Early Eighteenth-Century Newspaper Reports: A Sourcebook compiled by Rictor Norton

Buried Alive

Saturday, 18 January 1729   A milkwoman’s daughter at Endfield was lately buried alive there: When she was going to be interr’d some people at the funeral, thought she looked fresh, and taking a looking glass, and applying it to her lips, they fancied they perceived a dew on it as from breath, but the cruel mother mock’d and reviled them, and swore she should be buried, and so she was; but this coming to the ears of a near relation, he got the grave dug up, and the coffin open’d, when she was found with her knees drawn up, and the nosegay in her hand beaten to pieces with struggling for life. A surgeon was sent for to bleed her, but it was then too late. (London Journal)

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