The Shemwell Family

Dr. Frank Allen ShemwellAge: 81 years19242006

Dr. Frank Allen Shemwell
Name prefix
Given names
Frank Allen
Birth December 22, 1924 40 27
Medical Doctor,

Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 4 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 10, 1930 (Age 5 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherJosephine “Josie” Hibbs
July 14, 1939 (Age 14 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 16 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 -
Death of a fatherDr. Allen Henry Shemwell
February 12, 1952 (Age 27 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherJohn William Kelton
September 22, 1952 (Age 27 years)
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 25 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 21 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 of a motherLillie Pearl “Lil” Kelton
September 28, 1981 (Age 56 years)
Death of a wifeMary Castro
September 15, 2002 (Age 77 years)
Death July 24, 2006 (Age 81 years)
Burial July 29, 2006 (5 days after death)
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Oak Grove Cemetery
Last change December 30, 201714:01:31

by: Barry Shemwell
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Dr. Allen Henry Shemwell
Birth: February 13, 1884 36 30Birdsville, Livingston, Kentucky, United States
Death: February 12, 1952Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States
Lillie Pearl “Lil” Kelton
Birth: August 4, 1897 22 17Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States
Death: September 28, 1981Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States
Marriage: December 5, 1918Forrest, Mississippi, United States
6 years
Dr. Frank Allen Shemwell
Birth: December 22, 1924 40 27Kentucky, United States
Death: July 24, 2006McCracken, Kentucky, United States
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Dr. Frank Allen Shemwell
Birth: December 22, 1924 40 27Kentucky, United States
Death: July 24, 2006McCracken, Kentucky, United States
Mary Castro
Birth: May 22, 1930
Death: September 15, 2002Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, United States
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Dr. Frank Allen Shemwell
Birth: December 22, 1924 40 27Kentucky, United States
Death: July 24, 2006McCracken, Kentucky, United States

Dr. Frank Allen Shemwell has 4 first cousins recorded

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - Dr. Allen Henry Shemwell - Household

Buckner Lane Massac, McCracken, Kentucky

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Shemwell, Lillie PwifeFW32M21KYTNIL
Shemwell, Frank AsonMW5SKYKYKY
Kitley, MerludaservantFNeg26DALALALServant

Shemwell home, cold case homicide still under investigation PADUCAH — Out of jail: a woman who had been the center of a cold case homicide investigation is free. Penny Baird Shemwell arrived home after six years in prison. Six years ago her husband Dr. Frank Shemwell died in a suspicious fire at his home. Penny Shemwell, who was less than half his age, was the focus of a police investigation into his murder but no charges were ever filed. In July 2006, the 81-year-old Paducah doctor died in a fire inside his home. An autopsy revealed he died from a variety of factors, including smoke inhalation and blunt force trauma. His wife, Penny Baird Shemwell, had been the center of the homicide investigation but she was never charged in connection to Shemwell's murder. She was, however, convicted on theft and gun charges and sentenced to 15 years. Now, she's out of jail after serving six years. Dr. Shemwell's grandson didn't want to go on camera but said he's not happy Penny Baird Shemwell is free. The lead investigator on the cold case wouldn't comment on her release but did say even though this case is six years old, it's still being investigated and police won't stop until someone is arrested for the doctor's death. "I'm home and I'm happy." Those were the only words Penny Baird Shemwell would say to Local 6 as she arrived home. It's obvious her family members are also glad she's home. For six years, she was behind bars for theft and gun charges and was the focus of the unsolved homicide investigation of her husband, 81-year-old Frank Shemwell, who died in his home in a fire. Penny Shemwell denied any involvement in his death. "We still believe that she didn't tell us everything she knew about the situation," said lead investigator, Det. Sgt. Brian Laird with Paducah police. He wouldn't say if Paducah police plan to speak with Shemwell now that she's free. He also wouldn't comment on her parole but did tell us this cold case won't be forgotten. "Generally, leads come in fairly often. They may not be very strong leads but any type of information we receive, we follow up on," Laird said. Over the phone, Dr. Shemwell's grandson made it clear that after six years, he's still grieving his grandfather's death. He hopes someday investigators will solve this case. "This is and will continue to be an open case until someone is arrested for the death of Frank Shemwell," Laird said. Penny Baird Shemwell had been in the West Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia, Kentucky. Her original sentence was 15 years. If you have any information about this case, please call Paducah police at (270) 444-8553 or you can remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at (270) 443-TELL (8355).