DEATHS AND INQUESTS, 1875

Liverpool Mercury Jan 1st 1875

Coroners inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Martha TOFT, aged 47, wife of a joiner of 4 Hibbert St. On Monday morning the husband left her in bed and went to work, and when he returned in the evening he found her dead on the kitchen floor with her neck and chest severely burned, having apparently fallen on the grate. The deceased was subject to fits and suffered fro m heart disease. Verdict, "Died from natural causes accelerated by shock and burning

On the body of Patrick MAGUIRE, aged 34, a labourer who lodged at 44A Forth St. He was formerly a drinking man but latterly had been better in this respect. He was tipsy on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning and said he wouldn't go to work until noon. A bout 10am he staggered up Forth St in drink and fell heavily on the pavement. In the afternoon he was found sitting on the floor of his room, with his back to the wall, dead and partially cold. Dr YOUNG considered death was caused by congestion of the brain, resulting from partial suffocation. The jury returned a verdict accordingly.

On the body of Rebecca Ann MAXWELL, aged 5wks, the daughter of a saddler, of 7 Shadwell St. The infant was found dead in bed with her mother on Monday morning. Verdict, "Found suffocated."

On the body of Adam JOHNSTON, aged 63, labourer at a brewery, who resided at the model lodging house Wilton St. He had been a heavy drinker but during the last few weeks he had been sober. On Monday morning he complained of being ill and died before a doctor could be obtained. Verdict, "Died from natural causes accelerated by drinking habits."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 4th 1875

Coroners inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Robert COLEMAN, aged 42, weight-taker of 50 Great George St. The deceased was a heavy drinker, and for the past 3wks had been drinking heavily every day, his speciality being rum. He died on Wednesday from delirium tremens. Verdict accordingly

On the body of James MULLIN, labourer of Furlong St. He was in the employ of Mr MACIVER, and on Friday morning whilst engaged on the steamship Parthia in putting on the hatches after the cargo had been put on board, he accidentally fell into the hold. He was picked up insensible and died before he was got ashore. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of Catherine ROWEN, aged 60, who lodged at 1 court, Lower Pownall St. The deceased had been ailing for some time and on Friday morning was found dead in her room. It was stated she was a sober woman and had suffered from rheumatism, but lately had been suffering from depression on account of having lost a sister. Verdict, "Died from natural causes."

On the body of Catherine MURPHY, aged 74, a widow, an inmate at the Liverpool Workhouse. On Monday last she was found lying at the bottom of the stairs leading to the dining room having apparently fallen down the steps, She sustained concussion of the brain from which she died about an hour afterwards. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of John DONNELLY, aged 4, son of a cotton porter of 5 court, Milton St. The deceased was accidentally burnt on the 13th ult and died at the Northern Hospital on Friday morning, from his injuries. Verdict, "Died from accidental burning."

On the body of Thomas BROWN, aged 50, of 1 court, Bailey St. The deceased was a porter at a bonded warehouse. He was addicted to drink and had been drinking since Christmas day. On Thursday evening last he was taken home very drunk and on the following morning was found dead. Mr PAGE, surgeon at the South Dispensary, who was called to the deceased said ha had no doubt that death had resulted from apoplexy, the result of excessive drinking. Verdict accordingly.

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 5th 1875

Coroners inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Elizabeth WHITEHEAD, aged 63, a widow of 3 Marlborough St. The deceased fell downstairs on the night of the 14thNovember last and received injuries from which she died at the workhouse on Saturday last. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of John WOODS, aged 58, foreman blacksmith, 56 Leeson St, in the employ of Messers POOLEY, ironfounders, Manchester St, after leaving his work on Friday evening he got on a tram in Byrom St for Kirkdale. Nothing was subsequently seen of him until 9am on Saturday when his body was found in a pond in a field in which the Stanley Hospital is situate at Kirkdale. Dr LYNN after an examination of the body found no marks of violence and that all indications were those of death from drowning. The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned" but how he got there is no evidence to show

At the same time and place the body of a woman named Jane JONES was found, an inquest will be held today

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 6th 1875

Coroners inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of John ATKINS, master of the flat Princess of Wales, who fell through an open hatchway on his flat on Friday last and died on Monday. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of Jane JONES, aged 34, wife of a labourer in a foundry of 56 Leison St, who was found dead with a man named WOODS, also dead, in a pit near the Stanley Hospital. Dr LYNN, Fitzclarence St, had examined the deceased and was satisfied that death was from drowning. The jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned" [see above Jan 5th]

On the body of Hugh FEENEY, ship's steward aged 23, who on Saturday went to see a friend off to sea, and got very drunk on board his ship. He was taken to the Northern Hospital where he died the next morning. A post mortem showed death was due to alcohol poisoning. Verdict, "Death from excessive drinking."

On the body of William ROWLAND, aged 34, of 71 Upper Stanhope St. On Sunday morning he was found dead in his yard having fallen of jumped through the window during the night. The deceased was out of employment and had drank heavily for some time. On Saturday night he was very violent and his wife slept in another room. Verdict, "Found dead."

On the body of William James ROBERTS, aged 5, the son of a labourer of 4 court, Back Grafton St. The deceased and two other children were left alone in the house on Saturday by their mother, in her absence a pan on the fire was upset, and the deceased was scalded about the shoulders. He was taken to the Southern Hospital where he died on Monday from the effects of the scalds. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of Harriet HART, an old woman residing in a court off Combermere St. At an early hour on the 23rd ult the clothes of the deceased caught fire while she was in a state on intoxication, she was severely burned and died from her injuries on Friday last. Verdict, "Accidentally burned while under the influence of drink."

On the body of Michael TRAVERS, a labourer lodging at 5 Paget Terrace, Paget St, who was carried home very drunk on Saturday afternoon. He was laid on the kitchen floor with a pillow under his head, at 12 0' clock was found dead. Verdict, "Death from excessive drinking."

On the body of Mary McCABE, aged 45, wife of a tailor of 12 court, Richmond Row. She had for 10yrs been addicted to drink, and was subject to fits after drinking. About 7.30am on the 7th inst she was left by her husband on the straw bed asleep. She was not seen by anyone after her husband left until 10, when she was found dead Verdict, "Death from excessive drinking."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 9th 1875

Coroners inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of William MACKENZIE, aged 44, cab driver, of 2 court, Great Orford St. The deceased who was in the employ of Mr MAGUIRE, of Myrtle St was on the 28th ult driving his cab down Upper Duke St, when owing to the slippery state of the street, the horse fell and the deceased being thrown to the ground sustained serious injuries. He was removed to the Royal Infirmary where it was found he was suffering from concussion of the brain, of which he died on Wednesday. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of James FITZSIMMONS, aged 9, the son of a labourer of 12 Forge St. Whilst a lorry was being unloaded on Wednesday, in that street, a bale of cotton fell on him and he sustained injuries of which he died shortly afterwards. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of Patrick BROWN, aged 44, a boxmaker of 54 Addison St. It appears on Wednesday afternoon he fell down the steps of his sister's house and received head injuries, he died immediately. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of Martin MORAN, aged 47, dock labourer of 2 Meadows St, in the employ of the Mersey Docks Board. On Monday he was engaged in "breaking out" cotton on the ship Antarctic, lying in the Waterloo Dock, he hooked on to a bale the breaking out pennant and the bale were drawn out by the hydraulic hoist in the warehouse. When the bale was clear the deceased called out, "let go", and the hoist was stopped. Deceased then went to unhook the pennant, and when it was nearly clear the hoist was set in motion, and it brought the bale against the deceased. He was knocked over and whilst he was down the pennant or hook came out of the bale and struck him on the side, severely injuring him. He was immediately removed to the Northern Hospital where he died on Wednesday. Verdict, "Accidental death." The jury at the same time expressing their opinion that more care should be exercised in working the hoist.

On the body of Christina DOWLING, aged 12mths, daughter of a rigger of 1 Landor St. The jury returned a verdict that her death resulted from natural causes.

On the body of Catherine GALLAGHER, aged 48, of 15 Sawney Pope St. The jury returned a verdict that her death resulted from natural causes.

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 13th 1875

Coroners inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Elizabeth HUGHES, aged 26, wife of a labourer of Adlington St. The deceased was a drunken woman, she was away from her house on the night of the 24th ult When she returned home on Christmas day she was very wet and had a cut on her head, which she accounted for by having fallen. She went out again and got drunk, on the Sunday following she complained of her head, she was removed to the Workhouse Hospital on the 30th ult and died on the 10th inst from erysipelas. An open verdict was returned.

On the body of John LEECH, aged 2yrs 10mths, the son of a labourer of Blundell Grove, Everton Terrace. On the 17th ult the deceased was left in the house in the charge of an elder sister. The deceased through lighting a piece of stick set fire to his pinafore. He was burned on his right side, face and both arms and died on Saturday. Verdict. "Accidentally burned."

On the body of Elizabeth M'CUE aged 41, the wife of a tailor, of 7 court, Pembroke St. On the 5th inst the deceased was with her husband and son in another house in the court, she had two glasses of ale which somewhat affected her. As she was going up some steps to her house she fell against the railings and the point of one penetrated her clothes and inflicted a wound in her side. She was removed to the Royal Infirmary where she died on Saturday. Verdict, "Accidental death."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 16th 1875

Coroners inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Robert Henry TAYLOR, aged 6wks, son of John TAYLOR, cooper of 75 Beatrice St. The deceased was taken to bed on Tuesday night by it mother and on awakening the following morning she found it dead under the clothes at her breast. Verdict, "Accidentally overlain."

On the body of Alice PRESTON, aged 60, widow of John PRESTON, a Gentleman's servant. The deceased resided with her daughter in a cellar in Shadwell St. On Monday last she was going down the steps which led to the cellar when she put her foot on a piece of coke on the step which caused her to fall to the bottom, her right side coming against the edge of the bottom step. The deceased's ribs were fractured and she died on Wednesday morning. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of Mary Ann JOHNSON, aged 3, daughter of Peter JOHNSON, a seaman of 7 court Stanhope St. On Wednesday afternoon her mother went into a neighbour's house and left her alone in the parlour. When she returned in 15mins she found the child lying dead on the floor with all her clothing burnt off, a box of matches which had been left on the mantel piece were found near her. Verdict, "Accidentally burnt."

On the body of Mary MURPHY, aged 52, wife of a pig dealer of Blaney St. The deceased's husband said he had been married about 37yrs, for the last 5yrs she had been addicted to drink and on Tuesday night was intoxicated. On Wednesday morning she was found dead in the house. The deceased had frequently complained of chest pains. Verdict, "Natural causes"

On the body of Harriet MEARS, aged 45, wife of Isaac MEARS, dock labourer, Elias St, Everton. The deceased was a sober woman, her husband was an idle and drunken fellow, who sold the furniture to get drink. He on one occasion abused her. Latterly she became unwell and lay on some rugs on the floor. There was nothing to eat in the house at times. The poor woman died on Wednesday of disease of the heart. The body was in a very emaciated condition, and Dr JONES was of the opinion that her death had been hastened by want of proper nourishment and attention. The jury returned a verdict in accordance with this evidence, and the coroner reprimanded the husband.

On the body of Samuel M'COY aged 36, of Mann St. The deceased who was a gatekeeper at a shipbuilding yard, was addicted to drink. He used to drink whiskey while in bed, and sometimes consumed four small bottles of spirits a night. On Sunday evening he cut his throat with a razor in his bedroom, he was taken to the Southern Hospital where he died on Wednesday. Verdict, "Committed suicide while in a state of temporary insanity."

On the body of Margaret MANNION, aged 36, the wife of a labourer of Newsham St. On the night of the 5th inst the deceased went to a neighbours house and in going upstairs to see a sick woman she missed her footing and fell to the bottom, sustaining head injuries which caused her death on the 12th inst. Verdict, "Accidentally killed."

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Liverpool Mercury Jan 26th 1875

Coroners inquests before Mr C. ASPINALL, borough coroner

On the body of Patrick NUGENT, aged about 65, a fireman in the employ of Messers KEELING and Co, soap manufacturers, Kitchen St. On the 14th inst he fell into a vat which was being filled with a caustic liquid and was burned from the feet to the abdomen. He died from his injuries on Saturday. Verdict, "Accidental death."

On the body of William SMITH, aged 34, engine fitter who lodged at St James St. The deceased came off a voyage about 10wks ago and drank heavily until the 21st inst, when his mind being affected he was taken to the workhouse, he died on Saturday. Verdict, "Died from exhaustion the result of excessive drinking."

On the body of Bernard CARNEY, aged 4, the son of a dock labourer of 11 court, Hornby St. On New Year's Day the deceased was left in the house in the care of an older brother and was afterwards found with his night clothes on fire. He was severely burned and died on Saturday. An open verdict was returned.

On the body of James KENNY, aged 13, an orphan who lived with his sister in 4 court Shaftsbury St. On the 22nd inst the deceased was at his work at Messers FINLAY and Co's hollow ware manufactory, Warwick St, and fell into a boiler of hot water receiving injuries from which he died the same night. Verdict, "Accidentally scalded."

On the body of Henry KAY, aged 34, a barber, latterly employed at the Great Howard St railway goods station as a porter. On the night of the 22nd inst he was ordered to go with a train of waggons loaded for Sandhills. He would have to ride on the top of a loaded waggon. 5 mins afterwards the body of the deceased was found lying at the side of the metals with his skull fractured, having probably fallen from the wagon. An open verdict was returned On the body of Mary Ann FINNISEY, aged 48, a widow. On the 16th inst the deceased with her son took lodgings at 7 court, Oakes St. Both were very drunk that night, while the son was asleep the deceased who was smoking set her clothes on fire, she was severely burned and died from her injuries on the 22nd inst. Verdict, "Accidentally burned whilst in drink."

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Liverpool Mercury, March 16th 1875

Death of a Peninsular Officer

We record the death of another of the small surviving band of veteran soldiers who served under the Duke of Wellington in the Peninsular War. Captain James RUTHERFORD of the old 94th Regiment or Scotch Brigade, which was disbanded at the conclusion of the war on a reduction of the forces, died at Liverpool on the 25th ultimo, in his 86th year. Captain RUTHERFORD was the last survivor of the officers who fought under the colours of that distinguished Scottish regiment in the Peninsula. He joined at the beginning of the war, and after being soon afterwards appointed to the command of the light company, was almost constantly engaged in out-post work, involving many severe encounters with the enemy. Besides these he took part with his regiment in the following important operations :- Siege of Cadiz, battle of Busaco, actions of Pombal and Redinha, lines of Lisbon, Massenais retreat, action at Sabugal, battle of Fuentes d'Onor, first seige of Badajoz, battles of Vittoria, the Pyrenees, Nivelle, Nive, Orthes, and Toulouse. For these services he received the war medal with seven clasps. After retiring from the army, he held for many years appointments in the barrack department, and served successively in the West Indies, at Aberdeen, and in the North of England, embracing Newcastle-on-Tyne and Carlisle. He has now passed away at a ripe old age, leaving behind him the memories of those who knew him best the reputation of a brave soldier and warm-hearted friend

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Liverpool Mercury, April 5th 1875

Supposed suicide of a shipowner

Yesterday Mr James ALEXANDER, of 34 St James Mount, was found dead under circumstances which leave little doubt that he committed suicide. About 11am yesterday he was sitting in the front parlour of his house, when he went upstairs, almost immediately afterwards the report of a pistol was heard, and upon one of the inmates of the house proceeding to the room he was found there with a wound on the right eye. Dr OXLEY of Rodney St was immediately called in but he found that Mr ALEXANDER was dead. By the deceased gentleman's side was a single chamber pistol which had been recently discharged. Mr ALEXANDER was 58, and was engaged in the business of a shipowner.

Death of the Rector of Kirk Bride, I.O.M

The Rev Daniel NELSON, rector of Bride, I.O.M, died on Friday, he was 68, and had been the rector of Bride for many years. The rectory, which is worth about 400 per year, is the gift of the Crown, there is only one other rectory on the island, that of Andreas.

The late Mr STEWART

We regret to record the death of Mr Robert J. STEWART, eldest son of Mr STEWART of the firm of A. C. STEWART and Co, Port Elizabeth and Liverpool which took place at the residence of Mr J. G. De VILLIERS, on Wednesday Feb 16th. Deceased had only reached the age of 21yrs 6mths, and had been suffering some time from consumption and came from England to this colony some months ago in the hope of recovery, but although the change probably prolonged his life, it did not cure him and he died after a severe affliction borne with great fortitude and Christian patience. His remains were taken to their final resting place in the Dutch Reformed Church Cemetery on Thursday, amidst every demonstration of love and respect. The principal shops were shut, and nearly all the respectable inhabitants among them whom was Rev Mr LLEWELLYN [Episcopalian] attended the funeral. Several gentlemen from Port Elizabeth also joined in the sad procession. The Rev T. PATERSON [Independent] performed the funeral service and offered up a most impressive prayer. Vitenhage Times

Funeral of Mrs LEFROY

On Saturday morning the remains of the late Mrs LEFROY, wife of the Rev W. LEFROY, were committed to the tomb at St Jame's Cemetery, attended by a large number of relatives and friends. The cortege reached the burial place shortly after 11am. Chief mourners were, Rev W. LEFROY, his brother Mr E. LEFROY, the Rev W. G. CARROLL, and Dr VOSE. The occupants of the other carriages were the Rev Canon FALLOON, Rev D. ANDERSON, Rev R. POSTANCE, Messers R. A. PAYNE, T. DODGSON, James PENDLEBURY, T. WRIGHT, Edward HARTLEY, A. TYRER, C. ALDIS, T. FORD, Dr RICKARD and the Rev Mr WILLIAMS The deceased lady was highly esteemed by the congregation of St Andrew's over which her husband exercised the pastoral charge, and took a prominent and active part in all the various organisations for promoting the spiritual and moral welfare of the people. In works of charity she rendered ready and willing service and by the poor was held in affectionate regard. Her death produced a deep feeling of sympathy from all who knew her, this was evident from the large crowds of people assembled to pay the last tribute of respect to her memory. The officiating ministers were Rev Canon FALLOON, and the Rev D. ANDERSON. The coffin was of mahogany, ornamented with brass mountings and upon it were placed several wreaths of flowers, upon the brass shield were inscribed the name, date of decease, and age of the deceased, the interment took place in a grave at the extreme north end of the cemetery, funeral arrangements were conducted by Mr WOODBURN, Mount Pleasant.

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Liverpool Mercury, Nov 18th 1875

Coroners inquests, before Mr Clarke ASPINALL,

On the body of John WOODS, aged 7wks, the son of a labourer, of 9 court, Chisendale St, verdict, "Accidentally overlain."

On the body of Peter CARNEY, who lodged at 10 Deacon St, verdict, "Died from natural causes accelerated by drinking."

On the body of Hugh MORGAN, a seaman aged 33, who went to lodge in a house in Milton St, on Saturday night and on the following morning was found dead in his bedroom, the medical evidence showed death was the result of natural causes, probably heart disease, and a verdict to that effect was returned.

On the body of John CLEGG, aged 8days, child of James CLEGG, railway porter of 16 Upper Beau St, verdict, "Accidentally overlain."

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