Following is a transcript of an obituary from the Vallejo Evening Chronicle, dated 19 Oct 1875:
"P. McAVEY, DECEASED. ------
Verdict of the Coroner's Jury--The Funeral. ------
Coroner Topley went over to Benicia Monday to hold an inquest on the body of P. McAvey.Arriving there he im- panelled a jury as follows:David Wal- ton, Chas. Waford, F. P. Weinmann, John Stevens, H. Irkirt, Wm. York, D. O'Donnell, Martin Nylon.
Joseph Segali, a fisherman, deposed to having found the body in the straits about 6 o'clock Monday morning.
E. D. Perkins and J. G. Hanks testi- fied to the events leading to the drown- ing of the deceased; the details vary- ing not materially from those already published in the Chronicle.
The jury returned a verdict that the deceased was a native of the State of Maine, was about thirty-five years old, and that he came to his death Oct. 12, 1875, by accidental drowning.
The body was found on the Contra Costa side about opposite Benicia, and when found had no coat on.When McAvey fell overboard his coat was on and buttoned; which shows that he must have taken the garment off while in the water.The body had about $360 on it when found; $10 of which was silver and the remainder green- backs.
The remains were brought over to Vallejo in a wagon Monday evening by Messrs. York and Ikert.The funeral took place this morning under the con- duct of Golden State Lodge, of which the deceased was a member; Farragut Post of the Grand Army being also represented by a considerable delega- tion.Revs. McAllister, Chaplain of the Lodge, officiated in the religious ceremonies, assisted by Rev. Moore. H. D. Richardson, Noble Grand of the Lodge, conducted the Odd Fellows ser- vice at the grave.The remains were interred in the new cemetery of the I. O. O. F."