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March 18, 1877

Broadside 1877 .I35 BOX, Special Collections, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Ada O. Allen Died in Richmond

The nineteen-year-old daughter of Charles W. and Catura J. Allen of Richmond died on March 18, 1877, probably of tuberculosis, a common disease before antibiotics were discovered to combat it. Historically TB and other respiratory diseases were called consumption for the way the body wasted away, as the victim seemed to be "consumed" by the disease.