The Shemwell Family

John Paul ShemwellAge: 65 years18151880

John Paul Shemwell
Given names
John Paul
Birth about 1815 45 33
Birth of a sisterMaletha Shemwell
1818 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a brotherJoseph Shemwell
about 1822 (Age 7 years)

Birth of a brotherWilliam Alexander Shemwell
about 1825 (Age 10 years)
Death of a fatherZachariah Shemwell
1826 (Age 11 years)
Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 17 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 20 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 -
Death of a maternal grandmotherAnn
March 18, 1845 (Age 30 years)
Death of a brotherJoseph Shemwell
February 19, 1847 (Age 32 years)
Cause: Fever
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 31 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 -
Census September 14, 1850 (Age 35 years)
Death of a motherSusan Jemimah Whatley
about 1853 (Age 38 years)
Death of a sisterJemima Shemwell
June 1, 1857 (Age 42 years)
Cause: Congestive chills
Birth of a daughter
#1Georgia Ann Shemwell
April 28, 1858 (Age 43 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 42 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Census June 1, 1860 (Age 45 years)
MarriageMahalia Adeline DoddView this family
November 21, 1860 (Age 45 years)
Birth of a son
#2William Henry Shemwell
July 6, 1864 (Age 49 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 46 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 -
Birth of a son
#3Joseph Zachariah “Joe” Shemwell
December 25, 1865 (Age 50 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 52 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 52 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a son
#4John Wesley “Bitty” Shemwell
1868 (Age 53 years)
Birth of a son
#5Thomas Shemwell
1869 (Age 54 years)
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 54 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 son
#6James Elbert Shemwell
July 9, 1872 (Age 57 years)
Death of a brotherWilliam Alexander Shemwell
between 1870 and 1875 (Age 55 years)

Census June 1, 1870 (Age 55 years)
Address: Dist. 9, Family No. 71
Death of a half-brotherThomas W Shemwell
July 20, 1877 (Age 62 years)
Marriage of a childMark Monroe WeaksGeorgia Ann ShemwellView this family
October 2, 1878 (Age 63 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 63 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 65 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#1Ruth Weaks
July 19, 1880 (Age 65 years)

Death after 1880 (Age 65 years)

Last change May 2, 201915:59:00

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: September 6, 1802Logan, Kentucky, United States
7 years
elder sister
6 years
elder sister
2 years
4 years
younger sister
5 years
younger brother
Joseph Shemwell
Birth: about 1822 52 40
Death: February 19, 1847Dover, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
4 years
younger brother
Father’s family with Mary Suit - View this family
Marriage: July 23, 1794Granville, North Carolina, United States
Family with Mahalia Adeline Dodd - View this family
Marriage: November 21, 1860Stewart, Tennessee, United States
-3 years
6 years
William Henry Shemwell
Birth: July 6, 1864 49 29Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: June 9, 1951Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States
18 months
3 years
2 years
4 years
James Elbert Shemwell
Birth: July 9, 1872 57 37Erin, Houston, Tennessee, United States
Death: March 12, 1931Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States
Thompson + Mahalia Adeline Dodd - View this family
wife’s husband

John Paul Shemwell has 52 first cousins recorded

Father's family (43)

Parents John “Jack” Parham Jr. + Mary “Molly” Shemwell
1Rebecca Parham17931884
2Johnson Parham17941846
3Shemwell Parham17961880
4Allen Parham17981871
Parents Joseph Hudspeth + Anna Margaret Shemwell
Parents Osborn McGehee + Sarah Rebecca Shemwell
1Anna McGehee17981884
2John McGehee18001875
4Nancy McGehee18121908
Parents James Shemwell Jr. + Barbara Suit
2William Shemwell18001870
3Ann Shemwell18021889
Parents James Shemwell Jr. + Elizabeth “Betsey” Ashbourn
Parents Samuel J Shemwell + Jane “Jenny” Dickerson
1James G Shemwell17981849
3Nancy Shemwell18001855
5Samuel Shemwell18091881
8William G Shemwell18191884
Parents Samuel Kittrell + Ellender “Nellie” Shemwell
3Solomon Kittrell18071872
4Joseph Kittrell18091840
5Samuel B Kittrell18201854
Parents Joseph M Shemwell + Mariam Jones “Milly” Whatley
8Mary Ann Shemwell18261890
Census1850 United States - Census transcript - Jemimah Whatley Household

14 Sept 1850 Stewart County

Jemimah Shemwell68FWFarmerGA
William Shemwell25MWTN
Mary Shemwell20FWTN
Rice Shemwell4MWTN
John Shemwell11MWTN
John Shemwell38MWTN

We think John 11 is only 1. -b & d Notes: William Ellis-Asst. Marshall P-389

Census1860 United States - Census transcript - John Paul Shemwell - Household

Stewart, Tennessee, United States

John Shemwell47MWFarmerTN

Notes: Living alone.

Census1870 United States - Census transcript - John Paul Shemwell - Household

Civil District 9 Dover, Stewart, Tennessee, United States

John Shemwell58MWFarmerTN
Mahalia Shemwell35FWKeeping HouseTN
Georgeanna Shemwell12FWTN
William Shemwell6MWTN
Joseph Shemwell4MWTN
John Shemwell3MWTN
Thomas Shemwell1MWTN
William H. Shemwell37MWFarm HandTN
Thomas McVay18MWFarm HandTN

Notes: Adaline is Mahalia? John born in Tn. William H is John's uncle - father’s half-brother

Census1880 United States - Census transcript - John Paul Shemwell - Household

Houston, Tennessee, USA

J. P. ShemwellWM70headMLaborerILILIL
Adaline ShemwellWF45wifeMTNTNTN
William ShemwellWM15sonS-TNTNTN
Joseph ShemwellWM13sonS-TNTNTN
John Wesley ShemwellWM12sonS-TNTNTN
Thomas ShemwellWM10sonS-TNTNTN
James ShemwellWM8sonS-TNTNTN
William H. ShemwellWM42boarderS-TNTNTN
Lusindy MooreWF11boarderS-TNTNTN

Notes: William H is John's uncle - father’s half-brother

Shared note
Joseph Shemwell Bond Know all men by this presents that we John Shemwell, Thomas Shemwell, Z.T. Shemwell and James J. Shemwell all of the state of Tennessee and County of Stewart are held and firmly bound unto the governor in and over the State aforesaid or his successors in office in the sum of One Thousand dollars to be paid to the governor or his successors in office or their assigns which payment will and truly be made we bind ourselves, our heirs, our executors, and administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 1st day of March, 1847 the condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound in John Shemwell administrator with the will administrator of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits of Joseph Shemwell, dec’d. do make a cause to be made a true and perfect inventory of all and singular goods and chattels rights and credits of the deceased which have as shall come into the hands, knowledge or possession of said John Shemwell or into the hands or possession of any other person or persons for him and the same do make (sic) as exhibit or cause to be exhibited unto our issuing County Court and the same (sic) and the same goods, chattels, rights and credits and all other goods, chattels, rights and credits of the deceased at the time of his death which at any time hereafter may come into the hands of any person or persons for him do will and truly administer according to the Law and further do make or cause to be made a True and just account of the administration within Two years after the date of these presents and all the rest and Residue of said goods, chattels and credits which may be found Remaining on the said administration account the same being first expensed and allowed agreeably to the Law shall deliver and payments such person or persons Respectfully or the same shall be due pursuant to the True Testament being first had and made in our said court then this obligation to be v???? E/ac???? To Remain in full force and Law. Taken and acknowledged)John Shemwell (Seal) In Open Court March Term 1847)T.W. Shemwell (Seal) Approved by the Court)J.J. Shemwell (Seal) James T. Morris)Z.T. Shemwell (Seal) Chairman Protem)