The Shemwell Family

Joseph H “Joe” ShemwellAge: 65 years18581924

Name
Joseph H “Joe” Shemwell
Given names
Joseph H
Surname
Shemwell
Nickname
Joe
Birth December 1858 26 33
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza - http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3884
Census August 14, 1860 (Age 20 months)
Birth of a brotherSamuel M Shemwell
June 22, 1861 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterMary Katherine Shemwell
October 30, 1864 (Age 5 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 2 years)

Note: In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including state's right versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 8 years)
Note: The Alaska Purchase was the purchase of 586,412 square miles of new territory by the United States from the Russian Empire (a bargain at two cents an acre) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Purchase
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 8 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans - http://historyengine.richmond.edu/episodes/view/306
Birth of a sisterNancy Jane “Nannie” Shemwell
August 29, 1868 (Age 9 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn Patrick Shemwell
July 1869 (Age 10 years)
Cause: Inflammation of bowels
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 10 years)

Note: The First Transcontinental Railroad was a 1,907-mile contiguous railroad line constructed between 1863 and 1869 across the western United States to connect the Pacific coast with the existing Eastern U.S. rail network - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad
Census June 1, 1870 (Age 11 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 19 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_yellow_fever
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 21 years)
MarriageSarah E JonesView this family
December 20, 1889 (Age 31 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 39 years)
Note: The Spanish-American War was a conflict in 1898 between Spain and the United States, the result of American intervention in the Cuban War of Independence - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish%E2%80%93American_War
Death of a motherMartha Jane “Mattie” Pidcock
before 1900 (Age 41 years)

Census June 1, 1900 (Age 41 years)
Occupation
Coal Miner
1900 (Age 41 years)

Birth of a daughter
#1Ellen Shemwell
after 1900 (Age 41 years)
Census April 15, 1910 (Age 51 years)
Occupation
Grocer
1910 (Age 51 years)

Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 57 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic - http://goo.gl/ZBEQA1
Death of a brotherJohn L Shemwell
December 8, 1917 (Age 59 years)
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 58 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 59 years)

Note: Spanish Influenza killed over 500,000 people in the United States, and somewhere between 20 and 40 million in what has been cited as the most devastating epidemic in history - http://virus.stanford.edu/uda/
Death of a fatherSamuel Black Shemwell
December 22, 1921 (Age 63 years)
Cause: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis
Note: Name: S. B. Shemwell
Death August 20, 1924 (Age 65 years)
Burial
Cemetery: Crescent Hill Cemetery
Last change August 24, 201715:14:06

by: Barry Shemwell