Anthony Shorb
Ann Marie O'Bold
Samuel Beecher
Barbara Winterode
John Shorb
Mary Beecher
Joseph L. Shorb


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Joseph L. Shorb 1 2 3 4

  • Born: 19 Mar 1812, Union Twp., Adams, PA 1 3 4
  • Christened: 24 Mar 1812, Conewago Twp.: Conewago Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Adams, PA 3
  • Died: 1890, Germany Twp., Adams, PA at age 78

   Another name for Joseph was Josephus Shorb.3

   FamilySearch ID: 9VGD-9TF.

  Noted events in his life were:

1. Book: History of Adams County, 1886. 4
JOSEPH L. SHORB, farmer, Littlestown. The ancestors of this old pioneer family left Lorraine when it was attached to France, because they loved the old German fatherland and language better than the French. Three brothers, supposed to have been named John, Jacob and Anthony, immigrated to America, and settled in Pennsylvania. One kept a hardware store in Hanover, York County, buying his stock in Germany, and making seven sea voyages for the purpose; one settled in York County, near Hanover, and the other near Goshen Huppen, Berks County, and there they farmed, and their descendants lived for many years. John Shorb, the brother that settled in Hanover, was the great-grandfather of our subject. He married a lady by the name of Fricker, who bore him three sons and one daughter: Anthony, Jacob, John and Mrs. Mary Obold. Of the sons Jacob and John finally settled in Frederick County, Md., and Anthony (who died in Conowago Township, this county, in 1800) married a Miss Obold, by whom he had six children, four of whom attained maturity: John, Anthony, Jr., Joseph and Mrs. Mary Shultz. Of these, Anthony Shorb, Jr., moved to Tyrone, Blair County, Penn., and there engaged in the iron business as a member of the firm of Lyon, Shorb & Co. He died in Littlestown while on a visit to relatives. Joseph was a physician, who lived and died in Littlestown, Penn. Mrs. Mary Shultz died in Missouri. John, the eldest, a farmer by occupation, was married in Littlestown, this county, to Miss Mary, daughter of Samuel Beecher, and of the eight children that blessed this union all attained maturity: Basil A., Joseph L., Alexander C., Samuel J., Edward, Matilda M., Sallie and Johanna. John Shorb's first wife died February 15, 1833, and his second marriage was with Mrs. Susan Stonesifer, who also died near Littlestown, the mother of one child, James E., now residing in St. Louis, Mo. John Shorb bought the farm where his son Joseph L. now lives, was a successful farmer, and died near Littlestown, this county, February 5, 1847, aged sixty-two years. He took an active part in public matters, and was much respected by all who knew him for his honesty and uprightness. He had a remarkable memory, and possessed those sterling traits of character for which the whole family, from the great-grandfather down to our subject, have been noted. Joseph L. Shorb was born on the old homestead March 19, 1812, and has been a farmer as well as a business man. When the Littlestown Savings Institution was started he became its president, and remained so for eighteen years, when his health failed him and he refused a re-election. He has served as justice of the peace for forty years, which shows for itself how well he is loved and respected by his neighbors. In the evening of life Mr. Shorb may look back over a busy career that can give him unqualified satisfaction.


1 History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania (Warren, Beers & Co; Chicago, IL; 1886), Page 395.

2 Letter from Craig Bennett (On file at the Adams County Historical Society, Gettysburg, Adams County, PA.
Mar 11 1972 letter from Craig M. Bennett, 31 Meeting St, Charleston Sc 29401, to Vice Admiral William Gordon Beecher of Alexandria, VA, describing the antique hand-painted fracturs cica 1800 proving birth of Samuel to father Henry Büger in possession of Craig, a descendent., March 11, 1972.

3 Conewago Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

4 History of Cumberland and Adams Counties, Pennsylvania (Warren, Beers & Co; Chicago, IL; 1886), Pages 515-516.

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