The Shemwell Family

Ruth ShemwellAge: 72 years18961969

Ruth Shemwell
Given names
Married name
Ruth Lewis
Married name
Ruth Wallace
Birth July 16, 1896 47 42
Birth of a brotherRobert Levi Shemwell
February 8, 1898 (Age 18 months)

Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 20 months)
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 16, 1900 (Age 3 years)
Death of a brotherRobert Levi Shemwell
August 1, 1901 (Age 5 years)

Cause: Dysentery
Death of a paternal grandfatherGeorge Morton Shemwell
July 29, 1904 (Age 8 years)
Death of a sisterGertrude Shemwell
November 22, 1908 (Age 12 years)
Cause: Pneumonia - Typhoid Fever
Census April 18, 1910 (Age 13 years)
Religious marriageLloyd Leeland LewisView this family
November 23, 1915 (Age 19 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 19 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Death of a fatherAlexander Taylor Shemwell
July 24, 1917 (Age 21 years)
Cause: Tuberculosis
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 20 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Death of a husbandLloyd Leeland Lewis
1918 (Age 21 years)

Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 21 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 9, 1920 (Age 23 years)
MarriageWilliam Charles WallaceView this family
1923 (Age 26 years)
Death of a half-brotherWarren Thompson Wassell
January 1, 1923 (Age 26 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 33 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 1930 (Age 33 years)
Death of a motherMelvina Pamelia Thompson
May 18, 1935 (Age 38 years)
Cause: Cardiac Arrhythmia
Census April 13, 1940 (Age 43 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 45 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 -
Historical Event
Korean War
between 1950 and 1953 (Age 53 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 -
Death of a husbandWilliam Charles Wallace
January 5, 1956 (Age 59 years)
Death of a half-sisterEmily “Emma” Wassell
June 25, 1956 (Age 59 years)
Burial of a half-sisterEmily “Emma” Wassell
June 28, 1956 (Age 59 years)
Cemetery: Old Lamine Cemetery, Lamine, Cooper, Missouri, United States
Death of a brotherGeorge Alexander Shemwell
February 6, 1960 (Age 63 years)
Cause: Pneumonia
Burial of a brotherGeorge Alexander Shemwell
February 8, 1960 (Age 63 years)
Cemetery: Old Lamine Cemetery
Death of a half-sisterNancy Lee “Nannie” Wassell
March 27, 1964 (Age 67 years)
Death of a half-sisterLola V “Lady V” Wassell
June 14, 1968 (Age 71 years)
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 49 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 January 9, 1969 (Age 72 years)
Cemetery: Memorial Park Cemetery
Last change June 16, 201919:35:20

by: Donna Osiek
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: October 1889Missouri, United States
1 year
elder sister
Gertrude Shemwell
Birth: September 23, 1890 41 36Lamine, Cooper, Missouri, United States
Death: November 22, 1908Blackwater, Cooper, Missouri, United States
23 months
elder sister
17 months
elder brother
George Alexander Shemwell
Birth: January 3, 1894 44 39Blackwater, Cooper, Missouri, United States
Death: February 6, 1960Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
3 years
19 months
younger brother
Mother’s family with Charles D Wassell - View this family
Marriage: June 8, 1876Randolph, Illinois, United States
3 years
Nancy Lee “Nannie” Wassell
Birth: December 23, 1878 26 24Nashville, Washington, Illinois, United States
Death: March 27, 1964Marshall, Saline, Missouri, United States
19 months
19 months
-5 years
Emily “Emma” Wassell
Birth: April 4, 1877 25 22Red Bud, Randolph, Illinois, United States
Death: June 25, 1956Marshall, Saline, Missouri, United States
Family with Lloyd Leeland Lewis - View this family
Marriage: November 23, 1915California, Moniteau, Missouri, United States
Family with William Charles Wallace - View this family
William Charles Wallace
Birth: February 15, 1887Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey, United States
Death: January 5, 1956Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri, United States
Marriage: 1923Missouri, United States

Ruth Shemwell has 34 first cousins recorded

Father's family (34)

Parents William David Shemwell + Lucy Elizabeth Platte
2Ida Mae Shemwell18691959
10Infant Shemwell18871887
Parents John William Shemwell + Madora Cramer
Parents Sylvester Penic Shemwell + Eva Ann Cramer
Parents William Nicholas McMahan + Anna Elizabeth “Annie” Shemwell
4Annie McMahan18911900
Parents Ishamel Higdon Whitlow + Sarah M “Sallie” Shemwell
1Flora Dell Whitlow18801959
2Nellie Whitlow18821902
5Nettie Whitlow18891927
6Orpha Whitlow18921901
7Henry Clay Whitlow18941972
8John Whitlow18981983
Parents James Finley Burris + Mary Louisa Shemwell
2Dorval Burris18851963
3Ora Raymond Burris18871954
4Etta Lee Burris18911979
Parents George William Brady + Louella “Lula” Carrie Shemwell

Mother's family (0)

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - Alexander Taylor Shemwell - Household

Lamine Township, Lamine Village, Cooper, MO.

Taylor ShemwellheadWMMar184951M10KYKYKYFarmer
Armelia M ShemwellwifeWFMay185446M10109KYKYKY
Gertrude ShemwelldaughterWFSep18909SMOKYKY
Alta M ShemwelldaughterWFAug18927SMOKYKY
George A ShemwellsonWMJan18946SMOKYKY
Ruth ShemwelldaughterWFJul18963SMOKYKY
Levi R ShemwellsonWMFeb18982SMOKYKY
Nancy L Vassellstep daughterWFDec187821SILILIL
Warren T Vassellstep sonWMJul188019SILILILFarm Laborer
Lola V Vassellstep daughterWFFeb188218SILILIL

Census1910 United States - Census transcript - Alexander Taylor Shemwell - Household

Railroad Ave Blackwater Cooper MO.

Alexander Taylor ShemwellheadMW61M120KYKYKYLandlordHotel
Permeliia J ShemwellwifeFW56M220107ILILKY
Alta M ShemwelldaughterFW17SMOKYIL
George A ShemwellsonMW16SMOKYIL
Ruth ShemwelldaughterFW14SMOKYIL
Nannie WasselFW28SILILILSeamstessAt Home

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - Melvina Pamelia Thompson - Household

Black Water, Cooper, Missouri

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Shemwell, MelvinaheadFW66WdILKYKY
Shemwell, George AsonMW27SMOILILLaborerFarm
Lewis, RuthdaughterFW24WdMOILILClerkDry goods store
Wassel, NanniedaughterFW40SILILILClerkDry goods store

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - William Charles Wallace - Household

105 E 40th. Kansas City, Jackson, MO

Wallace, William CheadMW43M23NJNYCNStruc. Engr.Dteel Co.
Wallace, RuthwifeFW34M18MOKYIL
Shemwell, Melvina Pmother in lawFW75MILKYKY

Census1940 United States - Census transcript - William Charles Wallace - Household

2105 Alfred Ave St. Louis, MO

Wallace, William CheadMW53MNJSame PlaceOwn BusinessArchitect & Builder
Wallace, RuthwifeFW44MMOSame Place