My third-great grandmother, Martha Burch Heard Tucker, the daughter of Revolutionary War hero and early Georgia governor, died along with four of her children in a scarlet fever epidemic that swept the Savannah River Valley in the 1823-24. Martha and George, John, Richard and Biddie Tucker are all buried side-by-side at the former Heard family estate in Elbert, Georgia. Her widower was left with five more children to raise alone until his remarriage.
My great-grandmother, Sarah Anna Sanders Rose, living in Nashville, died in 1919 during the great influenza pandemic. She was age 60. Two of my husband's great-uncles, Arch and Ira Sartin, died in the same epidemic in Jackson, Alabama.
|Anna Rose (center) 1911|
Nora Ellis Gardner, a 32-year-old wife and mother of two living in Galveston, died days after giving birth, along with her newborn baby boy, in December 1918, of influenza.
I'm sure some more digging would reveal more of our ancestors who succumbed to these diseases.