Shopbell Genealogy

History of Berks Co, Pennsylvania Excerpt

SHAPPELL--SCHAPPELL--SCHAPPEL. In Perry Township, which until 1853 was a part of Windsor township, Berks county, is a prominent family bearing the name of Schppelle, Choppelle, Schobbel, Shobel, but now more commonly found spelled Shappell, Schappell and Schappel. The original home of the family was in France, but through religious persecution its members sought refuge in Germany, making their home at Wittenberg. Among the one hundred and eight passengers aboard the good ship "Patience," which landed at port Philadelphia, Sept. 17, 1753, was Jeremie Chappelle and one Jean Pierre Chappelle. The kinship of these two emigrants is unknown, but it is not doubted that they were relatives. What became of Jean Pierre after landing in the New World is not known. Jeremias Shappelle (as it appears on the tombstone) (or Schobel) and Eberhart Schoppel, brothers, were residents in Windsor township, Berks county, Pa., in 1754 [See Rupp's History].

 (I) According to the tombstone inscription at Zion's Church, in Perry (formerly Windsor) township, Jeremias Schappelle was born in 1715, and he died Oct. 15, 1804. his wife Catharine, born 1724, passed away June 8, 1801. The will of Jeremiah Shappel (sic) is on record in Berks county court-house in Will Book A, page 505. It was made Feb. 11, 1803, and probated Jan. 7, 1805. At the time the will was made he was a resident of Windsor township. The following children are mentioned in the will: Jacob (who was made executor of his father's estate), Matthias, Jeremiah, Magdalena and Catharine. In the cemetery at Zion's Church is a tombstone bearing the following inscription: "Elizabeth Schappelle, wife of Jeremias, formerly of Deutschland, born Feb. 16, 1771, died July 9, 1817, aged forty-six years, five months, twenty-three days." This probably refers to the wife of Jeremias or Jeremiah, son of (I) Jeremias.

 No records of the descendants of Eberhart Schoppel are in evidence at Zion's Union Church. He may have left Windsor township after 1774, in which year he hewed his name on a stone now in the southeastern wall of the of the old graveyard. Tradition says that the stones upon which these names were carved (one bears the name of Jeremias) were once a part of the walls of the first church. The fourth church is now (1908) being built.

 (II) Jacob Schappell, son of Jeremias, was better known as "Jockey," a nickname evidently taken from the German pronunciation of his name. He was born in Wittenberg, Germany, Feb. 2, 1744, and he died Sept. 11, 1826. As stated above he was the executor of his father's will in 1803. His wife Susanna was born Feb. 2, 1751, and she died July 24, 1828. They are both buried at Zion's Church. Jeremias, Eberhart and Jockey Schappell were founders of the original Zion's Church. Tradition says Jacob and Susanna had a large family, some of their children, however, dying in infancy and childhood. Of those of whom there is a record may be mentioned: Peter, born April 19, 1770; Col. Jeremiah, born March 20, 1774; Daniel, who was a taxable resident in Manheim township, Schuylkill county, in 1790, where he reared a family and where his descendants still live; and Hannah, m. to Georg Hoffman, a farmer of Perry township.

 There is a valley in Perry township known to the residents there as Schappell's Dale, because of the many Schappells living there.

 (III) Lieut. Col. Jeremiah Schappell, son of Jacob and Susanna, born March 20, 1774, died Sept. 16, 1845. He was a famous officer in the war of 1812, and brigade inspector for many years. His home was always in Windsor township. He was a leading man of his time, and a military officer of fine physique, rare tact and ability. He was dearly beloved, and because of his happy disposition had hosts of friends throughout Pennsylvania. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st Regiment, 2nd Brigade, and was in active service from September, 1814, to Nov. 1, 1814, in and around Baltimore, Md. He distinguished himself at For Henry. It was he who remarked that "when the British smelled the powder of the Berks county militia men they thought it best to return upon their waiting ships and sail away." He was buried with full military honors, the funeral being attended by a large throng that came to do him honor, and the procession to the cemetery was over a mile in length. The people in the vicinity of his home supplied food for the many visiting friends and soldiers and it was said that "the entire community was eaten up." From 1818 until the time of his death he was brigade inspector, a period of more than a quarter of a century.

 (IV) Jeremiah Schappell, son of Lieut. Col. Jeremiah, was born Dec. 20, 1801, and died Dec. 31, 1842, aged forty-one years. He owned about three hundred acres of good, fertile land in Schappell's Dale, and engaged in cattle dealing and farming. He made frequent trips to Philadelphia with produce, returning with his waggon laden with merchandise for his and other families of his district, these trips usually consuming the greater part of a week's time, from Monday morning t Friday or Saturday. He married Esther Miller, born March 5, 1805, daughter of Isaac Miller. She died May 31, 1886. To this union were born: Samuel, born Sept. 20, 1825, was a farmer in Perry township, and died April 11, 1895; Hannah m. Jacob Kerschner; Mary m. Jacob Engel; Esther (Hettie) m. Jacob Stetzler; Jacob M. was born April 12, 1832; and Jeremiah M., resides in Perry township.

 (V) Samuel Schappell, son of Jeremiah and Esther, born Sept. 20, 1825, in Windsor township, died April 11, 1895. He was a lifelong farmer in Schappell's Dale.