The Shemwell Family

Gertrude E “Gertie” TomerlinAge: 73 years18871960

Gertrude E “Gertie” Tomerlin
Given names
Gertrude E
Married name
Gertrude E Riggins
Birth August 31, 1887 36 18
Birth of a brotherOscar O Tomerlin
March 25, 1889 (Age 18 months)
Birth of a brotherCaskey Lewis Tomerlin
July 5, 1891 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a brotherWalton W Tomerlin
March 12, 1893 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a sisterCora “Cokie” Tomerlin
November 27, 1896 (Age 9 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 10 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 -
Birth of a brotherWilliam Henry “Willie” Tomerlin
December 24, 1898 (Age 11 years)
Census June 6, 1900 (Age 12 years)
Birth of a sisterBeulah Tomerlin
June 4, 1903 (Age 15 years)
Birth of a brotherWinford Dudley Tomerlin
1909 (Age 21 years)
Census April 2, 1910 (Age 22 years)
MarriageIrvin Luther RigginsView this family
December 7, 1916 (Age 29 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 28 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 29 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 30 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 maternal grandfatherFinis Washington Sherrod
April 30, 1919 (Age 31 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1Margaret Louise Riggins
July 27, 1919 (Age 31 years)
Census January 12, 1920 (Age 32 years)
Birth of a son
#2George William Riggins
September 18, 1922 (Age 35 years)

Death of a sonGeorge William Riggins
September 19, 1922 (Age 35 years)

Death of a brotherWilliam Henry “Willie” Tomerlin
January 11, 1923 (Age 35 years)

Cause: diabetes mellitus
Death of a maternal grandmotherElizabeth Jane “Bettie” Shemwell
August 16, 1924 (Age 36 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 42 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 16, 1930 (Age 42 years)
Death of a motherNannie H Sherrod
March 15, 1934 (Age 46 years)
Cause: myocarditis; nephritis; ruptured cerebral artery followed cardio block
Death of a fatherWilliam Isom Tomerlin
December 22, 1935 (Age 48 years)
Death of a brotherWinford Dudley Tomerlin
June 16, 1936 (Age 48 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 54 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 brotherOscar O Tomerlin
January 10, 1950 (Age 62 years)
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 62 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 -
Death of a brotherCaskey Lewis Tomerlin
May 27, 1959 (Age 71 years)
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 58 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 October 16, 1960 (Age 73 years)
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Greenwood Cemetery
Last change July 7, 202013:55:22

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: October 30, 1884Todd, Kentucky, United States
15 months
elder sister
Lola T Tomerlin
Birth: February 4, 1886 35 16Sharon Grove, Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: March 2, 1962Todd, Kentucky, United States
19 months
19 months
younger brother
Oscar O Tomerlin
Birth: March 25, 1889 38 19Sharon Grove, Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: January 10, 1950Bakersfield, Kern, California, United States
2 years
younger brother
Caskey Lewis Tomerlin
Birth: July 5, 1891 40 22Kentucky, United States
Death: May 27, 1959Christian, Kentucky, United States
20 months
younger brother
Walton W Tomerlin
Birth: March 12, 1893 42 23Kentucky, United States
Death: 1968Newport Beach, Orange, California, United States
4 years
younger sister
Cora “Cokie” Tomerlin
Birth: November 27, 1896 45 27Sharon Grove, Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: March 27, 1974Todd, Kentucky, United States
2 years
younger brother
William Henry “Willie” Tomerlin
Birth: December 24, 1898 47 29Kentucky, United States
Death: January 11, 1923
4 years
younger sister
Beulah Tomerlin
Birth: June 4, 1903 52 34Sharon Grove, Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: January 29, 1995Elkton, Todd, Kentucky, United States
7 years
younger brother
Winford Dudley Tomerlin
Birth: 1909 58 39Sharon Grove, Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: June 16, 1936Fresno, California, United States
Family with Irvin Luther Riggins - View this family
Marriage: December 7, 1916Todd, Kentucky, United States
3 years
Margaret Louise Riggins
Birth: July 27, 1919 33 31Logan, Kentucky, United States
Death: September 1, 2004Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States
3 years

Gertrude E “Gertie” Tomerlin has 15 first cousins recorded