Thursday, April 29, 2010

Inquest Records Book #1, March 1877-Dec 1886

Page 41.  Inquest was held on the body of Andrew Newton, age 11 years, 11 months, on 16 Oct 1880, found dead in the 4th Ward. The verdict is that his death was caused by hemoragy (sic) of the brain, which affected by congestive chill (congestive fever). Jurors were W. A. Johnson, Martin Roberts, Joseph Peterson, George Crawford, Felician Andrew and J. F. Mojonnier, Coroner.

Page 42.  Inquest was held on a body found in the Mississippi River in front of the Catholic Church, 1st Ward, right bank of the river, on 20 Apr 1880. The verdict is that the body found was a male and had been in the river 4 or 5 months. No marks of violence were discovered, the body was much decayed. The jurors suppose he was a colored man about the age between 25 or 50 and cause of death was drowning. Jurors were L. Gorton, M. Walter, Geo. Stacy, Pier Warfield, John Dent, D. R. Lewis, and Coy Clinton, Justice of the Peace, Acting Coroner.

Page 43.  Inquest was held on the body of Joseph Adams found dead near A. Trousclare, on 13 June 1880. The man had apparently been traveling one or two days. The body was in a nude state and nothing was found upon the body that would lead to his identity, no marks of violence were discovered. He was evidently a white man between 45 and 51. The verdict is that cause of death is by thunder struck. Jurors were James Peterson, Virsice Trousclare, Clairville Champagne, Flavius Jacob, Ovide Champagne, and Coy Clinton, Acting Coronor, 1st Ward Justice of the Peace. (The record does give his name, perhaps it was learned at a later date)

Page 44.  Inquest was held on the body of George Taylor, lying dead in the Public Road of Freetown, on 30 Dec 1880, before Coy Clinton, 1st Ward Justice of the Peace. Jurors Verdict was that on Tuesday night, 28 Dec 1880, the deceased came to his death being frozen to death under the influence of liquors. Jurors were Wash. Taylor, Handy Washington, C. A. Bourgeois, Robert Diendonnie and Coy Clinton, Acting Coroner.

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