Middlesex Coroners:
Coroners' Inquests into Suspicious Deaths

1st September 1747 - 13th June 1803

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Image 549 of 63217th April 1786

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AN INQUISITION indented, taken for our Sovereign Lord the King, at the Dwelling House of
William Webb< no role > known by the Sign of the Spread Eagle in the Parish of Saint John at Hackney in the County of
Middlesex , the Seventeenth Day of April in the Twenty sixth Year of the Reign of
our Sovereign Lord GEORGE the Third , by the Grace of God, of Great-Britain, France, and
Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, and so forth, before Thomas Phillips< no role >
one of the Coroners of our said Lord the King for the said County, on View of the Body of
Pleadwell Cockham then and there lying dead, upon the Oath of
John Lomax< no role > , Peaton Dunn< no role > , John Shelton< no role > , Joseph Empsom< no role > , William Stringer< no role > , Richard Brigg, John Ward< no role > , Thomas Dore< no role > , William
Hurst, John Lloyd< no role > , Gregory Norton< no role > , William Watson< no role > , and Peter Nowin< no role >
good and lawful Men of the said County, duly chosen, and who being then and there duly
sworn and charged to inquire, for our said Lord the King, when, how, and by what Means, the
said Pleadwell Cockham came to his
Death, do, upon their Oath, say, That the said Pleadwell Cockham not being of Sound Mind Memory and understanding but
Lunatic and Distracted on the fourth Day of April in the Year aforesaid at the Parish and in the County aforesaid into a Certain River there Situate and
being Called the River Lee did Cast and throw himself by Means of which said Casting and throwing of himself he the said Pleadwell Cockham unto the
said River as aforesaid he the said Pleadwell Cockham in the Waters of the said River was then and there Suffocated and Drowned of which said Suffocation
and Drowning he the said Pleadwell Cockham< no role > did then and there Instantly die and so the Jurors aforesaid upon their Oath aforesaid do say that
the said Pleadwell Cockham not being of Sound Mind Memory and Understanding but Lunatic and Distracted in Manner and by the
Means aforesaid Drown and kill himself

IN WITNESS whereof, as well the said Coroner as the said John Lomax< no role >
the Foreman of the said Jurors, on the Behalf of himself and the Rest of his said Fellows, in
their Presence, have, to this Inquisition, set their Hands and Seals, the DayandYear and year first
above written.

Thos. Phillips< no role > [mark] Coroner
Jno Lomax [mark] Foreman

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