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Gloucester Journal extracts

1790

Jan 18.  We have received from the clergyman of North Nibley, in this county, the following circumstance:  On the last day of the old year, DANIEL MUNDY, of the parish of North Nibley, attempted to descend into a well, near 100 feet deep.  He had proceeded but a little way, when his companion begged him to come up, as part of the wall had fallen in but the day before.   His reply was, G-d d--n my Soul to H-ll, if I don't venture, let what will be the consequence.  These words were hardly uttered, when ten feet of the top of the well fell in on the unhappy wretch, and carried him to the bottom.  
  This DANIEL MUNDY, about two years ago, when confined in the prison, one night uttering some vile execrations, was in an instant struck dumb, and could not speak for several hours.  A locked jaw had deprived him of utterance.  For several months afterwards his behaviour was exemplary; but on his release from prison, losing all recollection of his late warning, he returned without remorse to his old companion, and former habits of vice.

Feb 1.  On Monday last died at Wotton Underedge, Mr JOHN BARNES, one of the Coroners for this county.

Feb 15.  On Wednesday last was held, the election of a Coroner for this county, in the room of the late Mr Barnes.  The candidates were Mr WILLIAM JOYNER, and Mr GERRISH; but Mr Gerrish observing the great number of gentlemen, who were come to support his opponent, declined giving farther trouble.  The election was then declared in favour of Mr Joyner.  [Adverts for Joyner 8 & 15 Feb; for Gerrish on 8 & 15 Feb - "a full apology for the trouble I have given ..." and refers to a "promise of support ... whenever a vacancy may happen."]
  On Thursday last an inquest was taken at Stroud, by Mr Joyner, one of the coroners for this county, on the body of ELIZABETH BEACHEY, Servant to the Rev. Mr HARRIES, who hanged herself in the garrett of her master's house, where she was not found till Tuesday evening.  The jury brought in a verdict, Lunacy.

Mar 15.  On Monday last an Inquest was taken at Wotton Underedge, by Mr William Joyner, of Berkeley, one of his Majesty's Coroners for this county, on the body of JERONOMY CONFINS, a child of three years old, who was burnt to death.  It appeared on evidence that the deceased, with three other children, the eldest not seven years of age, was left on Sunday morning to the care of an aunt, whilst the parents attended divine service.  As soon as the parents were gone, the aunt very imprudently left the children to themselvs for near quarters of an hour, during which time the deceased wetted her pinbefore, and in holding it to dry caught fire, which communicated to her other cloaths, and, before it could be extinguished, she was burnt to that degree, that she survived only a few hours.  How careful parents should be, to whom they leave the care of helpless children!

Mar 22.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Wotton Underedge, by Mr William Joyner, of Berkeley, one of the coroners for this county, on the body of Mrs MARY COUSENS, widow, aged eighty nine; who, by a fall from the third step of the staircase, fractured her scull, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 29.  On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Kington, in the parish of Thornbury,  by Mr William Joyner, of Berkeley, one of his Majesty's Coroners for this county, on the body of ANN POPE, Servant to Farmer HOPKINS, who poisoned herself, by taking a quantity of arsenic mixed with warm milk.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Apr 12. Advertisement.   MURDER.   WHEREAS A MALE INFANT, aged about 18 months, was picked up in the river Wye,  on Monday the 1st of March last, and an inquest was taken on the 2d of the same month, when the Jury, from the marks of violence that appeared on the said infant, brought in their verdict, Wilful Murder, by some person or persons unknown, and a necessary enquiry being afterwards made to find out the perpetrator of so horrid a deed, ELIZABETH, the wife of WILLIAM EDMUNDS, of the parish of Tidenham, in the county of Gloucester, (who was the woman that nursed a child of BENJAMIN HOSKINS'S, late of the said parish of Tidenham, labourer) made oath, that the gown and apron the child of the said Benjamin Hoskins was dressed in, when he (the said Hoskins) took it from her, on the 13th of February 1790, were the same that this infant had on when picked up; and that the infant appeared to her, though disfigured from lying in the water some time, to be about the age of the child the said Hoskins took from her; therefore, from the above circumstances, and the said Hoskins having absconded since the day the said inquest was taken, suspicion falls on the said Benjamin Hoskins, that he may have been the perpetrator of the said horrid deed.  Now in order that the said BENJAMIN HOSKINS may acquit himself by making his innocence appear, or oherwise be convicted of the crime of which he is suspected, we, the churchwardens, and overseers, of the poor of the parish of Chepstow, in the county of Monmouth, do hereby offer a reward of five Guineas, over and above such reasonable expences as we shall think fit to allow, to any person or persons who will apprehend the said Benjamin Hoskins, and bring him before Warren Jane, Esq. one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace, at Chepstow, in the county of Monmouth, to be examined by him, he having the said ELIZABETH EDMUNDS'S examination in his possession.
  The said Benjamin Hoskins, when he left his work, took with him a blue coat and waistcoat, with white buttons, and leather breeches, a smock frock, and striped waistcoat, is a fresh coloured man, about five feet, six or seven inches high, strong made, about 30 years old, and is supposed to be still lurking about the parishes of Lanishen, Wolvesnewton, or Grosmont, in the county of Monmouth.

The humanity of the people of Chepstow was greatly shocked a few days ago, by the body of a very fine child, about 13 months old, which was taken out of the river, with its throat cut.  The father is supposed to be the perpetrator of this act of unnatural barbarity, as he absconded on the declaration of the Coroner's inquest.  A reward is offered for apprehending this villain. [See the advertisement in the preceding page.]
   On Sunday, the 4th inst. a new born female infant was found dead in the highway, leading from Chedworth to Northleach; and an inquest was taken on Tuesday, by Mr Willey, one of the coroners for this county, (and resident in this city) when the Jury returned their verdict, Still Born.

May 10.  On Wednesday morning, a waterman belonging to Tewkesbury, named SAMUEL HUNTLEY, who was subject to fits, was suddenly seized and fell into the river Severn near this city, and was drowned.

May 31.  Last week Mr THOMAS HARVEY, one of the Keepers of Dean Forest, riding furiously along the Forest, in pursuit of some timber stealers whom he had in view, unfortunately passing under a tree, and not stooping sufficiently, struck his head with such violence against a spreading limb, as to dislocate his neck and fracture his skull, and instantly died on the spot.

Jun 28.   On Tuesday last as Captain SMALL, of Cirencester, was encouraging his hay makers to finish some wind cocks, foreseeing the great thunderstorm that fell on many parts of the country that afternoon, he saw a ball of electric fire descend from a cloud, and perceiving its direction tending towards him he fell down, and the ball passed within a foot of his head; at the distance of about twenty yards a hay maker was resting upon his pick, the prongs of which attracted the electric matter, which struck the man instantly dead.  His hair was singed close to his head.

Jul 5.  On Monday morning last, as Farmer GILES COWLEY, of Sanigar, in the parish of Berkeley, was bathing in the Tide; at a branch of the River Severn, called Pant House Pill, he was unfortunately drowned, by venturing too far in the water.  He was a man remarkably sober and honest, and much esteemed and respected by all who knew him.  By this accident, seven children are left without a parent, as the farmer's wife died in child bed a short time since.  The Coroner's inquest was taken on Wednesday, by Mr William Joyner, at Berkeley.

Jul 19.  On the 10th inst. the hounds of Thomas Bathurst, Esq. of Lidney Park, ran a deer into a piece of water, called the Head Dam, near the Upper Forge, in the parish of Lidney, when HENRY THOMAS, in attempting to save its life, was unfortunately drowned.
  And on the same day, a servant boy belonging to Mr WM TUGWELL, of Weston-Birt, driving plough, was killed by the kick of a horse.  The Coroner's inquests were taken by Mr William Joyner, at Berkeley.

Jul 26.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken at Iron Acton, in this county by Mr Phelps, Coroner, resident at Chipping Sodbury, on a boy, who endeavouring to get over the Church yard stile, fell backwards, and fractured his skull.  The poor boy languished about three days, and then died.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Aug 9.  Assizes.  Acquitted:  SARAH WILLIAMS.

Aug 16.  Last week CHARLES BREADY, alias BASSETT, a noted fighter and pupil of Mr Ward's, was committed to our county gaol by Mr W Joyner, of Berkeley, Coroner, for killng one JOHN COLEMAN, labourer, on the 5th instnt, at the Lebeck Inn, near Bristol.  

Sep 6.  A few days since, CHARLES DENT ROACH, son of Mr TIMOTHY ROACH, of Buckleover, in the parish of Thornbury, was unfortunately killed by a fall from a horse, in his father's fields.
  And the same day, PHILIP PHILLIPS, of the parish of Tidenham, near Chepstow, Bailiff to Mr James, was killed by a fall from a waggon loaded with pease.  The coroner's inquests were taken by Mr William Joyner, of Berkeley.

Oct 11.  About six o'clock on Friday morning, the Rev. Mr GOLIGHTLY, of Cam, in this county, was found dead in the road at Cam's Green.  In returning late home from Uley, it is supposed a fall from his horse occasioned his death.  Mr Joyner, coroner, of Berkeley, having taken an inquest on the body, the jury found a verdict - Accidental Death.

Oct 18.  Monday last was found floating on the water in Hanham's Mill pond, a new born female child brought up by the tide.  It appeared to have been strangled, as a small cord was tied very hard twice round its neck, and a cloth wrapped around the head.  It is imagined, that the child must have lain near three weeks in the water, as it was in a very putrid state.  An inquest was taken by Mr Phelps, coroner, at Chipping Sodbury, and the nearest coroner in that part of the county.  The jurors verdict - Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.

Nov 22.  ?? Pauper

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Jan 10.  And on Wednesday last, the trow John, of Bewdley, (belonging to the widow EDWARDS,) laden with iron, kelp, deal balks, and other goods, sailing up the Severn, about a mile above this city, by a sudden shift of the wind, in an instant, overset, and one man was drowned.

Jan 31.  Monday last Mr PRICE RICHARDS, of Chepstow, endeavouring to cross a road near Newnham, with his horse, the land flood being very strong, he and his horse were carried down the stream, and drowned.

Feb 14.  It was Mr PARRY RICHARDS [RICKARDS?], of Chepstow, (not Mr PRICE RICHARDS) who lost his life, (as lately mentioned in this paper) in attempting to ford the Severn at Purton.  He was earnestly dissuaded, and told that the fresh in the river was too strong to be passed with any degree of safety; but he could not be prevailed upon to wait till the next morning.

Feb 28.  At Redbrook forge, lately purchased by DAVID TANNER, Esq. of Monmouth, a workmn, a few days ago, accidentally striking his foot against a stone, stumbled, and fell among the wheels of the engine, where he was mangled, and crushed to that degree, that he survived the accident only half an hour.  The poor man has left a wife, and four children, but his worthy master, it is said, continues to them the wages of the deceased.  

Mar 7.  On Tuesday the 21st inst. an unfortunate boxing match was decided at Kempsford, in this county, between ROBERT WILSON, a keeper of a public house there, and JOHN TOMBS, a farmer of the same parish, in which the landlord received a blow under the throat, which ruptured an artery, and soon after occasioned his death.  An inquest was tken by Mr Wiley, of this city, when the verdict of manslaughter was brought against the farmer.
  On Monday last JOSEPH BENCE, of Charlton, near Cheltenham, destroyed himself by taking a quantity of corrosive sublimate, which he thrust in its dry state into his throat, in Cheltenham churchyard.  The poison operated very speedily to put an end to his existence.  He fell down and died in the most excruciating tortures in about half an hour after.  The Coroner, Mr Wiley, took an inquest on the body, and the Jury found a verdict, Felo de se.  The wretch was buried in the highway.  Remorse for a past wicked life is supposed to have been the cause of this act of revenge on himself.
  On Thursday the 14th ult. a poor woman left a child in a cottage at Little Barrington.  Some straw was in the cottage, and by some accident the child, it is supposed, set fire to the straw, which destroyed the cottage, and burnt the child in such a manner that it died.

Mar 28.  At Monmouth Assizes last week BENJAMIN HOSKINS was capitally convicted of the murder of his own child.  The wretch was hanged on Thursday, and his body delivered to the surgeons for dissection.

Apr 11.  On Tuesday the 29th ult. a man was found floating down the Severn in the parish of Deerhurst, so much disfigured by being in the water so long, that his person could not be identified.  A verdict was taken by Mr Wiley, Coroner.

Friday the 25th ult. THOMAS BELCHER, from intoxication, fell from a coach, in Cheltenham, languished till the Sunday following, and then died.  Verdict, accidental death.  And, on the 31st ult. WM. WAITE was killed by a ladder falling upon him, in the parish of Sandhurst.  Verdict, accidental death.

Apr 18.  On Sunday the 10th inst. at nine o'clock in the morning, an infant, about 23 months old, fell into a resevoir, made for holding whey, at Woodchester Park Farm, and was unfortunately drowned before any assistance could be given.
  The same day a man, unknown, was found in the river Severn, near Kingroad.  He appeared to be about 25 years old, five feet seven inches high, thick made, had on a pair of canvas trowsers, a silk and cotton handkerchief round his neck, one worsted stocking, shoe, and plated buckle, and was much disfigured.
  And on Monday the 11th inst. Mr WILLIAM SHEPHERED, plumber, foreman to Mr Hill, of Bristol, fell from the roof of the Blaise Castle Inn, at Henbury, and was killed on the spot.  He has left a wife and four children.  The inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, coroner.

May 9.  The following inquests have lately been taken by Mr Joyner of Berkeley, one of the coroners for this county:
  Friday, April 29, JOHN CAMPLIN, aged 55 years, was found dead, supposed by suffocation, in a glass house, at Saint Philip and Jacob, belonging to Messrs Wilcox, and Co.
  The same day an infant, aged near five years, son of Mr JOSEPH PEARCE, at Charfield, was scalded to death, by falling into a pail of boiling water.
  Tuesday the 3d instant, MARY HEMMING, wife of JOHN HEMMING, labourer, was drowned in a pool on Charlton Common.  She has left four children.
  Thursday the 5th instant, JOHN PACKER of Cam, labourer, aged near seventy years, going to his work, fell down and instantly expired.

May 16.  On Monday last died at Wotton Underedge, where he was on a visit to his brother, the Rev. J. TATTERSALL, Vicar of Tewkesbury, in this county, by a fall from his horse; ...

May 30.  On Saturday morning last, the body of a man was found drowned in the Mud dock, Cannon's marsh, Bristol.  He proves to be a Mr WILLIAM TUFFLEY, a man of considerable property, late of Whitcomb, in this neighbourhood.

Jun 20.  The following inquests were taken by Mr Willey in the course of last week.  On Monday, an inquisition on the body of Mr JOSEPH CANTER, who suddenly fell from his horse on the road leading from Gloucester to Wheatenhurst; he never spoke afterwards.  Upon a proper investigation, (with the advice of a surgeon) the jury returned a verdict, That he died of a fit of apoplexy.
  And, on Thursday another in the parish of Stonehouse, on one WILLIAM VAISEY.  As he was cutting some elm trees, the ladder, on which he was standing by some means turned on one side, whereby he fell on a post, and after lingering some time died in the greatest agonies.  -  Verdict accidental death.
   Thursday an inquest was taken at Stroud on a female infant, found dead in bed, by the side of her mother.  The jury returned a verdict, that she died by suffocation.

The same day a melancholy accident  happened at the parish of Corse; one RICHARD BATT was working in a stone quarry, with his father and another man; he saw one side of the quarry falling in, and had the presence of mind to call out to his father and the other person in time to save them, but could not escape the danger himself.  On Friday the inquest brought in a verdict, accidental death.
   On Friday JOHN ARKELL was found hanging to an ash tree, in the parish of Cirencester.  He had been missing from Tuesday last.  On Saturday the inquest was taken; verdict, Lunacy.  This man was in our gaol last assizes, for stealing fowls, and since that time has been much deranged in his senses.  He has left four small children, and a wife near lying in with the fifth.

Jul 11.  Missing from film.

Aug 1.  Monday last a man, unknown, was found floating in the River Severn, near Kingroad, much disfigured.  He appeared between forty and fifty years of age, five feet six inches, short black hair, - had on a brown jacket, striped flannel waistcoat, dowlas shirt, thickset breeches, plated knee buckles, blue yarn stockings, one shoe and a copper buckle.  ... Two knives and a large gold ring were found in his breeches pocket.
  On Wednesday evening an infant, aged near five years, son of Mr JONAS ORGAN, of North Nibley, was unfortunately killed by falling into a stock mill.  The inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, coroner.

Aug 15. ASSIZES.
At our assizes on Friday morning came on the trial of WILLIAM BIRT, a journeyman carpenter, of Tewkesbury, who was indicted for the murder of SARAH POWELL, a servant in a respectable family in that town.  The prisoner had deluded the deceased under a promise of marriage, and upon making known to him that she was with child, he gave her a small quantity of powder, telling her to take it, and that it would do her no harm.  "It will do you good," said he, "I have taken twice as much."  The girl, on her return home from this interview, swallowed the powder in some sugar, and in a few minutes was seized with violent vomitings, which, after the most severe sufferings for eleven days, caused her death.  The Judge clearly stated, that although the prisoner had no intention to destroy the girl, yet having recommended to her a medicine to procure abortion, and death ensuing, he was considered as guilty of her murder.  According to a well known principle of the English law, where death ensues in consequence of an illegal act, Malice is implied, and the offence, with its consequences, is deemed Murder. - His Lordship also admitted, that the declarations of the girl, made under the impression of her expected death, notwithstanding she might be an accomplice with him in the guilty design, were sufficient to fix the crime upon the man.  The prosecutors were not able to discover from whence the poison was procured; yet, as the effect was clearly proved by the Surgeon who attended the deceased, no doubt was entertained of its pernicious quality.
  The prisoner went through the trial with a great degree of insensibility, which continued even during the awful period of receiving sentence.  But when he was taken from the Bar, his confidence forsook him, and he fainted away in the pen, and as he was conducting from Court he dropped down again in a fit.
  On Friday evening, when the prisoner was conducted to the cell for persons in his unhappy situation, he wrung his hands as in the utmost misery and despair.  The next morning, when the Governor unlocked the door of the cell, he was struck with the spectacle of the prisoner hanging, and dead ...  He had twisted the sheet of his bed, and made it fast to the bars of the window; the other end he tied round his neck in a running knot; it is supposed he threw himself from his bedstead, and held up his feet that they might not touch the ground, as the height was not sufficient by eight or nine inches to have otherwise effected his purpose.  The body was quite cold when the cell was opened.  The Coroner took an inquest upon the body, when a verdict was brought in felo de se.  On Saturday his body was buried in a cross road, near Tewkesbury.

Aug 29.  Thursday last JOHN JONES, a lad aged 12 years, servant to Mr WILLIAM LEWIS, of the Meads Farm, in the parish of Tiddenham, gathering corn after reapers, in a state of intoxication, fell down, and instantly expired.
  On Friday RICHARD WESTLEY, labourer, aged about 27 years, was found dead in the parish of Saint Philip and Jacob.  It appeared on evidence, that the deceased was a native of the Forest of Dean, and had for some time past been seen wandering about Bristol, and its environs, in a disturbed state of mind.
The above inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, coroner.

Sep 5.  On Monday last as WILLIAM LARNER, servant to Mr THOMAS ASHWIN, of Cowhoneybourne, in this county, was driving a horse to a field to grass, he wantonly struck him with his hat; the horse immediately kicked him on the belly with both his feet.  He languished until the next morning and then died.  The inquisition was taken by Mr Willey, one of the coroners for this county, and resident in this city.  Verdict accidental death.

Sep 19.  Saturday the 3d instant, about five o'clock in the afternoon, WILLIAM DYER, servant to Mr WILLIAM JONES, of Northwick, on his return home from Bristol, fell from his horse and was killed on the spot.
  Tuesday the 6th instant, ELIZABETH HILL, an infant, aged 15 months, daughter of Mr WILLIAM HILL, of Uley, taylor, was scalded to death by a fountain of boiling water falling on her as she was at play near the kitchen fire.  The above inquests were taken by Mr William Joyner, of Berkeley, Coroner.
  Monday last an inquest was taken at Old Sodbury, by Mr Phelps, coroner, resident at Chipping Sodbury, on ELIAS ISAAC, an infant of the age of a year and a half.  Its mother having placed a pan of scalding lye upon the ground in the washhouse, and covered it with an apron to prevent any accident; the child went into the washhouse and fell into it, and although immediately taken out, it was so scalded, that convulsion fits ensued, and it died the next day.

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Jan 23.  [Last week?]?  Mr Willey, one of the coroners of this county, took an inquest on the body of One EVANS of Avening who fell from a tree which he was lopping, and received so much injury that he died the next day.

Jan 30.  Last week the following persons were committed to the gaol of this county:  WILLIAM DAVIS, for killing RICHARD LONG, of Doynton, near Sodbury.

Apr 9.  ASSIZES.  In the charge given by Sir Nash Grose, to the Grand Jury at our late assize, his Lordship dwelt with peculiar force on three commitments for manslaughter, which appeared in the calendar.  The frequency of this crime, he said, was to be ascribed in great measure, to the encouragement of late years given to Boxing.  It was sometimes productive of the deeper guilt of murder; and always the source of gambling, idleness, and profligacy; but the greatest mischief was its tendency to render the minds of the common people barbarous and revengeful: it imparted to them a degree of hardness and insensibility, that unfits them for those duties which ought to reign in the character of a people professing Christianity.  His Lordship therefore recommended to the Magistrates a due exertion of their authority, to remove an evil pregnant with consequences so inconvenient and so fatal.

Apr 16.  On Thursday night the house of SAMUEL COLLIER, of Harescombe, about four miles from this city, was burnt down. - Collier, and his son, a little boy, about six years old, were all that were in the house.  - The crackling of the fire roused the father from his sleep about twelve o'clock at night, and when he got out of bed he found the stairs in a blaze, upon which he leaped out of the window, and bid the child get out after him and he would catch him in his arms, however, the little boy, in his confusion, ran to the stairs, where he fell into the flames and was burnt to death. - The house, with all it contained, was entirely destroyed.  -  Collier's wife, and another of his children were fortunately at Stroud.  As there had been very little fire in the house that day, the accident is supposed to have been occasioned by lightening, which they say was very strong that night, and perhaps set fire to the thatch, which was very dry.  As the whole was uninsured, the poor man is by this accident so greatly reduced, that any assistance from the well disposed will be thankfully received by Mr Smith, of Baccus, in the same parish, or by the sufferer.

May 21.  ELIZABETH MAYO, an infant, aged six months, daughter of J. MAYO, of Wanswell, carpenter, being left asleep in a cradle, under the care of her sister, aged five years, in the absence of the mother, who was gone about a mile for necessaries, was found at her return, suffocated by the cloaths being innocently turned up over her face by the other sister in order to keep it quiet.
  EDWARD FOX, servant to Mr SAMUEL FORD, near the Cherry Orchard, in a state of intoxication, fell from a hay loft and received a violent concussion upon the brain, which caused his death.

May 28.  On Thursday evening, a robbery, attended with great cruelty, was perpetrated near the village of Horfield, in the road between this city and Bristol. - ISAAC SHEPSTONE, servant to Mr DERRICK, of Churchill, in the county of Somerset, was driving his master's cart, and observed two men leap over the hedge into the road, who followed the cart about a hundred yards, when, without speaking, they suddenly rushed upon him, and with blows (that it is feared have fractured his skull) they brought the lad to the ground.  In their ferocious temper they kicked him on the belly and sides with extreme violence, and then took his whip and rifled his pockets of about 8s. 6d.  The coach at this moment coming up, the villains made off towards Bristol, for a description of their persons see the advertisement in this paper.  [page 3a] - The poor lad, who is about eighteen years of age, lies at the Anchor, at Filton, without hopes of recovery.

Jun 11.  ISAAC SHEPSTONE, servant to Mr DERRICK, who was so cruelly beaten, (as mentioned in this paper of the 28th ult.) is since dead, in consequence of a fracture of the skull.

Jul 9.  Thursday last an inquest was taken by Mr Joyner, coroner at Berkeley, on the view of the body of SOLOMON CHANDLER, servant to Mr PARTRIDGE, dyer, of Bowbridge, near Stroud, who was on Wednesday evening killed by a cart loaded with cloth going over his body.  Verdict Accidental Death.

Aug 20.  On Tuesday last MATTHEW CROSSMAN, of Saint Philip and Jacob, in this county, was committed to our county gaol by Mr Joyner of Berkeley, coroner, for the wilful murder of MARY GROVES, singlewoman.  Crossman had been drinking all the Sunday morning, and coming home much intoxicated, when he gave the deceased a stab with a case knife, of which wound she died in a few hours.

Aug 27.  On Wednesday morning last, LEVI CROFT, aged 27 years, being employed in raising stone in Mr CHARLES JACKSON's quarry, at Horsley, in this county, a stone near a ton weight fell upon him and crushed him to death.  He has left a pregnant wife and two small children to bewail the unhappy catastrophe.  The inquest was taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, coroner.

Oct 8.  On Tuesday last, a country man returning from this city with some new cloaths he had just bought, was attacked on Over Causeway by two fellows who had been lately enlisted; they knocked the man down with a stone hammer, and took from him his bundle. - However, he recovered the blow in time to catch one of the thieves, whom he threw across his shoulder and carried in spite of all his struggling to the Dog at Over, from whence he was committed to prison.   [THOMAS TERRY - sentenced April Assizes, see Apr 8 1793]

Oct 15.  On Wednesday night last, a carter belonging to WILLIAM LAWRENCE, Esq: of Shurdington, was thrown from the shafts on which he was sitting and the waggon passing over his body, killed him on the spot.  The death of this poor man is the more to be regretted, as he was remarkably sober and industrious.

Nov 19.  Last week the following inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley:- On Wednesday morning a young man was found dead upon a lime kiln in Brick Street, Bristol; and the next night a lad found dead upon a lime kiln at Durdham Down.  On Thursday Mr W. WILLES, a carpenter, at Arlingham, found drowned in Arlingham Pill; and the same morning ANTHONY HARRISON, a seaman on board a ship in Kingroad, who in a state of intoxication attempting to get his chest on board the ship fell into the sea, and was drowned.

Dec 24 & 31???  

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Jan 14.  An inquest was taken on Thursday last, by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, coroner, on view of the body of a man unknown, found drowned in the river Severn, opposite Nass Clift.  He appeared to be 40 years of age.

Jan 21.  Tuesday last died Mr WILLIAM PHELPS, one of the coroners for this county.

Jan 28.  Candidates begin advertising and canvassing:  S. GERRISH, Surgeon, of Downend; JOHN WHITHORNE, Jun. of Leckhampton; D. WHATLEY of Cirencester declines "many of my Friends had engaged themselves"; WILLIAM TRIGG, Surgeon, of Mitcheldean.
Feb 4.  More adverts.
Feb 11.  More adverts, and letter from WILLIAM JOYNER.
Feb 18.  More adverts and replies to Joyner's letter.  WILLIAM TRIGG alludes to S. Gerrish's "attempts to in snare the honor of a generous public."

Feb 25.  As before; S. GERRISH states no intention of resigning.

Mar 4.  As before; another letter from William Joyner & Notice by Sheriff.

Mar 11.  On Thursday last at the election of a Coroner, a very spirited contest took place, which continued till Saturday evening, when the majority in favor of Mr Trigg appearing to be 114, Mr Whithorne declined giving any further trouble to his opponent.  Mr Daniel Cox, Surgeon, has declared himself a Candidate for the place of Coroner, at a future vacancy.  To which he is induced, by being credibly informed, that some gentlemen have already been privately solliciting (sic).
Also letters of thanks from the two candidates; no trace of S Gerrish.

Apr 1.  The number of prisoners to take their trial at our assizes this week, are about 20, amongst whom is THOMAS CROSSMAN, a labourer in a glass house at Bristol, who in a fit of intoxication, murdered a woman with whom he lived.  No man can express greater contrition, or behave with more resignation than this unhappy creature.

Apr 8.  At our assizes last week:  MATTHEW CROSSMAN, for manslaughter, was sentenced one year's imprisonment.
THOMAS TERRY, for stealing sundry articles from Mr LONG, of Over, was sentenced to seven year's transportation.  [see Oct 8 1792]

May 27.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was held by Daniel Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a man unknown, found in a pool in the Hamlet of Hucclecote, near Gloucester.  The Jury brought in their verdict - Accidental Death.  In his pocket was found a watch, with the name J. MALINS, 1773, on the outside case.

Jul 15.  Accounts from different parts of the country state, that several labourers in the field, overcome by the intense heat, have dropt down and expired.
  On Wednesday next the commission will be opened for holding the Assizes for this county.  It is with concern we observe in the calendar, two woman committed on the charge of murdering their bastard children.  [not yet traced.]

Jul 22.  At our Assizes, ... JOHN RIDLER, for manslaughter, was fined one shilling, and dismissed from the bar.

Sep 9.  Tuesday last, as a labourer was at work in a quarry between Tetbury and Cirencester,  a quantity of rubbish and stones fell in upon him.  A person going by at the time, saw the earth fall, and immediately procured assistance; but, before the people could remove the mass that had fallen, the man was quite dead.

Ends.     

The Observer, 6 October 1793
BRISTOL, September 5.
EXTRACT OF A LETTER.
[RIOTS].  The inquest have sat on John Abbott, the man killed on Saturday night, and brought in their verdict Wilful Murder, by a person or persons unknown. ...

1794.

Feb 24.  On Tuesday last was committed to our county prison, by T Blunt, Esq. one of his Majesty's Coroners for this county, HANNAH LIMBRICK, of Westbury, charged with the wilful murder of DEBORAH LIMBRICK, her daughter in law, a child about four years old.
 On Friday night the 14th inst. an unhappy dispute happened between BENJAMIN HEAGUE, and WILLIAM GRIFFITHS, servants to Mrs Hall, of Arlingham, in which some blows passed; in the fray, HEAGUE struck GRIFFITHS a blow on the temple, which killed him upon the spot.  HEAGUE has absconded.  The Coroners inquest have brought in a verdict of Manslaughter.

Mar 10.  On Wednesday last as WILLIAM VINER, of Cirencester, was passing over the bridge at one of the locks on the Thames and Severn Canal, in the parish of Bisley, he fell into the canal, and was drowned.  Every possible means of recalling him to life was employed, but wihout effect.  Mr Trigge, of Cainscross, the coroner, held an inquest upon the body, and gave a verdict Accidental Death.
  BENJAMIN HEAGUE, advertised in our last paper, for killing WILLIAM GRIFFETTS, of Arlingham, has surrendered himself.

Mar 17.  BENJAMIN HEAGUE, found guilty of manslaughter, was also ordered to be imprisoned for one year.

Mar 31.  On Sunday last JOHN CARTER DOCTOR, endeavouring to catch a salmon fish, nearly opposite Arlingham Worth, in the river Severn, the sands being quick and giving way, forced him into the Channel, where he was drowned, in the sight of many spectators on shore.  He has left a wife and three small children.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  Friday, ELIZABETH BOY, aged 19 years, being subject to fits, fell into a pool in the parish of Sodbury, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Thursday, GEORGE MORGAN, of Woodmancote, in the parish of Dursley, broadweaver, fell down from his loom and immediately expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, the only Coroner now residing in the lower part of this county.

Apr 7.  On Monday afternoon, in a violent storm of wind, attended with thunder and lightning, a barn was blown down, in the parish of Whaddon, near this city, and a lad was crushed to death.

Apr 21.  The two following inquests were lately taken by Mr Joiner, of Berkeley.  Friday the 11th, on WILLIAM HOPKINS, a travelling glass seller, found dead in his lodgings at Wickwar.  And Monday the 14th, on Mr HENRY RICE, of Old Sodbury, miller, whose horse taking fright upon the road in the parish of Iron Acton, he was thrown and killed on the spot.
  Three inquests have also been taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross:  On Saturday the 12th, on a still born child, found in the parish of Randwick.  On Monday, on the body of JAMES WATHEN, thrown from a horse in the parish of Painswick.  And on Tuesday, on the body of JOHN PEGLER, who was scalded to death, by the sudden boiling over of a dying furnace, at Mr Partridge's, at Bowbridge.

Apr 28.  BENJAMIN HEAGUE, convicted of manslaughter at our last assizes, for which he was sentenced to one year's imprisonment, having expressed a desire to enter into the army, a pardon was obtained for him on that condition.  He was apprised of this circumstance on Thursday morning, and was told, that the next day he would be delivered to the care of a serjeant of dragoons.  The same afternoon, while employed in the inclosure on the outside of the prison, he suddenly took the opportunity of leaping over the poles, and the governor of the prison with others closely pursuing him, he threw himself into the river, hoping to reach the other side, but perished in the attempt.

May 12.  On Sunday last a lad named THOMAS WARREN, of Upleadon, whipping a cart horse, was kicked by him so violently, that he languished but a few hours before he died.  On Friday last

1794.  May 12.   JOHN CLEMENS, a boy 15 years of age, coming from Stroud, his horse fell with him in Barton street, and taking fright, the boy was thrown, and not being able to disengage his foot from the stirrups, was dragged for a considerable distance, and so shockingly bruised about the head, that he expired.  On Saturday woman was found dead in a field at Maugersbury, in this county.

May 19.  [Tetbury, May 14] On Wednesday last a melancholy accident happened in the parish of Cowley, in this county.  A baker's horse being tied to a gate, near where two children were playing, by some means got the gate off the hinges and immediately taking fright, ran down the street with the gate tied to the halter, and killed a boy [WILLIAM WITTS] on the spot; a girl was very near suffering the same fate, the gate wounding her in the leg.  The inquest was taken before Daniel Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, and resident in Gloucester.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Monday evening died suddenly, as she was talking to a neighbour, Mrs BARNES, aged 64, sister to Mr NICHOLAS BARNES, of this city.  She has left a mother aged 92.

Jun 9.  A few days ago, as DANIEL WEBB, was returning on horse back to his residence in the parish of Rodborough, he being much indisposed, fell from his horse, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  On Thursday last, as MARY KIRBY, an infant three years old, was playing near a millstream, in the parish of Minchinhampton, she fell in, and was instantly taken down the brook by the velocity of the stream, and was drowned.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross, near Stroud.
 On Wednesday last HANNAH WEBLEY, of the parish of Berkeley, single woman, was committed by Mr Joyner, Coroner, for the murder of her male bastard child.

Jun 30.  On Monday evening, a soldier [ELIAS EVANS] in the regiment of Ancient British Fencibles quartered here, attempting to swim in the Severn, was drowned.
  Last week two inquests were taken by Mr Trigg, coroner, at Cainscross, near Stroud:  On the body of ESTHER NORRIS, who fell out of a window in the parish of Randwick; the other on WILLIAM CLARK.  This lad was driving a waggon loaded with coal to Cirencester, and received a kick from one of the horses in his team which killed him.

Aug 25.  Assizes.  Sentence of Death: HANNAH LIMBRICK, of Westbury on Severn; HANNAH WEBLEY, of Berkeley.

Sep 1.  On Monday last as Mr JOHN FRYER of Pegthorne Farm, near Whitminster, in this county, was spending the evening, at the house of Mr FIELDER, of Putley, he fell down in a fit and expired in a few minutes.  The loss of this worthy man has excited great regret in his neighbourhood.

Sep 29.  ANN BARTLETT, of the parish of Codrington, in this county, single woman, was committed to prison, on Wednesday last, on suspicion of murdering her child.

Oct 13.  On the 24th of last month there was found on the banks of the Severn, in the parish of  Awre, the body of a sailor, supposed to have been in the water about six weeks.  He seemed to be between 30 and 40 years of age; upon his right arm the following marks were impressed:  R.P.A.P. with a heart under it, and an anchor reversed.

Oct 20.  On Saturday a little boy, between six and seven years of age, son to the person who oils the chimes in the tower of the Cathedral, accompanying his father in to the tower, opened a door at the pine end of the building, next the Churchyard, to look at the soldiers, exercising below, and leaning too far, fell through the balustrade to the ground, which we suppose to be not much less than [100?] feet.  he was taken up senseless, was not dead yesterday afternoon, but there are no hopes of his recovery.

Oct 27.  On Friday morning died JOSHUA BAILEY, the child who fell from the top of the Cathedral as mentioned in our last.

Nov 17.  Last week the following inquests were taken before Mr Joyner, coroner, of Berkeley:  On Monday at the York Hotel, Clifton, on the body of Mrs WATERMAN, who fractured her skull by a fall from her horse.  Tuesday, on the body of EDWARD TYLER, cordwainer, who was found dead on the turnpike road in the parish of Bitton.  It is supposed he died in a fit.  Thursday, on the body of Mr THOMAS BETHELL, pump maker.  He was repairing a pump in a well at Tetbury, and fell from the stay, which lay across the well, to the bottom, a distance of about 45 feet, and was instantly killed.  Saturday, on the body of JOHN BRADFORD, late of Newnham, waterman, who was drowned in the river Severn.  He was a very sober man, bore a good character, and has left a wife and four small children.
  On Thursday last an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, at Cainscross, near Stroud, on the body of JAMES FRANKLIN, of the Thrup, in the parish of Stroud, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, on Wednesday, returning home from Bowbridge.  Verdict, Accidental death.  The means of restoration proved fruitless though immediately tried.

Nov 24.  An inquest was held on Saturday the 15th, by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, near Stroud, on the body of WILLIAM MARSH, weaver, of Chalford, in the parish of Bisley, who was found dead at a place called the Golden Valley.  It appeared evident he slipped from a wall, he was getting over, and a large stone fell on his arm, which bruised him considerably.  Verdict, Accidental death.
 On Thursday night last ALEXANDER MURPHY, late of Bristol, carpenter, and a soldier belonging to the Carlow Buffs, were both found dead; the former at Stinchcombe, near Dursley; the latter at Peddington, near Berkeley.  Verdicts, died by the inclemency of the weather.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, coroner.

Dec 22.  Unreadable.  Col 1e ????geby @ Rice of Minchinhampton.

1795

On Wednesday last an inquest was taken, by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, on the body of CHARLES BURFORD, an infant about three years and a quarter old, at Ruscomb.  The infant, being left under the care of a child, who went a few yards from home to fetch a loaf of bread, was locked indoors with another, who was incapable of assisting, when the infant's cloaths caught fire, and it was burnt to death.  Verdict, Accidental death.
  On Thursday, at Ampney St Peter, an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross, Coroner, on the body of a male base child, belonging to ELIZABETH EDGEWORTH.  Verdict, natural death.

Jan 19.  On Monday last about four o'clock, a house at Upper Hyde, near Minchinhampton, inhabited by Mr AARON LORD and his sister, both uopwards of 80 years of age, was discovered to be in flames, and the fire was so far advanced, that before any assistance could be given, the roof of the house fell in, and the inhabitants both of them perished.  Part of the body of Mrs LORD was discovered in the ashes, but no traces of her brother could be found.  There was a considerable sum of money dug out of the ruins.  Mr LORD was a person of remarkable character. [continues>]

Feb 2.  On Monday last a very melancholy accident happened near Warmley, in this county.  As twelve men were at work in a coal pit, a body of water from an adjoining pit suddenly burst into their works, which instantly rose to the height of ten fathoms, and five of the number were unfortunately drowned, three of whom have left wives and families to lament the fatal catastrophe: the others were taken out alive without receiving much injury, to the astonishment of all present.
  The same morning an infant child, named MARY MORETON, was unfortunately killed in the parish of Mangotsfield, by a 16 inch waggon wheel falling on her head.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley.

Feb 9.  A few days ago, as EDMUND TOWNSEND, servant to Mr CUTTS, of Salmon's Mill, in the parish of Painswick, was employed in breaking the ice on the mill pond, it suddenly gave way, and let him in; he was carried by the velocity of the stream through the flood gates, and taken up so much exhausted, that he died soon after.

Feb 16.  The Bristol mail coach, on its approach to this city on Wednesday, would have been lost, had not the guard, JOHN HOPKINS, and the coachman, JOSEPH DAFFORNE, shewn a remarkable instance of courage and judgement.  The water was so high at Holborn Green, about two miles from hence, that the horses were taken off their legs, and the leaders were turning round, which would have inevitably upset the coach, but the guard ummediately jumped into the torrrent up to his breast, and led the five horses through the flood.  The proprietors of the coach have rewarded the coachman and guard for their exertions on this occasion.

Feb 23.  On Sunday last the body of Mr HEARTSHORN GREEN, brother to Mr R GREEN, of Sneed Park Farm, in this county, was discovered near the bottom of the Rocks on Durdham Down.  Mr GREEN had been missing for six days.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 2.  A person of the name of Musty, a day labourer, having fallen into the water near Painswick on Friday last, for want (as it has been represented to us) of immediate attention, languished for some time and expired.  Verdict of Mr Trigge, who took the inquest, Died for the want of timely assistance, and proper necessaries.

Mar 30.  On Tuesday and Wednesday last, two men, unknown, were found drowned in the river Severn, near Oldbury, in this county: they appeared to be watermen, 30 or 40 years of age, stout and well made, five feet ten and eleven inches high, one having brown hair, smock frock, blue jacket and trousers, corduroy breeches, and worsted stockings; the other, black hair, brown cloth jacket, white cloth waistcoat with horn buttons, flannel shirt, blue trowsers, and cross-barred handkerchief.

Jul 6.  On Saturday last CHARLES ROWDEN, a shear grinder, returning home from Minchin-Hampton, fell into a brook, and was found drowned.  An inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross, near Stroud - verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Wednesday last a heavy storm of rain, attended with thunder and lightning, fell here about two o'clock.  The cloud passed towards Painswick hill, and near Matson four men, who were mowing, ran under some trees for shelter; one of whom, named RODWAY, happening to hang his scythe on a branch of the tree, a flash of lightning, attracted by the scythe, struck the owner of it dead upon the spot.   His companion, who stood under the same tree, was brought to the ground, and, for some time, remained senseless.  The other two men, who took shelter under a tree at some distance, were not hurt.

Jul 13.  An inquest was taken last week by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross, on the body of WM PRIN, late gardener to Major KINGSCOTE, who in crossing the Canal near the tunnel at Salperton, fell in and was drowned.

Aug 3.  On Friday evening last as THOMAS ESTOP, of Wheatenhurst was laying some night hooks to catch fish in a brook, he fell in, and was drowned.  The inquest having been taken, by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, the Jury returned their verdict, Accidental Death.

Aug 31.  On Wednesday last a lad, who lived with Mr MILLINGTON, of Coln Rogers, running incautiously to open a gate to let a waggon through loaded with straw, a hay pike projecting at the tail of the waggon pierced his left eye, and penetrating to the brain, killed him on the spot..  A verdict was taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross - Accidental Death.

Sep 7.  On Tuesday last an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, on the body of RICHARD FLETCHER, of Cirencester, who, having injured the spinal marrow by a fall, occasioned by a rope breaking, as he was fastening some hay to a waggon, was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Thursday last a melancholy accident happened to Mr WILLIAM MATTHEWS, of Greet, in the parish of Winchcomb, in this county.  As he was driving a waggon, loaded with barley, into a yard belonging to Mr WELLS, by some means he fell to the ground, and the forewheel went over his body, and crushed him to that degree, that he died in a few hours afterwards.  The inquest was taken before Mr D WILLEY, Coroner, resident in this city.

Sep 14.  On Thursday the body of Mr Campbell, known by the title of Lord Lion, a gentleman of great respectability, who resided in Clarence place, Bristol, was found at the bottom of the rocks on the Leigh side of the river Avon, mangled and bruised in so dreadful a manner, as to render it a most shocking spectacle.  This unfortunate gentleman excelled in an eminent degree, in the art of drawing, and had left his house about ten o'clock on Monday morning last, with a design, it is believed of sketching some of the beautiful views of the river towards St Vincent's rocks near the Hotwells: in attempting this from some dangerous parts of the rocks, it is supposed, either that the ground gave way, or his feet slipped, when falling down the tremendous precipice, the violent contusions he received proved fatal to him.

Aug 14.   On Monday se'nnight as THOMAS MORLEY, son of Mrs MORLEY, of the Kings Arms, at Wickwar, in this county, was gathering plumbs, he fell off the tree on his head, which caused his death the next day.
  On Wednesday last as ISAAC MAGGS, servant to Farmer ESMOND, of Woodland Farm, in the parish of Almondsbury, in this county, was giving his master's horse water, in a pool near the house, he fell off and was drowned.  Verdicts, Accidental death.  The above inquests were taken before Mr Joyner, of Berkeley.

On Wednesday last an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, on the body of HANNAH SYMORE, of the Vatch Mill, in the parish of Painswick, who, as she was throwing away the tops and strings of some kidney beans, dropped down and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden death by the visitation of God.

Oct 5.  On Monday last HARRIET CRITCHLEY, a child about two years old, whose parents had tied it on an ass, was thrown down by the ass taking fright, and dragged near 150 yards on a very rough road, in the parish of Eastington, in consequence of which the child was killed upon the spot.

Oct 19.  On Thursday last an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, on the body of a new born female child, found murdered in a reen in the Marsh Common, in the parish of Almondsbury, in this county.  The child when found was quite naked, and appeared to be about four or five weeks old.  A strong suspicion falls upon a tall woman, about 25 years of age, much pitted with the small pox, and dressed in a light cotton gown, black hat and handkerchief.  She came over at the New Passage the day before the child was found, having a young child in her arms, and a bandbox; and was seen about two hours after she left the Passage House, going for Bristol, without any child.

Nov 16.  A few days ago, as WILLIAM HAMBLETT, a lad, of Minety, in this county, was catching a horse, he fell into a ditch, and the horse falling upon him, instantly killed him.
  On the 3rd instant, as WILLIAM SMITH, labourer, of Stroud, was wheeling coal, at Lodgemore, he fell into the brook, and expired soon after being taken out.
  On the 12th instant, Mr JOSEPH CLARK, of Sheepscomb, in this county, returning from Bisley fair, was thrown from his horse, which caused his death the next day.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county.

Dec 14.  DANIEL DAVIES, of Lidney, has been committed to our county gaol for the murder of his son.  A quarrel arose respecting the lending a few shillings, in which the father challenged the son to fight him.  No father, says the young man, I will not bring the wrath of heaven upon me by striking my parent; and holding the old man down in his chair begged him to moderate his anger.  Instead of which he broke loose, and taking a fire shovel struck his son a blow that cut thro' the skull to the brain, of which the young man died in a very short time.

Dec 21.  Mr NATHANIEL OVERBURY, a respectable wool stapler in Tetbury, was suddenly taken ill at the Phoenix Inn, at Exeter, on Sunday the 13th, and died immediately.

1796

Jan 4.  On Monday last two inquests were taken before Mr Joyner of Berkeley, on the bodies of WM JOHNSON, aged 37, and THOMAS PREWETT, aged 17, both of the parish of St George in this county, coal miners; who, in attempting to go down a coal pit, belonging to his Grace the Duke of Beaufort, in a single cart, the rope unfortunately broke, and they fell near 70 fathom and were killed on the spot.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.

Mar 7.  Three inquests were taken last week by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross.   The first on the body of a child, at Rodborough, which was burnt to death by going too near the fire: the mother had left it but a few minutes.  The second, on a child, of which a poor woman, at Bisley, was delivered in the public road.  And on Wednesday last HANNAH MARTIN, of Stonehouse, a child about two years and a quarter old, drank boiling water out of the spout of a tea kettle, whilst hanging over the fire.  The child died in great agony.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.

Mar 28.   DAVID DAVIS  convicted of Manslaughter, 6 months.  For the Grand Jury: MARY REED, for the murder of her husband; MARY KEMMIS, for the murder of a bastard child.

Apr 4.  Trial of Mrs MARY REED, Swanley; acquitted.
   Mr Trigg, of Cainscross, has taken two inquests, within a few days past.  The first on a child, which fell down in Gloucester street, Cirencester, and a waggon passing by went over it, and killed it on the spot.   The other, on one JOSEPH DUCK, of Stonehouse, who, mistaking his road home, from Bond's Mill, fell into a brook and was drowned.

Apr 18.  A few days ago an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, on the body of ANN ALDRIDGE, an infant, who was scalded to death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Apr 25.  Mr Trigg, of Cainscross, took an inquest a few days ago, on the body of a young female child, who was terribly burnt, by her clothes taking fire, in the parish of Bisley.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 27.  On Sunday se'nnight, JOHN POPE, of Stanley St Leonards, sitting in his garden, was seized with an apoplectic fit, and falling back into a pool of water, was found dead.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.
  On Friday last, at Tetbury, an inquest was held on the body of a male base child.  Verdict, Stillborn.  And on Saturday last, on THOMAS MALLARD, found dead in the high road, in the parish of Minchinhampton.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, in this county.

Jul 3.  We hear that eleven inquests were taken in the course of last month before Mr Joyner of Berkeley, one of the Coroners of this county, viz. one person shot accidentally, one drowned, two killed by carts, two by falls from horses, one by timber and four sudden deaths.
 The following inquests have lately been taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, iin this county: On the ody of JOHN MILLARD, Carpenter, of Cirencester, who dropped down as he was at work and instantly expired (Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God) - Also on ELIZABETH RODWAY, of Ampney Crucis, an infant of two years and a half old, who fell into a brook and was drowned, (Verdict, Accidental Death) - And also on JANE ASLOW, a child about five years of age, who fractured her scull by falling from a wall, in the parish of Bisley, (Verdict, Accidental Death).

Jul 10.  Obituary: ISAAC AUSTIN  aged 52 of Wotton Underedge; Apoplexy.

Jul 18.  On Friday last Mr Joiner, of Berkeley, took an inquest on the body of ANN GAGE, at Wotton Underedge, who, in a fit of Lunacy, had put an end to her life.

Aug 1.  It is astonishing that the numberless disasters that daily befal waggoners from riding on the shafts, is not sufficient to deter them from this idle practice.  A servant of DODDINGTON HUNT, Esq. going from this city on Saturday with a load of coals, in jumping from the shafts, fell down and the wheels went over him; he was taken up insensible, and it was feared he could not live to be conveyed home.

Oct 10.  On Friday last an inquest was taken in this city, by John Cook, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS TAYLOR, a child of three years of age, who died in consequence of having eaten some berries, called Deadly Nightshade.  In cases similar to this, immediate application to powerful Emetics is strongly recommended by the Faculty.

1797

Jan 16.  Yesterday was committed to our county prison, ANN BARRINGTON charged with the wilful murder of a female bastard child, at South Cerney, in this county.

Jan 23.  On Monday se'nnight RICHARD HARVER, blacksmith, was found dead in the public highway, at Bitton, in this county.  Verdict, Died through the inclemency of the weather.  Tuesday, RICHARD TRILLER, quarryman, being at work in Tutshill rock, fell from near the top, and instantly expired.  The same day, WILLIAM NICHOLLS, a child aged three years, of Nibley, in the parish of Westerleigh, in this county, was burnt to death by his clothes taking fire.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.  The above inquests were taken before Mr Joyner, of Berkeley.

Jan 30.   A few days ago JAMES PARSONS, of the Sladd, in the parish of Stroud, a child about three years old, was burnt to death by his cloaths taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Wednesday last HANNAH TEAKLE, who had been disordered in her mind for some months past, put an end to her existence by cutting her throat with a razor.  Verdict, Insanity.  And on Friday, MARTHA FLUCK was found dead by her fireside: being alone, it is supposed she died in a fit.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  The above inquests were taken before Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross.

Mar 27.  On Wednesday night Mr SAMUEL NEWMAN, a respectable farmer of Sandhurst, was found dead in the road not far from Cambridge Inn.  He is supposed to have died suddenly in a fit, as 11 guineas were found in his pocket.

Apr 24.  On Monday se'nnight the Betsey Trow, belonging to Framiload, in this county, bound from Berekeley Pill to Gloucester, laden with Tenby Coal, foundered and sunk in tne river Severn, near Shapney Point in a gale of wind, by which unforeseen accident, the Master GEORGE MOORE, his son and nephew, and one ISAAC BALL, unfortunately lost their lives.  Their bodies were found near the same place two days after, when inquests were held before Mr Joyner of Berkeley.
  We hear during the same week five other inquests were held before the same Coroner, viz. one killed by a waggon, one by a cart, one by falling into a quarry, one drowned, and one sudden death by drinking to excess.

Jun 12.  JAMES BERRY, on Sunday last, returning from Cirencester to Tetbury, sitting on the shafts of a waggon, fell down, and the wheels going over him crushed him to death.  

On Friday last THOMAS GREEN, of Hampton, cut his throat.  These inquests were taken by Mr Trigg.

Jul 17.  On Monday evening last a melancholy accident happened at the New Passage in this county.  WILLIAM SELWAY, under hostler at the inn, in attempting to wash a horse in the Severn at high water, fell from the back of the horse into the tide.  Mr FITZGERALD, butler to Captain O'TOOLE, near Chepstow, standing on the beach, and seeing the imminent danger of SELWAY, immediately plunged into the water, and getting entangled together they were both unfortunately drowned, although Mr FITZGERALD was an excellent swimmer.  A medical gentleman was procured by Mr MORGAN, the landlord, but whose endeavours to restore life proved unsuccessful, as the bodies had lain too long under water.  The above inquests were taken before Mr Joyner, of Berkeley.

Aug 14.   On Monday last Mr SAMUEL JAMES, of Halmore, near Berkeley, a respectable farmer, whilst he was washing his face, fell backwards into a cistern, and instantly expired.  On Tuesday a child belonging to Mr ROACH, of Hope Farm, near Thorbury, fell into a tub of boiling wort, and was scalded to death.  The above inquests were taken before Mr Joiner.

The Observer, 29 September 1797
A man in attempting to get up behind a posit chaise, on the road from Bristol to Clutton, his foot slipped between the spokes of the wheel, he was dragged round with great velocity, and killed almost immediately.

Oct 2.  On Tuesday last an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, at Stapleton Prison, near Bristol, on the body of Louis le Briton, a Frenchman, who was shot the preceding day by one of the sentinels belonging to the Royal Buckingham Militia.  The Jury, after a full investigation, found a verdict of justifiable homicide.
The Observer, 8 October 1797
BRISTOL
     Tuesday an inquest was taken at Stapleton prison, on the body of Louis le Briton, a Frenchman, who  
was shot the preceding day by one of the centinels belonging to the Royal Buckingham Militia.  The  
Jury after a full investigation, found a verdict of justifiable homicide.
Oct 16.  Death of unnamed day labourer at Maisemore "Sunday last".

Oct 23.  On Saturday evening the 14th inst. as THOMAS ARCH was driving a waggon at Brockthrop, in this county, he made a false step and fell before the wheel, which went over his body and killed him on the spot.

Nov 20.  On Tuesday last an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, at the French prison, at Stapleton, in this county, on the body of FRANCIS CORDRY, a private in the Berkshire Militia, who was shot through the body, whilst on duty, about eleven o'clock last night, by another centinel named RICHARD NEWTON, owing to a mistake and the darkness of the night.  The Jury, after a full investigation, found a verdict of Chance Medley.

Dec 4.  Last week Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, took inquests on the bodies of AMEY PORTER, of Mangotsfield, who was drowned in a well; of WILLIAM PHILPOTT, one of the Overseers of Cromhall supposed to have died from ill treatment by one LINES, a pauper; and of KETURAH YOUNG, a child about three years old, who was burnt to death by her cloaths taking fire, in the absence of her mother.

Dec 25.  Saturday morning last a melancholy accident happened on the river Severn.  As one of the New Passage boats was returning from the Monmouthshire side, a sudden and most uncommonly violent squall of wind carried away her tackle, which rendered the vessel unmanageable, and caused her immediately to fill with water, whereby she sunk.  There were six persons in her, five of whom perished, viz. three men and a boy belonging to the boat, and a genteel young man, a passenger, who had a small bundle with him.  The three boatmen that perished left behind them three wives and near 20 children, who were solely supported.

1798

Feb 12.  Long report and letter; JAMES INGRAM and son, labourers, of Cheltenham; THOMAS BUCKLE, farmer, of White House Farm, Barrow, and THOMAS CLAPTON, aged 10.

Mar 5.  On Monday last died, Mr ABRAHAM DAVIS, jun. Woolstapler, in this city; his death was occasioned by a fall from his horse, as he was returning from the country.  The corpse was interred on Thursday, attended by the Volunteer Cavalry, of which the deceased was a member.

Apr 23.  On Thursday last an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, on the body of a new born female child found, the morning of the 16th inst. tied up in a striped cotton handkerchief, and floating down the river Froome, near Stapleton, in this county.  On opening the body of the child, it appeared to have been strangled by a small cord previous to its being cast into the river.  Two strange women were observed to pass through Stapleton towards the French prison on Monday evening with a child, and to return the same afternoon without one to Bristol.  The Jury found a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.

May 28.  On Wednesday last RICHARD ROBERTS, a boy about eight years of age, was drowned as he was bathing in a pool at Coates.  The inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross.

Jun 25.  A few days ago, as CHARLES HUNT, a youth of Cherrington, was riding a horse from water, he fell, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Wednesday last, CHARLOTTE COOK, a child about two years and a half old, was shot by a young man incautiously playing with a loaded gun.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross.

Jul 2.  We hear that no less than 20 inquests have been taken before Mr Joyner, Coroner at Berkeley, since the first of May last, namely:- One scalded and burnt to death, two killed in coal pits, five sudden deaths, one killed by a waggon, two by carts, one crushed to death in a Bark mill, and eight suffocated and drowned.

1799

Jan 14.   Friday the 4th instant, sa melancholy accident happened to Mr JOHN PROCTOR,  of the Park, near Tewkesbury; - he called in his way home, at his brother's mill, at Strensham, on leaving which, in company with several other persons, he took a wrong road, and in crossing a bridge fell into the water, when notwithstanding every exertion to save him, the wheel of the mill drew him under, and he unfortunately perished.  He has left a wife and twelve children to deplore the loss of a valuable husband and affectionate father.

The Observer, 3 March 1799
  Wednesday evening was accidentally drowned in the river at Barthorp, Gloucestershire, Miss Martha Knollis, third daughter of the Hon. And Rev. Francis Knollis.

Apr 2.  Mr Joyner of Berkeley held two inquests last week, one on the body of a new born child found ina field near the Leadworks, at Upper Easton, near Bristol, wrapped in a handkerchief, marked H.J. -  the verdict found was, wilful murder.  Another, on the body of Mr JAMES WHITE, who was found dead in his bedchamber, at the Carpenter's Arms, at Wick & Abson.  By papers it appears, that the deceased was the author of Letters, which appeared in the Courier last summer, addressed to the King, Earl Cambden, and others.

Apr 14.  Full inquest for SAMUEL NIBLETT, 14 Apr 39 Geo III, of Hardwick, by Daniel Willey, and the verdict Found Drowned.

Jun 24.  Monday last JOHN LODGE, fisherman, fell out of a boat into the river Severn, near this city, and was unfortunately drowned.  He has left a wife and large family.  On the same day, a private of the Tarberth Fencibles, quartered in this city, was bathing in the river, and being seized with the cramp, was drowned.

Aug 12.  Long report about female infant at Old Hotwells, Verdict Wilful Murder by some person or persons unknown.

Nov 4.  Murder of THOMAS GOODE of Redmarley d'Abitot, wor; Saturday 26th.  Wilful Murder against RICHARD and JOHN LANE; JAMES LANE had an alibi, WILLIAM PUGH, their grand father, arrested as an accessory.

Dec 9.  Saturday evening last a son of Mr NICHOLS, of castle ditch, Bristol, fell out of a boat into the river, near the Horsepool, where he remained a quarter of an hour, when, without any signs of life, he was conveyed to an adjacent public house, and by perseverance in the means recommended by the Humane Society, suspended animation was restored.

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