More bodies discovered at Irish mass grave in Duffy's Cut
'We want to return these poor men home,' says historian
The John Stamp passengers, who were hired by an Irish contractor called Philip Duffy, never made it to the work force.
Now, Watson, along with with his brother Dr. Bill Watson and their team of archeologists and historians, hope to finally discover what happened to the men.
Was it cholera? Or were the men murdered near mile 59, which would later come to be known as Duffy's Cut?
Cholera was much feared in the 19th century as it spread like wildfire among the slums and tenements of the immigrant workforce.
But one thing is certain, they were left to die on their own.
During the summer of 1832, almost 1,000 people died in Philadelphia from cholera, which in those days had a death rate of about 30 per cent.
The Watsons have been carrying out their real-life detective work since 2000 when they inherited a package of papers from their grandfather who worked on the railroad. The papers told how the railroad censored all information about the deaths.
Although it remains to be seen whether they can establish the cause of death.