Charles H Shipman


CHARLES H. SHIPMAN, general farmer, residing in Gilpin township, Armstrong Co., Pa., near the Forks Church, was born on this farm July 21, 1856, son of William and Elizabeth (Linhart) Shipman.

William Shipman was born in New Jersey, in which State the Shipman family has long been one of importance. Served in the was of 1812, and was married to a girl by the name of Wray, by which union there were two sons: James, the eldest, served in the Civil War; William went to the West in the fifties and has never been heard from since. By his second marriage, to Elizabeth Linhart, there were eight children: Margaret E. married James Dowling; Jacob, who served in the Civil War, a member of Company K, with Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, died of fever, May 4, 1865, and was buried at the Forks Church; Theresa, who married William J. Stitt; John M. lived in Los Angeles, Cal., where he died Aug. 11, 1912; Abraham L. resides in Los Angeles, Cal., Alice married A. G. Humm; Charles H. is still on the homestead. The father William Shipman, came to Armstrong county, Pa., in 1852, and followed the shoemaking trade until 1868, when he purchased the farm in Gilpin on which his son now resides. His death occurred in the following year, April 8, 1869, and he was buried at the Forks Church. He married Elizabeth Linhart, daughter of Jacob Linhart, who came to America from Germany and settled in Allegheny county, Pa., where he acquired 500 acres of valuable coal land, which he sold to the firm of Briggs & Hayes, and they operated extensively there in coal. Mrs. Shipman died Aug. 21, 1887, an was buried by the side of her husband.

Charles H. Shipman attended school in Gilpin township during boyhood and remained on the home farm giving assistance until he was twenty-nine years of age, when he went to Kansas and from there with his brother Abraham, pushed on to Seattle, Wash., driving a team all the way. He had previously learned the carpenter�s trade and during his stay at Seattle engaged in building, carpentry and contracting, his two years there being prosperous ones from a business standpoint. In 1890 he returned to Armstrong county and purchased the homestead farm of 120 acres in Gilpin township. This land is valuable, the soil being well adapted to farming, while there is also a gas well on one portion of the property, making it possible to use gas for his heating and lighting and as motive power where needed.

On June 25, 1890, Mr. Shipman was married to Sarah C. Klingensmith, a daughter of Peter Klingensmith, who formerly was a man of considerable prominence in Gilpin township. He was born March 14, 1914, and died Nov. 10, 1893. He was a farmer for many years and later a merchant at White Rock. His wife, Sarah A. Klingensmith, was born Feb. 21, 1825, and died Jan. 20,1889. They were buried at Forks Church. The following children were born to Peter Klingensmith and wife: Ellen J., who married A. J. Allshouse; Lydia A., who married J. L. George; Jefferson W., who is deceased; Alice, deceased, who was the wife of Aaron Elenberger; Jackson, who lives at New Kensington, Pa.; Barkley J., who lives at Verona, Pa., Sarah C., who is the wife of Charles H. Shipman; and Chambers, who lives in Gilpin township.

Mr. and Mrs. Shipman have two children, Abraham and Helen, both of whom have been students in Grove City College, and are now finishing their education at the University of Wooster, Ohio. The family belongs to the Forks Lutheran Church. Politically Mr. Shipman is a Republican, and fraternally he is identified with the Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the World.

Source: Page 896-897, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Nanci Michalkiewicz for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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