Saturday, June 20, 2009

Coroner's Inquisition 1811

When a person died unexpectedly in Kentucky, the coroner called a jury of twelve men to examine the facts surrounding the death and determine the probable cause of death. Coroner’s inquisitions are often found among loose papers in the county clerk’s office. The following inquisition was found in a file marked “Oaths 1811” in the Caldwell County clerk’s office, Princeton, Kentucky.

“Whereas We Joseph Morgan Chittenden Lyon Wm. Birdsong Wm. Darnal Wm. Johnston Zachariah Chandler Reuben Martin John E. Pound Christopher Hammond Wm. S. Norris Sam Black and Michael Mobley being Summoned by Edward Robison Coriner of Caldwell County at the House of Cobb & Clark in Eddyville on the first of July 1811 to Enquire in to the cause of the death of John Watson Infant Son of Samuel Watson aged about 14 years. The Jury on there oaths from the Information of George Miller Samuel C. Clark & John Phaora[?] Say the above [illegible word] John Watson came by his death accidentally. “ Chitt. Lyon foreman.

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