SHOOP, DANIEL, retired farmer, was born in Jackson township, Dauphin county, Pa., October 2, 1828. His father, Daniel Shoop, Sr., was born in Dauphin county, and was a farmer and stockman in Jackson township. He married Susan Albright, a native of Dauphin county. They had eight children: Henry, deceased; Catherine, deceased, wife of Jonas Poole; Elizabeth, deceased, wife of Leonard Bender; Frederick, deceased; Lydia, wife of John Warfield; Sarah, deceased, wife of Christian Dravids; Daniel, and Clinton, of Harrisburg. Mr. Shoop and His wife were members of the Lutheran church. They died in Jackson township. They were good people, and highly respected.
Daniel Shoop, Jr., attended the common school in the winter and worked on the farm for his father in the summer until he was fourteen years old, when his father died. He remained on the homestead one year longer, when it was sold to pay the debts of his father's estate. Then he had to go into the world and look out for himself. He worked as a farm hand, and at various employments, receiving small wages for hard labor. At twenty-three years of age he went to Jacksonville to learn shoemaking. He worked there one year and then removed to a small place of sixteen acres, where he now lives. This place he improved and cultivated and made his home. He worked at his trade and tilled his little farm for ten years. By industry and frugal living he prospered, and at the end of ten years was able to buy thirty-five acres more. By continuing to work and to save, he added more land from time to time, and is now in possession of two hundred and sixty acres of good, arable land, all of which is fully cultivated and improved. Mr. Shoop has built several dwelling houses and barns and other farm structures on his different farms which his sons are cultivating. He built a fine house for himself, where he and his wife are now living retired from active business.
Daniel Shoop was married in Jackson township, June 5, 1852, to a native of that township, Catherine. daughter of John, and sister of George W. D. Enders, a sketch of whom appears in this volume. They had eight children: Mary, deceased; Aaron, farmer in Lykens Valley, married Lydia Bechtel, has four children; Nathan, farmer, in Ohio, married Sallie Becket; Henry, farmer in Powell's Valley, married Martha Hoover, has one child; Emanuel, deceased; Edward O., carpenter, married Susan Enders; Curtin, miner at Minersville, Pa., and John, farmer, married Mary Miller, and has four children. Mrs. Catherine Shoop died in Jackson township, in July, 1887. On June 18, 1881, Mr. Shoop married Mary M. Enders, a sister of his first wife, and widow of Aaron Sweigard. Of this marriage there is no issue.
Mrs. Shoop is a daughter of John Enders, one of the oldest farmers of Jackson township. Her first husband, Aaron Sweigard, was a farmer and stockman in the same township. They had five children: Annie S., wife of Lewis Ziegler; Elizabeth and Charles, deceased; Aaron, farming out West, and Catherine, deceased. Mr. Sweigard died in Jackson township in 1866. Mr. Shoop is a Democrat. He has never held any office in the township. He is a member and a trustee of the United Brethren church. He has been a diligent worker from boyhood, and a wise manager. His success demonstrates his ability. He is honored in the community.
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