The Shemwell Family

William Clark WattsAge: 74 years18641938

William Clark Watts
Given names
William Clark
Birth March 1864
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865

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 -
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 2 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 2 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 4 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 13 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
MarriageSarah Ann “Anna” FreemanView this family
June 5, 1885 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a son
#1Edward Dillard “Dill” Watts
March 26, 1888 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
#2Claude Everett Watts
September 24, 1890 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3Meda Watts
October 23, 1893 (Age 29 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 34 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 -
Census June 13, 1900 (Age 36 years)
Census April 15, 1910 (Age 46 years)

Birth of a granddaughter
#1Retha Meda Watts
December 26, 1913 (Age 49 years)
Marriage of a childClaude Everett WattsPhiladelphia Ann “Delphia” GarrettView this family
estimated 1913 (Age 48 years)

Birth of a granddaughter
#2Goldie Helen Watts
May 1, 1916 (Age 52 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#3Chestene Watts
June 7, 1916 (Age 52 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 51 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Death of a granddaughterGoldie Helen Watts
February 17, 1918 (Age 53 years)
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 52 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 53 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 -
Census January 20, 1920 (Age 55 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#4Yvonne Watts
March 3, 1920 (Age 56 years)
Birth of a grandson
#5William Kermit Watts
December 25, 1920 (Age 56 years)
Birth of a grandson
#6Carl Ray Watts
about 1923 (Age 58 years)
Marriage of a childBert AlfordMeda WattsView this family
estimated 1925 (Age 60 years)

Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 65 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 18, 1930 (Age 66 years)
Death of a sonEdward Dillard “Dill” Watts
May 8, 1937 (Age 73 years)
Death November 20, 1938 (Age 74 years)
Cemetery - also add to Place of burial: Palmetto Cemetery
Last change October 2, 201812:30:07

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with Sarah Ann “Anna” Freeman - View this family
Marriage: June 5, 1885Christian, Missouri, United States
3 years
Edward Dillard “Dill” Watts
Birth: March 26, 1888 24 19Webster, Missouri, United States
Death: May 8, 1937Rogersville, Webster, Missouri, United States
3 years
3 years
Meda Watts
Birth: October 23, 1893 29 24Webster, Missouri, United States
Death: November 10, 1962Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States

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