The Shemwell Family

Walter James RallsAge: 74 years18701944

Walter James Ralls
Given names
Walter James
Birth February 12, 1870 25 24
Census August 8, 1870 (Age 5 months)
Birth of a brotherFranklin Warren Ralls
October 1, 1872 (Age 2 years)
Death of a maternal grandmotherElizabeth Nolan Lassiter
March 28, 1876 (Age 6 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 7 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Death of a maternal grandfatherAllen James “A J” Shemwell
December 8, 1879 (Age 9 years)
Birth of a brotherAllen James Ralls
February 11, 1880 (Age 9 years)
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a brotherGeorge C Ralls
September 1883 (Age 13 years)
Birth of a sisterFlorence Ralls
July 8, 1885 (Age 15 years)
Death of a sisterFlorence Ralls
March 26, 1893 (Age 23 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 28 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 1, 1900 (Age 30 years)
Census April 15, 1910 (Age 40 years)
Death of a fatherThomas M “Tom” Ralls
July 15, 1915 (Age 45 years)
Cause: chronic Briglit's disease
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 45 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 46 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed-
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 47 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 February 4, 1920 (Age 49 years)
Death of a motherMary Alice Shemwell
April 26, 1925 (Age 55 years)
Death of a sisterEddie M Ralls
May 4, 1928 (Age 58 years)
Cause: Flu and Pneumonia
Historical Event
The Great Depression
October 1929 (Age 59 years)

Note: The Wall Street Crash sets off the Great Depression, the most severe worldwide economic depression in the 20th century -
Census April 28, 1930 (Age 60 years)
MarriageMinerva H “Minnie” BrandonView this family
February 18, 1931 (Age 61 years)
Death of a brotherAllen James Ralls
June 7, 1938 (Age 68 years)
Cause: Heart attack
Burial of a brotherAllen James Ralls
June 8, 1938 (Age 68 years)
Cemetery: Ralls Cemetery
Historical Event
World War II
between December 1941 and August 1945 (Age 71 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 August 27, 1944 (Age 74 years)
Cemetery: Ralls Cemetery
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: June 22, 1865Stewart, Tennessee, United States
3 years
elder sister
Eddie M Ralls
Birth: February 1868 23 22Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: May 4, 1928Stewart, Tennessee, United States
2 years
Walter James Ralls
Birth: February 12, 1870 25 24Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 27, 1944Stewart, Tennessee, United States
3 years
younger brother
7 years
younger brother
4 years
younger brother
George C Ralls
Birth: September 1883 38 38Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: March 1964Stewart, Tennessee, United States
22 months
younger sister
Florence Ralls
Birth: July 8, 1885 40 40Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: March 26, 1893Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Family with Minerva H “Minnie” Brandon - View this family
Walter James Ralls
Birth: February 12, 1870 25 24Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: August 27, 1944Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Minerva H “Minnie” Brandon
Birth: December 27, 1873Stewart, Tennessee, United States
Death: January 27, 1948Davidson, Tennessee, United States
Marriage: February 18, 1931Stewart, Tennessee, United States

Walter James Ralls has 5 first cousins recorded

Census1870 United States - Census transcript - Thomas M “Tom” Ralls - Household

District 7, Dover, Stewart, Tennessee, United States

Ralls, Thomas Mhead23MWfarmerTN
Ralls, Alicewife22FWkeeping houseTN
Ralls, Eddie daughter4FWTN
Ralls, Walter son1MWTN

Census1880 United States - Census transcript - Thomas M Ralls - Household

Dover, Stewart, TN

Ralls, ThomasWM32headMFarmerTNNCTN
Ralls, AliceWF32wifeMKeeping HouseTNKYTN
Ralls, EddieWF12daughterSTNTNTN
Ralls, WalterWM10sonSTNTNTN
Ralls, FrankWM8sonSTNTNTN
Allen James RallsWM1sonSTNTNTN
Jackson, IshamBM14TNTNTN

Next door to Wm Riggins

Census1900 United States - Census transcript - Thomas M. Ralls - Household

Dist. 7 Dover Town, Stewart, Tennessee, United States

Thomas M. RallsheadWMJan 184555S35--TNTNTNFarmer0
Mary Alice ShemwellwifeWFMay 184555S3565TNKYTN
Walter James RallssonWMJan 187030S---TNTNTNSaloonist0
Allen J. RallssonWMFeb 188020S---TNTNTNBartender0
George L RallssonWMSep 188316S---TNTNTNBartender93

Census1910 United States - Census transcript - Thomas M. Ralls - Household

Stewart, Tennessee, United States

Thomas M. RallsheadMW65S42--TNTNTNFarmerGeneral Farm
Alice M. RallswifeFW65S4265TNTNTN
Walter J RallssonMW35S---TNTNTNFarmerGeneral Farm
Allen J. RallssonMW26S---TNTNTNSalesmanGeneral store
George L RallssonMW23S---TNTNTNFarmerHome Farm
Stella WallaceservantFW-18S---TNTNTNServantPrivate family

Census1920 United States - Census transcript - Walter James Ralls - Household

District 9, Stewart, Tennessee, United States

NameRelationHomeMortSexRaceAgeConditionImmNatNatYSchoolRWBPLangFBPFather langMBPMother langEngOccupationIndEmp
Ralls, Walter JheadMW47STNTNTNfarmer
Ralls, Mary AmotherFW74WdTNTNTN
Ralls, George CbrotherMW34STNTNTNfarmer laborer

Census1930 United States - Census transcript - George C Ralls - Household

Stewart, Tennessee

Ralls, George CheadMW45STNTNTNFarmerGeneral Farm
Ralls, Walter Gelder brotherMW55STNTNTN
Sykes, LauraservantFW50Wd42TNTNTNServantPrivate family