George Washington Shafer

15 June 1856–1 May 1899 (Age 42)
Allen, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States

The Life of George Washington

When George Washington Shafer was born on 15 June 1856, in Allen, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States, his father, Joseph Shafer, was 31 and his mother, Elmira Gallup, was 27. He married Harriet May Jewett on 15 January 1885, in Hillsdale, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in Michigan, United States in 1870. He died on 1 May 1899, in Hillsdale, Michigan, United States, at the age of 42, and was buried in Hillsdale, Hillsdale, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

George Washington Shafer
Harriet May Jewett
Marriage: 15 January 1885
Orrin Jewett Shafer
Harriet Genevieve Shafer
Frederick Webber Shafer

Spouse and Children

15 January 1885
Hillsdale, Michigan, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Joseph Shafer





    Clarrine Georgianna Shafer



    Emma J Shafer


    Hattie Shafer



World Events (8)


Age 7

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

Age 7

The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.
1868 · Impeach the President!

Age 12

Caused by many crimes and breaking the Tenure of Office Act, Many Senators and House Representatives became angry with President Johnson and began discussions of his Impeachment. After a special session of Congress, the Articles of Impeachment were approved by the House and then the Senate. Making Andrew Johnson the first President to be Impeached.

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of German Schaefer ‘shepherd’ or Schaffer ‘steward’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Geo Shafer in household of Jos Shafer, "United States Census, 1860"
  • George W Shafer in entry for Frederick Webber Shafer, "Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919"
  • George Shafer in household of Joseph Shafer, "United States Census, 1870"

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