The Shemwell Family

Louisa Alverta “Lou” DriskillAge: 72 years18581930

Louisa Alverta “Lou” Driskill
Given names
Louisa Alverta
Married name
Louisa Alverta Allen
Birth February 23, 1858 29 29
Birth of a half-sisterHarriett Pidcock
Birth of a brotherGeorge Clark Driskill
November 6, 1859 (Age 20 months)
Death of a paternal grandmotherAnna Tolar
between 1850 and 1860
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Census September 5, 1860 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a brotherArthur Davis Driskill
May 6, 1861 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a brotherJohn Seymore “Johnnie” Driskill
May 3, 1862 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a sisterFrances Tennessee “Fannie” Driskill
December 10, 1864 (Age 6 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 3 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 brotherSylvester Merryman Driskill
September 8, 1866 (Age 8 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 8 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 8 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Death of a maternal grandfatherJohn Patrick Shemwell
July 1869 (Age 11 years)
Cause: Inflammation of bowels
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 10 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 13, 1870 (Age 12 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 19 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
MarriageJames Nathan Allen Jr.View this family
January 31, 1884 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1Mary Ethel Allen
January 1, 1885 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a son
#2James Orville “Shep” Allen
September 10, 1890 (Age 32 years)
Death of a half-sisterMartha Ellen “Mattie” Driskill
November 4, 1891 (Age 33 years)
Death of a motherNancy Isabella Shemwell
August 21, 1893 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
#3Gladys Myrtle Allen
October 11, 1896 (Age 38 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 40 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 11, 1900 (Age 42 years)
Death of a fatherJohn Franklin Driskill
April 18, 1902 (Age 44 years)
Death of a daughterMary Ethel Allen
June 4, 1906 (Age 48 years)
Census April 25, 1910 (Age 52 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 57 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 58 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 59 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 -
Birth of a grandson
#1James Durwood Ford
October 19, 1919 (Age 61 years)
Marriage of a childChloe P FordGladys Myrtle AllenView this family
estimated 1919 (Age 60 years)

Death of a grandsonJames Durwood Ford
October 19, 1919 (Age 61 years)
Census January 15, 1920 (Age 61 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2Chloe Helen Ford
June 30, 1922 (Age 64 years)
Death of a half-sisterMiranda Isabel “Belle” Driskill
January 31, 1924 (Age 65 years)
Marriage of a childJames Orville “Shep” AllenPearl D GentryView this family
June 21, 1926 (Age 68 years)

Birth of a grandson
#3William Brandt “Bill” Ford Sr.
October 22, 1926 (Age 68 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#4Patsy Lou Allen
February 14, 1928 (Age 69 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 71 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Death of a husbandJames Nathan Allen Jr.
December 3, 1929 (Age 71 years)
Death February 28, 1930 (Age 72 years)
Cemetery: Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery
Last change May 14, 202012:36:22

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: April 3, 1857Todd, Kentucky, United States
11 months
20 months
younger brother
George Clark Driskill
Birth: November 6, 1859 31 30Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: May 21, 1946Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
18 months
younger brother
1 year
younger brother
John Seymore “Johnnie” Driskill
Birth: May 3, 1862 34 33Todd, Kentucky, United States
Death: May 13, 1931Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
3 years
younger sister
21 months
younger brother
Father’s family with Barbara Jane Shemwell - View this family
Marriage: January 31, 1850Todd, Kentucky, United States
11 months
2 years
16 months
2 years
Mother’s family with William Pidcock - View this family
Marriage: April 23, 1856Todd, Kentucky, United States
3 years
Family with James Nathan Allen Jr. - View this family
Marriage: January 31, 1884Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
11 months
Mary Ethel Allen
Birth: January 1, 1885 29 26Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
Death: June 4, 1906Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
6 years
James Orville “Shep” Allen
Birth: September 10, 1890 34 32Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
Death: May 26, 1959Stanford, Lincoln, Kentucky, United States
6 years

Louisa Alverta “Lou” Driskill has 44 first cousins recorded

Father's family (0)

Mother's family (44)

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 Henry Shemwell + Elizabeth Jane Tomerlin
3Leroy J Shemwell18581906
4James H Shemwell18611906
7Mattie V Shemwell18741914
Parents Samuel Black Shemwell + Martha Jane “Mattie” Pidcock
3John L Shemwell18541917
6Samuel M Shemwell18611935
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 - John Franklin Driskill - Household

Todd, Kentucky

John Franklin Driskellhead32MWFarmerTN
N J Driskellwife31FWKY
M I Driskelldaughter9FWKY
M A Driskelldaughter7FWKY
M E Driskelldaughter5FWKY
R J Driskelldaughter4FWKY
L A Driskelldaughter3FWKY
G C Driskellson1MWKY
Anna Driskellmother62FWNC

Census1870 United States - Census transcript - John Franklin Driskill - Household

Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky

Driskill, J Fhead42MWFarmerTN
Driskill, Nancy Jwife41FWKeeping HouseKY
Driskill, Miranda Idaughter18FWWithout OccupationKY
Driskill, Mary Adaughter17FWWithout OccupationKY
Driskill, Martha Edaughter15FWWithout OccupationKY
Driskill, Louisa Adaughter12FWWithout OccupationKY
Driskill, George Cson10MWAt HomeKY
Driskill, Arthur Dson9MWKY
Driskill, John Cson8MWKY
Driskill, Fanny Tdaughter5FWKY
Driskill, Sylvester Mson3MWKY

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - James Nathan Allen Jr. - Household

Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky

Allen, James NheadWMDec185544M16TNTNTNTeamster
Allen, Louisa AwifeWFFeb185842M1633KYTNKY
Allen, Mary EdaughterWFJan188515SKYKYKY
Allen, James OsonWMSep18909SKYKYKY
Allen, Gladys MdaughterWFOct18963SKYKYKY
Allen, William Byounger brotherWMApr185842WdTNTNTNTobacco Sorter
Allen, Elva BnieceWFMay188416SKYKYKY

Census1910 United States - Census transcript - James Nathan Allen Jr. - Household

Main Street Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky

Allen, J NheadMW53M126TNNCTNTeamsterBoarding House?
Allen, L AwifeFW51M12632KYTNKY
Allen, OrvillesonMW19SKYTNKYConcreteLaborer
Allen, MyrtledaughterFW13SKYTNKY
Kitchens, SophronamotherFW80Wd108TNVAVA

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - James Nathan Allen Jr. - Household

Main Street Greenville, Muhlenberg, Kentucky

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Allen, J NheadMW64MTNVATNLab Fact?Worker
Allen, LouisawifeFW62MKYKYKY
Allen, J OsonMW27SKYTNKYMinerCoal
Allen, MyrtlenieceFW18SKyKYKY
Ford, Chloe Pson in lawMW22MKYKYKYVarietyStore
Ford, MyrtledaughterFW23MKYKYKY