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66 or 67 victims of the epidemic have been made. Perhaps the best method of count-
ing the victims is to correlate this list with Dr. Harrison's report, adding victims he
describes to which no one on the list can be matched and victims on the list which cannot
be matched to a description in his report.
The identities of 48 of the victims listed by Dr. Harrison can be discerned with
a high degree of certainty. Five other persons, though they cannot be absolutely
matched, are said to have died on days on which Dr. Harrison reported a casualty, and
therefore may be added to the list of those matched to Dr. Harrison's necrology, bringing
the total to 53.47 That leaves at least 13 known victims who are ignored by Dr. Harrison
and nine deaths which are reported by Dr. Harrison to which no known victim can be
matched. Adding these 22 to the 53 identified victims yields a final count of 75 deaths
by yellow fever in Columbus in 1873. Of those 75, six were black, one a mulatto, and
the rest, 68, were white.
Still, given the sources at hand, it seems impossible to extrapolate an exact
count of the epidemic's victims. Suffice it to say that at least sixty and fewer than one
hundred people died of yellow fever in Columbus in 1873.
Known and Likely Victims of the 1873 Yellow Fever Epidemic
Billert, Caroline, daughter of George Billert (October 1 8, 1 850 - November 20, 1873) See
The Galveston Daily News of November 22, 1 873 and gravestone in Columbus City
Billert, George (February 25, 1832 - November 30, 1873) See The Fayette County New
Era of December 5, 1873, The Galveston Daily News of December 2, 1873, and
gravestone in Columbus City Cemetery.
Boatright, L. (c. 1855 - October 20, 1873) See The Fayette County New Era of October
24 and November 7, 1873, The Galveston Daily News of October 21, 1873 and the
San Antonio Daily Express of October 28, 1873.
Bonds, Andrew J. (c. 1815 - October 25, 1873) See The Fayette County New Era of
November 7, 1873, Probate File 732, Office of the County Clerk, Colorado County,
Texas, the Eighth Census of the United States (1860), Colorado County, Texas, and
Cause File 812, Office of the District Clerk, Colorado County, Texas.
Bonds, Noah (February 28, 1818 - October 30, 1873) See The Fayette County New Era
of November 7, 1873, The Galveston Daily News of November 1, 1873, and
gravestone in Columbus Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.
Briggs, H. F. (c. 1822 - November 2, 1873) See The Fayette County New Era of
November 14, 1873 and the Ninth Census of the United States (1870), Colorado
Brown, railroad laborer (died October 19, 1873) See The Fayette County New Era of
October 24 and November 7, 1873, The Galveston Daily News of October 21, 1873,
and the San Antonio Daily Express of October 28, 1873.
Brown (died December 15, 1873) See The Fayette County New Era of December 19,
1873 and The Galveston Daily News of December 16, 1873.
Brown, Margaret (c. 1837 - November 8, 1873) See The Fayette County New Era of
November 14 and November 21, 1873, The Galveston Daily News of November 9,
1873, and the Ninth Census of the United States (1870), Colorado County, Texas.
47 For example, though four people who died on October 24 have been identified, Dr. Harrison
records only one death on that date. Still, though definite identification is impossible, it may be assumed that
the victim recorded by Dr. Harrison is one of the four known deaths.
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