The Shemwell Family

John Robert DeckerAge: 77 years18741951

John Robert Decker
Given names
John Robert
Birth May 10, 1874
Spanish American War

Agency: E Company, 2nd Unit (Inf.), Memphis, TN
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 3 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 23 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 -
MarriageClara Vashti EllisView this family
after 1911 (Age 36 years)

Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 41 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
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World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 42 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 43 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 -
Census January 2, 1920 (Age 45 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 55 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 1, 1930 (Age 55 years)
Death of a wifeClara Vashti Ellis
1938 (Age 63 years)
Address: 2602 Autumn
Burial of a wifeClara Vashti Ellis
April 4, 1938 (Age 63 years)
Address: Plot: Section B Single (West part of Section B)
Cemetery: Forest Hill Cemetery
Census April 1, 1940 (Age 65 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 67 years)

Note: The United States enters World War II after the attack at Pearl Harbor, a global war that involved the vast majority of the world's nations and including all of the great powers -
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Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 75 years)
Note: The Korean War was a war between the Republic of Korea (South Korea), supported by the United Nations, and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), at one time supported by the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union -
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 71 years)
Note: The Vietnam War was a long, costly armed conflict that pitted the communist regime of North Vietnam and its southern allies, known as the Viet Cong, against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The divisive war, increasingly unpopular at home, ended with the withdrawal of U.S. forces in 1973 and the unification of Vietnam under Communist control two years later. More than 3 million people, including 58,000 Americans, were killed in the conflict. -
Death June 13, 1951 (Age 77 years)
Address: Binghamton
Burial June 15, 1951 (2 days after death)
Cemetery: Memphis National Cemetery
Identification number

Family with Clara Vashti Ellis - View this family
John Robert Decker
Birth: May 10, 1874Mississippi, United States
Death: June 13, 1951Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Marriage: after 1911
James Sterling Lockridge + Clara Vashti Ellis - View this family
wife’s husband
Marriage: April 15, 1890Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
3 years
W N Bond + Clara Vashti Ellis - View this family
wife’s husband
Marriage: November 21, 1888Shelby, Tennessee, United States

No family available

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - John Robert Decker - Household

322 Vassar Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Decker, John RheadMW45MMSMSMSCarpenterPublic
Decker, Clara DwifeFW44MTNVATN
Achison, CarrieboarderFW54MDMDMD

Clara should have been 50 not 44? -b

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - John R. Decker - Household

Dist. 4 Ward 38, Autumn Cove Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, USA

John R. DeckerHead3000MW60S-TNTNTNY
Clara DeckerwifeFW68S-TNVATNYOwnerCafe

Census1940 United States - Census transcript - John R. Decker - Household

Civil Dist. 2, Block 4, Ward 33 Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, USA

John R. DeckerHeadMWWd65MS
Clara Virginia Lockridgestep-daughterFWWd46AR
Francis Edgar Williamsstep-grandchildFWS26TNMail order clerkSears & Robuck
Juanita Virginia Williamsstep-grandchildFWS19TNUnskilled decoratorN.Y.A.
Leonard Homer Shemwellstep-great-grandchildMWS7TN
Infant Shemwellstep-great-grandchildFWS3moTN

Notes: Homer Jr. is not with Elsie & is 9, J.R. and Clara are widowed