The Shemwell Family

Mary Ann Narcissus “May” Shemwell1842

Mary Ann Narcissus “May” Shemwell
Given names
Mary Ann Narcissus
Married name
Mary Ann Narcissus Ralls
Birth June 23, 1842 41 29
Death of a motherMartha Cherry
February 21, 1845 (Age 2 years)

Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 3 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 -
Death of a maternal grandfatherWilliam Cherry
May 7, 1849 (Age 6 years)
Census June 1, 1850 (Age 7 years)
Note: Living with Maletha (married 1st cousin)

Marriage of a parentThomas W ShemwellMildred Elizabeth “Millie” ArmstrongView this family
January 11, 1853 (Age 10 years)

Birth of a half-sisterElizabeth Demarious “Bette” Shemwell
December 31, 1854 (Age 12 years)
Birth of a half-brotherJohn A Shemwell
December 3, 1855 (Age 13 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherLydia Minerva Daniel
September 1856 (Age 14 years)
Birth of a half-brotherThomas Allen Shemwell
December 20, 1857 (Age 15 years)
Birth of a half-brotherJoseph Mason Shemwell
July 17, 1859 (Age 17 years)
Note: or Tennessee
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 14 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Birth of a half-sisterAlice M Shemwell
April 25, 1862 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a half-sisterMahala May “Ella” Shemwell
May 24, 1864 (Age 21 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 18 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 -
Birth of a half-brotherHenry Isaac Shamwell
October 14, 1867 (Age 25 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 24 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 24 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a half-sisterAnn C Shemwell
January 15, 1869 (Age 26 years)
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 26 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 half-sisterSusan Shemwell
May 12, 1871 (Age 28 years)
Death of a sisterClerinda Maletha Shemwell
1872 (Age 29 years)
Death of a fatherThomas W Shemwell
July 20, 1877 (Age 35 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 35 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 55 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 half-sisterElizabeth Demarious “Bette” Shemwell
November 20, 1907 (Age 65 years)
Death of a half-sisterAlice M Shemwell
November 20, 1907 (Age 65 years)
Death of a half-brotherJohn A Shemwell
before 1910 (Age 67 years)
Death of a half-sisterSusan Shemwell
before 1910 (Age 67 years)
Death of a half-sisterAnn C Shemwell
1910 (Age 67 years)

Death of a brotherWilliam H Shemwell
December 25, 1912 (Age 70 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 73 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 74 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 75 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 half-brotherJoseph Mason Shemwell
May 9, 1925 (Age 82 years)
Cause: Suicide

Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 87 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Death of a half-sisterMahala May “Ella” Shemwell
February 9, 1934 (Age 91 years)
Death of a half-brotherThomas Allen Shemwell
April 22, 1940 (Age 97 years)
Note: Never Married
Death of a half-brotherHenry Isaac Shamwell
July 3, 1943 (Age 101 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 99 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 -
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 107 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 103 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. -

Last change May 25, 202216:41:05

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: February 5, 1835Stewart, Tennessee, United States
9 months
elder sister
10 months
elder brother
William H Shemwell
Birth: August 10, 1836 36 23Tennessee, United States
Death: December 25, 1912Stewart, Tennessee, United States
2 years
elder sister
23 months
elder brother
20 months
Father’s family with Mildred Elizabeth “Millie” Armstrong - View this family
Marriage: January 11, 1853Stewart, Tennessee, United States
2 years
11 months
John A Shemwell
Birth: December 3, 1855 55 24Trigg, Kentucky, United States
Death: before 1910Kentucky, United States
2 years
Thomas Allen Shemwell
Birth: December 20, 1857 57 26Trigg, Kentucky, United States
Death: April 22, 1940McCracken, Kentucky, United States
19 months
3 years
Alice M Shemwell
Birth: April 25, 1862 61 30Trigg, Kentucky, United States
Death: November 20, 1907Long Hollow, Trigg, Kentucky, United States
2 years
Mahala May “Ella” Shemwell
Birth: May 24, 1864 63 32Christian, Kentucky, United States
Death: February 9, 1934Trigg, Kentucky, United States
3 years
15 months
2 years

Mary Ann Narcissus “May” Shemwell has 24 first cousins recorded