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Re: Shumaker
In Response To: Re: Shumaker ()

Have you checked Heineggs book online? - A James and Mary Shoemaker are listed as taxables in Granville County NC in 1762.

Yes, I have been reading the Heineggs book online.

Also Botetourt county went through many shifts and changes over time - you might want to check surrounding areas.

That is on my agenda of areas to investigate. I did order and have "Guide
to African American Manuscripts" compiled by F. Holly Hodges. I am reading
all I can on Botetourt County boundary lines of that time period.

>Who did Mary Ann (the daughter) marry?

In 1792 in Botetourt County, Mary Ann Shoemaker/Shumaker married a Henry
Clack. The surname of Cluck has many different spellings such as Kluck,
Klock, Clock. Then Henry Clack/Cluck dies in Jefferson County, Tenn. 1803.
I have his death and will. I feel this is the time period where they began passing as white. I do not have Henry Cluck/Clack's parents. I was lucky
to find the marriage of Henry and Mary Ann in Botetourt County, Virginia.

>Do you have any idea if the surname Shoemaker/Shumaker was an occupational
>surname or if at some point they were owned by a Shoemaker surnamed family?

No, I do not. I have done genealogy since 1962 but in a total different manner as I was researching for a white family and all these years have met with a dead end so to speak. Only two weeks ago, did my Mother divulge this
information. You see back in 1970's I found James and Mary Ann Shoemaker, all the ages, every thing fit, but when I saw they were FPC, I said these
Shoemaker's can't be mine and since then I have found nothing. But Mom gave me the clue I needed in which I am very thankful. Now looking back on all the census data where I have found my Cluck/Clock people, they were always
living in the community with FPC but they were listed as white.

>Have you discovered any records of emancipation? No I have not.
>
>Do you have census data for them after crossing over to become white?
Only in Tennessee from 1803 forward. I was advised by a dear friend to
post to this board as perhaps someone can help me find my James and Mary
Ann Shoemaker. They had to have other children. Where are they? I have
really just started on the Shoemaker Family as you can tell.

Thank you, Denise for your questions and help. They serve as a guide for
me to investigate.

Tonia


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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