When Pfc Thaddeus Frank Shumway was born on 21 February 1915, in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States, his father, Carter Poindexter Shumway, was 53 and his mother, Katherine Charlotte (Chidester) Shumway, was 42. He married Cora W. Webb on 10 October 1952, in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. He lived in Jonesboro, Jackson, Louisiana, United States in 1937 and Fort Dix, Burlington, New Jersey, United States in 1943. He died on 21 September 1986, at the age of 71.
Americanized form of French Chamois . Altered ending reflects the Canadian and American French pronunciation of the diphthong oi as ‘wé’, which in France was replaced in the 17th century by the current ‘wa’.
History: The ancestor of the Shumways was Peter Shumway, originally almost certainly Pierre Chamois from France, probably a Huguenot, who was in MA by 1675. He is listed in the (US) National Huguenot Society's register of qualified Huguenot ancestors and also in the similar register of the Huguenot Society of America.