Tag Archives: Rheumatic Fever

Death by Frostbite?

The snow over the weekend & then the temperatures of last night In England got me thinking about Christiana Swalwell. Christiana was the 3rd child & 2nd daughter of Lot Swalwell & Susanna Bennison. who lived to the left of the horseshoe in the photo above. She also died here in the severe winter of 1881, aged 12, as a result of “rheumatic fever accompanied by severe frostbite & exhaustion”. Of course the question is how on earth did she get severe frostbite ….. Any ideas?