Clara Jane Horton, 18781923 (aged 45 years)

Name
Clara Jane Horton
Given names
Clara Jane
Surname
Horton
Birth 1878 18
Birth of a sisterSelina Mary Horton
1880 (aged 2 years)
Birth of a sisterEliza Horton
1883 (aged 5 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherJeremiah Crossley
August 1, 1884 (aged 6 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 6 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 brotherThomas James Horton
1885 (aged 7 years)
Birth of a brotherWilliam H. P. Horton
1887 (aged 9 years)
Birth of a sisterEmma Amelia Horton
1888 (aged 10 years)

Birth of a brotherWalter John Horton
1892 (aged 14 years)

Birth of a brotherArthur Augustus Horton
1893 (aged 15 years)

Birth of a sisterElsie Florence Horton
1896 (aged 18 years)

Birth of a brotherColin Reginald Horton
1898 (aged 20 years)

Death of a brotherColin Reginald Horton
1904 (aged 26 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherSarah James
February 18, 1909 (aged 31 years)
Burial of a maternal grandmotherSarah James
after February 18, 1909 (aged 31 years)
Shared note: The inscription on the headstone reads - Sarah, died 18 Feb 1909 aged 84 years.
Death of a brotherWilliam H. P. Horton
1920 (aged 42 years)
Death 1923 (aged 45 years)
Family with parents
father
mother
18591952
Birth: March 28, 1859 47 34Kangiaroo, South West Slopes, New South Wales, Australia
Death: February 5, 1952Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Marriage
Marriage: April 23, 1877Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
21 months
herself
18781923
Birth: 1878 18Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1923Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger sister
18801968
Birth: 1880 20Wargeila, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1968
9 years
younger sister
18881965
Birth: 1888 28
Death: 1965Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
-4 years
younger sister
18831930
Birth: 1883 23Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1930
3 years
younger brother
18851961
Birth: 1885 25Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1961Sydney City, Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
3 years
younger brother
18871920
Birth: 1887 27Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Death: 1920Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
6 years
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
18931972
Birth: 1893 33
Death: 1972Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
4 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
18981904
Birth: 1898 38
Death: 1904Yass, Southern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia