Christopher Shaffer, son of Christopher Shaffer and Mary Fisher.
Born Apr 29, 1813 at Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia), died Nov 26, 1900 at Morton Township, Tazwell County,Illinois, 87 years, buried 1900 at Buckeye Cemetery near Morton, Tazewell County, Illinois. Occupation: at Farmer, wealthy agriculturist & estate owner;
From Barbara Ann Shaffer Fetter (direct from family
records,bibles,journals,and confirmed by Census):
Married Elizabeth Cox of Franklin County,Ohio, born Nov 25,1812 died Sep
Children: Orlando (adopted) 1827, Phoebe 4-16-1838, and Lavenia 5-28-1840
In 1841 the Shaffers drove from Ohio to Illinois with all their
possessions in a covered wagon drawn by four horses. On arrival
Christopher sold one team to make payment on a quarter section of la d he
purchased which expanded to 400 acres in Morton Township.
More Children were born in Illinois: Elizaberth Ann in 1842, Sarah Jane
Lewis Madden on November 3,1846, and William in 1848.
From LDS records file 840, reference 2119 (Church of
Latter-Day Saints "Mormon" web-site: www.familysearch.org):
Christopher Shaffer b. 1810 Franklin,Warren,Ohio; married Betsey Cox
Keith Shaver (KShaver797@@aol.com) reports on 4/15/2000: "I just got back
from the library and found a book that has a picture of Christopher
Shaffer and tells about him. He was born in Greenbrier County, VA on
April 29,1813 to Christopher and Mary (Fisher) Shaffer, natives of PA.
The older Christopher was married twice and with the first wife had
George, Peter, Elizabeth and Mary. With the second marriage he had
Phoebe, Philip and Christopher. About 1825 Christopher Shaffer, Sr.
emigrated with his family to Franklin County, Ohio, where he lived a
number of years. Later he went to Tazwell County IL where he died at the
age of 93 years 6 months. I also found that he is buried in the Buckeye
Cemetery. The note says b Apr 29,1813-d. Nov 26,1900 m 29 Dec 1836."
"In 1937 the Illinois Supreme Court interpreted the will of Christopher
Shaffer, who died November 25,1900 leaving 40 acres of land in Tazewell
County, Illinois (near Peoria) to Sarah Jane Shaffer. Mrs. Martha
Evelsizer is described in the court opinion as one of four grandchildren
of the deceased. The Complainant in the case, Susan Levina Dell, was
Martha Evelsizer's granddaughter. Dell v. Herman, 6 N.E.2d 159
(Ill.1937)" ( from THE EVILSIZERS IN LAW- A Synopsis of Evilsizers,
Evilsizors and Evelsizers Appearing in American Judicial Proceedings by
From "Portrait and Biographical Record of Tazewell & Mason Co. Illinois"
pub. Chicago: Biographical Publishing Co. 1894 p. 351-352: "CHRISTOPHER
SHAFFER. This gentleman is one of the many who have spent the greater
portion of their lives in developing the country in order that their
children and grandchildren might enjoy the advantages which they
themselves were denied. In truth, we to-day are the "heirs of all ages"
and profit by the labor and self denial of the hard working classes of
times past. Our subject is one of the wealthy agriculturists of Tazewell
County, and is now living on section 23, Morton Township, where he has a
valuable estate. A native of Greenbrier County, Va., our subject was
born April 29,1813, to Christopher and Mary (Fisher) Shaffer, natives of
Pennsylvania. The former was reared on a farm in the Keystone State, and
when a young man emigrated to Virginia, where he married. He was a
miller by trade and followed that occupation through life, together with
that of farming. He was twice married, and by his first wife became the
father of four children, George, Peter (a soldier in the War of 1812),
Elizabeth and Mary. By his union with the mother of our subject there
were born three children, Phoebe, Phillip and Christopher. About 1825
Christopher Shaffer, Sr., emigrated with his family to Franklin County,
Ohio, where he lived for a number of years. Later he came to this couny,
making his home with our subject until his decease, which occurred at the
advanced age of ninety-three years
Married Dec 29, 1836 at Marriage date discrepancy (49 years married) to:
Elizabeth C. Cox, daughter of Emmer C. Cox, Justice of the Peace and Elizabeth Huff.
Born Nov 25, 1812 at Franklin County, Ohio, died Sep 9, 1886 at Morton Township, Tazwell County, Illinois, 73 years, buried Sep 1886 at Buckeye Cemetery near Morton, Tazewell County, Illinois, 1st marriage to: Christopher Shaffer, 2nd married/ related to: N.N.
Family tradition has her birth date as November 25, 1812 while the book,
THE COX FAMILY IN AMERICA, The History and Genealogy of the
Cock-Cocks-Cox Family Descended from James and Sarah Cock of Killingworth
Upon Matinecock, in the Township of Oysterbay, Long Island, New York
compiled by George William Cocks, assisted by John Cox, Jr. New York
Privately Printed 1912, Printed for the authors by The Unionist-Gazette
Association, Somerville, NJ 1912 has her birthdate listed as November
15,1812. According to the same book, there is also a discrepancy with
family records for her death and marriage dates which are listed as :
Death: 9-2-1886 with her marriage to Christopher Shaffer in 1826. I have
used family recorded dates instead of THE COX FAMILY IN AMERICA listings.
The Cox family bible (transcribed as written by Richard Wilson-This bible
was retrieved from Frank Wentzel, Groveport, Franklin County, Ohio upon
his death abt. 1925 and was later retrieved from Francis Cox, Youngstown,
Ohio upon his death in 1988. It is now in the possession of Richard
Wilson at email: rcw44@@hotmail.com) list agrees with family records
handed down to her decendants.
Custom Field:<_FA Chapman's history
1. Phoebe Shaffer
Born Apr 16, 1838 at Franklin County, Ohio, died before 1850 at Ohio or Illinois, at most 12 years
2. Levina Shaffer
Born Jun 26, 1840 at Ohio, died Jun 10, 1900 at Illinois, 59 years, buried at Glendale Cemetery, Washington Township, Tazewell County, Illinois
Some family records list her birthdate as June 16, 1840.
3. Elizabeth Ann Shaffer
Born Apr 13, 1842 at Tazewell County, Illinois, died after 1900 at Kansas or Tazewell County, Illinois, at least 58 years
The 1880 Morton, Tazewell County, Illinois census lists her parents both
born in Ohio. Eliza is listed as 37 years old and born in Illinois.
4. Sarah Jane Shaffer
Born Sep 13, 1844 at Tazewell County, Illinois, died after 1900, at least 56 years
5. Lewis Madden Shaffer
Born Nov 3, 1846 at Tazewell County, Illinois, died Jan 17, 1924 at Omaha, Nebraska, 77 years, buried at Buckeye Cemetery near Morton, Illinois
SHAFFER burials in Buckeye Cemetery per Mrs. Shirley J. Thielbar
Lewis M.- 1846-1924
Sarah E-wife June 6,1851- March 6,1888
The Morton, Morton Township, Tazewell County, Illinois census lists Lewis
as age 33 born in Illinois with parents both born in Ohio. His wife Ellen
is listed as age 29 born in England with both of her parents also born in
England. Their children are listed as follows: Amy age 8 born in
Illinois, Cora age 2 born in Illinois and Clarence age 2 months born in
6. William M. Shaffer
Born Oct 19, 1848 at Tazewell County, Illinois, died Dec 3, 1909, 61 years. Occupation: at Farmer;
William is listed in the Morton, Morton Township, Tazewell County,
Illinois census as age 32 born in Illinois with parents both born in
Virginia. His wife Margaret is listed as age 33 born in Ohio with parents
both born in Ohio. Their children were both born in Illinois. Franklin is
listed as age 8 and Matilda is age 3.
7. John Hamilton Shaffer
Born Aug 25, 1851 at Tazewell County, Illinois, died after 1879, at least 28 years
Custom Field:<_FA> Married a second time (?unknown name)
Custom Field:<_FA Lived in Orlando,FL
John is listed in the 1880 Morton, Tazewell County, Illinois census as
age 28 born in Illinois with his father born in Virginia and mother in
Ohio. His wife, Alice is listed as age 21 born in Ohio with both of her
parents also born in Ohio. Their daughter, Minnie is listed as age 10