The Shemwell Family

Harrison Higgs “Harry” ShemwellAge: 71 years18071878

Harrison Higgs “Harry” Shemwell
Given names
Harrison Higgs
Birth April 22, 1807 23 18
Birth of a sisterEleanor Kittrell Shemwell
August 15, 1809 (Age 2 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherMary Jane Higgs
1810 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterMary Lucinda Shemwell
March 14, 1812 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherZachariah Thomas “Z T” Shemwell
December 25, 1814 (Age 7 years)
Historical Event
War of 1812
between 1812 and 1815 (Age 4 years)

Note: War of 1812 between the Americans and the British. The Creek (or Red Stick) War in Alabama had different origins, but it coincided with the war of 1812, and the U.S. treated it as a part of the larger war, with Jackson and his forces also in charge of defeating the Creeks -
Birth of a brotherDr. James Jackson “J J” Shemwell
1816 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a sisterEmily Ellen Shemwell
July 24, 1823 (Age 16 years)
Birth of a sisterMary Ann Shemwell
1826 (Age 18 years)

Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 24 years)
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City -
Birth of a brotherJoseph Theodore Shemwell
about 1834 (Age 26 years)

MarriageMartha SinnotView this family
February 1836 (Age 28 years)

Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 28 years)
Note: The Texas Revolution (or Texas War of Independence) was fought from October 2, 1835 to April 21, 1836 between Mexico and the Texas (Tejas) portion of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas. The Texas Revolution erupted in 1836, after Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Mexico responded by invading Texas, where General Santa Anna won decisive victories in the battles of the Alamo and Goliad. The war ended at the Battle of San Jacinto (about 20 miles) east of modern day downtown Houston) where General Sam Houston led the Texas Army to victory in 18 minutes over a portion of the Mexican Army under Santa Anna, who was captured shortly after the battle. The conclusion of the war resulted in the creation of the Republic of Texas -
Birth of a daughter
#1Elizabeth Shemwell
1838 (Age 30 years)
Death of a fatherJoseph M Shemwell
March 6, 1838 (Age 30 years)
Note: or Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Birth of a son
#2Allen James Shemwell
1840 (Age 32 years)
Census June 1, 1840 (Age 33 years)
Indenture November 1842 (Age 35 years)

Note: Listed as master, New Orleans, La
Birth of a son
#3Frank H Shemwell
1844 (Age 36 years)
Note: Frank was born in 1844 in Louisiana most likely in New Orleans. We do not know alot of details about…
Death of a maternal grandmotherAnn
March 18, 1845 (Age 37 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4Mary Alice Shemwell
December 17, 1846 (Age 39 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 38 years)
Note: The Mexican-American War was an armed conflict between the United States of America and the United Mexican States from 1846 to 1848 in the wake of the 1845 U.S. annexation of Texas, which Mexico considered part of its territory despite the 1836 Texas Revolution -
Census November 13, 1850 (Age 43 years)
Address: Boarding House, 6th Ward, 1st Municipality, New Orleans, LA
Birth of a son
#5Henry Hall Shemwell
July 22, 1854 (Age 47 years)
Marriage of a childThomas Hansell MurrayElizabeth ShemwellView this family
before 1858 (Age 50 years)

Death of a motherMariam Jones “Milly” Whatley
October 16, 1858 (Age 51 years)

Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 49 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Birth of a daughter
#6Iowa Shemwell
March 12, 1860 (Age 52 years)
Census June 1, 1860 (Age 53 years)
1860 (Age 52 years)

Not marriedElizabeth “Lizzie” CheekView this family
about 1860 (Age 52 years)

Death of a brotherJoseph Theodore Shemwell
after 1860 (Age 52 years)

Birth of a son
#7Dr. Joseph Wade “Joe” Shemwell
August 28, 1862 (Age 55 years)
Birth of a son
#8Thomas Dalin Shemwell
June 10, 1863 (Age 56 years)
Death of a brotherDr. James Jackson “J J” Shemwell
after 1863 (Age 55 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9Mary Ann Shemwell
May 19, 1865 (Age 58 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 53 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 -
Birth of a son
#10Rev. Roland W Shemwell
November 21, 1867 (Age 60 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 59 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 59 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a son
#11Rev. Martin Luther Shemwell
April 17, 1869 (Age 61 years)
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 61 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 63 years)
Address: Dist. 4
Charged by the Grand Jury-Lewdness October 1, 1872 (Age 65 years)
Marriage of a childRene Henry Brunet Jr.Mary Alice ShemwellView this family
February 6, 1873 (Age 65 years)
Will August 24, 1873 (Age 66 years)
Note: Microfilm Roll #56
Birth of a grandson
#1William Allen Brunet
March 13, 1874 (Age 66 years)
Death of a daughterMary Alice Shemwell
May 24, 1874 (Age 67 years)
Burial of a daughterMary Alice Shemwell
after May 24, 1874 (Age 67 years)
Cemetery: Lafayette Cemetery #1
Death of a brotherZachariah Thomas “Z T” Shemwell
August 31, 1876 (Age 69 years)
Burial of a brotherZachariah Thomas “Z T” Shemwell
September 1876 (Age 69 years)
Cemetery: Shemwell Cemetery
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 70 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Death October 1, 1878 (Age 71 years)
Burial 1878 (Age 70 years)
Cemetery: McKinney Cemetery
Last change October 6, 201816:24:53

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: October 26, 1803Logan, Kentucky, United States
13 months
elder brother
2 years
2 years
younger sister
3 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
8 years
younger sister
3 years
younger sister
9 years
younger brother
Family with Martha Sinnot - View this family
Marriage: February 1836
3 years
Elizabeth Shemwell
Birth: 1838 30 28New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Death: May 25, 1901New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
3 years
Allen James Shemwell
Birth: 1840 32 30Louisiana, United States
Death: January 12, 1892Louisiana, United States
5 years
Frank H Shemwell
Birth: 1844 36 34New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Death: June 1, 1885
3 years
Mary Alice Shemwell
Birth: December 17, 1846 39 36New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Death: May 24, 1874New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Family with Elizabeth “Lizzie” Cheek - View this family
Not married: about 1860
-5 years
6 years
Iowa Shemwell
Birth: March 12, 1860 52 29Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: September 1905Stewart, Tennessee, United States
3 years
9 months
Thomas Dalin Shemwell
Birth: June 10, 1863 56 32Tennessee, United States
Death: February 13, 1948Elkton, Todd, Kentucky, United States
23 months
Mary Ann Shemwell
Birth: May 19, 1865 58 34Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 26, 1936Big Rock, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
3 years
17 months
Rev. Martin Luther Shemwell
Birth: April 17, 1869 61 38Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: July 20, 1947Fulton, Callaway, Missouri, United States

Harrison Higgs “Harry” Shemwell has 47 first cousins recorded

Father's family (42)

Parents John “Jack” Parham Jr. + Mary “Molly” Shemwell
1Rebecca Parham17931884
2Johnson Parham17941846
3Shemwell Parham17961880
4Allen Parham17981871
Parents Zachariah Shemwell + Susan Jemimah Whatley
1Jemima Shemwell18141857
2John Paul Shemwell18151880
3Maletha Shemwell18181894
4Joseph Shemwell18221847
Parents Zachariah Shemwell + Mary Suit
1Thomas W Shemwell18001877
Parents Joseph Hudspeth + Anna Margaret Shemwell
Parents Osborn McGehee + Sarah Rebecca Shemwell
1Anna McGehee17981884
2John McGehee18001875
4Nancy McGehee18121908
Parents James Shemwell Jr. + Barbara Suit
2William Shemwell18001870
3Ann Shemwell18021889
Parents James Shemwell Jr. + Elizabeth “Betsey” Ashbourn
Parents Samuel J Shemwell + Jane “Jenny” Dickerson
1James G Shemwell17981849
3Nancy Shemwell18001855
5Samuel Shemwell18091881
8William G Shemwell18191884
Parents Samuel Kittrell + Ellender “Nellie” Shemwell
3Solomon Kittrell18071872
4Joseph Kittrell18091840
5Samuel B Kittrell18201854
Listed as master, New Orleans, La
Census1860 United States - Census transcript - Harrison Higgs Shemwell - Household

Dist. 3 Stewart, Tennessee, United States

Harris Shemwell54MWBrick masonKY
Elizabeth Black30FMTN
Henry Black6MWTN
Iowa Black3mFWTN

Census1870 United States - Census transcript - Harrison Higgs Shemwell - Household

Harrison Shemwell63MWFarmerKY
Elizabeth Shemwell39FWKeeping houseTN
Henry Shemwell15MWFarm HandTN
Iowa Shemwell10FWat homeTN
Joseph Shemwell8MWTN
Thomas Shemwell7MWTN
Mary Shemwell5FWTN
Roland Shemwell3MWTN
Luther Shemwell4MWTN

Microfilm Roll #56 Book M Page 553 Harris H. Shemwell I, Harris H. Shemwell, of the County of Stewart and State of Tennessee being of sound mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills by me at anytime heretofore made. First, it is my desire that after my death, that my remains be plainly and decently buried. Secondly, I desire my funeral expense and just debts all by speedily and punctually paid out of any money that I may die possessed of or that may first come into the hands of my executor. In view of the faithful services heretofore render me by Elizabeth Black or Cheek, I hereby give and bequeath to the said Elizabeth Black or Cheek and her children by me, Henry, Iowa, Joseph and Thomas, Mary, Rolin, and Luther, during her natural life, and until she marries, all my real estate consisting of one tract of land lying in Stewart County, Tennessee, dist #3, a portion in Trigg County, Kentucky, bounded on the North by lands of W.W. Carr on the east by Carr, on the south by Carr, on the west by the lands of Bill McReynolds. Also all my personal estate I may have at the time of my death, and at her death or marriage or when she fails to live and act as a decent woman or keep a house of ill famed or becomes a prostitute, then and in that case, the property, both real divided among the children above named to wit: Henry, Iowa, Joseph, Thomas, Mary, Rolin and Luther. I also authorize and empower the said Elizabeth Black and my brother, Z.T. Shemwell, to sell land and personal property in case they both think best, the proceeds to be vested in other lands in any state they may think best. Fourthly, I hereby nominate the said Elizabeth Black or Cheek, my executix to this my last will and testament. I direct the county court require no bond to be given by her when she qualifies as executrix to such.. Witness my hand this August 24, 1873. Witness: Z.T. Shemwell H.A. Shemwell James Taylor J.P. Wimberly Proven in the October term of court, 1878 (Stewart County Will and Testament) will of Harris H. Shemwell: legatees are Elizabeth Black (or Cheek) and their children Henry, Iowa, Joseph, Thomas, Mary, Rolin & Luther; executors are Elizabeth and brother Z. T. Shemwell; wit: Z. T. Shemwell, Jarrus Taylor, J. P. Wimberly; written 24 Aug 1873, proven Oct. term 1878