John Shoop

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JOHN SHOOP was born in 1802 in Montgomery county, Pa., and received a common school education. Coming to Armstrong county in 1818 or 1819, he settled at the mouth of the Kiskiminetas river and commenced housekeeping. Later he moved to what is now the site of Manorville, and in 1837, obtained 128 acres of the old Johnson tract. Here he first built a house on the river bank which he occupied for eighteen years, in 1854 or 1855 building the residence occupied by his widow until her death. He followed farming and dealt in oil, followed work on the Allegheny river for several years, and was one of the prosperous citizens of his locality. He was a Democrat in politics, held local offices, and in religious connection was a Lutheran. He became well and favorably known all over the county. Mr Shoop died at the old home in February, 1872. He had a large family, his first wife, who�s maiden name was Klingensmith, being the mother of eleven children: John R., now deceased, who went to the Black Hills; Mary, who died in 1911; Elizabeth, deceased; Susan, deceased; Jacob, deceased; Aaron, deceased; George W., who is in the oil business at Perryville, Pa.; Jane, deceased; Samuel, deceased; Maggie, deceased; and F.S. , deceased. The mother of this family died, and on Aug. 15, 1861, Mr. Shoop married (second) Elizabeth Shotts, of Armstrong county, Pa., who died on the old homestead Nov. 16, 1912. There were seven children by this marriage: A daughter that died in infancy; Walter, who died in 1870; Ira; Harvey, who is engaged as a railroad flagman at Hulton, Pa.; William, twin of Harvey, living at home; Martin Luther, of San Jose, Cal., who has a bicycle repair shop; and John El, a glass grinder by trade, who lives on part of the old home place.

Source: Pages 865, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J.H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed November 1998 by Pam Clark for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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