In 1880, old age began about 40, the average life expectancy of a U.S. citizen. Life was hard, good nutrition & effective medical treatment were scarce. By age 40, most people, particularly women, were simply worn out.
Between 1879 and 1884, about 300 people were buried in the Tombstone Boothill Graveyard, including the separate Chinese & Jewish sections. Approximately 121 (40%) did not die of old age.
- Died in childbirth: 2
- Died by suicide: 5
- Killed by Apaches: 7
- Hanged: 10
- Died in an accident: 21 (5 from drowning)
- Died from disease: 21, ten of which were infants or young children
- Died by gunshot, knife, or blunt instrument: 52
Eight of the 10 hangings were legal executions of convicted felons. The other 2 were executions by lynch mobs. Of the 21 who died from accidents, most were mining-related (i.e.; fell down a shaft, etc.) Read More