Amos Diamond Shumate

Brief Life History of Amos Diamond

When Amos Diamond Shumate was born on 11 April 1861, in Saulsville, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States, his father, John Newton Shumate, was 24 and his mother, Sarah Rebecca Acord, was 26. He married Emazetta Jane Cook on 16 April 1885, in Wyoming, West Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 8 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in West Virginia, United States in 1870 and Slab Fork District, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States for about 60 years. He died on 18 January 1956, in Glen Fork, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in McGraws, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States.

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Family Time Line

Amos Diamond Shumate
Emazetta Jane Cook
Marriage: 16 April 1885
Grover Marshall Shumate
Larkin Henry Shumate
Lydia Jane Shumate
John Rice Shumate
William Harper Van Shumate
David Bryant Shumate
Hattie Malinda Shumate
Joseph Ball Shumate
Ott B Shumate
Ludica D. Shumate
Finley Wilson Shumate

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  • Amos Shumate, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Legacy NFS Source: Amos Diamond Shumate - Government record: birth: 11 April 1861; Saulsville, Wyoming, West Virginia, United States
  • Amos Shumate, "West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970"

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Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.


"West Virginia was given statehood status with the ""agreement"" the citizens would phase out slavery. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln approved the Statehood Bill for West Virginia. West Virginia was proclaimed a state on April 20, 1863, with the bill becoming effective 60 days later, June 20, 1863. When West Virginia first entered statehood in 1863, there were only 46 counties. That same year, four other counties voted themselves into West Virginia. Today, there are 55 counties in the Mountain State. The oldest county in the state is Hamsphire County formed in 1754 as part of Virginia. The youngest county is Mingo formed in 1895. The smallest county is Hancock located in the northern panhandle of the state with Randolph being the largest. When the Legislature convened for its first session, there were only 47 members of the House of Delegates and 18 members of the State Senate. Through the years, the number has increased to 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 members of the State Senate."


Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of French Chaumette: topographic name for someone who lived on a chaumette, a high, arid plateau with very little vegetation, derived from a diminutive of chaume ‘bare land’ (from a specialized sense of Latin calmus ‘calm, unruffled’); or a habitational name from La Chaumette, the name of several places in the central part of France. See also Delashmutt , compare Shoemate .

History: Jean de la Chaumette from Rochechouart in Haute-Vienne became a wealthy colonist in Martinique and subsequently (1722) a tobacco planter in VA. In North America his surname was changed to Shumate. He was the brother of Pierre de la Chaumette (see Delashmutt ). Jean de la Chaumette is listed in the register of Huguenot ancestors recognized by the Huguenot Society of America, while his brother Pierre is listed in the similar register of the (US) National Huguenot Society.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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