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The Times - 30 September 1835 Melancholy death by Drowning Mr. Smales Jackson and his wife, who resided in a small cottage near the village of Ruswarp, about two miles from Whitby, on the York road, were both unfortunately drowned on Saturday last under very mysterious circumstances. The inquest, which was held the following morning, could get no evidence which threw any light on the cause of this melancholy event. It appears that one of Jackson's own little children was playing on the chain-bridge across the Esk (which is a very short distance from his cottage), and seeing its father and mother in the water, ran and told Mrs. Wray, the bridge toll-keeper, who went immediately to the spot, but could see nothing except a slight bubbling on the water. An alarm was given, and a search ciommenced for the bodies, which were both found about half-an-hour after, but all animation was forever gone. Another little child, which was in the house, said her mother was ironing, but she laid down her work and went out, and her father soon after followed; and the child saw them no more. Of course the coroner's jury returned a verdict of Found drowned" The parties had only been married a fortnight or three weeks. The children, of whom several are left destitute, were Jackson's by a former wife - Chester Chronicle The Times - 7 October 1835 Another account:- A most melancholy catastrophe took place at Ruswarp, in the neighbourhood of Whtby, on Saturday week. A man of the name of Smales Jackson, a roper by trade, lived in a little cottage on the dam side, near Ruswarp Mill. He had been thrice married, his third wedding having taken place about three weeks since. He had several living children by his former wives. On Saturday week some altercation arose between him and his wife, and she, under great excitement, left the house and threw herself into the river. Her husband, being a most excellent swimmer, plunged into the stream, and was drowned also. The bodies were buried in the same graves of Jackson's two former wives, on Tuesday week. - Sunderland Herald.