DEATHS FROM CHOLERA, 1849

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, INDIANA
 
 


On July 24, 1849, to quiet rumors about a new epidemic of cholera in Tippecanoe County,
The Wabash Atlas newspaper, Lafayette, Indiana, printed the following article with a list of burials during the month of July.

Submitted by Adina Watkins Dyer


  Aggregate Interments-Progress of Cholera at Lafayette, &c.

"
We are under obligation of Mr. Meek, one of the sextons of the burying grounds of this city, for the following list of persons who have died of cholera and other disease since the 3d of this month,
about the time this dreaded disease first made its appearance amongst us.  It will found interesting to friends at a distance, serve as a suitable reference for the future, and contradict the erroneous reports abroad in the land, in relation to the fatality of the disease amongst us.  It has been reported that we are burying on a average from twelve to fifteen per day, which will be perceived, by official statements which follow, to be quite incorrect. Some days, the interments, from all diseases, may have reached the number reported, but no two days together will furnish grounds for any such an average, and certainly the sexton's report is to be strictly relied upon, for in no instance, we may reasonably suppose, has any one died, but what has been buried in some of our burying grounds, and a list kept, from which we get the following copy.  In some instances the names may be spelled wrong as they were rather badly written by the friends and relatives of the deceased, at the time of interment, but in most cases may be understood."

July 3d
John FRANBACH - infant - cholera infantum
Virginia HARIER - aged 4 years - cholera infantum
Thomas COCHRAN - aged 33 years, a native of Ireland - cholera

July 4th
Henry MOORE - aged 21 years, a native of Indiana - cholera
James TOTTEN - infant - cholera infantum
Malinda E. GODMAN - aged 5 years, 6 months, native of Lafayette - flux

July 5th
Betsy CROSS - aged 45 years - liver complaint

July 6th
John PETERMAN - aged 45 years, Lafayette - cholera
Dennis SULLIVAN'S infant - nativity of Lafayette - summer complaint
Mary Ann HOGAN'S infant - nativity of Lafayette - disease, diarrhea

July 7th
John WINEBRIMER - aged 28 years, a native of Ohio - cholera

July 8th
James M. FOSTER - aged 25 years - consumption

July 10th
Detiach DEVOY - aged 40 years, a native of New York - apoplexy
Margaret KEATING - aged 40 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Maria O'CONNERS - aged 10 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Ann FANERY - aged 30 years - a native of Ireland - cholera
Margaret Perkins NAPIER - aged 41 years, a native of New Brunswick - disease unknown
Sarah Ann WALKER - aged about 30 years - disease unknown - wife of General WALKER

July 11th
John READER - aged 30 years, a native of New York - cholera
James GRIFFEN - age unknown, a native of Ireland - cholera
Isaac PYKE - aged 38 years, a native of Pennsylvania - cholera
Catharine M'LAUGHLIN - aged 37 years - cholera
Lorenzo VANNATENBURGH - aged 8 months - summer complaint
Kate Brownlee M'LAUGHLIN - aged 16 months, a native of Lafayette - measles

July 12th
Mr. J. ROSSER'S infant - premature birth
James GOSHORN - aged 18 months, born in Lafayette - summer complaint

July 13th
Emily LOYD - aged 15 months - flux - infant daughter of John LOYD
Elias B. POWERS - aged 37 years, a native of Maine - cholera
William Henry ARNOLD - aged 16 months - summer complaint

July 14th
Henry SMITH - aged 28 years, a native of Holland - cholera
Thomas UNDERWOOD - aged about 60 years, from Philadelphia - cholera
Mary Ann FUMMELL - aged 1 year, a native of Pennsylvania - summer complaint
Anthony M'MAINS' infant - aged 9 months - cholera infantum
Mrs. COCHRAN - aged 24 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Peter A. BROWER - aged 36 years, of Buffalo, New York - cholera
Robert MANSFIELD - aged 43 years, a native of Ireland - sun struck
Colonel William E. RANK - aged about 35 years, a native of Pennsylvania - cholera
Mahitabel THOMPSON - aged 37 years, a native of Vermont - cholera

July 15th
Infant son of James MILLER - age unknown - disease unknown
Thomas H. SMITH - aged 3 1/2  years, a native of Holland - worms
Mary HINES - aged 24 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Ellen Johnston - aged 35 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Infant of Luther TOLLMAN - age unknown - disease unknown

July 17th
Janus Alexander BALL - aged 4 years, 10 months - flux
Catharine HAMPEL - aged 8 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Julius Q. PETTIT - aged 4 years - disease not mentioned
William STOHL - aged 26 years, a native of Germany - cholera
John H. SOMTON - aged 14 years, 4 months, a native of New London - cholera
Jerusha CASWELL - aged 2 years - quick consumption
Henra ASHBY - aged 1 year, 8 months - cholera
Benjamin ASHBA - aged 30 years, a native of Ohio - cholera
Clara HOUST - aged 25 years, a native of Germany - cholera

July 19th
Jacob P. WALLACE - aged 40 years, a native of Ohio - cholera
Cynthia WALLACE - wife of Jacob P. Wallace - cholera
James F. CLARK - aged 44 years, a native of Vermont - cholera

July 20th
John A. PETTIS - aged 21 years, of Ohio - cholera
James F. BROWN - aged 10 years, a native of Ohio - cholera
Elizabeth HAUVEMAN - aged 32 years, a native of Germany - cholera
Mary Jane BYAN - aged 31 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Joseph FAUST - infant - cholera
John SCHREIVER - aged 40 years, a native of Germany - cholera
Robert BAILEY - aged 24 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Uhlreig LAHR'S wife - aged 54 years, a native of Germany - cholera
Mrs. Bridget CARNIGAN - aged 25  years, a native of Ireland - cholera

July 21st
Frederick HILLIKER - cholera
James GREER - Mattman and T. HOASEMAN or HARRIMAN is all we can get
from three entries in pencil marks, on the sexton's book.

July 22nd
Morgan SMITHON - aged 5 years, a native of New London, Connecticut - cholera
Ann WHEATON - aged 23 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Elizabeth SMITH - aged 7 years, 6 months - cholera
Dan BYAN - aged 25 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
George CARDER - aged 49 years, a native of Virginia - cholera
John BLANCHFIELD - aged 40 years, a native of West Canada - cholera
Alonzo VANVALKENBURGH - aged 8 months - cholera infantum
Robert CUSHING - aged 50 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Ellen CUSHING - aged 23 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Richard CARNEY - aged 38 years, a native of Ireland - cholera
Sarah Francis HALLIDAY - aged 4 years - croup

July 23d
Sarah RUFFIN - infant - summer complaint
Ephraim ALLEN - aged 40 years, a native of New Jersey - cholera
Lore B. YALL - aged 2 years - flux
Washington PARKE - aged 3 years, 5 months - cholera

    "The success with which our physicians have treated the cholera for the last week or two, speaks well; as in almost every instance where they have
had timely notice, the disease has been checked, and the patient entirely restored to health.  At least three-fifths of the cases attacked, have found relief,
when a physician was immediately called."




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