Throughout his life, Isaac endured alcoholism, bankruptcy, time in gaol, head tumours and a suicide attempt.
THE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT SHAVER'S END --- Yesterday, at the police court, an old man, named Isaac Tivey, was charged with attempting to commit suicide by cutting his throat with a razor, on Wednesday last. The evidence of a woman, named Sarah Billingham, showed that she found the prisoner leaning over a rail, in a field near the Parade, with a wound in his throat. She took the razor from him, and he staggered off. At the end of the field he met a man named John Hudd, who accosted him, and finally sent another man, named Besse, to the police station for assistance. Prisoner told Hudd that he wished to get out of the world. Police-constable Rudge deposed that he apprehended the prisoner on the New Dock, where he had wandered. When charged he made no reply. Mr. T. F. Higgs, surgeon, said he found the prisoner with his shirt and clothes covered with blood. On the right side of his neck there was an oblique incised wound, about three inches in length. The windpipe was exposed. There was a similar wound on the left side, so deep that the windpipe was also exposed. Neither of the wounds were dangerous. Prisoner had a thick beard, which protected his throat. When called up for his defence, the prisoner said he had had a tumour on his head years ago, and the slightest excitement strongly affected him. A few days before he had lain in a field, and the sun affected him. He had begun the tragedy, and if they sent him to Stafford Gaol they would finish it. A son and son-in-law of the prisoner promised to take care of him, but the Bench decided to commit the prisoner for trial, bail being accepted.
---July 1869, Dudley.