"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                                 
1687    Boston                                 
1690    New York                                       
1713    Boston                                 
1729    Boston                                 
1732-3  Worldwide                              
1738    South Carolina                         
1739-40 Boston                                 
1747    CT,NY,PA,SC                             
1759    N. Amer [areas inhabited by white people]      
1761    N. Amer and West Indies                 
1772    N. America                              
1775    N. Amer [especially hard in NE] epidemic      
1775-6  Worldwide [one of the worst epidemics]  
1783    Dover, DE ["extremely fatal"]                   
1788    Philadelphia and New York                      
1793    Vermont [a "putrid" fever] and         
1793    VA [killed 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks]        
1793    Philadelphia [one of the worst epidemics]       
1793    Harrisburg, PA [many unexplained deaths]        
1793    Middletown, PA [many mysterious deaths] 
1794    Philadelphia, PA                                
1796-7  Philadelphia, PA                                
1798    Philadelphia, PA [one of the worst]          
1803    New York                                       
1820-3  Nationwide [starts-Schuylkill River and spreads]        
1831-2  Nationwide [brought by English emigrants]       
1832    NY City and other major cities          
1837    Philadelphia                            
1841    Nationwide [especially severe in the south]     
1847    New Orleans                             
1847-8  Worldwide                              
1848-9  North America                           
1850    Nationwide                            
1850-1  North America                           
1852    Nationwide [New Orleans-8,000 die in summer]    
1855    Nationwide [many parts]                
1857-9  Worldwide [one of the greatest epidemics]        
1860-1  Pennsylvania                            
1865-73 Philadelphia, NY, Boston, New Orleans}  
        Baltimore, Memphis, Washington DC}             
        [A series of recurring epidemics of:}                                            
1873-5  N. America and Europe                 
1878    New Orleans [last great epidemic]               
1885    Plymouth, PA                           
1886    Jacksonville, FL                               
1918    Worldwide[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 camps.  

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

"Source:  Ancestors West, SSBCGS, Vol 20, No l, Fall 1993, South Bend (IN)
Area Genealogical Society via Julie Burnett, Sue in Arizona and Judy
Nordgren    SMCAGS

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