The Shemwell Family

Alton Bell HesterAge: 70 years18791949

Alton Bell Hester
Given names
Alton Bell
Birth December 11, 1879 32 33
WW I Draft Registration 1917-1918

Census June 10, 1880 (Age 5 months)
Death of a maternal grandfatherJames Marquis “Squire Jim” Shemwell
November 4, 1880 (Age 10 months)
Death of a paternal grandmotherElizabeth Brownhouse
June 10, 1881 (Age 17 months)
Birth of a brotherGarland Hester
September 14, 1881 (Age 21 months)

Death of a brotherGarland Hester
October 24, 1881 (Age 22 months)
Birth of a brotherThomas Jessie Hester
May 19, 1884 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a sisterMattie Stella Hester
September 2, 1885 (Age 5 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJames H Hester
January 3, 1895 (Age 15 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 18 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 23, 1900 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a son
#1Augustus B “Andy” Hester
April 19, 1908 (Age 28 years)
Birth of a son
#2Garland W Hester
September 30, 1910 (Age 30 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 36 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 37 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 38 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 motherAugustine America “Gussie” Shemwell
April 19, 1921 (Age 41 years)
Cause: Senile Dementia
Death of a fatherJames William Hester
July 2, 1926 (Age 46 years)
Cause: Dysentery
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 49 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 61 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 -
Death of a sisterMattie Stella Hester
May 6, 1949 (Age 69 years)
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 66 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 December 26, 1949 (Age 70 years)
Cemetery: Pleasant Hill Cemetery
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Marriage: August 6, 1871Todd, Kentucky, United States
elder brother
4 years
elder sister
Flora Hester
Birth: January 17, 1875 27 28
Death: February 4, 1875Todd, Kentucky, United States
14 months
elder sister
Poppie Eleanor Hester
Birth: March 25, 1876 29 29Sharon Grove, Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: December 27, 1960Todd, Kentucky, United States
9 months
elder brother
Ethert Bron Hester
Birth: January 6, 1877 29 30Sharon Grove, Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: May 15, 1955Todd, Kentucky, United States
3 years
21 months
younger brother
Garland Hester
Birth: September 14, 1881 34 35
Death: October 24, 1881Todd, Kentucky, United States
3 years
younger brother
Thomas Jessie Hester
Birth: May 19, 1884 37 37Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: April 23, 1956
15 months
younger sister
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Augustus B “Andy” Hester
Birth: April 19, 1908 28 32Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: June 9, 1995
2 years
Garland W Hester
Birth: September 30, 1910 30 34Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: June 22, 1984

Alton Bell Hester has 52 first cousins recorded

Mother's family (42)

Parents Samuel Thomas Shemwell + Armina M “Mina” Shemwell
2Permelia Shemwell18631931
Parents Thomas Ayres Hudspeth + Amanda Elizabeth “Manda” Shemwell
2George U Hudspeth18641882
Parents John Wesley Hester + Almira Caroline “Carrie” Shemwell
2Lush Hester18701960
3Eber D Hester18721960
4Maon Hester18741938
5Lt. Abot Hester18781903
Parents James McHenry Shutt + Mary Francis “Fanny” Shemwell
Parents Christopher Columbus “Bud” Shemwell + Malvina Elvina “Mollie” Rickman
1Mattie E Shemwell18771949
5Lee Shemwell18901891
6Lelia May Shemwell18901968
Parents Charles Lafayette “Fate” Shemwell + Mary Hester Sherrod
1Alpha Shemwell18781897
2Bertie E Shemwell18801970
3Clyde Shemwell18811949
7Floyd Shemwell18921977
Parents Marquis Delumuel “Mark” Shemwell + Sarah Frances “Ma Sissie” Scott
6Sue Belle Shemwell18901978
Census1880 United States - Census transcript - James William Hester - Household

Sharon, Todd, Kentucky

Hester, James WWM33headMFarmerKYNCVA
Hester, Augustine AWF33wifeMKeeping HouseKYKYKY
Hester, Arthur CWM7sonSKYKYKY
Hester, Poppie EWF4daughterSKYKYKY
Hester, Ethert BWM3sonSKYKYKY
Hester, Alton BWM5mDecsonSKYKYKY

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - James William Hester - Household

Sharon Grove Todd Ky

James W HesterheadWMFeb184753M27KYNCVAFarmer
Augustine S HesterwifeWFAug184953M2796KYKYKY
Arthur C HestersonWMJul187329MKYKYKYCarpenter
Poppie E HesterdaughterWFMar187724MKYKYKYTeacher (in school)
Ethert B HestersonWMJan187823MKYKYKYFarm laborer
Alton B HestersonWMDec187920MKYKYKYFarm laborer
Jessie T HestersonWMMay188416SKYKYKYFarm laborer
Mattie S HesterdaughterWFSep185544SKYKYKY

Note: Clifty Magisterial District - Listed having nine (9) children, only six (6) living.