WOOD - Died in this city, on the 30th June, Mary Elizabeth Freeman, wife of A. T. Wood, Esq. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from Mr. Wood's residence, King street east, this (Monday) afternoon at half past 2 o'clock.
July 5, 1860
FLEMING - Died at Blair's Mary Calter, Kincardineshire, Scotland, Agnes Johnson, wife of Mr. P. Fleming, formerly of Aberdeen, and mother of Rev. A. Fleming, procurator, Blair's College, aged 63 years.
PIERCE - (St. Catharines) A most heartrending accident occurred in this town yesterday (Sunday) afternoon about three o'clock by which a very interesting little boy named Pierce between ten and twelve years of age, the son of a widow lady, residing on the corner of James and Duke streets, and brother of Mr. Pierce, teller at the Niagara District Bank, met with a most shocking and sudden death. It appears that the little fellow had taken a young horse owned by his brother out for the purpose of exercise and when proceeding down James Street, and nearly opposite the residence of Mr. John McLaren, the horse was frightened by a dog running at him, threw the boy and ran away. One of the boy's feet remained fastened either in the stirrup iron or leather, and his head and upper portion of his body, of course, dragging upon the ground. After proceeding a short distance, the boy became disengaged from the horse, but in a miserable and dying state, and ceased to breathe in a very few minutes after. The injuries he sustained were a severe blow to the forehead either from a foot of the horse or a stone, one arm broken, and a severe cut under the chin, besides a number of lesser bruises on other parts of the body. The afflicted family will, no doubt, receive the sympathy of the community, and we hope this may prove a warning to others and deter them from trusting to the keeping of their children young and spirited horses. These animals are sometimes difficult to be managed by men, and it certainly cannot be expected that boys of a tender age of young Pierce could succeed in keeping them in hand.
July 6, 1860
LIDDLE - On Tuesday evening last, Dr. Macintosh, coroner, held an inquest of the body of a little boy named Charles Liddle, aged 6 1/2 years. The child had been missing since the Saturday previous, but the body was not found till Tuesday morning. It appeared from the evidence that he was last seen by his grandfather about 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon, being then on one
of the wharves. There seemed to be no doubt that, while playing about, he had accidentally fallen into the water, and, no assistance being near, lost his life. From the large number of young children who may daily be seen playing and fishing on the various wharves, it is wonderful that more accidents of this kind do not occur. This lamentable case should be a warning to parents to be more watchful over their children and not allow them to get into such dangerous localities without some one in charge of them. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
July 9, 1860
VARESCO - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Beatrice, infant daughter of R. S. Varesco, aged 2 months.
July 10, 1860
SCOTT - An inquest was held at Waterdown on Saturday by Dr. Skinner, coroner, on the body of a young man named William Scott who was drowned while bathing in the pond above Mr. Lotridges's mill about eleven o'clock on that day. He was unable to swim and ventured beyond his depth. It is hoped this will be a warning to others in future. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
July 13, 1860
KERR - Died in Brantford, on the 10th instant, Walter Kerr, aged 30 years, one of the Six Nations Indians, eldest son of the late Colonel W. J. Kerr, and grandson of the celebrated Chief Brant.
July 14, 1860
INGLIS - Died at OFallon Bluffs, on the Platte river, Nebraska Territory, on the 20th June, Mr. Archibald Inglis, of St. Louis, son of the late David Inglis, Greenlaw, Berwickshire, Scotland, in the 47th year of his age.
July 16, 1860
EMERY - (Quebec) About 11 or 12 o'clock on Tuesday night, a fatal affray between sailors took place in Champlain street. It appears that William Emery, a deserter from the barque "Emily", and stopping at Patrick Dwyer's lodging house, near the mariners' church, Diamond Harbour Cove, was going to Blais' booms with an old shipmate when they were attacked by several ruffians, and that in the fight which ensued, Emery received a stab in the left side a little above the thigh. He died at about five o'clock yesterday after making a deposition to a magistrate and receiving the rites of the Catholic Church. Coroner Panet will hold an inquest as soon as possible. Seven men are summoned for examination. Some of them appeared before
Mr. Maguire yesterday. John Malcolm has been arrested by the River Police on suspicion and another person, notorious for ruffianism, and suspected of connection with the murder, will probably be captured to-day or to-morrow. The police are sure he has not escaped from the city.
KEOGH - (Montreal) Last evening this city was startled by a rumour that a private of the Royal Canadian Rifles had been killed by a comrade. The rumour proved too true, and the facts so far as we could ascertain are these. Private Keogh was absent from roll call, and a picket, commanded by Lance Corporal Ryan, was sent in search of him. They found him at Logan's farm amid a crowd of civilians, but he resisted their authority in which, it is said, he was aided by the crowd who threw stones at the picket. In the melee, Corporal Ryan drew his sword and with a backhanded cut across the neck, caused almost instant death to the unfortunate Keogh. The body was taken to the barracks, and Ryan was at once handed over to the civil authorities. A thorough investigation will no doubt take place before the coroner.
July 17, 1860
CASPAR - (Toronto) A boy named Caspar fell overboard from a schooner lying near the Union Station yesterday. The body was recovered in about twenty minutes, but the vital spark had fled, and all restoratives were fruitless.
MOLSON - We have to chronicle to-day the death of one of the oldest, most prominent, and useful citizens of Montreal. The Honourable John Molson died between eleven o'clock and midnight of Thursday. He was born in October, 1787, and was consequently in his 73rd year. Mr. Molson's name was from the first connected with steam navigation on the St. Lawrence. His father in the next year, 1809, after the first steamer began to ply upon the Hudson river, had one, the "Accommodation", pieced on the St. Lawrence to ply between Quebec and Montreal. This was very soon after followed by the "Swiftsure". The son embarked in the enterprise from the beginning, first as an employee of his father, then on his own account, and afterwards as his father's partner. He always displayed great practical and untiring energy. While in command of one of the boats which was given to him by his father to set him up in business on his own account, when a newer and faster boat had been built, he, for the first, time known, ran between Quebec and Montreal at night, and as well, with the slower boat, regularly and safely beat the faster one by working while others slept. The river, at that time, was not lighted and the pilots did not run at night. But this young man of action, not of talking, who had his own fortune to make, had kept his eyes open and turned to practical and valuable use what he saw. The father, seeing the use the son had made with the slow boat, thought it better to have him as a partner than in opposition. The circumstance must
have been highly gratifying to both, and we believe in after life the son always looked back to this triumph with pleasurable feelings. It was always a source of legitimate pride to him that he was the first to navigate the river between Quebec and Montreal by night just as his father was the first to put a steamboat on the river long before steamboats had come into common use in Europe. From that time till within a few years, less than ten, Mr. Molson has been one of the principal steam boat owners upon the river. When railways were started, Mr. Molson embarked in them also. He was a large shareholder, and for several years, president of the first Canadian railway, the Champlain and St. Lawrence, later be joined his brother in establishing Molson's Bank of which he died the vice-president. He had been for several years a director of the Bank of Montreal. Thus for a long half century, his name has been linked with the commerce and financial institutions of the city. He was, in old time a staunch Tory of the purest water and a prominent member of the Constitutional Association. When the Special Council replaced the parliament, the functions of which were suspended on the outbreak of the Rebellion, he was called to a seat in it. He was also a Lieutenant Colonel of Militia. In 1842, the outrage put upon his loyalty, drove him to sign the too celebrated Annexation Manifesto with so many other leal-hearted but impetuous spirits, an act which cost him, as others, his place in the Militia and the Commission of the Peace. He was for many years a zealous governor of the great Montreal charity, the Montreal General Hospital, only recently resigning his place on its board on account of his failing health. In 1856-7, he joined his two brothers in making a magnificent endowment of L5000 for a chair of English language and literature in the University of McGill College. For several months past his health has been giving way, and his disease, dropsy, has for some time assumed a character which could only have one termination, a fatal one. So, full of years, having passed the allotted three score and ten, with the respect of his fellow citizens earned by so long a life so usefully spent, he has passed away, but he leaves behind a name which must be ever indissolubly linked with the annals of his native city.
PILES - We regret to record the melancholy death of Mr. Thomas Piles, a respectable inhabitant of the Township of Moulton, who was killed on Tuesday night by the evening express train going east on the Buffalo and lake Huron Railway. The unfortunate man was taken to Port Colborne where he died shortly after. The deceased leaves a wife and four children to mourn his untimely end. Verily in the midst of life we are in death. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved family who will thus be deprived of a kind husband and a loving parent.
JULY 18, 1860
UNNAMED MAN - The body of an unknown man was found on the track of the Great Western Railway about half a mile above Windsor this morning. He is of genteel appearance, dressed in black
coat with velvet collar, light vest, drab pantaloons, blue necktie, black lasting boots, and napless hat - maker's name, J. H. McKnight, Worcester, Mass. There were no papers, money, or other property by which he could be identified found on his person. About one half of the upper part of the skull is gone; otherwise his body in uninjured. From the evidence taken upon the coroner's inquest, it appeared that the body is recognized as that of a Polander or German who was playing about at Monroe's tavern about eleven o'clock last evening, and who left after that hour with the intention of crossing the river. As no train passed over the Great Western road between the time he was last seen last evening and when the body was found this morning, there is every reason to suppose that he has been cruelly murdered and probably robbed. A suspicious-looking character presented himself at the ticket office of the Great Western Railway at Windsor this morning and procured a ticket to Toronto for which he tendered a twenty-dollar gold piece. It has been since found that this piece has unmistakable marks of blood on both sides and in consequence a telegram was sent to arrest this person. We understand that an answer has been received that he has been arrested at Newbury station, above Chatham. Marks of blood were found upon his clothing; also one hundred dollars in bills, four twenty-dollar gold pieces, and a quantity of silver. He will most likely be brought back on the day express train which arrives this evening at 7:30.
RICHARDSON - On Saturday evening last when the train arrived in Cobourg, a man's straw hat was found attached to some part of the engine, and upon looking further, blood was found on the wheels. As it was evident that some unfortunate person had been run over in the darkness, which at that time was extreme, the engine was sent back to see what had occurred. About two miles and a half from Cobourg, they found the frightfully mangled remains of a man lying upon the track, but so disfigured and cut to pieces that it was impossible to identify him. The scene is described as being too shocking for description, the body being literally cut to pieces, and the portions scattered upon the rails. The remains were collected and taken back to Cobourg, and on examining the papers found in the clothes of the deceased man, his name was ascertained to be John Richardson, a farmer residing about one and a half miles from where the accident occurred. It is said that the unfortunate man had been previously seen on the railway apparently intoxicated, and it is supposed that he must have lain down on the track and fallen asleep and in that position have been run over by the train. The engineer states that the night was very dark and that it was impossible to see any object on the track.
July 19, 1860
SEXTON - Died at the residence of her father, Jerseyville, township of Ancaster, on Sunday, the 15th instant, Emma Augusta, third daughter of Mr. William Sexton, aged 14 years and 10 months.
BROWN - (Brantford) We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr. Michael Brown, bookseller and stationer, of this town, which sad event occurred on Saturday night last. Deceased had been suffering for some months from an attack on the lungs, accompanied with spitting of blood, and gradually sank under the disease. Mr. Brown was long known as an honourable, energetic, and industrious business man, and his death is generally deplored. He leaves a wife and several children to lament his loss.
July 20, 1860
SPRINGER - Died at Waterdown, on the 18th instant, Percival, son of O. Springer, Esq., aged 6 months. The funeral will be at 3 o'clock p.m. on Friday at the Burlington cemetery.
WARDELL - (Quebec) Three sons of Mr. Warden of Richelieu street were drowned on Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock in a small stream that runs into the St. Charles river some two hundred yards above Dorchester bridge. Six boys, two of them sons of Mr. Healy of St. Roch's, went to swim there, and three were lost. Their ages were fifteen, thirteen and nine years. The eldest boy could swim very well, but the strong current prevented him from saving his brothers. The body of the youngest lad was not recovered till yesterday morning after having floated some two hundred yards down the stream. Mr. G. H. Parks immediately sent for Dr. Sewell who made every effort to resuscitate the eldest boy whose body was recovered very soon, but there was no chance of restoring life.
July 21, 1860
THOMPSON - A very sad and fatal accident occurred at Thompson's Corners, Beverly, on Monday last. It appears that Mr. Adam Thompson, Jr., was driving a load of hay into his father's barnyard when the horses shied at something and started off, and in running round one of the barns, upset the load of hay on which Mr. Thompson was seated, dashing him headlong to the ground. The hay was thrown on top of the young man, but as the horses still kept on, they dragged the greater portion of the load off again, and when his father came to his assistance, from the field, he found, on removing a small quantity of hay, that his son had been killed instantly by the breaking of his neck. The deceased was the eldest son of Mr. Adam Thompson and was nearly twenty-one years of age. He was a general favourite in the neighbourhood, and his awfully sudden and melancholy fate has cast a gloom over the entire settlement. His funeral was attended yesterday by a large number of mourning relations and friends.
July 23, 1860
DEAN - On Tuesday evening, the 10th instant, Dean, aged about 17 1/2 years, a son of Mr. John Dean, of South Dorchester, met with a sudden and violent death under the following distressing
circumstances. The unfortunate youth was picking currants in his brother's garden, about a mile from the house, when a young man named Thomas Atkins entered the garden, and leveled his rifle to shoot a woodpecker which had alighted on a stump. The poor lad, Dean, hearing, it is supposed, the cocking of the gun near him, rose up suddenly, and received the bullet in his head. He died instantly, the ball having entered at the back of the ear and come out at the side of his forehead. What a warning to young men carrying guns and using them rashly and carelessly. Parents, be careful how you trust your children with firearms.
July 24, 1860
TAYLOR - Died of consumption, at the residence of his son-in-law, in Illinois, U.S., on a visit from Hamilton, C.W., Mr. Mathias Taylor, aged 56 years, much regretted.
BROWN - Died at the Railway Crossing, Wentworth street, in this city, on the 20th instant, Elizabeth Jane, daughter of Mr. James Brown, aged four months.
GRAY - Died in this city this morning, Frederick, infant son of Thomas Gray, Esq., aged five months and twenty-five days.
ALLEYN - Departed this life, on the 18th instant, at Cap Rouge, Evelyn Mary, aged 9 months, daughter of the Hon. Mr. Alleyn, Provincial Secretary.
HALIBURTON - Halifax papers announce the death of Mr. Brenton Haliburton, Chief Justice of Nova Scotia, which occurred on the 16th instant. The deceased gentleman has sometimes been confused with Mr. Haliburton, now a member of the English House of Commons, and better known as "Sam Slick".
The Halifax "Constitutional" of the 17th instant notices the death on the 16th of Chief Justice Brenton Haliburton who had for more than half a century occupied the position of judge in that province. Sir Brenton was the second son of the Hon, John Haliburton who married Miss Brenton of Rhode Island, then a British colony, where he resided until the breaking out of the Revolution compelled him to leave as he warmly espoused the cause of the mother country. His son, Brenton, was at that time a child, seven years of age, and he used to relate that when, on one occasion, the principles of loyalty he imbibed from his father led him to give expression to his feelings aloud in the street, the indignation of the popular party was so strong that, child as he was, he was actually led off to prison. The jailer's wife, however, influenced by a kindly feeling towards the family, treated his offence as it deserved, gave him a piece of bread and butter, and sent him home to safety.
He joined the military of the Province during the French Revolutionary war under his royal highness the Duke of Kent by whom he was removed to the Royal Fusiliers. In 1807, he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court, and in 1833, Chief Justice of the Province. He also for a considerable period
occupied a seat in the Provincial Council. He is described as an able, painstaking, and conscientious Judge, of cheerful disposition and great liberality of opinion. The bar of Nova Scotia was to meet to take appropriate notice of his death.
HAM - Coroner Harvey held an adjourned inquest on Friday at Larkey's tavern, Highland Creek, on the body of a farmer named Charles Ham, who resides near Pickering, and who was killed by a train on the Grand Trunk Railway on Wednesday, the 11th Instant. It appears that at the time the unfortunate man lost his life, he was returning from Toronto in his wagon accompanied by Mrs. Ham. While passing the railway crossing about five miles below the Don bridge, the train, bound eastward, came along and before he could get his wagon off the track, the engine came in contact with it, and Mr. Ham was instantaneously killed while his wife had her arm broken. Several of the magistrates residing in the neighbourhood were present at the inquest. The jury, after hearing the evidence, returned as their verdict that deceased came by his death through the negligence of those whose duty it was to have given the required signal of alarm on engine No. 35 at the crossing of the Kingston road. The evidence exonerated the conductor from blame.
July 25, 1860
DRENNAN - (Sherbrooke) On Monday last, a Mr. Drennan of this town cut his throat while in a state of mental aberration. He was a respectable mechanic in very comfortable circumstances and still a young man. After the commission of the fatal act, he only survived about an hour. The gash made with a razor nearly reached from ear to ear. No motive can he assigned for the rash deed. He had large sums, several thousands of dollars, lent on interest. A coroner's jury investigated the case to-day and returned for verdict "suicide from temporary insanity".
July 27, 1860
BICKLE - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Annie, infant daughter of John W. Bickle.
July 28, 1860
FILGIANO - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Catherine Cecilia Georgina, infant daughter of Theophilas L. P. Filgiano, Esq., surgeon dentist, aged eight weeks.
July 30, 1860
JAMES - Died on the 30th instant, at his residence, near Wellington Square, Nelson, Mr. William James, aged 68 years, lately of the County of Durham, near Conshill, England.
BROWN - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Mr. William Brown, boot and shoemaker, formerly of Northamptonshire, England, aged 57 years.
August 1, 1860
HARRISON - Died in this city, on the 31st ultimo, Mary Ann, wife of Mr. V. Harrison. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, corner of King William and Hughson streets, this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
ROSS - Died at Montreal, on the 26th ultimo, Eliza Buchanan, wife of Mr. D. Ross, aged 35 years.
ROBBIE - Died at Wentworth Street in the Township of Barton, on the 27th ultimo, William George, only son of Mr. Archibald Robbie, aged one year and eight days.
August 2, 1860
SMOKE - Died in East Flamborough, on the 1st instant, Mr. David Smoke, aged 33 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
August 7, 1860
LAWSON - (Milton) We regret to say that it is our duty this week to record the death of an eccentric, but harmless, old man named James Lawson, residing about two miles from this town in the Township of Esquesing. It appears that on Saturday evening last, one of his bulls, for we are informed that through some odd notion he has kept quite a number of these animals, attacked him in the field and gored him in a most shocking manner. One of the animal's horns entered the ribs, and the other the abdomen, causing the bowels to come out. Drs. Hume and McNiece were speedily in attendance, but the wounds were of so severe a nature that it was out of their power to render any effective aid. The unfortunate man lingered on until about five o'clock on Tuesday afternoon when he expired. Poor old Jimmy Lawson will long be remembered in Milton and its neighbourhood for his eccentricities.
August 8, 1860
BRIGGS - (Kingston) It is our melancholy duty to notice the untimely death of Mr. Henry Briggs, law student in the office of Messrs Smith and Henderson of this city, which occurred near the village of Bath on Saturday evening last. We have been informed that Mr. Briggs was amusing himself on the water by paddling a light skiff along the shore of the Bay of Quinte near the residence of his relative, Mr. Lucas Lasher. The first object which attracted attention was the boat, bottom upwards, and a hat floating on the surface. After a diligent search for
several hours, the body was discovered at a depth of about eight feet. The deceased was a young man of pleasant manners and gentlemanly address, obliging and urbane to everyone, and much and deservedly beloved and respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. His assiduity and attention to business was remarkable, and he made good promise to become a useful member of society and an honour to his profession. We condole in the sad bereavement of his afflicted parents who have to mourn the loss of an affectionate son.
August 9, 1860
PUTNAM - died in the city of La Salle, Illinois, on the 30th of July, Sarah Jane, wife of Alfred Putnam, Jr., Esq., second daughter of the late James Williamson. Esq., formerly of Kingston, C. W., and cousin of Mr. Thomas Morrison, merchant, Hamilton, aged 25 years.
URQUHART - died at Ilfracombe, Tasmania, Australia, on the 13th of April, Duncan Mcnair Urquhart, third surviving son of the late John Urquhart, Esq., of Fairhill, Hamilton, Scotland.
AUGUST 10, 1860
MAY - on Wednesday last as Mr. John May, engineer, was oiling the machinery of the dredge stationed in the canal near Welland, his foot slipped and got entangled in the piston elbows from which he was drawn out in a lacerated state, suffering the most excruciating agony. He was conveyed to the house of Mr. Morrison in this town where he was attended by Drs. Mack, Rolls, Lemon, and Johnson, who amputated the injured limb, but all to no purpose, as the unfortunate man ended his sufferings on Thursday and was buried on Saturday. He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.
August 11, 1860
BROWN - (Milton) Another old and respected friend, one of the best men we ever knew, has passed from the world's stare. The Halton "new era" contains the following. It is our painful duty to record the loss from amongst us of one of the first settlers of this place, one who for nearly a quarter of century, has taken an active and leading part in whatever tended to promote the interest of the people of this neighbourhood and the general good of the province. Most of our readers are aware that our respected townsman, George brown, Esq., late treasurer of the county, has for some time been in a delicate state of health. He continued to get weaker in spite of all medical remedies, and breathed his last about three o'clock in the afternoon of Saturday last, in the 52nd year of his age. His remains were followed to the grave on Monday afternoon by a large company of sorrowing relatives and friends. Many came from a distance to pay a tribute of respect to the memory of one they had so
favourably known. He left a wife and six children to mourn his loss, the youngest of whom has since been clothed in the habiliments of death, alike to be deposited in the silent tomb.
Mr. Brown opened a general store here in the fall of 1833 at which time there were only two or three houses where the town is now situated. He continued in a business with a short intermission till want of health caused him to retire from mercantile life in the year 1854. We have once heard it remarked by those who dealt with him during that time that be was obliging in his manners, correct in his accounts, and withal a man of true honour and integrity. It is worthy of remark that he was the first postmaster in Milton, and by him we think the town was named. He was likewise during late years the Secretary and Treasurer of the Halton Mutual Fire Assurance Company and aided much in its organization. In 1834 his name was added to the Commission of the Peace, and few on the bench were more zealous for the suppression of crime and restraining of iniquity, and no magistrate in this neighbourhood was more frequently applied to, or gave more general satisfaction by his decisions. He was ever the friend of those suffering from wrong and oppression. In 1853, he was promoted from the rank of Major to that of Lieutenant Colonel of the 3rd Battalion of Militia which post he held till the time of his death. He was a faithful and loyal servant of the Crown and was ever found at his post in periods of trial and difficulty. We are aware that there are those who think he was too rigorous in the discharge of his military duties during the trouble times of the Rebellion in the years 1837 and 1838, but those who knew him best feel assured that he really acted from a sense of duty, and that if called upon, he would have been equally zealous in upholding the past constitution of his country.
When it was deemed advisable to separate the County from the County of Wentworth, he laboured as perseveringly and did as much with his pen and purse to get that measure consummated and Milton to be the County Town, as any man in Halton. At that time it should be remembered he had no expectation of office or desire of being County Treasurer. Mr. Henry Harrison was first appointed treasurer, and it was upon his resignation before he held that office long that Mr. Brown was appointed his successor, and continued to fill the duties of that office with strict integrity till his resignation in June last. When Milton became incorporated in the year 1857, from his legal knowledge and generally admitted fitness for the office, he was unanimously elected our first Mayor and continued his connection with the town council by being returned as councillor for the South Ward till disqualified by a recent legislative act.
It was, however, to his zeal for promotion of education that the enobling influence of our late townsman shone out the most conspicuously and where his loss, we are afraid, will be the most difficult to be supplied. None laboured with a more determined wish to have such a cause of education imparted to the scholars of this place as should fit them properly to distinguish themselves in every occupation in life that was calculated to advance them to greatness. For many years he was
trustee of the Common School in which office he was destined, for selfish reasons, to be so maliciously assailed in the discharge of his duty, as we fear very much, to harass and embitter his closing years, and to give a bad example to those who labour for the public good. He was also a trustee of the Grammar School from its opening to the period of his death. In the formation of the Mechanics Institute and Library Association he took an active part and ever strove to keep it in an efficient state. When the Milton Sabbath School was re-organized in 1847, he was appointed its superintendent in which office he continued from year to year so long as he had strength to attend to his duties. Many of those who laboured with him in that institution consider that the success of the school in times past was in a great measure owing to his unwearied zeal and constant exertion in its behalf. The greater part of the labour in connection with it was thrown upon him, yet so well did he fulfill his part that those who were brought in contact with him not only learnt to know but also to love him.
For the last two years of his life, he was secretary of the Milton branch Bible Society and is favourably remembered for his liberal contributions and Christian exertions on its behalf. On his joining the Wesleyan Methodist body, he was appointed a class leader and continued such till want of health rendered him unfit to attend the place of worship. He was, however, till death ever found firmly relying on the promises contained in the Holy Work. In fact, without such reliance and clear judgment and a well-balanced mind, it would have been impossible for him to have discharged, and to have discharged well, the various duties in connection with the offices we have enumerated, together with a host of others of a private character that we cannot lay before our readers.
In summing up Mr. Brown's character, it may with truth be said that any measures likely to benefit the neighbourhood or even the County required his warmest support. There is scarcely an institution in the place whose object is the improvement of society of which he was not an active member. The loss of such a man must be felt by many probably who did not appreciate his labours when amongst them. His hand was always ready to help the needy and his ear open to the late sorrow and misery. He was a warm friend, a kind husband, an affectionate parent, and so valuable a member of society generally, that his name will be long cherished in the County for his good deeds which will live after him.
His nervous temperament made him more sensitive, perhaps, to the remarks and opinions of others than tended to his comfort as a public man. It is to be regretted that one who spent so much of his time and talents for the benefit of his fellows should have had his latter end disturbed by the uncharitable reflections and the unfounded accusations brought against him by political opponents, the more particularly as the parties making these charges knew very well at the time of their falsehood. On this melancholy occasion, however, it is perhaps better to draw the veil of oblivion over the matter, for he who has suffered now lies in the narrow house where wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest.
August 14, 1860
OGG - Died of consumption, on the 10th instant, Anne, youngest daughter of Mr. William Ogg, Lake Chapel Farm, Barton, in the 22nd year of her age, deeply regretted by a large number of friends and acquaintances.
LALOR - Died in this city, on Monday, the 13th instant, Mr. James Lalor, aged 75. The deceased was an old and respectable citizen of Hamilton where he had resided for the past thirteen years. He was a native of the city of Dublin, and has left a large family of children & grandchildren and numerous friends by whom he is greatly regretted. Mass will be sung at 9 o'clock this morning at St. Mary's Church, and the funeral will take place at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Sheaffe street, near the church. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
COOK - Died in this city, on Sunday morning, the 12th instant, at his residence, Walnut Street, Thomas Cook, master of the L.O.L., No. 286, aged 36 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral this (Tuesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.
August 15, 1860
COOK - Yesterday the remains of the late Thomas Cook, a private in the Hamilton Field Battery, were interred in the Burlington cemetery with the usual military honours. The firing party who marched in front of the mournful procession was composed of a detachment of the No. 1 Rifle Company. After them came the Band attached to the Battery which played appropriate music. The artillerymen seemed to have turned out en masse, and we noticed that nearly all the officers of the different companies were present. The deceased was also a member of the Orange fraternity, and a large number of his brethren followed his remains to their last resting place.
ROLSTON - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Ellen, daughter of Mr. Thomas Rolston, aged 15 years and 4 months. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from her father's residence, Peel (near John) street, at 4 o'clock to-day without further notice.
GRANT - We regret to announce the sudden death of Mr. Andrew Grant, well known in this city for many years as the keeper of the Rob Roy hotel. Deceased has been for some time living in York, Grand River, being latterly in the employment of Mr. Mitchell. On Saturday last, he fell from a load of cordwood and broke his neck as well as several of his ribs. From the position in which be was found, it is supposed that he was thrown off by the wagon wheels passing over a stick which had fallen from the load.
August 16, 1860
NIXON - Died at Rothsay Bute, Scotland, on the 13th ultimo, aged 63 years, Ann Tiffin, formerly of this place, and relict of the late Mr. James Nixon, merchant, Glasgow, Scotland. Friends will please accept of this intimation.
August 17, 1860
MULLIN - Died at his residence, Copetown, on Wednesday, the 15th instant, Dr. Robert Mullin, coroner for the County of Wentworth, aged 54 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Friday, the 17th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.
August 18, 1860
ROSS - (Waterloo) Monday morning at about eleven o'clock, a little girl, daughter of Mr. Ross, weaver, of this place, fell into a cistern of rain water, and was drowned. The mother had left the yard where the child was playing for a few minutes, and when she returned, was horrified to find her corpse. The little girl was only twenty months old. Dr. Boulby of Berlin held an inquest when the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
COLDHAM - (Simcoe) The town was thrown into sudden gloom on Saturday by the intelligence that little Jack Coldham was killed. The deceased was the only child of Henry Coldham, Esq., of this town and about eleven years of age. He was in the habit of getting one of Mr. Kent's horses two or three times a week and riding about town. On Saturday afternoon, after using the horse, he rode under Mr. Kent's shed and tied the horse to a heavy sleigh which was turned upon one runner, the runner out. The poor little boy must have been on top of the sleigh, and it is supposed, in getting down, frightened the horse which pulled back, and the halter having been fastened to the upper runner, the heavy sleigh was thrown upon and across the boy's side. It is thought he was killed instantly. A piece of candy was found in his mouth & his whip in his hand, so that there would not seem to have been any struggle after the fall of the sleigh. An active, mischievous, bright boy and a general favourite was little Jack Coldham. A very deep sensation was felt through the community when it was announced that he was killed. His loss will be deeply felt by those who are bereaved of their son, their only son, and only child.
SIMINGTON, MCPHEE, CAPP, JOHNSON - A sad accident by which four human beings lost their lives occurred at the village of Orillia on Lake Couchiching on Tuesday evening last. A party of eight persons left the village about six O' Clock in the evening in a small sailboat, their destination being the river Severn. When off Chief Island, a sudden squall
upset the boat and the whole party was left struggling in the water. Four of them, sad to relate, were drowned, while the other four barely escaped with their lives. The names of the
lost are Thomas Simington, Neil McPhee, Charles Capp, and .... Johnson. Their bodies had not been recovered up to the time our information was dispatched. The persons saved are William Simington, Thomas Corbett, Jackson, and Patterson. The accident had caused a great deal of excitement in the locality.
August 20, 1860
JARVIS - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, in childbirth, Ellen, wife of Mr. William Jarvis.
August 22, 1860
SMITH - Died at Campdalmore, Banffshire, Scotland, on the 21st ultimo, Mr. Charles Smith, aged 71 years.
HOLMES - (Montreal) A respectable citizen of the name of William J. Holmes, a tinsmith by trade, and a Lieutenant in No. 3 company, First Battalion, volunteer Militia Rifles, was stabbed in the vicinity of the old windmill at the canal, last night between half-past eight and nine o'clock, and died at nine o'clock this morning. The deceased was in company with a girl by the name of Agnes Ford. A person is now in custody whose name we have not learnt, but who is supposed to have been the party who committed the deed. At any rate, on a former occasion high words had passed between prisoner and Holmes respecting the girl, and last night the two latter were met by this party and another man now in custody, suspected of being an accomplice. A person in the vicinity, who heard the cries of "murder", and saw two men running away, says he can identify them by their clothes. The inquest commenced at one o'clock this afternoon.
August 24, 1860
HARVEY - Died on the 21st instant, at the residence of his father John, only son of Mr. John Harvey, farmer, Nelson, aged 14 years and 9 months.
BROWN - (Ingersoll) Mr. Lory Brown, formerly market clerk in this place, lost his life on Tuesday last in a very melancholy manner. It appears that he had gone on the mill pond of the Oxford mills in an old boat for the purpose of fishing. This was about noon, and at three o'clock his lifeless body was found lying across a stump in the water. It is supposed that his hook became fastened to the side of the boat, and in leaning forward to disentangle it, he lost his balance and fell in. Lory Brown was the father-in-law of R. H. Carroll, Esq., and the brother of Thomas Brown, Esq., two of our most prominent and respected citizens, and he bore the character of a good-natured and inoffensive man. He was about 60 years of age.
August 25, 1860
ROSE - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Elmina, wife of David Rose, cigar manufacturer. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Sunday at 3 o'clock p.m. from her late residence, corner of King and Caroline streets.
August 27, 1860
URE - We observe an announcement of the death of Mr. G. P. Ure at Montreal. Mr. Ure had been, for several years, connected with the Press in Canada, commencing, if we recollect alright, on the staff of the "Globe". Subsequently he was part-proprietor of the "North American" then edited by Mr. McDougall, but dissolved the partnership after losing a considerable sum in cash. He then started the "Family Herald" which continued during some months, but failed to take root in the public mind, though it was a well-selected miscellany. His last enterprise in Montreal was the Montreal "Family Herald". This was a very creditable weekly paper and exhibited a considerable amount of industry. However it failed at the precise spot where hundreds of other enterprises have failed- it did not pay - and was discontinued. Mr. Ure was also engaged in contributing to other journals articles of a moral and political nature. He was an ardent friend of temperance causes and leant, in all that he did and wrote, to the side of truth and morality. He was not a person of much originality, but his writings were marked by considerable earnestness. As a reporter he had not at one time an equal in the Province. He was very generally esteemed among those who had the opportunity of his acquaintance, and now that he is gone, will be held in very pleasing remembrance.
August 28, 1860
SAWYER - Died at his residence, Victoria Avenue, on the 27th instant, Samuel F. Sawyer, late of the firm of McQuesten and Company. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
JOHN - (Brantford) On Tuesday evening last, as two young men, one an Indian named Peter John, were racing their horses on the road leading from Brantford to the Mohawk village, the bridle rein of John's horse broke, which caused the animal to swerve to one side of the road, by this means throwing his rider against a tree with such violence as to fracture his skull and break an arm and leg. The injury thus received was so severe that, notwithstanding surgical aid was immediately summoned, the young man died in a few hours afterwards. The unfortunate youth who thus met a sad and untimely end was a son of Chief John who a few years ago on his way from Brantford to the Mohawk village where he resided fell into the canal and was drowned. Yesterday Coroner Balfour held an inquest on the body when the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
JOPLING - Yesterday morning, an inquest was held on the body of the late R. T. Jopling, by Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner. The first witness examined was Charles Waugh, who being sworn, said, "I went down to the lake about half‑past 9 o'clock, Sunday morning, in company with Mr. Lockman. We went to Lavalle's boathouse and got a sail for my boat and went out into the Bay. When we got about 100 yards from Mr. Lavalle's, we saw something floating on the water which we found was the body of a man. Mr. Polley was going out in his boat and went to him first. He called to us and Lockman and I went out again. We fastened the chain of our boat round his head and brought him ashore, and sent for a policeman. Some gentlemen who were passing recognized him".
Christopher Lockman corroborated the evidence of the former witness.
Sergeant Kavanaugh deposed that information was lodged at the station of the finding of a man in the water near the Railway wharf. He said he went down and recognized it as the body of Mr. Jopling. "I had it removed to the wharf and thence to the place where the body now lies . I assisted in searching his pockets. The pocket book and packet of letters, tobacco pouch, keys, and a quarter of a dollar, now produced, were found in them".
Dr. Ryall, M.D., sworn, said "I have examined the body of the deceased which is in a very advanced state of decomposition. There are no exterior marks of injury. There is no doubt he came to his death by drowning, probably accidental. Deceased's gloves are on his hands... There being no further evidence to lay before the jury, they brought in a verdict "Found drowned".
August 30, 1860
KIRKPATRICK - Died in this city, August 29th, Elizabeth, only child of Mr. W. Kirkpatrick, aged 18 months and 22 days.
August 31, 1860
WILLIAM (Chatham) - On Saturday last, an inquest was held on the Indian Reserve in the Township of Oxford by Dr. E. B. Donnelly coroner, on the body of an Indian, named William, aged about 30 years. It seems that some two months since, William was in a camp in company with a cousin, name Sam or Paymahgay. Time passed on and whiskey was introduced; in a little while both of the Indians became intoxicated. At this time in the proceedings a quarrel arose, and high words were exchanged. At last blows were resorted to, and Sam struck William on his head, injuring his skull, also jumping on his leg so violently as to break it, besides inflicting other serious wounds. The mutilation, however, did not satisfy the angry blood of Sam who was fairly up. Taking William, who was insensible, Sam threw him into the fire where he was allowed to remain for a considerable period until the flesh on several parts of his body was burnt almost to cinders As soon as assistance could be rendered, which we believe was after Sam had left the wigwam, William was removed and every
aid possible administered for his recovery. But it all was unavailing and after enduring for about two months the most excruciating pain, he expired on Saturday last. Immediately on William's death, word was sent to the coroner to hold an inquest at which a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.
Sam is the same Indian who, two years ago, shot his brother, not far from the spot where this last affair occurred. Immediately after this murder, Sam left the locality, mistrusting that the law would seize him. For about two years, nothing was heard of his whereabouts until a few weeks ago when he returned to the neighbourhood and killed his cousin as above stated. It was not until the constable went to arrest Sam for the fatal murder that he heard of the second, William having died on the day the warrant was issued. When the constable went to arrest Sam, his desperate character was made known. The arrest, however, had to be made. So several parties having learned in which wigwam the murderer was, proceeded thereto. Sam was observed asleep in company with a number of other Indians, with a knife in one hand and a rifle grasped in the other. Without giving any alarm, those persons who assisted to make the arrest sprang upon the unconscious man, knocked the rifle out of his hand, grasped the hand that held the knife, and before the Indian could recover himself, he was firmly handcuffed and made quite secure. As soon as possible, the "posse" brought the criminal to town where he now remains confined in the gaol awaiting his trial at the next Court of Assize on two charges, one for murder and the other for manslaughter.
September 5, 1860
LAWSON - Died in this city, on the 3rd of September, William Charles, eldest son of Mr. John Lawson. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this (Wednesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock, from his father's residence, Ferguson avenue, at Burlington cemetery.
COSGROVE - Died in this city, on the 4th September, Mary, wife or Mr. William Cosgrove, aged 30 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, corner of John Street Market, at 4 o'clock this (Wednesday) afternoon.
September 6, 1860
PARKER - Died at New York, on the 3rd instant, George Parker, Esq., of Fairlie, Scotland.
RATH - Died in Buffalo, on the 31st August, William Henry, eldest son of Mr. John Rath, aged 4 years.
RATH - Died in Buffalo, on the 1st instant, Mary Agnes, daughter of Mr. John Rath, aged 1 year and 6 months.
RATH - Died in Buffalo, on Sunday, the 2nd instant, Margaret, the beloved wife of Mr. John Rath, and mother of the above children, aged 27 years.
PARKER - Many of our readers will notice with regret in our obituary column this morning, the death of our esteemed fellow citizen, George Parker, Esq., of the late firm of Kennedy and Parker and Co. Endeared to all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance by an urbanity of manner and kindness of heart rarely to be met with, his death will be esteemed a loss of no ordinary nature, while our business men have to regret the loss of one whose nobleness of character and honesty of purpose was best, appreciated by those having the most intimate business relations with him. Mr. Parker was engaged here for the last five years in winding up the affairs of the late firm, preparatory to retiring from active business, when a severe cold, caught in the winter of 1858, laid the seeds of the disease, consumption, which ultimately carried him off. It may be a slight consolation to Mrs. Parker in her affliction to know that she has the heartfelt sympathy of her many friends in Canada.
September 7, 1860
CHIILDS - Mr. E. B. Childs, son of W. H. Childs, Fsq., met an accident on Thursday last, being kicked in the abdomen by a horse. We exceedingly regret to announce that his injuries proved fatal. We cite the following tribute to his memory from the Niagara (N.Y.) "Sentinel" of the 1st instant.
We make this announcement with most profound sorrow. A day or two ago, the deceased was with us in health, hopeful and happy. At ten o'clock this (Saturday) morning, September 1st, he passed away at the residence of his father, Niagara Falls, aged 21 years and 11 days. During a few hours before his death, he suffered much, but his life finally closed in peace. A gloom spreads over the entire community.
GUNN - Died at Prescott, C.W., on the 4th instant, Eliza O'Brien, mother of D. C. Gunn, Esq., of this city, aged 74 years.
September 10, 1860
SIMPSON - We regret to learn that Sir George Simpson, late Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, died at Lachine, near Montreal, on Friday morning, after a short illness.
September 11, 1860
HENDERSON - Died on Monday, the 10th instant, George Hayter Draper, son of W. K. Henderson, Esq., aged 10 months.
September 12, 1860
SIMPSON - The Late Sir George Simpson: In recording the death of one who occupied a high position amongst us and who commanded, we may say, universal respect, we are anxious to gratify, as far as the limited means we possess admit, the natural wish of the public to know something of the personal history and career of the late Governor of Hudson's Bay. Sir George Simpson was born in Scotland in the County of Ross where he passed his youth. In the year, 1809, he removed to London and was engaged in commercial pursuits for the succeeding eleven years during which period, he was brought into communication with the late Lord Selkirk, then the leading spirit of the Hudson's Bay Company and at the same time engaged in philanthropic schemes for colonizing the territory under their control. At this period the rivalry between the Hudson Bay Company and the North-West Company was at its height and the former company wisely made choice of the subject of this memoir to take a leading part in the fur trade. Mr. George Simpson sailed from England for New York in February, 1820, and in May following, left Montreal for the far West, spending his first winter at Athabasca Lake where he endured much privation and carried on the competition with the North-West Company with the energy and success that characterized all his undertakings. The disastrous competition was terminated the following year by the coalition of the two companies when Mr. Simpson was appointed Governor of the Northern Department, and subsequently Governor-in-Chief of Rupert's Land and the general superintendent of all the Hudson's Bay Company's affairs in North America. On attaining this position, the peculiar talents of the Governor became conspicuous. He reconciled conflicting interest, abated personal jealousies, and established by firmness and unbanity, a controlling influence which he retained to the last.
Sir George Simpson took great interest in the cause of geographical discoveries on the Northern coast of this continent, and to his admirable selection of leaders and skilful arrangements are due the successful expeditions under Messrs Dease and Simpson in 1844-8, Dr. Rae in 1845-53, and Messrs Anderson and Stewart in 1855. For these services and as a mark of general approbation Her Majesty was pleased to confer the honour of knighthood on Mr. (thenceforward) Sir George Simpson, soon after which he set out on his celebrated overland journey round the world, of which he published a very interesting narrative.
Sir George married, in the year 1830, the daughter of Geddes M. Simpson, Esq., of London, who died in this country in 1852. His family consists of one son and three daughters. The heir to the large fortune left by Sir George is at present in England. Of the daughters, one is married to Angus Cameron, Esq., of Toronto, Sir George had latterly resided almost exclusively at Lachine, near which village is situated the beautiful Isle Dorval from whence but a few days ago came the canoe expedition given by the Hudson's Bay Company to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The last public act of Sir George Simpson's long and active life was to receive as a guest the heir-apparent to the
throne of England, and it must be gratifying to his family and friends to know that the Prince graciously acknowledged the attentions shown to him by Sir George, and that the noble Duke who presides over the Colonial Department availed himself of the opportunity afforded by personal communication , to express the high opinion entertained by himself and Her Majesty's imperial advisers of Sir George's long-continued, skilful, and successful administration of one of the most extensive provinces of the British Empire.
September 15, 1860
WAUGH - Died in this city, this morning, Mr. Robert Waugh, aged 77 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from Mr. P. Balfour's, corner of Main and Caroline streets, at 3 p.m. on to-morrow, Sunday.
September 18, 1860
RATH - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, John William, infant son of Mr. John Rath, of Buffalo, N.Y.
NOTMAN - Died at Dundas, on the 17th instant, Janet, wife of William Notman, M.P.P., aged 55 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday next, at 10 a.m. Friends and acquaintances will please attend without further notice.
RITCHIE - Died at Ancaster, on the 7th instant, James Ritchie, Esq., aged 75 years, formerly of Glasgow, Scotland.
ASKIN - We regret to learn that D. M. Askin, son of Colonel Askin, London, died yesterday morning, from the effects of injuries received at the hands of three men, said to be Orangemen, with whom he had a dispute about the conduct of the Kingston Orangemen towards the Prince of Wales.
September 22, 1860
BLYTHMAN - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Mr. John Blythman, Jr., aged 29 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence at the West end of the city, at 2 p.m., to-morrow, Sunday.
September 25, 1860
MCDONALD - (Kingston) Yesterday, the mournful intelligence of the death of the Hon. John McDonald of Gananoque reached this city where that gentleman was long and extensively known and highly esteemed for his moral worth. Mr. McDonald died yesterday morning after a brief illness, aged 73 years and 7 months, he having been in this city on Tuesday, apparently in his usual health. He was for many years a member of the Legislative
Council, and during his protracted life, was an enterprising and active promoter of the advancement of the village of Gananoque of whose present position as a flourishing seat of iron and wood manufactures he may justly be regarded as the founder. Mr. McDonald has left behind a large circle of relatives and attached friends to mourn his departure.
MCGENTY - The following are the particulars of a very sudden death that happened in the Township of West Flamborough on the Brock Road on Tuesday, the 11th instant, as detailed before a coroner's inquest held by Dr. Wetherell of Freelton, one of the coroners for this county, on the evening of the same day. It appears that the deceased, one Charles MGCenty, an old resident, in the immediate neighbourhood, was returning from visiting some friends in the Township of Peel from which place he had walked the day previous to within a few miles from home when, feeling fatigued, he put up at Burp's tavern and remained all night, resuming his journey in the morning, apparently in his usual vigorous health. On his way, he called at Doyle's grocery store and bought some candies, where he remained about ten minutes and seemed in excellent health, and conversed freely about his journey. A few minutes after, he was observed sitting on a log by the roadside about twenty rods from the last-named place with his head down, apparently asleep. About half an hour after, another passerby found him lying dead. On examination, no apparent cause could be assigned for so sudden a catastrophe. No marks of violence could be found on the body nor any cause for suspicion of foul play against any person, as he was a quiet, inoffensive man, and the occurrence took place in the middle of the day in a populous neighbourhood. The coroner, in summing up the evidence, said it was one of those fearful visitations of Providence which no human knowledge could account for, particularly without a post mortem examination which he thought in this case unnecessary as no suspicion of a foul deed being done by the hands of any other person or his own could be entertained, and this was all society was interested in, and the only object of a coroner's inquest. The jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
September 27, 1860
ANDREWS - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, the wife of Mr. Robert Andrews, General Brock Inn, King William street. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 28th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
SHANKS - About two o'clock on Saturday last, a melancholy accident took place on the premises of Mr. John Johnston, Township of Eramosa. A man named Robert Shanks was engaged in sinking a large stone which by some means fell in the hole on him, crushing him to death. Deceased was an old man about 60 years of age. He had no wife or family.
LAVERY - Yesterday morning, an inquest was held before Mr. Coroner Bull on the body of a man named Thomas Lavery whose friends reside in the Township of Nestor (?) and who had visited this city for the purpose of seeing the Exhibition. He had, during his stay here, resided with Mr. Watson in the east end of the city. Horrible to relate, yesterday morning he was found in the rear of the house with his throat cut in a most fearful manner. From the appearance of the wounds, be must have been very determined on the perpetration of the rash act which thus suddenly put an end to his existence. The deceased was but 27 years of age, and no reason can be so far assigned for his termination of his life in this manner, he being a very sober, temperate man. The instrument with which the fatal deed was done was deceased's own razor. The jury brought in a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death from the effects of wounds inflicted upon himself while labouring under a fit of temporary insanity.
September 23, 1860
ASKIN - We are requested by a relative and upon the authority of an eye-witness that Mr. D. M. Askin of London was not killed by three Orangeman or any of that society. He was attacked on Wednesday morning by six men who felt slighted because he did not ask one of the party to join his party in a social glass of beer. This was the origin of the sad affair. One of the men insulted Mr. Askin, and in five minutes, six men jumped upon him and knocked and bruised him about the head, and he died on the following Saturday. No clue has been obtained of the men or their whereabouts, and unfortunately they may never be seen. (See page 62.)
September 29, 1860
BROWN - (Stratford) Yesterday afternoon, says a Stratford paper, as some men from Toronto were engaged in repairing the roof of the Common schoolhouse in this town, one of them named James Brown fell to the ground, a distance of thirty-five feet. He was immediately carried to Sleet's saloon, and Dr. Waugh was promptly in attendance. It was found that both arms were broken, but no internal injuries were discovered, and hopes were entertained of his recovery. He gradually sank and died at eight o'clock last night.
HAMMOND - (St. Thomas) We regret to learn that a little son of Mr. James Hammond, tanner, of this town, came to an untimely end on Friday night. It seems, from what we can gather, that the little fellow was playing with some other children in the yard of M. T. Moore's tannery when, by some means, he fel1 into one of the vats. One of his playmates gave the alarm when Mr. E. Moore hurried to the side of the vat and drew him out. The boy was taken home and medical aid called or, but in vain. He lingered about three hours and then expired. He was about four years of age.
LEWIS - (St. Thomas) We learn that a child of Mr. Lewis was drowned on Tuesday last, having slipped into Mr. Ellison's mill pond while playing on the brink with some other children. Both parents were away from home, the father at work and the mother on business at Port Stanley. The little girl showed some signs of life when taken out of the water by one of Mr. Yarwood's men, but was too far gone to recover. She was about four years of age.
October 1, 1860
MCKENZIE - (Brantford) On Saturday last, Mr. John McKenzie, a resident of this town, and brother-in-law to the High Constable, Mr. McMeans, ascended the Mechanics' Arch in Colborne street to take down some flags belonging to the town, and having reached the apex of the temporary structure, the boards which served for footing, being but slightly tacked on, gave way and he fell through the arch to the ground, a distance of about forty feet. He was taken up insensible and never spoke again. Although surgical aid was immediately called in, it was of no avail. The unfortunate man died in less than an hour after the fall. He was a very respectable man, and leaves a widow and four children to mourn his untimely death.
JOHNSON - On Saturday last, a brakesman named C. Johnson on the B. and L.H. Railway fell from a special train coming west about three miles this side of Caledonia and was instantly killed. It was only his third trip, and it is supposed that his head struck against the top of the bridge at the point where the accident occurred, and that he immediately fell between the cars from the effect of the collision. His hat was picked up near the bridge, and the body some two or three hundred yards further on. The frontal bone of the skull was crushed; one hand and one foot were cut off; and the body was horribly mutilated. The mangled remains were brought to Brantford, and on Monday last, Coroner Balfour assisted by Dr. Skinner held an inquest on the body. The jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased man came to his death on Saturday night last by accidentally falling from a special train of cars going west on the B. and L.H. Railway.
ROBERTSON - Died in this city, on the 28th ultimo, Alexander, infant son of Mr. A. Robertson, of the Hamilton Spectator, aged three days.
October 2, 1860
CLARK - Died in this city, at the residence of Mr. George Catchpole, Mr. Joseph Clark. The funeral will take place this (Wednesday) afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
October 3, 1860
BOLTON - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Mrs. Bolton, aged 73. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from Mr. Charles Bolton's, corner of Ray and Wentworth streets, on Thursday at 3 o'clock
RITCBIE - Mr. Ritcbie, an old and respected resident of the Township of Peel, met with his death in the following manner. Deceased went out into the field for the purpose of gathering oats, and while thus employed, a tree which was standing nearby fell, striking the unfortunate man on the head in its descent, killing him instantly. Deceased was aged sixty, and leaves a widow and a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.
WOOD - We regret to learn that a Mr. Wood, a resident of the 4th concession of Garafraxa, was returning home from Fergus on horseback on Tuesday evening last. A dry beech tree near his own farm fell, killing him and his horse instantly.
October 4, 1860
SPENCER - On Sunday last, a young man named Spencer from Woodstock met his death in the following melancholy manner. He had taken his gun with him for the purpose of having a shoot, and returning by the shooting boat. He was in the act of drawing the gun out of the boat with the muzzle facing his abdomen, when the seat of the boat caught the trigger, and as a natural consequence, the unfortunate young man received the contents, killing him almost instantly. He passed the London station on his way up on Saturday night. His father went west by the day express on Monday, and returned by the night express, having the body of the deceased in charge. In the midst of life we are in death.
October 6, 1860
MORTON - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Samuel Edward, infant son of Mr. Thomas Norton, aged 3 years and 11 months.
DYKE - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Nancy, the wife of Mr. Thomas Dyke, aged 65 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of J. K. Griffin, Esq., at 3 p.m., on Sunday.
October 9, 1860
HENDERSON - Died on the 7th instant, at 7 a.m., Robina Isabella Nisbet, second daughter of Mr. James Henderson, aged 21 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her father's residence, York street, on Wednesday, at 12 o'clock noon.
October 10, 1860
STEADAM - On Thursday last, Dr. E. B. Donnelly, coroner, held an inquest on the body of a young man, drowned in the Sydenham river in the vicinity of Dresden, named Alexander Steadam, aged about 18 years. It seems that Steadam rode a horse down to the river for the purpose of allowing the animal to drink, and while the horse was drinking, its forefeet at the fetlock joint knuckled under, causing the beast to plunge forward into the stream, Steadam being at the time on its back. Swimming out into the river about the middle, the horse turned around and made for the shore whence it had started, and strange to say, when land had almost been reached, the rider by some unaccountable means, fell off the horse's back, and was drowned within a few feet of dry land, the horse coming out of the river safely. The body of the deceased was recovered shortly after, but life was wholly extinct.
October 11, 1860
HARVEY - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Mr. T. H. Harvey, aged 30 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to-morrow (Friday) at 9 o'clock, from the residence of the deceased, corner of Cannon and Hughson streets.
BROWN - Died on Monday, the 8th instant, of consumption, Henrietta Maria Waddle, relict of the late Doct. Brown, aged 27 years.
October 12, 1860
COOPER - Died at Nelson, on Wednesday, the 10th instant, Barbara Bell Chisholm, wife of T. Cooper, Esq., aged 48 years. The funeral will take place at 11 o'clock a.m. on Saturday.
HARVEY - Yesterday and the day previous, most painful rumours were flying about town regarding the death of the late T. H. Harvey, so much so that it was deemed necessary to hold an investigation into the attendant circumstances. Accordingly, Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, summoned a jury before whom the following evidence was taken and a verdict rendered.
J. M. Rosebrugh, M.D., having been sworn, deposed. I was called in on Tuesday morning about 11 o'clock. I had attended Mr. Harvey and family for about four years. I have been told that his wife, having been absent on a visit, Mr. Harvey had consulted Dr. Davis about some pain which he felt on the lip, and he prescribed for him. He went home that night and did not return to his place of business. When I saw him, the pulse was at 150, skin hot and dry. He was delirious and was suffering from erysipelas in the face. I prescribed for him and saw him again about 4 o'clock in the afternoon. I thought the symptoms then more favourable. The pulse had decreased to about 130. There was also a gentle perspiration. I saw him again in company
with Dr. Henwood about 8 o'clock in the evening. He was then sinking. The perspiration was cold and clammy. I saw him again about 12 o'clock, and remained about an hour and a half. I saw then that he was rapidly sinking. I believe he died about 4 o'clock in the morning. Dr. Davis had, I believe, seen him in the morning before I did.
To Jurors: I considered him in a very dangerous state when I first saw him, I have been told that deceased's lip was poulticed. I would not myself prescribe this treatment. I have no idea of the primary cause of erysipelas. He had complained of a sore lip. Deceased was not in a state to express an opinion on the treatment he had received. I did not examine the medicine he had been taking. One or two persons have spoken to me with regard to holding an investigation. They seemed to think an enquiry should be held."
Charles S. Nicholson deposed. "I am a brother-in-law to the deceased and was at the store with him. A week ago, on Wednesday, he complained of a sore on his lip and put a plaster on it. He left the store at 6 o'clock and did not return. I am informed that it got worse during the night, and next morning he sent the girl for Dr. Davis who attended him till Tuesday morning. I did not consider there was anything dangerous till Saturday evening when I sat with him. He was in great distress and complained of a pain in his left side after taking the powders, one of which is now produced. The pain always came on after taking the medicine. The red phials of medicine, produced, were not taken internally, but used as a wash for the face. The powders and one of the phials were used the night I sat up with deceased. The powders were taken, one in three hours. I think he took three while I was there. The medicine, the white powder, he took in a little water. Dr. Davis said on Saturday that the deceased had pleurisy & erysipelas. He blistered his shoulder and seemed to relieve him. Some of the deceased's friends were dissatisfied and wished another doctor and I called on Dr. Davis on Tuesday noon at his office. He then said that he did not consider him in a dangerous state. He was willing that another medical man should be called in, but said none of them would meet him in consultation. He gave no reason for this. He said he thought the day before that it would be advisable to call in another doctor, but as Mr. Harvey did not mention it, he did not suggest it. He said he had seen worse cases which had got well. The family are satisfied with the treatment of Dr. Davis and were opposed to this enquiry being held. The other doctor was called in to get his opinion as to whether deceased was dangerously ill or not.
There being no further evidence to bring forward, the coroner left it to the jury to say whether a post mortem examination was necessary, or whether they would bring in a verdict upon the evidence before them. He also informed the jury that several gentlemen had called upon him and insisted on the investigation being held as it was the common rumour that there had been incompetence and malpractice, Dr. Davis not being a qualified practitioner.
The jury, after a short absence, brought in the following
verdict: "The jury are of the opinion that deceased died of erysipelas and other diseases. They are also of the opinion that there is no evidence before them to inculpate anyone for improper treatment of the deceased."
October 13, 1860
PLUMMER - Died at Woodbridge, C.W., on Monday, the 1st instant, Henry Alfred, son of J. P. Plummer, aged 8 months and 11 days.
October 16, 1860
GRAY - Died at Paris, C.W., on the 14th instant, Mr. Thomas Gray, aged 36 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the G.W.R. station here this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
October 17, 1860
PARK - Died at Ballinaby, Woodstock, October 9th, after giving birth to a stillborn son, prematurely, Isabel Ryham, wife of John H. Park, Esq., and daughter of R, Auchinlach, Esq.
GRAY - Yesterday, the mechanics in the various workshops of the G.W.R. ceased work at 3 o'clock. The object in view was to give them an opportunity of attending the funeral of one of their fellow employees, the late Mr. Gray, who died from the effects of injuries he received at the late accident at Paris. The funeral was largely and respectably attended, the deceased being universally respected by all.
October 18, 1860
NELLIGAR - We regret to learn that Capt. Nelligan was washed from the deck of his vessel on Tuesday night and drowned. The many friends of the deceased in this city have been horror struck by this unfortunate accident. Capt. Nelligan was every inch a sailor and much and deservedly respected by all who knew him.
October 20, 1860
CAMPBELL - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Mrs. Catharine Campbell, aged 40 years.
October 22, 1860
FRASER - (Quebec) We regret to learn that on the 11th instant Mr. H. Fraser, keeper of the lighthouse on Red Island, and his eldest son, were drowned off the reef near the island, while returning to the mainland, their boat having been upset in a gale of wind.
October 23, 1860
ROBB - Died at Mountain Park, Ancaster, on the 20th instant, Fanny E. McDonald, aged 57 years, wife of Andrew Robb, Esq. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to meet the funeral on Tuesday afternoon at the old toll-gate at 3 o'clock without further notice.
PRINGLE - Died at Cornwall, C.W., on the morning of Saturday, the 13th instant, James Pringle, Esq., aged 76 years. The deceased was the father of Mr. J. D. Pringle of this city.
OCTOBER 24, 1860
BENNETTO - We regret to learn that a sad accident occurred last Friday at Long Point on Lake Erie where shooting parties annually resort in quest of wild ducks. It appears that Mr. H. B. Bull of this city started out at four o'clock in the afternoon with a boat- under the charge of a man named Joseph Bennetto, better known as "Spanish Joe". They had not gone far when Mr. Bull descried some ducks, and stooping down to take up his gun, Bennetto rose at the same time, and the gun went off, lodging its content into the left eye of Bennetto, killing him instantly. It is thought the trigger of the gun must have been caught by some rushes, but Mr. Bull is not certain. He was so shocked that he cannot remember anything which took place. The alarm having been given, Dr. Boardman of Buffalo, and Dr. Ryali, Jr., of Hamilton, were soon on the spot. The body was conveyed to the nearest island, but a gale coming on, there was no possibility of getting away from the island until Sunday afternoon, when the body was removed to Port Powan, where an inquest would have been held on Monday, but it was not deemed desirable.
OCTOBER 26, 1860
SHELNUT, CALLAGHAN, HENEBRY - (Quebec). The schooner "Hummingbird", Richard
Shelnut, master, bound from Labrador to Halifax, while lying the east end of the island of Anticosti on the 7th instant, was struck by a heavy sea, thrown on beam ends, and instantly dismasted. When she righted, the crew, seven in number, clung to the wreck, but the Captain; James Callaghan, steward; and Martin Henebry, cooper, perished in a few hours. The four survivors, Thomas Martin, owner of the cargo; Timothy Morash and Charles Borgal, crewmen; Edward Strum, mate, remained on the wreck for four days.
Being but a few miles from the island, they managed to construct a raft on which Strum and Borgal made for the shore, and landed about a mile to the eastward of the lighthouse. Two days later, the wreck was seen from the lighthouse and the two men still moving about on it. The keeper and his men immediately went off to their rescue and happily succeeded in bringing them safe on shore. These two fellows were on the wreck six days without food or drink of any kind. Most fortunately, the steamer,
"Napoleon III" called at that station on the very day the latter two were saved, and the four were immediately taken on board, and taken to Gaspe, from which they proceeded to Pictou in the steamer "Lady Head" on their way to Halifax where they all reside. The "Napoleon" was out in the same terrific gale about forty miles to the westward of the schooner.
October 30, 1860
STEPHENS - Died in this city, on the 29th October, Catherine Stephens, aged 54 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, King William Street, this day, at 3 o'clock.
November 2, 1860
HENRY - Died at Ancaster, on the 31st ultimo, Mary Cumming, late of the County Antrim, Ireland, wife of Archibald Henry, aged 72 years.
November 6, 1860
COX - Died here, on the 3rd November, Helen Jackson, wife of James Cox, formerly of Annan, Dumfries-shire, Scotland, aged 70 years. The funeral will move from the residence of her son-in-law, Alderman Edgar, Miles street, to-morrow, at 9 o'clock of which friends will please take notice.
MCKECHNIE - Died on the 2nd November, Mary, youngest daughter of Mr. Robert McKechnie, in the 20th year of her age. Beloved by all who knew her.
November 8, 1860
COTTER - Died on Sunday morning, the 4th instant, at Port Nelson, Velma Loisa, eldest daughter of Hugh Cotter, aged 8 years and 7 months, after a short illness, of inflammation of the lungs.
MURPHY - The body of a man named Murphy was found in a horribly mutilated state on the track of the Great Western Railway near Dundas a little after dawn yesterday by one of the men employed in taking care of the line. It is supposed that the deceased who lived in the vicinity of Burlington Heights had been returning from Dundas and was run over by the night train.
November 16, 1860
MCKENZIE - Died Thursday, in this city, William Henry, only son of Mr. A. J. McKenzie, aged 4 years and 3 months. Funeral at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Friends will please accept this intimation.
November 22, 1860
BUCHANAN - It is with feelings of the deepest sorrow and regret that we have received accounts of the death, in Scotland, of Peter Buchanan, Esq., of the firm of Peter Buchanan and Co., in Glasgow, and of Isaac Buchanan and Co, and Buchanan, Harris, and Co. in this country, and elder brother of the Member for this city.
The sad event took place in Adamton, Ayrshire, the residence of deceased's brother-in-law, Major Douglas, on the 5th instant, and was the effect of an accident received while shooting on the 27th October. We are sure we speak the sentiments of the whole community when we say that no one ever stood higher as a gentleman and a merchant than a friend whose premature 1oss we now deplore, and we do not know that we could pay a higher tribute to him and the firms of which he was a member than to mention that, out of consideration for their widely extended business connections in this country, their arrangements have always been such that an occurrence like the present one, causes no alteration in their business. Mr. Peter Buchanan was the third and eldest surviving son of Peter Buchanan, Esq., of Auchmar, Stirlingshire, Scotland, who was the original prior of the firm of Peter Buchanan and Co, Glasgow.
November 23, 1860
WHEWELL - Died at Niagara City, N.Y., on the 21st November, James Whewell, formerly of Blackburn, England.
HODGSON - A man named John Hodgson, foreman in Mr. Alexander Taylor's plaster beds, near York, was accidentally killed by a fall of plaster on Thursday last whilst digging in the mines. Another person was near him at the time, but fortunately escaped.
SIMPSON - A waggon maker, named John Simpson, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at Mr. Kinrade's, corner of Rebecca and Mary streets. He left in the morning in his usual health, and returned about one o'clock the worse of liquor. An inquest will be held this morning.
November 24, 1860
WEISENBACH - (Stratford) On Wednesday, the 14th instant, a German named Martin Weisenbach, living in South Easthope, went to the house of Ludwig Geiss, his son-in-law, to reclaim some cattle which had been taken there by Weisenbach's wife. A scuffle ensued, during which Geiss struck Weisenbach on the head with a handspike, from the effects of which blow, he died on the the following Friday. On Saturday last, an inquest was held on the body at Reimer's Hotel, Shakespeare, before Coroner Shaver and a very intelligent jury, of which Mr. James Trow was chosen foreman.
SALTER - On Thursday week, a man was killed near Westwood station, West Williams, by the five o'clock train. It appears that a Mr. James Salter, on his way home from London, became intoxicated at Nairn, and continued so, more or less, till he reached the above station where he remained for some time, and by some means procured more liquor and in consequence became very much intoxicated. He then started for home, going by the railway track, on which he must have lain down and slept until the train came along, which mangled his body in a most frightful manner. He leaves a wife and four children to lament his untimely end. A coroner's inquest was held on Monday, the 19th instant, by Dr. Mclntyre of Strathroy, and verdict of accidental death returned. No blame is attached to any of the railway officials.
November 26, 1860
VANDAM - (St. Catharines) An old pensioner named Anthony Vandam died very suddenly in this town on Friday night last, and owing to some very suspicious circumstances therewith, an inquest was held on the body on the following morning by Coroner Goodman No evidence was elicited sufficient to criminate any person, but it was deemed advisable by the coroner's jury that a post mortem examination should take place to set at rest any uneasiness that might linger in the public mind, to punish the guilty if any and to exculpate the innocent. The surgical and analytical examination was ably conducted by Dr. E. Goodman whose evidence conclusively attested that Vandam's lungs were totally diseased, eaten up by alcohol or bad whiskey, which it was proved he latterly drank at the rate of half a gallon a day when on a spree. No symptom of any other poison was apparent, and thus was what was at first looked upon as a suspicious case turned out, upon rigid investigation, to be but another victim to gross intemperance. The jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts.
November 27, 1860
HUNTER, KERR - (Belleville) On Thursday morning last, about 2 o'clock, a sad accident occurred in the bay, nearly opposite the town, by which two lives were lost. Early in the morning, three men, Capt. Hunter of the schooner "Mary Ann"; James Kerr, painter; and Chauncey Weese, a sailor, started in a small sailboat for Weese's Landing, a short distance up the Bay, where a schooner, undergoing repairs, was lying. When a mile above the town, and about 300 yards from the south shore of the Bay, the boat was struck by a heavy squall and capsized, sinking almost immediately. Capt. Hunter and James Kerr were drowned and Weese, who clung to the boat, was rescued by Mr. Spencer and Henry Cole who saw the boat sink and came to their assistance as soon as they could procure a boat. Each of the deceased leaves a wife and two or three children. An inquest was held on the body of Capt Hunter by Coroner J. P. Macdonald and a verdict in accordance with the facts recorded. The body of Kerr has not yet been recovered. The jury in their verdict
severely censured the crew of a schooner, name unknown, which was about 200 yards from the boat when she capsized for making no effort to rescue the unfortunate men.
HOPKINS - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon before Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, on the body of Thomas Hopkins, an aged man whom many will recollect as a beggar in the city and who went about with his feet and legs enveloped in great bundles of rags. It appears from the evidence that deceased was in the habit of sleeping in an open shanty on McNab street, and that he lay down there on Saturday night on a few rags on the ground. In the morning he was found in a dying state and lived only a few minutes. The intensity of the cold of Saturday night and Sunday morning, acting on an enfeebled body with little or no protection, was no doubt the cause of his death. The verdict of the jury was "death from exposure to the inclemency of the weather". Indeed sleeping in such a place on such a night as Saturday night would have killed a much more robust man than deceased, and the only wonder is how a human being could be so thoughtless as to lie down in such a place. It appeared that deceased had been drinking on Saturday night but that he was not intoxicated.
November 28, 1860
MCDOWEL - Died in this city, on Monday, the 26th instant, Susanna Hess, wife of Mr. Samuel McDowel, aged 49 years and 7 months. Friends and acquaintance, without further notice, are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her late residence, corner of York and Hess streets, on Thursday, at 11 a.m.
JACKSON - Died at his sister's residence, in the city of Chester, after a long illness, George Bennett Jackson, of Granbey, in the county of Waterford, Esq., and formerly of the 43rd Regiment of Light Infantry in which distinguished corps he served under the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsula. He was a brother of Thomas Jackson, Esq., of this city.
DUNN - Died on Tuesday, the 27th instant, in this city, of typhoid fever, at the residence of his brother, Charles Dunn, aged 20 years.
DURANT - (Whitby) On Tuesday, the 13th instant, the remains of a young man named William Durant, about 28 years of age, who had died two days previously, were interred in St. John's cemetery near "Port Whitby. On Sunday morning, it was discovered that the grave had been despoiled and the body taken away. The shroud and part of a white shirt were torn from the corpse and left scattered around the grave. The miscreants who perpetrated the unhallowed act did their work in the most clumsy and barbarous manner. This is the first occasion that we have been called upon to chronicle a crime of this nature taking place in this locality. The constables, we are glad to learn, have
obtained a clue to the guilty parties, and we have little doubt but that they will be brought to speedy justice. We earnestly hope that the justice which the wickedness of their inhuman crime deserves will be meted out to them.
November 29, 1860
GAUVREAU - (Quebec) On Saturday night last about 11 o'clock, a man named Gauvreau, working at Mr. J. Cumberland's establishment, corner of Sous-le-fort and St Peter streets, was discovered lying inside the counter of the shop, brutally beaten and almost dead. When discovered, he was only able to mutter a few unintelligible words. A considerable quantity of goods had been taken out of the shop. Some 35 or 40 pairs of boots, a number of other effects and the contents of the money drawer were missing. Shortly after he was found in this condition, the unfortunate man expired without having been able to make any revelation as to his murderers. How this shocking murder could have been perpetrated in the centre of the business portion of the city at an hour when a large number of the shops are still open and the streets still frequented, is indeed a mystery. It is hoped that the robbery committed by the murderers, for the manner in which the deed was committed leaves it certain there must have been more than one perpetrator, will serve as a clue for their discovery. It is to be hoped, for the credit of the city, that no exertion will be spared to discover and punish the brutal authors of this deed which is without a parallel in our criminal annals for several years back.
November 30, 1860
GUNN - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, aged 20 years, Mr. Alfred C. Gunn, son of D. C. Gunn, Esq. The funeral will take place from Mr. Gunn's residence, Main street east, to-morrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully incited to attend.
December 4, 1860
ROBB - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Mr. George Robb, aged 28 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his residence on Catherine street, to-day at 3 o'clock p.m.
December 5, 1860
JARDINE - Died at Ploughkeepsie, N.Y., on the 27th ultimo, Helenor, daughter of Joseph Jardine, Saltfleet, aged 8 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her father's house at the place of interment, on Thursday, the 6th instant and half past two p.m. without further notice.
December 19, 1860
CULLODEN - Died at Lowville, Nelson, on the 12th instant, in the full hope of everlasting peace, Anna Eliza, relict of the late Mr. L. P. Culloden, formerly of Blessington, County of Wicklow, Ireland, aged 62 years and 2 months.
ROY - Mary Madeline, wife of Thomas Roy, died at Port Levi, last week of whiskey and starvation. The Quebec "Mercury" says: One cold evening lately, as a villager was passing, he observed no smoke coming out of the chimney, and at once took in a handful of fuel to lessen so far as possible the distress of the aged couple, and as usual, he found them helpless from intoxication. The woman, however, moaned sadly and begged her husband to send for a doctor, to which he replied that he would not listen to her now for she had never pitied or helped him when he was sick. Their visitor, having done all that he could for them, went on his way, thinking their condition at the time nothing very unusual.
Next morning, he sauntered out to the adjacent house, and in reply to an enquiry whether his wife was not dead yet, said in a careless way, "Well, I believe that she is this time, the old wretch". The news was soon after confirmed by some person philanthropically disposed entering the house and discovering the poor creature lying cold and stiff, rolled up in a thread-bare blanket. Their hut presented the most comfortless picture imaginable, being destitute of everything in the shape of food or furniture. Even their stove was but an apology for one; it had no door on it. The coroner was called in, and the verdict of jury was the usual one under such circumstances. We scarcely know what the "Mercury" means by "the usual Verdict in such circumstances", but should think, if the husband were punished for his neglect, he would get no more than his due.
December 20, 1860
CLARK - It is with the most painful feelings that we announce to our readers the melancholy death of Mr. George Clark, a well known inhabitant of Blenheim by that fatal disease, hydrophobia. About six months ago, we are informed, Mr. Clark was bitten by a dog of his own which was supposed to be in a rabid state. The animal also had bitten several other persons before it was destroyed. No bad results ever showing themselves, however, the circumstance was almost forgotten by Mr. Clark, but on Monday of last week in his going to the well, he found he had a most unaccountable dread of water, and immediately mentioned the circumstance to some of his friends. Medical aid was promptly sought, but convulsions seized upon the unfortunate man and continued to increase in violence until the following night when he expired. Great anxiety exists in the minds of friends of other parties bitten by the dog, but up to the present time, we believe no unfavourable symptoms have displayed themselves.
December 21, 1860
COOK - Died on the 19th instant, Mary Rollin, wife of John Cook, aged 54 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to accompany the funeral from her late residence, Merrick street, to-morrow, Saturday, at 1 p.m.
HARVEY - Died on the 19th instant, at the residence of James Black, Esq., Mary Harvey, relict of the late Theophilus Harvey, Esq., of Kingston, aged 85 years.
IRVINE - Died at Toronto, on Wednesday, the 19th instant, Caroline Sarah, wife of Mr. William Irvine, aged 27 years. The funeral will take place in Hamilton, from the residence of Mr. John Irvine, Hughson street north, corner of Stinson, on Saturday, the 22nd instant, at half past two o'clock.
PETTIGREW - Died of consumption, at the residence of Morris C. Lutz, ex-mayor of Galt, C.W., Mr. John Pettigrew, late of this city, aged 28 years. Mr. Pettigrew was a native of Ayrshire, Scotland. He was much and deservedly esteemed by a large circle of acquaintances in Hamilton as well as other parts of Canada.
December 22, 1860
WAGSTAFF - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Sarah Ann Wagstaff, daughter of Mr. Goerge Wagstaff, aged 24 years.
HARRIS - (Guelph) The present year was nearly departing without a recurrence of those sad scenes of the gallows yard which were unfortunately so frequent in 1859 in various parts of Upper Canada. A case, however, occurred here in which the Government could not interfere, and yesterday, the words "no hope" came by telegraph from Quebec. The convict was one George Harris, a coloured man, who killed his wife in August last.
Harris had been in the city gaol here for about two months and was tried, found guilty, and sentenced at the last Wellington fall assizes. As the details of the melancholy affair which terminated to-day on the surrender of a life for a life may not be quite fresh in the memory of the readers, I may mention that the woman, Rachel, who was not married to Harris but cohabited with him and called herself his wife, was found dead in her bed on the 17th of last August in her alleged husbands house on the Eramosa road. The unfortunate man had been in the habit of ill-using poor Rachel very frequently, and the constant quarrels disturbed the whole neighbourhood. All along the greatest sympathy was manifested by the people for her. Indeed according to all accounts, had she loved the wretch wisely and not too well, and had heeded the admonitions of friends', time and time given her when instances of his brutality occurred, she in all probability would have been alive to-day, and the gallows would have been without its victim. She, however,
always contended, although not bound to Harris by any legal marriage tie, that a wife should stick to her man for better or worse, and to prove her faith in the obligation, when the husband smote her on the right cheek, she would turn the left round to him that he might smite that one also. The woman bore an estimable character which in the end proved to be of important evidence against Harris, who, with a cunning of which he never before was thought guilty, endeavoured to lay the death of his wife to herself.
On the night of the murder, Harris was unusually violent to Rachel, but never before, it appears, was their house so quiet, leaving the inference that his attack upon her was sudden and so diabolically determined that life was taken ere the woman could cry for help. There was no 'melee' in the matter in which Rachel could have given resistance. It was a downright premeditated slaughter which so thoroughly aroused the horror and indignation of the whole population that the execution had been looked forward to with the utmost satisfaction. Harris caused his wife's death by beating her with a stick till she was quite dead; in fact the affair was the most murderous and villainously designed one it is possible to conceive. After killing her, he placed the corpse upon the bed, a straw one, and tore and ripped in different places the few clothes she had on, in order to make it appear that she had died from a scramble and exposure alone in the adjacent woods. With appropriate heartlessness, Harris remained in the house all night entirely undisturbed by any thought of the bloody death which had laid prostrate forever the body of Rachel. In the morning, he arose with the cold corpse before him, took his breakfast, as it was afterwards found out, and then went out, blocking the door with several large pieces of cordwood. He at once feigned tremendous grief for his wife, told the neighbours that she had killed herself in the woods, and altogether made a daring attempt to divert all suspicion from himself. To no purpose, however, for his bad treatment of Rachel was too well known, and his arrest was immediately effected. To-day, he expiated his crime on the gallows.
December 25, 1860
STINSON - Died on the morning of the 24th instant, Francis, sixth son of Thomas Stinson, Esq., of this city, in the 23rd year of his age. The funeral will take place on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends will please accept this invitation without further notice.
We regret to announce that Francis Stinson, a young man of some 23 years, son of Thomas Stinson, Esq., of this city, committed suicide by shooting himself about 2 o'clock on Monday morning last. It appears that some words of reproach from his father had stung his feelings and led him to the perpetration of the rash act. He was a high-spirited young man, generally esteemed by all who knew him, and the sudden termination of his earthly career has cast a deep gloom over his father's house which is deeply felt by the many friends of the family.
HARTEN - Edgar Harten was executed in Brockville on Thursday last for the murder of his cousin, Morgan Dockstader.
PAMAH-GAY - The Indian, Pamah-gay, convicted at the late Kent assizes for the murder of another Indian, was executed at Chatham at 2 p.m. on Saturday last. He made no confession and died without making any statement. The attendance of people was small as it was not generally known that the sentence of the law would be carried into effect.
STAPLETON - Yesterday, a young man named Stapleton, was killed at the station at Seaforth on the Buffalo and Lake Huron Railway. He was late for the train and, running, caught hold of the handles which are beside the cars, in order that he might swing himself on the steps. Unfortunately, he overbalanced himself, and falling between the cars, a portion of the train went over him. Amputation of his leg was subsequently made, but death ensued.
HUDSON - Died at Hamilton, on Christmas Day, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. E. 0. Duggan, Mary Ann Hawkesbury, wife of D. Hudson, Esq., York, Grand River, at the age of 68, after a lingering illness of two years. The funeral will take place at York on Friday, the 28th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m., and will leave the house of Mr. E. 0. Duggan, Rebecca street, Hamilton, at 9 o'clock a.m. Friends and acquaintances of the family are invited to attend without further notice.
WILKINS - (London) We regret to announce the death of a worthy young man, Henry Wilkins, which happened in this city on Sunday morning. Deceased was employed as a tanner in the establishment of Mr. Morrill, and was quite well up to Friday last when he took to his bed and died as recorded. Many suppose from his actions prior to his death that his complaint was hydrophobia. He refused to touch water, and attempted to bite those in attendance, and the symptoms altogether go to favour this view of the case. It is argued that he must have caught the infection from some of the skins which he was engaged in tanning by the poison working into his hand where it was cut. The animal from which the skin was taken having, it is supposed, at one time been bitten by a rabid dog. How far this may be correct, we are not in a position to state. It is the general opinion of the friends of the deceased, however, that this was the mode by which death was brought about. Deceased was but twenty years of age. He was greatly beloved by his associates, and by his employer greatly respected. He was a member of No. 4 Fire Company, and as a token of respect for the deceased, the flags of both engine houses were displayed at half mast yesterday,
December 29, 1860
EDGAR - Died in this city, yesterday morning, William J.C. Edgar, son of Alderman Edgar, Miles street, aged 3 years. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock this (Saturday) afternoon.