The Shemwell Family

Dianna 1817

Given names
Married name
Dianna Ralls
Birth 1817
MarriageFranklin RallsView this family

Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 15 years)
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City -
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 18 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 -
Birth of a son
#1Christopher Ralls
1838 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a son
#2James Ralls
1842 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a son
#3Thomas M “Tom” Ralls
January 7, 1845 (Age 28 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 29 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 -
Birth of a daughter
#4Matilda Ralls
1852 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5Elizabeth “Betsey” Ralls
1858 (Age 41 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 40 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Census August 2, 1860 (Age 43 years)

Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 44 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 -
Marriage of a childThomas M “Tom” RallsMary Alice ShemwellView this family
June 22, 1865 (Age 48 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 50 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 50 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a granddaughter
#1Eddie M Ralls
February 1868 (Age 51 years)
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 52 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 -
Birth of a grandson
#2Walter James Ralls
February 12, 1870 (Age 53 years)
Census August 2, 1870 (Age 53 years)
Birth of a grandson
#3Franklin Warren Ralls
October 1, 1872 (Age 55 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 61 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Birth of a grandson
#4Allen James Ralls
February 11, 1880 (Age 63 years)
Birth of a grandson
#5George C Ralls
September 1883 (Age 66 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#6Florence Ralls
July 8, 1885 (Age 68 years)
Death of a granddaughterFlorence Ralls
March 26, 1893 (Age 76 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 81 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 -
Death of a sonThomas M “Tom” Ralls
July 15, 1915 (Age 98 years)
Cause: chronic Briglit's disease
Burial of a sonThomas M “Tom” Ralls
after July 15, 1915 (Age 98 years)
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Ralls Cemetery
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 99 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 100 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 101 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 -

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by: Barry Shemwell
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