JAMES W. SHAFFER, a prosperous farmer residing on a farm of 133 acres lying one and a half miles south of Princeton,
in Slippery Rock Township, was born on the farm adjoining his on the south, at a time when it formed a part of
Beaver County. The date of his birth was March 27, 1843, and he is a son of Abraham and Martha (Kildoo) Shaffer.
Jacob Shaffer, grandfather of James W., was the first of the family to locate in what is now Lawrence County, Pennsylvania,
and was a native of Holland. His father also came to this country and died on the farm which Jacob Shaffer purchased
in Slippery Rock Township, which has been known as the old Shaffer homestead for so many years. The latter was
a carpenter by trade, as well as a farmer.
Abraham Shaffer was born on the old homestead in Slippery Rock Township, and there engaged in argicultural pursuits
all his life, although he, too, followed cabinetmaking in addition, for some years. He died in the ninty second
year of his age. He married Martha Kildoo, a daughter of James Kildoo, of Lawrence County, and they became parents
of the following children: W. H. H., James W., Franklin, John W., Sylvester, Milo, who died young, Jemimah, and
Mary Jane, Catherine and Susan, all three deceased.
James W. Shaffer was educated in the district schools of his home community, and remained on the home place until
his marriage, when he purchased his present place of 133 acres of Athen Thomas. He made many improvements of importance
on the place and has one of the best appointed farms in the township. He carries on general farming, operating
along modern and approved lines, and ranks with the successful men of the community.
Mr. Shaffer is a veteran of the Civil War, first enlisting., for nine months in 1862, as a member of the One Hundred
and Thirty fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He reenlisted as a member of the Fourteenth. Pennsylvania
Cavalry, and of the officers of that regiment, under whom he served, but one is now living, Col. James M. Schoonmaker,
now vice president of the Pittsburg & Lake Erie Railroad Company. Mr. Shaffer participated in the battles of
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and the many skirmishes and fights in the Shenandoah Valley, being at the last
under the command of General Sheridan. He was in the engagement in which that famous general made his memorable
twenty mile ride, and was in the saddle for thirteen days of continuous fighting. Notwithstanding the many hot
engagements in which he took part and the length of his service, he was fortunate enough to escape without injury.
Mr. Shaffer was united in marriage with Margaret Myers, a daughter of Samuel Myers, a farmer of Lawrence County,
and they are parents of four children: John Ross, who married May Frew and resides in Lawrence County; Samuel W.,
who is unmarried; Myrtle E., wife of Robert Black, by whom she has two children, Lawrence and Raymond, and Grant
A., who is unmarried. Politically, Mr. Shaffer is an ardent Republican and frequently has been called upon to serve
his township in official positions of trust. He was constable and tax collector three years, school director eight
years, and road supervisor two years. In religious faith and fellowship, he is a member of the Presbyterian Church.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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