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  John Shaffer
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  • Birth  13 Jun 1755 OR 10 Jul 1755  'Norfolk' (Berks Co.) PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Religion  Lutheran 
    _UID  C0049223EBBB2C42B19986E2761F50A5C9D5 
    Buried  1847  Zion Lutheran Church, Sullivan, Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  27 Apr 1847  Washington Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I120988 
    Last Modified  22 Dec 2007 
     
    Father  Johann Jacob Shaffer,   b. 30 Dec 1728, Hessen-Darmstaft, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1815, New Market (Shenandoah Co.) VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Maria ,   b. Abt 1730, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1767, Berks Co., PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1745  Hessen-Darmstaft, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F45863  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Eve Kelkner,   b. 1760/61, Shenandoah Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1830, Washington Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  7 Nov 1778  Shenandoah Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. George H. Shaffer,   b. 1781 OR 1790, Wytheville (Wythe Co.) VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Oct 1874, Kingston (Caldwell Co.) MO Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Thomas Shaffer, (I),   b. 1786/87, Wytheville (Wythe Co.) VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1864, Abington (Washington Co.) VA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Catherine Shaffer,   b. 1796, Washington Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1863, ?Washington Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    >4. Samuel Shaffer, (I),   b. 25 May 1803, Wythe Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1860, Washington Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F45861  Group Sheet
     
  • Notes 
    • (rootsweb.com) "Britnell & Related Families" [2001] contact:
      RODNEY BRITNEL (RODBRIT12@aol.com): vital statistics (b. '10 Jul
      1755'); (rootsweb.com) "Leonard family" [2001] contact: Harold
      Leonard (hleonard@chartertn.net): 'John Shaffer SR

      Sex: M

      Birth: 13 JUN 1755 in Berks Co., PA, date from Samuel Shaffer
      family Bible* [note below]

      Death: 27 APR 1847 in Washington County, VA

      Military Service: Revolutionary War Soldier

      Burial: Zion Cemetery

      Note: Date of birth taken from Jesse H. Miller's diary* [note
      above]

      Revolutionary War Pension Record shows June 10, 1755 as date of
      death.



      Father: George Frederick SCHAEFFER b: in County of Hesse,
      Germany



      Marriage 1 Eve KELKNAR b: BET. 1760 - 1770 in Shenandoah Co., VA

      Married: 7 NOV 1778

      Children:

      1. George SHAFFER b: 1781 in VA

      2. Samuel Shaffer SR b: 25 MAR 1803 in Wythe Co., VA

      3. Thomas Shaffer SR. b: BET. 1786 - 1787

      4. Rosa SHAFFER

      5. Polly SHAFFER

      6. William SHAFFER b: BET. 1793 - 1794

      7. Cathern SHAFFER';



      (rootsweb.com) "John Shaffer 1755-1847 Va wife Eve
      Kelkner":[2007] contact: carol (weefly@pulsarco.com): 'John
      Shaffer , Sr.

      Sex: M

      ALIA: /Schaeffer/

      Birth: 10 JUN 1755 in Berks Co. Pa.

      Death: 27 APR 1847 in Washington Co., Va.

      Burial: 1847 Zion Lutheran Church, Sullivan, Co., Tn. DAR marker

      Event: DAR Records 9 APR 1963 File #495393 Goff , Wadsworth
      8-18-58

      Event: Military Records Rev War records-Va.1781(Private) served
      10 months

      Event: Military Records applied for pension Sept 25, 1832

      Event: Books Holston Terr. Gen Soc Bull 1-7& ; Jesse Miller
      diary

      Event: Books 1851 Abington, Va. by Chancery; Davis File

      Event: Books 1996 Families of Wash Co., Va (Bristol) 1776-1996,
      by Holston Gen Soc

      Event: Letters Shelby Edwards, Gerald Strouth, Ellen Preas

      Event: Letters 10 MAR 2001 randdmiller@msn.com (randy miller)

      Event: Occupation3 farmer & pastor Luthern Church

      Note: John Shaffer was born in 10 June 1755 in Berks County, Pa
      (according to his Rev War Records ) and moved to the Shenandoah
      while a small boy. He married Eve Kelknar in 1778, a neighbor of
      the family. They lived and owned property in various counties
      including Wythe and Washington counties in Virginia. He served
      as a private in the Revolutionary War and was drafted in 1780 in
      Shenandoah County, Virginia. He served a total of ten months
      under the command of Capt. Jacob Benewit, Capt Lawrence Snapp,
      Capt. Joseph Hawkins and Capt. All whose company joined the army
      near Williamsburg and with his army went to Yorktown. After
      becoming dangerously ill at Yorktown he was discharged shortly
      before the surrender of Cornwallis in 1781. John was a German
      Lutheran and active in church affairs. He was connected with
      three churches, St. John's, St. Paul's and Kimberling in Wythe
      County, Va. John was considered well off in his day. He was a
      large landowner, being in possession of hundreds of acres of
      land. They moved to Washington County, Va around 1795 where he
      built his church known as Shaver's or Zion Lutheran Church in
      1811. After Eve died in the spring of 1830, John gave or sold to
      each of his six sons a farm. John was the only one who wrote his
      name in Deutsch German script. He took turns living with his
      sons George and Samuel. According to court records in Washington
      County, George treated his father very badly and took all of
      John's money and property. In 1851, Samuel took his brother
      George to court regarding his father's estate. In 1853, Samuel
      applied to the War Department to receive money due him on his
      father's service during the Rev War. John spent the last years
      of his life in the home of his son Samuel. John died in 1847 of
      the 'Gravill' and was buried in the church yard of the Zion
      Lutheran Church in Sullivan County, Tenn. His grave is marked
      with a tombstone erected by the DAR in the 1940's. It reads
      "John Shaffer-Tennessee-PVT-Benewits Va Co.-Rev War-April 27,
      1847"



      Source: " Early Adventures on the Western Waters", vol 111, part
      2, Mary B. Kegley, pg 777

      Source: Records of Shelby Edwards



      Father: George Frederick Shaffer b: in Germany [this differs
      from "Britnell" source above]



      Marriage 1 Eve Kelkner b: 1761 in Shenandoah Co. Va.

      Married: 7 NOV 1778 in Shenandoah Co. Va.

      Children:

      1. Rebecca Anne Shaffer b: 1780 in Wythe Co. Va.

      2. George H. Shaffer b: 1781 in Wytheville,Wythe Co. Va.

      3. Rosey Ann Shaffer b: 1783 in Va.

      4. Mary Polly Shaffer b: ABT 1784 in Va.

      5. Elizabeth Betsy Shaffer b: 12 JUL 1785 in Wythe Co. Va.

      6. John Shaffer , Jr. b: 1786 in Va.

      7. Thomas Shaffer b: 1787 in Wythe Co., Va.

      8. Henry Michael Shaffer b: 3 APR 1789 in Wytheville, Wythe
      Co., Va.

      9. William Shaffer b: 22 DEC 1793 in Wythe Co. Va.

      10. Catherine Shaffer b: 1796 in Va.

      11. Sarah Sally Shaffer b: 1799 in Washington Co., Va.

      12. Samuel Shaffer , Sr. b: 25 MAR 1803 in Wythe Co., Va.'
     



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