Deaths and Inquests 1850

Liverpool Mercury, Jan 1st, 1850

On Saturday week Mary DOWNEY while proceeding along Great Charlotte St trod on orange peel and fell to the ground, she was found to be seriously hurt and conveyed to the Infirmary, where it was ascertained she had a severe fracture of the thigh, the injury proved fatal and she died on Friday, verdict, Accidental Death.

On Friday morning Joseph EDWARDS employed at INGRAM and CLARKE, cement merchants, Pitt St, went to work as usual and in a short time was found dead on the floor. It was subsequently ascertained death was due to disease of the heart. Verdict accordingly.

Liverpool Mercury, Jan 4th, 1850

On Saturday last a female of respectable appearance embarked at Dublin in the Queen Victoria Steamer for Liverpool, she gave her name as Miss SMITH and said she was a cabin passenger. During the voyage she complained of being indisposed, but as her indisposition was supposed to arise from sea sickness, no particular notice was taken of it at the time. Before reaching Liverpool she was found in the water closet, where she had given birth to a child. The child was dead when the discovery was made, an inquest was held where a surgeon gave the opinion that the child died from want of assistance during birth, a verdict was to that effect.

On Saturday last John MONAGHAN, aged 3, died on board the NIMROD steamer, on her passage from Cork to this town. It appeared some time ago the deceased, along with several others sailed from Liverpool to America, on board the ship ASHLIN, after being out 16days they were wrecked on the coast of Ireland and taken to Cork. About 30 passengers were lost and the deceased, amongst others was saved, but had never been well since. Verdict death from “Natural causes”.

On Tuesday last Robert HOPLEY a drayman in the employ of Messers MELLOR and Co, Hunter St, died at the Southern Hospital, from injuries received by falling underneath his dray. Cause of death was a rupture of the liver, verdict “accidental death.”

On Wednesday Elizabeth Isabella WHITE, residing with her parents in Bridgewater St, died from being accidentally overlain.

On Wednesday Sarah PATTON, a child residing with her parents in Coburg St, died from being accidentally overlain.


Liverpool Mercury, Jan 8th, 1850

Fatal accident

Yesterday Hugh GALLAGHER, a shoemaker died at the Southern Hospital, in consequence of an injury to one of his legs. The deceased went to an anchor smithy in Norfolk St, during a row which took place between some of the men an anchor was knocked down, which fell on him and he received a compound fracture of one of his legs which terminated fatally.

Yesterday the infant child of a pauper named HOPWOOD, now in the West Derby Workhouse, was found dead beside its mother, supposed to have been overlain.

Yesterday a child named Mary Ann ROGERSON, residing with her parents in Kitchen St, died from injuries she received from being accidentally scalded a fortnight ago.

On Sunday William BICKERSTAFFE died suddenly at his residence in a street leading from Bootle Lane. The deceased was injured about 12yrs ago during a riot in the town and has since been unable to work. He was seized with a fit of coughing and died suddenly.

On Saturday last Ann HOLLINS, aged 18, a servant girl in the service of Mr KENT, Mason St, Edge Hill was severely injured by her clothes catching fire and died the same night.


Liverpool Mercury, Jan 15th, 1850

On Saturday and inquest was held at the Woodside hotel on the body of Charles GREEN attorney, Liverpool His wife found him dead, at a post mortem Dr STEVENSON, found death was due to the rupture of the main artery to the heart, verdict in accordance.

Liverpool Mercury, Feb 1st, 1850

Mysterious affair

On Saturday last a young man named, RICHARD Prescott, a farmer from Bickerstaff, attended Liverpool market with a load of potatoes, he stayed in Liverpool till about 10 o’ clock then made his way home. He stopped at a public house on the road gave his horse a drink and left perfectly sober. About 12 o’ clock some persons residing at Town Green Bridge heard a man crying for assistance, after the cry a horse and cart passed rapidly by, as if running away, moans were heard, but, none of the parties went to see what had happened. On Sunday morning the dead body of PRESCOTT was found lying in the road. He had received a severe wound beneath the ear, it was first supposed the deceased had fallen out of the cart and the wound caused by the fall, but, as cries for help were heard the deceased friends were suspicious, his watch was also missing. The watch has now been found but its recovery only adds to the mystery and suspicions are that violent hands were laid on the deceased. The watch was found three-quarters of a mile away from the scene of death. An inquest was held at Prescot on Monday before Mr HEYES and although the facts above transpired a verdict of “accidental death” was returned by the Jury. PRESCOTT’S friends found the verdict unsatisfactory and had the body examined by a medical gentleman, who was of the opinion the wound below the ear was caused by a heavy blow. The tale by the man who found the watch, they found unsatisfactory and intend to have him examined on the subject. PRESCOTT was 21 yrs of age and respectably connected.


Liverpool Mercury, Feb 22nd, 1850

Inquests Tuesday

Verdicts in accordance with the evidence given in each case.

On the body of John MC LEAN, seaman on board the ship AMERICA, who died on passage from New York. He was taken ill soon after the vessel left New York, and gradually grew worse.

On the body of William ANDERSON, aged 77 who was struck by a spring cart in Church St on 4th Jan last, and died Saturday last from his injuries.

On the body of Sarah WRIGHT, aged 2mths, overlain by her parents.

On the body of Lawrence BECHAM, 30yrs, who was found drowned on Sunday morning last in a pit in the Brickfields, Hopwood St, Scotland Rd.

Yesterday and inquest was held on the body of an infant aged 4wks, child of John and Ann MC CARRAN, passengers by the steam ship DUNDALK from Ireland on Wednesday night. On the passage the mother covered the child closely with her cloak, and by pressing it close to her body, the infant suffocated, verdict accordingly.

On Wednesday morning Mary ARMSTRONG, aged 85, who resided in a court in Marlborough St, was found dead in bed.

On Saturday night last, an aged woman, Elizabeth HASLAM, residing in Back, Boundary St, while engaged in a quarrel with her son and daughter, being at the time in a state of intoxication, fell head first down stairs and was killed.

At St Helens

Inquest at Haydock

Before Mr HEYES, coroner, at James TWISS'S, the Waggon and Horses, on Wednesday last on the body of Sarah OWEN, child, aged 10, who was waiting for her mother returning home on Monday evening, when she laid down before the fire and fell asleep, and her clothes accidentally caught fire. On awakening she ran upstairs to another elder sister and threw herself on the bed, which immediately took fire. It was with difficulty the bed was extinguished. Deceased suffered until the following day when she died, verdict, "Accidental death."

Fatal accident

An inquest was held on the body of Thomas HILL, a labourer, aged 65, at the house Mrs Mary LATHAM, of the Navigation Inn. Deceased had fallen into the canal between 8.30 and 9pm on Sunday, apparently in a state of intoxication, verdict, "Accidentally drowned."


Liverpool Mercury, May 7th 1850

On Sunday last Eleanor SPINKS, a married woman, aged 36, committed suicide by hanging herself, the deceased lived with her husband in a court in Bolton St. She was a woman of dissipated habits and frequently drank for weeks in succession, her fits of intoxication being succeeded by depression of spirits, though not to such an extent to create alarm in her family. About 3wks ago she commenced drinking and did not leave off until Saturday last. This was followed by her usual lowness of spirits. Her husband went out on Sunday leaving the deceased at home, on returning he did not see her in the lower part of the house, on going to the top room, however, he discovered her suspended from a rail. She was cut down, but was found to be quite dead.

About 5am on Friday last the body of a respectfully dressed man was found lying on its side in a pit adjoining the Liverpool Buildings, Chester Rd, Tranmere. Constable MASON had it immediately removed to the Shakeshaft Hotel. The body was identified to be that of John CROSS who formerly kept a spirit vaults in Tithebarne St but who latterly had been a travelling agent for a cordial establishment. The deceased was about 50 and was respectably connected. Latterly his habits were rather dissipated and it is supposed he fell into the pit on the night previous in a state of intoxication.


Liverpool Mercury, Oct 15th 1850


On Friday morning Edmund BARTON, apprentice on board the ship Pakenham, lying in the Albert Dock, fell from the yard arm while assisting to furl the sails. He came into contact with the deck and was so much injured he died shortly afterwards while being conveyed to the Southern Hospital, verdict, Accidental death.

Anthony M'HALE, aged 6, living with his parents in Grosvenor St, was severely burnt on Wednesday morning by his clothes catching fire. His mother had left him in the room for a few minutes when she returned he was in flames. It was not known how he had taken fire, he died on Thursday evening, verdict, Accidental death.

On Thursday last Joseph OVER, apprentice to Messers HUMBLE and GRAYSON, shipwrights, Stanhope St, was killed by a piece of timber falling upon him. The deceased was assisting in the removal of an oak tree to the saw-pit, when the chain by which it was secured broke. The timber struck the deceased on the head smashing his skull, killing him on the spot. The accident occurred from the negligence of the deceased in going underneath the timber, which was about 2 tons in weight, verdict, Accidental death.


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