| History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania |
Chicago: Warner, Beers & Co., 1886
H. C. Bradsby with Aaron Sheely
|Transcribed by Vicki Hartman; September 2008 for GenealogyTrails.com|
"JACOB SHEADS, dealer in lumber, coal and wood, Gettysburg, is a native of Adams County, Penn., born at Gettysburg May 12, 1821, son of Peter and Solone (Troxwel) Sheads, the former a native of Adams County, the latter of Maryland, and both of German descent. The father was a mason by trade, an occupation he followed for many years in Gettysburg. His death occurred in 1848. He was the father of eleven children, the eldest of whom was born in this county in 1808. Jacob Sheads, the ninth child, was reared in Gettysburg, where, early in life, he learned the tailorís trade, and subsequently was for a time engaged in that business, in connection with W. T. King, the present popular merchant tailor of Gettysburg. In 1866 Mr. Sheads established his present business, and has since conducted the same, meeting with moderate success. In 1854 he was married to Miss Agnes Flora Gehr, daughter of Henry Gehr, and of English and German extraction. To Mr. and Mrs. Sheads have been born the following children that are now living: Ida (wife of Rev. C. T. Durboraw, of Kansas), David E. and Anna M. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Mr. Sheads is a trustee. He served one term of two years (1866 and 1867) as treasurer of Adams County. In politics he is a Prohibitionist, but is not an active politician. The ancestors of Mr. Sheads were representatives of the first-class of pioneers of this section of the State. His paternal grandfather, John Melchoir Sheads, a native of Germany, became a pioneer of this county, and his maternal grandfather, John Troxwel, assisted in laying out the town of Gettysburg, his name being recorded on the first plat of the village. He is an extensive cattle dealer."
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