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21 November 1727: The funeral of Cornelius Wood of Barnsley, killed in a rabbit trap

John Hobson. 1877. The Journal of Mr. John Hobson, Late of Dodworth Green. Yorkshire Diaries and Autobiographies in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Ed. Charles Jackson. Durham: Surtees Society. A (morbid) compendium of everyday England. It is sometimes unclear whether the date given is that of an occurrence or that on which news reached his capacious ears. Get it:

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21st. – At the funeral of Cornelius Wood, of Barnsley, who died the Sunday morning before. He had been at Mr. Carrington’s Monday the 6th instant, and, as he was coming home, there were nets set upon the common for the catching of rabbits, and he rid against one of the cords, which occasioned his horse to fall and throw him down, and he pitched upon his head, and was so bruised that he never recovered it. He was buried at Darfield, in the great quire, near to his master Eaton, who was the minister there.


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21st. – At the funeral of Cornelius Wood, of Barnsley, who died the Sunday morning before. He had been at Mr. Carrington’s Monday the 6th instant, and, as he was coming home, there [were] nets set upon the common for the catching of rabbits, and he rid against one of the cords, which occasion[ed] his horse to fall and throw him down, and he pitched upon his head, and was so bruised that he never recovered it. He was buried at Darfield, in the great quire, near to his master Eaton, who was the minister there.

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