Volume: Howden Coroner's Ms Inquests

Scope and Content

Small, leather hardbound volume containing a manuscript record of inquisitions taken by Robert Spofforth the younger as the Coroner of the Liberty of Howden and Howdenshire. The first pages contain a transcription of the oath taken by the Coroner upon assuming office. Note that an inquest involved an investigation by jurers appointed by the Coronor, viewing of the body by the Coronor, and the presentation of findings and opinions of both leading to a verdict on cause of death.

Inquests relate to the following:

Crispin Wilkinson (accidental misfortune, drowning), 17 Jul 1793; William Glaisby (accidental misfortune, drowning), 5 Aug 1793; Mark Dixon (accidental misfortune, drowning), 6 Sep 1793; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowning), 11 Sep 1793; Mary Newham a child aged 2 (accidental misfortune, burns), 1 Nov 1793; Robert Hakings (accidental misfortune, drowning), 5 Dec 1793; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowning), 20 Dec 1793; Mary, wife of James Stather (no evidence for verdict, no cause of death), 18 May 1794; Ann wife of Richard Watson (accidental misfortune, burst blood vessel in leg), 20 May 1794; John Magnus (accidental misfortune, drowned), 25 Sep 1794; Thomas Singleton (no evidence for verdict, suffocated and intoxicated), 29 Mar 1795; Richard aged 15 months, son of James Collins (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 20 May 1795; Paul Stamp (accidental misfortune, drowned), 24 Jul 1795; Edward Fish (accidental misfortune, drowned), 31 Jul 1795; Elizabeth Green (visitation of God), 23 Oct 1795; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 24 Dec 1795; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 15 Jan 1796; Mary aged 7, daughter of Thomas Ryley (accidental misfortune, drowned), 8 Jun 1796; William Williamson (accidental misfortune, thrown from horse), 2 Oct 1796; Sarah wife of Thomas Scholefield (of unsound mind, cut own throat), 9 Oct 1796; Robert Cook mariner (accidental misfortune, drowned), 30 Jan 1797; William Good (accidental misfortune, drowned), 2 Jun 1797; Jane Hairsine aged 1 and a quarter (accidental misfortune, scalded), 15 Jul 1797; Rebecca wife of Benjamin Woodhouse (of unsound mind, cut own throat), 9 Apr 1798; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 13 Apr 1798; Thomas Bullock (accidental misfortune, gun backfired), 21 May 1798; William Haigh (accidental misfortune, drowned), 5 Jul 1798; Unknown boy (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 2 Sep 1798; Thomas Hudson (accidental misfortune, drowned), 23 Jul 1799; Unknown boy (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 19 Aug 1799; John son of George Gill (accidental misfortune, drowned), 17 Dec 1799; Thomas Camp (visitation of God), 7 Jan 1800; Ann Sherwood aged 1 (accidental misfortune, burns), 27 Jan 1800; John Thompson (accidental misfortune, drowning), 9 Sep 1799; William Story (accidental misfortune, drowning), 26 Apr 1800; Thomas Jobson (accidental misfortune, drowning), 9 Jul 1800; Thomas Senior (accidental misfortune, drowning), 27 Jul 1800; Unknown boy (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 17 Aug 1800; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 1 Sep 1800; Hester Williamson (of unsound mind, suffocation and strangling by hanging), 1 Oct 1800; Unknown man (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 4 Oct 1800; Robert Cooper (visitation of God), 11 Dec 1800; Sarah Thompson aged 3 (accidental misfortune, burns), 1 Jan 1801; Unknown woman (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 5 Apr 1801; John Bayley (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 12 May 1801; William Broad (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 31 May 1801; John Elsworth (accidental misfortune, head injury caused by a horse kick), 5 Jun 1801; William Tomlinson (accidental misfortune, run over by waggon), 21 Jul 1801; Mary Norham (visitation of God), 11 Aug 1801; Robert Armitage aged 8 (accidental misfortune, head injury caused by windmill blade), 19 Sep 1801; Betty Craven aged 2 (accidental misfortune, burns), 7 Nov 1801; Charles Abbey (no verdict, excessive drinking), 4 Jan 1802; Unknown man (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 22 Jan 1802; Jonathon aged 21 months, son of William Taylor (accidental misfortune, burns), 10 May 1802; Joseph Brookes (visitation of God), 12 May 1802; Richard Strafford (no verdict, excessive drinking), 2 Jul 1802; Unknown woman (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 3 Jul 1802; Margaret Robinson (no evidence for verdict, no cause given), 19 Aug 1802; William Collins (accidental misfortune, drowned), 17 Oct 1802; Elizabeth Maslin (no evidence for verdict, no cause given, subject to fits), 25 Jan 1803; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 11 Apr 1803; Ann Ratcliff (accidental misfortune, drowned during shipwreck), 22 May 1803; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 28 May 1803; Unknown man (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 7 Jun 1803; Unknown man (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 17 Jul 1803; William Bell aged 1 (accidental misfortune, burns), 13 Jan 1804; Ann Atkinson (no evidence for verdict, no cause given), 16 May 1804; Mary Wade aged 2 (accidental misfortune, drowned), 19 May 1804; Mary Arnill (no evidence for verdict, no cause given), 20 Jul 1804; William Bristoe (visitation of God), 18 Dec 1804; James Parkin aged 1 and a half (accidental misfortune, drowned), 13 Apr 1805; George Bramman a mariner (accidental misfortune, drowned), 20 May 1805; Unknown man (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 25 Jun 1805; Frances Thornton (of unsound mind, self poisoned), 30 Jun 1805; Thomas Vessy (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 9 Jul 1805; Malissa aged 2, daughter of Richard Harrison (accidental misfortune, head injury, fall from window), 9 Jul 1805; Newborn male, bastard, (still born), 22 Nov 1805; Samuel Riglesworth mariner (accidental misfortune, drowned), 15 Jan 1806; William Ellis (visitation of God), 6 Mar 1806; Samuel Palmer (visitation of God), 11 Mar 1806; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 18 Mar 1806; Ann Lockwood aged 3 (accidental misfortune, burns), 22 Mar 1806; Miss Jane Thwaites (visitation of God), 8 Apr 1806; John Gray (no verdict, excessive drinking), 12 May 1806; John Rodgers (accidental misfortune, drowned), 28 Aug 1806; Newborn female, bastard, (still born), 6 Sep 1806; Hannah Reed aged 3 (visitation of God, head injury), 13 Dec 1806; John Wood (visitation of God), 17 Jan 1807; Margaret Surr (visitation of God), 4 Mar 1807; Robert Collinson (accidental misfortune, thrown from horse), 7 May 1807; Thomas Garlick (of unsound mind, self poisoned), 19 May 1807; Sarah wife of William Powell (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 19 Jul 1807; Unknown male (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 2 Aug 1807; Richard Bulmer (accidental misfortune, head injury, fall from a tree), 2 May 1808; John Woodall aged 8 (accidental misfortune, drowned), 21 Jul 1808; Ann wife of Thomas Freeman (visitation of God), 8 Aug 1808; Elizabeth Leetham (visitation of God), 23 Feb 1809; William Peircy (no evidence for verdict, drowned), 26 Feb 1809.

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