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Post Date: 1997/1/18

Could you tell me if anyone is working on this family? I can receive E-Mail at Thanks for your consideration.
I am a direct decendent of this family.
I have enclosed a brief description of the family.
John W. Shafer
Is a son of John Shafer, who was born in Ohio, and Mary (Cox) Shafer, born in 1811, in Lewis County, (then) Virginia. Jacob Shafer, grandfather of John W., was a solider in the war of 1812. John W. Shafer served seven months in the Confederate cavalry, enlisting in August, 1862, and taking part in a number of engagements. In Wirt county, (then) Virginia. April 1, 1859, he married Maria Dobson who was born in Lewis County, April 1, 1838. His birth was on the 17th of October 1837, in that part of Kanwaha County now Roane. Their children were born: Viola V.., December 9, 1859;
George B. , January 1, 1862....This is my g,g grandfather...he lived in Richwood...he and all his family are buried in the Cementary there..;
David Lee, April 1, 1864; Sarah C.., April 11, 1872; Mary A. August 27, 1876; Charles S. October 30, 1878; Ezra, September 8, 1881. The parents of Mrs. Shafer are deceased, George W. Dobson, born in Culpeper county, Virginia and Catharine (wagoner) Dobson, born in Lewis county. The first wife of Peter Wagoner, Father of Mrs. Dobson, and all their children were made captives by the Indians, who murdered his wife and all the children but two girls and one boy, whom they carried away with them. The girls escaped, the boy grew up among them, and married a squaw. Afterwards he returned to his people, married a white woman and lived to be 102 years old. Farming is the occupation of John W. Shafer, Harper district his location, and Higby, Roane county, West Virginia, his address.
Quote from John W. Shafer’s bible:
"Remember children passing by, as you are now so once was I, as I am now so you must be, prepare for death and follow me."
John W. Shafer and Maria Dobson were 21 when wed. They were married by Sam’l Sheppard.
John W. Shafer & Maria Dobson were married on April 3rd, 1859. They were marred by Sam’l Sheppard. John W Shafer was 21 and Maria Dobson was 21. John & Mary Shafer were the parents of John W. Shafer and G. W. & Catherine Dobson were the parents of Maria Dobson. John W. Shafer was born in Kanawha County, Virginia and Maria Dobson was born in Lewis County, Virginia.
Jacob Shafer soldier in the war of 1812.

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