This is what I have found so far ........ Jesse was married to Viva Tracy, who were both natives of Tennessee. Jesse being born in 1816. Jesse Shewmake left his paternal home in Tennessee when he was 20 years old and came to Arkansas, where he once settled in Conway County, arriving in 1836, the year in which the Territory of Arkansas became a state. He lost his wife, who died in 1843 and left two surviving children, Preasant G. and Wilson C. Shewmake, b.12/13/1840. There had been another child born, but it died in infancy. Jesse married a second time to Louisa Tilley on March 12, 1868, they had children, Delania, b. 1/16/1878, d. 12/26/1956, m. Richard Starkey and John Calvin Shewmake, b. 1/18/1870, d. 12/1/1945, m. Wilda Jane Edwards. Jesse Shewmake held the office of Justice of Township, and the office of Treasurer from 1868-1872.