Biography of W. S. Schafer
Hancock County, OH Biographies

W. S. SCHAFER, farmer and stock raiser, P. 0. McComb, was born in Stark County, Ohio, October 20, 1829, son of John and Mary (Putnam) Shafer, natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent. The father of our subject, who was a farmer, came to Allen Township, this county, about 1834. and took up land from the Government; he died in 1849. Of his family of eleven children eight grew to maturity, the subject of this sketch being the ninth child. W. S. Shafer was reared on the farm until he was seventeen years of age, and worked three years at the tailor's trade. In 1854 he was united in marriage with Jane Shaw, daughter of George Shaw, who was of Scotch and English descent, and was among the first settlers of this county, coming here in 1827 or 1828 His family consisted of eight children, Mrs. Shafer being the only one now residing in this county. Our subject and wife are the parents of eight children: Linus S., married, a farmer; L. W., farmer; Homer W., at home; Mary J. wife of B. Vandoren; Charles O., at home; Bessie May, at home, and Frank I. and Dellia C. (twins). Mr. Shafer is a member of the United Brethren Church. He has never had a lawsuit in his life; he is the owner of 180 acres of land, and has served for many years as school director.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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