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Cambrian, 25 August 1804

A discovery of a shocking nature was made on Monday last at the Hay, Breconshire: A new-born infant was found buried in the garden of a respectable private gentleman, with its throat cut, apparently by a scissors.  Suspicion immediately fell upon a female servant in the family, who was taken into custody, and, after examination, committed to Brecon gaol, on the Coroner's inquest, for wilful murder.

   Monday last, a servant maid driving some cows out of a fold in the parish of Alltprengy, near Brecon, was furiously attacked by a bull, and so dreadfully gored, that her life is despaired of.


Cambrian, 15 December 1804

  Monday last an inquest was held on the body of a boy about eleven years of age, who was found starved to death in the hundred of Talgarth, in that county.  It appeared that this unfortunate child, in company with his two younger brothers, had followed a funeral in that neighbourhood, and having disappeared on the road, it is supposed he had perished through the inclemency of the weather, as the body was found about a fortnight afterwards covered with snow.


Cambrian, 18 May 1805

Yesterday se'nnight a Coroner's inquest was held at Brecon, on the body of a female infant child.  It appeared that the mother (a poor woman) had a quarrel with a neighbour, which terminated in blows, and the child being in her arms at the time, was supposed to have received some mortal injury, as it died about an hour afterwards; but the surgeons who examined the body giving it as their opinion that the infant died of a disease with which it had been some time afflicted, the jury returned a verdict accordingly.


Cambrian, 28 June 1805

A female infant child, apparently about three weeks old, was lately exposed on the high road in the parish of Cantreff, near Brecon; great pains have been taken to discover its unnatural parent, but hitherto without effect.



Cambrian, 6 July 1805

A female infant child, apparently about three weeks old, was lately exposed on the high road in the parish of Cantreff, near Brecon; great pains have been taken to discover its unnatural parent, but hitherto without effect.


Cambrian, 19 October 1805

A person of the name of Meredith Arthur, who resided near Brecon, and who, by his penurious mode of living, had acquired a small property, attended the sale of some estates at the Lion Inn, on Saturday last; he had purchased one lot, but having drunk too freely, and his road home being by the canal, he fell into it, and was drowned.  What is a little extraordinary, when he was first discovered, he was found standing nearly upright in the water, with his hat on his head and his staff in his hand.  An inquest was held on the body of Monday, and the jury returned a verdict of accidental death. 

   This is the second fatal accident which has happened on this canal within the last twelve months through inebriety.


Cambrian, 19 April 1806

Saturday last, late in the evening, Mr. Havard, farmer, of Carbwla, in the parish of Talachddu, left Brecon, on his return home; but is supposed to have fallen from his horse, as he was found upon the road nearly lifeless; and died almost immediately after. - Coroner's verdict, Accidental Death.


Cambrian, 20 August 1808

Died, on the 13th inst. of a fit of apoplexy, at the Star-inn, Merthyr-Tydvil, on her journey to the Mineral Wells, in the county of Brecon, Mrs. Popkin, wife of John Popkin, Esq. of Tal-y-Garn, Glamorganshire.

   We are extremely concerned to state, that on Monday the Rev. Mr. Lloyd, of the Hay, Breconshire, was unfortunately thrown from his horse near Dorstone, and survived the accident but a very short time, to the great regret of all who knew him.


Cambrian, 17 November 1810

Tremendous storm]  We regret to learn, by our correspondent at Brecon, that the effects of the storm in that neighbourhood have been the most melancholy, no less than six persons having fallen victims to its violence, all young men; two, a waggoner and a boy belonging to Mr. Turner, of Oparten, perished whilst returning with coal from Brecon, in the road; another waggoner to Mr. Matthews, of Wolten, was also with his team, and sunk under the cold; a young lad was found dead in the Parish of Clehonger, Herefordshire; and two young men, who were taking horses across Bromyard Down, were discovered under a bank, where doubtless they had crept for shelter, dead in each other's arms, the animals were standing near them, in a very weakened state. -


Cambrian, 17 November 1810

Another melancholy circumstance is that of a poor woman, 60 years of age, who resided in the parish of Devynoch: having a son who had lately enlisted, and being ordered to join his regiment, she was going to take leave of him, taking with her three live fowls as a present, but had not proceeded far, when she was found a corpse on the road. - Two of the fowls were also dead.


Cambrian, 25 May 1811

   On Sunday last, a young woman in service in the parish of Ynyskedwin, Breconshire, after attending Divine Service at a neighbouring meeting-house, when home and hung herself in the barn.


Carmarthen Journal, 7 March 1812

      BRECON. - A Correspondent writes, - Some time since, a man, dressed in the habit of a soldier, was found dead in a small plantation of willows, near a farm-house, called Llan-Usk, ten yards from a public foot-path, and about fifty from the public road, heading from Abergavenny to Brecon.  The body was in a most horrid state of putrefaction! - The hands, thighs, and legs were miserably mangled by the crows and water-rats; and, in putting the body into a shell, the head fell off.  An inquest was taken, and the Jury brought in a verdict of - Died by the visitation of God.  It was afterwards ascertained, that the poor man's belt and knapsack had been found some time before, - the belt in one field and the knapsack in another. - The bayonet has not yet been discovered. - The Examiner.

   A few days since two prisoners in Brecon prison, one for horse-stealing and the other for safety, being deranged in his mind, were sitting together, when a dispute arose between them, and the deranged man suddenly took up an iron bar and struck the other a violent blow on the head, of which he expired in a few minutes.


Cambrian, 25 December 1813

DIED. - At Brecon, in childbirth, Mrs. Powell, wife of Mr. Thos. Powell, jun. carrier, of Wheat-street.


Cambrian, 27 August 1814

DIED. - In Thursday, aged 80 years, Mr. Rocke, of the Hay, universally respected.  His dissolution affords another awful instance of the uncertainty of human existence.  He had left his house to attend the funeral of a friend to whom he was much attached, and had joined the procession near Bredwardine, when he dropped in the Turnpike-road, a corpse!


Cambrian, 21 March 1818

   Part of the remains of a poor man was found on the lime-kilns near Brecon on Sunday morning.  It is supposed he had laid down to rest near the top, and had fallen in - only the upper part of the body was found, the rest having been consumed in the kiln.


Cambrian, 27 May 1820

    On Monday last a Coroner's inquest was held at Llangorse, in the county of Brecon, before John Williams, Esq. one of the Coroners for the said county, on the body of Walter Walters, a fine youth about 17 years of age, eldest son of Mr. Walter Walters, of the town of Brecon, butcher, and late Quarter-Master of the East Brecon Local Militia, when the Jury returned a verdict of "Found drowned."  This poor youth met with his untimely death on the 19th inst. in the following manner:- He went from Trebervidd-house, near Llangorse Pool, (Mr. West's) where he was residing, to move a boat, which it appeared had stranded on a person's ground near Trebervidd, and not being used to the management of a boat, it is presumed he got into it for the purpose of pushing it off from the mud, when the boat got into the stream of that large pool called Llangorse if Welsh Pool, and before he could put the boat round, it is supposed it got into the middle of the stream, and being a good swimmer, he plunged in, thinking to gain the shore, but was ultimately lost; and though every exertion was made for twelve days the persons employed were not able to find the body until Monday last, when it floated.  The distress of his parents may be more easily conceived than expressed.


Cambrian, 8 July 1820

     On Saturday last an inquest was held at Brecon, by Benjamin Williams, Esq. on the body of ----- Williams, of the parish of St. David's, who was killed in fighting with a man of the name of Thomas Martin, about one o'clock on that day, when the Jury returned a verdict of - Manslaughter.


Cambrian, 13 July 1822

BRECONSHIRE. -  An inquest was held on Monday last, at Rumney, before David Davies, Esq. (Coroner for the hundred of Crickhowell), on the body of John Davies, who was found dead on the Llangunnider mountain, near Trecil-du.  Verdict - Found dead, without appearance of violence having been committed.


Cambrian, 23 November 1822

DIED. - On Monday morning last, at Brecon, Robert Cooke, Esq. Barrack-master.  He was found dead by his bed-side; and on a Coroner's inquest being held, the Jury returned q verdict of - Died by the Visitation of God. ... - Mr. Cooke was a native of Norwich or its neighbourhood.


The Cambrian, 26 April 1823

BRECONSHIRE. - On Tuesday, an inquest was held by J. Williams, Esq. Coroner, at the parish of Llanfrynach, Breconshire, on view of the body of a boy, aged six years, who came b y his death under the following circumstances.  His mother had purchased a solution of arsenic, for the cure of an eruptive complaint; and, fearing that the children (the deceased, and a girl five years old) might get at the bottle, she bid it under the thatch of an out-house; but unfortunately they perceived her, and, some time afterwards, in her absence, succeeded in finding the bottle, and both drank of the solution !  When the mother returned home, she found the children extremely ill with vomiting; and the little girl acknowledged that they had been drinking out of the bottle placed under the thatch.  A quantity of milk was given them, and the girl recovered, but the poor boy died in great agony.


The Cambrian, 21 June 1823

BRECONSHIRE. - On Monday last an inquest was held at Lanwysk Villa, near Crickhowell, before David Davies, Esq. coroner, on the body of James Spencer, for several years coachman to John Hotchkis, Esq.  The deceased appeared at breakfast in apparent good health, and had retired to the stable, where he was found speechless, and expired in half an hour afterwards. - Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 21 June 1823


   On Friday, the 13th inst. in consequence of a fall from his horse on the Wednesday preceding, Mr. John Watkins, of the Lord Nelson inn, Hay,  Breconshire.



The Cambrian, 4 December 1824


   In another part of our paper, we have given some particulars of the devastating effects of the tremendous gales among the shipping on the 22d and 23d ult. .  .  . 

    On Tuesday the 23d ult. a most melancholy accident occurred by the falling in of the bridge on the Tramroad at Fforddfawr, near the Hay, Breconshire.  The trams, laden with goods, together with the driver and horses of Mr. George North, were precipitated into the river, the height of about 25 feet.  A poor man, who was riding in one of the trams, was unfortunately drowned, .  .  .  .   An inquest has been held upon the body, and the jury returned a verdict of "Died by the falling of the bridge," and a deodand of 5s. was laid on the tram.


The Cambrian, 11 December 1824

   As three persons were, during the late floods, passing near the Hay, Breconshire, on a road which was flooded, the stream caused the horses to lose their footing, and melancholy to relate, two of the riders, and all the horses were drowned: the third person saved himself by swimming.


The Cambrian, 16 July 1825

   On the 8th inst. an inquest was held before John Williams, Esq. at the parish of Llanspyddid, Breconshire, on the body of Roger Jenkins.  This unfortunate man met his death under the following circumstances:- he was returning home, sober, on the evening of the last Brecon fair day (the 5th inst.) and was overtaken about three miles from Brecon by the mail-coach.  His horse started, and he fell, and was run over by the fore and hind wheels of the coach.  No blame whatever can be attached to the Coachman, and at the inquest a letter was produced from one of the passengers (Mr. Richard Wall Morris, of Waterford) declaring it to be his decided opinion, as well as that of his fellow passengers, that the Coachman was perfectly blameless.  The deceased (who was by trade a tailor) has, we understand, left six children quite unprovided for.


The Cambrian, 21 January 1826

  A Coroner's Inquest was held at Brecon on Saturday last, on the body of a poor girl, about 23 years of age, who, after having retired to fest the preceding evening, in apparent health, was found in bed in the morning a corpse. - No visible cause for her death being discovered, the Jury returned their verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 11 February 1826

   On Thursday morning last, Mr. David Price, who had lived as a huntsman in the Penpont Family for upwards of 40 years, was found dead in the road leading from Devynnock Village, by Bailie Maescar, to Brecon.  A Coroner's Inquest has been held upon the body. - Died by the visitation of God.


The Cambrian, 29 April 1826

   On the evening of Saturday last, the 23d inst. A most atrocious murder was committed on the body of John Price, at Pantoilw, in Llanavanvawr, Breconshire, on the Darren-hill, in that parish.  The deceased was found dead that night; his neck was twisted till the blood ran out of his ears, so that his death must have been occasioned by a dislocation of the vertebrae.  A neighbour of the name of Rees Lewis, who has absconded, is suspected of the murder, and it is hoped the diligent search now making after him will meet with success.


The Cambrian, 6 May 1826

THE LATE MURDER IN BRECONSHIRE. - Rees Lewis, of the parish of Llanavanvawr, in the county of Brecon, shepherd, was, on Wednesday, the 3d instant, committed by the Rev. Thomas Watkins for trial at the next Great Sessions for Breconshire, charged with the Wil.ful Murder of John Price, on the Darren Hill (noticed in lour last).  He was apprehended on Tuesday the 2d, at an early hour, in a field near his own residence, by a person of the name of John Williams, who, assisted by others, conveyed him to Brecon.  An examination took place on Tuesday, by the Magistrates, and he was again brought up on Wednesday, when he was fully committed. - His son , David Lewis, a lad 13 years of age, who  resided with his father, has also been committed for further examination, as an accomplice. - Rees Lewis was 48 years old, the deceased was 58; Rees Lewis is a nephew of Old Lewis Lewis, and colusin-german of Young Lewis Lewis, both of whom were executed at Brecon about 35 years ago, for the murder of Thomas Price, committed in the same parish!


The Cambrian, 19 August 1826


The "KING against REES LEWIS,"

FOR THE Murder of John Price, on the Darren Hill, in the parish of Llanafanfawr, Breconshire.

   The Prisoner having been arraigned by the Prothonotary, pleaded "Not guilty."

   Upon which Mr. Sockett opened the case, and after explaining the enormity of the crime with which the prisoner stood charged - a crime against God and man - the Learned Counsel, in a clear and distinct manner, stated the particulars facts of the case detailed in the following evidence.

   Mr. Edward Powell, land-surveyor, was then sworn.  He proved that a map of the spot on which the murder was committed, and the neighbouring hills, in the parish of Llanafanfawr, which he produced, was a correct one.

   Peter Price was then sworn.  He stated he was a son of the deceased, who lived at Pontoilw, in Llanafan-fawr, in Breconshire; he knew the prisoner, who lived about half a mile from Pontoilw.  The prisoner kept a small farm, and was a shepherd.  The prisoner kept some sheep on Vanfed, some on Brynrhydd, and Langoc. Witness's father was also a shepherd, and kept some sheep on Vanfed, Brynrhydd, and Langoch, and also on the Darren.  Prisoner kept no sheep on the Darren.  Prisoner kept no sheep on the Darren. Witness lived with his father and sisters; he mother was dead.  Witness remembered what took place on a Sunday between his father and the prisoner, about a month or two before the murder; it was on the Vanfed, where they both kept sheep; witness could not say how it began, but when he went on, he heard high words; the prisoner had a stick in his hand, which he was raising against the deceased's head, saying at the same time to the deceased, "if I live I will make you repent."  He then said no more, but turned off.  On Sunday, the 23d of April last, witness went with his father to the Darren Hill, about four in the morning; they went to the Vanfed and Brynrhydd on their way to the Darren; they saw the prisoner and his son, David Lewis, on those hills; the prisoner had a stick in his hand.

   The deceased left the hill and went to breakfast; witness remained after him, on or about the Darren - was on the Darren particularly.  While the deceased was away, witness saw the prisoner on the Darren.  The prisoner was not in the habit of being on that part of the Darren; witness had not seen him there for half a year before.  When he saw him that morning on the Darren, it was between seven and eight o'clock.  Witness went afterwards to breakfast, and on going (about eight or half past) he met his father on the side of the Darren.  After breakfast, witness went to Meeting, and returned to dinner, but his father did not come.  Witness went to Meeting a few minutes before ten; he took particular notice that morning.  The usual time is ten.  After meeting and dinner, wetness went to the Darren; on going he did not meet the prisoner, but he saw him; it was then between one and two.  Prisoner, when witness first saw him, was on Brynrhydd, pointing straight from the Darren, is if going home.  Witness believes there was a stick in prisoner's hand; was sure he had a stick in the morning.

   Witness went to the Darren, and he there found his father, lying in his length, with his face downwards, without a hat on.  He called to his father, but received no answer; he turned him with his face upwards; he then understood he was killed; his head was much swollen, and the face bruised, with much blood upon it, and some scratches, particularly on the forehead.  Witness thought he had a blow under the left ear; he saw some blood running out of the ear.  His handkerchief was tied tight round his neck; witness could not say how man y times, but it was so tight that he (the witness) could not put his fingers between it and the neck, which he tried to do; the knot was under the left ear. There were three or four marks on the neck, which witness believed to be the marks of fingers, one on the one side, and two or three on the other.

   Witness went down to inform his sister and the neighbours, and to go to the constable.  The body was brought home about three or four o'clock.  His father was that morning very sharp and talkative, and as well in health as he had been for twelve months.  His father was a well-set man, about his (the witness's) size; perhaps not quite so strong.  The Darren is in Breconshire.    After the body was brought home, witness, with the constable and officers, went to the prisoner's house, but he, the prisoner, was not there.  They searched the house, and also went up to the hill, but could not find the prisoner.

   In being cross-examined, witness said, that Brynrhydd and Darren almost joined, by only crossing a little bog; there was no fence - it was a hill.  None of the prisoner's sheep were settled on the Darren; they sometimes strayed; there was nothing to stop them.  Witness goes often to the hills.  At the time of the murder, he, the witness, had been every day for a month or two.  The Darren is a long hill, perhaps three quarters, or a mile, in length.  Witness never saw the prisoner there before; he wondered what he then wanted, as he had no business there.  He had seen his father and the prisoner together since the quarrel; sometimes they passed each other without talking, sometimes talked.  His father was no great friend of the prisoner, nor the prisoner of his father.  Witness had told his sister of the quarrel, but did not tell the Justices.  Brynrhydd is between the Darren and his own house.  Witness saw the prisoner on Brynrhydd, going in the direction of his own house; his back was towards the Darren; did not see him on the Darren.  Saw the prisoner's sheep on the walk that morning, but does not remember particularly.  He did not see them on the Darren; there were none.  He sometimes saw the prisoner's sheep on a corner of the Darren , what they called "the other side of the roads."  The road crossed Brynrhydd down to the country, and crossed the Darren to Brynrhydd.

   When witness saw prisoner's sheep on the Darren they were not far from Brynrhydd.  Witness may have seen ten, fifteen, or twenty sheep at a time on the Darren, but did not recollect particularly.  Had seen some at different times and in different numbers.  Witness knew a Mr. William's sheep; he, the witness, looked after them, not the prisoner.  The place where the body was found was not more than a quarter or half a mile from Brynrhydd, not above a quarter to the nearest place of it.  Witness, after he had been to meeting and had dined, went to the hills.  Something more than half a mile from the house to Brynrhydd.  When he saw the prisoner it was between one and two o'clock.  Where he found his father's body was about a quarter of a mile from the corner of Brynrhydd.  On being  questioned by the Bench, witness said that it was something more than a quarter of a mile from the place he saw the prisoner to the place where he found his father's body.  He did not at that time take notice of the ground about the body; afterwards he did, when they went back to the body.  There was blood on the ground under the face, and a little mark under the knee as if the ground was scraped.  The witness did not take any notice of any other mark.  His father had a stick - it was under the body.

   Ann Price was next sworn.  She stated she was a daughter of the deceased, resided with him on the 23d of April, and saw him on that day.  The last time she saw him alive was about eight o'clock in the morning.  He went out of the house that morning, and was then well.  Witness went with cattle to the hill about eleven o'clock, to what they called Wainacnewydd, part of the Vanfedd.  A boy, Edward Wilding, went with witness.  They met a person of the name of David Arthur.  After they went up a little way, they saw the prisoner crossing from Brynrhydd to the Darren.  The prisoner sat down; they were perhaps 100 yards from him. When they first saw the prisoner, he was walking.  When prisoner sat down, witness went to gather the sheep; David Arthur was there. They afterwards came down towards home; they saw nobody but Rees Lewis, the prisoner, sitting  down. 

   When witness first saw the prisoner sat down, she was going to Brynrhydd; when he got up, she was returning home; he went away quick. When she lost sight of him, he was within 60 or 70 yards from where her father was found; the way he went was in the direction where her father was found.  Witness said the prisoner had a stick; that there were sheep on the Darren.  Their sheep were there, she sae them.  Other sheep might have been there.  Witness went with Mt. Powell, the land-surveyor (the first witness), and shewed him the hills.    Witness saw the body of her father after he was dead; she first saw it about two or three o'clock in the place where her brother did - that place where her father was murdered. -

   The witness was cross-examined as to the situation of the hills, and the placer she had seen the prisoner.  Her answers corresponded with those upon her examination in chief.  - On being questioned by the Court witness stated that the body was stiff when she first saw it, but not so stiff or cold as afterwards; it was after two o'clock when she went up  to the body.

   David Arthur was then called and sworn.  His evidence fully corroborated that of the preceding witness.

  James James was next sworn.  His is a constable of Llanavafare.  Witness was taken on the Sunday the deceased's body was found to the Darren Hills.  After he came down from thence, he went in search of the prisoner; it might have been about four or five o'clock.  The prisoner was not at home.  Witness searched for him elsewhere, but could not find him.  The first time he saw the prisoner, was the Tuesday week following.  When witness went to the hill, he met the Prisoner's son [the witness David Lewis] on horseback, about three in the afternoon, within a mile of the way to the Darren., his face towards the Darren.  When witness first saw the prisoner, he was in the other constable's (Rees Davies, of Pen-rhiw-mich's) house.  Witness then produced a bundle of clothes which he said we given to him at the office of Mr. Churchey, the Magistrate's clerk, at Brecon. - On being cross-examined, the witness stated, that he took notice of the ground when he first saw the body; the mark of the body was on the ground, and there was also blood.

   Elizabeth Davies was next called.  She said she was a married woman; loved at Llanafanfawr with her husband, a mason, within about half a mile from the prisoner's house.  She remembers the day in April when John Price's body was found.  On a particular part of that day, witness was at home on the bed, about three o'clock in  the evening.  The door of the house is opposite the prisoner's house.  She could see from the bed, through the door way, people passing near, and she saw a person run down the corner of the prisoner's field.  There was a path coming down from the prisoner's house, and it was upon the path she saw him coming from the prisoner's house.  To the nest of her knowledge, the person she saw was  Rees Lewis, the prisoner; he was running, and came across the road from his own field; he came over the low stile to another field, and she then lost sight of him; he was going from the prisoner's house. - On being cross-examined, witness said she was  about a quarter of a mile from prisoner's house, and that she was not very well when she was on the bed.

   John Williams was next sworn. - he stated that he was a servant in the parish of Llanafan.  Remembers the Thursday week after John Price died.  Witness went that morning after his mistress's cattle, between four and five o'clock.  He returned to the house for the key of the barn, and saw through the window a person, the prisoner, Rees Lewis.   He was on the footpath, opposite the house, under a wood.  Witness went up to him, and asked him, "Rees, where are you going/"  He replied, "I am going on my business, what do you want?"   Witness answered, "If I do  not want you, somebody wants you," and he then caught hold of the prisoner's collar, and said, "They tell me you have killed Jack of Poitoilw," meaning the deceased.  Prisoner said, "Put from me," [In Welsh, the language used by the prisoner, "Dodwychn wrtho i."] - Witness repeated, "They tell me you have killed Jack of Pontoilw," and added, "I don't know whether you have or not, but you may depend  that you will find I will  punish you more than he did."  To which the only reply the prisoner made was, "Dodwch wrttho i."  The wiriness then took the prisoner to one David William's house.  The prisoner looked rather weakly. - On his cross-examination, the wiriness said, that when he first saw the prisoner, it was about 80 or 900 yards off, upon a path, and that the prisoner made no attempt to go away.

   David Lewis, a lad, was next put in the wiriness box. -  Upon seeing him the prisoner, who until then appeared perfectly calm. Became visibly agitated, and shook his head at the witness, as did also the prisoner's wife, who sat immediately underneath the prisoner; but she was cautioned, if she did so again, she must leave the Court. - The boy, and  being asked b y the prisoner's Counsel, said, that he was 13 years of age, had never been to school, and could not read; knew what an oath was; it was to tell the truth, and  nothing but the truth; he would day the truth; he always did tell the truth. [Here the prisoner was again observed to be shaking his head at the witness.] - He was top go to hell if he did not tell the truth. - He was then sworn, and stated that he was a son of the prisoner.  Recollected the Sunday John Price's body was found; his father was at home that morning.  The prisoner went up the hill before breakfast, and returned for breakfast; went again after breakfast, and witness with him; went to Vanfedd and Brynrhydd; wiriness did not go further than Baned.

   The prisoner desired him to stay there, while he went to look after the sheep tab had strayed.  Prisoner then left him, and witness lay down and slept, and remained asleep until his father's return, about two hours or more afterwards.  His father  awoke him, and asked him if he could see any blood upon him; he looked and observed a little on his face; it was near his eye. - [Here a great sensation lf horror manifested itself through the Court, which was liberally crammed.] - Witness asked what had happened to him.  His father made no answer, but desired wetness to tub the blood off, which he refused to do.  His father rubbed it off with some grass, which he plucked out of the ground; they then went to dinner.  His father  got to the house arbour five minutes before wiriness, having  walked faster.  Witness stayed a little at the corner of the house, because he cried a little.  Does not know why he citified, but he did cry.

   When  witness went in to dinner, his mother was in, and his father was sitting down; his father eat no dinner before he (the witness) went out.  His father desired him to go up to the hill to the sheep, but witness told him he did not like to go.  His father told him to go on the back of the mare, but could not tell him why.  He, the witness, did not tell his father why he did not like to go to the hill, but said he was afraid.  His father did not tell him any thing, but he was afraid to go to the hill..  Witness did go to the hill on the back of the mare, and met James Jones, the constable.  Jones asked the witness, if he saw John Price on the hill.  Witness said he did not since he saw him after breakfast.  Witness returned home; his father was not in the house.

   On his cross-examination, witness said that he was in the habit of going with his father to the hill;; that he has known the sheep often to stray; some that morning; often to the Darren; three sheep were missing that morning.  When his father left him, he told him he was going after the sheep.  The blood on his father's face was on one side near his eye.  Witness did not observe where the blood came from,.  Witness first said what he now stated on Wednesday last, to Mr. Rice, the gaoler, and others who were there; he mentioned it first to Evan.  Witness was then outside of the gaol, but inside of the gaol wall.  On being asked how ,long he had been in gaol, he said, "fifteen weeks yesterday." To Evan he mentioned it first last Wednesday morning.  Evan is a prisoner, and works mason-work at the gaol.  Evan had told witness that Betsey Hughson had told Mr. Rice that morning, that his (witness's) sister had told Betsey Hughson, that his (witness's) father had been at the man.  On being asked what man, witness said "I do not know what man." - Up to Wednesday morning last, he, the wiriness, had said he knew nothing about the business.  He had been before a Magistrate, Mr. Watkins, of Pennoyre, about fifteen weeks ago.  Did not say as much to m r. Watkins as he did now; had told Mr. W. he had been on the hill, and had slept until his father's return from looking after the sheep, but did not say any thing to him about the blood.

   Since then witness has been in gaol tree weeks, on Mr. Rice's board.  Sometimes he went out to the garden with Mr. Rice; since Wednesday he had been with the shepherd of the New inn; Mr. Church went to wintriness with William Voss, and took him to the New inn, where he had victuals; he has been since about the town. - On being re-examined, the witness said, "I did not say before Wednesday, because I thought my father would come free."

   David Morris (who had been brought from the county gaol, under an order of the Court) was next sworn. He stated that he had been for some time in confinement in gaol.  That on the morning of the last Quarter Sessions, witness asked prisoner what did he think of his (wiriness's) trial.  Witness  replied, "I don't know anything about it," and added, mine is but a trifle, perhaps my prosecutor will not proceed."  Prisoner then  said, "my prosecutors are sure to proceed against me; they can't say I killed  a man, for nobody saw me; and if I shall have my feet free I'll half murder one or two again, if I am obliged to come back to gaol afterwards.  I am not afraid of the law, but in one point, because I ran away.  A man was listening at the inquest, who was thought to be a greater friend of Peter Price's than of mine, but he told me every thing that was against me.  That person told me to give myself up, that it would not be worse upon me till the Sessions, no one having seen me kill the man." - Witness then asked prisoner whether he meant to confess.  Prisoner answered he would confess if he was left to be lost.  - On his cross-examination, he denied having had a conversation with one Evan Williams. - This wiriness had at the present Great Sessions been convicted of petty larceny.

   Mr. Thomas Powell was next called and sworn.  He staged that he was a surgeon , residing at Builth, and that he examined the corpse of John Price, the deceased, on the 23d  of April.  There was a good deal of blood on the face, which was much swollen.  The throat was much enlarged.  There was a pressure as if some string or tight bandage had been around it.  There was an enlargement under the left ear, as if occasioned by a violin t blow.  There were marks of fingers on the throat.

   On the Tuesday following, the day of the inquest, witness opened the deceased's head, and examined the brain; the brains had a perfectly natural appearance.  Northing particulars presented itself, except a slight Inflammation  of the membrane covering the brain opposite the left ear.  The inflammation was over the brain under the skull; witness considered it to have provided from the blows under the ear. Wines examined the integuments  under the skin opposite the left dear; there was a good deal of congealed blood under the ear.  From the appearance, witness, according to the best of his judgment, considers the death was caused  by strangulation.

   The witness, on his cross-examination, stated, that he did not think the blows under the left ear, or its results, was sufficient to occasion death, and he admitted that he did not know he had ever seen strangled person before. - On being interrogated by the Court, he said, that a handkerchief around the neck, tied up tight under the left ear, as not to admit a person's fingers, was sufficient to occasion  death; and he repeated his opinion that the deceased had died  by strangulation.

   Benjamin Williams, Esq. Coroner for the county, and a professional man, proved that the appearance of the deceased was similar to a person hanged.

   The clothes of the deceased in the possession of the Constable were produced;  some were torn, which the wiriness, Peter Price, who was recalled, proved were not so when he met his father going to the hill.

   Here the case for the prosecution  closed, upon which it was explained to the prisoner if he had any thing to say in his defence, he was at liberty to do so; but he declined, and stated that he had left his case to his counsel.

   Several witnesses were then examined on beheld of the prisoner, all of whom stated that they never heard of the prisoner being quarrelsome.  One of the wiriness, Jane Morris, a half niece of the prisoner, proved her having on the Friday previous to the murder, informed the prisoner  that his brother, Simon Lewis, told her he intended to arrest the prisoner for rent, and that he, the prisoner, replied that he would try to keep out of the way un till he had money to pay; and a person of the name of Evan Price swore, that he saw the prisoner on the day John Price was killed, between twelve and one, he thought (but he had no conversation with him) in prisoner's own field.

   The evidence on both sides being gone borough, The Chief Justice summed up with the greatest care and in the clearest manner - taking the most particulars pains in explaining the whole to the Jury; #who. After a quarter of an hour's deliberation, returned a verdict of Guilty.

   Sentence of death was then passed upon the prisoner, to be executed on Money the 14th.  He seemed firm during the whole of the trial, excepting when his son appeared as a witness against him.  Since his sentence he had made a full acknowledgement t of his guilt, and the justice of his sentence, and he seemed quite penitent.  He declared that all the witnesses spoke the truth, excepting David Morris, but positively denied having had the conversation with him, which that witness declared.


The Cambrian, 18 November 1826

   On Monday last an inquest was held at Builth, before B. Williams, Esq. one of the coroners for the County of Brecon, on the body of Mr. John Joseph, (noticed in our last week's paper) who was found in the river Wye, near that town. - The Jury returned a verdict of found drowned.


The Cambrian, 20 October 1827

DEATH FROM FIGHTING. - On the 1st inst. the body of M. Williams, labourer, who died in consequence of the injury he received while fighting on the Sunday week previous, was disinterred in the parish of Penderin, Breconshire, and an inquest held on the body before Benjamin Williams, Esq. one of the coroners for the county, and a most respectable jury, who returned an unanimous verdict of manslaughter against Thomas Zacharias, labourer, and Thomas Jones, tailor, and they have been both committed on the coroner's warrant to the county gaol of Brecon, for trial at the next Great Sessions.  - A correspondent states that this is the second life which has been wantonly sacrificed in the same neighbourhood, by revelling and fighting on the Sabbath day, within the short space of four months.            


Carmarthen Journal, 24 March 1828

   On Monday last an inquest was held at Penkelly, Breconshire, before Richard Pendrill, Esq. Coroner, on the body of John Price, a child aged 18 months.  The unfortunate little boy on Friday evening last fell down in the road adjoining his father's house, when the wheel of  a cart going by at the time passed over his head and caused instant death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Friday last an inquest was held before Clement Ekins, Esq. Coroner, upon the body of Rees Williams, aged 21, the youngest son of Mr. Walter Williams, of Trenenry, Breconshire.  The deceased on the preceding evening on his return home from Brecon, was thrown from his horse, and found dead. - The Jury returned a verdict of accidental death.


Carmarthen Journal, 3 October 1828


On Thursday the 20th ult. died, aged 53, awfully sudden, Mr. Thomas Davies, shoe-maker, of Builth.  He was playing with his child at the tea-table, when he suddenly fell from his chair and expired immediately. .  .  .  . 


Monmouthshire Merlin, 21 November 1829

   On the 13th inst. An inquest was held before Richd. Pendrill, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Thomas Daniel.  The deceased was the son of a respectable farmer living in the neighbourhood of Ystradfellte, and on the evening of Tuesday, the 10th inst., as he was attempting to cross the river Mellte, which was much swollen by the rain that had fallen on that day, he and his horse were carried away by the torrent, and were precipitated down the stupendous waterfall of Clyn-gwyn.  The body of the unfortunate young man was found on Wednesday morning, half a mile below the ford; and on the same day the horse was discovered in the river, having been carried by the flood to a distance of nearly four miles from the fatal spot.


The Cambrian, 20 February 1830

   A truly melancholy occurrence took place at Llywel, in the county of Brecon, on the nigh of Wednesday se'nnight.  John Rowlands, a respectable weaver of the place, went out of his house, having told his wife that he was going to hear a sermon in the neighbourhood, and not returning as usual, it gave her some uneasiness. She next morning went to the garden, and to her extreme horror she discovered him suspended by a cord to an apple tree,  cold and lifeless, where it is supposed he had been during the whole of the night.


The Cambrian, 10 April 1830

SINGULAR OCCURRENCE. - A most melancholy circumstance occurred at Hay, Breconshire, on Tuesday the 30th ult. in consequence of the bursting of a carboy, containing upwards of three gallons of spirit of nitric aether (sweet spirits of nitre) doubtless produced by expansion from the heat of the weather, and which had been incautiously placed in the bed-room of a servant-girl, and it appears caused her death by suffocation.

   An inquest was in consequence held on the body, before C. Ekins, Esq. coroner, on Wednesday morning, at the house of Mr. Thos. Hooper, druggist, &c. Hay, with whom Elizabeth Stephens, the deceased, lived as servant.  It appeared from the depositions of the several witnesses, that in consequence of the girl not rising as usual on Tuesday morning, assistance was procured, and on the room door being forced open, the deceased was found in her bed, with her hands placed across her chest, as though she expired during sleep.  Mr. Procter, with Mr. Hathway and Mr. Henry Procter, surgeons, examined the body, by direction of the coroner.  Nothing unusual was discovered in the stomach, but upon examination of the lungs, they were found in a high state of congestion, sufficient to prevent the passage of air through their cells, thereby producing death by suffocation.  The verdict of the jury was, that the deceased died in consequence of the effluvia arising from the ntric spirits of aether, as described by the evidence.

   There can be no doubt whatever but that the above verdict was perfectly correct, and that the poor girl lost her life owing to an accident, equally singular and melancholy in its consequences, and which could scarcely have been foreseen or guarded against.  To remove every scruple on the subject, however, the opinions of eminent chemists, including Mr. Wakley, the sole editor of the Lancet, Mr. Alsop, Mr. Faraday, Mr. Hume, and Mr. Howard have been obtained, all of whom concur that most certainly the fumes arising from nitric aether spread over a confined room, would destroy the life of a person breathing them for any length of time, and must be destructive to animal life.


The Cambrian, 26 June 1830

DREADFUL ACCIDENT. - On Monday evening last, between Bronllis and Colebrook, Breconshire, a wagon drawn by four horses, and laden with two tons of coal, was incautiously permitted to descend a steep pitch without the drag chain, when, melancholy to relate, the waggoner, William Jones, a fine young man, in attempting to arrest the speed to which the horses were propelled, was knocked down by the near shaft, and both wheels passing over his head and body, the former was literally crashed and the latter shockingly mutilated.  An Inquest was held on Wednesday before Clement Ekins, Esq., Coroner.  Verdict - Accidental Death.


The Cambrian, 25 September 1830


At Brecon, on Wednesday last, awfully sudden, and deeply lamented by his family, Mr. George North, carrier, in the 77th year of his age.  Whilst eating his dinner quite cheerfully, he fell backwards in his chair, and instantly expired.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 9 April 1831

MELANCHOLY CIRCUMSTANCE. - Mr. Richard Pendril, of Brecon, surgeon, one of the coroners for that county, met with is death under the flowing circumstances.

   On Sunday evening last, about five o'clock, he left Brecon, on horseback, to visit is mother, who resides at Pontardylais Cottage, near the Swansea Canal, on the borders of Breconshire and Glamorganshire - he had called at some places in is way, the last of which he left in good health.  About four o'clock on Monday morning, he was found on the brink of the anal, lying quite dead, with his horse near him, tied to a gate - it is supposed that he must have felt himself unwell, alighted from his horse, tied it to the gate, and died soon afterwards.  The melancholy news was brought to Brecon on Monday evening, and occasioned the greatest affliction to all who knew him; he was a gentleman, much beloved by every one, and his loss, as a medical man, will be felt by many. This melancholy event will remind some of our Brecon friends of the words of a gentleman who spoke at the meeting, when the deceased was elected coroner - "May neither of the coroners (said he) be under the painful duty of holding an inquest on his brother coroner." How singular that a friendly hope should turn out objected of an untimely death!


The Cambrian, 9 April 1831


On Monday last, greatly beloved by all who knew him, Richard Pendill, Esq. a highly respectable surgeon residing at Brecon, and one of the Coroners for the county of Brecon.  He left is home on Sunday last, apparently in perfect health, to visit is mother, who resides in he neighbourhood of Neath.  Early on the following morning, he was discovered on the road, within two miles of his mother's residence, a lifeless corpse., but there were not any marks of violence on his person.  His horse was near him, fastened in the hedge. .  .  . 


Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 June 1831

MELANCHOLY CIRCUMSTANCE. - An inquest was held at the parish of Ystradgunlais, in the county of Brecon, on Wednesday last, on the body of a child of the age of seven years, who came to his death under the following circumstances: - His father, a man of the name of Evan Thomas, who lives at a place called Cwmgea, in the above parish, was partaking of his humble meal on Friday last, in company with his wife and five children.  The deceased child began to lay old of the victuals on the table, contrary to the directions of the father, who thereupon abused the child and gave him a kick, in consequence of which he died on Monday last.  The verdict of the jury was manslaughter against the father of the child, who has been sent to Brecon to take his trial at the next Assizes.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 July 1831

ANOTHER ACCOUNT. - (From a Correspondent). The election of two coroners for the county of Brecon, in the room of Richard Pendrill, deceased, and Clement Ekins, Esq. resigned, .  .  . took place on Monday the 11th instant.  .  .


The Cambrian, 6 August 1831

BRECKNOCKSHIRE. - The Assizes for this county commenced on Wednesday last. .  .  .   The prisoners were but two - a circumstance deserving of notice, and much to the credit of the Magistrates and the county in general, - and though the Calendar contained the names of two prisoners, he did not think that a bill would be brought against one only, as in the case of manslaughter, it appeared from the depositions taken before the Coroner, that the woman who had been examined, could merely speak to a deliration of the prisoner's wife, and as the testimony of the wife, if present, could not be received, still less could a declaration made by her. .  .  . 


The Cambrian, 3 September 1831


   O Friday se'nnight an inquest was held before Lewis Watkins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Mr. Thos. Thomas, livery stable keeper, Brecon.  It appeared that the deceased on the Wednesday preceding, in consequence of a fall from a cart, had dislocated his neck, and had died 18 hours afterwards.  He was an industrious man and much respected, and had left a wife and three children to lament his loss.

   On the same day, an inquest was held before the same coroner, on the body of John Williams, aged two years, son of Thomas Williams, of the parish of Llamdvally, Breconshire, who was killed by a cart falling on his, and fracturing his skull.

   And on Friday an inquest was also held before Henry Maybery, Esq. Coroner, at the Lamb and Flag, in the parish of Ystradgunlais, Breconshire, on the body of John Griffiths, a lad of twelve years of age, who on  Thursday, whilst working in a cal level, a stone weighting nearly a ton fell upon, and caused his instantaneous death.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 17 September 1831

   On Saturday last, an inquest was held by the Rev. T. Williams, Bailiff and Constable of Brecknock, on the body of John Davies, aged 18, who, in filling a wagon load of lime for his master, Mr. Rees Price of Perthbaley, near Brecknock, was suffocated by the foul air issuing out of the pipe of the kiln, and the jury found a verdict of Accidental Death accordingly.


The Cambrian, 3 December 1831

   An inquest was held on Thursday last, before Lewis Watkins, Esq. coroner, at a house called Penybont, in the parish of Llanvigangel-Abergwessin, in the county of Brecon, touching the death of Mary Thomas and Susanna Jones, who were found drowned in the river Gamarch, the preceding day.  There was no evidence to show how or by what means they came to their death, further than the supposition, that the unfortunate females went in pursuit if fire-wood, which the high flood of the previous day had carried, that the bank was excavated by the current, and that it gave way under them, and they were precipitated into the water.  The verdict was, Fund drowned.


The Cambrian, 17 December 1831

   An inquest was held n Monday, the 12th inst. before Henry Maybery, Esq. Coroner, at Llanelly, in the county of Brecnock, on the body of Elizabeth Llewellyn, whose death was unfortunately caused by her slipping into a scouring, and being carried by the waters thereof over a tremendous precipice of about 60 feet high. - She was literally cut and dashed to pieces.

   On Wednesday last an inquest was held before the same coroner, at Llanfrynach, Brecknockshire, on the body of Margaret Davies, who had died extremely suddenly.  Upon a post mortem examination, it appeared that an ulceration of long duration had taken place in her stomach, until at length the ulcer broke, and the contents of the stomach escaped into the cavity of the abdomen, which caused mortification, and almost instant death.


Carmarthen Journal, 23 December 1831

   On Friday last, an inquest was held at Walton Ward, Brecknock,  before Thomas Bold, Esq. bailiff and coroner, on the body of Mr. Henry Davies, late of Llanhamlach, near Brecknock, a celebrated mason and chimney doctor, who about 6 o'clock that morning was found dead and dreadfully burned on the side of a lime kiln, by one of the workmen.  The jury found verdict of Accidental Death by burning.  It is supposed he went to the kiln for the sake of warmth and repose during the night.  The body presented a most horrible spectacle.

The Cambrian, 4 February 1832
On Tuesday last, at Breakneck, Benjamin Williams, Esq. Many years a respectable surgeon in that town, and until his late resignation one of the Coroners for the county of Brecknock.

The Cambrian, 11 February 1832
  On Tuesday se'nnight an inquest was held before Mr. Watkins, one of the Coroners of the county of Brecon, in the parish of Ystradgunlais, on the body of Jane Morgan, aged about two and a half years, the illegitimate daughter of Hopkin Morgan of Cwm Twrch, in that county.  The evidence failed to establish the fact that the child had died from violence, the Jury were unable therefore to return any other verdict than Died by the visitation of God.
  It was proved in evidence, that the unfortunate infant had been subject to very cruel treatment from its inhuman stepmother, Elizabeth Morgan; on one recent occasion that it had been thrown by her with such violence against a copper, that the witness, Mary Hammond, concluded that it had been killed, as it lay motionless for some minutes - that it was usually fed with what was left by the others, and that it was obliged to sleep in an old candlebox under a bed, in great danger of suffocation from the pressure of the bed, with a piece of bag only to cover it.  The Jury, through their Foreman, very properly requested the Coroner to have the father of the child and its stepmother called before tem, to express the arm indignation which they felt at the brutal treatment to which the poor child had been subjected, and the Parish Officers have determined to institute an immediate prosecution against the inhuman stepmother for her conduct.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 February 1832
  An inquest was held on Tuesday the 31st ult., at the New Inn, in the parish of Ystradgunlais, in the county of Brecon, before Lewis Watkins, Esq. one of the coroners, on the body of Jane Morgan, a child of three years of age, who died suddenly, and in a suspicious manner, at eleven o'clock on the preceding Friday morning.  It was stated in evidence that the child resided with her reputed father, Hopkin Morgan and his wife Elizabeth Morgan, who was the stepmother of the deceased; that Elizabeth Morgan had frequently treated the child with great cruelty and general neglect, and had been reproved more than once by one of the witnesses for having done so, to which she replied, that the child was treated "good enough, and too good,"  The circumstances connected with this affair drew together a vast assemblage of people, whose anxiety was intense.  The case underwent a most patient and scrupulous enquiry before a highly respectable jury, to whose foreman, George Crane, Esq. much merit is due for the activity and intelligence he displayed; little evidence could be adduced, either from Mr. Price, the resident surgeon, who examined the body, or the other witnesses, that could implicate either the stepmother or father in having caused the death of the child.  The jury delivered a verdict of Died by the visitation of God - cause unknown.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 March 1732
  On Tuesday last, an Inquest was held at Hirwain, in the parish of Penderrin, in the county of Brecon, before Henry Mayberry, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of John Davies, miner.  The deceased, it appeared, had been spending the evening of Saturday and part of Sunday morning, in company with two or three others, at a beer-house in the village, and on returning  home about three o'clock, after cautioning one of his companions to be careful how he crossed a bridge in the neighbourhood, he himself, poor fellow, in an opposite direction, within two minutes afterwards, it is supposed, by some accident or other, was precipitated a height of twenty feet over one side of the Cynon Bridge.  From the position he lay in when first discovered, and the smooth surface of the ground, death must have been instantaneous.  Although there was not the best of evidence to enable the jury to come to a satisfactory conclusion that the deceased came to an accidental death, yet in the absence of other testimony, and the knowledge they had of the deceased and the companions who last were seen with him, and likewise the discoloured state of the body, proceeding from the bruises he received by his fall, they could not possibly arrive at any other.
  Before, however, the court was cleared, the Coroner summoned before him the woman in whose house the deceased had been on the Sunday morning;  and with an example to awful of the dire effects of unlawful and unhallowed practices lying before her, she could not but feel the justice of the lecture he read her.
  The Jury, before they were dismissed, did not think they could be discharging their duty without passing a censure upon the inefficient state of the constabulary force of that part of Hirwain situate in the county of Glamorgan; and when it is considered that in Hirwain, containing a population of 1000 people or more (730 of whom are employed in the iron works), it is indeed disgraceful and disreputable to the better classes of society, that more attention is not paid as to whom they should confide the peace of the village; inasmuch, as from the present loose, disorderly, and unprincipled character of the village, encouraged by the late hours beer-houses are permitted to be indulged in, good order and morality cannot possibly be preserved.
  The Coroner and Jury likewise adverted to the dangerous condition of the Cynon vridge, and regretted it was out of their power, being private property, to indict it; but it is to be hoped, that humanity will compel the proprietors to erect parapets on each side of the bridge, which, in its present state, is enough, even in the clear light of day, to chill the blood, and render dizzy the brain, of the most collected - one false step or slip, and death is the inevitable consequence.

The Cambrian, 24 March 1832
  Monday last an inquest was held at at Barley Mow, in the town of Builth, Breconshire, before Lewis Watkins, Esq. one of the Coroners for the county, on the body of Lewis Roberts, aged about 60, a native of Lantwrog, Merionethshire, who was found dead on the preceding Saturday, in the middle of Broad-street, in that own, with a large pack of Bala stockings in his possession. The deceased it appeared had been in the habit of frequenting the several towns in South Wales for some years past, and applied the day before his death to the Overseer of the Poor of the parish of Builth for relief (which was granted, as well as a place taken for him in the Manchester waggon to enable him to return home), "vowing that he had but one shilling in the world," yet on his persons were found 2l. 11s. 9d. in money, and 120 pairs of stockings in his possession. - Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.,

Monmouthshire Merlin 31 March 1832
TUESDAY. - Thomas Phillips was indicted for the manslaughter of Rees Price, at the parish of Llandilo-Wine, Breconshire, in the month of May last.  This case having excited a great deal of interest in the county of Brecon, we subjoin the evidence of the witnesses nearly verbatim. The court was very much crowded during the trial.
  Elinr Jones examined: Lives at Cwmnantyrhen, in Llandilowane.  Remembers the Friday after May fair last at Brecon.  She knew Rees Price; she passed Foesybar in Llandilo-wane that day.  Rees Price was a servant with the prisoner.  Foesybar Farm is occupied by Thomas Phillips, the father of the prisoner; heard persons quarelling at the farm on Forsybar when she pass; heard one Ssy to the other, "Why did he not  go?" the other said "he could not go;" heard one say, "Llypryn..' You do not know the way to do any thing;" heard one say to the other, "For God's sake do not kill me;" this was about twelve or one o'clock; the voices appeared to come from the farm yard of Foesybar.
  On her cross-examination she said she was coming home on horseback; was distant from the farm yard about 100 yards; she did not stop, but rode on, and saw no person. The prisoner kept a farm of his own, which is about five or six miles distant from Foesybar.
  Rees Price, the father of the deceased, proved that he hired his son at Allhallowtide, last twelve months, to the prisoner; the prisoner was a farmer, and lived at Nantybeynon, in Llandil-wane; the prisoner's father lived in a farm under his son, called Foesybar; knows rhe farm yard of Foesybar; it is distant from prisoner's farm about six or seven fields; hired his son to prisoner as a servant of all work.  In May last year he heard his son was ill; the second Sunday after Brecon fair, went to prisoner's house with  his daughter; found his son in bed on the loft very ill; his son said he was very ill, and told him h was afraid he should never recover; hew words he said were, "My dear father, I am afraid I shall never recover;" his son died on the Tuesday.
  Mr. Thomas Williams is a surgeon in Brecon; was called to attend he deceased the 7th of May last; on Saturday the prisoner desired him to attend the deceased; went o Nantybeynon in consequence, where prisoner lived; saw Rees Price there; saw him sitting by the kitchen fire rather in a bent position; did not tell witnes what was he matter with him; complained of pain all over his body; witness felt deceased with his hand externally, and ordered him a mixture; went to see him next morning Sunday) about ten 'clock; found him nothing better; applied his hand to the abdomen; did not examine him otherwise; did not see him again till he was dead; saw him on the Wednesday after his death; was desired by the coroner to open the body, which he did; observed a quantity of blood in the facular matter; it was the contents of the intestines; the intestines were of a highly inflamed appearance - the whole of them; found, on further examination, an aperture in one of the smaller intestines; it was on the right side of the abdomen; it was one of the external folds; the cause of death was rupture of the intestine; observed an external mark; perceived one mark opposite the rupture of the intestines on the right side of the abdomen, in common speaking, the right side of the belly; it was a mark produced by external violence; a kick would have produced this mark.
  By his Lordship: The rupture was from violence, and not from inflammation.
  On his cross-examination, he said it was  a black mark; that part was beginning o be in an offensive stat; decomposition had commenced; the first appearance of decomposition is a blackness or blueness, in colour similar to that of a common bruise; such a rupture as the present was occasioned by external violence; such a rupture might be produced by coming in contact with some hard body; running with great violence against the shaft o a wagon, or the kick of an animal might produce such a rupture; durng deceased's life, witness considered him to suffer from inflammation; he made no complaint to witness.
  By his Lordship: The rupture was a rupture from violence, and not in consequence of inflammation; the rupture would give the patient a great deal of pain.
  [The counsel for the prosecution now submitted that he was in a situation to call the father to give the declaration of the son in evidence, upon the ground of having said to his father, he was afraid he should not recover.  The counsel for the prisoner argued at length against the same, and the judge objected to the evidence being received.]
  Rees Price (the father) recalled: His son died on the Tuesday; saw prisoner the following day, Wednesday, and spoke to him at prisoner's house; said to prisoner, "In the name of God, Thomas, how did you come to kill the boy;" h answered, "he did not know;" the prisoner gave witness money to bury the deceased, and nothing further was said about his death at that time, and nothing said about kicking; he never saw the prisoner since until he was taken; spoke to prisoner before this time, and he said he did not know how it took place, but he gave the deceased a kick; this conversation was the day of the coroner's inquest, before the coroner was sent for.
  [Here one of the jurymen was taken ill, and obliged to be conducted out of court..  Dr. Lucas was sent for to him; and the doctor afterwards, by direction of the Judge, came into court, and was examined as to the illness of the juryman.  He proved he was not in a fit state to act as a juror, being attacked with paralysis.  The learned Judge then ordered the jury to be discharged and re-sworn; and the prisoner consented to his lordship reading over the evidence from his minutes to them.]
  The further examination of the father of the deceased was then resumed, who stated that there was a coroner's inquest on his son's body; he was buried on the third day after he died; got a warrant to take the prisoner in three weeks or a month after the funeral; the coroner also granted his warrant on the day of the inquest; went in search of prisoner with the constable, under the magistrate's warrant, but could not find him; a sale took place at the prisoner's farm before he had the warrant from the magistrate; witness had reason to believe prisoner was near Swansea, and he got him taken between Swansea and Gower, about here weeks ago, on a Saturday.
  On his cross-examination he said he heard that Mr. Edward Jones had distrained at the prisoner's farm; and prisoner sent for witness when his son was ill.
  May Williams was next called, who proved that she knew the deceased; recollects Brecon May fair; heard the deceased was dead; went to prisoner's house on a Tuesday after Brecon May fair; the prisoner and his wife were there when witness went in; had directions to lay out the body, which was lying on the bed in his clothes; has been in the habit of laying out bodies; undressed the body, and examined it, and found a mark on the belly.
  On her cross-examination she stated there was a blueness on the upper part of the thigh; there were none about the chest and arms the first day, but here were blue marks on the arms the second day; his chest had been blistered; laid out many bodies, and has seen these marks sooner or later.
  The case for the prosecution here closed; and the prisoner made no defence, but called 24 witnesses to speak as to his character; they all gave him an excellent character for humanity.  His Lordship summed up the evidence, and the jury, after about one hour's consultation, returned a verdict of Not Guilty.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 12 May 1832
REPORTED CHOLERA I N BRECON. - (From a correspondent). - On Saturday last, the borough of Brecon was thrown into a considerable state of excitement and alarm, in consequence of an official report, signed by two medical practitioners, having been forwarded to Hugh Bold, Esq. Recorder, stating that a person named David Jeffries had that morning died of cholera.
  The Recorder instantly summoned the whole of he faculty in the town and neighbourhood to the Town Hall, where it was determined that a post mortem examination should take place.  Accordingly, the following gentlemen proceeded to the house of the deceased, viz: Dr. Chernside, M.D. 11th Regiment; R. Bowen, M.D., R,N.; Dr. Winter, M.D., T. Batt, Esq., Army Surgeon; C. Mayberry, Esq., R.N.; Lewis Watkins, Esq. Surgeon and Coroner (who had signed the report); Messrs. T. Armstrong, T. Williams, and E. Williams, surgeons; and after very attentively hearing the evidence of those persons who had been in attendance upon the deceased, as well as his relations and friends, it appeared that he was a person aged 74 years, who had been for many tears ailing, and for he last ten years had been almost constantly under the care of different medical men; that about a week previous to his decease, and two days before he arrived at Brecon, he had walked from Monmouth to Crickhowell, and had afterwards raveled to Brecon on the outside the mail on a very wet and cold day.  On his arrival, he complained of cold and a slight bowel complaint, which continued from that time (27th April) till the day of his death (5th May), but without having at any time experienced much pain or sickness.
  The body was opened by Mr. C. Mayberry, assisted by Mr. Butt - Dr. Chernside taking notes of the different appearances of parts; and after a most careful examination of the entire contents of the hyrax and abdomen, the whole of the gentle men present (with the exception of the one who signed the original report to the Recorder) were unanimously of opinion, that there was not the slightest cause for alarm, and that the man did not die of cholera.  The other practitioner who signed the report did not attend the post mortem examination.  A statement to the above effect was forwarded to the Recorder, signed by the medical gentlemen present, which, soon becoming known,, all the excitement ceased in the town; and as I have no doubt the case will be reported in various and exaggerated shapes, I think you will confer an obligation on your readers by inserting this statement, which you may rely on being authentic in every respect.

The Cambrian, 19 May 1832
[Re the Brecon Cholera affair.] from Henry Lewis, M.D.

The Cambrian, 19 May 1832
  An inquest was held on the 10th inst. Before Lewis Watkins, Esq. one of the Coroners of the county of Brecknock, at Ystradgunlais, in that county, on the body of Thomas Morgan, a child of two years o age, who was found drowned on the preceding day in the Swansea Canal.

The Cambrian, 23 June 1832
  On Wednesday s;nnight, Jane, the wife of James Pierce, sawyer, Pendre, Brecknock, was found suspended by a piece of small cord to the side piece of the roof of their dwelling-house; a Coroner's inquest was held the following day before Thomas Bold, Esq,. Bailiff and Coroner for the Borough of Brecknock. Verdict - Insanity.

The Cambrian, 28 July 1832
  On the 9h inst. An inquest was held before Lewis Watkins, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Evan Davies, a labourer in the employ of Mr. Davies, of Brynyoye  It is supposed he deceased was riding on he shafts of a waggon laden with lime, that he fell whilst in the act of getting down to prevent the horses running away, and that the wheels passed over his bowels.  He lingered in agony for upwards of 30 hours and then died.
  On the 18th inst.
 An inquest was held before he same Coroner, on the body of Mr. Rees Price, the landlord of he Upper Lion Inn, in he town of Talgarth, where death was occasioned by the wheel of a cart passing over and fracturing  high bone on the 17th.  He was sitting on the top of a cart load of lime, and the shaft horse having become restive, the unfortunate man in getting down fell under the cart.
  The Jury in both cases returned verdicts of accidental death.
  On the 18th, a labourer in the employ of Mr. William Powell, of Pantycorred, near Brecknock, nearly met with an untimely end, from a cause similar to the two preceding ones, having,  from a fall from the shaft of a  wagon put out his thigh bone at the hip, broke his left arm, and otherwise severely injured himself.  
  We rust these accidents we have just stated, will warn farm servants and others against the dangerous habit of riding upon the shafts of carts and wagons.

The Cambrian, 4 August 1832
  On Wednesday last, an inquest was held before Lewis Watkins, Esq. one of the Coroners of the county of Brecknock, at the Lamb inn, at Builth, on the body of Samuel Vaughan, a native of New Radnor, who was found drowned the day before in a pool in the Wye called Aberervon, about a quarter of a mile from Builth.  The deceased resided in Builth, was by trade a shoemaker, and went to work as early as five o'clock on the Tuesday morning.  He was afterwards seen by two young men of his trade, John Jones and John Pugh, opposite the pool where the body was found, and he was seen to take his coat and hat off and run into the pool.  The two men, who were  a short distance from him, saw him rise to the  surface of the water two or three times, and afterwards sink; yet, can it be credited, they made no attempt to get him out of the water, and the body remained there until a third man came up, who brought it out.  Life was then quite extinct.  The jury returned a Verdict that the deceased had drowned himself whilst labouring under temporary insanity.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 6 October 1832
  On Monday last, an inquest was held at Talgarth, Brecknockshire, before L. Watkins, Esq. coroner, on the body of John Davies, an infant child of John Davies, labourer of that place.  Whilst setting on the mother's knee, a tea-kettle and tea-pot with boiling water accidentally fell upon the little boy, who was so dreadfully scalded as to occasion his death.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 November 1832
  On Tuesday last, an inquest was held at the house of Mr. Charles Pice, maltster, of Crickhowell, on the body of Evan James, aged 16 years, servant of Mr. Price, who unfortunately met his dearth on the previous evening in a pugilistic encounter with a young man named George Hall.  The Jury returned a verdict of manslaughter, and Hall has, in consequence, been sent to gaol to take his trial at the next Breconshire Assizes.
  On inquest was held on yesterday se'nnight, at Llywell, Breconshire, before Lewis Watkins, Esq. coroner, on the body of William Daniel, blacksmith.  The deceased was in his 86th year, and was a remarkably tall strong man.  On the preceding Wednesday, whilst walking from Trecastle home, accompanied by a little boy, and apparently in perfect good health, he fell down and immediately expired.  The jury returned a verdict of died by the visitation of God, and in a natural way.

The Cambrian, 24 November 1832
  On Friday the 16th instant, an inquest was held at Cwmnant-y-gwyn, in the parish of Llangunnog, near Builth, before Lewis Watkins, Esq. one of the Coroners for Breconshire, on the body of Rees Powell, a servant of Mr. Richard Phillips, a farmer in that parish, who met his death by the means of the wheels of a wagon passing over his head, which was completely smashed and fractured in a dreadful manner on the preceding evening.  It appeared in evidence that the deceased and his master's son were diving a team of four horses and a wagon laden with stones towards the town of Builth on that day; that another team belonging to a Mr. Pugh was following them, laden with similar materials.; that young Pugh was very properly at the head of the foremost horse of his father's team, and the unfortunate subject of the inquest was at he head of the wheeler; that he was knocked down by the  fore-nigh wheel of the waggon, which passed over his arm, and that the hind wheel passed over the skull.  The young man, aged about 24, was naturally rather helpless and of weak intellect, yet presented a fine muscular frame, and survived the accident about half an hour.  Much to the credit of the master, every care was taken of the man - a surgeon immediately attended, and he of course declared the case utterly hopeless.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 1 December 1832
BRECKNOCK. - A serious accident occurred yesterday se'nnight at the new building now erecting for the Infirmary in this town.  Whilst in the act of taking away the centres from under one of the arches of the cellaring, the arch gave way, and fell upon the workmen.  One poor fellow, Joseph Wen, a labourer, has been so severely injured that, although he yet lives, there is scarcely a chance of his recovery.
  John Jones, a mason, and ----- Gabriel, a tiler and plasterer, are much bruised.  Two others fortunately slipped behind some loose boards that were in the corner of the cellar, standing up in a slanting position, which completely protected tem from the rubbish; and they were extricated from thence without sustaining the least injury.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 8 December 1832
  On Wednesday last, a young man, of Crickhowell, James Evans, whilst engaged in putting up a new clock at the Ebbw Vale Company's Shop, fell, and when raised, it was found that the vital spark had fled.

Cambrian, 2 March 1833
  On Sunday last, about half-past one o'clock, during the time of divine service at the Brecknock County Gaol, the clothes of Jane Bowen (a prisoner for debt, who had been excused attending chapel),, caught fire in her apartment, and before assistance arrived, her right breast and arm were most dreadfully burnt.  Two other debtors, who were in an apartment immediately above her, hearing the unusual noise, ran to her room, when they found the unfortunate woman had fallen down from the effects of the burning and suffocating smoke.  They very promptly extinguished the blaze, and their speedy arrival was most providential, or the apartments would very shortly have been in a blaze.  Mrs. Rice, the matron, with her usual kindness and humanity, rendered every assistance in her power, as did Mr. Armstrong, the gaol surgeon, who reached the place in a few minutes, but all human aid was powerless.  Mr. Armstrong declared the poor old woman could not survive forty-eight hours, and at eleven o'clock on Tuesday morning she expired, apparently without the least pain.  She was perfectly sensible to the last.  She repeatedly told Mrs. Rice that when the accident happened, she was sitting very near to the fire eating her diner; that she found her stuff petticoat on fire, and she put a cotton shawl to endeavour to extinguish it, which taking fire also, communicate to her neck handkerchief and cap, which were entirely burnt as well as a part of the stays.  She was the widow of a respectable tradesman of Brecon, in the 83d year of her age, and had been a prisoner in the gaol upwards of three years.  An inquest on Wednesday morning was held on the body, before Henry Maybery, Esq., Coroner, when the Jury returned a verdict of - Accidental Death.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 2 March 1833
  Lately, at Ystradgunlais, Breconshire, on the body of David Davies, a fine young man, who had been crushed to death by the falling in of a large body of earth and stones, while employed in a coal level half a mile under-ground, belonging to one of the collieries there.  It appeared in evidence that there were several men in the level more than a hundred yards beyond the deceased, who were not aware of the accident; and it became necessary to remove some tons of earth before they were extricated from their perilous situation.  Verdict, - Accidental Death.
  At the town of Hay, on the body of Elizabeth Herriotts, a child of about seven years of age, whose clothes took fire while in the act of putting coals on the fire.  She ran out into the street, and a female who first saw her very properly wrapped her apron around the child, but assistance came too late.  She died in a few hours in great agony.  Verdict, Accidental Death.
  On Friday se'nnight, at Pontrhydbere, on the body of a boy named David Davies, who was found drowned in the River Irvon, about 87 o'clock at night.  It appears he left school at the usual time, half-past four o'clock that evening, and was in the act of returning home with his basket, in which was his spelling-boo; his way was along the bank of the Irvon, and it is supposed that the high wind of the evening must have blown him into the river, or that it blew the book, which was found floating, and that he was in pursuit of it when he must accidentally have fallen into the water.  Verdict, - Found drowned, the actual cause unknown.

Glamorgan Gazette, 9 March 1833
SUDDEN DEATHS. -  Yesterday whilst an old man, of the name of William Watts, was proceeding from his home to come to Crickhowell market, he called at Heol-draw farm, to leave his little bottle, for some barm; after he had come out to the yard, he dropped down, and died instantaneously.  He was in health and good spirits when he left home

Glamorgan Gazette, 6 April 1833
FROM A CORRESPONDENT. - An inquest was lately held at Talgarth, before Lewis Watkins, Esq., coroner, on the body of Mary James, an infant, who unfortunately fell into a large pot of boiling water placed in the middle of the kitchen, she was so dreadfully scalded that she died in a few hours.  Verdict - Accidental death.
  On Tuesday last, an inquest was held before the same coroner, at the parish of Llanspythid, Breconshire, on the body of Mr. Thomas Powell, farmer, about 45 years of age, who was found dead on the preceding morning in afield adjoining the house.  The deceased had attended divine service at Llanspythid and Trallong churched on the Sunday before and returned home well.  Early the next morning he spoke to his servants in the stable, and afterwards went to see whether the sheep were in the wheatfield.  About an hour afterwards the same servant went to ascertain if the sheep were in that field, and on his way he discovered his master lying on the ground, with his face downwards; his mouth full of earth, and his body cold and lifeless.  The deceased was a man much beloved and his talents in psalmody were highly appreciated in his own and several neighboring parishes.  He taught many, and his pupils may exclaim, like Hammond on Paley's preface, "It will be as fit for our lips and hearts as for our ears to turn psalmodists."  Verdict - Died by the visitation of Go; the cause apoplexy.

Glamorgan Gazette, 13 April 1833
CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Monday, the 8th inst., an inquest was held at Cefn Bran, Breconshire, before Lewis Watkins, Esq., one of the Coroners for the county, on the body of Thomas Thomas, labourer, aged 45, who was found dead in an adjoining field on the Sunday morning.  The deceased occupied one of those miserable turf huts, which no one would suppose to be the abode of a human being, and was, we understand, employed as a weekly servant by Mr. Robert Powell, a respectable freeholder of that parish.  It appeared that Thomas and his wife had travelled nearly the whole of Saturday night in visiting an aged mother of the wife, residing at some distance, and returned home about day break in the morning, and that he was subject to epileptic fits, in one of which it was thought he died.  - Verdict, died by the visitation of God.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 20 April 1833
INQUEST. - On Tuesday last, the 16th instant, an inquest was held at Velindre, in the parish of Glasbury, Breconshire, before Lewis Watkins, Esq., one of the coroners for the county, on the body of Rees Price, who was found dead, on the preceding Sunday, on the black Mountain.  There were no marks of violence, and the jury returned a verdict of Died by the visitation of God.

Cambrian, 4 May 1833  
  On the 16th instant, an inquest was held at Velindre, in the parish of Glasbury, Breconshire, before Lewis Watkins, Esq., one of the Coroners for the county, on the body of Rees Price, who was found dead on the preceding Sunday, on the Black Mountains.  No marks of violence appeared, and the Jury returned a verdict of Died by the visitation of God.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 1 June 1833
  An inquest was held at Penydre, Brecon, before Launcelot Morgan, Esq., bailiff, on the body of an elderly woman, of the name of Jane Prosser.  The poor woman was subject to fits, and while at breakfast on Wednesday morning last, was seized with one, from the effects of which she almost immediately expired- Verdict accordingly.

Cambrian, 8 June 1833
  An inquest was lately held at Glanrhyd, in the parish of Devynock, Breconshire, before Lewis Watkins, Esq., one of the coroners of that county, on the body of William Morgan, who died suddenly and was found lying down on the adjoining highway to Merthyr Tydfil.  No marks of violence appearing on the body, and evidence laving been adduced by a person who had conversed with the deceased about half an hour before, the Jury returned a verdict Died by the Visitation of God in a natural way.
  On Friday last, an inquest was held before lye same Coroner, and a most respectable Jury, at Llyswen, on the body of William Harris, who was found dead in his bed on the preceding morning, with a fillet of linen twisted around his neck.  As the case was involved in mystery, a close and long investigation took place.  It appeared in evidence that the deceased was 84 years of age, and that he had made two other attempts to destroy himself, in both of which he was prevented.  The Coroner, in his address to the Jury, explained to them, that self-murder is wisely and religiously considered by the English Law as the most heinous description of felonious homicide; for as no man hath the power to destroy life but by the commission of God, the author of it, the suicide, is guilty of a double offence; one spiritual, in invading the prerogative of the Almighty and rushing into his presence uncalled for; and the other temporal against the King, who has an interest in the preservation of all his subjects.  This offence, therefore, is ranked by the law amongst the highest crimes, making it a species of felony, a felony committed on oneself. - Verdict, Lunacy.
  On the 25th ult., Thomas Paine, the son of a respectable farmer residing near Builth, was unfortunately drowned in a pool near that town; he rode a horse into the water with the intention of bathing, but the horse threw the unfortunate young man in a place where the water was deep, and before assistance arrived life was extinct.  On the first alarm, Mr. D. Pritchard, mercer, of Builth, hastened to the spot, plunged into the water, and at the risk of his own life brought the body to the shore.  His humane and intrepid conduct was justly praised by the Coroner and Jury, when an inquest was held on the corpse.  A Verdict of Accidental Death was returned.
  On the previous day a man named Price, who was employed in fishing with a net in the Wye, near Builth, was rescued from drowning by Mr. E. Stanton, the owner of the net; the man had accidentally fallen into deep water and sunk, when Mr. S. dived after and brought him to land, but life was nearly gone, and it was more than half an hour before animation could be restored.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 August 1833
  On Monday last, the 5th of August, a party of young persons from Brecknock ascended the mountains, and melancholy is the history of the day.  After regaling themselves, they divided into several companies to enjoy the grandeur of the scenery; having remained several hours, two young men, named Rees Davis and John Jones, of respectable character, most imprudently frolicked with each other on the brink of the highest precipice, lost their balance, and, melancholy to relate, were hurled headlong down the precipice, about 200 feet, until their progress was arrested by a projecting rock.  Their friends in vain sought to discover them.  The vast abyss was occasionally obscured by a deep mist.  The news did not reach Brecknock until half-past eight at night, and the greatest excitement prevailed.  Vast numbers of persons on horse and on foot immediately proceeded in search of the bodies; and, about three o'clock, the following morning, after a tedious search and unremitting toil to find them during the whole night, they were discovered and brought to the houses of their respective parents. The place where they were found was upwards of 1200 feet from the valley below, and owing to its steep and rugged sides, the situation of the people who humanely ventured their lives in the pursuit, was most appalling.  The ascent was made before daylight, when the danger of it was not so apparent.  Rees Davis, mason, aged about 20, was an industrious lad, and the son of Evan Davis, of Bailey Glass, Brecknock, mason; and John Jones, aged 19, was the only son of Mr. John Jones, a respectable butcher, of Brecknock.  Their parents and families were inconsolable.  A coroner's inquest was held at two o'clock on Tuesday, at Brecknock Shire Hall, before Lewis Watkins, Esq., coroner, and a respectable jury, who, after a patient examination of witnesses, returned a verdict of Accidental Death.  The accident is without a parallel in the memory of the oldest inhabitant in the neighbourhood.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 24 August 1833
DREADFUL ACCIDENTS. - On Saturday evening last, a child, named Mary Ann Williams, aged about two years, the daughter of Thomas Williams, carpenter, was killed by a gig passing along the Watton, in Brecknock - the child was crossing the street at the time the gig was coming up, and fell under the near wheel, which went over her neck, and on pulling up the horse, the wheel backed, and went over her a second time, - instant death was the consequence.  No blame whatever attaches to the gentleman who was driving the horse.  A coroner's inquest, held before Lancelot Morgan, Esq., Bailiff and Coroner, returned a verdict of Accidental Death, and assessed a deodand of one shilling on the wheel.

Glamorgan Gazette, 7 September 1833
  On the 24th an inquest was held on the body of Samuel Price, labourer, residing at Nantyrarian, near Builth, aged 45, who has left a wife and five children to lament his loss.  A few moments previous to his death, he was in a cheerful conversation with his fellow labourers in the harvest field, when he was observed to fall suddenly on his face, and in that position instantly expired.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

Cambrian, 28 September 1833
AWFUL DEATHS. - About eleven o'clock on Wednesday se'nnight a most awful death befell William Powell, a workman at the Brecon British Company's Lime Kiln at Langattock. As he was taking his position to sift the lime in the kiln, he unfortunately came over a hollow part, and the bar gave way, and, as he placed his weight altogether upon it, he fell into the middle of the burning chasm.  The wretched man was not more than two minutes in the fire before he was literally consumed.  He has left a wife and several children to lament his untimely end.  A coroner's inquest was held, and a verdict of Accidental Death returned.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 26 October 1833
  On Saturday last, an inquest was held before L. Watkins, Esq., one of the coroners for Breconshire, on the body of John Williams, of Pentwyn, in the parish of Llandevalley, who dropped down dead whilst driving a team of oxen at plough; and on Monday last another inquest was held by the same coroner at Llanavan-vawr, in the same country, on the body of James Jones, who was found dead in a ditch on the preceding Saturday;.  The deceased was a respectable farmer and freeholder. She found him in the ditch with his face downwards, cold and lifeless.  There were no marks of violence on the body, nor was there any suspicion that violence had been used.   Verdict in both cases - Died by the visitation of God.

Cambrian, 26 October 1833
  INQUESTS. - On the 12th inst. an inquest was held at Pentwyn, in the parish of Llandefalley, in the county of Brecon, before Lewis Watkins, Esq., one of the coroners, on the body of John Williams, a very industrious farmer, who died suddenly on the preceding day, whilst at plough in one of his fields.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.
  On Monday an inquest was held at Llwyngonfel, in the parish of Llanafan-fawr, before the same Coroner, on the body of James Jones, a respectable farmer and freeholder, who was found dead on Saturday evening in a ditch close to his own house.  There were no marks of violence on the body, nor was there any suspicion that violence had been used.  The Jury therefore returned a verdict, Died by the visitation of God, the cause apoplexy.

Glamorgan Gazette, 2 November 1833
  On Friday, the 11th instant, aged 58, awfully suddenly, Mr. John Williams, of Pentwyn, in the hamlet of Tryscoed, Breconshire.  He was in the field ploughing, when he fell down and instantly expired.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 9 November 1833
FATAL PUGILISTIC CONTEST. - On Sunday, the 27th ult., a fight took place near the Hay, Breconshire, between two men name Vaughan and Williams, in which the latter was so seriously injured that he died the following morning.  It appeared the unfortunate man who died, had been drinking with some dissolute companions, who had excited him to seek a quarrel with Vaughan, and meeting with him near his own house, Williams challenged him to fight, which Vaugnhan at first refused to do, but at last consented.  On his death-bed, Williams exonerated Vaughan from all blame, and said his own drunkenness had occasioned the melancholy catastrophe.  An inquest was held on the body of Williams, and a verdict of Manslaughter returned against Samuel Vaughan, and against one man named Luke, and another called Jack of the Mill, who were seconds, and had been active in promoting the fatal contest.

Cambrian, 7 December 1833
  Last week, David Thomas, of Devynnock, farmer and butcher, was employed to slaughter a cow, the property of John Morgan, Esq. While in the act of knocking her down, she fell upon him.  His leg was broken and he now lies in a very dangerous state.

Glamorgan Gazette, 14 December 1833
INQUEST. -An inquest was lately held at Broynllis, before Lewis Watkins, Esq., one of the coroners of the county of Brecon, on the body of Hugh Rees, an infant, who died suddenly in his mother's arms while walking to Talgarth. Suspicion arose as to the cause of the child's death, but after a most patient examination of witnesses, the Jury returned a verdict of - Died by the visitation of God
  On Monday last an inquest was held before the same coroner and a respectable jury, at Gorsewen, in the upper part of the parish of Ystradfellsey, on the body of Thomas Jones, a farmer, who was found in a field adjoining his house.  It appeared in evidence that the deceased, who was upwards of eighty years of age, had been employed in driving cattle into some fields; that his niece shortly afterwards followed, and discovered him lying on his back on the ground, foaming at the mouth, and quite senseless.  No suspicion appearing, the coroner suggested to the jury that the cause of death was apoplexy. - Verdict accordingly.

Glamorgan Gazette, 21 December 1833
INQUEST. - On Monday last an inquest was held at the red Lion Inn, Coed-y-cymmar before Lewis Watkins, Esq., Coroner for the county of Brecknock, and a respectable jury, on the body of Thomas Jones, miner, who was found drowned on Saturday last in the river Taff near Jackson's Bridge.  The jury having been sworn proceeded to the residence of the deceased to view the body.  On the forehead there were three wounds, one above the middle, and the others on each side of the forehead, which appeared to have been inflicted with a blunt instrument.  When the jury returned to the jury-room, Mr. Watkins, the coroner, in shutting a window which had been left open, and to which there were no pullies, sustained a severe cut running entirely across the back of his right hand, from a large piece of glass which fell out of the window.  The wound was very deep and an artery having been cut; but the coroner having caused the wound to be sewn up, proceeded, though in great pain, with the inquest.
  The examination of the witnesses occupied six hours and a half and went to establish the following facts:- The deceased, in company with another person, named Evan Jones, spent a good part of the evening at the Parrot beer-house, where they drank between them nine pints of ale.  Evan Jones left the house; about half an hour after which the deceased, according to the evidence of several witnesses, said, he felt he was getting drunk and went away, it was supposed home.  A short time afterwards his wife came to seek him, and was informed that he had left the house.  Evan Jones went to Cwrw Bach, (houses that generally sell ale without licences) and there drank more beer, and remained (excepting about ten minutes that he stepped out for a certain purpose) till he fell asleep and did not leave the house till seven o'clock the next morning.  Two witnesses deposed, that a little after twelve at night, they saw a person whom the witnesses did not identify, but who is supposed to have been the deceased, staggering in a state of intoxication, in a place about half a mile above Jackson's Bridge.  On the following morning, about eight o'clock, his body was found floating, with his face downwards, in the river Taff, near Pontstorehouse, with three wounds on the forehead.  These wounds, according to the evidence of John North, Esq., surgeon of Brecon, who attended on the occasion, might have been produced either by a blow from a blunt instrument, such as a bludgeon, or by being thrown violently by the stream in contact with the large rugged stones of which the bed of the river consists.  Mr. North inclined to the latter opinion and considered the wounds very similar to those which he had often witnessed upon miners from a fall of mine.  The greatest mystery in the inquiry was, to account for the body floating to the place where it was found, and being first seen there at such an hour as eight in the morning, when, from the shallowness of the river at the time, it was scarcely possible for it to have floated thither, from the place at which he was supposed to have been last seen.  The evidence of the unfortunate widow excited deep sympathy; she had not seen him since eight o'clock on the previous morning; and her search of him, at the time he was probably dead excited sincere commiseration.  The coroner summed up the evidence with great ability, and paid well-deserved compliments to the clear and distinct view given of the probable cause of death in the evidence of Mr. North.  The jury, after much deliberation, brought in a verdict - Found dead in the river Taff, the real cause of death unknown.

Glamorgan Gazette, 21 December 1833
INQUEST. - On Tuesday, the 17th instant, an inquest was held before Henry Mayberry, Esq., one of the Coroners for the county of Brecon, on the body of Llewellyn Pritchard, farm-servant to Mr. Michael Morgan, of Cantreff, in that county.  The deceased was returning home from Brecon on Tuesday evening with his horses, which were geared together, and in attempting to drive the horses across a ford of a brook called the Cundrig, which was much flooded by the recent heavy rains, the horses were carried down the current to a foot bridge about fifty yards below.  The deceased ran down to the bridge, and notwithstanding his being warned by several persons standing on the opposite side not to attempt the bridge, he still persisted in doing so; and while making use of his whip to extricate his horses, one of them got its head under the bridge, and by the shock, threw the deceased headlong into the water; he was carried down a distance of about 300 yards, and upon his being picked up was quite dead; his heads was much cut by the large rocks over which he must have rolled, - A verdict was returned accordingly.

Cambrian, 28 March 1840


   An inquest was held on Wednesday se'nnight, before Thomas Batt, Esq., one of the coroners for the county of Brecon, at Allt, near Llanvillo, on the body of Charles Vaughan, who was killed by extracting a stone from a quarry in that neighbourhood.  It appears that Vaughan and a person of the name of Williams were working at the above quarry, and on their return from dinner, had commenced their afternoon labours, when suddenly a part of the earth gave way, which injured Vaughan so much that he died shortly afterwards.  Williams is alive, but not likely to recover.  Verdict, Accidental death.  The deceased has left a wife and four children.


Glamorgan Gazette, 4 April 1840

INQUEST. - On Monday an inquest was held before Henry Mayberry, Esq., coroner, at Nant-yr-arian, near Builth, on the body of a little girl of the name of Ann Davies, who came by her death in the following deplorable and melancholy manner:- The poor little child with two others younger than herself, were on Saturday last upon the foot bridge over the mill stream close above the wheels of the mill, when from some cause of other the little girl fell over, and although the water was not deep, yet from the current occasioned by the wheel then at work, she was drawn to her destruction.  For one instant the wheel appeared to the miller to have stopped.  It then went on as usual, but hearing the shrieking of the children he rushed out, and shortly afterwards discovered the poor little creature, presenting a most mangled and appalling appearance, about three yards out of the stream, having so far crawled out of it.  She was unable to speak, but the miller saw evident symptoms of life; he immediately took her up in his arms and carried her home, which was not 80 yards from the spot.  Hr. Howells, of Builth, surgeon, was sent for, and in less than half an hour arrived to render the poor little sufferer all the assistance in his power.  From the first moment he saw all his hopes were bin vain, and in the course of three hours the child was no more.  Verdict - Accidental death.


Glamorgan Gazette, 25 April 1840


CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Tuesday last an inquest was held at the County Gaol, on the body of William Games, a prisoner in the House of Correction, before Henry Mayberry, Esq., and a respectable jury, when it appeared in evidence that the deceased was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour, at the July Quarter Sessions, 1839, for stealing a considerable sum of money; and that latterly he had been labouring under an affection of the lungs, which at last terminated in death.  The jury after satisfying themselves that the deceased had been properly attended during his illness, returned a verdict of "natural death."


Cambrian, 9 May 1840


On the 1st inst., at Talgarth, Breconshire, after giving birth to a still-born son, Eliza, wife of Capt. Thruston, R.N., and daughter of the late Admiral Sotheby.


Glamorgan Gazette, 9 May 1840

BRECONSHIRE. - On Friday se'nnight an inquest was held at the New Poor House, Brecon, before Henry Mayberry, Esq., on view of the body of Ann Jones, aged 61, who had been a long time an inmate of the Poor-house, and in a delicate state of health; but having died suddenly, an inquest was considered necessary, for the purpose of satisfying the minds of the public that every attention had been paid the deceased.  Verdict - "Died by the Visitation of God; and that every attention had been paid to the deceased by the surgeon, governor, and matron of the institution."


Glamorgan Gazette, 9 May 1840

   On Mon day se'nnight an inquest was held at Builth, before Thomas Batt, Esq., and a very respectable jury, on view of the body of Mr. Thos. Pritchard, formerly a tanner in that town, who was found dead in his bed on that morning.  From the evidence received, it appeared that the deceased, a young man only 30 years of age, had for a long time past been leading a very intemperate life, by which means he had greatly impaired his health; that he had retired to rest on the Sunday evening at an early hour, apparently in better health than usual, but upon the servant going to his room on the following morning to call him to breakfast, she found him a corpse - an awful instance of the great uncertainty of life.  A verdict of Found Dead, was accordingly returned.


Cambrian, 11 July 1840


   On Saturday last, an inquest was held before Henry Mayberry, Esq., Coroner, at Penderin, in the county of Brecon, on view of the body of an infant female bastard child.  After a patient investigation of about five hours, and the jury had retired to weigh and consider the evidence that had been adduced before them, we regret to say a verdict of Wilful Murder against Rachael Evans, the mother, was the result.

   On Monday last, an inquest was held before the same coroner, at the town of Hay, on view of the body of a respectable old man, of the name of William Williams, formerly a farmer, but who had of late years retired to Hay, to enjoy in quietude and ease the remainder of his days.  On the day before, he rose as well as usual, had his breakfast, attended morning service in the church, ate his dinner, had his tea, and reached the vestibule of the church for evening service, when he was observed to fall suddenly on his back.  Many persons were shortly around him, and medical aid was immediately procured, but life had fled.  At the inquest the doctors were clearly satisfied that he died of apoplexy, and the jury returned a verdict accordingly.


Glamorgan Gazette, 15 August 1840

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Thursday last, the 6th inst., an inquest was held before Henry Mayberry, Esq., at the Cradoc Inn, in the parish of Battle, near Brecon , on view of the body of a man of the name of Thomas Thomas, an old and faithful farming servant, long in the employ of the Pennoyre family.  From the circumstances which transpired upon the investigation, it appears that the poor man was engaged with another man as a loader, a great many others being there employed in getting the hay in, on Piscodin farm, on Tuesday last; about 12 o'clock of the same day, no one saw him fall off the waggon, but he was seen prostrate upon the ground unable to move, and for a time unable to speak.  Mr. Lloyd Vaughan Watkins, was immediately sent for, who lost no time in seeing him; he found that no limb was broken, but feared a dislocation of the neck had taken place; in proper time he bled him and recommended that a medical man should be sent for.  In the course of the night Mr. John North, who attended the deceased's family, saw him, being unable to see him before, having not returned until late from Builth, where he had been summoned to attend a sick person.  However no remedy could prevent dissolution taking place, and the unfortunate man died on the following morning.  The jury returned a verdict of "Died from accidental dislocation  of the neck, by falling from off a waggon."


   Rachael Evans, 27, far, servant, charged with the wilful murder of a female illegitimate child, in the parish of Penderfyn.  Verdict - Not guilty of murder, but guilty of concealing the birth of her child.  Sentenced to two years' imprisonment with hard labour.


Glamorgan Gazette, 22 August 1840


CORONER'S INQUEST. - On Saturday last an inquest was held before Edward Davies, Esq., coroner, at Beaufort Iron Works, on the body of Herbert Thomas, miner, who died  from injuries received by an explosion of gunpowder in the mines, on the 2nd July last.  Verdict - Accidental Death.


Glamorgan Gazette, 29 August 1840


   On Saturday last an inquest was held at the Victoria Inn, before Edward Davies, Esq., coroner, on the body of Herbert Thomas,. Miner, who died from the effects of an injury received on 2nd of July last, by an explosion of gunpowder in blasting rock.  From the evidence adduced it appeared that the deceased had prepared a charge for blasting a piece of rock in a mine level, and finding that it did not explode at the time anticipated, he incautiously approached to ascertain the cause, when the powder ignited and drove pieces of the rock into various parts of his body, shattering the hip joint to atoms, and completely baring the arm of flesh.  The jury returned a verdict of accidental death. - Beacon.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 October 1840

   An inquest was held on Friday the 25th inst. before H. Mayberry, Esq. one of the coroners of Breconshire, at Ystradgynlais, in that county, on the body of a lad 11 years of age, named Thomas Jones, who about a week previously had been severely burnt in a colliery in that neighbourhood, by the sudden ignition of fire damp.  There were several others at the same time burnt but we are happy to say that at present there is no apprehension of further death.


The Cambrian, 10 October 1840

AWFULLY SUDDEN DEATH. - On Monday se'nnight, an inquest was held at the Star Inn, Brecon, before Thos. Batt, Esq., one of her Majesty's coroners for the county, and a respectable jury, on view of the body of Henry Haymer, who was suddenly seized, on the evening of the previous day while walking in the Street, with a violent bleeding in the mouth, of which he died in a very few minutes.  It appeared from the evidence that the deceased, who was a young man of intemperate habits, had for a long time been suffering from cough and general debility, but that a few minutes previous to his death he had left his lodgings in better health than usual.  Mr. E. D. Batt, being sworn, stated that he had been called to the deceased on Sunday evening, between six and seven o'clock, and that when he arrived he found him dead, having ruptured a blood vessel; but not having been allowed to make a post mortem examination, could not say what blood vessel had given way.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God.


Glamorgan Gazette, 10 October 1840


FATAL ACCIDENT. - On the evening of Saturday last a fine little girl, about eight years of age, daughter of Mr. William Morgan, wheelwright, Llanvaes, was so dreadfully burned by her clothes having caught fire while playing with other children in the house of her aunt, that, after lingering in excruciating agony for a few hours, death put a period to her sufferings.  An inquest  was held on the following Mon day, when a verdict of Accidental death was returned. [Editorial on woollens v. cotton.]


Glamorgan Gazette, 31 October 1840


FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Monday last a collier, named David Walters, in the employ of the Messrs. Bailey, at Beaufort iron works, met with his death in a shocking manner.  He was occupied with some others in placing props in a coal level for the purpose of supporting the roof; and conceiving that one might safely be dispensed with, though warned of the consequence, he imprudently struck it away, and the next moment saw him a mangled corpse - the roof having given way and buried him beneath its ponderous weight.


Glamorgan Gazette, 14 November 1840

   On the 6th inst., an inquest was held before Henry Mayberry, Esq., and a respectable jury, at Vanole, in the parish of Merthyr Cynon in the county of Brecon, on the body of Gwenllian, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Davies.  It appeared the little girl, who was between ten and fourteen years of age, was subject to fits; and no later than the Tuesday preceding fell upon the fire, when , as it happily happened, an elder sister was present, who immediately snatched her up and she escaped with a small burn upon her thumb.  On the day following, however, she was missed; and after a very anxious search of several hours, made in all directions where she had been in the habit of strolling, her grand-father, father, and one of her brothers, went to the pond upon the premises.  Seeing no symptom of her being there, the brother pulled up the sluice.  Their fears and apprehensions were too sadly realised.  The body of the poor little creature, after a portion of the water had escaped, being  seen in the centre of the pond.  No doubt was entertained by the coroner and the jury but that when standing on the brink of the pond which shelves considerably, she was seized with a fit, and falling into the water, she instantly drowned.


Glamorgan Gazette, 5 December 1840

INQUESTS. - An inquest was held on the 27th ult., before Edward Davies, Esq., coroner for the liberties of Crickhowell and Tretower, at Brynmawr, on view of the body of the late Caroline Kinsey, who was burnt to death; and on the same day, at Beaufort, on the late William Morgan, who was killed in the patch; and on the 29th, at Cwndu, on the late David Morris, son of William Morris, of Penlan, a little boy four years old. Who was burnt to death. Verdict in each case - Accidental Death.


Glamorgan Gazette, 19 December 1840



   On Monday, the 14th instant, an inquest was held at the L:ion Inn, in the parish of Devynnock, before Thomas Batt, Esq., and a respectable jury, on view of the body of Mary Thomas, aged 7 years.  It appeared from the evidence of the grandfather of deceased (a very aged and infirm person) that on Thursday, the 10th inst., he was in the house with deceased; that he, witness, was putting some coals on the fire, when the child approached too near to it; that her clothes took fire; that witness made every attempt to extinguish it, in doing which he severely burnt his own hands, and the deceased was so much burnt as to cause her death on the following Sunday, after every attention had been paid her by Mr. Thos. Williams, surgeon.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

   On the same day an inquest was held before the same gentleman and jury, at the house of Howell Havard, in the hamlet of Senny, on view of the body of Elizabeth Havard, a fine healthy child, aged 3 weeks, who was found dead in bed by the side of its mother on the preceding morning.  It appeared from the evidence of the father and mother of the child, that when they took it to bed with them it was quite well, but that during the night hearing the child groan the mother took it up and found that it was dead. Verdict - Died from suffocation, but how produced there is no evidence to prove.  The jury begged to express their opinion that no charge of wilful negligence or inattention could attach to the parents, who appeared much distressed at the loss of their child.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 19 December 1840



   On Thursday week, a man named Wm. Morgan was killed in a mine quarry at Beaufort, by a large mass of earth which he was undermining falling upon him.

   The week before another unfortunate man met his death while occupied in a level in a similar manner, the incumbent earth falling upon him, and literally crushing him to atoms.

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