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From: "bren" <>
Subject: STEBBING/S-STEBBONS-Smallpox Death in W. Tilbury, Orsett 1863:
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2002 16:19:08 -0000
Thought I would ask if anyone else has come across any deaths due to smallpox around 1863.My Great G/Father, SAMUEL STEBBING/S lost his first wife, RACHEL GREEN aged 23 to the disease. (her name was given as RATCHEL STEBBONS on the death cert, Samuel being illiterate).
They were living in West Tilbury at the time. Would anyone know if this would have been one of many , or an isolated case? Was there an outbreak, or were our descendants at risk to smallpox virtually all of the time? (I know nothing about the prevalence of smallpox amongst our ancestors).
Would it have merited any mention in any publications at the time, or was it a common occurence? Any help would most appreciated.
Brendan in Bradford,
Researching STEBBING/S in Rainham, N.Fambridge, Dunton.
WILSON/JOLLEY/SCOTT in Rainham/East London.