From Trewman's Exeter Flying Post:
March 14th 1877
"On Saturday an Inquest was held at the Topsham Inn, Exeter, before H. W. Hooper, Esq., (City Coroner), on view of the body of JOHN TREE, a waggoner, aged seventy-one, residing at Frogymill, Cheriton Fitzpaine, who died in the Devon and Exeter Hospital on the previous day from the effects of injuries received a month ago. Mr William Matthews, farmer, of Colyhill Farm, Crediton, said the deceased was a waggoner in his employ. On the 8th February he sent the deceased with a cart and two horses to draw some earth from the bottom of one of his fields to the top. The deceased left work about five in the afternoon and was proceeding back to the farm with the cart and horses, riding on the shafts. He turned safely out of one field into the road, and was about to enter another field from the road, when the fore horse sharply turned the corner, upsetting the cart, which was empty. the deceased was thrown to the ground, and the cart fell over on his back.
Witness got assistance, and extricated the deceased from under the cart, where he was lying on his face and hands, and the cart was resting across his thighs. He was conscious, but so injured that he could not stand, and they removed him as quickly as possible to the Devon and Exeter Hospital. Mr Hugh Gordon Cuming, house-surgeon at the Devon and Exeter Hospital, said the deceased was received into the Institution on the 8th February, and expired on Friday morning from the combine effects of congestion of the lungs and sores which had resulted from the bruises on his back and hips. The Jury returned a verdict of "Accidental Death."