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Co. Tyrone Deaths 1900

The following Death and Legal notices are transcribed by Teena from the Tyrone Constitution, unless otherwise noted.

5 Jan. 1900

BREADIN – 29 December 1899, at Drummeney, Drumquin, Matilda, wife of Joseph BREADIN, aged 66 years.

JOHNSTON – 29th December 1899, at his father’s residence, Recarson, Thomas Archibald, son of Archibald JOHNSTON aged 27 years.

M’CULLAGH 28th December at her residence, 26 and 28 Bridge street, Omagh, to the inexpressible grief of her children, Bridget Mary, the beloved wife of the late James M’CULLAGH, aged 45 years. R.I.P.

M’GARVEY- 29th December 1899, at her residence, Lurganbuoy, Miss Maria M’GARVEY (formerly of Omagh.) R.I.P.

MONAGHAN – On Sunday 31st December, at Stranisk, Fintona, Mary MONAGHAN aged 86 years. Dearly regretted

5 Jan. 1900 Death of a Centenarian in Omagh.

The death took place on the morning of the 31st ult. of William CRANE, Kevlin Road, at the grand old age of 104 years. The deceased was born in the year 1793 and had he lived another twenty-four hours he could have claimed to have lived in three different centuries. He worked up to within twelve months of his death. It may interesting to state that his wife died some 8 or 9 months ago at nearly 100 years of age.

5 Jan. 1900 Death and Funeral Mrs. ANDERSON

It is with sincere regret that we announce the demise of Mrs Alice Ann ANDERSON, wife of Mr Joseph ANDERSON, Market Street. The sad event took place on Friday last in the presence of her sorrowing family. The funeral took place on Monday morning and the large cortege testified in a marked degree to the esteem in which the deceased was held. The place of interment was the family burial ground, Sixmilecross.

12 Jan. 1900

21st December, 1899, at his residence, Merton, Elsternwick, Melbourne, Australia, James OSBORNE, son-in-law to late James HOUSTON, Omagh (formerly of Feenan) Fintona.

19 Jan. 1900

BUCHANAN – Jan. 15, at Oaklands, Sarah, daughter of the late James BUCHANAN of Deroran, aged 78 years.

M’KENNY – 14th Jan. 1900, at the Courthouse, Omagh, Mary Anne, relict of the late Henry M’KENNY C.E., aged 78 years.

WALLACE – Jan. 14, Newport, Monmouthshire, of acute peritonitis, Jean Kennedy, second daughter of the late Rev Robert WALLACE, Omagh.

26 Jan. 1900
BIRD – Jan. 21st, at her residence, Keenogue, Trillick, County Tyrone, Ellen, widow of the late Wilkin BIRD Esq., aged 75 years. Funeral Wednesday, 11 o’clock.

M’CONNELL – Jan. 22nd, 1900, No 3 New Brighton Terrace, Kevlin road, Omagh, Lizzie M’CONNELL, youngest surviving daughter of John M’CONNELL, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co. Tyrone, aged 26 years.

In that land pure and holy,
Sickness never comes
All is health and life, and glory
Life that never ends
Land of mansions, light, and beauty
Robes and crowns I see
Crystal streams, transparent city
What a home for me!

M’DOWELL – January 20th, at her residence, Beagh, Seskinore, Jane Hazlitt, widow of the late Robert M’DOWELL, in the 71st year of her age.

MITCHELL – January 16th, at his residence Eskra, Charles MITCHELL, father of the late Dr. MITCHELL, London, aged 81 years.

WARNOCK – January 23, at the residency of her aunt, Holmview, Omagh, Ellen Jane, third daughter of James WARNOCK, Fallaghern, Fintona.

2 Feb.1900

FARNAN – January 28th, 1900, at his residence, Railway Terrace, Omagh, James FARNAN, aged 72 years. R. I. P. American papers please copy

M’FARLAND – At his residence, Brakey, the 23rd January, James M’FARLAND, aged 73 years. Deeply regretted.

M’FARLAND – On Thursday, January 25, 1900 at her residence, Drumduff, Jane, relict of the late Wm M’FARLAND, aged 68 years. Deeply regretted.

RAMSEY – On Saturday January 20, 1900, at his residence, Mullaghtinney, James Hamilton RAMSEY

2 Feb.1900 Death and Funeral of Miss M. E. SWIFT

We regret to have to announce the demise of Mary Ellen SWIFT whose death took place in Omagh Asylum on Thursday, ult. She occupied the position of attendant nurse in the Asylum for about two years, and gave entire satisfaction in that capacity. She was unfortunately struck down with what turned out to be a fatal illness and although everything that medical skill could devise was employed, she gradually sank, and breathed her last amid a circle of sorrowing friends. The funeral took place from her father’s house and was very largely attended, showing the esteem in which she was held, both in this house and out of it. All the attendants who could possibly leave duty attended the funeral and the attendant nurses supplied beautiful wreath, as did also the matron. The following are a few of the names who accompanied the hearse that bore the remains from her father’s house to their last resting place. Chief mourners;
James SWIFT, father, Omagh
Matthew SWIFT, John SWIFT, James SWIFT Irvinestown, Patrick SWIFT, brothers
Paul LOVE, uncle
Patrick M’CUSKER; James M’CUSKER, cousins
Paul LOVE, Irvinestown
James LOVE; Pat LOVE
Pat COX; Thos. COX, Pat COX jr.
Hugh M’TAGGART (Omagh); Phil M’TAGGART (Omagh)

The following also attended- (Messrs.)
Wm. WILSON (Derryhillah); James WILSON; Wm. WILSON (Largy)
Peter MARTIN; Joe MARTIN; James MARTIN; John MARTIN (Enniskillen)
John BANNON (Clough)
Crozier FAIR (Feddins)
Thomas CURRIN; Thomas CURRIN jr.
James NANN
James M’CUSKER; Joe M’CUSKER; James M’CUSKER jr.
James M’COUGH; Thomas M’COUGH
John COX
Francis CARR
P. M’ALEER, Tamlaght, Omagh
Thomas FAIR

2 Feb.1900 Death of Private B. O’LOANE

We regret to have to announce the death of Private B. O’LOANE of this town, (Omagh) of enteric fever, at Frere Camp. In another column we publish a letter from him written to a friend in Omagh on the last day of 1899. His death took place few days after the writing that letter.

Interesting Letter from an Omagh Man

Private B. O’LOANE of Omagh, writing from Frere Camp to a friend in town, on the last day of the old year, humourously says, “l had a bit of a rough house the other day at a Football match with the Boers. We were playing for the ‘Pretoria Cup.’ It ended in a draw, the Boers getting the best of the play, but the draws will soon out again and we are going to make a circus of it this time and have it a little bit rough. I dare say you will have read all about it before this reaches you. The ‘match’ is to be played on the Tugela ground, Colenso. He then goes on to say “The Battle of the Tugela was ‘chronic.’ Young Charley O’BRIEN got wounded some place about the arm or side. I saw him on the field. He didn’t seem much put about,but he was bleeding badly. We lost 121 all told, 22 killed. I myself was sent to the ammunition convoy at about 4 a.m., 15th December. On arriving at the enemy’s position about 5 a.m., they fired a few shells into us. The Battalion was in quarter column, but they soon deployed into line and advanced up to the river, and couldn’t go any further, the water being too deep. I had a few narrow shaves. The ammunition column was following close behind the pontoons. We were making for the river when one of our batteries of artillery came galloping down to take up a better position. Then the Boers concentrated all their guns on us. The shells were flying in amongst us. I thought it was all up. The battery of artillery were nearly all killed. They had to leave their guns behind them. I don’t think I will be killed now. I have some hard work to do at present. We (the signallers) have to keep up communication with Ladysmith, with heliograph by day and limelight at night. It is very at trying night. I have to be out 24 hours out of every 48, so there is not much loafing. Xmas was spent all right. I was up on a mountain. The Boers are hard nuts to crack. They have an almost impregnable position at Colenso, something like the side wall of a house. We call it the slaughter house, but it must be taken down and we are anxiously waiting for another go at them.”

9 Feb. 1900

M’CRORY – January 28th, at his residence Deerpark, Omagh, Simon M’CRORY aged 60 years, R.I.P. American papers please copy

MOORE – On Monday 5th inst, at his residence Gortmore, Omagh, James, in his 79th year.

M’KELVEY – On Wednesday, the 5th instant, Tatnagole, James Hamilton M’KELVEY, aged 56 years. Funeral leaving at 11:00 (today) Friday morning, for Gortin. Friends will please accept this intimation.

CUNNINGHAM – February 5th at her father’s residence, Drumskinney, Dromore, Maria CUNNINGHAM only daughter of Andrew CUNNINGHAM aged 26 years. Deeply regretted

FULLERTON – February 9th, at Avoca Terrace, Rostrover, Elizabeth, daughter of the late John FULLERTON, Mayne House, Omagh

O’DONNELL – February 9th, at his residence, Aughnagar, Pomeroy, Rev John O’DONNELL C.C; R.I.P.

16 Feb. 1900 Death and funeral of Mr. James M’KELVEY Tatnagole Cappagh

The announcement of the death of Mr J. H. M’KELVEY of Tatnagole, on the 7th int. was received with profound regret by all who knew him. Although in the prime of life, he had for the past 9 or 10 months been in failing health, suffering from an acute form of disease and his death, though not unexpected, came rather suddenly at last, Mr. M’KELVEY came from his parental residence at Dunbunraver to reside in Cappagh 27 years ago. During his residence in Cappagh he made a very large circle of friends and became prominent as a highly beneficial member of society. He was for many years a member of the Omagh Board of Guardians and Asylum board, besides an active member on sundry other boards and committees. All knew him to be one of those types of men who looked away from self to see fair play to every person and the relief of the oppressed was always his great aim and that too in the most upright and straightforward manner. He never was known to go behind the fence to express his views. In his conversation there was no deceit and his broad-mindedness and intelligence earned the respect of his many acquaintances. He was for many years the patron and manager of Tattynure National School and the keen interest he displayed on its behalf lives after him. The loss of Mr M’KELVEY with his many amiable qualities must indeed be severely felt and regretted in both town and country. He was very kind and generous and his humour and cheerfulness rendered him beloved in society.
The funeral, which took place on Friday 9th, was an exceedingly large one, about 100 vehicles attended during procession. The place of interment was in the family burying ground attached to the Episcopal Church, Gortin. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev W. WILLOUGHBY Gortin, and the Rev G. K. MORIARTY Cappagh.

The following were in the funeral procession;
Mr John H. M’KELVEY brother of deceased
Dr MOWBRAY, Drumquin
Dr LEECH, Beragh
Mr. Samuel M’FARLAND, Straree
Robert M’KELVEY, Kevlin
Rev. G. K. Moriarty
Rev. W. B. WILLOUGHBY Gortin
Rev. A. WHITE, Gortin
Rev. Father DUGGAN C.C. Cappagh
Wm. H. KYLE, Knockmoyle
James GRAHAM, Rash
R. J. JOHNSTON, Tattynure
John GILMORE, Knockmoyle
Andrew M’CALLUM. Carrigans
Joseph MARSHALL, Dunmullan
John MARSHALL, Tattynure
Robert WATERSON, Omagh
Frank CRAWFORD, Omagh
William O’KANE, Drumquin
William M’FARLAND, Carnoney
Samuel M‘KEOWN, Rosnamuck
Robert SCOTT, Gortin
John HUNTER, Droit
Peter CURRAN, Carrigans
James ROBINSON, Tatnagole
Alexander BROWN, Tatnagole
Patrick M’SWIGGAN, Castleroddy
James M’LOUGHLIN, Goland
James LYONS, Correnary
Wm. COOK, Dunbreen
Charles GORMLEY, Tyrcur
Charles QUINN, Goland
Arthur M’CONNELL, Ergenagh
Edward MAGUIRE, Carrigans
Wm. STEWART, Ergenagh
Owen GALLAGHER, Tatnagole
Wm. DOAK, Omagh
John MULLIN, Gortin
Arthur DEVINE Castleroddy
John M’GRATH, Dunmullan
Patrick M’GRATH, Knockmoyle
Charles HAY, Gortin
Andrew MATHEWSON, Liscable
Charles CLARKE
Joseph BEATTIE Dunbreen

23 Feb. 1900

M’CONNELL – On Friday, 16th February 1900, at her residence, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Mary, the beloved wife of the late John M’CONNELL. Deeply regretted by a large circle of friends

M’CRORY – 20th February 1900 at his parent’s residence, 44 Castle Street, Omagh, William, the beloved son of William and Mary M’CRORY aged four months.

ROBINSON – February 13th, at High St. Glasgow, Mathew ROBINSON (formerly of Caraowen, Omagh, Ireland), aged 65 years.

2 Mar. 1900

LlGGETT – February 18, suddenly, at her residence, Drumscraw, Drumquin, Jane, the dearly beloved wife of the late Adam LlGGETT aged 70 years. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.

”The cold, cold bands of cruel death,
Upon her good life fell,
more on earth we now can hear
The voice loved well.
The sunshine of our happy home
Must over clouded be,
But Thou, O Lord, has sent this cross.
We bear it all for Thee.

2 Mar. 1900 Death of Mr. John SLEVIN

It is with deep regret that we have to record the death of one of the best known characters both in Dromore and Omagh, John SLEVIN, carrier between Omagh and Dromore. John has been the commercial medium between Omagh and Dromore longer than many people remember and it is not saying too much for the deceased that he was well and favourably known to almost every trader in both towns. He was also well-known to the staff of the Constitution and many a witty rencoutre occured between the genial old man and the young men of this journal. He died at an early hour on Wednesday morning and his remains were interred at Dromore on Thursday. His loss will be much felt in Dromore, as his retentive memory and obliging ways made him the trusted messenger of all people for all classes and descriptions of goods, from a doctor’s prescription to a bag of meal.

9 March 1900

DAVIS – March 2, Rash, Omagh, John DAVIS aged 88 years.

HARVEY – At St. Joseph’s Home, Plymouth, on March 5th, Philip HARVEY, for 30 years the faithful friend and servant of the late James F. ALEXANDER Esq., Omagh and also of Dr. James ALEXANDER of Paignton.

LINDSAY On 28th Feb.1900, at Recarson, Thomas LINDSAY aged 72 years.

MACFARLANE – On 6th March, at his residence, Benchran, Beragh, Co. Tyrone, Joseph MACFARLANE aged 74

9 Mar.1900 Death and Funeral of Mrs RIDDEL

Mrs Margaret RIDDEL, widow of the late Thomas RIDDEL, Millix, Ballyreagh, died at her residence on Thursday morning, after a short illness. Hopes were entertained of her recovery up to Wednesday evening, when she took a turn for the worse, and passed away peacefully at 6 o’clock on Thursday morning. The funeral took place on Saturday morning, when a large number of friends and public turned out to pay their respects to the deceased.The chief mourners were;
James RIDDEL of Dublin, and Thomas RIDDEL, Millix, sons
John T. CAMPBELL, grandson
Wm. BRIAN, John RIDDEL, James MOFFATT, George M’CLEAN, friends

Amongst others present were the following;
Rev. Isa SLOAN, Ballyreagh
Rev. James A. CARGIN, Ballygawley
Rev. Thomas NASH Ballygawley
John S. GERVAN Esq., J.P., Ballygawley
Dr Wm Thomas BEATTIE
Nathaniel DUFF
Samuel M’MINN of Ballygawley
William STEINSON, Bockets
John HANNA sr.
John HANNA, jr.
Patrick GRIMES
Joseph GIVAN
Robert BUSBY
Acheson BELL
Archibald BURTON

The remains were placed in her husband’s grave in Ballygawley Presbyterian Church burying ground. The coffin bore the following inscription; “Margaret RIDDEL, Aged 84 years.”

13 Mar. 1900 Shocking Accident near Victoria bridge. Two men killed by the Tram

On Saturday night a shocking accident occurred on the Castlederg and Victoria Bridge Tramway at a place called Stoneyfalls, about a mile from Victoria Bridge, resulting in the death of 2 middle aged men, named Joseph and Robert CAMPBELL, brothers. It is stated that the men were under the influence of drink and left Victoria Bridge some time about 7 o’clock and travelled along the road upon which the tramway is built. When at Stoneyfalls they sat down to rest on the edge of the raised square-setts a few feet from the nearest rail. It is thought that while resting the men fell asleep. About this time a special tram was dispatched from Victoria Bridge to Castlederg conveying residents in that locality home from the Omagh Assizes. It is stated that there is a curve at this point and the driver of the train did not notice the men until he felt a pulsation. The tram was quickly brought to a standstill and on the officials going a short distance along the line they found both men, shockingly injured. The “catcher” of the engine had evidently struck the men about the head. One of them had received very severe injuries to the back of the head. He was taken on board the tram, but died before Castlederg was reached. The other was removed to a neighbouring house, and succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning. Robert CAMPBELL was a scutcher by trade, and was employed by Mr. W. H. TODD J. P. of Fyfin. He leaves a wife and 6 children. The brother resided at Berney, near Strabane. Yesterday morning Mr. John ELLIOTT, coroner, opened an inquest into the circumstances of the deaths. Dr. BURKE, solicitor, appeared for the next-of-kin of the deceased and Mr. J. F. A. SIMMS, solicitor, Strabane for the Tramway Company. The jury having viewed the bodies, the inquest was adjourned to enable the jury to visit the scene of the occurrence and allow a post-mortem examination to be made.

16 Mar. 1900

LEMMON – March 8th at his residence, Reaghan, Parish of Cappagh, James LEMMON aged 63 years. Deeply regretted.

WALL – On March 9th, Hillside, Omagh Co. Tyrone, Ireland, Deputy Inspector Surgeon General Thomas Fredrick WALL late 38th Regiment, Queen’s Bays.

23 Mar. 1900

M’ASKIE – March 15, at his father’s residence, Scarvaghearn Castlederg, Robert, second son of David M’ASKIE aged 38 years.

PERRY – March 14th, at her husband’s residence, Tattymulmona, Lizzie, the beloved wife of Stewart PERRY aged 49 years. Deeply regretted.

ARMSTRONG – March 10th, at his son’s residence, Glengeen, Trillick, William ARMSTRONG aged 94 years.

STEVENSON – February 24th 1900, at Chicago, U.S.A., Marian Scott Stevenson daughter the late Rev. James Reid DILL of Dromore and wife of Robert STEVENSON of Chicago, U.S.A.

LIVINGSTONE – March 14th 1900, at Upper Langfield Rectory, John LIVINGSTONE aged 30 years. Deeply regretted by his wife and friends. ‘Jesu, lover of soul. Let me to Thy bosom fly.’

30 Mar. 1900 Sudden Deaths in County Tyrone

On the 23rd inst, Joseph DEVLIN, aged 36 years, was discovered dead in his bed in the house of Lewis DEVLIN, Chapel Street, Cookstown, with whom deceased resided. Deceased had been seen the previous evening, apparently in his usual good health, and the news of his death caused quite a sensation. The Coagh police reported on the 23rd inst., the death of Daniel CONNOLLY, of Cleentorichardson. As deceased was subject to fits and had been under medical treatment for some time, no inquest was held.

30 Mar. 1900 The Late Lieutenant STUART

At a meeting of the committee of the Tyrone Protestant Orphan Society, held on Mar. 21st the following resolution was unanimously passed. “That we desire to express our deep and respectful sympathy with our old and honoured friend, Major STUART, in the great sorrow which has befallen him in the death of his gallant son, Lieut. W. O. STUART, of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, in South Africa.”

30 Mar. 1900 Death of an Omagh Lady in America

It is with regret that we chronicle today the death of an old resident of Omagh, the late Mrs. John MAGUIRE, who died at her residence, St. Maurice Street, Montreal, on the 20th of December last. Though in Canada for a great many years, she belonged to one of the oldest and most respectable families in Omagh, being a daughter of the late Mrs. Andrew M’KINNAY and sister to the late Mrs. Terence SMYTH and Mrs. W. GALLAGHER, late of Omagh.

3 Apr 1900

BLAKELY – March 28, at her father’s residence, Fivemiletown, county Tyrone, Nannie Edith, youngest daughter of Samuel BLAKELY M.D.

HARMAN – ApriI 1, at 240 Beersbridge road, Belfast, William Henry HARMAN eldest son of the late Dr. HARMAN of Kilvergan Cottage, Lurgan and son-in-law of the late Dr. BAIRD Donemana, county Tyrone.

5 Apr. 1900

THOMPSON – March 28, at 4 Seacliff Terrace, Bangor, Margaret Helen, relict of the late Dr. Andrew Colquhoun THOMPSON, Londonderry and youngest daughter of the late Daniel COULTER Drumconnis, Dromore, Co. Tyrone.

6 Apr. 1900 Charitable Bequests

In the Goods of Edward BOYLE, late of Omagh, in the County of Tyrone, Esquire, J.P., merchant, deceased. Notice is hereby given that Edward BOYLE, late of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Esquire, merchant, deceased by his will dated the 18th Feb. 1898, directed that his executors should invest a sum that would annually produce the sum of £25 to be distributed among the Roman Catholic poor of the town of Omagh. Testator bequeathed to his executors the sum of £500 to be expended by them in erecting a stained glass window in Killyclogher Roman Catholic chapel and also towards the altar in said chapel. To the Nazareth Convent in Derry the sum of £300. To the committee of the St. Vincent de Paul society, Omagh, the sum of £50, and to the committee of the new Roman Catholic church, in Omagh, the sum of £4000, to be applied towards the completion of said church.
By a codicil to his said will of same date, testator bequeathed to the Roman Catholic Bishop of Derry the sum of £1,000 to be applied towards the education for the priesthood of a poor Roman Catholic student in the Diocesan Seminary, in Derry, from the Parish of Drumragh.
And the said testator, appointed the Right Rev. Monsignor M’NAMEE, and Michael DEVLIN Esq. J.P. of Omagh, to be executors of his said will and codicil. The said testator, Edward BOYLE died on 23 Feb. 1898 and probate of his said will and codicil was on the 28th May 1888, granted forth of the principal registry of the Queen’s Bench Division (probate) in the High Court of justice in Ireland to the said Right Rev. Monsignor M’NAMEE and Michael DEVLIN Esq.
Dated 26 Feb. 1900. F. J. O’CONNOR, solicitor for the said executors 51 Lower Sackville Street, Dublin and Omagh

13 Apr. 1900

The Presbytery of Omagh met in the session room of Second Omagh, on Tuesday 10th, at 12 o’clock. The deaths of the following elders were reported for the past year;


13 Apr. 1900 Death of Mr. John BURKE, Castlederg

The inhabitants of Castlederg and district will learn with regret of the decease of this gentleman, which took place at his residence on Tuesday morning. Mr. BURKE had been in delicate health for a year past, but he had only been confined to his bed for a fortnight prior to his death. One of the leading merchants of Castlederg, where he carried on a prosperous business for over 30 years, he took an active interest in every thing calculated to be of advantage to his native town, and his business brought him into contact with nearly everyone in the town and district, as well as a wide circle in the North-West, by all of whom he was held in the highest esteem as a kindly and benevolent gentleman and an honourable business-man. As a member of the Parish Church he faithfully discharged the duties of vestryman and took a warm interest in the welfare of the congregation. Although a strong Unionist, he never gave offense to those who differed from him in politics, and indeed his warmest friends were to be found among people who did not see eye to eye with him in political matters. He will be much missed in Castlederg, where his name was synonymous with all that is charitable and upright. The deceased leaves a widow and 5 sons and one daughter to mourn his loss, one of the sons being Dr. BURKE, solicitor, of Strabane and Castlederg.

M’PHILEMY – April 8th, at his father’s residence, 10 Brook Street, Omagh, Charles, eldest son of John M’PHILEMY aged 25 years.

FULTON – April 11, at his residence, Abercorn Arms, Newtownstewart, George James Hamilton, only son of late George and Margaret FULTON

19 Apr. 1900

M’ILROY – April 11th 1900, Arabella, widow of the late Robinson M’ILROY, formerly of Dungannon, in her 88th year

26 Apr. 1900 Death of Mr. Thomas S. MAGILL J.P.

Deep regret was felt in Cookstown at the announcement of the very sudden death Mr. Thomas Staples MAGILL, Crieve, Sunday, 15th. It appeared that the deceased gentleman had been in failing health for some time, and was attended by Dr. W. J. B. KNIGHT. He was, however, able to go about as usual. On Sunday his brother, returning from church, found him sitting in his chair dead. The only other person in the house was the house-keeper, who was unaware of anything being wrong. Dr. KNIGHT having certified to the cause of death, the coroner did not consider any inquest necessary. Mr. MAGILL was in his 65th year and unmarried, residing with his brother at Crieve, the family seat. He was a M.A. of Dublin University, and was for many years county magistrate and a grand juror of County Tyrone. As ex-officio member of the Board of Guardians he took a deep interest in the working of the poor-law and sanitary laws, and would have been returned a member for the division under the local Government Act had he not withdrawn his name. The funeral, which was the largest and most representative seen in the district for many years, took place Wednesday last. To the Lissan churchyard the remains of the deceased gentleman, which were enclosed in a coffin of polished oak with massive brass mountings, bore the following inscription;

Thomas S. MAGILL
Died 15th April, 1900.
Aged 65 years.

The chief mourners were;
Samuel MAGILL (brother)
Rankin MAGILL and Herbert MAGILL (nephews)

Amongst those who also attended the funeral were;
the Revs. J. RICHY; J. R. M’KIMM; Thomas GLASS; J. A. HUNTER
Richard TWIGG
George RAMSEY J.P.
District-Inspector CARY R.I.C.
The officiating clergymen were the Rev. J. R. M’KIMM and the Rev. T. J. M’EENDOO. Messrs. S. E. WEIR & Co., had charge of the funeral arrangements. (Tyrone Courier)

26 Apr. 1900 Probate Court Dublin

In the goods of Margaret DEVOR, deceased.
Mr. W. J. JOHNSTON applied on behalf of Mrs. Eliza CRAIG Woodend, Strabane, for a grant of letters of administration of the personal estate of Margaret DEVOR, late of Ballygawley, county Tyrone, deceased. It appeared that the deceased was the widow of one Samuel DEVOR, who resided also in county Tyrone, and who died in 1887. During his lifetime he acquired certain shares in the Standard Bank of British South Africa, which were transferred to the names of himself and his wife, and on his death the shares were still standing in the names of both. By his will, dated 18th October 1883, of which his wife took out a grant of probate as executor, he bequeathed his bank shares and all his other property to his wife for life, and after her death to his sister, Catherine HEZLETT, he bequeathed everything that should be remaining, but he directed that in case his sister should die before his wife then in that event the residue should go to the children of the said Catherine HEZLETT, of whom Mrs. Eliza CRAIG, the applicant, was one. Margaret DEVOR at the time of taking out the grant of probate of her husband’s estate, returned the said shares in the schedule of assets as part of her husband’s estate, and received the dividends on said shares during her lifetime. She died on January 2 1894, leaving the shares still standing in her own name, as survivor of her husband. Catharine HEZLETT died on May 6 1889 and her children became entitled, under Samuel DEVOR’s will, to the bequest of residue which their mother would have been entitled to had she survived Mrs. DEVOR. On March 28 1895, a grant of administration of the unadministered assets of Samuel DEVOR was granted to the applicant, Eliza CRIAG, but the Standard Bank refused to transfer the shares to anyone but the personal representative of Margaret DEVOR, who was the survivor of the original joint transferees of the shares. The present application was one, under the special circumstances of the case, for a grant under section 78 of the Probate act passing over the next-of-kin of Margaret DEVOR, who was alleged to have left no assets but the said shares. The sole next of kin of Margaret DEVOR was served with the notice of motion, but did not appear. The court gave liberty to the applicant, under section 78, to apply for the grant, and directed the costs to be returned when the grant had been extracted. (Londonderry Sentinel)

27 Apr. 1900

M’CRORY – On 20th April 1900, at his father’s residence. Abbey Street, Omagh, Felix, dearly beloved son of Charles M’CRORY aged 18 years.

M’LARIN – On January 19th 1900, at Ballykeel, Eliza Jane, relict of the late Thos. M’LARIN aged 75 years.

3 May 1900 Supposed Patricide in Tyrone after 16 Years

On Tuesday evening Mr. John MALONE, coroner, held an inquiry in Cookstown on the death of a man named Alexander REID, whose skeleton was discovered on the 20th April last by a man named David WILKINSON at Kilress, County Tyrone, under extraordinary circumstances, already reported. The deceased was a man of about 60 years and from the evidence, it appeared he lived at Tattykeel, near Cookstown, with his son, who was married. They were known to have had family rows over a farm of land and other private affairs The result of these quarrels as it now leaks out, was the murder of the old man, it is alleged, by his son, Samuel. The latter emigrated to America after his father disppeared, and it is alleged he hid his father’s body in a hole. After over 16 years the remains were identified by the clothes which were clinging to the bones clotted with blood. The skull was cracked as if it had been battered with some heavy instrument and there is not the slightest doubt that it is the body of the unfortunate old man. A pitch plaster was found sticking to the bones and this forms a very strong link in the remarkable chain of evidence that has been collected in order to bring to justice the murderer.
Before any evidence was taken the Conner stated it had come to his knowledge, that persons. whom names he knew, had been endeavouring to influence some witnesses, whose evidence was very important from explaining what they knew in a straightforward manner. He said it would he his duty, if such a thing were attempted, to lay a criminal indictment against the persons. He hoped this warning would be sufficient.
David WILKINSON, Tamlaght,deposed – he was a contractor. and was working in the kildress graveyard on the 20th April last. James M’KEIVER was with him. They were sinking foundations for a wall when something came in contact with his spade. Having cleared the earth away, he discovered human bones in a hole 3 feet 9 inches long. The head and feet were raised, and the clothes were clinging to the bone. He reported the matter to the police.
Dr. GRAVES deposed – that he had inspected the remains. He explained the nature of the wounds. The remains are those of a male person.
Dr. KNIGHT coorroborated.
James FERGUSON and Charles DUNNE deposed that they knew deceased. He disappeared about 16 years ago. Several others having been examined. The clothing found on the skeleton having been identified by several persons, also evidence having been given that deceased had a pitch plaster on a sore leg. And other facts going to prove that the remains were those of Alexander REID, the murdered man.
The coroner addressed the jury at great length. The jury retired and after a lapse of about a quarter of an hour. returned with a verdict of wilful murder against Samuel REID. his son, who is at present in America. A warrant has been issued for Samuel REID’S arrest (Dublin Evening Mail)

The jury members for the above inquest on Alexander REID

George ESPY (foreman)
Robert ALLEN
Andrew M’ILREE
Patrick DEVLIN
Michael DUFFY
Michael CONWAY
(Strabane Chronicle)

4 May 1900

ELKIN – May 2nd, at her residence, Georges Street, Omagh, beloved wife of the late John ELKIN . Funeral will leave this day (Friday) at ten o’clock for the family burying-ground, Cappagh. Friends will please accept this (the only) intimation.

LYONS – 29 April 1900, at his residence, 31 High Street, Omagh, Henry LYONS M.P.S.I

GREER – April 28th at his residence, Lisnacreight, Mountjoy, Omagh, John H. GREER aged 74 years. Deeply regretted.

I heard the voice of Jesus say
Come unto me and rest,
Lay down the weary one, lay down
Thy head upon thy breast.
I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary, and worn, and sad
I found in Him a resting place
And He has made me glad.

12 May 1900

GARNETT – On the 2nd May at Ardtrea Rectory Stewartstown, Tyrone. Lady Ella GARNETT wife of Rev. C. L. GARNETT and third daughter of Earl of Castlestuart

SIMPSON – May 4th of bronchial pneumonia at John Street Manse Dungannon, Thomas George, youngest son of the Rev. R. T. SIMPSON, aged 20 years.

12 May 1900

NEWTON – May 8 at his residence Killymeal Dungannon Robert NEWTON aged 68 years. Interment in the family burying ground Coagh, on Friday.
(Mid-Ulster Mail)

17 May 1900

WRAY – May 16, at his residence, John WRAY, aged 75 years. His remains will be removed for interment in the family burying-ground, Ardstraw, tomorrow (Friday), the 18th inst. at 1 o’clock, p.m. Friends will please accept this the only intimation. (Londonderry Sentinel)

18 May 1900 Death and Funeral of Mr. John RODGERS, Roscavey.

With regret we have to announce the death of a very promising and respectable young man, John RODGERS, Roscavey, near Beragh, who died ou Wednesday, the 9th inst. Deceased, though only 28 years of age, spent a long time in America and was most prosperous in business, but failing health, culminating in consumption necessitated his return to his native land, and fortunately to the loving care of an affectionate mother and a devoted sister. His funeral was very large indeed, all his neighbours and old companions accompanying the sad cortege to the family burying-ground. The coffin, which was of oak and richly mounted, was supplied by Messrs. JORDAN Bros. Omagh.

18 May 1900

M’FARLAND – May 10, at his residence, Deroar, Beragh John M’FARLAND, aged 39 years.

CONNOLLY – May 16th, at Omagh, James CONNOLLY, Strabane. Remains will arrive at Strabane Station on this (Friday) morning at 10.5 o’clock a.m. and from thence to Melmount, where, after the celebration of Mass for the Dead, the interment will take place in the family burying-ground.

19 May 1900 The Cookstown Mystery Further Devlopements

Further developments have taken place in connection with the Kildress graveyard mystery. It will be remembered a few days ago Mr. John MALONE, coroner, held an inquest on the remaina of a man supposed to be that of a farmer named Alexander REID of Tullymoyle, near the village Reek, who disappeared under myrterious circumstances about 16 years ago, which were unearthed at Kildress Graveyard, and made out and handed to the constabulary a warrant for the arrest of Samuel REID, now in America, for the murder of his father, Alexander REID, in June 1884 Yesterday morning District Inspector CARY, Cookstown, received from the police at Hamilton a certified copy from the register of deaths of the death of REID in 1889 and also a statement from the police to the effect that REID lived there for five years before his death. There were also written statements from REID’s friends, giving all particulars from the time he left this country. The Attorney General decided that the evidence obtained up to the present is not sufficient to justify the issue of extradion warrant for REID. The evidence adduced at the inquest would not be admitted by any judge. (Ballymena Weekly Telegraph)

19 May 1900

M’LOUGHLIN – John M’LOUGHLIN of Dromore (Co. Tyrone), died suddenly on Saturday evening. Deceased, who was 68 years of age, was formerly a National school teacher. (Portadown News)

25 May 1900 Sudden Death

On Sunday morning last a man named Jno. IRWIN, of Lisferty, 7 miles from Ballygawley, was found dead in his bed. The circumstances of the case were reported by acting sergeant BEST Ballygawley, to the coroner at Cookstown, who decided that no inquest would be held. The deceased was interred on Monday evening.

26 May 1900

GRIMASON – at Bank Cottage, Dungannon, the dearly beloved wife of Henry GRIMASON (Warder and Dublin Weekly Mail)

26 May 1900

KEMPTON – May 8th at Ballinagilly Cookstown, Annie the beloved wife of Thomas KEMPTON aged 58 years. Interred in Claggan Churchyard

LOUGHRAN – May 22nd at his residence Church St. Dungannon David LOUGHRAN J.P. His remains will be removed to St.Patrick’s Church Dungannon this morning (Thursday) at 11 a.m. and thence for interment at Coalisland. Friends will please accept this intimation. (Mid-Ulster Mail)

31 May 1900 Tragedy in County Tyrone

On Tuesday night a serious dispute occurred in the townland of Killycolphy, situate about five miles from Coagh, which resulted in the death of a fame named Arthur James GRIMES, of Annaghmore, Coalisland. It appears that Elizabeth M’ALEER, mother of the prisoner, went out on to the street where Bernard GRIMES and the deceased, James GRIMES, were repairing a wire paling. and she asked them not to close the way of the water, and to stop quarrying up her street. One of them, it is alleged, made at her, and she screamed or shouted. Her son, Matthew John, hearing the shouting, came to the street, followed soon after by his brother. Bernard, it is alleged, had a hatchet and Arthur a crowbar, and in the scuffle the deceased received a blow on the head. The injured man was afterwards attended to by Dr. R. BURGESS J P., Coagh, who found him suffering from a fracture of the base of the skull, apparently inflicted by one terrible blow. Information was immediately sent to the Coagh constabulary, and Matthew James M’ALEER who is an ex-policeman, was arrested by Sergeant NESBITT and Constables BRADY and COOK on a charge of having dangerously assaulted GRIMES. The unfortunate man never recovered consciousness, but expired yesterday morning at 8:15 a.m. Subsequently, District Inspector CAREY, Cookstown arrived and charged the prisoner with murder. There is an old standing dispute about this right-of-way between these parties for the last 15 years.
(Londonderry Sentinel)

2 Jun 1900

On Friday last, an old man named Wm. DOAK, residing near Newtownstewart, whilst walking over Campsie Bridge was seen to stagger and fall. Several gentlemen ran to his assisstance but an examination of the body showed that life was extinct. Dr TODD was sent for, but his services were unfortunately not required. It appears that the deceased had just come out of the Infirmary and was on his way to the train. An inquest was held in the afternoon by Messrs James KIRKPATRICK J.P. and D. A CLEMENTS J. P. (in the absence of Mr J. G.R. PORTER J P coroner). Dr TODD stated that the cause of death was cardiac failure and the jury returned a verdict accordingly. (Strabane Chronicle)

9 June 1900

One of the best known farmers in the neighbourhood of Keady, between this town and Augher, met with an accident which we are sorry to report ended fatally. The man, Richard M’GINN was driving home from Aughnacloy when he fell out of a cart and injured his spine, death ensuing on the following day. He leaves a widow and family, for whom the greatest sympathy is felt.

Death of Thomas MEEKS in Mountjoy
Information was received in Omagh a few days ago by telegram that MEEKS had died in Mountjoy Prison. It will be remembered that MEEKS was sentenced to 3 years penal servitude for having stolen a quantity of jewellery from the establishment of Messrs F. CRAWFORD & Co., High Street. No details are to hand as to the cause of death. (Strabane Chronicle)

23 Jun 1900 Shocking Affair at Lisonally Inquest

An occurrence of a shocking character took place at that part of the Strule known as the “Thunderbolt” on Sunday last. It seems that a horse trainer named Joseph NIXON of Dergmony, went into the river to have a swim, and when diving off the bank at Lisonally his head struck a atone. He was picked out of the water in a semi-conscious condition and taken to the County infirmary, where he lingered till Monday morning, when he died about half-past 4 o’clock. Mr. J. G. R. PORTER, coroner, held an inquest in the Boardroom of the Infirmary on Monday morning. Sergeant DONNELLY and Constable WHITESIDE watched the proceedings on behalf of the Constabulary.

The following gentlemen were sworn on the jury;

Dr. H. B. FLEMING said he was called on Sunday to see the deceased about half-past one o’clock. He was then in bed in the ward. Deceased was in a stupid condition. There was a small wound on the top of the head. There was another wound, a very trifling one, further back on the head. Deceased said he was bathing in the river near Mr. MURNAGHANs, that he went to dive, that the water was shallower than he thought, that he became unconscious and that he would have been drowned only that some men pulled him out. Witness examined the skull but could find no fracture, but he believed the base of the skull or the upper part of the spine was fractured. It was from these injuries that he died. Deceased died at 4 o’clock that morning.

Robert M’GUIGAN of Lisnamallard stated that he knew the deceased perfectly well. He believed he worked with horses. Witness and Robt. SHARKIE were going for a walk on Sunday last, shortly after 10 o’clock down by the wood.The deceased joined them and afterwards went on by himself, and subsequently he turned and came up to them again, and said “I think I will have a swim in there.” Deceased then undressed, and went into the water head foremost. He did not come up as quickly as he should have done and witness said he must have struck the bottom. They then saw blood coming to the top of the water, and he (witness) said his skull must be broken. Witness then threw off his coat and leapt into the water, and caught hold of deceased by the arm, and pulled him towards him. They then got him out of the river, and deceased said there was no water in him. He saw 2 cuts on his head. The police were sent for, and they had him taken to the infirmary. It was about 2 hours from the time the deceased was taken out of the water until he was left in the infirmary.

Robert SHARKIE corroborated and said that some soldiers came across the river, and gave the deceased some brandy. The coroner said that was as good a thing as they could have done. M’GUIGAN added that there was no sign of drink on the deceased.
Nurse Mary STEVENSON stated that NIXON died at half-past 4 o’clock that morning. Deceased was conscious during the night. This was all the evidence.

Mr M’LAUGHLIN thought that M’GUIGAN and SHARKIE should be recompensed in some way. The coroner said that they only did what any man would do. The jury then returned a verdict of “Accidental death.”
(Strabane Chronicle)

30 Jun 1900 Excursion from Sion Mills A Melancholy Incident

The annual excursion of Mr HERDMAN’s employees took place on Saturday, 23rd inst, when about 1,200 people availed themselves of the opportunity. The weather being comparitively fine tended to make the day more amusing, the rendezvous chosen for the outing being Warrenpoint. From an early hour in the morning people thronged the way to the Sion Mills Railway Station, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the trains, which were punctual to the appointed time, both arriving and departing, and as each train steamed out, joyous greetings burst forth from the carriage windows. The plan of issuing and checking tickets was ably and skilfully arranged by Mr LAWSON, stationmaster in charge, and promptly and efficiently carried out to the general satisfaction of all concerned. It will also be gratifying to note that those attending the excursion cannot be too highly praised for the harmonious, praiseworthy manner in which they conducted themselves. But, alas! joy was soon turned to sadness when early in the afternoon word reached home that a man named Thomas MADDEN, spinning master, was accidentally drowned whilst bathing, from failure of the heart’s action. The deceased, who was accompanied by his wile and children, was walking along the shore when he remarked that he was very warm, and that if she walked slowly along the shore he would go and have a bathe. He then proceeded to the water’s edge, undressed, and entered the water. His wife and children sat down on the stones on the shore a short distance from where poor MADDEN went for his swim. The unfortunate man had only been a few minutes in the water when he sank. His wife and children who were witnesses of the sad event, at once gave the alarm, and several men jumped into the water and brought the lifeless body ashore. It was carried into the Rink, where Dr VESEY was in immediate attendance, and did all in his power to restore animation, but without avail. An inquest was subsequently held in the Rink by Dr HERON, coroner for the district, Constable WALSH representing the constabulary, at which a verdict of death from drowning was reached The sad event cast a gloom over the day’s proceedings. Mr M’LAREN manager of Sion Mills, who accompanied the excursion, on hearing of the melancholy occurrence, hastened to the place, and did everything he possibly could with a view to comforting the bereaved woman, whom he sent to Belfast, to where the deceased belonged. He subsequently had the body conveyed thither, having In the meantime communicated with Mr MADDENs friend.

28 Jun. 1900

Passed Away – Much regret is felt in Ballygawley by the death in Belfast of Mr Edward HAMILTON, brother of Mr Joseph HAMILTON, rural postman. For many years the deceased was employed as a rural postman from Ballygawley to Aughnacloy.

29 Jun. 1900 Funeral of Bernard M’SORLEY, Moneygar, Trillick.

It is our sad duty have to chronicle the demise of Mr. Bernard M’SORLEY, Moneygar. Sprung from old patriarchal race, he too passed away an octogenarian. To write his epitaph in a few words it will be sufficient to say that a loving husband, a kind father, and a good friend and neighbour has been removed from our midst. The funeral cortege was immense in respect to numbers; every class and creed being well represented, not alone from Trillick neighbourhood, but from all the neighbouring places, both in Tyrone and Fermanagh.

Among those present or represented were;
Messrs Daniel, Tom and James (sons)
Dan BERNARD, John FRANCIS, and Joseph (grandsons)
Dan and Pat M’GUIGAN, Fintona
J M’CAUGHEY, Arthur M’CAUGHEY, Dan M’CAUGHEY (nephews)
P. M’CUSKER, J M’ELHOLM, N.T.(sons-in-law)

chief mourners;
James BRIEN J.P. Annahill House
W. BRIEN,, Glengeen House
Jas KERR junr, Trillick
Harry KERR, do
James BROWN do
Sergeant LADLEY
Rev. B. MAGUIRE CC, Kilskerry
Wm. RICHMOND Springhill House
Pat and F. M’NABB, Glengeen
Alex LINSAY Skeogue
John GRAHAM, do
John COULTER, do
James STAFFORD, do
Christopher GRAHAM, do
Owen BREEN do
Robert WATSON, DC, The Harp
P. LEONARD Ballyard
Robert BENNETT the Lodge
F M’FARLAND, Castletown
John M’BRINE, Shanmullagh
Charles M’QUAID, Girgaddis
Wm. M’ALOON, P. M’ALOON, Keerogue
James M’BRINE, Carren
John PATTISON, Ballyard
D. M’DAID, Carren
B M’CANN Magheralough
P. M’NABB, do
P M’GRADE, Knocknagar
James M’BRINE, Kinine
Wm FUNSTON, jnr, Ballyard
Charles GREY, John M’BRINE, M. M’GUIRE, P. M’GUIRE, M. M’CARRON, James M’KENNA, Wm. KERR Joseph THOMPSON, D. THOMPSON, all of Killyfaddy
Robert THOMPSON, Killyfaddy
John KELLY, Terence KELLY, James KELLY, Henry KELLY, Pat KELLY, Peter KELLY, Pat. KELLY, all of Lifford
John M’CANN, P M’CANN, John M’CANN, senr., James M’CANN, Paul M’CANN, P. M’CANN, J. M’CANN all of Lifford
J COLLINS, Lifford
Joe M’QUAID, junr., James M’QUAID all of Lifford
Michael M’CORMICK, Lifford
P. CAMPBELL, Arthur CAMPBELL, Jas. M’SORLEY, Bernard M’SORLEY, all of Knockinnis
Pat GALLAGHER, James GALLAGHER, both of Kilnock
Bernard M’CANN, NT
Peter M’CANN, do
Robert M’CARRON, do
P. M’CAUGHEY DC, M. M’CAUGHEY, Hugh M’CAUGHEY, James M’BRINE, Richard EDWARDS all of Bodoney
Edward KELLY, Peter KELLY both of Golan

30 Jun 1900

died 25th June 1900 Charlie GALLAGHER at Strabane. Interment took place in the family burying ground Long Tower, Derry (Strabane Chronicle)

30 Jun 1900 Clogher Quarter Sessions

The Clogher Board of Guardians v. John REA Aughnacloy

This was an action against John REA administrator of Eleanor REA for the sum of £42, £30 left to deceased by her father’s will and £12 interest in the Ulster Bank. There was a clause contained in the will that the money should go to the friends in whose charge the deceased would be at the time of her death, and the Guardians claimed the money for deceased’s maintenance in the workhouse for over 20 years.
Mr George M’ELROY appeared for the Guardians and Mr E. V. HAMILTON for the defendant.
Mr John WRIGHT, Master of the Clogher Workhouse, stated that the deceased was admitted to the workhonee in 1878 and died in the workhouse in April, 1900. She lived in the workhouse until April, 1900. The witness produced the separate register where patients having money were admitted into the workhouse hospital.
His Honour “Where is the Act of Parliament ?”
Mr M’ELROY “l will show you that.”
The witness in reply to Mr M’ELROY said the deceased was admitted to the workhouse hospitaI and died in the idiot ward. Mr M’ELROY “The resolution passed by the guardians entitles the guardians to recover it”
Mr WRIGHT (to Mr HAMILTON ) “She was admitted to the idiot ward which is a part of the workhouse infirmary.
Mr HAMILTON “Why did you not send her to a lunatic asylum?”
Mr M’ELROY “She was not a dangerous lunatic”.

After a further hearing, His Honour awarded the plaintiffs £12.
(Strabane Chronicle)

2 July 1900

M’SORLEY- June 28, at Sion Mills, Co. Tyrone, Eliza M’SORLEY.

9 July 1900

M’FARLANE – July 7 (suddenly) Thomas M’FARLANE the beloved husband of Eliza M’FARLANE late of Aldohill, Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone. Funeral will leave his residence, 79 Malone Avenue tomorrow 10th instant at 10.15 a.m., for the Great Northern Railway (Northern Whig)

10 July 1900

M’LAUGHLIN – July 9, at the residence of Mr. William M’DERMOTT, Barrack street, Strabane, Bridget, youngest daughter of the late John M’LAUGHLIN, Hotel, Castlederg, aged 15 years. Her remains will be removed tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, 11th inst.. at 9.30 o’clock, to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Strabane, thence for interment in Castlederg Burying ground. Friends will please accept this the only intimation

SHERRARD – July 8, at her residence, Gortree, Margaret, relict of the late John SHERRARD. Her remains will be removed for interment In Glendermott Burying ground this (Tuesday) afternoon

ANDREWS – July 6 at the residence of her husband Lammy, Omagh, Anne Jane belove wife of Robert ANDREWS aged 62 years. (Londonderry Sentinel)

12 Jul 1900

ALEXANDER – July 11, at Irish street, Strabane, Margaret, widow of the late John ALEXANDER. Funeral will leave for interment in Old Graveyard, Strabane, tomorrow (Friday), 13th inst. at 2:30 p.m. Friends will please accept this the only intimation

M’FARLAND – July 10, at her residence, Ballyheather, Catherine M’FARLAND. [Her remains will be removed for interment in Leckpatrick Graveyard this (Thursday) morning, at 11 o’clock. Friends will please accept this the only intimation. (Derry Journal)

16 July 1900 Death of a County Tyrone Lady

A respected Beragh correspondent regrets to announce the demise of Mrs. MONTAGU, wife of Mr. John MONTAGU, J.P., of Garvagly, Ballygawley, after a lingering illness. The deceased lady was held in the highest possible esteem as a resident and mother of an accomplished family. She was in many respects a model, and was exemplary in the piety and devotion of her life. (Derry Journal)

20 July 1900 Tyrone Assizes Record Court

Patrick GORMLEY (defendant) appellant; Michael M’QUAID and Thomas M’GUIGGAN (plaintiffs) respondents.

This was a testamentary civil bill seeking that probate of the last will and testament of Daniel GORMLEY jun., be granted to plaintiffs. At the Omagh Quarter sessions the County Court Judge gave a decree for probate with costs out of the estate, £5 being lodged on appeal. Mr P. L. SMITH appeared for the appellant and Mr GAUSSEN for the respondents

Mr. GAUSSEN said this was a suit to establish the will of an old man named Daniel GORMLEY who left practically all he had to his nephew Lanty GORMLEY. The latter went to look after the old man when dying and suggested that he should be removed to the house of his sister, who was married and who was the principal person opposing this will. He, however, brought the man to his own house, where the old man made his will, bequeathing the farm to Lanty, who was to defray the funeral expenses. The executors were Michael M‘QUAID and Thos. M’SWIGGAN and the witnesses were Arthur M‘CUSKER and Francis M’QUAID. Apparently the person who drew up the will thought it informal and another was executed, which, however, was the same in substance and in fact, as the first one.
Mr. SMITH – I question whether the deceased ever made the will. It was made for him.

On the application of Mr. SMITH the witnesses were only allowed into the body of the court as each was called on to give evidence.
Arthur M’CUSKER was then examined by Mr. GAUSSEN and deposed he was a farmer. He was no relation of any of the parties, or of the deceased. On the night of the 23rd December he was in the house of Lanty GORMLEY where the deceased was in a dying condition. Francis M’QUAID was there also and said the probability was the deceased would not recover. He suggested to witness to speak to the old man about making his will. Witness did so and suggested to the deceased to make his will. Deceased said he would leave his farm of land to Lanty GORMLEY. Witness, with his consent, then drafted the will in writing on a leaf of a copy book and wrote in the names of the persons he appointed executors, namely, Thomas M’GUIGGAN and Michael M’QUAID. Mr. M’GUIGGAN was a man experienced in matters of the kind, and M’QUAID was District councillor who had occasion often to visit the locality. When they had the document executed witness had some doubts whether it was done in legal form or not. Being anxious that no failure would occur through his part in the transaction he drafted another will on the same lines. On the 25th December witness was again at the bedside of the deceased, who was then very ill. He shook hands with witness, who said, Dan, are you satisfied about the making the will? Deceased answered, Sure, I am leaving the farm to Lanty, and I have neither heart nor eye in it myself.” Deceased died the following day. Witness, on the day previously, wrote out the second will with view to getting it executed the same way as the first.
Cross-examined by Mr, SMITH – l know Lanty GORMLEY for about ten years. I knew old Dan intimately, and knew he had several other relations besides Lanty. For the last five years the man was not doting. As far as I know he was not eighty years of age. He lived alone, and it was on a cart he was brought to Lanty’s house. I am not aware that the old man had influenza. He was suffering from burns. I am not aware that when Lanty asked him to make his will he refused to leave the land to him. It was untrue the deceased was unconscious from the time Dr. HAMILTON saw him on the 24th December until he died.
To his Lordship- He was fit to swear that he saw the old man on his foot through the house in the earlier part of the day of the 24th.
In the course of further cross-examination by Mr SMITH- witness said on the leaf paper on which the will was written was resting on the copy book, of which it formed a part. He provided the second paper himself as it seemed more suitable. He (witness) “wrought” the pen while deceased was making his mark. Deceased had his hand on the pen. The deceased was perfectly conscious when he made the will on the 25th. On his oath the man was perfectly conscious from Dr HAMILTON saw him on the 24th, and until he made his will on the 25th December.

Francis M’QUAID jun., stated that shortly prior to his death the old man sustained burns through falling into the fire. In his opinion death resulted from these injuries. On Christmas night, when deceased was on his death-bed, witness heard him promising the land to Lanty. Witness was at the house because M’CUSKER had sent for him, and said a new will, on more legal lines, should be prepared. The old man was lying in the kitchen, he saw Arthur M’CUSKER writing the will and heard him suggest the names of the two men mentioned as executors. The old man approved of these two men. The deceased was as sensible as ever he had been in his life, so far as witness knew about him. M‘CUSKER asked him (deceased) did he understand the terms of the will and he said, “Yes, he was quite satisfied ” There were present at the making of the second will, besides witness himself, Arthur M’CUSKER and Francis M’QUAID sen. They gave for excuse for making the second will that there was something about the parish or barony in the first, that they wanted changed. The old man was as sensible then as the first day, only he was further through with the burns. Cross-examined by Mr. SMITH – He was a frequent visitor at Lanty GORMLEY’s. So was M’CUSKER but neither of them were in it constantly. He never spoke to Arthur about the will since. There was talk of the case being for the sessions. The difference of the appearance of the inks he believed, was caused by the fact that he leaned heavier on the pen than Arthur. The old man said he would leave every foot of land he had to Lanty, and he had neither heart nor eye in it. The old man was both able to speak and to talk and was quite sensible.

Francis M’QUAID sen. said he saw the first will with M’CUSKER. He thought it was very simple-looking. His lordship- l suppose you thought a good legal document should be more puzzling. (laughter)

Witness further stated that he was present when the second will was made and he could swear that the old man was perfectly sensible. He heard Arthur M’CUSKER reading it to the old man and asking him was it right and he said “aye.” Cross-examined by Mr. SMITH – Lanty was not there when this performance was going on. To the best of his opinion he was sleeping in another part of the house. The paper (produced) was the one he saw written. He brought the pen and ink himself lest there would not be a good one in the house.

Lanty GORMLEY was next examined Mr. GAUSSEN – He was a nephew of deceased man, Dan GORMLEY. He was in Omagh market on the 16th December, when he heard his uncle was in a poor state. He asked his sister, Catherine GALLAGHER to take him home, but she declined do so; he then went and brought him to his (witness) own home. He never had any conversation with Arthur M’CUSKER about the will. He never asked the old man for the farm. Cross-examined by Mr. SMITH – He did not visit the old man while he had the influeuza. He never asked him to make a will in his favour. It was he, sent for Dr. HAMILTON. He heard the old man asking for a drink after the Doctor left him on the 24th. He did not know that the old man was in a state of absolute collapse. He heard the deceased telling the Doctor to let him alone. He was then suffering from the effects of the burns. He was up at the fire on Christmas eve.

Edward GORMLEY, in replying to Mr. GAUSSEN, said he was in the same “sibness” to all.
Mr. GAUSSEN That is the same relationship? Yes.
Witness, continuing, said on one occasion he heard the deceased say he would like to get one of Lanty’s children to help him to work the farm, as he would not leave one ‘fur’ to his sister’s family. When the old man was told that Lanty had come to see him, he sat up in the bed and shook hands with Lanty and his son and sent witness for half-a-pint of whiskey to treat them. He also heard him telling Lanty how his brother’s family had treated him.
Cross-examined Mr. SMITH – He was a son of Jerry GORMLEY. The old man used to stop with them. He was in their house the night before he was burned. He was brought home to Lanty in a cart.

Dr. HAMILTON, Dromore, said he was called on to vist the old man on the evening of the 24th December. The patient appeared to be turning 80. He was suffering from burns and collapse resulting there from. There was no movement except in the arms. He should say the man was in a state of absolute collapse. The patient generally continued in this state until death supervened. It was in his opinion highly improbable that the old man could have recovered sufficiently to make a will. To His Lordship -The old man was burned on the back and arms. He asked him how he got the burns but he was unable to get any reply. Witness in reply to Mr. GAUSSEN said he thought the old man was suffering principally from the burns. He heard him utter some complaints about his injuries but he could get nothing further out of him.

Catherine GALLAGHER said she lived in Drumharvey. The old man was in the habit of visiting her. He had his own farm set for grazing. He was very simple and foolish and sometimes mistook night for day. They had to take him with them when they went out to work. He thought there were bands about the house and they had sometimes great trouble to keep him in bed. He was sometimes very foolish. She heard him talking as if he was not pleased with Lanty. to his Lordship- He was talking against Lanty: He was foolish then. Cross-examined by Mr GAUSSEN – She would have kept the old man herself. She heard him abusing Lanty. She remembered Lanty talking to her about taking the deceased home to her place about the 16th December. The weather was so severe then she could not go to see him. She did not visit him after he got the burns. To Mr SMITH – She remembered the deceased on one occasion mistaking a stick of a bog oak for the local clergyman.

Patrick GORMLEY gave evidence as to the old man being in a state of dotage for some time before his death. It was while changing his clothes, he believed, that the deceased was burned in his own house. To his Lordship – He saw the old man at his own house after he was burned. Cross-examined by Mr GAUSSEN – He lived about 70 perches off, but he did not go to see the deceased while he was suffering from the burns. He got no word about him until he was buried. He never asked a clergyman to go to see him.

Margaret GORMLEY said she was a brother’s daughter of deceased. She knew that the old man was not fit for any business for two years before he died. He used to be singing and talking to himself. She was a sister to the defendant. She was much interested in the old man’s welfare. She never heard he was burned until he left for Lanty’s. She heard on Saturday night about him being burned, but she did not go to see him on Saturday, Sunday Monday. To his Lordship – The old man could go into the town in a kind of a way previous to being burned.

Mr. SMITH said they relied on the age of the man and the evidence of Dr. HAMILTON to show that he was not capable of making a will or in a fit state to regulate it’s provision.
Mr. GAUSSEN contended that the evidence of the several uninterested witnesses proved the opposite and asked his Lordship to admit the will to probate.
His Lordship dismissed the appeal and decided that the will was good. He would enter an order to that effect and give costs below, out of the estate and costs of the appeal against defendant.

27 July 1900 Death of Mr. John DEVINE, Upper Belox Plumbridge

It is with deep regret I have to chronicle the early demise of Mr. John DEVINE, teacher, Upper Belox, which took place at his residence, Dooratt on Sunday, 22nd inst. He was in delicate health for some time past, much so that he had to employ a substitute in his place. He was principal teacher of Upper Belox for the last 34 years, and by his kindness and urbanity endeared himself to his pupils and their parents, and, indeed, every person he came in contact with. Finding his last end approaching he bore his sickness with Christian fortitude, and died quite resigned to the will God. His funeral took place on Tuesday, 24th inst. and was well attended by a large circle of friends, a great many coming from a distance to pay a tribute of respect to his mortal remains. He was interred in the graveyard attached to the new church at Aughabrack, a church erected by the Rev. J. M’GLINCHEY P.P., Killenagh, and one that reflects great credit on its founder by its chaste appearance and elegant design. The funeral ceremonies were performed by the Rev. D. DEVLIN C.C., assisted by the Rev. J. M’GLINCHEY P.P.

9 Aug. 1900 Death of a Young Townsman.

On Friday evening, 27th ult., the hand of death removed from this life an honest, hard working young man named Thomas BEST of Breweary row, Ballygawley. Although always hardy, he was considered delicate and after a short illness he breathed his last, much to the regret of all his comrades. He was a kind natured young man, always ready to assist a neighbour. The remains were borne from his late residence amid the many sad faces. A procession was formed, including many young ladies, who assisted to carry the remains to his last resting place in the Protestant graveyard Ballygawley.

Amongst the general public we noticed the following; John S. GERVAN,
James O’NEILL, Arthur MURPHY, James FAIR Robert EWING,Guy KNOX, Thos. WILLIAMSON, Bernard KERR, Peter CARRON, Francis KERR, James M’MINEMAN, John M’ALEER, Peter MURPHY, John M’CONNACK, John M’GEE, Constable HEGARTY, George BOYD, Richard PAISLEY, Adam BELL, Robert BUSBY. The funeral service was officiated at the grave by the Rev. Thomas NASH, Ballygawley.

9 Aug. 1900 Funeral of Shop Assistant
On Saturday evening, 28th ult., the funeral of Mr. John M’FARLAND of Mullaghtane, took place. The deceased served his time with Mr. N. DUFF, Ballygawley, where he was much respected by the people about Ballygawley and some time ago his health began to fail, although nothing was wanted in procuring the best medical skill that could be had, but all to no use, he breathed his last. The funeral was largely attended by all classes and creeds. The remains were buried in the Protestant graveyard, and the service at the grave was Officiated by the Rev. Thomas NASH.

10 Aug. 1900

MONTGOMERY – August 8th at 19 Nicholsonsquare, Londonderry, Robert, fifth son of Thomas MONTGOMERY late of Newlownstewart, county Tyrone, aged 12 years. Funeral will leave Railway Station for Ardstraw burying-ground on arrival of 11.10 a.m. train from Londonderry tomorrow (Friday), 10th instant. Friends will please accept this intimation.

M’KlNLAY – August 3rd at her husband’s residence, Graylands, 58 Loampit Hill, St. John’s, Lewisham London, S.E., of acute rheumatism, Mary Romanis, the beloved wife of William M’KlNLAY, formerly of Elm view house, Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Deeply regretted.

TURPIN – August 3, at Stewartstown House, county Tyrone, Catherine Anne, widow the late Thos. TURPIN, solicitor, Maryborough.

JOHNSTON – July 29, at his residence, Sessagh, Fintona, John JOHNSTON aged 65 years. Deeply regretted.

WATSON – On Monday August 6th at Culmore, Omagh, Sarah Jane, relict of the late Jas. WATSON. Deeply regretted by a large circle of friends.

HOUSTON – August 8th 1900 at her residence, Annaboe, Fintona, Annie HOUSTON second daughter of the late William HOUSTON, aged 77 years. Funeral at 10 o’clock on this (Friday) morning 10th inst.

KERR – August 9th 1900, at his residence, Castle Street, Omagh, after a prolonged illness, Michael KERR aged 62 years. R.l.P. (American and Scotch papers please copy.) The remains were interred in the family burying-ground Killyclogher

17 Aug. 1900 Death and Funeral of Mrs. WATSON Culmore.

The sudden demise of this lady, relict of the late Mr. John WATSON of Culmore, near Omagh, came as a great shock upon her many friends. The deceased had been in her usual good health, and no one anticipated that the end was near. She leaves a family of 4, three daughters and one son, the latter being in Belfast. The immediate cause of death was cardiac failure. The funeral which took place on Wednesday the 8th inst, was a very large and representative one, the blinds were drawn in the houses aud business establishments in the town. At the grave side at Drumragh a short service was held by the Rev. George THOMPSON, to whose church (Second Omagh Presbyterian) the deceased belonged. Amongst those present were;

James WATSON, son, John WATSON, Samuel WATSON, brothers
Oliver WATSON, John WATSON, Edward STEVENSON, John WHITE, John GRAHAM, brothers-in-law, James WHITE, W. WHITE, J. WHITE, B. BLAYNEY, J. J. WATSON, W. WATSON, A. GRAHAM, nephews
William DALE
Rev. S. PAUL and Rev. A. MACAFFEE
Messrs. PORTER & THOMPSON, had charge of the funeral arrangements.

17 August 1900

The death of Miss Sarah M’MASTER (daughter of Mr James M‘MASTER, Garvaghey, near Ballygawley) has caused a profound feeling of regret in the Garvaghey district, where she was a prime favourite amongst all classes and creeds. The funeral cortege was large and respectable and much sympathy is felt for her bereaved parents.

23 Aug. 1900

Death has removed a respected member of society in the person of Miss Ellen MULGREW. The deceased belonged to old and respected family residing in the parish Errigal Kieran. For some time the lady was in delicate health, but nothing serious was expected till about a week ago, when it was found that the end was near. On Tuesday night she breathed her last, much to the regret of many friends. The funeral on Thursday was largely attended.

We noticed ths following chief mourners;
Mr Francis MULGREW
Mr Michael MULGREW

Among the general public noticed the following others; Messrs John FORD, Arthur LITTLE, George IRVINE, A, TURNER, James O’NEILL, John M’MAHON, John _ _GAN?, Patrick SLEVIN. The remains were buried in Errigal Kieran graveyard. The Rev. Michael M’GURK P. P. officiated at the grave.

23 Aug. 1900

On Sunday the remains of Mrs M‘ANESPIL were removed from her late residence to the family burying-ground at Errigal Kieran. The deceased was sister Mr Patrick FADDEN, the celebrated carpenter now working at Aughnacloy. Her illness was not of a long duration, and the attendance of Dr BEATTIE, Ballygawley, was at once procured. She died fortified in the rights of the Catholic Church to which she belonged. The funeral was the largest seen in the district for many years. We noticed the following;
Mr Patrick FADDEN, Joesph FADDEN, Mr James FADDEN, Thomas M’CRORY, John MULGREW, Francis MULGREW, Michael MULGREW, John M’KENNA, Francis M’KENNA, John COOKE, Wm LITTLE, Owen KELLY, S. KELLY, Michael MONTAGUE, John M’MAHON, Stewart LITTLE, Henry M’CRYSTAL, John M’GIRR,, Patrick FARRELL. The Rev M. M’GURK P.P officiated at the grave

24 August 1900 A Tyrone Tichborne Case in the Minnesota Probate Court. Minneapolis, Aug. 6th 1900

There is a celebrated case now on trial before Judge Harye in the Probate Court of this city to find out the lawfull heirs to the estate of Isabella COLVIN nee BLACK, formerly of Ballymacal, near Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone. The estate is valued at fifty thousand dollars. The claimants to the estate are the Rev Edward BLACK, a Presbyterian minister of South Dakota, and his brother John, who is here from Pomeroy. These claimants are opposed by a W. COLVIN, a man about 33 years of age, who claims he is the son of the deceased. He tells a strange story on the witness’s stand, which in many ways outrivals the Tichborne claimants. He does not know how old he is, or where he was born. The case has been before the Court for the past week and when decided I will forward you a condensed report of the proceedings for next issue of the Constitution. The case is causing sensation here.

1 Sept. 1900 Death of Old medical Practitioner

The death has occurred of Dr William MARSHALL, the oldest medical practitioner in Dumfries. Deceased was a native of Ireland, having been born at Caledon, Co. Tyrone, in 1822. He went to Dumfries in 1848 on the outbreak a cholera epidemic and settled there. He was for over 40 years medical officer to the Parochial Board and Parish Council, a position from which he retired 4 years ago and was, for nearly thirty years, one of the visiting staff of the infirmary and he enjoyed a large private practice. Dr MARSHALL possessed a large fund of humour, and had an inexhaustible store of ready anecdotes, which made him entertaining companion. In politics he was an ardent liberal. His sympathy with Presbyterian Ireland, of which he was a native, led him keenly to resent Mr Gladstone’s Home Rule proposals, and he afterwards supported the Unionist party. He is survived by one son, who is a sheep farmer in New Zealand. (Dundee Evening Post)

7 Sept. 1900

JOHNSTON – On June 19th at Epson, Auckland, New Zealand, accidentally killed, John James, the third son of the late David JOHNSTON Esq., Moyne, Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Deeply regretted.

WOODS – August 29th at the residence of her father, Prospect House, Castlederg, Beatrice Maud, the dearly-beloved second daughter of H. H. and Sarah WOOD.

M’GOLDRICK – August 27th at the Hospital at Lisburn road, Belfast, of typhoid fever James, fourth and dearly-beloved son of John M‘GOLDRICK, Tullycar, Castlederg. R.I.P.

ELKlN – August 31st at Culbuck, Margaret, the beloved wife of the late David ELKlN, aged 94 years.

7 Sept. 1900 Law reports – Vacation Motions (Before Mr. Justice BARTON)

This was a motion on behalf of the defendant to set aside a judgment obtained in February 1899, by John WRAY deceased, against the defendant for £361 4s., alleged to be due on a promissory note made in 1887 for £400. The parties were brothers-in-law, and resided near Strabane, Co. Tyrone. John WRAY died in May last and the defendant alleged that he knew nothing whatever of the marking of the judgment, or that it was registered against his farm, till some time after Mr. WRAY’s death. It appeared that the affidavit upon which the judgment had been obtained stated that the defendant had been served with the writ in the plaintiff’s house by the plaintiff, but this was denied by the defendant. The action had been revived in the name of the present plaintiff, David CUNNINHAM, as he was one of John WRAY’s executors. The defendant was about 86 years of age and he alleged that the judgment was obtained for the purpose of preventing him from disposing of his farm to any other person.
His Lordship set aside the judgment, with five guineas costs. Mr. Robert DOYLE appeared for the plaintiff. Mr. A. L. HORNER appeared for the defendant.

In the Goods Charles SCOTT, deceased. Mr. HORNER applied for a grant of letters of administration to Jane SCOTT, sister the deceased, who resided Garvaghan, County Tyrone. Mr. Charles DOYLE appeared for a brother named Thomas SCOTT to apply for a grant to him. The Court adjourned the case till the sittings, Thomas SCOTT undertaking not to interfere with the assets in the meantime. (Derry Journal)

10 Sept. 1900 War in South Africa

In memory of the officers, non-commissioned officers, and men of the 6th lnniskilling Dragoons and the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers who have fallen in the war in South Africa, a suitable monument is to be raised in the territorial district of the regiments. Enniskillen, The Earl of Erne is the president of the Memorial Fund. Another monument will be erected in Omagh, county Tyrone, where the depot of the Fusiliers is located.
(London Evening Standard)

13 Sept. 1900

Death of Mr. James HACKETT, Kilgreen
It is with feelings of regret that we have to record the death of this young man after a short illness. The deceased was much respected in the district. The funeral was largely attended. The chief mourners were; Mr. Michael EARLEY father-in-law, Mr. Charles EARLEY and Mr. John M’KENNA brothers-in-law. Rev. M. M‘GURK P.P. officiated. The remains were buried at Errigal graveyard. He will be missed. (Tyrone Courier)

21 Sept. 1900

On Friday evening Mr. John MALONE, coroner, Cookstown, held an inquest on the body of. Annie M’GUFFIN, (or in another report- M’GRIFFIN) of Mullinure, who had been found dead that morning hanging from a rafter in the kitchen of the house where she resided. Mary Jane M’GUFFIN, sister of the deceased, deposed that she and the deceased and their mother and brothers lived together. Deceased was a spinster, and about 48 years of age. On Thursday she had been as usual, and had lifted corn all day. Four years ago the deceased had taken ill in her mind, and had been in Omagh asylum for 6 months or so. She was not quite recovered when she returned, and suffered even till the last from religious mania. She always said that everybody was good, and that she was bad. She had abandoned religious habits from she took ill, and seemed to despair of salvation, and had been rather worse since May last. Before she was in the asylum she had a tendency to commit suicide, but not since her return. On Thursday night she went bed in her usual way. Friday morning deceased came up to witness’s bedroom about 5 o’clock and asked witness how she was, but would not sit down and looked excited and went out of the room quickly. Witness got up and dressed and when entering the kitchen found deceased hanging from a rafter, by a rope. Witness went and told her brother. This was about a quarter of an hour after the time deceased had been in bedroom. Anne M’GUFFIN, mother of deceased, deposed that deceased slept in the room with her, and had got up about five o’clock. Witness heard her in the kitchen, but thought she was lighting the fire. The jury returned a verdict of suicide while temporarily insane.

21 Sept. 1900

ROGERS- At the residence of her son-inlaw, “Braich-y-celyn,” Aberdovey, Fanny, widow of George A. ROGERS Esq, late of Omagh, in her 69th year.

M’ASKIE – September 19, her father’s residence, Whitehouse, Castlederg, Jane Anne (Jennie), third daughter of Joseph M’ASKIE.

HALL – August 15, 1900, killed in action before Pekin, James Oliver Buchanan, Company E, 9th Infantry, U.S. Army, second son of Rev. Thomas HALL, Island Pond, Vermont, and grandson of the late Robert Buchanan, formerly of Strathroy and Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Ireland.

TAYLOR – At the residence of his mother, Lisnamallard, Omagh, on the 18th inst., James TAYLOR, M.D., M. Ch. R.U.I., of Heath House, Andover, Hants, eldest dearly beloved son of Mrs F. TAYLOR and former extensive practitioner in Mid-Hants, also physician to the late Marquis of Winchester, at Amport.

21 Sept. 1900 Sudden Death near Fintona Inquest

Information having been conveyed to the Fintona police on Thursday evening last, regarding the painfully sudden death of an old man named Robert KEARNS, alias Robert M’MENAMIN, at the townland of Raneese, near Fintona, Sergeant DEANE and Constable LYNCH of the local station, proceeded to the place indicated to inquire into the circumstances attending the sad occurrence. On their, arrival they found the deceased lying in a field adjoining his own home, whither the body was immediately conveyed by direction of the sergeant to await the inquest.

Mr J.G.R. PORTER J P. having been subsequently communicated with, an inquiry was opened the following morning at 10 o’clock before the following jury;

Thos.M’WILLIAMS (foreman)
Jas. M’WILLIAMS sen.
James M’WILLIAMSjunr
Bernard MULLIN

Owen M’CARNEY stated that the deceased lived on his property in a house recently vacated by man named NEALIS. He saw him the previous evening about 3 o’clock, and he appeared in his usual health. He afterwards found the old man lying in the field with life extinct and immediately apprised some of the neighbours and sent word to the police. The deceased was so infirm as to use a crutch and so far as witness understood, he earned his living by begging for some years past. He believed the old man was going across the field to dig some potatoes when he was seized with the weakness which proved fatal. Sergeant DEANE proved to finding the body as already stated and said he had it removed to the deceased’s own house. He had the place searched afterwards, but the search revealed nothing but a single copper and a quantity of tea, and other little groceries secreted in boxes in different parts the of the house. Michael M’WILLIAMS, in reply to a question, stated that Owen M’CARNEY called across the field to him after finding the body. After hearing the evidence. The jury found a verdict to the effect that Robert KEARNS died at the townland Raneese the previous evening, and that death was due to natural causes.

3 Oct. 1900

FERRIS – October 2, at Holyhill, Strabane, Jane, the beloved wife of James FERRIS. Her remains will be removed for interment in Cloughcor burying ground tomorrow (Thursday) morning, 4th instant at 10 o’clock. Friends will please accept this the only intimation.

CHARTRES – September 29th at 29 Royal terrace, Kingstown, Dublin, from a stroke of paralysis, the Rev. William CHARTRES, formerly rector of Omagh, Co. Tyrone, in his 73rd year. (Derry Journal)

4 Oct. 1900

MULHOLLAND – September 29, at (Don?aghtmore) Tyrone, Eliza, widow of the late John MULHOLLAND, aged 65 years. (Tyrone Courier)

5 Oct. 1900

In the Goods of Joseph MARSHALL late of Laragh (Beragh) in the County of Tyrone, farmer, deceased. All persons having claims against the estate of the above deceased, who died on or about the 14th day of September 1900, will please furnish particulars thereof, in writing, to the undersigned solicitor for the executors, on or before the 1st day November next, after which date the assets will be distributed amongst all persons entitled thereto, regard only being had for claims of which notice shall have been received aforesaid. Dated 29 Sept. 1900. Richard S. HOLLAND, Solicitor for executors, Omagh

6 Oct. 1900

ENGLISH – September 25th at the schoolhouse, Baronscourt County Tyrone. William ENGLISH, teacher.

FOWLER (suddenly) September 28th at the residence of his aunt ( Mrs. DONAGHY) Sixmilecross, James, only and dearly beloved son of Joseph FOWLER, 49 Fitzroy Ave. Belfast aged 21 (?) years (Ballymena Weekly Telegraph)

6 Oct. 1900 Statutory Notices to Creditors of

Charles KERRIGAN late of Castlederg, farmer, died 12 Sept. 1900 – Catherine KERRIGAN, widow and universal legatee in trust of said deceased. TODD & MARK solicitors Londonderry

13 Oct. 1900

MULLAN – Oct. 10, at his residence, Glengoorland Co. Tyrone, Hugh MULLAN

RICHARDSON – August 20, at his residence, Glenthorne, Boulevards, Lewisham, Sydney, Alexander, only surviving son of Henry Downing RICHARDSON, of Farlaugh Co. Tyrone, Ireland, in his 55th year. (Londonderry Sentinel)

16 Oct. 1900 Sad Death at Donemana

On Thursday last Mr. John ELLIOTT coroner, Strabane, held an inquest on the body of a man named Hugh MULLIN of Glenagoorland, Donemana. Deceased’s brother, James, gave evidence that about 4 o’clock he came up from the fields and found that his brother was not in the house. He went into the barn and found his brother hanging from a beam suspended by a rope tied round his neck. He was then dead. Since February last deceased was suffering from a weak mind. Dr. HAMILTON, Donemana, gave evidence that the man died from strangulation by hanging. The jury came to the decision that deceased came by his death from strangulation self inflicted while labouring under temporary insanity. (Londonderry Sentinel)

16 Oct. 1900 Death Under Peculiar Circumstances

On Saturday evening Mr. John ELLIOTT, Strabane, held an inquest in the Courthouse, Newtownstewart, concerning the death of a well known Newtownstewart land surveyor and valuer named Thomas HEGARTY, who was discovered lying on the public road between Victoria Bridge and Newtownstewart on Thursday evening. District Inspector WILBOND represented the Crown and Mr. W. Edmond ORR solicitor, of Omagh, appeared for the next of kin.

Michael O’CONNOR stated that on Thursday last he was at Strabane Quarter sessions with the deceased, Thomas HEGARTY. They left Strabane about a quarter past 6 o’clock on a car, which witness was driving. HEGARTY was helped on the car, as he had taken drink. HEGARTY fell asleep on the car and witness kept his hand to his head. He leaning back across the well of the car. After passing Victoria Bridge deceased awoke and told witness to stop the horse. Witness asked him why he would not go home with him, and deceased said he had business at Victoria Bridge. Deceased got off the car and went towards Victoria Bridge. It was then about a quarter-past 7 o’clock. Witness arrived at Newtownstewart about ten minutes past 8 o’clock. He saw a woman whom he believed was deceased’s sister in law. She asked him did he see Mr. HEGARTY and he told her what had taken place as he had deposed. To Mr. ORR – The deceased had to be helped on the car, and he was fairly advanced in drink. When he left witness he was capable of taking care of himself.
Hewston HAYES said he was coming from Strabane on this evening and saw deceased and O’CONNOR about a mile out of Strabane. Deceased was lying across the car. He believed the man was drunk. Joseph HUTCHESON stated that on this night he left Newtownstewart for home about a quarter past ten o’clock. He found the body of deceased on the Strabane road over a mile from Newtownstewart. His head was under the hedge, his left arm under his body, and his legs towards Newtownstewart. He was lying on the left side. His clothing was in no way disarranged. He had no hat on. There was blood on his face, about both eyes. He saw no signs of a struggle about the place.

Sergeant ORR deposed that when HUTCHESON reported at the barracks that there was a man lying dead, he and a constable went to the place. They had a lantern with them. HUTCHESON accompanied them. The deceased was then lying on his back on the road. He was informed that the body had been pulled out from the hedge. There was mud on the knees of the trousers and up the front of the clothes. It was then dry. Witness searched then, and since, for the hat and could not find it. There was a watch, 1s 2d in money, two small maps, private letters and an account book in the deceased’s pockets. There was a cut under the left eye and his face was stained with blood, particularly the left cheek. There was also some bloodstains on the back of the head. There were no signs of struggle about the place. The hedge into which deceased fell was a rough one, with big thorn spikes.To Mr. ORR – The road was hard at the place where the body was found. There was a cart track at the place but no tracks of a car.

Dr. LYLE stated that he saw the deceased lying on his back on the side of the road. There was a good deal of blood about his face, especially the left eye, and some slight blood stains over the head. There were some hawthorn leaves sticking in the blood over the eyebrow. The lower eyelid was wounded and contused. At that time the body was almost cold, and deceased must have been dead 2 or 3 hours. Afterwards, in company with Dr. RANKIN, he made a post-mortem examination of the body. They found two small lacerated wounds on the left lower eyelid, with effusion of blood under the skin and conjunctiva. The right eye was normal. The brain was normal. There was ante mortem effusion of blood over the occipital bone. Fatty degeneration of the heart, not very excessive. The mitral valve was badly diseased, All other organs were healthy. He believed the cause of death was heart disease. None of the injuries about the head would be sufficient to cause death. A fall against the hedge where the body was found would cause the wounds about the eye that he had described. They were mere tears. If the deceased was under the influence of drink it would accelerate death. To Mr. ORR – The blood came from the wounds over the eye. The contusion over the occipital bone could have been caused by a blow. The blow which caused the contusion might have been sufficient to knock deceased into the hedge. The wound about the eye were a combination of scratching and bruise, which might have been caused by falling into the hedge. In reply to a juror, Dr. LYLE added that exposure to cold would accelerate his death. A violent blow on the back of the head, in the state in which deceased’s heart was in would accelerate death.

Dr. RANKIN agreed with the evidence given by Dr. LYLE. In his opinion the state of the heart was sufficient to account for death.The bruise on the back of the head or any excitement would accelerate death. It would not take a very violent blow to do it. This was all the evidence and Mr. ORR said some of the next-of kin of deceased were anxious that the inquest should be adjourned, as they were not quite satisfied with the absence of evidence of the movements of deceased from the time he left the car, till the body was found. The Coroner said he did not know that, having regard to the evidence and the inquiries made by the police, he would be justified in adjourning the inquest again. The only thing they had to do was find the cause of death. He did not see that to close the inquest now, would affect anybody that might be made liable afterwards, if the constabulary obtained further evidence. Mr. ORR said that on account of the doctor’s evidence of the blow on the back of the head the next-of-kin were very anxious to have the thing sifted. The Coroner – if they can bring any evidence to the knowledge of the constabulary they will take the necessary steps, but there is no evidence of a row or a struggle or blow, The coroner, in summing up said the jury had nothing to do with the speculative stories that they might have heard outside. They had only to give a verdict upon the evidence. He knew the police had made every effort to trace the man’s movements, and nobody could be got who saw him from the time he parted company with O’CONNOR til he was found by HUTCHESON. His opinion was that there was nothing suspicious about the death.

The jury returned a verdict that death was due to heart disease. The coroner said he quite agreed with the verdict. (Londonderry Sentinel)

23 Oct. 1900

M’CULLOUGH October 22, at Cranagh, Co. Tyrone, Patrick, beloved son of Joseph M’CULLOUGH and brother of Father M’CULLOUGH C.C., Lavey. lnterment at Cranagh R.C. Church at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday. (Belfast Morning News)

25 Oct. 1900

HUNTER – October 22, at her husband’s residence Ruskey, Mary HUNTER aged 60 years.

29 Oct. 1900

LOWRY – October 24 1900 at his residency, Farlough Lodge Dungannon Co. Tyrone. Lt-Col. Armar Graham LOWRY, late 8th the King’sRegiment formerly of the 41st. “The Welsh” and 1st West India his 65th year.
(Belfast Morning News)

30 October 1900 Probate Division Dublin

In re; Charles SCOTT, deceased, of Garvaghan, county Tyrone. This was an application on behalf of Miss Jane SCOTT sister of deceased, for a grant of letters of administration to Charles SCOTT, who died in July, 1899. The application was opposed by Thomas SCOTT brother of deceased, who claimed to have a grant made to him. Deceased died posseesed of a farm and chattels. Thomas SCOTT set up a claim for £500, alleged to be due to him on a promissory note, and there had been litigation between the parties. Judge ANDREWS said there were five next-of -kin and the majority of interest was in favour of Jane SCOTT and it was for the benefit of the property that she should have administration. The application was therefore granted with costs, and costs of administration out of the estate, Thomas SCOTT to bear his own costs. Mr. A. L HORNER applied for Miss SCOTT; Mr. Robert DOYLE was for Thomas SCOTT (Londonderry Sentinel)

2 Nov.1900 Disappearance of a Tyrone Rate CollectorInquest and Verdict
For the last couple of weeks public speculation was rife as to the mysterious disappearance of Mr Robert Woods SMYTH, Castlederg. On the 6th October he left his home, and the last seen of him was on the same day going along the Lifford Road in the direction of Lifford. On Thursday evening, 25th ult, the dead body of the unfortunate gentleman was discovered floating in the river Finn, near Strabane. Mr SMYTH was a gentleman who was very well and widely known about Omagh and the district, and he was extremely popular with all classes. He occupied the very responsible position of rate-collector under the County Council, and was also in the employment of the Castlederg Guardians as relieving sanitary sub-officer. His death is deeply regretted in Castlederg, and much sympathy is felt for his wife and family in their sad and bitter bereavement. Last Friday Mr John ELLIOTT, solicitor, coroner for the division, held an inquest at the workhouse, Strabane, into the circumstances attending the death. Mr James WHITE T.C., was foreman of the jury. Dr BURKE, solicitor, watched the proceedings on behalf of the next-of-kin. Sergeant LEYDON and acting sergeant GEEHAN were present on behalf of the Constabulary.

Acting sergeant Patrick GEEHAN was the first witness examined and deposed that on the day previous between 4 and 5 o’clock, p.m., he was on duty in Lifford. From information received he went to the river Finn opposite Castletown and saw a dead body floating down the river. He then got a boat and in company with Michael LANGAN and Michael GALLAGHER brought the body to the bank. It was the body of Robert Woods SMYTH. On searching the clothes worn by deceased he found in the left hand trousers pocket the sum 16s in silver. In the right hand pocket there was fourteen pence in copper. He also found the corner of bank-note rolled in a market ticket. The market ticket was dated September 28th, 1900. He made an examination of the head and neck and saw no marks of injury.
To the Foreman – l believe the body came from a distance.

Thomas M’CORMICK Castlederg, deposed – l knew the deceased. He lived near Castlederg, and was a rate collector, and relieving and sub-sanitary officer. He was married, and about 52 years of age. I believe I saw him in Castlederg about the end of September. He was then in his usual health. I heard on the 9th October that he had gone away on the 6th, and had not returned. The deceased was the lessee of the Castlederg markets. To a Juror – The deceased was my unde. He used the markets for his own benefit. To the Foreman – As far as I am aware he was not in any financial difficulties.
Michael LANGAN, Lifford, corroborated the evidence of the Acting-Sergeant as to the finding of the body.

John M’GINLEY, Strabane, deposed he saw the deceased on the morning of the 6th October, about 11 o’clock, he was working the road leading from Strabane to Lifford, and he saw Mr SMYTH walking in the direction of Lifford. He passed witness without speaking, a most unusual thing, which he never did before. Witness worked until 12 o’clock and he did not see deceased return. Witness could not say whether he was wearing a watch not. A great many people who know me pass me without speaking. I cannot say whether he noticed me on the road or not. He appeared to be sober.
Dr. BURKE, solicitor, deposed that he knew the deceased, and saw him last in his own house on the 4th October. Some time after he disappeaied he (Dr BURKE) had a conversation with the clerk of the Castlederg Union as to his accounts, and he showed him (witness) extracts from the deceased’s collecting books. What state of facts did they disclose?
His collection for the half year amounted to about £2,000, and during that time the accounts had been checked regularly every fortnight. Up till Saturday, the 1st September, the accounts were found correct. The balance uncollected at that date was about £500, of this sum he collected and lodged £337. This last collection was not checked. There was no irregularity found in the examination of the books. Mr HAMILTON believed that the smaller balance was accounted for by uncollected rates, and that his accounts were satisfactory.
A Juror – Are you aware that the deceased was ill a short time previously?
Not personally aware, but I heard Dr LEARY was attending him.
To the Foreman – When I last saw him he appeared to be in his usual health and spirits. Dr BOYD deposed – This morning I made an external examination of the body. I found no injury of any kind, and the symptoms were those of a person who had met his death by drowning. There was no discolouration of the body, except on the exposed parts about the head and neck. They were greatly swollen, distended, and discoloured. The tongue was protruding through his teeth. His hands, one of them particularly, were clenched. Coroner – Could you form any opinion to how long he was in the water? I should say about 2 or 3 weeks. The jury returned a verdict of “Found drowned”.

2 Nov. 1900 Death of Mr. John G. DONNELLY, St. Paul, U.S.A. (late of Sixmilecross)

An American paper to hand brings the sorrowful news that Mr. John G. DONNELLY, St. Paul, Minnesota, had gone to his eternal reward. It appears that Mr. DONNELLY was operated upon for an internal complaint about two weeks previous to his demise. The operation appeared to be very successful, and the patient mended rapidly, when a turn for the worse came and he lapsed into unconsciousness from which he never rallied. Mr. DONNELLY was bom in Sixmilecross, Co. Tyrone, and was about 63 years of age. He. emigrated in the early sixties and though he taught school in Michigan, Wisconsin, and some of the Southern States, still the greater bulk of his time was spent in the State of Minnesota. For a time he was principal of the old Rice School in St. Paul, and when the Gorman School was built he was appointed principal and remained in that position til the time of his death. His funeral was of a public character and the flags on the 50 schools were half-mast high. An impressive memorial service was held some days afterwards in the Gorman School. Mr. DONNELLY’S private office in the school was a scene of mourning, and crape was hung on his desk and the vacant chair. When the proceedings began the children filed past a picture of the Dead Chief and the great majority of them were visibly affected. When the pupils were marched to the room where the services were to be gone through, the opening song, “The Vacant Chair,” was given, and it was so sweet, slow, and plaintive that every eye was dimmed. “Mount Vernon Bella” Mr. DONNELLY’S favourite song, was rendered in a feeling manner. Several eulogies were delivered by distinguished persons, and the singing of “ Nearer God to Thee” fittingly closed the services. Deceased leaves a wife, a son, Ignatius, aged 19, and a daughter, Irene, aged sixteen. Personally, he was very modest and unassuming, always courteous, polite, and affable. Those who came in contact with him during his visit to Sixmilecross in 1895 speak in the highest terms of his many estimable qualities. The writer can hear testimony to his generosity at that time and through his beneficent act a poor home was made as happy as could be expected where death had carried off the mother. Deceased’s brother (Professor Patrick DONNELLY) contributed articles to the Constitution some years ago.

2 Nov. 1900 In an advertisement for creditors. Division of Omagh. Equity side.

Pursuant to an order by the Right Hon. Justice Walker, one of the Judges of assize for the North West circuit, made in a suit wherein Robert Todd WILSON is plaintiff and Margaret WILSON, administratrix of Thomas James WILSON, deceased and Robert J. WILSON, heir-at-law of said deceased, are defendants.

The creditors of Thomas James WILSON late of Kildrum, in the County of Tyrone, who died on or about the 16th January 1892 are, on or before the 1st Nov. 1900, to send by post prepaid, to the clerk of the peace for the said County, at his office at Omagh, their Christian and surnames, addresses and descriptions, and in the case of firms the names of the partners and the style and title of the firm, and full particulars of their claims, statement of their accounts, and the nature of the securities (if any) held by them, or in default thereof they will be peremptorily excluded from, the benefit of the said decree. Every creditor holding any security is to produce the same before the clerk of the Peace for the said County at his office, at Omagh, on the 6th Nov. 1900, at 10 o’clock in the forenoon, being the time appointed for adjudicating on the claims. Dated this 19th day of October, 1900. M. BUCHANAN

2 Nov. 1900 Funeral of Mrs. BYRNE, Legilly, Dungannon

On Tuesday the remains of Sarah, wife of Mr. Arthur BYRNE, Legilly, were conveyed to their last resting place in the family burying ground, Eglish, amidst a scene of sympathy and sorrow rarely witnessed. The deceased, who was her usual health on last Saturday morning, took suddenly ill at 11 o’clock and died of acute peritonitis at 8 o’clock on Sunday morning. The suddenness of the shock, together with the well known amiability of character of Mrs. BYRNE, created widespread sympathy for her husband and surviving children. Few ladies in her position have ever made more friends. She was gentleness and charity itself. Both as a young girl and married woman she won golden opinions from all with whom she came in contact. The funeral cortege was the largest ever seen in the parish, and was thoroughly representative of all creeds and classes.

The chief mourners were her husband, Arthur BYRNE and eldest son, Peter James BYRNE; Henry TOHALL Esq., J.P., Moy and Terence TOHALL, I.N.R., Belfast (brothers); Very Rev. Dean BYRNE P.P., V.F., Dungannon; Patrick BYRNE, Belfast; Francis CASEY, Belfast (brothers-in-law) Masters Harry TOHALL and Patrick TOHALL and Patk. LENNON (nephews). On arrival at Eglish Chapel, Requiem mass was celebrated by Rev. M. DONNELLY C.C. and the Absolution was recited by the Very Rev. Dean BYRNE. R.l.P

9 Nov. 1900

CAMPBELL – November 6, at his uncle’s residence, Derbrough, Plumbridge, John, eldest son of Andrew CAMPBELL, Adamsville, Ontario, Canada, aged 31 years. (Derry Journal)

8 Nov. 1900

CARSON – October 31st, at John Street, Dungannon, Eliza Jane, widow of the late William CARSON, Crieve, Carland, aged 81 years.

SHlELDS – November 4th at Altmore Lodge, Pomeroy, Patrick SHlELDS Esq. aged 47 years. R I.P

9 Nov. 1900 Sudden Deaths in Dungannon

On Wednesday morning an old woman named Margaret M’GRATH, of Barrack Street, Dungannon, was found dead on the roadside at Ranaghan, near the town. Death was due from exposure. An old man named M’KENNA died suddenly from heart disease in a lodging house in Ann Street, Dungannon. It was not considered necessary to hold an inquest in either case. (Northern Whig)

10 Nov. 1900

JOHNSTON – October 31st at her residence Perry Street, Dungannon, Adelaide, relict of the late William JOHNSTON and only surviving daughter of the late William BOARDMAN.

M’DOWELL – November 1st. Kyle’s Terrace Dungannon, Sarah, relict of the late Nicholas M’DOWELL, of Glasslough Street, Monaghan (Ballymena Weekly Telegraph)

16 Nov. 1900 Death of Mr. Robert LOWRY, Strabane

Many of our readers will learn with sincere regret of the death Mr. Robert LOWRY, of the firm of Messrs. A. & R. LOWRY, grocers and seed merchants, Strabane, which took place on Sunday last. Deceased, who was widely known and deservedly respected by all who knew him, came originally from Leckpatrick and about 30 years ago joined a partnership with his brother, Mr. Andrew LOWRY, now of William street, Londonderry. Under the title of A. & R. LOWRY a prosperous business was carried on for many years and the firm gained creditable standing amongst the business concerns in the old town on the Mourne. Some 7 years ago, Mr. Andrew LOWRY severed his business connection with the firm and came to Londonderry, giving a free hand to his brother, who was his senior, and both having families growing up. Since then, deceased continued to preserve the good name which the establishment had hitherto gained. However, his health, never of a robust character, had been on the decline for some years, and although he was able to be about the shop until a few days ago, the end, which came rather suddenly, was not altogether unexpected. His death is much regretted in the district, and his sorrowing family will have the sincere sympathy of a wide circle of friends in their great bereavement. The funeral, which took place on Tuesday, was very largely attended.

16 Nov. 1900

JOHNSTON – November 8th, his residence, Dorish, Drumquin, Arthur JOHNSTON aged 82 years.

M’KINLEY – November s, at his residence, Mullagharn, Omagh, Robert M’KINLEY aged 64 years.

17 Nov. 1900

STEVENSON – November 15, at Magheragar, William STEVENSON aged 31 years. His remains will be removed for interment in the graveyard of Ardstraw today (Saturday) 17th inst. at 11 o’clock a.m. Friends will please accept this the only intimation

NEWTON – November 13, at the residence of her son-in-law (J. C. CROSSLE), 1 Mount Reston, Cliftonville, Belfast, Elizabeth Anne, widow of the late Robert NEWTON Esq., of Killymeal, Dungannon and Coagh Co. Tyrone.
Londonderry Sentinel

19 Nov. 1900 Sudden Death near Trillick, County Tyrone

An old woman named Mary SCALLAN was found dead in the townland of Glengeen on Wednesday morning, 14th inst., in a wretched cabin, where she lived alone. The Trillick constabulary were notified of the occurrence and on their obtaining information from the neighbours as to the illness of the deceased an inquest was thought unnecessary. A search was made among the old rags by the constabulary, when a collection of documents, promissory notes, bank cheques, amounting £200, was found. All the notes were out of date, with the exception of the bank cheques. She had been in receipt of outdoor relief from the Omagh guardians for some time. (Belfast Morning News)

23 Nov. 1900 Law reports Chancery Division

This was an action brought by Miss Mary Ann WILSON of 10 Marine Parade, Holywood, Co. Down, against Henry WILSON, who resides at Coalisland, Co. Tyrone, for the administration of the estates of the late Lavinia and John WILSON, mother and father of the plaintiff and defendant. An order for the administration of the estate of Lavinia WILSON had been made and the suit now came before the court upon a memorandum for the opinion of the judge on the rulings of the chief clerk made on the accounts. After a lengthened hearing, the Master of the rolls decided in favour of the plaintiff in respect of a sum et £72 objected to by her, in the defendant’s account and ruled in favour of the defendant in respect of items amounting in all to £69 8s. He refused the plaintiff’s application to review a further item amounting to £133 8s 6d, and referred a further item of £43 10s 3d. in respect of Northern Bank shares, charged by the defendant against the deceased, Lavinia WILSON , to Chambers.
Messrs. A. H. BATES Q.C , and R. C. K. WILSON appeared for the plaintiff. Messrs. WYLIE Q.C., and PATCHELL appeared for the defendant. Derry Journal

27 Nov. 1900

MONTGOMERY – November 25th at 19 Nicholson Square, Derry, Alice Mary, third daughter Thomas MONTGOMERY late of Newtownstewart, Co. Tyrone, aged 20 years. (Belfast Morning News)

30 Nov. 1900

HARPUR – November 23rd, at her residence, Drumrawn, Drumquin, Eliza, relict of the late James HARPUR Speerholme, Castlederg, aged 90 years.

HILL – On Saturday, 24 inst., at his residence, Gortanigan, (Gortinagin) John James HILL aged 77 years.

“A light from our household gone.
The voice loved is still
A place is vacant at our hearth
The world can never fill.
Sleep on, dear father, and take thy rest.
For God hath called when He thought best
Our loss is great, but thine is gain.
In Heaven we hope to meet again.
Safe in the arms of Jesus”.

30 Nov. 1900 Death of Mrs. QUINN Gortenderragh Tyrone

We announce with regret the death of Mrs. Margaret QUINN Gortenderragh Co. Tyrone, a lady who belonged to one of the oldest and most esteemed Catholic families in the North of Ireland. The deceased lady was the mother of the respected Administrator of Armagh, Rev. John QUIN and also of Rev. Peter QUINN, P. P., Indiana. The interment takes place tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, in the family burial ground, Garbally. Irish Independent

30 Nov. 1900

CLARK-KENNEDY – Nov. 25, at Weymouth, after a very short illness, Alexander William, Captain Royal Garrison Artillery, elder son of Major General CLARK-KENNEDY, Madras army, retired, of Camus, Strabane, aged 29 years

STEWART – Nov. 26th at his residence, Woodstock, Sandford road, John Huston STEWART B.A., B. Sc. F.R.U.I., elder son of the late Charles STEWART of Drumclamph, Co. Tyrone, aged 50 years. Derry Journal

30 Nov. 1900 Carrickmore Station. A man Killed

On Friday morning the 23rd inst., at the Great Northern Railway company’s ballast pit near Carrickmore a terrible accident occurred, resulting in the death of a plate-layer named Henry HURSON. It is usual, it seems, when a ballast train is loaded, for the man in charge of each waggon to take some of the pressure off the engine, when going down an incline, by standing with both feet on the brake. The brakes on these waggons, it should be explained, are not automatic. Preparatory to starting the train each man mounts his waggon and kneels on the buffer till it is time to apply the brakes. HURSON was seen in a kneeling position on the buher? of his waggon, which was the last but one of twelve that were about to proceed in the direction of Omagh, when, in stepping on to the handle of the brake, he missed his footing and fell between the waggons. James DONNELLY, the man in charge of the ninth waggon, saw him disappear, and ran to his assistance, shouting to the engine driver to stop. The driver did not hear, and the train proceeded slowly down the grade to the usual stopping place. DONNELLY, with the assistance of the man in charge of the last waggon, the one immediately behind that of the deceased, tried to pull the unfortunate man from under the waggon, but they could not move him, and before anything could be done both wheels of the last waggon passed over the deceased’s body, almost completely severing the legs from the body, and breaking all the ribs on one side. The poor fellow’s body was practically cut open, the bowels protruding from the opening. Bernard M’GUIGAN, foreman of the gang, immediately sent for a priest aud doctor. Shortly afterwards the train left for Carrickmore and was proceeding towards Omagh, when Mr W. J. STEWART, stationmaster, on learning of the accident, with great promptitude, had the engine unhooked, and immediately returned for the injured man. The pit is about a mile down the line from Carricknrore. The injured man was brought to Carrickmore and taken into the waiting room. Dr C. HUNTER, Carrickmore, examined the injuries, and pronounced them fatal. Very shortly after being brought to the waiting room HURSON expired. The Rev Father DONNELLY P.P., Carrickmore, attended the deceased at the last. Deceased bore an excellent character, and was a quiet and inoffensive man. He was about thirty years of age, and unmarried.

Inquest and Verdict – The coroner for Mid-Tyrone (Mr PORTER J.P) held an inquest on the body at Carrickmore station. Peter HURSON, cousin of the deceased man gave evidence of identification. Peter DONNELLY, plate-layer, was examined and deposed to seeing deceased fall from his waggon and to having tried to render assistance by dragging deceased by the head and shoulders to get him from under the wheel of the last waggon. After describing what took place- the coroner asked “Was the train going slowly at the time?” Witness “Yes, sir, very slowly; it was “walkin’.” Coroner – Is it a dangerous thing to do, to stand on the brake? Witness “It is dangerous.”
Coroner – “Was it necessary to stand on the brake”? Witness – “Yes, at that place, as the grade is very steep.” Coroner – “Was deceased told to get upon the brake?” Witness – Yes, get our intructions from the gaffer.
Coroner – “As far as you know, did a similar accident ever occur there before?” Witness – “Never, sir.”

Robert MALLAGHAN, the man in charge of the last waggon, gave similar evidence to Jas. DONNELLY and deposed to seeing HURSON kneeling on the buffer, but on coming to the incline he had enough to do, to mind his own brake. When the train had gone some seven or eight waggon lengths down the grade he looked and saw deceased’s cap lying on the line. He then saw no sign of HURSON, but hearing DONNELLY shout he jumped down and shouted too. He then ran to help DONNELLY to pull deceased from under the front wheel of the last waggon, which was just rising over the body of the deceased, but they could not move him and both wheels passed over the body. The Coroner here gave it as his opinion that these waggons should be fitted with automatic brakes. Dr C HUNTER, Carrickmore, gave evidence to the cause of death. This concluded the evidence.

The jury found that HURSON, a plate-layer, came to his death by accidentally falling between two waggons at the Great Northern Railway Company’s ballast pit near Carrickmore while in the discharge of his duty.
Mr. R.H. CARSON, solicitor, Omagh, appeared for the Company. Constable JOHNSTONE, Carrickmore, watched the proceedings on behalf of the Constabulary. The following are the names of the jury;

Mr. HUGHES, foreman
Jeremiah M’KEE

Driver Arrested
The driver of the train, William LECK, was arrested on the charge of culpable negligence by Constable JOHNSTON, Carrickmore. He was subsequently brought before Sir John M. STEWART D.L. and released, there being no evidence to sustain the charge.

7 Dec. 1900 Statutory Notice to creditors and next-of-kin

In the goods of Charles HALL, late of Carrickamulkin (Drumquin), in the County of Tyrone, labourer, deceased. Notice is hereby given, that all persons claiming to be creditors of, or next of kin of, or otherwise to have any claims or demands against the estate of the above named deceased, who died on the 10th day of July, 1900, are required on or before the 15th Dec. 1900, to furnish the particulars (in writing) of such claims to the undersigned solicitor for Francis HALL of Carrickamulkin, aforesaid, the administrator of said deceased, to whom letters of administration were on 30th day of July, 1900, granted forth of the District Registry at Londonderry, of the Queen’s Bench Division, Probate of the High court of Justice in Ireland and in default thereof, the said administrator will proceed to distribute the assets of said deceased, amongst the persons entitled thereto, having regard only the claims or demands, of which notice shall have been given as above required. Dated this 28th day of November, 1900
King HOUSTON, Solicitor for said administrator 41 Lower Sackville st., Dublin and Omagh

13 Nov. 1900
BECK – November 12, his residence, Rock, Dungannon, John BECK R.I.P. Funeral to Tullyodonnel at 11 o’clock tomorrow, Wednesday.

LOWRY – At Main Street, Strabane, Robert LOWRY merchant, aged 63 years.
Belfast Morning News

13 Nov. 1900 Law Intelligence- Chancery Division

Estate of Martha MICHAN, deceased

M’CURDY v. MICHAN and others
This was an application for an order to administer the real and personal estate of the Martha MICHAN deceased, who died at Blairstown, Castlefin, County Tyrone, in September, 1898. By her will she gave legacies to 3 of the defendants, and a farm of real estate to Mrs. M’KINLEY, one the defendants, and there was a residuary gift to the blind and dumb of the parish. Counsel for the plaintiff stated that the legatees had been pressing for payment of their legacies and as the plaintiff, who was the executor of the will, had no assets available, he sought to have the estate administered through the court. There were questions arising on the construction of the will and also of the will of the husband of the deceased, through which, she had obtained the property. The husband’s estate was being administered by the court.
His Lordship dismissed the part of the summons, with costs, which sought to administer the real estate, but made an order to administer the personal estate. Messrs. A. TODD and BARNHILL of Strabane appeared for the plaintiff. Messrs. DRUMMOND Q C. and BIRD represented Mrs. M’KINLEY
Mr. A. L. HORNER represented the other defendants. Belfast Morning News

5 Dec. 1900 Death of John A. O’FARRELL in the U.S.A.

In the death of John A. O’FARRELL who passed away October 29th, this State (Idaho) lost one of its oldest pioneers. He was not only a pioneer of Idaho, but of the West as well. He came West when this entire country was a wilderness. The funeral was held at St. John’s Catholic Church. The remains were laid to rest beside by those of his wife, who died May 22nd last. John Andrew O’FARRELL was born February 13th, 1823, in Tyrone County, Province Ulster, Ireland. He attended the common schools a short time and then entered naval school, where he remained two years. He went to sea at 15 years, sailing to the East Indies and then to Africa. He came to America in 1843, landing in New York. He shipped on a United States supply ship carrying arms and ammunition for the Mexican war, going around the Horn and landing where San Francisco now stands on January 29th 1847. The following year at Yerba Buena he met John SUTTER and Jim MARSHALL, who told him of the gold discovery at SUTTER’S mill, to which place he proceeded. The glamour of gold soon wore off however, and he went to New Zealand and Australia, finally bringing up in England, where he enlisted in the navy. He served through the Crimean war on board Admiral LYN’S flagship and was wounded in the final assault on Sebastopol. In 1856, Mr. O’FARRELL returned to California and in 1857, he was one of a party of prospectors that started for the diggings in the Pike’s Peak range, then in Western Kansas. He was one of the first to find gold, making his first discovery on April 6 1860, in California gulch, where Deadville now stands. He was married in 1860. mined in Arizona, Montana, and other Western territories and came to Bose (Idaho USA) in June 1863 and assisted in the laying out of the town. He had travelled practically all over the world, and his vast general knowledge was reflected in his conversations. He had a wonderfully retentive memory and related incidents of by-gone years as though they had occurred but the day before.

18 Dec. 1900 Death of Mr. Oliver EATON

Death, so busy in our midst at present, took away yesterday the oldest merchant at Waterside, Mr. Oliver EATON, who died at the residence of his son, at the advanced age of 80 years. Mr. EATON, who was widely respected, came to Londonderry from Ballyneanor, near Donemana and began business in 1856 in the premises at Waterside, that have been associated with his name ever since. For the last dozen years he had taken little part in the business, the management of which devolved upon his son. Of a retiring disposition. Mr, EATON took no share in public affairs. He was, however, an indefatigable church worker. Attached in his young days to the congregation of 4th Derry, when it worshipped in the building now known as the Synod Hall, he taught a Sunday-school there. He was one of those who helped to form the congregation at Clooney, of which the late Dr. CROAKERY was the 1st pastor, being appointed a ruling elder of the congregation. Afterwards he had sittings in 1st Derry, but on retiring to the country to live, he became connected with Rev. Dr. CORKEY’S church at Glendermott. He was married to a sister of the late Mr. David CRAWFORD. His brother, John, is still alive at the great age of 90 years, living with his son-in-law. Mr. ATKEN at Hazelbank. The funeral takes place tomorrow to the City cemetery.

19 Dec. 1900

ELLIOTT – December 17th Castle Street, Strabane, Wm. ELLIOTT aged 63 years.

GILLILAND – December 9, at Omagh, County Tyrone, W. H. GILLILAND, youngest son of the late Henry GILLILAND Clontibret, Monaghan. Belfast Morning News

29 Dec. 1900 Death of Rev. W. WARNOCK

We regret to learn from Kroonstadt, South Africa, that the Rev. W. J. WARNOCK, B.A., formerly minister of Drumbo, died there on Wednesday. A specially pathetic feature of the sad event is that his wife and family had arrived at Kroonstadt only two hours before his death. Mr. WARNOCK was senior minister of Drumbo congregation, under the care of the Dromore Presbytery. He succeeded the late Rev. James M’NEILL, M.A., in the pastorate of that charge. He was as a student under the care of the Route Presbytery and licensed after finishing his curriculum in the arts and theological courses in May 1888. He was called to 1st Stewartstown, under the care of the Tyrone Presbytery and ordained in charge by that reverend court on the 14th Aug. of that same year, a very brief period elapsing between that event and his licensureship. He resigned 1st Stewartstown on the 14th April 1892, he having received a call from Drumbo congregation, and was installed in the pastorate thereof by the Presbytery of Dromore on the 14th May 1892. For a considerable length of time Mr. WARNOCK was in a feeble state of health and a few years ago temporarily resided in South Africa, in order to benefit his health. The climate agreeing with him, he applied for leave to resign ministerial active duty in the congregation, but considerable difficulties intervened and it was only at the meeting of the General assembly held in 1899 in Belfast, that the long sought leave was granted, Mr. WARNOCK undertaking to give up his right to the manse and farm and asking no payment after his restoration to health and on finding suitable remunerative work in South Africa. Mr. WARNOCK was, when in health, a hard, earnest worker and a good preacher. He was beloved by his congregation, who sympathised with him in his work and failing condition of health, and did all they could to smooth his pathway and to make his life as easy and pleasant as possible. He was held in high esteem in the neighbourhood of Drumbo, and had the confidence and affection of the members of the Dromore Presbytery. We sincerely sympathise with his widow and family under their great loss. Coleraine Chronicle