The Shemwell Family

Mary “Polly” AcuffAge: 80 years18251906

Mary “Polly” Acuff
Given names
Married name
Mary Sexson
Birth October 29, 1825 25 25
Birth of a sisterSarah Acuff
January 1, 1828 (Age 2 years)

Birth of a brotherArnold Acuff
1830 (Age 4 years)
Historical Event
Cholera Epidemic
1832 (Age 6 years)
Note: Cholera killed 4,340 people in New Orleans & over 3,000 in New York City -
Historical Event
The Texas Revolution
between October 1835 and April 1836 (Age 9 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 -
MarriageLemuel A SexsonView this family
March 15, 1842 (Age 16 years)
Birth of a son
#1Sarah Sexson
estimated 1845 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a daughter
#2Henrietta Sexson
estimated 1847 (Age 21 years)
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 20 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 -
Birth of a son
#3Winfield Scott Sexson
1849 (Age 23 years)

Birth of a daughter
#4Elizabeth Sexson
estimated 1851 (Age 25 years)
Birth of a son
#5Joel Sexson
estimated 1853 (Age 27 years)
Birth of a son
#6James Sexson
estimated 1855 (Age 29 years)
Death of a motherJincy Mallicoat
August 10, 1855 (Age 29 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherAnn “Nancy” Watson
1856 (Age 30 years)
Birth of a daughter
#7Mary Virginia Sexson
1858 (Age 32 years)

Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 31 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza -
Birth of a son
#8Jefferson Sexson
estimated 1861 (Age 35 years)
Birth of a daughter
#9Martha M Sexson
estimated 1864 (Age 38 years)
Death of a fatherDavid Acuff
March 18, 1865 (Age 39 years)
Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 35 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 paternal grandfatherJohn Acuff Jr.
about 1866 (Age 40 years)
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 41 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 41 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans -
Birth of a son
#10Comochose Sexson
estimated 1868 (Age 42 years)
Birth of a son
#11Williamson Sexson
estimated 1869 (Age 43 years)
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 43 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 -
Census June 1, 1870 (Age 44 years)
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 52 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley -
Death of a sisterElizabeth Acuff
November 5, 1890 (Age 65 years)
Death of a husbandLemuel A Sexson
December 25, 1893 (Age 68 years)

Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 72 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 -
Death of a daughterMary Virginia Sexson
1901 (Age 75 years)

Death March 8, 1906 (Age 80 years)
Cemetery: Thomas Lincoln Cemetery
Last change March 20, 201608:35:14

by: Barry Shemwell
Family with parents - View this family
Marriage: November 8, 1820Grainger, Tennessee, United States
13 months
elder sister
Elizabeth Acuff
Birth: December 8, 1821 21 21Tennessee, United States
Death: November 5, 1890Whitehall, Owen, Indiana, United States
13 months
elder brother
3 years
2 years
younger sister
3 years
younger brother
Family with Lemuel A Sexson - View this family
Marriage: March 15, 1842Monroe, Indiana, United States
4 years
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3 years
3 years
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12 years
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Mary “Polly” Acuff has 7 first cousins recorded

Mother's family (0)

Census1870 United States - Census transcript - Lemuel A Sexson - Household


Lemuel Sexson48MWFarmerKY
Mary Sexson44FWTN
Sarah Sexson24MWIN
Henrietta Sexson22FWIN
Winfield Sexson20MWIN
Joel Sexson16MWIN
Elizabeth Sexson18FWIN
James Sexson14MWIN
Mary Sexson11FWIN
Jefferson Sexson8MWIN
Martha Sexson6FWIN
Williamson Sexson10mMWIL
Comochose Sexson1MWIL