JACOB SHOUP,retired farmer, living in South Bend Township, Armstrong Co., Pa., was born June 6, 1830 in Plum Creek Township, this county, son of John and Sarah (Frantz) Shoup. Grandfather Henry Shoup was a soldier in the revolutionary War. His wife was born in Holland.
His father, also Jacob Shoup, was born in Maryland, near Harper's Ferry, and in 1824 settled on a farm of 100 acres in Plum Creek Township. In the early days he engaged in teaming across the country between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, and also worked in a distillery. He died in 1855, a highly respected man, and a member of the Reformed Church at South Bend.
He married Sarah Frantz, daughter of Jacob Frantz who lived within two miles of Grennsburg, Westmoreland Co., PA. who died in 1878. Only two of the nine children of the family are now living (1914), Jacob in South Bend and J.F. now residing in Oregon.
Jacob Shoup in his boyhood had the usual school advantages of the country boy of that period and remained with his father on the home farm in South Bend until the latter's death, with the exception of seven years during which he was lumbering in the pine woods along the Susquehanna River. The rest of the time he pursued agricultural pursuits.
On July 18, 1860, Mr. Shoup was married to Eliza Klingensmith, duaghter of Jacob Klingensmith, who was one of the well known early settlers of Armstrong Co. Of the two children born to this union, one survives, Emma who is now Mrs. Rupert. After the death of his first wife, Mr. Shoup was married to Margaret Walter and they had the following children: Robert M., born Jan. 1, 1878; Anna A., born Nov. 8, 1879; Marilla S., born Nov. 29, 1881; Harry W.., born July 25, 1884; James M., born March 3, 1887.
Mr. Shoup is a member of the Reformed Church at the village of South Bend, and in politics is a Democrat. He is well known in his section of Armstrong County and is held in the highest regard by his neighbors.