The Shemwell Family

Edith Virginia DowellAge: 88 years18591947

Edith Virginia Dowell
Given names
Edith Virginia
Married name
Edith Virginia Cassard
Birth April 12, 1859 55 41
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Census July 10, 1860 (Age 14 months)
Death of a maternal grandfatherWilliam Shemwell
January 10, 1862 (Age 2 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 23 months)

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 7 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 7 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 9 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 14 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 18 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 21 years)
MarriageWilliam Gilbert CassardView this family
March 2, 1887 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1Mary Emily Cassard
February 21, 1888 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a son
#2Paul Cassard
July 20, 1890 (Age 31 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3Corrine Cassard
July 1893 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4Edith Indiana Cassard
April 1, 1898 (Age 38 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 38 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 40 years)
Census June 2, 1900 (Age 41 years)
Census May 12, 1910 (Age 51 years)
Marriage of a childDallas Bache Wainwright JrMary Emily CassardView this family
Type: Religious marriage
October 22, 1910 (Age 51 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 56 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 57 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 58 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 husbandWilliam Gilbert Cassard
June 29, 1919 (Age 60 years)

Census January 4, 1920 (Age 60 years)
Death of a half-brotherSally Maria Dowell
May 15, 1923 (Age 64 years)
Death of a daughterCorrine Cassard
December 31, 1926 (Age 67 years)

Death of a sisterAnnie Schultz Dowell
March 8, 1928 (Age 68 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 70 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 9, 1930 (Age 70 years)
Death of a brotherGeorge Washington Dowell Jr.
August 8, 1931 (Age 72 years)
Death of a brotherWilliam Henry Dowell
1938 (Age 78 years)
Census May 3, 1940 (Age 81 years)
Death of a daughterEdith Indiana Cassard
January 21, 1942 (Age 82 years)

Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 82 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 daughterMary Emily Cassard
January 19, 1946 (Age 86 years)

Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 86 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 May 24, 1947 (Age 88 years)
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Saint Pauls Episcopal Church Cemetery
Last change February 14, 202110:26:35

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
elder brother
22 months
elder brother
Father’s family with Margaret Ireland - View this family
Margaret Ireland
Birth: about 1812Maryland, United States
Death: February 1844Calvert, Maryland, United States
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
Mary Christianna Dowell
Birth: November 3, 1843 40Calvert, Maryland, United States
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 William Gilbert Cassard - View this family
Marriage: March 2, 1887Calvert, Maryland, United States
1 year
2 years
Paul Cassard
Birth: July 20, 1890 25 31Calvert, Maryland, United States
Death: October 8, 1972
3 years
5 years

Edith Virginia Dowell has 18 first cousins recorded