The Reverend John L. Armstrong died this day, December 14th, in 1851 of Erysipelas and is buried at Bethel Burying Ground. Rev. Armstrong was a traveling African Methodist Episcopal preacher, originally from Maryland, who had been in Philadelphia for only 10 months. He was married and resided in the 800 block of what is now Kater Street in the Southwark section of the city.
Erysipelas is not a diagnosis. It is a symptom. It represents an inflammation and blistering of some part of the skin that accompanies certain diseases such as Typhoid.