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In Illinois, three mothers and four of their children die in a freezing river when their sleigh overturns

Mercer County, Illinois, 1857
02/10/1861
Seven people were drowned or died of exposure in an accident that saw a sleigh carrying ten people overturn while crossing a frozen stream in Mercer County, Illinois.  Three young mothers and four of their children died in the mishap.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
"Shocking Sleighing Calamity," New York Times, February 12, 1861.

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