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Rose Genealogy | Accidental Death

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Picture of a tree with a rose falling denoting the Rose family tree

I’m posting about my direct paternal ROSE line today. I wanted to go back to my 3 x great grandfather, Richard Rose b 1809. From the paper trail I was able to find out more about his accidental death.

Screenshot from my Ancestry tree

Richard was baptised at St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol on 21st October 1810 (he was 15 months old).

Picture of St Mary Redcliffe where Richard Rose was baptised in 1810

(Southey and Coleridge were married here, and the boy poet Chatterton spent much time within the church where his uncle was church sexton).

In Bristol, Richard’s grandfather (also Richard!) had been a Bristol Burgess.  His grandfather had died before 1812 (entries in the Burgess books in 1812 state he is deceased) and also his own father (also Richard and also a Bristol Burgess) was buried in 1819.  He would only have been coming up to 10 years old.  I often wonder what happened to him during the time after his father’s death and then appearance in London (before census records) 13 years later.

Richard married Mary Ann Barnes on 21st May 1832 (whose father John was a grocer) at St Giles in Cripplegate (London).  They both signed so I assume they were both literate!  Richard was OTP (of this parish) so working and living in St Giles area.  Some famous people were married here (among them Oliver Cromwell).

In 1836 he was living in Curtain Road, Shoreditch and 1838 Gloucester Street (children’s baptisms).  On the 1841 census (b out of county) he was still living at Gloucester Street and working as an ostler.

Daughter Mary Ann died in 1842 aged 2.

By the 1851 census they were living at 13 Bateman’s Row and continued to stay there until his accident in 1876.

(In 1856 Richard Thomas Edmund ROSE (RTE) – Richard and Mary Ann’s son and my direct line – is named in Old Bailey records as living at Bateman’s Buildings.

Modern Bateman’s Row from Google Maps

I love looking at the old occupations ( on the census records (I used to get so caught up in looking at them that I would forget who I was looking for).  Richard is consistent with horsekeeper/ostler/cab proprietor and I wonder if he worked as an ostler at an Inn at any point (romanticizing again!).  When he had his accident in 1876 I know he was employed by a family with Polish descent at their stables in Whitechapel.  I traced the yard owner’s family back via census records because I wanted to know a little bit more about the people in his life. Also, Jewish people have figured quite largely in our social circles in London and I wonder if this began with Richard.

Mary Ann was a boot binder and a needlewoman.  When the boys were at home, RTE was an errand boy and George worked in the dairy.  I often wonder what happened for RTE to start French Polishing …

I’ve often found ‘visitors’ or ‘lodgers’ in census for my family and despite trying to find out what the connection is (more so with visitors), have hit that brick wall.  After the children had left home, Richard and Mary Ann had a lodger, Jane Wells who hailed from Morchard Bishop in Devon (aged 28).

Richard died 17th May 1876 at home in Bateman’s Row.  It sounds like a gruesome death … and I can hardly imagine how Mary Ann and their children felt watching him die.

On his death certificate it read:

cause of death; violent exhaustion from wound on head from falling from a ladder – accidental death. Information received from John Humphreys, coroner for Middlesex. Inquest held 20 May 1876. Death registered 22nd May 1876

I was then able to find a newspaper entry using The British Newspaper collection on FindMyPast:

reported in the 22nd May 1876 edition of ‘The Hackney & Kingsland Gazette & Shoreditch Telegraph’

FATAL FALL:- On Saturday, Mr Humphreys held an inquest at the Prince of Wales Tavern, Holywell-lane, Shoreditch on Richard Rose, 65, horsekeeper, in the employ of Mr Jacobs, cab proprietor, Filch-street, Whitechapel and living at 13 Batemans-row, Shoreditch. Paulina Goldberg, 2 Filch-street, Whitechapel found the deceased lying in the yard insensible on Good Friday morning. He said that while ascending the ladder to the loft he fell. He was removed home and attended by Dr Harle, until Tuesday last, when he died from pyoemia supervening on the injuries he had received on the head. Verdict: Accidental death

Of course I had to find out what pyoemia was (don’t read on if you’re squeamish!):

“In all forms the following are the most frequent: repeated shivering often unnoticed, and sudden accessions of high fever, often followed by a fall of temperature sometimes to normal before the next rise, grave prostration and muscular tremors being marked symptoms, and towards the end foetid diarrhoea, occasionally there may be paralysis. The disease takes a rapid course, ending usually in death after a short period. In septic poisoning no further symptoms are observed, but in septic infection there may be swelling of joints and collections of fluid in the body cavities (chest, belly), and in pyoemia abscesses scattered over the body and in the organs. The cause of the formation of these abscesses is as follows. In the case of many wounds veins are injured and this leads to the formation of blood clots blocking the lumen of the injured vessels. The clot may extend until it reaches a considerable collateral branch. The clot is adherent to the wall of the vessel except at its free end which protrudes into the blood current. Clots may soften and break down. Small portions are thus detached and carried by the circulation to distant parts. As a rule they are arrested at the bifurcation of vessels. At such points infective centres or foci for suppuration are formed. Thus, according to the seat of injury different organs-the lungs, liver, kidneys, spleen-may become the seat of numerous abscesses, which are usually small and wedge-shaped. Unlike septicaemia, pyoemia does not supervene till some days after the receipt of injury. In septic infection death occurs more rapidly than in the other two forms.”

After his death, Mary Ann lived on her own for a while (I guess until money ran out as I can’t find her in any poor law records) before living with her grandson, George Richard ROSE (my RTE’s nephew).

Mary Ann died 19 Nov 1893 Mile End Infirmary, aged 84. Widow of Richard Rose, Horse Keeper of 7, William Buildings, Mile End Old Town. Cause of death – decay of nature heart failure. Informant G C Rose, son in attendance of 24 Autumn Street, Old Ford.

What occupations do your ancestors have?
Have you found any accidental deaths in your family research?

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