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May, Ann (1774–1804)

On Friday the 6th instant, an Inspection was held on the body of Ann May, wife of Lawrence May of Hawkesbury, who died suddenly and, as the Coroner's Verdict declared from excessive drinking. She has left two children, both of whom are infants. A report highly prejudicial to her husband had been industriously circulated throughout Sydney on Sunday last and the preceding evening, relative to the circumstances of the above death, which was said to have been occasioned by violence on his part; but on the contrary it appeared, that the poor woman had not received any blow whatever, nor did any mark of violence appear on the body except a small incision on the upper lip, supposed to proceed from an accidental fall.

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Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Baker, Ann

Cork, Ireland


January, 1804 (aged ~ 30)
Hawkesbury, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

alcoholism (chronic)

Cultural Heritage
Passenger Ship