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648Fw: Epidemics in America

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  • Kemis Massey
    Nov 13, 2005
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      In case you missed it before. . . kemis

      Epidemics in America 1628-1918

      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:

      Years Area Epidemic
      1628-1631 New England Small Pox
      1638 New England Small Pox & Spotted Fever
      1648-1649 Massachusetts Bay Colony Small Pox
      1657-1658 Boston Measles
      1659 Massachusetts Bay Colony Throat Distemper
      1677-1678 Charlestown & Boston Small Pox
      1679-1680 Virginia Small Pox
      1687 Boston Measles
      1689-1690 New England Small Pox
      1690 New York Yellow Fever
      1693 Boston, MA Yellow Fever
      1696 Jamestown, VA Small Pox
      1699 Charleston & Philadelphia Yellow Fever
      Mar 1699 South Carolina Small Pox
      1702 New York Yellow Fever
      1702-1703 Boston, MA Small Pox
      1706 Charleston Yellow Fever
      1711-1712 South Carolina Small Pox
      1713 Boston Measles
      1715-1725 Most of the Colonies Small Pox
      1721 Boston, MA Small Pox
      1723-1730 Boston, NY,Philadelphia Small Pox
      1729 Boston Measles
      1732 Charleston & New York Yellow Fever
      1732-3 Worldwide Influenza
      1735-1740 New England Small Pox, Scarlet Fever & Diphtheria
      1734 Virginia Yellow Fever
      1738 South Carolina Smallpox
      1739-40 Boston Measles
      1741 Virginia Yellow Fever
      1747 CT,NY,PA,SC Measles
      1752 Boston, MA Small Pox
      1759 N. Amer Measles
      1760-1761 CT, RI, Mass.,Charleston Small Pox
      1761 N. Amer and West Indies Influenza
      1762 Philadelphia Yellow Fever
      1763 Philadelphia Throat Distemper
      1764 Boston, MA Small Pox
      1769 New York Throat Distemper
      1772 N. America Measles
      1772-1774 New England Small Pox
      1775 N.Amer[especially NE] Epidemic Unknown
      1775-6 Worldwide [severe epidemics] Influenza
      1776 Boston, MA Small Pox
      1778 Boston, MA Small Pox
      1783 Dover, DE ["extremely fatal"] Bilious Disorder
      1788 Philadelphia and New York Measles
      1792 Boston, MA Small Pox
      1793 Vermont[a "putrid" fever] Influenza
      1793 VA [killed 500 in 5 co.'s in 4 wks] Influenza
      1793 Philadelphia [severe epidemics] Yellow Fever
      1793 Harrisburg, PA [many unexplained deaths] Cause Unknown
      1793 Middletown, PA [many mysterious deaths] Cause Unknown
      1794 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
      1796-7 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever
      1798 Philadelphia, PA [severe] 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
      1833 Columbus, OH Cholera
      1834 New York City Cholera
      1837 Philadelphia Typhus
      1841 Nationwide [severe in the south] Yellow Fever
      1847 New Orleans Yellow Fever
      1847-8 Worldwide Influenza
      1848-9 North America Cholera
      1849 New York Cholera
      1850 Nationwide Yellow Fever
      1850-1 North America Influenza
      1851 Coles Co., IL, The Great Plains, and Missouri - Cholera
      1852 Nationwide [New Orleans-8,000 die in summer] - Yellow Fever
      1855 Nationwide [many parts] Yellow Fever
      1857-9 Worldwide [devasating 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
      1873-5 N. 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 hospitalized in WWI from this epidemic than wounds. US Army training camps became death camps, with 80% death rate in some camps of Influenza.

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