DEATHS AND INQUESTS, 1870

Liverpool Mercury Jan 1st 1870

Coroners inquests before Mr Clarke ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Mary RUSSELL, aged 61, wife of an engineer of 7 Paxton St. Her husband stated she had given way to drinking for the past 2 or 3yrs and after being steady for some time began drinking on Christmas. She was in drink on Thursday forenoon, and when her husband returned home at 8pm he found her dead at the bottom of the stairs, her feet lying on the steps. A candle was burning on the landing above and a broom was lying across the stairs above the deceased. She was seen alive at 4.30pm comparatively sober. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of William CANELL, aged 43, a shipwright, who lodged at 3 Bruce St. Deceased was an intemperate man and went to bed in drink between 12 and 1 on the night of the 19th ult. About 20 minutes afterwards, the woman whose house the deceased lodged in heard his son scream, and she found the window open. The boy said his father had gone through it, she looked and saw the deceased lying in the street, and on going to him found him insensible, and severely injured about the head. Deceased's son a boy of 8yrs, stated that when his father came into the bedroom he removed the sandbag from the window, opened it and said he would have "a dive" as the world was "moidering" him. He then went head first through the window. He was taken to the Southern Hospital suffering from fracture of the skull and thigh, and died on Thursday morning. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased killed himself by jumping from a window while labouring under temporary mental derangement, arising from intoxication.

On the body of Andrew BARRAGAN, about, 45 who lived in a cellar at 29 Milford St. On Wednesday evening between 5 and 6pm, the deceased was working on the steamer Egret at the Nelson Dock, and he went to the gangway as if to go ashore, and as he was stepping on the bulwarks his foot slipped and he fell into the dock. He was taken out before he sank in an insensible condition and removed to the Collingwood Dock, receiving house, where Dr KAVANAGH pronounced him dead. Verdict, "Accidentally drowned."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 3rd 1870

Coroners inquests before Mr Clarke ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Jane Ann CAROON, aged about 55, wife of a tailor of 18 Westmoreland St. On Thursday morning Michael COOK, baker and flour dealer, Scotland Place, was taking a quantity of flour into the 3rd storey of the warehouse, the entrance being in Richmond Row. Four young men were engaged in the work, one of the barrels was hoisted to the 3rd floor, where it was landed, but as the fall rope was longer coming down than usual, one of the men went to the door where it was hanging and gave it a pull, after he thought there had been plenty of time to remove the sling. Immediately after this he saw the deceased lying on the parapet and a barrel of flour close by her. It was stated by one of the witnesses he left the sling on the barrel, which was landed about a yard in the doorway, while he went to another part of the room to get a piece of string to tie on the sling to prevent the noose from running down to save the carter trouble. The barrel fell in consequence of the fall rope being pulled. The deceased was removed to the Northern Hospital, suffering from a fracture at the base of the skull, where she died the same evening. Verdict "Accidental death." the jury presenting that the witness THOMAS was to blame for not taking the sling off immediately after the barrel was landed. Mr MONKHOUSE watched the case on behalf of Mr COOK.

On the body of Samuel JONES, aged 15, of Boundary St, employed at Messers Radford and Sons, mill in the same street. About midnight on Friday the deceased went to get his waistcoat and in doing so trod on the lid of a hopper, which was 54ft deep. The lid gave way and he fell to the bottom receiving severe injuries from which he died a few minutes afterwards. Verdict "Accidental death."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 4th 1870

Coroners inquests before Mr Clarke ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of John WHARTON, aged 38, retired from business of 34 Anne St. The deceased's son aged 12, stated his father was in "some money difficulty" and his house was sold some time ago by creditors, which was to be given up last Friday. He last saw the deceased alive at about 11.15 am on Friday, at the window of his own room. Witness went to speak to the deceased threequarters of an hour afterwards, and then found him dead in bed. Deceased had latterly been very nervous, and always talked about his death, saying it would only be a matter of days. He had often stayed with a friend in the country, to whose surgery he might have had access. Other witnesses said the deceased was very depressed in spirits, occasionally excited, and his mind appeared off balance. Dr J. Stopford TAYLOR he was called to the deceased shortly after midday on Friday and found him dead He saw he had died during convulsions. He had made a post mortem examination and from the appearance of what he found in the stomach he was of the opinion the deceased had taken a large dose of Prussic acid, which caused his death. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased destroyed himself while in a state of temporary insanity.

On the body of Hannah FITZGERALD, aged 84, the widow of a clerk, who had been an inmate of the Liverpool Workhouse for the past 15mths. Shortly before 6am last Saturday the deceased was missed from the ward, and shortly afterwards was found dead in the yard. The ward was 5 storeys from the ground, the windows had no fastenings, and could be opened either way, the window of the ward in which the deceased was placed was found open. When taken up the deceased was dead, and bleeding from the head. It was deposed that the deceased often wandered about the ward at night, and appeared at times not to be quite right. On Friday afternoon she spoke of doing away with herself, and never liked being in the workhouse. The jury returned a verdict that the deceased destroyed herself while in a state of temporary insanity, and expressed the opinion that the windows of the imbecile wards at the workhouse ought to be secured.

On the body of Martin GALLAGHER, aged 4, the son of a painter of 18 Midgehall St. Last Tuesday afternoon the deceased went upstairs to a room where there was a fire, and shortly afterwards ran back with his clothes ablaze. He was severely burnt over the chest and died on Sunday. Deceased told his mother he was reaching to the back of the fire for a piece of paper, when his clothes caught fire. Verdict, "Accidentally burned."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 7th 1870

Coroners inquests before Mr Clarke ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Mary SHEPHERD, aged 64, an inmate of the almshouses in Cambridge St. On Tuesday morning the deceased was observed in the pond in Wavertree Park, struggling a great deal about 6 to 8yds from the edge. She was taken out by Thomas BANKS, a pensioner living at Woolton. A doctor was called and upon his arrival pronounced life extinct. The jury returned a verdict that death was a result of immersion in water, but how she got into the water there was not sufficient evidence to show.

On the body of William John DWYER, aged 5, the son of a labourer living in a cellar, at 7 Bartlam St. On Monday about 9am the deceased's mother went out to wash, leaving the deceased and a child aged 3 in bed, telling them to remain there till their grandmother came. Half an hour afterwards a woman who lived above the cellar heard the child screaming and found the child standing naked on the bed severely burned. A part of the nightdress was on the floor still burning. the two children were alone. Deceased was taken to the Infirmary where he died on Tuesday afternoon. Verdict, "Accidentally burned."

On the body of Mary NORMAN, aged 58, the wife of a chemist's assistant, of Jenkinson St. On Tuesday afternoon the deceased went to wash at the house of Robert MOORE, provision dealer, 10 St Vincent St, about 6pm that evening the deceased was found by Mrs MOORE, in the parlour, insensible and her head bleeding. The husband of the deceased said she was in drink on the day in question, and a girl named JONES, said the deceased fell as she was coming downstairs. Dr CROSS was sent for about 9pm, the woman died on Wednesday morning. In returning a verdict of "Accidental death" the jury censured James and Agnes MOORE, in not obtaining medical assistance sooner than 3hrs after the deceased fell.

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 10th 1870

Coroners inquests before Mr Clarke ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of William AKERS, aged 43, shoemaker of 30 Harbord St, Edgehill. The deceased had been drinking more than usual over the past five weeks on Friday morning after being out for some drink he went into the backyard. A few minutes afterwards Mrs AKERS found him hanging from a beam in the yard, with his feet touching the ground and his legs bent. He was dead when taken down. The jury found that death was due to hanging whilst in a state of temporary insanity, brought on by drink.

On the body of Richard BOOTLE, aged 8, employed on a flat, who resided in Ford. He was playing in Phillips St on Friday afternoon when he fell before the wheel of a loaded cart which passed over his head and killed him. The driver was not to blame. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of John James JONES, aged 10mths, son of a fireman on board a steamer, residing at 3 Wilmot Terrace. On Wednesday the child was left by its mother for a few minutes along with two elder children, who had each a piece of bread When the mother returned, she found the deceased black in the face, with a piece of bread in its throat. It died on Friday afternoon. Verdict, "Died from the effects of suffocation."

On the body of Andrew DALEY, aged 40, a fireman on board the steamer France, who lived at 43 Paget St. On Friday night the deceased was crossing a plank leading from the Sandon Dock quay to the vessel when the plank broke and he was thrown into the dock, which was half filled with water. He was immediately taken out and taken to the receiving house, where he was pronounced dead. Verdict, "Accidentally drowned."

On the body of Mary BRADLEY, aged 54, a widow who lived in a court in Hornby St. On the 4th ult the deceased fell on the step of her house and broke her arm. She was taken to the Northern Hospital where she died on Saturday. Verdict, "Accidental death."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 11th 1870

Coroners inquests before Mr Clarke ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Mary Ann QUIGLEY, aged 22mths, daughter of a labourer of 24 Brunswick St, Kirkdale. On Wednesday afternoon the 5th inst the deceased was in an upstairs room, and while its mother was putting coal on the fire, fell downstairs. She was not supposed to be seriously hurt, but was next day taken sick, and died on Friday from inflammation of the brain. Verdict "Accidental death."

On the body of George ORMROD, plumber, aged 51, of 14 Beacon St. 4 or 5yrs ago the deceased got his head injured by a piece of metal falling on him since that time his health has not been the same, for some time he has been afflicted with bronchitis and was attended by Dr CAMERON, being unable to do any work. For the last 3wks he had been strange in his manner Dr CAMERON, ordered his wife to watch him carefully. In consequence his wife and another person had watched him every night since. On Saturday Dr CAMERON gave his wife a certificate to the effect that the deceased was in a dangerous state and should be watched. On that night the deceased's wife and another woman named MURPHY were sitting up watching when the deceased screamed, his wife held him until he was composed and he then asked to go in a night chair. He was allowed to do so, and in passing a table picked up a small knife that was on it and immediately cut his throat. The knife was taken from him, when he instantly got hold of a larger knife and tried to stab himself, but was prevented. The deceased died in less than a quarter of an hour, before a surgeon could be brought. Verdict "Suicide while labouring under temporary insanity."

On the body of Thomas Collin GREGORY, aged 36, bricksetter, of 29 Back Canterbury St. On Sunday night the deceased and his wife went to a beerhouse, kept by their brother-in-law Richard HIORNBY, at 52 China St. About 10pm the deceased was found at the bottom of the stairs of this house, evidentially having fallen down stairs, with a wound to his head from which he died within quarter of an hour. Verdict deceased died from the fall downstairs, but there was no evidence to show how the fall occurred.

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 14th 1870

Coroners inquests before Mr Clarke ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of James DOYLE, aged 29, labourer of 6 Brown St. On Wednesday the deceased was assisting to load the steamer Sirens, Bramley Moore Dock, when in endeavouring to lay hold of the handle of a truck he fell into the hold, a depth of 30ft, receiving severe injuries. He died 2hrs after admission to the Northern Hospital. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of John CARROLL, aged 40, a labourer of 24 Denbigh St. In September last the deceased was acting as foreman to a gang of men working in the hold of the barque Rachael, Prince's Dock, while assisting to remove a sack it suddenly "slewed" round and rolled over him. He was removed to the Northern Hospital, suffering severe injury to the left leg, and died on Wednesday morning last. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of John RILEY, aged 3, who lived with his parents at 29 Martin St. Last Tuesday afternoon the deceased was left in the house with two other children, about a quarter of an hour afterwards a neighbour found his clothes in flames and the boy screaming loudly. The mother took him to the dispensary and he died on Wednesday forenoon. Verdict, "Accidentally burned."

On the body of John HUYTON, aged 22, blacksmith of 22 Park St. On Wednesday morning the deceased and other men were working on the ship Bebbington, lying in the Queen's Dock When he was aloft doing some work about the foremast, a stay, by which he was holding, gave, and he fell to the deck, receiving injuries which terminated fatally at the Southern Hospital the same evening. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of James BURKE, labourer, aged 23, who lived in a court in Cornus St. On Monday while the deceased was in drink he fell down some steps leading to his house, receiving serious injury to his head . On being taken his wife put a plaster on it, but, he became insensible and remained in that state during the night. Next day he complained of his head and died on Wednesday morning. Verdict, "Accidentally killed while in a state of intoxication."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 17th 1870

Coroners inquests before Mr Clarke ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of William GRAHAM, plasterer aged 29, of 3 court, Stanhope St. On Thursday morning last the deceased and two other men were engaged in repairing the roof of a house in Dryden St. While the deceased was ascending a ladder to the roof one of the spindles gave way, causing the ladder to jerk, the ladder broke on one side and the deceased fell to the ground a distance of 20ft. He was taken insensible to the dispensary and from thence to the Infirmary, where he died on Thursday evening. Verdict "Accidental death."

On the body of Thomas WIDDISS, aged 3, the son of a carter of 5 court, Birkett St. On Thursday afternoon his mother put the teapot filled with hot tea on the fender. Deceased went towards it an before his mother could prevent it he put his mouth to the spout, and the steam scalded his mouth and throat. He was taken to the dispensary where the doctor prescribed medicine and ordered ice to be given to the deceased to suck. This was done but the child died on Friday afternoon. Verdict "Accidentally scalded."

Inquest were also held on no fewer than four children, who had been suffocated in bed.

John LYON, aged 7mths, the son of a carter of a court in Bayhouse Lane. Deceased was in bed when his father went home on Thursday about 9.30pm and an hour later found deceased with one arm entangled in the bed clothes and the blanket over his head. On taking it off he found the child dead, his face covered with perspiration and foam came from the mouth afterwards.

Sarah Anne FERRIS, aged 3mths the daughter of a shipwright of 3 St Mark's Terrace, Upper Duke St. At 7am on Friday the deceased was left lying asleep in bed between two pillows, at 10.30 am the mother found the child dead turned on her face.

Joseph FOXLEY, aged 3wks, son of a porter of 6 Wilde St. Parents went to bed with the child shortly after midnight on Friday and when the mother awoke at 7am she found the baby dead in her arms. Blood came from the child's nose and the face and lips were discoloured. The mother said she and her husband were both sober.

Samuel STRETTELL, aged 4mths son of a plumber of 101 Elias St. The parents and deceased went to bed at 1am on Saturday morning, when the mother awoke at 5.30am she found the child dead with froth coming from the mouth and nose. parents were both sober.

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Liverpool Mercury, February 9, 1870

Coroner's inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, Borough Coroner

On the body of Julia RENNINGTON, aged 3, daughter of a labourer of 12 court, Brassey St. On Thursday 3rd inst the deceased was left in a room with another child, aged 6, by its mother. A neighbour hearing screams went in and found the deceased burnt about the body and face. Deceased died on Monday morning from her injuries, verdict, "Found burnt."

On the body of Thomas Bolton BAKER, aged 3, and orphan nephew of William BAKER, pork butcher, 102 Great Homer St, in whose charge he was, an alarm of fire being given deceased's uncle found his cot on fire and the deceased lying on the floor severely burned. A portion of a lucifer match box was found on the floor by the deceased's cot, the child died 2hrs later. Verdict "Accidentally burnt."

On the body of William WILSON, aged 43, engine turner, of 23 Roscoe Lane, employed at Messers CROSSFIELD and BARROW'S sugar refinery, Vauxhall Rd. While at his work on the 3rd inst he had a finger taken off. On Sunday morning last while coming down stairs he was seized with giddiness and fell forwards his head striking the floor, he continued insensible till the next morning when he died. He was in the habit of taking drink. Dr LODGE was of the opinion that death had resulted from his injuries received in the fall and the loss of the finger had nothing to do with his death. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of James Johnston M'DOWELL, aged 20 or 26?, a clerk who resided at the Alexandra Hotel, 78 Hall Lane. Deceased had been in the habit of taking medicine for some time. Early on Wednesday morning the 12th inst as he was going to bed he applied a lotion to the lower part of his body, for the purpose he explained to another person in the room, to stop the perspiration. He afterwards complained of a burning feeling and feeling restless. Dr ROWE was called in and found him suffering from violent cramps of the muscles of his abdomen and extensive inflammation and partial destruction of the skin, he died on Sunday last. Dr ROWE said, the liquid used by the deceased was a concentrated solution of perchloride of mercury, or corrosive sublimate. It was a foreign preparation and ought to have been diluted with water. The bottle was correctly labelled in French. Deceased's case was hopeless from the first, he had died from the absorption of the solution into the system. A verdict was given in accordance with that opinion and that the solution was applied ignorantly by the deceased.

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