Knoxville Register  

Knoxville Register 

This paper was published in Knoxville, Tn. 

27 October 1830


A friend has furnished us with the following melancholy detail of facts:

A list of the Deaths by fever in the upper end of Hawkins County.

Mr. Lame, Mr. Smallwood and wife, Mr. Falkner's child, a poor woman at Ross's, Mrs. Anne Morrison and her two sons, George Morrison's wife, Robert Hamilton, Mr. Albert, Widow Alexander, Mrs. Pratt and grandchild, Joseph McCullough, Polly Harrell, Mr. Harless, Philip Winegar, Andrew Forgey and wife, George Smith, Tho. McKurgan, Mr. Surgenor, Mrs. North, Mrs. Long, Mrs. McDaniel, Mrs. Skelton wife of Wm. Skelton, Mrs. Skelton wife of James Skelton, children of widow McPheeters, Samuel McPheeters, Jno. McPheeters and two daughters, widow of George Curry, Henry Marshall, widow Curry, Rebecca Curry, Samuel Curry and wife, a child of Mr. Lawson's, Mrs. Ball, a negro belonging to Thomas Morrison, In all 47.

These are all the deaths by fever in the upper end of Hawkins County, since about the first of July, in about 20 miles on Holston river, from Ross's bridge to four or five miles below Surgoinsville. The sickness has been confined to about a mile on each side of the river. There have been probably 400 people sick in this bounds. A great number are still sick but generally their cases have become fever and ague. The sick have been very subject to relapses, and there are few who have been sick that are perfectly recovered. There have been but six new cases since the late rain, and perhaps none within the last five or six days. More than two thirds of those who have died were old people, or at least past the prime of life. -- The fever is a bilious remittent and intermittent, and in soe cases, early in the season, highly malignant. Laterly there have been a great many cases of fever and ague. The people have suffered much for want of Doctors and medicine.


Oct. 23d 1830

It is but justice to the benevolent and charitable, feelings of Orille Bradley, Esq. and his sister, Mrs. Morgan, in whose immediate neighborhood, this extreme fatality occured, to state, that they have spared neither labor nor expense in administering to the wants and necessities of the distressed and afflicted sufferers. The Physicians who reside in the vicinity, when the disease raged with most violence, were measurably prevented from practising in consequence of being attacked themselves with the prevailing fever, and Mr. Bradley and his sister, in every instance, where their health would permit, visited the sick, and furnished and administered medicine, free of expense, to those whose circumstances were such as to render them unable to procure the services of medical men. In many instances whole families were prostrated, and destitute at the same time of necessary means of substinence. -- In such cases provisions were furnished, and suitable persons obtained to nurse and attend upon the sick. There is no doubt but this course has been the means of saving many lives, and entitles the individuals concerned to the gratitude of those who have received the benefit of their kind attentions, as well as the thanks of the country at large.


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