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1800

Jan 20.  Obituary.  On Sunday evening, the 5th inst. Died suddenly, at Stroud, of a paralytic stroke, WILLIAM ALDRIDGE, Esq.

Mar 3.  Saturday last was committed to Worcester Gaol, FRANCIS HAGUE, charged by the Coroner's warrant with the wilful murder of JOSHUA PHILPOT.

Mar 10.  On Tuesday afternoon a number of children having made a fire in a pig's cot that was thatched, and adjoined two dwelling houses at Elbrook, in the parish of Standish, the thatch caught fire, and communicated to the tenements, which were burnt to the ground.  We lament that a child, about three years old, perished in the flames.  As the sufferers were poor people, it is hoped the opulent in the neighbouring parishes will extend to them their benevolent aid.

The Observer, 16 March 1800
  Some children playing in a pig-stie at Elbrook, in Gloucestershire, on Tuesday, lit a fire in it which caught the thatch, and communicated to some adjoining tenements, which were burnt to the ground.  A child about three years old perished in the flames.

Mar 17.  Worcester Assizes.  JOHN RICHARD LANE of Redmarley d'Abitot, murder of GOODE.

Mar 31.  The body of SARAH YOUNG, for whose supposed murder, by forcing her into the Severn, her husband was committed to Worcester County Gaol, on the 16th of last month, has been taken out of the river near the Lower Load, in the neighbourhood of Tewkesbury, in this county.  The hands of the unfortunate woman were tied to her side, and a bag drawn over her head and part of her body.   She was far advanced in pregnancy.

The Observer, 13 April 1800
BRISTOL. - A waggon-house at Bedminster having been frequently plundered, three men were some nights stationed there to watch for thieves.  Unfortunately, a poor old man who had been turned out of his lodgings, strolled there for shelter, but on his approach, one of the people within fired at, and killed him on the spot.

Apr 14.  An inquest was taken on Saturday last before William Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, on the body of THOMAS LUDLOW, late apprentice to JOHN NEALE, weaver, of Horsley, who is strongly suspected of having murdered this poor lad by ill treatment and starvation. The Parish Officers of Horsley have taken this business up on grounds of mere humanity.

May 19.  Lately died, in our Infirmary, SARAH HAWKES, a girl about fifteen years of age, from an injury in the spine, occasioned by her falling with a load of pinds into a cellar, the window of which stood open.  When the public way is allowed to be occasionally incroached upon for the convenience of individuals, no precautions should be omitted which may contribute to secure the safety of the passenger.  That this care is not at all times sufficiently regarded, the misfortune above mentioned affords a melancholy evidence.

Jul 21.  A young man, of the name of AVERY, who was bathing in the Severn, on Sunday se'nnight, got into a whirlpool, a little below Sandhurst, exactly where Longford's Ham joins Little Whallom, and was unfortunately drowned.  Two hours elapsed before he was found, when every effort to restore him to life proved unavailing.  This is the seventeenth person who has perished in the same hole; and will, we trust, serve as a caution to others, not to bathe in that part of the river, which is at all times exceedingly deep and dangerous.

Jul 28.  On Wednesday was committed to our county gaol, by Mr Joyner, Coroner, EDWARD WILMOT, late of the partish of Siston, in this county, yeoman, for the wilful murder of Mr SAMUEL FUSSELL, of Warmley.  On Tuesday morning last, Mr FUSSELL, Collector of the taxes for Siston, attended by the constable and other persons, went to take a distress at the house of EDWARD WILMOT.  As FUSSELL passed the house, WILMOT fired a gun at him, the ball of which entered at the eye and went through the back part of the head, and he instantly expired.

Aug 4.  EDWARD WILMOT, for the murder of SAMUEL FUSSELL, was condemned, and  ordered to be hanged this morning.
  JOHN YOUNG was to have taken his trial on Saturday for the murder of his wife, by throwing her into the Severn, but on entering his cell, he was found dead, having hanged himself by his handkerchief up to the staple of his window.

Aug 4.   An indictment which was preferred against JOHN NEALE the younger, of Horsley, who was committed under the Coroner's Inquest for occasioning the death of his apprentice through ill treatment, was thrown out by the Grand Jury, as not being a true Bill.  The prisoner was afterwards tried upon the Coroner's Inquisition for the same charge, and acquitted without being put to his defence, it appearing by the evidence, that the deceased died either from disease or in an epileptic fit, to which he had been subject from his infancy.

Aug 11.  Friday, Mr COOKE, clothier, of Wotton Underedge, in this county, accidentally shot his wife through the head.  The Coroner's Jury, after a long examination, brought in their verdict Manslaughter, it appearing, that when he pointed the pistol, he thought it was not charged.  He was committed on Monday last to our prison.

  Monday last EDWARD WILMOT, of Siston hill, was executed here pusuant to his sentence for the wilful murder of SAMUEL FUSSELL.   WILMOT, from the time he was apprehended appeared to be insensible of the heinousness of his crime, and at the place of execution shewed no sign of remorse.  He was an old man of considerable property, but generally very litigious in his disposition, and gave much trouble to the persons appointed to receive his taxes; and it was in this situation that FUSSELL stood, who had several times made application to him for payment, previous to the fatal morning of his death, when he was about levying an execution on some of his property.  It is hoped the example of WILMOTT, will be a lesson to all persons who resist officers in the discharge of their duty, and who give way to those unbridled passions which generally terminate in their own distruction.

The Times, 13 August 1800
  Monday se'nnight, Mr. Cook, clothier, of Wotton under Edge, shot his wife through the head.  The Coroner's Jury, after a long examination, brought in a verdict of Manslaughter, it appearing that when he presented the pistol, he thought it to be the one which was not charged.

Nov 17.  Last week an inquest was taken at the Bell inn, Stapleton, in this county, before Mr Joyner, Coroner, on view of the body of HANNAH BRYANT, single woman, aged 19 years, who was killed the preceding evening by a gun shot.  After a very long and minute investigation, the jury found a verdict of manslaughter against CHARLES LONG, of the same place, stone mason, and who stands committed for trial at our next assizes.

Dec 22.  On Thursday last, a poor woman, who had been missing three weeks, was found drowned in a pond, belonging to Mr JOSEPH LOCK, at Nailsworth.

Dec 29.  No less than three children, have, by accident, been burnt to death within three weeks in the parish of Stonehouse.

1801

Jan 12.  Commitments to our County Gaol: MARGARET BISHOP, for the murder of an infant; CHARLES LONG, for killing HANNAH BRYANT.

Feb 2.  On Wednesday last an inquest was taken before Thomas Blunt, Esq. one of his Majesty's Coroners for this county, on the body of JOHN WHITE, of the parish of Kempley, when the Jury returned a Verdict that he died by the visitation of God.  An unfavourable impression had gone abroad, injurious to the characters of the Parish Officers, and it was therefore thought advisable by the Minister of the parish, that the above inquest should be held, the result of which proved highly satisfactory, by placing the humanity and good conduct of the officers in the clearest light.

Mar 2.  On Monday last was committed to our county prison, CHARLES SMITH, a lad about eleven years of age, charged by the Coroner's inquest with the wilful murder of JOHN DAUNCEY, of the parish of Uley, in this county.

Mar 30.  On the trial of Mr COOKE, clothier, of Wotton Underedge, for the murder of his wife, the witnesses who were called in support of the prosecution, most incontestably proved that the melancholy occurrence must have been an accident, and Mr COOKE, was, very much to the satisfaction of the Court, acquitted.

Apr 6.  CHARLES SMITH, aged 11, was found guilty of manslaughter; as was JOHN RAVENHILL, who was also fined 10 l.

May 4.  We hope the following accident will be a caution to waggoners.  As WILLIAM HOWELL, servant to Mr ROGERS, a farmer, of Newland, in this county, was returning home from Chepstow with a load of hides, it is supposed that from his being asleep on top of the cart it was overturned, and falling under it, he was smothered by the skins.

May 11.  On Monday evening last, a boy about six years old, son of a workman to THOMAS PIDCOCK, Esq. master of the Iron Works at Lidney, in this county, was accidentally drowned in the canal belonging to the works.
  Wednesday as JAMES PARKER, a boy about eight years old, was riding on the shafts of a roller, in a field at Westwood, through the carelessness of the driver of the horses, he fell from it, when the roller pressing on him, bruised him in so shocking a manner, that he soon after expired.

May 18.  Lately, as two young men of Berkeley, in this county, were fighting, one of them received a severe blow on the head, which for a moment stunned him, and the parties were prevented from renewing the combat.  The man complained of the headache, but next day went to his work; in the evening however he grew worse, became delirious, and died the next morning.

May 25.  Long article/letter about an accident at Over.

Jul 27.  During the violent storm of thunder and lightning, on Thursday se'nnight, ....    The same day W SAGE, mowing in a field near Almondsbury, went under a tree for shelter, (taking his scythe with him) when he was instantly struck dead by the lightning.

Aug 3.  Odd incident re son of BENJAMIN GILLMAN, weaver, of Horsley, aged 5.

Aug 24.  On Saturday se'nnight the body of a male infant, with its throat cut in a most inhuman manner, was found in the millpond belonging to Mr JOHN COOPER, of New Mills, Minchinhampton, in this county.  The body was wrapped up in a paper parcel, to which a large stone was fastened, for the purpose of preventing it from rising.  An inquest having been taken before W Trigg, gent. one of the Coroners for this county, the Jury returned a verdict of wilful murder, by some person or persons at present unknown.

Sep 14.  On Thursday last an Inquest was held at Olveston, in this county, before Mr Joyner, Coroner, on the body of ROBERT COLE, alias PARKER, aged nine years, who was killed the preceding day by a gun shot.  After several hours' minute investigation, the Jury found a Verdict of Manslaughter against one WM PIMBLE, Brickmaker, aged about 19; and who stands committed for trial at our next Assizes, for the offence.

Dec 7.  As Mr POPE, of Wotton Underdge, on Thursday last was returning home from Uley, he was thrown from his horse, and by the fall so dreadfully fractured his scull, that he lingered till Sunday in the greatest agonies, and then expired; leaving a wife and four children to lament their irreparable loss.

Dec 14.  On Monday last an Inquisition was held by Mr Joyner, at the Old Bell Inn, at Dursley, in this county, on view of the body of SAMUEL HALL, of the same place, Shearman, who died the preceding Saturday night in consequence of fighting.  After an investigation of five hours, the Jury found a Verdict of Manslaughter against JOHN FLATCHER, late of the same place, cloth worker, and who stands committed for trial at our next Assizes for the offence.   

1802

Jan 4.  DIED.  Sunday se'nnight, of a fit of apoplexy, with which he was seized while attending divine service at the Rev. Rowland Hill's Chapel, Mr JOHN RUGG, aged 68, an eminent dyer, of Wotton Underedge.  He was a good Christian, and will be lamented by the poor, to whom he was very charitable.
  We are also concerned to state the very shocking catastrophe which happened on the 19th ult. to Mrs MOREAU, widow of SIMEON MOREAU, Esq. M.C. of Cheltenham (whose death we mentioned the week before last).  By some accident her clothes caught fire, and before assistance was procured to extinguish the flames, she was most dreadfully burnt, and lingered till Wednesday last in the greatest agonies, when she died, sincerely and deservedly lamented.
  On Thursday se'nnight an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, Coroner, at Storwick, in the parish of Henbury, on the body of a man unknown, found drowned in the river Severn, near a place called Chitning Worth.  He appeared to be about forty years of age, five feet six inches high, stout made, dark brown hair, had on a blue jacket and trowsers, with yellow buttons, cotton shirt, small ribbed stockings, and shoes tied with ribbon..  In his jacket pocket was found a cotton spotted handkerchief, and a knife, with the initials cut on the handle T.P.D.

Jan 11.  On Thursday last, Mr Trigg held a coroner's inquest on the body of MOSES DEAN, who was unfortunately killed on the Tuesday preceding by the overturning of a loaded waggon in which he was riding, near the Bear, on Rodborough Common.  Verdict, accidental death.

Jan 18.  On Thursday last was also committed to our county gaol, by Mr Joyner, Coroner, THOMAS BAKER, of Chipping Sodbury, in this county, currier, for killing and slaying JOHN JONES, currier, by a gun shot, the preceding day.  JONES has left a wife and four small children to lament the fatal catastrophe.  
  The following melancholy accident happened at Kingswood on Monday se'nnight.  As a man and boy were descending a coal pit, the spring crook, to which the rope was suspended, gave way, and they were precipitated to the bottom; the man was dashed to pieces, and died immediately, and the boy was so dreadfully lacerated as to expire on Wednesday morning.  Two men were also very much hurt by the above unhappy persons falling upon them.

Jan 25.  A Coroner's inquest was held on Monday, on the body of a soldier, found dead in the road, near Cirencester, the preceding Friday.  The Jury returned their verdict, Died through intoxication and the inclemency of the weather.
  A very awful event took place on Tuesday evening the 12th inst. at the ball at Gloucester House, Hotwells.   Major HENRY VAUGHAN LANE, a gentleman in the prime of his life, and late of Cork, in Ireland, after dancing some time, complained to his partner that he felt fatigued, and sat down; but immediately after he was seized with a paralytic stroke.  He was conveyed to his lodgings, where every medical assistance was rendered, but unhappily without effect, as he died on Friday morning.

Feb 1.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was held at Rodborough, before Wm Trigg, Gent. coroner, and a very respectable Jury of four parishes, on the body of JEREMIAH WATTS, a boy about 11 years of age, and who was said to have died in consequence of beating, &c. from the hands of WM CHAPMAN; when, after the most serious and attentive hearing of the evidence on both sides (particularly that of the medical gentlemen) the Jury returned their verdict, - Died of disease, by the visitation of God.
  An inquest has also been held by the same coroner, on the body of Mr JOHN PRATT, a respectable farmer, who in returning home from Stroud, fell, owing to the darkness of the night, into a fishpond, at Steyne bridge, and was drowned: verdict, Accidental death.
  And likewise on the body of JAMES MILLS, a person deranged in his mind, who was found dead in a hay loft, at Chalford  Lynch: verdict, Died from the visitation of God.

Feb 1.  On Wednesday last an Inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, Coroner, on view of the body of a new born male child, found the preceding Monday, in a field in the parish of St James's, near Bristol. - After a minute investigation, the Jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.
  Last week at Cam, near Dursley, a child [MARY ELLIOTTS], about five years old, having, in the absence of its parents, approached too near the fire, a coal fell upon its clothes, which set them in a blaze, and so dreadfully burnt the poor little suffered, that the next day she expired.

Feb 8.  On Monday last, as W DAVIS and another were working in a stone quarry at Brownshill, Bisley, the earth and a quantity of stone gave way, and fell upon them with such force, as unhappily to kill WM DAVIS, and much injure the other, who is sent to the General Infirmary.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  A few evenings ago, Mr WALTER BUCKLE, a very respectable farmer, of Southwick Farm, near Tewkesbury, was unfortunately thrown from his horse, and so much bruised that his life is despaired of.

Feb 15.   An inquest was taken, on Tuesday last, before Mr Wiley, Coroner, on the body of a male child, found in a vault, at Upton St Leonards, in this county.  Suspicions were entertained of a young woman of the place; but as evidence was wanting to prove the child to be her's, she was discharged.   Verdict, stillborn.

Mar 1.  On Tuesday last, a Coroner's inquest was held by Daniel Willey, Esq. on the body of THOMAS HARRIS, a pauper, who had been brought by a pass, from Warwick, on Saturday, the 20th of February, in a very weak state, to Temple Guiting, in this county.  The churchwarden being told he was so full of vermin, that he was unfir to be put in a bed, lsaid him in his barn upon some straw, and in the morning the poor wretched creature was found dead.  The Jury, on hearing the evidence, returned a verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

Mar 22.  On Thursday last an Inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, Coroner, on the body of WM GORDON, Esq. Late of Loweston, in the county of Dorset, and formerly of Bristol, Merchant, who was found drowned in the river Avon, near Billmarsh, in the parish of St George, in this county; when the Jury, which was very respectable, after a full investigatin, and no marks of violence appearing on the body, found a verdict of Accidental Death.

Mar 29.   Last week an inquest was taken at Tirley, in this county, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of THOMAS POYTRESS, a farmer of that parish, who hanged himself - verdict, Lunacy.  He had been in a state of mental derangement for some years.
  On Wednesday the 17th inst. a child of Mr HASKINS, of Taynton, in this county, who was sent to a day school, in that parish, having gone too near the fire, in the absence of his schoolmistress, the flames seized his clothes, and notwithstanding the exertions of some of the neighbours to extinguish the fire, he died the following morning.

Apr 19.  The General Gaol Delivery for Bristol ended on Saturday se'nnight, when MARIA DAVIS, for the murder of her infant child, by leaving it to perish on Brandon Hill, and CHARLOTTE BOBBETT, for being accessary thereto, received sentence of Death.
    MARIA DAVIS and CHARLOTTE BOBBETT were executed at St Michael's Hill, on Monday, pursuant to their sentences.  On their way to the gallows, they were with difficulty prevented from frequently fainting.  At the place of execution, M DAVIS, the mother of the child, with the utmost contrition, acknowledged her guilt; at the same time manifesting the greatest distress of mind in having been the means of inducing her unhappy fellow sufferer to become the accomplice of her diabolical purpose, and earnestly entreating her forgiveness.  Both attributed their present deplorable condition to disobedience to their parents, idleness and dissolute company, and requested the Rev. the Ordinary to impress on the minds of the surrounding multitude these lamentable truths, and warn them against the dangers with which such conduct was inevitably followed.  After some time spent in exercises of penitential devotion, the wretched victims kissed each other, and then, clasping their hands together, were so launched into eternity.  M DAVIS was about 20 years of age, and C BOBBETT not more than 23.

Apr 26.  On Monday last a very unfortunate accident happened in Kings road, by which the eight following persons lost their Lives: viz. Mr JAMES, sadler, of St Michael's hill, Bristol; his brother Mr JAMES, truss maker, of Redcliffe street; and two others of their brothers; also Mr PRICE, sworn measurer; and Mr HENRY STOCKHAM, baker, Redcliffe street; together with two children, one belonging to Mr JAMES, and the other to Mr STOCKHAM.   They had set off in a boat in the morning (it being a holiday), to amuse themselves on the water, and having got into the King road, were seen about a mile and a half from Portishead Fort, steering towards the Welsh Coast.  About tide of flood, the sergeant on guard at Portishead fort, and some women who were planting potatoes on the adjoining hill, witnessed a strange motion of the sails of the boat, then near the tail of the Spit, (a long bank of sand so named) in the mouth of the Severn, but judged the occasion to be only the sport of those onboard.  In about half an hour afterwards, two of the ill fated company (by description, the eldest and youngest of the JAMES's, and known to be excellent swimmers) were seen making towards Portishead point - the boat not in sight.  They had so far gained the shore, as to exhibit themselves to the spectators, holding each orther's arm; but the surf, occasioned by the wind setting in with the tide, repeatedly drove them back, and they sunk beneath the task, before any one could get near enough to afford them assistance.
  The boat was found drifted near the New Passage, with Mr N JAMES's son (about ten years of age) in the cuddy, whose remains were interred on Friday.  None of the other bodies have yet been found.
   It is truly melancholy to consider, that this awful circumstance has deprived three widows of their husbands, and fourteen children of their fathers; six of whom belonging to Mr STOCKHAM, who buried his wife within these four months, become orphans.

May 17.  On Tuesday last Mr HILL, a respectable maltster, of Monmouth, put an end to his existence, by drowning himself in the river Trothy, near Mitchel Troy, where his body was soon after discovered.  No previous symptoms of derangement had appeared, and his circumstances were such as to place him far above necessity, although he had recently expressed the dread of a reverse of fortune.. He had always maintauined the character of a truly honest and industrious man.

May 24.   On Monday morning, Mr M'DOWALL, of Dursley, in this county, was found dead in his bedchamber; and the coroner's jury have since returned a verdict - Died by the visitation of God.   He was a very respectable dealer in Irish linens, &c. and had acquired considerable property by this traffic.
  The body of Mr NATH JAMES, of St Michael's hill, Bristol (one of the eight unfortunate persons who went from Bristol in a boat on Easter Monday, and were drowned, as mentioned in a former paper) was yesterday se'nnight discovered floating on the water near a place called the Cherry Stones, in the river Severn, in a very putrid state, as might be supposed. - A consdierable property in bills and cash was found in his pockets.
  On Tuesday last, a labourer who was employed in the repairs of the roof of St Michael's church, in this city, unfortunatel;y fell from the same, and lighting upon a grave stone, was severely hurt.  He was instantly conveyed to the Infiirmary; and we are happy to add, that his life is thought to be out of danger.

May 31.  Re JAMES PEARCE, grazier, Tortworth.
              Caution to Waggoners.

Jun 7.  We are authorised to contradict the paragraph which appeared in our last (copied from a respectable neighbouring paper), stating, that the death of Mr JAMES PEARCE, of Tortworth, was occasioned by a fall - that gentleman having died by a natural, slow, and progressive disease.

Jun 28.  On Monday last, a boy about ten years of age, named JOHN LEWIS, (a drummer belonging to the Glocester Volunteers;) whilst bathing in the river Severn, at this city, unfortunately got beyond his depth, and was drowned.

The Observer, 4 July 1802
  A porter rolling a barrel of cyder, at Bristol, and endeavouring to prevent it from going over the Quay-wall, fell down, the barrel passing on his head, killed him.

Jul 5.  Winchcombe Parish Registers, Burials.  ALICE DARKE.  Found drowned.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Jul 26.  On Monday last, during a violent storm, a labourer employed in digging stone at Leckhampton , in this county, took shelter under an excavated part of the hill; where he had not long retired, when a mass of stone fell on him, and crushed him to death.  The unhappy man has left a wife and two children.
  A Coroner's Inquest was on Thursday held at Cirencester, on the body of JAMES GRIFFIN who was found dead in a stable of the Boothall Inn, into which he had been put a few hours before in a state of intoxication.  verdict - Died by Suffocation.
  On Thursday last, as a man on horseback was riding down Broad street, Bristol, a foot passenger struck the horse with a stick, which occasioned him to startle, very unexpectedly, and the saddle turning round, the rider fell and was dragged some distance, receiving such violent blows from the horse's feet, as have since occasioned his death.
  Same day, in the same street, a man fell under the wheels of a waggon, and was so much hurt, that doubts are entertained of his recovery.

Aug 2.  Rev A SANDERSON & HASKINS

Aug 9.  Assizes ... and ELIZABETH BARRETT, tried for the murder of her new born bastard child, ... acquitted.

Aug 16.  TO BE CHECKED.

Aug 23.  On Monday last an inquest was taken by Mr Joyner, Coroner, on the body of JOHN SARNEY, of the parish of Yate, in this county, potatoe merchant and farmer, who hanged himself, in a field the Saturday preceding; after a full investigation, the jury found a verdict - felo de se.

Sep 27.   On Friday morning, the body of a young man, of the name of LEARNER, by trade a stone mason, was taken out of the Stroud Canal, near Brimscomb.  He had been missing about a week; and is supposed to habve lost his way in the evening, and slipped from the bank of the Canal.
  On Monday evening last, the following melancholy circumstance happened at Bristol.  A lad named PHILIP MASON, aged about 15, who had been lately discharged from a marine corps, was walking the streets, carrying a musket, which he imprudently pointed towards several persons, near the Back, observing to them, that the piece was loaded, and, to intimidate them, threatened to fire; this, however, he desisted doing; but on Bristol bridge, without giving any previous notice to the passengers near him, he wantonly drew the trigger, and the whole charge entered the legs of a young man named RICHARD LOVETT, about 19 years of age, who was in the service of Mr COOKE, iron monger, on the Back, and wounded him so dreadfully, that a mortification almost immediately followed, and his life has fallen a sacrifice to this unpardonable instance of wanton wickedness.  MASON has absconded.

Oct 4.  A few days since an inquest was taken, at Bagendon, before W Trigg, Gent. one of the coroners for this county, on view of the body of ELIZABETH SAUNDERS, who was found dead in her dwelling house, where she lived alone.. Verdict, Died suddenly by the visitation of God.
  On Saturday se'nnight an inquest was taken, before the same Coroner, on view of the body of a man unknown, found drowned in the Stroud Canal, near Bond's Mill.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Oct 4.  On Wednesday last another inquest was taken before Mr Trigg, at Fairford, on view of the body of GEORGE ROSE, a child, who was running after a chaise, when his cloaths became entangled in the spikes, and being exhausted by his exertions to extricate himself, he fell on the ground with such violence as to occasion his death almost immediately.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Oct 11.   On Saturday se'nnight an inquest was taken, on view of the body of GEORGE PEGLAR, of Nympsfield, in this county, who was found dead in a field adjoining his house a few days preceding, when the Jury returned a verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Oct 25.  On Thursday evening last, as Mr INNELL, wire worker, of Stroud, was going to Petty France on horseback, in passing a post chaise he met on the road, his leg unfortunately came into contact with the hind wheels, by which it was shattered in a most dreadful manner.  Surgical assistance being immediately procured, some splinters were taken out, and we are happy to find, that hopes are entertained of his recovery, without the necessity of recurring to amputation.

Nov 22.  ?? Obit ROBERT HUTCHINGS of Kingsdown.

Nov 29.  On Monday last died, in the 22nd year of her age, Mrs WILSON, wife of Mr WILSON, printer and bookseller, Stroud.  her death was occasioned by the bursting of a blood vessel during a fit of coughing.  Her piety and amiable manners, render her family and numerous friends inconsolable for the early loss os so excellent a woman.
  Inquests have lately been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, at the following places:
      At Minchinhampton, on Friday se'nnight, on view of the body of SAMUEL CLIFT, sen. who fell down dead on the high road.  verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.
       At Bisley, on Monday last, on the body of MARY IRELAND, a young woman about 22 years of age, who, being pregnant, either took, or had administered to her, a portion of yellow arsenic, which occasioned her death.  After a most minute investigation by a very respectable jury, a verdict was returned - Died from poison; by her own hands, or administered by some person or persons unknown.  Her body had been interred several days, without the knowledge of any of the parish officers.
       At Winstone, on Tuesday, on the body of MARY WINSTONE, an illegitimate infant, who died on the road, and was brought home a corpse by her mother.  Verdict, Died suddenly of a fit.
      And, at Rodborough, on Wednesday, on the body of JAMES CHAPMAN,  who, from the darkness of the night, fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  verdict, Accidental Death.
         About five o'clock on Sunday morning, a new born female infant was found in a market basket left at the door of a gentleman's house in Somerset street, Bristol, in a very wet condition, owing to the rain that had fallen on the poor little innocent, to which, it has since been discovered, the infant had been unmercifully exposed about seven hours; for, through the vigilance of the overseer of the parish, the mother has been apprehended, and after an examination of considerable length before a magistrate, was on Thursday evening committed to Lawford's Gate Bridewell.  It appears that the mother herself did not place the child where she was found, but had given her to two other woman so to do.

Dec 6.  An Inquisition was, on Friday se'nnight, taken at St Peter's Hospital, Bristol, on view of the body of THOMAS GREED, whodied on Thursday, in consequence of an injury received in fighting with JOHN WILLIAMS, at a public house, in Saint Thomas street, on Monday.  The Jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter; and WILLIAMS is committed to Newgate.
Wednesday, another Inquisition was taken on the body of THOS BAKER, who, being intoxicated, fell into a well at Norton, near Kempsey, Worcestershire, on the preceding Sunday, and in falling received a violent blow on the back part of his head from the stone coyning of the well, which instantly killed him.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

The Observer, 12 December 1802
  On Wednesday an inquest was taken at Hinton on the body of S. Merchant, a waggoner, whose death was occasioned by the following circumstances:- The deceased returning in his waggon from Hinton, was overtaken  by a [???] with another waggon, who endeavoured to pass him, in consequence of which he desired the boy to drive faster.  All the horses were put into a gallop, when on going down [?]idford-Hill, he was precipitated from his seat with such violence as to dislocate his neck.  This unhappy man's wife was brought to bed of her sixth child the night after the accident.

Dec 20.   Inquests have recently been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, at the following places:
  At South Cerney, on Saturday se'nnight, on view of the body of RICHARD MILLARD, whose death was supposed to have been occasioned by a blow received on the head whilst playing at back sword; but it appearing in evidence that he had been previously affected by a complaint in the brain, the Jury brought in their verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.
  At Rodborough, on Monday last, on the body of WILLIAM FOWLES, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, at that place, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
   And at Minchinhampton, on Tuesday last, on view of the body of MARY WHITHORNE, who, during the paroxysm of mental derangement, jumped into a draw well, nearly 25 yards in depth, by which she fractured her leg, and died in a short time after from the general shock she sustained.  Verdict, Lunacy.  Great praise is due to Mr HILL, brazier, of Minchinhampton, who, hearing of the circumstance, went down at the imminent hazard of his life, and prevented the poor unfortunate woman from drowning, whilst he fastened a rope round her body, by which she was drawn up from the bottom of the well alive, but soon after expired!
       
Gloucester Herald, 19/02-05/03 missing, & 18/6 -13/8

1803

Jan 3.  On Saturday se'nnight a melancholy accident happened at Cam, in this county.  A man of the name of TUDOR, whilst coming to Dursley, in a state of intoxication, missed his road, and, falling into a ditch, was suffocated.  He wsa not found till the Monday following.
  Monday night last, about ten o'clock, Captain WM WINTLE, of the sloop Galley, was unfortunatrly drowned, in attempting to go on board at the wharf in St Philip's, Bristol, where she had that day discharged her cargo of Newport coal.  It is thought his feet must have slid from under him on the slip, and that he fell between the vessel and the Quay wall.  He was heard to cry for help, but it being dark no person could render him assistance in time.

Jan 31.  On Tuesday an Inquest was held at Wilton, near Ross, by T Cotes, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM CROOSE, who died in consequence of a violent bruise on the head, occasioned by a fall.   Sand on Thursday, another Inquest was held by Mr Cotes, at the same place, on view of the body of WILLIAM GUNDY, a lad about ten years of age, who, being subject to fits, fell into the fire in the absence of his friends, and was burnt to death.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

Feb 7.  On Tuesday an Inquest was held at Ross, by Mr Cotes, Coroner, on view of the body of WALTER WILLIAMS, a day labourer, who, on returning home, at night, from his work, dropped down dead in a field near his dwelling house.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

Feb 14.  One evening last week, Mr SHEARS, an Irish Gentleman, with his wife, arrived at the Bell Inn, Burford, from Cheltenham.  About ten o'clock the Lady retired to her bedroom, when Mr SHEARS immediately locked the door, and shot himself with a large pistol, lodging the contents, a quantity of grapeshot, in his brain.  He languished till the following afternoon, and then expired in great agony.  Mr SHEARS had considerable property in Ireland, but owing to an irregularity in his remittances from thence, was reduced to some temporary pecuniary embarrassments, which produced a desponding state of mind, and drove him to the fatal act.

Feb 28..  A few days since died, at Coaley, near Dursley, Mr JOHN GRIFFITH; having a family of children ill of the smallpox, he unhappily caught the infection, sickened, and died in twelve days, at the age of 35.  
  The following melancholy event occurred on Friday last.  About five o'clock in the afternoon, as RICHARD HAWKES, fisherman, and a woman of the name of JANE TRIGG, both of Minsterworth, were returning from Tewkesbury in a fishing boat, in attempting to pass through the pricipal arch of Over Bridge, near this city, they were forced against the pier by the violence of the current, by which the boat was upset, and they were precipitated into the flood.   They both clung to the bottom of the boat, however, abd floated down the Severn for some distance, calling out for help.  Their perilous situation was observed by some men in a trow which lay a short way below the bridge, by whom, in all probability, their lives would have been saved; but unfortunately they had no small boat; and before they could reach one belonging to a vessel which lay near, the poor sufferers lost their hold, and disappeared!  The boat has since been taken up uninjured; but the violence of the wind, and height of the river, at present renders any search for the bodies ineffectual.  The woman has left an aged father and mother, who were principally dependent upon her for support.
  On Wednesday evening, after it had become dark, a man of the name of POPE, not aware of any danger, although cautioned by a gentleman who saw him, stepped over the quay wall, near the head of the quay, Bristol, and fell into the river.  The gentleman who had spoken to him, hearing the plunge, instantly gave the alarm, and after about half an hour's search, the poor man's body was found; but the immediate exertions of two medical gentlemen to restore animation, unfortunately proved ineffectual.

Mar 7.  On Wednesday morning died, suddenly, Mr JOHN JELF, cork cutter, of Bolt lane, in this city.  He was taken ill whilst at work, and died immediately after being carried home.

Mar 7.  On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Elkstone, in this county, by Mr Trigg, coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM THRUSH, who was unfortunately thrown from a horse, and dragged in the stirrup, so as to occasion his death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  The bodies of RICHARD HAWKES and JANE TRIGG, mentioned in our last Paper to have been drowned in the river Severn, by the oversetting of a fishing boat, were yesterday morning picked up at the Parting, in this city.

Gloucester Herald, Mar 12.
On Saturday last an inquest was taken at Clifton, by Mr Joyner, on the body of a male child, supposed to be about three weeks old, whichwas discovered in a dust hole by a gentleman's servant.  After the surgeon had examined the body, he declared that the child must have been strangled, and a leg and an arms taken off with a sharp instrument.  Verdict, Wilful Murder by some person or persons unknown.
The bodies of RICHARD HAWKES and JANE TRIGG, mentioned in our last Paper to have been drowned, in the river Severn, by the oversetting of a fishing boat, were on Sunday morning picked up at the Parting, near this ciy.

Gloucester Herald, Mar 19.
Yesterday morning, an inquest was held on the body of SAMUEL GILPIN, a private in the 15th regiment of Light Dragoons, quartered in this city, who was discovered drowned in the Lock of the Berkeley canal; the jury returned a verdict of - Accidental Death.

Apr 4.  Long report re shooting at Hotwells, JOHN POVEY.

Apr 18.  On Monday died, by the breaking of a blood vessel, at Pyrton, near Berkeley, Mr MERRITT, an eminent farmer of that place.
  On Monday last an Inquest was held by Mr Trigg, on view of the body of DANIEL YOUNG, found dead on the Bath road.  It appearing that he had been drinking gin to excess, the Jury returned a verdict - Sudden death by intoxication.
  The following inquests have been taken by Mr Joyner: On Wednesday, on the body of  ELIZABETH BARTON, of Brinkworth, in the parish of Thornbury, who poisoned herself by taking arsenic mixed in beer.  Verdict, Lunacy.   On Saturday, on the body of Mr SAMUEL SILMAN, of Charfield, near Wotton Underedge, who was scalded to death by falling into a tub of boiling wort.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And on Monday, on the body of Mr JOSEPH STINCHCOMBE, of Upton, in the parish of Hawkesbury, who hanged himself.  Verdict, Felo de se.

Gloucester Herald, Apr 30.
As THOMAS PETERSON, Esq.of Mangotsfield, in this county, was returning home, on Tuesday last, from Weston, near Bath, he was unhappily thrown from his horse, at Stoutshill, and killed on the spot.

May 2.  On Tuesday se'nnight died, THOMAS PETERSON, Esq. of Mangotsfield (late of Weston, near Bath) in consequence of a fall from his horse a few days before.

Gloucester Herald, May 7.
On Monday last an inquest was held by Mr Joyner, Coroner, on the body of a boy who had unfortunately been lacerated and killed by some part of the clothing machinery belonging to Samuel and Osborne Yeats, Esqrs., of Monk's Mill, near Wotton under edge, in this county.

May 9.  An Inquest was held on Monday last, by Mr Joyner, Coroner, on view of the body of a boy who was unfortunately killed, in consequence of getting entangled in the machinery at Monk's Mill, near Wotton Underedge, in this county.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

May 23.  The following inquests have been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, viz. on view of the body of WILLIAM BUCK, of the Thrupp, who, as he was returning home from Stroud, fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned; and on view of the body of ANN CLUTTERBUCK, a child about two years old, who fell into a millstream, and was drowned.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

May 30.  On Monday last THOMAS HUNT was committed to Oxford Gaol, charged on the Coroner's Inquest with the murder of RICHARD BAYLIS, at Little Rissington, in that county.

Jun 6.  On Wednesday last an Inquest was held by Mr Joyner, one of the Coroner's for this county, on view of the body of ROBT FORD, late of Wickwar, mason; who, in endeavouring to take down an old decayed farm house, at Cromhall Abbotts, the ruins gave way, and falling upon him, was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  A melancholy accident happened on Wednesday last, at Purton Pill, in the parish of Lidney, in this county.  DANIEL WILES,  late of Coleford, carpenter, a lunatic, going to wash himself in the river Severn, at the entrance or mouth of the Pill, the shore being very steep, soon got out of his depth.  A person of the name of BARRETT, standing on the shore, and seeing his eminent danger, instantly leaped into the river with intent to save him; when WILES, by catching hold of BARRETT's clothes, so entangled him as not to be able to extricate himself therefrom, and after many violent struggles they both sunk and were unfortunately drowned.  It is remarkable, that BARRETT has had two brothers and a cousin drowned within a few years past.

Jun 20.  The following melancholy accident happened  on Sunday last.  Four young men, from Tewkesbury, (three of them brothers;) went out to spend the day at a short distance from thence, when a person brought a gun into the room where they had assembled, for the purpose of shooting at a hawk out of the window, which by some accident went off, and shot three of the four young men, one of them dangerously in the arm; and, notwithstanding surgical assistance was procured instantly, we are sorry to add, that a mortification soon after took place, which proved fatal; the others were not so materially injured, and are recovering from their wounds.

Jun 27.  And, on Saturday, WILLIAM BAXTER was committed, By Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, charged with killing and slaying ELIZABETH GIBBONS, of the parish of Eastleach Turville.

Jul 4.  On Saturday last a detainer was lodged against MARY HOOPER, some time since committed to our county gaol for burglary.  The second charge exhibited against her, is for the wilful murder of ELIZABETH MANSELL, (a child) under circumstances of peculiar atrocity.

Yesterday se'nnight a poor woman of the parish of Maisemore, in this county, unfortunately fell with a child in her arms; when the Infant received so much injury on the head as to survive the accident but a short period.
  On Saturday se'nnight the following melancholy accident happened at Monmouth.  As Mr SHELLUM, master of a vessel in the service of Mr Alderman HUGHES, of that town, was pushing off, with his foot, a barge which lay alongside his own, he slipped and fell into the river; when the vessels again coming in contact with some violence, he was instantly crushed to death.  By this unfortunate circumstance, a wife and five children are deprived of a husband and father, from whose labour they derived their sole support.

Jul 18.  On Monday last a chimney-sweeper, of the name of MASTERS, was drowned whilst bathing in the river Severn, near this city.  He was an expert swimmer; but in attempting to gain the shore with his son on his back! (a youth about eight years of age,) he sunk to the bottom, and remained so long under water, that every effort to restore animation proved ineffectual.  The child was happily saved.

Jul 25.  Oxford Assizes.  THOS HUNT, charged with the murder of RICHARD BAYLIS, of Little Bourton, was found guilty of manslaughter, and was fined 6 s. 8 d. and discharged; ...
  On Monday last the following inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, at Uley, near Dursley, in this county: on the body of Mrs PATIENCE SHURING, who died in consequence of a fall from a flight of steps; and on the body of CHARLES FORD, drowned whilst bathing in a pond belonging to Mr JACKSON.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.

Aug 1.  Gloucester Assizes:  MARY HOOPER, for stealing money at Hasfield ... sentenced to transportation for seven years.  The latter prisoner was previously tried for the murder of ELIZABETH MANSELL, and acquitted.

Aug 8.  On Friday last, THOMAS POWELL, a poor labourer, whilst mowing barley in a field in the parish of Bridstow, near Ross, had his leg nnearly cut off by the accidental stroke a his follower's scythe, and died shortly afterwards from the loss of blood - unfortunately leaving a widow and large family destitute of support.

Aug 29.  DIED.  In the 20th year of his age, BENJAMIN ANDREWS, son of Mr ANDREWS, blacksmith, of Ross.  His death was occasioned by going into the river to bathe, when in a state of perspiration.   

Gloucester Herald, Sep 3.
On Saturday night died, Mrs SPILMAN, of this city.  The lady had the misfortune, a few days ago, to be thrown from the horse, while riding out for her health, and was dragged by the stirrup for a considerable way: to the bruises she then received her death is unhappily attributable.

Sep 5.  Yesterday se'nnight died, Mrs SPILMAN, wife of Mr SPILMAN, of Barton Street, in this city.  Her death was occasioned by a fall from her horse a few days before, when she was dragged a considerable way, and received so much injury as to baffle every effort for her recovery.

Gloucester Herald, Sep 10.
We have received the melancholy information, that on Thursday as Mr HENRY COLLINS, of  Ingatestone, near Ross, was shooting, he was, by the accidental discharge of his gun, killed on the spot.  -  And, on the same day, WILLIAM JENKINS, of Ross, left his friends in a fir of mental derangement, and hanged himself in a hovel near the town.
Mrs Read, who was tried at Gloucester, in 1795, for poisoning her husband, we have heard, died lately at Southampton, after acknowledging her guilt in that and another transaction of equal atrocity.  No language can describe the severity of her feelings: and her contrition bordered even on despair.  [Not found]

Sep 12.  On Friday last, an inquest was held, by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JOHN ALLAWAY, a respectable farmer, of South Cerney, whose death was occasioned by a fall from his horse, at Waltimore, near Cirencester.  He was taken up senseless, and lived but a few hours.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, Sep 17.
An inquest was last week held by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JOHN ALLAWAY, a respectable farmer, of South Cerney, whose death was occasioned by a fall from his horse, at Waltimore, near Cirencester.  He was taken up senseless, and livede but a few hours.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Saturday last his remains were interred at South Cerney Church, in this county, with military honours, he being one of the Volunteer Infantry.
  On Wednesday last, as J HIGGINS, a private in the Army of Reserve, was washing his legs in the river Severn, near this city, he slipped into the water, and being unable to swim, was unfrortunately drowned before assistance could be afforded him.

Sep 19.  A soldier in the Army of Reserve, of the name of HIGGINS, was on Wednesday last drowned in the river Severn, near this city.  He had been washing his feet, and slipped from the bank into such deep water, that he could not extricate himself.

Sep 16.  Friday se'nnight Mr Trigg, one of the coroners for this county, held an inquest at Minchinhampton , on the body of SAMUEL GRAINGE, who was killed by the kick of a horse; verdict accordingly.  And also on Monday, at the same place, upon the body of MARY HARDING, an infant, about four months old.  It appeared, that the child being disordered, her mother had sent a person to buy some Tincture Of Rhubarb; but the messenger mistaking the name, asked for Godfrey's Cordial, under which title a deleterious preparation from Laudanum was sold, and administered by the unsuspecting mother.  The consequence was that the child died in a few hours.  After minute investigation the Jury returned a Verdict, Died by the injudicious preparation of a medicine administered for the benefit of the child.

Oct 10.  On Friday last, the body of Mr TAYLOR, formerly of the Crown public house, on Corse Lawn, was found in the River Severn, near the Westgate bridge, at this city.  He had been missing since the preceding Monday.

Oct 24.  Inquests have lately been taken by Mr Joyner, coroner, of Berkeley, on view of the bodies of the following persons, viz. Mr GEORGE KEAR, who was killed in consequence of falling into a coalpit at Bream, in the partish of Newland; THOMAS NOWELL, an infant, whose death was occasioned by his cloaths taking fire, at Halling Common, near Henbury; and CHARLES TRUCK, chaisedriver, belonging to the New Passage House, who, from intoxication, fell into the river Severn, and was drowned.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Nov 21.  DIED.  At his father's house, North street, Bristol, at the age of 6 years, RICHARD HINGSTON, whose death was occasioned by swallowing a brass nail, which, by entering his windpipe, brought on suffocation.

Dec 26.  The following inquests have lately been taken by D Willey, Esq. Coroner, of this city: On view of the body of Mr JOHN DAVIS, of Leckhampton, who, as he was returning home from Cheltenham market, missed his way, and falling into a pool at the roadside, was drowned; on the body of R HUTCHINGS, coachman to the Rev F TRACEY TAVEL, who, when driving his master's chariot from Broadway to Stanway, fell from the box, and the chariot wheel passing over him, he was killed on the spot; and on the body of Mr ROBERT CROOK, a respectable farmer, of Taynton, who, returning home from Gloucester market, on Saturday se'nnight, fell into a pool at Over, and was drowned.  Verdict in each instance - Accidental Death.

Gloucester Herald, Dec 31.
On Saturday last, a melancholy accident happened at Maisemore. As two boys, JOSEPH WILLIAMS and WILLIAM COOK, were riding on a horse, to direct two persons along Maisemore

causeway (the water being very much out), by the violence of a sudden gust of wind, the horse was blown off the causeway into the adjoining ditch, where they were unfortunately drowned.  Mr STEPHEN's passing boat was blown into the hedge, on the other side of the causeway, so that he could give them no assistance; otherwise, in all probability, they might have been saved.  On Monday an inquest was held on their bodies, by D Wiley, Esq. - Verdict, Accidental Death.
  We are grieved to add to the melancholy list of similar accidents, the death of a beautiful and amiable daughter (aged about five years) of the late Mr JONES, cork cutter, of this city, on Tuesday last, in consequence of her clothes taking fire; and before the flames could be extinguished, she was so dreadfully burnt, as to baffle all Surgical skill.  The little sufferer lingered a few hours, and then expired.

Gloucester Journal extracts
1804

Jan 2.  The low grounds in the vicinity of the Severn, have been completely inundated by the late heavy rains.  During the height of the flood, yesterday se'nnight, as two boys, named JOSEPH WILLIAMS and WILLIAM COOK; were directing two persons on horseback along Maisemore causeway, near this city, which was at that time under water, the horse which they rode was forced into a ditch by the violence of the wind, and the two boys unfortunately perished.  An inquest was on Monday held on view of the bodies, by D Willey, Esq, Coroner; when the Jury returned a verdict - Accidental Death.
 A very melancholy accident occurred in this city on Tuesday last.  An amiable child, about five years of age, daughter of Mrs JONES, cork cutter, of this city, was burnt to death, in consequence of her clothes taking fire.  She was at a neighbour's house, and, during the momentary absence of the mistress from the room, took up a pair of bellows to blow the fire - when a spark in an instant set her clothes in a blaze, and every effort to save her life proved ineffectual.  She lingered a few hours, and expired in great agony.

Gloucester Chronicle, Jan 7.
An inquest was held yesterday, by James Sadler, Esq. on the body of JOHN DYER.  As he was passing along the Quay, in this city, a waggon load of hay accidentally upset, and falling upon him, occasioned his immediate death.  Verdict,  Accidental Death.

Jan 9.  On Friday last an inquest was held by James Sadler, Esq. Coroner for this city, on view of the body of JOHN DYER, who was killed by the upsetting of a waggon load of hay upon him, as he was passing along the Quay.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Chronicle, Jan 14.
On Saturday last, a young gentleman, of Cirencester, while skaiting, slipped into a hole above his depth, and was unfortunately drowned.  And, on Wednesday lasr, a poor man, of Chalford, was also drowned, in the Thames & Severn Canal, near Brimscomb Port, whilst in a state of intoxication.  The latter has left a wife and three children.

Jan 16.  The following inquests have lately been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, viz. On view of the body of EDWARD HALFORD, of Coln Rogers, who had been some time deranged in his intellects, and hanged himself.  Verdict, Lunacy.  And on the body of JOHN HOBBES, of Rodmarton, who was found drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal, in the parish of South Cerney, after having been missing nearly a month.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

On Saturday se'nnight, a young gentleman of Cirencester, while skaiting, unfortunately fell into a hole above his depth, and was drowned.

The Observer, 22 January 1804   Last week, a young Gentleman of Cirencester, while skating, fell through the ice into a hole above his depth, and was drowned.

           Gloucester Chronicle, Jan 21.
Sunday a poor blind man, who frequented the public houses in the city of Bristol as a fidler, was picked up in the Quay river drowned, supposed to have missed his way and walked in.

Feb 6.  The following inquests have lately been held before Mr Joyner, one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  On view of the body of THOMAS RODNEY, servant to Mr BLANCH, of Lattridge, who, on his return home from Bristol, fell off the shafts of a waggon, at Hambrook, and was killed in the spot.  On the body of PITMAN PRICE, aged 10 years, killed by falling down a coalpit, 30 fathoms, belonging to Messrs Leonards  and Co. at the hamlet of Oldland.  And on the body of WILLIAM ALLEN, carpenter, found suffocated in a water course, leading down the Long street, in the town of Thornbury.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Feb 13.  On Wednesday an Inquest was held by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the body of JOSEPH WILDEY, who, by the breaking of the rope whilst towing a barge, was precipitated into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On the evening of Saturday se'nnight, as a boy about ten years of age was passing over a narrow bridge across a brook which runs through Stanley Meadow, near Cainscross, in this county, with a pad of yarn on his head, he fell into the water, and his body has not yet been discovered.  Several dundles of the yarn were found in the brook.

Gloucester Chronicle, Feb 18.
On Wednesday, in consequence of the rope breaking, a poor man, whilst assisting in towing a vessel, was precipitated into the Stroud Canal and drowned.  Notwithstanding he shewed evident signs of life after he was taken out, his wife and children have to deplore the inefficancy of  [??] to restore animation.

Mar 5.  The following inquests have been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county: a few days since, at Stroud, on view of the body of THOMAS HEMMINGS, who, whilst winding up the lasher of one of the locks on the Thames and Severn Navigation, was, by the handle coming off, forced into the Canal, and drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Monday last, at Rodmarton, on the body of RICHARD JONES, who was found dead, under a wall in a field near that place, where, it is supposed, he had crept for shelter during the severity of the weather on Saturday night - and, being weak and infirm, unfortunately perished in that situation.  verdict, Died from the inclemency of the weather.   And, on Tuesday, at Stonehose, on the body of GEORGE NEALE, the youth mentioned in a former paper to have been drowned in a stream near the Ryeford: his body had passed through the gates at various places on the brook, and was  not found till Tuesday last.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 12.  On Wednesday last an inquest was held, at Kent's Green, in the parish of Newent, by D Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of JOSEPH LYES, servant to Mr CLARK, who, in attempting to put a burthen of straw in a hay loft, fell off the ladder, and dislocated his neck.  Ond on Thursday another inquest was taken before the same gentleman, on the body of EMANUEL WRIGHT, a child between four and five years of age, whose cloaths burst into a flame whilst drying himself before the fire; whereby he was so terribly burnt (although every effort was instantly used by the woman of the house to extinguish the same), that he survived only a few hours.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.
  A few days since an inquest was held by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the body of ROBERT LAWRENCE, of Stonehose, who, in endeavouring to pass over a swing bridge across the  Stroud Navigation, the bridge being incautiously left off the sill, he walked into the Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Cambrian, 17 March 1804
             SWANSEA, FRIDAY, March 16
             A new-born female infant, supposed to have been murdered, was found in Wilder-street, Bristol, on Tuesday
              morning.

Mar 19.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, Coroner, at the sign of the Foundry, in the parish of St Paul, in this county, on the body of a new born female child, found dead in a pool, in a field at the bottom of Wilder street, near St Paul's church.  It was quite naked when found, and as several marks of violence appeared on the body, the jurors were fully of opinion, the child was murdered previous to its being cast into the pool.  After a full investigation, the jurors returned a Verdict of Wilful Murder by some person or persons unknown.  The officers of the parish instantly offered a reward of Twenty Guineas to any person giving information that will lead to the discovery of the inhuman perpetrator.  Same day another inquest was taken at Hanham, by the sa,e Gentleman, on the body of JAMES HOSKINS, coal miner, who was killed on Moday last, by falling down a coal piy belonging to SAMUEL WHITTUCK, Esq.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  Last week an inquest was held at Walford, in Herefordshire, on the body of JOHN BRIGHT, a pauper of that parish, and a common beggar, who was found dead near his own house.  He was supposed to be very poor; but on examining his house, after his death, it appeared that he had contrived to amass a consierable sum, the greatest part of which was in cash, and sufficient to have enabled him to live comfortably and independent.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

Gloucester Chronicle, Mar 24.
On Wednesday se'nnight an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, coroner, at the sign of the Foundry, in the out parish of St Paul, Gloucestershire, on the body of a new born female child, found quite naked and dead in a pool, in a field at the bottom of Wilder street, near St Paul's  church.  As several marks of violence appeared on the body, the jurors were fully of opinion, the child was murdered previously to its being cast into the pool; and accurately returned a verdict of Wilful Murder by a person or persons unknown. The officers of the parish instantly offered a reward of 20 guineas for the discovery of the inhuman perpetrator.

Mar 26.  On Saturday se'nnight considerable agitation was occasioned at the French prison in Stapleton, near Bristol, by the following occurrence:- JEAN BAPTISTE MERRY, one of the prisoners, attempted to pass a sentinel belonging to a detachment of the 2d battalion of the Army of Reserve, doing duty there; and, on being reprimanded for his insolence, suddenly turned upon him, wrenched the bayonet off his musket, and attempted to stab him.  In self defence, the soldier fired his piece, the ball took effect, the prisoner fell, and expired almost immediately.  On further investigation, however, it did not appear that the circumstance  was connected with any other attempt on the part of the other prisoners to make their escape; and all alarm subsided.  On Monday an inquest was taken by Mr Joyner, coroner, on view of the body of the Frenchman; when, after an investigation of five hours, the jury returned a verdict of Justifiable Homicide; and the sentinel was immediately liberated.
  On Thursday morning, about two o'clock, a fire broke out in a cottage at Kempsford, in this county, inhabited by an industrious labourer, named POOLE, his wife, and five small children.  The house was completely enveloped in flames before the family were alarmed.  The mother, after escaping with difficulty, returned, and penetrated three times successively through the fire to save her children, in which she fortunately  succeeded; but was herself so terribly scorched, as to survive only a short time.  The cottager and two of his children are also so much burnt, that their lives are despaired of; the other children suffered in a less degree.  Two adjoining cottages were destroyed; the inhabitants escaping with their lives.  The benevolent and humane are by this melancholy accident afforded an opportunity of extending their charitable assistance to objects justly entitled to their commiseration.

The Cambrian, 31 March 1804
SWANSEA, FRIDAY, MARCH 30
The Jury which sat on the body of the French prisoner shot vat Stapleton by the sentinel, as mentioned in our last paper, returned a verdict of Justifiable Homicide. - We hear the sentinel has been made a serjeant for his spirited conduct on the occasion.
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Thursday morning, about two o'clock, a fire broke out in a cottage at Kempsford, Gloucestershire, inhabited by an industrious labourer, named Poole, his wife, and five small children.  The house was completed enveloped in flames before the family were alarmed.  The mother, after escaping with difficultly, returned, and penetrated three times successively through the fire to save her children, in which she fortunately succeeded; but was herself to terribly scorched, as to survive only a short time.  The cottager and two of his children are also so much burnt, that their lives are despaired of; the other children suffered in a less degree.  Two adjoining cottages were destroyed; the inhabitants narrowly escaping with their lives.

Apr 2.  On Saturday, ELIZABETH ROSSER was committed to our county gaol, by THOMAS BIRT, Clerk, charged with the murder of her bastard child.

Apr 9.  On Thursday, MARY MARSH was committed to our County Gaol, charged by the Coroner's Inquest, held before Mr Joyner, with the wilful murder of her bastard child.  The prisoner lived as servant at Hanham, where she privately delivered herself, and, to prevent discovery, threw the infant down the common sewer.  The cries of the little innocent were distinctly heard, and, fearful it would create suspicion, the inhuman mother poured down a pail of water in hopes of suffocating it sooner.  The exertion was so great that her own life was despaired of.

Apr 16.  On Wednesday night, as Mr SPIERS, Clerk to the Canal Company at Cricklade, was returning from Highworth,  he fell into the Canal, near his own house, and was drowned.  He has left a wife and two children to lament his loss.
 On Thursday evening, a person named JOHN BARTON, who formerly lived as ostler at Frog Mill Inn, fell into the River Severn, at Over, near this city, and was drowned.  His body was taken up next morning.

May 7.  A few days since an inquest was held by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the body of MARY HOLDER, of Randwick, a child of about four years of age; whose cloaths, whilst left in the charge of her sister and brother, caught fire, and she was so dreadfully burnt about the breast and arms, that she survived but a few hours.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
 On Friday last, the body of a woman belonging to a gang of gypsies, who had lately been encamped in that neighbourhood, was found near the fishpond in Standish Park, in this county.  The cause of her death has not been ascertained.

May 14.  On Monday last an inquest was held by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the bodies of JAMES WORSTALL and JOHN HALLIDAY, two boys about eight or nine years of age, who had been spectators, amongst a number of other people, of the erection of a new Maypole at Paganhill, near Stroud; when the stay rope breaking, the pole fell with such violence on these unfortunate youths, that they were both killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  The pole being found a deodand by the Jury, we hope will prove the means of discontinuing the practice of erecting such useless monuments of public amusement in future.

May 28.  On Friday evening as JOHN ROSSITER, of Lewin's Mead, Bristol, was crossing Baldwin street, he was run over by a timber carriage, and killed on the spot.

Jun 4.  On Monday se'nnight, the body of a man, unknown, was found floating in a pool near the Pill, at Oldbury upon Severn, in this county.  He appeared to be about 40 years of age, and a labourer, as a spade shovel was found in the same pool the next day, supposed to have been his property.  And on the Thursday following, the infant son of Mr JOHN SCREEN, of the parish of Frampton Cotterell, fell into a tub of boiling wort, and was scalded to death.  The Coroner's verdict, in both instances, was Accidental Death.

Jun 11.  DIED.  On Saturday se'nnight died, Mr THOMAS JENNER, a respectable farmer, of Colthrop, in the parish of Standish, in this county.  He went to bed the preceding evening in apparent good health.

Jun 13.  Winchcombe Parish Registers, Burials: WILLIAM BARNES.  Killed in a quarry in ye Parish of Bishop's Cleeve.

Jun 18.  On Saturday, an inquest was taken on the body of MARY KING, found drowned in a pool at the bottom of her garden, near Dursley.  Verdict, Lunacy.

Jul 2.  A singular and awful circumstance took place at Wooton Underedge, in this county, on Sunday the 10th ultimo.  A woman of the name of LANE, who had been in the habit, for 20 years past, of instructing poor children who attended the Sunday School at the Rev. ROWLAND HILL's chapel, particularly wished, that when it should please God to take her, she might die in some part of the premises belonging to this indefatigable man.  She attended the chapel as usual in good health on  Sunday morning, and appeared perfectly well, till Mr HILL had concluded his sermon; when she was discovered by some of the congregation to change colour, and before they had time to take her from the place, she expired without a groan.

Jul 9.  The following inquests have lately been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  At Cirencester, on view of the body of T POOLE, who was killed by a waghgon wheel passing over his body; and at Frocester, on the body of Mr SAMUEL LONG, a respectable farmer, who was seized with a fit of apoplexy whilst walking near a brook, into which he unfortunately fell, and was drowned.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

Gloucester Chronicle, Jul 21.
On Monday a young child, going across bWestgate street, in this city, was unfortunately thrown down by a chaiseb passing just at that instant, and the wheels going over its body, wounded it so much, that although able surgical aid was had recourse to, it expired on the following day.
ASSIZES.
Elizabeth Rosser, and Mary Marsh, tried for the murder of their bastard children, were each acquitted of the crime, but ordered, under the new Act, to be confined in the Penitentiary House for twelve months, for concealing the birth of their children.

Jul 23.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Stonehouse, before William Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of EBENEZER BURFORD.   This youth had imprudently gone into the Stroud Canal to bathe; when, being incapable of swimming, he got out of his depth, and was unfortunately drowned before any assistance could be rendered him.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Friday, an inquest was held by the same Coroner, in the parish of Bisley, on view of the body of MARY SMITH, who, whilst in apparent health, dropped down in a field, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

ASSIZES :  MARY MARSH, and ELIZABETH ROSSER, tried for the murder of their bastard children, were acquitted of the capital part of the indictment, but were each ordered to be imprisoned twelve months, for concealing the birth, agreeably to the provisions of the Act passed last Session of Parliament.

Aug 6.  Yesterday se'nnight, as four boys were bathing in the River Severn, near Deerhurst Lock Stake, three of them got out of their depth, and two were unfortunately drowned.  The cries of the unfortunate boys awoke a bargeman, who was asleep in a vessel lying near the spot: he immediately threw out his boat hook, which saved the third, who must otherwise have inevitably shared the same fate.  One of the lads was found in about twenty minutes; but though every assistance was given, all endeavours to restore life were ineffectual.  The other was found next morning.

Aug 13.  A dreadful thunderstorm took place at Chipping Sodbury, on Friday se'nnight, ... and a young man, in the act of throwing a wheel barrow full of stones into a lime kiln, near Wotton Underedge, was in a moment struck dead on the edge of the kiln, and precipitated to the bottom.  It is a remarkable circumstance, that though his clothes were not singed, his body was burnt in a dreadful  manner.

Aug 20.   On Monday an inquest was held before William Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on the body of JOHN HAYWARD, aged 13, who fell out of a trow, belonging to Owner HUNT,  of Newnham, into the Severn, opposite Lidney new grounds, and was drowned.  It appeared on evidence, that the lad was standing on the gunwhale of the vessel, mopping his shoes, when he fell overboard.  By mans of the mop, he buoyed himself up in the tide nearly half an hour, and although every exertion was made to dave him by the hands on board, it unhappily proved ineffectual, owing to the flood tide and a head wind.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   Also, On Wednesday, upon the body of WILLIAM SMART, aged 54, a pauper in Alkington workhouse, near Newport, who had hanged himself to a span beam in his lodging room.  After a full investigation, The Jurors returned a verdict, Lunacy.

Aug 13.  Last week a Coroner's inquest was held on the body of Miss FRANCES JAMES, of Castle Green, Bristol, who had died suddenly some days before.  Dr BEDDOES, and Messrs LOWE and KING, Surgeons, were present at the examination, and discovered poison in some parts of the stomach.  The Jury, after mature deliberation, returned a verdict, That her death was occasioned by poison, administered by some person or person unknown.  The deceased was the youngest daughter of the late Mr JAMES, formerly a distiller of that city.

Aug 20.  We are happy in being able to contradict a paragraph inserted in our last, concerning the Coroner's verdict on the death of Mess F JAMES, of Bristol; (which was copied from a neighbouring paper).  It was mentioned that the medical gentlemen, on opening the body, had discovered poison; but we now feel pleasure in stating, that they have all signed a report, declaring, that nothing of a poisonouus nature could be distinguished in the stomach or bowels of the deceased.

Aug 27.  Obituary:  Mr KIDD, baker, Westgate street, Bath.  A coolness had long subsisted between him and his brother, who came to visit him on Sunday, when a happy reconciliation took place; but on the latter returning that evening to Marshfield, he fell from his horse, and was found quite dead on the road.

Sep 3.  Last week an inquest was taken by Mr Joyner, one of the Coroners for this county, on the bodies of GEO BRYANT and SAMUEL PEACOCK, who were unfortunately killed, by being, in consequence of a rope breaking, precipitated 15 fathoms into one of the coalpits belonging to Messrs WHITTICK at Soundwall, near Bristol.  Verdict, accidental Death.

Oct 1.  A melancholy accident took place on Tuesday near Hereford.  A labouring man from Gloucestershire, engaged in raising gravell in a pit situated on the road to Hoarwithy, incautiously undermined the adjacent field, when a large quantity of earth fell, and buried him in an instant.  The body could not be extricated in less tha n half an hour, when every symptom of life had completely vanished.

Oct 15.  On Monday last, an inquest was held by W Joyner, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the bodies of the two infant daughters of THOMAS WATKINS, of the parish of Newland, coalminer, who were burnt to death by their clothes taking fire, in the absence of their parents: and on Tuesday an inquest was held by the same gentleman, on the body of BENJAMIN FISHER, yeoman, found drowned in a pool, near Allen Common, in the parish of Henbury.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.
   MARGERY WOOD, the woman mentioned in a former paper to have confessed, (before a Magistrate at Minchinhampton, in this county,) the murder of her bastard child, at Bath, nine years ago, has been committed to Shepton Mallet Bridewell, for trial at the next Assizes.  She is a most deplorable looking object, about 45 years of age .....  [long report follows.]

Nov 5.  The following inquests have recently been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  On view of the body of ELIZABETH BRAMPTON, aged 63, who was found dead in the park of Benjamin Hyett, Esq. of Painswick; and on the body of GEORGE HALL, about eight

years of age, who, whilst running near a laoded waggon at Cherrington, fell under the wheel, which passing over his head, fractured his scull, and occasioned instant death.  Verdict, in the former case, Died by the Visitation of God; and in the latter, Accidental Death.
A melancholy accident happened on Saturday se'nnight, at Berkeley, in this county.  As a lad, aged about seven years, was swinging on a chain fastened to a cart loaded with potatoes, and which had been left very improperly standing on a prop for several hours in the public streets, his weight upset the cart, by which means he was killed on the spot.  The cart and potatoes were seized, as a deodand, for the use of the Lord of the Manor.

Nov 12.  Sunday night, Mr TRATT, father of Mr TRATT, ironmonger, on the Quay, Bristol, accidentally fell into the river, near the Drawbridge; and although immediately taken out, and every medical assistance afforded him, he survived only three hours.

Nov 19.  The following inquests have lately been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county: At Kempsford, on view of the body of Mr STEPHEN CHEEZELEY, a respectable farmer, of Highworth, who, in returning home in the evening, fell from his horse, which set off, as soon as he found himself at liberty; and, owing to the darkness of the night, whilst wandering in search of the animal, the unfortunate man fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  His hat being seen next day floating on the water, led to a discovery of the body.  He has left a wife and family to deplore their loss, and his melancholy fate.

Nov 19.  And, at Elkstone, on the body of JOHN HARDING, a child about six years of age, who, being left in the house alone, his cloaths took fire, when he was so dreadfully scorched, that he survived only fifteen minutes.  Verdict, in both instances, Accidental Death.

Nov 26.  On Wednesday last, the following inquests were taken before Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, viz. At Eastington, on view of the body of ROBERT CLARK, who had for some time laboured under great anxiety of mind, and hanged himself in a hay loft at that place; and, at Kempsford, on the body of CATHERINE COWLING, widow, who had, a few days before, come with her family to that place, from Siddington, and drowned herself in the Thames and Severn Canal, deliberately leaving her cloak on the bank.  Verdict, in both cases, Lunacy.

Nov 26.  Last Monday the child of a labouring man at Marshfield, (bretween two and three years of age) was accidentally burnt to death - the unfortunate mother had scarcely left the house a minute before she was alarmed by the cries of the child, and on her return found that the little sufferer had approached the fire, which immediately caught his shirt; he was burnt in a most shocking manner, and languished till the next morning, when he expired.

Dec 3.  Last week the following inquests were taken, before Mr Trigg, Coroner, viz. At Wheatenhurst, on view of the body of JOHN COLWELL, of Frampton Cotterell, who was found dead in the high road, near that place.  Verdict, Died by the visittation of God.  At Stroud, on the body of LEAH EDWARDS, who fell into the Canal, and was drowned; and on the body of ANN SMITH, an old woman, travelling as a pedlar, who was found drowned in the same Canal.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.

Dec 24.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken before Mr Trigg, at Ampney Crucis, in this county, on view of the body of JOHN VINCENT, a youth, who was killed in consequence of a waggon loaded with corn passing over his body.  It appeared in evidence, that he was asleep on top of the waggon,  when, being suddenly aroused by the approach of some carriages, the horses having at the same instant turned into a rugged part of the road, he was thrown off, and the wheels passing over his bowels, he was almost instantly killed.  On Wednesday an inquest was held by the same Coroner, at Bowbridge, near Stroud, on view of the body of PRISCILLA ADAMS, a child about ten years of age, who was found dead in bed, after having retired to rest in perfect health.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.
  On Thursday last, an inquest was held at Ross, on view of the body of ANN BUTLER, a child about three years of age, who, in the absence of her mother, had drank a quantity of oil of vitriol out of a phial left within her reach, and died in great agony a few hours afterwards.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Dec 31.  On Monday an inquest was held at Bisley, in this county, by Mr Trigg, on view of the bodies of ELIZA and HESTER RALPH, two infants, who both died soon after their return home, having been placed at some distance, in consequence of indisposition.  Suspicion having arisen, that their death had been occasioned by neglect, and want of proper attention, the parish officers, from motives of humanity, caused an inquest to be held; but the verdict of the jury is as yet suspended.
  On Friday an inquest was taken before the same Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN MOWER, who, in going from Stroud to Frampton, fell into a brook near Froombridge Mills, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  OBITUARY.   Mr RICHARD HOBBS, calenderer, of Bristol: he went to bed in apparent good health, and was a corpse by three o'clock in the morning.
   A melancholy accident occurred on Saturday se'nnight, in the parish of Winterbourne, near Bristol.  A respectable woman, travelling in a tilted cart from Stone, stopped on the roadside to give the horse some refreshment, when the animal, on the bridle being taken off, took fright, and drove the shaft with such violence against the head of the unfortunate woman, as to cause her instant death.

1805.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805:
Jan 5.  The following inquests have been this week taken before William Joyner, Gent. Coroner:- On Monday, on the body of JOHN WEEKS, son of Mr Weeks, a respectable farmer, near the New Passage, who being sliding on a pool, the ice gave way, and he was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Thursday, on the body of WILLIAM CLAIR, labourer, of Hinton , in the parish of Berkeley, who was found frozen to death the preceding day in a field, near Purton Passage.  He has left a wife and eight children to lament this sad catastrophe.  Verdict, Died through the inclemency of the weather, and intoxication.  And on Thursday, on the body of a man unknown, found suffocated, and burnt to death, on  a lime-kiln, at Lay Hill, in the parish of Cromhall.  Verdict, Accidental death.   
  A melancholy accident lately occurred at Bristol:- A respectable woman, travelling in a tilted cart from Stone, stopped to give the horse some refreshment; when the animal, on the bridle being taken off, took fright, and drove the Shaft with such violence against the head of the woman, as to cause her instant death.

Gloucester Journal, 1805
Jan 7.  On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Ampney Peter, in this county, before Mr Trigg, on view of the body of HARRY HODGES, who was killed whilst sitting near the butt of a tree which the workman were employed in cutting down.  It appeared, that the tree fell unexpectedly, and rebounded with such force against his chest as to burst a blood vessel; which occasioned his death immediately.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
 The verdict of the inquest which was taken at Bisley, on view of the bodies of two children, as mentioned in our last paper, was delivered on Saturday last, and was follows: Died from the neglect and inattention of their mother, and some person unknown.
  The following inquests were last week taken by Mr Joyner, one of the Coroners for this county: On Monday, on view of the body of JOHN WEEKS, son of Mr WEEKS, a respectable farmer near the New Passager, who was drowned by the ice giving way, whilst sliding on a pool near his father's house.  verdict, Accidental Death.   On Tuesday, on the body of  W CHAIR, labourer, of Hinton, in the parish of Berkeley, who was found frozen to death the preceding day in a field, near Purton Passage.  He has left a wife and eight children to lament this sad catastrophe.  Verdict, Died through the inclemency of the weather, and Intoxication.  And, on Tueesday, on the body of a man unknown, found suffocated, and burnt to death, on a lime kiln, at Lay Hill, in the parish of Cromhall.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 14.  A few days ago,  an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, at Siddington, in this county, on view of the body of MARY WOOD, servant to Mr BRAMBLE, of that place, who, whilst washing a mop, fell into the millpond, and was drowned.  Mr BRAMBLE's son instantly jumped into the water, at the risk of his life, and succeeded in bringing the body on shore; and the means of recovery were vigorously pursued for some time, but unfortunately without success.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  An inquest was taken on Tuesday last, on DANIEL RICE, a carpenter, who, having found means, during the sale of the stock of a liquor merchant in that town, to get at some common brandy, drank to such an excess as to occasion his death in a few hours.  Two or three others had nearly shared a similar fate, had not proper medical assistance been promptly administered to them.  It seems, that they drank the liquor froma quart cup, just as if it had been beer.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805:
Jan 19.  Thursday se'nnight two children, in the absence of their mother, playing with the fire in a room on the Quay, Bristol, were burnt in so miserable a manner, that one died Immediately, and the other remains without hopes of recovery.  Another child was also burnt to death in Callow hill street, on Tuesday, whilst the mother was from home.

Jan 21.  On the 9th inst. died Mr MAYOW, of Burcot Farm, near Faringdon; he was walking a short distance from his own house, when he fell down, and, in a few minutes, expired.
  Wednesday night last, about 8 o'clock, a porter of the name of MASON, was carrying some goods on board a vessel on the Quay, Bristol, when, unfortunately, he fell into the river and was drowned.  He was a sober and industrious man, and has left a wife in great distress.

Jan 28.  The following Inquests have lately been taken before Daniel Willey, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, viz. On view of the body of JACOB BARNARD, of Dowdeswell.  He had been left with the care of one of the horses taken from the team, a short distance from Cold Comfort; and it bewing a tempestuous night, and the cold very severe, it is supposed the poor boy had benumbed, and lay down under a wall near the road, where he was found insensible.  He was taken to the house of Mr GILLETT, at Cold Comfort; and there appearing some symptoms of life, Mrs GILLETT humanely stripped off his clothes, put him into warm blankets, and rubbed his body with flannels, &c. but all without avail, as he expired soon after.  Verdict, Perished throught the inclemency of the weather.  On the body of Mr JOHN CLARK, a respectable farmer of Tirley; who, in returning from a visit to his daughter, in company with his nephew, Mr WM CLARK, fell from his horse, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.  On the body of a new born male infant, found by the servants of Mr HARVARD, of Cheltenham, on their going to dry clothes in the orchard: it was wrapped up in a handkerchief, and lay under the hedge of the walk leading up to the wells.  After a minute investigation, the Jury returned their verdict, Stillborn.  And, on the body of CHARLES COLLETT, found dead in Mill lane, in the hamlet of Allstone, near Cheltenham.  He was deranged in his intellects, and subject to fits; and by some means having escaped from the workhouse in the evening, he was next morning found frozen to death in the above situation.  Verdict, Perished through the inclemency of the weather.
  Inquests taken before W Joyner, Gent, Coroner: At Wotton Underedge, on the 25th ult. on view of the body of GEORGE HICOCKS, wheelwright, who, on his return from Kingswood, the Monday preceding, owing to the darkness of the night, missed his way, and unfortunately fell into a pool and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  At the Crown Inn, parish of St Philip and Jacob, on the 26th ult. on the body of ANN TRUSLER, aged about 29 years, found dead on the morning of the 22nd, in West street, supposed from ill treatment.  After an investigation of five hours, the Jury returned a verdict, Died by the inclemency of the night, and intoxication.  And, at the Bell, in the parish of Cam, on Monday last, on the body of MARIA HOWELL, aged 10 years, daughter of a labouring man, burnt to death by her clothes taking fire in the absence of her mother.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  An alarming accident happened on Monday, to Mrs ALEXANDER, an infirm, old lady, of this city.  The fire near which she was sitting, by some means caught her dress, which was instantly in a blaze, and before it could be extinguished had burnt her arms, face, &c. to such a degree, that, we are sorry to add, her recovery is extremely doubtful.

Feb 11.  On Monday evening died, aged 82, Mrs ALEXANDER, of this city - who had lingered in excruciating pain for several days, in consequence of the accident of her clothes taking fire, as mentioned in last week's paper.
  
On Wednesday se'nnight an inquest was taken by W Trigg, Gent. on view of the body of JOHN TEAKEE a youth, suposed to have died from some blows he received at Horseley,  Verdict, Manslaughter against CALEB EVANS.   And, on Thursday last, the same Coroner held an inquest on the body of RUTH GAZZARD, an infant, about three years old, who being left with other children, her clothes caught fire, and she was so dreadfully burnt that she died soon after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Feb 25.  On Sunday last, as a son of Mr BARRETT, of Minsterworth; near this city, was out a shooting in a meadow near that place, in endeavouring to remove the briars in a hedge to pass through, he placed the butt end of the gun to make way, when the thorns catched the trigger, and the whole contents of the gun entered his body; which caused his immediate death.  He was 17 years of age.  On Wednesday an inquest was taken on view of the body; before D Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Thursday last, an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on the bodies of JOHN FOWLER, and  HANNAH his daughter, of the Thrupp, in the parish of Stroud, who were drowned, the preceding evening, in the Thames and Severn Navigation Canal.  The girl being fatigued, her father took her on his back, and from the darkness of the night, it is supposed, walked into the said Canal, and both were drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Great praise is due to Mr ROSE, who resides near that place, for his indefatigable endeavours to rescue the bodies from the perilous state into which they were so unfortunately involved, although they proved fruitless.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805:
Mar 2.  The following inquests were taken this week before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner:- Monday, in the parish of St George, near Bristol, on the body of WILLIAM BRITTON, coal miner, who was killed whilst at work in a pit, belonging to Mr Baylis, by a quantity of coal and rubbish falling on him, and which caused instant death.  He has left a pregnant wife and five small children to lament his fate.  Thursday, at Woodford, in the parish of Berkely, on the body of an infant child, named GEORGE POWELL, aged 3 years, burnt to death by his clothes taking fire, in the absence of his mother.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.

Mar 4.  Case of MARY RIDER, bastardy, Littledean.
  On Monday last an inquest was taken in the parish of St George, Bristol, by W Joyner, one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of WM BRITTON, coal miner, who was killed, whilst at work in a pit, belonging to Mr BAYLIS, by a quantity of coal and rubbish falling on him, and which caused his instant death.  He has left a pregnant wife and five small children to lament his fate.  And, on Thursday, an Inquest was held by the same gentleman, at Walford, in the parish of Berkeley, on the body of an infant child, aged three years, burnt to death by his clothes taking fire, in the absence of his mother.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.
 Last week an inquest was taken at Kempsford, in this county, by W Trigg, gent. coroner, on view of the body of JOSIAH PIKE, of Cricklade, Wilts; who, as passing on the tow path of the Thames and Severn Navigation Canal, on Wednesday last, the evening being dark, fell into the said canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Saturday last, an inquest was held at Cheltenham, before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of THOMAS HOOPER, plumber and glazier, a young man in his 25th year, who, while walking on the pavement of the High street, in perfect health, the preceding evening, between five and six o'clock, suddenly fell down dead.  Two gentlemen of the faculty in an instant came to his assistance, but all their efforts were in vain.  Verdict, Died suddenly by the visitation of God.
   
Mar 11.  Commitments; Thursday, CALEB EVANS was committed to our County Gaol, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, charged with killing and slaying JOHN TEAKEE.
  The following Inquests have been taken by W Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  On Saturday se'nnight, at Minchinhampton, on the body of the wife of JOSEPH HILLIER.  On the husband's returning home from the house of his brother, who then lay dead, he found the unfortunate woman a lifeless corpse, with her infant child lying at her breast.  verdict, Died suddenly by the visitation of God.  On Saturday se'nnight, on view of the body of RICHARD PINKNEY, who fell down stairs as he was going to bed at the Three Cups Inn, Tetbury, which occasioned a concussion of the brain, and he died instantly.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   Also, at Tetbury, on the 6th inst. on the body of JOHN BOULTON, who was found dead at a lodging hose, (supposed, though without foundation, to have been starved) - After a very minute investigation before a respectable Jury, a Verdict was returned - Sudden Death, by the Visitation of God.

Mar 18.  CALEB EVANS, not guilty.

Mar 18.  Obituary.  On Monday last, Colonel DELAMOTTE, an officer of great respectability, and, in private life, a gentleman of most pleasing manners, was unfortunately thrown from his horse in the neighbourhood of Bourton on the Hill, in this county, and died soon after the accident, in consequence of a svere fracture in his skull.

Cambrian, 23 March 1805
Monday, Col. Delamotte, an officer of great respectability, and, in private life, a gentleman of the most pleasing manners, was unfortunately thrown from his horse in the neighbourhood of Bourton-in-the-Hill, Gloucestershire, and died soon after the accident, in consequence of a severe fracture in the skull.

Mar 25.  Obituary.  On the 11 th inst. died, at Batsford, in this county, PHILIP DELAMOTTE, Esq. Lietenant-Colonel of the 21st regiment of Light Dragoons.  His death was occasioned by an apoplectic fit, which he survived but a few hours; and not by a fracture of the skull, in consequence of a fall from his horse, as stated in our last.
INQUESTS.   On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of MARTHA AYLAND, a child about three years old, who fell into a pond of water whilst playing in the garden, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And on Wednesday, an inquest was held at Bibury, by the same Coroner, on view of the body of a male infant, about eight days old, who was accidentally poisoned by a deleterious drug being administered in mistake for magnesia.  The circumstances of this melancholy case were as follow: A woman was sent to a shop in the neighbourhood, to purchase a pennyworth of magnesia, with which she was regularly served; but a packet of rat powder having been placed on the counter, directed to a gentleman who had ordered it, it was not at the moment observed that the woman had taken the packet by mistake; and being a stranger, unfortunately she could not be recognised.  At night, the mother desired a boy, who could not read, to open the parcel, when she took a small quantity of the powder, and blended it with the infant's pap, which occasioned its death in a very short time.  No blame whatever could attach to the person who sold the magnesia; and the accident was solely to be attributed to the gross ignorance of the poor woman, the packet having contained plain printed directions.  Verdict, Died by poison incorrectly administered.
  The following Inquests have lately been held before D Willey, Gent. viz.  Upon view of the body of JOSEPH WILLIAMS, a private, discharged from the Herefordshire Militia.  As he was returning home, he came to the George Inn, on Birdlip Hill, in the parish of Cowley, where he procured lodgings for the night, and was nextmorning found quite dead, and cold, in bed.  No marks of violenece appearing on his body, the Jury returned a verdict, Sudden death by the visitation of God. And upon the body of FRANCIS BARNARD, a farmer, of Hasfield, in this county, who had drowned himself ina well in his garden, while his servant girl was at Gloucester market.  He had been in a melancholy state of mind for some time.  Verdict, Lunacy.  

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805
Mar 30.  On Saturday as Capt. Green, of Keynsham, was driving his curricle in Temple street, Bristol, between a dray and a waggon; he was upset by the former, run over by the latter, and died on the spot.

Cambrian, 30 March 1805
Wednesday an inquest was held at Bibury, Gloucestershire, on view of the body of a male infant, about eight days old, who was accidentally poisoned by a deleterious drug being administered in mistake for magnesia.  The circumstances of this melancholy case were as follows:-
  A woman was sent to a shop in the neighbourhood, to purchase a pennyworth of magnesia, with which she was regularly served; but a packet of rat powder having been placed on the counter, directed to a gentleman who had ordered it, and several people being in the shop at the time, it was not at the moment observed that the woman had taken the packet by mistake; and being a stranger, unfortunately she could not be recognised.  At night, the mother desired a boy about seven years of age, who could not read, to open the parcel, when she took a small quantity of the powder, and blended it with the infant's pap, which occasioned its death in a very short time.  The accident was solely to be attributed to the gross ignorance of the poor woman, the pixie having contained plain printed directions.  Verdict, Died by poison innocently administered.
Apr 1.  On Sunday last, an inquest was taken at Oddington, before D Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of HANNAH COOK, who drowned herself at that place, on Wednesday morning.  From the most satisfactory evidence, the Jury returned a verdict, Lunacy.
  On Wednesday last an inquest was taken,  at  Smalls Mill, in the parish of Painswick, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of BRITANNIA SAVOREY, a child about three years old, who fell from a bridge ( in consequence of the ruinous state of the parapet wall), into the stream below, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Apr 8.  The following inquests were last week taken before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county; On Monday, at Bisley, on view of the body of THOMAS HUNT, wheelwright, of Trougham, who, in returning home from Stroud market, on Friday, owing to the darkness of the night, missed his way, and fell into an old tile quarry; his skull being dreadfully fractured by the fall, which was a consierable depth from the surface, he must have been instantly killed; but his body was not discovered till Sunday.  On Tuesday, at Stroud, on the body of Freame Franklin, a respectable young man of that place.  It appeared, that in returning home from Bisley, on Sunday evening, he slipped down with velocity, and having a walking stick in his hand, the pointed end of it struck the orbit of one of his eyes with great force, and occasioned so much injury to the brain, thathelingered till Tuesday morning, when he died in excruciating agony.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.  On Thursday, at Horsley, on the body of the new born female bastard child of MARY SMITH, who had been privately delivered nearly a month ago, and had concealed the body of the infant under the stairs.  Verdict, Stillborn.
  On Monday last, an inquest was taken in the parish of Yate, before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of GEORGE ROGERS,  coal miner, who fell down a coal pit, on Yate Common, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, on Wednesday, an inquest was taken in the parish of North Nibley, before the same Gentleman, on the body of a new born female child, who was found dead, and quite naked, in a field called Pilwell, supposed to have been murdered.  Verdict, Stillborn.
  JAMES BROOKES, charged with the murder of his son, discharged by proclamation.

Apr 29.  INQUESTS.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Ampney Crucis, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ANN TOWNSEND, who was drowned in a brook.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
 The following inquests have been taken before W Joyner, Gent.   On Saturday, in the parish of Arlingham, on the body of a man, unknown, aged about 50 years, found dead in a field near the Passage House.  It apeared that he was insane, had been seen wandering about the adjoining parishes, in a very dejected state, for some days, and when found was almost naked.  Verdict, Died through the inclemency of the wetaher, and want of common necessaries of life.  On Monday, on the body of STEPHEN SHEPPARD, coal miner, killed by falling down a coal pit, at Staple Hill, in the parish of Mangotsfield.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Tuesday, on the body of ABRAHAM NASH, mason, of Woodmancote, in the parish of Dursley, who unfortunately fell off a scaffold, and was so much injured that in a few days he expired.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Wednesday, in the parish of St George, near Bristol, on the body of CHARLOTTE SIDNEY, aged two years, supposed to have been starved to death by her mother in law, ANN SIDNEY.  Verdict, Natural Death, and not from starvation, or any injury received whatever.  On Friday, at Coalpit Heath, in the parish of Westerleigh, on the body of JAMES GARLICK, coal miner, killed whilst at work in a pit, by a large quantity of rubbish and coal falling on his body.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

May 6.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Bisley, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent, Coroner, on view of the body of JAMES DAVIS, a boy about ten years of age, who fell in to a mill pond, and was drowned.  It appeared that he had been climbing a yew tree, on the banks, in search of a bird's nest, from which he fell into the pond; and no person being near, he lay for a considerable time in the water, and was at last only discovered by his hat being seen floating on the surface.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, on Thursday, an inquest was taken at Eastington, by the same Coroner, on the body of an infant about one year old, belonging to a pauper in the workhouse.  The child had been left for a few minutes by its mother, sitting secured in a chair, and, although in apparent good health, suddenly expired without a struggle or a groan.  Verdict, Sudden Death.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805.
May 25.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken before W Joyner, Gent., his Majesty's Coroner for this County, at the White Hart Inn, at Olvestone, near Thornbury, on the body of JANE LIPPIATTE, Single woman, who was found drowned in a brook, in the parish of Olvestone aforesaid, the preceding morning.  Verdicr, accidental death.

Jun 10.  INQUESTS.  On Thursday last, the following inquests were taken before William Joyner, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  At the Three Crowns Inn, in the parish of St George, near Bristol, on the bodies of Mr JAMES THOMPSON, a foreman in the yard at Pill Marsh Works; Elizabeth, his wife; and William, their son, aged 7 years, - who were all three unfortunately drowned in a large brick pit, the preceding Tuesday evening.  It appeared in evidence, that the son was playing with a hoop, near the brink of the pit, and in endeavouring to stop it from rolling into the  water, he himself fell in.  The mother, seeing the accident, immediately ran to his assistance, and, over reaching herself, to lay hold of his cloaths, she also got out of her depth.  The father, hearing their cries, next ran to the spot, and seeing the dreadful situation of his wife and child - in the very act of sinking - he, in a state of distraction, plunged into the water, (about 11 feet deep), in the hope of rescuing them; but, missing his aim, they all perished together!  When the bodies were found, about an hour after the accident, the mother had her son closely clasped in her arms.  Mr THOMPSON was a native of Sunderland, in the county of Durham, and had made arrangements to return home with his family the following week.  They have left three children, the eldest only six years of age.

Jun 10.  On Friday, in the parish of Dursley, on the body of EDMUND MORGAN, aged two years, who was killed on the Wednesday preceding, by a cart going over his body.   Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805.
June 15.  At the late review on Durdham Downs, one of the Monmouth volunteers, over anxious to hear Gen. Tarleton's address, raised himself by standing on one leg between the sling and barrel of his musket; by which means he fell, and the bayonet ran up his chin and came through just below his temples.  He died on Monday.

Jun 24.  A few days since an inquest was held, by D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr THOMAS EDWARDS, a respectable farmer, of Yanworth, in this county, who, whilst riding full speed down the hill near Fossbridge, on his return from Cirencester,  fell from his horse and received so violent a concussion on the brain, as to occasion his death almost immediately.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And on Wednesday last, an inquest was held by the same Coroner, on the body of SUSANNAH HAMLETT, who hanged herself in Farncote Wood, in the parish of Guiting Power; she had been in a low, dejected state of mind for some time, which induced the Jury to return a verdict of Lunacy.
  Onn Saturday se'nnight, MARK BROOKMAN, a mason, being employed to pull down a house at Pucklechurch, in this county, in order to save trouble, he undermined the wall, which falling down, killed him on the spor, and broke both the thighs of his labourer.

Jul 1.Obituary.  On Thursday evening died, suddenly, at his lodgings at Clifton, aged 43, Major General MAGAN, lately in command of the Garrison of Bristol.  As the General was in the act of wiping the powder from his face, after having dressed for dinner, he was seized with a fit, staggered back into a chair, and in the space of an hour and a half he expired.
  The following melancholy accident occurred on Thursday se'nnight: As Mr PHELPS, of Awre, in this county, accompanied bya young man named JONES, was going down the Severn to Chepstow, in a boat, she was upset by a sudden squall of wind, off Horse Pill, when they were both unfortunately drowned.  Mr PHELPS had about him considerable property at the time of the fatal accident; but neither of the bodies has yet been found.

Cambrian, 6 July 1805
Mr. Phelps, of Awre, Gloucestershire, and a young man named Jones, unfortunately lost their lives on Thursday se'nnight, by the sudden upsetting of a boat in which they were proceeding down the Severn to Chepstow.

Jul 8.  It was a seaman of the name of JOHN THOMAS, a native of Lancashire, and not a Mr PHELPS, who was drowned, in company with Mr JONES, of Awre, in going down the Severn in a small boat to Chepstow, as mentioned in our last.  The body of the latter has not yet been found (see advertisement), but the former has been taken up, stripped of two watches, and the money THOMAS  was seen to be possessed of at the time he set off with his unfortunate companion on their ill fated expedition!  The conjecture is, that the body had previously been discovered by some abandoned wretches, who, tempted by the above booty, purloined the property, and again committed the corpse to the flood!!
  On Tuesday last, as a man of the name of NATHANIEL HIGGS, belonging to Yate, in this county, was employed in repairing a well at North Nibley, of very considerable depth, an immense large stone falling on his head, killed him on the spot.  A wife and several small children suffer an irreparable loss by his death.
  Advert: DROWNED IN THE RIVER SEVERN.  On Thursday, June 20, 1805, near Shire-road, Mr JOHN JONES, 22 years of age, about 4 feet 10 inches, lusty, and well made; had on a blue jacket, corduroy breeches, and a white shirt.  Whoever shall find the body, and will bring it (or give intelligence where it may be found,) to Mr MATTHEWS, at Gatcombe, or Mr KEDDICK, at Hamstalls, will receive a Reward of FIVE GUINEAS for their trouble.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805.
Jul 13.  The following inquests were recently taken before William Joyner, Gent. Coroner for this County:- At Clifton, near Bristol, on the body of SARAH AVERY, killed by a pistol shot, discharged by her fellow servant, SUSANNAH SMITH.  After a full investigation of five hours, the jury returned a verdict of Homicide by misadventure.

Jul 15.  The following inquests have lately been held before D Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county: At Ebrington, on view of the body of SAMUEL PARNELL, who was killed by a stroke with a scythe by his cousin, WILLIAM PARNELL.  It appeared in evidence, that the latter, a lad about 12 or 13 years of age, whilst the workmen were resting themselves, took up one of the scythes, and was attempting to mow, when his foot slipped, and the dreadful weapon coming round with violence, mortally wounded his cousin, by cutting his veins and sinews of his left ham so shockingly, that, before medical assistance could be procured, or he could be removed from the spot, he died from the loss of blood.    At Childs Wickham, on view of the body of JOHN FOX, glazier, who, whilst measuring the lead work at the Church, ventured among the joists in pursuit of some  bats; when he fell to the ground, a height of nearly 30 feet, by which his neck was dislocated, and his head mortally wounded.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Jul 29.  On Wednesday an inquest was held by W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of THOMAS BAKER, who, whilst working in a stone quarry on Rodborough Common, was instantly crushed to death by a large quantity of earth giving way, and falling upon him.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Aug 12.  On Saturday se'nnight an inquest was held at Cirencester before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of THOMAS COCKERELL, who had hanged himself.  It appearing from respectable evidence, that he had for some time been deranged in his intellects, the Jury returned a verdict, Lunacy. And, On Thursday last, an inquest was held at Bisley, before the same Coroner, on the body of T HARMAR, who, in a state of inebriety, fell backwards from a stile upon a heap of stones, and received so much injury that he died soon after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  
  On Wednesday an inquest was taken before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on the body of a lad unknown, found drowned in the river Severn, nearly opposite Aust Passage House.  He appeared to be about 15 years of age, was five feet high, slenderly made, with sandy hair, and had a striped brown woollen jacket, and canvass trowsers, but was without shoes or stockings, or any property.

Aug 19.  On Saturday se'nnight, an inquest was taken at Painswick, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD HARRIS, a youth about eleven years of age, who hanged himself with a small cord, in a garrett at that place.  No cause could be attributed for the rash act; and the Jury returned a verdict - Felo de se.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805.
Aug 24.   Between 11 and 12 o'clock on Sunday night last, a melancholy accident happened at the Butts, in Bristol.  As Mr GURNER, of Clifton, was endeavouring to turn his chaise, it ran down a slip into the Quay, when Mr Gurner and the horses were unfortunately drowned.  The jury sat on trhe body, and brought in a verdict of accidental death.

Aug 26.  Yesterday se'nnight, at Ross, universally regretted, Mr COOK, Master of the Blue Coat School, at that place; he had conducted his scholars to church, and had taken his seat but a few minutes, when he was discovered to be a corpse!  His pupils were instantly in tears; and the congregation immediately dispersed, deeply affected with so awful an example of the uncertainty of human life!
  On Thursday last, WM EVANS, a private belonging to the 96th regiment of foot, stationed in this city, dropped down in Bull lane, and instantly expired.  Coroner's verdict, Died by the visitation of God.
  On Wednesday se'nnight, a serjeant belonging to the 50th regiment of foot, in attempting to get upon a waggon in the turnpike road at Beverstone, near Tetbury, fell, and the wheels, passing over his head, killed him on the spot.  He was a man much respected in the regiment, and had been fifty years in his Majesty's service.  Coroner's verdict, Accidental Death.

Sep 19.  On Thursday, an inquest was taken by W Joyner, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of RICHARD POVEY, fell monger, of Avening, near Wotton Underedge, who was killed by a fall from his horse, on returning from Bristol,  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Sep 23.  On Thursday last an inquest was held by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WM HANKS, of Ablington, in the parish of Bibury, who, whilst attended a barley roll, drawn by three horses, accidentally fell down, when, this immense weight passing over a part of his head, he was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  [page 3, col.c - notice to POVEY creditors, claims to his wife at Tortworth.]

Sep 30.  On Friday morning, a boy about 11 years of age, precipitated himself from his bedroom window into the street, in Leather Bottle lane, in this city, and survivived the shock but a few hours.  Verdict, Lunacy.
  Items re PERKINS, farmer, Eldersfield and HALSEY, Eldersfield or Upton.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805.
Sep 28.  INQUESTS, taken before William Joyner, Gent. Coroner for this county:- Monday, at Woodford, on the body of DANIEL EXELL, servant to Mrs Pope, who, whilst bathing, the preceding morning, with two others, unfortunately got out of his depth, in Matford brook, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental death.  Tuesday, at Boxwell, on the body of Mr WILLIAM SKINNER, found dead in a corn field, belonging to Mr Bennett, the preceding afternoon.  No marks of violence appearing on the body, the Jurors returened a verdict of Sudden death, by visitation of God.   On Thursday, at Bigswear, on the body of CHRISTOPHER HOWELLS, found drowned in the river Wye, on the Tuesday preceding.  It appeared on evidence, that he was a native of Whitchurch, Herefordshire, and aged 25 years; that his chief employment was to navigate boats to and from Monmouth to Chepstow: but how he became drowned, no evidence appeared.  Friday, at the New Inn & Tavern, Hotwells, on the body of one EDMUND SPURRIER, who was killed by a fall from a pear tree, whilst gathering fruit in his garden, at the bottom of St Vincent's Parade, on the preceding Wednesday.  Verdict, Accidental death.

Sep 30.  We relate the following extraordinary circumstances with infiniate regret, asd they lead to the melancholy supposition of some unhappy catastrophe having befallen the unfortunate gentleman who is the subject of the narration.  On Friday afternoon last, Mr COLWELL, Brandy merchant, of Newnham, in this county, left this city, on horse back, with a considerable sum of money in his possession, intending to return home, but has not since been seen.  Yesterday morning his horse was found in the meadow on the south side of Over Causeway, adjoinging this city, with the stirrups and reins cut off, a deep cut, as if with a sharp instrument, on the nearside of the saddle, and the off side ripped, probably by the spur, on Mr COLWELL being dragged from his horse.  The stirrups and one spur were found, at a short distance from each other, just beyond the bridge over the Severn, at this city; and Mr COLWELL's pocketbook was found in the river, several miles below this place, stripped of all its contents, except a draft for 100 l.  All the pools, and the river for a considerable distance, have been dragged in search of the body, but hitherto without effect.

Cambrian, 5 October 1805
Friday afternoon last, Mr. Colwell, of Newnham, brandy-merchant, left Gloucester on horse-back, with a considerable sum of money, intending to return home.  On Sunday morning, his horse was found in a meadow on the south side of Over causeway, adjoining that city, with the stirrups and reins of the bridler cut off, a deep cut, as if with a sharp instrument, on the near side of the saddle, and the off side ripped probably by the spur, on Mr. C.  being dragged from his horse.  The stirrups and one spur were found, at a short distance from each other, just beyond the bridge over the Severn, at that city; and Mr. Coldwell's pocket-book was found in the river, several miles below that place, stripped of all its contents, except a draft for 100l.  The body of the unfortunate gentleman was found, covered with leaves, early on Monday morning, in a lane, near Minsterworth, between three and four miles from Gloucester.  A person has been taken up on suspicion of having committed the horrid deed, and is confined in Gloucester gaol.

Oct 7.  MR JOHN COLWILL.  The fate of this gentleman, which has been deeply involved in mystery and conjecture during the past week, it will [be] seen by an advertisement in this page, may ultimately prove less calculated to excite sympathy than was at first supposed; but we forbear making any remarks on this extraordinary occurrence, in the present state of the matter. [Advert. on page 3 col c states he has absconded with 100 guineas, is a native of Launceston, CON, and gives a very detailed description.]
  On Thursday last, an inquest was held before Wm Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a male child, found secreted the preceding morning in one of the offices belonging to a house at the Hotwells, in the parish of Clifton.  After a full investigation of nine hours, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder, against the mother, ANN EVANS, who stands committed for trial at the next Assizes for this county.

Oct 14.  MR JOHN COLWILL; long article; may be at Edinburgh.
  On Monday an inquest was taken at Bath, on the body of W ORCHARD, who was taken out of the river near Kingsmead, the preceding day.  It appeared, that the deceased had recently left his service at Thornbury, in this county, and went there to seek another situation.  There were several guineas found about his person, and at his lodgingd he had left a box, with notes and cash, to the amount of upwards of 20 l.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Oct 21.  On Saturday last, a man of the name of CLARKE, a turner, of Cirencester, who was taken ill the day before, being on his road to our Infirmary, accompanied by another person, suddenly expired in the post chaise which was conveying them, just at the entrance of this city.  He had been in the employ of Mr BREWER, of Cirencester, for 25 years, and has left a wife and five children to lament his premature death.  Coroner's verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.
  The following Inquests have been held, within the last week, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner.  At Minchinhampton, on view of the body of SARAH SHURMUR, who was found dead in a privy; she had received a violent contusion on her temple and lip, by falling against the door, which no doubt accelerated her death.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  At Lypiatt, near Bisley, on view of the body of Mr EDWARD HORWOOD, who, as he was returning at night from Bisley to Lypiatt, through the park of P WATHEN, Esq. (his usual road) was attacked by a stag, which he had been recently desired to avoid; the stag, however, wounded him with his antlers, in various parts of his body, particularly on the chest, where a puncture reached the pericardium through the ribs and pectoral muscle, which terminated fatally, he surviving only about 36 hours.  His death, from his integrity and good conduct during his life, will long be remembered by his acquaintance with sincere regret.  Verdict, Accidental Death.     At Painswick, on view  of the body of ROWLAND WHITE, barber, who fell down whilst in the act of reading an advertisment.  This man was much respected, and, highly to his credit, though considerably advanced in life, procured a maintenance for his son's wife and three children, who were totally dependent on him; by whose death they are deprived of an invaluable friend.  Some time ago, the father of the children volunteered himself into the army of reserve, and is now serving in Ireland.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  We sincerely hope that an application for his discharge will be attended with success, for the future benefit of his family.
  No further news of JOHN COLWILL.

Oct 28.  MELANCHOLY CATASTROPHE.  A few days since, the following awful instance of the impropriety of leaving loaded firearms within the reach of persons, ignorant of the danger of handling them, occurred at Tewkesbury:  A loaded gun being incautiously put down, a little boy, about eight years of age, took it up, when by some means it immediately exploded, and the charge completely perforated the neck of his mother, who instantly expired!  An inquest was held on view of the body; verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805.
Nov 2.  On Friday night last, as Mr BUL, of Stonehouse, in this county, was returning home from Stow Fair, he was thrown from his horse, in Cranham Wood, near Birdlip, and his skull fractured in so dreadful a manner, that he died the following morning.

Nov 4.  On Friday morning died, in this city, in the 31st year of his age, Mr MINET HOPKINS, an opulent farmer, of Tirley, in this county.  It being supposed that his death was occasioned by some blows he had received in a scuffle, at an Inn in this city, on the Saturday preceding, a Coroner's Jury sat on the body, when, after mature deliberation, they brought in a verdict of - Manslaughter.
  Last week died, at the White Hart, Bristol, Mr EVANS, of Pucklechurch, in this county, in consequence of a violent blow received in the head, occasioned by the rearing up of his horse, as he was endeavouring to ride through a doorway.
  A few days ago as WILLIAM BULL, a trusty servant of EDWARD SHEPPARD, Esq. of Stonehouse, was returning from Stow fair, he fell from his horse on the new road near Stroud, which injured his brain so much, that he died in a few hours after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  JOHN COLWILL reported to be returning from Scotland.

Nov 18.  And, on Saturday, ANN EVANS was committed, by W Joyner, Esq. one of the Coroners of this county, on suspicion of having murdered a new born male child.

Nov 25.  On Thursday last, an Inquest was taken, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD LAWRENCE, servant to Mrs NIBLETT, of this city, who was, on Wednesday, found drowned under the bridge over the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal, near Llanthony, after having been missing several weeks.  It is supposed that he met his untimely fate, by falling into the canal, whilst walking in the bank in a state of intoxication.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Coates, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN SMITH, servant of PETER LEVERSAGE, Esq. of Stroud, who was unfortunately killed whilst hunting, by a blow he received, occasioned by his coming in contact with the limb of a tree when leaping over a hedge; by which the spinal marrow was so much injured, that he became paralytic, and died soon after.  He was a valuable servant; and his loss is much regretted by his master, to whom the greatest praise is due, for his kind attention and humanity towards this unfortunate man, during the short period he survived the sad catastrophe.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And, on Wednesday, another Inquest was held, before the same Coroner, on the body of THOMAS PRICE, shepherd to Mr HAMBAGE, of Southrup, who was found dead in a turnip field, soon after he had been foddering the sheep.  Verdict, Sudden Death from an unknown cause.
  A melancholy circumstance occurred at Chepstow, during the rejoicings at that place on Friday se'nnight, in celebration of the late naval victories: a boy about seven years of age, who had been to witness the firing of the Volunteers, on his return home, crept under the table, where his mother, after calling him and receiving no answer, found him dead.   It is supposed that the boy was frightened to death by the firing, as he often fell into fits at the firing of a gun.
 On Monday last, between the hours of nine and ten, a neighbour, being  alarmed by the cries of an infant, proceeding from the privy of a house in Maiden Tavern lane, Baldwin street, Bristol,
instantly, with the assistance of some humane persons, who procured lights, searched for the cause, when they discovered a new born infant! which, providentially was thus miraculously preserved and rescued from its perilous situation.  Every care and attention was paid by the persons who found it, and the infant, alive and healthy, was carried to St Peter's Hospital.  We understand, its unnatural mother has since been discovered.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1805.
Nov 30.  On Tuesday was committed to our County gaol, by Thomas Blunt, Esq., one of the Coroners of this county, MARY SCUDIMORE, on suspicion of murdering a new-born female child.   On Sunday a boy, in the parish of Horseley, named HAYNES, who went out to shoot some sparrows, accidentally discharged the contents of his gun into his stomach, and killed himself on the spot.

Dec 2.  On Monday an inquest was held on the body of a man, who died in consequence of a fall from Mr HOUGH's Lime kiln, near this city.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Monday se'nnight, an Inquest was taken at Horsley, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN HAINS, son of Mr HAINS, saddle tree maker, who, in endeavouring to put a loaded gun into a shop, through a pane of glass which was broke, the butt end foremost, the gun being cocked, it struck against an iron anvil, and discharged the contents into his body, when he fell, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  COMMITMENTS.  On Tuesday, MARY SCUDAMORE was committed to our County Gaol, by Thomas Blunt, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, on suspicion of murdering a new born female child.

Dec 23.  On Wednesday an inquest was held at Mickleton, in this county, by Mr Trigg, on view of the body of WILLIAM WARD, a youth who was killed by a waggon wheel passing over his body.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

1806

Jan 6.  On Monday an inquest was taken before Wm Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of GEORGE ALSOP, late of Westerleigh, in this county, coal miner, who fell from the mouth of a coal pit to the bottom (14 or 15 fathoms,) and was killed on the spot.  He has left a pregnant wife and six children to lament the fatal catastrophe.

Jan 20.  On Wednesday last died, of an apoplectic fit, Mr JUSTINIAN LOVESEY, of King's Holm, near this city.

Jan 27.  INQUESTS.  The following Inquests were last week taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On view of the body of GEORGE KING, of Butterow,  Rodborough, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, in the night of the 16th inst. and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  On Wednesday, at Charlton Kings, on the body of a new born female infant, found in the vault of a necessary, with a silk ligature tied tight about the neck, which appeared to have occasioned instant death.  Verdict, Wilful Murder against MARY CHERRY.  And, on Friday, at Stonehouse, on view of the body of Mr RICHARD PITT, (formerly a dyer in this city,) who was found drowned in the Stroud Canal, into which he had fallen several days before.  Verdict, Accidental Death

Feb 3.  MARY CHERRY, charged by the verdict of the Coroner's Inquest, held before Wm Trigg, Gent. (as mentioned in our last,) with the wilful murder of her new born bastard child, has been committed to our County Gaol, for trial at the approaching Assizes.
  On Monday, WILLIAM COLLINGS, was committed to the same Gaol, by William Joyner, Gent. Coroner, charged with the wilful murder of HARRIET HURCOMB, of Tidenham, and her bastard child, by administering to her some deleterious drug, for the purpose of procuring abortion.
  On Friday last, an inquest was taken on view of the body of GEORGE BAKER, a carpenter, of Wickwar, in this county, who, after taking a farewell of his family, went and cut his throat in a most shocking manner, and afterwards threw himself into a pond; however, as he appeared to have been very low and dejected for the last fortnight, and exhibited some symptoms of insanity, the jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.  Same day, another inquest was held on the body of Mr J RUDLEY, of Yate, who, whilst worjking in his fields, fell down and immediately expired.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Feb 8.  At Bristol Quarter Sessions; MARY DAVIS, for concealing the birth of her natural child, to be confined one year in Newgate.

Feb 10.  DREADFUL ACCIDENT.  On Sunday, the 26th ult. the infant son of Mr BUBB, of Martley Court, in this county, a remarkably fine boy, about three years of age, fell a sacrifice to the negligence of a servant maid, who placed him in a window of an upper room, through the casement of which he fell into the court below, and was so dreadfully bruised, that he almost instantly expired!  This awful catastrophe  will, we trust, operate as a caution to servants in general, and induce more attention to the helpless infants entrusted to their charge, who too often fall victims to their carelessness.
  At Bristol Quarter Sessions, on Wednesday, MARY DAVIS, for concealing the birth of her natural child, was sentenced to be confined one year in Newgate; .....

Feb 17.  INQUESTS.  The following inquests have lately been taken, before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county:  A few days since, at Sheepscombe, in the parish of Painswick, on view of the body of JOHN WIGGALL, who hanged himself in the cellar stairs of his own house; he had for some time been in a low, desponding way; and the Jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.  On Wednesday last, at Tetbury, on the body of JOHN CARE, farrier, who had been in the habit of drinking spirituous liquors to excess, and was found dead in a stable.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  And, on Friday, at Stroud, on the body of a child about three years old, who, whilst playing in the street, on Tuesday, was knocked down by a cart loaded with vegetables, when one of the wheels passing over his head, he was so much injured, that he died on Thursday.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 3.  On Wednesday se'nnight, as Mr HIATT, of the George Inn, Minchinhampton, was going into a house at Tetbury, he was attacked with an apoplectic seizure, which instantly deprived him of his speech, and in the space of a few hours of his life.
  A few days since died, after an illness of only two hours, Mr GEORGE HOPKINS, of the Talbot Inn, Dursley - a man universally respected and lamented.

Mar 10.  Inquests were last week taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of DANIEL FIELD, blacksmith, of Woodchester, who, in returning  home from Horsley, fell into a brook at Nailsworth, and was drowned.. And, at Minchinhampton, on the body of ANN GUNN, about twelve years of age, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Mar 15.  ASSIZES.  ANN EVANS, charged with the murder of a new born male child, not guilty.  MARY SCUDIMORE, charged with murdering a female child; ... not guilty.  MARY CHERRY, charged with the murder of a new born female child, six months' imprisonment.  WILLIAM COLLINGS, charged with the murder of HARRIOT HURCOMBE, and her new born female bastard child, most honourably acquitted.

Mar 17.  Lately died, at Hawkesbury Upton, in this county, a man of the name of COOPER.  He had long endured the horrors of a guilty conscience, which he disburthened about an hour before his death, be declaring, that he had been assisted by a man of the name of HORTON (who died about two years since) in murdering Mr PRICE, a surveyor of the roads, as long as 40 years ago.  His body was thrown into a well, and there found.
ASSIZES:  ANN EVANS, MARY SCUDIMORE, and MARY CHERRY, charged with child murder, were acquitted of the capital offence; but the latter was found guilty of concealing the birth, and sentenced to six months imprisonment.  WILLIAM COLLINGS, accused of the murder of HARRIET HURCOMBE, and her new born bastard child, was acquitted, ....

Mar 31.  Infant skeletons found at Avening House.
Apr 7.  The account given in the pages of a man at Horton, in this county, named HOOPER, having confessed, just before his death, that he was accessary to the murder of a Surveyor about forty years since, is contradicted - no such confession having been made.

Apr 14.  A labouring man [WILLIAM CECIL], employed by Mr JAMES, of the Dayhouse, Tidenham, in this county, was on Good Friday found dead in his master's barn, where he had been threshing.

Apr 21.  On Saturday se'nnight died, WILLIAM LEWIS, of Ruscombe, near Stroud, in this county.  H ehad attended Gloucester market, as a carrier, upwards of forty years, and died about an hour after his return home, on the above day.
INQUESTS.   On Wednesday se'nnight an inquest was held by W Trigg, Gent. at Preston, near Cirencester, on view of the body of WILLIAM RYLEY, who was found dead on the high road leading to Fairford.  He had travelled the country with musical bells for 45 years; and it is supposed, being 71, he sunk under the pressure of poverty and infirmity.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  And, on Monday last, an inquest was held by the same Coroner, at Tetbury, on the body of MARY PETERS, found drowned in a well, into which it is imagined she must have precipitated herself, the aperture at the top being only seventeen inches in its extreme width.  It was some hours before the body was discovered; and having been previously in a dejected state of mind, the Jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.
  During the night of Friday se'nnight, as Mr CHAPMAN, a respectable farmer, of Wick, in this county, was returning home on foot, from Didmarton, he unfortunately fell into a pool near his own house, where he was found drowned next day.
  At Oldbury, in consequence of a fall from his horse, Mr [WILLIAM] HULL, of Shirehampton, son of the late Mr HULL, sugar baker, of Bristol.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Thursday night, a woman who lived in Crow lane, Bristol, of the name of GRIFFIN, to avoid some creditors that were in pursuit of her, plunged into the tide, at the Bridgewater Slip, and was drowned.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
May 17.  Monday as Mr HOWES, surgeon, of Cirencester, was conversing with a person in the market, he dropped down and instantly expired; leaving a wife and 12 children.

May 19.  On Monday as -----HOWSE, Esq. of Cirencester, formerly Surgeon in the Army, was conversing with a person in the market, at that place, he dropped down, and instantly expired! He has left a wife and twelve children.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
May 24.   INQUESTS taken last week before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner:-  On Monday at the Golden Heart, St Philip's Plain, Bristol, on the body of ANN GILBERT, cordwainer, who, in a state of insanity hung herself to the staple in the wainscoat of her bedroom, on the Saturday preceding.  Verdict, Lunacy.   The following day, at the Swan Inn, at Thornbury, on the body of MARIA WALKER, aged 19 years, who died, as was supposed, from ill-treatment; after an investigation of five hours (15 witnesses being examined) the Jury returned a verdict of Natural Death, occasioned by an inflammation of the Lungs, and not by any hurt or injury received.
  Saturday, at Shepperdine Chapel, in the parish of Rockhampton, on the body of WILLIAM DAVIES, late of Tidenham, near Chepstow, fisherman, who was drowned in the river Severn the preceding evening.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 23.   About eleven o'clock, on Monday night last, a male infant, apparently three weeks old, wrapped in a man's great coat, was found exposed at the door of Mrs CHARTER's house, in Lower Northgate street, in this city.  A reward of five guineas has been offered for the discovery of the unnatural mother.
  On Monday evening, JAMES POWELL, a young man, about 22 years of age, servant in this city, was drowned in the Severn, near the Westgate bridge.  He had gone into the river for the purpose of bathing; when getting into deep water, he was carried through one of the arches by the rapidity of the current, and sunk in the presence of several people, who were incapable of rendering him any assistance.  Although an hour had elapsed before the body was found, it exhibited some faint symptoms that the vital spark was not totally extinct; but the unwearied exertions of the most eminent medical assistants, during several hours, proved unavailing.  The Coroner's Jury returned a verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 30.  On Wednesday an inquest was held at Brimscomb, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JAMES CLUTTERBUCK,  a child about three years old, who fell into a mill pond, whilst at play, and was drowned.  And, on Thursday, an inquest was held at Rodborough, by the same gentleman, on the body of WILLIAM TURNER, bargeman, who, whilst winding up a sluice gate upon the Thames and Severn navigation at Bowbridge, by the slipping of the handle, was forced into the Canal, and drowned.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.
  On Friday last a melancholy accident happened at Westbury upon Severn, in this county: Mr WILLIAM WINTLE, son of Mr WINTLE, of Moss hill, whilst observing some workmen employed in pulling down a building at that place, was so dreadfully crushed by the sudden falling of a wall, that he expired in about an hour, bearing his fate to the last moment with great fortitude.  He was a young man of most excellent character, and is much lamented by his family and numerous friends.
  On Tuesday, a private in the West Middlesex Militia, named BRYANT, deliberately walked into the river, near Cannon's Marsh, Bristol, and was drowned.  The sight of a man being flogged the day before, Is supposed to have affected his mind so strongly as to urge him to the commission of this rash act.
  MURDER: long article; RICHARD HEMING, wheelwright and carpenter, Norton.

Jul 7.   On Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Wotton Underedge, before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOSEPH PINNELL, a child about 16 months old, who was suffocated in attempting to swallow a raison, which stuck in his throat, and occasioned almost instant death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jul 14.  INQUESTS.  The  following inquests were taken last week, before William Joyner, Gent. Coroner: In the parish of St Philip and Jacob, in this county, on view of the body of JOHN COLE, aged 7 years, who fell from a waggon load of hay, and was killed on the spot.. Verdict, Accidental Death.  In the parish of Berkeley, on the body of SARAH BROWNING, widow, aged 70 years, found dead on the Chase, near her own home.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.  At Mangotsfield, on the body of FRANCIS PUNTER, coal miner, killed by falling down a coal pit, at Pucklechurch, in consequence of a rope breaking as he was ascending the pit; and at Bristol, on the body of JAMES THOMAS, a young  man  who was drowned in the river Frome, near Baptist Mills, whilst bathing.  Verdict in the last two cases, Accidental Death.

Jul 21.  On Tuesday a female child, about three years old, daughter of Mr CLARKE, of Falfield, in this county, was killed at that place, by a cart going over her.  Coroner's Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Friday se'nnight, a man named BLEATHAM BROWN,  servant to Mr NIMPANY, of Arlingham, in this county, was drowned whilst bathing in the River Severn, near that place.  He was a native of Abbey Tintern, Monmouthshire.

Aug 4.  On Tuesday se'nnight, as Mr YOUNG, a very respectable farmer of Little Sodbury, was returning home from Tetbury fair, in company with some of his neighbours, his horse ran away near Petty France, and threw him; by which fall his skull was so dreadfully fractured that he remained  insensible till the Friday following, when he expired.  Mr YOUNG was universally respected, and is regretted by all who knew him.
 A person has been apprehended, and is now in Norwich Gaol, who, from the description givenn, there is a strong reason to believe is RICHARD HEMING, the murderer of the Rev. Mr PARKER.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Aug 9.  On Thursday morning JOHN WILLS, a gardener, of Cheltenham, broke his back, through his foot slipping whilst he was descending a ladder.

Aug 11.  Tuesday afternoon, as Mr J HATHAWAY, a respectable farmer of Lower Swell, near Stow, was returning from the above fair [Cheltenham], he was thrown from his horse, which took fright, and so dreadfully hurt, that he expired in a short time after; he has left a widow and twelve children, besides a numerous acquaintance, to lament his death.
 On Friday last an Inquest was taken before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner, at the New Passage House, in the parish of Redwick and Northwick, in this county, on view of the body of a Man Unknown, found drowned the preceding day, in a certain Pill, called Chissell Pill, which leads from the Marsh Common into the River Severn.  It is supposed he went to bathe himself, and getting out of his depth was drowned, as his clothes were found on the bank, nearly opposite the spot where his body was discovered; and consisted of a brown cloth coat with white plated buttons, brown velveret striped waistcoat, velveteen breeches, linen shirt marked I.G. silk handkerchief, flannel under waistcoat, new shoes with oval plated buckles, and a round hat; two 7 s. pieces, 4 s. 6 d. in silver, two knives, a comb, and two small keys: he appeared about five feet six inches high, stoutly made, and about 46 years of age, with short brown hair.
  DIED.  In consequence of a fall from his horse, by which he fractured his skull, Mr YOUNG, farmer, of Little Sodbury; a man respected and regretted by all who knew him.
Aug 18.  On Wednesday evening last the body of Master COOPER, son of Mr T COOPER, clothier, of Kings Stanley, was found drowned in a mill stream.  It is supposed that this young gentleman was standing near the mill pond, and slipt in accidentally; unfortunately, he was not discovered for a considerable time after, when the means employed for his recovery proved abortive, to the great disappointment of his disconsolate parents.  He was about 7 years of age, and of an amiable and affectionate disposition, which renders his loss the more to be regretted.
  Thursday last a very melancholy accident happened at the Marsh coal pit near Bristol.  As men and three boys were being drawn up from the pit, the rope attached to the box in which they were, broke and precipitated them to the bottom..  The men and two of the boys were killed, and the other boy materially injured.  What renders the accident still more distressing, two of the unfortunate sufferers were the husband and son of a poor woman now left destitute of support, with a family of seven children.

Aug 25.  THUNDER STORM.  A poor man was killed near Stapleton; he had a scythe on his shoulder, which no doubt served to attract the electric fluid.
  Sunday afternoon, a boy sbout twelve years of age, of the name of HEWLET, was drowned while bathing in the river Wye, a little below the Pound, at Monmouth.  He was first noticed  by a young man, named MORGAN, then accidentally standing on the bridge, who, as soon as he discovered the unhappy youth's situation, ran to the edge of the water, from whence he took a truckle, with a view of rendering better assistance; but not finding it of sufficient dispatch, he got across the Gut, as it is called, instantly threw off his clothes, and dashed under the water, by which exertion he brought the lad to shore; but unhappily too late to preserve his life, though every means were afterwards used by a surgeon to restore suspended animation.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Aug 30.  On Saturday last, about a mile and a half from Cheltenham, a man fell off the shafts of a waggon, in his sleep; when one of the wheels went over his leg, and broke it in a most dreadful manner.  It is feared he must suffer amputation.

Sep 1.  Last week, an inquest was taken before W Joyner,  Esq. Coroner, at the York Hotel, Clifton, near Bristol, on view of the body of a new born male child, found dead, and secreted by the mother.  After a very full investigation of six hours, the Jury returned a verdict of Stillborn.  The mother was in consequence thereof discharged out of custody.
  A few days since, an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on the body of EDWARD CLAYFIELD, Shoemaker, of Horsley, who hanged himself with his linen apron.  Having been observed to be in a dejected state of mind for some time before he committed the rash act, the Jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.
  On Thursday last, a lad about 15 years of age, named WORKMAN, whilst at work at Berkeley Oil Mill, accidentally fell down a flight of steps, through a trap door which leads to the water works, and was killed on the spot.
  ACCOUNT  re ELIZABETH OCKFORD, aged 9, abducted by gypsies from Box Hill, in Minchinhampton, from her widowed mother.

Sep 8.  A few days since died, Mrs HIATT, widow of Mr JOSEPH HIATT, of the George Inn, Minchinhampton.
  On Tuesday last an inquest was taken at Longborough, near Stowe, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM DAY, a pauper of that parish, who was found dead in the house where he lodged.  It appeared, that he had long been subject to fits; in one of which, (no assistance being near,) he was suffocated in a two-fold degree - by the rupture of a blood vessel, and the position he was found in, with his face on the pillow.  Verdict, Sudden Death from Suffocation.

Sep 15.  INQUESTS - taken last week, before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  Monday, at the Old Bell inn, at Dursley, in this county, on view of the body of JOHN VENN, aged 84 years, (a pauper in the workhouse belonging to that parish,) who hanged himself the Saturday preceding, to the span beam in his bedchamber.  It appeared in evidence, that this unfortunate man was one of ther six marines selected to shoot the late Admiral Byng, and had often been heard to say, he was sure his ball killed him.  In consequence of his late deranged state of mind, the Jurors found a verdict of Lunacy.  Thursday, at the Yew Tree public house, at Blakeney, in the parish of Awre, on the body of a new born male child, found dead and secreted in a pocket of hops, in a garret, or lumber room.  Verdict Stillborn.  Same day and place, on the body of ANN TALBOT, single woman, (mother of the child above mentioned,) supposed to have died in consequence of taking poison, to procure an abortion.  After a very full investigation, (the body having been previously opened,) the Jurors returned a verdict, Died from premature labour, and not by poison.

Cambrian, 20 September 1806
An inquest was held last week on the body of John Venn, aged 84, a pauper in Dursley work-house, Gloucestershire, who hanged himself in his bed-chamber. - Verdict, Lunacy.  This man was one of the six marines selected to shoot Admiral Byng; and had been often heard to say, he was sure his ball killed him.

Sep 29.  On Tuesday died, very suddenly, at Twissell's Farm, in the parish of Bisley, Mr PETER GARDNER, many years a constable, at Stroud - in which capacity he was much respected for the integrity of his conduct; and to his perseverance in the discharge of his duty, he sacrificed his life, having left his home in a state of indisposition, to go to the above place on special business.
  On Wednesday an Inquest was taken before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM KINGSCOTE, of Tockington, who fell from a walnut tree in his orchard, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Oct 13.  On Saturdy last, as JOHN GUNN, a lad about 14 years of age, was descending a well at Birches, near Stroud, in which some foul air had collected, he was suffocated, and fell to the bottom.  His father, who had left him down, descended to rescue him whilst yet alive; but before he gained the top with his son, he was also overcome by the noxious vapour; and the unfortunate lad was precipitated again into the well, from which he was taken out dead.
  A melancholy occurrence took place near Bristol, on Sunday evening.  A poor unfortunate girl of the town, being pursued on Brandon Hill, by a number of unfeeling boys and young men, ran till she lost her breath, when, being compelled to stop, she was assaulted and thrown down.  By the violence of the fall her neck was broke, - she was immediately conveyed to a public house in College street, and medical assistance was procured, but every effort to save her was in vain.  Coroner's inquest, Manslaughter.  JOHN CLARKE  is committed to Bridewell for the offence.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Oct 18.   On Sunday afternoon, a sailor boy on board the New Bristol, now lying in the floatingdock, Bristol, fell from the main top; in his fall he first struck against the main chains, which lacerated his face in a dreadful manner, and the material injury he thus received being followed by a fatal blow, occasioned by his falling on the wharf, he died before he could be taken from the spot.

Oct 20.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Ruscomb, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of SARAH BURFORD, aged 50, who fell down in a wood, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden death.  And on Thursday, an inquest was taken before the same Coroner, on the body of a man unknown, found dead in the Thames and Severn Canal, at Deanway, in  the parish of Bisley.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  The following extraordinary accident happened last week, in the neighbourhood of Wotton Underedge.  Four men, who had assembled in the night, with an intention, it is supposed, of stealing timber, went into a field adjoining that town, where several pieces had recently been placed, for the purpose of building.   Three of these fellows, in this nefarious pursuit, had got a small tree upon their shoulders, and were carrying it off, when the man who supported the butt end slipped down, and the whole weight of the piece falling on him, he was killed on the spot!

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Oct 25.   Last week died, suddenly, at Berwicke Lodge, in this county, Mr JOHN BOWERS, gardener to William Batersby, Esq.  An inquest was taken on the body before William Joyner, Esq., of Berkely, when the jury brought in their virdict [sic], died by visitation of God.

Nov 3.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, at the Lamb Inn, without Lawford's Gate, Bristol, (by adjournment from Clifton, in this county,) on view of the body of JAMES YOUNG, aged 11 years, supposed to have died in consequence of ill treatment received from his father, WILLIAM YOUNG, mason.  After a full investigation, which lasted the whole day, (the body being first taken up, after eight days interment, and the assistance of two medical gentlemen being procured on the occasion,) the Jurors returned a verdict of Natural Death - and not from any hurt or injury received whatever; upon which the father was discharged out of custody.
  On Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Painswick, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, and a very respectable Jury, on view of the body of a male child, about ten days old, the mother of which is only 17.  It appeared much emaciated; and, in other respects, seemed not to have had due attention paid to it, by a dry nurse, to whose care it was committed almost as soon as it was born, by the positive injunctions of the young woman's unfeeling mother.  After a minute investigation, which was persevered in with more than usual zeal, for not less than four hours, the death of the infant was attributed to want of parental and natural succour.  The Jury, taking the circumstances into consideration, collectively returned a verdict, Died from indiscreet treatment, and  a want of humanity.

Nov 17.  On Thursday evening, the 6th inst. as Mr WILLIAM WENT, of Uley, was returning home from Gloucester, with his father and some other friends, his horse fell with him, at Frocester; by which accident he received so severe a contusion on the head, that, notwithstanding immediate medical assistance was obtained, he lingered senseless till Friday evening, when he expired.  He was a young man of unassuming manners and obliging demeanour, and is deservedly lamented, not only by his disconsolate parents and relations, but by his acquaintance in general.
  On Friday an inquest was taken, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN JACQUES, a youth about 16 years of age, who, whilst at work in a mill at Eastington, on Wednesday last, fell from a considerable height, among the mill work, and sustained so much injury, that he died on the spot.  Verdiuct, Accidental Death.

Dec 1.  On Monday an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN HERBERT, who was killed by the falling of a quantity of rubbish, whilst at work in a stone quarry at Aston Blank, in this county.  And, on Friday, an inquest was taken before the same coroner, on trhe body of JOSEPH SARGEANT, who fell into a mill brook at Bridgend, in the parish of Stonehouse, and was drowned.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

Dec 8.  A few days since, an inquest was taken at Cam, near Dursley, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JONATHAN BARNFIELD,  who dropped down near Clingre, on the road leading to Berkeley, and expired immediately.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.
Also two inquests at Tewkesbury.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Dec 13.  Thursday night last, as the boatman belonging to the Upper Load Ferry, was returning home from Tewkesbury, with a boat, down the River Severn, he was met by a barge in full sail, which ran down the boat, and sank it.  The poor fellow was unfortunately drowned, no one being able to afford him the least assistance, owing to the darkn ess of the night, and the depth of the water; every search after the body has proved ineffectual.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1806.
Dec 20.  Last week as a poor man in the Upper Bristol road was in the act of crying ballads, he was suddenly taken ill, fell down, and expired.

Dec 22.  MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT.  On Monday evening last, as the Bristol and Birmingham mail coach was coming down the hill between Alvestone and Thornbury, in this county, the coachman, JOHN FISHLOCK, being much intoxicated, and the night very dark, fell from the box, and one of the wheels passing over his neck, he was killed on the spot.  The guard, WILLIAM GILLER, observing the accident, instantly got down, and endeavoured to stop the horses; but, finding themselves at liberty, they got into full speed, and he was unable to effect his purpose.  With great activity and presence of mind, however, he regained his place behind, whence he got to the box, and drove the coach in safety to Thornbury.  GILLER immediately returned on horseback, in search of the unfortunate man, whom he found totally lifeless; and the Coroner's Inquest have since returned  a verdict, Accidental Death.  He has left a wife and two children.

Dec 29.  INQUESTS.   On Friday se'nnight an inquest was taken at Minchinhampton, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of DAVID KIRBY, who fell from a stile, in returning home from his labour, after dark; when the spinal marrow was so much injured, that he survived but a short time.  And, same day, an inquest was held at Rodborough, on the body of THOMAS BIRD, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.
  A few days since MATTHEW STOCKWELL, of Stonehouse, in this county, an aged and infirm man, fell down stairs, and sustained such severe injury, that he expired in a few hours.

1807

Jan 5.  On Friday night, as Mr RICHARD BISHOP, of Birdlip, Gloucester and Cirencester carrier, was returning home from the latter place, his horse fell with him, and he was killed on the spot.  The animal coming home about midnight, without his master, the family were alarmed, and immediately went out in search of him, when they found the unfortunate man lifeless in the road, about a hundred yards from his own house, with a dreadful wound on the right side of his head, which must have occasioned instant death.  Yesterday an inquest was held before D Wiley, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body; when the Jury returned a verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 12.  INQUESTS.   On Wednesday an inquest was taken before John Jefferis, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JOHN JAQUES, a master carpenter, and bell hanger of great celebrity, of this city, who, whilst superintending some repairs of the roof of the New Inn, was passing along the yard, when a piece of timber falling on his head, he sustained such mortal injury as to survive the accident but a very short time.  He was much respected, and an industrious, honest man.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Wednesday an inquest was held at Norton, before Daniel Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a poor man, who was killed by the overturning of the Birmingham and Bristol Waggon, (in which he was a passenger, ) on Tuesday night last.  The accident, occasioned by the horses taking fright, happened at Norton bridge, about five miles from this city, on the Tewkesbury road; the poor sufferer was thrown out, when a cask falling upon him, he was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Thursday an inquest was taken at Cain's Cross, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a female infant, about two months old, who died in the arms of her father, at a late period of the night, being taken from the house of industry at Stroud, by  the mother, who had abandoned the child whilst in a state of intoxication.  The Jury, after a minute investigation, returned a Verdict, Sudden Death, by the visitation of God.   On Friday an inquest was taken at Stroud, by the same Coroner, on the body of Mrs HESTER McKENZIE, who fell from a window seat, and was so severely bruised on the head and face, that she expired before medical assistance could be procured.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Monday an inquest was taken at Huntingford Mill, near Wotton Underedge, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of the infant son of Mr T COX, paper maker, who was burnt to death, by his clothes taking fire in the absence of the serving maid.   And on Wednesday, (before the same Coroner,)  an inquest was taken at Crookmarsh, in the parish of Henbury ... on the body of RICHARD HANDS, an apprtentice in husbandry to Mr JOHN HEWETT, found drowned in a reen leading from the Marsh Common to the River Severn.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

The following melancholy accident happened on Saturday se'nnight, at Moreton Valence, near this city.  As SAMUEL PALMER, a promising youth, was standing in his mother's garden, a person with a gun in his hand, passing hastily through the gate, with the intention of shooting at a small bird, struck the trigger of the gun, which unfortunately went off, and the whole charge was lodged in the body of PALMER, who only survived the accident till the next morning.
  [+++Announcement of a stillbirth at Cheltenham, in Births Announcements+++]

Jan 19.  INQUESTS.  On Monday last an inquest was taken at Bitton, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of HANNAH HUGHES, aged 27, found drowned in a dipping well in the North Common, near Warmley.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, same day, on view of the body of SARAH DAVIES,  a beautiful female, only 21 years of age, who poisoned herself by swallowing a quantity of laudanum on the preceding Thursday.  After a minute investigation of the circumstances, and an examination of the body upon dissection by three eminent surgeons, the Jury returned a verdict, Felo de se.  On Wednesday last, a child about three years of age, daughter of THOMAS HOLLAND, bricklayer, of Focles Green, near Ross, being left in the house by herself, her cloaths caught fire, and she was burnt in so shocking a manner that she expired in a few hours.

Jan 26.  Mention of several deaths, in neighbouring areas, of deaths by clothes catching fire:

CAUTION.   AT THIS SEASON OF THE YEAR, OUR FAIR READERS WILL EXCUSE US FOR INTRUDING ON THEIR NOTICE, A FEW HINTS, WHICH MAY AVERT THE DANGER TO WHICH THEIR MOST ELEGANT ATTIRE PARTICULARLY EXPOSES THEM FROM FIRE AND CANDLE.  IT IS GENERALLY THE LOWER PART OF THE DRESS WHICH CATCHES FIRE.  IN SUCH A CASE, IF THE PERSON REMAINS IN AN UPRIGHT POSITION, THE FLAME, NATURALLY RIDING UPWARDS, WILL QUICKLY REACH THE HEAD OR STOMACH, AND BE LIKELY TO HAVE A FATAL EFFECT.  BUT IF SHE IMMEDIATELY LIE DOWN UPON THE FLOOR, SHE MIGHT IN GENERAL VERY EASILY EXTINGUISH THE FLAME BY ROLLING HERSELF: OR, IF A MAN BE PRESENT, HE MAY PULL OFF HIS COAT, AND WITH THAT VERY SOON EXTINGUISH THE BLAZE.  IF THERE BE A HEARTH  RUG, IT WOULD ANSWER THE PURPOSE BETTER THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER SUBSTANCE.

Feb 2.  On Saturday se'nnight, as two men and a boy were taking a survey of an old decayed house, at Woodford, in the parish of Berkeley, it suddenly gave way, and fell in: when one of them, named WILLIAM APPERLEY, shop keeper, was killed on the spot; the other two escaped unhurt.

Feb 9.  On Tuesday, a young man, named BENJAMIN MOORE, of Tewkesbury, fell down dead, on the road near Ashchurch!  He was going to pay a visit to his friends.

Feb 16.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Minchinhampton, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ELIZABETH HAYES,  who was killed by the vane of thee windmill, on the Common adjoinging the above town  striking her on the temple, and fracturing her skull, of which she languished about five hours.  It is supposed that she must have missed her road from the extreme darkness of the night; and the wind being very high, it is known that the mill vanes were at the time going round with uncommon velocity!  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Feb 23.  On Friday last, an inquest was taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, at the Old English Tavern, in the parish of St James, Bristol, on view of the body of a new born female child, found dead, and floating on the surface of the water, in a pond near Rennison's Bath.  The infant was quite naked when discovered, appeared to be about a week old, and had received much injury upon the head and face.  The Jury, after a full investigation, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown, previous to the body being thrown into the pond.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
Mar 7.  The following melancholy accident happened last week in the parish of Berkeley, in this county:- CHARLES CHAIR, aged nearly 13, servant in husbandry to Mr John Longdon, on his return home from the mill, having occasion to get off his horse, he had the halter round his middle, when the animal took fright and ran off at full speed, dragging the boy a considerable distance on the road, 'till his bowels were torn out!  Although medical treatment was speedily procured, he survived the accident only a few hours.  On Saturday last SARAH MILSOME, an infant aged one year, daughter of J Milsome, Yeoman, of the parish of St George, near Bristol, was burnt to death, by her clothes taking fire, in the absence of her parents.  Verdicts in each case, ACCIDENTAL DEATH.
  On Wednesday an inquest was held, at the New Inn, Wickwar, by Mr Joyner, on the body of an old man, named THOMAS GOULTER, who had been missing for 12 weeks.  It being concluded that he had lost his way, and fallen into a ditch, a verdict of accidental death was given.

Mar 9.  On Friday evening died suddenly, at Mitcheldean, at an advanced age, whilst sitting in her chair in aparent good health, Mrs ANN STEPHENS, widow of the late Capt. JOHN STEPHENS, of Longhope, in this county.

Cambrian, 14 March 1807
The following melancholy accident happened lately in the parish of Berkeley, Gloucestershire.  Charles Chair, aged 13, servant in husbandry, on his return home from a mill, having occasion to get off his horse, he tied the halter round his middle, when the animal took fright, and ran off at full speed, dragging the boy a considerable distance on the road, till his bowels were torn out!  He survived the accident only a few hours.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807
Mar 21.   Last week Mrs HOLDER, mother of Mrs JAMES, of St Michael's hill, Bristol, was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire; and the daughter much injured in endeavouring to extinguish the flames.

Mar 23.  Last week an inquest was taken, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of CHARLES HARRIS, who was killed by a large stone falling upon him,  in a quarry on Minchinhampton Common.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  The following melancholy accident happened a few days since: A farmer at Eldersfield, in this county, having removed a rick, a quantity of rats were discovered in the staddle, many of which were shot; and one of the men having laid down his loaded gun, a young man took it up, and levelling it at his brother, said, "I'll shoot you."  The gun missed fire once or twice; but at length went off, and killed the unfortunate youth on the spot.

Apr 6.  Bristol.  ... when JAMES CLARK, tried on an indictment as an accessary, in killing sa poor unfortunate girl of the town, on Brandon hill, some time in October last, ... was acquitted.

Gloucesteshire Herald, 1807.
Apr 11.  Assizes: Bristol General Gaol Delivery: JOHN CLARK, charged with one JAMES PAIN, not yet in custody, with having killed SARAH BROWN.

Apr 27.  On Monday last died, in the prime of life, Mr WATKINS, sadler, of Cheltenham.  His death was occasioned by a fall from his horse the preceding day, on his return home from Tewkesbury.  He was much respected by a numerous acquaintance.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
May 2.  Sunday night Mrs TAMLIN, wife of Mr TAMLIN, proprietor of the Bridgewater coach, fell upon the fire at her house in Rosemary lane, Bristol, and was so much burnt, that she expired in a few hours.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
May 16.  On Monday last, as a man named BALLENGER was assisting in falling a tree, at Charlton, one of the boughs struck him down, which unfortunately killed him on the spot.

May 18.   A few days since an inquest was taken, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JOHN HEMMINGS, who was found dead in a path leading from Kings Stanley to

Leonard Stanley.  It was supposed that he had fallen down and died in a fit, to frequent attacks of which he was subject.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.

May 25.  Wednesday an inquest was held on the body of a child about six years of age, son of JOSEPH GARDNER,  whitesmith, of this city, who was drowned by falling from the Westgate bridge, into our river the Saturday preceding.

Jun 1.  On Friday an inquest was held on the body of JOSEPH BOOKER, a corporal in the 96th regiment, stationed in this city, who was found drowned in the bason of the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal, where it is supposed he went to bathe, as his clothes were lying near the edge of the water.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  An inquest was held on Monday last, on the body of a child, about three years of age, son of Mr HOPKINS, of the Haw Passage, near Tewkesbury, who was drowned in the river Severn, near his father's house, the Monday preceding, and taken out at Minsterworth, near this city.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Saturday se'nnight, an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of WM LOOKER, a young man, who was watering a horse on the banks of the river Ises, when his horse getting out of his depth, he floated off his back, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
Jun 6. On Saturday an inquest was taken at Stowick, in the parish of Henbury, on the body of a child named MARTHA BESSENT, found drowned in one of the reensin the Marsh Common; and on Monday, at Bitton, on the body of SAMUEL STUBBS, a boy about five years of age, found drowned in a dipping well near Hanham.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
Jun 20.  A very melancholy accident happened on Tuesday morning, to one of the scholars at Walmore hill school, named CRISPIN, who, with five others, was permitted to take a walk on a little business to Whitminster Inn.  At the time they left home, the strictest orders were given them upon no account to go into the water.  This injunction, however, was unattended to; for no sooner were they arrived on the other side of the river Severn, than they agreed together to bathe, and went for that purpose (in order to avoid being seen by any person who would make known their imprudence) to almost the only place, from the state of the side, where there was a possibility of their being drowned:- The unhappy consequence was, that although repeatedly cautioned by a boy older than himself, (who could swim,) Master CRISPIN got out of his depth, and fell an immediate sacrifice to his rashness!  The other boy tried to save him, by jumping in twice, at the risque of his life; and so alarmed were the remaining five, that, notwithstanding assistance was at hand by which the boy's life, had the alarm been given, might, in all probability have been saved, they never mentioned the matter to anyone near the place, but immediately ran home to acquaint Mr NICHOLS, their master; when every exertion was made to recover the body which was soon found, but all endeavours to restore it to animation proved fruitless.  The unfortunate youth was the only son of a widow lady at Bristol, the tenderest of mothers, and who, from his being somewhat sickly, indulged him to a fault.

Jun 22.  On Wednesday evening last, the body of a young woman, of a respectable family in this city, was found drowned in the Berkeley Canal; and on Thursday morning, a Coroner's inquest was held upon it, and a verdict of Lunacy was given.  We are extremely sorry to have occasion to caution the public against giving credit to reports and reflections of the most injurious nature, respecting some of the parties with whom this unfortunate young woman was connected; which are wholly without foundation and fully contradicted by the uniform testimony of her family; who have constantly declared, and are ready and willing, whenever they may be called upon, to repeat, their entire satisfaction with the treatment she received from those under whose care they had placed her.
  On Tuesday last, Master CRISPIN, a pupil at Walmore hill School, near this city, was unfortunately drowned whilst bathing in the River Severn.  He had been permitted to go to a short distance on business, in company with five others, under the strictest injunctions, however, upon no account to go into the water: but, disobeying these orders, they no sooner reached the river than they agreed to bathe; when this ill fated youth, getting beyond his depth, perished within sight of his distressed companions.  He was the only son of a widow lady at Bristol..
 On Monday last an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body oif PRISCILLA DANGERFIELD, who was found drowned in Froomhall brook, in the parish of Rodborough.  She had been missing ten days; and the body, when found, was in a highly putrid state.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 29.  The following inquests were last week taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:   On Tuesday at Eastington, on view of the body of Mr JONATHAN JONES, of Fretherne, who was killed by a waggon load of timber falling upon his body.  The accident was occasioned by the near wheel behind giving way at the part where the drag chain was fixed, on coming down a declivity in the road: he was on top of the load when the waggon overset, by the wheel breaking to pieces.  On Wednesday, at Driffield, near Cirencester, on the body of THOMAS HEMMINGS, who fell from a waggon load of hay, whilst at play with a youth on the top: they were both hurt, but HEMMING unfortunately injured the spinal marrow, became paralytic, and died in a few hours.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

Jul 6.  On Monday an inquest was taken at Dursley, before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a child, about eight years old, daughter of JOSEPH DAUNCEY, who was at play in the road near her father's house, on Saturday evening, when a horse, which had broken loose, galloped over her; she lingered till Sunday morning.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
Jul 11.  On the 27th ult., as Mr PHILLIPS, of Clifton, was on his return from Henbury, he was thrown from his horse near Stoke, and killed on the spot.
  During the last week the following inquests have been taken before W Joyner, Esq., Coroner: On Monday, at the York hotel, Clifton, on the body of Mr HENRY PHILLIPS, whowas killed the preceding evening by a fall from his horse on his return home to Bristol from Kingsdown Inn; On Wednesday at Cold Aston, near Bath, on the body of ISAAC RAWLINGS, aged 4 years, who was drowned by falling into a dipping well; and on Saturday, at Ringhurst Farm, in the parish of Almondsbury, on the body of JAMES HAYLE, (Servant in husbandry to Mr Wetherell) who was killed on the spot, by falling off the shafts of a waggon, loaded with coal.  The Verdict in each case was, accidental death.

Jul 13.  On Friday an inquest was taken at Wick, in the parish of South Cerney, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ELIZABETH MEEK, who fell off a ladder she was descending from a hay rick, which produced so violent a concussion of the brain, that she died almost immediately after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  Saturday evening an inquest was held before W Joyner, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, at Ringhurst farm, in the parish of Almondsbury, on the body of JAMES HAYLE (servant to Mr WETHERELL); who was killed on the spot by falling off the shafts of a waggon, loaded with coal.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Saturday se'nnight, as THOMAS INNS, labourer, in the employment of  Mr BONNER, of Eccleswall Court, in the parish of Linton, Herefordshire, was descending from the top of a hayrick, the ladder turned with him, and he fell with such violence that several of his bones were broken, and he died next morning.   On Monday last, as JOHN JAMES, a boy about twelve years of age, servant to Mr DEW, of Brampton, near Ross, was attending a team in a hayfield, the horses suddenly took fright, when he was thrown down, and the wheels of the waggon passing over his body, he was so materially injured, that he died almost immediately.

Jul 27.  A few days since, a very fine boy, about ten years of age, only son of Mrs T BLIZARD, of Tewkesbury, was found drowned in a pool of water, in a meadow adjoining that town.  It is supposed that, in taking a horse to the field, he had fallen off whilst the horse was drinking at the pool, and was unable to extricate himself, or to give any alarm.  The body was not discovered until every human effort for the restoration of life was vain.

Aug 17.  Account of duel between Lt JOSEPH FRANCIS DELMONT, aged 21, of the 82d regiment (Buffs) and Lt BENJAMIN HEAZLE, aged 28, of Brandon, Cork, and the same regiment; also Lt JOHN SARGEANT, aged 26, of Newnham, 61st regiment.

Aug 24.  THE LATE DUEL.  Lieut. DELMONT, who was shot in a duel by Lieut. HEAZLE, in the neighbourhood of Stroud, as mentioned in our last paper, expired  on Tuesday morning.  On Wednesday an inquest was taken on view of the body, before William Trigg,  Gent. Coroner, and a highly respectable Jury, who, after a minute investigation, which occupied eight hours, returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against Lieut. HEAZLE, the challenger, and Lieut. SERGEANT,  of the 61st regiment of foot, who was the only Second in this unfortunate affair.  [Advert, same column, with a description.]

Aug 31.  The following inquests have been taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner: On Saturday se'nnight, at Minchinhampton, on view of the body of GILES CRIFT, tyler, who fell from the roof of the Meeting house at that place, which he wasepairing, and died instantly.  On Tuesday last, at Horsley, on the body of THOMAS COOK, about twelve years of age, who was found dead; it appeared, upon dissection, his death was occasioned by the pericardium being ruptured.  And on Thursday, at Bibury, on the body of WILLIAM NEWPORT, aged about thirteen years, who was killed by falling from a waggon he was driving, and the wheels passing over his body.  Verdict, in the first and last cases, Accidental Death, And, in the second, Sudden Death.

Sep 7.  A Coroner's Inquest was lately holden at Redmarley d'Abitot, before George Best, Esq. (of whose patience and legal knowledge the public has experienced such abundant proof,) on view of the body of JOHN COOK, labourer; when the Jury brought in a Verdict, Death by Misadventure - the evidence having proved, that he was run over by a harvest waggon at Aubrey's Farm, in Bromsberrow, whereby the wheels were forfeited to WHY YATE, Esq. Lord of the Manor, as a deodand.
  DUEL: two adverts about duel, page 3 col c.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
Oct 10.  On Monday last, DANIEL WILLEY, Esq. was sworn in Mayor; ... JOHN JEFFERIES and GILES GREENAWAY, Esqrs. Were also rechosen, and took the oath, the former as Coroner, and the latter, Chamberlain.

Inquests taken a few days past, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner.  At Swinford, near Bath, on the body of a youth named MICHAEL BRIMBLE, about ten years of age, who fell from a walnut tree, 50 feet in height, whilst gathering nuts, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, accidental death. At Moorend, on trhe body of JOSEPH BLICK, Servant to the Rev. Mr Walker, who dropt down dead whilst at work mowing clover.  Verdict, sudden death by visitation of God.  At Slimbridge Warth, on the body of ANN BYFORD, two years old, daughter of Mr G BYFORD, mason, found drowned in a brook or reen which leads from out of the Warth Common into the river Severn.  Verdict, accidental death.

Oct 12.  DUEL.  Memorial Inscription; sermon preached by Rev J WILLIAMS, Curate of Stroud, and also letter to the Editor (Oct 19) re the Deerhurst Memorial Inscription.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
Oct 17.  A melancholy accident happened on Saturday evening to Mrs GROSSET, wife of SCHAW GROSSET, Esq. of Clifton: finding her feet cold, she imprudently placed them on a high fender before the fire, and, it is supposed, became drowsy, when the flames caught her clothes, and she was burnt so shockingly, though assistance was almost immediately rendered, that she expired in the greatest agonies about two hours afterwards.

Cambrian, 17 October 1807
  A melancholy accident happened on Saturday evening to Mrs. Grosset, wife of Sebaw Grosset, Esq. of Clifton, near Bristol; finding her feet cold, she imprudently placed them on a high fender, before the fire, and it is supposed became drowsy, when the flames caught her clothes, and she was burnt so shockingly, though assistance was almost immediately rendered, that she expired in the greatest agonies about two hours afterwards.

Oct 26.  INQUESTS.  On Thursday last an inquest was taken at Longford Mill, Minchinhampton, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM HINTON, labourer, who was killed by a quantity of earth and rubbish falling upon him, whilst digging for gravel.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  He has left a wife and several children.
 On Monday an inquest was taken at Ross, before T Cotes, Esq. Coroner, on the body of MARY TREHERNE, whose clothes, in consequence of her sitting too near the fireplace, were caught in the flames, and she was burnt in so terrible a manner, that she soon after expired.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Nov 2.  An inquest was held a few  days since, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN HATHAWAY, of Froombridge Mills, who fell into the Stroud Canal, on Saturday night last, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Nov 9.  Notwithstanding the precautions taken by Magistrates, to prevent the firing of guns and pistols, and the letting off fireworks in the public streets of Bristol, a very dreadful occurrence took place there on Thursday evening (the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot.)  A girl of fourteen, of the name of SARAH OSBORRNE,  (neice of Mr WEBB, cooper, of Sims's Alley), was purchasing some article at a shop in the Horse Fair, when a musket or pistol, heavily laden with bullet, was fired, and penetrated the doors both of the front and back of the warehouse opposite to where the young woman was standing, passed through her head, and a pane of glass, and lodged in the wall of the house.  The young creature immediately fell, and received from the bystanders the most prompt and humane assistance they could afford.  She was speedily conveyed to the Infirmary, where all medical and surgical assistance proving unavailing, she expired in great agony at about six o'clock on Friday morning.  We are sorry to hear that no clue has yet been found by which to discovered the perpetrator of this crime, neither is it ascertained whether the shot was fired from a horse pistol or a gun: but two men having been seen with the latter in the Churchyard, renders this supposition the most probable.  The ball was not adapted to the bore of a musket, being smaller than those used in cartridges.  The person who fired the shot must have been in the Churchyard, and probably aimed at the door of the house used as a watch box, at the corner near Silver street.

Nov 16.  On Tuesday last, ... Same day, ROBERT GARDNER, of Chalford Lynch, fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  A very melancholy event occurred at Wick, in the parish of Berkeley, on Sunday, the 8th inst.  About four o'clock in the afternoon, Mr BENNETT, a respectable farmer, of the above place, and his two sons, were walking over the grounds; when, being overtaken by a thunderstorm, they imprudently took shelter under a tree.  An extremely vivid flash of lightning killed a cow near the fatal place where they were standing, and, being attracted by the tree, struck the whole of them to the ground.  The father and youngest son, although considerably injured, soon recovered, but the eldest, a fine youth about 18, was killed on the spot
  On Tuesday last, JAMES HANCOCK, waggoner to Mr THOMAS TROTMAN, of Dursley, was found dead in the road between Cambridge and Dursley.  As the wheels had gone over his body, it is supposed he fell from the shafts of the waggon, (loaded with wheat,) with which he was returning from this city.

Cambrian, 14 November 1807
During the rejoicings at Bristol on the evening of the 5th inst. (the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot), Sarah Osborne, a fine girl about 14, was shot through the head by a musket-ball discharged from the opposite wide of the way.  It did not appear, on the inquest, that the act was intentional; the Jury therefore returned a verdict, Manslaughter by some person or persons unknown.  - [Editorial comment.]

Nov 23.  Yesterday se'nnight died, at three o'clock, A.M. at Down Ampney, in this county, in the 45th year of his age, Mr ALLSOP, a respectable miller, of that place.  And, at ten o'clock, same morning, died, Mrs ALLSOP, widow of the above, also aged 45.  Grief for the loss of her husband is ascertained to have been the cause of her premature dissolution.  They have left a family of five children to bewail their loss.

Nov 23.   On Saturday se'nnight as some boys were throwing stones down a well, behind the unfinished houses in Great George's street, near Brandon hill, Bristol, their attention was arrested by the appearance of something resembling a human form; which, on further search, turned out to be the body of a female child, apparently about six weeks old.  On being taken out of the well, it was conveyed to St Peter's Hospital, where an Inquest was afterwards held; and a verdict returned of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.

Nov 30.  A few days since, an inquest was taken at Horsley, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, and a respectable jury, on view of the body of DANIEL NEALE, who was found dead in a small hovel at Horsley wood, where he had lived as a recluse for several years, in a parsimonious miserable state, notwithstanding he was possessed of some property.  The Jury returned a verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.

Dec 14.  MELANCHOLY EVENT.  JAMES LEWIS, hosier, of Tewkesbury,  fell through ice.
INQUESTS.  The following inquests have recently been held before William Trigg, Gent. Coroner: At Leonard Stanley, on view of the body of ANSELM COLLIER, an old man, who was found dead in a well.  It appeared in evidence, that the poor sufferer had been employed to deliver a letter at a gentleman's house in the above place; and, from the extreme darkness of the night, he walked into an open well of considerable depth, and was killed:  his body was not discovered till next day, when it was found with a walking stick in the right hand, and the packet he had in charge in the left, which was placed in the coat pocket.  He has left a wife and family to lament his loss.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, on Friday, in the parish of Minchinhampton, on the body of ANN MILDWATERS, who was found dead.  No marks  of violence appearing on the body, the Jury returned a verdict, Sudden Death from some unknown cause.

Gloucestershire Herald, 1807.
Dec 26.  During the very thick fogs which prevailed in Bristol for several days, three men walked into the river, one on Saturday night, on the Back, who was killed on the spot, ...

Dec 28.On Tuesday an inquest was taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JASPER ROBERTS, of Kingstanley, who was found that morning lying on the high road, with but faint signs of life.  It appeared that the poor man, about eight o'clock on Monday evening, had been employed to carry a parcel, to be left at a house near the Stroud Canal; into which, or an adjoining brook, he had fallen, but extricated himself from drowning.  The night being extremely cold, however, he must have been unable to walk far, and was found about five o'clock the next morning, in the situation described.  He was immediately conveyed to the manufactory of Messrs COOPER and WATHEN, where diligent means were humanely used for his recovery, but every effort proved fruitless, as he was incapable of speaking, and expired in a short time.   He has left a wife and several children to lament his loss.  Verdict, Died from the inclemency of the weather.    
    
1808

Feb 1.  On Tuesday an inquest was held at Stroud, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of EMMA HAYWARD, an infant about three years old, whose clothes caught fire in consequence of being left alone, and she was burnt to death.  And,  on Thursday, at Stone, an inquest  was taken before the same Coroner, on the body of ROBERT BOTTERIDGE, who was killed by a piece of timber falling upon him.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.
  A few days since, two men and a boy were drowned in the River Severn, opposite Awre, whilst employed in a boat towing a raft of timber.  The breakers made a fair breach over them, and no assistance could be rendered from the shore. - The men have both left families - one of them seven children.

Feb 8.  DIED.  on Tuesday, ... Same day, suddenly, Mr THOS HARRISON, stone mason, of Hampton Common, in this county: as he was sitting at his desk, looking over some papers, he fell down, and expired in an instant, without a groan or sigh.
INQUESTS.  On Tuesday an inquest was taken, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN COMPTON, who, wjhilst winding up the lasher of a lock, at Salperton, fell into the River, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
 The following inquests have lately been taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner:  At Nibley, in the parish of Westerleigh, on the body of JOHN HEWETT, servant to Mr ANSTY, who, owing to the darkness of the night, fell into a stone quarry on Yate Common, and was killed on the spot.  At Elberton, near Thornbury, on the body of BETTY FREAME, widow, aged 82 years, burnt to death by her clothes taking fire in the absence of her family.  At St Briavell's, on the body of T PERKINS, bargeman, found drowned in the River Wye, near Biggswear.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  At Gatcombe, on the body of JAMES JONES, bargeman, found dead in a privy.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Feb 22.  INQUESTS.   A few days since, an inquest was taken at Bibury, before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of JOHN TURNER, a child about five years of age, who was killed by the falling of the bed of a large cart which had been placed to lean against a wall, whilst at play with several other children, none of whom, however, received any injury.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And, on Monday last, an inquest was taken at the same place, on the body of JOSEPH  BROWNETT, a poor man,  who fell down dead in the road, whilst returning home with a burden of fuel on his back.  Verdict, Sudden Death.

Feb 29.  On Monday last an inquest was taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of theCoroners for this county, on view of the body of THOMAS FAULK, sawyer, who fell from the towing path into the Thames and Severn Canal, whilst on his road home late on Saturday night, and was drowned.  He has left a wife and family of children.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  A few days since, as Mr STEPHEN KIDWELL, a respectable farmer of Wick & Abson, in this county, was returning from Bristol in a taxed cart, he fell out whilst endeavouring to pass a waggon on the road, and sustained so violent an injury that he only survived till Monday.  He has left a wife and seven children to lament the fatal accident.
  On Saturday se'nnight, as JOSEPH WINSTONE,  aged 16, was at work at some new buildings at Moorend, near Bristol, he unfortunately fell off a plank, a distance of 21 feet, and was killed on the spot.

Mar 7.  On Friday an inquest was taken at Chapel Honeybourne, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a youth who was killed by the kick of a horse.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 14.  On Tuesday morning, a milk woman, of the name of COOKE, whilst serving a customer in Bolt lane, in this city, fell down in an apopllectic fit, and expired immediately.
  Last week, the following inquests were taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: On Tuesday, at Culkerton, in the parish of Rodmarton, on view of the body of JAMES HORSEMAN, labourer, who hanged himself in a barn at that place.  Verdict, Lunacy. And, on

1808.   Friday, at Painswick, on the body of GEORGE EDWARDS, a boy, who was killed by a waggon going over his body.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Tuesday two French prisoners were committed to our County Gaol, for trial at the approaching Assizes, charged, on the Coroner's Inquest, with killing and slaying two of their fellow prisoners, in a ferocious affray at Stapleton.

Cambrian, 19 March 1808
Saturday morning, as the coachman of a lady residing in College-green, Bristol, was driving a pair of horses in a break-carriage, in Berkeley-place, the animals became restive, and the reins breaking, the coachman was thrown off, and crushed to death by the wheels of the carriage.
  A dreadful instance of ferocity occurred last week, at Stapleton prison, near Bristol:- Two Frenchmen having  quarrelled ,late in the evening , were locked up previous to the settlement of the dispute; but in the night one of the parties with his friend, insisted upon his antagonist's getting out of bed and fighting him immediately; the latter complied.  It was determined that they should fight with the two legs of a pair of compasses, which were broken in half, and the points  sharpened for that purpose.  They joshed upon each other, mutually stabbing, until the aggressor fell lifeless to the ground.  His friend immediately seized the weapon from the hand of the corpse, insisting that the fight should be renewed with him. It was agreed, and, after a horrible rencontre, he shared the same fate as the first.  The survivor (who is much wounded, but not very dangerously) was secured as soon as the circumstances were made known to the guard, and a coroner's inquest sat on the bodies.  As it appeared that the two deceased person s were the aggressors in the affair, the jury brought in b a verdict t of Manslaughter against the survivor.

Cambrian, 19 March 1808
The verdict of the Inquest taken at Ripple, Gloucestershire, lately on the body of Miss Capper, who was killed in attempting to throw herself from the Birmingham mail-coach, was as follows:-
  That the reins having broken, the horses became unmanageable, and that Mira Capper threw herself out of the coach, and by the force of the fall her neck was fractured, of which she instantly died.
  Miss Capper was in her 20th year at the time of this melancholy accident, and it is rather remarkable that her father died, while he was upon a journey from Bristol, nearly this time twelve-months.

Mar 21.  On Friday, JANE MANDER was committed to our County Gaol, charged on suspicion of murdering her bastard child, at Moreton in Marsh.   ... [DUEL] And a true bill for wilful murder was found against Lieuts. HEAZLE and SARGEANT, the principal and Second in the unfortunate duel at Stroud, in which the much lamented Lieut. DELMONT was killed; but neither of them have yet been apprehended.
  Yesterday se'nnight an inquest was taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOMAS SMITH TAYLOR, of Kempsford, who, coming home late at night, in going upstairs he fell down, and was found dead in the morning, his skull being fractured by the fall.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 28.  On Monday last, a melancholy affray happened at Ross.  JAMES BUTLER and JAMES ANDREWS, two pattern ring makers, (the former about 40, and the latter 18 years of age,) who had
been drinking together in a public house, quarrelled, when they agreed to fight, and for this purpose retired to an adjoining field.  They had not exchanged many blows, however, before ANDREWS  struck his antagonist with such violence under the ear, that he fell, and almost instantly expired!  The Coroner's inquest returned a verdict of Manslaughter against ANDREWS, upon which he surrendered himself for trial at Hereford Assizes, and was acquitted.

Apr 4.  On Friday died, in consequence of a fall from his horse, WALTER WELSH, Esq. of Arle, in this county.

Apr 11.  We are much concerned to state, that yesterday se'nnight died, at Newnham, in this county, aged 58, greatly lamented by her numerous friends and acquaintances, Mrs MATTHEWS, wife of Mr JOHN MATTHEWS, attorney, of that place.  Her death was occasioned by her cloaths taking fire, whilst alone in a room above stairs on the preceding day; and, although every assistance was immediately given, by several of the family, who heard her screams, she was so dreadfully burnt, as to survive the melancholy accident only about twenty four hours.  Mr MATTHEWS, and one of his clerks, who ran to the spot on the first alarm, were much burnt in their endeavours to extinguish the flames; but, we are happy to announce, they are both in a fair way of recovery; and Mr MATTHEWS, in other respects, sustains this awful trial with exemplary resignation.
  On Wednesday, as Mr JAMES MERRETT, of Purton, in this county, was returning from Wickwar fair, on passing Dimery bridge, he unfortunately fell into the current, and was drowned.

Apr 18.  The following melancholy accidents occurred near Chepstow, on Saturday se'nnight.  EDWARD DAVIS, paper maker, working at the mill belonging to Mrs SARAH HOLLIS, of Mounton, was unfortunately caught by the water wheel, and crushed to death before any person discovered him; his head was almost torn off, asnd the body mangled in a most dreadful manner: he has left a wife and four children.  Late on the same evening, as JAS BEVAN, butcher, of Redwick, and his wife, were returning home from Chepstow market, with a horse and cart, in going over Undy bridge, but a short distance from their house, they fell into the water, and were both drowned: it is supposed they had fallen asleep in the cart through fatigue, and the horse being left to himself overturned the cart, under which the bodies were found the next morning.  The woman was nearly ready to lie-in; they have left four infants, two of which are twins of fourteen months old.

Apr 25.  On Wednesday an Inquest was held at Thornbury, before Wm Joyner, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of JAMES LAMBURN [or LAMBERT], a boy about fifteen years of age, servant to Mr THOMAS PEARCE, of Buckover, who was killed the preceding day by the wheels of a cart going over his head and body, occasioned by the horses taking fright; by which he was so much bruised, that he expired almost immediately.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Apr 25.  Wednesday evening last, a child about two years of age, of the name of RICHARDS, in Orange street, Bristol, during the absence of its mother, was burnt to death.  The little infant had been some time unwell, and was left sitting in a chair by the fire, from which some sticks fell out, and communicated to its clothes.  It was quite dead on the mother's return.

May 2.  JOSEPH LOCKYER??

May 16.  On Thursday last died, aged 60, JOHN MATTHEWS, Esq. an eminent solicitor, of Newnham, in this county -  after a most lamentable and painful illness, occasioned by the injury he sustained in endeavouring to extinguish the flames which caused the death of Mrs MATTHEWS, as mentioned in our paper of the 11th ult.

Jun 6.  On Wednesday last, THOMAS SPICER, sawyer, of the parish of Westerleigh, in this county, died by suffocation, in consequence of drinking a large quantity of spirituous liquors.  The Coroner's Jury found a verdict of felo de se; and the body was in consequence buried in the public highway.
  On Thursday, the body of a man unknown was found dead and floating in the river Severn, near Littleton; he appeared to be about 30 years of age, was five feet six or seven inches high, stout made; and wore a blue jacket and trowsers.

Jun 13.  On Saturday se'nnight a dreadful,accident happened at St Vincent's Rock, near Bristol: an overhanging cliff fell upon one of the workmen, and literally dashed him to pieces!

Jun 20.  A shocking accident happened at Cirencester, on Monday; as a fine child of Mr HOWES' , surgeon, was standing, with a servant maid, near the Butter market, a waggon passed along, which she could not avoid, owing to a heap of stones lying in the way; when the wheel went over the head of the child, and killed her on the spot!  The servant was severely hurt.

Jun 27.  On Tuesday, an inquest was taken before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN PRICKETT, servant in husbandry to Mr LEWIS, of the parish of Tidenham, in this county, killed by the accidental discharge of a gun loaded with shot, which he had taken up, the charge entering the left side of the mouth, and passing through the head.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jul 4.  The following inquests have lately been taken, before W Trigg, Gent. one og the Coroners for this county: At Willersley, on view of the body of JOHN WILLIS, an infant, killed by a gate falling upon him.  At Minchinhampton, on the body of a young gentleman found drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal.  And, at Cirencester, on the body of THOMAS HAINES, a child about four years of age, killed by a chaise wheel passing over his body whilst at play.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Jul 11.  The following inquests were last week taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, viz.  On Monday, at Great Rissington, on view of the body of ESTHER HICKS, drowned by falling into a well whilst at play.  On Tuesday, at Welford, near Stratford upon Avon, on the body of ISAAC POTTER, who was drowned in the Avon, whilst attempting to swim with a bundle fastened to his body.  And, on Wednesday, at Sevenhampton, on the body of JOHN MILLS, a child, who was killed by a gate falling upon him.  The verdict in each case was Accidental Death.

Jul 25.  INQUESTS.   The following Inquests have been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  A few days since, at Greete, near Winchcombe, on view of the body of Mr WM ARKELL, only son of Mr ARKELL, of Brockhampton, who was thrown from a poney he was riding, when, his foot becoming entangled in the stirrup, he was dragged a considerable distance, and so dreadfully bruised, that he died on the spot.  On Tuesday, at Minchinhampton, on the body of JOSHUA HANCOCK, a youth, who was drowned by getting beyond his depth, whilst bathing in a pool of water: his brother would have shared the same fate, had not a young man who could swim rescued him from drowning.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.   On Wednesday,
at Horsley, on the body of JAMES ELLIOTT, who was found dead in a barn, where he had been threshing, and, it is supposed, expired in a fit.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.

Aug 8.  DIED.  On the 27th ult. aged 71, Mr WM OKEY, of Badgeworth, in this county; a respectable and truly honest man, whose death is sincerely regretted by a numerous train of relations and friends.
INQUESTS.  The following  inquests were last week taken before Wm Joyner, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  At Alvestone, on view of the body of WILLIAM REESE , (servant to Mr JOHN ADAMS, ) who, wilst at work grinding malt, dropped down and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden death by the visitation of God.   And, at Dursley, on the body of  a lad, named REUBEN BIRD, who received so violent a kick on the lower part of his belly, from one of the horses belonging to the manufactory of Messrs WALLINGTON, at that place, as to occasion his death the following day.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  ??? Boat Accident.
  On Saturday se'nnight an inquest was taken at Painswick, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, and a respectable jury, on view of the body of Mr WEBB, nurseryman, who, previous to his dissolution, had stated before witnesses, that his then melancholy situation had been occasioned by the ill usage of some person unknown.  He had been attending in this city, a few days before, as a juror at the Sessions; and, during his stay, had lived so fully, and exerted himself so much in walking home, as to excite violent action in the system, which settled on his lungs, and ultimately occasioned his death.  The jury, after a minute investigation, returned a verdict, Died of disease accelerated by intemperance and violent exertion; which removes every suspicion of certain aspersions, tending to injure the character of a person of respectability, who had been with Mr WEBB at Gloucester.

Aug 15.  On Saturday se'nnight, a party of young men, consisting of Messrs PENNY, WALTER, and MILLER, clerks in the Customs house, with Mr GRANGER, and ROBERT GEORGE,  took a boat from Bristol, and sailed on a voyage of pleasure, down Kingroad into the Channel.  When off Walton Bay, a sudden gust of wind upset the boat, which sunk, and left them to the mercy of the waves.  Mr WALTER,  after a desperate struggle, succeeded in extricating a punt, that was attached to the boat, and therebyy saved himself, MILLER, and GRANGER; but his efforts in favour of PENNY and the boatman, were unfortunately of no effect.  They sunk and were drowned.  PENNY, who was a dutiful and affectionate son, has left behind him a fond and disconsolate mother, and the boatman a wife and two children dependent on him for support.

Aug 22.  Tuesday evening, as Mr JOHNSON  and Mr EVANS, coach makers, Hotwells road, Bristol, were returning in a chaise from the New Passage, where they had dined, the latter fell from his seat, and expired before any medical assistance could be procured.  An inquest was held on the body on Friday, when a verdict was given of Suffocation.
INQUESTS.  The following inquests have been taken before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: On Saturday se'nnight, at Coln St Aldwyn's, on view of the body of WM TUFFLEY, a child, who died in a wheat field.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  Om Monday last, at Standish, on the body of THOMAS HAYNES, who, whilst thatching a rick, fell to the ground, and sustained so much injury, that he died in a few hours; and, on Wednesday, at Rodborough, on the body of SAMUEL SMITH, who was drowned  in the Thames and Severn Canal.  Verdict, in the last two cases, Accidental Death.
  A few days since an inquest was taken, at Slimbridge, before Wm Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of KEZIAH WORKMAN, whose death was occasioned by taking a large quantity of sublimate of mercury.  This poor unfortunate creature was pregnant, and, with the intention of procuring abortion, had been induced to swallow the fatal dose.  Verdict, felo de se; and the body was accordingly buried near the crossroad, in Slimbridge field.

Sep 19.  INQUESTS.  The following inquests were taken a few days since, before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  At Woodchester, on view of the body of ROBERT LUSTY, a youth, who, whilst walking on some rails, fell upon a post, and struck the region of his stomach with such violence, that he could only exclaim, "O Lord! I shall die!" and instantly expired.  At Miserdine, on the body of a child named JOHN BALL, who, whilst attempting to climb a gate, for the purpose of getting upon a waggon to ride, fell to the ground, when the wheel passing over his body, he was killed on the spot.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.  At Stroud, on the body of REBECCA PAYTON, who was found dead; and, at Westcott, on the body of the Rev. MILES TOMB  [or LOMB?] , Curate of that parish; who, being for some time deranged in his intellects, got up in the night, and went to the churchyard, where he was found dead in the morning, suspended on the gate by one arm.  It is supposed he had slipped down the bank, and caught by the gate in the agonies of death.  Verdict in both cases, Sudden Death.

Sep 26.  INQUESTS.  An inquest was held at Dursley, on Tuesday last, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on the body of J FLETCHER, cloth worker, who was literally cut asunder, and killed on the spot, by falling between the cogs of the wheels of the machinery belonging to the manufactory of Messrs S and G ADEY: Verdict, Accidental Death.

Oct 17.   On Wednesday was committed to our County Gaol, by Thomas Blunt, Gent. Coroner, ANN CRAIG, charged with the wilful murder of a new born female bastard child.  And on Friday was committed, by Chas. Sandiford and Rd Wetherell, Clerks, JANE CRAIG, charged on suspicion of having been concerned with ANN CRAIG in the aforesaid murder.
INQUESTS.  An inquest was lately held at Stow on the Wold, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of HERODIAS PERROTT, a travelling woman, who was killed by  the falling of a tree under which she had taken shelter; another inquest was also lately held, by the same coroner, at the Golden Valley, on the body of  JONATHAN FRANKLIN, an old man of nearly 90 years of age, who being almost blind, fell into a mill pond and was drowned.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.

Nov 14.  On Friday JAMES CLUTTERBUCK, a waggoner in the employ of Mr HERBERT, in this city, unfortunately fell from the shafts of a waggon, at Staunton, on the road leading to Ledbury; when the wheels passing over his body, he was killed on the spot.

Nov 21.  INQUESTS.   The following inquests have been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  On Monday last, on view of the body of Mr WM  BYRON, a travelling linen draper, who was returning from Chalford to Tetbury on horseback, the preceding evening, at eleven o'clock; when his horse, which was blind of one eye, ran so violently against the tail of a waggon, which had been very imprudently left on the side of the road, near Avening, that the animal received a blow which divided the scalp, and threw Mr BYRON against the waggon with great force, cut his forehead, and he was otherwise so dreadfully bruised and injured, that he died instantly.  On Wednesday, at Painswick, on the body of SAMUEL STEEL, an infant about two years of age, whose clothes caught fire, when left with another child; and he was so much burnt about the arm, chest, and back, that he languished and died in consequence thereof.   And, same day, at Stroud, on the body of JOHN FLETCHER, a youth about 14, who was thrown from a horse a short time since, and received a violent concussion of the brain, which occasioned his death. Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

Nov 28.  On Tuesday last an inquest was held before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of Mrs ANN RANDALL, a widow, who, on the Saturday preceding, fell down and expired in her own house, in the Southgate street, in this city.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.
  ??? Braydon; Mrs SMITH, aged 45, burnt?

Dec 5.  On Friday an inquest was taken at Painswick, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN WOOD, a child about 4 years old, who died from being burnt about the back and arms, occasioned by his clothes having caught fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  Monday evening a man of the name of HUNT, dropped down dead in Cherry alley, Bristol .

Dec 5.  On Saturday se'nnight a melancholy accident happened on the River Severn.  WM NEALE, butcher, of Berkeley, WM WEBB, of Framilode, and JOHN HILL,  of Hill, took a boat at Berkeley Pill, to go down the river; onn hoisting the sail, at Shrapnell's Point, a sudden squall of wind came on, which upset the boat, and NEALE and WEBB were unfortunately drowned.

Dec 12.  On Friday last, an inquest was taken at Fairford, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of R OLDACRE, who, being subject to fits, fell into a ditch nearly full of water, whilst on his return home with a bundle of faggots on his head, and, unable to extricate himself, was suffocated.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
DIED.   Mr J CLARK, sadler, of Ross: whilst at work he was suddenly taken ill, and expired immediately without uttering a word.

Dec 19.  On Saturday se'nnight a woman was found at Woodmancote, near Cheltenham, by one of Mr DELABERE's servants, with her throat cut from ear to ear!  Near the body a razor was discovered, with which it is supposed she had perpetrated the horrid act.
INQUESTS.  On Monday, at Oldland, in this county, before Wm Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of S SELMAN, servant to Mr LEWTON, killed by falling from the shafts of a waggon.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, on Wednesday, at Wick and Abson, on the body of JAS FEW, gardener to RICH IVYLEAFE, Esq. found dead in a field on Monday.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.

Dec 26.  The following inquests were last week taken,  before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  On Tuesday last, at Cirencester, on view of the body of JOHN WITHAM, a boy about 12 years of age, who fell into the bason of the collateral branch of theThames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  On Thursday, at the Golden Valley, Chalford, on the body of CHAS SYSAM, a child about four years of age, whose cloaths caught fire, and he was in consequence burnt to death.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.
  On Wednesday, at Woodmancvote, Bishops Cleeve, on the body of JANE LAWRENCE, aged 23, found dead on the preceding Sunday, in a field near her own dwelling, with her throat cut in a shocking manner, and a razor lying near the spot.  It appeared, that she was pregnant, by a person of the same village, with whom she had lived in habits of intimacy, and to whom she was some time since to have been married, a ring and a licence having been discovered in her pocket.  It could only be conjectured, that the disappointment of her expectations, and her being abandoned by her mother on account of her imprudent conduct, had impelled her to the desperate act of self-destruction, and the Jury, after a patient investigation, returned a verdict of Lunacy.
 
1809.
Jan 2.  On Tuesday an Inquest was taken at Chalford Lynch, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of CHAS WITTS, an infant, between two and three years old, whose clothes caught fire, when the poor innocent was burnt to death, his remains exhibiting a most dreadful spectacle!  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 9.  INQUESTS.  At Painswick before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ELIZ CREED, found dead.  Verdict, Sudden Death by Suffocation.
  On Friady, before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on the body of SAMUEL SHEWELL, butcher, late of the parish of Nympsfield, who was found frozen to death in Coaley Wood.  Verdict, Died by the inclemency of the Weather.

Jan 16.  On Wednesday an Inquest was taken at Leachlade before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JOHN PRESTON, baker, of that place, who was drowned (in consequence of the road being suddenly inundated by the late floods), on his return from Fairford, where he had been attending divine worship at a Dissenting Meeting-house.  He  has left a widow, and six children, to lament his loss.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  The following inquests have been taken before Wm Joyner, Gent. Coroner: On Monday, at Bitton, on view of the body of W[ILLIAM] JAY, miner, who was killed in a coal pit; and on Tuesday, at Mangotsfield, on the body of W[ILLIAM] LOVELL, also killed in a coal pit.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.  On Thursday, at Appleridge Farm, near  Berkeley, on the body of MARY WORKMAN, single woman, supposed to have died from poison, in order to cause abortion; but the Coroner being of opinion, after dissection, that she did not die from that cause, the Jury returned a Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

Jan 23.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken at Oakridge Lynch, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of PRUDENCE WHITING, a girl about twelve years of age, who fell into a mill stream, and drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jan 30.  On Friday an inquest was held on the seven bodies which were taken from under the ruins of the houses in Bedford street; they are all working people.  JAMES and JOSEPH ESTCOURT were at breakfast with their families when the house gave way, in which the wife of the former was killed.  JAMES was drawn up by the hair of his head, but had received, etc.
  On Saturday se'nnighty a melancholy accident happened at Wresdown School, near Dursley, in this county; a fine boy [WILLIAM MERRETT], son of Mr MERRETT, of Slimbridge, died in consequence of a fall he received whilst sliding on the ice.  The Coroner's inquest returned a verdict, Accidental Death.

Feb 6.  Yesterday se'nnight, during the height of the flood, as five men (RICH LEA, JOHN HOLDER, JOHN BRIDGMAN, WM BARNARD, and JOHN BAYLIS) were reyturning from Norton, in this county, to Wainlode hill, in a boat they had borrowed at the latter place, they were overset by the violence of the waves, and all unfortunately drowned!  Two little boys were the only spectators of the accident.  On Tuesday the bodies were found; and, on Wednesday, inquests were taken before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, when the verdict, in each case, was Accidental Death.  BRIDGMAN has left a wife and six children.

Cambrian, 11 February 1809
Lamentable Effects of the late floods.
Five men returning from Norton, to Wainlode-hill, Gloucestershire, on Sunday, in a boat, were overset, and all perished.
  Owner Bouckley, of Stourport, and two of his men, after conveying a passenger from Worcester to Upton-on-Severn, on the same day, were upset on their return, and all the three drowned.
  Yesterday se'nnight, the passage-boat which plies upon the Severn at Newnham, was swamped and sunk, when Mr. Hewlett, of Frampton, and the two boatmen, were drowned, in view of several spectators on both sides of the river, who, although they instantly put off in another boat, were not in time to render them any assistance. They had gone over to the opposite shore in the small boat, and were returning to Newnham to avoid the flood, when they were unexpectedly overtaken by the bore, or head of the tide, which set in with unparalleled rapidity, and were suddenly engulphed in the tremendous deluge, whilst piteously imploring assistance from the shore. One of the boatmen, Thomas Knight, (who had been a faithful and cautious servant at that ferry for 18 years,) has left a family of seven children; and each of them a pregnant widow, in circumstances of distress.  Mr. Hewlett (the passenger) had been married but a few weeks.

Feb 13.  On Tuesday an inquest was taken before Wm Joyner, one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of FRANCIS LORD, butcher, aged 56 years, found drowned in Cambridge brook, near the George Inn.  It appeared in evidence, that he was much intoxicated with liquor the preceding evening, and fell into the brook on his return home.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Mar 6.  FATAL DUEL AT BRISTOL.  On Wednesday morning an unfortunate affair of honour, between Mr S.  an attorney, and Mr  PRIEST, a man's mercer, of Bristol, was decided at Durdham Down.  The parties were attended by their seconds, and by agreement fired together; at the first discharge, Mr PRIEST was wounded in the thigh.  After being taken from the ground he suffered amputation and is since dead.  The meeting took place in consequence of a misunderstanding at the Theatre the previous evening.  Both parties were highly respectable characters; and the most honourable conduct was manifested on the ground.  We learn that the verdict of the Coroner's Jury was Wilful Murder against the Principal and Seconds.  The deceased has left an amiable wife and child to lament his loss, and execrate this destructive system of honourably destroying each other upon too often the most frivolous occasion.

Cambrian, 11 Mach 1809
The parties in the unfortunate duel at Bristol, which we noticed in our last paper, were Mr. Smith, attorney, and Mr. Priest, mercer.  The latter fell, and a verdict of wilful murder was pronounced against the former by the Coroner's inquest.

Mar 20.  On Friday an inquest was taken at Cheltenham, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of J P HAMPTON, plumber and glazier, who died on Monday last.  The Jury returned the following verdict, - "That the said J P HAMPTON died by the Visitation of God, and not from any hurt or injury received from any person or persons, to the knowledge of the said jurors."

Apr 3.  Yesterday se'nnight an inquest was taken at Little Barrington, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN STEPHENS, carpenter, who was killed by the sudden falling of a tree he was assisting to cut down.  And, on Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Upton St Leonards, before the same Coroner, on the body of an old man, named HENRY SMITH, who was riding in a waggon, when the horses took fright, and ran off, and, in attempting to get out, in order to stop them, he fell from the shafts, and was killed by the wheels passing over his body.  Verdict in each case - Accidental Death.

Apr 17.  Last week an inquest was taken, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of W PAVEY, lock keeper at Framilode, who was drowned in the Canal.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Apr 24.. On Saturday se'nnight an inquest was taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of an Italian named JOSEPH, an itinerant musician, who, being in  a weak state, fell down in the street in Cirencester, and died, before the parish officers were apprised of his situation.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  And, on Monday, an inquest was taken at Quarr house, Stroud, before the same Coroner, on the body of ROXANA MINT, a child about six years old, who was burnt to death, in consequence of her cloaths taking fire.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

May 1.  On Thursday an inquest was taken at Leachlade, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN PARKER, a child of about two years of age, who, being left alone, drank water from the spout of a tea kettle on the fire, nearly boiling hot, and died in consequence, a short time after, in excruciating agony.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

May 8.  An inquest was held on Tuesday, at Longdon, near Stourport on Severn, on the bodies of Mr CLARKE, of the Moat, near that place, and his servant.  It appeared, that in endeavouring to escape from a cart laden with manure, they were precipitated into a pond, and were immediately followed by the horses (that being the usual watering place) and cart, which being overturned on them, caused their instant death.  Mr CLARKE and the man were in a very short time taken out, but every endeavour to restore animation proved ineffectual.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

May 15.  On Monday last,  as eleven men were going down the river Severn in a boat, below Pixham Ferry, a barge ran foul of the boat and sank her, when three of them were unfortunately drowned, viz. WM GRIFFIN, JOHN PARTRIDGE, and RICHARD HOLTON, leaving families to the amount of fifteen children; one having six, another five, and the other four.  The bodies have been picked up, and a Coroner's inquest was held on Wednesday.
  On Tuesday last, an inquest was held by Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on the body of WILLIAM WORKMAN, who was suffocated whilst endeavouring to clean a large stale beer cask, at the Old Red Lion, Chalford, into which he descended, without making use of the necessary precautions to evacuate the noxious vapour.
May 29.  An inquest was lately held at Chalford Lynch, before Wm Trigg, Gent. on the body of THOS RANDALL, aged 80, who was killed by the falling of an oak tree, which he and his son were cutting down.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Jun 12.  A Corner's inquest was held on Monday last, at Tewkesbury, on the body of EDWARD BRYAN, a waterman; in the employ of Messrs HUTTON and HODGKINS, who died in consequence of a blow he received in a quarrel with a man of the name of PEACOCK, on the Wednesday preceding.  Verdict, Manslaughter.

Jun 19.  The following inquests have lately been held before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: At Aldsworth, on the body of WILLIAM NASH, who was crushed to death by a cart wheel passing over his body, occasioned by his endeavouring to stop the horses in their fright.  On view of the body of DAVID PEARCE, aged about eight years, who was killed by getting entangled in a scribbling machine, at the manufactory of S CLISSOLD, Esq., at Ebley; he was wound round the shaft of the machine with such velocity, that his head, legs, and right arm, were literally torn from his body.  Verdict, in both cases - Accidental Death.

Jun 26.  On Tuesday last, an accident of a most lamentable nature happened in this city.  As the waggon team of ROBERT MORRIS, Esq. MP, of Barnwood Court, was coming into town, the unloading of a cart of bricks on the London road suddenly put the horses to fright, through which WM MITCHELL, a servant boy, who was riding the leader, was thrown off, when JOHN DUDFIELD, an old and trusty servant, but who was very improperly riding in the waggon, instantly jumped out to relieve him from danger; but his efforts were ineffectual, and, we lament to say, that they both were passed over by the wheels, and crushed in so shocking a manner, that thought they were immediately taken to the Infirmary, where they experienced every possible attention, they both expired in less than an hour, in the most dreadful agony.  An inquest was held on the bodies on the following day, before D Willey, Esq. when a verdict was given - Accidental Death.
 A melancholy accident happened at a boat race on the Severn, a short distance above the Old Passage, on Friday se'nnight.  One of the boats, from the great press of sail, together with the very necessary proportion of ballast to trim her (being also very old), absolutely parted through, from which circumstance three men, all of Berkeley, were plunged into the most rapid part of the river; two of them were picked up immediately, but the other, JOHN [ may be JOSEPH] JAMES, was unfortunately drowned.  The body has since been found in the sand opposite Brookend; a Coroner's inquest was held on it, and a verdict returned of - Accidental Death.

Jul 3.  The following inquests have been taken before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: On Saturday sen'nnight, at Cow Honeybourne, on view of the body of SARAH HARRIS, a young woman who was found dead in a pond of water, with several marks on her head.  It appeared from the evidence, that the wounds were inflicted by a dung fork; and marks of blood were traced the whole way from her father's house, to the horse pool, wherein the body was discovered.  A young man [LUKE HEATH], who had been in habits of intimacy with the unfortunate woman, and by whom she was six months advanced in a state of pregnancy, was suspected of being the murderer; but no proof of guilt being adduced, the jury returned a verdict, Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.  During the examination of the suspected person, one of the jury requested that he would approach the mangled remains then exposed before them, which he readily complied with, and both viewed and touched the body without the smallest apparent objection or emotion!  On Monday, at Epney, in the parish of Moreton Valence, on the body of THOS BROOKES, carter to Mr HAWKINS, of Park End Farm Lodge, who was drowned whilst bathing in the river Severn.   Verdict, Accidental Death.  Same day, at Horsley, on the body of a new born female child, found suffocated in a privy.  Verdict, Wilful Murder against HANNAH GASKIN.

Jul 24.   The following inquests have recently been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: On Wednesday se'nnight, on view of the body of JAS WYNNE, who was drowned in the Thames and Severn Canal the preceding night.  On Friday, at Bisley, on the body of WM PACKER, an old man, who fell from a load of hay at South Cerney, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.  And, on Saturday, at Customs Scrubs, Bisley, on the body of Miss MARY GOADBY, who cut her throat with a razor.  She was a lady genteely educated; but had for some time been in a state of despondency and mental derangement. Verdict, Lunacy.

Aug 7.  An inquest has been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of HANNAH RUSHDALE, who was killed by the Worcester Mailcoach going over her, near Moreton in Marsh, as mentioned in a former paper [31 July].  Verdict, Homicide by Misadventure.

Aug 21.  On Monday last, GEORGE WINBOW, of the parish of Hawkesbury, in this county, yeoman, was found hanging to the side piece in his chamber.  It appeared in evidence, that he had been some time deranged, the Coroner's jury gave a verdict of Lunacy.

Aug 28.  The following inquests have been taken before Wm Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county: On view of the body of ELIZ. PARKER, a washerwoman, who returned home from her work at Minchinhampton, in apparent good health, and was found a corpse the next morning.  Verdict, Died from some Cause Unknown.   On the body of Mr GILES BLACKWELL, a young man about 20, who had for some time shewn symptoms of mental derangement, and hanged himself; in which state he was found by his disconsolate parent.  Verdict, Lunacy.  On the  body of WILLIAM HORWOOD, a youth about 10 years of age, who, getting entangled iin the machinery, was wound up by the straps of a cylinder, in the clothing manufactory of THOS COOPER, Esq. of Stonehouse, and instantly killed, his head being literally crushed to atoms.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  It is remarkable, that this boy had been discharged but a short time previous to the accident, for carelessly exposing himself to danger, by playing amongst the machinery, but, upon a promise of future attention, in guarding against accidents, he was returned to his former station.  At Rodborough, on the body of ELIZ. HORTON, who  was found dead on the bedstead in a room which she occupied.  Verdict, Sudden Death from an Unknown Cause.  At Horsley, on the body of JOS. WEBB, who was killed by a large stone falling upon him, in a quarry where he was at work.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Sep 4.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of HENRY BAYLIS, a child about four years of age, who was murdered by his mother, HANNAH BAYLIS, of Bishops Cleeve, in a violent fit of insanity.  It appeared in evidence, that this truly unfortunate woman killed the child by beating out his brains with such violence as entirely to remove the upper part of the scull; and afterwards treated the mangled remains in a way too shocking to relate!  She had previously attempted to destroy two others of her children; one by cutting its throat, which only failed from the bluntness of the knife; and the other was happily rescued from her grasp, at the moment when she was going to break his back across a window frame!  It was during the confusion occasioned by this awful scene, and before she could be secured, that she murdered the poor innocent first mentioned.  The Jury, after a minute investigation, returned a verdict - Homicide in consequence of Lunacy.  She will be indicted for the commission of the fact, at the next Assizes, in order that she may be securely confined in future.

Sep 18.  An inquest was last week held before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of THOS. HODGES, of Woodchester, Shearman, who hung himself to a side piece of timber in the garrett of his house.  It appeared on evidence, that he had for some time past been in a state of mental derangement, the jury returned a verdict of - Lunacy.

Sep 25.  An inquest was lately held at Shennington, in this county, before Wm Trigg, Gent. on view of the body of Mr WM ROSE, an eminent farrier, who in going to bed fell backwards downstairs, and instantly expired from the injury he thereby sustained.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  An inquest was on Wednesday held in this city, before D Willkey, Esq. on the body of Mr JAMES STOCK (whose death we announced in our last) in consequence of suspicions that his demise was accelerated by the administering of poison; but from the decided opinion of an eminent surgeon, that he died from a gradual and natural decay of the constitution, and there being no evidence to the contrary, the jury returned a verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.

Oct 9.  A few days since an inquest was taken at Cirencester, before Wm Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of WM HORTON, a child about five years of age, who, whilst amusing himself on a chair, rolled into a skeel in which his mother had just poured a quantity of hot elderberry wine, and was so dreadfully scalded, that he died soon after in excuciating pain.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   On Wednesday last, another inquest was taken before the same Coroner, at Leachlade, on the body of Mr WM TOMBS, a respectable farmer, who was accidentally shot on Monday last.  The deceased had been shooting, in company with his friend, Mr THOMAS BARR, and, whilst in pursuit of a pheasant, the latter, whose gun was on the cock, struck his foot against the stump of a tree, and fell, with the muzzle of the piece resting on his left arm.  At this moment, the gun unfortunately exploded by the shock, and the charge, entering the body of Mr TOMBS, obliquely through the loins on the right side, passed out just below the left collar bone, perforating the heart, &c. and deprived him of life instantly.  He has left a widow in the last month of pregnancy, and four small children.  Mr BARR  has been confined  to bed ever since, in a state bordering on delirium, as they were on the most intimate terms.  The Jury, which was very respectable, after a melancholy investigation, returned a verdict, Homicide by chance medley.

Oct 16.  The following  inquests were taken last week, before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner: On Monday last, at the Black Boy, near Durdham Down, Bristol, on the body of a new born male child, found dead in a field, etc. ....   On Thursday, at the parish of Marshfield, on the body of REBECCA GIGG, aged 80 years, who was burnt to death by her clothes taking fire.  And on Wednesday, at the parish of  Slimbridge, on the body of H[ANNAH] LONG, (daughter of Mr  JOHN LONG, of Cambridge) who was killed in consequence of a fall received from a milk carriage the preceding afternoon.  Verdict iin both cases, Accidental Death.

Oct 23.  Taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Saturday se'nnight, at Pitchcombe, on view of the body of CHARLES TEAKLE, who fell from his chair, and, striking his head very violently against the stone floor, he instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death from that Cause.  Same day, at Frampton, on the body of ANN DAW, a child whose clothes caught fire, from which cause she burnt to death.  And, on Tuesday last, at Long Marston, near Stratford on Avon, on the body of ALICE TUFFLEY,  a child about 4 years old, whose clothes catching fire, she was so shockingly burnt, that she died soon after.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

Oct 30.  On Wednesday night, as a poor man, of the name of WILLIAM WALWYN, was returning home from seeing the illuminations at Ross, he unfortunately fell into a quarry, about a mile from that town, where he was found dead the following morning.

Nov 6.  The following inquests were lately taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner:  On Wednesday, the 25th ult. at Northleach, on view of the body of ANN WIBLIN, who was found dead by her mistress. She went to bed in perfect health, on the preceding evening.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  On Friday, the 27th ult. at Todenham, near Warwick, on the body of WILLIAM HARRIS, while thrashing in a barn, it is supposed he fell in a fit, to which he was subject, with his face on the heap of corn, which filled his nose and mouth, so as to occasion death by suffocation, no one being present to extricate him from the situation he was in.  Verdict, Sudden Death from Suffocation.
  On Monday  evening last, as ANTHONY PAGE, one of the distributors of this paper, was returning home from Cirencester to Bentham, and riding alongside of a waggon, he unfortunately fell from his horse and the wheels of the waggon going over his body, he died in great agony after lingering  only a few hours.  An inquest was held before D Willey, Esq. when the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.
 On Saturday se'nnight, a man drowned in the river, opposite Redcliffe backs, Bristol.
  And on Sunday, a fine boy, of nine years of age, the son of Mr WILCOX, cooper, Guinea street, was drowned in Bathurst Bason.

Nov 13.  On Saturday morning, the youngest son of Mr WILLIAM URCH, of St Augustine's Back, Bristol, whilst taking his usual exercise with his hoop, fell into the River Froome, and was unfortunately drowned.

Nov 20.   A child named DANIEL JACKSON, was, on Thursday se'nnight, burnt to death at Framiload, in the parish of Saul, in this county; he was sent to a day school, and whilst the mistress was out of the school-room, the child got to the fire, and was burnt so dreadfully, that he lingered only till the following day.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body, and the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.

Nov 27.  On Monday morniing, Mr BAKER, a respectable farmer, of Penpark, near Bristol, was found dead in a lane adjoining his own farm; he was a stout man, and supposed to have died in a fit.

Dec 4.  On Friday, an inquest was taken, at the Star Inn, on the Quay, in this city, before DA Saunders, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD IMMS, labourer, who was taken ill, and died suddenly, in the kitchen of the above house, on the preceding day.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.
   On Thursday morning, Mr YOUNG, farmer and grazier, of Denton, Oxfordshire, was found hanging in a barn at some distance from his house; he had shewn signs of derangement for some time.

Dec 18.  On Friday se'nnight, as some workmen were taking down an old house in the neighbourhood of Portland place, Cheltenham, the end wall suddenly fell, and crushed to death one of the men, and broke the leg of another.  Same day, a young girl, of ten years of age, (a daughter of Mr BENFIELD, tailor, of Cheltenham) went into a neighbour's house, and the tea kettle happening to boil over, she attempted to take it off the fire, when her clothes were immediately in a blaze, and she was burnt in so dreadful a manner, that she died on Tuesday.

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