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James Cain

Male 1832 - 1862  (~ 30 years)


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  • Name James Cain 
    Born CA 1832  of, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Misfortune 1862 
    died of rabies 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-95241 
    Died 17 Feb 1862  Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause: hydrophobia 
    Person ID I95241  Generations
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2019 

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - CA 1832 - of, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: hydrophobia - 17 Feb 1862 - Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • CAIN - We have, this day, the painful duty to perform of announcing a death that occurred in Woolwich on Monday last from that most dreadful of all diseases, hydrophobia. It appears that some weeks ago, as a man of the name of James Cain, a labourer living on the farm of Mr. W. H. Bowman, near Elmira, Woolwich Township, was approaching his house in the evening, a strange dog that, during his absence, had lain down on the doorstep, sprang at him and bit him in the cheek quite close to the mouth. Mr. Cain immediately grasped the animal by the throat and held him until his wife stunned it by a blow from a stick, when he took the axe and killed it. The wound from the bite healed rapidly and all went well until Saturday night when poor Cain felt a tingling sensation in the old wound. He immediately sent for medical advice, and on Saturday, Dr. Bowlby of Berlin visited the unfortunate man. On the doctor's offering the patient a cup of tea, he sprang beck in horror from the fluid, and the worst symptoms of hydrophobia rapidly developed themselves. In his paroxysms, the unfortunate man was horribly violent, half a dozen men being incapable of holding him while the fit was at its worst. At other times he was quiet, but the paroxysms became gradually frequenter and more violent until Monday when death mercifully relieved the unfortunate man from his sufferings. He died about noon on that day.

      Hamilton Spectator 22 Feb 1862

  • Sources 
    1. [S932] News - Canada Christian Advocate - 1858-1872, "Death of James Cain," 26 Feb 1862, p. 2.
      James Cain, a laborer on the farm of Wendel H. Bowman, Woolwich Twp., died of hydrophobia