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David Hepper
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    Further searching of the Newspaper Archive has turned up another reference that pushes your date back to the 18th century – the full piece reads =

    “Yesterday, the wife of a Captain in the Jamaica trade, who had been on board to take leave of her husband, was let down the ship’s side in a chair, when the rope broke and the lady fell into the river, and notwithstanding all possible assistance was given, she was drown’d in sight of her husband”

    Source: Stamford Mercury 7 October 1773 from the British Newspaper Archive accessed 11 Mar 2024