Five dead of Typhoid Fever

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Hobart Atwood Farm, New Hartford CT

The Civil War was raging when Hobart Augustus Atwood (1822-1866) served as a Democratic delegate to the Connecticut State Convention in February 1865. Delegates voted in favor of an “undiminished confidence in the ability, integrity and patriotism of ABRAHAM LINCOLN” and their support of the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery.  A year later, Atwood and four of his sons were dead of typhoid fever.

Atwood was a son of my third great grandfather Hinman Atwood. He owned a farm in New Hartford, Litchfield County, CT. He and his wife Sarah Ann (Ryder) (1827-1908) had nine children.  Atwood’s eldest son Albert, 20, died in November, 1866. He died in December, and three other sons — Edgar, 18, Wilbur, 12, and Riley, 4 — had died by mid-February, 1867. This left his wife Sarah with five children to raise.  The family gravestones are in Old Nepaug Cemetery in New Hartford.

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Hobart Atwood and family gravestone, New Hartford CT

Years later, one of his surviving sons also died young of typhoid fever.

Bristol Press, Thursday, March 29, 1888

“Frank H. Atwood, of Chippin’s Hill, died of typhoid pneumonia Monday morning, after a week’s illness, at the age of 38.  He came here from New Hartford 14 years ago, and has been one of Bristol’s most enterprising and successful farmers.  He leaves a wife and four children.  The funeral services were held yesterday afternoon, and he was buried in West Cemetery.  He was a member of the Congregational church, and was highly esteemed.”

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