1722

 

July 2. Gloucester,  June 28.  On Monday last one STEPHEN WEBB of Hardwicke in this County was unfortunately killed by an accidental Blow, which (‘tis said) was given him by one JOHN PHELPS of Longhope, in the aforesaid County.

 

July 23.  JOHN PHELPS,  who was indicted for killing STEPHEN WEBB, as in our Journal of the 2d. Inst. Page 78, was acquitted.

 

Oct 1.  Gloucester, September 29.  Last night Mr JAMES DOWEL, of Chalford near this city, fell from his Horse as he was riding homewards and broke his Scull, and died in 3 Hours after.

 

Oct 22.  Gloucester, Oct 22.  One JANE LIMMOCK, from Larford’s Gate, near Bristol, is committed to this County Gaol, for barbarously murdering her Husband, by cutting open his Guts.  One JOHN HARDWICK is also committed, for being an Accomplice in the same Fact.

 

 

1723

 

Jan 14.  Gloucester, Jan 12.  One SARAH GAY of Burton, a Mile from Cainson and 5 from Bristol, living in a Farmer’s House, her Belly being got up, she endeavour’d to conceal it for fear of Shame, and when her Pains came on her she said she was violently afflicted with the Colick; but her Mistress thinking her to be with Child, went up Stairs with her, and coming down soon, the maid was delivered in the meanwhile, murder’d the Infant, and wrapt it in a Blanket; her Mistress coming up again soon discover’d it, tho’ the Maid had the Impudence to deny it, till her Mistress open’d the Blanket.  The Coroner sate on the Body, and brought her in guilty of Wilful Murder.

 

Mar 18.  ELIZABETH POULSON, of Prestbury, was indicted for the Murder of her Bastard Child, on the 25th of December last; but the Evidences agreeing in their Opinion that the Child was Stilborn, the Jury acquitted her.

   ANNE WILMOTT was indicted on Suspicion of being concern’d with SARAH BENBOW  alias CASELEY, both of the Parish of St Philip and Jacob, in the Murder of Benbow’s Bastard Child; which Child was taken out of Wilmott’s Vault, and had its Mouth Stuffed full of Paper and Cinders.  Benbow, in her Defence, said, that as soon as She was delivered of the said child, she wrapp’d it up in her Petticoat, and left it on the Dresser in Wilmott’s wash house; the Jury looking upon that as a great Disregard to the Preservation of her Child, and considering by the Strength of the Evidence that Wilmott could have no Advantage by murdering it, she having forewarn’d Benbow some Time before of frequenting her House, &c. Wilmott was acquitted, and Benbow found Guilty - Death.

   JANE LEAMOUCKS,  of the Parish of St Philip and Jacob, was indicted for the murder of her husband JAMES LEAMOUCKS, on the 12th of October last, by giving him one mortal wound on the Navel with a knife.  Several witnesses deposed that they had often heard her threaten to kill him; but one John Harding swore positively that she told  him she had stabbed her Husband, and desired him to hide the knife in the Garden, for fear it should be discover’d.  She said very little to the Purpose in her Defence, and being a Person of a very bad Character, the Jury brought her in Guilty of Wilful Murder. - To be burnt.

   MARY BARRETT was indicted for the Murder of her Bastard Child, on the 2d of December last.  Several Evidences deposed that the Child was full grown, but did not perceive any sign of violence that had been us’d to the Body of it, and the Prisoner in her Defence alledging that it was Stillborn, the Jury, being favourable, acquitted her.

 

Apr 1.  EXECUTED.  ... but Cam denied the Fact for which he Died, as did Sarah Benbow also the murder of her Bastard Child.  At the same time Jane Leamoucks was burnt for the murder of her Husband; she likewise denied the Fact, and behaved herself very stubborn, from the time of her receiving Sentence to the place of Execution.

 

Apr 15.  Gloucester, Apr 12.  They write from Woodchester, a Place about 9 or 10 Miles from this City, That last Tuesday some Persons going to dig for sand in that Parish, discovered all the Bones of a full grown Person.  By their position it seems, the Body had been thrown there in haste.  No signs of any Coffin appeared; but, by the Skull, in which was a preternatural Hole, there lay a great Nail.  The Neighbourhood is full of Conjectures, &c.

 

May 20.  From Mist’s Journal, May 11.  On Tuesday se’nnight, one JOHN FLOWER kill’d a Boy with a Pick Axe, as he was at work with him in a Coal pit, near Pensford, four mile from Bristol.  He confess’d the Fact, and that he did it without any Provocation; the next Day he was committed to Ilchester Gaol.  It appeared to the Coroner’s Inquest, that the man was Lunatick, he having attempted to kill his own Father but three Days before, and was prevented only by the timely coming in of his brother.

 

Jun 3.  Bristol, May 30.  We had a very unhappy Accident happen’d near this Place; a Gentleman walking from hence to Stapleton, in Gloucestershire, meeting of a Collier Boy on the Road, ask’d him some Questions, the Boy returned him very impudent Answers, which so provoked the Gentleman, that he pulled a Knife out of his Pocket and Cut his Throat; the Gentleman is since Committed to Newgate.

 

June 10.  Bristol, June 5.  A Collier in this City got very drunk, coming up towards Kingswood, rode over a Boy about 12 Years old and kill’d him on the spot; the Coroner’s Inquest brought it in Wilful Murder, the Man rode off and has not been heard of since.

   The same Day 3 or 4 Taylors, with several others went a Swimming in the Piles between Bedminster and Bristol, one of the Taylors was prevail’d with to try first, who, as soon as he Leapt in sunk, and rose up 2 or 3 times, which made the rest think him in jest, but finding themselves mistaken endeavour’d to save him, but could not by reason the Water was too deep.

   We have an account from Kingswood that 9 Colliers were kill’d by the Fall of a Mine, ...

 

Aug 12.  Gloucester, August 10.  On Sunday Morning, the Fourth of this Instant, one JAMES EARL, of the Parish of Melksham in Wiltshire, hang’d himself.

 

Aug 19.  Gloucester, August 17.  ... and the Lieutenant who was try’d for killing another Lieutenant on Durdham Down, was found guilty of Manslaughter.

 

Dec 2.  We hear from Upton on Seavern, That a Child coming into a Shoemaker’s shop there, and eating a small Ball of wax which lay in the said shop, died in a short time after.

 

1724

 

Apr 13.  Gloucester, April 13.  On the 8th instant one WILLIAM WHITE was committed to our Castle for the Murder of one THOMAS PARRY, by stabbing him in the Belly with a Knife, of which Wound he instantly died.

 

June 15.  Gloucester, June 15.  And on the 7th Instant four Boys washing in the River Severn near the said place, three of them were drowned.

 

June 22.  Gloucester, June 20.  They write from Stow in the Would, that on Thursday was Sev’night two Men sitting under a Bush, near that Place, one of them (with a Dog they had with them) was kill’d by a Flash of Lightning, and the other was dangerously wounded, who we hear is since dead.

 

July 27.  Gloucester, July 25.  (Assizes) WILLIAM WHITE,  for stabbing and murdering of THOMAS PARRY, of Wootton Underedge.

   FRANCIS WATHEN, charged by JOHN TAWNEY for murdering RICHARD MERRY of Upton, and also charges WALTER PEACH for the same.

 

Aug 3.  WILLIAM WHITE of Wootton Underedge was indicted for the Murder of Thomas Parry, on the 6th of April last, by giving him a mortal wound under the Right Arm with a knife.  The Evidence against the Prisoner was very full and plain, but there being a Quarrel between them about kicking a young Woman’s Lanthorn, and it appearing there was no premeditated Malice in the case, and likewise that the Deceased struck the Prisoner two Blows on the Face, he was found guilty of Manslaughter only.

   Sentence.  WILLIAM WHITE, Burnt in the Hand.

 

Oct 5.  Gloster, Oct 5.  And from Ashchurch, near Tewkesbury, that a Man Servant being sent to Shake a Tree of Pears before he went to Tewkesbury Fair, and being in haste, the Bough broke with him, and the Poor Fellow was found under the tree with his Neck broken.

 

1725

 

Jan 4.  Gloucester, Jan 4.  They write from Campden, That on the 23d of last Month, one Mr FLETCHER of Yberton, being at an Inn, was set upon by three Men, who so Barbarously used him, that on the 29th of the same Month he died.  One of them made his Escape, but the other two have given in Bail to appear at the next Assizes.

 

Jan 11.  Gloucester, Jan 11.  On Thursday Night last, a young Man who had been on board one of the trows to see his Friends, slipt off the Plank as he was coming a Shore, and it is said has not been found since.

 

Jan 18.  Gloucester, Jan 18.  On Monday last a Young Man, about 14 Years of Age, Son to the Clerk of St Johns in this City, accidentally Shot himself with a Pistol, not knowing it to be charg’d, of which Wound he instantly died.

 

Jan 25.  Gloucester, Jan 25.  The beginning of last Week, the Hostler, belonging to the Star Inn, near the Key, through some Discontent, went and Hang’d himself.

 

Mar 1.  Gloucester, Mar 1.  They write from Bristol, That a Captain of a Ship belonging to London, had the Misfortune (being unacquainted with the Streets of Bristol) to fall over a Precipice between two Roads, whereby he beat out his Brains, and died immediately.

 

Mar 8.  Gloucester, March 6.  Commitments to our County Gaol: SARAH CLAPEN, alias HARPER, for concealing or Murdering a Bastard Child.

 

Mar 15.  At the Gloucester Assizes THOMAS HERBERT and three other Persons were arraign’d and try’d upon an Indictment for the Murder of Richard Fletcher, and upon a full Hearing of the Cause, in which the King’s Council appeared, the Defendants were acquitted of the said Indictment, and only one found guilty of Manslaughter.  This is published to justify the Coroner’s Inquest (who found the Death of the said Richard Fletcher to be only Manslaughter) and the Persons concerned for the Defendants from the many odious, vile and false aspersions unjustly charged on them.

 

1726

 

Jan 4.  Gloucester, Jan 1.  We have an Account from Burford, in Oxfordshire; that the letter end of last Week a Farmer’s wife within three Miles of that Place, cut her Throat with a Penknife and Died immediately.  ‘Tis said she did it thro’ some Discontent.

 

Jan 11.  Gloucester, Jan 8.  We hear from Stow in this County, that at Broad Rissington near that Place, on Tuesday last, as one Mrs HEMING (a Farmer’s Widow who had nine Children) was frying some Meat to entertain her Neighbours, and wanting some Mustard, she immediately takes a Ball to make some, but it being rusty, she put it into the Fire to clean it, when to her great Surprize the Ball, as soon as it was hot, burst into several pieces, whereby the poor Woman was so desperately wounded, that she died the next Morning.  The windows of the House were also broken.  It seems this Ball had been appropriated to the use of making Mustard seed for many Years, before this false Catastrophe; and ‘tis supposed by its bursting that it was a Bomb-shell fill’d with combustible matter, used in Engagements by Sea or Land.

   From Cheltenham, That a poor woman was lately found dead in a field near that place, having two Loaves of Bread lying by her.

 

Feb 8.  From Bristol, That on Wednesday Morning last one GEORGE PRUETT of Horfield near that City, was found dead in his Bed, with his Brains beat out, and three Stabs in his Body.  And we hear, there was also found an Iron Bar in the Room, with which ‘tis supposed his Life was finished; and likewise an old stocking all bloody in the Bed by him, as tho’ the Bar had been wiped therewith.  How this fatal Accident happen’d is not yet known; but a Kinsman of his who (we are inform’d) was to be his Executor, has been examined before a Justice, but we don’t hear that they can prove any thing upon him.

 

Apr 19.  Bristol April 16.  On Monday last a young Man, who, they say, was to be married the next Day, had the Misfortune to fall off a Causway and break his Neck, as he was coming down St Michael’s Hill.

 

Apr 26.  Gloucester, April 23.  Yesterday was Sev’night, about two in the Afternoon, a MAN UNKNOWN leap’d into the River Severn, near Wopill, in sight of several Persons, and was drowned.  The Body being taken up on Tuesday Morning last, it was found to be Mr WILLIAM TERIL of West Kinton in Wilts.  He was about 30 years of Age, and somewhat disorder’d in his Senses.  The Body was carried away in a Hearse, in order to be buried at Kinton.

 

May 3.  JOHN JEANE> RICHARD PYE (Cabbin Boy) > Guilty.

 

May 3.  Gloucester, April 30.  On Thursday last one GILES MAJOR was Committed to our Castle, from Cheltenham, on suspicion of Murthering his Brother in Law.

 

May 31.  Bristol, May 27.  On Sunday last a Boy [Francis George] was drowned by going into our River to wash himself.

   ... And on Tuesday one JOHN EWEN of St Leonards Parish in this City, who last week beat and whipt a Boy of about three Years old, who was put to Nurse to his Wife, till he died under his Hands, was taken and committed to Newgate.  The child’s Offence, for which he used him so barbarously, was only fouling the Bed.

   ... And on Thursday last a Porter in St Thomas street putting a Barrel of Pitch up one pair of stairs, his Foot slipping, the Barrel returned upon him and so bruised him, that he died in two Hours after he was carried to his Lodgings.

 

Jun 7.  Advert.  re Male child aged 1 week left at Tetbury in a basket.

 

Jun 21.  Ross in Herefordshire.  A Servant Girl here who was brought to bed of a Bastard Child, murder’d the Infant by breaking its Neck, and afterwards hid it in a parcel of Feathers.

     Gloucester, June 18.  On Tuesday last, one of the Dragoons washing himself in the Severn, near this City, was drowned.

 

Jul 26.  Gloucester, July 23.  The Assizes for this City beginning this day at the Booth Hall in this City, the following Persons are to be brought upon Trial, viz. Giles Major on suspicion of murdering FRANCIS GEORGE.  John Hooper for Manslaughter.

 

Aug 23.  Bristol, August 20.  Wednesday night last one Farmer YOUNG of Redland, near Durdham Down, was barbarously murdered in his Bed, himself only being in the house, but it is not yet found out by whom, tho’ it’s fear’d his Wife is not wholly ignorant of it, they having lived a disagreeable Life, and she having left his bed for some time, besides which, a Key belonging to him was found upon her.

 

Aug 30.  Gloucester, August 29.  MARY YOUNG and THOMAS BOWEN her Son were on Thursday last committed to our Castle for the Murder at Durdham Down, mentioned in our last.  Since when BENJAMIN BOWEN another of her Sons is apprehended at Abergavenny for the same, and being under examination, will be speedily sent hither.

 

Sep 6.  The Account we received from Bristol (in our last) of the apprehending of BENJAMIN BOWEN at Abergavenny is a groundless aspersion cast upon him, he now living in London.

 

Sep 13.  Bristol, September 3.  The Coroner’s Inquest have given their Verdict before the Justices that Mr YOUNG of Redland, near Durdham Down, was most barbarously and wilfully murder’d.

    .... Advert re escape of JANE ATKINS, aged 30/40, of Kingswood Wilts.  Convicted of murdering her new born child; description.

 

Sep 20.  Bristol, September 18.  This Morning JACOB DAVIS one of our Neighbours, a lighter-man, who was drown’d last Night, is taken up at the Key.

 

Oct 4.  Gloucester, October 1.  From Bristol, That on Saturday last in the Afternoon five men belonging to the Brass works at Baptist Mills, having been up the River in a boat, as they were coming back again, the boat being driven by the rapidity of the stream struck, against a stake, or some such thing, with such force, that every one of them was thrown out of the boat; however, some of them caught hold of the boat, and the rest of the Twiggs which grow on the bank of the river, by which means they were all saved, except on JAMES THOMAS, whose Twigg broke off, and he was unfortunately drowned.

 

Oct 18.  Gloucester, October 15.  They write from Wotton Underedge in this county, that on the 14th of last month (being their Fair) one JACOB ROBINS being intoxicated with Liquor, and mistaking his Son had received an abuse from some persons at the Turnpike, went thither, where a battle ensued between him and two Lime carriers; after which, Robins went off: But meeting with an acquaintance by the ways they both concluded to go back again to the Turnpike.  By this time the Keeper of the Turnpike (who was absent during the Skirmish) was returned; and Robins demanding of him his wig, which he said he had lost there, the Keeper strove to pacify him, by telling him if he had lost any thing there, he would look after it; but Robins not content with this reply, gave him abusive Language, and assaulted him; upon which the Keeper closing with him, they both fell to the Ground, and Robins’ Leg was so broke with the fall, that in a weeks time he died with a mortification.

 

Oct 25.   They write from Bristol, 22 Inst.  Last Night a Man was drown’d by the Lime kiln on St Philip’s Backs.

                 Gloucester, Oct. 24.  Last Week a Jeweller going from hence to Bristol on horse back, on a sudden lighted, and went to a pond near the road side, and drowned himself.

 

Nov 1.  Gloucester, Oct 29.  We have an account from Little Sodbury in this county, that on Tuesday last a poor Man who keeps a Shop there, and sells Drams, &c. going out and leaving his Wife (who was blind) to serve in it; some villains ‘tis supposed took an opportunity to murder her, and afterwards carried off to the value of 10/- in Money.

 

Nov 15.  Gloucester, Nov 14.  On Wednesday last one CHARLES BUTLER was committed to our Castle for the Murder of MARY HARWOOD of Little Sodbury formerly mentioned.

 

Dec 13.  Gloucester, Dec 10. .......perished by the extremity of the weather, since which another poor Man has also been found dead on Horton hill near Petty France.  And we hear that the Roads are render’d so bad by the vast quantity of snow, ....  

 

 

1727

 

Jan 30.  Bristol, Dec 30.  We hear that a young man, an Apprentice to a Pipe-maker in this City, upon some Disrespect from his Sweet heart, stabb’d himself in her presence, and ‘tis suppos’d to be mortal.

 

Jan 17.  Bristol, Jan 7.  A barbarous Murder was committed last Tuesday, by HENRY BROOKMAN, (an idle fellow, about 18 years of age)  on the body of MARY COFF, a Quaker, who was found in the Meeting House last Wednesday, with her throat cut from Ear to Ear.  It happened, that one of the Neighbours seeing the said Brookman coming from thence, caused him to be apprehended upon suspicion, and being brought before the Justices then sitting at Pensford, they immediately ordered him to be search’d, and found a Bloody Knife in his Pocket, which prov’d to be the poor Woman’s; whereupon he made an ample confession of the Fact, viz. That he first knocked her down, then searching her pocket, found therein 18d. in Money, and that Knife, with which he cut her Throat; he was thereupon committed to Ivelchester Gaol.

               Worcester, Jan 11.  Last Sunday was 7 Night, as a Man of this City was halling up his Oister boat below Gloucester, in his way hither, going very near the River side, the Ground fell away from under him, whereby he fell with it into the water and was drown’d, leaving a Wife and two Children.

 

Feb 14.  Gloucester, Feb 11.  On Monday Night last, one MATTHEW GIROD, a Person that dress’d wash’d or Oyl’d Leather, at a Mill in or near Barton street, fell into the works and was kill’d, he hath left a wife and two children.

 

Feb 21.  Gloucester, Feb 18.  They write from Ross, in Herefordshire; That on Wednesday last in the Evening, one Mr LONGBOTTOM fell into a Cellar, and broke his Neck.

 

Feb 28.  Gloucester, Feb 25.  By the great Quantity of Snow and Rain, that fell on Tuesday and Wednesday last, we hear there has been great Floods in all parts of the Country, and several Men and Horses have been drowned; ...

 

Mar 14.  Gloucester, Mar 11.  Our Assize beginning this Day at the Boothall in this City, the following Persons are to be brought upon Trial, viz. GILES MAJOR, on suspicion of murdering FRANCIS GEORGE; JOHN HOOPER alias WILLIAMS, for Murder; ... CHARLES BUTLER, for the Murder of MARY HORWOOD of Little Sodbury; JOHN GOWIN alias LEVANS, for being concerned in a Murder with JOHN HOOPER, &c.

 

Mar 21.  GILES MAJOR indicted for the Murder of his Brother in Law (FRANCIS GEORGE) on the 26th of April last.  MARGARET LAD, a near neighbour to the Prisoner, depos’d, That on the 26th of April, about 10 a’clock at Night, she heard Francis George cry out Murder several times, and also heard a Person say, was not you the Death of my Sister? which (she said) was like Major’s Voice: Hereupon she arose and went to some of her Neighbours, and told them what she had heard; but they not being willing to get up, desired her to call to her Neighbour George to know what was the matter, which she did; and having no Answer, went to bed again, thinking all was well.  The next Morning about Five she arose and went to Spinning; and after some time, not perceiving her Neighbour George go to his labour as usual, she went to his Door, and opening it, saw him dead on the Floor; at which, being much surprised, she went back again, and acquainted the Neighbours with it, who immediately took a Constable and entered the House, where they saw the Deceased lying against a Post in the Chimney corner with his Throat cut in a very barbarous manner, and a great deal of Blood on the Ground.  Among the rest, was the Prisoner, (Giles Major) who seem’d to take but very little notice of his deceased Brother; however, being seized on suspicion of the Murder, his Wastecoat, Breeches and Shoes were found to be bloody: And farther to corroborate the Fact, a Gentleman of Cheltenham going to view the Body of the murder’d Person, discover’d some Blood on the Ring of the Door, as also upon a Stile that lead into an Orchard, which induced him to make a stricter search, in order to a farther discovery; and going by the side of a Hedge that led to the House where Major liv’d, he discovered the print of a Man’s Foot on the Grass, which was very tender, and looking narrowly into the Hedge to see if there was nothing hid there, as a Knife, or the like, found a Garter tied all in knots, all bloody, and with it some Hair, of the same Colour with tht of the Deceas’d; after which, there was also found in a Chair in the House of the said George a piece of a Garter exactly agreeing with the bloody Garter.  And what is still more remarkable, when the Prisoner was apprehended he had no Garters on; and a witness (who work’d with him) depos’d, that he had seen Major put on and pull off those Garters several times.  These and several other Circumstances being very full against the Prisoner, and he producing no one to his Reputation, the Jury found him guilty of the Murder.

 

CHARLES BUTLER indicted for the Murder of MARY HORWOOD  of Little Sodbury, and taking a Sum of Money out of the House.  Several witnesses depos’d, that they saw Butler have some Gold about him, which he took pains to shew a day or two after the Murder was committed; and particularly a Moidore, which was lost out of the House, and he was so ignorant, that he knw not the value of it: But what was still more evident, one of the witnesses depos’d, that she saw Butler on Sodbury Common the Morning the Fact was committed, and talking together bout it, Butler said he had been there that Morning for some Tobacco, and that Mary Horwood was then very well as far as he could perceive; but her Husband was gone out to look after some Oxen, as he really was.  These and many other Circumstances gave the Jury reason to find him Guilty.

 

The Trials being over, the Judge proceeded to give Sentence as follows:

Received Sentence of Death, 6. viz.  GILES MAJOR, CHARLES BUTLER, ...

[4 SINCE REPRIEVED; Giles Major to be executed Friday next.]

 

Mar 28.  Gloucester, Mar 26.  Yesterdy GILES MAJOR and ABRAHAM CAYNES were executed here.  Major during the time he lay under Condemnation was very obstinate, and would not confess the Murder, tho’ often press’d to do it by the Minister that attended him; but the Day before his Execution, being earnestly entreated by Caynes on his knees to acknowledge his Crime, he made an ingenious Confession to him, declaring that he himself was the only Murderer of his Brother in Law, and that no one else was concerned with him in committing the same. ...

   They desired the Spectators to taking warning by ‘em, and after having some time allowed them for their private Devotion, the Cart drew away, they calling on God to receive their Souls.

          Gloucester, Mar 27.   We should have inform’d our Readers in our last, that MARY YOUNG and WILLIAM BOWEN (indicted for the Murder of EDWARD YOUNG) were both acquitted, she bringing several witnesses to prove where she was when the Fact was committed, and the Evidence not being full enough against Bowen to convict him.

 

Apr 18.  Bristol, Apr 8.  We hear that at the Assizes at Taunton 10 Malefactors receiv’d Sentence of Death; among whom is HENRY BROOKMAN for the Murder of a poor Woman at Belton Meeting House near Pensford, ... Brookman is to be executed on Wednesday next on a Gibbet near the said Meeting House, and to be hang’d up in Chains on the same.

             Gloucester, Apr 15.  Last week a Maid Servant of TOBIAS LUTON, of Doynton had her Brains knock’d out in her said Master’s House, which is suppos’d to have been rifled by a Fellow whom her Sweetheart (who was going to see her) saw go from the House, a Way where there was no Road, and seeing what was done, caused him to be pursued and taken on Lansdown: He was deliver’d into the Custody of an Officer, who set a Watch over him, however the Fellow (who was very urgent with the Coroner to let him go, and said he would list himself for a Soldier) found means to make his escape.

 

Apr 25.  Bristol, Apr 22.  On Tusday last a Sailor being in Liquor fell overboard at our Key and was drown’d.

 

May 2.  Bristol, Apr 28.   On Friday last about one in the Afternoon, HENRY BROOKMAN was executed, and afterwards hanged in Chains, on Hursley-hill, for the Murder of MARY CUFF, a Quaker.  He confess’d the said Murder, and said he stabb’d her in seven Places, and then cut her Throat and robb’d her of 1s. 6d.  Some Gentlemen having the Curiosity to ask him, why he was Guilty of such a Crime? He answered (as he did before the Judge) that ‘twas Hunger made him do it.  

          Gloucester, Apr 27.  On Friday last was committed to our Castle ROGER BRYANT, for the Murder of the young woman at Doynton, as mention’d in this Paper of the 18th Instant.  He hath since confess’d the Fact.

 

Jun 13.  Gloucester, Jun 10.  Last Saturday a Boy was kill’d by the Kick of a Horse in Barton street; whose Father lost his Life about a Year or two ago by the same unhappy Accident.

 

Jul 4.  Gloucester, Jul 1.  This Week BENJAMIN BOWEN was committed to our Castle on suspicion of murdering his Father in Law Farmer YOUNG at Redland in August last.

 

Jul 25.  Gloucester, Jul 22.  ROGER BRYANT, for Wilful Murder.

 

Aug 1.  Gloucester, Jul 29.  On Wednesday last our Assizes ended here, where several Persons were tried for the following Crimes:

ROGER BRYANT, indicted for the Murder of ANNE WILLIAMS, on the 3d of April last, by giving her a mortal Wound on the Head, of which she died:  TOBIAS LUTON, depos’d, That on Easter Monday he and his wife went to Church, and when they returned, they found Anne Wiliams (their Servant) murder’d, and their House robb’d of a Silver Tankard, two Silver Mugs, a Gold Ring, and Several other things.  The Prisoner being a Person of ill Repute was taken up on suspicion of committing the said Murder, &c. but found means to make his escape from the Constable and his Assistants: However, in about three weeks after he was retaken at Cirencester, where he had sold a Ring, which was proved to be Mrs Luton’s; and when he was brought to Gloucester he confess’d the Fact to the Persons that guarded him thither, whilst he was at an Inn, and likewise said that he had hid the Plate in a Field near the House from whence he had stolen it; but tho’ diligent search was made, yet it could not be found.  Upon his Trial, he denied the Fact; but the Evidence being very full against him, he was found guilty of Wilful Murder.

 

BENJAMIN BOWEN, indicted for the Murder of his Father in Law, EDWARD YOUNG of Redland, near Bristol, in August last: The Prisoner brought his Master from London, who depos’d that he was in his Service on the 17th of August, the Time the Murder was committed, which was also corroborated by another Evidence from thence; whereupon he was acquitted.

 

Sentence of Death.  ROGER BRYANT and JOHN EVANS.

Note, JOHN EVANS is since reprieved, and ROGER BRYANT order’d for Execution on Wednesday the 9th Instant, near the Place where the Murder was committed, and afterwards to be hang’d in chains there.

 

Aug 15.  Gloucester, Aug 12.   On Wednesday last ROGER BRYANT (condemn’d for the Murder of ANNE WILLIAMS, Servnt to Mr LUTON of Doynton, and robbing the House of several Pieces of Plate) was executed on Tug Hill, near the Place where the Murder and Robbery was committed, and afterwards hang’d in chains there.  He was about 24 years of age, born of mean Parentage, at Doynton aforesaid, and was put forth Apprentice to a Sheerman, but not liking that Employment, he run away from his Master, and inlisted himself for a Foot Soldier; after which he betook himself to the Business of a Pargiter; and in the latter Part of his Life was a Draoon in the Hon. Brigadier Churchill’s Regiment, but deserted.  As to the Particulars of the Fact for which he suffered, he said, That having been playing at Skettles on Easter Monday, and Luck running against him, he went to Mr Luton’s, thinking to have received a small Matter that was due to him for Work, but Mr Luton and his Wife being gone to Church, he was disappointed: Hereupon he began to tell his Complaint of the Want of Money to an idle Fellow that was begging a draught of Small Beer of the Maid: To which, the Fellow reply’d, D--n it, I believe there is a good Wedge of Money here, let us have it; and accordingly knock’d down the Girl with a great Stick he had in his Hand, and then bid him strike her, which he did; but his Heart failing him, he said, he did not hurt her much; then he went up Stairs and took the Plate mentioned in the Indictment: Bryant added, that whilst he was up Stairs, the other Fellow struck the Maid such a violent Blow, that it made the House shake, (which stroke he believed finish’d her Life) and then made his Escape into a Wood.  As he was going to the Place of Execution he discovered where he had hid the Plate, which being found, he had 5 l. given him.  ‘Tis also very remarkable, that when he came within sight of the House where the Fact was committed he began to be terribly shock’d, and wept bitterly.

 

Oct 31.  Gloucester, Oct 30.   On Friday last a Boy belonging to one of the Troughs at our Key, tumbled over board, and was drown’d.

 

Nov 7.  Gloucester, Nov 6.  One ---- JOHNSON, of this City was committed to the Northgate, last week, for the Murther of a Child she was Mother in Law to; which she acted in a very cruel manner.

 

End.

 

 

1728

 

Jan 16.  Bristol, Jan 13.  We hear of several sad Accidents, particularly a young woman near this City, who poison’d herself, because her Sweetheart slighted her; and another in the City hang’d herself on the same account: As did also a young Man, tho’ we don’t hear that this was for Love.

 

Jan 23.  Gloucester, Jan 22.  The late Rain have occasioned such Floods in these Parts as have not been known for many Years past, whereby vast Tracts of Land are overflowed, and Passengers go to and from this City in Boats. - Last Saturday a Boat passing through one of the Arches of our Bridge, to which a Barge was fastened, was overset by the same, and a Boy, son of the Widow Baily, of the Cross Keys, near the Westgate, was drown’d; but two Men who were in the same Boat, fortunately caught hold of the said Barge, and were saved.

 

We have the following melancholy Account from the City of Bristol, That a Shoemaker’s Wife of that City being in Labour, and her Life despair’d of, they open’d her, in order to save the Child, which was found dead within her: Hereupon the Husband was so afflicted, that he murder’d a Child of his of about 4 Years old, and afterwards hang’d himself.

 

Mar 26.  Gloucester, Mar 23.  On Saturday Night last, Five Persons were Drown’d near Minsterworth, viz. one Man and four Women, as they were going from Gloucester Market in a Boat, they were eight in all, but three were saved.

 

Apr 9.  Gloucester, Apr 6.  The Assizes for this County beginning this Day, at the Boothall, in this City, the following Persons are to be brought upon their Trials, viz. JANE WOODRUFF, charged with destroying a Bastard Child. - SARAH BIDMEAD for the like Crime.  RICHARD HARMER and ELIZ. HOLDER on suspicion of Murder.

 

Apr 16.  Bristol, Apr 13.  Last Night 3 Small Children going hand in hand to the waterside, all fell in and were drowned.

                Gloucester, Apr 13.  A NEW BORN INFANT was lately found in the Severn, near this City, supposed to be murder’d.

 

ELIZABETH HOLDER indicted for the Murder of her Bastard Child, and RICHARD HARMAR for concealing the same.  JOHN MOSS depos’d, that the Prisoner lodg’d in his  House, and that he heard a noise, like that of a Cat, but heard no more of it.   SUSAN MOSS depos’d, that several People accus’d the Prisoner with being with Child, but putting it to her, she denied it; and hearing the aforesaid Noise, she ask’d the Prisoner if she heard it, who reply’d, she did not:  In the Morning, the wench ask’d for some Bread and Cheese, and Drink, and soon after arose: Sarah Moss further deposed, that two or three Nights after this she was much surpriz’d in her Sleep, by Dreaming she saw a young Child, which made her mistrust something more than common; but her Daughter making an excuse, to look for somewhat she pretended she wanted, went up stairs, where she discovered signs of a Child being newborn; whereupon, she charged the Prisoner with the Fact, who still denied it:  After this, some of the Neighbours being called in, the Prisoner produced the Child, and a Midwife being sent for, declared she had not gone the full time; and upon the Trial the Midwife likewise depos’d, to the same Effect.  The Prisoner in her Defence said, that she did not think her Time so near by 6 or 7 Weeks, and that she had provided for lying-in; so that the Jury brought her in Not Guilty, and acquitted Harmer.

 

JANE WOODRUFF and SARAH BIDMEAD were also indicted for the like crime, and acquitted.

 

Burnt in the Hand: ABRAHAM ANDREWS for Manslaughter.

 

May 7.  Bristol, May 4.  On Thursday Mr WALTER VAUGHAN, Jun. Cooper, was found dead under the Rocks below the Cupaeloes, with his Brains dash’d out, and his Body much bruised.

 

Sep 24.  Gloucester, Sep 21.  Tuesday a Waggon loaded with Cheese (with two Women therein) coming to our Fair, was overturn’d at the Wainers Hill, near this City; one of  the woman was killed on the spot, and the other much hurt.

 

Oct 8.  Bristol, Oct 5.  One Day last Week ELIZABETH GOUGH, the Landlord’s Wife of the Boarded House in Kingswood; was convey’d from Bridewell, without Lawford’s Gate, to Gloucester Castle, for maiming, and in an inhuman manner stamping on the Body of a Woman six Months gone with Child, who came to call her Husband from the Alehouse, of which Bruises she died in a few Days, and the Child within her.

 

Oct 29.  WHEREAS JOSEPH SMITH of Henton, near Derham, was found robb’d and murder’d in a ground near Marshfield in Gloucestershire, supposed to be murder’d by JOHN WOODHAM, Jun. of Marshfield aforesaid, on Friday night last, being the 18th of October, he having since absconded: Whoever therefore shall take and secure the said John Woodham, will be Intitled to 40 l. as by Act of Parliament.  Note, he is a slender Fellow about 5 foot 10 inches, of a pale Compexion, about 24 years of age, supposed to have on a brown bobb Wig, and a grey Coat.

 

Nov 5.  Gloucester, Nov 2.  On Tuesday last JOHN WOODHAM (advertis’d in our last) was committed to our Castle, being charged with the Murder of JOSEPH SMITH, near Marshfield, in this County:  He hath since his Committment confess’d the Fact; and farther declar’d, that one WATTS, now in Ilchester Gaol, was concerned with him in the said Murder.

 

Dec 3.  Gloucester, Dec 2.  We have an Account from Bristol of the 29th ult. that the Tuesday before, as some Boys were throwing Snowballs there, one fell on a Drummer who was lately come from Ireland to raise Recruits, as he pass’d along, which so inrag’d him, that he drew his Sword, and stabb’d a Man, that endeavoured to pacify him, in such a manner that he instantly dropt down dead on the spot.  The Drummer was immediately secured, in order to receive the just Reward of so rash an Action.

    On Thursday Night last ROBERT COLE at Reedford, near this City, was kill’d by the Wheel of a grist Mill, as he was striking down the shut, that stops the water, with a Sledge, the weight whereof (he missing his Blow) pull’d him into the Water, and the Wheel catching hold of him, tore his Head and one of his Legs so violently, that he immediately expired.

 

Dec 17.  Gloucester, Dec 14.  They write from Bath, That the beginning of this Month died in Ilchester Gaol, one THOMAS WATTS, committed on suspicion of being concerned in the Murder of JOSEPH SMITH, near Marshfield, with one Woodham, now in Gloucester Gaol; and tho’ Woodham since his Commitment hath accused Watts as an Accomplice with him in the said Murder, yet ‘twas generally believed he was innocent of it, and Watts declar’d to the Rev. Mr Harris, in his dying Moments, that he was no ways accessary to it.

 

Ends

 

 

1729

 

 

Jan 7.  London, Jan 4.  We hve an Account from Bristol, that a few Days ago one of the Tide Surveyors from that Port, cut his Throat in such a violent manner, that he died soon after.

              Gloucester, Jan 4.  They write from Bath, that THOMAS WATTS, who died in Ilchester Gaol, where he was committed for being concern’d in the Murder near Marshfield, did confess to the Keeper of the said Gaol, that he was Guilty of the said Murder, notwithstanding he solemnly denied it to the Minister who attended him in his last Moments, as was lately mentioned in this Paper.

 

Feb 18.  Gloucester, Feb 17.  On Thursday last died in our Castle Gaol, JOHN WOODHAM, some time since committed for being an Accomplice (with one THOS. WATTS, who died lately in Ilchester Gaol) in the Murder of JOSEPH SMITH, near Marshfield.  Woodham, before he dy’d, confess’d, That he, together with the said Watts, and one WALTER WEBB, now in Salisbury Gaol, did murder the said Joseph Smith, for informing against the said Watts and Webb, for stealing a Deer out of ‘Squire Blathwait’s Park at Derham.

 

Apr 8.  Gloucester Assizes: Sentences:  ELIZ. GOUGH, that was Indicted for the Murder of MARY WILLIS, was found Guilty of Manslaughter, and burnt in the Hand.

 

Apr 22.  Gloucester, Apr 19.  On Thursday Night a Farmer’s Son near this City, as he was fishing for Elvers, tumbled into the Severn and was drowned, before any Help could come to him.

 

Sep 16.  Bristol, Sep 13.  Yesterday, ... WILLIAM TAYLOR, a Drummer ... executed on Mile Hill Gallows; ... for Murder.  They both died very Penitent.

 

Oct 28. Bristol, Oct 25.  On Thursday was committed to our Gaol, Capt. JAMES NEWTH, being charg’d on Oath with suspicion of hving Murder’d his Cabin Boy on the Coast of Guinea, about two Years ago.  It seems he has made a Voyage since he did the Murder, along with those that are the witnesses thereof; and had they not fallen out, about making up some Accounts, the Boy’s Death had not been call’d in Question.

 

Nov 18.  Gloucester, Nov 17.  On Wednesday last one Owner CUTTS fell over board, near this City and was drowned; we don’t hear his Body is yet found.

 

Dec 16.  Gloucester, Dec 15.  Two Men and a Woman were drowned in their Passage between Bath and Bristol.

 

Ends.

 

 

 

1730

 

Apr 7.  Gloucester, Apr 6.  We hear from Horton, in this County, the following Melancholy Account, that on Sunday the 29th of March, a Gentleman’s Servant near that Place, being in the Bellfrey, among the Bells, when the great Bell was standing, which he not observing, unfortunately stept upon it, by which it gave Way, and in its Fall cut the young Man almost in two in the midde, so that he died immediately.

 

Apr 14.  Gloucester, Apr 11.  They write from Newnham in this County, that one HENRY GOVET, Carpenter, being at work on board a Vessel there, had the Misfortune of having his Skull fractur’d by the Fall of a Piece of Timber, of which he dy’d, having left behind a Widow and four Children.

 

Jun 9.  Gloucester, Jun 6.  On Monday last one Mr KING of Marston coming from Cirencester Market, his Horse threw him, and he died on the spot.

 

Jun 16.  Gloucester, Jun 13.  One CHARLES JONES, of Sherbon in this County, kll’d himself this Week with drinking of Brandy.

 

Jul 7.  Bristol, Jul 4.  One Day last Week a Drummer’s Wife of Lord Mark Ker’s Regiment quarter’d here, pison’d herself, being jealous of her Husband.

 

Incomplete

 

 

 

1731

 

May 11.  Accidents.  Bristol Old Street man fell off own cart, son of farmer at Bristol Causeway, burnt in barn fire??

 

Jun 15.  This week one GREEN, a Shoemaker in this City, being much heated with Liquor, went into the Severn with an Intent to cool himself, and was unfortunately drowned.

 

Aug 3.  A list of the prisoners to be try’d here this Assizes:  SUS. DANGERFIRLD and THOMAS CLARE, for Murder.

 

Aug 10.  THO. CLARE, who kill’d JOHN WAYNE at Frogmill on the 26th past, was found guilty of Manslaughter, and burnt in the Hand.

 

Sep 7.  Gloucester, Aug (sic) 4.  This Week a Woman dropt down dead on the Farthing Bridge in this City.

    [On Wednesday] Likewise the same Day in the Evening, a Boy fell out of a Boat into the River Severn, near Gloucester, and was drowned.

 

Sep 14.  Bristol Assizes, Sep 11.  Yesterday our General Gaol Delivery ended here, when the four following Malefactors received Sentence of Death, viz.  ... and THOMAS CARROLL, lately belonging to the Lord Kerr’s Regiment of Foot, quarter’d in this City, for the Murder of JOHN BOYSE, of the said Regiment, at the Angel in King street.

 

Sep 21.  Thomas Carroll, condemn’d for the Murder of John Boyse, fter Sentence pass’d, on his Knees told his Lordship that he expected to die, and begged to have Time allow’d him to prepare for another world; adding, that he died for Joseph Allen, that Day arraigned with him by the name of John Allen; and declared him to be the Person who committed the Fact.

   The said Tho. Carroll, ... is since repriev’d; and it has been thought fit to continue Joseph Allen in Prison, lest an Appeal should be lodged against him by some of the deceased Boyse’s  Friends.

 

Oct 12.  Bristol, Oct 2.  Yesterday was Se’nnight a Man fell over the Key, suppos’d to have miss’d his Way to the Bridge, and was drowned.  And on Saturday Night last another Man fell out of a Loft, the Backside of the White Horse Inn in Redcliffe Street, into the River, and was drowned.

 

Oct 19.  Bristol, Oct 9.  One Mr HEAD, a Master Mason, and one ------ were drowned on Thursday Night last in Sea Mill Brook.

 

 

 

1732

 

Jan 4.  Gloucester, Jan 1.  About the middle of this week a young Woman, Daughter in Law to Owner Williams, going to push off her Father’s Barge a little above the Key, accidentally slipp’d into the River, and was drowned; the News whereof so surpriz’d her Mother, who had been ill for some time, that she died son after; and both were interr’d together this Evening.

 

Jan 25.  Gloucester, Jan 22.  We have an account from Chepstow, that on Thursday Night last JAMES DAVIS, (formerly Servant to Sir William Morgan, but of late to Mr Robert Morgan) endeavouring to leap his Horse over some Stiles in the Footway between that place and Tidenham, the Horse fell upon him and kill’d him.

 

Feb 1.  Gloucester, Jan 29.  We have an Account from Tetbury, that on the 20th Instant, GEO CONSTABLE, a Youth about 12 Years of Age, went with some other Lads into his Father’s Garden, in order to divert themselves with a Play representing Bull baiting, and having ty’d one Part of a Girth round the Body of a Tree, and the other about his Neck, he slipp’d off a Bank, and strangled himself:  His unwary Companions, not being appriz’d of the Danger, view’d him for some time with Pleasure, but finding that he was speechless, they ran to acquaint some of the Neighbours therewith, but too late, for before any Person came to his Relief, the unfortunate Youth was dead.

 

Mar 7.  Gloucester, Mar 4.  Assizes.  JOHN GILES, alias CHILD, and MARGARET GOULDING, on suspicion of Murder.

 

Mar 14.  Gloucester, Mar 8.  JOHN GILES, found Guilty of Manslaughter, by striking EDWARD DYER, jun. Of Compton, 2 Blows on the Head with a Stick, whereof he dy’d, was burnt in the Hand, and order’d to remain in Gaol eleven months, without Bail or Mainprize.

 

Mar 21.  Gloucester, Mar 20.  Last Monday Evening two Men, Brothers in Law, having borrow’d a small Boat, in order to go a fishing; as they were endeavouring to pass through one of the arches at Over’s Bridge, near this City, the Boat overset, and they were both drowned.

   But a more melancholy Accident of this Nature happen’d last Saturday within two Miles of Newnham, where Owner Pearse’s Passage boat, bound from Bristol to that Place, struck against a Sand, and sunk down immediately, whereby eight or ten People lost their Lives.

 

Mar 28.  Gloucester, Mar 25.  They write from Newnham, that the Number of Persons drowned last Saturday was 7-night, (as mention’d in our former) appears to be 17, Men, Woman, and Children.

 

Apr 18.  Bristol, Apr 15.  Last Saturday Night one of the Drawers at the Bush Tavern in Corn Street, fell over Wade’s Bridge, and was drown’d.

   And the next Morning, a Lad of about 14 was also drown’d near the same Place.

 

May 9.  Gloucester, May 6.  They write from Mitchel Deane in this County, that on Friday the 28th of April last, between the Hours of Seven and Eight in the Evening (as is suppos’d) one THOMAS TURBERVILE of that Town, Carpenter, was in a most barbarous and inhuman Manner murder’d in his own Shop, by having his Brains dash’d out, and afterwards his Skull chopp’d and beat all to Pieces with a broad Axe.  The Deceased being a Widower, and having no Child, liv’d alone, and was not found till the Saturday Evening, where the Axe was lying by him all over Gore Blood.  The Person who is justly suspected to have committed this villanous and bloody Fact, is one ELY HATTEN, a weaver, son of Thomas Hatten, of Ruar Deane, Victualler; who was seen between the Hours above mentioned to follow the said Turbervile into his House; and the Deceased was never seen afterwards till found dead in the Manner aforesaid.  There are a great many other Circumstances which induce People to believe he was the Person that committed the Fact; one in particular was, that a Shirt and a Pair of Stockings of the Deceased were found on his Back and Legs, when he was under Examination before the Jury at the Inquest.  He is now confined in our Castle, and, ‘tis to be hop’d, at the next Assizes will meet with as just a Punishment as so desperate and bloody minded a wretch deserves, in order to deter others from committing the like Offence.

 

May 23.  Gloucester, May 20.  On Tuesday last a very melancholy Accident happen’d near the Horse pool not far from this City, in the road to Stroud, viz. One Farmer Townsend and his Servant coming through a Clover Ground belonging to THOMAS BURCHAL, a Butcher, accidentally broke the Gate, and he being at an Ale house near the Road, and hearing thereof, was so enraged, that he took his Horse and rode after the waggon.  The Farmer offer’d to satisfy him for the Damage done; but he said he would have no other Satisfaction than beating the waggoner for it, which he did with a Stick so violently, that he broke the young Man’s Scull, who dy’d a few Hours after he got Home, which was about a Mile from the Place.  We hear that the Butcher had his Collar Bone broke in the Scuffle.  The Coroner’s Inquest sate on the Body of the Deceased on Thursday, and brought in their Verdict, Wilful Murder.

NB  We are inform’d that the said THOMAS BURCHAL had taken the ground but a few Hours before this happen’d, and that he has a Wife and four Children.

 

May 30.  Gloucester, May 27.  On Tuesday last STEPHEN BLISS, a Baker of Painswick, pull’d off his Cloaths, and jump’d into a Well, and drowned himself; there was 10 or 15 l. found, which he had laid by the side thereof.  He dy’d with 6 or 700 l. And as he was generally thought to be Lunatick for the greatest Part of his Life, this last desperate Act shews the Opinion not to be ill grounded.

 

June 20.  Gloucester, June 17.  Last Week two Boys quarrelling at Highnam, near this City, one of them in the Fray snatch’d up the Hedge Bill of a Man who was at work just by them, and struck his Antagonist on the Head with it: The Person with whom the Boy Liv’d, apprehending there was no Danger, neglected to have the Wound dress’d in Time, so that he is since dead; for it seems the other had cut him into the Brain.

 

Aug 8.  Gloucester, Aug 5.  On Friday last THOMAS BURCHILL, some Time since found guilty (before Edward Webb, Gent. Coroner) of the Murder of one JOHN CAUSON, voluntarily surrender’d himself to the Keeper of our Castle.

 

Aug 22.  Gloucester, Aug 19.  Assizes.  ELY HATTON, and THOMAS BURCHELL, for Murder; the former for killing Tho. Turbervile, late of Mitchel Dean, Carpenter; and the latter for killing John Causon.

   Last Saurday was se’nnight Mr LITTLE, a Farmer at Ashler near this City, threw himself into the Severn, and was taken up this week at our Key drowned: ‘Tis supposed he was disorder’d in his Senses.

 

Aug 29.  Gloucester, Aug 26.  On Wednesday last the Assizes ended here, when one Man received Sentence of Death, viz. ELY HATTON, for the most barbarous and inhuman Murder of Tho. Turbervile, late of Mitchel Dean, Carpenter, on Friday the 28th of April last, who was found in his Shop the next Day with his Brains dash’d out, and his Skull chopp’d to Pieces with a broad Axe, that was lying by him, all over bloody.  There were several reputable Witnesses called to prove this horrid Fact, which nothing but ocular Demonstration could tender more plain, for when he was apprehended, he had on a Shirt and a Pair of Stockings of the Deceased’s, and his Coat was bloody in several Places.   He acknowledged that he was with the Deceased that Evening, and had only to say in Excuse, that the Deceased and he went to a Hill near the Town to view some Deer; but called no body to prove that they were there: He likewise produced no Person to speak to his Reputation, or that could say the least Thing in his Favour: One Man whom he called as a Witness to prove that he saw him about 9 o’clock that Night the Murder was committed, said, he verily believ’d he was the Person that committed the said Murder: In short, no Circumstances ever concurr’d better to prove a Man guilty, than those alleg’d against the Prisoner.  One Thing was very remarkable: The Prisoner on his Trial said, the Shirt he had on when apprehended was his Brother’s, and on his Examination before the Coroner said it belonged to his Father.

 

Aug 29.  Gloucester, Aug 26, cont’d.  Three were burnt in the Hand, viz. THO. BURCHELL and Wm MOULDER, for Manslaughter.

PS.  ELY HATTON, we hear, is to be hang’d at Mitchel Dean on Monday the 4th of Sept. Next, and then to be put up in Chains.  He is very illiterate, and as yet persists in the Denial of the Fact.

 

Sep 5.  Gloucester, Sep 4.  About 7 o’Clock this Morning ELY HATTON, attended by the proper Officers, and a prodigious Concourse of People, was carry’d to Mitchel Dean, in order to be executed near that Place, for the barbarous Murder of THO. TURBERVILE, late of the said Town, Carpenter.

 

Sep 12.  Gloucester, Sep 9.  We have an Account from Tetbury, That on Sunday and Monday last there was a great Meeting of the People call’d Quakers, some say, to the number of 1200.  A Carpenter of that Place fell down dead, as he was putting up some Seats for the Conveniency of their Meeting, and we hear they collected 25 l. For his Widow and Family, and that they also gave 15 l. To be distributed among the Poor of the Parish.

   On Monday last ELY HATTON was executed and afterwards hung in Chains on Meane Hill near Mitchel Dean, for the barbarous Murder of Tho. Turbervile, late of that Town, Carpenter.  At the Tree he was in a very moving and tender Manner exhorted to confess his Crime, but persisted in the Denial of it to the very Moment that he was turn’d off the Ladder, declaring, as he hop’d for Salvation, he was entirely innocent thereof.  He own’d that he had been a great Sabbath Breaker, saying, ‘twas usual for young People thereabouts to work all the week, and on the Sunday to go and steal Deer; also that he had been very much addicted to Whoring, which, he said, gave his Conscience the greatest uneasiness.  There were near 10,000 spectators present.

 

Sep 26.  Gloucester, Sep 23.  Last Thursday Mr ESCOATE, the Custom house Officer at Berkeley, and six other Persons, were overset in a small Boat, by a sudden Squall of wind, in the Severn; and the said Mr Escoate and one other Person were drowned; but the remaining five saved themselves by swimming, and getting fast hold of the Boat, till assistance came.

 

Oct 10.  Gloucester, Oct 7.  They write from Burford in Oxfordshire, that on Tuesday last a Man who was very ill and light headed, got out of his Bed and ran into the River there, and was drowned before any Person could come to his Assistance.

 

Nov 7.  Gloucester, Nov 4.  We hear from Mitchel Dean, that the Gibbet on which ELY HATTON was hung, was cut down on Sunday Night last, and his Body left on the Ground.

 

Nov 14.  Gloucester, Nov 5.  Last Week the old Boatman at the Haugh near Tewkesbury, suppos’d to be in Liquor, fell into the Severn, and was drowned.

   This Week a Trowman at our Key, having also drank too plentifully, fell over board, and met with the same unhappy fate.

 

 

1733

 

 

Feb 27.  Gloucester,  Feb 24.  Last Tuesday Night a Quarrel happen’d on board Owner Stewart’s Vessel of Bradley, then lying near Tewkesbury, between two of his Men, one of whom push’d the other overboard, and struck him with the shaft, so that he sunk immediately; after which the villain jump’d into the River, swam to the Shore, and made his Escape.

 

May 22.  Gloucester, May 19.  Last Tuesday a poor woman of this City, being disorder’d in her Senses, hang’d herself.

   About the same time, two Children were burnt in a terrible Manner, at Hempstead near this City, one of which is since dead, and the other lies dangerously ill:  it is observable, that the affectionate Father was then attending upon a Company of Morrice Dancers with his Tabot and Pipe, and when the News of this melancholy Accident was brought to him, he refus’d to return Home, saying, He would not lose his Whitsuntide.

 

Jun 12.  Gloucester, Jun 9.   And from Stroud in this County, that on Sunday last a Girl about 12 or 13 Years of Age, returning Home from Church last Sunday, was seiz’d with a violent Fit, and dy’d soon after.

   On Tuesday last the Wife of Mr Watson, an Upholsterer in this City, went into a Neighbour’s House, and sate down, taking a Book in her Hand, and dropt down dead.

 

Jul 10.  Gloucester, Jul 7.  Assizes.   ARTHUR HOOPER, for the Murder of one JOSEPH MILES.

 

Jul 17.  Gloucester,  Jul 14.  On Friday last was brought to our Castle one ISAAC MAYO,  a young Man, for the most barbarous and inhuman Murder of his Uncle, Mr THOS SNOW of Moreton in Marsh in this County: which Fact he confess’d.

 

Aug 20.  Gloucester, Aug 18.   They write from Tewkesbury, that on Sunday Morning last Mr JAINE, a Baker of that Town, dy’d suddenly in his Pew, just before Divine Service.

 

Sep 4.  Gloucester, Sep 1.  From Fox Farm in the Parish of Swell near Stow we have an Account, that the same Day some Leasers, &c. , retir’d to a Wheat rick for Shelter from the Rain, when the Rick slipt from off the Props, and kill’d two of them.

 

Oct 30.  Bristol, Sep 27.   Last Night one GEORGE BARON, a poor Man that kept a Huckster’s Shop without the Petty Gate, was inhumanly murder’d by three Soldiers, who were all committed to Newgate this Day for the same.

 

Nov 27.  Gloucester, Nov 26.  On Saturday Night died in our Castle  ---- MAY, committed there for the Murder of his Uncle at Moreton in Marsh:  And about the 8th of this Month died there one PARKER,  a noted Horse stealer.  

 

    

 

 

1734

 

Jul 9.  Bristol, Jul 6.  Last Sunday Morning one of the Serjeants belonging to Col. Montague’s Regiment, drown’d himself in Earl’s Meads River; his Hat and Coat he left on the Bank: The Reason of his committing this rash Act is not known, being well in his Senses, as thought, the Day before.

 

Sep 24.  Bristol, Sep 14.  THOMAS KITCHINGMAN, a Scotchman, SAMUEL OWEN, and THOMAS BADGER, three Centinels belonging to Col. Montague’s Regiment, lately in Quarters here, were indicted for murdering ROGER BARON, who kept a little Shop near the Pithay Gate, by striking him on the left side of the Head, and thereby fracturing his Skull, of which wound he died on the Spot, when KITCHINGMAN was found Guilty of the Murder, and OWEN and BADGER of Manslaughter.

   MARTHA MORGAN, for the Murder of her Female Bastard Child, by strangling it with a small Cord, and throwing it into a Bog house, of which she was found guilty.  Sentenced to Death.  (Also mentioned Sep 28 and Oct 1.)

 

Oct 8.  Bristol, Sep 27.  Yesterday about 11 o’Clock in the Forenoon, THOMAS KITCHINGMAN, and MARTHA MORGAN, were drawn from Newgate in a Mourning Coach with Four Horses, the the Place of Execution on St Michael’s Hill, attended by a Divine, the Sheriff, and all the City Constables, and a Great Concourse of People; before the Coach went a Cart with their Coffins.. They behaved with much Penitence; but KITCHINGMAN denied to the very last his being guilty of the Murder he was about to suffer for, affirming, that OWEN (indicted with him for the same Fact) was the Man that gave the Deceased the fatal Blow.  There seems to be something in this Matter to verify his assertion; for the Night OWEN was discharg’d, he fell on his Kness, and looking towards the Condemn’d Room, in Effect said, That he ought to be there in KITCHINGMAN’s Place, and hop’d that God would forgive him.  MARTHA MORGAN  confess’d the murdering her Female Infant; and after about an Hour’s Respite for their Devotion, the Cart drew away. 

   The Day before their Execution, MARTHA MORGAN sent a very melancholy Letter to the Father of the Child.

   Four Soldiers took Care of the Body of KITCHINGMAN, and convey’d it to St Michael’s Churchyard, where after being put in the Ground, they put Lime into the Coffin, and pour’d Water upon it, to prevent the Surgeons stealing the Body; and the Woman’s was deliver’d to her Brother.

 

Dec 24.  Gloucester, Dec 21.  On Thursday Night an Oyster Boat, bound for Worcester, was overset near our Bridge, and two young Men belonging to her drowned.  

 

 

 

 

1736

 

Mar 16.  Gloucester, Mar 13.  Assizes.  JANE KILMASTER, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

Mar 23.  Gloucester, Mar 17.  JANE KILMISTER ... acquitted.

 

Apr 6.  Bristol, Apr 3.  The Trial of JAMES SMITH, brought by Habeas Corpus from London, and charg’d with the Murder of JAMES BELLARDINE, Soldier in Col. Hargrave’s Regiment of Foot, is put off till the next Assizes, the Evidence not being in Town.

   Gloucester, Apr 3.  A few days before this [Saturday last] a Youth about 11 or 12 Years old, being sent for a Roasting Pig to a Neighbour’s in the Country, the Pig’s squeaking so frighten’d the Horse, that he ran away with the Boy, whose Leg hanging in the Stirrup Leather, he was dragg’d a considerable Way, and his Brains dash’d out.

 

Apr 13.  Gloucester, Apr 10.  They write from Blackney, that one JOHN WHITE, a Butcher of that Place, coming from Berkeley  on Wednesday last, and the passage boat at Perton not going off in an Hour, he would not stay, and attempting to ford over at Gatcomb, both he and his Horse were drowned, and have not been seen since.

 

Apr 20.  Bristol, Apr 10.   Last Thursday was committed to Bridewell an unhappy young Woman, for the Murder of her new born Male Child, by throwing it into a Horse Pond, the further end of Milk Street:  She confess’d the Fact, and that she was deliver’d last Tuesday; but she appear’d well abroad the next Day.  An Ostler at the Inn is the Father.

 

May 11.  Bristol , May 1.  Entry not completed.  Mrs NORMAN, Huckster’s Shop, St Philip; Murder.

 

Jun 29.  Bristol, Jun 19.  A small Estate near Tedbury in the County of Gloucester, having lately fell to the Wife of Mr MILTON, a Ship Carpenter at Shirehampton, four Miles from this City, they both went on Tuesday in Whitsun Week, with an Intention to view the same; but unhappily as they were at the Foot of a Hill, endeavouring to avoid two Waggons, particularly one coming down with great Violence, the Drag Chain having broke, she accidentally fell off the Horse, and before her Husband had the Power to quit his Saddle, the Waggon went over her Body, and crush’d her to Death.

 

Jul 27.  Gloucester, Jul 24.  Last Wednesday were committed to our Castle, ROBERT DOWERS, BENJAMIN POPE, ANTHONY FARRIER, and GEORGE DOWERS, (son of the said Robert) being found guilty on the Coroner’s Inquest, of the Murder of SARAH WILLIAMS of the Parish of St Philip and Jacob in Bristol.

 

Aug 3.  Gloucester, Jul 31.  Last Week a young Woman of Hempstead near this City, took a Dose of Poison , (tho’ for what Reason is unknown) and tho’ all Measures were us’d to expel it, she died this Evening.

 

Aug 31.  Gloucester, Aug 28.  Assizes.  And MICHAEL CASTLE, for the Murder of SARAH WILLIAMS.  [See Jul 27.]

 

Sep 7.  Gloucester, Sep 4.  At the said Assizes, ROBERT DOWERS was indicted for the Murder of SARAH WILLIAMS, and, after a Trial which lasted Seven Hours, was acquitted: But BENJAMIN POPE, ANTHONY FARRIER, GEORGE DOWERS, and MICHAEL CASTLE, had no Bills of Indictment found against them for the said Murder by the Grand Jury.

 

Dec 21.  Gloucester, Dec 20.  Ship sunk; 28 drowned. 

 

 

 

1737

 

Jan 4. Bristol, Dec 26.   On Wednesday Morning ABRAHAM HODGES, a Kingswood Collier, was found on his Belly in a Lime Kiln without Lawford’s Gate, miserably burnt to Death: Being in Liquor the Night before, ‘tis thought he fell asleep on the Kiln.

 

Feb 22.  Bristol, Feb 12.  On Tuesday last an Ox broke out of the Slaughter House belonging to Mr JELLY, a Butcher in Tucker Street, and gor’d a Boy in the Groin, so that he died the same Evening; Mr HOBHOUSE, an eminent Merchant, and several other Persons narrowly escaped Mischief by the said Ox, who run at every Person in his Way.

 

Mar 8.  Gloucester, Mar 5.  Assizes.  HANNAH FLETCHER, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

Apr 5.  Bristol, Apr 2.  Tuesday Morning one PATRICK, a Shoemaker, aged upwards of 76, tied his two Legs, which were much deform’d, and flung himself into the River, in order to drown himself, near the Passage Boat on St Philip’s Backs; but being prevented for that Time, as he had been several times before from hanging himself; on Wednesday Night he stabb’d himself in several Parts of his Belly, and died the Night following.

 

Apr 12.  Bristol, Apr 9.  Advert by Stephen Baugh, Coroner, re Estate Queens Square, Bristol.

 

May 3.  Bristol, Apr 28.  On Monday last a Cart passing through St John’s Gate in this City, by the Carelessness of its Driver crush’d a Girl, so that she died the next Day.  The Man is committed to Bridewell.

 

Jul 19.  Gloucester, Jul 16.  On Tuesday last a very melancholy Accident happened near Bourton on the Water in this County; viz. One JOHN ARCHALLof that Place, Carpenter, with a neighbouring Farmer and his Servants, went to fetch some Timber, in order to make some Implements of Husbandry for the Farmer’s Use; and on their Return, the Timber (as is supposed) not being well placed in the Waggon, lay too much on one Side, whereupon they all three got up in order to balance it; and the Farmer’s Boy driving down the Hill, the Waggon was overthrown, whereby the Carpenter was killed on the Spot, one of the Farmer’s Legs so desperately crush’d, that ‘tis thought it must be cut off, and his Man so miserably bruis’d that his Life is despair’d of.  The Carpenter has left a Wife and four small Children, and had the Character of an honest industrious Man.

 

Aug 2.  Bristol, Jul 23.  This Week was committed to Newgate Gaol BENJAMIN YOUNG, a little deformed Lad about 16 Years of Age, for the Wilful Murder of JAMES WEBB, an Infant about 20 Months old, by throwing it into the River Avon, by which it was drown’d.  It seems he is noted for trying Experiments on Children in the Hanging Way, and that not long ago he had like to have made an End of two Children in this Branch of the Art; one of whom he ty’d up with a Martin Twine, which with the struggling of the Child stript the Skin off the Underjaw.  The Body was taken up at Rownam Passage on Wednesday or Thursday last, and three Persons have swore to the Fact.   Various are the Conjectures on this Murder; some being of Opinion that he cannot be convicted on account of his Age; but he would be of Age to be convicted; for the Law says, (vide Judge Hall’s Pleas of the Crown) That if a Child of Ten Years Old shall kill a Man, it’s not Death; but if he shall kill one younger than himself, that then in such Case he shall be convicted, and suffer Death as in all other Cases of Felony.

 

Sep 13.  Bristol, Sep 6.  Assizes.  JAMES YOUNG, (a Lad of 15 Years of Age) for the Murder of JAMES WEBB, an Infant of 8 Months old, by throwing him into the River Avon, and drowning him; ... received Sentence of Death.

 

Sep 27.  Bristol, Sep 17.  BENJAMIN YOUNG, the Boy who received Sentence of Death, for drowning a Child of 20 Months old, is reprieved; but unhappily his poor Mother had taken his Misfortune so much to Heart, that she died Yesterday Morning.

 

Nov 22.  Bristol, Nov 19.  Female, Body in sack on Durdham Down.

 

 

 

 

1738

 

Jan 3. Gloucester, Dec 31.  Last Tuesday, about Five in the Evening, Farmer PECK of Bampton returning from Faringdon Market., after he had pass’d Ratcot Bridge, his Horse would go no further on account of the Ice, but starting back, rear’d up and threw the Farmer into the Brook, whereby he was drowned.

 

Jan 17.  Gloucester, Jan 14.  From Thornbury, that one PH BEASY, near the New Passage, had the Misfortune to lose his Wife and five Children, and two Maids, by the Sea Banks being broke down, and the Floods coming in.  He was sav’d by breaking through the Thatch of the House, and sitting on the Roof ot it, in which Posture he continu’d till the next Morning, when a Boat came and fetch’d him away.  He likewise lost all his Sheep and Cattle, as did most of his Neighbours.

 

Jan 24.  Death of Leonard Monk, Coroner, and Election adverts by EDWARD BAUGH, STEPHEN POWELL, and JOHN BAYLEY.       

 

Mar 14.  Gloucester, Mar 11.  Assizes.  Three were burnt in the Hand, viz.  SAMUEL HALLIDAY, for Manslaughter.

   Notice of Election of Coroner by Sheriff, at Tewkesbury.

 

Mar 21.  Gloucester, Mar 19??   Last Tuesday Night, Mr HINTON of South Cerney, a Gentleman of 100 l. Per ann. Who was on the point of Marriage, coming from Minty, accidentally fell from his Horse into the Millpond at Cosly’s Mill, in the Parish of Somerford, and was drowned.

   Notice of Election of Coroner by Sheriff, at Tewkesbury.

 

Jun 20.  Gloucester, Jun 17.  We hear from Stow o’th’Wold, that on Saturday Night EDWARD ROWLAND of Winchcombe in this County, who was taken up there the Day before for stealing a Horse, and sent to the Blind house ‘till they could convey him to our Castle, hang’d himself.  He was about 18 or 19 Years of Age.

 

Oct 31.  Bristol, Oct 28.  Sunday Night last a most shocking Murder was perpetrated by one WILLIS, (who kept a Huckster’s Shop without Lawford’s Gate, and sold Spirituous Liquors) his Wife, and one BETTY DARBY, on the Body of EDWD FINKS; belonging to the Brass Works at Baptist Mills.  They are now in Custody for this horrid Fact. 

 

 

 

1739

 

Jan 2.  Gloucester, Dec 30.  We have an Account from Dursley of a very melancholy Accident which happen’d there on Tuesday last, in the following Manner, viz.  Six  young Lads of that Town being out a shooting in the Fields adjacent; two of them shot at a Bird and kill’d it, and each claiming it as his particular Right, the Dispute grew so high, that they proceeded to Blows; and whilst three of the rest were endeavoring to part them, the fourth took up a loaded Piece, and said, Stand away, I warrant ye I’ll part them, and immediately shot at them, whereby one was kill’d on the Spot, and the other is so desperately wounded in one of his Arms, that ‘tis dubious whether he’ll ever recover the Use of it.  The Coroner’s Inquest have since sate on the Body of the Deceased, and brought in their verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Feb 13.  Gloucester, Feb 10.  ... The Water being so prodigiously out, that in many Parts of the Country ‘tis dangerous to travel: An Instance of which happen’d Yesterday at the Lye near this City, where a young Man was drowned, in attempting to get over a Place that was flooded, to save himself the Trouble of going a Quarter of a Mile out of the Way.

 

Apr 3.  Gloucester, Mar 31.  Assizes.  JOHN WILLIS, for the Murder of STEPHEN FINK.

 

Apr 10.  Gloucester, Apr 7.  Four were burnt in the Hand, viz. JOHN WILLIS, for the Manslaughter of STEPHEN FINCH.

   FRANCIS HOBBS, charged with the Murder of his fellow Servant, Mr ABBOTTS, at his Grace the Duke of Beaufort’s, was honourably acquitted.

 

Apr 24. Bristol Assizes.   Sentence of Death, viz. JOHN KINNERLEY, for the Murder of JAMES BURGESS.

 

Jun 12.  Gloucester, Jun 9.  The same Day [Saturday last] JAMES HUNT, who kept the Crown Inn at Churcham, within four Miles of this City, loading a Waggon with Poles, one of them fell on his Head, and kill’d him on the Spot.

   The same day also, JOHN ROBERTS, of Ross in Herefordshire, Carrier, returning Home from Hereford, at Hoarwithy, both he and the Horse he rode on fell down a Rock, near the River Wye, and were kill’d; the Man’s Brains being dash’d out by the Fall, and his Hair was found hanging on several Places of the Rock.

 

Aug 7.  Gloucester, Aug 4.  Assizes.  GRACE HYETT, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

Aug 14.  On Saturday Night last a Boy unfortunately fell off a Trow near this City; one of the Crew immediately jump’d in after him and brought him almost to Shore, but growing faint, he deserted him, and, with much Difficulty, got to Land; another presently after coming to his assistance, the Boy fasten’d round his Neck, and both were drown’d.

 

Nov 6.  Advert re male child aged 1 month left Gloucester St Catherines on 27 Oct.

 

 

 

 

1740

 

Jan 8.  Bristol, Dec 29.  The Beginning of this Week a Soldier was committed to Newgate for the Murder of a Child, by striking it with a Stick when in the Arms of its Father as he pass’d along the Street.

            Gloucester, Jan 5.  The Beginning of this Week a poor Man of this City, suppos’d to be in Liquor, was frozen to Death in a Brew House.  We have also Accounts from divers Parts of the Country (too many here to mention) of several Persons who have perish’d thro’ the Extremity of the Season.

 

Jan 15.  Bristol, Jan 5.  Sunday last a poor Man who begg’d about the Streets, was found perish’d to Death in Marsh Street through the Extremity of the Cold.

    A few Days ago a poor Woman, who liv’d in Milk Street, also perish’d with Cold, after she had been deliver’d. 

    Also re Child (Father Philip Brimscombe).

 

Apr 1.  Gloucester, Mar 29.  Assizes.  THOMAS HAYS, for the Murder of JOSEPH FISHER, late Keeper of the Park on Robin Hood’s Hill.

 

Apr 8.  MUSTO and VARLO, two Soldiers, were try’d for the Murder of an Infant in Merchant street on the 26th December last, and acquitted.

 

Jun 17.  Bristol, Jun 7.  Last Thursday Mr EVANS of St Augustine’s Back (formerly a Cork Cutter, in Marsh street, who having acquired a handsome Fortune, retir’d from Business)  stopt in his Chaise at Temple gate to speak with an Acquaintance, and died the very Instant that his Friends came up to him without speaking.

 

Jul 22.  Gloucester, Jul 16.  Assizes.  MARY MARCHANT, and SARAH COX, the former on Suspicion, and the latter for being found guilty on the Coroner’s Inquest, of murdering her Bastard Child.

 

Nov 18.  Bristol, Nov 8.  Tho’ the great Storm on Saturday last was very violent here, yet it providentially happen’d that little Damage has been done thereby, as we can yet hear of, excepting the following sad Disaster, viz.  JOHN GOULD, a Pilot at Pill, with three other Men, being unfortunately out in the Channel on the Lookout for the homeward bound ships, the Boat overset, and all Four lost their Lives; the Boat has since floated on Shore in its right position, and two of the dead Men in her, one lash’d, and the other with his Foot jam’d between the Boards.

 

Dec 2.  Bristol, Nov 22.  One Day this Week the Body of a Match Woman was found in the Mud in the Key, cut and mangled in a most barbarous Manner, suppos’d to be done by a Black belonging to a Ship, who was seiz’d near the Bridge with a bloody Hanger about him, and was committed to Newgate on a violent Suspicion of his being the Perpetrator of so horrid a Deed. [GOREE WEBB]

   Gloucester, Nov 29.  On Thursday last JOHN LEONARD, alias BOUCHER, was committed to our Castle, by J Rous, Esq. For Felony and Suspicion of Murder.

 

Dec 23.  Gloucester, Dec 23.  Last Saturday a Woman of Barton street near this City, came to our Market, and left four Children at Home, two of them in Cradles, (one a Nurse Child,) and whilst she was absent, her second Child having set Fire to its Apron, pull’d it off and threw it upon the Cradle wherein her youngest lay, which catching the Flame, the poor Infant was burnt to Death.  This melancholy accident, it’s hop’d, will be a Caution to others not to leave their children unattended.

 

Dec 30.  Bristol, Dec 20.  One Day this Week a poor Woman perish’d with the Cold in the Horse Fair.  She was almost naked, and was pelted with Snow balls a little before she died by a Parcel of  wicked Boys; - the unhappy Effect of a loose Education, and a Reproach to their Parents and Friends.

 

 

 

1741

 

Jan 27.  Bristol, Jan 20.  Account of the murder of SIR JOHN DINELEY GOODIER, of Charleton, Evesham, aboard the RUBY Man of War, by the Captain, his brother, and CHARLES WHITE (of IRL) and MATTHEW MAHONY (of IRL) ; Coroner’s Inquest, Wilful Murder.

 

Feb 3.  Gloucester, Jan 31.  On Thursday the 15th Inst. A barbarous Murder was committed at Forden’s Bridge, near Wotton Underedge.  Two Fellows had some Difference, but seem’d afterwards to be reconcil’d, and agreed to go out shooting Rooks in the Evening: when one of them went up Stairs and brought down a Fowling Piece which he had loaded the Day before, and presenting it at the other, who was within three Yards of him in the House, shot him in the Back; of which Wound (notwithstanding all possible care was taken of him by Mr HUNTRIDGE, Surgeon, of Wotton Underedge) he languish’d till the 21st, anmd then dy’d.  The Coroner’s Inquest have brought in their Verdict, Wilful Murder; and the Fellow that committed the Fact (whose name is JOHN HATT) has absconded ever since.

 

Feb 10.  Bristol, Jan 31.  Burial of Sir JOHN DINELEY GOODIER.  Arrest of CHARLES BRYANT, EDWARD MacDANIEL and WILLIAM HAMMOND, for forcible seizure of Sir John.

Also:

We hear that Capt. GOODYER, late Commander of the RUBY Man of War, MATTHEW MAHON, and CHARLES WHITE, are order’d by Habeas Corpus from Bristol to London, to be tried at a Session of the High Court of Admiralty, for the Murder of Sir JOHN DINELEY GOODIER, Bart. Committed on board the said vessel the 19th of January.

 

Feb 17.  London, Feb 10.  Repeats the above from Bristol, Jan 31.

 

Mar 3.  Bristol, Feb 21.  We can now assure our Readers, that tho’ the Habeas Corpus to remove Capt GOODIER (which was obtain’d by his Friends) did actually arrive here, and even a Party of Soldiers were draughted out to attend him, yet the same is now return’d, the Captain being determin’d to take his Trial here; the obeying of the Habeas being at his own Option.

 

Mar 17.  Gloucester, Mar 14.  Assizes.  WILLIAM CALDHOUND, indicted for beating HANNAH LEE, his Apprentice Girl, and starving her to Death, was acquitted; ....

 

Mar 24.  Gloucester, Mar 21.  Last Sunday an unhappy Accident happen’d at a Fishpond, about half a Mile from Chipping Sodbury, belonging to RICHARD STOKES, Esq; viz. Four lusty young Men going in a Boat on the said Pond, about Two o’Clock in the Afternoon, the Boat overset, and two of’em were drowned: The other two narrowly escaped, being almost suffocated before they could get out.

   We hear from Bristol that the Trial of Capt. GOODIER is deferr’d till next Thursday or Friday, on account of his ill State of Health.

 

Mar 31.  Gloucester, Mar 28.  We hear from Bristol, that this Day Capt. GOODIER, MATTHEW MAHONY, and CHARLES WHITE, received Sentence of Death for the barbarous Murder of Sir JOHN GOODIER, Bart.  The Captain’s Trial lasted upwards of 8 hours.

 

Apr 7.  London, Apr 4.   Capt. GOODIER, WHITE and MAHONY, are order’d to be hanhg’d the 15th Inst. At Bristol, for the Murder of Sir JOHN DINELEY GOODIER, Bart.

 

Apr 14.  Bristol, Apr 4.  Capt. GOODERE, MATTHEW MAHONY, and CHARLES WHITE, for the Murder of Sir JOHN DINELEY GOODERE, and JANE WILLIAMS, for the Murder of her Bastard Child, are all order’d for Execution Wednesday se’nnight.

   This Week a Smith took Measure of MATTHEW MAHONEY, for his Chains, he alone being order’d to be hang’d in Chains some where down the River.

   

The three Ruffians who were convicted of seizing Sir John, are each of them sentenced to pay a Fine of 40 s. To suffer a Twelve Month’s Imprisonment, and to find Sureties for their good Behaviour for a Twelve Month after.

    When the Captain (Samuel Goodier) came from the Guildhall with the above Prisoners last Saturday, after Sentence was pass’d upon them, he chose to walk on Foot through the Streets to Newgate, having his Scarlet Cloak on, and pull’d off his Hat to divers Persons.

 

Apr 14.  Mrs GOODERE has deliver’d a Petition to his Majesty, praying for Transportation for Life, or whatever his Majesty thought proper, for her Husband, so that his Life was spar’d, but without any Effect.

 

Apr 21.  Last Wednesday Capt. GOODERE, MATTHEW MAHONY, and  CHARLES WHITE,  for the Murder of Sir JOHN DINELEY GOODERE, Bart. And JANE WILLIAMS, for killing her Bastard Child, were executed at St Michael’s Hill, Bristol.  The Captain went thither in a Mourning Coach, the other three in a Cart; and all confess’d the Crimes for which they suffer’d.  MAHONY dy’d a Roman Catholick.   The next Day the Captain’s Body was put into a Hearse, and carry’d into Herefordshire, to be interr’d there; and the Body of MAHONY has since been hung in Chains.

 

May 12.  Bristol, May 2.  Last Tuesday, about Eight in the Morning, Mrs ELEANOR CLARKE of Temple street, cut her Throat, and expir’d two Hours after; She was very well esteemed by her Neighbours, and was of a cheerful agreeable Disposition, ‘till since last Sunday, when she married a neighbouring Tradesman entirely against the Consent of her Friends.

   Last Wednesday a Quarrel happen’d at JAMES BRERETON’s , over the Bridge near Kinsham, between one Farmer COX, and BENJAMIN SALMON; and, in the Scuffle, SALMON gave the Farmer a mortal Wound over the Head with a Shovel, of which he expir’d a few Hours after; and the Murderer is fled.

 

Jun 30.  Gloucester, Jun 27.  This Day a Man, suppos’d to be in Liquor, fell from the Shafts of a loaded Cart near Over Turnpike, which run over him and kill’d him on the Spot.

 

Jul 21.  Gloucester, Jul 18.  Last Wednesday the Assizes ended here, when one Man receiv’d Sentence of Death, viz. JOHN LEONARD, alias BOUCHER, for robbing his Uncle (an ancient and honest Man of the Parish of Wotton Underedge)  on the Highway: He was likewise indicted for Murdering him, but the Evidence not being sufficient, he was acquitted; and is to be executed on Friday next.

 

Jul 28.  Gloucester, Jul 25.  Yesterday JOHN LEONARD was executed here, for robbing his uncle of 4 l. 10 s.   At the Place of Execution several of his Neighbours desir’d him to confess, whether he was also guilty of murdering him, which he absolutely deny’d; but acknowledg’d the Robbery.  He was about 28 Years of Age, born at Wotton Underedge in this County, and by Trade a Shoemaker; and, to all outward Appearance, dy’d very penitent.

 

Aug 4.  Gloucester, Aug 1.  They write from Tewkesbury, that two melancholy Accidents happen’d near that Town this Week, viz. On Tuesday one of the Troopers quarter’d there, bathing himself in the River, was in Danger of being drown’d; Whereupon another of them immediately stripp’d off his Cloaths and went in; but, by endeavouring to save him, they both unfortunately perished.

   And, On Friday they had a violent storm of Rain, accompany’d with dreadful Thunder and Lightning; when a poor woman and three Children, that were Leasing in the Fields, ran for Shelter under an Oak near the Lower Lode, and were all struck dead by the Lightning:  At the same Time a great deal of Damage was done to the Bridge that leads to Worcester.

 

Sep 15.  Gloucester, Sep 12.  This Week the Seat of Sir WILLIAM KEYTE, Bart. At Norton, in the parish of Mickleton, in this County, was entirely consumed by Fire, and he himself wilfully perish’d in the Flames, notwithstanding the utmost Endeavours of his Servants to save his Life; which is a glaring Proof that he was disorder’d in his Senses: @Tis said he set it on Fire himself.

 

Sep 22.  A rebuttal of the above report.

 

Nov 10.  Gloucester, Nov 7.  The following Persons have been lately committed to our Castle, viz. ...THO LAWRENCE,  for the Murder of his Wife; he is 77 Years of Age.

 

Nov 24.  Gloucester, Nov 21.  This Week died in the Castle Gaol THOMAS LAWRENCE, who was lately committed there for the Murder of his Wife: He was 77 Years of Age.

 

Dec 22.  Bristol, Dec 12.  Yesterday was found drown’d in the River near Stapleton Bridge, Mr PIDDING,  an eminent Corn factor in the Old Market: His Coat was at some Distance on the Bank side.    

 

 

 

 

1742

 

Jan 19.  Gloucester, Jan 18.  Yesterday morning ---- CHAMPNESS, a young Man of Thornbury, by Trade a Saddler, was found dead in a Ditch adjoining to Sudbrooke, near this City.  He was coming hither on Saturday, and in the Night unfortunately fell into the said Ditch, where thro’ want of assistance, and the Fatigue of his Journey, occasion’d by the Violence of the Storm, ‘tis suppos’d he perish’d.

 

Feb 2.  Gloucester, Feb 1.  Yesterday WILLIAM SEYMOUR, of Bitton in this County, Gentleman, was committed to our Castle, being charged upon Oath on Suspicion of Shooting his Brother, BERKELEY SEYMOUR, through his Body in the Bed on Wednesday Night last, and robbing him of about 20 l.

 

Feb 16.  They write from Bristol : They add, that upon enquiring into the Affair of the Murder of Mr BERKELEY SEYMOUR, by his Brother WILLIAM SEYMOUR, it appears that BERKELEY was in Bed when his Brother came to the side thereof, and shot him into his left Side, thro’ his Coat, Waistcoat and Bed Cloaths.  His Body was found in an adjacent Room, with his Skull broke (as suppos’d by the Butt End of the Gun, so that his Brains came out;) a great Quantity of Blood lay by him, and by the Stains of Blood on Several Parts of the Ceiling, ‘tis believ’d he made some Resistance after he was Shot.

 

Mar 16.  Gloucester, Mar 13.  Trial List.  WILLIAM SEYMOUR, for killing and robbing his Brother; SARAH SKERTON and RACHEL EVANS, for the Murder of GRACE HILL.

 

Mar 23.  Gloucester, 20 Mar.  Assizes: Sentence of Death.  WILLIAM SEYMOUR, of Bitton, for the barbarous Murder of his Brother, Mr BERKELEY SEYMOUR.  The Fact was prov’d by divers strong Circumstances; as his being the last Person seen in Company with his Brother, his Coat being bloody, and a Gun having been heard to go off in the House, that was never afterwards found, &c.  To which the Prisoner making but a weak Defence, the Jury soon brought him in Guilty.  The Trial lasted upwards of seven Hours.

 

Mar 30.  Gloucester, Mar 27.  Commitments to our Castle Gaol: ... and HANNAH ROOCH, for killing her Bastard Child.

 

Apr 6.  Gloucester, Apr 3.  The same Morning [last Wednesday], about Eleven, the other five Malefactors, viz. WILLIAM SEYMOUR, condemn’d for the Murder of his Brother; ... were carried (the first in a Mourning Coach) ... to the County Gallows, and executed; where, contrary to Expectation, SEYMOUR persisted in his Innocency to the very last; ....

 

Jul 13.  Gloucester, Jul 12.  On Sunday last a Carpenter, upwards of 60 Years of Age, who for some time had work’d in this City, being infatuated by an excessive Love of a young Woman that was  deaf to his Addresses, for Vexation’s sake drown’d himself:  The Coroner’s Inquest have since sat on the Body, and brought in their Verdict Felo de se.

 

Aug 3.  Gloucester, Jul 31.  Assizes.  HANNAH ROACH, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

Aug 24.  Bristol, Aug 14.  Last Saturday morning a large Swedish Vessel, about 500 tons, that had discharg’d her lading, and lay at anchor in Hongroad, overset for want of Ballast, by which means the Second Mate, who was in the Hold, was drown’d.

 

Sep 7.  Gloucester, Sep 4.  This Week were committed to the Castle Gaol, EDWARD BOUTON and MARGARET HUNTLY, on Suspicion of murdering a Male Bastard Child.

 

Dec 7.  Gloucester, Dec 4.   Last Wednesday, between Two and Five in the Afternoon, JANE CLARKE, Widow of JASPER CLARKE, of Rodborough in this County, was barbarously murdered (as suppos’d) by a Man that was seen at her House about Two the same Afternoon. - NB. He is tall, thin, very ill looking Fellow, near six Foot high, with small Bow legs; and had on, when seen at the said House, a light colour’d ragged Coat with White Metal Buttons and flash’d Sleeves, a red and white spotted Handkerchief, and a dirty Cap.  The Murder was committed as follows: She was strangled with a Handkerchief, and her Skull fractur’d with a Wool Card, that lay by her with the End of it bloody; after which, the Villain took off the Fingers two Gold Rings; and one Gold Signet, the Posies as yet unknown; and then rifled the House, and left his own bloody Coat and Waistcoat with small Mohair Buttons, and a narrow old Hat unloop’d: By his Discourse he appears to be a Herefordshire Man, and by Trade a Blacksmith; and ‘tis thought he was seen at Nailsworth Yesterday Morning, in the same brown Coat and Hat, with a Handkerchief full of Linnen.

 

Dec 21.  Gloucester, Dec 18.  Last Tuesday a melancholy Accident happened in the Parish of Thornbury, in this County; One WILLIAM DEAN, Servant to Mr Roach of Upper Moreton, having been with the waggon and Cattle halling some Barley to Thornbury; upon his Return, as he was sitting upon the Tongue of the Waggon, he fell off, and was killed on the spot.

   Bath, Dec 14.  Yesterday JOSEPH MUTTLO, of  Herefordshire, a Blacksmith, was apprehended here, on Suspicion of murdering JANE CLARKE, Widow, of Rodborough in Gloucestershire; and some of the Things that were lost out of the Deceased’d House were found upon him; (of which Murder and Robbery a particular Account was given in our Journal of the 7th Instant).  He acknowledged the Fact,  and that he sold the Rings in High Street, Bristol, one of them for 12 s. And the other two for 10 s. 6 d.  The Reason for murdering her, he says, was because she would not give him some Money he ask’d her for: He is committed to the County Gaol of Somerset.  

 

 

 

1743

 

Feb 22.  Bristol, Feb 12.  Yesterday Morning one MARTHA WHITE was apprehended, and carried to St Peter’s Hospital, on a violent Suspicion of murdering her two Bastard Children, which she was deliver’d of in a Necessary House, in the Back lane behind the Old Market, On Wednesday last, and being found there on Thursday Night.  The Jury sat on the Bodies Friday Evening, and brought in their Verdict Wilful Murder.

   The usual Experiment was made on swimming the Lungs of the Children, by which it appear’d one of them was born alive, and the other dead.

   Gloucester, Feb 19.  This Day was brought to our Castle, by Habeas Corpus, from Shepton Mallet Bridewell in Somersetshire, JOSEPH MUTTLOE, charg’d with the Murder of JANE CLARKE of Rodborough in this County.

 

Mar 8.  Bristol, Feb 26.  Account from Bedminster mentions EDWARD LINE, Weaver, sons JAMES and THOMAS, SUSANNAH his daughter; and a THOMAS SHORT.

    Gloucester, Mar 8.  Assizes.  JOSEPH MUTLOE, for the Murder of JANE CLARKE.  MARGARET HUNTLY and EDWARD BOUTON, for murdering a Bastard Child.   JOHN HORNSBY  and RICHARD HORNSBY,  for beating and killing ROBERT LAND.

 

Mar 15.  Gloucester, Mar 12.  Last Wednesday the Assizes ended here, when the six following Persons received Sentence of Death, viz. JOSEPH MUTLOE, for the barbarous Murder of JANE CLARKE, Widow, of Rodborough.  The Prisoner had little to say in his Defence, only that he wanted her to give him some Money, which she refus’d to do, and in a Passion threw a Wool Card at him, which he threw at her again, and kill’d her; and then he rifled the House, and took off some Rings from her Fingers, which he sold at Bristol.

   JOSEPH MUTLOE is order’d to be executed on Rodborough Hill, on Tuesday the 22d instant.

 

Three were burnt in the Hand, viz. ... JOHN HORNSBY, for Manslaughter.

 

Mar 29.  Gloucester, Mar 26.   Last Tuesday JOSEPH MUTLOE was executed on Rodborough Hill, and afterwards hung in Chains, for the Murder of JANE CLARKE, of that Parish, Widow.  He confessed the Fact, and desired the Spectators to pray for him.

 

May 3.  Bristol, Apr 30.  Long account of Press Gang; member killed by an ALEXANDER BROADFOOT, found Guilty by a Coroner’s Inquest, but taken on ship.

 

Aug 30.  Bristol, Aug 20.  Monday last a poor Fellow dropp’d down dead in the Shambles, after having drank four Noggins of Rum.

 

Sep 13.  Bristol, Sep 3.  Thursday ended the Assizes for this City and County, which prov’d to be a Maiden one.  Among the Persons try’d were the following, viz. ...ALEXANDER BROADFOOT, charged with the Murder of CORNELIUS CALLAHAN, found Guilty of Manslaughter, burnt in the hand.

 

Sep 27.  Bristol, Sep 17.  Monday last Mr LYDIARD, a Barber in Broadmead, was unhappily kill’d by the Kick of a Horse in his Breast.  It seems he and his Wife, with other Company, were going to Bath to a Wedding; but the Saddle of one of the Horses not sitting easy, they unlighted in order to shift it; and as Mr LYDIARD was standing a little behind one of the Horses, the unfortunate Creature threw up his hinder Legs, and kill’d him on the Spot.

   And the beginning of this Week, Mr PARSONS, an eminent Carpenter in the Old Market, was kill’d by a Fall from a Horse, after being at the Horse Races on Clerken Down, near Bath.

 

Nov 8.  Bristol, Oct 19.  We hear a Tinker and his Wife are taken up on London Road on a violent Suspicion of murdering a poor Woman, in one of whose Pockets were found two Fingers, which they had cut off the Hands of the Deceased for the sake of her Rings.

    Gloucester, Nov 5.  Last Wednesday, THOMAS CAMBREY, of Cirencester, Saltman, and JOHN CURTIS,  Labourer, were committed to our Castle Gaol, being charg’d on the Oaths of THOMAS STEPTOE (their Accomplice) and ESTHER ILES, with breaking into the House of JAMES MILLINGTON, in the Parish of Cirencester aforesaid, on the 25th of October last, and robbing the same of Money, &c. To the value of 20 l. And upwards; and also with wounding the said MILLINGTON, his Wife and Daughter; of which Wounds his said Wife is since dead.

   The same Day JOHN GRAHAM was committed to the said Gaol, on Suspicion of being concern’d in the Robbery and Murder of RICHARD RUDDLE, late Coachman to Sir ROBERT CANN, Bart.

[Advert. Re above in adjacent column.]

 

Dec 27.  Gloucester, Dec 24.  Last Tuesday ANDREW BURNET and HENRY PAIN, two foot Soldiers, were brought from Bristol, to our Castle, for the Murder of RICHARD RUDDLE, late Coachman to Sir ROBERT CANN, Bart. and robbing him of his Watch, &c. which  Watch was found in the Possession of the said BURNET.

 

 

 

 

 

 

1744

 

Jan 3.  Half column re murder of RICHARD RUDDLE; confessions of HENRY PAYNE and ANDREW BURNET.

 

Mar 6.  Gloucester, Mar 3.  THOMAS CAMBREY and JOHN CURTIS, for breaking into the House of JAMES MILLINGTON, and robbing the same of Money, &c. To the Value of 20 l. And for killing the said MILLINGTON’s Wife.

  ANDREW BURNET and HENRY PAYNE, for robbing and murdering RICHARD RUDDLE.

 

Mar 13.  Gloucester, Mar 10.  Trial and condemnation of THOMAS CAMBREY and JOHN CURTIS; also  ANDREW BURNET and HENRY PAYNE.

                 Gloucester, Mar 12.  Yesterday about One o’clock in the Morning, JOHN CURTIS died in the Condemn’d Room.

 

Mar 20.  Gloucester, Mar 17.  THOMAS CAMBREY, condemn’d at our last Assizes for the Murder of JAMES MILLINGTON’s Wife, and robbing his House, has, since the Death of his Accomplice, JOHN CURTIS, been very ill, but is now much better, and is to be executed on Tuesday next, near the Bowling Green House at Cirencester, and afterwards to be hung up in Chains: He denies both the said Crimes. As he has been ill, the Under Sheriff intends to take him, HENRY PAYNE, and ANDREW BURNET, in a Coach to Cirencester.  And on Wednesday Morning sets out with the two latter for Tetbury, Didmarton, Petty France, Sodbury and Bristol; and they are to be executed on Thursday at Durdham Down, where they robbed and murdered Sir ROBERT CANN’s Coachman; and afterwards to be hung up in Chains on Horvill Green.  They are very penitent, and  confess the Robbery; but say they had no Intent to have committed the Murder.

 

Mar 27.  Gloucester, Mar 24.  We have an Account from Cirencester, that on Tuesday last, at the Execution of THOMAS CAMBREY, for the Murder of Mrs MILLINGTON, &c. There was the greatest Number of People ever seen on such an Occasion: He deny’d the Fact; and also declared, that he never saw CURTIS till they were sent to Gaol together; upon which one of the Spectators said to him, How can you die with such a Lie in your Mouth!  I have seen you several Times drinking together.  He was afterwards hung in chains.

   And on Thursday, HENRY PAYNE and ANDREW BURNET were executed at Durdham Down, on the Rocks, above the Hot Well: They were both very penitent, and own’d the Robbery and Murder of Sir ROBERT CANN’s Coachman, tho’ they said it was not their Intent to have kill’d him; but he being a Stout resolute Man, BURNET gave him the unhappy Blow that occasion’d his Death.  They are likewise in Chains.

 

May 1.  Bristol, Apr 28.  Last Friday Night the bodies of HENRY PAYNE, and ANDREW BURNET, (who were executed for the Murder of Sir ROBERT CANN’s Coachman) were stolen off the Gibbet on Durdham Down; but have since been found among the Rocks, and hung up again.  

 

 

 

1745

 

Jan 22.  Gloucester, Jan 19.  Last Tuesday JOSEPH WILLIS, (who kept the Ship, one of the common Houses near Traytor’s Bridge, Bristol)  JOSEPH BOSTON, and ANNE LEWIS, were committed to our Castle; being charged, on the Coroner’s Inquest, with Suspicion of murthering one JOHN BENNETT, who was found drowned in the Rope Walk River; it appearing to the Jury, that the Deceased was first murthered, and then thrown into the said River, to prevent Discovery; and that he had been at the Ship above-mentioned.

 

Mar 12.  Gloucester, Mar 9.  Assizes.  MARY WAKEFIELD, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

JOSEPH WILLIS, JOSEPH BOSTON, and ANNE LEWIS, for the Murder of JOHN BENNETT.

 

Mar 19.  Gloucester, Mar 16.  To remain for the Assizes: JOSEPH WILLIS, JOSEPH BOSTON, and ANNE LEWIS, charged with aiding and assisting in the murder of JOHN BENNETT; ANN PERRY, the Principal, being at large.

 

Jul 23.  Gloucester, Jul 22.  We hear from Marshfield, that Yesterday a Man, whose name was JOHN SYMONDS, a Blacksmith, of North Wraxall, was found murder’d near that Place on the London Road.

 

Jul 30.  Gloucester, Jul 27.  Assizes.  JOSEPH WILLIS, JOSEPH BOSTON, and ANNE LEWIS, for being aiding and assisting in the Wilful Murder of JOHN BENNETT.  [NB. These four were continued from the last, in order to have their Trials at this Assizes.]

   ADAM KEEN, and MARY TAYLER, for the Murder of a Bastard Child, of which he was the Father, and she the Mother.

   BENJAMIN TAYLOR, for the Murder of WILLIAM RAWLINS.

   ELIZABETH ANDREWS, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

Aug 6.  Gloucester, Aug 3.  One was burnt in the hand for Manslaughter.

 

Aug 13.  Gloucester, Aug 10.  Horse accident @ Cheltenham last Thursday morning.

 

 

 

1746

 

Feb 4.  Bristol, Jan 25.  Saturday last in the Afternoon was committed to Newgate, JOHN BARRY, who kept the Harp and Star on the Key; 1st, On a violent Suspicion of poisoning one JAMES BARRY, a Sailor, and an Officer of the Duke Privateer (whom he invited and got to his House, where he died in a Short Time after:) 2d, for forging his Will, in Company with one P HAYNES, an Attorney, (whom he kept in his House for drawing Seaman’s Wills, &c.) and a Servant Boy of his own: And 3d, for Perjury, in swearing to the said Will himself.  It seems the Deceas’d was entitled to near 2000 l. Prize Money.  HAYNES  and the Boy are both confin’d in Bridewell.  BARRY was taken out of his own House by the Sheriffs of the City in Person, attended by their Officers, where he had conceal’d himself under his Bed.

    Gloucester, Feb 2.  Yesterday THOMAS SMITH, of Stow o’th’Wold, was brought to the Castle Gaol, being charg’d with the Murder of JOHN TAYLOR, of Cudson, by stabbing him with a Knife in one side of his Breast; the horrid Effect of a Quarrel that happen’d between them at a Public House in Stow aforesaid.

   This day SUSANNAH STONE was brought to the same place, having been found guilty (on the Coroner’s Inquest) of concealing the Death of her Female base born Child.

 

Mar 11.  Gloucester, Mar 8.  Assizes.  THOMAS SMITH, for the Wilful Murder of JOHN TAYLOR;  SUSANNAH STONE, for concealing the Birth of her base born Child; ...

 

Mar 18.  Gloucester, Mar 15.  THOMAS SMITH, of Stow o’th’Wold, was found guilty of Manslaughter, and burnt in the Hand.

   From the City Gaol three Persons were brought upon Trial; one of which was found guilty of Manslaughter, and burnt in the Hand.

 

Apr 15.  Gloucester, Apr 12.  On Tuesday last, as three Men, viz. The Landlord of the Mermaid on our Key, and two Fishermen, were going in a small Pig-Trow Boat, to catch Elvers; the Boat, by some unlucky Accident, (before they got a Quarter of a Mile down the River) sunk, and the Men were all drown’d.  We have had more Accidents of this Nature, this Winter, than have been known in the Memory of Man.

 

May 20.  Gloucester, May 10.  On Saturday last, MATTHEW DAILY, of the Duke Privateer, was committed to Newgate, for the premeditated Murder of WILLIAM SULLIVAN, his Comrade; which was occasion’d by no other Motive, than barely suspecting that the Deceas’d struck him with a Stone some little Time before, when they were ashore together on the Holmes.

 

Jun 17.  Gloucester, Jun 14.   Since our last Assizes, the following Persons have been committed to our County Gaol, viz. MATTHEW TYLER, for the Murder of SARAH TWISSELL.

 

Aug 12.  Gloucester, Aug 8.  The following Prisoners are to be try’d at the Assizes for this County, viz. MATTHEW TYLER, for the Murder of SARAH TWISSELL.

 

Aug 19.  Gloucester, Aug 16.  Assizes.  JAMES BALLINGER was burnt in the Hand for Manslaughter.  MATTHEW TYLER, indicted for the Murder of SARAH TWISSELL, was acquitted.

 

Sep 9.  Gloucester, Sep 6.  This Week was committed to our Castle, (on Suspicion of murdering his Wife) DANIEL CLARKE, a Millman, near Painswick.

 

Oct 7.  Bristol, Sep 27.  Long column re execution of MATTHEW DALY [also DAILY], aged 22, born Cork, for the murder of WILLIAM SULLIVAN.

 

Dec 30.  Bristol, Dec 20.  On Monday last the Body of Mr FARRAR, (late a Grocer on the Bridge) who was suspected to have been murder’d by some Villains in the Rope Walk, having been missing ever since the 27th of October, was found in BRICE’s Mill Pond, near Stapleton, with his Gold Watch in his Pocket, and his Silver Buckles in his Shoes, without the least Mark of Violence about him.  The Miller, who found his Body, is intitled to 15 Guineas, ten for the Body, and five for the Watch, by virtue of a printed Reward offer’d for Intelligence of the Body or Watch.  The Coroner’s Jury, which sat on the Body, brought in their Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

 

 

 

1747

 

Feb 17.  Gloucester, Feb 14.   This Morning the following Accident happen’d, viz. A Pig trow Boat, bound from Elmore for this City, with three Men in it, who hoisted a Sail to expedite their Passage, was, by a sudden Squall of Wind, overset, and two of the Men drowned.

 

Mar 24.  Gloucester, Mar 21.  Assizes.  DANIEL CLARK, on Suspicion of the Murder of his Wife.

 

Sep 29.  Bristol, Sep 19.  Murder of JOHN SWEET, Tobacco Cutter, by PETHERLY, a Dragoon of Cobham’s Regiment.

 

Oct 20.  Gloucester, Oct 19.  Committed to our Castle, viz. JOHN DELL, and GEORGE PYRKS, charged with the Murder of JOHN PHILLIPS.

 

 

 

 

1748

 

On Thursday last as one THOMAS HIGGS, at Over, near this City, Miller, was pecking his Mill stone, the Spindle unfortunately caught hold of his Frock, and so squeez’d him to the Stone, that he soon expired.  He has left a Wife and four children.

 

Mar 1.  Gloucester, February 29.   On Wednesday last the Cirencester Stage Coach, on its Return from London, was overturn’d on Gangsden Hill, near Nettlebed; by which Accident, Mr HAYWOOD, an eminent Attorney, of Cirencester, was unfortunately kill’d on the spot.  He was a very worthy Gentleman, was therefore much esteem’d, and is now greatly lamented.  [Mar 8. Note that it was the Oxford Coach.]

 

Apr 19.  Gloucester, Apr 18.  Yesterday in the Afternoon, during the time of Divine Service, a young lad went up into the Steeple of St Nicholas Church in this City, intending therein to catch Jack Daws; but, (unhappy for him!) he chanc’d to let slip his Hold, and so bruis’d himself and fractured his Skull by the Fall, that he Died in an Hour after.

 

Sep 27.  Gloucester, Sep 26.  We hear from Cirencester, that, on Monday last, the Jury came to an Agreement concerning the Death of Mr JAMES DUBBERS, who was found on the Foss, near the four mile House, on the road between Cirencester and Gloucester, on the 23d of last month at Night; and their Verdict was, That his Death was occasioned by some Person or Persons unknown.

 

Oct 18.  Gloucester, Oct 15.  We hear from Stow, in this County, that, on Sunday last, the following unhappy Accident happened to Mr BROOKS, who kept the King’s Arms in that Town.  He went to the King’s Head at Northleach, to desire Mr HOWE’s Assistance at Stow Fair on the Thursday following; and, on his Return home, his Horse fell down on the Hill, near Bourton on the Water, by which Means the said Mr BROOKS’s Neck was broke, as was one of the Horse’s Legs.  Mr BROOKS was found dead the next Morning.   [continues .....] 

 

 

 

1749

 

Jan 17.  Gloucester, Jan 16.  Commitments to our County Gaol.  Last week were committed to our Castle, ... MARY PROPERT, on Suspicion of the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

Jan 31.  Gloucester, Jan 30.  On Tuesday last, as Farmer BALDWIN, of Sandhurst, near this City, was returning home from shewing a Butcher, who had been at his House buying a Calf, the nearest way thro’ the Water, by some unfortunate accident his Mare slipp’d into the River, and both he and his Mare were drown’d.

 

Feb 7.  Gloucester, Feb 4.  They write from Burford that, on Saturday last, SARAH SAVAGE, of Broad Rissington, having, on her Return home from Burford market, lost her Way on the Downs, was found starv’d to Death near a Sheep fold.

 

Mar 7.  Gloucester, Mar 4.  General Quarter Sessions: MARTHA PROPERT, on Suspicion of Murdering her Child; ....

 

Mar 14.  We hear that EDWARD WEBB, Gent. one of the Coroners for this County, lives now at Chalford Bottom, in the Parish of Bisley.

 

Apr 11.  Gloucester, Apr 8.  Last Monday, in the Forenoon, a very melancholy Accident happen’d to Mrs STEVENS, of Grovening, near Thornbury, in this County, aged 82; saying that she must write a Letter that Morning, her Servant put a Table by the Fire side, and, (as it appears), the Fire caught hold of her Cloaths, (being all Linen) and she was either burnt or suffocated to Death; but no Damage was done to the House:  She was a kind Mistress, a good Neighbour, and much given to Hospitality.  

   And on Monday Night, JO CHARDE, of Wotton Underedge, who rode Post from Bristol to Gloucester upwards of 30 years, was drowned in a brook in Cromhall Common.

 

Sep 5.  Male body hanging in wood @ Horton.

 

Nov 28.  Gloucester, Nov 25.  On Thursday morning one STEEL, a Scotchman, well noted in this County, &c. for a Hair Buyer, was found dead in a Ditch near Apperley Common, betwixt this City and Tewkesbury.

 

 

 

1750

 

Jan 9.  Case of WILLIAM WEBB & JOHN FREAME.

 

Mar 13.  Trial of WILLIAM WEBB.

 

Mar 20.  WILLIAM WEBB, burnt in the hand for Manslaughter.

 

Apr 10.  Gloucester, Apr 7.  Yesterday was committed to our Castle, RICHARD CULL, of Laverton, in this County, for stabbing THOMAS ROBERTS with a Knife in so violent a Manner that he immediately expir’d: They were both Youths, the Prisoner himself being but about 14 or 15 Years old.

 

Apr 17.  Gloucester, Apr 14.   Last Tuesday Evening Farmer PIFFE, of Uckington, had the Misfortune to be thrown from his Horse into a Slough on the Cheltenham road, near this City, where he was suffocated.  He was a sober, careful Man, and has left a Wife and five Children, who, as well as his Neighbours, have sustain’d a great Loss by his Death.

 

May 29.  Gloucester, May 26.  Last Thursday Morning a violent Shower of Rain fell between Huntley and the Lea, which swell’d the Water that runs a cross the Road to a prodigious Degree, and the Current was so rapid, that JAMES NORTON, of Hampton, Carrier, (who was going to Ross Fair) and his Horse, were beat down thereby, and the former, being lame in one Arm, drowned, to the great Loss of his Family and the County, he having been a very careful, honest Man.

 

Jun 19.  Gloucester, Jun 16.  They write from Leachlade that, Yesterday was se’nnight, RICHARD GODFREY, Esq. was seized with an Apoplectic Fit, of which he died immediately.

 

Jul 10.  Gloucester, Jul 7.  On Saturday the 23d of June last, about One o’Clock in the Morning, a terrible Fire broke out at the White Lyon in Acton Turvil, in this County, which consumed the same, with all the Goods therein; among which were those of TIMOTHY SWAIN, of Hampton, consisting of Linnen, Woollen, Bedding, and all his Earthenware, to a great Value, which were lodg’d in the said House; and what renders his Case the more deplorable, is the Loss of his Child, (a Girl, about 11 years of Age) who was burnt to Ashes.

 

Jul 31.  Gloucester, Jul 28.  Assizes.  RICHARD CULL, for the Murder of THOMAS ROBERTS, and MARY CULL, charg’d on Suspicion of being accessary to that Murder.

 

Aug 7.  Gloucester, Aug 4.  Two were burnt in the Hand, viz. RICHARD CULL, for Manslaughter ....

 

 

 

 

1751

 

Jan 22.  Worcester, Jan 17.  And, last Friday in the Afternoon, as one Mr BUTLER, a Shopkeeper at Aston under the Hill, was returning from Evesham, both he and his Horse fell into Merry Brook, and were drown’d; and, when they were found, his and the Horse’s Head were close together.

 

Mar 5.  Gloucester, Mar 2.  Last Saturday Night a Fire broke out in the Stable of Farmer WHITE, at Apperley, in this County, occasioned by the Servants not taking proper Care of their Candle; when the Farmer, in endeavoring to free his Horses, which were six, from the Flames, was very much bruis’d by the falling in of the Building upon him, insomuch that he died the Morrow Evening.  Four of his Horses had got out, but his Attempt after the other two, which perished, prov’d thus unfortunate to him.  He has left a wife and four Children.

 

Mar 19.  Gloucester, Mar 16.  Yesterday was committed to our Castle ELIZABETH DUSNER, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

Apr 2.  Gloucester, Mar 30.  Assizes.  ELIZABETH DURSNER, charg’d with the Murder of her Bastard Child.

    We hear from Ledbrook, in this County, that, on the 27th instant in the Morning, the Wife of SAMUEL RASNICK, belonging to the Forge at that Place, cut her Throat in so terrible a Manner, that, tho’ Mr STEEL, a Surgeon in Coleford, was sent for, who sew’d up the Wound, she expir’d in two Hours after.  This unhappy Woman and her Husband were Methodists; and, which is worthy Observation, they had but just been very earnest in their Devotions before she committed this rash Act.   She has left behind her Seven children, the last of which she lay in with about nine Weeks ago.

 

May 14.  Gloucester, May 11.  We hear from Ross, in this County, that on Monday evening last, as Mr BONNER, of the Marsh, near that Town, and some of his Neighbours, were returning from Dean Market, they took it into their Heads to try whose Horse could run fastest, when unhappily one of them, in endeavouring to get before Mr BONNER, so violently forc’d him and his Horse against a Tree, that he was thereby kill’d on the Spot.

 

May 21.  Gloucester, May 20.   Last Saturday Evening as Farmer ROBERTS, of Eldersfield, in Worcestershire, with some others, was returning home on Horseback from our Market, upon leaving the Turnpike at Over they set out full speed for a Wager agreed upon by them, and being come pretty near Maisemore Bridge, they were seen by a Boy thereon, who, to avoid any Misfortune that might happen to himself, entered one of the Nooks, but at whom Farmer ROBERTS’s Horse was so frighted, that he leap’d very violently against the opposite side, whereby the Farmer was unhappily thrown over his Head, and tho’ he had the Presence of Mind to hold the Bridle in his Hands, yet, before any Assistance could be given him, the Bridle slipp’d off the Horse’s Head, when he fell into the River and was drown’d; and Yesterday Morning he was taken up.  He has left behind a Wife and four Children.

 

May 28.  Gloucester, May 25.   The Account of Mr BONNER’s Death, inserted in our Journal of the 14th inst. is, we are assured, erroneous in that part relating to his being forc’d against a Tree by one of his Neighbours; it appearing since, that the  Person nearest him, when that melancholy Affair happen’d, was distant 10 or 12 Yards from him.

 

Jul 16.  Gloucester, Jul 13.  On Monday last one GOSLING, a Farmer’s Son near this City, and formerly an Exciseman, being disordered in his Senses, threw himself into the River Severn, and was drown’d.

 

This day some Fishermen took up with their nets at Minsterworth a Man’s Body, sew’d up in a Pack sheet, with a Stone put at each end to sink it.  ‘Tis said he was a weaver, and that he hang’d himself a few Days ago, for which he was deny’d Christian Burial, and therefore his Friends took the Method above mentioned for the Disposal of his Body.

 

Aug 20.  Gloucester, Aug 17.  Last night: Ostler & Dragoon, Inquest, Manslaughter.

               Bristol, Aug 10.  And the Next Day [last Tuesday] were committed to the said Gaol [Newgate] BETTY, alias ELIZABETH, BOWER, and MARY HORWOOD, being charged on Oath with having voluntarily and wilfully murdered a Male Infant, by throwing it over the Back into the River Avon.

 

Aug 27.  Bristol, Aug 17.  Suicide, by cutting throat, of Mr RICHARD IVY, Lt Half Pay RN, in the Bog House of a public house at Pill.

               Bristol, Aug 24.  ELIZABETH BOWYER, and MARY HORWOOD, indicted for murdering a Male Infant, were acquitted.

 

Sep 17.  Bristol, Sep 7.  Yesterday se’nnight, as the Son of Mr BRIGHT, a Brewer in this City, and two men, were standing on some Boards that were fasten’d on a Beam that lay a cross a Furnace, the Beam being rotten, and not able to support the weight of the three Persons, broke; by which accident they all fell into the Furnace, in which were about two Feet of boiling liquor, and Mr BRIGHT’s Son and one of the Men were dreadfgully scalded, but the other received little Hurt.  Mr BRIGHT’s Son, soon after falling into a violent Fever, liv’d till Monday, when he expir’d, to the inexpressible Grief of his disconsolate Parents, he being an only Child.  The Man continues in a dangerous Way.

 

Oct 1.  Bristol, Sep 22.   Last Saturday Night Mr RICHARD TYLER, some Time ago an eminent Grocer in this City, but retired from Business, died suddenly at his House on St Michael’s Hill.  He had been that Evening at a Club; and, soon after his Return home, he complain’d of a Pain in his Stomach, and expired instantly.

 

Nov 12.  Bristol, Nov 2.  A few Days ago the Body of the Huntsman belonging to his Grace the Duke of Beaufort was found drown’d in a Fish pond belonging to his Grace.  The Occasion of this Affair is variously related, his Cloaths, Hat and Wig, his Watch and 16 Guineas, lying by the side of the Fish Pond.  It is said he had lived in the Family upwards of 30 Years, and had, at the time of this accident, upwards of 1500 l. at use.

 

Dec 3.  Inquest by Edward Webb into the death of JOHN LAWRENCE, bagger, at Pucklechurch.  Lists the Jurors.

 

Dec 24.  Gloucester, Dec 23.   Last Monday were found murder’d, at Cut Mill, in the Parish of Westbury, the Wife of JOHN JONES, and his Neice, whilst he was at Mitchel Dean Market.  As no Body besides was in or near the House, ‘tis impossible as yet to get any certain Particulars in regard to the Murderer.  All, therefore, we can now assure our readers concerning this tragical Affair is, that the Woman receiv’d four Wounds, all on her Temples,  and the Neice, seven, four on the Temples, one on her Forehead, and one on each Jaw; and that a Box was broken open by the villain, in Expectation of meeting with some Money, but there was none.               

 

 

 

1752

 

Jan 28.  Gloucester, Jan 25.  The Waters about this City have been at a prodigious Height, insomuch that, the Beginning of this Week, one JOHN BAKER, an ancient Man, of this City, Carpenter, was drowned in going to Elmore, and a Fisherman taken up, who had met with the same Misfortune.

 

Feb 25.  Gloucester, Feb 22.  This Week, were committed to our Castle MARY READE and JAMES BLEWITT, of the Parish of Longhope, charged with the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

Mar 10.  Bristol, Feb 29.   We have an Account from Sodbury, in Gloucestershire, that, on the 20th Instant in the Evening, ROBERT TANNER was kill’d by his Son in Law, WILLIAM TANNER, from whom he receiv’d three Stabs in the Breast, and a fourth in the Side of his Body, with a Knife, which pierced his Heart.  They were Butchers, had quarrell’d about some trivial Affairs, and, being both on the Ground struggling, in the Conflict WILLIAM TANNER, who was undermost, drew his Knife, and gave the fatal Wounds aforesaid.

   Listed for trial: MARY READE, JAMES BLEWITT, and SAMUEL TANNER.

 

Mar 17.  Bristol, Mar 7.  Last Thursday Morning, Mr ROBERT BROWNING, in Redcliffe street, Tobacconist, at the time of High Water, threw himself out of a Window at the Back Part of his House into the River, and was drown’d.  The Day before, he ask’d several of the Neighbours which was the easiest Death, Hanging, or Drowning; and, being told the latter, he was ask’d whether he had a Mind to try the Experiment, but made no Answer.

   Gloucester, Mar 16.  Assizes.  Nine, viz. ..... SAMUEL TANNER, for Manslaughter ... were burnt in the Hand.

   At this Assizes also, MARY READE, and JAMES BLEWITT, were try’d for the Murder of her Bastard Child.  Upon this tryal, JOAN READE, the Girl’s Mother, was call’d, who, after some time (for both the Judge and Council were a considerable time before they could get her to speak anything to the Purpose, arising, as was thought, from the melancholy Reflection of swearing against her Daughter) swore positively that the Man kill’d the Child; but the Girl absolutely declared that he was not in the Room when the Child dy’d, but that her Mother, who deliver’d her, as soon as it was born, put her Hands to the Neck of it, and then said it was dead.  Upon this, the Judge spoke to the Mother, bid her consider of what she had said, and told her of the great Guilt that lay upon her, first in murdering the Child, and then in endeavouring to take away the life of an Innocent Man, by laying that very Murder to his Charge; which had such an Effect upon her, that she deny’d her former Evidence, and said she knew not who kill’d it.  The then Prisoners were immediately acquitted, and the Daughter is continued an Evidence against her Mother, who is committed to Prison, to be try’d, next Assizes, for the Murder of the Child.

 

Mar 31.  Gloucester, Mar 28.   We hear from Coleford that, on Thursday last, the Coroner’s Inquest sat  on the Body of SAMUEL COOPER, who was found hanging, the Day before, to the Bacon Rack in his own House; when, upon an Examination of several witnesses, which lasted near five hours, the Jury found him Felo de se; and he was immediately bury’d in the next Cross Road, and a Stake drove thro’ his Body.

 

May 12.  Gloucester, May 9.  The following Persons have this week been committed to our Castle, viz. MARY KING, for the Murder of a Female Bastard Child; MARTHA HICCOCKS, on Suspicion of poisoning WILLIAM HUGHES, late of Cirencester.

 

Jun 30.  Gloucester, Jun 27.   On Thursday last, as Mr BLISS, of Chalford, in this County, Clothier, was returning home from Cheltenham, in Company with three others, he unfortunately fell from his Horse, which so fractur’d his Skull, that he dy’d on the Spot.

 

Jul 14.  Gloucester, Jul 11.  Assizes.  JOAN READE, MARY KING, and ELIZABETH KING, for murdering Bastard Children.

 

Jul 21.  Gloucester, Jul 18.  On Wednesday last the Assizes ended here, .... Four were order’d for Transportation, viz. JOAN READE, for Perjury (who was also sentenc’d to be pillory’d, which was executed upon her this Day,)....

   ANN WILLIAMS, charg’d with poisoning her Husband, and ELIZABETH and MARY KING, suspected of murdering a Bastard Child, were order’d to remain in Gaol till next Assizes.

 

Aug 4.  Gloucester, Aug 1.  This Week the following melancholy Affair happen’d in this City, viz.  On Tuesday last, ---- DOGGETT, a labouring Man, was employ’d to kill a Cat, to effect which he took him by the Hind Legs and dash’d his Head against a Wall, when the Cat immediately seiz’d him by the Hand, and bit and tore it most terribly.  At last, however, he was master’d, and the poor Fellow apply’d to a Surgeon with his Hand, but his Blood was so poison’d by the Venom of the Cat, that he dy’d on Thursday in the Afternoon.

 

Sep 19.  CHANGE OF PUBLICATION DATE.

 

Dec 5.  Gloucester, Dec 2.  We hear from Bristol, that as one RICHARD FLUCK a labouring Man, was assisting in cleaning a deep Well, the Wall thereof fell in on him, and killed him on the Spot.

 

Dec 26.  Gloucester, Dec 23.   From Westbury, about Six Miles from hence, we are told they [the floods] are much higher there than ever they were known by the oldest Man thereabouts; and that, this Morning, as two Men were fishing in a Stock boat, the Tide ran so very Swift, that the Boat was overset, and one of the Men drowned.

 

 

 

1753

 

Feb 20.  Gloucester, Feb 17.  Yesterday Morning was overset near this City, by a Trow’s running against her, the Worcester Wherry, in which were five Men, one of whom was drowned, who has left behind him a Wife and five children.

 

Feb 27.  Gloucester, Feb 24.   On Tuesday last, the Trow of WILLIAM HARRISON, of Newnham, laden with 24 Tons of Iron, from Lidney Works for this Port, was unfortunately overset by the violence of the Tides and Quick sands, and Mr HARRISON  himself, in endeavouring all he could to save his Vessel, was drowned; the rest on board saved themselves by timely getting into their Boat.  Most of the Iron, we hear, has been since taken up.

 

Mar 6.  Gloucester, Mar 3.  On Sunday Night last, one MARGARET LATTIMORE, aged 80, who kept a Public house at Frampton Cotterell, near Bristol, as she was going (as is supposed) to Bed in the Dark, fell down Stairs and dislocated her Neck; and, next Morning, she was found with her Head doubled under her.  It is remarked of her, that, notwithstanding her great Age, she would suffer no Person to live with her, not even her nearest Relations.

 

Apr 10.  Trial of ANN WILLIAMS for poisoning her Husband.

 

Apr 17.  Gloucester, Apr 14.  ANN WILLIAMS burnt at the stake.

 

Apr 24.  Gloucester, Apr 21.   They write from Bristol, that, last Tuesday Morning, was brought into St Peters Hospital, commonly called the Mint, one JANE THOMAS, a Pembrokeshire young Woman, who had that morning delivered herself, ina Bog house, of a Male Bastard Child, which she threw into the same, whereby it was stifled; and the Coroner’s Jury have brought in their Verdict, Wilful Murder. 

 

 

 

1754

 

Feb 5.  Gloucester, Feb 2.  A few Days ago, a Man and his Son of Wickwar, in this County, went to fodder some Cattle; when, in attempting to cut some Hay for that Purpose, the Rick gave way, whereby the Son fell, and the cutting knife lodged in his Heart and killed him.

 

Mar 19.  Gloucester, Mar 16.  They write from Bristol that, about a Fortnight ago, as two Colliers were fighting, one of them had several of his ribs broke, and was otherwise greatly hurt, insomuch that he was taken into the Infirmary, where he died last week.   The Coroner has sat on the Body, and brought in his Verdict, Wilful Murder.

 

Apr 2.  Gloucester, Mar 30.  On Thursday Night last, the Newnham Sloop, Burden about 50 Tons, that traded from  Newnham to Bristol, laden with Lime, and other Goods to a very great Value, was unfortunately burnt by the Lime’s taking Fire, with every Thing on board; and an old Man, a Passenger, who lay in the Cabin, was also burnt to Ashes.

 

Jul 2.  Gloucester, Jun 29.  From Winterbourne, near Bristol, we have an Account of the following melancholy Accident, which happened there a few Days ago.  As one WILLIAM MILES, a lad about 10 years of Age, was riding a Mare on the Turnpike Road between Winterbourne and Framptonn Cotterell, he put her on faster than her usual Pace, and, having no saddle under him, he was thrown off her Back; by which Means, his Head pitching on a Stone, his skull was fractured, on the Crown and behind his Ear, in so terrible a Manner, that, tho’ several Persons ran instantly to his Assistance, he died on the Spot.

Jul 23.  Gloucester, Jul 23.  We hear from Longhope, in this County, that on Saturday Night last, one SIMON TURNER, aged 18, hanged himself in a grove where he was cutting wood. -- He never seemed to be in any  ways disordered in his Senses; so that his committing this rash Action cannot be accounted for.  The Coroner’s Inquest sat on the Body, and the Jury brought in their verdict Felo de se.

 

Aug 27.  Gloucester, Aug 24.  Last Wednesday, as one HENRY HARRIS was driving a load of Mortar down a very narrow, steep Lane to the Building at the Parsonage house at Danglingworth, near Cirencester, he had Occasion to lock one of the wheels, but by some Accident the Drag chain slipped, by which means he fell into the Rut and was crushed to Death by the wheel.  The Coroner’s Jury have brought in their Verdict, Accidental Death; and the Owner of the Waggon was fined 10 s. in lieu of the Wheel.

 

Oct 15.  Bath, Oct 7.  Last Monday, Mr SHIPWAY, who kept the waggons between Tetbury and London, was thrown from his Horse near Cold Harbour, in the County of Gloucestershire; whereby he dislocated his Neck, and died the next Day.

 

Nov 5.  On Thursday the 24th past, one ANNE OCKFORD, of Wotton Underedge, in this County, Widow, delivered herself of a Female Bastard child, which she confessed the next Day, and said she put it in the Vault, where diligent Search was accordingly made after it, but without success: However, on Sunday last the Child was found in a Coal hole under the Stairs, with a Tile stone over it; and the Coroner’s Inquest have since sat on its Body, and brought in their Verdict, Wilful Murder, against the said ANN OCKFORD, who is therefore put under proper Confinement. 

   On this Occasion, Mr HUNTRIDGE, of the samer Place, first dilated the Cjild’s Breast, and extracted the Lungs freed from their Teguments, which appeared very white and light without the least Discoloration, then put them into a large Quantity of Water, when they emerged above the Surface; after which, he Scalped the Head, and found a Contusion and Depression in the Occipital Bone: all the other Parts of the Body appeared fair and without the least Mark of Violence. His Opinion was, That the Child was born alive, from the Experiment of trying the Lungs in Water, which forms the truest Hypo thesis; for, when the Child is in the Womb, the Lungs are of a ponderous Quality, equal as other Parts of the Body, and have the same Motion, Circulation, &c. but as soon as the Child breathes, they are rarefied by the Air, and become specially lighter, which is the Cause of their Swimming.

   We hear from Bristol that, last week, CATHARINE GARDNER, otherwise HEMMINGS, was committed to Newgate there, charged with the Murder of a Female Infant born of her Body.

 

Nov 12.  Gloucester, Nov 9.  They write from Chipping Sodbury, in this County, that, at the late Celebration of his Majesty’s Coronation, there were two Bonfires, one at each End of the Town; when a Boy went from one Fire to the other, where having some Words with another Boy, a Scuffle ensued; upon which, a Brother to one of them called a Third Brother, who accordingly came, and knocked his Brother’s Antagonist upon his Knees with a Club, and then gave him another Blow, which dashed his Brains out.  The Coroner’s Jury have brought in their Verdict, Manslaughter.

  

 

 

1755

 

Jan 28.  Gloucester, Jan 25.  By a Letter from Bristol, of the 18th Inst. we have the following Account of the Loss of Five People belonging to the Customs, viz.  “About Two o’Clock in the Afternoon of Tuesday last, the Excise boat with Six Persons therein coming in the River under a Foresail, the Surveyor’s Hat blew off opposite the Conger Rocks; on which, they turned the Helm, and ran towards the Shirehampton shore, when, in striving to reach the Hat, they all fell overboard, and Mr PILSON, Mr WEBBER, Mr SMITH, Mr EYNON, and Mr CULL, were drowned, but the other, Mr PARSONS, was saved by a Tow boat.”

 

Feb 18.  Gloucester, Feb 15.   By a Letter from Bath we hear that, last Week, a Black Girl, Servant to a Gentleman in the Square, was buried at Walcot Church.  There were six Black Men to support the Pall; and several others attended the Corpse as Mourners.

 

Mar 4.  Gloucester, Mar 1.  On Thursday last were brought to our Castle gaol, ELIZABETH EVANS the Elder, and ELIZABETH EVANS the Younger, charged with the Murder of a Bastard Child.

 

Apr 8.  Sentence of Death.  .... and ANN OCKFORD, for the Murder of her Bastard Child; accordingly ANN OCKFORD was executed Yesterday, in consequence of the late Law in Cases of Murder.  After Condemnation she behaved very penitent, and received the Sacrament by her own Desire the Morning she suffered, but positively denied her using any Violence to the Child, whose Death (she said) was occasioned by a Fall and the Want of proper Care afterwards, for which (she likwise said) she thought herself accountable, but begged very much for a longer Time to prepare herself, and when at the Place of Execution stood near two Hours before she gave the signal.  She was a Widow, about 40 years of Age, and has left two children.

 

Jul 29.  Gloucester, Jul 26.  We hear from Cirencester that, on Tuesday last, Mr CAPPS, Steward to the Right Hon. the Lord Bathurst, and who had for some Time been observed to be greatly troubled in his Mind, after having given some Directions to the Workmen, went up into his Chamber and shot himself thro’ the Head.  This rash Action could not be caused by any Misconduct in his Accompts, as they were settled with the greatest Exactness; but the following Letter, which he wrote just before he shot himself, shews (it is thought) the Cause of his Troubles, viz.

             MY LORD,

                                  I solemnly declare before Almighty God, and as I hope for Pardon  for all my Sins and Offences, I am innocent of that beastly and detested Sin of  SODOMY, and that I loath and abhor it as much as any Man.  I don’t write this to vindicate myself to a World I shall soon leave, and be soon forgotten, but that your Lordship would have that Charity not to think the worse of those Persons who have laid the Imputation to me, and have taken the Advantage of my Imbecility of Spirit.  I could bear Poverty, but not Shame.  I hope Mrs S--- will do me the Justice to relate the Conversation that lately passed between us, and of a casual Circumstance.

 

Sep 23.  Bristol, Sep 13.   Mrs SARAH GARRETT killed on ship; son impressed; charge against PETER JONES alias DUNGARVON.

 

Oct 21.  Tenbury, Oct 15.  On Sunday last one JOHN JEWKES, a Labouring Man, (who had formerly been a considerable Farmer in the Parish of Burford) was found dead in a By-road in a Coppice of Underwood near this Town.

 

Nov 25.  Newport, Glos. Nov 21:  MARTHA PRITCHARD, Found Dead; WILLIAM PRITCHARD  of New Barn, Herefordshire, and THOMAS POOLE.

 

Dec 2.  Gloucester, Nov 29.  Last Week EDWARD SANSUM, Night Constable, and DAVID LEWIS, ABRAHAM CURRY, JOHN GRIFFITHS, THOMAS WILLIAMS, RICHARD PAYNE, and JOHN PACKER, Watchmen of St Nicholas Ward in the City of Bristol, (appointed under the late Act of Parliament) were committed to Newgate there, for the Wilful Murder of one MARY WHEELER, whom, under the Pretence of taking her up for Misbehaviour and carrying her to Bridewell, they knocked down several times with their Staves, and afterwards strangled her with a Handkerchief pretending therewith to bind her on some Trucks, the better to secure her.

 

Dec 9.  Gloucester, Dec 6.  On Wednesday last WILLIAM CROSS PEARCE, of Hatherley, near Wotton underedge, was brought to our Castle Gaol, for the Murder of his Wife.

 

 

 

1756

 

Apr 27.  Gloucester, Apr 24.  Yesterday was committed to our Castle MARY DOUGLAS, on Suspicion of murdering ELIZABETH KNIGHT, of the Moorse, in the Parish of Ruar dean, in this County.

 

May 4.  Gloucester, May 1.  MARY DOUGLAS, the Person mentioned in our last as committed to our Castle for Murder, was found Guilty, upon two several inquisitions before the Coroner, of the Wilful Murder of EDWARD ROBERTS and ELIZABETH KNIGHT, her Master and Mistress, by Poisoning them, in mixing Arsenick with Treacle, Ale, and other liquids.

   Tuesday last the Assizes ended at Bristol ... the seven Watchmen, for the Murder of the Woman (formerly mentioned in this Journal) were acquitted.

 

May 18.  Gloucester, May 15.  Thursday se’nnight last THOMAS JAMES, of Long-Hope, in this County, hanged himself; since which the Coroner’s Inquisition on the Body brought in their Verdict, Felo de se.  He was to have been married in a few Days to a young Woman of the same Parish, with the Consent of all Friends; and ‘tis thought his Want of Money to bring Matters about was the cause of his Rashness above mentioned.

 

Aug 10.  Gloucester, Aug 7.   This Evening the Assizes ended here, at which WILLIAM CROSS PEARCE, for the Murder of his Wife by giving her an unhappy Blow under her left Breast, received Sentence of Death, and is to be executed on Monday next:  His Wife, it seems, bore but a very indifferent Character; and, it is said, Jealousy was the Cause of this Rashness in her Husband.

 

Aug 17.  Gloucester, August 14.  On Monday last WILLIAM CROSS PEARCE  was executed here for the Murder of his Wife, pursuant to his Sentence.  He declared to the last Minute his Innocence of the Fact for which he suffered, and that the wounds which appeared upon his were occasioned by a Fall into a Saw Pit on her Return home.  His Behaviour was decent, and his Repentance for the Errors of his Life seemed to be sincere.

 

Aug 25.  Gloucester, Aug 21.  On Monday last one BARNS, a Labouring Man in the Parish of Bulla, near this City, was killed in a Storm of Thunder and Lightning.  It is very remarkable that the Instant before he was Struck dead he had been cursing his Son, and swearing he would murder him before Night.

 

Sep 21.  Gloucester, Sep 20.  They write from Mickleton, near Campden, in this County, that a few Days ago, Some Men having been mowing there, one of them, named CHARLES JACKSON, attempted unawares to leap on the Back of one of his Companions, which occasioned him to stumble, whereby JACKSON was thrown on the Edge of a Scythe, which cut him so terribly across the Belly, that, after getting up, and saying, “Lord, have Mercy upon me! I’m a dead Man! he expired immediately.  The Coroner’s Inquest, having sat on the body, brought in their Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Oct 12.   Gloucester, Oct 9. From Bristol we have the melancholy News, that on Wednesday Night last the Old Passage Boat, crossing the River Severn at Beechly, was overset in a Storm; by which Accident 22 Passengers, and 18 Horses, were drowned.

Oct 19.  More details of the above accident.

 

Nov 2.  Gloucester, Oct 23.  On Thursday last WILLIAM PLESTAGE, alias OCKLESTONE, was committed to our Castle gaol, for beating, in a very Cruel Manner, a poor Man, who is since dead.  Another Person, who is not yet taken, was concerned with him.

 

Dec 21.  Gloucester, Dec 18.  Last Thursday Se’nnight the following melancholy Accident happened at Beckford, in this County: As Mr HIGGENS, of that Place, was putting a Gun upon a Rack,  not knowing it to be loaded, the Gun, being half cocked, went off, and shot the servant maid, who was sitting near, dead on the spot.  The Coroner’s Inquest, having sat on the Body, brought in their verdict, Accidental Death.

 

1757

 

Mar 29.  Gloucester, Mar 26.  RICHARD AYRES and WILLIAM PRESTAGE, tried for the Murder of JOHN HODGKINS, were acquitted.

 

Aug 23.  Murder of BENJAMIN HEDGES of Hopwood, nr Alvechurch, by THOMAS ROBERTS, a servant.  [Advert dated 16th page 2 col b]

 

1758

 

Jan 10.  Gloucester, Jan 7.  Last Wednesday, as two Boys of this city, named JOHN WADLEY and WILLIAM BLANCH, were gaming together, at a little Distance from the Town, a Dispute arose between them concerning a Trifle won by the former, who, being provoked by some Expression of his Playfellow, immediately struck him; whereupon BLANCH told the other, that, if he repeated his Blow, he would stab him to the Heart.  WADLEY, however, was not discouraged by this Threat, did strike him again; and BLANCH, directly seizing his knife, which was stuck up in the Ground, gave WADLEY such a Wound therewith as at first expected to prove mortal; but, as he was immmediately carried to our Infirmary, and proper Care taken of him, the Surgeons are now in Hopes of his Recovery.  BLANCH is under Confinement in our Castle Gaol.

 

Mar 7.  Trial of THOMAS ROBERTS.

 

Mar 14.  THOMAS ROBERTS sentenced. 

 

 

 

1759

 

Feb 6.  Gloucester, Feb 3.  Last Saturday Night MARGARET GRIFFITHS, of Newent, in this county, was brought to our County Gaol, having been found guilty, on the Coroner’s Inquest, of wilfully murdering ELIZABETH TRAP, of the same Place, by giving her a violent Blow on the Head with a Stick, of which she instantly died.

 

Feb 20.  Gloucester, Feb 17.  On Monday last ANN MORGAN, of Oxnall, was brought to our County Gaol, for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

   And on Wednesday EDITH SAUNDERS was brought to the said Gaol, for murdering JAMES SHORT, of Berkeley, with a Penknife, in so desperate a Manner, that he is since dead; as was likewise WILLIAM ROBINSON, suspected to have been an Accomplice with the said EDITH SAUNDERS.

 

Mar 27.  Gloucester, Mar 27.  Last Thursday Afternoon a poor Man [THOMAS COATES] , who had been drinking too freely, was driving a Waggon from hence for Cirencester; but at a few Miles distance [Hucclecote] from this City he unhappily fell from the Carriage into the Road, and one of the Wheels going over his Neck, he was instantly crushed to death.

 

Apr 3.  Long account about poisoning of the HEWER family by  RICHARD HAINES @ HAYNES of Maiseyhampton.

 

Apr 10.  Gloucester, Apr 9.  MICHAEL HAINES, mentioned in our last Journal to have been committed to Cirencester Bridewell for procuring the Arsenick with which his Son, RICHARD HAINES, poisoned Mr HEWER’s children, was brought to our County Gaol on Saturday; but the Son is not yet retaken.

    List of prisoners for trial: MARGERET GRIFFITHS; ANN MORGAN; EDITH SAUNDERS and WILLIAM ROBINSON for the murder of JAMES SHORT; SUSANNAH ATKINS  and ANN OWEN,  for the Murder of a Bastard Child.

 

Apr 17.   EDITH SAUNDERS guilty, to be hanged; Bill found against MICHAEL and RICHARD HAINES.

 

Apr 24.  Gloucester, Apr 21.  On Monday last EDITH SAUNDERS, convicted at our late Assizes for the Murder of JAMES SHORT, of Berkeley, was executed near this City, and her Body afterwards carried to our Infirmary to be dissected, in Pursuance of her Sentence.  She owned the Commission of the Fact for which she suffered, and seemed very devout and penitent.

 

May 15.  Gloucester, May 12.  On Wednesday a Man [possibly THOMAS MASON]  who was driving a Waggon near Newnham, in this County, unfortunately fell under the Wheels, which going over his Neck instantly crushed him to Death.

 

Jul 14.  Gloucester, Jul 13.  For trial: GEORGE NORTHCOTT, BENJAMIN FOX, both for murder; MARY COCKS.

 

Jul 21.  Gloucester, Jul 20.  Our Assizes were concluded on Saturday Evening, when BENJAMIN FOX, who, by his barbarous Treatment to his Daughter, was the Cause of her Death, and GEORGE NORTHCOTT, convicted of murdering his wife between Stroud and Hampton, received the Sentence due to their atrocious Crimes, and are to be hanged this Day Se’nnight, and afterwards dissected.

 

Jul 28.  Gloucester, Jul 27.  BENJAMIN FOX and GEORGE NORTHCOTT mentioned.

 

 

 

 

1761

 

Aug 4.  Gloucester, Aug 3.  On Monday last BENJAMIN FOX , for the Murder of his Daughter, and GEORGE  NORTHCOTT, for the Murder of a Woman, who passed for his Wife, were executed here agreeable to their Sentence.  Their Bodies were afterwards delivered to Mr PORTER  and Mr CHESTON, Two Skilful Surgeons of this City, in order to be dissected.  It is remarkable that tho’ FOX  had hung the usual Time when he was brought to the Infirmary he breathed very distinctly, and upon opening a Vain it bled with as much Freedom as if he had been perfectly in Health.

 

1762

 

Mar 2.  Gloucester, Mar 1.  80 recruits marched Northleach to Stow; 4 died.

 

Mar 9.  Gloucester, Mar 8.  SARAH WILLIAMS, SARAH WATTS, and SARAH LODGE, for murdering their Bastard Children.

 

Mar 16.  SARAH WILLIAMS, SARAH WATTS and SARAH LODGE acquitted.

 

Apr 12.  On Monday last one of the Light Horsemen quartered here was riding near this city, his Horse took fright, and ran away with him, and a Farmer coming along the Road at that Instant with a Cow and Calf, the Horse ran over him, and struck him with such violence that he immediately expired.

 

Apr 26.  Gloucester, Apr 26.  On Wednesday last JANE TURNER, of Iron Acton, was committed to our Castle for the Murder of her Bastard Child.

 

May 31.  Gloucester, May 31.  On Tuesday last Mr THOMAS PORTER, Surgeon, of this City, unfortunately fell from his Horse, in coming down Painswick Hill, and received such a violent Concussion on his Head that he died the next Morning.  His abilities and Experience rendered him very eminent in his Profession.

 

Jul 26.  REBECCA JONES, for the Murder of EDWARD JONES; JANE TURNER, for the Murder of a Female Bastard Child.

 

Sep 20.  Last Friday was committed to our Castle by J Moor, Gentleman, Coroner, THOMAS HANKS, of Wick Rissington, in this County, for the Mirder of his Wife [Ann].

 

 

 

1763

 

Jan 17.  Gloucester, Jan 17.  We think the following shocking instance of brutish cruelty not to be equalled by the most savage barbarian.  A girl who lodged at a house in Barton Street, near this city, on Friday night last was taken in labour; when the woman of the house, deaf to the poor wretch’s intreaties, and destitute of all the feelings of humanity, pulled her out of bed, and turned her into the street in that deplorable situation: a farrier’s shed was all the shelter she could find; and there she was discovered early in the morning delivered of her child which the extreme severity of the cold had killed; but the mother, through the benevolent care of some of the inhabitants, is likely to recover.

 

Feb 28.  Gloucester, Feb 28.  A few days ago, as a man was coming from Campden fair, on horseback, one of his stirrups broke as he was passing through a deep water near Badsey bridge, and he fell from his horse, and was drowned.

 

Mar 7.  Assizes.  For trial: THOMAS HANKS.

 

Mar 14.  Our Assizes were concluded on Saturday morning; at which THOMAS HANKS, of Wick Rissington, for the murder of his wife, was the only person capitally convicted.  The trial of this man lasted seven hours, and during the course of it there appeared such a combination of concurrent circumstances as fully evidenced his guilt.  The pathetick eloquence of Mr Justice WILMOT, in his admonition to the unhappy convict, was beyond conception great; but the prisoner’s obdurate insensibility was observed with concern by the whole court; for after sentence was pronounced against him, he said, I am an innocent man; in which declaration he still persists.  His body was at first ordered to be dissected, but the sentence is since changed, and he is to be hanged in chains near the scene of that horrid fact.  He will be executed this day.  His mother, charged as being accessary to the murder, was acquitted.

 

Mar 21.  On Monday last THOMAS HANKS was executed here, agreeable to his sentence.  His behavioiur was expressive of the deepest penitence for the sins of his past life, but he persevered in denying the murder for which he suffered.

 

Mar 28.  On Wednesday last, a person who was lately committed to our Northgate gaol for a debt which, he said, he never had contracted, and therefore refused to pay, took the desperate resolution of hanging himself.  That the friends of the other debtors may not be alarmed, we are desired to mention that the man’s name was RICHARD B------TT.

 

Apr 11.  On Friday last a young lad [JAMES DOWELL]  fell from a dung cart in a field at Longford near this city, and the wheel going over him, crushed him to death.

 

Jun 27.  Gloucester, Jun 20.  Last Tuesday one [STEPHEN] ALDRIDGE, a fisherman, at Arlingham, in this County, was choaked by a small fish, which accidentally slipped into his throat as he was going to bite its head, in order to kill it.  He has left a widow and five small children.

 

Jul 18.  Cain’s Cross, July 17.  Letter from a Coroner:

TO THE PRINTER

SIR,                                                                                                                       Cain’s       Cross, July 17.

Yesterday morning I was sent for to Minety, in this county, on the following melancholy accident, that happened on Friday evening about six o’clock, which you will please to insert in your paper as a caution to people not to shelter themselves under trees in storms of thunder and lightning.  Mr THOMAS BROWN, a Gentleman Farmer of Minety, was a-haymaking with six of his servants, at a ground about a mile from his house, on Friday evening, when a violent storm of rain and hail fell, with frequent claps of thunder and lightning.  To avoid the storm, Mr BROWN and his servants ran to a haw thorn tree for shelter; but, unhappily for them, no sooner were they got there than a terrible clap of thunder and lightning broke over their heads, which killed Mr BROWN and one THOMAS VINES on the spot.  The other five were dangerously wounded, particularly the widow of THOMAS VINES, whose life is despaired of.  It is very remarkable, that tho’ their bodies were quite excoriated by the lightning, and their linnen burned, yet their other garments were not affected.  This is what appears by the evidences taken on the inquisition before, SIR,

                           Your humble Servant, 

                                                            Geo. Nayler, Coroner.

 

Jul 25.  On Thursday evening last, one WILLIAM GRINING, a weaver, in the parish of Cam, in this county, having some dispute with his wife, in the heat of passion gave her a violent kick, which broke some of the blood vessels and killed her on the spot.. The man is committed to our Castle by Mr Nayler, Coroner.

   Report of the taking of a highwayman, no names.

 

Aug 1.  Notice re taking of highwayman.

 

Aug 8.  Assizes: WILLIAM GRINING  for the murder of his wife; THOMAS TILL for murder; DANIEL NEALE, (the highwayman who cut his throat) for several robberies.

 

Aug 15.  Sentence of DANIEL NEALE.

 

Aug 22.  More re DANIEL NEALE.

 

Aug 29.  Execution of DANIEL NEALE.

 

Dec 26.  Beggar killed at St Nicholas.

 

 

 

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Mar 19.  On Wednesday last a boy [RICHARD CROARSE] who was riding on the shafts of a waggon, near the Dog at Over, fell down, and the wheels going over his head, he was killed on the spot.

 

May 28.  On Monday last WILLIAM WALTER, of Westerleigh, in this county, was committed to our castle, for killing one JAMES WALTER in a fray.

 

Jun 18.  On Tuesday last a little girl about ten years old, the daughter of a farmer at Longney, in this county, apprehensive of her mother’s correction, jumped out of a window, and running to a pond which was in the garden, threw herself in, and was drowned.

    On Wednesday last SARAH WORKMAN, of Bisley, was committed to our Castle by Mr Nayler, Coroner, for the wilful murder of her bastard child.  Upon her examination she confessed, that she was delivered on Saturday the 2nd instant, of a live male child, in the workshop of her own Father, who is a weaver; and that, when she cut the navel-string, the child fell into a hole under the loom, called by the weavers a truddle-pit; from thence she took it, wrapped in her petticoat, into the stable, and in endeavouring to climb into the tallet with the child in her lap, she fell down with it under her, by which means she says it was killed.  The child’s neck was dislocated, the left shoulder twisted off at the articulation, and the lower jaw fractured in a most violent manner.  The girl always denied being with child, ‘till the infant was discovered on Friday morning the 8th instant in the tallet, concealed under some hay.  She did not seem the least indisposed by her delivery, but went about her business as usual.

 

Jul 2.  Unnamed apprentice from Bath drowned at Lydney Park.

           The dreadful storm which fell on Saturday the 23d past did not extend to this city, but we are told it was very tremendous at a village near Sodbury, in this county, where a young woman [ANN WEBB?] and four cows were struck instantly dead by a most awful flash of lightning, in sight of several people making hay in an adjouining field.

 

Dec 31.  On Monday evening last Mr BUCHANAN, a Shopkeeper in Tewkesbury, missing his road in the dark, fell into a deep ditch near the Ferry-house at the Load, and was drowned.

 

 

 

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Jan 21.  Advert re estate of WALTER BUCHANAN of Tewkesbury.

 

Feb 18.  Burglary at WALTER BUCHANAN’s house.

 

Mar 18.  Winchcomb woman dead.

 

Apr 29.  A shocking accident happened a few days ago near Cirencester, in this county.  A boy [WILLIAM COBB] about ten years of age was sent to hold a horse whilst he was grazing in Lord Bathurst’s Park, and imprudently fastening the halter to his arm, the horse took fright upon some occasion, and dragg’d him 'till his arm separated from his body, and he expired in a few minutes.

    A servant [NATHANIEL PACKETT of Sapperton] to Mr JOHN CRIPPS, jun. of Cirencester, was unfortunately killed on Friday last, near the five mile stone between Cirencester and Hampton, by his horse falling and tumbling over him.

 

May 20.  A few days ago , as a soap boiler [PHILIP JARRETT] of Bristol was going to see his friends at Coleford, in this county, his horse fell with him on a full gallop, near Frampton on Severn, and he was so terribly bruised that he expired before he could be carried to any house.

 

Jun 10.  Om Monday last, as a man [JAMES GRIMES] was digging stone for the highways in the parish of Hascombe, in this county, having undermined the ground a little too far, the earth from the top fell in, and crushed the poor fellow to death.

 

Jul 22.  Assizes: ... SAMUEL DANIELS, for the murder of FRANCIS SUTTON, of Minchinhampton; ....

 

Jul 29.   The death of FRANCIS SUTTON, at Hampton, who was killed by SAMUEL DANIELS, proved to be nothing more than manslaughter, as the deceased had given the prisoner great provocation; DANIELS therefore was only branded, and ordered to be imprisoned two months.

 

Sep 23.  Strange death of Hostler at Falcon in Painswick, intoxicated, “a few days ago.”

 

Oct 14. On Tuesday last WILLIAM SUTTON was committed to our castle, charged with the wilful murder of LYDIA SUTTON, his wife, in the parish of Berkeley, in this county.

 

Oct 21.  On Friday last two men coming from Newnham fair, very much in liquor, quarrelled at the Bell in Westbury, in this county, and the one struck the other such a violent blow on the temple as killed him on the spot.   The coroner’s inquest broought in a verdict Manslaughter.

 

Nov 25.   On Tuesday night last the master of a Tewkesbury barge hanged himself on board his vessel, which was waiting at Stone bench for the tide to bring her up the river from Bristol.  it is said the man had fallen into bad company at Bristol, and had there spent some money which his friends at Tewkesbury had given him to lay out in goods for them; and this affected him with such remorse, that he determined to rid himself of his trouble at the expence of his life.  

 

 

 

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Mar 3.  A few days ago died in our castle WILLIAM SUTTON, who was committed for the murder of his wife.

 

Mar 17.  Mysterious death at Chalford of RICHARD PARSONS, playing cards on a Sunday.

 

Apr 28.  On Tuesday last Mr JAMES EVANS, of the Golden Hart in this city, fell down dead as he was digging in his garden.

 

Jul 21.  Thursday last JOHN HARVEY and EDWARD PEIRCE were brought to our castle, charged with the wilful murder of ELIZABETH HARVEY, at Horsley, in this county.

 

Aug 4.  Assizes: JOHN HARVEY and EDWARD PEIRCE  for the murder of ELIZABETH HARVEY; MARGARET HOWELL for the murder of her bastard child.

    Fight in city between Blacksmith and Journeyman Currier, and Blacksmith taken to Northgate.

 

Aug 11.  Assizes: ... and six acquitted, among which were HARVEY  and PEARCE for the murder of HARVEY’s wife.

 

Nov 17.  On Friday last NATHANIEL CLOSE was brought to our Castle, charged upon the Coroner’s inquest with the wilful  murder of SARAH VINES, of Minchinhampton, in this county.

 

Dec 22.  On Friday came on the trial of NATHANIEL CLOSE for the murder of SARAH VINES, near Hampton, in this county.  He was convicted upon the strongest presumptive evidence of committing the horrid fact; a murder attended with the most barbarous, the most unmanly instance of brutality that was ever heard of in any age or nation.  He is to suffer this day.

 

Dec 29.  On Monday last NATHANIEL CLOSE  was executed pursuant to his sentence, for the murder of ANN VINES.  He persevered to the last in obstinately denying the fact.  Before he left the prison he seemed much shocked at the approach of death, and with great fervour exclaimed, The Lord have mercy on my unhappy soul1  He said, that if he had no other crimes to answer for than that for which he died, he should not have regarded his untimely end.  His body was delivered to the Surgeons for dissection.

 

 

 

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Jan 26.  Letter from Coroner to Editor.  It may not be improper, etc. .......

MR RAIKES,

 It having been represented to me by a clergyman of the neighbourhood of Moreton Valence, that a boy [JOSEPH BROWN] , about 12 years of age, was famished to death, I proceeded according to my rules of office, and had the body taken up this day, and held an inquest upon it; and the jury agreed, that the boy, actually died for want of every necessary of life.  The boy’s sister, who was a material evidence, declared upon oath, that her brother was starved, and that he had many times eaten coals and ashes from the hearth for want of other food.  Upon which I opened the body, and found the abdominal viscera perfectly sound; and upon opening the stomach, found a considerable quantity of coals and ashes, as described by his sister.  His head was covered with lice, which in many places had penetrated even to the skull.  His body was so extremely emaciated, that to me it was one of the most dismal spectacles I ever beheld, scarcely skin sufficient to cover the bones.  So that, through the neglect of the parish officer, this poor boy must have actually died of hunger, and many poor people, there is too much reason to believe, are dying of the same disease.  I am, SIR,

                 Your very humble Servant,

Jan 23.                                                Geo. Nayler, Coroner.

 

Feb 2.  Last week died in our Castle, WALTER GRIFFITHS, who was committed for horse stealing.

 

Feb 9.  The following tragic affair has been transmitted to us by Mr Nayler, one of the Coroners of this county.

MR RAIKES,

 On Monday I was sent for to Mr TOMBS’s, of Coates, near Cirencester, to hold an inquest on the bodies of two of his daughters, one of the age of 24, the other of eight years, who, on the day before, were, together with a maid servant of the age of 22, poisoned by taking, for a cutaneous eruption, a dose of arsenick, which was sold to Mrs TOMBS for Cream of Tartar, by an Ignorant quack of that neighbourhood, some months ago.

  They were, soon after taking it, seized with all the dire symptoms which usually attend the internal use of that cursed drug, such as violent vomiting, excessive heat in the throat, and intolerable oain in the stomach and abdominal region; and after enduring inexpressible torture for nearly eight hours, they all three miserably expired.

  It is impossible to describe the grief of Mr and Mrs TOMBS for this affecting and almost unparalleled event, particularly that of Mrs TOMBS.   But even in this extremity of distress, the divine goodness seems to have thrown a circumstance of consolation.  Their other daughter was to have taken the same medicine, but she desired to postpone it ‘till the next day that she might go to church; and thus she escaped the fate of her sisters.

   Now, the tragical catastrophe of these three young people should serve as a caution to all people not to purchase drugs of ignorant stockheads, who, in many instances, don’t know how to distinguish one drug from another.  I am, Sir, etc.   Stroud, Feb 7.

 

Feb 23.  On Saturday evening Farmer BALDWIN of Sandhurst, returning home from market, missed the road over Longford ham which was overflowed, and fell into the river, and both he and his horse were drowned.  His neighbours endeavoured  to dissuade him from going that way, but he would not hearken to their advice.  His father was drowned some few years ago in the same place. [See Jan 30 1748]

 

Mar 9.  On Wednesday died in our Castle, WILLIAM SMITH, committed for breaking and entering the dwelling house of WILLIAM TROTMAN of Bream, in this county.

   On Thursday last died suddenly, RICHARD WARREN, Esq. of Redcliffe,  near Bristol, one of the Captains of our Militia.  He was waiting for the boat at Rownham Ferry to carry him over to the Hotwells, and dropped down dead as he stood on the bank.  This gentleman is a general loss to society, for few men were a greater ornament to it.

 

Jun 1.  On Friday last ROBERT JONES was committed to our Castle, on a violent suspicion of perpetrating a most horrid murder on the body of Mr STEPHEN MATTHEWS, a very wealthy farmer, of Hinchwick, near Stow on the Wold, in this county.  It appears that Mr MATTHEWS was returning home from Evesham market, where he had received about 200 l. and in passing through his own grounds the villain knocked him off his horse, as he was attempting to open a gate, which the murderer had made difficult, by placing a large stone against it.  The body was not discovered till the next morning.  The head was terribly bruised, and the skull fractured as supposed with a plow pudder, and the throat seemed to have been stuck thro’ with a knife.  As soon as it was noised in the county, suspicion immediately fell on the prisoner, who had paid off some ale scores and boasted that he did not want for money.  And on Wednesday, he was pursued and taken by Mr WILKS, of Chipping Norton, and Mr JOSEPH KNIGHT, of Stow.  Mr MATTHEWS’s watch and a considerable sum of money were found upon him.  Since his commitment, he affects unconcern, and asserts his innocence.  He says he can prove that the watch was his own, and that he bought it at Broadway.  But it was remarkable that Mr MATTHEWS had received but two days before a new seal from Worcester, which was found to the watch at the time it was taken from thee prisoner.

 

Jun 22.  On Friday evening, as Mr CALLOW NEW, a very considerable farmer at Charlton Abbotts, was returning home from the Visitation at Cheltenham, he was thrown from his horse in going down Prestbury street, and was killed on the spot.  He has left a family of twelve children to mourn his loss.

 

Aug 3.  ROBERT JONES listed for trial at Assizes.

 

Aug 10.  On Wednesday morning came on the trial of ROBERT JONES, for the barbarous murder of Mr STEPHEN MATTHEWS, of Hinchwick, when he was found guilty upon the clearest evidence.  After he received sentence, he confessed the fact, and related very circumstantially the manner in which he committed it.  He said that he formed the design of murdering and robbing Mr MATTHEWS, on Monday the 21st, and in going to the place by which Mr MATTHEWS was to pass, he picked up the plow paddle that he murdered him with; that he lay down in the grass, and was almost asleep when Mr MATTHEWS came by; that he let him pass, and then followed him at a distance; and observing Mr MATTHEWS  to alight to ease nature, he waited till he was putting his foot in his stirrup to remount his horse, in that instant he ran up and gave him such a violent blow as brought him to the ground, which he repeated two or three times, and afterwards robbed him of 17 guineas and a half.  From the time of his commitment to his condemnation he has behaved so audaciously, that it was judged necessary to handcuff and chain him to the floor; but after sentence was passed his behaviour was very penitential, and at his death he expressed the greatest contrition for the crimes of his past life.  He had been supposed by some of the murder of Mr WYNNIAT, but protested in the most solemn manner his innocence, and desired it might be published to the world.

He was executed on Friday, and the next day his body was conveyed to the Spot where the murder was committed, and there hung in chains.

 

Sep 7.  On Tuesday last  a taylor  of Charlton King’s sent his son [RICHARD RUSSELL], a young man about 19, into a wood near that place to cut some furze; but the young man not returning  home, his friends were alarmed, and made enquiry after him in the neighbourhood.  No one could give any account of him; upon which they made a strict search the next day through the wood, and at last found him hanging upon a lofty branch of a tree with his legs tied.  The hatchet and the rope which he had taken to cut and bind the furze, were found at some distance.

 

Sep 14.  Murder of wife by MARKS of Bristol.    

 

 

 

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Jan 18.  On Thursday an elderly man fell into one of the pits that are so injudiciously dug by the roadside near the New Barn, and perished.

   Two boys were frozen to death at Cowley, and several others have been lost.

 

Feb 1.  On Thursday, one of the most horrid instances of barbarity was perpetrated at Wotton Underedge, in this county, that ever was heard of, by one SAMUEL WALLINGTON, a shearman, who, about 10 o’clock in the morning left his work and went home, and killed his father.  He first knocked the poor man down with a hammer, and afterwards cut his head almost off.  It seems he had frequently for some time past threatened to kill him for opposing his inclinations to marry.  The villain afterwards went and told what he had done, to some of his neighbours, and he was immediately apprehended and committed to our castle.

 

Feb 8.  On Wednesday morning, Owner SMITH, of Tewkesbury, was unfortunately killed, by the falling of a mast upon his vessel, coming up the Severn near Framilode.

 

Feb 15.  The Owner who was killed on board his vessel, as mentioned in our last, was Owner E------- of Tewkesbury, not Owner SMITH.

 

Mar 7.  Assizes:  WILLIAM MARKS for the murder of his wife; SAMUEL WALLINGTON for the murder of his father.

 

Mar 14.  WILLIAM MARKS, committed for the murder of his wife, was convicted only of manslaughter, and burnt in the hand and ordered to be imprisoned for six months. 

   SAMUEL WALLINGTON, for the murder of his father, was acquitted, as insane.

 

May 2.  On Wednesday last, HESTER PEYTON, of Rodborough, was found guilty by the Coroner’s Inquest of the murder of her bastard child; it appeared by the evidence taken by Mr Nayler, Coroner, that as soon as the child was born she dislocated its neck, and then wrapt it in a d[ay] shift and put it under the rug of the bed, - went to a neighbour’s house and complained - her landlady had used her ill in suspecting her to be with child; but the fact was soon discovered and the woman is now in custody till she is fit to be committed to gaol.

 

May 9.  On Wednesday last, Mr LAURENCE MILLS was elected one of the Coroners for this county, in the room of Mr BAUGH.

 

Jun 6.  Commitments:  JOHN JAMES, for killing THOMAS TILLADAMS, in a fray at Winterbourne.

 

Jul 18.  For trial: HESTER PEYTON.

 

Jul 25.  HESTER PEYTON  was acquitted of the murder of her child, as it appeared she had made known her condition to her mother, and had prepared the linen for the child.

 

Oct 24.  A few days ago a lad [THOMAS KITCHEN]  about eight years old, who had been sent to borrow a gun at Lower Slaughter, and was carrying it down the village, not knowing it was loaded, unfortunately snapt it at some children, when the piece went off, and killed the daughter of Mr JOHN COLLET, of that place.

 

Oct 31.  Commitments: THOMAS KITCHEN, (the lad mentioned in our last) for killing BETTY COLLETT.

 

On Wednesday evening the 2d of this instant, between five and six o’clock, a lad about seventeen, an apprentice to Mr HENRY LAWRENCE, in Temple street Bristol, was sent to speak with the Captain of the Chepstow boat, then lying in Bristol Back, and going across the plank from one vessel to the other, his foot missed the plank, and he fell between the vessels, and was drowned.  His body is not yet found, and there being a great fresh in the river he is supposed to be carried into Kingroad, if any of the watermen upon the river Severn, or in the Bristol Channel, should find him, and will give notice to his master, or to his unhappy father Mr LOCKIER, Postmaster at Wotton underedge, they shall be rewarded for their trouble.

 

Dec 26.  On Saturday morning an unfortunate accident happened to farmer RUCK’s brother, who was coming down to this market with corn.  As he was walking by the side of the mill house in a place called the Fair Mile, between this and Horseferry Bridge, he fell down across the rut, and both the waggon wheels went over him, and killed him on the spot.  

 

 

 

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Jan 30.  On Tuesday night last, in a violent storm of wind, a trow from Bristol, belonging to Owner HUMPHRIS of this city, was cast away in the river Severn near Gatcomb, and one man was drowned.

 

Mar 20.  HENRY RUSS, died in Gaol.

 

Apr 10.  At the Sessions here last week, a person was fined 5 l. for disobeying the warrant of Mr Nayler, one of the Coroners of this county, in not appearing to be sworn as one of the Jury in an inquest before the coroner.

 

Jul 31.  On 19th inst. Inquest at Tewkesbury on a Male unknown aged about 50 taken from the river.

 

Nov 13.  On Thursday died at his father’s at Stonehouse, in this County, Mr AMBROSE RUDHALL, eldest son of Mr RUDHALL, an eminent Clothier.  This young gentleman, riding home in a dark night, unhappily fell, with his horse, into a quarry, and received --------------------------------

occasioned his death.

 

Nov 27.  Fire at Berkeley; housekeeper burnt.

 

 

 

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Jan 15.  We have an account from several parts of this county, that the severe cold wind on Wednesday evening, the 10th inst. had nearly killed many people who were exposed to it upon the road.  The miller of Ablington, near Bibury, on his return home from Northleach market, lost his life.  He was found dead the next day upon his knees, with his face to the ground as if blowing in his hands.  Others returning from the same place had great difficulty to reach their own houses.

 

Mar 19.  GOREY WEBB, the black, that attempted to murder Mrs DIXON, at Stapleton, died in the gaol on Monday last.

 

Mar 26.  Account of accident at Little Rissington to RICHARD LANE, Carpenter; well collapsed.

 

Sep 3.  For trial: ELIZABETH RUDDER  for the murder of her bastard child.

 

Nov 26.  3 men dead at Minsterworth - recheck.

               On Monday night as SAMUEL OVERTHROW was returning with the letters for Ledbury, his boat being carried by the current against the Westgate bridge was sunk, and the man was drowned.  He has left a wife and six or seven children quite destitute.

 

 

 

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Jun 10.  Last week MARY BATT was committed to the castle by Geo. Nayler, Gent. Coroner, for the murder of her bastard child.

 

Jun 24.  Last week were committed to our castle, .... by Geo. Nayler, Gent. Coroner, JANE PEPWORTH, for the murder of her female child.

 

Jul 15.  Assizes: JANE PEPWORTH and MARY BATT.

             On Thursday a man employed in making potash in this city, fell into a pit of hot lye; he was immediately taken out, but died before he could be carried to the Infirmary.

 

Jul 22.  Long account of assault/murder of MARY JONES daughter of WILLIAM JONES, Esq. of Nass, and a Miss GOUGH [Jul 29 - recovering] of Monmouth, by a WILLIAM MORGAN, sawyer, of Lydney.

 

Sep 9.  On Saturday the Coroner’s inquisition sat on the body of a woman, who was wife to one RODWAY, a carrier, at Upton St Leonards near this city, who was found dead on Friday morning.  It appeared, that the woman and her husband had supped the preceding evening at a neighbour’s house, where they got so fuddled they could not go home.  The people went to bed, and left them in the kitchen.  In the morning RODWAY went upstairs and told them his wife was dead.  The Coroner was sent for, and a jury sat on the body, who acquitted the husband.  But some circumstances have since appeared, which afford good grounds for suspecting him of the murder, and the Justice has committed him for further examination.

 

Sep 16.  The relatives of RODWAY’s wife, mentioned in our last, being dissatisfied with the Coroner’s inquest,  a ------ inspection of the body by dissection and further examination, was made at their request, and several striking circumstances appeared to justify the suspicion of the woman’s having been murdered by strangling; upon which Sir WILLIAM STRACHAN, who has been at great pains to detect the villainy, took the depositions anew, and committed RODWAY to the castle to be tried at the next Assizes.

 

Nov 18.  On Tuesday last died suddenly, at her house in St Mary’s Square, in this city, Mrs CLUTTERBUCK, relict of the late GILES CLUTTERBUCK, Esq. of Millend, in this county.

   On Thursday last ELIZABETH TWIGG, widow, was brought to our castle, for the murder of her child, which was found in a horse pond in the parish of Almondsbury.

 

Dec 2.  Long obituary and circumstances of death of Mrs CLUTTERBUCK, who was buried at Eastington.

 

 

 

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Jan 20.  A few days ago the daughter of Mr FRYER of Wheatenhurst, fell into the fire in a fit, and was so terribly burnt that she died soon afterwards.

 

Jan 27.  Last week three persons died suddenly in this city, one of whom (Mr THOMSON, an Exciseman) has left a widow and five small children in great distress.

 

Feb 19.   On Thursday se’nnight died in a most shocking state of madness, the wife of Mr JOHN SCOT, of Sheepscombe, near Bisley, who was bit by a mad dog upwards of three months ago.   She was bit in her hand, and a few days before she died, she was taken with a pain in one finger, which ran up her arm, and spread through her whole frame. It is astonishing, etc.

 

Mar 16.  Condemned: ELIZABETH TWIGG for the murder of her child.

               Acquitted: JOHN RODWAY for the murder of his wife.

 

Mar 23.  On Monday last WILLIAM MORGAN and ELIZABETH TWIGG were executed here pursuant to their sentence ............  ELIZABETH TWIGG declared at the tree that she was innocent of the fact for which she suffered, but it is to be feared she left this world with a falshood, as she one time said it was a sailor, another time a soldier, that took the child from her.  She acknowledged that her life had been such a scene of abandoned prostitution and wickedness, that her fate was not unmerited.

   Obituary of NEAST HAVARD, Tewkesbury Coroner.

 

Mar 27.  On Thursday last Mr LITTLE, of Aston Ingham, in Herefordshire, a farmer of considerable fortune, whilst he was over-looking some workmen repairing a barn had the misfortune to be crushed to death by the fall of a beam.  The poor have a great loss in the death of this worthy man, for he was ever their sturdy friend.

 

May 11.  We can assure the public, that our castle gaol is now quite free from the small-pox, notwithstanding reports to the contrary.

 

May 18.  On Tuesday last were committed ... RICHARD DAW, of Ashleworth, a substantial farmer, upwards of seventy years of age, and RICHARD ROOK his servant, for the murder of a male bastard child [of HANNAH MANNS], of which DAW was the father.

   The same day a poor woman of Nailsworth, picking up chips near a tree, which some men were hewing down, had laid the child at the but of the tree; the woman, seeing the tree falling ran to catch up her child, but before she could get clear of it the tree fell and killed her.  She had the presence of mind to throw the child from her, by which means it escaped unhurt.

 

Jun 1.  Yesterday se’nnight, between one and two o’clock in the afternoon, JOSEPH DYER, a gardener and nurseryman, of Campden, in this county, was found murdered about half a mile from that place.  There was a shocking fracture on the back part of his head, and his cheek from the corner of his mouth to his ear was laid open by a violent blow of a stake.  It was about two o’clock when the body was found, and was then quite warm.  A girl had taken notice, that one WILLIAM KEELY, a labourer of Campden, passed by her just before the murder was discovered, with some blood upon his breeches.  This giving suspicion he was immediately apprehended.  At first he denied the fact, but afterwards acknowledged that he and one TRACY  committed it; but his father and mother begging him to declare the truth; he recanted what he had said concerning TRACY, and swore that he alone was guilty of the murder; that he had waylaid the deceased, who had been to receive some money that morning; and that as he was getting over a stile, he came behind him, and with a stake knocked him down at two blows, that he afterwards robbed him, and then ran home.  As the constable was bringing him to our castle, the villain charged one JAMES WARNER with being his accomplice, and WARNER is now brought to gaol; but it is generally imagined that KEELY’s information is false.  [He] seemed to express some concern yesterday th[at he had] brought the poor man into so much trouble.

 

Jun 8.  By a letter received from Campden last week, we find there is too much reason to believe, that WARNER was an accomplice with KELLY in the murder of RICHARD DYER.  It seems that KELLY  is a famous Morrice-dancer; and on Sunday morning before the fact was committed, he was teaching a set of fellows to dance.  WARNER, used to play on the tabor and pipes to the dancers.  It is to be hoped the Justices will suppress such nurseries of idleness and drunkenness as Morrice-dancings have generally proved.

 

Jun 29.  On Saturday the 21st inst. during the thunderstorm, one man and a boy were crushed to pieces as they were digging stone, with three others, in a quarry on Brockthrop hill, by a large quantity of stone and rubbish falling upon them from the top.  The rest, being providentially at work at a little distance, received no hurt.  This is the second accident of the kind which has happened in the same quarry, within these few years; and it is hoped, will be a caution to quarrymen leaving the tops of their quarries in the precarious state they so generally do.

   On Monday last RICHARD SMART, a bricklayer’s labourer, had the misfortune to fall from the top of a ladder, in this city, and was killed on the spot.  He has left a distressed widow, with two small children.

 

Jul 31.  Assizes:  WILLIAM KELLY for the murder of RICHARD DYER; RICHARD DAW, for being an accessary to the murder of a male bastard child, which he had by HANNAH MANNS.           

Acquitted, JAMES WARNER.  Reprieved, RICHARD ROOKE, a servant to RICHARD DAW, who hid the child under a hayrick, where it perished.

   Long account of the execution of WILLIAM KELLY, aged 22, with a wife and children.

 

Sep 7.  Executions awaited: RICHARD DAW.

            A few days ago two boys washing in a brook near Stroud, one of them stood on the stump of a tree, and turning about he saw the head of a woman rise to the top of the water.  Frightened out of their wits the boys ran home, and told what had happened; upon which the people went to the place, and found the body of a woman with a child tied to her, which seemed as if they had lain in the water several days.  Upon examination it proved to be the body of a woman who was called POL JENKINS, and the child was a bastard she had lately had.  One HOUSE, a carpenter, who kept company with the woman, has been taken up on suspicion of murdering her, as some people deposed, that they heard the cries of a woman a few nights before the discovery of the body; but we suppose there is not evidence sufficient to fix it on this man, as he is not yet brought to our castle.

 

Sep 14.  Execeution and speech by RICHARD DAW.

      On Sunday the 30th of August last a young man aged about 21 was drowned in the Severn, near Awre.  Mr WILLIAM JOHNSON, of Elberton, near Thornbury, will give a guinea and reasonable charges to any person who takes up the body and will bring it to his friends at Elberton.  He was naked when drowned.

 

Nov 2.  BENJAMIN SHEPPARD, committed lately for stealing cloth, is dead.

 

 

 

1773

 

Jan 18.  On Saturday last SARAH MILLS [also SARAH HILL] was brought to our castle, charged on the Coroner’s Inquest with the wilful murder of a male infant in the parish of Hartpury.

 

Mar 8.  Berkeley, Mar 6.  On Sunday last one JOHN FRYER , a fisherman of this parish, going to fish upon an adjacent shoal in the river Severn, after taking a fish he had been in pursuit of, the sands he stood on a sudden sunk under him, whereby he instantly perished, leaving three poor children to lament his loss.  It is to be hoped the accident which happened to this unfortunate man will deter fishermen from such a notorious abuse of the Sabbath, many others having of late made a most shameful practice of folowing the business of fishing on Sundays.  It is also to be wished, that the constables and churchwardens of this and other neighbouring parishes would properly exert their authority, in order to put an effectual stop to so abominable a practice.

 

May 24.  Sudden floods; servant of Mr TURBERVILLE  drowned at Tewkesbury.

 

Jun 21.  Last week a woman of Sandhurst was drowned in the Severn, and at Minsterworth a man and a child about seven years old were drowned.  The child fell out of a boat, and the man, in endeavouring to save it, was lost.  The bodies of each were taken up soon after, but no means were tried for their recovery.  It is therefore recommended to every person who lives near the river to preserve our Miscellany of this week, in which the means of recovering people that are drowned is plainly set forth.

 

Aug 2.  On Monday last died JOHN MOORE, of Wickwar, Gent. one of his Majesty’s Coroners for this county.

 

Sep 13.  On Friday an elderly decent looking woman dropt down dead in the Southgate street in this city. 

 

 

 

1774

 

Apr 11.  On Wednesday last an inquisition was taken by Mr Lawrence Mills, Coroner, on view of the body of a female infant, which was laid naked under some straw at the bottom of a hayrick in the parish of Maisemore, near this city.  The jury were satisfied the infant had been put there alive, it having some straw clenched in its hand.  All parish officers, especially those adjoining in the counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, are desired to make diligent enquiry if any stranger is come into their parish, who has had a child within the last three months, and no such child with her, the infant being about that age.  It is suspected it was a woman who left the infant, and that she afterwards went towards Ledbury.

 

Apr 18.  Refers to a murder at Huntley previously.

 

Apr 25.   On Wednesday last an inquisition was taken by George Nayler, Gent. Coroner, on view of the bodt of THOMAS CARTWRIGHT, a convict under sentence of transportation for stealing hay, who hanged himself in our castle.  The Jurors on their enquiry found him a Felo de se.  In his pockets were found a written paper acknowledging that his ruin was in consequence of keeping company with lewd women; this he recommended to be published as a caution to others.

 

May 2.  Skeleton child in Vicarage Hall, Staunton, buried in churchyard.

 

Jun 13.  On Thursday morning farmer [JOHN] WILLIAMS, of Goodrich, in Herefordshire, was thrown from his horse at Eastington, on the Bath road, and killed on the spot. 

 

 

 

1775

 

Jan 23.  Last week four young men of Awre, in this county, in a most shocking bravado, who could drink the greatest quantity of brandy, drank to such excess that one of them, whose name was HOPKINS, fell down dead on the spot, another is since dead, and the two others are not expected to recover.

 

Feb 6.  We hear from Newnham, that the tide on Wednesday morning was so high that it ran over the sea walls, and laid the low country on the Arlingham side all under water.  The weather was so very tempestuous that only one vessel upon the Severn dared to quit her moorings, a small sloop from Gatcombe to Frampton, laden with coals, and she was lost, with two men and a boy.  The poor men have left widows, one with five, the other with six children. --  Since receiving the above account we hear that another Gatcombe sloop was lost, and that she belonged to the owner of that before mentioned, one BARRETT, who, we are informed, by his double misfortune, is reduced to great distress.

 

May 1.  On Thursday last an inquest was taken before James Rudge, Gent. one of his Majesty’s Coroners for this county, on the body of the Rev. Mr. THOMAS NEWNHAM, who, on the 17th of March last, fell  into Pen Park Hole.  The jury brought in their verdict Accidental Death.  It must be great consolation to the deceased gentleman’s friends and relations that he is found, as it entirely contradicts the many false, ridiculous, and scandalous reports raised and propagated by the foolish, ignorant, and designing.  On Tuesday some gentlemen of Bristol went to Pen Park Hole to decide a wager, and a person going down discovered the body floating on the water.  It appears that Mr NEWNHAM had received a violent contusion of the back part of his head, and also broke one of his arms.

 

Jun 26.   At Greatten, near Winchcombe, a few days ago, as a child [ANN ROBERTS?] about two and a half years old was playing in the road, two waggons passing along, whilst their drivers staid behind drinking, went over the child, and the wheels severed its head from its body.  It might prevent many accidents if the penalty inflicted by Parliament on those drivers that ride upon, or leave their waggons whilst in the road, was constantly inflicted.

 

Sep 4.  Cirencester, Aug 30.  Last night about four o’clock died, raving mad, WILLIAM MOSS, servant to DANIEL WEBB of Talton, in this county.  About the 18th of June last. he with several others in the parish were bitten by a mad dog, and all went to the salt water; nevertheless, last Sunday, MOSS discovered evident signs of the hydrophobia, and continued getting worse to the time of his death.

 

Oct 9.  n Wednesday morning last, MARY PARTRIDGE, a poor old woman of Maisemore, near 80 years of age, was found dead under a hayrick by the limekiln near the Westgate bridge.  Her cloaths were very much cut and torn; and from the situation in which the body was found, it was suspected that some villains had been offering violence to her, which was the cause of her death.  The rumour of a murder getting abroad, suspicion quickly fell on three labourers of this city, who were known sometimes to be out from their lodgings, and sleep at the Limekiln; and it appeared that they were all out very late that night; on which they were apprehended, and one of them, who is deaf and dumb, was brought before the Inquest; this fellow seemed greatly agitated, and by signs and motions made to some persons who had been long used to him, he discovered that they all three went to the kiln together, where they met the poor woman, when they laid hold of her, and took her up into a hayloft just by; and after forcing the woman against her consent, one of them dragged her by the legs down the steps from the loft, and left her where she was afterwards found dead.  The fellows are all committed to our Northgate Gaol.

 

Oct 16.  On Wednesday last five women were drowned near Beachley, in this county, in the cabin of the Bristol boat, which was overset in the passage to Chepstow.  The boat, cargo, and the people upon deck were saved.

   Thursday an inquest was taken by Mr Nayler, on the body of a labouring man in the parish of Westonbirt, who was found dead about five o’clock in the morning on the turnpike road between Tetbury and Didmarton, supposed to have been robbed, as the right side pocket of his breeches was turned inside outwards.  He was seen on Wednesday to offer himself at Tetbury mop for service, and likewise at several public houses with money in his pocket.  On view of the body his throat was found cut from ear to ear, and under the left ear was a most shocking wound which divided the bones of the neck, as also a large piece of skin under the left jaw cut off which was found by him.   No evidence appearing to prove the fact, the jury returned their verdict, Wilful Murder by a person or persons unknown.

  On Saturday a man, a native of Painswick, was apprehended upon the hue and cry in Bristol, and committed to the bridewell there, on suspicion of the above murder.  He denied the murder; but, as he was seen on Wednesday evening in company with the deceased at a public house near the place where the murder was committed, and there saw the poor man change a guinea, and when apprehended his cloaths and pockets were very bloody, and he had several shillings about him (besides buying himself a frock and stockings) although he declared at the public house he had but two pence; these circumstances make very strongly against him.  The man murdered had a wife and four children.

 

Oct 23.  On Friday last THOMAS HARMER was committed to our castle, for the murder of JOHN HAYWARD, at Westonbirt, as mentioned in our last.

 

Nov 27.  On Thursday last Mr Steel, Coroner, sat on the body of a young man, the only son of Mr COOK, of the Morewood, in this county, who was unfortunately drowned in the river Wye, by falling from one of the barges.

    Extract of a letter from Withington, Nov 20:  This morning a young woman of our parish (being to all appearances in perfect health, and busy at work) was so disturbed by a little trifling accident, that she peevishly cried out, I wish I was dead.   The words had no sooner escaped her lips than her wish had its full effect; and her passing bell is now tolling.  May this event furnish some useful inferences.

  

 

 

 

1776

 

Jan 1.  On Thursday the 21st instant, one WILLIAM GODWIN, of Broughton, on Oxfordshire, having been out upon a shooting party, called at the house of the widow LUCKETT, the Royal Oak, in Leachlade, in this county, somewhat intoxicated; being known to ANN ILES, a servant in the house, she asked him how he did, and added, What have you got a gun?  He replied, Yes I have, and will shoot you.   A little girl who was present, on seeing him level his piece, pulled the maid by the sleeve, saying, Have a care, Nanny, for he’ll shoot you; No, he won’t,( replied the servant) be it only upon his fun.  She had scarce uttered these words, when the piece went off, and blew out her brains.  The jury brought in their verdict, Manslaughter, and he was by the Coroner’s warrant committed to our Castle.

 

Apr 8.  Assizes.  Sentence of death:  THOMAS HARMER, for the murder of JOSIAH HAYWARD.

             On Wednesday THOMAS HARMER was executed according to his sentence.  He expressed great penitence for the crime he had committed, admonished the spectators to beware of frequenting ale houses, and giving up their time to dissolute company, which brought him to such an untimely end.

 

Sep 30.  On Friday was committed to our gaol, by Geo. Nayler, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, JOSEPH ARMSTRONG, on suspicion of having poisoned the lady of Capt. A’COURT, with whom he lived a servant, and who was then at Cheltenham.  This lady had been ill ten days, but no suspicion was suggested ‘till the morning after her decease, when information was given by an apothecary of that place, that the servant had bought some arsenic at his shop the day preceding her first attack of illness, and again in the course of the following week.  On receiving this intelligence, the man, who had that morning got leave of his master to set out for London, in consequence of a letter he had received from his friends there, was pursued to Frogmill by Col. BRADFORD, the lady’s father, and after some time was apprehended in a neighbouring wood, whither he had fled on seeing the Colonel drive up to the house in a chaise and four.  Upon being interrogated for what purpose he bought the poison, he prevaricated very much, and since his confinement has been in several different stories.  Upon an examination by several gentlemen of the faculty, it is said the lady’s bowels were found mortified.

 

Dec 30.  Sloop lost near Shotts; woman passenger.

 

 

 

1777

 

Mar 17.  At our Assizes JOSEPH ARMSTRONG was tried before Mr Baron Perryns, for the offence of petty-treason, in poisoning his master’s lady Mrs A’COURT.  The prioner was hired into the family of Captain A’COURT, and shortly after attended his master and mistress to Cheltenham, in this county.  The unfortunate lady had often expressed her dislike at the prisoner’s conduct, and had frequently intimated to her husband a wish that he might be discharged from their service.  This conduct of the lady, ARMSTRONG was determined to be revenged of, and by infusing small quantities of arsenic into the mistress’s beer and tea, she contracted a disorder which carried her off in about ten days.  After a trial which lasted eight hours, the evidence was summed up in a very masterly manner by the Judge to the jury, who found him guilty, to the satisfaction of a very crowded court.  He is to suffer this day.

 

On Monday morning, about seven o’clock, JOSEPH ARMSTRONG, who was that morning to have been executed for the murder of his mistress, desired the keepers to give him leave to have two or three minutes to himself to devote to prayer; this request seemed so reasonable, that after securing his garters, and even the string with which his chains were supported, they left him and stood on the outside of the door, but no sooner had the door shut than he took a little strap, which it is imagined his mother hid in the straw, and tying this round his neck, he fastened it to a nail in the wall, and then by a sudden jerk dislocated his neck, and died before the people could open the door.  Though he had positively denied that he had been guilty of the crime for which he suffered on Sunday evening, yet just before he destroyed himself, he said to one of his keepers, it did not signify denying his guilt any more.  And he acknowledged to one of the prisoners that he had been guilty of other villainies worthy of death before this for which he was condemned. 

   His body was afterwards hanged in chains near Cheltenham.  [See also Jun 2].

 

May 5.  Cirencester, May 3.  Last Sunday night, as SAMUEL WORTHINGTON, M.D. of this town, was returning home from Tetbury, he was thrown from his horse, and killed on the spot.

 

Jul 21.  Assizes.  MARGARET LUDLAM, who killed her own child [JOAN], appeared to be insane.

 

Jul 25.  On Thursday last the passage boat was lost as she was crossing from Beachley to Aust; four boatmen and one other person, with 18 head of oxen and some horses, were drowned. 

 

 

 

1778

 

Jan 5.  On Thursday evening a fidler [JOSEPH GREEN], very much intoxicated with liquor, fell down in the road near Littledean, and was found the next morning frozen to death.

 

Mar 16.  Assizes.  At our Assizes ELIZABETH GRIMMETT, of Treddington, convicted of the murder of her bastard child, was condemned to be hanged this day.

 

Mar 23.  On Monday last ELIZABETH GRIMMETT was executed here for the murder of her bastard child.  This unhappy wretch was in great agonies at the approach of death, and wept most bitterly as the cart drew away.

 

May 4.  On Saturday farmer BRUTON, of Upleadon, in this county, returning from this market, was thrown from his horse and killed.

 

Aug 17.  On Monday last an inquest was taken at Clifton, in this county, by Mr James Rudge, one of the coroners, on the body of THOMAS BONNER TOWNSHEND, who was on Sunday night found drowned at Clifton.  Upon examining  the body there appeared several cuts on his head, and on his wrists, which he seemed to have received in guarding his throat, on which appeared several scarifications.   Three woman were taken into custody on suspicion, but no evidence appearing against them, the jury brought in their verdict wilful murder against some person or persons unknown.

 

Aug 24.  3 for Manslaughter: JELFS, YOUNG  and SCUDMORE??

 

Oct 5.  RICHARD CLUTTERBUCK  of Eastington fell down suddenly in church.

 

Oct 19.  Long account of a Press Gang incident at Blakeney on 16th; one killed.

 

 

 

1779

 

Mar 8.  Assizes; for trial: a woman for the murder of her bastard child.

 

Mar 22.  On Monday last Mr THOMAS BLUNT, Surgeon, of Mitchel-Dean, was unanimously elected one of the Coroners of this county, in the room of Mr STEEL, of Coleford, deceased.

 

Jun 21.  On Monday evening last a very melancholy accident happened at Twinning, near Tewkesbury, in this county.  GEORGE MAXWELL, Esq. having been requested by some of his children to shoot some small birds for a hawk which they had in the garden, was loading his gun in his courtyard, and as he was ramming down the shot, by some accident the piece went off, and lodged the whole charge in his face, and killed him on the spot.  The distress of his family is not to be described.

 

Aug 16.  At our Assizes last week CATHARINE JENKINS was convicted of the murder of her neice, a little child, which was left to her care by her brother, who is gone to sea.  She was executed on Thursday, and appeared very penitent.

 

Aug 23.  On Monday last an inquisition was taken before Neast Havard, Gent. his Majesty’s Coroner of the borough of Tewkesbury, on the body of Mr THOMAS PRITCHARD, who was accidentally drowned as he was bathing in Severn, within the jurisdiction of that borough.

 

Sep 27.  On Tuesday last an inquisition  was taken at Coleford., before Thomas Blunt, Gent. one of his Majesty’s Coroners for this county, on view of the body of MARY ROSSER, who was killed by the kick of a horse.  The jury brought in their verdict,  accidental death.

   And on Wednesday last an inquisition was taken before the same Coroner, at Brims Pill, on view of the body of JOHN WILLIAMS, who was unfortunately drowned in attempting to cross the river Severn.  The jury brought in their verdict accidental death.

 

Nov 22.  Brsitol, Nov 20.  Tuesday evening, a melancholy accident befell Mrs Oakley, an elderly gentlewoman, at the bottom of Montague street, St James’s.  She is supposed to have fallen asleep, whilst setting very near the fire, which caught her clothes, and she was so terribly burnt before anyone came to her assistance,  that it was out of the power of the several medical gentlemen called in, to relieve her.  She languished till Thursday afternoon, when she expired.

 

 

 

1780

 

Jan 10.  A few days ago Mrs COOKE, the landlady of the Plough Inn, in Wotton Underedge, in this county, being gone to the cellar to draw some beer for a boy who was sent for it by a relation, the boy unfortunately took up a charged gun, which happened to be at that time in the kitchen, and, just as she returned, it accidentally went off, and lodged the whole contents in her breast, on which she instantly expired.

 

Jan 17.  A few days ago was committed to our castle gaol, ANNE, wife of CHARLES JENKINS, of Blakeney, in this county, against whom a bill of indictment was found, at last Lent Assizes, for the murder of JOHN YOUNG, who with several others forced a way into her dwelling house in the night, in order to impress her husband (see this Journal of October 26, 1778).   Criminal as this woman may appear at present in the eye of the law, there is great reason to hope, that when the fatal act shall be fully investigated, it will be found to have proceeded not from malice aforethought, but from a sudden irresistible impulse of conjugal affection.  We therefore scruple not to recommend her to the compassionate regard of our readers.  She is now big with child, and was committed with an infant in her arms, whom she supports in prison.  It ought not to be omitted, that the wretchedness of a gaol, at this severe season, is aggravated by her having offered to surrender herself for trial, at the last assizes, when she could not be arraigned, on account of her not having observed the forms necessary on such occasions.  Any donations will be received and applied to the woman’s use by the Rev. B NEWTON.

 

May 15.  The Birtsmorton Murders.

 

Jul 3.  On Saturday the 24th of June last, inquests were taken by James Rudge, Gentleman, Coroner, on views of the bodies of SARAH BRIGHT and MARTHA HULBERT, who were both murdered by one JOHN ABBOTT, a carpenter, of Hanham, near Bristol, who had lately been confined as disordered in mind.   The preceding day, ABBOTT came home to his house about ten o’clock in the forenoon, and his wife being ill, he went upstairs and sat down by her on the bed; during that time, a woman who looked after his wife came into the room, he immediately went to her, and with his fist struck her down on the floor, she got up and ran down stairs, and he pursued her: his wife, fearing the consequences, arose, and endeavoured to escape, but he met her, and having a hatchet in his hand, he held it over her head, and asked for money.  She thereupon delivered to him all the money in her pocket; he then struck her several violent blows on the head with the hatchet, and then locked the door.  Sometime afterwards, the deceased, SARAH BRIGHT, (not knowing what had happened) called at the house with raddishes to sell, upon which he opened the door, and immediately with a hatchet beat out her brains.  He then went out, and going up a lane near his house, he unfortunately met with the deceased, MARTHA HULBERT, and her sister, two little children, coming from school, and immediately, with the hatchet, knocked them both down;  but a woman in an adjoining field hearing the cries of the children, ran towards them, and asked ABBOTT if he was going to kill the children, he answered he was, and would kill all he met; upon which an alarm was made, and he was with great difficulty taken, and is now secured in our gaol.  MARTHA HULBERT died immediately, his wife is since dead, and it is feared the other child cannot recover.

 

Aug 7.  JOHN ABBOTT, for the murder of SARAH BRIGHT, MARTHA HULBERT, and his wife [LYDIA ABBOTT] being insane, to remain in gaol until two magistrates order him to be taken care of by his parish.

 

Sep 11.  On Monday evening last died suddenly, in an apoplectic fit, on his return home from Ampney, Mr GEORGE  NAYLER, Gentleman, Coroner of this county, and an eminent surgeon and apothecary at Stroud.

 

Nov 6.  On Thursday Mr THOMAS BONNER BISHOP, of Stroud, attorney at law, was elected a Coroner of this county, in the room of Mr Nayler, deceased.

 

 

 

1781

 

Feb 26.  Last Monday evening as WILLIAM CRIPS, of Barnsley, in this county, farmer, was returning home from Cirencester market, he was met near Barnsley by a man disguised in liquor, riding full speed, when both were thrown from their horses, and CRIPS unfortunately killed on the spot. - The Coroner’s Inquest was taken - verdict - accidental death.

   Last Wednesday as JOHN DEAN, miller, was greasing one of the wheels of a mill in Woodchester, whilst the same was going, he was unfortunately dragged in amongst the wheels, and instantly killed, his skull was shockingly fractured, and arms broke to pieces.  The Coroner’s Inquest was taken - verdict - accidental death.

 

Mar 5.  Great damage was sustained in all parts of this county buy the high wind on Tuesday. ... But we have heard of one person [MARY CAUDLE] only killed, a woman at Dowdeswell, by the fall of a tree.

   Shooting incident at Bristol in elections: 2 dead: self defence.

 

Apr 23.  The number of accidents that have happened in this neighbourhood within these three days are remarkable.  On Tuesday GEORGE TURNER, a shepherd to Farmer LINE, of Post Farm, getting over a gate with a pair of sheep sheers in his hand, accidentally fell, and stuck the sheers into his throat, which killed him upon the spot; and about the same time JOHN PALMER, shepherd to Mr MASTERS, fell from a hayrick, and dislocated his neck; and about nine o’clock this morning MICHAEL COWLEY  dropt down dead in the street.  TURNER has left a wife and six children, and COWLEY a wife and two small children.

 

Jul 2.  A few days ago the body of a young woman was taken out of the river near this city, upon which several marks of violence were conspicuous.  The Coroner’s inquest brought in their verdict, Wilful Murder.

 

Jul 9.  On Tuesday last as four men belonging to the press gang stationed in this city were going up the Severn in a boat, by a sudden squall they were overset, and two of the fellows were drowned.

 

Nov 19.  On Thursday last the wife of PHILIP SCOT, gardener, who had lost the use of her limbs, being left alone by the woman appointed to take care of her, fell into the fire, and was burnt to death.

 

Dec 31.  About six o’clock on Friday morning last, in the violent storm, a barge, belonging to Owner YOUNG, of Newnham, laden with timber and barley, bound for Bristol, was sunk at her moorings near Nass Point, and the owner, and one of his men, were drowned.  One man saved his life by swimming on shore.

 

 

 

1782

 

Jan 7.  On Friday evening last as WILLIAM HEMMING, the distributor of this paper through Chepstow, Cardiff, &c. was returning to his home at Sandhurst, in passing near the river, which had overflowed its banks, it is supposed that he missed the road and fell in, his horse being found the next day, in a meadow on the opposite side of the river.  He was very much dissuaded, as he passed through Gloucester, from attempting to go so dangerous a road in the dark, but he was not to be prevailed upon.  If the body should be found, it is requested that immediate notice be given to the Printer.

 

Feb 11.  Gloucester.  On Friday the 1st inst. an inquisition was tken before James Rudge, gent. coroner, on the view of the body of WILLIAM MILLARD, of the parish of Mangotsfield, in ths county, labourer, who was found early that morning, most inhumanly murdered in his bed.  The poor man was 75 years of age, and was supposed to have saved some money.  The same morning a pair of leather breeches, and a flannel jacket, the property of the deceased, were offered for sale to a broker in Bristol, by a thin faced man, about 36 years of age, five feet nine inches high, sallow complexion, short strait black hair, had on a light coloured coat, which appeared to have been turned, and wore a round hat. 

 

Feb 18.  The villain who committed the atrocious murder mentioned in our last is apprehended.   His name is STALLARD, a native of Yatton in Somersetshire.

 

Mar 4.  STALLARD, who is committed to our castle for the murder of WILLIAM MILLARD, at Mangotsfield, says, that he assisted in breaking open the window of the house, but that the robbery and murder was committed by one JOHN TAYLOR, who entered the house; and that he soon after heard the deceased cry out, the Lord have mercy upon my soul, which so terrified him, that he ran into the garden, and staid there till Taylor came out.

 

Apr 1.  On Saturday at our Assizes, RICHARD EYNON, for the murder of his wife, and THOMAS STALLARD, for the murder of WILLIAM MILLARD, of Mangotsfield, were ordered to be executed this day, but Eynon has been since respited to the 22d of April.  Stallard is to suffer.

   JAMES BROWN, the coachman at the Hotwells, who killed Mrs HEWSON, by driving over her, was found guilty of Manslaughter, and fined 20 l. and to be imprisoned six months.  THOMAS HASKINS, for killing WILLIAM SMITH, was fined 1 s.

 

Apr 8.  On Monday last THOMAS STALLARD was executed here for the murder of WILLIAM MILLARD of Mangotsfield, in this county.  This man was a deplorable instance of the shocking hardness to which the human heart is to be reduced by long habits of vice and profaneness.  His behaviour before he was taken to the place of execution was like one that defied the Almighty to punish; but when he was brought to the gallows the dreadful apprehension of eternal torments could no longer be concealed, and he died in the greatest agonies of fear.

 

Apr 15.  The alarming depravity of the lower class of peoplein this part of the country seems to demand some extraordinary exertions in those who have any regard for its credit, or the lives and properties of its inhabitants. - Two shocking murders have been committed within these few days in the neighbourhood:  The one by JOHN HARRIS, of Whaddon, on the body of his own son, a bot about 11 years of age, who, having been sent out to steal some wood, did not bring home so much as his barbarous father required; the inhuman wretch tied up the poor child by the hands, and with a doubled cord beat him ‘till he was a spectacle too shocking to behold.  The villain is committed to our Castle. - The other was perpetrated at Aure, a village on the banks of the Severn, where one MATTHEWS, a fisherman, was found lying murdered upon the sands, with his head most dreadfully bruised.  Suspicion immediately fell upon one PHELPS, another fisherman, in the same parish.  However, when he was apprehended, and brought before a Justice, no proof could be brought sufficient to warrant his commitment, and he has been discharged.

 

Apr 29.  On Friday last were executed near this city, pursuant to their sentence, RICHARD EYNON, for the murder of his wife, .....  They behaved with a decency becoming their unhappy situation.

 

Aug 5.  On Tuesday evening WILLIAM LEWIS, a young man who was learning to swim in the river Leddon, near the mill at Over, going out of his depth, was unhappily drowned.

   A few evenings ago, one GEORGE GOUGH, who had been committed to our castle for a breach of the peace, attempted to leap from the top of a high tree in the court yard of the prison, over the wall; but not jumping far enough he fell down upon the pavement in the court; and was taken up so much bruised that there are little hopes of his recovery.

 

Sep 2.  Wednesday last WILLIAM FRANCIS, suspected of the murder of EVAN DANIEL, on Durdham Down on Friday, the 23d inst. was taken near Neath.  And on Saturday morning a lad, brother to the above Francis, was taken here.  From the boy’s story it appears that the murderer and the deceased had stolen two oxen, and having sold them at Bristol, they retired to the quarry to divide the money, when the devil suggested to the one, that by  murdering his comrade, he might possess the whole booty.  The boy said he left them together in the pit.

 

Sep 9.  Cirencester, Sep 4.  This morning a melancholy accident happened to a female child, about seven years of age, belonging to one SAVORY, a poor labouring man of this town.  The child was playing with several others in a timber yard, where a parcel of boards were carelessly placed in a pile, which suddenly tumbled down, and crushed it to death.

 

Sep 30.  Tuesday last was committed to our castle, by James Rudge, Esq: Coroner for this county, JENKIN WILLIAM  PROTHERO, charged with the wilful murder of EVAN DANIEL, in August last, in the Westbury upon Trim, in this County.

 

Dec 16.  Last week were committed to our castle, the following persons: ... WILLIAM UNDERWOOD, weaver, of Bisley, charged with starving to death SARAH DARNSELL.

 

 

 

1783

Feb 17.  On Tuesday a boy belonging to a farmer of Longford coming with a horse in a cart to this city, the waters being out, the boy rode on the horse, and mistaking the road, fell into a ditch, where the boy and horse were drowned.

 

Apr 28.  On Tuesday last Mr JAMES BROWN, of Whaddon, in this county, was seized suddenly at a parish meeting with a shivering, and in going to a farm house near at hand to warm himself, he fell down and expired immediately.

 

May 5.  On Thursday evening, one ANN BARNES, a poor beggar woman, was murdered near Cainscross.  Two legs of a stool were found lying near the body, which are supposed to be the weapons with which the deceased was knocked on the head.

 

May 19.  On Saturday also was committed, WILLIAM PAVEY, of Millborough Heath, for stabbing his uncle, DAVID BROWN.  It seems the uncle had struck PAVEY for some fault he had committed; PAVEY, who was eating his dinner, flew into a violent passion, and with his knife in his hand struck at his uncle, and stabbed him between the two lower ribs on the left side.  The surgeon is of opinion that the wound is likely to prove mortal.  The contrition of the poor unfortunate young man, renders him an object of great pity. 

 

Jul 28.  On Thursday evening, WILLIAM PUGH, a bargeman, being a little elevated with liquor, attempted to swim through the Westgate bridge with his cloaths on, but as soon as he had passed the bridge, his strength failed him and he was drowned.  He was a fine active young fellow, whose conduct in general was remarkably sober and industrious; and his death is the more to be regretted as he kept to school, and maintained by his own labour a little brother and sister that were entirely dependent on him for support.

 

Oct 20.  On Wednesday last JOHN JEFFERYS, a mason, being employed to repair a well, in Stroud, which had not been opened for 15 years, went down without taking one precaution, and was suffocated.  Others were going down, who would have shared the same fate, had they not been prevented; but by throwing down several buckets of water, after a kettle of live coals had been let down, the air was rendered fit for respiration, and two men then descended, who brought up the corpse.  Had JEFFERYS been properly secured by cords fixed round his body, he might have been drawn up, tho’ insensible, and his life recovered.

 

 

 

1784.

 

Feb 9.  On Friday last died, Mr THOMAS BONNER BISHOP, one of the Coroners of this county.

 

Feb 16.  Yesterday se’nnight died here of a malignant fever, Mr THOMAS POWELL, in partnership with Mr MILLS, apothecary.  This valuable young man had engaged in the care of the sick confined in our county gaol, where a dreadfully malignant fever at present rages; and it is presumed he has fallen a sacrifice to the contagion; of which Mr GILES, the keeper of the prison, lies also now dangerously ill.  The number of sick in the prison is very great.

 

Feb 23.  Mr GILES, the keeper of the prison, is nearly recovered.

 

Apr 5.  On Wednesday last Mr WILLEY was elected one of the Coroners of this county, in the room of Mr Bishop, deceased.

 

Jul 19.  On Friday evening died at the Bell Inn, in this city, JOSEPH LOSH, Esq. an officer in the 7th regiment of Light Dragoons.  This amiable young gentleman fell a sacrifice to his notion of the use of strong exercise; for in one of the late hot days, he quitted his horse, when upon a journey, and walked from Evesham to Burford, which heated his blood to so violent a degree, that when he arrived here he was seized with a fever, which, after a few days illness, carried him off.

 

Jul 26.  On Friday morning, a poor woman upwards of 80 years of age, who lived in a cottage in the parish of Painswick, was found burnt to death.  It is supposed in putting some sticks upon her fire she fell down upon the hearth, and not having strength to rise again, lay there till she was consumed.

  On Thursday morning last, a servant boy of Mr Dimmery’s, of Dursley, in this county, took his master’s horse out in the grounds to feed, and being sleepy, lay down, tied the halter round his neck that he might not sleep too long, and composed himself; the horse taking fright, ran near a quarter of a mile with the boy, and bruised him in so terrible a manner, that he expired soon afterwards.

   On Friday evening, one BURFORD, of Nympsfield, working with others in a quarry in the parish of Cam, a quantity of the stones fell upon him, and crushed him to death in an instant; providentially no other lives were lost.

 

Aug 30.  On Thursday last an inquest was taken at Coaley by William Phelps, Gent. Coroner, (now resident at Rodborough, near Stroud,) on the body of SARAH GABB, an infant, who was scalded to death by falling into a tub of water.

 

Oct 11.  On Saturday the 2d inst. an inquest was taken at Minety, in this county, by William Phelps, Gent. Coroner, now resident at Rodborough, on the body of a male bastard child, which was supposed to be destroyed by its unnatural mother, MARY WILLIS.  The jury brought in their verdict Wilful Murder.

 

Dec 13.  On Saturday se’nnight one SAMUEL BOWER, a sailor on board a trow coming up the Severn from Bistol, swore a horrid oath, that he would have some beef and potatoes before he got to Gloucester, for he knew he should then be discharged; and instantly stooping to take a bucket of water out of the river, he fell overboard, and was drowned, although one of his comrade’s jumped into the river, and made every effort to save him.

 

 

 

1785.

 

Jan 17.  On Saturday night one BROWNING, of Nailsworth, being very much in liquor, set out from a public house in this city, and at the end of the Bell lane, instead of turning to the left to Barton street, turned to the right for Constitution walk; where his horse fell with him into the Langet.  The horse by the fall broke its back and died; the man was not hurt, but the horse falling upon him, he lay for two hours under the beast, before he could, drunk as he was, extricate himself.

 

Mar 21. On Thursday last one GOODENOUGH, a bricklayer, getting into an oven at Littleworth to repair some defects, the oven fell in upon him, and crushed him to death.

  On Wednesday last an inquest was taken at Batesford, in this county, by Mr Daniel Willey, coroner, resident in this city, on the body of WILLIAM BEEZELY, who was working in a quarry belonging to Thomas Edwards Freeman, Esq; which fell in upon him, and killed him on the spot.

   On Wednesday, STEPHEN HOPE, a taylor, who lived near Newent, from which place he scarcely ever returned sober, fell into a brook near his house, and was drowned.

 

Mar 28.  Last week an inquest was taken by Mr Phelps, coroner, resident at Rodborough, on the body of a child burnt to death at Stonehouse; and another inquest on the body of WILLIAM GARDNER, who was killed by the falling in of a quarry at Salperton, where he was at work.

 

Apr 4.  One day last week a shoemaker [JOHN ETHERIDGE], at Newnham, was killed in a boxing match with a brother of the craft.

 

Aug 8.  On Monday last died at the Duke, in this city, Mr RICHARD SKIPP, of the Old Grange, in the parish of Dymock, who was unfortunately kicked a fortnight ago by a vicious horse as he was mounting to return home from market.

 

Sep 12.  Boat from sandhurst sunk at Longford (from Maisemore) and 7 drowned; inquest Daniel Willey.  Also boy at the bridge.

 

Oct 3. On Tuesday the 27th of September last, was committed to our castle, by Daniel Willey, Gent. Coroner, (and resident in this city,) SARAH ROBERTS on suspicion of the murder of a male child, that was found dead in the parish of Sevenhampton the 24th of that month.

 

Oct 10.  On Thursday last an inquest was taken by William Phelps, Gent. Coroner, resident at Rodborough, near Stroud, on the body of JAMES SARDIN, a chimney sweeper.  This unfortunate man was in the top of a chimney, which fell with him to the ground. Some of the stones fell upon his head and fractured his skull, and he died on the spot. 

 

 

1786

 

Jan 2.  On Monday evening last, Mr RICHARD DALLAWAY, a capital farmer of Poulton, in the county of Wiltshire, was thrown from his horse on his return from Cirencester market, and killed on the spot.

   On Friday an Inquest was taken by Mr Phelps, Coroner, of  Rodborough, on the body of JOHN COOPER, of Miserdine, who was found dead, and is siupposed to have died in a fit.

 

Jan 16.  Death of JAMES RUDGE, of Wickwar, Coroner,

 

Feb 13.  On Sunday last a new born female child was found dead in a ditch adjoining to the Kingsholm close.  The Coroner’s inquest brought in a verdict of Wilful Murder against a person unknown.

 

Mar 27.  On Wednesday last, Daniel Willey, Gent. (one of the Coroners for this county, and resident in this city,) took an inquisition in the parish of Rodmarton, on the body of Mr JAMES GEORGE.  This young gentleman was hunting a bag fox with Major Selfe’s hounds, and in attempting to leap over a stile, his horse threw him to the ground, and unfortunately fell upon his head and breast, and killed him on the spot.

 

Apr 3.  On Monday last an inquest was taken by Mr Phelps, coroner, resident at Wickwar, on the body of a man found dead, supposed to have perished thro’ the excessive cold.

  On Monday last an inquest was taken by Mr John Barnes, of Wotton Underedge, one of the Coroners of this county, on the body of a man, who was found drowned in the Stroudwater Canal.  He had been missing for a month past.  The jury brought in their verdict Accidental Death.

 

Apr 24.  On Thursday the 13th inst. a woman was found dead in Whitley Park, belonging to Lord Berkeley, and on the Saturday following an inquest was taken by J Barnes, of Wotton Underedge, when the verdict was, that she died a natural death.

 

Jun 5.  WILLIAM BARNARD of Frampton, Butcher; found drowned, suspicion of murder.

 

Jun 12.  On Saturday last a servant man, belonging to Thos. Baylis, Esq. of New Mills, near Stroud, bathing in his master’s fish pond, was unfortunately drowned; and on Monday, an inquest was taken on the body before John Barnes, Gent. of Wotton Underedge, one of the coroners for this county, when a jury found a verdict of accidental death.  And on Sunday a girl, about 16 years of age, fell into the Stroudwater canal, at the Golden Valley, in Chalford Bottom, and was drowned. - One of her companions, a girl about the same age, that was near her at the time, had the resolution to jump in after her, and it was with difficulty she was prevented from sharing the same fate. - Mr Barnes took an inquest on the body on Monday, when a jury found a verdict of accidental death.

 

Jun 26.  On Friday the 16th inst. a boy, servant to Mr Hayward, of Beverstone farm, near Tetbury, was driving his master’s waggon; he tripped and fell under the fore wheel, which instantly went over his back and killed him; and on Saturday an inquest was taken on the body before Mr Barnes, when the jury found a verdict accidental death.  On Sunday the 18th inst. as JOSEPH LAWRENCE, commonly called Dr Lawrence, was going from his house at Nailsworth to Horsley Church, he suddenly fell down dead, in an apoplectic fit.  On Tuesday Mr Barnes took an inquest on the body, when the jury found a verdict natural death.  On Wednesday the 19th as a man was mowing for Farmer Davis of the parish of Henbury, he fell down dead, so suddenly that when his companion, who was mowing with him, ran to his assistance, he was quite dead.  On Wednesday Mr Barnes took an inquest on the body, when the jury found a verdict, natural death.

 

Jul 10.  Wednesday an inquest was taken at Siston, by W Phelps, Gent. one of the coroners for this county, resident at Yate, near Chipping Sodbury, on the body of JOHN NOBLE, who was loading a cart with hay, by the sudden motion of which he was accidentally thrown to the ground, and died in a few days.

 

Jul 31.  On Monday last an inquest was taken at Tockington, by William Phelps, Gent. of Yate, coroner for this county, on the body of ROBERT ALPAS; whose death was occasioned by the overturning of  a cart, as he was riding in it.  Verdict, accidental death.

 

Aug 28.  Saturday an inquest was taken in the parish of Stapleton, by William Phelps, Gent. of Yate, coroner for this county, on the body of THOMAS COWLEY, who bathing with another boy in the river Froom, was accidentally drowned.

 

Sep 4. Last week two inquests were taken by Mr Barnes, of Wotton Underedge, one of the coroners for this county: the first on the body of ANN CAREY, who, in returning home last Sunday from Rodborough Meeting, fell into the Stroudwater Canal, and was drowned; the other on the body of an old man, who threw himself into the river Avon, near Bristol.

 

Sep 11.  Boat accident at Berkeley; 9 drowned. 

Last week an inquest was taken by J Barnes, Gent. of Wotto Underedge, at Chalford Bottom, on WM POWELL, who, on his return from Cirencester market the evening before, fell from his horse, and was so violently bruised, that he died the Thursday following.

 

Sep 18.  On Sunday evening, JOHN STEW, one of the drivers at the King’s Head, coming from Highnam with a return chaise, met with the following melancholy accident: Having alighted to shut the gate (it is supposed) the horses took fright, and that he, in attempting to stop them, was knocked down, ran over, and killed on the spot.  On Monday an inquest was taken on the body, by Daniel Willey, Gent. one of the coroners for this county, and resident in this city, when the jury brought in their verdict accidental death.

 

Oct 2.  The number of country people, who have lost their lives within the last six months by going home from markets and fairs in a state of intoxication, has been very considerable in this county; yet the frequency of such accidents makes no impression. - A farmer of Hartpury, returning on Thursday evening from Barton Fair, was so excessivley drunk, that he fell from his horse over the parapet of the Westgate Bridge, into the Severn, and was drowned.  The body could not be found till Friday night.

 

Oct 9.  On Wednesday morning last, three men were drinking at a public house at Uley, in this county; one of them, RICHARD SMITH, a shearman, toasted some bread and put it into his beer, and began to eat it, declaring it was the best he ever ate in his life.  The words were scarcely out of his mouth, before he fell from his chair and died instantly. - An inquest was taken on the body by William Phelps, of Yate, Gentleman, one of the Coroners for this county; when the jury brought in their verdict - Died by the visitation of God.

 

Nov 27.  On Tuesday morning WILLIAM HOLDER, butcher, of Painswick, was found dead. - It is supposed he fell from his horse in his way from Longney, and perished thro’ the coldness of the night.

   Mr Barnes, of  Wotton, held an inquest lately on the body of RICHARD JONES, [of Rudgway] who was found dead on the Bristol road near Almondsbury hill, (as mentioned in our last [20 nov]) when a very respectable jury gave a verdict accidental death, no marks of violence appearing on the body, but what he was supposed to have received by a fall from his cart.  The man had near 20 s. about him, of which some thief had picked his pocket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1786.  Dec 18.  On Thursday last an inquest was taken by Mr Barnes, of Wotton Underedge, on the body of SAMUEL TWINING, who was drowned in the Stroud Canal. - This man was returning from Stroud to his house at Rodborough on Sunday evening about eight; his two little boys were with him.  The youngest about nine years old was in his hand, and when he staggered into the canal he drew the child in with him. - The boy was under water half an hour, and was taken up to all appearances dead; however, by the perseverance and skill exerted by Mr Hughes, surgeon in Stroud, in apllying the means prescribed by the Severn Humane Society, the child was restored to life.  The father was past recovery.  This is the fourth life preserved since the establishment of the society in August.

 

 

 

1787

 

Jan 8.  A few days ago a poor woman of Uley, near Dursley, locked her two children (one about four, the other about six years old,) into her house, whilst she went a little way to carry in her work.  - In a short time one of the neighbours heard the screams of a child, and bursting the door found the youngest with its cloaths all in a blaze, and the poor little creature burning to death; the other child running from it to avoid the same disaster. - In his fright the man caught up the child and ran with it to the neighbouring brook, into which he plunged it to extinguish the flames; but the miserable little creature expired soon after in great agonies.

 

Jan 15.  At Uley, last week, a person [THOMAS MATTHEWS] who had invited some neighbours to partake of an excellent tap of ale, allowed himself so large a share, that having occasion to go up stairs, in his return he fell down, and broke his neck, and was taken up dead.

 

Feb 19.  Within the last 10 days no less than 11 prisoners have been committed to our Castle for felonies, viz.  JOHN MANNS, of Norton, near this city, and ANN WHITCOMBE, his servant, on suspicion of the murder of a bastard child, of which the latter was delivered on Monday morning, on her examination she acknowledged it to be hers but alleged that it was stillborn.  The body which had been buried in the garden, was taken up, and the coroner’s inquest brought in their verdict wilful murder, against the mother.

 

Mar 26.  On Monday last Mr DANGERFIELD, who kept the Blue Boys public house at Hampton, returning home from Cirencester market, very much in liquor, was thrown from his horse and killed on the spot.

 

Jun 4.  On Wednesday last, a son of Mr GREEN, baker, in the Eastgate Street, in attempting to avoid a waggon that was passing in the narrow part of the Bolt lane, unfortunately slipped down, and the wheels passing over him, broke both his thighs, and otherwise much bruised him.  He was taken to the Infirmary, and died on Saturday.

 

Jun 18.  Last week, EDWARD WHITE, a butcher, of Chipping Sodbury, in this county, having had a violent quarrel with his wife, whom he threatened,  with many oaths and imprecations, singularly horrid, to murder before the next morning, - went into the fields, and was soon after found speechless, and seemingly in great agonies, in which condition he remained until he expired.  - Such judicial proceedings of Providence should be regarded as warnings to the profane and impious, who, upon every trivial occasion, daringly and presumptuously defy Almighty power, and are often made, even in this world, sad examples of the Divine displeasure. - An inquest was taken on the body, by Mr Phelps, of Yate, one of the Coroners for this county, when no symptoms of poisoning appearing as was at first apprehended, nor any marks of violence, it was conjectured that his death proceeded from the violence of anger and excess of passion, with which he had been almost unceasingly agitated for the two preceding days.

 

Jun 25.  On Monday last, Mr TAYLOR, a horse doctor of [Auston?], near Tewkesbury, in his way from Cirencester market, passed thro’ Ampney turnpike, where the gatekeeper observing that he was very much in liquor, bid him ride cautiously, at which he took offence, and began uttering the most blasphemous imprecations, d --------- g his body and soul, to the deepest pit of Hell.  He had scarcely rode twenty yards however before he fell from his horse, and never spoke afterwards.

 

Jul 2.  3 farmers at Tetbury; Jun 26 and 16th.

 

 Oct 22.  On Thursday about two in the afternoon, Mr CARSBROOK, of Tetbury, woolstapler, riding over Painswick Hill, fell from his horse and dislocated his neck, and died on the spot.  An inquest was taken by Mr Willey, one of the Coroners of this county, when the jury brought in a verdict Accidental Death. - There was a considerable sum in cash and bills found in his pocket.

 

Nov 5.  On Tuesday evening last, a man going home from an alehouse, in the parish of Stroud, about nine in the evening, reeled into the Canal, and was drowned.

 

Nov 19.  On Tuesday night last, THOMAS BIRCHLEY, of Wellon, near Upton upon Severn, returning home very much intoxicated, fell into a ditch, and there perished.

 

 

 

 

 

1788.

 

Mar 10.  On Sunday the 2d instant, seven young men of this city, on a party of pleasure, attempting to pass thro’ Maisemore Bridge, the mast not being sufficiently lowered, the boat was upset, by which accident two of the party, Mr PULLEY, one of Mr Watson’s company of comedians, and Mr BOWER, a taylor, were unfortunately drowned.

 

Apr 14.  On Monday last, the body of Mr BOWER, the taylor, who was drowned at Maisemore bridge, on Mid lent Sunday, was taken up near the bridge at Over.  Yesterday  the body of Mr PULLEY, the comedian, was taken up near Minsterworth.

 

Jun 2.  On Wednesday last, an unfortunate stranger, supposed to be a little deranged in the intellects, who, from some papers found in his pockets, appears to have been a clergyman of the name of WILLIAM BAILEY, was murdered near to an ale house at the Flat, in the parish of Westbury, in this county.  The stranger came in the evening to the ale house, and called for a pint of beer.  JOHN GLOVER and WILLIAM ETHERIDGE, two fishermen, were drinking in the kitchen: Mr BAILEY sat down between them, and, from some improper behaviour, gave GLOVER reason to suspect that he would pick his pocket.  This occasioned some altercation; when the stranger went out and GLOVER  followed, asking whether he was not going to pick his pocket; the stranger denied such intention, and said, “Are you going to kill me?”  The other then struck him several blows, and at last knocked him down. The cry of murder brought MARY GODWIN, who ran into the ale house and called the people; when they came out they found the stranger on his knees begging for mercy; GLOVER then left him, and the people helped him up; he then told them he would go an acquaint Mr Colchester of the treatment he had received.

   He set off towards Mr Colchester’s house, and was got into a field about 100 yards from the public house, when GLOVER, followed and gave him a desperate blow in the throat, which brought him to the ground, and he never spoke after.

   GLOVER has absconded, but many are gone in pursuit of him.  He is thus described: about 21 years of age, five feet ten inches high, well made, rather round in his shoulders, small eyes with large eyebrows, palish complexion, and brown hair; had on when he went away, a pair of corduroy breeches, and a waterman’s frock.  He has been in the 20th regiment.

  GLOVER was much influenced with liquor at the time.  Is not drunknesness the cause of most of the murders of this kingdom?  Mr Willey, one of his Majesty’s Coroners for this county, has taken an inquest on the body, and a jury brought in a verdict Wilful Murder.

   A few days ago, RICHARD HOBBS, of the parish of St George, was committed to our county gaol, for killing SAMUEL MILLSOME at an ale house, being both very much in liquor, they fought, and MILLSOME was killed.

 

Jul 7.  A lad, named GEORGE HARRIS, fell into the river Severn, on Wednesday last, and after floating some time, sunk twice or thrice, but upon his rising within a foot of the top of the water, WILLIAM LEIGH, employed as a Clerk to the building of the New Gaol, with a humanity singularly great, instantly plunged into the stream, and took him up, and with the assistance of his brother, brought him on shore in a state of total insensibility, after some time he was recovered.

 

Aug 11.  On Saturday evening after 10 o’clock, Farmer HEALING, of Staunton Court, went through the turnpike at Over, which leads to Maisemore, but he never passed the bridge, and on Sunday, his horse was found grazing in the meadows. - Search has been made, but Mr HEALING cannot be found: It is apprehended, that he has been robbed, and thrown into the river. - How many valuable lives might be saved, among the yeomanry of this country, if self preservation could teach sobriety?

 

Aug 18.  Conjectures respecting the murder of Farmer HEALING appear to have been ill founded; his body having been taken up out of the river without marks of violence, or the pockets rifled.  It is likely, therefore, that he fell asleep, and his horse going to drink, fatally tumbled him into the river.

 

Sep 15.  On Monday last JOHN GLOVER, who murdered a clergyman in May last, in a drunken frolick, near a public house at the Flat, in the parish of Westbury, was taken up at Birmingham.  He appears very much affected for the crime he has committed, and says, he never since enjoyed a moment’s peace.

 

Oct 6.  On Monday last, Mr NAISH, auctioneer, of Bristol, going home very intoxicated, was thrown from his horse between Melksham and Axford, and killed on the spot. - This death makes up the number forty, who have lately been killed in this manner.

 

 

 

1789

 

Jan 5.  On Friday last a shocking accident happened at Pull court, the seat of Thomas Dowdeswell, Esq. in the county of Worcestershire.  SARAH BURGES, a very old servant in that family, who was upwards of 100 years of age, sitting by the fire in her bed chamber, it is supposed a spark fled out upon her apron, which took fire, and communicated to a large handkerchief, that was round her neck; and although discovered before the handkerchief was entirely burnt, yet her neck and throat were scorched in such a manner, that she expired immediately.

 

Feb 3.  On Wednesday the body of a man was discovered floating near Mr Wakefield’s yard at the Quay.  It is supposed he had been some time in the water.  In his pocket was found a letter, signed ROBERT FERRIS, sealed up, and addressed to Oliver Toulmin, navy agent, Lisle street, London.

 

Feb 23.  Lately, died suddenly, in a field near Alderly, in this county, on his way home to Kingswood, Wiltshire, MOSES HAINES, aged 73, formerly a day labourer, but of late years a pauper of that parish.  He had 2 s. per week allowed him, by the parish, for his support, besides what he obtained from the bounty of the benevolent and charitable in the neighbourhood, by importunate begging, to whom he usually delivered a tale of pretended distress, to excite their compassion, and at the same time, bitterly complained of the rigid economy of the parish, in granting him only, the small trifle above mentioned.  Having been suspected, in his lifetime, of being possessed of some money, notwithstanding his constant and solemn protestations to the contrary, a few days after his decease, his house was searched, when to the astonishment of all present, concealed in a large bag of wool, in several parcels, were discovered the following sums, viz.

                          Guineas      42 l.

             248 Half crowns      31 l.

                      361 Shillings         18 l.  1 s.

                                                    91 l.  1 s.

 

Mar 16.  At our Assizes, which closed on Saturday, ... JOHN GLOVER, who was the cause of the death of an unhappy clergyman, at the Flat, near Westbury, was found guilty of manslaughter only, and fined one shilling; ........

 

Jun 29.  On Saturday, as WILLIAM GABB, smith, was measuring a trow for some iron work, near the Westgate bridge, he fell into the river, and was unfortunately drowned.

 

Jul 20.  A few days ago, as Mr THOMAS COLLINS and THOMAS RUSSELL DOBBINS, of the parish of Littleton upon Severn, in this county, were drinking together, some words arose between them, and they proceeded to blows; when the latter, finding himself too weak for the other, took up a stone, and threw it with such violence at Mr COLLINS, that striking him on the side of the head, it fractured his skull, and he is since dead.  The coroner’s inquest sat on the body, and brought in the verdict wilful murder.  The deceased has left a wife and five small children.

 

Jul 27.  On Wednesday next the assizes for this county will begin, at which few prisoners are to take their trials; amongst whom are, CHARLES BRASSINGTON for murder ....

 

Aug 3.  At our Assizes, CHARLES BRASSINGTON, for the murder of  MARTHA HUNTLEY,  was found guilty, and received sentence to be executed this day, and his body dissected.  BRASSINGTON, being in liquor, went to the house of MARTHA HUNTLEY, and asked for some cyder; but she refusing to give him any, he threw a stone and struck her on the temple, which caused her death.

  WILLIAM WEAVIN, for killing JOHN PRIDDIE, was found guilty of manslaughter, and ordered to be imprisoned three months.

 

Aug 10.  On Monday last was executed, pursuant to his sentence, CHARLES BRASSINGTON, for the murder of Mrs HUNTLEY.  His behaviour, when at the awful place of execution, was truly penitent; and after hanging the usual time, his body was delivered up to the Surgeons for dissection.

 

Aug 24.  On Thursday evening, as the son of Mr D SPENCER, of this city, was bathing in the river near the Westgate, he suddenly got out of his depth, and not being able to swim, he would have been drowned, had not THOMAS WEBB instantly jumped into the river, without waiting to take off his cloaths, and as the lad was sinking, caught him by the arm, and brought him safe to shore.

 

Sep 14.  Advice has been received, that the Cornwall brig, belonging to Mr William Joiner, of Berkeley, caught fire, and was totally consumed, on the coast of Africa, where she was discharging her cargo.

 

Dec 7.  OBITUARY.  On Saturday morning died here, in a fit of apoplexy, Mr JOHN FIELD, music master, in the College Court.  A few days ago died also, no less unexpectedly, Mr COTHER, a respectable farmer, at the Sheep house, near this city.

 

 

 

1791

 

Jan 18.  We have received from the clergyman of North Nibley, in this county, the following circumstance:  On the last day of the old year, DANIEL MUNDY, of the parish of North Nibley, attempted to descend into a well, near 100 feet deep.  He had proceeded but a little way, when his companion begged him to come up, as part of the wall had fallen in but the day before.   His reply was, G-d d--n my Soul to H-ll, if I don’t venture, let what will be the consequence.  These words were hardly uttered, when ten feet of the top of the well fell in on the unhappy wretch, and carried him to the bottom. 

   This DANIEL MUNDY, about two years ago, when confined in the prison, one night uttering some vile execrations, was in an instant struck dumb, and could not speak for several hours.  A locked jaw had deprived him of utterance.  For several months afterwards his behaviour was exemplary; but on his release from prison, losing all recollection of his late warning, he returned without remorse to his old companion, and former habits of vice.

 

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

 

Feb 15.  On Wednesday last was held, the election of a Coroner for this county, in the room of the late Mr Barnes.  The candidates were Mr WILLIAM JOYNER, and Mr GERRISH; but Mr Gerrish observing the great number of gentlemen, who were come to support his opponent, declined giving farther trouble.  The election was then declared in favour of Mr Joyner.  [Adverts for Joyner 8 & 15 Feb; for Gerrish on 8 & 15 Feb - “a full apology for the trouble I have given ...” and refers to a “promise of support ... whenever a vacancy may happen.”]

   On Thursday last an inquest was taken at Stroud, by Mr Joyner, one of the coroners for this county, on the body of ELIZABETH BEACHEY, Servant to the Rev. Mr HARRIES, who hanged herself in the garrett of her master’s house, where she was not found till Tuesday evening.  The jury brought in a verdict, Lunacy.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

   The said Benjamin Hoskins, when he left his work, took with him a blue coat and waistcoat, with white buttons, and leather breeches, a smock frock, and  striped waistcoat, is a fresh coloured man, about five feet, six or seven inches high, strong made, about 30 years old, and is supposed to be still lurking about the parishes of Lanishen, Wolvesnewton, or Grosmont, in the county of Monmouth.

 

The humanity of the people of Chepstow was greatly shocked a few days ago, by the body of a very fine child, about 13 months old, which was taken out of the river, with its throat cut.  The father is supposed to be the perpetrator of this act of unnatural barbarity, as he absconded on the declaration of the Coroner’s inquest.  A reward is offered for apprehending this villain. [See the advertisement in the preceding page.]

    On Sunday, the 4th inst. a new born female infant was found dead in the highway, leading from Chedworth to Northleach; and an inquest was taken on Tuesday, by Mr Willey, one of the coroners for this county, (and resident in this city) when the Jury returned their verdict, Still Born.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jul 19.  On the 10th inst. the hounds of Thomas Bathurst, Esq. of Lidney Park, ran a deer into a piece of water, called the Head Dam, near the Upper Forge, in the parish of Lidney, when HENRY THOMAS, in attempting to save its life, was unfortunately drowned.

   And on the same day, a servant boy belonging to Mr WM TUGWELL, of Weston-Birt, driving plough, was killed by the kick of a horse.  The Coroner’s inquests were taken by Mr William Joyner, at Berkeley.

 

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

 

Aug 9.  Assizes.  Acquitted:  SARAH WILLIAMS.

 

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

 

Sep 6.  A few days since, CHARLES DENT ROACH, son of Mr TIMOTHY ROACH, of Buckleover, in the parish of Thornbury, was unfortunately killed by a fall from a horse, in his father’s fields.

   And the same day, PHILIP PHILLIPS, of the parish of Tidenham, near Chepstow, Bailiff to Mr James, was killed by a fall from a waggon loaded with pease.  The coroner’s inquests were taken by Mr William Joyner, of Berkeley.

 

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

 

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

 

Nov 22.  ?? Pauper

 

Ends 

 

 

 

1791

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mar 7.  On Tuesday the 21st inst. an unfortunate boxing match was decided at Kempsford, in this county, between ROBERT WILSON,  a keeper of a public house there, and JOHN TOMBS, a farmer of the same parish, in which the landlord received a blow under the throat, which ruptured an artery, and soon after occasioned his death.  An inquest was tken by Mr Wiley, of this city, when the verdict of manslaughter was brought against the farmer.

   On Monday last JOSEPH BENCE, of Charlton, near Cheltenham, destroyed himself by taking a quantity of corrosive sublimate, which he thrust in its dry state into his throat, in Cheltenham churchyard.  The poison operated very speedily to put an end to his existence.  He fell down and died in the most excruciating tortures in about half an hour after.  The Coroner, Mr Wiley, took an inquest on the body, and the Jury found a verdict, Felo de se.  The wretch was buried in the highway.  Remorse for a past wicked life is supposed to have been the cause of this act of revenge on himself.

   On Thursday the 14th ult. a poor woman left a child in a cottage at Little Barrington.  Some straw was in the cottage, and by some accident the child, it is supposed, set fire to the straw, which destroyed the cottage, and burnt the child in such a manner that it died.

 

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

 

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

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

 

Apr 18.  On Sunday the 10th inst. at nine o’clock in the morning, an infant, about 23 months old, fell into a resevoir, made for holding whey, at Woodchester Park Farm, and was unfortunately drowned before any assistance could be given.

   The same day a man, unknown, was found in the river Severn, near Kingroad.  He appeared to be about 25 years old, five feet seven inches high, thick made, had on a pair of canvas trowsers, a silk and cotton handkerchief round his neck, one worsted stocking, shoe, and plated buckle, and was much disfigured.

   And on Monday the 11th inst. Mr WILLIAM SHEPHERED, plumber, foreman to Mr Hill, of Bristol, fell from the roof of the Blaise Castle Inn, at Henbury, and was killed on the spot.  He has left a wife and four children.  The inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, coroner.

 

May 9.  The following inquests have lately been taken by Mr Joyner of Berkeley, one of the coroners for this county:

   Friday, April 29, JOHN CAMPLIN, aged 55 years, was found dead, supposed by suffocation, in a glass house, at Saint Philip and Jacob, belonging to Messrs Wilcox, and Co.

   The same day an infant, aged near five years, son of Mr JOSEPH PEARCE, at Charfield, was scalded to death, by falling into a pail of boiling water.

   Tuesday the 3d instant, MARY HEMMING, wife of JOHN HEMMING, labourer, was drowned in a pool on Charlton Common.  She has left four children.

   Thursday the 5th instant, JOHN PACKER of Cam, labourer, aged near seventy years, going to his work, fell down and instantly expired.

 

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

 

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

 

Jun 20.  The following inquests were taken by Mr Willey in the course of last week.  On Monday, an inquisition on the body of Mr JOSEPH CANTER, who suddenly fell from his horse on the road leading from Gloucester to Wheatenhurst; he never spoke afterwards.  Upon a proper investigation, (with the advice of a surgeon) the jury returned a verdict, That he died of a fit of apoplexy.

   And, on Thursday another in the parish of Stonehouse, on one WILLIAM VAISEY.  As he was cutting some elm trees, the ladder, on which he was standing by some means turned on one side, whereby he fell on a post, and after lingering some time died in the greatest agonies.  -  Verdict accidental death.

    Thursday an inquest was taken at Stroud on a female infant, found dead in bed, by the side of her mother.  The jury returned a verdict, that she died by suffocation.

    The same day a melancholy accident  happened at the parish of Corse; one RICHARD BATT was working in a stone quarry, with his father and another man; he saw one side of the quarry falling in, and had the presence of mind to call out to his father and the other person in time to save them, but could not escape the danger himself.  On Friday the inquest brought in a verdict, accidental death.

    On Friday JOHN ARKELL was found hanging to an ash tree, in the parish of Cirencester.  He had been missing from Tuesday last.  On Saturday the inquest was taken; verdict, Lunacy.  This man was in our gaol last assizes, for stealing fowls, and since that time has been much deranged in his senses.  He has left four small children, and a wife near lying in with the fifth.

 

Jul 11.  Missing from film.

 

Aug 1.  Monday last a man, unknown, was found floating in the River Severn, near Kingroad, much disfigured.  He appeared between forty and fifty years of age, five feet six inches, short black hair, - had on a brown jacket, striped flannel waistcoat, dowlas shirt, thickset breeches, plated knee buckles, blue yarn stockings, one shoe and a copper buckle.  ... Two knives and a large gold ring were found in his breeches pocket.

   On Wednesday evening an infant, aged near five years, son of Mr JONAS ORGAN, of North Nibley, was unfortunately killed by falling into a stock mill.  The inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, coroner.

 

Aug 15. ASSIZES.

At our assizes on Friday morning came on the trial of WILLIAM BIRT, a journeyman carpenter, of Tewkesbury, who was indicted for the murder of SARAH POWELL, a servant in a respectable family in that town.  The prisoner had deluded the deceased under a promise of marriage, and upon making known to him that she was with child, he gave her a small quantity of powder, telling her to take it, and that it would do her no harm.  It will do you good,” said he, “I have taken twice as much.”  The girl, on her return home from this interview, swallowed the powder in some sugar, and in a few minutes was seized with violent vomitings, which, after the most severe sufferings for eleven days, caused her death.  The Judge clearly stated, that although the prisoner had no intention to destroy the girl, yet having recommended to her a medicine to procure abortion, and death ensuing, he was considered as guilty of her murder.  According to a well known principle of the English law, where death ensues in consequence of an illegal act, Malice is implied, and the offence, with its consequences, is deemed Murder. - His Lordship also admitted, that the declarations of the girl, made under the impression of her expected death, notwithstanding she might be an accomplice with him in the guilty design, were sufficient to fix the crime upon the man.  The prosecutors were not able to discover from whence the poison was procured; yet, as the effect was clearly proved by the Surgeon who attended the deceased, no doubt was entertained of its pernicious quality.

   The prisoner went through the trial with a great degree of insensibility, which continued even during the awful period of receiving sentence.  But when he was taken from the Bar, his confidence forsook him, and he fainted away in the pen, and as he was conducting from Court he dropped down again in a fit.

   On Friday evening, when the prisoner was conducted to the cell for persons in his unhappy situation, he wrung his hands as in the utmost misery and despair.  The next morning, when the Governor unlocked the door of the cell, he was struck with the spectacle of the prisoner hanging, and dead ...  He had twisted the sheet of his bed, and made it fast to the bars of the window; the other end he tied round his neck in a running knot; it is supposed he threw himself from his bedstead, and held up his feet that they might not touch the ground, as the height was not sufficient by eight or nine inches to have otherwise effected his purpose.  The body was quite cold when the cell was opened.  The Coroner took an inquest upon the body, when a verdict was brought in felo de se.  On Saturday his body was butried in a cross road, near Tewkesbury.

 

Aug 29.  Thursday last JOHN JONES, a lad aged 12 years, servant to Mr WILLIAM LEWIS, of the Meads Farm, in the parish of Tiddenham, gathering corn after reapers, in a state of intoxication, fell down, and instantly expired.

   On Friday RICHARD WESTLEY, labourer, aged about 27 years, was found dead in the parish of Saint Philip and Jacob.  It appeared on evidence, that the deceased was a native of the Forest of Dean, and had for some time past been seen wandering about Bristol, and its environs, in a disturbed state of mind.

The above inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, coroner.

 

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

 

Sep 19.  Saturday the 3d instant, about five o’clock in the afternoon, WILLIAM DYER, servant to Mr WILLIAM JONES, of Northwick, on his return home from Bristol, fell from his horse and was killed on the spot.

   Tuesday the 6th instant, ELIZABETH HILL, an infant, aged 15 months, daughter of Mr WILLIAM HILL, of Uley, taylor, was scalded to death by a fountain of boiling water falling on her as she was at play near the kitchen fire.  The above inquests were taken by Mr William Joyner, of Berkeley, Coroner.

   Monday last an inquest was taken at Old Sodbury, by Mr Phelps, coroner, resident at Chipping Sodbury, on ELIAS ISAAC, an infant of the age of a year and a half.  Its mother having placed a pan of scalding lye upon the ground in the washhouse, and covered it with an apron to prevent any accident; the child went into the washhouse and fell into it, and although immediately taken out, it was so scalded, that convulsion fits ensued, and it died the next day,

 

Ends Dec 26.   

 

 

 

1792

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

May 21.  ELIZABETH MAYO, an infant, aged six months, daughter of J. MAYO, of Wanswell, carpenter, being left asleep in a cradle, under the care of her sister, aged five years, in the absence of the mother, who was gone about a mile for necessaries, was found at her return, suffocated by the cloaths being innocently turned up over her face by the other sister in order to keep it quiet.

   EDWARD FOX, servant to Mr SAMUEL FORD, near the Cherry Orchard, in a state of intoxication, fell from a hay loft and received a violent concussion upon the brain, which caused his death.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dec 24 & 31??? 

 

 

 

1793

 

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

 

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

 

Jan 28.  Candidates begin advertising and canvassing:  S. GERRISH, Surgeon, of Downend; JOHN WHITHORNE, Jun. of Leckhampton; D. WHATLEY of Cirencester declines “many of my Friends had engaged themselves”; WILLIAM TRIGG, Surgeon, of Mitcheldean.

 

Feb 4.  More adverts.

 

Feb 11.  More adverts, and letter from WILLIAM JOYNER.

 

Feb 18.  More adverts and replies to Joyner’s letter.  WILLIAM TRIGG alludes to S. Gerrish’s “attempts to in snare the honor of a generous public.”

 

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

 

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

 

Mar 11.  On Thursday last at the election of a Coroner, a very spirited contest took place, which continued till Saturday evening, when the majority in favor of Mr Trigg appearing to be 114, Mr Whithorne declined giving any further trouble to his opponent.  Mr Daniel Cox, Surgeon, has declared himself a Candidate for the place of Coroner, at a future vacancy.  To which he is induced, by being credibly informed, that some gentlemen have already been privately solliciting (sic).

Also letters of thanks from the two candidates; no trace of S Gerrish.

 

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

 

Apr 8.  At our assizes last week:  MATTHEW CROSSMAN, for manslaughter, was sentenced one year’s imprisonment.

THOMAS TERRY, for stealing sundry articles from Mr LONG, of Over, was sentenced to seven year’s transportation.  [see Oct 8 1792]

 

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

 

Jul 15.  Accounts from different parts of the country state, that several labourers in the field, overcome by the intense heat, have dropt down and expired.

   On Wednesday next the commission will be opened for holding the Assizes for this county.  It is with concern we observe in the calendar, two woman committed on the charge of murdering their bastard children.  [not yet traced.]

 

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

 

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

 

Ends.    

 

 

 

1794.

 

Feb 24.  On Tuesday last was committed to our county prison, by T Blunt, Esq. one of his Majesty’s Coroners for this county, HANNAH LIMBRICK, of Westbury, charged with the wilful murder of DEBORAH LIMBRICK, her daughter in law, a child about four years old.

  On Friday night the 14th inst. an unhappy dispute happened between BENJAMIN HEAGUE, and WILLIAM GRIFFITHS, servants to Mrs Hall, of Arlingham, in which some blows passed; in the fray, HEAGUE struck GRIFFITHS a blow on the temple, which killed him upon the spot.  HEAGUE has absconded.  The Coroners inquest have brought in a verdict of Manslaughter.

 

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

   BENJAMIN HEAGUE, advertised in our last paper, for killing WILLIAM GRIFFETTS, of Arlingham, has surrendered himself.

 

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

 

Mar 31.  On Sunday last JOHN CARTER DOCTOR, endeavouring to catch a salmon fish, nearly opposite Arlingham Worth, in the river Severn, the sands being quick and giving way, forced him into the Channel, where he was drowned, in the sight of many spectators on shore.  He has left a wife and three small children.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   Friday, ELIZABETH BOY, aged 19 years, being subject to fits, fell into a pool in the parish of Sodbury, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Thursday, GEORGE MORGAN, of Woodmancote, in the parish of Dursley, broadweaver, fell down from his loom and immediately expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley, the only Coroner now residing in the lower part of this county.

 

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

 

Apr 21.  The two following inquests were lately taken by Mr Joiner, of Berkeley.  Friday the 11th, on WILLIAM HOPKINS, a travelling glass seller, found dead in his lodgings at Wickwar.  And Monday the 14th, on Mr HENRY RICE, of Old Sodbury, miller, whose horse taking fright upon the road in the parish of Iron Acton, he was thrown and killed on the spot.

   Three inquests have also been taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross:  On Saturday the 12th, on a still born child, found in the parish of Randwick.  On Monday, on the body of JAMES WATHEN, thrown from a horse in the parish of Painswick.  And on Tuesday, on the body of JOHN PEGLER, who was scalded to death, by the sudden boiling over of a dying furnace, at Mr Partridge’s, at Bowbridge.

 

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

 

May 12.  On Sunday last a lad named THOMAS WARREN, of Upleadon, whipping a cart horse, was kicked by him so violently, that he languished but a few hours before he died.  On Friday last,  JOHN CLEMENS, a boy 15 years of age, coming from Stroud, his horse fell with him in Barton street, and taking fright, the boy was thrown, and not being able to disengage his foot from the stirrups, was dragged for a considerable distance, and so shockingly bruised about the head, that he expired.  On Saturday woman was found dead in a field at Maugersbury, in this county.

 

May 19.  [Tetbury, May 14] On Wednesday last a melancholy accident happened in the parish of Cowley, in this county.  A baker’s horse being tied to a gate, near where two children were playing, by some means got the gate off the hinges and immediately taking fright, ran down the street with the gate tied to the halter, and killed a boy [WILLIAM WITTS] on the spot; a girl was very near suffering the same fate, the gate wounding her in the leg.  The inquest was taken before Daniel Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, and resident in Gloucester.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Monday evening died suddenly, as she was talking to a neighbour, Mrs BARNES, aged 64, sister to Mr NICHOLAS BARNES, of this city.  She has left a mother aged 92.

 

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

  On Wednesday last HANNAH WEBLEY, of the parish of Berkeley, single woman, was committed by Mr Joyner, Coroner, for the murder of her male bastard child.

 

Jun 30.  On Monday evening, a soldier [ELIAS EVANS] in the regiment of Ancient British Fencibles quartered here, attempting to swim in the Severn, was drowned.

   Last week two inquests were taken by Mr Trigg, coroner, at Cainscross, near Stroud:  On the body of ESTHER NORRIS, who fell out of a window in the parish of Randwick; the other on WILLIAM CLARK.  This lad was driving a waggon loaded with coal to Cirencester, and received a kick from one of the horses in his team which killed him.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Nov 17.  Last week the following inquests were taken before Mr Joyner, coroner, of Berkeley:  On Monday at the York Hotel, Clifton, on the body of Mrs WATERMAN, who fractured her skull by a fall from her horse.  Tuesday, on the body of EDWARD TYLER, cordwainer, who was found dead on the turnpike road in the parish of Bitton.  It is supposed he died in a fit.  Thursday, on the body of Mr THOMAS BETHELL, pump maker.  He was repairing a pump in a well at Tetbury, and fell from the stay, which lay across the well, to the bottom, a distance of about 45 feet, and was instantly killed.  Saturday, on the body of JOHN BRADFORD, late of Newnham, waterman, who was drowned in the river Severn.  He was a very sober man, bore a good character, and has left a wife and four small children.

   On Thursday lasy an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, at Cainscross, near Stroud, on the body of JAMES FRANKLIN, of the Thrup, in the parish of Stroud, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, on Wednesday, returning home from Bowbridge.  Verdict, Accidental death.  The means of restoration proved fruitless though immediately tried.

 

Nov 24.  An inquest was held on Saturday the 15th, by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, near Stroud, on the body of WILLIAM MARSH, weaver, of Chalford, in the parish of Bisley, who was found dead at a place called the Golden Valley.  It appeared evident he slipped from a wall, he was getting over, and a large stone fell on his arm, which bruised him considerably.  Verdict, Accidental death.

  On Thursday night last ALEXANDER MURPHY, late of Bristol, carpenter, and a soldier belonging to the Carlow Buffs, were both found dead; the former at Stinchcombe, near Dursley; the latter at Peddington, near Berkeley.  Verdicts, died by the inclemency of the weather.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, coroner.

 

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

 

 

 

1795

 

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

   On Thursday, at Ampney St Peter, an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross, Coroner, on the body of a male base child, belonging to ELIZABETH EDGEWORTH.  Verdict, natural death.

 

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

 

Feb 2.  On Monday last a very melancholy accident happened near Warmley, in this county.  As twelve men were at work in a coal pit, a body of water from an adjoining pit suddenly burst into their works, which instantly rose to the height of ten fathoms, and five of the number were unfortunately drowned, three of whom have left wives and families to lament the fatal catastrophe: the others were taken out alive without receiving much injury, to the astonishment of all present.

   The same morning an infant child, named MARY MORETON, was unfortunately killed in the parish of Mangotsfield, by a 16 inch waggon wheel falling on her head.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, of Berkeley.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jul 6.  On Saturday last CHARLES ROWDEN, a shear grinder, returning home from Minchin-Hampton, fell into a brook, and was found drowned.  An inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, of Cainscross, near Stroud - verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Wednesday last a heavy storm of rain, attended with thunder and lightning, fell here about two o’clock.  The cloud passed towards Painswick hill, and near Matson four men, who were mowing, ran under some trees for shelter; one of whom, named RODWAY, happening to hang his scythe on a branch of the tree, a flash of lightning, attracted by the scythe, struck the owner of it dead upon the spot.   His companion, who stood under the same tree, was brought to the ground, and, for some time, remained senseless.  The other two men, who took shelter under a tree at some distance, were not hurt.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Sep 7.  On Tuesday last an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, on the body of RICHARD FLETCHER, of Cirencester, who, having injured the spinal marrow by a fall, occasioned by a rope breaking, as he was fastening some hay to a waggon, was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Thursday last a melancholy accident happened to Mr WILLIAM MATTHEWS, of Greet, in the parish of Winchcomb, in this county.  As he was driving a waggon, loaded with barley, into a yard belonging to Mr WELLS, by some means he fell to the ground, and the forewheel went over his body, and crushed him to that degree, that he died in a few hours afterwards.  The inquest was taken before Mr D WILLEY, Coroner, resident in this city.

 

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

 

Aug 14.   On Monday se’nnight as THOMAS MORLEY, son of Mrs MORLEY, of the Kings Arms, at Wickwar, in this county, was gathering plumbs, he fell off the tree on his head, which caused his death the next day.

   On Wednesday last as ISAAC MAGGS, servant to Farmer ESMOND, of Woodland Farm, in the parish of Almondsbury, in this county, was giving his master’s horse water, in a pool near the house, he fell off and was drowned.  Verdicts, Accidental death.  The above inquests were taken before Mr Joyner, of Berkeley.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Nov 16.  A few days ago, as WILLIAM HAMBLETT, a lad, of Minety, in this county, was catching a horse, he fell into a ditch, and the horse falling upon him, instantly killed him.

   On the 3rd instant, as WILLIAM SMITH, labourer, of Stroud, was wheeling coal, at Lodgemore, he fell into the brook, and expired soon after being taken out.

   On the 12th instant, Mr JOSEPH CLARK, of Sheepscomb, in this county, returning from Bisley fair, was thrown from his horse, which caused his death the next day.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1796

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Apr 4.  Trial of Mrs MARY REED, Swanley; acquitted.

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jun 27.  On Sunday se’nnight, JOHN POPE, of Stanley St Leonards, sitting in his garden, was seized with an apoplectic fit, and falling back into a pool of water, was found dead.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

   On Friday last, at Tetbury, an inquest was held on the body of a male base child.  Verdict, Stillborn.  And on Saturday last, on THOMAS MALLARD, found dead in the high road, in the parish of Minchinhampton.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  The above inquests were taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, in this county.

 

Jul 3.  We hear that eleven inquests were taken in the course of last month before Mr Joyner of Berkeley, one of the Coroners of this county, viz. one person shot accidentally, one drowned, two killed by carts, two by falls from horses, one by timber and four sudden deaths.

  The following inquests have lately been taken by Mr Trigg, Coroner, of Cainscross, iin this county: On the ody of JOHN MILLARD, Carpenter, of Cirencester, who dropped down as he was at work and instantly expired (Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God) - Also on ELIZABETH RODWAY, of Ampney Crucis, an infant of two years and a half old, who fell into a brook and was drowned, (Verdict, Accidental Death) - And also on JANE ASLOW, a child about five years of age, who fractured her scull by falling from a wall, in the parish of Bisley, (Verdict, Accidental Death).

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1797

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Apr 24.  On Monday se’nnight the Betsey Trow, belonging to Framiload, in this county, bound from Berekeley Pill to Gloucester, laden with Tenby Coal, foundered and sunk in tne river Severn, near Shapney Point in a gale of wind, by which unforeseen accident, the Master GEORGE MOORE, his son and nephew, and one ISAAC BALL, unfortunately lost their lives.  Their bodies were found near the same place two days after, when inquests were held before Mr Joyner of Berkeley.

   We hear during the same week five other inquests were held before the same Coroner, viz. one killed by a waggon, one by a cart, one by falling into a quarry, one drowned, and one sudden death by drinking to excess.

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Oct 2.  On Tuesday last an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, at Stapleton Prison, near Bristol, on the body of Louis le Brison, a Frenchman, who was shot the preceding day by one of the sentinels belonging to the Royal Buckingham  Militia.  The Jury, after a full investigation, found a verdict of justifiable homicide.

 

Oct 16.  Death of unnamed day labourer at Maisemore “Sunday last”.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1798

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1799

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1800

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Aug 4.  EDWARD WILMOT, for the murder of SAMUEL FUSSELL, was condemned, and  ordered to be hanged this morning.

   JOHN YOUNG was to have taken his trial on Saturday for the murder of his wife, by throwing her into the Severn, but on entering his cell, he was found dead, having hanged himself by his handkerchief up to the staple of his window.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1801

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

May 11.  On Monday evening last, a boy about six years old, son of a workman to THOMAS PIDCOCK, Esq. master of the Iron Works at Lidney, in this county, was accidentally drowned in the canal belonging to the works.

   Wednesday as JAMES PARKER, a boy about eight years old, was riding on the shafts of a roller, in a field at Westwood, through the carelessness of the driver of the horses, he fell from it, when the roller pressing on him, bruised him in so shocking a manner, that he soon after expired.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

1802

 

Jan 4.  DIED.  Sunday se’nnight, of a fit of apoplexy, with which he was seized while attending divine service at the Rev. Rowland Hill’s Chapel, Mr JOHN RUGG, aged 68, an eminent dyer, of Wotton Underedge.  He was a good Christian, and will be lamented by the poor, to whom he was very charitable.

   We are also concerned to state the very shocking catastrophe which happened on the 19th ult. to Mrs MOREAU, widow of SIMEON MOREAU, Esq. M.C. of Cheltenham (whose death we mentioned the week before last).  By some accident her clothes caught fire, and before assistance was procured to extinguish the flames, she was most dreadfully burnt, and lingered till Wednesday last in the greatest agonies, when she died, sincerely and deservedly lamented.

   On Thursday se’nnight an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, Coroner, at Storwick, in the parish of Henbury, on the body of a man unknown, found drowned in the river Severn, near a place called Chitning Worth.  He appeared to be about forty years of age, five feet six inches high, stout made, dark brown hair, had on a blue jacket and trowsers, with yellow buttons, cotton shirt, small ribbed stockings, and shoes tied with ribbon..  In his jacket pocket was found a cotton spotted handkerchief, and a knife, with the initials cut on the handle T.P.D.

 

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

 

Jan 18.  On Thursday last was also committed to our county gaol, by Mr Joyner, Coroner, THOMAS BAKER, of Chipping Sodbury, in this county, currier, for killing and slaying JOHN JONES, currier, by a gun shot, the preceding day.  JONES has left a wife and four small children to lament the fatal catastrophe. 

   The following melancholy accident happened at Kingswood on Monday se’nnight.  As a man and boy were descending a coal pit, the spring crook, to which the rope was suspended, gave way, and they were precipitated to the bottom; the man was dashed to pieces, and died immediately, and the boy was so dreadfully lacerated as to expire on Wednesday morning.  Two men were also very much hurt by the above unhappy persons falling upon them.

 

Jan 25.  A Coroner’s inquest was held on Monday, on the body of a soldier, found dead in the road, near Cirencester, the preceding Friday.  The Jury returned their verdict, Died through intoxication and the inclemency of the weather.

   A very awful event took place on Tuesday evening the 12th inst. at the ball at Gloucester House, Hotwells.   Major HENRY VAUGHAN LANE, a gentleman in the prime of his life, and late of Cork, in Ireland, after dancing some time, complained to his partner that he felt fatigued, and sat down; but immediately after he was seized with a paralytic stroke.  He was conveyed to his lodgings, where every medical assistance was rendered, but unhappily without effect, as he died on Friday morning.

 

Feb 1.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was held at Rodborough, before Wm Trigg, Gent. coroner, and a very respectable Jury of four parishes, on the body of JEREMIAH WATTS, a boy about 11 years of age, and who was said to have died in consequence of beating, &c. from the hands of WM CHAPMAN; when, after the most serious and attentive hearing of the evidence on both sides (particularly that of the medical gentlemen) the Jury returned their verdict, - Died of disease, by the visitation of God.

   An inquest has also been held by the same coroner, on the body of Mr JOHN PRATT, a respectable farmer, who in returning home from Stroud, fell, owing to the darkness of the night, into a fishpond, at Steyne bridge, and was drowned: verdict, Accidental death.

   And likewise on the body of JAMES MILLS, a person deranged in his mind, who was found dead in a hay loft, at Chalford  Lynch: verdict, Died from the visitation of God.

 

Feb 1.  On Wednesday last an Inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, Coroner, on view of the body of a new born male child, found the preceding Monday, in a field in the parish of St James’s, near Bristol. - After a minute investigation, the Jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder against some person or persons unknown.

   Last week at Cam, near Dursley, a child [MARY ELLIOTTS], about five years old, having, in the absence of its parents, approached too near the fire, a coal fell upon its clothes, which set them in a blaze, and so dreadfully burnt the poor little sufferer, that the next day she expired.

 

Feb 8.  On Monday last, as W DAVIS and another were working in a stone quarry at Brownshill, Bisley, the earth and a quantity of stone gave way, and fell upon them with such force, as unhappily to kill WM DAVIS, and much injure the other, who is sent to the General Infirmary.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   A few evenings ago, Mr WALTER BUCKLE, a very respectable farmer, of Southwick Farm, near Tewkesbury, was unfortunately thrown from his horse, and so much bruised that his life is despaired of.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Mar 29.   Last week an inquest was taken at Tirley, in this county, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on the body of THOMAS POYTRESS, a farmer of that parish, who hanged himself - verdict, Lunacy.  He had been in a state of mental derangement for some years.

   On Wednesday the 17th inst. a child of Mr HASKINS, of Taynton, in this county, who was sent to a day school, in that parish, having gone too near the fire, in the absence of his schoolmistress, the flames seized his clothes, and notwithstanding the exertions of some of the neighbours to extinguish the fire, he died the following morning.

 

Apr 19.  The General Gaol Delivery for Bristol ended on Saturday se’nnight, when MARIA DAVIS, for the murder of her infant child, by leaving it to perish on Brandon Hill, and CHARLOTTE BOBBETT, for being accessary thereto, received sentence of Death.

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

 

Apr 26.  On Monday last a very unfortunate accident happened in Kings road, by which the eight following persons lost their Lives: viz. Mr JAMES, sadler, of St Michael’s hill, Bristol; his brother Mr JAMES, truss maker, of Redcliffe street; and two others of their brothers; also Mr PRICE, sworn measurer; and Mr HENRY STOCKHAM, baker, Redcliffe street; together with two children, one belonging to Mr JAMES, and the other to Mr STOCKHAM.   They had set off in a boat in the morning (it being a holiday), to amuse themselves on the water, and having got into the King road, were seen about a mile and a half from Portishead Fort, steering towards the Welsh Coast.  About tide of flood, the sergeant on guard at Portishead fort, and some women who were planting potatoes on the adjoining hill, witnessed a strange motion of the sails of the boat, then near the tail of the Spit, (a long bank of sand so named) in the mouth of the Severn, but judged the occasion to be only the sport of those onboard.  In about half an hour afterwards, two of the ill fated company (by description, the eldest and youngest of the JAMES’s, and known to be excellent swimmers) were seen making towards Portishead point - the boat not in sight.  They had so far gained the shore, as to exhibit themselves to the spectators, holding each orther’s arm; but the surf, occasioned by the wind setting in with the tide, repeatedly drove them back, and they sunk beneath the task, before any one could get near enough to afford them assistance.

   The boat was found drifted near the New Passage, with Mr N JAMES’s son (about ten years of age) in the cuddy, whose remains were interred on Friday.  None of the other bodies have yet been found.

    It is truly melancholy to consider, that this awful circumstance has deprived three widows of their husbands, and fourteen children of their fathers; six of whom belonging to Mr STOCKHAM, who buried his wife within these four months, become orphans.

 

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

 

May 24.   On Monday morning, Mr M’DOWALL, of Dursley, in this county, was found dead in his bedchamber; and the coroner’s jury have since returned a verdict - Died by the visitation of God.   He was a very respectable dealer in Irish linens, &c. and had acquired considerable property by this traffic.

   The body of Mr NATH JAMES, of St Michael’s hill, Bristol (one of the eight unfortunate persons who went from Bristol in a boat on Easter Monday, and were drowned, as mentioned in a former paper) was yesterday se’nnight discovered floating on the water near a place called the Cherry Stones, in the river Severn, in a very putrid state, as might be supposed. - A considerable property in bills and cash was found in his pockets.

   On Tuesday last, a labourer who was employed in the repairs of the roof of St Michael’s church, in this city, unfortunatel;y fell from the same, and lighting upon a grave stone, was severely hurt.  He was instantly conveyed to the Infiirmary; and we are happy to add, that his life is thought to be out of danger.

 

May 31.  Re JAMES PEARCE, grazier, Tortworth.

               Caution to Waggoners.

 

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

 

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

 

Jul 26.  On Monday last, during a violent storm, a labourer employed in digging stone at Leckhampton , in this county, took shelter under an excavated part of the hill; where he had not long retired, when a mass of stone fell on him, and crushed him to death.  The unhappy man has left a wife and two children.

   A Coroner’s Inquest was on Thursday held at Cirencester, on the body of JAMES GRIFFIN who was found dead in a stable of the Boothall Inn, into which he had been put a few hours before in a state of intoxication.  verdict - Died by Suffocation.

   On Thursday last, as a man on horseback was riding down Broad street, Bristol, a foot passenger struck the horse with a stick, which occasioned him to startle, very unexpectedly, and the saddle turning round, the rider fell and was dragged some distance, receiving such violent blows from the horse’s feet, as have since occasioned his death.

   Same day, in the same street, a man fell under the wheels of a waggon, and was so much hurt, that doubts are entertained of his recovery.

 

Aug 2.  Rev A SANDERSON & HASKINS

 

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

 

Aug 16.  TO BE CHECKED.

 

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

 

Sep 27.   On Friday morning, the body of a young man, of the name of LEARNER, by trade a stone mason, was taken out of the Stroud Canal, near Brimscomb.  He had been missing about a week; and is supposed to habve lost his way in the evening, and slipped from the bank of the Canal.

   On Monday evening last, the following melancholy circumstance happened at Bristol.  A lad named PHILIP MASON, aged about 15, who had been lately discharged froma marine corps, was walking the streets, carrying a musket, which he imprudently pointed towards several persons, near the Back, observing to them, that the piece was loaded, and, to intimidate them, threatened to fire; this, however, he desisted doing; but on Bristol bridge, without giving any previous notice to the passengers near him, he wantonly drew the trigger, and the whole charge entered the legs of a young man named RICHARD LOVETT, about 19 years of age, who was in the service of Mr COOKE, iron monger, on the Back, and wounded him so dreadfully, that a mortification almost immediately followed, and his life has fallen a sacrifice to this unpardonable instance of wanton wickedness.  MASON has absconded.

 

Oct 4.  A few days since an inquest was taken, at Bagendon, before W Trigg, Gent. one of the coroners for this county, on view of the body of ELIZABETH SAUNDERS, who was found dead in her dwelling house, where she lived alone.. Verdict, Died suddenly by the visitation of God.

   On Saturday se’nnight an inquest was taken, before the same Coroner, on view of the body of a man unknown, found drowned in the Stroud Canal, near Bond’s Mill.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Nov 22.  ?? Obit ROBERT HUTCHINGS of Kingsdown.

 

Nov 29.  On Monday last died, in the 22nd year of her age, Mrs WILSON, wife of Mr WILSON, printer and bookseller, Stroud.  her death was occasioned by the bursting of a blood vessel during a fit of coughing.  Her piety and amiable manners, render her family and numerous friends inconsolable for the early loss os so excellent a woman.

   Inquests have lately been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, at the following places:

       At Minchinhampton, on Friday se’nnight, on view of the body of SAMUEL CLIFT, sen. who fell down dead on the high road.  verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

        At Bisley, on Monday last, on the body of MARY IRELAND, a young woman about 22 years of age, who, being pregnant, either took, or had administered to her, a portion of yellow arsenic, which occasioned her death.  After a most minute investigation by a very respectable jury, a verdict was returned - Died from poison; by her own hands, or administered by some person or persons unknown.  Her body had been interred several days, without the knowledge of any of the parish officers.

        At Winstone, on Tuesday, on the body of MARY WINSTONE, amn illegitimate infant, who died on the road, and was brought home a corpse by her mother.  Verdict, Died suddenly of a fit.

       And, at Rodborough, on Wednesday, on the body of JAMES CHAPMAN,  who, from the darkness of the night, fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  verdict, Accidental Death.

          About five o’clock on Sunday morning, a new born female infant was found in a market basket left at the door of a gentleman’s house in Somerset street, Bristol, in a very wet condition, owing to the rain that had fallen on the poor little innocent, to which, it has since been discovered, the infant had been unmercifully exposed about seven hours; for, through the vigilance of the overseer of the parish, the mother has been apprehended, and after an examination of considerable length before a magistrate, was on Thursday evening committed to Lawford’s Gate Bridewell.  It appears that the mother herself did not place the child where she was found, but had given her to two other woman so to do.

 

Dec 6.  An Inquisition was, on Friday se’nnight, taken at St Peter’s Hospital, Bristol, on view of the body of THOMAS GREED, who died on Thursday, in consequence of an injury received in fighting with JOHN WILLIAMS, at a public house, in Saint Thomas street, on Monday.  The Jury returned a verdict of Manslaughter; and WILLIAMS is committed to Newgate.

 

Wednesday, another Inquisition was taken on the body of THOS BAKER, who, being intoxicated, fell into a well at Norton, near Kempsey, Worcestershire, on the preceding Sunday, and in falling received a violent blow on the back part of his head from the stone coyning of the well, which instantly killed him.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Dec 20.   Inquests have recently been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, at the following places:

   At South Cerney, on Saturday se’nnight, on view of the body of RICHARD MILLARD, whose death was supposed to have been occasioned by a blow received on the head whilst playing at back sword; but it appearing in evidence that he had been previously affected by a complaint in the brain, the Jury brought in their verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

   At Rodborough, on Monday last, on the body of WILLIAM FOWLES, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, at that place, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

    And at Minchinhampton, on Tuesday last, on view of the body of MARY WHITHORNE, who, during the parxysm of mental derangement, jumped into a draw well, nearly 25 yards in depth, by which she fractured her leg, and died in a short time after from the general shock she sustained.  Verdict, Lunacy.  Great praise is due to Mr HILL, brazier, of Minchinhampton, who, hearing of the circumstance, went down at the imminent hazard of his life, and prevented the poor unfortunate woman from drowning, whilst he fastened a rope round her body, by which she was drawn up from the bottom of the well alive, but soon after expired!

             

 

1803

 

Jan 3.  On Saturday se’nnight a melancholy accident happened at Cam, in this county.  A man of the name of TUDOR, whilst coming to Dursley, in a state of intoxication, missed his road, and, falling into a ditch, was suffocated.  He was not found till the Monday following.

   Monday night last, about ten o’clock, Captain WM WINTLE, of the sloop Galley, was unfortunately drowned, in attempting to go on board at the wharf in St Philip’s, Bristol, where she had that day discharged her cargo of Newport coal.  It is thought his feet must have slid from under him on the slip, and that he fell between the vessel and the Quay wall.  He was heard to cry for help, but it being dark no person could render him assistance in time.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Feb 28..  A few days since died, at Coaley, near Dursley, Mr JOHN GRIFFITH; having a family of children ill of the smallpox, he unhappily caught the infection, sickened, and died in twelve days, at the age of 35. 

   The following melancholy event occurred on Friday last.  About five o’clock in the afternoon, as RICHARD HAWKES, fisherman, and a woman of the name of JANE TRIGG, both of Minsterworth, were returning from Tewkesbury in a fishing boat, in attempting to pass through the principal arch of Over Bridge, near this city, they were forced against the pier by the violence of the current, by which the boat was upset, and they were precipitated into the flood.   They both clung to the bottom of the boat, however, and floated down the Severn for some distance, calling out for help.  Their perilous situation was observed by some men in a trow which lay a short way below the bridge, by whom, in all probability, their lives would have been saved; but unfortunately they had no small boat; and before they could reach one belonging to a vessel which lay near, the poor sufferers lost their hold, and disappeared!  The boat has since been taken up uninjured; but the violence of the wind, and height of the river, at present renders any search for the bodies ineffectual.  The woman has left an aged father and mother, who were principally dependent upon her for support.

   On Wednesday evening, after it had become dark, a man of the name of POPE, not aware of any danger, although cautioned by a gentleman who saw him, stepped over the quay wall, near the head of the quay, Bristol, and fell into the river.  The gentleman who had spoken to him, hearing the plunge, instantly gave the alarm, and after about half an hour’s search, the poor man’s body was found; but the immediate exertions of two medical gentlemen to restore animation, unfortunately proved ineffectual.

 

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

 

Mar 7.  On Thursday last, an inquest was taken at Elkstone, in this county, by Mr Trigg, coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM THRUSH, who was unfortunately thrown from a horse, and dragged in the stirrup, so as to occasion his death.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   The bodies of RICHARD HAWKES and JANE TRIGG, mentioned in our last Paper to have been drowned in the river Severn, by the oversetting of a fishing boat, were yesterday morning picked up at the Parting, in this city.

 

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

 

Apr 18.  On Monday died, by the breaking of a blood vessel, at Pyrton, near Berkeley, Mr MERRITT, an eminent farmer of that place.

   On Monday last an Inquest was held by Mr Trigg, on view of the body of DANIEL YOUNG, found dead on the Bath road.  It appearing that he had been drinking gin to excess, the Jury returned a verdict - Sudden death by intoxication.

   The following inquests have been taken by Mr Joyner: On Wednesday, on the body of  ELIZABETH BARTON, of Brinkworth, in the parish of Thornbury, who poisoned herself by taking arsenic mixed in beer.  Verdict, Lunacy.   On Saturday, on the body of Mr SAMUEL SILMAN, of Charfield, near Wotton Underedge, who was scalded to death by falling into a tub of boiling wort.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And on Monday, on the body of Mr JOSEPH STINCHCOMBE, of Upton, in the parish of Hawkesbury, who hanged himself.  Verdict, Felo de se.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jun 6.  On Wednesday last an Inquest was held by Mr Joyner, one of the Coroner’s for this county, on view of the body of ROBT FORD, late of Wickwar, mason; who, in endeavouring to take down an old decayed farm house, at Cromhall Abbotts, the ruins gave way, and falling upon him, was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   A melancholy accident happened on Wednesday last, at Purton Pill, in the parish of Lidney, in this county.  DANIEL WILES,  late of Coleford, carpenter, a lunatic, going to wash himself in the river Severn, at the entrance or mouth of the Pill, the shore being very steep, soon got out of his depth.  A person of the name of BARRETT, standing on the shore, and seeing his eminent danger, instantly leaped into the river with intent to save him; when WILES, by catching hold of BARRETT’s clothes, so entangled him as not to be able to extricate himself therefrom, and after many violent struggles they both sunk and were unfortunately drowned.  It is remarkable, that BARRETT has had two brothers and a cousin drowned within a few years past.

 

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

 

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

 

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

Yesterday se’nnight a poor woman of the parish of Maisemore, in this county, unfortunately fell with a child in her arms; when the Infant received so much injury on the head as to survive the accident but a short period.

   On Saturday se’nnight the following melancholy accident happened at Monmouth.  As Mr SHELLUM, master of a vessel in the service of Mr Alderman HUGHES, of that town, was pushing off, with his foot, a barge which lay alongside his own, he slipped and fell into the river; when the vessels again coming in contact with some violence, he was instantly crushed to death.  By this unfortunate circumstance, a wife and five children are deprived of a husband and father, from whose labour they derived their sole support.

 

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

 

Jul 25.  Oxford Assizes.  THOS HUNT, charged with the murder of RICHARD BAYLIS, of Little Bourton, was found guilty of manslaughter, and was fined 6 s. 8 d. and discharged; ...

   On Monday last the following inquests were taken by Mr Joyner, at Uley, near Dursley, in this county: on the body of Mrs PATIENCE SHURING, who died in consequence of a fall from a flight of steps; and on the body of CHARLES FORD, drowned whilst bathing in a pond belonging to Mr JACKSON.  Verdicts, Accidental Death.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

1804

 

Jan 2.  The low grounds in the vicinity of the Severn, have been completely inundated by the late heavy rains.  During the height of the flood, yesterday se’nnight, as two boys, named JOSEPH WILLIAMS and WILLIAM COOK; were directing two persons on horseback along Maisemore causeway, near this city, which was at that time under water, the horse which they rode was forced into a ditch by the violence of the wind, and the two boys unfortunately perished.  An inquest was on Monday held on view of the bodies, by D Willey, Esq, Coroner; when the Jury returned a verdict - Accidental Death.

  A very melancholy accidenta occurred in this city on Tuesday last.  An amiable child, about five years of age, daughter of Mrs JONES, cork cutter, of this city, was burnt to death, in consequence of her clothes taking fire.  She was at a neighbour’s house, and, during the momentary absence of the mistress from the room, took up a pair of bellows to blow the fire - when a spark in an instant set her clothes in a blaze, and every effort to dave her life proved ineffectual.  She lingered a few hours, and expired in great agony.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Feb 13.  On Wednesday an Inquest was held by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the body of JOSEPH WILDEY, who, by the breaking of the rope whilst towing a barge, was precipitated into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On the evening of Saturday se’nnight, as a boy about ten years of age was passing over a narrow bridge across a brook which runs through Stanley Meadow, near Cainscross, in this county, with a pad of yarn on his head, he fell into the water, and his body has not yet been discovered.  Several bundles of the yarn were found in the brook.

 

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

 

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

   A few days since an inquest was held by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the body of ROBERT LAWRENCE, of Stonehose, who, in endeavouring to pass over a swing bridge across the  Stroud Navigation, the bridge being incautiously left off the sill, he walked into the Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Mar 19.  On Wednesday last, an inquest was taken before Mr Joyner, Coroner, at the sign of the Foundry, in the parish of St Paul, in this county, on the body of a new born female child, found dead in a pool, in a field at the bottom of Wilder street, near St Paul’s church.  It was quite naked when found, and as several marks of violence appeared on the body, the jurors were fully of opinion, the child was murdered previous to its being cast into the pool.  After a full investigation, the jurors returned a Verdict of Wilful Murder by some person or persons unknown.  The officers of the parish instantly offered a reward of Twenty Guineas to any person giving information that will lead to the discovery of the inhuman perpetrator.  Same day another inquest was taken at Hanham, by the same Gentleman, on the body of JAMES HOSKINS, coal miner, who was killed on Moday last, by falling down a coal pit belonging to SAMUEL WHITTUCK, Esq.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   Last week an inquest was held at Walford, in Herefordshire, on the body of JOHN BRIGHT, a pauper of that parish, and a common beggar, who was found dead near his own house.  He was supposed to be very poor; but on examining his house, after his death, it appeared that he had contrived to amass a considerable sum, the greatest part of which was in cash, and sufficient to have enabled him to live comfortably and independent.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

 

 Mar 26.  On Saturday se’nnight considerable agitation was occasioned at the French prison in Stapleton, near Bristol, by the following occurrence:- JEAN BAPTISTE MERRY, one of the prisoners, attempted to pass a sentinel belonging to a detachment of the 2d battalion of the Army of Reserve, doing duty there; and, on being reprimanded for his insolence, suddenly turned upon him, wrenched the bayonet off his musket, and attempted to stab him.  In self defence, the soldier fired his piece, the ball took effect, the prisoner fell, and expired almost immediately.  On further investigation, however, it did not appear that the circumstance  was connected with any other attempt on the part of the other prisoners to make their escape; and all alarm subsided.  On Monday an inquest was taken by Mr Joyner, coroner, on view of the body of the Frenchman; when, after an investigation of five hours, the jury returned a verdict of Justifiable Homicide; and the sentinel was immediately liberated.

   On Thursday morning, about two o’clock, a fire broke out in a cottage at Kempsford, in this county, inhabited by an industrious labourer, named POOLE, his wife, and five small children.  The house was completely enveloped in flames before the family were alarmed.  The mother, after escaping with difficulty, returned, and penetrated three times successively through the fire to save her children, in which she fortunately  succeeded; but was herself so terribly scorched, as to survive only a short time.  The cottager and two of his children are also so much burnt, that their lives are despaired of; the other children suffered in a less degree.  Two adjoining cottages were destroyed; the inhabitants escaping with their lives.  The benevolent and humane are by this melancholy accident afforded an opportunity of extending their charitable assistance to objects justly entitled to their commiseration.

 

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

 

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

 

Apr 16.  On Wednesday night, as Mr SPIERS, Clerk to the Canal Company at Cricklade, was returning from Highworth,  he fell into the Canal, near his own house, and was drowned.  He has left a wife and two children to lament his loss.

  On Thursday evening, a person named JOHN BARTON, who formerly lived as ostler at Frog Mill Inn, fell into the River Severn, at Over, near this city, and was drowned.  His body was taken up next morning.

 

May 7.  A few days since an inquest was held by Mr Trigg, Coroner, on view of the body of MARY HOLDER, of Randwick, a child of about four years of age; whose cloaths, whilst left in the charge of her sister and brother, caught fire, and she was so dreadfully burnt about the breast and arms, that she survived but a few hours.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

  On Friday last, the body of a woman belonging to a gang of gypsies, who had lately been encamped in that neighbourhood, was found hear the fishpond in Standish Park, in this county.  The cause of her death has not been ascertained.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Oct 15.  On Monday last, an inquest was held by W Joyner, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the bodies of the two infant daughters of THOMAS WATKINS, of the parish of Newland,  coalminer, who were burnt to death by their clothes taking fire, in the absence of their parents: and on Tuesday an inquest was held by the same gentleman, on the body of BENJAMIN FISHER, yeoman, found drowned in a pool, near Allen Common, in the parish of Henbury.  Verdict, in each case, Accidental Death.

    MARGERY WOOD, the woman mentioned in a former paper to have confessed, (before a Magistrate at Minchinhampton, in this county,) the murder of her bastard child, at Bath, nine years ago, has been committed to Shepton Mallet Bridewell, for trial at the next Assizes.  She is a most deplorable looking object, about 45 years of age .....  [long report follows.]

 

Nov 5.  The following inquests have recently been held by Mr Trigg, one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  On view of the body of ELIZABETH BRAMPTON, aged 63, who was found dead in the park of Benjamin Hyett, Esq. of Painswick; and on the body of GEORGE HALL, about eight years of age, who, whilst running near a laoded waggon at Cherrington, fell under the wheel, which passing over his head, fractured his scull, and occasioned instant death.  Verdict, in the former case, Died by the Visitation of God; and in the latter, Accidental Death.

   A melancholy accident happened on Saturday se’nnight, at Berkeley, in this county.  As a lad, aged about seven years, was swinging on a chain fastened to a cart loaded with potatoes, and which had been left very improperly standing on a prop for several hours in the public streets, his weight upset the cart, by which means he was killed on the spot.  The cart and potatoes were seized, as a deodand, for the use of the Lord of the Manor.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Dec 24.  On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken before Mr Trigg, at Ampney Crucis, in this county, on view of the body of JOHN VINCENT, a youth, who was killed in consequence of a waggon loaded with corn passing over his body.  It appeared in evidence, that he was asleep on top of the waggon,  when, being suddenly aroused by the approach of some carriages, the horses having at the same instant turned into a rugged part of the road, he was thrown off, and the wheels passing over his bowels, he was almost instantly killed.  On Wednesday an inquest was held by the same Coroner, at Bowbridge, near Stroud, on view of the body of PRISCILLA ADAMS, a child about ten years of age, who was found dead in bed, after having retired to rest in perfect health.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the Visitation of God.

   On Thursday last, an inquest was held at Ross, on view of the body of ANN BUTLER, a child about three years of age, who, in the absence of her mother, had drank a quantity of oil of vitriol out of a phial left within her reach, and died in great agony a few hours afterwards.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Dec 31.  On Monday an inquest was held at Bisley, in this county, by Mr Trigg, on view of the bodies of ELIZA and HESTER RALPH, two infants, who both died soon after their return home, having been placed at some distance, in consequence of indisposition.  Suspicion having arisen, that their death had been occasioned by neglect, and want of proper attention, the parish officers, from motives of humanity, caused an inquest to be held; but the verdict of the jury is as yet suspended.

   On Friday an inquest was taken before the same Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN MOWER, who, in going from Stroud to Frampton, fell into a brook near Froombridge Mills, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   OBITUARY.   Mr RICHARD HOBBS, calenderer, of Bristol: he went to bed in apparent good health, and was a corpse by three o’clock in the morning.

    A melancholy accident occurred on Saturday se’nnight, in the parish of Winterbourne, near Bristol.  A respectable woman, travelling in a tilted cart from Stone, stopped on the roadside to give the horse some refreshment, when the animal, on the bridle being taken off, took fright, and drove the shaft with such violence against the head of the unfortunate woman, as to cause her instant death.

 

 

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Jan 14.  A few days ago, an inquest was taken by Mr Trigg, at Siddington, in this county, on view of the body of MARY WOOD, servant to Mr BRAMBLE, of that place, who, whilst washing a mop, fell into the millpond, and was drowned.  Mr BRAMBLE’s son instantly jumped into the water, at the risk of his life, and succeeded in bringing the body on shore; and the means of recovery were vigorously pursued for some time, but unfortunately without success.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   An inquest was taken on Tuesday last, on DANIEL RICE, a carpenter, who, having found means, during the sale of the stock of a liquor merchant in that town, to get at some common brandy, drank to such an execess as to occasion his death in a few hours.  Two or three others had nearly shared a similar fate, had not proper medical assistance been promptly administered to them.  It seems, that they drank the  liquor from a quart cup, just as if it had been beer.

 

Jan 21.  On the 9th inst. died Mr MAYOW, of Burcot Farm, near Faringdon; he was walking a short distance from his own house, when he fell down, and, in a few minutes, expired.

   Wednesday night last, about 8 o’clock, a porter of the name of MASON, was carrying some goods on board a vessel on the Quay, Bristol, when, unfortunately, he fell into the river and was drowned.  He was a sober and industrious man, and has left a wife in great distress.

 

Jan 28.  The following Inquests have lately been taken before Daniel Willey, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, viz. On view of the body of JACOB BARNARD, of Dowdeswell.  He had been left with the care of one of the horses taken from the team, a short distance from Cold Comfort; and it being a tempestuous night, and the cold very severe, it is supposed the poor boy had benumbed, and lay down under a wall near the road, where he was found insensible.  He was taken to the house of Mr GILLETT, at Cold Comfort; and there appearing some symptoms of life, Mrs GILLETT humanely stripped off his clothes, put him into warm blankets, and rubbed his body with flannels, &c. but all without avail, as he expired soon after.  Verdict, Perished throught the inclemency of the weather.  On the body of Mr JOHN CLARK, a respectable farmer of Tirley; who, in returning from a visit to his daughter, in company with his nephew, Mr WM CLARK, fell from his horse, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden Death by the visitation of God.  On the body of a new born male infant, found by the servants of Mr HARVARD, of Cheltenham, on their going to dry clothes in the orchard: it was wrapped up in a handkerchief, and lay under the hedge of the walk leading up to the wells.  After a minute investigation, the Jury returned their verdict, Stillborn.  And, on the body of CHARLES COLLETT, found dead in Mill lane, in the hamlet of Allstone, near Cheltenham.  He was deranged in his intellects, and subject to fits; and by some means having escaped from the workhouse in the evening, he was next morning found frozen to death in the above situation.  Verdict, Perished through the inclemency of the weather.

   Inquests taken before W Joyner, Gent, Coroner: At Wotton Underedge, on the 25th ult. on view of the body of GEORGE HICOCKS, wheelwright, who, on his return from Kingswood, the Monday preceding, owing to the darkness of the night, missed his way, and unfortunately fell into a pool and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  At the Crown Inn, parish of St Philip and Jacob, on the 26th ult. on the body of ANN TRUSLER, aged about 29 years, found dead on the morning of the 22nd, in West street, supposed from ill treatment.  After an investigation of five hours, the Jury returned a verdict, Died by the inclemency of the night, and intoxication.  And, at the Bell, in the parish of Cam, on Monday last, on the body of MARIA HOWELL, aged 10 years, daughter of a labouring man, burnt to death by her clothes taking fire in the absence of her mother.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   An alarming accident happened on Monday, to Mrs ALEXANDER, an infirm, old lady, of this city.  The fire near which she was sitting, by some means caughter her dress, which was instantly in a blaze, and before it could be extinguished had burnt her arms, face, &c. to such a degree, that, we are sorry to add, her recovery is extremely doubtful.

 

Feb 11.  On Monday evening died, aged 82, Mrs ALEXANDER, of this city - who had lingered in excruciating pain for several days, in consequence of the accident of her clothes taking foire, as mentioned in last week’s paper.

  

On Wednesday se’nnight an inquest was taken by W Trigg, Gent. on view of the body of JOHN TEAKEE a youth, supposed to have died from some blows he received at Horseley,  Verdict, Manslaughter against CALEB EVANS.   And, on Thursday last, the same Coroner held an inquest on the body of RUTH GAZZARD, an infant, about three years old, who being left with other children, her clothes caught fire, and she was so dreadfully burnt that she died soon after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Feb 25.  On Sunday last, as a son of Mr BARRETT, of Minsterworth; near this city, was out a shooting in a meadow near that place, in endeavouring to remove the briars in a hedge to pass through, he placed the butt end of the gun to make way, when the thorns catched the trigger, and the whole contents of the gun entered his body; which caused his immediate death.  He was 17 years of age.  On Wednesday an inquest was taken on view of the body; before D Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Thursday last, an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on the bodies of JOHN FOWLER, and  HANNAH his daughter, of the Thrupp, in the parish of Stroud, who were drowned, the preceding evening, in the Thames and Severn Navigation Canal.  The girl being fatigued, her father took her on his back, and from the darkness of the night, it is supposed, walked into the said Canal, and both were drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  Great praise is due to Mr ROSE, who resides near that place, for his indefatigable endeavours to rescue the bodies from the perilous state into which they were so unfortunately involved, although they proved fruitless.

 

Mar 4.  Case of MARY RIDER, bastardy, Littledean.

   On Monday last an inquest was taken in the parish of St George, Bristol, by W Joyner, one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of WM BRITTON, coal miner, who was killed, whilst at work in a pit, belonging to Mr BAYLIS, by a quantity of coal and rubbish falling on him, and which caused his instant death.  He has left a pregnant wife and five small children to lament his fate.  And, on Thursday, an Inquest was held by the same gentleman, at Walford, in the parish of Berkeley, on the body of an infant child, aged three years, burnt to death by his clothes taking fire, in the absence of his mother.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

  Last week an inquest was taken at Kempsford, in this county, by W Trigg, gent. coroner, on view of the body of JOSIAH PIKE, of Cricklade, Wilts; who, as passing on the tow path of the Thames and Severn Navigation Canal, on Wednesday last, the evening being dark, fell into the said canal, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Staurday last, an inquest was held at Cheltenham, before D Willey, Esq. on view of the body of THOMAS HOOPER, plumber and glazier, a young man in his 25th year, who, while walking on the pavement of the High street, in perfect health, the preceding evening, between five and six o’clock, suddenly fell down dead.  Two gentlemen of the faculty in an instant came to his assistance, but all their efforts were in vain.  Verdict, Died suddenly by the visitation of God.

   

Mar 11.  Commitments; Thursday, CALEB EVANS was committed to our County Gaol, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, charged with killing and slaying JOHN TEAKEE.

   The following Inquests have been taken by W Trigg, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, viz.  On Saturday se’nnight, at Minchinhampton, on the body of the wife of JOSEPH HILLIER.  On the husband’s returning home from the house of his brother, who then lay dead, he found the unfortunate woman a lifeless corpse, with her infant child lying at her breast.  Verdict, Died suddenly by the visitation of God.  On Saturday se’nnight, on view of the body of RICHARD PINKNEY, who fell down stairs as he was going to bed at the Three Cups Inn, Tetbury, which occasioned a concussion of the brain, and he died instantly.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   Also, at Tetbury, on the 6th inst. on the body of JOHN BOULTON, who was found dead at a lodging hose, (supposed, though without foundation, to have been starved) - After a very minute investigation before a respectable Jury, a Verdict was returned - Sudden Death, by the Visitation of God.

 

Mar 18.  CALEB EVANS, not guilty.

 

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

 

Mar 25.  Obituary.  On the 11 th inst. died, at Batsford, in this county, PHILIP DELAMOTTE, Esq. Lietenant-Colonel of the 21st rehgiment of Light Dragoons.  His death was occasioned by an apoplectic fit, which he survived but a few hours; and not by a fracture of the skull, in consequence of a fall from his horse, as stated in our last.

INQUESTS.   On Tuesday last, an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of MARTHA AYLAND, a child about three years old, who fell into a pond of water whilst playing in the garden, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And on Wednesday, an inquest was held at Bibury, by the same Coroner, on view of the body of a male infant, about eight days old, who was accidentally poisoned by a deleterious drug being administered in mistake for magnesia.  The circumstances  of this melancholy case were as follow: A woman was sent to a shop in the neighbourhood, to purchase a pennyworth of magnesia, with which she was regularly served; but a packet of rat powder having been placed on the counter, directed to a gentleman who had ordered it, it was not at the moment observed that the woman had taken the packet by mistake; and being a stranger, unfortunately she could not be recognised.  At night, the mother desired a boy, who could not read, to open the parcel, when she took a small quantity of the powder, and blended it with the infant’s pap, which occasioned its death in a very short time.  No blame whatever could attach to the person who sold the magnesia; and the accident was solely to be attributed to the gross ignorance of the poor woman, the packet having contained plain printed directions.  Verdict, Died by poison incorrectly administered.

   The following Inquests have lately been held before D Willey, Gent. viz.  Upon view of the body of JOSEPH WILLIAMS, a private, discharged from the Herefordshire Militia.  As he was returning home, he came to the George Inn, on Birdlip Hill, in the parish of Cowley, where he procured lodgings for the night, and was next morning found quite dead, and cold, in bed.  No marks of violenece appearing on his body, the Jury returned a verdict, Sudden death by the visitation of God. And upon the body of FRANCIS BARNARD, a farmer, of Hasfield, in this county, who had drowned himself in a well in his garden, while his servant girl was at Gloucester market.  He had been in a melancholy state of mind for some time.  Verdict, Lunacy. 

 

Apr 1.  On Sunday last, an inquest was taken at Oddington, before D Willey, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of HANNAH COOK, who drowned herself at that place, on Wednesday morning.  From the most satisfactory evidence, the Jury returned a verdict, Lunacy.

   On Wednesday last an inquest was taken,  at  Smalls Mill, in the parish of Painswick, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of BRITANNIA SAVOREY, a child about three years old, who fell from a bridge ( in consequence of the ruinous state of the parapet wall), into the stream below, and was drowned.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Apr 8.  The following inquests were last week taken before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county; On Monday, at Bisley, on view of the body of THOMAS HUNT, wheelwright, of Trougham, who, in returning home from Stroud market, on Friday, owing to the darkness of the night, missed his way, and fell into an old tile quarry; his skull being dreadfully fractured by the fall, which was a considerable depth from the surface, he must have been instantly killed; but his body was not discovered till Sunday.  On Tuesday, at Stroud, on the body of Freame Franklin, a respectable young man of that place.  It appeared, that in returning home from Bisley, on Sunday evening, he slipped down with velocity, and having a walking stick in his hand, the pointed end of it struck the orbit of one of his eyes with great force, and occasioned so much injury to the brain, that he lingered till Tuesday morning, when he died in excruciating agony.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.  On Thursday, at Horsley, on the body of the new born female bastard child of MARY SMITH, who had been privately delivered nearly a month ago, and had concealed the body of the infant under the stairs.  Verdict, Stillborn.

   On Monday last, an inquest was taken in the parish of Yate, before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of GEORGE ROGERS,  coal miner, who fell down a coal pit, on Yate Common, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And, on Wednesday, an inquest was taken in the parish of North Nibley, before the same Gentleman, on the body of a new born female child, who was found dead, and quite naked, in a field called Pilwell, supposed to have been murdered.  Verdict, Stillborn.

   JAMES BROOKES, charged with the murder of his son, discharged by proclamation.

 

Apr 29.  INQUESTS.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Ampney Crucis, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of ANN TOWNSEND, who was drowned in a brook.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Jun 24.  A few days since an inquest was held, by D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr THOMAS EDWARDS, a respectable farmer, of Yanworth, in this county, who, whilst riding full speed down the hill near Fossbridge, on his return from Cirencester,  fell from his horse and received so violent a concussion on the brain, as to occasion his death almost immediately.  Verdict, Accidental Death.  And on Wednesday last, an inquest was held by the same Coroner, on the body of SUSANNAH HAMLETT, who hanged herself in Farncote Wood, in the parish of Guiting Power; she had been in a low, dejected state of mind for some time, which induced the Jury to return a verdict of Lunacy.

   Onn Saturday se’nnight, MARK BROOKMAN, a mason, being employed to pull down a house at Pucklechurch, in this county, in order to save trouble, he undermined the wall, which falling down, killed him on the spor, and broke both the thighs of his labourer.

 

Jul 1.Obituary.  On Thursday evening died, suddenly, at his lodgings at Clifton, aged 43, Major General MAGAN, lately in command of the Garrison of Bristol.  As the General was in the act of wiping the powder from his face, after having dressed for dinner, he was seized with a fit, staggered back into a chair, and in the space of an hour and a half he expired.

   The following melancholy accident occurred on Thursday se’nnight: As Mr PHELPS, of Awre, in this county, accompanied by a young man named JONES, was going down the Severn to Chepstow, in a boat, she was upset by a sudden squall of wind, off Horse Pill, when they were both unfortunately drowned.  Mr PHELPS had about him  considerable property at the time of the fatal accident; but neither of the bodies has yet been found.

 

Jul 8.  It was a seaman of the name of JOHN THOMAS, a native of Lancashire, and not a Mr PHELPS, who was drowned, in company with Mr JONES, of Awre, in going down the Severn in a small boat to Chepstow, as mentioned in our last.  The body of the latter has not yet been found (see advertisement), but the former has been taken up, stripped of two watches, and the money THOMAS  was seen to be possessed of at the time he set off with his unfortunate companion on their ill fated expedition!  The conjecture is, that the body had previously been discovered by some abandoned wretches, who, tempted by the above booty, purloined the property, and again committed the corpse to the flood!!

   On Tuesday last, as a man of the name of NATHANIEL HIGGS, belonging to Yate, in this county, was employed in repairing a well at North Nibley, of very considerable depth, an immense large stone falling on his head, killed him on the spot.  A wife and several small children suffer an irreparable loss by his death.

   Advert: DROWNED IN THE RIVER SEVERN.  On Thursday, June 20, 1805, near Shire-road, Mr JOHN JONES, 22 years of age, about 4 feet 10 inches, lusty, and well made; had on a blue jacket, corduroy breeches, and a white shirt.  Whoever shall find the body, and will bring it (or give intelligence where it may be found,) to Mr MATTHEWS, at Gatcombe, or Mr KEDDICK, at Hamstalls, will receive a Reward of FIVE GUINEAS for their trouble.

 

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

 his head mortally wounded.  Verdict in each case, Accidental Death.

 

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

 

Aug 12.  On Saturday se’nnight an inquest was held at Cirencester before W Trigg, Gent. one of the Coroners for this county, on view of the body of THOMAS COCKERELL, who had hanged himself.  It appearing from respectable evidence, that he had for some time been deranged in his intellects, the Jury returned a verdict, Lunacy. And, On Thursday last, an inquest was held at Bisley, before the same Coroner, on the body of T HARMAR, who, in a state of inebriety, fell backwards from a stile upon a heap of stones, and received so much injury that he died soon after.  Verdict, Accidental Death. 

   On Wednesday an inquest was taken before W Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on the body of a lad unknown, found drowned in the river Severn, nearly opposite Aust Passage House.  He appeared to be about 15 years of age, was five feet high, slenderly made, with sandy hair, and had a striped brown woollen jacket, and canvass trowsers, but was without shoes or stockings, or any property.

 

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

 

Aug 26.  Yesterday se’nnight, at Ross, universally regretted, Mr COOK, Master of the Blue Coat School, at that place; he had conducted his scholars to church, and had taken his seat but a few minutes, when he was discovered to be a corpse!  His pupils were instantly in tears; and the congregation immediately dispersed, deeply affected with so awful an example of the uncertainty of human life!

   On Thursday last, WM EVANS, a private belonging to the 96th regiment of foot, stationed in this city, dropped down in Bull lane, and instantly expired.  Coroner’s verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

   On Wednesday se’nnight, a serjeant belonging to the 50th regiment of foot, in attempting to get upon a waggon in the turnpike road at Beverstone, near Tetbury, fell, and the wheels, passing over his head, killed him on the spot.  He was a man much respected in the regiment, and had been fifty years in his Majesty’s service.  Coroner’s verdict, Accidental Death.

 

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

 

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

 

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

   Items re PERKINS, farmer, Eldersfield and HALSEY, Eldersfield or Upton.

 

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

 

Oct 7.  MR JOHN COLWILL.  The fate of this gentleman, which has been deeply involved in mystery and conjecture during the past week, it will [be] seen by an advertisement in this page, may ultimately prove less calculated to excite sympathy than was at first supposed; but we forbear making any remarks on this extraordinary occurrence, in the present state of the matter. [Advert. on page 3 col c states he has absconded with 100 guineas, is a native of Launceston, CON, and gives a very detailed description.]

   On Thursday last, an inquest was held before Wm Joyner, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a male child, found secreted the preceding morning in one of the offices belonging to a house at the Hotwells, in the parish of Clifton.  After a full investigation of nine hours, the jury returned a verdict of Wilful Murder, against the mother, ANN EVANS, who stands committed for trial at the next Assizes for this county.

 

Oct 14.  MR JOHN COLWILL; long article; may be at Edinburgh.

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

 

Oct 21.  On Saturday last, a man of the name of CLARKE, a turner, of Cirencester, who was taken ill the day before, being on his road to our Infirmary, accompanied by another person, suddenly expired in the post chaise which was conveying them, just at the entrance of this city.  He had been in the employ of Mr BREWER, of Cirencester, for 25 years, and has left a wife and five children to lament his premature death.  Coroner’s verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.

   The following Inquests have been held, within the last week, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner.  At Minchinhampton, on view of the body of SARAH SHURMUR, who was found dead in a privy; she had received a violent contusion on her temple and lip, by falling against the door, which no doubt accelerated her death.  Verdict, Sudden Death.  At Lypiatt, near Bisley, on view of the body of Mr EDWARD HORWOOD, who, as he was returning at night from Bisley to Lypiatt, through the park of P WATHEN, Esq. (his usual road) was attacked by a stag, which he had been recently desired to avoid; the stag, however, wounded him with his antlers, in various parts of his body, particularly on the chest, where a puncture reached the pericardium through the ribs and pectoral muscle, which terminated fatally, he surviving only about 36 hours.  His death, from his integrity and good conduct during his life, will long be remembered by his acquaintance with sincere regret.  Verdict, Accidental Death.     At Painswick, on view  of the body of ROWLAND WHITE, barber, who fell down whilst in the act of reading an advertisment.  This man was much respected, and, highly to his credit, though considerably advanced in life, procured a maintenance for his son’s wife and three children, who were totally dependent on him; by whose death they are deprived of an invaluable friend.  Some time ago, the father of the children volunteered himself into the army of reserve, and

is now serving in Ireland.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  We sincerely hope that an application for his discharge will be attended with success, for the future benefit of his family.

   No further news of JOHN COLWILL.

 

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

 

Nov 4.  On Friday morning died, in this city, in the 31st yeart of his age, Mr MINET HOPKINS, an opulent farmer, of Tirley, in this county.  It being supposed that his death was occasioned by some blows he had received in a scuffle, at an Inn in this city, on the Saturday preceding, a Coroner’s Jury sat on the body, when, after mature deliberation, they brought in a verdict of - Manslaughter.

   Last week died, at the White Hart, Bristol, Mr EVANS, of Pucklechurch, in this county, in consequence of a violent blow received in the head, occasioned by the rearing up of his horse, as he was endeavouring to ride through a doorway.

   A few days ago as WILLIAM BULL, a trusty servant of EDWARD SHEPPARD, Esq. of Stonehouse, was returning from Stow fair, he fell from his horse on the new road near Stroud, which injured his brain so much, that he died in a few hours after.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   JOHN COLWILL reported to be returning from Scotland.

 

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

 

Nov 25.  On Thursday last, an Inquest was taken, before D Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of RICHARD LAWRENCE, servant to Mrs NIBLETT, of this city, who was, on Wednesday, found drowned under the bridge over the Gloucester and Berkeley Canal, near Llanthony, after having been missing several weeks.  It is supposed that he met his untimely fate, by falling into the canal, whilst walking in the bank in a state of intoxication.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Coates, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN SMITH, servant of PETER LEVERSAGE, Esq. of Stroud, who was unfortunately killed whilst hunting, by a blow he received, occasioned by his coming in contact with the limb of a tree when leaping over a hedge; by which the spinal marrow was so much injured, that he became paralytic, and died soon after.  He was a valuable servant; and his loss is much regretted by his master, to whom the greatest praise is due, for his kind attention and humanity towards this unfortunate man, during the short period he survived the sad catastrophe.  Verdict, Accidental Death.   And, on Wednesday, another Inquest was held, before the same Coroner, on the body of THOMAS PRICE, shepherd to Mr HAMBAGE, of Southrup, who was found dead in a turnip field, soon after he had been foddering the sheep.  verdict, Sudden Death from an unknown cause.

   A melancholy circumstance occurred at Chepstow, during the rejoicings at that place on Friday se’nnight, in celebration of the late naval victories: a boy about seven years of age, who had been to witness the firing of the Volunteers, on his return home, crept under the table, where his mother, after calling him and receiving no answer, found him dead.   It is supposed that the boy was frightened to death by the firing, as he often fell into fits at the firing of a gun.

  On Monday last, between the hours of nine and ten, a neighbour, being  alarmed by the cries of an infant, proceeding from the privy of a house in Maiden Tavern lane, Baldwin street, Bristol, instantly, with the assistance of some humane persons, who procured lights, searched for the cause, when they discovered a new born infant! which, providentially was thus miraculously preserved and rescued from its perilous situation.  Every care and attention was paid by the persons who found it, and the infant, alive and healthy, was ccarried to St Peter’s Hospital.  We understand, its unnatural mother has since been discovered.

 

Dec 2.  On Monday an inquest was held on the body of a man, who died in consequence of a fall from Mr HOUGH’s Lime kiln, near this city.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Monday se’nnight, an Inquest was taken at Horsley, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN HAINS, son of Mr HAINS, saddle tree maker, who, in endeavouring to put a loaded gun into a shop, through a pane of glass which was broke, the butt end foremost, the gun being cocked, it struck against an iron anvil, and discharged the contents into his body, when he fell, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   COMMITMENTS.  On Tuesday, MARY SCUDAMORE was committed to our County Gaol, by Thomas Blunt, Esq. one of the Coroners for this county, on suspicion of murdering a new born female child.

 

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

 

Jan 7.  On Thursday last, an inquesyt was taken at Ampney Peter, in this county, before Mr Trigg, on view of the body of HARRY HODGES, who was killed whilst sitting near the butt of a tree which the workman were employed in cutting down.  It appeared, that the tree fell unexpectedly, and rebounded with such force against his chest as to burst a blood vessel; which occasioned his death immediately.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

  The verdict of the inquest which was taken at Bisley, on view of the bodies of two children, as mentioned in our last paper, was delivered on Saturday last, and was follows: Died from the neglect and inattention of their mother, and some person unknown.

   The following inquests were last week taken by Mr Joyner, one of the Coroners for this county: On Monday, on view of the body of JOHN WEEKS, son of Mr WEEKS, a respectable farmer near the New Passage, who was drowned by the ice giving way, whilst sliding on a pool near his father’s house.  verdict, Accidental Death.   On Tuesday, on the body of  W CHAIR, labourer, of Hinton, in the parish of Berkeley, who was found frozen to death the preceding day in a field, near Purton Passage.  He has left a wife and eight children to lament this sad catastrophe.  Verdict, Died through the inclemency of the weather, and Intoxication.  And, on Tuesday, on the body of a man unknown, found suffocated, and burnt to death, on a lime kiln, at Lay Hill, in the parish of Cromhall.  Verdict, Accidental Death. 

 

  

 

1806

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Feb 3.  MARY CHERRY, charged by the verdict of the Coroner’s Inquest, held before Wm Trigg, Gent. (as mentioned in our last,) with the wilful murder of her new born bastard child, has been committed to our County Gaol, for trial at the approaching Assizes.

   On Monday, WILLIAM COLLINGS, was committed to the same Gaol, by William Joyner, Gent. Coroner, charged with the wilful murder of HARRIET HURCOMB, of Tidenham, and her bastard child, by administering to her some deleterious drug, for the purpose of procuring abortion.

   On Friday last, an inquest was taken on view of the body of GEORGE BAKER, a carpenter, of Wickwar, in this county, who, after taking a farewell of his family, went and cut his throat in a most shocking manner, and afterwards threw himself into a pond; however, as he appeared to have been very low and dejected for the last fortnight, and exhibited some symptoms of insanity, the jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.  Same day, another inquest was held on the body of Mr J RUDLEY, of Yate, who, whilst working in his fields, fell down and immediately expired.  Verdict, Died by the visitation of God.

 

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

   At Bristol Quarter Sessions, on Wednesday, MARY DAVIS, for concealing the birth of her natural child, was sentenced to be confined one year in Newgate; .....

 

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

 

Mar 3.  On Wednesday se’nnight, as Mr HIATT, of the George Inn, Minchinhampton, was going into a house at Tetbury, he was attacked with an apoplectic seizure, which instantly deprived him of his speech, and in the space of a few hours of his life.

   A few days since died, after an illness of only two hours, Mr GEORGE HOPKINS, of the Talbot Inn, Dursley - a man universally respected and lamented.

 

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

 

Mar 17.  Lately died, at Hawkesbury Upton, in this county, a man of the name of COOPER.  He had long endured the horrors of a guilty conscience, which he disburthened about an hour before his death, by declaring, that he had been assisted by a man of the name of HORTON (who died about two years since) in murdering Mr PRICE, a surveyor of the roads, as long as 40 years ago.  His body was thrown into a well, and there found.

ASSIZES:  ANN EVANS, MARY SCUDIMORE, and MARY CHERRY, charged with child murder, were acquitted of the capital offence; but the latter was found guilty of concealing the birth, and sentenced to six months imprisonment.  WILLIAM COLLINGS, accused of the murder of HARRIER HURCOMBE, and her new born bastard child, was acquitted, ....

 

Mar 31.  Infant skeletons found at Avening House.

 

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

 

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

 

Apr 21.  On Saturday se’nnight died, WILLIAM LEWIS, of Ruscombe, near Stroud, in this county.  He had attended Gloucester market, as a carrier, upwards of forty years, and died about an hour after his return home, on the above day.

INQUESTS.   On Wednesday se’nnight an inquest was held by W Trigg, Gent. at Preston, near Cirencester, on view of the body of WILLIAM RYLEY, who was found dead on the high road leading to Fairofrd.  He had travelled the country with musical bells for 45 years; and it is supposed, being 71, he sunk under the pressure of poverty and infirmity.  Verdict, Died by the Visitation of God.  And, on Monday last, an inquest was held by the same Coroner, at Tetbury, on the body of MARY PETERS, found drowned in a well, into which it is imagined she must have precipitated herself, the aperture at the top being only seventeen inches in its extreme width.  It was some hours before the body was discovered; and having been previously in a dejected state of mind, the Jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.

   During the night of Friday se’nnight, as Mr CHAPMAN, a respectable farmer, of Wick, in this county, was returning home on foot, from Didmarton, he unfortunately fell into a pool near his own house, where he was found drowned next day.

   At Oldbury, in consequence of a fall from his horse, Mr [WILLIAM] HULL, of Shirehampton, son of the late Mr HULL, sugar baker, of Bristol.

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

 

Jun 23.   About eleven o’clock, on Monday night last, a male infant, apparently three weeks old, wrapped in a man’s great coat, was found exposed at the door of Mrs CHARTER’s house, in Lower Northgate street, in this city.  A reward of five guineas has been offered for the discovery of the unnatural mother.

   On Monday evening, JAMES POWELL, a young man, about 22 years of age, servant in this city, was drowned in the Severn, near the Westgate bridge.  He had gone into the river for the purpose of bathing; when getting into deep water, he was carried through one of the arches by the rapidity of the current, and sunk in the presence of several people, who were incapable of rendering him any assistance.  Although an hour had elapsed before the body was found, it exhibited some faint symptoms that the vital spark was not totally extinct; but the unwearied exertions of the most eminent medical assistants, during several hours, proved unavailing.  The Coroner’s Jury returned a verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Jun 30.  On Wednesday an inquest was held at Brimscomb, by W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JAMES CLUTTERBUCK,  a child about three years old, who fell into a mill pond, whilst at play, and was drowned.  And, on Thursday, an inquest was held at Rodborough, by the same gentleman, on the body of WILLIAM TURNER, bargeman, who, whilst winding up a sluice gate upon the Thames and Severn navigation at Bowbridge, by the slipping of the handle, was forced into the Canal, and drowned.  Verdict, in both cases, Accidental Death.

   On Friday last a melancholy accident happened at Westbury upon Severn, in this county: Mr WILLIAM WINTLE, son of Mr WINTLE, of Moss hill, whilst observing some workmen employed in pulling down a building at that place, was so dreadfully crushed by the sudden falling of a wall, that he expired in about an hour, bearing his fate to the last moment with great fortitude.  He was a young man of most excellent character, and is much lamented by his family and numerous friends.

   On Tuesday, a private in the West Middlesex Militia, named BRYANT, deliberately walked into the river, near Cannon’s Marsh, Bristol, and was drowned.  The sight of a man being flogged the day before, Is supposed to have affected his mind so strongly as to urge him to the commission of this rash act.

   MURDER: long article; RICHARD HEMING, wheelwright and carpenter, Norton.

 

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

 

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

 

Jul 21.  On Tuesday a female child, about three years old, daughter of Mr CLARKE, of Falfield, in this county, was killed at that place, by a cart going over her.  Coroner’s Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Friday se’nnight, a man named BLEATHAM BROWN,  servant to Mr NIMPANY, of Arlingham, in this county, was drowned whilst bathing in the River Severn, near that place.  He was a native of Abbey Tintern, Monmouthshire.

 

Aug 4.  On Tuesday se’nnight, as Mr YOUNG, a very respectable farmer of Little Sodbury, was returning home from Tetbury fair, in company with some of his neighbours, his horse ran away near Petty France, and threw him; by which fall his skull was so dreadfully fractured that he remained  insensible till the Friday following, when he expired.  Mr YOUNG was universally respected, and is regretted by all who knew him.

  A person has been apprehended, and is now in Norwich Gaol, who, from the description givenn, there is a strong reason to believe is RICHARD HEMING, the murderer of the Rev. Mr PARKER.

 

Aug 11.  Tuesday afternoon, as Mr J HATHAWAY, a respectable farmer of Lower Swell, near Stow, was returning from the above fair [Cheltenham], he was thrown from his horse, which took fright, and so dreadfully hurt, that he expired in a short time after; he has left a widow and twelve children, besides a numerous acquaintance, to lament his death.

  On Friday last an Inquest was taken before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner, at the New Passage House, in the parish of Redwick and Northwick, in this county, on view of the body of a Man Unknown, found drowned the preceding day, in a certain Pill, called Chissell Pill, which leads from the Marsh Common into the River Severn.  It is supposed he went to bathe himself, and getting out of his depth was drowned, as his clothes were found on the bank, nearly opposite the spot where his body was discovered; and consisted of a brown cloth coat with white plated buttons, brown velveret striped waistcoat, velveteen breeches, linen shirt marked I.G. silk handkerchief, flannel under waistcoat, new shoes with oval plated buckles, and a round hat; two 7 s. pieces, 4 s. 6 d. in silver, two knives, a comb, and two small keys: he appeared about five feet six inches high, stoutly made, and about 46 years of age, with short brown hair.

   DIED.  In consequence of a fall from his horse, by which he fractured his skull, Mr YOUNG, farmer, of Little Sodbury; a man respected and regretted by all who knew him.

 

Aug 18.  On Wednesday evening last the body of Master COOPER, son of Mr T COOPER, clothier, of Kings Stanley, was found drowned in a mill stream.  It is supposed that this young gentleman was standing near the mill pond, and slipt in accidentally; unfortunately, he was not discovered for a considerable time after, when the means employed for his recovery proved abortive, to the great disappointment of his disconsolate parents.  He was about 7 years of age, and of an amiable and affectionate disposition, which renders his loss the more to be regretted.

   Thursday last a very melancholy accident happened at the Marsh coal pit near Bristol.  As men and three boys were being drawn up from the pit, the rope attached to the box in which they were, broke and precipitated them to the bottom..  The men and two of the boys were killed, and the other boy materially injured.  What renders the accident still more distressing, two of the unfortunate sufferers were the husband and son of a poor woman now left destitute of support, with a family of seven children.

 

Aug 25.  THUNDER STORM.  A poor man was killed near Stapleton; he had a scythe on his shoulder, which no doubt served to attract the electric fluid.

   Sunday afternoon, a boy sbout twelve years of age, of the name of HEWLET, was drowned while bathing in the river Wye, a little below the Pound, at Monmouth.  He was first noticed  by a young man, named MORGAN, then accidentally standing on the bridge, who, as soon as he discovered the unhappy youth’s situation, ran to the edge of the water, from whence he took a truckle, with a view of rendering better assistance; but not finding it of sufficient dispatch, he got across the Gut, as it is called, instantly threw off his clothes, and dashed under the water, by which exertion he brought the lad to shore; but unhappily too late to preserve his life, though every means were afterwards used by a surgeon to restore suspended animation.

 

Sep 1.  Last week, an inquest was taken before W Joyner,  Esq. Coroner, at the York Hotel, Clifton, near Bristol, on view of the body of a new born male child, found dead, and secreted by the mother.  After a very full investigation of six hours, the Jury returned a verdict of Stillborn.  The mother was in consequence thereof discharged out of custody.

   A few days since, an inquest was taken before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on the body of EDWARD CLAYFIELD, Shoemaker, of Horsley, who hanged himself with his linen apron.  Having been observed to be in a dejected state of mind for some time before he committed the rash act, the Jury returned a verdict of Lunacy.

   On Thursday last, a lad about 15 years of age, named WORKMAN, whilst at work at Berkeley Oil Mill, accidentally fell down a flight of steps, through a trap door which leads to the water works, and was killed on the spot.

   ACCOUNT  re ELIZABETH OCKFORD, aged 9, abducted by gypsies from Box Hill, in Minchinhampton, from her widowed mother.

 

Sep 8.  A few days since died, Mrs HIATT, widow of Mr JOSEPH HIATT, of the George Inn, Minchinhampton.

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

 

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

 

Sep 29.  On Tuesday died, very suddenly, at Twissell’s Farm, in the parish of Bisley, Mr PETER GARDNER, many years a constable, at Stroud - in which capacity he was much respected for the integrity of his conduct; and to his perseverance in the discharge of his duty, he sacrificed his life, having left his home in a state of indisposition, to go to the above place on special business.

   On Wednesday an Inquest was taken before William Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of WILLIAM KINGSCOTE, of Tockington, who fell from a walnut tree in his orchard, and was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

 

Oct 13.  On Saturdy last, as JOHN GUNN, a lad about 14 years of age, was descending a well at Birches, near Stroud, in which some foul air had collected, he was suffocated, and fell to the bottom.  His father, who had left him down, descended to rescue him whilst yet aloive; but before he gained the top with his son, he was also overcome by the noxious vapour; and the unfortunate lad was precipitated again into the well, from which he was taken out dead.

   A melancholy occurrence took place near Bristol, on Sunday evening.  A poor unfortunate girl of the town, being pursued on Brandon Hill, by a number of unfeeling boys and young men, ran till she lost her breath, when, being compelled to stop, she was assaulted and thrown down.  By the violence of the fall her neck was broke, - she was immediately conveyed to a public house in College street, and medical assistance was procured, but every effort to save her was in vain.  Coroner’s inquest, Manslaughter.  JOHN CLARKE  is committed to Bridewell for the offence.

 

Oct 20.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken at Ruscomb, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of SARAH BURFORD, aged 50, who fell down in a wood, and instantly expired.  Verdict, Sudden death.  And on Thursday, an inquest was taken before the same Coroner, on the body of a man unknown, found dead in the Thames and Severn Canal, at Deanway, in  the parish of Bisley.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   The following extraordinary accident happened last week, in the neighbourhood of Wotton Underedge.  Four men, who had assembled in the night, with an intention, it is supposed, of stealing timber, went into a field adjoining that town, where several pieces had recently been placed, for the purpose of building.   Three of these fellows, in this nefarious pursuit, had got a small tree upon their shoulders, and were carrying it off, when the man who supported the butt end slipped down, and the whole weight of the piece falling on him, he was killed on the spot!

 

Nov 3.  On Monday last, an inquest was taken, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, at the Lamb Inn, without Lawford’s Gate, Bristol, (by adjournment from Clifton, in this county,) on view of the body of JAMES YOUNG, aged 11 years, supposed to have died in consequence of ill treatment received from his father, WILLIAM YOUNG, mason.  After a full investigation, which lasted the whole day, (the body being first taken up, after eight days interment, and the assistance of two medical gentlemen being procured on the occasion,) the Jurors returned a verdict of Natural Death - and not from any hurt or injury received whatever; upon which the father was discharged out of custody.

   On Wednesday, an inquest was taken at Painswick, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, and a very respectable Jury, on view of the body of a male child, about ten days old, the mother of which is only 17.  It appeared much emaciated; and, in other respects, seemed not to have had due attention paid to it, by a dry nurse, to whose care it was committed almost as soon as it was born, by the positive injunctions of the young woman’s unfeeling mother.  After a minute investigation, which was persevered in with more than usual zeal, for not less than four hours, the death of the infant was attributed to want of parental and natural succour.  The Jury, taking the circumstances into consideration, collectively returned a verdict, Died from indiscreet treatment, and  a want of humanity.

 

Nov 17.  On Thursday evening, the 6th inst. as Mr WILLIAM WENT, of Uley, was returning home from Gloucester, with his father and some other friends, his horse fell with him, at Frocester; by which accident he received so severe a contusion on the head, that, notwithstanding immediate medical assistance was obtained, he lingered senseless till Friday evening, when he expired.  He was a young man of unassuming manners and obliging demeanour, and is deservedly lamented, not only by his disconsolate parents and relations, but by his acquaintance in general.

   On Friday an inquest was taken, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of JOHN JACQUES, a youth about 16 years of age, who, whilst at work in a mill at Eastington, on Wednesday last, fell from a considerable height, among the mill work, and sustained so much injury, that he died on the spot.  Verdiuct, Accidental Death.

 

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

 

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

Also two inquests at Tewkesbury.

 

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

 

Dec 29.  INQUESTS.   On Friday se’nnight an inquest was taken at Minchinhampton, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of DAVID KIRBY, who fell from a stile, in returning home from his labour, after dark; when the spinal marrow was so much injured, that he survived but a short time.  And, same day, an inquest was held at Rodborough, on the body of THOMAS BIRD, who fell into the Thames and Severn Canal, and was drowned.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

   A few days since MATTHEW STOCKWELL[MC1] , of Stonehouse, in this county, an aged and infirm man, fell down stairs, and sustained such severe injury, that he expired in a few hours.

 

 

1807

 

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

 

Jan 12.  INQUESTS.   On Wednesday an inquest was taken before John Jefferis, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of Mr JOHN JAQUES, a master carpenter, and bell hanger of great celebrity, of this city, who, whilst superintending some repairs of the roof of the New Inn, was passing along the yard, when a piece of timber falling on his head, he sustained such mortal injury as to survive the accident but a very short time.  He was much respected, and an industrious, honest man.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Wednesday an inquest was held at Norton, before Daniel Willey, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of a poor man, who was killed by the overturning of the Birmingham and Bristol Waggon, (in which he was a passenger, ) on Tuesday night last.  The accident, occasioned by the horses taking fright, happened at Norton bridge, about five miles from this city, on the Tewkesbury road; the poor sufferer was thrown out, when a cask falling upon him, he was killed on the spot.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Thursday an inquest was taken at Cain’s Cross, in this county, before W Trigg, Gent. Coroner, on view of the body of a female infant, about two months old, who died in the arms of her father, at a late period of the night, being taken from the house of industry at Stroud, by  the mother, who had abandoned the child whilst in a state of intoxication.  The Jury, after a minute investigation, returned a Verdict, Sudden Death, by the visitation of God.   On Friday an inquest was taken at Stroud, by the same Coroner, on the body of Mrs HESTER McKENZIE, who fell from a window seat, and was so severely bruised on the head and face, that she expired before medical assistance could be procured.  Verdict, Accidental Death.

   On Monday an inquest was taken at Huntingford Mill, near Wotton Underedge, before W Joyner, Esq. Coroner, on view of the body of the infant son of Mr T COX, paper maker, who was burnt to death, by his clothes taking fire in the absence of the serving maid.   And on Wednesday, (before the same Coroner,)  an inquest was taken at Crookmarsh, in the parish of Henbury ... on the body of RICHARD HANDS, an apprtentice in husbandry to Mr JOHN HEWETT, found drowned in a reen leading from the Marsh Common to the River Severn.  Verdict in both cases, Accidental Death.

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