JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
BIOGRAPHIES

JOHN SHAVER (SHAFER)


Andrew B. Shaver was born in Germany in 1765. He came to Paint Rock, North Carolina 
with his three sons Peter, Andrew and John. The sons later settled in Hawkins County, 
Tennessee. John Shaver was born in 1810. and with his wife Charlotte Carver came to 
Illinois by ox drawn covered wagon and made their home south of Eldorado. Seven children 
were born to this union. 

James Shaver was born in 1843 and married Celinda Gillett, daughter of Martin Gillett 
and Celinda Lura Pierce, who was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The Ted Shafer home is on 
land once owned by the Pierce family. James and Celinda were the parents of five children, 
Elnora, John, Edmund, Daisy Slow and Warren of Saline County. 

Warren Snafer was born in 1881. married Lucy Ageline Beasley of Eldorado. She is a descendant 
of Samuel Elder who served in the Revolutionary War. Her father, James Beasley. drove the 
stage coach between Shawneetown and Mt. Vernon in the days before the railroads came. 

Warren and Lucy had five children: Eva Ryan of Galatia, Illinois; Helen Karnes (deceased); 
Florine Sullinger of Flint, Michigan; Margaret (deceased) and James (Ted) Shafer of Mt. Vernon, 
Illinois, born in 1911. They moved to Galatia when the children were quite young. Warren was 
top foreman at the Galatia mine and later at the Harco mine. 

Ted married Phyllis Upchurch of Galatia, Illinois, daughter of Philip and Maude Walker Upchurch. 
He worked at the Harco and Harrisburg mines. They came to Mt. Vernon, Illinois in 1945 and went 
into the grocery business, first on the corner of 4th and Casey, and then at 2311 Perkins until 1964. 

Ted was a real estate broker for several years before he retired. Phyllis is a librarian at the 
Mt. Vernon Public Library. They are the parents of two children, Carolyn and Philip. Carolyn is 
married to Don Britton, a chemist. They are the parents of seven children and live in Marion, 
Arkansas. Philip, a surveyor, is married to Barbara Copple from Walnut Hill, Illinois. They 
live on the Lynchburg Road in Mt. Vernon and have one son, Eric. 


Facts & Folks
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer


Visit RootsWeb
 HOME | Biography Index Page
Please send additions & corrections to 
Jefferson County Coordinator Cindy Ford
© 2005-2014 by Cindy Ford
All rights reserved