You ARE connected to Clint, but then again, not. It's complicated. Your line is descended from a Shoemake who was adopted by his step-father and he took the name Shoemake of his step-father. His mother and he did a BIA application which names his natural father as a Jones (no first name). Clint is directly a Shoemake by blood - from one of the lines that came out of Overton County, TN. From John "Ball Jack" (or Bald Jack, depending on which set of papers you look at) Shoemake. YOUR John's father for many years (the step-father) was thought to be the one known as "Ball Jack" - but BIA apps proved this to be Clint's line, and NOT yours that are from the Shoemake Reservation originally in Alabama.
If you need more info or have questions, please contact me. We have a group of descendants, and we DO include your branch, even though they are not "blood" Shoemake's - but since your John was raised by a Shoemake and goes by the name Shoemake and this Mr. Jones is unknown - we do cover the descendants of your branch.
I do have an idea on the Jones connection - but at this point only a DNA test of a male Shoemake in your branch and a match with a Jones (in a Jones DNA project) might lead to knowing who was really John's father.
Contact me directly if you would like more info.
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