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Norfolk: Fincham

Diptheria Epidemic in 1863

[Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]

This information is from the Fincham St Martin with St Michael burial registers for 1813-1863, and 1863-1931.

At the end of the burial register for 1813-1863, the rector, the Rev William Blyth, has written:

This book contains the burials of half a century,
and the average is exactly 16 per annum.

This book (containing 800 entries) was finished under
very melancholy circumstances. A fatal epidemic, diptheria
in its various forms, has prevailed for about 12 months
in the parish, and still continues its unsparing ravages.
Hereby the number of deaths, according to the annual aver-
ages, are already exactly doubled, no less than 23 or 24
having occurred from this disease alone. *

WB. Sept 4th 1863
* Also 14 more in the new book.
WB. March 2d 1864

The rector does not indicate which deaths were due to diptheria, so the final 32 entries from the first register, and the first 24 entries from the second register have been transcribed below.

Burials 1813-1863

Name. When buried. Age.
Rebekah Able Sept 20 1862 12
Eliza Gowers Nov 2 1862 7
Sarah Claydon Dec 3 1862 9
Elizabeth Claydon Dec 5 1862 14
Susanna Bland, widow Jan 25 1863 91
John Fisher Feb 23 1863 4
George Claydon Feb 27 1863 7
Ann Fisher Mar 1 1863 4
James Ebenezer Fisher Mar 4 1863 2
Ann Maria Claydon Mar 11 1863 5
Hannah Lemmon Mar 14 1863 76
Jacob Bellham Mar 22 1863 5
Frederick Addison Mar 25 1863 infant
Sophia Complin Mar 25 1863 4
Frances Edith Addison Mar 28 1863 5
Rebecca Harrison Mar 29 1863 1
Mem: 1863. April 11th. An infant
was buried, having been found dead
in the pond next Rectory Garden.
Coroner's Inquest: no evidence as
to the cause of death.
Arthur Addison Apr 8 1863 infant
Ellen Blyth Apr 30 1863 23
Frederick John Rumball May 21 1863 3
Minnie Scott May 27 1863 1
Ann Elizabeth Southgate Jun 1 1863 9
William Aylmer Cator Jun 4 1863 7
Ann Southgate, widow Jul 5 1863 65
Martha Bellham Jul 20 1863 10
Elizabeth Bellham Aug 2 1863 8
John James Rixx Aug 6 1863 4
Martha Ann Rixx Aug 13 1863 6
Dorothy Porter Aug 18 1863 8
Mary Ann Sanders Aug 23 1863 8
Ellen Rixx Aug 25 1863 infant
Fanny Towler Sep 3 1863 13
Laura Mary Lemmon Sep 4 1863 11

Burials 1863-1931

Name. When buried. Age.
Robert Lemmon Sep 9 1863 5
Ann Barsham, widow Sep 10 1863 78
Harriett Towler Sep 10 1863 14
Charles Joseph Lemmon Sep 11 1863 7
Rebecca Porter Sep 12 1863 12
Jessie Addison Sep 15 1863 3
Annie Lemmon Sep 16 1863 9
Harriet Jane Lemmon Sep 21 1863 4
Sarah Ann Sanders Sep 26 1863 8
Martha Easter Sep 29 1863 2
Daniel William Waters Oct 6 1863 3
Elizabeth Laws Oct 21 1863 30
Edith Maria Coldham Oct 31 1863 3
Mary Elizabeth Emmerson Nov 6 1863 2
Mary Ann Riches Nov 9 1863 12
Ann Laws Nov 10 1863 11
Sarah Matilda Knock Nov 26 1863 12
Jessie Mason Jan 11 1864 infant
William Hebgin Jan 13 1864 71
Mary Ann Fisher Jan 29 1864 11
Isaac Brown Feb 27 1864 12
Mary Ann Parker Mar 8 1864 12
Susan Cater alias Wortley Mar 12 1864 53
William Knock May 14 1864 69
Note. Feb 12 1864. An unbaptized
child of Sophia Complin was buried
- aged 7 weeks.

Notes

  • Frederick and Arthur Addison, buried March 25th and April 8th 1863, were twins.
  • The Abode for each person was Fincham, except for Hannah Lemmon, buried March 14th 1863, from Shouldham.
  • The burials were all performed by the Rev William Blyth, except:
    W.F. Welch, Vicar of Stradsett, officiated for
         Sarah Claydon, buried Dec 3 1862
         Frederick John Rumball, buried May 21 1863
         Martha Ann Rixx, buried Aug 13 1863
         Dorothy Porter buried Aug 18 1863
    A. Thurtell, Rector of Oxburgh, officiated for
         Ellen Blyth, buried Apr 30 1863
    John Holley (of Barton Bendish), officiated for
         Daniel William Waters, buried Oct 6 1863

See also the Fincham parish page.

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January 2008