Biography of Philip Shoemaker
Armstrong County, PA Biographies

PHILIP SHOEMAKER, a thrifty and prosperous citizen and the owner of one of the best coal farms of Mahoning township, is a son of Philip and Elizabeth (Rose) Shoemaker, and was born in Mahoning township, Armstrong county, Pennsylvania, March 2, 1825. The Shoemaker family is of Swiss origin, and John Shoemaker (grandfather), was born in Switzerland. He came to the United States and settled in Virginia, but soon removed to Franklin township, Westmoreland county, where he engaged in farming. He had five children, two Sons and three daughters. His son, Philip Shoemaker (father), was born in Virginia, Jannary 25, 1784, from whence he removed to Westmoreland county and afterwards came to Mahoning township, where he purchased some four hundred acres of land, which he tilled until his death. He died April 10, 1860, when he was in the seventy seventh year of his age. He was an old line whig until 1856, when he became a republican. He was a member of the German baptist church, and married Elizabeth Rose, daughter of George Rose. They had nine children, five sons and four daughters: Mary, born April 14, 1812, and died in 1887; John, born October 22, 1813, and lives at South Bethlehem, in Mahoning township; Sarah, born January 5, 1814, and died young; Joseph, born April 9, 1819; Isaac, born July 27, 1821; Philip, Susanna, born July 20, 1827; Elizabeth, born May 17, 1831; and Samuel, born March 12, 1834. Mrs. Shoemaker's father, George Rose (maternal grandfather), was born near Murraysville, Westmoreland county, and was a farmer and hotel keeper. Philip Shoemaker was reared on his father's farm and attended the subscription séhools of his day. He then engaged in farming, which he has followed ever since, excepting a few years, during which time he operated a saw mill, In 1851 he purchased the farm of two hundred acres of land on which be has since made his home. His farm is underlaid with several workable veins of good coal.

He married Salome L. Schoefner, a daughter of Henry Scboefner, a native of Switzerland, who came with his father to Lycoming county, when he was thirteen years of age, and who afterwards removed to Clarion county and then to Jefferson county, where he died. To Mr. and Mrs. Shoemaker have been born ten children, eight sons and two daughters: Jeremiah, born November 5, 1852, and was a farmer in Illinois when he died; Margarite, born January 16, 1854, and wife of Samuel Lenkerd, a farmer of Red Bank township; Ross, born August 20, 1855, married Lottie Mowry and is a farmer of Mahoning township; Monroe, born April 9, 1859, and married Jane Prosious; Mary Ellen, wife of Christopher Kimmel, a farmer of this county; Anderson, born January 19, 1861, and now dead; Ezra, born February 20, 1863, married Mary Meyers (now deceased), and lives on his father's farm; Murray, born June 10, 1865; Isaiah, born April 22, 1867, and now dead; and Adam, born April 30, 1868, and married to Siseye Anthony.

In politics; Philip Shoemaker is a stanch republican, and at present is overseer of the poor of Mahoning township. He is a deacon of the German Baptist church, of which he and his whole family are members.


From:
Biographical and Historical Cyclopedia
of Indiana and Armstrong Counties, Pennsylvania
Samuel T. Wiley, Historian & Editor
John M. Greshan & Co.
Philadelphia, 1891


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