Recently I ordered the Death Certificate for my 4x great-grandfather Thomas Bean (1794 – 1845), when I order new Death Certificates I never know what will be revealed until the mail arrives. Usually it’s a death attributed to old age in someway, but every now and then I find something interesting and it leads me to new records I previously knew nothing about.
I have slowly been building my collection of BMD records and as these cost £9.25 each I have been adding them to my collection slowly. I currently hold about 180 certificates which have all been digitized at high-resolution and uploaded to my ancestry tree for anyone researching these branches. Sadly I have never found a certificate on Ancestry uploaded by anyone else which is directly related to my tree and helps with my research, everybody just waits for me to upload mine instead. Which I really don’t mind, I put them there to share, (being honest) one of my pet hates is when somebody downloads the record and then re-uploads it and pretends it was their money and research to begin with. So now when I hit the ‘search records’ button for one of my ancestors, I can find anything between 1 – 5 copies on Ancestry of the same certificate. That’s just silly, all you need do guys is press add to my tree (Download it by all means, for your own personal records).
Anyway It’s going to be a little while before I add any more certificates to Ancestry, my scanner is no longer working (over exhausted). 😦
Below is a transcription of a newspaper article published in the Morning Post – 7 August 1845 regarding the death of my 4x great-grandfather ‘Thomas Bean’, who was horrifically killed by a horse.
A Man Killed By a Horse
Yesterday forenoon an inquest was held by Mr Wakley, M.P., at the Middlesex Hospital, on the body of Thomas Bean, aged fifty-two, a farm servant to the Rev. John Gray, of Whembley-park, near Harrow. The deceased, who had been in the employ of the above-named gentleman for some years, occasionally acted in the capacity of carter. On Saturday night last, about nine o’clock, he was proceeding through Harrow towards the farm with a cart-load of hay, drawn by two horses, when in descending Denham-hill, which is rather steep, the fore horse was running away, and deceased to check it’s progress laid hold of the bridle. The suddenness of the jerk caused the horse to turn it’s head sharply round, and by so doing deceased was knocked down and falling under the animals feet it kicked and trampled on him several times. An inhabitant of the village at the moment came along in his cart, into which he lifted deceased, and was conveyed to the above hospital, when it was found that six of his ribs were broken and his left blade bone literally smashed, added to which he had sustained some severe contusions on the head. He died on Sunday evening. Mr Gray’s bailiff, and others having spoken to the quite and docile character of the horse which inflicted the injuries on the deceased. the Jury returned a verdict of “Accidental death”.
Source: Morning Post – 7 August 1845