The Shemwell Family

William Henderson “Billy” SmithAge: 83 years18411925

Name
William Henderson “Billy” Smith
Given names
William Henderson
Surname
Smith
Nickname
Billy
Birth September 30, 1841
Historical Event
Mexican-American War
from 1846 to 1848 (Age 4 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexican%E2%80%93American_War
Historical Event
Influenza Epidemic
between 1857 and 1859 (Age 15 years)

Note: In 1857-1859, there was an extremely severe worldwide outbreak of influenza - http://www.flutrackers.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3884
Military
Civil War 2nd Sergeant, I Company
from October 8, 1861 to December 14, 1864 (Age 20 years)

Note: Civil War: 2nd Sergeant, I Company, 08 Oct 61, Camp Caloway (Hartford),KY. Wounded (slightly) at the Battle of Shiloh (Shiloh, TN) on 07 Apr 62 and sent to Simmonds General Hospital Mound City, IL. Promoted to 1st Sergeant (vice Jonathan N. Simmons, commissioned) on 19 Jun 63. 03 Mar 1864 ordered to Paradise, KY for recruiting duty and arrived 15 Mar 64. Commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant (vice Robert T. Kennedy, resigned) on 17 Jun 64 at Marietta, GA. Discharged 14 Dec 64 at Bowling Green, KY.
MarriageMarietta Isadora Catherine MasonView this family
February 12, 1865 (Age 23 years)

Historical Event
American Civil War
between April 1861 and May 1865 (Age 19 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Civil_War
Historical Event
The Alaska Purchase
1867 (Age 25 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) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alaska_Purchase
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic
1867 (Age 25 years)
Note: 3,093 perished from yellow fever in New Orleans - http://historyengine.richmond.edu/episodes/view/306
Historical Event
Transcontinental Railroad completed
1869 (Age 27 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad
Historical Event
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878
1878 (Age 36 years)

Note: Over 13,000 deaths occurred from yellow fever in lower Mississippi Valley - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_yellow_fever
Census June 1, 1880 (Age 38 years)
Historical Event
Spanish-American War
between April 1898 and August 1898 (Age 56 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 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish%E2%80%93American_War
Death of a wifeMarietta Isadora Catherine Mason
September 25, 1916 (Age 74 years)
Cause: Chronic Nephritis Contributory Malaria with complications
Burial of a wifeMarietta Isadora Catherine Mason
September 26, 1916 (Age 74 years)
Cemetery: Smith-Yonts-Nourse Cemetery
Historical Event
Polio Epidemic
1916 (Age 74 years)

Note: Over 7,000 deaths and 27,363 cases reported in America's worst polio (infantile paralysis) epidemic - http://goo.gl/ZBEQA1
Historical Event
World War I
between 1917 and November 1918 (Age 75 years)

Note: The United States enters 'The Great War' where more than nine million combatants were killed- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_War_I
Historical Event
Spanish Influenza Epidemic
1918 (Age 76 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 - http://virus.stanford.edu/uda/
Death July 6, 1925 (Age 83 years)
Burial
Cemetery: Smith-Yonts-Nourse Cemetery
Family with Marietta Isadora Catherine Mason - View this family
himself
William Henderson “Billy” Smith
Birth: September 30, 1841Ohio, Kentucky, United States
Death: July 6, 1925Paradise, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
wife
Marietta Isadora Catherine Mason
Birth: December 6, 1844 16Indiana, United States
Death: September 25, 1916Paradise, Muhlenberg, Kentucky, United States
Marriage: February 12, 1865

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Military
Civil War: 2nd Sergeant, I Company, 08 Oct 61, Camp Caloway (Hartford),KY. Wounded (slightly) at the Battle of Shiloh (Shiloh, TN) on 07 Apr 62 and sent to Simmonds General Hospital Mound City, IL. Promoted to 1st Sergeant (vice Jonathan N. Simmons, commissioned) on 19 Jun 63. 03 Mar 1864 ordered to Paradise, KY for recruiting duty and arrived 15 Mar 64. Commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant (vice Robert T. Kennedy, resigned) on 17 Jun 64 at Marietta, GA. Discharged 14 Dec 64 at Bowling Green, KY.