Eliza Shumate

June 1836–31 December 1929 (Age 93)
Illinois, United States

The Life of Eliza

When Eliza Shumate was born in June 1836, in Illinois, United States, her father, John B Shumate, was 43 and her mother, Mary Shumate, was 30. She married William Riley Hoskins on 12 November 1854, in Vermilion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Minnesota, United States in 1870 and Eden Lake Township, Stearns, Minnesota, United States for about 35 years. She died on 31 December 1929, in Stearns, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 93, and was buried in Eden Lake Cemetery, Eden Lake Township, Stearns, Minnesota, United States.

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William Riley Hoskins
Eliza Shumate
Marriage: 12 November 1854
Mary Elizabeth Hoskins
Francis Marion Hoskins
Sarah Jane Hoskins
George Washington Hoskins
William Riley Hoskins
Elza Dean Hoskins
Eva Josephine Hoskins
Emma Adeline Hoskins
Thomas Henry Hoskins

Spouse and Children

12 November 1854
Vermilion, Illinois, United States


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Parents and Siblings

    John B Shumate


    Mary Shumate




    Michael Shumate


    Hugh Francis Shomate



    Mary Shumate


    William Shumate


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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 3

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1861 · Simple life to Soldiers

Age 25

Illinois contributed 250,000 soldiers to the Union Army, ranking it fourth in terms of the total men fighting for a single state. Troops mainly fought in the Western side of the Appalachian Mountains, but a few regiments played important roles in the East side. Several thousand Illinoisians died during the war. No major battles were fought in the state, although several towns became sites for important supply depots and navy yards. Not everyone in the state supported the war and there were calls for secession in Southern Illinois several residents. However, the movement for secession soon died after the proposal was blocked.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of southern French De la Chaumette, a 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’ (a specialized sense of Latin calmus ‘calm’, ‘unruffled’).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Sarah E Shoemate in household of John B Shoemate, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Eliza Haskins in household of William R Haskins, "Minnesota State Census, 1875"
  • Eliza Hoskins, "Minnesota State Census, 1905"

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