When Rebecca Shaffer was born on 19 February 1813, in Ohio, United States, her father, James Shaffer, was 24 and her mother, Margaret Brooks, was 23. She married John Franklin Berfield in 1831, in Pennsylvania, United States. They were the parents of at least 13 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 13 April 1893, in Wharton Township, Potter, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 80, and was buried in Grove Township, Cameron, Pennsylvania, United States.
Americanized form of German Schäffer (see Schaffer 2), Schaffer 1, or Schäfer (see Schaefer ).