I met another person, Sylvia Murray, researching the Gransden/ Russell family tree through my website. She had found a number of different news articles that may relate to Mary Ann Russell nee Gransden. However, we have been unable to locate a death certificate that goes along with the articles. Today I have sent off a request to see if I can get someone to actually have a look at the original birth death and marriage certificates at NSW BDM to determine if one for Mary Ann Russell died September 1879 may not have been miss transcribed in the indexes and thus un-searchable for those who do not have access to the original data.
The two Newspaper articles that have sparked the search are below.
A poor woman named Mary Ann Russell died very suddenly at Mandurama at 11 o’clock on Thursday night, 9th inst. A wire was sent on Friday morning by Constable Grenenger to Senior-Constable George Brayne, to inform the Coroner, who held an inquest, with a jury of 12, on Friday afternoon, at the School of Arts, Mandurama. Mr James Bembrick was chosen foreman of the jury.
From the evidence adduced it appeared that the deceased seemed perfectly well at 9.15 that (Thursday) evening, when Mrs William Flynn walked part of the way home with her. At 11 o’clock deceased got up out of her bed, and ran to Mrs Flynn’s cottage, and called up Mrs Flynn, crying out ‘ I am very bad, and dying.’ Deceased died in a quarter of an hour. Dr Hawthorne, after holding a post-mortem examination, gave evidence at the Court, and pronounced that, in his opinion, deceased’s death resulted from syncope, consequent upon disease of the heart.
The jury gave a verdict that ‘Mary Ann Russell met her death on Thursday, 9th Sept, 1897, at Mandurama, from natural causes, to wit, decease of the heart.’ Deceased leaves three sons
and one daughter. — [We are indebted to J. Lithgow Cobb, Esq., J.P. District Coroner, for the above information.]
1897 ‘Sudden Death.’, The Carcoar Chronicle (NSW : 1878 – 1943), 17 September, p. 2. , viewed 05 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article112523919
A woman named Mary. Ann Russell died very suddenly at Mandurama last Thursday night, Mr.
Lithgow Cobb, district coroner, held an inquest yesterday afternoon. Dr. Hawthorne, after having
held a post-mortem. -examination, gave evidence and said his opinion was that deceased died from disease of the heart. A verdict of death from natural causes was returned.
1897 ‘Telegrams.’, The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser (NSW : 1871 – 1912), 18 September, p. 630. , viewed 05 Oct 2016, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article163795574