I am so grateful we do not have this spreading around our children anymore...
Beginning with the first known case in Medfield, Massachusetts during the spring of 1806 cases of spotted fever began to appear throughout New England through at least 1815 killing countless people. According to An Inquiry into the Nature and Treatment of the Prevailing Epidemic called Spotted Fever by Job Wilson, M.B. published in 1815, it came on very suddenly with extreme pain in the head & stomach, followed by cold chills, and puking. Breathing was short & struggled, the root of the tongue whitish, eyes wild & vacant, skin hot, but not dry, and an intense fear of falling was also present. The total time of sickness up to this point 6-9 hours, followed by coma & the appearance of purple spots pretty much everywhere for about 3-5 hours, then death.
As researchers we want to find stories about our ancestors, but the sadness of their reality just breaks my heart. I can’t even imagine the horror of realizing your child had this disease, further still, losing 6 of your children to it in less than a week. And yet this was the case of my 4th great grandparents Hezekiah Young & Sarah Harris of Manchester, NH. It must have been beyond any comprehension.
The children, all buried in Center Cemetery in Manchester, NH, were all sick less than 14 hours each :
Caleb Young d. Mar 11, 1815 age 17
Elisa Young d. Mar 11 1815 age 2/3
Mary Young d. Mar 11/13, 1815 4mo
George "Washington" Young d. Mar 13, 1815
John Young Mar 14, 1815 age 19
Hezekiah Young d. Mar 17, 1815 age 10
If you are interested in this family, or are a descendant, please contact me at info@NHGenealogist.com. I do have quite a bit more information on this couple & their additional children. I would love to collaborate.
Survey of Center Cemetery, Manchester, NH completed by Bernard H. Cowette III in 1993, available online as of June 12, 2013 at: http://files.usgwarchives.net/nh/hillsborough/cemeteries/cencem.txt
Boston Daily Advertiser (Boston, MA), Tuesday, April 11, 1815 Paper: Vol IX, Iss 7, Pg: 2, available via GenealogyBank.com
An Inquiry into the Nature and Treatment of the Prevailing Epidemic called Spotted Fever , Job Wilson, M.B. , Boston, MA, 1815 available via Archives.org
Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
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