Grave in Cockpit Country
By: Brian Jahn
The grave of British soldier James Twibill’s wife.
I have tried to find out more information on this grave site but there is little to be found. It’s located deep in the cockpit country up on a hill. James Twibill was in the 58th Foot Regiment that was stationed in Jamaica, his wife, Harriot died on November 15th in 1846. Most of those who died, died from tropical diseases like yellow fever or malaria. Another killer was bad rum, or “new rum” which was improperly distilled by machinery that contained lead. In 1796 41% of the arriving soldiers died from fevers and from 1793-1802 close to 50,000 of those stationed in the Caribbean died from illness.