The Shemwell Family

Alma RigginsAge: 86 years19031989

Alma Riggins
Given names
Married name
Alma Morrisson
Birth July 23, 1903 35 33
MarriageHartwell Winfred MorrissonView this family

Death of a brotherJessie Brooklyn Riggins
August 18, 1904 (Age 12 months)
Birth of a brotherCarl Alexander Riggins
December 23, 1906 (Age 3 years)
Census April 15, 1910 (Age 6 years)
Address: Near Staga Rd.
Death of a paternal grandfatherCharles Alexander Riggins
April 23, 1912 (Age 8 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 12 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 13 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 14 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 16 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherRoanna E Weatherford
May 30, 1920 (Age 16 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 26 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 26 years)
Birth of a son
#1Franklin Wayne Morrisson
October 13, 1932 (Age 29 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Doris Evelyn “Dot” Morrisson
March 27, 1935 (Age 31 years)
Census April 15, 1940 (Age 36 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 38 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 44 years)
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 46 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 -
Birth of a grandson
#1Samuel Wayne Morrisson
April 6, 1959 (Age 55 years)

Death of a fatherBenjamin Franklin Riggins Sr.
1959 (Age 55 years)

Death of a brotherBenjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
October 18, 1971 (Age 68 years)
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 42 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 sisterLucy Claude Riggins
1976 (Age 72 years)

Death of a brotherCarl Alexander Riggins
May 6, 1976 (Age 72 years)
Death August 25, 1989 (Age 86 years)

Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Arlington Cemetery
Last change September 19, 201814:50:47

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
elder sister
22 months
elder brother
Benjamin Franklin Riggins Jr.
Birth: June 22, 1899 31 28Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: October 18, 1971Arlington, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
22 months
elder brother
Jessie Brooklyn Riggins
Birth: April 28, 1901 33 30Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 18, 1904Shelby, Tennessee, United States
2 years
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 Hartwell Winfred Morrisson - View this family
Franklin Wayne Morrisson
Birth: October 13, 1932 27 29Tennessee, United States
Death: November 6, 2001Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
2 years
Doris Evelyn “Dot” Morrisson
Birth: March 27, 1935 29 31Tennessee, United States
Death: December 17, 2009Fayette, Tennessee, United States

Alma Riggins has 16 first cousins recorded