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Mary Cook
Female 1836 - 1867


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  • Birth  1836  , Clare County, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Female 
    Religion  1861  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Roman Catholic 
    Misfortune  1867  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    killed in industrial accident. 
    Name  Mary Gorman 
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-100488 
    Died  18 Apr 1867  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Cause: industrial accident 
    Person ID  I100488  Generations
    Last Modified  14 Aug 2017 

    Family  Martin Gorman,   b. 1819, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Sep 1900, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Bridget Gorman,   b. 1856, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Margaret Gorman,   b. 1857, , Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. John Gorman,   b. 1865, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1925, Blenheim Twp., Oxford Co. Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F25861  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Fearful Accident in Galt

      On Thursday forenoon last, about 9-1/2 o'clock, a woman named Mary Gorman, wife of Martin Gorman, a laborer, came to her death in the most shocking manner. At the time mentioned she went into the Dickson Mills to procure feed and the Smut-room being on the basement, she passed down stairs to find Mr. David Cooey, one of the millers, by whom she expected to be served. The smut-room is at the west end of the wheel-room, and is approached by a separate door, but unfortunately Mrs. Gorman walked directly into the place where the three cog-wheels are situated, and the noise is deafening. Mr. Cooey was engaged in sharpening picking tools on a grindstone at the opposite side of the cog-wheels, and Mrs. Gorman appears to have stepped around the north side of the latter in order to call him. While passing by the wheels her dress caught between the cogs of the two smaller ones, and the first intimation Mr. Cooey had of the terrible accident was by the woman's clothing flying around with the machinery. Looking about he saw that she was entangled so that it was impossible to extricate her without stopping the whole machinery, and rushed up stairs to give the alarm. During all this time she was being crushed between the cogs, which mangled her arms and legs to a fearful degree. Before she could be extracted her clothes had to be cut away from the axle of one of the cog-wheels, and the extent of her injuries were then seen. He right arm was torn off above the elbow, the right leg nearly severed at the thigh and both were frightfully mangled, the left arm from the elbow downwards was torn to pieces, and the left leg badly lacerated and bruised. Medical assistance was promptly procured but nothing could be done to save her life, and she expired about half-past twelve o'clock, after suffering at times the most intense agony. An inquest was held in the afternoon by Coroner Philips, when a verdict in accordance with the above facts was rendered. No blame attaches to any person in the establishment. Mrs. Gorman was born in the County of Clare, Ireland, was about 30 years of age, and leaves five children to mourn her loss. The poor woman was enceinte [pregnant] the time of her death, which makes the accident all the more disturbing. She was highly esteemed for her kind and amicable disposition, and though her condition in life was lowly, her walk and conversation won for her the regard of all who knew her.

      Dumfries Reformer April 1867

  • Sources 
    1. [S31] News - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Dumfries Reformer (1850-1892), 24 Apr 1867.
      Gorman, Mary died 18 Apr 1867 In Galt at the Dickson Feed Mills, when her dress was caught in the cog-wheels. Wife of Martin Gorman; aged about 30. Born in County Clare, Ireland. Leaves 5 children. [Long account of accident in newspaper.]

    2. [S932] News - Canada Christian Advocate - 1858-1872, "Death of Mrs. Martin Gorman," 8 May 1867, p. 3..
      Mrs. Gorman wife of Martin Gorman, a laboring man, while in the basement of the Dickson Flouring Mills, Galt, for the purpose of getting feed, Thurs. morning, was caught by her dress in some cog wheels, and so seriously injured that she died in three hours. She leaves 4 children

    3. [S1838] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1861, Galt 1861 Div. 1 Page 6.

    4. [S1800] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1891, Section 2 Page 143.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 1836 - , Clare County, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Roman Catholic - 1861 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisfortune - killed in industrial accident. - 1867 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: industrial accident - 18 Apr 1867 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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