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Things falling from the sky

Many genealogists — The Legal Genealogist among them — have been commenting with wonder about the weather lately.

Thunderstorms, tornadoes, and things falling from the sky, like torrential rain and even the hail that left feet of ice on the ground in Guadalajara, Mexico.1

But even the hail probably doesn’t quite measure up to something the newspapers said fell from the sky in Charleston, South Carolina, 176 years ago today, on 2 July 1843.

It was reported in the New York Evening Post on the 10th of July 1843,2 and alluded to in the New York Herald on the 11th of July,3 but the most complete account online now is the New Orleans Daily Picayune‘s report, quoting the Charleston Mercury.4

Without further ado, something to think about — and add to any family history of 1843 South Carolinians — the next time we feel like complaining about the weather… and things falling from the sky.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “And then in 1843…,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 2 July 2019).


  1. See Christopher Brito, “Freak hailstorm dumps up to 6 feet of ice on Guadalajara, Mexico,” CBSNews, posted 1 July 2019 ( : accessed 2 July 2019).
  2. “The Alligator Storm,” New York Post, 10 July 1843, p. 2, col. 5; digital images, ( : accessed 2 July 2019).
  3. Ibid., Jas. Gordon Bennett, “Charleston: Correspondence of the Herald,” New York Herald , 11 July 1843, 11 July 1843, p.1, col. 5.
  4. Ibid., “Tuesday Morning, July 11, 1843,” The (New Orleans) Daily Picayune, 11 July 1843, p. 2, col. 4.
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