Coroner's Inquests

After 1853 the bulk of Coroners Inquests documentation are to be found in class NC at Beverley (details below). However, the catalogue gives very few names, and none at all for Ellerton. The situation is better in the period from 1752 to 1860, as coroners were required to file their inquests at the Quarter Sessions and they gave full abstracts of their inquests.


Ellerton came within the jurisdiction of the East Riding, and the Quarter Sessions records are held at:


East Riding Archives and Local Studies Service

County Hall


East Riding of Yorkshire

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The most useful records are the Abstracts of Inquests, which include details of dates and places where dead bodies were located, and verdicts. These records are not in a class of their own, but are dispersed over the following classes:


QSF: Quarter Sessions Files, Petitions (but containing some Abstracts of Inquests)

QST: Accounts and Vouchers (but containing some Abstracts of Inquests)


Reference Abstract of Inquests for Ellerton Date
QSF/219/D/9 Willliam Johnson, killed by fall from a horse 20 Aug 1762
QSF/221/D/7 Ann Greenhead, found drowned in a pond 14 Apr 1763
QSF/276/D/10 William Battle, died by the visitation of God 26 May 1777
QSF/276/D/21 William Battle, a child, found dead in bed supposed to have had a fit or from the Visitation of God 23 May 1777
QSF/299/D/5 Mary Battle, died a natural way 15 Jul 1782
QSF/319/E/7 Richard (Pritwies), found lying dead 6 Aug 1787