Thomas Shoemake-Bledsoe County, Tennessee
COMPENDIUM OF LOCAL BIOGRAPHIES
-----Thomas "He was born September 18, 1834 upon a farm which he now owns and operates, it being pleasantly situated in the Seventh District, four miles below Pikeville. Here he is industriously engaged in the prosecution of his noble calling, and metting with far more than ordianary success.
-----"His parents were,
William and Hannah Shoemate, the former (William) of whom died
before the birth of Thomas. At the age of seventeen years old he started
out in life for himself, and his mother lived with him, dying at his
home in 1883. She was atthe advanced old age of 91 years. This Shoemake
family came to Sequatchie Valley from Upper East Tennessee, and since
has been identified with the interestsof the region.
-----"At the beginning of his business career Thomas worked for J.C. Roberson, at $8.00 per month, and remained with Mr. Roberson as manager of his business, for a total of fourteen years. Since that time, Thomas Shoemake has purchased one-thousand acres of his former employer's land and beig energetic, economical, and industrious, he has become one of the most prosperous and substamtial citizens of this District.
-----"Prior to the Civil War, Mr. Thomas Shoemate married Ms. Rachel Keasey, a native of Bledsoe County, who died in 1883, leaving Mr. Shoemate with two sons, R. B. Shoemate, a business man of South Pittburg, Tennessee, and L. M. Shoemate, a farmer in Bledsoe County, Tennessee.
-----"For eighteen years Mr. Thomas Shoemate was a prominent member of the county court, from the Seventh District, and in his political affiliations he has always been a stalwart Democrat."
The above information was taken from: "Compendium of Local Biographies" published by Mountain Press, P. O. Box 400, Signal Mtn., Tennessee. www.mountain press.com
Additional Research Showing Thomas Shoemate's son, L. M. Shoemate, conveyed the property on which is the Humble Cemetery, south of Pikeville, TN. Click Here
Another Interesting Note:
The 1910 Census Record of Thomas J. Shoemake (Shoemate). You will note
that in this case the name is spelled with a "K" and not a
"T" as in other places.
Additional Information on William and Hannah posted online by an unknown source.
A lady posted this on-line and
I found it.
-----An interesting note:
Thomas Shoemate's father (William) died while his mother was pregnant
with im. His wife died the same year that his mother, Hannah, died.
-----So, this leads me to believe that the William already living in Tennessee in 1799 along with Blackley and Robert, was more than likely the husband of Hannah. This William could have been the son of John who later settled in Jackson County, Alabama or the son of Samuel. It is possible that the William of John, listed by Morris K., could have been the husband of Hannah, he would only have been nine years younger than Hannah.
-----The Willaim living near Hannah in Bledsoe County could have been a son of Hannah. He was the one who married Fanny and Hannah would have been only nine or ten yeaars old when Willaim was born. Since William, Thomas' father died before his birth, the William married to Fanny could not have been Thomas' father and if this William was born in 1805 (about) he would not have been old enough to Marry until about 1825, other wise you would have had a teenager marrying a woman in her twenties. However, all things are possible. But, because he was living in 1850, he must not be counted as Hannah's husband.