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Plagues & Disasters

The following table was compiled from information sent to the Rootsweb Kent list in June 2000 by Leeanne Simons flsimons@telus.net. Information has been added to it and more will be added as it is submitted to me.

Anybody is welcome to submit additional Health and Natural Disasters to be added.

I believe that it is a very handy reference list that would often explain a number of deaths in one family over a short space of time.

Any comment would be appreciated.

Year Ailment or disaster Place Remarks
1350
1499
1507
1551
1555
1556
1578
1586
1591
1593
1596
1603
1612
1617
1623
1625
1626
1630
1631
1633
1636
1637
1647
1648
1648
1654
1657
1662
1665
1666
1668
1677
1687
1690
1699
1702
1702
1706
1713
1713
1721
1723
1723
1728
1729
1732
1732
1735
1738
1739
1743
1747
1755
1759
1761
1763
1767
1772
1775
1783
1788
1789
1792
1793
1793
1802
1803
1820
1826
1826
1829
1831
1831
1832
1833
1834
1837
1837
1841
1847
1847
1847
1848
1850
1850
1850
1851
1852
1853
1855
1857
1858
1860
1861
1865
1865
1865
1868
1869
1871
1873
1873
1878
1885
1886
1889
1893
1900
1901
1902
1907
1917
1931
1942
1947
1990
Bubonic plague
Bubonic plague
Fever
Influenza
Famine
Bubonic plague
Bubonic plague
Bubonic plague
Acute distress
Bubonic plague
Famine
Bubonic plague
Bubonic plague
Smallpox
Bad years
Bubonic plague
Bubonic plague
Very bad year
Bubonic plague
Smallpox
Bubonic plague
Bubonic plague
Yellow Fever
Smallpox
Whooping cough
Bubonic plague
Measles
Smallpox
Bubonic plague
Bubonic plague
Yellow Fever
Smallpox
Measles
Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever
Yellow Fever
Scarlet Fever
Yellow Fever
Measles
Smallpox
Smallpox
Influenza
Famine
Yellow Fever
Measles
Yellow Fever
Influenza
Diphtheria/scarlet
Smallpox
Measles
Yellow Fever
Measles
Smallpox
Measles
Influenza
Smallpox
Smallpox
Measles
Influenza
Bilious disorder
Measles
Influenza
Yellow Fever
Unknown
Influenza
Smallpox
Yellow Fever
Fever
Cholera
Dengue Fever
Malaria
Cholera
Cholera
Influenza
Cholera
Cholera
Typhus
Smallpox
Yellow Fever
Measles
Yellow Fever
Influenza
Cholera
Yellow Fever
Influenza
Dengue Fever
Cholera
Yellow Fever
Cholera
Yellow Fever
Influenza
Smallpox
Smallpox
Epidemics
Smallpox
Cholera
Typhus
Smallpox
Fire
Flood
Influenza
Cholera
Yellow Fever
Typhoid
Yellow Fever
Influenza
Polio
Plague
Smallpox
Septic Pneumonia
Polio
Influenza
Polio
Polio
Polio
Aids/HIV
WW*
UK London
UK*
UK
UK
UK*
UK
UK* Chesterfield
UK
UK
UK*
UK
UK
US*
UK
UK
UK
UK
UK
US*
UK
UK
West Indies
US
US
UK
US Boston
US NY
UK
UK Eyam
US NY
US* Boston
US Boston
US NY
US SC
US* NY
US Boston
US SC
US Boston
S A
US Boston
WW
UK*
US SC
US Boston
US SC
WW*
US*
US S.Carolina
US* Boston
US* NY
US CT, NY, PA, SC
SA
US North America
US& West Indies
US* Boston
SA
US
WW*
US
US PA, NY
US
US*
US PA
US Vermont, Virginia
US Nebraska
US NY
US*
WW*
US* and West Indies
US*
UK Started WW
US*
US
US Ohio
US NY
US PA
US Indians
US
US Indians
US NO
WW*
WW*
US
US*
US*
US IL
US NO
Birmingham?
US
WW*
SA
US* Pennsylvania
US*
US*
US
US*
US*
SA
SA
UK* N. America & Europe
US
US NO
US PA
US FL
WW*
US
US*
US*
SA
US*
WW*
US
US
SA*
WW

1507-51

Rains brought famine

1556-63 Extreme

Harvest failed

Harvests failed & epidemics

Native Indians
2 years

Many died

Native Indians

Extreme

Mansell Upham

7 years poor harvests

4 yrs -New England

omariana@xsinet.co.za

omariana@xsinet.co.za

Fatal

7 yrs

1826-37

1826

omariana@xsinet.co.za

numerous infectious diseases

7 yrs
Western Cape

1st known outbreak

Anglo Boer War
9 yrs.
Worst ever

11 yrs
baz@mbury.new.co.za
(allantm@mweb.co.za)