Was born in Berks County, Pennsylvania, September 29, 1788. His father, Daniel Shopbell, was a Revolutionary soldier and served in the army about six years. He was in the battles of White Planes, Brandywine, Bunker Hill, and other struggles. He died in 1806 in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. His grandfather, Eberhart Shopbell, was born in Duerrmenz, Germany, and came to America in 1751 at age nineteen, and settled in Windsor Castle, Berks County, Pennsylvania, where he died at age of about 78 years. The people of that county were largely German, and the schools were entirely in that language.
The family was originally from France, and entered into Germany the year 1698, Eberhart still retained the French spelling of Chappelle when he settled in PA
Jacob Shopbell was educated in the German dialect, and although he speaks the English tongue, reads only the German language. He emigrated from Northampton County, Pennsylvania, to Orange Township, Richland, now Ashland County, Ohio, Where he purchased one hundred and sixty acres in 1832. He located near what is now Leidigh's mill. He served three months in the war of 1812, at Black Rock, near the Lakeshore, under Colonel Irwin and Captain Joseph Bean; He was in no regular battle of small arms. He is now the oldest soldier of this region. He has always been a farmer, temperate, industrious and economical, and is yet remarkably vigorous for a man of his age. He has been twice married and is the father of seventeen children, eleven girls and five boys. There were six children by his first wife, and eleven by the second. His sons are Andrew, of Michigan, Daniel, John, Samuel, and David, of Ashland county.
His daughters are, Phoebe, Magdalena, Susan, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Catherine, Barbara, Agnes, Rachel, Leah, and Lydia Ann.
He lived to an advanced age of 95 years, and at his decease he had fifteen children living,
Sixty-eight grandchildren, one hundred thirteen great grandchildren, and four great, great grandchildren.
He is buried in the St. Lukes cemetery close to Nankin, Orange Township.