The Shemwell Family

Edgar DeWitt EllisAge: 62 years18651928

Edgar DeWitt Ellis
Given names
Edgar DeWitt
Birth September 15, 1865 40 30
Birth of a brotherWillie Ellis
1867 (Age 15 months)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 15 months)
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) -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 15 months)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a sisterClara Vashti Ellis
December 27, 1869 (Age 4 years)
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 3 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 -
Census June 1, 1870 (Age 4 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherLucy C Downer
after 1870 (Age 4 years)

Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 12 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 7, 1880 (Age 14 years)
MarriageSarah “Sallie” BalckView this family
about 1890 (Age 24 years)

Birth of a daughter
#1Robbie Ellis
April 29, 1894 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Carey Ellis
August 18, 1895 (Age 29 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 32 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 -
Census June 5, 1900 (Age 34 years)
Census April 19, 1910 (Age 44 years)
Birth of a grandson
#1Charles Henry Schwam Jr.
September 16, 1915 (Age 50 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 50 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Death of a wifeSarah “Sallie” Balck
April 5, 1917 (Age 51 years)
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 51 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 52 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 -
Death of a brotherJohn Thaddeus Ellis
October 16, 1919 (Age 54 years)
Burial of a brotherJohn Thaddeus Ellis
October 17, 1919 (Age 54 years)
Cemetery: Forest Hill Cemetery
Census January 13, 1920 (Age 54 years)
Death September 10, 1928 (Age 62 years)
Cemetery: Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Last change December 22, 201717:31:09

by: Barry Shemwell