JOHN SHAFER, retired farmer; P. 0. Carysville. John Shafer was born May 23, 1815, in Wurtemberg, Germany; emigrated to America and located in Adams Township, one mile northwest of Carysville; lived there twelve years; sold his farm to Jacob Shanely and purchased a farm of 150 acres two miles north of Carysville, where he resides. He was twice married, first in January, 1845, to Miss Christena B. Stietli, or his native place. Mrs. Shafer died in September, 1847, leaving one child- Lewis. His second marriage was celebrated in May, 1848, with Miss Catharine Hovalt, of his native place. They had five children, of whom three are living-Barbara, George and David A. Mr. Shafer has a nice farm with good improvements. His residence is situated on a high elevation descending in every direction.
JOHN A. SHAFFER, Sr., farmer; P. 0. St. Paris. Was married to Miss Mary Wood, in Shenandoah Co., Va., in 1838 ; she was a daughter of Benjamin and Sally Wood; she was born in 1810, and John in 1811. They emigrated to Champaign Co. in 1846, and purchased the farm upon which he resides, in 1852. Previous to this time, he rented the farm lying south of his purchase. They came to this county poor but industrious people, and their energy and industry have brought their reward, as he now owns a splendid farm of 82 acres, which makes him a comfortable home and brings him a nice income. Three of their children-Sarah J., Ann R. and Mary C.-were born in Virginia ;Abram, Allen and Philip in this county; all of whom are married and live near their father; Rebecca, who married James Lodgon, resides in Kansas. Mr. Shaffer has made all the improvements now visible on his farm, which will remain a monument to his memory long after he is gone. During all his life he has been a model man, doing unto others as he would have them do unto him. He was well acquainted with the pioneers of the township, among whom were Joseph Loudenback, Jacob Baker, Andy Blue, Martin Idle, and Simon Baker (who is now the oldest man in the county), John W. Grafton, Thomas Grafton, Ambrose Grafton, and quite a number others. Mrs. Shaffer has been a member of the Baptist Church for thirty years, and her husband of the Lutheran Church for forty-six years. Their descendants may look back with pride on their ancestry, as being people respected by all, and well worthy the confidence reposed in them.
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