Genealogy Ramblings

1833 Cholera Epidemic Deaths In Newspapers – A Few of the Many

The horrors of cholera epidemics throughout the 19th century devastated families.  In 1833 the disease ran rampant, beginning in Maysville, Mason County, in May.  Cholera spread quickly throughout the state.  Nineteen members of one Bourbon County family were victims; in Scott County, sixteen from one family.  From Collin’s History of Kentucky, ‘Over 1500 persons were prostrated with it in Lexington, in nine days after its appearance; some days, as many as fifty deaths.  76 letters of administration were granted at the September term of the Bourbon County Court, and more in Mason County than in the previous 12 months.’

From the Lexington Observer and Reporter the following are a few of the deaths recorded:

  • John Armstrong, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • Johnston Armstrong, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • H. Gaylord, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • Mrs. Hodge, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • Miss Charlotte Hull, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • Emily Huston, daughter of William Huston, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • Elizabeth, Isabella and Andrew, three children of Mr. Andrew M. January, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • Samuel Johnston, Pastor of St. Paul’s Church of Cincinnati. Died of cholera May 22, 1833.
  • Mrs. Newman, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • Joshua Reese, of Maysville. Died of cholera in May, 1833.
  • Jones B. and John K. Thompson, of Scott County. Died in June, 1833.

In memory of Ann H. Ballard, consort of Appleton E. Ballard, born March 10, A.D. 1789, died June 28th, 1833, of epidemic cholera.  Fleming County Cemetery, Fleming County, Kentucky.  One example of a cholera death not recorded in a newspaper.

Following is a list of deaths resulting from cholera in Flemingsburg, Kentucky.  From the June 27, 1833, Observer and Reporter.

  • June 6, 1833 – William McCord, printer, a native of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. James H. Jones, Mrs. Wallace, consort of Thomas Wallace.  Houston, consort of Dr. Houston.
  • June 10, 1833 – Dr. Edward Dorsey. Miss Lucy Ann Fleming, daughter of Thomas Fleming.  George Houston, aged about 15 years and Miss Minerva Houston, son and daughter of Dr. Houston.
  • June 11, 1833 – Dr. William H. Howe. Henry Ward, journeyman blacksmith.  Dent, consort of Isaiah Dent, hatter.  Peter F., son of Thomas Bowles, aged about 3 years.  Col. James Harrison, of Fleming county.
  • June 12, 1833 – Mrs. Saffern, relict of Thomas Saffern. Two daughters of the late Capt. James Sanders.
  • June 13, 1833 – Mary Ann, daughter of Dr. Houston.
  • June 14, 1833 – Mrs. Elizabeth Gorman, consort of David Gorman. William Goddard, of Maysville.
  • June 15, 1833 – William, eldest son of James Eckles, of Flemingsburg. Miss Bond, of Baltimore.  She died at the residence of J. D. Early, in Flemingsburg.  Miss Maria T. Roe.
  • June 23-27, 1833 – Simeon Floyd, mail contractor. Mrs. Daukins, wife of William Daukins.  Dr. Robert Tilton, of Elizaville.  Captain Gallagher, of Elizaville.

Other areas of the state of Kentucky:

  • John Worthy, of Fayette County. Died June 2, 1833.
  • Mary Susette, infant daughter of Thomas C. Orear, merchant of Lexington. Died May 29, 1833.
  • Miss Mary Robertson, of Lancaster. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Elizabeth Eckles, wife of James Eckles, of Flemingsburg. Died June 9, 1833.
  • J. B. Holtzclaw, of Georgetown. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Priscilla Wall, of Cynthiana. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Pullen, of Georgetown. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Isaac Ware, son of Thomas Ware, of Cynthiana. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Rachel Kimbrough, of Cynthiana. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • William Laney, of Cynthiana. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Thomas Ramsay, of Cynthiana. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Wesley Broadwell, of Cynthiana. Died of cholera in June, 1833.  He was a merchant.
  • George Hord, of Mason County. Died of cholera at the residence of Belvin Ross in June, 1833.
  • Jeremiah Tarlton, of Scott County. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Myers, of Winchester. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • William L. Miller, of Winchester. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Isaac Shrere, of Winchester. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Boulling, of Winchester. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • James Gentry, Sr., of Winchester. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Jefferson Murray, of Winchester. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Joseph H. Dearborn, of Winchester. Died of cholera in June, 1833.
  • Thomas Mathers, of Winchester. Died of cholera in June, 1833.

And the pages go on and on.  These are only deaths that were reported.  Many perhaps were not.  It is one thing to talk about how many people suffered and died from a dread disease, but I think it another to actually see a list of names.  A name is such a powerful evidence of life.

To my knowledge I have but one direct ancestor who died of cholera.  William Peter Montgomery, my third great-grandfather, died June 19, 1833, in Washington County.  William gave instructions for his last will and testament on his deathbed.  His wife, Mary Yates Montgomery, was the mother of five children, and pregnant with her sixth – my second great-grandfather, William Peter Montgomery, born less than two months after the death of his father, and named for him.

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