Posted By:Nancy Bell
Subject:1857- "The Flux Year"
Post Date:February 21, 2004 at 22:23:17
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1857 - "The Flux Year"

According to Samuel Agnew (second pastor of Bethany ARP) Church, the year 1857 was a memorable one in the history of the church. During August and September of this year, 20 church members died of flux (dysentery). 1857 was known as "The Flux Year". In a Sept. 2, 1857 congregational report to the Presbytery, it was written:

"As a congregation, and as a community, our God, in his inscrutable wisdom, has seen fit to cause us to pass through the furnace of affliction. For more than two months past, dysentery, or flux, as it is usually denominated, has prevailed to a most alarming and fatal extent - the angel of death has been sweeping over us, hurrying from our society and our sight in rapid succession, many of our friends, neighbors, and acquaintances, consigning them to that narrow house appointed for all the living."

The following persons died during May-September 1857 and are buried at Old Bethany Cemetery:

William C. Young (son of F.A. and E. Young; b. 1836)

Children of A.M. and M.E. Galloway:
Robert S. Galloway (2 yrs.)
W. Millen Galloway (16 yrs.)
Thomas Willey Galloway (18 yrs)
E. Savanah Galloway (5 mths.)

Children of J. and N.C. Turner:
Nancy E. Turner (b. 1839)
Harriet (b. 1853)
Ebenezer E. Turner (b. 1856)

Charles Anderson (b. 1786) and Martha Anderson (b. 1793), husband and wife

Eugenia V. Seawright (b. 1856, daughter of A.T. and C.A. Seawright)

Martha Bryson (b. 1807, wife of Thomas Bryson, sister of Jane Bryson)

Mrs. Jane Bryson (b. 1812, wife of Samuel Bryson, sister of Martha Bryson)

Martha J. Bryson (b. 1851)

Eliza G. Bryson (b. 1857)

Samuel J. Bryson (b. 1847)

Sarah E. Bryson (b. 1839)

Ely Crockett (b. 1819, husband of Margaret)

According to an article on the Bryson family in "The Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogy Society Volume 13-14 1992-1994", Mrs. Jane Bryson, wife of Thomas Bryson, and four of her children died from flux in 1857.


"Historical Sketch of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church of Bethany, Lee County, Miss" by the Pastor, Rev. Samuel A. Agnew; Louisville, KY: Brewers' Printing House, 1881; pp. 18-19.

"The Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogy Society Volume 13-14 1992-1994.

"Lee County Cemetery Records - 1820-1979" published by the Northeast Mississippi Historical and Genealogy Society, 1981.