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From: "Deanne Rowen" <>
Subject: Re: Epidemics
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 08:30:26 -0600


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From: <>
To: <>
Date: Sunday, February 14, 1999 7:34 PM
Subject: Epidemics

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>Liisa Penner who lives in Astoria Oregon submitted this to my Orclatso-L
list.
>I thought some of you would also like to see it.
>Karla.
>>> 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
>>>1732-33 Worldwide: Influenza
>>>1738 South Carolina: Smallpox
>>>1739-40 Boston: Measles
>>>1747 Conn, NY, PA & SC: Measles
>>>1759 North America (areas inhabited by white people): Measles
>>>1761 North America & West Indies: Influenza
>>>1772 North America (especially hard in New England): Epidemic (Unknown)
>>>1775-76 Worldwide: Influenza (one of worst flu epidemics)
>>>1788 Philadelphia & NY: Measles
>>>1793 Vermont: Influenza and a "putrid fever"
>>>1793 Virginia: Influenza (killed 500 people in 5 counties in 4 weeks
>>>1793 Philadelphia: Yellow Fever (one of worst)
>>>1783* Delaware (Dover) "extremely fatal" bilious disorder
>>>1793 Pennsylvania (Harrisburg & Middletown) many unexplained deaths
>>>1794 Philadelphia: Yellow Fever
>>>1796-97 Philadelphia: Yellow Fever
>>>1798 Philadelphia: Yellow Fever (One of worst)
>>>1803 New York: Yellow Fever
>>>1820-23 Nationwide "fever" (starts on Schuylkill River, PA & spreads)
>>>1831-32 Nationwide: Asiatic Cholera (brought by English emigrants)
>>>1832 New York & other major cities: Cholera
>>>1837 Philadelphia: Typhus
>>>1841 Nationwide: Yellow Fever (especially severe in South)
>>>1847 New Orleans: Yellow Fever
>>>1847-48 Worldwide: Influenza
>>>1848-49 North America: Cholera
>>>1850 Nationwide: Yellow Fever
>>>1850-51 North America: Influenza
>>>1852 Nationwide: Yellow Fever (New Orleans 8,000 die in summer)
>>>1855 Nationwide (many parts) Yellow Fever
>>>1857-59 Worldwide: Influenza (one of disease's greatest epidemics)
>>>1860-61 Pennsylvania: smallpox
>>>1865-73 Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Memphis &
>>Washington
>>>DC: a series of recurring epidemics of Smallpox, Cholera, Typhus,
>>Typhoid,
>>>Scarlet Fever & Yellow Fever
>>>1873-75 North America & Europe: Influenza
>>>1878 New Orleans: Yellow Fever (last great epidemic of disease)
>>>1885 Plymouth, PA: Typhoid
>>>1886 Jacksonville, FL: Yellow Fever
>>>1918 Worldwide: Influenza (High point year) More people hospitalized in
>>World
>>>War I from influenza 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
>>>1851 The Great Plains
>>>1851 Missouri
>>>
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