Robert Charles Shoptaw was born on July 15, 1882, in Switz City, Greene, Indiana, to George William Shoptaw and Mary Elizabeth Gregg.
Ethel M. Stevens married Robert Charles Shoptaw on April 16, 1909, in Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana. His parents are listed as William Shoptaw and Elizabeth Gregg. Her parents are listed as William W. Stevens and Martha E. Thomas.
On September 12, 1918, Robert Charles Shoptaw was drafted into WWI in Indianapolis, Indiana. His permanent address is listed as Route B-1, Box 95, Indianapolis, Marion, Ind. He was 36 years old, born on July 15, 1882. He is listed as white, a natural born citizen of the United States. He is occupied as a laborer for a belt manufacturing company in Indianpolis. His nearest relative is listed as Ethel M. Shoptaw. Robert Shoptaw is described as being of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair. It is noted that he is hard of hearing and had a sore hand at the time.
The 1920 U.S. Census for Wayne, Marion, Indiana, finds the family of R.C. Shoptaw. The record is as follows: R.C. Shoptaw, 37-year-old head of household, is white, married and born in Indiana. His father was born in Indiana; his mother was born in Ohio. His wife, E.M. Shoptaw, is 30 years old, born in Indiana. The children are listed as follows: E.E. Shoptaw, daughter, 10 years old; T.V. Shoptaw, daughter, 8 years old; R.H. Shoptaw, son, 6 years old; D.I. Shoptaw, daughter, 4 years old. All the children were born in Indiana.
The 1930 U.S. Census for Wayne, Marion, Indiana, records that Robert Shoptaw was the 47-year-old head of household. He is white, married, born in 1883 (est.) in Indiana, as was his father. His mother was born in Ohio. Also listed is his wife, Ellen Shoptaw, age 47, born in Indiana; Robert Shoptaw, Jr., son, age 16, born in Indiana; Dorothy Shoptaw, daughter, age 14, born in Indiana.
The 1940 U.S. Census for Wayne Township, Marion, Indiana, finds Robert and Ethel Shoptaw at the same address. He is 57, white, married. She is 50; both were born in Indiana.
According to his WWII draft registration card, Robert C. Shoptaw was born on July 15, 1882, in Switz City, Indiana; he was 59 years old. His 'person who will always know your address' was listed as Ethel M. Shoptaw. His place of employment is listed as LINK Belt of Indianapolis.
Robert Shoptaw died on March 18, 1968, in Marion, Indiana.
"Robert Charles Shoptaw, 85 819 S. Roena St. Indianapolis., IN. Married, Cladora Ethel May Stevens 16 April 1909 Indpls., Marion Co., IN. Sons; Robert Harry Edward (Martha), William, Frederick, David, Infant boy, and Jessie Shoptaw. Daughters; Elizabeth E. (Raymond) Lockhart, Thelma V. (Carl) Mitchell, and Dorothy G.(Francis Marion) Faris, Mary, Infant twins Joellen, and Joann Shoptaw. Step-daughter, Edna A Hite. 13 Grandchildren: Sister, Essie Shoptaw; Retired, 1956 after 40 years Machinist, Link Belt Ewart Plant, Lyndhurst Masonic Lodge, Sahara Grotto, Fleming Gardens - Christian Church, Indpls., IN. American Rabbit Breeders Association, Indianapolis, IN, and Illinois Usher Funeral Home, Indianapolis, IN, Floral Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, IN" Above info has been edited for punctuation and clarity.
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