Wednesday morning Mary Weedon, aged 61, wife of William Weedon, a labourer, of 19, Fountain-road, was found dead in bed. The deceased, it is understood, had been suffering lately from bronchitis, but appeared no worse than usual on Tuesday night. The husband, who is very old man and imbecile, sat downstairs in his armchair all night and could give no explanation of the matter.
On Mrs. Murphy, who lives in the same house, taking the deceased up cup of tea at about 7.30 she found her apparently dead. She at once fetched Dr. Love, who found life extinct, and ordered the body removed to the mortuary, there to await an inquest.
The poor old man was found to be in a terribly dirty and neglected condition, and was removed to the Croydon Infirmary.
Weedon is one of the oldest inhabitants of Mitcham, and was was one of the old men who a few years ago were taken day after day to London to attend at the High Court as witnesses in the protracted law suit respecting common rights at Beddington Corner.
Source: Croydon Advertiser and East Surrey Reporter – Saturday 27 October 1888 from the British Newspaper Archive (subscription required)