The Shoemaker Family - Solomon Shoemaker
Solomon Shoemaker, father of George Shoemaker, the
well-known old resident of this county, was born in Loudoun county, Virginia,
in 1770, and emigrated from there to Armstrong in the fall of 1799. Prior to
his becoming a pioneer here he had married Miss Elizabeth Uncafer, who was
also a native of Loudoun county, Virginia, and born in 1774. Upon their
arrival here Mr. Shoemaker entered 360 acres of land, and built upon it a
cabin in which he and his wife lived until 1806, when he completed a stone
house, which served them as a more comfortable home. This house, the first of
its kind erected in the township, is still standing, but is commencing to show
the ravages of time. In it Mrs. Shoemaker cooked over the great fireplace all
of her married life, never owning a cookstove. In this old house, too, she
used the spinning-wheel, and spun the flax from which she made all of her own,
her husband's and her children's clothing. She died in 1846, and her husband
in 1854, after rearing a family and passing through the hardships and
privations peculiar to the life of the pioneer. There were born to them six
children, three sons and three daughters, whose names where: John, Joseph,
Catharine, George, Margaret and Elizabeth. The three first named are living.
George Shoemaker was born May 26, 1804. He now owns a portion of his father's
old homestead farm, which he has cleared and brought into a fine state of
cultivation, principally by his own labor. He lives upon this land, about
225acres, in a house which he built in 1834. Mr. Shoemaker married in
December, 1826, Miss Elizabeth Grimm, who was born in Westmoreland county,
Pennsylvania, in 1808. The fruits of this union were six children, whose names
with dates of birth are as follows: Jacob, born September 21, 1827; John,
November 1, 1830 (died in 1864, leaving a wife and three children); Catharine,
February 11, 1834; Elizabeth, August 23, 1838; Mary, June 22, 1845, and
Solomon, April 6, 1847. The parents of Mrs. George Shoemaker, Jacob and
Margaret (Silvees) Grimm, were both born in this state and were early settlers
in Westmoreland county where they lived until their deaths. They had twelve
children of whom Adam, Margaret and Elizabeth are living.
of Armstrong County, Pennsylvania by Robert Walker Smith, Esq. Chicago:
Waterman, Watkins & Co., 1883.
Transcribed December 2000
by Jeffrey Bish for the Armstrong County Smith Project.
Contributed by Jeffrey Bish for use by the Armstrong County Genealogy Project
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