While searching the message boards, I came across an old
inquiry about Eleanor Shoemaker, b. 30 Oct 1825 in
Vigo County, Indiana. I have been unable to contact the poster, but I think we have a family connection!
Here's what I have:
My GGGGrandmother was Emit Shoemaker, b. 1821, Terre
Haute, Vigo County, Illinois; d. Aft. 1880, Mill
Creek, Davis County, Illinois. She married
Joseph H. Holroyd (b. 1821, Washington, DC; d. Aft.
1880, Mill Creek, Davis County, Illinois) on 10
May 1843 in Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois.
Emit's name appears in various records as Emit, Emmet,
Emerit and even Euceil, so I am not certain which is
her correct name. I believe that Eleanor and my
Emit are sisters.
I have two reasons to think so...the area of their
birth and the proximity of their birthdates; and also
I see that Eleanor named one of her children Milton.
This name appears a lot in this family line.
Children of Joseph Holroyd and Emit Shoemaker:
1) Jerome B. Holroyd, b. 1847, Illinois; d. UK,
2) Milton Holroyd, b. 1849, Illinois; d. Bef. 1860.
3) Emeline Holroyd, b. 1850, Iowa; d. UK
4) Alvina Holroyd, b. 1852, Illinois, d. UK
5) Javella Holroyd, b. 1853, Illinois, d. UK
6) Homer Milton Holroyd, b. 1855, Clarno, Lancaster
County, Wisconsin; d. Abt. 1938, Detroit, Wayne
County, Michigan. Married to Ada Leona Andre. These
were my GGGrandparents.
7) Alice (Allace) C. Holroyd, b. 1857, Wisconsin; d.
I believe that Eleanor and Emit's mother's maiden name
was Curry. I recently made contact with a Curry
family descendant, who has a will from one Calvin
Curry (b. 1797, Butler County, Ohio; d. 1881, Grant
County, Wisconsin) dated 1858, in which he mentions
"Emit Shoemaker, wife of Joseph Holroyd, who is his
niece." This is definitely my Emit and Joseph, as
they were living in Wisconsin at the time of this
will. This tells me that Emit's mother was the sister
of Calvin Curry, who married a man named Shoemaker.
Even more interesting, Calvin Curry named one of his
children Homer Milton Curry. Furthermore, Calvin's
brother, Elias, named one of his sons William
Shoemaker Curry. Clearly, these two families are
connected, and I believe it is through the mother of
Emit and Eleanor Shoemaker.
The Curry contact knew of only one sister of Calvin
Curry, a Mary Curry "who married a man named Clem." I
did some searching and found a marriage record for
Mary Curry (b. 1786-91, Butler County, Ohio; d. 12 Oct
1867, Vigo County, Indiana) and a George Klemm (b.
1782, Fort Valley, Shenendoah County, Virginia; d. 15
Feb 1835, Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana; buried
Hull Cemetery, Terre Haute) dated 14 Jan 1808 in
Butler County, Ohio. This certainly connects the
Curry family to Terre Haute, Indiana, where our
Shoemaker's were born. Clearly, Mary is not the
mother of Emit and Eleanor, so there must be other
sisters out there somewhere. We believe that Calvin,
Elias, John and Mary's father was William Curry
(possibly a Butler County preacher). I did find a
marriage record for a William Curry and Sarah Robson
dated 8 Jun 1776 in Alston (Ohio?).
To add to the mystery, on the US Census of 1850 I
found my Joseph Holroyd and Emit Shoemaker living in
Mill Creek, Davis County, Illinois (with the last name
misspelled as Hallroid). Living in the household are
children Jerome, Emeline and Milton (age 1), and a
William Shoemaker, age 17, born in Indiana. Emit is
24 years old on this record, and I believe that
William may be her (and Eleanor's) younger brother.
On all the census records which ask for a parental
birthplace, Emit lists her father as being from New
Jersey and her mother from Indiana.
The only record I've found which correlates with this
is a John Shoemaker (b. 1800, New Jersey; d. UK, prob.
Indiana) who married Elizabeth UNKNOWN (b. 1810,
Indiana; d. UK, prob. Indiana). The marriage date is
listed as about 1832, but I believe this is based on
the known first child's birthdate, rather than actual
record. It seems unusual to me that a couple would
wait until they were in their 30's to marry,
especially during the early 1800's, when people tended
to marry much younger. The children listed for this
1) William Shoemaker, b. 1833, Indiana; d. UK. This
birthdate matches the birthdate of the William Curry
living with Emit and Joseph in 1850.
2) Jane Shoemaker, b. 1833, Indiana; d. UK. Twin to
3) Margaret Shoemaker, b. 14 Aug 1838, Stephenson
County, Illinois; d. 14 Jun 1885, near Aurelia,
Cherokee County, Illinois. Married to George
Washington Grigsby on 15 Sept 1853 in Mt. Carroll,
Carroll County, Illinois. (Same place where my Emit
Shoemaker was married ten years earlier!).
4) Sarah Shoemaker, b. 1842, Indiana; d. UK
I wouldn't be surprised if this couple had more
children between 1820 and 1833 who don't appear in
this record, assuming they were actually married
earlier than estimated by this info. Could Elizabeth UNKNOWN be Elizabeth Curry? These could be
the parents of our Emit and Eleanor!
Does anyone have any info on these families? I'd
really appreciate any info you may have...let's
Karyn Van Kainen
A Shoemaker Cousin!
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