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  • Epidemics - US Chronology

    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:
    1628-1631New EnglandSmall Pox
    1638New EnglandSmall Pox & Spotted Fever
    1648-1649Massachusetts Bay ColonySmall Pox
    1659Massachusetts Bay ColonyThroat Distemper
    1677-1678Charlestown & BostonSmall Pox
    1679-1680VirginiaSmall Pox
    1689-1690New EnglandSmall Pox
    1690New YorkYellow Fever
    1693Boston, MAYellow Fever
    1696Jamestown, VASmall Pox
    1699Charleston & PhiladelphiaYellow Fever
    Mar 1699South CarolinaSmall Pox
    1702New YorkYellow Fever
    1702-1703Boston, MASmall Pox
    1706CharlestonYellow Fever
    1711-1712South CarolinaSmall Pox
    1715-1725Most of the ColoniesSmall Pox
    1721Boston, MASmall Pox
    1723-1730Boston, New York, PhiladelphiaSmall Pox
    1732Charleston & New YorkYellow Fever
    1735-1740New EnglandSmall Pox, Scarlet Fever & Diphtheria
    1734VirginiaYellow Fever
    1738South CarolinaSmallpox
    1741VirginiaYellow Fever
    1752Boston, MASmall Pox
    1759N. Amer [areas inhabited by white people]Measles
    1760-1761Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachussetts, CharlestonSmall Pox
    1761N. Amer and West IndiesInfluenza
    1762PhiladelphiaYellow Fever
    1763PhiladelphiaThroat Distemper
    1764Boston, MASmall Pox
    1769New YorkThroat Distemper
    1772N. AmericaMeasles
    1772-1774New EnglandSmall Pox
    1775N. Amer [especially hard in NE] epidemic Unknown
    1775-6Worldwide [one of the worst epidemics] Influenza
    1776Boston, MASmall Pox
    1778Boston, MASmall Pox
    1783Dover, DE ["extremely fatal"]Bilious Disorder
    1788Philadelphia and New YorkMeasles
    1792Boston, MASmall Pox
    1793Vermont [a "putrid" fever] and Influenza
    1793VA [killed 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks]Influenza
    1793Philadelphia [one of the worst epidemics]Yellow Fever
    1793Harrisburg, PA [many unexplained deaths]Unknown
    1793Middletown, PA [many mysterious deaths] Unknown
    1794Philadelphia, PAYellow Fever
    1796-7Philadelphia, PAYellow Fever
    1798Philadelphia, PA [one of the worst]Yellow Fever
    1803New YorkYellow Fever
    1820-3Nationwide [starts-Schuylkill River and spreads]"Fever"
    1831-2Nationwide [brought by English emigrants]Asiatic Cholera
    1832NY City and other major citiesCholera
    1833Columbus, OHCholera
    1834New York CityCholera
    1841Nationwide [especially severe in the south]Yellow Fever
    1847New OrleansYellow Fever
    1848-9North AmericaCholera
    1849New YorkCholera
    1850NationwideYellow Fever
    1850-1North AmericaInfluenza
    1851Coles Co., IL, The Great Plains, and MissouriCholera
    1852Nationwide [New Orleans-8,000 die in summer]Yellow Fever
    1855Nationwide [many parts]Yellow Fever
    1857-9Worldwide [one of the greatest epidemics]Influenza
    1865-73Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New OrleansSmallpox
    Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DCCholera
    A series of recurring epidemics of:Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever
    1873-5N. America and EuropeInfluenza
    1878New Orleans [last great epidemic]Yellow Fever
    1885Plymouth, PATyphoid
    1886Jacksonville, FLYellow Fever
    1918Worldwide[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 campsInfluenza

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