Five-year-old Hannah L. Andrews died this date, January 31st, in 1848 due to an Inflammation of the Bowels. She was the daughter of William (27) and Ellen (21) and sister to Sarah (5/a twin ?), John (3), William (2) and new newborn Charles according to the 1850 Federal Census. All were natives of Pennsylvania.
John was a Hostler which is a person employed to look after the horses of people staying at an inn or hotel. For this, he made $12 a month or approximately $300 in today’s currency. Ellen worked as a laundress earning $10 a month ($250). They rented a room at 66 Passyunk Road for $3.00 a month according to the 1847 African American Census.
The address is two block from Bethel Burying Ground. It was the filthiest in the area according to a November 24, 1849, Philadelphia Inquirer article. In addition, it was a major health threat to the residents given the existence of hog and cow pens a block away from the Andrews home. It was impossible to keep the animal waste from not filling the streets. These conditions may have been the cause of little Hannah’s illness. The Andrews’ corner of Passyunk Road and Catherine Street saw more than its share of white mob riots in the 1840s. *
*Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 July 1844 and 23 April 1845.