The Dallas Journal, Volume 41, 1995 Page: 1
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INQUEST MINUTE BOOK
by Gerri Brannan
An inquest is held to determine cause of death in cases of violent, sudden or
unexplained death or if the deceased has not been recently under a physician's care.
The findings of the inquest are recorded in Inquest Dockets or Coroner's Reports. These
records for Dallas County are available for the years 1889 through 1969 in the
Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library in its capacity
as a depository for the Regional Historical Resource Depository and Local Records
program (RHRD) of the Texas State Library.
These records variously labeled, Coroner's Minutes or Inquest Docket Books are in
ledger type volumes with an index at the front and the cases following in chronological
order. Each record is on a double page with space on the left page for the following
Name and description of the deceased; Date of death if known;
Where died, or where body was found; Date of inquest; Where
inquest was held; Nature of information and by whom given; Name
of suspected person; Principal or accomplice; Residence of suspected
person; Date of arrest; Where confined; Date of Bail Bond;
Residence of person(s) on bail; Names and addresses of sureties on
bail bond. [Note: Generally only a few of the spaces are completed.]
On the right hand page are entered the findings of the coroner as to cause of death with
his sworn statement. In the abstracts below, the date in the first line of the entry is
usually the date of the inquest which may lag the date of death by a few days.
INQUEST DOCKET, DALLAS COUNTY, NUMBER 2 covering 5 March 1897-24
January 1900 was abstracted in The Dallas Quarterly, Volume XL, #1. The volume
covered in this article is an earlier ledger and may be the earliest extant for Dallas
INQUEST MINUTE BOOK
DALLAS COUNTY TEXAS; JUSTICE OF THE PEACE
OCTOBER 10, 1889-MAY 15, 1893
S. N. BRASWELL, JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PRECINCT ONE [PAGES 1-103]
No printed page #. Handwritten page 1. 18 September 1889.
ED GILE, T came to his death from the effects of gunshot wounds inflicted on his
head and left side and that said wounds were caused by the firing of a pistol by one
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