The Shemwell Family

James Washington ParhamAge: 54 years18301885

James Washington Parham
Given names
James Washington
Birth August 12, 1830 35 35
Birth of a brotherAllen Parham
December 5, 1832 (Age 2 years)
Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 16 months)
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City -
Birth of a sisterMary Parham
December 21, 1834 (Age 4 years)
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 5 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 -
Death of a paternal grandmotherMary “Molly” Shemwell
1843 (Age 12 years)
Death of a fatherJohnson Parham
May 5, 1846 (Age 15 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherJohn “Jack” Parham Jr.
October 18, 1846 (Age 16 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 15 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 October 5, 1850 (Age 20 years)
MarriageMartha Elizabeth StephensView this family
April 8, 1852 (Age 21 years)
Birth of a daughter
#1Mary Isabella Parham
November 29, 1855 (Age 25 years)
Death of a daughterMary Isabella Parham
after 1856 (Age 25 years)

Birth of a daughter
#2Margaret Anna Parham
July 20, 1858 (Age 27 years)
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 26 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Death of a daughterMargaret Anna Parham
after 1859 (Age 28 years)

Birth of a son
#3James Edwin Parham
March 12, 1861 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a daughter
#4Nancy Beaty Parham
August 2, 1864 (Age 33 years)
Death of a brotherJohn Parham
January 20, 1865 (Age 34 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 30 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 -
Death of a daughterNancy Beaty Parham
after 1865 (Age 34 years)

Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 36 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 36 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 38 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 -
Death of a brotherIsaac Parham
about 1870 (Age 39 years)
Death of a wifeMartha Elizabeth Stephens
December 6, 1874 (Age 44 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 47 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Death of a motherDrucilla Selby
June 7, 1884 (Age 53 years)
Death June 18, 1885 (Age 54 years)
Last change March 15, 201713:38:19

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: April 15, 1816Bledsoe, Tennessee, United States
3 years
elder sister
20 months
elder brother
2 years
elder sister
3 years
elder brother
3 years
elder brother
3 years
2 years
younger brother
2 years
younger sister
Family with Martha Elizabeth Stephens - View this family
Marriage: April 8, 1852Tennessee, United States
4 years
Mary Isabella Parham
Birth: November 29, 1855 25 18Lamar, Texas, United States
Death: after 1856
3 years
Margaret Anna Parham
Birth: July 20, 1858 27 21Lamar, Texas, United States
Death: after 1859
3 years
3 years
Nancy Beaty Parham
Birth: August 2, 1864 33 27Lamar, Texas, United States
Death: after 1865

James Washington Parham has 38 first cousins recorded

Father's family (38)

Parents Lloyd Selby + Rebecca Parham
1Allen Selby18201820
2Asbery Selby18201820
3Elva Selby18201820
4Joshua Selby18201820
5Simeon Selby18211861
6Mary Ann Selby18221886
7Catherine Selby18241863
9William W Selby18251864
10Elizabeth J Selby18291887
Parents Shemwell Parham + Christiana Gibbons
3Allen Parham18351905
5Elvia Parham1840
Parents Allen Parham + Lucy Hariett Tollette
1Mary Parham18231824
3Alexander Parham18251825
4Infant Parham18261827
5Elizabeth Parham18271860
6Elvina Parham18281842
7Anna Parham18301831
8John Parham18311832
10Allen Parham Jr.18341898
11Shemwell Parham18351935
14Rebecca Parham18431934
15Sarah Parham18441845
16Lucy Parham18481848
Parents John Hinch + Ann “Anna” Parham
1William Hinch18261909
2Mary Ann Hinch18281911
5John Curtis Hinch18361916

Mother's family (0)

Census1850 United States - Census transcript - Drucilla Selby - Household

Bledsoe, Tennessee

Drucilla Parhamhead54FWKY
William Parhamson25MWLaborerTN
Isaac Parhamson22MWLaborerTN
James W Parhamson20MWLaborerTN
Mary Parhamdaughter15FWTN

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