The Shemwell Family

Mahala May “Ella” ShemwellAge: 69 years18641934

Mahala May “Ella” Shemwell
Given names
Mahala May
Married name
Mahala May Brown
Birth May 24, 1864 63 32
MarriageAlbert Ewing BrownView this family

Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865

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 -
Birth of a brotherHenry Isaac Shemwell
October 14, 1867 (Age 3 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 2 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) -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 2 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a sisterAnn C Shemwell
January 15, 1869 (Age 4 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherAndrew Jackson Armstrong
before December 1869 (Age 5 years)

Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 4 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 6 years)
Birth of a sisterSusan Shemwell
May 12, 1871 (Age 6 years)
Death of a half-sisterClerinda Maletha Shemwell
1872 (Age 7 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherElmira A McCoy
1873 (Age 8 years)
Death of a sisterAlice Shemwell
March 18, 1874 (Age 9 years)

Death of a fatherThomas W Shemwell
July 20, 1877 (Age 13 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 13 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 33 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 2, 1900 (Age 36 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth Ann Demaris “Bette” Shemwell
November 20, 1907 (Age 43 years)
Death of a brotherJohn A Shemwell
before 1910 (Age 45 years)
Death of a sisterAnn C Shemwell
1910 (Age 45 years)

Death of a sisterSusan Shemwell
1910 (Age 45 years)
Census April 21, 1910 (Age 45 years)
Death of a half-brotherWilliam H Shemwell
December 25, 1912 (Age 48 years)

Burial of a half-brotherWilliam H Shemwell
after December 25, 1912 (Age 48 years)
Cemetery: Lowry Cemetery
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 51 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Death of a motherMildred Elizabeth “Millie” Armstrong
February 16, 1917 (Age 52 years)
Cause: Heart Failure
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 52 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 53 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 March 8, 1920 (Age 55 years)
Death of a husbandAlbert Ewing Brown
June 22, 1923 (Age 59 years)
Death of a brotherJoseph Mason Shemwell
May 9, 1925 (Age 60 years)
Cause: Suicide
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 65 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 17, 1930 (Age 65 years)
Death February 9, 1934 (Age 69 years)
Cemetery: Shady Grove Cemetery
Last change August 16, 201715:37:30

by: Barry Shemwell