Kezia Payne DePelchin Yellow fever epidemic letters
This collection consists of letters from Kezia Payne DePelchin regarding her work with yellow fever patients.
Kezia Payne DePelchin, Texas nurse, social worker and teacher, was born in the Madeira Islands and moved to Texas at the age of eight. She gained resistance to yellow fever in 1839 when she survived the disease that killed two siblings and weakened her father, and volunteered as a nurse during the Houston epidemics of 1852, 1854, 1858, and 1867. In 1878, she traveled to Memphis, Tennessee from her home in Houston to assist the Howard Association during a yellow fever epidemic known as the Yellow Jack. In the late 1800’s, she took three unwanted babies into a Houston house that eventually developed the DePelchin Children’s Center.