The Shemwell Family

Melvina Pamelia ThompsonAge: 80 years18541935

Melvina Pamelia Thompson
Given names
Melvina Pamelia
Married name
Melvina Pamelia Wassell
Married name
Melvina Pamelia Shemwell
Birth May 27, 1854 44
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 2 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 6 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 -
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 12 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 12 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 14 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 -
Religious marriageCharles D WassellView this family
June 8, 1876 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1Emily “Emma” Wassell
April 4, 1877 (Age 22 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Nancy Lee “Nannie” Wassell
December 23, 1878 (Age 24 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 23 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Census June 19, 1880 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a son
#3Warren Thompson Wassell
July 26, 1880 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4Lola V “Lady V” Wassell
February 16, 1882 (Age 27 years)
MarriageAlexander Taylor ShemwellView this family
October 1889 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
#5Gertrude Shemwell
September 23, 1890 (Age 36 years)
Birth of a daughter
#6Alta M Shemwell
August 1892 (Age 38 years)
Birth of a son
#7George Alexander Shemwell
January 3, 1894 (Age 39 years)
Birth of a daughter
#8Ruth Shemwell
July 16, 1896 (Age 42 years)
Marriage of a childAshley Oberon KueckelhanEmily “Emma” WassellView this family
Type: Civil marriage
April 7, 1897 (Age 42 years)
Birth of a son
#9Robert Levi Shemwell
February 8, 1898 (Age 43 years)

Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 43 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 16, 1900 (Age 46 years)
Death of a sonRobert Levi Shemwell
August 1, 1901 (Age 47 years)

Cause: Dysentery
Marriage of a childRobert Milton CrockettLola V “Lady V” WassellView this family
Type: Religious marriage
June 16, 1903 (Age 49 years)
Address: City Hotel, Blackwater, Cooper, Missouri, United States
Marriage of a childWarren Thompson WassellAlice “Allie” L OliverView this family
Type: Civil marriage
November 18, 1906 (Age 52 years)
Birth of a grandson
#1Col. John Wassell Crockett
June 5, 1907 (Age 53 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#2Nadine Eloise Wassell
July 28, 1907 (Age 53 years)
Death of a daughterGertrude Shemwell
November 22, 1908 (Age 54 years)
Cause: Pneumonia - Typhoid Fever
Census April 18, 1910 (Age 55 years)
Birth of a granddaughter
#3Sadie Melvina Crockett
December 12, 1910 (Age 56 years)
Birth of a grandson
#4Charles VanBuren Crockett
December 13, 1913 (Age 59 years)
Marriage of a childLloyd Leeland LewisRuth ShemwellView this family
Type: Religious marriage
November 23, 1915 (Age 61 years)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 61 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Death of a husbandAlexander Taylor Shemwell
July 24, 1917 (Age 63 years)
Cause: Tuberculosis
Burial of a husbandAlexander Taylor Shemwell
July 26, 1917 (Age 63 years)
Cemetery: Lamine Cemetery
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 62 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 63 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 -
Marriage of a childWilliam Ira PillsburyAlta M ShemwellView this family
January 5, 1920 (Age 65 years)
Census January 9, 1920 (Age 65 years)
Marriage of a childWilliam Charles WallaceRuth ShemwellView this family
1923 (Age 68 years)
Death of a sonWarren Thompson Wassell
January 1, 1923 (Age 68 years)
Marriage of a childGeorge Alexander ShemwellIda ClarkView this family
January 27, 1925 (Age 70 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 75 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 1930 (Age 75 years)
Death May 18, 1935 (Age 80 years)
Cause of death: Cardiac Arrhythmia
Burial May 21, 1935 (3 days after death)
Cemetery: Lamine Cemetery
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Family with parents - View this family
Family with Charles D Wassell - View this family
Marriage: June 8, 1876Randolph, Illinois, United States
3 years
Nancy Lee “Nannie” Wassell
Birth: December 23, 1878 26 24Illinois, United States
Death: March 27, 1964Cooper, Missouri, United States
19 months
19 months
-5 years
Emily “Emma” Wassell
Birth: April 4, 1877 25 22Red Bud, Randolph, Illinois, United States
Death: June 25, 1956Marshall, Saline, Missouri, United States
Family with Alexander Taylor Shemwell - View this family
Marriage: October 1889Missouri, United States
1 year
Gertrude Shemwell
Birth: September 23, 1890 41 36Lamine, Cooper, Missouri, United States
Death: November 22, 1908Blackwater, Cooper, Missouri, United States
23 months
17 months
George Alexander Shemwell
Birth: January 3, 1894 44 39Blackwater, Cooper, Missouri, United States
Death: February 6, 1960Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States
3 years
19 months

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Census1880 United States - Census transcript - Charles D Wassel - Household

Chester, Randolph, Illinois, United States

Wassel, CharlesWM28headMILEnglandCT
Wassel, Mellia MWF24wifeMILKYKY
Wassel, Nancy WF2daughterSILILIL

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - Alexander Taylor Shemwell - Household

Lamine Township, Lamine Village, Cooper, MO.

Taylor ShemwellheadWMMar184951M10KYKYKYFarmer
Armelia M ShemwellwifeWFMay185446M10109KYKYKY
Gertrude ShemwelldaughterWFSep18909SMOKYKY
Alta M ShemwelldaughterWFAug18927SMOKYKY
George A ShemwellsonWMJan18946SMOKYKY
Ruth ShemwelldaughterWFJul18963SMOKYKY
Levi R ShemwellsonWMFeb18982SMOKYKY
Nancy L Vassellstep daughterWFDec187821SILILIL
Warren T Vassellstep sonWMJul188019SILILILFarm Laborer
Lola V Vassellstep daughterWFFeb188218SILILIL

Census1910 United States - Census transcript - Alexander Taylor Shemwell - Household

Railroad Ave Blackwater Cooper MO.

Alexander Taylor ShemwellheadMW61M120KYKYKYLandlordHotel
Permeliia J ShemwellwifeFW56M220107ILILKY
Alta M ShemwelldaughterFW17SMOKYIL
George A ShemwellsonMW16SMOKYIL
Ruth ShemwelldaughterFW14SMOKYIL
Nannie WasselFW28SILILILSeamstessAt Home

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - Melvina Pamelia Thompson - Household

Black Water, Cooper, Missouri

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Shemwell, MelvinaheadFW66WdILKYKY
Shemwell, George AsonMW27SMOILILLaborerFarm
Lewis, RuthdaughterFW24WdMOILILClerkDry goods store
Wassel, NanniedaughterFW40SILILILClerkDry goods store

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - William Charles Wallace - Household

105 E 40th. Kansas City, Jackson, MO

Wallace, William CheadMW43M23NJNYCNStruc. Engr.Dteel Co.
Wallace, RuthwifeFW34M18MOKYIL
Shemwell, Melvina Pmother in lawFW75MILKYKY