The Shemwell Family

Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.Age: 72 years18991971

Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
Given names
Benjamin Franklin
Name suffix
Birth June 22, 1899 31 28
Census June 16, 1900 (Age 11 months)

Death of a maternal grandfatherPembroke Somerset “Pem” Ellis
February 16, 1901 (Age 19 months)
Birth of a brotherJessie Brooklyn Riggins
April 28, 1901 (Age 22 months)
Birth of a sisterAlma Riggins
July 23, 1903 (Age 4 years)
Death of a brotherJessie Brooklyn Riggins
August 18, 1904 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a brotherCarl Alexander Riggins
December 23, 1906 (Age 7 years)
Census April 15, 1910 (Age 10 years)
Address: Near Staga Rd.
Death of a paternal grandfatherCharles Alexander Riggins
April 23, 1912 (Age 12 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 16 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 17 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 18 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 17, 1920 (Age 20 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherRoanna E Weatherford
May 30, 1920 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a son
#1Melvin Bryant Riggins
April 2, 1924 (Age 24 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 30 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 20, 1940 (Age 40 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 42 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 motherPemetta “Etta” Ellis
October 17, 1947 (Age 48 years)
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 50 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 fatherBenjamin Franklin Riggins Sr.
1959 (Age 59 years)

Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 46 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 18, 1971 (Age 72 years)
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Morning Sun Cemetery
Last change September 17, 201809:47:03

by: Barry Shemwell
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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
elder sister
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
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 Lottie Grace Rowland - View this family
Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
Birth: June 22, 1899 31 28Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: October 18, 1971Arlington, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Lottie Grace Rowland
Birth: August 16, 1903Mississippi, United States
Death: February 20, 1992Cordova, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Melvin Bryant Riggins
Birth: April 2, 1924 24 20Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: December 31, 2000Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States

Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr. has 16 first cousins recorded