William J. Shafer


Born: 16 Feb 1810 in Loudoun County, Virginia, USA

Died: 28 Sep 1904 in Noble County, Ohio, USA

Father: Conrad Shafer (1771 – 1862)

Mother: Mary Rasier (1776 – 1872)

Family #1

Spouse/Partner: Isabell Vorhies (1815 – 1884)

Married: 10 Jun 1832 in Ohio, USA

Child: Barbara Shafer ( – ?)

Child: Aaron Shafer ( – ?)

Child: James N. Shafer ( – ?)

Child: Mary Ann Shafer (1840 – 1887)

Child: William J. Shafer (c. 1842 – )

Child: Conrad(?) Shafer (c. 1843 – )

Child: Elie Shafer (c. 1846 – )

Child: Isabell Shafer (c. 1848 – )

Child: George Shafer (c. 1850 – )

Child: Francenia Shafer (c. 1853 – )

Child: Zuingless Shafer (c. 1855 – )

Child: Charles W. Shafer (c. 1858 – )


In 1880, Isabell's 16-year-old (grandniece?) Eliza Vorhies (born in Ohio) was living with William and Isabel, and attending school.

Change Date

This data was last changed on 14 Dec 2007, and is stored in datafile B.

Primary and Secondary Sources

(see About Sources)

1860 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage]
1880 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule)
National Archives and Records Administration. [applies to name, birth, marriage, notes]
A Spear Family History
by Michael Engelmann; [applies to name]
Ancestor Chart of George E. Spear
by Michael Englemann; [applies to birth, death, marriage]
History of Noble County, Ohio
Chicago: L.H. Watkins & Co., 1887. Full title: "History of Noble County, Ohio : with portraits and biographical sketches of some of its pioneers and prominent men." [applies to name, birth, marriage]

Research Notes (source comments, unreliable information)

William may have remarried between before June 1884 to Jane (last name unknown), born March 1830 in Ireland (1900 Census).

He may have served in the Civil War (see 1860 Civil War Pension Records, National Archives). A record has been found that is close, but is for William G. Shafer, who served the Union side in the Civil War, enlisting as a Private on 20 April 1861 (age 40) assigned to Company B, 11th Infantry Regiment Ohio on 26 April 1861. If so, he was mustered out from that same regiment on 18 August 1861.

The 1880 Census only shows his age as 68.

William may be buried in Mt. Ephriam Cemetry, Noble County, OH.