The Deceased (8)

We know very little about the Africans who did not live long enough to be indentured. According to the records of the Board of Health’s marine hospital located on State Island — aka the “pest house”, “quarantine hospital;” or “Lazaretto” — six of the Ganges Africans died there and were provided with a coffin and burial. Costs were billed to the Federal District Marshall, John Hall [1]. One, identified only as “Negro Ganges” was admited to the Philadelphia Alms House on October 29, 1800 and died there a few months later [2].  The fate of the eighth person is entirely unknown.

First Name Surname Place of Death Date of Death
Unknown Ganges Marine Hospital August 9, 1800
Unknown Ganges Marine Hospital August 21, 1800
Unknown Ganges Marine Hospital August 25, 1800
Unknown Ganges Marine Hospital August 29, 1800
Unknown Ganges Marine Hospital September 8, 1800
Unknown Ganges Marine Hospital September 15, 1800
Negro Ganges Philadelphia Alms House January 14,1801 [2]
Unknown Ganges Unknown Unknown

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[2] Philadelphia Guardians of the Poor, Alms House Admissions and Discharges 1785-1805 (digital image, familysearch.com), p 99. Original at Philadelphia City Archives.