1849 Preventative for Cholera Recipe or Receipt on Back of Shop Records


This is a preventative receipt, written on the back of a shop's bookkeeping record during the Cholera Epidemic of 1849. It is from Greencastle, PA which is in Franklin County and on the border with Maryland. The writer of this record is probably Rebecca (Ziegler) Clary (1832-1900) and Rebecca married Pinkney Green Clary (1829-1914) in 1855 so this was written before her marriage. It is possible that Rebecca was worried about her possible boyfriend James McCrea because her 'age of consent' (of age) was written below her birthdate. If so, he may have had cholera and not survived. It is also possible that James was her brother. Whatever happened, it is interesting to note that Rebecca went on to have a son named James McCrea Clary. Rebecca and her husband were Mennonites and were buried in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Greencastle, PA.

The other pages are also interesting in that it shows purchases and grain harvests for the year 1849 among other notes, purchases, and loans given to customers.

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