The Shemwell Family

Ruth Ellen “Ruthie” ShemwellAge: 74 years18521926

Ruth Ellen “Ruthie” Shemwell
Given names
Ruth Ellen
Married name
Ruth Ellen Tomerlin
Birth 1852 19 27
Birth of a sisterDrusilla F Shemwell
1853 (Age 12 months)
Birth of a brotherJohn L Shemwell
September 9, 1854 (Age 2 years)
Note: or , Todd, Kentucky, USA
Birth of a brotherJames Washington Shemwell
September 2, 1856 (Age 4 years)
Note: or Todd, Kentucky, USA
Birth of a brotherJoseph H “Joe” Shemwell
December 1858 (Age 6 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 5 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Census August 14, 1860 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a brotherSamuel M Shemwell
June 22, 1861 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a sisterMary Katherine Shemwell
October 30, 1864 (Age 12 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 9 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 -
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 15 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 15 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a sisterNancy Jane “Nannie” Shemwell
August 29, 1868 (Age 16 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn Patrick Shemwell
July 1869 (Age 17 years)
Cause: Inflammation of bowels
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 17 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 -
Census June 1, 1870 (Age 18 years)
MarriageJames Andrew TomerlinView this family
March 23, 1876 (Age 24 years)
Birth of a son
#1William Herbert Tomerlin
June 26, 1877 (Age 25 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 26 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Birth of a daughter
#2Martha Bell Tomerlin
January 4, 1880 (Age 28 years)
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 28 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 46 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 motherMartha Jane “Mattie” Pidcock
before 1900 (Age 48 years)

Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 64 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Death of a brotherJohn L Shemwell
December 8, 1917 (Age 65 years)
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 65 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 66 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 -
Death of a husbandJames Andrew Tomerlin
July 15, 1920 (Age 68 years)
Death of a fatherSamuel Black Shemwell
December 22, 1921 (Age 69 years)
Cause: Chronic Interstitial Nephritis
Note: Name:S. B. Shemwell
Death of a brotherJoseph H “Joe” Shemwell
August 20, 1924 (Age 72 years)
Death February 23, 1926 (Age 74 years)
Cemetery: Pond Run Cemetery
Last change July 29, 201915:37:09

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: January 25, 1851Todd, Kentucky, United States
23 months
2 years
younger sister
20 months
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
Joseph H “Joe” Shemwell
Birth: December 1858 26 33Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: August 20, 1924Cleaton, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
3 years
younger brother
3 years
younger sister
Mary Katherine Shemwell
Birth: October 30, 1864 32 39Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
Death: March 29, 1941Cleaton, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
4 years
younger sister
Nancy Jane “Nannie” Shemwell
Birth: August 29, 1868 36 43Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: October 1, 1936Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
Family with James Andrew Tomerlin - View this family
Marriage: March 23, 1876Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
15 months
William Herbert Tomerlin
Birth: June 26, 1877 36 25Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
Death: January 24, 1942Beaver Dam, Ohio, Kentucky, United States
3 years
Martha Bell Tomerlin
Birth: January 4, 1880 38 28Paradise, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
Death: May 19, 1960Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States

Ruth Ellen “Ruthie” Shemwell has 48 first cousins recorded

Father's family (43)

Parents John Franklin Driskill + Barbara Jane Shemwell
Parents John L Tabb + Martha Ellen Shemwell
1Thomas W Tabb18471906
3Mary Jane Tabb18521917
4John Riley Tabb18541945
5Joseph Warner Tabb18561933
6Susan E Tabb1859
Parents William Pidcock + Nancy Isabella Shemwell
Parents John Franklin Driskill + Nancy Isabella Shemwell
Parents William Henry Shemwell + Elizabeth Jane Tomerlin
3Leroy J Shemwell18581906
4James H Shemwell18611906
7Mattie V Shemwell18741914
Parents John Pidcock + Mary Ann Shemwell
3Miranda E Pidcock18631900
Parents John Patrick Shemwell Jr. + Mary Hester Sherrod
2Willie Shemwell18711875
3Etta Bell Shemwell18721942
Parents James Lewis Shemwell + Eliza Ann “Lizia” Latham
Census1860 United States - Census transcript - Samuel Black Shemwell - Household

Todd, Kentucky

S B Shemwell28MWFarmerKY
M J Shemwell36FWKY
R E Shemwell8FWKY
D F Shemwell7FWKY
J L Shemwell5MWKY
J W Shemwell4MWKY
J H Shemwell2MWKY

Census1870 United States - Census transcript - Samuel Black Shemwell - Household

4th Pct. Paradise, Muhlenberg Ky.

Samuel Black Shemwell37MWCoal MinerKY
Martha Jane 44FWKeeping HouseKY
Ruthie E. Shemwell17FWKY
Drusilla F. Shemwell16FWKY
John L. Shemwell15MWKY
Joseph H. Shemwell11MWKY
James Washington Shemwell13MWKY
Samuel M. Shemwell8MWKY
Mary Katherine Shemwell5FWKY
Nancy Jane Shemwell1FWKY
Mary C. Shemwell25FBHouse ServantKY
Susan S. Shemwell18FBKY

Notes: Mary C. & Susan S. Shemwell are Black.

Census1880 United States - Census transcript - James A Tomerlin - Household

Paradise, Muhlenberg, Ky

James A TomerlinWM38headM-FarmerKYKYKY
Ruth E TomerlinWF28wifeM-KYKYKY
William H TomerlinWM3sonS-KYKYKY
Marsthia B TomerlinWF5mJandaughterS-KYKYKY

Notes: Next door to Shemwell's