The Shemwell Family

Mary “Polly” VanMetreAge: 75 years17881863

Mary “Polly” VanMetre
Given names
Married name
Mary Tabb
Birth 1788
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
between 1793 and 1798 (Age 5 years)
Note: More than 4,000 Philadelphia residents died from yellow fever -
Historical Event
The Louisiana Purchase
1803 (Age 15 years)

Note: Napoleon Bonaparte agrees to sell 828,000 square miles of land to the United States for $15 million -
MarriageThomas TabbView this family
December 3, 1812 (Age 24 years)
Historical Event
War of 1812
between 1812 and 1815 (Age 24 years)

Note: War of 1812 between the Americans and the British. The Creek (or Red Stick) War in Alabama had different origins, but it coincided with the war of 1812, and the U.S. treated it as a part of the larger war, with Jackson and his forces also in charge of defeating the Creeks -
Birth of a daughter
#1Susan Kerna Tabb
November 14, 1822 (Age 34 years)
Death of a husbandThomas Tabb
about 1830 (Age 42 years)
Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 44 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 47 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 -
Marriage of a childWilliam G ShemwellSusan Kerna TabbView this family
Type: Civil marriage
January 15, 1840 (Age 52 years)
Birth of a grandson
#1Joseph A Shemwell
June 6, 1841 (Age 53 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2George Ann Shemwell
April 8, 1843 (Age 55 years)
Birth of a grandson
#3Samuel Vanmeter Shemwell
March 24, 1845 (Age 57 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#4Columbia Jane Shemwell
May 7, 1847 (Age 59 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 58 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 -
Birth of a granddaughter
#5Mary Ann Shemwell
June 5, 1850 (Age 62 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#6Susan Shemwell
1852 (Age 64 years)
Birth of a grandson
#7William Luther Shemwell
April 22, 1853 (Age 65 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#8Sarah Permelia Shemwell
March 10, 1855 (Age 67 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 69 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Birth of a grandson
#9Louis T Shemwell
February 10, 1860 (Age 72 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 73 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 -
Death December 2, 1863 (Age 75 years)
Last change December 18, 201610:05:25

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with Thomas Tabb - View this family
Marriage: December 3, 1812Berkeley, Virginia, United States
10 years
Thomas Tabb + Elizabeth VanMetre - View this family
husband’s wife
Marriage: December 29, 1796Berkeley, Virginia, United States

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