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Mary Harriet Bolstridge

Mary Harriet Bolstridge

Female 1842 - 1860  (17 years)


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  • Name Mary Harriet Bolstridge 
    Born 17 Oct 1842  Bulkington, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Name Harriet Bolstridge 
    GRO Birth Index Dec 1842 
    Nuneaton 16 - 415 
    Occupation 1860 
    Cotton Throwster 
    Died 19 Feb 1860  Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Suicide by Drowning 
    Buried 22 Feb 1860  Holy Trinity Churchyard, Hartshill, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    GRO Death Index Mar 1860 
    Atherstone 6d - 197 
    Notes 
    • From the Coventry Herald, Friday, February 24th. 1860 (Courtesy Peter Lee)
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      FOUND DROWNED - On Sunday last as two young men residing in Nuneaton, and a labouring man, George Wright, from Bulkington, were passing the canal near Chilvers Coton, they observed something in the water which they thought to be a horse cloth. After trying some time with sticks to get it nearer the side, and as it turned over the face of a young woman presented itself, and for a moment they were terrified at the spectacle. The body was got out of the Water and conveyed to the Anchor Inn. It proved to be the body of Harriet Bolestridge, a female about 19 years of age, who had been engaged at work in Mr Townsend's silk throwing factory at Attleborough. The inquest was held Tuesday last at the Anchor Inn, Hartshill, before Alfred Carter, esq. Coroner. A mass of evidence was adduced which went to show that she was of unsound mind, and had repeatedly threatened to commit suicide - indeed she made an attempt to drown herself two months ago. She was engaged to a young man named Jonah Allen. but frequently told him she liked some one else better than him. On Saturday evening she went to a public house and called for half a pint of rum and soon afterwards half a pint of ale; she then left the house and was never again seen alive. At half past ten on the following morning the body of the deceased was found as above described in the canal. Under a bush close by the towing path was found a bundle containing a shawl and prayer book belonging to the deceased. There was also a letter in the bundle, the contents of which were as follows: - " Fare ye well my tender mother, and do not grieve; nor my sister love, nor brother, for this world I now must leave. I leave my sister my gold ring, my sampler, and all my little things, for I am in death. Jonah brought me to my grave early in youth; for I am in my bloom cut down like a flower from a tree. I am poison myself. Let Jane see me; pray do not fret for me - I am dead and gone, and my soul is lost for ever. Farewell all my friends, Jonah Allen brought me to this, but God will not forgive me. " The letter bore no date. There was nothing to prove any misconduct on the part of the young man, Allen, of whom the witnesses generally spoke well; and the Jury returned a verdict of " Temporary Insanity " .
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    Person ID I1243  bolstridge
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2018 

    Father William Bolstridge,   b. Abt 1811, Bedworth, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Hannah Giddins,   b. May 1817, Bulkington, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 4 Jun 1838  Saint Giles, Exhall, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1092  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Oct 1842 - Bulkington, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Suicide by Drowning - 19 Feb 1860 - Chilvers Coton, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 22 Feb 1860 - Holy Trinity Churchyard, Hartshill, Warwickshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Northampton Mercury - 3 March 1860
    Northampton Mercury - 3 March 1860
    Inquest to the suicide of Harriet Bolstridge
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    Newspaper cutting
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    Newspaper cutting

  • Sources 
    1. [S74] Birth Certificate Bolstridge Mary Harriet, General Records Office, ( Certified Copy GRO;).

    2. [S167] Death Certificate Boulstridge Mary Harriett, Local Registrar, ( Certified Copy LRO;).

    3. [S649] Parish Registers WAR, Hartshill Burials 1848 - 1871, Transcript Original Register by Wendy Boland and Susan Casey, ( Pickards Pink Pages; Location: Hunimex.net;), 186 22 Feb 1860.
      Mary Harriett BOULSTRIDGE 19 Stockingford Nuneaton ""Destroyed herself""