SHOUP, SAMUEL - Sangamon County will always be a strongly agricultural center, for the fertile lands of this section, under the magnificent climatic conditions, bear so abundantly that there will always be men glad to wrest from the black soil the large returns awaiting their efforts. One of the progressive farmers of this locality is Samuel Shoup, born in Cotton Hill Township, Sangamon County, March 23, 1864, a son of Henry and Ruth (Knotts) Shoup, the former born in Ohio, and the latter in Illinois. The father came with his parents to Cotton Hill Township, and he and his wife were married in Springfield. Following this he bought land, owning at one time 188 acres in Cotton Hill Township. He was a Democrat and a consistent member of the Baptist Church. His wife died in 1906, and he in 1904. There were seven children in the family: Elbert, of Springfield; Sarah, wife of James Milliner, a farmer near Glenarm; Jacob, of Michigan; Elijah, a farmer near New City, Ill.; Leander, of Cotton Hill Township; Samuel; and Lilla, wife of Leonard Lawley, a farmer of Cotton Hill Township.
Samuel Shoup attended Crow Mill School in his native township, at the same time working for his father and thus gaining a practical knowledge of farm work. In 1903 he married and went on a farm of his own. The following year he bought his present farm of thirty-nine acres, which he has placed under a fine state of cultivation. He raises stock of all kinds for the market.
On December 2, 1903, Mr. Shoup married Sally McKee, daughter of James McKee, whose sketch appears elsewhere in this work. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Shoup; James Henry, born April 17, 1906; Ruth Geneva, born April 19, 190, and an infant, deceased. Mr. Shoup is a democrat and has served most acceptably as School Director and Road Commissioner. He is liberal in his religious views. His wife belongs to the Methodist Church. An excellent farmer, a good citizen and successful business man, Mr. Shoup is one of the representative men of Sangamon County, which has been his home all his life.