The Shemwell Family

Georgeann Isabelle “Belle” CookAge: 76 years18651941

Georgeann Isabelle “Belle” Cook
Given names
Georgeann Isabelle
Married name
Georgeann Isabelle Griffin
Birth March 12, 1865 27 29
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865

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 -
Marriage of parentsAndrew CookMary Jane “Nancy” ShemwellView this family
September 11, 1866 (Age 17 months)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 21 months)
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 21 months)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 3 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 -
Birth of a sisterMary Margaret Cook
February 1870 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a half-brotherRichard “Dick” Thomas
April 11, 1870 (Age 5 years)
Death of a fatherAndrew Cook
April 1870 (Age 5 years)
Census July 29, 1870 (Age 5 years)
Marriage of a parentAndrew ThomasMary Jane “Nancy” ShemwellView this family
before 1873 (Age 7 years)

Birth of a half-sisterAmanda Ellen Thomas
February 29, 1876 (Age 10 years)
Marriage of a parentCornelius CornineMary Jane “Nancy” ShemwellView this family
Type: Religious marriage
September 13, 1878 (Age 13 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 12 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 15 years)
Death of a half-sisterNancy Jane Cook
before August 1880 (Age 15 years)
MarriageJohn G GriffinView this family
January 26, 1885 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a son
#1William G Griffin
August 1889 (Age 24 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 33 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 -
Census June 1, 1900 (Age 35 years)
Death of a sonWilliam G Griffin
January 31, 1903 (Age 37 years)
Death of a half-sisterAmanda Ellen Thomas
August 22, 1915 (Age 50 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 50 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 51 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 52 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 4, 1920 (Age 54 years)
Death of a motherMary Jane “Nancy” Shemwell
March 31, 1920 (Age 55 years)
Cause: Old Age
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 64 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Death of a half-brotherEverett Fielding Cook
April 16, 1931 (Age 66 years)
Cause: chronic myocarditis
Death of a husbandJohn G Griffin
October 19, 1932 (Age 67 years)
Census April 17, 1940 (Age 75 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 76 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 December 27, 1941 (Age 76 years)
Cemetery: Summit View Cemetery
Last change May 1, 202009:47:16

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: September 11, 1866Pilot Grove, Cooper, Missouri, United States
-18 months
Georgeann Isabelle “Belle” Cook
Birth: March 12, 1865 27 29Pilot Grove, Cooper, Missouri, United States
Death: December 27, 1941Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma, United States
5 years
younger sister
Mother’s family with Fielding Cook - View this family
Marriage: December 14, 1854Cooper, Missouri, United States
1 month
4 years
Nancy Jane Cook
Birth: 1857 22 21Missouri, United States
Death: before August 1880Pettis, Missouri, United States
3 years
John William “J.W.” Cook
Birth: April 4, 1860 25 24Nelson, Saline, Missouri, United States
Death: December 2, 1954Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States
2 years
Mother’s family with Andrew Thomas - View this family
Marriage: before 1873
-3 years
6 years
Mother’s family with Cornelius Cornine - View this family
Marriage: September 13, 1878Cooper, Missouri, United States
Family with John G Griffin - View this family
Georgeann Isabelle “Belle” Cook
Birth: March 12, 1865 27 29Pilot Grove, Cooper, Missouri, United States
Death: December 27, 1941Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma, United States
Marriage: January 26, 1885Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri, United States
5 years
William G Griffin
Birth: August 1889 32 24Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma, United States
Death: January 31, 1903Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma, United States

Georgeann Isabelle “Belle” Cook has 12 first cousins recorded

Census1870 United States - Census transcript - Nancy Jane Shemwell - Household

Pilot Grove, Cooper, Missouri

Cook, Janehead34FWKeeping HouseMO
Cook, Miltonson15MWWorks On FarmMO
Cook, Nancydaughter13FWMO
Cook, William Nson11MWMO
Cook, Fielding Eson9MWMO
Cook, Georgeann Jdaughter4FWMO
Cook, Sarah Edaughter4mFWMOFeb

Census1880 United States - Census transcript - Nancy Jane Shemwell - Household

Pilot Grove, Cooper, MO

Jane CornineWF40headM-Keeps houseMOKYKY
William N. CookWM20sonS-Works out by the dayMOINMO
Everett H. CookWM17sonS-Works out by the dayMOINMO
Georgeann I. CookWF14daughterS-At HomeMOINMO
Mary M. CookWM11sonS-At HomeMOINMO
Richard ThomasWM7sonS-At HomeMOTNMO
Amanda E. ThomasWF5daughterS-At HomeMOTNMO

Notes: parted from her husband

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - John G Griffin - Household

Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma

Griffin, John GheadWMJan185941M15OHILILDay Laborer
Griffin, BellewifeWFMar186534M1541MOINKY
Griffin, William GsonWMAug188910SOKOHMOSchool

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - John G Griffin - Household

318 Lincoln Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Griffin, JohnheadMW60MUSUSUSDrayman
Griffin, BellewifeFW53MARUSUS

Census1940 United States - Census transcript - Richard “Dick” Thomas - Household

E Clulord Guthrie, Logan, Oklahoma

Thomas, DickXheadMW66WdMOSame PLace
Griffin, Isabellehalf-sisterFW78WdMOSame PLace