Yates, Ann

Yates, Ann    1885 March 28th       Dinton

An inquest was held by Mr Deputy-Coroner Wilson at the police station, on Monday afternoon, on the body of Ann Yates, widow of John Yates, laborer, before a respectable jury, of whom the Rev Canon Cholmsley was chosen foreman.

Mr George Lane, tailor, said deceased was his aunt, and that he last saw her alive on Saturday morning about three o’clock. She was then quite well and appeared in her usual good health ans spirits, and made no complaint to him, but had at previous times complained of a pain in the head.

Lucy Barnes, wife of Thomas Barnes, late gamekeeper, said that the deceased was a near neighbour, and that she saw her on Saturday morning in the garden about 11.30. She spoke to her, and seemed very and in good spirits. She was called about 1, by Amos Dyer, and found deceased lying down in front of the fire. She appeared to have slipped off the chair and was quite dead. She had been peeling some potatoes for her dinner.

Dr Charles Clay, of Fovant, said that he had never attended the deceased, but was called on Saturday afternoon about 3.30. He found her dead, and she appeared to have been so for two or three hours. He examined the body; he gave it as his opinion that deceased died from failure of the heart’s action.

The jury returned a verdict of “Visitation of God.”

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