Bee Sting Death

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Bee Sting Death
Second known in North America:  On May 12, 1814 Timothy Ryan died within one hour from anaphylaxis to bee sting. U.S. 2000 est. 50 deaths/yr.


M. Badger: Eagle Scout Project – 2001

What was there

Dillon Cemetery.

What is there now

Dillon Cemetery.  Timothy Ryan is buried here, but his headstone is crumbling and illegible.

More information

Barely legible in 2001, Ryan’s headstone read:

In memory of
Timothy Ryan who
died May 12th 1814 in
the 66th year of his age

A thousand ways cut short our days
None are exempt from death
A honey bee by stinging me
Did stop my mortal breath

This grave contains the last remains
Of my frail house of clay
My soul is gone not to return
To one eternal day

Friends one & all both grate [sic] & small
Behold where I do lie
Whilst you are here for death prepare
Remember you must die

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