Joseph Shoemaker, of Hamilton township, was born April 1, 1842, a son of Jacob and Sarah (Newhart), the former a native of Columbia County, PA. He married in Hamilton township to Sophia Heller, a d/o Samuel and Margaret (Bellis) Heller of Monroe County. She was born in Jackson township, July 16, 1843, she was laid to rest at the age of 42, at Custard's Church. They had 6 children; Alfred, who married Elizabeth Werkheiser, Arthur of Delaware Water Gap, married Estella Decker, Annie of Saylorsburg who married Irvin Bittenbender, Weldon married Annie Shaffer, of Bossardsville, John, died at Scranton age 17, Harry L.
He married 2nd to Mary Williams, d/o Linford and Eunice Williams. She died April 12, 1892, at age 34. He married on Feb 22, 1898 to Margaret (Kresge) Nevil, who was born in Chestnut Hill and she was the d/o Jonas and Mary (Kintz) Kresge.