London & Middlesex QM Deaths

The following is data from the burial records I transcribed from the London & Middlesex Quarterly Meeting Records. This is a similar presentation to the one for the Southwark Monthly Meeting.

Leading Causes of Death

The following is a list of the top thirty stated causes of death in the records I transcribed:


Cause Count
Fever
45
Consumption
36
Smallpox
24
Plague
15
Age
13
Convulsions
12
Dropsy
12
Teething
11
Fits
8
Gripes
7
Tissick
5
Stillborn
5
Prison
4
Apoplexy
3
Measles
3
Convulsion fits
3
Rickets
3
Convulsions in the Bowels
2
Teeth
2
Drowned
2
Spotted Fever
2
Stoppage in the Stomach
2
Stoppage
2
Dropsey
1
Dropsy & Convulsions
1
Dropsy & Consumption
1
Died soon after birth
1
Dropsy & Fever
1
Distemper
1
Crissomer
1

Ages at Death

Although many children died at a very young age (the average age at death in this sample was about 25), some people lived to a very old age. Here are the twenty oldest in this sample:

Surname Name Age
Clarke
Margaret
96
Robins
John
95
Clarke
Anne
92
Clarke
Jeremiah
92
Warner
Thomas
92
Hopkins
Thomas
91
Stanley
Elinor
90
Cross
Johanna
85
Warner
William
85
Clarke
Elizabeth
83
Lawrence
Margaret
83
Hopkins
Mary
80
Hopkins
Sarah
80
Lawrence
Mary
80
Ward
Edge
80
Ward
Thomas
80
Hatton
Margaret
79
Edmonds
Elinor
78
Robins
Richard, Senr.
77
Ward
Christopher
77

This is a graph of the distribution of ages at death for the people in the sample I transcribed. Note that the infant mortality was very high, while the deaths in the other age ranges were fairly consistent, but with peaks in the 30-39 and 60-69 age ranges.


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This file was last updated on 7/14/2004.

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