Sixty-three-year-old John Dunsmore died this date, 24th, in 1848 of sunstroke and was buried at Bethel Burying Ground. Mr. Dunsmore worked the Washington Avenue docks as a carter or freight handler, pushing heavily loaded wagons. He lived in the two hundred block of Carpenter Street located between Christian and Washington Streets very close to the Delaware River wharfs.
He died at Blockley Hospital located in what is now 34th and University Avenue on the University of Pennsylvania campus. The hospital was for the indigent and stood alongside a poor house (almshouse), an orphanage and an “insane asylum.” For more on the history of the hospital, you can go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blockley_Almshouse.