John Clapp MALLETT

Male Abt 1858 - 1903  (~ 45 years)


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  • Name John Clapp MALLETT  [1
    Born Abt 1858  Tiverton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Census 03 Apr 1881  Blagrove Farm, Street, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 03 Apr 1881  [4
    F Son 
    Occupation 1901 
    Farmer 
    Reference 2597 
    Residence 1901  Blagrove Farm, West Bradley, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died 16 Jul 1903  Blagrove Farm, West Bradley, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • The Western Gazette of 24/7/1903.

      SHOCKING DEATH OF A WELLKNOWN SOMERSET AGRICULTURIST.
      KNOCKED DOWN BY A COW.
      On Thursday evening Mr. John Clapp Mallett, of Blagrove Farm, met with his death under tragic and shocking circumstances. The deceased, who was 47 years of age, was a well-known agriculturist, and farmed on extensive scale, his farm being situate between Glastonbury and Street the Butleigh road. He was also an occasional contributor the papers on matters agricultural interest, and his farm was regarded as a model farm, many of his fields being kept with the same trimness as a garden. His death came about in the simplest manner possible. [He] and a farm student were trying to catch a calf and take it from its mother, when the cow, a rather wild one, knocked him down, slipped, and fell with terrific force on the hard road, and [so] extensively fractured his skull that he died in about five hours afterwards without regaining consciousness. The deceased leaves a widow and three young children, and the greatest sympathy is felt for them in the district. The inquest was held at Blagrove Farm on Saturday afternoon before Mr. Mayo, deputy-coroner, and a jury of which Mr. Robert Knight was foreman. James Henry Clothier, of Middle Lee, Street, who affirmed, being member the Society Friends, stated that [he] was learning farming under Mr. Mallett, and came to the farm every day. Between six and seven o'clock on the evening the 16th July he drove a cow and calf from the field to the barton with the intention of getting the calf. The cow was rather wild. He could not tell how the accident, happened because at the time he was looking after the calf. He saw the cow bolt in the direction [of] Mr. Mallett, and he then turned his attention to the calf. He saw Mr. Mallett run, and then heard a thud. On looking round he saw Mr. Mallett on the ground. He went to him, and lifted up his head and saw that he was unconscious, and that blood was coming from his ears. It was a hard road where [he] fell, and close to the barton gate. He ran in and told Mrs. Mallett what had happened, and whilst they were carrying the deceased into the house he rode into Glastonbury for Dr. Blakiston.

      By the Coroner: There was no-one else about, and he could not tell how the accident happened.
      Mr. Knight: You think in running to keep the cow back he was whirled over on his head?
      The witness: Yes.Mr. Knight: That is what all think.The Coroner: You can only surmise, gentlemen. It is possible he may have slipped.
      The witness Clothier, [in] answer to Mr. Knight, said deceased only had a small stick with him. Dr. Blakiston, of Glastonbury, deposed that he had known deceased for many years. When arrived at the farm soon after seven o'clock Thursday evening he found deceased in bed. He was quite unconscious, and breathing very heavily. He was bleeding from both ears and nose. As the case was a serious one he sent for Dr. Knyvett, of Butleigh, and in consultation they agreed to trephine. There was a large diffused bruise over-the left temple, and examination revealed a fracture of the skull, which was pressing against the brain. The fracture was an extensive one, extending across the forehead, behind the nose, to the base of the skull. Dr. Knyvett and himself raised the bones as much as they could, and as witness was leaving at 11.30 he went upstairs to have a last look at deceased, and he suddenly ceased breathing as he entered the room.
      The Coroner: How do you suggest to the jury this fracture was caused?
      Dr. Blakiston: I suggest the cow must have run against him some way, and sent him spinning with tremendous force on his head. There were no marks of horns on his head. We should have seen them if there had been.
      The Coroner: In your opinion he was knocked down on his head?
      Dr. Blakiston: Yes; deceased was a strong, stoutly-built man.
      The Coroner: The evidence is not quite clear how the blow was inflicted, but he thought they might return a verdict that he was accidentally knocked down by a cow.

      The jury returned a verdict accordingly, and expressed their deepest sympathy with Mrs. Mallett.
    Person ID I2597  Southwest
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2017 

    Father Thomas Tucker MALLETT,   b. 10 May 1821, Templeton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1922, Ragnor, Street, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 101 years) 
    Mother Emily CLAPP,   b. 08 Mar 1829, Tiverton, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Apr 1869, Street, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 1851 
    Family ID F577  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Rosa Gertrude MAIDMENT,   b. Abt 1873, Baltonsbourgh, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt 1896 
    Children 
     1. Rita Mary MALLETT,   b. Abt 1897, Street, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Maxwell Thomas MALLETT,   b. Abt 1899, Street, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1974  (Age ~ 75 years)
     3. Henry Charles MALLETT,   b. Abt 1900
     4. John Clifford MALLETT,   b. Abt Mar 1904, Wells, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1953, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F609  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1858 - Tiverton, Devon, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 03 Apr 1881 - Blagrove Farm, Street, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1901 - Blagrove Farm, West Bradley, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 16 Jul 1903 - Blagrove Farm, West Bradley, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S650] Mallett/Quick (1716) Descendants, Compiler: Richard Mallett, (Reading, Berkshire, England, Oct 22, 2013), M2S68.

    2. [S2063] 1901 England & Wales Census.

    3. [S895] 1881 British Census, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO)), CD ROM (1999)., RG11/2414 f.88 p.1.

    4. [S895] 1881 British Census, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO)), CD ROM (1999).

    5. [S3185] Mallett, John Clapp, Death, Andre-Louis de la Bruyere, (France, May 13, 2017), M05S3185.