It's funny you should mention this! In the tiny Italian village where my maternal grandmother came from, everyone was related to everyone — so basically, I've been going through the vital records for each year and adding every single person into my tree. Although the death records don't always say what someone died of, it's very clear that cholera hit the village in 1831 and 1837, because those death ledgers are so much longer. It shocked me so much that [I made a graph](https://i.imgur.com/jblHIle.png) — the epidemic years are obvious.


Wow! it seems like it was a growing pain of increasing populations and we just had to get over the learning curve of sewage versus drinking water. It was painful though.


Not quite the same thing, but in the early 1900s one of my great grandmothers had two of her siblings die from Scarlet Fever on the same day. Newspaper articles indicate that it swept through the area and the entire region was terrified of it coming to their home next.


Here's an interesting article that you might find relevant: "The Black Cholera Comes to the Central Valley of America in the 19th Century - 1832, 1849, and Later." Link: [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2394684/](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2394684/)


So it was a water borne bacteria and took until 1849 for a London doctor to realize it was sewer contamination of drinking water. So gross! That's why cemetery workers were unaffected. Unless of course they accidentally drank poop water like everyone else. Great article.


2 of my ancestors died from cholera in 1848 in Russia


I don’t have proof of it but I believe one of my Great Great Grandfather Keown’s older sisters died in one that happened in Pittsburgh in 1832.