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Norm Schneider (View posts)
Posted: 971374519000
Looking for info. on ancesters of George SHOEMAKER, b. abt. 1765 in Lancaster Co., PA. He married Rachel HALFHILL, b. abt. 1780 also from Lancaster Co., PA, and they moved initially to Scioto Co, OH around 1810 and then on to Gallia Co., OH around 1830.


Posted: 1241328244000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Halfhill
Hi Norm! I hope I haven't already written you. I've been working on Ancestry all day, and I think my eyes are starting to cross...LOL. I am trying to help my husband, Doug, with his family tree. He is a gggrandson of George Shoemaker and Rachel Halfhill, b.1781-1872. I believe one of the Shoemakers also married a Mary Halfhill, but Rachel is the one stumping us. I read where a Halfhill married a Huron gal, so am wondering if that may be why there are no records beyond Rachel? Could she be half Huron?
Doug grew up in Gallipolis. His mom was Bette Shoemaker, her dad was Roy Shoemaker, his dad, Ruel Shoemaker...and on to George Shoemaker. We are clicking along on the Shoemakers, but have hit the proverbial brick wall on Rachel Halfhhill. Do you have any information on her family you can share? If I could surprize him with some answers, that would be outstanding! :D
Thank you ever so much.
Kathe Burkett


Posted: 1245423134000
Classification: Query
Hi Kathe:

Just saw your message as I've only recently gotten back into genealogy.

My dad was born in the Powellsville area of Scioto County, but I was born and still live in Upstate NY. I'm willing to share any info. on the Shoemaker line that I have. My email has changed since this initial posting to

With respect to Rachel HALFHILL, I believe she was born in Lancaster County, PA about 1780 and died on 2AUG 1872 in Cheshire Twp. Gallia County, Ohio. Her father's name was Samuel HALFHILL and her mother's maiden name was Rowley or Rowlier.

In an 1851 alimony suit in Gallia County Common Pleas Court, Rachel sued her husband George citing cruelty. She said that she and George had moved from PA to the French Grant (Scioto County, OH) in 1814, and to Gallia County, OH, in 1832 or 33. Son Peter stated that the couple moved from Lancaster, PA, to Scioto County in 1808, and to Gallia County in 1837. There are 3 land transactions recorded in the Scioto Courthouse for George Shoemaker in 1823, 1826, & 1828.

Rachel is likely related to Anna HALFHILL, who married Pleasant THOMAS and lived next door to them according to the 1850 census.

Norm Schneider


Posted: 1246823291000
Classification: Query
Hello Norm,

Your Rachael, daughter of Samuel's father Mathias, if so, I would like to trade info. Samuel, son of Mathias, was the brother of Jesse, my husband's third great grandfather. Please e mail:



Posted: 1246843536000
Classification: Query
Surnames: HALFHILL
Hi Norm!!!! Welcome to the puzzle.
Somewhere along the line, Rachel Halfhill got listed as Samuel's daughter, and everyone's copied it. People added to their pedigree, but never really LOOKED at the dates they were adding. Samuel is 11 years YOUNGER than Rachel! What my research is pointing to is that maybe rachel was Samuel's SISTER instead of daughter. That could be an easy mistake along the way. As for Rachel's mom being an "unknown Rowlier," I have spent so much time running down any variation of Rowlier I could come up with, including Rowley. Nothing. Infact, Rowlier doesn't even seem to be an existing name.Nor does it mean anything, like an occupation, like "unknown servant" or something like that. On the other hand, There are some "unknown" children of Mathias Halfhill, which, of course, if one was Rachel, proves the theory of Samuel being her brother. What I need to find is a census or SOMETHING that shows Rachel before she married George Shoemaker. Rachel living with parents or siblings. Maybe she lived with Samuel, and thats where the confusion comes in.I think I now have every Shoemaker, including what color underwear they wore, ;} that descend from the George/Rachel union. They were so prolific!
I've got a line going back to Rudolph Shumacher in Germany/Alsace, going down through Pastorius, Dewalt, Mathias and further.
Since neither George Shoemaker nor Rachel Halfhill could read or write, some dates get fuzzy. Sort of whatever the census taker thought... or how good he was at math! Even how he wrote, since one's and seven's look almost exactly a like in old English... or Gothic.
Its so frustrating, but then I guess its the hunt that makes it fun!!
Help! Kathe

I thank you so much for helping! The goal: Rachel before George, LOL....
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