The following is a summary of information relating
to the Georgetown Shoemakes that was given to me. I have no proof of this
record, but I have included it whereby someone reading it might have more
information. If so, I trust they will feel free to submit it to me. (All
Italics are mine).
>>> 1. Sarah
Shoemaker, born say 1730, was living in Craven County, North
Carolina, in May 1754 when the court issued a summons for her to show
cause why her child John Bowers should not be bound out [Haun, Craven
County Court Minutes, IV:231]. She was the mother of
John Bowers, born before May 1754.
Bowers, born say 1760, head of a Craven County household of 3
"other free" in 1790 [NC:131].
>>> 2. James Shoemaker,
born say 1740, and his wife Mary were "Black" taxables in Fishing
Creek District, Granville County, North Carolina, in 1762 [CR 044.701.19],
and he was an insolvent taxpayer in Samuel Benton's 1764 list. He was
among the "Black" members of the undated colonial muster roll
of Captain James Fason's Northampton County militia [Mil. T.R. 1-3] and
was head of a Georgetown District, Prince George's Parish, South Carolina
household of 7 "other free" in 1790. Perhaps his children were
sued for a debt of 32 pounds in Marlboro County, South Carolina, on 5
March 1788 [Court Minutes 1785-1808, n.p.]. He recorded a plat for 100
acres in Craven on the southwest side of Catfish Swamp in Georgetown District
on 16 November 1787 [S.C. Archives Series S213190, vol. 22, p.152, item
2]. He was head of a Prince George Parish household of 6 "other free"
in 1790 and 1 in Liberty County in 1800 [SC:806]. John Shoemaker recorded
a plat for 997 acres on Catfish Swamp adjoining Sampson's land in Marion
District on 19 October 1819 [S.C. Archives Series S213190, vol. 39, p.171].
James Jr., head of a Georgetown District, Prince George's Parish
household of 4 "other free" in 1790 and 4 in Liberty County
in 1800 [SC:806].
Solomon, born say 1765, head of a Georgetown District, Prince
George's Parish household of 4 "other free" in 1790 [SC:56],
1 in Liberty County in 1800 [SC:806], and 5 in Darlington District in
1810 [SC:669]. His land on Black Creek near the Pee Dee River was mentioned
in the 4 August 1817 Darlington deed of land to John and William Shoemaker
and a 8 June 1822 plat for land in Darlington on Black Creek and the Pee
Dee River [DB G:347-8; S.C. Archives Series S213192, vol. 47, p.40]. According
to the Cherokee Claim of his grandson Samuel Evans,
>>>>>>Solomon's wife was
named Betty and they had a child named Elizabeth who was born on the Pee
Dee River. His other grandparents were Henry and Molly Evans of North
Carolina [Application to Eastern Cherokees of the United States, Court
of Claims, 1806-1809 microfilm, nos. 28545 and 24480].
born about 1766 in South Carolina, a "Mulatto" counted in the
1850 Jackson County, Alabama census, worth $3,000. His
daughter Elizabeth was born in Tennessee about 1808 [AL:50a].
is a question: Could this John Shoemake who was in Jackson County, Alabama,
have been the John from South Carolina, Georgetown area and the John Shoemake
who died (1813) in Bledsoe County, Tennessee have been the John from the
Chesterfield County, SC? Research is still under way.