Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Obituary of Champ Shumate 1905

Champ Shumate's first wife and youngest child:
Martha McClary Shumate and Nathan Shumate
Champ Shumate was the son of Mitchell and Catherine Champ Shumate. Champ Shumate's first wife was Martha Jane "Patsey" McClary.  She and Champ had the following children: Jason Champ Shumate, John Quincy Shumate, Belle Shumate, Harriet Shumate, and Nathan McClary Shumate (Kent's Great Grandfather). After the death of Martha, Champ married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Yeakey. They had one child who lived for ten days, Mary G. Shumate, most likely buried in the Old Paint Lick Cemetery with her parents.

Champ died September 2, 1825 from kidney disease. Champ and Martha McClary Shumate are Kent's second great grandparents on his fathers side of the family.  

Champ Shumate's obituary appeared in the Central Record on February 10 1905.  According to the obituary he was born on Benjamin Slavin's place.  At this time I don't know the relationship of the Slavin family to the Shumate clan.  Ben Slavin died in 1906 and was interred in the Lancaster Cemetery.

"Mr Champ Shumate, of Paint Lick, died Feb. 1st, 1905.  He was born on the Ben Slavin place in this, Garrard county, Sept. 2nd, 1825, and was therefore in his eightieth year.  He lived on the place where he was born until his marriage after which he moved to Rockcastle county.  After some years he moved back to his old home, the Slavin place, on Frog Branch Creek.  His first wife, who was Martha McClary having died, he married the second time, Lizzie Yeakey, who survives him.  He leaves three children, all of whom were by his first marriage.  Shortly after his second marriage, about 22 years ago, he sold his farm and moved to Paint Lick and engaged in merchandising. After seven years he gave up the business and retired to the comfortable home where he spent the remainder of his days.

For thirty years he was a consistent member of the Presbyterian church at Manse.  Of recent years he has been unable to attend church which he delighted to do when he was able.  He was modest, unassuming man of good christian character, quiet and unpretending in his manner.  He was a man of strong convictions and a firm and faithful friend.  Most of his life was spent in Paint Lick, where he had many friends and acquaintances.  He leaves three children, a widow and a host of friends to mourn his loss.  Everything was done for him that kind friends could do but, for many years he had been afflicted with kidney disease, which in the end caused his death.  Revs. D.E. Friarson and C.S. Young conducted funeral services at his home in the presence of a large and sympathizing crowd.  his remains were laid to rest in the Paint Lick Cemetery. " 

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