Brooklyn Daily Standard Union February 24, 1871 SUDDEN DEATH
A Daughter Awakes to Find Her Motherís Corpse
At 4 oíclock this morning Ellen PERCIVAL, a widow residing with her three children at 99 Imlay street, was found dead in her bed. It seems that for some time she has
been in very delicate health and that she has been unable to attend to her business which was that of housekeeping.
Her eldest daughter, about 16 years of age, proposed that she would sit up with her, but this her mother said there was no necessity of doing, as she felt better,
and that, as her daughter would have to go to work on the morrow, she required to have some rest. The daughter reluctantly complied, but her sleep was troubled, and
she rose early, and went into the adjoining room where her mother slept. On reaching her bedside she found that all life had departed and that her mother was beyond all
earthly aid. A reporter of The UNION visited the house this morning. Nothing could well be more wretched than its surroundings. Every room almost in the house is occupied with separate families, and squalling children and the presence of poverty is visible everywhere. On reaching the top floor, he was admitted into a small room about 15 by
20 feet. The lifeless form of Mrs. PERCIVAL lay upon a couch covered with clean white linen and about a dozen of women, most of them with children in arms, occupied seats
round the room. On inquiring the circumstances of her motherís death, the daughter who is a pretty and intelligent girl detailed the circumstances as above. She was overwhelmed with grief and felt acutely the necessity of holding an inquest. She stated that her mother, with five sisters, came from Ireland about twenty years ago and that during the fatherís life their circumstances were very favorable, but that since his death they have been obliged to struggle hard with poverty. It seems that her mother had several brothers well situated, but that they have
neglected her. She had been a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and from time to time received assistance from that denomination. She has left two daughters and one son, all young, and entirely unprovided for. It would be an act of Christian charity to remove them while young from the civil influences under which they will otherwise be obliged to live. Coroner Jones held an inquest at the house this afternoon, and a verdict of death from valvular heart disease was returned. I am not related & have no other info.
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