Susan NEWPORT (Whiting) (1825 - 1861)

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Birthplace: England, UK
Death: Died in Nelson, New Zealand
Cause of death: closure of the rima glottidis, or larynx
Managed by: Rev Philip Richardson
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About Susan NEWPORT (Whiting)

CORONER'S INQUEST.

An inquest was held on Monday last, at the residence of Mr. William Lockyer, Brook-street valley, on the body of Susan, wife of Mr. Samuel Newport, who died very suddenly on the previous day. Mr. William Wright was chosen foreman of the jury- The Coroner, addressing the jury, said they had been summoned to inquire into the cause of deceased's death. There were no particular points to which it was necessary that he should direct their attention. They would view the body and hear the evidence, and, if that were not of a sufficiently conclusive character, they could have a post mortem examination of the body made, and could adjourn the inquest for that purpose. William Lockyer, being sworn, said : I am married to the deceased's sister. That is her body which the jury have just viewed. She was, I think, thirty-six years old. She was the wife of Mr. Samuel Newport. I saw her yesterday, after she had been to church with her husband. She came here, to my house, at about half-past one o'clock, and was, apparently, in good health. I never knew her to have been subject to fits of any kind. She was a sober and temperate person. When she came in I asked her if she had had her dinner. She said she had had some cold meat, but had not made a dinner off it. I said sit down here and have s6me, and she did so. She drank about three parts of a glass of ale. She said Newport had gone up the line, and that she should go up to her brother David's for some boots. She went into the bedroom, put on her bonnet, and, before she could put on her cloak, she called out to her sister, Jane, Jane, come here, lam choked. We both went into the room, Henry Birch, went with us. My wife said " put your fingers down your throat and try and heave up." She did so. She then called out for water, and Birch fetched it. She drank about half a glass of it, and then put her fingers down her throat, and tried to vomit, but could not. I said open your mouth and she did so, and Henry Birch put his finger down her throat. Still she did not vomit. My wife and children screamed out so loud that my mother-in-law heard them and came down. She said, fetch the doctor, and Birch went for him. While he was gone, Mrs. Newport struggled from the bedroom to the back door. I took hold of her, and she went to the front window. I then fell down upon a chair, and supported her in my arms. Her father then came in, and I asked him to assist me. He did so, and we placed her on the sofa. We gave her a tea-spoonful of brandy. Before the doctor came, I said, she is dead. She died in my arms. The doctor was here about two minutes after she died. She died about a quarter of an hour after she had first complained. Our dinner consisted of a shoulder of mutton, potatoes, and bread.

Ann Whiting, being sworn, said : I am mother of the deceased. I was called yesterday by a young man, who said, " Susan is choked." I ran down here immediately. When I came into the room, Lockyer had her in his arms ; her face was very black ; and I said, "Run for a doctor." One was sent for, but, before he arrived, she was dead. She had a fit once in London, about eight years since. She was permanently affected by it, and was taken to St. Thomas's Hospital for advice. She got cured though she often complained afterwards of weakness and pain in her arms. She has, lately, often complained of her head being bad. Dr. Bush bled her twice for this pain. That was about two years since. She lost all feeling in her mouth at times. I went to church with her yesterday and she complained that she could not fasten her things together, she had got so stout. William Dakers, being sworn, said : lam a surgeon. I was called here yesterday at about half past two o'clock. The messenger said a young woman was choking, up at Lockyer's. I immediately came with the requisite instruments. When I arrived she was on the sofa dead. I put my finger in her throat but could not detect anything there. The features were livid, throat a little swollen, and the pupils dilated. The hands were cold and the blood was beginning to gravitate in the hands and back of the neck. I noticed no other symptoms. Mr. Lockyer stated to me that, on pouring the brandy into her mouth she did not swallow, but appeared to gurgle it. From what I saw, and from the evidence I have heard, I cannot say, positively, what caused death. As far as I can judge the symptoms indicated closure of the rima glottidis, or larynx, but how caused I cannot state. It might have been caused by apoplexy or spasmodic closure of the rima glottidis, or from some foreign substance in this to in ach which, being indigestible, would have produced irritation of the recurrent nerves. I cannot state what was the cause of death. I saw nothing- to induce me to think that death occurred from external causes. I have seen no symptoms that would make me think she had taken poison.

Samuel Newport, being sworn, said : The deceased was my wife. She and I went to church yesterday. On our return home we had dinner, but she ate very little. She had some bread and some fresh pork. I had not seen her so well for many days as she was yesterday. After dinner we came out of the house together into Brook-street valley. I then went up the line of railway, and she came up the valley, saying she was going to her brother's, at the Rising Sun. While on the Dun Mountain Railway, I was called by a young man, who said my wife was dead. I hurried down, and saw her lying dead in this house.

This being the whole of the evidence, the jury, after a short deliberation, returned a verdict of" Died by the visitation of God."

Record No: FAIR0121 Family Name: NEWPORT Age: Given Names: SUSAN Date Deceased: 13/10/1861 Address: Interment Date: 15/10/1861 Gender: F Cemetery: FAIRFIELD (TRAFALGAR ST) Grave/Ashes: Burial

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Susan NEWPORT's Timeline

1825
July, 1825
UK
1856
1856
Age 30
Nelson, Nelson City, Nelson, New Zealand
1861
October 13, 1861
Age 36
Nelson, New Zealand
October 15, 1861
Age 36
Nelson, Nelson, New Zealand