Shields B. Nunemaker was born in Pennsylvania, as shown by the 1885 state census of Nebraska. He is found on the 1850 census of Liberty Township, Adams County, PA, page 135, aged 1 year. His parents are Samuel Nunemaker, aged 30, and Sarah J., aged 21. Living nearby are Shields' probable paternal grandparents, John Nunemaker, aged 57, and Rebecca, aged 54. John Nunemaker was born in Maryland about 1793.
Two doors away from Shields Nunemaker and family are Maxwell (44) and Mary P. (39) Shields. They are likely Shields Nunemaker's maternal grandparents.