Ever wonder why several of your ancestors died at about the same time?
Maybe it was due to one of the epidemics listed below.

1657 Boston Measles 
1687 Boston Measles 
1690 New York Yellow Fever 
1713 Boston Measles 
1729 Boston Measles 
1732-3 Worldwide Influenza 
1738 South Carolina Smallpox 
1739-40 Boston Measles 
1747 CT, NY, PA, SC Measles 
1759 N. America Measles: areas inhabited by white people 
1761 N. America and
West Indies Influenza 
1772 N. America Measles 
1775 N. America Unknown epidemic: especially hard in NE 
1775-6 Worldwide Influenza: one of the worst epidemics 
1783 Dover, DE "Extremely fatal" bilious disorder 
1788 Philadelphia and New York Measles 
1793 Vermont A "putrid" fever and Influenza 
1793 Virginia
 Influenza: killed 500 in 5 counties in 4 weeks 
1793 Philadelphia Yellow Fever: over 4,000 deaths 
1793 Harrisburg, PA Many unexplained deaths 
1793 Middletown, PA Many unexplained deaths 
1794 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever 
1796-7 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever 
1798 Philadelphia, PA Yellow Fever: one of the worst 
1803 New York Yellow Fever 
1820-3 Nationwide "Fever" - started Schuylkill River and spread 
1822 New York and New Orleans Yellow Fever 
1831-2 Nationwide Asiatic Cholera: brought by English emigrants 
1832 NY City and other major cities Cholera 
1832 New Orleans Asiatic Cholera: over 1,000 deaths 
1832 Ayrshire towns of Stevenston, Dalry and Kilbride Cholera 
1833 Columbus, OH Cholera 
1834 New York City Cholera 
1837 Philadelphia Typhus 
1841 Nationwide Yellow Fever: especially severe in the south 
1847 New Orleans Yellow Fever 
1847-8 Worldwide Influenza 
1848-9 North America Cholera 
1849 New York Cholera 
1849-50 New Orleans Cholera: 3,000 deaths 
1850 Nationwide Yellow Fever 
1850 Alabama, New York Cholera 
1850-1 North America Influenza 
1851 Coles Co., IL, The Great Plains,
and Missouri Cholera 
1852 Nationwide Yellow Fever 
1853 New Orleans Yellow Fever: 8,000 die 
1855 Nationwide Yellow Fever 
1857-9 Worldwide Influenza: one of the greatest epidemics 
1860-1 Pennsylvania Smallpox 
1865-73 Philadelphia, NY,
Boston, New Orleans,
Baltimore, Memphis,
Washington DC Smallpox, a series of recurring epidemics of Cholera, Typhus, Typhoid, Scarlet Fever, Yellow Fever 
1873-5 N. America and Europe Influenza 
1878 New Orleans Yellow Fever: last great epidemic 
1878 Memphis, TN Yellow Fever 
1885 Chicago, IL water-borne disease 
1885 Plymouth, PA Typhoid 
1886 Jacksonville, FL Yellow Fever 
1900 Galveston, TX cholera 
1902 Alaska measles 
1905 New Orleans Yellow Fever: last US outbreak 
1918 Worldwide [high point yr] Influenza: more people were hospitalized in WWI from this epidemic than wounds. US Army training camps became death camps, with 80% death rate in some camps 

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