The Shemwell Family

Mary Adlaide SmithAge: 73 years18661939

Mary Adlaide Smith
Given names
Mary Adlaide
Married name
Mary Adlaide Short
Birth August 29, 1866
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 4 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) -
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Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 4 months)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
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Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 2 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 -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 11 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
MarriageAlbert Agustus “Gus” ShortView this family
February 27, 1883 (Age 16 years)
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Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 31 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 -
Birth of a daughter
#1Vera Adlade Short
September 21, 1903 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Georgia Nell Short
about 1908 (Age 41 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 49 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 50 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 51 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 -
Marriage of a childJefferson Davis ShemwellVera Adlade ShortView this family
September 4, 1921 (Age 55 years)
Death of a husbandAlbert Agustus “Gus” Short
August 19, 1922 (Age 55 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 63 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Death December 14, 1939 (Age 73 years)
Cemetery: Maynard Cemetery