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Robert Wilson & Mary Jane (Humphreys) Shaffer

Shaffer_RobertRobert Wilson Shaffer was a native of Smicksburg, Indiana County, Pennsylvania.  His parents were Andrew and Christeena (Esterly) Shaffer, his paternal grandfather being Valentine Shaffer, a German pioneer who served in the Revolutionary War.  Robert W. Shaffer was born June 19, 1843 in Indiana County, and came to Jefferson County as a child with his parents.   He worked as a woodsman and later in the oil fields, before joining the military in 1861, as a member of Co. I., 62nd Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers.  He served for over two years in this capacity, then reenlisted as a member of Co. I, 155th Regiment, and was discharged with the rank of Corporal.  Mr. Shaffer was wounded in the battles of Malvern Hill and Gettysburg, and was present at the surrender of General Lee at Appomattox as his battalion was one of the battalions picked to collect the guns from the Confederate soldiers.    

On August 3rd, 1865, he was married to Mary Jane Humphreys, one of the four children of William and Mary (Ewing) Humphreys of Richardsville.  The Humphreys family moved from Huntingdon County to Jefferson County in 1836, Mary was born on the old homestead at Richardsville on August 13, 1848. 

Robert and Mary Jane Shaffer became the parents of twelve children, Samuel Allen, William Jay, Annie Sarah, Warren Thompson, Edward Elmer, Elsie Luella, Mary Irene, Robert Lee, Ellen Jane, Leroy, Caroline Blanche, and Alice Hazel. 

Following his discharge from the army, he again worked in the lumbering industry as well as establishing and caring for his farm in Richardsville.  He also was elected as a school director in Warsaw Township.  Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer  moved to Summerville in their later years.  

Mary Jane (Humphreys) Shaffer died November 23, 1927, of complications of influenza,and was buried in the Baptist Cemetery at Richardsville.  Her husband, Robert Wilson Shaffer, passed away at Summerville, on September 20, 1930, and was buried beside his wife in the family plot. 

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