Posted By:Pauline Lynn
Subject:Foyle family died New Orleans 1848, burial info?
Post Date:August 23, 2013 at 03:48:37
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In New Orleans in 1848, the Foyle family died of yellow fever. Mr. George Foyle, his wife Margaret Harrison Foyle, and two of their daughters, Rebecca and probably Alice, all died. In the home, only Prudentia Louise Dawson Foyle 15 survived. Where would a 15-year old bury her parents and sisters? Would it have been a mass grave? No one else in the extended Irish Presbyterian family had yet died in New Orleans, not a Harrison, Monaghan, Brownlee, or Murtagh had yet died there. (Nor do I know where they are buried either.) Monaghans had a daughter who married Brownlee and they were of Orleans Parish.

Once her relatives were found, Prudentia was sent to live with her grandparents Arthur Noble Harrison and Jane Phillips Harrison in New York City. Prudentia's married sister, Letitia Harrison Wallace, was still where Prudentia had been born, in Argyle, Washington County, New York, and their [brother or uncle], Harrison Foyle was in the insane asylum of Blackwell's Island, New York. So three of the Foyle children did survive a short while.

I am seeking burial information for any of the four Foyles buried in New Orleans during the yellow fever epidemic of 1848, George, Margaret, Alice, and Rebecca Foyle. I have seen it spelled Foil too. Thank you.

Polly Lynn,