The Shemwell Family

Benjamin Franklin Riggins Sr.Age: 90 years18681959

Benjamin Franklin Riggins Sr.
Given names
Benjamin Franklin
Name suffix
Birth February 1868 30 26
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 11 months)

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 brotherEdward Lewis Riggins
June 24, 1874 (Age 6 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 9 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
MarriagePemetta “Etta” EllisView this family
estimated 1894 (Age 25 years)

Birth of a son
#1Hershal F Riggins
December 20, 1894 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Lucy Claude Riggins
September 1897 (Age 29 years)
Death of a sonHershal F Riggins
December 10, 1897 (Age 29 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 30 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 31 years)
Census June 16, 1900 (Age 32 years)

Birth of a son
#4Jessie Brooklyn Riggins
April 28, 1901 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5Alma Riggins
July 23, 1903 (Age 35 years)
Death of a sonJessie Brooklyn Riggins
August 18, 1904 (Age 36 years)
Birth of a son
#6Carl Alexander Riggins
December 23, 1906 (Age 38 years)
Census April 15, 1910 (Age 42 years)
Address: Near Staga Rd.
Death of a fatherCharles Alexander Riggins
April 23, 1912 (Age 44 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Buren “Willie” ThomasLucy Claude RigginsView this family
April 2, 1916 (Age 48 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 47 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 48 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 49 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 51 years)
Census January 17, 1920 (Age 51 years)
Death of a motherRoanna E Weatherford
May 30, 1920 (Age 52 years)
Birth of a grandson
#2Leslie Clay Thomas
September 8, 1921 (Age 53 years)
Associate: Wesley Carl Thomas
Birth of a grandson
#3Wesley Carl Thomas
September 8, 1921 (Age 53 years)
Associate: Leslie Clay Thomas
Birth of a grandson
#4Melvin Bryant Riggins
April 2, 1924 (Age 56 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 61 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 62 years)
Birth of a grandson
#5Franklin Wayne Morrisson
October 13, 1932 (Age 64 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#6Doris Evelyn “Dot” Morrisson
March 27, 1935 (Age 67 years)
Census April 20, 1940 (Age 72 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#7Peggy Jean Riggins
November 1, 1944 (Age 76 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 73 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 -
Death of a wifePemetta “Etta” Ellis
October 17, 1947 (Age 79 years)
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 81 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 77 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 1959 (Age 90 years)

Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Morning Sun Cemetery
Last change September 27, 201811:31:17

by: Barry Shemwell
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younger brother
-6 years
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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

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