The Shemwell Family

Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.Age: 72 years18991971

Name
Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
Given names
Benjamin Franklin
Surname
Riggins
Name suffix
Jr.
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 - http://goo.gl/ZBEQA1
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- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I
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 - http://virus.stanford.edu/uda/
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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Depression
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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_II
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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War
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. - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War
Death October 18, 1971 (Age 72 years)
Burial
Cemetery: Morning Sun Cemetery
Last change September 17, 201809:47:03

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

Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr. has 10 first cousins recorded

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

Stage Road Shelby, Tennessee

NameRelationRaceSexMonthYearAgeCondMarrCHBCHLBPFBPMBPImmUSNatOccupationUnempSchoolReadWriteEngHomeMortFarm
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

9th Dist. Shelby, Tennessee, USA

NameRelationSexRaceAgeMCYrsMChBChLBPFBPMBPYOIN/AEngLOccupationIndustryEmployEmNWksUEduHomeVetInfirm
B. F. RigginsheadMW42S16--VAVAVAFarmerPlantation
Pemetta ElliswifeFW39S1664TNVATN
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