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The SHAFFER Family


This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.

This column's focus is on SHAFFER. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).

There are no book-length works in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte that deal with this family.

There are 84 different first-name entries for Schaeffer/Shaeffer/Shafer/Shaffer in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County(1883). In addition, there are many references to the variant spellings ofthe Shaffer name in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898) with the following four persons (with an identifiable Centre County connection) having separate profiles: GEORGE Shaffer (b. 1811, s.o John and Sarah Kren); JOHN Shaffer (b. 1825, s/o Adam and Lydia Bailey); JONATHAN Shafer (b. 1837, s/o Jacob and Elizabeth Haenzerling); and, U.S. Shaffer (b. 1848, s/o Adam and Mary Schmeltzer).

And, now, your ancestors' SHAFFER neighbors in 1890:

All spellings are for SHAFFER unless otherwise noted.

In BELLEFONTE BOROUGH:

Benjamin, 31, tinner--218 East Howard
	Katie
H. B. Shaeffer, 21, photographer--112 South Allegheny
Kate Shaeffer
Lewis A. Schaeffer, 35, prothonotary--159 East Curtin
	Rebecca J.
	Helen M.

In BENNER TOWNSHIP:

Ellen Shafer--Bellefonte

In CENTRE HALL BOROUGH:

Rebecca Shafer
	Lydia

In COLLEGE TOWNSHIP:

Charles B. Schaffer, 56, tailor--State College
	Rachael
	Mary
	John S. 27
	Frank 24
	Margaret E.
	Julia A.

In FERGUSON TOWNSHIP:

Mary Sheffer--Pine Grove Mills

In GREGG TOWNSHIP:

Harriett--Madisonburg
	William 23
	Amelia
	Nathaniel 18
	Helen
Susanna--Spring Mills
	Jane E.
	Ephraim C. 8

In HAINES TOWNSHIP:

George B., 28, laborer--Poe Mills
	Clara
	Roland 6
	Annie
	Warren 1
Sarah J.--Aaronsburg

In HALF-MOON TOWNSHIP:

Charles, 17--Stormstown

In HARRIS TOWNSHIP:

Clara B.--Linden Hall

In MARION TOWNSHIP:

John L., 36, farmer--Walker
	Emma R.

In MILES TOWNSHIP:

Andrew, 72, retired--Madisonburg
	Eva
David, 62, laborer--Madisonburg
	Sarah C.
	Grant 22
Ellis, 33, farmer--Madisonburg
	Jane
	Mary
George, 78, retired--Madisonburg
	Sarah
John, 65, laborer--Madisonburg
	Frances
	Byron W. 34
	Emma J.
	Charles H. 11
	Ida
John R., 62, retired--Madisonburg
	Elizabeth
Samuel B., 42, laborer--Madisonburg
	Margaret J.
	Lloyd B. 9
Thomas J., 29, farmer--Madisonburg
	Emma E.
Uriah S., 41, farmer--Madisonburg
	Mary C.
	Estella A.
	Bloom

In PHILIPSBURG BOROUGH:

John E., 39, restaurant keeper, 8th Street
	Julia B.
	Beulah B.

In POTTER TOWNSHIP:

Cyrus J., 30, laborer--Potters Mills
	Ida N.
Jennie T.--Potters Mills

In SPRING TOWNSHIP:

Ammond Schaffer, 19, laborer--Bellefonte
John Schaffer, 22, laborer--Bellefonte
Samuel, 48, superintendant--Bellefonte
	Naomi
	Albert L. 18
	Herbert W. 16
	Paul D. 13
William, 23, laborer--Bellefonte

In WALKER TOWNSHIP:

Albert L., 30, laborer--Zion
	Sarah A.
	Katie E.
Alverta M.--Zion
Benjamin F., 60, postmaster--Nittany
	Sophia C.
Elizabeth--Zion
Jacob, 61, farmer--Zion
	Hannah
	Emma J.
Jacob M., 30, farmer--Zion
	Sarah A.
	Bathenia M.
Jesse H., 27, laborer--Zion
	Fietta M.
	Mary A.
	William W. 3
	Franklin H. 2
	Carrie E.
John, 73--Zion
	Rachael
	Harvey P. 22
	Annie M.
	Charles 3
Joseph, 68, farmer--Nittany
	Catharine W.
Lavinia--Zion
	Sallie
Michael, 66--Zion
	Lydia
	Benjamin L. 42
	Mary C.
	Newton B. 26
	Edith M.
	Lydia C.
	James R. 2
Samuel H., 53, farmer--Zion
	Henrietta
	Charles A. 4
	Joel S. 1
William B., 57, farmer--Zion
	Louisa
	Cora A.
	James C. 17
	Mary D.
	Fannie
	Lillie B.
	Fairy
William E., 29, merchant--Nittany
	Blanche L.
	Agnes I.
	Charles D. 6
	Margaret E.