Conrad Shafer

Last updated 19 Oct 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.

Individual

Born: 1771 in , Loudoun County, Virginia, United States

Died: 6 Mar 1862 in , Noble County, Ohio, United States

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 (Conrad 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 (Conrad Shafer).

military-gravereg-conrad-shafer-1862: Grave registration card for Conrad Shafer (1862); Ohio, Soldiers Grave Registration Cards, 1804-1958, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 16 Oct 2020) > “S > Shafer > Shafer, Conrad” page 3; citing “Ohio History Connection”

Comment: Source includes name (Shafer, Conrad).

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 name (Conrad 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 indicates Conrad was a native of Loudoun County, Va.

military-gravereg-conrad-shafer-1862: Grave registration card for Conrad Shafer (1862); Ohio, Soldiers Grave Registration Cards, 1804-1958, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 16 Oct 2020) > “S > Shafer > Shafer, Conrad” page 3; citing “Ohio History Connection”

Comment: Source includes date (1771).

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death

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 notes that Conrad Shafer was deceased.

military-gravereg-conrad-shafer-1862: Grave registration card for Conrad Shafer (1862); Ohio, Soldiers Grave Registration Cards, 1804-1958, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 16 Oct 2020) > “S > Shafer > Shafer, Conrad” page 3; citing “Ohio History Connection”

Comment: Source includes date (3-6-1862) and location (Noble Co., Ohio).

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Family

Spouse/Partner: Mary Rasor (1777 – 1872)

Married: ?

Supporting evidence for:
marriage

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 Mary Shafer as the widow of Conrad Shafer.

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Child: Elizabeth Shafer (1808 – 1903)

Child: William Shafer (1810 – 1904)

Child: John C. Shafer (1810 – 1904)

Child: Nelson Shafer (1813 – ?)

Child: George Shafer (? – 1903)

Child: Margaret Shafer (? – 1862)

Child: Samuel Shafer (? – 1903)

Child: Mary Ann Shafer (? – 1903)

Child: James Shafer (1822 – ?)

Miscellaneous Facts

Events

Land Purchase: (west 1/2 of southeast 1/4 of Section 28 of Township 8 Range 8W, Ohio River Survey (79.19 acres)) 14 Sep 1835 at , , Ohio, United States

Cemetery: (Mt. Ephriam Methodist Episcopal Cemetery) at Seneca Township, Noble County, Ohio, United States

Supporting evidence for:
events

land-conrad-shafer-land-patent-1835: Land patent for Conrad Shafer (1835); BLM General Land Office (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov: accessed before 5 May 2018), state volume patent, accession #OH0430__.188, Ohio, certificate #4686, issue date 14 Sep 1835

Comment: Source includes issue date (fourteenth day of September in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-five) and location (West half of the South East quarter of section Twenty Eight in Township Eight of Range Eight in the District of lands subject to sale at Zanesville, Ohio containing Seventy Nine acres and Nineteen Hundredths oof an acre). The accession data contined in the record noted the parcel was in Noble County, but that is a later addition, since Noble County did not exist until 1852.

military-gravereg-conrad-shafer-1862: Grave registration card for Conrad Shafer (1862); Ohio, Soldiers Grave Registration Cards, 1804-1958, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 16 Oct 2020) > “S > Shafer > Shafer, Conrad” page 3; citing “Ohio History Connection”

Comment: Source includes cemetery (Mt. Ephriam M.E.) and location (Senaca Twp. [, Noble County, Ohio]).

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Attributes

Residence: Abt 1815 at , Guernsey County, Ohio, United States

Residence: 6 Mar 1862 at , Noble County, Ohio, United States

Supporting evidence for:
attributes

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 approximate date ("close of the War of 1812") and location (Guernsey county [, Ohio]).

military-gravereg-conrad-shafer-1862: Grave registration card for Conrad Shafer (1862); Ohio, Soldiers Grave Registration Cards, 1804-1958, database with images, Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com: accessed 16 Oct 2020) > “S > Shafer > Shafer, Conrad” page 3; citing “Ohio History Connection”

Comment: Source includes death date (3-6-1862) and location (Noble County, Ohio).

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General Notes and Anecdotes

After the War of 1812, Conrad and Mary and their family moved to Guernsey County, in an area that was later to become part of Noble county. [periodical-four-score-and-ten-1903]

Conrad served as a soldier for the United States, fighting in the War of 1812. [book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887, periodical-four-score-and-ten-1903]

Supporting evidence for:
general notes

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”

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)

CONFLICTS

Death Date: This database uses 6 Mar 1862. The History of Noble County indicates that Conrad died in 1861. [book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887]

FOLLOWUP

Conrad is identified as Dutch in the newspaper article "Four Srore and Ten," but a native of Loudoun County, Virginia in the book History of Noble County. The periodical does indicate that some of the children were also born in London (which is presumably a typo for Loudoun) County. [periodical-four-score-and-ten-1903, book-history-of-noble-county-ohio-1887]

Conrad Shafer and Mary Rasor may have married in 6 Oct 1799. [research-ancestor-chart-of-george-spear]

If Conrad and Mary married in 1799, he was an old man of 28 or so. Was he married before Mary, or did he wait that long? Their apparent first child, Elizabeth was born almost a decade after that; again a long time. At that time, Conrad was around 37 or 38. He was over 50 when son James was born. There are four other identified children who slot in well between Nelson and James. Were all four born in this period, or were some born before Elizabeth?

Conrad and Mary may have married in Leesburg, VA. There also exists a marriage record for Conrad Shafer and Mary Rasor in Guernsey County, Ohio, on 11 Feb 1831. Quite a coincidence for a second couple with the same names to be married 32 years after the first.

Conrad may have enlisted in Leesburg, VA, serving as a private in the Virginia Militia, 57 Regiment during the War of 1812.

All children but James William may have been born in Leesburg, Louden County, VA; he might have been born in Mt. Ephriam.

There exists a Find A Grave entry for Conrad, but the only image on the site is not sufficiently clear to be of use. I did try some post-processing but was unable to create a satisfactory contrast for most of the text. "Conrad" and "Aged" are the only clearly distinct words.

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)

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

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