1902 Park Avenue Tunnel Collision

—A New Rochelle Tragedy—

Edward C. Hinsdale


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Edward C. Hinsdale

      Sex: M
AKA: Edward Clark Hinsdale
Individual Information
          Birth: Jan 1854 - New York 1 2
        Baptism: 
          Death: 8 Jan 1902 - New York, New York 1 3
         Burial: 11 Jan 1902 - Brooklyn, Kings county, New York 4
 Cause of Death: 

Events
He appeared on the 1880 Federal census on 2 Jun 1880 in New York, New York. 5 Edwin was shown as being 25 years old and born in New York. He was a clerk in a bank.
He appeared on the 1900 Federal census on 16 Jun 1900 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 2 Edward was shown as being 46 years old and born January 1854 in New York. His father was also born in New York and his mother in Maryland. He had been married for 12 years. He was employed as a clerk and the rest of the entry was illegible.
He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 9 Jan 1902 in New York, New York. 1 Edward "...was 48 years old and resided at 9 Field Avenue, New Rochelle. He was a trusted employee of ex-Gov. Levi P. Morton, in whose service he had been for thirty-three years. At the time of his death, Mr. Hinsdale was manager of a department in the office of Morton Trust Company, at 38 Nassau Street. He leaves a wife and one daughter."
He was mentioned in an article in "The New Rochelle Pioneer" published on 11 Jan 1902 in New Rochelle, Westchester county, New York. 6 Edward "...was an officer of the Morton Trust Company. He was 40 years old and lived at No. 9 Field avenue. Both Mr. and Mrs. Hinsdale were well known. She is an active Christian Scientist and is one of the best known breeders of pet cats in this State."

"Mr. Hinsdale's body was interred in New York. Funeral services were held in Madison avenue, New York City."
He was mentioned in an article in "Oswego Daily Palladium" published on 11 Jan 1902 in Oswego, Oswego County, New York. 7 Jerome Tests Signals. . .
Funerals of Three Victims
The funeral services of Edward C. hinsdale, one of the victims of the accident, were held at the residence of the young man's mother, Charlotte A. Hinsdale, Madison avenue, in this city, last night. Ex-Governor Levi P. Morton was present, coming with the young men from his banking house, where young Mr. Hinsdale had occupied a position of trust for a number of years. Requiem mass will be said in St. Francis Xaviers church today. Interment will be at Greenwood cemetery.
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He was mentioned in an article in "The New York Times" published on 10 Apr 1903 in New York, New York. 8 Tunnel Verdict Reversed
Jury in the Supreme Court Had Awarded Edward C. Hinsdale's Widow $40,000
The judgment on a verdict for $40,000, awarded by a jury in the Supreme Court to Mrs. Christine H. Hinsdale in her suit against the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad Company to recover damages for the death of her husband, Edward C. Hinsdale, who was killed in the tunnel accident in January 1902, was yesterday reversed by the Appellate Division. The court holds, by Justice Ingraham, that the jury should not have been allowed to base their verdict on testimony as to what sum would be sufficient to procure for Mr. Hinsdale an annuity equal to the amount of his yearly income for the number of years that he would probably have lived had his life not been cut short by the accident.
Mr. Hinsdale at the time of his death was in the employ of the Morton Trust Company at a salary of $2,200 a year. As a notary he received $150 annually. He was Treasurer of a corporation at a yearly salary of $1,000. Between July 1, 1894, and Jan. 1, 1902, he earned about $14,000 or $15,000 on real estate loan transactions. He was also interested in a postage stamp purchase venture. The evidence as to what sum would purchase an annuity for a man of Mr. Hinsdale's age could only have been admissible, said Justice Ingraham, on the theory that the plaintiff was entitled to recover such a sum, and nothing is more certain than that such a rule is not the basis upon which the jury were to determine the amount to be awarded. The jury could only give what would be a fair and just compensation for the pecuniary injuries resulting from the decedent's death.
"While the amount of the salary or earnings of a decedent," continued Justice Ingraham, "and the probable duration of his life, are to competent evidence to enable the jury to estimate the probable loss caused to the widow or next of kin of the decedent by his death, it is quite clear that a verdict for the total amount that the decedent would earn during the period this his life should continue would be grossly excessive."
Mrs. Hinsdale was forty-five years old when her husband was killed, and his mother, his next of kin, seventy-eight.




Parents
         Father: Richard H. Hinsdale (Abt 1825-1895) 
         Mother: Fanny Doughty (Abt 1827-1867) 

Spouses and Children
1. *Christine H. Crocker (Jun 1862 -       ) 9 
       Marriage: 14 Jan 1892 - Manhattan, New York county, New York 2 9
         Status: 
       Children:
                1. Marie C. Hinsdale (1889-      ) 2 (Father: Adopted ) (Mother: Adopted )

Notes
Burial Notes:
He was interred in lot number 4642.

Find A Grave Memorial# 57760404
General:
Edward C. Hinsdale was one of 17 people who died in a train collision in the Park Avenue tunnel outside of Grand Central Station in New York City on January 8, 1902. For additional information concerning these people and their families, please visit the following web site:
http://www.rootsweb.com/~nywestch/NewRoc1902/
Marriage Notes (Christine H. Crocker)
Based on the 1900 Federal Census, they married about 1888. However, according to the Groom Index on the Italiangen.org web site, they married in 1892 which was after the birth of their daughter. More research needs to be done to verifiy their daughter's date of birth and to obtain their marriage certificate. According to a statement in the civil law suit brought by Christine Hinsdale against the NY Central Railroad, Edward had an adopted daughter. Was that Marie? 9
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Sources


1 The New York Times (New York Times Publishing Co., New York, NY), January 9, 1902, pages 1-2. Repository: New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/.

2 1900 Federal Census (Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004. [Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.]), NARA Series T623, Roll: 1176; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 94. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

3 Gustav Scholer, coroner, "State of New York Certificate and Record of Death" (Coroner's Office of the Borough of Manhattan), Certificate #1057. Repository: NYC Municipal Archives, D.O.R.I.S, 31 Chambers Street, New York, New York 10007, http://www.nyc.gov/html/records/html/about/archives.shtml.

4 The New York Times (New York Times Publishing Co., New York, NY), Repository: New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/.

5 1880 Federal Census (Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. 1880 U.S. Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Tenth Census of the United States, 1880. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1880. T9, 1,454 rolls.]), NARA Series T9, Roll: 895; Family History Film: 1254895; Page: 456.3000; Enumeration District: 584; Image: 0313. Repository: Ancestry.com, http://www.ancestry.com/.

6 The New Rochelle Pioneer (New Rochelle, New York.), January 11, 1902; Volumen 43, No. 43. Repository: New Rochelle Public Library, 1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle, New York 10801, 914-632-7878 , http://www.nrpl.org/, Call Number: microfilm collection. Copies of some of this newspaper are also available on-line at Old Fulton Postcards web site.

7 "Jerome Tests Signals... Funerals of Three Victims," Oswego Daily Palladium, Saturday, January 11, 1902, p. 2; digital images. Repository: FultonPostcard (Newspapers online), http://www.fultonhistory.com/Fulton.html.

8 The New York Times (New York Times Publishing Co., New York, NY), published 10 Apr 1903. Repository: New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, [Schwarzman Building], New York, New York, http://www.nypl.org/.

9 The Italian Genealogical Group, "New York City Vital Records Indexes," database, NYC Vital Records -- Indices(http://www.italiangen.org/VRECLIST.stm), Marriage Records, Groom Index, Manhattan, Edward Hinsdale.




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