James Griswold (abt. 1769 - 1849) Whole family died and buried together in less than 9 years!

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James Griswold married Lucy (Brown)? Griswold together they had four known children as follows Elizabeth died 1841, Lucy died 1847, James jr. died 1847 and Susan died 1848. His wife died in 1847. So what caused this tragedy? They are all buried together at Wethersfield Village Cemetery and the stones next to each other in row. Need help building their genealogy and adding sources to unravel the past mystery. I have photographed all their graves to help in their genealogy  

Note: Wife Lucy has wrong date of birth on her F.A.G. 

Addendum: wife’s profile on her F.A.G page has been updated seems she is actually Lucy (Buck) Griswold 

F.A.G. Link

Thank you 

WikiTree profile: James Griswold
in Genealogy Help by Andrew Simpier G2G6 Pilot (152k points)
edited by Andrew Simpier

5 Answers

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by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
Oh they married July 22, 1821. Lucy Robbins or Brown. Oh boy lol
Name: Lucy B Griswold
Death Date: 21 Mar 1847
Cemetery: Wethersfield Village Cemetery
Burial or Cremation Place: Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, United States of America
Has Bio?: N
Father: James Griswold
Mother: Lucy Ann Griswold
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/132971008

Source Information

Ancestry.com. U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Yes Lucy the daughter also died same year as mother and brother
Very possible. I added Lucy B. Griswold the daughter to her father. They are all buried next to each other.
He left his wife and heirs whatever was left after his burial was paid for.
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I've seen a few of those kinds of clusters in my families, Andrew. It's really hard to pin down what the cause of death was unless the deaths are much closer together, like within weeks. And unless you can find an outbreak of some kind, it will be difficult that far back. Happy hunting!
by Pip Sheppard G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
I was thinking typhoid just from some quick searching nothing concrete
That might be true. There was an outbreak in one of my mountain families. Took four children away within three weeks.
I had most of one family die within days to a month of one another because they slaughtered a sick pig infected with trichinosis and ate the meat, sadly, right around the winter  holidays, so they all died right after New Years. I was lucky enough to find a couple of articles online from newpapers of the day, detailing what happened.
Those newspaper articles were a good find, Debi!
Wow!

It didn’t take much back in those days to perish.

Thank you
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Hi Andrew

Without death records stating cause it's hard to tell, but there were outbreaks of Erysipelas (now treatable with penicillin) in CT in general and in Hartford and Bridgeport about 1847-9.

https://www.google.com/books/edition/Handbook_of_Geographical_and_Historical/V4caAAAAMAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&bsq=Connecticut
by Chris Hoyt G2G6 Pilot (736k points)

Wikipedia Link: Erysipelas

Good find 

Thank You

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He may be related to Francis Griswold.
https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Griswold-102
by J Briller G2G6 (6.0k points)
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I have a whole group of my ancestors in Canada who died of consumption (tuberculosis) mid 19th century.  Like this family, they didn't die in the same year, which might be an epidemic.  They died within several years of each other.
by Carolyn Adams G2G6 Mach 5 (59.7k points)
So sad, Carolyn! I hate coming across situations like this - I can't help but imagine what the family went through, losing all their loved ones around them. :(

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