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1804-1862
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Ct.QS May Session 1804
    “An Inquisition indented, taken at the plantation of Alexander Munteer, in The Township of Irwin & County aforesaid [now Venango Co.] the twenty second day of April in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred & four, before me Alexander McDowell one of the Justices of the peace in and for the county aforesaid, upon the view of the body of Alexander Munteer, then & there lying Dead, upon the oaths of Samuel Dale [signed Saml. Dale Jnr.], Abraham Selders [signed A Selder], George Power, Marcus Huling [signed Marcus Hulings], Saml. Huling [signed Saml. Hulings], Thomas Huling [signed Thos Hulings], William Broadfoot, David Brown, William Bowles [signed with his mark], John Blood, Robert Grimes [signed Robert Graham], & John Morison [signed John Morrison], who say upon their Oath, that upon the examination of [torn] it appeared to them that on the night of the 21st Inst. the aforsaid Alexr Munteer being Intoxicated with Liquor, & on the road to his own house, being unwilling & unable to proceed, & refusing the assis-tances of his Wife & Son Thomas, was left laying by the way, & on the following morning was found Dead, apparently suffocated by laying in an improper position, And so the jurors aforesaid upon their oaths aforesaid, say that the aforesaid Alexander Munteer, from the cause aforesaid, in manner & form aforesaid, came to his Death & not otherwise, In witness whereof we have hereunto set our names the day & date above mentioned.” Filed 10 May 1804, copy delivered to Coroner.

Ct.QS November Session 1804
    Inquest held 7 May 1804 before Thomas McKee, “for want of a coroner,” re “a man found floating on the Alleghany River on the sixth day of May instant,” with jurors Dennis Purcell, Thomas Wilson, Benjn. Williams, William Dickson, Wm. McKee, John Phipps, Jno. Witherup, Samuel Doty, Aaron Kester[?], Samuel Eakin, Benj. Williams, Thomas Wilson, Jess Doty, Jesse Williams, and Dennis Purcell, who “give it in our Oppinion that the Person whose Body we have examined was drowned in Sd. River … N.B. we whose names are hereunto An[n]exed believe the Body above mentioned to be the Body of John McElhevy”; signed Dennis Purcell, Thomas Wilson, Benjn. Williams.

Ct.QS November Session 1804
    Inquest held at McDowells Mill 21 Aug. 1804 before Alexander McDowell, J.P., re Noah Ridgeway then and there lying dead, with jurors George Fowler [signed G. Fowler], Abraham Selder, Martin Creigher, Marcus Hulings Senr., Andrew Campbell, Nathl. Hays, Alexander Fowler, Richard Hughs [signed R. Hughes], Thomas Hulings, Willm. Broadfoot, Marcus Hulings Jnr., David Brown, Paul Saunders, and Robt. Huston, who find “that not having God before his eyes, but being sedused & moved by the instigation of the Devil at or near the McDowells Mill as aforesaid, on a certain Fence at or near McDowells Mill as aforesaid, the said Noah Ridgeway, being then and their alone, with a certain silk Handkerchief, which he then and their had & held in his hands and one end thereof then and their put about his neck, & the other end thereof tied about a stake of the aforesaid Fence himself then & there with the Handkerchief aforesaid, Voluntarily and feloniously, & of his malice aforethought, hanged and suffocated, & … that the said Noah Ridgway then & there in manner & form aforesaid as a felon of himself feloniously Voluntarily and of his Malice aforethought, himself killed strangled, and murdered, against the peace of this Commonwealth.” Filed 6 Nov. 1804.

Inquest held [near Saegertown] 22 Feb. 1807 re Andrew Eager:  see CCG 2(1979):2.

Ct.QS December Session 1807
    Inquest held at James Limber’s house, Venango Twp., 25 Dec. 1807 before Mr. Patrick McGill, Coroner, re James Limber, then and there lying dead, with jurors William Gill, George Long, James Long [signed James Long Jur], Samuel Blair, Arthur McGill Jur., Arthur McGill Senr, John Glenn, Henry Minnium [signed Henrich Minion], Jacob Flock, Hugh Louge [signed Hugh Logue], John Hickernell, Robert Gill, Henry McGill, Dougle Galleher [signed Double Gallagher], James Consel [signed James Counsil], Eber Lewis, Adam Brookhouzer [signed Adam Brookhouser], Henry Minium [signed Henrich Miniam], John Rogers, Michael Dell [signed Michaell Dill], Jacob Brookhouser, Matheas Floch, and Jideah[?] Freeman [signed Judiah Freeman], who find “that the said James Limber on the twenty fifth day of December in the year aforesaid at Venango Township and in the County aforesaid going into a Canoe in French Creek to cross over the same Creek it so happened, that accidentally, casually and by misfortune he the said James Limber fell out of the canoe into the creek water and was then and there suffocated and drowned, of which said suffocation and drowning he … then & there instantly died.”

Inquest held in Coniott [Conneaut] Twp. 27 April 1820 re Friend Hall:  see CCG 2(1979):2.

Inquest held in Sadsbury Twp. 2 July 1820 re Adam Luper:  see CCG 2(1979):2-3.

Orphans Ct. Dk. A:  139 (sale of real estate of George Adam Lupfer to Jacob Trace, being 57 acres 30 perches in Sadsbury Twp., confirmed 12 Nov. 1821).
Inquest held [at Meadville?] 10 Oct. 1822 re John Kayao:  see CCG 2(1979):3.

Inquest held in Coniott Twp. 24 March 1823 re Welcome Hall:  see CCG 2(1979):3.

Inquest held in Oilcreek Twp. 4 April 1823 re Daniel Carlin:  see CCG 2(1979):3.

Inquest held in Conniautt Twp. 30 April 1823 re Thomas Crocket:  see CCG 2(1979):3.

Orphans Ct. Dk. A:  324 (Joseph Garwood, Jr., appointed guardian of Patty and Thomas Crocket, minor children above the age of 14 of Thomas Crockett, deceased, late of Conneaut Twp., 10 Aug. 1835; his surety was James McDowell), A:  329 (Aug. Term 1835, petition of Joseph Garwood, guardian, for sale of real estate, “setting forth that the said Thomas died on or about the year A.D. 1823 leaving a widow, Hester, and issue nine children, viz:  Mary, married to Luman Lawrence; Jane, married to Samuel Garwood 2d; Nancy, married to William Graham; Hester, married to Joseph Garwood, and Sophia M. Crocket; Margaret, married to Judah Warner; William Crocket; Patty Ann Crocket & Thomas Crocket, and seized as tenant in common with James McDowell of … one hundred acres articled for with H. J. Huidekoper on the 21st Dec. 1818”; granted, sale confirmed 14 Nov. 1835).
Inquest held at Meadville 21 Oct. 1823 re Francis Carr:  see CCG 2(1979):3-4.

Inquest held in Coniott [Conneaut] Twp. 3 Jan. 1825 re David Yeomans:  see CCG 2(1979):4.

Ct.QS February Session 1829
    Inquest of jurors [signed] Peter Mattocks (his mark), Isaac Hazen, Robert Hood, Moses Findley, Jacob Rodes (his mark), Thomas Dumars, Robert Dumars, Jackson Gelvin, James Keem, James Mil[ler?—cut-off], Isaac Turner, and Adam H[—?], in the presence of [justices] Francis Porter and Moses Logan, “summoned to enquire concerning how James Brush came by his death on the seventh day of January [1829],” who “report that we do believe that he came to his death by willfully hanging himself.” Filed 11 Feb. 1829.
Crawford Messenger 15 Jan. 1829, p, 3, col. 1:  “A man by the name of Brush, said to have been in easy circumstances, closed his troubles as to this life, by hanging himself, last week, in Fallowfield township, in this county.”
Register’s Dk. A:  9, line 45, A:  150, line 41, and 1:  3:  letters of administration on the estate of James Brush, decd., issued 27 Jan. 1829 to William Brush; $800 bond filed with James Reed and Patrick Hanna as sureties; inventory and sale list filed 4 March 1829.

Orphans Ct. Dk. C:  277-78:  #13 Aug. Term 1850:  petition for partition of the real estate of James Brush who died on or about 1 Nov. 1828 [sic] leaving a widow, Isabella, “and seven children, viz:  Ana, who intermarried with John Reed, William, Joseph, Samuel, Robert, (Esther who intermarried with Jacob Swartz and leaving issue decd) and Rolland Brush.” See also Orphans Ct. Dk. B:  123 (Magdalene Brush estate).
Inquest held at Cambridge 5 March 1832 re Orin Wilcox:  see CCG 2(1979):4.
Court of Oyer & Terminor, April Session 1832:  Samuel Thomas, Jr., yeoman, and Edna Wilcox, widow of Orren Wilcox, late of said county, decd., charged jointly and separately with the murder (and being accessories to the murder) of Orren Wilcox, by mixing poison, namely arsenic, in certain spiritous liquors and in his tea, between 25 Dec. 1831 and 26 Feb. 1832, whereby he died 26 Feb. 1832 “of the said sickness and distemper thereby occationed”; witnesses were Dr. Grey, Dr. Burgess, Ira Thomas, Isaac Kelly, Elan Hutchison Jr., Jno Jarvis, Jas Hutchison, and Jno Hutchison; no indictments returned. Examination of Edna H Wilcox taken 5 March 1832:  “he [Orren] was taken away to gravel run by Mr Samuel Thomas Senr., he was there three weeks and two days … he lived after his return from old Mr Thomas’s near three weeks and died on Sunday the 26 Feby 1832.” Samuel Thomas Senior of Rockdale Twp. and Robert L Potter, Esq., had posted bail for defendant Samuel Thomas, Jr., 14 March 1832; John Willey of Bloomfield Twp., formerly of Erie County, was surety for defendant Edna Wilcox 17 March 1832.
Ct.QS August Session 1833
    Inquest held at Summerhill Twp. 6 Aug. 1833 before Alexr. Power, J.P., and James Meylur [elsewhere Myler], J.P., re a Female Infant [Gilliland] “found dead near the House of Jno. Fetterman in Summerhill Township,” then and there lying dead, with jurors William Power Jr, Frances Mcguire, Daniel Hammon, Edward Weaver, James Dart, M B Lowry, John Mimms, James Morgan, Daniel Hustis [signed Huestis], Horace Rundle [signed Rundel], William Hammon [signed Wicom Hammond], and Theodore M Power [signed T M Power], who “report that we believe the Child came to its death by the hands of Violence and Sufocation.” Bill of costs shows Doctor Wm J Mix and docr. John Nicholas examined the body. Testimony of the following witnesses filed:  John McDowell; Alexr. McDowell; Wm. Walker; M. B. Lowry; Doctr. Wm. J. Mix, “that the child in his opinion had Breathed in the natural air and that he believed the Child came to its Death by Sufocation and the want of attendance”; Doctr. John Nicholas, “that he Believed the Child had Respired and that it Came to its death by Suffocation and the want of attention”; James Fetterman Jr.; James Myler, Esqr., “She thought She would keep it a Secret and not bring disgrace on hir parents … She mentioned the name of the Childs father and Stated that he had no hand in advising her to put away the Child that they had never Spoken together on the Subject”; Mrs. Sarah Fetterman; John Bearfield; and Mrs. Uniss Lord.
Ibid.:  Nancy Gilliland spinster, then a single and unmarried woman, was indicted for murder and concealing the death of a female bastard child in Summerhill Twp. 31 July 1833, “that she the said Nancy Gilliland with both hands with certain dirt and bark and gravel and pith which the said Nancy Gilliland then and there had and held in both her hands, the mouth and throat of the said female bastard child … did stop up and fill and thereby the said female bastard child did then and there choak and strangle … and there instantly died”; scheduled witnesses were John McDowel, William Watkins, James Fetterman, M B Lowrey, James Myler Esq., John Bearfield, Alexr. McDowel, Freidom Lord, Eunice Lord, Lorat Fetterman, John Nichol[a]s, and John Fetterman. Examinatin of Nancy Gilliland of Summerhill Twp. taken before Alexr. Power, J.P., 6 Aug. 1833:  “She Says She Never Saw the Child living[;] when I had the Child I did not know I Must have Been out of my head & Remember of going out of Jno. Fettermans House But I do not Recollect when or how I Came For I did not know Where I had it untill I found it the Next Day, I found it a Little Below the House I Sat down Beside it I wept over it & then Caried it & Laid it Down By the fence I did Not Cover it, it was on Last Wednesdy Night I had the Child Just after night; No one Ever advised me to Conceal the Birth or Death of Said Child & I Never had any Intention of putting it out of the way & I Supposed the Child was Dead Sometime Before it was Born”; B. Berfield attests. Subpoenas dated 17 and 18 Sept. 1833 were issued to Alexr. Power, Esq., Dr. Edward Ellis, Dr. Daniel Bemus, Elizabeth Gowdy wife of Samuel Gowdy, and Fanny Wingard to testify on behalf of defendant.  Affidavit of Michael Wingard [signed Winger] of Summerhill Twp., ack. 12 Nov. 1833, states “that his wife Fanny Wingard is not able to come to town—she expects daily to be confined— … she lives about 13 or 14 miles from here.”

Crawford Messenger 23 Aug. 1833, p. 3, col. 1:  “We present to our readers an abstract of the proceedings of the late Court of Quarter Sessions which we regret to say has been fruitful in crime to a degree hitherto unparallelled in our peaceful community … There was also a bill found against twelve individuals charged with the murder of Charles Hickenbottom [Higgenbottom]; and one against Nancy Gilleland charged wtih the murder of her illigitimate [sic] child.”

Crawford Messenger 14 Feb. 1834, p. 3, col. 1 (acquited):  “THE COURT.–When our paper went to press but few cases had been disposed of. The case of Nancy Guilleland for the murder and concealment of an infant child, came up on Monday.–On Tuesday evening the jury returned a verdict of ‘Not Guilty.’  [¶]Ramsay, for Commonwealth. [¶]Messrs. Sill, Farrelly and Powers, for defendant.”
Ct.QS February Session 1836
    Inquest held at Randolph Twp. before James Porter, Coroner, re Elizabeth Cutshall then and there lying dead, with jurors Salmon S. Bates, Luke Hotchkiss, Abner Carpenter, Ezra Carpenter, John Davison, Ansel Hall, Archibald Stewart, D W Work[?], Andrew J. Stewart, Luther Wilder, Samuel Hall, and David L Hanks, who find “that on the Eighth Day of January one thousand Eight Hundred and thirty six and in the County Aforesaid in Randolph Township Was found Dead thath [sic] She Had No Marks of Voilolence Appearing on hir Body and Died By the Visitation of God in A Natural Way and Not Otherwise.” Bill of costs on cover shows “Mileage [to Court] twelve miles.”

Ct.QS April Session 1838
    Inquest held at the house of John McNamara at Evansburg [now Conneaut Lake] 18 March 1838 before John H Mattocks, Coroner, re Isaac Davis, “then and there lying dead near the said village aforesaid in Sadsbury Township,” with jurors William Woodruff (foreman), Chas. M. Yates, Philip Spencer, John McNamara, Franklin Stratton, J McFarland, James Dixon, J. R. Finley, Jared Freeland, N. S. Cummings, Jos. [or Jas.?] P. Cummings, and John T. Backenstose, who find “that the said Isaac Davis came to his death by poison by some person or persons unknown.” Filed 25 March 1838.
See CCG 2(1979):4-5.  Quarter Sessions records reveal the identities of the accused “girl and woman”:

Court of Oyer & Terminor, April Session 1838:  Rebeca Shellito, spinster, indicted for murder by mixing arsenic in milk drunk by Isaac Davis between 11 and 13 March 1838, “whereof he became sick and greatly distemperred and died in [Crawford] county” 13 March 1838; scheduled witnesses for the Commonwealth were Dr. Phillip Spencer, Dr. William Woodruff, Dr. Charles M Yeats [Yates], Israel Miller, Joseph Davis, Richard Adsit, John Mellon, Alexander Lindsey, Phebe Staley, John McNamara, Franklin Stratton, John Davis, and John H Mattocks.  The arrest warrant had been issued on oath of William Woodruff, and the defendant jailed 20 March 1838.  A subpoena was issued 6 April 1838 to Mary Davis, Rebecca Davis, Venere Davis, and Isaac Peterson to testify on behalf of defendant.

Court of Oyer & Terminor, April Session 1838:  Phoebe Staley alias Phoebe Grinnels alias Phoebe Loper spinster was indicted on the same charge as Rebecca Shellito; scheduled witnesses were Abdon Sutton, Mary Davis, Rebecca Jane Davis, Thomas Sutton, Isaac Peterson, Wm. Woodruff, C. M. Yates, Philip Spencer, John McNamara, Frank Stratton, Rebeca Shellito, Alexander Lindsey, Sarah Sutton, Isaac Williams, Venire Davis “not found,” John Mellon, James R. Finley, and John H. Mattocks.  The defendant had been jailed 21 March 1838 on a mitimus issued that day on oath of Thomas Sutton.  A subpoena was issued 12 April 1838 to M. A. Chandler, John McNamara, and Polly Hitchcock to testify on defendant’s behalf; bills of costs were filed for Robert Swails and Cathrine Swails as witnesses.

O.Ct. Dk. B:  100, 211 (administrators’ acccount).
Inquest held at Meadville 22 March 1838 re Archibald Christy:  see CCG 2(1979):5.

Inquest held in Fallowfield Twp. 23 Oct. 1838 re William Richardson:  see CCG 2(1979):5.

Ct.QS February Session 1840
    Inquest held at the house of Henry McGee in the Borough of Meadville 19 Feb. 1840 before Jno. H Mattocks, Coronor, re Simpson W. Montgomery then and there lying dead, with jurors Joseph Derickson, Roswel Sexton, Alfred Sergeant, Saml. Douds, Samuel Forker, Thomas Clemson, Benja. McNeal [signed Benj. McNeil], Richd Hope, Wm. Davis, Parsons Sexton [signed Person Sexton], Chas. M. Yates, and Isaac Myers, who find that “the One Simpson W. Montgomery late of the County of Crawford came to his by his Death by the Visitation of God.” Coroner’s statement of costs shows witnesses Benjamin Burwell, Henry McGee, and Frances McBride. Filed 21 Feb. 1840.
Crawford Statesman 21 Feb. 1840, p. 3, col. 3:  “SUDDEN DEATH.–Mr. S. W. Montgomery, a citizen of the western part of this county, died at Mr. Magee’s tavern in this borough, on last Tuesday night. We saw and conversed with him on the afternoon of that day, and are informed that he ate his supper and retired to bed in his usual health, but was found a corpse on Wednesday morning.”

Ct.QS #13 August Session 1840
    Inquest held at Sadsbury Twp. 25 July 1840 before William Porter, Coroner, re “a man appearantly about forty five years of age, laying dead near the Job of Riley & Power in the Township of Sadsbury,” and identified on the inquest cover as Patrick Collins, with jurors Morrow B. Lowry [signed M B Lowry], L. M. Chamberlain, Walter G. Perry, James Struthers, Benj Struthers, J G Brown, Denney Garwood, Eli Lily [signed Eli Livy(?)], Benjamin Brown, John B Rise, J. D. Easterwood, and Jacob L. Gilliland, who “report that he Came to his death in Consequence of Blows Inflicted on his Head, by means of a Bludgen of Wood or other Hard substance & after Hear[ing] the Testamny are of oppinion and that the said Blows was inflicted by the Hands [of] Jno. Serah & Catharine Welch in the Township of Sadsby on the afternoon of Friday the 24 day of July Inst.” Bill of costs show “Mileage 22 miles (circular).” Filed 28 July 1840.
Ibid. (Court of Oyer & Terminor):  Catharine Welsh [“Walsh” and “Walch” on bills of costs], married woman, indicted for the murder of Patrick Collins by beating him with a large wooden club, “of which said mortal wounds & bruises he the said Patrick Collins the same day … died”; scheduled witnesses were Morrow B. Lowry, Daniel McGee [written over “McKee”], Robert Morgan, John McGrath, Mrs. [Elizabeth, per bill of costs] Carlin, L. M. Chamberlain, Patrick Welsh Jr., Mrs. Consley, Mrs McCoy, and Mrs. Harriet Morgan. The arrest warrant had been issued to the constable of Spring Twp., and the defendant committed to the gaol [county jail] 25 July 1840.

Ct.QS #14 Aug. Session 1840:  John Sarey, yeoman, indicted for the murder of Patrick Collins by beating him with a large wooden club [same as above]; scheduled witnesses were Morrow B. Lowry, Daniel McKee, Patrick Welsh, Robert Morgan, Catharine Welsh, John McGrath, Mrs. Carlin, L. M. Chamberlain, Patrick Welsh Jr., Mrs. Consley, Mrs. Cath. Smith, Mrs. McCoy, James Morgan, and Mrs. Harriet Morgan.  (Attachment issued 11 Nov. 1840 to Mrs. McCoy, wife [of] James McCoy, for nonattendance; returned, sick.) Deft. was committed to the gaol 24 July 1840. Verdict:  guilty of second degree murder; sentenced to solitary confinement at hard labor in the State Penitentiary in Allegheny Co. for ten years, and pay $500 fine plus costs.

Inquest held in Mead Twp. 30 Nov. 1841 re Philip Spitler:  see CCG 2(1979):5.

Inquest held at Richmond Twp. 18 July 1842 re Robert King:  see CCG 2(1979):5-6.

Inquest held in Conneautt Twp. 24 Sept. 1843 re John Everden/Everdon;see CCG 2(1979):8.

Inquest held in Meadville 17 Nov. 1843 re William E. Burns:  see CCG 2(1979):8-9.

Inquest held in Woodcock Twp. 5 July 1844 re John Marlat/Marlatt;see CCG 2(1979):9.

Orphans Ct. Dk. C:  84 (inquest of partition):  petition of Jacob Leibensperger “setting forth that he has acquired the interest of Experience Marlat (intermarried with John Norton and heir at law to John Marlatt, decd.) to the undivided one-fourth part of [90 acres 147 perches in Holland Land Company Tract 158 in Woodcock Twp.]; that Joseph Housel, deceased, died seized in his demesne as of fee of the undivided two-fourths (or one-half) of said tract or messuage; and that Rebecca Jane, intermarried with John Hunter, and heir at law of the said John Marlat, deceased, is seized in her desmesne as of fee of the remaining undivided one fourth of said messuage”; inquest awarded 15 Feb. 1849.
Inquest held in Conneaut Twp. 15 Oct. 1844 re Levina Kelsey/Kelsy:  see CCG 2(1979):6.

Inquest held 26 May 1845 re Hopestill Elizabeth Jones:  see CCG 2(1979):6-8, 14.

Cf. Ct.QS #2 April Session 1848 (Hugh A. Calvin and David M. Calvin, physicians, and Robert Henry and Robert Logan, yeomen, indicted for digging up and carrying away a dead body, that of Thomas Rankin who had lately before then been interred, from the burying ground and grave yard in West Fallowfield Twp.), #4 Aug. Session 1858 ([Dr.] H. E. Hendryx, [Dr.] Reuben Worth, and James Stone, yeomen, indicted for exhuming a dead body, that of Henry Graves, from his grave in Athens Twp.).
Inquest held in Vernon Twp. 10 July 1845 re Cassel Smith:  see CCG 2(1979):8.

Inquest held [in Rome Twp.] 16 Sept. 1845 re Benjamin Wheathall:  see CCG 2(1979):9.

Inquest held at Woodcock Twp. 16 Oct. 1845 re Isaac Boyd:  see CCG 2(1979):9-10.

Inquest held in Sadsbury Twp. 9 Dec. 1846 re Michael Cunneen:  see CCG 2(1979):10.

Orphans Ct. Dk. B:  373 (Court revokes letters of administration granted to Wm Lockart in default of appearing and giving additional bond, 3 April 1848).
Inquest held in Sadsbury Twp. 30 Dec. 1846 re James B. Stanford:  see CCG 2(1979):10-11.

Inquest held in Mead Twp. 21 April 1849 re infant male child:  see CCG 2(1979):11.

Inquest held at Adamsville 9 June 1849 re infant [Ransom]:  see CCG 2(1979):11.

Court of Oyer & Terminor, #8 Aug. Session 1849:  Lucinda Ransom, single woman, indicted for 1) the murder of a male bastard child, to which she had secretly given birth, by choaking him with her hands, 2) murder by throwing him in a canal where he drowned, and 3) secretly giving birth to a male bastard child which by causes unknown died that day, which she attempted to conceal; witnesses were Samuel Gordon (prosecutor), J M Walker, Allen Wier, Dr White, D K Wier, and J F Parker.  Jury verdict:  not guilty on the 1st or 2nd charge, but guilty on the 3d; “we jointly pray the mercy of the court to the prisoner.” The arrest warrant had been issued 9 June 1849 “on information of Samuel Gordon and others after being appointed as an inquest for suspicion of murdering a young child found in the canal near Adamsville”; defendant was committed to jail 12 June 1849.  Sentence:  imprisonment in the county jail for the term of six months computed from 22 Nov. 1849 and pay $1 fine plus costs.

Ibid., #54 Aug. Session 1849:  William H. Meddaugh [or Meddough], yeoman, indicted for murder as an accessary before the fact and for attempting to conceal the death of the male bastard child born to Lucinda Ransom.  A second arrest warrant issued 14 Nov. 1849 was executed by committing the defendant to jail. William H. Meaddaugh/Meadow, defendant, filed a special plea 16 Nov. 1849, noting that Lucinda had been acquitted of murder charges.
Inquest held [in Sadsbury Twp.?] 16 July 1849 re Abiel Goodrich:  see CCG 2(1979):12.

Inquest held in Sadsbury Twp. 20 Aug. 1849 re James Connelly:  see CCG 2(1979):12.

Inquest held [in Rockdale Twp.?] 22 Sept. 1849 re John Webster:  see CCG 2(1979):12.

Orphans Ct. Dk. C:  272, #2 Nov. Term 1850:  guardianship petition filed by Jane Webster, widow and relict of John Webster, late of Venango Twp., who “died in September, 1849, leaving the following minor children, viz:  David Webster, aged 20; Solomon S., aged 19; Rachel Lucina, aged 17; Margaret Maria, aged 15 years; Mary Jane, aged 12; William D., aged 8; Edward Theodore, aged 5 years”; Jane Webster was appointed guardian for those under 14 years of age, 12 Nov. 1850.  Ibid., C:  461, #15 Feb. Term 1852, petition for partition of real estate filed by David Webster, whose “Father died intestate leaving a widow Jane (since intermarried with John Morehead) and seven children”; Charles Allen and Lyman Webster appointed guardians 12 April 1852.
Ct.QS February Session 1850
    Inquest held at the house of Jacob Myers in Summerhill Twp. 23 Dec. 1849 re Oliver Myers, then and there lying dead, “more than ten miles from the office of Coroner,” before J. W. Brigden, J.P., with jurors N. B. Sherwood, J B Mattoon, John Van Liew, Kinne Montgomery [signed Kenney Montgomery], Solomon Devenport [signed S Davenport], Abram Devenport [signed H. D. Devenport], William Barney, Horace Drake, John McDowell, Robert McDowell [signed R M McDowell], John B. McDowell, and Samel Myers, who find “that the said Oliver Myers on the twenty second day of December instant at the township of Summerhill and in the County aforesaid to wit in a certain public road called the Mercer road was found deatd; that he no marks of violence appearing on his body, and died by the visitation of God in a natural way and not other-wise.” The Court adjudge the necessity of holding the within inquisition 12 Feb. 1850.

Ct.QS February Session 1850
    Inquest held at the house of James McMillen in the town[ship?] of Cussewago 2 Feb. 1850 before D. M. Bole, J.P., re James McMillen, then and there lying dead, with jurors T. J. Randall, M.D., John Quay, Albert Kingsley, Elijah Anderson, Alanson Anderson, William Anderson, J. H. Skelton [signed James H Skelton], Merrit Anderson, Marvin Tuttle, Cirrel Hills, Jesse Gibson, and E. C. Rogers, who find “that the said James McMillen on the 31st. day of Jan. in the year aforesaid, at Cussawago, & in the County aforesaid, to wit, at certain bars between the house & barn on his own premises was found dead at about two oclock P.M. of the day aforesaid; that he had no marks of violence appearing on his body, & died by the visitation of God, in a natural way, & not otherwise.” Filed 7 Feb. 1850; Court adjudge that there was reasonable cause for holding said inquest 18 Feb. 1850.

Inquest held in Vernon Twp. 18 May 1850 re William Curry:  see CCG 2(1979):12-13.

Ct.QS August Session 1850
    Inquest [apparently a copy] taken at Lock No. 23, near the residence of James Power, in Conneautville 30 May 1850 before E. B. VanTassel, J.P., re John Bates, then and there lying dead, “(no Coroner being within ten miles),” with jurors J. G. Ingraham, G. W. Brown, Lewis Olds, A.. Hollenbeak [signed A C Hollenbeck], Franklin Moulthrop [signed F Moulthrip], J. N. Cummings, G. C. Boynton, Edward Powell [signed E Powell], J. W. Haskell, C. Courtright, Wm. A. Stilwell, and Orange Cram, who find “that at Lock No. 23, in the borough of Conneautville, on the 30th day of May, 1850, John Bates, the said deceased, while attempting to lose the tiller, on board the canal boat Daniel Boon, (which said boat was being locked through said Lock,) it so happened, accidentally, casually, and by misfortune, fell from the stern of said boat into into the water in said Lock No. 23, and was carried by the current along the whole length of said boat, and received various injuries, particularly one in his forehead, and in consequence of said injuries he was incapacitated and disabled from helping himself, and being in the water he suffocated and drowned, of which said suffocation and drowning the said John Bates in manner, and by the means aforesaid, accidentally, casually, and by misfortune, came to his death and not otherwise.” The Court adjudge that there was necessity for holding the inquisition, and approve thereof, 13 Aug. 1850.

Ct.QS November Session 1851
  &nbps; Inquisition of Murder held at Cambridge 3 Sept. 1851 before Alexander Hickernell, Coroner, re Isabella Ryan, then and there lying dead, with jurors Wm. Campbell, Joseph Blystone [signed J Blystone], Cyrus Kitchen, John Bonner, Isaac Folwell, John Clark, Jno. W. McFadden, George Thomas A B Ross, Martin Caringer [signed M Carin-ger], J. H. Gray, Alexander Hoig [signed A Hoig], and John Stainbrook, who find “that the said Isabella Ryan came to her death, in the County aforesaid, then and there being alone, in a common river there, called French Creek, herself voluntarily and feloniously drowned; cause Melancholy. [¶]And the jurors aforesaid, upon their oath and affirmation aforesaid, say that the aforesaid Isabella Ryan in manner and form aforesaid, then and there herself voluntarily and feloniously as a felon of herself killed and murdered, against the peace and dignity of the said Commonwealth.” Approved and filed 10 Nov. 1851.
Meadville Gazette 9 Sept. 1851, p. 2, col. 6:  “MELANCHOLY SUICIDE.–Mrs. Isabella Ryan, of Cambridge, in this county, committed suicide on last Wednesday, by drowning herself.  She was much esteemed, and leaves a large family to mourn her loss. We have not heard any cause assigned for the act.”
Ct.QS #17 February Session 1853
    Inquest held at Harmonsburg[?] 21 Nov. 1852 before James L Parks, Coroner, re Daniel Brewer of Summit Twp. there lying dead, with jurors John G Grier [signed J G Grier], William Putnam, Doct Walter Crocker, Doct J. D. N. Ralston, Doct J W Grier, Doct G A Bardwell, L H Sherwood, James Hannah, James M Dickson, Joseph Braden, Hiram Fuller, and Doct G W Bell, who find “that the Decd came to his death by poison being introduced into his stomac and the said Jurors further say that the[y] believe and just cause to believe that Simeon Brewer son of Decd. and Anna Brewer wife of Deceased are guilty of perpetrating the unlawful Deed.  N B the original return or report being lost or mislaid the above is a true duplicate report as near as my recolection serves me or at least it contains the facts of the same [signed] J. L. Parks, Coroner.”
Ibid.:  Simeon Brewer, yeoman, and Anna Brewer, widow, indicted for the murder of Daniel Brewer with arsenic in a mess of stewed blackberries between 13 and 20 Nov. 1852 (multiple counts); defend-ants plead not guilty.  [The inquest was filed 17 Feb. 1853 as “Information in regard to Brewer Case.”]

Crawford Journal 15 and 22 Feb. 1853, devoted to the trial of Simeon Brewer in the “Poisoning Case,” includes a complete transcript of Judge Galbraith’s charge to the jury, as well as the testimony of the following witnesses:  B. W. Baker, Chas. Ferris, Jas. Brewer, Dr. James W. Grier, Dr. Geo. A. Bardwell, Dr. Walter Crocker, Dr. G. W. Bell, Dr. J. D. N. Ralston, Dr. Albert Sergeant, John G. Grier, Prof. L. D. Williams, A. B. Richmond, Prof. Calvin Kingsley, James M. Dixon, Martin Chamberlain, Norman Callender, John Henry Bright, Henry Wiser, Mrs. L. Wiser, Alexander Bright, Mrs. Mary Bright, Levi Wiser, Joseph M. Butler, David Campfield, Edwin Rice, Napoleon Damon, Chas. Fisk, Benjamin Beers, Peter Mantor, Wm. Bright, Lucinda Hathaway, George Brewer, Mrs. Hetty Terrill, George Sutler, Polly Beers, Mrs. Roxanna Beers, Harrison Smith, Hiram Smith, Wm. Putnam; John Whiting, Sarah Brewer, Emory Bundy, Hannah Bundy, Wm. H. Cook, Almon Whiting, Alonzo Whiting, Wm. Beatty, Steven Bunnell, Hiram Fuller, C. B. Parker, and Thomas McCrea. Verdict:  not guilty.
Inquest held in Summerhill Twp. 19 May 1854 re [Mrs.] Polly McGuire:  see CCG 2(1979):13.

Ct.QS #35 August Session 1856
    Inquest held in the Jail in Meadville re William H. Roff, then and there dead, found dead in said Jail 28 May 1856, before Ashbel Clark, J.P., with jurors Dr Alexr Thompson, Michael Hickman [signed M Hickman], Wm H. Davis, Jos. C. Hays [signed J. C. Hays], John Mahoney, Sidna Colt, Bailey Courtney [signed B Courtney], Archd Stewart signed A. F. Stewart), H. B. Balch, C. W. Mead, Thomas Braggins, and John Lattimer, who find “that the aforesaid Wm H. Roff being a prisoner in said jail, & under sentence to the penitentiary, came to his death by hanging himself with his own handkerchief in his own room in said jail during the night of the 27th inst. And the Inquest aforesaid do further say that the treatment of the Officers of the law, & of the Sheriff & Jailer, of the said Wm H. Roff was of the most judicious kind & that in a letter left by himself he so expressed. his wish The Inquest further say that the said Wm H. Roff, was laboring under a bodily disease (Chorrea[?]) which probably caused a state of excitement of the mind inconsistent with sanity.” Approved 15 Aug. 1856, adjudged that there was probable cause for holding the inquest and county ordered to pay the cost.
Crawford Democrat 3 June 1856, p. 2, col. 1:  “Adjourned Court of Quarter Sessions … In the case of William H. Roff, who plead guilty at the last term to firing the barns of the Reed family in Mead twp., the court sentenced him to one year imprisonment in the Penitentiary on each indictment.” Ibid., col. 3:  “Suicide in the County Jail.  Wm. Roff, the unfortunate man who was sentenced by the court last week for burning the barns of the Reed family, (to which he was connected by marriage,) committed suicide in the jail on the night he received his sentence.  He was found on Wednesday morning, suspended by the neck to a piece of board inserted in a crack in the wall of the room.  He left several letters in the room, one of them directed to the Sheriff, in which he directed his property to be given to his little boys, and asking his sisters and children to forgive him, attributing his rash act to ‘trouble.’”
Ct.QS November Session 1857
    Inquest held in the North Ward of the Borough of Meadville 17 Nov. 1857 before William D Tucker, J.P., re a male infant child [an infant born of the body of Eliza Quail per cover], with jurors Thomas Clemson, Wm M Barron, Andrew Platt, Mandus Addle [signed A M Addle], J C Marcy [signed J Clifton Marcy], and W H Doughty, who find “that the said infant child aforesaid was born on the body of Miss Eliza Quail of Meadville on the night of the 16th Nov. or morning of the 17th November instant, that said child was born at the out house on the premises of Harper Mitchel in said Borough where it was found, or in the room where said Eliza lodged, and by her carried and thrown out where it was found, that said Eliza is a single woman never having been married.  And the jurors aforesaid do further say upon the evidence of a post mortem examination had upon the body of said infant, that it had been alive the lungs having been inflated, but whether it ceased to breathe before it was entirely seperated from its mother, or afterwards, we cannot determine.  [¶]And the jurors aforesaid so say upon their oaths that they are not able to determine the particular cause of the death of said child, it may have died during the process of its birth, or it may have been abandoned and left to perish, or have died from other causes unknown to the jury.  It was a large full grown child and had been breathing during its birth or after being born, and there is every reason to believe might have been saved alive with proper care and attention.” Filed 19 Nov. 1857; on examination the Court deem the Inquisition proper & necessary 21 Nov. 1857.

Ct.QS November Session 1857
    Inquest held at the house of James Hannah in the Borough of Meadville 5 Dec. 1857 before A Clark, J.P., re Daniel Feit, then and there lying dead, with jurors J C Hayes, James H Gibson, A M Dunham, Hiram Norton, A Bloom, and Isaac Blystone, who find “that the said Daniel Feit came to his death from congestion of the brain occasioned by drinking to excess of spiritous liquor.” The Court adjudge that there was reasonable cause for holding the within inquest & approve of the same 18 Jan. 1858.

Ct.QS #11 August Session 1858
    Inquest held at Evansburg [Conneaut Lake] 15 April 1858 before Thos. P Breakiron, J.P., re Hugh Shellito [Sr.] then and there lying dead, with jurors J. J. Barber [signed Jas J. Barber], Thomas Sergant [signed Thos Sergeant], R A Stratton, J. T. Miller, Robert Dennis [signed R. J. Dennis], John S Kean [signed J. S. Kean], Enos Graham, Cyrus Carman, T. J. Moffitt [signed T J Moffit], Rice Hotchkiss, Robert Scott 2d., and F. H. Cook, who find “that one Hugh Shellito Jr of Sadsbury Township in said county, not having the fear of God before his eyes but being moved and seduced by the instigation of the Devil on the first day of April A.D. 1858, at ten oclock in the after noon of that day, with force and arms at the house of Hugh Shellito, Sen Decd in and upon the aforesaid Hugh Shellito then and there being in the Peace of God and of the said Commonwealth, feloniously made an assault and that the aforesaid Hugh Shellito Jr then and there with an instrument unknown to the Jury with which the said Hugh Shellito Jr struck Hugh Shellito Sen Decd a blow causing the death of the said Hugh Shellito Sen Decd and further moore [sic] the Jurors aforesaid upon their oath aforesaid do say, that the said Hugh Shellito Jr, had not nor yet hath any goods or chattels lands or tenements, within the County aforesaid or elsewhere to the knowledge of the Jurors.” Transcript from the docket of Justice Breakiron states:  “Doctars J. G. Hitchcok and Alexander Thompson, were cald who held a post-mortum examination upon the said dead boddy in presence of the said Jury.” “Evidence before the inquest sitting upon the body of Hugh Shellito Taken April 15 1858:  [¶]Ann Shellito sworn saith, she was not present at the time Hugh Shellito was hurt, that he was in bed when she arrived at this house, he complained very much of the cramp, she arrived at his house about 3 oclock P.M. and he died, about dusk the same day, that he told her that he had fallen on the stove, and cut or bruised his face. George Shellito sworn saith, that on Friday the second day of April inst, Hugh Shellito Jr son of Hugh Shellito Decd told this deponant that his father and mother got into a fuss of jawing after they were in bed, and that him, Hugh Shellito Jr, and William Edward Shellito got up out of bed to see what the matter was, and that his father got very angry at him, Hugh Shellito Jr and drew a chain at him, and that he also drew a chain at his father, and that William Edward Shellito got the chains away from both of them, and that he, Hugh Shellito Jr, took the table slide from under the leaf of the table and struck his father with it one or twice, and broke it in two; and then left the house, that his father then followed him to the door threatening to shoot him, and when his father stuck his head out of the door that he struck his father with a stick, and knocked him back against the stove or under the stove. deponant saith that he saw the Decd after he was dead, the next morning, that he looked very bad.  [¶]Esther Shellito sworn saith, that she is the wife or widow of Decd, that on Thursday the first day of April inst, about sundown of that day, she went to her house from the Sugar Camp, and that her husband and William E Shellito were playing cards, and that about ten oclock at night of that day, her husband and son Hugh got into a wrangle, and each drew a chain at the other, that her son Hugh took the slide of the table and struck at his father with it twice, dont know whether he hit his father with it or struck the chain, that her husband then started to go to the other room to get the gun and brought the gun out, and went to the door and tried to get out of the house with it, that after her son had struck his father with the table slide that Wm. E. Shellito had put her son out of the house, while her husband was gone after the gun, that Wm. E Shellito also took the gun from her husband, and that her husband then opened the door, and the next that she saw of her husband he had fallen on the floor by the stove, that her husband first drew a chain at her son.  [¶]Dr Thompson sworn saith that upon a post-mortim examination of the head of Hugh Shellito this day taken and made in the presence of the jury, he found several bruises upon his head, one on the right side of the head above the ear, also a bruise running from the top of the head back to the base of the skull or neck, and also an incission of the scalp, and fracture of the skull, on the left side of the head, running from forward of the ear, back and down to the base of the scull, some four or five inches in length, and also in other directions, thinks that the bruises were not sufficient to cause death, that the fracture of the scull was sufficient to cause death.  [¶]Dr. Hitchcock sworn saith that he assisted Dr. Thompson in the post-mortim examination, and coroborates the statements of Dr. Thompson.&nbps; [¶]Robert Shellito sworn saith that he was present when Hugh Shellito Jr was relating the manner of the disturbance between him and his father, and that he coroborates the testimony of George Shellito.” Examined by Court and Inquest deemed necessary, legal expenses to be paid by County, 25 May 1858.
Register’s Dk. 2:  288:  letters of administration issued on the estate of Hugh Shellito, late of Sadsbury Twp., decd., issued 21 Dec. 1859 to Ester Shellito, widow of decd.; $300 bond posted with Charles Shellito and [blank] as sureties.

Orphans Ct. Dk. E:  283 (#16 April Term 1858, guardianship petition filed by Hugh Shellito as a minor above the age of 14; Charles Eyre appointed 21 May 1858), E:  294 (#22 April Term 1858, petition for sale of real estate filed by C S Eyre, guardian of Hugh Shellito), E:  336 (#14 Nov. Term 1858, guardianship petition filed by Robert Shellito for “James John and Nancy Ann Shellito minor children of Hugh Shellito decd. … all under the age of 14”; James S. Shellito appointed 19 Nov. 1858 and posts $200 bond with Robert Shellito as surety), K:  605 (#32 Nov. Term 1877, petition for partition of real estate filed by Nancy Ann Shellito, “owner of the undivided _ of a certain piece of land in Sadsbury Township which she holds as one the children of Hugh Shellito decd. under the last will and testament of James Shellito decd. in which last will the said real estate is devised as follows, ‘The place that my son Hugh lives upon I will and bequeath to the use of his family he can have it as long as he sees fit to live upon it’, that the said Hugh Shellito died on the second day of April AD 1858 intestate leaving to survive him a widow Esther Shellito and seven chidren namely Robert, Mary Jane, Charles, Hugh, James, John and your petitioner; that the said Charles Shellito has bought the interest of the all the other children”; inquest to make partition awarded 14 Dec. 1877).

Ct.QS #11 Aug. Session 1858:  Hugh Shellito, Jr., yeoman, indicted (on presentment of a coroner’s inquest) for the murder of Hugh Shellito senior; witnesses were Dr. J. G. Hitchcock, Dr. A. Thompson, Enos Graham, H. G. Mackay, Asa G. Nichols, Thos. P. Breakiron, Alvin Congdon, Geo. Shellito, Robert Shellito, Esther Shellito, and F. M. Cook. Testimony of Esther Shellito, Charles Shellito, Levi B Wiser, Ann Shellito (“mother of the deceased”), Asa G Nichols, O F Conden, Alvin Conden, and Andrew Findley filed. Verdict:  guilty of voluntary manslaughter.  Motion for new trial filed 12 Aug. 1858.

Crawford Journal 17 Aug. 1858, p. 3, col. 1, under Court Week:  “Com. vs. Hugh Shellito, Jr., charged with the murder of his father.&nbps; A true bill.  Verdict, guilty of voluntary manslaughter. Sentenced to two years imprisonment at hard labor in Western Penitentiary, pay a fine of $10 and costs of prosecution.”

Ct.QS #57 November Session 1858
    Inquest held at the premises of James V Price in Woodcock Twp. 26 Oct. 1858 before Jesse Wheelock, J.P., re Joseph W Bancroft, then and there lying dead, with jurors Wm R Rainey (foreman), James Greenlee, J. W. Lang, George Roudebush, Asa Gehr, Samuel Clark [signed Saml C Clark], A Rabel [signed Anthony Rabel], Amos Vanmarter [signed Amos VanMarter], John J Long, Michael Coy, Samuel Nodine, and Isaac W. Cummings [signed I. W. Cummings], who find “that the said Joseph W Bancraff on the 25th day of October in the year aforesaid, at the premises of James V Price, in the Township of Woodcock, County and State aforesaid, was found dead; that he had no marks of violence appearing on his body, and died by the visitation of God, in a natural way, and not otherwise.” Deemed necessary & proper 1 Nov. 1858.

Ct.QS #58 November Session 1858
    Inquest held at Spring 2 Sept. 1858 before L K Chapman, J.P., re David Philips, then and there lying dead, with jurors E R Hall, Oliver Hall, C A Welch, G C Manville, Harry Pond, Wm Swap, A R Dauchy, A K Stone, O H Maxham, Hawley Dauchy [signed H Dauchy], J W Pond Jr, and H H King, who find “that the said David Philips on the first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand & eight hundred & fifty eight at the eleventh hour of the night at Spring Tp aforesaid in the County aforesaid being on board of the Canal Boat 10 A. C. it so happened that casually accidentally & by mis-fortune he the said David Philips in passing from the stern to the bow of said boat fell into the water & then & there suffocated & drowned of which suffocation & drowning he the said David Philips then & there instantly died.” Approved in open court 19 Nov.1858.

Ct.QS August Session 1859
    Inquest held at Athens 8 Sept. 1859 before Charles Loop, J.P., re Samuel Jackson “who was found in the waters of Muddy Creek in Athens Tp [today],” with jurors W M Jennings, Isaac Cummings, Emera Shepardson, Lewis Bloomfield, Hosea Southwick, Parley P Gray, George Fleek, H. T. Hutchison, Levi Southwick, P. Parkhurst, Hosea Southwick Jr., and Z M Griswold, who find “that the said Samuel Jackson came to his death the morning of this 8th day of September AD 1859 by accidental drowning in Muddy Creek in the Township of Athens immediately below the bridge on the State Road which crosses the said Creek.”  Filed and approved in open Court 19 Nov. 1859.
Crawford Journal 13 Sept. 1859, p. 3, col. 2:  “ Samuel Jackson of Riceville, in this County, was drowned in the creek of Little Cooley, on Wednesday night, the 7th inst.–He was intoxicated at the time, having been on a spree for about a week, and drowned in water but eighteen inches deep.  The verdict of the Coroner’s Inquest was ‘death by accidental drowning.’ He was a merchant in Riceville.”
Ct.QS August Session 1859
    Inquest held at Fairfield Twp. 26 Oct. 1859 before William Porter, J.P., re Michael Hull, then and there lying dead, late of Greenwood Twp., with jurors George Merriman, Adam Emrich, John Lytle, John Shaw, J. C. Merriman, Henry Hart, George Berrie, Hiram Woodworth, Robert Herrington, Jacob Sweetwood, Finney A Wightman, and S. B. Woodworth, who find “that the said Michael Hull on the twenty fourth day of October in the year aforesaid at the ‘Aqueduct’ in Fairfield tp said County, riding in the French Creek Feeder Canal upon a flat boat it so happened that accidentally, casually & by misfortune he the said Michael fell into said Canal & was in the water of the said Canal then & there suffocated & drowned, of which said suffocation & drowning he the said Michael Hull then & there instantly died.” Findings approved 7 Nov. 1859.
Crawford Journal 1 Nov. 1859, p. 3, col. 1:  “On Wednesdy night last, a German, whose name we could not learn, was drowned near the Aqueduct.  It appears that the deceased, with two other men, had come up during the day with a load of wood on a flat boat, to town, and having delivered the wood, got on a ‘bit of a spree.’  In the evening they started for home, and when they got to the Aque-duct, the deceased, who was sitting upon the bow of the boat, considerably intoxicated, fell overboard.  His companions stopped the boat and searched for him, but the German could not be found.  He was discovered under the flat boat the next morning–and dead, of course. Thus strychnine whisky gets the credit of another untimely death.  The deceased man has, we understand, no relatives in this country.”
Ct.QS #45 February Session 1860
    Inquest held at Mead Twp. 6 Feb. 1860 before Wm D Tucker, J.P., re Catharine [“Margaret” on cover] M Smith, then and there lying dead, with jurors John W Thompson [signed J. W. Thompson], Adam Beerbower, Adam Gumber, John Conrad, Josiah McNamara, and Jacob Beerbower [signed in German], who find “that she the said Catharine (wife of Frederick Smith of Mead Township aforesaid) did at the house of her said husband in said Township on the sixth day of February A D 1860 being there alone go into the garret, and then and there about nine o clock AM with a small rope fixed to a rafter at one end and the other end made into a noose around her neck did hang herself, voluntarily and feloniously and of malice aforethought, and there being so suspended did suffocate and die, and not otherwise.” Court approve the holding and return of this Inquest 15 Feb. 1860; certified to [county] commissioners 18 Feb. 1860.

Ct.QS #19 August Session 1860
    Inquest held at the Poor House of the County of Crawford 6 Aug. 1860 before B. G. David, J.P., re Lewis Hope, with jurors Joseph W Scholl [signed Dr. Jos. W. Scholl], Wilson Hunter, Samuel Apple [signed Samuel S. Apple], Charles Hecker, D B Ernst and Edmund Schilling, six citizens of the Borough of Saegertown, who find “That haveing carefully examined the body of the said Lewis Hope, and haveing heard the testimony of Samuel Hunter, Joseph Brush, H M Long and Dr. Best, who were severally examined, by us, under oath, in presence of the dead body of the said Lewis Hope, do find, that the said Lewis Hope died on the fifth day of August AD 1860, from the effects of blows inflicted upon his head and other parts of his body, by James Garvy, with a piece of fence rail, or stake, on the fourth day of August AD 1860.” Court approves the holding of this inquest 30 Aug. 1860.
Crawford Journal 14 Aug. 1860, p. 3, col. 2:  “Murder at the Poor House. [¶]One of the paupers at this Poor House, in this county, named LEWIS HOPE, was killed on Saturday, the 4th inst., by another named JAMES GARVEY, under the following circumstances.  It seems a dispute arose between them at dinner time about some trivial matter.  They had a scuffle, but were parted by Mr. LONG, the Supervisor, and each ordered to different places about the premises.  GARVEY evinced such a dogged and malignant feeling that Mr. LONG kept a watch upon him for some time, and threatened to sent him to jail if he persisted in offering any further violence.  Soon after GARVEY went up stairs and Mr. LONG thought the matter ended. Some time after a neighbor (Mr. HUNTER) was passing and heard a noise and blows about the barn and saw GARVEY strike HOPE with a rail.&nbps; He jumped from his horse and gave the alarm, and was followed by Mr. LONG.  They found HOPE much bruised and cut about the head, but still endeavoring to get up. GARVEY attempted to escape, but was secured with some difficulty by persons about the farm.  HOPE was taken to this house and his wounds dressed by Dr. BEST, who at first did not think him seriously injured.  He grew worse, however, and died the next day.  [¶]An inquest was held on the body by B. G. DAVID, Esq., who summoned a jury for that purpose, when a verdict was found in accordance with the facts related.  [¶]GARVEY is subject to epileptic fits, and, it is generally conceded, is not of very sound mind; although the circumstances of the case and the determined purpose he evinced in this matter, show that he has ‘method in his madness.’”

Court of Oyer & Terminer #19 Aug. Session 1860:  James Garvy [elsewhere Garvey] yeoman, indicted for the murder of Lewis Hope with force and arms; scheduled witnesses were Samuel Hunter, Edward Bevilhamer, Joseph Braish [Brush?], B G David, Dr David Best, Dr Scholl, and H. M. Long.

Crawford Journal 21 Aug. 1860, p. 3, col. 1:  “O’YER AND TERMINER.–Commonwealth vs. James Garvey, indicted for the murder of Lewis Hope, at the County Poor House. District Att’y for the Commonwealth, S. Newton Pettis for defence.–After hearing the testimony, the Court directed the finding of a verdict of ‘not guilty; on the ground of insanity.’ Garvey was then remanded to jail.”
Ct.QS November Session 1860
    Inquest held at Lincolnville 21 Sept. 1860 before D D Walker, J.P., “(there being no officer or person of Coroner within ten miles or more from the place of viewing and finding said body),” re Andrew Suplee, then and there lying dead, with jurors Andrew J Suplee, Moses Adams, Hugh Graham, Samuel Porter, Nelson Waters, Charles Irons, and A H Eby, who find “that the said Andrew J Suplee came to his death on the night of the 20th September 1860 by accidental drow[n]ing in the Lincolnville Mill Pond in the Township of Bloomfield and county aforesaid. That his said death happened accidentally, casually and by misfortune.” Court adjudge there was reasonable grounds for the inquisition and approve the same 23 March 1860.

Ct.QS November Session 1860
    Inquest held before V. G. Birchard, J.P., 9 Nov. 1860 re J. B. Montine [Montagne] of Randolph Twp., “he being found dead in his barn Nov 8th 1860,” with jurors Alixander Johnson [signed Alexander Johnson], David T. Hall, Joseph Doubet [signed J Doubet], Charles Arnold [signed Charles Arnould], Stephen Courtney [signed S. Courtney], C. M. Brawley, J. P. Monnin, Francis Monnin [signed Francois Monnin], Paul Girard [signed Paul Girad], Gustee Labardee [signed A. Barday], George Demason [signed George Demaison J.], and Milten Prenat [signed M Prenatt], and “with no other person present,” who find “that the above J B Montine by came to his death by shooting himself in his own barn November the 8th 1860.” Court approve the finding 12 Nov. 1860.
Crawford Journal 13 Nov. 1860, p. 3, col. 2:  “SUICIDE.–John B. Montaine, a Frenchman, residing at the French settlement, committed suicide last week by blowing his brains out with a pistol. He com-mitted the act in his barn where he was found dead soon after. No cause is assigned for the rash act.”

See Deed Bk. E-4:  494, J B Montagne’s heirs, land “devised to Catharine Montagne during her lifetime.”
Ct.QS April Session 1861
    Inquest held at the Borough of Titusville 26 and 27 Feb. 1861 before E H Chase, J.P., “the body over which the inquery was to be made being more than ten miles from the office of the proper Corroner of the County,” re “one Chandler Shipman who died suddenly and under suspicious circumstances in a drinking saloon in the Borough of Titusville,” with jurors Doct F B Brewer, Caleb O Childs [signed C O Childs], Saml Wise [signed S H Wise], D. S. Weed, T D Allen [signed Truman D Allen], Jas McCombs, Doct Wm M Jennings, D H Whitney, P. T. Withrup [signed P T. Witherop], C. C. Adams, David Crossley [signed D Crossley], and G B Hammer; on 26 Feb., “Wm P Gray, Asa Field and J H Groves were duly sworn as Witnesses and after examining the body and hearing the evidence the Jury adjourned to meet at the office of E H Chase at 8 oClock AM on the 27th to hear further testimony the body to remain unintered”; on 27 Feb., “Jury meet at the office of E H Chase at 8 oClock AM, one of the Jurors being absent adjourned to meet same day at 7 o.c. still at the office of E H Chase; the Jury reassemble according to adjournment,” and “come to the conclusion that Chandler Shipman came to his death by disease induced by the immoderate use of spiritous liquor obtained at the saloon where he died and other places not known to the Jury and so we find.”  The Court adjudge there was reasonable cause for holding this inquest and approve the same 1 April 1861.

Ct.QS #68 August Term 1861
    Inquest held at the house of Henry Brown in Sadsbury Vernon Twp. 19 May 1861 before J J Montgomery, “the nearest” J.P., re Cornelius Derr “late of Easton Northampton Co Penna and more recently of Meadville Pa,” then and there lying dead, with jurors T J Moffit, H G McKay, Chas Magill, A N McKay, Wilson Brown, F C Rich, J C Freeland, A R Stewart, John Shontz, Robt H McKay [signed R H McKay], S J Brown, and P Redemoyer [signed P Rodemoyer], who find “that the said Cornelius Derr on the morning of the 19th of May in the year afore said in the county afore said in the house of Henry Brown of Vernon township came to his death by some cause unknown to the jury.” Justice Montgomery certifies “that J G Hitchcock MD of the Boro of Evansburg assisted by Alex Thompson MD of Meadville were called upon by me to make a post mortem examination of the body of the deceased C Derr.”  Approved 13 Aug. 1861.

Ct.QS February Session 1862
    Inquest held re Mrs Sabra Wittum at her late residence in Cambridge Twp. 16 Dec. 1861 before J. E. Howard, J.P., with jurors A. B. Ross, Z. H. Burt, N. L. Snow, P. K. Carroll, J. H. Blystone, John Ross, J. W. McFadden, A. O. Rockwell, R L Patterson, Beals Root [signed S. B. Root], Amos Kelly, and D. C. Root [signed Daniel C. Root], who find “that one Sabra Wittum late of Cambridge Township and County aforesaid, lady, came to her death by an excessive hemorage resulting from an abortion, produced mechanically by her own hands.” Transcript from the docket of Justice Howard indicates that Mrs. Wittum “died very sudenly and misterious on Sunday, the 15th day of Dec 1861 … the body was examined by A Logan, W M Johnson, J M Gray, W. Greenfield physicians.” Testimony of witnesses taken at the house of N L Snow in Cambridge Twp. 16 Dec. 1861:  J M Gray, “[when Mr Wittim asked for medicine for her,] the reason offered was that she was so very sick at the time her first child was born; I told him the circumstances would not justify, that she had lived once and the child and might again … the 15th day of Dec Mr Carroll came to my house about ¼ past 2 oclock in the morning and wanted me to go to Wittims for Wittims wife was sick; I went; when I went in Mrs Snow Mrs Carroll and Mr Wittum was there they told me I had come to[o] late for she was dead”; Asa Beedy; John Wittum, “says that Sabra Wittim is his wife, her health has always been poor, that she was in family way”; Mrs P A Howard, “heard Mrs Gardner the mother of the deseased say about one year ago that Mr Wittim should never have another child”; Mrs Elen Fuller, “heard Mrs Gardner say the same as Mrs Howard”; Mrs Eunice Decker, “heard Mrs Gardner say she was afraid that Mrs Wittim her daugher was in family way, if she was by gracious she would knock it out of her”; and Mrs R J Snow.  The Court adjudge that no necessity existed for holding the within inquisition, and that the same is informal and therefore disapprove the same 13 Feb. 1862.

Inquests 1862-1875