Sampson and Solomon Shoemake
"Other Free Men"

 

Shoemakes of The Georgetown District, Marion County, SC
Reports by Richard Gates

There appeared the Shoemakes of the Georgetown District, Marion County, SC of whom it is said that some moved to Tennessee in the Sequachie Valley area. I suppose it would be helpful to trace their footsteps in order to seperate them from the descendants of Samuel and John that I am tracing.

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

Richard Gates has done research in the area of the Georgetown Dictrict, Marion County, SC Shoemakes and I will not attempt to list the descendants of these Shoemakes, but would suggest that one contact Mr. Gates:
Richard Gates - regate@peoplepc.com
http://www.familyorigins.com/users/g/a/t/Richard-E-Gates/FAMO1-0001/index.htm

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:
Shown on 1790 Federal Census to be in Georgetown District, Prince Georges Parish, South Carolina
Shoemake, James SC GEORGETOWN DIST. 056 1790 00-00-00-00-00

1790 SHOEMAKE JAMES Georgetown County SC 056 00 00 00 00 00 Federal Population Schedule SC 1790 Federal Census Index SCS1a2778198
1790 SHOEMAKE JAMES Georgetown County SC 056 00 00 00 00 00 Federal Population Schedule SC 1790 Federal Census Index SCS1a2778200
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Free Heads of Household in the 1790 South Carolina Census, by Family Name

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
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"Other Free" Heads of Household in the 1800 South Carolina Census, by Family Name

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
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From Richard Gates - regate@peoplepc.com
http://www.familyorigins.com/users/g/a/t/Richard-E-Gates/FAMO1-0001/index.htm
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From Richard Gates - regate@peoplepc.com

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."
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James Shoemake is listed in "History of the Cheraws". He is stated to be a large mulatto in the book and a well known Tory during the Revolution."One of their number, a man named Thompson, from the Poke Swamp settlement, on the west side of the river, as he jumped the fence near the creek, 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 beadjusted, he made his escape. Twenty years after, Thompson heard of Shoewmake's going to Camden, caught him on his return, and inflicted severe punishment. Peter Boseman, a valiant soldier of Liberty, who afterwards settled and died in Darlington District, was one of Murphy's party.

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