All deaths are tragic. Some more so than others. Twenty-one-year-old Elizabeth Cole died this date, October 21th, in 1848 of Tuberculosis and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. Ms. Cole appears to have been the female head of her family with her mother deceased or away and her father a seaman and also absent from home for long spells. Census records show that Ms. Cole cared for 3 siblings while occupied as a day worker. Two of the smaller children were attending the Shiloh Infant School. The Cole family lived at 41 Currant Alley where they rented a room for $28 a year. The Cole family attended religious services, presumably Bethel Church (now Mother Bethel).
Currant Alley ran from Walnut Street to Spruce Street between 10th and 11th streets in the Ward 7 of the City.