Source: BIOGRAPHICAL ANNALS OF FRANKLIN CO., PA 1905, page 924
JOHN SHOAP,farmer, P. O. Shippensburg, was born November 30, 1819,in Cumberland County, Penn. His grandfather, Nicholas Shope (as the name was then spelled) a blacksmith, came from Germany and settled in this county. He was married, reared several children and died near Roxbury. His son, William Shope, who was a farmer, died in Cumberland County, when over ninety years of age. He married Nancy Gerrick, who also died there, the mother of the following named children: Maria, Betsey, Agnes, John, Martha, William, and Ann. Of these John Shoap, our subject, was reared, on the farm and has the followed agriculture all his life. In 1849 he married, and resided three years in Mifflin Township, Cumberland County; later came to Franklin County and farmed one year on the John Smith place. In the spring of 1854 he came to the farm of Dr. Rankin and carried it on for nineteen years.
It was then sold to Mr. McClean, and Mr. Shoap still remains as a tenant.
He proposes to relinquish farming the coming spring (of 1887) and removeto the borough of Shippensburg. His wife is Baebara A., daughter of Samuel Heberlig, of Cumberland County, Penn., and their children are Samuel H., Mary C., S. Ann, Hannah J., William John, David R. Emma E., and Edward. Mary C. married William Kitzmiller, and is now deceased. Mr. Shoap is identified with the Democratic party. The family attend the worship of the German Reformed Church.