Appendix to the 1849 Alnwick Cholera Outbreak

     James Wood – Died at Lesbury 23rd September 1849

Although James is not mentioned in the Rawlinson Report, his great great grandaughter Sheila pointed out to the branch that he died of cholera in Lesbury only 2 miles east of Alnwick on the first day of the outbreak.

James Wood was born in Lesbury on the 30th October 1814. As the vicar recorded  in the margin of his burial record below, he died of “malignant Asiatic cholera of between 8 and 9 hours duration, taken ill at half past 3 oclock in the morning on Sunday Sept 23rd and died a little before 12. Buried about 7.30 the same evening, two medical men in attendance”. He was only 34 when he died.

There are no other cases on this page and Rawlinson does not report on any issues outside Alnwick. Since he was a mason, it is reasonable to assume that he was working on the expanding town of Alnwick at the time. 



Three months later, his wife Elizabeth gave birth to a daughter Jemima. The same vicar recorded in the baptism records for December 30th 1849 in the margin “Posthumus child of James Wood who died of Asiatic cholera of 8 or 9 hours duration on Sunday September 23rd 1849”



Elizabeth and James were only married in the previous November 1848, so Elizabeth was a long time a widow. She lived to a grand old age of 83. She was born in Yetholm near Kelso in 1824, and helped to bring up Jemimas 11 children (3 of whom died in infancy) after their mother had passed away.


Elizabeth Wood- a long time widow.

1849 Cholera Outbreak
Ann Allison George, Susan and Isabella Anderson Ann Appleby John Douglas Arnott John Balmer Ann Bamburgh Isabella Bell Jane Berkley Sarah, Robert, Sarah Black Dorothy and Jane Brankston Ann Brown Isabella Burn Elizabeth Burnett Sarah Burnett Mary Carr Thomas Carr John Cavenah Julia Dixon, Appalina Cooper Harvey and Catherine Cross Edward Davis George and Jane Davison William Dick John and Sarah Dickman Isabella Dixon Adam Dixon Rebecca Dobbs John Douglas Jane Douglas Jane Duncan Robert Duncan Ann Egdell Ralph Emmerson Ann Fawdon, Ann Fawdon Mary Ann Featherstone Henry and Ellen Mary Ferguson Isabella Flannaghan George and Eleanor Forster Robert Gardner Elizabeth Gray Dorothy Grey Robert Grey Thomasine Grey Mary and Henry Hedley Mary Henderson James and Ann Hindmarsh William Howey Ann Hudson, Ann Hudson George Hume, Alice Hume John Hunter Dorothy Jameson, Jane Jackson Joseph Jamison Thomas Jeffrey Elizabeth Jobson Mary Joicey James Keen, Margery Keen Frances Laing George Lindsay, John Lindsay Catherine Lockey James Lockey Ann Lough Patrick Macone Margaret Marshall Mary Maule Latitia McLaughlin James McMillan Thomas McMillan Neil McNab Elizabeth Mennim Catherine Metcalf Ann Middlemas Margaret Millar Mary Mills Margaret Moffit Jane Morrison Ann Nesbitt Ann Newton John Newton James Paxton Ann Pearson Mary and Isabella Pickard George Pike Rebecca Quin Mary and William Ramsay George Reed Thomas and Ann Robarts Michael Sanderson James Skelly George Slight Elizabeth Smails John Smith Sarah Smith John Snowdon Jane Snowdon Robert Stansfield John Stocker Robert Tate Dinah and Charlotte Tate George Taylor Grace and Jane Taylor Mary Thew Thomas Thompson Jane Thompson Henry Tinson John Walker Robert Wallace Alice Wardhaugh John and Robert Wardle Thomas Wilkinson James Williams Mary Wilson Elizabeth Wood Appendix-James Wood