David Chugg1

#22532, b. 22 June 1865, d. 11 December 1887

Individual's Timeline

Birth22 June 1865David Chugg1
Death of Mother19 August 1872Elizabeth (Betsy) Lovering1
Death11 December 1887David Chugg1,2

Primary events

Census details

  • David Chugg was with John in the in 1880 census in in Harrisville.3
Some aspects of David Chugg's life. From the Deseret News 28th December 1887 - The Coroner's Jury which investigated the causes that led to the death of David CHUGG, of Weber County, on Dec 11th, made a report of their findings yesterday The report of the visit to the scene of the accident is as follows: - @We left Ogden on Dec 16th, and proceeded directly to Bishops. on the line of the Southern Pacific Company, and stopped all night at the section house. In the early morning, accompanied by James Cassidy, the section foreman, we proceeded east to Bishop's Bridge, the scene of the accident. On arriving there we made a minute investigation, and obtained the necessary measurements bearing on the accident, to-wit: We found that the deceased as struck by the timbers of the east end of the bridge, immediately over the running board of the car, knocking him back on the car from from which position he was shaken by the rolling of the car, and thrown with great violence against the western end of the bridge. knocking the timbers loose therefrom; and dropping the body to the floor of the bridge, it was carried 52 and a half feet from where it struck the bridge to where it was found. We also found from measurement that the height of the arch of the bridge, from top of rails, is 16 feet 11 inches. The arch where deceased struck consists of about 3 and half inches thick of timbers, as follows. One piece of inch timber running horizontaly across the bridge and one inch piece running vertically from arch to roof, and also an outside strip, one and a half inches thick, all of which together makes a thickness of three and a half inches, which we found broken by the concussion and found fragments of these timbers that were buried twenty feet from their original position - signed Mark Hall Coroner.

There is much more - David was the head brakeman. The clearance between the top of the train and the 'roof' of the bridge did allow a man to be on the top of the train, which from what the article says, is a position required of the brakeman when setting the brakes. There is also a VERY graphic, details, description of David's injuries. The jury found that the owners of the SPC were guilty of Criminal Negligence in not constructing a bridge with sufficient clearance.

The full article can be seen at http://udn.lib.utah.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collecction/deseretnews6/id/37170/rec/51.4


  1. Website Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com) "LOVERING family tree (Owner: spacegirl1975)."
  2. Utah State History, online http://history.utah.gov, Burial Information: CHUGG, DAVID

    Birth:     6/22/1865
    Death:     12/11/1887
    Burial:     0/0/0
    Place of Birth:     CARDIFF, WALES
    Place of Death:     NEVADA
    Grave Location:     Ogden City Cemetery , E-5-31-5E
    SEVERING, ELIZ. (Mother)
    CHUGG, JOHN (Father).
  3. International Genealogical Index (IGI).
  4. Misc web sites, online see Citation Detail, Title      Deseret News 1887-12-28
    Publisher      Digitized by: Univ. of Utah
    Type      newspaper
    Format      text/PDF
    Language      eng
    Rights      Digital version copyright 2008, University of Utah. All rights reserved.
    Date.Original      1887-12-28
    Item.Year      1887
    Item.Month      December
    Item.Day      28
    Genre      newspaper.