Frederick Arthur Mote, 18741960 (aged 85 years)

Name
Frederick Arthur Mote
Given names
Frederick Arthur
Surname
Mote
Birth September 28, 1874 28 31
Birth of a brotherAlfred Jeremiah Mote
June 25, 1876 (aged 1 year)
Death of a brotherAlfred Jeremiah Mote
1877 (aged 2 years)
Birth of a sisterClara Ann Mote
June 4, 1877 (aged 2 years)
Birth of a sisterAlice May Mote
December 10, 1880 (aged 6 years)
Birth of a sisterAmelia Maude Mote
July 11, 1882 (aged 7 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherJeremiah Crossley
August 1, 1884 (aged 9 years)
Cause: Suicide
Note:

The results of a Coroner's Inquest into his death appeared in The Yass Courier, Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, 4 August 1884 as follows:

CORONER'S INQUEST Dr. Blake held an inquest at Wargeila on Friday last when the following evidence, touching the death of deceased (Jeremiah Crossley) was taken.

Hezekiah Crossley Deposed. I am a son of the deceased and lived in the same house with him; the last time I saw deceased alive was about half past 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the 31st of July. He complained that he was suffering acute pains in his legs; deceased had been suffering for some time past from rheumatic pains; I was absent from home from half past five o'clock yesterday afternoon until ten o'clock at night; when I returned home at ten o'clock I did not see deceased.

About two o'clock this morning my mother woke me up, telling me to come out, that she wanted me; I came out onto the verandah and saw deceased lying dead there; I lifted deceased up, and carried him into the house, and placed him on a sofa; when I lifted the deceased up I saw the double barrel gun produced; it was lying under deceased; I was using the gun last night shooting opossums; when I brought the gun in I left it hanging on one of the beams of the roof; it was not loaded in either barrel; when I picked the gun up, after lifting deceased on the sofa, I noticed that it had been recently discharged; I am sure that no one but deceased took the gun after I hung it on the beam; I did not hear the report of a gun being fired during the night; it would be possible for a gun to be fired on the verandah of the house without me hearing it as I sleep in a room some distance from the verandah.

I informed my brother of what had taken place and he reported the matter to the police; my brother's name is James Crossley; when I hung up the gun on the beam, the hammers of both barrels were cocked, and when I found it where deceased was lying, the hammer on the right-hand barrel was down and battered cap on the nipple; the gun is my property; deceased often used it.

Sarah Crossley deposed:- The deceased (Jeremiah Crossley) is my husband; deceased is 73 years of age; I last saw deceased alive at eleven o'clock last night, July 31st, 1884; he was suffering from rheumatic pains in his legs; I bathed his legs with hot water and turpentine about nine o'clock; he then went to bed, and shortly afterwards I went to bed also; we slept in the same bed; after we went to bed we slept a short time, and about eleven o'clock deceased complained that the pains were very severe, and he would get up; he told me not to get up, or that I had better go into the bed with my daughter; I told him I would stay where I was, but that I would leave him plenty of room to get in and out without disturbing me; deceased then got up and I heard him making a fire; he sat by the fire, and I went to sleep; about two o'clock this morning I was awakened by hearing a noise like something falling on to the ground; I thought that deceased had fallen down; I got up and when I came into the room where the fire was, I could not see deceased; both doors of the room were open; I called to deceased, asking where he was, and, hearing no reply, went in search of him, and found him lying on the verandah; I noticed that blood was flowing from the left side of his head; I then called my daughter and son, and when my son carried deceased to the sofa, I saw the gun produced lying where the body of deceased was lifted from; the gun is the property of the last witness; deceased, when he complained of the pains, said if he suffered another night as much as he had done on last Tuesday night, he could not stand it; I am quite sure deceased fired the shot that caused his death; he had said he would make away with himself rather than again suffer the pains he endured on last Tuesday night; deceased appeared to be quite dead when I found him; deceased and myself always lived on the best of terms, and the only reason I can assign for deceased committing suicide was the acute pains he was suffering.

Alton Kingsley Hoets deposed: I am a legally qualified medical practitioner, and reside at Yass; I have made a post mortem examination of the deceased (Jeremiah Crossley); immediately in front of the right ear I found a large irregular wound, communicating with the interior of the skull; the edges of the wound were blackened, and smelt strongly of burnt gunpowder; on opening the skull, I found the bones on the right side of the head extremely fractured; the interior portion of the brain is severely lacerated; on the left side of the brain I found a large quantity of small sized shot; it appears to be No. 4 shot; I produce some of the shot found in the brain; there were no other marks of violence about the body; I am of opinion that the cause of death was injury to the brain, caused by a gunshot wound; the wound could have been inflicted by deceased, who could have placed the muzzle of the gun produced to his head, and fired it by touching the trigger with his foot; he could not have pulled the trigger with his hand; a shot fired from the gun produced would cause such a wound as I have described.

The jury found the following verdict that the deceased Jeremiah Crossley of Wargeila died on the first day of August 1884 from the effects of a gunshot wound inflicted by himself on the same day

Burial of a maternal grandfatherJeremiah Crossley
August 2, 1884 (aged 9 years)
Cemetery: Church of England Cemetery
Note: The inscription on the headstone reads - Jeremiah, born Yorkshire, England, husband of Sarah, died 1 Aug 1884 aged 73 years.
Birth of a brotherWalter John Mote
October 15, 1884 (aged 10 years)
Birth of a brotherAlbert Thomas Mote
February 4, 1888 (aged 13 years)
Address: Yass Hotel
Death of a fatherJames Frederick Mote
April 23, 1893 (aged 18 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherSarah Sucker
1896 (aged 21 years)
Shared note: A Sarah Mote, aged 91, died in Islington in 1896. This would place her birth circa 1805 (refer freebmd.rootsweb.com)
Marriage of a parentGeorge WeatherbyMartha CrossleyView this family
January 3, 1897 (aged 22 years)
MarriageEliza Margaret HortonView this family
December 28, 1902 (aged 28 years)
Occupation
Drover
1902 (aged 27 years)

Birth of a daughterDorothy May Mote
May 7, 1903 (aged 28 years)
Birth of a sonJames Frederick Mote
August 9, 1905 (aged 30 years)
Birth of a sonArthur William Mote
September 28, 1908 (aged 34 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherSarah James
February 18, 1909 (aged 34 years)
Burial of a maternal grandmotherSarah James
after February 18, 1909 (aged 34 years)
Shared note: The inscription on the headstone reads - Sarah, died 18 Feb 1909 aged 84 years.
Birth of a sonMervyn Thomas Mote
April 7, 1913 (aged 38 years)
DivorceEliza Margaret HortonView this family
1918 (aged 43 years)

Death of a sisterAmelia Maude Mote
October 26, 1925 (aged 51 years)
Marriage of a childArthur William MoteNancy Melinda MeanderView this family
1930 (aged 55 years)
Death of a half-sisterMartha Maria Alt
April 13, 1934 (aged 59 years)
Death of a half-brotherJohn T. Alt
December 23, 1935 (aged 61 years)
Death of a motherMartha Crossley
1937 (aged 62 years)
Text:

Name: Martha Weatherby Death Date: 1937 Death Place: New South Wales Father's name: Jeremiah Mother's name: Sarah Registration Year: 1937 Registration Place: Yass, New South Wales Registration Number: 17391

Death of a half-brotherJames Alt
August 29, 1938 (aged 63 years)
Address: St. Vincent's Hospital
Note:

James' obituary was published in the Yass Tribune-Courier, Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia, on Thursday, 1 September 1938 as follows:

26 YEARS CONTINUOUS DUTY WITHOUT A HOLIDAY POSTMASTER AT BOWNING FOR 32 YEARS LATE MR. JAMES ALT In the death at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney on Monday morning of Mr. James Alt of Bowning, one of the best known personalities in the Postmaster-General's Department has passed on. Jim Alt was known by everyone in the service. Mr. Alt, who was 74 years of age, was Postmaster at Bowning for 32 years. His record of 26 years continuous duty without a holiday is probably unique. A sad but very human incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. McCarrigle, of the Yass Post Office Staff, was on duty at Bowning, when the testing operator at the G.P.O. inquired how the old man was. He was not aware that he was being taken to his last resting place that afternoon. A native of Yass, Mr. Alt started work at the age of 14 years as a railway porter at Yass Junction. At the age of 32, he lost both legs. He was on duty at Mittagong when he endeavoured to board a train while in motion. He fell and the wheels passed over both his legs. However, he accepted the tragedy philosophically and ten years later took charge of the Bowning Post Office. It may not be generally known that there is a big testing station at Bowning, with fifteen trunk morse lines, and Mr. Alt was regarded by the testing officer in the G.P.O. as one of the most reliable testing officers in the south. He was a steady and efficient morse operator and a particularly methodical man. When the Albury mail train was derailed just beyond Bowning a few years ago, Mr. Alt rose to the occasion and put up a wonderful performance transmitting and receiving telegrams. He kept the dots and dashes going for hours on end with characteristic efficiency. From the little Bowning Post Office, many anxious moments were relieved f(?r people all over the State who had relatives on the wrecked train. But that is only one side of Mr. Alt's long and useful life. As a patriarch of Bowning, he was held in the highest esteem and adrniration. The late Mr. Alt is survived by one son, James (Bowning) and one son predeceased him. Two daughters also survive, Mrs Jack O'Brien of Maroubra and Mrs C. Jones of Wau, New Guinea. There was a large and representative cortege at the funeral, which took place in Bowning on Tuesday afternoon from the Catholic Church to the local cemetery, where the Rev. Fr. McCusker officiated. The funeral was conducted by Mr W.H. McIntosh. Among the wreaths received were the following: Alice and Sam, Clara and Frank, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Smith and family, Mr. and Mrs. W. Armour, Mr. and Mrs. Loomes and Ric., Anne and Hugh Muir, Zeta and Athol Pearce, Grace and R. Holmes, Miss Wall, Limestone, Mrs. Pearce Senr., and family, Mrs. K. Ryan and family, Mr. and Mrs. Hollis and Mr. and Mrs. Turner, Yass P.O. Staff, Mrs. Morgan and Vera, the Glover family, Mr. and Mrs. Alf. Armour and family, All at Charlesville, Mr. and Mrs. Alchin and family, Mrs. 0. Hilly and family, Mrs. Hannford and family, Mrs. and Mr. W. Chown, Mr. and Mrs. Don Meikieham, Neta and Claude Ryan, Molly Crossley and Mr. and Mrs. G. Armour, Major Weir, B. Eglington, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Richards and family.

Death of a half-sisterElizabeth Alt
February 9, 1943 (aged 68 years)
Death of a half-sisterSidonia Alt
July 15, 1953 (aged 78 years)
Death of a sisterAlice May Mote
1958 (aged 83 years)
Death of a sisterClara Ann Mote
1959 (aged 84 years)
Death August 14, 1960 (aged 85 years)
Family with parents
father
18461893
Birth: March 15, 1846 37 35Islington, London, England, United Kingdom
Death: April 23, 1893Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
mother
Crossley, Martha (1842-1937)
18421937
Birth: October 15, 1842 31 18Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1937Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: January 10, 1874Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
9 months
himself
18741960
Birth: September 28, 1874 28 31Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 14, 1960Tumut, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
21 months
younger brother
18761877
Birth: June 25, 1876 30 33Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1877Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
11 months
younger sister
18771959
Birth: June 4, 1877 31 34Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1959Manly, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger sister
18801958
Birth: December 10, 1880 34 38Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1958Balmain, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
19 months
younger sister
18821925
Birth: July 11, 1882 36 39Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 26, 1925Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
2 years
younger brother
18841965
Birth: October 15, 1884 38 42Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1965Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
18881960
Birth: February 4, 1888 41 45Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: October 30, 1960Goulburn, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with Christopher Alt
step-father
18281873
Birth: May 20, 1828Bannerod, Hessen, Darmstadt, Germany
Death: July 15, 1873Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
mother
Crossley, Martha (1842-1937)
18421937
Birth: October 15, 1842 31 18Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1937Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: January 1, 1862Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
13 months
half-sister
18631934
Birth: January 23, 1863 34 20Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: April 13, 1934Coogee, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
19 months
half-brother
18641938
Birth: August 12, 1864 36 21Near Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 29, 1938Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
18 months
half-sister
18661866
Birth: January 31, 1866 37 23Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 16, 1866Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
14 months
half-brother
18671935
Birth: March 13, 1867 38 24Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 23, 1935Gordon, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
22 months
half-sister
18681953
Birth: December 17, 1868 40 26Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: July 15, 1953Neutral Bay, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
21 months
half-brother
18701872
Birth: September 10, 1870 42 27Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: May 3, 1872Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
23 months
half-sister
18721943
Birth: July 23, 1872 44 29Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 9, 1943Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Mother’s family with George Weatherby
step-father
18401912
Birth: 1840Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: March 7, 1912Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
mother
Crossley, Martha (1842-1937)
18421937
Birth: October 15, 1842 31 18Seven Hills, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1937Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: January 3, 1897Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Family with Eliza Margaret Horton
himself
18741960
Birth: September 28, 1874 28 31Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 14, 1960Tumut, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
ex-wife
18751966
Birth: April 1, 1875Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1966Homebush, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: December 28, 1902Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Divorce
Divorce: 1918
4 months
daughter
1903
Birth: May 7, 1903 28 28Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
2 years
son
19051983
Birth: August 9, 1905 30 30Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: December 8, 1983Bankstown, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
son
1908
Birth: September 28, 1908 34 33Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death:
5 years
son
19132001
Birth: April 7, 1913 38 38Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: August 10, 2001Corlette, Hunter, New South Wales, Australia