Silas Shiflett

15 May 1830–9 November 1897 (Age 67)
Virginia, United States

The Life of Silas

When Silas Shiflett was born on 15 May 1830, in Virginia, United States, his father, Garland Shifflet, was 31 and his mother, Peachy Peacha Self, was 27. He married Elizabeth Wilson after 1855, in Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Malcom, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States in 1880 and Malcom Township, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States in 1885. He died on 9 November 1897, in Poweshiek, Iowa, United States, at the age of 67, and was buried in Malcom, Poweshiek, Iowa, United States.

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Family Time Line

Silas Shiflett
Elizabeth Wilson
Marriage: after 1855
Roenna Mildred Shifflet
Cleora Shifflett
Nellie J. Shifflett
William Shifflett

Spouse and Children

after 1855
Ohio, United States


Parents and Siblings


    Peachy Peacha Self




+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 2

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.
1844 · Lumpkin's Jail

Age 14

In 1844 when Robert Lumpkin bought land in Virginia, this would be the spot of the Infamous Slave Jail (or Lumpkin’s Jail). The slaves would be brought here during the slave trade until they were sold. Lumpkin had purchased the land for his own slave business.
1861 · The Battle of Manassas

Age 31

The Battle of Manassas is also referred to as the First Battle of Bull Run. 35,000 Union troops were headed towards Washington D.C. after 20,000 Confederate forces. The McDowell's Union troops fought with General Beauregard's Confederate troops along a little river called Bull Run. 

Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of French Chifflet( see Shifflett ).

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

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Sources (3)

  • Silas Shiffert in household of Garland Shiffert, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Silas Shifflet, "Iowa State Census, 1885"
  • Silas Chifflett, "United States Census, 1880"

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