The Shemwell Family

Sarah Melvina ChristianAge: 93 years18331926

Name
Sarah Melvina Christian
Given names
Sarah Melvina
Surname
Christian
Married name
Sarah Melvina Rogers
Birth April 18, 1833 18 21
Birth of a sisterNancy Benevolence Christian
1835 (Age 20 months)
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 2 years)
Note: The Texas Revolution (or Texas War of Independence) was fought from October 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836 between Mexico and the Texas (Tejas) portion of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. The Texas Revolution erupted in 1836, after Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Mexico responded by invading Texas, where General Santa Anna won decisive victories in the battles of the Alamo and Goliad. The war ended at the Battle of San Jacinto (about 20 miles) east of modern day downtown Houston) where General Sam Houston led the Texas Army to victory in 18 minutes over a portion of the Mexican Army under Santa Anna, who was captured shortly after the battle. The conclusion of the war resulted in the creation of the Republic of Texas - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Revolution
Birth of a brotherWilliam Lemuel Christian
September 21, 1837 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherAllen W Christian
1841 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a sisterMary H J Christian
1844 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a sisterAdelia Harris Christian
April 25, 1848 (Age 15 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 12 years)
Note: The Mexican-American War was an armed conflict between the United States of America and the United Mexican States from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican%E2%80%93American_War
Birth of a brotherAlbion R Christian
April 21, 1850 (Age 17 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherJane “Jenny” Dickerson
1850 (Age 16 years)
Census November 8, 1850 (Age 17 years)
MarriageThomas N RogersView this family
March 11, 1852 (Age 18 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1Betty Rogers
1856 (Age 22 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 23 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza - http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3884
Birth of a daughter
#2Ella Rogers
1860 (Age 26 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherSamuel J Shemwell
August 17, 1860 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3Nancy “Nannie” Rogers
1861 (Age 27 years)
Death of a motherNancy Jane Shemwell
December 4, 1862 (Age 29 years)
Death of a brotherAllen W Christian
October 23, 1864 (Age 31 years)
Address: Battle of the Big Blue River
Cause: Killed in battle
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 27 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
Birth of a son
#4Thomas Rogers
1865 (Age 31 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 33 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 33 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans - http://historyengine.richmond.edu/episodes/view/306
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 35 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
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 44 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_yellow_fever
Death of a sisterAdelia Harris Christian
March 29, 1886 (Age 52 years) Age: 38
Death of a brotherAlbion R Christian
January 15, 1895 (Age 61 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 64 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
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 82 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic - http://goo.gl/ZBEQA1
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 83 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 84 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 husbandThomas N Rogers
February 22, 1919 (Age 85 years)
Cause: Carcinoma Liver
Burial of a husbandThomas N Rogers
February 24, 1919 (Age 85 years)
Cemetery: Crown Hill Cemetery
Death of a brotherWilliam Lemuel Christian
April 2, 1925 (Age 91 years)
Death December 30, 1926 (Age 93 years)
Cause of death: Heart disease
Burial January 1, 1927 (2 days after death)
Cemetery: Crown Hill Cemetery