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Solomon (Sol) Reuben (1807–1849)

An inquest was held yesterday at Ford's, the Rising Sun, Parramatta-street, on view of the body of Solomon Reuben, then and there lying dead. Deceased had been suffering from erysipelas in the face since Wednesday last, and on Thursday morning he showed symptoms of insanity, which, however, went off; in the evening he became quite insane, and could not be kept in bed; his wife went away to put her infant in bed, and on her return to the chamber in which she left her husband she found that he had during her absence got out at the window. John Pugh, residing on the Balmain road, deposed that about nine o'clock on Thursday night he observed some person in white pass his gate; he asked where he was going, but received no answer; witness afterwards saw that it was Reuben, followed him some distance along the road, and again spoke to him, but got no answer; he jumped over a paling; witness asked where he was going, when he said he was going to wash his feet in the water; witness knew that he (deceased) was not in his right mind, but was afraid to interfere with him, as no assistance was at hand; he then went for a person to go with him after the deceased; they went to a waterhole in Mr. Hearn's paddock, where they saw deceased's hat floating on the surface; after searching about for some time they found the dead body of deceased in a well near the waterhole; this was about two hours after he first saw deceased pass his gate; they did not at first search in the water, but about the bush, for him. Verdict–Put an end to his existence while labouring under temporary insanity. Herald, Aug. 25.

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London, Middlesex, England


21 August, 1849 (aged ~ 42)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Crime: assault and robbery
Sentence: life