Jacob K. Schumpert

Annals of Newberry, by John A. Chapman, page 591-94

Born 26th of October, 1807; died 14th of May, 1885.

He was the eldest son of Frederick Schumpert and Mary Kinard his wife. Jacob K. married, in the year 1833, Harriet Abney, of Edgefield County, who died November 3d, 1884.
They celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage in 1883, in the presence of tbeir children, three sons and three daughters, and a host of grandchildren, at the old homestead, Elm Grove, seven miles northwest from Newberry Court House. The following children survive them: Dr. John. I. Schumpert, who lives in Louisiana; Mrs. E. M. Kingsmore, who lives at Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. C. T. Wells, O. L. Schumpert and F. A. Schumpert, at Newberry, S. C., and Mrs. B. A. Cassity, wife of Rev. Mr. Cassity, Presiding Elder of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, whose home at present is Mansfield, Louisiana.

Jacob K. Schumpert was a man of vigorous constitution, strong and evenly balanced mind, and a noble heart; all of which tended to make him one of the finest-types of "Nature's noblemen." And in addition to what nature's gifts, experience,
observation and a fair education, with their advantages, had done for him, the transforming power of grace had made in
him one of the most clearly defined and beautifully symmetrial Christian characters I have ever met. The 1oss of his wife
-a Christian lady of rare exce11ence - who died a short time after the celebration of their half century of married life,
deeply affected him, and left visible traces of the loss of vital power which gave him a presentiment of the early ending of
his earthly career. They both lie buried in Rosemont Cemetery. The Rev. Drs. J. Steck and H. W. Kuhns, eminent divines of the Lutheran Church, of which Church both Mr. and Mrs. Schumpert were members, officiated at the burial ceremony.
Mr. Schumpert was a courteous, kind and hospitable gentleman, and both he and his wife were very fond of company, especially of the company of young people, often having a house full for weeks at a time. In their company they seemed to live over the days of their youth and always entered heartily into the most of their sports and recreations. He was also kind and strictly just with his slaves, seldom allowing them to be punished even for gross refractory conduct. He owned a slave, Jack by name, who, though painfully lazy, was a very expert carpenter, and at times pretended to be crazy. He was advised by some of his neighbors to place Jack in the County Jail. This he did, but as soon as he learned that Jack was being flogged with a cat-o-nine tail he immediately took him home; and Jack, it is supposed, in gratitude for his master's mercy never played crazy any more.

In his early youth he had acquired the tobacco habit both chewing and smoking. 'This habit he continued in for forty years, yet always persisted in saying that he could quit it whenever he willed to do so. When his oldest son John I. came home from the North, after having finished his medical education, he had also acquired, to his fathers intense regret, the tobacco habit. This habit John I. endeavored to conceal from his father, who, catching him in the act one day, .without at all scolding him, simply said: "We11, my son, I see that you are using tobacco. I don't blame you, however, as I set the, example and you followed it. A father never should do anything that he would or could reprimand in his son. Now I am going to set you another example; follow it, also." And, suiting the action to the words, he threw from him the quid then in his mouth, and from that day never touched it again. It is useless to say that the son did not follow this example.

Whatever he undertook to do was always done in the most thorough and complete manner. All the buildings on his plantation, from the negro cabin to the mansion house, were models of strength, durability and neatness. "He was a devout lover of the Word of God, a lover of the Church, liberal of his means, peaceable and a peace-maker, progressive, always consistent, a well-rounded man in Christ., whose memory it will always be pleasant to cherish and whose life it will always be safe to hold up for the imitation of others."

Of his other two sous, Osborne Lamar is a practicing lawyer at Newberry and is at present Solicitor of the Seventh Circuit. He was a member of the Legisluture in 1884-5. Frederick A. is a merchant at Newberry.

There were many others of this family whose names should not be left out of the roll of the worthies of Newberry.

Amos K. Schumpert, brother to Jacob K., a sketch of whom we have just given, moved tn Alabama many years ago. His son Ben was a student in Newberry College when the war broke out; he volunteered in the Quitman Rifles and was killed in battle. His name is on our monument. Amos K. Schumpert, I believe, is still living.

Peter Schumpert, who moved to Edgefield, and left sons and daughters, was well known to the writer.

Sam Schumpert, another most excellent man and good citizen, lived and died near Silver Street, in his native county. He was the father of James Jacob.

George Schumpert, father of Frank, lived for many years on his place between Bush River and Saluda, where he died. His brother John, father of Cal and Bob, lived in the same neighborhood.

There wast another John Schumpert, who lived in Edgefield, near Herbert's Ferry, whom I knew many years ago. He was running a portable steam engine when the boiler exploded with fatal results. His son has but one arm, but whether the loss of the other was caused by that explosion I am not now sure. John, the father of Jesse, had a brother William, who died many years ago. Elisha Schumpert, brother of Jacob K, was a mill owner on Bush River; and like bis brother, Jacob K., he took great pride in his work and had everything about his mill in perfect order. He made as good flour as it is possible far any mill to make. I know whereof I speak, for I have had wheat ground at his mill.

Of the ladies, members of this family, there is Mrs. Polly Long, widow of my oId time friend Jacob Long, and mother of my present time friend Fred Long. Mrs. David Werts, who lived just south and near the Dead Fall, on the Kinard Ferry Road. Mrs. Thomas Carson, of Edgefield, mother of tbe Rev. James Carson, a minister of the Baptist Church in that county. Mrs. John Paysinger, mother of Ben Paysinger (whose widow lives at the old place), and Jacob J. Paysinger, and Samuel S., and Thomas M., who was once Sheriff, and Fred S.; and another one, Henry, who was killed in battle during the war; and there may have been others whose names I cannot now recall. I know of no other Paysingers in the county, except these, the descendants of John Paysinger. He first settled where Thomas P. Buzhardt, who was married to Miss Emma Paysinger, lived and died.

Mrs. Harriet Schumpert was the daughter of Zachariah Abney (whose father was a Virginian), who was born, lived and died near what is now Kinard's Ferry on Saluda River. He was a baby, if I mistake not, an infant quite small, when his father was killed by the Tories during the Revolution. They found him sick in bed with fever and in spite of the efforts and prayers of his wife they hauled him forth out of the house and killed him even in his wife's arms - the sword that killed him passing through him and entering his wife's body also. House, corn crib, everything was burnt, and the only comfort left the widow was her baby boy. He had crawled away and hid himself in the midst of some tall weeds near by. Long afterwards, nearly fifty years, I was shown by a son of Zahariah Abney the spot where the corn crib had stood, and I there saw, mingled with the soil, the grains of corn burned to a coal that day, still in pefect preservation.

The mother of Mrs. Harriet Schumpert was a Townsend, and her father's father also passed through the fires of the Revolution. His house and premises were sacked and burned, but he escaped, barely with his life. He had time, and just time, to hide himself, without having been seen by his enemies, in a pile of brush near the house. And while the house was burning the heat was so intense where he lay concealed as to be almost unbearable. But he did bear it and so escaped with his life.

The country near the mouth of Tosty Creek, on both sides of the Slauda, had many Tories led by Cunningham and the Turners, especially Ned Turner, and their treatment of the Whigs was sometimes very savage, which treatment some of the Whigs were not slow to return in kind. The compiler of these Annals was born and reared not far from the swamps of Saluda, near the fields which were the scenes of many a bloody conflict. And I remember well when the family of Stewarts and their kinsmen, the Thompsons, were under the ban on account of Revolutionary times. And it was said Alick, or Alexander, Stewart still kept a Red Coat hid away as a Revolutionary relic, preserving and cherishing it as a memento of the good old times.