Cholera Epidemic of 1849
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Cholera Epidemic of 1849

In 1849, approximately one-tenth of the population of St. Louis died from disease. The Western Journal newspaper reported that 8,445 people died, with 4,285 deaths attributed to cholera. Additional deaths may have occurred since many people were buried outside the city limits. A complete list of deaths is not available. The St. Louis death register started in 1850, one year after the plague; therefore, it is not helpful for identification of plague victims. Cemetery records for many of the plague victims do not exist.

The Missouri Republican newspaper usually reported five or six deaths a week. In July 1849, reported deaths numbered nearly 150. This number was only about five percent of the actual deaths. By August, the plague had started to subside.

This list was transcribed from the Missouri Republican newspaper. Microfilm of this newspaper is available at Missouri Historical Society and the State Historical Society of Missouri in Columbia.

If you are trying to find verification of your ancestor’s death in 1849, check the 1850 Missouri Mortality Federal Census Schedule.

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This list was published in the 1978 St. Louis Genealogical Society Quarterly, volume 11, number. 3, pages 67–71.

Cholera Deaths, 1849

Showing records 1 to 20 of 255.

NameAgeDeathdateNotes
Abke, Catharina 20 30 Jun 1849
Adams, John 46 25 Jun 1849
Ahrens, Georg 50 29 Jun 1849
Albrecht, Johanna 76 29 Jun 1849 Age uncertain
Albrecht, Peter 39 27 Jun 1849
Andre, Carl 40 18 Jun 1849
Appel, Christina 42 26 Jun 1849
Aschez, Mrs. 36 30 Jun 1849
Baetz, Christ 35 27 Jun 1849
Barklage, Helena 60 19 Jun 1849
Bauer, Margreta 19 21 May 1849
Baum, Georg 35 27 Jun 1849
Beckmann, Heinr. 55 11 Jun 1849
Berkenkamp, Carolina 30 29 Jun 1849
Beuckmann, Christina 26 16 Jun 1849
Beukman, Frau 63 19 Jun 1849
Bielefeld, Frau 44 21 May 1849
Bielefeld, Heinrich 50 20 May 1849
Bocking, Mary 36 16 May 1849
Bohl, Adam 50 22 Jun 1849

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