Cholera in the 19th Century


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Overview

Cholera, the highly infectious and often fatal intestinal disease, and endemic in India, appeared during the 19th century; the first outbreak occurred October 1831-33. It was introduced into the northeast ports from Russia; first appearing in the houses on the quay in Sunderland. The disease spread rapidly killing twenty-two thousand people before the beginning of June 1832 and by the end of that year cholera had spread to most parts of England. The most frightening aspect was the speed at which its victims perished. An attack of violent diahorrea and vomiting followed by agonising cramps in the limbs an abdomen, thirst and fever. After three to twelve hours, the symptoms advanced with rapidity, the skin became dry and a dusky blue or purple in colour, the eyes sank in their sockets, the features were pinched, the pulse at the wrist imperceptible, the voice reduced to a hoarse whisper. Death often took place within a day sometimes a few hours.

Another outbreak occurred in 1848-49 in which at least 50,000 died in England and Wales and probably actually numbering 70,000. In 1854 there were 10,675 deaths and in 1866 more than 3,000 died within three weeks. On each of these occasions the disease spread with alarming rapidity, largely because of the lack of sanitation in the new industrial towns. The outbreaks provided a spur to public health legislation, which in turn led to the eventual eradication of the disease.

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List of Ely Cholera Victims 1832

Janet Hurst posted to the ENGLISH-FENS list of Rootsweb that she had a document which listed the names of the Ely Cholera Victims in 1832. The list was taken from That Alarming Malady by Reg Holmes (1974) who extracted the information from a register kept by the Local Board of Health at the time of the outbreak. The original records are at Cambridge Record Office. These are very detailed.

Janet's message read:

"In view of the number of requests I have received, it was easiest to key in the list and sort it alphabetically. Here it is. The columns are number in list, name, age, where lived, dated taken ill, date died/if recovered. I hope this information is helpful."

List No

Name

 

Age

Resident

Date Ill

Date Rec/Died

49

Adkins

Ann

17

Buggs Hill

7 Apr

R

117

Allpress

Thomas

11

Potters Lane

15 Apr

R

78

Ankin

-

45

Bugg's Hill

8 Apr

R

140

Appleyard's wife

-

34

Ship Lane

6 May

R

29

Armstead

Henry

35

Ship Lane

31 Mar

d 31 Mar

86

Atkin

William

7

Bugg's Hill

9 Apr

d 9 Apr

135

Banyard

John

60

Buggs Hill

30 Apr

R

116

Banyard

Lydia

10

Trin Wkhouse

15 Apr

d 15 Apr

127

Banyard's child

 

3

Buggs Hill

22 Apr

d 23 Apr

148

Barber

Mary

4

West End

26 May

d 17 May

77

Barker

William

40

Smoke Alley

8 Apr

R

133

Beaumont

girl

12

Buggs Hill

29 Apr

d 2 May

111

Benton

Eliza

4

Waterside

14 Apr

R

14

Benton

girl

9

Bridge Rd

22 Mar

R

13

Benton

lad

19

Bridge Rd

22 Mar

R

107

Benton

Matthew

16

Bridge Rd

13 Apr

R

73

Berstead

Thos

43

Bugg's Hill

8 Apr

R

8

Bird

child

6

Back Hill

20 Mar

R

6

Bird

Mrs

30

Back Hill

20 Mar

R

142

Black

John

55

West End

7 May

d 13 May

42

Black

Thomas

26

Back Hill

7 Apr

d 13 Apr

65

Black

Thos's wife

25

Back Hill

8 Apr

R

139

Bransom's child

 

5

Gaol Lane

5 May

d 5 May

89

Bristowe

Sarah

64

Broad St

9 Apr

d 18 Apr

35

Brooks

child

7

Back Hill

2 Apr

d 2 Apr

12

Brown

Mrs

66

Back Hill

22 Mar

d 22 Mar

84

Burling

Sarah

30

Back Hill

8 Apr

d 8 Apr

18

Chapman

lad

16

Common MuckHill

24 Mar

R

33

Chapman

Robert

70

Potters Lane

2 Apr

d 2 Apr

26

Church

Mrs

25

Back Lane

29 Mar

d 30 Mar

51

Cook

Robert

73

Trin Wkhouse

7 Apr

d 13 Apr

55

Cook

Susan

60

Back Hill

7 Apr

R

59

Cook

Susan

2

Back Hill

8 Apr

R

112

Cornwell

Lucy

54

Trin Wkhouse

14 Apr

R

134

Coulson

William

73

Broad St

30 Apr

R

101

Cropley

William

45

Trin Workhouse

11 Apr

d 11 Apr

123

Cross

Ephraim

3

Gaol Lane

21 Apr

d 21 Apr

121

Croxton

Edward

7

Trin Wkhouse

18 Apr

R

27

Cuttriss

child

10

Potters Lane

30 Mar

R

138

Dann

May

40

Buggs Hill

1 May

d 2 May

147

Denton

Mary Ann

3

West End

24 May

R

122

Denton's

Robt's wife

34

West Rd

20 Apr

R

46

English

Charles

21

Trin Wkhouse

7 Apr

R

100

Ensden

Jas' child

8

Broad St

10 Apr

R

146

Evans

John

64

West End

19 May

d 21 May

5

Fenn

child

2

Broad St

20 Mar.

R

79

Fenn

Jeremiah

43

Ansdale

8 Apr

R

130

Fenn

William

35

Ansdale

22 Apr

R

124

Fletcher

Wm

17

Buggs Hill

21 Apr

d 21 Apr

76

Frolice

Jas

30

Bugg's Hill

8 Apr

R

38

Frossell

John

35

Broad St

4 Apr

R

97

Fulcher

John

31

Back Hill

10 Apr

R

87

Fulcher

John's wife

28

Back Hill

10 Apr

R

95

Fyson

William

54

Broad St

10 Apr

R

57

Giles

Ann

42

Broad Hill

8 Apr

d 9 Apr

103

Gilson

Child

4

Bugg's Hill

10 Apr

d 10 Apr

126

Gilson

William

35

Buggs Hill

22 Apr

R

15

Godlington

-

23

Potters Lane

22 Mar

R

109

Gooby

Mary

18

Potters Lane

14 Apr

R

129

Gooby

William

42

Potters Lane

22 Apr

R

119

Gotobed

Eliza

47

Potters Lane

18 Apr

d 19 Apr

108

Gotobed

Jas

9

Back Hill

8 Apr

d 12 Apr

75

Gotobed

Jn's son

14

Ansdale

8 Apr

R

96

Gotobed

Jn's wife

33

Ansdale

9 Apr

R

39

Gotobed

Mrs

82

Back Hill

4 Apr

d 4 Apr

11

Gotobed

Paul

14

Annsdale

22 Mar

d 26 Mar

90

Gotobed

Susan

55

Back Hill

10 Apr

R

7

Hall

Louisa

10

waterside

20 Mar

R

115

Hancock

William

62

Potters Lane

15 Apr

R

83

Hart

-

6

Walpole Lane

9 Apr

R

44

Haylock

Daniel

24

Smoke Alley

7 Apr

d 7 Apr

64

Haylock

Dan's ch

2

Smoke Alley

7 Apr

d 8 Apr

36

Hiblin

Mrs

32

Suspension Bridge

3 Apr

R

88

Hipple

Susan

30

Bridge Rd

9 Apr

R

137

Hitch

Fras

7

West End

1 May

R

144

Hitch

Rebecca

20

West End

8 May

R

21

Howell

child

6

Potters Lane

26 Mar

R

118

Jere

Fenn's wife

45

Broad St

16 Apr

R

131

Johnson

Thos

11

Broad St

23 Apr

R

47

Knowles

John

22

Trin Wkhouse

7Apr

R

37

Knowles

Mrs

-

St Mary's

3 Apr

R

17

Lamb

Mrs

35

Potters Lane

24 Mar

d 24 Mar

68

Layton

Aaron

40

Smoke Alley

8 Apr

d 9 Apr

82

Layton

Jno

20

Ship Lane

9 Apr

R

1

Layton

Joseph

69

Walpole Lane

17 Mar

d 17 Mar

67

Layton

Mary

13

Ship Lane

7 Apr

d 8 Apr

23

Lee

-

30

Broad Hill

27 Mar

R

20

Lee

child

5

Broad St

25 Mar

R

94

Lee

James

58

Broad St

9 Apr

R

43

Lee

John

64

Back Hill

7 Apr

d 8 Apr

113

Lee

Richard

30

Broad St

15 Apr

R

3

Long

child

4

Potters Lane

19 Mar

d 19 Mar

63

Long

Rh's child

4

Back Hill

7 Apr

d 8 Apr

80

Long

Richard

40

Back Hill

8 Apr

R

61

Long

Rich's child

5

Back Hill

7 Apr

d 7 Apr

72

Long

Rich's child

8

Back Hill

8 Apr

d 10 Apr

62

Long

Rich's wife

40

Back Hill

8 Apr

d 9 Apr

32

Macrow

lad

15

Newnham

1 Apr

d apr 1

4

Moody

Wm

69

Potters Lane

19 Mar

d 19 Mar

16

Murray

lad

14

Broad St

23 Mar

R

60

Newell's son

17

Smoke Alley

8 Apr R

   

53

Palmer

Robt

65

Trin Wkhouse

7 Apr

R

102

Parsons

Henry

35

Babylon

11 Apr

R

9

Peck

Mrs

28

Back Hill

20 Mar

R

120

Peters

Stanford

53

Smoke Alley

18 Apr

R

40

Pickard

Mrs

71

Back Hill

5 Apr

d 5 Apr

10

Pidgeon

lad

14

Broad St

20 Mar

R

52

Poole

William

76

Trin Wkhouse

7 Apr

d 9 Apr

50

Prior

Lettice

80

Waterside

7 Apr

d 7 Apr

81

Pynock

Mrs

50

Gaol St

9 Apr

R

28

Reeve

child

4

Potters Lane

30 Mar

d 30 Mar

34

Reeve

child

6

Potters Lane

2 Apr

d 2 Apr

141

Roberts

Martha

19

Little London

5 May

R

143

Roberts

Martha

19

Little London

8 May

d 18 May

31

Roberts

Mrs

70

St Mary's

1 Apr

d 1 Apr

110

Rooms

widow

70

Buggs Hill

14 Apr

d 15 Apr

54

Royston

Mary

32

Trin Wkhouse

7 Apr

R

98

Royston's

child

5

Trin Wkhouse

10 Apr

d 11 Apr

132

Saberton

John

6

Gaol Lane

24 Apr

R

145

Salmon

Henry

32

West End

13 May

d 16 May

2

Scarrow

child

5

Broad St

19 Mar

d 19 Mar

99

Shearman

Sarah

18

Broad St

9 Apr

R

48

Shearman

Thos

42

Broad St

7 Apr

d 7 Apr

136

Shearman

Thos

28

Buggs Hill

30 Apr

R

30

Sindall

child

8

Broad St

31 Mar

d 31 Mar

114

Sindall

Eliza

1

Smoke Alley

15 Apr

R

58

Sindall

Richard

30

Back Hill

8 Apr

R

45

Smith

Susan

23

Trin Wkhouse

7 Apr

d 7 Apr

105

Stamford

Ephraim

7

Bridge Rd

12 Apr

R

125

Stanfd

Peter's wf

 

Smoke Alley

21 Apr

R

104

Tall

Jas jnr

35

Smoke Alley

11 Apr

R

22

Taylor

Isaac

30

Potters Lane

26 Mar

R

19

Taylor

James

15

Potters Lane

25 Mar

d 25 Mar

56

Taylor

James' wife

25

Broad St

7 Apr

R

91

Taylor

Rebecca

18

Potters Lane

10 Apr

R

106

Taylor

Sarah

15

Potters Lane

13 Apr

d 14 Apr

92

Taylor

William

28

Broad St

9 Apr

R

93

Taylor

William's child

5

Broad St

10 Apr

R

74

Taylor

Wm's wife

30

Broad St

8 Apr

R

128

Taylor's child

 

4

Potters Lane

22 Apr

R

25

Tingey

Mrs

40

Church Lane

28 Mar

R

66

Tubbs

Mary

70

Smoke Alley

8 Apr

d 9 Apr

24

Watts

Mrs

62

Back Hill

29 Mar

d 30 Mar

85

Wayman

John

45

Smoke Alley

8 Apr

R

71

Wells

Ann

12

Gaol Lane

8 Apr

R

70

Wells

John

7

Gaol Lane

8 Apr

d 9 Apr

69

Wells

Robert

8

Gaol Lane

8 Apr

R

41

Woodbine

Rbt

9

Potters Lane

6 Apr

R

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Worldwide Plagues 1850-1865

DATE

DISEASE

LOCATION

1848-9

Cholera

Britain, France

1848-50

Cholera, Smallpox

Tunisia, Calcutta

1850

Military Fever

France

1850

Yellow Fever

Rio de Janeiro

1850-51

Dengue

United States

1850's-1859

3rd Pandemic Plague

China, India, South America, Africa

1853

Smallpox

Hawaii

1853-54

Cholera

Britain, France

1853-59

Cholera

Germany

1854

Measles

French Polynesia

1854

Cholera

Canada, Spain

1854-56

Scurvy

Crimea (Ukraine)

1854-56

Typhus

Crimea (Ukraine)

1854-56

Cholera

Crimea (Ukraine)

1854-56

Dysentery

Crimea (Ukraine)

1855-58

Diphtheria

Europe

1857

Smallpox

Calcutta

1858

Cholera

Japan

1860

Military Fever

France

1860-61

Cholera

India

1861-65

Dysentery

United States (Civil War Armies)

1861-65

Typhoid

United States (Civil War Armies)

1861-65

Typhus

United States (Civil War Armies)

1861-65

Malaria

United States (Civil War Armies)

1861-65

Scurvy

United States (Civil War Armies)

1861-65

Measles

United States (Civil War Armies)

1861-65

Smallpox

United States (Civil War Armies)

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