Epidemics By Years

Submitted by   Linda Peterson to KYGENWEB


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.

1657  Boston:  Measles
1687  Boston:  Measles
1690  New York:  Yellow Fever
1713  Boston:  Measles
1729  Boston:  Measles
1732-33  Worldwide:  Influenza
1738  South Carolina:  Smallpox
1739-40  Boston:  Measles
1747  Conn, NY, PA & SC:  Measles
1759  North America (areas inhabited by white people):  Measles
1761  North America & West Indies:  Influenza
1772  North America:  Measles
1775  North America (especially hard in New England): Epidemic
1775-76  Worldwide:  Influenza (one of  worst flu epidemics)
1788  Philadelphia & NY:  Measles
1793  Vermont:  Influenza and a "putrid fever"
1793 Virginia:  Influenza (killed 500 people in 5 counties in 4 weeks)

1793  Philadelphia: Yellow Fever (one of worst)
1783*  Delaware (Dover) "extremely fatal" bilious disorder
1793  Pennsylvania (Harrisburg & Middletown) many unexplained deaths
1794  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever
1796-97  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever
1798  Philadelphia:  Yellow Fever (one of worst)
1803  New York:  Yellow Fever
1820-23  Nationwide:  "fever" (starts on Schuylkill River, PA &  spreads)
1831-32  Nationwide:  Asiatic Cholera (brought by English emigrants)
1832  New York & other major cities:  Cholera
1837  Philadelphia:  Typhus
1841  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever (especially severe in South)
1847  New Orleans:  Yellow Fever
1847-48  Worldwide:  Influenza
1848-49  North America:  Cholera
1850  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever
1850-51  North America:  Influenza
1852  Nationwide:  Yellow Fever (New Orleans 8,000 die in summer)
1855  Nationwide (many parts) Yellow Fever
1857-59  Worldwide:  Influenza (one of disease's greatest epidemics)
1860-61  Pennsylvania:  Smallpox
1865-73  Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Memphis &
          Washington DC:  A series of recurring epidemics of Smallpox,
          Cholera, Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever & Yellow Fever
1873-75  North America & Europe:  Influenza
1878  New Orleans:  Yellow Fever (last great epidemic of disease)
1885  Plymouth, PA:  Typhoid
1886  Jacksonville, FL:  Yellow Fever
1918  Worldwide:  Influenza (high point year)  More people
            hospitalized  in World War I from Influenza than wounds.
           US Army training  camps became death camps - with 80%
           death rate in some camps.

Finally, these specific instances of cholera were mentioned:
1833 Columbus, OH
1834 New York City
1849 New York
1851 Coles Co, IL
1851 The Great Plains
1851 Missouri