The Shemwell Family

William John Riley KnightAge: 80 years18341915

William John Riley Knight
Given names
William John Riley
Birth December 1834
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 10 months)
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 -
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 11 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 -
MarriageElizabeth Ann ChambersView this family
April 20, 1858 (Age 23 years)
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Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 22 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Birth of a daughter
#1Nancy Ann Knight
October 12, 1864 (Age 29 years)

Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 26 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 daughter
#2Mary Belle Knight
January 4, 1867 (Age 32 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 32 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) -
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Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 32 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 34 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 -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 43 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Marriage of a childWilliam Benjamin UnderwoodNancy Ann KnightView this family
October 10, 1883 (Age 48 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#1Lena Rivers Underwood
June 15, 1890 (Age 55 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam M UnderwoodMary Belle KnightView this family
March 8, 1891 (Age 56 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2Maude Underwood
June 3, 1891 (Age 56 years)
Marriage of a childGeorge Lee WeaverMary Belle KnightView this family
October 12, 1892 (Age 57 years)
Death of a daughterNancy Ann Knight
May 31, 1897 (Age 62 years)

Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 63 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 wifeElizabeth Ann Chambers
before 1900 (Age 65 years)
Death February 23, 1915 (Age 80 years)
Last change December 31, 201707:04:06

by: Brian Shemwell
Family with Elizabeth Ann Chambers - View this family
William John Riley Knight
Birth: December 1834Christian County, Kentucky, United States
Death: February 23, 1915Christian County, Kentucky, United States
Elizabeth Ann Chambers
Birth: about 1834Christian County, Kentucky, United States
Death: before 1900Christian County, Kentucky, United States
Marriage: April 20, 1858Christian County, Kentucky, United States
7 years
2 years
Mary Belle Knight
Birth: January 4, 1867 32 33Christian County, Kentucky, United States
Death: January 12, 1928Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States

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