William Shaffer1839

William Shaffer
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Birth November 18, 1839 20 24
Birth of a brotherAndrew Shaffer
about 1843 (Age 3 years)
Birth of a brotherJoseph J. Shaffer
about 1846 (Age 6 years)
Death of a maternal grandfatherAndrew Cairns
1854 (Age 14 years)
Death of a paternal grandfatherWilliam Shaffer
December 1858 (Age 19 years)
Death of a fatherJohn Shaffer
April 6, 1866 (Age 26 years)

Death of a maternal grandmotherMargaret Pagan
1868 (Age 28 years)
Death of a motherMargaret Carnes
January 21, 1880 (Age 40 years)


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Marriage: 1838Stark Co, Ohio
23 months
4 years
younger brother
4 years
younger brother

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WILLIAM SHAFFER. The gentleman of whom we write has his fine arable farm of one hundred and thirty-eight acres situated on section 14, Nimishillen Township. He was born in Washington Township, Stark County, Ohio, November 18, 1839, to John and Margaret (Cairns) Shaffer, the former of whom was born in the same township as the subject of this sketch, and the latter in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. When a girl, she came with her parents to America and with them settled in Washington Township, Stark County, Ohio, where she met and married Mr. Shaffer. The latter was a son of William Shaffer, who was a Pennsylvanian, but who came to Ohio .it a very early day, and was a well-to-do farmer of this section for the remainder of his days. John SHaffer was the father of five children, of whom William was the eldest, and after a well-spent life, and when just in the zenith of his career, he was called from the scene of his earthly labors, in 1866, at the age of forty-seven years. His widow survived him until January, 1890, dying at the age of seventy-four years, and both he buried in the Homeworth Cemetery, Columbiana County, about six miles from their old home. They were Presbyterians in their religious views, and throughout life the father was a Democrat politically, and, although not a politician, he held the office of Township Trustee two or three terms. Although his advantages for an education in youth were limited, he was a friend of education and gave each of his children good common-school educations.

William Shaffer passed an uneventful boyhood in assisting his father on the farm and in attending the district school, but not being satisfied with the advantages that the district schools afforded him, he entered the public schools of Canfield, Mahoning County, which he attended for some time, and where his love of study and reading made him improve his advantages to the utmost. At the age of nineteen years, he began teaching school, and until 1865 his winters were devoted to this occupation, while his summers were spent in tilling the soil. March 23, 1865, Miss Lydia Trump, of Nimishillen Township, became his wife. She was born April 16, 1841, to Peter and Catherine (Shaffer) Trump, and the same year of their marriage they settled on n farm of sixty-eight acres, which is n portion of tiro farm of which they are now the owners. The house in which they are living was one of the improvements of the place at the time of their purchase, as well as other buildings. Mr. Shaffer has a good bank barn, which at the time of its erection cost $1,700. Since his first purchase. Mr. Shaffer has added seventy acres to his original tract, all of which is well improved and well watered by living springs.

Politically, Mr. Shaffer is a Democrat, and has filled the following township offices: Clerk two terms, Trustee two terms and Justice of the Peace two terns. he also held the position of Notary Public for a number of years. In 1889, he was elected a Director of the County Infirmary, in which: position, as in all others, he proved himself competent, trustworthy and intelligent. He and his wife and a number of their children are member of the Reformed Church of Louisville. To himself and wife nine children have been given, all of whom are living: Ida ,J., born January 22, 1867, became the wife of John P. Lawman, September 17, 1885, and is a resident of Ottawa County, Kan., where her husband is engaged in tilling the soil. She has one child. Ella, born January 11, 1869, is a successful and well-known teacher of Stark Comity; Lillie, born May 14, 1870, married Amos Ramseyer February 12, 1890, and is residing on a farm in Paris Township; Charles, born July 30, 1871, attended one terns of school at Middhe Point, Ohio, and is now engaged in teaching his third term of school; Ada, born October 4, 1872, lives at home; Clara Lucetta, born October 6, 1874, has also a certificate for teaching; Miner, born August 5, 1876: Nettie, July 11, 1879, and Roy Thurman, Match 14, 1885.

Mr. Shaffer is popular, and deservedly so, for he has always proved honest, and in a high degree public-spirited.

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(Research):Biobraphy of William Shaffer in History of Stark County, OH, 1881 pages 915-916