Thomas Matlack, 8 months, died this date, May 13th, in 1850 of Pneumonia and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. His mother and his father James Matlack lost a two-year-old child, Alfred, to Influenza in 1848. The brothers would have been buried next to each other if possible.
James was a hod carrier which was a laborer employed in carrying bricks to bricklayers or stones and supplies to stonemasons. Alfred’s mother was a wash woman who took in laundry.
The Matlack family lived in a room located in a dead-end alley street called Bird’s Court. It was located between Locust and Spruce Streets and 10th and 11th Streets in the Washington Square neighborhood of Philadelphia near Pennsylvania Hospital. They paid $28 a year for the room.