Zerilda Isophena (Dunn) Oliver (1832 - 1884)

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Caldwell County, Kentucky United States

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Kentucky United States

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Husband: John Paul Oliver
Children with John: Moses Henry Oliver

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1832 - In the year that Zerilda Isophena (Dunn) Oliver was born, by February 12th, a cholera epidemic in London claimed at least 3,000 lives - it eventually killed 6,536. The epidemic spread to France and North America later in the year. Cholera is spread through contaminated food and water but at the time, it was thought to be spread by a "miasma” - a bad smell - in the air.

1834 - By the time this person was merely 2 years old, on August 14th, the Poor Law Amendment Act was enacted in the United Kingdom. The Act stated that no able-bodied British man could receive assistance unless he entered a workhouse (a kind of poorhouse). The Act was intended to curb the cost of relief for the poor since workhouses were designed to be unpleasant. Many workhouses used the men as free labor and employed them in such tasks as breaking stones, crushing bones to produce fertilizer, or picking oakum - tarred fiber used between planks on ships -using a large metal nail known as a spike.

1878 - Zerilda was 46 years old when on September 12th, Cleopatra's Needle, built in Egypt in 1450 B.C. and transported to England, was erected in London. It had arrived in England on January 21st, having been towed by boat.

1880 - At the age of 48 years old, Zerilda was alive when on February 2nd the city of Wabash, Indiana became the third city in the world to be lit by electricity.

1884 - In the year of Zerilda Isophena (Dunn) Oliver's passing, on August 5th, the cornerstone for the base of the Statue of Liberty - a gift from the people of France - was laid. 120,000 people - most donations were $1 - donated to the completion of the base. An 1883 poem by Emma Lazarus was also written to raise funds. That poem was included in the base of the statue and is well known today. The most famous phrase: "Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

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Zerilda Isophena (Dunn) Oliver, parent to 1 child, passed away in 1884 in Kentucky at age 51. There is no listed cause of death for Zerilda. Zerilda was born on May 15, 1832 in Kentucky. Zerilda married John Paul Oliver. and they gave birth to Moses Henry Oliver.

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