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A Pair of 19th Century Silver and Enamel Heraldic Livery Badges displaying the armorial achievement of Henry Francis Shoemaker of Philadelphia and New York,
Overall: 39.5cmm (15.5in) x 25.5cm (10in)
Henry Francis Shoemaker (1843-1919) was a direct descendant of the Peter Shoemaker, who was one of the first Burgesses of Philadelphia in 1685. As a Quaker, Peter was associated with William Penn who during his visit to Pennsylvania in 1700, preached in the Shoemaker home. Henry Francis was the son of colliery owner John Wise Shoemaker and was born in Schuykill, PA, in 1845. He was educated at Genesssee Seminary, Lima (afterwards Syracuse Univ) and was appointed to the U.S, Naval Academy in 1861. In 1863 when Pennsylvania was invaded by General Lee, he raised a company of 60 volunteers from his father’s colliery, and though elected captain opted to serve in the rank of first lieutenant in favour of a more experienced man. The company was mustered into federal service as part of the 27th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Shoemaker was accordingly present at the battles of Shiloh and Gettysburg.
He later became a successful banker and pioneer railroad man. His wife was Blanche (1853-1928), was the daughter of a coal owning family of Scots Irish descent with deep roots in Pennsylvania. Her father Colonel James W. Quiggle, LL.D., was a State Senator, as well as Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Consul General atAntwerp, Chargé d'affaires at Brussels, and Special Envoy to General Garibaldi. He married Cordella Mayer, a descendant of Henri Lemaire, a Huguenot, who fled from Toulouse, France, after the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, in 1685, and came to America. H.F. Shoemaker’s paternal grandfather, Henry Shoemaker, served in the War of 1812; his great-grandfather, John Shoemaker, served in the War of Independence, and his great-great-grandfather served in the Indian Wars. Henry Francis Shoemaker, who was a
member of the society of the Sons of the Revolution and the Grand Army of the Republic, died in 1919
Mathews J., (1907) American Armoury and Blue Book, John Mathews, Chancery Lane, London, & The Gorham Co., New York
Beers, J. H. and Co. (1893) Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania; Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co.