January 3, 1863
FRASER - The Toronto papers of yesterday record the committal of suicide by Dr. Fraser, Staff Assistant Surgeon of the Rifle Brigade stationed in this city. The cause is said to have been a love affair. The deceased had been staying temporarily at the Queen's Hotel where he committed the deed by cutting his throat. The name of the young lady is not given, but she is said to be very handsome, and evidently was unconscious to the harm she was doing in causing the committal of the shocking act. The following particulars are given. It appears that the deceased was stationed during the summer at Port Colborne, and from thence removed to Hamilton. He wrote to Dr. Taylor, Deputy Inspector of Hospitals that there were some disagreeable reports about him in St. Catharines. While Dr. Taylor was at Hamilton on the 2nd of December, he met Dr. White who told him that Dr. Fraser had been labouring under a bilious attack.
Dr. Taylor afterwards wrote to Surgeon Major Bowen of the Rifle Brigade asking him to request Dr. Fraser to come to Toronto. Dr. Fraser came to this city on the 15th of December and took up his quarters at the Queen's Hotel. It was observed by Mr. Preston, the book‑keeper, and others that he was much depressed in spirits. On Wednesday morning he was called as usual at nine o'clock in the morning, but he informed the porter that he was sick, and Mr. Preston directed his breakfast to be taken up to his room. He kept his bed all day, and in the evening, Mr. Preston visited his room when deceased expressed a wish to have a cup of tea and a mutton chop sent up to him. The porter, Mr. Taylor, took it up, and Dr. Fraser, although quite natural, seemed to be absent‑minded and complained of a dizziness in the head.
The porter left his room at half past eight in the evening. About half past nine yesterday morning, Thomas McGaw, one of the bookkeepers, went up to the room occupied by the deceased on the 2nd floor. He knocked at the door, but received no answer, and knocked a second time. Thinking it strange that Dr. Fraser did not make any noise as if awake, Mr. McGaw got on a chair and standing upon it, looked into the room through the fanlight. His horror may be imagined when he saw deceased lying in bed in a pool of blood and his right hand outstretched over a chair also covered with blood. He immediately went downstairs and reported what he had seen. Mr. Preston and Mr. Whiters, tobacco manufacturer, ascended with him to the room and the door was forced open, The bedclothes were drawn up to the neck of the deceased, and on turning them down, a fearful gash in his throat met their eyes. The body was quite cold, and it appeared that death must have occurred several hours previously. The bedclothes were covered with blood. A couple of chairs with several books and a lamp were standing in front of the bed, and the watch belonging
to the deceased was hung on the bell rope, and it appeared that, after committing the rash act, he made an effort to pull the bell for the purpose of giving the alarm.
MCCURDY - Died in this city, on the 2nd instant, Joseph McCurdy, Sr., aged 58 years. Friends are invited to attend the funeral from his late residence, Bay street, to the place of interment, on Sunday, the 4th, at half past 3 o'clock p.m.
January 7, 1863
WILLIAMS, KAMP - Yesterday morning, a rumour reached the city that the tavern near Ryckman's Corners occupied by Mr. Hannon had been destroyed by fire at an early hour and that two men had perished in the flames. The information unfortunately proved to be true, and the facts as gathered from the evidence given before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, were of the most melancholy description. Both of the unfortunates, Williams and Kamp, were of dissipated habits, and the occurrence of the township elections on the previous day unhappily afforded them an opportunity of indulging in their propensity for spirituous liquor. Williams lately kept the tavern in question, and though he had sold out to Mr. Hannon, still lived there, while Kamp was a poor drunken creature well known in the neighbourhood. It was proved that they both went to bed in a state of intoxication, and the next part of the sad story was the discovery by a passerby about three yesterday morning that the tavern was in flames. There is little doubt from the appearance of the fire that it had originated from a lighted candle in the room of the intoxicated men and that their own imprudence was the cause of their death. Mr. Hannon and his family escaped with difficulty, and Kamp seems to have made an attempt to reach the open air, but he had fallen down the staircase and either dislocated his neck or was suffocated by the thick volumes of smoke which filled the house. He was drawn out by Mr. Hannon who thought he was alive, and it was not until some time after that it was discovered that the vital spark had fled. Williams would appear to have been unconscious as he never left his bed, and although great exertions were made to rescue at least his body from the flames, especially by Mr. Hamilton Ryckman, all was ineffectual, and when the fire was subdued, nothing remained of Williams but a few calcined bones.
The story of this sad and sudden catastrophe is best told by the witnesses at the inquest whose evidence we subjoin.
The Jurors were: Samuel Kern, foreman; William B. Gage; George Skinner; William Gage; A. B. McColl; George Case; John Bramer; William Brigham; Henry Long; William Wallace; A. Smith; William Skinner; G. Young; F. Bradt; H. Young.
John Smith swore: Live at Mr. John Gage's, Glanford, was returning home from a friend's this morning about half past two o'clock with William Johnson and William Perkins, when
one of them remarked that Mr. Hannon's tavern was on fire and we all ran over. The fire was breaking out near the roof in the south‑west corner, broke in the front door, and went to Mr. Hannon's bedroom and awoke him as well as his family. There was no smoke downstairs. Witness assisted to get the things out, and Mr. Hannon and Mr. Ryckman went upstairs. When witness tried to get upstairs he was smothered out. Saw no light through the window at the south‑west corner.
John Johnston sworn: said that he was with the last witness this morning, had heard his evidence and it is correct.
Hamilton M. Ryckman sworn, saith that he was awoke this morning by the alarm of fire, and getting out, found Mr. Hannon's tavern on fire. The last two witnesses and a few others were there. The family were about getting up, was told that Mr. Hannon had gone upstairs, and on going up, met Hannon bringing Kamp out. Went up and shouted. Mr. H. was also up again and was almost smothered. Witness then went downstairs. At this time there was only one room on fire where Williams was in bed. Could not get into the room, the smoke being so dense, and then went outside and got water in through the window.
When he (witness ) saw Williams in bed the skin was burnt off his skull, but the bed clothes were not all burnt. The window was burnt out and the ceiling and side of the room were on fire. When he saw Kamp, he supposed he was drunk as he was in the habit of being frequently intoxicated. He was a dissipated character. Saw Williams yesterday about noon. Thought he was sober. Have seen him frequently intoxicated during the last three weeks. He told witness he would stay another day and then go to work.
Hugh Hannon, landlord of the tavern which was destroyed, testified as follows: that he was awoke in the morning by persons breaking in the house and rousing him up, crying the house was on fire. Jumped up and ran upstairs. Heard a noise and made for it. Found Kamp and brought him downstairs. Did not wait to look after him, but went up again to get Williams, got into the bedroom that Williams generally slept in, but he was not there. Felt all around. Went into another room, but the smoke was so thick that witness lost himself; got downstairs on his hands and knees and got out. At one time almost gave himself up for lost. Last evening after witness came home, Kamp and Williams came in. The latter had had his supper and had no liquor after. Neither of them was quite sober. Kamp went away but came back saying he would stay the night. When witness was going to bed, he left a lighted candle with Williams as usual. Though he heard them going upstairs to bed, they went quietly. The next thing witness recollected was being roused this morning. Williams occupied the tavern previously. Bought some things from Williams and owed a small balance.
Robert Wicket testified as follows: Live north of the place that was burned this morning. About 15 minutes after 2o'clock the door blew open. Got up and looked out, but saw no one. Went to
bed and thought he heard some one shouting. Supposed it to be about the Corners. After a little, heard the boards rattling. Got up and ran over to the fire. The south part was all in flames. Williams, the deceased, has a box at witness's. Understand it contains clothing belonging to Williams' first wife. Williams was about 40 years of age, and came from St. Colomb, Cornwall, England. Understand that his father and mother are both alive. Has heard that his first wife's father's name was John Ball of the same place. Saw both Kamp and Williams last night. They were both the worse of liquor.
William Brigham stated that he owned the house burned down. That he had known Williams, the deceased, for three or four years. That he had a gold watch and a chest with some clothes belonging to him, and that there is an unsettled account between witness and Williams. Had known Kamp for 8 or 10 years. He was about 50 years old.
The jury returned the following verdict: that the said William Williams came to his death from his body being burned and the said David Kamp came to his death from apparent suffocation in the smoke, they both being asleep in Mr. Hannon's tavern on the night of the 5th instant and both having gone to bed being the worse of liquor. The jurors also find that the fire originated in the bedroom of the deceased Williams, causing the destruction of the said Hannon's tavern.
January 10, 1863
DONNELLY - Died at Woodmount in this city, on the 9th instant, Eliza, the beloved wife of Edward Donnelly, Esq., at the age of 61, in the full and joyous hope of a glorious resurrection. The funeral will take place on Sunday, the 11th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.
MOUNTAIN - We deeply regret to learn from a telegram sent to us by our special correspondent at Quebec that the Right Reverend G. J. Mountain, D.D., D.C.L., Bishop of Quebec, died at Quebec at 2 o'clock yesterday morning. The intelligence will not be altogether unexpected to the readers of these columns as it has been, from time to time, our duty to announce the declining health of His Lordship. He has at length gone full of years. Born in 1789 in Norwich, England, the year in which the French Revolution commenced, he was aged 74. Thus with him, too, yet another link is broken connecting the present with the past generation of men and a past order of human things. His life, from his youth up, was spent in the sacred calling of the service of his Divine Master to whom he had gone to render his last account of the important stewardship committed to his charge. It is well known that he did the duties of his high calling laboriously and conscientiously with the single view to promote the service of God and to save the souls of
men. We do not write these merely as words of course on the occasion of the death of a Bishop of whom no man had ever aught that was ill to say and whose fair name was never sullied by the breath of dishonour but from an intimate conviction of their truth, from some opportunity of personal observation, and from opinions of men who are best able to give them. He was, moreover, as a man, possessed of ability, added to conscientious earnestness and ripe scholarship, and was eminently a Christian gentleman. Probably there are not many of our Canadian readers to whom his tall, and of late years somewhat stooping, form is not well known, and few to whom it can be altogether indifferent that that earthly presence has forever passed from our midst.
His name will live in the memory and in the history of the English Church in Canada, intimately coupled as it is with its early career, and his memory will live in many hearts. Our instincts might prevent our uttering in public words descriptive of the departed Bishop for fear that they might ve interpreted by some into seeming adulation, but we do think it is a journalist's duty to record the good that men who have held important trusts have done, and it is particularly well in a time like this when strife of men in the pursuit of wealth, of politics, of faction, of ambitions, has become so bitter, and often so little scrupulous, to dwell upon the character and example of a Christian gentleman. Even as a simple question of political consideration, there is much in such kind of influence which checks and tones our modern civilization with its wonderfully active development, just as the best authors in the early civilization of Europe show us, there was in building it up.
It scarcely falls within the province of the editor of a daily paper to write the life of Bishop Mountain, and we have not, besides, the necessary materials, but from what we know and have been able to gather, we may state a few particulars for the principal dates of which we are indebted to Mr. Morgan's book. We believe he came to this country with his father, the first Bishop of the English Church in Canada, when a boy, but was afterwards sent home to be educated for the Church as we have already stated. He studied at Cambridge and graduated at Trinity College in 1812, was ordained deacon in 1812, and priest in 1813. He served after his ordination in the Cathedral at Quebec, was appointed rector of Frederick ton, Few Brunswick, in 1814, and in 1817, rector of Quebec and Bishop's official. in 1821, he was appointed archdeacon and in 1825 was deputed to go to England on Church business.
After his return, he was made examining‑chaplain to Bishop Stewart. He again went to England on matters connected with the Clergy Reserves in 1835, and while there, he was in 1836, consecrated Bishop of Montreal. His diocese at the time really comprised the whole of Lower Canada. Bishop Stewart retained only Upper Canada, and shortly afterwards, he really had for a time both provinces under his charge, for Bishop Stewart became ill and retired. His diocese,
thereafter, stretched from Labrador to the Red River Settlement, and he had this extended charge till 1839, when the present Bishop of Toronto, who is now full of years, was appointed. He afterwards had the whole of Lower Canada for a diocese as Bishop of Quebec and Montreal till 1850 when the present Bishop of Montreal and Metropolitan was appointed.
He travelled much when travelling was not so easy as at present. At the age of 72 he visited Labrador in pursuance of his duties, which is a feat that is worthy of peculiar mention. In 1844, he went to the Red River Settlement, and in 1853, he went to England to meet the Bishop of Australia, and confer on the subject of synodical action in Colonial Churches, on which occasion he received the degree of D.C.L. at Oxford. He is well and deservedly remembered by many for the active part he took in ministering to the fever‑stricken emigrants at Crosse Isle in 1849 where he served, taking the place of his son, Rev. A. W. Mountain, as also during the fearful time of cholera in 1832‑34.
To him, disease had no terrors, no dangers. In his administration of his holy office, he was regardless of things save his duty. Bishop Mountain is also the founder of Bishop's College, Lennoxville, and of the Church Society organization for the completion of which he had to labour long and faithfully. He has spent a large portion of his income in behalf of our Canadian church and in relieving the distressed. When the Metropolitan See of Canada was offered to him a short time since, he was advanced in years, and he would not accept the office when he could not perform the duties appertaining to it. Bishop Mountain had not the gift of oratory in the sense of being a popular preacher, but no man of education could listen to his sermons and fail to feel that they were the production of an earnest and scholarly mind, and they always commanded respect and attention.
He did not depend for success on any meretricious display. We remember reading some years ago a volume of poems which he published. The impression which it made upon us was that it contained some fine thoughts well‑expressed, but that his Lordship could scarcely put in a title for an enduring fame as a poet. With him, as with the Duke of Wellington in another sphere, the well performance of the duties of his calling was the guiding principle of his life.
January 13, 1863
LAW - Died in this city, on the 11th instant, Mr. James D. Law, youngest son of the late John Law, Esq., aged 30 years. The funeral will take place from his brother's residence, Hughson street, on Wednesday at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this intimation.
Our obituary column this morning contains the announcement of the demise of Mr. James Law of this city after a short illness. The deceased was well and favourably known as a young man
of much promise. Being fond of seeing the world, he left for the Southern States the summer before the war broke out and settled finally in New Orleans, but did not remain there long, for an opportunity presented itself for his entering the Confederate Army in which he saw much service during a campaign of eighteen months. He was in several important battles and narrowly escaped in the six days' fighting before Richmond. Having obtained his discharge, he returned home, encountering considerable difficulty on the way, and was gladly welcomed by all who knew him. His premature death is greatly lamented, for he had endeared himself by his kindness of heart and genial manner to all with whom he was brought in contact.
January 14, 1863
BURNS (Toronto) - A few weeks ago, the public received the painful intelligence that Mr. Justice Burns was affected with a malady, said to be disease of the kidneys, which was likely to incapacitate him for the discharge of his judicial duties. But so far from the full gravity of the case being known, it was thought that he would be able to retire on the pension which the law allowed to judges who have ceased to be capable of performing their active duties. The public will learn with profound regret that this upright judge and good man yesterday breathed his last.
Robert Easton Burns was born in the old Niagara District and in or near the town of Niagara in 1805. His father, who was a Presbyterian minister, was a native of Scotland and had come to this country some years before.
The son received the rudiments of his education from his father, after which he was placed at the Grammar School of the Niagara District which was kept by the Rev. Mr. Green who survives his pupil and who, it will be remembered, was the subject of a painful scandal not long ago. At this school, he remained from about 1820 to 1822. Among his fellow students were Mr. John Bell, barrister, and the Rev. Dr. Fuller of this city. He then entered on the study of the law in the office of Mr. Brackenridge at Niagara where, during part of the time, Mr. Miles O'Reilly was his fellow student.
Called to the Bar in Hilary term, 1827, Mr. Burns commenced the practice of his profession at St. Catharines, and we are not sure but he had an office also at Niagara. After some time, he was appointed Judge of the Niagara District, but he resigned this office to enter once more on the practice of his profession. Removing to Toronto, he became the managing partner of the law firm previously known as that of Hagerman and Draper.
Once more Mr. Burns left the Bar for an inferior position on the Bench, becoming Judge for the County of York| comprising the present limits of York, Ontario, and Peel. In 1848, partly through the persuasion of friends who felt that the position he held was not worthy of his ability, he descended from the Bench a second time to re‑enter the practice of the law. After that time he
had different partners, including, we believe, Mr. Chancellor Vankoughnet, Mr. Mowat, and Mr. John Duggan, but none of these connections lasted long.
In 1850, a vacancy having occurred in the Court of the Queen's Bench by the death of Mr. Justice Hagerman, he was now for the first time appointed to a judicial office worthy of his talents. Mr. Henry John Boulton who had made tardy and almost incredible professions of Liberalism and has succeeded so far as to be recommended to the electors of the County of Norfolk by Mr. Baldwin, was a candidate for the seat of the late Mr. Hagerman under whom he had been Solicitor‑General in the good old times of Tory misrule. What so fitting that Mr. Boulton should succeed Mr. Hagerman?
The chances seemed to be equally balanced. Mr. Baldwin, then Attorney General, with whom want of decision was a failing, was, if we are to believe the gossip of that day, greatly embarrassed. His failing health added to his perplexity, and as he became temporarily unable to attend to his duties, Mr. Hincks, so the story runs, resolved by a stroke of energy and decision to cut the knot of the difficulty. We have reason to know that it was through Mr. Hincks' intervention that the appointment of Mr. Burns was made. The event fully justified the selection. Mr. Boulton was the only competing candidate who was looked upon as having a chance of success.
In the Chancellorship of the University, Mr. Justice Burns succeeded Chancellor Blake a few years ago.
He was twice married, first to Miss Taylor, daughter of a brewer of St. Catharines where he first practised his profession who bore him several children. His second marriage to Miss Wanton was infructuous, and though much her senior, he survived her. At the time of his death, he was living with his sister, widow of the late Judge Campbell of Niagara.
Though not a brilliant he was a sound lawyer, and possessed those sterling and priceless qualities which happily distinguish our judiciary from the subservient judges to whom popular election gives a brief tenure of office in several of the northern states of the American Union.
January 15, 1863
KENNEDY - We regret to hear of the death of Mr. Alex Kennedy, formerly of Owen Sound, but who has resided for more that a year at the Bruce Mine. It appeared that on the 4th of December last, the deceased started on skates from the Bruce to the Wellington Mines. When he had proceeded about 200 yards, the ice gave way, and he disappeared. The body was very shortly recovered, but not before life was totally extinct.
January l6, 1863
BAUER - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 15th, Mary Ursula, wife of Henry Bauer, Esq. The funeral will take place on Saturday, at 3 p.m. from Mr. Bauer's residence, King street west. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
January 17, 1863
BAXTER - Died at Brantford, on the 16th Instant, Robert, youngest son of Mr. John Baxter.
UNNAMED CHILD - An inquest was held yesterday forenoon by Dr. Mackintosh on the body of a male infant found the previous evening in front of Mr. Dillon's house on George street. The child had evidently been lately born, and when discovered was wrapped in a white cloth and a small piece of blanket. No clue has yet been obtained of the unnatural parent, and the inquest was therefore adjourned until Tuesday next in order to afford the police an opportunity of making enquiries. Any information will be thankfully received by the chief of police.
January 20, 1863
ORR - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 18th instant, Valinda, wife of Mr. Daniel Orr, aged 45 years and 2 months. The funeral will take place to‑day at half past two p.m. from Mr. Orr's residence, John street North. Friends and acquaintances will pleast attend without further notice.
STREET - Died on Sunday, the 18th instant, at his residence, Catherine street, Richard Street, Esq., in the 64th year of his age. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Wednesday, the 21st instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. prompt, without further notice.
THAMES - We regret to state that an Indian of the name of Thomas Thames was murdered on Wednesday last near to the White School House, Township of Tuscarora. No clue as yet has been obtained of the murderer. He was a man much respected by his people. On Tuesday, Coroner Klophel was summoned to hold an inquest on the body, but up to the present, we have heard no further particulars in reference to the cause of the unfortunate man's death.
BARNIBAS (Quebec) - From “La Defricheur” we learn that the wife of a man named Pierre Barnibas of St. Germain, County of Drummond, died on Monday week after a violent fit of twelve hours' illness only. The coroner of the District of Athabasca, M. Poisson, Esq., having
been notified, summoned a jury, and after the hearing of witnesses and no facts being adduced to warrant suspicion of foul play, they returned a verdict of “Died by the visitation of God”. The inquest had scarcely terminated when it was currently rumoured that Barnibas had poisoned his wife, and it was said that it had come to the knowledge of certain persons that he had been known to purchase arsenic of a doctor in the village of Drummondville. The coroner was requested to hold a second inquest and have the body opened. The coroner decided to act on this request if the law permitted. In the meantime, Barnibas has been arrested and is held to await the result of the investigation.
January 23, 1863
WALLEN (Chatham) - It is with the deepest regret that this morning we announce the sudden death of Dr. James Wallen, one of our most respectable townsmen, which occurred on Monday afternoon not far from his residence in this town. It seems that the unfortunate gentleman had purchased a load of straw and was on the load directing the driver of the team, a Mr. Williams, where to go with it. When the team was turning off William to Gaol street, the sleigh slewed, and the doctor fell backwards off the load, just as the sleigh was passing the crossing, his head striking the ground, causing a concussion of the brain of so violent a nature that the poor man breathed his last before he could be conveyed to his own house which was only a short distance off. He never rallied for a moment after he fell. An inquest was held on the body by Dr. Pegley on Tuesday. The deceased was a man just the middle life, aged 53 years and 7 months. He leaves a wife and an interesting family of four children, two daughters and two sons.
MAXWELL, LANGMUIR (Quebec) - On Friday afternoon while two young boys, one the son of Mr. Maxwell, storekeeper, aged 13 years, and the other the son of Mr. Langmuir, Esq., merchant and secretary of the Quebec Warehouse Company, aged 11 years, were amusing themselves by sliding on the crest of the hill in rear of the Grand Trunk Railway station, an avalanche of snow took place, carrying the young lads with it and burying them in a dense pack behind the gable of Mr. Maxwell's house which skirts the road.
The children were missed at 6 o'clock, and on search being made, it was then discovered that an avalanche had taken place. A number of men set to work, and after considerable time spent in digging away the snow which was packed in a dense mass against the wall of the house, the bodies of the two children were found. From their posture, it was evident they were sliding in an oblique direction when the avalanche took place. They were buried so deep in the snow which was densely packed that they must have been suffocated instantly. No marks were found on the
bodies. On Saturday, Coroner Panet held an inquest at which the above facts were elicited, and a verdict of accidental death returned.
January 27, 1863
DALLAS - Died at Gore street, in this city, on the evening of Saturday, the 24th instant, John Isaac Dallas, M.D., Esq., aged 46 years. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
January 29, 1863
HULL - Died in the Township of Seneca, on the 20th instant, after a painful illness of fifteen months, Charles Herbert, youngest son of Charles N. Hull, Esq., aged 6 years and 4 months.
January 30, 1863
MORGAN - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Albert Edward, second son of Mr. Richard Morgan, aged 2 years and 4 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral without further notice to‑day, the 30th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. from his father's residence, Park street.
January 31, 1863
AUSTIN - Died in this city, on Thursday, the 29th instant, at 11½ p.m., Mr. John Austin, in the 49th year of his age after a long and painful illness which he bore with Christian fortitude. The funeral will take place from his late residence, York street, on Sunday, February 1st, at 4 p.m. Friends are respectful1y invited to attend.
February 2, 1863
MCPHERSON - Allan McPherson, Esq., of the Township of Esquesing, an old and esteemed inhabitant, was found dead on Sunday morning, the 15th instant, about three‑quarters of a mile from his own house. It appears that Mr. McPherson had occasion to visit Georgetown on Thursday last, and on his way home from that village, stopped at Stewart‑town the whole of the afternoon and evening. He was last seen leaving that village about 9 o'clock p.m. alone. Not returning to his house that night nor during the next day, his family became alarmed at his prolonged absence. Enquiries were then made respecting him in the neighbouring villages, but no
trace of his whereabouts could be found. The search then became more general, a number of friends and acquaintances having turned out for that purpose, when he was discovered in a piece of woods belonging to Mr. Applebe on Lot 16, and the centre of the 7th Concession. It is supposed that he had mistaken the road and wandered about all of Thursday night until he had become exhausted, and being well advanced in years, together with bodily infirmity, no kind hand being near to aid him, he was unable to proceed from cold and exhaustion, and died almost in sight of his own house.
ROBINSON - Another of the old landmarks has been removed, and Sir John Beverly Robinson, Bart., President of the Court of Error and Appeal for Upper Canada, has passed from amongst us. Within the past few years, Canada has lost some of its brightest ornaments, but none of these excelled the subject of this notice, either in personal worth or high attainments, for few men of any country have stood higher as jurists or scholars than the late Chief Justice. Born on the 20th July, 1791, and being all his life a men of more than ordinary activity, he played a prominent part in his native country. In early life, he served as Clerk of the House of Assembly of Upper Canada, and at the age of twenty‑one, became Attorney‑General. This position he held only a short time, but subsequently became Solicitor‑General.
As a politician, he stood deservedly high, and with an experience of eighteen years in both branches of the Legislature, he won for himself almost universal esteem, and was honoured with a public vote of thanks for the part he took in arranging the financial difficulties of Upper Canada. As a patriot, he stood in the front rank, and was one of the gallant band who followed General Brock to Detroit in 1812. Identified as he was with the section of politicians who were designated "the Family Compact", Sir J. B. Robinson was much blamed by a set of demagogues led on by Mr. McKenzie, and bitterly asssiled for his alleged narrow views of men and things. But he was a statesman of whom the country had a right to be proud, and it honoured him as he deserved. Nor were the Imperial authorities unmindful of the position he occupied as a colonist, for twice were honours conferred upon him by Her Majesty, a sufficient proof that he was considered to have done the State some service.
The late Sir J. B. Robinson had been for some time in a weak state of health, but it does not appear that anything serious was apprehended until Friday last. He gradually grew worse, however, and finally sank on Saturday morning, mid the general regret of the Province, for we are sure that all who have heard the name of the honoured Judge whose services to the country have extended over nearly half a century will be sorry to hear of his departure. Accomplished in all the refinements which constitute the scholar, the gentleman, and the Judge, Sir J. B. Robinson
was a paragon. As an orator he has never been excelled in this Province, and no man could use the acquirement of language to better effect. He shone equally at the bar and on the bench, and was the admiration of all who listened to him. As an author, too, he holds no insignificant niche in British, literature, but chiefly was he distinguished for his high legal attainments. The Province has lost one of its brightest luminaries in the death of the Chief Justice and it will be long ere the blank the sad event has caused to fill up.
February 3, 1863
ROBERTSON - Died in this city, on Monday, Feb. 2, Captain John Robertson, aged 80 years and 17 days. The funeral will take place to‑morrow at 3 p.m. from his late residence, McNab street. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.
JOHNSON - died in this city, on 2nd February, Elizabeth Johnson, aged 2 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral at half past two on Wednesday afternoon from her father's residence, Hughson street, below Railroad bridge.
February 6, 1863
NICHOLSON - Died in this city, on Thursday, February 5th, Robert, only surviving son of Donald Nicholson, Esq., aged 3 years and 3 months. Friends are invited to attend the funeral from his father's residence, Charles street, on Friday, 6th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m.
February 7, 1863
MCCABE - An inquest was held last evening before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, at the Police Office on the body of a man named Richard McCabe who was found dead in a stone house on Mary street. When found by the police, he was almost in a state of nudity lying on the floor without any pretense of a bed and surrounded by all kinds of filth. The face of the deceased presented some marks of violence, and from the bad and intemperate character of the parties with whom he lived, the jury requested a post mortem examination. The investigation was adjourned until six o'clock this evening for the purpose of eliciting additional evidence as well as to hear the result of the post mortem examination.
February 9, 1863
MOORE (Guelph) - We regret to learn that a man named Joseph Moore who lived about a mile from Rockwood was found dead on Monday morning last, evidently from exposure to cold.
From the evidence given at the inquest which was held by Dr. Howitt, it appears that he was in the village on Saturday last at a chopping bee, and left T. Shaw's where the chopping took place about four that afternoon to go home. It appears, however, that he did not leave the village till near dusk in the evening. One witness testified that he saw him about 5 o'clock starting to leave the village, and then he showed some signs of intoxication, and that he had a parcel and a quart bottle with him, but whether the latter contained liquor or not he could not say. This was the last time deceased was seen alive. On Monday morning, he was discovered stiffly frozen in a field belonging to H. Strange, Esq., about half a mile from the village. There was a short cut to deceased's home from the village, the path running through the field. He was lying on his right side, his legs drawn up, and his head resting on one arm, much in the position assumed by one who is going to sleep. Near him was found his cap, one of his mitts, some candles, one of his moccasins, and an empty quart bottle. The verdict was to the effect that Joseph Moore died from exposure to the cold, which exposure was in consequence of intoxication.
February 10, 1863
STRINGER - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Mrs. Phoebe Stringer, of Selby, Yorkshire, England, aged 82 years.
UNNAMED MAN - We understand that a man was frozen to death on the Guelph Road on Wednesday night between eleven and twelve o'clock. We have not been able to ascertain the full particulars of the sad affair, but it appears that the team which he was driving ran into the yard of D. Bunyan, tavern keeper, who, on coming out, discovered the man lying in the bottom of the sleigh frozen and life extinct. (Fergus)
February 11, 1863
MACHAR (Kingston) - A good and valuable clergymen has gone to his last home. The Rev. Mr. Machar, the honoured pastor of the Scotch Church, died this morning at eight o'clock. For upwards of thirty years he had ministered to the spiritual wants of a large congregation by whom he was greatly beloved. He was a man of literary attainments, and for many years was principal of Queen's College University.
February 12, 1863
POWELL - Died at Hamilton, on the 7th instant, Emily, the beloved wife of Mr. Edwin Powell, formerly of Port Dover, aged 25 years.
February 13, 1863
BURTON - Died at Wellington Square, on the 10th instant, Elizabeth Reynolds, the beloved wife of William Burton, Esq., in her 40th year. The funeral will move from the residence on Friday (to‑day) at one o'clock.
DICKSON - William Dickson, Esq., Deputy Reeve of the Township of Beverly, retired on Sabbath evening, the 8th instant, to all appearances quite well. On the following morning, one of the inmates of the house went to the bedroom to call him to breakfast, when it was found that he was lifeless. It is not known at what hour of the night he died. This is another proof of the necessity of always being ready to meet death, “For in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh”.
FORSYTHE - Mr. Samuel Forsythe, a respectable farmer, well known in this city and neighbourhood, whose farm lies about two miles out on the Dundas Road, on Thursday, the 5th instant, left his house with the expression on his lips “that he had lived long enough”, and proceeded down the lane leading to the marsh in rear of his farm. It was snowing hard at the time, and he has not been seen or heard from since, although diligent search and enquiry has been made after him by his family and neighbours. It appears he had recently returned from the gold regions of British Columbia, a sadder, if not a wiser, man. He had ill luck on his gold‑seeking adventure. At the time he left his house, he had about him a large bowie knife he brought with him from the land of gold, and fears were entertained that he destroyed himself by either letting himself under the ice or by cutting himself with the bowie knife and getting covered with snow, but his wife and four or five young children still hope that their worst fears concerning him may not be realized and that he may yet turn up safe and sound.
February 14, 1863
TAYLOR (Whitby) - About a year ago, a Mrs. Taylor and her paramour, a Mr. Sutliff, were tried for an attempt to poison Mrs. Taylor's husband. They were, however, acquitted as the evidence failed to convince the jury of their guilt. Trusting to the same good fortune, these two friends took a more sure method of killing poor Taylor. On Thursday, the 29th ultimo, while Taylor was in a helpless state of paralysis, Mrs. Taylor and Rutllff placed near him a hot stove and set fire to his shirt and a quilt which had been thrown over him, and thus he was left to perish. His lower extremities were burnt to a cinder, and the lower part of his body was literally roasted. From the evidence given at the coroner's inquest, it was proved that for over a year the prisoners had been in the habit of abusing poor Taylor, he being unable to help himself.
In the presence of her husband, Mrs. Taylor would act indecently with Sutliff, and together they would retire to bed. Also that for nearly a whole day, they would keep poor Taylor without food, and allowed him, even in the coldest weather, but a shirt and one blanket to cover him. Both of these hardened wretches are now in Cobourg gaol awaiting their trial, and we do hope that they will suffer the penalty they so justly merit. The evidence given so far is of the most revolting character, and makes the blood curdle in the veins.
CONNORS - Yesterday morning, H.B.. Bull, Esq., coroner, was called upon to view the body of a women named Mrs. Connors who was found dead in a house on Cherry street, rented by a man of the name of McGee. Mr. Bull proceeded to the place and certainly the sight presented was a most lamentable one. There was nothing in the shape of furniture in the room, in the corner of which, on some straw, lay the body of the deceased, swarming with vermin and covered with disgusting filth.
One of her feet had been frozen, and the skin having born worn or torn off, presented a most pitiable spectacle, She appeared to be about 45 years of age and was the widow of a man who committed suicide on the corner of Tyburn and Catherine streets some five or six years ago. After enquiring into the circumstances of her death, Mr. Bull deemed it necessary to hold an inquest, and ordered her body to be interred yesterday afternoon, much to the disappointment of certain parties who desired to have a jollification over the remains last night. It is an old but true saying that one half of the world does not know how the other half lives, for who could have imagined that such a scene could have been witnessed in the city of Hamilton as that we have just related. A great deal is said about sending missionaries to the heathen, but certainly there ia a vast amount of missionary work to be done in our own immediate neighbourbood, and we cannot help thinking that the religious community ought to combine for the purpose.
February 16, 1863
BAKER - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 14th instant, Emma, youngest daughter of Mr. James Baker, aged 14 years, late of Norfolk, England. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from Mr. Baker's residence, King street near Hess, this (Monday) afternoon at 3 o'clock.
MCKILLOP - Yesterday morning about one o'clock, Mr. John McKillop, the well‑known confectioner on King street, expired very suddenly. He had been complaining the previous evening of not feeling very well, and had taker some medicine. About midnight, he partook of some oysters, and in a short time was a corpse. It is said there will be a post mortem examination.
February 17, 1863
MCKILLOP - Died in this city, on the morning of Sunday last, the 15th instant, after a very brief illness, Mr. John McKillop, in the 40th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence, King street east, without further notice.
MCKILLOP - Mr. Coroner Bull held an inquest, yesterday on the body of Mr. John McKillop whose sudden death we announced in our lust issue. Rumours had been flying about concerning the cause of his death, some hinting at poison, but the examination fully expelled these ideas, and showed that his decease was solely occasioned by his own course of life. It appeared that he had been in a state of intoxication the whole of the previous week and only returned to business yesterday week. On the Wednesday following, he sent for Dr. J. W. Rosebrugh who found him in a nervous and weak condition, the result of former excesses, considerable irritation in the stomach, and complaining of pain in the chest and back.
The Doctor left some medicine, but it does not seem to have had a beneficial effect, for nothing would remain on his stomach. He continued in this condition until the time of his death which took place as we, stated yesterday, early on Sunday morning. No apprehension of a fatal termination was entertained, as he had been in a similar state before, and indeed half an hour before he expired, he appeared to be rather better. These facts were elicited at the inquest, and the jury accordingly returned a verdict to the effect that deceased came to his death from exhaustion produced by intemperance.
CONNORS - The body of Mrs. Connors was exhumed yesterday and carefully examined by Dr. Ryall. In the evening, an inquisition into the circumstances attending her death was made by Mr. Coroner Bull. In his statement of the post mortem examination, the Doctor gave as his opinion that the state of the body did not account for sudden death, but showed a decisive susceptibility of meeting a fatal termination from external causes which might make no impression. Several witnesses were examined and testified that on the day preceding the death of Mrs. Connors, they saw her beaten, thrown violently down, pulled by the hair of the head, and kicked by a man named William Hiscock and two women of the names of Fletcher and McGee. The assault which took place on Wednesday afternoon was of a most brutal character, and on Thursday night the unfortunate woman died. The investigation was a very careful and patient one, and the jury arrived to the conclusion that Mrs. Connors came to her death from violence and injuries received at the hands of William Hiscock, Ann Fletcher, and a man to the jurors unknown. (See page 16)
KELLY - A very serious occurrence took place in the Township of Barton on Friday last which resulted in the death of a boy, about ten or twelve years of age, named James Kelly. The circumstances of the case, as we have heard them, are as follows. The boy, who resides with his father in a shanty on the line of the Hamilton and Port Dover Railroad, jumped upon the front part of a passing sleigh loaded with cordwood. The driver raised his whip and struck the boy on the head. The blow caused him to fall backwards, and one of the runners passed over his leg, shattering it in a very fearful manner. The man, it appears, whoever he was, paid no attention to the circumstances, but immediately drove on.
He was soon found, however, by his parents who removed him to their house, and despatched a messenger to this city for medical assistance. Dr. Vernon immediately drove to the place, and after an examination, advised his removal to the Hospital where all necessary comfort and attendance could be procured. This step was accordingly taken, and on Saturday morning, the shattered limb was removed in the presence of a number of our city physicians. The poor boy, however, had not sufficient strength to recover from the operation, and gradually sank until yesterday morning when he expired. We understand that some line has been obtained of the man whose conduct caused this unfortunate occurrence, but as there will doubtless be an official investigation, we abstain from further remarks.
February 18, 1863
KELLY - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest yesterday on the body of the boy, Kelly, alluded to in our issue of yesterday as having died at the Hospital here in consequence of injuries received by being run over in Barton by a loaded sleigh. Evidence was adduced on the inquest to show that the boy's fall from the sleigh was purely accidental. He slipped from the load and was not in any way forced off by the person driving the sleigh. This was the boy's own statement made to a school teacher just after the accident happened. The jury, taking all the circumstances into consideration, returned a verdict of accidental death.
LEDUC - Lieut. Col. Pierre Leduc of St. Timothee, died on Sunday last at the age of 80 years. He fought at Chateauguay in 1812 and retired from the militia in 1853. He leaves a very numerous progeny, no less that 104 grandchildren, 40 great‑grandchildren, and one of the fourth generation.
February 19, 1863
DOWNIE - Died at Detroit, Mich., on the 18th instant, Mania Hart, infant daughter of George and Agnes H. Downie.
KIRKWOOD - We find the following item in a British Columbia paper: Mr. James Kirkwood, a Canadian from the city of Hamilton, C.W., came to this country last summer, and soon after arriving here, wrote for his wife and family to join him. On Monday, obedient to request, the family arrived here and were informed that he whom they expected to meet was lost, with nine others, in August last by the upsetting of a sailboat, in Deception Pass, near Ussildy, W.T.
KNEALE - The young man referred to in the subjoined paragraph left this city for British Columbia about a year ago. Before he left, he was in the employment of Mr. Lemuel Gurnett of Ancaster. On Tuesday morning, a man named William Kneale, an employee at Homer's saw mill, was instantly killed while adjusting a band by his hand coming into contact with a large flywheel. The “Columbian” says that deceased was 25 years of age, a native of the Isle of Man, and late of Ancaster, C.W."
February 26, 1863
DINGWALL - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, James W. Dingwall, druggist, aged 28 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on the 26th instant, without further notice, which will leave his late residence, corner of Maria and Hughson streets, at 2 o'clock p.m.
DALLEY - Died in this city, on the 22nd instant, Mr. Herbert Dalley, late of Wiltshire, England, aged 60 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, King street east, to‑day at 3 p.m.
February 27, 1863
MOLSON - The late Thomas Molson, Esq.: The “Witness” of yesterday afternoon: This gentleman, so long and generally known, had a paralytic stroke on Sunday week, from which he apparently quite recovered, so that, when an obituary notice of him appeared in Saturday's “Minerve”, he was considered by his friends to be quite well. On that night, however, he had a second shock, and expired between four and five o'clock on Sunday morning, the 22nd instant, His funeral takes place to‑morrow.
March 3, 1863
IRVINE - Died yesterday, the 2nd instant, Charles, youngest child of Mr. William Irvine, produce merchant, aged 5 years and five months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, Maria street, to‑morrow (Wednesday) at 3 o'clock. Friends will please attend without further notice.
March 6, 1863
CAMERON - Died in this city, on Thursday, 5th instant, Mr. Hugh Cameron, aged 55 years. The funeral will take place on Saturday next, the 7th instant, at 6 o'clock p.m. from his son‑in‑law's residence, Queen street. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend without further notice.
ARMSTRONG - Died on the 5th instant, in the 66th year of his age, the Police Magistrate, Ceorge Hawksworth Armstrong, of Hythe, Hampshire, England, and late of the Royal Navy. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend his funeral from his late residence, Hughson street below Gore, on Sunday, at 2½ o'clock p.m.
We regret being called upon to record the demise of G. H. Armstrong, Esq., Police Magistrate of this city, which event occurred at his residence yesterday morning. The Captain, as he was familiarly termed, had been for a long time in a precarious state of health, and was about to ask leave of absence from his duties for six months. He had been Police Magistrate of this city for nearly seventeen years, and his death will be deeply regretted. The deceased was a Lieutenant in the British Navy, and served during the war of 1812 with the squadron in the lakes. After its termination he settled in Canada, the greater part of that time in this city which he had seen rise from the position of a village to the second city in the Western Province. The funeral will take place on Sunday. We will have a short memorial of his life in a few days.
March 7, 1863
ROBLIN - Mr. David Roblin, ex‑member of Parliament from Lennox and Addington, died at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon at his residence in Napanee of disease of the heart. The deceased was 53 years of age. Mr. Roblin represented Lennox and Addington in the fifth & sixth Parliaments of the Union and in the general election for the seventh Parliament, he was a candidate for these counties against Mr. Augustine Hooper who defeated him. Mr. Roblin also represented the counties as Warden on several occasions. For some months before his death, he had necessarily retired from active life in consequence of his afflicting illness. Mr. Roblin's death, we hear, was somewhat unexpected, it having been the impression that he was recovering.
March 9, 1863
LOVEGROVE - Sergeant Lovegrove of the Royal Field Battery of Artillery, stationed at the Crystal Palace in this city, died suddenly on Saturday evening from the effects of a fall
the same day. It appears that deceased was going down to the stables and slipped on the ice, cutting the left side of his head near the temple. He went back to the barracks and called the roll as usual, but before night was a corpse. He had only been a few months here, having come from London. The funeral takes place to‑day from the Medical hospital.
ARMSTRONG - All that was mortal of G. H. Armstrong, Esq., late Police Magistrate of the city, was followed to Burlington cemetery yesterday by a large concourse of persons, The Mayor and Corporation, accompanied by the Police, the members of St. George's Society, many wearing their badges, and a large number of citizens of every grade were present. The cortege moved about 3 p.m. H. McKinstrey, Esq.; Ebenezer Stinson, Esq.; J. F. Kidner. Esq.; T. N. Best, Esq.; Col. Thorner; and Councillor Winer were the pall bearers. Service was performed in Christ's Church, the body of which and the galleries were completely filled. The Rev. J. Hebden of the Church of the Ascension officiated in the absence of the Rev. J. G. Geddes. Two psalms and the lesson were read, and the choir sang the beautiful hymn for the burial of the dead commencing “Not for the pious dead we weep.” The sidewalks were crowded on the way to the cemetery, and the turnout was very large.
March 10, 1863
NESBIT - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, was engaged yesterday in an enquiry regarding the death of a woman which resulted in the committal of her husband to the next assizes. The evidence which we subjoin will sufficiently explain the sad circumstances attending the melancholy affair, but we may briefly state that what has now taken place is but the natural termination of an ill‑spent life on the part of both individuals. Our readers may remember that Mr. Switzer, a well‑known magistrate in Palermo sent a school teacher in that neighbourhood to gaol for 21 days for cruelty to his wife. The affair created some local excitement at the time, and the case was appealed to the Quarter Sessions when, however, after a full and impartial investigation, the decision of Mr. Switzer was unanimously sustained.
The defendant in that case, William Kerr Nesbit, is the unhappy individual who will now have to answer to a jury of his countrymen for the death of his wife. They removed here about six weeks ago when he obtained the situation of teacher at the Bartonville school. Both appear to have been addicted to drink, and fighting between them appears to have been of common occurrence, but on Sunday last, as will be seen by the evidence, these scenes came to a close. The blows and kicks were more than the frame of the victim could bear, and on Monday morning, she was found not far from her residence, a stiffened corpse.
John W. Kerr testified that yesterday morning, when on his way to the city in company with Mr. M. Aikman, they were informed that a woman was lying dead in a lane, south of King street. He went and saw her; she was lying on her back. Several persons were present when he got there. The general conversation was that she had been killed by her husband and the necessity of getting a constable. Mr. Kerr went to the school and arrested Mr. Nesbit.
Henrietta Nesbit, daughter of the deceased, sworn: Will be 12 next September. On Saturday last, father asked witness to get a bottle of whiskey by the time he returned from school. When he came home, mother was tipsy, and he beat her; he then went to the city, and deceased went to bed. About half past nine, deceased went out and remained until nearly three in the morning. Father came home shortly after. He was in liquor, pulled her out of bed, beat her with a stick, as well as with his hand, and kicked her with his feet. He said he did so because she had been drinking. He was also the worse for liquor. The beating he gave her was awful. He broke the stick in two with the blows, and kicked her when she fell down. After a time he went to bed, and she went to bed with the witness. This was near daylight on Sunday morning. About an hour afterwards, she got up and went out.
When father awakened in the morning, he asked where she was and sent witness to look for her. Witness could not find her. John, Martha, and Mary Gibson came in then, and said she was sitting at the corner of VanNorman's fence. This was about nine o'clock. Witness helped Mrs. Foster to bring her to the house. She was almost stiff with the cold. When brought in, father took her to the back kitchen and poured cold water on her head and feet. He said that was better than placing her near the fire. Deceased was then put to bed and father then sent me for whiskey. When witness returned, he gave some to deceased and took some himself, After Mrs. Foster left, he gave her some boxes every now and then until about noon when he went to sleep. The reason he gave was that she was disgracing him by her conduct. He slept until after dark. When he awoke, he commenced beating her in bed. She got up and slipped out into the kitchen. He followed her and gave her two or three boxes. This was about eight p.m. He came in and sat down on the floor, while she got hold of the jug of whiskey in which there was very little, and went out barefooted.
He soon after went to bed. Witness did not again see deceased until this morning when she was told she was lying dead in the lane. On being asked whether these rows were frequent occurrence, witness stated that her father beat deceased whenever she took liquor, but. never did so when she kept sober. He was in gaol once, three weeks, for beating her.
Dr. Ryall gave a statement of the body of deceased as revealed by a post mortem. It was almost literally covered with wounds and bruises, and the doctor stated as his deliberate opinion that death resulted from injuries in the head. In answer to a juror, he stated that he did not believe
deceased could have recovered from the injuries she had received.
Isaac Ryall, M.D., who assisted in the post mortem examination agreed with the previous witness.
Margaret Gibson lives near the house of Nesbit, heard of no fighting, saw her lying in the lane dead.
Emily Foster lives a short distance from Nesbit's. Witness was not acquainted with deceased, but on Sunday morning saw deceased sitting at the corner of the fence. Deceased asked witness to assist her to her house. Stopped a short time and then left. Was never in the house before nor since.
No other witnesses were called, and the jury retired to decide upon their verdict which was as follows: That deceased came to her death in consequence of blows and violence inflicted by her husband on or about the 7th March,
The prisoner was accordingly committed on the coroner's warrant to stand his trial at the ensuing assizes.
March 16, 1863
SMITH - A dreadful accident occurred in Berlin, on Saturday last, about 2 o'clock, at the railway station in that town. They were engaged in making up a train at that time, and a brakesman, named Thomas Smith, a resident of Toronto, was occupied in uncoupling some of the cars while they were in motion when he slipped and fell, falling across the rails, and seven cars ran over his legs, smashing them in a horrible manner. He was immediately picked up, and the best of medical advice called in, but the poor fellow died before a operation could be performed. He was quite a young man, and leaves a widow and one child to mourn his awful death. An inquest was held by Coroner Pipe where a verdict of “accidental death” was returned.
March 17, 1863
HOGEBOOM - Died at Ancaster, on Sunday, the 15th instant,, Eliza, wife of Mr. G. P. Hogeboom, and daughter of Mr. James Gurnett. The funeral will take place from her father's residence in Ancaster Village, at 3 o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, March 18th. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
March 20, 1863
RADFORD - Died in this city of apoplexy, yesterday, Mr. Lewis Arundel Radford, veterinary surgeon, formerly of Devonshire England, aged 65 years. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock from Crane's Hotel, Prince's Square. Friends are requested to attend.
RADFORD - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest yesterday forenoon on the body of L.A. Radford, a well known practising Veterinary surgeon in this city, who died very suddenly in Mrs. Stone's saloon about half past eight the same morning. From the evidence given at the inquest, it appeared that he had been sick for some days and that on Tuesday last, he went to Dr. Ridley who gave him some medicine, accompanied by the injunction to keep his bed for a week. The deceased, however, disobeyed the orders of the physician and went out the following as well as yesterday morning. About eight o'clock, he walked into the stable of Mr. Hugh Fitzpatrick who stated that he appeared to be very feeble and that his utterance was so indistinct that he scarcely understood what Mr. Radford said. The deceased complained of being cold and said that he wanted some hot sherry to warm him. Mr. Fitzpatrick took him into Mrs. Stone's where a glass of hot sherry was prepared, but the poor man only took a portion of it when he staggered. He was assisted to a seat, and Dr. Ryall sent for, but he breathed only twice before the spirit quitted its earthly tenement. Dr. Ryall stated as his opinion that the deceased died from apoplexy, and the jury returned a similar verdict.
March 23, 1863
DUNN - A melancholy event occurred at the Ormond mills, Woodstock, on Tuesday morning last, by which an industrious, sober, and trustworthy man, named William Dunn, was killed, leaving a wife and four children to mourn his loss. The deceased was employed by Messrs Eaton and Wood as a miller, and about seven o'clock in the morning, he went up to the upper flat of the mill as was his usual custom to oil the machinery. His long absence begat fears that something had happened to him, and Mr. Hill, one of the workmen, went up through the mill and found deceased suspended by his clothes from a horizontal shaft which was in motion.
In the act of oiling the coupling and the shaft, it appeared that the key of the coupling had caught the vest of the deceased and whirled him around with the shaft, his head striking a beam about eighteen inches from the shaft. It is not known how often he revolved with the shaft, but when found, he was suspended by his clothes and his arms extended along the shaft. Deceased must have been in that position upwards of an hour, but doubtless the first revolution of the shaft after he was caught caused instant death. An inquest was held by Dr. William Scott, coroner, on view of the body, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
March 26, 1863
ELLAR - During the evening of Friday last, a man named William Ellar, living near Kingsville, grossly abused his wife, from the effects of which she died the following morning. From the evidence, it appeared that Ellar and his wife had been drinking and quarrelling on the evening
named. Some of the neighbours heard the deceased exclaim, “You have killed me”, or “I am killed”, and in the morning they found her lying in the bed quite dead. She had bled profusely from the wounds received, as the bedclothes were saturated with her blood. It is stated that Pillar acknowledged that he kicked deceased two or three times, and then after, lifted her on the bed. An inquest was held by Coroner Bull when the above facts were elicited. Dr. Playter of this village (Lloydtown) who made a post mortem examination of the body stated that he found only three or four slight bruises, one of which had caused a wound in the lower part of the body from which the blood had flowed. All the other parts and organs of the body appeared in a tolerable natural condition. She was six or seven months advanced in pregnancy, and had evidently been under the influence of liquor at the time of her death. Not being able to discover any abnormal condition of the vital parts, he could not swear positively as to the cause of her death, but to the best of his knowledge thinks that deceased came to her death from the effects of the blows and ill‑treatment of her husband. The jury returned a verdict to that effect. Deceased leaves two young children.
March 25, 1863
ROPER - Died at Hamilton, Canada West, on Tuesday morning, 26th March, 1863, Mr. John Henry Roper, formerly of the firm of Trecothick, Roper & Son, Fenchurch street, London, England, aged 69 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, corner of John and Henry streets, on Thursday next at 3 o'clock p.m.
March 26, 1863
CHETWODE- Died on the 3rd of March, at Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England, Frederick Chetwode, Esq., youngest son of the late Sir John Chetwode, Bart, of Oakley Hall, Staffordshire, aged 58 years.
MIDDLEWOOD - Died in this city, on the 26th March, Matthew, fourth son of Mr. Joseph Middlewood, aged 6 years and 3 months. The funeral will take place to‑day (Thursday) at 3 o'clock p.m. from his father's residence, King street east. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice. Cabs will be in attendance, corner of King and James streets from 2 to 2:45 p.m.
March 27, 1863
COFFIN - Died on Thursday, 19th March, Emilie DeBlois, youngest daughter of William Foster Coffin, Esq. of Ottawa.
BEADLE - We are sorry to record the death of Dr. Chauncey Beadle, the well‑known and highly respected horticulturist of St. Catharines. Dr. Beadle was by birth an American and practised medicine for some years in St. Catharines, but his health failing, he betook him to horticulture, a pursuit in which he delighted and excelled. He has been the means, efficiently aided by his son, Mr. D. Beadle, of supplying the western part of the Province with a great variety of excellent fruit, and was universally respected for his integrity and kindness.
CEASER (Barrie) - On Saturday evening last, the 21st instant, at about half past eight o'clock, the fire alarm bell was rung and the fire company, manning their engine, at once proceeded to the east end of town where the fire was said to be. On reaching the spot, however, it was ascertained that their services were hardly needed, loss of life hut not of property having taken place. The wife of Mr. John Ceaser, Division Court Bailiff, was found to have been burnt to death in her own house. She had gone to her bedroom and laid down upon the bed, as it is supposed, without undressing about half past seven. As nearly as could be ascertained, the alarm of fire was given about three quarters of an hour afterwards, and when the room was entered, she was found lying on the floor dreadfully burned, especially about the upper part of the body. She was quite dead, and had probably been suffocated before the fire seized upon her, as the bedclothes and straw had smouldered rather than blazed.
Otherwise the house itself would probably have been destroyed. The origin of the fire is a mystery. The deceased brought no candle with her, and as she did not smoke, it could not have been by a pipe. It would appear as if she had taken in a hot brick for the purpose of warming her feet, which may have ignited her clothes, the smell of the fire was perceived by a number of persons in the neighbourhood some time before the alarm was given, but strange to say, the deceased's husband, who was in the house, did not find it until it must have been for some time in progress and when the work of death had been for some time accomplished.
DUVAL (Quebec) - The March term of the Court of Queen's Bench (Crown side) for the Division of Athabaska has just terminated. The calendar comprised about seven cases, including one of murder. The particulars of the murder case we published at the time of the committal about the latter part of October or the first of November last. The accused is one Pierre Duval dit Barnibas, a farmer living in the District. A short time after the death of his wife, certain rumours were circulated among the neighbours to the effect of foul play having been used towards the deceased. The coroner, accordingly, caused the body to be exhumed and a post mortem examination to he held. The stomach was enclosed in a sealed jar and forwarded to Dr. Larue of this city for the purpose of being analyzed, who discovered on submitting the stomach to the
process, several grams of arsenic. Other evidence was adduced to show that the deceased's husband had purchased arsenic a short time previous to his wife's death under the excuse of using it to poison rats. The prisoner was defended by eminent counsel. The Hon. Mr. Justice Stuart who presided at the trial sentenced him to be executed on the 15th of May next.
March 28, 1863
FITZPATRICK - Died in this city, on the 27th March, Thomas Fitzpatrick, aged 68 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday next from the residence of A. Riche, Wellington street north, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends will please accept this notice.
ROSS - Died in this city, on Wednesday, 25th instant, Miss Jessie Ross, aged 18 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. John Barr, James street north, on to‑day (Saturday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
March 30, 1863
CONNER (Orangeville ) - A woman of very intemperate and irregular habits named Ann Conner, who resided in Lot 22, 2nd Concession, East Hurontario street, Township of Caledon, was found dead in her bed on Friday morning last under circumstances which leave no doubt that death resulted from excessive drinking the day before. The deceased lived alone, and although upwards of fifty years of age, enjoyed good health up to a few hours before her death. Her untimely end is a sad commentary on the drinking usages of society and furnishes another of those melancholy circumstances which occasionally happen to warn the incautious against the evils in intemperance.
BIBLE - Died on the morning of Sunday, the 29th instant, from the effects of a wound received by the accidental discharge of a fowling piece, Robert, youngest son of Robert and Eliza Bible, aged 17 years and 11 months, a native of Lesmore, Ireland. The funeral will leave his father's residence, corner of Main and Rae streets, at 3 o'clock p.m., on Tuesday, 31st instant. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
Another of those lamentable mishaps, too frequently occasioned by the careless use of firearms and resulting in the death of an amiable young man of this city, occurred in the Dundas Marsh last Saturday. The particulars as we have received them come from two sources and differ materially. Three lads, Robert Bible, son of Constable Bible; and John and Henry Barnard,
sons of a widow lady residing at the west end of the city, left here on Saturday morning to shoot wild ducks. They took a skiff at Mr. Forsythe's in which they proceeded up the marsh. Just before reaching the mouth of Birkley Creek where they intended getting ashore, Bible took hold of one of the dogs in the boat, and when attempting to throw it overboard, it came in contact with the gun, a carbine, which immediately went off, lodging the contents in Bible's right lung and throwing him out of the boat.
He managed to reach shore, but in a very weak condition, his companions doing all in their power to assist him. Another version, that of the Barnard lads, is that the trigger of the gun being stiff, poor Bible put his foot to it for the purpose of placing it at half cock, so as to be ready in case a chance for a shot occurred, when it went off, throwing him out of the boat. He reached the shore and was taken care of by John Barnard while his brother hastened to Dundas for Dr. Rutherford who went to the spot in his buggy and conveyed Bible to his house where he remained until he died. Dr. Ryall of this city was sent for, and all was done that was possible, but he only lingered till 8 o'clock yesterday morning. He was brought to this city in the afternoon.
March 31, 1863
BIBLE - We may state that the companions of young Bible on the fatal shooting excursion, John and Henry Barnard, deny that they have given the version of the melancholy affair attributed to them and corroborate the first statement. They add that the cause of throwing the dog overboard was the leaking of the boat. In nearly every particular, they confirm the statement which appears to have been given by young Bible himself. Much sympathy is manifested for Mr. Bible and his family in their sad bereavement.
MARTIN - Died in this city, on Sunday, the 29th instant, Margaret, daughter of Philip Martin, Esq., aged 18 years and 1 month. The funeral will take place to‑day (Tuesday) afternoon at 3 o'clock p.m. from her father's residence, John and King William streets, to the place of interment, the Catholic cemetery.
ANNESLEY - Died at his residence in Peter street, Toronto, on the 28th instant, Capt. Charles Jasper D. Annesley, staff officer of Pensioners, late of the 18th (Royal Irish), in the 60th year of his age.
WILLIAMSON - Died in this city, on Monday, the 30th instant, James Williamson, aged 66. The funeral will take place to‑day (Tuesday) at 3 o'clock from his late residence, Wilson street, between MacNab and James.
April 1, 1863
JUNOR - Died at her residence, West avenue, Bathea Junor, wife of Mr. George Junor, carpenter, late of Strachan, Aberdeedshire, Scotland, aged 82 years. The funeral will take place from Mr. Juror's residence on Thursday, the 2nd instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends will please attend without further notice.
April 2, 1863
SMITH (Montreal Gazette) - Our obituary column contains the announcement of the death of the Hon. Hollis Smith, member of the Legislative Council for the Wellington Division. Mr. Smith returned from Quebec to his residence in Sherbrooke on the 20th instant and on the same night he had an attack of apoplexy which terminated fatally on Saturday morning last. The deceased, when a boy, came from New Hampshire to the Eastern Townships, and by his probity and good sense acquired the confidence of the inhabitants of the District of St. Francis. He was one of the first elected members of the Council and represented the division for six years. He was an attentive and useful member and much respected by his associates in the House. Mr. Smith had no sectional prejudice and was a thorough Canadian in feeling.
April 6, 1863
DERBISHIRE - The late Mr. Derbishire: Mr. Derbishire was twice married. Six children, three sons and three daughters, issue of the first marriage survive, and we add with regret that a widow and four young children, issue of a second marriage, have to mourn with them, the great loss they have sustained.
Stewart Derbishire was the son of an English gentleman, the late Dr. Derbishire, who practised with reputation in Bath. Dr. Derbishire married a Scotch lady, Miss Ann Masterton, daughter of the late Mr. Allan Masterton of Edinburgh, the intimate friend of Burns, the “Allan” of the song “Here are met three merry boys.” Miss Masterton was distinguished for great personal charms as well as for a most amiable disposition and more than average mental abilities, and was the subject of those lines addressed by Burns to “Bonnie Ann”.
Mr. Derbishire, it would seem, inherited much of the talent and personal qualities of his parents, and when a young man, was distinguished by a handsome person and genial qualities of mind. He commenced life as an ensign in the British army which service he soon left and turned to the study of law, practising with considerable eclat, having been engaged in several cases of much public interest, in the conduct of which he distinguished himself. Amongst the causes he
defended was that of the “Dorchester labourers” prosecuted for machinebreaking and agrarian outrages and riots, we believe in 1832. The case created great interest throughout England and was reported at unusual length in the “Times” of that period. He also, at an early period of his life, connected himself with the London press, and was the author of a very useful little work entitled, we believe, the “Parliamentary Intelligencer”. He exerted himself largely in the movement which effected the Reform Bill, his personal as well as literary services being always at the disposal of the party and ever rendered with the zeal of conviction and the self‑sacrificing devotion of his warm‑hearted nature.
During the Spanish Constitutional War, the subject of this brief memoir was commissioned by a London journal to proceed to the seat of war as special correspondent at the headquarters of the Constitutional army. Here he not only acquired a reputation as a writer but also noted for his personal bravery. He volunteered at the assault on Irun for which he received a medal as well as a very handsome letter from Sir DeLacy Evans. Mr. Derbishire's conduct also earned the high approbation of Narvaez under whose eye he served in the campaigns of Castille, Valladolid, and Segovia and whose orders he carried in the decisive actions which terminated in the defeat of the celebrated Gomez, virtually placed the Crown of Spain on the head of Isabella the Catholic. On Mr. Derbishire's last visit in Europe in 1857 he was received with great consideration by his old comrade in arms, Farvaez, to whom he is said to have rendered essential services. The Boston “Courrier” says some years ago among several anecdotes of Spanish celebrities, published one in which it attributes the honour of saving the life of his friend, Narvaez, in a mutiny, to Mr. Derbishire, and it is said he was the first who foretold the rise of Narvaez, and pointed out the inefficiency of Espartero to the Melbourne ministry, then active champion of the Quadruple Alliance. He accompanied or rather preceded Lord Durham to Canada, and the strong esteem, amounting almost to perfection with which he spoke of that nobleman, was calculated to dispel the somewhat unfavourable impression which others, less fortunate in their intimacies, are apt to entertain for that nobleman's personal amiability.
His political duties towards Lord Durham, delicate and important in their nature, were discharged with great ability, and he was an unfailing advocate of a benignant and liberal policy towards Canada, and a generous and forgiving course to her then recently insurgent population amongst whom he acted as an emissary of mercy, visiting in the Montreal Districts the localities which, like the neighbourhood of St. Benoit and St. Eustache, had been desolated by the flames of civil war, and carrying consolation, and in many instances assistance to the victims of civil stride.
Such of our readers as were unacquainted with Mr. Derbishire in the days of his youth and vigor, and only knew him i n the last few years of his life when sickness and mental toll had
imprinted their mark on his once‑vigorous frame would scarcely imagine that at the commencement of the rebellion, he had been selected as the bearer of dispatches from the Canadian authorities to Sir Colin Campbell, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and that in the midwinter he had travelled by sleigh and on horseback from Quebec to Halifax, tarrying neither night nor day, till his mission was successfully accomplished.
Subsequent to the departure of Lord Durham from Canada, the subject of our notice warmly espoused the policy of Lord Sydenham whose confidence he fully enjoyed and whose measures he defended by his pen. At this period of his career, he was known as a Canadian journalist of considerable literary reputation and ability, but it was not only by his counsel and in the press that he took part in the politics of Canada. He was for some time Member of Parliament for Bytown, now Ottawa. Unable to approve of the violation of the Canadian constitution by Lord Metcalfe, his vote condemned the claim to make appointments without the knowledge of the Cabinet which was advanced by the Governor General.
Habitually averse to extreme measures and aware by so large an experience of the dangers of political agitation, Mr. Derbishire adopted an independent course in the minor difficulties between his Lordship, then Sir Gilbert Metcalfe, and his discarded advisers. It is said that a threat of dismissal from the office as Queen's Printer was held over his head by the dominant factions of the day to keep him from voting for the constitutional disposal of the public patronage, but he had been engaged with others in making the frame of Responsible Government, and no personal consideration could induce him to co‑operate in pulling down the goodly edifice he had done so much to rear.
In Quebec, the deceased will chiefly be remembered for his personal qualities. His charities were unostentatious, but they were always unbounded. The soul of honour, he was in all things, great and small, the model of an English gentleman. His by no means inconsiderable income was nobly spent. He patronized every species of talent. Generous almost to a fault, his profuse, yet elegant, hospitality shed a genial warmth through the society of Quebec where his refined taste and munificent liberality will be long remembered. Of playful wit and mind, rare scholarship and information, he was the most accomplished of hosts and the best of companions. World‑wide with his benevolence, he adorned even the great country of his birth, while to that of his adoption he paid an enlightened and a patriotic devotion never surpassed by her native children. In him Quebec loses one of the most public‑spirited as well as the most estimable of her citizens.
ANDERSON - On Saturday morning, the body of a man was discovered in the Bay near the wharf of the Great Western Railway. It was removed to the James Street police station, and appearances indicated that the body had been in the water for a considerable length of time. Dr. Rosebrugh held an inquest in the afternoon at which several witnesses were examined. From the
evidence, it appeared that the body was that of George Anderson who disappeared some four or five months ago and who was last seen passing through the gateway leading to the locomotive works in which department he was employed. He was under the influence of liquor at the time and there is no doubt that he accidentally went over the wharf. The jury which was empanelled returned a verdict of “Found drowned”. We believe the deceased leaves a wife and family in Brantford.
UNNAMED INFANT - On Thursday last, two boys wandering along the base of the mountain, east of Wellington street, discovered the body of an infant lying in a vacant lot. Information was given to the Police, and the remains were conveyed to the station. It was evident that the body had lain outside for a considerable time, probably since last fall for the ribs were exposed and one of the hands was separated from the arm. An inquest was considered unnecessary on account of the time that, had apparently elapsed since the body had been exposed, and it, was accordingly interred on Friday by the High Bailiff, Mr. McCracken.
April 7, 1863
DAVIS (St. Catharines) - One of the most revolting and disgusting cases of abortion that has probably ever occurred in Canada, a case so revolting indeed, that if the facts elicited on the investigation which was to have come off yesterday at Clifton only partially bear out the statement of our informant, the criminal deserves the severest punishment that can be inflicted. A labourer of that, town, named William Davis, had a young girl, his niece, keeping house for him whom he succeeded in seducing. In a short time after the accomplishment of his purpose, he discovered that the girl was 'enceinte', and from that moment he refused to let her out of the house or to let anyone visit her, and when he went to work was accustomed to lock her in. He then attempted to produce abortion but failed, and when the child was born, he thrust it into the stove and burnt it. This, at least, is the inference of the medical man who examined the ashes in the stove, and found human remains or the traces of such, among them. The girl, owing to the treatment she had received, died a short time after. These are all the particulars we have been able to obtain
April 8, 1863
BENSON - An inquest was held on Monday last, in the town of Functus before H. B. Bull, Esq. , coroner, on the body of Joseph Benson. It appeared in evidence that the deceased was working at the new mill of Messrs Orossland and Brown and was placed at the foot of a post to keep a bent steady which had just been put \ip while others were putting it in proper position. While the
deceased was not on his guard, the bent came suddenly over, when he caught it in his hands, but while walking backwards to let it down, his foot caught between two timbers causing the weight of the beam to come across his abdomen. On a post mortem examination, the liver was found to be extensively ruptured. There was considerable doubt whether proper precautions had been taken to prevent an accident of that kind, but the jury, after a careful, examination of the witnesses, brought in a verdict of accidental death. The deceased was an elderly man, and much respected by those who knew him.
April 13, 1863
THOMSON - Died at her residence, Point Albino, on the 10th instant, in the 73rd year of her age, Susan, relict of the late Richard Thomson, Esq., of Fort Erie.
April 16, 1863
WORKMAN - Died on the 11th instant, of puerperal fever, Kate, the beloved wife of Mr. William Workman, of Glanford, late of Holland Landing.
April 17, 1863
MCQUESTEN - Died in this city, on the 16th instant, aged 3 years, Edith Frederica, eldest daughter of Mr. S. B. McQuesten, of St. Catharines. The friends and acquaintances are invited to attend the funeral from the residence of Mr. Thomas Lawrie, West Market street, to the cemetery, on Friday, 17th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m.
April 20, 1863
GIBSON - Died on the 18th March, at her residence, 10 Shaftesbury Terrace, Pimlico, London, England, Anne Brownlee, relict of the late Capt. Thomas Barrington Gibson, in the 92nd year of her age.
JAMES - Died in this city, on the 18th April, Mr. Peter James, blacksmith, aged 60 years and 8 months, a native of Devonshire, England. The funeral will take place this afternoon, 20th, from his late residence, Rebecca street east, at 3 o’clock.
WARREN - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Mr. William Warren, aged 25 years. Friends are requested to attend the funeral to‑day at 6 o'clock p.m. from his late residence, corner of Catherine and Peel streets.
April 23, 1863
SULLIVAN - Yesterday morning, information was received at the police office that a woman named Elizabeth Sullivan was lying dead in a house on Tyburn street, between Catherine and Walnut streets. On proceeding thither, a most revolting scene was presented. The deceased, half nude, and partially decomposed, was lying in a cupboard, while in another room lay Mrs. Healey, the occupant of the house, in a beastly state of intoxication. The first thing done was to remove the latter to the police office, and subsequently an inquest was held by H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner. From the evidence which we subjoin, it is evident that Sullivan had been dead for two days, and from the fact that Edward Healey had kept out of the way, coupled with the testimony of Julia Hennessy, there is little doubt that he beat the deceased the night she died, and feared that her death might be regarded as the result of his violence.
Catherine Swack sworn: I have known the deceased three or four years. She lives by begging ever since I knew her. She stopped wherever she could get admittance. Three times during the past winter I found her at the back door of mother's house. She was lying down drunk. The last time I saw her was on Sunday last. She appeared then to be partially intoxicated. Deceased has told me that she was married and that her husband was dead. She has lived off and on with Mrs. Healey for eighteen months. She was at my mother's about a week, but she was sent away on account of her drunken habits.
Julis Hennessey sworn: I stopped at Mrs. Healey's last night. We had a half pint of whiskey together this morning. Ned Heeley knocked at the door and Mrs. Healy asked him to get out of the way. J ran into the cupboard and found the dead body lying there, found her feet cold and said she was dead. Mrs. Healey replied. “Don't say anything about it and you and I will throw her in the backhouse to‑night”. I had known the deceased by sight about a couple of weeks. The half pint of whiskey I got from Mr. Currie, corner of Walnut and Heel streets. On Monday night about nine o'clock I was in the hall of the house and heard Ned Healey kicking the deceased. He also put deceased in the cupboard and I heard her asking for a drink of water which he refused to give her. It seemed to me as if he was smothering her. I remained in hall until three in the morning and heard deceased moaning through the night. I believe she died that night.
James Flask, a boy about 14 years of age, examined: I saw deceased last on Monday forenoon about eleven o'clock. I went into Mr. Healey's for a drink of water and saw the deceased lying in the cupboard, kicking and moaning. Mrs. Healey was sitting at the table sewing. She was sober, saw Mr. Healey at the wood market yesterday; have not seen him since.
Mary Harrigan sworn: I have known deceased for five or six years. I live next door where her body now lies. For the last year or two she has lived by begging. Last time I saw her was Sunday evening coming out of Healey's. She went in again about six, and I have not seen her since. Heard a good deal of noise in Healey's on Monday evening between eight and nine, but being accustomed to it, paid no attention. Heard first of her death this morning.
Dr. Ryall sworn: I have examined the body and find marks of decomposition, but none apparently resulting from external violence. I think deceased has been dead over 24 hours. Could not say positively what has been the immediate cause of death. Suppose it to have been the result of long‑continued intemperance, privation, and exposure to cold.
The jury returned the following verdict: that the said Elizabeth Sullivan came to her death from long‑continued intemperance and privation.
August 24, 1863
MCINTYRE - Died in this city, on the 23rd instant, Margaret E. Mclntyre, daughter of the late John McIntyre, and granddaughter of the late Thomas Gillespy, Esq., aged 16 years and 6 months. The funeral will take place from her uncle's residence (R. B. Beasley), King street, at 3 o'clock p.m. to‑day. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
PEEBLES - Died at Strabane, West Flamborough, on the evening of the 22nd instant, Mr. Robert Peebles, in the 56tb year of his age. The funeral will take place to‑morrow at 10 o'clock a.m. Mr. Peebles was well known to many of our citizens, having been accustomed to visit the market regularly for many years. He made many friends by his obliging disposition, and his loss will be deeply regretted. He was brother of Mr. Matthew Peebles, formerly deputy reeve for West Flamborough.
MCKERLIE - The funeral of the late Mr. Daniel McKerlie will take place to‑day. It will start from his late father's residence, Nelson, at 10 o'clock, and is expected to arrive here about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Those who wish to pay the last respects to the deceased can meet the procession at or near the Desjardins Suspension Bridge.
August 25, 1863
McPhail - Died yesterday, at the residence of Mr. James McKeand, Marion McPhail, a faithful domestic for the last thirteen years in the family. The funeral will take place from Mr. McKeand's residence, corner of James and Bold streets, this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances of deceased are invited to attend.
ARNOLD - Died in this city, on Friday, the 24th instant, Miss Sarah Arnold, aged 25 years. The funeral will take place to‑morrow (Sunday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock p.m. from her late residence, MacNab street near the Railroad Bridge. Friends will please accept this notice.
FONGER - Yesterday morning, an inquest was held on the body of a man named George Fonger who was found dead in his home about six miles from Hamilton on the gravel road leading to Wellington Square. He was an unfortunate drunkard, and on the previous day was seen in a state of intoxication. He died a victim to his own vices, and thereby added another to the long list of rum's poor degraded victims. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the above.
April 27, 1863
QUINTON - It is with sincere regret that we learn of another murder within the County of Huron. The facts are briefly as follows. Two farmers of the Township of Usborne named Thomas Quinton and John Drought have for a considerable time been in dispute about a small gore of land which it will be remembered was settled in our law court a short time ago. On Thursday morning, the 14th instant, they had a quarrel in consequence of the cattle of Drought breaking into Quinton's field. Angry words led to blows when Drought, taking up a stick, struck the other with it, knocking him down, repeating the blow before he could rise. The unfortunate Quinton died on the spot. A young woman named Carroll and a son of Quinton witnessed the occurrence. Drought is a young man and was married last year. Quinton leaves a wife and family. Drought gave himself up, and after examination, was brought to Goderich gaol to await his trial at the next assizes.
WILLIS - Died on the 25th instant, in this city, of consumption, Susanna Willis, wife of Robert Willis, aged 43 years. The funeral will leave her husband's residence, Market street, to‑day at 4 o'clock.
April 29, 1863
CROOKS - Died at West Flamborough, on the 27th instant, Ellen Eliza Crooks, youngest daughter of the late James Crooks, jr. The funeral will take place on this (Thursday) afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.
April 30, 1863
CONNOR - We regret to learn that Judge Connor died yesterday afternoon after a short illness. Dr. Connor was recently elevated to the Bench to fill the vacancy caused by the demise of Judge Burns.
May 1, 1863
CLARK - Died in this city, on the 29th April, Mrs. Clark, wife of James Clark, aged 41 years. The funeral will take place this (Friday) afternoon at 3½ o'clock from Mr. Clark's residence, MacNab street between King and Main. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
May 5, 1863
ASKIN - Died at Strabane, near Windsor, C.W., on Sunday, April 28th, Monique, wife of Charles Askin, Esq., aged 64 years.
May 6, 1863
ROBINSON (Brantford) - Last evening, while some boys were fishing at Mr. James Moore's dam, they discovered something floating down the stream, and on throwing down their lines across it and bringing it to shore, proved to be the body of a boy. Some parties here being aware that a son of Mr. Robinson of Paris was drowned at the Paris bridge about two weeks ago, at once telegraphed to Mr. Robinson who immediately came to Brantford and on examination of the body in the dead house, identified the boy.
MCFETRIDGE - Another of those cases which of late have been so frequent, sudden death through the use of intoxicating liquors, occurred in this city on Monday evening. The victim this time was named Mrs. McFetridge and kept a small groggery on Lind street between John and Hughson. An inquest was held yesterday by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, and the evidence given shows that the place kept by deceased was, to say the least, of very doubtful character. It was proved to be the constant resort of idle young men who often remained there night and day. We give below a portion of the evidence which will suffice to show the habits of deceased.
Jane Smith sworn: Knew the deceased; live next door; have not seen her alive since last Friday afternoon. She seemed perfectly well then. Yesterday about half past four in the afternoon, a daughter of deceased came into my house very much excited and said that her mother was dead. Went into her house and found that such was the fact. She was lying on the bed on her right side. She was not quite cold. Deceased had been addicted to the use of intoxicating drinks.
Ann Oaks sworn: Has known deceased for the past twelve years. She had been in the habit of getting intoxicated for the last eighteen months. Has not seen her lately. Was called on to go and see her after she was dead. Heard last Saturday that she was drinking. Helped to lay out deceased. She did not then smell liquor nor were there any marks of violence upon the body.
Anne Omand gave similar testimony to the last witness.
Annie McFetridge sworn: Am a daughter of deceased. She was 47 years of age. Saw her alive on Friday night about eight o'clock. She appeared to be well in health, but she had been drinking. She had been in the habit of drinking occasionally to excess for the last two years. Heard nothing more about her until she was dead.
Mary McFetridge sworn: Am a daughter of the deceased. She occasionally got tipsy. Noticed that she had been drinking on Thursday last but she was all right next morning. On Sunday morning she again commenced to drink and got worse towards evening. Kept her from getting it as much as possible. Slept with her that night in order to look after her. She was awake most of the night, but seemed to he better in the morning. Thomas Flynn, John Bell, and John McMullen stopped in the house all Sunday night.
Witness went to sleep about four o'clock, and when she awoke found deceased sitting in the bar‑room quite drunk. This was after ten o'clock. Deceased was sitting on the floor beside the whiskey barrel with a small measure beside her. Got John Bell to assist in getting her to bed. She did not leave bed again. Saw her last about an hour and a half before she was found dead and gave her a drink of gruel. She did not complain of any pain, but said she would lie down and take a sleep. The next thing was John Bell went into the bedroom and came out and said she was gone. She used to eat opium, but had not any in the house for six weeks.
John Bell testified that he slept in the house of deceased on Saturday and Sunday nights. Put her to bed once, and saw her put again to bed by John McInerny. The last time she was dead drunk.
May 9, 1863
Bass - The last tribute of respect to all that was mortal of Charles Bass, the Comedian, was paid yesterday by a few friends. He was buried in the cemetery on the beautiful and picturesque Burlington heights. The Christian rites of sepulture were performed according to the ritual of the church of his native England by the rector of Hamilton, Rev. J. G. Geddes.
MONTGOMERY - We regret to learn that the mate of the “Bowmanville” lost his life yesterday morning in the Bay. The boat was coming up about 1 a.m., and when nearly opposite Brown's wharf, a cry was heard. A boat was lowered and search was made, but with no result. On arriving at the wharf, it was ascertained that the mate was missing. All day yesterday men were engaged in dragging the Bay, but the body has not yet been recovered. His name was Montgomery, and we believe he has left in Kingston a wife and seven children.
June 2, 1863
UNNAMED WOMAN - On Sunday morning, a woman, residing in the west end of the city, died very suddenly through the effects of dissipation. It is stated that shortly before her death she drank a large quantity of whiskey, the effects of which her system, broken down by long‑continued dissipation, could not withstand, and she went to her last account, another victim of alcohol.
June 6, 1863
DEAN - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, Maria Teresa Matilda, second child of Thomas Dean, Esq., aged 2 years and 2 months. The funeral will take place from her father's residence to‑morrow (Sunday) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend.
June 10, 1863
WIARD - Died at the residence of William A. Cooley, Ancaster, on Tuesday, the 9th instant, Lucinda, relict of the late William Wiard, aged 67 years. The funeral will take place on Friday next from the residence of Mr. Cooley, Ancaster, at eleven o'clock in the forenoon. Friends are requested to attend without further notice.
MURPHY - Died in Buffalo, on the 8th June, Maria Hale, wife of John Murphy. The funeral will take place at half past three o'clock to‑day from her father's residence, corner of Peel and Wellington streets. Friends and acquaints sees are requested to attend.
June 11, 1863
MILLIGAN - Died at London, on the 10th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Richard Milligan, Great Western Railway.
MARSHALL - An inquest was held in Ancaster yesterday at the hotel of Richard L. Irving by Dr. Orton, coroner, on the body of Thomas Marshall, an Englishman who had been working at Mr. Crane's woollen factory. The verdict rested chiefly on the evidence of Dr. Rutherford of Dundas who stated, after having made a post mortem examination, that deceased came to his death from the breaking of a blood vessel.
June 12, 1863
BRERETON - Died at the Rectory of the Church of the Ascension, in this city, the residence of the Rev. John Hebden, on the 9th instant, Catherine Brereton, aged 64 years, daughter of Joshua Brereton, M.D., of Tullamore, Kings's County, Ireland.
June 16, 1863
BALDERSTON - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Isabella, youngest daughter of Mr. William Balderston, aged 3 years and 6 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral to‑day (Tuesday) from the residence of Mr. Balderston, corner of John and Augusta streets.
JARVIS - Died at No. 10 Park Quadrant, Glasgow, on the 22nd ultimo, in her 78th year, Jane Milligan, widow of Robert Jarvis, Esq., merchant, Glasgow, daughter of the late William Milligan, Esq., of Carlibar, Renfrewshire, and mother of Mrs. Isaac Buchanan, wife of the member for this city.
June 17, 1863
YOUNG - Died in this city, on the 15th instant, Jessie Redpath, daughter of Mr. William Young, aged 3 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her father's residence, corner of West avenue and King William street, on Wednesday, at 3 o'clock p.m.
June 20, 1863
NELSON - Dr. Wolfred Nelson, inspector of prisons, died at Montreal, on Wednesday, at the age of 71. His adventures fill a prominent page in Canadian history.
June 22, 1863
ROBBIE - Died at Egremont, C.W., on the 16th instant, after a long and painful illness, Mr. Archibald Robbie, much regretted by all who knew him.
June 24, 1863
O'GARA (Ottawa) - It becomes our painful duty to again chronicle a sad accident from drowning. The facts of the case as elicited before the coroner are as follows. On Thursday last, Mr. Michael O'Gara, one of the theological students of St. Joseph's College of this city, went with the other ecclesiastical students of the above establishment to bathe in the Rideau river. The deceased, wishing to cross the river, had got to about the middle thereof when he returned to his companions who had remained near the edge of the water and complained of having struck his foot against a stone. After some minutes, he again attempted to carry his design of crossing the river into effect and got as far as the middle of the river when he was seen to plunge several
times, his companions being at the time about twenty‑five yards from him. None of them knew how to swim, and lamentable to relate, saw him plunge for the last time to rise no more without being able to afford him any assistance. After some hours of diligent search, the body was recovered and immediately conveyed to the college where an inquest was held by Coroner Patterson and a verdict of accidental death returned. The deceased, as we learn, was a young man of amiable and promising disposition. He had come last year from Milwaukee, United States, and was prosecuting his studies for the ecclesiastical state at St. Joseph's College in this city. His untimely death has cast a gloom over his companions and small circle of friends in this city. After the solemn services of the Catholic Church, his remains were conveyed to their last resting place on yesterday evening.
June 26, 1863
SULLIVAN - An inquest was held in Quebec on Monday last on the body of James Sullivan who died in the Marine Hospital on Saturday night in consequence of a wound inflicted by James Baker. A verdict of murder against the prisoner was the result.
GOODCHILD - The London “News” says that the body of Mr. William Goodchild was found dead on Tuesday morning at six o'clock on Lot 77, North Street Range, Westminster. On Monday he was employed chopping rails, and to all appearances he had ceased work, placed his axe in a safe place, and was on his way home. No scratch or bruise was visible on his body to lead to the supposition that deceased came to his death by foul play. He was about 35 years of age, a native of England, and had always enjoyed excellent health.
VIRTUE - The Montreal “Transcript” says: On Friday night a gentleman named Virtue, residing in Hamilton, C.W., whilst labouring under delirium tremens, leaped from a third‑storey window of the Ottawa Hotel. He was picked up bleeding and fearfully bruised with his thigh broken. He was carried at once to the English Hospital where he died on Monday morning.
CLARKSON (London) - We regret to announce the death of a young man named Charles Clarkson, formerly a resident of this city. From what we can learn, the deceased, who was a brakesman on the Grand Trunk Railway, was attempting to jump on Engine 11 while it was in motion, opposite Messrs Gooderham and Worts mills, yesterday morning. He got jammed between the engine and tender so severely that he died from the injuries received.
SHERIDON - We regret to have to record the death of Mr. Thomas Sheridon, J.P., of Megantie, which occurred at Rt. Ferdinand D'Halifax on Thursday last. It seems that a quarrel arose
between a number of “habitants” after the close of the polls relative to the good or bad qualities of a horse. Blows soon followed words, and a general fight ensued, in the course of which a stone was thrown by some person in the affray which struck Mr. Sheridon on the back of the head, causing instant death.
BOSSON (Brantford) - The supposed murderer of Elizabeth Bosson, William John, was arrested on Sunday last, the 14th instant, by High Constable Peatman, with the assistance of three other constables, at his grandmother's residence, Mohawk Flats, near this town, and was safely conveyed to jail where he awaits his trial at the coming assizes for this county.
June 27, 1863
MCLEAN - An inquest was held on the evening of Saturday, 20th instant, before Dr. Freeman, coroner, at Mr. Doherty's blacksmith shop, 4th line, Trafalgar, on the body of Mr. Andrew McLean, a respectable farmer near Omand. A post mortem examination was made by Dr. McNiece, and the jury, after a careful consideration of all facts, returned the following verdict: That deceased died from inflammation of the stomach and bowels brought on by insufficient food, undue use of stimulants, and exposure.
CALL - A man, named Angus Call or Clarke, in the employment of the Hon. James Skead, was struck by lightning and instantly killed at Arnprior during the heavy thunder‑storm which passed over that village on Monday last. Another man, George McKeraghan, standing near Call at the time he was killed, was knocked into the water by the same stroke, but escaped without injury.
STEACY - On Friday last, the body of a trackman, named Steacy, was found lying on the rail track at Brockville. It would appear that he had been run over by the train passing westward at half past twelve.
MOUNTAIN - A woman of the name of Mountain, wife of William Mountain, of Nouvelle street, Montcalm ward, St. Catharines, died suddenly on Saturday evening last from the treatment received at the hands of Walter Mountain, her step‑son. In the meantime, the step‑son has been committed to jail.
June 29, 1863
DORSEY - An elderly man by the name of Dorsey, lately from the Township of Bertie, ha d been for the last few weeks in the employment of John McCausland, Esq., of Malahide. On Wednesday last, working on the road with a team of oxen, at dinner‑time, the oxen became
unmanageable and ran down a steep hill with the old man and a little boy belonging to W.P. Tyrell, Esq. on the waggon. The little boy stuck tenaciously to the waggon, but the old man was thrown out by a violent concussion against a log. The hind wheel came with full force upon his face, fracturing the bridge of his nose, eyebrow, and cheek bones in a fearful manner. He survived the accident only thirty‑six hours.
July 2, 1863
BOYLE - Died at London, C.W., on the 29th ultimo, Ann, wife of Mr. John Boyle, blacksmith, G.W.R., aged 44 years. Deceased was a native of Greenock, Scotland.
LARCOQUE (Ottawa) - An inquest was held on Thursday at 2 o'clock p.m. on the body of the murdered man, Larcoque, at the scene where the deed was perpetrated. The deceased was not shot as was previously reported. He was stabbed on the side of the face, his neck cut, and the back part of his head badly battered as if beaten with a bludgeon. The head was opened and examined by Dr. Church of Aylmer who accompanied the coroner. He testified that the man came to his death from the effects of the injuries inflicted, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance. The man, Laderoute, it is said, has confessed to the deed, and it is also said that the cries of the murdered man brought two parties to the scene in time to see the murderer throw his victim into the creek.
July 3, 1863
MORRISSEY - An inquest was held yesterday by Dr. Mackintosh on the body of a man named Michael Morrissey who died very suddenly and under suspicious circumstances the previous evening. It appears the deceased and another man named John Sheehan (both in the employment of Mr. Routh, forwarder) got into a scuffle on Tuesday night, during which the former was kicked in the abdomen by the latter. Shortly afterwards, he was taken very ill, and the following afternoon Dr. Rosebrugh was called, but medical aid was of no avail, and he died about twenty minutes past eight the same evening. The following is the evidence given at the inquest.
Henry Holmwood, clerk for Mr. Routh, said he was in that gentleman's garden, foot of MacNab street, on Tuesday evening when the scuffle took place between deceased and Sheehan. They were both getting grass for their horses, and the affair commenced by their taking grass from each other, as it appeared to him, in fun. They afterwards proceeded to wrestle and clinched, Sheehan trying to trip deceased who had hold of the former's leg. Deceased threw Sheehan who, however, fell or top of him. I did not see any blows struck. They then went to the stable together with the grass, accompanied by William Russell, and I followed in a few minutes to
prevent any more quarrelling. I was only about two minutes in the stable when deceased started to go home. Did not think there was anything the matter with the deceased who made no complaint of being injured. Did not see him in life afterwards. Both were a little in liquor. Heard that they had had words the same afternoon in the city.
William Russell stated that he was sent, about seven o'clock on Tuesday evening to mow grass for the horses; saw deceased and Sheehan scuffling, apparently in fun. Did not pay much attention to them. Deceased thought Sheehan was taking too much of the grass and in trying to take some from him, tore his shirt. Did not see them fall, but saw them on the ground , deceased being under. Went to the stable with them. They did not quarrel there. Deceased was in the stable about fifteen minutes. Left the stable with deceased and went part of the way home with him. On the way home, he complained that he had been hurt by Sheehan, but added he did not like to say so at the time. About an hour afterwards, deceased's wife came to witness' house and asked him to come and sit up with deceased, went and remained about four hours. Deceased appeared to he suffering very much.
Maria Kelly, mother‑in‑law of deceased, said she saw him on Wednesday afternoon. The lower part of his body was much swollen and he seemed to be very ill. The same evening between six and seven o'clock, in the presence of Mr. R. Cameron, deceased said he got a blow in the abdomen from Sheehan and that it was sufficient to kill a horse. He said frequently that he had been kicked by Sheehan.
James Ford, constable, said that on Wednesday afternoon, he received information that deceased had been hurt by a kick. Went to his house between five and six in the evening ard saw him. Asked him how it occurred. He stated in reply that Sheehan had got grasses for his horses, and when he came a second time, deceased prevented him, that they had a scuffle, and deceased was thrown down twice, and that on approaching a third time, Sheehan kicked him in the bowels. Deceased did not think at the time it would amount to anything, but during the night, the place got very painful. He was quite conscious when witness was with him and did not appear to think he was dying. He died shortly after eight o'clock.
Dr. J. W. Rosebrugh said that on Wednesday afternoon about two o'clock, he was called to see Morrissey. Found him suffering great pain in the bowels. Asked him if he had met with any accident. Deceased said he had been kicked in the bowels, but did not mention who had done so. Prescribed for him and told him he was in great danger. Saw him again about half past seven in the evening. He was then much easier, but the surface skin was cold, there was no pulse at the wrist, and he was fast sinking. Told him to send for a clergyman at which he appeared much surprised. In the course of the conversation, he said he thought he would have the man
arrested. He died about twenty minutes past eight. Made a post mortem examination this morning. After describing the general condition of the body, the Doctor went to say: Upon opening the abdominal cavity, the peritoneum was found highly injected, both on the parietal and visceral surface, more particularly that portion covering the lower portion of the abdominal wall and the smaller intestines. This injected appearance extended upward to and over the stomach. There was considerable serious effusion in the abdominal cavity and many pieces of fatty matter lying upon the intestines. There were extensive traces of lymph over the intestines, gluing them together, adhesion having already taken place. All this was the result of the inflammatory action which had taken place. A portion of the intestine lying in the lower part of the abdomen was more highly injected and inflamed than other portions.
In this region the peritoneum was softer and more easily torn than elsewhere. Three openings were found in this portion of the small intestine, in a space less than inch in diameter. One of them would admit the entrance of a goose quill. Through these openings, the contents of the bowels were escaping into the abdominal cavity. Immediately behind this perforated intestine and lying over and against the last lumbar vertebrae was a black spot about two inches in diameter. I, therefore, conclude that the man must have received a severe blow which carried the bowel against the vertebrae and produced the ruptures. The appearances found are quite sufficient to account for the man's death and had all apparently been produced by recent violence.
Dr. John A. Mulle, who assisted at the examination, concurred with the previous witness.
After a brief discussion, the jury found that deceased came to his death from injuries received in a scuffle with John Sheehan, but the jury acquit Sheehan of any intention of doing the deceased any bodily harm.
The coroner bound over Sheehan on his own recognizance to appear‑when called upon to answer any charge that might be preferred against him.
The deceased has left a wife and three young children.
July 5, 1863
POPE - His Worship, the Mayor of Quebec, Thomas Pope, Esq., died on Monday afternoon. The “Chronicle” remarks; “It is with deep regret that we have to record to‑day the death of our worthy and indefatigable Mayor, Mr. Thomas Pope. He was one of the few and fortunate men who acquire many friends and make no enemies. Ably, and with slight exceptions from public approbation, he has served a double term of the Mayoralty. The citizens have few among their public men who stood higher in their estimation or who more worthily enjoyed their confidence. Mr. Pope has been a severe sufferer from the disease which has terminated so fatally. The deceased gentleman leaves a large number of friends and relations who will deplore his loss.
MCGRAY - On Tuesday, at Point St. Charles, Mr. Michael McGray had a quarrel with his wife who, it is stated, was in liquor. Blows ensued between them, from the effects of which she is supposed to have died. Her husband was taken into custody, and the coroner notifed. An inquest has been held.
CAVANAUGH - John Cavanagh, who was convicted of manslaughter in London in 1859 and sentenced to the penitentiary, died there last week. He murdered his wife in the Township of Williams.
KELSO - On Thursday last, a lad, aged seven years, son of Mr. Kelso, was, sad to relate, drowned in the creek just below the Old Mill Dam in Dundas. He was a1one at the time and was engaged fishing.
GRAHAM - A boy named George Graham was drowned in Toronto Bay while bathing on Wednesday forenoon.
DEACON - A daughter of D. Deacon, Esq., Iona, was drowned in a water barrel last week. The father of the child was away from home when the melancholy accident occurred.
MAISONVILLE - The Essex “Record” relates the following. On Saturday last, an elderly man, named Clovis Maisonville, died in Sandwich East under circumstances which seem to justify an investigation. According to the statements of his neighbours, it appears that deceased, who was a friend of Mr. O'Connor's, was taken by some of his friends who favoured Rankin, made drunk, and kept locked up and well plied with whiskey so as to prevent him from exercising his franchise in favour of Mr. O'Connor. He died, and on Sunday was buried. If this is not murder, what is it? This is a fair sample of the morality of the party.
YORK (Kingston) - A brutal murder was committed near Tamworth, in the Township of Sheffield on Sunday evening last, the victim being the daughter of Mr. Richard York. It appears that the young woman left her father's house to visit her uncle who lives not far distant, and was not seen alive again. A diligent search after the missing girl resulted the next morning in finding the dead body not far from her father's house, covered over with brush. The head was badly crushed, and it was also discovered that the unfortunate girl's person had been violated. A young man named Fralick has been committed on a coroner's warrant, charging him with the murder, and he was lodged in the County Jail on Wednesday morning.
JOHNSTON (Ottawa) - A melancholy accident occurred at the Sapper's Bridge in this city on Tuesday morning. A young man named John Johnston of Aylmer in the employ of Moses Holt while driving the stage over the bridge, the vehicle came in contact with the stone work causing the driver to fall between the horses' feet, From the injuries which he received, he survived but a few moments.
July 7, 1863
RUSE - On Friday, a little boy, four years old, named Ruse, son of Charles Ruse, Adelaide street west, Toronto, accidentally fell out of a waggon at the corner of King and Tecumseh streets and sustained such injuries that he died on Saturday night.
July 8, 1863
KELLOGG - Died at the Parsonage, Eastwood, on the 6th instant, Henrietta Lucy, wife of the Rev. S. Benson Kellogg, and youngest daughter of James Tremaine, Esq., of Halifax, N.S. The funeral will take place to‑day, the 8th instant, at 3 o'clock p.m. from the residence of Alfred Stow, Esq., corner of James and Vine streets, Hamilton.
WARD - An inquest was held on Saturday last on the body of an elderly man named Ward, formerly a resident of Wardsville and after whom that village was named. The deceased was found in the river in the vicinity of the residence of the Hon. E. Leonard by some soldiers of the 63rd Regiment. His trousers and shirt were on, and other evidence adduced fairly warranted the jury in concluding that the unfortunate man had committed suicide. The deceased at one time was very well off, but has been brought to an untimely grave by continued drunkenness.
WILSON, CROOKS - The Bowmanville “Statesman” records the sudden death of Ann Jane Wilson of that town. She was apparently in perfect health a quarter of an hour before her death.
The other is that of an old man named James Crooks from the Township of Manvers. He came to this town for the purpose of renting a farm from Mr. James Welsh. After breakfast, he went to Mr. Welsh's house, sat down, and took a smoke, after which he asked for a drink of water which was given him. Immediately after which he exclaimed, MMy God! What is the matter with me?”, raised up off his chair, pulled off his coat, went to the door, and immediately dropped dead.
July 9, 1863
CRAWFORD - Died in Saltfleet, on the 8th instant, John W. Crawford, son of Patrick Crawford, aged 44 years. The funeral will leave the residence, near Stoney Creek, on Friday, at one p.m.
Friends are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
WAITE - Died in this city, on the 8th instant, Hannah, wife of Mr. John Waite, aged 80 years. The funeral will leave the residence, corner of Mulberry and MacNab streets, at four o'clock this afternoon. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
July 10, 1863
WELCH - A private of the 30th Regiment named James Welch was drowned in Toronto Bay on Tuesday last while bathing. His body was subsequently recovered.
WHITE - Sapper John White of the Royal Engineers committed suicide on Monday last in Montreal while suffering from delirium tremens.
DOWNS - A native of Ireland named Edward Downs died in Montreal on Monday last at the advanced age of 111 years.
HUTCHISON - Mr. John Hutchison, merchant of Toronto and formerly mayor of that city, died at Metis, C.E., on Thursday, July 2.
ORPHAN - A tavern keeper in Toronto, named Samuel Orphan, died on Tuesday from an overdose of laudanum administered by his wife on the previous evening. It appears that the deceased had been much addicted to the use of liquors, and was suffering from delirium tremens.
CLARK, MORRISON - A couple of fine little boys aged about six years, one a son of Mr. William Clark, and the other a son of Mr. David Morrison of York were drowned in the Grand River on Friday last while bathing with several other boys.
CARTER - Last week a daughter of Mr. Thomas Carter of North Shefford was accidentally killed by the falling of a tree. It seems that her father was chopping in the woods, and unknown to him, she approached just as the tree was falling.
July 11, 1863
HARFORD - A little boy named Thomas Harford was drowned at Centreville on Sunday evening.
DELISLE - On Sunday last, a little boy, nearly two years old, the son of Mr. Joseph DeLisle of Ecureuile, was accidentally drowned in a pond near his father's house.
July 13, 1863
UNNAMED MAN - On Wednesday afternoon, a strange man was passing along Commissioner street, Montreal, and he suddenly fell near Jacques Cartier Square. The police, being notified, the attendance of Dr. Picault was immediately procured who at once sent the unfortunate man to the General Hospital where he died shortly after his entrance.
OGILVIE - Mr. F. Ogilvie, a well‑to‑do farmer, was drowned on Saturday evening last in the Scugog river about eight miles north‑west of Lindsay. He leaves a large number of friends and relation to mourn his loss. He was president of the Agricultural Society of the Township in which he lived.
PARKER - On Tuesday, a raftsman named John Parker, who was on his way to Quebec with some timber, was suddenly seized with a fit and fell down on the raft which was lying above the Chaudiere slides to the surprise of his fellow‑workmen. He expired in a few minutes afterward. An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict of death by apoplexy returned.
PARK - Mr. William Park, one of the firm of Park Bros, of Cornwall, committed suicide by drowning himself in the St. Lawrence on Monday last. He was labouring under a fit of temporary insanity.
July 15, 1863
BLACKWELL - Mr. Blackwell, late managing director of the Grand Trunk Railway, died at London on the 25th June, in the 44th year of age.
July 16, 1863
WALKER - Died at Oneida, County of Haldimand, on the 11th instant, Mr. Robert Walker, aged 44 years.
LECLAIRE - On Saturday morning, a man named LeClaire, while in the act of opening a carriage door to allow a gentleman to alight, coughed, and fell dead on the spot. (Montreal)
RENAUD - We are informed that one day during lest week, the wife of a man named Michael Renaud of the parish of St. Damase, leaped into a well with her infant child, and both were drowned. She had been suffering from mental aberration for some time previous.
TASSIE - Dr. Mackintosh held an inquest yesterday on the body of Hugh Tassie who fell off the steamer “Huron” on Monday evening near the MacNab street wharf. Several witnesses were examined, but none of them saw him fall over.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental drowning. The deceased, we believe, was cousin to the Hon Robert Spence.
July 18, 1863
D'ESCHAMBAULT - Among those who fell in the attack on Port Hudson, May 17th, was a young man from Montreal, Theodore D'Eschambault, son of Dr. D'Eschambault of St. Mary's street. Young D'Eschambault enlisted in the Duryea's Zouaves at New York last year and soon, by all gentlemanly deportment and good qualities as a soldier, received the appointment of Sergeant and Secretary to the officer commanding his company. He was killed while supporting as Colour Sergeant the colours of the Regiment.
DENAUD - A young French Canadian belonging to the parish of St. Jean was accidentally killed in an explosion in a cannon foundry in Troy, N.Y., where the unfortunate young man was working. His remains have been brought back to his native place for interment.
July 20, 1863
MACKINTOSH - Died on Saturday, the 19th instant, Colina Georgina MacRae, aged 8 months, daughter of Dr. Mackintosh. The funeral takes place this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend.
SHEPHERD (Paris) - On Wednesday afternoon, Thomas Shepherd, while working on the roof of a barn, fell through a hole, a distance of thirty‑nine feet, alighting first on a beam and then on a heap of stones. He was killed on the spot.
July 23, 1863
DOYLE (Toronto) - About one o'clock yesterday morning, an unfortunate accident occurred on the bay by which a young man named John Doyle was drowned. It appears that the deceased in company with another young man named Lait started for the island in a small boat, and when they had got about half way across the bay, the boat was upset by striking against a log which was floating in the water. When the two men found themselves in the water, they got hold of the log, the boat having drifted away from them. Doyle swam to the boat to keep it from drifting still further off, and for some ten or fifteen minutes he remained close enough to his companion to speak to him, the boat gradually moving off. The boat was subsequently found, but poor Doyle had perished. Lait got ashore on the log two hours after the sad occurrence. Up to a late hour last night, the body of Doyle had not been discovered by those who were engaged in dragging the bay for it. He resided in the east end of the city.
POULIOT (Quebec) - A boatman named Pouliot was drowned on Friday evening last under the following circumstances. His boat was being towed by a steamer which also had in tow a large vessel, the boat being between the steamer and the boat. The tow line struck the mast of the boat, capsizing it, and throwing deceased, with another man, into the water. Pouliot never rose after sinking the first time. The other man was saved by clinging to the boat. The body has not yet been recovered.
MCKETCHEN - Yesterday morning, Coroner Bull held an inquest on the body of the woman, McKetchen, whose sudden death we have already announced. The evidence showed that she had been drinking freely for several days and that death was produced by suffocation while in a state of intoxication. The jury returned verdict in accordance with the above facts.
July 27, 1863
PICKARD - Died July 13th, Mr. Benjamin Pickard, aged 55 years.
July 28, 1863
PICKARD - The body of Mr. Benjamin Pickard, long a resident of this city, who has been advertised as missing for some time past, was found in the Fifteen Mile Creek on Monday, the 20th instant. He disappeared on the 12th, and from the appearance the body presented, it is supposed he must have drowned the following day. Mr. Pickard has been insane for several months, and there is no evidence to show how he got into the creek, whether intentionally or accidentally.
July 29, 1863
MCLEAN - The Toronto “Leader” says that on Friday evening, County Detective Lambert and Detective Crown arrested two men, respectively John and Edward McQuaide, and two women and Mrs. McLean on suspicion of having been accessory to the supposed death by violence of one Brian McLean, the husband of the last named woman, on or about the 19th of May last. It appears that McLean was missed on the night of the 18th or 19th of May from his residence in the neighbourhood of Col Well's hill, but no suspicion fell upon any party with regard to his death until the discovery of the dead body of a man floating in the bay at the foot of Scott street about a month ago. An inquest was held upon the body, but as no person came forward to identify it, it was buried. Since that time, it had been suspected that this was the body of the missing man, McLean. The detectives went to work, and ascertained that upon the night he was missing, he was engaged in a row at the house of the McQuaides, near his own residence, and
that some of the neighbours had heard a party cry out, “G‑d d‑‑n you. I will give you enough this time to settle you.” The body of the man found in the bay was exhumed several days since by Sergeant‑Major Cummins, when it was discovered that three of his ribs were broken. Mrs. McLean identified the boots found upon him as those belonging to her husband.
UNNAMED SOLDIER (London) - On Saturday night about 12 o'clock a soldier in the Royal Canadian Rifles while on duty deliberately shot himself in the head. On Sunday an inquest was held on the body of the unfortunate man, and a verdict returned to the effect that the deceased committed suicide while suffering from temporary insanity.
July 30, 1863
HOLDEN - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Elizabeth, wife of John Ross Holden, Esq., aged. 45 years. The funeral will take place on Thursday, 30th instant, at 4 p.m. Friends are respectfully requested to attend without further notice.
MORSON - Died on the 29th instant, Frederick Edward, youngest son of Dr. Alfred Morson, of this city, aged 11 months and 9 days.
BURLEIGH - A man named James Burleigh was killed in Ottawa on Sunday last by falling out of a window of the International Hotel while under the influence of liquor.
COLE - The Stratford “Beacon” says that a report is in circulation in Fullarton that Miss Cole, daughter of Mr. Cole on Lot 10 in the 7th concession has come to her death by foul play. It is said that poison had been administered by some one for purpose of procuring an abortion. An inquest has been demanded.
July 31, 1863
WORTHINGTON - Died at Hamilton, on the 30th instant, Georgina Adelaide, only child of George Worthington, Esq., aged 11 months and 19 days. The funeral will take place from Mr. Worthington's residence, Maiden Lare, on Friday, 31st, at 4 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
LAJEUNESSE (Quebec) - A young man named Lajeunesse, while going to St. Saveur, was drowned on Friday at Wolfe's Cove. His body was taken out of the water almost immediately after he had fallen, and, strange to say, it appeared that life was extinct. In a few minutes, however, it became evident that he had breathed his last.
August 1, 1863
O'CONNOR - Died in this city, on Friday, the 31st, after a long and painful illness, Michael O'Connor, aged 64 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, MacNab street, on Sunday at 3 o'clock.
MILLER - Andrew Miller, a prominent citizen of Rochester, N.Y., died on the 25th ultimo, aged 74 years. He had been a lawyer, land surveyor, and editor of a newspaper in Hamilton, C.W., but has resided at Rochester about twenty‑five years. His last journey was made to Chicago to attend the Ship Canal convention.
DOYLE - The body of John Doyle who was drowned in Toronto bay on Tuesday week by the upsetting of a sail boat was found on Thursday last. (See page 50)
August 3, 1863
BURNET - Died at the Manse, Hamilton, C.W., on Friday, 31st July, Fanny, daughter of the Rev. Robert Burnet, aged 5 years and 4 months. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral on Monday morning at 9 o'clock.
August 4, 1863
HASTINGS - Died in this city, on the 3rd instant, after a long and lingering illness, Mr. James Hastings, cabinet maker, aged 49 years. Friends are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, West avenue, on Wednesday at 4 o'clock.
MCMAHON - Drowned in Burlington Bay on the 4th instant, Stephen, son of Mr. Edward McMahon, eight years of age. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, corner of King William and Hughson streets, this afternoon at 3 o'clock. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.
August 5, 1863
MCMAHON - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest last evening on the remains of a boy, between eight and nine years of age, named McMahon, who was drowned in Burlington Bay the same afternoon about four o'clock. It appeared from the evidence that, along with several companions, he was bathing off the Clay wharf, foot of John street. He could not swim and remained on a pile of stones holding on to the crib with his hands while his companions were out, in deep water. On their return, they found that he had disappeared and were in doubt
whether or not he had gone home. A young lad, named Charles Foster, then dived near where he was last seen, and after several attempts, succeeded in finding the body and bringing it ashore. Drs. Ridley and Mullin, who were in the Hospital at the time, were immediately sent for and used every effort to restore animation, but without avail. The body had been in the water about twenty minutes, so that life was extinct before it was rescued. The boy was a son of Mr. E. McMahon, saloon keeper, corner of King William and Hughson streets. The jury, after hearing, the evidence, returned a verdict of accidental drowning.
August 6, 1863
BARNES - A scuffle took place on board a vessel at Kingston the other day between a Mr. Barnes and Mr. L. Lebvre during which the latter shoved Barnes off the vessel into the water, and before assistance could be rendered, he drowned. A coroner's jury sent Lebvre to take his trial at the ensuing assizes.
BRADLEY - A little boy, between five and six years of age, named Denis Bradley, residing in Champlain street, Quebec, was accidentally killed on Friday afternoon at the Champlain wharf. It appears that the deceased was in a canoe alongside the pontoon when in consequence of a movement of the steamers next to the steamer “L'Etoile” which was lying against the pontoon was jammed against the canoe, crushing the frail craft and instantly killing the unfortunate child.
BECK - An old man named Beck, a tailor, residing on the Waterloo road, was killed on the Great Western Railway on Saturday last.
GIBBARD - We learn by telegraph that last night the steamer “Ploughboy” arrived at Collingwood with the dead body of Mr. Gibbard on board. It was found ten miles below Little Current. No particulars of the discovery or appearance of the body have reached us.
LEDUC - Dominique Leduc, aged about 80 years, was killed by lightning, on Friday afternoon, July 30th, while ploughing on his farm on the 2nd concession, Townshin of Sandwich East. He was very highly esteemed by his neighbours. One of the oxen attached to the plough was also killed by the same stroke.
August 7, 1863
SIMONS - Died on the 22nd ultimo, at Harewood House, Brighton, England, Sarah, widow of the late Henry Simons, Esq., of Tyersah House, Yorkshire, England.
GOODMAN - We regret to record the death, on Tuesday, at Grimsby, of a soldier by drowning. He was named William Goodman and belonged to Company No. 4 of the P.C.O. Rifle Brigade. We learn that, along with a large number of comrades, he was swimming in the lake, and that when they returned to land, he was missing. A search was immediately made and his body recovered, but life was extinct. It is supposed he had been seized with cramps while swimming.
August 8, 1863
LIDDELL (Montreal) - On Friday last, William Liddell, for some time employed in collecting and burying dead animals found in the streets, was bitten on one of the eyebrows by some kind of insect, believed a fly, while in the exercise of his useful but disagreeable calling. The part immediately became swollen and painfully irritated, and next morning, the eye was almost covered by a lump of inflamed flesh. Several remedies were applied but without effect, as the swelling, continued to increase, proceeding down one side of the face which enlarged to extraordinary proportions. Finally the unfortunate man was sent to the General Hospital on Monday, but in spite of all that could be done, his condition became gradually worse till death freed him from suffering.
HARRIS - A few days since, we had occasion to chronicle the sudden disappearance of William Harris, Esq., for many years Clerk of the Division Court at Iona, and Justice of the Peace in the County of Elgin. Now it is our melancholy duty to record the recovery of the lamented gentleman's body which was found by Mr. Stubs, a farmer, last Friday morning, in a stream of water near Smoke's tavern in the Township of Southwold. By the death of Mr. Harris, the county of Elgin, and particularly the section in which he resided, sustains a great loss as the deceased was possessed of many excellent qualities, and was generally esteemed by the community at large. By his decease, the postmastership of Iona post office is made vacant, and also the Division Court clerkship.
August 10, 1863
MCKENZIE - Died at Wellesley, C.W., on the 5th instant, Bryse Alexander, youngest son of Mr. C. W. E. McKenzie, aged 4 years.
JONES - Died on the 9th August, Elizabeth, wife of William Jones. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral to‑day from the residence, York street, near Bay, at 5 o'clock p.m. without further notice.
MCQUARRIE - On Monday last, while some children were playing near Grain's sawmill close to Fergus, one of them fell into the dam and would have drowned but for the timely assistance of a young woman, aged 17 years, daughter of Mr. McQuarrie. The young woman, it appears, walked on a log to where the child was struggling in the water and while in the act of stooping down, slipped from the log into the river. While standing in the river, she lifted the child up and placed it safely on the log, but could not draw her own feet out of the mud, and every attempt only sank her deeper and deeper until the water covered her over, and in this awful predicament, she was drowned.
GIBBARD - The inquest on the body of Mr. Gibbard was resumed at Collingwood yesterday. Several witnesses were examined but nothing of importance regarding his death was elicited. The Indian upon whom suspicion rests in the case had not been arrested. An effort, however, will be made to take him into custody upon the next upward trip of the steamer “Ploughboy” to Little Current. The “specials” from Barrie were examined yesterday afternoon, and those from this city (Toronto) who were on board the steamer at the time Mr. Gibbard lost his life will be examined to‑day. (See page 54)
August 11, 1863
ASHCROFT - The name of the young man who was drowned in the Bay on Monday night was Edward J. Ashcroft. We learn that he was a native of Manchester, England, and had only been a short time in Hamilton, having come here a few weeks ago from New York to escape the draft. An inquest was held, but nothing was ascertained as to how he fell into the water, and a verdict of accidental death was returned. His remains were decently interred yesterday afternoon by the St. George's Society.
August 13, 1863
GRANT - A widow named Grant was killed on the Great Western Railway yesterday morning about two miles east of the city. It appears that she was walking on the track, and being deaf, did not hear the train approaching which in fact passed over her body, killing her instantly.
CRAIGIE - The funeral of the lamented Dr. Craigie took place yesterday forenoon and was numerously attended by all classes of the community. The Mechics Institute, the Horticultural Society, and the medical and other professions were largely represented. The cortege was a very lengthy one, there being about fifty carriages present besides a large number of persons who followed on foot his remains to their last resting place. The following gentlemen officiated
as pall‑bearers: Mr. Sheriff Thomas; Dr. Hamilton, Flamborough West; Judge Logie; and Messrs James McIntyre, James Mathieson and William Gillespy.
August 17, 1863
LASKIE - Died at Hamilton, on the 15th, Mr. William Laskie, aged 52 years. The funeral will take place from his late residence, York street, at 4 o'clock this day (Monday)
LASKIE - We regret to learn that a fatal accident occurred at the Great Western Railway station here on Saturday evening. It seems that Constable Laskie was shaking hands with a friend who was going West, on an emigrant train at ten p.m., and as the cars were moving off, he jumped but unfortunately fell short of the platform and was jammed between it and the cars. His ribs were smashed inwards, and in two hours, he was a corpse. Mr. Laskie has been employed on the Great Western Railway for a number of years and was an efficient servant.
ROBEAR - At about noon on Wednesday, a little boy, aged between four and five years, while playing in a small boat under the lock in Neal's lumber yard, Chatham, fell into the river and was drowned. His body was recovered in about fifteen minutes after the accident occurred. Deceased was a son of Mr. John Robear.
August 21, 1863
BATES - Dr. Rosebrugh held an inquest last evening on the body of Mary Ann Bates, a married woman, who died on Tuesday night. It appeared from the evidence that she was a woman of abandoned character, kept a house of ill fame on Victoria avenue, and was of dissipated habits. Six witnesses were examined who testified in these facts, and the jury returned a verdict of “Died from long‑continued intemperance”. We believe the deceased leaves two young children.
VINCENT - Intelligence had been received by the Rev. Pere Durocher, the superior in Quebec of the Order of Oblates de Marie, of the accidental drowning of the Rev. Pere Vincent, a member of the Order who was in the Ottawa mission. It appears that the deceased went in on Sunday evening last for the purpose of bathing in the Gatineau river, but unfortunately got beyond his depth and was carried away by the current.
August 22, 1863
NASH - On Tuesday, a fatal accident occurred on the Grand Trunk, east a short distance from the village of Williamsburg. It appears that three little girls, daughters of Mr. Nash, whose house is contiguous to the railway, had strayed on to the track, and were playing on one of the culvert
bridges when the express train from the east came along. The engineer gave the signal to put on the brakes and sounded the whistle. The oldest of the three succeeded in getting clear of the track, but the other two could not get out of the way. The cowcatcher struck the youngest, a little girl between two and three years of age, killing her instantly. Her sister, only a year and a half older, had the toes of her right foot completely severed and the cap of her knee smashed.
PELLETIER - On Monday last, Mr. Franquis E. Pelletier, butcher, residing in Montreal, while bathing with two friends near the mill at Chateauguay, was suddenly seized with cramps, lost consciousness, and was drowned.
UNNAMED SOLDIER - On Saturday last, a private of the Canadian Rifles, one of the look‑out party stationed at Port Dover, was drowned in the lake. He had gone into the water for the purpose of bathing, and although said to he an excellent swimmer, he had scarcely reached the mouth of the harbour when he sank to the bottom. It is supposed he was seized with a cramp.
WALKER - Died on the 20th instant, Margaret, wife of George Walker aged 28 years.
August 24, 1863
THATCHER - We regret to learn that a little boy, about seven years of age, was instantly killed on Friday afternoon on the farm of Mr. Ethelbert Servos, Township of Barton. It appears that the boy, who was named Thatcher, was standing near when some men were loading logs, and that one of the logs fell upon him, crushing him to death.
August 25, 1863
NORTHEY - Died in this city, on Saturday, the 22nd instant, Mary, the beloved wife of George Northey, Esq., aged 70 years.
TUCKER - An inquest was held on Thursday last on the body of a seaman named John Tucker of the “Flier” who had died suddenly on board that vessel while she was on her way to Quebec. A verdict of “death from natural causes” was returned.
BRIERS (London) - A frightful accident occurred on the Great Western Railway about a mile and three quarters from this city yesterday afternoon, resulting in the death of Mrs. Thomas Briers, a woman who has lived in the vicinity of London for years. The particulars of the accident were adduced at the inquest held by Coroner Moore on the body at the Great Western Railway
station, Mr. D. Smith foreman. It appears that the deceased had been about the track all day and had obtained whiskey from a tavern nearby. In the afternoon, the driver of the Express west discovered an object on the track about three hundred and fifty yards ahead. He immediately whistled “on brakes”, but could not stop the train until it had passed the object a distance of three hundred yards. The conductor then despatched one of the brakesmen, who discovered that the object was a woman, of course scarcely recognizable owing to the blood which covered her features. The head was frightfully mangled, the whole of the back part being torn away and the brains scattered over the track, whilst her feet were also horribly bruised. The brakesman also discovered a basket nearby in which was a pair of slippers and an empty bottle. The body was immediately conveyed to the city where it was identified as that of Mrs. Briers, the wife of Thomas Briers, a person formerly employed on the track.
The deceased, we night state, was a miserable creature, and for the past five years has been a habitual drunkard, and a great source of annoyance to many with whom she came in contact. There is no doubt but that she wandered to the track when drunk and lay there insensible to passing events, the result being that while in that state she came to her untimely end, another warning of the fatal consequences of drunkenness. She leaves a husband and several little children to regret the issue of her depraved course.
August 27, 1863
HAMILTON - Died at Southampton, Saugeen, on the 22nd instant, Patrick John Hamilton, in the 46th year of his age.
August 28, 1863
WILSON - A fatal accident occurred on Friday evening lest at Blessing's Old Tavern, Kingston Mills. A little child of a man named Wilson, unable to walk, was smothered in the marsh adjoining the tavern while creeping on all fours after some ducks. It went too far into the marsh and sank in the mud, no one being by to extricate it.
August 29, 1863
HASELDON - Died at Grimsby, on the 15th instant, Richard Haseldon, Esq., late of the city of Montreal, a native of Liverpool, England aged 34 years and 7 months.
ARMSTRONG - Died in this city, on the 28th instant, Margaret, widow of the late Mr. John Armstrong, formerly of Glenzier Hall, parish of Canonbie, Dumfries‑shire, Scotland, aged 55 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from her late residence, Park street, to‑day (Saturday) at 3 o'clock.
September 1, 1863
MACDONELL - Died in this city, on the 31st, Archibald Macdonell, Collector of Inland Revenue, aged 65 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, Hughson street, to‑morrow (Tuesday, 1st Sept.) at 3 o'clock p.m.
TUCKER - Died at his residence, on the Plank Road, Township of Seneca, on the 28th August, Mr. John Tucker, aged 71 years.
September 3, 1863
WEYMS (Brantford) - It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Mrs. Weyms, wife of James Weyms, Esq., mayor of this town, on Tuesday, the 25th instant, aged 43 years. A deep gloom has been cast over the minds of our inhabitants in consequence of the sudden death of the lady. For some time back, she has been labouring under a disease which deprived her entirely of sleep and appetite for the past six weeks. Mental derangement was the result. On the morning of the above day, between the hours of three and four o'clock, she wandered from home unknown to any member of the family, not knowing apparently where she was going. Search was made for her when she was found in a shallow part of the Grand River, lying across a large stone, face downward with her head in the water, life being extinct. She was a young woman, universally respected by all who were acquainted with her, and many are the friends and acquaintances who mourn her untimely death.
September 5, 1863
CLINE - Mr. John Cline, an old and respectable farmer of Boston, in the Township of Townsend, was killed by his bull on Friday last. Mr. Cline, after breakfast, had gone to look after his cattle. As he did not return after dinner time, his family became alarmed, and went in search of him. When found, he had evidently been dead for some time as he was quite cold. The ground around where his bruised and lifeless body lay was torn and scraped, apparently by the feet of the bull, and his body was bruised and blackened as if he bad been trod to death. The bull was a hornless one.
BOON (Picton) - On Friday last, a woman named Mary Boon, who has for years been very peculiar in her habits, owing, it is said to a disappointment in early life, committed suicide by drowning herself in the Bay.
September 10, 1863
O’BEIRNE - Died in Toronto, on the morning of the 9th instant, Martin J. O'Beirne, Esq., grandfather to Dr. O'Dea of this city, in the 77th year of his age.
COFFEY - Died in this city, on the 10th instant, Mary Anne Coffey, aged 20 years and 6 months, daughter of the late Jeremiah Coffey, Esq., of H.M. Customs, Ireland, and niece of M. O'Connor, Esq., merchant of this city. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral on Saturday, the 12th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m., from her uncle's residence, Upper James opposite Augusta.
September 11, 1863
BRADLEY - An old man named Bradley, well known on Burlington Beach, was accidentally killed about nine o'clock last night at Wellington Square under the following circumstances. The deceased, in company with another man, was returning from Oakville and went into the tavern of Mr. Samuel Fish to take his supper. On leaving the dining room, he took the wrong direction in the hall and fell down the cellar way on stairs leading to the kitchen. When taken up, his neck was found to be dislocated. He never spoke and died in a short time.
September 15, 1863
REIL - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, David, son of the late Peter Reil, aged 9 years and 1] months.
STURGEON - Yesterday afternoon, coroner Bull held an inquest in the Police Office on the body of an infant about one year old, named Margaret Sturgeon. From the evidence, it appeared that Jane Sturgeon, the mother of the child, and another woman named Carson, had a dispute about some trifling matter. While they were quarrelling. Mrs. Sturgeon had her infant in her arms, and the woman, Carson, gave her a slight push and she fell, the infant's head striking against the fence and being badly injured. Dr. Ryall held a post mortem examination and stated that the child had every appearance of having been in a very delicate state of health, but he could not state positively whether or not the injuries received by the fall had produced the death. The jury, after a lengthened consultation, returned a verdict to the effect that they could not decide from the evidence before them whether the child had died from the wounds or not.
September 16, 1863
CRAWFORD - Died at Port Dover, on Thursday, the 10th instant, Ann Findlay, relict of the late Alexander Crawford, aged 87 years.
MESKUCHEKAJAN, SOKAN, WOLVERINE - From Mr. John Garnick of Portage LaPrairie, we learn that on the afternoon of the 3rd instant, five Indians were struck dead by lightning at the Upper Portage. Three were men: Meskucheka,jan, Chief's brother; the late Sokan's son; and Summer Wolverine's son. Sokan's son's wife (daughter of Paketaboond) was one of the women killed. A man and a girl were slightly wounded at the same time by t he lightning. The five deaths and the wounded resulted from one lightning stroke.
September 18, 1863
ARMSTRONG - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, William, son of John Armstrong, Market Square, aged 3 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this (Friday) afternoon at 3:30 o'clock.
LYND - Died on the 17th instant, Mr. George F. Lynd, in the 50th year of his age. Friends are respectfully notified that the funeral will take place from his late residence, near the Mountain View Hotel, on Saturday, at 3 o'clock p.m.
September 21, 1863
LYND - It devolved upon us on Saturday in mournful duty to follow to the grave the mortal remains of Mr. George Lynd. Mr. Lynd had been long and popularly known in Hamilton. In the city council some years ago he performed no insignificant part. Of ready utterance and well regulated ideas he did his utmost to check the municipal policy which has since wrought us so much trouble. Coming to this country when very young from his native Ulster, his feelings and associations were almost altogether Canadian. In 1837‑8, he took an active part against the insurgents of that untoward period of our history. Mr. Lynd was many years senior Major of the 8th Battalion of the 7th District Sedentary Militia, and upon all requisite occasions comported himself as a good soldier‑citizen. His absence will cause a void amongst his friends and acquaintances throughout the Province. Apart from his regretful friends, he leaves a mourning widow and six devoted children. We shall say no more, only peace to his ashes.
WHITTAKER - Died at Little Corby, Cumberland, England, on the 3rd August, John Whittaker, in the 73rd year of his age. For the last 30 years, he has been in the employment of the Messrs Dixon of Holme, Eden, by whom he was greatly respected for his industry and quiet disposition.
FLETCHER - A woman named Fletcher, an old offender, and one well‑known at the Police Court, died on Saturday. She had for years been addicted to dissipation and crime, and was one of the most degraded characters in this city. Her death resulted from her long‑continued evil course of living.
September 22, 1863
TAYLOR - Died at Easton‑on‑the‑Hill, Northampton, England, on Monday, August 31st, Eliza, wife of John Taylor, schoolmaster of the parish and parish clerk, and mother of J. T. Taylor, grocer, of this city, aged 64 years.
MALLEY - Died on Sunday, the 20th instant, Catherine Malley, sister of Thomas Malley. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 22nd instant, at 3 o'clock from his residence, James street. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.
WYLD - Died in this city, on the 20th instant, Robert Dudgeon, son of Mr. F. Wyld, aged 2 years and 1 month. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 3 o'clock, from Catherine street, corner of Catharine. Friends are invited to attend without further notice.
MORTON - A fatal accident occurred on the Northern Railway at the Holland's landing station on Tuesday by which a young man named Richard Morton lost his life. It appears that the unfortunate young man, who was in the employ of Mr. Ormsby, boot and shoemaker of Bradford, was on his way to Toronto, and when attempting to jump on the train while in motion, he fell and was run over. The wheel caught him on the foot and passed up the leg and body and over the shoulder. He was fearfully crushed and died within the space of ten minutes.
September 25, 1863
MCINTOSH - Capt. William McIntosh, of the schooner “Florence Howard”, a vessel running between Belleville and Oswego, was accidentally drowned in the bay of the former place on Sunday afternoon by the upsetting of a small boat in which he was returning from a visit to a friend. His body was recovered shortly after the occurrence of the accident.
HOUSTON - General Sam Houston died at his residence in Huntersville, Texas on the 25th of July. He was 70 years of age.
HOPE - A man named Dominic Hope was so severely scalded at Mr. Reardon's mill, St. Catharines, on Saturday last, that he died on Monday after undergoing intense agony.
September 29, 1863
MAGILL - Died at Binbrook, on the 28th instant, Mrs. Henry Magill, aged 47 years.
GLADMAN - We regret to state that on Thursday last, George Gladman, Esq., while walking along the track in front of his house at Port Hope, was run over by the train and cut to pieces, his head being completely severed from his body. Deceased was once in the employ of the Hudson's Bay Company.
October 2, 1863
PARR - On Wednesday forenoon, a boy, some fourteen years of age, named George Parr, was accidentally killed by the cars of the Grand Trunk Railway passing over his body at the Don Bridge station, Toronto, It appears that, as the truck train was slowly passing the station, the boy attempted to jump on one of the cars for the purpose of proceeding a short distance down the track for a stick of cordwood, but unfortunately missed his hold, and falling under the car, the wheel passed over him, cutting his body in two.
October 3, 1863
ROBERTSON - Died at Collingwood, on the 30th September, Mr. John Robertson, printer, formerly of Hamilton, aged 52 years.
We regret being called upon to record the death of Mr. John Robertson, an old member of the printing craft,, and formerly intimately connected with this journal. Mr. Robertson came to Hamilton upwards of twenty years ago, and started in business as a job printer. He afterwards published several newspapers, all of which, however, had but a brief existence. In 1846, he became associated with the late Mr. Smiley in the publication of the “Spectator” where he remained until 1851 when he went to Australia. Returning to Canada, some three or four years since, he was greatly broken down in health, but worked steadily nevertheless in the job office of this paper until last fall when he found it necessary to retire into quiet life. He died at the residence of his son, Mr. Henry Robertson, barrister, at Collingwood, on Wednesday night last. Mr. Robertson was one of the first practising printers in the Province, and was highly respected not only by members of the craft but all with whom he came in contact.
October 6, 1863
MCPHERSON - The Whitby “Chronicle” says that a women named Mrs. McPherson, residing in the Township of Mara, met with a horrible death on Friday last, under the following circumstances. She was out burning brush when her clothes accidentally took fire, and before the poor woman could be rescued from the flames, she was burned to death.
October 7, 1863
COOPER - A man named James Cooper after passing a week in a tavern in Drumbo, part of which time he was suffering from delirium tremens, wandered away on Thursday, and next day was found dead near the schoolhouse.
October 8, 1863
KELLY - The body of Mr. Kelly, the first mate of the “Norwegian” was found floating in the river opposite Quebec on Monday. He was drowned on the 18th September white leaving the steamship “Damascus” and had been in the employment of the Montreal Steamship Company since its formation.
October 10, 1863
MCLEOD - Died on the 8th instant, Mary Isabella, daughter of John and Mary Ann McLeod, aged 5 years and 5 months.
ROONEY (Brockville) - On Friday evening last, a young lad, named Martin Rooney, was returning from the river where he had been to water a colt belonging to Mr. McIntyre. He was leading the colt, and fell over a stump in his way, and his head coming in contact with a stone, his skull was fractured from the effects of which he died on Sunday morning.
October 13, 1863
HOLLAND - Died at Beamsville, on the 8th instant, Martha, youngest daughter of Mr. James Amias, and wife of Mr. George Holland, of Hamilton, in the 2Ath year of her age.
KNEESHAW - Died at Ingersoll, on the 7th instant, Anne, second daughter of R. and Anne Kneeshaw, aged 6 years.
KNEESHAW - Also on the 11th instant, James, only son of R. and Anne Kneeshaw, aged 8 years and 6 months.
October 15, 1863
LEONARD - An inquest was held yesterday evening by Dr. Rosebrugh on the body of a man
named John Leonard, found dead in his own house a few hours previously. It appeared from the evidence that the deceased, along with two women, had been engaged in digging potatoes on York street, and that the trio had provided themselves with a liberal supply of whiskey. In the afternoon, the deceased had to go home, having drunk too much, and some time after was found by his wife dead, kneeling on the floor, and his head resting on the bed. Dr. McIntosh, who was called in, stated that, after an examination, his opinion was the deceased died from suffocation in consequence of hard drinking. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the evidence.
October 17, 1863
DERRICK - A most mysterious murder appears to have been perpetrated in the neighbourhnod of Campbell's Cross, in the Township of Chinguacousy, in the County of Peel, on the night of the 6th instant. On the morning of last Thursday, the body of a man named William Derrick was discovered lying in a ditch on Mr. Haggard's farm near that place. The deceased presented a frightful appearance. He was found with his jaw broken, his skull fractured in two places, and finger marks upon his neck as if for strangulation. Dr. Grant of Brampton immediately held an inquest on the body, but adjourned it until Monday to allow a post mortem examination to be made. From the evidence of the twenty witnesses examined before the jury, the following facts, which go a very short way to solve the dark mystery which surrounds the affair, were elicited. On the night of the 6th, Derrick, who was a farmer labourer, Mr. Robert Campbell his employer, and some others had been drinking in Guy's tavern at the village of Victoria. About 10 p.m., Derrick, Campbell, and one Battersby left the place together, the last named leaving them when he reached his home.
Campbell says that after this while on their way home, Derrick insisted returning to the tavern for more whiskey, and at last, in spite of his efforts to dissuade him, did so, saying that he would either go to Guy's or Battersby's. This was the last seen of him by Campbell who, when be had gone a little further on his way borne, met a man and spoke to him in the dark, thinking he was a neighbour, but received no answer. He soon after looked into Hedley's tavern on passing to inquire for a parcel he expected, and while there, he had something to drink, and spoke about Derrick's leaving him. Nothing unusual was noticed about him at the time. He then went home and left for market next morning early, after giving directions as to what Derrick was to do when he returned, and without expressing any surprise at his absence as his habits were somewhat irregular. Upon hearing of the discovery of the body on Thursday morning, Campbell gave every assistance in his power towards discovering the murderer. Evidence was given to show that there were three men who have not been identified seen near Guy's when Derrick left there.
The jury could not discover that any threats had ever been made by anyone against Derrick. There were appearances of a severe struggle on the top of the bank where the body was found and two pools of blood marked the spot. The watch of the deceased was found near him on the ground with the chain broken into three pieces, and his pocketbook was also found but empty, while it appeared that he had been seen to have a two‑dollar bill at Guy's.
The jury re‑assembled on Monday, sitting that day until midnight, and after spending Tuesday also in the investigation without discovering any evidence to implicate anyone except that Robert Campbel1 was the last person seen with deceased, they thought that the ends of justice would be served by putting Campbell on his trial for the murder. They gave their verdict yesterday, and Campbell was lodged in gaol, and will be tried at the present assizes when Mr. R. Harrison, who appeared for him at the inquest, will defend him. The prisoner is respectably connected and has hitherto borne an irreproachable character, and as might be expected, his arrest upon so grave a charge has caused a great sensation in his neighbourhood. The whole affair is so far most mysterious and unaccountable.
October 19, 1863
RUSH - Died in this city; on the 17th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. John Rush, in the 51st. year of her age. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. Rush, Pearl street, this (Monday) afternoon at half past three o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
October 20, 1863
WILLSON - Died at Ontario, on the 17th instant, Mr. Francis Gore Will son, in his 47th ye; r. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from the residence of the late Hon. John Willson at 11 o'clock this morning.
We regret to learn that Mr. Francis Gore Willson, of Ontario, came to an untimely death on Saturday last while attending his thrashing machine. It appears that he stepped over the cylinder to arrange the belt or some other part of the machinery, and while so engaged, the board covering the cylinder gave way, precipitating him into the back part of it, lacerating and tearing his right foot and leg to the knee in a terrible manner, also breaking and spitting the thigh bone. Drs. Fitch and Woolverton of Grimsby, and Dr. Macdonald of this city were speedily in attendance, but all their efforts were vain, for Mr. Willson expired seven hours after the occurrence of the accident, suffering the most excruciating pair, but bearing it with the greatest fortitude, being sensible to the last moment. Mr. Willson was a brother to Messrs F. B. and J. W. Willson, both well known
in this city. He was of an inventive turn of mind, and the country owes much to his genius in the construction of various kinds of farming implements. He was a clever agriculturist and took great delight in his favourite occupation of farming.
October 21, 1863
LEMON (Kingston) - At an early hour on Saturday morning, two coats, a waistcoat, and a pair of trousers with boots and cap, were found banging on one of the spiles of Kinghorn's wharf, and led to the suspicion that a man bad committed suicide by drowning. Information was at once given to the police, two of whom immediately proceeded to the wharf to make a search. After dragging in the water for some time, they succeeded in recovering a body which proved to be that of a young man named William Lemon, lately of Ernestown, and who bad been missing since Friday afternoon. The body having been conveyed to the deadhouse, a jury was summoned by Coroner Jerkins. Several witnesses were examined including Dr. H. Yates of whom deceased had been a patient.
The doctor stated that some time in the summer Lemon was brought to him suffering from a mental disorder and that on his recommendation the man was sent to the Asylum at Toronto. Deceased having partially recovered his health returned to Ernestown where he continued to reside until Thursday last when he wis brought to the city by his uncle and placed in charge of a man who was about to leave for the States. It appears that this person left without Lemon, and that the latter, while in a state of mental depression, committed the rash act on Friday night. The doctor, who was well acquainted with the deceased, testified that he was of unsound mind and not responsible for his actions, and the jury returned a verdict in accordance with the facts.
October 22, 1863
RIDLEY - Died on the 21st September, at Ryne, Isle of Wight, after a few days' illness, the beloved wife of S. C. Ridley, Esq., of The Lawn, Brixton Hall, Surrey, aged 74.
BUNTIN - Died on the 21st instant, James Alexander, only son of the late James Buntin, aged 2 years and 9 months. Funeral at 3 p.m. on Friday from his mother's residence, Upper James street.
October 23, 1863
WILLIAMSON - A melancholy affair occurred yesterday morning at the Ontario Storehouse, resulting in the death of a lad named Williamson, about twelve years of age. It appears that he, in company with a number of other boys, was playing in the grain bin when the hopper of the one in
which he was, was opened for the purpose of loading a car. He was standing nearly directly over the mouth of the hopper, and as the grain ran out, he of course sank with it, all his efforts to relieve himself being entirely useless as he could not climb up the moving grain. He sank by degrees, the grain closing slowly over him until he became entirely covered, and death by suffocation must have ensued in a few minutes. It was some hours before the grain could be removed and he was then quite dead. No blame can be attached to anyone, as the accident was the result of the boy's own carelessness.
October 24, 1863
GREER - Died at Edgemount, on the 23rd instant, John Woodburn, eldest son of John H. Greer, aged 21 years. The funeral will take place on Sunday, the 25th instant.
October 26, 1863
MULLEN - On Thursday last, an accident happened in the Township of Normanby, attended with circumstances of a very painful and melancholy character, a young man named James Mullen having been suffocated to death by the falling of a well in which he was digging at the depth of about twenty four feet from the surface. The accident happened about two o'clock in the afternoon at which time Mr. Mullen's wife and his father were assisting by removing the earth with a box. One side of the lower crib fell upon the unfortunate man, the scantling breaking and the lower part coming against him near the chest rendering hin unable to move, and the soil composed of quick sand and gravel completely filled up the bottom of the cavity. The upper part of the scantling fell against the box which was then being 1owered thereby leaving an open space above his head and preventing the weight of the earth from killing him on the spot. In reply to his father, he said he thought his legs were broken.
The father gave the alarm at once, and in a short time, fifty men were on the ground endeavouring to render whatever assistance was in their power. They began by sinking another crib along side, but the soil which was very loose continued to fell in, thus gradually filling up the space in which the poor man was confined. About 5 o'clock, Mr. Robertson, Deputy Reeve, arrived at the scene, and Mullen bearing his voice, called him down. Mr. Robertson went down and talked with him for some time. He was also enabled to lower him a drink of water. Mullen informed him from time to time that the sand was rising around him, and the last words he spoke were, “For God's sake, work, the dirt is up to my mouth”. This was between eight and nine o'clock in the evening , and until nearly that time, though his body up to the chest and both arms were so completely jammed that extrication was impossible.
He was free about the head, and expressed himself as suffering but little pain. As the soil continued to fall into the well, it is probable that the poor man did not long survive this time, for about half an hour after, though Mr. Robertson, who was still in the well and within five feet of him, spoke to him several times, he gave no answer. Throughout the night the work of extricating him was continued, and about four o'clock on Friday morning, it had so far progresses that Dr. Ecroyd, who had arrived at two, was enabled to examine Mullen's face and head. The doctor gave it as his opinion that he had been dead several hours. So loose was the soil in which the well had been dug that it still continued to fall, and It was not until between 12 and 1 o'clock on Friday that the body was recovered.
This was effected with great difficulty by passing a chain under the armpits and pulling him up. The body was found to be much bruised, but suffocation was the immediate cause of death. The deceased, who was himself but 22 years of age, leaves a young wife and child, besides a number of relatives, whose sorrow on their sudden bereavement has received all the alleviation that the sympathy and assistance of neighbours could bestow. The place that poor Mullen had selected for his well was of a nature very dangerous to work in, being a high ridge of gravel, and the crib was found on examination to have been altogether insufficient, to which cause the coroner's jury very properly attributed the sad accident. The funeral took place on Sunday last, the bodv having been buried in the Mount Forest cemetery whither it was followed by the largest funeral procession ever seen in this neighbourhood. There were upwards of thirty vehicles, many men on horseback, and a very large number on foot, the procession extending more than half a mile in length. The members of several Orange Lodges attended in regalia, the deceased being a member of that Order.
CLARKE (Quebec) - A person arrived in town yesterday from the County of Megantic places us in possession of a few details of a sickening murder perpetrated by an insane woman named Clarke, the victims being her own children. It would appear, according to the statement made, that this woman is a farmer's wife, residing in the Township of New Ireland, and that she has already been deranged to such an extent as to necessitate her confinement in the Lunatic Asylum for a time. She had, however, returned to her family, but bad recently manifested symptoms of a violent outbreak of her mental ailment.
On Monday night in a terrible fit of frenzy, she destroyed her four children, two girls said to have been aged fifteen and thirteen, a little boy considerably younger, and an infant of some 2 or 3 months. It is surmised from the circumstances that she despatched the two eldest with an axe, and the youngest children with a razor. The unfortunate maniac, after this terrible deed, tried to cut off her hand at the wrist with a razor, and also made a desperate attempt to sever her foot at the ankle with an axe, inflicting fearful wounds upon her person in these attempts.
The shocking occurrence bears a striking resemblance, in its sickening details, to the Athabaska tragedy of last year when another insane woman killed her seven children and then put an end to her own life.
October 27, 1863
WHITE - Yesterday morning, the body of a soldier was found in the Bay near Cook's wharf. The particulars of his unexpected decease, as far as we have ascertained, are as follows. The deceased, private White, in company with a comrade, had hired a boat on Sunday, and went to Oaklands where they spent the day. They started to return early in the evening, and on nearing Cook's wharf, the deceased, for some reason unknown, insisted on being put ashore there. His comrade complied with his request, and went on with the boat to the place where they had hired it from. White did not make his appearance at the Barracks that evening, and next morning a party was sent out in search of him.
They first went to the wharf, and there found his body standing upright in the water, part of his shake being exposed. The body was removed to the Military Hospital and an inquest will be held on the remains this forenoon. Private White was in the Battalion eight years and nine months, and must be well known to many of our citizens from his personal appearance, being a round, fat, little man. We understand that he was considerably under the influence of liquor when he was put ashore at Cook's Wharf, and there is no doubt he had tumbled over accidentally.
October 31, 1863
WILMINGTON (Quebec) - It is with feelings of regret that we record the death of Captain Thomas Theobald Wilmington, late of Her Majesty's 10th Regiment, who died at the residence of Captain Dickson, D'Arguillon street, at ten o'clock a.m. yesterday, at the age of 23. The deceased had been ailing for some time past, but during a visit to the country with the family of Captain Dickson had nearly recovered his former strength until about three weeks ago when by some little misunderstanding between Mr. Charles Bouchette of this city, he received a blow from the latter, since which time he had been in a very weakly state, and notwithstanding the kind attention of Captain Dickson and family, gradually fell off. Captain Dickson was present when the blow was struck, and states that were it not for his timely interference, it might have been terminated more seriously at the time. We have seen the deceased, and there are visible evidences of the blow. It is highly probable, says our informant, that his death was accelerated by it. A warrant has been issued for Mr. Bouchette's arrest.
November 2, 1863
DUNN - An inquest, was held on Saturday morning, before H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of James Dunn, which was found on Friday night, lying within a few inches of the iron rail on the track of the Great Western Railway as it crosses Wentworth street. When discovered, the body was frightfully mangled, and the brains were scattered some s three or four yards around. It appeared in evidence that the deceased, some few weeks since, came from Boston, U.S., where he has left a wife and family, that he worked at, the pork factory as a labourer, and that at times he would be very desponding. The dress of the deceased would apparently go to show that he bad seen better times, but he had no friends other than those of a few weeks acquaintance. The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death by being accidentally run over by a locomotive. We might mention that, he was a man about 36 years of age, with sandy whiskers, black broadcloth coat, and that he had a gold plate with some false teeth in his mouth. He was buried by the Police on Saturday evening.
November 5, 1863
MACTIER - Died at Durham, C.W., on the 3rd November, Mr. William MacTier, aged 28 years.
November 7, 1863
SCOTT - On Wednesday last, a young man named James Scott, who for some years has been in the employment of Thornton and Fisher, Dundas, deliberately committed suicide by the administration of morphine. An inquest was held on the following day, and after a full investigation, the subjoined verdict was returned: “That the deceased, James Scott, died on the night of the 3rd day of November from the effects of poison administered by his own hands while labouring under partial insanity, under the influence of intoxicating liquor.”
November 9, 1863
PRESS - Died in Hamilton, on the 8th instant, Mrs. Susan Press, aged 68 years, relict of the late Mr. Wm. Press. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from her late residence on Tuesday.
November 11, 1863
DONALDSON - We regret, to learn that Mr. W. D. Donaldson, Reeve of West Flamborough, was killed yesterday morning very suddenly and very unexpectedly. He had, it appears, been on a visit that previous evening, to a friend in Greensville and left on his way home about two o'clock
in the morning. He was mounted on a spirited colt which he had undertaken to break in, and no doubt his confidence in his ability to manage the animal caused his death. Nothing was seen or heard of him until five o'clock, when a neighbour discovered him lying speechless and senseless, although breathing, on the road. He was conveyed to his own bouse, but died before he crossed the threshold. From an examination made it is evident that he had been thrown by the untamed colt, and that he had been dragged with his foot in the stirrup for over half a mile. The back part of his skull was smashed in pieces and altogether he presented a horrible sight. Mr. Donaldson, who was well known in the County, was an active intelligent man and one ever ready to obey the call of his neighbours in municipal matters. He was about 40 years of age, and his untimely death will be regretted by a large circle of personal friends.
November 12, 1863
WATERS - Died in this city, on the 9th instant, Mr. Andrew Waters, plumber, a native of Berwick‑upon‑Tweed, North of England, deeply regretted, aged 58 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral to‑day (Thursday) at half past three o'clock, from his late residence, corner of Nelson and King streets.
November 13, 1863
UNNAMED CHILD - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest yesterday on the body of a female child found the previous evening in an inlet east of Dan Orr's. The child was finely developed and from one to two weeks old. Nothing was ascertained as to its parentage. Dr. Ryall made a post mortem examination of the body, and the jury in accordance with the evidence returned a verdict to the effect that the child died from exhaustion, exposure, and neglect.
November 14, 1863
JAMIESON - We are pained to learn that an old man named Jamieson, who resided in the Township of Nichol, was, while returning home in a waggon one day last week, butted to death by a ram which was in the waggon. From what we can learn, the unfortunate man intoxicated at the time.
CRAIG - An inquest was held in the Court House yesterday by H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, on the body of a child, Thomas Craig, which was run over by a loaded waggon on John street the previous day. Of the witnesses examined, only two saw the accident, and their statements' substantially agreed. It appears that Richard Johnson, of Binbrook, the person in custody, was
driving his team slowly down John street and that to the east of him another waggon was proceeding in the same direction. The child, which was between two and three years of age, left the east side to cross the street. He passed the first team about six or eight feet from the horses, and then seeing the other team, commenced to run, but stumbled and fell among the horses’ feet. The driver was watching a team coming towards him and did not see the child at all until after the accident had occurred. Both wheels passed over the body, and it never rallied from the effects of the accident. The jury acquitted Johnson of blame, and gave as their verdict that the deceased came to its death by an accidental misadventure.
November 16, 1863
ADDISON - Died in this city, on the 13th instant, J. Addison, a native of Fifeshire, Scotland, aged 44 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral from his late place of residence, Bay between York and Vine streets, on Monday at half past three o'clock p.m.
MCMAHONEY (Belleville) - On Thursday afternoon last, during a very high wind, a widow woman named McMahoney while entering an outhouse which overhung a river, a great gust of wind swept the building, together with the poor woman, into the river. The wreck of the house floated down the stream, but it contained no trace of the unfortunate woman. Every effort has been made to obtain the body, but up to the present time, it has not been discovered. She leaves three young children.
November 17, 1863
ADDISON - All that was mortal of the late Mr. John Addison was confined to the tomb yesterday afternoon. The funeral was largely attended, the carriages numbering about fifty. The Mayor, and the city member, were present. Mr. Addison's sudden death has caused quite a void in our midst, for he was not only an industrious mechanic but a man of inventive genius, and a successful builder. He had some of the largest contracts in the city at different times, among them the Central School, the fitting up of the Crystal Palace, and others. Mr. Addison was a keen curler and dearly love the game. His absence from many a circle will be long felt in this community.
November 18, 1863
GORDON - Died in this city, of diphtheria, on the 18th instant, Emma Rose, only daughter of Mr. David Gordon, jr., aged 4 years and 5 months. The funeral will take place this afternoon at 4 o'clock from the residence of her father, Little Gore street.
November 20, 1863
ROWLEY (Tillsonburg) - On Monday, Mr. R. Row1ey, one of Mr. R. H. Burke's ten pedlers, was thrown from his waggon while driving along the plank road in this village, and had one of his legs broken, and was otherwise so severely injured that he died at 4 o'clock op Tuesday morning. The accident occurred within a few rods of his own residence. Mr. Rowley was much respected by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. It appears that Mr. Rowley was bringing home some bed ticks filled with straw, and the horses, one of which was naturally vicious, became frightened at the noise of the straw or from some other cause, and ran away. A teamster held up his whip as the horses approached, hoping to stop them, but instead it caused them to diverge from the track and run between two pine stumps, throwing out Mr. Rowley, and injuring him as we have just mentioned, and continued their mad career, smashing the waggon to pieces, and then rushed through the village. Fortunately no one else was hurt.
November 21, 1863
CHRISTIE - Died on Friday, the 20th instant, Thomas Christie, youngest son of Mr. Robert Christie, aged 17 years and 3 months. The funeral will take place from his father's residence, corner of Hughson and Wilson streets below the Railway bridge, on Sunday next (to‑morrow) at 3 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend without further notice.
November 23, 1863
CHRISTIE - The remains of Thomas Christie, a former member of Company No. 2, were conveyed to the cemetery yesterday in military style. A large number of volunteers assembled in uniform, among whom we were pleased to notice Colonel Buchanan, and the cortege was headed by the Rifle Brigade Band whom Lord Russell kindly permitted to attend. A large number of civilians also attended, the whole forming the largest funeral that has taken place in this city for some years.
November 24, 1863
BRAWLY (Kingston) - Considerable excitement was produced in the city yesterday morning by the announcement that a well‑known mechanic named Edward Brawly had committed self‑destruction by hanging in the building on Princess street occupied by Messrs McKeevey as a carriage shop, end in which deceased was employed as a blacksmith. Unfortunately the statement
proved to be no rumour, the body of the deceased having been found at an early hour in the morning suspended from one of the beams of the building by another workman in the establishment, named Joseph Crooks, who at once notified the police of the discovery. At ten o'clock, an inquest was held before Coroner John Shaw, when the following facts were elicited. James McKeever stated that deceased had been in his employ about two years, and that during that time, he had not observed in him any indications of insanity, that they had never had a dispute, and that the last time he saw deceased was about eight o'clock on Wednesday night when he was at work in the shop. In answer to a question, witness said that he had no knowledge of deceased having made any mistakes in fitting up the buggy on which he was engaged just previous to his death. Joseph Crooks, the man who found the body, testified that the last time he saw Brawly was about half‑past six when both were at work in the shop, but he heard him working as late as ten o'clock.
Maurice Ward, another workman in the shop, said that on Wednesday night he conversed with deceased about the man who was to be hanged in December, and when leaving for the night, Brawly requested him to call and see him on Thursday night, that deceased broke a brace while fitting it in the waggon on which he was employed, but made another. Dr. Laveil stated that he had seen the body of deceased suspended by a rope from a spike in one of the beams of the workshop. A cloth was spread beneath him, and a block lay under his knees, but the latter was not touched by his legs. From all the evidence, he had no doubt that the act was committed deliberately and without resistance on the part of the deceased. Two tavern keepers testified that Brawly visited their places on Wednesday night, and when they last saw him, he was sober and good‑humoured. The result of the inquest was a verdict to the effect that Edward Brawly came to his death by strangulation and that the act was committed by himself.
CLARKE (Quebec) - A correspondent sends us the following details of a melancholy accident which occurred at the parish of St. Sylvester, Lotbiniere, on the evening of Sunday, the 6th instant. Like the majority of others which we are occasionally called upon to record, it has been the result of a careless and inordinate use of firearms. The unfortunate victim is a young man named Clarke, a resident of the parish, and, we are informed, bears a high reputation in that district. The facts are as follows. During the course of the previous week, deer tracks had been discovered leading from a piece of bush and in the vicinity of Clarke's farm, and on one occasion, the game itself had been seen. Amateur sportsmen were on the “qui vive” to obtain a shot at the ruminant, and among them Clarke, had several times tried his luck, but without success. On the evening of the fatal day, he started with a companion to lay in wait at an old mill in the neighbourhood of which the deer was in the habit of issuing from the woods. The same want of success attended this attempt, and disheartened, the two determined to return home at nightfall.
Clarke, for that purpose, took up his gun by the muzzle to place it on his shoulder, when in the act of raising it, the hammer came in contact with a beam overhead, exploding the cap and charge. The latter, a ball and a quantity of buckshot, entered the unfortunate young man's right side above the hip, passed diagonally through the intestines, and lodged in the opposite hip, inflicting a fearful wound. Supported by his companion, be managed to walk home:, a distance of some eight or ten miles. A medical man was at once in attendance, but the hurt was beyond the limits of the leech's skill. The ball, however, was extracted, and some fifteen minutes after, the young man expired.
November 25, 1863
SMITH - Died on the 24th instant, Mr. John Smith, aged 63 years, a native of Hull, Yorkshire, England. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral from the residence of his son‑in‑law, Mr. Alfred Green, John street north, on Thursday, November 26th, at 3 o'clock, without further notice.
SULLIVAN - An inquest was held yesterday afternoon on the body of Timothy Sullivan who fell into a vat of hot lard on Saturday afternoon last in the Ontario Pork Factory. It appeared in evidence that the deceased had just finished emptying the refuse in one of the tubs from which the lard had been, about an hour and a half previous, drawn off into a vat. The vat was covered with a platform on which the men worked, and they, having got done, left the place for the purpose of cooling themselves, when the deceased also went to follow, but for some cause not explained, the cover or platform had got displaced, and on his stepping on top, it tilted up, precipitating Sullivan into the vat of warm lard. He was got out in about a minute, but be died from the injuries on Tuesday morning. The jury, after a careful examination, returned a verdict of accidental death.
November 26, 1863
WHITE - Died in this city, on the 25th instant, Mr. David White, a native of Ballymens, County of Antrim, Ireland, aged 64 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral this Thursday afternoon, from his late residence, John street.
November 27, 1863
CAMPBELL (Perth) - We last week mentioned that an old woman, Mrs. Jane Campbell, had been found dead in a field near Lanark, and that an inquest on the body bad been held when it
was found that she had come to her death from some cause or causes unknown. It having been rumoured that there had been foul play, another inquest was held, but nothing of any importance was elicited. It was supposed by some that she had been attacked by a ram and came to her death in this way, but it was also contended that the injuries she bad sustained could not have been effected by a ram, and that she had been murdered.
On Wednesday afternoon information was laid before James Young, Esq., of Bathurst, and a warrant issued against George Watt, Sr., and George Watt, Jr., the cousin and grandson of the deceased Mrs. Campbell, and they were apprehended and lodged in gaol by Mr. George Curry, chief constable of Perth. The information was laid by Alexander Campbell, of Dalhousie, the son of the deceased woman.
The case was investigated on Thursday last before James Young and Henry Moorhouse, Esqs. Donald Fraser, Esq., attorney, attended and examined the witnesses on the part of the Crown, and W.M. Shaw, Esq. was present to watch the case on the part of the prisoners.
The deceased Mrs Jane Campbell was an old woman about 78 years of age, living about two miles from the village of Lanark. About April last, her son‑in‑law, George Watt, Sr., and his family came to live with her. It was deposed by Alexander Campbell and another witness that there bad been some difference between the old woman and the two prisoners, and that Mrs. Campbell had spoken of harsh language on the part of the young Watt. Some of the witnesses, however, testified that she had spoken well of the older Watt. By the testimony of Christina Watt, a daughter of the elder Watt, it appeared that on the morning of Wednesday, the 28th October, Mrs. Campbell had started about ten o'clock to go to her son's, Alexander Campbell, about two miles distant. Before going, she complained of having lost her pocket‑book in which she said was her gold ring, and said that her grandson, George watt, the younger, must have taken it. According to the witness, the elder Watt had started in the morning before she was up to work at Gillis's mill, a distance of two miles, and her brother, the young Watt, left the house about eight o'clock that morning, but she did not know where he went to.
They next saw him on the following Saturday night when he came home drunk, and said that he had been at Balderson's Corners and acknowledged having taken his grandmother's pocketbook on the Wednesday morning before he left. The father returned from his work on Wednesday right and again went to the same place to work on Thursday morning. The old woman not returning on Wednesday night, the elder Watt requested the witness, Christina Watt, to go over to Alexander Campbell's to see what had become of her. She went, but found that Mrs. Campbell had not been there and heard nothing of her, but on returning to a place known as McClelland’s Clearing, she saw the old woman's shawl lying on the side of the path, and a piece further op, she saw the old
woman's body lying some distance from the road, where she immediately ran on and gave the alarm.
On learning this, the older Watt and some of the neighbours repaired to the place and had the body taken home. The old woman's body was found lying on the right side in a sort of hollow place, her clothes little disordered, but her cap off, and two shawls which she had worn lying in a different place.
It was found that she had sustained fearful injuries, her ribs on one side being broken, and dislocated on the other, her breast bone broken, and marks of blows on her legs, hands, and face.
A witness from Gillie's mill testified to seeing the elder Watt at the mill about nine o'clock on the 28th.
A boy named Miller testified to seeing Mrs. Campbell passing, his father's house on the way to McClelland's Clearing about 9 o'clock on Wednesday morning.
Mr. McCallum of Balderson's Corners testified to the younger Watt's coming to where he was working on Wednesday, the 28th, and engaging to work for him. He went to work for Mr. McCallum on Thursday morning and left on Saturday following. While working, he showed a ring which he said he had bought from his grandmother for three dollars. Different witnesses testified to seeing the pocket book with young Watt. Mr. Hammill of Lanark testified to seeing young Watt coming towards his place on Wednesday morning. He did not come by the direct road from the residence of Watt which would have been the north side. As it was, he came on the south road which looked more as if he had come from the direction of McClelland's Clearing.
After the examination of a considerable number of witnesses, the investigation adjourned until Monday at 11 o'clock, bail being taken for the appearance of the elder Watt, and the other prisoner being remanded in gaol.
The examination was resumed on Monday. The elder Watt was acquitted, and the son was committed to stand his trial.
WHITE - It was our painful office yesterday to record the death of another of our old residents. We followed, among a very large funeral cortege in the afternoon, the mortal remains of Mr. David White. Mr. White came to this city in 1829, the 'ambitious city' being then a small but not unimportant place. Mr. White was a native of Ballymena, in the County of Antrim, Province of Ulster, Ireland. He was a carpenter by trade, and we understand in that capacity, an accomplished workman. Mr. White, however, being a remarkably active and energetic temperament, was appointed to the post of bailiff to the Sheriff, Macdonald, and continued to perform the duties of that office under Sheriff Jarvis. Latterly, for many years, he has been Crier in our Courts of Oyer and Terminer. “Davy”, as we were accustomed familiarly to call him, was quite a popular character, and his death, by a large portion of the public, both town and country, will be felt as having produced in our midst a blank.
November 28, 1863
OADES - An inquest, was held by Dr. A. Ardagh, coroner, on Friday last, on the body of a woman, named Oades, the wife of James Oades, a shoemaker, living in Oro, near White's Corners. The woman, it appears, was of intemperate habits and had died in a state of intoxication, but some suspicion existed of foul play on the part of her husband. His conduct was closely examined into. Nothing, however, was proved to show that any ill‑treatment on his part had been the cause of death, and a verdict was returned to the effect that the deceased had died of suffocation while in a state of intoxication, followed by some general remarks upon the general conduct of the parties. Not content with this investigation, some of the deceased's neighbours caused the matter to be again taken up before the magistrates who heard the evidence on Thursday, and on the presentation of some slight additional testimony, committed the accused for trial.
PICARD (Montreal) - A young man named Picard, who was stopping at the Cosmopolitan Hotel, hanged himself on Saturday evening after retiring to his room. Not making his appearance at a late hour on Sunday evening,a search was made for him, and his room door being broken in, he was found suspended from a book which he had fastened in the wall and attached three silk handkerchiefs to. His feet were dangling so near the chair on which he stood to fasten the hook that he could just touch it. Picard appeared to be in a very merry mood when last seen alive and had not at any time previous to his death given reason for the suspicion that he was about to do away with himself. He is supposed to have lost somewhat heavily, however, by the defalcation of a broker who recently fled to England after endeavouring to pass a large quantity of farthings off for gold in a remittance to a New York house. Picard, nevertheless, was still possessed of considerable means, his bank book showing that he had £2500 to his credit in the Jacques Cartier bank. He was a native of Picardy, and had been about fifteen months in the country, during the whole of which time, he boarded in the Cosmopolitan. He was about thirty years of age, and unmarried. His loss on the above occasion amounted to £5000.
DEMERS (Montreal) - About three weeks ago, one Louis Demers was prosecuted by the Revenue Inspector for selling liquor without a licence, and on conviction, fined £50 and costs. In consequence of his inability to pay the fire, he was committed to gaol. His mother‑in‑law, however, called on some of her friends and begged the money to liberate him. Her efforts were successful, and on Tuesday afternoon, she went to the gaol with £60, and Demers was discharged. He went out from the gaol, and sad to say, ban not walked further than the corner of Colborne Avenue than he complained of feeling unwell, and staggering into a house, fell dead.
He was 27 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children. He was in feeble health when committed to gaol, and the cause of his death was disease of the heart. This appears to be a case where the Crown might with propriety remit the fine and thus, to a certain extent, relieve the widow from the pecuniary difficulties in which she is placed through the sudden loss of her husband.
December 2, 1863
HUTON - Died on the 1st instant, Mrs. Jane Huton, aged 63 years, widow of the late Archibald Huton, County Armagh, Ireland. Friends and acquaintances will attend the funeral from her late residence, Elgin street, this (Wednesday) afternoon, at 3 o'clock, without further notice.
WEBBE - Died at Waterdown, on Monday, the 3oth November, Mary Charlotte, third daughter of the late Major Richard Ponsonby Webbe.
JONES - Died at his residence, King William street east, in this city, on the 30th ultimo, of inflammation of the lungs, David Jones, African, aged 45. for many years in the employment of D. Moore and Company.
MCCUTCHEON - H. B. Bull, Esq., coroner, held an inquest yesterday morning on the body of Mr. James McCutcheon, who died so suddenly in the theatre the previous evening. It was shown that, after a hearty supper at the Royal Hotel, he went to the theatre where he had been only a few minutes when he fell over and almost instantly expired. The verdict of the jury was “died of apoplexy”.
December 3, 1863
SUTHERLAND - Died on the 1st instant, Isabella McLeod, eldest daughter of Mr. Angus Sutherland, aged 2 years and 9 months. The funeral will take place on Thursday, at 3 o'clock p.m. from her father's residence, corner of Catherine and Catharina streets.
December 4, 1863
CHISHOLM - Died at MacNab street, on the 2nd instant, Anne Robertson, wife of Mr. William Chisholm, aged 54 years. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend the funeral at 3 o'clock p.m., Friday, the 4th instant.
GREGORY - Died in Montreal, on the 3rd instant, Agnes, the beloved wife of Mr. A. E. Gregory, lately of Hamilton. The funeral will take place on Sunday, the 6th instant, from the
residence of Mr. Rolph, Spadina avenue, Toronto. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
GARNER - A child belonging to Mr. Peter Garner, hotel keeper, Thamesford, was burned to death one day during the past week. The child's clothing came in contact with the fire, and before aid could be rendered, the unfortunate little one was enveloped in flames. Almost instant death was the result.
December 5, 1863
JONES - Died at the residence of her son‑in‑law, Stoney Creek, on the 4th instant, Mrs. R. Jones, relict of the late Stephen Jones, Esq., in the 64th year of her age. The friends of the family are requested to attend the funeral from the residence of Alva G. Jones, Esq., on Sunday, the 6th instant, at eleven o'clock.
December 7, 1863
THOMPSON - Mr. Robert Thompson, for many years a resident of East Missouri, came to his death under very strange circumstances one day last week. The deceased, with his brother James Thompson, formerly miller in Carroll's mill in this place, kept “bachelors' hall”. The latter left home for Ingersoll, leaving his brother, the deceased, in his usual health, alone in the house. Parties passing by the premises in the afternoon were attracted to the place and entering the bouse, found the deceased innkeeper lying on the floor dead. We knew him intimately for the past nine years to be a most inoffensive, harmless, and strictly honest man, and if he did commit a mistake through life, he was the injured party himself.
HATT - Died in this city, on the 5th instant, John Ogilvy Hatt, Esq., aged 52 years. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral without further notice at 3 o'clock on Wednesday.
We have the melancholy duty imposed upon us this morning of recording the death of one who was well and favourably known in our midst. Mr. John Ogilvy Hatt expired on Saturday evening after a long and painful illness, borne with fortitude and resignation. Mr. Hatt was born at Dundas on the 19th of July, 1811, and was consequently in his 53rd year when he died. He was the son of Richard Hatt, Esq., at one time Judge of the gore District and at another, a representative in the Upper Canada Parliament who was wounded at the Battle of Lundy's Lane and his life saved by a bullet striking against two silver dollars he had in his pocket. Mr. John G. Hatt studied for the law profession under the late Sir Allan MacNab and afterwards became his partner. In 1836, he married Sir Allan MacNab's youngest sister who, with a daughter, survives
him. Mr. Hatt took great interest in our municipal institutions and for many years represented the Township of Barton in the County Council. He afterward served St. Mary's ward on the City Council, and in both capacities earned the respect and esteem of his constituents. Few men were better informed in municipal matters than Mr. Hatt, and the progress this part of the country has made is in a great measure owing to his exertions. He was a candidate for the representation of the Burlington District in the legislative Council in 1857, but was defeated by Dr. Smith by means of the famous “Green Card”. He was Lieutenant Colonel of the Ninth Battalion of Wentworth Militia, and also served in 1837, and was solicitor for the County up to the time of his death. No man could stand higher in public esteem than Mr. Hatt, and we are sure that none held a more honourable position in life than he did.
December 9, 1863
MASSEY - Died on Tuesday morning, the 8th instant, James Massey, in the 40th year of his age. The funeral will take place from his late residence on Thursday afternoon, the 10th instant, at 3 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral without further notice.
December 10, 1863
DODDS - We regret to be called upon to chronicle the accidental death of Joshua Dodds, Esq., councillor of the North Ward, Glenelg, which occurred on the 30th ultimo. Deceased was drawing logs on what is termed a 'crutch', and the chain becoming fast, be gave it a sudden jerk which caused the hook of the chain to fly up and hit him on the forehead, when he gave his head a twist which distorted his neck, and consequently death was almost instantaneous.
BRADY - Yesterday afternoon, an inquest was held at the Po1ice Office by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, on the body of an infant, three weeks old, named Catherine Brady, who was found dead, in Mulberry street on Sunday morning last. From the evidence it appears that the wretched parents were both drunk, and having no bed, lay on the floor. The jury returned a verdict that decease came to her death through neglect and exposure.
December 12, 1863
MALCOLMSON - Died on the 11th instant, John Sutherland, only son of Capt. James Malcolmson, aged 6 years. The friends of the family will please attend the funeral from the residence of his father on Wilson street, at 3 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, 13th instant.
ASHDOWN - Died in this city, on the morning of the 10th instant, Enos Canute Ashdown, aged 38 years. Friends will please take notice that the funeral will leave his late residence, Bay street, at half‑past two o'clock, on Sunday next.
MCNEILE - Died in this city, on Friday, the 11th instant, Elizabeth, wife of James McNeile, and second daughter of Robert Harvey, aged 26 years. The funeral will take place from the residence of Mr. E. McNeile, King William street, on Monday, at 2 o'clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend without further notice.
December 14, 1863
HENDERSON (St. Catharines) - It is with feelings of deep regret that we announce the death of Andrew Henderson, Esq., merchant, of this town, who departed this life this forenoon, after a few days' confinement,from erysipelas in the head, during which he suffered much. His warm‑heartedness and general urbanity during a long residence in this town endeared him to the whole community whose sympathy with the bereaved widow and her young family finds expression in the subdued accents of heartfelt grief. Mr. Henderson was, we believe, a native of Roxburghshire, Scotland. He acted in the capacity of trustee and treasurer, during several years without intermission, for the Canada Presbyterian Church here, for whose prosperity he always felt a very deep interest. He was also an official member of the order of Free Masons, the purity of whose mystic emblems no act of his ever stained. Mr. Henderson was, for some years, a resident of this city.
December 15, 1863
BROWN - On Friday last as Mr. Thomas Brown, residing on the Town Line of the Township of Onondaga, was pitching sheaves to a threshing machine, he slipped and fell to the floor of the barn, dislocating his spinal column, from the effects of which injury he died on the following day. Mr. Brown was about fifty years of age.
VASON - Died in this city, on the 14th instant, Mr. James Vason, aged 62 years and 8 months. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully requested to attend the funeral from his late residence, York street, without further notice, on Wednesday, the 16th, at 3 o'clock p.m.
December 16, 1863
MALCOLMSON - Died on the 11th instant, Elizabeth Jane, only surviving child of Captain John Malcolmson, aged 2 years and 3 months. Friends and acquaintances will please attend the funeral from her father's residence, Wilson street, on Wednesday, the 16th instant, at 3 o'clock pm.
BARKER (Owen Sound) - James Barker, a man about 50, a cooper, was found deed on Wednesday morning in his workshop, the upper portions of his body in an old tan vat in the shop which had once been a tannery. There was not enough water in the vat quite to cover his head; yet when found, he was quite dead with his feet sticking out of the vat. Barker had been a hard drinker, and for two days before his death had been taken with vomiting, for which he took medicine furnished by Dr. Moffett. The debility caused by his long‑continued attack of vomiting was probably the immediate cause of delirium tremens. On the evening before his death, he took strange fancies of men coming to attack him and the like, and was, at tines, with difficulty induced to lie down or be still. Some neighbours who had been sitting up with him left between one and two on Wednesday morning as he seemed calm and likely to sleep quietly. However it was not long till he got up, put on some clothes, and went out. His wife sent a person who was sleeping in the bouse after him, but he could not find him, and returned. He went to the cooper's shop, but found the door fast, though he thought there indications of somebody being inside. In the morning, the poor man was found stiff and dead.
December 17, 1863
MORGAN - On Wednesday last, a man named Morgan was drowned at Payne's dock, Prescott. It appears that he and others were employed in bringing a scow down to Prescott, but being afraid he would be taken to Ogdensburg from which place it is said he deserted, he said he was going ashore, and immediately jumped into the river. When quite near the shore, he sank, and was seen no more. His body has not yet been found.
CRAWFORD - A sailor named Crawford, formerly mate on the schooner “Welland” died at Port Dalhousie on Wednesday in delirium tremens.
HALL - In Elderslie last week, an elderly man named Joseph Hall, committed suicide by drowning. The coroner's jury found that he committed the act under the influence of temporary insanity. He was a native of Ireland, and resided near Peterborough before moving to Elderslie.
December 18, 1863
BURTCH (St. Catharines) - We regret to learn that Mr. J. T,. Burtch, proprietor of the hotel known as Clark's, Mury street, died suddenly last evening under the following circumstances. He had served during the day as a juryman on an inquest held on the body of Michael Brennan who was found dead in his house with marks of violence on his body, on the previous night.
Mr. Burtch wan apparently in his ordinary health then. In the evening, being rather ill, and Dr. Cresswell having been consulted, administered to him some powder, supposed to be strychnine. In about five minutes after he had taken the powder, he complained of severe pain corresponding, in every particular to the symptoms which precede death from the effects of poison. Dr. Clark was immediately sent for, but before he arrived, the unfortunate man was dead. Dr. Cresswell is not an uneducated practitioner but his habits of life have been such for a long time past that it seems quite probable that he was in an unfit state at the time to prescribe for any patient. He was forthwith put in custody.
ROOK - We regret to have to record the sudden death from injuries received from a fall of Mr. Lewis Rook, eldest son of Mr. George Rook, innkeeper in Preston. Deceased at the time of the accident, which occurred last Thursday, was standing on one of the mast tubs in his father's brewery, and his foot slipping, he fell backward, his head striking on the floor with such violence as to fracture his skull. He was taken up senseless and remained so until his death on Saturday, the unconsciousness being only broken by convulsive paroxysms during which be would try to get up, and considerable effort was necessary to keep him in bed. Mr. Rook was about 21 years of age.
HARRIS - A young man named Bernard Harris of Prescott was drowned on Monday evening last at the Ogdensburg Railway depot. Nothing is really known of the cause of the accident, but it is supposed that when the fire broke out, he attempted to gain the shore from the propel1or “Ontario” in which he was night watchman, and fel1 into the river. His body was found floating in the morning, and was the first intimation of the accident.
December 19, 1863
ALLAN - Died in this city, on the 17th instant, James, eldest son of W. Allan, aged 14 years and 11 months. Friends are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Saturday, at 2 o'clock, from his father's residence, Concession street.
December 21, 1863
WRIGHT - Died at John street, Hamilton C.W., on the 17th instant, Thomas William Turnbull, son of the Rev. Walter Wright, aged 1 year and 5 months.
SMITH - Died at Toronto, on the 3rd instant, Jane Isabella Smith, and on the 11th instant, Christina Augusta Smith, daughters of the late Lt. Col. the Hon. Samuel Smith.
VISCHER - Died in this city, on the 19th instant, Joseph Albin Vischer, in the 40th year of his age. Friends are invited to attend the funeral to‑morrow at 9:30 a.m. from his late residence, Bond street.
PLAYNE - Died at his residence, on John street, on Friday, the 18th instant, Capt. F. C. Playne, P.C.O, Rifle Brigade, aged 26 years. The funeral will take place on Tuesday, 22nd instant, at 1 o'clock.
December 22, 1863
PLAYNE - Our citizens will be afforded an opportunity to‑day of witnessing the very solemn and imposing spectacle of an officer's funeral. Captain F. C. Playne of the P.C.C. Rifle Brigade, who died last Friday, will be buried this day at one o'clock. The corpse will be borne by the soldiers of his company to the Church of the Ascension, when, the usual service being read, it will be placed on an artillery gun carriage, and then, preceded by a firing party and the military band and followed by the troops in garrison, the active force, the 13th Wentworth Regiment of Militia, friends and citizens, the melancholy procession will proceed to the cemetery where the remains will be interred according to the rites of the Established Church of England and Ireland in the burial ground of W. P. McLaren, Esq. to whose eldest daughter the deceased gallant officer was married in September, 1862.
Captain Playne's untimely end has been a source of the deepest regret and sorrow to both officers and soldiers of his Regiment, and more especially to the men of No. 2 Company by whom their deceased Captain was greatly beloved and esteemed. Capt. Playne had gained the good will and respect of all his men by his strict observance of imperial justice and invariable kindness to them on every occasion, and as a consequence, they mourn over and deplore his loss with no ordinary feelings of sorrow.
December 24, 1863
MCCRACKEN - Died at Quebec, on the 21st instant, Mr. James McCracken, a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, and lately of Bonaventure, C.E., aged 64 years.
December 25, 1863
FERRIE - Died at Hamilton, on the 24th instant, the Hon Adam Ferrie, aged 87 years. The funeral will take place on Monday, the 28th instant, at 2 o'clock p.m. from his late residence, Catherine street.
RIDLEY - Died on Christmas Eve, 1863, Henry Murney, aged 8 years and 3 months,
only child of Doctor Henry Ridley. The funeral will take place or Sunday, 27th instant, at half‑past one o'clock.
MCNEILE - Died in Hamilton, on the 11th December, in the 26th year of her age, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. James McNeile, and second daughter of Mr. Robert Harvey.
FERRIE - The Hon. Adam Ferrie died in this city last evening. He had been ailing for some time, but died very suddenly. The deceased was a Crown member of the legislative Council, and although thoroughly Radica1 in his views, be was independent as was proved by his voting for sir Allan MacNab for the Speakership. Mr. Ferrie died at a ripe old age.
DECEMBER 28, 1863
BARNES - On Friday night last, S. T,. M. Luke, editor and proprietor of Durham, County of Grey, “Standard” newspaper was arrested on a charge of shooting a man named Seth Barnes, and on Saturday, he was committed to the assizes for trial or a charge of shooting with intent to kill, and was taken to Owen Sound jail. It appears that on Friday last, some angry words had passed between Luke and a person named James Kelly, tavern keeper, respecting Duke's wife who had left her home a few days previously in consequence of ill usage from her husband, and was residing at Kelly's tavern. In consequence of this altercation, Luke went for his rifle, he being a member of the Volunteer Company. On returning, he was met by several men coming down the street who endeavoured to stop him. Luke then said he would shoot any one of them who attempted to stop him. He then stabbed a young man named Riddle in the ear with his bayonet, but without inflicting any serious injury. He then presented his rifle and shot Seth Barnes through the body. The unfortunate man lingered in great agony until Sunday when he expired. He leaves a wife and seven children to lament his untimely end. An inquest was held on Sunday last, and a verdict returned in accordance with the above facts.
December 29, 1863
FEILDE - Died at Waterdown, December 28tb, Louisa Jane, second daughter of Edmund F. Feilde, Esq., aged 2 years and 2 months.
KENT - Died at Hamilton, on the 28th December, William Edward, son of the late Edwin Kent, Esq., of Holloway Road, London, England, aged 1 year and 6 months.
FERRIE - The citizens of Hamilton and Neighborhood yesterday paid the last tribute of respect to our old friend, the late Hon. Adam Ferrie, whose sudden death was mentioned in
our column on Friday last. He was buried in Burlington cemetery, and for the information of his many friends and admirers, we may mention that he is laid immediately west of the monument of his late son, Colin Campbell Ferrie, Esq., a man whom all knew and respected, and who among other important services, filled the important position of president of the Gore Bank and of representative of the city of Hamilton.
The late Hon. Adam Ferrie was no ordinary man. Indeed he was one of the most extraordinary men we have ever known. He was born in a most respectable sphere of life, and his nephews and their descendants have always been and still are some of the most honoured names in the west of Scotland, and in London and Liverpool, to which a branch of them carried their extensive business as sugar refiners. He drew his first breath at Irvine, in Ayrshire, Scotland, on the 15th of March, 1777, and his youngest days were spent in close intimacy with the poet, Burns, with recollections of whom our readers will remember he charmed the citizens of Hamilton on the occasion of the centenary of the poet. As if it typified his own experience of life, he seemed particularly fond of following two lines in which the poet described himself: “He'll hae misfortunes great and sma' but aye a heart abune them a’ ”
As the youngest of fourteen children, his father was so anxious to keep him at home that he put him into the business as a merchant at the early age of seventeen, or seventy years ago. But his wonderful enterprise could not be confined with narrow limits, and he visited various foreign countries on business, spending a considerable time in the West Indies. In Kingston, Jamaica, and in Glasgow, he was just as well known as in Montreal or Hamilton.
On the 3rd June, 1805, he married Rachael Campbell, daughter of Colin Campbell, Esq. , of Port Glasgow, and in 1806, he removed his business to Glasgow. Mrs. Ferrie survives her husband, and is perhaps a more extraordinary instance of long life with unbroken health than he was. You never could be in his company but you heard the praises of her. Of course, we speak of the later period of their lives when such displays of affection were a beautiful feature.
In Glasgow itself, there is not one who is more peculiarly a 'Glasgow man' than he continued to his day of death, both in talent and character. His memory will long be cherished there as more mingled up with the history of Glasgow during the first quarter of this cemtury than almost any of her own sons. He was a Radical Reformer at a time when few had moral courage enough to assume a name which was then considered and which to some extent really was, the designation of all that was dangerous in British politics, although many of the best men of the day sympathized with it. He was the most resolute guardian of the city's rights and privileges, and of this there is a famous instance on record in the Courts of Scotland. A Mr. Harvey had taken the liberty to stop a path on the bank of the river Clyde, and probably but for Mr. Ferrie's public spirit, this delightful walk would have been lost to the citizens. He, however, threw the matter
into Court, and at great personal sacrifice fought the battle of what was familiarly known by every man, women, and child in Glasgow as the “Harvey dike case”. Although defeated in the Courts of Scotland, Adam Ferrie, acting on his never‑say‑die impulse, appealed the case to the House of Lords. To assist him in doing so, he procured a money box which he placed upon a small pedestal in the greatest thoroughfare of the city at the Cross of Glasgow, just opposite the principal door of the Exchange, or Fontine, as it was then called. By and by, he had the gratification to get a decision from the Law Lords of Parliament in favour of the people of Glasgow. On that occasion, the citizens presented him with a gold medal and service of plate, and on his return from Canada, a few years since, they complemented him by a public dinner. At that period, it was remarkable that more of the citizens knew Mr. Ferrie on the street, nevertheless his twenty years' absence, than many of the best known men who had never left Scotland.
In 1829, he removed to Montreal, having previously bad business connections with Canada, and his friends remember his great hospitality while a resident of that city.
At the Union of the Provinces in 1840, during the administration of the late Lord Sydenham, he was raised to the Upper House of which he has, for many years past, been father as a matter of years.
When approaching the age of 80 or about 8 years ago, he removed to Hamilton to be near his family. His eldest son, Mr. Colin Campbell Ferrie, before alluded to, died the following year in 1856. Another son, Mr. Robert Ferrie, also a member of the Legislature, and a daughter, Mrs. Bown, who had married Dr. Bown, M.P.P., of Brantford, have died subsequently. His eldest daughter, Mrs. Strang, is also deceased as well as her husband who was in the public service of the Province. Mr. Ferrie thus outlived all his children but two, our much respected townsman, Mr. John Ferrie and Mrs. Ewing who resides with her mother in this city. He has died full of years and honours. Peace to his ashes!
December 31, 1863
BROWN - Died on the 29th instant, at the residence of James Morden, Esq., of West Flarnborough, Marion Brown, in her 81st year, relict of the late Alexander Brown, Esq., Waterdown. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral on Friday, 1st January, 1864, at 11 o'clock forenoon, from her late residence to the place of interment at Waterdown.
MCDONALD (MCLEAN) - Yesterday morning, an inquest was held by Dr. Mackintosh, coroner, on the body of a man found dead the previous evening in Mr. John Cook's hayloft on Merrick street. When the unfortunate man had got into the loft, or how long he had been dead,
it is impossible to tell, but probably for four or five days. The body was covered from head to foot with vermin, and was a most disgusting spectacle. Very little was known of the deceased. Indeed it was with considerable difficulty that he was identified at all. One man at length recognized him as a person calling himself Hector McDonald or McLean, witness was not sure which, whom he had seen working about the docks during the summer. He then appeared to be sickly and destitute, and slept very often in the immigrant sheds. He appeared to be about 35 years of age. No one seemed to know where he came from, where he resided, or how long he had been in the city. The jury, after hearing the evidence, returned a verdict “that deceased came to his death from want and exposure.”