The Shemwell Family

Lucy Claude RigginsAge: 78 years18971976

Lucy Claude Riggins
Given names
Lucy Claude
Married name
Lucy Claude Thomas
Birth September 1897 29 27
Death of a brotherHershal F Riggins
December 10, 1897 (Age 3 months)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 7 months)
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 brotherBenjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
June 22, 1899 (Age 21 months)
Census June 16, 1900 (Age 2 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherPembroke Somerset “Pem” Ellis
February 16, 1901 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a brotherJessie Brooklyn Riggins
April 28, 1901 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a sisterAlma Riggins
July 23, 1903 (Age 5 years)
Death of a brotherJessie Brooklyn Riggins
August 18, 1904 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a brotherCarl Alexander Riggins
December 23, 1906 (Age 9 years)
Census April 15, 1910 (Age 12 years)
Address: Near Stage Rd.
Death of a paternal grandfatherCharles Alexander Riggins
April 23, 1912 (Age 14 years)
MarriageWilliam Buren “Willie” ThomasView this family
April 2, 1916 (Age 18 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 18 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 19 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 20 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 son
#1Elmer W Thomas
February 5, 1919 (Age 21 years)
Census February 10, 1920 (Age 22 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherRoanna E Weatherford
May 30, 1920 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a son
#2Leslie Clay Thomas
September 8, 1921 (Age 24 years)
Associate: Wesley Carl Thomas
Birth of a son
#3Wesley Carl Thomas
September 8, 1921 (Age 24 years)
Associate: Leslie Clay Thomas
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 32 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 28, 1930 (Age 32 years)
Census April 22, 1940 (Age 42 years)
Birth of a grandson
#1Malcolm Carl Thomas
March 18, 1943 (Age 45 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 44 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 -
Birth of a grandson
#2Leslie Clay Thomas Jr.
March 20, 1947 (Age 49 years)

Death of a motherPemetta “Etta” Ellis
October 17, 1947 (Age 50 years)
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 52 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 -
Death of a husbandWilliam Buren “Willie” Thomas
June 18, 1955 (Age 57 years)
Birth of a grandson
#3Billy Dean Thomas
July 26, 1955 (Age 57 years)
Death of a fatherBenjamin Franklin Riggins Sr.
1959 (Age 61 years)

Death of a grandsonLeslie Clay Thomas Jr.
August 17, 1968 (Age 70 years)

Death of a brotherBenjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
October 18, 1971 (Age 74 years)
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 48 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 of a brotherCarl Alexander Riggins
May 6, 1976 (Age 78 years)
Death 1976 (Age 78 years)

Cemetery: Morning Sun Cemetery
Last change September 19, 201814:50:46

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: estimated 1894
1 year
elder brother
Hershal F Riggins
Birth: December 20, 1894 26 24Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: December 10, 1897Shelby, Tennessee, United States
3 years
22 months
younger brother
Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
Birth: June 22, 1899 31 28Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: October 18, 1971Arlington, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
22 months
younger brother
Jessie Brooklyn Riggins
Birth: April 28, 1901 33 30Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 18, 1904Shelby, Tennessee, United States
2 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
Carl Alexander Riggins
Birth: December 23, 1906 38 36Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: May 6, 1976Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Family with William Buren “Willie” Thomas - View this family
Marriage: April 2, 1916Shelby, Tennessee, United States
3 years
3 years
Leslie Clay Thomas
Birth: September 8, 1921 28 24Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: July 12, 2016Cordova, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Wesley Carl Thomas
Birth: September 8, 1921 28 24Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: January 4, 2015Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States

Lucy Claude Riggins has 10 first cousins recorded

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 - William B “Willie” Thomas - Household

Shelby, Tennessee

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Thomas, William BheadMW26MTNTNTNManagerSaw Mill
Thomas, ClaudwifeFW25MTNTNTN
Thomas, Elmer WsonMW0STNTNTN

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - William B “Willie” Thomas - Household

Pisgah Road Shelby, Tennessee

Thomas, William BheadMW37M21TNTNTNFarmerGeneral Farm
Thomas, ClaudewifeFW32M18TNTNTN
Thomas, Elmer WsonMW10STNTNTN
Thomas, Leslie CsonMW8STNTNTN
Thomas, Wesley CsonMW8STNTNTN

Census1940 United States - Census transcript - William B “Willie” Thomas - Household

Lenow Road & Morning Sun Road Shelby, Tennessee

Thomas, William BheadMW46MTNSame HouseManagerFarm
Thomas, ClaudXwifeFW42MTNSame House
Thomas, ClaysonMW18STNSame House
Thomas, CarlsonMW18STNSame House