William Shafer

Last updated 22 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: Bet 2 Jun 1810 and 1 Jun 1811 in , , Virginia, United States

Died: 28 Sep 1904 in Mt. Ephraim, Guernsey County, Ohio, United States

Father: Conrad Shafer (1771 – 1862)

Mother: Mary Rasor (1777 – 1872)

Supporting evidence for:
name

book-gateway-to-the-west-v2-1989: Gateway to The West, Vol. II, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed multiple dates); citing “Ruth Bowers and Anita Short (comp.), Gateway to the West, Volume 2, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1989” [The source is a collection of Common Pleas Court records, will abstracts, cemetery inscriptions and similar records. All of these are transcribed; no images of the original records are included.]

Additional detail for reference: Pages 313-314, entry dated 3-11-1863 (images 325-326, accessed 28 Jul 2009)

Comment: Source includes name (William Shafer).

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 [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 5, dwelling 1400

Comment: Source includes name (William Shafer).

census-us-1880-ps-oh-noble-196-16: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, enumeration district 196, page 16 (form/penned) or 191D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca > 196" image 16; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1055 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 35, dwelling 141

Comment: Source includes name (William Shafer).

marriage-shaffer-vorhies-1833: Marriage record for William Shaffer & Isabel Vorhies (1833); Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 Oct 2020) > "Guernsey > 1809 - 1940" image 340, entry 1761 (page 33); citing "Marriage Records; Ohio Marriages; Various Ohio County Courthouses"

Comment: Source includes name (William <spelling>). See research notes for spelling details.

periodical-united-in-death-1904: “United In Death / Nonogenarian[sic] Brothers Die Same Week,” news story; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 Jul 2018) > “United States of America > Ohio > Zanesville > The Times Recorder > 1904 > 09 > 30” page 3; citing “Zanesville Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio), 30 Sep 1904 (Friday), page 3, column 2” [The corners of the first two sheets (pages 1 to 4) were torn off, so the printed page numbers are not visible.]

Comment: Source includes name (William Shafer).

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birth

periodical-united-in-death-1904: “United In Death / Nonogenarian[sic] Brothers Die Same Week,” news story; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 Jul 2018) > “United States of America > Ohio > Zanesville > The Times Recorder > 1904 > 09 > 30” page 3; citing “Zanesville Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio), 30 Sep 1904 (Friday), page 3, column 2” [The corners of the first two sheets (pages 1 to 4) were torn off, so the printed page numbers are not visible.]

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>). See research notes for confilct details.

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 location (Virginia).

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 5, dwelling 1400

Comment: Source includes age (49) and location (Vir [Virginia]]). Using his age and the official census date of 1 Jun 1860 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1810 to 1 Jun 1811.

census-us-1880-ps-oh-noble-196-16: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, enumeration district 196, page 16 (form/penned) or 191D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca > 196" image 16; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1055 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 35, dwelling 141

Comment: Source includes age (<conflict>) and location (Va [Virginia]). See research notes for conflict details.

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 includes age (<conflict>) and location (<conflict>). See research notes for conflict details.

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death

periodical-united-in-death-1904: “United In Death / Nonogenarian[sic] Brothers Die Same Week,” news story; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 Jul 2018) > “United States of America > Ohio > Zanesville > The Times Recorder > 1904 > 09 > 30” page 3; citing “Zanesville Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio), 30 Sep 1904 (Friday), page 3, column 2” [The corners of the first two sheets (pages 1 to 4) were torn off, so the printed page numbers are not visible.]

Comment: Source includes implied date ("On Wednesday" of "this week" for an article dated 29 Sep and published 30 Sep 1904) and location ("of Mt. Ephraim, in the northeastern part of Noble county [, Ohio]).

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father

book-gateway-to-the-west-v2-1989: Gateway to The West, Vol. II, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed multiple dates); citing “Ruth Bowers and Anita Short (comp.), Gateway to the West, Volume 2, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1989” [The source is a collection of Common Pleas Court records, will abstracts, cemetery inscriptions and similar records. All of these are transcribed; no images of the original records are included.]

Additional detail for reference: Pages 313-314, entry dated 3-11-1863 (images 325-326, accessed 28 Jul 2009)

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

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 [Shafer] as a child of Conrad Shafer. The source does not provide sufficient evidence to denote the type of parent/child relationship.

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 identifies William Shafer as a biological child of Conrad Shafer.

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mother

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 identifies William Shafer as a biological child of Mary Rasor.

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Isabelle Vorhies (1814 – 1883)

Married: 2 May 1833 in , Guernsey County, Ohio, United States

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

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 (<conflict>). See research notes for William or Isabelle for conflict details.

census-us-1880-ps-oh-noble-196-16: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, enumeration district 196, page 16 (form/penned) or 191D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca > 196" image 16; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1055 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Lines 35,36, dwelling 141

Comment: Source identifies Isabelle Shafer as the wife of William Shafer.

marriage-shaffer-vorhies-1833: Marriage record for William Shaffer & Isabel Vorhies (1833); Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 Oct 2020) > "Guernsey > 1809 - 1940" image 340, entry 1761 (page 33); citing "Marriage Records; Ohio Marriages; Various Ohio County Courthouses"

Comment: Source includes date (second day of May 1833) and implied location ([Guernsey County, Ohio]).

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 includes date (1833).

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Child: Barbara Shafer (? – 1887)

Child: Aaron Shafer (? – ?)

Child: James N. Shafer (? – ?)

Child: Mary Ann Shafer (1840 – 1887)

Child: William J. Shafer (1842 – 1902)

Child: Austin C. Shafer (1842 – 1902)

Child: Eli Shafer (1844 – 1902)

Child: George Shafer (1849 – 1902)

Child: Isabell Shafer (1847 – 1902)

Child: Francenia Shafer (1852 – 1902)

Child: Zuingless Shafer (1854 – 1902)

Child: Charles W. Shafer (1857 – 1902)

Miscellaneous Facts

Attributes

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jun 1860

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

Residence: 22 Apr 1862 at , Noble County, Ohio, United States

Occupation: (farmer) 1 Jun 1880

Residence: 1 Jun 1880 at Seneca Township, Noble County, Ohio, United States

Residence: Abt Oct 1903 at Mt. Ephraim, Guernsey County, Ohio, United States

Residence: Sep 1904 at Mt. Ephraim, Guernsey 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 5, dwelling 1400

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

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 5, dwelling 1400

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

book-gateway-to-the-west-v2-1989: Gateway to The West, Vol. II, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed multiple dates); citing “Ruth Bowers and Anita Short (comp.), Gateway to the West, Volume 2, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1989” [The source is a collection of Common Pleas Court records, will abstracts, cemetery inscriptions and similar records. All of these are transcribed; no images of the original records are included.]

Additional detail for reference: Pages 313-314, entry dated 3-11-1863 (images 325-326, accessed 28 Jul 2009)

Comment: Source includes filing date (4-22-1862) and location (Noble Co. [, Ohio]).

census-us-1880-ps-oh-noble-196-16: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, enumeration district 196, page 16 (form/penned) or 191D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca > 196" image 16; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1055 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 35, dwelling 141

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1880) and occupation (farmer).

census-us-1880-ps-oh-noble-196-16: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, enumeration district 196, page 16 (form/penned) or 191D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca > 196" image 16; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1055 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 35, dwelling 141

Comment: Source includes census date (1 Jun 1880) and location (Seneca Township, in the County of Noble, State of Ohio).

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 includes date (28 Oct 1903) and location (Mt. Ephraim, Noble county, Ohio). The real date is some days or months earlier, since the article is a reprint.

periodical-united-in-death-1904: “United In Death / Nonogenarian[sic] Brothers Die Same Week,” news story; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 Jul 2018) > “United States of America > Ohio > Zanesville > The Times Recorder > 1904 > 09 > 30” page 3; citing “Zanesville Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio), 30 Sep 1904 (Friday), page 3, column 2” [The corners of the first two sheets (pages 1 to 4) were torn off, so the printed page numbers are not visible.]

Comment: Source includes date, rounded for this use to the month (Sept 1904) and location (Mt. Ephraim, [...] Noble county [, Ohio]).

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Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)

CONFLICTS

Birth Date: This database uses 2 Jun 1810 and 1 Jun 1811. Using his age (68) on the official 1880 census date of 1 June 1880 gives a birth date range from 2 Jun 1811 to 1 Jun 1812. [census-us-1880-ps-oh-noble-196-16]

Birth Date: This database uses 2 Jun 1810 and 1 Jun 1811. The newspaper story "Four Score and Ten" gives William's age as 94 and was published 28 Oct 1903, giving a birth date range of 29 October 1808 to 28 October 1809. However, this was also a reprinted story, so the real publication date was earlier, but probably no more than a few weeks. [periodical-four-score-and-ten-1903]

Birth Date: This database uses 2 Jun 1810 and 1 Jun 1811. The newspaper story "United in Death" gives William's age as 96 and a death date of 28 Oct 1904, giving a birth date range of 29 October 1807 to 28 October 1808. [periodical-united-in-death-1904]

Birth Location: This database uses Loudoun County, Virginia. The newspaper story "Four Score and Ten" gives a location of London County, but since there was no such county, it is probably a misspelling. [periodical-four-score-and-ten-1903]

Marriage Date: This database uses 2 May 1833. The History of Noble County, Ohio gives the year as 1832.[book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887]

SPELLING

Surname: This database uses Shafer. The marriage certificate for William and Isabelle Vorhies uses Shaffer. [marriage-shaffer-vorhies-1833]

FOLLOWUP

William may have been born 16 Feb 1810 in Loudoun County, Virginia, and his middle initial may have been 'J.' [research-ancestor-chart-of-george-spear]

In 1880 Eliza Vorhies (16, b. Ohio) was staying with the family and attending school. Was she Isabell's grandniece? [census-us-1880-ps-oh-noble-196-16]

Did he marry Jane _____, (b. March 1830, Ireland) after Isabelle died, but before June 1884?

Did he serve in the Civil War? A William G. Shafer, 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, was he mustered out from that same regiment on 18 August 1861?

Was he buried in Mt. Ephriam Cemetery, Noble County, OH?

Supporting evidence for:
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)

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 5, dwelling 1400

census-us-1880-ps-oh-noble-196-16: 1880 U.S. Census, population schedule, Ohio, Noble County, Seneca Township, enumeration district 196, page 16 (form/penned) or 191D (stamp sequence, not visible on page); 1880 United States Federal Census, database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com: accessed before 12 August 2018) > "Ohio > Noble > Seneca > 196" image 16; citing “Tenth Census of the United States, 1880, NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 1055 (of 1454), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.”

Additional detail for reference: Line 37, dwelling 141

marriage-shaffer-vorhies-1833: Marriage record for William Shaffer & Isabel Vorhies (1833); Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993, database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com: accessed 17 Oct 2020) > "Guernsey > 1809 - 1940" image 340, entry 1761 (page 33); citing "Marriage Records; Ohio Marriages; Various Ohio County Courthouses"

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”

periodical-united-in-death-1904: “United In Death / Nonogenarian[sic] Brothers Die Same Week,” news story; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com: accessed 5 Jul 2018) > “United States of America > Ohio > Zanesville > The Times Recorder > 1904 > 09 > 30” page 3; citing “Zanesville Times Recorder (Zanesville, Ohio), 30 Sep 1904 (Friday), page 3, column 2” [The corners of the first two sheets (pages 1 to 4) were torn off, so the printed page numbers are not visible.]

Comment: Source includes name (John C. Shafer).

research-ancestor-chart-of-george-spear: <private> Engelmann, Ancestor Chart of George E. Spear, privately printed 1988; privately held

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