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Names included: Sarah AGNEW; Mr. SWEENEY; Peter McCABE; Mary McCABE (two inquests); Owen KEENAN; Frances KELLY; Eliza SMITH; Patrick McCAUL; William HEIL; Mary McKERNEY; William Andrew PATTERSON; Dr. IRWIN; James FOY; Robert COULTER; John LAWLOR; Susan McPHILLIPS; [Jemmy?] McKERNAN; Mary REILLY; Catherine SHERRY; Mary McGUINESS; Margaret MORRIS; Anne PLUNKETT; Ellen McGINLIN; Constable McDONALD; Moses GRIMES; Dr. REED; Mary SUMERILL; John SUMERILL; Dr. Robert REED; Mary McKENNA; Mary Jane SWAN.
Sharon Oddie Brown. October 11, 2006

 

CORONER’S CASEBOOK OF ROBERT HAMILTON REED (REID)

Pages 27-31

 

Inquiry No 6-18

On this 23 David January 1877 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Sarah AGNEW aged 23 years for two months an inmate of said asylum. Whose death resulted from exhaustion from epilepsy.

17-1202

Distance travelled – to Ballybay & Topaz 5 Miles

[Paid?] Car near [Battiltown?] a dreadful evening Mr. SWEENEY in Dublin 6.6

Held on view of the body of Peter McCABE 31 January 1877 in the townland of Anicker [AKA Aghmakerr], Parish of Aughnamullen, Barony of Cremore.

Mary McCABE. Wife of deceased. Deposed that he was 70 years of age and who till within the past few months was in good health both in mind and body. But during the past three months was very melancholy -- sometimes threatened to drown himself.

On Monday even last between six and seven o'clock we missed him for found it necessary to watch him lest he would due himself some harm. We proceeded at once to search for him but that even in vain. But next some of those in search when near to Brackley Lake saw his hat on the lake edge and ongoing closer saw the body about 6 yards out from the shore. He was got out but then dead and that for hours.

Owen KEENAN. Deposed that on Monday night a son of deceased told me that his father was missing, being then late I started early next morn. I started early to look for him and when passing Brackley Lough I observed his hat on the bank and his body in the water about 6 yards in from the bank. On this I sent words to the police who are shortly in attendance and with whose help the body was got out and either taken place some hours previous.

Verdict. Death on Monday night 29 January 1877 from suffocation by drowning the same being his own voluntary act whilst in the state of temporary insanity. Age 70 years.

18-1203

Distance travelled 18 Miles

Care of burying deceased  & 2 witnesses – in all 15.0

Held on view of the body of Mary McCABE to February 1877 in the townland of Mullen Parish of Donagh, Barony of Trough.

Frances KELLY. Deposed to having known deceased. She often stopped with me though no relative. She was over 70 years of age supported by the charity of neighbours. Had seen better times. When leaving my home yesterday morn she appeared in as good health as usual.

Eliza SMITH. Deposed. Deceased was a stranger to her. Saw her yesterday morn for a few minutes. Afterwards later in the day, I went to the shop on business and on my return found her in my house and hearing her ask for something warm I gave her a little warm tea which seemed to revive her little and immediately after she exclaimed “my heart my heart” and was dropping off the [] she sat on. When to prevent her falling I supported to her and while so supported she departed life.

Inquiry No 19 ₤1.0.0

On the first of February 1877 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Patrick McCAUL for more than six years an inmate of that establishment and whose death resulted from consumption.

19-1204 Distance travelled 13 miles

Fee: Dr. IRWIN ₤1.2.0

Held on view of the body of William HEIL 5 February 1877 in the townland of Killygrallen, Parish Tedavnet, Barony Monaghan.

Mary McKERNEY. Deposeth was sister to deceased aged about 55 years and in excellent health attending to his business before going to his bed Saturday night, he thrashed corn till after 11 o'clock that so there might be fodder or for the cow on the Sabbath. Not rising at his usual hour, I went next morn to call him when I found him dead and cold. Everything about the bed showed that he had gone off in his sleep.

Wm Andrew PATTERSON. Deposed being long acquainted with deceased. Late on Saturday night he was in my host to a late hour leaving a little after 10 o'clock chatting and laughing. He spent the time with me.

Dr. IRWIN. Deposed from the evidence heard and the appearance of the body I consider his death as a result of heart disease.

Verdict. Deaths on the night of Saturday 3 September 1877 from heart disease.

1-1204

Inquiry No 1 ₤1.0.0

On this 12 day of February 18 707I attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of James FOY for upwards of seven years (October 2, 1869 to this 12 February 1877) an inmate of said asylum and whose death resulted from consumption.

Inquiry No 2 ₤1.0.0

On this 17th day of February 18 707I attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the cause of death of Robert COULTER aged 32 years, nearly 6 ½ years an inmate of said establishment and whose death arose from exhaustion from epilepsy with bronchitis.

Inquiry No 3 ₤1.0.0

On this 26 February 1877 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of John LAWLOR aged 37 years for about one year an inmate of said asylum and that said LAWLOR’s death arose from consumption.

Inquiry No 4 ₤1.0.0

On this 26 February 1877 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Susan McPHILLIPS aged 80 years an inmate of said asylum since November 26, 1877 and that her death was the result of general debility.

Inquiry No 5 ₤1.0.0

On the 26 February 1877 I attended at Monaghan Asylum to acquire into the death of [Jemmy?] McKERNAN aged 55 years whose death resulted from consumption.

Inquiry No 6 ₤1.0.0

On this six March 1877 I attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Mary REILLY whose death was result of paralysis from which he suffered for the previous eight days.

1-1205

Distance travelled 13 miles

Held on view of the body of Catherine SHERRY 21 March 1877 in the townland of Killymarran, Parish of Tedavnet, Barony Monaghan.

Mary McGUINESS. Deposed. On Monday 19th in the evening I was down seeing deceased a very aged relative (about 90 years). When leaving told her I would be down again to see her as she lived all alone in her house. Again I was with her near 11:00 p.m. and after seeing her all right for the night. Early next morn by a neighbour girl I heard word brought me that deceased was dead which greatly surprised me as it was but a few hours then from I had left her without any appearance of being soon in death.

Margaret MORRIS. Deposed. That on yesterday morn currently I went to deceased door and called inquiring how she was, but receiving no answer I repeated my call again and again but receiving no answer I got my Father to go in and see which he did and found her quite dead.

Verdict. Death on morn of Tuesday 20 March 1877 from old age and infirmity.

Inquiry No 7 ₤1.0.0

On this 21 March 1877 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Anne PLUNKETT age 31 years nearly 5 years an inmate -- whose death arose from consumption.

Inquiry No 8 ₤1.0.0

On the 21 March 1877 I attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Ellen McGINLIN age 27 years whose death was caused by a nervous exhaustion. She was an inmate for about nine months.

Inquiry No 9. ₤1.0.0

Fee to Dr. REED ₤1.0.0

On learning through Police Constable McDONALD of the sudden death of Moses GRIMES of Drumhilla. On 27 March 1877 I attended by said Constable attended for the purpose of making the necessary Inquisition but finding the body was interred I made strict inquiries of the family and also of Dr. REED what I learned that though his death was being sudden it arose from a throwing off of blood from which he had been suffering for a length of time passed and which at last was so violent as to cut him off. From all of which I considered a careful inquiry all I was required to do.

2-1206

Distance travelled 4 miles

Fee to Dr. REED ₤1.0.0

Held on view of the body of Mary SUMERILL 26 March 1877 in the townland of Banaghbane, Parish Kilmore, Barony Monaghan.

John SUMERILL. Deposeth that's on Saturday last deceased was in her usual health. In the evening I saw her feeding a young calf. Suddenly I observed unusual moment of her person on which I ran to her and as she appeared likely to fall, caught her in my arms and placed her where she would get fresh air. Assistance was given me by my brother, but twas all in vain as she neither spoke or moved from she first took ill.

Dr. Robert REED. Deposed to having examined body of deceased from which and from the evidence now educed considered the death of deceased to having resulted from the bursting of [anerish?] of the aorta.

Verdict. Death of deceased on 24 March 1877 from disease of the heart.

Inquiry No 10 ₤1.0.0

On this 28 March 1877 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Mary McKENNA age 31 years. For one year an inmate of said asylum whose death from exhaustion [&] from melancholy.

Inquiry No 11 ₤1.0.0

On this 29 March 1877 attended at Monaghan Asylum to inquire into the death of Emily Jane SWAN age 33 years whose illness was comprised within six months previous to her decease and which terminated in consumption.

 

 

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