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Re: Peter McAvey
Posted by: john watson (ID *****0072) Date: July 02, 2014 at 00:29:57
In Reply to: Peter McAvey by LORI of 276

Following is a transcript of an obituary from the Vallejo Evening Chronicle, dated 19 Oct 1875:

"P. McAVEY, DECEASED.
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Verdict of the Coroner's Jury--The
Funeral.
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Coroner Topley went over to Benicia
Monday to hold an inquest on the body
of P. McAvey. Arriving there he im-
panelled a jury as follows: David Wal-
ton, Chas. Waford, F. P. Weinmann,
John Stevens, H. Irkirt, Wm. York, D.
O'Donnell, Martin Nylon.

Joseph Segali, a fisherman, deposed
to having found the body in the straits
about 6 o'clock Monday morning.

E. D. Perkins and J. G. Hanks testi-
fied to the events leading to the drown-
ing of the deceased; the details vary-
ing not materially from those already
published in the Chronicle.

The jury returned a verdict that the
deceased was a native of the State of
Maine, was about thirty-five years old,
and that he came to his death Oct. 12,
1875, by accidental drowning.

The body was found on the Contra
Costa side about opposite Benicia, and
when found had no coat on. When
McAvey fell overboard his coat was on
and buttoned; which shows that he
must have taken the garment off while
in the water. The body had about
$360 on it when found; $10 of which
was silver and the remainder green-
backs.

The remains were brought over to
Vallejo in a wagon Monday evening by
Messrs. York and Ikert. The funeral
took place this morning under the con-
duct of Golden State Lodge, of which
the deceased was a member; Farragut
Post of the Grand Army being also
represented by a considerable delega-
tion. Revs. McAllister, Chaplain of
the Lodge, officiated in the religious
ceremonies, assisted by Rev. Moore.
H. D. Richardson, Noble Grand of the
Lodge, conducted the Odd Fellows ser-
vice at the grave. The remains were
interred in the new cemetery of the I.
O. O. F."


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