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Elizabeth Keul (Keull)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 24, 1870 (2)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (Marasmus)
Place of Burial: Philadelphia - Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Peater Keull (Peter Keul) and Bertha Keull (Bruder)
Sister of John Peter Peter Keul; Rose Anna McAleer (Keull); Pauline Keull; Margaret M. Wambach (Keull); Mary Schlesselman (Keull) and 1 other

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About Elizabeth Keull

"Marasmus", the cause of Elizabeth's death, is a metabolic form of malnutriton. Today, it is seen mostly in underdeveloped countries. Back in 1870, it was a common form of death for children who lived in lower scio-economic conditions. It is primarily caused by a deficiency in calories and energy. It is frequently brought on by infections, mainly GI, a diet deficient in calories or an underlying disease. In those days, when dietary-associated, it would start to appear once the child was weaned off of breast milk. The child begins to lose fat deposits in the face, thighs and buttocks and take on an emaciated appearance. There is muscle wasting, dry skin, thinning of the hair, loose skin folds over the buttocks and the arm pits, as well as some edema in parts of the body. There is an 80% loss of body weight. Eventually, there is a point of no return when the body becomes deficient in all nutrients and shuts down and the giving of these nutrients is to no avail. The child is often fretful, irritable and voraciously hungry. The child starves to death in front of your eyes.

I doubt Peter and Bertha negligently starved this child to death. I suspect, given the times, she developed an underlying infection and progressed from there. It must have been heart-breaking for the parents to see their child wasting away in front of them, despite eating constantly.

At the time of her death, the family was living at 2416 Howard St. in Philadelphia. Elizabeth's name may have really been spelled with "s" instead of a "z", as was common in the German spelling of the name "Elisabeth".

On her Death Certificate, the doctor, at first, spelled the surname as "Keull" or "Keill", crossed it out and replaced it with "Keul".

Little Elizabeth is buried at Cathedral Cemetery in West Philadelphia. She is buried in the very large Keul family plot - Section L, Range (Row) 1, Lot 54. There is no headstone. She is buried with many other Keuls. All together there are 15 Keuls buried in this plot.

Her mother, Bertha (Bruder) Keull, was originally buried there too but Bertha's body was moved to Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery in Philadelphia when Bertha's husband, Peter Keul Keull) died in January, 1906 and was buried at Holy Redeemer. Peter and Bertha's other daughter, Pauline, who died at age 8 is also buried in this Cathedral Cemetery family plot with little Elizabeth.

The other Keuls buried here are the family of Valentine and Sarah Keul and their descendants. I believe Valentine was Peter Keul's brother but that remains to be determined. Certainly, if not brothers, they were all family as Peter and Bertha lived with Sarah and Valentine for quite some time at the house at 154 Cumberland St. in Philadelphia. Further proof is that many of these two Keul families are buried together in the same plot.

Elizabeth was 2 years, 3 months and 14 days old when she died on August 24, 1870, making her birth date, May 10, 1868 (Philadelphia, PA). Submitted by Mo Olsen

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Elizabeth Keull's Timeline

1868
May 10, 1868
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1870
August 24, 1870
Age 2
Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
August 26, 1870
Age 2
Philadelphia - Cathedral Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States