Last updated 20 Dec 2021 in Spear–Johnson Family.
Born: Bet 2 Jun 1777 and 1 Jun 1778 in , , Virginia, United States
Spouse/Partner: Conrad Shafer (1771 – 1862)
Child: Elizabeth Shafer (bet 1808/1809 – bef 1903)
Child: William Shafer (bet 1810/1811 – 1904)
Child: John C. Shafer (bet 1810/1811 – abt 1904)
Child: Nelson Shafer (abt 1813 – ?)
Child: George Shafer (? – bef 1903)
Child: Margaret Shafer (? – bef 1862)
Child: Samuel Shafer (? – bef 1903)
Child: Mary Ann Shafer (? – bef 1903)
Child: James Shafer (abt 1822 – ?)
Burial: at , Noble County, Ohio, United States
Cemetery: (Mt. Ephriam Methodist Episcopal Cemetery) at Seneca Township, Noble County, Ohio, United States
Residence: Abt 1815 at , Guernsey County, Ohio, United States
Residence: 1 Jun 1870 at Seneca Township, Noble County, Ohio, United States
General Notes and Anecdotes
In 1870, when she was 92, Mary was identified in the U.S. Census as "infirm & insane" and living with a daughter's family. The diagnosis of insanity was likely just an overreach of the time for someone dealing with an age-related disability such as dementia. [census-us-1870-ps-oh-noble-seneca-12]
Research Notes (Conflicts/Spelling/Followup)
Mary's father may have been George Rasor (b. c.1725-1754 in Louden County, VA. Her mother may have been Molly Long (b. c.1734-1757 in Leesburg, Louden County, VA.
Was Mary's middle name Magdalena? Did she use the nickname Polly?
She may have been born in 1776. [research-ancestor-chart-of-george-spear]
Mary may have been born in Louden County, VA, and died in Mt. Ephraim, Noble County, OH.
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, she was about 22. Their apparent first child, Elizabeth was born almost a decade after that; a long time. At that time, Mary was around 30, rather old for first child. She was about 45 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. But 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.
All children but James William may have been born in Leesburg, Louden County, VA; he might have been born in Mt. Ephriam.
Mary probably died 4 Aug 1872 in Ohio. [research-ancestor-chart-of-george-spear]
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