Coroners Court records

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kenbaugh
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i came across a sad event as recorded on my GGGF's death certificate Benjamin BAUGH He died 27/3/1846 aged 41. Cause of death "Accidentally burned to death in his own coal pit". The informant was Joseph DICKENS, Coroner Wellington and it was registered 30/9/1846. I presume this was following an inquest. Does our record office have Coroners Court records and for this period? I have written to them and await a response. What newspaper might have reported this sad event? Any other suggestions by fellow members as to where I could get more information. ("His own coal pit"- interesting?)

Michael J Hulme
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Hello Ken

Several years ago the Shropshire FHS compiled an index to the Shropshire Quarter Sessions (which included Coroner's Inquests) for the period 1831-1920 and this is available on CD from the society.  See 'Shop' on this web site then Publications.

Your Benjamin BAUGH is indexed in 1846 June Quarter Ref: QR403 Item 125.  You can see this at Shropshire Archives but it probably won't tell you much more than you know at present.

Interestingly the index also seems to show your Benjamin BAUGH as a Juror at an Inquest in 1845 June Quarter QR398 Item 292 Ext. 06.  This document should provide you with a copy of his signature provided he could sign his name.

Records of Coroner's Inquests are few and far between but it is always worth asking.  Your best source of information is always going to be the local newspapers.  I don't think the Wellington Journal is available as early as 1846 so you will probably need to look at one of the Shrewsbury newspapers available at Shropshire Archives.  Because you have exact dates it should be fairly easy to search the newspapers which unfortunately aren't online at present.

Mentioning dates, are you sure you have quoted the date of death and date of registration correctly?  At that time it was most unlikely the two dates were more than a few days apart.

Mike

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Hi Ken,

This may be a complete red herring, but possibly worth knowing as it mentions the word Miner and the name Benjamin BAUGH. I took a look at Newspapers on the subscription website FindMyPast for Benjamin BAUGH, searching on Shropshire 1800-1850. I didn't find any record of the inquest, but did find an article from the Salopian Journal dated 18 November 1835. It is a Notice from The Court for Relief of Insolvent Debtors to be held in Shrewsbury on 10th December. One of the "cases" to be heard was against Richard RIGBY, formerly of Oldbury, a Miner, and late of Dudley Port, near Tipton who was in Partnership at the last named place (Tipton) with Benjamin BAUGH.

The same notice also appeared in the Wolverhampton Chronicle and Staffordshire Advertiser on the same day.

Regards

Phil

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Dear Mike

Many apologies for not responding to your post. For some reason I was not sent any notification that you had replied to my enquiry and not having logged in for a while, didn't know your reply was there. Thank you for taking an interest in my enquiry.

I am following up all your useful points. Thank you for those. Yes, I cannot think now where I got the coroners report date. It must be wrong. Inquests are generally held at or near to date of death. ( the printed wording says " on view of the body of xxxxxxxx now here lying dead"!)

Regards    

Ken Baugh

kenbaugh
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Dear Mike

Follow up to this mornings post.

I got the date 30/9/1846 from the death certificate. Date of death 27/3/1846

Date of registration 30/9/1846

Informant Joseph Dickens Coroner          

Was he just a bit slow in completing the formalities?           

Ken Baugh

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Dear Phil

Many apologies for not responding to your post. For some reason I was not sent any notification that you had replied to my enquiry and not having logged in for a while, didn't know your reply was there. Thank you for taking an interest in my enquiry.

thank you for your extra information. Just out of interest, there are at least 2 Benjamin Baugh's in the equation, father and son. However, yours is interesting information and I must look further.        

Best wishes

Ken Baugh

kenbaugh
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Dear anybody?

I don't quite "get" this site. How do I send a message to a specific person without contact details? If all exchanges go through here, is there any mechanism to alert questioners of posts or answers.

Michael J Hulme
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Hello Ken

First point, for your information and that of all other users is that there is no facility on this message forum to automatically notify you when there has been a response to one of your posts.  You need to keep checking back.  It is something I am not happy with but we are stuck with it for the time being.

If you wish to contact another poster please ask and one of the admin team will contact the other person direct and give them your email address so you can exchange message off list.

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