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Francis Henry Newsham
At time of Francis's birth, the family lived at New Plymouth - Thomas his father, gave his occupation as a farmer.
Francis was to have a short life. It ended when he was killed by falling from horse and dragged by saddle stirrup.
1859 Taranaki Herald, 1 January 1859, - Report of the Coroner's Inquest.
An Inquest was held at the Omata Inn on the 25th ultimo before Dr Scaly, Coroner, and a Jury of Omata residents, on the body of Francis Henry Newsham, aged 8 years, third son of Mr T. Newsham of that district.
It appeared from the painful circumstances detailed in evidence that the poor boy was fond of horses, and was in the practice of riding whenever opportunity offered. On the 22nd some friends of the family arrived from town on horseback, and the deceased took an opportunity of riding off on one of the horses. The animal was shortly after met proceeding town-wards at a rapid rate, the boy hanging by one of his feet which had fouled in the stirup leather. A sudden check caused the affrighted animal to swerve and freed the stirrup leather from the spring bar of the saddle, and the poor boy was picked up insensible, and remained so to his death. The sad injuries received almost precluded hope from the first.
The jury returned a verdict of Accidental Death. This sad bereavement should serve as a warning against the prevalent practice of young lads mounting strange horses without heeding or even knowing the great danger they run by so doing.
Francis was buried at Waireka Cemetery, Omata on December 14th
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