SHOPE, DAVID, M.D., son of Jacob Shope and ______Hart, was born July 25, 1808, in Lower Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa. His grandfather, Andrew Schopp (or Shope), emigrated from the Palatinate, Germany, to America, arriving at Philadelphia October 22, 1754, on the ship "Halifax" from Rotterdam. He settled in then Lancaster county, married, and was in service during the French and Indian war, afterwards permanently locating in what is now Lower Paxtang township, Dauphin county, Pa., on a tract of land in possession of his great-grandson. He had sons Bernhard, Jacob, and Adam. The first married, removed to Centre county, Pa., where his descendants now reside. Jacob and Adam divided the farm, the former of whom subsequently disposed of his, the latter dying on the old homestead at the age of ninety-one years. Jacob Shope, who lived to the age of eighty-seven, married a Miss Hart, and they had issue: Abraham, Jacob, Bernhard, David, Barbara, Mary, Elizabeth, and Catharine. David, the subject of our sketch, worked on his father’s farm until the age of sixteen, receiving such educational advantages as the country schools then afforded. He was afterwards sent to a select school in Cumberland county, and also that taught by Mr. Cummings at Brown’s school house on the Jonestown road. He taught school several times, and at the age of nineteen began the study of medicine with Dr. Markley, of Manheim, Lancaster county, Pa., and after the latter’s death with his successor, Dr. Veasy. In October, 1832, he located in Hummelstown, where he continued in the successful practice of his profession until his decease, which occurred December 2, 1842, at the age of thirty-four years, and is buried in the Hummelstown cemetery. Few practitioners stood higher in the confidence and esteem of the community in which he lived than Dr. Shope. He never married.
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