Cholera of 1849

Kentuckiana Genealogy: Interesting Stories: Cholera of 1849
By Teresa Driskell Barndt ( on Sunday, August 12, 2007 - 11:42 pm:

I am looking for any information on Elijah Driskell, his wife Polly Edgar Driskell and their children. Their son Robert Driskell (my ggggrand-father) married Catherine Beck. I have not been able to find out what happened to her parents (Michal and Anne). Apparently she came to Indiana from NC without them when she was about 3 years old, approx 1810. Elijah and Polly were some of the first settlers in Washington County, IN along with his brother Elisha, coming from Maryland and then Kentucky around 1810 as well.
Dont know how any of them died or where they are buried. Any info would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Teresa

By Debra Gray ( on Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 03:26 pm:

I am looking for any info I can find on James Harrison of Edwards Pond in Jefferson Co. Ky. He was an attorney and a cousin of Pres. Wm Henry Harrison.

By Donna Van Dries ( on Tuesday, November 09, 2004 - 10:31 am:

Hi, I am looking for any information on David Shuck (Shough) who I think may have died in the Cholera epidemic of 1849. I think he lived in either Henry Co, Hickman Co, or Henry Co. He and his wife Martha Lewis Shuck were listed on the tax records in 1846. The next thing I can find is that in the 1950 census his wife and children aged 2 and 5 were listed as living with Abram Lewis(who I think may be Martha's father). I know I have heard family stories about someone who died in a cholera epidemic. I have searched for death records and possible newspaper articles but have had no luck.
Thank you, Donna Van Dries

By sherry starks ( on Friday, March 05, 2004 - 12:02 pm:

Looking for relatives of Francis Patton and John they lived in Morehead Ky Francis father was Judge Warren Bailey about 1880 she was also known as Annie contact me at

By Bill Stroud ( on Tuesday, August 05, 2003 - 12:00 am:

Looking for information about my great grandfather born in Floyd Co. IN 1828 January or Febuary. His name was Jesse Stroud and I know he fought in mexico and also he was a cival war solder. He is probably the same Jesse Stroud who served with the Spencer Grays. Other than his Cival War records I have not been able to find any history prior to 1850s when he lived in Lawarnce county and married Elizabeth Cambron and they settled in Martin county untill their deaths.Any help finding who his parents were would be greatly appricated. Bill Stroud Greenwood In.

By cheryl ( on Sunday, July 07, 2002 - 11:23 am:

Thanks for your reply to my message Carole - unfortunately my Samuel Sloan parents were John Sloan and Sarah Baron and so it looks like there is no link to the Sloans in your database!

Thanks for your time and happy researching


By Carole V. Beringer ( on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 10:12 pm:

I have a Samuel Sloan in my data base. He was the son of Archibald Sloan, who came from Atrium, Ireland. However, Samuel died in Pennsylvania-I have a transcription of his will. He left most of his property to his brother Archibland Sloan (2) who moved to Rowan Co., North Carolina. Could this be the same family? I have more info. if you are interested.

By Cheryl ( on Tuesday, April 23, 2002 - 07:57 pm:

I have a GGGUncle who was also a victim of the cholera outbreak c 1833 I am desparate to find out where he was buried - does anyone have any ideas how I could go about finding details about him - his name was Samuel Sloan and he was originally from Tannybrake Co Antrim Northern Ireland.

Thank you

By Kathy ( on Sunday, February 03, 2002 - 11:06 pm:

Trying to find the parents of John and Samuel Cross. They came over to this county in 1843. apparently to Ind. I don't know what county. They didn't leave Ind. As their sons did. Their sons died in MO. I would also like help on locating Preston Deweese and family. He also later moved to MO with his family. Getting back to John and Samuel Cross's parents we were wondering if that might have died during the cholera outbreak.Thanks so much. Kathy

By JudithMcMillinPhillips ( on Monday, December 24, 2001 - 02:09 pm:

Dr Samuel C McMillin left Boone Co, IN to go home to Harrison Co, KY to help family in a cholera epidemic after 1842 and died there. Any information on this would be appreciated.

By Board Administration (Admin) on Monday, July 24, 2000 - 12:09 pm:

The Asiatic cholera revisits Louisville this year, in common with the rest of the State and country, and this time with seriously fatal effect in the city which had theretofore been almost exempt. In May none died, while other places were much afflicted, fourteen dying in the lunatic asylum in Lexington; but in June sixty persons in Louisville perished of the scourge, and in July one hundred and forty one. Yet the percentage of population attacked or slain by the disease was much smaller than in many other cities and towns.

Mr. Deering says, in his pamphlet of 1859, that the cholera visitations of 1832-33-49 began each in identically the same square, and within a few yards of the same spot. In the latter the sanitary conditions of this locality were improved, and the cholera did not return to it.

Submitted by Claire - e-mail ommitted by request of submitter

By Arlene Gregoire (Agregoire) on Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 12:44 pm:

It's possible my ggg-grandparents were the victims of this cholera attack. Are you aware of any death notices in local papers or vital records that recorded the names of victims, especially the 1832 time frame? I'm looking for John Gibson and his wife, who apparently both died around 1830 near Louisville. Any help appreciated.

By Board Administration (Admin) on Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 01:44 pm:

Hi Arlene

I just found the following:
"First Presbyterian Church
February 16, 1816
The Lord's Supper was administered , and the following members were enrolled:"

included in the list was John Gibson and wife.

This church was located in Jeffersonville, IN (which is near Louisville)

One other note found: "John Gibson and wife removed to Pittsburgh and united with the church there."

There is also note of Anna M. Gibson who "joined the church at Louisville."

By Board Administration (Admin) on Tuesday, July 25, 2000 - 01:49 pm:

Another for you Arlene....this one is very interesting:

"James Taylor was an old resident of the town, and a surviving veteran of the almost forgotten Mexican War. He enlisted in New Albany in a company known as the Spencer Grays, recruited by Captain William Sanderson. Those who went from this township, under the first call for volunteers, were James Taylor, Jesse Fox, Edward R. Lunt, and John Jackson. Those who enlisted under the second call were Jesse Stroud, Anderson Moore, and John Gibson. John Gibson was in the battles around the city of Mexico, was reported missing and has never since been heard from. All others are believed to have returned."

Have you checked the counties in Indiana? It was extremely common for our ancestors to go back and forth across the river, much more so than it is today, for some reason! Try the counties of Clark and Floyd in Indiana. The account above re: Mexican war was Floyd Co.

Good luck to you!

By April Fraze on Wednesday, August 30, 2000 - 03:56 pm:

Hello! We have been trying desperately to find out if our ancestors, William Bullington and Anna Curry (Cory or Corry, there have been numerous spellings) where victims of the cholera outbreak. We have them in Orange Co, but then they disappear and their children are shown in the census living with their grandfather. Does anyone have any idea where we might be able to find this information. Thanks so much!


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