Term used in a coroner’s verdict to explain an unexplained death
The Hampshire coroner’s records were all destroyed which means that no
official records exist. The best remaining source is from local newspaper reports though not every inquest and verdict was reported. When reported the content varied from very brief to quite detailed. Examples of the brief ones follow.
His death was reported in Hampshire Advertiser 28 March 1840. He was a labourer aged 49 living in Broad Street, Point, Portsmouth. Evidence from his wife at the inquest on 24 March said he suffered chest pains. She went to a nearby druggist for medicine but found him dead when she returned. The coroner Thomas MARTELL gave his verdict that he died by Visitation of God. He was buried in Portsmouth St Thomas on 29 March.
Southampton and New Forest inquests
Reported in Hampshire Advertiser on 11 April 1840 were three similar verdicts given by coroner Mr. TODD. An illegitimate child aged 3 named William TOBY died at Eling. Cause of death was mortification of the bowel and he was buried at Eling on 3 April. His mother was Adelaide Eliza Augusta TOBY and he was baptized William Henry Oliver TOBY on 11 July 1836 in Eling. Elizabeth COUSINS was found dead in her master’s kitchen at Bishopstoke. John COLLINS 11 years old was found dead in his bed at Minesteed. Both verdicts were Visitation of God. Elizabeth COUSINS aged 50 was buried in Bishopstoke on 6 April. John COLLINS was buried in Minstead on 5 April.
Visitation of God verdict again
Reported in the same paper on 18 April 1840 the same verdict was returned three times by the same coroner. At Timsbury 3 month old Henry FIGGINS was found dead in bed. At Shidfield in Droxford parish 9 years old Olive STRUGNELL died from disease of the heart. In Fawley widow Mary TAYLOR died suddenly after eating a hearty supper. Olive was buried on 17 April in Shedfield. Mary aged 67 was buried on 19 April in Dibden. More details with a different verdict was reported at the inquest on William HALL held in the Winchester parish of St Maurice. He was a porter at the waggon office of Smith and Dawes and died from injuries falling off a ladder. This verdict was accidental death. William HILL aged 27 was buried in Winchester St Maurice on 14 April. Possibly the newspaper had misprinted the name.
HGS Research Centre
Winchester Independent Register – RG4-726
The registers for the Independent Chapel start in 1716 and many entries contain useful details. The spelling of the names written here are exactly as they were written into the register. Different ministers conducting the baptisms decided to record different items of information in addition to the dates and names.
Over Wallop village booklet now available
Over Wallop, once also known as Upper Wallop, (VB097) is located west of the A343 with the B3084 running through the Wallop valley from south-east to north-west. The Wallop Brook rises in the parish and flows south-east. The hamlet of Palestine is in the north
Stratfield Saye village booklet now available
Stratfield Saye village booklet Stratfield Saye (VB096) is located west of the A33 with the Berkshire county border along the Roman road to Silchester forming the parish boundary to the north. Originally the parish included Beech Hill in Berkshire until 1868 when that hamlet became a civil and ecclesiastical parish.
Don’t Always Believe It Update
Duplicate entries in parish registers Resulting from an enquiry recently received in the Research Center a very good example of duplicate entries in registers was found in Nutley and Preston Candover.
Poor Law Union Gazette – 1
Poor Law Union Gazette – 1 Newspapers are a very good source of information on some of our ancestors but they rarely give such detailed information on individuals as that found in the Poor Law Union Gazette.