From: William K. Shope <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: RE: Henry Shope
Nathaniel Shope's wife's maiden name was Gayman. I don't know if the name you
used in the transcription was what appears in Egle or if you have a typo. I
thought you might want to know in case you are interested in making a
correction. Also, you may be interesting in knowing that Dr. David Shope's
grandfather, Henry Shope's great- grandfather and Dr. Jacob Shope's great
grandfather are the same original ancestor. The information Egle published
about the original ancestor was that he was the Andreas Schopp aboard the
Halifax in 1754. This appears in Dr. David Shope's transcription. I don't
know where Egle got his information, but it is wrong. The person listed in the
Halifax records is Andreas Shorpe who has no know connection with the family.
The original ancestor was Bernhardt Schop who was born in Switzerland,
emigrated from Eichtersheim Germany in 1753 and landed in Philadelphia
aboard the Neptune in September of 1753. Egle stated that Dr. David
Shope's grandfather served in the French and Indian War. I don't know if
this is true, but I have not been able to account for Bernhardts
whereabouts from 1753 to 1762. In 1763 Bernhardt appears in the Cocalico
Tax records under the name Bernard Shop. He appears in all but one of the
surviving tax records in Cocalico township from 1763 through 1772. In 1773
Bernhardt received a warrant from the Penn's for 150 acres in Lower Paxton
Township. His name appears on the warrant as Bernhard Shop. He served in the
battles of White Plains and Manhattan in 1776 and continued in militia service
until 1782. In the archives records for this period he is often listed with
the same last name (Shup, Shupe, Soo and etc.) as the Shoop (Schupp) family.
His nicknames included Barnabas, Bernard, and Barney. Bernhardt died in 1813.
His will is listed under the name Bernard Shope. However, the name used with
the will is Bernhart Shope.
A patent for the land received in 1814 shows about 181 acres of land. The
location can be seen in the 1875 on line map of Lower Paxton listed under his
grandson, John A (Adam) Shope. The map only shows 130 acres so some of the
original farm must have been sold at some point. The old family cemetery is
located behind 1519 Embassy Street off of Locust Lane. Adam Shope and Ester
Parker (Parke) Shope, the father and mother, of Nathaniel Shope are buried in
this cemetery. Many of the tombstones have been lost, but the German inscribed
1838 tombstone for John A. Shope's daughter Elisabeth still stands. This
tombstone has John's name listed as Johanns Schop. The last name when used by
females was spelled Schopp.
Bernhardt couldn't read nor write English so documents in English requiring
his signature were signed with a mark. The name Shope was the name government
officials started using about 1794 in tax records and on official documents. A
deed for the farm signed by Adam Shope and his wife Ester in 1819 was signed
Adam Shop and Esther Shopp. The "c" had been dropped, but no "e" was included.
However, Adam's brother Bernhart or Barnabus who was my gggg-grandfather signed
his will in 1858 Barnabus Shope. It appears that the English name Shope sounded
enough like Schop that the local officials decided that was to be the family
name so in time with Shope appearing on official records, the family ended up
with Shope as a last name instead of the original surname Schop.
The original family was old German Baptists (Dunkard or Brethren), but a spat
between Adam and Nathaniel over a baptism lead Nathaniel to the Mennonite Church
where he became a Mennonite Bishop. Consequently, there are a great many
Shope's descended from Nathaniel that were Mennonite.
Bill Shope (Schop)