Fact from fiction on Shumate/Shumake/Shoemake?????LOL - sounds like you want my file!I threw out the "trash" years ago and followed wills, deeds, census, etc and have a quite different tree than some of those published books present.The only parts of the books I used were just facts - some historical background.But how some of the branches are put together does vary from "the books".
I was told some years ago by a Shumate/Shumake/Shoemake researcher - a descendant of Jean de la Chaumette that HER family didn't have "non-whites" in it. Well, it does, lots of them. (Lumbee, Cherokee, etc.)With all the Native American blood in this family - there are LOTS of branches listed on the various Free - non-white early census.Most after several census did show up as white - but some branches remained non-white and some listed a mulatto.
One book, Riley, I think (but don't quote me on that) went to far as to make my James Shoemake - a James Summit who went to Kentucky! (guess he thought he joined a witness protection program and changed his identity!But it was an effort to have a white James - instead of one with Native American blood, who shows up as Free, non-white)James Summit of KY has Summit descendants to this day. (and they are STILL Summit's) That author even tried to "force" those kids to be Shoemake's - by making them (first name) Summit-Shoemake, each and every one of them.
So if you want the fact - instead of the fairy tales, let me know. I don't claim to have it all correct, but I have made an attempt to get it more correct that what has been published in the past.
I have 3 Tollison Shomake/Shumate/Shumake's in my file - so I am sure that one of them is yours. If you are interested, send me an email to email@example.com