Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Those that were interred at Bethel Burying Ground on this date over the years.

Ellen Jedler was 23 years old when she died of Tuberculosis at the age of 23 years on March 26 1812. Consumption, as it was also called, is a disease spread by poverty and the crowded living and working spaces that fosters its horrible existence. In addition to the lungs it destroys the cellular tissue of most of the bodies systems including the nervous, circulatory, lymphatic, gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems. It also devastates the bones, joints and skin of the body.

Jonathan Adams was stillborn on March 26, 1822. Lack of proper nutrition due to poverty was often the cause of stillborn babies, debilitated newborns who were very vulnerable to disease and sickly mothers who were susceptible to the deadly Puerperal Fever, commonly known as “Childbed Fever.

Marvelous Gibbs was only 8 months old when he died of Hydrocephalus on March 26, 1822. The Gibbs family lived on Lombard Street near 7th within view of Mother Bethel Church. There are two kinds of hydrocephalus. Congenital hydrocephalus is present at birth. Causes include genetic problems and problems with how the fetus develops. Acquired hydrocephalus can occur at any age. Causes can include head injuries, strokes, infections, tumors and bleeding in the brain. The cause of Baby Gibbs illness is not stated.

Sarah Ann Evans was 4 years old at the time of her death on March 26, 1824. The cause of death is listed as “Hectic Fever” which was commonly used to describe the fever that accompanied Tuberculosis.

Anna E. Anderson died at the age of 2 months due to convulsions on March 26, 1841. The cause of the seizures are not documented, but could have been cause by a long list of diseases including Cholera, Pneumonia and Scarlet Fever. Anna lived with her mother Ann at 90 Bedford Street, which was little more than an alley between South and Bainbridge Streets near the Delaware River.

Robert Carson was 31 years of age when he died from a “lumbar abscess” on March 26, 1841. This type of disorder was often caused by external violence or Tuberculosis which evolved into a high fever, sepsis and death. Mr. Carson was a cordwainer or a shoemaker who makes fine soft leather shoes. He had lived at 104 Prime Street (now Washington Avenue), however at the time of his death he resided on Brown Street below Arch Street.

Mary Ann Norton died of Tuberculosis on March 26, 1847 at 24 years of age. She lived at 3rd and Vine Street.

Elizabeth Cunningham was 21 years old at the time of her death was Tuberculosis on March 26, 1850. She resided at #1 Cox Court, a small alleyway near 2nd and Bainbridge Streets. 

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