Wednesday, January 9, 2013

DEATH BY SMALLPOX


hen I think about the horrible diseases that our ancestors endured, I am so thankful to live at this time in history.

SMALL POX – The name makes me shudder.   For hundreds of years our country endured smallpox epidemics on and off throughout the states. The disease was painful and hideous. It was terribly contagious and sometimes whole families were wiped out.  Infected people were treated like lepers and sent off to live in caves and “pest” houses. When they died from the disease, and many did, they were often buried in mass graves. Others were placed in Smallpox Cemeteries where people feared to tread. If people lived after having smallpox, their faces and bodies were often pocked with scars.  Soldiers marched in battle with smallpox.  Can you imagine?



I came across an ancestor, DANIEL STONE, my 6th half great grand uncle, who died from smallpox. Here is the FindAGrave link where it says, “He dyd of ye Small Pox.”

Out of curiosity, I began searching for smallpox victims from some of my other lines. I found a number of Cutlers who died from the disease:
  • Sarah Cutler (d.   Sept. 5, 1690) and Mary Cutler (d. Sep. 12, 1690), daughters of Timothy and Elizabeth Cutler, in Charlestown, Massachusetts. (2)




Have you discovered ancestors who died of smallpox?  Try searching in Google for “smallpox cemetery” and your state of interest.  Here are some of the cemeteries I found. You just might find an ancestor.









Smallpox did not just affect New England. Here are some smallpox cemeteries in other areas of the country:



If you want to read up on this dreaded disease, I found the following articles of interest:







ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1200 Ornamental Letters, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1268 Old-Time Cuts and Ornaments, 2006.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, Trees & Leaves, 2004.


CITATION SOURCES:

(1) Find A Grave, Inc. Find A Grave, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=stone&GSfn=daniel&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=21&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=33440797&df=all&: accessed January 8, 2013), Daniel Stone, Jr.  (1668-1702), Memorial No. 33440797, created by Kevin Avery.

(2) Charlestown, MA: Vital Records to 1850. (Online database. AmericanAncestors.org. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as Vital Records of Charlestown, Massachusetts to the year 1850. Compiled and edited by Roger D. Joslyn. 2 vols in 3. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1984-1995, p. 148.

(3) Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=cutler&GSfn=david&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=21&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=16639451&df=all&: accessed January 8, 2013), David Cutler (1705-1760), Memorial No. 16639451, created by Bill Boyington.

(4) Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, digital image (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=jones&GSfn=anna&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=21&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=18048993&df=all&: accessed January 8, 2012), Anna Cutler Jones (1729-1761), Memorial No. 18048993, created by Bette Hartman.

(5) “Cornwall, Connecticut Small Cemeteries from the Hale Collection as found at the CT State Library,” Ray Brown’s Place (http://www.rays-place.com/cemeteries/606-s.htm: accessed January 8, 2013).

(6) Provincetown Smallpox Cemetery, Provincetown, Barnstable County, Massachusetts (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?
page=cr&CRid=2212186&CScnty=1173&CSsr=181&: accessed January 8, 2013), 14 interments, created by p reilly.

(7) Gridley Family / Smallpox Cemetery Site, Stoughton Historical Society , Stoughton, Massachusetts (http://www.stoughtonhistory.com/cem-gridley.htm: accessed January 8, 2013)

(8) Smallpox Cemetery, Conant Street, Bridgewater, Massachusetts (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2249560: accessed January 8, 2013), 7 internments, created by chip5610 and eobfindagrave.

(9) “Six Smallpox Victims, One Stone,” Town of Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Monadnock Ledger, 7 November 1996 by Jane Eklund (http://town.jaffrey.nh.us/Pages/JaffreyNH_Bcomm/Cemetery/six: accessed January 8, 2013).


(10) “Small Pox Cemetery, Garden Valley Township, Jackson Co., WI,” Clark County History Buffs (http://wiclarkcountyhistory.org/cemeteries/jackson/SmPox/index.htm: accessed January 8, 2013).

(11) Smallpox Cemetery, Georgetown Twp., Ottawa County, Michigan, transcribed by Evelyn Sawyer, 2002 (http://ottawa.migenweb.net/cemeteries/georgetown/smallpox.html: accessed January 8, 2013).




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