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Inquests NY 1830


Expositor, 31 December 1806

   On the 18th inst. a person whose name appears to be John Manuel, was found dead on the Tonawanda Plains, in Genesee county, about 9 miles west of Batavia.  He was travelling in company with a young man who carries the mail from this town to Niagara, and having lost their way in the cold storm on the 12th, they wandering in search of the road until fatigue and darkness obliged them to remain in the wood all night.  The mail-carrier kept alive by exercise, but the deceased, being thinly clad and very much fatigued, could not withstand the severity of the weather. - A coroner's inquest was held over the body, by which it was agreed that he "froze to death."  It appeared by the papers found with him, that he had last resided at Painted Post, and had been to Detroit. - Western Repos.


Cooperstown Federalist (N. Y.), 7 October 1807

   In the history of melancholy accidents, we seldom find a parallel with the following from a Pennsylvania paper.

   On Saturday morning, the 28th of August, Mr.

Isaac Simpson, of Milford Township, went into his well for the purpose of taking up a bucket which had fallen in the evening previous.  Having been down some time, his wife went to see what detained him; and on looking into the well, discovered only the crown of his head above water.  Terrified and distressed, she went to her father's) Mr. Matthias Richardson,) about a quarter of a mile; who, with his two sons, immediately hastened to her assistance.  The eldest brother being more active, got to the well first and went down; when his father and brother came up, they discovered him in the bottom of the well motionless.  Mr. Richardson was then going down himself, when the youngest son urged that he was most able to render assistance; and having almost reached the bottom of the well, he looked up, gasped, fell back and expired! Mr. Richardson now supposed that there was a damp in the well, and let down a candle, which immediately went out, together with a fowl, which died instantly.  The bodies were immediately drawn up by means of hooks and ropes; but every exertion to recover them proved abortive. This were three persons in the vigor of life and health, snatched into the world of spirits - an affectionate wife and small family bereft of a tender and kind father - the aged parents of two dutiful sons, the support and happiness of their old age; and society of two promising youths, who bade fair to become valuable members of the community.


Geneva Gazette, 6 September 1809

TRAGICAL EVENT. - We have the disagreeable task to record a most cruel murder of an infant of nine months old, in the town of Reading, Steuben county.  Our informant, who saw the child, relates to us the following circumstances:-A young man, son of a Mr. Isaac Baldwin, of Litchfield, (Conn.) being deranged in his mind, in consequence of disappointed love, was sent to Mr. Elisha Ward, of Reading, (a friend of his father,) in hopes that a change of situation would conduce to restore him to his senses.  Unfortunately it had not the desired effect.  He lately insisted on going home to his friends, and made several attempts to escape, but on Mr. Ward stopping him, and not suffering him to go, he got into a passion, and threatened revenge if not permitted.  On Wednesday last he accomplished his threat; he took Mr. Ward's child from the arms of a young woman, went out of the house, took up an ax, and laying the child's head on a stump, which was near the door, deliberately cut if off! What a dreadful agonizing spectacle it must have been for the parents to seen their beloved infant weltering in his blood, with his head severed from his body. Their feelings will be more easily conceived than described.

   The unfortunate young man appeared greatly affected, after he had committed the fatal deed.  He confessed the murder, as we are informed, and said he did it with an intention, whilst the family was in confusion, to make his escape to Connecticut.  Coroner's Inquest, Wilful Murder. - West Fed.


Cooperstown Federalist, 7 October 1809


     On the 25th of June last, the body of an unknown man was found a few rods from the Seneca Turnpike, in the town of Vernon, Oneida County.  A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body - the verdict of the Jury was, that the person was wilfully murdered by some person or persons to them unknown.  Much exertion has been made to detect the assassin, but to no purpose.  The deceased was about five feet ten inches high, and tolerably well proportioned, and was judged to be twenty- five or thirty years of age; of a light complexion, had short hair of a dark brown color; large sandy whiskers left by his mode of shaving, inclining towards the chin; a little be below his left king pin was a scar about one inch in length; there were other scars about his legs and thighs.  His clothing was as follows: .  .  . 

HORRID MURDER. - On the 8th inst. Isaac Davis, Jones Pratt and Paul Chadwick, (the latter a son of the Rev. Job Chadwick, the Baptist Minister of the town of Harlem, Maine) were surveying land in Malta - they were barbarously fired upon by a set of ruffians in disguise, and Mr. Chadwick was mortally wounded - he languished in great pain 'till the tenth, when he expired. In the interval between Chadwick's being wounded and his death, he stated under oath that they were first alarmed, within a few rods distance - one of them discharged a musket and wounded him in the leg; immediately upon which several others were discharged which felled him to the ground. Several of them came up to him (two of whom he knew) and exclaimed "damn you, what business have you here!" - Davis and Pratt, who had made their escape, gave the alarm, and a number of men went to the spot where the horrid deed was perpetrated and found Chadwick weltering in his blood and helpless on the ground.  He was conveyed to the nearest house, where physicians were called, but they could afford little assistance the wound being mortal - he languished until Sunday evening.  .  .  . 

   We have received the names of several persons who were said to be concerned in this diabolical act; but none of the wretches have yet been taken, tho' the officers of justice are in pursuit of them.,  It is to be hoped they will be apprehended and brought to condign punishment.


   Died, last evening, Mr. ISAAC WADE, of this [village], in the 47th years of his age. - His death is supposed to have been occasioned by skinning a cow which had died of some putrid disorder; the poison of which was communicated to his own system, through the medium of a small wound in his right hand.  A few days after he had been thus engaged, he discovered an angry little pimple on the same arm, between the wrist and elbow, which was soon succeeded by a multitude of what are commonly called ganger blisters.  The swelling and inflammation of his arm soon became excessive, and extended to his shoulder and breast, a mortification followed, and terminated in his death 14 days after the first appearance of infection. [Editorial comment.]

   Died, at New Boston, August 16, of the hydrophobia, Mr. William Starrett, in the 20th year of his age. - Some time in the month of June last, Mr. Starrett was bit by a Fox, from which he suspected no harm, as it appeared to be a wound of no consequence. - He continued about his domestic business as usual, until about the 8th or 10th of August following, when he began to complain of sleepless nights, and of other symptoms of the above disorder.  The Monday before he died, his complaint became much more alarming, at which time he called on a neighbouring physician, who, not being acquainted with the disorder,  mistook it for a fever of the malignant kind; in this situation he continued (except with aggravated symptoms of the hydrophobia) until Wednesday the 16th, when a second physician was called, who immediately informed the patient, together with the family, what his disorder was - likewise of the imminent danger he was in, but too late; medical assistance at this  time was equally as impotent as the tears of the weeping friends.  The sight of water was at this time were dreadful to the patient; to see it poured from one vessel to another, threw him into the utmost horror of mind, as well as distress of body; being asked by the physician what effect it had, or how it made him feel - he replied, that one drop appeared sufficient to drown him.  At this stage of the disorder, the severity of the convulsions threatened the immediate dissolution of the body yet his reason continued good to the last.  He exhibited a firm reliance on the mercy of God, through the merits of his Son Jesus Christ, for salvation beyond the grave, and spoke very sensibly to a number of his acquaintance, who were spectators of the awful scene, and having committed his soul into the arms of him who through death hath conquered the power of death, he launched into the invisible world.


Cooperstown Federalist, 7 October 1809

   WHITTINGHAM, August 3, 1809

   A shocking accident happened in this town yesterday: Bazelial W. Murdock, son of Mr. Hez. Murdock, a sprightly young boy about eleven years of age, got on to a young horse in order to carry dinner to some workmen in a field about a mile distance.  It seems that the horse by some means was frightened and in crossing a Bridge not more than twelve rods from the place re he had first started the boy fell from the horse & was taken up for dead by his Mother, who was anxious for his safety, but after a short time there was the appearance of life discovered in him; all possible means was used for his restoration but in vain, he continued speechless, and in the greatest distress for about fifty hours and expired - a solemn warning to youth to be cautious how they tamper with young horses.

   On Saturday night, the 16th Sept. a young woman belonging to East Hartford, of the name of Naomi Olmstead, aged 25 years, in a fit of insanity, made her escape from here friends, and threw herself into the Connecticut River, and was drowned.  The body was found the next morning, opposite the ferry place in Hartford.  Con. Mirror.


On the 25th of June last, the body of an unknown man was found a few rods from the Seneca Turnpike, in the town of Vernon, Oneida County.  A Coroner's Inquest was held on the body - the verdict of the Jury was that the person was wilfully murdered by some person or persons unknown. Much exertion has been made to detect the assassin, but to no purpose.  The deceased was about five feet ten inches high, and tolerably well proportioned, and was judged to be twenty five or thirty years of age; of a light complexion, had short hair of a brown color; large sandy whiskers, left by his mode of shaving, inclining towards his chin; a little below his left knee pan was a scar about one inch in length; there were other scars about his legs and thighs.  His clothing was as follows: - a dark brown mixed colored sailor coat of home-manufacture, and pantaloons of the same; the coat appears to have been turned; on one side there were metal buttons, but no button-holes on either side - a black vest of home-spun fulled cloth, with metal buttons, and button holes on each side - a linen shirt, warp filled of cotton, with linen wrist-bands.  There were no pockets in either of the garments above mentioned.  The deceased had with him a pack made of a shirt like the one above described. Also, three women's stockings, two of them of tow, the other of cotton; a pocket handkerchief checked with red: A small black wool hat: One pair of leather suspenders; one pen-knife with two blades; a shaving box without any cover and part of a razor strop.


Geneva Gazette, 28 August 1811

  On the 12th Aug. an Indian of the Seneca tribe, was found murdered in the village of New Amsterdam, Niagara county.  The Coroner's Inquest sat upon the body, and after making enquiry, found a charge of wilful murder against a man by the name of M'Donald, who has made his escape. - Reward of Fifty Dollars is offered for him.


Otsego Herald, 29 August 1812


   At Cape Vincent, on the 6th of August last, Mr. ALPHEUS CUTLER, aged about 30 years.  He was formerly a resident of Guildford in the state of Vermont, but of late an inhabitant if the town of Adams, in the county of Jefferson and state of New York, from which place he was drafted as a soldier in captain Samuel M'Nith's company, in the regiment commanded by Lt. Col. William Stone.  His death was occasioned by the following accident: About 6 o'clock P.M. Lt. Charles Hollister had called out his company for improvement in performing the manual exercise, the gun of one Jacob Weaver accidentally went off; Cutler was sitting about two rods before the company upon a stump; the ball entered at his nose and passed out at the back side of his head; he fell and expired instantly.  On the 7th his body was decently interred in the usual forms of war.  .  .  . 


Otsego Herald, 30 June 1814

MELANCHOLY AND FATAL ACCIDENT. On Friday morning, a party of gentlemen went down the bay in a small pleasure sloop, on a fishing party, consisting of Mr. William Janeway, Mr. James Bruce, Mr. Thomas M. Prowett, and Mr. Fash and during the thunder storm on Friday afternoon, as it is supposed, the boat upset and sunk; and we lament to state fears are entertained that all on board perished, as no tidings have reached here relative to the sloop or any of the gentlemen except Mr. Janeway, whose body was brought to the shore on Saturday evening, about half past nine o'clock, having been picked up near the Narrows by some fishermen. Since the above was in type, we understand the boat in which Mr. Janeway embarked on board of was yesterday discovered near Robbin's Reef sunk, and only the top of her mast out of water. - N. Y. Merc. Adv.

SHOCKING CATASTROPHE. Yesterday morning an unfortunate Frenchman, in Cross-street, in this city, of the name of Raboin, (a goldsmith, formerly of St. Domingo) in a state of derangement, got up in the dark, and with a razor cut open the bowels of a woman of color he lived with and wounded her liver; then went down stairs, gashed himself about the throat and body, mutilated himself, and jumped into the sink of the necessary.  The woman made an alarm, and the man was pursued, and taken out as soon as possible, and his wounds, which were found to be slight, were dressed.  The two unhappy objects were then taken to the hospital, where the man died in a few minutes from the effects of suffocation; and the woman still lingers, but with little hopes of surviving.  The coroner's inquest on the body of the man returned a verdict of suicide and insanity. - Col.

DIED. - In this village, on Monday evening last, very suddenly, Mr. Jesse H. STARR, about 26 years of age.  Mr. Starr attended public worship on Sunday last, and appeared in good health, and went to bed on Sunday evening apparently well - on Monday morning, it was discovered by some of his family, on entering the room where he slept, that he was in a state of insensibility, and continued so, till about 8 o'clock, the same evening, when he expired.  It is supposed he was taken with an apoplectic fit during the night. .  .  . 


Otsego Herald, 23 March 1815

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   A man whose name was ............ found dead on Sunday last  ..... in Middlefield.  He was a stranger ... and had been at Graham's on Friday, and Saturday, somewhat intoxicated - complained of being unwell, and soon after went away.  The verdict of the inquest which sat on his body we understand was, that he came to his death by accidentally falling from the window of an out-house, into which he was supposed to have gone, and fallen asleep -  This appeared probable from the circumstance of his being found immediately under the window of the out-house.


Plattsburgh Republican, 25 March 1815

   On Friday of last week the body of a man was found on Cumberland-Head, which appeared to have lain there some days.  A Jury of Inquest was summoned to examine the body on Sunday last.  It appeared that he had belonged to the U.S. service and had deserted from Camp, and from fatigue or intoxication had laid down, and perished.  His canteen lay near him.  It appeared from a memorandum in his pocket book that his name was Enos West, and that he enlisted in the 45th reg. during the war.  He was judged to be about 22 or 23 years of age.


Geneva Gazette, 21 April 1815

   Died in Auburn, the 2d inst. Mr. Joseph N. Rood, in consequence of bruises received on the head by a piece of board from his brother-in-law, John Sawyer. The coroner's inquest returned a verdict of willful murder against said Sawyer, and Elias Sawyer as accessory.


Ontario Repository, 2 May 1815

New York, April 17.

   Shocking Murder. -James Malack, coroner at Woodbury, New-Jersey, under date of the 10th inst. has published the following:-

   On Sunday last a human body was discovered floating upon the water near Fancy Hill, a few miles below Philadelphia, on the Jersey shore.  Upon examination if was found to be a young woman, dressed in a decent manner, who had been most shockingly murdered. An inquest was immediately held upon the body, and the report made up by the Coroner and Jurors was, "Wilful Murder - that she came to her death by receiving a ball from a pistol, or some sharp instrument drove through her heart, together with violent beating and throwing into the river. It was supposed that this unfortunate young Woman had been in the water for several weeks."


Plattsburgh Republican, 27 May 1815


   On Sunday last, as two soldiers of the U.S. Inf. Were sporting with their Bayonets, one of them, Andrew Toy, struck his foot, which precipitated him upon the others' bayonet, and he received a wound in the left breast, of which he died in about 15 minutes.  The following is the verdict of the Jury of Inquest: "That at Plattsburgh on the 21st of May, 1815, as Andrew Toy and one Augustus Winckler, were then and there playing together and pushing at each other in  sport with guns and bayonets which they held in their hands, it then and there happened that the said Augustus Winckler without any malice or intention to injure the said Andrew Toy, did then and there, with the said gun & bayonet give to the said Andrew Toy one mortal wound in the left breast, of the breadth of one half inch and of the depth of two inches, of which said mortal wound Andrew Toy then and there immediately died; and so the Jurors aforesaid say that the  said Andrew Toy, by the means aforesaid, accidentally, casually and by misfortune  came to his death, and not otherwise."


Otsego Herald, 13 July 1815

   The man found drowned in the Coffee-House-slip with a stone fastened to his neck, on Thursday evening, is discovered to be a Mr. Averill, of Bradford, Connecticut, and by evidence which has come to light since the verdict of the coroner's inquest, and the unfortunate circumstances of the man, for some time previous, it is believed he was the cause of his own death. - Columbian.


Geneva Gazette, 19 July 1815

   On Thursday evening, about 7 o'clock, was taken up afloat at the end of the Coffee-House-slip In about 40 feet of water, the body of a man, with a stone, weighing 36 ½  pounds, suspended to his neck by a cord of 2 feet in length.  The Coroner's inquest have given a verdict of wilful murder by some person or persons unknown. - New York, Merc. Advertiser.


Otsego Herald, 12 October 1815

   Coroner's report. - On Tuesday Mr. Sharpe, the coroner at Brooklyn, held an inquest over the body of a Mr. William Wilson, who was found there dead.  The jury returned a verdict of suicide by shooting himself with a gun which he had fastened to a tree with a silk handkerchief. The ball lodged in his breast to the depth of five inches, and produced instant death. - N. Y. Merc. Adv.


Otsego Repository, 17 October 1815

   Patrick Cavenah, an Irishman, and late a soldier in the U.S. army, who was some time since confined on suspicion of being concerned in the murder of Miss Hamilton, at Athens, about two years ago, was tried at the late Circuit in Green county, held by the Hon. Judge Platt.  The most material proof against him, was his own confessions, made at different times, to Maj. Walworth and Capt. Cuyler, of the army, in which he circumstantially described the events that preceded the murder, the particular incidents attending it, and the wounds inflicted on the deceased, very  minutely and correctly, as found by the Coroner's inquest.  When interrogated at the time he made the confessions (which were voluntary and spontaneous,) he would start, and appear confused, and say that the heads of department, and Thomas A. Emmett were to be murdered.  In another instance, that Jefferson, Madison, Gallatin, Gens. Lincoln and Dearborn were with him when Miss Hamilton was killed. Witnesses were introduced to show that the prisoner was at Athens at the time of the murder.  An inn-keeper at Hudson Swore that about 11 o'clock, the same night, the prisoner came to his house, and stayed but a few minutes. - The gentleman from the army, under whose command the prisoner had been, testified, that they had never known him to give indications of derangement, except when speaking on the subject of the murder.  Upon the belief, however, of his insanity, he was acquitted.

   Stephen Allen, in custody for the same cause, was discharged without a trial.


Ontario Repository, 21 November 1815

   An Indian, under the protection of the British Government, was lately killed by one of our soldiers, at the same place [Detroit], for imprudently levelling his rifle at a party of our soldiers.  A British coroner's inquest found a verdict of murder, and a reward of $500 was offered by the British Government for the apprehension of the soldier who killed the Indian.  .  .  . 


   At Phelps, on his return from Zainesville, Ohio, Mr. Daniel Maynard, of Hawley, Mass. Moses Maynard, a son of the deceased, was accidentally killed at Zainesville, last summer, which occasioned his journey.

   At Cambridge, N. Y. Mr. Solomon [Crankly], of a wound in the hand, by the cut of a scythe, which occasioned mortification.


Geneva Gazette, 22 November 1815

Melancholy Accident. - Dr. Elias Satterlee was killed on the 11th inst. at Newtown by the accidental discharge of a gun while under repairs at a gunsmith shop.

   Hydrophobia. - Mr. Peleg C. Peck, aged 19 years, the youth who some weeks since so bravely combatted a wolf, died at Windham on the 25th ult. in all the agonies of a confirmed hydrophobia, occasioned by the bite of the wolf.  He died in 48 hours after the first symptoms of canine madness. - Catskill Recorder, Nov. 12.

Further effects of the wolf recounter. - Mr. Richard Peck, father of the young man whose death we mentioned in our last, has had several fits of the Hydrophobia, and it is feared will not recover. - Ibid, Nov. 8.


   On the evening of the 8th inst. between 9 and 10 o'clock a man by the name of Asa Smith, was found dead in the highway, in the town of Berlin, in this county.  The verdict of the coroner's inquest was accidental death.  It appears that the deceased had left home in the morning, with his waggon for the purpose of having it repaired at a blacksmith's shop about two miles distant; where he remained the whole day, drank freely, and in the evening set out on his return home. - After proceeding about half as mile, while descending a hill, the foreboard of the waggon fell out, and he was thrown among the harness; one of the trace-ropes caught him by the left leg and he was thus dragged about a mile further.  By what means he got loose is unknown. He was found about two hours after mangled in the most shocking manner; his right thigh broken in many pieces; his right knee cut half off and torn in pieces; his breast broken in, and one ear wholly gone; inside his whole body mangled as badly as the imagination can well conceive. 

   He has left a disconsolate widow and four children, with a number of other children by two former wives, to mourn his unhappy fate.  This is the second time that this poor unfortunate woman has been made a widow in a like unusual and distressing manner.  Her former husband, about twelve years since, happened into a store in Berlin, when a number of men had just come in from the chase of a wolf.  He drank freely with them, fell asleep, and awoke no more.


Otsego Herald, 23 November 1815

Fredericktown, Nov.8.

   Murder! - Mr. Edward Owings, of this county, who has been missing for a day or toe, was found on Sunday morning last, bruised and cut in a most shocking manner.  His own negroes being suspected as the murderers, were interrogated and confessed their guilt.  Six of them were lodged in gaol on Sunday, for trial.  A jury of inquest was held over the body on Monday, who gave a verdict of wilful murder.  Mr. Owings was a young man.


Otsego Herald, 7 December 1815

Casualties at a Camp Meeting.

   Two young ladies, Rachel Dubois and Mary Hopkins, of Ulster county, attending as camp meeting lately held near Newburgh, in attempting to pass in a boat from the shore opposite the camp to a sloop that lay in the river, the boat proved leaky and was upset, when both were drowned.  Two young men were in the boat when it upset by saved themselves by swimming to the shore.

   A man was killed at the same camp meeting, by a stone which struck him on the head as he was sitting underneath the bank - supposed accidental.  And a gentleman had his horse stolen.


Otsego Herald, 4 January 1816

   Murder. - On the morning of the 16th inst. an inquest was held in the town of Brookfield, on the body of Mrs. Davis, who was found murdered in the most shocking manner.  The verdict of the jury was wilful murder by her husband Daniel Davis, who has been committed to prison. - Urtica Gazette.


Otsego Herald, 21 March 1816

New York, March 8.

Melancholy occurrence. - On the morning of the first instant, General Spur, of Charleston, was discovered to have hung himself in his wood house.  The coroner's inquest brought in a verdict of "Insanity occasioned by excess of pain from the gravel, which disorder he had long been afflicted.  General Spur was about 50 years old.  .  .  . 


Otsego Herald, 11 April 1816

DIED. -At Salem, on Thursday last, Mr. Benjamin Fitch, in the 49th year of his age.  His death was occasioned by a blow, which fractured his scull, given by Mr. John Getty, of Hebron, about the 1st of March ult. The coroner called a jury of inquest, who pronounced Mr. Getty guilty of murder; he was immediately arrested, and after the examination of witnesses, was committed to gaol for trial at the approaching June circuit.


  At New-Haven, Mr. John Kenyon, of Hopkinton, R. I. His death was occasioned by drinking a pint and a half of old spirits at a drain, which he survived about 30 hours.


Otsego Herald, 18 April 1816

Coroner's Reports.

   This morning the coroner's inquest viewed the body of Elisha Pride, a young man of about 27 years, (belonging near Cooperstown) on board the packet Oneida Chief, at Lent's Basin, and found a verdict of suicide by cutting his throat last evening.

   The body of a man, aged 45, in sailor's dress, was found this morning at Fly Market Slip, supposed to have been drowned some time.  [A sailor fell from the yard of the ship Elizabeth at Pine Street-wharf, about three weeks ago, and sunk without rising again.]

   Yesterday a lady, of foreign birth, wife to a respectable and wealthy dry goods merchants in a state of partial derangement, after several previous attempts on her life, closed her mortal existence by a dose of laudanum - the third by that poison this week. - Columbian.


Otsego Herald, 25 July 1816

Wilksbarrie, (Pa.) July 5.

   We last week mentioned, that a horse thief had just been shot on the mountain.  The following appear to have been the particulars: Two persons were found to be concerned.  One was taken, and two horses which had been stolen.  The other, of the name of Muller, had succeeded in keeping out of the way of the officers of justice. A reward was offered, which induced several person s to attempt securing him. -  A person on horseback found the thief travelling on foot with a gun; and as he personally knew the fellow, he offered him his hand. It was received, and at the same moment the thief was declared his prisoner; who, suddenly starting pulled the man from his horse, and stepping back presented his gun, as if he meant to shoot him.  The man immediately knocked the gun from the hands of the thief who instantly fled.  The man took up the gun and called to the thief to stop, who continued, however, to run; and at the distance of sixty paces, received the ball in his head.  He died a few hours afterwards, and his remains have been buried at Bear Creek. The report of the inquest was justifiable homicide.

   Melancholy Occurrences.

   A few days since Mr. H. G. of Patterson, having fallen into a state of Melancholy   mania, from a recent misfortune in business, terminated his earthly career by hanging himself, leaving a numerous circle of respectable friends to lament his untimely end.

  Yesterday Mr. Jacob Freeland, of Bloomfield, was knocked overboard by the boom of a sloop on his passage to Newark and though he floated until he was taken up, 15 minutes after, was found to be entirely lifeless. - Col.


Geneva Gazette, 31 July 1816

  An elderly man named Daniel Vandenburgh was thrown from the deck of a sloop in the North river, at Albany, by a negro, and drowned.  The coroner's inquest brought in a verdict of wilful murder.  The negro is in confinement,


Geneva Gazette, 9 October 1816

Two cases of Murder. - On Wednesday evening last the body of a new born infant, wrapped in an old blanket, was found in the canal, in canal-street; and yesterday morning the body of another new born infant, wrapped in a black silk handkerchief, was found in the battery. - In both cases the coroner's jury returned verdicts of wilful murder by persons unknown. - Nat. Adv.


Ontario Repository, 29 October 1816

   The week before last, the Coroner was called to view the body of a man by the name of Mark Harvey, who was found suspended by silk handkerchief, near Wadsworth's mill, the south part of Avon - verdict of the jury, suicide. Harvey had removed from Lower Canada, near the Vermont line, and came to this county to purchase a farm; with this in view he left Avon, where he had been about four weeks, to go to Perry - but, from despair or melancholy, said to have been produced in his mind by the gloomy appearance which the early frosts had spread over the face of the country, he committed the act of self-murder. His body is supposed to have hung 10 or12 days before it was discovered.


Otsego Herald, 14 November 1816

   And in Louisville, Mr. Joseph Frederic.  He was deliberately shot through the heart by Armistead Churchill, jun. in consequence of a quarrel the preceding day. The deceased has left a wife and six children. The murderer escaped and a reward pf 1000 dollars is offered for his apprehension.

  Horrid Catastrophe.

   Christopher Smith and B. Lake, two adjoining farmers on Staten Island, about five miles from Van Duzen's Ferry, have for years, been neighbours.  On Sunday morning last, Smith discovered Lake stealing his black walnuts, and immediately went out with his gun - it is said a scuffle ensued, and Lake was shot dead upon the spot.  Soon after Smith told one of his neighbours what he had done, and in the course of the day he was taken, and pout in jail ast Richmond. - N. York Gaz.


Otsego Herald, 24 November 1816


   Died in this village on the 16thinst. Josiah Hiill.  He had received a fall on the Monday preceding, while at work in the new house belonging to H. Plumley, which fractured his skull.  He was alone when the accident occurred, and appeared to be in a shattered state of mind from the time he was first discovered till his death.  A coroner's inquest was summoned, who returned a verdict of "accidental death by falling down stairs."


Otsego Herald, 28 November 1816


  On Tuesday evening last, James Brownell, living near the Susquehanna Factory, in Hartwick, put a period to his life by hanging himself.  From the report of the coroner's inquest it appears, that he had for several weeks previous to his death been in a state of derangement.  He was about 50 years of age and has left a large family.


Otsego Herald, 12 December 1816

On the night of the 20th November last, a man by the name of Gerardus Camp, accidentally fell in the Hudson river, at Albany, and was unfortunately drowned. - The body was found on the 22d. It appeared on the inquest from information received from the captain of the sloop which brought him from Coxsackie, that he was going to his friends at Sackett's Harbor.  More particular information may be obtained by application .  .  . 


Geneva Gazette, 5 March 1817

Fatal effects of intemperance. - On Friday night last,

Peter Skellen, a native of Ireland, was found dead in

the road a little above the village of Belleville.  A

Coroner's jury was called whose decision was, that

the deceased being in an intoxicated state, perished

by the severity of the cold. He has left a dependent

 wife and four small children. - Newark Cent.



Otsego Herald, 29 May 1817

CORONER'S REPORT  . - The coroner was yesterday called to view the body of Elias M. Webster, aged 26 years, native of N. Jersey, who was accidentally killed by the mill at Harlem Creek.  This unfortunate had lately left Plainfield, N. Jersey, to take charge of the above mill, and yesterday morning while working in the upper loft of the mill house, by some means, his coast sleeve got entangled in that part of the machinery used for hoisting up the grain, which drew him up and jammed his head between the windlass and the breams above, and occasioned instant death. - He has left a wife and two children, strangers in this place, to lament his sudden death. - N. Y. Columbian.

   Newtown, N. J. May 12.

   Last Monday two men were strangled to death at Hope in this county.  The circumstances were as follows: One of them, named Jackson, went into a large cistern,  in order to clear it out, that had been filled with cider last fall, but which had, during the winter, been drawn out and distilled.  Jackson, finding his strength failing, called for assistance.  Mr. John Huling sprang into the cistern to help him, who soon feeling himself very unwell, endeavoured to get out, and walked up a ladder placed in the cistern for that purpose; but by the time he got his head above the cistern his strength was exhausted, and he fell to the bottom with Mr. Jackson, both of whom were suffocated in a few minutes.  The cistern was empty, excepting the dregs of the cider.

   Melancholy Accident.

   On Friday the 25th ult. Miss Susan Boyce, near Canonsburgh, was killed by the fall of a tree.  She was on horseback, in company with her younger sister, who was walking; she heard the tree breaking, and told her sister to run back, which she did - at that instant her horse scaring, threw her off -= the tree fell on her, and crushed her in a most shocking manner, cutting her head, and breaking her back, arms and legs, in several places.  She survived only a few minutes. - Western Reg.

Baltimore, May 129.

Melancholy Occurrence.

   Yesterday, (Sunday) as a boat, containing five or six young men and two females was on its return from the Fort to Fell's Point, it was overtaken by a sudden gust of wind, capsized, and all, excepting one, were launched into eternity.  We are informed that the names of two of those who perished, were Troth and Beman. - we are not acquainted with further particulars concerning this lamentable accident.


Otsego Herald, 10 July 1817


   On Friday last, Henry Simson, who has resided in this village a few months, was accidentally killed by the discharge of a musket, in the hands of Mr. Wm. Wynkop. We are informed that the circumstances which led to this unfortunate event, are briefly, as follows: Frequent depredations having been committed on the calves, sheep, &c., of the neighbouring farmers -  and a quantity of smoked pork having been stolen from the smoke house of Mr. Wynkoop, efforts were made to discover the offenders.  The place where the pork was concealed having been discovered, Mr. Wynkoop, with a number of his neighbours, armed with muskets, determined to watch, and seize those who should attempt to remove it.  On the night of the 27th, the deceased came to the place, and while in the act of taking the pork, was seized by Mr. Wynkoop; after a short struggle he broke from him, and was on the point of escaping from those in pursuit, when Mr. W. hastily discharged his gun; the contents entered Simson's back and came out at the breast; he fell, and instantly expired.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body on Saturday, and a verdict returned, "that the deceased came to his death by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of Mr. Wynkoop without any intention on the part of Mr. Wynkoop to kill."  Catskill Recorder.



Ontario Repository, 12 August 1817.

Kingston, (U. Canada) July 17.

   A fatal duel was fought at York about a week ago, between Samuel P. Jarvis, Esq., Deputy Secretary, and Mr. John Ridout; the latter received a mortal wound in the breast, which terminated his existence in about an hour.  The jury which held an inquest on the body brought in a verdict of Wilful Murder - Jarvis is in jail.  Small, Jarvis' second, has gone to the States,


Ontario Repository, 12 August 1817

Batavia, July 26.

   A son of Mr. Wheeler, about 11 years of age, was drowned in the Tonowanda creek about 2 miles south from this village on Saturday, the 10th inst. and was not discovered until the succeeding morning.


Ontario Repository, 9 September 1817

[Albany, Sept. 5]

MURDER. - We learn that a young woman was murdered on Wednesday night near Schenectady; and that a man, supposed to be the perpetrator of the horrid deed, was apprehended near this city yesterday, and committed to prison.  We are unable to give the names of either.


Geneva Gazette, 10 June 1818

   The coroner at Olean reports, that on the 16th of May, two Indians in descending the Allegany, discovered, about ten miles below Olean-Point, a human carcase near the margin of the river.  They immediately returned, and stated the circumstance in Olean,  ten of the inhabitants of which went  down and examined the body; which proved, from papers found, to be that of Moses Green, formerly a practitioner of law, in Ovid, Seneca county, but who had lately resided in the state of Indiana.  It is further stated from Olean, that Green left that place about the 1st of March, in a skiff, with a trunk, supposed to contain money to a considerable amount.  He was supposed to have belonged to a gang of counterfeiters - Pomeroy, Proctor, and others, and was compelled to escape.  Green's wife, her mother and sister, and four small children, passed down the river in April last, in pursuit of him. No fact or conjecture is stated, as to the cause or manner of his death. - Ithaca Journal.


Geneva Gazette, 28 August 1818

Beware of Quacks. - In Schenectady, a boy 8 years old, afflicted  for some years with a contraction of the legs and stiffness of the knee joints, being pronounced incurable by the faculty, a Quack doctor undertook his cure, which he said was practicable.  He commenced by using great force to straighten the legs, and after the fourth operation the child died.  A coroner's inquest decided that the boy's death was occasioned by the unwarrantable treatment of William Wood, an unlicensed practitioner of physic.


Ontario Repository, 3 Novemner 1919

MURDER. - A short time since the skeleton of a man was found buried in the sand near the road at Belliel, about 10 miles from this village. On Thursday last the Coroner called a Jury, who brought in a verdict of Murder. - The skull was much fractured.  The bones of the right arm were much smaller, and nearly two inches shorter, than the left.  From the evidence given in at the inquest, it is suppose that the horrid crime was committed about 8 or 9 years ago.  The authority have sent persons in pursuit of the suspected person, - Geneva Palladium.


Otsego Herald, 21 December 1818

  On Saturday last, a coroner's inquest was held on the body of a black woman, found dead near the slaughter-house, a few rods south of the lower ferry, in this city.  Verdict wilful murder.  The person charged in the inquisition as having perpetrated this horrid crime, we understand, has not been apprehended.  Gaz.


Otsego Herald, 8 February 1819

MURDER. - The Coroner was called on Tuesday morning to hold an inquest over the body of Mary Curry, at No. 219 William street.  The jury returned "a verdict of Murder, she having come to her end by reason of violent blows inflicted on her head by her husband, Hugh Curry."  We understand that the husband charged with the murder, and a woman living in his house, charged as an accomplice, were both committed to prison in the course of the day.  This, we are told, is the third murder which has been committed in this city under the most atrocious circumstances, within the last three weeks. - Com. Adv.


Plattsburgh Republican, 17 April 1819


   A Coroner's Inquest was holden in the town of Fort Covington, on the 7th April, on the body of Jonathan Shaft, and the verdict of the Jury was that he died by the visitation of God, by the falling of a tree, without any wilful default of himself or any other person.  The circumstances were as follows: - on the morning of the 6th inst. as Abisha Beaty  was falling a Hemlock for the bed of a large Pine tree, Jonathan Shaft was standing on a log, about 12 feet from where the top fell and was directing Beaty where to fall it.  It fell according to Shaft's direction, the top of the hemlock struck a Maple sapling and bent it over quartering -  the top of the Maple broke off and the end of the pole fell on the head of Shaft and killed him instantly.  Two men were cutting the Pine at the same time. Shaft has parents living in Luzerne, in the county of Warren, in this state.  He was about 26 years of age, and has no relations in Franklin county.  SAMUEL PECK, Coroner.


Ontario Repository, 20 April 1819

SUICIDE.  On the 26th ult. James Blake of Perry, put an end to his existence.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body, and the verdict we understand was in substance "that the deceased came to his death by taking a large quantity of opium."


Otsego Herald, 26 April 1819


Extract of a letter to the editor of the Reporter, dated "Edgeville, Feb. 26."

   A most horrid, inhuman, and audacious murder was committed in this neigbourhood on Saturday last on the body of Smith Moore, and attempts were made to murder Stanfield Moore, his brother, Jane Moore, his sister, and one Talbot.

   The circumstances seem to be, that the father of the Moores and Talbot, strangers from Pennsylvania, lately hired a farm of the widow Long, about six miles from this, and had moved to it with their families; in the afternoon on Saturday, James M'Auley, Joshua Perkins, and Jonah -----, living at or near the mouth of Cumberland river, professing to belong to a regulating party, came with arms to the house where those people lived.  Talbot being at the door invited them into the house; as he walked in two rifles were levelled at him, one missed fire, the other took effect, the ball went through his shoulder and back, lodging in the other shoulder; he fell, exclaiming, he was a dead man.  At the same time the other of the murderers went to the opposite door to prevent the escape of those within, being a number of men, women and children. -  The murderers next attacked Smith and Stanfield Moore with knives, dirks, &c. the latter received many wounds, but effected his escape to the woods with life, while Smith Moore bore the brunt of the murderer's rage, besides receiving many other wounds Perkins gave him a mortal stab in the body above the second lower rib, which reached into the liver; after which he made many efforts to escape, but the unrelenting savages pursued and beat him with their guns until the breath left his body.  While he was crying for help and mercy, a girl of 17, running towards him with a stick in her hand, fell in  with M'Auley and struck him to the ground; M'Auley recovering struck her to the ground, wounded her badly, and left her for dead. During the transaction the father and mother of Moore, and the women present, by prayers, tears, argument and exertion, endeavoured to check the inhuman murderers, for which they received nothing but insult and threats that they would also lose their lives.

   The murderers fixed a rope about the neck of the dying Moore and were dragging him along as if to secrete the body, when Perkins became alarmed and cried out, "it is time for us to be off, the neighbours will be up in  arms against us;" on this they retired.  Such is a sketch of the history of this horrid transaction, taken from the witnesses who appeared before the jury of inquest on the body of Moore.

   Perkins is a militia major, and M'Auley who is a man of family and property, is a Justice of the peace in Livingston county; some attempts have been mad to apprehend them, but they are yet running at large near their homes.

   This barbarous murder has been committed under pretext of punishing offenders against the laws, and shocking as it is to state, there are in this civilixxed  christian country, those who justify this conduct. .  . 


 Plattsburgh Republican, 5 June 1818

   The body of John Burnham, who was drowned in the Saranac on the 17th ultimo, was found in the mill-pond in this village yesterday. A coroner's inquest was held previous to interring the body.

   The body of Sandelin was found some days since.


Otsego Herald, 7 June 1819

Sacket's-Harbor, May 25.


   On Thursday last, the unlawful discharge of a musket in this village, called together a number of citizens - and sad to relate - upon enquiry, it appeared, that a Mr. Walter Hanson, had, by the means of his foot, discharged the contents of a musket through his head, and was then expiring.  After his deceased, a jury of inquest was called, who found a verdict of self-murder, while insane.  The circumstances of this affair are truly melancholy: On Wednesday, he made an observation to the family in which he boarded, (in whose house the deed was perpetrated) that there must be something done - he could not live so, that he had been accused of things of which he was innocent, & stated further, that he had seen those occasions in the public paper, which on examination, could not be found.  In the evening he appeared more composed, and the next morning was spent in writing, and in adjusting his attire, apparently to render his person decent.  On examination a written "confession" was found with him, in which he enumerates the several charges brought against him, to all of which he pleads not guilty, save in one, which was a false oath, taken at Brownville; for which, he says, I died, and concludes by disposing of his property to his connexions, bidding them farewell and commending his soul to its Creator.  Mr. Hanson was a much respected mechanic, always appearing with the utmost decorum.  His body was taken to his friends in Lowville (Lewis county) and there interred.

   A few days since, the putrid bodies of eight men in seamen's clothes, were discovered on the shore of the Chesapeake near West river.  They had apparently been dead some time, and it is feared, were destroyed by violence.  They were immediately buried by the inhabitants of the neighbourhood, but afterwards a coroner's inquest was held upon one of them, which had been dug up for the purpose; the particulars of which we hope to receive in a few days from one of the gentlemen who were summoned on the occasion.


Otsego Herald, 5 June 1819

From the New Haven Herald, June 22.


   Last Saturday afternoon, a party, consisting of six persons, viz. Messrs., Samuel Whiting, ----- Fish, Adam Love, William Love, Simeon Jones, and ------ Weaver, went from Long Wharf, in a small boat, on a clamming excursion.  The afternoon was boisterous.  At a distance of about three miles from the wharf, and nearly midway between the beach and the light-house, a sudden flaw struck the boast, which carried her gunwhale under: - being ballasted with stones, she immediately filled and sunk.  Whiting, Fisk, and A. Love, were drowned -the remaining three saved themselves, by swimming.  Fisk, who was no swimmer, probably drowned soon after the boat went down.  Whiting seized an oar, and supported himself with it for a while, but was soon exhausted, and sunk.  Adam Love held on for a time to the skirts of Jones' coat; but Jones, finding it impossible to save both himself and his companion, drew a knife from his pants, cut off the skirts of his coat, and escaped.  He swam nearly two miles towards the western shore, where he was taken up by a canoe, completely exhausted; he is now seriously ill.  The other two with difficulty reached the eastern shore, which was less distant than the western.


Otsego Herald, 12 July 1819

New York, June 29.


   The house on the corner of Cedar and Nassau streets, having lately been pulled down, the workmen found the skeleton of a human being under the cellar floor.  A coroner's inquest was held on the 25th inst. who stated, "that the said bones or skeleton, re the bones of a white male person from 18 to 20 years of age - that the bones were found between two sleepers of the cellar floor of the house lately standing at the Corner of Cedar and Nassau, and found 4 to 6 inches underneath the floor.  The Jury further find and say that the body was improperly concealed beneath the said floor - but how he came by his death, or at what period is unknown to the jury."


Otswego Herald, 2 August 1819

   The body of a man was found in a swamp near the village of Cahandalgua, a few days since.  It appeared to have lain there two years.  The jury of inquest gave their verdict that he had been murdered.


   Dr. Patrick Smith, of Hanover, was killed at York, Pa. on the 14th ult. whilst racing horses on the commons at that place.  The horse fell, and Dr. Smith was thrown under, and the whole wright of the horse coming upon him, caused his death in a few hours after.

   Richard Carnerry was drowned on the 20th ult. at New York.


   FIRE. -A fire broke out in Harrisburgh, on the morning of Wednesday last, which destroyed a dwelling house and several stables. .  .  .   Mr. Wilmot [grocery], in the act of shoving a bulky article of furniture from the 2d story, became entangled, and was precipitated with it on to the pavement.  His skull was fractured, and he survived the fall but a few hours.

   About a fortnight since a Mr. Hart, of Louisa, was engaged in a quarrel with Mr. Orrill Brooks, who superintended the Union Hotel in this city.  The affair came to blows, and Mr. B. beat him with a stick.  Mr. H. was carried home, confined to his bed, and on Wednesday last died. Yesterday morning his corpse was brought to this city for interment.  Mr., B., a man of great sensibility, in a state of panic, under a supposition that he would be prosecuted for the act, rushed up stairs, and hung himself by a rope to the bedstead.  He was not discovered until he was perfectly dead. .  .  .   Richmond Inquirer.


Otsego Herald, 30 August 1819

Springfield, Aug. 19.

   On Thursday last, Mr. Joel Allen of the eastern part of this town was engaged with many others to arrest the progress of a fire that threatened to do much damage to a lot of wood adjoining the field he was clearing.  Overcome by fatigue, and the exceeding heat of the day, he directed his son to go to the house & get some spirit and water, and return as soon as possible - he cautioned him against drinking any water, before he had taken a little spirit.

   The son started for the house, and Mr. Allen was seen to walk some distance that way, but when the boy returned, the unfortunate man was not to be found. - Search was immediately made by a number, and continued until dusk, without discovering any trace of him.  Early the next morning, search was renewed, and several hundred people were very diligent in exploring the woods and fields around, but with no better success than on the preceding day. On Saturday, about twelve o'clock, the body was found about 50 yards from where he had been last at work, and in a contrary direction from which they supposed he had taken.

   A coroner's inquest was called, and we understand the jury reported, that the deceased came to his death by extreme heat and excessive fatigue.  He has left a widow and a family of young children to lament his untimely end.  Mr. Allen was a very industrious and respectable farmer, and much respected in the neighbourhood to which he belonged.


Freeman's Journal, 11 October 1819

From the Baltimore American, Sept. 25

   We should feel a strong repugnance to publish the following disgraceful circumstance, had it not come from a person whose veracity we cannot doubt.  A stranger travelling to the westward on foot, was taken ill on the Frederick road, near the Monocracy.  He applied at several places, but was denied assistance - he lay under a tree for some days, and on Friday last expired probably from having been denied the rights of hospitality.  His corpse remained from Friday till Tuesday last without interment - was not even closed in a coffin - and on that day a person in the neighbourhood nailed some rough planks together, and a few black persons offered to dig a grave for it, when the owner of the land refused it burial on his ground! - The corpse was above ground when our informant left the place.


Freeman's Journal, 11 October 1819

From a Halifax Paper, of Sept. 2.

   A most horrible act of patricide has been committed at Picton, by one Donald Campbell, who set fire to the house and cottage in which his aged father and step-mother had retired to rest.

   It appears this wretch left his own dwelling on the 23d instant, with a determination to set fire to that of his father; he wandered about during the day, considering how he might most effectually accomplish his diabolical purpose.  In the evening he went to the house, and listed to the conversation of its aged in mates, until they retired to rest.  He then secured the door to the outside, by passing a stick across and putting twisted withs through the latch and round the stick.  His object was to prevent the escape of these unhappy people, when they should discover that the house was on fire, the cottage being destitute of windows.  He then placed a fire on the roof, and retired a short distance, that he might witness the immolation of his intended victims.

   Contrary to his expectations, however, the aged people forced the door, and he beheld them endeavouring to save their littler all. Nature now became too powerful; those feelings which accompanied him into existence, prompted him to fly to their assistance, but the old man charged him with the crime he had committed, and drove him away.  He again retired, beheld his father enter his dwelling - never to return.  He was now satisfied that if the woman survived he would be punished, and knocked her down with a stick; and at her request, as he says, conducted her to the door of the house, where she also perished.

   The perpetrator of this unnatural and unhuman crime, was shortly after apprehended, and confessed everything; a desire of obtaining his father's property urged him to commit this unnatural deed, and nothing now remains to terminate this shocking catastrophe, but his ignominious and shameful death.


Freeman's Journal, 11 October 1819

Extract of a letter from Sacker's Harbor, of Sept. 2.

   In my last I mentioned that a melancholy accident had occurred a few days ago in the neighbourhood of Earnestown, Upper Canada, by which eight young ladies and two gentlemen lost their lives.  While at Kingston, I heard the following particulars:

   The boat was about 250 yards from the shore; it was an old leaky vessel, and it took in so much water that one of the passengers [large crease across column] moment of alarm, the gentlemen jumped over and swam for the shore, except two. The names of those who perished, are John Germain and his sister Jane; Mary and Jane Detler; Matilda Robbin; Elizabeth M'Kay; Elizabeth Clark; Mary Cole; Huldah Madden, and Peter Bogart.   What added to the distressing scene, was the presence on the shore of the parents of the deceased, who were obliged to be spectators of this event, without being enabled to render them any assistance.  One circumstance occurred, which I will relate; Mr. Germain, when within a few yards of the shore, heard his sister exclaim, "save! Oh, save me, my brother!" he immediately observed, to one swimming near him, "I will save my sister, or perish with her."  He made the attempt, and got near her, and she grasped hold of his cravat; another young lady also caught hold of the collar of his coat.  In this situation he attempted to swim, but it is supposed the sister held so tight on the cravat, that it prevented him from breathing.  In a few moments they were seen to sink to rise no more until the vital spark had fled.  We may justly say, in the midst of life we are in death. - Spectator.


Pittsburgh Republican, 4 December 1819

   An inquest was held on the body of a man found dead in the woods in Rossie, St. Lawrence county, on the 4th Nov. - Verdict, that he died in a fit of insanity.  He was recognized to be the man who had called at a tavern about the 25th of Oct. and called his name Nehemiah Taylor - said he was from the town of Halifax, Windham co. Vt.


   By a young gentleman, direct from Highgate in this State, we are informed that a most wanton and cruel murder was committee in that place, on Sunday night, 15th ult.  A young gentleman, by the name of Jackson, clerk in a store, had assisted others in turning out of the house, a negro man, named Peter Virginia, one year since liberated from the State Prison.  Jackson mounted his horse, & rode to the toll gate, when Virginia over took him, & they passed in company about sunset.  Eight o'clock in the evening, Jackson's horse was found loose at the gate; one of the stirrup leathers to girth in the saddle broken.  The citizens were alarmed for Jackson's safety, and immediately turned out to make a search for him.  His body was found about half a mile from the gate, in the woods, lying by the side of the road, most shockingly mangled.  The skull broken & head otherwise beaten. A number of bloody and broken clubs were found near the body, and a ring to Jackson's watch chain, - his watch and chain were missing.  Suspicion immediately rested on Virginia, as the perpetrator of the awful deed.  He was arrested in his bed, about 12 o'clock the same night.  On being interrogated about Jackson, and where his watch was, the hardened villain replied, he had seen nothing of Jackson or his watch -the bed was examined, & the watch found secreted in the straw of the under bed. - Virginia's clothes were examined, and found besmeared with blood.  We learn he is lodged in irons, in the jail at St. Albans, ands awaits his trial. - Montpellier Watchman.


Otsego Herald, 27 December 1819

Vincennes, Ind. Nov. 13

York, Dec. 2.

Depraved Deed! - On Wednesday evening the 24th ult. Jacob Shenberger, of Windsor township, York county, he having no family and living quite isolated by himself, as he was sitting by his fire side, was shot by some unknown person through the window of his house.  He was found, on Sunday last, lying on the hearth, with his lower extremities burnt. A Coroner's inquest was held, whose report we hear is that he came to his death by being shot by some unknown person.  We did not hear of suspicion resting on any person.

Boston, Dec. 13

   Daniels, the murderer of Mr. Gould of Stoneham, hung himself yesterday about 1 o'clock, in the prison.  We understand that the solicitor general fearing he might not be safe in the jail at Lechmere Point, sent yesterday  for Mr. Train, the keeper, to know the exact situation of the prison, intending, if necessary, to move the court to-day for an order for his removal to the state prison for safe-keeping.  .  .  .   He made use of the handle of a bucket and his pocket handkerchief to effect his object.  . .  . 


Freeman's Journal, 29 December 1819

[Re Daniels.]

  The verdict of the jury of inquest we understand, was felo de se, and that his body has been given to the surgeons for dissection.   Notwithstanding his denial of his participation in the Stoneham murder, a chain of circumstances makes his guilt unquestionable.e  He then rob bed and left them. Morris revived, and was discovered by some travelers on Saturday, as he was strolling about the raoieie


Plattsburgh Republican, 1 January 1820


On the 21st Dec, as Mr. Stoughton, attorney-at-law, was walking down the Broad way, he met with Mr. Robert Goodwin, of Baltimore, and after some words,  and [....], Mr. Stoughton received a wound by a cane sword, of which he died in a few minutes.  Mr. Goodwin walked off.  We have endeavoured to ascertain the cause, which led to this disastrous affair.  Mr. Stoughton, it appears, has acted as counsel in some suits brought against Mr. Goodwin, in relation to Spanish affairs, in which Mr. Goodwin took umbrage at some transactions and had challenged Mr. Stoughton, which he declined accepting.  We are told that in walking past Mr. Stoughton, Mr. Goodwin used some harsh terms, which was resented by Mr. Stoughton, who returned and struck Mr. Goodwin - a scuffle ensued and Mr. Stoughton received the wound which terminated his existence.

N. Y. Nat. Adv.

   Mr. Goodwin immediately left town in the Steamer [Atalanta], for Elizabethtown, N.J. but was followed by our police officers, and arrested and brought back on the night of the 21st, and lodged in the city prison. - E. Post.

   The verdict of the coroner's jury, on the body of James Stoughton, was that he came to his death by a wound received from a sword cane held by Robert Goodwin, and that the said Robert Goodwin is guilty of murder of malice aforethought. [See also The Freeman's Journal, 3 January.]


Otsego Herald, 17 January 1820


   On Tuesday last, a George Clark, a young man, aged 19, was killed in the town of Middlefield, a few miles from this village, by the falling of a tree.  He was a stranger, and in the employ of Mr. Aaron Fitch, of this village, who whose house he was brought immediately after he was killed. - His funeral took place on Wednesday last. Verdict of the Coroner's Inquest, accidental death.

   On Sunday last, a child of Mr. Peter Dietz in the town of Milford, in this county, rising two years of age, was run over by a sleigh and horses, and so much injured as to cause his death soon after.  We are told that the horses were driven by a young lad, who had his father and mother with him, and that the horses being affrighted ran out in the road, and though the inattention of the young lad ran over the child, which was not perceived buy him.

   It becomes our painful duty to record the sudden death of WILLIAM AUGUSTS MORRIS, son of Gen. Morris, which took place on Tuesday last, at Butternuts, in this county.  Mr. Morris was endeavouring to set the water-wheel of a bark mill in motion, for the purpose of shelling corn, the gate being hoisted, and as is supposed, after having extricated the wheel from the ice, to have stepped on the buckets of the wheel, as had been some times practised, in order to facilitate its movement, and that he either slipped or that the wheel started more easily than he expected, which precipitated him instantly between the wheel and the bulk head of the flume - he was soon discovered by his brother, wedged up by the wheel with one of the buckets across his back, and his face towards the bulk head - the breath of life was extinct  he was extricated by cutting away the bucket of the wheel and every exertion made to resuscitate him but in vain. [Funeral.] The deceased was in the 24th year of his age.


Freeman's Journal, 14 February 1820

   Mr. Hunt, of Bennington (Vt.) froze to death near his own house the 9th of January; and Mr. David Root lost his life in the same way on the night of the 19th.  Both are said to have been intoxicated.

  Mr. Phillip Dinny, of Halifax, was lately killed by his son, who, in a moment of passion, threw a pair of scissors at his father, which stuck in the crown of his head.


Geneva Gazettte, 16 February 1820

SHOCKING EVENT. - Mr. Palmer Warren, son of Elijah Warren, of the town of Canandalgula, was shot at Lawrenceburgh, Indiana, the 10th ult. by Amasa Fuller.  It appears that Mr. W. was engaged to be married to a young lady to whom Fuller was attached, and that ion the day previous to the one fixed for the wedding, F. followed Mr. W. into his office, locked the door, and shot him thro' the heart.  Fuller was immediately taken into custody


Delaware Gazette, 2 March 1820

 Mr. Goodwin refused bail. - New Adv.

  RICHMOND, Feb. 10.

  MURDER. - On Monday last, Mr. William Woodrop, in the employ of Thomas Taylor, Esq., as overseer on his farm at Westham, was murdered by one of the negroes belonging to the place, named jerry.  It appears that Mr. W. was about to chastise one of the negroes, and ordered Jerry to assist him; jerry refused, and in consequence, Mr. W. struck him with a stick upon which Jerry wrested the stick from Mr. W. and gave him such a violent blow on the head, as caused his death almost immediately.  Both the negroes then made their escape to this city, but they have since been apprehended, and the murderer is now confined in jail.


Otsego Herald, 27 March 1820

From the National Advocate, March 20.

ROBERT M GOODWIN. - The trial of Mr. Goodwin concluded on Friday night, at a very late hour.  The jury was detained until Saturday evening, at 7 o'clock, when notice was given that they had agreed upon their verdict; the court assembled to receive it, and the names of the jury were called over.  The foreman stood up and pronounced a verdict of guilty, but recommended to mercy.  On polling the jury, 3 or 4 of them said Not Guilty' which having destroyed the verdict, the jury was sent back; and about 122 o'clock came into court again, and said they could not agree, when they were discharged.  A motion was made to basil Mr. Goodwin, which the mayor, after some arguments, declined doing; when Alderman Allen and alderman Thorp overruled the mayor and gave their reasons why Mr. Goodwin could be bailed.  At this moment, alderman Moss, who had not been on the bench during the trial, and who consequently must have been ignorant of the testimony, took his seat, and decided that he should not be bailed Mr. Colden then said that the court was divided, and remanded Goodwin to prison.


DISTRESSING ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday evening last, as Mr. ------ Goldsmith, near Dolsentown, had been throwing down some hay to fodder his cattle, he threw down the pitchfork, and attempting to slide down the mow on the hay he had thrown down he ran the fork in his body about 18 inches, and died in about 12 hours. - National Intelligencer.


BY DE WITT CLINTON GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEW-YORK.   Whereas by the finding of a coroner's inquest, held on the 12th day of this month, before Aaron Bennett, Esquire, one of the coroners of the county of Onondaga, JOSEPH MASON, of Preble, in the county of Cortland, is charged with having murdered WILLIAM FARROLL, in the town of Tully, in the said county of Onondaga;  .  .  .   [Reward; description.]


Otsego Herald, 15 May 1820

Hartford, May 2.

THUNDER STORM. - The storm on Sunday evening the 23d ult. was very severe in several of the neighbouring towns.  At Granby, we learn, that Miss Julia Higley, was instantly killed by the lightning while sitting by a window.


Otsego Herald, 5 June 1820


SUICIDE. - On Wednesday last, Mr. Erastus Bowen, of this town, committed the act of suicide, by hanging himself in the barn of his father, with whom he resided.  He left the house, as he said, for the purpose of assisting his father, in the field; but being missed on the return of his father to the house, search was immediately made, and he was found in the barn, suspended by a rope, to a beam.  Doubts were entertained by the jury of inquest whether or not this horrid act was the result of insanity.  His age was 24.

   A man by the name of Kent, a revolutionary pensioner, residing in the town of Newburgh, Orange county, ended his life by hanging himself to a tree, in the woods, on the 27th ult.

   William Palmer, cook on board the steam-boat Walk-in-the-Water, threw himself overboard on the 11th ult. and was drowned.

   Two children, lately lost their lives in London district, Upper Canada, by eating the root of wild parsnip, which they mistook for gerising.  They eat the vegetable about sunset, and soon after dark they both died.

DIED.  In this town, on Saturday, the 27th ult. Mr. John Hinds, age 50 years - supposed to have died in a fit of apoplexy.


Delaware Gazette, 22 June 1820


   The Western Reserve Chronicle, (printed at Warren, Trumbull county, Ohio,) of the 1st inst. gives a distressing account of the death of Philemon, William, and Cyrus, three only children of Mr. Zaphna and Mrs. Louis Stone, of Kinsman, in that county, who were drowned by the hand of their mother!  The circumstances are peculiar, and were communicated for publication by a Clergyman.  Mr. and Mrs. Stone possessed amiable dispositions, sustained unblemished characters and had lived together in the utmost harmony. -  During the late revival of religion, Mrs. S. was awakened, and supposed she had experienced a change of heart.  Soon after, however, she settled down in a state of gloom and melancholy, and declared that she had committed the unpardonable sin.  Under this impression, and believing, that if taken off at this tender age, the children would be happy; and believing, also, that, having committed the unpardonable sin, no injury would follow to herself, while her husband was gone to meeting, on Sunday, the 14th of May, she drowned the little innocents, in a spring about 3 feet deep.  Verdict of the Coroner's Inquest, was drowned by the mother, in a fit of insanity.  N. Y. Spec.


Delaware Gazette, 6 July 1820


SUICIDE. - A young man, who reported himself to be a native of Ireland, by the name of Christopher Whelan, pout a period to his existence yesterday morning - it was supposed by administering laudanum to himself the day previous.  A paper was found in his pocket book, stating that he had committed the deed of suicide, adding nearly in these words -'Let the law remain silent - let suspicion sleep;"* &c. He was a printer by profession, and was last from Kingston, in the state of New York,  where he worked on the 'Ulster Plebeian, from the editor of which paper he had warm recommendations, as a young man of correct deportment, very well educated, and possessing respectable talents. - Union.  *Verdict of the coroner's inquest.


Delaware Gazette, 25 January 1821

From the Montreal Gazette, Dec. 27

   Accident. - On Monday morning last, Mr. W. White, jun. of the St. Lawrence Suburb, accompanied by a young woman, and John Tevindle, from Largo, in Fifeshire, Scotland, returned from Pointe aux Trembles, where they had gone to be present at midnight mass.  The woman having been set down at her residence, and Mr. White having gone to put up the horse, John Tevindle, not wishing to disturb Mr. White's father for the key, entered the house by a window in the upper story, from a gallery.  The house being in an unfinished state, he raised two of the planks to descend below, where he slept; in doing which his clothes ruffled up behind him and brought one of the planks in contact with his neck, which formed a complete trap with the joist on the other side.  In this situation he was found strangled by Mr. W. some time after.  An inquest was held on the body, verdict accidental death.


Geneva Palladium, 31 January 1821

Palmyra, Jan. 24.

INFANTICIDE. - On Friday last, a coroner's inquest was held over the body of an infant child found dead in a swill-pond, which was clearly ascertained to have just been delivered of a girl by the name of MARY MILLIGAN, of Farmington.  Two physicians were called to examine the child, which, from its being full grown and apparently healthy; and as some of the contents of the pan (bran) were found in the throat, they decided must have been alive when  born.  The girl was alone during her labor.  After the child was born, which she concealed under her bed in this pail, she became so alarmed at here situation, that she sent a little girl to call a neighbouring woman to her assistance, who soon discovered the pail, and after much manual opposition by the girl, drew it forth and found to her astonishment what were its contents.  The girl had all along denied her situation, and even attempted to deceive the woman who came to her assistance.  These we learn are the facts as stated by the jury of inquest, whose verdict was wilful murder.

   ON the 12th of December, Joseph Stoddard was killed at St. Charles, Missouri, by the fall of the roof of a horse mill.

   On the 7th of December, Joseph Augustine, of Osnaburgh township, Ohio, while creeping under the bellows of a furnace, was caught in the stirrup, which instantly tore his head from his body.

   On the 18th ult. Mr. Moses Thompson, of Beaver, Pa. being taken ill, perished with cold, on his return home from viewing a road.

   A criminal by the name of Moran, recently hung himself in Port Tobaeon jail, Maryland.


Freeman's Journal, 12 February 1821

From the New-York Advertiser.


   Mr. John Dibbs, an Englishman, was recently killed in the village of Utica, by being thrown from a sleigh.


   A young female in Newark, went to bed leaving her candle burning - during the night it fell and caught her clothes - she luckily awoke in time to save her life.

   At the same place Jack Cudjo as slave, was accidentally killed by a lad playing with a gun.

   Mr. William Jarvis, of Jerusalem, aged 46 years, perished during the late cold weather, in Ontario Co.  He had reached within 20 rods of his dwelling, when  his oxen turning from the path got his sled between two tress; he succeeded in unyoking them, but being so benumbed with the cold he was almost incapable of further exertion, and endeavoured to reach his home on his hands and knees - he died before he got all the way.

   A man by the name of Dudley Hoadley, aged 32, in Woodbury, (Conn.) conceiving that the world did not use him well, on the 24th of January attempted to take his life by blowing his head to pieces with a musket loaded with shot.  The charge passed by the side of his head, carrying off his ear and otherwise wounding him.  On the 26th, he rose early in the morning, and with an old bayonet stabbed himself in the breast and under the short ribs.  Of these wounds he died.  Before his death, and while very weak from his wounds, he made an attempt to kill his mother.  He was undoubtedly deranged.


Geneva Palladium, 28 February 1821

   An inquest was held in N. Y. on the 10th inst. over the body of Nathaniel Davis, aged 26, "found dead in bed in a dark garret bed-room, and literally devoured by vermin."


Freeman's Journal, 9 April 1821



   About the first of this month two Frenchmen came to this place from Baltimore, and rented a small dwelling-house in a retired situation near Plume's Rope-Walk, but seldom made use of it, and then only at night. These mysterious movements excited considerable curiosity in the neighbourhood, and even suspicions not altogether favorable to them.

   Yesterday morning these two men and a third, were observed to be in the house, and between 9 and 10 o'clock a Mrs. Lester, residing in an adjacent tenement, was alarmed by a sudden cry, which seemed to be the cry of "murder!" Some time after, two of the men left the house.  Mrs. Lester, under her conviction that there was something amiss going on in the house, related the circumstances to a Constable, who entered the house, and discovered a spectacle truly horrible and revolting to every feeling of humanity.

   In a chamber of the second story was extended on the floor the naked trunk of a human being, divested of its head and limbs, and in the fire place lay the head, feet and hands, burned almost to cinders!! The arms were separated from the body at the shoulder joints, and again divided at the elbows; and the legs cut apart at the joints of the knees - indeed the whole infernal operation appeared to have been performed with the dexterity of a skilful surgeon.  The limbs thus separated were thrown together in a basket. On the floor lay an axe, besmeared with blood, with which the diabolical authors of this foul massacre had dispatched their victim, and two butcher knives, which had served the office of dissection.

   A Coroner's Inquest was immediately summoned, but no evidence appeared which could in the slightest degree criminate any known individual.  Neither the name of the deceased nor that of his companion could be ascertained with certainty; and all the account that could be got of them amounted to no more than what we have before stated, except that they had been the night before at a house of no good repute in Church-street, and the verdict of the jury was, as a matter of course, "Wilful murder by some person or persons unknown."

   There was no furniture of any kind in the house save for a few articles of bedding and two trunks.  What then could have been the purpose of these people in taking the house.

   In one of the trunks were a number of articles of valuable clothing; in the other a number of valuable watches, chains, and sundry articles of jewelry - on the floor, too, was an elegant gold patent lever watch.  The object in committing the murder could not have been plunder, or the murderers would have secured these valuables.  What then could have been the motive? We can imagine no other but revenge. .  .  .  

   In one of the trunks was found a masonic diploma, from the Grand Lodge of Maryland, filled up in the name of Peter Lagardette, and dated city of Baltimore, 21st Dec. 1820 -but whether that was the name of the deceased, or of his companion, or indeed of either of them, is a matter of uncertainty.  It was stated by a Frenchman, who said he was acquainted with the person whom he supposed the deceased to be, that his name was Dade. .  .  .   [Further report.]  .  .  .  has resulted in the apprehension of two Spaniards, who call themselves Manuel Philip Garcir and Joseph Garcir, suspected of being the murderers. [Further report, March 28.] [A letter from Norfolk mentions that the two Garcia's have made a full confession of their crime.]


Delaware Gazette, 12 April 1821

Sacker's Harbor, March 30.

   On Monday evening last, a Coroner's Inquest was held on the body of Robert A. Kenady [Kennedy] , a soldier of the 2d Regt. of U.S. Infantry, at this place.  It appeared that the deceased came into the house of Israel Sammis, a grocer in this village, about dark - that afterwards a scuffle took place, which lasted some minutes, when Sammis disengaged himself, went into an other room, and returned with a loaded fowling piece, and discharged the contents at the deceased.  The whole charge entered his neck, and he fell dead upon the floor without a struggle or a groan.  We forbear to express an opinion on the transaction, as Sammis is now in custody to await his trial at the next Court of Oyer and Terminer to be held in this county in June next. The verdict of the Jury of Inquest was "wilful murder by the hand of Israel Sammis."


Ontario Repository, 15 May 1821

Buffalo, May 8.

MURDER. - A Seneca Indian by the name of Tommy Jemmy, was committed to gaol on Saturday last, for the murder of a squaw, about three miles from Buffalo.  It appeared on the examination, that the prisoner suspected the deceased of being a witch, and of having occasioned the death of one of his near relatives, who had lately died, by some diabolical practices in which the Indians believe. - After consulting with some of the other Indians on the measure, he went to the deceased, and induced her to go with him into a field near where she resided, and there, after treating her with whiskey, deliberately cut her throat.  A coroner's inquest was called, which found a verdict of wilful murder.

   Killing persons suspected of witchcraft, is a practice by no means uncommon, even among the Indians residing in the neighbourhood of white settlements.  The efforts which have been made to prevent it have been ineffectual, although this, we believe, is the first where the civil authority has interposed for the punishment of the offender.  The superstitious belief in sorcery, which is common to all savages, and is often confirmed by the confession of the deceased witches who are accused of this practice, is strongly fixed in the minds of the Indians, that no argument or reasoning [...] sufficient to eradicate it.  The prisoner, (who is one of the Indians exhibited in England about two years ago,) possesses more than a common share of intelligence, but appears not to be conscious of having done any thing criminal or improper in the murder he has perpetrated.


Geneva Gazette, 16 May 1821

MURDER. - On Thursday last, a squaw called Kau-qua-lau, was found dead with her throat cut, near the Buffalo Creek, a short distance above Pratt's ferry.  A coroner's inquest was held over the body, who brought in, that she came to her death by the wound in her throat, and that in the belief of the jurors, an Indian called Tommy-Jimmy inflicted said wound.  Tommy-Jimmy has been arrested and committed to jail to receive his trial in July next.  He is a Seneca chief, and was one of those that went to Europe in 1818 -  he confesses the crime, and says the reason he committed it, she was supposed to be a witch. - Niagara Patriot.


Geneva Palladium, 16 May 1821

   A horrid murder was perpetrated in Chatham county, (N.C.) a few days ago, on the body of Fanny Johnson, (a pauper.) Her body was dreadfully beaten, and her neck broke.  Archibald Brown has been arrested and imprisoned, as the person who was believed to have committed the foul dead. - Philad. Union.


Geneva Palladium, 23 May 1821

   A young man, named Peter Miller, was killed by a flash of lightning on the 11th inst. while working in a garden about three miles from Philadelphia.  His hat was torn to pieces; the hair on the right side of his head was burnt; the electric fluid ran down the body, the case of his watch was a little melted, and the shoe on his left foot was torn off.  The shock was so great that it threw his body some yards from the place where he was struck. - Nat. Adv.

   Sag. Harbour, L. I. May 12

   Coroner's Inquest. - The Coroner held an inquest on Monday last, the 7th inst. on board the ship Hannibal, on the body of Warner Cuff, a colored man.  Verdict of the jury, came to his death in a fit of Intoxication.

   Drowned near Fort Miller Falls, in the Cumberland river, on the 8th inst. Miss Jane Provan and Miss Rebecca M'Farland of Salem, N. Y. They were crossing the river in a small boat with a young man and a boy, when the boat upset and they were both drowned within 8 rods of the shore. - Columbian.

   The boiler of the steam boat Glen Robinson, bursted on the 17th ult. Mr. Stevens was killed, and 7 or 8 others were so badly scalded that their lives are despaired of.


American Journal, 23 May 1821

DELHI, N. Y. May 3.

"MURDER MOST FOUL AND UNNATURAL." - Cornelius McDoniel, of Marbletown, Ulster County, and Jane Post, his sister, of Bovina, were, on Tuesday last, committed to Jail, upon the finding of a Coroner's Jury, lately convened in Bovina, under the suspicion of having murdered their father.  John McDoniel, an old and infirm man, suddenly died in Jan. 1818.  The brutal conduct of his family towards him, his own apprehensions of being murdered, previously expressed to his neighbors, and the circumstance of his face lying upon his shoulder, when he was laid out, created suspicions that his life was taken by violence.  These suspicions have since been strengthened by the quarrels and disputes of the prisoners and their mother, in which they charged each other directly or indirectly, with the fact of murdering the old man.  Last week the body of the deceased was disinterred and examined in the presence of the Jury by three Surgeons, who gave it as their opinion, that his neck had been broken, previous to his death - two of the joints of the neck being disconnected, leaving one of the vertebrae entirely loose. - Fifteen witnesses were examined, their testimony related to the treatment of the old man - the situation of the parties on the night of the deceased - their explanations of the affair, and their criminations of each other.  Cornelius McDoniel testified, that the old man was killed, but charged it upon his sister.  After a session of three days, the Jury unanimously fo0und, that John McDoniel came to his death by reason of his neck being broken by Cornelius McDoniel, and that Jane Post was accessory. [See Delaware Gazette, 12 July.]

   The relation between the perpetrators and the deceased, gives to this affair the most appalling character - and the lapse of time since the commission of this horrid deed, furnishes additional evidence of that fatality of exposure peculiar to the highest of human offences. - Gazette.


Freeman's Journal, 25 June 1821

SUICIDE. - The following communication is of so horrible and unnatural a purport, that we would gladly discredit it, did not our knowledge of the writer place it beyond a question:

   Extract of a letter dated Halifax (N.C.) June 3.

   Last Wednesday morning a horrid scene took place in this county: a father and his son, by the name of Cowell, killed themselves - One by shooting, and the other by cutting his own throat -they were both rich and out o debt. - Norfolk Herald.

   An unfortunate catastrophe occurred in this city a few evenings since.  Sergeants Latham and Kelly, both employed as orderlys in the offices at the War Department, having some difference, the nature of which we do not understand, the former drew a pistol and shot Kelly through the body, in consequence of which wound he instantly expired.  Latham was immediately apprehended by his companions, and committed to take his trial. - Nat. Intell.


Freeman's Journal, 2 July 1821

From the Courtland Repository of June 5.

HORRID SUICIDE. - On Sunday morning last, the 3d inst. a young man named Lysander Hall, of Groton, Tompkins county, without any apparent symptoms of insanity, went into his carding machine and inflicted a fatal wound upon himself by cutting his throat with a chisel.  He was successful in completely dividing the windpipe and gullet, and one of the jugular veins; but the other vein, main arteries, and spine, were left uninjured. In this deplorable situation he let himself down into the water beneath, through a hole in the floor which he made for the purpose, with an intention, as is supposed, of drowning himself.  But not completing his object in this way, he returned to the machine room, where he was first discovered.  Surgical aid was immediately procured, but to no purpose.  On Monday morning about 10o'clock, he expired.  His life was protracted until that timed by respiring through the wound.  He was able before he died, in a broken manner, to utter a few words; and the reason he gave for this appalling transaction, was that he had been wrongfully accused of taking boards from a mill at which he worked; an accusation which he said, he could not bear.  We are informed that he sustained a reputable character, was in eligible circumstances as to property; that he was to have been married on the evening of the day he died, and that a writing was found with him willing his property to his intended bride, dated 5 or 6 days previous to his death.


Delaware Gazette, 5 July 1821

DEATH OF DR. MADISON. - Last evening seven vessels arrived in our port from the Upper Lakers.  By the schooner Superior, Capt. Keith, we received a letter from Green Bay, dated May 20, 1821, from which we extract the following relating to the recent murder of Doctor Wm. S. Madison, of the U.S. Army.

   Dr. Madison left this place on Friday the 11th inst. in company with the Chicago Express, for the purpose of visiting his wife and friends, in Kentucky.  On Saturday, about 3 P.M. they fell in with the murderer, an Indian, who travelled in company several miles - he appeared very friendly, and assisted the Doctor in taking his bags across swamps and difficult placed, for which the Doctor gave him some bread and tobacco.  About 5 P.M. they arrived at a small ravine in the midst of a thicket of underwood.  - the express crossed in a few yards in front of the Doctor; the Indian was a short distance behind him; and as the Doctor was ascending the hill, having crossed the ravine, the savage fi red at him and he instantly fell from his horse. The contents of the gun entered between the shoulders, and, from the Express we learn that the Doctor was certain from the first that the wound was mortal.  He immediately sent a man to this place with the melancholy intelligence, and Dr. Hall and Lieut. Dean, with 8 or 10 soldiers set off with all possible speed to his assistance - They reached him on Monday the 14th in the afternoon - but their friend survived only a few minutes after their arrival.

   The remains of Dr. M. were brought to this place and interred on the 17th with the honours due to his rank.  Too much cannot be said in relation to the merits of Dr. Madison; as a physician and surgeon, it is believed, in point of talents, he had no superior in the army.  The circumstances of his death are peculiarly melancholy.  He had been married but about a year and a half, to an accomplished and amiable lady in Kentucky, with whom he resided a short time, and then joined his regiment.  He had obtained a furlough for the express purpose of visiting his beloved wife and little son, (born during his absence,) and was cruelly murdered in the wilderness on the second day of his journey.

   I have now only to inform you that the murdered, a Chippewa, has this day been delivered up to the commanding officer by the Indians of the tribe and confined to the guard house.  He has confessed the murder, but can assign no cause for the act - on the contrary, he says the whites have ever been his friends.

   VANDALLA (Illinois) May 15.

   In the district court, held at this place, on the11th inst., the prisoners, Chewacharah and Warajinkah, were convicted of the murder of two white men, at Rock Island in March 1820.  On the 14th they received their sentence to be hanged on the 14th of July next.  Mr. Ewing, was assigned by the Court as counsel for the prisoners, and made an elegant and ingenious address to the Jury - but the evidence was full and positive against therm.  After their conviction, they said that the witness against them (who was an Indian of their own tribe, and present at the murder) had told the truth.

   When the Judge asked them if they had any thing to say why sentence should not be pronounced against them, they said, "what can we say? we know that we killed the men.  When we saw the young man who was with us, lay his hand upon book we hoped that you would have pity on us; but we find there is no pity for us; we deserve to die; have you any more questions to ask?

   After Judge Pope had pronounced sentence upon the prisoners, Cah-rah-mah-ree, an aged chief, who, with five of his tribe, had attended the trial came forward, and addressed the court as follows:

Father - I came down from my nation to this place to the trial of Che-wa-cha-rah and Who-rah-jin-kah.

   You are an American, Father, I claim to be American too.  When I give my hand to you, I give it to my Great Father (the President,) and call the Great Spirit to witness the sincerity of my desire that peace may exist among us; but I have not the same power in my nation, as you, Father, have over your children here (pointing to the multitude,) which causes me great sorrow.  Wherever Cah-rah-mah-ree is, there shall always be a clear sky, no clouds to disturb our peace. - When I came down here, I had hoped to find that Che-wa-che-rah and Who-rah-jin-kah had been better treated, but my heart is oppressed, at the cruelty they have received.   I did hope that pity would have been found for them, and that mercy would be shown them. But let peace be between us.  I look up to our Great Father as I do to the Great Spirit for protection.

   My Father - I came here to see justice, but I find none - Cah-rah-mah-ree is hurt - he speaks what he thinks - he shakes you for the last time by the hand.


Geneva Palladium, 11 July 1821

SUICIDE. -In Norton, on the evening of the 3w1st inst. Jonathan Marey, a native of that town, was found suspended in his chamber.  He was a veteran of the revolution, and one of the recent pensioners of government.  He committed the deed of horror upon himself in a fit of insanity, to which he was subject in consequence of intemperance.  A melancholy admonition to those who are guilty of excess at the inebriating bowl. - Salem Reg.

   SUICIDE. -   The body of a man hanging by the neck, and with his throat cut, was discovered near the road side, a short distance from the house of Mr. Jonathan Lowesbury, in the town of Spencer, on Wednesday the 13th inst.  An inquest was held over the body, and from every circumstance that appeared, no doubt was left on the minds of the jury that the deceased was the perpetrator of his own murder.  From papers found on him, it appeared that he belonged in the town of Lyons, Ontario county.  His pocket book contained $2 in money, and a promissory note of about $18.  We shall probably learn more of the particulars of this unhappy event by next week. - Owego Gaz.


Geneva Palladium, 18 July 1821

   An inquest was held yesterday, by Justice Russel, upon the body of Thomas Morrignan, a native of Ireland, who die suddenly under the bluff - verdict -"The deceased came to his death by a coup de soleil, or stroke of the sun, arising from causes unknown to us." - Georgian.


Ontario Repository, 24 July 1821

Rochester, July 17.

   A coroner's inquest was held at Clyde, on Friday last, over the body of Samuel [.....] - verdict of the jury, "that he came to his death in consequence of blows inflicted upon him by John McClary and ------ Newton." McClary has been apprehended and committed to prison (in Canandalgua): Newton has not yet been found.


Ontario Repository, 24 July 1821


  On Sunday the coroner was called to hold an inquest in Farmington, over the body of William Thomas, aged eighty-four years, who had hung himself.  No cause could be assigned by his family for the act; he had been heard to express himself as being weary of life.

  MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - Mr. Francis Mills, a worthy and respectable young man of this village, was drowned last evening, in Buffalo Creek, while in the act of bating.  He was about 18 years of age.

  INDIAN MURDER. - A Seneca Indian, belonging to the settlement near this place was killed last Thursday by his companion on their return from a hunt.  The murder was committed in the town of Hamburgh.  The murderer immediately fled, and has not yet been apprehended.  A coroner's inquest which was held on the body of the deceased, returned a verdict if wilful murder.

   BATRAVIA, July 13.

  A Coroner's inquest was called on the 5th inst. to view the body of an Indian woman, the wife of Joseph Bigbag, found dead near Tonnowania creek in this county. - Verdict of the jury that she came to her death by the savage hand of her husband. It appeared from all the circumstances that he strangled her and threw her into the creek.  We understand the Indian has fled from his pursuers.


Ontario Repository, 24 July 1821

July 20.

 A council of Chiefs of the six Nations was held at the Tonawanda Village on the 10th instant, to enquire into the murder alleged to have been committed by Joseph Bigbag, upon his Squaw.  The council consisted of 8 Chiefs from Allegany, 6 from Cattarangua, 8 from Grand River, 23 from Miski, 2 from Buffalo, 2 from Tuscarora, 2 from Oneida, 5 from Onondaga, and 8 from Tonawanda.  The result of the investigation of the council in this case, which lasted three days, was, that the man Joseph Bigbag is innocent of the charge; he was accordingly acquitted and reinstated.



Ontario Repository, 24 July 1821

Buffalo, July 17.

At the oyer and terminer, Sooning-gee, commonly called Tommy Jemmy, the Seneca chief, who was indicted for the murder of a Squaw accused of witchcraft, was arraigned on the indictment during the second day of the court; and after having the charge explained to him by Mr. Jones, the interpreter, by the advice of his counsel, plead not guilty, with permission to withdraw the plea at any time before the trial, and substitute one to the jurisdiction of the court.  Accordingly, the next day, which was assigned for his trial, his counsel interposed a plea, which in substance set forth, that long before the settlement of the later colony of New York, and long before the state of New York became a sovereign and independent state, the Seneca nation of Indians was a free and independent nation, possessing and exercising the rights and powers of sovereignty, among which they had hitherto always possessed and exercised and still possess and lawfully exercise the exclusive right to try and punish members of their own nation for offences committed against other members of the nation within their territory, and particularly for the crime of murder so as aforesaid committed; which offences were exclusively cognizable by the chiefs, sachems and principal warriors of nation, from time to time assembled.  The plea then set forth that the prisoner and the deceased were and always had been members of the nation, and that the offence stated in the indictment was committed within the territory belonging to the Senecas, and concluded in the usual form with a prayer whether the court of oyer and terminer could or would take any other cognizance of the matter.

 To this plea, the district attorney, Mr. Potter, replied, traversing every fact alleged in the plea, and tendering an issue to the country, which was joined by the prisoner, and a jury impannelled for his trial.  In support of the plea, the counsel for the prisoner produced several treaties concluded between the United States and the Seneca nation, which they contended completely recognized the Indians as an independent and sovereign power. Several witnesses, among whom, was the celebrated Red Jacket, were also called to prove the customs and laws of the Senecas, and that the exercise of the powers claimed by the plea had never been disturbed or disputed, from their earliest recollection to the present day.  After the evidence had closed, the case was argued to the jury, by Mr. J. C. Spencer in behalf of the prosecution, and by Messrs. A H. Tracy and S. M. Hopkins for the prisoner.

 The jury, after a few minutes absence, found a verdict that all the allegations contained in the prisoner's plea were true.  A motion was then made in behalf of the prosecution, to arrest the judgment, which was entertained by the court; and the proceedings will be brought, as we understand, before the supreme court at the next term in Albany. This case awakened much interest, particularly among the Indians, great numbers of whom thronged the court house during the trial, and manifested great anxiety for the result.


Geneva Palladium, 25 July 1821

   An Indian by the name of Young George Cayuga, was shot on the 9th inst. in Hamburgh in this county.  A jury of inquest was called to enquire into the circumstances of his death, when the verdict was, that he was murdered by an Indian, whose name is Billy Stevens  The murderer, we understand, fled immediately after the commission of the crime. - Buffalo Pat.

   Fredonia, July 10.

   SINGULAR ACT OF DESPERATION. -An unfortunate occurrence took place at Mack's Ferry, Cattaraugua creek, in this county, on Saturday last.  A white, and a large stout Indian, who goes by the name of the Devil's Ramrod, having had some altercation, at length proceeded to blows, the Indian being the aggressor. They were parted by the bystanders, (but not until the white man had got the better of his adversary,) and the Indian set across the creek, and mounted on his horse, but he was so grieved by discomforture that he immediately dismounted and jumped into the creek.  He was taken out and again mounted on his horse, when he went a short distance, got off and tied his horse and again plunged into the creek.  He was taken out the second time and again mounted, when finding he was not likely to succeeded in this manner, he went off a few and lay down by the fence until his spies left him, when he again renewed the attempt to drown himself, and, probably much to his own satisfaction, succeeded; he not being discovered until he was sinking for the last time, (having gone some distance below where he had made the first attempt) and his body was not recovered until the next morning.  It is said that the Indians are not fully satisfied with the above statement, a hole having been found on the back part of the Indian's head, probably occasioned by a spear while endeavouring to "spear him up.!" & that they have sworn vengeance against the white man, unless satisfaction is given them; as some of them believe that Indian was killed by the white man, and thrown into the creek.  Nothing serious, however, is apprehended, as the Indians will no doubt be pacified. - Censor.


Geneva Palladium. 25 July 1821

From the Philadelphia Centinel.

   MELANCHOLY EVENT. - We are informed, that on Thursday evening, as woman residing in Sassafras-street, attempted to commit6 suicide by taking laudanum.  She was carried to the alms-house, and by medical aid, will probably recover.  She also gave it to her son, a child nine years of age, who is since dead.  The alledged motive for the commission of these dreadful acts, was, we understand, indigence.


Long Island Farmer, 26 July 1821

SAVANNAH, July 10.

  HORRID MURDER. - About midnight on Sunday last, a white man named Saunders, living 17 miles up the Augusta road, was shot dead in his house by a negro fellow, supposed to belong to a Mr. Brown, in or about Augusta, and known by the name of [.......].  Mr. Saunders was called to the back door by the fellow, and, as he opened it he received the contents of a musket or fowling piece into his head, and dropped dead on the bed from whence he had just risen, and where lay his wife and three infant children.  .  .  .   Rep.

   QUICK WORK. - The Alexandria (Mississippi) Herald, of June 10, states that "on Thursday evening, the 7th of that month, Nat, a negro man, the property of Mr.  F. [Harris] of that town, was murdered by [Bob], a slave belonging to William [Wilson], Esq.  .  .  .   Commercial Adv.

   MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. - On Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Charles [Whitton], jun. and his lady rode out to the country, and took with them a child about five weeks old - in their absence, a black girl, aged fourteen years, who had resided in their house only three weeks, put a quantity of laudanum into the bottle out of which the child was usually fed; on their return, the mother took the bottle, and gave, as she supposed, nourishment to the infant; immediately after the child became sick., physicians [were] called in, but could administer no [re]lief - the child died the next morning.  The black girl was arrested, confessed her guilt, and was, we are informed, committed by the mayor for trial. - Philad. Se


Geneva Palladium, 8 August 1821

   The Coroner of New York was called on the 18th inst. to view the bodies of Eleanor Crainer and John Hutton, both found dead.  Verdict of the jury in both cases, came to their death by intemperance.

   New-York, Aug. 2.

   It appears, that five cases of sudden death occurred yesterday.  An inquest was held over their bodies, and the following verdicts were returned by the respective Juries.

   Catharine Buckley, a young woman, residing at No. 8 Banker-street. Verdict suicide by taking arsenic.

   Eliza M'Collister, at the corner of Anthony and Little Water-street.  Verdict, suicide by opium.

   Abraham Adriance and Timothy M'Cartee, who had gone to the city of New-Jersey on some business, died immediate on their return.  The verdict of the Jury, in the case of Mr. M'Cartee, was, that he had come to his death by the visitation of God, and that Mr. Adriance had died in consequence of a stroke of the sun.

   John Rooney, in Orange-street, died last evening, after an illness of a very few minutes.  Verdict, visitation of God.


Delaware Gazette, 23 August 1821


EXTRAORDINARY AND MELANCHOLY EVENT. - Yesterday morning, Capt. J. Crowninshield's pleasure boat, and a dory belonging to Capt. Perkins, the pilot, being missed from the wharf, and supposed to have been stolen during the night, Capt. Perkins, with a boat's crew, went down among the islands in pursuit of them.

   He discovered the pleasure boat at anchor between Eagle island and Gray's Rock, and on boarding her, the melancholy spectacle presented itself of a young man, the only person on board, hanging by the main throat halyards, with his knees resting upon the deck, and quite dead.  He was soon recognized to be Nathaniel Ward, a young man in the [19]th year of his age, son of the late Mr. Nathaniel Ward of this town. A paper was found in his pocket, upon which some lines were written, in his own hand writing, the purport of which was a farewell to his relatives, &c.  A quantity of crackers, and a number of saddler's tools were found in his hat and pockets.  He had been an apprentice to the saddler's business, but left his master several months since. The boat was towed up to town, and last evening an inquest was held upon the body, by a coroner's jury, who returned the following verdict: "That the deceased came to his death by hanging himself in a fit of insanity."

   Accidents. - Two persons were killed and three wounded, by the accidental bursting of a piece of cannon, near Harrisburgh, (Penn.) on the 28th ult. while a party was celebrating the election of officers for the Carlisle Hussars. 

   A small coloured girl was burnt to death on the Monday following at Harrisburgh, in consequence of her clothes catching fire, and no person being near to afford relief. - Nat. Adv.

DIED. - On the morning of the 22d inst. an infant son of Mr. George Howland, of this town, aged eighteen months.  A pill of opium which had been administered to mitigate pain and unquietness caused by a slight indisposition, is supposed to have occasioned his death.


Ontario Repository, 4 September 1821

Saratoga, Aug. 22.

   A jury of inquest was called on Friday evening [crease, line missing] Mr. John Reid, of Albany, who was found dead in his lodging room, about 1-2 past 6 o'clock on that evening.  It appeared in evidence before the jury, that Mr. Reid arrived in the village the evening previous, apparently in health, and sane; that the next morning he arose at five o'clock., and in an agitated and in sane manner, awoke a friend in an adjoining room; that in the afternoon he took new lodging at a private boarding house, and continued walking in different parts of the building until the first bell for tea rang, when he was advised to retire to his room, for composure; that not appearing when the second bell rang, the keeper, after waiting a short time, went to the room for the purpose of calling him, when he found him with his head suspended by a cord, fastened to a bed post.  The keeper immediately raised him, and called for aid; but every exertion to restore to life proved unavailing.  On his throat was a small incision, apparently made with a pen knife, from which a small quantity of blood had flown; but finding this means ineffectual, it seems he had recourse to the cord above-mentioned; and when found, his face was not more than six inches from the floor.  The verdict of the jury was, that he came to his death by hanging himself, while in a state of insanity. .  .  . 

   In our last we stated the death of Miss Ann Wilson, of Covert, in Seneca county, by the accidental discharged of a gun in the hands of her brother.  It is added that in consequence of this melancholy accident, the unhappy brother has been in a state of mental derangement.


Long Island Farmer, 1 November 1821

MURDER. - Mr. John Lucas, while exploring the country during last month, was murdered on the road leading from Reyoldsburgh to Natcher, by a Creek Indian, (his guide) who stripped the body of its clothing, and having placed it in a hollow tree, about 200 yards from the road, set off for his own nation, with the mules and packs belonging to the deceased.


Freeman's Journal, 5 November 1821

Calamity. - An old man about 70 years of age, named Richard French, a transient person, was found dead on Friday morning last near the mills of Thomas Shankland, Esq. of this village.  He is supposed to have fallen from a precipice the night preceding.  A coroner's inquest sat upon his body, and returned a verdict of accidental death.


American Journal, 7 November 1821

BEWARE OF QUACKS! - A Mr. John Madan, of Suffolk, Vir. died on Saturday before ;last. - The following were the circumstances:- On the evening preceding his disease, Mr. Madan complained of a head ache.  There happened to be at his house, at the time, a man calling himself Doctor O'Hara, who officiously undertook to prescribe for Mr. Madan's head-ache and administered so large a dose of the tincture of opium to the unfortunate man, that before morning he was a corpse. The fellow was taken into custody, and underwent an examination before Doctor Borland, and Mr. Roddick, Esq. two of the Magistrates of the place, who held him to bail until a Coroner's inquest should decide on the cause of Madan's death.

   A murder was committed on the night of the 2d inst. in the house of a Mrs. Alwyne, a widow, on the road leading to Gray's Ferry, about two miles from Philadelphia.  About half past 7 o'clock, two men, one a negro the other mulatto, entered the house, seized the old lady, who with her son, a boy about 8 years of age, were preparing their vegetables for market, after beating her severely, struck the child with an instrument which one of them had, so that his s cull was very much fractured.  The daughter, who was up stairs, hearing the cry of murder, ran down, and, upon her reaching the foot of the stairs, was struck several blows on the head, and very much cut.  The boy died of his wounds, the daughter is recovering. - Spectator.


   Bellefonte, Centre County, (Penn.) Oct. 17.

   On the 8th day of October, instant, Judge Foster, of M'Kean county, was shot accidentally by his son.  The circumstances relating to this melancholy event are as follows"- The son had left home for the purpose of hunting wolves; after he had been gone some time the father went out for the same purpose.  As is common among hunters, one of them set up an howling, after the manner of a wolf, and was answered by the other.  They continued howling in this manner until they approached each other within a very short distance.  The father had hid himself behind a log, placing brush upon his back to disguised himself, so that when the wolf, (as he supposed) came near enough to shoot, it would not be frightened away.  Having raised himself a little for that purpose, the son observed the motion, fired, taking the object fired at to be a wolf.  The ball entered the right side of the neck and passed out at the left hip.  The son, on finding what had happened, took off his coat and vest, placed them under his father's head, and started home for the purpose of getting aid; but his senses fled before he reached his father's residence; he became deranged and was found in that situation; not knowing, or having power, at that time, to relate the dreadful and heart-rending tale.


Freeman's Journal, 10 December 1821

Extract of a letter from a person in St. Clairsville, Ohio, to a friend in Baltimore, dated the26th of last month.

   I will next inform you of a most shocking occurrence that took place in this neighbourhood yesterday morning, (or the night preceding.) S. H. put a period to his wife's existence, by beating her to death, her remains were interred this day, and he is in gaol; he was intoxicated with liquor, and had been in the practice some time past of abusing her unmercifully when so; his relations have done all they could to persuade her to leave him.  She would for a time; but poor woman, she had an attachment for him, bad as her was.  A girl going in yesterday morning to wash for them, on entering the house, she spoke to N. perceiving she was in bed, but received no answer; she then spoke to S. who lay on the foot of the bed, he was either asleep, or pretending to be; on perceiving the floor bloody, she called out, H. what have you been doing! Nothing, he said: she then went to the bed, and beholding the horrid scene, she exclaimed, H. you have killed F: he replied, he hoped not. - Told her to feel her breast, if it wasn't warm; she said, you have killed her; he asked, what he should do, she would go to C.)they lived on his place) whi8ch she did; he picked up his jug of liquor, and went off into the woods, where he was soon taken, and brought home; he went up to the corpse and kissed it, and then took his pipe and sat down to smoke, (still being much in liquor.) - She was much bruised all over, especially her head and face, her windpipe broke.  The coroner's inquest brought in a verdict of wilful murder.  They say he appears wretched, awfully so - it is expected he will have his trial at the Supreme Court, which begins next week.

   A postscript to the same letter under date November the 5th states, that he had his trial and was sentenced to the penitentiary during life.


Freeman's Journal, 24 December 1821

From the Philad. Democratic Press, Dec. 11th.

   Shocking Accident. - On Thursday last, the 23d instant, Charles Beleau, a lad of 8 years of age, the son of Augusts Beleau, mason, was crushed to death in a mill belonging to Isioner Berepre, erected for the purpose of breaking the bark in his tannery, in the suburb of St. Roe.  An inquest was taken on the body the same day.  By the evidence given before the coroner, it appeared, that the deceased was playing in the mill, and had got, and was standing, on the lever, which projects from the centre of the main horizontal cog wheel, to which the horse was attached, by whose exertions the machine was set in motion.  The boy's head soon came in contact with a beam in the ceiling, between which and the cogs of the wheel, there was not a space of more than 4 or 5 inches.  The wheel caught his head and crushed it against the beam, and at the same time completely dislocated his neck.  In this situation the poor boy remained, till an axe was pedicured, and part of the machinery cut away, which prevented the possibility of reversing the motion of the wheel - When this was effected, and the child taken down, he was quite dead.  It is said,  that when the mill was at work, it was usual for the neighboring boys to go and play there; (which it is to be hoped the melancholy catastrophe above related will put a stop to) and the father of the child deposed he had repeatedly forbidden him to go there. - The jury returned a verdict of Accidental death, and found the main wheel of the mill to be a Deodand.

   ATROCIOUS MURDER. - Claude Jollie, a French gentleman, nearly 70 years of age, was murdered at Baltimore on Monday evening by some person or persons unknown.  His mangled body was discovered on Tuesday morning, and, from the circumstance of his cravat being found in his hat, it was supposed the murder was committed about the time the old gentleman was preparing for bed.  When the body was found, it was lying in its face, the skull dreadfully fractured, particularly by a blow on the right side of the head, which sunk the bones deep into the brains.  The back appeared to be much bruised, as if it had been jumped upon.  All the drawers, boxes and trunks of the deceased were rifled, and it is supposed he had a considerable quantity of specie by him.  At the time he was discovered, the fire was yet burning, & no doubt the murderer or murderers must have remained a considerable time in the house.  They left behind them a hat and a large knife.  The old gentleman lived entirely by himself, and had kept a variety store for many years in Baltimore.

   CONCORD, Mass. Dec. 9.

   MURDER. - In Natick, on the evening of the 6th inst. Hannah Dexter, a celebrated Indian doctress, was murdered in her own house, by her grandson, Joseph Purchase.  She was between seventy-five and eighty years of age, and sustained an unblemished character.  She was the last of the Natick tribe of Indians.  Her murderer was secured, and committed to jail in this town to await the sentence of the law.


Geneva Palladium, 9 January 1822

   The Albany stage was overset at Sing Sing on Wednesday morning, and Mr. Shneidiker, a passenger belonging to Dover was killed.

   Mr. Henry Blair, of Pompton Plains, New-Jersey, a merchant of respectability, put an end to his life Wednesday last, buy cutting his throat.

   A man calling himself Charles Singleman, suspected of and arrested for, horse-stealing, saved the county the expense of trying and convicting him, by blowing his own brains out, last week, at Tunkhana, Pennsylvania.


Plattsburgh Republican, 26 January 1822

   A man by the name of David Merrihew, of Grand Isle, aged 18 or 20, was on Saturday last found dead on the ice near Great Island. The body was examined by a jury of inquest on Sunday.  It appeared that he started from the furnace at the mouth of Salmon River, on the evening of the preceding Wednesday or Thursday, with a stove on a hand-sled, to go to his father's on the Grand-Isle; and either in consequence of getting into the water or losing his way, he perished with cold.


Ontario Repository, 29 January 1822

Richmond, Jan. 12.

MOST ATROCIOUS MURDER - Seldom have the inhabitants of Virginia, been presented with a more tragical scene, than was witnessed in Mecklenburg.  James Hunt, who lives near Spanish grove in this county, his three daughters, one but 18 years old, and a negro boy about the age of 13, were all the persons belonging to his family.  Mr. Hunt having gone to Richmond, left his three daughters and the negro boy at home.  On Thursday evening the 13th of December, the eldest daughter chastised the boy for some misconduct.  At their usual hour the three girls went to bed, their bedding having been previously placed on the floor near the fire.  A short time before day, the girls caused the boy to make a fire, and again went to sleep, but they soon slept the sleep of death, for the boy irritated by the chastisement lately received, and instigated by the diabolical desire of revenge, as soon as he perceived them tranquil, horribly murdered the three sisters as they lay asleep by beating out their brains with an axe , which was burnt down, and every article of Hunt's household furniture was consumed.- Having remained after the perpetration of the murder until day, took whatever he imagined valuable to him, and set fire to the house. Several persons who saw the fire, hastened to the spot, and got the girls out before they were entirely consumed.  But so deformed were they by the fire, that no human beings ever presented a more horrible appearance.  Upon taking the boy up, he confessed every circumstance. A coroner's jury upon examining into the case called him before them, when he stated to the jury every circumstance agreeable to his former confession. He is now in jail; and no doubt simple justice will be rendered to one whose youthful villainies have been so execrable.


Geneva Gazette, 13 February 1822

SUICIDE. - On the 5th inst. a Coroner's inquest was held in Lyons on the body of JOHN BROWN, who came to his death, according to the verdict of the jury, by taking opium.  He was a stone cutter, employed at work on the Canal, east of Lyons, and had engaged a person to convey him to Rochester.  When arrived at Lyons he purchased at an apothecary's shop a quantity of opium, and disappeared. - The next morning he was found in a barn, buried beneath the straw, alive but insensible. - He survived about an hour after being discovered.

   It is not known from what place he came; but that his friends may learn his fate, and apply to the Coroner, Asa R. Swift, Palmyra, for his effects, consisting of clothing, &c., it is requested that Editors of papers at the eastward will note this event. [Geneva Palladium, 13 Feb: He was a robust healthy man, and appeared to be from 35 to 40 years old.]

   A Mr. Hawley and his wife, of Liverpool, Onondaga county, were drowned in Onondaga Lake about a month ago.  They had set out on a visit to their friends on the Mohawk, and were gone about three weeks, when their bodies, together with the horse and cutter, were accidentally found in the lake.  It would appear that they had not proceeded more than two miles on their journey, before they were precipitated, at a moment's warning, into a watery grave - the road which they took passing on the lake.


Geneva Palladium, 13 February 1822

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - About three weeks since, a Mr. Hawley and his wife left Liverpool, in this county, intending to visit their friends and connections at the eastward.  The sleighing being rather indifferent on the road usually travelled from Liverpool to Salina, Mr. H. concluded to drive in the lake, which is very common in the winter season.  This is the last that was heard of them till within a few days - their friends at Liverpool supposed them on their way to the east.  Not so the melancholy fact - a few days ago as some boys were skating on the lake, they first discovered a trunk froxxxe in the ice, and immediately under it, in about five feet of water, a horse and sleigh together with the unfortunate persons above mentioned.  Their remains have been taken from the water and decently interred.  Mr. H.  we understand, was an industrious and respectable citizen. - Onondaga Register.

MELANCHOLY OCCURRENCE. - The wife of Mr. Samuel Thomas, 108 Chesnut street, Philadelphia, was burnt to death on Tuesday last.  It appears she expected company in the evening of the melancholy catastrophe, and having dressed herself, she proceeded to the kitchen to give some directions.  In order to ascertain whether the buckwheat batter was rising, she laced the candle on the hearth, and in stooping down, it came in contact with the flounce of her dress.  The flames instantly ran up and communicated to her clothes, and burnt so intensely as to perforate her windpipe before any assistance could be rendered.  A black girl was in the room at the time, who, instead of offering any relief, in her fright, instantly ran to Mr. Thomas; but he was too late; the spark of life had become extinct, beyond the hope of resuscitation. - Nat. Adv.


Freeman's Journal, 18 February 1822

[From the Harrisburg Chronicle.]

Extract of a letter dated, Womeldorf, Penn. Jan. 28.

   I have just returned from witnessing one of the most dreadful scenes that was ever heard of in this part of the country. - A man by the name of Miller last night put to death his wife and two children, and after perpetrating the horrid act he put an end to his existence by hanging himself. -  What renders this scene the more dreadful is the circumstance that his wife was in a delicate situation.  It is supposed that despair urged him to this deed.  He was a young man in reduced circumstances, a Polander by birth.

   CORONER'S REPIORT, FEB. 4. - An inquest was held at the house of Mrs. Hatfield, No. 93 Nassau-street, on the body of Henry Zellars, aged 34 years, who was found dead at the house No. 15 Spruce-street.  It appeared from evidence, that this man was much addicted to intemperance, and that being in liquor on Sunday afternoon, two men made a bet with each other, that he would drink a pint6 of country gin in five minutes, and this dreadful dose he swallowed.  A second bet was made, that in five minutes more he would drink another half pint.  He was then taken home, and laid in as comfortable a situation as possible; but he was found dead at an early hour on Monday morning.  Verdict of the Jury -that he came to his death by intemperance.

   SHOCKING AFFAIR. - A black woman living in Goshen, was so severely burnt, on the 24th ult. by her clothes taking fire, that she died on the 26th.  She was sitting by the fire, with an infant child in her lap - a brand rolled down and caught her cotton dress - she threw down the child and screamed out - when assistance came she was literally wrapped in a sheet of fire, presenting the appearance of a burning sheaf of straw. - Goshen Patriot.


Long Island Farmer, 21 February 1822

 On the 24th of January, in the county of Ashtabula (Ohio) Susannah, wife of Samuel Bartholomew, late of Harpersfield, probably in a paroxism of insanity, murdered her husband.  The Jury of Inquest returned a verdict of wilful and premeditated murder.  The unhappy culprit was immediately taken into custody and remains committed for trial.

  Mr. Wm. B. Clark, in Accomack, co. Va. was deliberately beaten to death with clubs, by four negroes, on the 16th of January.  Three of them were apprehended.


Long Island Farmer, 21 March 1822

DREADFUL ACCIDENT. - On Monday, the 11th inst. three sons of Mr. Geo. Hunt, of Newtown,) the eldest nine and the youngest five years of age,) being alone in a room, took down a loaded gun, and while the elder and the youngest were playing with it, was accidentally discharged by the former -the contents passing through the head of Benjamin, about 9 years of age, which instantly terminated his existence.  Let this melancholy catastrophe, be a warning to parents to place fire-arms out of the reach of children.


Plattsburgh Republican, 30 March 1822

   Coroner's Inquest was taken on 26th inst. March, on the body of Luther Stroud, a young man of [...] years of age, found dead on [...] near the stream-boat wharf. Verdict of the jury, that his death was occasioned by a fall on the [...] his face in the water, by which means he was suffocated or drowned; and not by the violence [...] other person.  J. I. GREEN, Coroner.


Freeman's Journal, 1 April 1822

   A man by the name of Roose, lately, (in Loudon County, Virg.) in a fit of intoxication, killed his own son, a youth of 18 who had interfered to protect his mother from the brutal outrages of her husband.  The perpetrator of the horrible crime, is said to possess a handsome property.


Long Island Farmer, 23 May 1822

   A Jury of Inquest was held over the body of Hannah Smith, from on board the Dominion, of New-York, on Tuesday the 14th inst. in Flushing, Queens county.  Verdict of the jury, accidentally drowned. Wm. H. FOWLER, Coroner.


Geneva Palladium, 6 June 1822

SHJOCKING OC CURRENCE. - Five negroes of Iredell county, N.C. belonging to General Davidson, took the desperate resolution of destroying the whole family by poison, to prevent being removed with them to Alabama.  Two of the General's daughters only were destroyed, in the absence of their husbands. A dose (of hemlock) was ready for the general himself, but the plot was discovered before they were ready to complete their purpose.
   PUNSHMENT FOR MANSLAUGHTER. - At a late term of the Supreme Court for the county of Rowan, N. Carolina, Wm. Wood, upon an indictment for murder, was convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to pay a fine of fifty dollars, and to stand committed until the fine paid, but on account of his inability to pay the fine he was allowed the benefit of the insolvent act! - [Com. Adv.]

Freeman's Journal, 10 June 1822

MURDER.  Two men have been implicated by the verdict of an inquest at Montreal, of murdering a Mrs. Barnet in a public house at that place.  Her husband was present, and was severely wounded in the affray.  One of the accused had been secured, but the other remained undiscovered.

SUICIDE. -The wife of Thomas Bassbinder, of Owego village (M.Y.) is stated to have committed suicide, by hanging on the 18th ult.  She was the mother of a large family of children, a member of the church, and no cause was known for the step she had taken.

   From the Democratic Press, June 3.

   On Saturday evening about half past 8 o'clock, Mr. John Fullmer, of Callowhill-street, on his way home, near the second turnpike gate, on the Germanstown road, was struck by lightning.  The one horse gig wagon in which he roader, stopped at the turnpike gate.  The gate keeper came out to receive his tollage, and after some time ascertained that Mr. Fullmer was dead, sitting upright in the gig.  His clothes, hair and eyebrows were not singed, but on the right side of his forehead was a chocolate coloured mark something in the form of a XXX, and this was the only mark discoverable on his body or clothes.  His remains were interred on Sunday in Spring Garden church burying ground.


Geneva Palladium, 19 June 1822

   CORONER;'S REPORT, N.Y.: May 31.

   An inquest was held in the City Hall, on the boldy of Cornelius King, a native of New-York, aged 62 years. Verdict of the jury, that he came to his death by the visitation of God.  In this case, there was something peculiarly sudden.  He was in the Marine Court, for the purpose of giving his testimony in a certain cause, and when putting his hand on the Bible, dropped down and almost immediately expired.  He was by trade a Butcher, and for many years had a stall in the Washington market. - Com. Adv.


   Drowned, in Phelps, on the 10th inst. William B. son of the late Lewis Johnson, aged 6 years.


Plattsburgh Republican, 22 June 1822

   A small boat called the Daylight was up

Set yesterday afternoon, near the middle of the North river, opposite Hoboken, in which was a young woman and five young men.  The boat being partially loaded with stone sunk immediately, before any assistance could be given from the adjoining shore, and three of the men had sunk to rise no more.  One was saved by swimming and another by a boat that came to his relief when nearly exhausted. - N. Y. American.


Plattsburgh Republican, 22 June 1822

   A coroner's inquest was held in this town, on the 29th instant, on the body of John Blackett, said to be from London, found dead in the waters of Dead Creek.  It appeared that he had been for sometime past insane.  Verdict of the jury, that he came to his death by falling accidentally into the water and was drowned.

Plattsburgh, June 20, 1822, J. I. GREEN, Coroner.

  A small sail boat called the Delight was upset yesterday afternoon, near the middle of the North river, opposite Hoboken, in which was a young woman and five young men. The boat being partially loaded with stone, sunk immediately; before any assistance could be given from the adjoining shires, the young woman and three of the men had sunk to rise no more.  One was saved by swimming and another by a boat that came to his relief when nearly exhausted. - N. Y. American.


Ontario Repository, 9 July 1822

SUICIDE. - On Saturday last, Mr. Chesebro, coroner, was called to hold an inquest upon the body of Samuel T. Church, of Middlesex, aged about 55.  It appeared that he had come to his death by hanging himself with a roper.

   On the 20th ult. a man fell from the top of a three story building at Rochester, which caused immediate death.

   A distressing accident happened in West Bloomfield in the afternoon of the 4th inst.  As the stage started at the post office for the east, a sprightly and promising boy, (Francis, son of Mrs. Bacon) six years of age, attempted to run across the street, in  front of the stores - when the nigh leader knocked him down, and he was run over.  He lived but a short time.  We understand that no blame attaches to the driver; there was a large collection of people who had been celebrating the day, and the dust prevented his seeing the little fellow.

   UTICA, July 2.

  MURDER. - A man was killed at German Flats, on Thursday last.  The circumstances as nearly as they are ascertained were as follows: Two brothers had some difference, one of them asked his father for a knife, for the declared purpose of killing his brother.  It was given to him, and at the moment he gave the stab, another brother struck the deceased a blow on the head.  The deceased live a few minutes, called upon his wife, and died.  The father and two brothers have been examine and committed to prison.  The Grand Jury had just been discharged when this transaction occurred.  These are the same persons who were suspected of committing a murder at the Little Falls a few days since.  They belong to a gypsie race of people, and are called Johnsons or Yansons.


Long Island Farmer, 11 July 1822

   MURDER. - A coroner's jury at Boston, has returned a verdict of Murder, on examining the body of Thomas Branagan, a native of Ireland, and a labourer, found dead in a house near the docks.  A warrant had been issued against Owen Sherry, charged with the crime, but he had decamped.  A woman named Mary Reed had been committed as an accomplice in the murder


Geneva Palladium, 17 July 1822

From the Herkimer American.


   On Thursday last, Samuel Bennett, a half-breed Stockbridge Indian, his father John Bennet, a white man, and a lad named Peter Johnson, were by the Coroner committed to our jail, the former as principal and the latter as accessories, for the murder of a coloured man named Samuel Frank.  The murder was committed on the same day, in German Flats, in the presence of several respectable witnesses.  Bennet stabbed Frank with a common pocket knife, the blade of which severed the sixth and seventh ribs, and penetrated the heart.   The decease lived but a few moments after receiving the wound. The prisoners and the deceased all belong to what is called the Yanson Tribe, a horde of beggars, of various colours, who have infested the county like gipsies, from Schenectady hill to the eastern part of this county, and easterly to Columbia co. having all things apparently (including their females) in common among themselves, and endeavouring by pilfering and begging to reduce the property of others to their own common stock.  The deceased is said to have been lately in confinement in Albany jail - and lost his life in consequence of a jealousy entertained or expressed towards his pretended wife, who, was a white woman, and the murderer. Two others of the same tribe were previously in custody as vagrants.

   Nothing further has transpired relative to the suspected murder near the Little Falls.


Geneva Palladium, 17 July 1822

   On Tuesday the 4th inst. David Wray was tried at Augusta (Georgia,) on a charge of WILFUL MRDER, and on clear and unequivocal testimony was found guilty.  It appeared in evidence that the prisoner had manifested a design to murder his own wife, and went to the house of Mrs. Thomas, his wife's mother, for the purpose of executing his bloody purpose, but not succeeding in this, he deliberately shot Mrs. Thomas through the head, by which her life was instantly terminated. He is to be hanged on the first day of July. - American.

   A terrible murder was committed in Montreal on the 17th of May.  Three Irishmen had invited a citizen to drink with them.  The invitation was accepted.  Some altercation arising between them, the citizen was knocked down, and beaten till he cried murder; his wife hearing his cries, ran to his assistance, when the barbarians turned upon her and stabbed her in upwards of thirty different places, of which she expired.

   From the Rutland Herald.

   HOMICIDE. - A man by the name of Richard Bedow, of Fairhaven, in this county, was last week committed to the country prison in this town, charged with having murdered his wife.  We do not learn what the evidence was before the tribunal who ordered him committed, only that the wife of the prisoner had died a short time since and was buried - some suspicion being entertained that she was murdered, the remains were taken up, and on examination, marks of violence were found on the body, which left no rational doubt that she came to her end in consequence of being inhumanly beaten and bruised.  It is stated the prisoner is a foreigner and that he indulges himself in intoxication.

   REUBEN BLANCHMORE, supposed to have been a dancing master, was found dead on the 15th ult. in the edge of Ockmulgee swamp.  He had come down the river in a canoe with a man and woman by the name of Cooper, and a few days before his body was found, had complained of having been thrown out of the canoe, robbed and shot.  Little attention was paid to his story, as he was supposed to be insane; but when found, his clothes were bloody, and shot holes discovered in his shirt, from it is inferred that his account was true. - American.


Long Island Farmer, 25 July 1822

From the Windsor (Vt.) Journal, of July 15.

   DARING ATTEMPT TO ESCAPE. - On Saturday morning last, immediately after the convicts in the state prison, in this town, were liberated from the cells, an attempt was made by four of them to escape by scaling the walls.  .  .  .   After repeated calls to them from the guard on the wall, to desist, and prevent the consequences which must inevitably ensue if they persisted in their rash attempt, which they answered only by threats [...], a volley of stones and brickbats, he was compelled to oppose force to force, and shot the ringleader, an Irishman, by the name of Patrick Fane, aged about 23 years, directly through the head, who fell, and instantly expired, still grasping in death a knife and short chain,  with which he probably intended to assault the guard when he arrived on the wall.  .  .  .   A jury of inquest was held upon the body of Fane, whose verdict was, that he was killed by the guard from necessity, and in the discharge of his duty.

   HYDROPHOBIA. - It appears, by an extract of a letter in the Evening Post, that the son of Capt. Conenhoven, of Greenburgh, died on the 25th ult., in consequence of having been bitten on the 2d day of May preceding, by a dog supposed to be rabid.   .  .   No precautions were used to prevent the consequences until the disorder had reached a pitch which defied all medical skill.  - Com. Adv.


 Freeman's Journal, 9 July 1822

ACCIDEDNT. - One man and three women were drowned on the 3d inst. in attempting to cross the Little Miami, (Cincinatti,) in a wagon.  A woman saved herself by clinging to the wagon till assistance had arrived.

   A boy lately died at Norwalk, (Conn.) in consequence of going into the water to bathe while he was in a state of perspiration.

   A young man, named Forshoc, of Fredericksburgh, (D.C.) was unfortunately killed by his brother about two weeks since.  The two youths were engaged in shooting pigeons, when the contents of the survivor's fowling piece, which accidentally went off, lodged in the head of his brother, who died in a few hours after.


Plattsburgh Republican, 3 August 1`822

   We understand that two persons died last week in this village (Brooklyn) by imprudently drinking cold water when the body was over heated. .  .  . 


Delaware Gazette, 7 August 1822

ACCIDENT. -= A man was killed at Philadelphia on the 1o0th inst. by a horse which ran away with a gig.  He was crossing one of the streets when the horse struck him down, and dashed out his brains.


Geneva Gazette, 14 August 1822

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - A gentleman who came down in last evening's boat furnishes the following particulars of a melancholy event which occurred on board the Steam Boat Richmond, Capt. Centre, on Monday night.

  The Richmond on her passage up, arrived at Catskill in the night, when a Mr. Van Loo[...], a respectable inhabitant of that place came on board to go to Albany.  There being a large number of passengers on board, he was unable to obtain a berth, and after walking about the deck some time, sat down near the machinery, where he pretty soon got to sleep, and fell over among the machinery.  He was instantly killed, and his body mangled in a most shocking manner.  His remains were brought down on board the Chancellor yesterday, and buried at Catskill. - Po'keepsie Journal.



 Long Island Farmer, 15 August 1822

ACCIDENT. - Mr. Nathaniel Manoy of the village of Amsterdam, (N.Y.) was drowned at that place on the 31st ult. In attempting to wade to the opposite shore of the river.

   On the 27th ult. a boy, about 6 years old, the son of Mr. Matthewson of Mayfield, was killed by drinking half a pint of ardent spirits, which had been left in the house of his father by neglect, and in the absence of the latter.

   Two men were killed in Lancaster (Penn.) by the caving in of the well of a distillery, which the proprietor was deepening to obtain more water.

   INTOXICATION. - A revolutionary pensioner, named George Thomas, was found dead in a stable at Ballston on the 28th ult.  The verdict of the inquest was "that he came to his death by drinking too freely of ardent spirits."


Delaware Gazette, 11 September 1822

MURDER! - On Thursday last. Louis Starr, a Canadian, of Chazy, in this county, was committed to the Jail in this village, charged with the murder of his wife, on the Tuesday evening preceding.  The circumstances attending this melancholy affair, as far as we have been abler to collect them are as follows: -

   Starr and another family inhabited the same house, in a remote part of the town, and considerable distance from any inhabitants. Late on Tuesday evening, he and his wife had a quarrel, in which the other family interfered in favor of the woman; this so enraged Starr that he threatened their lives and immediately went out and procured a scythe for the purpose of putting his threats into execution. He entered the room as his wife was stooping down for some purpose, and gave her a blow across the neck, with the scythe, which nearly severed her head from her body. The scythe was then wrested from him by the other man, (his brother-in-law) and in drawing it through his hands they were cut severely.  He then left the house and fled; and the other man, thinking he had left the house for the purpose of decoying him out to kill him, remained within till morning.  A party then rallied and pursued him, tracking him by the blood which he left on the ground and fences over which he passed - several miles, to the Great Chazy river, but without success.  On their return they found him, about half a mile from his house concealed in the grass.

   Starr will probably remain in jail until next June, before he can have a trial.  He has three children, the youngest an infant; and we understand that when the jury of inquest arrived, the two youngest children were crying, and weltering in the blood of their murdered mother. - Plattsburgh Intelligencer.


Long Island Farmer, 12 September 1822

ACCIDENT. - A boy was shot dead at Alexandria on the 4th ult. while engaged in a sham duel with a black boy, whose gun was loaded without his knowledge.

   ACCIDENT. - Mrs. Smith, the wife of Joseph Smith, at Sheppard's Mill, Greenwich, (Conn.) was drowned in the mill dam at that place on the 22d ult.  She had been sick for some time with the intermitting fever, and, in a fit of delirium, had got out of bed unobserved, and proceeded to the bottom of the garden, where the dam, was situated, and where her body was found in [ten] feet depth of water  

AFFLICTING. - Mr. Thomas Thomas, jun. 26 years of age, late of Windsor, Vt. While passing up Lake Erie in the steam-boat a few days since, fell overboard during a fit of epilepsy, and sunk, to rise no more, within sight of his fond father, mother, and brother.


   Drowned, Thursday morning, while fishing on the south side of the island, Mr. Job Halsey, aged 22 years, son of Mr. Samuel Halsey, of Bridgehampton.  He was a young man much respected, and his untimely death is regretted by all who knew him.


Ontario Repository, 17 September 1822

   The Execution of Airy Thompson, who was convicted at the last Circuit Court held in this county, of the murder of her infant child, and sentenced to be hung in October next, has been respited until the meeting of the Legislature.

   On Wednesday 28th ult. in Lancaster, John Lechler was convicted of murdering Mary Lechler, his wife, and Mrs. Haag, about six months ago, in that city.  The Jury brought in a verdict of murder in the first degree.  On his return to Jail, Lechler finally confessed the crime with which he had been charged.  Previous to his strangling his wife, he permitted her to pray for half an hour, but the monster refused to let her take leave of her children. - The public feeling was up to a very high pitch of excitement during the whole of the trial. - Frank. Gaz.

   A Court of Oyer and Terminer was held in Utica on Monday and Tuesday last, Judge Yates presiding.  Ann Irvin, was arraigned on an indictment for the murder of her infant child, tried, and acquitted.

   The body of Thomas Thomas, jun. who was lost overboard the steam boat while off Dunkirk, on the 19th ult. has been found and interred at Erie, Pa.

SUICIDE. - Charles H. Dawly, about 30 years of age, terminated his existence at Manlius, on the 15th inst. by hanging himself on a tree in the woods.  He has left a wife and children.

   An Irishman, named William M'Laughlin, aged about 50, was lately found dead in the woods near Waterloo village.  The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death by debility, occasioned by a fever.  He is said to have had a wife in Walpole, New-Hampshire.


Long Island Farmer, 19 September 1822

ACCIDENTS. -Two men were killed last week while at work on the canal at Fish Creek, near Oak Orchard village. They were excavating the earth under a high bank, which suddenly gave way and immediately crushed then to death.

  Dennis Collins, a native of Ireland, was lately drowned in the Genesee river at Clyde, by falling out of a boat which he was rowing.

   Mr. Nathan Coombes, of this city, aged 65, was killed at Woodbridge, N.J. on the 14th inst. by as stroke lightning, while sitting by a window in conversation with a friend.  "In the midst of life we are in death.
   A man named George Bissel fell from a loaded wagon in Cherry Valley, on Saturday last, when one of the wheels passed over his breast and injured him so much that he expired the same evening.


Long Island Farmer, 26 September 1822


MELANCHJOLY AND UNFORTUNATE. - On Thursday morning last, two of the Deputy Sheriffs of this district, who had a Bench Warrant and four State Warrants against Mr. Jesse Corbin, of this district - having ascertained he did not intend to be taken, they applied to Capt. Hamilton, commanding a troop of cavalry, to render then some assistance.  He very promptly joined them, with some of his men, the whole party amounting to nine persons.  They proceeded to the place in the night, and just before day broke, rode up to the house where Mr. Corbin was, with the intention of surrounding it, but he had heard them; and in attempting to make his escape, was shot at by one of the party as he ran and killed on the spot.  A jury of inquest was held, and a verdict returned of wilful murder.  A warrant was then issued against the whole party, and on Saturday they all surrendered themselves, amenable to the law; and were admitted to bail.


Geneva Gazette, 9 October 1822

SUICIDE. - On the 17th inst., Mr. ---- Gray, of Evans, Erie co set out on foot for his father's house as if going on a shirt distance on an errand.  He was missed so long as to cause alarm.  The neighbors turned out to make search for him.  After a few hours search, he was found within 100 rods of his father's house, hanging by his neck and dead.  A coroner's inquest sat upon his body, and brought in a verdict of suicide whilst insane.  The deceased was a young man of fair reputation, of good worldly prospects, and the stay and prop of aged parents in the decline of life.  He had complained of indisposition for a number of days, but no cause can be assigned for that mental depression and derangement which led to his last horrid act. - Rochester Tel.


Corrector, 19 October 1822

 A coroner's inquest was lately held at West Point, on the body of a woman named Mrs. M'Ginn, who was found dead among the rocks at the foot of the high cliff which overhangs the favourite retreat or grotto of Kosciusko, where the officer was wont to regale himself and his friends with wine, after dinner, while stationed there during the revolution.  The verdict accidental death. [Biographical comment.]


Long Island Farmer, 24 October 1822

Coroner's Inquest. - Yesterday a coroner's inquest was  held at the New-York Hospital, on the body of David Findley, aged 50 years, as native of Scotland.  It appeared that the deceased was in a house in Delancey-street, near Lewis-street, on the night of the 14th inst., the residence of one Jerry Rine; that in consequence of noise being heard in the house, a watchman, stationed near entered, when Rine rushed out and endeavoured to escape by running, but was brought back by the watchman. The deceased was found in the house, in a most shocking situation; his left temple beat in, and several large cuts on the head, by which the brains were perceptible; the bones of the left hand broken, by wounds appearing as if received in warding off the blows, and presenting a spectacle shocking to humanity.  We do not think it proper to state the testimony given to the coroner's jury, who have returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by blows inflicted by Jerry Rine.  He is in confinement.- Advocate.


Plattsburgh Republican, 18 June 1825


  We are again admonished of the uncertainty of life, and the insecurity of steam boats, unless, built with great strength and care, and skillfully managed.  This morning at 6 o'clock, the inhabitants of the Beaver lane were startled by a loud explosion, which was soon ascertained to have proceeded from the Steam Boat Legislator, Capt. Fisher, lying at the foot of Beaver lane and then in the act if getting under way for New Brunswick.  The news of a fatal accident soon spread about, and with hundreds of others we hastened to the spot, just in time to attend the examination of the Coroner's Inquest.  On the deck lay the body of Francis Rancy, the cook, a black man aged 22, belonging to New Jersey.

  The steam acts upon the body with a surprising power.  The face and legs of the deceased were nearly as white as those of a white person.  A medical gentleman took the skin with the nails, from one of the hands, as whole and as perfect as a new glove.

  Further particulars:  Since our paper of yesterday was published, we have leant the following addition particulars:- The bodies of two others, who were employed on boards, have been found, viz. Thomas Williams, a lad, who was cleaning knives, and it is supposed in attempting to escape he fell into the boiler, where he was found yesterday morning. Last evening John Harris, a coloured man, was found alongside the boat, having jumped overboard. - N. Y. Com. Adv. June 2.


Geneva Gazette, 18 December 1822

Batavia, Dec. 17.

   A Coroner's inquest was called to examine the body of Elias Taylor, found dead in the hollow of a tree, on the 10th inst. in the north part of this town.  Taylor had a family who reside in the village; he was subject to occasional fits of insanity; in one of which he absented himself from his family for several months.  He disappeared the latter part of July last - a search was made for him at the time, without success, and was relinquished from the supposition that he would return to his family on the return of reason.  The discovery of the unfortunate man's skeleton, was the first information of his fate.


Ontario Repository, 24 December 1822

   A coroner's inquest was held in Gorham, on Saturday last, upon the body of Rufus R. Wightman, who was found dead in the bar-room of Mr. Treat, in the morning.  It seems he had drunk hard the evening preceding, although not much addicted to that vice, and was left asleep on the floor.  The verdict of the jury was, "that he came to his death by strangulation in consequence of intoxication." He has left a wife with six children.


Delaware Gazette, 6 July 1825

Another horrid Murder!

   An inquest was held yesterday by the coroner over the body of William West, captain of the ship Resolution ballast-lighter.  The body was found in the slip at the foot of Gouverneur's-street, dreadfully mangled about the head and neck; the wounds were six in number, extending from about three inches above the collar bone to the temple on the left side.  The most severe cut was in the latter situation, and penetrated through the skull into the brain.  A large stone, weighing from 40 to 50 pounds, was attached to the feet by a strong rope. The following is a sketch of the evidence made known before the Coroner's jury.  Frederick W. Buckbee saw the deceased on Thursday, having in his possession a roll of money.  Mary W. Horsfield heard, on Saturday night between 12 and 1 o'clock, cries of "murder" and "help" in the direction of West's shop: - from the sound, thought it proceeded from some person choking or strangling.  Henry Johnson assisted in emptying ballast from West's sloop into a schooner; saw the strainer exhibited by the Coroner - said he saw the stone, with the rope attached to it, while unloading the sloop lying at the bows of the sloop.  James Osberr, barber, shaved the deceased on Saturday afternoon between 5 and 6 o'clock - knew him to be the same.  The verdict of the jury was, "that the deceased came to his death by six wounds inflicted upon his neck and head with an axe or hatcher, by some person or persons unknown."

   Four persons were apprehended yesterday, on suspicion of having committed the murder.  Of these, two have been committed to Bridewell for further examination. - N. Y. Gaz.

   We learn that the deceased was master and owner of a lighter sloop.  On Friday he discharged a load of cotton at Gouverneur's wharf between Coffee housed and Old slips, and then removed his sloop to Government market slip, next above Rutger's street.  Some young men who were bathing in the slip yesterday morning, discovered the body wrapped in a sailor's jacket and a piece of sail cloth, with a heavy stone tied to it.  It is supposed he was murdered in his cabin, as a hatcher very bloody was found there & the floor is covered with blood. - Adv.


BARNSTABLE PATRIOT (Mass.), 24 July 1830

Owen Redden, wounded with a hoe at Long Island, N. Y., by Geo. Fuller, has died, and the coroner's jury have returned a verdict of murder.



Ardent Spirits and Death.

Died, in Guilford, Vt. Mr. Steel, aged 66.  The circumstances of his death were these; On Wednesday, the 9th March, he pledged his axe at a store in Guilford for six quarts of cider brandy, with which he went to the southwest part of the town.  On Thursday he was seen near an old, unoccupied house dead, lying on his back, his jug standing near him with about one pint of brandy remaining.  The Jury of inquest brought in their verdict that he came to his death by intemperance and the cold weather. - VERMONT PHOENIX.


RUTLAND HERALD (Vt.), 19 April 1836

From the N. York Com. Advertiser.

Horrid murder and arson.

A young woman, named Ellen Jewett, late of Hallowell, Me., boarding with Mrs. Townsend, of No. 41 Thomas st. (a house of ill fame) was murdered in her bed yesterday morning.  TBC


Fatal affray and death.

A shocking occurrence took place in this village on Saturday evening, the 21st inst.  The parties were Michael Moracy and John Corrigan, both Irishmen, who were probably under the influence of ardent spirits when the affray happened.  It seems that some wrangling and altercation took place between them, when Moracy struck Corrigan with a heavy bludgeon, or club, on the head, and knocked him down and dealt him two or three blows afterwards.  The latter died the next morning about 6 o'clock.  An inquest was holden on the body of the deceased - verdict of the jury that he came to his death by blows inflicted by Moracy.  The latter was arrested on the forenoon of Sunday about two miles from the village, and on Monday was examined before Cyrus Ware Esq. and committed to take his trial at the term of the Court which commences its session in this village on Tuesday next.  The case is said to have no precedent in the annals of this county.  Montpelliet Pat.


VERMONT PHOENIX, 23 September 1836

From the N. Y. Commercial Advertiser of Saturday.


The coroner was summoned, yesterday morning, to view the body of Mrs. Alice Ackley, wife of Samuel Ackley, which was found dead, in the room occupied by her husbands, at the corner of Rivington and Essex streets.  The body was entirely without covering; no marks of violence were perceptible, and as the deceased was known to be of very intemperate habits, a verdict of death from intemperance was recorded, after a slight examination by a surgeon, whose opinion was given to that effect.

   In the meantime the husband, Ackley, and another man, named Leger, who had lived in the same room, had been arrested and imprisoned at the upper police office, on suspicion.  After the rendering of the verdict, the coroner drew up a certificate for the liberation of the two men, and they were about to be discharged, when an order was received for their continued detention from the alderman of the ward, circumstances having come to light which strongly implicated them as the murderers of the deceased.

   Some suspicion had been excited, during the inquest, by the naked condition of the body, and the fact that the under garments of the deceased could no where be discovered.  In searching about the premises, Mr. Smith, one of the police officers, discovered the woman's chemise and one of her husband's shirts, concealed in an out-house, and both deeply stained with blood.  In consequence of this discovery, the coroner held a second inquest, at which the body was more carefully examined, and the horrid fact became apparent that the woman had been most cruelly murdered, by the same means that were resorted to by the murderers of Edward the second, of England, at Berkeley castle, except that the instrument they used was made red hot, whereas the intestines of the unhappy woman had been merely lacerated with a rod of wood or iron, forcibly inserted to the depth of about six inches, and causing almost immediate death.

   At half past 12 this day, the coroner's jury rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased came to her death from injuries inflicted by the hand of her husband, Samuel Ackley.


Murder of the Rev. Evan Roberts.

The body of the Rev. Evan Roberts of Steuben, Oneida county, was found in the Lock at the Little Basin, this morning.  An inquest was held, and testimony introduced which leaves no reasonable doubt but that he was murdered, robbed of his watch and about $100 in money. Mr. Roberts was on his way to New York with a span of horses which had been put on board a tow-boat. - Albany Eve. Journal.


JACKSONVILLE REPUBLICAN (Ala.), 25 February 1837


A little girl about four years old, daughter of Mr. [?] G. Morgan of Livingston, New York, was accidentally shot by a boy about ten years old, on Sunday the 25th ult.  The girl went up stairs, after her father had gone to church, to find her kitten, and the boy followed her.  In a few minutes the mother of the girl heard a noise which she thought was something falling on the chamber floor, and immediately afterwards the boy came down stairs, bringing the lifeless body of the girl in his arms. The boy says he took up the gun (a double barrelled shot gun) and the girl asked him to snap it - and he did so.  The charge entered her cheek just below the eye and lodged in the back part of her head, and must have killed her instantaneously.  The boy is the son of one of Mr. Morgan's neighbors.  Never leave a gun loaded where children can get hold of it. - Trans.





James Hamar, an Englishmen, has been committed to the County Jail in Newark, by Dennis Clark, Esq. of Rahway, for having killed his wife on Saturday night.  Both husband and wife were notorious drunkards and during a quarrel on Saturday evening Hamar beat her violently on the head with a pail from the yard fence, after which he went into the cellar of the house deliberately to chop wood to burn!  A coroner's inquest was held and after some deliberation a verdict of manslaughter was returned - the jury supposing that as the murder was committed in a drunken bout, that was the safest return to make.  A nail was found driven into her head, probably from the end of the pail.

[See also page 1, a very faint column.  == TBC]


THE COLUMBIA DEMOCRAT (Bloomsburgh, Pa.), 13 May 1837

A coroner's inquest was held on the body of JOSEPH C. JONES, on the 3d inst.  He was drowned in crossing Cattawissa creek, near Paxton & McKelvy's mill, on the 31st March last, but his body was not found until the date of the inquest above mentioned.


RUTLAND HERALD, 27 June 1837

Lives lost by the Freshet.

We are indebted to J. L. Gross, Esq. Coroner, for a list of the inquests held by him over the bodies of persons drowned in the freshet on Wednesday night:

Christopher West, wife and three children [Weist][Saratoga street]

----- Dougerty, corner of Concord and Water sts.

Catherine Donnelly, Pratt street.

James Doyle, Long Wharf.

Jacob Oakley, Falls road.

A woman and daughter, names unknown.

The following persons have been drowned, but their bodies are yet unrecovered.

James Kelley

Henry Linehan

Mr. Donnelly

And five persons on the Falls road, names unknown.




The body of Robinson, mate of the schr Texas, was discovered floating in the D???ran river on the 13th inst.  He was missed from the vessel about the 1st of June. - Marks of violence on his head.  Verdict of Coroner's inquest, death from causes unknown.


RUTLAND HERALD, (Vt.), 25 July 1837

An inquest was held over the corpse of a man found in the "beaver meadows," in New Haven, last week.  From appearances he is supposed to have been dead some weeks.  The face was so much disfigured as to render it impossible to identify him.  He appeared to have been tolerably well dressed, but had on neither coat nor hat.  A wallet was found in his pocket containing between one and two dollars in change, but no papers calculated to lead to his identity.


RUTLAND HERALD (Vt.), 1 August 1837


A woman residing in the upper part of the city of New York, who has been in the habit of gadding about and leaving her infant aged 6 weeks, at home, with a strong dose of paregoric to keep it quiet, succeeded on Monday in effectually quietening the little innocent, by giving it a teaspoon of morphine.  The lady had been told that morphine had a better effect than the drug she had been in the habit of using, and purchased a phial as if by way of experiment.  The dose above alluded to was given in order to keep the child still while the mother went to the funeral of one of her cronies.  A Coroner's inquest was held, and the jury was undetermined whether the child died from the immediate effects of the morphine, or from the habitual use of the paregoric.


Dreadful effects of Lightning.

We are now called upon to chronicle one of the most dreadful accidents by lightning, ever known in this part of the country.  The following facts are derived from a gentleman near the scene of disaster: ---

   During the thunderstorm, on Tuesday night, the 11th inst. the house of Mr. Walter Hawley, situated about three miles west of the Ridgefield Church, was struck with lightning and distressing to relate, Mr. Hawley,, his son, and grandchild were instantly killed, while in bed.  Mrs. Hawley, immediately after the flash, called several times to her husband, who slept in an adjoining room, and not being answered, she went to the bed, and found her husband a corpse.  She then called upon her son, who occupied a room below, and he not answering, she hastened to the spot, and found him and his child dead, and his wife senseless, who, it is supposed cannot recover - and who was delivered of a fine child the following morning, which does not appear to be affected in the least degree by the shock.  The house was situated on a height, having trees near it, but no electric conductor on the house.  The house was not injured, except one ort two panes of glass being broken, where the fluid is supposed to have passed into the house. - Norwalk Ct. Chronicle.


RUTLAND HERALD (Vt.), 8 August 1837


(From the Aurora (Erie county, N.Y.) Standard.

Murder of Rapp, long account, see below.



BURLINGTON FREE PRESS (Vt.), 11 August 1837

From the Aurora (Erie County) Standard.


Full column, re Rapp.  Town of Hamburgh.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 30 August 1837


It is with the most painful emotions that we record the death of this gentleman, by his own hand.  He shot himself with a fowling-piece, loaded with shot, about 7 o'clock on Saturday morning, and expired immediately.  He was alone in his bedroom, had arisen, shaved and dressed himself, except putting on his boots; and from the position in which he was found, must have been sitting on the bed, and discharged the gun with his foot, the stocking on which was burnt; the muzzle of the gun was directly against the lower part of the chest.  A coroner's inquest was held, and the jury unanimously returned a verdict that the act was committed while laboring under partial derangement or monomania.  Mr. Seymore was formerly a member of the Senate of this state, was for several years one of the acting Canal Commissioners of this state, and was at the time of his death, President of the Farmer's Trust & Loan Company, of the city of New York. - Utica Democrat.


BURLINGTON FREE PRESS (Vt.), 8 September 1837

JAMES WADSWORTH, an Englishman, aged 25 years, was found dead in his shop, near the wharf, on Wednesday morning last.  The jury of inquest summoned on the occasion came to the conclusion that his death was the result of a fit of apoplexy.


VERMONT PHOENIX (Vt.), 29 September 1837

Sudden Death.

Mr. Leader Dam, well known in this city as a writing master and dealer in patent medicines, was found dead in his bed in the Pearl Street House, New York, on Saturday.  Verdict of the Coroner's inquest, Died in a fit. - Boston Pat.




An affray occurred between two Irishmen named Flanagan and Campbell in the employ of the Farrandsville company, in Hemlock township, in which the former lost his life.  An inquest was held over the body, who reported, that he came to his death by a rupture, occasioned by a kick which he received from Campbell, in the affray.  He has been lodged in the jail of this county.


The body of a man was found in the Juniata river, last week, near Lewistown, Mifflin county, supposed to be a German, 35 or 40 years of age.  No traces were found by which the cause of his death could be ascertained.  He is described as follows: black hair and beard, 5 feet 8 inches high, and had a small scar on the left side of his chin, his clothes were good & of a fine  quality.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 23 May 1838

From the Journal of Commerce.

CORONER'S INQUEST. - Horrible consequence of Intemperance.

The coroner yesterday held an inquest in the 3rd Avenue, on the body of a young woman named Sarah Kerwin, the circumstances of whose death exhibit an unusually melancholy and appalling picture of the frailties and sufferings of human nature.  She was only 28 years old, was a married woman, and the mother of two twin children.  Unfortunately for herself, she latterly became addicted to dinking, and on Saturday night when her husband returned home he found her grossly intoxicated, and nearly in the same state himself, he thought it expedient to take her two children out of her arms, and took them into the entry and sat down with them.  After he had remained there a short time, a woman who lodged in the house passed by the door of his apartment, and perceiving it filled with smoke asked Kerwin what was the matter.  By this time the fumes of the liquor he drank had so destroyed his reason as to render him completely careless or unconscious of what was going forward, and he jestingly answered the woman's query by saying, "Oh! nothing! It's only my wife that's burning up in the room."

   On hearing this, the woman rushed into the room and found that Kerwin's brutal jest was but too true.  His unfortunate wife was lying on the floor quite senseless, with all her clothes burnt to a cinder, and her person half roasted with fire.  Medical assistance was procured as speedily as possible, ands the unfortunate woman recovered so far as to be able to speak.  When questioned as to how her clothes caught fire, she at first said that her husband had thrown a lighted candle into her lap, but she subsequently contradicted herself, and said that her clothes accidentally caught fire.  Before however any positive version of the matter could be obtained from her, another incident happened to her which so added to her sufferings, as to prevent the possibility of her answering any question understandingly.  The shock which her system had received, brought on a premature accouchement, and between the pains of this, and the torments of her half burned body she was reduced to so horrible a state of agony that every one who witnessed it, looked forward to her speedy dissolution as the most merciful dispensation which could be allotted her.  Notwithstanding however the intense agony she suffered, the unfortunate woman lingered on until Sunday evening and then expired.  As there was no evidence to show that her husband had set fore to her, the jury returned a verdict of accidental death.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 13 June 1838


On Friday last, Stephen M. Perine, Esq., Coroner, was called to view the body of Mr. Ambrose Baldwin, at the Fayette House in this city, and on an examination of witnesses before the jury of inquest it appeared that the deceased had been for some time very judiciously treated by Dr. J. P. Batchelder of this city, in a case of bilious fever, and was in an improving state; but by the advice of his nurse was induced to call to him a pretender of the Thomsonian school, who proceeded to administer preparations of Lobelia, Cayenne Pepper, Alcohol, Gum Myrrh, &c., &c., the operation of which he survived but a short time. The testimony of the best medical gentlemen on the subject, as well as the evidence of the experienced surgeons attending a post mortem examination of the internal appearances of the body, led the jury to the conclusion that the deceased came to his death from a state of disease proximately caused by the improper treatment of one George F. Fowler of the city of Utica, and in so finding a verdict warned all persons to beware of all pretenders to a science of which they are so totally ignorant.

   The Coroner was also called on the same day, to view the body of an infant child of Mr. Hipolite Dufranoit, found in a cistern cask set in the ground.  Verdict of the jury "Accidental drowning." - Utica Whig.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 27 June 1838


The Coroner on Saturday night held an inquest on the body of Louisa Missouri Miller.  The deceased was a young lady about 16 years old, and on the 28th ultimo, in consequence of alleged ill-treatment on the part of her mother, she was taken out of her house on a writ of habeas corpus, and the Surrogate at her request appointed Justice Bloodgood as her guardian.  Mr. Bloodgood then placed her at the house of Mr. Warren, at the corner of Houston and Crosby streets.  Here she remained for 3 or 4 days, when her mother and some other relatives called at the house and demanded to see her.  She was not then within, and the persons who called to see either supposing they would not be permitted to see her of for some other reason, they acted so rudely, that in order to avoid a repetition of the annoyance Mr. Warren requested Miss Missouri to obtain some other place of residence.  In consequence of this information the young lady went to reside at the house of Mr. Thomas S. Hamblin, No. 70, Franklin street, about ten days back.  Shortly after her arrival at Mr. Hamblin's she was attacked with hysterics, and continued ill until last Saturday afternoon when she died. - Jour. of Com.

From the N. Y. Gazette.

At the request of Mr. Hamblin, a Coroner's Jury went into a thorough investigation of all the circumstances of the case; the result of which is stated in the following verdict:

   "That the deceased, Miss Misssouri, came to her death by inflammation of the brain caused by great mental excitement, induced jointly by the violent conduct of her mother, and the publication of an abusive article in the Poly[??????]post."

   We have since seen one of the Jurors who informs us that the verdict was the unanimous opinion of the inquest, and that the examination elicited nothing in the slightest degree criminating the conduct of the persons having the poor girl in charge, but that on the contrary, the treatment of Mr. and Mrs. Hamblin was kind and tender towards the victim; that she died in the arms of Mrs. H. who had done everything in her power to soothe and alleviate the sufferings of the young woman, and left her not even in death.  Dr. Francis and another respectable professional man, made a post mortem examination of the brain of the deceased, and it was upon their testimony, corroborated by the circumstances of the case, that the verdict of the Jury was founded.


S. M. Perine, Esq. on Monday, June 25, held an inquest at the residence of E. Curran, Esq. upon the body of a young woman named Sarah Giles.  Verdict "came to her death by the act, or visitation of God, by a stroke of lightning."



THE FRIEND OF MAN, 14 August 1839



On Monday, August 5, a dead body was discovered in the barn of geo. Gridley, of Clinton.  On examination by the coroner, S. M. Perine, it proved to be the person of one Kellogg, a man of intemperate habits, who was last seen, four days before his body was discovered, was apparently going home from mowing, having a scythe upon each shoulder, and quite intoxicated.  It is supposed that soon after this he lost his balance and fell backward upon one of the scythes, as there was a horrible wound or gash upon his back, and one of the scythes when found was covered with blood.  It appears after receiving the wound he crawled to the barn, passing over one fence on his way, and there lingered and died.

   The coroner was also called on Wednesday last to hold an inquest upon the body of Witt Belknap, drowned in the canal, near the weigh lock in this city.  From the testimony before the jury it appeared that he also was a man of intemperate habits, and was in liquor at the time.  he was at work on board the canal boat Illinois, the boat was moving stern first, he was attempting to steer her, was overpowered, and by the tiller was thrown into the canal; before the body was recovered life was extinct.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 11 March 1840


On Friday the 6th inst. Coroner Perine held an inquest at Whitesboro, on the body of Eliza Edick, a married woman found dead in her bed on the morning of that day.  The circumstances attending this case are of the most revolting character.  From the evidence adduced, it appeared that the deceased was a habitual drunkard; that her sister, a woman of the most abandoned character, resided with her; that her house was the place of resort for lads of 17 to 20 years of age; and that on the night of her death, a number of them were drinking, dancing, and carousing between three and four o'clock in the morning; that the deceased was so completely stupefied with whisky and brandy as to be entirely insensible, and about three o'clock was dragged off to her bed on a chair, and there left.  About 6 o'clock her babe (10 weeks old) becoming restless her daughters (18 and 15 years of age) repaired to her room and attempted to arouse her, but found her dead.  Verdict, "Died in a fit, occasioned by the liquor drank last evening and this morning!"  - Com.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 20 May 1840

Accidental Loss of Life.

In the west part of the city, on Monday afternoon, the 11th inst., while some workmen were underpinning a small frame building, it fell.  The masons in the course of their repairs, removed a part of the foundation of the chimney, which in consequence and, in its fall carried the building with it.  At the time it fell, there were some six or seven men under the house, one of whom was slightly injured in the hand, another severely in the chest and arm, but not dangerously.  A Mr. Morris Belay, recently from Ireland, was sitting a few feet from the building.  The end beams of the house, with part of the chimney, fell on him, and injured him as to cause his death in the course of thirty minutes.  An inquest was held by S. M. Perine, Esq., Coroner, and the following verdict recorded, "Came to his death by the fall of a building, the underpinning of which was about being laid up,, which fell in con sequence of the foundation of the chimney giving way, and the building not being properly supported during the progress of said repairs."



FOUND DEAD, in the fields about one mile and a half east of this village, on Saturday last, a Mr. Harry Waters, who lived in Carpenter's Settlement.  Waters was an intemperate man, and went to Factory village on Tuesday last, and while there became much intoxicated.  He started for home on then same day, taking with him a two-quart jug or bottle filled with spirits, and proceeding across the lots.  When last seen, he was reeling and staggering on his way.  Nothing was heard of him until he was found dead, as above stated.  The jug was near him, though its contents were reduced but little.  He appeared to have suffered much, and to have died an agonizing as well as a miserable death.  A coroner's inquest was held over the body, and the verdict of the jury was "Death from Intemperance."  Oh, when will the inebriate learn wisdom from these solemn and awful warnings? - Rome Sentinel, April 27.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 1 June 1841

Suicide. - On Sunday, the 9th inst., a girl aged about 17 years, who resided at Mr. Segar's Hotel in Bridgewater, in this county, committed suicide by hanging.  She was found in a swamp about a quarter of a mile east of the village, and cut down before life was extinct, but died in a few minutes.  We are informed that she had been engaged to be married to a stage driver, but he proved faithless.  The girl had threatened to destroy herself if he did not fulfill his promise. - Roman Citizen.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 17 August 1841


The coroner was called yesterday morning, to view the body of Ann Veit, who had for some time past received the addresses of a young German, but with whom she had quarrelled.  A few days since she procured three ounces of laudanum, which she poured into a pint bowl, and having drank it, wrapped up the bottle in a quilt which she put into a corner, and also his the bowl behind a trunk.  She died in great agony in about five hours.  The man, the cause of her death, was present at the holding of the inquest, and seemed in much affliction at the unhappy ruin his anger had caused.  The young lady was an adopted child of Mr. Veit, was very handsome, of modest and unassuming demeanour, beloved and respected by all who knew her, and had just reached her nineteenth year. - U. S. Gaz.


THE FRIEND OF MAN, 5 October 1841

Long account of disappearance and murder of Samuel Adams.



A steerage passenger from St. George or Thomaston, Maine, named Josiah Graves, died on board the Gold Hunter at Mazatlan, on the 1st inst., and was buried in the English burying ground at Creston Islands, in the harbor.



THE NEW YORK TIMES, 17 August 1853


The Inquests Concluded - List of the Latest Victims.

The coroners have brought their labors to a close.  For nearly a week they have been occupied, with scarcely an intermission, in the holding of inquests on the bodies of persons who died from the effects of the heat.  Forty eight inquests were held yesterday which bring us to the end of the fatal list.  The names, ages, and places of nativity of the sufferers, are as follows :

Jane Hopper, 25; Ireland.  202 West-street.

Thomas Brennan, 26; Ireland. 235 Tenth-avenue.

Michael Moran, 48; Ireland.  208 Elizabeth-street.

Mary Kerrigan, 26; Ireland.  43 Laurens-street.

Ann McAber, 45; Ireland.  43d-street and 11th av.

Margaret Hawke, 35; Edinburgh, Scotland.  248 Tenth-avenue.

Patrick Moyna, 14; Ireland. 162 West 18th st.

Philip Mc Cube, 35; Ireland. Died at the corner of Chambers and West-sts.

Michael Murtha, 20; Ireland.  Died at the corner of Ninth av and Twenty-first st.

John McAdam, 56; Ireland.  Died at 697 Washington-st.

Edward Nolan, 20; Ireland. Died at 129 West 17th st.

An unknown man, supposed to be 40 years of age, died at the Fourteenth Ward station-house.  He had light brown hair, whiskers under the chin, 5 feet 8 inches in height, dressed in a black dress coat, plaid cassimere pants, black cloth vest, white shirt, black hat and boots.

Patrick Griffen, 23; Ireland.  Died at 24 Poll-st.

Edward Lewis, 34; Ireland.  Died at 359 Water-st.

Eugene Delatere, 49; France.  91 Reade-st.

Thomas O'Brien, 40; Ireland.  11 Batavia-st.

Mr. Cork, 37; Ireland.  Died at 69 Reade-st.

An unknown man, 23; Ireland.  Died at the N. Y. Hospital.

Martin Redmond, 24; Ireland.  Died at 108 Cliff-st.

John Sullivan, 45; Ireland.  Died at 26 Oak-st.

Wm Kennedy, 26; Ireland.  Died at 4 Hamilton-st.

Mary Ann Farley, 40; Ireland.  Died at 138 Orange-st.

Rosanna Shields, 45; Ireland.  Died at the Fourteenth Ward Station-house.

Sarah Woods, 35; England.  Died at 78 James-st.

Mary Noble, 45.  Died at the City Prison.

Frederick Linger, 24; Germany.  Died at the N. Y. Hospital.

John Sullivan, 36; Ireland.  1 Oak-st.

John Grady, 40; Ireland.  49 Mulberry-st.

Mary Hennessy, 30;  Ireland. 92 Cherry-st.

Hannah --------, 44; Ireland.  Died at 139 Washington-st.

An unknown man, 38; supposed to be born in  Ireland.  Died at the Essex Market Prison.

Unknown man, 30; supposed to be born in Ireland. Died at the Nineteenth Ward Police-station.

Unknown man, 30;  born in Ireland.  Died at New York Hospital. .  He was about 6 feet in height, muscular, sandy hair and whiskers, and dressed as a laborer.

August Remanosker, 40; Prussia. Died at 20 Orange-st.

Thomas Johnson, (colored,) 57; born in Virginia.  Died at 284 Walker st.

Francis Finnigan, 50; Ireland.  Died in 49th-st., near 2d-av.

Derby Boucher, 30; Ireland. Died at the Hospital.

Timothy Gann, 30; Ireland. 161 East 24th-st.

Edward Trynson, 24; Ireland.  Died at the Hospital.

Richard Nugent, 40; Ireland.  Died at 46 Sixth-st.

Owen F. Cavannagh, 35; Ireland. Died at 46 Sixth-st.

Dogold McNail, 29; Scotland.  Died at Bellevue Hospital.

Patrick Kelly, 32; Ireland.  Died at 560 Fourth-st.

Henry Jacques, 25; Ireland.  Died at Bellevue Hospital.

Peter Tiernan, 44; Ireland.  Died at 473 East 12th-st.

Christina Smith, 23; Germany.  Died at Bellevue Hospital.

Hugh McTiernan, 40; Ireland.  Died at 268 First-st.

James McGintez, 36; Ireland.  Died at 339 First 13th-st.

How many deaths really occurred during the intensity of the heat, can never be accurately ascertained.  The report of the Health Inspector will come very near the mark, if to next Saturday's table be added then deaths from coup de soleil recorded last week.  In the newspaper reports, the names of the victims have often been repeated, and "unknown man" has been identified in another portion of the list.  But, at the most moderate calculation, not far from Two Hundred and Fifty persons perished in this City alone, from the excessive heat.  Of this number not twenty were born in this country.  The large majority were Irish emigrants, recently arrived, and laboring as masons on new buildings, or servant girls, fresh in arduous situations.  A few Germans and English helped to swell out the long and terrible catalogue of the DEEDS OF THE SUN.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 25 April 1856


Coroner's Inquest at Jamaica.


A Coroner's inquest was held yesterday at Jamaica, Long Island, on the body of young PIERCE, which, as we yesterday published, was washed up last Tuesday on Rockaway Beach, after a disappearance of nearly three months.  The body was brought Wednesday night to Jamaica, and deposited in Village Hall.  Great excitement prevailed in this beautiful and quiet town.  On entering the village yesterday morning, our reporter found this matter the one absorbing topic of conversation.  A large crowd was gathered about the place where the remains were lying, curious to obtain a look at them.  But this was steadily denied them all.  In the early part of the day there arrived from New York several persons sent by Mr. PIERCE to be present at the inquest, to testify their identification of the body.  The precarious condition of Mrs. PIERCE since the shocking news was imparted to her, having been such as to render it necessary that Mr. PIERCE should not leave her for an instant.

   At 10 o'clock, Mr. Wm. H. NICHOLS, Coroner from New-Hempstead, impannelled a Jury to hold the inquest.  The following were the names of the Jurors : Thomas Bradlee, Alexander Hagner, E. L. Carroll, G. N. Codwise, J. S. Seabury, J. G. Underhill, George H. Parsall.

   The Jurors, after being sworn, carefully examined the corpse and its investments.  The jewelry and other articles found upon the deceased were laid before them and examined.  The hearing of evidence was then entered upon.  The following was


John W. Foster was the first witness called, and being sworn, testified as follows: I was going along the Rockaway beach, between three and four o'clock on the afternoon of last Tuesday; between two and three miles west of the Pavilion, I saw a body lying in the edge of the water, on the beach, apparently having been just washed up; the body had on a coat, vest, pants and boots, together with underclothes, cravat, collar, &c., a white kid glove was on his left hand; a gold watch was in his vest pocket, with a gold chain attached, by which were hanging several charms; a  diamond ring was on the little finger of his right hand, and a chased gold ring on the little finger of his left hand; a diamond breastpin was on  the bosom of his shirt; the pin was in the form of a star, with three diamonds; in his shirt bosom were also two gold studs; on the sleeves of his shirt wristbands were gold sleeve buttons; in the right pocket of his pantaloons were two penknives, a gold toothpick, a key, and three copper cents; ion the right vest pocket was a five-cent piece; no port-monnaie nor paper of any kind was upon his body; after the discovery of the body I told my son to go after a Coroner in Rockaway; while he was gone I remained with the body; my son returned at half-past eight o'clock that evening, not having been able to find a Coroner; we both remained with the body till four o'clock Wednesday morning; I then sent my son to Jamaica for a Coroner; at about four o'clock in the afternoon Mr. Pierce, of New-York; Mr. Jacobs, of New-York, and Mr. Gale, of Jamaica, came to where the body was, accompanied by my son; meanwhile I had removed the jewelry from the body; Mr. Pierce and those with him looked at the body and identified it as that of young Edward Pierce; Mr. Pierce recognized the jewelry, which was shown to him done up in a paper; an examination was made of his clothing to see if his name was marked upon any of them; no mark was found, except upon his left boot leg; this Mr. Jacobs cut open; upon this was written, in ink, "Mr. Pierce, 45 Liberty-street;" the body, after being identified, was given by men, in compliance with the direction of Mr. Pierce, in charge of Mr. Gale.

   Jacob Foster, the son of the previous witness, was next sworn - he corroborated the evidence of his father, as to the finding of the body of deceased on Rockaway beach, and as to the jewelry upon his person; he corroborated, in addition, the statement of his being sent to both Rockaway and Jamaica for a Coroner to hold the inquest. 

   Charles J. Gale was next sworn - I reside in Jamaica, Long Island, and am Police constable; the son of Mr. Thomas Foster came to Jamaica Wednesday morning, about half past eight o'clock, and notified Justice Snediker and myself of a body being found on Rockaway Beach, and wished to have a Coroner; we asked him to describe the body found, and, from the description given, we had no doubt that it was the body of young Pierce, missing from New-York; I told the young man to remain in Jamaica, when I proceeded to New-York, by the 8:45 A>M> train, and called at No. 45 Liberty-street, on Mr. Pierce; I stated to him about the discovery of a body at Rockaway Beach, and gave him a description of the clothing, jewelry, &c., found upon the body; he said at once that it was his son; he stated that there was a gold cord upon the vest; he asked me if he had a diamond ring upon his finger; I answered that I did not know, not having seen the body; I told him that I inquired of the young man giving me the information as to the body if he had a diamond ring on his hand, as I recollected from the advertisements appearing at the time his son was missing that a diamond ring was on one of the fingers; the young man told me that it might be so, as a white kid glove was on one of his hands; Mr.  Pierce said he would proceed to look at the body; he gave me instructions to meet him at Jamaica, when he would go with me to Rockaway; at shortly after two o'clock Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Pierce, accompanied by Mr. Jacobs and porter, son, and myself, went in a carriage to look at the body; on arriving there we found Mr. Thomas Foster with the body, which was then lying on the beach, a little above high water mark, and had a covering of cloth; Mr. Jacobs and myself removed the cloth and took a view of the body; he said immediately, "That is Ned's body; I recognize his clothes and hair;" Mr. Pierce did not get out of the carriage at first; we inquired for the jewelry which Mr. Foster showed it to us wrapped up in a paper; we then showed the jewelry to Mr. Pierce; he recognized them at once as belonging to his son; he then said, "See one more thing, if there is a gold cord on his vest, then I know it is my son;" Mr. Jacobs took a second look at the body and found the gold cord as specified, and cut a piece off and showed it to Mr. Pierce; Mr. Pierce nodded his head an d said, "It is him;" subsequently Mr. Pierce got out of the carriage and looked at the body; he did not look at the face but requested to keep the same covered; he said, "I should know him from the clothes;" he told me to have a box made and the body placed in it, and remove it from that place; he and Mr. Jacobs then left for New-York; I got a box made and put the body in it about 6 o'clock, and had it conveyed to Jamaica, to the Village Hall, where it now lies.

   Mr. A. R. Gladwin  , the next witness sworn, testified that he had been a long time intimately acquainted with deceased; he recognized the body as being that of deceased from the peculiar shape of his front teeth; he attended with him the party in Twenty-first-street, New-York, at which he was last seen alive; the deceased wore no overcoat to the party, but a shawl belonging to witness; he supposed he had this on when he left the house the last time; the deceased left the party about two o'clock in the morning, in company with witness and his own mother and sister, but subsequently turned back, saying he would go and dance another set before taking his final leave of the party; this was the last they saw of him; witness identified the diamond ring of the deceased; he was with him when he purchased it; the body of the ring was comprised of two heavy gold wires intertwined; he also recognized the watch and chains attached to it, worn by the deceased and found upon his body.  

    Richard Kidd testified that he was at present a clerk in the store of Mr. Edward Pierce, at No. 45 Liberty-street; he was thus employed at the time of the mysterious disappearance of young Pierce the first of February last; he recognized the body as being that of young Pierce from the clothing upon  it; he helped him to select the vest hew had on, and it was at his suggestion that he had trimming of gold lace placed upon it; he recognized the lace; he also knew the cravat round deceased's neck, as he bought one of the same pattern at the time deceased bought this; he knew the boots on deceased's feet; they were put on new the afternoon of the evening of the party; the gold watch, rings, studs, sleeve-buttons, diamond pin, &c., found upon deceased, he recognized as those worn by young Pierce.

   Lieut. Palmer, of the Twenty-first Ward Police, New-York, declared the body as unquestionably that of young Pierce; he had seen deceased several times, and observed a peculiarity in his front teeth - an unusual projection - which was noticeable in the present body; he stated that he had spent a considerable time in aiding the father of young Pierce to discover the body of his son.

   Sergeant Walsh, of the Court of Sessions, New-York, likewise pronounced the body as that of Edwin M. Pierce; he had also aided Mr. Pierce in solving the mystery of his son's disappearance.

   There being no further witnesses present to testify as to the finding or identity of the body, the Coroner here declared the evidence closed.

   Some of the Jury expressed the opinion that before agreeing upon a verdict, Mr. Pierce, Sr., should [be present] to testify positively to the body being [that of his] son.  These objections were finally overruled, and in view of the necessary detention of Mr. Pierce, as stated in New-York, by the bedside of his wife, and the positive character of the evidence offered, it was decided to terminate the evidence here.

   After short deliberation, the following was announced as the


The body, upon which the undersigned have been called to sit in inquest, we declare as that of Edwin M. Pierce, of the City of New-York; that the dead body was washed ashore on Rockaway beach, and that he, the deceased, came to his death b y some cause to the Jurors unknown.

   The verdict, as above, was duly signed by the Coroner and Jurors.


Subsequent to the rendering of the Coroner's verdict, the body was consigned to the care of Lieut. PALMER, by whom, in connection with Sergeant WALSH, and Messrs. GLADWIN and KIDD, the same was conveyed to the Bellevue Hospital, New-York, for a post-mortem examination.  This was done in compliance with a previous request of Mr. PIERCE, Sr., Dr. AMERMAN made the examination.  The contusion on the back of the head he thought was undoubtedly occasioned by the body coming in contact with the rocks and ice.  It was not a mark of violence sufficient to cause death.  The internal organs were healthy with no indications of poison.  Mr. JACOBS and other friends of the family were present at the post mortem examination.

   So, that part of the mystery which concerned the fate of young PIERCE, is solved.  But how came his remains in the Rockaway surf?  What have been the circumstances that have so long hidden, and after three months, washed it ashore?  How does it happen that the flesh is not consumed by fish - that the clothes are not chafed and torn - that there is so little disfigurement of the person?  Was he drowned off some of our wharves and his lifeless body detained in the floating ice, borne out through the Narrows, and so conveyed, only some dozen miles eastward, and washed ashore?  Or, did he, from that last party, which he attended in ----- street on the night of the ---- of January, cross straight to the South side of Long Island, and was he there drowned?  Or, did he go to sea, and having perished, unknown to all on board, does the sea at last give up the dead, in solution of a part of the strange mystery of his fate?  The inquest of the Coroner's Jury does not throw a single ray of light upon these points.


THE WINONA ARGUS, Thursday 19 March 1857 (2)


An old gentleman named Jackson Hibbard, formerly a drunner in the U.S. Service, living on a farm in the vicinity of this city, was most brutally murdered last evening by a man named Dennis Sullivan.  The murderer has been arrested.  No cause has been assigned for the deed.


On Sunday night last, William Taylor brutally murdered his wife at Rochester, N.Y.  The husband and wife had not lived happily together, and both were addicted to drinking.  On Sunday they had a spree, the husband being more intoxicated and turbulent than usual.  The neighbors state that there was considerable disturbance in the house during the day.  The man beat his wife several times in the course of the day, and threw his child, an infant six months old, out of the window into some bushes.


NEW YORK, Aug. 22.

A lawyer named Wagstaff, was shot dead last night, in a saloon in Broadway, by an actor named Winans.  -  Thos. A. Winans, who shot Wagstaff last night, has been discharged from custody, the Coroner's jury havinfg found a verdict of justifiable homicide.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 7 January 1858

Coroner's Inquest.

DEATH FROM BURNS. - Coroner PERRY held an inquest yesterday at No. 295 Bowery, on the body of ANNA SMITH, two years old, who died from burns caused by her clothes taking fire from the sgtove.  A verdict was rendered of accidental death.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 15 February 1858

Coroner's Inquests.


Coroner GAMBLE held an inquest, yesterday, at No. 36 Vestry-st., upon the body of VINCENT CHOVEY, a young Frenchman, who died from the effects of overdoses of morphine administered by a drug clerk.  The evidence showed that the deceased had for some time past been subject to severe attacks of rheumatism.  Last Wednesday he had one of the attacks, and took morphine to relieve the pain and enable him to sleep.  On Saturday night he asked RICHARD ROCKE, a drug clerk who roomed with him to give him some morphine.  At 8 o'clock in the morning, ROCKE gave the deceased what he supposed to be three-fourths of a grain, and two hours afterwards a similar amount, but in neither case weighed the medicine.  After taking the last does the deceased fell into a deep drowse, and breathing heavily.  Dr. A. P. DALRYMPLE was sent for, but death ensued a few minutes after his arrival.  The Doctor gives it as his opinion, that more than a grain and a half of morphine had been administered to the deceased during the evening.  The jury rendered a verdict "that the deceased came to his death by an overdose of morphine, administered to him by RICHARD ROCKE, he (ROCKE) not supposing that it would produce other than beneficial effects."  The deceased was 23 years of age and unmarried.



THE NEW YORK TIMES, 29 March 1858.

Coroner's Inquests.


Coroner HILLS held an inquest yesterday, at No. 297 West Twenty-eighth-street, upon the body of MICHAEL MARVIN, the convict who died on Monday last at Sing Sing prison.  Mr. BEARDSLEY, warden of the Prison, testified that the deceased first complained on Sunday; that on Monday, while in the workshop, he was suddenly taken ill, and was removed to the Hospital where he died four hours afterwards.  The medical evidence showed that he died from having taken oxalic acid.  It was testified that there was no oxalic acid in the apothecary's shop, or in the shop where the deceased worked.  The jury rendered a verdict to the effect that the deceased died from the effects of oxalic acid, but how obtained or administered they were unable to say.


A German sailor, 40 years of age, named HENRY C. HEICH, on Saturday night, while in a fit of delirium tremens, jumped out of his bed-room window at No. 161 Washington-street, killing him instantly.  Coroner GAMBLE held an inquest yesterday on the body, when a verdict was rendered in accordance with the facts.



The Central Railroad Slaughter.



The testimony given at the Coroner's Inquest. Held in Utica on the bodies of the victims of the Central Railroad slaughter, develops facts bearing strongly against the Company.  We copy from the report of the Utica Evening Telegraph.

   Henry Park, Jr., sworn: Reside in this City, am civil engineer and surveyor; have examined the bridge where accident occurred, yesterday and to-day; the bridge was made of three trusses; each truss is made of two cords or stringers connected with braces and bolts;  the needle-beams were bolted to the underside of the lower cords or stringers of the middle truss; there was a track timber laid cross-wise of the needle-beams on which the rail is spiked; the span of the bridge is forty feet in the clear; the trusses were composed as follows: the cords were all elm except one, which was oak; the braces are of oak; there were suspension bolts running from the top of the upper cord to the lower cord, two bolts to each brace, an inch and a half in size, the only bolts of the trusses.  I found the upper and lower cords of the centre truss broken, and both cords of the north truss; some of the needle-beams were split, and some of the track timbers broken; the middle truss was broken twice in two, in one place about fifteen feet from the west end of the bridge and about eight or ten feet this side broken again, the  timber in the corner cord was very rotten, so much so, I could pick it to pieces with my fingers; think it would not support its own weight if thrown across the stream; the upper cord was partially decayed, nearly through in the centre, from top to bottom, the sides were sound; the lower cord was decayed about the same at each place in which it was broken; the oak b races were sound, as far as I observed; did not observe the cords were decayed except where broken; did not notice weather-cracks in the cords of the middle truss; the top cord of the north truss was oak timber and sound; the under cord was partially decayed on the under side; when there is a weight on each track the middle truss has to sustain twice the weight of the other trusses; did not observe any other way to hold the centre of the bridge, except the middle truss; a needle-beam on the west end of the bridge was somewhat decayed; the south truss remained standing; the stringers were made of elm; built as the others; think 'twould rack the bridge worse for two trains going in opposite directions than if going the same way; I should not like to have ridden over the bridge with any weight; should not consider the bridge a safe one; think the defects might have been discovered on investigation, by boring; think the defects could not have been discovered by the external appearance to the naked eye; think the disaster was caused by the breaking of the bridge; at 35 miles an hour speed, think the bridge could not hold two trains going in opposite directions.

   Mr. Durrenbeck -  Resides in Yorkville; saw the bridge day before yesterday; had not examined it before that time; examined it to-day; thinks he saw three pieces of the bridge, which were bastard elm; they were the string pieces crossing the creek; they were broken; examined them as to soundness; found them dozy and rotten; they were very bad where broken; only saw the string pieces to be elm; did not pay attention to others; am a blacksmith.

   David F. Stone - Reside in the town of Marcy; mill-wright by trade; examined the bridge to-day; I found the two lower stringers broken and the middle one exceedingly rotten; should think it was affected clear through at the centre, but most at the outside; it was bastard elm; thought three of the bottom stringers of the main trusses were of that timber; the ties underneath the bridge appeared to be sound and were not affected materially; did not take so much notice of the top sticks; the stick of middle truss was visibly decayed.

   Erastus V. Crandall, sworn - I reside in Utica; I have seen the bridge referred to, since it was broken; found the cords very rotten; the lower cord of the middle truss was very much decayed where it was broken; the upper cord was bent somewhat; didn't see the north truss; I helped to raise this bridge three years ago last April; in my opinion, the timber then was all sound except the lower centre cord; couldn't tell how much it was decayed; in boring through the cords, to bolt  the needle-beams or track timbers, I discovered that the auger-chips were rotted; think it was in the heart of the stick; discovered it rotten in one hole I was boring myself, and my attention was called by a man named Crasenburgh, to another hole, which he was boring; think I was boring west of the centre of the bridge; Crasenburgh was boring about four feet west of me; the timber was new, had been newly framed; it was what is termed water, or bastard elm; can't distinguish this from other elm by boring; I think the cord which I gored was the same that I have examined since the accident and found rotten; I showed these chips to Mr. Everts, the track-master, who had the building of bridges, and was general overseer of the work; told Mr. Everts that I thought the stick was rotten, he replied that he thought it was sound, and that these black spots wouldn't amount to anything; I told him that it was nothing but a bastard elm stick, and wouldn't last long; think he said it was white elm; I have worked on bridges a good deal; I think bastard elm will not last more than two years; don't consider it proper timber to put into a railroad bridge; the stick referred to had a shaky heart.  In case two engines met on the bridge, the centre truss would have as much to sustain as both of the others; don't consider that this stick was a proper one to put into the bridge; told Mr. EVERTS so; if I recollect aright he replied that it was the best they could get, or the best they had; I think this stock would be pretty well used up in a year and a half, or two years; the other cords are better timber than this one, but they are all bastard elm.




Coroner's Inquest.


A young Prussian, who has lately been boarding at No. 23 Mercer-street, was found yesterday morning hanging by his cravat, in his bedroom, to a heavy nail in the wall, dead.  He had been missing since Saturday last.  At an inquest held on the body it was shown that he had been out of employment for some time, and very low spirited in consequence.  The Jury rendered a verdict of "suicide by hanging."


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 28 June 1858.

Coroner's Inquest.


The chambermaid at the Westchester House, on going her rounds yesterday morning, found one of the room doors locked and key inside.  As no response could be obtained from the occupant, the door was burst open, and CHARLES S. BENLEY, who had taken the room the previous evening, was found lying dead in the bed, and an empty bottle which had contained laudanum, on a table near him.  Coroner GAMBLE held an inquest on the body yesterday.  The evidence showed that he had been trying for some time past to obtain an appointment on the Police.  Failing in his object, and becoming impoverished and depressed in spirit in consequence, it is supposed that he, therefore, sought to end his troubles by self-destruction.  A verdict of "Suicide" was rendered by the Jury.  The deceased was a native of this country, 28 years of age, unmarried, and of good character.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 10 July 1858

Corfoner's Inquest.


An aged and highly respectable lady, named SUSAN RENNIA, rfesiding at Nyack, came to the city a few days since on a visit to a daughter residing here.  At 10 o'clock, Wednesday evening, Mrs. RENNIA proceeded to the pier foot of West Sixteenth street, took off most of her clothing, carefully tied them in a pocket handkercg=hief, and then plunged into the dock.  The body was found yresterday.  Coroner PERRY held an inquest.  The Jury rendered a verdict in acciordsnace with the facts stated.  The ftiends of the deceased can give no reasons for the act of self-destruction.


Thursday afternoon, a passenger car of the Hudson RFover railroad run over LYDIA HAIGHT, a girl between 4 and 5 years of age, as she was crossing trhe Hudson-street.  The  child died yesterday morening at the residence of her parents, corner of Vestry and Hudson streets, where she was taken after thw accident.


Mrs. POLHAMUS, residing in Pacific-street, Brooklyn, was run against by the pole of an omnibus on Thursday, as she was coming out of the Fulton Ferry-house.  The pole hit her in the side, inh=juring her spine and causinbg some internal injurfies.  She was taken home in a carriage.


WM. DEITCH, a surveyor,  died suddenly, Thursday, from disease of the heart, while engaged in surveying Fifty-seventh-street, near Nonth-avenue.



THE NEW YORK TIMES, 13 July 1858.

Coroner's Inquests.


It will be remembered that on the 5th of July some mischievous boys placed a can of powder near two men, who were lying drunk on a pier near the Battery.  Laying a train of powder connecting with the can, they set fire to it.  One of the men was thrown into the dock by the force of the explosion, and the other was seriously injured.  The latter, named JOHN HENRY, died yesterday at the City Hospital, and the inquest will be held to-day.


JOHN McCONNELL, an Irish labourer, while in bathing yesterday morning at the foot of Ganzevoort-street, was suddenly taken with the cramp, and was drowned before assistance could be rendered him.  Coroner HILLS held an inquest on the body, and a verdict was rendered accordingly.  The deceased was 25 years of age, and resided at No. 282 West Sixteenth-street.


MARGARET RYAN, an Irish washerwoman, 35 years of age, died on Sunday from the effects of sun-stroke.  An inquest was held on her yesterday at No. 24 Oak-street. Verdict accordingly.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 16 July 1858

Coroner's Inquests.


An inquest was held yesterday, on the body of ANTHONY McGROY, a boy nine years of age, whose body was found at the foot of Jackson street, East River.  The deceased had been missing since Monday, and it is presumed he fell into the dock while playing.  A verdict was rendered by the jury of "Death by drowning under circumstances to them unknown."  Yesterday afternoon the body of an unknown man was found drowned at the foot of West-street.  An inquest will be held on the body to-day.



THE NEW YORK TIMES, 23 July 1858

Coroner's Inquests.


Coroner PERRY held an inquest, yesterday, upon the body of an unknown man found, on Wednesday night, at the foot of King-street, East River.  The deceased appeared to be about 50 years of age, and was dressed in a dark coat and dark pants; had a shoe on one foot and a boot on the other.  Several bricks were fastened inside of his shirt-bosom, and from this fact the Jury were inclined to believe that he committed suicide.  A verdict to that effect was rendered.


Yesterday afternoon, the body of a German, about 50 years of age, was found at the foot of Fortieth street.  The deceased was well dressed, and appeared to have been in the water but a short time.  From papers found in his possession he is believed to have been a peddler.  An inquest will be held on the body to-day.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 7 September 1858

Coroner's Inquests.


An inquest was held yesterday at the City Hospital upon the body of WM. ROONEY, an Irish laborer, who was run over a few days ago at Yonkers by a Hudson River railroad train.  The evidence showed the occurrence to be purely accidental, and a verdict to that effect was rendered.


WM. THORBORNE, a boy eight years of age, whose parents reside at No. 257 Tenth-avenue, was drowned on Sunday night, while bathing at the foot of Twenty sixth street North River. MARY ANN RAY was drowned at the foot of thirty-sixth-street.  Inquests will be held on the bodies to-day.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 19 January 1859


Coroner's Inquest Concluded, and Verdict of the Jury.


Four Persons Implicated in the Murder.

The Coroner's Inquest in the case of the Sixth Ward murder was closed yesterday.  The Ward station-house where the inquest was conducted was, as on the previous day, thronged with curious and anxious spectators.  Several witnesses were examined, and a majority of them told about the same story regarding the shooting that the witnesses previously examined did.  A woman living opposite No. 21 Elm-street stated that she was standing at the door of her residence and saw the deceased enter Mr. Decker's place in company with a girl; that two men followed in after them, and that Mr. Owens was shot in the hall-way by parties from the street.  Very little reliance, however, was placed upon her testimony.  The evidence, in the view of the Jury, implicated John Quinlan as a participator in the murder, in connection with the three prisoners previously arrested.  During the investigation the prisoners were taken to the Hospital and confronted with Mr. Decker for identification.  The injured man was in such a low state, however, that he was unable to recollect anything about the occurrence, much less to identify the accused parties.  The evidence seemed to point to Officer Bradley, of the Sixth Ward Police, as having been derelict in his duty, and he was accordingly v censured.  The following is the concluding evidence, and the verdict of the Jury :

   Richard Quinlan, sworn - I reside at No. 128 Worth-street; between ten and eleven o'clock on Saturday night I was in the store of James H. Glass, and saw James Higgins and James Loftus there; I was in the store when the shots were fired; I did not see John Glass there; I went out when the shots were fired; but did not recognize any of the persons outside; I did not see the body of a man lying upon the side-walk; I did not go near there; I think I saw John Glass, James Higgins, and Loftus there; I did not see them go away together, neither did I see a pistol or any other weapon  in the hands of anybody else; I cannot recollect any conversation about the murder by any of the parties there;

   James Bradley, sworn - I am an officer in the Sixth Precinct, and stood on the corner of Duane and Elm streets at a quarter before eleven o'clock on Saturday night; I saw a party, consisting of some twenty persons, come up Elm-street, and stop at the alley-way between the corner building and No. 21 Elm-street; they were on the same side of the street as No. 21 Elm-street; I heard no loud talking, nor any disturbance; a man came to me and asked me whether I knew there was a muss down the street; I told him that I heard no noise nor disturbance; after this I heard two shots fired, but thought nothing of it, as it is a common thing; I also saw the flash of a pistol; the distance I was from the place where the firing occurred, I should judge to be about 100 yards; I heard the shots about five minutes after being informed of the difficulty; I went toward the crowd; a man said to me that the whole crowd ought to be arrested; I took him to be a private watchman; I saw him pass something up his arm very quickly; I then went near James Glass' store; in a short time a party came out and passed along the street; I recognized John Glass among them; it was all of five minutes between the first and second shots; one of the shots was fired before the party went into the saloon; when the second shot was fired, the whole party rushed out, and blocked up the walk so that I could not see the body of the man who was shot; I recognize John Glass as one of the party by the clothes he had on; I did not see a pistol in anybody's hands; a man was leaning against the lamp-post; my opinion is that they thought he saw the shooting, and they pounced upon him; I told the crowds that they ought to keep quiet at that time of night; I am certain John Glass was in the crowd when the shot was fired; I staid there, and did not leave the place; I stood over the body of the man, as he lay in a dying condition; I rapped about twenty times; several persons came to my assistance; one was Ex-Councilman Hughes; Officers Cook and Underhill and several citizens assisted in carrying the deceased to the Hospital; I did not know any other persons in that crowd; after leaving then Hospital I went directly to Glass' liquor saloon; a boy was in the bar-room; he said that he knew nothing of any disturbance; the captain told him, to shut up the place, and had him conveyed to the Station-house; I returned top the Station-house when I heard that Glass was arrested; this was within three-quarters of an hour after my first apprisal of the murder; I was then sent to Jersey City to cut off the escape of the murderers; I did not hear Mr. Decker cry murder; I should have heard it if he had.

   Joseph Eustace, sworn - I reside at No. 364 Eighth-street; I belong to the Detective Force; on Saturday night I was attending to some business in the Detective department, and while standing on the corner of Elm and Pearl streets distinctly heard two shots fired in rapid succession; I went in the direction of the firing and saw a number of men in the street; saw a number of men going into the porter-house at the northeast corner of Duane and Elm streets; I saw officer Bradley in uniform, standing on the sidewalk  at the door of the porter-house; he had his face towards the crows when they were going in; when I got up to him he was facing the street; I asked him if he saw the party; did not think that the party ought to be arrested; he said that he had not seen them doing anything; I suggested to him to get help from the Station-house and surround the house, and arrest the pastry; he assured me that there was no disturbance, so I went after my business; I knew nothing of any murder until next day; this occurred at a few minutes after eleven o'clock; I tool out my watch to see what time it was.

   John Quinlan, recalled - I put the pistol in my pocket, and retained it until I directed Captain Dowling to get it; I remained in the store only a short time; I had some conversation with James Glass on Sunday; I think he told me to give the pistol to him; I never saw that pistol before; I have not seen James Glass since then; I know the barf-keeper of James Glass' store; James Glass handed the pistol quietly into my hand; I heard the firing in the street; I don't know whether I heard that  any one had been shot there; I heard it while standing at the corner of Elm and Pearl streets; I heard that they were taking the man to the Hospital; James Glass told me to put the pistol behind the bar; John Glass asked me to take a  walk around the block after I had put the pistol behind the bar; I did not see Mr. Decker, nor the man who was shot; I did not go near the house; the pistol I gave to Captain Dowling id the one James Glass gave me; I drink a glass of liquor occasionally; I think I saw Higgins go in to the store; the pistol now shown to the Jury is the one that was given to me by James Glass.

   John L. Flynn, sworn - I am an officer of the Sixth Ward; Captain Dowling and myself went to No. 21 Elm-street; we found some blood on the carpet in the hall; the woman of the house and her son  both told us that John Glass did the shooting; we found Decker in bed; I arrested John Glass; he said he would not go with me, and took me by the collar; I seized him and told him if he did not go with me I would blow his brains out; James Glass, Higgins and Loftus were in the crowd, and there were some twenty others there beside these; Officer Cooper accompanied me towards Broadway; two persons came to us and said they wanted some of this crowd arrested and pointed out John Glass; James Glass told John to go with me, and Higgins told him not to go; I recognize the three prisoners.

   Geo. C. Webster, sworn - I am a gun smith, and do business at No. 300 Broadway; the revolver shown to me is a cylinder pistol; I should judge it had been loaded some time; it is a six shooter; it now contains three loads; each one of the charges of powder is enough for two charges; I took the balls out by means of a screw; it was discharged twice, then skipped one chamber and was then discharged again; I cannot tell whether it was loaded by a person accustomed to loading pistols or not.

   Susanna Badanad, sworn - I live in No. 28 Elm-street, immediately opposite the place where the shooting occurred; John Glass, in company with another person whose name I do not know, came into my house and made some disturbance; I coaxed them to leave, which they did; about an hour afterwards I was standing in my door; I saw two women come up Elm-street; they were met by two men, at the corner of Elm and Duane streets, who wished them to go with them to Decker's, which the girls would not do; one of the men threw down one of the girls; soon after I saw one of the girls return, accompanied by a well-dressed man, and go into Decker's house; the hall door was open, and I could see in; I saw the man go up the stairs in the hall, and the girl followed him; they were followed in by the two fellows who were with the girls first; one of them took hold of the girl and pulled her down the stairs into the hall-way; she called for help, and Mr. Decker came and pushed those fellows out; they were fighting with Decker, when quite a crowd came from the corner, and a general scuffle ensued; two fellows rushed against the door, and broke it open, and Decker escaped from the rowdies into the house; at this time a number of shots were fired from the crowd, and immediately a man came out of the door, and, leaning upon the railing for a moment, fell forward upon the sidewalk; I was going over to look at him, but was ordered into the house by some of the rowdies.

   The case was here given to the Jury, who after due deliberation, returned the following


"That RICHARD OWENS came to his death b y a pistol-shot wound at the hands of JOHN GLASS, at No. 21 Elm-street, on the night of the 15th of January, 1859, and that the said GLASS was aided and abetted by JAMES HIGGINS, JAMES LOFTUS, JAMES GLASS, and JOHN QUINLAN; further, they consider the conduct of JOHN BRADLEY on this occasion highly censurable, and would earnestly and respectfully call the attention of the Police Commissioners to the fact."

   After the rendition of the verdict, the prisoners were formally examined by the Coroner.  Glass gave his age as 22, his birth-place this City, his residence No. 86 Centre-street, and occupation a carpenter.  Relative to the charge preferred against him, he said "I am not guilty, and I demand an immediate examination."  Higgins gave his age as 24, his birth-place Ireland, residence No. 127 Worth-street, and business a cigar maker.  He said, relative to the charge, "Simply, I am not guilty."  Loftus said he was 23 years old, was born in New-York, lived at No. 126 Leonard-street, was formerly a cooper, but was now a constable.  Relative to the accusation of murder, he said, "I was not there when the murder was committed, and am not guilty."  Quinlan gave his birth-place as Ireland, his age 21, residence No. 128 Worth-street, and occupation bottling liquors.  He said that he had no participation in the murder.  The prisoners were all committed to the Tombs.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 19 January, 1860.

Coroners' Inquests.


SARAH ANN NICHOLS, a woman 84 years of age, slipped and fell from the back stoop of the house No. 105 Lewis-street, on Sunday, sustaining such severe internal injuries that her death resulted on Monday afternoon. Coroner SCHIRMER held an inquest....... On the 6th inst. MART RYAN, a woman 65 years of age, fell down a flight of stairs at No. 202 East Seventeenth-street. The accident was caused by some water having frozen on the stairs. Deceased died in consequence on Sunday. An inquest was held by Coroner JACKMAN..... On Monday last ANN MURPHY, an infant 15 months old, whose home was in Twenty-first-street, was fatally scalded by the upsetting of a boiler of hot water which was on a grate near which the child was sitting. Death ensued in a few moments. An inquest will be held to-day.

   Coroner JACKMAN held an inquest yesterday at No. 228 East Broadway, upon the body of CHRISTOPHER HEWLETT, a teller in the Market Bank, who committed self-destruction by taking a dose of strychnine. From the evidence of Mrs. HEWLETT, the wife of the deceased, it appears that he came home yesterday afternoon, shortly before 2 o'clock, in a carriage. He told her he had a severe headache, and went to bed. She did not give entire credit to his statement, and questioned him further, when he stated that he had taken poison to end his existence, as he had become so involved in debt that it was impossible for him to get along in the world. A physician was immediately sent for, but deceased expired before the doctor reached the house. Deceased had attended a party in Fifth-avenue on the previous evening, and had returned home in excellent spirits. He was 25 years of age, and a native of Long Island. He had only been married a year. A verdict of suicide by taking strychnine was rendered.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 20 January 1860.

Coroners' Inquests.


JAMES SOUTHWARD, an Englishman, 48 years of age, fell down a flight of stairs in the house No. 282 West Sixteenth-street, on Wednesday night, and sustained such severe internal injuries that his death resulted almost instantly. Coroner SCHIRMER held an inquest .... The same Coroner investigated the circumstances attending the death of RICHARD BARRY, a middle-aged Irishman, who slipped on the ice and struck his head so forcibly that he expired yesterday in consequence. Deceased was an itinerant musician, and a man of good reputation .... LOUIS BEILSTEIN, a child three years of age, fell from the third-story window of the house No. 302 East Twelfth-street, and was instantly killed. Coroner O'KEEFE held an inquest.

In the case of Mrs. SCOTT, whose death is alleged to have been caused by violence at the hands of her husband, no inquest has as yet been held. Coroner GAMBLE will investigate the circumstances of the case today. There are no very serious marks of violence upon the person of the deceased, and as her health had been delicate for a long time, it is not unlikely that her death may have been the result of natural causes. Her remains still lie at her late residence in Forty-fifth-street, near Eleventh-avenue. SCOTT is still in custody, awaiting the result of the inquest.


Coroners' Inquests.


About four weeks since the family of Mr. HARPER, residing in Fifty-ninth-street, near Second-avenue, were all attacked with symptoms of having taken poison, and ROBERT, a boy of 7 years of age, soon died. while the others slowly recovered, as was stated in the TIMES when the circumstance occurred. An investigation was commenced by Coroner O'KEEFE, but in order that Dr. FINNELL might make a thorough analysis of the stomach and intestines of deceased, the inquest was postponed. Yesterday Dr. FINNELL made his report, in which he stated that he had been unable to discover any traces of poison in the parts he had examined, but that he had found them intensely irritated, and that death, in his opinion, had been produced by the irritation, the cause of which, however, he could not determine. The jury returned a verdict that the child had died in consequence of having accidentally partaken of some poisonous substance with its food or drink.


Coroner JACKMAN yesterday interrogated DANIEL W. LEWIS, the waiter employed in the oyster saloon at the corner of Park-place and Broadway, whose arrest on suspicion of having, on the 19th ult., caused the death of Mr. WM. LYONS, a driver in the employ of the Adams Express Company, has already been published, and committed him to the Tombs pending a further investigation of the case before Justice Welsh. It has been ascertained that deceased entered the saloon in question, in company with a lady, and that a dispute occurred with reference to the bill for refreshments, when the prisoner knocked him down, as is supposed, with a paving-stone.


JOSEPH ASHMAN, an aged Israelite, residing at No. 163 Hester-street, who has been in depressed spirits for some time past in consequence of severe illness, cut his throat early yesterday morning with a razor, and almost immediately expired. Deceased had frequently threatened to kill himself. Coroner SCHIEMER held an inquest upon the body.


The same Coroner investigated the circumstances attending the death of ELIZA BECKER, a girl two years of age, who was killed on Sunday in consequence of having been run over by a Ninth-avenue railroad car. The inquest was held at No. 695 Ninth-avenue, the residence of the parents of deceased, and the jury declared that the occurrence was accidental.




Coroner's Inquests.



At about 4 o'clock on Tuesday morning, a fight occurred in the Gaieties Concert Saloon, in Broadway, near East Houston-street, and JOSEPH JOHNSTON, of No. 218 Spring-street, was stabbed in four places in the abdomen. He was taken to the New-York Hospital, and there an ante-mortem inquest was held on Wednesday, and testimony was taken as follow:

   "On Tuesday morning I was at Gaieties Saloon, No. 616 Broadway; James Irving was also there; I had been drinking some; I had some words with him, when he drew a knife and stabbed me in the abdomen; I did not give him any provocation for the assault, that I know of; a man named Robert Reed, one Riley, and some others were present at the time."

   Woolsey Johnson, M.D., House Surgeon of the New-York Hospital, sworn -- Johnston came under my care yesterday morning, at about five o'clock; he has three wounds of the abdominal walls; I have had him under treatment since, and I now consider his condition favorable; there is a chance of inflammation setting in, and of his dying in consequence.

JOHNSTON is thirty-two years of age. IRVING has been held to await the result of JOHNSTON's wounds.


On Tuesday evening, a young man of about 25, who is supposed to be a son of Mr. PETER KELLY, entered LAIRD's bar-room, in South-street, and there insulted the barkeeper and one WM. AHEARN, when the latter threw him to the floor. His head appears to have struck somewhere; for when taken up he was unconscious and bleeding. He was taken to the First Ward Police Station, and thence to Bellevue Hospital, where he died on Wednesday. The testimony which was taken at the inquest yesterday, embraced the following:

   George W. Kellogg, sworn -- I live at No. 201 State-street, Brooklyn, and am employed as barkeeper by Moses M. Laird, of No. 12 South-street, this city; on Tuesday evening last, at about eight o'clock, deceased came into the saloon, and asked for a brandy cocktail; on account of his being very much intoxicated already, I refused to serve him; he then called me a son of a _____, when William Ahearn, who was standing at the bar, said, "That's no remark for you to make here;" deceased was at the same time going out of the door; did not pay much attention to what Ahearn and deceased did then; one of them asked for drinks, which I refused to give them; I hoard the epithet, "You son of a _____," and then Ahearn slung deceased to the floor; Ahearn then left, and deceased lay on the floor insensible; I raised him, and he began to bleed at the nose; I sent for the police, and they came and removed him to the First Ward Station-house; I do not think Ahearn was intoxicated; I never knew deceased before; Ahearn is a frequent visitor at our saloon; he worked about the docks; I have not seen him since this difficulty.

William Bosnan sworn -- I am a policeman attached to the First Precinct; on Tuesday evening, about 8 o'clock, I was called into No. 12 South-street, and found deceased lying insensible in the bar-room; I took him to the sidewalk, thinking that the air might revive him; but, finding that he did not revive, I took him to the station-house, where he threw up blood; I was then ordered to take him to Bellevue Hospital.

E[???]erd G. Jan[???]way, M.D., House Physician at Bellevue Hospital, testified -- That he had made a postmortem examination, and that in his opinion death was caused by compression of the brain, the result of a clot of blood weighting seven ounces, which had formed from a rupture of a branch of the middle meningeal artery, caused by a fracture of the skull.

And upon this and corroborative testimony, the jury found that deceased came to his death by a fracture of the skull at the hands of WILLIAM AHEARN, on June 6, 1865.

Coroner GOVER issued his warrant for the apprehension of AHEARN, and the police captured him last evening. The friends of the deceased may learn other facts by calling at the Coroner's office, No. 4 Centre-street.


BRIDGET GENINE, a domestic in the employ of Mr. BUNKCROFT, of One Hundred and Eighteenth-street, between First and Second avenues, died at Bellevue Hospital yesterday morning, in the 23d year of her age. It appears that on Sunday morning last, while making fire at her employer's abode, she threw kerosene upon the flames, and her clothing taking fire she was terribly burned. Mr. BUNECR[???]FT, hearing her screams, ran to the spot and threw a blanket over her, and thus extinguished the fames. Deceased was a native of Ireland.


CHARLES STICKER, of Centre-street, a youth of fourteen, died at the New-York Hospital, on Tuesday, from injuries which he received on the 27th ult., which, as a New-Haven Railroad freight car was going into the lower station, at White and Centre streets, the rear truck slipped off the track and one of his legs was crushed between the car and one of the wheels. Coroner COLLIN held an inquest, and the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with these facts.



THE NEW YORK TIMES, 28 June 1860

Coroners' Inquests.


The body of an aged woman was found yesterday in the water at the foot of Twenty-third-street, North River. Coroner GAMBLE held an inquest, but no evidence could be obtained with reference to her identity, or the circumstances attending her death. The same Coroner held an inquest upon the remains of a sailor named BENNET, who was employed on board the schooner Mayflower, lying at Pier No. 21 North River. He was drowned last Friday night, in attempting to go on board the vessel. Coroner O'KEEFE held an inquest upon the remains of an unknown woman, apparently 40 years of age, who was found drowned, at the foot of Duane-street. The Fifth Precinct Police recognized deceased as a person of intemperate habits, who resided in Thomas-street, but whose name they did not know. The same Coroner investigated the circumstances connected with the death of an unknown man, who was found in the water at Pier No. 44 East River. The body was too much decomposed to admit of recognition. SELINA BOWMAN, a German woman, died at Bellevue Hospital, in consequence of injuries received four weeks ago by the falling of an embankment at the corner of Sixty-fourth-street and Fourth-avenue. TIMOTHY DESMOND, an aged printer, died at the First Ward Station-house from the effects of intemperance. He was well-known to the police as an habitual drunkard, who obtained his liquor by tapping barrels upon the docks. DAVID D. BAILEY a man 50 years of age, residing at No. 112 West Thirty-third-street, also died in consequence of his drunken habits. In each case inquests were held.

Coroner O'KEEFE held an inquest yesterday, at No. 67 Madison-avenue, upon the body of CHARLES B. CROMWELL, of this City, who was drowned in the Sound, near Glen Cove, on the 19th inst. Mr. CROMWELL was stopping at the Summer residence of his father on Mannering Island, some 30 miles up the Sound, and on the day in question he left the Island in a small sail-boat with his friend, Mr. HENRY MALI, for Glen Cove. After remaining several hours at that place they started for home in the midst of a heavy rain-storm, and when they had proceeded three miles and a half, in the direction of home, a squall struck the boat and capsized her. Mr. MALI clung to the boat until assistance reached him, but deceased, who had been thrown some distance from her when she capsized, was unable to regain her, and sunk after struggling a few minutes. His body was recovered yesterday within a short distance of the spot where the accident happened. Deceased was 27 years of age, and practiced law in this City.

Coroner O'KEEFE was called to the New-York Hospital on Tuesday evening and took the deposition of THOMAS RAFFERTY, a man 22 years of age, who, it is thought, cannot survive the injuries he received on the 18th inst. at the hands of one CHARLES NEAL. RAFFERTY stated that on the day in question angry words had passed between his assailant and himself with reference to a collision of two vehicles which they were driving. Subsequently they met at the grocery store No. 23 Laurens-street and without any parleying NEAL stabbed him three times with a large knife that he took from the counter. It was not supposed at the time that the wounds were of a serious character and the assailant was permitted to depart. Coroner O'KEEFE issued a warrant for his arrest, but so far no clue to him has been obtained.


On Tuesday afternoon MICHAEL BROPHY, a young man residing in Brooklyn, was crushed to death at the foot of Hubert-street, N.R. He was fishing at the time of the accident, and sat on a coal barge, with his legs over the side. Another barge came up to the dock, and struck so violently against the one which BROPHY was on board of, that she was driven up against the pier, and he was crushed in a shocking manner -- death immediately ensuing. Coroner O'KEEFE held an inquest.


NEW YORK TIMES, 11 July 1860

THE WALTON AND MATHEWS MURDERS. The Coroner's Inquest Continued. Testimony of Dr. Joseph H. Foster, Henry Hessell, Daniel Francis, George Hurley, Frederick Curtis, Miss Annie Syfor, Frederick Anderson, Albert Bronson, and Mrs. Eilen Walton. Partial Recognition of Charles Jefferd as the Murderer.

The mystery of these terrible murders appears to deepen daily, despite the strenuous efforts of Coroner JACKMAN to ferret out the perpetrator. Every individual who can reveal the slightest incident connected with the affair is being summoned to testify, and yet nothing positive can be stated as to the identity of the murderer. Thus far the circumstantial evidence seems to point to CHARLES JEFFERD, but not with certainty. His partial identification yesterday, however, by the German HASSELL, who witnessed the murder, produced quite a sensation in Court.

   In view of the large number of witnesses called, and the increasing public interest on the inquest, Coroner JACKMAN continued the examination yesterday in the Superior Court-room, commencing at 3 P.M. Every seat was occupied, and everyone leaned forward in anxious efforts to catch the words of the witnesses. Mr. CHAUNCEY SHAFFER appeared as counsel for Mrs. WALTON, mother of the deceased, and Mr. CHARLES A. SMITH, of the District Attorney's office, for the prosecution.


Dr. Joseph H. Foster was the first witness called, and testified as follows:

Q. -- Where do you reside? A. -- No. 24 East Seventeenth-street.

Q. -- Where were you on the night of Saturday, June 30? A. -- I was on the corner of Sixteenth-street and Irving-place, the northerly corner.

Q. -- Just state to the jury what occurred there? A. -- as I reached the northerly corner of Irving-place and Sixteenth-street, I heard a loud report.

Q. -- Of what, Sir? A. -- Of a pistol.

Q. -- In what direction were you passing? A. I was passing down Irving-place; I then heard a cry of "Murder" and of "Watch;" I stood still a few moments, and observed a gentleman on the opposite side of the street, leaning out of the window, and calling "Watch."

   Mr. Smith -- Q. -- On the opposite side of Sixteenth-street, or on the opposite side of Irving-place? A. -- Of Irving-place; as I turned my attention from him, and was about advancing down Irving-place towards Seventeenth-street, I saw a person approach me, and running rapidly towards me -- towards Sixteenth-street.

Q. -- Came from what street? A. -- From Seventeenth-street towards Sixteenth-street, so near me that I had neither time nor opportunity to observe particularly before he had passed; he ran towards the corner of Sixteenth-street towards Fourth-avenue, and I passed on, without looking back, towards the scene of the murder.

   Mr. Smith -- Q. -- Can you describe his clothes? A. -- I cannot give any further description than that I saw he had on a light hat; I could not say whether he had on a light coat, nor whether he had a straw hat or a felt hat.

   A Juror -- Q. -- He was on the west side of Irving-place, and you were on the northwest side? A. -- Yes, Sir; as I was on the corner he passed between me and the fence.

Q. -- You did not look back? A -- I did not look back; he moved up Sixteenth-street, and then continued to Irving-place, but as he turned me, he turned the corner towards Fourth-avenue.

Q. -- Can you tell the height of the person? A. -- On thinking the matter over after that, I thought he was about my height; I am five feet eight.

Q. -- Could you recognize him if you saw him again? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Is that all you know? A. -- That is all, Sir.

A Juror -- Q. -- You did not see his whiskers? did not see his face? A. -- Nothing that I could recognize.

Q. -- How high are you? A. -- Five feet eight.

   The Witness -- I wish to contradict the statement of the Herald that I could, would or should have recognized the man, or was run down by him; I did not authorize any such statement.

Q. -- Did this man cry watch? A. -- I heard no outcry until I had advanced to the place where the man was shot, and then was asked the question, "Which way did that man run?"

Q. -- Did you notice whether there was any other person in the street in that neighborhood? A. -- There was no one; I looked down the street; I saw one person across the street, on the opposite side to where the man was shot; there was no person between me and the man (that was running); the first person I saw on reaching the scene of the murder was Alderman Bradley.

Q. -- Can you describe the man that was running -- was he slim or stout built? A. -- I cannot say, Sir, he passed me so rapidly, before I say him almost.


Henry Hessell, the next witness, was a stout-built young German butcher, and although his testimony was the most important yet introduced, persisted in speaking so low that it was almost impossible to hear nine-tenths of his testimony at a distance of eight feet. He was understood to testify as follows:

Q. -- Where do you reside? A. -- Corner of Eighteenth-street and Fourth-avenue.

Q. -- Is that your place of business? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- Where were you on the Saturday night in question? A. -- I was standing on the corner of Eighteenth-street and Third-avenue.

Q. -- Which corner? A. -- Of Eighteenth-street.

Q. -- What side of the avenue? -- the west side? A. -- The west side.

Q. -- What happened then? -- what did you see? A. -- I saw a man standing against a tree, and saw two men coming up Eighteenth-street.

Q. -- Were you on the up-town side, or the downtown side? -- the northwest corner? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- What did you see? A. -- Well, I saw the man leaning against the tree.

Q. -- What did he do? A. -- Well, he let the two persons pass, and than he walked up to them and shot one.

Q. -- Who did he let pass? A. -- The two persons going up Eighteenth-street.

Q. -- What then did he do? A. -- He shot them.

Q. -- Which one did he shoot? A. -- The man towards the street.

Q. -- What did he do then? A. -- Well, he ran away.

Q. -- Which way were the two men going? A. -- Up from Second-avenue towards Third-avenue.

Q. -- Which side of the street? A. -- The upper side.

Q. -- Which way did he run? A. -- He ran across Third-avenue towards Seventeenth-street.

Q. -- Did you follow him? A. -- Yes, Sir, as far as from here to that window (twenty feet.)

Q. -- What size was he? A. -- He was a tall man.

Q. -- Did you see his face? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- How was he dressed? A. -- He had white or light pants, a light vest about the same.

Q. -- What kind of hat? A. -- He had on a Panama hat.

Q. -- Did you notice his face? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- What sized man was he? A. -- Good sized man.

Q. -- Could you recognise him again if you saw him? A. -- I cannot tell you that sure.

Q. -- Did you see the side of his face? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- Did you notice it particularly? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Do you think you would know him if you saw him again? A. -- That I cannot tell; he had no whiskers.

Q. -- Young man or old man? A. -- Young man.

Q. -- Did you see him long before the murder? A. -- Yes, Sir, four or five minutes; he was standing under the tree before I came -- before the two men came up.

Q. -- Did you see anybody talking to him? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Which way was he facing? A. -- Towards the house.

Q. -- Was his back to them or his face to them? A. -- He faced them.

Q. -- You say he stood on the side of the street towards the house, and his face was towards the two men that came up to him -- towards the man that was shot? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- You are sure that there were only two men coming? A. -- Two men coming.

Q. -- Which side were you on -- the west side? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- And on the south side of Eighteenth-street? A. -- On the south side.

Q. -- As the man ran, did he come over to where you were? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- He passed in the middle of the street, and crossed over on the west side of Third-avenue, and down the middle of the avenue? A. -- Yes, Sir; he ran down the middle of the avenue.

Q. -- Did you get a good chance to see his face? A. -- One side.

Q. -- Did you see anything in his hands? B. -- I did not see anything in his hands.

Q. -- Was he crying out, or silent? A. -- Silent.

A. -- How far did you follow him? A. -- About half a block; I followed him towards Irving place; saw when he turned round and shot the man there.

Q. -- What did you do after you followed him half a block?

A juror. Q. -- Did you see him shoot the second man? A. -- I then stopped and looked behind, and then I ran after him again.

Q. -- Did you see that man who was trying to catch him? A. -- He was ahead of me; I saw the other man turn and shoot him.

Q. -- Was you the first man, or behind the man who was shot in Irving-place? A. -- Yes, Sir, I was behind the man who was shot; he shot him at the third house from the corner, and he was on the corner.

Q. -- As he turned round and shot the man, did you not get a sight of his face? A. -- No, I did not; I tried to run after him, but then I did not see him; I missed him in Sixteenth-street; he had a yellow face, the man that shot him.


The Coroner here produced two coats and exhibited them to the witness, and asked him to say which was most like that worn by the murderer. The witness examined them an instant, and then selected one saying, "that looks like it."

Q. -- Was it a sack coat like that? A. -- Yes, Sir.

The coat recognized is rather dark colored, and was taken out of Charles Jefferd's trunk. It was the darkest of the two coats shown.


It was soon whispered around the Court-room that the brothers Jefferd were about to be shown to the witness, and all eyes were turned to the retiring room to witness his entrance. The scene was painfully exciting. Here was the witness who had seen the murderer both before and after the occurrence, and this witness was to be confronted with the only person as yet suspected of having a hand in the murder. Every person in the crowded Court-room seemed to realize the awful interest of the moment, and the denouement was awaited with breathless suspense. Charles Jefferd was brought out and took a position in the crowd, a reporter standing on one side of him, an officer in citizen's dress on the other. Jefferd, who was dressed in black clothes, slightly nervous, and a little flushed, as a man might well be from the heat of the room, faced the witness with far less concern than most men would under the circumstances. All eyes were turned upon the witness and the objects of his scrutiny, and the dropping of a pin might almost have been heard during the few moments of scrutiny. The stillness was broken by the voice of the Coroner, "Well, Sir, which do you think looks most like him?" "The young one," was the reply. "Which one is that?" "The centre one."

The younger one, and the centre one, was Charles Jefferd! Yet, there was no perceptible effect on the countenance of the young man thus indicated as looking like the murderer of two of his fellow men -- and one of them the husband of his mother. Jefferd stood unflinching, and when the Coroner requested him to put on the coat which had just been recognized by the witness as "like that of the murderer's," and the "Panama hat," (the witness having just testified that the murderer wore such an one,) he complied with a readiness and coolness, and yet absence of effrontery, which astonished all, and would have been impossible for a man of weak nerves. As he stood there, this time alone, the witness viewed him steadfastly, but could give no more definite opinion. "Was the murderer about the same height?" "Yes, he was about the same size." "Was he the same age?" "Well, I think he looks a little older," was the reply; "I think he looks like him; I cannot state for sure; he looks like it." "Was that the kind of hat he had on?" "Yes, it was the same." This was all that the witness could say, and the coroner and jury and spectators were left to judge for themselves.

The Coroner told Charles Jefferd to sit down, and Charles asked, "With this coat on?" "Yes, Sir," said the Coroner. "It is rather warmer than the other," was the calm reply, and he sat down.

Edwin Jefferd was subsequently asked to stand up, but the witness could not recognize him, and, after repeating that he saw no person talking to the murderer, Hessell left the stand.


Daniel Francis, sworn and examined:

Q. -- Where do you reside? A. -- No. 89 East Twenty-eighth-street.

Q. -- What is your occupation? A. -- Conductor on the Fourth-avenue cars.

Q. -- State to the Jury what occurred in this case that you know? A. -- Coming up on that Saturday evening when I got up to Sixteenth-street, it was thirty-three minutes past eleven o'clock; when I got to Sixteenth-street I heard the report of a pistol.

Q. -- Were you going up or down? A. -- Going up; when I got to Seventeenth-street a person jumped on the car; the car was then going at full speed, and the man got on the car when it was in full motion.

Q. -- Was he on the east side or the west side of the Avenue? A. -- On the east side; he got on the bind part of the car; I did not see him until he got on the platform behind; when I got to Nineteenth-street I went in to get the fare, but the passenger was not there; he had passed out of the front door.

Q. -- Did he make any remarks? A. -- No, Sir; when I came back I said to a passenger, jokingly, I am five cents out.

Q. -- Do you think you can identify the person? A. -- Not positively; I can give you a description.

Q. -- Describe him? A. -- He was a man I suppose about my height; I cannot tell exactly, as when they get in the car they generally stoop a little.

Q. -- About your heft, was he? A. -- He may be a little stouter; as to that I cannot say.

Q. -- How was he dressed? A. -- He had a light coat on, and a light straw hat, with a narrow rim; I think it was a straw hat, but it might have been a felt hat.

Q. -- Did you notice anything else? A. -- Nothing more than I merely noticed him as he passed in among the passengers before he took his seat, so that I could not recognize him among the others to get his fare from him.

Q. -- Does he resemble that party? [Edwin Jefferd stood up before the witness.] A. -- He resembles the person very much indeed.

Q. -- He resembles the one? A. -- Yes, Sir; his coat was about that color.

Q. -- Did you notice the pants? A. -- No, Sir, I did not; I do not speak positively about the coat.

Q. -- Between the time you heard the pistol shot, supposing that to have been on Third-avenue and Seventeenth-street.

Witness -- No sir; it was not there.

Q. -- Supposing I mean that to have been on Irving-place and Seventeenth-street, was there time -- could a man have time -- to run from there through Sixteenth-street around to Fourth-avenue and jump on your ear? A. -- It would take a very good runner to do it; I may possibly have stopped to let some one out.

Q. -- Whether you did or not you do not know? A. -- I do not know.

Q. -- Did you hear more than one pistol go off? A. -- No sir; that was the first one I heard; we had a very wild horse who could not stand fire, and he started up at the time.

Q. -- Could this pistol have been as far off as Irving-place? A. -- The cars motion kept up a jar all the time, so that I could not tell as to the distance; I leave the Astor House at 9 minutes after 11, and I calculated to arrive at Sixteenth-street at 33 minutes past; I was there one minute behind time.

Q. -- Do you think you were opposite Sixteenth-street when the pistol was fired? A. -- I might have been a half block one way or the other; I rather think I was this side of Sixteenth-street; a gentleman rode up with me with whom I was talking; when we reached Fifteenth-street a rocket went up and I called his attention to it, and remarked that they were getting ready for the Fourth of July; we had not gone but a little ways before we heard the report of the pistol.

Q. -- Could you tell which side of the car he got on? A. -- Yes, Sir; I was sitting on the railing on the east side, with my feet on the platform; he came in the east side and I pulled my feet back to let him pass into the car.

Q. -- Was he running? A. -- The first thing I saw was he jumped over my feet; it was a frequent thing for men to get on so; there was nothing remarkable in it.

Q. -- Did he seem to be any more in a hurry than the other passengers? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Was your face or back towards the car? A. -- I was sitting on the railing with my face towards the car?


George Hurley, sworn and examined: Q. -- Where do you reside? A. -- At No. 62 East Thirty ninth-street.

Q. -- What is your occupation? A. -- I am a driver on the Fourth-avenue Railroad.

Q. -- Tell the jury what occurred that night as you know it? A. -- I was the driver on the car of which the last witness was conductor; I heard the report of a pistol.

Q. -- What time was this on Saturday? A. -- I cannot tell exactly.

Q. -- Was it at night? A. -- Yes, Sir; it was late.

Q. -- Which way were you going? A. -- Going up.

Q. -- What happened then? A. -- When the pistol went off the horses started; my attention was called to the fact by my horses starting.

Q. -- Did you stop the horses? A. -- No, Sir; they kept along towards Seventeenth-street, and this way.

Q. -- How long did you keep on thus? A. -- I cannot say exactly; I think they probably went as far as Nineteenth-street, before they became pacified.

Q. -- Did you remark any stranger on the car? A. -- No, Sir; I was asked if I saw a man get on the platform; I said I had not; I was looking after the horses.

Q. -- You did not observe the man? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- You do not remember of the car stopping at Sixteenth-street? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Did you stop when you heard the pistol fired? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- How near was that pistol shot? A. -- I cannot say; the only thing that attracted my attention to it was that the horses started.

Q. -- And you had as much as you could do to take care of your horses? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- Do you know any of the passengers on that car? A. -- No, Sir.


Frederick Curtis sworn and examined, Q. -- Where do you reside? A. -- At No. 190 Third-avenue, the northwest corner of Third-avenue and Eighteenth-street.

Q. -- State to the jury where you were on Saturday evening? About tweenty minutes past 11 o'clock on Saturday, the last day of June, I was standing opposite the gutter at the northwest corner of Eighteenth-street and Third-avenue, in company with a young lady; I was looking down Eighteenth-street, towards Second-avenue, and observed three men walking up Eighteenth-street from Second-avenue towards Third-avenue, on the north side of Eighteenth-street; when the three men reached the corner of Third-avenue abreast of the doctor's or druggist's store, I heard a sharp crack, and immediately after the centre of the three men fell.

Q. -- What was it you heard? A. -- I cannot tell what it was; it was a sharp crack, but I could not see any fire; immediately after the middle man fell and the outermost man -- the one nearest the gutter -- ran away on the pavement on the east side of Third-avenue to within four doors about of Seventeenth-street.

Q. -- Do you mean the middle of the street? A. -- No, Sir, the pavement.

Q. -- Do you mean the sidewalk? A. -- Yes, Sir; he proceeded down to opposite the undertaker's, and he then crossed diagonally over to Seventeenth-street to the opposite side of Third-avenue to Eighteenth-street, and ran on the south side of Eighteenth-street, on the pavement, to the corner Irving-place; he then went to the furthest corner of Irving-place.

Q. -- That would be the southwest corner of Irving-place -- the nearest Fourth-avenue on the lower side? A. -- Yes, Sir, the nearest corner to Fourth-avenue; as soon as he got there he saw some men coming down Seventeenth-street on the south side; he immediately thereafter made a turn down Irving-place towards Sixteenth-street, when a man met him; there was a sharp crack, and down went that man.

Q. -- Then the man was coming from the opposite direction? A. -- He was coming in the opposite direction; he was walking; I should say that on seeing the first man shot, I darted after the man who shot him, keeping on the opposite side of the street from him, and I kept him in view; I was calling out "Murder," "Police, "stop that scoundrel -- he has shot a man."

Q. -- Was the last man shot pursuing him? No, Sir; he must have had his attention called to him by my shouts; I saw a man also up Seventeenth-street.

Q. -- His attention was attracted towards the man as he came up? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- How close were you pursuing? A. -- I was about twenty yards behind, on the off side, and was gaining on him every minute.

Q. -- This man who was shot was on the Sixteenth-street side of the man who shot him? A. -- Yes, Sir, he was.

Q. -- When the second man fell, what did you do then? A. -- I stopped to help him.

Q. -- Did you see the other man? A -- I stopped and did not see him afterwards; a policemen came up, and I told him not to stop, but to go on after the murderer, and I pointed out the direction which he had taken.

Q. -- What became of the third man of the three you saw on Eighteenth-street. A. -- I did not stop to see what became of him; I darted off after the man who ran; I had no cap on at the time, being dressed as I am now; after the second man was shot, I saw a young man, who came up to me and said "I saw him shot;" I then said if you did, you will be able to tell who it was.

Q. -- Who was that person who said that? A. -- I do not know; I never saw him before; I would know him again if I saw him; I brought him down to the druggist's with me.

Q. -- You could not tell what became of the third man? A. -- I did not stop a second after I saw the centre man drop.

Q. -- Do you think you could recognize the man who shot the person? A -- I could not.

Q. -- What kind of clothes had he on? A. -- Light clothes -- a light hat.

Q. -- What size man? A -- About my height; he was a sharp man, too, and ran well.

Q. -- Do you know whether it was a straw or a Panama hat? A. -- I could not swear, but to the best of my belief it was a straw hat with a narrow leaf.

Q. -- How far did you see these three coming on Eighteenth-street, from Third-avenue? A. -- It was about twenty minuets past eleven; I was standing by the curbs one looking down across the avenue, down Eighteenth-street towards Second-avenue; there is a lamp post on Eighteenth-street, I suppose about thirty feet down from the drug-store on the corner; I saw them coming from that; there was no man standing at a tree at all; they were walking together.

Q. -- Could you see whether they were in conversation or not? A. -- They were very close together; they were walking abreast; it was a bright moonlight.

Q. -- It appeared as if the middle man knew that the outside man was walking with them? A. -- I thought so, and I thought so after wards, that the outer man knew he was along.

Q. -- Can you recognize the young man who stood up as at all like the one who shot? A. -- No. He was about the height, but I could not swear to the man at all; the young man who came up with me to the druggist's said he had a guess who the man was -- that it was a family quarrel; I said you will have to tell; I then went into the drugs ore and said this man knows who it was that shot the man; the body was then lying on its back, and the doctor had not then come.

Q. -- He said he knew who it was? A. -- He said he had a guess who it was, although he denied it afterwards to a Policeman.

Does this man's (Edwin Jefferd) dress correspond with that of the man who ran? A. -- No, Sir; he had on a light dress; he was sharply dressed.

Q. -- His did not resemble this man's at all? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- I mean the clothes he (Edwin Jefferd) had on a few minutes ago? A. -- If anything, that would come nearer the mark; but I cannot swear.

Q. -- Did the young lady with you ask you about it when you came back? A. -- No, Sir; I did not stop so see at all; I ran away at once.

Q. -- Was it this person who spoke to you? (Mr. Paschal.) A. -- Yes, Sir; that young man (Mr. Paschal,) came up after the second man was shot and told me that he was with the man who was shot on the corner of Eighteenth-street; I said, "You know who shot him?" He said, "I have a guess it is a family quarrel;" I said, "You will have to tell;" we walked then to the drug-store; I there said to the people, "Here is a young man who knew who it was shot;" I subsequently saw him in charge of a policeman, or close by his side; I said to him, "You had better tell who shot that man -- you told me that you knew;" he said, "I don't know;" I said, "You told me that you had a guess that it was a family quarrel;" he said, "Oh, yes; come over here;" I said, "No, Sir; I will have nothing to do with you, but let the policeman have you;" I could not swear to him (Paschal) being with the man who was first shot, only from what he said to me; there were three men.

Q. -- Do you know the name of the young lady who was with you at the corner? A. -- No, Sir; I do not; there was also some gentleman coming down Seventeenth-street at the same time I was running up; in my calling out I told him what that man had been doing; I ran against him as I met him -- my right arm touching his.

Q. -- Were you ahead of all pursuers, or was anybody ahead of you? A. -- No, Sir; there could not have been anybody ahead of me; it was impossible.

Q. -- Did you hear him call out "Watch," after he had shot? A. -- The man who shot never said a word.

[A diagram of the streets, prepared by a juror, was shown the witness, who stated the relative location of parties at the time of the murder, and the route pursued in the chase.]


Anna Syfor, being sworn, testified:

Q. -- Where do you reside? A. -- Summit, New-Jersey.

Q. -- Where were you on Saturday evening, June 30? A. -- I was standing on the corner, at the corset store, with the last witness.

Q. -- What was the place where you were standing? A. -- I do not know the street.

Q. -- You have heard the street? A. -- Yes, Sir, on the corner of the street where the man was shot?

Q. -- Was there a drug store? A. -- Yes, Sir, opposite where the man was shot.

Q. -- Just state what you know about it. A. -- My aunt and I were down to the store, trading, and the firemen came past; I went out and I was talking to the last witness, and I heard the alarm of a pistol; I looked across the street and I saw a man fall; I did not see him shot; I did not see the man shooting, but saw the man when he fell, and when the man ran away from him.

Q. -- What then? A. -- The gentleman that was with me ran after him; the murderer ran across the street.

Q. -- On the side you were? A. -- No. Sir, on the other side; he ran a few houses down on the same side, and then took across the street, down on the side walk; this gentleman that keeps the corset store ran after him.

Q. -- The last witness was the man that keeps the corset store? A. -- Yes, Sir; he was the first man that ran after him; he left me standing on the side walk; I went into the store where my aunt was, and I told her about it; she was in the corset store, buying some things.

Q. -- Is that all you know? A. -- That is all I know.

Q. -- Could you recognize this man? A. -- No, Sir; he had a light coat on and a small-rimmed hat.

Q. -- What colored hat? A. -- A light hat.

By Mr. Smith -- You say this man ran down the avenue. How far? A. -- I can't say; he ran only a few houses on the sidewalk, and then crossed the street.

Q. -- Did he cross over to the opposite sidewalk -- the same side you were? A. -- Yes, Sir, but lower down from me.

Q. -- Did you see him when he turned the corner and disappeared? A. -- No, Sir, I went into the store and told my aunt about it.

Q. -- Before the shooting, did you notice the man at all? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Would you recognize the murderer if you saw him again? A. -- No; Sir.

Q. -- Can you tell whether he was an old or a young man? A. -- I think he was a young man by the way he ran.

Q. -- He wore a light coat and a light hat? A. -- Yes, Sir.

Q. -- Have you seen the gentleman since you stood with at the corner that night? A. -- No, Sir, not since that night; I have been up in the country.

Q. -- Do you recognize the young man that stood up, (Charles Jefferd?) A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- You say you would not know the person again? A. -- No, Sir; it was an excitement to me, and I ran to tell my aunt about it; I never saw such a thing done before.

Q. -- Do you think this young man looks anything like him? A. -- No, Sir; I cannot say; his face was a kind of side ways to me.

Q. -- Did you see any wagon standing on the side where the man was shot? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Did you see anyone else follow the man except the man with you? A. -- No, Sir; he was behind the murderer.

Q. -- How close was he to him? A. -- I do not know.

Q. -- Can you say whether there were two or three together when the man was shot? A. -- No, Sir, I do not know; the corset man, when he came back, stated that a young man told him it was family quarrel.


Frederick Anderson, being sworn, testified:

Q. -- Where do you reside? A. -- My business is at No. 127 Grand-street, and my residence No. 496 Pearl-street.

Q. -- Are you acquainted with Charles Jefferd? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Do you know any person of that name? A. -- I have heard the name.

[Charles Jefferd is asked to stand up.]

Q. -- Do you know that man? A. -- No, Sir; I never saw him before I saw him this afternoon in Court.

Q. -- Was he at your house on Saturday night the 30th of June? A. -- No, Sir; on Monday night a man came there and asked me if I knew a man named Jefferd; said I, "I may have seen him, but don't know him; there are three or four men gone out, and he might be among them."

Q. -- Do you recognize this man, (Charles Jefferd,) as having been at your house on Saturday night, 30th June? A. -- No, Sir; I do not know him; I seldom make as acquaintance with any one.


Albert Bronson, sworn:

Q. -- Where do you reside? A. -- No. 130 Chambers-street; I keep the Johnson House, corner of Chamber-st. and West Broadway.

Q. -- Are you acquainted with Charles Jefferd, that young gentleman there? A. -- I have no knowledge that I ever saw him before.

Q. -- Do you recollect that man being at your house on Saturday night? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- Do you ever recollect him being at your house any time at all? No, Sir.

Q. -- Are you more he was not there playing cards? A. -- I am very sure he was not; there was no one there playing cards that night -- that is to my knowledge, or to the knowledge of any of my servants; the first intimation I had was a piece in the Evening Post, and on the strength of that I made inquiries of my clerk and the servants generally through the house; there were no parties that night, to the knowledge of any one employed in the house, or myself.

Q. -- Did you ever see Charles Jefferd before you saw him in Court? A. -- No, Sir, not to my knowledge.


Mrs. Ellen; M. Walton was recalled, and after taking her seat, addressing the Coroner, said: I should like to know, Sir, whether this investigation is conducted through the instigation of Mr. Walton's family -- whether it is carried on through that family, to expose family difficulties, or for the purpose of discovering who was the murderer of my husband?

Coroner -- It is not conducted at the instigation of any person, Madame, but to discover who perpetrated the murder.

Mrs. Walton -- Because, Sir, family difficulties have been discussed here in a very different manner from what they occurred, and things hare been sworn to in a very different manner from what they are. I am willing to give any light that I can upon the subject: but my sons and myself have been persecuted to death through the family of my husband.

Coroner -- Please to state, Madam, where you were on the evening of your husband's death. A. -- I was home that evening with my son, at No. 129 West Twenty-second-street.

Q. -- Who do you reside with? A. -- With Dr. Slade and his family.

Q. -- Can you give the names of any of the servants? A. -- I do not know the names of the domestics; they have one cook, but I do not know her name; Mrs. Slade knows perfectly well I was there from half-past eight o'clock.

Q. -- Can the doctor state also? A. -- I do not know whether the doctor can, but Mrs. Slade knows.

Q. -- Do you know the name of the domestic, employed up stairs? A -- There are no domestics up Hairs that I know of; there are none in my room; I do my own work.

Q. -- You board in the family? A. -- Yes, Sir, but there is no domestic comes up to my room to do any work there.

Q. -- Previous to 10 o'clock that evening where were you? A. -- At 6 o'clock I was opposite to my husband's store, at the house of a family named Morse.

Q. -- Which of your husband's stores? His store in Twenty-fifth-street; I think it was about 6 o'clock when I was there.

Q. -- What is the number of the store? A. -- The number of my husband's store is 23, and the family where I was lived nearly opposite; it was about six o'clock I was there, for they dine about six, I think, and they were dining.

Q. -- Did you remain long there? A. -- I did not, Sir; I do not think I remained over half an hour there.

Q. -- Did you see any of Mr. Morse's family there? A. -- Yes, Sir; Mrs. Morse, Mrs. Julia Morse, Mrs. Austin and one of her sons, I believe.

Q. -- From there where did you go? A. -- I went home to my own house, in Twenty-second-street, to dine; I think then it was about half past six or seven o'clock; I may be mistaken as to a quarter of an hour.

Q. -- Did you remain at home? A. -- No, Sir; I went down to Mr. Bett's shoe store to get my son Frank a pair of shoes; as I was going, I stopped at Uncle Pickering's -- Mr. Walton's uncle.

Q. -- Do you know the number of the place? A. -- I do not, but they keep a tea and coffee store in Eighth-avenue, near Twenty-second-street.

Q. -- What then? A. -- Mr. Pickering told me Mother Walton was in; I told him I would come back from the shoe store and come in; I then proceeded to the shoe store and got the shoes; when I came back I stopped again at Uncle Pickering's and Wm. Pickering told me Mother Walton was still there.

Q. -- Then? A. -- Then I went home, and I did not leave the house again that evening.

Q. -- What time was it when you arrived home? A. -- I cannot tell, Sir; but I think it might be 8 or 8 1/2 o'clock; I remained home all the evening.

Q. -- When did you first hear about your husband's death? A. -- When I saw it in the papers, Sir, on Sunday morning; that was the first I knew of it.

Q. -- Do you know of any enemies he had? A. -- Yes, Sir, I know Mr. Walton had enemies.

Q. -- Who were they? A. -- I know there was a Mr. Gray, he said was an enemy of his, who kept a porter-house on the corner of Sixth-avenue and Ninth-street.

Q. -- Did he say what he was his enemy for? A. -- Yes, Sir; he said he had dispossessed him of the house, and he was afraid Mr. Gray would be forever his enemy; Mr. Walton told me that himself.

Q. -- How long ago was that? A. -- I cannot remember how long ago, Sir; but some time before I left Twenty-third-street.

Q. -- Who else? A. -- Then there was a man whose horse and cart he took away, and whose family he deprived of support; and the man said he would nave satisfaction for it; I do not know, the man, but Mr. McFarland knows his name; it was in law; he sued the man, and he said the man was very angry against him when he got judgment against him; the man was an Irishman, and said he never would pay him a dollar; "Oh! be quiet," said Mr. Walton, "I will get your money, said you will not know I am getting a cent;" he levied on his horse and cart, and kept it secreted; when the case came on he was obliged to pay for it.

Q. -- How long ago was that? A. -- I cannot define the time; it might be a couple of months ago; but I remember the circumstance as it occurred.

Q. -- State how long before you left Twenty-third-street? A. -- I left Twenty-third-street the 1st of May, and the suit was expected that very day to come on, whether he should pay for the wagon or not.

Q. -- Is not that suit determined yet? A. -- Not the whole; another suit grew out of it; but Mr. McFarland can tell you all about it; you can get all the information about that suit from him.

Q. -- Is there any other person having an enmity against him? A. -- Yes, Sir, there are other persons.

Q. -- Who else? A. -- Mr. Walton's salesman; Mr. Kehoe married a second wife; when Mrs. Kehoe married Mr. Kehoe a place in Houston-street belonged to Mrs. Kehoe; Mr. Kehoe was sued for certain debts, and they were about to take his place for the debts, when Mr. Walton and his brother stepped in, and through a sham sale, pretended that the property belonged to William Walton.

Q. -- Did Mr. Kehoe make any threats? A. -- No; but Mr. Kehoe's wife's brother has made some threats, and be can throw more light upon this subject than I can; I think his name is Purcell; he kept a porter-house at the time somewhere in New-York.

Mr. Smith -- (to the Coroner) -- These are not recent occurrences.

Witness -- They are recent occurrences.

Q. -- What time did these circumstances occur? A. -- I cannot give the time definitely; they all occurred about the same time: it might have been earlier than May or June that these family difficulties occurred.

Q. -- Did you hear what threats were made? A. -- I heard them say that they would have that property, and that they would have satisfaction out of Mr. Walton; they destroyed the account books at the sore so that the creditors of Mr. Kehoe could not got them.

Q. -- Who destroyed them? A. -- Richard Pascall.

Q. -- Any other parties that you know of who have made threats? A. -- Yes; Mr. Williams, who lived in the home on Twenty-third-street; I think it would be well to inquire where he was that night; when Mr. Walton rented this house, No.184 Twenty-third-street, the house that I was turned out of, I did not know that my husband was about to rent it; I was compelled to take boarders in order to sustain myself there, as my husband did not allow me a support; one day my husband demanded the money of those boarders; I refused to give it to him, because I had agreed to pay the bills of that house, and I did; We had Mrs. D'Emperil, and a Mr. Butler, of Syracuse, boarding there; Madam D'Emperil had been there for some six moths; this Mr. Williams came in one evening with my husband to tea, and said that he had rented that house; I asked Mr. Walton if he had rented that house to Mr. Williams, and he refused to give me any information upon the subject, but said that he would come and demand of me to go with him, and take apartments elsewhere.

Q. -- What threats did Mr. Williams make? A. -- Stop, and you will hear; let me go on in my own way, so that you may understand it correctly; Mr. Walton asked me if I was going to make a time about going out of the house; I told him "No, of course not; I would be ready to go with him wherever he would take me;" I then assed if he would let me see the apartments I was going to; he said "No," I should never see them until I went into them; when the 1st of May came, Mr. Walton came with, a carriage, bringing with him a man named James Shindler, and a man named Brown -- I don't know who they were -- and this man Williams, and demanded that I should go with him; I told him that my child was too ill to leave, and that the doctor had said that he was threatened with diphtheria, and could not leave the house, nut that if tie insisted, I would go with him; he said that he did insist, and I got into the carriage with Mr. Walton; when these two gentlemen went to get in also, I said: "Gentlemen, I refuse to go with you; I don't know you; I will go wherever my husband takes me;" then Mr. Brown said, "Madam, I must go with you;" I said, "Then will you allow my son to go with, me?" they said "Yes," and they took me to where I am now, No. 119 Twenty-second-street; there was nothing ready for me there; there was no place engaged -- no place for me to go; but the lady came to me, and said: "Mrs. Walton, never fear; you nave come to the right place; I will protect you; there have been man here felling me that I must confine you in a room, and they offered to pay your board." "What men, Mrs. Slade?" I said; she said a man named John Wilber, on the corner Sixth-avenue and Ninth-street; I said, "Mrs. Slade, I will stay; put me in any room you please; give me comfortable rooms if you have them; if you have not, I will stay wherever my husband puts me." Then I came back to the house that I had left; I was attended by ladies; there was a lacy silting with me all the time in Twenty-third-street; I was not one hour alone; I sent for Dr. _____, [the doctor's name was given, but reporter could not understand it] and he said "This child cannot leave this house; I insist that he shall not leave the house;" then Mr. Williams said, "Under these circumstances, Mrs. Walton, you must stay;" I replied, "Very well. Mr. Williams. I will be very much obliged to you if you will allow me to stay; if I discommode you in any way, I will have my meals cooked in my room, as I don't want to be troublesome.

Then Mr. Walton took his things, and went to live over his store on 25th-street; this Dick Pascall came to the house where I was, and said: "Ain't I glad that you got turned out of the house! Ain't I glad that we have got rid of her!" and Mr. Walton's hired men at his store came around and insulted me at the house; then Mr. Williams came to me and tried to be very gracious with me, and to get me to speak against Mr. Walton; I knew that he was a tool in Mr. Walton's hands, and I would not speak against Mr. Walton; then he tried to get my Edwin to sleep with him; I said to Edwin, "Have nothing to do with him;" he would not allow me to take any furniture away from my house on Twenty-fifth-street; when I married Mr. Walton I bad a good deal of furniture that belonged to myself; Mr. Williams said to me one day: Mrs. Walton. I am not so much a friend to Mr. Walton as you think," then at the dinner-table, in the presence of a Miss Mills, who lives over in Brooklyn, Be said: Mrs. Walton, do you believe in one thing?" I asked, "What thing?" he said, "Do you believe in retribution?" I replied, "What do you mean?" and he said. "I will tell you at another time;" he asked me if I believed in retribution, and at another time he called me down stairs and told me that he wanted to speak to me; I went down, and he said: "Mr. Walton has not kept his word with me; he agreed to do certain things that he has not come up to, and if he don't keep his word with me, you shall see his day of retribution."

Q. -- Was that Dr. Williams who testified here as a witness? A. -- I don't know; he has so many professions that I cannot recognize him as a doctor.

Q. -- Well, is that the man who testified here? A. -- Yes -- the man who swore that he saw a pistol in my room when there never was one there -- the man who swore that there was chloroform in my room, when, if it was there, he put it there himself.

The Coroner -- We don't want to go into this contradictory evidence -- only to get at the principal facts. A. -- Well, I have given you the principal facts: if these were not threats then I don't understand what a threat is; he said that if Mr. Walton did not keep his; word and do what he had agreed to do I should see his day of retribution.

A Juror -- You stated in your previous testimony that, at one time Mr. Yelverton had some feelings against your husband? A. -- When the Coroner asked! me if I knew of any person having any personal animosity, I understood him to ask -- my mind was, at the time, much confused -- whether I knew of anybody against whom Mr. Walton hid animosity; I know that Mr. Walton had a decided animosity against Mr. Yelverton, was very jealous of him, and that he kept a pistol on his account; I don't know; that Mr. Yelverton had any animosity against him; I never heard him express any; Mr. Walton insulted him in a ball-room and on other occasions.

A Juror -- You have never heard Mr. Yelverton express himself in any way? A. -- No, Sir; I never did; I have heard Mr. Walton say he did.

Q. -- There was nothing said about Mr. Walton the last time you saw Mr. Yelverton previous to Mr. Walton's death? A. -- No, Sir.

Q. -- You did not see your husband on Saturday? A. -- No, Sir; I did not see my husband on Saturday at all.

The Inquest was then adjourned to Tuesday next, at 9 o'clock.

On leaving the Court-room, Mrs. Walton embraced her son Edwin affectionately. Her testimony was given in a manner exhibiting strong feeling.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 19 July 1860

Coroners' Inquests.


GEORGE T. INGHAM, a child five and a half years of age, fell from the roof of No. 113 Mulberry-street, on Tuesday afternoon, into a narrow space between that building and the one next to it. He had gone upon the roof to look at a balloon, and not having been seen afterwards, his parents supposed that he had wandered from home and lost his way. The Police were notified, and a search was prosecuted, but nothing could be learned of the little fellow until yesterday morning, when his body was found wedged in the aperture into which by a misstep he had fallen. The remains were extricated with great difficulty, and an inquest will be held upon them to-day.


On Monday evening, Mrs. ISABELLA BURLING, a native of Scotland, 69 years of age, was instantly killed while crossing Hudson-street, near Barrow, in consequence of having been run over by a span of horses attached to a carriage. The remains were removed to the Ninth Precinct Station-house, where an examination showed that her neck had been broken. JOHN MCINVAY, the driver of the vehicle, was apprehended, but yesterday, after the circumstances of the occurrence had been investigated by the Coroner, he was discharged from custody, a verdict of accidental death having been rendered. Deceased resided at the corner of West Tenth and Washington streets.


On the 15th inst., MICHAEL MALLON, an Irishman, 55 years of age, fell down a flight of stairs, at No. 5 Dover-street, and received injuries which yesterday resulted in his death. He was intoxicated when the accident happened....MICHAEL LEANNY, a lad 8 years of age, was drowned on Sunday last while fishing at the foot of North Moore-street. His body was recovered yesterday and remove to the residence of his parents, No. 213 Canal-street. Inquests were held by Coroner SCHIRMER.


THOMAS O'REILLEY, an Irishman, 30 years of age, died at his residence, No. 49 Norfolk-street, on Monday night, from excessive hemorrhage, produced by a wound in the right leg, received on the 4th inst., by falling through a vault-light in front of No. 274 Bowery. Coroner SCHIRMER investigated the case, and the evidence having shown that the covering to the vault had been left in an insecure condition, the Jury censured the owner of the premises for his neglect.


On Tuesday, the body of man was found in the water at the foot of Tenth-street, East River. Coroner SCHIRMER held an inquest, but was unable to obtain proof as to his identity. In the pockets of deceased were $117 12, besides a bill made against EDWARD BRADY by JOHN HENDRICKSON....The body of another unknown man, apparently a German sailor, was found last evening by the Harbor Police, floating near Castle Garden. The Coroner was notified.

Coroners' Inquests.

DEATH FROM ALLEGED VIOLENCE.--Coroner CONNERY Thursday held an inquest at No. 70 Willett street, upon the body of JOHN CONNER, an Irish laborer, 45 years of age. The deceased has a larger family and for a long time has been in the habit of drinking to excess, and when intoxicated was quarrelsome and difficult to manage. [Part missing] with their hands, and after a struggle suceceded in getting him to bed.  A neighbor who heard a noise in the house ran in to see what the matter was, when he saw the wife dragging the deceased by the hair of his head with one hand and beating him with the other.  The son went to the aid of his mother.  The Jury rendered the following verdict : "That the said JOHN CONNER came to his death by violence at the hands of his wife, CATHARINE CONNOR and his son EDWARD CONNER, on Monday night, the 30th of August, 1858, without intention to kill."  On the rendition of the verdict the wife and son were committed to prison to await the action of the Grand Jury.


The body of an unknown man was found Thursday, at the foot of Pier No. 6, North River.  The body was very much decomposed and plainly dressed. 

The body of an unknown woman, apparently about 25 years of age, was picked up in the dock foot of Catharine-street, East River.  Inquests were held on the bodies and verdicts of "supposed drowning" rendered.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 6 August 1863

Sun-Strokes, Coroner's Inquests, Casualties.

Below will be found a record of sun-strokes, inquests, casualties, &c., which were reported yesterday:

JOHN BUTLER, a stone-mason, was sun-struck while at work on a building in Rivington-street, near Cannon. He was conveyed to the Thirteenth Ward Station-house, and, after receiving medical aid, removed to Bellevue Hospital. BUTLER lives in Forty- fifth-street, near Tenth-avenue.

HENRY MOORE, a back driver, was sun-struck at the Jersey City Ferry. The Police conveyed him to the Bellevue Hospital.

JOHN H. BUTLER was found insensible on the sidewalk, comer of Thirty-seventh-street and Fifth- avenue, from the effects of the heat. He was conveyed to his residence. No. 411 West Forty-fourth- street.

JAMES MORAN, porter at the Fifth-avenue Hotel, was taken suddenly ill early yesterday morning, and expired soon afterward??? The Coroner was notified.

An unknown man was prostrated in South-street from the effects of the extreme heat; the Second Ward Police conveyed him to the New-York Hospital in a state of insensibility.

THOMAS REDDING, a boy nine years of age, was drowned while bathing in the North River, foot of One Hundred and Forty-fourth-street. The body was recovered and conveyed to his late residence in One Hundred and Thirty-first-street, near Broadway.

JEROLD WATCHTENDOLF, a German and Captain of the Alida, a sailing vessel, was found dead in bed at No. 146 Duane-street. The Coroner was notified.

A man whose name is unknown was found lying on the sidewalk, corner of First-avenue and Ninth- street, in a state of insensibility from the effects of the heat. Taken to Bellevue Hospital by the Seventeenth Precinct Police.

A man named BARTHOLOMEW SMITH was found dead in his bed at No. 94 Division-street. The Coroner was notified.

BASTIAN RIVILEA, a German, residing in Melrose, Westchester County, fell from the roof of a new house in One Hundred and Twenty-eighth-street, near Third-avenue, to the pavement, and was fatally injured. He was taken home by his friends. He is a carpenter by trade.

A boy named JOHN BURNS was found floating in the water off the Battery. He was identified by his parents, who reside at No. 57 Murray-street.

CARL PARDEN, of No. 32 Cherry-street, fell in a fit on one of the South Ferry-boats, and was conveyed to the New-York Hospital.

JOHN CAMPBELL, arrested for intoxication by Officer KIERNAN, of the Ninth Ward, was found dead in the cell early yesterday morning. Coroner RANNEY held an inquest, and the jury rendered a verdict of death from the effects of the heat and excessive drinking.

The body of MARTIN LUNT, who fell overboard from the steamship Ericsson, foot of Thirteenth-street, North River, Sunday night, and was drowned, has been recovered. Coroner RANNEY held an inquest, and the jury rendered a verdict of death from accidental drowning.

MARY MCGINNIS, an Irish woman, 35 years of age, was found dead in bed at No. 377 Water-street, Coroner notified.

An unknown woman, about 40 years of ??? age, born in Ireland, was sun-struck, and died at the corner of Ninety-eighth-street and Fifth-avenue.

A woman, whose name is unknown, died at No. 242 Mulberry-street, from the effects of the heat.

JACOB E???, 23 years of age, and born in Germany, was sun-struck at No. 167 Suffolk-street, and taken to Bellevue Hospital.

THOMAS SWEETMAN, 43 years of age, and a native of Ireland, died suddenly at No. 39 Madison-street, yesterday afternoon. The case was reported by Officer FITZGERALD, of the Fourth Ward. Deceased was a discharged soldier.

An unknown soldier died at the Tenth Ward Station-house from the effects of the heat. Coroner WILDEY held an inquest.

A German, name unknown, dropped dead in the street from effects of extreme heat. Inquest by Coroner WILDEY.

GEORGE HERDRID, 29 years of age, born in France, was sun-struck, and died at No. 29 West Twelfth- street. Inquest by Coroner WILDEY.

Coroner WILDEY held an inquest on the body of FELIX MCCARTY, who died at No. 61 Baxter-street; he was 29 years of age, and born in Ireland. JOSEPH KELLY, 35 years of age, and born in Ireland, died suddenly from sun-stroke at No. 35 Watts-street. Coroner WILDEY held an inquest.


NEW YORK TIMES, 1 January 1865.


The Wretched Mother Held to Answer.

On Friday evening Coroner WILDEY held an inquest upon the bodies of GEORGE HENRY and MARGARET DUSENBURY, the children who were poisoned on Thursday night by their mother, Mrs. ELIZABETH DUBENBURY.

We give the testimony, as follows:

Elizabeth Dusenbury, sworn. -- I live at No. 5 Goerck-street; yesterday (Thursday) afternoon I sent, by the man I hire my room of, for some rat poison, and he brought me a box of Parsons' make; this (Friday) morning, between 3 and 4 o'clock, I got up and dissolved the contents of the box in five separate portions of water, and gave a portion to each of my four children; each drank their portion, except the smallest, and he tasted it, but did not like it, nor would he drink it; the youngest girl drank that portion as well as her own; after all the rest of the children were disposed of, I drank my portion; the eldest girl, (Margaret Ann,) began to vomit first, and then the eldest boy, (George Henry,) and then myself, in about ten minutes after I took it; there was no one but the children and myself present when the poison was administered; between 7 and 8 o'clock this (Friday) morning, my husband came home; we had ceased vomiting then, except George and Margaret; I told him that I had taken the poison, and he went for a Doctor; Dr. Johnson came, and gave me and the children medicine; I felt relieved, as did May Jane, the second oldest child, and James, who did not take much; the cause of my action is, that I had become tired of living, and did not want to leave my children behind me; my husband was not very agreeable to me; he was cross and jealous of me; would curse and swear if I staid out of the house longer than he thought necessary; he never struck me but once; that was four months ago; he is a night watchman at a dock, and is out all night; I did not send for the poison purposing to take it; but there were rats in the house, and I wanted to kill them; it was for that purpose I sent for it; I have been thinking about killing myself and my children for about three months -- ever since I have been in New-York; we had previously been living for three years at Lake Matopac; I do not know whether I shall get well or not; for myself, I do not wish to recover; but for my children, I do; my husband supported me and the children as far as his means would allow; sometimes he drinks to excess and becomes intoxicated; then he will abuse me if I say anything to him; I do not drink liquor, except occasionally, and never to excess; did not drink anything spirituous last night; am sorry I did as I did about the poison; wish I had not done it; it was my intention to see the children dead, and then to kill myself; George Henry died this afternoon, between three and four o'clock; he was four years and three months old, and was born in Somerstown, N.Y.

   Charles Dusenbury sworn. -- Am father of the deceased boy, George Henry; the deceased child, Margaret Ann is my wife's child by a previous husband, as is Jane, the oldest now living; have not lately had difficulty with my wife; sometimes we had words, but none of consequence; she is high-tempered, and says very little; there was no cause of jealousy; she was very ill when her youngest child was born, two years ago, and has not been the same woman since; a year ago, when in a great passion, I heard her say, "I'll take a dose;" that was the only indication of self-destruction I ever heard from her; the first I knew of her having taken poison was yesterday morning at about 8 1/2 o'clock, when I came home from work; the two children now living were playing on the floor; the others and my wife were in the bedroom, sick, as she said; she would not tell me what was the matter; but I immediately thought of the rat poison, and asked what she had done with the box; she said she had burned it in the stove; I immediately went for Dr. Johnson; Margaret died at forty minutes after ten P.M.; we have had no words lately, except on Thursday at dinner time; my wife, became provoked at me not telling my father-in-law something about a matter of business which I thought of no consequence; and she became very angry; while I was eating Mr. Murdock brought in the box of poison; did not regard her anger as of unusual moment; I seldom drink liquor, and never immoderately.

   Mary Jane Dusenbury, sister of the deceased, being examined, said that the mother told her the potion she gave them was to kill worms; she drank her own portion and James' also. The little witness' testimony is substantially corroborative of the mother's.

   The testimony of Dr. Geo. W. Johnston was taken, showing that the mother was apparently laboring under aberration of mind; she was indifferent regarding herself and children. Dr. George B. Bonton, who analyzed the contents of the children's stomach, found poison. Police Surgeon Brivia's testimony is like that of the other physicians.

   The verdict of the jury was that the deceased died of poison, administered by the mother with criminal intent.

   Mrs. Dusenbury was committed to the Tombs.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, Wednesday 8 November 1865 (2)

Murder and Riot Near Utica, N.Y.


From the Utica Herald, Nov. 1st.

Loomis, long account.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 24 March 1867

Coroner's Inquest.


Coroner WILDEY held an inquest yesterday at the Thirty-second Precinct station-house, on the body of NORMAN AMBROSE, a deaf mute, who was struck by the locomotive of an express train on the Hudson River Railroad, at the Fort Washington depot, on the 21st inst., as already reported in the TIMES.  HARVEY P. PEET, Principal of the Deaf and Dumb Institute, testified that the deceased had been a pupil of his, and was missed from the Institute on the morning of the accident; that three messengers were immediately sent in search of him, when they learned that he had been run over and killed.  JOSEPH MALONEY testified to having seen the deceased walking on the track a short distance below Fort Washington station; that he apparently did not perceive the approaching train, although the whistle was blown several times to warn him of his danger.  The locomotive struck AMBROSE with great violence, throwing him a considerable distance into the ditch, whence he was removed to the depot, where death put an end to his sufferings.  The statement of the engineer of the train corroborated the testimony of this witness.  Deputy Coroner WOOSTER BEACH, Jr., M.D., made a superficial examination of the body, and found several injuries, each sufficient to cause death.  The jury rendered a verdict of accidental death, exonerating the engineer from all blame.  The deceased was a native of New-York and 17 years of age.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 17 September 1867

Inquests by Coroner GOVER.

On yesterday Coroner GOVER held inquests in the following cases :


WM. H. DEMPSEY, a man of intemperate habits, went into the grocery No. 329 Water-street, on Sunday evening, about 7 o'clock, and sat down in a chair.  He was very drunk, apparently, and his presence excited no remark, as he was in the habit of coming into the store.  DEMPSEY fell asleep, as was supposed, and after he had sat thus for some two hours one of those present shook him to awaken him, and it was found that he was dead.  It was supposed that DEMPSEY had died from intemperance, but a post mortem examination by Dr. JOHN BEACH showed that although he had no external marks of violence the abdomen was filled with blood, the result of a rupture of the liver.  Upon the revelation of this evidence of a violent death the inquest was adjourned until Wednesday to afford opportunity to collect further evidence.


An inquest was held at No. 492 Broome-street, over the body of JULES JOSEPH PERRIN, the young Frenchman whose death by suicide was stated in the TIMES of yesterday.  No facts, other than have been already published, were developed by the inquest, and the jury rendered a verdict in accordance with the facts.


An inquest was held over the body of BERNARD BAUMAN, No. 292 Madison-street, the particulars of whose death have been published, the jury returning a verdict of death by accidental drowning.



THE NEW YORK TIMES, 6 October 1868

Continuation of the Coroner's Inquest - The Mystery Unsolved - No Clue to the Murderer.

The Coroner's inquest in the case of the murder of ROBERT T. WALKER, on the Centreville race-course, last Monday morning, was continued according to adjournment, before Coroner BENJ. W. CURTIS and a Jury, at Jamaica, L.I., yesterday afternoon.  Only two witnesses were present, who testified as follows:

   James Hughes sworn - I was driving on Centreville-avenue on Mon day morning last, between 6 and 7 o'clock, when I saw two men cross the avenue ahead of me, nearly opposite the land of Martha Van Wicklin; they came from then direction of the east end of the Centreville race-course, and were walking at a rapid gait; after crossing the avenue they walked along the footpath; they were dressed in dark clothes, and I think they wore low-crowned hats; one of them was considerably shorter than the other, there was nothing about them to attract particular attention; it may have been a quarter of a mile ahead of me that they crossed the avenue; not near enough to distinguish their features, or to tell whether they were white or black; don't know that I saw their faces.

   Jacob Van Brunt (colored) sworn - About seven o'clock Monday morning I was standing in a potato patch, when I saw two men run out of the woods near the Centreville race track and come towards me; they were both running fast, and when they got within perhaps thirty paces and saw me they stopped running and changed their course and jumped over the hedge; they continued to walk very fast as long as I saw them, and went towards the big woods; one of the men was fatter than the other, and walked so fast that the short one appeared to have hard work to keep up; neither of them spoke to me; they were both dressed in black clothes, with short coats buttoned up close under their chins; the place where I saw them is about a quarter of a mile from that part of the race course where Mr. Walker was murdered; both of the men wore caps; I am sure of that, and the cap worn by the tall man was red and had no fore piece on it; the other man's cap was dark colored, and I think had a fore piece; they were both full-faced men, and neither of them worse whiskers or moustache; the tall one was a stout, powerful man; I am sure I should know the men if I saw them again, unless they were disguised; I did not know either of the men who were discharged by Mr. Walker two weeks ago.

   There being no more witnesses present the testimony here closed, and after consultation with the Jury, the Coroner concluded to adjourn the inquest to 10 o'clock Saturday morning, the 13th inst., and meantime to summon s every person who he may have reason to believe can throw any light upon the murder.

   The mystery surrounding this unprovoked and apparently purposeless murder, continues as dark as ever, and, unless more effort is made than appears to have been made thus far to ferret out the guilty parties, the chances are that they will not only escape conviction, but will not even be annoyed by any attempts to being them to justice.  The $500 reward does not seem to have induced any detective to institute a search for the assassins, or seem to make any inquiries about the matter as a preliminary step; toward the detection of the villains.  The murdered man leaves a wife and child to see that justice is meted out to the slayer of the husband and father, and, with the exception of one or two of the neighbors, no one seems to have interested himself in the matter, or to café whether the perpetrators of one of the most cold-blooded murders on record go unpunished or not.

   The two men discharged from the employ of Mr. WALKER, and on whom alone suspicion has rested, are named ALFRED E. GOVE and MICHAEL McCARTHY.  One of the men (GOVE) made his appearance at Mr. WALKER'S stable as near as can be ascertained between 8 and 9 o'clock on the morning of the murder, some two hours or more after the deed was committed.  He stated that he came from Williamsburgh that morning.  He rode up in a horse car from East New-York to JOHN E. SNEDIKER's hotel, arriving there about 8 o'clock.  He brought with him a trunk which he took off the cart and left at the hotel.  On the previous day he had agreed to accompany a Mr. TAYLOR, a horse dealer, to Boston, and they were to start from Mr. SNEDIKER'S.  On arrival at SNEDIKER'S he was told of the death of Mr. WALKER, and said he would go up there and see about it.  He then left the hotel, and as afterwards appeared, did go to Mr. WALKER'S.  There are several stories as to the remarks he made to different parties \about the murder, but until they are sworn to it is not proper that they should be published.  On inquiring at the house in Williamsburgh in which he said he stayed the night previous to the murder a neighbor of Mr.  WALKER was told that he left there at 6.30 o'clock Mon day morning.  If this statement be true he could not possibly have been anywhere near the race course when the murder was committed, and all suspicion of his guilt is unwarranted.  He is now in Boston, and has written a letter to his sister in Williamsburgh since his arrival there.

   With reference to the other man, McCARTHY, no clue has been obtained to his whereabouts since he left the employ of Mr. WALKER.

   As the two men left together, and had been very intimate, GOVE can doubtless give some information about his companion, and the Coroner will endeavor to secure his attendance at the next meeting of the inquest.

   Should these two men be found guiltless of the deed, suspicion will be utterly at a loss in which way to point, as there are no other persons who can be conceived to have had any possible motive for the commission of the deed.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Tuesday 1 December  1868 (2)



New York, Nov. 30. - The coroner's inquest on the homicide of Felix Larkin, has rendered a verdict against Campbell, his barkeeper, Berrigan, and Ann Rivers, the cook, who have been committed without bail to await the action of the Grand Jury.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Wednesday 26 January 1870 (2)



NEW YORK, Jan. 25. - Ira C. Gardner and wife, accused of the murder of Captain Alexander, have been committed to the Tombs to await the chemical analysis by Professor Doremus, of the stomach of the murdered man.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Friday 15 April1870 (2)

JACK REYNOLDS, the poor wretch who in a fit of drunken frenzy committed a foul murder and then chuckled over the secure conviction that hanging for murder was "played out in New York," expiated his crime on the scaffold just ten weeks to a day from the time of his arrest.  This unusually rapid march of justice in the case of REYNOLDS may be accounted for by the fact that the prisoner was a poor scoundrel without a particle of political influence.

   On the other hand, there are now five or six murderers, some of them in the Tombs, but most of them out on bail, who killed their victims in cool blood several years ago, who have had two or three trials each and might have as many more without the least danger of being hung, simply because they are more or less prominent as Democratic ward politicians, and are in the secrets of the ring of thieves and gamblers who govern New York city.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Thursday 4 August1870 (1)



NEW YORK, Aug. 8. - The coroner's inquest on the Nathan murder will be commenced at the police headquarters to-morrow.  District Attorney Garvin is conducting the case for the people.  The Philadelphia report of the probable arrest of the murderer in that city is a canard.  All the evening papers stated that Superintendent Jourdan has clues which will surely lead to the speedy arrest of the criminal or criminals.  It has been ascertained that the watch stolen from Nathan was a Perregaux, No. 5,857, instead of a Jurgensen, No. 7,421, as was previously reported.

   The guard about Real's cell was doubled to-day, and the prisoner took a final leave of his sisters who have faithfully attended him during his entire imprisonment.


   The Governor has signified his intention to commute the sentence of Thos. Sheridan, now awaiting execution for wife murder.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN.,Friday 5 August1870 (2)


A New York dispatch of the 2nd says: The morning papers give a fearful record of murder, homicidee, deadly assaults with the bullet, knife, bayonet and axe.  While the police are searching for Nathan's murderers, other murders nearly as revolting have been committed. [Continues with comment on evidence in Nathan case.][Also long article on previous, unsolved, murders., also 6th and 11th.]


JOHN REAL, to be executed to-day, Friday, made an effort to hang himself in his cell, yesterday, with his handkerchief.  He says he won't die on the gallows.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 19 August 1870

The Norwalk Disaster - Coroner's Inquest.

The Coroner's inquest on the body of JOHN P. PHALON, one of the victims of the Norwalk disaster on the bay, was commenced last night by Coroner WHITEHILL.  The deceased was a young man who resided with his mother at No. 426 West twenty-fifth-street, New-York.  The supposition is, that in the midst of the excitement created by the collision he either jumped or was knocked overboard.  Several witnesses were examined, but none could tell how he got into the water.  In regard to the circumstances immediately connected with the disaster, no new facts were elicited.  The investigation will be continued to-night.


WINONA DAILY REPUBLICAN, MN., Monday 19 September 1870 (2)

Close of NATHAN inquest.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 6 September 1873

New York, Sept. 3. - A mason, yesterday, at the inquest in relation to the death of eight persons by the falling of a building on West Eleventh street, said it would not have cost more than five dollars to brace the walls and prevent the disaster.


THE NEW YORK TIMES, 29 November 1877


   Coroner Woltman last evening concluded the inquest in the case of Henry Hausmann, aged 40, of No. 19 Chrystle-street, who died on the 25th inst., at the Chambers-street Hospital, from as pistol-shot wound inflicted by himself on the 12th inst. with suicidal intent, after he had killed his daughter Martha, aged 6, fatally wounded his son Adam, aged 4, and attempted to kill his remaining child John, aged 2.  A verdict in accordance with the above statement of facts was rendered.  No new evidence was elicited.

   Coroner Woltman last evening concluded the inquest in the case of the hunchback knife-grinder Jacob Massoth, who was killed by George Dell, aged 17, the son of his mistress, at No. 517 East thirteenth-street, Sunday afternoon.  The evidence showed that Massoth was an old lover of Mrs. Katrina Dell, that he was 65 years of age, and she but 44.  He had known her on the old country before she got married.  The jury rendered a verdict that Massoth came to his death from an incision of the throat at the hands of George Dell, "and we consider that the said George Dell inflicted the wound in self-defense, and was justified in the act."  The boy was discharged from custody.


WILLAMETTE FARMER (Salem, Or.), 27 September 1878

New York, Sept. 16. - long list of deaths.


THE NEW NORTHWEST, (Portland, Or.), 17 July 1879

LETTER FROM NEW YORK: re Hill murder and Chastine Cox.


THE NEW NORTHWEST (Portland, Or.), 27 October 1881

Jennie Cramer and the Malley boys.

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