Safe, Sarah

Safe, Sarah         1887 February 19th

An inquiry was held by Mr G Smith, coroner, at the Council House, on Friday afternoon, touching the death of Sarah Safe, aged 69, a widow, living at 107, Gigant Street, who was found dead in her bed.

Dr Gordon said he was called in between nine and ten o’clock that (Friday) to see deceased. He had previously attended her, but not within the last two years. When he arrived at the house he found her dead in bed. She had apparently been dead some time; most probably death resulted from syncope.

Zipporah Rawkins, a washer-woman, living at 67, Gigant Street, said on Friday morning she was working at Mrs Bartlett’s next door to deceased’s house. Just after nine, deceased’s daughter-in-law called her, and she went up into deceased’s bedroom with a woman named Susan Coombes, and found deceased was dead. Witness spoke to deceased on Thursday, when she complained of having a cold, which she believed she caught in attending her husband’s funeral at the Cemetery on Monday. Witness went for Dr Gordon after finding deceased was dead on Friday morning. Witness always thought that deceased was a strong woman. No one slept in the house with her as she refused to have any one.

Emily Safe, daughter-in-law of deceased, and wife of a labourer, living in 80, Gigant Street, said deceased’s husband was buried on Monday, and since she had been the only occupant of the house. Witness went to deceased’s house on Friday morning, and not hearing her move, called Mrs Rawkins, who, in company with Mrs Coombes, went upstairs. Witness saw deceased on Thursday, when she had a cold, and complained of a pain in her chest. She saw her last alive at a quarter past ten, when she took a glass of rum and water. Deceased had never been subject to fits.

A verdict in accordance with the medical evidence was returned.

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