Inquests from the Sherborne and Yeovil Mercury

31/01/1791	
We hear that Mr Ball of Williton near Watchet, coroner 
for the Western division of Somerset has taken four inquests 
within this month, viz. On Robert Yeandall of Wellington , 
found dead - verdict, visitation of God. Hannah Westlake, 
of Fitzhead, who drowned herself in a fit of lunacy; Thomas 
Cooksley, of Wiveliscombe, supposed to have received a violent 
blow from his son, but Mr L. an eminent surgeon, who attended 
him, declared his death to be occasioned by an inflammation 
in the bladder - verdict, natural death. - And William 
Westlake, of West Monkton, who was found suffocated in a 
small pond. - verdict Accidental Death.

06/06/1791	
Saturday se'nnight 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 that neighbourhood.
Tuesday last an inquest was taken at Staplegrove, near Taunton, 
by Mr Ball, one of the coroners for Somerset, on the body of a 
child about a quarter old. Henry Durk the father said, he and 
his wife had been drinking all night at a public house, called 
the Fighting Cocks, near Taunton. On their return about midnight 
they went to be with the deceased. In the morning the child, 
when they awoke was quite dead. The jury were unanimously of 
opinion both father and mother (by their own evidence) were 
in liquor, and lay on the infant; but as no marks of violence 
appeared, the verdict was "by the visitation of God". Durk 
sincerely hopes it will be a warning to parents, in case of 
intoxication, that a similar accident may not happen.

20/06/1791	
Saturday se'nnight, the coroner's inquest sat on the body of 
Jacob Killen, a labourer of Widcombe, who the preceding day 
cut his throat, and ripped up his belly with a knife, so that 
he instantly died. He had been some time in a state of melancholy, 
and the jury's verdict was lunacy.
Within a few days, in this neighbourhood, no less than three 
inquisitions have been taken by Mr Ball of Williton, one of the 
coroners for Somerset. 
The 5th instant as one Charles Farrant was crossing Enmoor 
Park, in the parish of Enmoor, he saw some boys near a pond 
of water there and went towards them; on looking into the water 
he perceived something resembling the foot of an infant; he went 
directly to a hedge and cut a stick, by which means he dragged 
it to land; on examining it he found it really a male infant child 
wrapped up in a check apron; its head beat and mangled in a manner 
too shocking to relate; round the body was fastened a brick, tied 
by a large jack cord 12 different times round the deceased. Slight 
suspicion fell on one Elizabeth Squires, in the neighbourhood. 
Elizabeth Gunningham at the inquest said, she knew Squires five 
weeks since bore the appearance of being with child, but at present 
she did not, which was all she knew. Elizabeth Hartley, Jane Sealey, 
Mary Coles, Elizabet Bennet and Grace Haste gave evidence to the 
same effect. As no positive evidence was given against Squires, 
she was not apprehended…Verdict, wilful murder against some person 
or persons unknown.
The 11th instant an inquisition was taken by the same coroner on 
the body of Robert Warren, a farmer's son, about three years of 
age, found drowned or suffocated in a pond at North Petherton…
verdict accidental death.
And the 13th another inquisition was taken on the body of one 
….. …… of Charlinch, killed by a putt loaded with stones going 
over him; he languished about 24 hours, in great agonies, and 
then expired…verdict, accidental death.  

27/06/1791	
John Edmonds age 15 gunn accident. Only son of Samuel Edmonds 
butcher of South Petherton.  

04/07/1791	
The 20th ult. an inquest was taken at Taunton, Somerset by 
Mr Ball, coroner of the western division of that county, on 
the body of one Henry Knight. At first it was supposed that 
his death was occasioned by a violent blow on his right side, 
by the stem of a pick he had received from his late master, 
John Rodber, who keeps the Nag's Head , in that town, but a 
little before his death. Mr Welsh, a most eminent surgeon, who 
attended the deceased, declared the occasion of Knight's death, 
he verily believed to be an inflammation on the lungs - Verdict 
visitation of God.
The 25th ult. another inquest was taken at Exford in the said 
county on the body of Elizabeth Wyburn who poisoned herself. 
Mary Bradford, on the inquest said, she was sent for by the 
master of the deceased, to attend the deceased; on her entering 
the room the deceased had violent vomitings; on her looking in 
the window she saw a pot, and supposing it to be poison charged 
her with it. She said "I have done what I ought to do". 
Immediately, Mr Chorley, an able surgeon of Dunster, was 
called in and said she had every symptom of being poisoned; 
he patiently waited on her for about five hours till her 
departure, giving her every necessary preparation in this 
distressing malady, but in vain. Mr Chorley, on examining 
the aforesaid pot found arsenick had been in it and she 
declared in her dying moments, no one was an accomplice in her 
taking it, and that she had really taken half a table spoonful. 
Verdict lunacy.
And on Tuesday the 28th ult. another inquest was taken at 
Sampford Arundel, in the same county, on the body of William 
Austin, a child about 2 years and a half old, killed by the 
wheel of a road waggon belonging to Mr James Parsons of 
Taunton carrier. Mary Roberts of Chachford, in the county of 
Devon, said she was with the waggon, Saturday last, passing a 
place in the turnpike road called Beam Bridge; leading from 
Cullompton to Wellington, and met a Bristol coach. The waggoner 
drew in, and turned on the left side, looking round observed the 
deceased, and his brother a lad about four years of age, near the 
bank of the hedge in the said highway; on her again looking around 
to see if the children were safe, she saw the youngest, who 
appeared to be between the spokes of the wheel, and called to 
the waggoner who immediately stopped his waggon, but too late; 
the child languished about a quarter of an hour, and then 
expired. The other child is much injured, and it is supposed 
cannot recover.   

25/07/1791	
Friday se'nnight, one John Daniel, who was intoxicated 
went to the house of Mr Woolcott who keeps the Rose and 
Crown in Crewkerne, and some dispute ensuing, he struck 
the landlord a violent blow with a can which considerably
hurt him; and John Goodding who happened to be present, 
attempting to interfere, he struck him violently several 
times with his fist as to occasion his death. He has left 
a wife and six children. The coroners inquest have since sat 
on the body, and brought Daniel guilty of manslaughter.
The 11th inst. Mr Layng, one of the coroners for the county 
of Somerset, took an inquistion on the body of Mrs Wilkinson, 
of the Globe Inn, Wells, who was found the day preceding with 
her throat cut in a shocking manner. Verdict lunacy.   

15/08/1791	
John Daniel, the man whom the coroners inquest have found 
guilty of manslaughter in killing John Godding at the Rose 
and Crown at Crewkerne has surrendered himself and is now in 
Ivelchester gaol. Of course he will take his trial at the ensuing 
assizes - fined 6d and imprisoned for 6 months.

26/08/1791	
Thomas Lewis wheelwright to Mr Stone corn factor of Bath 
crushed to death when chaise overturned.

19/09/1791	
Mr Ball, one of the Coroners for Somerset has lately taken 
the following inquisitions: One on the body of Mary Rose of 
Ashbrittle, who hanged herself . Verdict Lunacy. A second on 
the body of a lad whose name was Ezekiel Grey of Taunton, who 
was accidentally drowned by getting out of his depth when he 
was bathing in the river Tone. And a third on the body of 
George Rawle of Porlock, who fell out of a boat and was drowned.   

31/10/1791	
Thomas Piner footman age 22 threw himself from window at Bath.

21/11/1791	
Robert Anstey gardener Milborne Port found dead in field at 
Purse Caundle, thought to have missed his way and died due to 
inclemency of weather.

28/11/1791	
Mr Bowden of Mark murdered mother while drunk.

12/12/1791	
Wednesday se'nnight Mr George Stocker, an eminent farmer at 
Whitchurch, in the county of Somerset, dropped down at his 
own door, and expired in about five minutes. Wednesday se'nnight 
as one Peter Dore, a journeyman dyer, was walking up Broad 
Street, Bristol, apparently in perfect health, an internal 
blood vessel suddenly broke, and so violent was the discharge 
of blood, that in about ten minutes he died.
Sunday se'nnight a poor man was found dead on the Marsh Common 
leading to the new passage Bristol: It is supposed he perished 
through the inclemency of the weather on Saturday night.
Monday night about six o'clock as a boat belonging to Mr Tudor, 
one of the Pill pilots, was putting off from the Gibb-slip, 
Bristol, to go down the river, the violence of the current 
drove her between two vessels, where she overset and out of 
eight persons who were on board, only four were saved.
The 3d instant a poor man whose name was Waller was killed by 
the inclemency of the weather, near Kilmersdon, Somerset. He 
has left a wife and six children and his wife is now pregnant 
with the seventh.