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What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby Mick Loney » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:04 pm

Researching the Lawless family from Warrington, I discovered that the Parents and 3 or 4 of their children all died with a year in 1891/2. The parents were 45ish, and the age of the children ranged from 10 to 20! Would anyone have any idea of what was going on in Warrington at this time to cause these deaths? The family were fish & game dealers from Market Street in 1891, but don't know if this was relevant or not.


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Re: What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby MoVidger » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:48 pm

According to The Lancet, there was an outbreak of smallpox, which had visited Warrington and other Lancashire towns in 1892.
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Re: What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby pete25 » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:56 pm

Hi,

Take a look here:

https://archive.org/details/b24399061


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Re: What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby Mick Loney » Mon Sep 12, 2016 7:33 pm

Thanks guys, it explains a lot.
As I found more and more deaths registered, I was getting more and more surprised, and guessed there may be an underlying reason.


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Re: What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby Mick Loney » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:39 am

Update:

Having skimmed through the report linked to by pete25, I did find confirmation that at least two of my Lawless relations died of Smallpox. In table IX, James L(awless) aged 8 is listed, and in Table X, his older brother Peter L(awless) Fishmonger aged 20 is listed (from same address as James) I believe these to be two of my Lawless ancestors. Their parents William and Mary Jane died in 1891, and their sister Elizabeth succumbed in 1892, none of whom are mentioned specifically in the report. Without buying their death certificates to confirm, I am assuming they too died during the epidemic.

Once again, thanks for pointing me in right direction


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What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby JaneyH » Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:49 am

Is it worth looking at the British Newspaper Archive too? I imagine that local newspapers from the time would contain reports about the epidemic. Even if these don't mention your ancestors specifically they could provide useful background and context.


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Re: What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby ianbee » Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:13 am

Mick Loney wrote:Without buying their death certificates to confirm, I am assuming they too died during the epidemic.

The epidemic hit Warrington in July 1892, so William and Mary Jane, who both died in 1891, could not have been victims.
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Re: What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby ianbee » Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:37 am

Table IIIB on page 27
Incidence and fatality at different ages up to the end of March 1893
Age between 5 and under 10 years - 37 attacks, 2 deaths

One of those two deaths must be (your) James L., died 29 Sep 1892, age 8
The other might be Sarah M, of 36 Pierpoint Street, died age 8 (unvaccinated)
I don't think they give a date of death for her, but probably
Dec 1892 Warrington
Sarah Ann Moody,age 8
Was living at 36 Pierpoint Street in the 1891 census, age 7

So to be sure of finding out exactly what Elizabeth Lawless died of (age 9), you will need the certificate.
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Re: What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby Mick Loney » Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:28 am

Thanks all, once again.
As these are pretty distantly related, and my curiosity satisfied, I'll call it a day at that.
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Re: What was the cause of multiple deaths in 1892.

Postby ianbee » Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:33 am

There are administrations for both of the parents in 1891
Mary Jane Lawless (wife of William Lawless), late of Corporation street, Warrington, died 30 March 1891, at Corporation street. Administration was granted (21 April) at Liverpool to the said William Lawless of Corporation street, Fish and Game Dealer

William Lawless late of Warrington Fishmonger a Widower, died 30 July 1891 at Warrington. Administration granted (13 October) at Liverpool to Thomas Lawless of Corporation street Fishmonger the Son and one of the Next of Kin. Personal Estate £1,569 10s. 8d.
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