The Shemwell Family

William Henry DowellAge: 84 years18531938

William Henry Dowell
Given names
William Henry
Birth March 1, 1853 49 35
Birth of a brotherGeorge Washington Dowell Jr.
December 26, 1854 (Age 21 months)
Birth of a sisterEdith Virginia Dowell
April 12, 1859 (Age 6 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 3 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Census July 10, 1860 (Age 7 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherWilliam Shemwell
January 10, 1862 (Age 8 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 8 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 13 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 13 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 15 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 fatherGeorge Washington Dowell Sr.
March 21, 1874 (Age 21 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 24 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 27 years)
MarriageSarah Broome MorsellView this family
after 1880 (Age 26 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 45 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 of a motherMary Eliza Shemwell
January 14, 1900 (Age 46 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 62 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 63 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 64 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 -
Death of a half-brotherSally Maria Dowell
May 15, 1923 (Age 70 years)
Death of a wifeSarah Broome Morsell
July 1925 (Age 72 years)
MarriageHenrietta “Etta” GourleyView this family
after 1925 (Age 71 years)

Death of a sisterAnnie Schultz Dowell
March 8, 1928 (Age 75 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 76 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Death of a brotherGeorge Washington Dowell Jr.
August 8, 1931 (Age 78 years)
Death 1938 (Age 84 years)
Cemetery: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery
Last change April 2, 201613:14:03

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: June 6, 1850Maryland, United States
16 months
elder sister
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
younger brother
younger sister
Father’s family with Margaret Ireland - View this family
Marriage: July 16, 1833Maryland, United States
Father’s family with Ann B Fowler - View this family
Marriage: November 3, 1835Calvert, Maryland, United States
Father’s family with Maria P Mitchell - View this family
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
Father’s family with Rebecca D - View this family
Marriage: September 21, 1848Calvert, Maryland, United States
Family with Sarah Broome Morsell - View this family
Sarah Broome Morsell
Birth: January 18, 1855Calvert, Maryland, United States
Death: July 1925Calvert, Maryland, United States
Marriage: after 1880Calvert, Maryland, United States
Family with Henrietta “Etta” Gourley - View this family
Marriage: after 1925

William Henry Dowell has 18 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