The Shemwell Family

Elizabeth “Betsey” AshbournAge: 84 years17751859

Elizabeth “Betsey” Ashbourn
Given names
Married name
Elizabeth Shemwell
Birth 1775
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1775 and 1776

Note: In 1775, there was an epidemic of unknown cause in North America (especially New England,) followed in 1775-1776 by what is described as one of the worst worldwide influenza epidemics -
Historical Event
The American Revolution
from 1775 to 1783

Note: The Thirteen American Colonies broke from the British Empire and formed the independent nation, the United States of America -
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
between 1793 and 1798 (Age 18 years)
Note: More than 4,000 Philadelphia residents died from yellow fever -
Historical Event
The Louisiana Purchase
1803 (Age 28 years)

Note: Napoleon Bonaparte agrees to sell 828,000 square miles of land to the United States for $15 million -
MarriageJames Shemwell Jr.View this family
March 4, 1809 (Age 34 years)
Birth of a son
#1James Marquis “Squire Jim” Shemwell
October 19, 1810 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Lucinda Ashbourn Shemwell
May 5, 1815 (Age 40 years)
Historical Event
War of 1812
between 1812 and 1815 (Age 37 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 -
Census 1830 (Age 55 years)
Death of a husbandJames Shemwell Jr.
July 10, 1831 (Age 56 years)
Note: James may have passed prior to 1831. Elizabeth is listed as head of the household in the 1830 US Federal Census in Todd, Kentucky, United States. This census was taken June 1, 1830 - August 1, 1830.
Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 57 years)
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City -
Marriage of a childJames Marquis “Squire Jim” ShemwellElizabeth FloydView this family
August 13, 1835 (Age 60 years)
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 60 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 granddaughter
#1Armina M “Mina” Shemwell
February 9, 1839 (Age 64 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2Amanda Elizabeth “Manda” Shemwell
February 23, 1840 (Age 65 years)
Census June 1, 1840 (Age 65 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#3Almira Caroline “Carrie” Shemwell
March 31, 1842 (Age 67 years)
Note: or April 30, 1842
Birth of a granddaughter
#4Mary Francis “Fanny” Shemwell
April 13, 1844 (Age 69 years)
Marriage of a childJoseph Stewart CarnealLucinda Ashbourn ShemwellView this family
March 17, 1846 (Age 71 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#5Augustine America “Gussie” Shemwell
August 9, 1846 (Age 71 years)
Birth of a grandson
#6Robert Newton Carneal
February 22, 1848 (Age 73 years)
Birth of a grandson
#7Christopher Columbus “Bud” Shemwell
September 2, 1848 (Age 73 years)
Note: or September 12, 1848
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 71 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 June 1, 1850 (Age 75 years)
Note: Living with son James M. Shemwell
Birth of a granddaughter
#8Martha A “Mattie” Shemwell
December 4, 1851 (Age 76 years)
Birth of a grandson
#9Charles Lafayette “Fate” Shemwell
May 17, 1853 (Age 78 years)
Birth of a grandson
#10George T Carneal
May 19, 1853 (Age 78 years)
Birth of a grandson
#11Benjamin Franklin Carneal
November 16, 1854 (Age 79 years)
Note: Kentucky Birth Record lists birth in December, 1854
Birth of a grandson
#12Marquis Delumuel “Mark” Shemwell
March 13, 1856 (Age 81 years)
Birth of a grandson
#13Thomas W Shemwell
October 20, 1858 (Age 83 years)
Note: 19 OCT 1858 ?
Birth of a grandson
#14Joseph M Carneal
February 24, 1859 (Age 84 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 82 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Death August 1859 (Age 84 years)
Family with James Shemwell Jr. - View this family
Marriage: March 4, 1809Logan, Kentucky, United States
20 months
5 years
James Shemwell Jr. + Barbara Suit - View this family
husband’s wife
Marriage: August 7, 1797Granville, North Carolina, United States
2 years
16 months
3 years
4 years

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Census1840 United States - Census transcript - James Marquis “Squire Jim” Shemwell - Household

Todd, Ky

NameRelationAgeSexSlavesFree coloredInfirmFNROther Infirm
James Marquis “Squire Jim” Shemwellhead29M
Elizabeth Shemwellwife23F
Armina M “Mina” Shemwelldaughter1F
Amanda Elizabeth “Manda” Shemwelldaughter0F
Elizabeth Shemwellmother65F
Lucinda Ashbourn Shemwellyounger sister25F

Best guess -B

Census1850 United States - Census transcript - James Marquis Shemwell - Household

Page 264A Todd, Kentucky, USA

James Shemwell40MWfarmerKY
Elizabeth Shemwell32FWKY
Betsy Shemwell75FWVA
Armina M. Shemwell12FWKY
Amanda Shemwell10FWKY
Almira C Shemwell8FWKY
Mary Shemwell6FWKY
Augustine A Shemwell4FWKY
Christopher Shemwell2MWKY

Living with son James M. Shemwell