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Sophia Maria Hickman Hall

  • Birth 20 Dec 1818 Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 2 Sep 1873 Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 89523298

Summarized version of an article published in the Indiana Magazine of History Vol LXX Number 3:

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 Sunday morning, the 24th of August, Rachel Hall Adams, the wife of Caleb F. Adams and daughter of Squire Thomas B. Hall, became violently ill at church. She was taken to her parent's home where she died on September 8th, 1873. Her sister, Lavina, the wife of Fountain Hardwick, had attended to her and she took the disease on Tuesday, the 26th of August. She died seven hours later a bride of only eight months at the age of 21.

On Saturday, August 30 1873, Cleopatra, the 15 year old daughter of Squire Thomas Hall and his wife, Maria, was taken sick and she died on Monday, September 1, 1873. During her funeral the next day, her mother passed away as well.

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. As a result of the Plague, a promising little town lost several residents and businesses that were never regained.

Maria's headstone has long since disappeared. An early 1900's record of the headstones in this cemetery lists her but states her headstone was missing.


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  • Created by: Jo Hall
  • Added: 3 May 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 89523298
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sophia Maria Hickman Hall (20 Dec 1818–2 Sep 1873), Find A Grave Memorial no. 89523298, citing Vieley Cemetery, Lizton, Hendricks County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Jo Hall (contributor 47373749) .