|Death: ||Sep. 5, 1873|
from the Article "Plague of New Elizabeth" by Don and Ruth Hall in the Sept. 1974 issue of the Indiana Magazine of History:
"Eva Burgess, for example, to all appearances was as healthy a person as there was in town. Yet on Friday morning she suddenly became violently ill. Those who came to her home on Middle Street saw her change in a few hours from a hale, stout woman of fifty-five, to a bluish, shrunken corpse."
Note her first name is given as Eva although a footnote in this article says the 1870 census gave her name as Elizabeth. The Plainfield Library cemetery data base shows an Evaline Burgess buried in the Vieley Cemetery.
The 1870 Census shows an Elizabeth Burgess (age 53, born in Ohio) living in Union Township, Hendricks County with household members Mary (age 30), Sarah (age 26), John (age 22) and Harvey (age 18). The 1860 Census shows an Elizabeth Burgess (age 44) living in Hendricks County, Indiana with spouse John F. (age 47) and children Mary (age 19), Sarah T. (age 16), John (age 13), Jesse (age 8). A mystery here though is that the 1880 Census shows this same Elizabeth Burgess (age 65) living in Union Township with children Mary (age 40), Sarah (age 37), John (age 31) and Harvey (age 28). So the Elizabeth Burgess in the 1870 Census is evidently not the Eva Burgess who died in the 1873 cholera epidemic.
from FAG contributor Colleen Brown:
The dreaded word "Cholera" marks Union Township's first established cemetery (Vieley).
The epidemic struck New Elizabeth (Lizton) August 22, 1873.
The first victim was Mrs. William (Fannie) Hall Davis on Friday, Aug 22, 1873, in the early evening at age 18. She had taken ill about one o'clock in the afternoon and died about five in the evening. Her child died just eighteen hours after it was attacked.
On Friday morning the 5th of September, 1873, Mrs. Burgess showed the usual symptoms and she died at five that afternoon.
There were no new cases after September 13, 1873. The three week epidemic resulted in twenty-three deaths. David V. Leak and Jesse Vieley dug most of the graves. All except Mr. Dicks and Mrs. George Shirley were buried in the Vieley Cemetery just east of Lizton
10 percent of the population of New Elizabeth (200) died. Death or flight from the disease took all but five of the 75 families from the town.
Maintained by: David Smith
Originally Created by: Colleen Sanders Broyles
Record added: Mar 05, 2012
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Bill Stevens Jr
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