The Shemwell Family

Mary Eliza ShemwellAge: 82 years18171900

Mary Eliza Shemwell
Given names
Mary Eliza
Married name
Mary Eliza Dowell
Birth December 25, 1817 32 24
Birth of a daughter
#1Elizabeth Dowell

Death of a paternal grandfatherJoseph Shemwell
December 12, 1823 (Age 5 years)

Birth of a brotherWilliam S Shemwell
October 1826 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a sisterAnn Dove Shemwell
June 1827 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a sisterJane Shemwell
1827 (Age 9 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherAnn “Nancy” Billingsley
September 1830 (Age 12 years)
Birth of a brotherJohn Wesley Shemwell
January 9, 1832 (Age 14 years)
Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 14 years)
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City -
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 17 years)
Note: The Texas Revolution (or Texas War of Independence) was fought from October 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836 between Mexico and the Texas (Tejas) portion of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. The Texas Revolution erupted in 1836, after Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Mexico responded by invading Texas, where General Santa Anna won decisive victories in the battles of the Alamo and Goliad. The war ended at the Battle of San Jacinto (about 20 miles) east of modern day downtown Houston) where General Sam Houston led the Texas Army to victory in 18 minutes over a portion of the Mexican Army under Santa Anna, who was captured shortly after the battle. The conclusion of the war resulted in the creation of the Republic of Texas -
Birth of a sisterCaroline Henrietta “Carrie” Shemwell
April 1, 1837 (Age 19 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 28 years)
Note: The Mexican-American War was an armed conflict between the United States of America and the United Mexican States from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution -
MarriageGeorge Washington Dowell Sr.View this family
June 6, 1850 (Age 32 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Annie Schultz Dowell
October 9, 1851 (Age 33 years)
Birth of a son
#3William Henry Dowell
March 1, 1853 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a son
#4George Washington Dowell Jr.
December 26, 1854 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5Edith Virginia Dowell
April 12, 1859 (Age 41 years)
Death of a sisterElizabeth Julianna Shemwell
between 1850 and 1860 (Age 32 years)

Death of a motherAnn Schultz
April 1850 (Age 32 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 39 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Census July 10, 1860 (Age 42 years)
Death of a fatherWilliam Shemwell
January 10, 1862 (Age 44 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 43 years)

Note: In the spring of 1861, tensions between the northern and southern United States over issues including state's right versus federal authority, westward expansion and slavery exploded into the American Civil War -
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 49 years)
Note: The Alaska Purchase was the purchase of 586,412 square miles of new territory by the United States from the Russian Empire (a bargain at two cents an acre) -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 49 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 51 years)

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 -
Death of a husbandGeorge Washington Dowell Sr.
March 21, 1874 (Age 56 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 60 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 62 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Henry DowellSarah Broome MorsellView this family
after 1880 (Age 62 years)
Death of a brotherJoseph Henry Shemwell
June 6, 1881 (Age 63 years)
Marriage of a childGeorge Washington Dowell Jr.Martha Ellen “Mattie” WilsonView this family
April 19, 1883 (Age 65 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#1Ellen Mary Dowell
July 29, 1884 (Age 66 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2Anita Shemwell “Annie” Dowell
July 1886 (Age 68 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Gilbert CassardEdith Virginia DowellView this family
March 2, 1887 (Age 69 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#3Mary Emily Cassard
February 21, 1888 (Age 70 years)
Birth of a grandson
#4Arthur Wilson Dowell
November 2, 1889 (Age 71 years)
Birth of a grandson
#5Paul Cassard
July 20, 1890 (Age 72 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#6Corrine Cassard
July 1893 (Age 75 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#7Edith Indiana Cassard
April 1, 1898 (Age 80 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 80 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 -
Death January 14, 1900 (Age 82 years)
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: estimated 1812
2 years
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
Joseph Henry Shemwell
Birth: February 23, 1815 30 21St. Mary's, Maryland, United States
Death: June 6, 1881St. Mary's, Maryland, United States
3 years
10 years
younger sister
-7 months
younger brother
William S Shemwell
Birth: October 1826 41 33Calvert, Maryland, United States
Death: March 3, 1907Washington, District of Columbia, United States
15 months
younger sister
5 years
younger brother
5 years
younger sister
Family with George Washington Dowell Sr. - View this family
Marriage: June 6, 1850Maryland, United States
16 months
Annie Schultz Dowell
Birth: October 9, 1851 48 33Prince Frederick, Calvert, Maryland, United States
Death: March 8, 1928Prince Frederick, Calvert, Maryland, United States
17 months
22 months
George Washington Dowell Sr. + Margaret Ireland - View this family
husband’s wife
Marriage: July 16, 1833Maryland, United States
George Washington Dowell Sr. + Ann B Fowler - View this family
husband’s wife
Marriage: November 3, 1835Calvert, Maryland, United States
George Washington Dowell Sr. + Maria P Mitchell - View this family
husband’s wife
Marriage: October 22, 1840Calvert, Maryland, United States
2 years
Sally Maria Dowell
Birth: November 12, 1842 39Calvert, Maryland, United States
Death: May 15, 1923Calvert, Maryland, United States
1 year
3 years
George Thomas Henry Dowell
Birth: January 9, 1847 43Calvert, Maryland, United States
Death: August 9, 1847Calvert, Maryland, United States
George Washington Dowell Sr. + Rebecca D - View this family
husband’s wife
Marriage: September 21, 1848Calvert, Maryland, United States

Mary Eliza Shemwell has 12 first cousins recorded

Census1860 United States - Census transcript - George Washington Dowell Sr. - Household

Calvert, Maryland, United States

George Washington Dowell Sr.head56MWfarmerMD
Mary Eliza Dowellwife35FWMD
Sally Maria Dowellson17MWMD
Mary Christianna Dowellson15MWMD
Annie Schultz Dowelldaughter8FWMD
William Henry Dowellson6MWMD
George Washington Dowell Jr.son4MWMD
Edith Virginia Dowelldaughter2FWMD

Census1880 United States - Census transcript - George Washington Dowell - Household

Calvert, Maryland, USA

George Washington DowellWM24headS-Farmer & ???MDMDMD
Mary E. DowellWF59motherW-MDMDMD
Annie DowellWF27elder sisterS-MDMDMD
William H. DowellWM25elder brotherS-ClerkMDMDMD
Edith V. DowellWF20younger sisterS-MDMDMD
William S. ShemwellWM49BoarderS-MerchantMDMDMD
Susan BlakeBF28BoarderS-ServantMDMDMD
William JinkinsBM16BoarderS-ServantMDMDMD