Matagorda Yellow Fever Victims, 1862

(From the minutes of the city council of Matagorda, entered March 3, 1863)
 


Upon the request of His Honor, the Mayor (D. E. E. Braman) the following was ordered to be entered in the minutes:

Matagorda City has been much celebrated for the salubrity of its climate and the uninterrupted good health of its inhabitants (with few exceptions) ever since its first settlement in 1827. But in the autumn of 1862, the yellow fever appeared among us and before its departure desolated many homes and brought sadness to the hearts of all. As the prevalence of this scourge is a sorrowful epoch in our history we have caused the mournful results to be recorded herein for the information of future generations.

A list of persons who died of yellow fever in the City of Matagorda between the 21st day of September and the 27th day of November, 1862.

About 150 white inhabitants of both sexes and all ages were in the city during the continuance of the disease. Of these 83 were attacked, 45 died and 43 recovered.
 


Name                                               Age            Died           Where Born

 

Baxter, Mrs. Wm. A.                        22               Sept. 25     Texas


Burkhart, Miss Rebecca E.             16               Oct. 5        
Texas

Burkhart, Mrs. Catherine                 57               Oct. 8         Bavaria

Burkhart, Miss Louisa                      27               Oct. 13       Philadelphia
(Of one family, mother and daughters)


Barbour, Mrs. Wm. D.                     27               Oct. 6        
Ireland


Bates, Mrs. T. F.                              27               Nov. 18     
Illinois


Carter, Miss Mary                            18               Sept. 26    
Texas


Dreyling, Mrs. Gus                          21               Oct. 24      
Germany


Dietrich, Antoine                              14               Oct. 30      
Texas

Dietrich, Sebastian, Sr.                   67               Oct. 18       Germany

Dietrich, Mrs. S.                               69               Oct. 13       Germany
(Husband and wife)


Fisher, Mrs. Ann                              67               Oct. 20      
Philadelphia
(Widow of Sec. of Navy under old Republic)


Freeman, Miss                                10               Nov. 11     
Germany


Frazier, Daniel                                 30               Oct. 18      
Georgia


Giles, Silvester (Postmaster)         40               Oct. 31      
Massachusetts


Haden, Jas. F.                                 49               Oct. 8        
Alabama

Haden, Mrs. Jas. F.                         37               Oct. 12       Mississippi

Haden, Miss Mary F.                       18               Oct. 12       Mississippi

Haden, Miss Sally                            16               Oct. 14       Mississippi

Haden, Miss Anna                           11               Oct. 17       Mississippi

Haden, Nora (a child)                        8                Nov. 27      Mississippi
(Sheriff of County, father, mother and daughters)


Hillard, Mrs. Wm. (teacher)             40               Oct. 23      
England

Hillard, Thos. S. (Son of Mrs. Wm.) 17              Oct. 30      Texas

 

 

Johnson, Mrs. Peter                        25               Sept. 22     Germany

 

Layton , William                                68               Oct. 18       New Jersey

 

McDonald, Alex                               40                Oct. 16       Scotland

McDonald, Mrs. Alex                       45               Oct. 25       Massachusetts (Husband and wife)

 

Mackey, Mrs. Ruth                           70               Oct. 30       Maryland

 

Owen, Tremoine                             15               Oct. 10       Maryland

 

Perry, Mrs. Rebecca                       29               Sept. 28
(Widow late Dr. J. C. Perry)

 

Robertson, Jacob                           49               Nov. 22      Georgia

 

Selkirk, Jas. H. ( County Clerk )        48               Oct. 13       Germany

 

Shultz, Mrs. Ford                             35               Oct. 13       Germany

 

Stanley, Miss Susan                        24               Oct. 15       Ireland

Stanley , Mrs. Lydia                          64               Oct. 16       Ireland
(Mother and daughter, Mrs. S., mother of W. D. Barbour)

 

Schmerber, Mrs. M.                        25               Oct. 16       Germany

 

Vanslyke, Robt.                               6                Oct. 6          Texas

Vanslyke, Miss Lucy                       17               Oct. 12       Texas

(Brother and sister)

 

Wadsworth , Mrs. A.                         45               Oct. 13       North Carolina

Wadsworth , Albert                           50               Nov. 4          North Carolina (Husband and wife)

 

Yeamans, Mary                                12               Oct. 10       Texas

 

Also an infant child of S. W. Fisher, two children of Abner Reeves and a child of Adam J. Miller died of yellow fever during same time. making in all 45 deaths.


There were about 50 slaves in the city. Many of them took the fever and some were very sick but none died.

 

William D. Barbour, Secretary

 

Reprinted in The Daily Tribune, August 23, 1945
 


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