The Shemwell Family

Dora Elizabeth ShemwellAge: 73 years18621935

Dora Elizabeth Shemwell
Given names
Dora Elizabeth
Married name
Dora Elizabeth Harris
Birth February 9, 1862 34 23
Birth of a sisterLula Lea Shemwell
August 17, 1864 (Age 2 years)
Death of a fatherWhitson Berry Shemwell
October 1, 1864 (Age 2 years)
Cause: Killed near Petersburg Virginia
Note: Siege of Peeble's Farm
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 -
Marriage of a parentJohn CheekMargaret E OldhamView this family
December 21, 1865 (Age 3 years)
Note: F.M.Jordan-Minister
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 4 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 4 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 6 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 July 27, 1870 (Age 8 years)
Census August 24, 1870 (Age 8 years)
Death of a motherMargaret E Oldham
November 1, 1877 (Age 15 years)
MarriageJulius Kerr HarrisView this family
June 11, 1878 (Age 16 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 15 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 18 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1Margaret L “Maggie” Harris
December 20, 1880 (Age 18 years)
Birth of a son
#2Herbert F Harris
May 1882 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3Rona Pearl Harris
April 23, 1884 (Age 22 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherElizabeth Ann Brewer
December 22, 1885 (Age 23 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherThomas Douglas Oldham
1886 (Age 23 years)

Birth of a daughter
#4Roberta Mae “Bertie” Harris
December 17, 1887 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5Lula M Harris
December 1889 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
#6Zebulon Vance Harris
November 10, 1896 (Age 34 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 36 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 1, 1900 (Age 38 years)
Marriage of a childWilkes Estes Lowe SrMargaret L “Maggie” HarrisView this family
Type: Religious marriage
December 20, 1900 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#1Elizabeth Harris Lowe
August 1, 1902 (Age 40 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2Dorothy Lowe
January 8, 1904 (Age 41 years)
Death of a brotherThomas A Shemwell
April 1905 (Age 43 years)
Cause: Typhoid pneumonia
Marriage of a childDurant Murray BallanceRoberta Mae “Bertie” HarrisView this family
September 20, 1906 (Age 44 years)
Birth of a grandson
#3Durant Murray Ballance Jr.
June 27, 1909 (Age 47 years)
Census May 18, 1910 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#4Lydia Elizabeth Ballance
March 7, 1911 (Age 49 years)
Birth of a grandson
#5Wilkes Estes Lowe Jr
August 17, 1911 (Age 49 years)
Birth of a grandson
#6Herbert Edgar Ballance
October 20, 1915 (Age 53 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 53 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 54 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 55 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 January 8, 1920 (Age 57 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 67 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 68 years)
Death of a daughterRoberta Mae “Bertie” Harris
August 4, 1932 (Age 70 years)
Death of a sisterLula Lea Shemwell
May 26, 1933 (Age 71 years)
Death August 13, 1935 (Age 73 years)
Note: Says father was Thomas
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Trinity Cemetery
Last change January 17, 201910:53:44

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: October 20, 1859Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina, United States
14 months
elder brother
2 years
3 years
younger sister
Lula Shemwell TombstoneLula Lea Shemwell
Birth: August 17, 1864 36 26Orange, North Carolina, United States
Death: May 26, 1933Burlington, Alamance, North Carolina, United States
Mother’s family with John Cheek - View this family
Headstones - John Cheek and WivesJohn Cheek
Birth: April 18, 1829 35Orange, North Carolina, United States
Death: May 5, 1889Orange, North Carolina, United States
Marriage: December 21, 1865Orange, North Carolina, United States
Family with Julius Kerr Harris - View this family
Marriage: June 11, 1878Davidson, North Carolina, United States
3 years
Margaret L “Maggie” Harris
Birth: December 20, 1880 23 18Trinity, Randolph, North Carolina, United States
Death: February 28, 1954Burlington, Alamance, North Carolina, United States
17 months
Herbert F Harris
Birth: May 1882 25 20Randolph, North Carolina, United States
2 years
Rona Pearl Harris
Birth: April 23, 1884 27 22Randolph, North Carolina, United States
Death: February 3, 1973Thomasville, Davidson, North Carolina, United States
4 years
Roberta Mae “Bertie” Harris
Birth: December 17, 1887 30 25Trinity, Randolph, North Carolina, United States
Death: August 4, 1932Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina, United States
2 years
Lula M Harris
Birth: December 1889 32 27Randolph, North Carolina, United States
7 years
Zebulon Vance Harris
Birth: November 10, 1896 39 34Randolph, North Carolina, United States
Death: December 8, 1940North Carolina, United States

Dora Elizabeth Shemwell has 45 first cousins recorded

Father's family (42)

Parents James Isaac Shemwell +
Parents Poindexter Shemwell + Elizabeth J McClennan
1William M Shemwell18521920
2Allen Shemwell18541870
Parents Alexander “Alex” Shemwell Jr. + Catharine Reed
3James A Shemwell18551875
5John L Shemwell18591870
6Thomas D Shemwell18621872
7William A Shemwell18671888
8Ida May Shemwell18691954
Parents John L Reid + Louisa Shemwell
4Alice Reid18601945
Parents Dr. Obediah Marcellus Shemwell + Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” Thompson
1Baxter Shemwell18581932
5Cora B Shemwell18641950
6Frederick Shemwell18661867
7Della Shemwell18681923
8Etta Shemwell18701901
10Alice Shemwell18741946
11Harold Shemwell18761936
13Odell Shemwell18801904
Parents Casper A Owen + Charlotte Jane Shemwell
1Sylvester Lee Owen18561938
Parents Jesse H Maley + Charlotte Jane Shemwell
1John L Maley18671901
3Robert C Maley18741897
4Nannie Mae Maley18781974
Parents Robert Alexander Yarborough + Margaret Shemwell