My husband's ancestors (Steffens and Schuhard) came from the village of Spieka in Landwursten, a little north of Bremerhaven. A review of the Spieka church records finds a number of our family died from "mordenfeibar" (murder fever?) between 1850-1852. Does anyone know what sickness this was? Was "mordenfeibar" another name for typhus?
Thanks, Darlene Steffens