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Re: Yellow Fever cemetery, etc.
Posted by: Bill Page (ID *****3418) Date: December 08, 2004 at 09:05:10
In Reply to: Death Record Lookups?? by James Yeager of 334

Death records in Brazos County do not begin until well after 1900 - there are a few scattered records as early as 1903, but even as late as 1930, many deaths were not recorded.

There are city sexton records for the city of Bryan that go back to the early 1870s, but that usually does not help for people in the rural areas, unless they were buried in the Bryan city cemetery.

I did not find any mention of her death in the local newspaper - given the hysteria that surrounded yellow fever at that time, it is likely that had she been sick with that disease, it would have made the newspaper.

The so called yellow fever cemetery is somewhat misleading.

As far as is known, NO yellow fever victims were buried there.

There is only one marked grave, from the 1870s, and the person who died apparently did not die from yellow fever.

It is possible that some of the folks who died in Bryan from yellow fever in the 1860s were buried there, in unmarked graves, but there is no documentation concerning any such burials.

In the 1880s and 1890s, this was apparently used as a pauper's cemetery, and there is a brief listing of some people who were buried there in unmarked graves - none of whom died from yellow fever, as far as is known.

I'm sorry I could not be more helpful.

Bill Page


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