Yellow Fever Victims
Holly Springs, 1878






After an epidemic of yellow fever had been declared in New Orleans, Memphis and Grenada, a Board of Health was appointed in Holly Springs on August 12, 1878. Dr. F. W. Dancy was chosen president and the members of the board consisted of Dr. H. Metcalfe, Dr. B. W. McKie, and Dr. Chesley Daniel. A resolution presented by the Board of Health recommending a rigid quarantine of Holly Springs was voted down by the Mayor and Aldermen who decided the altitude in Holly Springs was too great for an infectious disease to spread and it would be cruel and inhuman to turn away refugees fleeing from infected areas. The end result is well known and refugees from both Grenada and Memphis were allowed into Holly Springs. Out of approximately 1440 cases of yellow fever reported there were 304 deaths, of which 302 are listed below.

Yellow Fever Newspaper Articles

Sources:
A History of the Yellow Fever, The Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878, in Memphis, Tenn., written by J. M. Keating, 1879 (submitted by Joyce Bridges and Dixie Briggs); and List of Deaths in Holly Springs to October 10th, the Holly Springs Occasional, published ca October 1878.

ABERNATHY, Samuel, 6 Sep 1878
ADAMS, Jas. G., 8 Oct 1878
ADAMS, Robert
ALLEN, Guy, 28 Sep 1878
ALLEN, Miss, 6 Oct 1878
ALLEN, Miss Darthula, 23 Sep 1878
ALLEN, Miss Liza, 23 Sep 1878
ALLEN, Miss Nancy, 23 Sep 1878
ANDERSON, Flora (colored), 30 Sep 1878
ANDERSON, Mariah (colored), 14 Sep 1878
ARMSTEAD, child of Mrs. Henry
ARMSTRONG, A. A., 10 Sep 1878

BAKER, Smith, 30 Sep 1878
BANKS, John (colored), 27 Sep 1878
BATEMAN, Henry, 8 Sep 1878, son of Americus C. Bateman and Martha L. Forman, Mauri Lord
BATEMAN, Martha L. FORMAN, 8 Sep 1878, wife of Americus C. Bateman (Americus was the business partner of Hugh Winborn), Mauri Lord
BATEMAN, Willie, 5 Sep 1878, son of Americus C. Bateman and Martha L. Forman, Mauri Lord
BERRY, Jacob (colored), 25 Sep 1878
BLANK, Mrs., 8 Sep 1878
BONNER, Charles, Dr., 7 Sep 1878
BONNER, Samuel Wilson, 7 Sep 1878
BOWMAN, Augustus, 2 Oct 1878
BOXLEY, Lucius (colored), 5 Oct 1878
BOYD, Ben (colored), 17 Sep 1878
BRADFORD, child of Millie (colored), 5 Oct 1878
BRANNON, Mr. J. W., 13 Sep 1878
BRIM, Edward, 14 Oct 1878
BRINKLEY, E. T., 20 Sep 1878
BRINKLEY, Harry F., 10 Sep 1878 (son of E. T.)
BRINKLEY, Robert S., 13 Sep 1878 (son of E. T.)
BROGDEN, Allen (colored), 8 Oct 1878
BROWN, Garland (child of A. F.), 04 Sep 1878
BUTLER, Miss Lizzie, 20 Sep 1878
BYERS, Mrs., 26 Oct 1878

CALVIN, James, 19 Oct 1878
CAMPBELL, R. G., 9 Sep 1878
CARLSON, Miss Christina, died 30 Sep 1878
CARTER, Henry (colored), 22 Sep 1878
CASEY, Ben, 15 Sep 1878
CASTELLO, Willie, 24 Sep 1878
CAYCE, Ben Hardy, 17 Sep 1878
CHENOWITH, Charles R., 10 Sep 1878
CHENOWITH, John H., 6 Sep 1878
CHEW, Eli (colored), 29 Sep 1878
CHISM, James G., 2 Sep 1878
COCHRAN, Rachael (colored), 20 Oct 1878
COCKRAN, Eugene
COFTIN, Mrs. Sam, 28 Oct 1878
COLLINS, Wm. (colored), 19 Sep 1878
Colored Child, 28 Sep 1878
COMPTON, Wm., Dr., died 3 Oct 1878, on his plantation near Holly Springs. He was born 4 Aug 1833 in Madisonville KY and the first known physician in Marshall County MS. Dr. Compton served in the Civil War as a staff surgeon and performed a successful hip-joint amputation. He was elected to the 1865 and 1868 constitutional conventions. He was then appointed Superintendent of the State Insane Asylum in 1870 and served two years then returned to Marshall County. He died of yellow fever prior to completing a private asylum he was building. (Note: The article in the Holly Springs Occasional states that Dr. Compton died 24 Oct 1878)
COMPTON, Mrs., 22 Oct 1878
CONNINGTON, Burton, 19 Oct 1878
COWAN, Henry, 1 Oct 1878
COX, child of Mollie (colored), 22 Sep 1878
CRAFT, wife of Dow (colored), 7 Oct 1878
CROCKETT, Samuel, 6 Sep 1878, date submitted by Cathy McDowra
CRUMP, Brodie S., 7 Sep 1878
CRUMP, E. H., 4 Oct 1878
CRUMP, Wm., 10 Sep 1878

DAILY, Mr., 4 Oct 1878
DANIEL, Martha (Mrs. Richard), 11 Sep 1878
DANIEL, J. Richard, 11 Sep 1878
DAVIS, Clarissa, 11 Sep 1878
DEMMEY, Laura, 16 Sep 1878
DILLER, Mr. Isaac J., 5 Oct 1878
DOUGHERTY, Sarah Fannie (wife of J. R.), 9 or 10 Sep 1878
DOWNS, Mr. Samuel L., 25 Aug 1878. [Note: On Aug 18, 1878, Mr. Samuel L. Downs accompanied by Mr. James R. Martin arrived from Grenada, and were immediately taken sick with yellow fever, at the office opposite the Presbyterian Church. Both have had the utmost and kindest attention from Dr. Mackie, and from Messrs. Falconer and Walter who have nursed them by turns through the whole period. Mr. Downs has died, but we are glad to learn that Mr. Martin, his friend, is now convalescing and considered out of danger. Source: The South, Aug 28, 1878.]
DRESLER, Th., 22 Oct 1878
DUNN, Mr., 16 Sep 1878

EDMONDSON, child of Paton (colored), 17 Oct 1878
EDMONDSON, Henry (colored), 5 Oct 1878
EDMONDSON, Paton (colored), 10 Oct 1878
EDMONDSON, wife of Paton (colored), 15 Oct 1878
EDWARDS, Willis, 19 Oct 1878
ELLIOTT, Henry (colored), 30 Sep 1878
ELLIS, John (colored), 16 Oct 1878
EPPS, Henry, 12 Sep 1878
EPPS, Scott, 12 Sep 1878

FALCONER, Howard, 20 Sep 1878
FALCONER, Honorable Kinloch, Maj., Secretary of State, 23 Sep 1878
FALCONER, Thomas A., 8 Sep 1878
FANT, Glenn, 27 Sep 1878
FANT, Selden, 3 Oct 1878
FEATHERSON, Lizzie (Mrs. W. S.), 17 Sep 1878. Note: Elizabeth McEwen Featherston, daughter of early settlers Eliza M. and Alexander C. McEwen who gave Holly Springs its name. She married Winfield S. Featherston (1820-1891) in 1848.
FEATHERSTON, Georgie (Lizzie Georgia), 28 Sep 1878; Lizzie Georgia, eldest dau of Gen. W.S. and Elizabeth A. Featherston, born Holly Springs, June 5, 1861. Source: The Reporter, Jan 9, 1879.
FEATHERSTON, Winsfield S. Jr., 11 Sep 1878
FENNELL, Jno. P., Capt., 19 or 20 Sep 1878
FENNELL, F. M., Dr., 16 or 23 Sep 1878
FENNELL, J. W., Dr., 24 Sep 1878
FORMAN, Amelia (Mrs. John), 18 Sep 1878, Mauri Lord
FORT, James, 5 Sep 1878
FORT, Miss Lucy, 27 or 28 Sep 1878
FORT, R. W., 10 Sep 1878
FOWLER, Jim (colored), 22 Sep 1878

GAINES, Charity (colored), 17 Oct 1878
GAITLEY, son of Mrs., 24 Sep 1878
GANTER, Frank A., 4 Sep 1878
GAITWOOD, Dennis (colored), 25 Oct 1878
GEALOR, son of Peter, 22 Oct 1878
GERMAN, John, 29 Sep 1878
GHEELAN, Mrs. Peter, 25 Oct 1878
GHOLSON, Mary, 22 Sep 1878
GHOLSTON, Mr. at depot, 27 Sep 1878
GILBERT, Thomas (colored), 3 Oct 1878
GLASSY, Charles, 7 Sep 1878
GLASSEY, Margaret, 24 Sep 1878
GOODRICH, Col. A. W., 31 Aug 1878 (the first case of yellow fever of the Holly Springs citizens)
GOULDEN, Allen, 26 Sep 1878
GOWAN, Henry
GRAY, Daniel (colored), 3 Oct 1878
GUTHERIES, Mrs., 26 Oct 1878

HALEY, Mrs., 10 Oct 1878
HARRINGTON, Mrs., 26 Sep 1878
HARRIS, child of Chas., 10 Oct 1878
HARRIS, Charles (colored), 22 Sep 1878
HARRIS, Henry (colored), 22 Sep 1878
HASTINGS, Hannah, (Mrs. R.), 13 or 14 Sep 1878
HASTINGS, John W., 27 Sep 1878
HAWKINS, John (colored), 5 Oct 1878
HEBDON, Parker, 25 Sep 1878
HEBDON, Thomas Jr., 21 Nov 1878
HEMPTON, son of, 26 Sep 1878
HENDERSON, A. C., 1 Oct 1878
HENDERSON, child of Thomas, 24 Sep 1878
HENRY, James V., 4 Oct 1878
HERR, infant of, 30 Sep 1878
HERR, Joseph, 1 Oct 1878
HERR, Mrs. C. J., 1 Oct 1878
HESS, A. J., Col. of Philadelphia, 2 Oct 1878
HILL, Jane (colored), 2 Oct 1878
HOGAN, William, 5 Sep 1878
HOHENWART, Alex, 28 Sep 1878
HOLLAND, W. J. L., chairman of the Relief Committee, 25 Oct 1878, 36 years old
HOWARD, Rufus (colored), 30 Sep 1878
HUNT, James R. L., 26 Sep 1878
HUTCHINSON, Mrs., 25 Sep 1878

INGRAHAM, Lotta (colored), 16 Sep 1878
INGRAM, Dina (colored), 13 Sep 1878

JOHNSON, child of Hal, 3 Oct 1878
JOHNSON, George (colored), 15 Sep 1878
JOHNSON, Hal, 10 Sep 1878
JOHNSTON, Mr., 27 Sep 1878
JONES, Em., 15 Sep 1878

KEAN, James M., 16 Sep 1878
KIMBALL, George, 15 Sep 1878
KIMBALL, Mrs. Geo., 16 Sep 1878
KIMBALL, Sam, 13 Sep 1878
KIMBROUGH, John, 24 Oct 1878
KING, Robert, 21 Oct 1878
KNABLE, Martin, 2 Oct 1878
KNABLE, Mrs. Martin, 18 Sep 1878
KNAPP, Louisa J. (wife of Stephen), 5 Sep 1878
KNAPP, Stephen, 18 or 19 Sep 1878
KROUSE, Jacob, 13 Oct 1878

LACKEY, Joseph, 18 Oct 1878
LAKE, Miss Delia, 25 Aug 1878, [Note: Delia Lake and the surviving family of Mr. George Lake, consisting of two sons and two daughters, arrived here (ca Aug 18, 1878), and took quarters at the Thomas House. Of these, two have had yellow fever, Nellie, the youngest and Delia the oldest daughter. Nellie has entirely recovered and is well. Delia was buried at four o'clock Tuesday morning. The two boys have not been sick, and unless taken so in consequence of nursing their sisters are not likely to be. George Lake and his wife are listed in the Deaths at Grenada. Source: The South, Aug 18, 1878.]
LANE, Dennis, 18 Oct 1878
LANE, Mrs., 14 Oct 1878
LANE, Lizzie (colored), 13 Sep 1878
LAROUCHE, John, 22 Sep 1878
LEA, Alsey (colored), 13 Oct 1878
LEA, child of Rebecca (colored), 19 Sep 1878
LEAK, Mrs., 6 Sep 1878
LEIDY, Eugene Jr., 22 Sep 1878
LESSEUR, Lula, 21 Oct 1878
LEWIS, Dr., 26 Sep 1878
LUMPKIN, J. M., 26 Sep 1878
LYNCH, Minerva, 12 Sep 1878
LYNCH, Virginia, 9 Sep 1878

MACKIN or MAKLIN, Wm., 2 Sep 1878, (of Memphis, arrived in Holly Springs Aug 25 to avoid the epidemic in Memphis)
MALCI (or Malsi), Jacob, 6 or 7 Oct 1878
MALCI (or Malsi), Miss Lizzie, 3 or 4 Oct 1878
MANNING, Dr. T. D., of Austin, TX, 20 Sep 1878
MARETT, Wesley J., 10 Sep 1878
MARTIN, Amelia (colored), 22 Oct 1878
MARTIN, Josephine (colored), 24 Oct 1878
MARTIN, Polly, 20 Oct 1878
MAUGHAN, Amelia, 24 Sep 1878
MAUGHAN, child of, 2 Oct 1878
McCLAIN, Robert Waite, 4 Sep 1878
McCROSKEY, Hiram A., 4 Sep 1878
McDERMOTT, Miss, 24 Nov 1878 (died at the railroad depot, source: History of Marshall County, MS, by Stella S. Samuels)
McDERMOTT, Mrs., 29 Sep 1878
McGARY, Jane, 18 Sep 1878
McGHERY, Mrs., 28 Sep 1878
McGOWAN, Ida (colored), 12 Oct 1878
McGOWAN, Jeff (colored), 11 Oct 1878
McGOWAN, Mrs. Jeff, 26 Sep 1878
McGUIRE, Mrs. Crown, 28 Sep 1878
McGUIRE, Pat, 15 Sep 1878
McHUGH, James, 9 Oct 1878
McKEOGH, H. J., 2 Oct 1878
McKINNEY, W. O., Dr., 29 Sep 1878
McKINNEY, Mrs. Dr., 25 Oct 1878
McKISSACK, Haywood, 1 Oct 1878
McWILLIAMS, Mrs. Cora, 29 Oct 1878
McWILLIAMS, twins of Mrs. R. A.
MILLER, Mr., 5 Oct 1878
MILLER, Margaret (Mrs. E. D., wife of Pastor E. D. Miller), 17 Sep 1878
MILLER, Mrs. James, 12 Oct 1878
MOONEY, Mr., 21 Oct 1878
MOORE, Alexander Fox, Attorney, 6 Sep 1878
MOORE, Randall (colored), 30 Sep 1878
MORTON, Catherine "Kate" N. GAYLOR, died April 12, 1877, dau of John and Ann GAYLOR, wife of James W. MORTON, submitted by Jason Coffman
MORTON, Henry (colored), 23 Sep 1878
MOSELEY, Harriett (colored), 23 Oct 1878
MYERS, Mrs. B. A., 3 Oct 1878

NABERS, B. D., 6 or 16 Sep 1878
NELLUMS, Ted, 30 Oct 1878
NUTTALL, James, 7 Sep 1878
NUTTALL, Mrs. James, 5 Sep 1878

OBERTI, Father Antonio Anacleto, born in San Martino, City of Morra on March 25, 1847 1 Sep 1878
O'GRAY, Mrs. Kate, 27 Sep 1878
OLIVER, B. P., 5 Sep 1878
OLIVER, Dan J., 29 Sep 1878

PARISH, L. P., 29 Sep 1878
PARISH, Mrs., 1 Oct 1878
PARKS, George, 9 Oct 1878
PEARSON, John, 29 Sep 1878
PHILLIPS, Dan (colored) 25 Sep 1878
POTTER, J. C., 10 Sep 1878
POTTER, Mrs. John, 13 Sep 1878
POWER, John, 25 Sep 1878
PRICE, Willie, 14 Oct 1878
PRYOR, Annie F. (Mrs. S. H.), 10 Sep 1878

QUIGGINS, Angeline (child of O. J.), 16 Sep 1878

RAYMOND, Doctor (colored), 30 Sep 1878
READ, Clem, 10 Sep 1878
READ, Miss, 12 Sep 1878
REID, Mrs. Mary Jane, died DeSoto Co., 4 Oct 1878
RECORD, Miss Corilla, 10 Sep 1878
ROBERTS, Mrs. Julia, 2 Oct 1878
ROGERS, Al (colored), 22 Oct 1878
ROLLINS, Albert (colored), 23 Sep 1878
ROSS, Ulyses H., 9 Sep 1878
ROXY, Cowan, 27 Sep 1878

SAUNDERS, Austin, 28 Sep 1878
SCHNEIDER, Charles, 11 Sep 1878
SEYPLE, Alex, 10 Sep 1878
SHOTWELL, Milly (colored), 14 Oct 1878
SIMS, Lucinda (colored), 19 Sep 1878
Sister Corinthia Mahoney, 30 Sept or 2 Oct 1878
Sister Laurentia Harrison, 11 or 12 Oct 1878
Sister Margarette Kelly, 28 Sep 1878
Sister Stanislaus Morrissey, 22 Sep 1878
Sister Stella Fitzgerald, 26 Sep 1878
Sister Victoria Stafford, 5 Oct 1878
SKOESBURG, son of, 15 Oct 1878
SMITH, Gus, 6 Sep 1878
SMITH, Victor, 10 Sep 1878
SNIDER, child of Herman, 6 Sep 1878
STEWART, Miss Annie, 25 Sep 1878
STEWART, Miss Mary, 17 Sep 1878
STINEMAN, Peter, 2 Oct 1878
STOJOWSKI, Julia, 21 Sep 1878
STONE, J. H., 18 Sep 1878
STONE, Mrs., 23 Sep 1878
STRATHER, Geo., 6 Oct 1878
STRAUSS, infant of, 30 Sep 1878
STRAWS, Mrs. Archie, 27 Sep 1878
SUTTON, Amanda (colored) 2 Oct 1878

TANDLER, Isaac, 3 Sep 1878
THOMAS, G., 12 Oct 1878
THOMAS, Martin, 28 Sep 1878
THOMAS, Mrs. Elizabeth A., 5 Sep 1878
THOMPSON(THOMSON), Lewis B., 16 Sep 1878
THOMPSON(THOMSON), Sarah B. (Mrs. Lewis B.), 19 Sep 1878
TIERNAN, John, 24 Oct 1878
TIERNAN, Mike, 1 Oct 1878
TODD, William R., 6 Sep 1878

unknown person, 29 Sep 1878
unknown white lady, 29 Sep 1878
UPSHAW, E. W., 13 Sep 1878

VANDIVE, Henry, 20 Oct 1878
VIRGINIA, Mollie, 28 Sep 1878

WADE, Thos., 28 Sep 1878
WAITE, Miss Julia Pryor, 8 Sep 1878
WALKER, C. H., 29 Sep 1878
WALKER, Eli, 28 Sep 1878
WALKER, James Thomson, 7 Sep 1878
WALKER, Martha, 2 Oct 1878
WALTER, Avant, 22 Sep 1878
WALTER, Harvey Washington, Colonel, 19 Sep 1878
WALTER, Frank, 26 Sep 1878
WALTER, Jimmy, 26 Sep 1878
WASHINGTON, Caroline (colored), 17 Sep 1878
WASHINGTON, Wm. (colored), 29 Sep 1878
WATSON, Joshua, 16 Oct 1878
WATSON, Amanda Melvina (wife of Richard L.), 17 Sep 1878
WATSON, Richard L., 7 Sep 1878
WEBBER, child of, 2 Oct 1878
WEBBER, J. W., 18 Sep 1878
WEBBER, Peter, 17 Sep 1878
WELLS, child of Jim (colored), 3 Oct 1878
WELLS, Jim, 26 Sep 1878
WELLS, Mrs. Jim, 27 Sep 1878
WILTSHIRE, A. T., 1 Sep 1878, (of Grenada, arrived in Holly Springs between Aug 17 & 20 to avoid the epidemic in Grenada)
WINBORN, Hugh, 21 Sep 1878
WING, George, 9 Sep 1878
WOOTEN, Willie, 10 Sep 1878

YANCY, child of Wm., 26 Sep 1878
YANCY, Mrs., 26 Sep 1878
YOWELL, Squire, 21 Oct 1878

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