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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Philip D. Shoop, a farmer and stock raiser of Nineveh Township, was born in Dauphin County, Penn., in 1834, and is the fifth of nine children of Jacob and Mary (Snyder) Shoop, who were also natives of that county, where they were reared and married. In about 1840 they moved to Ralls County, Mo., and the following year came to Adair County, and settled in Nineveh Township, where Mr. Shoop owned a farm of about 300 acres besides some other farms, and where he lived the remainder of his life, taking great delight in hunting and relieving the country of the wild animals and game. He assisted in surveying the county. He died in Adair County, Mo., in 1874 at the age of sixty-eight. He was the son of John and Elizabeth Shoop, and was born November 1, 1805; was married September 6, 1825, to Polly Snyder, daughter of Jacob and Margaret Snyder, in Dauphin County, Penn., where he remained until April 11, 1838, immigrating thence to Ralls County, Mo., arriving on the 3d of May, following, and remained a citizen of that county until October, 1841. Thence he moved to Nineveh, Adair Co., Mo., and settled on the farm on which he died. Polly Shoop, his first wife, departed this life July 8, 1847, aged forty-two years. After the decease of his first wife he returned to his native State, and there was married again, April 6, 1851, taking for his second wife M. Snyder, a daughter of William and Elizabeth Snyder, who still survives. It will be discovered from the above that the deceased had been a resident of this State thirty-six years, and a resident of this county thirty-three years. He came to this State poor, but by patient industry, perseverance and honesty, he acquired a competency for himself and family, and has ever been revered for his many noble qualities Peace to his ashes! His father, John Shoop, was also a native of Pennsylvania, and as far as anything is known to the contrary, the same may be said of his ancestors. Our subject passed his youth at home, enjoying but very meager educational advantages, attending school in the rudest of log houses in the forest. He was married, in September, 1858, to Miss Fannie, who was born March 16, 1836, and who is the daughter of Isaac and Sarah Shontz, formerly of Pennsylvania, where Mrs. Shoop was born. They have three children: Carrie, born May 3, 1859, who is the wife of Joseph Motter; Isaac R., born May 29, 1864, and Jacob H., born December 13, 1865. Since 1865 our subject has been a resident of his present farm, and is the owner of 200 acres, nearly all the result of his own labor and good management. His property lies about eight miles northwest of Kirksville. He served two summers in the home militia during the war. In 1878 he was elected county judge, and held that office for two years.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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