A Record of South Carolina
The following is of the line of Shoemakes that
settled in the Chesterfield County area of South Carolina. My line came
from Moses Shoemake and I will be given over to tracing my family from
him and tracing him back to John de la Chaumette.
Notes for ANTOINE SHUMATE:
SAMUEL SHOEMAKE, b. Abt. 1710, Martinique, French West
Indies; d. prior to 1790, in South Carolina..
Virginia Tobacco list of Overwharton Parrish in 1724 has John
de la Shumate, and his three sons listed
"Another son of Jean de la Chaumetter, born about 1710, was Samuel. He was among the tobacco tenders at age 14 years in Overwharton Pariah, Stafford County, Virginia in 1724, along with his father and brothers, John and Daniel.
"While John and Daniel remained in the Elk Run area, Samuel moved away. He is listed in 1746 among the parishioners of Souther Parish, Goochland County. He had married a Lucy Blackley by that time, probably in Goochland County, since there was a John Blackle living next door to Samuel in 1748 in St. James Parish, Goochland County. Samuel is again listed in 1749 in St. James Northern Parish. His name is spelled in a different way in each year: Shewmake, Shumake and Shoemat.
"No marriage record for Samuel and Lucy has been found; nor have records of the births of their children. There were some Shoemakers listed in the "Douglas Register," compiled by William Douglas, who began in 1750, as minister of the parish. The relationship of these Shoemakers to Samuel is not known."
"When the first Federal census was taken in South Carolina in 1790,
Samuel was apparently dead.
His widow, Lucy Shumake, was listed in Cheraws District of South Carolina
living with one male over 16 years old and three other females. Next door
lived Samuel Shumake, her
son; nearby lived Blackley Shoemake, another son. Her son, John had died
about 1781.". (Our Shoemake Roots, by Jeanne Waters Strong
Notes for SAMUEL SHOEMAKE:
---The tax lists of Prince William Co., VA, for the years 1752-1753 show that Samuel was no longer a resident in the area. According to the tax lists, his brothers John II and Daniel I had possession of 100 acres apeice. It is possible, that this insurrection is the reason Samuel Shumate moved on down into South Carolina and there the surname became Shoemake (Hazel Payne Miley-LeBlanc)
Notes for LUCY BLACKLEY/BLACKWELL:
Children of SAMUEL
SHOEMAKE and LUCY BLACKLEY/BLACKWELL
Samuel, Jr., [II] was born between 1730-1740. At about the same time that his brothers, Blackley and John obtained patients on land in South Carolina, Samuel Shoemack on 22 January 1770 took 100 acres on Thompson Creek in Craven County, later Chesterfield County. (This was a Royal Land Grant issued by King George of England. See book 3, B, page 183 S. C. Archives at Columbia, S. C.). This would indicate that he was married but had no children at this time. It was a practice that the head of a family could receive 50 acres for each member of the household
It is said of Samuel Shoemake that "he took part as a militiaman in the American Revolution and made a claim for 34 days of pay as a private in 1783. He was paid 2 pounds. 8 shillings, 8 pence, and 3 fathings in 1785. (SC Archives, #31, 670, Book H.)"
Samuel appears in the Cheraws
District, Chesterfield Co., SC. The 1790 Federal Census list Samuel living
next door to his mother, (LUCY)
This would have been a son of Samuel and Lucy which we shall call Samuel
In the 1800 Federal Census, he is listed with a wife, one son under 10, two sons 10-15, and himself being between 26 and 44. He has 1 girl under 10, and 2 girls 10-15. His son Samuel [III] lived next door with a young family. By the 1810 census Samuel III had six children under 10 years of age living at home while his wife and he were between 26 and 45 years of age. Samuel, [II] , is listed in the 1830 Federal Census living in Bledsoe County, Tennessee, over 90 years of age.
Notes for SAMUEL SHOEMAKE [II]
Samuel Shoemake [II]: Issued a land grant for 100 acres situated in Craven County on Thompson Creek. This was done on January 17, 1772.
[II] Issued 300 acres of land in Chesterfield County,
S.C., on the waters of Juniper Creek. The grant was made on May 2, 1791.
(This was a state land grant).
My Notes: Moses was listed as living in Darlington County, SC on the 1810 Federal Census for Darlington County. In 1820 he is absent. However there is a Mary living in the same county with two Males, The records show that one was under the age of 10 and the other between 10 and 15. These ages match the ages of Moses , Jr., who was born in 1808 and Morgan who was born in 1814. It is believed that she (Mary) was the wife of Moses, Sr., who no longer appears in Darlington or Chesterfield County. However, a Moses does appear in Knox County, TN area. Is she a divorced wife or a widow? We don't know at the present. Is this Moses in Knox County, TN her husband or another? I don't know at the present. Maybe future research will tell us who he is.
Notes for MOSES SHOEMAKE:
Moses: On April 3, 1786, Moses paid 3 pounds, 8 shillings, for 150 acres in Cheraws District near Indian Creek. (Indian Creek runs into Thompson Creek in Chesterfield County). (This too is recorded in the Record Book for State Land Grants at the State Archives in Columbia, S.C. Volume 11 p. 155) It was surveyed on the 22 day of June, 1784. It is recorded in the Archives, S.C., State Plats, Volume 3Q, p. 170
Moses: On September 2, 1793, Moses was granted 150 acres in the Cheraws District on Mountain Prong of Bear Creek which runs into Thompson Creek. The property was surveyed on March 6, 1793 (Reference - S.C. State Archives, State Plates, Vol., 31Q, Page 541) Later records were found showing that John Edward Shoemake owned land on the Mountain Prong of Bear Creek. John Edward was a great-grandson of Moses. (I personally visited the site in 1978)
Moses first appears in the Federal Census:
Notes from Mrs. Jeanne Walters Strong, "Our Shoemake Roots"
page 14, state:
Mrs. Strong reports: "In 1785, Elizabeth, widow claimed 23 pounds, 4 shillings, and 1 pence for privisions and a horse given to the militia in 1781 for Col. Hardin's Regiment. Her second husband, Jesse Minton, wrote to the Treasurer to expedite the repayment. On February 2, 1789 the Treasury paid 20 pounds and 5 shillings."
Mrs. Strong also reported "John and Elizabeth's son, John, paid 14 shillings for 300 acres surveyed for him on April 3, 1791 in Chesterfield County on Juniper Creek, which runs into Thompson Creek."
Notes for JOHN SHOEMAKE:
The 1800 census of Chesterfield County, SC shows John
as having the following in his household. (This could be a seperate John
from the one in Jackson County, AL).However, at this point in time it
is my opinion that it is the same John.
Mrs. Strong again reports that the above mentioned John Shoemake "may have been the one who appears in the 1850 Federal Census of Jackson County, Alabama. His age was 84 years, born in South Carolina, his wife's name was Ann. John Shoemake owned a 640 acre reservation (Plantation) in Jackson County which he obtained as a result of the Cherokee Treaty of 1817. This provided that any Cherokee or white man married to a Cherokee could file for and obtain a 640 acre reservation. In addition, ther heirs of John Shoemake and his wife were allowed $7,680 under a claim acted upon by the 4th Board of Commissioners under the Treaty of 1835-1836 with the Cherokees. Next door to John and Annlived a John (Jack) A. Shoemake with his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, George, and a daughter Elizabeth."
All the reports by Mrs. Strong are well documented in her book "Our Shoemake Roots" and can be taken as a true record.
Notes for JOHN A. "BALLJACK" SHOEMAKE:
Listed on 1830, 1840, and 1850 census of Jackson, Co. Al. Lived ten or
More About JOHN SHOEMAKE and ANNA THORN/BONE:
More About JOHN SHOEMAKE and CAH-TAH-LA-TAH:
BLACKLEY (8) SHOEMAKE ( SAMUEL7, JEAN6 DE LA CHAUMETTE, DANIEL5, JEAN4, JEAN3, ETIENNE DE2 LA CHAUMETTE, FRANCOIS DE1) died 1848. He married RUTH UNKNOWN. Blackley Shoemake, son of Samuel and Lucy Blackwell (Blacklie)
Blackley Shoemake - was issued a Royal Land Grant from the King of England for 200 acres situated near Rocky Creek, in the Chesterfield County area on February 22, 1771 (See Bk. 3 G. Page 281 S.C. Archives) At the time of the issue the area was in Craven County near Lynches Creek. This would indicate that he was married and had 2 children. Blackley Shoemake - (The name now appears as Blackley, an extra "e" has been added, and Shoemake, the "mack" now being changed to "make"). Blackely is issued 1,000 acres in the District of Cheraw, county of Chesterfield, on the Great Black Creek and Great and Little Rattle Snake Branches. The land was bordered by land owned by John Truberville. I have copies of these documents in hand).
CENSUS ROLL---I have in my possession,
as well as Mrs.Jeanne Waters Strong records in her book "Our
Shoemake Roots" regarding the 1790 Census of the Cheraws District
(Chesterfield County) South Carolina, that Blackley Shoemake was
listed living near his mother, Lucy.
His household contained
I have not pursued the line of Blackley as to his descendants
for he moves out of the area to Ohio and it is not needful for me to trace
the descendants of Moses, Samuel and John.
Shoemakes of The Georgetown District, Marion County,
There have been varied reports on those who left the Georgetown District and Marion County, SC area and moved to Tennessee. I have no valid information on these Shoemakes.
Below is a report given to me that I have
listed for the sake of helping to identify these Shoemakes
Mr. Gates states the following:
JAMES SR.8 SHOEMAKE/SHUMATE (JOHN7 DE LA SHOEMATE, JEAN6 DE LA CHAUMETTE, DANIEL5, JEAN4, JEAN3, ETIENNE DE2 LA CHAUMETTE, FRANCOIS DE1) was born Abt. 1738 in Prince William County, Virginia, and died Bef. 1800 in Marion District, South Carolina.
Notes for JAMES SR. SHOEMAKE/SHUMATE:
1790 SHOEMAKE JAMES Georgetown County SC 056 00 00 00 00 00 Federal Population
Schedule SC 1790 Federal Census Index SCS1a2778198
Shoemake, James 7, Georgetown Dist., Prince Georges Parish
Shoemake, James Jr. 4, Georgetown Dist., Prince Georges Parish
Shoemake, Sampson 6, Georgetown Dist., Prince Georges Parish
Shoemake, Solomon 4, Georgetown Dist., Prince Georges Parish
Shoemake, Samson 1 "other free" Liberty Co. p.806
Shoemake, Solomon 1 "other free" Liberty Co. p.806Shoemake,
James 4 "other free" Liberty Co. p.806
From Richard Gates - firstname.lastname@example.org
History of Old Cheraws, page 373, tells of a man named Thompson, from the Poke Swamp settlement, on the westside of the river, as he jumped the fence, found a large and powerful mulatto, Shoemake by name, pressing closely upon him, with his rifle aimed and in the act of firing. Happily for Thompson, the rifle missed fire, and before it could be adjusted, he made his escape. Twenty years later after, Thompson heard of Shoemake's going to Camden, caught him and inflicted severe punishment. This story was during Tory and Whig confrontations between 1776-1783.
James Shoemake was found on 1790 census, Georgetown Co., S.C. Listed with him are three of his sons, Sampson, James Jr, and Solomon. All are listed as "other free persons" indicating mixed or Indian blood. This was also true in the 1800 census. James Sr. appears to have been born before 1755 and to have died prior to 1800.
Another story in History of Cheraws, page 393, says:" In the fork
between Lumber River and Little Pedee was a noted band of Tories, who
continued to hold out against the Government, even after it became firmly
establisted. Aman named Courtney, who had acted as commissary for the
enemy in these parts, was particularly obnoxious to the Whigs. They had
often tried to take him, but in vain. He was in the habit of going old
Shoemake's, a noted Tory, and at length, this Whig party in passing found
him there. Shoemake lived in a open field, and in order to make sure of
Courtney, his pursuers stationed themselves at some distance around."