JAMES MILLDEN SHUFFLEBARGER was born in Montgomery County, Va., November 24, 1818, and died in Johnson County, Ind., July 14, 1886. He was the son of Jobn S. and Mary (White) Shufflebarger. John S. Shufflebarger was a native of Virginia, and a son of Elias Shufflebarger, a native of Germany, emigrating to Virginia in an early day. John S. and Mary Shufflebarger came from Virginia to Indiana about 1824, and settled in the southwest portion of White River Township, near Waverly, and there lived and died. The following are the children born unto John S. and Mary Shufflebarger: James M., Henry, Elias, Bird G., John A., Margaret, Cyntha, and Louisa. James M. Shufflebarger was the oldest child, and was about six years old when his father came with his family to this county. He was reared on a farm, and in youth he had but little advantages for gaining an education. But he was a man of fixed purpose, perseverance and close observation, and through close observation he became conversant on general topics of interest, and was a man noted for good judgment, wisdom and discretion. When he arrived at the age of twenty-three years, December 23, 1841, he took unto himself a companion, Mary J. Dresslar, who was reared in the same community with him, and who was to him a school-mate and an associate in youth. She was born December 29, 1820, in Alleghany County, Va. She is the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Dresslar, who were natives of Virginia, and like her husband's parents, early settlers of Johnson County, coming from Virginia to this county in about 1826. Henry Dresslar was a son of Henry Dresslar, Sr., a native of Germany, and an early settler of Virginia. Henry and Elizabeth Dresslar's marriage resulted in the birth of the following children: Mary Jane, Catherine, Elizabeth, Frances, Margaret, Charles, Sylvanis and George. The marriage of James M. and Mary Jane Shufflebarger was blessed by the birth of the following children: Henry Leroy, deceased, John Marshal, Madison Marian, deceased, Elias Sylvanis, James Strain, George D. After the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Shufflebarger they settled in Section 16, in White River Township. James M. was a farmer, and began the pursuit with but little capital, and by energy and perseverance accomplished success. He was a progressive citizen, a faithful friend, a devoted husband, and a kind father. He was a devout Christian, a zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and benevolent in character. He was a liberal supporter of the church, and an endorser of education. He was a man of bold and decisive character, and possessed a tenacious memory, and a store of useful and practical knowledge which made his life useful and practical. He was universally respected by all who knew him, and in his death his family lost a much loved father, and the community a deserving citizen. His wife still survives him, and lives with her son James, of whom a sketch appears elsewhere. She is a zealous member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. James S. Shufflebarger is a farmer of Johnson County, and is the son of James M. Shufflebarger, whose life sketch appears elsewhere. In 1884, September 23, he was united in marriage with Victoria Shephard, daughter of William P. and Martha A. (Kelly) Shephard, natives of Indiana, and later residents of Missouri, where the above marriage was consummated. Mrs. Shufflebarger was born in Jefferson County, Ind., November 1, 1862, and by the above marriage has become the mother of two children: William Leroy, and Clara May. Mrs. Shufflebarger is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Shufflebarger is a member of the Waverly Lodge, No. 318, I. 0. 0. F., and his wife is a member of Luna Rebecca Lodge, No. 45, at Waverly.
Transcribed by Cheryl Zufall Parker
Banta, D.D. History of Johnson County, Indiana. Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1888.