William J. Shafer

Last updated 17 Aug 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: Bet 1 Jan 1842 and 1 Jun 1842 in Mt. Ephraim, Guernsey County, Ohio, United States

Died: Aft Oct 1902

Father: William Shafer (1810 – 1904)

Mother: Isabelle Vorhies (1814 – 1883)

Supporting evidence for:
name

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

Comment: Source includes name (William J. Shafer).

census-us-1860-ps-oh-noble-seneca-184: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, page 184 (form) or 492 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2006) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca" image 24; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 805020]

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, dwelling 1400

Comment: Source includes name (William Shafer).

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birth

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

Comment: Source includes year (1842) and location (near Mount Ephraim [, Ohio]).

census-us-1860-ps-oh-noble-seneca-184: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, page 184 (form) or 492 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2006) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca" image 24; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 805020]

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, dwelling 1400

Comment: Source includes age (18) and location (Ohio). Using the official census date of 1 June 1860 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1841 to 1 Jun 1842.

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death

periodical-four-score-and-ten-1903: “Four Score and Ten,” human interest; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 16 Oct 2020) > “United States of America > Missouri > Stanberry > The Stanberry Headlight > 1903 > 10 > 28” page 1; citing “The Stanberry Headlight (Stanberry, Gentry County, Missouri), 28 Oct. 1903 (Wednesday), page 1, column 7”

Comment: Source indicates William was still alive as of the date of the story (28 Oct 1903). Note that this is a reprint that is assumed to have been first pubilshed no more than a few days to a few months before that.

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father

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

Comment: Source identifies William J. [Shafer] as a child of William Shafer. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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mother

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

Comment: Source identifies William J. [Shafer] as a child of Isabel Vorhies. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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Miscellaneous Facts

Attributes

Occupation: (farmhand) 1 Jun 1860

Residence: 1 Jun 1860 at Seneca Township, Noble County, Ohio, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

census-us-1860-ps-oh-noble-seneca-184: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, page 184 (form) or 492 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2006) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca" image 24; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 805020]

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, dwelling 1400

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and location (Seneca Township, Ohio).

census-us-1860-ps-oh-noble-seneca-184: 1860 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, page 184 (form) or 492 (alternate, not visible on page); 1860 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed 3 Nov 2006) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca" image 24; citing “Eighth Census of the United States, 1860, NARA microfilm publication M653 (1438 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.” [FHL microfilm 805020]

Additional detail for reference: Line 7, dwelling 1400

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1860) and occupation (farmhand).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

William joined Company H, Sixty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry in 1864, and was wounded in Chatanooga, 24 Nov 1864. He remained on the battlefield four nights, taken prisoner, then recaptured by Federal troops. His injury required amputation of his leg (performed in Nashville, Tennessee) and he was discharged in Jun 1865. Some time later he required a second amputation. [Further up the leg?] The second operation was performed by Dr. Holstein of Zanesville, who afterward became Grant's family physician. [book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887]

He made his living as a merchant. For a short time after his military discharge, he sold books. [book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

FOLLOWUP

William married Jane Hance in 1867. Their children were Clarence M., Demetrius, Agnes I., Nellie, and Low. [book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887]

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research notes

book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887: History of Noble County, Ohio; Chicago: L. H. Watkins & Company, 1887; book image (PDF), Google Play (https://play.google.com: downloaded 20 Apr 2018), held by New York Public Library [The personal histories were collected from the identified individuals and their contemporaries. Other histories were collected from county records and other places, with the help of numerous county officials and others.]

Additional detail for reference: Page 477 (PDF page 552)

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