January 1, 1861
APPLEGARTH - Died at his residence, near Waterdown, on the 30th December, Joshua Applegarth, Esq., aged 55 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, 2nd January, at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
BETHUNE - Died at Walpole, C.W., on the 26th ultimo, the Rev. William Bethune, in his 60th year.
January 4, 1861
HAMILTON - Died yesterday morning, of scarlet fever, Caroline Mabel, fourth daughter of Robert J. Hamilton, Esq., of Bellevue, aged 8 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
January 6, 1861
MULLER (Picton) - On Monday morning last, Mr. John Muller, Jr., was crushed between two cog wheels belonging to the bark mill in his father's tannery. It appears that the deceased was passing along near the machinery when a part of his clothing was caught by one of the cog wheels, and in an instant, without uttering a word, and only one single groan, his body was horribly mangled between the two massive iron cogs.
January 8, 186l
MACNAB - Died on the 6th instant, of scarlet fever, Daniel William, youngest son of the late Daniel MacNab, Esq., aged six years and three months. Friends are invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday at 2½ p.m.
DAVIDSON - Died on Sunday afternoon, the 6th instant, at the residence of the Rev. J. G. Geddes, John Davidson, Esq., collector of customs, aged 71 years and 2 months. The funeral will take place from his late residence at 3½ o'clock p.m. when his friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
DRUMMOND - A fearful accident took place in the neighbourhood of Galt on Monday last, the 31st ultimo, about 4 o'clock by which a well known inhabitant of the town, Mr. James Drummond, mason, met a most painful death. Mr. Drummond, along with two others, has lately been engaged in cutting saw logs for the Galt mill on the farm of Mr. A. Fergusson, close to the
town, there being at the time two other parties chopping in the same bush. About a week ago, a tree felled by Mr. Drummond’s party came very near falling on two of the other choppers who were working close to them but under a hill and thus out of sight. On the day above‑named, a tree cut by Mr. Drummond starting to fall, he ran to the brow of the hill to give warning to those working below.
Unfortunately he ran in the direction the tree fell and was caught between it and a fallen log, crushing and breaking one leg dreadfully and seriously bruising the other. Assistance was instantly sought by his comrades and a sleigh having been procured, he was placed therein and driven at once to his own home, and medical aid procured. Although sensible to the last, however the unfortunate man never rallied and expired about ten o’clock the same evening. Mr. Drummond leaves a wife and four children to lament his untimely death.
GODSMAN (Whitby) - James Godsman, a fine young lad aged eleven years and two months, lost his life while skating on the Bay on Monday afternoon. It appears that he approached too near the breakwater where the ice was weak and thin and gave way under him, precipitating the poor youth into the water. He held on to the edge of the ice for a considerable time, and his cries for help were most piteous, but owing to the dangerous state of the ice and the absence of ropes and planks, those present were unable to rescue him. Mr. Timothy Bigelow ventured on the ice and went through and made several praiseworthy attempts to save the poor boy's life, but was unsuccessful. Overcome with cold and exhaustion, he relaxed his hold and was drowned. The body was subsequently recovered by a son of Mr. Waters who reached the spot in a canoe. Deceased was the only son of the late Captain James Godsman whose death resulted from an accident on board the vessel of which he was master.
January 9, 1861
FECKNOR - An inquest was held yesterday in the Township of Ancaster before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of John Fecknor who was found dead in his bed. It appeared in evidence that the deceased was living alone in a small house on the side of the road, and that he was out among the neighbours on the Sunday right previous, in his usual health. A friend was also in with him previous to his retiring to bed. The next afternoon on some of the neighbours going into the house, he was discovered partly out of the bed, but quite dead. A quantity of blood was also found on the floor and in a basin. After a careful examination, the Jury came to the conclusion that the deceased had died from the bursting of a blood vessel in the lungs. The deceased was an industrious and sober man, about 50 years old.
DAVIDSON - The Late John Davidson, Esq. Our issue of yesterday contained a brief announcement of the death of this lamented old gentleman, but his position, character, and length of public service demand from the chronicle of passing events something more than a casual notice. He was the son of Dr. James Davidson, a staff surgeon well known to the older inhabitants of this Province. He was born in Canada and spent his long and useful life in the public service of his country. In the year 1812, he was actively engaged in the Militia during the last American war. From 1814 to 1827, he sat in the House of Assembly, and was one of the leading supporters of the Government. In the latter part of this period, he was associated with Sir John Harvey and Sir Francis Cockburn on a committee to arrange the Canada Company's land purchase, and was subsequently appointed surveyor general of the Woods and Forests.
In 1830, having previously acted as Assistant Land Commissioner and Assistant Civil Secretary, he was appointed jointly with Mr. Bouttilier, Crown Lands Commissioner, and after the Union, in May 1841, he was made the sole Commissioner of the Crown Land Offices of the two Provinces, a situation which his former experience and his great business talents peculiarly qualified him for. From this important responsible post, he was suddenly dismissed without notice or allegation of fault, merely to secure political strength in the local Administration of the day, and subsequently, as a tardy act of justice and some small compensation for his acknowledged services, he received the appointment of Collector of Customs at this Port. In this office, his usual ability soon displayed itself while his cheerful disposition and affability of manner won for him the respect and good win of the community at large. Mr. Davidson had survived all his family consisting of two sons and one daughter, and the only male issue he leaves behind him is his grandson, Lieut. Henry Davidson of the 100th Regiment now stationed at Gibraltar.
January 10, 1861
CALDWELL - Died at the residence of John Jarvis, Trafalgar, on the 9th instant, in the 81st year of her age, Eleanor Caldwell, relict of the late Anthony Caldwell. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 11th instant, at 11 o'clock a.m.
SAVARY - We mentioned two or three weeks ago the commital of three prisoners for trial at the next Court of Queen's Bench on the charge of manslaughter. The three prisoners named Savary, Ladiberte, and Lajeunesse were charged by the verdict of the jury, given at the inquest held at St. Hyacinthe, with having caused the death of Madame Savary, wife of the first‑named prisoner, by the administration of an excessive quantity of whiskey. On Saturday morning, Mr. Drummond, Q.C., in Chambers, moved for the liberation of the prisoners by a writ of habeas corpus, but Mr. Justice Mondelet, before the case was argued, refused to grant the application.
January 11, 1861
HANNON - Died at Glanford, on the 2nd instant, Mr. Samuel Hannon, in his 71st year.
WEEKS - Died at Collingwood, on the 9th January, Florence Nightingale, youngest daughter of Mr. Hiram Weeks, late of this city. Friends are invited to attend the funeral which will take place this day (Friday) at 1:30 p.m. The procession will form at the Railway Depot and proceed from thence to the cemetery.
January 12, 1861
DECOURCEY ( Stratford) - An inquest was held on the 4th instant (Friday) by J. Mahony, Esq., coroner, and a jury, Mr. James Moriarty, foreman, on the body of a settler named Martin DeCourcey, late of No 34, Concession 6, Ellice, who, on going out of the house and having proceeded a few steps, slipped and fell, his forehead striking a rail. His wife was in the house at the time and so was a farm servant, John Maher, both of whom were at the side of the deceased at once, but he was dead. They tried to rouse him up by applying water on his face, but he moved not. Maher ran quickly for neighbours' help, but of no use; he never stirred. The deceased had been a settler for a number of years, but the testimony taken at the inquest shows that he drank occasionally very heavy, especially when from home. The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death suddenly while in an exhausted state of health from disease brought on by intemperance. Deceased left no children except an adopted son about 8 years of age.
LANDON - A terrible calamity happened on Tuesday in the house of Mr. Z. Landon of Charlotteville. A large kettle of brine suspended by a crane was boiling on the fire in the hearth near which Mrs. Landon and her two young children were standing. The crane suddenly gave way and threw the scalding liquid over both mother and children. They were terribly burned, and one of the children has since died.
JOHNSON - Our correspondent at the Sault Ste. Marie, whose letter in full will appear shortly, writes us of the melancholy death of Mr. Johnson, Canadian Surveyor, on the 1st instant. He perished by drowning while attempting to cross a small lake some 50 miles from the Sault Ste Marie and 20 miles east from Batcheewainy Bay, Lake Superior. He was pushing on his work of survey, going ahead of his party, when he fell through the weak ice. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him. It is also feared that Mr. Herrick, another Canadian Surveyor, and three companions, have perished from cold and exposure. Nothing had been heard from them for three weeks, and they only had provisions for one week.
January 16, 1861
TINLING - Died on the 19th October, at the Commissariat Buildings, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Assistant Commissariat General Widdrington Tinling, brother of Charles Tinling, Esq., Postmaster General of Barbados, deeply regretted by his numerous friends and sorrowing family.
WALCOTT - Died on the 9th November, in London, at her brother's residence, Landsdown Crescent, Notting Hill, Annie, youngest daughter of the late Hon. R.Y. Walcott, for many years a member of the Legislative Council of Barbados.
BURTON - Died on the 22nd December, ultimo, at his residence, Portland Road, Nottingham, England, in his 74th year, the Rev. Thomas Blount Burton, for 33 years the highly respected minister of the Independent Church at Ison Green, uncle of Col. Booker of this city.
PATTON - Died at Montreal, on the 14th instant, Maggie, only child of S. G. Patton, Esq., aged 1 year, 3 months, and 22 days.
January 19, 1861
MCCARTY - An inquest was held yesterday before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of a child named Ellen McCarty, who was burned to death in a shanty on the line of the Hamilton and Port Dover Railway. It appeared in evidence that there was no one in the shanty at the time of the occurrence, the mother having left the child alone while she went for some water. On the return with a neighbour, and opening the door, she found her child enveloped in smoke, all the lower part of its clothes having been consumed, the upper clothing still smouldering and burning into the child's body. The child lived but a short time. As the child was left sitting on a chair opposite the stove, it is supposed that a spark flew out and ignited the clothing. A verdict in accordance with the above was returned.
January 21, 1861
MOWAT - Died at Hamilton, on the 18th instant, Mrs. William Mowat, aged 32, of consumption. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 21st, from her late residence, Wellington street, at 2 o'clock. Friends will please accept of this intimation.
HINIGAN - The neighbourhood of Prince's Square was thrown into a state of great excitement between one and two o'clock on Saturday afternoon by a report that a floor of Mr. Ferrie’s
warehouse, now in possession of Mr. M. Young and Mr. O'Connor, had given way and killed one of the men employed in the cellar. The rumour proved but too true. The sound of the crash was distinctly heard in the office of this paper, and on enquiry, we found that a portion of the store at the north end of the building had given way and that a man named James Hinigan, employed by Mr. O’Connor in packing pork, was beneath the ruins without the least chance of being extricated alive.
It appears that there were five men employed in the cellar at the time of the accident, all of whom, save Hinigan, succeeded in getting away without serious harm, one having been struck on the arm as he was escaping. Mr. Ferrie, Mr. Turner, and, we believe, one or two others were in the cellar only a few minutes before the crash. The floor was heavily loaded with grain.
As the work of clearing away the debris was progressing, and about four o'clock, a short time before the unfortunate man was got out, looking from our office window, we noticed Hinigan’s poor wife knocking agonisingly for admittance at the door of the warehouse. Word of the accident had not reached her for some time after the fall of the floor and she had only arrived, wild with grief, to witness the cold, prostrate, and lifeless body of her husband who had left her shortly before, hale, hearty, and happy.
At once admitted, never before was creature in such painful suspense as that distressed woman until the body was reached. We cannot describe the lone wife's feelings ‑ it was a sad, a mournful picture, and we turned from the scene of the accident, unable to bear any longer the disconsolate utterances of her who was so precipitately deprived of all that made her home happy or life worth striving for. After the fall of the floor, Hinigan could not have lived very long, as a large beam was found to rest across his chest, and the marks on the forehead indicated a blow there. His features were slightly distorted, but not sufficient to show that he had been able to make any effort to save himself. The body of Hinigan was placed on a sleigh and conveyed to his own house, the frantic wife being taken away from the place in a conveyance which led the cortege, her heart‑piercing shrieks stirring up the sympathy of the hundreds assembled.
A coroner's jury was empanelled immediately after the body was recovered, but adjourned until Tuesday morning when a full investigation into the cause of the accident will take place.
January 22, 1861
MAHONEY - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, of consumption, Miss Martha Mahoney, aged 23 years. The funeral will take place this day (Tuesday) from the residence of Mr. J. B. Mathews, Market street west, at half past 2 o'clock. Friends will please accept this intimation.
GLASSEY - Died at Silver Creek, at the residence of Mr. James Preston, on the 20th instant, aged 50 years, 5 months, and 15 days, Mr. Edward Glassey, of this city. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, East Market street, to‑day (Tuesday) at 10 o'clock.
HEARLE - Died on the 16th instant, Minnie, daughter of William Hearle, Beamsville, aged 4 years.
STRONGMAN - Died in this city, Mr. James Strongman, in the 70th year of his age. Friends and Acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, Peel street, to‑morrow (Wednesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Another old resident has gone from amongst us. The late Mr. James Strongman was a good citizen and a kind‑hearted man. In his quiet and unobtrusive way he earned the respect and good will of all who knew him. Hard working and industrious to the last, he contributed much to render the city what it is, and has passed away amid the regrets of those of his fellow‑townsmen who appreciated his worth and admired Pope’s well‑known aphorism of “an honest man’s the noblest work of God”.
January 25, 1861
WORTHINGTON - Died at Detroit, on the morning of the 22nd instant, while on a visit from Quebec, Amelia Measam, aged 55 years, wife of Thomas Worthington, assistant Commissioner of Customs and Excise.
January 29, 1861
FILGIANO - The mortal remains of Mr. George Filgiano of Paris, brother of Mr. Filgiano of this city, were followed to the grave last Thursday at Caledonia under very melancholy circumstances. On the 13th of the present month, the deceased gentleman, happy and to all appearances in the enjoyment of good health, led his bride to the altar and was married. On the 16th, he was taken suddenly ill, and notwithstanding the aid of several medical gentlemen, continued getting worse. On the 20th, he was dead. In due time the preparations for the sad performance of the funeral rites were made, and when the day for the funeral arrived, strange to say, the body remained warm and the features maintained all the appearance of life. On this account, the burial was deferred until last Thursday, when the corpse continuing in the same state, the body was opened and the heart found terribly enlarged. Mr. Filgiano had died of disease of the heart. Almost in one short week, he passed from the bridal altar to the graveyard.
CUMMINGS - Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, held an inquest on the body of Bridget Cummings, a married woman who resided with her husband on Rebecca street, next house to the Royal Hotel
stables. The evidence went to show that she was a habitual drunkard, that on Friday and Saturday last she was more intoxicated than usual, that she was found lying on her face on the floor by her husband on Saturday afternoon about six o'clock when he left her, being afraid of a row if she awoke before getting sober, and that on returning to the house about eight o'clock, he became alarmed, endeavoured to rouse her, but found that she was dead. The jury brought in a verdict “that deceased had died of suffocation while lying on her face in a state of intoxication”.
January 30, 1861
COLVILLE - Died at Hamilton, on the 29th instant, Jessie Colville, daughter of the late John Colville, Saltfleet, aged 45 years. The funeral will take place on Friday at 2 o'clock from Mrs. Colville's residence, Wellington street north. Friends and acquaintances will please accept this intimation.
BOND (London) - A melancholy and fatal accident occurred on Wednesday evening last by which a man named William Bond lost his life. The deceased and his brother had been in the woods on the 13th Concession of London, west of the Proof Line, and had been engaged in chopping. Both of them were standing together conversing about the work when a large branch fell from a tree and struck the deceased on the top of the head, knocking him down. He was at once conveyed to his home, and upon examination, it was found that the skull was fearfully fractured. Medical assistance was at once sent for, but before the doctor arrived, the poor fellow was dead. He was about twenty‑eight years of age, and had been married about eight months.
February 1, 1861
JACKSON - Died in this city, on the 17th ultimo, Mr. Joseph Jackson, formerly of West Flamborough, aged 60 years.
MILES - Died at Stratford, on Tuesday, the 29th ultimo, Mr. Thomas Miles, late of this city, aged 45 years.
February 2, 1861
CURTIS - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 31st ultimo, Miss Louisa Curtis, youngest daughter of Mr. Joseph Curtis, aged 20 years and 8 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from her father’s residence, Macnab near cannon streets, on Tuesday next, at 3 o’clock p.m.
MCGLOGAN - Died yesterday, James Henry McGlogan, aged 1 year and 2 months, the youngest son of Mr. Cornelius McGlogan, of the Police Force of this city. The funeral will take place from his father’s residence, Hughson street, at 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, of which friends will please take notice.
February 5, 1861
ARMSTRONG - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Mary Jane, infant daughter of Mr. Isaac Armstrong, York street. The funeral will take place at half past one p.m. to‑day. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
DAVIS - Died at Mount Albion, on the 3rd instant, Maria Emeline Dewitt, wife of Daniel S. Davis, aged 48 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday, the 6th instant, at 2 o’clock p.m., without further intimation.
February 6, 1861
CREIGHTON - Died in Kingston, on Thursday, 31st January, Catherine, aged 2 years, youngest daughter of Mr. John Creighton.
MUIRHEAD - Died at Brockville, on the 1st instant, Mary Jane Muirhead, second daughter of Mr. Donald Muirhead, aged 10 years.
GARDNER - Died on Monday, the 4th instant, Mr. John Gardner, aged 75 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, Catherine street, on Thursday, at half past two o’clock.
February 8, 1861
HUNTER - Died at her residence, near Grimsby, the 5th instant, Margaret, widow of the late Andrew Hunter, Esq., aged 80 years.
ROACH - Died in this city, on Wednesday evening, Georgina, third daughter of Mr. George Roach, aged 2 years and 9 months. The funeral will take place from her father’s residence on Friday at 3 o’clock p.m.
GOW - It becomes our painful duty to record the death, on Wednesday last, of a boy, son of Mr. Robert Gow, of Fergus, from the effects of a bite by his father’s dog while in a rabid state. It appears that the dog had been absent for several days, and on returning home again, had bit the child about the face, who lived about nine days after. We hope some steps will be taken to rid our
community of a number of the canine breed that literally infect our village. Parties who can scarcely get bread for their families must have one or two dogs harboured about their premises.
UNNAMED MAN - One of the men engaged in clearing away the snow off the track, near St. Catharines, on the Great Western, was killed yesterday by the Express train west. So clouded up was the road that the driver could not perceive the gang of men on the track, nor could they hear the approach of the train. So on it came with the fatal result mentioned, and injuring four others.
February 9, 1861
BURKE - Died in this city, yesterday, Mr. Patrick Burke, at an advanced age. The funeral will take place from the City Hospital to‑morrow (Sunday) at 3 o’clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
The death of Mr. Patrick Burke is recorded in our obituary column. The deceased was well known amongst us as an active businessman. Latterly, however, he was in indigent circumstances, and for three months had laboured under the infliction of cancer in the neck.
February 11, 1861
MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, on a visit at the residence of John Miller, Esq., Miss Catherine McLeod, aged 21 years, only daughter of Mr. John Mitchell, 6th concession, Ancaster, and grand‑daughter of Mr. Donald McArthur, of Owen Sound.
HALL - Died at Beamsville, on the 1st instant, of croup, George Thomas, son of Mr. John Hall, of this city aged four years.
February 12, 1861
KAVANAUGH - Died at Ottawa City, on the 10th instant, Miss Louisa, eldest daughter of Mr. M. Kavanaugh, aged 27 years and 11 months.
February 13, 1861
MEWBURN - Died In this city, on the 11th instant, Jane Gourlay, wife of. T. C. Mewburn, daughter of the late Col. Robert Hamilton, Queenston, aged 38 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday next, at 9 o’clock a.m. Friends and relatives are respectfully requested to attend.
BURNS - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, John Burns, aged 55 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral at 2 p.m. to‑day (Wednesday).
Mr. John Burns, an old coloured resident of this city, was found dead in bed yesterday. When discovered, he was lying in a pool of blood. An inquest was held on view of the body by H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, and after a full investigation, the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased had died from suffocation by bursting of a blood vessel. The deceased was well known in the city and generally respected .
SMITH - Died at Palermo, the 5th instant, Absalom Smith, aged 73 years. Mr. Smith was born in Grimsby. He was one of the oldest residents in the neighbourhood of Palermo, having lived there fifty‑one years.
February 14, 1861
NORRIS - The London “Prototype” of yesterday records the death of Mr. G. P. Norris, a well‑known lawyer of that city, and for many years a member of the City Council.
February 15, 1861
UNNAMED WOMAN - The body of an unnamed woman was found yesterday morning on the line of the Great Western Railway about five miles from the town of Windsor. It is supposed that she was walking along the track and accidentally fell into one of the cattle grades built for the purpose of facilitating the crossing by farmers. The violence of the fall must have rendered her unconscious, and as it was flooded at the time from the heavy rains and thaw which prevailed, she must have met death by drowning. A coroner’s inquest was called by Mr. Alex Hartlett, and a verdict returned of accidental drowning. No clue has yet been found to establish her identity.
ALMOND - A melancholy accident occurred at the station here last evening by which a poor fellow lost his life. David Almond, fireman on the engine “Stag”, by some means not yet ascertained, got under the engine “Pluto” and was so badly mangled that he died in a few minutes. He was married, resides in London, C.W., and leaves a wife and three children. Dr. Rosebrugh, coroner, will hold an inquiry into the circumstances this morning.
February 16, 1861
VIGER - The Hon. D. B. Viger died yesterday at half-past twelve o’clock. Mr. Viger was one of the names bound up inseparably with the history of this country. In the days when Mr. Papineau’s magic eloquence spread disaffection through the Province while he was doing battle in Parliament for the fullest concessions of liberty to his fellow‑countrymen, he had no stauncher ally and adviser than Mr. D.B. Viger.
A lawyer of standing and well‑read in constitutional lore, he occupied a most prominent place in the controversy which led to the insurrection of 1837‑38. He crossed the Atlantic to lay the grievances of the Canadians before the Imperial Parliament. When the rebellion broke out, he was seized and imprisoned, charged with seditious practices. No sooner was he free to act again than he regained his hold upon the popular affections, and was returned to Parliament. He sat for Three Rivers, if we mistake not, in the first Parliament of United Canada. When Lord Metcalfe quarreled with his Lafontaine‑Baldwin cabinet, Mr. Viger was asked to take part in the new Government as its Lower Canada leader, a task which he accepted, and which proved one of the most difficult and trying ever undertaken by any man. Mr. Viger had a sincere respect for the sincere, manly, and generous qualities which adorned Lord Metcalfe’s character, and made him almost the idol of a great portion of the people of the country.
He believed him honest and just in his appreciation of the position which an Imperial Governor must assume in this country, and wished to give the strongest evidence to show that it was not disloyalty to the British Crown, but a desire to secure the blessings of free government for his fel1ow‑countrymen that prompted the actions he had taken before 1837‑38. But although he secured the alliance of Mr, Papineau, brother of the much‑loved popular chief whose very name, it was believed, would prove a tower of strength, Mr. Lafontaine proved too strong for him, and he utterly failed to rally the masses of his countrymen to his side. He was raised, if we remember aright, in 1845 to the Legislative Council, where he continued to sit and vote for some years afterwards, but with the fall of the Metcalfe Ministry, his political career may be said to have ended. His health has precluded him for several years past from attendance upon his Parliamentary duties, and not long since, his seat was declared vacant for non‑attendance amid general expressions of regret. He had attained, we believe, a great age. He leaves behind him a very considerable property in Montreal.
February 19, 1861
DUNNETT - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, at the residence of his son, corner of Wilson street and West avenue, Mr. John Dunnett, aged 74 years. The funeral will take place at 1 p.m. on Tuesday to Barton. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
February 22, 1861
BRETHOUR - Died at Trafalgar, on the 9th instant, Ellen Brethour, widow of the late John Brethour, Esq., aged 68 years.
February 23, 1861
CROOKALL - Died on the 20th instant, at London, Catharine Clifton, infant daughter of Charles Crookall.
February 25, 1861
GALE - Died at Logie, near Hamilton, on the 23rd February, aged 22 years, James Hearth Gale, only son of the late Rev, Alexander Gale, first minister of the Presbyterian Church of Canada in this city. The funeral will take place from his late residence (Logie) on Wednesday, the 27th instant, at 12 o’clock. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
COSSEY - A fatal accident happened in Shakespeare Monday afternoon last which has cast a gloom over the entire community. It appears that a fine young boy, son of William Cossey, Esq., was out in the woods south of the railway station with a team of horses and sleigh. The horses took fright and upset the sleigh, throwing the boy out, and inflicting such injuries as to cause his death in a short time afterwards. Drs. Shaver and Mutter were called in, but he was beyond the reach of medical skill. The deceased was a remarkably fine boy and generally esteemed by all who knew him. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved parents.
February 26, 1861
GOODING -Died on the 14th instant, at his father’s residence, Wastanaw County, Michigan, Mr. Elihu B. Gooding, aged 20 years. The deceased has for the last five years been a resident of this city, highly esteemed by all who knew him.
February 27, 1861
HEARLE - Died at Beamsville, on the 6th instant, Aggie, second daughter of W. Hearle, aged 8 years and 4 months.
O’REILLY - Died in this city, on the morning of the 26th, Gerald O’Reilly, Esq., M.D., aged 53 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, corner of Mary and King streets, at 2 o’clock on Thursday afternoon. Friends are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
The late Dr. O’Reilly - Another of the old residents has passed from among us. We can scarcely add ‘well stricken in years’ for he had only attained 53 summers. Dr. O’Reilly whose death this day we record in our obituary has been a medical practitioner in this city for the period of twenty‑six years. He had grown with its growth and had witnessed all its changes. During this
extended period, the doctor had been labouriously pursuing his profession, respected by all, and beloved by many firm friends who will condole with the widow and the fatherless in their affliction. It seldom falls to the lot of individuals to pass from among us with so universal a good will as was entertained towards our friend, simple‑minded, unostentatious, of high integrity and great kindness of heart. There must be many of his old patients and not a few of them among the poor who will long cherish the worthy doctor in their memory.
The labourious exertions consequent upon an intensive practice had gradually shattered his constitution, and he latterly, we understand, was a great sufferer from neuralgia. His death in the midst of his active duties will cause a blank in the medical profession, for the advice of none was more generally sought for, or more highly prized, than his whose death it is our melancholy duty to record. Peace be with him.
BRENNAN (Montreal) - Yesterday morning, a man named George Pell, proprietor of the Prince of Wales saloon, 55 Notre Dame street, engaged two men to fill an ice house in the rear of his premises. One of them, a man named Edmond Larivee, went to the house to make an examination previous to filling it. For this purpose, he took a lighted candle in order to make a close investigation of the interior of the structure.
But what was his horror and surprise when arriving at the bottom to see stretched before him in the repulsive form of violent and sudden death a man of about 45 years of age lying on his back, the face swollen and distorted. Larivee, half beside himself with fright, rushed up the ladder and gave the alarm. The police magistrate was made aware of the circumstance, and at once sent for a constable to take charge of the body till the coroner should be summoned. About three in the afternoon, Coroner Jones summoned a jury in Pell’s house. Edmond Larivee deposed to the finding of the body as we have narrated above. George Pell, the proprietor of the house ‑ he took possession of the premises in October last and since that time has not been in the icehouse. Never saw the deceased in his tavern. The gate in Champs‑de‑Mars street he kept open because customers often came in from the street. The door of the icehouse had no lock, merely a latch. He was once informed by a man in his service that a men used to go into the stables to sleep. That man was a French‑Canadian and could not be the deceased.
Coroner Jones called upon two witnesses to identify the body. Their opinions agreeing, Mr. McLaughlin of the Water Police was sent for the son of the deceased, a very respectable young man The son in a moment recognized the body of his father whose name was Patrick Brennen. The young man was deeply affected, and his position excited the sympathy and regard of all the jury as well as the bystanders. He stated that his father had been missing these three months. The body, by order of the coroner was removed to the General Hospital for a post mortem examination. In the interim the inquest was adjourned till Friday.
February 28, 1861
EATON - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Richard Eaton, Esq., Locomotive Superintendent, Great Western Railway. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, foot of Locomotive street, near the G.W.R. machine shops, at half past two o'clock on Friday afternoon.
March 1, 1861
TOMES -Died in Cincinatti, Ohio, on the 21st February, Mr. James Tomes, stone cutter, late of this city.
March 4, 1861
SHIELDS (Cayuga) - It is with regret we are called upon to record the very sudden and untimely end of one of our oldest residents which took place on Wednesday last. The particulars, as near as we can learn, are that as Mr. James Shields was returning home from his daily labour, in order to save a little distance, he attempted to cross the Grand River. He was last seen by different parties nearly across, with his coat upon his arm. Not making his appearance at the house, his family went in search of him, when his coat was discovered lying upon the ice and he nowhere to be seen. Upon further search it was found that a large hole was broken through the ice close to where the coat was found. Upon the alarm being given, parties immediately commenced to search for him and continued until about noon yesterday when his body wes found about four rods below where he broke through. Coroner Messenger, being notified of the fact, immediately summoned a jury when a verdict was rendered in accordance with the above facts.
LEARY (Toronto) - Yesterday afternoon, the Hon. G.W. Allan discovered the dead body of a man lying beside a fence in his grouds, Moss Park, on Queen street. The body had been completely buried in the snow, but a portion of it was revealed to view by the action of the recent thaw. Mr. Allan at once acquainted the police with the discovery, and the body was removed to the city dead‑house. It was subsequently ascertained that the name of the deceased was Michael Leary, a disorderly character, well know to the police. On the 14th of January last, he was committed to jail for a month on a charge of larceny, and discharged on the 14th of February, since which time nothing had been seen of him by the police. It is supposed that being drunk, he made his way into the park, and lying down beside the fence, was frozen to death An inquest will be held upon the body this afternoon by coroner Hallawell.
UPTON - Mr. Councilman Upton, a much respected citizen of Toronto, we regret to say, died yesterday at his residence in Adelaide street, of smallpox. He was about 54 years of age. His wife, we are informed, is so ill of the virulent disease named, that she is not expected to recover. Mr. Upton had been ill for a few days only. He was elected to the City Council as councilman for St. George's Ward last January, a position similar to that he occupied two years ago.
MURRAY (Woodstock) - It is our painful duty to record the sudden death of Mrs. Murray, the beloved wife of Alexander Murray, Esq., Assistant Provincial Geologist, at her residence in Woodstock on Wednesday morning last by apoplexy. On Tuesday, she was apparently in her usual good health, and getting out of bed on Wednesday morning, she fell forward on the floor and breathed her last. She has left behind her a sorrowful husband and a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn her loss.
JOHNSON - A man named Johnson was killed near Newbury station on the Great Western Railway on the night of the 27th ultimo by a train running over him. It is supposed he was under the influence of liquor and had lain down on the track. His body was horribly mutilated, his legs and head being almost severed from his body, rendering recognition almost impossible. The unfortunate man was about 30 years of age and leaves a wife and three children.
March 5, 1861
WAKEHAM - Died on the 2nd March, Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. Thomas Wakeham, aged 4 years and 10 months.
BROWN - Died at Hannah street, on Monday Morning, the 4th instant, Mrs. Adam Brown. Friends are requested to attend the funeral on Wednesday at 2 o’clock without further notice.
March 6, 1861
WONHAM - Died at Ingersoll, C.W., on the 28th ultimo, Catherine, beloved wife of W. G. Wonham, Esq., P.L.A., and County Engineer, County of Oxford.
CHISHOLM - Died at the residence of James G. Chisholm, in East Flamborough, on Monday evening, 4th March, instant, Col. John Chisholm, in the 77th year of his age. The funeral will take place on Thursday, the 7th instant, at 1 o’clock p.m. from his late residence, to St. Luke’s Church, Wellington Square. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
March 9, 1861
BURNS - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. Robert Burns, aged 25years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her late residence in MacNab street on Sunday, the 10th instant, at 3 p.m., without further notice.
IRVINE - On the morning of Wednesday, the 29th ultimo, Mr. James Irvine and his neighbour, Mr. David Liddel, proceeded from their homes in Kilbride to work at a job of cutting saw logs which they had taken about a mile to the westward of that place. In chopping down a large pine, and working on its opposite side, it fell towards that on which Irvine stood and through a beech, a large branch of which, being split off, fell directly towards him, striking him as is supposed on the forehead which it completely fractured, forcing some of the brains out through his nose.
Liddel, who had run in the opposite direction and had taken refuge behind a tree, did not see how the accident occurred, but on coming up afterwards and finding Irvine, as he supposed, dead with the fatal branch suspended at nearly a man’s height above him, he immediately ran for assistance, medical and otherwise, which was promptly rendered. However of no avail, as poor Irvine died in a state of unconsciousness in which for two hours he had lingered after having received his awful death stroke, leaving a wife and, we believe, three or four children to deplore their loss. He was in the prime of life and a remarkably quiet and industrious man. Dr. Carter, coroner, held an inquest on his remains when we understand that a verdict of accidental death was returned.
MURPHY - Died in New York, on the 8th instant, on his return from the Bahama Islands, Daniel Murphy, Esq., merchant, of this city, aged 88 years. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Sunday) morning at 10 o’clock from his late residence, East avenue. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
Death of Mr. Murphy - In our obituary column this morning is recorded the sudden, but not unexpected, death of Daniel Murphy, Esq., one of the most successful merchants of this city. Mr. Murphy was a native of Ireland, and resided in this country from an early age. He came to this city from Kingston with his brother Timothy, and shortly after, left for London where he continued in business until the death of Timothy, when he succeeded him in business here. There never was a more honourable or upright man than Mr. Daniel Murphy. He was successful in business even beyond his highest expectations, and leaves an ample competence for a large family of a widow and eight sons. He was attacked with disease of the heart, and went to Nassau in the Bahama Islands in the hope of improving his health by a change of climate. The change did not have the desired effect, and on his return home, he was taken ill at New York where he died
yesterday morning. Mr. Murphy will be greatly missed from amongst us for although naturally of a retiring disposition, he was highly esteemed for his many good qualities as a friend and a citizen.
March 11, 1861
BINGLE - Died at Grimsby, on Friday, 8th instant, Thomas Bingle, Esq., aged 55 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral from his late residence to the place of interment on Wednesday next, at 12 o'clock noon without further notice.
March 12, 1861
SALMON - Died at Binbrook, on the 5th instant, of disease of the heart, Thomas Alexander, eldest son of Mr. Leonard Salmon, aged 28 years.
CARMICHAEL - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Samuel, the beloved son of Mr. Henry Carmichael, aged 3 years and 6 months.
ALDOUS - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Martha Bush, wife of Mr. J. Aldous, aged 24 years.
March 13, 1861
RENWICK - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Mrs Eliza Renwick, formerly of Jedburgh, Scotland, in her 89th year.
March 15, 1861
MULHARN - On Wednesday afternoon, an old man named Thomas Mulharn was found dead on the roadside in the 8th Concession of Barton. Coroner Bull, having been sent for, he examined the tracks in the surrounding snow, and then had the body removed to the residence of Mr. A. Secord, and the jury adjourned till next day, for although a very large number of the neighbours were present, none were able fully to identify the body. On the jury re‑assembling yesterday, the deceased was identified as Thomas Mulharn, a man who had been for some nine years in the employ of Dr. Case of this city. When the body was first discovered, deceased was lying on his back, close to the fence with the hands across his heart, his hat on, but his trousers torn and nearly off, exposing his person. He had serious bruises on his face. A post mortem examination disclosed the fact that his neck was dislocated in two places which must have required great force, and caused instant death. From blood having been found forty or fifty yards east of the
place, and several tracks in one path having been found all going one way while there were none coming back, it is supposed that the deceased must have been carried there, and that the parties walked backwards so as to leave the supposition that the deceased walked there himself, and died. The deceased is supposed to have had a considerable sum of money, but whether he carried it about his person or not, we have not as yet ascertained. He formerly had money deposited in Mr. Stinson’s Savings Bank, but had withdrawn it some two or three years since, which led to the supposition that he carried it about his person. He was a sober, steady man, and well known in the city. The inquest has been adjourned until Monday next when it is hoped evidence will be obtained to throw further light on the matter.
March 16, 1861
ALFRED - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Thomas Gray, second son of Mr. William H. Alfred, aged 14 months. The funeral will take place to‑day (Saturday) at 4 p.m.
MCKEOWN - Died in Barton, on the 15th instant, Mary Sarah Jane, daughter of John McKeown, aged 9 months.
WEBB - On last Wednesday, a little boy aged 8 years, met with his death by falling under the wheels of a waggon in the village of Port Stanley. The child was the step‑son of Mr. Webb, merchant, and was in the act of getting up on the waggon when he overbalanced and fell under the wheels. His collarbone was fractured, and he also received other injuries from the effects of which he died the following morning.
CURRIER (Ottawa) - With deep regret we have to record the occurrence of one of the most melancholy and heart‑rending accidents which have ever commanded our notice. Yesterday Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Currier and some friends left Ottawa to visit Mr. Currier’s mills at Long Island. On their arrival there, according to the accounts which we have been able to obtain, Mr. Currier, having occasion to leave the building, deputed Mr. Merrill to show the ladies, Mrs. Currier and Mrs. Merrill, over the premises. They had ascended to the upper part of the building, and were returning down when the frightful accident occurred. It seems an upright shaft revolves very near the bottom of the staircase. Mr. Merrill preceded the ladies down, and as he reached the lower floor, cautioned them to be careful with their dresses, but scarcely were the words spoken before the unfortunate lady, Mrs. Currier, had ceased to exist. A portion of her dress came in contact with the shaft and she was torn round with a frightful velocity and crushed against a pillar or support which was fixed within a few inches of the shaft. It will be remembered that it is yet but a brief month since we announced the nuptials of this lady and gentleman, and already has this fearful
separation divided them forever as far as this world is concerned. We are sure that poor Mr. Currier in this affliction will receive the hearty sympathy of every inhabitant of this city and of every other individual by whom he or his amiable lady was known.
March 19, 1861
SAVARIAT (Montreal) - James Collins, Dr. Jesse Patterson, and Nabe Biglow, his wife, all residents of Clarenceville, were yesterday lodged in jail under a warrant signed by Mr. Didace Tasse, coroner of the District of Iberville, to await their triul at the Court of Queen’s Bench on the 26th instant for the murder in February last of a young woman named Olive Savariat. We have some scanty information in respect to the facts of the horrible case, but as they are founded on hearsay, we prefer waiting for the papers in the case to publishing rumours.
March 20, 1861
CROFT - Died at London, C.W., James Kingsley, third son of Mr. Benjamin Croft, aged 14 months and 3 days.
DUDLEY - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, after a lingering illness, Mr. Owen Dudley, in the 33rd year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. C. T. Ware, upper James street, on Thursday next, at 9 o’clock a.m.
March 25, 1861
HARRIS - Died on the 22nd instant, at the residence of William Muir, Esq., London, C.W., Robert William Harris, Esq. The funeral will take place at Paris, C.W., on Monday, 25th current at 3 p.m. where friends are invited to attend.
March 27, 1861
MCKILLOP - Died on King street east, on the morning of the 26th Instant, Jane, infant daughter of John McKillop, aged 3 months and 10 days. Friends and acquaintances are Invited to attend the funeral without further notice on Wednesday, the 27th instant at 3½ o’clock to the place of interment.
PETTIT - Died on Monday, 25th instant, at Grimsby, Mary Y., eldest daughter of Andrew Pettit, Esq.
PORTIS - Died in this city, on the morning of the 26th instant, William Portis, aged 80 years and 9 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral
from his late residence, Ray street, between Market and York streets, on Friday afternoon, the 29th, at 3 o’clock, without further notice.
HARRIS -The Late William Harris, Esq. A few months ago we noticed the lamented death of Peter Buchanan, Esq., of Glasgow, the senior partner of the house of Buchanan, Harris and Company, of this city, and now it is our melancholy duty to record that of another partner of the same firm. Both gentlemen have fallen almost in the prime of life; both possessed many features of character in common; both were justly esteemed as men of high business capabilities and commercial integrity; and required only to be known to be respected.
Mr. Harris, whose death after a lingering illness occurred on the 22nd instant, was a native of Grange, in the County of Antrim, Ireland. He was of respectable parentage and heir to a small patrimony which had been in the family, it is believed, nearly since the Revolution Settlement. At the early age of fourteen years, after receiving the primary elements of a commercial education, he entered a large establishment in Dublin, the metropolis of his native country, where, from his habits, character, and attention to the interests of his employers, his worth soon became known and his growing capabilities appreciated.
At a comparatively early age, he found his way into a concern in Liverpool and thence to the house of Peter Buchanan and Company of Glasgow where the elements of his character gradually matured and developed until he reached the elevated position of a leading partner in one of the first commercial houses on this continent. Mr. Harris was thus, in the strictest sense of the term, a self‑made man, the architect of his own position and of his own fortune.
Naturally, Mr. Harris was of a retiring and unobtrusive habit, but to those with whom he was acquainted, his manners were amiable and courteous. He was also generous while judicious in the distribution of his charities. His was truly the principle, “Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth”. He never spoke nor acted without reflection, and hence he seldom, or never, found cause for regret in anything he said or did.
Of all men whom we have known in this or any other community, we have met none whose commercial life and character was more blameless. Every man who has had business dealings with Mr. Harris accords to him the highest reputation for honesty, truthfulness, and upright dealing. His sense of right and equity were fine to a degree. Few men have gone away from the active scenes of life among us whose public career has been in all respects so entirely straightforward and unblameable, and had the interment of his remains been in this city of his adoption and been publicly known, we doubt not but our citizens to a man would have eagerly sought to pay a last token of respect to the memory of one who was so universally and deservedly esteemed.
For several years past, Mr. Harris had become greatly interested in religious matters, and the Bible was his daily study. He only conversed with a few intimate friends on religious subjects, but to those few, he unbosomed his heart, and gave ample proof of the depth and sincerity of his religious views and feelings. The following extracts from a letter to his friend and minister, Rev. Dr. Irvine of Knox’s Church, in this city, with whom, when he was able, he held a close correspondence, will give a fair view of his heart. It is dated Rome, Italy, 3rd February, 1858. “I received your truly pastoral and kind letter before leaving Nice, in Sardinia...! think I mentioned in my last that I intended to avail myself of the Fa1l communion of the congregation in my native place where I attended church when a boy, and finding the day of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper to be the first Sabbath in November, I went over that I might enjoy the ordinance before starting for the continent of Europe. I had a pleasant, a profitable season...I also enjoyed the same privilege at Nice, in Sardinia. Mr. Murdoch is a Free Church of Scotland minister of that place. About forty of us partook of the Lord's Supper... I was delighted to find such a large accession to the Communion Roll of Knox's Church in the Fall, I do not know, but hope I shall be able to reach Canada in time for the Spring Communion.”
His remains were interred, on Monday last, at Paris, and we can say with confidence that seldom , if ever, has there passed away one who during a long residence amongst us was more universally respected as an upright and honest man.
April 2, 1861
FERRIS - Died at Hamilton, C.W., on the 31st March, Mrs. Mary Ann Ferris, widow of the late Mr. William Ferris. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her late residence, King William street, to the cemetery, on Tuesday, the 2nd instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. without further notice.
BURKHOLDER - Died at Barton, on the 31st ultimo, Edwin, infant son of William B. Burkholder, Esq., aged 3 weeks and 4 days.
BUNTIN - We deeply regret to announce the death of Mr. James Buntin, of this city, which took place in Florida, whither he went last fall for the benefit of his health. His remains are expected to be brought home for interment in the course of a few days.
HOGAN - For sixteen months the fate of Mr. John Sheridan Hogan has been shrouded in the darkest mystery. All sorts of rumours and suppositions were indulged in as to his sudden disappearance. Some persons, who pretended an acquaintance with his pecuniary affairs, hinted
that he had left for Australia in order to avoid the financial difficulty in which he found himself placed. Others had believed that he had been foully murdered, and the locality of the Falls was somewhat mysteriously pointed to as the place where he had been killed and the body pitched over the precipice into the seething river. Then again, some people had seen him, now in Cincinnati, now in Buffalo, and latterly it was alleged that he would “turn up” in time to take his seat in Parliament.
Time passed on, and still the mystery remained unravelled, and it was not until Saturday evening last that the certainty of his death, and that in all probability in Toronto or near to it, was placed beyond doubt. A body was found near the mouth of the Don river, close to Gooderham’s wharf, which there is not the slightest reason to doubt is that of Mr. Hogan. The body was found by a Mr. Bight Thomas, we believe, for there is yet a question as to who did really find the body, a difficulty which the Government reward of $500 serves to explain, and is recognized by Mr. George L. Allen, Governor of the jail; Mr. James Beachall; and Sarah Lawrie, to be that of the late Member for Grey. The identification has been made altogether by the clothes. The features of the deceased are so entirely removed by decomposition that the work of identification by them would be utterly impossible. The legs are in a comparatively sound state, but from the waist upwards, there is little left but the skeleton.
The body had on some of the clothes which Mr. Hogan wore at the time he was last seen so that there can be no doubt whatever as to the question of identity. Sarah Lawrie is a woman with whom he bore very intimate relations, and she, previously to the clothes being removed off the body, stated that a certain band which she had sewed two days before his disappearance on his flannel shirt would be found as she described, and that a pin would in all probability be found in his drawers. When the clothes were removed, these were found as stated, and the other clothes were also identified by several parties. One of the buttons of the pantaloons was stamped with the name of the firm of “Rutherford and Saunders, Merchant Tailors, King street west”. This will no doubt lead to further evidence of the identity of the deceased.
The question to discover now is how came Mr. Hogan to his death. It is now sixteen months since he so suddenly disappeared. Has he been all that time in the place where the body was found? We very much doubt if his limbs could be in such a state of preservation as they are if he lay so long in the water as that. Sarah Lawrie says that Mr. Hogan left her house ‑ she then lived in Terauly street‑ on the 1st of December, 1859. He was never seen alive afterwards as far as we are aware. It is suggested that he may, on that evening, have been going to meet his friend, Mr. Beachall, who lives in the Kingston road, and on his way “fell among thieves” who robbed him of his money and then threw him into the water and that the body was tied down. It is for the medical gentlemen
to say whether the body could have remained in the water in its present state of preservation. If they decide in the affirmative, then the next thing will be to direct all efforts to finding out the parties who were guilty of his murder. That he was murdered there seems little reason to doubt, for the day on which he disappeared, he was in good spirits, and he must have had a considerable sum of money in his possession. In support of this theory, we may mention some circumstances regarding the clothes of the deceased.
In the first place, the collar of his coat had disappeared, and in the practised eye of the police officers, it appears as if it had been violently torn off. Then there was no vest on the body, while the coat was buttoned up, suggesting that the former article of apparel had been ripped away, and the coat afterwards buttoned. Another singular fact, too, is that all the pockets of the coat have disappeared. There were apparently three, one in the breast and two behind, and the latter, appearances indicate, were torn off. No watch, money, or other article was found on the body. These are the circumstances which require explanation, and we have no doubt that every energy of the authorities‑will be directed to this end. (Toronto "Leader")
( A very long article about Mr. Hogan's colourful life appeared in the Spectator on April 6.)
April 3, 1861
FRETWELL - Died at Waterdown, April 2nd, Thomas Fretwell, wagon maker, aged 41, much and deservedly respected. The funeral will take place from his late residence on Thursday at 2 o'clock p.m.
April 4, 1861
YOUNG - Died at the residence of David Hess, Esq., Barton, on the 31st ultimo, Anna Margaret, wife of the late Captain John D. Young, at the advanced age of 95 years.
April 5, 1861
MCDONALD - Died at New York, on the 2nd instant, Mr. George McDonald, of this city, aged 28 years. Friends and acquaintances ere respectfully invited to attend the funeral this (Friday) afternoon at 4½ o’clock from his father's residence, York street.
April 6, 1861
NEVITT (Orangeville) - On Friday, the 15th ultimo, Jane Nevitt, alias Orange Jenny, an old and eccentric lady, well known here, was killed near Mount Pleasant by the morning express train from Toronto. The deceased was a rather old person, and being somewhat deaf, did not hear the
train coming upon her in time to get out of the way. The engineer of the express was not aware of the melancholy accident, and it was not till the next train came along that her body was discovered.
April 8, 1861
DARTNELL - Died on the 6th of April, at the residence of Mr. Joseph Mills, Charlotte Anne Dartnell, only daughter of Mr. George Dartnell, of this city, aged 2 months and 28 days.
MCDOUGALL - Died on the 3rd instant, at Allan Tract, Richard McDougall, a native of Dumfries‑shire, Scotland, in the 27th year of his age.
April 10, 1861
COLLINS - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Mr. John Collins, aged 64 years, formerly of Currans, County Kerry, Ireland.
HOPKINS - Died in the Township of East Flamborough, on Tuesday, the 9th day of April, Gabriel Hopkins, aged 72 years and 10 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Friday next, the 12th day of April instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. at his late residence, known as the U.E. Heights, in the said township, without further notice.
The deceased was the youngest son of the late Silas Hopkins, a native of Wales, who prior to the revolution was settled in what was known as the Province of New Jersey, whence after difficulties had arisen with the mother country, and great personal sacrifice in consequence thereof, he came to this country as a U.E., and purchased at what may be termed an early day, a tract of land bordering on the north side of Burlington Bay, well remembered by those who remain of the oldest inhabitants of that locality as the home of one of the earliest settlers, and upon which the subject of this obituary has ceased to exist.
SWEENEY (London) - We have to record a fatal accident which occurred on Sunday morning last, at the Great Western Railway station in this city. A man named Timothy Sweeney, lately a labourer on the line, wishing to secure a ride to Windsor, made an attempt to jump into one of the cars of the No. 6 freight train going west, about 3 o’clock in the morning in question. He missed his footing and fell under the cars; the train being in motion, panned over his legs and completely severed them from his body. The poor fellow lingered in great agony until 8 o’clock the same morning, when death released him from his suffering. The deceased was about thirty years of age, and leaves a wife end two children unprovided for. An inquest was held in the afternoon by Dr. Moore, and a verdict of accidental death recorded.
April 11, 1861
BUNTIN - Died at Jacksonville, Florida, on the 30th March, James Buntin, Esq., of this city, formerly of Renton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, aged 36 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Friday, the 12th instant, at 3 p.m., from the residence of Mrs. Gillies, Bold street.
MOORE - Died at Princeton, C.W., on the 30th March, of inflammation of the lungs, Jonathan W. Moore, late of Wellington Square, aged 54 years.
HENDERSON - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Mr. John Henderson, tailor, aged 30 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this (Thursday) afternoon at half past 2 o’clock, from his late residence, King street east.
TAGUE (London) - Yesterday an inquest was held by Dr. Moore, coroner, on the body of a child found dead on the back premises of Mr. Abbott, city clerk. The child’s mother is Helen Tague who has been for two years in Mr. Abbott’s service as housemaid. The inquest took place at the city hospital, and the body of the child was examined by Drs. Nelles and Flock whose testimony went to establish the fact that the child had been murdered immediately after its birth which took place about four o'clock on Monday. The jury on hearing the evidence returned a verdict of wilful murder against Helen Tague.
HALDREN - We regret to learn that a man named Samuel Haldren was accidentally killed at the Dundas station of the Great Western Railway about 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening. The deceased is said to have been a labourer on the road, and was in the act of jumping from a freight train when he met his death. By some means or other, he missed his footing, and falling between the train and the platform, was horribly crushed, living only a short time afterwards. He was literally scalped, part of his skull being found on the spot, His body was dreadfully mangled. An inquest was held yesterday but we have not learned the result.
April 12, 1861
HEARB - Died on the 4th of April, at Beamsville, at the residence of his son, Mr. William Hearb, Mr. John Hearb, aged 82 years, formerly of Devonport, England.
WIARD -Died at Ancaster, on the 8th ultiom, Mary, youngest daughter of Mr. Norman Wiard, aged six years and six months.
NELSON - Died at Abden House, on the 23rd ultimo, at an old age, Thomas Nelson, Esq., head of the well‑known firm of Nelson and Sons, publishers, Edinburgh, London, and New York.
GOOLD - Died at the residence of her son‑in‑law, the Rev. Professor Smeaton, of the Free Church College, Edinburgh, at an advanced age, Mrs. B. Goold, relict of the Rev. William Goold, and mother of Professor Goold, D.D., of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Edinburgh.
BEATON - A correspondent informs us that early on the morning of Tuesday, April the 2nd, the body of Duncan Beaton, a farmer, was found on the Gravel road between Lobo village and Nairn, about half a mile south of Laird's toll‑gate, and three quarters of a mile from his own house. When found, he was nearly dead, his pulse having ceased to beat. A sleigh was present in which he was conveyed to his own house where he shortly after died. An inquest was held on Tuesday and Wednesday last before Dr. Hanson, coroner, when it was ascertained that deceased had taken five or six glasses of spirit at tavern kept by Dougall Gram, about a mile and a half from the place where he was found. The body presented a most frightful condition, most of the fingers and nails being in all appearance bitten off. The mutilation is described as dreadful. The coroner's inquest stands adjourned till Wednesday, the 10th, to give time, to procure additional evidence, and to obtain a witness who is to give important evidence.
ALLEYNE (Montreal) - On Sunday, a Captain Alleyne died in the St. Lawrence Hall who was to have been married the previous day. Deceased was a young gentleman of handsome countenance and elegant figure, and when walking or riding on his fine spirited horee through the city, attracted a good deal of attention. He was an officer of the Regiment of the Guards in England, and came to America last fall by way of New York. Thence he passed on a visit to Philadelphia, and then to Toronto, coming to Montreal about four months ago, where he only intended stopping a week, but in which he has since resided.
On Thursday last, he was going about making preparations for his wedding, and having on light clothing and boots rather more suited to Italy than Canada, he caught a cold which at once prostrated him and brought on inflammation of the bowels, to an attack of which he was rendered more liable in consequence of his being ill the previous week with diarrhoea.
On Friday, mortification of the bowels set in and death terminated his sufferings on the second day after. Mr. Alleyne's sudden death threw a gloom over his intended bride and all his friends and acquaintances. We learn that the body will be conveyed to England on the opening of navigation.
April 13, 1861
BRAID - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Mrs. Margaret Braid, aged 49 years, relict of the late Alexander Braid, Esq. The funeral will take place on to‑day (Saturday) at 3:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
BANKS (Montreal) - A few nights ago, a child about two years and a half old, the daughter of Mr. Banks, residing in St. Philip street, had her stomach filled with rock roaches which crept in at her mouth while sleeping. The poor little girl became suddenly very ill, and in spite of every remedy used for the destruction of the vermin, they continued to live and gnaw her vitals, and death ended her terrible suffering the night before last.
PERRY - An inquest was held before Dr. J. P. McCarthy, coroner for the county, and a respectable jury, at O'Neil's hotel, Tillsonburg, on Saturday, the 6th instant, on the body of William Perry who had been missing since the 10th of November last. It appeared in the evidence that the deceased was intoxicated on that day, and it is supposed that he fell off a bridge into the creek, and was drowned. After a careful‑investigation, the jury returned a verdict: Death from Drowning.
FISHER - We regret to learn that Mr. H. E. Fisher, Croton Mills, was drowned on Monday evening last while attempting to cross Big Creek on some saw logs. He leaves a widow and a young family to deplore his untimely fate. We learn that the body of the deceased was recovered on Tuesday last, a considerable distance down the creek.
BUNTIN - The Late James Buntin, Esq.: “Dust to dust, ashes to ashes”, all that remained on earth of a true man, a devoted friend, a sincere christian, was yesterdy consigned to his last sad resting place. Poor Buntin, we knew him long; we loved him well; and with feelings, the nature of which it would be impossible to portray, we do now, whilst writing this brief and inadequate tribute to his memory, revert to our close and friendly intercourse with him for a period of years, and recall to mind his many deeds of benevolence and true‑hearted charity, known to few but the recipients. His labours in the cause ever dear to his heart, and his plans of useful labour in the future are now, alas! at an end forever.
Mr. Buntin's lamented death cannot be said to have taken his friends by surprise as for the last 2 months, the weekly tidings received from his temporary home In Florida contained but too painful premonitions of its rapid approach. We were all, however, fain to hope that we might be permitted to greet him once more and to cheer his closing days amongst us with those consolations which he knew so well how to impart as to receive. It was not to be.
He made preparations in the early part of this month for his journey homewards and left his place of residence, St. Augustine, Florida, but was unable to proceed further than Jacksonville in the same state. The hand of death was upon him, and in the morning of the 30th ultimo, calmly and quietly, he yielded up his spirit to the God that gave it.
Mr. Buntin was born in Renton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, in the year 1825. In 1847, he emigrated to Canada, and after a short residence in Kingston, and afterwards in Newmarket, he came to Hamilton in 1850 for the purpose of conducting the business which had been established a year or two previously by his brother, Mr. Alexander Buntin, now of Montreal.
For some time back, he had been manifestly in a declining state of health, although not until lately to the extent of alarming either himself or his friends. In the hope of being benefited by a residence in a southern climate, he, accompanied by his family, left Hamilton for Florida in the month of October last. The result, we have already told. We need hardly say that the tidings of Mr. Buntin’s death were received with universal regret in Hamilton, and indeed wherever his worth was known and appreciated. The light in not a few cottage homes, cheered by his counsel and made happy by his benevolence, is henceforth dim. The church of which he was a consistent member and an active office bolder mourns for one whose loss is in many respects almost irreparable, whilst in the circle of his relations and dependants who loved him with their hearts and vied to do him honour, a blank has been effected which time may perhaps partially fill, but the effects of which death alone can obliterate.
The personal manners of our deceased friend were mild, humane, and gentlemanly; his habits retiring, quiet and unassuming. As a merchant he presented an example of all that is consistent, upright, and generous. As a citizen, while unobtrusive to a fault, and shrinking from all public appearance, his name was ever found among the list of the benevolent and in the ranks of those who delight in the welfare of their fellowmen. Peace to his ashes.
We have not penned this tribute to his worth for the purpose of sullying his memory by an unmeaning and inflated eulogy, but rather that we might record what all knew him best & loved him most feel at being deprived of their friend and brother. We have expressed our regret at his demise and yet it is not needed for him who has passed by a tranquil death to a glorious immortality. Rather for his amiable and devoted partner, now alas!, his mourning widow, rather for her and her children deprived of a husband's love and of a father's care, be our regrets. In this sacred sorrow, they receive the sympathy, as they have already gained the esteem,of all who knew them.
April 15, 1861
LINDSAY (Toronto) - A melancholy accident occurred in Stewarttown on Wednesday, the 10th instant. A very fine boy of about five years of age, son of David Lindsay, hotel keeper, while
playing with two other boys along the Creek, accidentally fell in and was drowned. The Creek was dragged and after five hours' search, the body was found. The parents are much grieved by his loss.
April 15, 1861
FLOCK - Died in Barton, on the 13th instant, Andrew Flock, Esq., in the 69th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence on Monday, the 15th instant, at 11 o'clock a.m. without further notice.
PEAT - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Mr. Thomas Peat. The funeral will take place to‑day (Monday) afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Lower Hess street. Friends and acquaintances are respectful1y requested to attend.
FORD - A Mr. J. C. Ford, said to be upwards of 70 years of age, a printer, committed suicide at Good's Hotel, Ottawa, on the evening of Thursday last by mixing strychnine with the refreshments he had just called for. His death took place a few hours after he had taken the poison. For some time he had been in a desponding state of mind.
April 17, 1861
WHITE - Died in this city on the 15th instant, Miss Elizabeth White, in the 19th year of her age. The funeral will take place from the residence of her parents, Cannon street, near McNab street, at 3 o'clock on Thursday, the 18th. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.
PETTIT - Died on the 16th instant, at the residence of his father, Henry Pettit, Esq., of Grimsby.
RYAN - A fatal accident occurred on the Grand Trunk Railway about four miles east of Toronto on Saturday evening last. A man named William Ryan, a resident of Scarborough, left the city in the evening under the influence of liquor and was walking on the track when a freight train approached and ran over him. An inquest was held on the body by Coroner Duggan, and a verdict of accidental death returned.
April 18, 1861
WILSON (St. Catharines) - At the lock yard, a place a little east of the town, where the lock gates of the Canal are built and repaired, a sad accident occurred yesterday morning, resulting in the death of one man and the very dangerous injuring of another. Andrew Wilson and another canal employee named Welch, were employed in canting a gate when by some unforeseen cause, the
heavy mass of wood gave way, crushing Wilson's head to pulp, and bruising the other man, Welch, to such a degree that his life is despaired of. Both have large families, we believe.
April 22, 1861
ALDERSON - Died near Carlisle, on the 15th instant, Mathew Alderson, aged 17 years, son of Mr. John Alderson, of the same place.
SULLIVAN - On Wednesday morning, a man named Patrick Sullivan, was drowned while conveying the mail in a skiff from Wolfe's Island to Cape Vincent. The mail was also lost. Wind was blowing stiffly from the north‑east at the time.
ROBB - The community and the Province in general have to deplore the loss of Dr. Robb who died suddenly at his residence in the University yesterday afternoon. (Fredericton)
The deceased was the eldest son of Charles Robb, M.D., of Stirling, Scotland, and was born on the 2nd of February, 1815. After studying at various Scotch universities and taking the medical degree at Edinburgh, he travelled on the Continent of Europe and resided for some time at Paris for the purpose of making himself thoroughly conversant with the various branches of his profession. In 1837, his extensive and accurate knowledge of the Natural Sciences secured him an appointment in King's College, Fredericton, where he laboured most seriously and faithfully in the discharge of the various duties of his profession. Many of his old pupils will grieve that he has been thus early cut off in the prime of life and usefulness, and that our provincial university has lost his able services at a period when his great experience and sound judgment would have been particularly valuable. His vigorous intellect and untiring industry enabled him to take a master's grasp of the various sciences entrusted to his professional teaching and his power and facility of imparting, in a thoroughly scientific manner, the fundamentals and guiding principles upon which they were based, his own vast store of information, will long be remembered by those who had the privilege and the advantage of attending his lectures. He possessed a more extensive and accurate knowledge of the geology and mineral resources of the province than any man now living. To him we are indebted for our university museum, many of the specimens for which were collected by his own hands, and not a few purchased at his individual expense. In all matters connected with the advancement and prosperity of the province, he was ever ready and willing to give his efficient aid and assistance, and his early removal may be truly regarded as a public calamity. He was a pure‑minded and honourable man and a sincere and pious Christian. As a friend, he was generous, warm‑hearted, and uniformly kind and considerate. To him the afflicted or the needy never applied for advice or assistance' in vain. At such a time, we forbear to intrude upon the sacred
privacy of the afflicted family circle to speak of his many virtues and endearing qualities as a husband and a father. He was beloved by many, respected and esteemed by all, and there are few whose loss will be more deeply felt, or who will be so long held in affectionate and grateful remembrance.
Doctor Robb was brother of our late fellow townsman, Mr. Charles Robb, C.E., whose papers on various scientific subjects read before the Hamilton Association created so much interest here, and who has recently removed to Montreal for the purpose of pursuing his profession in a more extended field.
CABALINE - On Sunday last, Chief Constables Trainer and Smart of Goderich, aided by Constable Howard of Biddulph Township, succeeded in arresting Michael Cain for the murder some fifteen months ago of William Cabaline in the said township. He is now lodged in gaol for trial. The prisoner had gone to the States, but had just returned previously to his capture.
SNYDER - We learn from the Berlin “Telegraph” that on Wednesday last, Mr. Benjamin Snyder, who resides near Bloomingdale, while at work in his saw mill, from some cause, slipped and fell through the floor a distance of 25 or 30 feet. Medical assistance was obtained, but from the nature of the injuries received, nothing could be done for his relief, and he expired about three o'clock on the following morning.
April 23, 1861
ARMSTRONG - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Mr. John Armstrong, formerly of Glenzier Hall, in the parish of Canonbie, Dumfries‑shire, Scotland, in the 57th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, Park street, to the Burlington cemetery, this day (Tuesday) at 11 o'clock a.m.
POOLE - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, of consumption, Mr. Samuel Poole, formerly of Derby, England, aged 47 years.
BLAIR - William Blair, formerly a resident of this city, and well known here, committed suicide on Saturday morning at his residence in the Township of Glanford, under the following painful circumstances: It appears that for some time his family had entertained apprehension that his mind was becoming deranged, and, indeed, during the past winter, he made two separate attempts on his life with a razor. In consequence, he has been closely watched since, and has never been left alone for any lengthened period. On Saturday morning, he had been busy with his family in removing hay from the loft, and afterwards went to drive a nail in the gate. He was almost immediately missed, and a search instituted. One of his daughters, in passing the well noticed that it was
covered, an unusual occurrence, and removing the cover, discovered the body of her father floating. The body was raised when it was found that he had stuffed his handkerchief into his mouth, thus preventing his stomach being filled with water, but suffocation had, of course, ensued. Coroner Bull held an inquest on the body in the evening when the above facts were elicited. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased had committed suicide while labouring under insanity. We understand that he was between sixty and seventy years old.
April 24, 1861
ATKINSON - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, of consumption, Martha Jane, wife of Mr. Anthony Atkinson, barber, in her 29th year. Her remains were removed on Sunday last to the First Baptist Church, McNab street, where funeral services were performed by the Rev. Mr. Broadwater, the Rev. Mr. Jones, and other ministers, and thence to the place of interment. The deceased leaves a husband and three small children to lament her loss.
April 25, 1861
SMITH - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Mr. Samuel Smith, aged 42 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, York street, to‑morrow (Friday) at 4 p.m.
MCCARROLL - Died at Burlington Beach, on Tuesday, the 23rd, George William McCarroll, son of the late James McCarroll , aged 10 years. The funeral will take place or Friday, at 3 o'clock, from the residence of Isaac Blows, Hughson street north.
April 26, 1861
WEYLAND - Died in London, C.W., on the 23rd of April, in the 32nd year of her age, Isabel, wife of Charles F. Weyland, Esq., and youngest daughter of Dr. Mewburn, Danby House, Stamford, C.W., deeply lamented by her relatives and friends.
HOOPER - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Patience, infant daughter of Robert and Ann Hooper, aged 1 year.
April 27, 1861
SHAVER - Died in Ancaster Township, on the 26th instant, Mr. John Shaver, aged 62 years. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Sunday) at 2 p.m.
April 30, 1861
LOUDON - Died in this city, on the 29th instant, aged 55 years, Mrs. Sarah Loudon, relict of Mr. James Loudon, of Ayrshire, Scotland. The funeral will take place to‑day 8t 3 o'clock from the residence of her son, corner of Pell and Cherry streets.
ROGERSON - Died at Lake Beauport, on the 22nd of April, John N. Rogerson, aged 28 years.
May 2, 1861
MCCARTHY - Died in this city, May 1st, Patrick McCarthy, son of Mr. Thomas McCarthy, aged 28 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of his father, Locomotive street, at 3½ o'clock p.m.
May 14, 1861
CROOKS - Died on Sunday, the 12th instant, at Flamborough West, C.W., in the 70th year of her age, Jane Cummings, relict of the late Hon. James Crooks. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Wednesday, the 15th instant, from the late residence of the deceased without further notice.
AMBROSE - As two brothers, aged 14 and 11 years, sons of Mr. William Ambrose, of Pelham, were out together with a shot gun on Monday last, the younger boy, who had the gun, in the act of killing a snake with his heel, placed the butt of the gun on the ground, when it discharged, lodging the contents in. the face of his brother who was standing near, and in range of the muzzle of the piece, killing him instantly.
May 15, 1861
HANNON - Died on the 13th instant, of consumption, Thomas T. Hannon, youngest son of Mr. Henry Hannon, aged 20 years and 9 months. Friends are requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Barton, to‑morrow (Thursday), the 16th, at 2 o'clock p.m., without further notice.
RITCHIE - We deeply regret to announce that on Saturday last a daughter of Mr. Ritchie of Guelph died very suddenly and without having had any previous sickness. On Saturday morning, she complained of being unwell, and retired to bed. Becoming worse, her mother came into town for medical assistance. The physician being from home, she left word for him to visit her daughter immediately he came home, but the medical advice came too late, and she died in the course of the afternoon, most deeply regretted by her parents and many friends.
NICHOLSON - On Friday last, a sad accident occurred on the Chippewa Creek in Glanford by which a fine boy about fourteen years of age, named Henry Nicholson, lost his life. It appears that he had been seen amusing himself on a miniature raft underneath one of the bridges on the 1ine of the Hamilton and Port Dover Railway, no one else being present. Some hours afterwards, he was missed, and on search being made, his lifeless body was found in the creek. It is supposed that he had slipped into the water and been unable to regain his footing on the raft. A jury was empanelled by Coroner Bull and a verdict returned of accidental death by drowning. This is another of the cases frequently occurring by which life is lost through want of proper caution being observed. The practice of children and grown‑up boys playing near water is much to be reprehended, and parents ought to prevent it as much as possible.
May 18, 1861
MURRAY - Died at Brooklyn, New York, on the 15th instant, Frederick, son of Mr. B. W. Murray, aged 6 weeks.
May 20, 1861
BRUNEAU - On Sunday, three young men, Messrs Charles Bruneau, Coffin, and Roudreau, had been spending the evening at Mr. D. Lorrimer's, Indian interpreter, Caughnawaga. About 9 o'clock, they set out in a canoe from the Caughnawaga side to cross to Lachine. The water was rough and they had some difficulty in effecting a passage. Having at length brought their canoe to land near the Lachine church, Mr. Bruneau jumped out, followed by Mr. Coffin. It appears that the boat rebounded as they jumped off, and when they turned to see if their companion was following them, he was not to be seen. They called to him by name, but there was no reply, and the canoe had vanished into the darkness. Yesterday morning, an oar was picked up which belonged to the boat, but this is the only object discovered. The friends of Mr. Bruneau left for Lachine yesterday to make search for his body. It is conjectured that the boat has gone into a whirlpool which exists there whence, according to the traditions of the villagers, it will not emerge for nine days.
May 21, 1861
KERR - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Mr. William G. Kerr, in the 45th year of his age.
SOFTLEY - Died on the 17th instant, at Bartonville, William A. Softley, son of Edward Softley, aged 22 years.
GENTRY - Died on the 18th instant, David Cuthbert Gentry, infant son of Edwin Gentry, aged 18
months. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Upper Catherine street, this day (Tuesday) at 3 o'clock.
STOKES, HARRINGTON, BURROWS - About 11 o'clock on Saturday night, a terrible collision occurred on the Welland Railway at Allanburgh by which three men: William Stokes,
conductor; Thomas Harrington, fireman; and Henry Burrows, a passenger; were hurried into eternity without a moment's warning. During the evening, the locomotives “Grantham” and “Chippewa” were detailed at Port Colborne to bring down to Port Dalhousie 17 cars loaded with wheat. They started about 10 o'clock, supposing, of course, that the track was clear through, and no up train on the way. At the same time, orders were given at this station by a young man named Braund, who holds a sort of deputy superintendent's position, to the conductor in charge of the locomotive “Ontario” to proceed to Port Dalhousie and bring up sixteen more empty wheat cars that had accumulated there to be ready for Monday's business. On returning to the station with these cars, the conductor stated to Braund that he had orders from Mr. Stovin, the chief manager, not to leave till the down train arrived, whereupon Braund replied that he had later orders from Mr. Stovin's son to go on, which he showed in writing, and urged the conductor forward, who reluctantly complied. When near Allanburgh, the down train was discovered by the signal light to be about ten car lengths ahead, which came thundering along on a down grade at a speed of 15 or 20 miles an hour. The “Ontario” engine was at once reversed, and a continuous whistle applied, and when the collision took place, the locomotive was backing down.
But the “Chippawa” which was leading the “Grantham” never gave any alarm nor did the driver, a brother of Braund who started the fatal train, do anything to avert the catastrophe that was impending. Indeed, instead of doing this, he seems to have been quite paralyzed, and he had only presence of mind enough to jump off and save himself unhurt, the fireman and the Thorold Station master, who was in the tender, following his example. This exposed the four persons on the “Grantham” to the full force of the shock without the slightest knowledge of their approaching danger, and horrible to relate, when the train struck, the driver, Keenan, was pitched through the cab window to a distance of about 20 feet, breaking a couple of his ribs, but not being further harmed. The fireman, Harrington, was thrown on the side of the track, and was so badly injured internally that he died within an hour after. The conductor, Stokes, was at the time sitting on the tender talking to Burrows, who sat beside him, and both were thrown violently beneath the tender by the broken portions of which they were mangled so frightfully that they died almost immediately afterwards. Poor Stokes received a terrible wound on the left hip near the groin, and was otherwise severely bruised about the body, while Burrows had his right leg nearly severed at the thigh, the flesh being horribly torn, and the bone smashed to splinters. Indeed death with him must have been instantaneous, though he is said to have spoken two or three times before breathing his last. The “Grantham” and the “Chippawa” are both shattered to atoms, but the
“Ontario” may be repaired at a cost of $2000 or $3000.
What adds more to the poignancy of this calamity in the fact that Stokes leaves a wife and two helpless children, Burrows, a wife and five young children, and Harrington, an aged mother and two children, comparatively unprovided for, who must, unless the Company indemnify them as far as pecuniary compensation can make good their irreparable loss, become dependent upon their own feeble exertions for a livelihood, or be thrown upon the generosity of relations and sympathizing friends.
May 22, 1861
STUART - Died at Waterdown, on the 21st instant, Mr. William Stuart, aged 71 years and 7 months.
RAMSAY - Died at Binbrook, on the 20th May, Mr. Patrick Ramsay, aged 67 years.
KERR - In the sudden, but not altogether unexpected demise of W. G. Kerr, Esq., the city has lost a valuable and enterprising citizen. He was long and honourably known as a merchant of good standing, and departs from amongst us amid the deep regrets of all who knew him. He was not only a good citizen, but a kind friend, an affectionate husband, and a loving father. Mr. Kerr had occupied the position of Chief Magistrate of the city, to which he was chosen the first and only year he was on the Council. None of our fellow‑townsmen held a higher position in the esteem of his fellowmen than Mr. Kerr. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock.
MCDONALD - A melancholy and fatal accident occurred in the vicinity of Lockaber, on Tuesday, the 7th instant, by which two sisters, Catherine and Alexina McDonald were hurried into eternity. For the following particulars of the heartrending occurrence, we are indebted to Mr. John McDonald, brother of the unfortunate young ladies. On the morning of the day above mentioned, the young women aged respectively 16 and 18 years, accompanied their mother to witness the devastation made in the vicinity of their dwelling by a recent landslide. While being thus engaged, one of the girls, noticing a considerable crack in the portion of earth on which they were standing, suggested the propriety of retiring from such a dangerous locality. Mrs. McDonald at once proceeded to leave the spot, but on turning round to see if her daughters were following, she was horror stricken at observing them disappear beneath a mass of earth which had given way. Her immediate impulse was to rush to their rescue, but a man who had witnessed the calamity, caught her suddenly and saved her from sharing in the lamentable fate of her daughters. In half an hour
after the sad accident, the bodies were recovered, but, of course, life was then extinct. The sad event has spread a marked gloom over the whole neighbourhood, and must be most distressing to the relatives of the deceased.
May 24, 1861
BULL - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Edward William, aged 10 months, infant son of Mr. Richard Bull.
May 27, 1861
SUTER - Died on the 23rd instant, in Dundas, John, eldest son of R. Suter, Esq., aged twenty years.
May 29, 1861
FLETT - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, Jane, infant daughter of John Flett, aged ten months and nine days.
May 30, 1861
MANNING - Died in this city, yesterday, John Eichard Manning, aged 69 years. Friends and acquaintances wil1 please attend the funeral without further notice from his late residence, corner of Peel and Walnut streets, to Burlington cemetery, on Friday, at 2 p.m.
WILLIAMS - Sailing boats kill more persons in Canada than in other communities, chiefly owing to the over‑confidence of those who use them. On the night of May 6th, an unfortunate event happened that has plunged more than one Kingston family into grief, and which would have done more mischief had the fact then found its way into the public prints. Mr. William Williams, son of the late Dr. Williams of Kingston, a grownup young gentleman who is in the habit of using a sailing boat, made preparations for a week's sojourn among the Islands of the St. Lawrence. Accompanied by a young lad but twelve years of age, he left the harbour that morning and passed round Point Frederick, the last that was seen of them. It was the day of the great storm. Next morning, the boat was found dashed to pieces in Hamilton's Cove on the other side of Fort Henry, and in the vicinity were also found many articles belonging to Mr. Williams. Although unceasing pains have been taken by his relatives in dragging for the bodies, yet neither has been found.
May 31, 1861
ROSE - Died at Bath, England, on the 14th of April, Ellen, widow of Major J. Beattie Rose, late 75th Regiment, of Kilmarnock Castle, Nairnshire, and daughter of the late Richard Pattinson, Esq., of Sandwich and Montreal.
June 4, 1861
BYRNE - Died in this city, on the 3rd June, Mrs. James Byrne, in the 18th year of her age. The funeral will take place from her late residence, Caroline street, near York, on Thursday morning, at 10 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.
June 5, 1861
BUSCOMBE - We regret to learn that Mr. William Buscombe, of Bodmin, County of Cornwall, England, and brother of Mr. Richard C. Buscombe of this city, was accidentally killed on the 13th ultimo by falling from his horse while returning from the De Lauk Granite Works where he had been to pay wages to some of the workmen. The deceased was a man fast advancing into good circumstances, and much respected by all around him.
June 7, 1861
CALDER, THOMSON - A melancholy accident occurred on Wednesday night between the 4th and 5th concessions of Glanford by which two men named Thomas Calder and David Thomson lost their lives. It appears that they left the city about six o'clock in the evening with a load of cut stone & passed Hines' Corners about 11 o'clock. They were not seen again alive. On the following morning, the waggon was discovered upset in the road not far from Smoke's tavern, and on its being removed, the two unfortunate men were found underneath, lifeless. How the sad occurrence took place cannot be ascertained, but from the fact that the night was dark and the road narrow and full of ruts and pine stumps, it is probable that the waggon had come in contact with one of the latter and been thus upset. The poor men had likely been stunned by the falling of the stones upon them, and ultimately suffocated in the mud. We understand that they were both married and leave families to mourn their untimely end.
June 8, 1861
POLE - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Isabella, second daughter of Mr. R. G. Pole, aged three years and one month.
GAGE - Died in Glanford, on June 7th, William Gage, Esq., aged 80 years. The deceased for a great number of years had resided in Glanford, and was much respected by all who knew him. The funeral will take place form his late residence to the place of interment on Sunday, the 9th instant, at one o'clock p.m.
June 10, 1861
THOMPSON - Coroner Bull held an inquest on the body of one of the victims of the sad occurrence on Friday last, and after the investigation, the jury returned the following verdict: “That, the said David Thompson died from injuries received by the upsetting of a waggon over a bridge on the line between the 4th and 5th concessions of the said Township of Glanford on the night of the 5th last. They also found that the said bridge is a dangerous one, not being of sufficient width and having a deep mud hole close to it, rendering the passing across still more dangerous.” (See page 39.)
June 12, 1861
DONOGHUE - A young lad, about ten years of age, named Donoghue, was drowned in the Bay yesterday evening. He had been bathing near the railway wharf and had got out beyond his
depth, and before his body could be recovered, the vital spark had fled. We understand he was the only son of a poor widow who is inconsolable for his loss.
June 13, 1861
CURPHY - Died in this city, on the 12th instant, Mary Ann, wife of Mr. William Curphy, aged 80 years. The funeral will take place to‑day (Thursday) from her late residence, Locomotive street, at 5 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances ate respectfully invited to attend.
June 18, 1861
COOK - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, Mr. William H. Cook, aged 51 years, late of Durham‑on‑Trent, Nottingshire, England. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Wednesday), at 10 a.m., from his late residence, to the place of interment, Barton cemetery.
GALLAGHER -Died in this city, on Monday last, the 17th June, in the 40th year of her age, Mary, wife of Robert Gallagher, clothier. Templars and other friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock, from the residence of her husband, Merrick street, without further notice.
June 19, 1861
KITCHEN - Henry Kitchen, Esq., an aged, intelligent, and highly respected farmer of Townsend, was one day last week maimed in a most shocking manner by a bull, and after lingering a few days, he expired on Monday last.
June 20, 1861
CLARKE - Mr. J. S. Clarke, known as the Quaker member of the late Parliament, and a candidate in opposition to the Postmaster General at the present election, died on Monday evening last.
June 21, 1861
ARTHUR - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Mr. John Arthur, aged 84 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, McNab street, to Ancaster, at 2 p.m., to‑day (Friday).
DOULIN - Died at Buffalo, on the 9th ultimo, Johanna McCarthy, wife of Mr. William Doulin, aged 38 years, late of the town of Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland.
BURNETT (Bennett) - On Saturday last, the body of a man, supposed to be a sailor by his dress, was discovered on the rocks near the Horseshoe Falls immediately below Table Rook. Information was laid before Coroner Lewis who immediately proceeded to the spot, and having summoned a jury, held an inquest. The head and face of the deceased were so much disfigured by the violent action of the water that no idea could be formed of his features. His name, which it was found inpossible to decipher with certainty, was marked with India ink on his right arm, and was either Burnett or Bennett, and the word “Cleveland” underneath. Deceased was a powerfully built man, nearly six feet in height. No one appearing to identify the corpse, the jury, after hearing the facts, returned a verdict of “found drowned”. The body was interred in the Drummond Hill cemetery.
KEATING - A fine little girl, aged about 3 years, daughter of Mr. Thomas Keating, of Caledonia, fell into a soft‑water cistern in the yard of Mrs. Filgiano, on Wednesday last, and, although there was only about twenty inches of water in the cistern at the time, she was drowned before being taken out. A younger child was playing with the deceased at the time and screamed loudly as soon as his little sister fell into the water, which alarmed the neighbours who hurried to the scene of the accident as soon as possible, and lifted the body from the water. Medical aid was sent for and every endeavour made to restore life, but it proved of no avail. There is no blame to be attached to anyone as the child must have got on top of the lid of the cistern when it tipped and threw her
in. The loss is a great one for the bereaved parents. The deceased was a very intelligent and beautiful child.
June 27, 1861
GUTHRIE - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Mr. Alexander Guthrie, aged 56 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral, without further notice, on Friday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, from his late residence, Bold street near Bowery.
June 29, 1861
BRANIGAN, MACGINNIS - Yesterday afternoon, three of Mr. Maxwell's sons, on reaching a quarry pond in the neighbourhood of their father's residence at Cote Ste Catherine, in which they were in the habit of bathing, discovered some boys' clothing on the bank, and finding no trace of the owners, hastened home and gave the alarm. Mr. Maxwell immediately returned with them to the pond with one of his servants to aid in the search which soon led to the discovery of the bodies of three boys, two of whom were afterwards identified as the sons of Mr. Branigan, confectioner, aged respectively ten & twelve years, and the other, a son of Mr. MacGinnis, plasterer, about the same age. The poor little fellows had received a holiday from their schoolmaster, and had gone to enjoy it in the fields, but alas', the above was the result. Their bodies were brought home to their sorrow‑stricken parents last evening whose feelings can better be imagined than described. It is impossible to say how long they had been in the water. (Montreal "Pilot")
JONES - Dr. Playter of Lindsay, County of Victoria, sends us the following under date the 24th instant. “An inquest was commenced before me yesterday morning on the body of a man who had been residing near Fenelon Falls, and who was found most brutally murdered in his own shanty. An axe of the deceased , which cannot yet be found, is supposed to have been the weapon used, and the poor man had been mutilated in a most shocking manner. His name was William Jones. He had lived alone for a number of years, was a quiet inoffensive man, and was supposed to have had money in his possession, to obtain which was no doubt the object of his murderers. His trunk was found some distance from the shanty, and had been broken open. No suspicion is as yet attached to anyone. He was found on Saturday evening last by a young girl who was passing the open door of the shanty. The murder was supposed to have been committed on Friday evening. It is said that the deceased has a brother living in Toronto, and if you would give an insertion, if might meet his eyes. No other relatives, it would appear, are in this country. The inquest stands adjourned for a few days.
July 3, 1861
MCQUEEN - We regret to learn that Mr. Thomas McQueen, editor and poet, and latterly the proprietor of the Huron “Signal”, died at Goderich on the 25th ultimo. Mr. McQueen was an able writer and well known as a Reformer in politics. He formerly edited the “Canadian”, a newspaper published in this city, but having purchased a farm in the vicinity of Goderich, retired thither where he died. He was intimately identified with the progress and prosperity of Huron, and has done much to further the interests of that growing section of the country. Peace be to his ashes.
July 5, 1861
JONES - Died at Oakville, on Wedensday, the 26th ultimo, Dr. Charles Jones, late of Guelph, many years partner of Drs. Clarke and Orton, of the above town.
RYAN - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, Margaret Ryan, aged 25 years.
July 6, 1861
DALLYN - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Alfred, youngest son of Mr. J. E. Dallyn, aged 5 months and 8 days. Friends and acquaintances arerespectfully requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Stuart street, to‑morrow, Sunday afternoon, at 3 o'clock.
July 9, 1861
MACKAY - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Minnie, infant daughter of Mr. Aeneas Mackay.
July 15, 1861
WEBSTER - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Mr. John Webster, late of Banffshire, Scotland, aged 56 years.
July 16, 1861
WALKER - Died in this city, on t he 14th instant, John U. Walker, aged 6 years, youngest son of Mr. Robert Walker.
July 18, 1861
SHEPHERD - Died at Burlington Beach, on the 17th instant, Margaret Ann Shepherd, aged 11 days.
HUBEL, STEMPLE (Guelph) - There was no small excitement in town on the arrival of the 2:30 down train at the Grand Trunk Railway station on Saturday afternoon, having on board the body
of a little boy who had been run over and killed a few miles from town, while another boy and a little girl, sufferers from the same accident, were lifted out of the cars insensible and fatally injured. The accident occurred about 2 p.m. at a crossing near the Breslau station, eleven miles west of Guelph. A boy, eleven years of age, named John Hubel, son of G. Hubel, residing near Breslau, was driving a single‑horse waggon in which were his two cousins, John William and Mary Eliza Stemple, aged respectively six and four years, the children of Jacob Stemple, a resident of the vicinity. The train and the waggon approaching the crossing simultaneously, the horse got frightened, suddenly stood still for a second, and then bounded forward with a force that defied the strength of his youthful driver to restrain. The waggon was struck by the locomotive and thrown off the line, and the train having passed, the younger boy was taken up dead. The horse was killed, and the waggon smashed. On the train reaching the station, the two surviving children were immediately cared for and attended by the medical men in town, but both were injured beyond remedy. The boy died the same evening about 9 o'clock, and the girl lingered till 5 o'clock on Sunday evening.
BONE (St. Catharines) - On Saturday last, George Jamieson Bone, 12 years of age, only son of Mr. Thomas Bone, stonecutter of St. Paul street, left home in company with his sister only 5 years of age, and two or three other boys, sons of Mr. Mitchell, in search of wild berries. Having examined the Lake shore, and feeling overheated from too much exertion, George proposed to go into the water and bathe. The other boys, as well as his little sister, attempted to dissuade him, fearing an accident might occur. But he persisted, and melancholy to relate, went but a few paces out from the water edge when he suddenly stepped beyond his depth and sank to rise no more. One of the boys ran forthwith to a farmhouse nearby and gave information of the accident that had occurred. The landlord proceeded to the spot and succeeded in recovering the body after it had been in the water about an hour. Another boy hastened to give the sad tidings to the parents of his deceased companion. The body was immediately brought home, and was buried yesterday. The funeral was attended by a large number of friends and acquaintances, including a large number of school children to whom the deceased was much endeared, having been an intelligent youth of an amiable and kind disposition.
July 27, 1861
LODOR - Died at Ancaster, on the 25th instant, Job Lodor, Esq., in the 86th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence to the place of interment, St. John's Church, Ancaster, on Saturday, the 27th instant, at the hour of two o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances
are requested to attend without further notice.
SMITH - Died on the 25th instant, aged 57 years, Elizabeth, relict of the late James Smith, Esq., formerly of Dundas.
SMITH - Died in this city, on the 26th instant, Henry, infant son of Mr. John Smith, aged 5 months. The funeral will take place at 1 p.m. to‑day (Saturday) from Mr. Smith's residence, John street north.
AN INDIAN - Five young men from Prescott were lodged in gaol on Tuesday, charged with the murder of an Indian. It appears the young men were attempting to force a squaw, when the Indian came to her assistance whom they beat in such a manner to cause death.
July 23, 1861
TAYLOR - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Margaret, wife of Mr. David Taylor, aged 82 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. Taylor, John street south, this Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
July 24, 1861
DAVIS - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, the infant son of A.P. and T.H. Davis.
July 25, 1861
MATTHEWS - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, the infant son of Mr. J.B. Matthews, aged 3 months.
July 26, 1861
SECORD - Died in this city, on the 24th instant, Sigourney, eldest daughter of Mr. William Secord. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this afternoon at 3 o'clock, from his house, Ancaster, to proceed to Barton Church.
July 29, 1861
GOLDSMITH - Killed at the battle of Manassas, Sunday, the 21st instant, Gustave G. Goldsmith, aged 21 years, private in the Michigan Hussars, Detroit. The deceased was a resident of this city, and was highly respected by all who knew him.
July 30, 1861
GRAHAM - Died in this city, or the 28th instant, Henry and William Graham, sons of Mr. John Graham, aged respectively 19 and 18 years. The funeral will take place from Mr. Graham's residence, Stewart street between James and Hughson streets, at 4 o'clock to‑day (Tuesday).Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
GRAHAM, HYNDS - Every summer for years past, it has fallen to our lot to record one or more fatal casualties through careless boating on Burlington Bay, and this season, we regret to say, has not been an exceptional one. On Sunday last, five young men named Henry Graham, William Graham, Robert Hynds, John Hynds, and Joseph Clifford, started from the Railway wharf in a frail sailbost which had once before, we understand, proved treacherous in the water. The day was far from a pleasant one. The rain fell heavily in the early part of the day, and in the afternoon, the wind rose, and between three and four o'clock had increased almost to a hurricane. It was dangerous to be out upon the Bay at such a time. Yet these five young men were cruising ahout, and when in the vicinity of the Pesjardins Canal, their boat was suddenly capsized, and all were soon struggling in the water. The two first named, the brothers Graham, being good swimmers, started for the shore; the other three clung to the upturned boat, but Robert Hynds sank almost immediately, and the other two retained their hold until rescued. The two poor fellows who made for the shore sank exhausted before they reached it, and perished within a short distance of the point for which they aimed. The bodies of the two brothers were recovered in the evening, but no trace has been found of young Hynds. The affair cast a heavy gloom over the community yesterday, and all deplored the untimely fate of the unfortunate youths. An inquest was held before Dr. Rosebrugh and a verdict in accordance with the facts returned. We regret to learn that Mr. and Mrs. Graham received such a shock by the sad intelligence that they have been seriously ill in consequence.
FORBES - Died on the 24th instant, at her residence, Elizabeth, the Beloved wife of Mr. Adam Forbes, Township Treasurer, Morris, County of Huron, C.W., aged 27 years.
August 1, 1861
SMITH - Died in this city, on the 30th ultimo, Henry, son of Mr. Joseph Smith, aged seven years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral this day at 10:30 a.m.
HYNDS - The body of Robert Hynds, one of the three who were drowned in the Bay on Sunday last was recovered yesterday morning. Capt. Caddy was out fishing at Rock Bay when he
discovered something floating. On approaching, it was found to be the body of the unfortunate lad. The hands were raised in a level with the face as if in a last struggle for life. The body, which was little disfigured, was brought ashore and delivered to his family.
MURPHY - Yesterday, Sunday, a boy about fourteen years of age, named James Murphy, was drowned in the Don River, a short distance from the bridge. It appears that he went into the water to bathe, along with a companion, but getting beyond his depth, and being unable to swim, he suddenly sank. The other lad, who could swim a little, made an attempt to save Murphy, but without avail. A crowd collected, but a considerable time elapsed before the body was recovered. An inquest will be held on the body to‑day. Deceased was employed in the “Freeman” office and it is said was the only support of his mother who is a widow.
August 2, 1861
JUDD - Died in this city, on the 1st instant, Mrs. Elizabeth Judd, aged 54 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral this day (Friday) at 3 o'clock from her residence, Bay street.
August 3, 1861
GRAHAM (Niagara “Mail”) - On Sunday morning last, during divine service, C. D. Graham, son of Mr. John Graham, of this town, a lad about 16 years of age, was taken suddenly ill in the English Church. He was carried home, only a distance of a few yards, but died on the way. Cause: hemorrhage of the lungs. The deceased had been employed in this office for the past three years and was always remarkable for his industry and integrity.
August 5, 1861
URQUHART - A young child, about two years of age, whose parents named Urquhart, reside on West Averue, was drowned in a rain barrel on Saturday afternoon. As soon as the situations was discovered, Dr. Rosebrugh was called, but all endeavours to restore animation were unsuccessful.
SUTTON (Belleville) - We regret to record the accidental death of a very estimable young man named Joseph Sutton of the firm of Sutton and Ostrom, fanning mill manufacturers. On Monday, the 15th ultimo, while mortising, the chisel which he held in hand, slipped and struck him in the front part of his thigh, inflicting a deep and ugly wound. The wound bled profusely, and although the best medical skill was procured, all efforts to stop the bleeding proved fruitless, and the
patient gradually sank until Monday last, when death came to his relief. Deceased was about 23 years of age, and was highly respected.
SHEPHERD - A case of sunstroke which terminated fatally occurred at the Great Western Railway station here on Saturday about noon. The unfortunate subject was Mr. Ralph Shepherd, driver of the yard engine. He was removed to his residence, corner of York and Bay streets, and Dr. Billings was called, but medical skill was of no avail, and the unfortunate man died shortly after.
August 6, 1861
DINGLE - Died in Barton, on the 4th instant, John Dingle, aged 28 years.
LINDSAY - Died at Binbrook, on the 2nd instant, John Lindsay, infant son of David and Mary Lindsay, aged 19 months.
CAMERON - We regret to learn that Mr. George Cameron, an old and much respected inhabitant of Pleasant Bay, Hillier, was accidentally drowned in Round Lake, in the Township of Haldimand, about a week or ten days ago. It appears from the information we have received of this melancholy affair, that the deceased left home on a visit to some friends residing in Haldimand, and was at the time of his death, endeavouring to shoot a deer while in a boat, and it is supposed that the gun kicked and precipitated him into the water. What is most singular about the affair is that he lost his life on his birthday, he being 71 years of age on the very day of the unfortunate occurrence. He leaves a large family to mourn his loss.
LEONARD - We regret to learn that Mr. Leonard, a well‑known conductor of the Great Western Railway, died in Toronto on Sunday morning after a few hours' illness. The cause of death, we believe, was inflammation of the bowels.
CAMPBELL - A fatal and melancholy accident occurred at Dundas on Sunday morning last. The facts, as we have learned them, are as follows. About ten o'clock on the morning of Sunday last, a farmer, residing on the Brock Road, of the name of Ray, accompanied by his wife, son, and daughter, and father‑in‑law, was driving to church and had reached where the railway bridge crosses the road at the west end of Dundas when the noise of a freight train crossing, startled the horses. The animals went off at full speed, and overturned the waggon, throwing the whole party violently on the road. The father‑in‑law, an old pensioner named Campbell, was so severely injured that he died the same evening. Ray escaped with slight injuries, but his wife had one of her
legs broken at the ankle, and his daughter also had a limb broken. The accident caused a great sensation in Dundas, and much sympathy is expressed for the unfortunate sufferers.
August 7, 1861
GORDON - Died at her residence, Nelson, on the 6th instant, Jane Gordon, in the 60th year of her age, relict of the late William Gordon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and mother of the Rev. James Gordon, Markham, C.W.
August 8, 1861
MAGEN - Died in this city, on the 7th instant, Grace Magen, daughter of Christopher Magen, butcher, Main street east, The funeral will take place from her father's house, this day at 4 o'clock p.m.
BLACK - Died at Montrose, Scotland, on the 27th May, Mr. David Black, aged 105 years, father of Mr. J. Black, of this city.
CALLAGHAN - A case of “coup de soleil”, or sunstroke, occurred in Dumfries on Saturday last. Mr. Daniel Callaghan, in the employ of Mr. James Havel, plasterer, was sunstruck about half past two o'clock and died a short time afterwards. Mr. Havel was engaged in plastering a new sohoolhouse in school section No. 25, about three and a half miles west of Galt, and at the time above mentioned, Mr. Robert Robson, also employed in the building, noticed Mr. Callaghan staggering off at a short distance from where he had been mixing mortar, and went after him and brought him back. Mr. Callaghan soon became insensible, and only survived about an hour and a half afterwards. Medical aid was sent for, but did not arrive before the vital spark had fled. The deceased had been drinking very freely of cold water, a very dangerous thing on a hot day. His remains were brought into Galt on Saturday evening, and were interred at Hespeler on Sabbath last. He was about fifty years of age and leaves a wife end two children.
WEBB (Montreal) - Mrs. Webb, living in Queen street, fell down a step leading from the back door into the yard on Saturday last, dislocating her left thigh. She was attended on Sunday by Dr. H. P. Howard who gave her three drachms of chloroform. She was subsequently removed by his instructions to the Montreal General Hospital where Drs. Taylor and Drake endeavoured to reduce the dislocation, the patient being placed under the influence of two drachms of chloroform. At noon yesterday, Drs. Scott and Wright, the quarterly visiting physicians, previous to operating upon the patient, administered in the usual way by inhalation of chloroform from a napkin, not quite a drachm of chloroform. She had not inhaled it over thirty seconds when it was perceived
that she was dying. Every possible endeavour was made to restore her, but without avail. No blame whatever attaches to the several medical men who administered the chloroform, death being ascribed to some disease of old standing.
BOYLAN - A little boy, aged about six years, named Boylan, was drowned at Port Dalhousie on Monday afternoon last. He was missed for several hours, and on search being made, his body was found in the sluice belonging to one of the dry docks. It is supposed that he fell in while fishing.
August 9, 1861
OSBORNE - Died at Sandyford Place, on the 5th instant, John Osborne, aged 13 months, son of Mr. John Osborne.
August 10, 1861
FULLER - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Richard, infant son of Mr. Richard Fuller, aged 17 days. Friends are invited to attend the funeral this day at 4 o'clock from his father's residence, corner of Cathcart and Cannon streets.
ROSSCONNELL - Died on the 9th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Sergeant Major Rossconnell, of the Volunteer Rifles, Hamilton. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her late residence on the corner of Cannon street and East avenue, this day, Saturday, at 2 o'clock p.m.
August 12, 1861
MACKINTOSH - Died on the 9th instant, Wilhelmina, infant daughter of Dr. Mackintosh, aged seven months.
August 13, 1861
HALLETT - Died on the 10th instant, Emma Amelia Elizabeth, infant daughter of Mr. A. E. Hallett, aged 1 month and one day.
August 13, 1861
WILSON -It is with feelings of heartfelt sorrow that we have to announce one of the most melancholy accidents that ever occurred in Brantford. Two daughters of A. L. Wilson, Esq., High Constable of the county, Fanny and Emma, aged 13 and 11 years, were on a visit on Tuesday last with their mother to Mrs. Skinner residing near the Grand River, a short distance from
Brantford. The two girls went down to the river to bathe where the current, though not deep, is very strong. The elder girl, as we are informed, entered the stream and called upon her younger sister to follow. In attempting to enter the water, the little girl fell. The elder sister rushed to assist her when she, too, was borne down by the strong current, and both, sad to say, were drowned. The bodies of both were recovered,the one on the afternoon when the sad accident took place, and the other the next morning. The unfortunate girls were intelligent for their age, exceedingly promising and interesting, which must add to the intensity of the parental bereavement. We have never known a sadder or more melancholy accident than the one which we now record. The two Misses Wilson were the granddaughters of Rev. W. Ryerson, M.P.P. for West Brant.
MOORE - We learn from Meaford, that on Tuesday evening, a young man named Moore was drowned while bathing in Beaver River, near Williamstown. He was accompanied by one of the Messrs Rorke of Williamstown, who with his heroic and oft‑repeated attempts to save the life of his friend, very nearly lost his own. Mr. Rorke succeeded two or three times in dragging the drowning man a short distance towards the shoal but unaided and exhausted, he was unable to save him. The deceased and his brother came to the neighbourhood last fall, purchased each a 200‑acre lot, and with their sisters, were living on the land and making a commencement in the world. His brother and sister were, for a few days past, on a visit to their friends at West Gwillimbury. The remains of the deceased will be taken thither for interment. Mr. Moore was a promising young man of excellent character, and had already gained many friends in his new home, who now deplore his loss. An inquest was held by Dr. Byrne of Meaford, coroner, on Wednesday. We have not heard the verdict, but the facts are as above stated.
PLUMBKIE - It again falls to our lot to record another death by drowning. From the particulars we have been able to gather, it appears that Joseph Plumbkie, aged about thirty years, in company with several others who reside about two miles north of Bloomfield, went to the dam of Mr. Morgan's mill in Bloomfield, for the purpose of bathing, and the individual spoken of, being unable to swim, ventured into deep water and was drowned. The other parties, who were in company with him, from some cause or another, did not render him assistance, and hence the unfortunate occurrence. Too much caution cannot be taken by persons who are unable to swim to keep where the water is shallow and where they can easily touch bottom. He leaves a wife and one child to mourn his untimely end.
MURRAY - We have to record another sad case of drowning in the Bay, the fourth life which ahs been lost there within a very short period. On Sunday afternoon, Michael Murray, a cigar manufacturer, accompanied by one of his apprentices, got into a skiff at the City wharf, intending
to proceed to the Beach. The skiff was not further than one or two hundred yards from the wharf when it upset, and two were thrown into the water. The boy managed to get hold of the boat and retain it until rescued, but Murray was drowned. The latter, we understand, was a good swimmer, and it is supposed that his feet had become entangled in the weeds which are numerous at that spot. It is said, too, that he was under the influence of liquor at the time, and that he went into the skiff against the advice of several persons who thought him unfit to manage a boat in his then state. The body has not been recovered.
August 14, 1861
MURRAY - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Mr. Michael Murray, aged 27 years. The funeral
will take place this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock, from the residence of Mr. Martin Murray.
MURRAY - The body of Michael Murray who was drowned in the Bay on Sunday last, was found
yesterday afternoon, very near the spot where the unfortunate accident occurred, An inquest was
held on the body, and a verdict of accidental drowning returned by the jury. In the evidence, the
rumour that Murray was under the influence of liquor was positively contradicted.
UNNAMED INFANT (London) - On Sunday forenoon, as some lads were bathing in the river at the foot of Clarence street, the legs of one of them became entangled in some clothes, and as hestrove to free himself, he discovered that the body of an infant was attached to them. The body was at once conveyed to shore, and the Chief of Police having been informed of the circumstances, at once advised Coroner Moore. A jury was empanelled, and a post mortem examination made, and the following facts adduced. The body is that of a female child, aged about six weeks, and the medical gentlemen are of the opinion that it had been in the water but two days. How it came there has yet to be discovered, and from the circumstances that have already come to light, it is likely that the matter will be cleared up.
Dr. Moore states that on Friday last, a young woman called at his surgery to obtain some medicine for her child who was affected with an eruption on the throat, and to the best of his belief, the child found in the river is the one for which he prescribed. On the same day, a young woman called at the residence of the pastor of the Roman Catholic church and requested him to interest himself in procuring a home for her child. The priest's housekeeper has identified the clothes as those worn by the child on that occasion. Of course, the authorities are now making inquiries after this young woman, and the inquest has been stayed until Thursday. The body of the child was interred on Sabbath afternoon. The name of the mother is not known.
August 17, 1861
LANE - Died at Lymon, on the 15th ultimo, in the 19th year of his age, William Astler Griffiths, son of Captain Lane, Manchester, England. Also on the 17th ultimo, in the 14th year of her age, Ellen, daughter of Captain Lane.
August 19, 1861
MURNEY - We learn that the Hon. Edmund Murney, member of the Legislative Council for the Trenton Division, died yesterday morning in Belleville. Mr. Murney had been a member of the Legislature for about 20 years, about 15 of which he spent in the Lower House. A Conservative in politics and strongly opposed to the Clear Grit party, he accorded a generous support to the present administration. He was about 50 years of age. He leaves behind a widow, one son, and ten daughters. His son, an engineer, pursues his profession in Spain, and of his daughters, the eldest is married to Dr. Ridley of Hamilton. We have not learned the cause of Mr. Murney’s death nor whether he had been ill for any length of time. He was much respected in his immediate neighbourhood, and to his numerous friends, his death will be a cause of deep regret.
OSBORNE (Toronto) - Yesterday morning, the dead body of a man was found floating in the Bay opposite the Union Station. On being taken our of the water, it was identified as that of Mr. Alfred Osborne, mate of the schooner “Almeda”, who had been missing for the past week. Constable Simons conveyed the body to the city dead‑house, and Coroner Duggan was notified of the occurrence. He held an inquest in the afternoon at the Police Court, when it appeared that there were no marks of violence on the body, and that death had in all probability been caused by drowning. The jury handed in a verdict of “Found drowned.” The deceased, who was about 40 years of age, resided in Port Credit, and leaves a family to mourn his loss.
August 21, 1861
FAULKNER - Died in this city, on Tuesday morning, Kate, only daughter of Mr. Joseph Faulkner, aged 6 months and 9 days.
WILKINSON - Died on the 20th instant, at Toll Gate No. 1, top of the Mountain, aged 40 years, Mr. Richard Wilkinson, a native of Castle Lyons, County Cork, Ireland. His remains will be interred in Barton Church yard. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral which will depart from his late residence at 4 o'clock this (Wednesday) afternoon.
August 22, 1861
STRATHY - Died in this city, on the 21st instant, Henry Wetenhall, only son of H. S. Strathy, Esq., aged 8 months. The funeral will take place to‑morrow, Friday, at half past 2 p.m. from Mr. Strathy's residence, Victoria avenue. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
August 24. 1861
GILBERT - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mr. John Gilbert, late of Birmingham, England, aged 40 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, York street, to‑day (Saturday) at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
GORDON - The funeral of Mr. William Gordon will leave his mother's residence, 202 Church street, Toronto, this day (Saturday) at 4 o'clock. Friends are respectfully requested to attend.
August 27, 1861
DAVELIN - The first accident attended with a fatal result that, has taken place in the Public Buildings up to the present time occurred on the works of Messrs Jones, Haycock, and Co. last Friday. The victim, a Mr. Charles Davelin, a mason, in ascending one of the scaffolds of the Western Block of the Department Buildings, unwittingly stepped on a loose board which upended and threw him to the earth, a distance of some 27 feet. In his descent, he passed between the iron joists of the first storey and received such internal injuries therefrom as to result in his death on Monday morning. Mr. Davelin, we may state, has been in delicate health for some time past, and had only commenced work just before meeting with the unfortunate calamity which resulted in his death. He is said to have been far gone in consumption. His fellow workmen have started a subscription for the benefit of his widow and for his three children which already amounts to nearly $150.
August 28, 1861
WALKER - Died in this city, on the 27th instant, William, son of John Walker, blacksmith, aged 3 months and 5 days.
August 30, 1861
MCKENZIE - Mr. W. Lyon McKenzie, the leader of the Rebellion in 1837, died at his residence in Toronto on Wednesday last, at the age of 67. Mr. McKenzie had been notorious in this country
for nearly forty years, and during all that time had followed the occupation of a political agitator. His perseverance was unequalled, but he was neither a man of extraordinary talent nor yet a statesman, although at one time the most prominent public man in the Province. He agitated the country until he forced it into a rebellion, was hard pushed, and had to flee the country. After an exile of twelve years among a people he despised, notwithstanding his democratic notions, he returned to Canada on being pardoned by the Imperial Government. He subsequently sat in parliament for Haldimand, but resigned his seat in 1858, and retired into private life, his political friends and admirers having purchased a homestead for him.
As a politician, Mr. McKenzie was exceedingly industrious and brought a vast amount of energy to bear upon whatever he undertook. As a newspaper writer, his style was peculiarly his own, and latterly he wrote but little. It was said that he was completing a narrative of his life and times just before his death. If so, it has been left incomplete. Few men have come through so many varying and trying charges as Mr. McKenzie; yet he flinched not in anything he undertook. He was a man of extraordinary energy and possessed an unconquerable will. Whatever may be said of his faults and follies and he had many, he was certainly sincere in all he did.
The mad project of a rebellion would have been abandoned by any other man as soon as discomfiture ensued, but not so with McKenzie, for after being hotly pursued, and forced to cross the border for safety, he entrenched himself and his misguided band of followers on an island in the Niagara River where he made a stand for some time, and finally fled when resistance was no longer available. As one of the most remarkable men of this country, Mr. McKenzie departs at a ripe age, leaving behind him many memorials of the past. We presume some one will ere long undertake the task of penning a history of his life.
GRAY - We have to record the melancholy intelligence of the death of Mr. John H. Gray, formerly of this city, and brother of Alderman Gray, at Beechworth, Australia, on the 7th of June. The particulars of his death are thus given in a letter from Mr. Duffield, another Hamiltonian.
“It will indeed by a very sad blow to you and his family in Canada, and what makes it still more deplorable, cut off as he was in the prime of life and amid the brightest prospects, respected by all who knew him. I saw him on Tuesday. We had a long talk of Hamilton affairs. He went to Chilton, one of his branch sale yards, on Thursday, the 6th of June, where he bought a colt which he attempted to break there, got it put into a heavy dray in the sale yard, and he had both wheels locked. He held the colt by the head. There were several, persons about him. The colt seems to have gone off with a bound. John held or to its head, till, going through the yard gate which was open, his foot struck, and he fell upon his knees and was obliged to let go his hold. The wheels of the dray being locked, in passing over him, struck with terrible force. He seems to have been
stunned, as he did not complain much till asked where he was hurt. He then complained of his back, and seemed to suffer great pain. From the time he was lifted up and brought into the hotel close by, it could not have been more than twenty minutes. He spoke only of his hurt. He suffered so much that I doubt if the terrible consequences of his accident ever occurred to him. With no time left for reflection, his valuable life was gone in a moment before his panic‑stricken friends knew of their loss. I need hardly describe to you the effect produced upon the people of Beechworth, and of this district. No man in this district was so well known and so universally liked. Beechworth has sustained a great loss in him.”
Mr. Gray left Hamilton in 1852, and was carrying on an extensive business in Australia. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his untimely death.
August 31, 1861
CARY - A man named George Cary, a farmer, resident in Beverly, met his death on Tuesday night under the following circumstances. It appears that he and another man with three women were driving home about midnight when the waggon was upset over a bridge, he being instantly killed. He was about 40 years old, and leaves a wife and several children. Dr. McMahon was notified to hold an inquest, but did not deem it necessary as the cause of his death was too apparent. No doubt the citizens of Toronto will consider this rather strange conduct on the part of the coroner when they think of the hot haste and business tact of their coroners in looking after cases. Our coroner is evidently an exception amongst those of his class.
September 2, 1861
SWIFT - Died of consumption, at Nicholville, N.Y., on the 27th ultimo, at the residence of Dr. Willard Smith, stepfather of the deceased, William Pitt Swift, in his 32nd year, late of Hamilton, much and justly regretted.
BALE - Died in this city, on the 31st ultimo, Mary, wife of Mr. James Bale, Esq., late of Bideford, Devon, England, in her 45th year. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, without further notice.
September 4, 1861
PELL - Died in this city, on Tuesday, the 3rd instant, Clara Henrietta Pell, only daughter of Mr. George Pell, aged one year and four months.
SLOAN - A wretched female, named Sloan, who has been hanging around the city for the last eighteen months, was found dead in a miserable den on the corner of Tyburn and Catherine streets. She entered this receptacle of drunkards and prostitutes on the night of Friday last, and since then has been sick, and yesterday she died on the floor with no one present save a woman who was lying drunk in the corner. Both her eyes were blackened and there were a number of contusions on the scalp, the marks of the abandoned life she had led. An inquest was held on the deceased by Coroner Bull, and several witnesses examined, among them Dr. Ryall who gave it as his opinion that she had died of effusion of blood into the ventricle of the brain, the result of the long‑continued intemperance. The jury returned a verdict in accordance, and expressed a strong opinion on the conduct of the proprietor of the house allowing such an abandoned set to occupy it. The landlord was said to be ex‑councilman Sunley.
September 6, 1861
HARDING (London) - We are sorry to have to relate the particulars of a fatal accident which happened to a son of Mr. William Harding, proprietor of the City Arms Hotel, King street, while on board one of the excursion trains on their return from the Falls on Tuesday evening last. The deceased was found with his legs badly mangled on Wednesday morning by a trackman of the road about a mile and a half east of Princeton, a station about nine miles this side of Paris, When found, he was alive, and said that he was from London. The trackman immediately ran to the station for assistance, but on his return, Harding was found dead. The body was then conveyed to the station where an inquest was held during the day. It is supposed that the deceased must have fallen from the cars on his homeward journey, was rendered insensible by his injuries, and lay upon the track until discovered the following morning. His parents left by the noon train yesterday for the scene of the disaster, and were expected to return by the accommodation last evening with the remains of their unfortunate son. Deceased was a fine young man of steady habits, and his melancholy death will be sadly deplored by his numerous friends. He was 23 years of age.
September 7, 1861
MURRAY - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Mary Jane, youngest daughter of Mr. David Murray, aged 18 months and 9 days. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, Rosedale Nurseries, to‑day at 2 p.m.
DUDLEY - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Mrs. Mary Ann Dudley, widow of the late Mr. N. S. Dudley, Simcoe, Norfolk County, in the 56th year of her age. Friends and acquaintances
are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of her son‑in‑law, Mr. E. Muir, Park street, this (Saturday) morning at 10 o'clock.
BEATTY - Died on the 4th instant, Isabella Georgina, daughter of Mr. Robert Beatty, G.W.R., aged 1 year6 months, and 27 days. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, Queen street, to‑day (Saturday), 7th instant, at 5 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.
September 10, 1861
BURNS - Yesterday morning terminated the mortal career of Alexander Burns. Alexander Burns was born on an island in Lake Champlain in the year 1816, and is consequently now 45 years of age. His father was a soldier in the British Army but little is known about him. The family lived near Sherbrooke for a number of years and bore a respectable character. It is only within the last ten or twelve years that Burns, the infanticide, has resided with his family at the scene of his crime in the Township of Bolton.
His family consisted of his wife and nine children. Some time about Christmas, 1859, Mary Jane, the eldest daughter became the mother of a child by her own father who the same night took the child out of the log hut where he resided, and having kicked it in the snow, in the sight of two of his sons, carried it off where it was never seen again, a piece of it supposed to have been found in the brook near the house, but this admits of doubt. Cendal Alexander Burns confirmed the narrative of his sister in every essential particular. James Burns, the second son, recapitulated the fearful details. Hannah Blake and other neighbours proved Mary Jane to have been in the family way before the night in question and no longer afterwards, and Dr. Beaubieu brought in his medical skill to remove every lingering doubt.
On behalf of the prisoner, it was contended that, he had been insane at a former period in his life and still laboured under mental derangement. The jury, however, on the 3rd of July last, found a verdict of wilful murder against the prisoner, no recommendation to mercy being added. Sentence was passed, the Judge reminding the prisoner that his acts had polluted the land and that his crime was one abhorrent to human nature, fallen and depraved as it is.
September 11, 1861
SILVERTHORN - A very melancholy evert happened at Big Creek on the town line between Windham and Burford on Saturday evening last by which two young men lost their lives, plunging their families into the deepest distress and enshrouding a whole neighbourhood in gloom. On the evening in question. Edward and John Silverthorn, aged respectively 19 and 20 years, farmers, of Burford, left their homes to bathe in Big Creek, when it appears one of them,
who could not swim, by some means got beyond his depth, and sank, when his cousin, observing his danger, forgetful of himself, plunged in to the rescue. He, however, was seized with cramp, and thus powerless to save himself or his cousin, sank also to rise no more. Another young person, whose name we have not learned, came near sharing the same fate. One body was recovered some two hours after the accident, and the other on Sunday morning. One of the young men was an only son, and the hope and pride of the family. How true it is that in the midst of life we are in death.
September 12, 1861
HAYES - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Mr. James Hayes, late of London, England, in the 76th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence on Hess street to‑morrow at half past 4 p.m.
September 17, 1861
SCOTT - Died at Severn Bridge, on the 7th instant, Ann Jane, second daughter of Mr. John Scott, late of Hamilton, aged 1 year and 9 months.
September 19, 1861
TURNER - Died on the 15th instant, at his residence “Cleland Villa”, Smithville, Michael William Turner, M.D., in the 29th year of his age.
September 21, 1861
STERLING - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Thomas Sterling, eldest son of Mr. George Sterling, aged 29 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday, the 22nd, at 3 p.m. from his father's residence, Gore street, to the place of interment. Friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
It becomes our painful duty to‑day to record the demise of Mr. Thomas Sterling, formerly employed on this journal in the capacity of a reporter who through his urbanity and goodness of heart endeared himself to all with whom he was brought in contact. As the local reporter of the “Spectator”, Mr. Sterling laboured earnestly and well for about three years, and had few equals as a paragraphist and faithful chronicler of passing events. His position on the press at first regarded as temporary, would have beer permanent had health permitted, but that insidious disease, consumption, had marked him for its prey, and notwithstanding a visit to the genial climate of Florida, he gradually sank, and expired yesterday.
Few young men possessed higher or nobler qualities than Mr. Sterling, and we know that he leaves behind him many who will mourn his early death. Peace to his ashes.
September 23, 1861
COCKAYNE - Died in Montreal, on the 15th instant, Mr. Octavius Cockayne, formerly of this city.
September 25, 1861
HESS - Died on the 24th instant, at the residence of his son, David, in the Township of Barton, Samuel Hess, Esq., in the 97th year of his age.
Mr. Hess was born on the banks of the Delaware River in the State of Pennsylvania and removed to Canada in 1791. He was married in 1794 to Catharine Kribs with whom he lived for 60 years. He was the father of ten children and had 39 grandchildren and 67 great‑grandchildren, making a total of 116 descendants. He has always been remarkably healthy; never fractured a bone; and retained his power of mind until his latest moments. For more than thirty years he was a constant follower of Lord Jesus and His grace sustained and comforted him while passing through the valley of the shadow of death. The funeral will take place on Thursday next. Friends are requested to meet at the house at eleven o'clock a.m. As the connexions of Mr. Hess are many and scattered, editors will confer a favour by copying the above.
September 26, 1861
EVANS - Died on the 24th instant, Mr. James Evans, at his residence, Picton street. The funeral will take place at 3 o'clock this afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
CARPENTER - Died at Rock Castle, Hamilton, on the 25th instant, Sarah, wife of Alexander Carpenter, Esq., aged 52 years. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 27th, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.
September 28, 1861
KIRKINDALL - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Samuel Kirkindall, aged 42 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral this day at 11 a.m. from his late residence, King William street, between John and Catherine streets.
ROBERTSON - Died at his father's residence, Macaulay street, on Thursday, the 26th instant, Peter, son of Mr. Peter Robertson, aged 4 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place from Mr. Robertson's residence, to‑day, at 3 o'clock.
RIDDINGS - A fatal accident occurred on Thursday evening on the Toronto branch of the Great Western Railway. The brakesman, Frederick Riddings, was seen at Bronte station adjusting the bell rope, but on reaching Wellington Square, he had disappeared. Search was immediately made along the track, when his lifeless body was found on the track a little this side of Bronte. It is supposed that he had fallen from the top of the cars while engaged in attaching the bell rope and that the train then passed over his body. He leaves a widow and one child to lament his loss.
October 1, 1861
TYSON - Died in this city, on the 29th ultimo, Mrs. Jane Tyson, aged 40 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. William Tyson, Pearl street, at 2 p.m. to‑day (Tuesday).
October 2, 1861
BRYDGES - Died on the 1st instant, at Chedoke, near Hamilton, Harriet Hewe Anna, daughter of C. J. Brydges, Esq., aged 4 years. The funeral will take place on Thursday, the 3rd instant.
NASH - Died in this city, on the 1st instant, Francis Aaron, youngest son of Mr. James Nash. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Thursday) from his father's residence, Main street, at 10 o'clock a.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
October 3, 1861
BOOKER - Died on the evening of the 1st instant, Helen Clara, youngest daughter of Mr. A. Booker, of this city. The funeral will take place to‑day at 2 o'clock p.m.
CARTMAN (St. Catharines) - We mentioned on Saturday that a young woman had been arrested in this town on the day previous on a charge of having destroyed the life of her child. Her name is Jane Cartman. It appears that she was in the employ of a Mr. Cole, a tavern keeper at Port Dalhousie, who discovered some three or four weeks since that she was 'enceinte', and he insisted on her leaving his house and provided her with some money. She immediately took the cars on the Welland Railway and came to this town, and on arriving here, she was so very ill that the station master obtained the assistance of Mrs. McDermott and Mrs. Courtney, and she was removed to the house of the latter where she gave birth to a mulatto child. She remained there three weeks, and then left, coming back a few days later without the child. When Chief Montgomery heard of the child being found at the Four Mile Creek, he at once suspected and arrested Jane Cartman. She confessed that she had left the child at the Creek after it was dead, but did not state how it came to
its death. The coroner's jury, on Saturday, brought in a verdict of wilful murder, and she was committed to take her trial.
October 5, 1861
SCOTT - Died at the residence of Mrs. Armstrong, Park street, on the 4th instant, Christiana Graham, wife of Mr. Henry Scott, lately from Carlisle, England, aged 86 years. Friends of Mrs. Armstrong's family are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑day (Saturday) at 2 o'clock p.m.
October 7, 1861
CAIRNS - We regret to learn that Mr. Andrew Cairns, an old resident of Nelson, was found dead in a field near his home on Monday last. It appears that Mr. Cairns left home on Tuesday, the 20th ultimo, with the intention of visiting Wellington Square. He started on foot from home in the evening, but as it was a very stormy night, it is supposed that he missed his way and wandered into the field where he lay down and perished.
October 8, 1861
BELTON - Died in this city, on the 6th instant, Samuel Belton, aged 70 years. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, James street, this (Tuesday) afternoon at half past two o'clock without further intimation.
AIKMAN - Died on Saturday, October 5th, at the residence of his son, Michael Aikman, Esq., Barton, in her 93rd year, Hannah, relict of the late John Aikman, Esq.
October 9, 1861
BARKER - Died on the 31st August, at Ottawa City, Michigan, Sarah Sayer, the beloved wife of Mr. John Barker, formerly of England, aged 36 years.
COUNSELL - Died suddenly on the evening of the 7th instant, Charles Owen Counsell, in the 66th year of his age. The funeral will take place on Thursday, the 10th instant, at 3½ o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
An old and esteemed citizen , Mr. C. O. Counsell, died very suddenly on Monday evening. He had gone out, it appears, for a walk, and when down James street, he suddenly felt sick, and went into
the office of Dr. Mackelcan, whom he asked to assist him home. The Dr. judged from his appearance that he was dangerously ill and wished to call for a cab, but Mr. Counsell preferred to walk. They walked together up James street, and the Dr. having to go to a Council meeting, requested another gentleman to see him home. The gentleman did so, and in an hour after, he was a corpse. Mr. Counsell was much respected, and his sudden end will be regretted by a numerous circle of friends.
October 10, 1861
CALLEN, DONNELLY (Kingston) - Yesterday evening about seven o'clock an accident occurred near Doyle's wharf which terminated fatally. Corporal Callen, Royal Canadian Rifles, his wife and daughters, also Hugh Donnelly, private in the same Regiment, were crossing from Shoal Tower to Queen's wharf, when nearly opposite Doyle's wharf, the boat, by some mismanagement, was upset, and all in her thrown into the water. Of the five individuals, Callen alone was saved, and this morning, the bodies of the woman and one child were discovered.
KEELING (Guelph) - We sincerely regret to place in our obituary to‑day the name of G. M. Keeling, Esq., editor and proprietor of the “Wellington Mercury”. There was a social tea meeting in the Methodist Church on Thursday evening, and Mr. Keeling occupied his usual place in the choir of which he has long been an efficient member. In accompanying the choir on the bass violin in the finale “Good‑night, my Friends”, Mr. Keeling found he was losing the use of his left hand. He managed to get through the piece, but on having removed to his house in the vicinity of the chapel, it was ascertained that paralysis of the entire left side had ensued, accompanied or preceded by apoplexy of the brain.
Hopes were entertained that the malady would yield to the medical means adopted, and that the patient would recover, but yesterday morning there was a decided change for the worse, and before noon, his death ensued.
The deceased was a native of Derby, England, and emigrated to Canada in May, 1849. He was at first employed for a short period in this office, and subsequently in the “Advertiser” office of which journal he was editor and Proprietor for about two years. About a year after relinquishing the “Advertiser”, Mr. Keeling commenced the publication of the “Wellington Mercury” which is now in the commencement of its ninth year. Mr. Keeling has efficiently fulfilled the duties of secretary of the local Horticultural Society since its institution some ten years since, and has been for two years a member of the Town Council. He was an admirable stenographer and of no small, ability as a writer. He has been called away suddenly and at an early age, leaving a widow and five children to lament his loss.
October 11, 1861
WHITTAKER - Died on the 7th instant, Susannah, the infant daughter of George and Mary Whittaker, Rockton, aged one month and 11 days.
October 12, 1861
REID - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, John Thomas, eldest son of Mr. Robert Reid, aged 5 years. The funeral will take place at 4 p.m. to‑day from his father's residence, Pearl street. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
WINK - Died at Tomshill of Birule, Morayshire, Scotland, on the 15th ultimo, Jane Adam, wife of Mr. John Wink.
October 15, 1861
UNNAMED MAN (St. Mary's) - On Friday morning, a switchman on the Grand Trunk lost his life in a somewhat singular manner. He was engaged in moving the points as the engine came slowly on, but the heel of his boot, catching in the frog of the switch, he was unable to move away, and the engine threw him down and ran over his thigh close to his body. The poor fellow, who was highly respected, lived but some four hours. No blame is attached to the engine driver.
FARRELL (Toronto) - On Saturday morning, a man named John Conley, found the dead body of a man floating in the Bay near the foot of Church street. He gave information to the police, and the body was conveyed to the dead house, where it was identified as that of a man named William Farrell, formerly an employee of the gasworks. No marks of violence were discovered on the body, and it was the opinion of Dr. Tipple, who examined it, that it had been in the water ten or twelve days. In the afternoon an inquest was held at Likens “International Hotel”, East Market street, by coroner Duggan. By the evidence elicited, it appeared that deceased was latterly out of employment and had been in the habit of drinking to excess. He was last seen by his wife on Sunday, the 30th September. The jury returned a verdict of “found drowned”.
October 17, 1861
MAXWELL - Died on the 12th instant, Grace L'Estrange, second daughter of George Maxwell, Esq., of Loda, Illinois, aged 4 years, 5 months, and 2 days. Montreal papers please copy.
LOTTRIDGE - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, John Willson Lottridge, aged 24 years. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Friday at 11 o'clock from his late residence, John street, to the place of interment, Waterdown.
October 18, 1861
JARDINE - Died at Saltfleet, on the 17th instant, Thomas, son of Mr. Joseph Jardine. Friends are requested to attend the funeral or Saturday, at 1 o'clock p.m.
CRADDOCK - A young farmer, named Christopher Craddock, accidentally fell from his waggon on the Indian Line, a short distance west of Hagersville, on Wednesday evening last, as he was returning from the Walpole Show, and was so badly injured that he died from the effects thereof on Saturday. Deceased was only about 24 years of age, and was unmarried. He leaves a widowed mother to mourn his untimely death.
STURGIN - A more than usually melancholy death took place on Saturday forenoon in the jail of this city (Montreal). A poor unfortunate woman of the name of Bridget Sturgin, who had not been brought into the jail more than an hour, suddenly expired. She had been sent there by the Recorder at her own request. Thursday and Friday rights previous, she had spent in a cell in the Police Station House for protection. On Friday morning she departed, but on Saturday, she complained of sickness and requested to be sent to the Recorder which resulted, as above, in her death in the jail.
October 25, 1861
BALFOUR - Died on the 22nd instant, at Brantford, Gabriel Balfour, in the 47th year of his age.
October 28, 1861
MCALLISTER - A sad accident occurred at the farm on Main street occupied by Mr. James McAllister, whereby his only child was accidentally drowned. We learn that Mr. McAllister was drawing water from a cistern near his residence. After drawing one pail, he returned to the house, and then went for another, after which he replaced the cover of the cistern. Some few minutes after, Mrs. McAllister missed the boy who was about seven year of age, and asked his father where he was. He replied that he had not seen him, when he suddenly remembered having noticed him in the neighbourhood of the cistern. Search was immediately made, and the body of the unfortunate lad was discovered in the water. Dr. Rosebrugh was sent for and was soon in attendance, but medical aid was of no avail in this case. The vital spark had fled, and the sorrowing parents have to lament the sudden loss of an only and promising child.
October 29, 1861
COLBECK - Died at High Weetslade, Northumberland, England, on the 9th instant, aged 66, Mr. Henry Colbeck, very much respected.
October 31, 1861
SHERIDAN (Sarnia) - An inquest was held in this town on Tuesday and Wednesday last on the body of Patrick Sheridan, long known as a resident of this place who was found dead upon his bed on Tuesday morning last. The evidence went to show that Sheridan had been troubled with a sore leg of late, that family trials also pressed heavily on him and that as a relief for such, he was in the habit of resorting to the intoxicating cup, that in fact on the Saturday evening previous to his melancholy end, he had brought a pail full, of the article to his dwelling ‑ he lived alone ‑ which it is supposed he consumed on Sabbath. On Monday, he was going through town as usual, apparently quite composed and natural. To several persons, however, he made allusions to his end, bidding them good‑bye, and stating they would not see him again. His acquaintance, however, took no notice of such eccentricities, only comprehending their meaning when made acquainted with the reality. He also purchased an ounce of laudanum from an unsuspecting young man in Mr. McLean's drug shop, and returning to his home, told his wife that she must make his bed for the last time, that he had taken laudanum, and would never rise again. His wife appeared to give as little heed to such expressions as others, and returned to her own residence, a few rods distant, leaving him alone in the house. She visited him once or twice before retiring to rest, and found him sleeping heavily. In the morning, between five and six o'clock, she went again to see him, and found that she could not wake him though he was still alive, but he expired a short time afterward. The jury found a verdict of “Died from the effects of laudanum taken with the intent to destroy himself”.
The young man who sold the poison was subsequently brought before Alfred Fisher, Esq., and fined $1 and cost, the smallest the law allows in such cases, and which, considering the youth and inexperience of lad in such matters and the unquestionable appearance of the old man, he had a right to claim. Deceased was about, 50 years old.
November 1, 1861
COLVILLE - Died at Hamilton, on Thursday, 31st ultimo, Euphemia Colville, aged 30 years. The funeral will take place on Saturday at 1 o'clock p.m. from her mother's residence on Wellington street. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
November 2, 1861
BLYTHMAN - Died in this city, of consumption, Mr. Henry Blythman, aged 22 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Sunday) afternoon at 3:30 o'clock from the residence of Mr. W. Gillespy, Margaret street, West end.
November 4, 1861
MCKERLIE - Died on Saturday, the 2nd instant, William Emmet, son of Daniel McKerlie, Esq., aged 8 years and 4 months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, corner of Augusta and Hughson streets, on Monday, the 4th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.
November 5, 1861
WILSON - Yesterday morning, an inquest was held by Coroner Rosebrugh on the body of Ellen Wilson, wife of David Wilson, who resided near the brick yards in the west end of the city. The deceased was found dead on the floor of the house on Sunday morning, and from the violent manner of the husband, who is a notorious drunkard, it was supposed that he had caused her death. He was, therefore, by order of the coroner, arrested. It appears by the evidence that both have been habitual drunkards, and after a long investigation, the jury returned a verdict that deceased had come to her death by long‑continued intemperance.
November 7, 1861
BEST - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, John, eldest son of the late Thomas Best, aged 6 years and 2 months. The funeral will take place to‑day (Thursday) at 3 p.m. from the residence of Mr. Patrick McGlogan, Upper Hughson street. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
November 8, 1861
CHRISTY - Died on Thursday evening, 10th October, at his residence, Fort Union, Adare, John Christy, Esq., aged 86 years. Mr. Christy was known as one of the most improving tillage farmers in Ireland, while as a breeder of stock, he obtained prizes at every cattle show throughout the kingdom when he exhibited. The loss of such a gentleman will be severely felt in the county. (Limerick)
November 9, 1861
GIBBARD (Toronto) - One of the most fearful accidents occurred yesterday morning which it has been our lot to record for a lengthy period ‑ fearful not in point of view of numbers affected, but with reference to the circumstances which attended it. These circumstances, we will endeavour to detail as clearly as possible.
About seven o'clock in the morning, there arrived at the Custom‑House wharf belonging to Messrs Brown and Higginbottom, a two‑horse cab containing Dr. Campbell and Miss Sarah Elizabeth Gibbard, the latter of whom desired to embark on the steamer “Zimmerman” for Niagara where she intended to visit the family of Major Grange of the Royal Canadian Rifles. The cab was driven on to the wharf by the driver, a man named Neil McTaggart, and brought to a stand nearly halfway down the pier. Owing to the accumulation of merchandise, the space left for carriages was very limited. Unfortunately the steamer had left before the cab arrived and was then observed in the offing. Under these circumstances, it became necessary for the party to return home, and the driver, who had left his box, proceeded to turn the cab by backing the horses, the unoccupied space being too small to enable him to turn with the usual sweep. In doing this, he failed to perceive the danger of backing his vehicle too close to the edge of the water, a danger, of course, least apparent to the inmates of the carriage, but, quite manifest to those who stood on the wharf. One of them, seeing what would probably happen, cried out in warning, and Dr. Campbell, hearing it, immediately jumped out of the cab which was open at the sides. Not a moment too soon did he make his escape, for just as his feet touched the wharf, the vehicle toppled over and fell into the water, followed by the horses which were dragged in by the harness. As it fell, Dr. Campbell made an effort to seize his unfortunate companion, but in this he was unsuccessful, and she sank with the weighty vehicle.
The horses struggled desperately, yet vainly, to free themselves, and they were dragged beneath the surface by the cab. Dr. Campbell, without a moment's hesitation jumped into the water after them, and heroically endeavoured to extricate Miss Gibbard from her fearful position. But in that he was unsuccessful, for he was unable to reach her before the cab sank. His noble & daring attempt nearly cost him his life, for his foot became entangled in the spokes, and it was with difficulty that he managed to free himself. The plunging of the frightened horses also added to the difficulty and danger of his position, and he was finally compelled to relinquish his effort and swim to the wharf. The water where the cab sank is between ten and twelve feet deep. The accident, of course, caused a large number of people to gather on the wharf, and most of them willingly lent a hand to get out the cab and its inmate. It was hoped that Miss Gibbard would be rescued in time to save her life by the application of the means usually employed in case of drowning.
A good deal of haste was, therefore, observed in the preparation to raise the cab, but this proved not to be the work of a moment. The size and weight of it and the horses rendered extremely difficult to lift them, and they had to be dragged some distance to a schooner by a rope from which they were finally hauled up. Miss Gibbard, however, was not in the vehicle, and it was not until an hour and a half after the accident that her body was drawn up to the surface by Mr. T. Tinning who, with his brother, rendered valuable aid upon the occasion. She had, of course, been too long submerged to render it possible to restore animation. She presented the appearance usually observed in drowned persons and had died seemingly without a struggle. The horses appeared to have struggled violently and were contorted into shocking attitudes. The cabman says that before they backed off the wharf, they were made restive by the noise of iron which was being removed by some men from a vessel in the neighbourhood. Miss Gibbard, whose sad end we have thus related, was an accomplished and estimable lady, and her death will be regretted by a large circle of friends. She was a daughter of the late John Gibbard, Esq., of Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, England, and sister of William Gibbard, Esq., Provincial Land Surveyor of Collingwood. For the past five years, she has resided chiefly with the family of Dr. Campbell, spending her time, although an invalid, in literary pursuits to which she was devotedly attached. She was about thirty‑five years of age.
November 11, 1861
UNNAMED MAN (Cornwall) - On Tuesday night, between 9 and 10 o'clock, the body of a man was discovered lying on the track of the Grand Trunk Railway about three hundred yards west of Cornwall station. The deceased had been through the town begging during the day and was seen at the railway station in the evening. The unfortunate man had in his possession a soiled document written at Ogdensburg in which the bearer was stated to be 78 years of age. It is supposed that the freight train going west, which left Cornwall at 20 minutes after 8 o'clock, overtook the old man, killing him instantly, but his body was not discovered until the night express had passed over the same ground, at 9:15 p.m.
November 14, 1861
HARRIS - It is with regret that we have to record the occurrence of another case of homicide in this city. From the evidence gained at an inquest held before Coroner Bull, we gather the following particulars. On Sunday evening, the 1st of September last, a coloured man named Henry Banks, called at the house of another coloured man, named Walter Harris, residing on East Market street, and asked if his wife was there. Harris replied that she was not in the habit of coming to
his house, and further that he did not like people of drunken habits to come there. This reply caused a dispute between the two, which ended in a scuffle, after which Banks left the premises. Words continued to pass between them, Harris sitting on his doorstep and Banks standing on the sidewalk, when the latter raised a large stone and threw it at the former, striking him on the forehead, and knocking him senseless. The evidence shows that the blood flowed not only from the wound but also from the mouth and ears.
Next day Harris went to Dr. Mackintosh who dressed the wound. The wife of Harris testified that he remained at home about ten days and afterwards tried to attend to his usual employment, but he did not appear to be able to do so. On several occasions, he fell on the street and once he lost his way when going to market. For the last three weeks, he bad been confined to bed and he expired on Tuesday evening last about 7 o'clock.
During his illness, he was visited by the Rev. Mr. Blackman who testified that deceased knew that he was dying and stated to him that he believed the blow he had received from the stone was the cause of his death. A post mortem examination was held by Drs. Duggan and Mackintosh, the result of which furnished additional proof that the deceased was killed by Banks.
The doctors found that the skull was fractured and between the skull and the brain, they discovered nearly a dessert spoonful of matter. They had no doubt whatsoever as to the cause of his death; he died from the effects of that wound on his forehead.
At the time of the occurrence, a warrant was issued for the arrest of Barks on a charge of violent assault, but he left the city, and thereby managed to escape the vigilance of the police. Yesterday morning, however, information was obtained of his whereabouts, and Sergeant McSlogan succeeded in effecting his capture. He was brought to the city last evening, and was present during the investigation. He did not deny that he threw the stone, but attempted to justify himself on the ground that he was first assaulted.
After a patient investigation, the jury returned a verdict to the effect that the deceased's death was the result of injuries inflicted by Henry Banks who was thereupon committed by the coroner to await his trial on the charge.
November 16, 1861
FIELDS - Died in this city, yesterday, Mr. Henry Fields, aged 55 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o'clock from West avenue.
CULLODEN - Died on Thursday last, the 7th instant, at the residence in Milton, Mr. Joseph H. Culloden, fourth son of the late Mr. T. R. Culloden, formerly of Blessington, County of Wicklow, Ireland.
KEENAN - Information has reached us of a murder in the village of Milton on Thursday last, and if the facts reported are correct, it is one of the most horrible character. It appears that a family of the name of Keenen lived in the village, consisting of the husband and wife and two sons. They were a miserable set, drunken and idle, and quarrels and fights were of frequent occurrence. The victim of this brutal crime was the poor mother, though how the deed was perpetrated we are as yet ignorant. All we know is that in the evening of Thursday, Mrs. Keenan was found dead, her body a frightful mess of bruises, and her face and head cut and disfigured in a shocking manner. An inquest was held on the body where it was clearly established that death had resulted from the injuries mentioned. The evidence adduced went to show that the elder son was the murderer of his mother and that the father and younger son conspired to screen the offender from the avenging hand of justice. A crime so horrible as murder of a mother by her son has, of course, created a great sensation in the neighbourhood. The jury which was empanelled on the case returned a verdict to the effect that Nancy Keenan died from the effects of injuries received at the hands of her elder son and that the husband and younger son were accessories after the fact. The three criminals were committed to take their trial at the spring assizes.
November 19, 1861
HEALES - Died at Stoney Creek, on the 16th instant, Mrs. Emma Coe Heales, wife of Howard Heales, Esq, and eldest daughter of the late James Huddleston, Esq., formerly of Sussex, England. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Wednesday) at 11 o'clock a.m. from the residence of Lieut.‑Col. Lewis. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
CRAWFORD - Died at Finnart, Greenock, on the 27th October, David Crawford, Esq., writer, Baron Baillie of Greenock.
GURNETT - The Toronto papers of yesterday record the sudden death of Mr. George Gurnett, police magistrate of Toronto, and Clerk of the Peace for York and Peel, which event took place at his residence on Sunday. Deceased was in his 70th year. He published the “Gore Gazette” at Ancaster from 1827 to 1830, and held the office of police magistrate ever since it was created.
November 21, 1861
WORTHINGTON - Died in Hamilton, on the 20th instant, Eveleen Augusta, only child of George Worthington, aged 7 months and 7 days. The funeral will take place on Friday, the 22nd instant,
at 2 o'clock from her father's residence, James street. Friends will please attend without further notice.
HARBOTTLE - Died of scarlet fever, on Monday, the 13th instant, Ida Euphemia, youngest daughter of Capt. Harbottle, aged 4 years. Funeral will leave Capt. Harbottle's residence on Hughson street, at 10 o'clock a.m. this day.
SMITH (Durham) - Scarcely had our last issue gone to press when we received the sad news of the death by drowning of Robert Smith, Esq., of Egremont. On Thursday, the 7th instant, deceased was on his way to the funeral of a young men named Gardiner who was killed in Normanby by the falling of a tree, and had to cross a stream on a flattened log. He took hold of the hand of a young mar who accompanied him, but when near the middle of the stream, it is supposed his head became giddy and he fell into the water, dragging his companion with him who had a narrow escape for his life. Owing to the flood in the stream, Mr. Smith's body was not recovered till the following day. The long residence of deceased in this section of the country, together with his sterling qualities, had gained for him a wide circle of admiring friends who row mourn his loss.
ASSELIN, LETOURNEAU, TURCOTTE, GIGUERE, DEROUIN (Quebec) - About half past six o'clock yesterday afternoon, the startling rumour was circulated in the lower Town that a boat with seventeen persons on board had been run into by a steamer, supposed to be one of the tow‑boats usually employed in our harbour, and that a fearful sacrifice of life had ensued. The circumstances as far as could be ascertained from the survivors are as follows.
Yesterday afternoon, a small boat belonging to Stanislas Paquet left the Parish of Ste. Famille, Island of Orleans, having on board sixteen men, all farmers, and one woman, besides a considerable quantity of market products. When off the city, and near where the ship “Sutlej”, Wathen, is lying, the boat was struck in the middle by a steamboat, and the occupants precipitated into the water. Seven clung to the steamer, and clambered on board. Three more saved themselves by clinging to the cable of the steamer which was at anchor near the place where the accident occurred until they were brought ashore in a market boat. Captain Wathen, of the “Sutledj”, perceived the melancholy accident, immediately put out his boat, and succeeded in saving the only woman who was on board the ill‑fated boat, and whom he found floating some distance from it, apparent1y kept up by her clothing. The steamer which struck the boat is said to have been the “Comet”, tow‑boat. The names of the persons still unaccounted for, and in all human probability, drowned, are: Pierre Asselin, Jacques Letourneau, Touis Letourneau, Benjamin Turcotte, Pierre Giguere, and Flavien Derouin.
They were all immediate neighbours to each other; many of them were related. Several leave large families. There is a bare possibility that some of these may have been picked up by boats going to the other side, but as we cannot hear of any discovered in the vicinity at the time, the chances are small.
November 25, 1861
POWER - We have to‑day to record the demise of Mr. J. T. Power, a well‑known printer who resided in this city during the past ten or twelve years, with the exception of a few months' sojourn in Kingston and Detroit. The late Mr. Power was a native of Ireland, and came to Canada in his youth. He served his apprenticeship in Kingston, and soon exhibited an aptitude of newspaper life, and occasionally assumed the position of Local Editor. He was a ready paragrapher, and at one time might have been regarded as unequalled in his particular sphere. Unhappily, however, his besetting sin got the better of him. He contracted habits of dissipation and finally found refuge in the Hospital. A partial restoration of health led to renewed promises of amendment, but they were no sooner made than broken. It was only the other day that he seemed in apparent good health, but a relapse came; he went back to the hospital and breathed his last there on Friday night. His funeral took place yesterday and was attended by a large number of the members of the craft and others.
November 23, 1861
HARRISON (Owen Found) - On Wednesday of last week, 13th November, Mr. Robert Harrison, well known in this town as the proprietor of the Commercial Hotel for several years, was drowned at the Bruce Mines under peculiar and distressing circumstances. It would seem that on that morning he was coming across from the Wellinton Mine, a mile or two of coasting from point to point, in a skiff, and had with him one of his children, a little boy of tender years. The little fellow fell overboard, and the father jumped in after him. To us sitting quietly at our table, it would seem not too difficult to pick up the boy without leaving the skiff, but in the excitement of the moment, Mr. Harrison thought of nothing but saving the little fellow from a watery grave in the promptest manner. The water was not deep, between four and five feet, and instantly grasping the boy, Mr. Harrison, standing up to his armpits in the water, placed him in the skiff. Everyone krows how difficult it is to get into a small boat under such circumstances and Mr. Harrison, taking a cramp from the extreme cold of the water, was unable to regain his position in the boat, and almost immediately sank. The little boy was saved, but assistance came too late to save the life of the father.
Mr. Harrison's age was forty‑two. He leaves a widow and six children to bewail his untimely end. An inquest was held by John Bowker, Esq., one of the coroners of the District of Algoma, and a verdict of “accidental drowning” was returned by the jury. The body was brought to the town by the “Ploughboy” on Sunday evening, and the funeral will take place on Tuesday.
REDDY - A young man named Roderick Breen, who had charge of a livery stable at St. Stephens, N.B., murdered a man named Reddy, a few days ago. It appears that Reddy and another party had hired a horse at the livery stables, and that some time after, Breen heard that the horse was being ill‑used, drove out and found the horse in front of Mr. Comming's dwelling, hitched to the fence. He proceeded to unloose him, when Reddy came out, and a scuffle ensued. Breen seized a whip from the hands of Reddy, and struck him several blows on the head with the butt end of it. Reddy fell, and expired a few moments afterward. An inquest was held and the jury say in their verdict that deceased came to his death by blows from a whip inflicted by Roderick Breen. Breen has escaped.
November 30, 1861
ORMISTON - Died on Thursday morning last, November 28th, Calvin McQuesten, youngest son of the Rev. W. Ormiston, D.D., aged 4 years. The funeral will take place to‑day (Saturday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends are hereby respectfully invited to attend.
BURKHOLDER - Died suddenly of apoplexy, at Barton, on the 29th Instant, Daniel S. Burkholder, in the 38th year of his age. Friends are requested to attend the funeral to‑morrow at 11 a.m. from his father's residence, Bartonville, without further notice.
WILLIAMS - Once more the death penalty is to be enforced in Upper Canada, this time upon a coloured man by the name of George Williams, a sailor, who deliberately murdered his wife in the Township of Colchester, County of Essex, in August last. The man was tried at the recent Sandwich Assizes and the case being fully proved, he was sentenced to undergo the extreme penalty of the law on the third January next. From the report of the case, we gather that the murder was committed about the 1st of August. Williams usually sailed between Buffalo and Chicago, leaving his wife sometimes in Canada and sometimes in the States. On the day in question, he proceeded to the Town Hall of Colchester to see his wife where the coloured people appear to have been celebrating the anniversary of the negro emancipation. He was received rather coldly, his wife leaving the Hall almost immediately with another woman. Williams followed and requested her to go with him. She refused and said that she should return to the Hall. To this,
Williams objected, a struggle ensued, both fell to the ground, Williams all the while choking, his wife until his hands were forcibly removed from her throat. The two went home, and nothing seems to have occurred till Saturday when the murder was committed. An altercation took place in consequence of his wife's refusing to go to a circus at Amherstburg with Williams, but stating that she would go with another coloured man. Words passed between them which evinced much ill will existing between them. The rest of the bloody record is thus told in the report of the trial.
Mrs. Barrett, at whose house they were boarding, left them alone in the house about 9 o'clock, and went to a neighbour's house some distance off. That was the last time that deceased was seen alive. Shortly afterward, Nicholas Hurst, a neighbour, was startled by hearing screams proceeding from towards Barretts, and immediately went to see what was wrong. On nearing the house, he saw Williams running in the yard at the rear of the house, hastily climb the fence, and apparently make for the woods.
Seeing Hurst, he returned, and coming up, said “I have killed my wife, and will cut my throat”. He repeated this two or three times, and drawing a razor from his pocket, loosened his necktie, and cut three gashed in his throat, falling down by the body of his murdered wife, then discovered lying just outside the back door. Being questioned as to how he killed he, he pointed towards an axe lying on the grass which was covered with blood. Two wounds in the head of the woman showed where she had been struck. Medical assistance wan immediately procured to attend to Williams as he was bleeding very profusely. It arrived in time to save his life, and through the able treatment of the gaol surgeon, Dr. Casgrain, his throat is now almost as well as ever it was.
The case was so clear that there was no difficulty in convicting the prisoner. Mr. O'Connor undertook the defence but found the facts so strong that he did not ever address the jury.The murder appears to have been premeditated, but the prisoner endeavoured to convince the Court that deceased had threatened to kill him.
He said that they were quarrelling while she was spitting wood with an axe when she said to him “If I was a man, I would knock your brains out”. He went towards her and attempted to take it from her when the axe accidentally struck her on the head, the axe penetrating to the brain. It was all in vain. The jury found him guilty of murder, and there can be little doubt that the sentence will be carried into effect. The evidence of guilt is too clear to admit of the most distant prospect of a commutation of sentence, and the statement of the doomed man is calculated to aggravate his guilt inasmuch as it is apparent that he uttered a deliberate untruth, hoping thereby to lessen the crime, if not to escape the punishment due to so great a criminal. Nothing can now aid the culprit, his doom is sealed, and he has no reason to expect a mitigation of punishment, for he will assuredly suffer death as he deserves to do for the perpetration of the most heinous crime that man could commit.
December 2, 1861
STEVENSON - Died on Saturday morning, 30th ultimo, Mary Euphemia, second daughter of Mr. James Stevenson, aged 8 years and 3 months. The funeral will take place this afternoon at half past 3 o'clock, from her father's residence, James street north.
MCBRIDE - Died in this city, on the 30th ultimo, Maria Cox, in the 33rd year of her age, wife of William McBride. Friends will please attend the funeral from her late residence, Upper John street, this day at 3 o'clock p.m.
December 3, 1861
PEDEN - Died on the 2nd instant, of dropsy, W. Anne, relict of the late Pev. Robert Peden, late editor and proprietor of the “Canada Evangelist”. Her end was peace.
The funeral will take place from her late residence, Catherine street south, to‑morrow (Wednesday), the 4th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends are requested to accept this notice.
MURPHY - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Douglas J. Murphy, son of the late D. Murphy, Esq., aged 4 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place from his mother's residence, East avenue, this (Tuesday) morning at 10 o'clock.
December 4, 1861
HEALES - We regret to learn that Mr. James Heales, a store keeper at Hillsboro, County of Lambton, came to his death suddenly on Friday last in a singular manner. It appears that deceased was using Oil of Bitter Almonds for some purpose in his business, and in tasting it, happened to take too much which caused his death in about fifteen minutes. An inquest was held and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts. The remains of the deceased were brought, to Stoney Creek yesterday. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Thursday) from the residence of Col. Lewis at 3 o'clock p.m.
December 5, 1861
LEWIS - Died at Ontario, or Tuesday evening, the 3rd instant, James Lewis, Jr., aged 30 years. His end was peace. The funeral will take place from the residence of his father, Mr. James Lewis, on Friday, the 6th instant, at 12½ o'clock, p.m. Friends are requested t o attend without further notice.
JACK - It is the custom of journals to notice the demise of all persons who have held prominent positions in the community, and we are now called upon to record the death of one who moved in the humbler walks of life, and well known to all throughout the county as “Old Sam Jack”. This old negro came into Sandwich about the year 1840, having made his escape from slavery in “Dixie's Land”. He was the merriest man in the town, always cheerful and happy, and yet scarcely knowing where he would get the next meal. Dependent on the charity of the townspeople, he managed to eke out an existence, sometimes employed in cutting wood, and doing small jobs in return. He was often called more rogue than fool, but we never heard that he committed any serious offence. We expected he would have died of old age as he was generally in health although exposed to all sorts of weather, and perambulating the streets, whistling and singing at all hours of the day. By some means or other, he was taken with the smallpox, one or two cases of which have appeared in town, and after an illness of about three weeks died of the disease on Saturday. He was buried the same day. He was so well known that further remarks are unnecessary. He was upwards of 60 years of age.
December 6, 1861
LAND - Died or the 4th instant, after a short and painful illness, in the 13th year of her age, Ellen Amelia, daughter of Mr. W. Land. The funeral will take place from her father's residence, Rebecca street, this day (Friday) at 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Friends will pleas accept this notice.
WATT - We record with deep regret the death of Mr. James Watt, toll‑gate keeper at Coldsprings on Friday last from that fearful malady, hydrophobia. Mr. Watt noticed a dog suspended by the neck between two of the rails of a fence, and prompted by feelings of kindness, went to his relief, but as soon as the dog's head was free, he turned round and bit the hand of his benefactor a little below the space between the thumb and finger. The place healed up and nothing more was thought of it until last Wednesday night or early Thursday morning when the usual symptoms of hydrophobia, difficulty of respiration and deglation, abundant salivation, much thirst accompanied by a great dread of fluids, strong convulsions, etc., manifested themselves. Dr. Goldstone of this town (Cobourg) was sent for, and under his able superintendence much was done to relieve the agonies of the patient, and who informs us, showed wonderful self‑command in making the powerful efforts necessary to swallow the powerful opiates that were administered, and in the intervals of the convulsions and delirium, his intellect was perfectly lucid and rational, and he made and signed his will with a perfect knowledge of what he was doing. His illness did not continue more than forty‑eight hours before death terminated his dreadful sufferings.
CONNOR (Cobourg) - On Saturday afternoon, our good town was startled from its propriety by the report that an old pensioner, named Connor, had been found dead with such marks of violence on his person as led to the suspicion that some foul play had been committed. The facts of the case, as far as we can gather them, appeared to be these. On Friday night, a number of depraved and dissolute young men went to Connor's house for the purpose of drinking, and as is common enough in such cases, drinking led to quarrelling, and whether or not Connor was fatally hurt does not satisfactorily appear. The young rowdies certainly assaulted Mrs. Connor with villainous intent. How it ended cannot be ascertained, as all parties, Mrs. Connor included, were intoxicated, but when the unhappy woman awoke next day about 1 o'clock in the afternoon, her husband was dead, and she went and informed her neighbours. They came in, and Dr. Powell was sent for, and he deemed it a case for the coroner. A jury was summoned the same afternoon by Dr. Reed, coroner, to meet the next morning (Sunday), but the inquest was afterwards postponed until Monday when a post mortem examination was made, but with no definite result, and the jury returned a verdict of “Died from causes unknown”. The nature of the evidence, however, led to further magisterial investigation 'with closed doors' which resulted in the committal of Patrick Daly, Michael Hart, and Thomas Dunn to gaol to take their trial at the next assizes on a charge of rape. Richard Mitchell is also to take his trial on the same charge, but has, in the meantime, been admitted to bail. We understand that other parties will be arrested on a similar charge.
December 9, 1861
CHAMBERS - A young man of Prescott, C.W., named Alexander Chambers, was killed in the battle at Port Royal. He was on board the gunboat that first went into action and was struck with a spent cannon ball in the side which while inflicting a mortal wound so shattered his nervous system that in the course of seven hours, death put an end to his sufferings.
December 10, 1861
MCDONELL (Peterborough) - During the past week we have followed to the grave another of the early settlers of the county. The last two or three years have witnessed the death of many of these old pioneers, and the number remaining is becoming very small. A few years and none will be found to recount to us from their personal knowledge, the hardships and difficulties experienced by the backwoods settlers of forty years ago. And the experience passes away with the sturdy one themselves, for the settlement of newly opened districts now furnishes but a poor parallel to the trials of the older time, so great have been the improvements which the last decade has witnessed in the Province.
Colonel McDonell, of whom we now write, came to this country with his uncle, the late Bishop McDonell, when a mere boy and before the war of 1812. During the war, then a young man about 20 years of age, he held a commission as a cadet attached to the Canadian Fencibles, and was present t at, and took part in, the Battle of Sackett's Harbour. He afterwards entered the service of the late Peter Robinson, and in his interest, visited the County of Peterborough, then an uninhabited wild, in the year, 1820, where he may be said to have resided ever since. In 1825, when the Robinson immigration took place, he was appointed the Emigrant Agent, and had attached to the post office, the office of Crown Lands Agent. Many of the early settlers of the county owe much in the way of information and encouragement to Mr. McDonell while he acted in these capacities.
In the year 1834, he was returned to the Parliament of Upper Canada for the Newcastle District which included the County of Peterborough, and in 1836, he was again returned, the contest being between him and Mr. Ruttan on the one side and Dr. Gilchrist and Mr. Conger on the other. He retained his seat during the troubles of 1837‑38, and until the election of 1840, when he was defeated by Dr. Gilchrist, and has not since been in public life.
He was at the same time superseded in the office of Crown Lands Agent by his successful opponent. Since that time, he has not been engaged very actively in public matters. Indeed of late years, the infirmities of age have kept him almost entirely confined to the house, and until a week or two of his death, he retained all his faculties clear and unimpaired and could dwell with evident pleasure upon the incidents of his earlier life. He occupied for many years the position of Colonel, commanding the Sedentary Militia of the District, and in this position alone has his name been before the public of late years.
December 11, 1861
MILLS - Died on Tuesday, the 10th instant, Peter, youngest son of Mr. W. Mills, Esq. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, Main street west, at 2 o'clock on Thursday.
December 13, 1861
HARVEY - Died at Hadleigh Castle, Suffolk, England, on the 20th ultimo, aged 65 years, Mr. Joseph Harvey, father of Mr. Arthur Harvey, formerly of the Spectator office.
December 14, 1861
GREENE - Died at Montreal, the 12th instant, Morgan J. Greene, Esq.
AUTZ - Died at Mitchell, C.W., on Wednesday, the 11th instant, John Autz, late of this city. The funeral wil1 leave the Wellington Square station of the Hamilton and Toronto Railway this afternoon, at 3:30 p.m. Friends are respectfully invited to attend.
PHILLIPS - Died at Hamilton, December 13th instant, William J. Phillips, late of Brantford, in the 33rd year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral or Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. from his father's residence, corner of Nelson and King William streets, without further notice.
STEVEN - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, Andrew Steven, Esq., President Gore Bank, in his 64th year. The funeral will take place Monday, the 16th instant, at 3 o'clock, from his late residence on Hughson street. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
A heavy gloom was thrown over the city yesterday by the announcement of the sudden death of Andrew Steven, Esq., President of the Gore Bank, which sad event occurred at about 12 o'clock on the previous night. Mr. Steven had been ailing for months, and by the advice of his physicians, absented himself from business during a portion of the summer but returned apparently much re‑invigorated. Latterly he might have been seen taking his accustomed walks, and nothing serious was apprehended. He attended regularly to his duties; the writer of this, observed him in Prince's Square at 4 p.m. on Thursday conversing, with a friend, and he was engaged examining his bank books up to eight or nine o'clock. The deceased was a native of Scotland and emigrated to this country in early life. He resided many years in Dundas where he carried on a grocery business, and ultimately came to Hamilton. On the establishment of the Gore Bank, he was selected as cashier, which position he continued to fill, up to the death of Mr. Ferrie, when he was elected President. Mr. Steven was an ardent friend and a good citizen, and had few equals as a business man. The death of no one could he more deeply and sincerely regretted. Though apparently distant, he was merely diffident, and through a long course of honourable and straightforward conduct earned the esteem and approbation of all with whom he was brought in contact.
December 16, 1861
BURKHOLDER - We noticed some days ago the sudden death of Daniel S. Burkholder at Bartonville. Rumours as to the cause of his death were current, but the body was hastily interred without any investigation. Considerable excitement, however, was manifested in the neighbourhood, and it was said that foul play had been practised. In accordance with a general desire, Coroner Bull had the body exhumed on Saturday, and examined a number of witnesses, but the result was what previously had been supposed, that he had come to his death from apoplexy.
STEVEN - The remains of all that is mortal of the late Andrew Steven, Esq., will be conveyed to the tomb this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Respect to the memory of one of the oldest inhabitants of the city, we trust, will he a sufficient incentive to the closing of all the business places on King and James streets during the passing of the mournful cortege to the cemetery.
REEBE - On Friday night, one of the most inhuman crimes we have ever been called upon to record was committed between Dundas and Hamilton. It appears that a woman named Magdalene Reebe went to the house of a Mr. Frederick, a labourer who works for Jacob Binkley, Esq., and lives in a tenement on his farm, and being acquainted with the family, desired to stay all night. Consent being given, she retired, but it was observed that she got up and went out of the house a number of times through the night. In the morning she left, and shortly afterward, the leg of a newly‑born infant was found in the bush near the house, the entire body having been devoured by hogs. After having made its discovery, Mrs. Frederick at once concluded that the woman who stayed at her house overnight, had given birth to the infant and thrown it to the hogs, expecting all traces of her horrible crime would thus be removed.
Mrs. Frederick came to Dundas and gave information, when the woman was arrested and placed in the Western Hotel, Dundas, where she remained until Sunday when she escaped. It is rather singular that no person should have been left in charge of her, and that even the hotel‑keeper was not instructed to see that she did not escape. The coroner, Dr. McMahon, considered he has no jurisdiction over such a case, and as the magistrates have done nothing, we suppose the perpetrator of this most inhuman crime will be allowed to escape punishment for what we hear, there can be no doubt of her guilt. That such a wretch should be allowed to escape and remain unpunished is a disgrace to those whose duty it is to carry out our laws.
December 17, 1861
STEVEN - The Late Mr. Steven: The funeral of this gentleman took place yesterday afternoon and was largely attended. A long string of carriages and cabs formed the mournful cortege, and the principal stores were closed during its passage, rendering apparent the fact that one of our esteemed citizens had gone to his long home.
December 18, 1861
DEMPSEY - Died at Trafalgar, near Milton, on the 12th instant, Mr. Thomas Dempsey, in the 42nd year of his age.
December 20, 1861
MURPHY - Died on Wednesday, the 18th instant, of diphtheria, Charlotte Ann, daughter of John E. Murphy, aged 4 years.
December 21, 1861
CLANCY - Died at his residence, Simcoe, on the morning of Saturday, the 14th instant, C. B. Clancy, Esq., proprietor of the Norfolk “Messenger”, aged 44 years. The deceased was a native of Mitchellstown, in the County of Cork, Ireland. He emigrated to America in 1833 and settled in Toronto where he learned the printing business under the late George Gurnett, Esq., of Toronto. In 1848, he removed to Simcoe and took charge of the Long Point “Advocate” office. Some thirteen years ago, he became proprietor of the Norfolk “Messenger”, and carried it on until his death. By his perseverance and business ability, the “Messenger” obtained a first place among Country journals. As a townsman, the deceased was much respected by his friends and acquaintances.
GARBUTT, MAHON - The execution of Mahon for the murder of Mrs. Garbutt and her adopted child, in McGillivray, on the 28th May, took place at Goderich yesterday. The arrivals in town on that morning and the day previous were large, persons from the country for many miles around having come to view the execution. Indeed one unacquainted with the object which brought them together would be more likely, from the general look of the people, to suppose they were finding their way to some circus or other exhibition rather than to visit the solemn spectacle of an execution. This, we understand, was the first of the kind that had occurred in Goderich, and no doubt tended to a more general interest being taken in it. The number present at, the time were between 2500 and 3000, among whom were a considerable proportion of women. The execution was performed by a co1oured man from Toronto, and, if one may be allowed to make the remark, from the way he did his duty, it is evident that he understood his duty.
December 24, 1861
MITCHELL - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, William James, son of D. G. Mitchell, aged 2 years and 10 months. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Tyburn street, this (Tuesday) morning at 10 o'clock.
December 25, 1861
PRINCE ALBERT - The melancholy tidings of the sudden demise of the beloved Consort of our gracious Queen was received in this city yesterday with feelings of deepest, regret, and flags
at half‑mast might have been seen displayed throughout the city. We entertained the belief at first that the news waited confirmation, coming as it did by the steamer whose news was previously sent over the wires, but we fear the worst.
Prince Albert, born August 26, 1819, was in his 43rd year at the time of his death, and appears to have been taken with gastric fever, a disease common in the countrymen of His late Royal Highness. He was married to Queen Victoria in 1840, and never was there a happier union. The event must have produced a profound sensation, and we deeply sympathize with Her Majesty and the Royal family in the loss they have sustained, and we are sure the British people everywhere will share in the sorrow occasioned by the sad intelligence.
December 27, 1861
PHELAN - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. D. Phelan, aged 30 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her late residence, foot of James street, on Friday at half past 2 o’clock p.m. without further notice.
MACKAY - Died on the 26th December, 1861, in the Township of Zorra, Ann McKenzie, mother of John Mackay, Esq., Bay street, Hamilton, and wife of the late George Mackay, Knockerther, Parish of Rogand, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, aged 102 years.
December 31, 1861
NISBET - Died at Paris, C.W., on the 30th instant, after a long and painful illness, Elizabeth Brown, wife of Robert Nisbet, Sr., in the 75th year of her age, who left Rother Glen, Scotland, her native place, in 1823.
BOND - Died at Barton, on Saturday, the 28th instant, James, youngest son of Mr. S. Bond, aged 3 years. The funeral will take place on Wednesday next, from his father's residence at 10 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
SCHUBERT - On Sunday morning, about 10 o'clock, two boys discovered a man hanging in an old log house on the Waterdown road. He was suspended from a pole placed across the building, seemingly for the purpose, and from the fact that the legs of the unfortunate man were drawn up so as to keep his feet off the floor, it was evident that the suicide was a most determined one. It was ascertained that his name was Theodore Schubert, a native of Hanover, Germany, and by trade a painter and glazier. He boarded on Bold street, in this city, but had not been seen at his boarding house since Friday, the 18th. At the inquest, which was held before Coroner Bull, it was stated on evidence that he was occasionally very desponding and that some four or five weeks ago, he remarked that hanging was a very easy death, and that he would like to die in that way. What was his reason for terminating his existence will of course never be known, but that he committed suicide,there is not the slightest doubt.