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Names included: John McADAM; James SWIFT; Anne HOINS; Matilda KENYS; Mary OWENS; Anne McKENNA; Sylvester McCAGE; Mrs. DODDS; Owen McCABE; James WINTERS; Ellen CONOLLY; Margaret COONEY; Thomas McADAM; Margaret McDOWELL; Bridget BREADY; Matthew TUBMAN; Anne HAMILL; Dr. WOODS; Andrew TRIMBLE; Mary O'HARE; [Jimry?] STEWART; Head Constable HAVERTY; Mary CONLON; Surgeon YOUNG; Constable KEENAN; Constable CRAVEN; Leticia CONLON; John CAMPBELL; Richard ARMSTRONG; George WAUGH.
Sharon Oddie Brown. October 10, 2006



Pages 25-27

(Note, the pages in this section are numbered 25, 24, 24, 26, 27 – clearly an error made by the Coroner in the initial pagination)


Note. The following to inquests were by mistake unpresented at spring Assizes 1876 but now brought forward to be again applied for Spring Assizes 1877

14 miles – John McADAM of Finiscomfy 9 February 1876

18 miles – James SWIFT of Currghey 18 February 1876

Enquiry No 8 ₤1.0.0.

Attended this 17 November 1876 at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Anne HOINES an inmate there since January 1874 and that her death arose from exhaustion of abscess thigh. Aged 37 years

Enquiry No. 9 ₤1.0.0

Attended at Monaghan Asylum the 17 November 1876 to inquire into the cause of death of Matilda KENYS age 37 years and the cause of whose death after 10 ½ hours was exhaustion and[syncope?] From childbirth.

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Distance travelled 9 Miles

Room for Jury & care of body 5.0

Held on view of the body of a Mary OWENS 21 November 1876 in the townland of Coolshanagh, Parish & Barony of Monaghan.

Anne McKENNA deposed to being in Monaghan 20 instance. I lifted my own cart -- between one and two o'clock and when near the military barracks the horse broke off. Though held by a man at his head and in his course, the shaft of the cart struck an old woman in her back and knocked her down and the cart passing over her body causing her death after lingering but less than an hour.

Sylvester McCAGE was in Monaghan 20 instance. I was in Mrs. DODDs public house at the Barrack hill talking with her. I saw the horse which knocked down deceased standing on the road and a man at his head. Suddenly I saw him plunge and the man at his head knocked down and the horse break off, run a way. Hastening after my own horses from Mrs. DODDS within about five perches I saw a woman lying on the road and in an unsafe position on her face in the dirt. I went to her and turning her back on which the woman looked at me. Having my own horses to look after and which were on the before mentioned left the deceased.

Owen McKENNA. Deposed was in Monaghan market on the 20th instance. I left town with the horse and cart and when near the railway the horse became frightened and endeavoured to break away and however got him back to ROOSKEY Lane and when I saw a the way clear I pursued my way as far as the well house when I stopped till Mrs. McKENNA would get into the cart which she had seemingly done when the horse became unmanageable and broke all way for me. When I found him so I shouted to person on the road before me. Was after I was knocked down by the horses violence that deceased was knocked down and when I recovered my feet I saw woman lying on the road. On this I endeavoured to get her off the road to the footpath but was unable. I then left her to look after the runaway horse.

Verdict death on Monday 20 November 1876 from being accidentally knocked down on run over by a runaway horse in a cart.


Distance travelled 9 Miles

Accomodation to Jury & 1 witness 1.0

Held on view of the body of Owen McCABE 18 December 1876 in the village of Newbliss, Parish of Agabog, Barony of Dartry.

James WINTERS. Deposed was cleaning oats in the market house of Newbliss on Saturday 16 instance when deceased came in and after chatting with me for a few minutes said he had a pain in his back and wished he was home. On this witness with another person helped him across the street to his daughters where they left him.

Ellen CONNOLY. Deposed that on Saturday last deceased who was my father was assisted into my house. He complained of being weak. On this I gave him some brandy and water to revive him. On this he leaned over in my arms and within a few minutes he departed life. He was a week old man of 76.

Verdict. Death on Saturday 16 December 1876 from old age and infirmity

Enquiry No 10 ₤1.0.0

On this 20 December 1876 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Margaret COONEY an inmate of said establishment whose death resulted from heart disease.

Enquiry No. 11 ₤1.0.0

On this 20 December 1876 attended at Monaghan Asylum to enquire into the death of Thomas McADAM and inmate said establishment, whose death arose from disease of the bowels.

Enquiry No 12 ₤1.0.0

This day 29 December 1876 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Margaret McDOWELL aged 40 years and inmate of said establishment since 27 December 1869 and whose illness lasted for four years previous to deceased which was a result of general debility.

Enquiry 13th ₤1.0.0

Attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the cause of death of Bridget BREADY for 4 ½ years an inmate of said establishment and whose decease resulted from disease of the stomach this fourth day of January 1877.

Enquiry 14 ₤1.0.0

On this day attended at Monaghan Asylum 6 January 1877 to inquire into the cause of death of Matthew TUBMAN aged 51 years and whose death resulted from bronchitis with [Erysapelas?]

Enquiry 15 ₤1.0.0

On this January 1877 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the cause of death of Anne HAMILL age 29 years for 14 months and inmate who said establishment and his death resulted from exhaustion from liver disease.


Distance travelled 9 Miles

Fee to Dr. WOODS for Post mortem examination .2.0

Expense of burying the body 7.4

Held on view of the body of an infant male child in the townland of Cornecasea, Parish of Monaghan & Barony of Monaghan 17 Jan 1877.

Andrew TRIMBLE. Deposed that deceased mother was a servant in his service since last November and during that time came much satisfaction and appeared to enjoy good health. On last Sabbath attended her usual place of worship. On Monday attended to her usual work just as she always had done and retired to her rest is usual. Next morn came to tell me that something was wrong with married the servant girl. (Mary O’HARE). On this I hastened down to inquire -- found her bedroom disorderly. Saw the girl and spoke to her and inquired was anything wrong with her, which she said was not the case. On this accompanied by the carpenter [Jimry?] STEWART I. went up to her bedroom where I found the bed tossed and looking closely I found under the pillow the body of a newborn infant. On this I sent word to the police and also for a doctor and both promptly attended. I then sent for the girl's mother. After which gave to the police charge of the infant and the mother of it. No servant but the girl had any access to her room.

Mrs. TRIMBLE, wife of last witness. Deposed on morn of 16 instance I came down from my bedroom and then called Mary who came down with a canelle in her hand. She went to milk the cows. I then sent her a message to the house and on her return sent her again to the Byre. I then saw she was not well and went up to her room to examine her bed clothes having now suspicions -- after which I went and told my husband. He came down and on Mary’s return from the Byre he told her he must go and see her room to which she objected. I went up with them and twas then the body of the infant was found.

Dr. WOODS. Deposed. On morning of yesterday I was required by the police to company them out to Cornacasa. When there I was shown the body of a newborn infant which had apparently been born 10 or 12 hours. I was then asked to examine Mary O’HARE a servant in the house whom I found to have been lately delivered of a child and that the placenta had been retained. I adopted the procedure used on such occasions.

I have now made a post-mortem examination of the body of the infant. I found no marks of violence on the body to account for death and on further examination I found the child had been born alive and must have lived two or three minutes at least. The cause of death was suffocation caused by a great quantity of bloody mucus in the pharynx which I consider as a result of want of proper attendance. I consider the poor mother was altogether ignorant of the necessary attendance required in her situation.

Verdict. We find that Mary O’HARE gave birth to a child in the house of Mr. Andrew TRIMBLE at Caracasca on the 16th instance and from the evidence given at the inquest we find death resulted from natural causes.


Fee to Surgeon YOUNG for Post-mortem ₤2.2.0

Distance travelled 9 Miles

Adjournment 17th to 18th instance 1/0

Fee to Dr. WOODS for  Post Mortem exam ₤0.2.0

Interring of deceased 7.6

Held on view of an infant child 17 January 1877 in the town of Monaghan, Parish and barony of Monaghan.

Head Constable HAVERTY. Deposed. On even of 16th instance was informed a woman named Mary CONLON on the jail hill appeared on last Friday to be in the family way and that now she was reduced in size and the belief is that she had given birth to a child, not now forthcoming. In consequence of which accompanied by Constable KEENAN and sub-Constable CRAVEN, proceeded to the house where CONLON lived. After a close search outside in the inside of the house and after a close search under part of the room where CONLON slept we discovered the body of a newborn infant, which was at once removed and CONLON I took in charge and had her examined by Dr. WOODS.

John KEENAN. Deposed on the 16 instance I went with head Constable HAVERTY to the house of Leticia CONLON where Mary CONLON lived and whom we saw there and then told her from what we heard we must search the house in and about. In the apartment when she had slept we saw two beds -- one on the floor and the other up off it. After close examination of the place and under the bed of Mary CONLON and under the earthen floor we discovered the body of an infant child wrapped in some calico. I now took charge of the body, and placed it in a box and secured and brought it to the police Barrack.

The evidence of sub Constable CRAVEN was merely a repetition of the preceding witness.

Dr. WOODS Deposed that on the 16 instance I was called on the police to examine Mary CONLON. I found that she had been confined about six days previous. On the 17th & 18th instance I was engaged with Surgeon YOUNG making a post-mortem examination on the body of a female infant of about seven or eight days dead. We came to the conclusion that the child had feebly respired after birth, but its death was not caused by violence but most probably by the difficulty of labour and want of proper care on the part of the mother and her attendance.

Letitia CONLON’s evidence was unimportant.

Verdict. Death on or about of said infant child the 10th instance through neglect and want of care on the part of the mother and that said child is the child of Mary CONLON and his dead body was placed by its mother where ‘twas found.

16th Inquiry ₤1.0.0

On the 17 January 1877 the death of Mr. John CAMBELL late of Portmaheg [AKA Portinaghy] in the Parish of Donagh was reported on the 18th. I attended in Monaghan to make inquiry into the case having done as I did I did not consider an inquest as called for.

17th Inquiry ₤1.0.0

On this 18 instance 1877I attended a Monaghan asylum to inquire into the death of Richard ARMSTRONG for near 16 months an inmate of the establishment and whose death resulted from general paralysis.


Distance travelled 7 miles

Car of deceased & burying him ₤0.10.0

Held on view of the body of George WAUGH 19 January 1877 in the townland of Tammenally, Parish of Emetri, Barony of Dartry.

Letitia [De.el?]l. Deposed that on Tuesday night last deceased came here and begged for Gods sake to let him stop for the night to which we consented, the night being extremely severe. We learned his name afterwards to be George WAUGH from Ashfield. He has been very poorly since he came so much so that my husband got a visiting ticket for Dr.R. MOORE of Rockcorry to come and see deceased which he did and told us when leading the deceased would last no time. He died the next morning.

Verdict. Died morning of 17 January 1877 from natural causes, arrising from the extreme severity of the weather.




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