Rogers, Elizabeth 1878 May 18th
On Wednesday afternoon Mr G Smith held an inquest at the Council Chamber on the body of Elizabeth Rogers, wife of George Rogers, of 56, Green-Croft-street, waiter and porter, who died suddenly early that morning.
The first witness examined was Dr Gordon, who stated that he was a medical practitioner residing in Salisbury. That morning between three and four o’clock he was called to go and see the deceased, and on arriving at the house he found her lying on the ground floor quite dead and cold. The face was very much swollen, congested and discoloured. There were no marks of violence. From the appearance he should say the direct cause of death was suffocation. He inquired of the husband if she were subjected to fits, and received a negative answer.
George Rogers, husband of deceased, stated that he returned from his work at the “Red Lion” on the previous evening about 10 o’clock, and on entering his house he saw his wife lying on a sofa. Both himself and son, who is deaf and dumb, endeavoured to get her to go to bed, but their efforts were unsuccessful. After a short time they left her on the sofa, and proceeded to bed, his son however leaving a candle burning for her.
At about three o’clock he woke up, and was astonished to find that his wife had not come to bed. Lighting a lamp he immediately went downstairs, and found his wife on the floor. Seeing a policeman passing he called him in, and the former, putting his hand on the face of deceased, said he believed she was dead. He requested him to go for the nearest doctor, and shortly after Dr Gordon arrived. She had suffered for a considerable time from heart disease, and Dr Blackmore, who formerly attended her (of late she had refused to see a medical gentleman), told her that she must be very careful, or one day she would go off in this manner. She was not at all excited when he came home. Her age was 49.
PC Whitlock said he was on duty in Green Croft-street on Wednesday morning at about three o’clock when he was called by Rogers to his assistance. He went into the house and saw the wife lying on the floor. Rogers said “I think my wife is dead.” On putting his hand upon her face he found that it was cold. He immediately, by Rogers’ request, went for Dr Gordon, who on his arrival, pronounced her to be quite dead.
Eventually the jury returned a verdict of “Death from natural causes.”