On 19 June

A another sad case of suicide today, brought on by depression, plus a Yorkshire gggg grandfather.

19 June 1770
Baptism of Joseph Firth, my gggg grandfather, at Royston, Yorkshire, son of James Firth of Chevet Moorgate, which is north of Notton. Joseph married Hannah Fisher, although I can’t find a marriage record, and they had 7 children baptised at Royston St John from 1795 to 1811, the youngest of whom was my gggg grandmother Sarah Firth who married Wiliam Green of Worsbrough. Joseph must have died before the 1841 census, though his wife Hannah is in Royston and is a baker, and there is no burial record for him, although there is one for his wife Hannah in 1850 at Royston.

19 June 1842
Birth of Thomas Hamilton at Moorefield Fireworks, Kilmaurs, son of John Hamilton and Janet Strachan and grandson of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizebath Nisbet. By 1851 the family are at Corsehill Square, Dreghorn, father John a coal miner and 8 year old Thomas at school. In 1861 they are are Knockitiber Farm, Kilmaurs, and 18 year old Thomas is a coal miner, as is his father and older brother. His father died in 1869 and in 1871 he is living with his brother John at Kilmaurs Road, Kilmarnock, a few doors up from his widowed mother and younger siblings. In 1881 he is living with his mother and a niece and nephew. His mother died in July 1889 at Gilmour Street, Kilmarnock and Thomas, of the same address, was the informant on her death certificate and was present when she died. This may have contributed to why, on 24 October 1890, Thomas Hamilton committed suicide. His usual address was 16 Gilmour Street, but he killed himself in the grounds of a priory behind his brother’s house on North Hamilton Street, Kilmarnock. The death certificate says he’d been suffering from melancholy (what today we’d call depression) and the precognition report says he cut his own throat. Very tragic.

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