The Shemwell Family

Pemetta “Etta” EllisAge: 77 years18701947

Pemetta “Etta” Ellis
Given names
Married name
Pemetta Riggins
Birth July 16, 1870 47 27
Death of a paternal grandmotherLucy C Downer
after 1870 (Age )

Birth of a brotherGeorge Walter Ellis
estimated 1873 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a brotherDodie Ellis
estimated 1876 (Age 5 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 7 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Birth of a sisterLucy Irene Ellis
March 1, 1880 (Age 9 years)
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a brotherEdward E Ellis
March 2, 1882 (Age 11 years)
Birth of a brotherWillie Ellis
January 12, 1885 (Age 14 years)
Death of a motherLucy J Beloate
January 15, 1885 (Age 14 years)
Death of a brotherWillie Ellis
July 8, 1885 (Age 14 years)
MarriageBenjamin Franklin Riggins Sr.View this family
estimated 1894 (Age 23 years)

Birth of a son
#1Hershal F Riggins
December 20, 1894 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Lucy Claude Riggins
September 1897 (Age 27 years)
Death of a sonHershal F Riggins
December 10, 1897 (Age 27 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 27 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 son
#3Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
June 22, 1899 (Age 28 years)
Census June 16, 1900 (Age 29 years)
Death of a fatherPembroke Somerset “Pem” Ellis
February 16, 1901 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a son
#4Jessie Brooklyn Riggins
April 28, 1901 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5Alma Riggins
July 23, 1903 (Age 33 years)
Death of a sonJessie Brooklyn Riggins
August 18, 1904 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a son
#6Carl Alexander Riggins
December 23, 1906 (Age 36 years)
Census April 15, 1910 (Age 39 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Buren “Willie” ThomasLucy Claude RigginsView this family
April 2, 1916 (Age 45 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 45 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 46 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 47 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 -
Birth of a grandson
#1Elmer W Thomas
February 5, 1919 (Age 48 years)
Census January 17, 1920 (Age 49 years)
Birth of a grandson
#2Leslie Clay Thomas
September 8, 1921 (Age 51 years)
Associate: Wesley Carl Thomas
Birth of a grandson
#3Wesley Carl Thomas
September 8, 1921 (Age 51 years)
Associate: Leslie Clay Thomas
Birth of a grandson
#4Melvin Bryant Riggins
April 2, 1924 (Age 53 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 59 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 19, 1930 (Age 59 years)
Birth of a grandson
#5Franklin Wayne Morrisson
October 13, 1932 (Age 62 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#6Doris Evelyn “Dot” Morrisson
March 27, 1935 (Age 64 years)
Census April 20, 1940 (Age 69 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#7Peggy Jean Riggins
November 1, 1944 (Age 74 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 71 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
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 75 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. -
Death October 17, 1947 (Age 77 years)
Burial October 19, 1947 (2 days after death)
Cemetery: Morning Sun Cemetery
Last change September 18, 201818:27:49

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: October 6, 1864Shelby, Tennessee, United States
2 years
elder brother
Dhalma Beloate Ellis
Birth: January 5, 1867 44 24Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: January 17, 1955Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
4 years
4 years
younger brother
4 years
younger brother
Dodie Ellis
Birth: estimated 1876 53 33Shelby, Tennessee, United States
4 years
younger sister
2 years
younger brother
3 years
younger brother
Willie Ellis
Birth: January 12, 1885 62 42Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: July 8, 1885Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Family with Benjamin Franklin Riggins Sr. - View this family
Marriage: estimated 1894
1 year
Hershal F Riggins
Birth: December 20, 1894 26 24Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: December 10, 1897Shelby, Tennessee, United States
3 years
22 months
Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
Birth: June 22, 1899 31 28Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: October 18, 1971Arlington, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
22 months
Jessie Brooklyn Riggins
Birth: April 28, 1901 33 30Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 18, 1904Shelby, Tennessee, United States
2 years
3 years
Carl Alexander Riggins
Birth: December 23, 1906 38 36Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: May 6, 1976Shelby, Tennessee, United States

Pemetta “Etta” Ellis has 15 first cousins recorded

Census1880 United States - Census transcript - Pembroke S. Ellis - Household

Dist. 8 Shelby, Tennessee, USA

Pem S. EllisWM57headM15FarmerVAUNKVA
Lucy J. EllisWF37wifeM15TN?NANC
David EllisWM13sonS-TNVATN
Pemetta EllisWF10daughterS-TNVATN
Geo Walter EllisWM7sonS-TNVATN
Dodie EllisWM4sonS-TNVATN
Lucy I. EllisWF3 modaughterS-TNVATN
Willie EllisWM12nephewS-Works on farmTNVATN

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - Benjamin Franklin Riggins Sr. - Household

Stage Road Shelby, Tennessee

Riggins, Benjamin FheadWMFeb186832M6VAVAVAFarmer
Riggins, PemettawifeWFJul187029M632TNVATN
Riggins, ClaudesonWFSept18973STNVATN
Riggins, Benjamin FsonWMJune189911mSTNVATN
Sam??lis, PerrylaborerWMDec188217STNTNTNFarm laborer
Monroe, James MboarderWMApr184159SALNCTNPainter

Census1910 United States - Census transcript - Benjamin Franklin Riggins - Household

Near Staga Rd. Shelby, Tennessee, USA

B. F. RigginsheadMW42S16--VAVAVAFarmerPlantation
Pemetta RigginswifeFW39S1664TNVATN
Claud RigginsdaughterFW13S---TNVATN
B. F. Riggins Jr.sonMW11S---TNVATN
Alma RigginsdaughterFW7S---TNVATN
Carl RigginssonMW3S---TNVATN
Columbia EllisnieceFW70S---TNVAVA

Notes: Columbia is Etta's Aunt census says niece

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - Benjamin Franklin Riggins Sr. - Household

Memphis & Somerville Road Shelby, Tennessee

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Riggins, Ben FheadMW51MTNVAVAFarmingGeneral Farm
Riggins, EttawifeFW49MTNTNTN
Riggins, Ben FsonMW20STNTNTNLaborerHome Farm
Riggins, AlmadaughterFW16STNTNTN
Riggins, CarlsonMW12STNTNTNLaborerHome Farm

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - Benjamin Franklin Riggins Sr. - Household

Highway 15 Shelby, Tennessee

Riggins, Benjamin FheadMW62M25VAVAVAFarmerGeneral Farm
Riggins, EttawifeFW60M23TNVATN
Riggins, AlmadaughterFW26STNVATN
Riggins, CarlsonMW23STNVATNLaborerFarm

Census1940 United States - Census transcript - Benjamin Franklin Riggins Sr. - Household

Highway 64 Shelby, Tennessee

Riggins, BenXheadMW72MVASame house
Riggins, EttawifeFW69MTNSame house