My Paternal Line, from Francois De La Chaumette, born 1500, to Me. Yup, Furry , Unkempt, Ornery Ol’ Me. #DeLaChaumetteGenealogy #becominglachaumette

It took 40 yrs of searching, but the mystery was solved last summer, of the paternal line of my father… not only did I learn the name of my paternal grandfather, and by Western standards, that of my family name, but a lineage back to 1500, just like that.

My descent goes, 1, 2, 3, 5, 12, 25, 32

#32, John dela Shoemate/Shumate, b 1708, was the father of

Daniel Shumate, b 1734, father of,

Mark Hardin Shumate, b 1758, father of,

Nathan Hardin Shumate, b 1810, father of,

James Karnes Polk Shumate, b 1843, father of,

Chester Earl Shumate, b 1882, father of,

Earl James(James Earl)Shumate, b 1917, father of,

Max Wayne Madden, b 1942, father of



  1. Hi Cousin. I just found out (yesterday) I’m a descendant of Mark Hardin Shumate also. My 2X ggrandmother claimed she was adopted, but she was not–DNA tests just proved that her father was Joseph Bayless Shumate, a son of Mark Hardin Shumate. Not sure why she would tell everyone she was adopted; that part is still a mystery. Thank you for the pictures and the Shumate history. I have to learn about the Shumates!

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  2. Lisa – you should ask a little more about that adoption. I doubt the DNA “proves” anything other than that you are “related” the Mark Hardin Shoemate. You would share DNA with his descendants even if he was an great uncle. It could be that she was adopted by an someone in the family. If you can share any information about that adoption I would appreciate it. A lot of Shumate fought and died in the Civil war, war of 1812 and revolutioary war. Your story could help me with mine. Who was your ggrandmother? Where did she live?


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