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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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  1. Were there any Cholera deaths reported in Hardin,Nelson, Washington Counties Ky.? If so can you give the source./
    Dan Hagan

  2. Hi…my 4thGrgrandmother Mary Crow died in the 1833 Cholera epidemic in Fayette Co. leaving my very young 3rdGgrandmother Almira Sarah Crow…her childhood is.a brick wall for me…she finally turns up in Jessamine co. working at the Walker Hotel at 21 bording and then marring my 3rd Ggrandfather John Henry Trisler…my Grandmother wrote in the family biography Sarah’s family had headed west, her father(no name) went for water and never returned…leaving Sarah and her mother to return to Fayette where her mother died of Cholera…..Grandmother always said they called her Crow…on the census she states she is from TN and KY and her birthday changes on everyone….Grandmother and family lived with them in a small Wilmore house and said Crow was buried behind the house on Christman’s farm. After several years of reasearch and checking with the Jessamine Co. Historical Societiy no one knew of a cemetery there….SO I finally drove to the area, found the house and was told there are three cemeteries behind the house……my question to you is where to find Almira from the age of 3/4 after her mother died of Cholera in FAYETTE till she turns at 21 in Jessamine Co…..I’ve looked at the Lex Pub Library, the UK resorces on the Orphanage begun…(it only lists benefactors/not children’s names) and Lex courthouse for guardianship……nothing….any ideas? I cannot find where they moved Mary Crow’s grave and assume she was in a mass Cholera grave at the time as I do not think she was weathy….can I pick your brain? Thanks in advance, Patsyjberry@gmail.com. aka patsy berry

  3. The father of my great-great grandmother was previously unknown to us. Piecing together what scant clues I could find, led me to his name on the following list:

    1833 and 1849 Cholera Deaths at Eastern State Hospital
    Lexington, Kentucky
    © 2006 by Pam Brinegar

    1833 – Deaths at Lunatic Asylum:

    By Cholera, in the CITY OF LEXINGTON, from the 1st of June to the 1st of August, as reported to the City Council by a committee appointed for that purpose, consisting of Messrs. Leavy, Layton, M’Kinney & Gough. Persons whose names are preceded by a star, died of other diseases.

    Source: The Kentucky Reporter [Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky], 22 August 1833, p. 1. Microfilm held by the Kentucky Room, Lexington Public Library, Lexington.

    Edward Kindred, Madison co.

    Wm. Davenport, Mercer co.

    R. Randolph, Greensburg, Ala.

    Nelson P. Wilcox, Caldwell co.

    Philip Sumery, Logan co, Ky.

    Jacob Cooper, Breckinridge co.

    Susan Dougherty, Mason co.

    Madonna Miller, Spencer co.

    Abigail Bateman, same

    Richard Pope, Logan county

    Jesse Holtzclaw, Fayette co.

    Charles Jackson, Shelby co.

    Frederick Jones, same

    John Mason, Casey co.

    Jane Holmes. Jefferson co.

    Mary O’Connell, Bardstown, Ky.

    Eliz’th Plummer, Scott co.

    Alfred Lain, Fayette co.

    Susan Browning, Logan co.

    Mary Haburn, Breckinridge Co.

    Jonathan Polk, Simpson co.

    John Armstrong, Scott county

    Dow Halfacre, Pendleton co.

    Mary Iredell, Barren co.

    Elizabeth Hunter, Logan co.

    Courtney Knapp, Bourbon co,

    David Snow, Nashville, Tenn.

    John Haberry, Mercer county

    Darius Jackson, Fleming co. Ky.

    Mary Lemon, Harrison county

    Robinson Coward, Jefferson co.

    Joseph Erwin, Miss.

    William Henson, Nelson co.

    I don’t know if they may have been patients, employees, or visitors. Perhaps this was a place where those who became sick with cholera went in search of some level of care.

    Any further information would be appreciated.

  4. My fifth great grandfather is listed in this post he was James Gentry Sr. He died of cholera on June 27 1833. He was born in Charlottesville Virginia 1768. He married Elizabeth Lyon on March10, 1788 in Amherst County Virginia. Sometime in the 1820’s he moved from Abermale County Virginia to Clark County Kentucky. He left behind 10 children and his wife.

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