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From: Dan Hogan <>
Subject: Fwd:Some U.S. Epidemics
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2005 08:51:11 -0700


From another list.
Dan Hogan

Begin forwarded message:
>
> In case you ever wondered why a large number of your ancestors
> disappeared during a certain period in history, this might help.
> Epidemics have
> always had a great influence on people - and thus influencing, as
> well, the
> genealogists trying to trace them. Many cases of people disappearing
> from records can be traced to dying during an epidemic or moving away
> from
> the affected area. Some of the major epidemics in the United States are
> listed below:
>
> 1657 Boston Measles
> 1687 Boston Measles
> 1690 New York Yellow Fever
> 1713 Boston Measles
> 1729 Boston Measles
> 1732-3 Worldwide Influenza
> 1738 South Carolina Smallpox
> 1739-40 Boston Measles
> 1747 CT,NY,PA,SC Measles
> 1759 N. Amer [areas inhabited by white people] Measles
> 1761 North America and West Indies Influenza
> 1772 North America Measles
> 1775 N. Amer [especially hard in NE] epidemic Unknown
> 1775-6 Worldwide [one of the worst epidemics] Influenza
> 1783 Dover, DE ["extremely fatal"] Bilious Disorder
> 1788 Philadelphia and New York Measles
> 1793 Vermont [a "putrid" fever] and Influenza
> 1793 VA [killed 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks] Influenza
> 1793 Philadelphia [one of the worst epidemics] Yellow Fever
> 1793 Harrisburg, PA [many unexplained deaths] Unknown
> 1793 Middletown, PA [many mysterious deaths] Unknown
> 1794 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
> 1796-7 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
> 1798 Philadelphia, PA [one of the worst] Yellow Fever
> 1803 New York Yellow Fever
> 1820-3 Nationwide [starts Schuylkill River and spreads] "Fever"
> 1831-2 Nationwide [brought by English emigrants] Asiatic Cholera
> 1832 NY City and other major cities Cholera
> 1837 Philadelphia Typhus
> 1841 Nationwide [especially severe in the south] Yellow Fever
> 1847 New Orleans Yellow Fever
> 1847-8 Worldwide Influenza
> 1848-9 North America Cholera
> 1850 Nationwide Yellow Fever
> 1850-1 North America Influenza
> 1852 Nationwide [New Orleans-8,000 die in summer] Yellow Fever
> 1855 Nationwide [many parts] Yellow Fever
> 1857-9 Worldwide [one of the greeted epidemics] Influenza
> 1860-1 Pennsylvania Smallpox
> 1865-73 Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans} {Smallpox
> Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DC} {Cholera
> [A series of recurring epidemics of:
> {Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever)
> 1873-5 North America and Europe Influenza
> 1878 New Orleans [last great epidemic] Yellow Fever
> 1885 Plymouth, PA Typhoid
> 1886 Jacksonville, FL Yellow Fever
> 1918 Worldwide [high point yr] more people were {Influenza)
> hospitalized in WWI from this epidemic than wounds. US Army
> training camps
> became death
> camps, with 80% death rate in some camps
> Finally, these specific instances of cholera were mentioned:
> 1833 Columbus, OH
> 1834 New York City
> 1849 New York
> 1851 Coles Co., IL, The Great Plains, and Missouri


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