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I have just purchased a death cert for him. He died on 4th October 1862 in Manchester age 58, a wagoner. He was run over by a wagon. It states that an inquest was held on 6th October by Edward (Herford)?, coroner. Does anyone please have any idea where I might find a report of that inquest?
PS I already have him in the 1841 census, wagoner (Halifax), 1851 census, porter (Bradford), 1861 census, carter (Sheffield) and his widow and daughter in the 1871 census (Bradford)
11 Oct 1862
FATAL ACCIDENT TO A WAGONER.-- Many of our
readers wiil remember a report which appeared in the
columns of the Record some weeks back, of an
accident that happened to William Woodward, aged
58 years, wagoner to Mr. Matley, of the Hodge Print-
works, Broadbottom, who was run over by the wagon,
and had his leg broken, besides other injuries. He
was removed to the infirmary at Manchester, where he
has lingered since, and on Saturday death terminated
his sufferings. An inquest was held on Monday, be-
fore Mr. Herford, coroner, when a verdict of "Acci-
dental death" was returned. Woodward had only been
married about a period of eighteen months. It is said
that, owing to his exertions in trying to stop the run-
away horses, the lives of several children were saved.
He had been in Mr. Matley's service upwards of 18
years, and makes the fourth wagoner who has lost his
life during Mr. Matley's being in business.
13 Sep 1862
ACCIDENT TO A WAGGONER.-- An accident of a very
serious nature happened, on Saturday evening last, to
the waggoner of Mr. Matley, of the Hodge, Broad-
bottom. The man's name is Woodward; he is
nearly seventy years of age, and has been in Mr.
Matley's employ for the long period of twenty years.
On the day of the accident he had been to Manches-
ter, and was returning therefrom with a loaded wagon,
when, as he approached the front of the Olive Tree
Inn, between Hyde and Mottram, it being Hyde Wakes,
a large crowd of people were collected and running
about before the inn, where a band of music was play-
ing. The horses, startled by the noise and bustle,
took fright; and Woodward, in trying to save chil-
dren from being injured, unfortunatley fell, and a
wheel of the wagon passed over and broke one of his
legs in a frightful manner. He was immediatley re-
moved to the inn, and Drs. Lee and Sidebottom were
promptly in attendance and rendered all the aid in
their power; but owing to the advanced age of the
man, the frightful nature of the injury he had recei-
ved, and the consequent large effusion of blood from
the wounds, an effort to set the leg at that time was
not attempted. Little hope is entertained of his
recovery. Should the man die, he will be the third
waggoner killed while in the service of Mr. Matley.
On Tuesday, he was removed to the Manchester In-
firmary. Woodward was married about eighteen
Hugh, thank you so much. I assume you found that on FMP. I looked there but had wrongly restricted my search to Manchester. I should learn from that.
Well it looks like I wasted £9.25 on the certificate. My William Woodward was same age and same occupation. Unfortunately he had been married for 27 years, and he had moved around from Halifax to Bradford to Sheffield in the previous 20 years. I may have to buy another certificate
It just goes to show you can never be too careful in this business.