About Margaret Jordan
Reported in the "Empire" of Tuesday 24 January 1865:
"CORONER'S INQUESTS.-On Tuesday last Dr. Knaggs, district coroner, held an inquest at Mosquito Island, on the body of one Margaret Jordan, a settler resident on the island. From the evidence, it appeared that on Monday evening, while John McDermott, a labourer in the employ of Jordan, was proceeding to the lucerne paddock with a horse and dray, in which the deceased Margaret Jordan, her mother, and three other children were seated, the horse became frightened and bolted. McDermott said the horse was usually a very quiet one, but that soon after they had started one of the reins broke, and the winkers falling off the animal became alarmed and started off. Before proceeding many yards the off wheel of the dray came in contact with a stump, near which some slabs were lying, and the vehicle being upset, the whole party was thrown out, deceased falling under the dray. Verdict-" Accidental death""
Margaret was interred at Honeysuckle, the following info is from http://austcemindex.com/cemetery.php?id=162
The original Honeysuckle Cemetery, also known as Newcastle West and Cottage Creek, was located between Hunter Street and the main northern railway line at the western end of the city of Newcastle. It comprised a Wesleyan Methodist/Presbyterian portion and a Roman Catholic portion that were in use from c.1840. The cemetery was closed in 1883 when Sandgate Cemetery was opened.
Early in the 20th century, the Honeysuckle site was resumed by the Railways Department. All the remains were exhumed and reinterred, mostly at Sandgate but a few at Swansea, in 1916. For further details of the history of this cemetery, contact the Newcastle Family History Society, who have published several volumes on the subject.
Many of the old monuments are badly eroded and the original engravings have disappeared; others are partially missing or now very difficult to read.The inscriptions still legible date from the 1840's with several quite recent inscriptions for family members who would not have been buried here.
In compiling the list, reference has been made to the NSW indexes or births, deaths and marriages to decipher difficult to read names and dates. There are no images available. Inscriptions
The number of inscriptions for this cemetery is 374
The listing was last updated on 2006-10-15
The listing was complete as at 2006-10-15