Suicide cases from the NYC Coroner's Reports 1823-1842

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A few years back I copied down a few suicide cases out of the New York City Coroner's reports for my own curiosity. I'm posting them here in case they can help someone. These are ONLY from the 'A's and 'B's

Arrowsmith, Peter, suicide by hanging. 9 June 1829.
Ashfield, William, suicide with pistol. 2 June 1823
Avery, Joel, suicide by cutting throat with razor. 4 August 1823
Armstrong, Charlotte, suicide by narcotic poison. 22 January 1830
Armstrong, Hugh, suicide by jumping into river. 20 August 1839
Allen, Elizabeth, suicide by laudanum. 12 March 1835
Allman, James, suicide by cutting throat with razor. 11 February 1832
Babcock, Marlborough, suicide by drowning. 7 August 1826
Bacot, Peter, suicide with pistol. 31 August 1836
Bagley, John, suicide by laudanum. 19 October 1842
Bailey, Mary, suicide by arsenic. 26 March 1840
Baker, John, suicide by cutting throat with a case knife. 2 June 1840
Balentine, Mary, suicide by narcotic poison. 21 September 1832
Banta, David, suicide with pistol. 2 May 1825
Barclay, Julia, suicide by laudanum. 3 September 1840
Barlow, Eveline, suicide by opium. 6 February 182--
Barnes, Mrs. [no name given], suicide by laudanum. 3 August 1824.
Barnes, Samuel, suicide by hanging. 2 April 1842
Barton, Barnebeau, suicide by laudanum. 4 August 1823
Barrington, William, fall from 2nd story window of NY Hospital. 25 February 1827
Barry, Edward, fall from 4th story window of Clinton Hall. 22 June 1830
Bartlett, Benjamin, fall from 3rd story of house at 94 Broadway. 14 September 1831
Bartley, Michael, fall from upper to lower story of house in Spruce St. 16 January 1837
Barton, John, fall from scaffolding. 23 September 1837
Batts, Robert P., suicide by laudanum. 28 August 1836
Baumy, Louis Anthony, suicide by opium. 7 May 1829.
Beam, George, suicide by narcotic poison. 25 March 1841
Beard, Catharine, suicide by drowning in the cistern. 9 August 1837 [A cistern in August! Was there no other way out??]
Becket, Nancy, suicide by laudanum. 22 November 1838
in The Tree House by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (227k points)
retagged by Ellen Smith
Thanks anonymous. Do you have any further info about the source so those of us who want to research C through Z could go find it?
They are from the book abstracted by Kenneth Scott. The original records are on microfilm.

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Thanks Jessica! I was just looking through the NY Coroner's Report book a few days ago. The variety of ways that people died was astonishing, often accidental, and usually quite sad to imagine.

For those interested in looking at the NY coroner's reports (and they're not just suicides) abstracted by Kenneth Scott, you can find them in the Collections of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Volume 12 (1823-1842) and Volume 14 (1843-1849). They're available online via FindMyPast if you are a member of NYGBS.

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