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Major Upton
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Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 1, 1834
Schuyler County
Illinois, USA

"Major Upton" [unclear if 'Major' was his given-name, or a military rank]
An outbreak of cholera struck Rushville on July 4, 1834. The disease was thought to have been brought here by people emigrating to Illinois by way of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. By August 1st, twenty-seven people had died of cholera, including three young men who had volunteered to nurse the sick.

A later outbreak in the summer of 1841 was less severe, killing ten persons.
THE CHOLERA- This dreadful disease has made its appearance in Rushville. By the following letter will be seen the number of deaths that had occurred up to the morning of the 8th inst. We Have had intelligence from R. since that date, and no new cases had shown themselves up yo last evening. We learn, verbally, that there had been sixteen deaths in all. This disease has also visited Pekin, in Tazewell Co. There had been nine deaths at the latter places up to the 9th inst. A report reached town that there had been some cases in Springfield; we are pleased to learn, by the Journal, that there was no foundation for such report. This town remains remarkably healthy.

RUSHVILLE, Tuesday morning July 8, 1834.

Mr Edwards,

Sir- I have only time to request you to publish the following statement of the progress of the Cholera in this place.

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July 4th Wm McCreery
July 4th Cornelius V Putnam
July 5th Child of Widow Smith
July 5th Ruel Redfield and Child [sic] {Redfield}
July 5th Mrs Wethers [sic] {Weathers}
July 5th James Bagerty [sic] {Haggertey}
July 6th Mrs McCreery [sic] {and Mr.], [sic] {stone says 7-Jul-1834}
July 7th Robert Gay
July 7th Child of widow Smith [sic] {duplicated, from 5-Jul-1834 ?}
July 7th child of Thomas Angel [sic] {memorial stone says, 8-Jul-1834}
July 8th Hugh McCreery [sic] {see above, Mr. 6-Jul-1834}

Respectfully, H Fellows.

SOURCE: "The Illinois Patriot", Jacksonville, Morgan Co., IL., 12-Jul-1834, page 2.
Rushville City Cemetery
Schuyler County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Robert Kuhmann
Record added: Jun 11, 2011
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Major Upton
Added by: Robert Kuhmann
Major Upton
Added by: Robert Kuhmann
Major Upton
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