Saturday, December 21, 2013

Eaten by worms

There are several deaths in the Bible which are popular with young boys. Back in the day, when I taught 7th grade boys in Sunday School, they actually listened if we were reading one of them. Probably the worst is the one about King Herod being eaten by worms.

I came across a similar story doing family research. James William Mann was born April 20, 1859 in Sterns County, Minnesota and died October 19, 1908 in Cortez, Florida. He was a carpenter and boat builder and moved to Cortez in the 1890s from Longboat Key, Florida. His father was one of the earliest settlers on Longboat Key and lived in a crude house made of palm tree branches.
Thomas Mann House

James Mann married Elizabeth Vashti Sauders on January 20, 1889 and their son Harry Thomas Mann married my grandmother's first cousin Addice Eugenia Wilson.

The story is that James was very fond of eating raw shell fish and from this developed a disease that killed him. His entire body was infested with the worms. He told people he first knew something was wrong when a small nodule appeared on his arm that itched. He opened it with a knife and a tiny worm crawled out. 

He went to Tampa for treatment but they didn't know how to cure him or keep it from spreading and he died soon after.

They folks in Cortez packed his body in a big tin box full of ice and laid him out in the front yard. They took him to Bradenton for an autopsy which was preformed by Dr. Hubbard Gates.

Robert King, a physician who wrote a history of the area said it was done in the drugstore. The autopsy showed the cause of death as "proliferating custode larvae in man." 

James Mann was buried in the Major Adam's Cemetery in Bradenton, just a few rows away from my Wilson family members.

I first heard the story in a 1993 interview of my mother's cousin Doris Adams Green.    


Rashelle911 said...

Dear Mr. Green,
I am the assistant of Mrs. Lillian "Ann" (Lough) Martz (90). I am currently coordinating material into a second book pertaining to the genealogical account of the life and times of members of her family. She is the great niece of James William Mann. Her grandmother was James sister, Eliza Anne Mann.
I have been trying to find the medical journals where the studies of Mr. James Mann's death was recorded and have not been successful in my attempts. Mrs. Martz has told me in past conversations how Mr. Mann's custode larvae was studied and published in scientific and medical journals from his time era.

If you could be of some assistance, please contact me.
Thank you for your assistance.
Rashelle Goodner
Personal Assistant to Ann Martz

Mark Green said...

Send me an email via the contact link and I will share the information I have about him