Sheffield Evening Telegraph – Monday 10 August 1891
Fatality to a Married Woman at Conisborough.
At seven o’clock yesterday the body of a married woman Mary Keys, wife of Francis Keys, Glass Land. Burcroft, Conisborough, was found in Kearsley’.s Brook, Conisborough.
It appeared that she went to the Castle Inn, near to her home, on Saturday night just before ten o’clock, and got a pint beer and “jack” of gin.
To get to her home she had to cross the brook by means of a couple of planks. It is supposed that before reaching here she stopped to drink the gin, for the bottle was found uncorked in the bed of the stream below beside the body, and the jug of beer, unspilled, stood on the brink.
The conjecture is that, after drinking, the woman searching for the jug (the night was very dark) fell into the bed of the stream, a distance of about six feet, and was stunned or sustained a fracture of the skull, for cry was heard, and there were evidences of any attempt get out. There were only a few inches water, and the head of the woman was clear the stream itself.
An inquest will be held.