Re: Jacob Shough of Patrick County, Virginia
My grandmother was Minnie L. Ingram who first married my grandfather Joseph Benjamin Spencer on Dec. 27, 1905 and had 5 children.After Joseph's death in 1914, Minnie married Thomas C. Shough on Dec. 17, 1916 and had 7 more children.
I have not researched the Shough family but since there seems to be little information available, I thought the following may be helpful for researchers of the family.
Shough Family - Reverend Jacob Shough
(Written by Mr. O. E. Pilson & handed out at the Spencer Reunion in Patrick Co., VA a few years ago)
Reverend Jacob Shough was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 11 November, 1814 of German parents.In 1818, the family moved to Harper's Ferry, Virginia.At a very young age, he was apprenticed to a tailor in Martinsburg, W. Va.His opportunity to get an education was limited, but he spent his spare time in reading.
In early life, he was united with the Methodist Church, and he determined that he would spend his life as a Methodist minister.
In those days, most Methodist ministers were circuit riders who served a number of churches.Reverend Shough served churches in a number of counties in Virginia.
About 1863, during the Civil War, he came to Patrick County, where he spent the rest of his life.He died 11 Feb. 1892, and is buried with his second wife, Lucy, on the south side of Highway# 58 in Patrick Springs.I do not know the maiden name of either of his wives.
It is said that his health was poor, but he served six churches, and doubtless had considerable to do with the growth of the Methodist churches in the Patrick County area.
The fact that the postoffice and the community were named for him is a strong indication of the affection which the people of this community had for him.
Although named for him, they changed the spelling of the name from Shough to Shuff.For a number of years this community was called Shuff.
Rev. Shough probably had children who did not come with him to Patrick County, but we know of the following.
1.Jane Elizabeth Shough, who married John Walker Wonycott, a Methodist minister.They apparently moved away from Patrick County.
2.Francis Asbury Shough, born about 1844, who married Mary S. Taylor in 1871.
3.Mary L. Shough, born 1849, who married Christopher Columbus Gregory in 1872, and died in 1901.They lived in Patrick County, and are the ancestors of present Sheriff Gregory.
4.Richard Watson Shough, born 1851, died 1918, married Almira J. Carter in 1874.They had at least 10 children.
5.Henry B. Shough, born 1854, died 1932, married Rosalie/Rosalee___?They were the parents of Thomas C. Shough who married Minnie Ingram Spencer.