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George Grubbs (View posts)
Posted: 923116715000
I'm researching my wife's maiden name "Shomaker". Probably Dutch, German origin. We live in NC as do her parents, Edward and Dotothy (McQuay) Shomaker, as did his parents. Any info will be appreciated.


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NC Shomakers

Shannon (View posts)
Posted: 946572260000
My mother-in-law was a Shomaker from Burlington NC. I believe her grandparents, Reynolds(Pete)and Katherine Shomaker were from around Petersburg, VA. My mother-in-law has a complete history of this Shomaker line, traced back to Germany. I will try to obtain this info. or have her e-mail you.


Tom (View posts)
Posted: 948074710000
Hi Robert,
My mother was a Shomaker, b. 1891. Her father was Lawson Edward Shomaker. His father was Lawson Shomaker. Back beyond Lawson the name was spelled Shoemaker. I don't kno why they dropped the 'e', do you? Tom Huff E-Mail

shomaker, lillian mae

barbara (View posts)
Posted: 949578923000

My grandmother lived in indianapolis in the 1920s married Arthur Whiteley, a musician, children, william, charles, arthur(my father) helen and roland. She was fluent in german.
Anyone with info out there? Please e-mail me at: Thanks in advance


Roy Alfred Draper (View posts)
Posted: 952335035000
My Grandmother Pearl Ada Showmaker was born around 1891 in Kepaka,Nabraska. To Alfred Myson Smiley. They had two children Alfred and Dorthya L. that's all the further I have been able to get. I think Smilet came from Mossouri

dropped "e"

James D Shomaker (View posts)
Posted: 959109693000
In my family its because when we translated it to english, it didn't seem right. German language doesn't use silent "e". Our original spelling ws Schumacher. I am a 4th genertion American

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Tom Huff (View posts)
Posted: 959123561000
Thanks James for the information. Tom Huff

Newton Shomaker and Emily Taylor

Roger Miller (View posts)
Posted: 965490701000
Your message posted 8Dec99 about Newton Shomaker. Hope you've found information by now. Newton descended from Lakey Shomaker (parents unknown although related to Landers Shomaker of Buckingham Co. Va. and probably has connections in Prince Edward Co. Va.), and Sarah Ellis (d. Jezreel Ellis and Scytha Honey). Jezreel, son of John Ellis and Sarah Berry of Overwharton Parish, Stafford Co. Va. Lakey and Sarah had 13-14 children. I am away from my data so cannot give you exact ancestry of Newton off top of my head, but he is either a grandson or a great grandson of Lakey. This is an interesting and well-documented family who came to Ky in 1790's (Lakey and Sarah md. August 1795, license in Paris, Ky courthouse records), settling first around Ruddell's Mills in Bourbon Co. and then near Butler in Pendleton Co., Ky. Two of Lakey's sons, Jezreel Shomaker (md. Nancy Golden) and Alexander Morain Shomaker (md. Margaret Taylor) were living in Quincy, Illinois at the time of Mormon persecutions in the 1830's. Mormon refugees from Missouri were befriended by the citizens of Quincy, and shortly thereafter the two brothers joined the Mormon church, moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, and from there went west to (now) Utah with the Mormon pioneers in 1847. Theirs was the last company to reach the Salt Lake Valley that first year, having been assigned to bring up the rear with a cannon and the bell from the abandoned Mormon temple in Nauvoo. Morain settled first near Salt Lake City, but later moved to Plain City, Utah, where he died. (I am 5 generations removed from Morain through his daughter Margery America Shomaker Bramwell.) Jezreel, one of the early settlers of Bountiful, Utah, went to Sanpete County Utah in 1849, where he helped to establish the town of Manti and became one of its most prominent citizens. Joel, not a Mormon, came west somewhat later, apparently to look up his uncles, where he met and married Louella Billings. Joel was a newsman and civil servant who remained in Utah and can be quite extensively documented. I and many others have done extensive research on the Lakey Shomaker family (which is also related to Landers and Catherine Metcalf Shomaker of Missouri) and would be glad to share information with anyone interested. There are many collateral families who still have descendants in the Pendleton Co., Ky., area, and some interesting material regarding the Shomakers and Ellises of northern KY has come out in the newsletter of the Pendleton Co. Geneaological Society. Much info. is contained in the E.E. Barton papers (Barton, an attorney and would-be historian of Pendleton Co. collected data on hundreds of No. Ky families, unpublished but available on microfilm from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City and the Pendleton Co. Public Library). There are tantalizing clues about the lineage of Lakey Shomaker (e.g., how is he connected to Alexander Morain of Prince Edward Co., Va.?), to the Shomakers of No. Carolina and Russell Co., Va./Bristol, Tennessee? Did he run away from a step-mother in Pennsylvania, as one source suggests? When and where did he connect with his future father-in-law Jezreel Ellis, and how old was he when he married Jezreel's daughter Sarah (Sally) in 1795. Is he related to the Shomakers of east-central Va, prominent in the 1750s? How is he connected to the numerous Landers Shomakers of Buckingham Co., Va., and elsewhere in the region? Are his people of German origin or British, or both? I hope this brief sketch helps and perhaps gains the attention of others who can contribute.

Newton Shomaker

Roger Miller (View posts)
Posted: 965498984000
This is an addendum to earlier message to Robert Shomaker. Use the spelling Shoemaker and look for Lakey Shoemaker, where you will find listed his children. I believe your ancestor is Daniel Ellis Sho(e)maker, among whose children is Newton, who would be your grandfather. E-mail:
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