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)
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
#5Herbert 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)
Burial of a sisterLula Lea Shemwell
1933 (Age 70 years)
Cemetery: Bethlehem United Presbyterian Church
Death August 13, 1935 (Age 73 years)
Note: Says father was Thomas
Cemetery: 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 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
John 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
Census1870 United States - Census transcript - Alexander Oldham - Household

Wilmington, New Hanover, North Carolina

Oldham, Alexanderhead38MWMiller Grain DealerNC
Oldham, Smitha Awife28FWKeeping HouseNC
Oldham, Edward Ason10MWAt HomeNC
Shemwell, Doraniece7FWAt HomeNC
Pipkins, Archie T22MWClerk in StoreNC
Giles, Louisa18FBDom SvtNC

Census1880 United States - Census transcript - William Otho Harris - Household

Trinity, Randolph, North Carolina

Harris, William OWM50headWdFarmerNCNCNC
Harris, Julius KWM23sonMDry goods merchantNCNCNC
Harris, William MWM21sonSAt SchoolNCNCNC
Harris, Dora EWF17daughter in lawSKeeping houseNCNCNC

Says Dora is daughter in law and single? -b

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - Julius Kerr Harris - Household

Trinity, Randolph, North Carolina

Harris, Julius KheadWMJan185744M22NCNCNCFarmer
Harris, Dora EwifeWFFeb186235M2266NCNCNC
Harris, Maggie LdaughterWFDec188019SNCNCNC
Harris, Herbert FsonWMMay188218SNCNCNCDay laborer
Harris, Pearl NdaughterWFApr188416SNCNCNC
Harris, Bertie MdaughterWFDec188613SNCNCNC
Harris, Lula MdaughterWFDec188910SNCNCNC
Harris, VancesonWMNov18945SNCNCNC
Harris, Otho WfatherWM183070WdNCNCNCCapitolist

Census1910 United States - Census transcript - Julius Kerr Harris - Household

Trinity, Randolph, North Carolina

Harris, Julius KheadMW53M31NCNCNCFarmerGeneral farming
Harris, Dora EwifeFW46M3166NCNCNC
Harris, PearldaughterFW24SNCNCNCSeamstressAt Home
Harris, LuladaughterFW20SNCNCNC
Harris, VancesonMW15SNCNCNCFarm laborerHome farm

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - Julius Kerr Harris - Household

Trinity, Randolph, North Carolina

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Harris, JuliusheadMW64MNCNCNCFarmer
Harris, Dora EwifeFW55MNCNCNC
Harris, Lula MdaughterFW24SNCNCNC
Harris, VancesonMW22SNCNCNCFarmer

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - Julius Kerr Harris - Household

North Main Street Trinity, Randolph, North Carolina

Harris, Julius KheadMW73M23NCNCNC
Harris, Dora EwifeFW64M14NCNCNC
Harris, VancesonMW28SNCNCNCFarmingGeneral farm

Says father was Thomas