Williams, Elizabeth – 1882

Goytrey Sad Death – 18th February 1882 Monmouthshire County Observer

On Wednesday morning an inquest was held at Penwern Cottage Goytrey, before E D Batt Esq., coroner and a jury composed of the following gentleman:-

Messrs A R Garrett (foreman) John Jones, David Evans, William Wilks, Robert Feltham, – Watkins, James Ralph, Isaac Wilks, Thomas Reece, George Gwatkin, John Price and William Evans, touching the death of Elizabeth Williams aged fifty, which took place on Saturday last under distressing circumstances.

The only witness called was James Jenkins, brother of deceased who deposed that he saw her alive on Saturday morning before he went to work.

When he came home in the evening he found she was out, but thinking she had gone to pay a visit to one of her brothers, did not go in search of her till it became dark; he then became uneasy and went in search of her, but did not find her until Sunday morning when he discovered her death in a brook.

She had been in a weak state of health some time and under medical treatment. She was seen going from home by her neighbours between twelve and one on Saturday.

The jury were unanimously of opinion that deceased must have wandered through a wood near her home and by trying to cross the brook into a field, fell in, and by falling struck her head against a stone and became stunned.

The jury returned a verdict of “Found Drowned.”

Deceased had been in the habit of going into this wood for a few dried sticks.


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