The Families of Adam Keith

Manufacturers, Merchants, and Artisans


A hardware store owner


John Wesley Shoemaker [1841-1915]


Ancestry: Adam Keith1>Balthasar Keith2>Peter Keith3>Adam Keith4>Elizabeth [Keith] m. [Daniel D.] Shoemaker5>John Wesley Shoemaker6

Counties of Morgan, Monroe and Brown, Indiana. 1884. Charles Blanchard, F. A. Battey & Co., Publishers Monroe County, IN. Bloomington Toenship and City Page 593


“CAPT. J. W. SHOEMAKER was born on September 22, 1841, at La Porte, Ind. His parents, Daniel and Elizabeth (Keith) Shoemaker, natives of New York and Ohio, respectively, farmed in La Porte County for about twenty years; the father died there January 6, 1856; the mother is still living there, sixty-three years of age. Capt. Shoemaker is the second son, and was reared on the old home farm in La Porte County, where he was educated. On July 27, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, Twenty-ninth Indiana Volunteers, and served for four years and seven months. He took part in the engagements at Pittsburg Landing, Price's Hill, Mo., Grand Gulf and the Wolf River campaign. In March, 1865, he was transferred into Gen. Hancock's corps, and sent to Washington, D. C., remaining until July, when he was put in charge of the ‘post’ at Madison, Ind., remaining for four months. Thence he was sent to Indianapolis, and in March, 1866, received an honorable discharge. One month later he entered the State University, at Bloomington, where he continued for two years, after which he was in partnership with J. J. Durand for three years, and then purchased the entire business, which he ran for one year. He then had another partner for about four years, and was by himself for quite a while. His store was finally destroyed by fire, after which he became partner in a hardware store, and is so engaged at present, under the firm name of McPheeters & Shoemaker. On October 13, 1869, he was married to Edora Stuart, daughter of William Stuart, a citizen of Bloomington. They have four children--Frank, Frederick, Lynn and Helen. In May, 1883, he was elected to the City council, and still has that position. Mr. Shoemaker is politically a Democrat. He is a member of the K. of P. and of the I. O. O.F. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.”


Note; The brother of Adam H. Shoemaker [see Civil War Stories, The Revenge of Corporal Shoemaker]