The Shemwell Family

James Elam “Troy” ShemwellAge: 37 years19121949

James Elam “Troy” Shemwell
Given names
James Elam
Birth March 31, 1912 27 22
Birth of a sisterFlorence Elizabeth Shemwell
February 20, 1914 (Age 22 months)
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 3 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic -
Death of a maternal grandmotherZerutus Doretta Morris
June 13, 1917 (Age 5 years)
Birth of a brotherBishop Brandon Shemwell
December 21, 1917 (Age 5 years)
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 4 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 5 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 January 1, 1920 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a brotherClarence Martin Shemwell
May 3, 1920 (Age 8 years)
Birth of a brotherDuncan Eve “Dunk” Shemwell
January 31, 1922 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a brotherSidney Neal Shemwell
April 12, 1924 (Age 12 years)
Death of a motherGracy Pearl Stagner
September 2, 1926 (Age 14 years)
Cause: Burst Appendix
Death of a paternal grandmotherMarinda Arbelle “Lou” Stack
January 16, 1928 (Age 15 years)
Address: Bumpus Mills, Civil District 4, Stewart County, Tennessee
Cause: Senial Decay due to Influenza
Marriage of a parentJohn Douglas “Johnnie” ShemwellEllen Elizabeth BryantView this family
August 10, 1928 (Age 16 years)
Birth of a half-brotherThomas Douglas “Sunny boy” Shemwell
June 11, 1929 (Age 17 years)
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 17 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 23, 1930 (Age 18 years)
MarriageMary Kaye ArvinView this family
August 12, 1930 (Age 18 years)
Birth of a son
#1James Howard “Jim” Shemwell
January 22, 1932 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a half-brotherDorris Earl Shemwell
January 22, 1933 (Age 20 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherJames Knox Polk Stagner
July 7, 1935 (Age 23 years)
Birth of a half-sisterJoyce Dale Shemwell
September 15, 1937 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a half-brotherJames Edward Shemwell
November 16, 1938 (Age 26 years)
Birth of a half-brotherHarvey Bertum Shemwell Sr.
November 16, 1938 (Age 26 years)
MarriageMayme Nell EpleyView this family
before 1940 (Age 27 years)

Census April 8, 1940 (Age 28 years)
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 29 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 -
Death of a brotherJessie Wilton Shemwell
April 8, 1949 (Age 37 years)
Cause: Operation - Ulcerated Stomach
Burial of a brotherJessie Wilton Shemwell
after April 8, 1949 (Age 37 years)
Cemetery: Smith Cemetery
Historical Event
Vietnam War
between 1946 and 1975 (Age 33 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 April 29, 1949 (Age 37 years)
Cause of death: Heart Attack - Alchoholism
Burial 1949 (Age 36 years)
Cemetery: Smith Cemetery
Last change January 11, 201810:38:46

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: October 12, 1904Stewart, Tennessee, United States
2 years
elder sister
2 years
elder brother
elder sister
Bessie Ruth Shemwell
Birth: March 8, 1909 24 19Bumpus Mills, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: December 3, 1986Clarksville, Montgomery, Tennessee, United States
3 years
James Elam “Troy” Shemwell
Birth: March 31, 1912 27 22Bumpus Mills, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: April 29, 1949Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
23 months
younger sister
Florence Elizabeth Shemwell
Birth: February 20, 1914 29 24Bumpus Mills, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 31, 1990Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States
4 years
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
Clarence Martin Shemwell
Birth: May 3, 1920 35 30Bumpus Mills, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: March 2, 1987Bumpus Mills, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
21 months
younger brother
2 years
younger brother
Father’s family with Ellen Elizabeth Bryant - View this family
Marriage: August 10, 1928Stewart, Tennessee, United States
10 months
Thomas Douglas “Sunny boy” Shemwell
Birth: June 11, 1929 45 28Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States
Death: December 4, 2000Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States
4 years
Dorris Earl Shemwell
Birth: January 22, 1933 48 32Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States
Death: March 4, 2009Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States
5 years
Joyce Dale Shemwell
Birth: September 15, 1937 53 37Christian, Kentucky, United States
Death: June 21, 2012Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States
14 months
James Edward Shemwell
Birth: November 16, 1938 54 38Christian, Kentucky, United States
Death: October 27, 1993Christian, Kentucky, United States
Harvey Bertum Shemwell Sr.
Birth: November 16, 1938 54 38Hopkinsville, Christian, Kentucky, United States
Death: May 16, 2019Cadiz, Trigg, Kentucky, United States
Family with Mary Kaye Arvin - View this family
James Elam “Troy” Shemwell
Birth: March 31, 1912 27 22Bumpus Mills, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: April 29, 1949Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
Marriage: August 12, 1930Christian, Kentucky, United States
17 months
Family with Mayme Nell Epley - View this family
James Elam “Troy” Shemwell
Birth: March 31, 1912 27 22Bumpus Mills, Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: April 29, 1949Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States
Mayme Nell Epley
Birth: May 25, 1911 39 31Logan, Kentucky, United States
Death: May 1977Marion, Indiana, United States
Marriage: before 1940
Leonard Alfred McNary + Mary Kaye Arvin - View this family
wife’s husband
Leonard Alfred McNary
Birth: March 11, 1902 21 21Mississippi, Arkansas, United States
Death: July 3, 1963Ada, Idaho, United States
Marriage: December 30, 1941Christian, Kentucky, United States

James Elam “Troy” Shemwell has 53 first cousins recorded

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - John Douglas Shemwell - Household

Civil District 4 Stewart, Tennessee, United States

John D. ShemwellheadMW34MTNTNTNFarmerOwn Farm
Gracy P. ShemwellwifeFW30MTNKYTN
Louisa E. ShemwelldaughterFW12STNTNTN
Bessie R. ShemwelldaughterFW10STNTNTN
Jessie W. ShemwellsonMW10STNTNTN
Troy E. ShemwellsonMW7STNTNTN
Florence E. ShemwelldaughterFW5STNTNTN
Bishop B. ShemwellsonMW2STNTNTN

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - Tanna P Dunn - Household

Bumpus Mills, Stewart, Tenn

Dunn, Tanna PheadMW44M26KYKYKYLaborerOdd jobs
Dunn, Rutha JwifeFW34M21KYKYKY
Dunn, Prentice JsonMW17SKYKYKY
Dunn, Annie LdaughterFW14SKYKYKY
Dunn, Robert CsonMW8SKYKYKY
Dunn, Vista LdaughterFW6SKYKYKY
Shemwell, Troy JcousinMW18STNTNTN

Census1940 United States - Census transcript - James Elam “Troy” Shemwell - Household

404 Virginia St. Hopkinsville, Christian, KY

Shemwell, James EheadMW28MTNSame PlaceMechanicAuto repair shop
Shemwell, Mamie NwifeFW27MKYSame Place

James Elam was given the nickname Troy, because when he was young he would always be around an African American named Troy, so it was Big Troy and Little Troy.When Troy died he was yelling at his workers from his porch when he dropped and died, he died from a heart attack at over 300 pounds. It is not known if he actually married Mayme. One of Troy's jobs was delivering moonshine (alcoholic drink) out of the back of his vehicle.
Birth: Mar. 31, 1912Stewart, Tennessee, United States Death: Apr. 29, 1949 Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, USA J.E. (Troy) Shemwell, 37, died Friday morning at his home in Indianapolis, Indiana, of a heart attack. Mr. Shemwell had been in poor health for the past two years. Funeral services will be held here in the city, but arrangements have not been completed yet. Mr. Shemwell was born in Stewart County, Tennessee, the son of J.D. Shemwell and the late Gracie Stagner Shemwell. He made his home in Hopkinsville from 1929 until 1940, when he moved to Indianapolis. His survivors include his widow, Mayme Epply Shemwell, and one son, James Shemwell; his father J.D. Shemwell; four sisters, Mrs. Earline Brown, Mrs. Florence Marsh and Miss Joyce Shemwell, all of this city, and Mrs. Bessie Brown of Clarksville, Tenn.; four brothers, Clarence Shemwell of Bumpus Mills, Tenn., Bishope Shemwell of Trenton, Duncan E. and Sidney N. Shemwell of the city; Four half brothers, Doug, Dorris, James and Harvey all of the city. An older brother, Jesse Shemwell, preceded him to the grave three Weaks ago. Parents: John Douglas Shemwell (1884 - 1956) Gracy P Stagner Shemwell (1889 - 1926) Spouses: Mary K Arvin McNary (1912 - 1995) Mayme Nell Epley Shemwell (1911 - 1977) Children: James Howard Shemwell (1932 - 1996) Burial: Smith Cemetery, Big Rock, Stewart, Tennessee, United States Created by: Greene-Shemwell Record added: Sep 13, 2009 Find A Grave Memorial# 41892100