The Shemwell Family

Mertha Doris Weston1896

Mertha Doris Weston
Given names
Mertha Doris
Married name
Mertha Doris Riggins
Birth October 3, 1896
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 17 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 -
Birth of a son
#1Charles Lee Riggins
April 15, 1915 (Age 18 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 -
Birth of a son
#2James Howard Riggins
February 14, 1917 (Age 20 years)
Death of a sonJames Howard Riggins
April 12, 1917 (Age 20 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3Mildred Louise Riggins
July 29, 1918 (Age 21 years)
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-
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 February 13, 1920 (Age 23 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 32 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 7, 1930 (Age 33 years)
Census April 4, 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 husbandHerman Chestney Riggins
1973 (Age 76 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 of a daughterMildred Louise Riggins
February 1979 (Age 82 years)

Death of a sonCharles Lee Riggins
January 22, 1992 (Age 95 years)


Last change November 3, 201916:38:42

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with Herman Chestney Riggins - View this family
Charles Lee Riggins
Birth: April 15, 1915 27 18Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: January 22, 1992
22 months
James Howard Riggins
Birth: February 14, 1917 29 20Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: April 12, 1917Stewart, Tennessee, United States
17 months
Mildred Louise Riggins
Birth: July 29, 1918 30 21Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: February 1979

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Census1940 United States - Census transcript - Herman Chestney Riggins - Household

Granite City, Madison, Illinois, United States

Riggins, Herman CheadMW53MTNlaborerbiscuit company
Riggins, MyrthawifeFW42MTN