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Cambrian, 19 May 1804

SWANSEA, Friday, May 18.

A distressing circumstance occurred at Carmarthen on Tuesday se'nnight: a daughter of Mr. Otley, about three years old, playing in the kitchen, fell into a tub of boiling water that had been carelessly left on the floor by the servant, and was so dreadfully scalded, that she expired in great agony the same night.


Cambrian, 9 June 1804

Last week a respectable farmer at Castle Caregcenan, in Carmarthenshire, put an end to his existence by hanging himself in his bed-chamber, to which he had retired under the pretence of indisposition, and locked the door. - On the inquest it appeared that the unfortunate man had become uneasy in his mind respecting some family circumstances, and the Jury accordingly returned a verdict of Lunacy.


Cambrian, 23 June 1804

With extreme concern we state, that Griffith Lloyd, Esq., of Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire, a gentleman in the prime of life, and deservedly esteemed by all whom knew him, was most unfortunately drowned, last week, in crossing Llaugharne ford, on horseback.


Cambrian, 2 February 1805

Friday last an inquest was held at Carmarthen on the body of Mrs. Jane Brome, of that town, whose melancholy end is generally regretted; late on the preceding Wednesday night, she was sitting near the fire preparing to retire to rest, when by some unknown accident, her clothes caught the flame, and before any assistance could be afforded she was so dreadfully burnt, that she expired next morning in great agony.  Verdict, accidental death.


Cambrian, 21 May 1808

On Thursday a melancholy circumstance occurred at Mr. Pemberton's colliery, near Llanelly. Mr. Francis Richards, engineer, attempted to go down the engine-pit, about 36 fathoms deep, by the rope, but which he neglected to fasten round him, and it being wet, he could not retain his hold, but fell to the bottom, and was killed on the spot; in his descent he struck against a man of the name of Brown, who was standing on a piece of timber in the pit, but fortunately he was not carried down with the unfortunate sufferer.  The Coroner's Inquest sat, on the body, and of course returned a verdict of Accidental Death.


Cambrian, 21 May 1808

On Thursday a melancholy circumstance occurred at Mr. Pemberton's colliery, near Llanelly. Mr. Francis Richards, engineer, attempted to go down the engine-pit, about 36 fathoms deep, by the rope, but which he neglected to fasten round him, and it being wet, he could not retain his hold, but fell to the bottom, and was killed on the spot; in his descent he struck against a man of the name of Brown, who was standing on a piece of timber in the pit, but fortunately he was not carried down with the unfortunate sufferer.  The Coroner's Inquest sat, on the body, and of course returned a verdict of Accidental Death.


Cambrian, 18 June 1808

A promising youth, about 15, lost his life, last week, at Ynyskedwin, in a most melancholy manner: whilst amusing himself with fishing, a large piece of rock fell on him, shattered one leg dreadfully, and so tore and lacerated the other, that he expired next day in great agony.

   On Monday last a new-born male child was found floating in the river Towy, near Carmarthen, which appeared to have been strangled.  The Mayor of Carmarthen, with the most laudable activity, immediately offered a reward of 100 guineas for the discovery of the offender, and has called upon the Magistrates of the adjoining parishes to use every exertion for the apprehension of the perpetrator of so horrid a crime; against whom a verdict of Wilful Murder had been returned by the Coroner's Inquest. - (See Advertisement.)


Cambrian, 18 June 1808

   On Monday last a new-born male child was found floating in the river Towy, near Carmarthen, which appeared to have been strangled.  The Mayor of Carmarthen, with the most laudable activity, immediately offered a reward of 100 guineas for the discovery of the offender, and has called upon the Magistrates of the adjoining parishes to use every exertion for the apprehension of the perpetrator of so horrid a crime; against whom a verdict of Wilful Murder had been returned by the Coroner's Inquest. - (See Advertisement.)


Cambrian, 25 June 1808

    A melancholy accident occurred on Tuesday at Carmarthen; one of the crew belonging to the Jane brig, of that port, a young man about 20, who had just completed his apprenticeship, bathing in the river with some of his companions, got into a pool, and immediately disappeared.  Although it happened at mid-day near the quay, and at low water, nearly an hour elapsed before the body was taken up.


Carmarthen Journal, 11 July 1808

   A poor man drowned himself at Llanstephan on Tuesday last.  He was seen by some women, as a great distance, going into the water, and proceeding till he was out of his depth.  The women immediately gave an alarm, but no assistance could be rendered in time to save his life - no boat being near. - We give the following description of his dress and person, with the hope that it may lead to the knowledge of him and his friends.  He is about 5 feet 6 inches high, bald on the forehead, black hair, eyes, eyebrows, and eyelids red;  as if he had taken a cold; wore a blue coat, no waistcoat, stripe cotton shirt, snuff-colourer cord small-clothes; black woollen stockings, from the ancle up, footed with light blue; not hat, bit w common handkerchief tied round his forehead, patched shoes, well nailed.  He had a scar on the left thumb, a wort on the inside of the fourth finger of the left hand; and he had every appearance of a collier.  On Sunday he was seen in the village begging, having every appearance of a deranged person. - A Coroner's inquest was held on the body, and the Jury returned a verdict of Lunacy. [Thomas Rosser, of Llwynmawr; Cambrian, 19 July.]


Cambrian, 11 February 1809

Monday last, an inquest was held by Thomas Lewis, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Ann Richards, a child of twelve years old, who lived as a servant with a respectable farmer in the parish of Llanon, Carmarthenshire. - Rumour had attributed the girl's death to ill-treatment she had received from her mistress, but after a long investigation of the case, the jury returned a verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

   The same Coroner, a short time since, held an inquest on the body of a boy, of the tender age of nine years, who hung himself by means of a rope made of rushes, one end of which he put through the latch-hole of a barn-door, and placing the other cord round his neck, threw out his legs from under him, and remained suspended in this extraordinary manner until the vital spark was extinguished. - Verdict - Hanged himself; but, being a child, was, by law, entitled to a Christian burial.


Cambrian, 11 Mach 1809

A man and his wife, from the parish of Meidrim, were committed to Carmarthen gaol yesterday morning, the former for robbing a poor cottager, the latter for the murder of her child.


Cambrian, 9 June 1810

 On Tuesday last, John Jones, aged 14, the only son of the Rev. David Jones, Rector of Killie-Ayron, Cardiganshire, was unfortunately drowned in the Towy, near Carmarthen, while bathing.  The body was not discovered till Wednesday, when an inquest was taken before John Brown, Esq. Deputy-Mayor, who rendered a verdict - Accidentally drowned.


Cambrian, 17 November 1810

Thursday se'nnight the body of Mr. Robert Wilson, late owner of the Queen (wrecked on Pembrey sands on the 22s ult.) was found, having lain in the water since the fatal event happened, and was interred on Saturday evening in Pembrey church-yard with becoming decency and decorum.


Carmarthen Journal, 4 January 1812

      Last week, a Coroner's Inquest was held at Llanelly, on the body of Walter Thomas, who slipped from the chain in coming up from one of the coal-pits of Messrs. A. and A. T. Rabey.  Verdict - Accidental Death.


Cambrian, 7 March 1812

   Yesterday an inquest was held by Dr. J. C. Collins, in the parish of Llandilo Talybont, on the body of John Daniels, who on Tuesday last hung himself in an outhouse near the chapel on Loughour common. - Verdict, Lunacy.


Carmarthen Journal, 7 March 1812

   The body of the lad who a few weeks since was drowned near Carmarthen Quay, was, on Sunday last, found in the Towy about two miles below the town.  An Inquest was held on the body, and a verdict returned of "Found Drowned."


Carmarthen Journal, 9 May 1812

   An inquest was held on Sunday last, at Llanllwch, near this town, on the body of a child who fell into the pond at that place, and was drowned. Verdict - Found drowned.


Carmarthen Journal, 7 November 1812

   Mr. Thomas Jenkins, of Henfryn, near Llangeller, in this county, in crossing the Sylgen, a small river on his way to Plas yr-hafod, the residence of his sister, fell over the foot bridge and was drowned.  It is supposed that this accident was occasioned by the rail giving way, as it was discovered to be broken on the following morning.  An inquest was held on the body of the deceased - verdict - Found Drowned.

   As a lad of this place was incautiously walking on the Quay, his foot became entangled in some cordage, in consequence of which he stumbled and fell into the river, and was unfortunately drowned.


Cambrian, 5 December 1812

   Last week, as some persons were digging stone for the Brechfa and Abergorlech turnpike-road, in Carmarthenshire, part of the quarry gave way, and falling upon one of them, deprived him instantaneously of life.


Cambrian, 16 January 1813

   Yesterday se'nnight, the corpse of a new-born female child was found concealed under the bolster of the bed of its unhappy mother at Carmarthen, of which she had been delivered the preceding night, although she had positively denied her pregnancy before the magistrates.  An inquest was held on the body, and the Jury found that the child had died from concealment and want of timely assistance.  The name of this wretched woman is Anne Lewis, widow of Thomas Lewis, butcher, late of the parish of Llangunnir, by whom she has two children living.  She is kept in custody until capable of being removed to orison.

   A boy unfortunately lost his life last week, in the neighbourhood of Newcastle-Emlyn, by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of another boy, with which they were proceeding to shoot birds, and the contents lodging in the body of the former, killed him instantly.


Cambrian, 9 October 1813

      A melancholy accident happened on Sunday last, in the neighbourhood of Carmarthen:  a servant, who had been sent by his master to fetch a gig, in returning, came in contact with a post, and being thrown out, was killed on the spot.

   On Friday, a young man was unfortunately killed at Kidwelly, by the bursting of an old swivel, fired on the occasion of a ship-launch at that place.


Cambrian, 9 October 1813


[On Saturday last] - On the same night, owing to a fall from his horse in a fit, near Llangadock, Mr. Howell Jones, of [Glassilt.].


Cambrian, 15 January 1814

   A labourer in the employ of Mr. Rees, of New-Inn, Carmarthenshire, was so dreadfully gored by a bull, on the 22d ult. that he lingered in great agony until the 27th, when he expired.


Cambrian, 12 February 1814

   Sudden deaths.

On Thursday, as William Cross, of Hubberstone, shipwright, was proceeding in a boat from the shore in perfect health, he fell down and expired immediately; and on the same day, Ann Howell, a poor old woman who resided in a house by herself at Pill, near Milford, was found dead in her bed.


Cambrian, 12 March 1814

   An old woman, of the name of Price, at Llandilo, the widow of an excise officer, was dreadfully burnt on Sunday night, by her clothes taking fire, and she expired next morning.


Cambrian, 30 April 1814

   At Carmarthen Great Sessions, ... was sentenced ... Margaret Francis, for concealing the birth of her bastard child, three months imprisonment.


The Cambrian, 15 April 1815

   Last week a farmer of the parish of Meydrim, Carmarthenshire, put an end to his existence by hanging himself in his barn.


Cambrian, 24 June 1815

DIED. - On Wednesday night, in consequence of a fall from his horse, Mr. William Williams, of Penybedd, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, universally respected and esteemed by all who knew him.


Cambrian, 16 March 1816

Yesterday se'nnight Thos. Price, Esq. of Talley, was unanimously elected by the freeholders of Carmarthenshire, Coroner for the Upper District of that County, in the place of the late Thomas Evans, Esq.


Cambrian, 8 June 1816

   On Monday se'nnight an inquisition was held by Thomas Price, Esq. one of the Coroners of the county for Carmarthen, on the body of Elizabeth Jones, of the age of 19, of the parish of Langadock, who was supposed to have had some noxious drug clandestinely given to her to cause miscarriage, which proved fatal to her.  After two days examination of witnesses, the jury brought in a verdict of Wilful Murder against Rees Thomas Rees, of Gellybant, in the parish of Langadock, who had courted the deceased for some years.

   On Saturday last, a man employed in assisting to convey a load of timber from Coldblow to Llandawke, in Carmarthenshire, fell from the carriage while asleep, and was killed on the spot.


The Cambrian, 19 October 1816

   A fine boy, about seven years old, the son of Mr. John Hugh, landlord of the Dolphin public house, in Carmarthen, met with a fatal accident on Thursday evening, by falling from the loft of a storehouse on the Quay.  His scull was so dreadfully fractured as to render prompt and able surgical assistance unavailing.  He expired at an early hour on Friday morning.

   On Friday last an inquest was held on the body of the young lady, the melancholy termination of whose existence we mentioned last week. - Verdict, Found dead.


Cambrian, 28 December 1816

   On the morning of Sunday se'nnight, John Morgan, a mason, of the parish of Llangathen, Carmarthenshire, was found dead within a hundred yards of his own house, supposed to have perished by wet and cold on his return from Carmarthen.

   A poor fisherman perished in the Towy, between Landilo and Llangadock, early in the morning of Tuesday se'nnight, on consequence of his coracle upsetting, and himself getting so entangled in his nets, as to render every exertion of his companion to rescue him from a watery grave wholly ineffectual.


Cambrian, 30 August 1817

   As Mr. Jas. Nicholls, attorney, late of Llether-mawr, Carmarthenshire, was returning home from the last Carmarthen fair, he was unfortunately drowned, in attempting to ford a river near his place of residence.  An inquest was held on the body. Verdict - Found Drowned.

   There were four prisoners for trial at the Carmarthen Great Sessions this week, viz. Eliz. Rees, charge with the wilful murder of a bastard child, at Llandoysant; ... The female prisoner was found guilty of concealing the birth of the child, and sentenced to be confined to hard labour for a year.


Cambrian, 8 November 1817

DIED. - At Llandilo, deeply regretted, Mrs. E. Protheroe, of that town, whose death was occasioned by a small bone sticking in her throat a few days ago.


Cambrian, 21 March 1818

   Yesterday morning a boy about twelve years of age was unfortunately drowned in the river Towy, opposite the brick-yard in Carmarthen.


Cambrian, 4 April 1818

The Commission was opened at Carmarthen on Monday evening, ... True bills had been found against ... John Peregrine, for the murder of Margaret Powell, at Llanvihangel-Aberbythich, as mentioned in our last paper.


Cambrian, 11 April 1818

      Carmarthen Great Sessions terminated on Saturday.  The only convictions, in addition to those we enumerated last week, were the following: Ann Thomas, charged with the wilful murder of her bastard child, was acquitted of the murder but found guilty of concealing the birth, and sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment. ... John Peregrine, charged with the wilful murder of Margaret Powell, was acquitted, ...


Cambrian, 12 June 1819

   On Thursday, a poor lad fell a victim to the fury of a bull, in a field on the farm of Galash, near Llandilo, Carmarthenshire.  The ferocious animal, notwithstanding his fore-legs were chained, gored him so dreadfully, that he was in a few minutes deprived of life.


Cambrian, 18 September 1819

   A man in the employ of Mr. Williams, Saddler, of Llandovery, while driving a waggon, loaded with lime, on Wednesday morning, in the neighbourhood of the Black Mountains, was killed, in consequence of the waggon being overset.  It is supposed that the unfortunate sufferer was asleep on the waggon at the time.


Cambrian, 6 November 1819

DIED. - Suddenly, on the 24th ult. whilst attending Divine service at Mothfey church, the Rev. Thomas Powell, for many years resident in that neighbourhood; a gentleman much esteemed and regretted by his friends and acquaintances.  An inquest was held on the body of the above gentleman, by Thomas Price, Esq. Coroner, on the 26th. - Verdict, Died in a Fit of Apoplexy.


Cambrian, 11 March 1820

Suicide. - We are extremely concerned to state that R. W. Thomas, Esq. solicitor, of Carmarthen, who had been observed to labour under great depression of spirits for the last few days, terminated his existence by hanging himself on Wednesday last. - An inquest was held yesterday. - Verdict, Lunacy.


Cambrian, 6 October 1821

   On Tuesday last, a Coroner's inquest was held at Llanelly, on the body of William Williams, a collier, whose death was occasioned by some unknown person having, with an edged tool, injured the rope used by the workmen to descend into the coal-pit, and was in consequence unable to sustain the weight of the unfortunate man, who was precipitated to the bottom, from a height of above 15 fathoms.  Verdict - Came to his death in consequence of the rope, by which he was to descend into the pit, being cut by some person or persons unknown.


Cambrian, 30 March 1822

   On Thursday last, Jas. Morgan (a blind fiddler) of the parish of Llangadock, was committed to Carmarthen gaol, for the wilful murder of Jacob Williams, of the same parish!


Cambrian, 27 April 1822

CARMARTHEN ASSIZES - Before Chief Justice Heywood and Mr. Justice Bigley, terminated on Saturday last.

   John Davies, indicted for the wilful murder of Wm. Thomas, in the borough of Carmarthen, in January last (as mentioned at the time) was acquitted, on the ground of the medical men being unable to swear that the blow given by the prisoner produced death.

   James Morgan, a blind harper! Tried for the wilful murder of Jacob Williams, at Llangaddock, was found guilty of manslaughter, and sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment.


Cambrian, 16 November 1822

   At an early hour on Friday morning last, an itinerant cork-cutter, from Bristol, of the name of Wm. Reed, was found dead in the back-yard of the Carmarthen-Arms public-house, in the town of Carmarthen, into which he had apparently fallen from a ruinated part of the castle, called the Mount.  It appeared in the course of the inquest which was held on the body, that the deceased had been in the above town for about a fortnight previous to the fatal event, - that he had been seen in company with a female of ill fame, and in a state of intoxication on Thursday evening, - and that a pair of pattens, supposed to be hers, were found, with a bag of corks, which had belonged to him, in a stable, near the Mount, on Friday morning; -but the evidence not being sufficient to establish any charge, the verdict returned was - Found dead.


The Cambrian, 1 February 1823

   Saturday se'nnight, B. Morris was committed by John George Phillips, Esq. to Carmarthen gaol, on a charge of manslaughter.  This young man was driving his cart on the highway, and according to the practice so prevalent in this country, was trotting his horses, - he standing on the cart unprovided with proper reins to guide his cattle; the melancholy consequence was, that he drove over a man, named John Williams, and killed him.  We sincerely hope the commitment of this youth will operate as a warning to others who follow this dangerous operatic of driving.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body of the deceased, and strange to say, the jury brought in their verdict - accidental death, although requested three times to reconsider the matter by the coroner.


The Cambrian, 12 April 1823


   At an early hour on Wednesday morning last, a man was discovered suspended from the branch of a tree, by a handkerchief, in a field near Derllis, in this county; and on examination it was found that the unhappy individual was a farmer, of the name of Wm. Howell, of the parish of Llanwinio, in the same county.  The cause of this desperate act is supposed to have been the apprehension of imprisonment for a debt due for law costs.


The Cambrian, 3 May 1823


   On Saturday last, at Llandilo, aged 42 years, Thomas Price, Esq. solicitor, and one of the Coroners for the county of Carmarthen. .  .  .  . 


The Cambrian, 9 August 1823


   On Tuesday week Mr. Daniel Price was unanimously elected one of the Coroners for the county of Carmarthen, in the room of his brother, Thos. Price, deceased.


   On Monday se'nnight an inquest was held at Llandovery, before Sackville Gwynne, Esq. one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the county, on the body of David Goldstone, son of Mr. Goldstone, druggist, of that place.  The youth being subject to fits, on Friday last fell on his face into a small rivulet in the neighbourhood, where he was found dead the same evening by a Dissenting Minister. - Verdict, found drowned.


North Wales Gazette (Bangor), 18 March 1824

FATAL OCCURRENCE. - Mr. David Harries, Llwyncelyn, near Llandilo, Carmarthenshire, went on Saturday se'nnight to view the performance of a company of strolling jugglers at Llandilo, who, amongst other feats exhibited that of swallowing a Sword. Mr. Harries, it appears, thought lightly of the performance and in making an attempt to swallow, slipped his hold, and the instrument found its way into the chest.  He was soon taken violently ill, and continued to labour under the most excruciating pain until the following night, when he expired in great agony.


The Cambrian, 23 October 1824

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Wednesday se'nnight, a lad about 12 years of age, got into the stables of Grismond Phillips, Esq. of Croft Cottage, Llanllwch, near Carmarthen, and in the absence of the servant discovered a powder-flask containing powder, in the saddle-room, into which he introduced a lighted stick.  Immediately a tremendous explosion took place which drove part of the flask against his forehead, and carried away the frontal bone, leaving the brain exposed to view for an inch and a half.  The top of the nasal bone and a portion of the temporal bone were fractured and depressed, whilst the roof of the orbits was completely driven into the eyes.  The left thumb was completely severed from the arm at the wrist, and he altogether exhibited a frightful spectacle of mutilation.  Medical aid was immediately  procured, but his case baffled all that skill could effect, for he died in great agony on the following evening.


The Cambrian, 7 April 1827

   On Monday se'nnight, a man met his death at the Box Colliery, Llanelly, by the falling of a large quantity of earth, &c. upon him.  He has left a widow and three children to lament his untimely loss.


The Cambrian, 28 April 1827

   On Wednesday se'nnight, an inquest was held at the Half-way House, in the parish of Llanegwad, Carmarthenshire, before Daniel Price, Esq. Coroner, on the body of Rachael Peter, who came by her death in the following manner:- She was walking in company with another young woman on the turnpike-road ,leading from Carmarthen to Llandilo, when they were overtaken by a coach, the horses of which became unmanageable, and she was driven over.  Both the legs of the deceased were much fractured and bruised;  in consequence of which she died on Friday the 13th instant.  The jury returned a verdict accordingly.


The Cambrian, 20 October 1827

   On Tuesday morning last, a poor wandering boy, who slept on the brink of as lime-kiln, near Llangennech, Carmarthenshire, fell into it, and, shocking to relate, he was burnt nearly to a cinder.


The Cambrian, 3 November 1827

   A young man, the son of the master of the brig Hope, of Lynn, was drowned in Carmarthen river on Thursday se'nnight.  It appears, that in attempting to recover an oar, which had slipped from the scullage of the boat, he overbalanced himself, and fell headlong into the tide.  He soon re-appeared on the surface, and swam for the shore, but ere he could reach it, or obtain assistance, he sunk to rise no more.  The body has been picked up.


Carmarthen Journal, 18 January 1828

   Yesterday a char-woman, who conducted the brewing at the Three Compasses, was found dead in a chair in the brewhouse.  She ate a hearty breakfast, and appeared quite well, and in a short time afterwards was found a corpse.

   An inquest was held at Kenarth, in the county of Carmarthen, on the body of Evan Morgan, tailor, of that place, on Saturday, the 5th of January instant, who was drowned on the preceding Wednesday, in attempting to take salmon with a hand net in a pool, commonly called Pwll Will Goff, in the river Tivy.


Carmarthen Journal, 29 February 1828

   An inquest was held yesterday before the Mayor and Coroner, on the body of a poor old woman , who had been missing, & who was found in the river Towy, near Green-castle.  The old woman was very inoffensive, and the "ruling passion strong in death," was proved by the fact, that although she had been a fortnight in the water, she had not quitted her hold of a snuff-box which she held in her hand. - After a full investigation of the case, the jury returned a verdict of Found Drowned.



Carmarthen Journal, 28 March 1828

FATAL ACCIDENT. - Monday se'nnight a man was killed in a coal-pit shaft, near Minke, in this county, by the fall of a bucket from the mouth of the pit upon him.  It appears that the bucket had been wound up nearly to the surface of the ground, when the handle of the winding apparatus broke, and it was, with its contents, precipitated on the deceased.  His head was frightfully crushed, and his thigh broken.



The Cambrian, 19 April 1828


Lately, of an apoplectic fit, Mr. Wm. Mackey, of the Ferry-Side, Carmarthenshire, much lamented by his family and friends.


Carmarthen Journal, 13 June 1828

   On Saturday last, an inquisition was held at the Falcon Inn, Llanelly, before Thomas Lewis, Esq. coroner, on the body of an unfortunate young woman, of the name of Eleanor Longhurst, servant to Mr. James Guthrie, of that place, who came by her death in a very singular and mysterious manner on Friday last.  It appears that she was in health on the previous Wednesday night, and the next morning was very ill, and her illness increased during the Thursday following so alarmingly rapid, that her relatives became apprehensive, that she had taken poison, for symptoms to that effect became apparent; whereupon, her brother (by the suggestion of Mr. Davies the medical gentleman who attended her went and endeavoured to obtain a confession from her as to whether she had taken anything wrong or not; and told her to reflect upon the  dangerous condition she was then in, and the awful tribunal she was soon to attend at, if she uttered a falsehood; however, she denied by the most solemn protestations that she had taken nothing to her knowledge, and persisted in her denial to the last.

   She expired about two o'clock on Friday morning, in the most excruciating pain.  The face very soon became black, and streams of blood issued out of her mouth and nostrils.  There was a penny piece put upon etch of her eyes to keep them closed, and it is very remarkable that the copper soon assumed the hue of her face. The body was opened on Saturday, at the request of the coroner, and it was the opinion of the faculty that the deceased died from the effects of some mineral poison; but by whom administered or in what manner remains altogether a mystery. - Verdict to that effect.  The inquest lasted nearly 12 hours.  Various causes are assigned for this dreadful catastrophe, but nothing is known with any degree of certainty; it is generally believed to be a love affair.


Carmarthen Journal, 25 July 1828

SUICIDE. - Friday last Mrs. C. Moodie, wife of a respectable farmer residing in the neighbourhood of Llanelly, went up stairs to her bedroom, bolted the door upon her, and put a period to her existence by cutting her throat with a razor in the most deliberate manner.  It was evident from a note she had written to one of her friends a little time previous to her committing the rash act, and from other circumstances, that she was quite deranged at the time.


DR THOMAS JONES, Treasurer of the County of Carmarthen, &c.

Disbursements, as per Order and receipts.

23. By do. David Lewis, for the use of a room for holding an inquest on the body of James Rees ...............................................0 14 6

54. By do. David Evans, attendance on the inquest, &c. of Ann Thomas ...........1.  5.  0.

61. By do. J. G. Williams, attending on Coroner's Inquest ............. 8.  12.  0

75. By do. Wm. Williams, surgeon, holding inquisitions ..............   4.   8.  0


Carmarthen Journal, 28 November 1828

FATAL ACCIDENT. - last evening, about six o'clock, the Rev. D. Davies, Llanybri, Minister in the independent connexion, in crossing the brook near John's-town, in this neighbourhood, on his way home, fell from his horse, it is supposed, on one of the spikes of a fence railing which ran across the stream to prevent trespass.  He was not discovered till this morning, of course quite dead, as there was a heavy flood in the channel.

   There was a large gash on the forehead, which, it is to be presumed, was occasioned by coming in contact with the spokes in question.  It is not known whether he was thrown off his horse by the stumbling of the animal. - a probable conjecture, as there are large stones placed for the purpose of enabling foot passengers to cross the stream when not flooded., - or whether it was occasioned by an apoplectic fit.  The deceased was a man of good classical attainments, and formerly a Tutor in the Presbyterian College, in this town.   .  .  .  .  There was an inquest held on the body this morning, when a verdict of Found Drowned was returned.


Carmarthen Journal, 6 December 1828


THOMAS JONES, Treasurer of the County of Carmarthen, &c.


39. By do. Rees Prytherch, surgeon, holding several inquisitions.    8  19  0

72. By do. Levi Sambrook and Thomas Morris, for the funeral expenses, &c. of a person unknown, found drowned near Greathill Burrows, Lauigharne.  3  0  6.

96.  By do. Joseph Yeamans, attending Coroner's inquest on the body of Herbert Herbert ....   .... 1  5  0.


Carmarthen Journal, 5 December 1828.


On Tuesday last, aged 50, very suddenly at her breakfast, of an apoplectic fit, Mrs. Lewis, wife of David Jones Lewis, Esq. of Gilvach, near Llandovery, much lamented by her family and friends.


Carmarthen Journal, 19 December 1828

   A melancholy accident happened on Wednesday evening last to John Roberts the son of Mr. John Roberts of Garn, in the parish of Llanddarog, as he was returning home with a cart from Carmarthen. - A mi=ole catcher coming out to the road, frightened the horses and the cart was overthrown.  The young man received an injury in the neck, and to the inexpressible grief of his parents and friends died the following day.

   The body of a man apparently a Marine, having No. 15* on his military greatcoat, and probably servant of the late Lieut. Col. Coquelin, of Martinique, who was a passenger in the ship La Jeune Emnia, unfortunately lost off Cefn Sidan Sands, near the Carmarthen Bar as mentioned in our paper of the 28th ult. was picked up on Friday last, on Pembrey sands, and conveyed to the Church to await the event of a Coroner's Inquest.  *This corresponds with the No. on top coat of the other servant who was buried at the same time as the colonel, in Pembrey Church-yard.

   On the preceding day the body of David Griffiths, master of the Unity, coal lighter, of Carmarthen, which foundered nearly on the same spot as the ship  La Jeune Emnia, in coming up from Kidwelly to Carmarthen, was picked up on Pembrey sans, and brought to Pembrey Church also to await an inquisition.

   The Coroner satisfied that the death of the above unfortunate persons were casualties, gave his permission to bury the bodies without holding Inquests; when such intimation was made known, the body of D. Griffiths was brought to this town on Saturday, and was buried on Sunday; the body of the Marine, was interred in Pembrey Church-yard, by Mr. Rogers, shopkeeper, under the directions of the Rev. Mr. Evans, in the most decent and becoming manner.


Carmarthen Journal, 23 January 1829

DISTRESSING ACCIDENT. - On Monday last whilst a young man, aged 17, was at work at J. M. Howell, Esq.'s slate quarry, near Abergwilly, a fragment of earth and rubbish, about two tons weight, fell upon him, and he was  killed on the spot.


Carmarthen Journal, 13 March 1829

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - Yesterday, as Mr. David Rees, of Cwm, in the parish of Abergwilly, was returning from Mydrim fair, on horseback, he fell off his horse, and was killed on the spot.  He has left a wife and seven young children, solely dependent upon him for support, to regret his loss and untimely end.


Carmarthen Journal, 13 March 1829

   Last Saturday, an inquest was held at Llandovery, by Daniel Peirce, Esq. coroner, on the body of James Thomas, who was thrown out of his cart, near Penpont, Breconshire, on Thursday, by which accident he injured his back so much, that he lingered unable to move until the following day, when he died at Llandovery, having at his own express desire been conveyed to the latter place, on his way home to Llanwennog.  Verdict - Accidental Death, with a deodand of 2s. 6d. on the cart and horse.


Carmarthen Journal, 8 May 1829

   It is now unfortunately ascertained, that the little and beautiful yacht the Darling,     .   .  .  is lost, .  .  .   and the pilot Wm Watlow, and the builder, Thomas Dally, who went in her, are lost.  

   On Thursday. The 20th ult. an inquest was taken at Llandovery, before Daniel Pierce, Esq. coroner, on the body of David Isaac, weaver, of that town, who died on the preceding Tuesday, under circumstances that gave rise to a suspicion of his being poisoned, and public rumour accused his wife of having administered the same.  After a patient and very minute investigation, in which Mr. Williams, the surgeon who opened the body, Mr. Morgan, surgeon, and several other witnesses were examined; the Coroner and Jury were satisfied, upon the clearest evidence that no blame could be attached to the wife, or any other person, but that the deceased died a natural death, and the verdict was brought in accordingly.


Carmarthen Journal, 29 May 1829


Yesterday, awfully sudden, Mrs. Davies, of Maesgwyn, in this county.  Whilst giving a direction to one of her servants on some domestic matter, she dropped down and expired almost instantaneously.

   Suddenly, on Wednesday se'nnight, aged 56, of an apoplectic fit, Mr. Evan Jones, Saddler, Tregaron, deeply regretted by a numerous circle of friends.


Carmarthen Journal, 19 June 1829

ATROCIOUS MURDER. - It has become our duty this week to record the perpetration of a murder surpassing in atrocity most of these deeds of blood which occasionally appear as evidences of the deep depravity of the human heart.  All infractions of the sixth commandment are regarded by our laws as the highest legal offences; but even in this description of offences there are shades of criminality - some are of deeper dye than others - and the murder which forms the subject of our present notice, is characterized by features so particularly foul and horrible, that we would fain believe it to be the act of a demon rather than that of a human being. The circumstances of this deed of blood, as far as we have been able to procure information, are as follow:

   Sunday last, on Pencader mountain, as some persons were going to a place of worship, they were horror-struck at finding in a ravine in a small rill of water he body of a woman most frightfully mangled.  The head was severed from the body, and was only retained to the trunk by a small ligament - the chin had been detached from the upper part of the head and rested on the chest - the right arm was nearly cut off, and various other wounds had been inflicted on the body, each of which of itself would have proved mortal.  The water was crimsoned with her blood for upwards of two miles.  She appears to have made a desperate resistance, for her hands are covered with wounds. 

   This is the first time it has become our duty as Journalists to record the commission of murder "foul and horrible" in this county, for in the mass we think the Welsh peasantry of the present day as peaceable; moral and orderly in their habits, as those of any country whatever, and as might naturally be imagined, in a country where crimes of decided enormity are of rare occurrence, the above murder has produced a prodigious sensation.

   The perpetrator of this diabolical action, we regret to add, is as yet undiscovered, although a young man is detained in custody, against whom there is certainly strong presumptive evidence. He was known to be paying his addresses to the deceased, and she was thought by her neighbors to be enceinte, which was fully ascertained to be the fact upon a post mortem examination.  She left the place where she resided, near Blaenbedernyn, the seat of Sir W. de Crespigny, to go to her parents' home, the evening the murder was committed, and was found in the state described the following morning.


The Cambrian, 27 June 1829


   On Sunday se'nnight, on Pencader Mountain, Carmarthenshire, as some persons were going to a place of worship, .  .  .  On Saturday last, David Evans, aged 21, was committed to the county gaol, by Daniel Price, Esq. Coroner, for trial at the next assizes, charged with the above atrocious murder. .  .  . 


The Cambrian, 27 June 1829

   On Monday last Mr. Wm. Evans, eldest son of the Rev. William Evans, of Towy Castle, Carmarthenshire, was drowned while attempting to cross the ford from Llanstephan to Laugharne.  He is supposed to have fallen from his horse, it being dark at the time, and no one near.  The body was found on Laugharne Sands the following morning, by some persons fishing for shrimps.  An inquest was held on the body - verdict Accidental Death.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 18 July 1829

   On Friday last, a lad, after putting a man on shore from the brig David Walters, lying at Jennyman's Pool, in Carmarthen river, unfortunately fell over the boat and was drowned.  The body has not yet been found.


The Cambrian, 18 July 1829

   The body of the lad belonging to the "David Walter," drowned in Carmarthen river last week, was found floating a short distance from the fatal spot, on Tuesday morning, and in the evening an inquest was held on the same before J. Bowen, Esq. Mayor, when a verdict, Accidentally Drowned, was returned.


The Cambrian, 1 August 1829

   The body of the boy that was drowned in Carmarthen river last week, by the sinking of an overlodaded boat, was found on Tuesday last, and in the evening of that day an inquest was held on the same before J. Bowen, Esq. Mayor.  Verdict, Accidentally drowned, by the boat being overloaded. Deodand on the boat, one pound.

   On Tuesday last, as a lad about 14 years of age, was driving a cart with hay, at Waincorgan, Carmarthenshire, he unfortunately fell off the shafts, when one of the wheels passed over his head and killed him on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.


Carmarthen Journal, 19 September 1829

CARMARTHENSHIRE GREAT SESSIONS. - Our Great Sessions commenced on Friday last, .  .  . 


   .  .  .   J. G. Williams, Esq. - He is a surgeon, near Llandilo; examined the body of deceased on Tuesday morning, at her father's house, Mr. Thomas was with him: found several wounds on her person - five wounds on both shoulders, four on the side of the neck; observed two of the wounds  in the neck in particular; they were cut completely across 3 ½ inches in depth; also cut through the spinal marrow; he attributed her death to those wounds, either of which would cause instant death; large blood vessels and the nerves were also cut through; there were four wounds on the chin; the wounds could not be caused by herself; he thinks the instrument by which they were inflicted, was either a hatchet or cleaver; he opened the body of deceased, and found she was pregnant, by the size of the child, it appeared to be two months old - [a small hatchet was here produced] - he said such an instrument as capable of inflicting such wounds; could not ascertain by the size of the wounds whether that was the instrument.

   Cross-examined - Deceased must have died from the wounds, the external and internal carotid arteries were cut, and there must have flowed a great deal of blood from these wounds; there is nothing uncommon about the hatchet; and such a one might be found in the cottage of any peasant; there is a difference in the times of bodies getting cold; in such a death as this, the body would get cold in about 6 hours; the blood would continue to flow about 10 minutes after the great arteries were cut.

   J. H. Thomas, Esq. - He is a surgeon at Lampeter; saw the body of the deceased on the day of the inquest; the wounds were 14 in number - four on the neck,  four on the chin, five on the back, and one on the collar bone; two of those wounds would cause instantaneous death (the two across the neck); it was impossible the deceased could inflict them herself; he should suppose that they could not be inflicted except by a billhook or a hatchet, such as a woodman would use; is uncommon and not to be found in every home; saw the hatchet produced, which might inflict wounds of the above description; he weather was very warm, and the blood in such weather might retain heat 10 or 12 hours; killed as this woman was, the sultriness would assist in prolonging heat, although exposed to the moisture of the weather; he jointly opened the body with Mr. W., the foetus was two or three months old.

   Crass-examined - He would not abide by the answer that the wounds could not be inflicted but by a billhook or hatchet, and that it was not to be found in every house; according to his judgment, it is extremely improbable that a sword could inflict such wounds, but it was very improbable; has seen a butcher's cleaver, which might inflect the wounds; the edge of a billhook is curved in a different manner to that of a hatchet, and of a different shape; never read a ballad about this deed, but had heard it sung; did not compose it as he was not a good poet; he has been in the profession 15 years; the knees do not get cold sooner than any other part of the body; the feet would first get cold then the body gradually up to the heart; he persisted in saying it would retain heat for 12 hours in a death preceded by excitation; he should imagine there was a struggle; cannot say whether the mortal wounds were the first that were inflicted; the body, if killed instantaneously, would not retain heat as long as after a struggle; supposes the wrists would retain heat after instantaneous death, without a struggle 4 or 5 hours, under a scorching sun; the sun was scorching on the 14th of June for 4 or 5 hours, he knew it to be so, as he was up that morning very early; the body lying in the water might counteract the heat of the sun; there flowed a vast deal of blood, which might occasion the body getting cold the sooner; the reason, he said, that hatchet was not to be found in every peasant's house was, from the circumstance of Mr. W. saying, that it might be; the hatchet is convex, and billhook concave, and the wounds inflicted by those instruments would be the same.

   Re-examined - Examined the wounds, and might be inflicted by such an instrument; he observed the blood would flow over the person who inflicted the wounds if he used a hatchet with so small a handle; a wound cut through the carotid artery, the blood would gush out, and it would depend whether the deceased was in an erect or recumbent position, for the blood to flow over the murderer. .  .  . 

   We learn prisoner  said to S. Gwynne, Esq. and L. O. Lewis, Esq. Deputy Sheriff, immediately after the sentence was passed, "It is too bad to do this to me when I never touched the girl."

   We understand the unfortunate subject of this notice will be executed on Monday.


Carmarthen Journal, 2 October 1829

   Tuesday last, a child in Lammas-street, in this town, being incautiously left at home by its mother during her absent theca, went to divert itself by playing with the fire, and melancholy to relate, its clothes took fire, and before any assistance could be rendered, it was burned so dreadfully that death put a period to its sufferings in four hours afterwards.  A coroner's inquest was held on the body, when a verdict of Accidental Death was returned.


Carmarthen Journal, 6 November 1829

   An infant of Mr. Thomas Lewis, of Whiteland, in the parish of Llanon, in this county, aged 19 months, left by his parents at home with the other children, was burnt in so dreadful a manner last week, that the little sufferer expired a few hours afterwards.  Will not the frequent and dreadful examples which are continually occurring, cause parents to be a little more circumspect, and endeavour to guard against the occurrence of these harrowing accidents?

   On Monday night last, a fine lad of the name of John Jones, about 12 years of age, met an untimely death in the following lamentable manner, at the Box Colliery, Llanelly.  He was going through the yard to light a small torch at a fire situated near the mouth of the great pit, and after he had partially lighted it, he was going off, but was bewildered by the smoke, which issues continually out of the pit, and shocking to relate, he walked right into it, (which is 77 fathoms deep) and was shattered to atoms !


Carmarthen Journal, 25 December 1829

MELANCHOLY CIRCUMSTANCE. - On Thursday, the 17th instant, Rees Gabriel and his son were employed, in the village of Aberbythych, in pulling down the walls of an old house, which they had uncovered the day before.  About half-past twelve at noon, the father was undermining the front wall, his son following him, throwing them out of his way.  Several children having arrived on the spot, joined the lad in clearing away the stones, when, awful to relate, the wall suddenly gave way, and here of the children, of the ages of nine, eleven, and twelve, were instantaneously crushed to death.  The scene was indescribably painful.  The whole village immediately hastened to the assistance of the poor man, who himself narrowly escaped meeting the same fate, and whose feelings on this melancholy occasion, can be better conceived than described, as his own son was one of the hapless youths.

   Considerable time elapsed before the stones and rubbish could be cleared away, but when they were extricated, life was extinct.  The blow pressed them with such violence that their brains were scattered about, and a fourth child was seriously injured, the medical gentleman has not yet pronounced him out of danger.  A fifth would have shared the same melancholy end, had he not that moment gone inside of the walls for some instrument, when he saw the breach, and gave the alarm, but it was too late, as the whole front of the house came precipitately down, from the very foundations. - A coroner's inquest was held on the bodies the following day, and the jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death.


Carmarthen Journal, 26 February 1830

   An inquest was held at Llandovery, on Friday last, before Daniel Price, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a poor woman, named Mary Morgan, who was discovered on Thursday morning last, under one of the arches of the bridge over the river Brane in that town, and had left the house about eleven o'clock on the night before, it is supposed for the purpose of fetching some water, as a tin jug was found some yards lower down the river.  Verdict - Found Drowned.


The Cambrian, 22 May 1830


On Tuesday night last, as Mathias Dickson, a butcher, of Carmarthen, and his son, John, also a butcher, were drinking together at a public-house in that town, a quarrel ensued, when the father stabbed the son with a knife in the right breast in a most dreadful manner.  The young man is now lying dangerously ill, and the father has been apprehended and committed for further examination.


Cambrian, 29 May 1830

   Last Saturday, Thomas Lewis, a boatman, of Carmarthen, fell over the boat near Llanstephan, and was drowned.  An Inquest was held before the Mayor of Carmarthen, on Monday last, when the Jury returned a verdict - Accidentally drowned.

  On Tuesday last, as Elizabeth Charles, a poor woman residing in the parish of Llangedeirne, was driving a pig to Llanddarog fair, she fell down on the road and instantly expired.


Carmarthen Journal, 11 June 1830

   A little boy disappeared on Friday last, in his town.  When last seen he was on the margin of the river endeavouring to reach some pieces of wood which came floating down with the current.  It is presumed that he fell into the flood, and was drowned.  Search has been made for the body, but hitherto without effect.

   On Monday last, a little boy, aged 2 years of 4 months fell into a pond in John's Town, near this place, and was unfortunately drown ed.  An inquest was held on the body before the Mayor, and he Jury returned a verdict - Accidentally drowned.


Carmarthen Journal,  15 October 1830            [Not a death.]

ACCIDENT. - Wednesday last, Mr. J. W. Bacon, of Llanddarog Cottage, was returning home from Carmarthen, with his market-cart, in which were two of his children; and on ascending Nantycaws-hill, a lad, who drove another cart immediately behind him, incautiously cracked his whip, at which Mr. Bacon's horse took fright, and started towards the edge of the precipice which skirts the road, and which this and previous accidents have proved to be in a state o disgraceful insecurity.  Mr. Bacon saw before him the inevitable destruction of his children, unless at the risk of his life he essayed the rescue of them.  This was a secondary consideration with a parent: - he made the attempt just as he cart had reached the brink of the precipice, and succeeded in dragging he child out, and throwing it on the road.  A still more perilous effort was necessary to rescue the other child, as he cart was now hurrying down the cliff.  M. B. sprung on an old stump, some yards below the edge of he precipice, and fortunately caught the remaining little one by the clothes, when it seemed in the very jaws of death, and brought it safely to the road. 

   From the violence used in saving he children, they are much bruised and disfigured, but in no danger.  Had the stump on which Mr. Bacon leaped given way, his own death would have been certain.  The horse was killed, and the cart shivered to aims.  We hope the Trustees will, if they have not the inclination and the humanity to do so without legal compulsion, be moved by indictment to remedy this dangerous nuisance.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 13 November 1830


On Wednesday s'ennight, at Carmarthen, Colonel Edwards, of Laugharne, in that county, aged 84.  The Colonel had arrived at Carmarthen in the morning, and he suddenly dropt faded in a fit of apoplexy.


Carmarthen Journal, 19 November 1830

   On Saturday, the 13th instant, an inquest was held on view of the body of Margaret Lewis, o Aberarad, who was found drowned in the mill-dam at Aberarad, near Newcastle-Emlyn. Verdict, Accidentally drowned.


Carmarthen Journal, 1 April 1831


On Tuesday morning, in his 71st year, awfully sudden, Mr. David Morley. Cabinet-maker and Upholsterer, of this town.  The morning of his death he got up early as was his usual custom, and left his room, but feeling himself indisposed, returned  it is supposed for the purpose of going to bed, but before he could accomplish his intention he fell down and instantly expired. .  .  . 


Carmarthen Journal, 20 May 1831

   An inquest was held, on Saturday last, before John Morgan, Esq. Bailiff and Coroner of the borough of Llandovery, at the Town-hall of the above place, on the body of Lettice Roberts, a child between 5 and 6 years of age, who was unfortunately drowned in the river Towy on Friday morning.  She fell in whilst playing with some other children on the banks of the river, who were utterly unable to render her any assistance.  Verdict, Found drowned.


Carmarthen Journal, 3 June 1831

   Monday night, Emanuel Thomas dropt down suddenly and expired n ing-street, in this town.  An inquest was held on the body, and the jury returned a verdict, - Dieds by the Visitation of God.


Carmarthen Journal, 10 June 1831

   A melancholy circumstance occurred on Sunday last, between eleven and twelve 'clock in the forenoon, below the ouse of the Rev. Herbert Williams, Ynyslas.  David Davies, a shoemaker, aged 22, came that morning to visit his widowed mother and his brother and sister-in-law, at Cwrywern, from the parish of Llandybie.  After remaining for a few minutes with them, he hastened with two other ads, younger than himself,  to bathe themselves in the river Towy, and this young man precipitated himself into a deep pond, although unable to swim, and was instantaneously drowned.  The other bots could afford him no assistance, as neither of them could swim.  An inquest was held on Tuesday morning, and a verdict returned of Accidental Death by drowning.


The Cambrian, 2 July 1831

   On Monday last, an inquest was held at the Falcon-Inn, Llanelly, before William Bonville, Esq. Coroner for that District, on the body of William Williams, weaver, found at the bottom of one of the air pits connected with the Caemain Colliery, and who had been missing since the 12th May last, the fair day at that place.  It could not be proved in what manner he got into the pit but from the evidence adduced, it appeared he was found in consequence of the repeated dreams of his wife for two or three nights previous, which induced her to send for her brother-in-law, who with others caused a search to be made, which resulted in the discovery of the body, almost an entire skeleton, and recognized only by the dress he had on the fair day and is watch.  - Verdict - Found dead, but how he came to his death was unknown.


Carmarthen Journal, 24 September 1831

   On Monday week an inquest was held before Edward Carreg, Esq. coroner for this county, on the body of Edward Cadwalader Hughes.  It appeared that the deceased was in the employment of Mr. Parry, of the Uxbridge Arms Hotel, in this town, and, on Saturday last, being on his return homeward from Beddgelert with a cart, he went out of his road into Quelyn Lake for the purpose of washing the legs of his horse, when going too far, the horse ell over a submerged precipice into deep water, and both man and horse were drowned.  A miner, who accompanied deceased in the cart, with difficulty saved himself.  The body was found on Sunday morning, as well as the cart, under about twelve yards of water. - The jury, under the direction of the coroner, brought a verdict of Accidental Death. - The deceased was about twenty-six years of age, and has left a widow in a state of pregnancy. - Carmarthen Herald.


Carmarthen Journal, 21 October 1831


On Saturday last, at an advanced age, at Waunwen, Mr. Wm. Hazel.  He retired to bed in apparently good health, but in a few minutes was a corpse.


Carmarthen Journal, 21 October 1831

MELANCHOLY ACCIDENT. - Monday last, as the Regulator Coach, running between Carmarthen and Haverfordwest, was returning to the former place, in descending Pentrehowell hill, the coachman unfortunately neglected to chain the wheel, which caused the wheelers to become restive, and in endeavouring to stop them, he lost is hold on the reins, and to recover them, jumped on the back of one of the horses, which threw him on the road, and it is supposed, that in consequence is neck was broken, as he died on the spot.  The coachman was a very sober and civil man, and much respected by all who knew him, particularly by his employers, whose loss they deeply regret.  He has unfortunately left a widow and two children to lament the loss of a kind husband and parent.


Carmarthen Journal, 2 December 1831

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On the 23d ult. as Mr. David Thomas. Marshall-hall, agent to -------  Brewin, Esq. New Pit Colliery, Llanelly, was crossing the bottom of the pit while the basket was ascending, a nap of coal fell upon him, which caused instantaneous death, without even a groan or single struggle


The Cambrian, 3 December 1831

FATAL ACCIDENT. - On the 23d inst., as Mr. David Thomas, of Marble Hallm, Llanelly, was crossing the bottom of a coal pit, while the basket was ascending, a small piece of coal fell on his head, which caused instantaneous death.  He had left a wife and four children to lament his untimely end.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 10 December 1831

ACCIDENTS. - A savant girl having two children in charge at the Dark-gate, Carmarthen, on the evening of yesterday week, neglected her charge, and a cart passing at the time, killed one on the spot,  by the wheel passing over its head.  The other child also, we regret to state, is very seriously injured.

Carmarthen Journal, 23 December 1831

FATAL RASHNESS. - An awful instance of the uncertainty of life, rendered still more distressing by the circumstances under which it occurred, took place near Ternioge Inn, on Sunday week, the 18th instant.  A young man, named Hugh Roberts, the son of a small farmer in the neighbourhood, whilst on his way to the place of worship, accompanied by his two brothers, was met by two acquaintances, who apprised him that a flight of wild ducks had alighted on one of the pools of a small river which runs through an adjacent morass.  In an unguarded moment, being, no doubt, allured by the silly assurance of an easy capture, the ill-fated young man left his brothers and returned home, where he changed his cloches and armed himself with a fowling piece.  In consequence of the recent heavy rains the river was much swollen, and the  face of the biog in many places covered with water, by which a place that requires caution in traversing at all times, was rendered double dangerous.  After discharging his gun at the wild fowl, Roberts rushed incautiously forward, and was precipitated into the river; his cries for help were unavailing, his coat entangled him, the skirts of which, by the strength of the current, were forced over his head; his struggle was short, in a few minutes he sunk to rise no more.

   His death took place about three o'clock, and nearly five hours elapsed before the corpse was found.  An inquest has since been held on the body.  The deceased bore the character of an honest and industrious man.

The Cambrian, 4 February 1832
  An inquest was held on Tuesday last, on the body of Benjamin Jones, who was found dead on the road near the farm of Pountain, in the borough of Carmarthen.  The deceased was seen the preceding evening in a state of intoxication; and it is supposed, fell on his face (while in that state) in a ditch or pool of water, and was suffocated. - Verdict, Found dead, but by what means he came to his death, is to the Jury unknown.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 11 February 1832
  On Wednesday afternoon an inquest was held at the Town-hall, Carmarthen, on the body of Benjamin Jones, an aged man, who was unfortunately found drowned near a place called Pwman, on the Llanstephan road.  The deceased had fallen into a shallow pool of water on the road side, not more than nine inches deep, and 3 ½ feet wide, with his face downwards.  John Summers, a lad, deposed, that he saw the deceased lying in the water with his face downwards, and half immersed in the water.  Being rather alarmed, he did not touch the body, but ran for assistance, about a hundred yards off, when David John, the man who resides there, came and pulled deceased out of the water, and laid the body on the road side; je was not sure the deceased was dead then. - David John deposed to finding the body as described by the lad, and also pulling it out of the water; did not remove the body from the road side, cover it with any thing, or use any means to restore animation. - The coroner remarked, that it was more than probable the deceased's life was lost through the negligence of those who first discovered the body. - Verdict, Accidental Death.
  The body was suffered to lay on the road-side, totally exposed, for two hours and three quarters.  It appears the unfortunate man was going to Llangain, where he had formerly been a schoolmaster, for the purpose of seeing a family he knew there, and gathering some money due to him for tuition.  In his pockets the constable found 17s. 5d., a pair of spectacles, snuff0nox, tobacco-box, some bread, and cakes, the latter, no doubt, for the children he was going to see.

Monmouhshire Merlin, 25 February 1832
  Mr. David Hopkins, skinner, of Llandovery, Carmarthenshire, met his death in an awful manner, on Tueday last.  He had been out with a double-barrelled gun, and on cioming back, he stopped to converse with his brother at the foot of Towy bridge, within a quarter of a mile of thet own.  During the conversation, he leaned the gun against the railing of the bridge and his arm upon the gun.  The gun slipped, and the trigger coming in contact wth the railing, discharged the contents of both barrels into the very middle of his heart.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 3 March 1832
  An inquest was held at Carmarthen, on Tuesday last, on view of the body of Capt. Willam Burroll, of Laugharne, and formerly of the Herefordshire Militia.  It appeared that the deceased had arrived on the preceding evening by the Hereford coach, and had retired to bed at the house of Mr. Fussell, hatter, apparently in good health.  On being called in the morning, he was found lying across the bed, lifeless.  It is supposed, that the deceased finding himself ill in the course of the night intended to procure assistance, as he had put on his stockings and great coat; but had become too much exhausted for further exertion and fell on the bed.  Verdict - Died by the Visitation of God.
  On Wednesday se'nnight, a child aged three years and a few months, named James Edwards, son of John Edwards, a tailor residing at John's Town, near Carmarthen, was burnt to death under the following circumstances. It appeared that the child had been left by his parents, during their absence, in company with two other children - the deceased child sought to amuse himself by reaching some clothes that hung on a line across the chimney, when his clothes caught fire, and the poor little fellow was so dreadfully burned, that notwithstanding prompt medical aid was immediately procured, he died in the greatest agony about ten hours afterwards.  An Inquest was held on the ody Thursday, before Daniel Prytherch, Esq. Mayor, and Coroner.  Verdict - ACCIDENTAL Death.

The Cambrian, 19 May 1832
On Monday last, Mr. Thomas James, landlord of the Prince Saxe Coburg Inn, Porthyrhyd, Carmarthenshire.  The deceased was on his way to Narberth fair, when his horse taking fright at some cattle, threw him, which occasioned his death two days after.

The Cambrian, 2 June 1832
SUICIDE. - On Saturday week, a boy, about sixteen years of age, footman to Richard Maliphant, Esq., solicitor, of Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, put a period to his existence by hanging himself with a coupling stirrup in his master's stable.  It is supposed from his cheerful disposition, that h placed the couple about his neck in a boyish frolic, that he was then overcome by fear, which produced a fit, and consequently strangulation and death.  After a patient investigation, the Coroner's Jury returned a verdict to the above effect.

The Cambrian, 23 June 1832
INFANTICIDE. - An inquest was held on Monday se'nnight, at Cael Gwinfe, Carmarthenshire, before Daniel price, Esq. Coroner, on the body of a female child found on the lands of Gwinfe House, the residence of Lewis Lewis, Esq.  On investigation it was ascertained to be the child of the cook, and it was the opinion of a medical gentleman who attended the inquest, that it had been born alive.  A mark of a cord was visible on the neck, and a quantity of congealed blood was found in the throat.  The Jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against the mother, who at present is too ill to be removed to prison.

The Cambrian, 30 June 1832
  An inquest was held on Saturday evening last, a Carmarthen, on view of the body of Wm. Marks, farmer, of Kilrhedin, in that county.  It appeared in evidence, that the deceased was returning that evening from the market, when he was thrown from his horse (furiously driven at the time), and was killed instantaneously. - Verdict - Accidental Death.

The Cambrian, 4 August 1832
On the 28th ult. Mr. Jenkin Williams, a farmer residing at Llwybyehweol, near Carmarthen. He was proceeding home from an adjoining farm, when he fell down, and instantly expired.  The deceased was of great corpulency, and had previously complained of the heat of the weather.

The Cambrian, 29 September 1832
  An inquest was held on the 20th inst. At Beggin, near Llanelly, before William Bonville, Esq. Coroner, on the body of David Williams, a labouring man, who was killed by a large mass of earth and stones falling upon him, while employed in drawing an "open cut" for a railway near the St. David's pit at Langenneth. - Verdict, accidental death. - the deceased has left a widow and six children to lament his melancholy end.

The Cambrian, 13 October 1832
  On Saturday week, inquests were held before Wm. Bonville, Esq. one of the Coroners for the county of Carmarthen, on the body of John Morris, a coal-cutter, of Starving Island, near Minke, who was killed by the falling in of the roof of a level in the Trinsaran Colliery; and at Caer Dryssy, Llanelly Parish, on the body of John Hopkins, a lad, killed at the same time and place.  Verdicts in both cases accordingly.
  On Saturday last, an inquest was held before the same gentleman, on the body of Wm. Williams, who died very suddenly at Llanelly. - Verdict, Apoplexy.

The Cambrian, 24 November 1832  
  On Saturday last, as an elderly female was walking along the quay a Carmarthen, she fell over, and was unfortunately drowned. Verdict, Accidental Death.

Glamorgan Gazette, 1 December 1832
FATAL OCCURRENCE. - On Monday week, at Carmarthen, about six o'clock in the evening, an elderly female, named Elizabeth Thomas, 84 years of age, left her home for the purpose of seeing her son, a captain of one of the Bristol traders.  In consequence of her long absence, some alarm was excited, and a search was made, when, about twelve o'clock, she was found drowned, having fallen over the quay.

Cambrian, 26 January 1833
FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Thursday evening last, an old chimney of a cottage, in the village of Pembrey, Carmarthenshire, fell in through the roof, by which we regret to state, a poor woman (an inmate of the cottage), was killed instantaneously.  Two sons of the deceased, were also so much bruised, that the life of one of them was at one time despaired of; both are now, however, in a fair way of recover.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body of the woman, and a verdict of Accidental Death returned.

Glamorgan Gazette, 26 January 1833
  SUDDEN DEATH. - On Tuesday week, as the hall-keeper of Carmarthen, was about entering the office of Messrs. Jones and Morris, solicitors, of that town, he suddenly fell backwards, and shortly afterwards expired.  Her was a quite inoffensive man, and generally respected.

Cambrian, 9 February 1833
  On Saturday evening last, as some farmers were returning home from Carmarthen market, the horse of one of them fell near John's Town, and threw its rider; after which it set off at full speed towards home, followed by the remainder of the party.  Having secured the animal, and brought it back, the owner was missing; and after a diligent search, he was found drowned in the pool flowing from Pontcarreg Mill. It is supposed that the deceased, upon recovering from the effects of his fall, and being rather in liquor at the time, strayed in the dark towards the water, and fell in.  A Coroner's Inquest was held on view of the body.  Verdict - Accidental Death.

Glamorgan Gazette, 2 March 1833
SUDDEN DEATH. - A Coroner's Inquest was held on Wednesday last, by Rees Prytherch, Esq., on the body of an old pensioner, residing in Goitre farm, in the parish of Newchurch.  It appears that the deceased was taken ill on his return from Carmarthen, and turned into Corsica, the residence of William Jones, the road surveyor, where he expired in less than ten minutes.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.  The old soldier's father died many years ago in the same sudden fashion, and in the same parish. - Carmarthen Journal.

Cambrian, 30 March 1833
  On the 17th ult., aged 31, Mr. Samuel Opher, late landlord of the Sun, Carmarthen, leaving a disconsolate widow and three small children to deplore his loss.  His untimely end was occasioned by the bite of a fox.

Cambrian, 11 May 1833
  MANSLAUGHTER. - On Tuesday last an inquest was held in the parish of Llangaddock, by D. Price, Esq., one of the coroners of the county of Carmarthen, on the body of John Thomas, lately in the employment of Messrs. James and Aubry, of Cwmllynfell

Cambrian, 8 June 1833
  FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Tuesday se'nnight, an inquest was held on the body of David Rowland, who, together with two others, were employed in repairing a partition in the St. David's coal-pit, in the parish of Llanelly, Carmarthenshire, when suddenly the stage on which they stood was struck by a bucket coming up with water, which upset the stand and put out the light; the deceased, standing on the lower end, fell off between the stand and the wall, a great depth, into about 18 feet of water, and the other two remained suspended by the ropes of the stage, until assistance was rendered them.  The deceased has left a wife and three small children.  The Coroner and a respectable jury held an inquest on the body.  Verdict - Found Drowned.

Cambrian, 20 July 1833
 Thomas Morgan was indicted for the manslaughter of John Thomas.
  Margaret Rees examined: - Is wife of George Rees, of Langadock parish - I knew John Thomas deceased.  He was at her house on the 4th of May last.  Prisoner and Morgan Jones were also there.  The prisoner when he left was full of beer.  John Thomas was not drunk.  They all left about half-past eight.
  Cross-examined:- They had all drank a good deal.  Thomas Morgan had drank most.  The deceased had drank only three pints.  They were all drinking together, and seemed on good terms with each other.
  Morgan Jones, jun., examined: - Is 17 years of age.  Was in company with prisoner and others, at Rees's, in May last.  Thos. Morgan came out first, and then witness, - and afterwards John Thomas and Morgan Jones.  Witness and prisoner went on first; the others followed about 100 yards distant. - Phillip Phillip and deceased, and Morgan Jones, overtook them.  They walked on till near Mr. Cox's works.  Morgan Jones and Phillip got a head of him then.  He had then a jar of beer on his shoulder.  Prisoner asked him to trip John Thomas.  He tried to do so twice.  Thomas replied, "Don't little boy, or I'll throw you and jar in the river."   The prisoner then asked deceased who he would throw in the river, - and then threw him down on the wear near Mr. Cox's works.  This happened on the road they took going from Rees's house towards home.  Prisoner beat John Thomas with his fists as well as threw him down.  Prisoner afterwards left the deceased, and went on with witness.  John Thomas subsequently overtook them.  Thomas Morgan again set on John Thomas, threw him down, beat him, and kicked him.  John Thomas said nothing to provoke prisoner, except "Don't be a fool," when Morgan was beating him.  Deceased was sober and prisoner dunk.  Witness then proceeded, and was overtaken shortly after by prisoner.  Philip Phillip was in company with prisoner then.  Prisoner said he had straitened him, alluding to the deceased.  I never saw John Thomas afterwards.  The prisoner in a conversation with witness afterwards, said to him not to say the truth about it.
  Cross-examined:- It was not to say the truth, and that he had seen nothing, the prisoner requested him. When they left the George they were all on good terms.  It was as a joke that he took prisoner's request to trip up the heels of John Thomas.  Deceased did nothing whatever to the prisoner.  It was when Thomas Morgan was beating John Thomas the second time that deceased said, "Don't be a fool."  Swears that John Thomas was quite sober.
  Morris Llewellyn examined: - Was going home from work on the 4th of May last.  Heard a voice near a shed on the way.  Went in and found John Thomas lying on some hay.  Witness asked to assist him home.  He heard him groaning at first.  This was half a mile from the George.
  Cross-examined:- He went into the shed to see what was the matter.  Deceased did not say he had drunk too much; but said he had a quart of beer.  He then covered him with hay, and left him.  Deceased did not appear drunk but ill.
  Griffith Howell examined: - Was going home from work on Saturday evening, 4th May.  Near some lime kilns he observed John Thomas lying on the ground endeavouring to vomit.  He raised him up, and assisted him till near a cottage. There is a stile near the kilns.  He called at the cottage, but nobody answered.  The deceased wanted to go in to lay down.  He afterwards took him on towards another cottage, where Catherine Daniel lives, and there he left him.  He had drank some beer himself that evening.
  Cross-examined:- He thought the deceased was affected by the steam from the kilns, because he lay near them.
  Catherine Daniel examined: - Lives with her brother in a cottage in Languke parish.  Remembers a person coming there on the 4th of May last, it was the deceased; he left about four o'clock.  Saw him on the mountain going home; he appeared very ill, and was pressing his hands on his stomach, as if he was very ill.
  Cross-examined:- Deceased was about five yards from her when she saw him.
  Margaret Thomas examined: - Is the widow of the deceased.  Went to look for her husband on Sunday morning, 5th May.  She met him coming on horseback.  Deceased complained.  After she got him home, she put him to bed, and then went to the house of prisoner nearby.  Her house is in Llangadock parish.  She saw the prisoner, and asked him why he had abused her husband.  Prisoner replied that he had not abused him, but only given him a push.  She afterwards went home and found her husband groaning heavily, and he died about ten o'clock.
  Cross-examined:- - She met her husband before sunrise on the Sunday morning, about a quarter of a mile from home; he was riding his own horse home that had grazed near Daniel's house.  The horse is not hard to catch.  She does not know who caught the mare that morning.
  David Rees examined: - Was sent for to John Thomas's house on the 5th of May last; found him in bed complaining.  He looked at the deceased's body in bed, and observed a bruise on the right side.
  Cross-examined:=- Is not a surgeon.
  Mr. William Price examined: - Is a surgeon.  On the 5th of May last was called to attend John Thomas; found him in imminent danger, examined him at the time.  His bowels were so tender to the touch, that he could not allow their being washed.  He prescribed for deceased and bled him.  On the 7th May opened his body; there were evident marks of violence on his bowels, and on examining further, found the bowels had been ruptured very considerably.  Did observe an external wound corresponding with the internal laceration, such as would have been produced by a kick...  In his opinion, the deceased came by his death in consequence of the bruises and rupture he received.  Had seen deceased on the Thursday at his daily work.
  Cross-exclaimed: - Such rupture might in the course of time have produced  death.  A fall might have produced a similar appearance as that on the body of the deceased.
  John Jones examined: - Lives in the parish of Llangadock.  Heard Morgan Jones examined, and knows the place he spoke of, which is in the county of Glamorgan.  The house formerly occupied by the deceased is in the county of Carmarthen. - Verdict - Guilty. - Sentenced to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for twelve calendar months.

Glamorgan Gazette, 21 September 1833
  FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT. - On Saturday last, Morgan Morgans, a collier at Plymouth, who was hauling coal in one of the mines, was in the act of stooping to apply his pickaxe, when a ponderous mass of coal fell upon him and his head was crushed to atoms.  The unfortunate man had two of his sons, youths, working with him at the time, and had sent one of them to fetch their dinner but as minute before the fatal accident occurred.  He has left a wife and nine children.
  SUDDEN DEATH. - On Monday last, about eight o'clock in the morning, as Mary Evans, who was assisting in the service of Mr. Bryant, brewer in this town, was cleaning a grate, she suddenly complained of acute pain in her head.  Mr. Bryant advised her to leave her work and retire to her bed room, where she received such assistance as his establishment could furnish.  All this however, proved unavailing.  Mr. Bryant sent for Mr. Russell surgeon, who was from home at the time, but his assistant promptly attended; and shortly afterwards Mr. Russell who had returned in the mean time arrived himself.  We regret to state, however, that the poor woman had expired a few minutes before the arrival of Mr. Russell's assistant. Mr. R. on examination expressed his opinion that the deceased had died of apoplexy.  An inquest was held the following day before Lewis Reece, Esq., coroner, when a verdict was returned Died by the visitation of God.
  MOST DISTRRESSING CASE. - Monday last, as Miss Bryan, an amiable young lady, was passing a cottage in the Green at Pembroke, a vicious dog belonging to the cottager flew at her and lacerated her arm most dreadfully.  She is so extremely ill from the wounds and the fright that her recovery is doubtful. - Carmarthen Journal.

Cambrian, 28 September 1833
  On Saturday last, a man, from extreme fatigue, fell asleep on a cart load of lime which he was driving, in consequence of which the cart was upset in a stream of water, near Glanavon, Carmarthenshire, and melancholy to relate, the unfortunate man being unable to extricate himself, was so dreadfully burnt,  as to cause his death in a few hours.  He was found completely imbedded in the burning mass of lime, and his body presented a horrid spectacle.

Glamorgan Gazette, 26 October 1833
  FATAL ACCIDENT. - On Saturday evening last, as Griffith James, of Llangattock parish, younger brother of Mr. David James, stone-mason, was returning home from this town, with a cart load of coal, and going down the Monument hill, his horses suddenly took fright and started off sat a gallop- towards the Royal Oak Gate, when poor James, who was riding on  the shaft, jumped off to stop his horses, but unfortunately the reins tripped him down, and the cart, wheel went over his breast, and after lingering in great pain four hours, he expired.  An inquest was held on the following Monday, before Aaron Timmins, Esq., Mayor and Coroner, and a respectable Jury, when the above facts were elicited, and a verdict accordingly returned - Carmarthen Journal.

Monmouthshire Merlin, 5 October 1833
  SHOCKING DEATH. - On Monday evening last, as the wife of Thomas Jones, blacksmith, was getting some coal from the coal-house, whither she had gone with a lighted candle, her clothes suddenly ignited, and were instantly in a blaze; and before assistance could be rendered, she had fallen senseless to the floor, her stays being actually burnt upon her body when the accident was discovered.  Every medical aid possible was rendered by the gentlemen of the profession in this town; but their skill and humane attention were of no avail; the unfortunate woman survived till the following day only, leaving a disconsolate family to deplore her loss. - Carmarthen Journal.

Glamorgan Gazette, 2 November 1833
A short time ago, a labourer of the name of Edward Williams, was bitten on the hand by a dog near Penllegare Wood, in attempting to kill it, knowing  it to be in a rabid state at the time.  On the 6th inst., he felt severe pain in his arm and shoulder, and the  following day his symptoms increased, when medical assistance was called in, and every attention was paid him by Mr. Oliver, surgeon or Morriston, and likewise by the Rev. Mr. Williams,  of Llangafelach, but all that was done proved unavailing, as the poor sufferer died in great agony on the 12th inst. - Carmarthen Journal.
  BODY FOUND. - On Monday last, the body of a young woman of about eighteen to twenty years of age, was washed ashore at Talpin Point, in the parish of Maros, in this county.  She had black hair,  and was about five feet three inches high; she had a  red and black striped flannel gown, a new check apron, black yarn stockings, a piece on the forepart of the right shoe; the apron and shoes which are in the  possession of the overseer of Maros, may be seen by any person, and may perhaps lead to the identification of the body. - An inquest was held on the body on Wednesday, and a verdict of found drowned returned. - Carmarthen Journal.

Glamorgan Gazette, 9 November 1833
GIRL SHOT. - On Tuesday last, the servant-boy at Cwmme-bach, near this town, took with him a gun for the purpose of shooting crows, and in going out from the house he stopped to speak to one of the servant girls; the gun, it appears, was loaded and cocked, of which the boy was not aware, and by some means a part of his coat got tangled with the trigger, when the gun went off, and its contents lodged in the poor girl's arm and side.  The occurrence was purely accidental, and we are happy to add that strong hopes are entertained of the girl's recovery. - Carmarthen Journal.

Cambrian, 14 December 1833
  On Monday evening last, Mr. Thos. Evans, of Penygarn, near Abergorlech, Carmarthenshire, was drowned in crossing the river Cothy, near Talley, in that county, on his return home.  The unfortunate man had frequently been in the habit of fording the river at the above place; but the heavy flood then running is supposed to have been too powerful for him to maintain his footing, and he was carried off by the stream.  The body was not found until Wednesday, on which day an inquest was held.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

Glamorgan Gazette, 21 December 1833
FRIGHTFUL ACCIDENT. - On Saturday last the 7th inst., a workman in the employ of the Llanelly Company, named John Wenlaw, was standing, in the course of his occupation, on the pinnacle of a rock, where there was not quite sufficient standing room for the feet. The explosion of mine not taking place so soon as was expected, he moved incautiously from the place where he stood, it is supposed to see what was the cause of the delay, when the explosion suddenly took place, forcing upwards a huger mass of rock and flinging the unfortunate man down an immense precipice, by which his instant death was occasioned.

The Cambrian, 15 February 1840


The family of Mr. Matthews, of the Post-office, in this town [Carmarthen], have suffered a severe affliction during the past week, in consequence of the death of young Mr. Matthews, the son of our respected postmaster, by drowning.  It appears that the unfortunate young man(who resided at Pembrey) visited Kidwelly on Sunday last, and left that place on foot at four o'clock in the afternoon to return to his home.  On his way back he made a friendly call on Mr. Bowen, of the Aqueduct Cottage, and remained there until eight in the evening, at which time he left, after having been vainly persuaded to remain the night, in consequence of the boisterous state of the weather. Mr. Bowen went out of the house for the purpose of going a short way with him. They had not, however, proceeded far before Mr. B. heard a plunge in the canal, by which they were walking, and on turning round discovered his hapless companion struggling in the water. He immediately plunged in, and ventured as far as he could go with safety (Mr. Bowen being unable to swim) for the purpose of rescuing the ill-fated young man from the jaws of death: but unhappily without success !  He immediately went to his house to obtain a light and assistance, returning to the spot in about three minutes; but poor Matthews had sunk to rise no more alive.  The body was soon after discovered flossing on the surface of the canal, and was instantly conveyed to the cottage, where every endeavour was vainly used to restore animation.  It appears that the deceased had on a great coat and a Mackintosh at the time, and as the place he had to cross is exceedingly narrow, it is probable that a sudden gust of wind must have precipitated him into the canal.  We are informed that he was perfectly sober. An inquest has been held on the body, and a verdict "Accidentally drowned" returned. The deceased was very generally esteemed, and we need not add, that his untimely and melancholy fate has cast a gloom over his numerous friends. - Welshman.


The Cambrian, 14 March 1840


   On Sunday last, the inhabitants of Landilo, Carmarthenshire, and the neighbourhood, were thrown into the greatest distress, owing to one of the most melancholy and fatal accidents that could possibly have occurred.  The subjects of this distressing occurrence were the beloved wife and daughter of J. O. Williams, Esq., of Cevencethin, and their servant, Wm. Pugh, and which occurred as follows:- Immediately upon their leaving the Church at Llandilo, to return home, after having attended the morning service, and where Mrs. And Miss Williams had been receiving the Sacrament, upon descending Bridge-street hill, the horse in their carriage became restive, and some distance previous to reaching the bottom of the hill began kicking and galloping at a furious rate, and in endeavouring to make the very dangerous turn of the bridge over the river Towy (which has been the scene of many accidents), the horse and carriage came with such violence against the lower corner of the parapet wall, that the unfortunate ladies were jerked out of the carriage, and precipitated over the wall down the frightful height, and dashed upon the rocks below, and the servant, horse, and carriage almost instantly followed them.  Mrs. Williams languished for a few minutes only, and Miss Williams died from bruises in about two hours afterwards.  All who were acquainted with these excellent and estimable ladies, will long mourn and deplore their loss, .  .  .  .  It is faintly believed, that the servant, whose fall was in some measure checked by holding to the reins, may recover, but he is yet scarcely able to speak.  The hoarse was killed upon the spot.


The Cambrian, 21 March 1840


                On Saturday night or rather on Sunday morning last, a dreadful accident occurred at this place, which attended as it has been with the untimely death of two young men in the prime of life, has thrown a gloom over the inhabitants of the entire locality.  The following particulars of this melancholy event have been forwarded to our Abergavenny correspondent which may not be exactly perfect as regards minute details, but which in the main features are unhappily too correct:-

   Between one and two o'clock on Sunday morning last, two individuals named Daniel Sullivan (better recognized as Dan the Irishman)), and John Thomas, left the Black Rock together, where they had been drinking, it is supposed in a state of intoxication, and proceeded on their way home to Gethlewellin, which is situated in a parallel line on the opposite side of the hill; the nearest way to approach the latter from the former being by a communication in the shape of a narrow wooden bridge thrown across (close to the celebrated Black Rock Water Fall) the river Clydach, which runs along a continuous dell between the mountain.  When Sullivan, who was first, approached the bridge, no doubt, from his state of inebriation, unconscious of danger he made a false step, and before his companion could rescue him, the unfortunate man fell headlong a height of 30 feet into the roaring abyss below.  Thomas, horror stricken, immediately ran back to the stone houses about 100 yards distant and as quickly returned to the bridge with a lighted candle followed by some other persons.  The former then proceeded to search for his lost companion, in doing which he appeared to be completely reckless of all consequences, getting into precarious situations, and although repeatedly warned of his danger, the head-strong but warm-hearted friend, persisted in his futile attempts, until at last grasping at some object he missed his footing and also fell into the same place, which proved so recently the grave of another human being.  Every effort consistent with safety was, we understand, made to rescue Thomas but bin vain, and notwithstanding the efforts of several persons to get the bodies out of the water, they did not accomplish it until eighth o'clock in the  morning, when body were taken out about four yards below the bridge, and conveyed to their home.  On Monday, an inquest was held before Thomas Davis, Esq. coroner, and a verdict of accidental death was returned.

   The remains were interred the same evening, being attended to the grave by a large concourse of individuals.  Sullivan and Thomas were both young men unmarried; but the latter was on the eve of being united to a young woman whose affections he had engaged.  The friends of the former reside at Govilon, near Abergavenny, and are honest hard-working people.  Thomas's friends live near the place where he met his death. - HEREFORD TIMES, March 14.


Cambrian, 18 April 1840


   On the same day an inquest was held on the body of Henry Jones, late of Carmarthen, aged 77 years.  The deceased had been to Aberavon to visit his daughter, and came to Swansea on his return home on Thursday se'nnight, and was staying with his sister, Mrs. Robinson, at the Old Castle. He spent last Saturday evening in company with his nephew, Mr. John Hill, at the Ship public-house, in Butter-street, and on his way back to his sister's, accompanied by his nephew, he was suddenly seized with an attack, and fell to the ground insensible.  He was assisted up by his nephew and some persons passing by at the time, but expired before they could convey him to his sister's house.  He had taken three glasses of spirits and water, and had complained that he had not been quite well when at his daughter's.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.



Cambrian, 9 May 1840


On the 2d inst., suddenly (presumably of apoplexy), aged 65, Mr. John Davies, for some years the respected landlord of the Boar's Head hotel, Carmarthen.


Cambrian, 9 May 1840

  A man and a boy (comprising the crew of a small lighter) were found drowned on the beach at the entrance of Laugharne river on Monday last.  The little vessel was at anchor a short way off.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the bodies, and no particulars being elicited as to the cause of the accident, a verdict of found drowned was returned.


Monmouthshire Merlin, 16 May 1840

CORONER'S INQUEST. - An Inquest was held before W. Brewer, Esq., coroner, on the body of Richard White, aged 25, late a seaman on board the Livins, Captain Cox, of Bideford.  The jury assembled at the Union public-house, kept by Mr. Hadleigh, at half-past six on Thursday evening, when it was given in evidence that the unfortunate deceased had been drinking several pints of beer ashore, with a friend from Bideford, and that when they returned to the vessel, lying near the Mariner's Chapel, the prisoner, who was intoxicated, attempted to walk on board the Livins across an oar, which broke in two when he came near the middle.  The poor fellow made a spring towards the rigging, but failed to secure a hold, and  fell head foremost a depth of eight or nine feet, into the mud.  The tide was out, and he was speedily taken up.  This happened about eleven o'clock on Wednesday morning, and at twelve o'clock the next day, he was a corpse.  The jury consulted for a short time, and returned a verdict of "Died  from a mortal injury  done to the spine, through an accidental fall."


The Cambrian, 6 June 1840


   On Wednesday se'nnight, a man named Thos. Phillips, in the employ of Messrs. Timmons, timber merchants, of Carmarthen, met his death in a most awful manner.  Whilst engaged with others in lifting a heavy piece of timber, it fell upon him and crushed him so dreadfully that he survived only about two hours.  The poor fellow was sensible to the last moment, although the lower part of his chest was frightfully injured.  On Thursday an inquest was held on the body, when a verdict of Accidental Death was returned.

   A fatal accident befel a poor man at Gwinlly Grist mill, near Carmarthen , last week; whilst working near the wheel, he incautiously  went too near it, and was caught up, and jammed in such a manner as to caused his death in a very short time. Verdict, Accidental Death.

   A young man, the son of a respectable farmer in the neighbourhood of Carmarthen, met his death under most appalling circumstances, on Friday evening last.  He had gone out to the farm-yard with a gun , which had been used that day in rook shorting, and the charge in which had not been previously drawn.  Shortly afterwards, a report being heard, which brought some persons out, a shocking spectacle presented itself - the young man was lying on the ground weltering in his blood, the gun having blown off part of his skull.  All human aid was of no avail - he died instantly. This is an additional warning to persons keeping, or allowing to be kept, loaded fire-arms on their premises, and we trust will operate accordingly.


The Cambrian, 6 June 1840


   On the 28th ult., in the 61st year of his age, ----- Morgan, Esq., surgeon, of Llandovery, Carmarthenshire.  It is supposed that Mr. Morgan must have been attacked with a fit of apoplexy on his way home from visiting a patient a short distance out of town.  The first intimation of the event was the arrival of his horse at the turnpike-gate without its rider, which caused the gateman, knowing the horse, to surmise some accident, and he very humanely went in search of Mr. M., whom he found lying on the road in a senseless state, and bleeding profusely from his head.  He was immediately removed to his own house, where every medical attention was paid to the sufferer, but we are sorry to add all proved fruitless, as he expired about five o'clock in the afternoon. .  .  .  . 


Cambrian, 13 June 1840

   On Thursday morning last, a sailor, named Thomas Thomas, a native of Swansea, in endeavouring to get aboard his vessel, the Rambler, then lying at our Quay, unfortunately fell into the water, and was drowned.

   An inquest was held on Saturday last at Carmarthen, by J. P. Watkins, Esq., Coroner, on view of the body of Thomas Rees, mail coachman between that town and Brecon, who was found dead in Jackson's-lane, about one o'clock that morning.  The deceased was seen a short time previously apparently in good health, and having some time back had a slight attack of apoplexy, it is presumed that on going along the lane he experienced a second attack, and died before any assistance could be rendered.  Verdict - Died by the visitation of God. The deceased was a quiet, inoffensive man, and much respected by his employers and friends.


Glamorgan Gazette, 13 June 1840

   On Saturday last, the 6th of June, at the Coach and Horses, Spilman Street, Carmarthen, an inquest was held by J. P. Watkins, Esq., coroner  of the borough, on the body of Mr. James Rees, the steady and attentive driver of the mail; between Brecon and Carmarthen, who was found dead, by his brother, in Jackson Lane, in Carmarthen, between one and two o'clock that morning; and after a patient investigation, the jury returned a verdict, Died by the visitation of God.  It appears that he had had two apoplectic seizures before.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - An alarming accident attended with loss of life occurred in Cwmgwilly Mill, on Saturday last.  As Abel Jones, a man who was employed about the mill, was coming down some stairs, opposite the large wheel of the mill, his foot slipped, and he was precipitated into the wheel, which was then revolving rapidly, and before he could be extricated, he was lifeless.  His body was very much lacerated.  An inquest has been held, and a verdict returned of Accidental death, with a deodand of 2s. on the wheel. - Carmarthen Journal.

   On Monday week, an inquest was held at Tyllwyd, in the parish of Llangunnor, before William Bonville, Esq., on view of the body of William Jones, a young man who was found shot in a field of his father's.  It appeared from the evidence that the deceased went out with his gun to shoot rooks, and shortly after his departure, the report of a gun was heard, and on the inmates of the house rushing out, they found him lying on the ground, the whole charge of the gun having gone through his head.  The jury returned a verdict that the deceased had "accidentally shot himself."


Glamorgan Gazette, 27 June 1840


   An inquest was held on the 16th inst., before D. Price, Esq., coroner, in the parish of Llanfairarybryn, on the body of Elizabeth Lewis, a child between two and three years of age, who was found drowned on Sunday last, in a shallow part of a horse pond near her father's house, at Ty Gwyn, in the above parish.  The unfortunate child had gone out of the house in quest of her brother and sister, who were a little older, and was not absent altogether above half an hour.  An attempt was made to restore animation, but without success.

  It was once thought, and the idea still unfortunately prevails to a great extent,    .  .  . 


The Cambrian, 1 August 1840

SUICIDE. - On Wednesday last, an inquest was held at the Boat and Anchor, Carmarthen, before J. P. Watkins, Esq., and a respectable jury, on view of the body of David Thomas, printer, of the same place, who was found drowned on the preceding day, in the River Towy, near Rhyd-fach.  Various reasons are assigned as to the cause of his death, but the following is supposed to be the fact.  He had been for the last six weeks in a most intemperate state, and having, in consequence, neglected his work, he was discharged by his employer, which h led him to drown himself.  After a very minute investigation and mature deliberation, the following verdict was returned:- "Drowned himself while in a fit of madness, caused by intemperance."


The Cambrian, 8 August 1840

   On Monday last, a party of young men proceeded in a boat from Carmarthen to the mouth of the bay, and whilst awaiting the return of the tide, stripped and went into the water.  They were not in long, before one of them was heard to cry out for help, the current of the channel evidently carrying him far out to sea, and soon after, the poor fellow sunk, to rise no more, no one affording him any assistance.  The deceased was the second son of Mr. David Thomas, master of one of the traders out of the port of Carmarthen; was between 16 and 17 years old, a quiet inoffensive lad, and a good swimmer.  His body has not yet been found, notwithstanding due search has been made.

   A melancholy accident took place at Richards's dock, in this port, on Monday night last.  It appears Captain Wallace, of the Abeona, just arrived from Cuba, was returning to his vessel, and having to cross the dry-dock gates to get to her, he fell over into the mud, and was killed.  A Coroner's inquest was held on the body of the unfortunate young man, when it was stated by the medical gentleman who examined the body, that he considered the deceased to have been stunned by the fall,, and that his death was occasioned by suffocation from the mud into which he had fallen.. - We have often thought it worthy the consideration of the proper authorities that the banks of our river should by lighted by gas, and beg now to suggest it.

FATAL ACCIDENT. - An accident of a very melancholy nature happened lately to a boy of the name of Daniel Jones, 15 years of age, a servant to Mr. Edward Lloyd, of Penwenallt, near Newcastle-Emlyn.  As he was bringing home a plough from a neighbouring farm, the mare, either from fright or driving, started, and in a short turn in the road the cart was upset.  The boy, seeing his danger, jumped off, and fell upon his head, fractured his skull, and died in about an hour afterwards.  He was considered a carful youth and was much respected by his master.  An inquest was held on the body, and a verdict of Accidental Death returned.


The Monmouthshire Merlin, 12 September 1840

   On Saturday evening last, some little boys went to bathe in the river Towy, near the Tin Worlds, at Carmarthen, when one of them, about seven years of age, who was bathing near the edge of the river, unfortunately slipped into a deeper part and was drowned. - Merthyr Guardian.


The Cambrian, 28 November 1840

INQUEST. - On Thursday the 20th inst., an inquest was held at the Blue Boar Inn, St. Clears, on the body of a new-born female child, which was discovered on the Monday preceding by one of the workman in the employ of Frederick Kynaston, Esq., of Blaenygorse, in the parish of St. Clears, which child had been thrown in the privy at Blaenygorse.  Ann Griffiths, the cook, who had lately come there to reside, was suspected of having given birth to the said child, and immediately on its being discovered, she was taken into custody to await the result of the enquiry.  A post mortem examination was made by Henry Hamilton and Rice Henry Howell, Esquires, surgeons, under the direction of the coroner, and after a patient investigation which lasted nearly the whole of the day, the Jury brought in a verdict, that the child was still born, consequently, the mother was acquitted of the charge of murder, but she has since been committed to   Carmarthen Gaol to take her trial for concealing the birth.  She did not make known her real state to any of her fellow servants, but persuaded them she was dropsical.  From the evidence, it appeared that she was delivered on the 5th inst., and the discovery was not made known until the 16th following, during which time she continued to perform her duties as if nothing had happened.

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