Unidentified : Coroner's Inquisition, Rockbridge County
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Jeff Clark: Deposed. I was on my way fishing when I saw something in the river at the dam which looked like a child. H. Brass drew it out and I found it was a child wrapped in a rag with a rock tied to it. The rag was tied very tightly round the childs neck enough so I think to have killed it had it been living when it was put there. Henry Brass deposed. My testimony agrees with Jeff Clark. I don't know whether the rag was tied very tight or not. Emma always denied to me that she was with child. I thought she was. She does not look so now. [Dilson?] Harman deposed Dr. McCorkle Deposed. Emma fielding applied to me for medicine in Feb saying she had taken cold. I judged her to be with child and refused to give her medicine. I have not seen her lately. I could not tell now whether the child was born dead or alive. I think the child is full grown. I saw Emma again some six weeks ago and still thought her in the family way.