The Shemwell Family

William Buren “Willie” ThomasAge: 62 years18921955

William Buren “Willie” Thomas
Given names
William Buren
Birth October 18, 1892
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 5 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 -
MarriageLucy Claude RigginsView this family
April 2, 1916 (Age 23 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 23 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 24 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 25 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 -
Birth of a son
#1Elmer W Thomas
February 5, 1919 (Age 26 years)
Census February 10, 1920 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
#2Leslie Clay Thomas
September 8, 1921 (Age 28 years)
Associate: Wesley Carl Thomas
Birth of a son
#3Wesley Carl Thomas
September 8, 1921 (Age 28 years)
Associate: Leslie Clay Thomas
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 36 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 28, 1930 (Age 37 years)
Census April 22, 1940 (Age 47 years)
Birth of a grandson
#1Malcolm Carl Thomas
March 18, 1943 (Age 50 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 49 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 -
Birth of a grandson
#2Leslie Clay Thomas Jr.
March 20, 1947 (Age 54 years)

Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 57 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 -
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 53 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 June 18, 1955 (Age 62 years)
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Morning Sun Cemetery
Last change September 18, 201817:52:23

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with Lucy Claude Riggins - View this family
Marriage: April 2, 1916Shelby, Tennessee, United States
3 years
Elmer W Thomas
Birth: February 5, 1919 26 21Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: October 23, 1982
3 years
Leslie Clay Thomas
Birth: September 8, 1921 28 24Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: July 12, 2016Cordova, Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Wesley Carl Thomas
Birth: September 8, 1921 28 24Shelby, Tennessee, United States
Death: January 4, 2015Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States

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