Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - Review. And then review again.

While putting some of the family histories into a binder form to share with relatives, I'm reviewing the records I attached in order to create a timeline for each generation.  In doing so, I'm finding records that I may have attached that are not, in fact, my ancestor.  As a newbie, I tended to attach anything I found that came up with a little leaf on  Now, of course, I know that these records are not necessarily for the person I'm looking for.  My husband's great-grandmother, Sarah Kirkpatrick, after his great-grandfather's death in 1913, can be found on the pension records for her civil war widow's pension in Shelby, Alabama.  Looking for her on the 1920 census, I thought I had found her living with one of her sons, Arthur, in Etowah, Alabama.  The record lists Arthur Kirkpatrick, the same age as "our" Arthur, living with his mother, Sallie Kirkpatrick.  Further research, however, finds that this is not the same Arthur at all.  His death record shows his parents names as John (rather than William) Kirkpatrick and Sarah Pruett (rather than Carter).  I'm still searching for our Sarah in 1920; her pension records are in Shelby until her death in 1928, but I'm coming up with nothing there so far. 

I've had a few instances like this where I attached a record that has turned out not to be for my ancestor.  This makes for lots of cleaning up when you go back in to review.  So I've learned to read the record!  Compare the locations, look into the other family members to see where they were.  Even records from another relative's tree are not necessarily correct.  Take time before you conclude that you've found your ancestor in a record.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Shoemakes of Jackson, Alabama, Part 2

John Shoemake, who was among the petitioners to the State of South Carolina on behalf of people of color (, moved with his family to northeastern Alabama some time before 1824.  According to family history, the Shoemakes, along with other people of color and some whites, moved to the mountains between Little Crow Creek and Little Coon, in Jackson County.  They established Shavis(Chavis) town, clearing and cultivating 100 acres of land and putting in an apple orchard.  They raised winesap apples, peaches, corn and dug ginseng, in addition to hunting.   This area was one where many native Americans in the southeast fled in an attempt to escape being moved to Indian Territory. 

There seems to have always been some controversy regarding the Shoemakes ethnicity; some claimed they were Portuguese, some claimed African descent, as well as native American.  The Shoemakes were denied recognition as Cherokees by the Cherokee nation and in 1882, they sued the nation in order to gain that recognition for their children.  The reason the Cherokee denied the Shoemakes citizenship was their apparent siding with the whites during the Indian removal.  One of the depositions in the case, taken in September 1882, is as follows:

My name is John V. Alberty, my age is about 48 years.  I am Cherokee, and reside in the Cherokee nation, Going Snake Dist.  According to the statements in the petition, I don't know anything about the claimants.  I did know a family of Shoemakes.  There was a man named Jim Shoemake.  His brother was Tom Shoemake.  Jim Shoemake married a woman by the name of Oxendine.  They lived on the ,line there near Dutch Town, Washington Co., Ark.  They lived there till about the year (18)58 or '59.  They hen went from there to California or Arizona.  I have not seen them since.  They called themselves Portuguese.  (They are also called Portuguese in the Bolton trial in 1874.) They were recognized then as being different by the people of the states.  They considered them as colored people and refused them the right to vote.  J. W. Alberty.  September 22, 1882

They eventually won the case.   It was challenged in 1902, but the original ruling was upheld.

Cherokee Citizenship Commission Docket Books (1880-84, 1887-89)
Jan 30, 1883
Case #162
For his children, For his children
The Cherokee Nation
Case submitted by Claimants and Solicitor, Jan 30, 1883
And now on this the 30th day of January AD, 1883, this case coming on for final hearing and all
the evidence produced in the case being carefully read and duly considered; it was adjudged and
determined by the Commission on Citizenship, that the above named children of WH Shoemake to wit:
Jesse Shoemake, Hugh Shoemake, Richard Shoemake, Charles Shoemake, Thomas Shoemake, Rhoda Shoemake, Lulu Shoemake, Mary Shoemake;
and also the above named children of JW Shoemake to wit:
James Shoemake, William Shoemake, *Harmon Shoemake, John Shoemake, Joda Alice  Shoemake, Mattie Shoemake, Henry Clay Shoemake, Minnie May Shoemake and Calvin Shoemake, are Cherokees by blood and that they are entitled to all the rights of Cherokee citizenship within the complete enjoyment of the same in all respects as native born Cherokees.
Thos. Tehee, President of Comm.
Alex Wolfe
TF Thompson
DWC Cuncan
Clerk of Comm.

*Note:  Name spelled both ways

Dawes Rolls showing Shoemakes

William and John W. Shoemake had moved west in the 1850's, living in Arkansas and Texas before eventually settling in Muskogee, Oklahoma.  They both died there in 1908, John at the age of 77, and William at age 84.  They are buried at the Fields Cemetery in Porum, Oklahoma.

William Shoemake
John W. Shoemake

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Yerby Stroud

My 5th great-grand uncle, born in 1751 in Ireland, emigrated with his parents and siblings to South Carolina in the 1760s, where they settled with a community of other Protestant Irish in Rocky Creek.  Yerby and his family moved south to Henry County, Georgia in 1811, along with a group of other Rocky Creek residents, and were among the first settlers in the area.  Yerby served in the War of 1812, then returned to Henry County, where he remained until his death in 1843.  The Stroud cemetery is on Stroud Road, a dirt road in a rural part of the county.  Yerby, his wife Jane and several family members are buried there; presumably their home would have been nearby. 

Stroud Cemetery, Henry, Georgia

Yerby Stroud's Grave

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Shoemakes of Jackson, Alabama

The Shoemake family figures into my husband's mother's family.  Along with the Evans and Chavers/Chavis families, they migrated from North Carolina into South Carolina, through upper east Tennessee, then down through Tennessee into northern Alabama.   The three family names are all listed among the people known as Melungeons.   These people were reportedly of European (Spanish/Portuguese), Native American and African descent.  In searching for more information on the Shoemakes, I found a reference to a document containing the names of several of our Shoemake ancestors.

South Carolina Petition 1794

To the honorable, the Representatives of So. Carolina

The Petition of the people of colour of the state aforesaid, who are under the act entitled an "Act for imposing a pole tax on all free Negroes, Mustees, and Mulattoes,"*

most humbly sheweth

that whereas we your humble petitioners having the honor of being your citizens, as also free and willing to advance for the support of government anything that might not be prejudiced to us, it being well known that we have not been backward on our part, in performing any other public duties that hath fell in the compass of our knowledge.

We therefore being sensibly grieved our present situation, also having frequently discovered the many distresses occasioned by our act imposing the pole tax, such as widows with large families, and women scarcely able to support themselves, being frequently followed and payment extracted by our tax gathererers --

The considerations on our part hath occasioned us to give you this trouble, requesting your autherate body to repeal an act so truly mortifying to your distressed petitioners -- for which favor your petitioners will ever acknowledge and devoutly pray ---

Among the signers of this document were Solomon, Sampson, Thomas (Sr), Thomas (Jr), John and James Shoemake (spelled Shewmake in the document).  Each made his mark. 

I have not found an outcome for this petition, although I do find a record of one woman in the 1830s who was released from having to pay the tax because it was found she was of Indian, not African, descent. 

*A mustee is a person who is the offspring of a white and a quadroon (a person of one quarter African or Aboriginal, three-quarters white ancestry); a mulatto is the offspring of one white and one African or Aboriginal parent.

The following blog, Documenting the Melungeons at has a great deal of wonderful information about these people. 


Friday, April 5, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Pickled Bean Salad

This was a favorite salad of mine when I was a kid, which seems odd, as it isn't really a kid sort of dish.  It's great in the summertime, good for covered dish suppers, and keeps in the refrigerator for several days.

Pickled Bean Salad

1 can of yellow wax beans, drained and rinsed
1 can green beans, drained and washed
1 can red kidney beans, drained and washed
1 can green lima beans, drained and washed
1 can brown beans, rinsed and drained*
1 ½ cup chopped celery
1 small red onion, chopped
1 ½ cups white vinegar
½ cup water
2 cups sugar

Mix beans, celery and onion together in a large bowl. 

In a separate bowl, combine vinegar, water and sugar.  Pour over beans, toss to coat, and cover and refrigerate for 48 hours. 

*Grandma says that these were called brown betty beans, however, I can’t find anything with that name.  You could use any bean you like – pinto, garbonzo, or even a white bean.

While this recipe doesn't actually involve "pickling," I've decided that pickling is my summer food project.  I have family recipes for pickled peaches, beans, and of course - pickles. Bread and butter are my favorites.  Stay tuned for results.